Charles Stewart Parnell: A Memoir

Charles Stewart Parnell: A Memoir

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Charles Stewart Parnell: A Memoir

Charles Stewart Parnell: A Memoir

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Though it is not possible that anything I may write will add to the lustre that circles the name of Charles Stewart Parnell, or deepen the affection in which that name is held by Irishmen all over the world, still, as a Cork man and a devoted and life-long follower of the illustrious Tribune, and as one who was honoured with his acquaintance for many years, I would desire in this foreword to pay a sincere, if humble, tribute to his memory. Mr. Parnell found his countrymen in serfdom; he aroused them from their lethargy, he raised them up and made them determined and self-reliant. He awakened hope in a crushed and despondent people, he devoted his life to their cause, and he showed them the way to liberty. The genius of Parnell revolutionized procedure in the British Parliament, and the methods which his brain designed bear the hall-mark of perfect statesmanship. His brilliance as a leader was not less remarkable. Gifted with a keen insight into affairs, he was superficially cold, unemotional, and apparently detached. He utilized to the fullest these . . .

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