10 APRIL 1920, Page 1

The Daily Express of Wednesday published a remarkable interview with

Lord French which has caused some excitement in Ireland. Lord French has since issued a statement that the publication of the interview was unauthorized and that it mis- represents what he said. As, however, the interview has become political material we must summarize it as it appeared in the Daily Express. Lord French told Mr. Greenwall, the inter- viewer, that there was not a word of truth in the reports about his approaching resignation. " True, I am fed up," said Lord French, " and wish somebody would relieve me of my job, but I am not resigning, though I know quite well who is behind these stories." Lord French mentioned privately the name of somebody who he believed had spread the reports. He then went on to say that there had been " wilful exaggeration " in the accounts in the English Press of the condition of Ireland. We are bound to say that when we remember that 160 police barracks besides several Income Tax offices have been destroyed within a few days, and that there has been an almost unceasing succession of assassinations, we cannot corroborate the opinion attributed to Lord French that there has been exaggeration.