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The Donegal Evictions.

In the- "Glasgow Weekly Mail" of March 2nd the following article appears: At eight o clock that morning the little village of Falcarragh presented an unwonted appearance. Mounted orderlies were prancing to and fro. Ciang of arms and steel again resounded, and the district once more assumed that appearance of military possession which evoked so much attention during the prosecution of Mr Conybeare and on other occasions. It had been at first intended that this campaign should t# one of gigantic dimensions, and thatapi entire"bdliiitryside should be laid waste, but a judicious regard for the feelings of the British electorate induced the Government, to apply some of that" pressttre wlthuS <She law which immortalised Sir Michael Beach's Chief Secretaryship. The remaining eviction decrees on the Swiney and Stewart estates have been allowed to lapse, but the powers, that be on the Olpheft estate have proved themselves determined to exact their pound of flesh. The scene of the evictions waa Glasserchoc, the fringe of which is washed by the waters of the Atlantic. '. One of the first houses marked .out for to-day was that of widow Curtail and no small excitement, was occasioned by the discovery that another grim tyrant, Death, had done his work before the arrival of ..the. myrmidons of the landlord. It appears | that deceased had been m failing health for some time past, find it is thought the' shock of her approaching eviction served? m no inconsiderable degree to hasten her j death. A very painful scene was witnessed at the house of Bridget Magee, whose mother had been evicted last May, and had since resided with her. Both mobher and' daughter were lying ill upon the earthern floor, and the whole scene was really painful to look upon. Father M'Faddett objected to the eviction proceeding until the army surgeon should pronounce an opinion, and Dr Allen, whose fairness and humanity arg beyond criticism, refused to allow the eviction to proceed. On Father ;M'Faddeh's application, the surgeon again intervened at, the' house cf Mr James Curran, a helpless old man, and the evic-! tion was abandoned. The forces then tramped acrosft the bogs to a wretched hovel simitar to all those m the, townland. The Ordinary structure is about ten feet by six, and five feet m height, and contains only one comr partment. At night father, mother, and five or six of a family are scattered over the damp floor, and m the same apartment with the family, is a cow and perhaps a calf tied to a stake a few feet distant. From such a hovel were the two poor sisters driven to?day, the family of one of them m Scotland endeavoring to earn the rent to keep the old roof above their heads. In fact,|it is from the service wages of their daughter m Ireland, and the harvest wages of their sons m England and Scotland that the poor tenants are able to gather the rent at all. At the • house of Alec Terry the family had literally to be dragged out, including the mother and daughter, and when the latter saw her mother being pushed forward her feelings overcame her, and she made a frantic effort to assist the She afterwards attempted to; rush through the cordon, but m a short time the humble furniture was rudely tossed out and the door and windows, barricaded, and the forces thereupon started for fresh fields and pastures new. . The next house was'soon surrounded by the bayonets and rifles, and, as the result of a fearless descent of the: forces, an old man of 98 years was carried out on a chair and placed beside a ditch. At Philip M'9affer.ty's his child was found to be dying, and Dr Allen having refused toeertify ( it fit for removal, the eviction had to be abandoned. Denis O'Brien, an old man of over eighty years, presented a most affecting sight as he tottered from the home m which he had lived from youth, and m which he hoped to spend his declining clays. His clothing was veritably of shreds and patches, and his married daughter was evicted from; a still more wretched hovel adjoining her father's, the material of which was turf, and without ventilation. When the house of Catherine Ferry was reached Father Boyle drew attention to the fact that the tenant was a helpless invalid, and asked that the army surgeon be sent for. The agent refused, and Father Boyle replied that he would warn them of the consequences. After considerable delay the agemt announced that the eviction would be adjourned till tomorrow to enable the friends to remove her to a place of safety. ■; In all twenty-five evictions took place to-day.

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The Donegal Evictions., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2455, 1 July 1890

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The Donegal Evictions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2455, 1 July 1890

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