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The Irish emigration to America.


[from the Cork Examiner March 9]

On Thursday the Inman steamer, the City of Baltimore, Captain Mirehouse, arrived in the harbor at an early hour. The Baltimore on this occasion was employed as an extra boat, in addition to the ordinary weekly sailing. She brought from Liverpool four hundred passengers, and took in here something over one hundred, leaving for Thursday's steamer no less than four hundred more, of whom it is probable not more than half will be able to find room. The Cunard extra steamer, which sads this week, will not only carry out a full complement, but booking for it was stopped ten days ago. The emigrants now leaving are of a class that one cannot help regretting. We defy even the fiercest doctrinaire to stand upon the deck of one of these departing vessels and say, that the absence of the people he sees there can by any possibility be a source of benefit. They comprise all ages, but in very different proportions.

The young and the old are to be seen — the heary father, the tottering mother, the feeble child, have their place. But the bulk is composed of the adolescent, or those in the prime of life. Stalwart young men, full of health and vigor; young women, the gaudy bad taste of his whose attire cannot conceal that they have beauty, the activity, the bounding health, for which the Irish peasant girl has been remarkable. Among them all there is scarcely one to be seen poorly attired.


[from the Sligo Champion, March 9.]

Last week a large number of well dressed, healthy looking young men and women passed through the town, on their way to Queenstown, and some to Derry, the steamers sailing from these posts appearing to be in high favor with the emigrants. We learn from our correspondents that an unprecedented large number of emigrants have this week left the neighborhood of Ballina, Swinford, Sooey, and Ballymote, to take shipping for America.


[from the Tyrawley Herald, March 9.]

Scarcely at any season have we in years past seen the exodus so considerable as it is now, when the month of March has only just been entered on. It is no unusual thing, on any day of the week in Ballina, to count nineteen emigrants, between old and young, upon one of Blanconl's long care; and this three times in the day, and at the same time to see the long van of a private car owner, with smaller cars, and carts more numerous still, filled all of them by the same class, proceeding to Sligo, en route to Liverpool and America. We are informed that no less than one hundred and twenty-one persons from a single parish within five miles of this town are preparing and intend setting off in company for America. And this is no isolated case. The entire country would seem to be on the qui vive, and to be determined to know no quiet and happiness till it shall be enjoyed in the midst of new associations and new labors in the New World. At the present rate of progress outwards, Erris will soon be depopulated and many parts of Tyrawley will be in no better plight.


[from the Tralee Chronicle, March 9.]

A gentleman whose position affords peculiar facilities for observation regarding the movements of the peasantry, has assured us that their excitement respecting emigration exceeds all belief. Not a farmer who does not seriously consider the advantage of leaving land and home; not a laborer who does not long for the means which shall enable him to fly from this miserable land. He instances one case of this sort, and it merely indicates the process which is going on throughout the country, and which promises to leave Kerry a waste if some means shall not be taken to remove the causes which excite to this lamentable depopulation. Church Hill is a hamlet situate a few miles from Tralee. It is not worse circumstanced, either as to proprietorship or otherwise, than others in the country, but from this small hamlet twenty-five emigrants left for America on Monday last. This, we believe, was fully half the population, and much more than half the able-bodied inhabitants of Church Hill.

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