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APPALLING FAMINE IN THE WEST! The correspondent of the Irish Times writes: “How shall T approach the last subject that heads my let ter—‘ Distress in the West?’ On Saturday morning I pro ceeded, without any one knowing the object of my mission, to the districts where I heard a great amount of distress pre vailed, namely Claddugh Duoh (the black shore), Salerno, and Omncy Island. I passed through a portion of the property of Mr. Eyre, of Clifden Castle, the Rev. Dr. Magee, an Eng lish Roman Catholic clergyman, and the Law Life Insurance Company. The land is mountainous and light, with occa sional stripes of good arable soil. It is partly under tillage, but the greater portion of it is waste. I saw no cattle, and nothing but a few sheep of a most inferior character. When 1 passed the chapel of Clnddagh Duoh I commenced to enter the houses, and, gracious God! what ‘ scenes of misery.’ Not a particle of furniture in any of them but a box and a three legged stool ; and for beds, a very small quantity of unclean straw not fit for bedding for pigs—all their articles of cloth • ing and little fishing gear had gone into the pawnbrokers, and in none of them was there food of any kind except a few pounds of Indian meal. The inmates of the houses were women, some of whom could not speak English, but I had the advantage of some knowledge of the Irish, which was highly useful to me in the investigation I was making. Many of these unfortunate people were old and helpless, and must be relieved by voluntary charity. It may be said, ‘ Why not go to the poorhouse?’ In fact, there are no beds there, and I am informed that three wretched creatures are frequently thrust into one narrow bed !” The Rev. Michael Curley, P.P., of Louisburgh, near West port, in the county Mayo, writes: “ During an unprecedentedly severe winter the people ex hausted their means endeavoring to keep their cattle alive. It is useless to enter into detail here of their sufferings during a long continuance of snow, and frost, and storm. In many instances their efforts were ineffectual, but in almost all en tirely fruitless, as the cattle that survived are unmarketable. There are many landholders who on the 1st of January, 18G7, considered themselves in easy circumstances, who are now in the most lamentable condition, without mowy, or means, or credit, suffering not merely privations, but actual hunger, and on the very verge of starvation. The people can get no credit, so deeply sunk are they already, and besides, the means of those who usually accommodated the people are ex hausted, haviug given credit so largely and so extensively during the last two months. As an instance of the state of the parish in this respect I submit one case: A respectable old woman, herself a model of charity to the poor, and hos pitality to all during a long life, called on me on Monday la. wnd asked for the loan of £2 pounds for a month or two. I protested to her on the word and faith of a man that I had not a pound in the world. She asked me to bail her for two cwt. of meal. I said I knew not one to whom I could apply. In the meantime a magistrate of the county visited me; I told him the case. He accompanied me to one of the meal factors and left a written order for the two cwt. of meal, which he stated if she would not pay he would. The man was absent at the time. I told the woman to send in a messenger in the evening, that all was right. He came about half-past nine o’clock, p. m., but no meal—the dealer’s supply was ex hausted. I got the order back, transferred it to another with a note from myself, but with like success. Fancy the feelings of the messenger returning home empty, and not a morsel of fool at home for seven in family; but fancy, if you can, the beetles of this afflicted home when he returned, after jour neying five miles, so full of expectation up to the moment of his arrival were all its inmates that relief was at hand. How heartrending to contemplate such sufferings as these. There are hundreds of such cases under different circumstances in this parish. They come to me late and early, and it is afflicting to me not to have even a single shilling to relieve a single case. Even now, when I am scribbling out this tedious letter, two men forced their way to me. One is a very sad ease, I know it well, he has eleven in family. ‘My chil dren will die of starvation before morning,’ he says. I had nothing to give except his dinner and a note to the relieving officer, hoping he would give him relief. I asked him, have you a cow ? No. Have you a sheep ? No. Have you any fowls? There are a few hens. Why not kill them? Oh, I suppose they have killed them since I left home last night. (He being roaming about all the time up to seven o’clock ’ this evening looking for something to eat.) Under cir cumstances so appalling and so heartrending, I now earn estly and urgently appeal to the charitable and humane of every class and creed to come to our prompt and immediate relief. Every pound will save a family.” We have proposed a plan in a leading article in this num ber of The Irish Republic, whereby relief will be sent to every starving family in Ireland. Let those who may con sider our editorial rather strong read the above, and ask them selves if this is the time to stand on ceremony ? “Every pound will save a family,” says the poor priest in Mayo. Alas, how many pounds are squandered here on useless luxuries, while our people are dying at home—dying for want of bread. THE MULCAI1Y FUND. “The sympathy of the people with the State prisoners in port + id was never more earnestly shown than in the extra ordinary success of our appeal to them for funds to bring the case of bennis Mulcaby before the House of Lords, on a Writ of Error. We asked for one hundred pounds for that pur pose, and we are glad to state that in two weeks nearly eighty pounds have been received at our office in reply to our call. We trust to be able to advance the receipt of the full amount for which we asked next week.”—Dublin Irishman. Father Vaughan, in transmitting his subscription to the above fund, writes as follows: “Barefield, Ennis, June 25, 18G7. Sir: Though reluctant to encourage any appeal from wron- ,i suffering, Ireland, to that den of titled, selfish imbe ciles, the House of Lords, yet as it may, by possibility, event uate in alleviating the sufferings ot the martyrs for their country’s freedom, 1 hereby enclose my subscription. lo ex pect justice from such a source for the general welfare of this unhappy country, is as hopeless as extracting milk from a male tiger. As, however, the appeal may not be made to them collectively, but only to what is called the “ Law Lords,”—men elevated by genius and great forensic abilities above the common herd of their titled fellow-senators—in such a ca.se it will have every chance of success, and on these grounds 1 have no objection to assist in furthering it. How truly deserving the nation’s gratitude is Isaac Butt—that man of large heart and gigantic intellect—as well as O’Loglden and Dowse. I earnestly hope the Irish people will very soon give these men unmistakable evidence, in a substantial manner, of their appreciation of the noble services rendered by them to the cause of freedom and suffering humanity. 1 would a thousand times sooner be at the side of Isaac Butt, swayed by the stern vigor of his Protestant nationality, than enjoy the friendship and emoluments of such caitiff, crawling Cawtholics as Keogh and Fitzgerald, who have risen to a vicious eminence on the betrayal and ruin of their country. Like the vermin of a fetid pool, such apostate patriots owe their buoyancy to corruption. Very faithfully, Jeremiah Vaughan, P. P.” Let our readers keep the following roll of honor and of suffering in some convenient place, and when they grow tired of working for Irish liberty, or grow dispirited at seem ing disasters, read over the names of those men who are dying in dungeons for their country’s sake. If the thought of Luby, Kickham, and the rest in their English prisons, does not whip their lagging spirits to a fever heat of determined per severance in the cause for which so many have suffered, and who may suffer, they may certainly defy satan, for they have no souls 'to damn. If every Fenian would read it on his knees, morning and night, he would have less to say about his sacrifices and sufferings in America: REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS ON THE TREATMENT OF TREASON-FELONY CONVICTS IN THE ENGLISH CONVICT PRISONS. The report opens with the following list of the treason-fel ony convicts who were to form the subject of the inquiry: Pentonville Prison.—Received 23d December, 1865— Thomas Clarke Luby, 20 years; John O’Leary, 20 years; Michael Moore, 10 years; John Haltigan, 7 years ; Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, life; John Murphy, 7 years, removed to Woking 20th April, 1866. Received 16th January, 1866— Bryan Dillon, 10 years, removed to Woking 11th April, 1866; John Lynch, 10 years, removed to Woking 20th April, 1866; John B. S. Casey, 5 years; Thomas Duggan, 10 years ; Jere miah O’Donovan, 5 years; Charles Underwood O’Connell, 10 years; John Kennealy, 10 years; Thomas Hayes, 10 years; Michael O’Regan, 7 years; Patrick Barry, 10 years, March'20, 1866, talking at exercise—admonished; April 20,1866, insub ordination and insolence when at exercise in association—one day bread and water, received 10th February, 1866; William Francis Roantree, 10 years; Charles Joseph Kickham, 14 years; James O’Connor, 7 years; Christopher Manus O’Keefe, 10 years, removed to Woking lltli April, 1865; Cornelius O’Mahony, 5 years; Cornelius Dwyer Keane, 10 years; Mar tin Hanley Carey, 5 years; Denis Dowling Mulcahy, 10 years; Hugh Francis Brophy, 10 years; Terrance Byrne, 7 years; Patrick Dunne, 5 years; James Flood, 5 years; Andrew Kennedy, 5 years, removed to Woking 20th April, 1866. The remaining 24 convicts were removed to Portland, 24th of May, 1866. John C. A. Bones, Governor. W. S. Buller, Assistant Governor. Thus it will be seen there are 19 treason-felony convicts at Portland: there are 8 at Woking; there is one at Millbank; there is the case of the above-named Patrick Lynch who died at Woking. LIBERATION OF SUPPOSED FENIANS—REJOICINGS IN THE COUNTRY. A number of persons charged with treasonable practices were liberated on Wednesday at Limerick, upon giving bail for their future good behavior. The discharge of these men from custody was quickly made known in the district where they had been arrested, and to which they were about to return in triumph, and on the same evening the mountains around Tipperary blazed with bonfires, one being lighted in the old churchyard at Emly. Serious riots at Waterford last week, and now these mountain signal fires betray, we fear, a terrible amount of sympathy with Fenianism, and prove that at least one class of the Irish people are as much disposed as ever “ to join in hate” against all authority.—Clonmel Chronicle. REMOVAL OF CONVICTED MILITARY FENIANS. At eleven o’clock on Friday detachments of the Royal Artillery (Horse and Foot) and Military Train, from l’orto bello, were paraded for the purpose of witnessing the promul gation of the decision of court-martial on four prisoners. Two of these, named Foley and Killeen, of the Royal Artillery, were each sentenced to seven years’ penal servitude for being implicated in the Fenian conspiracy, etc.; Private Leonard, of the Military Train, five years do., for desertion and un lawfully assembling with Fenians; and Private Gordon, of the 95th Light Infantry, ten years’ penal servitude, for insub ordinate conduct to the president of a court-martial (Lieut. Colonel Johnson, 9th Lancers), on being arraigned before him for trial, in violently throwing a stone at him and using offensive language at the same time. Foley, Killeen, and Gordon were also drummed out in presence of the troops, and the whole four, after having the convict dress put on them, were, in the presence of those assembled, marched into the prison van and escorted by mounted constabulary and Scots Greys to Mountjoy Convict prison. THE IRISH CHURCH ESTABLISHMENT. On Monday Earl Russell moved the appointment of a Royal Commission to inquire into the revenues of the Estab lished Church In Ireland, with a view to their productive management and their more equitable application for the benefit of the Irish people. In an elaborate speech he endea vored to show that Protestant ascendancy—the existence of the Established Church—was at the bottom of Irish discon tent. lie admitted the difficulty of dealing with the subject, and, having stated the various plans proposed, expressed his approval of that suggested by Earl Grey—viz., the plan of diminishing the revenues attached to the Established Church in Ireland, and of giving half of them to the Established Church and half to the Roman Catholic clergy. He brought the subject forward at that early period, because he felt if they abstained from touching it now it would be one of the lirst matters with which the new Parliament would deal. Lord Cairns replied to Karl Russell, arguing that the revenues with which it was proposed todeal were the rightful property of the Established Church, and that the change suggested by Lord Russell would alter the social and political aspect of the country. He denied that the movement of which Lord Russell was the pioneer came from Ireland, in which the sole question of dissatisfaction was the land question. In the discussion which followed the Earl of Kimberly, the Bishop of Ossory, the Bishop of Down, the Duke of Argyle, the Marquis of Clanricarde, and the Earl of Derby took part. Lord Derby expressed his willingness to assent to a com mission of inquiry. An amendment, moved by the Bishop of Ossory, to omit the latter part of Earl Russell’s motion was adopted, and the original motion, as amended, was agreed to.—Dublin Irishman. EMIGRATION FROM IRELAND. In the Register-General’s tables, showing the estimated average produce of the crops for the year 1800, are to be found statistics respecting emigration from the Irish ports. The number of those who departed from the province of Leinster in 1866 intending not to return was 17,379, i.e., 9,915 males, and 7,764 females. From Munster went 36,971 —21,359 males, 15,612 females. From Ulster, 26,259—17,802 males, 8,459 females. And from Connaught, 12,439 6,/25 males,5,714 females. The total number of emigrants na tives of Ireland was 99,467—59,561 males, 39,906 females. THE WATERFORD BUTCHERY—THE SHAM JURY. The jury were the most extraordinary body ever seen empanneled. They were a perfect jury. From its very composition, the jury could neither acquit or convict the prisoner—we should have said the man accused of the crime —but therein consisted its chief perfection. A gentleman who sawr the jury leaving the Town-Ilall to view the body, shook his head and remarked to us, “There they go, a beauty ful jury, consisting of seven Orangemen, four 1 moosey’ Catho lics, and two drunken ones.” A Welsh jury convicted a man for murder contrary to the evidence, and the Judge, in great astonishment, asked them the cause of so extraordinary a verdict? “ Your Lordship,” replied the foreman, “though he didn’t kill the man, he stole my grey mare, and he ought to be hanged.” Walsh gave no provocation; he had neither shouted or thrown stones, but, nevertheless, the presumption being that he is a true Irishman, he richly deserves to be killed.— Waterford Citizen. MARRIAGE OF NEGRO SAILORS. It seems, from the following item, that the Galway girls have no objection to color. The good ship Australasian sails into port, and three gentlemen of color get married to three blooming Irish lasses, and sport through the city, cutting a huge dash. Did this same thing occur in an American city, God help the amalgamationists. It is considered nothing in Ireland or England, however; and all the colored sailors who desire blooming Caucasians should steer to Galway, where they can wed and enjoy the honeymoon without being hunted through the streets: Three “darkies” belonging to the crew of the ship Australa sian, which arrived in this port last weeek, got within the last few days married to Galway girls. The men seemed to have lots of money for the occasion, as they and their fair brides, of whom they seemed very proud, have been swelling it through the town since the performance of the nuptial ceremony.—Galway Vindimtor. LATE NEWS. On Friday, the 19th instant, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Mr. Andrew Johnson’s veto of the Supplementary Recon struction Bill was received in the House of Representatives. In it he proceeds on the enormous assumption that the con quered rebels of the South are still “ citizens of the United States,” and consequently entitled to all the privileges of those who are, and have always been, loyal to their country. The document occupied thirty-five minutes in reading. The bill was then passed over the President’s head by a majority in the House of 109 to 24, and in the Senate by a majority of 30 to 6. It is now the law of the land. Mr. Boutwell desired to make a few remarks, and for fifteen minutes his eloquent arraignment of the President held the House so completely that every wrord could be heard as lie boldly declared that nothing but the impeachment of “ this man” would satisfy the outraged freedom of the country. He cared not if but two days were shorn from his rule, it was a duty to posterity to allow no bad precedents to be made by his continuance in his high office. Mr. Randall, Democrat, attempted to reply to him, but after a few sentences, indistinctly articulated, he gave up. Gens. Butler and Sclienck and Thomas Williams followed in the same strain as Mr. Boutwell, and after a feeble defense of the President, by Boyer and Pruyn, Democrats, Mr. Stevens expressed himself as of the belief that the impeachment would fail ; that some counter influence was at work here in the Senate, to defeat it, and he had no hopes for the people being vindicated from “this man’s” outrages upon them and upon the laws of the country. Mr. Wilson said as so far as he was concerned he would do what he bslieved to be his duty in the impeachment matter. Gen. John A. McClernard has been nominated as Minister to Mexico. The Senate, yesterday, adopted a resolution of sympathy with the Cretans, and requested the President to forward a copy to the Turkish Government. A proposition for the annexation of Mexico to the United Elates, which is said to have t he sanction of President Juarez, and other leaders of the Liberal party of that country, is being talked of in Washington. A train was captured by Indians, near Fort Lamed, on Sunday. A Catholic bishop and six priests, who were with the train en route for Santa Fe, were killed and scalped, am six Sisters of Charity were carried away captives.