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Parnell Commission Inquiry

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Parnell Commission Inquiry

Post by Karen on Sun 3 Mar 2013 - 22:49

One hundred and tenth Day of Proceedings - Wednesday, July 24, 1889


When the Court met this morning, Mr. Lewis told the Judges that he had given notice to Mr. Moloney, who was present. Mr. Moloney is a tall, stout gentleman, with keen blue eyes, partially grey hair, and a neatly-trimmed iron-grey beard. He was attired in a black morning coat and wore an eye-glass. He told the President that he was willing to give what information he could about the Land League books.
Sir Henry James examined him, and elicited the fact that Mr. Moloney became first associated with the League when Dr. Kenny was arrested, at which time he took up the reins of office. Mr. Moloney was unable to give any evidence as to the disposal of letter received at the Land League offices. Upon the suppression of the League, the furniture of the office, and a pile of League "No Rent" manifestoes were conveyed to his residence. That, so far as he knew, was all that was removed there.


Did you ever see in your house any books or documents of the Land League other than the "No Rent Manifesto"? - I can't recollect that I did.
Is it not a fact that your wife went to the houses of different clerks and collected various books and documents? - I don't believe she ever did.
Mr. Moloney identified the four books handed by him to Mr. Soames, and explained that he was the originator of one of them, which, with two others, was kept by himself, the fourth being kept by a clerk named Phillips. He explained that one of the books was written up by himself from documents, such as cheque-books, pass-books, &c., which had been allowed to accumulate in arrear.


Mr. Moloney stated positively there was not a word of fact in the statement made by Mr. Parnell yesterday - a statement which Mr. Parnell said came from another person - that when Mr. Moloney left the country he destroyed, or ordered to be destroyed, a number of the books and documents of the League which he had in his possession. As a matter of fact, he (Mr. Moloney) had never given such instructions, and had never destroyed any documents of the League.
Replying to Mr. Sexton, Mr. Moloney said he was subpoenaed by the Times in the first place, and attended the Court regularly for six months. He was not asked to produce any books, and during the six months he called upon and wrote to Mr. Soames in order to obtain his expenses. Nothing had yet been paid him by Mr. Soames.
Do you believe, Mr. Moloney, that any of the money that passed through your hands was ever used for other than a legitimate purpose? - So far as I know it was not.
Or was any money ever paid by you out of the funds for the commission, or as a reward to those who had committed crime in any respect? - No, it was not. I should never sanction such a proceeding.
Mr. Lewis went into the box to give evidence as to when the books were handed into his possession by Mr. Moloney.
Then came Mr. Miller, the manager of the Charing-cross branch of the National Bank. He spoke to certain accounts being kept at the bank by Mr. Biggar and Mr. J. Redmond.


Mr. Biggar put a few questions to Mr. Miller as to the destruction of the books. He suggested that a rumour had gone abroad to the effect that the Irish Members or the parties charged were the instigators of that destruction. For that rumour Mr. Miller said there was not the least shadow of foundation.
R. William Tyrell, who is connected with the bank, deposed to having received instructions for the destruction of the books in December of 1888, and that the destruction was carried out in January of this year. He could not say that the inspection on the part of the Times had commenced in November, 1888, but he assured the Court that he had been advised, before he made the selection, to destroy nothing that would be called for the purposes of the Commission.


Alexander J. Phillips was the next witness. He is of medium height, with semi-grey hair, and a military appearance. His most notable article of attire was a white waistcoat, and his most notable article of adornment a large gold albert. Replying to the Attorney-General, he said he was an accountant. In the year 1881, when in the employ of Messrs. Kevins and Keane, accountants, he was sent, as their clerk, to the Land League offices, where Mr. Arthur O'Connor gave him instructions as to the opening of a cash book and ledger. These he kept up till the suppression of the League, when he kept some books either at Mr. Moloney's house or his own. He received letters and other documents from Mr. Moloney, or from organisers in different parts of the country.
At this point the Court adjourned for luncheon.
(The report will be continued.)



Lord Randolph Churchill and one or two Conservatives, it is said, intend to take an independent line on the subject of the Royal grants.

Source: The Echo, Wednesday July 24, 1889, Page 3

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