13 NOVEMBER 1869, Page 1

There is an irony in history as well as in

nature, and the Fenians seem disposed to give us a striking illustration of it. They are adopting at many of their meetings in Ireland the motto, "Trust in God, and keep your powder dry," the long re- membered saying of their greatest foe. His thought has lasted as long as their agitation, and we venture to predict will survive. We wonder if the "Milton boys," who carried that saying at Youghal, ever thought how the man who uttered it would have dealt with them. Do they really prefer, "If ye will submit, it is well ; if not, I will leave none living," to "I, for one, do not believe in a one-legged race of men " ?