APPREHENDED DISTURBANCES. March 27, 1846.
IRELAND. (From Our Own Correspondent.)
DUBLIN, March 23.
"Apprehension" of all kinds (of fever and famine inclusive) seem to be the order of the day in Ireland. The intelligence from Limerick this morning prognosticates an early outbreak in the "city of the violated treaty," induced partly (and not unnaturally) by the rapid decrease of the people's food, and partly by the repugnance of the paupers of the workhouse to the "partial" use of Indian meal as an article of diet. This is really, and inall conscience, "too bad." Bread made of this flour has been for some days on sale in the metropolis, and from its wholsome and nutritious qualities, as well as its cheapness, meets with a rapid consumption among all classes, proving a most fortunate speculation for such bakers as have laid in large stocks of this species of grain. The Limerick Reporter of yesterday thus alludes to the anticipated disturbances and actual revolt of the inmates of the poorhouses: --
"For the last few days symptoms of an outbreak for food have manifested themselves in this city; and we believe it was actually arranged that it should have taken place yesterday. To anticipate the brewing mischief the Commissary General ordered the Indian meal to be sold to the people; and yesterday, at the Exchange, it was retailed at 1 d. per pound, under the superintendence of the police. Not more than two pounds of it would be sold to any person at a time. Some of the poor seemed most anxious to get it, while others said it was 'nothign better than sawdust.' We understand that many are dissatisfied that it was not distributed gratuitously; while some say this would be no great compliment, for that it is hardlyworth giving away. They say, too, that if it were not for the meanced emeute not a grain of the meal would be sold for the the next two months, and that it would have the effect of preventing them from carrying their plans into execution. Among the precautions that have been taken to meet any infraction of the public peace, special constables have been sworn in, andthere can be manner of doubt that every available force will be be brought operation against lawless violence. It was with unfeigned regret we learned yesterday that workhouse paupers -- men, women and children -- turned out in the morning (when it was presented to them for the first time for breakfast) against the uses of stirabout, consisting of half oatmeal and half Indian corn. A ton of the llatter had been purchased from Mr. John Norris Russell, at 10l., in order to try it. It was mixed with half oatmeal, and made into hasty pudding, and when it was served up nearly all the women, most of the children and every man, save seven, refused to eat it. Tha this was the result of a conspiracy there can be no doubt, for the majority of those who refused to eat it did not taste it to try whether they would like it or not; but having made up their minds beforehand, they determined to fast rather than to eat it. We think the master and the guardians will be sadly wanting in their duty if they do permit them to adopt their own alternative, until they are brought to these senses, except such as the medical gentleman will say it does not agree with."