§ MR. GILHOOLY (Cork, W.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, What decision the Lord Chancellor has come to relative to the complaints made against Messrs. J. W. Payne and John Orpen Payne for their refusal to attest the signatures of voters to claims to vote at Poor Law elections of guardians?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. JOHN MORLEY) (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
, in reply, said, that the Lord Chancellor of Ireland had called on the gentleman last mentioned for an explanation, which was furnished, to the effect that one of the signatures which he refused to attest was that of a girl of 10, and the other of a youth of 18. When the Lord Chancellor was making the inquiry, Mr. Payne sent a letter resigning his commisssion, and he has ceased to be a magistrate. No complaint has been made against Mr. J. W. Payne.