German spy arrested
On Wednesday evening last, a well-dressed man named Mason, from Roscrea, was noticed around the docks, his object, as alleged at the time, being to procure undesirable information for the enemy.
The attention of the police there was directed to him, and he was taken into custody as a German spy. The man was very indignant at being taken up, and refused to answer the usual queries put by the police authorities.
Eventually, he satisfied the authorities as to his nationality and business, and he was discharged.
On Wednesday evening, 28th inst., Jas. Ward, farmer, Kilariff, when cycling to his home about 9.30p.m., from his brother’s public house at Kiltulla, was fired on by an unknown party from behind the road fence, four pellets lodging in his leg.
A police escort accompanying Ward, observed at a distance of 70 yards, two men running away. The police fired on the assailants without apparent result. Ward, who was made the object of a similar attack last June, was a member of the Dunsandle Estate Committee, the division of the Dunsandle grazing lands by that body a few years ago causing considerable dissatisfaction.
The outrage caused not a little sensation in the district, as it was believed that a settlement had been arrived at by the lands in question being handed over to the Estates Commissioners for re-division.
Ireland on war footing
This country will defend its neutrality to the very limit of its resources if the occasion to do so should arise. That, in a nutshell, is the substance of An Taoiseach’s speech at Eyre Square on Saturday night,
The grave dangers facing this country following upon the European war formed the theme of his speech, the primary purpose of which would appear to be to rouse people from the apathy which seemed to settle down upon them after the excitement caused by the outbreak of hostilities had died down.
That we were comfortably outside the war zone was, up to a few weeks ago, the opinion of nearly everybody in the country, but recent events have given cause for a certain doubt and anxiety about that point of view.
The importance of the aeroplane in modern warfare has been demonstrated in a way which was not believed possible up to a few years ago. We know the distance planes can travel today and know that if there was any reason for it we would be well within the war zone.
The Government has decided to put the country on a war footing. All men on the reserve list of the National Army have already been called to the colours.
But the numbers gathered by the calling up of the reserves and volunteers would not nearly be adequate for the present purpose and, in the words of An Taoiseach, “we would want, in addition, some thousands of recruits as well as a local security corps who would co-operate with the Gardaí in each area” to defend our liberties against anybody who might try to invade them.
Six families from the Cunnade and Carraghduff districts in Mountbellew have been migrated to Meath lands in the vicinity of the historic Hill of Tara. The Forestry Department has taken over the greater portion of the Bellew Estate and are working on it already. Many residents in Mountbellew who have not even a garden lot are disappointed that this land, or some of it, that has not been divided amongst them.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.