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JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY.

TO THE EDITOR.,. Siii,-s- Would you kindly permit me to rectify one or two errors that appeared m the nans ?yric on John Boyle-O'Reilly, published m Tuesday's "Mail" ,It is therein stated that he made his escape from Australia, by means of * "achooner" specially despatched by friends m America for this purpose ; but as a matter- of fact this was not the case. Having intimated to the Rev. P. M'Cabe, a missionary m Western Australia, his. intention of making a desperate effort, to regain his freedom, and having unfolded to him the plans whereby he hoped to succeed, he was promptly told that such a course of action as he meditated - meant nothing less than suicide. On departing, however, hi)- 1 friend wnd, "Let, me think out a plan ft I you." After the lapse of some months, ho received a message to the effect that "the American whalers would "touch at Bunbury for water, m February {it was then December) (md he. Father t M'Cabe would make arrangements with one of the captains for my escape " (O'Reilly's own account of his escape). Accordingly, one Captain Baker promised to pick him up if he should sight him out of Australian waters ;;but he was no); true to his word. In due time the barquo appeared, and although . O'Reilly signalled and shouted most vigorously from his open boat, Baker did not^ see him. At any rate that was the poor excuse' he framed when afterwards interrogated on the subject. Arrangements were then made with Captain Gfbrd, of the Gazelle, who promised to take him on board, and afterwards did so. Afterhiany exciting adventures he reached America, and according to the "Pilot," of which he was late editor, he did not know a soul there. It is also stilted that he '* proposed retiring to Ireland m a few months to pass the remainder of his days ;" but' this I hardly think possible, as he still owed England twenty years' penal servitude. There, till the day of his death, he' was looked upon as convict No, ,9483, but m that great, glorious, and mighty empire m the far West, the land of his adoption, he was considered a talented, pure-tjpartcd, devoted son. Apologising for troubling you-—I am, etc., " Eemt." [We wrote from memory as to O'Reilly' escape, and the detailed particular ■ furnished by our 1 correspondent ar doubtless as accurate as they 'are interesting. There is), however,' onlj this difference between vs—We stated that the vessel had been sent out from America for him, while ."Erin!' says (doubtless correctly) that arrangements were made with a vessel already m Australian seas. As to his "proposed retirement to Ireland our information was obtained direct from O'Reilly's own family, arid we fancy the explanation of the difficulty which "Erin" raises is thai there was an amnesty granted some .years ago.—Eb.] t . . „.-,.

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JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2547, 18 October 1890

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JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2547, 18 October 1890

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