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THE PARNELL COMMISSION

[Pjb Pbess Association .J London, December 9. Molloy, who was arrested m Dublin on a warrant issued by the Special Commission, was brought up for examination to-day. He denied that he was one of the " Inrincibles," though he was associated with some persons forming that secret body. He was examined as to the Phosnix Park murders, and admitted that he had given information to " The Times " agent, by which the litter was misled. (Per mall steamer at Auckland.) LoiTOOir, November 17. A painful scene was witnessed m Court on November 16th daring the trial of "The Times "-Parnell libel suit. Lady Honntmorreß was called into tbe box, and testified that a friendly feeling existed between her husband and bin tenants on the Ebor Hall Estate at Clondar, County Ctalway, until the Land League began to bold meetings tbero. In July, 1880, her husband obtained a writ of ejectment against a tenant. In tbe following September, while witneßs wai m Scotland her husband was shot. She went to Ireland to attend the funeral. The men refused to give Lady Mountmorres assistance m pntting the coffin into the hearse. She left jSbor Hall m October, and while on her way to the steamer the people laughed at and booted her, and a stone was thrown at her eight-year-old son. Her husband bad received threatening notices after the League meetings had been held. Sir C. Xtaesel 1 , counsel for tbe Parnellitee, was proceeding to cross-examine Lady Mountxnorreß when she fainted, and would have fallen to the floor had not a Court officer caught her. Sir Charles therefore Intimated that he would not proceed further m the cross-examination. The testimony taken after Lady Mount morres* withdrawal indicated still further the hatred of the peasantry to Lord Mountmorres. Sergt O'Connor said he aaw a man dance around the bloodstains which marked the scene of the murder. A constable named Drummond deposed that the people refused to assist the police m enquiring into the murder. It vu announced that the Commission would next hear the testimony concerning the disturbance In County Kerry. Sir Charlea Unwell protested when tbe announcement was made, fie said It was rery 'difficult to follow the one if the prosecution moved from one county to another evidence connecting outrages with the persona lCQUied, The preotdlng Judge, Sir James Hannen, agreed with Sir Charles Russell that the Commission could follow the evidence by the method m which It was propoied to give It only with enormous difficulty, but when atsared by counsel that there were no other .means to shorten the ctse than the course fropOßed, tbe Court wm bound to assent. lr Charles Russell thereupon said, ** Beally all I can do then is to protest against the coarse whloh certainly will not conduce to facilitate tbe enquiry." Pat. Sullivan, farmer} County Kerry, wis then examined. He said In Jane, 1884, a man came to his door and called him out and shot him. After he recovered from the wound he was called upon to atsend the meeting of the League, where he wts asked tdiefc a particular tenant off with a reductloa of rent. He gave assent* He did cot conneot the shooting with any members of the Lesgae. At the meeting he was not threatened m any way, Sullivan was then re-examined by the Attorney-General, Sir B. Webster, who asked—" Since you came here today have you spoken to either of the Messrs Harrington 1" Messrs Timothy and Edward Harrington rose from their teats »nd denied ever seeing Sullivan before to-day. Juittoe Hannen, addreislDg Timothy Harrington said — This proceeding is ijulte j Irregular. You ought to know that you cannot take part m the case both ai | counsel and witness. Mr Harrington replied— l did not appear as a witness. Sir J. Hannen— You oannot Interfere •tall. Hr Harrington—The Attorney-General mentioned my name, and I must request you to afford me tbe protection of the Court Sir J. Hannen— Let the Court adjourn, We must maintain deoorum. The Judges left the Benoh hurriedly amid • scene of great excitement. Counsel for both tides remained m their places. Mr Harrington consulted with tbe counsel for defence. The Judges were absent ten minutes, and wben they resumed their plftoea Mr Harrington immediately said he did not mean any disrespect to the Court. Sit J. Hannen responded— "All persons must obey the directions of the Court ; lam glad to receive your statement." Tbe taking of testimony wai then resumed.

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THE PARNELL COMMISSION, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2009, 10 December 1888

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THE PARNELL COMMISSION Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2009, 10 December 1888

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