§ MR. WILLIAM JOHNSTON
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the conduct of certain parties in Downpatrick, and principally to that of the John Street Nationalist Band who, whenever any check to the British arms in South Africa is announced, are in the habit of parading the streets of Downpatrick cheering for the Boers and cursing the Queen, and whether, in view of the possibility that such proceedings may incite to retaliation, he will take such measures as will prevent their recurrence.
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. ATKINSON,) (for Mr. G. W. BALFOUR) Londonderry, N.
The Nationalist band referred to in the question paraded the streets on the night of the 10th instant, using disloyal expressions. The conduct of this band was highly provocative and aggressive, and, as a matter of fact, considerable resentment was shown by the loyalist section of the populace. The police, however, who were present succeeded in keeping the parties asunder and preventing a serious breach of the peace.
MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN
Has it transpired that any of these bandsmen suggested the kicking of the Queen's Crown into the Boyne?
§ [No answer was given.]