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THE IRISH QUESTION.

TO THE EDITOR, Sir,—lf all the Protestants of Ireland had been imbued with the bigotry of your correspondent signing himself "Irishman," the Catholics would have no rates at all to pay. Luring the penal laws they were reduced almost to tho level of the brute; I they dare not attend school or learn a trade, I much less hold land. But there were Borne ! generous souled Protestants who held their land for them, and when tho Penal Code was repealed transferred it to the rightful owners; hence the few Catholic land proprietors we have. We will get Home Rule, and with it peasant proprietary, so then the Catholics will be paying most of the rates, and they will make, I hope, better laws for everybody than the " Baby Parliament of the Pale" made for Catholics, as witnesses one or two. Out of his little wages "shiftless, thriftless Pat," as his enemies delight to call him, saved sufficient to lend, and his wealthy invaders wanted to borrow, but Pat could not lend, so they passed a Bill to enable Catholics to lend money on mortgage. Such was the first dawn of citizenship which broke on poor Pat. The next was to allow him to reclaim bogs, and no doubt those tenants your correspondent writes of are of this class, for Donegal abounds in bogs and mountains. A few years ago more than half of it was waste land, let to tenants rent free for the first seven years, and after one shilling per acre till it became better improved ; but at no time was it to exceed ten shillings. So that tho good dwelling and smith's forge which the brave descendant of "O'Donnell Aboo" clung to with so much tenacity were his own improvements. The old story : tenants improving and making fertile barren land at a low rental, and then the landlord's son or grandson raising it to its improved value; and if Pat demurs, bring over Scotch or English, who, in moßt cases, become " more Irish than the Irish themselves," even in one generation. Your correspondent should sign himself " West Britisher," for such are his principles. Men of his creed are greater enemies to Ireland than any English or Scotch citizen. Indeed, many of the latter are our best friends, for which we feel deeply grateful. A change is slowly but surely coming over all things, when men of his principles hold up such countries as Austria, Spain, and Italy for our edification. The Home Rule leaders never advocated the non-payment of rent, and it is false to say so.—l am, etc, Irishwoman, Duuedin, May 9.

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THE IRISH QUESTION., Issue 7905, 13 May 1889

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THE IRISH QUESTION. Issue 7905, 13 May 1889

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