O'Connell and the times' correspondent.
The Mr. Russell
, who now represents the London Times here, is the same gentleman who was sent by that journal to Ireland
, to report O'Connell
's speeches during the Repeal agitation.
One of the first meetings the newspaper man attended was in Kerry.
Having heard of O'Connell
's polite qualities, he thought he would ask that gentleman's permission to take a verbatim account of the oration.
" not only consented, but, in his oiliest manner, informed the assembled audience that "until that gintleman was provided with all writing' conveniences, he wouldn't spake a word," assuming an extra brogue, which was altogether unnecessary.
The preparations began, and were completed; Russell
"Are you quite ready?" asked Dan
"Now, are you sure you're entirely ready?"
"I am certain, sir. Yes."
The crowd becoming excited and impatient, Dan said: ‘"Now, 'pon my conscience, I won't begin the speech till the London
gintleman is entirely ready."’
After waiting another moment or so, O'Connell
advanced; eyes glistened; ears were all attention; and the reportorial pencil arose.--Dan gave one more benignant smile on the correspondent, winked at the auditors, and commenced his speech in the Irish language,
to the irrepressible horror of the present editor of the Army and Navy Gazette, and to the infinite delight of all Kerry.