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“They may as well have sent for Xerxes’ bridge of boats…”

IRELAND
(From Our Own Correspondent)
DUBLIN, Tuesday Morning.

THE TIMES – NOVEMBER 10TH, 1848 – RESISTANCE TO THE POOR-RATE.

The following statement from the Galway Vindicator is a foretaste of the movement which promises to afford ample employment during the winter to the military, police and all others engaged in the preservation of the peace:-
     “We are informed that on Wednesday last a force of military and police, greatly superior to those that had been previously called out upon that service, and attended by artillery to be used against barricades, &c., proceeded for the fourth time to distrain for poor-rate in the neighbourhood of Gort and Kinvarra. The people were as usual collected in large numbers to resist them, but this time, aware of the presence of artillery, they had recourse to a new rase de guerre. Accordingly, when the military came, directed, we are told, by a special stipendiary magistrate, to the place where they expected, as usual to find barricades, they found them not, nor aught else that their great guns could batter, but only a trench something like an Alpine ravine, about 20 feet broad and scarcely less deep. Here, then was of necessity a halt and a council of war, in consequence of which messengers were despatched in search of planks and other material to overlay the chasm. They might as well have sent for Xerxes’ bridge of boats, at least for any use that could be made of either for that day, as night began to close upon the impeded army before their scouts had returned. ‘Right about face’ was therefore the word and tramp they went back, but not with the trophies of war and victory.”

That such a force should have been foiled by such an obstacle says little for the military skill of those in command.

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