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MR PARNELL'S CROSSEXAMINATION.

WHAT MR DILLON THINKS OP IT,

Mr Dillon, speaking at Castlemaine, was very severe in his condemnation of the manner in which the cablegrams are “ doctored.” He said : ‘‘ I will now deal with the cable messages which have appeared from day to day in the ‘Argus’ under the heading of * Damaging Admissions by Mr Parnell.’ I have read these cable messages from beginning to end, and I believe that they are false. With the exception of one statement there is absolutely nothing for any man to be ashamed of. That one statement is contained in tho cable message which appeared in the ‘ Argus’of yesterday, and was to the effect that Mr Parnell had admitted in the witness-box that in the month of January, 1881, he said that the secret societies had ceased to exist in Ireland, and that at that date he was aware that they had not ceased to exist. But even if that statement in the cable messages were true, the admission would not remotely connect or convict Mr Parnell of one of the single charges levelled against him. The ‘ Argus ’ wants us to believe that Mr Parnell, an innocent, inexperienced politician —(laughter)—in an unguarded moment swore in the witness box in order to get ‘ The Times ’ out of the pit it had dug for itself, and into which it bad fallen, that he was guilty of lying in the House of Commons. I have known Mr Charles Stewart Parnell for nine years. I have stood by his side in many hard-fought fields. I have served under his leadership, and I am proud of it, I have seen him when he was opposed by the enemies of Ireland in the House of Commons, and I have been by his side when every Englishman and every Scotchman was against him, and seen him stand up with unparalleled courage, with unparalleled prudence and political skill, and prove himself a match for his united foes ; and yet I am challenged to-day to abandon my faith in my leader, which is based on ten years ot experience under circumstances of unparalleled difficulty, and to believe, because a special correspondent of the ‘ Argus ’ chooses to send a cable messaga to Melbourne for a specific purpose, that Mr Parnell has admitted that he told the House of Commons an untruth. I believe that the statement in the cable message, to which I hare referred, is a deliberate falsehood. I accept the challenge of the ‘ Argus ’ that I should wait until the mail brings us the full report of the proceedings, because I am confident that the mail will show, as it has shown on several previous occasions, that the statements in the telegram are false, and calculated to mislead the neople of Australia. They had plainly for their object to discredit myself and my colleagues, and to interfere with the success of the task which we have undertaken in Australia. These cable messages bear on the very face of them the mark and the impress of being manufactured to meet a demand. I say that, speaking from my own private knowledge of the methods by which these messages are prepared in London and of the influences which preside over the great Press agencies of London, and the offices of those newspapers to whom these cable messages have been sent here, I publicly and deliberately accuse them of manipulating the news in accordance with directions from headquarters. Ido not think that even in tho somewhat wide experience I have had in the powers of mendacity in journalism (including ‘ The Times,’ which has certainly reached a very high pinnacle of fame in that regard) I should give the palm to ‘The Times’—l think I should give the palm to the 1 Argus.’

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MR PARNELL'S CROSSEXAMINATION., Evening Star, Issue 7907, 15 May 1889

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MR PARNELL'S CROSSEXAMINATION. Evening Star, Issue 7907, 15 May 1889

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