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Jlt:V M wl II it made lliJUGI ilJt; a thvtitj' u j IHI H W r. It it. even susP 'lltiS 1110St of the law, Ui) it did in parts of lrelnnd when it declared martial law. It is when it docs either of t hese things that the judges, the lords of the law, are liable to fall out with the civil power. In Ireland judges came into districts in which martial law was in force, presumably to deal only with cases which had no connection with sub-war, such as disputes regarding property or inheritance, or crimes in the ordinary course of life, such as burglary or theft.

It waS I1U ! more oiLen, abused if tn tfnny hnlldhl JUs a gl~~1e r \~Jy, which, humour, always cnd~~~d, SPl( cd wlth ~ little the l"quirec1 Co. h th III III producllon of protested all alon~ tha~t1~~ lhe good-wife had man, absent somewhere, kept all tI1e money . rIhen the furniture , i ,t : 60 SUB - WAR MILITARY AID would all come out of the lorry and on would go the party to the next house of call. Inst ead of gratitude, h owever, the inventor of this simple method of attaining results would be loaded with abuse for irregular methods.

Any other regulations which the martial law ruler might issue would be regulations for the control of his subordinates to ensure a degree of uniformity in action and guide them in the task of bringing the inhabitants to absolute order. There is no need to disclose any of these regulations to the other side, members of which can be left to learn what they are by experience. Real martial law is the rule of a conqueror, like William the First. To hark away back to that kind of rule means putting into reverse, with a jerk, the text, "Out of the strong came forth sweetness," which is to be found on a well-known brand of golden syrup tin, or in Judges xiv.

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