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THE DISTRESS IN IRELAND.

TERRIBLE SCENES OVER THE SERVING OF EJECTMENT NOTICES. Disturbances attending the ejectment notices upon tenants who either cannot or will not pay their rent in Ireland still continue. It neeeded the presence of a hundred policemen to enable a process server to serve these notices upon certain tenants on Mr. Martin’s estate, near County Galway. While * BmfTSr notices on the estate of Mr. Hans in County Mayo, the process server, named Langley, was severely handled by the people, and his processes taken from him and destroyed. He was stripped and left nude in a field, from which he had to make his way to the nearest Constabulary barrack for clothes. A small body of 35 or 40 men were sent forward, but they were kept at bay by about 400 women, who stood on the road leading to Knockrickard and refused to let them pass. The arrival of the main body of the police was received with groans and shouts of defiance, and cries of “ Where is Langley?” The process server having been discovered in the midst of the police, all the women made an indiscriminate charge, with the view of securing him and his precious burden. A scene of the wildest confusion ensued' The sub-inspectors drew their swords and rushed into the midst of the women, most of whom were barefooted and bareheaded. A young woman named Mary Fahy received a terrible gash on the back of the hand. Another woman was wounded by a bayonet thrust in the arm, whilst several were knocked down, trampled upon, their faces blackened, and their garments torn. Most of the constabulary behaved manfully under'the circumstances, but a few exhibited a cruel savagery which was shocking to behold, thrusting at the breasts of the women with the butt ends of their rifles. The charge to capture Langley was repulsed, and the resident magistrate remonstrated w T ith the women, “We have a duty to perform,” he said, “and though it be disagreeable, yet we still must do it.” The men in the meantime stood motionless, looking on, and inciting the women to resistance. A voice from the crowd cried, “ We don’t want to do anything to the police at all.” Another person said, “Every policeman had a mother like us, and they ought not be doing the dirty work they are to-day.” A third man exclaimed, “ Let them stand or fire, and we will do the same.” Mr. M'Sheehy, the resident magistrate, then said, “Retire now, and let us do our duty ; I should be sorry to see a bair of your heads hurt.” A voice shouted, “ We are starving ; we want something to eat, and here is what we are getting ” Again the anger of the women, fierce beyond belief, was on the point of bursting upon the policy in a second charge, when the two sub-inspec-tors rushed past the front rank with sabres drawn, one of them shouting, “I’ll drive it to your heart,” turning the point and actually touching with it the lips of the woman addressed. The men could no longer control themselves, and rushed past the women, and, confronting theconstabularj7, shouted, “ Put up your swords; we have but one life to lose, and we are now on the point of it. Better die now than hereafter of hunger. ” The police, however, continued their march, _ the women every now and again making a rush for Langley. After some further altercation, the magistrate ordered the women to be removed. A scene then followed which almost baffles description. Many of the constabulary dragged the women by the hair, threw them on the ground, and, one young stripling actually struck with'tfc© butt end of his rifle a poor old woman?-,.Several more received cuts on their hands and heads ; and one girl, named Bridget M‘Gorn, received a deep wound on the cheek. A man named Carroll was wounded in the hand. At last the women were removed, the double line of police was formed, and Longley posted the notice on the door. _ The police then left for their several stations.

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THE DISTRESS IN IRELAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 76, 20 March 1880

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THE DISTRESS IN IRELAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 76, 20 March 1880

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