October 28, 1845
Armagh, County Armagh
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MARRIAGES.On Thursday 23d inst., in Ballymena Church, by the Rev. William Reeves, John Kerr, Esq., Parkmount, Dungannon, to Eliza, daughter of Mr. Brangan, Ballymena.
On Tuesday morning last, in Omagh Church, by the Rev. T.L. Stack, Mr. John Robinson, master-tailor, to Charlotte, daughter of Mr. John M’Farland, both of Omagh.
DEATHS.October 19, at “Telegraph” Court, Newry, in the 8th year of her age, Margaret, daughter of Mr. James Henderson.
At Annacramp, near Grange, on Tuesday last, after a lingering illness, which he bore with Christian fortitude, Mr. Adam Sloane, aged 56 years, much regretted by all who were acquainted with him. He was for 35 years master of Lodge No. 86, Loughgall district. On Friday last his remains were brought into this city for interment, accompanied by a large body of the brethren of the above district, amounting to about 500—men of the most intelligent appearance, and respectability.
Benburb.--In this district the disease in the potatoes is very considerable. I think about one-half the crop is damaged.--Many persons are taking those potatoes affected to Mr. Johnson's starch mill at Middleton, where every facility is offered.
Portadown.--The disease is not so prevalent here as in most other places, yet a good deal of damage is done to the crop.
46th Depot.--This depot is recruiting briskly at present in this city. We understand it is intended to form a 2d battalion for the regiment.
Charlemont Local Corps.--On Friday the 24th instant, the local corps at Charlemont, commanded by Captain Bradly, in consequence of the absence of Major-General Sir George Berkeley, K.C.H., was inspected by Major Martin, 46th regiment. After going through a variety of difficult and complicated manœuvres, they were minutely inspected, when Major Martin expressed his warm approval of the high state of their discipline, good order and appearance.
The Jews.--Yesterday evening an interesting meeting of the friends of the society for promoting Christianity among the Jews was held in Portadown School-house. The Rev. A. Oulton, of Belfast, and Mr. Kronheim, a converted Hebrew, attended as a deputation from the parent society.
Harvest Home at Templemoyle Agricultural Seminary.--On Tuesday evening last the pupils, servants, &c., belonging to this highly popular and useful institution, were entertained with the usual annual harvest-home supper. The tea was served up by Miss Williams, (the Matron,) in excellent style; after which a profusion of fruit was amply distributed.--The pupils then repaired to the large servants' hall which was fitted for the occasion, where they engaged themselves in the different amusements of singing, dancing, recitation, &c. A few "plays," acted by Masters Quin, O'Keefe, M'Mahon, M'Crea, Gibbens, Heron, Taylor, Sprent, and Blackwell, illicted not only the approbation but the admiration of the beholders. The presence of the head farmer, Mr. Campbell, and Mrs. Campbell, was a great stimulant to the amusements of the evening. The assistant Masters, Messrs. Story, Arbuckle and Smyth, rendered every assistance in promoting the merriment of the evening. The pupils retired to the dormitories at an "early hour," well pleased with the occurrences of the evening, and evincing gratitude to the head-Master, Mr. Maxwell, for his kind indulgence.--Correspondent.
Musical Concert.--On Monday, the 20th inst., a musical concert was given in Keady Market-house by Mr. Kelly, and a number of young gentlemen from Armagh. A highly-respectable audience of the inhabitants of Keady and its vicinity was in attendance. After Mr. Kelly and his choir got through a number of pieces in a very superior style, Messrs. Hart, Brady, Murry and Hughes sang the "Æolian Lyre," "Blow gentle Gales," "Glorious Apollo," "When winds whistled cold," "The vesper hymn," &c.[,] much to the gratification and delight of all present. The room was elegantly ornamented with ever-greens and flowers. Altogether we were highly pleased with the manner in which the events of the evening passed off. The whole cannot fail to reflect the greatest credit on Mr. Kelly and the young gentlemen who kindly gave their assistance.--(A Correspondent.)
Mr. Braham.--This prince of vocalists visited our city last week, and gave two concerts in the Tontine Rooms on Thursday and Friday evenings. The performance on both occasions was on a scale of grandeur we have never seen surpassed, and sustain the high character Mr. Braham has so honorably earned. He was assisted by his son[,] Mr. H. Braham, who stands second to none in the kingdom for taste, skill, and sweetness of song.
The shipping of Galway has considerably increased, there being now 200 vessels connected with it, whereas ten years ago they only amounted to 80.
Advantages of Railways.--The following is a strong illustration of the wonders railways will have worked, in the event of threatened invasion.--In 1806 it took a body of troops, proceeding by the Paddington canal for Liverpool, and thence by transport from Dublin, seven days to reach their destination by canal, relays of fresh horses for the boats being in readiness at all the stations. Marching to the same spot occupied a detachment only fourteen days. The seven days are now reduced into almost as many hours, an entire battalion being conveyed between Liverpool and London in six or seven hours, reaching head-quarters in full vigour, and ready to oppose thier concentrated strength to the progress of any foreign armament.--Examiner.
| Rapid Expansion of Manufacturers.--In
1830, there was not a flax-spinning mill in operation in Ireland. At
present there are in Ulster fifty-one in full work--some of them among
the largest in the United Kingdom. They employ about 18,000 persons;
there is a million and a quarter of money sunk in the buildings and
machincry [sic], and require a floating capital of £600,000.--Banner of Ulster.
The Potato Rot.--The following official letter has been received by the Mayor of Cork, from the Lord Lieutenant:--
"Dublin Castle, 13th October, 1845.
"Sir--I have it in my command, from the Lord Lieutenant, to acknowledge receipt of your letter, of the 10th, and to acquaint you, that the attention of the Government has been, for some time, directed to the state of the potato crop in this country; and his Excellency has already caused the fullest inquiry to be made, in every district in Ireland, respecting the disease, which is, unfortunately, found to exist in the potato.
"His Excellency trusts that the crop may be but partially affected, and has directed that the inquiries be continued, and further information furnished from time to time to the Government, both as to the present state, and probable prospects, of this crop.--I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant,
"To the Mayor of Cork."
The Belfast Banks have raised the interest on English bills from 3 to 3-1/2 per cent.
The Dublin Distillers have made a considerable advance in the price of whiskey. The failure of the potato crop, and the consequent anticipated consumption of oats, is the cause of the advance.
The Right Hon. the Earl of Charlemont is now receiving a distinguished circle of visitors at his residence, Roxboro' House, Moy, including Lord and Lady Claud Hamilton, John Ynyr Burgess, Esq., Parkanour, and Lady Caroline Burgess, Miss Caulfield, Hockley, Miss Verner, Churchhill, &c.
Lord and Lady Claud Hamilton visited Earl and Countess of Caledon, at Caledon Hill, last week.
There was a meeting of the inhabitants of Portadown, held in the News Room, on Saturday last, when it was unanimously resolved to have the provisions of the lighting and cleansing act extended to that town--John Handcock, Esq., J.P., and Joseph Nicholson, Esq., J.P., presided.
Advance in price of bread.--Yesterday the bakers in this city raised the price of their bread one farthing in the pound, it being now 4-1/2d. the two pound loaf.
Amagh Registry.--The Borough.--Conservatives, 20, Liberals, 15. Majority for Conservatives, 5.
Longevity.--There lives at present in the neighbourhood of Crowhill, in this county, an old couple named Wm. and Mary Benson, whose united ages amount to 183 years! Wm. is 97 and Mary 86. This happy old pair has enjoyed the bliss of wedlock for 70 years, and can enumerate 146 of their descendants, some of whom are in the fourth generation. They enjoy perfect health, and are able to manage the business of their small farm with the greatest ease. Not long since the venerable patriarch himself thatched his dwelling-house, being attended by his faithful companion.
State of Armagh Poor-House, for the Week Ended October 25th.--Admitted during the week, 30; remaining last week, 405; total, 435; discharged 26; remaining in the houe, 409.
Free Emigration.--Her Majesty's Government have, we perceive, sanctioned free emigration to the Cape of Good Hope. Vessels are to sail from Plymouth in November, December, and February next.
The Militia.--There is every probability that the Militia throughout the country will be called up for drill and exercise early in the new year. Staff officers of pensioners in every district in Ireland have received directions to forward a return of the names of such persons as are qualified to act as drill serjeants, and who will be paid for their services.
Whiteboy Offences.On the night of the 15th inst., five armed men entered the dwelling of Michael Behen, at Knigh, and threatened him with death if he neglected to make his son quit the employment of a gentleman in the neighbourhood. When leaving the house they fired three shots.
On Sunday night last, an armed party, five or six in number, attacked the dwelling of a man named Edward Burke, at Curraghaneddy, broke open the door, dragged Burke out of bed, knocked him down, and, while down, continued beating him for a considerable time; they then placed him on his knees, and ordered him to pay a girl who had been in his services. They fired several shots outside the door and then ran away. Two men named Michael and Thomas Burke, from Toomavara, have been committed for this outrage.
Some few nights since, a party of men went to the house of a man named Dan Carroll, at Ballincarra, when one of them ked [sic] to be admitted. Carroll was from home, and his wife, of course refused to open the door, upon which the dastardly and murderous gang discharged the contents of a gun through the window, without, however, effecting any personal injury to Mrs. Carroll.
One of the Dan's Own.--On Friday night last Head-Constable Brown, of Toomavara, discovered a blunderbuss concealed in a ditch at Pallas, on the land of a person named Hogan; it was in excellent order, being locked in a wooden case, like a small coffin.--Nenagh Guardian.
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