§ MR. VESEY KNOX
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether one of the tenants of Mr. George Stewart Smith, who owns seven townlands in the parlsh of Crosserlough, County Cavan, has received an eviction notice; whether he is aware that this tenant and others have repeatedly sought proof of their agent's authority to collect the rents, and information as to the whereabouts of the landlord, and have been refused any information except that Mr. Smith lives at Windsor, England, an address at which he cannot be found; and, whether, under the circumstances, police assistance will be given in the carrying out of the eviction?
MR. G. RUSSELL
I am informed by the constabulary that no tenant on the property referred to has been served with an ejectment notice, but that two tenants have been decreed for rent. No individual tenant has taken steps to ascertain proof of the, agent's authority to collect the rents, but some years ago the County Court Judge refused to grant decrees for rent until proof was given that the landlord was alive. The Judge of Assize, however, granted decrees on proof of rent being due. I understand that the tenants some, time ago subscribed to enable the half-brother of their supposed landlord to discover the, latter's whereabouts, but without result. If the sheriff enforces the decrees for rent, I presume police protection will have to be granted in the visual way.