February 5, 1857


February, the 2d, at Belturbet, the wife of David JONES, Esq., Merchant, of a son.


On Sunday, the 1st instant, in the 28th year of her age, Anne, the beloved wife of Bernard WALLS of this town.

At Arvagh, on Sunday, the 1st inst., Elizabeth, widow of the late Mr. John FINNEGAN, of Ballinagh, aged 98 years.


It is often the business of a journalist to express the sorrow which he feels for the loss, by death, of one who held a distinguished place in the circle wherein he moved, by position, by character, or in respect of private relations ; but when all these combine in a particular case, the regret, which he expresses, may, indeed be esteemed genuine. On Sunday, the first of February, 1857, at two of the clock in the morning, an event occurred in Cavan, which will be lamented generally, deplored long, and attributed to its proper cause by those, who are given to trace the origin of things. On the day aforesaid, ZACHARIAH WALLACE, the proprietor of the "ANGLO CELT," yielded up his last breath, when he had hardly attained his thirty-fifth year. The first month of Eighteen Hundred and Fifty-seven had sped away, and the second was in its earliest infancy, when his soul quitted its tenement of clay. His death was sudden, too sudden alas ! -- yet not so sudden as some have thought ; he had been ailing for a considerable time, but did not appear worse than usual up to Friday evening, when his medical attendant pronounced that his recovery might not be hoped for. He had time, thank GOD, to arrange his affairs, to receive spiritual consolations and all the temporary aid which the most profound medical skill could devise ; he had time to make his peace with the world, and his peace with a Higher Power, it may be hoped ; and then he died at the hour and on the day we have stated, placid and resigned. When shall we see his like again? As a member of the press for a long period, the memory of Mr. WALLACE surely has claims upon the journalist ; he loved the profession to which he belonged, and, who can say that he ever did anything to take from its dignity. Public vice he censured, but private character was always safe in his hands ; the rights of the people he asserted fearlessly, but the legitimate rights of power and station he was ever willing to uphold. Ah, yes ! and in his censuring of what he deemed an abuse of power, in his assertion of freedom of the franchise, he found the cause of his death. He was another of the victims of the Six-mile-bridge tragedy ; and only the more a victim because he lingered out a life of suffering for years. Mr. WALLACE never recovered from the effects of the six months' imprisonment which he had to undergo ; disease of the heart was generated during his confinement, and he died of disease of the heart three years, three months, and nine days after the iron doors of Cavan gaol had grated, when opening for his discharge. The people generously paid the pecuniary fine, which was imposed upon him, but they could not pay the ransom of immurement, and he had to suffer it ; -- let it now be written down in the penal archives of the Government that Mr. WALLACE, for his expression of oopinikon on the Six-mile- bridge affair, paid the penalty of fifty pounds of a fine, six months of imprisonment, and the superinducing of disease of the heart, which terminated in death. The pound of flesh was exacted and the blood flowed with it. As to the character of Mr. WALLACE all can speak of it ; he willingly gave offence to no man, nor did he show himself inclined to take offence, where none might be intended. Who can say that in his money dealings he wronged any one ? An honester soul never animated the human breast. Who can say that he ever heard Mr. WALLACE vilifying his neighbour, or listening to another doing so, without rebuking him? It may be put down as one of the most glorious traits in his character, that he spoke well of every one, and could not even hear of anyone being spoken of otherwise than well. His charity was even in excess of his means ; the poor lost in him a real benefactor, and their lamentations, as his body was being conveyed from his own door, gave abundant evidence that they poignantly felt the loss. His position, therefore, and his character, call upon the journalist to express regret for that is lost unto him, and conspire to make his feel that sorrow. As to his private relations, those, which are of a domestic nature, must be sacred ; those, which were between him and the persons he had in his employment, in their different stations, were such as to render his loss to them irreparable ; the kind word was ever in his mouth, the kid act ever ready to be done, when it was needed ; a fault, if it was not constantly recurring never stood in the way of the exercise of his good will ; bitterly ! bitterly, do all deplore him. On Tuesday morning last a sad cortege wended its sorrowing way to the Cavan railway station ; a sad cortege passed on to Dublin, and thence a cortege still more sad, because the hour of final parting was so near, proceeded to the little cemetery of Coolock, where beneath the spreading branches of an impending tree his filial and fraternal affection had erected a monument to the memory of a mother and a brother. The Rev. Mr. M'CONKEY read, most impressively, a solemn service to an afflicted audience, and then all that was mortal of ZACHARIAH WALLACE was consigned to the dust. -- His bones now lie long the side of those who were amongst the persons he loved most on earth, and to whose memory he paid a tribute so graceful. He is gone, but his name will not soon be forgotten ; those to whom he was known personally, will think on his virtues, his private worth ; and those who knew him only in connection with the paper of which he was the proprietor cannot forget his public spirit, his ever advocating the right against the wrong. For many the little cemetery of Coolock will have an interest which it never before possessed, and recurring firsts of February will serve as occasions of renewed sorrow. peace be with thee, ZACHARIAH WALLACE ; though thou art gone thy memory will be ever green in our hearts ; peace be with thee -- mayst though now be in the enjoyment of that life which knows not death.

PRACTICAL JOKING. -- A case of this kind was decided in Dublin, before the Chief Baron, on Tuesday last, which possesses a local interest, and makes practical joking rather expensive. It was that of Clandening a. Nugent. Mr. Clandening is a respectable man, living in this town, and had one of the officers of the Cavan Militia lodging with him, in Summer last. Some of his brother officers came to make fun for themselves at his expense -- broke Mr. Clandening's furniture, and assaulted himself. He entered a suit against one of them, Captain NUGENT, and got damages to the amount of £50 with costs. It was rather a dear lark.

February 12, 1857


October 23, at Collingwood, Victoria, T. W. Adams, Esq., eldest son of the late J. Adans(sic), Esq., of Sparbrook (Sparboda?), irmingham(sic), Warwicksfire(Warswickshire?), to Frances Jane, third daughter of the late T. Bligh, Esq., of Cavan.

February 19, 1857

SUDDEN DEATH. -- A woman, named Gallagher, the wife of a person residing at Behey, within a few miles of this town, died on Tuesday evening last, in a house on the Cock-hill, here. She had been ailing in town, and was proceeding homewards, when she felt it necessary to go into the house ; she was not long there until she expired. She had the character of being an honest, hard-working person, and, with her husband, was accustomed to frequent the various markets for the purpose of purchasing flax.

CHILD FOUND DROWNED. --The body of a female child, aged apparently about seven months, was dragged up on yesterday by a person who was trolling for fish in Behey lake. It appeared to have been in the water some eight or nine days, and was dressed when discovered. An inquest was to have been held on the body this day.

DEATH. -- We have just heard, with unfeigned sorrow, of the death of Mrs. Patrick GILLIS, of Ballyhaise. Mrs. Gillis, who had been ailing for a considerable time, was a person of superior mind, education, and accomplishments ; and it is true to say that there is not one, to whom she was known, who will not regret that she was cut off in the very prime of life.

THE MAGISTRACY. -- The Lord Chancellor has, on the recommendation of the Marquis of Headfort, lieutenant of the county, conferred the commission of the peace on Charles B. HANCOCK, Esq., of Cavan. We feel great pleasure in being able to make this announcement -- an announcement, which, we are sure, will afford the greatest satisfaction to many of our readers. Mr. Hancock is agent over the extensive estates of Mr. HUTTON in this county ; and in the discharge of the arduous and important duties imposed upon him, by his position, he has proved himself, in every way, worthy of the trust reposed in him. Kind, liberal and indulgent ; he (transcriber's note: sorry, the copy ends here)


Feb. 18, at 18, Fitzwilliam-place, the wife of the Rev. Joseph CARSON, of a daughter.


On the 13th instant, in Anne's Church, by the Rev. Eugene O'MEARA, the Rev. James WHITESIDE, of Crumlin, county Antrim, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Anthony KILROY, of Omard, county Cavan, Esq.

February 26, 1857


WE give elsewhere the particulars of an inquest which was held last Friday ; on view of the body of SEYMOUR M'NULTY, a clerk in the goods department of the Railway Company's station here ; and, after perusing them, our readers will ask with us, why it was necessary to hold an inquest under the circumstances: It is true, that the parents of the young man demanded it ; their grief should be sacred ; but, at the same time, all unreasonable manifestation of it should be resisted. In the excess of their love they deemed that their son could not have died if he had been well attended to, as every father and mother would deem if they were placed in the same position, but facts, not feelings, should be the guide of those who give official orders for holding inquests. The fact of an inquest being held involves a suspicion of foul play, and even suspicion should not be lightly thrown on character. The deceased had not proper medical treatment ; probably not -- but whose fault was it? It appeared that he had been at his office, nearly a mile from town on Saturday evening ; and this being the case, it does not strike us as being in any way strange, that no medical gentleman was called in before Monday. On that morning, Mr. MATTHEWS, who is acting for Dr. CARSON here, was brought by Mr. KETTYLE, in whose house the deceased lodged, to see him, and it at once became known to him that the case was "almost hopeless," for head symptoms had set in, and in this case, all the faculty have declared, that the prospect of recovery is little indeed. Still there was a shade of hope, and Mr. MATHEWS says, that the only chance lay in the ventilation and medical skill which might be had in the fever hospital. He suggested that the deceased should be sent there ; he was sent, and he died. It is said that Mr. KETTYLE should not have sent him out of his house ; that is, that he should resist the advice given to him by one more competent to judge. -- Mr. KETTYLE just did what he should have done.

Sub-Constable MORRISON of Belturbet, died suddenly, at the barracks there, on Sunday night last. He had felt himself unwell in the evening, and procured for himself a dose of salts, which he took ; after this he had a glass of punch, and went to bed ; becoming worse during the night, medical aid was applied for, but it was ineffectual. A rumour having gained credit to the effect, that the salts were not all right, due inquiry was made into the matter, and it became ascertained that the rumour was without the least degree of foundation. Death was caused by disease of the heart.

CAVAN PETTY SESSIONS. -- At the Court, held on Monday last, Charles Brownlow HANDCOCK, J.P., Wm. BABINGTON, J.P., and William Murray HICKSON, R.M., presided. The cases, though numerous, were of an unimportant character, with few exceptions. One involved a charge against a person residing near Ballyhaise for inoculating a child against the act provided in the case, but it was postponed to next court day in consequence of the absence of Dr. ATKINS, the medical officer of the district, where the thing is said to have occurred, who was attending a coroner's inquest at Butlersbridge.

INFANTICIDE. -- We stated last week that the body of a child was found in Behey lake, by some persons who were fishing there. It was ascertained that it belonged to a girl, named LYONS, who had been with it in the workhouse here, and left a few weeks ago, taking it with her. She returned again without the child, and said that it had died in her aunt's and was buried in Castleterra. When she heard that inquiries were being instituted, she quitted the house privately, but was, we understand, arrested during the week, and brought to Cavan gaol.

SETTING UP OF THE ORGAN IN CAVAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL. --On Monday last the organ, which the zeal of the Cavan ladies, and the munificence of the people got up for the Cathedral here, was pronounced to be in perfect playing order by Mr. KANE, the organist of Maynooth, who came down to examine into the matter. Mr. KANE executed several pieces of sacred music, with an effect which was evidently exhibited in the looks and words of the large and respectable audience who were present. Miss FINNEGAN, who has been appointed to preside at the organ, subsequently sat down to it, and showed herself admirably qualified for the position, as far as voice, as well as instrument was concerned. Indeed, there is not much necessity for stating this ; the musical talents of this young lady, both as a composer and performer, are too well known to require being testified to.


On Thursday, the 19th Inst., at the parish chapel of Drumalee, Belturbet, by the Rev. Hugh Fitzsimons, P.P., Mr. Andrew MAGUIRE, of Tempo, in the county Fermanagh, to Mary, second daughter of Mr. Bernard FITZPATRICK, of Belturbet, in this county.