His followers were more or less disguised, and all, except Cussen, had white shirts over their garments—hence the name whiteboy.
In the meantime, M'Carthy was soon overtaken by the friendly whiteboy, whose speed; of foot was indeed extraordinary.
This was the nearest approach he ever made to an admission that he had been involved in the whiteboy movements.
In so far as it can be regarded as spontaneous, it was of whiteboy origin, anti-tithe and anti-rack-rent.
They accordingly shook hands, and M'Carthy gave him the genuine grip, as he had been taught it by the whiteboy.
The military triumph of the rack-renter or the whiteboy would be the happiest issue of the strife.
In truth, he was a whiteboy to the backbone, and a traitor to the authorities who employed him.
As there was a strong gate at each side, the place was considered quite able to resist any whiteboy attack.
The dreaded name of whiteboy was first heard in 1761; and agrarian crime has never since been long absent.
Up to this time, Cussen had escaped suspicion of any participation in the whiteboy proceedings.