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THE ALLEGED IRISH PLOLL

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THE ALLEGED IRISH PLOLL REVELATIONS BY AN INFORMER. I Anything more startling than the statements made at the magisterial examination of the twenty-one per- sons charged with conspiracy to murder, held in Dublin on Saturday could hardly have been conceived. If the testimony of the "informer" Robert Farrell (who is one of the persons arrested under Mr Curran's warrant), is reliable, his evidence reveals a state of affairs which, to the people of Dublin at least, is utterly astounding. Mr George Keys, Q.C., and Mr Woodlock were the magistrates appointed to conduct the investigation, and they took their seats on the bench shortly before one o'clock, and a little while afterwards Mr C. J. O'Donel, chief magistrate, also took a seat on the bench. In opening the proceedings, Mr Murphy, addressing the bench, said I appear, with Mr O'Brien, to con- duct the proceedings before you in reference to the, charge that has been brought forward against the prisoners who are now in the dock. I do not think it advisable to go into any detailed statement of the evi- dence that we intend to produce before you. I think it is sufficient to state that we expect to produce to you clear legal evidence, establishing the existence, for some time past, in this city, of an organisation from which proceeded those terrible crimes which have been committed recently in and about the city of Dublin; to show also by evidence that the prisoners were active members of that organisation, and to ask at the close of the evidenoe, when we shall be able to close it, that they be returned for trial on the charge, that shall appear to you prim& facie, to be made against the prisoners, or any of them, arising out of the evidence which shall be adduced before you. Mr Murphy then called Robert Farrell, a young man of not more than 30 years of age. He deposed in his evidence that he was a Dublin man, and his appearance bore out his claim to Irish parentage, although his face lacked the frank and open expression with which it is common to associate the Hibernian character. He was very well dressed for a man in his condition of life-a labourer—and from the manner in which he gave his evidence, is possessed of more than ordinary intelligence. In answer to Mr Murphy he deposed that he was born and reared in the city of Dublin, and at the present time had been following the occupation of a labourer. About seven pears ago he was sworn in as a member of the Fenian brother- hood. He did not recollect all the words of the oath he then took, but he swore to obey the commands of his superior officers with the true spirit of a soldier. The witness identified each of the prisoners in the dock as being acquainted with them, and deposed that he had been all of them at various times. After describing the rules of the assassination society, the manner of drill, the times and places of meeting, the informer said he remembered on one occasion meeting Daniel Cnrley by appointment on Ellis's Quay, when he found also Timothy Kelly, Joseph Brady, William Moroney, John Dwyer, and Thomas Dwyer, and they were divided into groups along Eliss's Quay and Pembroke Quay. Curley told "him to stop the Chief Secretary's carrirge on the bridge, and said that Kelly and Joe Brady would do the remainder. He saw a carriage pass after that, but did'nt know it, so he did not stop it. He thought he heard Peter Doyle say afterwasds that it was all up." Witness had a revolver that day, which he got from Curley. who gave him instructions to be at the corner of John-street by four or half-past four o'clock. The same evening witness went, and saw the same parties he saw in the morning. Cnrley was there, and witness understood from him that there was a cab with a white horse coming in front of the Chief Sec- retary's carriage, that the cab would turn into John- street, and that the Chief Secretary would be attacked on the quay. The cab came, with two men in it, one a low-sized man, named Rankle, who said that the cab containing the Chief Secretary had gone on. James Brady and Tim Kelly were there. (Brady here called out from the dock, "You are a liar.") Wit. ness, Kelly and Brady then got into the cab and fol. lowed the Chief Secretary's cab along the quay and into the park. They saw it turn down to the Lord Lieutenant's lodge, and it passed inside the gate. They then tnrned back, left the cab on the Quay, and parted at Dunne's on the Arran Quay. That was about the latter end of March or beginning of April. Witness remembered a man named MacMahon being shot in Dorset-street, and this event was on the Monday before that. On the Tuesday or the Wednes- day following he had a conversation with Moroney, when the latter told him that MacMahon was on the quays that morning, and that the revolver went off accidentally. About ten days or a fortnight after the Elliss Quay meeting he went to Brunswick-street and saw several of the prisoners there, and on two nights a cab with a white horse came up. James Carey was in the cab, and Daniel Carey went up and spoke to him. On the day of the Phoenix Park murders witness met Laurence Hanlon about one o'clock, who told him that Joe Brady and the remainder of the boys were below at Wlenn's, in Dame-street. Witness pro. ceeded there, when Joe Brady asked him what time he had to be off work. Witness said not till half- past seven, and Brady said it would be too late. Wit- ness then left Brady, and went to his work. Witness had received directions sometimes by word of mouth, and sometimes in writing, from Joe Mullett, who wrote to him in the name of Salmon, for "centre" meetings, and in the name of Fisher for "inner circle," meetings. The inner circle was the assassination club. He had a letter from him on the night that Judge Lawson was attacked. He met Delaney about half- past one on that day, and he asked witness if he had heard anything strange. Witness said he had not, when Delaney said he would not be long, so Delaney appeared to witness, to have something weighing on his mind. Witness did not see Delaney again, but he saw Joe Hanlon on the Sunday at the Club, 51, York-street. Hanlan told witness that he was with Pat Delaney on the previous Sunday evening, and that he had said to him (Hanlon), "I have my mark before me," and that Delaney then left him. Witness recollected hearing of the attack on Mr Field on the Sunday. On the Thursday and Friday before, the witness was at a "centre's meeting" in Aunzier-street, at which Joe Mullett, who was the chairman of the Directory of the City of Dublin, presided. Witness met Mullett at York-street again on the Sunday, and the latter asked witness to meet him on the following Monday, at four o'clock. The witness told him that he would not meet him, and Mullett then said, If you don't see me at four o'clock I will meet you at half-past four." Witness knew what that meant, and there- fore on those conditions promised to meet Mullett on the Monday. Witness met Mullett at Kennedy's, in Duke-street, where they were joined by Joseph Dwyer, Lawrence Hanlon, and a man named Molloy. Lawrence Hanlon told witness he met Daniel Curley, who give him a revolver, and told him there would be a scuffle near the chapel, and that if the policeman on duty near there came up, and if he thought he was going to arrest any of the parties, witness was to shoot him if, however, witness considered he was not going to arrest them, he was not to interfere. Mullett gave Molloy an envelope, which witness be- lieved was addressed W. G. Barrett." Mullett was to hand the letter to Mr Barrett, "a special juror," and, so far as witness could understand, Molloy was then to attack him. Witness remained at Westland- row from five o'clock until twenty minutes past six, when he got leave from Mullett to return to his horse and cart at Kevin-street. Last Friday week witness met Hanlon in Hyne's public-house in Angier-street, and showed Hanlon a summons he. had received charging him with participation in the attack on Mr Field. Witness remarked that the Government could not be in possession of much information, as they were bringing a false charge against him. Hanlon then said to witness that on that night (29th November) he met Neal, Delaney, and Joe Brady, and Tim Kelly in Westmoreland-street. Joe Brady went on outside the car to North Frederick-street. He himself (Han. lon) walked beside Mr Field, and Tim Kelly went in front of Mr Field, and when he (Hanlon) came to. North Frederick-street he took out a white handker. chief in order that he might be known to Brady. Hanlon then said Brady caught hold of Mr Field. Mr Field made a blow at him with a umbrella, and he then knocked down Mr Field and stabbed him several times. Three men were in the road, and one wanted to interfere. The others would not let him. Hanlon then said Brady and Kelly jumped on the car, and that Kelly lost his hat. Then Hanlon said the driver of the car was Miles Kavanagh, of Townsend-street. In cross-examination by Mr Killea, witness said he never knew of any order to murder being given by the P enian brotherhood, but by the present assassina- tion society. Witness remarked that if he had been with the Fenian brotherhood he would not be in his present position. The prisoners were remanded to Richmond Gaol until next Saturday, the lengthened remand being re- quired by the Crown in order to allow them to com- plete the evidence in their possession. Miles Kavanagh, who was sworn to have driven the car with the men who attempted the murder of Mr Field, the Dublin juror, was arrested in Dublin on Saturday night.

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