Published in Cavan, county Cavan
August 5, 1852
July 31, at Kilkenny, Mrs. Michael FENTON, Manifold, of a daughter.
July 31, at Beverstown, Rathmines, te lady of Thomas VANCE, Esq., of a daughter.
July 31, at Upper Leeson-street, the lady of Walter Henry ROONEY, Eq., of a son.
July 13th, at St. James's Church, Paddington, by the Hon. and Rev. Henry NAPIER, uncle to the bride, Joseph STORY, Esq., of Bingfield, county of Cavan, to Caroline Sophia Kenneth, second daughter of the late Neville Reid, Esq., Runnymede Berkshire.
July 31, at St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. Loftus T. SHIRE, John GOODWIN, Esq., of Merrion-row, in the city, to Susan eldest daughter of John HOLMES, ESQ., Castlewood House, Rathmines.
On the 5th instant, at Balljamesduff Meeting-House by the Rev. John RITCHIE, the Rev. Mr. HOGG, of Drumkilroosk, to Miss Elizabeth MORROW, daughter of Robert MORROW, Esq., of Rockville.
July 29, at Rathmines, Emily Adelaide, daughter of Wm. WEBB, Esq., and grand daughter of the late William WEBB, Esq., J. P., Castlecorr, county of Meath, and Clondoyce, county of Cavan, and also of the late John WEBB, Esq., Hilltown House, county of Westmeath, and Ballythrust, county of Cavan.
REJOICINGS--The tenantry and labourers on the property of Joseph STORY of Bingfield, Esq., were sumptuously entertained by Mr. HAMILTON, steward, on the occasion of Mr. STORY's marriage, which took place a few days ago. Great hilarity and joyousness were manifested by the assembled people, and health and happiness of the bride and bridegroom toasted in glowing bumpers. Bonfires were lighted, and dancing kept up to a late hour, when the people quietly separated, cheering vociferously for the landlord and his bride.
SUPERSTITION--On Monday last three young women, named Sarah REYNOLDS, Margaret MAGAGHRAN, and another, were brought before Captain ERSKINE, J.P., Cavan, for assaulting and abusing each other. It seems that a day or two previous, Sarah REYNOLDS who has a child whom she imagines to be fairy-struck, communicated her misgivings on that point to her two companions, where the three immediately agreed to start off in search of a wizard or fairy-man, living some miles distant, who would supply them with a magic-thread to remedy the mischief done by the evil-minded fairies. On their way, they made rather free with the "mountain dew," and before arriving at the fairy-man's they quarrelled and battered each other with great gusto. The upshot of the expedition was the three "chums" returned to Cavan minus some blood, but plus a goodly quantity of alcohol. How Captain Erskine settled the matter between the belligerents we have not heard.
August 12, 1852
CAVAN BOROUGH COMMISSIONERS
Monday, August 10.
The commissioners held a meeting to-day for the purpose of declaring a contractor for the next six months.
MATHEW TULLY, Esq., in the chair.
Other members present - Messrs. S. SWANZY, B. COYNE, M.D., J. M'GAURAN, Patrick FAY, A. KETTYLE, Wm. MOORE, E. KENNEDY, James O'BRIEN, M. LOUGH, and Thos. W. MATTHEWS.
The Clerk read the minutes of the last meeting, and produced two tenders, one from Miles REILLY, the former contractor; and another from Henry SMITH. Miles REILLY's tender was somewhat lower than SMITH's.
Mr. MOORE - Either of the tenders are much too high, and besides I think there is a collusion in the matter, as I am sure one of them does not want the contract at all.
Mr. O'BRIEN - I agree with Mr. Moore, the lowest of the contracts is too high; I think 8s. per week quite sufficient.
Mr. M'GAURAN - But you must consider he has some additional work to do, and also to keep the street clear of beggars.
Mr. LOUGH - Certainly, keeping the streets clear of beggars is a most useful and important matter.
Mr. SMITH (the clerk) said the commissioners should consider that the tenders before them was for the winter six months, and that they could not expect to get a contractor to do the work as it should.
Mr. M'GAURAN - That is a very great consideration, and it was a mismanaged job not to have the advertisement for 12 months.
Mr. O'BRIEN - I do not think there is any additional work, sufficient to warrant us to give more than he had for the last contract; and I am sure if the man was consulted he would be glad to get it.
Doctor COYNE - You cannot expect a man to do the work as cheaply the winter six months as in would the summer six months; so I move he get 10s. per week, and another matter I wish to make a remark upon, that is, we should give him a livery coat to distinguish him in the street, the Belturbet commissioners gives their town sergeant a suit of clothes in the year, and I am sure we could do the same.
Mr. LOUGH agreed with Dr. COYNE. Mr. KENNEDY - What is the Cavan Coat of Arms?
Dr. COYNE - A plain blue coat and red facing (laughter).
Mr. O'BRIEN - I think a good frieze coat, with a red cape, would be the most durable.
Mr. Lough - That would not be regimental, Mr. O'Brien (laughter).
At this stage of the proceeding Samuel SWANZY, Esq., entered the room. The Chairman informed Mr. SWANZY that they were about passing a resolution to give their town sergeant a livery coat.
Mr. SWANZY - I quite agree with the resolution - a more useful one could not be adopted - as it is quite impossible for a stranger coming into the town to know whom to call upon when they are annoyed with the beggars in the street, and by having a livery coat and hat he cannot shrink from doing his duty.
Mr. MOORE - REILLY's contract will be out in six months, and if we get the coat he may walk away with it when his contract is up.
Mr. SMITH (the clerk) - The coat will be the property of the Commissioners, and if REILLY do not be the next contractor the coat can be taken off him.
Mr. MOORE - It would be better to declare the contractor before we enter on any other business.
REILLY was called in, and asked by the chairman, if he was declared the contractor, would he be satisfied to take 10s. a week.
REILLY said the winter six months were very severe upon him, however, he would accept 10s. a week.
The chairman told REILLY that the Commissioners were about giving him a livery coat, and that he should not put it on any day until he had the streets swept; he was also informed that he should keep the streets cleaner than he was in the habit of doing.
Dr. COYNE proposed, and Mr. KENNEDY seconded, that the coat would be got. Carried unanimously.
There was a deputation appointed to wait on the magistrates, to request of them to have the girls of loose character removed off the streets.
After the appointment of market, cleansing, and lighting committees, the meeting adjourned.
THE SIX-MILE-BRIDGE TRAGEDY. The slaughter of the Irish people at Six-mile-Bridge, in the county of Clare, has been under investigation for several days past. In another place we publish a portion of the evidence given at the inquest, by which it will be seen that the men under the command of Captain EGAR of the 31st foot, were guilty of willful and deliberate murder. We presume, from the evidence, that Capt. EGAR was in command of the party who butchered our fellow-countrymen in open day upon their native soil, and if we are under any mistakewhatsoever, it is owing to the attempts of the military" authorities" to stifle the investigation and to frustrate the ends of justice. The 31st, we believe, lost its facings years ago, for cowardice, and it now rejoices in red tuffs, red collars, &c.;
It seems, by all accounts, that the Clare election was of the ordinary hue of closely contested elections in Ireland; upon the one side ranged the landlord influence, upon the other side the Priests. All parties were, of course, much excited; but it is quite apparent that no sufficient provocation was given the cowardly wretches of the 31st to discharge their guns upon a defenceless crowd. Indeed, it has been proved by Mr. WILSON of Belvoir, a Protestant gentleman, that the populace surrendered their sticks to him before the military entered the village. This alone would show that no attack was premeditated by the people. We trust the government will act impartially in the matter, and punish the guilty parties whether dressed in red, black, or grey.
On the 28th ult., at Fruit=Grove Cottage, Pristein, Radnorshire, the wife of John NORTON, Esq., of a son.
On the 6th inst., the wife of Mr. R. WITHERS, of Comber, of a son.
On the 30th July, at Aghadown Glebe, the lady of the Archdeacon of Ross, of a daughter.
Aug. 7, at Green Hills, county of Limerick, the lady of Peter Franklin, Esq., of a son.
On the 6th inst., at Dungannon, by the Rev. C. L. MORRELL, James Robert GIRVIN, Esq., Roan Mills, Armagh, to Jane, youngest daughter of John M'CLELLAND, Esq., Dungannon.
On the 5th inst., in Fahan Church, by the Rev. George SMITH, Minchin LLOYD, Esq., Summerhill, to Eliza, relict of the Rev. James GRAHAM.
Aug. 7, at Summerhill, county of Meath, by the Rev. Samuel CRAIG, Presbyterian Minister of the above place, Capt. William WALSH, of the Native Force, Cape of Good Hope, to Kate, third daughter of Mr. James WILSON, Monaloy.
Died, after a few day's illness, on the morning of Monday the 9th current, at her residence, in Ballinagh, Anne Eliza, the beloved wife of Thomas S. O'REILLY, M.D. Her many virtues and accomplishments endeared her to a large circle of respectable and admiring acquaintances and friends, while her great benevolence and truly Christian charity made her an object of love and regard to the poor of Ballinagh and its vicinity. These feelings were well evinced by the great number of persons of all ranks who attended at her obsequies in the chapel yard of Ballinagh. - Requiescat in pace.
August 7, at Grove Hill, Bray, of pulmonary consumption Helena, the beloved daughter of John D'ALTON, Esq., Barrister, aged nineteen years.
On the 1st inst., at Graeme (?)-street, Glasgow, Mrs. GRAHAM, third daughter of R. S. NIXON, Esq., late of Nixon-lodge, County Cavan.
We are sorry to say we have again to report unfavourably of the potato. The blight is progressing and the prospects of anything like an average yield are daily and hourly becoming less and less. That the loss upon the potato crop will be heavy we are fully aware; but we are not in a position to estimate its extent or consequences. The subject demands the serious and immediate attention of her Majesty's ministers, and, not only of them, but of every person interested, directly or remotely, in the welfare of the "united kingdom."
The hay-crop is in an insecure state, owing to the broken weather and heavy rains we have had for a fortnight past. The other crops are no better off. The grain coming into ear has been "laid" (as the farmers say) in many places; and, altogether, the hopes of the agriculturists cannot be said to be of a very cheering nature.
On yesterday Cavan was visited with a severe thunder-storm, accompanied by heavy rain. We fear this will prove detrimental to the standing crops. Should our worst fears be realized, a fearful impetus will be added to the emigration mania.
DROGHEDA POLICE - Monday.
(Before his Worship the Mayor.)
AN IMPOSTER. - Michael MOHAN, an army pensioner, was brought up in custody charged with defrauding a woman, named Bridget M'QUILLAN, residing out of Laurence's-gate, of 2s. 5d., and several articles of wearing apparel, &c., under false pretences.
MOHAN (who is upwards of sixty years of age), presented an unenviable appearance; his eyes were blackened, and his face cut in many parts. He wore a felt hat, patched frieze coat, and dark trowsers. Mrs. M'QUILLAN (the woman prosecuting), was one of the humbler ranks and advanced age. On being asked to state her complaint, she thus proceeded -
On Friday last I was in my own house when he (the prisoner) came in, and he began praying, saying - "God bless you - God bless you - oh, God bless you - there are many crosses afore you." What crosses, aheger, said I? Oh, it's your daughter and your son that's on sea, but if you can keep a secret I will prevent it all - I am a pilgrim that has been silenced for the last three years and I will do it for you. There are only two persons and me in the whole world who can do it by our prayers, one of them is in Enniskillen, and the other in Gibraltar, and they are both rowling in their carriage, and I will have you rowling in your carriage before it is long, too (laughter). But you must not mention this to any one, for I could injure you if I were a hundred miles away, and you should kneel down and bless God, that he sent me to you. He then asked her, have you any silver in the house? Said yes; give it to me, said he, for the miracle cannot be performed without it - she gave him a shilling. Have you any copper, for I mut have copper too? Put her hand in her pocket and gave him 3d. Have you an clothes belonging to your son that is at sea, he next asked her. He is well, but I cannot tell no more about him, as I received a check from the man in Enniskillen, but any way I save his life, and if you were to go up to your middle in snow all the way to Slane, it would not be too much to do for me. I am used to be treated well (laughter). Her daughter's sore eye he would cure in nine days, he got his gift at a Forth, at the foot of which he fell asleep one day. He next said, have you anything for me to eat; I put on the kettle and made him tea, after which he said now that is all that I can eat till I return, save a little cake which I must make myself, and you must give me the oatmeal for it. You must also give me a sheet and a pair of stockings, for in order to banish all that hangs over you, my good woman (may the Lord protect you), I must sleep between the two counties, at Garristown, on a grave with the quilt around me, and must get some articles that your daughter wears. Witness here gave him the sheet, a silk tie, pocket-handkerchief, a comb, &c., belonging to her daughter, but he was not satisfied with this, but he should get her (the witness) tobacco box (laughter). All those things, he said he was obliged to bury, but they would be restored to her again in nine days, and then all her crosses (sic) would be put an end to - (renewd (sic) laughter). He said, this world is only a step to eternity, and God forbid that I would tell a lie - you will get all your things back in nine days. He then left, and said he would return at two o'clock on Saturday, get more money, silver and copper - that from the smallness of the silver it took a longer time to work the matter out. Witness, not having any money, sent her daughter to pledge her shawl, and raised 1s. 2d. on it, which she gave to him. He said they should sell the blankets of the bed and the sauspans (sic) of the wall to treat him decently - that they got up on their righ (sic) side the day he came into them (renewed laughter). Made tea again for him, and he went away, saying he would be back at six o'clock on Sunday evening. They were watching for him at the appointed hour, but he did not come till eight, when he was in a most beastly state of drunkness (sic), and his face blackened and cut as it now is - asked him what had done it, and he said it was the darning that was on the quilt, that he got a fall in consequence of it; he then asked for leave to lie on the bed, and as she thought he would not remain long she allowed him; he stripped off him and went to bed, but before doing so he said he should be furnished with a sharp edged instrument (great laughter) - and she provided him with a knife; her daughter, who was married, came over to the house in some time afterwards and exploded the deception; she knew the prisoner, and charged him with being a pickpocket; the police were sent for, and he was given in charge to them.
The Mayor said he had never heard such a story. She must have been a most ignorant, supserstittous (sic) woman to allow herself to be thus imposed on. Addressing the prisoner, his Worship said he would send him for trial, and application would be made to the authorites to stop his pension pay.
Information were then made out, and the prisoner was committed for trial to the next quarter sessions. Argus.
August 19, 1852
Guildford, Thurday, Aug 5.
(Before Lord Chief Justice JERVIS and a special Jury.)
GRIFFITHS v. de L'ESPINASSE and another
This case, which was one of an extraordinary nature, was commenced to-day, and after occupying the court until past six o'clock it was adjourned.
Mr. M. CHAMBERS, Q.C., Mr. DAWSON and Mr. LUSH, were for the plaintiff; Sergeant SHEE, Mr. BRAMWELL, Q.C., and Mr. WILLES were for the defendant.
The declaration alleged that the plaintiff, who sued by her next friend, (her uncle,) being a young girl, had been placed in the charge of the defendants, who were the principal and deputy lady-superior of a Roman Catholic establishment at Norwood; and that they undertook to provide her with proper food and nourishment and other necessaries, and it then went on to allege that, in breach of that undertaking, the defendants had neglected to provide proper food; that they had worked her beyond her strength, and that they had improperly confined and otherwise ill-treated her; the consequence of which was that she became very ill and distempered in her body, and eventually lost the sight of one eye.
The defendants pleaded, first not guilty; secondly, that they were not the managers of the establishment in question; and also, that the plaintiff had not been placed in the establishment for the purposes and in the manner mentioned in the declaration.
The trial continued for three days, and resulted in a verdict for the defendants. The evidence is too voluminous for our columns.
Death of Mrs. Lalor SHEIL. - We deeply regret to announce the death of Mrs. Sheil, relict of the Right Hon. R. L. Sheil, which occurred on the 4th inst., at Leghorn. The remains of this lamented lady are expected over about the end of the month and will be interred at the family burial-place, a ___ Orchard, near Templemore.
GOOD NEWS FOR CAVAN!
Discovery of a Coal Mine.
A few days ago as a farmer near Kilnaleck was making a pit, he alighted unexpectedly upon a coal mine at the depth of six feet from the surface of the earth. A portion of the coal, which is very easily got at, has since been raised, and a specimen of it forwarded to us by Anthony KILROY, Esq., Omard, which any one who calls may see at this office.
The coal, which is of the Anthracite kind, is peculiarly clear and sparkling.
The mine is on the property of Mr. BREDIN, who holds under the see of Kilmore. It is situate in the townland of Kill, about 8-1/2 miles from the town of Cavan and ¾ of a mile from Kilnaleck.
This discovery must add materially to the wealth and prosperity of the county Cavan. It will give an impulse, unknown before, to manufactures, and in every way be of immense service. We anticipate a speedy rise in the value of the Cavan Gas Company's shares.
Before making any suggestions as to the opening and working of the mine, it is advisable to see what the proprietor will do; but certainly the work should be undertaken and carried on by Irishmen, and if possible, by Cavan people.
THE EARL OF LANESBOROUGH.
Since this justly admired nobleman and his amiable Countess returned to their estates in Cavan, the tenantry have had one unbroken scene of rejoicing. To-day a large party, numbering uupwards of 1,000, dined at Lanesborough Lodge, Belturbet, on the invitation of the Earl and Countess. We will give the particulars in our next.
It is to be regretted that these reunions are not more frequent generally, as they would tend to break down prejudices and unite landlords and tenants in all struggles for their mutual advantage and the benefit of the common weal.
MURDERS. - We regret to say that we have been informed upon good authority of two men having lost their lives by violence in this county within the last few days. We forbear mentioning all we have heard until better acquainted with the particulars. The first case occurred at Coronary, between Killeshandra and Arvagh, when a man named PRUNTY was killed by a near relative in a squabble about the mearing of their farms. The other case happened on the borders of the county, when two men quarreled about the Longford election; the one struck the other on the head with a hammer - the blow caused immediate death. It seemed the deceased took an active part on behalf of the Conservative candidate - hence the cause of dispute.
The late Miss Disset, of Stranorlar has, with wise discrimination, bequeathed the sum of 12£ to the Priests' Protection Society, which the directors have lodged in the bank, in the name of the trustee, to the credit of the legacy fund. - Herald
The Senior commenced his duty on Wednesday, at the Custom-house, Dublin, as successor to Mr. Ball, M.P., ex-poor-law inspector. Six second class inspectors in Ireland are to be appointed next week.
Three out of the seven convicts who effected their escape out of the gaol at Ennis, on the morning of the 29th ult., have been arrested by the constabulary of the Kildysart district. Their names are Philip KEARNEY, Patt KEAN, and E. MESKEL.
On Saturday his excellency the Lord Lieutenant received a deputation from the ex-paymasters of police, who were harshly deprived of their offices last year without any retiring annual allowance. His excellency generously subscribed to the proposition.
Sub-Inspector COMYN, while stationed at Sligo, obtained leave of absence for a few months, and emigrated to America last year. Having returned from New York, he was transferred by the Inspector-general to Outerard, but was discharged on the 9th inst. without pension or gratuity, and has been replaced by Sub Inspector PHILLIPS from Cavan. Head Constable TAFFY, who has been stationed at Dromore, was discharged a few days ago, on a pension of 38£. Per annum.
COOTEHILL PETTY SESSIONS
Saturday, Aug. 14, 1852. - William PURCELL, a pensioner, and who is stationed as gate-keeper at the Town lodge leading to Bellamont Forest House, was summoned before the bench, for having, on the previous Wednesday, appeared drunk in the streets and uttered offensive party cries, such as cursing the Pope, &c. Sub-constable BAILEY proved the complaint, and on the Bench asking Purcell what he had to say for himself, he confessed he was drunk on the day referred to, but that it was his first offence and hoped the court would deal leniently with him, on which he was fined sixpence and costs.
Many persons in Cootehill are much dissatisfied with the decision of the Bench on this occasion, and think such a nominal punishment is not at all commensurate with that due to so grave an offence. They cannot help contrasting the decision of the bench on this occasion with that on a former occasion, when a respectable farmer named SMITH, a voter of this county, and who gave a plumper for Tenant Right, was summoned by the police for being drunk and was fined five shillings and costs, although three or more very respectable gentlemen swore he was not drunk on the occasion alluded to, but had taken some refreshment in the way of drink, and the police themselves were obliged to admit he was not drunk, but merely under the influence of drink. Now on this occasion, when the charge has been fully proven and admitted, a fine the most nominal has been imposed, whereas on the other, although the case was one that admitted of the greatest doubt, the heaviest fine the law allowed was imposed.
August 26, 1852
THE AFFRAY WITH THE MILITARY AT SIX-MILE-BRIDGE - VERDICT OF "WILFUL" MURDER.
The chief witness for the defence has been Lieut. HUTTON, who is an officer of considerable experience, having taken an active part in four general engagements in India. He says that when the military arrived at Six-mile-bridge, they were received with hooting, groaning and stone-throwing. This last operation proceeded continuously. The mob pressed on the party. The officer endeavoured to remonstrate with them, but this only made bad worse. Father BURKE came up to the cars and said, "Oh, my God! To see those of our own religion, our flesh and blood, treated as convicts!" Volleys of stones accompanied this exclamation. The stone-throwing became so violent that Lieut. Hutton was compelled to face his men about and drive back the people at the bayonet's point. As soon as the charge was over, the mob returned to the attack. About this time the front rank was entangled in the lane, where the fire appears to have taken place. One shot was heard in this lane, and then another, and others followed in rapid succession. Three of the soldiers near Lieut. Hutton were lying upon the ground. This officer distinctly swore that the lives of his party and of the voters were in the most imminent danger. His men said to him, "will you allow us to be murdered without firing?" At this moment a number of people rushed past from the front, and Lieut. Hutton, feeling that their flight would create a panic in the rear steadily refused permission to fire. Captain EAGAR swore that, but for the musketry, the affair would have ended in the disarmament and murder of the military party. Capt. Eagar swore, that in the midst of the affray, Father Burke dashed past right before him, with a whip in his hand, in a state of great excitement, as though impelling the mob to rescue the voters from the cars. One of the soldiers deposed that he was compelled to push away Father Burke from the cars, and he called on the people to drag them out.
The Court sat at half-past ten o'clock this morning, when
The Coroner resumed the reading of the depositions to the jury. This occupied the Court up to two o'clock.
Mr. GRAYDON - Now, Mr. Coroner be good enough to tell the jury to take each case separately by itself, so that there may be separate findings.
The Coroner - I intended that from the first; if that were not the case we would have only one inquest.
Mr. Graydon - And I also call upon you to direct as to identity, and the non-liability of one party for the act of another.
The Coroner then proceeded to charge the jury. He said - Gentlemen of the jury, I deeply regret that it has not fallen to my lot to be a person of greater legal experience, in order in some way to relieve your minds of the care and anxiety, which I know you all feel, as the time approaches when you are to decide when, where, how, and by what means the parties named came by their death. Yesterday the tediousness of this protracted inquiry was relieved for nearly four hours by the able and impassioned address of Mr. Gradyon and Mr. COFFEY. They addressed you in a style of eloquence that has been rarely excelled in the highest courts of justice in the land; but, gentlemen, you are not to be led away by any such address from the calm and dispassionate consideration of all the circumstances of this most serious and important inquiry. The coroner's jury is, in fact, a grand jury, and the general result of their verdict is to put the case in course of trial; it is not a final determination of the guilt or innocence of the parties charged. The jury should inquire into and find the cause of the death of the several parties, and by whose hands occasioned. As to these particulars it will be probably found that there is no real controversy; but the jury should further inquire under what circumstances the parties severally lost their lives, and the result of that investigation may be to lead to a verdict of murder, manslaughter, of justifiable homicide against or in favour of some of the parties charged. Now, as to the law of the case. When one man kills another, the act is prima facie, felonious, and amounts to murder, unless the homicide took place under such a state of facts as would in law amount to a justification or excuse, or under such recent provocation as would reduce it to manslaughter. Where the death of one man has been occasioned by the agency of another, the law presumes it to be murder unless circumstances appear which reduce it to manslaughter, or amount to a justification. Murder is the malicious killing of another, and malice may be either expressed as for instance where the party charged indicates beforehand his intention to commit the felonious act, or implied from the circumstances of the case, or from the fact alone of taking life without justification or excuse. The law infers malice whenever human life is taken without just cause or provocation, and a wanton disregard of the life of another may, under the circumstances, be evidence of malice. Manslaughter is when a person takes the life of another under circumstances of provocation so fresh and strong as he could not be fairly considered the master of his own judgement (sic) or the guide of his own actions; as, for instance, where one receives a wound or a severe blow, and instantly in the heat of passion, avenges it by striking in return, and kills his adversary. The provocation in that case would rebut the inference of malice.
The learned gentleman proceeded with his remarks at great length, laying down the law affecting the case clearly and forcibly. When he had concluded the jury retired to the room shortly before three o'clock, and at twenty minutes to five o'clock they caused it to be announced in open court that twelve of their number had agreed to a verdict. At this time the court was densly (sic) crowded, and the utmost anxiety was evinced to learn the result of this most protracted inquiry. The jury having come into court, the foreman announced that twelve of the jurors had agreed to a particular finding, and they resolved to have the verdict drawn up in a legal form.
The coroner then read the finding as follows:-
"We are satisfied that John C. DELMEGE, J. P., Jno. GLEESON (first), James POSTINGS, William BARNES, John THOMPSON, John DWYER, James SHARPE, Thos. CLARKE, and John CARTER, soldiers of the 31st Regiment, are guilty of the 'Wilful (sic) murder of Jeremiah FRAWLEY."
Mr. William M'MAHON said he was one of five jurors who did not agree to that verdict. He considered the soldiers were culpable, and those who thought with him were for a verdict of manslaughter.
The other issues, as to the deaths of Michael CONNELLAN, Michael COLEMAN, Thomas RYAN, James CASEY, and JAMES FLAHERTY, were then severally given into the jury, and a similar verdict of "Wilful (sic) murder" was returned upon each, against Mr. Delmege and the soldiers.
On application of counsel, the coroner signed his warrant for committal of the soldiers, and they were transmitted to Ennis gaol in the evening.
The coroner also signed his warrant for the apprehension and committal of Mr. John C. DELMEGE, who was not in the court during the day. The proceedings then terminated.
The demise of Mrs. SHEIL, relict of the late Right Hon. Richard Sheil, has followed, after a brief interval, her distinguished husband. The lamented lady, who was borne down, by family sorrows, expired at Leghorn on the 4th instant. Her remains will be brought over for interment, and placed alongside those of the illustrious deceased in the retired churchyard of Templetuchy, county Tipperary.
THE CAMP AT SIX-MILE-BRIDGE. - The camp was removed in an incredibly short time after the verdict on Wednesday evening. The soldiers of the 31st Regiment, found guilty of wilful (sic) murder, were given up to Sub-Inspector DONOVAN and a party of police, and, accompanied by an escort of the 47th Regiment, were marched to Ennis gaol, which they reached about midnight. Passing through Newcastle, they were heartily groaned by the people, who assembled in crowds in that village, and appeared well pleased with the verdict. Mr. KELLY, of Cappagh Lodge, receives £30 compensation for use of his demesne by the camp for the seventeen days it was occupied by the military. The cost of the entire investigation will be little short of £500, not including the expenses of the camp. No injury, we understand, has been done to the ground on which the tnets were pitched. - Limerick Reporter.
MR. JOHN C. DELMEGE. - Various rumours have been afloat within the last few days regarding this gentleman; some stated that he had fled to the continent, and would not appear till the spring assizes. The fact, however, we are told is, that Mr. Delmege wrote to Mr. CANNY, the coroner of Clare, stating his readiness to become amenable to the law and proceed to Ennis gaol, provided an escort was obtained for him, as it is dangerous, in his estimation, to go through the country in the present state of the public mind. A requisition to Mr. BARRON, R.M., was this (Friday) forwarded for an escort, and twelve of 3rd Dragoon Guards were accordingly sent, as we have been informed; and accompanied by them, and some of the constabulary, Mr. Delmege left Whitehall the residence of his father, about half-past three o'clock this day, for Ennis gaol. - Limerick Reporter.
THE MULLINGAR AND CAVAN RAILWAY. - G. R. BOYCE, Esq., who has been for some time the resident engineer for the Railway Company at Athlone, and under whose superintencence the new line of road and approach to the company's station has been made, has been appointed Engineer upon the proposed new line from Mullingar to Cavan. - Westmeath Independent.
On Monday, and inquest was held in the island of Innisfindra, by James ARMSTRONG, Esq., coroner, on the body of a lad named Hugh FITZPATRICK. He had been amusing himself on Sunday in a boat on the lake when he unfortunately fell overboard. Verdict, Accidental death.--Ibid.
CORONER'S INQUEST--VERDICT OF WILFUL MURDER--On Monday an inquest was held at Gornadrung, Granard, by J. GREGORY, Esq., on the body of a man named Edward GORMLEY. It appeared that the deceased had expressed his intention of voting for Mr. HARMAN, and had therefore become obnoxious to the country people. He was returning from the fair of Arvagh on the 9th instant, when he was overtaken by a man named KIERNAN and two others. One of them upbraided GORMLEY for his political conduct and challenged him to fight, which he declined doing; KIERNAN then came forward and struck him on the left temple with a life-preserver. He never spoke after receiving the blow, and died on Friday. He has left an aged father and sister, who were entirely dependant upon him for support. A verdict of wilful murder was returned against KIERNAN and his two companions for aiding and abetting.
An inquest was held on Friday by Lewis ORMSBY, Esq., coroner, in the county infirmary, on the body of Edward HUGHES, who was killed by a fall while riding Brunette for the flat race on Thursday evening. The unfortunate man has left a wife and seven young children to deplore his decease.--Roscommon Journal.
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