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Parnell Commission Inquiry

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Parnell Commission Inquiry

Post by Karen on Mon 5 Nov 2012 - 1:36

Forty-fifth Day of Proceedings - Wednesday, February 6, 1889




There was a large attendance of the public today. The galleries, the jury-box, and the few unappropriated seats in the body of the Court were full some time before the opening of the Court. Amongst those who found a seat in the jury-box was Mr. Childers; and the Marchioness of Waterford watched the proceedings from the public gallery. Shortly before one o'clock Mr. Parnell entered the Court. Wearing a light overcoat with upturned collar, he looked pale and really ill. He took a seat near Mr. Davitt, and at once produced from a large black bag and a brown paper parcel several documents.


Major Le Caron, who was in the box when the Court adjourned last night, re-entered the witness-box. He described a conversation he had with A. Sullivan early in 1881 with reference to the feud between the open and revolutionary movements. The American treasurer, in a report he submitted soon after his appointment - and which was now produced and read - also adverted to this feud, attributing it to the differences of opinion on the Land League movement, and its effect on the "coming revolutionary struggle."
Having read the report - a very long one - through, Le Caron was examined by the Attorney-General as to the secret convention held at Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, on the 3rd of August and seven following days, in 1881. Till that time the work of the "V.C." had been principally confined to the supply of arms to Ireland. Measures of a fiercer kind were now demanded; in fact, to put it in the words of Major Le Caron, "a dynamite campaign was decided upon by the convention." It was then that Alexander Sullivan came to the front. It became necessary that in the future the steps of the organisation should be taken more guardedly and secretly. To lead to this end the F.C., or governing body, which was previous to that a committee of fourteen, was reduced to six members, of which Le Caron was one. At the meetings of this body, amongst other matters, the Revolutionary Committee was attacked for not having displayed the activity it would have been possible to display. The cause of complaint seemed to be that they had not aided in fitting up armed cruisers; that they had not arranged a movement for the rescue of Michael Davitt, then in jail in Ireland, nor arranged the embarkation of an expedition from a small piece of British territory in South America.


The Convention discussed the report of the Skirmishing Fund very severely. A long conversation arose upon a certain submarine torpedo boat for the superintendence or construction of which J.J. Breslin had been paid at the rate of $5 a day. It turned out that the boat was useless, and an order was given to a firm in New Jersey City to produce another boat.
What was the boat for? - It was intended to attack British vessels as they entered the port. But it was a sad failure to them. It was never used, though it still belongs to the organisation.
Do you know where it is? - Yes. It was towed into New York Harbour, and after lying there for five months, was removed to New Haven.
Major Le Caron having said he had a long conversation with John O'Connor, the gentleman known as Dr. Keneally, who went to the Convention as a delegate from England, the Attorney-General asked its purport.
Sir Charles Russell objected, urging that it was a private conversation, and that there was nothing so far connecting O'Connor with the gentleman he represented.
Mr. Reid, who represents Mr. O'Kelly, also objected to the admission of the evidence as against Mr. O'Kelly.
The Judges having consulted, the President said they were of opinion that there was prima facie evidence that O'Connor was a medium of communication between the members of this side and the Secret Convention. The evidence was, consequently, admissible.


Le Caron consequently detailed the conversation. It was of little or no importance. Le Caron asked O'Connor how the suggestion of Mr. Parnell that the two parties should be brought into line was accepted, and O'Connor replied, "Very satisfactorily." Amongst others whom Le Caron saw at the Convention was Wm. Mackay Lomasney, who in 1884 he met in New York. "That," said Le Caron, "was just before his departure for England to carry out the 'Plan of Campaign,' and explosions by dynamite. He never returned, and it is supposed that he and his brother perished in the attempt to destroy London-bridge in December, 1884. The organisation is now supporting his wife, children, and father."


The August secret Convention was the occasion of several exciting scenes. At that time the Clan-na-Gael was known as the V.C. It seems, from Le Caron's story, that in a secret circular addressed by the executive to the Senior Guardian, or chief officer of every camp, a large number of the V.C. officers were asked to attend as delegates of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and other societies, in order that they might be able to present a solid phalanx for the purpose of advancing the aims of the V.C. The open Convention was held in November, 1881. John F. Finerty delivered the opening speech, in the presence of Mr. T.P. O'Connor and Mr. T.M. Healy, representing this side of the water. William J. Hynes, of Chicago, was appointed "temporary chairman," and he nominated the Committee on Organisation. This Committee proposed as president the Rev. George C. Belts, of St. Louis; and as vice-presidents they submitted a long list, including Patrick Ford, John Devoy, Mrs. Parnell, and a number of priests, together with the names of most of the active and prominent members of the V.C. The nomination of vice-presidents was accepted; but the appointment of a Protestant clergyman to the chair aroused the anger of the clerical, or, as Le Caron styled it, the "moral suasion," party, and a prolonged quarrel followed. Finally, the priest who had moved the amendment asked permission to withdraw it, saying that he did so at the solicitation of one of the Irish visitors, whom Le Caron now asserted was Mr. T.P. O'Connor. Thus the Rev. Dr. George C. Belts, the Protestant clergyman of Trinity Church, St. Louis, became "permanent chairman" of the Irish National Convention.


After this Convention, a secret circular was published, under date Jan. 3rd, 1882, which announced the complete success of the scheme at the open Convention, and was particularly jubilant that the attempt of Sullivan to gain control of the open movement had been thwarted by Patrick Ford.
Did you copy any of these documents? - I copied them all immediately on receiving them, and sent them to the Home Government.
All these documents, I believe, were sent home soon after you had taken a copy of them? - In every instance.
Have they been in your possession since you sent them? - Never.
Resuming his story, Le Caron said that after the Convention Sullivan went on a mission to Europe. Upon returning he had a conversation with Sullivan as to what Sullivan had been able to accomplish.
This conversation was objected to by Sir Charles Russell, who contended that the conversation could only pertain to something that had occurred.
The witness having been asked to leave the Court,
The President said the Court considered the question inadmissible. It would be legitimate if it pertained to something that was to occur in the future.


Le Caron asserted that in the course of the conversation Sullivan referred to the plans for the future. He mentioned, first of all, what had been done in the case of the arrest of Dr. Gallagher. He said that in the future a man would be chosen for the work who would not go beyond his orders as Dr. Gallagher had done. Le Caron asked in what way, and Sullivan replied that the doctor disobeyed orders and gave himself away, and that he "got in" with some of Rossa's men, who told Jim Macdermott, who informed the Government. He also said it was the intention to continue sending over men to the other side, and to continue the active policy.
At this point the Court adjourned for luncheon.


Upon resuming, the Attorney-General asked Le Caron if Colonel Clingham had a conversation with him about the meeting of the executive in February, 1883.
Sir Charles Russell objected to the conversation, and the President upheld him to the extent that he told the Attorney-General he invited discussion by the frequent use of the word "conversation."
Accordingly the Attorney-General examined the witness on other lines. He produced another circular Le Caron had received from the executive body in 1883, as senior guardian. This consisted of a series of instructions to senior guardians, of which Le Caron was one. The senior guardians were instructed to endeavour to pick out those men best fitted for the work of a private, confidential, and dangerous character, and the circular specially recommended that the "open organisation" - the Land League - should be assisted in its work.


The next Convention to which Le Caron spoke was the Philadelphia Convention of 1883, which he attended in the dual capacity of delegate from the Land League, and as representative of his camp. He also attended each of the secret sessions of the Conventions, being requested by Mr. Egan who said it would not be wise for him to attend, to provide him with intelligence of everything that occurred. He had consequently several conversations with Egan.
Mr. Davitt - Was anybody else present?
Major Le Caron - Yes.
Mr. Davitt - Who?
Major Le Caron - Alexander Sullivan, Laurence (his brother), and, at times, I might say almost every man you know in Chicago.
Mr. Davitt - Don't be personal.


Major Le Caron - I beg your pardon. I had no such intention. He went on to say that after he had communicated to Egan what had occurred at the secret Convention, he said the programme of the future would be perfectly satisfactory to all Nationalists. He produced a report of the proceedings at the Convention, at which James Mooney, who became the President of the Land League, and was a member of the United Brotherhood, delivered the opening speech. Amongst those on the platform were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Byrne. It was proposed in the first place that the temporary chair should be occupied by P.A. Collins, but he was accused of treason to the organisation, and at that time there was a great outcry against him for having offered a reward for the arrest of the Phoenix-park murderers, when chairman of a branch in the open movement.
(The report will be continued.)

Source: The Echo, Wednesday February 6, 1889, page 3

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