§ MR. DE COBAIN (Belfast, E.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he had seen a paper called The Drogheda Conservative, in the colums of which the attack upon the Rev. William P. Kearney was alluded to, and in which it was alleged the reverend gentleman had made light of the occurrence from the first; if the police had called upon Gardiner when making their inquiry, who was almost the only Protestant resident in a street in which there were about two hundred of Mr. Kearney's co-religionists, and had ascertained from Gardiner whether the priest had appealed to him, when he came bleeding to his door at midnight, thus, "You are not going to see me murdered, though I am not of your religion;" and that Gardiner had to escort, him, armed with a revolver, to near the railway station, where the priest resided; and that Gardiner's wife had to get a pool of blood washed from the hall floor of her house the following day, where Mr. Kearney had stood when taking refuge; and, if, on further inquiry by the police, these circumstances were found to be true, whether the priest would be prosecuted by the Government for perjury?
§ THE CHIEF SECERTARY (Mr. JOHN MORLEY) (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
This Question is put down for the first time 259 to-day, and, as it necessitates local inquiries being made, I must beg the hon. Member to postpone it.
§ MR. SEXTON (Sligo, S.)
I suppose the right hon. Gentleman can say, without Notice, that a statement which is not made upon oath cannot be perjury?
§ [No reply.]