Published in Cavan, county Cavan
December 5, 1850


In our last publication we recorded two more robberies which have been perpetrated at Cootehill, on the night of Friday, and morning of Saturday se'nnight (?). The one of a quantity of lead taken off the roof of Mrs. COOTE's house; and the other of a quantity of plate robbed out of Ashfield Lodge, the resident of Lieutenant-Colonel CLEMENTT. We stated that the robbers of the former - a sweep and his wife were caught in flagrante delicto, and committed to the gaol of this town, and that no clue had been then traced to lead to the discovery of the perpetrators of the latter. However, since then, we are happy to learn they have been arrested and are now in Monaghan gaol, the principal of whom is a sweep, aged, about 20 years, of the name Jim WEST, a native of the town of Cootehill, (whose brother was transported some five years ago for the commission of a high-way robbery at the Old Bridge near that town.) The manner of the discovery of the robbery of the stolen plate is as follows: - A woman, the wife of another sweep, of the name of M'CORMICK, who resides in the town of Monaghan, presented on some day in the latter part of last week, a considerable number of pieces of broken silver plate for sale to a watch-maker in that town, who suspecting that they had been stolen, sent for the police, who took her into custody, and she then informed them that she had been employed by Jem (sic) WEST to dispose of them, and from further information they had received from her, they succeeded in arresting him under a bed in a low lodging house in the village of Rockcorry, after all knowledge of him had been denied by the owner of the house. They then arrested the remainder of the party, eleven in number (many of whom are females.) The broken pieces of plate were identified by the footman of Colonel CLEMENTS on Monday last, as being the property of that gentleman.

ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION - LETTERKENNY. - An attempt at assassination and robbery was made on the person of James JOHNSTON, Esq., of Woodlands near Stranorlar, agent to Colonel PRATT, of Cabra Castle. Mr. Johnston has been receiving rents at Carrawaddy Lodge, near Letterkenny, on Saturday, and considering it too late to return home that night he slept there, and, after breakfast on Sunday morning, was proceeding homewards in his gig. When about half-a-mile from the Lodge, when, four armed men appeared on the road, Mr. Johnston attempting to turn his horse, one of the ruffian instantly rushed forward, and placing the muzzle of a gun close to the animal's side, shot it dead. They then dragged Mr. Johnston out, and severely beat him. Having possessed themselves of his cash-box (containing about £160), and his papers, they took the money and the rent-book, leaving the other documents scattered about. Before they departed, one of them returned and struck Mr. Johnston with a l! ife-preserver on the head, wounding him dangerously. He is at present under the care of Dr. Little, who considers his life in imminent danger. - Evening Mail.

CARDINAL WISEMAN. - Sunday morning, in all the Roman Catholic chapels in the metropolis, the officiating priest, immediately before the delivery of the sermon, read an authoritative document signed "Nicholas Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster," and countersigned "By command of his Eminence Francis SEARLE, Secretary," ordering, in accordance with the power granted on the 23rd of July last by his Holiness to the "Bishop of the Church," an extraordinary jubilee, commencing on Sunday, the 8th instant, and terminating on Sunday, the 22d, both inclusive. Permission to copy this document having been strictly prohibited by the Cardinal, we are unable to leave it before our readers in an authentic form; but we believe we may state that this is the first overt act by which Dr. Wiseman has rendered himself liable to legal proceedings since the issue of the Papal bull. - Morning Chronicle.

SALE OF DARRYNANE ABBEY. - The Evening Packet has some remarks written in a kindly spirit, respecting the fallen fortunes of the family of the man who "but a few years ago stood among us, possessed, probably, of more individual influence and authority than any private person in the world." After touching gently on the decline and fall of "the Liberator," the Packet proceeds to tell this sad tale. - "It was Mr. O'CONNELL's ambition, and a laudable one too, provided it was controlled by prudence, to imitate in every respect a good old Irish gentleman. - But these pleasant days are now passed, and we regret very much that the distress which has overtaken the landlords of Ireland has at length found its way to the hall of the Liberator. At a sheriff's sale at Darynane, some time since, the whole of the splendid household goods were sold for the sum of £364, 3s. 8d. and were brought in by the National Bank of Ireland.

DIED - At Cheltenham, of scarlatina, Francis, the only and beloved son of John THOMPSON, Esq., of Kilbandrick of this county, aged 10 years.

December 12 1850

Death. - Died in this town on the 11th inst., Ellen youngest daughter of William Moore, aged eleven years and two months.


A LIST OF APPLICATIONS received by the Clerk of the Peace, from persons seeking Excise Licenses for the Sale of Beer, Spriits, &c., by Retail, within said County, pursuant to 3rd and 4th Wm. IV, Chap, 68, and 6th and 7th Wm. IV, Chap. 38, to be heard and enquired into at CAVAN, on FRIDAY, the 27th instant, immediately after the Grand Jury is sworn.

No. Name Residence Parish Barony
1. BRADY, John Ballyjamesduff Castleraghan Castleraghan
2. GILLIS, Patrick Ballyhaise Castletarra Up. Loughtee
3. JOHNSTON, Sam Arva Castletarra Tullyhunco
4. MULLIGAN, James Scrabby Scrabby do.
5. M'CORMICK, John Castletarra Castletarra Up. Loughtee
6. O'REILLY, Thos. Scrabby Scrabby do.
7. REILLY, Michael Ballyhaise Castletarra do.
8. REILLY, Margaret Cavan Urney do.
9. SHERIDAN, John do. do. do.
10. TRAYNOR, Thos. Tarmon Killinkere do.
11. TOOLE, Stephen Ballyjamesduff Castleraghan Castleraghan

Clerk of the Peace, County Cavan
Cavan, Dec. 6, 1850

December 19 1850


Having on Saturday last been given to understand that an inquest was about to be held on the body of a woman, in the neighbourhood of this town, in the course of which some very afflicting and painful disclosures were expected to appear we made some enquiries on the subject, the result of which induced us to despatch (sic) a reporter to the place where the inquiry was about to be held. We now present to our readers so much of his report as our respect for their feelings and the observance of decorum will permit.

On Saturday last an inquest was held on the body of Agnes HEWITT, wife of James HEWITT, a small farmer, residing in the townland of Clemlin, at a distance of about three miles from the town of Cavan. The coroner arrived at the house of James Hewitt at one o'clock, and proceeded immediately to impanel a jury.

Mr. Sub-Inspector Lough and some of the police were in attendance.

The jury, by direction of the coroner, proceeded into the adjoining room to that in which they had been sworn, where the body of the deceased woman was laid, in order to view it, which having done, and returned again.

Mary Owens called and examined - Lives in Oldtown; was sent for by Thomas HEWITT, on Wednesday, the 11th instant, to come here, to see his wife who was in labour, and she accordingly did come, and arrived between the hours of seven and eight o'clock on that evening; on her arrival she saw Hewitt's wife, who is now dead, and whose body is in the adjoining room; she was then very bad in labour; could not be much worse; she advised the friends to send for Margaret OWENS, the midwife, in hope that she might be of some assistance; Margaret Owens was accordingly sent for, and in the meantime nothing was done for her or to her; when Margaret Owens came, she said after seeing her that it was a case of some difficulty,; that she could do nothing for the deceased, and that a doctor ought to be sent for, his assistance being much needed; the husband, Jas. Hewitt, set off to Cavan for a doctor; Doctor Nalty came here on the morning of Thursday; about nine o'clock; Mrs. Owens, the midwife, and Jane HEWITT, the mother-in-law of deceased, and witness were in room with deceased when he arrived; on his coming into the room he put Mrs. Hewitt and witness out, and kept Mrs. Owens; we had been out three or four minutes, when we both returned to the room, when we heard her pain and agony; some person whom she does not recollect told witness to go beyond her in the bed, and she did so; the doctor was hauling and pulling the deceased; she said, "Doctor, do you think I'll live;" he replied, "I hope you will." In about three or four minutes he delivered her of a dead child, which was a little disfigured, and its arm broken.

Mr. Nalty, who attended the inquest to watch the case on his own behalf, here applied for permission to ask witness a question, which he was allowed to do. He then asked, "When you returned into the room, after I had been for some time with the deceased, did I not say it was a dreadful case, and that the child was dead?"

Witness - You and we all said it was a dreadful case, but the deceased told you the child was living when you came, and she said to you, "God bless you and save us both," meaning herself and her child, you in reply said, "that you thought you could save her own life, that for the child you could not answer."

Mr. Nalty - Did I say the child was locked up?

Witness - I do not recollect.

Mr. Nalty - Did the deceased tell me to tear the child out of that.

Witness - She never said, tear the child," but she said, "For God's sake, doctor, save my life."

Jane Hewitt sworn and examined - Is a widow, and mother-in-law of the deceased; was only a short time here on the morning of the 11th before Doctor Nalty came; after the doctor had put the women out she remained away about an hour; he was about ten minutes when he delivered the deceased; she heard the deceased ask the doctor, would she die?" and he said "he thought not, and that she was saved;" the doctor was then about leaving; he told them the women could do the rest; Mrs. Owen, the midwife, said she would not like to take it on herself to bring the placentum away, he then fell to the deceased himself. He also took something like a gut and threw it into a basin of water; witness said that was not like what he required; he said that it was a portion of it, and the rest would come off itself; he directed a little wine or weak punch to be given to her, she had been sipping grog during the operation; he then went away; the woman, Agnes HEWITT, died on the 13th instant; the thing which the doctor partly called a placentum was afterwards sent into Cavan, and brought back here again; it was this day shown to Dr. COYNE, the mother, afterwards got the placentum from the deceased; the deceased said to the doctor, "You have murdered me and taken away my liver."

Bernard COYNE, Esq., M.D., F.R.C., made a post mortem examination on the body of Agnes Hewitt, deceased, which is now in the adjoining room; the first unusual appearance which presented itself was several feet, indeed yards, of the small intestines lying on a cloth placed at the orifice of the vagina, which he traced to have descended into that canal from the uterus in the neck, of which was found a considerable rupture; on opening the abdomen, there was a very large quantity of extravasated blood; there appeared to be violent inflammation of the entire intestines or floating viscera ending in gangrene; he found by some means that a portion of the ilium (sic) was missing from the body; the portion of that intestine so wanting was the same as that exhibited to him in the adjoining room, and the extremity of it corresponded to the extremity of that remaining in the body; his opinion was that the woman died of inflammation of the bowels, ending in gangrene.

A Juror - Would those appearances be the necessary or probable result of properly delivering the woman?

Dr. Coyne - Certainly not.

By Mr. Nalty From your experience does not such a case of labour as that of the deceased was, require efforts to be made which will occasion inflammation of the parts.

Dr. Coyne - If judiciously performed inflammation is not likely, but it may succeed.

Dr. Nalty - if the child was dead, and the mother not delivered could she survive?

Dr. Coyne - If Nature did not effect it art must, or she could not survive.

In reply to a question from a juryman, he said he did not know whether or not he could have saved the woman; but from the injuries she had received it was impossible that she could have survived, and he was much surprised she had lived so long. Those injuries were not necessary to deliver a woman in any case. The child was a healthy male child, its arm was broken above the elbow joint. In such cases the child is frequently born dead.

At the close of Dr. Coyne's evidence, the Coroner intimated to Mr. Nalty that from the present appearance of the case, he considered it his duty to take Mr. Nalty into Custody, which was accordingly done by the police under the order of the coroner.

The enquiry was then resumed by the examination of Margaret Owens, the midwife, and the two sisters of the deceased. Their evidence differed in no material respect with that we have already reported as having been given by previous witnesses. We do not therefore, think it necessary to trouble our readers with the repetition of details so very painful. The only additional fact that appeared was, that the husband of the deceased had called on some others of the faculty, all of whom declined attending on his wife, unless paid a fee of a certain amount which each of them in their own mind had fixed, and below which he could not induce one of them to move. On this point they were inexorable. The examination of witnesses and the Coroner's charge having concluded, the jury found a verdict of manslaughter against Mr. Nalty, and he was fully committed on a warrant from the Coroner. Since then we understand Mr. Nalty has been admitted to bail by two magistrates.


We publish elsewhere a condensed report of the evidence taken before the Coroner upon view of the body of Agnes HEWITT; the greater part is unfit to be placed before the public eye. Enough, however, is shown, coupled with the verdict of the jury, to prove that the unfortunate case has placed Mr. NALTY in a very serious position, and pending a judicial trial we forbear any remarks upon the subject lest it should be imagined we were his apologist or accuser. We must, however, say, that in our opinion the disconsolate husband stands entirely exonerated from the slightest suspicion of neglect as regarded the seeking proper medical aid for his deceased wife; and if "mismanagement" occurred on the part of Mr. Nalty he was not selected by Hewitt, who only employed him after having applied to Mr. CARSON, Surgeon HALPIN, and Doctor MEASE, the former refusing to go owing to some difficulty which his brother experienced when attending her in a former confinement, and the last named gentleman owing to a rule regarding fees by which they will not attend under two pounds, a sum in our opinion much too high for Hewitt's condition of life in the present times.

We trust that this case will attract the notice of Government and arouse the Cabinet to the necessity which exists for a proper "Medical Charities" Bill in Ireland by virtue of which a parochial surgeon should attend in cases of such emergency at a small fee. Here a poor struggling man comes into town with one pound in his pocket - we wonder he had it - we think a fair fee, and tenders it to two of our leading medical men - they, acting upon the maxim, that "they have a right to do what they like with their own," refuse to stir under two pounds. The man goes away and employs Mr. Nalty, who was most anxious, perhaps, to relieve the woman, but is now said to have caused her death; whether he did or not remains to be told; and if a more experienced head and more practiced hands could saved her life the unfortunate result clearly proves that the scale of medical fees is too high, and that Government ought to interfere and assist in providing proper parochial aid in such cases; but the entire proceeding shows that Hewitt was a tender husband, and did his best for the life of his unfortunate partner.


Once before, when the Irish Savings Banks were crumbling to dust, before "the run" caused by the pressure of the times, we adverted to the Cavan branch, not for the purpose of injuring it, but to satisfy the depositors that their investments were in good keeping and available when called upon. We might have written hastily, but it was the furthest thing from our intention to reflect acrimoniously upon the trustees and managers. On the contrary, we have and had since we first knew them, a very high opinion of their rectitude and business qualifications.

The few facts we have to lay before our readers to-day are particularly gratifying, inasmuch as they demonstrate the confidence of the people in our local savings' bank and the increase of that thrifty class of persons who have recourse to such institutions; they also prove that the circumstances of the people are considerably better than they were in the preceeding (sic) year.

During the year ending 29th Nov. 1849, the number of depositors was 160, and for the year ending 29th Nov. last, 182; thus showing 22 of an increase in the present year. The deposits themselves are equally satisfactory; in the former year there was lodged £1020 12s. 3d., and in the latter £1768 14s. 6d.; while there was withdrawn in the first-named period £2149 15s. 10d., and the latter only £667 17s. 9.d. On the 20th Nov. 1850, the Savings Bank had its credit in the Provincial Bank £7819 0s. 6d., interest on ditto, £123 9s. 1d., besides £100 more under the head "Separate Surplus Fund."

It will be seen from the foregoing that the Savings' Bank is in a flourishing state, and we heartily wish the trustees and managers success in their laudable but unremunerated struggle to confer a benefit on their poorer neighbours.


CAVAN UNION - Tuesday, December 17.

The Board met at the usual hour; there was a good large attendance. Guardians present - Robert BURROWES, Esq., J.P., D.L. (chairman); John E. VERNON, James HAMILTON, Wm. HUMPHRYS, Wm. SMITH, A. BRUSH, TheoTHOMPSON, J. STOREY, Captain PHILLIPS, Esqrs., Js.P.; B. Coyne, Esq., M.D., Messrs. Owen DONEGAN, A. KILROY, Wm. LITTLE, J. LYONS, John NAYLOR, Thomas REILLY, P. GAFFNEY, Thomas HARTLEY, and II. BRADY.

The correspondence, we understand, was of no public interest. A length of time was taken up in examining the collectors' accounts, some of which were settled and passed, and others postponed for further inquiry.

On the collector for Arva presenting his balance sheet, it was found that he had returned certain premises belonging to Mr. NORTON in arrear. A guardian stated that the house was actually let when the rate was struck, but that the tenant did not enter into possession for some short time afterwards in order to escape the rate.

The collector contradicted this, and said that the premises were not let for some months after the rate had been struck.

It was ordered that the arrear be returned against the premises, and that on the next rate being struck that both it and the arrear he recovered by distraint or otherwise, from the occupier or lessor.

Mr. Gaffney suggested that an order should be given for 500lbs. of beef, to give the paupers a meat dinner on Christmas Day. Some of the guardians objected to the expense. Mr. VERNON said they should consider how few of the poorer ratepayers would have a meat dinner on that day, and he therefore thought they would not be justified in appropriating any portion of the union funds to the purpose proposed.

Mr. GAFFNEY replied, that any ratepayer who could not provide his family with a meat dinner on Christmas Day, instead of being called upon to pay to the relief of others, should come into the workhouse.

The proposition was negatived without a division, Mr. Gaffney stating that he would bring it forward again on next Tuesday.

Some paupers were admitted and other routine matters gone through. - Adjourned.


Tom Sheridan used to tell a story for and against himself, which we shall take leave to relate.

He was staying at Lord Craven's, at Benham, (or rather Hamstead,) and one day proceeding on a shooting excursion, like Hawthorn, with only 'his dog and his gun,' on foot, unattended by companion or keeper; the sport was bad - the birds were few and shy - and he walked out in search of game, until unconsciously he entered the domain of some neighbouring squire. A very short time after he perceived advancing towards him, at the top of his speed, a jolly, comfortable-looking gentleman, followed by a servant, armed, as it appeared for conflict. Tom took up a position, and waited the approach of the enemy.

'Hallo! You sir,' said the squire, when within half-earshot, 'what are you doing here, sir, eh?'

'I am shooting, sir,' said Tom.

'Do you know where you are?' said the squire.

'I'm here, sir,' said Tom.

'Here sir! ' said the squire, growing angry, 'and do you know where here is, sir? - these, sir are my manors; what d'ye think of that, sir, eh?'

'Why, sir, as to your manners,' said Tom, 'I can't say they seem over agreeable.'

'I don't want any jokes, sir,' said the squire, 'I hate jokes. Who are you, sir - what are you?'

'Why, sir,' said Tom, 'my name is Sheridan - I am staying at Lord Craven's - I have come out for some sport - I have not had any, and am not aware that I am trespassing.'

'Sheridan!' said the squire, cooling a little, 'oh, from Lord Cravens, eh? Well, sir, I could not know that, sir - I - '

'No, sir' said Tom, 'but you need not have been in a passion.'

'Not in a passion, Mr. Sheridan!' said the squire; 'you don't know, sir, what these preserves have cost me, and the pains and trouble I have been at with them; it's all very well for you to talk, but if you were in my place, I should like to know what you would say upon such an occasion.'

'Why, sir,' said Tom, 'if I were in your place, under all the circumstances, I should say - I am convinced, Mr. Sheridan, you did not mean to annoy me; and as you look a good deal tired, perhaps you'll come up to my house and take some refreshments.'

The squire was hit hard by his nonchalance, and (as the newspapers say) 'it is needless to add,' acted upon Sheridan's suggestion.

'So far, said poor Tom, 'the story tells for me - now you shall hear the sequel.'

After having regaled himself at the squire's house, and having said five hundred more good things than he swallowed; having delighted his host, and more than half won the hearts of wife and daughters, the sportsman proceeded on his return homewards.

In the course of his walk he passed through a farm yard; in the front of the farm-house was a green, in the center of which was a pond - in the pond were ducks innumerable, swimming and diving; on its verdant banks a motley group of gallant cocks and pert partlets, picking and feeding - the farmer was leaning over the hatch of the barn, which stood near two cottages on the side of the green.

Tom hated to go back with an empty bag; and having failed in his attempts at higher game, it struck him as a good joke to ridicule the exploits of the day himself, in order to prevent any one else from doing it for him; and he thought that to carry home a certain number of the domestic inhabitants of the pond and its vicinity, would serve the purpose admirably. Accordingly, up he goes to the farmer, and accosts him, very civilly -

'My good friend,' says Tom, 'I'll make you an offer.'

'Of what?' says the farmer.

'Why,' replies Tom, 'I have been out all day fagging after birds, and haven't had a shot; now, both my barrels are loaded, and I should like to take home something; what shall I give you to let me have a shot with each barrel at those ducks and fowls - I standing here, and to have whatever I kill?'

'What sort of shot are you?' said the farmer.

'Fairish,' said Tom, 'fairish.'

'And to have all you kill?' said the farmer - 'eh?'

'Exactly so,' said Tom.

'Half a guinea,' said the farmer.

'That's too much,' said Tom.

'I'll tell you what I'll do - I'll give you a seven shilling piece, which happens to be all the money I have in my pocket.'

'Well,' said the man, 'hand it over.'

The payment was made. Tom, true to his bargain, took up his post by the barn door, and let fly with one barrel, and then with the other; and such quacking and splashing, and screaming, and fluttering, had never been seen in that place before.

Away ran Tom, and, delighted at his success, picked up first a hen, then a chicken, then fished out a dying duck or two, and so on, until he numbered eight head of domestic game, with which his bag was nobly distended.

'These were right good shots, sir,' said the farmer.

'Yes,' said Tom; 'eight ducks and fowls are worth more than you bargained for, old fellow - worth rather more, I suspect, then seven shillings - eh?'

'Why, yes,' said the man, scratching his head. 'I think they be, but what do I care for that - they are none of mine!"

'Here,' said Tom, 'I was for once in my life beaten, and made off as fast as I could, for fear the right owner of my game might make his appearance - not but that I could have given the fellow who took me in seven times as much as I did, for his cunning and coolness.'

December 19, 1850

Dec 16, the lady of Mathew MEREDITH, Esq., of Killart, Queens County, of a daughter.
Dec 12, near Athy, the lady of H. HAWKSHAW, Esq., of a son.
Dec 14, at 37, Summer-hill, Dublin, the lady of Henry Dillon MILLS, Esq., of a daughter.
Dec 9, at Sheerness, England, the lady of Fitzjames Stuart MacGregor, R.N., of a daughter.

On Tuesday, the 17th instant at Lisnakea Church, by the Rev. J. Flanagan, John MOORE, Esq., Ballymacrue House, Co. Cavan to Miss GRAHAM, eldest daughter of William Graham, Esq., Drumnack, Co. Fermanagh.

On the 10th December inst., at her residence in Bailieborough County Cacan, Mary Anne, relict of the late Thomas GRIFFITH, Esq., of the late Thomas GRIFFITH, Esq. of Sainteroi.
Dec 3, at Weymouth, England, William D. BARKER, Esq., M.D. aged fifty years.
Dec 13, in Armagh, at the residence of her son, William BARKER, Esq., Rector of Newton Hamilton.
Dec 13, at his residence, Rathbeggan, County of Meath, Mathew SPRING, Esq., aged eighty-six years - regretted by the poor to whom he was a most generous benefactor - and by a large circle of firends.
Dec 10, Georgina Felicia, infant daughter of Sir Christopher RAWLINSON, Chief Justice of Madras.
Dec 12, at Camden New Town, Robert CALVERT, M.D., Deputy Inspector of Military Hospitals, aged sixty eight years.

December 26, 1850

SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO DANIEL O'CONNELL, ESQ., JUN. - KILLARNEY, WEDNESDAY. - An accident of a serious nature occurred to Daniel O'CONNELL, Esq., youngest son of the late Mr. O'Connell, while out shooting at Rockfield this morning. He was after discharging one of the barrels of his double fueling-piece, which he was about reloading, when the other undishcarged barrel exploded, shattering the left hand frightfully. Medical aid was instantly procured, and after the hand was dressed and bandaged, Mr. O'Connell proceeded on foot, though suffering intensely, to the house of his uncle, James O'Connell, Esq., of Lakeview. At a later date, our correspondent writes: - "Serious apprehension is entertained that lock-jaw will be the result of the injury which Mr. O'Connell sustained. The part injured was the right hand, the palm and the two forefingers and the thumb were torn to atoms. - Cork Examiner."

It was pompously announced that at our neighbouring county town, Enniskillen, there would be an "exhibition of works of science and industry," which should take place last week. It is difficult to say whether this was a hoax or an intended reality. It appears no ticket for admittance was sent to the local press, and on a gentleman from the Impartial Reporter presenting himself, and offering to pay the price of admission, he and his money were alike rejected. Our contemporary says he won't speak angrily on the subject - we think he is right; he may rely upon it that "the exhibition" so clandestinely proceeded with was worth neither his money, his anger, nor his space.

A sale under the Encumbered Estates Commission of lands in Clare took place on Monday in the Courthouse of Tulla in that county. The persons present were surprised that the lots put up should realize so much, since no bidder had appeared when they were offered for sale in Dublin. It is thought that the success of this experiment will induce the Commissioners to send down to the country for sale more property in small lots, and thus increase completion and prices, and also the numbers of small proprietors.

The perpetrators of the outrage on Mr. JOHNSON, Colonel PRATT's agent for his estate in Donegal, which we published some time ago, have not yet been arrested; they are said to have succeeded in reaching America. Mr. Johnston is recovering. The tenantry on the estate have subscribed for a reward, and assisted the police in the search. A reward of £80 has been offered by the Lord Lieutenant.


The American President's Message is, on the whole, a satisfactory document. Persons in high good humour with themselves are apt to be benevolent towards other people, especially when there is nothing to be given. America, just now, considers herself in so comfortable a state of health, that she is willing to be pleased with everybody. Thus the political part of the address expresses satisfaction at the movements of amity going on between the model Republic and the rest of the world, and is peculiarly complaisant to Great Britain on the subject of the Nicaragua canal. As a large part in the States openly avow their hostility to any direct control over any part of America by a European power, we have a right to be satisfied with the quiet way in which the States recognize our legitimate influence in what will one day be one of the most important points in the American continent.

The message avows the principles of protection to trade in the most explicit terms. Foreign competition, it is admitted, ought not to be excluded; but all the trade regulations of the country should be framed, according to Mr. Fillmore, with the sole view of encouraging industry at home. To the compulsion thus necessitated on other people to protect themselves in like manner, the President does not allude. He will not believe his spear good enough to enable him to lay aside his shield.

FIRE. - On Tuesday morning, between the hours of six and seven o'clock, a fire broke out in the outhouse attached to the flax scutching mill at Mell. The alarm was immediately given by the ringing of the different church and chapel bells, when soon a large crowd of persons was collected to the scene of conflagration. They lent their ready assistance, when after the lapse of an hour or two the fire was got under. Mr. M'CARTNEY, chief constable and superintendent of the fire-engine, was in attendance, and used his usual exertions. The loss, we understand, does not amount to more than £15.

On Tuesday, at Colne, near Blackbourne, whilst John REILLY, a labourer, was in a stooping position, a companion suddenly jumped upon his back, and so injured him that he died the following day.


The guardians of this union met on Saturday, the 21st December, 1850.

Guardians present - Richd. ROTHWELL (in the chair), Patrick KEARNEY, Charles BATTERSBY, John RADCLIFF, Wm. GARNETT, Samuel SMITH, Thos. BARNES, George BOMFORD, Esqrs., Js.P.; Michael LYNCH, J. CHRISTIE, Patrick M'MAHON, Thos. CONNELL, John DALY, Thos. FLOOD, Thos. RADCLIFF, N. LANDY, P. GUILSENAN, and James MASTERSON, Esqrs.

Master's Report. - Total papuers last week, 1125; admitted since, 56, (1181); discharged, 46; died, 4, (50); remaining on the 21st inst., 1131.

Doctor's Report. - In infirmary, 143; in fever hospital, 41; total, 184.

Cost of provisions and necessaries consumed during the week, £66. 16s. 5d.; average cost of a pauper for the week, 1s. 1d.; ditto in infirmary, is 5-1/2d.; do. In fever hospital, 1s. 5-1/2d.

War-Office, Dec. 20.

2d Regiment of Dragoon Guards - Lietu. C. E. WALKER to be captain, by purchase, vice Dallas, who retires; Cornet J. O'HARE to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice WALKER.

13th Light Dragoons - Lieut. S. G. JENYNS to be captain, by purchase, vice HeRVEY, who retires; Cornet P. S. SMITH to be lieutenant, by purchase, vice JENYNS.

8th Regiment of Foot - Lietu. T. WALSH, from the 62nd Foot, to be lieutenant, vice RYND, wo exchanges.

31st Foot - Capt. S. A. F. CARY, from the 83d Foot, to be captain, vice BRAY, who exchantes.

58th Foot - Ensign H. P. VANCE to be lieutenant, by purchase, vice HUGONIN, wo retires; R. H. GORDON, gent., to be ensign, by purchase, vice VANCE.

47th Foot - Capt. J. LLOYD from the 1st West India Regiments, to be captain, vice SINNOTT who exchanges.

62d Foot - Lieut. M'KAY RYND, from the 8th Foot, to be lieutenant, vice WALSH, who exchanges.

83d Foot - Capt. E. W. BRAY, from the 31st Foot, to be captain, vice CARY, who exchanges.

98th Foot - Ensign H. W. TWYFORD, from the 44th Foot to be ensign, vice HARRIS, whose appointment has been cancelled.

1st West Indian Regiment - Capt. J. SINNOTT (?) (ink blot - cannot read) Foot, to be captain, vice LLOYD, who exchanges.

THE LATE ATTEMPT AT MURDER. - The person who was inside passenger of Mr. WILTSHIRE's Buss on the night of the 6th instant, when Peter TIERNY, the driver, a most harmless and inoffensive man, was shot at, wounded, and from the effects of which he has lost an eye, and narrowly escaped with his life - was a rector in the county of Fermanagh. The Rev. gentleman left a check for £5 with Mr. Wiltshire for Tierny; and we are happy to add that a voluntary subscription has since been got up, and is likely to realise (sic) a handsome sum for the unfortunate poor fellow. Mr. Cole of Market-street is treasurer. - Armach Paper.

At an ordination held on the 21st day of December, 1850, by the Lord-Bishop of Kilmore, &c., in the parish church of the united parishes of Urney and Annaycliffe, in the diocese of Kilmore and county of Cavan the undermentioned gentlemen were ordained Deacons, viz:-

Thomas Preston BALL, A.B., Trinity College, Dublin, for St. Peters, Athlone, diocese of Elphin;

James John NEWBOLD, A.B., T.C.,D., for the parish of Killion, diocese of Elphin;

Thos. WILSON, A.B., T.C.,D., for the parish of Athlone, diocese of Meath;

Thomas BOURCHIER, A.B., T.C.,D., for the parish of Virginia, diocese of Kilmore.


Rev. Thomas JAMIESON, A.B., T.C., D., for the parish of Larahgdid, diocese of Kilmore;

Rev. Frederick B. BENMAILEAN, A.M., Ex-Scolar, T.C.,D., for the parish of Annaduff, Ardagh;

Rev. James MOFFATT, A.B., T.C.,D., for the parish of Cloon, Ardagh. Examiners -

Venerable Archdeacon BERESFORD, D.D., and the Rev. Thomas CARSON, L.L.D.

The sermon was preached by the Rev. J. C. Martin, D.D., Rector of Killeshandra. The Bishop was assisted by Doctor Beresford, Doctor Carson, Rev. Henry HUNT, and Rev. Charles LESLIE. The service was read by Rev. D. PRESTON and W. WILKINS.

From Armagh, we learn that linen-weavers in that district, who had long been idle, are now somewhat profitably employed.


Dec. 19, at St. George's Church, George Orme MALLEY, Esq., Upper Temple-street, barrister at law, to Maria, only child of James COWLEY, Esq., Upper Temple-street.

December 17, at Michael's Church, Denis GODLEY, Esq., son of John Godley, Esq., of Kilmore, D.L., county Leitrim, to Catherine Elisabeth, daughter of Pierse G. BARRON, Esq.D.L., county Waterford , and R. M. Limerick.

CO. CAVAN. - Henry Bevan SLATOR, of White Hill, Esq., is appointed High Sheriff for this county; and William BELL, Esq., will continue in office as Deputy Sheriff.

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