§ Mr. MITCHELL-THOMSON
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been called to the application made by the Ulster Bank to appoint a receiver and manager on the lands of Cransallagh, Garrycastle, King's County, on which the bank held a mortgage, and to the affidavit of the manager of the Tullamore branch of the bank, from which it appeared that the owner, Stone, had been boycotted since taking possession; that the buildings and outhouses were burned in May, 1909, for which £336 was awarded as compensation, and that since the burning the holding had been abandoned and the lands derelict; and whether, having regard to the comments of the Master of the Rolls that it was disgraceful that the law should be disregarded and set at naught, he proposes to take any steps towards restoring respect for the law in the district?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
My attention has been called to this case. The facts as to the burning of the buildings and outhouses are as stated. I am informed by the police authorities that Stone has not been boycotted personally, but he cannot let his meadowing or grazing, and not being in a position to stock his farm he has been obliged to have it practically derelict. The local police have done everything in their power to protect Stone and his property, and will continue to do the same for the receiver who has recently been appointed.
§ Mr. KILBRIDE
Is not Stone a member of a well-known family in Ireland who have been camp followers in the land war?