Published in Cavan, county Cavan
June 5, 1851
Two police agents, who had been sent from Frankfort to the Exhibition of London, says the Constitutional, were, on their arrival in that capital, relieved by some adroit thieves of all their luggage, and papers, amongst which happened to be the description of seven famous German thieves, whom they had been ordered to seek out and observe.
A New York Paper says, news was transmitted from tat city to New Orleans, a distance of 2,000 miles, and replies from the latter city, in the incredibly short space of three hours and five minutes.
EXTRAORDINARY CASE. - On Tuesday Vice Chancellor Knight Bruce delivered judgment in the case of HUTCHINS v. HUTCHINS, which was of an extraordinary nature. The main facts were briefly these: - About 1818 a Mr. Charles HUTCHINS went out to India, where he married a lady of partially native descent. He died in 1828, leaving four children. These children were subsequently brought to England, and placed under the care of their uncles, the Revs. James and George Hutchins, clergymen. These persons subsequently professed to believe that the three youngest children brought here had been substituted for the real children of their brother, and those children were sent back to Indian, where they soon after died. The eldest boy, who remained here, became entitled, in right of his father, to a sum of £2,400, for which his uncles were trustees. They maintained him at school for a short time, but they soon withdrew any allowance for his support, on the ground that he also was a substituted child, and he became an inmate of the Brighton workhouse, and is a cripple from alleged neglect in childhood. This was a suit instituted for the recovery of the property appropriated by the uncles, and the Vice-Chancellor, after adverting to the disgraceful conduct of the parties, ordered them to pay the fund to the plaintiff, with interest from 1830, at the rate of 5 per cent, and condemned them in all the costs.
ARREST OF A THIEF. - On Tuesday night Mr. William HETHERINGTON, who lives within a mile of Cavan, was robbed of several articles of wearing apparel by Francis WALDREN, his servant. Having heard that the thief proceeded in this direction Mr. Hetherington set out immediately in pursuit of him, and arrived here on Wednesday, when he went directly to the constabulary, three of whom, Constable WILSON and Sub-Constables M'LOUGHLIN and MORAN, accompanied him to the railway terminus where they found Waldren and took him into custody. He was brought before the magistrates on Thursday, and after a strict investigation was committed for trial at the ensuing Cavan sessions. - Armagh Guardian.
Kilkenny has again been disturbed by most disgraceful outrages of a sectarian character, arising out of the publication of the names attached to local petitions against Papal aggression. On Monday evening a disorderly mob, composed chiefly of young persons, proceeded through the town carrying the effigies of some of the Protestant inhabitants who signed the petition. Fires were lighted in various directions for the purpose of burning the effigies, and the windows of Protestants were broken. Some houses were considerably injured, and it is stated that in one instance an attempt was made to set a house on fire. The ringleader of the mob has been arrested and committed to gaol, and a meeting of the respectable inhabitants, presided over by the Mayor, was held on Tuesday, for the purpose of protesting against the disgraceful proceedings, and taking sound means to prevent their recurrence.
DEATH OF RICHARD LALOR SHEIL.
With the deepest and most unfeigned regret we announce this evening that the sad intelligence has been received from Italy of the death of Richard Lalor SHEIL. It is affecting to add that the too sudden communication of the tragic end of his stepson, the late Mr. POWER, of Gurteen, gave such a shock to the system of our gifted countryman, already weakened by indisposition, that he sunk under it.
The following is from the Globe of Monday night: -
"We regret to announce the arrival of intelligence from Florence, intimating the sudden death of the Right Hon. Richard Lalor Sheil, her Majesty's Minister at the Court of Tuscany.
The account in town is, that the immediate cause of dissolution was an attack of gout in the stomach, but it is conjectured that the late melancholy tragedy in the county of Waterford caused a shock too overwhelming for a keenly susceptible organisation (sic)
THE IRISH HARP. - Patrick BYRNE, the distinguished Irish Harper, played on Friday night before a respectable audience in the large room of the Globe Hotel, Cavan. The audience appeared highly pleased with the performance. On Monday, Mr. Byrne went to Bellamont Forest House, Cootehill, on the invitation of the hospitable proprietor, Richard COOTE, Esq., J.P..
DISCOVERY OF A DEER'S HEAD. - The workmen employed on the drainage in the neighbourhood of Killeshandra discovered, a few days ago, an ancient Irish deer's head fourteen feet under ground. We understand this interesting relic of byegone ages is in a good state of preservation, and measures ten feet between the tips of the horns; it is at present in the possession of Mr. HAMILTON, J.P., Castle Hamilton, Killeshandra. The crops are progressing famously in this county (Cavan); there is no appearance of disease of any description. The farmers speak of the prospects in a more hopeful tone than they did of those of any other year since the famine commenced.
An inquest was held on Monday, the 26th ult., at Virginia, by Doctor McFADDEN and a jury of the inhabitants, upon the body of a Michael FARRELLY, who died suddenly in a field at Cornasesk, near Virginia, on Friday, the 23rd.
It appeared from the evidence that an application was made to Mr. FLOOD, relieving officer of the Oldcastle union, on the evening prior to his death, to have him sent to the workhouse infirmary; but being at the time of the application living in the Baillieborough union, Mr. Flood could not legally (as was shown by Mr. HARMAN, solicitor, who attended), send him to the workhouse of the Oldcastle union; whereupon, to meet the objections, a friend of deceased, named Larry Farrelly, had him carried to Carasesk , to the house of the brother-in-law of deceased, who refused to admit him or give him any shelter. He was then left at a ditch convenient to the house of his brother-in-law, and in less than an hour he expired.
A post mortem examination was made by Doctor ATKIN, of Virginia, who deposed that deceased came by his death from inflammation of the lungs, and not from starvation; and that from inward appearances, the relieving officer could not be of any assistance to him at the time of the application. The jury, after a lengthened deliberation, returned a verdict in accordance with the doctor's evidence.
May 27, at Edinburgh, Lady Claude HAMILTON, of a daughter.
May 31, at Drogheda, the lady of Thomas WATTS, Esq., Supervisor of Inland Revenues, of a daughter.
May 27, the wife of the Rev. L. Hanley BALL, of a daughter. At Ardlober, at Belturbet, the wife of John BRADY, of a son.
At Kilskerry Glebe, county Fermanagh, on Tuesday last, John William ELLISON, Esq., Barrister-at-Law, Dublin, led to the hymneneal (sp?) altar the eldest daughter of the Rev. John Grey PORTER. Most of the families of distinction in the county were present on the happy occasion.
June 2, in St. Anne's Church, by the Rev. Henry STEWART, D.D., grandfather to the bride, Captain Herbert Dawson SLADE, 4th Light Dragoons, to Hariette Augusta, daughter of Chichester BOLTON, Esq., of Upper Merrion street, Dublin.
May 29, in Athenry Church, by the Rev. William CARSON, brother to the bridegroom, Edward Henry CARSON, Esq., C.E., 4. Harcourt-street, to Isabella, daughter of the late Peter LAMBERT, Esq., Castle Ellen, county of Galway.
May 27, in Kilskeery Church, couinty of Tyrone, John Wm. ELLISON, Esq., barrister-at-law, of the Middle Temple, to Elizabeth Phoebe, eldest surviving daughter of the Rev. John Grey PORTER, of Belleisle, county Fermanagh.
May 19, at Shantonagh, county Monaghan, aged one year and eleven months, William Nugent, youngest son of Thomas ROTHWELL, Esq.
May 23, in London, of fever, Norah Mary, only child of Lord and Lady NAAS, aged fourteen months.
May 21, at York Terrace, Clifden, Bristol, Meta, daughter of Samuel LOVER, Esq. May 21, of apoplexy, at the residence of his brother-in-law, 26, York street, the Rev. James Paul HOLMES, of Crobeg, Recter of Gallen, King's county.
May 19, at Mount Talbot, William TALBOT, Esq., J.P., and D.L. for the county of Roscommon, in his seventy-seventh year. May 27, at Strokestown, after a protracted illness, James Michael Blake BIRMINGHAM, Esq., R.M., of Dalgan, county of Galway.
June 12, 1851
CONFIRMATION AT COOTEHILL
(From a Correspondent.)
The Right Rev. Dr. BROWNE, the Roman Catholic Bishop of this diocese, held a confirmation in the middle chapel of the parish of Drumgoon. His lordship arrived at about 12 o'clock at the chapel, which was densely crowded, and after the celebration of mass by the Rev. T. BRADY, C.C. at the parish, his lordship ascended the altar, and, for some time, addressed the congregation in his usual felicitous style in explanation of the holy sacrament he was about to administer; but, in consequence of an affection of his chest, under which he laboured, he was obliged to desist and postpone the remainder of his discourse until after the termination of the ceremony of confirmation. He then examined the children as to their knowledge of the Christian doctrine and appeared to be well pleased with their proficiency and correct manner of answering the Interrogations which he put to them. After the examination he administered the sacrament, and continued to do so until 5 o'clock, when feeling fatigued and exhausted his lordship adjourned until the following morning (Friday). When he finished the ceremony in the workhouse - there remaining only the male and a few of the female paupers to be confirmed. His lordship confirmed in all, over 1,400 - the largest number, his lordship thinks, that will require confirmation in any other parish in the diocese - out of which is to be deducted about 400 pauper inmates. His lordship and a number of the Roman Catholic clergymen of the adjoining parishes were entertained at dinner in the evening in the Bellamont Arms Hotel, Cootehill, in Mrs. McCabe's (the proprietress) best style by the Rev. T. O'REILLY, the worthy and hospitable P.P. of the parish, to whom, and to his excellent curate, the Rev. Terence BRADY, his lordship returned many thanks for the forward state religion was in their parish.
THE SHIPPING OF IRELAND.
The town of Ballins in 1851 is mistress of a vessel of sixty-four tons, and another vessel of seventeen; and it is a curious fact that the fleet that now ploughs the seas of every latitude began, like Ballins, with two bottoms: - "A Scotch vessel, named the Lion, was captured in 1511, and, being added to the fleet, doubled the navy of England, which now consists of two ships - the Lion and Great Harry." Thus the noblest navies in the world have originated in a few small fishing smacks.
Coleraine, which, five years ago, had three small vessels above fifty tons, is now reduced to two, which are something like seventy tons a piece, or 140 when united.
On the other hand, Tralee, which, five years ago, had only two small boats, has now five vessels, each considerably above fifty tons, comprising in themselves 988 tons.
Skibbereen, which, in 1846, was entirely destitute of any kind of craft, is now possessed of ninety-nine vessels under fifty tons and five superior to fifty. Comparatively speaking, Skibbereen is rich in shipping, having something like 3,000 tons. Intended by nature for a fishing village, the sufferings of this village have arisen from a negligence of the intentions of Providence in that regard.
Strangford has at present five-and-twenty vessels which are under fifty tons, and twelve vessels which are more than fifty - an acquisition which Strangford, apparently, has made since 1846.
Galway, with the best Atlantic harbour in the world - the Acapulco of Ireland - has only fourteen vessels over fifty tons, the united tonnage of these fourteen vessels is 3,847. But even this is an improvement, for in 1846 Galway had but twelve of these superior ships, and their united tonnage was still smaller, being only 2,654 tons, and Galway has not even a solitary steamer.
Steam vessels appear to be entirely absent on the western coast of Ireland; it is only in the eastern harbours that steam shipping can be said to exist. But the exportation of men and importation of produce have multiplied the numbers and tonage of steam vessels in the east of Ireland with unusual rapidity during these years of famine. Our paucity of fishing craft on the western coast nullifies the advantages which nature, in making that province a seaboard, conferred upon Connaught. Where there is a want of native shipping there will be a want of pilots, and such a shore must be avoided by foreign vessels, since pilots are indispensable to strange shipping.
It is no advantage to Ireland that she lies in the highway of the maritime world while her mariners are scanty and her ports miserably destitute of boats. It was to remedy a similar destitution, which once existed, that Henry VII. "moved his English seaports," "to set up great and rich fishery, promising them needful privileges, and to furnish them with loans of money;" and that Charles V. established at Seville lectures on navigation. Henry VIII.. established corporations, too, "for examining and regulating pilots." Owing to an absence of pilots the western coast of Ireland is as wild and desolate as Juan Fernandez in the tenantless Pacific.
Belfast, in the amount of its shipping, surpasses every other Irish port. The vessels above fifty tons belonging to Belfast are 292 in number; the united tonage of these is 67,981. Belfast possesses manufactures, and owes the supremacy in tonage to its supremacy in weaving - the industry and energy inseparable from a manufacturing people make shipping indispensable to them.
The backwardness of Ireland is not unprecedented in European history. We are only belated so to say; but we shall finally get under way. Meantime it is somewhat disheartening to compare the shipping of Belfast, whose 292 bottoms consists of 67,981 tons with the 1,497 vessels of Liverpool, of which the tonage is 495,782 - a grievous disparity. Even Dandeer, in Scotland, is beyond Belfast, and Glasgow greatly superior. The shipping of Ireland would be speedily quadrupled if the workhouse paupers got Irish herrings instead of Indian meal. - Tablet
June 19, 1851
The Lord Bishop of Kilmore held an ordination in the parish Church, Cavan, on Trinity Sunday (15th instant), when the following gentlemen were admitted into holy orders:-
Priests - Rev. Wiliam Henry STONE, A.B., for the diocese of Kilmore; Thomas BOURCHIER, A.B., Kilmore; Michael Bell COX, A.B., Elphin; William James Mitchell YOUNG, A.B., Derry; George Samuel GERRARD, A.B., Ferns; Edward Barton SCOTT, A..B., Ferns, Fran Johnson KIRK, A.B., Ferns.
Deacons - James HUNT, A.B., for the diocese of Kilmore; Thomas ASHE, A.B., Kilmore; James TOPHAM, A. B., Kilmore; Eron John BERRE, A.B., Elphin; William Cathcart MURPHY, A.B., Elphin; John Howlan MONSARAT, A.B., Elphin; Maurice NELIGAN, A.B., Ardagh; Edward BAYLY, A.B., Ferns; Ambrose COOKE, A.B., Leighlin; Aikin IRVINE, A.B., Ossory.
The Bishop was assisted in the ordination service by the Ven. Archdeacon Beresford, Rev. Mr. KNOX, and the Rev. Charles LESLIE his lordship's chaplain.
ARVA PETTY SESSIONS. - A report of the proceedings of these sessions will appear at length in our next impression. Owing to the lengthened explanation of Mr. M'CULLAGH on the spriging (sic) department, in consequence of some observations made use of by the firm of Messrs. ROBERTSON and Son, with reference to Mr. M'Cullagh in a letter to the Cavan board of guardians, we are obliged to postpone its appearance to-day.
BALLINALEE. - Two policemen who were conveying prisoners to Ballinalee for committal before ________ DENIGHEE, Esq., R.M>, were drowned, crossing a tract of water in a small boat with the prisoners; The cause of the "upset" is unknown as yet.
LOSS OF LIFE BY DROWNING.
It is with the deepest regret we have to record the drowning of four individuals on Friday, at Slamore, near Ballyheelan. We give the deposition of Michael GINTY, taken at the inquest, before Wm. POLLOCK, Esq., one of the coroners for this county; it is as follows:
"As I was coming home from Slamore to my breakfast, about 9 o'clock, a.m., I saw eight persons going into a cot, on their way from Slamore to Dromors, and after proceeding about four yards from the shore, saw the cot sink, being only a half cot, and I think it was not capable of carrying so many; on seeing the melancholy accident I went to their assistance in a cot that was lying on the bank and was assisted by Patrick SHERIDAN in getting the cot into the water, and succeeded in saving Francis MAGAURAN and Mary TREE; two others, namely, James M'DOOL and Philip SORAHAN, by their own exertions succeeded in escaping; and James and Mary CAFFREY, Bridget TREE, and Margaret CARR were drowned; witness states that if it were a sufficient cot it would carry eleven or twelve persons in safely; that they did not jostle each other, and thinks it would carry five persons safely; I heard several persons say that the cot was an unsafe one. The reason that witness called it a half cot was, that the one end and part of the bottom was broken off. Michael Gingy deserves every praise and merit for his humane exertions on this melancholy occasion.
The following inquests were held during the week by Wm. POLLOCK, Esq., one of the county coroners:-
On Monday the 16th, at Corrygan, in the parish of Ballintemple, on view of the body of Terence M'CABE, who was found dead in his bed in a small hut in the bog of Corrigan. The verdict returned was - "Died from natural causes."
Another on Wednesday the 18th, in the Churchyard of Kill, on the body of a child named Rose COMISKY. It appeared from the evidence of witnesses produced that deceased's mother entrusted her to the care of a young girl while at the market of Kilnaleck; that she was neglected; and that she feel into the fire and was burned, from which case she died. Verdict - "Accidental death by burning."
Also on the 18th, at Drumbannow, in the parish of Drumlumon, on the body of Catherine SMITH, who was found dead in the garden of Anne WILSON. Verdict - "Deceased came by her death by water on the chest, which most inevitably have caused her death.
June 2, at Trinity Manor, Jersey, the Countess of Limerick, of a son.
June 1, at Ardskea, county of Galway, the lady of James BROWNE, Esq., of a son.
At Mullabrack Church, county of Armagh, on 10th inst., by the Rev. J. B. FRITH, James WANN, of Cavan, Esq., to Amanda Wilhelmine Antoinette, second daughter of Augustus SEISS, Esq., of Coesfield, Westphalia. At Sandyford, by the Rev. P. SMYTH, P.P. (uncle to the bride), John M'DERMOTT, Esq., of Ely-place, to Catherine, eldest daughter of the late L. C. SMYTHE, of Snugboro', county of Meath, and resident magistrate at Abbeyfeale, county of Limerick.
On the 4th June, after a short illness, at his residence, Clinfad, county Monaghan, Mr. Daniel BELL, in the 86th year of his age, much regretted by all who knew him.
June 8, of consumption, aged thirty-one years, Mr. Thomas TAYLOR, the Scenic Artist. The last effort of his genius was the production of the Grand Pictorial Model of Mount Vesuvius, in the Royal Portobello Gardens.
INSOLVENT DEBTORS' COURT
The court was opened to-day (Monday) by W. H. CURRAN, Esq., Q.C., one of her Majesty's Insolvent Judges for the discharge of Insolvent debtors in Ireland at ten o'clock. The paucity of debtors and the slight opposition offered to their discharge, enabled the court to rise at an early hour--half-past one o'clock. There were only fourteen cases on the calendar for hearing.
Henry BUSSELL was opposed by Mr. John Armstrong on behalf of H. R. DIXON, M. THOMPSON, and Edward PATTERSON, retaining creditors.
Mr. M'GRATH, Dublin, appeared for Mr. BUSSELL, but owing to some omissions in the legal documents his lordship postponed the petition till next commission.
Wm. VEITCH of Arva, was opposed by Mr. S. N. Knipe, on behalf of Mr. CLEMENGER, also by Mr. O'BRIEN of Arva, and another retaining creditor whose name we could not learn.
Mr. SWANZY appeared for the insolvent and submitted the state of his affairs at some length, and his (VIETCH's) endeavour to come to a satisfactory arrangement with his three retaining creditors, but to no effect. VIETCH offered to pay at the rate of 12l. per annum for the discharge of his debts out of a very miserable salary which he receives from government as half pay officer. The state of health which he was in at present would, if committed to prison again, terminate his existence very shortly....
His lordship said that he would adjourn the case till next commission, and if it was then proved that Mr. Vietch, the insolvent, offered the terms stated by Mr. Swanzy, he would dismiss the petition and let the creditors abide the consequence. The matter was consequently postpone.
John REYNOLDS was opposed by Mr. COCHRANE on behalf of Mr. Charles HAUGHTON.
Mr. SWANZY, who appeared for REYNOLDS, said that this was not a case for judgment but a fiat, 70l. being lodged in court, in order to enable the insolvent to come to a settlement with his creditor, since last commission.
Mr. Cochrane said that he was perfectly satisfied now, as the money had been lodged in court to come to a satisfactory agreement with the insolvent, but that he (Mr. Cochrane) was not aware of the money having been lodged in court until to-day. The case stands for settlement and to next commission.
Thomas BYRNE opposed by Mr. Knipe on behalf of his (BYRNE's) landlord for rent due.
Mr. Swanzy applied for an adjournment of the case as in the meantime BYRNE promised to pay his rent, the landlord having at the same time consented to make a reduction in the rent.
Rule made accordingly.
James REILLY, Cavan, opposed by Mr. Michael KENNY on behalf of Sir Mathew TIERNEY, for holding possession of a house, and not able to discharge his liabilities.
Mr. M'GRATH, who appeared for REILLY, stated that he was willing to surrender possession in about ten days time. Discharged on the conditions stated.
Hugh COYLE--No opposition offered. Dismissed.
James SMITH--No opposition offered. Dismissed.
John COONEY--No opposition offered. Dismissed.
Owen M'DONALD--No opposition offered. Dismissed.
Hugh TIMMAN--No opposition offered. Dismissed.
Mathew TREANOR--No opposition offered. Dismissed.
Constantine CAFFREY opposed by Mr. Knipe on behalf of Mr. KIDD, for rent due up to March last £41. Mr. KIDD offered CAFFREY a comfortable house in another part of his property provided he (CAFFREY) would surrender possession of the premises as they were now on the verge of barrenness, owing to the poor state of cultivation in which they were kept by insolvent for some time past, and in a short time would be useless to tenant or landlord......
Several witnesses were examined on both sides. The court dismissed the petition. (We have reason to understand that the matter will not terminate here.)
Lawrence FLYNN--No opposition offered. Discharged.
The court adjourned at half-past one o'clock.
In Eaton-square, London, the wife of Captain the Hon. Francis MAUDE, R.N., of a son.
June 12, at Arranview, Galway, the lady of John M. O'HARA, Esq., of a son.
June 9, the wife of the Rev. W. A. KEMPSON, Curate of Kells, of a daughter.
June 26, 1851
CAVAN QUARTER SESSIONS
The sessions for the district of Cavan commenced to-day (Monday) before P. M. MURPHY, Q.C., at 10 o'clock, when the following magistrates took their seats on the bench:--John M'CULLAGH, R.M., John WILCOCKS, R.M., M. PHILLIPS, J.P., T. L. CLEMENTS, J.P., J. E. VERNEN, J.P., W. SMITH, J.P., Theo. THOMPSON, J.P., A. BRUSH, J.P., Theo. Henry KILBEE, J.P., R. CLIFFORD, J.P., Wm. HUMPHRYS, J.P., R. ERSKINE, J.P.
The business and numbers of offences for this sessions are light and, with a few exceptions, unimportant.
Shortly after the sitting of the court the following gentlemen were sworn on the grand jury:--Thomas HARTLEY (foreman), Wm. Moore BLACK, John A. FARIS, Mathew LOUGH, Edward KENNEDY, Patrick FAY, J. MOORE, A. KETTYLE, P. BRADY, John BRADY, James REILLY, Francis M'CABE, James MORROW, John LOVE, H. PORTER, and James KILROY, Esq.
His Worship then addressed the grand jury briefly, stating that as the business to come before them was the ordinary character, and not very numerous, it would be unnecessary for him to occupy the time further than to make a remark or two....With these remarks the grand jury retired and the court commenced business.
Applications for spirit licenses occupied the time of the court for some time this morning and also on subsequent occasions during the evening of Tuesday. The applications were generally granted, and in a few cases no appearance.
The opposition offered which was of importance was that of a man of the name of HOOLOGHAN, residing in the village of Ballyheelan. Mr. James Armstrong, on his behalf, opposed a Patrick BROGAN of same place. The ground for the opposition was based on the fact that BROGAN had no out offices at all, which were, as stated, necessary for every person intending to carry on a public house. It was also stated in the opposition that BROGAN kept a "shebeen" house for some time past in that neighbourhood, which was a general resort for riotous characters, and that his house served as a ribbon lodge.
His Worship--Those are grave charges against a man's character, and it is necessary that I should have some proof as to their foundation. If not, they should not be so lightly made use of in court, as the man's reputation is at stake.
BROGAN called on several of the grand jurors for a character. Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Lough, Mr. J. A. Faris, and Mr. P. Reilly bore testimony in a very satisfactory manner to his upright and peaceable conduct as they never heard anything to the contrary.
Head Constable MOORE, Cavan here stated that he heard a few weeks past that a ribbon lodge had been held there some time ago, from several police constables and sub-constables of the Crossdoney station, and also from the late Sergeant SPINKS, but did not know the fact of his own knowledge. Sergeant M'AULEY of the Farnham station, he continued, could throw some light on the subject.
The Court ordered that some of the men referred to by Head Constable MOORE should be sent for as their testimony was of importance on such a serious charge.
Wm. WILTON swore that he saw him sell illicit whiskey and heard he (BROGAN) kept a ribbon lodge.
James WILTON, church warden of the parish, gave him (Brogan) a certificate as a fit and proper person to get a licence. Wilton is a relation of the former witness.
Theo. H. KILBEE, Esq., J.P., gave Brogan an excellent recommendation stating "that he (Mr. KILBEE) never heard anything about him but what was good."
J. E. VERNON, Esq., J.P., said that up to the present rumour now in court he never heard anything bad of the man.
Rev. Mr. SMITH, Catholic curate of the parish, stated that he considered Brogan as well conducted a man as there could be found in the parish, and that a ribbon lodge could not exist without his knowledge. The Rev. Mr. SMITH considered that Brogan's would be more convenient for a public house than HOOLOGHAN's as the former was situated on the side of the main road, while the latter was some 30 or 40 perches distance. In fact one public house in the country was sufficient in his (the rev. gentleman's) opinion.
Sergeant M'AULEY referred to in the opening of the report, now appeared for examination as to the fact of a ribbon lodge being held in Brogan's house, stated that he was stationed there about five or six years ago, and when on protection duty on the house of the late Mr. Boothe BELL, a servant boy told him (M'Auley) that a ribbon lodge had been held there.
His Worship--Hearsay from a servant boy is not sufficient evidence to charge a man's character in this manner. I must have something more substantial to support this very serious charge.
Constable CARR sworn and examined--Knows Brogan and always heard he kept a Ribbon Lodge; frequently went to his house at unseasonable hours in the night while on patrol, and found persons there at all hours but found nothing illegal going on; heard of the row that took place at Ballyheelan on Sunday night the 15th instant between parties who were burying the remains of the late unfortunate individuals drowned there; BENNETT was the person assaulted that night, and he told me that the principal persons concerned in the assault came out of Brogan's and Sheridan's.
Wm. BENNETT examined and stated that he had been assaulted on the night referred to; but did not tell the former witness that the persons came out of Brogan's to beat him; the people were here and there on the street; Mr. Brogan and wife did not wish to see him assaulted and endeavoured to save him.
Sub-Constable DALTON examined--Brogan is a man of good character; settles accounts with persons employed on the drainage in his house; saw him do so at late hours during the night as I had been to his house while on duty; saw money and documents on the table when I went in, and persons engaged about accounts; there were persons of every persuasion present in the house.
Mr. M'GAURAN, who appeared for Brogan--Your worship, that is a new way of constituting a Ribbon lodge, Protestant and Roman Catholic being present (laughter).
His worship said that the character of Brogan had now been established beyond suspicion from the evidence....The court after some consultation granted Brogan his license.
June 21, at Ballyheelan, by the Rev. P. MURRAY, John REILLY, Esq., of New Inns, to Miss Margaret SHERIDAN, of Ballyheelan.
On the 24th inst., in the First Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. David MITCHELL, brother of the bridegroom, George H. MITCHELL, Esq., Millfield, Buncrana, to Elizabeth, only daughter of Samuel HYNDMAN, Esq., merchant, Londonderry.
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