11 August 1921
DeValera's reply to Lloyd George was delivered to 10 Downing Street by Robert Barton, Art O'Brien, and Joseph McGrath. As Lloyd Georgewa in Paris at the Allied Conference on the Upper Silesian crisis, a copy of the reply was flown to France. Lloyd George decided to abandon the Conference to deal with the breakup of the UK. Meanwhile Austen Chamberlain summoned a meeting of the Cabinet at 2.30 pm, although in the absence of the PM, nobody wanted to take the responsibility for starting a Truce-breaking crisis.
Over in the US, and totally unrelated to the WOI, Fr. James Coyle, originally from Roscommon, was shot dead by the Reverend Edwin Stephenson, a Methodist and member of the KKK. Coyle had just married Stephenson's daughter, who had converted to Catholicism, to a Puero Rican man. As an NCO of my acquaintance once said, “I don’t blame your parents, I blame the Priest that married them.”