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THE IRISH DELEGATS.

At Auckland yesterday a number of citizens assembled at the Star Hotel, w hen addresses and souvenirs were presented to Mr Dillon, Sir T. Esmomle, and Mr Deasy. The first address, one from the public who sympathise with Homo Fade, was read by Captain M 1 Kendo, and contained an nssnvmco that the vast majority of the population of this part of New Zealand did not regard t le Irish question as alien ; but, on the contrary, ns one that was bound up with the integrity and progress of the empire, and expressing a hope that the marvellous results of the mission throughout Australia will h e followed by success in the colony. Mr W. Beehan, president of the Auckland branch of the Hibernian Society, presented an address from that branch, and an address was also given to the delegates by Mr E. F. Garliek on behalf of the young colonial sympathisers with the Home Rule movement, ~ .. T Mr J. Dillon, in reply, said : Gentlemen, 1 have to thank you with all my heart for those beautiful addresses to which I have just li.-tcncd, and to say that the warm expression of sympathy which is contained in them only bears out the promise which was given to me and my colleagues by the magnificent reception accorded to us last evening. I was agreeably surpused at the extraordinary character of the demonstration which was accorded us on our first arrival in Auckland. Taking into con'lidoration the uncertainty of the hour and the evening, it was a most remarkable and significant demonstration of the amount ol sympathy that we may look for in this city for the cause in which we arc engaged. 1 thank most heartily the members of the Committee, and also the members of the Hibernian Society, and I thank most warmly the young New Zealand natives who presented the addresses. We _ have—l and my colleagues—come to this country to address the people on a subject which is, a i has been very properly remarked in one of these addresses, a subject of vital importance to tho peace, prosperity, and future welfare of the British Empire in all its parts, but it is also a subject w'hich now has engaged to a very great extent the attention of all civilised mankind. The Irish question is no longer a local question. It is a question which has taken its stand as one of the great questions in European politics, and therefore not only citizens of tho British Empire, but aLo, and in a higher degree, as members of that wider commu* nity which goes amongst us under the name of Christendom, and ns members of a common humanity, we are entitled to look to you for your sympathy and interest ui this great Irish question. Now, I have always said, and I say it now, that all we ask in any community which wo visit on the subject is fair play and a fair hearing.— (Cheers.) Because I feel so convinced of the justice of our cause, and so absolutely certain that the opposition which exists to our movement is based on want of knowledge and prejudice, I am perfectly certain wherever reason is listened to with a fair and impartial mind our cause mustwin-tho day. I have noticed a most remarkable fact since I came to tho Australian colonics: that most of those who have arrived from Scot--Imd particularly and also from Wales and England during the last three or four years are warm friends of the Irish cause, the reason being that we have succeeded at Home in spreading the truth about the cause of Ireland, as I trust we shall now succeed in spreading it throughout these colonies. I have noticed that there has been published an advertisement calling a meeting of those opposed to us. I only allude to this for a particular purpose. I do not complain of that in tho slightest degree.. I always invite and take pleasure in controversy on this subject, because no good cause can suffer from such controversy—(cheers)—and I should myself be personally delighted to meet any honorable opponent to discuss the subject while I am here before a mixed audience.—(Applause.) I have no fear as to what the result would be. Mr Dillon proceeded to comment on the fact that whilst tho approaching meeting of delegates would be public, the advertisement which he had mentioned invited only those opposed to Home Rule. Sir T. Esmomle and Mr Deasy also replied. . „ The Ladies’ Reception Committee, through Miss Shaneghan, then presented Mr Dillon aud Sir T. Esmomle witli two handsome greenstone paper knives, aud Mr Deasy with a pendant. The greenstone of each knife is in one piece, and at tho base of the knife is a sold plate suitably inscribed. Each o£ the plates has a shamrock and fern embossed in what is termed green gold, and each knife is in a mottled kauri case, with a lining of cardinal velvet. The pendant given to Mr Deasy is in the form of an obelisk in three pieces—greenstone, Thames quartz, and petrified wood—and mounted at the top and base with gold. Mr Dillon, in replying, made a happy allusion to the combination of colors in the presents, and trusted it would be emblematic of the future of Ireland -a combination of orange and green. Mr Dillon and Sir G. Grey had a private interview this morning. The Irish delegates address a public meeting on Wednesday, at the City Hall, and their future movements are as follows : Mr Dillon will leave Auckland on Thursday, and address meetings as under—Gisborne, on the Bth; Napier, 11th; Wanganui, 13th; Palmerston North, 14th ; and at Wellington on the 15th. Sir Thomas fismonde will leave for the Waikato on Thursday, and address a meeting there at a date fixed. His subsequent meetings will be as follows:- New Plymouth, 13th; Rawer*, 14th ; and he will meet ivir Dillon at Wellington, Mr l>»a«y will Mon join Sir Thomas Estnomu- and go with him to Now Plymouth, and will thou leave for Masterton, joining his colleagues in ’Wellington. A meeting of those opposed to Home Rule for Ireland is called for the Bl.h inst. This is intended as a counter demonstration to that of the Irish delegates.

Great preparations are being made at AVanganui to welcome the Irish delegates,who are expected to arrive on Wednesday week, November 13. Representatives from all up the coast and district generally are expected to attend.

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THE IRISH DELEGATS., Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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THE IRISH DELEGATS. Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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