358 CHARLES STEWART PARNELL [1882
I said nothing about Burke. Parncll spoke to me on the subject. I told him that I did not know that Burke had been killed when I made the speech. He said, u Write to the ' Times ' and say so." I wrote to the " Times." They did not publish the letter/ '
A manifesto 2 signed by Parnell, Dillon, and Davitt (who had boon released from Dartmoor on that very May (>) was immediately issued ' to the Irish people,1 condemning the murders, and expressing the hope that the assassins would bo brought to justice. It concluded with these words : ' Wo feel that no act has ever been perpetrated in our country during the exciting struggles for social and political rights of the past fifty years that iias so stained the name of hospitable Ireland as this cowardly and unprovoked assassination of a friendly stranger, and that until the murderers of Lord Frederick Cavendish and Mr. Burke are brought to justice that stain will sully our country's name.'
'When the House of Commons met on May 8 Parnell was in his place, looking jaded, careworn, anxious, and depressed. He had won a great victory. He had beaten the Irish Executive. He had drawn the Prime Minister to his side. He had obtained a promise of more concessions, and there was every prospect that tho policy of coercion would be abandoned. His success wan complete, and now all was jeopardised by a gang of criminal lunatics. He had, so to say, hemmed in the British forces opposed to him, only to find on his flank an enemy whose power for mischief he could not at that moment gauge.
The murders were the one topic referred to in Parlia-
1 The Times ftubscquently explained that thny did not receive the letter.
2 The manifesto was written by Davitt.