THE PARNELL COMMISSION
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London, April 30. In the course of bis evidence before the " Times "-Parnell Commission Mr Parnell denied that the Fenians organised his American tour m 1879. He stated that Mr Kelly had not been a member of any secret society stnee he joined the Parnell party. Mr Parnell swore that he never took any active part himself m the every day work of the League, and had nothing to do with the disposal of its funds except during two months m the year iBB2. fie admitted that he advised bdycotting, but denied that he had ever counselled intimidation. It was untrue that he, Egan, and others were guilty of treasonable practices m Paris m the year iBB2. He denied that he had ever spoken to Major Le Caron about the necessity of ameliorating the condition of Ireland by the force of arms, and said it was absurd to suggest that he advocated armed rebellion, or ever communicated with the Clan-na-gael. He admitted writing two letters to Egan while serving a sentence m Kilmainham gaol. The witness denied categorically that he ever sanctioned the application of the League funds to purposes of outrage^ that he was ever consulted about proposed outrages, or that he heard of Invincible plots before they committed murders. It was unlikely that he could have stated at Cincinnati during his visit to America that Ireland would never be satisfied uptil the last link with England had been destroyed, though he' w*s unable to remember at this lapse of time what he. did say m the cour.se of speeches, on that occasion.
London, May 1. Jn the course of hfs evidence yesterday, Mr Parnell said he believed the Phoenix Park murders were plapned m America and not by Fenians. He admitted giving Byrne a cheque for j£ioo, but was not aware at the time that he was fleeing from justice. (Received May 2, 11.25 a.m.)
London, May 1. Sir R. Webster is cross-examining Mr Parnell, who has stated that he was unaware that the Clan-na-Gasl was a murder society, until he heard Caron's evidence. He never knew that Ford had collected money for the League until after 1882.
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THE PARNELL COMMISSION, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2124, 2 May 1889
THE PARNELL COMMISSION Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2124, 2 May 1889
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