Portadown Weekly News
and County Armagh Advertiser.
June 11, 1859
Portadown, county Armagh
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Thomas E. Shannon, Esq., M.D., has been appointed Medical Officer to the police force of Poyntz-pass.
A reward of £20 has been offered for the arrest of the person or persons who set fire to the house at Drumnagoon, noticed in our last, as lately in the possession of Edward Lavery.
PORTADOWN GAS-LIGHT COMPANY--We learn that Mr. Robert Murdoch, of Fermoy, has been appointed manager to the works here, vice Mr. M'Gregor resigned.
THE PENNY SAVINGS' BANK.--At the Commissioners' meeting, on Monday last, the gratuitous use of the Town-hall was granted for the above Bank, for one evening in the week. A President, Vice-President, and Managing Committee have been formed, and we expect to be able to lay the prospectus before our readers in the next issue. We wish it every success.
PORTDOWN PETTY SESSIONS.Magistrates present--T. A. Shillington and W. Reid, Esqrs.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10.
The cases heard to-day were of little interest to the public. The following cases were heard :--
Mary Anne Clarke and Hannah Clarke, both of Levaghery, complained against Alexander M'Dowell, Martha M'Dowell, and Anne Courtney, of same place, for assaulting them on the 3d inst.
It appeared from the evidence of the complainants and some other witnesses, that the assaults were accompanied with a good deal of language on either sides not of a very flattering style.
The defendants were found guilty of the assault,
and fined severally in the sum of 5s. and costs. Peggy Marly, of William Street, was bound over to keep the peace for 12 months, for abusive and threatening language towards Mary Martin of John Street.
Felix, Michael, and William Magee, of Derrymacfall, were charged by Wm. Dynes, of Derryvane, with challenging him to fight and threatening him.
The "pugilists" were bound to keep the peace.
Robert Holland charged John Jackson, of
Derrymacfall, and John Chambers, with breaking his window, value 1s. 8d. Jackson was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, and 1s. 8d. compensation. Complaint against Chambers dismissed.
Mr. Boyd, of Clounagh, charged Patrick Mallen and
Mary Mallen, of Clounagh, with abusive language calculated to lead to a breach of the peace. The complaint was dismissed.
Richardson, Sons, and Owden complained against James Cameron for detaining a web entrusted to him to weave. Fined 5s. and 2s. costs.
BANBRIDGE PETTY SESSIONS.--THURSDAY.Magistrate presiding--E. H. Trevor, Esq., J.P.
Owing to this being the fair day, a number of the cases entered on the books were adjourned, as the parties did not appear.
Margaret M'Grath was summoned at the instance of Fergus Osborne, relieving officer, for refusing to support her child. the case was dismissed.
ASSAULT.Dominick Burns was charged by David Wilson,
farmer, of Brague, for an assault. There was a cross case which fell to the ground, and Burns was sentenced to one month's imprisonment in Downpatrick jail.
Mary Anne Spence was charged by Head Constable
Mervyn, with being drunk, and the charge having been proved, she was ordered to pay a fine of 2s 6d and 1s costs.
BIRTHS.On Friday, June 3, at Lurgan, the wife of Mr. Robert A. M'Dowell, of a son.
MARRIAGES.June 2, at Lurgan, by the District Registrar, William Lewis, Esq., Moira, to Charlotte, relict of the late Mr. H. Woods, of Aghalee.
DIED.June 8, William, third son of John Macoun, Esq., Moyraverty, aged 25 years.
PORTADOWN TOWN COMMISSIONERS.Commissioners present--T. Carleton, Esq., in the chair ; T. A. Shillington, John Watson, John J. Marley, David Ferguson, John Kernan, John Fulton, John Johnston, D. W. Irwin, W. J. Dawson, W. J. Paul, and David Thornton, Esqrs.
MONDAY, JUNE 6.
The minutes of last meeting were read and signed.
PENNY SAVINGS' BANK.Mr. G. Kinkead and Mr. H. Robb appeared as a deputation on behalf of the Penny Savings' Bank Committee, to request the use of the Court-house for one evening in the week, gratuitously, for the Bank. Mr. Kernan proposed, and Mr. Ferguson seconded, that the Court-house be given gratis.
SLAUGHTER-HOUSE.Mr. Totten applied for a license for a slaughter-house at the back of his premises, in Market-street, which was granted.
NEW HOUSES.Mr. Marley gave notice of his intention to build four houses at the bridge, and Mr. T. A. Shillington one in Thomas-street.
NEW PUMP.Mr. Ferguson stated with reference to an application that had been made for a new pump in Obins-street, that Mr. M'Mullan was willing to lay out £20 in sinking it, and to lie out of the money for twelve months.
The Commissioners considered they had not funds at command.
SEWERS.A long and uninteresting conversation took place with reference to the sewers. A Committee, consisting of Commissioners from the different drainage districts, was appointed to report on the state of the drainage of the town.
THE TOWN-HALL.Mr. Ferguson moved that any ratepayer, on giving a week's notice to the clerk, should get the use of the large room in the Town-hall for religious services for 2s. 6d. a day.
The Chairman ruled the motion was not in order,as if passed it rescinded a motion already on the books, which requires a month's notice.
The accounts were passed, and the meeting adjourned.
BANBRIDGE JUNE FAIR.--This fair was held on Thursday last, and was well attended. There was an abundant supply of stock, and a large number of buyers. Prime beeves were numerous, and realised high prices. Milch cattle were in good supply, and anxiously sought after. The business in sheep and lambs was dull, but the horse fair was the largest we have had for some years past. Prices ranged from £25 to £90, and as high as £140 was offered for one animal, but was refused. Stores and smaller pigs sold well, (the feeding for them being plenty,) the former at from 32s 6d to 50s, the latter at from 11s to 13s each. On the whole the fair was one of the best held here for a long time past.--Communicated.
Submitted by ajk.
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