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Parnell Commission Inquiry

Post by Karen on Sat 2 Mar 2013 - 23:09

One hundred and seventh Day of Proceedings - Wednesday, July 17, 1889

PARNELL COMMISSION.
MR. MATT HARRIS IN THE BOX.

WITNESS AND THE LANDLORDS.
MISS REYNOLDS' EVIDENCE.

The Special Commission resumed its sitting at the Law Courts this morning, when Mr. Matt Harris's cross-examination was resumed by Sir Henry James. He spoke to several monetary transactions which he had had with Egan in connection with the League. He might, he said, have destroyed documents in order to prevent the Government from obtaining information from them. He had (he added) received a sum of money in 1880 from Mr. Parnell for the purposes of organisation. He was contemplating going to America on a lecturing tour when Lord Frederick Cavendish was murdered; but he gave up that intention for fear it would be said that he ran away. He went to America in 1883. He saw Frank Byrne three or four times in this country. He met "Transatlantic" once. He went to the New York World office when he was in America, and also saw Sheridan.

WHY HON. MEMBERS HAD NOT BEEN CALLED.

He could not, the hon. Member proceeded, give any reason why Mr. J.P. Quin had not appeared before the Commission. Mr. Campbell, no doubt, could give evidence about many things; but he did not know why he and the brothers Redmond, Maloney, and Brady had not been called.
Sir H. James here read an extract from Sir Charles Russell's opening, in which he said that every one of the Members implicated would be called and, if necessary, an opportunity would be given from cross-examination.

MR. HARRIS'S STRONG LANGUAGE - AND WHY.

The witness was further cross-examined as to the state of the country. He said that the landlords had done more harm in Ireland than Bengal tigers or any other form of wild animals in the countries they frequented. (Laughter.) Witness explained that he frequently spoke in strong language because of the remembrance that two days after his father's death there was an eviction on his father's farm, although 500 pounds had been spent on improvements. He was surprised, when the police made a raid on his house, that they did not find some more serious documents, because every fool used to write to him, and there was no knowing what they might put in their letters.
At the finish of Mr. Harris's cross-examination he denied the accuracy of some statements made by the witness Delaney as to his knowledge of Carey and Curley. He professed to be a Nationalist, and said he had been up with the Chartists. He was proceeding to quote from the Times of 1848, when the President reminded him that they had nothing to do with a quotation of that date. He then declared himself still an advocate for the independent nationality of Ireland.
Sir Henry James, at the end of the statement, put some questions as to certain letters which had passed between the witness and Mr. Parnell.
The Court adjourned for luncheon at 1:25.

A LADY IN THE BOX.

On the resumption of the Court, a lady entered the witness-box, when a gentleman also got up in the box, and said he was the husband of the lady and desired to make a statement.
The President said husbands were not allowed to represent their wives, and wives were not allowed to represent their husbands. (Laughter.) He would see whether the lady could represent herself. (Laughter.)
The witness then made some observations which were inaudible at the back of the Court. She was understood to say that she was before her marriage Miss Reynolds. It had been said that her steps throughout the country were followed by outrage. This she said was not true. The outrages were committed by the landlords, and were abetted by the English Government, who sent soldiers.
(The report will be continued.)

A LIGHTER INCIDENT OF THE COMMISSION.

A lighter incident in the day's proceedings was the appearance of Mr. Robert Reid in a more than usually attractive suit of new clothes. These were hidden from the vulgar gaze by the counsel's gown, but they had not escaped the eagle glance of Mr. Lockwood, who usually rides down to Court with his friend "Bob." Before the Court had been sitting many minutes there was being passed round it one of Mr. Lockwood's graphic sketches - a charming portrait of Mr. Reid lounging along in his new suit, with the legend, "Mr. George Lewis will please explain." Mr. Lockwood professes himself - so the London Correspondent of the Liverpool Post says - torn with the suspicion that Mr. Reid has been favoured with an exceptional draft on account of fees from Mr. George Lewis, and on the strength of it has treated himself to the new clothes.

Source: The Echo, Wednesday July 17, 1889, Page 3

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