Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

April 7, 1860


Before Theophilus Thompson, Esq., J.P., Chairman; Robert Burrowes, Esq., J.P., Wm. Humphreys, Esq., J.P., D.L.; J. Storey, Esq., J.P.; William Babington, Esq., J.P.; John Tatlow, Esq., J.P.; and Captain Carden, J.P.

Two men named GOOLRICK and BRADY were brought up in custody charged--the former with having been drunk in the streets of Ballinagh; and the latter with having attempted to rescue him after he had been arrested by the police, and also with having assaulted the police in the discharge of their duty.

Sub-Constable DOHERTY sworn--Was on duty in Ballinagh, on Sunday night, at about ten minutes past nine o'clock; saw a party of eight or ten men in the street, apparently as if after coming out a public house; they were cheering and shouting; thinking the presence of the police might deter them, went over to them; they still continued cheering, shouting, &c.; arrested GOOLRICK who appeared the most intoxicated of the party; the others immediately gathered round and attempted to rescue him; a scuffle ensued; witness was tumbled into the slough; while prostrate, received two or three "distinct" kicks from BRADY; was obliged to let GOOLRICK go; was not struck by GOOLRICK; is quite positive he was kicked by BRADY....

Sub-Constable BRADLEY, who had also been very roughly handled by the rescuers, corroborated the previous statement.

GOOLRICK said he went into Ballinagh on Sunday "to get some physic for a cow that was sick." There was no person with him when going home, and the men who attacked the police must have been coming before or after him, for he did not see them.

The Magistrates having counseled, the Chairman informed GOOLRICK that the charge against him was simply that of drunkenness; there being no proof that he had taken any part in the assault upon the police; had there been, he would have found himself in a very impleasant position....After commenting upon the offence he had committed, and advising him to impress upon his neighbours, on his return home, the danger of such courses, he sentenced the prisoner to two months' imprisonment with hard labour.

Mr. George Robert GALOGLY charged a young man named John FLOOD with having brought a bottle of whiskey into the gaol on the previous morning. Mr. GALOGLY handed to their Worships the Act of Parliament bearing on the offence, and said he pressed for the highest punishment, as FLOOD was well aware of the prison regulations, being a sort of messenger in the gaol, and in fact, reared there....The Chairman read the section of the Act of Parliament, which enacts that if any person shall, without the sanction of the prison authorities, bring into the prison (by throwing over the wall or in any other way) any letter, tobacco, spirits, &c., he shall be liable to be taken into custody by any persons, brought before any justice of the peace, who may deal summarily with the case, and, upon conviction before such justice or justices, be liable to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding one month, or pay a fine not exceeding £5, or less than 40s.

Mr. Storey--By this you can regulate the fine, but not the imprisonment....The Magistrates having consulted, the Chairman said the prisoner should be the last person, from the kindness shown him by every person in the gaol, to break any of the rules, and sentenced him to a fortnight's imprisonment, with hard labour.

Philip REILLY v. Patt FLOOD

This was a summons for having injured an established pass, which plaintiff claimed he had a right to, as it was a "well-known pass since the days of Oliver Cromwell's wars, whatever time that was." His grandfather used the pass, his father used it for 90 years, and he himself if upwards of 84 years of age, and has used it since he was a child. He is evidently a regular old "Ironsides," sticking out for the pass--the whole pass--and nothing but the pass. Both defendant and himself are tenants of Lord Lanesborough. The complaint was brought before the Court some time ago, and left to the decision of Mr. Thomas REILLY, the under-agent.....Mr. Bell, the bailiff, stated that he went to examine the pass, by directions of Mr. Thomas REILLY. The old pass was "laboured," and is at present useless. The pass offered by defendant in lieu of it went round by the back of the ditch, instead of going straight through the field as the old one did......After questionning Mr. BELL as to the nature of the ground, &c., and consulting for some time, the Court decided on allowing the case to stand over for a month, defendant, in the meantime, to make the new pass as convenient as the old one, Mr. BELL to decide that it was so.

James and Mary FLOOD v. Phil REILLY

The summons in this case was for an assault committed by defendant upon Mary FLOOD, and for having interfered with complainants' mearing. As the assault was of a trifling description, and came out of a dispute about the mearing--in which, as usual, it was difficult to find out which side had the best title--the Court referred the case (by the consent of both sides) to Mr. Hugh BRADY, Drumalee.

Patrick BRADY, of Shantamon, v. Michael and Andrew REILLY

This was a summons for trespassing on complainant's ground, and digging up a portion of his holding....

Andrew REILLY, the elder defendant stated that he has held the plot for 20 years; laboured it as long as he could, but not having sufficient manure, was obliged to allow it to lie uncultivated.

BRADY--I grazed it last year.
REILLY--Grazing is not possession. I'm paying rent and cess for it...If you can swear I gave you possession"by sod and twig"--
BRADY--O, you have too much law for me.
REILLY--No, but I haven't contrariness enough for you....

The case was referred to Mr. T REILLY and Mr. BELL who are to make the person in fault pay the costs.


The summons in this case was brought by Mr. BOURKE, agent of the complainants (sewed muslin manufacturers) against the defendant for having, on the 13th of March last, obtained two pieces of muslin and some thread under false pretences and by giving a false name, and with having embossed a portion of the thread....The girl's defence was that she was anxious to get some muslin to work or "sprig" as it is termed, but her parents were opposed to her doing so, nevertheless the industrial mania was so strong upon her that she came into Cavan and took two pieces from Mr. BURKE....She did not think she was committing a breach of the law in doing so....

The Court after examining the Act of Parliament, and cautioning the girl, imposed a fine of 5s. and costs, or in default, to be imprisoned for a week.

An elderly and respectable-looking, though poorly dressed woman, whose name we did not hear, brought a charge of assault against a man named James NAY, of Edregal. She stated, on being sworn, that on the day of the assault she was returning home from the market of this town, between four and five o'clock, in the evening; she met NAY near Killygarry; he shook hands with her, and walked a portion of the road homewards with her; she was well acquainted with him previously; he is a farmer, and has a good farm of land; on coming to the "blind lough" near the schoolhouse NAY left her, as his road homewards was not any further in the same direction as her's;.....she continued on her way; she had not proceeded far, however, when she heard him calling after her, and looking back, saw him running towards her; on coming up, he asked "what is that you have there?" she replied "It's a quarter of veal I'm bringing home, James;" "That's very good," says he, "but what have you here?"--catching her, at the same time, by the apron, in which she had a little flour and sugar; she refused to tell him, but he insisted on knowing; "surely, you would not rob me, James," said she; "Oh, you needn't think to get off that cheap," he replied, again catching her by the apron, and dragging her; she screamed and then he struck her across the breast, kicked her several times, dragged her through the gutter.....

Nay did not appear, though repeatedly called. The Chairman said that he was thirteen years a magistrate, and so brutal, disgraceful, and wanton an assault never came before him. NAY should be fined £4, with £1 costs--one third of the payment to go to the complainant, or in default of payment, he is to be imprisoned for two months, and kept to hard labour.

The remaining cases were uninteresting.


On the 30th March, at Danesfort, county of Cavan, in the 74th year of his age, the Very Rev. the Lord FITZGERALD and VESEY, Dean of Kilmore.

April 14, 1860


Before William Babington, Esq., J.P., Chairman; Nathaniel Montgomery, Esq., J.P., and A. Carden, Esq., J.P.

James and Mary FLOOD v. Philip REILLY

This case--a charge against REILLY of having interfered with complainant's mearing and assaulted his wife--was gone into on last court day, and left to arbitration.

Mr. John Armstrong now appeared for the complainant, stated that one of the arbitrators had refused to act, and spoke on behalf of his clients.

REILLY was not in court when the case was first called; but on his arrival, he said he was willing to leave the case to the decision of Mr. PARKER, the agent of the property on which himself and FLOOD hold their farms. FLOOD consented to this arrangement; and both were sent to ascertain if Mr. PARKER would act as arbitrator. They returned with the announcement of Mr. Parker's consent, and the case was accordingly left to his decision.


This was a civil bill process for £1 9s. 10d., due for butcher's meat. Defendant did not appear. A decree was given for the amount claimed.

Constable MAGUIRE v. James BOYLE

Constable MAGUIRE stated that he found the defendant drunk on Saturday night; he made no resistance on being arrested; ..he was once before the Court for the same offence previously.

BOYLE--a rather juvenile disciple of the good Saint Crispin--did not deny that he had been in the state that gentlemen wish to be who love their beer when the unhallowed hand of the temperate and teetotally-toper-hating Constable came in contact with his biceps muscle.....The Court informed Mr. BOYLE that he should pay a fine of 1s., and recommended him to allow some time to elapse before he again visits them.


A singular-looking individual, rejoicing in the Herculean appellation of ARMSTRONG, was brought before the Court, charged with having broken two panes of glass in the Constabulary Barrack of this town. The prisoner, it appears, is a discharged soldier, and arrived in Cavan, from Roscommon, on Sunday. Shortly after his arrival, he paid a visit to the Constabulary Barrack, stated that he was in distress, and appealed to the charitable feelings of the rifle-rigged peace preservers quartered there. Unfortunately for the discharged defender of the British crown and constitution, these worthies were not in a charitable mood.--They informed him that he would have some difficulty in detecting anything green about them since the abolition of their time-honoured verdant "swallow-tails;".......The prisoner appeared to care very little for the charge against him, replying briefly to the questions asked by the Court, and scrutinising those present with a pair of small, restless, ferret-like visual organs.

The Court informed him that they would gratify his wish to a small extent, by sending him to gaol for one week, with hard labour.

Prisoner--You needn't give me hard labour for I'm not fit for it. They didn't give me hard labour in Roscommon.

Clerk--I'll recommend you to stay in Roscommon, then; for the Cavan officials are very strict.

The Chairman told the prisoner that if he is unfit for hard labour, the Medical Officer of the gaol will certify to that effect. He was then conducted to the reserved seats, previous to transmission on to the "jug."

Matthew LOUGH, complainant; Catherine BRADY and Hugh BRADY, defendants

The defendants (brother and sister) were charged with having stolen some bacon, the property of the complainant. They had been out on bail, and the case was held over from last court day, on the application of the defendants, as they had not then any professional assistance.

Mr. John Armstrong now appeared for them, and addressed the Court on their behalf, stating they were the children of a respectable farmer, and had preserved a most excellent character up to this unfortunate transaction, when, under the influence of intoxicating drink, they had been induced to commit the offence with which they were charged. He appealed to the Court to accept the warning they had already received as sufficient punishment for a first offence, committed in an unguarded moment.

Mr. LOUGH also appealed to the Court on behalf of the accused, and said he had no wish to proceed against them, if the Court would permit him to withdraw the charge, as he had heard they were under the influence of drink when they committed the offence.

The Court declined to allow the charge to be withdrawn, or to pass it over on the plea of drunkenness and decided on going into the case....The Bench then sent the case for trial to the Quarter Sessions--the prisoners to be admitted to bail--themselves in 20l. and two sureties in 20l. each. The witness were bound over to prosecute, and the police were directed to keep the bacon in their custody

A man named BRADY applied to have informations for perjury granted against James LYONS, recently in business as a publican in this town, and now in gaol as a debtor. Mr. Tully appeared on behalf of BRADY.

The alleged forgery was committed by LYONS in signing BRADY's name to a bill of £20, without his knowledge or consent. Brady was processed for the amount of the bill by the Ulster Bank, at the last Quarter Sessions. The Chairman had left the question of the handwriting to a jury of three, but no other issue, and the jury found that the name was not in Brady's handwriting.

The case was argued at some length, but the Court refused to grant informations, as the matter had been previously introduced in a superior court, and told Brady he should apply to the Grand Jury.

Brady said he understood there was another bill in the bank, bearing his name, which was also forged by the same party. The Court recommended him to call at the bank with his solicitor, and if a forged bill bearing his name was there, they would grant informations in that case, should he apply.

The Court then rose.

(Within one mile of Killeshandra)

Rev. R. D. ALLEN, A. B., Principal

AT Hilary Term Examination, 1860 Trinity College, Dublin, the following Pupils of this School obtained Honours:

Mr. John NORTON, First of First in Science
Mr. Charles W. MARTIN, Honour in Science
Mr. Caulfield MARTIN, Honour in Science

At the previous Michaelmas Term Mr. NORTON obtained First Catechetical Premium, and at last Competitive Examination for admission into the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; Mr. W. AUCHENLECK and Mr. Loftus LEWIS were successful competitors. Both these Gentlemen received the School Education exclusively at Croghan, whence they entered Trinity College, Dublin, where they became Honourmen.

Fifteen high Collegiate Distinctions were obtained during the past year by former Pupils of this School.

The French Master is a native of France. The School is very select, and the number of Pupils very limited.

Reference to the Venerable the Archdeacon of Ardagh, Killeshandra; the Rev. F. SAUNDERSON, Rector of Kildailon, Ardlogher; and the Rev. F. DOBBS, Cathedral.

April 21, 1860


Before William Babington, Esq., J.P., Chairman; John Garnett Tatlow, Esq., J.P.; J. Story, Esq., J.P.; and Captain Carden, J.P.

Constable COAN summoned an unsophisticated looking rustic named James NAGHTAN, for having been drunk in the streets of this town on Tuesday last. The Constable stated that about five o'clock in the evening he recommended NAGHTAN to go home, as he was tipsy at that time, and had £1 in his possession. He did not follow this advice, however, and when they again met, his pound had dwindled down to a solitary shilling, beside which (like trusty, though humble friends, in the midst of adversity) four Scotch pennies kept watch and ward.

Mr. NAGHTAN looked extremely crest-fallen, very unlike a jolly roysterer, and seemed as if he had not yet vacated his seat upon the stool of repentance. He merely stated, in extenuation, that he had come into the fair, taken some whiskey, and--lost his senses and his money. The Court fined the sorrow-stricken tope 1s.

Constable MAGUIRE charged a nymph named Maria REILLY with having been drunk in the streets on Saturday night. As Miss REILLY is an habitual offender, the Court inflicted the full penalty--5s., or 48 hours' imprisonment, refusing to accept her IOU for a portion of the fine until this day week.

Acting-Constable KERR charged James SEXTON with having been drunk in the public streets on Sunday morning.

SEXTON informed the Court that he is a member of that ancient, honourable, and useful profession, which, since the primeval fall, has been justly considered an indispensable element in every community having any claim to civilisation.....The Court imposed a fine of 1s. and costs, which was paid.

Pat BRADY, of Shantamon, summoned Michael REILLY for having trespassed on, and dug up a portion of his holding.

The case was before the Court on a former occasion, and left to the arbitration of Mr. Thos. REILLY and Mr. BELL, who, it appears, have made no formal award. It relates to a small portion of cutaway bog, in the middle of complainant's holding, and claimed by defendant.

After arguing the matter for some time, and seeing that the Court was adverse to his claim, defendant engaged not to interfere with the little plot of bog in future, as "it isn't worth quarrelling about."

George HUDSON brought a civil bill process against Henry HOGG for 2s. 1d., balance of a sum of money earned by him as a mower in defendant's employment, during the harvest of 1859.

The case was dismissed, as it appeared plaintiff had not objected to the settlement made by defendant with him at the termination of his engagement, or claimed any money previous to taking out the process.

Michael GALLIGAN summoned John M'CABE, Robt. WOODS, Patrick WHELAN, and William CARROLL, for having assaulted him in the Main-street on Tuesday last.

Patrick MULDOON summoned John M'CABE, Jas. O'BRIEN, &c., for a similar offence, committed at same time and place.

Some of the defendants had cross-cases against GALLIGAN and MULDOON....

The main facts of the cases, as near as we could gather from the conflicting testimony of numerous witnesses, were that M'CABE, CARROLL, WHELAN, and a young lad named Owen HENRY were standing on the footpath, nearly opposite Mr. MERVYN's shop, about seven o'clock on Tuesday evening--M'CABE being what is termed "hearty" at the time. Michael GALLIGAN, Pat MULDOON, and a young man named HEELS were coming towards them, and when they reached them a "jostle" took place--GALLIGAN and MULDOON alleging that they were intentionally "jostled" by M'CABE & Co.; M'CABE & Co. alleging that GALLIGAN ^ Co. caused the collision....No bones were fractured by the collision, but GALLIGAN alleged that he was immediately struck by M'CABE.....Having heard everything that everybody had to say in the matter, until "confusion seemed more confounded," The Court ruled that as the origin of the conflict was shrouded in sphinx like mystery, they would dismiss all the summonses, and, to prevent a renewal of the contest for the championship between Messrs. GALLIGAN and M'CABE would bind them to keep the peace for six months towards each other and the rest of her Majesty's subjects--themselves in the sum of £10, and two sureties in £5 each.

Pat. GALLIGAN also charged John M'CABE with having assaulted him. Complainant is a brother of Michl. GALLIGAN, and the assault was committed shortly after the above "shindy." Defendant gave complainant a "push" against another man in Bridge-street, and threatened "to be revenged on him or his brother.".....The Court dismissed the case, and told complainant that he is one of the "subjects' which defendant cannot discuss in a pugilistic manner during the ensuing six months.


Mr. Tully applied to the Court, on the part of Bernard BRADY, of Corranure, to grant informations on last Monday refused to allow informations to be sworn in the case of the bill of exchange of the 21st of November; but there was a subsequent bill, of the 10th of January, to which BRADY's signature was also forged, presented at the Ulster Bank; and he now called upon Mr. WANN to produce that bill--due notice having been served upon him to that effect.

Mr. John Armstrong appeared for LYONS, and said his client was at present in custody as a debtor, and could not be produced in court without great inconvenience. It was contrary to practice to hear a case in the absence of the accused....Mr. Armstrong said that LYONS has his schedule filed; he had always borne an exemplary character, but, having lately fallen into difficulties, his "bosom friend," BRADY, tries to take advantage of him by getting up this case. Mr. Tully said the informations could be taken at the Gaol, in presence of LYONS.

Mr. Story said he saw no objection to this course--magistrates often go to the bedside of sick men to take informations. Mr. Armstrong objected, as he was only instructed to appear for LYONS at the Court-house.....After some discussion, Mr. Armstrong agreed to go on with the case, and the court proceeded to hear the evidence.......The Court, after a very patient hearing, decided to refuse the informations, as, though the name affixed to the bill was not in BRADY's hand writing, they considered he had given LYONS permission to write it, and was aware that he had done so.


Mr. Patrick BRADY summoned John MORRISON for having in his possession a quantity of his hay, well knowing it to have been stolen.

Mr. BRADY deposed that he had been missing hay for a considerable time past, though he took every precaution to detect the thief. On Wednesday night, however, he kept no watch, thinking that as the night was very wet, the thief would not venture out. In this he was mistaken, for the next morning he noticed hay strewn from the rick, as if accidentally dropped, and also the track of a donkey, both of which ceased at defendant's premises. He at once went to the police-barrack, and brought two constables to search for the hay. They found it on some sticks in an out-house belonging to defendant, and his ass was making his morning repast upon a portion of it. Identified a piece of rope, made by himself, which has been taken from his rick. Defendant, when he claimed the hay, said that if it belonged to him he might take it away.

Constable MAGUIRE and Sub-Constable SWEENY proved to the finding of the hay, and the words used by defendant.

Mr. Armstrong appeared for defendant, and argued that his yard is an open one, and the hay might have been placed there without his knowledge. Finally, he applied to have the case postponed for a week, which was agreed to.


A miserable looking old man, named James BRADY, about seventy years of age, was brought up in custody of Constable M'CARTHY, Stradone, charged on the informations of Catherine MORGAN, with the above offence.

Mr. Armstrong appeared for the accused.

The prosecutrix did not appear, but the Constable stated that he expected to be able to discover her whereabouts, if a warrant was granted.

The Court agreed to issue a warrant, and the accused was admitted to bail--himself in £10, and two sureties in £5 each--to appear on next Court-day, and from Petty sessions to Petty Sessions till discharged.

The Court then rose.


On the 10th inst., by the Rev. R. M'COLLUM, Presbyterian Minister of Shercock, Robert M'CHESNEY, Esq., St. Paul's, Minnesota, America, to Margaret, second daughter of the late Mr. James WALLACE, Carrickacreeny, near Shercock, in this County.

DISTRESS IN MAY--Most deplorable destitution exists at present among the rural population of this county. Sir James DOMBRAIN, and other gentlemen, are making honourable exertions to relieve the wants of the most destitute. A benevolent gentleman, who withholds his name, has sent £50 to Sir James Dombrain, and recommends that it should be laid out in the purchase of Indian meal, to be distributed among the starving people, gratuitously in the most pressing cases, and sold at first cost to others. Further donations are being sought for this object.

April 28, 1860


Before Wm. Babington, Esq., J.P., Chairman; Andrew Carden, Esq., J.P.; John Garnett Tatlow, Esq., J.P; Nathaniel Montgomery, Esq., J.P., and William Murray Hickson, Esq., R.M.


Philip MONAHAN summoned Michael CUSACK for allowing 17 head of cattle to trespass on complainant's meadow.

Mr. John Armstrong appeared for defendant, and said his client's farm is (and always has been) an unfenced one, that complainant had knocked down a ditch which enclosed his meadow on the public road, placing an inefficient one in its stead, and that, consequently, the trespass was caused by his own fault.

Defendant was examined in support of these statements.

The Court considered the trespass proved, but in consequence of the mitigating circumstances, only imposed half the penalty--viz., 6d. per head, with 1s. 6d. costs.

Patrick M'ELROON summoned Michael COYLE for having allowed his Jerusalem poney to trespass on the plantation of William Humphrys, Esq., J.P., D.L., at Lissagoan, in this county, on the 12th instant. Fined 6d. and costs.


The plaintiff is at present in jail as an insolvent debtor. The process was brought for a sum of £1 4s. 10d., balance of amount of shop goods sold and delivered....The Chairman expressed some doubt that they could hear the case--plaintiff being an insolvent. Mr. Armstrong, who appeared for plaintiff, said there was no obstacle to prevent them doing so. It was competent for M'LENEHAN to bring this process at present, as his petition had been dismissed, but if he had been discharged under an arrangement, the process should be brought in the name of the assignee.

After some few remarks, the case was allowed to go on. There was a good deal of contention as to the exact amount of the sum due, defendant's wife alleging that she paid 10s more than she received credit for, and that she also paid for half a stone of meal, which M'LENEHAN refused to give her. Finally, a decree was given for 14s. with 5s. costs.

Same v. James KITCHESON

This process was for £1 8s. 7d., also for shop goods, and brought under the same circumstances as the previous one. Defendant did not appear, but his wife admitted the debt, and a decree for the amount with 3s. costs was given--Mrs. M'LENEHAN promising to act leniently by defendant.


The old man BRADY, charged on the informations of Catherine MORGAN, with the above offence, was again brought up. Constable M'CARTHY stated that he had been unable to find the woman, though her mother said she would attend to-day, but if the Court held the case over, he expected to be able to find her.

Mr. Armstrong appeared for the accused, and prayed their worships to discharge him, as it was evident the charge against him was false....After some consultation, the Court ordered that the girl should be called in the usual manner, and as she did not appear, her recognizances was estreated, and the prisoner was discharged--Constable M'CARTHY being informed that he could issue a new summons if he discovered the girl.


A well-dressed, middle-aged, and nervous looking female named Mary FANNON preferred a charge of assault and battery against her liege lord, John FANNON, and the son of the said liege lord, by a former marriage, who also rejoiceth in the name of John, as well as in the euphonistic cognomen of FANNON. The lady, according to her own statement, had grievous cause of complaint against the granite-hearted monster who lured her from the elyseum of single-blessedness with vows that might have won a Vestal, and repaid her confidence in his honour by treating in a manner which throws the barbarity of Bluebeard in the shade....Mr. Fannon, of course had a different story, and no doubt, if allowed to do so, would describe himself as a model husband.....Mr. Armstrong proposed that the whole case between husband and wife should be left to the decision of the Roman Catholic clergyman of the parish in which they reside--the Rev. Thomas BRADY. To this Mrs. F. consented, and when retiring from the Court, Mr. Armstrong recommended his client to take his wife's arm and escort her homewards--a recommendation which he did not, however, comply with. And thus the pleasant duty of deciding between man and wife has devolved upon the Church instead of the Bench--a duty which is said to be not the pleasantest or safest for those who undertake it.


A gentleman bearing the intensely Hibernian appellation of Micky NOWLAN--possibly a descendant of one of the "NOWLANS" whose history is recorded by poor Banim--was charged by Constable MAGUIRE with having been drunk in Farnham-street. Micky was too bashful to make his appearance, and the Court added a trifle to the already high duty charged upon the "blessed dhrop."

Constable CONN had a similar charge against John M'GOVERN--a gentlemen engaged in the "spinning" of that fragrant weed introduced to our favoured land by Sir Walter Raliegh, and the popularity of which has survived the fierce denunciations of that wise monarch and humane man--James the First, "of blessed memory"--whose "counterblast" against (illegible) exhibits the eloquence and learning of his right royal mind almost in as favourable a light as his crusade against old women, tom-cats, and broom-sticks did his wisdom and Christianity, Peace to his ashes! for he suffered few to enjoy it whilst his hand held the sceptre.....Constable CONN said the worthy tobacconist in his custody had been tolerably quiet, and, in consequence, the Court only fined him 1s. and costs.

A juvenile gentleman, also connected with the tobacco interest, but whether as "twister," "hander," or "stripper," we are not competent to aver, was charged by Sub-Constable WALLACE with having taken too large a dose of alcohol, and exhibiting himself in public while under its influence. It seems that on the arrest of his brother-artist, Master RAHILL marched to the police-barrack, and there, like the Knight of LaMancha, before the windmill, commenced a tilting match against the fortress, and spoke loudly and disparagingly of worthy "shades," as such irreverent youths are wont, when pot-valiant, to term the members of the Constabulary force. But he had speedy cause to rue this rash bearding of the lions in their den.....The Court imposed the same penalty as in the previous case. Master RAHILL stated that he laboured under a scarcity of "ochre," had not as much as would purchase "a hair of the dog that bit him," and was wasting disconsolate glances at the reserved seats, and speculating upon a twenty-fours' sojourn in the "jug" when Mr. M'GOVERN, with an esprit du corps highly creditable to his profession, stood the ready for his youthful friend, and both "went rejoicing on their way."

There were no other cases before the Court.

FATAL ACCIDENT--On Wednesday evening, as Mr. Thomas M'DOWELL, a respectable farmer, residing at Munnery, near Crossdoney, was returning homewards, after buying some hay in this town, he seated himself upon the hay, for the purpose, we suppose, of driving his car with more facility, when, unfortunately, the hay being but loosely packed, he fell from the car, and sustained such severe injuries of the spine that he died on the following day at the Infirmary, whither he had been conveyed immediately after the sad accident. An inquest was held on Thursday evening, and a verdict in accordance with the above facts returned. Mr.M'DOWELL was about sixty-six years, and was highly respected by his friends and neighbours for his honest and warmhearted disposition.

ROBBERY AND ATTEMPTED MURDER IN THE CO. FERMANAGH--April 23--On this morning a man, named LEONARD, a cattle-dealer, on his way to Blacklion fair, was attacked at Claddah bridge, three miles from the village, by a person at present unknown. The weapon employed was a miller's axe or pick, now in the hands of the police. LEONARD was left for dead by his assassin, who robbed him of £125. A man, named PATTERSON, took him to his residence, a quarter of a mile distant. There are houses about fifty or sixty yards from the scene of the butchery. LEONARD lives twelve or fourteen miles from the place he was attacked. It is supposed the party who committed the diabolical act was well acquainted with the unfortunate man. Dr. FLOOD was in attendance in a short time on LEONARD. There is faint hope entertained of his recovery. If further particulars come to light I shall send them.--Correspondent.

Emigrants are leaving this port by the steamers for Liverpool in great numbers. The public conveyances arriving in Sligo from the surrounding districts are bringing them in crowds. We learn that the demand for passages on board the Galway steamers is so great that the agents here--the Messrs. DUDGEON, of Knox's Street--have refused so many as eighty applications for berths on board the Circassian. The severity of the winter and spring, and the enormous price to which hay and other provender and provisions have in consequence risen, are no doubt the causes of the panic which has spread among the peasantry in the district where this visitation has fallen most severely.--SLIGO CHRONICLE.

The Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to grant a pension of £60 per annum, together with a handsome reward, through the very kind recommendation of the Inspector-General, to First Head-Constable William IRWIN, of the Castlerea station, County of Roscommon, who had served in the establishment since it originations--1st of December 1819--a period of forty years and four months.

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