A correspondent from Dungarvan writes to us concerning spectacle to be commonly witnessed in the neighbourhood of that town, the existence of which is a public reproach. It consists in the congregation there of hosts of families, who have been evicted from their small holdings in the surrounding country, and have taken refuge in ditches and other places in the vicinity. In such abodes, any language would be inadequate to express the condition of those unfortunates, who seem stupified from excessive suffering into an almost insensible state. Their mode of living levels them almost with brutes.
At one quarter, where a bank of stones runs along a high-road, they have formed in it cells of a few feet wide. Here whole families have been thrown promiscuously, whose condition is an offence to the feeling of the community. Pent up in such dens, fever preys incessantly upon the bodies of those miserable creatures.
It appears that the magistrates, conscious of the disgrace of suffering the neighbourhood to be barbarised by such spectacles, tried to repress them by the powers of the new vagrancy law; but from the numbers to be dealt with, after the first display of legal severity, that attempt had to be abandoned, as absurd and inhuman.