Excerpt from The Peep O Day; Or John Doe, the Last of the Guerillas: A Tale of the Whiteboys The old devotion to private skirmishing of the Irish peasantry is well kwn. Skirmishing would indeed be too mild a word to express the ferocious encounters that often took place among them - (we speak in the past tense, for, from a series of wretchednesses, the spirit has of late considerably decreased) - when parties, or, as they are locally termed, factions, of fifty or a hundred, met, by appointment, to wage determined war; when blood profusely flowed, and, sometimes, lives were lost. But, apart from the more important instances of the practice those pitched battles presented, accident, and the simplest occurrences of their lives - pleasure, rural exercise, sport, or even the sober occupation of conveying a neighbor to his last home - supplied, indifferently well, opportunities for an Irish row. On festival days, when they met at a pattern (patron, perhaps) or merry-making, the lively dance of the girls, and the galloping jig-te of the bagpipes, usually gave place to the clattering of alpeens, and the whoops of onslaught. When one of them sold his pig, or, under Providence, his cow at the fair, the kicking up of a scrimmage, or at least the plunging head foremost into one, was as much a matter of course as the long draughts of ale or whiskey that closed his mercantile transaction. At the village hurling-match, the hurlet, or crooked stick with which they struck the ball, often changed its playful utility. Nay, at a funeral, the body was scarce laid in the grave when the voice of petty discord might be heard above the grave's silence. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.