Published in Cavan, county Cavan
August 4, 1853
VIRGINIA OPEN BOAT RACES
The above Races will take place on THURSDAY, August the 18th, 1853.
Marquis of Headfort
James Naper, Esq.,
J. O. G. Pollock, Esq.,
Earl of Bective,
G. Tuite Dalton, Esq.
STARTER -- The Earl of Bective
JUDGE -- Mr. Fitzpatrick
To start at One o'clock ; Open to all Watermen.
THE TOWN PURSE
Of 5£.; entrance 5s. ' for Tow-oared Boats, with a Steerer ; about Three Miles.
SECOND RACE -- To start at Two o'Clock.
Corinthian Sweepstakes, for Two-oared Boats, to be pulled by Amateurs ; entrance 20 sovs., with 15 added ; Three to start or no race ; about Two miles.
THIRD RACE -- To start at Three o'Clock. The Virginia Challenge Cup, value 30 sovs., for Two-oared Boats ; to be won three times in succession ; entrance, 2 sov., 1 sov. to go to the Fund 0-- about Three miles. Present holder, the Earl of Bective.
FOURTH RACE -- To start at Four o'Clock. The Eighter Sculling Stakes, for Amateurs, 5 sovs.. each, half forfeit if declared before the 10th of August ; about One mile.
Present Subscribers -- The Earl of Bective, Lord Adolphus Vane, Sir Warwick Moreshead, Captain Paynter, and Christopher Nicholson, Esq.
FIFTH RACE -- to start at Half-past Four o'Clock. Scurry Sculling Stages of 3£., given by the Stewards, for Watermen residing within Three miles of Virginia Lake ; Four to start or no race. Eighter Stakes Course ; to be entered for between the first and second Race, at the Emeline Boat House.
Entrance for the three first Stakes to be made on or before Twelve o'Clock on MONDAY, the 15th of AUGUST, with the Hon. Secretary, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Headfort Arms, Virginia.
Names of Boats, Colours, and Owners to be given with the entries. The decision of the Stewards to be final.
Tickets for a Dinner, Ball, and Supper, to be had on application to Mr. Fitzpatrick.
GENTLEMENS' TICKETS, ... ... 10s. 6d.
LADIES' TICKETS, ... ... ... ... 7s. 6d.
N.B. -- SIR, by letting me know, at your earliest convenience, the probable number of your party, you will greatly oblige your obedient servant, JAMES FITZPATRICK.
At Baillieborough, county of Cavan, Patrick Monaghan, Esq., of Drogheda, to Bridget, second daughter of the late Thomas Farrelly, Esq., merchant.
BIRTH. On the 23rd ult., at Kilmore Rectory, County monaghan, the wife of the Rev. Thomas P. P.
On Wednesday, the 27th ult., the Right Rev. Dr. Browne, Roman Catholic Bishop of this diocese, conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation in the parochial church of Upper Larah, to nearly 400 children. This church is of considerable architectural beauty, and has been extremely well planned on the great Catholic principle of the medieval period, when ornament was made subservient to use. There has been also erected a handsome belfry attached to the church. The bell is distinctly heard in every part of a circuit of three miles from the place where it hangs, and tones are mellow, solemn, and musical.
Such religious monuments, particularly when they are found in rural parishes, fill the soul with devotion, and raise the heart to God. This neat church was erected in the year 1829 by the late Rev. Peter Lamb, and will stand for ages, the fruit of his toil and exertions, and the monument of his faith and his zeal. He might well say "Lord I have loved the beauty of thy House, and the place where thy Glory dwelleth."
After Mass the Right Rev. Prelate examined the children on the nature and efficacy of the sacraments, and the dispositions necessary to receive them with fruit. His Lordship was pleased with the answers given to his searching questions, and complimented the respected Parish Priest, the Rev. Michael Brady, and the Rev. James Cleary, C.C., on the care and attention bestowed upon the preparatory instruction of the children, and the perfect manner in which they were taught. He then ascended the altar, and delivered a most impressive sermon, explaining in the most clear and lucid manner, the nature of the sacrament, the ceremonies accompanying, and the dispositions for receiving it. Attired in his robes he proceeded to the middle of the altar, where he commenced the initiatory prayers pertaining to the sacred rite, after which he descended to the body of the chapel, and there applied the Holy Chrism to the foreheads of those who would be true soldiers of Jesus Christ. After the administration of the sacrament his Lordship addressed the children again, who afforded, in their subdued manner and pious demeanour, ample testimony that the impressed admonition was not addressed to them in vain. The satisfactory manner in which the children were instructed may be chiefly attributed to the Sunday schools which are fostered and encouraged by the Parish Priest, wherein thousands of little children learn the rudiments of truth, and prove that the Pastor, like his Divine Master, has a care for :the little ones.." National schools are also in operation in this parish, where the children of every denomination are taught to love one another, and to mingle together in peaceful strain like those tributary currents which minister to our great estuaries without murmuring about the nature or distance of their respective springs. About four o'clock the ceremonies concluded after the Bishop had given his Apostolic Benediction to the children, who were heard to lisp forth thanksgiving to the God of Heaven for all the graces they received upon that day. In the evening, the Right Rev. Dr. Browne was hospitably entertained by the Rev. Michael Brady, P.P., at his beautiful and romantic residence, Ravenswood. Twenty-two clergymen of the neighbouring parishes met his Lordship at dinner, together with a number of lay gentlemen, amongst whom was Philip M'Dermott, Esq., M.D., the celebrated antiquarian and learned annotator of the Annals of the Four Masters.
We are glad to have to inform our readers that the Right Rev. Dr. Browne has conferred the honour of Vicar-General on the Rev. Mathew M'Quaid, P.P. of Killeshandra, in consequence of which Mr. M'Quaid has been removed to the town of Baillieborough, in the place of the late lamented Rev. Philip O'Rielly. We are informed that the parishioners of Killeshandra and Arva are about presenting Mr. M'Quaid with a piece of Plate as a token of the esteem in which they held him as their pastor for the last four years.
August 11, 1853
On the 4th instant, in St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. Mr. Greene, James Stephenson, Esq., merchant, of Toronto, Upper Canada, to Kate, eldest daughter of Wm. Moore, Esq., of Cavan.
August 4, at St. George's Church, George Carmichael, Esq.., of Temple-street, to Eliza, daughter of the late Robert Baker(Bakell?), Esq., formerly of Anna, county Cavan.
On the 4th instant, at Ballyhaise church, buy the Rev. Arthur Moneypenny, Mr. J. Winslow, of Redhills, to Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. Joseph Johnston, of Drumnaliff.
The Lord Primate's triennial visitation of the diocese of Kilmore was held in Cavan Church on Friday, the 29th ultimo. Joseph Radcliffe, Esq., L.L. D., Vicar-General of the diocese of Armagh, presided in the absence of the Primate.
The annual visitation of the Diocese of Kilmore was held on the same day. The Venerable Archdeacon Beresford, Vicar-General of the diocese of Kilmore, acted in the absence of the Lord Bishop of Kilmore.
CONFIRMATION IN THE DIOCESE OF KILMORE -- On Friday, the 5th instant, the Right Rev. John Leslie, D.D., Lord Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin, and Ardagh, held a confirmation in the Church of Cavan, for the children of the adjoining parishes -- Cavan, Denn, Drung and Larragh, Castleterra, Kilmore and Ballintemple. Four hundred and fifteen your persons were confirmed by his Lordship on that occasion.
At an ordination held by the Lord Bishop of Kilmore, &c., in the parish church of Cavan, on Sunday, the 7th of August, 1853, the following gentlemen were ordained deacons, viz : - 1. Ralph James Hope, A.B., for the parish of Kilmore, and diocese of Kilmore. 2. Wm. Wallace, A.B., and Schol., for Killeshandra parish, and diocese of Kilmore. 3. Hugh John Flynn, A.B., for Elphin parish, in the diocese of Elphin. The Lord Bishop was assisted by the Ven. the Archdeacon of Ardagh ; the Rev. Thomas Carson, L.L.D., Rev. Chas. Leslie, A.M., Rev. William Moore Wilkins, A.M., Rev. R. H. Stone, A.M. The oaths were administered by R. Erskine, the Registrar.
PROTESTANT ORPHAN SOCIETY FOR THE COUNTY CAVAN. -- This highly meritorious society, held its seventh annual meeting on Monday, the 8th instant, in Lord Farnham's school-house Cavan. The meeting was very well attended. Amongst the persons who were present we noticed our venerable Bishop ; ever a warm supporter of the claims of the orphans and widow(sic) ; Lady Farnham, Lady Catherine Saunderson, the Hon. the Misses Stapleton, Mrs. and the Misses Carson, Mrs. W. A. Moore, A. M. Creight, C. Leslie, A. Knox, Wm. Wilkins, Dr. Roe, Capt. Phillips, &c. The Lord Bishop of Kilmore presided.
The report was read by the Rev. Mr. Stone, in the absence of the Secretary, the Rev. Dr. Taylor.
From that report it appeared that the total number of orphans that have been protected by this valuable society from its foundation was 89, of whom 37 have been provided for permanently, either by having apprenticed to trades, or taken by their friends or relatives, and that but two have died -- leaving 50 orphans in the care of the society.
The meeting, which was opened with prayer, was addressed by the Rev. F. Saunderson, Rev. A. M'Creight, Rev. W. Moore, Rev. M. Bouchin, Dr. Roe, Capt. Phillips, &c.;
The Rev. F. Saunderson pronounced a well-deserved eulogium on the late lamented secretary of the society, the Rev. Thomas Skelton, whose death from fever -- contracted in the discharge of his duties as a parochial minister -- took place some time back at Ballyjamesduff. In the death of this most estimable servant of God, the County Cavan Protestant Orphan Society has lost one of its warmest supporters - its most strenuous and successful advocates. We understand that the clergy of the diocese have resolved to erect a tablet to his memory in the church of Ballyjamesduff, of which he was the minister, on which, especial reference is to be made of his untiring zeal in the cause of Protestant orphans.
CAVAN PETTY SESSIONS -- AUGUST 1.
Magistrates present - Theophilus Thompson, R. Erskine, and W. Smith, Esqrs.
Patt Walsh v. Anne Smith.
This case was for an assault and forcible possession.
Patt Walsh, it appeared, is brother of Anne Smith, whose mother attended with her and stated to the bench that it was she who invited her daughter to enter her own garden.
The Bench thought it disgraceful to Walsh to differ with his mother and sister so far as to bring one of them before a bench of Justices. The bench having enquired if Walsh wished to proceed against his sister, he (Walsh) replied in the affirmative, which elicited a sensation of disapprobation from those who filled the court.
P. Walsh proved that, on the 20th of July he went to the garden in question, and began to dig and throw up clay there, and that whilst there this woman Smith and her son came ; she desired him to go away out of the garden. He replied that he would not, whereupon she struck him with a stone, but he could not say she held it in her hand. Her son also struck him with a shovel handle, which he (Walsh) took from him and struck him with. They do not live in the same house but on the same street. Walsh is a married man, and his father died about Candlemass. The entire parties are married.
Charles Foy proved that at the time a division was about to be made in the farm, and a settlement made between Walsh and his landlord, he was called in as an umpire at a settlement between the parties, that then the son was to get eight acres, and the father was to have four, that in consequence of the son agreeing to leave the entire of the meadow to the old man, it was allowed that he (the son) should have the cabbage garden till he would have time to make one for himself.
P. Walsh thought that he got the garden with the rest of the farm.
Their worships dismissed the case.
Michael Boylan v. Ellen Abenth.
Anne M'Cormick examined by Mr. Hamilton -- Lives with M. Boylan ; he is her uncle, knows Ellen Abenth ; was in the house when she came there about two weeks ago ; she had a child ; asked a drink ; she got the drink ; she asked me to hold the child till she would tie her apron ; she asked for M. Boylan and was told he was down the hill ; she said he was the father of the child ; there was another woman in the house.
Ellen Monaghan -- Never saw Mr. Boylan before this day ; heard nothing of the child unless by hearsay ; did not hear its mother saw that Owen Downey was its father ; does not know what child she fathered on Boylan ; saw a child with her.
At the desire of Mr. Boylan, the mother of the child, was sworn and proved that beyond doubt Boylan is the father of the child.
The bench dismissed the case, and advised Boylan to take care of his child.
Thomas Watson was fined 1£, for an assault on Mr. John Reilly on the 26th of July, at the market-place in Cavan.
Margaret M'Keirnan v. Thomas Heaslip, for an assault on the 28th July. She lived with Heaslip as servant, and becoming ill, left his service and went home. Her sister milked the cows during her illness, and was charged by Mr. Heaslip with taking a pair of socks. Her sister took an oath before Mr. and Mrs. Heaslip that she knew nothing of the socks, whereupon Mrs. Heaslip desired Mr. Heaslip to rise and kick her out, which he did, and beat both of them.
Anne M'Keirnan, sister to complainant, corroborated the evidence of the sister.
Mr. Heaslip had Margaret M'Keirnan summoned for leaving her service, and so far as this was concerned he was heard as an evidence.
Mrs. Heaslip was next examined, but nothing was elicited from her to materially affect the testimony of the M'Keirnans. Heaslip having admitted that on one occasion he pulled M'Keirnan's ear, the Bench after consulting a few minutes, dismissed the case, against M'Keirnan. Dismissed Margaret M'Keirnan from service, allowing her her wages from the 12th May till the 1st of August, and fined Heaslip 5s. for the assault.
August 18, 1853
MARRIAGES IN HIGH LIFE.
August 16, at the Parish Church of Drung, by the Rev. Lord John De La Poer Beresford, Henry B. W. Miner, Esq., son of Sir William M. J. Milner, Bart., of Nunappleton, Yorkshire, to Charlottes Henrietta, daughter of the Venerable M. G. Bereford(?), D.D., Archdeacon of Ardagh.
August 16, at the Parish Church of Drung, by the Rev. Lord John De la Poer Beresford, Captain Thomas Haywood, of the 16th Lancers, only son of Thomas Heywood, Esq., of Hope Had(Bad?), Herefordshire, to Mary Emily, youngest daughter of the Venerable M.G. Beresford, Archdeacon of Ardagh.
A numerous party of friends and relations attended the ceremonies, and afterwards partook of the hospitalities of Archdeacon and Mrs. Beresford. Among those present were -- The Earl and Countess of Erne, and Lady Louisa Chrichton, Lady Farnham, and Miss Stapleton, Lord and Lady John Beresford, Lady Young of Bailiesboro Castle ; Mr. and Mrs. Burrowes, of Stradone ; Mrs. Humphreys and the Misses Humphreys, of Ballyhaise House ; Francis Feljambe(?), Esq., Captain Dixon, 16th Lancers ; Mr. Perental(?) Heywood, of Rale (Role?) Park ; the Hon. Misses Fitzgerald, Colonel and the Misses Clements; G. L'Estrange, Esq., Mrs. L'Estrange, and the Misses L'Estrange; Colonel and Mrs. Hiti(Hutt?); Rev. Guy L'Estrange; Captain Hamilton and Mrs. Hamilton, of Pinmore ; Rev. Henry Stepney; Mr. Hugh Humphreys; Rev. Charles and Mrs. Leslie ; Mr. and Mrs. Carson ; Mr. and Mrs. Story, of Bingfield ; the Misses Story, Mr. ...verrie, 16th Lancers ; the Rev. A. M'Creight, Doctor Res???, Doctor and Mrs. Mease ; and many others -- Evening Mail.
Our own report of the proceedings, owing to a mishap, stands over. Probably we will give it next week.] -
At Calcutta, the lady of Major Stanns(Stanus?), 5th Bengal Cavalry, of a daughter.
On the 18th inst., in St. Andrew's Church, by the Rev. James Bredin, uncle to the bridegroom, Edwin, only son of Lieutenant Wm. Beatty, Carrick, county Fermanagh, to Margaretta, third daughter of Jas. Kidney, Esq., Enniskillen.
DIED. On Saturday, the 13th inst., at Rockfield, county of Meath, aged 56 years, Richard Rockwell, Esq., deeply regretted by a large circle of attached friends.
August 25, 1863
ADVERTISEMENTS TO CREDITORS, LEGATEES, AND INCUMBRANCERS.
Cause Petition, under "the Court of Chancery (Ireland) Regulation Act, 1850."
In the Matter of Mary Anne Sheridan, widow Jane M'Cabe, & Anne Brady, otherwise Dunne, Petitioners '
Hugh Martyn, Respondent.
I HEREBY require all persons claiming to be creditors, or pecuniary legatees of Mary BURROWES, late of Balnaney, in the County of Tyrone, spinster, deceased, on or before the 26th day of SEPTEMBER, to furnish in writing to Hugh SIMPSON, Esq., No. 2, Inns'-quay, Dublin, Solicitor for the Respondent, Hugh MARTYN, surviving Executor, named in the last will and testament of said Mary BURROWES, deceased, the amount and particulars of their several demands (accompanied, in case of simple contract debts, by a statement of the consideration of such debts), in order that the Petitioners may, without any expense to them, prove in this matter such or so much of their demands as they shall think just, of the allowance or disallowance of which, or any part of same, said creditors shall receive due notice. And all such creditors whose demands shall be disallowed either wholly or in part, shall at the peril of costs be at liberty to file charges in my office, in respect of the claims or amounts so disallowed, within one fortnight after they shall respectively have received notice of such disallowance.
I also require all persons having charges or incumbrances affecting the real and freehold estate of the said Mary BURROWES, deceased, to come in before me, at my Chambers. Inns'-quay, in the City of Dublin, on or before the 3rd day of OCTOBER, and proceed to prove the same.
Dated 24th day of August, 1852,
WILLIAM HENN, Master in Chancery,
Mathew Tully, Solicitor for the Petitioners, No. 49, Bolton-street, Dublin.
August 18, at Thoresby Park, Notts, Charles Watkin Williams Wynn(sic), Esq., only son of the late Right Hon. C. W. W. Wyan(sic), M.P., to the Lady Annora Charlotte Pierrepoint, youngest daughter of Earl Manvers.
August 17, in St. Peter's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. Mr. Green, Thomas Irwin, Esq., of Lisbofin, county of Fermanagh, to Dorinds(Dorinda?), second daughter of the late Thomas Nixon, Esq., Thorn Hill, county of Cavan.
August 18, at Bank House, Bandon, John J. Thompson, Esq., Manager of the Provincial Bank, aged fifty-five years.
MARRIAGES IN HIGH LIFE.
August 16, at the parish Church of Drung, by the Rev. Lord John de la Poer Beresford, assisted by the Rev. Guy L'Estrange, Captain Thomas Heywood, of the 16th Lancers, only son of Thomas Heywood, Esq., of Hopend, Herefordshire, to Mary Emily, youngest daughter of the Venerable M. G. Beresford, Archdeacon of Ardagh, and immediately afterwards, at the same place, by the Rev. Lord John de la Poer Beresford, assisted by the Rev. Guy L'Estrange, Henry B. W. Milner, Esq., son of Sir Wm. Mordaunt Sturt(sic) Milner, Bart., of Nunappleton, Yorkshire, to Charlotte Henrietta, eldest daughter of the Venerable M. G. Beresford, Archdeacon of Ardagh.
A numerous party of friends and relations attended the ceremony, and afterwards partook of the hospitalities of Archdeacon and Mrs. Beresford.
The world is indebted to an immortal Irishman for the history of the gigantic solemnities that took place in ancient days at the castle of O'Rourke, Prince of Breffney. On the witty Dean of Saint Patrick's devolved the labour of love of chronicling the events of that memorable day, when O'Rourke spread the banquet, and "smoked the calumet" -- the "Pipe of peace," with his neighbouring chieftains. From the mellifluous pen of Swift flowed out those wondrous, heart-stirring strains which narrate the commotion produced by this gathering to the festive-board of Breffney -- and to him be the praise that
"O'Rourke's noble feast shall ne'er be forgot
By those who were there or by those who were not."
It has fallen to our lot, another "Son of the Sod," to hand down to posterity an account of an event which took place in our own immediate neighbourhood on the 16th instant -- an event that will long be had in remembrance by the actors in the scene, "old men and maidens, young men and children." The occasion of this assemblage of the gentry of Cavan and the adjoining counties was the celebration of the marriages of the two lovely daughters of Archdeacon Beresford, with two handsome and wealthy Englishmen -- and we feel bound to say that the hospitalities of Corravahan Glebe fell no whit behind the feast of the great O'Rourke.
There has been no small stir amongst us since these marriages have been arranged ; and preparations for the weddings have furnished abundant occupation to every class amongst us. From the snowy surplice and golden-clasped book of the priest, down to the amphibious, half wooden, half leathern, instrument, mis-named a boot, that adorns the dexter leg of the postillion, all have been polished up to take a part in these solemnities.
There is a growing taste of late amongst young ladies of the higher classes to have a great number of beautiful girls, their relatives and friends, to attend upon them as bridesmaids at the altar ; twenty-four were invited to grace the nuptials of the Misses Beresford. It requires no small amount of good taste, of time, and of trouble, to invent and provide, and fit a becoming uniform upon some twenty or four-and-twenty bridesmaids. Let us take one, as Sterne took his captive from amongst the millions that surrounded him, and which did but disturb his view ; let us isolate her, and contemplate her requirements. Look at her tiny foot glistening in white satin ; smooth as an onion boiled in butter ; look at the wreath of blush roses, forming two-thirds of a circle, that bounds that loveable little face "brightening all over" at the role it is about to act ; then the gown, so deeply plicate at hip and waist ; expanding as it descends in an ample rotundity, and bespeaking an enormous profusion of nether involucra. The bonnet, that pet of a bonnet, artfully constructed to conceal the cervical vertebrae and large portion of the occipital bone ; and the veil, and the gloves, and the sash, brought into a neat point at the anterior termination of the corset from whence two "streamers float upon the breeze." We say nothing here of the jewellry, nor of the showers of pins that are scattered from the trembling hand of the eloquent ladies maid ; and which, subsequently, become the undisputed property of the housemaid, through whom they are destined to flow down to, and irrigate, if we may use the term, the entire household ; nor of the bouquet of flowers ; nor of the pocket handkerchief ; that acre of lace surrounding a palms breadth of cambric. No the millinery arts have triumphed ; and we are lost in the wondrous perfection they have achieved.
To come at any approximation to an estimate of the number of shoemakers, staymakers, weavers, bonnet-makers, milliners, "et hoc cenus omne" that found occupation for the last two months in fashioning the bridesmaids for this occasion, you must multiply this young fair one we have decked out by twenty-four, and, if you work out the problem correctly, the quotient will give you the exact amount ; but this does not take into account the trousseaux of the brides, neither the smart dresses of the ladies maids.
But the brides are dressed, and the bridesmaids are dressed, and the bridegrooms stand on the tip-toe of expectation ; and now comes the moment of triumph and vain glory to the postillions. It could be no wedding without their assistance, and accordingly up they come spurring and cantering in goodly array, each displaying what Dickens terms "a most successful eruption of white buttons." The procession is forming, and we must proceed to the church.
On arriving at the church the Archdeacon took his daughters from their carriage, gave each of them an arm, and walked forward to the communion table where he was to give them away. Give them away Strange, and passing strange it has ever appeared to us this every-day fact of giving a daughter away. A father takes that creature over whose welfare he has watched with incessant care form the moment she first breathed ; from the moment her first faint cry caught his ear and told him that he was a father ; from the moment his entire heart went out to her -- day and night ; through sickness and sorrow -- kissing away her tears ; sharing in her joys ; not "permitting the winds of Heaven to visit her face too roughly ; nurturing her up to blooming womanhood, and then -- "giving her away." A man comes to the damsel ; a strange man mayhap, and he asks the damsel to go with him ; and the damsel answers him, as damsels have answered since the days of Rebecca, "I will go with the man! ;" and the man tells the father of the damsel, and the father adorns his daughter in her bridal jewels ; and he takes her trembling hand into his ; looks into her eyes, her tearful eyes ; those eyes so like her mother's eyes,
"When he looked on her, blooming, young and fair As she was on her wedding day."
And he prints a burning kiss upon her marble forehead ; with faltering tongue he bids "God bless her," and he givers her to the man for ever : And we echo back "God bless you, ye beauteous children ; May heaven's choicest blessings light upon your young hears, and guide you in the ways of peace and happiness." We breathe this prayer upon you for your sainted mother's sake.
The bridegrooms, as handsome a pair of English gentlemen as heart could desire ; followed next. Captain Heywood and Miss Emily Beresford, stood forward for the Priest's first benediction ; the gallant Captain said it was his right, as he and his fair partner "were the first on parade." Now if there is anything at all wrong about the Captain it lies in his being too handsome ; but this is a small fault in a good boy, and one for which he will readily be pardoned by the ladies ; yet he is a soldierly looking fellow, notwithstanding ; "bearded like "Pard," with a good Williamite nose -- a "back for a knapsack, and a leg for spatterdash." The Captain and his lively wife having been "done for," Mr. Henry Milner and his beautiful bride presented themselves. Mrs. Henry Milner ! What a pretty name ! Mrs. Henry Milner ; don't you admire it, girls? We only say that if you saw Mr. Henry Milner you would admire him still more. He was the "admired of all admirers;" and you would pardon any girl for falling love with him ; and possibly you would wish that he had fallen in love with yourself.
The church service having ended -- signing the books and all -- we proceeded to the refectory. Truly 'twas a goodly sight. What sirloins of beef ; what saddles of mutton ; and the haunch of venison, the growth of a seven years' buck ;
"That haunch was a picture for painters to study,
The fat was so white, and the lean was so ruddy."
Limerick, Wicklow, Belfast, and Westphalia, contended for the prize in hams ; Norfolk supplied the Turkey pouts ; Ballyshannon the salmon. There were fowls of every wing and feather ; fruits of every clime, wines of every vintage, and then the brides caked -- shade of Verey hide your diminished head -- then the brides cakes ; in shape and magnitude they resemble the upper and the nether millstones. The tables, made specially to support this burthen of good cheer, absolutely groaned beneath the task imposed upon them. Eighty six guests sat down to this sumptuous dejeuner.
Among those present were -- The Earl and Countess of Erne, and Lady John Crichton, Lord and Lady John Beresford, Lady Farnham and Miss Stapleton, the two Misses Stevenson, Mrs. and Mrs. Burrowes of Stradone and Miss Burrowes, Mr. James Burrowes of Lisnamandra, Mrs. Humphreys, the two Misses, Mr. Hugh Humphreys of Ballyhaise House, and Miss Garrett, Mrs. Thos. Perceval Heywood or(sic - should probably be of) Dovely, Derbyshire, eldest son of Sir Benjamin Heywood, Bart., Francis Fuljambe, Esq., of Osberton Notts, Capt. Dixon, 16th Lancers, the Hon. Miss Fitzgerald, the two Misses Perceval of Templehouse, Colonel Clements and the three Misses Clements, Ashfield, Mr. Clements of Rakenny and the two Misses Clements, George L'Estrange, Esq., of Kilnacrott, and the three Misses L'Estrange, Mr. Edmond L'Estrange and Mrs. and Miss L'Estrange, of Craigdarc, Captain and Mrs. Hamilton of Pinmore, Ayrshire ; Mr. Severne, 16th Lancers, Rev. Guy L'Estrange, Rev. Henry Stepney, Rev. Charles Leslie and Mrs. Leslie, Kilmore Palace, Colonel and Mrs. Hill, Colgrave Place, Notts, Mrs. O'Hara, Mrs. Architage (Arthitage?) Moore ; Mr. and Mrs., and the three Misses Story, Mr. Neville Reid, Rev., Andrew M'Creight, Rev. J. King, the two Misses Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Carson, Dr. Roe, Dr., and Mrs. Mease, Mr. George Beresford, and Mr. H. M. Beresford, 9th Regt.
Champagne seemed to be the favourite beverage of all ages and sexes, and the corks popped out accordingly with a very cheerful sound. Four our own part, if our opinion in drinkables of this nature be held to be worth anything, we would advise -- if the weather be very warm and the thirst very great -- a tumbler or two of sparkling Saint Peray - bien moussence(?) -- it cools the tongue and palate a merveille.
The rain kept the party within doors, and prevented the departure of the young couples until the day was far advanced ; however all things much come to an end ; the carriages were again put in requisition, and after many parting benedictions had been bestowed, and numerous promises to write often had been exchanged, the happy couples took their departure. A dense shower of slippers fell upon them as they proceeded down the avenue. The gallant Captain and his lady drove to Kilnehard Castle on the banks of Lough Sheelan ; and Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Milner, we love to iterate the name, to Ashfield Lodge. The rain, which threatened during the day, cleared away towards evening, and left the blue sky in undisturbed possession of the chaste moon ; and if our young couples were minded to to(sic) follow the example of Lorenzo and Jessica they had as pretty an opportunity of "out-nighting: one another as heart could wish.
We were very near forgetting to say a word of the bridal presents. We will sum up in a few words. In number, elegance of design, and costliness, they are richly deserving a place at the Great Exhibition.
This was the pleasantest party we met for a length of time. A reverend connoiseur in beauty, declared in our hearing that he never in the course of his life saw so pretty a group of girls as the brides and brides'-maids -- "those northern lights" as the Earl of Erne so happily termed them. We entirely agree with them ; yet we will not yield our judgements in "the waving line of beauty" to any one -- peer, or gowns-man -- married or single. What we maintain is this ; they -- that is, all the ladies present -- were beautiful, but there was one amongst the bridesmaids of surpassing loveliness -- one child just brightening into noisy, careless, joyous, girlhood -- a playful thing that tripped with fairy lightness through the throng, unconscious that she was the lode-star that attracted every eye -- the theme of admiration on every tongue. Ah it requires no ghost to tell us that "you little western flower" will soon, very soon, give some one the heart-ache. There are Cupids nestling in her sunny hair -- there are Cupids nestling in her sunny eyes -- there's witchery in the pouting of her lip -- there's withchery in that saucy toss of her head. Start not -- wife of my soul at this avowal ! -- there's a charm about thee that bucklers my heart against the dangerous artillery of "sunny hair and sunny eyes, and pouting lips." Ph, yes ! that blissful, cheerful face of thine avec son petite nez retrousse" is dearer to me than all the lovely flowers that bloom beyond the Shannon. Were it not for thee -- there is no concealing the fact -- my truant heart would now be in a position to adopt the language of Scotia's sweetest bard, and sigh
"I gaed a waefu' gate, yestreen
A gate, I fear, I'll dearly rue ;
I gat my death frae twa sweet een;
Twa lovely een o' bonnie blue ;
Twas not her hair, so sunny, bright ;
Her lips like roses wat wi' dew --
Her heaving bosom, lily white ;
It was her een sae bonnie blue !"
There was one little incident that happened at dinner which should not be altogether passed over in silence. This dinner at 8 o'clock, P.M., must not be confounded with the dejeuner of the morning. It was a separate affair altogether, and perfect in its way. The Archdeacon was so pressing that we could not say him "Nay." He had some dear, select friends remaining with him, he said, and would be happy to introduce us. Covers were laid for twenty-three -- the grand jury number -- and we did ample justice to the good things provided for us. The cloth being removed we turned our attention to the wine and the ladies, and truly we had a happy time of it. "The Derby," and "fly fishing" and the "shooting season" became subjects of conversation in their turn. We have not much taste for these amusements, and therefore paid little attention to them, but contented ourselves in running over, in our own mind, the comparative merits of Claret, Burgundy, and Whiskey punch, as an after dinner drunk. We were roused from our reverie by a tall gentleman in black who called upon us to "fill a bumper," as he was about to propose a toast. This appearing to be personal, we roused ourselves, expecting the announcement would be followed by "The Press," and having replenished our glass, set ourselves upon our centre to return thanks for the honour which was about to be done to us, in coupling our name with the toast, and the flattering manner in which it had been received. All being ready the toast was given -- "Here's a health to our absent friends." We now found we had caused a lesion of circulation in the fluids ; for a fleet of decanters lay quietly at anchor under our starboard bow ; we looked apologetically at our worthy host ; it was evident that we occupied no part of his thoughts ; the sentiment had "touched the chord upon which all his sorrows hung;" his heart was with his friends, his Emily and his Charolette(sic), absent for the first time, and perhaps for ever, from his sheltering roof ; he coughed twice -- it was an unsuccessful effort to conceal his emotion ; and we saw the big tears course one another down his manly cheek. The ladies now rose and as there was no chance of getting anything hot at the Glebe, we took occasion to leave the dining-room with them ; but instead of following to the drawing-room, we took our hat from the gentleman that stood in the hall, and with school-boy step we hastened down to the snow-white cottage with its pretty garden, of the liberal, kindhearted Catholic curate of the parish -- our ancient, worthy ally, Father Tom Brady. It was evident he expected a visit from us. He knew we had spent the day in the neighbourhood, and had invited some choice spirits to meet us. On our entrance we were greeted with nine times nine, and "one cheer more,: and the cheerful kettle sang out that 'her steam was up." What happened between that time and day-light night next morning (transcriber's no! te: this phrase is exactly as printed in the newspaper) may probaly furnish an article on some future occasion.
And now, reader, let no idle curiosity prompt thee to enquire too nicely into the circumstances of our being a partaker of the festivities of Carravahan Glebe ; 'tis a mystery you never can solve, and the secret lies between ourselves and the Chamberlain. Lord St. Germans knows the value of a good reporter on occasions like the present, and he is not such a churl as to grudge us one day and night of jollification out of six months retirement from the busy world.
CAVAN GAS-LIGHT COMPANY.
The first annual meeting of this company having been called on Monday, the 15th inst. (as directed by the decree of settlement), which being the fair day of this town the meeting adjourned to Saturday, the 20th inst., on which day, amongst the shareholders present, we observed -- Patrick Fay, Wm. Moore, Wm. Thompson, James Parker, Wm. Hague, Robert Erskine, Wm. Johnston, James Kelly, Edward Kennedy, Esqrs., and the Rev. Wm. Prior Moore.
On the motion of Mr. Wm. Moore, seconded by Mr. Wm. Hague, the Rev. Wm. Prior Moore was called to the chair.
The secretary (Mr. Edward Smith) having submitted an abstract of the accounts and the company's affairs generally from its formation to the 4th of May, 1853, which having been read and explained by Captain Erskine (Chairman of the Directors), the shareholders present appeared to be highly pleased at the state of the company's affairs and the judicious manner in which they have been conducted.
The subject of increasing the Capital Stock of the Company 500£. in shares of 5£., each having been agreed to at an extraordinary meeting of the shareholders convened for that purpose, on the 21st October, 1852, the Secretary informed the meeting that such resolution should be sanctioned by the present meeting, when Wm. Thompson, Esq., proposed, James Parker, seconded -- "that such resolution be confirmed carried: Sixty-five shares out of the so increased capital stock of 100 were instantly bought up, and the Secretary was directed to offer the remaining 35 to the shareholders by circular previous to their being advertised for sale.
Robert Erskine, Wm. Hague, and Edward Kennedy, Esqrs., being the three first directors on the list, went out of office this day, and were upon the motion of Wm. Johnston, Esq., seconded by Wm. Moore, Esq., re-elected.
Wm. Anderson, and Wm. Thompson, Esqrs., Managers of the Provincial and Ulster Banks, were re-elected auditors for the ensuing year.
Mr. Kennedy moved, and Mr. Johnston seconded -- that Rev. Wm. Prior Moore, do leave the chair, and that James Parker, Edw., be called thereto.
A vote of thanks was unanimously adopted to the former chairman for his dignified conduct in the chair.
The Rev. Wm. P. Moore, proposed, and Wm. Johnston, Esq.., seconded -- that a vote of thanks be passed to the Directors for the zeal, energy, and untiring application with which they have conducted the company's affairs. Carried unanimously.
Mr. E. Kennedy, on behalf of his brother Directors and himself, returned thanks, and in doing so, said that the prosperity of the Company's affairs in a great measure was due to their excellent chairman (Captain Erskine), who not only in this respect, but on all occasions, where the interests pf Cavan are concerned, shewed himself willing and ready to come forward ; and that had we but a few more of such gentlemen residing amongst us Cavan would be as prosperous and rising a town as any in Ireland. As it was, he was happy to say it was improving and would, he hoped, continue to do so.
The meeting proceeded to inspect the works, with the neat appearance and regularity of which they seemed well pleased, and shortly afterward adjourned to Saturday, the 27th inst. for the purpose of receiving the auditors' report.
County Cavan Newspaper Transcription Project
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