The executive of the League is empowered to select test cases, in order that tenants in surrounding districts may realize, by the results of cases decided, the hollowness of the act" (Barry O'Brien, Life of C. S.
Mr William O'Brien presided at the inaugural dinner on the 12th of April, and some English M.P.'s were present, but his chief supporter throughout was Father Humphreys.
He went over to France to meet Messrs Dillon and O'Brien, who had not yet taken sides, but nothing was agreed to, and in the end both these former followers went against him.
The United Irish League, founded in Mayo in 1898 by Mr William O'Brien, had recently become a sort of rival to the parliamentary party, its avowed object being to break up the great grass farms, and its methods resembling those of the old Land League.