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THE PARNELL COMMISSION

{BY KL4OTBIO TBLEGBAPH— OOPYBIOHT.]

(PebPbxss Association.') London, May 2. The cross examination of Mr Parnell by Sir R. C. Webster was continued yesterday. Tbe Irish leader is skilfully answering the Attorney-General's questions respecting his knowledge ot Gallagher, Harris, Walsh, Devoy, Creslin and other Irish Americans. Mr Parnell said he did not know they were Fenians, they never told him they were, The statements as to his approving Nolan's past history and saying none were truer than those standing beside Nolan, were mere election ex? aggerations. He admitted that Condon who was one of those who planned the rescue oi Kelly and Devoy from the custody of the police near Manchester on 18th September, 1867, when policeman Brett was killed, was the Chairman of his (Parnell's) reception Committee at Washington, and asserted that he introduced him to Congress. He knew that Finnery, the dynamiter, and had never repudiated him. He admitted writing to him m 1882 as a pe>sonal friend congratulating him upon his return to Congress, but was not aware that hp was a dynamiter till 1882.

Before the « Times "-Parnell Commission the cross-examination of Mr Parnell was continued. The witness said he was not aware that the jCh'airr man of his American Reception Committee was a member of the Clan-na?gael He was not aware that Devoy threatened to murder English Ministers of the Crown and burn cities. He admitted that he had never denounced the use of dynamite except when replying to Mr W. E. Foreter, the Irish Secretary, m the House of Commons. He might have subscribed towards a present for Kelly, who shot Constable Talbot, and he never condemned the past career of the violent party. He considered that the enthusiasm of Mr W. G. Redmond, M.P., approached to rashness, and he had privately reproved him for menacing speeches. He admitted that his protests against crime since J. 880 were not sufficient m view of the increase of outrages. His No-rent manifesto was an act of retaliation for imprisonment m Kilmainham gaol and the arrest of other members of his party, and he was willing to admit that the manifesto was open to condemnation though it had never been formally withdrawn, He regarded many of Mr W. O'Brien's articles m the " United Ireland " newspaper as being too strong. London, May 3.

In his cross-examination Mr Parnell said that he had often remonstrated with Mr O'Brien, but had never publicly repudiated bis utterances.

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THE PARNELL COMMISSION, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2126, 4 May 1889

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THE PARNELL COMMISSION Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2126, 4 May 1889

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