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I Am Very Tired Of These Statements, For Any One Can See The Thrifty Way Mountain Sides, Scraps Amid Rocks, Strips Of Land Inside The Railway Fences, And Every Spade Breadth Is Cultivated.

It is not fair for a man who has means to judge a poorer man from the outside view of his case.

There was a strange inconsistency in this gentleman's opinions, for while he declared laziness to be the cause of poverty and not the oppression of rent raised above value, yet when peasant proprietorship was mentioned as a remedy, he declared he would not take the farms as a gift and try to raise a living out of them.

I heard some lament the prevalence of stilling illicit whiskey in Innishowen. The excuse for doing so was to raise money for help in the prevailing poverty. They said the manufacture on the hills, whiskey being so easy to be had, nourished drinking customs among men and women alike, and what was made one way was lost one hundred-fold in another. A priest, recently deceased, a certain Father Elliott, had devoted talents of no mean order and great loving-kindness to the work of stemming this great evil. At his funeral there were between three and four thousand members of the temperance bands, which were the fruit of his labors. He died of typhus fever, and I heard his name mentioned with respectful regret by all creeds and classes.

XV.

A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST - THE DERRY OF TO-DAY - PURCHASING TENANT RIGHTS - NIBBLING AT THE TENANT RIGHT - INSTANCES OF HARDSHIP - "LIBERTY OF CONTRACT."

At Moville I heard that there were some who had become peasant proprietors by purchasing out and out their holdings, and that they had bitterly repented of so doing; for they had tied a millstone about their necks.

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