MR ADAIR AT EVICTION WORK AGAIN. January 1864.
We have received the following narrative from a highly respectably correspondent, on whose fidelity and accuracy we can rely. Our correspondent writes: — “On the 1st December instant, there were evicted by the sheriff on the property of John G. Adair Esq., in the parish of Gartan in county Donegal ten families, consisting of forty-nine person—six of the families were Roman Catholic, and four Protestant, (two Episcopalian and two Presbyterian) Everything in each house was put out the fire extinguished, and the door fastened (where there was one), and the persons themselves literally left on their dunghill, without any provision for their shelter, for even a night. The most of the above being in the most wretched state of poverty, must, of necessity go to the poorhouse, and thus increase the rate which is,5s for the present year) on the rest of the impoverished tenantry. One of the evicted families, by name Stephenson, consists of ten persons, almost destitute of clothing. Another is Widow Knox, with four children. Her husband fell into bad health a few years ago and consequently into poverty, being unable to till his land, so as to support his family and pay his rent. In the spring of the present year he went to the United States of America (his passage being paid for him), in order, to obtain, if possible, by working, the amount of rent due. However, about a week before the evictions, his wife received an account of his sudden death, while at his work, so his wife and family are left helpless. In order to account in some measure for so many, evictions, we may state that, about five years previously Mr Adair summarily raised the rent of each tenant on the property nearly one-half. Bad years having ensued; they have had the greatest difficulty to pay this increased rent. At the Spring Quarter Sessions of this year, upwards of thirty out of about sixty tenants on the property, were, served with notices of ejectments for non-payment of one year’s rent. More than the half of these had settled by the October Sessions when the ejectments were put through against those who had not paid; and as upwards of £3 were added for costs on each, few were able to settle and some only after the arrival of the sheriff, when the evictions mentioned took place. As Mr. Adair never expended a shilling in assisting the tenant to drain, or improve his farm, or in any way improve his condition, and insists under all circumstances on the payment of their very high rent, the tenantry consider their case as all but hopeless, have lost all energy and interest in the cultivation at their farms, and are fast-sinking into a state of wretched poverty, looking upon their situation as little better than that of the Derryveagh people,, who were all turned out at once, instead of piece meal. This is truly a melancholy state of things, to occur in a Christian country and under British law and government. On the adjoining property of Derryveagh, where the whole-sale evictions were effected, Mr. Adair has had between three and four hundred, horned cattle, several hundred sheep, and upwards of thirty horses on that property during the summer; and, from all appearances, he will make the whole of his property in the same way. The work is being carried on in a remote mountainous district of Donegal, but should not, we think, be concealed from public view.