CAPTAIN BOYCOTT?

Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott has given his name to a word in the English language. Acting as agent for the estates of the Earl of Erne in Ireland, he refused in 1880 to receive rents at figures fixed by the tenants, the result being that he was made the victim of organised terrorism. While his effigy was burned and hanged, Captain Boycott himself was jeered and mobbed in the streets; his fences were pulled down, his servants forced to leave him, his letters intercepted, and his food supply cut off. It took a large military force to protect the emergency men who were engaged in getting in his crops. The term " boycott " soon came into current use to denote a method of forcible persuasion which somewhat resembles the sending of a" schoolboy to " Coventry "-a method, that is, which brings pressure to bear upon a man by denying him communication with the outside world.