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'Buy nationalist farms'

"It was up to the loyalists to try, if possible, and gain farms previously held by the nationalists" 
On This Day - February 4, 1947

Addressing Unionists in Garrison, Co Fermanagh, Mr E C Ferguson, MP requested them to ‘hold what they had’.

He warned them against selling their farms to Nationalists.

For the sake of the cause and for the sake of ‘their country’, he asked them not to employ West of Ireland labour on their farms although he realised that it was difficult in these times to do without some of that labour.

It was up to the loyalists to try, if possible, and gain farms previously held by the nationalists.

Mr H Archdale-Porter said: ‘It was the saddest day that the Border was made’. He alleged that it was worse for those on the other [Southern] side of it who had not got a fair crack of the whip.


Heavy snowfall in north

‘King Winter’ shed his great white mantle over the North for the second time within a week yesterday.

In Belfast, light snowflakes in the morning turned to a continuous downfall during the afternoon and by nightfall the streets and roof-tops were covered to a depth of three inches. Since the weekend blizzard temperatures have not lifted much above freezing point.

Sheep farmers in the Mournes have had an anxious time tending to sheep, some of which have been missing in snowdrifts. Newcastle and district are now experiencing the full force of the Arctic conditions.

The Coleraine-Limavady road was reported to be blocked to all traffic while the Newry-Dundalk and Belfast-Banbridge runs were also affected.

Meanwhile Britain was almost cut in two by further blizzards of snow yesterday which isolated towns and villages, kept many roads and railways blocked and prevented people reaching work.


Horses laid up in Belfast

Notwithstanding careful precautions to prevent it spreading, there was a continued rise in the number of horses ill with influenza in Belfast during the past few days and yesterday it was reported that in some of the stables from sixty to ninety per cent of the animals were being treated.

Motor transport had to be called on in many cases to relieve the situation in carting.

Mr Hugh Dougal, vice-chairman of the North of Ireland Carriers’ Association, said there was little that could be done expedite the recovery of the horses.

All water troughs in the city had been disinfected. It is stated that the number of animals laid up is over 500.

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