“Parnell’s Deceit: Misleading the Commons.”
On the morning after the arrival of the last May San Francisco mail tho above statement was pretty extensively circulated among the mail items, and it was also stated that Mr Parnell, in his cross-examination by Sir R. Webster, admitted having made a statement in the House of Commons, with the intention of deliberately misleading that body. Mr Parnell, on Tuesday, May 7, made this explanation before the Commission:—“l have a correction to make with reference to the paragraph in my speech quoted by the Attorney-General—-the speech of January 7, 1881—when I was moving an amendment to the Address, which I admitted as indicating that 1 was engaged in an attempt to mislead the House of Commons. That was the substance of the evidence I gave, but I find in reference to my speech in ‘ Hansard ’ that the representation that all secret societies had ceased to exist in Ireland was neither within the scope or argument of that speech, nor of the passage in question. I was referring, I find, to the great Ribbon organisation, which had been very strong in the history of Ireland, and which had commenced to crumble away in 1872 (the commencement of tho good times), and the subsequent years ; and which, at the date I was referring to, was practically nonexistent. That was the secret society to which I was referring in my speech, and that was a fairly accurate representation of the existing state of affairs as I understood, and not a misleading statement, either intentional or otherwise. Of course, at that time the great Fenian organisation had branches all over Ireland, and, on looking at the statement in the speech—the broad one that secret societies had ceased to exist—l supposed that I was referring to the cessation of the existence of the Fenian branches as well as the Ribbon Society, which would have been manifestly a false statement,”
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“Parnell’s Deceit: Misleading the Commons.”, Evening Star, Issue 7961, 17 July 1889
“Parnell’s Deceit: Misleading the Commons.” Evening Star, Issue 7961, 17 July 1889
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