870 CIIAULES STEWART PARNELL [1882
ment of the land agitation—that no solution of the land question can be accepted as a final one that does not insure the occupying farmers the right of becoming owners by purchase ot the holdings which they now occupy as tenants/
J lomo Rule and a peasant proprietary were, then, the principal planks oŁ the new platform.
Later in the year Parncll sent Mr. lledmond to Australia and to America to collect funds for the League. Mr. Redmond had some stranger experiences. 'When 1 arrived at Sydney,1 ho says, i the Phoenix Park murders were the talk of the colony. I received a chilling reception. All the respectable people who had promised support kept away. The priests woxild not help me, except the Jesuits, who were friendly to me as an old Okmgowcs boy. The man-—a leading citizen— who had promised to take the chair at my first meeting would not eome. Sir Harry Parkes, the Prime Minister, proposed that I should be expelled the colony, but the motion was defeated. The Irish working men stood by mo, and in fact saved the situation. They kept me going until telegrams arrived exculpating the parliamentary party. Thou all the Irish gradually came around and ultimately flocked to my meetings. I collected 15,()(.)()/. and went to America. .Fenians did everything for us there. Without thorn wo could have done nothing. I addressed a groat mooting at the Opera HOUBO, Chicago, Boyle O'Jloilly was in the chair. Thorn wore 10,000 people present. It wan a grand Bight. It wan grand to see the Irish united as they wore then. I wan escorted to tho mooting by the Governor and the Mayor, and the*, streets were lined with soldiers, who presented arms as wo passed.'
During tho winter Parncll addressed a few meetings