THE IRISH LAND LEAGUERS.
An Extraordinary Scene,
For the last week (says an Irish paper) the following placard has been posted in Claremorris and some adjoining parishes:—“Hold the harvest. Last spring 2,000-mcn collected at Ballintuffy to so w the Laud League farms. The crops are now ripe, and again the same men are called upon to'reap them. At his post, then, every man. Come without fear and show your pluck, and that you arc ’ determined to keep your crops. Brin" your scythes and hooks, and let every man who has a horse and cart bring them also to carry away in triumph the fruits of labour, free of rent and taxes. The day is coming when every man’s crop shall be free. Tothe front, then, on next Tuesday, the 14th inst., .men of Claremorris and Giillen. Noble women and brave peasant girls come you also, and help to bind up the first sheaves of corn free of rent and taxes that have been reaped in Ireland. The land for the people ! ' The. crops for the people !' ‘ Hold the harvest ! God save Ireland 1 ” About seven o’clock on Wednesday morning a drag, in which was seated' the -members of the Claremorris Brass Band, stopped at the Presbytery Chapel for the Rev. James Corbett, C. C., and then at the Ansborough Hotel for Mr. Redpath, the American correspondent,-and Mr. J. P. Quinn, the Land League- representative. The drag-was driven through’ the streets of the town. A large number of cars followed, and the cavalcade went through the streets towards Ballintuffy, four-miles from Claremorris. On the way.the .party overtook dozens of carts and largo numbers of men on foot carrying scythes and sickles. M ore than an acre' of the Land League oats, as they arc called here, had already been cut.. About a hundred men,: women, and young children were employed cutting and blading the oats. Tfie arrival of the Rev. Mr. Corbett was received with loud arid long-continued
cheering by the reapers and binders. Men and women arrived until there were five or/six hundred persons present, each of whom- walked. Women apologised for the absjehbe.pt their husbands by; saying they were in Ebglaiid rinti ” Miv Redpath a&isteff in > .the sheaves’to the cdfls, wljich them ;tb;Clarei»orris in|j£ifevy;3ibursi| A|j&r,|dle jwbrk Jja&beeri Jicld. '?rhe Cwbetis w'as -moved to the “ chair,” which was composed of a stock of Joats. —The Rev. Mr. 'Corbett praised the people for having exhibited such a spirit of independence in coming qo- the xlofencecirffthe riglits s sb.f^theil?-mv^ class. r : .He explained .some circuinsjapqesi connected ’ivith Hlia.'holdings, ■ aiid 1 - thin* received with loud cheers for “the stars, and stripes.”—Mr. Redpath praised the'patriot priest who had brought out his people last spring and planted qats^Jipder; the very shadow of British bayonets; ' He described British rule in Ireland as “ the most tyrannical Government .bm the face 'blithe earth. ” He contrasted, in sarcastic terms, the conduct of the “ barefooted ladies” before him, who cheerfully worked for their country, with tlier conduct of the Qo cen, who gave only one day’s wages to the starving poor: lof Ireland. Landlordism in Ireland must die if the,lrish >verc over fo bo a-happy, contented, and prosperous people.—At the conclusion of the speech, cheers were given for the American Republic, A large number of carts were employed all day in carrying the oats to Claremorris.. When the work was done, the lai'gost drag, containing the band, followed by a long string of outside cars, and a number of'carts loaded with oats, moved back to Claremorris. On passing the residence of a landlord, some one shouted, “Death to landlords.” The band struck up .with the “ Dead March ” in Saul, amid great applause. On the seat of the drag was a president of a branch of the Land League, carrying in his amis a sheaf of . the. oats. Every man in the cars wore .an .ear. of, the corn in his hat, and the women and children wore similarly decorated. . On arriving at the outskirts of the town, the band struck up “See the Conquering Hero comes,” and the streets were thickly lined with men, .women, and children.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 211, 8 December 1880
THE IRISH LAND LEAGUERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 211, 8 December 1880
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