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How Pigott's Diary was Procured.

A news agency has received from Dublin the following account of the way in which Pigott's diary and other documents were procured :—" After Mr Houston's admissions as to the destruction of some of the correspondence that passed between that gentleman and Pigott it was ennsidered by some of the Nationalist party that the originals of Houston's letters might bo found at Pigott's late residence at Sandycove, near Kingstown. Pigott's house was at this time closely watched by two or three members of the metropolitan police specially detailed for that purpose. The only occupants were the housekeeper and two children of th« suie'de. Some year 3 ago Pigott borrowed L9OO odd from a widow named Shields, for which he paid interest quarterly. Shields subsequently resided in Pigott's house as a lodger, and her lodgirg pension was at the rate of about L7O per annum, Instead of paying th's pension the amount was deducted from the loan, and this arrangement continued for some years. When Mrs Shields and Pigott parted, the latter still owed a large balance to the widow, to whom even until the beginning of February last he continued to pay interest on the balance due. Matters were in this condition when Pigott fled to Spain, and Mrs Shields then became frightened as to the prospects of the recovery of her money. On the night of the Ist of March two men, who had a key which opened the hall door of Pigott's house, entered it, and upon being questioned by an old woman who acted as housekeeper, stated they had an execution against Pigott's goods at the suit of Mrs Shields and would make levy unless the money were paid. The money, of course, was not forthcoming, and the two men then said they would remain in possession. The housekeeper went to bed, and on getting up in the morning found ' the bailiffs ' were gone. Two drawers and a desk bad been opened during the night and certain papers abstracted, which included the diary and a number of letters. The two men who had acted the part of bailiffs were seen by some Kingstown police on the road to Kingstown, but were not interfered with. Subsequently, on the police being communicated with, investigations were made, with the, result that Mrs Shields stated she had never authorised any person to vi*!t Pigott'a house oii her behalf, and, besides, had never taken any legal proceedings whatever' in the matter. Warrants were then issued for the arrest of the two men who had entered the house; but it is stated that although both are well known in Dublin, they have, so far, evaded the vigilance of the police. Pigott's house is now vacant."

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How Pigott's Diary was Procured., Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889

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How Pigott's Diary was Procured. Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889