SIR.-The news that Pine Gael is spent came as a mortal blow to such of us as are deeply rooted in the traditions of O'Connell, Parnell, Redmond and Collins. The race is the root from which we draw our nourishment and, cut away from it, we wither and die.
The Ireland of determined fighting men, who could laugh an honest laugh and never made a song about their saintliness, has died, and in its place we have parties who spend half their time thanking God for their own perfections and the other half throwing stones at their poor sinful neighbours.
Even the old-fashioned Irish Catholic has disappeared. The Catholic who knelt with his family down to the Rosary every night, who firmly believed all Protestants went to hell, yet had charity enough to be sorry for' the good ones, and to treat them while in this life in accordance with the Gospel of the Good Samaritan.
Your "Irish News Letter" also mentions a new history of the Great Famine, with a reminder of what the Time.s said about it. What would we do if England were to write a similar history. mentioning all the venomous and unprovoked things we ever said -item her!
MARGARET O'BIttEN. 19, Roderick Road. Hampstead,