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The North of Ireland.

An extract from the Belfast JVltness of Nov. 2nd reads as follows : “It is a matter of pardonable pride, or we should rather say devout thankfulness, that here in the North we knqw nothing of the appalling state of things which has so blackened the name of other parts of Ireland. In Ulster, life and property are as secure as in Scotland or England—indeed, more secure, for our criminal statistics compare favorably with those of either country. Farmers in the North may have grievances to complain of as well as farmers in the South, but they do not resort to the blunderbuss or the .midnight foray to have them redressed. Landlords among us have their rights respected and their rents paid; and if their tenants have complaints against their rule, it is to constitutional means they resort for their settlement. Long may it be so ! Long may the Protestant North maintain its character for peacefulness and loyalty! Long may its sons and daughters set a pattern of industry and quietness to all the land ! It is a great injustice to us, and is calculated to leave an utterly erroneous impression on strangers, ignorant of the true state of the case, that when the outrages with the report of which the world is at present ringing, are spoken of in the press, all Ireland is lumped together in responsibility for them. Our American cousins, with their usual shrewdness, learned long ago to distinguish between the ‘ Irish ’ and the 1 Scotch-Irish ’ —to dread the arrival of shiploads of the one class, to welcome as sterling additions to the stock of their national probity and stability the other. It would conduce very much to truth as well as to the maintenance of our reputation as Ulstermen if such distinction were adopted by the press of England and Scotland. Not merely are we happily free from agrarian crime, and from sympathy or complicity with it—there is no greater detestation felt in England for the outrages in the South and West than here in Ulster. We all feel them not only a disgrace to Ireland, but a disgrace to humanity. Far and wide let this be known.”

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The North of Ireland., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 270, 16 February 1881

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The North of Ireland. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 270, 16 February 1881