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"Aatl of course the 'trouble' began!
'Why iiot? ' "The ear 1846 is called the 't&jA ine year.' Thai talk is trash. There was no famine in Ireland. One crop blighted and the landlords seized the grain crops and gold them fd their -rents, leaving the farmers td statue. "To qualify fbf dUtddbr relief eVery man in possession of land waS'to stir render his leade to his landlords Coi' oners' juries held inquests oh the dead who had starved in ditched and they returned, verdicts of 'murder against the "government, but the gov-, ernmentTJared hothmg for that. "Some years-ago a neW-fdhfld did friend, talking of 'the bad titt6B ask ed me if I ever felt hunger, t told him I had fldt7 but that I SUffe'red far wdrse the degradation Into which want and hunger reduce hu man nature! "For, one evening in Ross, when 3 went home to my dinner and found none waiting, I remembered a penny piece in my pdcket and I weht out and bought a bUn with it. I stole to the back df the hbUse and thievishly ate that penny-bun without sharing it with my niothef or my sisters or' my brothers. "I arri proud df my life dhe way or another"; but that penny- bUri is a thorn ih my pride! "it appears I .am talking baek to my childhood, but I will remain a boy as long as I can. And the old man's eyes flashed almdst ydUthf ul ly for one quick second. "Speaking of Patriots day celebra tions, I dor?t know that I have the .enthusiasm for them today that I had in my school days. Many arid many a time I drew blood from my fingers to paint the Grosses We used in cele b rating the seventeenth. The green we got by gathering penny-royal leaves in the garden, the yellows-lit tie enough 'you may be surefrom the. yolk df ah egg. "That was 70 years ago. Holy Je hosaphat! A man may Walk many by-roads of Irish national politics iri 70 years! - 'YdiTll.hear hard words of the Fe nians from these kid-glove parlia mentarians these days. Ahf well, let them talk! And when ail is said add this: "The Fenian drganizatidn did this fdf Ireland in its dayit, in a great measure, broke up the faetibn fights and the J action parties, and got men of both Sides td edhie tdgether and work in friendly brotherhood for the Irish cause. ",Why, the very women of Ireland were with US itt the W6rk of organi zation. 1 have kfidwtt yoUUg maids Scores of them td refuse court ship from ,men who would' not join the Sdoiety. it any wonder we grew! -But my time grows shdrt. it is 10 years hdW Since the end first, seemed near and. i was prepared for death. " 'father,' said I, I have aydying request td make. Tell me today's news from the Bder war; how are the English there?' the good priest said there was a terrific battle at Tu-gela-river and the British army was terribly cut up and defeated. " 'Thank Odd,' said h 'that i have that news to take with me. it will be easy, now, ta die in peace!' "BUt I've jut in 10 long years hard yearsf-sinee. They tell me I'm an did fire'-eater. Perhaps so. Only remember this: 'Whatever cdmes to Ireland through physical force or parliament Ian refdrm, one mUst Jest IfcLwprth by- thisl.RELAND, SHOULD gE GOVERNbU AUUUKUirvu iuikiom IDEAS." M) 0 She (who has offered to hear little Jdnes'pait in the coming theatricals) -Now, what's your cue, Mr. Jones? 'Jones (puzzled) '-'My cue? She-'-Yes; what they Bay JuBt' before ydu cdme dh, you kttbW7 Jones-Oh; 1 see! They always-say, "Come Ira, you silly goat, can't you?."" -