THE TIMARU RIOT.
(from OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
Timap.'J, Dec. 30,
The Oimii '.;e:nen have resolved to liave no proce sou or demonstration on New Y ear’s Day, and it is anticipated everything will pass oil" quietly. Ten warrants for the arrest of the Boxing Day rioters have been issued, and will he executed to-day. Since the arrival of the Dunedin police the footpaths have been cleared of loiterers. Kerrymen are indignant at the invasion of their privileges. It is alleged that nearly half the male Catholic congregation hold up their hands in compliance with Father Oh itainger’s appeal on Sunday, and tint the rest would have done so hut they did not understand his remarks. The weather shows signs of breaking up for the holidays.
The police complain that the nmnber of men in Timaru is quite inadequate for the size of the town and and number of the population. TiMAnn,,Dec. 31. Warrants have been issued for the apprehension of fourteen rioters. Up to the present six have been arrested. Yesterday a letter was found on the person of one of the arrested, bearing the signature of T. O’Driscoll, a well known publican. The contents .veto to the following ef'ect. !
“ Oomo in, boys ; cclme in at once. The Orange -logs are goiijfg ■to ■ inarch. We must stop it, boys. /I'-will spend live hundred potmd'vto stop thorn. We will cut thorn up in inches'first. ‘(T. O'Diuscoll.
“ Excuse this scrawl' 1 ” The letter was hill before Commissioner Weldon, a warrant was ordered to issue, and at midright the valiant O’Driscoll was conducted from his bar to the lock-up. He had been sworn in as a special constable a few hours previously. Later, At the Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning, before a fall Dench, Patrick O’Coniiur, Patrick Shea, John Denehy, Lawrence Towers, Maurice Moynahan and Thomas O’Driscoll, wore charged with talking part in the, riot on Boxing‘Day. All were remanded to January 3rd. ODrisooll is licensee of the -Hibernian Hotel, from which the procession of Irishmen started. A letter was found from him on one of the other prisoners, yvhich showed he had been the principal cause of the Waimate Irishmen coming up. Bail was refused in all cases, O’Driscoll’a hotel was ordered to bo closed till January 6th. The following letter was read : “ Timaru, Dac. 2-lth. “ Mr Moj-nahin;—Dear sir, I am informed on the very best authority that the Orangemen are going to march on St. Stephen’s Day in Timaru, so, if you will tell some of-your friends to come to help to obstruct the ruffians ■we Tfmavu people would be greatly obliged) as there need be no fightinv. only io stop their progress, as I exp&CfTthej' are only preparing forChiniquy. I am sendingaccounts everywhere I can. They are going to march under the protection of the -Foresters and Oddfellows —so Mr. Harney was telling me this day. So you shall see that they will march if they are not stopped. That you and your friends are enjoying good health, and wishing jam a merry Christmas, 1 remain, Thomas O’Diusooi/l. P.S. Excuse this spelling.” This is the letter referred to in tho former telegram. The streets to-night are crowded with people, but no disturbance is anticipated. Fifty Armed Constabulary arrived from. "Wellington to-day. It has just transpired that all the country volunteer corps have been called into town to-mor-row. At a meeting of Roman Catholics last evening, at which Father Ohataigner presided, the following resolutions were unanimously passed : lot.—“ That all Catholics deprecate and disown any interference, direct or indirect, with any Orange demonstration that may take place on New Year’s Day, or at any other time. ” 2nd.—“ That this meeting pledges themselves to use a’i their influence with their friends and acquaintances not to oppose in any way - demonstrations of Orangemen that may take place on New Year’s Day, or at any other time.”
3rd.—That mrinted copies of the resolutions passeaftfc this meeting, with extracts from Bishops Redwood and Moran’s addresses on Sunday, be scattered broadcast 'at once, and placed in the hands of all Catholics.
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