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paid whatever happens." But he would not discuss the matter. I left him in a bit of a temper, and would not come back when he sent Dillon for me later in the day. Next day, however, I saw him again. He gave me the cheque. " There," said he, "let those ladies make the most of it. They will get no more money from me, and let the League be dissolved at once." '
I believe the Ladies' Land League was never formally dissolved, but it died of inanition, for Parnell stopped the supplies.
The Land League had been suppressed by the Government.
The Ladies' Land League was practically suppressed by Parnell.
There was now no public organisation. It was necessary to found one, Parnell, however, moved slowly. He had made the Kilmainham treaty. He wished to keep it. * There is one thing about the man,' said Mr. Forster, ' of which I am quite sure—his word can be relied on.'
It was difficult for him to keep the Kilmainham compact, for the Crimes Act, which violated the letter if not the spirit of the treaty, exasperated the people and made the Government intensely unpopular. Nevertheless Parnell kept his word. * What are your intentions ?' said Mr. Dillon, who thought that the land agitation should still be carried on with fierce energy. ' Do you mean to carry on the war or to slow down the agitation? ' ' To slow down the agitation,' said Parnell with emphasis.
Davitt wished Land Nationalisation to be made a plank in the new platform.
Parnell said ' No.'
'He was/ says Davitt, 'opposed to a fresh land