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Thread #87484   Message #1634111
Posted By: Abby Sale
23-Dec-05 - 05:32 PM
Thread Name: happy? – Dec 23 (Molly Maguires)
Subject: RE: happy? – Dec 23 (Molly Maguires)
:-) No, you're right, of course. Sometimes I just wonder if anyone is reading this stuff. It actually says something vey different:

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, a local Irish fraternal association, was thought to be a front for the terrorists, and mine owners hired James McParlan, a detective, to infiltrate the group. In a series of sensational trials in 1875–77, McParlan's testimony resulted in the conviction and hanging of 10 men for murder. The court convictions, adverse publicity, and more prosperous times effected a subsequent decline of violence in the coalfields.

This bolsters (not proves) the argument that most local, national and international conflicts are about nothing else than money or other form of wealth. In "prosperous times" rebels have a very small audience or following.