Irish Home Rule army advances

National Army troops of the Irish Free State provisional government fire from a gun post at anti-Treaty irregulars across the River Lee during the Irish Civil War. Otago Witness, 17.10.1922

Snipers were busy in the Four Courts area during the night, and there was much rifle, revolver and machine-gun activity. The Nationalists’ successes in the country continue. The Irregulars are everywhere in headlong flight.

Fifty Irregulars at Lillurin, in County Wexford, ambushed a train containing prisoners escorted by Nationals. Two coaches contained Nationals and the prisoners were locked in a third, the remaining coaches being crowded with civilians. Shortly after the train was emerging from a tunnel two shots rang out. The train immediately stopped and a hail of fire was directed upon it from the heights on both sides of the line. The troops jumped through the windows and charged, courageously  pursuing the rebels to the hills. Two Nationals were killed and seven wounded.

The Free Staters, despite their disadvantage due to the unexpectedness of the attack and their exposed position, never wavered under the rain of lead. The  Irregulars had selected good cover. Bullets penetrated the carriage windows, and the floors were strewn with broken glass.

The rebels who were driven from Limerick have made Fermoy their headquarters. The Free Staters are marching thither, sweeping aside detached rebel  bands en  route. Their attack on Cork is imminent. Free Staters operating from Claremorie, County Mayo, occupied Castlebar, 14 miles distant to the north-west, without a shot  being fired.

 

Indians confront racism

In addressing a meeting of Indians here, Mr V.S. Sastri reminded them that the Indians themselves, when they crossed the Indus River, referred to the inhabitants of  the country as "black". "This dispute seems to be as old as mankind," he added. "It is what I call national retribution. We did to others once what we are getting  today." In Christchurch, he proceeded, certain Indians had been excluded from a restaurant. On inquiry he had found that the proprietress had acted strictly within her legal rights. Everyone was not entitled to demand refreshment, under the New Zealand law, at a restaurant as they were at a hotel. The magistrate had  remarked that it was a pity that there had been a distinction of colour, and he (the speaker) concurred with that view. He had made representations in Wellington, and  he hoped that the matter would be set right. “Three men complained to me at Wellington that they had been thrown out of work," he proceeded, "turned out of  employment because the white men with whom they were working did not like black men working with them." He quite understood that there was a dislike on economic grounds among the working class in the dominion against his countrymen. They thought the Indians were taking bread from the mouths of white men. This matter he had referred to the Ministers of Public Works and Labour, receiving a most sympathetic hearing. The impression he brought away with him was that the Ministers would  see that men were able to work, if they so desired, like any other citizens. Redress would come  only if representations were made through the proper channels. He  advised his people to be patient regarding South Africa. It was a situation that required careful negotiation. When his mission was concluded he would  visit the  Indians there. 

ODT, 27.7.1922