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THE SITUATION IN IRELAND.

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THE SITUATION IN IRELAND. There was a deplorable scene of bloodshed at Mitchelstown on Friday. It was the day fixed for hearing the case of Mr. O'Brien, M.P., before the magistrates, but Mr. O'Brien did not appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Mr. Labouchere, M.P., Mr. Brunner, M.P., Mr. T. E. Ellis, M.P., together with Mr. Dillon, M.P., and others, were in the neighbourhood, intending to attend the hearing if Mr. O'Brien was present, and it was resolved to give a great public welcome to the English members. A number of processions from the district accor- dingly marched into Mitchelstown (after the proceedings in the courthouse were over), the most careful directions being issued to preserve order. One great and orderly procession was formed of the various contingents, and on the Square a halt was made for a few words from the members, there being no intention to hold a regular meeting. Mr. Dillon had suggested that the speeches should be very short, and being the first speaker, was just beginning, when a body of police, with bayonets at their sides, and carrying batons, began to push their way through the immense crowd to escort an official reporter. The crowd contained a body of rvMMntsnn hprses, and according to one account (which should perhaps De received -.vitK reserve), one of the police struck one of the horses with his baton. At any rate, the crowd resisted the passage of the police, a conflict followed, and the officers fled to the barracks. Shortly afterwards, the crowd was again invaded by the police, and a desperate struggle followed between the people, some of whom carried black thorn sticks, and the police with their batons. Many of the police were hurt- seven or eight severely, and one very seriously, the police seem to have retreated again, and presently a body of soldiers took up their position in the Square. Meanwhile, however, the most serious part of the proceedings had happened in the immediate neighbourhood of the barracks, which occupied a street adjoining the Square. The police, followed to the barracks by some of the crowd, who, it is alleged (but here again there is a dispute), threw stones through the windows and broke a door, seized a number of guns and fired into the street and the corner of the Square, though, it is asserted, there were at the time only a few people within range of the building. An old man named Lonergan fell dead, and it was a pitiful spectacle to see his grey hairs clotted with blood. Another, named Shinnick, a pensioner, who had fought in the Indian Mutiny, was wounded, and has since died, and a third, a young man named Casey, was also seriously wounded. The greatest excitement prevailed, and many of the crowd dipped their handkerchiefs in Lonergan's blood, but in a remarkably short time order was restored. It is stated that the police followed some of the people into a house, and used their batons there. It was noticed that Mr. T. E. Ellis had his hand covered with blood, but it was only scratched, and he was not otherwise hurt. He had a narrow escape of being batoned in the last charge of the police. Mr. Labouchere spoke on Saturday night at a great meeting held at Cork under the auspices of the Young Ireland Society. Mr. Hooper, M.P., presided, and was supported by Messrs. Brunner, Ellis, Flynn, O'Hea, Lane, and Gill, members of Parliament. Mr. Labouchere, who was loudly cheered, denounced the action of the Government in proclaiming the meeting at Michaelstown, and said he did not hesitate to say that a more foul, more base, and more dispicable Government never cursed a country. It was doubly sad when oppressed to be oppresed by men for whom they entertained, and justly, not only loathing, but the utmost con- tempt they could feel for another. Describing what he witnessed at Michaelstown, he maintained the proceedings were quite orderly until the police attempted to force their way through the crowd, that the police assaulted people in a cowardly man- ner, and that the resort to firearms was most un- justifiable. The scoundrels and villains who had dared to commit murder in the public streets should be severely punished. Messrs. Brunner and Ellis also denounced the conduct of the police. Mr. W. O'Brien, M.P., was arrested at Kings- town on Monday evening, when bidding adieu to Mr. Labouchere and Mr. Brunner on their departure for England. The events in Ireland on Monday were intensely interesting. The funeral of one of the victims of Friday's melee at Michaelstown took place, happily without disturbance. Mr. W. O'Brien was removed in custody from Dublin at an early hour in the morning, and was taken to Cork, not to Michaels- town as was expected. He was received with much enthusiasm at the stations en route. On reaching Cork he was also accorded a warm ovation. The court was composed of Captain Plunkett and Mr. Eaton, and after formal proceedings had been taken, Mr. O'Brian was remanded to the next petty sessions. A frightful murder was committed near Lisdoonvarna, county Clare, on Sunday night, Head Constable Whelan, of Ennis, having been killed by a party of moonlighters. It seems that Whelan was on duty with a party of constables, engaged in protecting the premises of a man named Thomas Sexton, who occupied a boycotted farm and whose premises had been threatened by moon- lighters. A raid upon the premises was made by a party of men, and in the that ensue I the head constable was killed. Three constables were also wounded.

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