The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902) eBook

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).
at Bandon—­Lord Bernard—­Inquest on Jeremiah Hegarty—­The Landlord’s “cross” on the barley—­Mary Driscoll’s evidence; her husband’s—­Post-mortem examination by Dr. Donovan—­The Parish Priest of Swinford—­Evictions—­The Morning Chronicle on them—­Spread and Increase of Famine—­The question of providing coffins—­Deaths at Skibbereen—­Extent of the Famine in 1846—­Deaths in Mayo—­Cases—­Edward M’Hale—­Skibbereen—­The diary of a day—­Swelling of the extremities—­Burning beds for fuel—­Mr. Cummins’s account of Skibbereen—­Killarney Relief Committee—­Father O’Connor’s Statement—­Christmas Eve!—­A visit to Skibbereen twenty years after the great Famine, 243

CHAPTER X.

The Landlords’ committee—­A new Irish party—­Circular—­The “Great Meeting of Irish Peers, Members of Parliament and Landlords” in the Rotunda—­The Resolutions—­Spirit of those Resolutions—­Emigration—­great anxiety for it—­Opening of Parliament—­Queen’s Speech—­England on her Trial—­Debate on the Address—­Lord Brougham on Irish Landlords—­Lord Stanley on the Famine—­Smith O’Brien’s speech—­Defends the Landlords—­Mr. Labouchere, the Irish Secretary, defends the Government—­The Irish Agricultural population were always on the brink of starvation, and when the Blight came it was impossible to meet the disaster—­The views of the Morning Chronicle on the Government of Ireland—­Mr. Labouchere quotes the Poor-law Enquiry of 1835 and the Devon Commission—­Change of the Government’s views on the Famine—­Griffith’s estimate of the loss by the Blight—­Extent of Irish Pauperism—­Lord George Bentinck points out the mistakes of the Government—­The people should have been supplied with food in remote districts—­He did not agree with the political economy of non-interference—­Mr. D’Israeli’s manipulation of Lord George’s speech—­Letter of Rev. Mr. Townsend of Skibbereen—­Fourteen funerals waiting whilst a fifteenth corpse was being interred—­Quantity of corn in London, Liverpool and Glasgow—­Lord John Russell’s speech—­He regarded the Famine as a “national calamity”—­Absurd reason for not having summoned Parliament in Autumn—­Sir Robert Peel’s view—­The Prime Minister on the state of Ireland—­His views—­His plans—­Defends the action of the Government—­Defends unproductive work—­Reason for issuing the “Labouchere Letter”—­Quotes Smith O’Brien approvingly—­Mr. O’Brien’s letters to the Landlords of Ireland (Note)—­Confounding the questions of temporary relief and permanent improvement—­Fallacy—­Demoralization of labour—­The Premier’s “group of measures”—­Soup kitchens—­Taskwork—­Break down of the Public Works—­Food for nothing—­Mode of payment of loans—­L50,000 for seed—­Impossibility of meeting the Famine completely—­The permanent measures for Ireland—­Drainage Act—­Reclamation of waste lands—­Sir Robert Kane’s “Industrial Resources” of Ireland—­Emigration again—­Ireland
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