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‘THE TIMES’-PARNELL COMMISSION.

[By Elbotbio Tblb3Bafh—Oopybioht.J [Pee Fbbss Association. )

LONDON, Mat 22.

Before ‘The Times’-Parnell Commission Mr William O’Brien stated that his paper, ‘ United Ireland,’ had never incited outrage. Mr T, Harrington, M.P., secretary of the League, bad always taken measures to suppress such branches of the National League as were guilty of using strong language or encouraging outrage. He admitted being sresent5 resent at the Convention in America when ohn Finerty, the dynamitard, declared they would get nothing from England except by the sword. On that occasion both he and Michael Davitt had replied advocating reconciliatory tactics. Patrick Ford, editor of the * Irish World,’ appeared to regard Mr Parnell as his mortal enemy, and he had told Ford that his action was imperilling Parnell’s policy. Mr O’Brien declared that personally be had not been connected with the commission of crime, directly or indirectly. Boycotting, with intimidation, he thought was quite justifiable and constitutional. He admitted that he had advised the Mitchelson tenants to fight for their homes. He thought it quite a legitimate course to publish the names of members of the League, though he could not countenance the publication of the names of those who abstained from joining the League. He justified resistance to eviction, and said his paper—' United Ireland ’ —although it had never denounced secret societies, had tried to win young men from them. He dissented from much that had appeared in the columns of the ‘ Irishman,’ and declared that be had always found Patrick Egan acting in a constitutional manner. [Special to Peess Association. J LONDON, May 22. Mr O’Brien stated that he had never been sworn a member of any Fenian society, though he had never made any pretence of loyalty until the year 1885 .Witnessalso stated that illegality was inbred in the Irish people as the result of the oppression to which they had been subjected.

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‘THE TIMES’-PARNELL COMMISSION., Issue 7915, 24 May 1889

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‘THE TIMES’-PARNELL COMMISSION. Issue 7915, 24 May 1889

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