§ MR. HICKS BEACH ( Gloucester, Tewkesbury)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has received a police report from the constabulary of Kanturk district concerning a moonlighting outrage against the person of John Curtin, of Inchitolone, near Newmarket; whether a party of men, armed and disguised, decoyed this man into the open, seized him, discharged their guns at him, and ordered him to surrender his farm; whether the farm has been surrendered; and whether any arrests have been made in connection with this incident.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) I have received a police report about this case. Thomas Curtin, the person referred to in the Question, is a labourer who occupies a dilapidated house while a labourer's cottage is being built for him. He has no farm. Curtin has informed the police that three disguised men visited his house, fired revolver shots in the air, and asked him to surrender the house. No arrests have been made, because Curtin states that he does not know the offenders, and no other evidence is forthcoming.