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Terrible Distress in Ireland.

--The reports of destitution and suffering in Ireland are fully confirmed by a communication from John Francis Maguire, M. P., which appears in the London Times. Mr. Maguire adds to his own testimony that of official persons in various parts of Ireland, all going to show that many of the peasantry are reduced to the last stages of poverty. James Barry makes the following report to the Guardians of the Skibbereen Union:

I visited Sherkin and Cape Clear on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I found the utmost destitution and want of every kind, and no fuel, except the dropping of the cows. I did not hear that any one died of starvation, nor do I believe that any person did; but many, especially the children, were emaciated to the greatest degree, and unless immediate relief is given from this until the potatoes are fit for use. I fear some will perish.

Mr. Hurley reports:

‘ I found, both in Sherkin and Cape Clear — Baltimore I did not visit — that there was a great number of persons who are now suffering really, I believe, from insufficient food, and who are quite eligible under the act for out door relief. I can fully corroborate what Mr. Barry says with regard to their determination not to enter the work-house — the islanders, at any rate. They stated that they would rather lie down and die than enter it. * * * The women and children looked as if they were approaching the gradual decay of strength and muscle. Their appearances were wretched, their houses were wretched. * * * *

Mr. Downing says:

‘ I did not see food enough in any house to supply the family with the second day's provision. I went into one house where there had been no dressing or preparation, and I can swear on my solemn oath that I saw in that woman's house — about four feet by nine-- some boiled sea-weed and nothing else.

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