Northern Ireland: Bernadette Becalmed

Militant Protestants paraded with placards urging the state to CONTINUE DEVLIN'S UPBRINGING IN THE ARMAGH GAOL. Partisan Catholics punctuated her defense in Londonderry's squat Victorian courthouse with foot stomping and applause. Moderates on both sides feared a new outburst of violence when the trial of Bernadette Devlin, the 22-year-old British M.P. and civil rights firebrand, came to an end last week. To their relief, the fragile peace that has prevailed between Northern Ireland's Catholics and Protestants since last August's rioting was preserved.

That was true partly because the trial's outcome was not clear-cut. Charged on 13 counts, including assault and...

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