The Biddulph Tragedy.

Bill Donnelly's Statements Contradicted.

Several Respectable Citizens Interviewed.

Origin of the Term "Blackfeet."


[...] It is denied that there is as much "reign of terror" in the township as ever. On the contrary, it is asserted by men of unimpeachable character ever since the eventful 4th of February peace and quietness has prevailed throughout the municipality - that it is a singular coincidence that since that time no barns have been burned, no burglaries committed, no horses' throats cut or tails shaved, no citizens shot at; that if the actual perpetrators of these crimes have not been removed, they have at least received a wholesome lesson, and that the peacefully disposed citizens have, after a fearful orderal, at length obtained a cessation from outrages, which nearly drove them frantic. In regard to the notice posted on Darcy's pump, "No more water for Blackfeets out of this well; go up to old Donnelly's and get your water," a gentleman explained to me that the term "Blackfeet" is more applicable to the Donnellys themselves than to the Vigilance Committee, as one would suppose on reading the articles in Thursday"s FREE PRESS, and that Bill Donnelly knew this very well.

There were two factions in Tipperary, the Cummins and the Darnaghs, who for half a generation maintained perpetual warfare on every occasion. They adopted or had given to them the names of "Blackfeet" and "Whitefeet." The old man Donnelly belonged to the Blackfeet in his younger days, and Will must have known by tradition the origin of the term. [...]

Source: Unknown, "The Biddulph Tragedy - Bill Donnelly's Statements Contradicted," London Free Press, June 29, 1880.

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