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Philanthropy by Proxy.
Though the Irish Land league
ihowled at him and cursed him tor
an absentee landlord, Lord
Strathcannon could well stand
comparison with his peers. He
was ever the first to dip into his
pocket when famine or distress
X held Ireland in its grip.
Dunn, his agent, went across
. the channel to England quarterly
to give an account of his steward-
lis improvident they are,
your lqrdship," he said to Strath
cannon. "They wont hear of co
operation at all, and they're cut
ting their own throats with their
"What they want is some good,
profitable industry that they will
take up with enthusiasm," said
"Sure, your lordship, you're too
lenient with thim. It was only
last year you bought every soul of
thim a churning machine and or
dered thim to use thim under
pain of dispossession, and then
you made thim plant castor oil
and it wouldn't grow"
"Shut up, Dunn," said Lord
Strathcannon. "This time I'm
going to start a new industry al-.
together on my estates."
"It wouldn't be cabbages, your
lordship?" suggested Dunn.
"Shut up, you dunderhead!"
shouted his master. "No, it isn't
cabbages. It's Angoras. Do vou
j know the profits in a herd of good
"Profits, bedad!'- muttered
Buy every man on my estate a
pair of Angoras," said Lord
Strathcannon. "They'll have the
milk from the ewes, and the wool
will find a ready sale on the Lon
don market. And then, when
they're making their fortunes,
why, we 11 raise the rent on em, l
concluded Strathcannon, glee- C
"But but " stammered
"Not a word," shouted his lord
ship. "It's settled. Understand?
Buy 'em at once and report prog
ress to mp. in three months from
The tenants were accustomed
to their master's whims. The
Angoras were purchased and
tended carefully. They increased
prodigiously. Lord Strathcan
non chuckled gleefully when he
read his agent's report.
"Now is the time to shear
them," he wrote back. "Establish
a milk industry, sell off the kids,
allowing for some natural in
crease, and lej me know how
many pounds of wool you get."
"He's mad," groaned Dunn,
when he received this letter. "Be
dad, I daren't show my face
among among the tenants, and
they wont pay the rent." So he
wrote back formally announcing
Lord Strathcannon grew pur- .
pie in the face. He packed his va- &
lise and left for his Irish estates
on the night boat, appearing un
expectedly at Dunn's house the
following afternoon. ,
"You scoundrel," he shouted,
"how dare you resign? Take