Ireland Since the Union; Sketches of Irish History from 1798 to 1886

Ireland Since the Union; Sketches of Irish History from 1798 to 1886

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...and the friends of rebels; let them die the death. What is called public opinion. was expressed by a clamour for an example. The public mind, curiously inconsistent, flames into easy sympathy with revolution abroad, but blazes into deadly fury at any hint of revolution at home. Had the men of Manchester been Hungarian volunteers rescuing some Magyar leaders from Austrian hands; had they been Venetians plucking some follower of Manin from Teuton jailers; had they been Poles contending with Russians, or Southern Secessionists fighting with the Federal Government, the Press would have been loud in its praise of the heroism of their deed, and would have heeded little if some Austrian or Russian or Federal soldier had fallen in the scuflie. But the Fenians who tried to rescue their fellows, and who killed a man by mistake, were, in the judgment of the general public at that time, nothing but-common murderers, for whom no plea could be maintained, to whom no pity could be extended. _ It must not be forgotten, however, that in that season of frantic panic some minds were found calm and just; that through all the wild clamour for death some voices were raised loud and clear for mercy. Mr. John Bright made many efl"orts. Mr. John Stuart Mill exerted himself strenuously and courageously to save the Manchester men from their doom. The English poet, Mr. Algernon Charles Swinburne, wrote and published a passionate appeal to his countrymen for mercy, an appeal which deserves the gratitude of all the generations of Irishmen. Freeman he is not, but slave, Whoso in fear of the State, Asks for council of blood, Help of gibbet or grave; Neither is any land great Whom in her fear-stricken mood These things only can save. Lo I how fair from afar, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123691418X
  • 9781236914187