18 SEPTEMBER 1880, Page 3

Mr. Sharman Crawford sends a long letter to the Times,

pointing out once more the substantial distinction between an Irish and an English landlord. An English landlord provides the raw material, the land, and the fixed plant, besides the buildings, fences, and drains. An Irish landlord lets only the bare land. The tenant drains, and fences, and builds, and is then liable to eviction without compensation, unless he pays a rack-rent on land made rentable solely through his labour. When evicted, he has no position before him *wept that of a labourer, who, even on the Duke of Devon- shire's property at Lismore, which is well governed, receives, after rent has been paid, only 6s. 6d. a week, Irish employers not finding cottages. The fear of eviction la, therefore, con- stantly on the agriculturist, who loathes the landlord, and detests the Government which gives him no security. Add, as Mr. Crawford does not, that the Irishman, like the Celt every- where, is a true Celt, desiring before all things to have "a little place" of his own, even with a quit-rent on it, and we have in that letter the secret of the agrarian war.