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.
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.
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. * * * *
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.