THE PARNELL COMMISSION.
In opening the case for the defence j before the " Times "-Parnell Comis-j sion to-day, Sir Chas. Russell said 340 witnesses had testified much that was irrelevant to the issue and as to that which was not m existence, viz., Irish crime. After the collapse of the forged letters the learned counsel contended that the pith and marrow of the inquiry had been destroyed. The " Times," he said, was consistent m its hostility to Ireland, and had to a large extent assisted m estranging Ireland from England. He characterised, the procedure of Sir R. E. Webster m accusing the League of being concerned m land grabbing, boycotting, and cattle maiming as unfair, as offences of this nature had been m existence long before the League was established. The action of the League had lessened crime m Ireland, and it had only discussed the historic aspect of the Irish question. The Court was crowded during the day.
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