27 DECEMBER 1919, Page 2

The Irish Independent, now the chief Nationalist paper in Dublin,

in its issue of Saturday last described Savage as a would- be assassin. On Sunday night its offices were invaded by a band of armed men, who told the editor that he ought to have called Savage " a high-souled youth who had risked and given his life to rid Ireland of the chief representative of British tyranny." By way of punishing him, they proceeded to smash the composing and printing machines and then went their way. This outrage took place hi a crowded street, not far from a police station. Such things used to happen long ago in the Far West, as Mark Twain and Artemis Ward saw it. Sinn Fein, like the irate citizens of Western mining camps, has no love for the freedom of the Press.