7 JULY 1894, Page 11

The Cork Grand Jury, at the Assizes held at Ennis

on Tues- day, passed an important resolution in regard to the official police report, which was to the effect that crime was diminishing in the county. They declared that having heard " an official statement to the effect that there is no boycotting in the county, and having inquired into this statement," they desired to place on record their dissent, " and to protest against the practice of separating acts of intimidation from the boycotting which they are intended to enforce, and which could not exist without them." In the opinion of the Grand Jury, " to report an act of intimidation which forms part of the system which results in boycotting, while ignoring the boycotting itself, is ,entirely misleading, and calculated to convey an erroneous impression as to the state of crime in this county, and we would most strongly and respectfully urge that the present ,system of classifying such cases should be abandoned." Very possibly the Grand Jury have exaggerated the unwillingness of the police to see boycotting, but we fear that there is no doubt that Mr. Morley's plan of ignoring crime as far as the supporters of his Irish allies will let him—i.e., till actual bodily harm takes place—is a very mistaken one. The Irishman is too timid a person, and relies too much on Government help when threatened, to make that policy anything but cruel and 'unwise.