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Full text of "The Life Of Charles Stewart Parnell Vol - I"

362               CHARLES  STEWABT PARNELL            [1882
allow It to go.    The enemies of the alleged agrarian jacquerie in Ireland little supposed that at its head was a moderate, almost conservative, leader, averse, except when driven to it hy the " stokers " of the movement, to lend liia approval to extreme demands.    Indeed, later on, as his power increased, he grew still more moderate, so that Mr. Biggar once said of him, musingly, "I wonder what are ParneH's real politics ! "  At all events, hy Easter IBHti Mr. Parnell, having obtained a fortnight's release on parole, had effected an understanding with Mr. Chamberlain, who was acting for the anti-ForBter section in the Cabinet, and he was extremely anxious  for some  compromise.     He was,  therefore, unwilling that the  proposed   Land   Bill should be weighted with unacceptable provisions, so the measure took shape without the clauses which his young adviser recommended.    After some days a draft was got ready to be sent across to Westminster, where it was urgently mjuireHl, as the Bill had to be printed and distributed the following "Wednesday.    When all was completed a  fair  copy  was   taken  up  to  the prison, lest  any final revising touches should be required before being posted.     Clause  by  clause  the  great  prisoner went over his Bill, xintil at last the final page was reached. Then he turned over the leaves again and counted the clauses.   Suddenly, having contemplated the reckoning, ho threw the manuscript on the table as if lie had been Btxmg.  " Why," said he," this will never do! "  " What is the matter? " said his solicitor in alarm.   " There are thirteen clauBCB," said Mr. Parncll; "wo can't have .thirteen clauses."    " But is there anything out of order in that?" asked the other, wondering whether some point of   parliamentary practice could   be involved. " No/' said Mr. Parnell sternly; " but what Bill with