The Anglo-Celt,
Cavan, county Cavan,
December 1, 1848

ORANGE FUNERAL--On Thursday The remains of Mr. John ARMSTRONG, commonly called "Long John," who for more than forty years discharged the office of district master of the Orangemen of the Ballinamallard district, were interred in Magheracross grave yard. The several lodges of the district, fourteen in number, attended the funeral.--Erne Packet.

ADVERTISEMENTS (abbreviated list of agents) Agents for JOHN CASSELL's Coffees (The celebrity which these delicious Coffees have been attained is quite unparalled):

Athy - John M'ELWAINE, tea dealer
Athlone--John ROBINS
Armagh--John THOMPSON, 63, English-street
Bailieborough--James M'AULEY, grocer, &c.;
Belturbet--Thomas GILLON, grocer
Ballyshannon--Thomas GRAHAM and Co.
Cavan--Edward KENNEDY, Main-street
Cootehill--Michael M'CUDDIN, grocer
Carrickmacross--Patrick WARD, grocer
Drogheda--M. M'ARDILL, 83, West-street
Enniskillen--William HALL.
Meath Herald Office
Longford--John LYNCH
Lurgan--Ann BEATTY, grocer
Monaghan--MURRY and Co., Church-square
Mullingar--Patrick NESBIT
Manorhamilton--Wm. C. TAYLOR
Magherafelt--R. LAURENCE, grocer
Parsontown--Henry DAVIS
Strabane--John ANDERSON, Main-street
Virginia--Mary Anne SHEGOG, Post-office


The appointment of an Englishman, the Rev. Mr. GUILLEMARD, last week by his Grace, the Lord Primate, to the vacancy in the Royal School, Armagh, has furnished us with matter for painful reflection. Previous to condemning of the act of his Grace's, we are determined to ascertain his reasons for thus outraging the universal feeling of Ireland; and on glancing at the "Armagh Guardian" (his Grace's mouth- piece), we find it there put forward as a plea for Mr. GUILLEMARD, that his pupils have been very successful in the walks of literature, many of them holding scholarships in Oxford and Cambridge. The plea might, naturally enough, impose on the unwary, and even be considered, if not an excuse, at least a palliation for his Grace's conduct; but, we confess we are sorry to see a respectable Irish journal like the "Guardian" defile its columns by subterfuge or equivation. It cannot be unknown to the gentlemen connected with that paper that a scholarship in Oxford or Cambridge is no test of merit whatever-- that it is, in fact a mere appendage of wealth. Most of the great families of England can bestow them on whom they please. Thus it is no infrequent thing, to see a gentleman dubbed scholar of Oxford or Cambridge, when he enters although he may be as innocent of Greek and Latin as the moment he was born.

In our University, however, of which the Lord Primate is Vice-Chancellor, this is not the case. A gentleman to attain the dignity of scholar must win it from a host of competitors. The plea, therefore, put forward in Mr. GUILLEMARD's favour, turns out to be no plea at all, as he may have educated a number wealthy blockheads who wear horours which should be the rightful reward of poorer and more deserving men.

But the "Guardian" says Mr. GUILLEMARD's testimonials were better than those produced by ANY of the Irish candidates. Disposed, as we are, to believe the statements of our contemporary, we certainly cannot credit this. It is well known that upon the situation being advertised a great number of Irish clergymen applied for it--men of eminence--men, who from their abilities and attainments would do honour to situations of far greater importance than that applied for. They had the ban of Ham, however, upon them--they were IRISHMEN, and as such, could not be elected. Here we have the Vice-Chancellor of our University deliberately setting aside Irishmen, because they were IRISHMEN, and appointing the unknow ELEVE of, probably some purse-proud English nobleman to one of the few respectable stations which the SAGACITY of an English parliament has allowed to be disposed of on this side of the Channel. The Irish press, of every shade and hue, is unanimous--save and except his lordships, organ, the "Guardian"--in condemning this wanton insult to our country....

It is not many months since the Bishoprick of Cork was vacant, and the Government thought to confer that lucrative mitre upon an English- man also; but the voice of public opinion was found too strong, and the design had to be abandoned. We believe it is not generally known that an Englishman was appointed to that biishoprick, AND ACTUALLY HELD THE APPOINTMENT FOR FOUR DAYS; but such is the fact. The gentleman we allude to is Dr. HINDS, who has been since promoted to the Deanery of Carlile. But for the sturdy stand made upon that occasion by the whole Irish press, the Englishman would not be enjoying this valuable see.

We had almost overlooked another announcement in the "Guardian", connected with the Armagh School. Here it is-

"We are happy to add that Dr. MULGAN is to retain his office as head-master."

Very kind this of the new English import! He will GRACIOUSLY condescend to allow an Irishman to be his "hewer of wood and drawer of water." WE THANK HIM.

We have to record another attempt of this description, which proved all but successful, on a farmer name Robert FISHER, who resides at a place called Killicunny, within three miles of Mullagh. On Friday evening last about the hour of eight o'clock, FISHER was fired at on the public road from some ruined walls within seventy perches of his own house as he was returning from MR. KEATING's of Sylvan Park. The shot took effect, wounding him very severely on the right hip and left arm. There are good hopes entertained, however, of his recovery. The assassin must have been very convenient, as the wodding of the piece was found at the very spot where FISHER had been standing when he received the fire. FISHER is an honest, industrious man, and in the habit of employing a great number of labourers. He has been on the best of terms with all his neighbours, and was not engaged in a dispute of any kind, consequently no motive can be assigned for this daring outrage. The guilty party escaped, it is supposed, into the county Meath, which adjoins Cavan near that place, as the police tracked the footsteps of two men in that direction.

A reward has been offered under the direction of Master BROOKE, for the prosecution of the ruffians concerned in the attack on LYONS, the bailiff, on the Blackwood property, in this county.


November 23, at Carnarvon, North Wales, the lady of Walter HUSSEY DE BURGH, Esq., of Donore House, County of Kildare, of a daughter. November 29, the lady of Captain M'clintock, Bunbury, R.N., M.P., of a son.


On the 23d November, at Carjrislo(sic), county Meath, Wm. A. WALSH, Esq., barrister-at-law, to Marianne Eleanor, only daughter of the late Wm. ALLEN, Esq.

On the 27th November, Sir James MURRAY, of Merrion-square, Dublin, to Mary, daughter of the late Samuel ALLEN, Esq., M.D., Larme


November 23, at Julianstown, county of Meath, aged sixty-four years, John HINDS, Esq., of Waterloo Lodge, same county, deeply lamented by all who knew him.

October 13, at Barbadoes, of yellow fever, Doctor Montgomery IRWIN, of the 72d Highlanders, fifth surviving son of the Rev. Blayney IRWIN, of Laracor, county Meath

November 23, in Dublin, Thomas GRENDON, Esq., of Drogheda, Bart., late one of the secretaries to the admiralty. The melancholy event took place on Thursday, at the hon. baronet's residence, in New-street, Spring Gardens, London.

It is with feelings of deep regret that we announce the demise of the Duchess of Manchester, who expired on Tuesday last, at Kimbalton castle, the family seat in Huntingdonshire, after a lingering illness.

On Tuesday week, at North Great George's-street, Dublin, Richard MONTGOMERY, Esq., of Cootehill.

At his residence in Farnham Street, Cavan, on Tuesday the 7th November, Samuel MOORE, Esq., J.P.; on Saturday, 25th inst. Frances MOORE, his wife, both in their 74th year.

On the 18th inst., at Mohill, Thomas LITTLE, Esq., aged fifty-four years, regretted by a numerous circle of very respectable relatives and friends.

On the 12th inst., at Maguire's Bridge, much regretted, James M'NEECE, son of Surgeon M'NEECE, R.N., aged 22 years.

November 18, at his residence, Taney Hill, Dundrum, Walter BOURNE, Esq., aged 82 years, Clerk of the Crown of the Court of Queen's Bench.

November 18, at her residence, Haig Terrace, Kingstown, universally regretted, Miss Emily MAGINESS, sister to the late Sr. John MAGINNES, Londonderry.

(Late Mrs. SHERIDAN's)
Farnham-Street, Cavan

Miss FITZPATRICK begs to return her sincere thanks to the Gentry, Clergy and public in general, for their kind support of the above Establishment since the death of her Aunt, the late Mrs. SHERIDAN; and in soliciting its continuance , begs to assure them that the House will be conducted by herself and her Sisters in the same orderly manner which ensured such genreal patronage during a period of Thirty Years, vis., the most strict attention to comfort, combined with moderate charges.

The House stands at the junction of the great leading roads; its situation is most healthful and there is warm and extensive STABLING attached.

Cavan. November 22, 1848

December 8, 1848


The sixty female emigrants from this institution, the departure of whom we noticed last week, has excited some comments in the newspapers. These emigrants, for appearance and training, were vastly superior to any sent from other poor-houses. This must be gratifying to the Vice-Guardians and their subordinate officers.


It is lamentable to state that several outrages have occurred about this town. On Friday night last, Mr. ROGERS' store, in Church-street, was broken into, so early as between nine and ten o'clock at night, and about six cwt. of potatoes carried off, "without let or hindrance."

A few nights ago, a man of the name of M'MANUS, having sold some wheat here, on his way home was met by an armed party, about half a mile beyond Kilconey, who because he offered any resistance, was savagely beaten, and robbed of more than three pounrds, the produce of his hard industry. Another person, a gentleman's servant, having with him an ass and cart, in which he had a quantity of flour, bread, groceries, &c., was proceeding on the same night home to his master's residence, and was robbed of all, with the exception of some oatmeal. It is fearful to contemplate such a state of things, as neither life nor property is safe under this regime of spoliation and terror.


The winter Presentment Sessions for the barony of Tullygarvey, was held in the court house of Cootehill, on Friday week, before the following magistrates and assocated cess-payers:--

Lieutenant-Colonel Henry T. CLEMENTS, Ashfield Lodge; the Sheriff Elect for the county, in the chair; Charles James ADAMS, Esq, Shinan House; T. E. L. CLEMENTS, Esq., Rathkenny House, Theophilus THOMPSON, Esq., Cavan; and Thos. JOHNSTON, Esq., Redhill demesne.

Associated Cesspayers--Edward REILLY, Beagh; J. MARSDEN, MIlls; Robert HOWE, Killybandrick; and John DAVIS, Redhills.

The ordinary presentments for payment of contractors, for keeping roads in repair, were passed without observation, save where Alexander ARMSTRONG, Esq., C. E., the very efficient surveyor of the county, objected and withheld his certificate for roads not being in repair, when the presentments were either disallowed or respited for his certificate which he promised to award....

Messrs. ADAMS, L. CLEMENTS, and others, as well as Mr. ARMSTRONG, stating that this was not the period when the county, particularly the over-taxed and over-burdened ratepayers, were all but ruined, to increase the burdens of the people by the impoosition of additional taxation in the shape of county cess, after which, they proceeded to consider the applications for compensation for malicious injuries and burnings.

Mary M'GUINNES claimed £1 7s.6d. as compensation for the malicious burning of her house, at Corrygorman, between Redhills and Belturbet, on the 24th February last, which she swore, was burnt, because she was about becoming a Protestant, to induce a pensioner, who resided near her, (who, was himself a Protestant,) to marry her, but who notwithstanding she became a Protestant, declined to marry him on account of her children. Mr. John DAVIS, one of the associated ratepayers, (who is also a Protestant,) said the applicant was a person of very bad fame, and was not entitled to compensation for the house, she then had no title to it, and that although she had received compensation from the landlord for the possession, it was the general impression on the minds of the people of the neighbourhood, that she had set fire to the house herself, for the purpose of procuring compensation for the loss of the house from the grand jury. Mary M'GUINNESS further swore that an old woman, who was going to be sworn as a witness against her, told her, after the house was burnt, that if she had good faith, her house would not have been burned (laughter). The application was also opposed by Mr. GAURAN, Mr. M'MAHON and ohter respectable rate- payers from the neighbourhood, and it was supported by Mr. LYTTLE, a road contractor, who served some of the notices for her. Application rejected.

A similar application for compensation for the burning of another house, belonging to a man of the name of SMITH, was postponed to the adjourned sessions.

The application of Owen WALKER, of the townland of Mayo, for £15 for compensation for the loss which he sustained by reason of a house belonging to him being maliciously burned in said townland, on the 11th of May last. He commenced by stating that he purchased the house and farm from a brother-in-law of his, who, together with his wife, lived a discontented life, and brought up an undutiful family of children. The application was allowed, notwithstanding that it was opposed by some of the inhabitants of said townland, who insisted that it was not a malicious burning.

The application of Alexander TURNER, of Lislea, who claimed com- pensation for the malicious breaking of a cow's leg, was disallowed, and after the presentments for the maintenance of deserted children (the number of which are decreasing,) the court adjourned until Thursday, the 14th instant, to receive proposals for the execution of the works, which had been presented.


On last week there was an awful casualty and loss of lives of Modu-be-bu coliery, Queen's County. The carriage of the coal and lead is effected out of the engineering pipe by the engine. The pit is more than one hundred yards deep; a man, by name Connor, attended the engineer, and, as four men were descending in the box, CONNOR neglected his business, the box descended as with the velocity of lightning, so that the unfortunate men could see nearly to the bottom of the pit by the fire emitted from the rocks, as the iron box struck them in its descent; when the box struck the bottom of the pit, the chain broke at the pully, and one hundred weight of it came down on the men in the box.

A young man, by name BRENNAN, was killed dead on the moment. A young man, by name LEECH, expired after a few moments. A man, by name CANNAGH, lingered a few days, and a man, by name KEALY, escaped with only his leg broken. It is strange that KEALY has made now two marvellous escapes. Some years past, KEALY, when in the bottom of a pit, was struck by a bucket, which fell from the top of the pit; the bucket cut nearly half his cheek off; from which injury he recovered, without even his face being deformed. CONNOR, who attended the engine, would have been killed by some of the friends of the deceased but for the police, who, fortunately for him, were on the spot.


On the 26th ultimo, at the residence of her father, Ellen, only daughter of Arthur GORE, Esq., of Mullaboy, county Meath. In life she was esteemed, admired and beloved; in death lamented.

Sarah Ann Harkness,
Andrew Ferguson
Richard Ferguson
Henry Ferguson, Jas.
Ferguson, Andrew
Armstrong and Henry Nolan
Sarah Ann Harkness,
Andrew Ferguson, Ad
ministrator of Frances
Ferguson, deceased
PURSUANT to the Decree
in these Causes, hearing date
the Twenty-second Day of
January, One Thousand
Eight Hundred and Forty-
five. I will, on MONDAY,
the Eighth Day of NOVEM-
BER, at my Chambers, Inn's-
quay in the City of Dublin,
at the hour of two o'Clock,
afternoon, set up and sell to
the highest and fairest Bidder,
the lands of KNOCKAHY
and DRUMBOE, situate in
the County of Cavan, in the
pleadings mentioned, or a
   competent part thereof, for the purpose of said Decree
      Dated this 3rd day of August, 1847
      The Sale of the Land is adjourned to Thurs-
   day, the Eighteenth Day of January, 1849 at the hour
   of one o'Clock in the afternoon, at the place
   above mentioned.
      Dated this 25th day of November, 1848.
      The above lands are held in fee.
      For Rental and particulars of Title, apply to Messrs.
   Patrick and Thomas Kiernan, Plaintiff's Solicitor, 41,
   Upper-Glouster street, Dublin; Edward Crawford,
   Esq., Defendant's Solicitor, 4, Wellington-quay, Mr.
   James Gibson, Receiver, Toneyarahill, Killashandra;
   and James Mearce, Esq., his Solicitor, Westmoreland-

December 15, 1848


Ellen HEALY and Luke KELLY were summond by Jane EVANS. to show cause why they refused to surrender premises they held from her on the Brickfields road, for which they were weekly tenanted at 2s. per week. The parties appeared at the Police-office on Thursday. This was a proceeding under the late act, of the 11th and 12th Victoria, chap. 28 intituled(sic) "An Act to amend the law of imprisonment for debt in Ireland, and to improve the remedies for the recovery of debts, and of possession of tenements situate in cities and towns in certain cases.".....

Jane EVANS proved that she was not paid any rent for fifteen weeks, and that she had frequently requested the tenants to leave. The Bench ordered a warrant to issue to the police to hand over possession, if the tenants had not relinquished with the time specified by the Act

REMEDY FOR DAMP WALLS--Boil two quarts of tar with two ounces of kitchen grease for a quarter of an hour, in an iron pot; add some of this tar to a mixture of slaked lime and powdered glass, which have passed through a flour sieve, and being died completely over the fire in an iron pot, in the portion of two parts of lime and one of glass, till the mixture becomes of the consistence of thin plaster. This cement must be used immediately after being mixed....

CAVAN UNION--REPAYMENT OF GOVERNMENT LOAN The Vice-Guardians of this Union transmitted during the week the sum of 4,341l 8s. 1d. to the Paymaster of Civil Services, being the first instalment in repayment of the Government Loan advanced to the relief Committees during the late famine.


On the instant, at Eastersnow Glebe, county Roscommon, the lady of the Rev. F. HAMILTON, of a daughter

On the 10th instant, at Castle Ellen, county Galway, the lady of Walter P. LAMBERT, Esq., of a son and heir.


At St. Peter's Church, London, by the Rev. J. TOWER, Robert TOWER, Esq, son of the late Rev. Robert TOWER, of Stratfield-place, Essex, to Clara, youngest daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel VERNER, and niece of the Dowager Marchioness of Donegall.


On the 10th instant, in Enniskillen, of fever, Johnston Thompson RICHARDSON, Esq., M.D., Surgeon of the 57th regiment.

Dec. 9, in Eccles-street, Dublin, Anne BAGOT, aged 79 years, eldest daughter of the late Christopher BAGOT, Esq., of Nurney, in the county Kildare.

ANOTHER CASE OF CHOLERA IN BELFAST--We are sorry to inform our readers that another well-marked cae of spasmodic cholera appeared in the union workhouse on Monday morning, at five o'clock. The attention of Mr. BLACK, the house-suregon, was called to the patient (a woman) in consequence of her being attacked with cramps....

PROMOTION WALTER LUCAS, ESQ.--We are informed by a correspondent, that Mr. LUCAS, manager of the Cootehill branch of the Provincial Bank of Ireland, for the last seven years, has been promoted to the management of the Drogheda branch of that Bank, vice Reuben SIMMS, Esq., appointed Poor-Law auditor.

A HORSE AND COW SUFFOCATED--Caution to Smokers. A few days since Mr. Ralph COPELAND, accompanied by John GRAHAM, Esq., both of Enniskillen, went to Black Lion, county Cavan, for the purpose of enjoying a shooting excursion. On arriving at the house of Mr. COPELAND's brother where they intended stopping, the driver put the horse and cushions of the car into the cow house, and shortly after lit his pipe. When he had smoked for some time, he left the premises; but unfortunately a spark had fallen from the pipe which originated a fire, and before the fact became known his own horse, and a fine cow which was in the house, were suffocated. The night being exceedingly stormy, the flames rapidly progressed, and effected considerable damage in a store-house adjoining. Indeed it is generally supposed that a few minutes longer would have endangered the whole village. The building was insured up to the latter end of September last, when the policy was let expire.--Armagh Guardian.

On Wednesday last an inquest was held on the body of a woman named Catherine DORAN, at Bealnamulla, near Athboy (Roscommon side.) The jury returned a verdict of "Died from destitution."--Westmeath Independent.

In the last three months more money has been taken from Ireland, in possession of Emigrants to the United States of America, than for three previous years.

The Rev. W. H. MAXWELL, of the diocese of Tuam, author of the "Stories of Waterloo," has published "Queen's Bench Sketches."

Poet’s Corner.
  “ Now comes the brunt, the crisis of the day.”- Moore  
  The army of Cromwell near’d the Drummany (1) ford,
With musket, artillery, halberd, and sword.
Their banners flaunt high and their armory gleam,
As onward they dash, through the swift-flowing stream,
Re-echo the war-sounds of bugle and drum,
To plunder Triburna ( 2) the fierce Saxons come;
The Gael now rally for God and their right.
Grow strong in their cause, and rush on to the fight.
  Here swears the proud foeman, whilst bent on his prey,
The shrine to demolish. Its friars to slay;
One battle resolved, he or dies or he wins-.
Lo! gives he the signal, and th’ onslaught begins.
Dread volley to volley succeed; sabres flash,
Mid cannon’s wild boom, and bay’net’s loud crash,
The leaden showers fall, nitrous clouds rise on high,
‘Til darkness and terror o’erspread earth and sky.
  As two stormy clouds, each in opposite course,
Ignite and explode, when they strike with full force,
The fork’d lightning flashes, while tremble the poles.
And thick hail descends, as the thunder rolls:
So shower’d the bullets, and flashed the keen sword,
So quiver’d the ground , as artillery roar’d-.
When met the belligerent armies that day,
Milesian and Saxon, in that bloody fray.
  In numbers the Gael, inferior far,
Were badly supplied with munitions of war:
Their Leader, however deigned not to give way-
‘Till mortally wonnded, expiring he lay.
The downeast Hibernians, in midst of alarm,
His sorrowful obsequies duly perform,
But no stone remains to distinguish the grave,
Where, sleeping in death, lies the warrior brave.
  The sad fate of this hapless commander been known,
Into deep consternation the Gael thus thrown,
Give battle, but as their chief General was dead,
Crest-fallen and routed , on all sides, few fled.
The furious aliens on sanctity trod.
Nor spared they in wrath, the anointed of God ;
For mark’d, to this day, is the ominous spot;
To which the old point, where the good monk was shot: (3)
  Afar on the gale, lamentations are heard,
For those who were drown’d (4) or cut down by the sword;
With lifes blood, on that day, the river ran red,
Whilst heap’d was the field with the wounded and dead
The sloe-bush and wild briar bending are seen,
O’er red fleecy moss, and the shamrock, still green,
Which cover the graves there, lone nameless and rude,
Of those whom the cohorts of Cromwell subdued.
  Alas! Opposition and prowess are vain-
Triburna is rifled, her friars are slain!
Now in mouldering ruins, her fune we descry,
Where the precious remains of St Tigernach (5) lie.
Triburna! Thou ancient Episcopal seat.
Of learning and sanctity, once the retreat;
The pride of the East Beffni thee truly we mourn-
Thy Glory’s departed, never to return.

(1) Drummany is contiguous to Butlersbridge. (2) Triburna,
now the vicarage of Kilmore once See of East Breffni.
Florence Conacty was the first and Andrew McBrady its last bishop,
who translated said see to Kilmore in 1456. See Wares Mon.
Hist; also Wenman’s Antiquities of Ireland. ( 3) There is a tra-
dition that the friar who officiated thereon that melancholy occa-
sion, fell a victim; also the place is yet shown, where it, it is said,
he was shot by a cannon ball. (4) See Curry’s Review of the
Civil Wars of Ireland Vol.11.(5) St Tigernach was the son of
an Irish General St Bridget was his Godmother. He was the
bishop who founded the See of Clanmacnoise, now Clones, which
See was afterwards united to that Clogher. See Butlers Lives
of Saints, also Harris's Ware. The Annals of Tigernach are yet
extant. See Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Dublin, Vol.
1., Preface.
  Cavan Dec:, 1848  

December 22, 1848


Some weeks ago, as our readers will recollect, this investigation was first commenced at Kilnaleck, before Captain HOTHAM, P.L.I., pro tem. for this union. The only charge then gone into--namely, reckless extravagance in administering out-door relief in that division, was fully proved. William SMITH, Esq., Drumheel, acting on behalf of the ratepayers, demanded a further inquiry into several other charges; but Captain HOTHAM declined entering into them until he would commun- icate with the Commissioners. He therefore adjourned the inquiry, and reported on it as far as it had proceeded. Mr. SMITH and the gentlemen acting with him continued to press their demand for a further investigation, objecting, at the same time, to the whole case. A lengthy correspondence ensued, the major part of which has already appeared in this journal....

[Transcriber's note: The following article/editorial summarizes the investigation/trial.]

Thus terminated the most important investigation ever held in Ireland on the working of the poor law.


We report at great length, the important investigation held in Cavan workhouse on Friday and Saturday last. Mr. SMITH conducted the case on behalf of the ratepayers, with great skill and judgment, efficiently aided by Mr. VERNON. The charges preferred against the Vice-Guardians were four:--absence and neglect of duty; extravagance in travelling charges and in the management of Ballymachugh fever hospital; partiality in the distribution of contracts; and collusion in the repairs of the Swellan hospital.

The first charge dwindled down into thirteen day's absence; the neglect of duty was not proved. The sums drawn for travelling expenses form almost the only debateable point, and when we take into account impossibility of a gentleman recollecting the multitudinous little items he expended during a period of eight months, we cannot worder at the disparity which exists betwwen the present APPARENT outlay and the BONA FIDA one THEN. At all events, we should not contort that noble principle of the law which awards the accused the benefit of a doubt.

The charges of partiality, or rather wasteful neglect, in contracting for frieze was boldly advanced; and as the characters of several respectable people are concerned we decline saying whether in our opinion the charge was sustained or not. The evidence, with Mr. MOORE's explanatory declaration, is now before the public, and they can form their own opinion of it.

The charges respecting the Ballymachugh and Swellan hosptials signally failed. The latter was a mistake arising out of an error of the clerk's which our worthy and enterprising townsman, Mr. HAGUE clearly and satisfactorily explained. Ballymachugh hospital was not under the control of the Vice-Guardians while Mr. BATES held office here, consequently he stood acquitted of the extravagance (supposed or real) of that institution. By the way, we publish to-day a letter from W. B. JENNINGS, Esq., M.D., on that subject, in answer to a former one which appeared in our columns.

Mr. SMITH and Mr. VERNON disclaimed frequently during the trial the idea of victimising Mr. BATES--they only warred with the system and not the man; and they warred well. The chairman, by his clear-sighted- ness and impartiality, won the admiration of all present. MR. BATES was collected and dignified, and defended himself with the calm con- fidence of an innocent man. Altogether, the scene was imposing, and the parties immediately interested momentous.

There was one species of evidence we were sorry to see advanced, for if it obtained countenance we might exclaim REQUIESCAT IN PACE to all social intercourse. The charman, however, very judiciously rejected it.

One point was brought out deserving of particular notice. Guardians and Vice-Guardians will henceforth remember that if not illegal, it is IRREGULAR to issue contracts for anything connected with the union, amounting to the sum of £10 and upwards, without advertising. We may remark, PAR PARENTHESE, that we differ with Mr. CRAWFORD's definition of ILLEGALITY. If an act BE CONTRARY TO LAW, it must manifestly be ILLEGAL, and therefore irregularity is too mild a term to apply to it.


The following is a calendar of the prisoners to be tried at the Cavan sessions on the 27th inst.:--

Anne M'CABE, Mary LIDDY, sealing five turkeys from Margaret M'CABE; Mary KELLY, Anne KELLY, robbing John PRATT of the sum of nineteen pounds;
T. SHERIDAN, aiding and assisting in the robbery;
James TONER, deserting and stealing clothes from the workhouse of Cavan;
Michael BRADY, Owen BRADY, rescuing a cow seized for rent due Nathl. MONTGOMERY, Esq.;
James BRADY, Anne BRADY, Judith BRADY, having a quantity of goods in their possession that was stolen from James M'COVY;
James CORRIGAN, disorderly conduct in Ballyconnell bridewell;
Hugh M'CAFFREY, stealing a mare, the property of Edward YOURELL; Anne KANE, stealing a one pound note from Patrick SMITH;
Rose DUKE, receiving stolen geese from Peter FAY--bench warrant;
Michael CONLIN, stealing a cask and five gallons of spirits from Edwd. THOMPSON;
Mary FINLAY, stealing from MR. MURPHY three pounds;
Thomas MURRAY, stealing a cask of spirits from Edward THOMPSON;
Charles CLARKE, deserting from, and stealing clothes from the Cavan workhouse;
Daniel MULSTY, rescue and assault on James ADDY--bench warrant; Bridget DOONAN, having geese in her possession that was stolen from R. ROYCRAFT;
Thomas KOGIN, having unlicensed arms in his possession;
William CLARKE, Anne MAGUIRE, deserting and stealing clothes from the Cavan workhouse; Patrick MURRAY, stealing a silver watch from John MURRAY;
Francis THORNTON, JOhn SHERIDAN George THORNTON, throwing down a house, and cutting timber the property of Lord Annesley,;
Bernard REILLY, having meal in his possession that was stolen from R. LEVINGSTON;
Bridget MAGUIRE, stealing a goose from Elizabeth STRONG;
James MASTERSON, stealing meal from Jos. LEVINGSTON;
Thomas COLLINS, stealing a shift from Bernard FOY;
Thos. REILLY, stealing seven turkeys from Owen MAGOVERIN;
Thos FITZPATRICK, an approver, against Thomas REILLY;
Hugh REILLY, rescuing a cow seized under a decree;
Dominick MAGERTY, having heiffers in his possession that was stolen from Patrick M'GOLDRATH;
Thomas FARRELLY, Bartley GAFFNEY, stealing two heiffers from Thomas FINMEGAN;
Anne FURY, Jane MOORE, stealing and having in possession a number of caps that was stolen from Thomas BURNS;
Dennis MAGUIRE, stealing wheat, the property of Hugh DOLAN;
Thos M'KENNA, Bridget M'KENNA, violently assaulting John CURREN;
Ellen FREEHILLY, Mary FREEHILLY, stealing out of the shop of Robert HAYES, a purse containing five pounds and some silver;
John COLLINS, having six ducks in his possession that was stolen from Robert M'DONALD;
Bridget TUMMIN, having in her possession a shawl that was stolen from the Cavan workhouse;
James BRIODY, attempting to steal fowl from William MEE;
Terence SHERIDAN, stealing a goose from MIchael SMITH;
Thos. BOYLE, riot, assault, &c.;

ARREST FOR ROBBERY--A well known character, named FAGAN, was arrested some days ago, by that efficient police officer, constable HEFFERNAN of Grousehall station, on a charge of having been engaged in a series of robberies. FAGAN is now in Cavan gaol abiding his trial.

OUTRAGE--An occurrence that had very nearly eventuated fatally, took place in the townland of Tullinchin, parish of Larah, on the evening of Saturday the 16th ult. As a number of young men from the townland of Carrickacrummin, were returning from a funeral, they were overtaken by another young man, some angry words passed between them, and the latter, who was a stranger, pulled a pistol from his breast and fired, happily without effect. A hot pursuit ensued, and luckily, he made his escape, dropping his hat. Had he been overtaken, nothing could save him from their vengeance. The case was regularly reported to Sergeant HEFFERNAN, of the above station, and a cue to his discovery has been obtained.

A fat bullock, the property of Mr. James BRENNON, was killed on the lands of Newtown, near Moynalty, on the night of Tuesday last; the flesh all cut off and carried away, leaving the skin and bones behind.

Four heifers, the property of Mr. Simon REILLY, were stolen from his premises at Arduamagh, on the night of Friday the 15th instant.


December 18, at Cara House, county Fermanagh, the lady of Henry JACKSON, Esq., of a son.

December 18, at Annaville, Ranalagh, Dublin, the lady of Thomas D'Arcy M'GEE, of a daughter.


December 14, at St. Peter's Church, George Clayton COWELL, to Charlotte, eldest daughter of William HODGES, J.P., of Miltown House, county Dublin.


December 17, William James WARD, Esq., late of Sackville-st., Dublin for many years an eminent Dentist in that city.

December 17, in Upper Rutland-street, Dublin, Miss Lucy WALKER.


Manufactured by Francis RTCHIE and Sons, Belfast Local Agents:

Bailieborough Henry MAXWELL
Ballyjamesduff Robert MORROW
Drogheda Peter VERDON, West-street
Enniskillen James CREDEN, Architect
Killeshandra Wm. CLEMENGER
Monaghan James Alexander ROSS
Oldcastle Thomas C. GOFF


James SYME, Esq., has been appointed manager of the Monaghan branch of the Provincial Bank, vice Wm. SLATE, Esq., resigned in consequence of ill health. Walter LUCAS, Esq., manager of the Cootehill branch of the Provincial Bank, has been promoted to the Drogheda branch, and promoted to the management of Cootehill.-- Monaghan Standard.

December 29, 1848


At an ordination by the Lord Bishop of Meath, in the Church of Ardbracan, for the Diocese of Meath, on Sunday, the 24th December, 1848, the following persons were admitted to the holy order of Priests:--

The Rev. Godwin SWIFT, for the curacy of Dunshauglin; the Rev. John Parsons WETHERALL, for the curacy of Laracor; the Rev. James Alexander HAMILTON, for the curacy of Trim; the Rev. John William BRISCOE, for the curacy of Foyran.

And for the holy order of Deacon--

The Rev. Samuel Wesley DAVIS, for the curacy of Athlone.

The numbers on such occasions in the diocese of Meath, are generally small, because ordinations are held frequently. As an ordination is held whenever required, if there be two or more candidates, provided they make application, and prove their qualifications, at least six weeks before the canonical day in each quarter of the year.

(From our own Correspondent)

BELTURBET, Dec. 28th, 1848--It would be very horrifying to relate in detail a most savage and atrocious outrage enacted on Christmas night, on the lands of Kilnaglere, within about three miles of this town. The house of James MAGUIRE, an old man of seventy-one years of age, was broken into by four demons in human form, at the midnight hour--and his daughter coming down from the room was stabbed on the arm in three places--the old man was also knocked down and stabbed in four places on the body. The heartless ruffians cried out, "the purse, the purse," and though it was handed to them, in amount £1 10s., together with some little tea and sugar, remaining after their Christmas enjoyment, they ransacked the house, and carried off some portion of their wearing apparel and bed clothes, &c. Strange to say, that from their screams they could obtain no succour, although they had neighbours residing within a few yards of them. Sub-Inspector GIBBONS, accompanied by Doctor WADE, almost immediately visited the scene of outrage--the latter gentleman with his known ability, probed one of the wounds over the heart of the poor old man, and from it extracted a file of about five inches long, but which, used as a dagger, was separated from its handle in their attempt to murder him. It is thought their victim cannot live, though he still lingers. This outrage was perpetrated near the place where Mr. MOORE's life was attempted.


On the 24th December, in this town, the wife of Mr. Charles MAGUIRE, pawnbroker, of a son.

December 25, at Philipstown Rectory, the lady of the Reverend Lord John BERESFORD, of a son.

December 25, at Dublin Castle, Mrs. Frederick WILLIS, of a son.

December 24, at the house of her father, Richard MANDERS, Esq., Mountjoy-square, the lady of Major OWEN, late 17th Regt., of a daughter.


December 23, by the Hon. and Venerable the Archdeacon PLUNKET, John Davy BRETT, Esq., Captain of the 17th Lancers, to Georgina, younger daughter of Colonel R.C. MANSEL, Deputy Quartermaster- General, Dublin.

December 23, at St. Mary's Church, and afterwards at Marlborough- street Chapel, Dublin, Robert, son of Captain JOHNSON, Aughacashel, county Leitrim, to Catherine, daughter of Francis MacNAMARA, Esq., J.P., Arran-view, county Clare.


Dec. 25, Captain Edward D'ARCY, of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, formerly of the 43d Light Infantry. This gallant old officer lost both his legs at the siege of New Orleans.

Dec. 22, Myles CASSERLY, Esq., of Roscommon, in the 61st year of his age.

Dec. 22, at Castlehacket, Robert, second son of the late John H. BURKE, Esq., of St. Cleran's, county Galway.


These sessions commenced on Wednesday, before F. M. MURPHY, Esq., Q.C., Assistant Barrister,

The civil business was unusually light; but the crown business, on the contrary, was very heavy, there being ninety-five cases, the majority of which were for felony. Civil Bill Entries, 710; Ejectment Entries, 53; Replevin Entries, 11; Legacy cases, 1; appeals to convictions, 3.

Grand Jury--Thomas HARTLEY, Esq., Counte(illegible); foreman; William SMITH, Esq.; Drumheel; William Moore BLACK, Esq., Cavan; Henry HUMPHRYS, Esq., Cavan; Robert FITZGERLD, Esq., Cavan; Henry MAXWELL, Esq., Cavan; William FARIS, Esq., Cloggy; John A. FARIS, Esq., Faninecer; Thomas BLIGH, Esq., Cavan; John MOORE, Esq., Ballymackeruo; Francis M'CABE, Esq., Cavan; James REILLY, Esq., Lacken.

The Cown Cases were then proceeded with.

Daniel LYNCH was convicted for having unregistred arms--10s. fine, and surety for the peace, &c. for seven years.
John DONOHOE, do., do.
James TONER for larceny, 6 months' hard labour.
Charles CLARKE and William CLARKE, larceny from Cavan work- house, a fortnight's imprisonment each and twice whipped.
Patrick MURRAY larceny of a watch from Mr. John MURRAY of Cavan, seven years transportation.
Anne MAGUIRE larceny from Cavan workhouse, one month's hard labour.
Phillip SMITH and James CAFFREY against Catherine DOWD and others, for receiving stolen oats--Bill ignored.
William GRAINGER and another against Catherine FLEMING for infanticide. Bill ignored.
Richard LEVINGSTON and others against James MASTERSON and others, for burglarly and robbery. Bill ignored.
Constable John SHEEHY against john ROBINSON for unlicenced arms. Bill ignored.
John M'DONNELL and others against James TULLY, for larceny of potatoes. Bill ignored.
Phillip OLWILL (sic) against John FITZPATRICK, for assault. Bill ignored.
Michael MAGRATH and others against Margaret HAYES and others for larceny of fowl. Bill ignored.
Mary FEEHILLY and Eleanor FEEHILLY larceny from the shop of Robert HAYES, Swanlinbar. Verdict--Guilty. Mary nine months' imprisonment, and Eleanor six months'.

Robert PRATT of Toneymore appeared to prosecute John SHERIDAN and Mary and Anne KELLY for robbing him on the night of the 16th October of three £5 and four £1 notes. It appears that PRATT came into Cavan on that day to pay poor-rate and in the evening he got tipsy; when he fell into the company of the female prisoners, who are girls of loose character. Some witnesses were examined to prove PRATT was seen in the above company at a late hour, amongst others Mr. SMITH, Main- street, who stated he was rapped out of bed by PRATT seeking admission, when he (Mr. SMITH) saw by whom PRATT was accom- panied he very properly shut the door against the party. PRATT stated after that, and while struggling to escape from the girls who were holding him against his will, SHERIDAN came up and knocked him down; the girls then robbed him of the above sum and decamped. Mr. Arthur ELLIS deposed one of the female persons brought a 5l. note to his shop to have changed in a few days after this occurrence, and he saw in her hand another 5l. note, also a 1l. note. Mr. ELLIS would not give her the change. A fortnight after the robbery, PRATT lodged informations and had the prisoners arrested, but none of the missing money was found. After a long and patient investigation, the sapient jury acquitted all the prisoners of the robbery, but found the one that had the notes GUILTY of RECEIVING STOLEN GOODS. Next day his Worship commented on the oddness of the verdict, and said it was tantamount to a full acquittal. The prisoners were accordingly discharged.

TUESDAY, Dec. 28.

The following petty jury was sworn:--Messrs. John DONEY, Thomas ACHESON, Richard HUMPHREYS, Hen. WILLIS, T. Wm. BENNETT, J. Wm. MATTHEWS, Thos. RAMSAY, Wm. PRATT, Chs. MALCOMSON, Francis CLARKE, Thomas FINNIGAN, and Edward FEGAN. Hugh M'CAFFREY, was indicted, for having a stolen mare in his possession.James LANE, subconstable, Kilnaleck, arrested the prisoner in KiInaleck, on the morning of the 31st of October last, with the mare in his possession. Eleven days it was restored to the owner Edward URRELL. On Mr. URRELL's being examined, he stated he lived near the Black Bull, county Meath; he had the prisoner in his employment for three or four weeks in harvest, but discharged him sometime before the robbery, which occurred on the night of the 30th of October. He had not seen the prisoner for a fortnight before the robbery. The prisoner, in defence, said it was all by the means of a bad landlord. He purchased the mare after his return from England, where he had been reaping the harvest. Verdict--Guilty. Transported for seven years.

Thomas REILLY, for larceny of seven turkeys from Owen MAGOVERIN, of Clowney, on the night of the 10th of November. Thomas FITZPATRICK (an approver) stated the prisoner slept with him, and on that night he awoke him and both went off and stole the turkeys. Owen MAGOVERIN examined--He lost the turkeys, but could not tell who took them; witness gave the prisoner a good character, and the approver a bad one. The barrister told the jury that it was against the principle of law to convict on the approver's evidence, unless confirmed by other witnesses. Verdict--not guilty.

Michael CONNOLLY and Thomas MURRAY were charged with the robbing of five gallons of whiskey from Hugh CARBON, a little boy, on the night of the 11th of Dec., while returning from Belturbet.

Mr. John ARMSTRONG appeared for the prisoner MURRAY.

The boy, CARBON, deposed to the particulars of the robbery, and identified the two prisoners. Some constables were examined, but their evidence was not material. Mr. ARMSTRONG then addressed the jury for the defence and produced MURRAY's father and sister, who proved an alibi, also some witnessed as to character. The barrister in charging the jury, said it was altogether a question of identity. His Worship complimented Mr. ARMSTRONG on his able defence of the prisoner MURRAY. Verdict--not guilty.

Jon CASSELLS appeared in the witness-box to swear against his uncle for stealing a cow from him on the fair night of Cootehill. Witness said he was a day late for swearing his informations, but he came now to "persecute him."

Barrister--I'll take care you won't "persecute" him in this court.
Witness--I'm a bad lawyer and it thriv(sic) ill with me this time.
Barrister--So it seems. Did not you owe your uncle money, and he took the cow in lieu of it, as he was going to America, and you refused to pay him?
Witness--He said so, but I don't owe him anything at all.
Barrister--You are too late for this sessions.

Thomas REILLY was next put forward, charged with stealing oats and sheets from Mrs. Jane KENNY, of Ballinagh, on the 21st December inst. Verdict--guilty of receiving the goods, knowing them to have been stolen. Mrs. KENNY gave the prisoner a good character up to this transaction. Sentence--three months' hard labour.

John COLLINS pleaded guilty to stealing some ducks on the night of the 14th of December--two months' hard labour. Thomas REILLY (he that was prosecuted by the approver) was indicted for stealing a spade, the property of the Board of Works. Bernard FITZPATRICK purchased the spade from prisoner for 3s., and it was taken from him by a policeman soon after.

Barrister--What is the prisoner's name?
Witness--Thomas MICKEDDY, my lord.
Barrister--What do you call him?
Barrister--Is that his real name, or only a nickname?
Witness--Ah, tell your name why don't you at once (laughter).
Mr. B. ARMSTRONG--Do you tell it. Don't you know him?
Witness--I do; but that's what he is called.

Some more witnesses were examined, who failed to connect the prisoner with the robbery. Verdict--not guilty.

The Barrister, in ordering the prisoner to be discharged said he had great luck that day in escaping twice; if he came before him again he would be transported.

Anne CANE was found guilty of stealing a £1 note from Patatrick SMITH, at Derryerraghan, on the 7th of Nov. Six months' hard labour.


Edward CUSACK, Michael CUSACK, and John SMITH were indicted for burglariously breaking into the house of Mary CUSACK on the 28th October at Grella, and taking therefore nine £1 notes.

Mr. B. ARMSTRONG and Mr. Montray ERSKINE appeared for the crown, and Mr. James ARMSTRONG for the prisoners.

Mary CUSACK sworn--She said the prisoners were her brothers-in-law. On the 28th of October she closed up her house and went to Cootehill to meet her landlord. The door was fastened inside by a child and the child then came through the window, which she closed up by previous to going to Cootehill. She returned about 8 o'clock in the evening, accompanied by a boy called Peter M'GLUNE. When she went foward towards the house, she saw SMITH outside and heard a noise inside. She then hid herself in the garden, and shortly after the two CUSACKs came out of the house, and then all three prisoners went away. She thought she was noticed before she hid; she was afraid to show herself. When I went in and examined the house, the money was taken and here is a notice left behind by Edward CUSACK. Witness produced some decrees.

Cross-examined by Mr. James ARMSTRONG--You were married to John CUSACK brother to the prisoner here? I was--He died sometime in February I believe? I don't recollect; yes I think he did, about the 25th.-- Oh, poor John's death did not make much impression on you; you are a sporting widow? The witness muttered something indistinctly--Did you cry when you lost poor John? I did (here the witness shed some tears)--Oh! these are the first tears you shed for a long time. Did you like your husband better than M'GLUNE or M'GLUNE better than your husband? I like my husband better. The witness in continuation, said that when she went to Cootehill she left a servant girl behind to watch the cattle. She went to pay her rent, or inquire about it, but she left the rent behind. Cootehill is nine miles from her house. Witness went in M'GLUNE's car. In answer to a question from Mr. James ARMSTRONG, witness admitted that the servant girl had asked her for money to pay for shoes, which money was not given, as witness said she had no change. The girl did not get the shoes; supposed it was for want of money. The prisoners are the holders of 30 acres of land and upwards, with a valuable mill.

Mr. James ARMSTRONG--Hadn't M'GLURE, your favourite, a mill.
Court--She did not.
Mr. ARMSTRONG--I will show he was.
Court--Until you do, you have no right to suppose so.
Mr. ARMSTRONG--Have not the prisoners, the CUSACKS, a mill. They have I suppose--Did not the erection of CUSACK's mill take away the custom from M'GLUNE's? I don't know; I never heard.--Oh, no! you never heard? Never--Where did you sleep the night of the robbery? Witness hesitated for a moment or two, and then answered in Mr. FITZPATRICK's.-- Did M'GLUNE sleep with you that night? No; not never--Do you swear, madam, there was no improper intimacy between you? I do swear it. The witness in answer to further questions, said on her return she did not tell the girl she left in charge of the cows of the robbery. The robbery took place on Saturday night, and the next morning she went up pretty early from where she slept (FITZPATRICK's) to her own place. M'GLUNE was with her (Mr. ARMSTRONG--Oh, certainly, M'GLUNE!) also the girl left to mind the cows. The desk where she left the money was broken open and the money gone. Two panes in a window where the fellows effected an entrance were also broken.

Peter M'GLUNE (the young man before referred to) examined by Mr. ERSKINE--I went to Cootehill on the 28th October with Mrs. CUSACK; she paid my father 2s. 6d. for the car before we started. After going to Cootehill, and on returning to her house we heard a noise and we stopped, watching for some time. In a while Edward CUSACK and Michael CUSACK came out, and they and that little boy in the dock there that was outside, listening like, went away. We saw the house open, but I did not go in. She told me she was afraid to stop in that night, and that she would sleep at a neighbour's.

Mr. ERSKINE--Did you sleep with her that night?
Witness--I did not.
Barrister--Mr. ERSKINE, you have no right to ask that question. It should be asked, if at all, by the defence.

Mr. ERSKINE--I submit I have a right. The woman's character is shamefully impeached, and she instructs me to put this question in order that it may be cleared up. I want to prove no improper intimacy subsisted between these parties.

His Worship made some remark, after which Mr. ERSKINE continued his examination of the witness.

Cross-examined by Mr. James ARMSTRONG--She treated me and the horse very well--indeed, so well, I can't complain (laughter). I sat in the car with her sometimes, but did not put my arm round her. We set out in the morning to Cootehill and did not return until eight o'clock or so at night. I did not see the notice until next morning; then I saw the desk open, and was told of the money having been taken. She slept that night at Fitzpatrick's; I saw her a piece of the way home. I am perfectly sure I did not sleep with her that night. She did not tell me she went to Cootehill to avoid service of the notice.

Mr. DOWNEY (a juror) said Mrs. CUSACK swore she went to Cootehill to avoid the notice.
Mr. ARMSTRONG--Oh, no; that is one of the points of my defence. The Court--She did not; but she stated she went to meet the landlord.
Mr. DOWNEY--She said that too; but she also said she went to avoid service of notice........

Mr. ARMSTRONG called Catherine SMITH (a young girl) for the defence--I remember the day Mrs. Cusack says she was robbed; it was on a Saturday; she went in the morning for Peter M'GLUNE; when going away she sent me to a neighbour's, and told me to have an eye about the cows and the house; no one came about the house until between one and two o'clock in the day; at that time Edward Cusack and John Smith came and asked me where was Mrs. Cusack; they then go up on a car in the yard, and went into the house through an open place like a gable window, that they had for sifting oats at; there was no glass in the window; they remained in a minute, and called on me to witness the service of the notice, which I did; when Mrs. Cusack returned I did not tell her what I had seen; she told me she was going to sleep in Robin M'GLUNE's that night; Robin M'GLUNE is Peter's father; she told me next day she had slept there; I was in Mrs. Cusack's service; a little before I asked her for four shillings to pay for a pair of shoes, she told me she hadn't them, until she would make them in the fair of Ballyduff; I didn't get the shoes for want of the money; Philip FITZPATRICK also asked her for five shillings, the price of a calf he had sold her, and she gave him the same answer.

Mr. ARMSTRONG--Was there an illicit intercourse carried on between your mistress and Peter M'GLUNE, to your knowledge?
Witness--There was.
Mr. ARMSTRONG--Did you see them often?
Witness--I did often, by day and by night.
Mr. ARMSTRONG--Was it in the kitchen or the room?
Witness-- In various places.
Mr. ARMSTRONG--Did you see them in bed together?
Witness--I did (Loud laughter, in which Mrs. CUSACK, who sat on the second seat, joined heartily).
Mr. ARMSTRONG--Did you see them more than once?
Witness--I did.

Cross-examined by Mr. Ben. ARMSTRONG ,I told the neighbours that they were in the habit of sleeping together. I told them before this law business....

Rose GRAY (an old woman) produced to prove an alibi for the prisoners. She said her daughter was servant with them. On the day talked of she (witness) was at the prisoners house; at one o'clock the prisoners went to serve a notice on Mrs. CUSACK; they returned soon after and remained within the rest of the day. In the evening they had a churning.....His Worship then charged the jury, summing up the evidence with clearness and precision. He said the case was a conspiracy on one side or the other, and involved wilful and deliberate perjury. In commenting on the girl, Catherine SMITH's evidence, it appeared to be, he said, an unblushing falsehood from beginning to end; nothing was more improbable than that the accused parties would allow a servant girl to be a witness to their criminal intercourse, in open day, if such were carried on.

The jury then retired, and in the course of an hour or so returned into court with a verdict of acquittal.

Thus terminated the crown business for the day. The civil business was then gone into which was generally uninteresting. One case, however, we had better lay before the public in a speciment of lenity to tenants.


Mr. TULLY appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. ERSKINE for the defendant.

This was an action brought by the landlord for recovery of three half- years' rent due on the 24th of September last. It appears Peter REILLY holds a farm under Mr. DEASE at the yearly rent of 44l., 15s. 6d. In 1846-47 Mr. DEASE made an abatement to his tenants, which REILLY amongst others claimed but it appears was not allowed. On the expiry of the third half-year on the 24th September. Mr. DEASE instructed Mr. TULLY to take proceedings for the recovery of the rent. Mr. TULLY did so, and then the case before the court...

Mr. Philip REILLY said the action was out of his sanction. Mr. ERSKINE showed the custom of this country to have what is called a dormant half-year--id est that a complete half year should have elapsed before the preceding half year's rent could be demanded, and hoped his Worship would not annul or abridge the poor man's privilege in this important matter. Mr. ERSKINE defended his client with marked zeal and ability. The Barrister considered Mr. ERSKINE's argument was just, and dismissed the case.

The remaining business was unimportant

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