"Which of you had the twins?"

From 'The Gates Flew Open' by Peadar O'Donnell (Jonathan Cape, 1932).

Paudeen O'Keeffe was a restless little man with a fine pair of eyes and a waspish tongue. He came to us first in civils and was rather accepted as part of the queer trappings in the early jail days. I don't remember him figuring in anything in 'D' wing and indeed I didn't give him any special attention in the early days in 'C'. I first noticed him the night we decided to parade all our men for count. We had got fed up keeping two men hidden for it meant considerable inconvenience. Paudeen that night came in smartly as usual- he was now wearing the uniform of a captain in the Free State Army; he counted quickly, jotted down the number and hung on his stride; two men too many was nothing serious and he probably felt he had just counted an extra file. But he went back and counted again, this time more slowly; a third time he counted, saying the numbers out loud and then he wheeled around and faced Cooney. They were rather a contrast, for Paudeen O'Keeffe is about five feet seven inches and Andy Cooney must be six foot one. 'Jasus, Cooney', Paudeen explained, 'Which of you had the twins?'

German Plot May 1918

Letter from Chief Secretary's Office, Dublin Castle to Home Office London, 6th June 1918 (edited version).

Sir, With reference to the application from Messrs. Corrigan & Corrigan, Solicitors, to visit Mr. W.T.Cosgrave, M.P., at present interned in Reading Prison, I am directed by the Lord Lieutenant, Viscount French, to request you to inform the Secretary of State that there are some Solicitors who could not be trusted to refrain from carrying messages to and from interned prisoners, and that such messages might be dangerous to the State. His Excellency desires me to say that he thinks it might be advisable to lay down that interned prisoners, who desire to see Solicitors about their affairs, may be permitted to have interviews in sight but not in hearing of a warder with Solicitors who will give an undertaking and who are likely to keep it. Signed W.P.Byrne.

The German Plot was a conspiracy alleged in May 1918 by Dublin Castle administration in Ireland and by the mercurial Lord French, the new Lord Lieutenant, to exist between Sinn Fein and Germany to start another armed insurrection during World War 1.