A Spiritual Commission.
An English paper says ;—“ A gentleman who owns property in one of the disturbed districts in Ireland has obtained full payment of his rents by a novel expedient. In good, prosperous times his rental is upwards of 1.9,000 a year, and up to the end of last year he was paid with wonderful regularity, though, of course, after the harvest of that and of the previous year, he made a substantial return to his tenants. In 1880 his rents first fell into arrear, and finally he received, about November, the usual option of Griffith’s valuation or nothing at all. Neither alternative commended itself to his taste or pocket, but being a man not easily beaten and somewhat fertile in expedients, he bethought himself of the parish priest, who exercises spiritual sway over the principal portion of his estate. To him he wrote, offering per cent on the gross rental if paid within a certain time, and without deduction on account of Griffith’s valuation or Land League peculiarities. In due course he received the last instalment, and now not one of his tenants is in debt to him for a single shilling.”
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 288, 9 March 1881
A Spiritual Commission. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 288, 9 March 1881
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