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CORRESPONDENCE. EX-DUBLIN CASTLE RULE IX IRELAND. TO THE EDITOR OF THE" SOUTH WALES STAR." SIR,—In last weekVissue of the National Prrs* is reported the trial of F-ither Clark, who is charged with breaking the peace. The facts of the case are these. At the recent elections in Ireland Father Clark was at one of the polling booths con- nected w;th his parish, and an old man named Owen O'Reilly. spoke most disrespectfully to him, telling him he had no right to be there. and that he ought to be ashamed of himself. Under this provocation Father Clark turned round and told him to withdraw his words, but the man repeated what he had said. and the priest slapped him on the right ear with his open hand. The man lodged a complaint against him. and a special counsel (Mr. Murphy) was sent from Dublin to prosecute the charge, and notwithstanding that the man O'Reilly acknowledged it was his own fault, that he provoked the priest into losing his temper. and he would not like to hear any more made of the matter, Father Clark was committed for trial. Mr. Bodkin, the defending counsel, mnde a very warm speech protesting sharply against the injustice of treating the case any more seriously than a common case of provoked assault, which was the real nature of the thing, as was proved by the evidence of the head-constable and Sergeant Reilly, who were eye witnesses to the scene. The prosecuting counsel declared the magistrates had no alternative but order the case forward for trial. Now, this is Coercion if you like, and that direct from Dublin Castle. Nothing less than a special counsel of the Crown to prose- cute in such a miserable affair as this. It will certainly have a good effect in the end as there is no doubt the case will be dismissed as soon as it comes on for trial but that does not alter the evil intention at the bottom. Mr. Bodkin said if it had been a layman who had struck another, it would have been a case for petty sessions, and then treated as nothing unusual. This action is a would-be repetition of the times when, in Ireland, breaking a pane of glass in the window of an unoccupied house was numbered among "crimes and outrages." The idea of a wretched matter of this kind being treated as a case for a high crimi- nal court Why, it is the extreme of ab- surdity, and reflects nothing but ridicule and contempt upon the authority that allows it to be looked upon in any light but the most trivial. Surely, any legislation that admits of such a ching happening needs remedying. It is a great evidence that something more than the red-tapeism of law is connected with it, and the impotence of the parties who wish to make it serious is only too obvious, thereby making it a good argument in favour of a change in the Government that allows the occurrence of so silly a thing. It is evident the Government was anxious that something should happen at the elections in Ireland which might be used as a handle to put their coercive machinery in motion, and, being unable to find anything else, to vent their ill-will upon en- deavour to manufacture this petty offence into a case of almost high treason. But the result will be what was not bargained for. When the case obtains the publicity which it is certain to attract, it will have the effect of making everyone heartily disgusted with the instigators, and will be another argument why Home Rule should be given to Ireland. Ij is purely an attempt to victimise the clergy of Ireland who take an interest in the cause for which the Irish people have so long struggled. It is sometimes said the clergy of Ireland should not in- terfere in political matters, but should let the people judge for themselves but those who say that do not understand how the priests of Ireland stood by the people in times when they and the people were subjected to the greatest cruelty by the English Government. The clergy of Ireland have the interests of the people at heart, and do what they consider to be the right thing in endeavouring to guide them and the people, remembering how how they were befriended by the "Sogarth" in times when it was a godsend even to hear a word of comfort or encouragement, show their gratitude and confidence by listening to their advice, which, let it be borne in mind, is given in the spirit of one man for another's good, and not, as is generally supposed, as a means of self-aggrandisement. The priest's relation to his parishioners is that of a friend and protector, of whom they can seek advice and consolation when it is needed, and from whom they are sure of a kind word or a reprimand according as it is deserved. This relationship binds both their interests together, and the conduct of the priest in all such matters is the reason of the reverence and respect always paid by an Irish- man to the clergy. When it is considered how much the priests endured for the people when Ire- land was oppressed and slandered it will be no longer wondered at why they are held in such great esteem by their flock. What could the priests gain by adhering to their faith when they were hunted like wolves and a price put on their heads, and were forced to caves in the mountains for fear of being hanged by a civilised nation for no other reason than because they were priests. And now when they may with safety exercise their functions have they any more to gain than when they acted as the advisers of the people with a re- ward offered for their heads. In this present action can be seen the heavy hand which has always oppressed Ireland, but the hand has lost its old power, and Home Rule is the cover- ing that will be a certain protection against all its future attacks.—I am, &0., Cadoxton. A LEAGUEMAN. SCARCITY OF WATER AT BRYNMENIN. TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SOUTH WALES STAR.' SIR,—Please allow these few lines to appear in your valuable journal in reference to the want of water, and also of lamps, which is very much felt here. First, I will deal with the case of the water supply. I wish to draw the attention of my neighbours and the villagers all around to the necessity of having the water supplied by the Og- more and Garw Water Company, or some other company, but I understand that the Ogmore and Garw Company have ample supplies of beautiful water. During the last few weeks' dry weather nearly all the wells around here have gone dry, and people had to go long distances for clean water. I should be pleased if someone would take the matter up and call a meeting, that we may draw a petition out and forward it to the Local Board. I myself would propose that Mr. W. Johns, Bryngarw House, should call a meeting. I know that Mr. Johns is a gentleman that is always ready to do good, especially around Brynmenin, because he has great interest in the place. Next. Light is wanted for the coming winter. If the Local Board would be so kind as to put four lamps between Brynmenin Bridge and Ahergarw River Bridge I think that we should be all satisfied. I understand that on the Brynmenin side of the river lamps are going to be put up. Surely, our Local Board will not be so mean as not to supply us with light. We have got to pay rates and taxes the same as those in the upper part of the Valley that have got lamps up. I will not say any more at present, hoping some one more able than I will take the matter up.—Yours See., Brynmenin. RATEPAYER. ♦— STURDY ROGUES AND VAGABONDS." TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—Permit me to draw the attention of the Barry police, and Inspector Rees in particular, to the following :—Last Sunday morning, the 7th inst., between 10.30 and 11.30, five able-bodied, powerfully-built men called at every house in Robert-street, seeking alms. When told by several of the residents that they had nothing to give them, these mendicants persisted in pestering the people with long and doleful accounts of the hardships they had endured before stooping to do what they then did also that they were then suffering the want of food. At the same time, money was the article they asked for. At 9.30 in the evening one of the five re-visited Robert-street, and called at the same houses as he had a few hours previously. This time he seemed better able to carry on his degrading work, as he had summoned to his aid the shades of night, as well as the effervescing spirit of John Barleycorn As a justification of his conduct he heralded forth that he was a striker. No doubt he had struck work but it was not to maintain any principle, I feel sure, unless it was that toil was not neces- sarily wedded to a poor man's means of existence. It is quite time that the local police should see to this form of unlawfulness, as it is quite intolerable to allow men of this calibre to disturb people at such a late hour as 9.30 on Sunday night, and frighten timid women to such a degree that their purse-strings are always at the mercy of these loafers. Trusting the police will endeavour to rid the district of these arrogant vagabonds.—I am, &c., ELUSEN. Robert-street, Barry Dock. A COMPLAINT. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—I don't know who is responsible for the nuisance—no, it is worse than a nuisance it is a positive danger—so I write, as usual, to you. On Wednesday morning I was walking up a street in Cadoxton, and passed a fishmonger'si shop; or, at all events, the shop of a man who sells fish. He had some carcases in the window, which might have been mackerels when fell death had not claimed them as his own. Now, however, they were exposed for sale as dead mackerel, and of all the disgusting, unwholesome,, insanitary articles of food I have ever seen, these were about the worst. Consider, sir, the danger to the community Here we are, a people practically without a proper drainage system (for had not Providence sent us the blessed rain—twice blessed in our case—at the beginning of the week. the stench arising out of our drains would have depopulated Cadoxton more rapidly than even bad trade is doing) with bad water (only just fit for drinking), and with the cholera threatening us. so it seems from the papers. To crown all. such rancid stuff as these antediluvian mackerel are openly allowed to be sold in one of our chief streets If this is not enough to make us die out of mere dread of diseases, you may call me an Inspector of Nuisance. As I said, Sir, I don't know who is responsible—whether it is the police or the Inspector of Nuisances, or the Medical Officer of Health—but I should say somebody is to blame, and. to be quite safe. I think I had better blame the Local Board of Health. For when in doubt that seems to be the sacred duty of every Barryite. Whoever is responsible, I trust that this will fall under his notice, and that his conscience will be awakened, and that he will do his duty ill the matter.—I am, yours &c., JOHN JONES, Observatory Cottage.