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).
not over-peopled—­Description of England and Scotland in former times by Lord John Russell—­His fine exposition of “the Irish question”—­Mr. P. Scrope’s Resolution—­A count out—­Bernal Osborne—­Smith O’Brien—­The good absentee landlords—­The bad resident landlords—­Sir C. Napier’s view—­Mr. Labouchere’s kind words—­Confounds two important questions—­Mr. Gregory’s quarter-acre clause—­Met with some opposition—­Irish liberals vote for it—­The opponents of the quarter-acre clause—­Lord George Bentinck’s attack on the Government (Note), 280

CHAPTER XI.

Lord George Bentinck’s Railway Scheme; he thought the finishing of the railways would be useful; he was a practical man, and wished to use the labour of the people on useful and profitable work—­The state of England in 1841-2—­The remedy that relieved England ought to have the same effect in Ireland—­Under certain arrangements, there could have been no Irish Famine—­Tons of Blue books—­No new Acts necessary for Railways—­1,500 miles of Railway were passed—­Only 123 miles made—­Lord George Bentinck’s speech—­Waste of power—­Traffic—­Great Southern and Western Railway—­Principles of the Railway Bill—­Shareholders—­What employment would the Railway Bill give?—­Mode of raising the money—­L20,000,000 paid to slave-owners—­Why not do the same thing for Ireland?—­Foreign Securities in which English money has been expended—­Assurances of support to Lord George—­The Irish Members in a dilemma—­The Irish Party continue to meet—­Meeting at the Premier’s in Chesham Place—­Smith O’Brien waits on Lord George—­The Government stake their existence on postponing the second reading of Lord Bentinck’s Bill—­Why?  No good reason—­Desertion of the Irish Members—­Sir John Gray on the question—­The Prime Minister’s speech—­The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech a mockery—­Loans to Ireland (falsely) asserted not to have been repaid—­Mr. Hudson’s speech—­The Chancellor going on no authority—­Mr. Hudson’s Railway Statistics—­The Chancellor of the Exchequer hard on Irish Landlords—­His way of giving relief—­Sir Robert Peel on the Railway Bill—­The Railway Bill a doomed measure—­Peel’s eulogium on industry in general, and on Mr. Bianconi in particular—­Lord G. Bentinck’s reply—­His arguments skipped by his opponents—­Money spent on making Railways—­The Irish vote on the Bill—­Names, 335

CHAPTER XII.

State of the Country during the Winter of 1847—­State of Clare—­Capt.  Wynne’s Letter—­Patience of the suffering people—­Ennis without food—­The North—­Belfast—­great distress in it—­Letter to the Northern Whig—­Cork—­rush of country people to it—­Soup—­Society of Friends—­The sliding coffin—­Deaths in the streets—­One hundred bodies buried together!—­More than one death every hour in the Workhouse—­Limerick—­Experience
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