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/El. 36]           BREAKDOWN OF COERCION
lation is required, that it is required at once, and that every day during which crime can be committed with impunity will make the dealing with it more difficult.'
This rnimite of Lord Cowper's bears witness to the failure of Mr. Forster's policy. The last state of Ireland was worse than the first. ' If you are arrested, who will take your place ? ' Pamell was asked after the Wexford meeting. ' Captain Moonlight will take my place' was the answer. Captain Moonlight had taken his place in earnest. The National Land League had been suppressed immediately on the publication of the 1 No Eent' manifesto. Its place was at once taken by the Ladies' Land League, an organisation formed some twelve months previously on the suggestion of Davitt to meet the very contingency which had arisen.
The ladies very soon outleagued the League. Lord Cowper, as we have seen, said on one occasion that the central executive of the Land League did exercise some controlling influence over the wilder spirits in the country districts. But no controlling influence was exercised now. Things went from bad to worse.
The total number of agrarian outrages for the ten months—March to December 1880—preceding the Coercion Act was 2,379. The total number for the ten months—March to December 1881—succeeding the Coercion Act, 3,821. When one classifies these outrages the case appears even worse.
Ten months preceding Coercion Act
Homicides          Firing at the person       Firing into dwellings
7                         21                        62
Ten months succeeding Coercion Act
Homicides          Firing at the person       Firing into dwellings
20                        63                      122