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TRIUMPH OF PARNELL.

[Peb Press Association.] London, February 26. It having been found that the case of Murphy, formerly a compositor on the " Irishman," from whom Pigott 1 said he purchased Parnell and Egan's | letters, was identical with that of Pigott, ( the Commission adjourned early to , enable the proprietors of the " Times " 1 to consider their position. Sir Charles i Russell, counsel for the Parnellites, dei clared that a foul conspiracy existed 1 behind Houston and Pigott, and he was determined to probe the matter to \ the bottom. Mr Parnell has taken out ' a warrant at Bow Street Police station for the g.rrest of Pigott on a charge of ; forging the letters and committing 1 perjury. 1 At the sitting of the Special Com ' mission today, Sir James Hannen ) called for affidavits m support of Pigott's | confession. The manager of Ander ton's \ Hotel, where Pigott had been lodging, , gave evidence that Pigott had not been f seen at the hotel since the Monday 1 after Sir Charles Russell said he was | | prepared to prove that Pigott had carried on a system of commercial forgery ' for years. r The confession which Pigott is said , to have made before Messrs Labouchere , and Sala had been forwarded to Parnell, i who returned it with an intimation that f he refused to negotiate, either" dircatly or indirectly, with Pigott. J In his letter to the «« Times," Pigott adheres to his former statement that the f first batch of letters were genuine, and I he bogged the " Times " to intercede i and provide for his children. In. b,is letter Pigott charged Houston with be- [ traying the " Times," and he charged ' the " Times " with breach of confidence m disclosing his name. Pigott made an affidavit endorsing his statement m the letter. Sir R. B. Webster, Attorney-General and counsel for the " Times," said he was undecided as to the coarse he would, take m future. As Mr Tarnell left the Court and proceeded along the streets he was greeted I with cheers. In the House of Commons ho was met with ringing cheers from his party, and there were load cries of " Pigottism " and " Pigottry.'* Mr Pajfnejl challenged, the Government to capture Pigott. In reply, Mr H, Matthews, the Home Secretary, replied that he had not been officially informed of Pigott's disappearance. Mr A. J. Balfour, Irish Secretary, when questioned on the subject, said he was not officially concerned m the whereabouts of Pigott. The police explained that they shadowed Pigott m, ord^r to prevent his being mobbed m tho streets, but they were not instructed to prevent his escape from the country. It is suspected that be left for Franca by the Saturday night's steamer' In London Pigott's evidence has caused a great deal of excitement, but Ireland is seething. The Press delare that the case against Parnell, so far as the letters are concerned, has collapsed, and censure the reckless imprudent conduct of tho " Times." Pigott has telegraphed to his housekeeper to burn papers which he left behind him m his house at Kingstown. The action brought m Scotland by Parnell against the " Times " has been dismissed by mutal consent, and the " Times " was allowed costs. London, February 27. Tho Press are commenting on the extraordinary disclosures m Pigott's evidonco m defiance of the order of tho Court. Tho " Standard " advises that the Commission should be abandoned. It censures the " Times " for gullible negligence, and says that Parnell has been recklessly injured. The paper adds that by the action of the "Times" the prestige of the English Press has been shaken. The « Daily Telegraph " asserts that the charges haye practically collapsed, and it considers the " Times " guilty of <* fatuous ineptitude." 'Parnell, it sayß, is innocent of tbo damning suspicions, and from having been injured and persecuted is triumphant. A witness named Maguire while waiting to give evidence before the " Times "-Parnell Commission died suddenly, and it is rumored that he committed suicide. It is supposed, that Pigott has made his espape to Antwerp.

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TRIUMPH OF PARNELL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2075, 28 February 1889

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TRIUMPH OF PARNELL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2075, 28 February 1889

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