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[By Telegraph.] Invercargill, To-day. Between 400 and 500 persons attended Mr Stout’s lecture on “The Irish Land Question,” the Mayor (Mr N. Johnston) being in the chair. Mr Stout reviewed the causes leading to the present crisis, expressing his opinion that, so far, the Land League had been a means of preventing rather than of occasioning agrarian outrages. Keferring to the oppression that had been practised on Ireland, he remarked that if the same had been done in Scotland the people would have resisted to the bitter end, and have conquered, too. He hoped for better things under the wise legislation of Mr Gladstone and Mr Bright, and pointed out that to the colonists the position of affairs gave valuable lessons of what to avoid in legislation. They had to guard against the growth of the landlord ckiss, the existence of which in this colony was due to the unwisdom of the earliest legislation. The lecturer held that the remedy for Irish unrest was Home Rule, the establishment of a kind of Provincial Parliament, and reforms in the land laws.

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MR STOUT ON THE IRISH LAND QUESTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 311, 5 April 1881

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MR STOUT ON THE IRISH LAND QUESTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 311, 5 April 1881

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