Published in Cavan, county Cavan
November 1, 1855


SIR.-- Please afford me a short space in your paper for a few remarks introductory to the following letter. I have requested, and obtained permission, to publish it. It is but an act of justice to Lord Lanesborough to do so, as our circumstances here were dragged before the public during the last Cavan election by the political opponents of his Lordship's friends, and unwarrantable endeavours made to represent him as unfavourable to the Presbyterians, which was not the fact. The Presbyterians are under a deep debt of gratitude to Lord Lanesborough for the very handsome manner in which he has come forward upon this occasion to assist them, unasked by any of them, and at a time, too, when the utmost exertions are used by others to drive them out of this place altogether. Our very best thanks are also due to Mr. Litton, his Lordship's respected and popular agent, for his uniform kindness to us, and for the prompt attention which he has always given to our affairs when brought under his notice.
I am,
Faithfully yours, ROBERT JAMIESON,
Belturbet, Oct. 30, 1855.

At a meeting of the County of Cavan, held in pursuance of a requisition in the Courthouse of Cavan, on Tuesday, October 30, the following resolutions being duly moved and seconded, were unanimously adopted --

"Resolved unanimously -- That we view with feelings of the utmost abhorrence the late sanguinary outrage committed in this county in the brutal and cowardly murder of Miss Charlotte Hinds.

"Resolved unanimously -- That whether this outrage was an isolated case or the result of a deeply rooted secret conspiracy, we pledge ourselves individually and collectively to use our best endeavours to bring the perpetrators to justice, and this meeting recommends that an additional police station be formed in the immediate vicinity of the late outrage.:

"Resolved unanimously -- That a subscription be entered into, and that the Resident Magistrates of the county be authorized to receive such sums as shall be subscribed."

"Resolved unanimously -- That we cannot separate without expressing the high sense which we entertain of the services rendered to the peace and security of the county by our excellent Assistant Barrister (Mr. MURPHY), in his admirable charge to the Quarter Sessions Grand Jury in Ballyconnell, and that we will cordially co-operate with him in giving the widest circulation to that charge."

"Resolved unanimously -- That the following gentlemen be appointed a Committee: -- The Right Hon. The Lord Farnham, D.L., Wm. Humphrys, Esq., D.L., Joseph Storey, Esq., J.P., Robert Erskine, Esq., J.P., and Abraham Brush, Esq., J.P.

It was further resolved that a sum of five per cent, on the amount subscribed should be at once paid for the purpose of meeting current expenses.

High Sheriff, Chairman.

November 8, 1855

HOMICIDE. - A terrible drama was enacted at the verge of Lietrim, but inside this county, on Friday night last. A party of neighbours from Carrigallen direction were in the fair of Arvagh and, going home, a quarrel(sic) took place amongst them in which a young man, named GANNON, lost his life, his abdomen being cur through, so that the intestines fearfully protruded. He did not die on the spot but survived only until he was carried within a short distance of his own home. We have learned that two young men named MURPHY, have been arrested as being of the party, but the man who inflicted the wound has not yet been made amenable. On the same night the horse of another man named DONNELLY was stabbed; it is said, by some of the same party but nearer Arvagh, so that he died.

MURDER OF MISS HINDS. - We have heard it hinted that a government commission (sic) to inquire into this horrible crime, its causes and the state of public disposition, which it may involve, is not unlikely to come off. Nothing could be more desirable ' it is the duty of the government as well as of individuals to probe the matter to the bottom. When upon the subject we may as well say that we have heard it is intended to get up a requision (sic) to the High Sheriff to call a general county meeting, at which the public feeling relative to the outrage may be properly and fully expressed. The meeting on Tuesday week was not well attended because no one knew of it; the next can be better announced and will prove a different sort of thing in point of numbers, though it may be coincident in spirit.


Magistrate present - Theophilus THOMPSON, Esq., J.P.

Michael M'Manus v. John Reilly, Cullentra.

A charge of having in his possession the one half of a £3 note, the property of Terence SMYTH and which the latter lost in Mr. Peter REILLY's in Stradone.

Terence SMYTH examined -- Lost something in Stradone last Wednesday; it was not stolen form his person, but having taken money out of his pocket to remit to his landlord, the half note in question dropped off the table, he had no doubt; the defendant would not be apt to steal it from him, but he was present at the table at the time.

Michael M'MANUS, subconstable, stated the SMYTH complained of losing the note and said there was no other who could have it than the defendant; he (M'Manus) met him and asked whether he had the note, which he denied, but acknowledged it on being brought into the barracks.

The court dismissed the case, cautioning the defendant and, through him, the public against putting up any money or value found; it should be at once announced to the authorities who would take care to find out the owner. The defendant in the case seemed to have no intention of stealing the note, and this, the man who lost it, most creditably urged in his favour.


Owen FITZPATRICK and Bridget GREEN for selling apples at the end of Cavan town on the Sabbath during the hours of Divine Service.

They were fined 6d each and costs.



A charge of assaulting complainant at Dennbawn, as he was returning from the fair of Virginia.

The complainant proved that on the occasion defendant got hold of him, tore open his shirt and said he was long watching for him; only his brother came up and saved him he was sure he would have been beaten as well as his assailant could to it.

The defendant's brother (Thomas MONAGHAN) confirmed this evidence. A "neighbour man" was produced by the defendant. He was present at the alleged assault; defendant was holding witness's horse when complainant came up and asked him "how he was" the latter replied that he was as well as his neighbours wished him; some discussion then took place as to lies, with which Monaghan charged the defendant; they "faced each other like game cocks," and got into "hoults." Who made the first seizure no body knows, but the assault was very little, if any at all. The defendant stated that the complainant belled him through the country, and did so for a long time. He had a very bad tongue.

The Court ruled that the assault was a most trifling one, and the complainant rather talkative. He should take care of himself for the future and be less loquacious. However, as the assault was committed, it must be punished.

The defendant was fined 2s 6d. and costs.



A charge of using abusive and threatening language.

The complainant and his wife were examined by Mr. John ARMSTRONG. -- She swore that on the 18th the defendant, who lives under the roof with witness and is her brother-in-law, came out and called her "dirty Dunn," (her maiden name), and said he would mind her, as she told Martin BEATTY "stories about him." He called upon her husband, his own brother, to come out until he danced upon him. He refused the invitation, and the defendant said, the "devil was travelling with him since he got married" and that he would soon give the earth "a history of Joe," though he danced three times on the gallows for it.

"Joe" confirmed this evidence; he was much abused by his brother and did not like to bring him into court on account of their relationship, nor would he now, if he had left his wife alone. There was no dispute among them about land.

A servant girl of the complainant corroborated both most reluctantly; she heard the defendant say, that "Joe's" time would be short after him although he kicked on the gallows for it; he appeared to have been drinking at the time.

Mr. THOMPSON-- Girl, are you always as quiet as you are now? If so, you are a most amiable being (laughter).

The defendant stated that the parties were angry with him on account of his taking a wife, though he invited them to the "infare" and sat down crying when they refused to accept such an invitation from a brother. The complainants acknowledged, after great hesitation, that he gave the invitation, which they would not accept, because, though they were invited to the "infare," they had not bee invited to the"wedding." He prefaced the invitation by stating that he was the best man in Augharaghan, and could (........) all his brothers-in-law.

The defendant was put under a rule of bail -- himself being bound in 5£, and two sureties in 2£. (Iv....?) ---- to keep the peace for twelve months to the complainants. Mr. Thompson said, as an individual, (were?) it in his magisterial capacity, he would represent (...) conduct of the parties to their landlord, Captain (....back?), if he ever heard of any quarrel (sic) among them again.

Some respectable parties in court declared that the defendant was a very quiet boy, and the whole bad feeling arose in consequence of his having got married.

Mr. Thomson (sic) to "Joe" - Had you any falling out before your brother's marriage?

"Joe" - Not a word, sir.

Mr. Thompson to defendant - It appears to me that you are harmless, unless when you drink. Go out and take care of yourself for the future.


George APPLESTALL, Eliza and Emily GRAHAM for stealing a watch, the property of Sergeant HUMPHRYS on the 13th October.

The complainant proved that he was drinking in Mrs. CORRIGAN's public house in Cavan, on the day in question. He saw APPLESTALL there and clung to him, because he had an old "gra" for the regiment - the 34th - to which he belonged. Mrs. GRAHAM and her daughter were there, and two other soldiers; he (..) the reckoning for all.

Mrs. Corrigan - You did not pay it yet.

Witness - Wait! I will.

Witness - We drank three half-pints of punch.

Mrs. Corrigan - You did four half-pints.

Witness - You say so.

Mr. J. Armstrong, who appeared for the complainant - That's a little matter - we'll say four and pay for them.

Examination resumed - Left the house at six o'clock, and having no money offered his watch, which was in his waiscoat (sic) pocket, to the landlady for the reckoning, she refused it, and he put it in his pocket. Going home the three defendants accompanied him, taking his arm. They went as far as Keadue, when he missed his watch and handkerchief, no other could have taken them than one of the others. Although he drank his share of the four half pints he was drunk though he was not sober.

Mr. Tully - He was not (fou....? sou....?) but had plenty.

Examination continued - He sat down at Keadue and they left him, after which a man named REILLY came up and heard his sad tale.

To Mrs. GRAHAM - Did not send in the next morning to Mrs. Carrigans, saying that he lost his watch, and would give a 1£ reward for it.

Mrs. Corrigan examined by Mr. Armstrong - Saw Sergeant HUMPHRYS when leaving the house; he offered his watch for the reckoning to witness; she declined it, as she could not take pledges, and he put it back into his pocket. He was staggering and she could not say that he knew what he was about, -- when he left witness's house, he went straight over to M'Cormack's public house.

Hugh REILLY examined - Was going home that night and met Mrs. WARD, who told him that if he went up the hill he would see some sport with a man and woman. Did go up the hill and saw Mr. HUMPHRYS, who shouted that he was robbed; saw (..) he first heard the shout of robbery, the soldier and the woman leaving the sergeant and all going (..) the road from Cavan. Came up with the woman (..) and the young one said "the old blackguard (...) his hat what he says he was robbed of; he told (.....) they ought to take care of the man they had been drinking with, or he would be drowned in some (...) drains down the road. They said they did (...) a pin; let him take care of himself.

Mr. Armstrong pressed for informations; there (...) matter for a jury.

Mr. Thompson doubted whether if there was a jury (...) on the case they would find against the accuser (...) it would be hard to affect the character of the (...) in the circumstances, and not one of them (..) be more involved than another.

Mr. Armstrong urged that there was a prima facie case made out against the accused - a case which would justify a Grand Jury in finding bills.

The case was postponed until this day fortnight to hear the evidence of M'Cormack, into whose house (..) after leaving Mrs. Corrigans.


Oct. 31, St. Anne's Church, Dublin, by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Kilmore, assisted by the Rev. Richard Stewart, the Rev. Henry Henry G. J. Clements, of Sidmouth, Devonshire, to Salina, eldest daughter of the late Colonel Clements, M.P., of Ashfield Lodge, in this county.


On the 31st (possibly 21st?) ult, at Corravohn Glebe, Mary, only daughter of the Rev. Charles Leslie, aged 15 years.

On the 7th instant, at Lisburn, Robert Smith, Esq., of Ballinderry, county Antrim, and Fortwilliam, in this county.

THE ENGLISH ROMAN CATHOLICS. - Soon after the arrival of the intelligence of the fall of Sebastopol the Te Deum was sung in all the Catholic churches in London as a thanksgiving for the success of our army. Notice was yesterday given than solemn requiem masses would be sung in the churches for the brave fellows who have died in defending their country. - Times

November 15, 1855


On Monday, the 13th inst., in Cavan, Mr. John Brady, aged 63 years. The deceased was amongst the oldest and most respectable inhabitants of the town -- a prosperous trader -- a good citizen -- a sterling friend, and an honest man. We do not remember another whose death was heard of with more regret, and we question if there is one in the locality who saw a better attended funeral than that which wended its sorrowing way to the old graveyard of Castletara on yesterday. We knew Mr. Brady, we esteemed him, and, like every other, we deplore his loss. Peace be with him -- we have lost a good man.

On the 13th, of Hooping (sic), Marshal Burrowes, second son of Dr. O'Donovan, aged three months.

November 22, 1855

ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT. -- An old man named Maguire, whose residence is near Arvagh, was committed from last petty sessions of this town to take his trial at next assizes for the county, on a charge of attempting to conceal one of the parties, who are alleged to have been the offenders in a late stabbing case, wherein a man named Gannon lost his life. It appears that the police, having come to Maguire's house during the night, were kept outside the door for a considerable time, and, on entering, could not find the person of whom they were in search ; he was discovered, however, hidden under some straw in one of the outhouses. Maguire tendered bail to any amount for his appearance, but was refused by Mr. Hickson, R.M., who told him he should have recourse to the Queen's Bench for the purpose.

MANY A SLIP.-- On Friday morning last a man, who afterwards gave in his name as Cox, his wife and son, went into the shop of Mr. James Hartley in this town to buy goods, and tendered in payment a bank note for 20£. Mr. Hartley thinking that he was not like a person who could be honest master of such a sum, sent for the police, by whom the party and the note were brought before Robert Erskine, Esq., J.P., and he enclosed the latter in an envelope and committed them to gaol until inquiries could be made. It being known that a gentleman named Frith was robbed of 150£ in the last fair of Mullingar, notice was given of the matter to him, and, coming here, he at once identified Cox as a person whom he had seen in the fair and even in a room, where he produced the money ; he could not, however, give the number of the note, which he was not allowed to see, but thought he would be able to discover it. The prisoners were brought before the magistrates at last Petty Sessions and remanded for further examination.

MALTA. -- A slight shock of earthquake was felt at Malta at 7:28 a.m. on the 8th of November, and a second much smarter shock after a few minutes, which latter lasted several seconds, but has produced no damage beyond the cracking of some slender built walls in houses in Valett, and some crazy buildings in the country. A similar shock was felt at Gozo some three weeks previous.

We would direct the attention of our readers to an advertisement in our columns of this day, on the subject of the income tax. The difficulty that all parties, whether liable or not liable, have experienced in getting their returns made out, has been very great, in consequence of the various matters requisite to be specifically set forth in the complicated tabular forms. All documents of this kind, including those for recovery and repayment of the tax, will, henceforward, be prepared expeditiously, and on moderate terms at the office established for that purpose in Longford. It is satisfactory that all such business can be transacted through the post-office.


On the 11th November instant, in the chapel of Bunnee, parish of Drung, by the Rev. P. Clarke, P.P., John, son of Mr. John Lyons, P.L.G., of Conervey, to Anna, eldest daughter of Mr. Thomas Brady, P.L.G., Lisboduff , both in this county.

November 29, 1855


Nov. 19, at Kilnahard, Loughehelan, the wife of Major Tuite Dalton of a son


On Tuesday, the 27th instant, in St. Thomas's Church, Dublin, buy the Rev. Frederick Fitzgerald, brother to the bride, William Robert Blakely, Esq., eldest son of Captain Blakely, of Lakeview, in this county, to Ellen, youngest daughter of the late Robert Fitzgerald, Esq., of Cavan.

Nov. 23, in the Cathedral Church of this town, by the Rev. John M'Enroe, Mr. Patrick Smith, Main-street, to Rose, daughter of the late Mr. John Smith of Creehan.

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