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Parnell Commission Inquiry

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Parnell Commission Inquiry

Post by Karen on Sat 2 Mar 2013 - 23:13

One hundred and eighth Day of Proceedings - Thursday, July 18, 1889



The Special Commission resumed its sitting at the Law Courts this morning. Mr. Harris at the outset of the proceedings gave some explanation of his previous evidence.
Dr. Tanner's cross-examination was then resumed. He corrected one of the dates in the Times, and said the Attorney-General had made it in error yesterday in endeavouring to correct the Times. Witness, in reply to Sir Henry James, said he only knew of two cases of boycotting in Mid-Cork. One of these was the case of Mr. Heggarty, and the other was that of Dr. Cross, who had since been hanged by Mr. Balfour. (Laughter.) He challenged Mr. Murphy's statement that any word of this had led to an outrage. He had on many occasions told the women and girls in Milltown to boycott the police. He heard of Miss Murphy having had her hair cut off, and her head tarred by a number of men. That outrage was denounced by the National League, and he considered it a most infamous thing. He was prepared to say that if constitutional means failed in Ireland he would be perfectly willing to engage in physical force.
Mr. Murphy's cross-examination of Dr. Tanner having concluded at twenty minutes to twelve, the Doctor at once proceeded to read extracts from other of his speeches, in which he condemned and denounced outrage. The Doctor strongly asserted that he had advocated boycotting, as he found it had been practised against himself. He did not himself believe in intimidation or outrage, and had sternly denounced both.


The Doctor having left the box, the President said they had exhausted the list of witnesses mentioned as about to give evidence. He asked whether there was anyone else present who desired to give evidence. Perhaps Mr. Lewis would tell them?
Mr. Lewis said he was not aware of any.
Mr. Tim Harrington, at this stage of the proceedings, entered the Court, and took his seat beside Mr. Lewis.
Sir Henry James then asked permission to put certain extracts from other speeches in, so that they might appear on the shorthand notes.
The President asked Mr. Cunynghame (the Secretary) to check them. Then the reading of the speeches was proceeded with. In the course of this reading Mr. Condon, who was in Court, said he on one occasion had denied that he had any sympathy with O'Donovan Rossa as a dynamiter.
Sir Henry James subsequently intimated to their Lordships that notice had been given to Mr. Parnell's legal adviser that his presence would be expected on Tuesday, to give testimony with respect to some of the banking accounts. It might also be requisite in the way of rebutting evidence to call another witness, but his testimony would be short. It would, however, be necessary for him to make a statement as to the Convention in Paris.
The President, however, with a view of seeing if further evidence would be called today, said he and his brother Commissioners would remain in the building a short time to see if their presence was required.
The Court adjourned at one o'clock.


Their Lordships, however, very shortly after returned into Court. Mr. Condon then read an extract respecting his statement that he would "follow the footsteps of O'Donovan Rossa and Mitchell." Mr. Lowden also explained one of his speeches.
The President, then, addressing Sir Henry James, said it would be well for the counsel for the Times to consider whether they ought not to call other witnesses for cross-examination. Several persons had been named who had not been called.
Sir Henry James said he understood from Mr. Reid and Mr. Lockwood that other persons would be called. The matter, in accordance with the suggestion of the Court, would be considered.
The Court then adjourned until Tuesday.


Startling revelations of the "foul conspiracy" in regard to the Pigott letters are promised by Mr. Molloy, M.P. Speaking in St. Andrew's Hall, Newman-street, at one of Mr. Leveson-Gower's meetings, he declared that the Irish Members had got evidence in connection with the "foul conspiracy of the Pigott letters" which would startle the people of England. That evidence had been carefully prepared, and would be published at the proper time. It was intended to have laid it before the Parnell Commission, but the ruling of the Judges had unfortunately prevented this. The other side were aware of the possession of that evidence by the Irish Members, and the result was seen in the placing of Mr. Parnell and Mr. Sexton on the Committee of Royal Grants.

Source: The Echo, Thursday July 18, 1889, Page 4

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