THE IRISH QUESTION.
Repressive Insures. , ’ . j l , A Protest' tiy the nfehiher fbt OuMIH.” ilk A'.,:v,.;h:q »i!.T W " Wbs }-Trial of LeaptrsA;;; ; ' [By Cable.] : ; ' ' J ' ' London; Jfip. 24. In the House of Commons to-day, the Right Hon. W. E. Forster, Chief Secretary.for Ireland, asked leave tp introduce a Bill empowering the Viceroy of Ireland to; issue \yarrants fdr the arrest and detention of all persons sus-
pected of treason, and to take steps to restrict the sale and possession of arms in any district.
London, Jian. 25.. A Bill for the adoptiorLof CoerpVe, measures in Ireland was introdjiceji-by the Irish Secretary in the House Commons to-day. The which it proposes to give thei-WieCrOy, to issue writs for the arrest and detention of suspected persons, and persons guilty of treasonable conduct, will hold good till October, 1882. . , V Dr. Lyons, given nbtiee bf an Amendment: ,on the measure, requiring ’Government: to carry out reforms in Ireland before pursuing a-policy of coercion. In the course of a speech made in the Hotrseto-day, Sir Stafford Northcote, referring to the remarks made by the Secretary for Ireland, in introducing his Bill, said.ttjaf ,Mn were sadly convincing of the. necessity: for immediate stringent measures in regard to Ireland. ; . ■ The trial of the 1 Leaguers at Dublin still proceeds. Judge Fitzgerald finished his . summing up to-day. The whole tenor of‘his address is generally admitted to have been strongly hostile.to the accused Leaguers. .. ■
(Per Steamers at AurJdanPand the Stuff:} London, Jan. 10. In connection with the state trials now being: proceeded with, the Government have consented to permit members who are amongst the accused to .attegd ; '.;the sittings of Parliament,' bn tlib'undfemlfnding ’that they must appear in Court’, to receive sentence when called upon. Recently the Tenantry-in certain ’districts in Ireland refused to permit the gentry,to hunt on their farms. It is now reported that many farmers in Galway are hunting over the porperty of their landlords. " January IT. 1 The ’ flying column of troops recently organised in Ireland hare started through the disaffected portions of the country., January 12. ■ ’ The Honxe Rule party,i nf which Mr. Shaw is the leader, has renounced Parnellism. January 17.
It has been decided that certain members of the Cork Land League who havV been instrumental in stirring up sedition in the county shall be prosecuted. There are some signs now that the Land League feels that the popular passions arb getting beyond its control, and desires to check them. A recent manifesto from the Dublin Central Organization to its.branches. throughout Ireland disavows the outrages,, though at the same time it declares that there must be no compropaise or partnership with landlordism. -'The proposals known as fixity of tenure and sale -must be repudiated. The charges of Justices-to the Grand Juries in various provinces all depict the anarohial condition of the country in the darkest colors. The English papers are full of letters from victims of the Land League, some indig 5 nantly protesting - against the robbersV tyranny, and violence to which they are subjected; others making touching appeals for help in the extremities to which they, have been reduced by the loss of Terits y sale as a source of income; Public opinion in England is gradually favoring the stern repression of the disorder before . the measures of land reform should be introduced.- The fresh Cabinet crisis, which occurred this.week owing to the renewal of the demand by Mr. Forster for immediate coercive measures, has been again tided over. It is now stated that the Ministry, yielding to Mr. Forster’s repeated representations, agreed to include the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act among the coercive measures. As regards the other provisions of the Coercion Bill, they will be regulated by events, and official i-nquirieswill be conducted mainly by English detective officers. The Land Reform Bill will be presented at the same time as the Coercion Bill, and the Government are now elaborating it: Nevertheless, it is a grave question still whether the state of things between this and .the opening: of Parliament may not compel the adoption of stronger measures without waiting for Land Reform. The last prominent instarice of Boycotting is that of Bruce Jones, owning a large farm near Cork, who is being treated in the same manner as Captain Boycott, and has to be guarded by armed men day and night. . The technical point raised regarding the legality of evidence tendered by a large number of witnesses which it was intended to call for the defence of the land leaguers was sustained by ihe Court, and the witnesses withdrawn. : -
Earl Fortescue having asked a question in the House of Lords as to what measure the Government intended to adopt in carrying out their announced poljoy. of coercion in Ireland, Earl 'Granville declined to state the intentions of. the Government. He notified that a Bill will be introduced- in the Commons dealing with the whole Irish question,' and until the measure was announced information as to the further intentions of the Government would not only be premature but indiscreet.
Mr. Gladstone has taken up a threatening attitude towards the party of obstruct tion in the House of Commons. He has condemned , Justin McCarthy’s amendment to the address, sarcastically remarking that Parliament' was not a debating society. : He characterised the amendment as an insult to the Throne. Parnell made a speech, in the course of widen he vaunted the power of the Irish Land League. ' Several disorderely scenes occurred. The militia barracks at Edinburgh have been burned down. It is no doubt the work of an incendiary, and is suspected to be part of the Fenian scheme, to destroy the military bar racks and arsenals.
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THE IRISH QUESTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 252, 26 January 1881
THE IRISH QUESTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 252, 26 January 1881
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