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'England's mode" of'warfare. What is it? Ask the biographer of Cromwell, ask the Ghoorkas of India, ask the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Listen! She has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of the people. This is the testimony of the men of '76. Ask the American historian of the "War of 1812. Ask every unfortunate people upon whom England has ever breathed her unwholesome breath, and in whose midst her ruffian soldiery have planted her robber flag. The answer is all the same/
In June 1880 the following passage appeared : ' Some think it is an open question whether the political agent called dynamite was first commissioned in Russia, or first in Ireland. Well, it is not of much consequence which of the two countries takes precedence in this onward step towards civilisation. Still, we claim the merit for Ireland. True the introductory blast was blown in England, and in the very centre of the enemy's head-quarters. But the work itself was no doubt done by one or two Irish hands, wrhich settles both the claim and the priority.'
In October its correspondent' Transatlantic' wrote : •* The |Irish Land League is accepted by the Irish peoplej at home and abroad as the faithful friend, philosopher, and guide. I am thoroughly grieved to find existing among my American friends, and my Dublin friends also, a disposition to quarrel with the trustees [of the Skirmishing Fund1 in New York, because they advanced 1,000 or 2,000 dollars over a year]ago from the Skirmishing Fund to help to start
1 This fund was formed by O'Donovan Kossa and Ford for the purpose of employing agents to lay English cities in ashes.—Bqport of Special Commission, p. 60. ' . i