July 1, 1845
Armagh, County Armagh
June 24, in St. Mary’s Church, Newry, by the Rev. Dr. Campbell, Rector of Forkhill, George Casey, Esq., of Liverpool, to Mercy Boursequot, eldest daughter of George Glenny, Esq., late of Moorvale, in the county of Armagh.
On the 25th ult., in Moy, at the residence of her brother, Dr. Crothers, in her 16th year, Susan, daughter of the late George Crothers, Esq., of Aughnacloy, county Tyrone.
At Toronto, on the 24th of May, Mr. John Walker, aged 67 years, formerly of Culkearn, Moy, Ireland.
On the 24th ult., of typhus fever, at Nelson-Street, Dublin, William Stone, Esq., aged 27 years, second son of the late Major Stone, of Mount Zion, Jamaica.
At the house of her brother-in-law, the Rev. R. G. Dickson, in Drumnakilly, Jane, wife of Mr. John Orr, merchant, of Omagh.
June 19, at the residence of her grand-mother, Mrs. Walker, of Donegal, where she had been on a visit for a few weeks, aged 19 years, Elizabeth, relict of Mr. John W. Davidson, of this City. Her remains were accompanied to the family vault of her late grand-father by a numerous and respectable concourse of deeply afflicted relations and friends.
STATE OF THE WORKHOUSE FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 21.—Number last week, 485 ; admitted and born, 8 ; total, 493; discharged, 8; remaining on the above date, 485.
===================ARMAGH QUARTER SESSIONS.
DIVISION OF ARMAGH.
The sessions for this division commenced on Wednesday last, before EDWARD TICKELL, Esq., Assistant Barrister. When the proclamation was read, the following gentlemen having answered to their names, were empanelled on the grand jury :--
GEORGE BARNES, Esq., foreman,
Matthew Robert Bell,
Thomas Smith, and
John Simpson, Esqrs.
There were 331 civil bills and 30 notices for registry of arms.
The following cases were for trial: Sally Brown, for assaulting Catherine Stuart ; to appear when called on. Hugh Prior, for assaulting James Cullen, and being one of a party who robbed him of 7s. 6d. ; not guilty.
William Hutchison, alias Culberts, for presenting a written order, signed Wm. Murray, to James Close, for the purpose of obtaining goods under false pretences ; no prosecution.
Sally Black, alias Mary Farrell, for stealing a silver watch and chain ; did not appear when called on to take her trial.
Fanny Wilson, for taking from the person of Daniel Martin the sum of £12; not guilty.
Ellen Morgan, for stealing a plaid handkerchief, the property of John C. Adams : three months at hard labour, last week solitary.
George Sheeran, for stealing a cow, the property of William Grimeson ; imprisoned six months from date of committal.
Catherine Stuart and Anne English, for stealing from the person of Charles Johnston the sum of 12s. 6d. ; Catherine Stuart to be transported for 7 years; Anne English six months at hard labour.
Mary Bennett, child stealing ; two months at hard labour. Bell Skiffington, and Mary Skiffington, for stealing a quantity of turf, the property of P. Keenan; discharged—jury could not agree.
Wm. Lennon, jun., John Lennon, Wm. Lennon, sen., Jas. Toner, and Peter Lennon, assault on Owen Donnelly; fined 6d., paid and discharged.
Benjamin Running and John Running, assaulting James Bradshaw ; imprisoned four months.
John Kinney, assaulting Michael Power ; imprisoned one month.
John Preston, assaulting Lushington Dickson ; not guilty.
Eliza Campbell, stealing wearing apparel ; imprisoned nine months from date of committal.
Mary Jane Campbell, stealing a barrow trundle and cotton bonnet; imprisoned six months.
Eliza Kerr, stealing a cock and two hens ; imprisoned one month.
Alice Toal, stealing an iron back-band and a white petticoat; imprisoned six months.
John Corrigan and Owen Clarke, assault and attempt of a rape on Mary M’Quade ; Clarke nine months, and pay prosecutor 10s, or three months longer ; Corrigan four months, and 10s., or three months longer, and bail to keep the peace.
James Callison, forcible possession ; three months imprisonment.
Eliza Liggin and Jane Liggin, forcible possession ; to be imprisoned one fortnight.
Wm. Armstrong, assault and rescue ; to be imprisoned three months, and pay prosecutor 10s.
Samuel Burns, same ; to be imprisoned one month.
James Gaddis, assaulting John Shields; to pay prosecutor £2, or three months imprisonment.
AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH.—On
Sunday the 22d ult., Mrs. JANE LYONS, of Cavanapole, near Tynan, died
very suddenly. She had been at the Presbyterian meeting-house that
morning, in perfect health, attended the whole service, returned home,
and dined with her husband. After reading a little, she went into the
garden ; and was but a few moments absent when a scream was heard by
her husband, who immediately ran to see the cause. On arriving at the
place he found her lying on the ground senseless. Medical aid was
procured as soon as possible, but all to no purpose, life was totally
extinct. The deceased has left a respectable circle of sorrowing
Tuesday last a melancholy accident occurred to a man named JOHN
ROBINSON, in Major THORNTON’s stable yard, Armagh. A mare kicked him in
the right side, immediately under the chest, from the effects of which
he died soon after. His remains were conveyed in a chaise to
Glasslough, where he had lived in Mrs. LESLIE’s employment. The poor
fellow has left a wife and three children.
DARING ROBBERY NEAR
CHARLEMONT.—On the night of Friday, the 27th ult., the
boiling-house of Mr. ROBERT CORRIGAN, of Moss-Spring, near Charlemont,
one of the most extensive linen manufactories in this county, was
forcibly broken into, and upwards of 120 spangles of yarn stolen. Part
of the yarn was in the boiler, and the rest had been only wrung out the
preceding evening. The robbers forced the lock with a crow-bar, and
after having effected their entrance, made an ineffectual attempt on
the office, which is under the same roof with Mr. CORRIGAN’S house, and
adjoining his bed-room, and where there were 600 double webs at the
time. This robbery is only one of a series perpetrated on the
manufacturers of that neighbourhood, Mr. CORRIGAN’s son, (Mr. S.
CORRIGAN, of Copney) and Mr. R. ROLSTON, of Aghanlig, having both been
robbed of linen yarn during the last 18 months.
RATHFRILAND PETTY SESSIONS—FRIDAY, JUNE 20.
Magistrates presiding :--Major Rowan, Captain Jenkins, R.M., Alexander M’Mullen, and Thomas Scott, Esqrs.
CHARGE OF CONSPIRACY AND RIOT.
The Rev. John Macken, Bernard M’Mahon, Pat Fitzpatrick, Dan. Kevitt, Patrick M’Polin, William Greeman, Dan. Kevitt jun., Hugh Digney, James Fitzpatrick, Thomas Sawey, Edward Devlin, Hugh Sawey, John Sawey, and a number of others, amounting in all to 63, were summoned to answer the complaint of the Very Rev. John Sproull Keenan, for “having on Sunday, the 25th of May, at the Roman Catholic chapel of Magheral, parish of Drumballyroney, and at the Roman Catholic chapel of Annaghlone, riotously and unlawfully assembled with divers other persons, and made a great affray ; and with having then and there made a forcible entry into the said Roman Catholic chapel of Annaghlone ; and with having on the same day, at Tullintanvally, violently assaulted the complainant by dragging him out of his dwelling-house there situate, and unlawfully demanded, from complainant, his fire-arms ; and with having, by threats and menaces of violence and injury to his person and property, endeavoured to force the complainant to sign a written paper to the effect that he would give up and abandon his lawful rights as Roman Catholic rector of said parishes, and not seek redress at law for said outrages ; and having, at Ballybrick, on the 22d and 25th days of May, and at other times, conspired, combined, conferedated, and agreed among themselves, with a great number of others, to create and commit the said riots, affray at, and a forcible entry in the said chapel of Magheral on Thursday, the 22d May, 1845, against the peace, and contrary to the statutues in such cases made and provided.” Several of the parties against whom summonses had been issued had, it was alleged, absconded, and consequently they could not be served.
The Very Rev. Mr. Keenan, examined—I am parish priest of Annaghlone ; I recollect Sunday the 25th day of May ; I went on that day to Magheral ; I am now eleven years in the parish of Drumballoney; I entered into possession of the parish in the same way in which any other Roman Catholic pries does ; on the morning of the 25th I heard the Riot Act read ; there was a large multitude assembled ; they shouted at me expressions which were very disagreeable to me, as a Roman Catholic priest ; they shouted at me “Crotty, Crotty;” Mr. Macken was among them ; I endeavoured to speak to the people ; I wished to tell them, as I have always done, to act peaceably and obey the law ; I applied for a for a force to protect the chapel; I then got into my gig, and when I was coming along the road to Annaghlone, they shouted at me again ; I saw John M’Ardle strike the chapel door at Annaghlone; I saw one of the Fitzpatricks there; he used a sledge; I endeavoured to reason with him ; Daniel Kevitt, jun., joined actively with the rioters ; he broke into my own dwelling-house ; he entered by the chapel ; there was a person who had a grape in his hand, which I took from him ; Bernard M’Mahon seized me by the neck ; he pulled me two or three times ; one man jumped with his feet upon my breast ; that man was John Sawey ; he pulled me out of the door ; I saw some strangers there, and begged of them to desist ; they shouted at me at first, and the cooled somewhat, and said I would get something to support me if I gave up my fire-arms and the chapel, and that they would give me five minutes to consider of it ; Mr. M’Clelland advised me to surrender, lest they should further ill-treat me ; they offered to join me in getting my case heard, if I would surrender all, but they said the bishop must be obeyed ; one man said he would give me £5 to pay the expenses of my trial, and another said he would give me £1 ; I then drew up a paper for them to sign, pledging them to assist me in getting my rights vindicated ; they envilled with me, saying, “ vindicate the rights of our pastor !” they would have it “ late pastor;” I refused ; this was when they broke into my house ; my dwelling-house is part of the chapel ; it is my residence.
To Major Rowan—My house is connected with the chapel ; there is a passage from the sanctuary into my house ; I intended that the part now occupied by me should be for a parochial library, but in consequence of the expense I was put to in going to Rome, I never was able to get a dwelling-house erected.
To Mr. M’Connell—I felt, while the party was in my house, under the constraint of force and violence.
Mr. Nelson wished to know was Dr. Keenan still in possession of the parish ?
Mr. M’Connell said that was not the question ; but if it was the opinion of the Court he should do so, Dr. Keenan was most desirous of proving that he was still in possession.
Dr. Keenan said nothing could afford him greater satisfaction.
Major Rowan said that the question of possession was not required to be entered into then.
This closed the case, and their worships retired to consider their decision. When they returned into court,
Major Rowan said that, fortunately, the question was not one of possession. The question for them to consider was, did the evidence warrant them in taking informations for a conspiracy ? The bench were clearly of opinion that it did ; and they were of opinion that the parties should be sent to stand their trial at the assizes. He would suggest to them one thing before he sat down, and that was, that the parties should come forward on Wednesday with their recognisances, otherwise warrants would have to be issued for them.—Newry Telegraph.
FUNERAL OF GEORGE T. B. BOOTH, ESQ.
KILLESHANDRA, JUNE 25, 1845.—I am confident there will be a number of exaggerated stories about the funeral of Mr. Bell Booth, and the occurences [sic] here yesterday and last night. Therefore I think it right to inform you of the facts. About 1,300 Protestants on foot, 500 horsemen, and carriages, cars, &c., without number, filled with men, all armed, attended the funeral. On their return through Ballinagh they played “ Croppies lie down,” &c. The whole body of Roman Catholics were terror-stricken, thinking the Protestants would attack them. Rumors were afloat here about three o’clock that the Protestants were coming to Killeshandra. The rumour proved true in part, as some who lived in this direction came through, bearing their colors, and carrying their arms, but offending no person. Shortly after a troop of Scots Greys arrived, under the command of Mr. Thornton, the magistrate, who, finding all tranquil, sent them back to their quarters at Belturbet. About five o’clock, p.m., a man on horseback came galloping from Arvagh, saying the Orangemen had shot fourteen men outside the town, and were approaching the town.
Immediately the Roman Catholic party assembled, about three hundred in number, armed with guns, pistols, swords, pitchforks, (newly made) scythes, pikes, &c., and continued marching about the streets until five this morning, waiting to combat the Orangemen, as they supposed. They showed no intention of offence, nor did they in the slightest degree offend or obstruct any person, although several Protestant gentlemen passed through. No Orangemen arrived—no person had been shot, and thus ended the bubble of a false report. All is tranquil to-day, and no doubt the matter will end here.—Correspondent of the Evening Packet.
STATE OF ROSCOMMON.
Thomas Kelly, one of the process-servers appointed under the act of the division of Roscommon, and who lives within four miles of the town, after effecting service on the several defendants, was waited upon by a number of the Molly Maguire family, and all the original processes, three hundred, with his gun, taken from him. There were ten other process-servers treated in a similar way, but no fire-arms taken from them.—The barrister, however, at present sitting, admitted secondary evidence, and decided in favour of the persons whose decrees were taken, notwithstanding the want of the originals.
DEATH BY DROWNING.—On
Saturday last, a youth named Robert Ward was drowned in the Lurgan
Canal, near Aghalee, while bathing. From evidence adduced at an
investigation of the circumstances, in [sic] appeared the deceased, who
was a tolerably expert swimmer, must have been seized with a cramp
while in the water. His body was found within two yards of the bank,
and was conveyed to Belfast for interment.—Belfast Protestant
===================THE JULY ANNIVERSARIES.
The Grand Orange Lodge of Ulster has published a resolution, advising an absence of all processions in the approaching anniversaries. In reference to the subject, Colonel VERNER has written a letter to Mr. JOHN KITSON, recommending a similar line of conduct.
| IMPERIAL HOTEL ENNISKILLEN.—In
directing attention to an advertisement from this concern, which
appears to-day, from a personal knowledge of its proprietor, Mr. WM. R.
ARMSTRONG, and the general satisfaction he has given, we can assure our
friends the promise held out may be relied on. The regatta annouced for
the 5th, 6th, and 7th of August offers a favourable opportunity of
beholding the beautiful and picturesque scenery the Erne presents,
scenery which has entitled it to the name of the northern Killarney.
The more effectually to accommodate visitors, boats have been provided
by the spirited proprietor.
HAVING paid off all debts known to us that were due by Mr. SINCLAIR ORR, of Loughgall, we hereby notify that if any Debt be omitted or remain due, the parties to whom it may be due will please produce the same to us at Loughgall, and it shall be promptly paid.
All accounts due to Mr. SINCLAIR ORR, are requested to be paid to us before the 1st of August next. Proceedings will be taken for the recovery of any outstanding after that date.
WILLIAM ORR & SON.
Loughgall, June 21, 1845.
===================THE NEWRY, ARMAGH, & LONDONDERRY JUNCTION RAILWAY.
FROM OMAGH TO ARMAGH,
Pursuant to 7 and 8 Victoria, chap. 110.
CAPITAL, £400,000, in 16,000 Shares of £25 each.
DEPOSIT, £1 7s. 6d. PER SHARE.
Lord Claude Hamilton, M.P. for County of Tyrone.
Colonel Verner, M.P. for County Armagh
Sir James Bunbury, Bart., D.L., Augher Castle, County Tyrone
Charles Powell Leslie, Esq., M.P., Glaslough
Robert Waring Maxwell, Esq., J.P., and Deputy Lieutenant, County Tyrone, Killyfaldy, Clogher
The Rev. Francis Gervais, Cecil, Clogher, County Tyrone
Charles Fox, Esq., Rutland-square, Dublin, Deputy Lieutenant of the County Armagh
W. W. Algeo, Esq., J.P., Armagh
Colonel Cairnes, K.II., Portstewart
Rowley Miller, Esq., J.P., Moneymore
Directors of the Armagh, Coleraine, & Portrush Railway:
Colonel Nicoll, Shooters-hill, Woolwich,
Griffin Curtis Galt, Esq., Coleraine,
William Villiers Ryan, Esq., Glasslough
William Cochran, Esq., Leek, Glasslough
J. Rowley Miller, Esq., J.P., Moneymore
Edward Moore, Esq., J.P., Bawn, Aughnacloy
William Paton, Esq., J.P., Armagh
Lee M’Kinstry, Esq., J.P., Armagh
The Rev. P. S. Henry, D.D., Armagh, Commissioner of Education and Charitable Bequests in Ireland
Thomas Eyre, Esq., J.P., Benburb, County Tyrone
Directors of the Newry and Enniskillen Railway Company:
Hugh Dalzell, Esq., Newry,
Francis Carvill, Esq., Newry,
John Hancock, Esq., Newry,
James Fiddes, Esq., Aughnacloy
John M’Morran, Esq., Newry
Robert M’Blain, Esq., Newry
Geo, Scott, Esq., Armagh, Director of the Ulster Railway Company,
Adam Armstrong, Esq., Ballygawley, County Tyrone
David Ross, Esq., M.D., Warrenpoint
Morgan W. Jellett, Esq., Clogher
James M’Lanahan, Esq., Clogher
George Armstrong, Esq., Armagh
Samuel Gardner, Esq., Armagh
George Barnes, Esq., Armagh
Hugh Boyle, Esq., Armagh
Joseph Mathews, Esq., Armagh
Richard C. Vogan, Esq., Armagh
Robert Gilmore, Esq., Armagh
Thomas King, Esq., Newry
Thomas M’Clelland, Esq., Newry
With power to add to their number.
ENGINEER—Sir John Rennie.
ACTING ENGINEER—H. L. Lindsay, Esq., C.E.
John Cuming, Esq., The Mall, Armagh, and 12, Hardwicke-place, Dublin
Messrs. Frazer, Mitchel, and Robert Ross Todd, Newry
George Ogle, Esq., 4, Great Winchester-street, London
BANKERS—Bank of Ireland and its branches; the Provincial Bank of Ireland and its branches; Messrs. Dennison and Co., Lombard-street ; and the London and Westminster Bank, London.
SECRETARIES—George Cairnes, Esq., Mall, Armagh;
Robert Medill, Esq., Sugar Island, Newry ; John Murray,
Esq., 116, Grafton-street, Dublin.
. . .
===================ROYAL SCHOOL OF DUNGANNON.
THE REV. JOHN R. DARLEY, A.M., MASTER
AT the Half-yearly Examinations preceding the Midsummer Recess, the following Rewards of Merit were adjudged :--
The Earl of Ranfurley’s Premiums to Wallace and Dobbin.
The Science Medals to D’Arcy and Ingram.
The Classical Medals to Heatly and Wallace.
The Certificates to Campbell, Dowse, Dobbin, Macintosh, Heatly, Wallace, Richey, Birch 1mus.
The Premiums to Campbell, 18; Dowse, 17 ; Heatly, 16; Wallace, 22 ; Dobbin, 19; Wolfe, 16; D’Arcy, 17; Nash, 6; Magee, 6; Stuart 1mus, 6 ; Anketell 1mus, 12; Ingram, 12; Galway, 11; Richey, 11 ; Moore 1mus, 11 ; Armstrong, 8; Richmond, 8; Macintosh, 10; White 1 mus, 1 ; Lodge 1 mus, 10 ; Jackson, 9; Drought, 1; Waller, 1 ; Kinahan 1 mus, 1 ; Stott 1 mus, 1 ; O’Hara, 8; Birch 1 mus, 19; Brown, 17; Nixon, 16; Richards, 16; Henry, 23; Moore 2dus, 12 ; Gordon, 17 ; Hubbart, 17 ; Forde, 14 ; Anketell 2dus, 16; Darley, 14; Hill, 13 ; Lodge 2dus, 7 ; Cunningham, 22 ; Greer, 13; Frank, 17; Waddell, 17 ; Douglas, 22; Staples, 13; Kennedy 1mus, 14; Kennedy 2dus, 17 ; Smith 1 mus, 14 ; Smith 2dus, 12; Kinahan 2dus, 17; Twigg 1mus, 10 ; Reford, 18 ; Madden, 11; Young, 19 ; Black, 14 ; Taylor, 6; Bunbury, 19; Pendleton, 16; Mansfield, 4; Mulholland, 12; Thomspon 1mus, 15; Tomb, 6; Birch 2dus, 8; Wray 1mus, 6; Wray 2dus, 9; Colhoun 1mus, 14; Colhoun 2dus, 11 ; Stuart 2dus, 10 ; Stuart 2tius, 8; White 2dus, 8; White 3tius, 9; Patton, 12; Thompson 2dus, 14; Stokes 1mus, 13; Stokes 2dus, 4 ; Marks, 2 ; Morrow, 10; Twigg 3tius, 8; Molony, 8; Stott 2dus, 3; Speer, 8.
The following Honors have been obtained, during the preceding Half-Year in the University, by the Pupils of Dungannon School.
Mr. Faussett.....A Berkely Gold Medal.
Mr. Reilly.....A Classical Honor of First Rank.
Mr. Higinbotham.....A Classical Honor of First Rank.
Mr. Carroll.....A Classical Honor of First Rank.
Mr. Hall.....A Classical Honor of Second Rank.
Mr. M’Sorly.....A Classical Honor of Second Rank.
Mr. Armstrong.....A Classical Honor of Second Rank.
Mr. Ralph.....A Classical Honor of Second Rank.
Mr. Dawson.....A Classical Honor of Second Rank.
Mr. M’Sorly.....A Premium for Greek Verse.
Mr. Carroll.....A Catechetical Premium.
Mr. Highinbotham.....A Premium in Modern History.
Mr. Carroll.....A Classical Honor of First Rank.
Mr. Higinbotham.....A Classical Honor of First Rank.
Mr. M’Sorly.....A Premium for Greek Verse.
Mr. Armstrong.....A Classical Honor of Second Rank.
Mr. M’Sorly.....A Classical Honor of Second Rank.
Mr. Dawson.....A Classical Honor of Second Rank.
Mr. M’Sorly.....A Catechetical Premium.
SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS—45 Candidates—13 Vacancies.
Mr. Reilly—First or Second Scholarship (the answering of another Candidate being equal.)
SIZARSHIP EXAMINATION—66 Candidates—6
Mr. Carroll—Third Sizarship (on Second Marks.)
-------Ten Queen Scholarships of £50 and £30 per Annum, are attached to Dungannon School.
The Vacation will terminate on the 4th of August.
Dungannon College, June 23, 1845.
THOMAS BOYS’ GRAPHIC UNION, 1845.
WILKIE’S VILLAGE FESTIVAL, in Line, large size, to range with Wilkie’s most important Plates.
LUCAS’S PORTRAIT of PRINCE ALB ERT, engraved by Samuel Cousins, A.RA., and Samuel Bellin, in the first style, to match Chalons’ whole-length portrait of the Queen.
The DYING CAMEL in the DESERT, a beautiful Line Engraving, after H. Warren, by W.R. Smith.
JOHN THOMPSON, ‘Guardian’ Office, ARMAGH.
A. LE SAGE.....Dublin.
J. B. and H. HAMILTON.....Drogheda.
J. F. O’GORMAN—Mrs. O’BRIEN.....Limerick.
G. M. GOGGIN.....Limerick.
===================STATE OF THE COUNTRY.
MURDER OF A MAGISTRATE IN CAVAN.
CAVAN, 22D JUNE.—I have just returned from the village of Crossdoney, in the vicinity of which a most barbarous murder was committed this day. At a quarter past two o’clock, George F. Fell Booth, Esq., of Drumcarbin, was returning from Kilmore church, in his gig, with two of his children—one five, and the other six years old ; his eldest son, a boy of about eleven, rode behind him on a pony.—When he arrived at “The Rooks,” the residence of the sub-sheriff, William Bell, Esq., he was met by a man, who walked coolly and deliberately along the road, smoking a long pipe. The villain walked up to Mr. Booth, presenting a horse pistol. It is thought Mr. Booth stooped his head, and that, on doing so, the murderer fired. The ball entered the upper part of the forehead, and lodged within the skull ; he fell instantly from his gig—he was dead. The horse, frightened by the report of the shot, ran away, throwing the two children on the road—one of them had his arm broken in the fall, or by the wheel of the gig passing over it. Mrs. Bell, of the Rooks, whose carriage had just broken down, past [sic] the murderer on foot a few seconds before he fired. On hearing the report, she turned around, and saw the body fall from the gig.
What the motive is which instigated this assassination we cannot form the most distant idea, for a more kind, tender- hearted, upright gentleman did not exist.
There is as yet no trace of the murderer, who crossed into the fields and escaped. The country about is thickly planted with hedges and hedge-rows, a circumstance favourable to the concealment of the assassin.
Another letter says—“ It appears there was only one concerned in the affair.” He got off in the direction of Hermitage, and on by Castlecosby. The police force are out.—I fear there is no chance of catching the villain. I cannot conceive the cause of Mr. Booth being shot, except that he may have done some act as a magistrate against some of these ‘ Molly men’ (as they are called).
“ P.S. This affair has caused the greatest alarm in this town, I am just told that Mr. Booth’s child is not likely to survive.” –Evening Mail.
===================FORMIDABLE EXCITEMENT OF THE COUNTY OF CAVAN—INSURRECTION ACT.
CROSSDONEY, JUNE 24, 1845.—Nothing can exceed the excitement that prevails, not only in this immediate vicinity, but throughout the county at large. No man feels his life safe at this moment, no matter whether he may have done anything to incur displeasure of the “ Molly Maguires” or not. A peaceable Protestant of the name of Abbott, was murdered near Arvagh, about three weeks ago. It was found out a few days after that he was murdered by mistake ! He was not the person intended for assassination. We all feel that our identity may also be mistaken, and if so, we must take the consequences. The Protestants of the country are under the impression, whether justly conceived or not, that the government has abandoned them ; and that unless they unite for their own protection they will be cut off either in detail or en masse, as may best suit the views of their blood-thirsty persecutors. They met in considerable numbers on Sunday on hearing of the barbarous murder of Mr. Booth ; and, having concerted their plan of action, they separated into several parties, and scoured the country round for a distance of several miles from the bloody scene. No trace of the murderer could be found. One man was taken by the police, on suspicion of being an accomplice. He was heard to swear, upwards of three weeks ago, that he would have Mr. Booth shot. He was committed to Cavan gaol for further examination. There were several hundreds of those men at the sub-sheriff’s house, and the neighburhood [sic] of it, all night and yesterday, until the inquest had been holden, when the body was removed to Drumcarbin, whither they escorted it. The funeral of the murdered gentleman was fixed for an early hour this morning (eight o’clock). Apprehensions being entertained that there would be a collision between the inhabitants of the village of Ballinagh—through which the funeral must pass—and the persons attending the funeral, application was made to the magistrates, accompanied by statements on oath to that effect, on which the magistrates ordered that a party of military from Cavan should proceed to Ballinagh, and remain there until the people had returned to their homes. Accordingly, Mr. Wilcox, stipendiary magistrate, with three officers and 50 men, marched there at ten o’clock this morning. The funeral passed through without molestation. There were present about three thousand persons on foot, the greater number of whom were armed. On being questioned why they carried their arms, they stated that, determined on attending the funeral, they brought their arms: first, because they could not be safe at their houses in their absence, but chiefly that they did not consider their lives safe in passing through the country without them. The greatest excitement prevails. At the hour of two o’clock this day the road from Ballinagh to Crossdoney was covered with men and women, the former armed with pikes and pitchforks, all hurrying backwards and forwards, in a state of fury that is indescribable. The military were stationed most advantageously on a hill that commanded a view of the roads and country for miles around. Mr. Booth has left a widow and six children to deplore his loss ; the eldest child is but 12 years old. Mrs. Booth was in Dublin at the time the assassination took place ; she returned by the mail of last night. On her way from Cavan to Drumcarbin she was obliged to pass the place where her husband was murdered, a large pool of blood remaining on the road to point out the spot to her. Mrs. Bell of the Rooks, was not more than eight yards from the horse’s head when the shot was fired. She pointed out the assassin on the road, begging of them “ for God’s sake to stop the murderer”—“ but they acted as though they heard not.” The iron ramrod of the pistol used in the murder was found on the road by the sub-sheriff. The Rev. Mr. Brady, parish priest of Kilmore, a worthy, respectable, kind-hearted man as can be found, is so much alarmed for his personal safety that he has returned to his own house, at Crossdoney, since Sunday morning. I understand he is staying at Ballinagh, where there is a police station. When will peace be restored to this unfortunate, distracted country!—Evening Mail Correspondent.
CARRICK-ON-SHANNON, JUNE 24.—This county continues to be in a very disturbed state. Scarcely a nigh passes without outrages connected with agrarian disturbance taking place.—The accounts daily received of the night’s work are really alarming, and yet to such an extent is intimidation carried that the country people do not discover the perpetrators. The police on patrol on Sunday night last surprised upwards of one hundred fellows, armed with guns, pistols, pitchforks, &c., about two miles from Carrick-on-Shannon. They were, as they term it “exercising themselves.” The police called on them to surrender, but the answer to the call was an order to charge them, and in self-defence the police were obliged to fire, and they captured four of the game with their arms, and they are now in gaol. It is not known whether any of them were shot. There was a man shot last night in the neighbourhood of Drumkeeran. A gang of these lawless fellows, who are keeping this country in this frightful state, attacked a peasant’s house ; he, greatly to his credit to be recorded, resisted the attack, and gallantly defended the house ; he fired, and killed one of them, and the rest fled ; it is supposed many of them are wounded. An inquest is to be held to-morrow. There was a report that Mr. G. Browne, barrister, was fired at on Saturday last. Altogether the accounts are most alarming, and to such an extent has the Molly Maguire system advanced, that a man dressed in woman’s clothes could, in the presence of numbers of people, commit any offence without being in the slightest degree interfered with.—Correspondent of Saunders.
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