Ireland's Worst Enemies.
Of American sympathy for Ireland there has never been any question. Ties of blood and ties of sentiment have created a union of hearts from which the Irish people have never failed to draw comfort. But there is a class of Irish agitators in this country--a few of them aliens and temporary residents--who in the emergency of the war are disposed to misuse their opportunities. From their places of safety they are bent on stirring up mischief in Ireland with the obvious purpose of giving aid to the enemies of this country. With them the great mass of the true friends of Ireland in the United States have no alliance or association; to the methods of this element, as loyal Americans, they can never assent.
It is not conceded to be the privilege of German subjects and pro-Germans in this country to conspire against the United States or its allies. If they attempt it, effective remedies are available. It cannot be contended that to persons of any other nationality or extraction the same extraordinary privileges are open. Americans, of whatever origin, cannot look with favor upon the efforts of a small number of persons who seek to make trouble for an ally of the United States by preaching violence and sedition in Ireland. Boston Transcript.