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THE CASE OF DR. HOUARD. !

THE IRISH LAND ACT. j

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THE IRISH LAND ACT. A question of tenant-right has been raised for the first time on the estate of Mr. Shirley, M.P., in the Land Court of Castleblayney, county Monaghan. A farmer, named M'Bride, who held two farms of about 40 acres at 30s. an acre, lately took it into his hsad to emigrate. He had paid JE275 in January, 1867, for one of the farms to Mr Shirley, who had himself paid £300 to the outgoing tenant. In the receipt it was stated that this sum was for permanent improvements, but M'Briile alleged that it was really for tenant-right, and that the form had been adopted in order to avoid admitting the existence of the tenant custom. For another farm Mr. Shirley given £ 100, and he let it to the claimant at pn increased rent of £ 5 a year. A neigh- bout was wiling to give the claimant Z840 for the two farma, but the respondent's agent objected to his getting the lkd. blbride thweupon proceeded in the Land Court, ttd served alternative claims, one demanding 21,000 for tenant-right, and the other £ 1,200 for unex- hausted improvements. Mr. Butt, Q.C., appeared as counsel to support his claim, and Mr. Porter represented the respondent. As the claimant had not been evicted, but himself gave notice of surrendering the land, a ques- tion arose M to whether he was entitled under the Act to make any claim. Mr. Butt admitted that it was a djin- cult question for the Chairman (Mr. Newell BarretC decide whether the claimant had been d; TUrbed." He was ultimately relieved of the difficu^ by the cate being compromised, after witnessesld been examined to prove the facts of the tenancy r* ° the tenant cutom. Thore is a rule on the estate more than £ i) an acre should be given for tenaDn<= j but it would appear that this regulation has be<" eVa 0 by private arrai^ements being entered into o_. tenants. Mr. Sfirley, however, has bought upfle ,-i_ right whenever opportunities offered, and so*8 u, ■* extinguishing it onhis estate. It was ad,l^e a dealt liberally with he tenant, and had racle no aggre sions upon him, and\e was willing to.ecognise right to the extent of £ 10 an acre. tie terms ot tne compromise, which seeing to satisfy al parties, were tnax |, M'Bride should receive £ ^o from tba respondent ana be M'Bride should receive E50 from the respondent ana be allowed to keep the lands ilb to November.

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