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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 575 pages of information about The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902).
The Measures of Relief for 1846-7—­Difficulties—­Shortcomings of the Government—­Vigorous action of other countries—­Commissary General Routh’s Letter on the state of the depots—­Replies from the Treasury—­Delay—­Incredulity of Government—­English Press—­Attacks both on the Landlords and People of Ireland—­Not the time for such attacks—­View of the Morning Chronicle—­Talk about exaggeration—­Lieutenant-Colonel Jones—­Changes his opinion—­His reason for doing so—­Mr. Secretary Redington’s ideas—­Extraordinary Baronial Presentments—­Presentments for the County Mayo beyond the whole rental of the county!—­The reason why—­Unfinished Public Works—­Lord Monteagle—­Finds fault with the action of the Government, although a supporter of theirs—­Expenses divided between landlord and tenant—­Discontent at rate of wages on public works being 2d. per day under the average wages of the district—­Founded on error—­Taskwork—­Great dissatisfaction at it—­Combination—­Attempt on the Life of Mr. W.M.  Hennessy—­True way to manage the people (Note)—­Stoppage of Works—­Captain Wynne—­Dreadful destitution—­Christmas eve—­Opposition to Taskwork continues—­Causes—­Treasury Minute on the subject—­Colonel Jones on Committees—­Insulting his officers—­Insult to Mr. Cornelius O’Brien, M.P.—­Captain Wynne at Ennistymon—­A real Irish Committee—­Major M’Namara—­His version of the Ennistymon affair (Note)—­Charges against the Gentry of Clare by Captain Wynne—­Mr. Millet on Ennistymon—­Selling Tickets for the Public Works—­Feeling of the Officials founded often on ignorance and prejudice—­The Increase of Deposits in the Savings’ Banks a Proof of Irish Prosperity—­How explained by Mr. Twistleton, an official—­Scarcity of silver—­The Bank of Ireland authorized to issue it—­The Public Works of 1845-6 brought to a close in August, 1846—­The Labour-rate Act—­Difficulty of getting good Officials—­The Baronies—­Issues to them—­Loans—­Grants—­Total—­Sudden and enormous Increase of Labourers on the Works under the Labour-rate Act—­How distributed over the Provinces—­Number of Officials superintending the Public Works—­Correspondence—­Number of Letters received at Central Office—­Progress of the Famine—­Number employed—­Number seeking employment who could not get it—­The Death-roll, 196

CHAPTER VIII.

Operations of the Commissariat Relief Department—­Not to interfere with Mealmongers or Corn Merchants—­Effects of this Rule—­Deputation from Achill (Note)—­Organization of the Commissariat Relief Department—­Reports on the Potato Crop—­The Blight in Clare—­Commissary-General Hewetson’s opinion—­Commissary-General Dobree’s Report—­Depots—­Universality of the Blight—­Rules with regard to Food Depots—­Fault of the Treasury—­Scarcity of Food—­Depots besieged for it in the midst of harvest—­Depots to be only on the West Coast—­What was meant by the West Coast—­Coroner’s Inquests
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