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SM               CHARLES STEWART PARNELL             [1882
agitation, and wished to keep solely on the Home Eule tack.1
Brcnnan (who with Davitt and Egau made the working triumvirate of the Land League) denounced Parnell privately for his moderation, said his days of usefulness had gone by, and ultimately left the country in disgust. Before leaving he had asked Parnell to send him on a mission to Australia. Parnell refused point blank, and sent Mr. Bedinond instead. Egan (who had already left Ireland) used all his influence to keep the agitation on the old lines, but in vain. No one could prevail against the inexorable Chief.
On August 16 he was presented with the freedom of tho City of Dublin. lie asked permission to sign the roll in private, lie wanted no public demonstration, but the corporation insisted on it. He then made a short speech, warning his audience that an 'Independent Irish .Party' could not be maintained 'for any length of time.' in the English House of Commons, and urging them to concentrate their energies on that * great object of reform which has always possessed the hearts of the 'Irish people at homo and abroad, I mean the restoration of the legislative independence of Ireland.'
Afterwards ho wont to Avonilale and Aughavanagh to enjoy a brief period of repose. Mr, John lledmond, who joined him at the latter place, tells the following anocdoto A propoi* of Parnell's relations with his people in the country. * One day/ says Mr. Bedmond, ' we were walking up a mountain, and we met an old man, a tenant on the property, named Whitty. " Whitty," said Parnell, "yon have been on the land for many years, you never pay mo any rent, and all 1 ask you is to keep tho sheep off the mountains when I am out shooting, and, you old villain, you don't oven do that." '