The new party, the Deutschfreisinnige, ~ t,, had no success; at the election of 1884 they secured ~i~.eS - only sixty-seven seats, a loss of thirty-nine; they were subjected to all inconveniences which belonged to opposition; socially, they were boycotted by all who were connected with the court or government; they were cut off from all hope of public activity, and were subjected to constant accusations for Bismarck Beleidigung.
The first of these awarded damages to the company which had sustained a secondary boycott.
Medicine was refused by a shopkeeper even for the sick child of a boycotted person.
" Heretofore," a tenant wrote in The Times in the following December, " people were boycotted for taking farms; I am boycotted for not giving up mine, which I have held for twenty-five years.
The number of agrarian outrages reported in the first six months of the year was 373; in the last six months they rose to 543, and the number of persons boycotted was almost trebled.
For refusing to receive rents at figures fixed by the tenants, Captain Boycott (1832-1897), Lord Erne's agent in Mayo, was severely " boycotted," the name of the first victim being given to the new system.
Outrages increased, obnoxious landlords and agents were boycotted the name of the first gentlelnan exposed to this treatment adding a new word to the language; and Forster, who had accepted the office of chief secretary, thought it necessary, in the presence of outrage and intimidation, to adopt stringent measures for enforcing order.