September 16, 1845
Armagh, County Armagh
MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE, TERMINATING IN LOSS OF LIFE.—On Tuesday last an inquest was held at Portadown by G. HENRY, Esq., coroner, on the body of JOHN M’NALLY, who came by his death from the effects of a blow he received from a man named BRANKIN. It appears that BRANKIN and M’NALLY had some difference in Dungannon-street, Portadown, on the 4th instant, when the deceased received a blow which proved fatal, by his head coming in contact with a cart shaft when he was falling. Dr. BREDIN was in immediate attendance, and paid every attention to the poor fellow from Thursday till Monday se’nnight, when death put an end to his suffering.
DREADFUL ACCIDENT.—On Wednesday, the 10th inst., the child of a poor woman named WATSON who resides at Legacurry, near Omagh, was burned to death in the following manner :--The child had been out herding, and came to a house for a coal to make a fire in the field. The coal was given to her, and the smoke began to annoy the child’s eyes, when she covered the tin with her bib, which immediately took fire, and before proper assistance could be procured she was burned to death. This should serve as a caution to parents.
THE WEATHER.—Up to Saturday last we had another week of delightful weather. On that day a change took place, one or two trifling showers of rain having fallen. Sunday there was a very heavy fall of hail ; but yesterday, with the exception of a slight shower in the early part of the day, there appeared no immediate cause to apprehend any sudden change.
THE POTATO CROP.—In this country the potato crop is in quality excellent and in quantity most abundant.—Cork Constitution.
POTATO CROP ON THE CONTINENT.—The Cologne Gazette states that, notwithstanding the late fine weather, nearly the whole of the growth of potatoes in the Rhenish Provinces is lost. The Chamber of Commerce at Elberfeld has sent a petition to the Minister of Finance, praying that the exportation of potatoes from the provinces of the Rhine and Westphalia may be interdicted ; and the same application is expected to be made by the other Chambers of Commerce. The last accounts from Belgium confirm the reports as to the disease in the potatoes ; and add, that the quantity of good potatoes this year in that country is not equal to one-sixth of the average annual produce. The Mayor of Valenciennes has published a notice, forbidding potatoes marked with yellow or brown spots, the sign of the disease which has lately prevailed in that root, to be sold in the market of that town.
HARVEST PROPECTS. IRELAND.
ROSCOMMON.—The weather for some time being so delightfully fine, has placed the crops beyond all danger. There is no part of Ireland that appears so blessed with an abundant yield as Connaught does this year. The wheat, the corn, the hay, the potatoes, and the turf, is particularly advantageously circumstanced, and much more secure than we have witnessed for many years.—Roscommon Journal.
LIMERICK.—We had 350 loads of new wheat at market this day, all of which was soon disposed of to merchants, but generally at a reduction of 1d. per stone. There is not, we believe, on record, a finer harvest than the September of this year has thus far proved itself. All hands are busily engaged at the sickle.
ATHLONE.—The weather is delightful—more beautiful harvest weather we have never seen. If blessed with a continuance of it, we will have average crops. Oats we believe to be thin. Many complaints are made of the produce of potatoes on guano manure, as not being equal to the appearance of the tops when growing.—Athlone Sentinel.
FLAX—EXTRAORDINARY PRODUCE.—We are informed by Mr. OWEN CONNOLLY, of Tullyglash, near Middletown, that he has this year fifty-two stones of superior well-dressed flax from nine pecks of Dutch seed. It was scutched on the 6th inst., at the steam-mill belonging to Mr. MATHEW JOHNSTON, of Middletown. Mr. JOHNSTON’s mill is constructed on the safety principle, having the rollers so boxed as to prevent the possibility of the many distressing accidents which so frequently occur.
HARVEST HOME AT THE DEANERY.—Yesterday evening the Rev. Dr. ELRINGTON entertained those in his employment to an excellent dinner. When the cloth was removed, music and dancing commenced and was kept up with great glee till ten o’clock, at which time the labourers’ wives and children were regaled with tea. After tea dancing was resumed with increased spirit, and was not concluded till two o’clock in the morning, when the company separated well pleased, and praying health and long life to Dr. ELRINGTON and family. The hilarity of the evening was greatly increased by the presence of Miss ELRINGTON and the Misses BABINGTON, who paid a visit to the company at an early part of the festivities, and manifested the greatest anxiety to have their guests comfortable. A number of the elite of Armagh attended.
A farmer on the Gosford estate writes in the highest terms of the Ladies OLIVIA and ANNABELLA ACHESON, daughters of the Earl of GOSFORD, who, with their noble father, make a practice of personally visiting the dwellings of their poorer tenantry, in order to become acquainted with and to relieve their wants. They have recently ordered a quantity of fuel to be purchased for distribution to the most necessitous of the neighbourhood during the approaching winter.
GRANGE SUNDAY SCHOOL—ANNUAL SOIREE.— On Friday evening, 12th instant, the members of the above Sunday School, with about 250 respectable inhabitants of the neighbourhood, held their annual soiree. After they had partaken of “ the cup which cheers but not inebriates,” JOHN WALKER REDMOND, Esq., of Grange, was moved to the chair, when addresses on the beneficial effects of Sunday Schools, &c., were delivered by Messrs. A. HEWITT and GEORGE DE WINTER. At intervals the choir sung appropriate anthems, and the company separated at an early hour, delighted with the evening’s entertainment.
FASHIONABLE TAILORING ESTABLISHMENT,
PLAIN AND MILITARY,
NO. 63, THOMAS-STREET, ARMAGH.
MICHAEL O’TOOLE RESPECTFULLY informs the Nobility, Gentry, and Inhabitants of Armagh and its vicinity, that he has commenced the above Business, which he intends to carry on to the fullest extent, in all its various branches and departments.
From the general knowledge and practical experience he has had of the Plain, as also of the Military Department, having been favoured by executing work for some of the most distinguished Noblemen, Gentlemen, and respectable Inhabitants of this City and County—for the General and Staff Officers, whilst residing here—for many Officers in Barracks, and for the principal Constabulary Officers stationed here.
With such privileges, together with punctuality and attention to business, he feels confident in introducing himself to his Friends and the Public, hoping to merit a share of patronage, assuring them that all orders which he may be favoured with shall be executed in the first-rate style,
FIT, FORM, & FASHION.
Fashions received regularly. Charges moderate.
EFFECTUAL REMEDY FOR THE TOOTH-ACHE.
THE ANGUISH of TOOTH-ACHE removed—the painful operation of Extraction rendered needless, and the pro- cess of Decay arrested by the use of EVANS’ REMEDY. It contains no opiate, sedative, or medicine deleterious to the constitution, or destructive to the Teeth or Gums, and may be taken by persons of all ages.
Testimonials of its efficacy enclosed with each Bottle.
Prepared only by JOHN EVANS, Apothecary and Chemist, Dublin, in Bottles at 1s. and 2s. 6d. each, and sold by his ap- pointment by Bewley and Evans, 3, Sackville-street ; Pring and Co., 30, Westmoreland-street ; Martin and Jones, 86, Grafton-street ; Anderson and Adams, 68, Grafton-street ; Gratton and Co., Belfast ; W. T. Jones, Cork ; and by ALEXANDER BRICE, Apothecary and Chemist, Medical Establishment, Armagh.
| KEADY FAIR.—The September fair of
this town, held on Friday last, was large and well attended. The demand
for horses was very great, and remunerating prices were easily
obtained. Black cattle, of which there was a good supply, sold well.
The sale of heifers was brisk ; and the farmers generally appeared
SESKINORE FAIR, SEPT. 8.—This fair was most numerously attended, in consequence of its being a new one ; for the last twenty years there was none held in it. The supply of cattle was numerous and in good demand, and pigs sold dear. Sheep and lambs were in moderate quantity, and the demand for them great. Premiums were paid to the seller and the purchaser of the greatest quantity of cattle, pigs, &c., by the agent of the estate, JAMES MACKAY, Esq. We hope before long to see a good fair established there.
ARMAGH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.—PROFESSOR KANE.—Yesterday this distinguished gentleman delivered the first of a series of lectures to the Armagh Agricultural Society and several other respectable and influential gentlemen, at whose request he visited the city. To speak of Doctor KANE in terms of praise is superfluous—he is already known, and wherever known is esteemed, not only as a distinguished Professor in the Royal Dublin Society, but as the gifted author of the “ Industrial Resources of Ireland,” and other valued contributions to the literature of our country. The Lecture Room was occupied by the highest rank and station of the county, and all seemed to listen with delight and profit during the two hours in which the learned gentleman treated “ On the Composition and mode of Growth of Plants,” the various particulars connected with which he discussed with such plainness and precision that the meanest intellect might comprehend them, while he developed the more subtle mysteries of nature, on which the profoundest mind alone can dwell ; ever and anon directing his hearers from Nature unto Nature’s God. We thank him for the well-merited compliment he paid our county, when he said he deemed it unnecessary to speak of the practical part of the science of agriculture to those among whom it had made such progress, and would therefore treat the matter scientifically ; and we hope our friends will return this high compliment by increased attendance.
MALICIOUS BURNING.—On Wednesday night, the 10th inst., a large quantity of prime hay, value for £50 and upwards, the property of J. H. BROWN, Esq., Aughentain, county of Tyrone, was maliciously set on fire and totally consumed by some person or persons as yet unknown. Had it not been for the timely assistance of a party of constabulary, who were on their nightly patrol, much more injury would have been done.
THE NEW COLLEGE.—Thursday last DR. CARLYLE, Mr. MAJOR, and Captain LARKIN, Commissioners appointed to examine into the proper site for the New College for Ulster, arrived in Armagh, and visited the greater part of the neighbourhood. On Friday they sat at WILTSHIRE’s Hotel, and examined Lord GOSFORD ; T. DOBBIN, Esq. ; Rev. Dr. ELRINGTON, Rev. Messrs. FLAVELLE, EDGAR, and WHITE ; Drs. COLVAN, ROBINSON, CUMING, and KIDD, on several matters connected with the city. Yesterday they visited the County Infirmary, and appeared well pleased with that institution, after which, we understand, they left for Belfast.
HEALTH OF ARMAGH.
As the extraordinary assertion “that Armagh is one of the most unhealthy towns in Ireland” was put forth by a Mr. MAGEE at the late meeting of the Belfast Town Council concerning the new College for Ulster, and as he based this assertion on the authority of the late Dr. PURDON, who occasionally resided here as Staff Surgeon, we have felt it our duty to look into the matter, and we think we can repel and refute this malicious and unfounded assertion by evidence of such a character as will convince the most sceptical [sic], if any such there be. Indeed it appears to us that the advocates for having the new College for Ulster placed amidst the swamps of Belfast and its neighbourhood— (Belfast is only a few feet above the level of the sea while Armagh is 241,)—feeling themselves put hors de combat on every other point, reserved this for their last, and please Providence it shall be their coup de grace.
The following certificate expresses the unanimous opinion of the four leading Medical practitioners of this city, and we are sure it would have been unhesitatingly joined in by other Medical gentlemen had it been considered necessary to trouble them on the occasion. We shall merely premise that two of the signing Physicians are natives of this city, Doctors in Medicine and Members of the King and Queen’s College of Physicians in Ireland ; the other two are gentlemen of high professional standing and literary character, Doctors in Medicine and Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Amongst the signatures are those of the Physician to the District Lunatic Asylum, the Surgeon to the County Infirmary and Gaol, and the Physician and Surgeon to the Fever Hospital, &c., men, who it will be at once confessed must be not only acquainted with their profession, in all its extensive variety, but also with the healthfulness of their own residence and of the people among whom their duties have to be performed.
We are informed by one of the Doctors signing the subjoined that he has under his care at the present time one patient of upwards of 100 years old, one of 92 years, and a great many octogenarians and septegenarians, most of whom have spent the greater part of their lives in Armagh. “
SALUBRITY OF THE CITY OF ARMAGH.
“It having been reported in the Northern Whig of Tuesday, Sept. 2d, that, at a meeting of the Belfast Town Council, held the previous day, ‘in the Police Buildings,’ Mr. Magee asserted, on the authority of the late Dr. Purdon, that he, ‘Dr. P. considered Armagh to be one of the most unhealthy towns in Ireland,’
“ Now we, the undersigned Physicians and Surgeons of Armagh—some natives, and others practitioners of 12, 15, or 25 years’ standing—do unhesitatingly contradict the above assertion, and declare it as our deliberate and united opinion that the city of Armagh is unquestionably one of the most clean and healthy towns in Ireland.
“W. L. KIDD, M.D., &c., &c.
“THOMAS CUMING, M.D., &c.
“A. ROBINSON, A.M., M.B.
“JOHN COLVAN, M.D., F.R.C.S.I., &c., &c.
“Armagh, Sept. 8, 1845.”
After this declaration and the letter of ARMACHANUS, which appears in another column, we hope to hear no more of the ghastly spectre of disease which the late Dr. PURDON conjured up to frighten some of his patients from the neighbourhood of Armagh.
Since writing the above we have seen an extract from the Morning Herald, which we subjoin—
“In the meantime, on the question of the towns in which the Colleges are to be placed, we fancy there can be but little difficulty. Limerick, it seems, is in competition with Galway. Now, in the first place, Limerick is in the Province of Munster, and it is obviously unfair that that Province should have two Colleges, Limerick and Cork. There is no institution in Limerick which can be handed over for the purposes of the new Colleges; and, undoubtedly, taking them as they are, Galway has by far the better claim. Besides, the new institution is much more likely to have fair play amongst the high-minded Roman Catholic gentry of Connaught than the celebrated Repealers of Limerick, which city, as Sir Richard Cox quaintly observes, ‘never was slack at a sedition.’ The competing claims of Belfast and Armagh are not so easily settled. The leading people of Ulster will fill their College, at whichever town it is placed, quickly enough. Armagh would certainly sound more academical, and we cannot say that we are anxious that the Socinian shareholders of the present joint-stock Belfast Institution should get a large price from Government for the College they have ruined, for Belfast College, as it is, if the General Assembly withhold their students, cannot exist for one year.”
Now, the Herald is the organ of the government.— In a strain of confidence the Limerick Chronicle says “ It is understood government will give the Provincial College for the North of Ireland to Armagh in preference to Belfast, as the Protestant and Roman Catholic Primates have joined in the request.”
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