should risk a life; mark me, I shall fire below the knee.”
But you know in early practice with the pistol you always fire above the mark; and O'Connell
's pistol took effect above the knee, and D'Esterre fell mortally wounded.
recorded in the face of Europe
a vow against further duelling.
He settled a pension on the widow of his antagonist; and a dozen years later, when he held ten thousand dollars' worth of briefs in the northern courts, he flung them away, and went to the extreme south to save for her the last acre she owned.
After this his sons fought his duels; and when Disraeli
, anxious to prove himself a courageous man, challenged O'Connell
, he put the challenge in his pocket.
, to get the full advantage of the matter, sent his letter to the London Times
; whereupon Maurice O'Connell
sent the Jew a message that there was an O'Connell who would fight the duel if he wanted it, but his name was not Daniel
did not continue the correspondence.
Thirdly, an Irish leader must not only be a lawyer of great acuteness, but he must have a great reputation for being such.
He had to lift three millions of people, and fling them against a government that held in its hand a code which made it illegal for any one of them to move; and they never had moved prior to this that it did not end at the scaffold.
For twenty long years O'Connell
lifted these three millions of men, and flung them against the British
government at every critical moment, and no sheriff ever put his hand on one of his followers; and when late in life the Queen
's Bench of Judges, sitting in Dublin
, sent him to jail, he stood almost alone in his interpretation of the statutes against the legal talent of the Island
He appealed to the House of Lords, and the judges of England
confirmed his construction of the law, and set him free.
Fourthly, an Irish leader must