“ I did not choose to become a pauper but I was compelled to become one because of the persecutions of others; and since these persecutions are unjust and have continued for years,  can any man say that I am wrong in entering a feeble protest against them ”.

We may well understand the Master being very  wary of a man who  had previously made such damaging  attacks on the reputation of workhouse masters and guardians in the newspapers and in pamphlets.

What the Kilfenora Teaboy will make of it all……well, he’s not the kind of man to be talking about things the like of that.  He’s happier making tea and he makes lots of it when he can.