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THE DUBLIN PROCESSION. A day in tlie annals of Ireland for memory to the latest generation is Sunday the 8th of December to be recorded, l he most astonishing and remarkable demonstration of na tional leeling, of national enthusiasm, of generous sentiment, has been beheld upon that day. Its memory already is en rolled in the archives of the facts which Europe regards as important, and the world will know through its reflection that Ireland is neither dead nor sleeping, that as of old the people are “ the most justice-loving” in the world, that they ever remember sacrifice which is made for country, and desire to perpetuate their appreciation, their reverence, their homage for heroism, for courage, and for patriotism. Prince or peer, king or kaiser, statesman or patriot, never received in the proudest moment of triumph, of success, of fortune, a greater ovation than upon Sunday last the memories of three men, three Irishmen executed upon a felon’s gibbet, and flung into a felon’s grave, attained in the metropolis of a nation, because that nation believes and holds that they were ex ecuted on an incompetent verdict, avowedly so by the fact that other doomed to the same fate were not executed, and therefore, that their fate was undeserved and unjust.—Irish man. The number in the procession is set down at sixty thou sand. It is stated that the various trades were represented in the demonstration by 300 plasterers, 350 painters, 1,000 boot and shoemakers, 500 bricklayers, 300 carpenters, 350 slaters, 300 sawyers; there were *500 quay porters. The O’Donoghue wrote to the committee sympathizing with the demonstration, and also the Revs. P. Lavelleand L. J. O’Shea. Altogether it is asserted that over 500,000 able-bodied men inarched in the various funeral processions in Ireland and England in honor of the three men hanged, more than twice enough to drive the English out of Ireland, if they were the right mettle. “Millions for processions!” IIow many for battle-fields? A SCENE IN THOMAS STREET. A long line of mourners followed, who were superseded by another chain of females (many of whom, when passing the site of Emmet’s execution, waved their handkerchiefs and smilingly exclaimed “God save Ireland; God be with the dead.”) The first hearse, which was mounted with white plumes, arrived at Thomas street, shortly before two o’clock. On the hearse were inscribed the words “ William Allen.” At the passing of this mournful vehicle the feelings of the vast multitude were apparent. Men and women—rich and poor—all seemed deeply impressed with the scene, and ulti mately a vent to the feeling was found in the agonizing strain of a girl, who, rushing from a house in Thomas street, and raising her hand exclaimed—“ God save Ireland—yes, Ireland will be free.” THE SPIRIT OF THE MEN. The “constitutional ” organs unanimously represent it to have been an open display of treason, and point to the pre arranged exhibitions at the place where Emmet’s gibbet stood in 1803, at the house in which'Lord Edward Fitzgerald was captured, and at the grave of the rebel M‘Manus, as un questionable evidences of the nature of the procession and the spirit of the greater number of those who took part in it. In front of the former residences of several Fenian convicts, there was vociferous cheering, and in one instance a harp, exhibited at the end of a pole, where Hayburne, the barber, a Fenian at present in custody, lived, caused a marked outburst of sentiment. In the cemetery a distinct pilgrimage was made round M'Manus’s tomb, near to which is the spot also chosen for the “memorial cross” to Allen, Larkin, and O’Brien. Losing the organization which had sustained order throughout the march, the bands here played various so-called national tunes; and the people in knots, whilst leaving, sang “O’Donnell aboo” and “The Feniytn Men,” two disloyal hymns. The Government have prohibited any further demonstra tions in honor of the dead. We trust those stalworth men who have marched through the cities and towns of Great Britain after empty hearses, will not flatter themselves that they have done their whole duty to the dead. We shall see. UNUSUAL ACTIVITY AMONG THE FENIANS. London, December 28.—The Fenians seem unusually active all over the country. Nearly every hour of the day dispatches are received by the authorities announcing either a contemplated movement by the brotherhood or its absolute occurrence. CAPTURE OF A MARTELLO TOWER NEAR CORK. Telegrams of quite a serious nature were received to-day from Cork, with details of another Fenian coup de main. Last night about midnight a large body of men, with blackened faces, stormed the Martello tower near Cork. The guard of the tower was overcome and scattered, and the victors hastily collected a considerable quantity of arms and ammunition, and escaped with it without molestation. GREAT EXCITEMENT. The late operations of the Fenians had the effect of re kindling public excitement. Many improbable rumors are afloat, including one that a Fenian cruiser has been seen off' the Irish coast and chased away by war vessels. ARREST. A man was arrested in this city last evening on the charge of having fired the fuse which caused the recent terrible explosion atClerkenwell. It is believed that the true culprit is at last captured. ATTEMPT TO BURN THE DUBLIN POST OFFICE. London, December 28, Evening.—Another Fenian outrage was perpetrated to-day at Dublin. An effort was made to fire the General Post Office by means of Greek fire. The attempt was happily frustrated. Beyond the destruction of a few letters, no great damage was done. EXPLOSION OF A POWDER MILL. A large powder mill at Faversham, about fifty miles from this city, was blown up and utterly destroyed this afternoon. Ten persons were killed outright, and a large number in jured. The cause of the explosion is unknown. THE CLERKENWELL EXPLOSION. About four o’clock in the afternoon two men and a woman brought a barrel on a truck; and placed it against the wall of | Clerkenwell House of Detention, in Corporation row; they | then lit a fuse, and a tremendous explosion took place. The wall was driven in, leaving a gap of sixty feet at the top, and narrowing to ten feet at the bottom. The men and the wo man ran away, but werf arrested. The house opposite was destroyed, and nearly thirty houses adjoining are more or less injured, whilst in the adjoining street an immense amount of glass is destroyed. Forty persons, including women and children, are in hospital—three are dying. Fire men are working on the ruins searching for bodies. A large body of police are in the prison yard, and a detachment of guards in the prison. The prison wall inclosed the yard where the prisoners take exercise. There is little doubt that the object was to liberate Burke and Casey ; but to-day these men were taken for a walk in another inclosed space, con sequently the attempt failed. The report was heard at a great distance, and the event has caused considerable excitement and great indignation at the reckless disregard of life and property. At nine p. m. thousands of persons were attempt ing to get near the scene of the outrage. All the approaches are kept by the police, armed with cutlasses. The force of the explosion was so great that masses of bricks were hurled seventy or eighty feet into the prison yard. A great portion of the north wall was blown up, and a block of poor dwellings, counting from ten to fifteen houses, instantly became a heap of ruins. Fortunately the prison was uninjured, except in glass, which was mostly shattered. I he attempt to provide means for the escape of Burke, there for®* proved futile. All the houses and buildings in the vicinity were shaken to their foundation. Scarcely a pane of glass, of whatever thickness, remains entire. THE LONDON PRESS. A correspondent of the Irishman writes to that journal: “ Last week I named some distinguished Irishmen con nected with the Times who take the lead in their profession here. All the newspaper offices number among their staffs many of our countrymen, and, as a rule, they are the best writers. Among these I may name Murphy, of the Daily News—one of the most extraordinary fertile writers of the day ; John Herbert Stock, who writes those keen, clever, but villainous satires in the Telegraph, which disfigure the pages of that journal while they make it sell; John Doyle, a well known contributor to that bigoted pot-house journal, the Morning Advertiser; Barry, the able editor of the London Review; Justice M‘Cartby, editor of the Star—an erudite scholar, an able politician, and a masterly essayist; Snow, long the editor of the Obsener; Wilson, one of the most gifted contributors to the Spectator; Dunphy, the able dramatic critic of the Morning Post; and others too numerous to mention.” English Bishops. Father Malone, of Belmnllet, Mayo, was to have delivered a lecture before the Irish citizens of Glasgow, on “ The Right of Men to Fatherland.” The excessively loyal Bishop Lynch, of Glasgow, wrote to Cardinal Cullen to put a stop to the lecture. The Irish of Scotland were “ bad enough,” thought Bishop Lynch, without having a patriot priest from Ireland to excite them to rebellion with such sentiments as “ The Right of Man to Fatherland,” which, in Bishop Lynch’s opinion, is no right at all. Of course, the Cardinal sent an order to the poor priest to stay in Belmullet, as it would be improper to speak on the “ Rights of Men.” The lecture was gotten up for the benefit of Father Malone’s poor parishioners, and we feel proud of the action of our country men in Glasgow, who crowded the hall on the night in ques tion, and, after sundry speeches and protests against the action of the Bishop, listened to an able discourse from the editor of the Glasgow Free Press. The money was sent on to Bel mullet just the same as if the good priest had delivered the lecture. LETTER FROM FATHER MALONE, TO HIS LORDSHIP DR. LYNCH. Belmullet, December 9, 1807. To the Right Rev. Dr. Lynch, Catholic Bishop of Glasgow. My Lord : I had been recently invited by some friendly, charitable, and patriotic men in Glasgow, to deliver a lecture to them in the City Hall; and, prompted by a sense of charity and a feeling of patriotism also, I accepted the invi tation, as it proceeded from men of kindred hearts and kindred feelings. The proceeds of the lecture were to be applied to the relief of the poor in this district. Having made all fitting preparation for the occasion, I was on my way to fulfill my engagement, when I received a letter from my Bishop prohibiting the lecture, and adding, that you had, by letter, requested his Eminence Cardinal Cullen, to use his influence in the same direction, and that the Cardinal had, accordingly, written to him upon the subject. My lord, a line from yourself to the humble parish priest of Belmullet, without putting the great machinery of Ecclesiastical power in motion, would have been sufficient. I can assure you, my lord, I am not a rebel, nor a Fenian, nor a demagogue, nor a mob orator; and if you suppose I am either you do me a great injustice. I am an approved Irish priest, who has always merited the high opinion of his Bishop, and whose whole life defies criticism, from whatever it may come. As far as I am, therefore, concerned, I trust there was nothing to render the lecture objectionable. Neither was there in the subject I had selected. “ The Right of Man to Father land,” is a fair legitimate subject for discussion. Nothing in it calculated to lead to violence or a breach of the peace. Men of intelligence, respectability, and influence were to be the audience 1 was about to address. The chairman—a re spectable clergyman of the city, and a subject of your lord ship’s. Both the chairman and lecturer being, by calling, ad vocates of law, order, and peace, was a sufficient guarantee that these principles should be respected. Charity, moreover, was the subject, which is the great vivifying principle, and the bond of perfection amongst Christian communities. There does not, therefore, appear to be any element in the whole proceeding that could be called objectionable. His Eminence of Dublin suggested that it is not well “to stir up the bigotry or bad passions of Scotch and English bigots.” True, but charity does not often provoke either the bigotry or bad pas sions even of an enemy. Now, in the county of Mayo alone, there are a hundred thousand persons living in perpetual misery, whope food is limited to the mere potato, who never taste a mouthful of fresh meat the whole year round, who are destitute of clothing and bedding alike. And it is not by pecuniary aid from the pocket of charitable people that such wide-spread and constant destitution can be relieved, but by constant appeals to the sympathies of the public for justice against the oppression which causes all this misery. The charity which works for justice is the greatest of all charities. In the present instance it is my misfortune to be strongly im bued with this kind of charity, united with intense love of fatherland, which I never could believe would incapacitate a priest to lecture, until I have been corrected by your Lord ship and Cardinal Cullen. If the voice of the people in the cause of justice and charity be thus suppressed at the present moment, it is just as well that we should sink at once and continue to drink our cup of misery, to the very dregs, until there shall be no more of Ireland, of Ireland’s people, and of Ireland’s misery. , I trust I have not offended nor exceeded the bounds of duty or courtesy in tindertaking to lecture in the city of which you are Bishop, which is so nearly allied to Ireland, and from which charity constantly flows into Ireland. If any of your Lordship’s clergy would come over here on a similar purpose, I promise him that he would receive a Cead milla failta, and would receive, out of our poverty, that bounteous charity which springs from the Irish heart. This mutual friendship between Scotch and Irish, so far from being severed, will, I hope, grow stronger still, notwithstanding occasional interrup tions in its exercise, such as that which now causes so much pain and regret to your Lordship’s very faithful and obedient servant, Patrick Malone, P. P., V. G. BISHOP GOSS, OF LIVERPOOL, ON FENIANISM. The Bishop was after administering confirmation, and he thus expressed himself: “ He said he would give them some sound and good ad vice on the face of the political aspect of the country. He knew they were exceedingly sensitive about hearing any thing bearing the appearance of political matter from the altar, even though it came from a bishop, but he would tell them that no man was so sincere a friend to the poor down trodden outcast as the minister of God. * ***** He was in hopes there were none amongst his hearers who were what are called Fenians—a secret association of men, established to gain the independence of Ireland. It was a question whether or not, if Ireland were free, she could re main so, because she was so near England that she would necessarily fall a prey to that country or to France. For it was a natural result that the country that was weak or less populous should have to yield to its more powerful neighbor. The people of the Southern States of America, notwithstand ing unparalleled bravery, were eventually conquered, be cause the Northern States were far more populous, wealthy, and powerful. Consequently, even if the Irish were to fight to the last man, and sell their lives dearly, it were still in the nature of things that the country which had the larger army should prevail in the end. He did not think it pos sible to achieve Ireland’s independence, or, if achieved, to maintain it. The means used by the Fenians to accomplish their object were condemned by the Church. They were similar to those used by Garibaldi to oust the Holy Father from the domain he has held for 1,800 years. When Constantinople became the capital of the Roman Empire, the temporal power gradually fell into the hands of the Pope, because he alone was able to save Rome from the incursions of the barbarians. People found that Constantine, wrapped in the glories of his new capitol, left them to their fate, they turned for protection to the Holy Father, and long prior to the supposed donation of Pepin, the temporal power was held by the Pope. Therefore, they condemned the efforts of Garibaldi, who, were the cause ever so good a one, had justly no concern in it, for he belonged to Nice, which was a dependency of France. As the Church condemned the means used abroad, so did it condemn those resorted to at home. Fenianism was censured by the Church because the Fenians were banded together by secret signs and oaths to upset the institutions of the country. These men were only exposing themselves to destruction, being competing with a power far stronger than their own.” THE IRISH ! BISHOP’S OPINION. St. Jarlath’s, Tuam, December 5,1867. Dear Sir: Although political subjects may be viewed from various points, and although some honest and estimable Irishmen may differ from us on the repeal of the Union, yet on the blessings and obligations of works of charity there should be no diversity of opinion. “ For religion, pure and undefiled, is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulations.” Such or similar is the condition of the families of the men who have recently suffered in Manchester. As you have generously undertaken to appeal to Christian sympathy in their behalf, I beg to forward, in answer to your letter, the annexed bank order for £5, to assist in alleviating their sad bereavement.—I remain, my dear sir, your faithful servant, t John, Archbishop of Tuam. John Martin, Esq. FATHER VAUGHAN. Barefield, Ennis, Saturday. Gentlemen: I am only just after receiving your letter, the post delivery not reaching me regularly. My attendance to-morrow at your procession would leave a congregation without Mass, as well as interfere with a Solemn Requiem Mass for the legally murdered patriots of Manchester, that I announced on last Sunday for Tuesday next. I hope on that day to have a large attendance from my own and other parishes, when, in the name of God and Ireland, the sacred caoin of the Church—mournful as the banshee wail—will rise to heaven, first for mercy, and secondly to attest our un dying hatred to a rule indorsed by the gallows, famine, and exile—a rule that for seven centuries has proved a lie to God and curse to man. Go on, then, nobly on. Mourn not these men, nor wake them with woman’s cries, but rival them in their religious patriotic devotion to Ireland. “ Far dearer the grave or the prison, Ilium d by one patriot name, Than the trophies of all who have risen On liberty’s ruin to fame.” Demonstrations like these will leaven the Irish nation, and gain for her the admiration of mankind. They will like wise impart an immortal endurance to patiotism, because the nation that reveres the memory of her martyred patriots cannot (Ji@. She is immortal as the public virtue she cher* i iahes. Yery faithfully, Jeremiah Vaughae, P. P.