Irish Faction in America.
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Kvov iAw. t'.ic Chicago Convention of ISS6 Imh-AriTincuu politico have been growing more and more divided. Tho same line of cleawitfo <:: apparent, however, in the most recr'.'v'dispute of the two principal factions a", was visible in 18S6. Then, the SuliivanE«iin party was in .supreme power, and the ""kickers," headed, as now, by John Dcvoy, were bitterly opposing tlio Clan-na-Gael Executive. The latest reports show that the Croufr murder has only emphasised and embittered the disputes of the two sections. On August 15 two great meeting •• were held in Chicago—one called by the Cr-uin Committee to denounce the murderers of Dr Cronin, and the other called by a committee of Irish-Americans, heeded by John F. Finerty, editor of the Chicago 'Citizen,' for the "'expression of Irish National sentiment." The proceeds of the first, which was ht'.d at Cheltenham Beach, were to go to the prosecution of DrCronin's murderers ; tho procerus of the other, held at Ogdon's Grove, to Mr PiirneU's private treasury in Dublin. The internecine rancour and hatred exhibited at theso meetings can only be appreciated by extiacfcs from the reported speeches. At "the Cheltenham Beach meeting, according to the 'Boston Pilot,'there were betworn 18,000 and 20,000 persons present. Mr P. W. Dunne, in his opening speech, attacked the Ogden's Grove meeting as a fractional display dominated by tricksters, and said that while the affair was professedly called in aid of the Parncll movement, it was in reality called to endorse the foulest and most barbarous murder ever recorded in the annals of human crime. He said :" We meet here tiday to vindicate the Clan naGael from complicity in or sympathy with the murder of that noble Irishman, Dr Cronin. We assemble with them to emulate, every lover of social order to strengthen the hands of authority for the punishment of crime."
Congressman Forau was the next speaker. He sa'id : We owe it to ourselves, not only as citizens of thi3 Republic, not only asaons of Ireland, but as men inspired by common humanity, to hunt down tho men who have oatHed this thing to be done, to drag them from their hiding places into the light of God's sunlight and show the world who and what they are. lam not condemning anyone ; I don't know who did this thiag ; but I do say that whoever did it, be he humble or be he from high places, whether ho walks in lowly paths or moves in lofty circles, drag him out and let him pay the penalty. The speaker paid au eloquent tribute to l)r Cronin as an American eitizan and an Irish patriot, and painted in vivid colors the dreadful and shocking features of the crime by which hia life was taken tiway. i-lo declared that the manner in which the murdei was planned and executed was more like the work of devils than of men. Referring to the statement set on foot that Dr Cronin wan murdered by the agents of Great Britain, the speaker said that if those who made that statement could prove it to be true it was their doty to prove it now, and 60,000,000 of people in the United States would not only demand that such practices should be stopped, but that Great Britain be punished for what she has done. " I call upon the editor of the 'Citizen' and of tho 'lrish World, " said Mr Foran, " to produca their proof if what they say is true. But it is all nonsense ; there is not a particle of truth or probability even in it. They say also that this man was not only a traitor to his race and his country, but that all his friends are traitors. Well, if that is true, there must be a great many traitors in Chicago." Mr Foran concluded with an exhortation to tho audience to do all in their power to punish the conspirators who had caused the death of Dr Cronin.
Hon. Frank Lawler, who was loudly cheered, made a bitter attack on Patrick Ford of the 'lrish World' and John Finerty of the ' Chicago Citizen.' He said : I believe the greatest curse the Irish people have ever had in this country has been the political tricksters, who have traded on their votes in using their country's name. 1 believe that Pat Ford in New York and John Finerty in Chicago are the two bigge3t enemies the Irish people ever had. In 1872 John said ho hoped no dynamite explosion would take place in England until the other lickspittle wa3 theie to participate in it. And who do you think that lickspittle was in 1872? One was James Russell Lowell and the other was James G. Blaine. In 1572 our dear friend, Pat Ford, said in St. Louis that if they tolerated James G. Blaine at a banquet they were not deserving the name of Irishmen. Now, politics make strange bedfellows. John, Jim, and Pat arc sleeping in the one bed to-day. Men say to-day that Dr Cronin is not dead, and even if lie is dead he got what he deserved. These traducers of Dr Cronin are not as near their God to-day as is Dr Cronin. I made inquiries enough to satisfy my mind that no more Christian man lived, no greater lover of his country lived, no more humane or charitable gentleman ever served in the Irish cause than Dr P. H. Cronin. I wish I could say as much for his traducers, but I say may God forgive them for the unholy work they are engaged in. John Devoy, of New York, received an enthusiastic greeting, tie said: This meeting Bhows conclusively that the hearts of the Irish people in Chicago beat in unison with the hearts of their countrymen throughout the United States in of the murder and in determination to bring the murderers to justice. We are face to face with a conspiracy to defeat the ends of justice, to pollute the sources and the channels of information, to save murderers from the consequences of their crime so that they may continue to plot murder and to dip their hands dishonestly in funds raised for the cause of Ireland. We are face to face with a conspiracy that aimß not- alone to do these things, but that aims to enlist in its services the highest functionaries of the land, and to make tho public service a nest of assassins and a reward for the_ perpetration of assassination and other crimes. I do not have one word to say about the unfortunate men now awaiting their trial in the Chicago Gaol. I wish that if they are innocent they may be acquitted, But will the ends of justice be satisfied? Will tho murder of Dr Cronin be properly avenged with the hanging of the men who are deceived and deluded by lying of tho vilest kind into the belief that they were doing a service to tho Irish cause in killing a gallant] and patriotic man ? Unless the law can lay its hands upon and bring to justice the iustigatora of that crime, the men in whoso interests and at whose bidding other crimes are being planned, unless those men aro brought to justice, the other murders which are being plotted, and which the sensation created by the discovery of Dr Croniti's murder alone delays, these other murders will be committed, fresh disgrace will be inflicted on this country and on the Irish race; and then every man whose character is at stake, every man who may consider his life to be in danger, will be as liable in self-defence to violate
the law and take human life as the men who are plotting murder to-day. Mr Devoy charged that the Cronin murder was part of the plan to down Parnell, and that Michael Davitt was cognisant of the project 'to that end. He said: This conspiracy included an effort to enlist in its service the highest functionary in the land. I say here now that Bince the appointment of Patrick Egan as Minister to Chili he has used the prestige and influence given to him by that position for the purpose of aiding in the escape of Dr Cronin's murderers—(ories of "That's so") —and forthe purpose of blacken- , ing the characters of other men. We ate. on our trial before the world. This crime will go unpuuishf.d if the arch-instigators go unhanged. (Cries of " Hear, hear," r.nd uhtn-.rs.) It will do moro to sustain the theory put funvaid by our enemies that we are incapable of tclf-government; that our instincts arc murderous. It will do more to sustain that theory in the minds of the English, the Americans, and all civilisid people throughout the world than anything else. So that (.ur own dearest interests and the good name of our race are involved in seeing that, those murderers are brought to justice. Rev. Father Tuomey closed the speeches with a powerful denunciation of the murderers of Dr Cronin. He said : The hanging of the actual murderers will not reach the root of the crime. That would only be reached when the man with fertile brain and inventive genius who engineered the crime while his pockets were filled with the money plundered from the Irish people should be brought to justice.-(Cheers, and cries of "Sullivan, Sullivan.") It is to this archtraitor that you want to look, and it is to him and his henchmen that you must look, 7ou must look to men who can spend money like water—men who have no vocation or calling which will bring them in the sums which they spend. It is men who can spend 25.000d01, 50,000d01, or 75,000d0l a year, and who murder men to cover it up.— (Tremendous cheers, and cries of " Sullivan, Sullivan," aud "That's the talk.") These are the men that you want to see dance upon nothing—(wild cheers, and cries of " That's the talk," " Hang him, hang him ") —rather than the men who have been deceived and duped into committing crime, for which, doubtless, to-day they aro sorry. For Dr Cronin's honor and his loyalty to Ireland I myself would vouch with my life. —(Tremendous cheers.) Let it be your care to allow no one to utter the slander that Dr j Cronin was not loyal to Ireland. Let it be ' your care to resent the lie that Dr Cronin still lives in the body. He does live in spirit. The address to the public was read by Edmund LahifT. It was a document of tremendous force, expressing confidence and pride in Parnell and Gladstone, and denunciation of the dreadful Cronin murder. Then came the following : Here in our midst, in the Garden City of this Republic, was conceived, planned, and executed this most heinous of crimes; hence it is meet and proper that here in our belovud home, and by this immense demonstration of hor benevolent societies and assembled citizens, wo come together to b.-;ar testimony to the character, patriotism, and virtue of our rr.urdeicd brother, as well a.i to place on record the indignation of civilised humanity at the commission of an atrocious crime; that we declare that the man who conceived these crimes is infamous beyond decription ; that the co-partners iu these crimes are criminals of the deepest dye; that we demand that tbo iastigitorx, the murderers, and dupes', icgardlcss of whether they masquerade in the garments of patriotism or hide behind a deceived pemie, shall he ir.aiked for punishment in accordance with the degree of their crime, and the law fully vindicated by the rigid execution of the same.
Fellow citizens of Irish birth or extraction, we have an additional duty to perform. While tho world is satitucd that lhs Lish people, as a people, h'V.l no hand in this atrocious crime, wo cannot close our eyes to the mistakes of our pooplo that lead up to this crime. A few years 'i<;o union and a brotherly, s;lf-sacrincing spirit of patriotism prevailed araong our people. To elevate our country among the nations of tho hj earth, to call into its service the able, the competent, the honest men of our race, was the ambition of all true patriot'.--. In an evil hour tho malignant, selfidi, and crime stained offupring of the with sleek and hypocriti; al faces, clothed in tho garb of Lisa patriotism, na'ne amongst us. They shouted defiance at the enemy, find galiantly waved our own immortal !:ret-n -V.OOO mi-us over ih- "rcrt," "With 'seemingly earnest words and glittering generalities, they divorced us from our tried and faithful guides, substituting the modern p.triot with one eye and both hands on American office; they filled us with promisee,end at thcsatnctimefillcd Knfiliirh prisons with our patriotic brothers. Thus they led us on st;-p by htep, until "In the r,am • of Ireland they rent into factions every pa'riot Irish society in America; iu the name of Jr. land tiny ret brother against brother ; in the name of Ireland they called for your money ; in the name of Ireland they f died to account for it; in the name of Ireland they betrayed Irishmen int:> the hands of the enemy ; iu tho name of Ireland they attempted to bn-nd as a British *py tho man who was appointed to investigate thctft* great ciiines ; in the name of Ireland they led their criminals and dupes to the Carlson cottage and murdered Dr Cronin ; in the name (if Ireland they would mny bis ht-Ay in Lake Michigan and his memory in infamy; in the name of Ireland these dup:s ard allies would prevent the punishment of these murderers becauso they say it would disgrace the Irish people ; in the name of Ireland this criminal minority would stab American l*w to vindicate fiction." Was ever a people so betrayed? Was ever a peop'e so disgraced '! Was ever a people bo cursed ? Was ever a people so stupefied by the artifices of cunting and criminal arrogance ? Was England ever better served■? Was Ireland ever more deliberately betrayed '! Resolved—-That we denounce with all the force of iiuVguant language our utter abbot rcnee of assassination, murder, anil the moral assassination resorted to by the murdei era of Dr Cronin t > cover up the embezzlf-mont of money and the betrayal of a people whose devotion to the c.'tii"'-) of liberty too of ten makes them the vicryl- iif designing knaves. l-Usoived-Tuat, knowing Dr P. II Cronin to have been a patriotic, high-minded, pure Christian gentleman, utterly incapable of playing tho role of sycophant or falsely living the lifo of a spy, we brand as the trost malicious libel and moral assassination the infamous report that he was an agent of England. On the contrary, knowing him to have been a devoted defender of honesty and truth, we hereby declare it to be our solemn conviction that, for hia faithful adherence to the Irish cause, honesty, and truth, he was foully murdered to prevent the exposure of the actual criminals, who have dragged down that cauee in blood and tears into the dust of our Getksemane. Resolved Tint the crime of his most atrocious murder calls for all tho energies of our civilisation for the speedy and extreme punishment of the law, and we pledge our abiding support to the public authorities until every guilty man shall hiwe answered to the law for his participation in the moat devilish murder which has reddened the annals of cdroe.
The Ogden Grove meeting was also attended by about 20,000 people, and was addressed by Mr John F. Finerty, the Rev. Oeorce Pepper, Judge Fitzgerald, and John Fitzgibbons, of Camp 20. Senator Grady, of New York, also spoke, and being a prominent public man, his words are important. He said :—" The leaders of this movement are the friends of Ireland. You have come here to-day, as you have some dozen times before, to help Ireland. You are not here to justify yourselves as law-abiding citizens. You are here to help Ireland, not the British-American Association. (Cheers.) In this free Republic the law protects the life and property of its citizens ; in Ireland the object of the law is to rob the people. We are here to renew our fidelity to Charles Stewart Parnell, to reaffirm our trust in him, and to congratulate him in the great movement he leads. We are here to Bay that we have full confidence in the truth, loyalty, and honesty of his lieutenant in America, Alexander Sullivan." At the mention of Alexander Sullivan's name the people went wild. They cheered themselves hoarse, and then cheered again. Then somebody proposed three cheers and a tiger, and these were given. When quiet was restored the speaker continued: "We are here to say his trusted lieutenant has never been identified with any movement stained with orime or organised against the_ law." Alexander Sullivan was then eulogised in brilliant sentences, every one of which was applauded. It is quite evident from the reports of these two meetings that the murder of Dr Cronin has now resolved itself into a trial of strength between two political parties, both of which have long been depending on the Irish vote.
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Irish Faction in America., Evening Star, Issue 8044, 22 October 1889
Irish Faction in America. Evening Star, Issue 8044, 22 October 1889
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