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NO MORE "AMERICAN WAKES" TO SADDEN IRELAND.
Dublin, July 15. Four millions
gone in sixty years !
That's the tale of the folk who
have looked their last on the old
sod and set their faces toward
America. Almost as many as can
be found in the whole of Erin to
day. Four million people and all
mourned by them that stayed be
hind. There was "keening" when
they went away like the keening
for the dead, for few indeed ever
"American wakes" they call
them these sad last partings,
made doubly pathetic by the de
spair that so often colors the grief
of the stay-at-homes..
"It's the young and hopeful
that go," an old cotter will tell
you, "and it's the old and hopeless
that must stay. Sure it's hard to
see them go, and they goin' acrost
the waters to a new land, and
where it's forgetting us they'll be
and not remembering at all, at
"The young and hopeful" go
, and on the green shore they leave
behind them the old and hopeless
to keep the long American wake.
Not a ship has cleared for Ameri
can ports in fifty years that has
not been followed by tear-dimmed
eyes. Never a boat train goes
-down to Queenstown or Derry
that is not baptized in tears.
Sometimes it is not along the
old that must stay and see their
loved ones take the sun-down sea.
Often lovers are parted thus as
two were parted in the south of
Ireland the other day. .
A boat train was starting.
Leaning from the window of a
third-class coach, a girl with
streaming eyes waved a farewell
to a youth on the platform. As
the train began to move the boy
broke from the restraining hands
of his friends, rushed forward and
threw his arms about the neck of
the weeping girl. He would have
been killed if the guard had not
pulled him away as the tram
But now at last there is reason
to -hope that their will be fewer of
these heart-rending partings.
For things are looking up in
Erin. The industrial revival, the
parcelling out of the big estates
among- the tenants on long-timfe
payments, and now the practical
assurance of real Home Rule '
these things are working together
to check the flow of good Irish
blood to America.
"Keep the young people at
home," is the new slogan of the
Ireland for the Irish crusaders.
They are even appealing to the
American Government to help.
The Sinn Finn Society has asked
President Taft to invoke the alien
contract labor law against the
American-Irish who send money
home to pay the passage of rela
tives and friends.
American authorities, however,
are doubtful about the application
of the law. It's a hard matter to
prove that the sender of money
pledges himself to get a job for
the new comer.
But whether the American gov
ernment helps or not, it seems
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