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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 14, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATtJRDAY.DECEMBER 11, WIS T J.l<:i IJHHIU(iE DAILY HERALD ARE INIERVIEl We Diffef In Almost Everything From, the English, Says Father O'Flandgan (Special Staff Corrospondencei of Montreal Gazette.) Dublin, October 31.-In a dingy fcuUdlng In Harcourt street, near Bt. eteplien's Green, are to be met the einn Fpin ileaderB, or at least those of tliem who are not In Jail. On the ground floor Is the Sinn Fein bank, the Second floor the general offices and above, that a larger room whore , young Irishmen gather to denounce the English and dream of a republic with an "all for Ireland spirit* throughout the land. Sinn Feinere make Uttle conce(f.lment o� their real object, the complete separation trom Great Britain. Since de Valera and his chief lieutenants were Imprisoned ~Oie moving spirit In Sinn Fein is. Father CFlanagan, and he, with the secretary' ol the organization, Mr. Boland, ftud Mr. O'Meara, a farmer Nationalist ,M. p., courteously received the cor^es]i�ndent of The � Gazette and exprcflsed. their willingness to explain thetr aspirations, "Who hava you seen since you � have been in Ireland?" they asked, ilt �WM�*'explalned that up to that time..-intervlews had been with Southern;'UntonistB, Nationalists and offi-cjftjsi . /"What�do they say about us?" It yras^ a difllcuU question to answer/ but "the frankuegs of other Irishmen gaye a confidence in replying: "T.h^y say, you are sincere, hut Insane." Thp tliree Sinn Fein leaders laughed 'Jtteartily and Father CFlanagan nswered: ' VWe ijlght justly retort that they are sane but Insincere." The critiolsms'BO frenneiitly made of Iiiish political parties that they are imi/ractioable and do ^not live in the preaeht seem to have irritated , the Sinn Fein, and Father O'Flana gan and his colleagues strongly Eonted such comment. Thoy devoted . much, time explaining that they desired, an Improved Ireland from an economic standpoint, even tnord than political, regeneration, but that the fortner was only possible through the latter, v . "Would you accept dominion home rule as a solution?" ' It was Mr. O'Meara who answered "Can you offer