The Canadian Spectator Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... and liberties with the men who ever and anon shout themselves hoarse about their own feelings and liberties, but never show the least consideration for those of the Protestant when they have fhe power of invading and destroying them. It is sometimes said that Orange processions are illegal in the Old Country and therefore should be so regarded in this. The Act that made them illegal in Ireland was a reflection on those who passed it rather than upon those against whom it was levelled. Because the Government felt they could coerce a lawabiding people, they passed this law; but the Roman Catholic, who had given many proofs of his contempt of law when it stood in the way of his plans or prejudices, was allowed to act as he pleased. It was not likely that a legislative Act so one-sided and partial would be long observed even by the Orangemen. t Nor was it; and its annulment, therefore, followed as a necessary consequence. Orange processions, therefore, even as other processions, are legal, and can only be suppressed when a breach of the peace, in the judgment of the magistrates, is sure to arise from them. But for the fanaticism and intolerance of the Romanist, fanned and kept up by the priest and his aids, there would be no more trouble from an Orange procession than from a Fourth of July celebration by an American in any city or town under the British flag. If, therefore, any procession is to be stopped, they all must be stopped but those which are strictly necessary; such, for instance, as those of funerals, and, it may be, for national and benevolent objects. To claim for the Fete Dieu procession exception on the ground of treaty right, of a religious observance, Sic, is a fancy too light for any discerning mind to sanction. Were such to...
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