Foreign News: The Ghost Knocks

In the 43 years since Roger Casement was hanged in England's Pentonville Prison and laid away in a grave of quicklime, successive British governments have been haunted by Yeats's doggerel:

The ghost of Roger Casement Is beating on the door.

Dublin-born Roger Casement, knighted in 1911 for services to His Majesty's consular service, had been caught after being put ashore on a wild stretch of the Irish coast by a German U-boat on Good Friday, 1916, when an Irish rebellion was in the making. What seemed to the British government a clear case of treason...

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