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MASTERTON.

CFrom an occasional Correspondent.) August 31, 1888 The Irishmen of Masterton are at last able to congratulate themselves on the fact of having a branch of the H.A.C. B.S. in their midst. On Friday last, the 17th mat., the formal installation of officers took place. The ceremony was conducted by Brother H. J. O'Leary, President, assisted by the Bey. Father *McKeuna, Chaplain, acting as Vice.Presi« dent. The following are the names of the elected officers— Brother A. Stempa, |Treasurer ; Brother James Eavanagh, Vice-President ; Brother Thomas Buaae, Warden ; Brother Thomas Tierney, Guardian ; Brother James Goggin, Secretary, Great credit is due to the efforts of Father McKanna, the respected Chaplain of the branch, and the officers, especially the able, energetic Secretary, Mr. James Goggin, for the successful establishment of the branch. All the members attended in regalia and celebrated their inauguration by approaching Holy Communion on Sunday last at High Mass. They presented a very novel and edifyiog spectacle to the people of the Upper Wairarap* Valley, who had an opportunity for the first tima of beholding the beautiful regalia of the Hibernian?. Father McKenna delivered a very able address on the social, spiritual and temporal advantages arising from being a member of the Society. He explained minutely all the emblems and symbols of the regalia, and described the qualities and virtues which should distinguish a gool Hibernian. The three theological virtues were the first, and then came patriotism, honour, justice, industry and temperance. His address occupied three-quarters !cf an hour, and made a palpable impression on the members ani the congregation generally. If every priest in the country took the same lively interest in the aff+irs of the Society as Father McKenna. it would have a far more formidable standing than it now has, and its capacity for good would be far mv extensive than it is at present. There is no doubt if he remains in the district he will hav3 every Irishman in it a Hibernian. Webb's Mnss in G was sung. The choir was under the direction of Mr. Bunuy, and the harmonium presided at by Miss Carrick. The other cantors were Mr. Rowe, Miss Angela Dowling, Miss Lily Dowling and Miss Treaier, all cf whova rendered their parts effectively. In the even ing there were Rosary, Vespers, sermon by Father McKenna junior, and Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. I forgot to men* tion that after High Mass " Faith of Oar Fathers " was sung in a v«i j spirited manner by the choir. Taking the whole world as it is, civiluedand barbarous, Christian and infidel, it is doubtful whether a country could be found subjected to the same brutual despotism, and bearing it with the same patience, as Ireland. Murders and evictions, starvation and imprisonment, ara some of its hideous characteiistics. The voice of the people proclaims their ru'ers to be murderers Nay, more, they are adepU at murder* ing ; they murder m every possible manner, and as opportunity offers j they murder openly and stealthily ; they murder by lead and steel, ;by rope and gibbet, by eviction and starvation ; but for refined cruelty their system of murdering by scientific prison torture cannot be excelled. And these legalised murderers maintain that every Irish man, woman, and child, must fall in love with their laws before their claims and their rights can be evea listened to. The prison walls of Tullamore are shouting to heaven for vengeance for the murder of Mandeville, but bis countrymen dare not joiu in the shout. Cannot his countrymen in New Zealand, even at ibe eleventh hour, proclaim to the world their uorror of such crimes, and denounce their authors to the scorn and contempt of humaoity ? Can we not raise oar voices and prevent, if possible, the murder of Dillon also ? We can, at lees , let our right-minded fellow-colonists know the real character of Salisbury and his head axe-man, Balfour. This can be done through the Pre*B and the platform, and by the liberal distribution of | Home Rule Literature, John MoJej'd last speech included. The influence of the Tory Press in the colonies will be counteracted, and the b se calumnies of Balfour and the bungled forgeries of the Timet,mil not be accepted as Gat pel truths. The death of Mr. Mandeville, and the probable death of Mr. Dillon leave Mr. B unt'a sta'ement on Balf jur'n intention to imprison and kill the leaders of the National mo 1 tmmt beyond the possibility of a douot. Tbe civilised world is aston sh d at the marvellous patience of the Irish people under such cxaspei* ating outrages. But their patience is not of that simpering kind

which begets contempt ; it is of a different stamp. The National League, the Plan of Campaign, and boycotting, the energy, ability aad heroism of the Irish leaders are as palpable and as vigorous as ever. Balfour may murder a dozen or two, or, for the matter of that, the whole of the members, but he cannot murder the whole race or the principle which actuates them. They are indestructible, and will continue to live, and flourish, and fructify when the whole bastard brood of the C cils and Balfours will be consigned to the vile obscurity whence they sprung.

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MASTERTON., New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVI, Issue 19, 31 August 1888

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MASTERTON. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVI, Issue 19, 31 August 1888

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