Some interesting points were developed m tire investigation iiio the Cronin murder. Says an American correspondent: — Dr P. H, Cronin was a prominent member of the Clan-tta-Gvel Society. So was Alexander Sullivan, ' * lawyer, speculator, and adventurer of Chicago wi'h an unsavory record. Sullivan was accused by Dr Cronin aud others of misappropriating funds held m trust for Irish defer cc. Sullivan, it was shown, had re*, ceived large sums of money for this defence fund ; that he became interested iv grain and real estate speculations ; snd tint he was spending money otherwise largely ia excess of his own means. With reference to tbe Clan* na-Gael Socety it was showa that while tbe rank and .file were honestly and earnestly working for the cause of self government i a their fa hrrland, their leaders were nothing more or less than a gang of conspirators and assassins. The case is well stated by a local First : That these conspirators— constituting , at the time the governing body, but not the rank and file of the Clan-na-Gael— had no sympathy with Mr Parnell and his scheme of constitutional agitation, or with the efforts of Mr Gladstone for a measure of Home Rule for Ireland. They wanted to break fdr Pirnell down. His purpose is net revolutionary, and does not involve separation from Great Britain or the setting up of a " Republic " iv Ireland. Every measure of success obtained by Parnell and Gladstone was a blow to the so-called " revolutionary " cause and every setback to that cause had a bad effect on the centributions. Ihe Irish patr'ots who handled the fueds were out for revenue," and they tcok an immediate' and earnest interest m. keeping up the flow of United States currency:. into the treasury of the Clan-ra-Gael, which they afterwards tapped for the'r own personal uses. It was important to them that the "Irish Republic" chimera shou'd be constantly m the foreground, and tbat Parnell's pan of constitutional agitation should fall into dis eputa and fail. To accomplish this they thcug'.t there was no surer way than to establish a propaganda of force for which Parnell would be held responsible morally if not actually, and thus brngodiuin upon him and his cause. Second : They wanted money for their own private uses, and to get money it was necessary that they should undertake operations of force ih a grand and spectacular manner, like the explos'on m Westminister Hall or the blowing cp of London Bridge. It is safe to say that they h?d no intent : on of striking terror to the hearts of the Er glish by thf se dramatic disp'ays, which they knew under the circumstances would be fia'coes. Their scheme was to enthuse their ignorant Irish dupes m this country aud to stimulate co' lections. Each ••explosion " m Ec gland was a prelude ta the passing of the contribution box among tbe " camps " m America. Third : To cover their ulterior purpose of _ raising money for personal snd private use, it was necessary to prepare m advance au account of the dispositions of these funds. What more plausible explanation could be made than the statement that tht. funds had been made over to the dynamitards? How easy it was to charge Ihe money up to them, said them across the ocean to take their chances after having noti6ed the English of then- coming, knowing that once lodged m -Encash prisons or executed, their accounts could not be audited. Meanwhile the em* bezzlers could sjpeculate to their heart's oontent with the Irish funds, and there is every reason to believe that they did, until Cronin and his thends discovered the game; since which time Ihe subscriptions have naturally languished.
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THE CLAN-NA-GAEL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2189, 2 August 1889
THE CLAN-NA-GAEL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2189, 2 August 1889
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