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PEEL PLANS AND RUSSELL REMEDIES.

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PEEL PLANS AND RUSSELL REMEDIES. (From the Standard of Freedom.) Sir Robert has executed a master-stroke. The Whigs we have always regarded as Sir Robert's warming-pans—capa- ble of just occupying his place while he rests himself, when he comes back to office, and snatches the laurel which has been hanging at their very noses, but which they had neither the wit to perceive nor the strength to gather. The Whi«*s and Sir Robert remind us of the two sons in the para- ble—one of whom said to his father, I go, sir," and went not, ai-id the other of whom said, I will not go," and yet did go. The Whigs, and Lord John especially, when out of office were fairly bursting with wonders that they were to do for Ireland. They had plans of all sizes-and some of them immense—for regeneratiug Ireland, if they could but get into office and have a chance of trying them. It was given them-and where are their plans for improvement ? They have been loudly called on for them, but have sat in impotent and pitiable silence. The proof has shown that it was only a political hoax-a mere cry for office. Here are the Whigs, whose only faculty appears that of sticking to their places as if glued to them, and comfortably eating their porridge-and what have they done for Ireland? They have sent her nearly 50,000 soldiers and police, and ten mil- lions of our good money. But that does not cure the evil; and, therefore, they send more money, and are going, they say, to sand still more. But the patience of Englishmen be- i;i,, alriiost, exhausted, they now turn the screw oil Ireland, and prepare to equalise things there by reducing the north to the poverty of the south. And if they should accomplish their only measure—their famous llate-in-Aid, which, whether W3 judge of the temper of Ulster, or the report ol the committee or the Lords, they are not likely to do—what then ? They have not in the slightest degree touched on the malady of Ireland. When they have drained both us and Ulster to the last shilling, the cause of all Ireland's needs and neediness is there still, untouched, undiminished, strong, towering, and victorious as ever. The causes of Irish pauperism, on their system, will be vigorous and unvanquished when they have spent the last farthing of both England and Ireland. These they neither cope with nor attempt to come within arm's length of. So up starts the stalwart Sir Robert, and while the°whole United Kingdom is growing desperate at the in- tellectual paralysis of these blusterers in opposition, but hopeless subjects in office, lays his finger on the grievance, and says, There it is, and here is your remedy! That it is the remedy the loud applausive echo from both England and Ireland attests. Let Sir Robert stick to his point, and the Whig m ist give place to the better man. Irish pauperism is coming to a crisis. It has cost us, in two years, £ 10,000,000. That has done something—it has kept alive some millions of Irish paupers to want £ 10,000,000 more. Besides the British Association has thrown into Ire- land X600,000, and that is all gone. The X50,000 voted the other day is gone, and Lord John talks of another sum of ;Cioo,ooo immediately. Meantime the pauperism of Ireland is pouring over like the lava of a very volcano of misery into this country. Glasgow, last year, paid upwards of X46,000 for the support of Irish paupers brought in steamers, and turned out on the Scottish strand. Manchester paid £ 23,000 for the maintenance of a similar horde of Irish pauper immigrants. But tlioq-li these are pretty good reminders that it is high time to take care of ourselves, what is this to the fury of destitution in Ireland, as laid open by Sir Robert in his speech last week? One-fourth of the whole population of Down, the best circumstanced county in this respect, living in mud cabins of one room, and in the worst districts, two- thirds of the whole. Of the estates of large proprietors, 874, with a rental of L748,000, all in the hands of the Court of Chancery, with receivers appointed to receive the proceeds, and yet the arrears of £ 380,000 are daily increasing. In twenty-one unions E468,000 spent in 1848, and an outstand- ing debt, or deficiency, of £ 590,000! In one union, of 61,000 population, 46,030 receiving relief! In Clifden union, with lands of a net annual value of X19,986, farms of the annual value off 11,121 thrown up! Now this is the state over which our miserable Ministry are sitting as moonstruck. Who is most to blame for this? The imbeciles, or the public which tolerates them in a post which demands the 'best, the wisest, the most energetic of men ? Z) There can be no longer any lingering in such extraordinary circumstances.1 Here you have their imbecility, or callous insensibility to the most unexampled misery and the most rapidly-spreading ruin in the world. There you have the and the remedy. Sir Robert proposes to deal with this property which is so encumbered that it is already gone out • of the hands of the nominal owners to sell it, and thus throw it into active, able, and improving hands. He would have an energetic body at work iu Ireland encouraging- the fish- eries, drainage, local improvements, opening new roads, building new piers, and at .the "same time promoting emi- gration judiciously, and with proper regard to the health and! comfort of the emigrants; the horrors which now ac- company Irish emigration being fitly described by him as worse than any negro middle passage ones on record. This speech and proposition of Sir Robert's are and will remain ainong-st the most striking events of the session. If they are not seconded by the public, and acted upon, it will -reflect disgrace on the country and the age.

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