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THE IRISH QUESTION.

TO THB EDITOE.

Sir,—" Irishman ” is so blinded by his prejudice that he cannot see when his statements are refuted. The burden of his complaint seems to be that Home Rule will give the Catholics, who do not pay rates, the power to make laws. Surely in my letter signed “ Irishwoman ” I showed the position of Catholics and rates sufficiently to convince all sane persons the Catholics pay heavy rents, which ought to be as useful in the good government and wealth of a country as rates. In the time of Dean Swift the annual rental of Ireland was but L2,000,COO; to-day it is about LI 5,000,000. Will anyone conversant with Irish landlordism hesitate to say whether the increased value is due to the landlords or to the people ? It is an unqualified falsehood to state that all the squalor and wretchedness of the country is amongst the Catholics, and to hint it is their fault. Take them in this City, and considering that they left Home without trades and with very little edneacation, they have done their work as colonists as well as any other people in our community. “Irishman’s” shallowness is exemplified by his writings; none but he would expect the recently emancipated Catholics to be as wealthy and prosperous as their Protestant invaders. When he was one of the prosperous I wonder he did not atop among the luxuries he so glibly describes. The best thing he can do is to return and farm O’Donnell’s holding, and Eay the rent with the milk in winter that e can never get from the poor cows. I fling back with the contempt it deserves his insinuation about my treatment of Protestants. The part of Ireland I hail from (Queen’s County) is as loyal and peaceably disposed as any other in all the country. So much so that Mr Balfour’s present Coercion Act has been repealed in the whole country. When a girl 1 stood shoulder to shoulder with Protestant schoolmates, and they and I and our parents never had the least differences about) religion, although in my uatjvie village aad earroaodiog districts

there must have been fifty Catholics to ono Protestant. It is only where Protestants predominate that religious feuds occur. I wish this correspondent (I won’t call him “Irishman,” because he does not descivc the name) had remained there, and not come to hatch trouble amongst colonists who are willing to reach the hand of liberty to everybody. Rack-renting and absentee landlordism the Home Rulers are combating against, not Protestantism, as he wants your readers to infer. He and others of his thinking ought to accept the inevitable gracefully, for peasant proprietary will come for England and Scotland much less Ireland. New Zealand produce in the Home maiketa is doing more to bring it about than all the agitators since the so-called Union. In one of his letters “Irishman” taunts the poor people with their want of education. Surely it is but another proof they want some luie from the one which has kept them in such ignorance. It is the duty of all governments to educate their people. And, now, let mo tell you a few of Ireland’s natural resources, for with ail his boasted knowledge of what is “ behind the scenes,” which seems to consist of harassing the poor tenants and grudging them the few pounds saved —no doubt, through the greatest self-denial your correspondent appears to know little concerning them. The soil of Ireland, for the most part, is oue of the richest in Europe, The bogs which lie higher than the surrounding country can be easily drained, when they make good land. Its rivers are mostly navigable. The Shannon, larger than any in England or Scotland, is ICO miles long, and enters the ocean by Limerick City, in a noble estuary eleven miles broad. But, alas ! for the trade of Limerick. Its harbors are numerous and excellent; fourteen of them are some of the largest in the world, and fourteen more of smaller size, together with innumerable inlets, capable of sheltering fishing and other small craft, Cork County contains four that will receive the largest ships of the Hue at all tides. There is more water power running waste in Lough Corrib, in Galway, than would turn every spindle in Manchester. These are some of the maligned country’s natural resources, and to foster and improve them is the aim of the Home Rule party, not to quarrel with their Protestant neighbors. I could give many more instances, but my domestic duties will not permit nor your space allow. To this letter I subscribe my name and address, a thing I hope this correspondent will do in future; if not, he deserves to be clasred with those who shoot from behind a hedge, for he is now shooting from under cover at a whole nation.—l am, etc., Kate Rosshotham. Leith Valley, J unc S.

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THE IRISH QUESTION., Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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THE IRISH QUESTION. Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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