Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan
February 2, 1862


BELFAST, FRIDAY NIGHT--This day, at the inquest in Portadown on the body of Michael SWEENY, killed in the late collision on the Portadown and Dungannon Railway, the jury found COOKSAN the driver, and BURNS, the fireman, and MERCER, the guard of the goods train which was run into, guilty of manslaughter, and warrants were issued for their apprehension.--Northern Whig.


Magistrates present:--T. THOMPSON, Esq., and Wm. BABINGTON, Esq.

Patrick CONNOLLY had a process against Paul LYNCH for 10s, of which sum Patk. paid 7s on the day the process was served. Decree for 3s, with 1s 6d costs.

Robert GUMLEY summoned Patrick CUSACK for 30s, amount of damage done to his plant garden by defendant's cattle. Defendant did not appear, but service of the summons was proved. Plaintiff proved the trespass, and a man named John JONES appraised the damage to the plants at 30s. The Court postponed the case for a week, and recommended plaintiff to have his garden inspected by the sworn Appraiser.

James McCOLLUM summoned Samuel SIMONS for leaving a quantity of manure on a portion of the public road for the keeping in repair of which the complainant is contractor. The manure had been removed since the issue of the summons, and complainant only sought for a nominal fine, in order to put a stop to such offences in future. Defendant was fined 6d and costs.

William NUN, of Listeegan, summoned Phillip NUNN, of same place, for cutting and carrying away his fence. Mr. John ARMSTRONG appeared for complainant, who is uncle to defendant, and co-tenant with him. About twenty years ago complainant and defendant's father divided their farm between them, by which division the fence in question belonged to complainant, and was never interfered with by defendant until the day named in the summons. Defendant asserted that the fence was his, but the Court did not think so, and fined him 2s 6d, with 2s 6d compensation, and 1s 6d costs.

Patrick CONNOLLY (for whom Mr. John Armstrong appeared) summoned John KIRK under the following circumstances:--Complainant is driver of the mail car between Cavan and Ballybay, and defendant is in the employment of Mr. Matthew LOUGH, merchant, of Cavan. Complainant was driving towards Cavan on the morning named in the summons, and when within four miles of Cavan--it then being twenty minutes to six o'clock, and, of course, quite dark, he heard the noise of carts approaching him, and sounded his horn. Two carts passed him, going towards Cootehill. About three perches further on he "discerned some object coming towards" him and shouted twice. This "object" was defendant driving a cart. Defendant was at the wrong side of the road, and, when he discovered his mistake, and heard the mail car approaching, he endeavored to cross over to the other side. In attempting to do so, the hip rail of his cart came in contact with, and broke the shaft of the mail car, and complainant was thrown from his seat into the "shough". Complainant's horse ran away, and he had to follow him for about thirty perches before he overtook him. He then mounted the horse and followed the defendant, who did not wait to ascertain the result of the collision, leaving one of the carters he had first passed in charge of the mails. On coming up with defendant, he brought him into a house at four-mile station, and ascertained his name, &c. Complainant's horse was cut in several places, and the mails were delayed for an hour and a quarter...Mr. LOUGH drew attention to the fact that complainant had not his lamps lighted at the time the accident occurred, and to some discrepancies between his evidence and the version of the affair he gave him previously. Mr. LOUGH also stated that he had offered to pay half the expense of repairing the damaged mail car, which was admitted by complainant. The case was postponed for a week, in order to give defendant an opportunity of summoning the two carters who witnessed the accident.

Mr. James PARKER summoned Elizabeth DELANEY for 9s, amount of nine weeks' rent due by her for the use and occupation of a house in the neighborhood of Cavan. Mr. John Armstrong appeared for defendant, who asserted that she held as a yearly tenant, plaintiff having broken his part of a conditional agreement, by which defendant was to get the washing of Mr. PARKER's family in consideration of becoming a weekly tenant. This statement was disproved by the evidence of plaintiff and a Mr. Edward BRADY, and Court gave a decree for the sum claimed.

Patrick DONOHOE was charged with having, in company with others, assaulted Thomas KEANY and Peter SKELLY, in Francis CAHILL's public house, at Carrickaboy, on the 31st July 1861. The particulars of the case were given on several occasions, DONOHOE being the last of their assailants identified by complainants. He was defended by Mr. John Armstrong, and received an excellent character from Mr. John MATCHETT and Mr. William MATCHETT. He was warned against repeating such offences in future, and ordered to find bail--himself in £10, and two sureties in £ each, to keep the peace for seven years.

The Court then rose.


On the 25th ultimo, at Limerick, the wife of Captain Henry Marcus BERESFORD, of a son.


On Friday, the 17th instant, at his residence, Ballycroy, county Mayo, John BOURNES, Esq., only son of the late Matthew BOURNES, M.D., Belmullet, county Mayo.

On Sunday, the 19th inst., at his residence, Castleconnor, county Sligo, James BOURNES, Esq.


In the Matter of HENRY PIERCE, of Enniskillen, in the County of Fermanagh,

Innkeeper, Contractor, and Builder,



The Interest of the said Bankrupt and his assignees in all that the extensive and commodious two story House, divided into Houses, each having Shops, with Room off, and attached Kitchen and Cellar, situate in the Diamond, in the Town of Enniskillen, in which the Bankrupt for many years carried on a large respectable trade......


(From the Banner of Ulster)

It is our painful duty to record the death of one of the fathers of the Church--the Rev. Patrick WHITE of Bailieborough. For about ten days previously, Mr. WHITE had been labouring under a severe attack of bronchitis, in consequence of which the most serious apprehensions were entertained respecting his recovery. The malady continued without abatement, and he gradually sunk under it, expiring on the evening of Saturday last. By a reference to some of the earlier minutes of the Synod of Ulster we find that Mr. WHITE, who was a licentiate of the Monaghan Presbytery, was ordained to the congregation of Bailieborough on the 28th of August 1810, and was there, at his death, in the fifty second year of his ministry. But a few years after his ordination the congregation over which he was placed were involved in a serious law suit, inconsequence of an attempt to deprive them of a valuable farm of seventy or eighty acres, originally granted by a member of the CORRY family for the use of their minister. A large amount of property, of which this holding was a part, having been sold by Mr. Stuart CORRY, of Rockcorry, to Sir William YOUNG, of Cavan, the latter challenged the title of the congregation and instituted an action by which to break the lease. The case, which created great excitement in the neighbourhood, was brought to trial at the Cavan Assizes, on which occasion Sergant BURTON, who was subsequently elevated to the Bench, was retained as special counsel by the congregation. Their interest in the farm in question was conclusively established, and Mr. WHITE continued to occupy, during the remainder of his life, the property which he had been largely instrumental in securing for the object contemplated by the donor. In 1828, Mr. WHITE was elected as Moderator by the Synod of Ulster, a sufficient attestation to the respect entertained for him throughout the Church....Among the ministers of the Assembly he is distinguished as having devoted so many of his sons, all indeed, as we understand, without exception, to the sacred office. Four of these brothers of the Manse occupy respectably and influential stations in the Church, while a fifth is a licentiate, and a sixth will soon have completed his studies in Theology. Of the entire number, we believe that almost all stood around his bed during his last illness, ministering consolation to their reverend parent, and commending him to "covent mercy" in the hour of his dissolution.



Estate of Allan Nobel ADAMS, Owner; the Rev. J. ADAMS and another, Petitioners.

Corlea--containing 346a; profit rent, £122. Sold to Mr. CARMICHAEL (in trust) for £3,970.

Mr. Samuel GERRARD, Solicitor.


Estate of Peter E. HILL, Owner and Petitioner.

Lot 1--Mounthill, containing 250a; profit rent £177.--Sold to Mr. TISDALL (in trust) for £8,850.

Lot 2--Same denomination, containing 275a; net profit rent £187. Sold to same for £3,175

Mr. D. GALBRAITH, Solicitor.


The Queen v. MULRIN and Others

Mr. IVINE applied that the traversers should be admitted to bail. They were charged with being members of an illegal association called the Ribbon Society. The prisoners were arrested at their respective residences near Ballycoffey, on the night of the 14th instant by the police, and conveyed before Lord Lifford and Messrs. STEWART and M'LEOD, Resident Magistrates of the County of Donegal, and by them were committed to take their trial at the next assizes. The affidavits on which he moved stated that the only evidence against the accused was the uncorroborated testimony of an approver, who was a man of bad character, and at present confined in the gaol of Lifford. The traversers swore that they were not connected with any Ribbon Society.

Judge HAYES declined to grant the application without first reading over the informations. The informations should be returned into court, and the application could then be renewed.

February 8, 1862


Two "navvies" were summoned for drunkenness; but, as they had never been in custody previously, made no disturbance, and spent a night in the Police Barrack, his Worship dismissed them with a caution.

A trio of ladies from Mudwall Row had each other summoned for abusive and indecent language. The cases were left, by mutual consent, to the arbitration of the Rev. John M'ENROE, R.C.C.; and his Worship informed the litigants that their next appearance before him may give them cause to regret the too free use of their "unruly members.

Ellen REILLY was charged with loitering in the streets of Cavan, contrary to the provisions of the Towns' Improvement Act. She pleaded (falsely) that she was refused admission to the Workhouse after leaving prison, whither she had been sent on two occasions recently--once for wilfully breaking seven panes of glass, a form, and some other articles belonging to the union, and once for absconding from the Workhouse. His Worship postponed the case for a week, to give her an opportunity of entering the Workhouse (she was admitted there on Tuesday.)

Some other women of the same class were summoned for similar offences, and fined--warrants to be issued against them in default of payment.

The Court then rose.


Magistrates present:--Theophilus THOMPSON, Esq., Chairman; William BABINGTON, Esq., and William Murray HICKSON, Esq., R.M.

John PATTERSON charged Anne REILLY with having robbed him of five shillings, and identified as his property a penny which was found upon her when arrested. The only mark by which he knew the penny was that it was "blue moulded." Mr. John Armstrong defended the prisoner, and the prosecutor having entirely broken down in his case, the prisoner was discharged.

Mary Anne BOYLAN was brought up in custody, charged with having stolen £5 in notes and 8s in silver from Francis HOLMES. The prosecutor did not appear, and the case was postponed for a week--the prisoner being allowed to stand out on her own recognizance.

Mrs. KINNEALY summoned a girl named Anne BRADY for retaining a petticoat and "quilting frame," her property. Complainant gave the defendant the petticoat to "quilt" in September last, but did not get frame or petticoat since. The defendant stated the articles were pawned by a woman in whose house she fell ill, as payment for her lodging, &c., and that she had no means of releasing them. The case was postponed for a week, in order to give her an opportunity of getting the articles for complainant.

There were several cases of trespass civil bills, &c., but none of any public interest.


GAME PROSECUTION--DULEEK, JAN 30.--At the petty sessions of this town, which were held on yesterday before Henry B. CODDINGTON, Stephen SMITH, James MATHEWS, and John GRADWELL, Esqr., presiding magistrates, a notorious poacher name J. M'MAHON, known in Drogheda by the sobriquet of "The Cobbler," was charged with having entered the lands of Patrick MATHEWS, Esq., J.P., and Mr. James CARPENTER, at Beauicre, in pursuit of game, on the 18th ult.

Mr. John T. ROWLAND, solicitor, appeared for the prosecution.

The defendant did not appear.

Philip COLLINS, a caretaker in the employment of the Messrs. MATHEW and CARPENTER, was then sworn and examined by Mr. ROWLAND. He stated that about three o'clock on Saturday, the 18th instant, he saw John M'MAHON and another man, whose name he did not know, open the prosecutors' land at Platten in the County Meath, in pursuit of game. They were barking like dogs, and were endeavouring to run past into a ditch, where a net was set. After some time, they succeeded in their purpose, when witness saw the defendant take up the lure and net, which he threw across his shoulder and scampered off, as quickly as he could. Witness called after the men to stop, and although he told them that he knew them very well, they refused to do so....They expressed their determination to put down the present system of poaching, which was being extensively pursued in the locality; so they would fine M'MAHON £8 4s 7½d for the first offence, or in default of payment one month's imprisonment....(illegible)

THE CATASTROPHE AT HARTLEY PIT--NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE, WEDNESDAY.--It has been intimated to Mr. Mathias DUNN, the Government inspector of mines for this county, that the Home office intends sending down a properly qualified gentleman to attend the inquest to be opened on Monday; and there is every prospect that a full and impartial inquiry will be made into the whole circumstances of the sad accident at Hartley, and that useful lessons will be derived from it to prevent the recurrence of such in future...

February 15, 1862



In the Matter of the Estate of




THE Court having ordered the Life Estate or Interest of the said Essex Munro EDGEWORTH, of and in the lands of Drumcrow, otherwise Kiltafacey, situate in the barony of Clonmahon, and county of Cavan, to be Sold for the purpose of discharging the incumbrances thereon,

All parties objecting to such Sale of said lands are hereby required to take Notice of such order; and all persons having claims thereon may file such claims, duly verified, with the Clerk of the Records.

Dated this 20th day of January, 1862. C. E. DOBBS, Examiner

Thomas M. LYSTER, Solicitor for Owner, having, carriage of Sale,

65, Upper Gardiner-street, Dublin.



In the Matter of the Estate of

CHARLES MALONE AND ELIZA MALONE, His Wife, and EDWARD BURNETT, or some or one of them, Owners;



THE Court having ordered a Sale of one divided moiety of two-thirds parts of the lands known as the Six Poles of Kildrumfartin, and the Pole of Kilnaleck, with their subdenominations of Kill, and the undivided moiety of the Cow-green of Kilnaleck, and the Kill Burying Ground, situate in the baronies of Clonmahon and Castleraghan, and county of Cavan, held under lease from the Bishop of Kilmore, Elphine and Ardagh, dated the Seventh day of May, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Seven, for a term of Twenty One Years from the First Day of November, 1857.

All parties objecting to such Sale of said lands are hereby required to take Notice of such order; and all persons having claims thereon may file such claims, duly verified, with the Clerk of the Records.

Dated this 6th day of February, 1862 JAMES M'DONNELL, Examiner

SAMUEL GERRARD, Solicitor for Petitioner, having Carriage of Sale,

38, Lower Ormond-quay, Dublin



In the Matter of the Estate of



JAMES BENISON, Petitioner.

THE Honourable Judge LONGFIELD, one of the Judges of the Landed Estates Court, will on TUESDAY, the 4th day of March, 1862, at the hour of 12 o'clock at noon, at the Four Courts, in the City of Dublin, Sell by Auction the following Lands and Premises, situate in the barony of Tullyhaw, and County of Cavan:--

Lot 1--One divided ninth of the lands of Gortullaghan, otherwise Gortullaghin, Tomen, otherwise, Tourmin, and Moherloobe, otherwise Moherlube, held in fee farm, containing 35a. 0r. 21p., statute measure, or thereabouts, and producing an annual profit rent of £13 13s 1d.

Lot 2--Part of the lands of Gortoorlan; parts of the lands of Doone, and Dwelling-house and Premises in the town of Ballyconnell, held respectively under Leases for lives, containing in the whole 83a. 1r. 25p., statute measure, or thereabouts, and producing an estimated annual profit rent of £55 5s. 1d.

Dated this 24th day of January 1862. RICHARD H. V. ARCHER, Chief Clerk.


Constable KERR prosecuted Michael JACKSON for causing a nuisance and obstruction by allowing his cart to remain in Bridge street on the 28th ult. The defendant did not appear, but sent word that he had to leave home on business. His Worship imposed a fine of 1s and costs.

Maria REILLY was fined 10, or, in default, one month's imprisonment, for loitering in the public streets.

Warrants, in default of payment, were issued against others of the same class fined, previously.

The Court then rose.


Magistrates present:--Theophilus THOMPSON, Esq., Chairman; Wm. BABINGTON, Esq., and Captain CARDEN.

Robert CHRISTY, a road contractor, summoned James KERNAN, in order to obtain from the Court authority to enter upon defendant's land at Blenscup, and obtain from a quarry there materials for repairing a portion of the public road from Drumcor Chapel to Cortubber police barrack.

Mr. John Armstrong opposed the application, on the part of Lord Annesley (to whom defendant is tenant) on the ground that there is a quarry equally good and convenient on another portion of defendant's farm--at Drumcor--and that any interference with the quarry at Blenscup would injure the public road, by undermining the rock which guards it from the encroachment of the lake.

Evidence on both sides having been gone into, the case was postponed for the report of the County Surveyor.

Robert ERSKINE, Esq., J.P., obtained a decree to possession of a house in the town of Cavan, held by Mary DONOHOE, as weekly tenant--tenancy having terminated by notice to quit, &c.

Margaret M'CABE, a well dressed woman, who stated that she is a native of Monaghan, was brought up in custody, charged with having, on Saturday evening, stolen a shawl, the property of Mr. James HARTLEY, draper, of this town.

There was a poor old woman, who lives in the Half Acre, also in custody, for having tried to pawn the shawl. She stated that she got the shawl from M'CABE, who promised her a few pence for going to a pawn office with it, and, thinking it belonged to M'CABE, she went with it to Mr. SMALL's, where it was detained.

Mr. SMALL deposed that the old woman brought the shawl to him on that morning. He asked her if the shawl belonged to her, when she made the same statement as above. He then took her into custody, and sent for Mr. HARTLEY, who had been with him previously about the shawl.

The Court complimented Mr. SMALL upon the very proper manner he had acted in this, as in all similar cases, and ordered the old woman to be discharged from custody. Sub-constable JOYCE, who arrested M'CABE, produced the Shawl. Mr. HARTLEY identified the shawl, which he stated was worth 15s.....The prisoner admitted that she had sent the shawl to the pawn office, but denied that she had stolen it. After some time, however, she pleaded guilty, wept, and threw herself on the mercy of the Court. She was remanded for a week.

Margaret REILLY summoned Patrick GALLIGAN for 10s wages.

Plaintiff alleged that defendant hire her from the 13th of January to the 14th of May; he was to give her 10s for her services during that period; a few nights since he pulled her hair, beat her, and turned her away. Defendant denied that he had beaten her or turned her away; he admitted that he "gave her a bit of a push," and that in doing so his "finger accidentally caught in her hair," but she had provoked him by using abusive language; and he accused her of habitual neglect and impertinence. His statements were partially corroborated by his brother-in-law.

The Court considered that there had been faults on both sides, and ordered plaintiff to return to her service--defendant paying the costs of the summons.

Patrick BRADY was charged on informations with an assault on John HENNESSY, at Castleterra, on the 3rd inst. They are both young lads, and according to the informations and evidence of complainant, he was returning from Castleterra National School, in company with other boys, when defendant came up to him, asked him"what gab was he giving," offered to fight him "with either the left of right hand," and, when he refused to accept the challenge (being younger than defendant), struck him on the head with a stone which he threw at him; he became, in consequence, insensible for a considerable time, bled profusely, and had to be brought into Cavan to Dr. MATTHEWS, who dressed the wound. (His hand was still bandaged.)

Defendant's statement was to the effect that he saw complainant annoying two of his younger brothers--a practice to which he was addicted; he ran towards him, to prevent him doing so; complainant called him nicknames, and threw a stone at him, and it was subsequently that he threw the stone at complainant. Complainant admitted that he threw a stone at defendant, and occasionally annoyed his younger brothers. Complainant's mother hoped the Court would not punish defendant. Defendant's father was also in attendance.

Constable M'CARTHY, of Stradone, said the wound in defendant's head might prove dangerous, as he was ill for some days after receiving it. Mr. BABNGTON (the other magistrates having left Court) administered an excellent warning to defendant, and postponed the case for a week.

Mr. George JONES, poor rate collector, summoned a man name CAULFIELD for having unlawfully left his service...CAULFIELD's defence was that Mr. JONES refused to give him his wages, according to their agreement, in small sums, as he earned it; that the work was extremely hard, and, except on special occasions, the food bad and insufficient. As these statements were contradicted by JONES, and unsupported by evidence, His Worship said that CAULFIELD should either go back to Mr. JONES, and put in the remainder of his time--as he could be more useful to him than during the winter quarter--or go to gaol for a month. CAULFIELD was about to accept the former alternative, when,

The Porter of the Workhouse stepped forward, and joyfully as "Puck" when perpetrating some choice bit of mischief, and smilingly and politely informed Mr. JONES that he "regretted to deprive him of his workman, but he was shocked that a poor law official should have anything to do with a man who left his wife and children chargeable to the union." He then handed to his Worship an information charging CAULFIELD with having deserted his wife and children on the 15th of March, 1860, and compelled them to seek shelter in the Cavan Workhouse. It appears that CAULFIELD is a private in the Cavan Militia, yet he never went to see his wife and children, or contributed a penny towards their support in the Workhouse. His wife died there some time ago, and he shortly afterwards married a woman of bad character named M'CABE. This lady was in Court, and laughed very heartily at her liege lord's misfortune. CAULFIELD managed to evade the search of the Guardians until a few weeks ago, when the Porter found out where he was living, and cleverly took advantage of Mr. JONES's summons to bring him to justice. The charge having been fully proved, His Worship sentenced CAULFIELD to one month's imprisonment, with hard labour, and told him that, unless he removes his three children from the Workhouse at the expiration of that period, he will be liable to a further imprisonment of three months.

Constable SHEALDS summoned Edward FEGAN, of Crumlin, under the following circumstances:--A few evenings since, in company with a sub constable, he was going towards Crosskeys on duty, when they were attacked by defendant's dog on the public road, and had to draw their swords to defend themselves; the dog (a large one) was unlogged and unmuzzled; defendant (who lives a quarter of a mile from the public road) came towards them, and acknowledged that the dog was him, but when asked his name, said it was BRADY, and that he lived at Glassrock, refusing to tell his baptismal name. These facts were sworn to by SHEALDS and the sub constable.

Defendant denied that he gave a wrong name; he merely said that the dog was given to him by BRADY of the Glassrock; the dog was too quiet, and never attacked any before; he had no objection to have the dog destroyed.

His Worship said he was surprised that a respectable man like defendant should have given a wrong name to the police. Were it not for that, the summons would not have been brought. The police had no personal feeling in the matter--they were only actuated by anxiety for the public safety; but, as they did not press for the destruction of the dog, he would only impose a fine of 2s, 6, including the costs.

Defendant at first said he would appeal, but he afterwards paid the fine. His Worship said that the highest fine under the Act was not sufficiently high, or he would give him the power of appeal.

There were no other cases for hearing, with the exception of two undefended civil bills and two uninteresting trespass cases.

February 22, 1862


Magistrates present:--Theophilus THOMPSON, Esq., Chairman; Wm. BABINGTON, Esq., and Captain CARDEN.

Jane EDMUNDSON summoned Samuel GUMLEY, of Lavey, for £2, wages earned from May, 1861, to November, 1861, and £2, wages agreed to be paid from November, 1861, to May, 1862--defendant having turned her away. Neither plaintiff or her mother (who is sister-in-law to defendant) could give a satisfactory account of the transaction out of which the case arose; and, at defendant's request, the case was postponed for a fortnight, as there will be no Court on next Monday.

Luke LEE, of Shankill, summoned Thomas SMITH for 13s 10d, wages earned by plaintiff's children--Rose, Susan, and James--in the harvest of 1861, by binding oats, scutching flax, &c., for defendant. Defendant admitted the claim, but said that plaintiff owed him some money for ass hire. The court gave a decree for 13s 10d, with costs.

Sub-Constable M'MICHAEL summoned Matthew M'EVOY for having allowed a pig to wander on the public road at Drumbarry; and Thomas SMITH for having allowed two pigs to wander on the public road at Carrickaboy. Defendants were each fined 6d and costs.

Mr. Matthew LOUGH, of Cavan, had a civil bill process against Henry JOHNSTONE, of Egremush, for 12s; against Phillip REILLY, of Derrycramp, for 7s 8d (4s 6d of which was paid since the issue of the process); against Thomas MURRAY, for £1 4s; and against Christopher MORRIS, for 17s 9d--all for shop goods sold and delivered. One of the plaintiff's shop assistants proved the debts. Defendants did not appear. Decrees with costs were given in each case.

Anne DAWSON had a civil bill process against Jas. FOSTER for 12s, amount of shop goods sold and delivered. Defendant asked for time to pay the debt, which was contrasted by his wife, without his knowledge. The Court informed him that they had no power to grant a delay, and gave a decree for the amount claimed, with costs.

Catherine M'CABE was again brought up, on remand, charged with having stolen a shawl, value of 15s, the property of Mr. HARTLEY, on the evening of the 8th instant. She repeated her plea of guilty, and was sentenced to two months' imprisonment.--Her husband has not yet been apprehended, but the police are on his track. Mr. HARTLEY was allowed his costs. The old woman who went to pawn the stolen shawl applied for her costs, but the Court refused to allow her any.

Sub-Constable M'PARTLAND summoned John HICKS for having been drunk in the public street of Ballyhaise. HICKS, who is a young lad, did not attend, but his father was present, and stated that he never knew him to get drunk before. No fine was imposed.

Robert CHRISTY again brought forward his complaint against James M'KERNAN, for having refused him permission to enter upon his farm at Blenacup, and make use of a quarry there. Defendant did not appear. The County Surveyor (to whom the case was referred on last court day) said that quarrying at the rock or lake quarry at Blenacup would be inadvisable, and tend to injure the public road; the materials in the quarry at Drumcor were good, but it might be difficult to work it; he knew nothing of the second quarry on defendant's land at Blenacup. CHRISTY having sworn that the last name quarry would be better and more convenient for him than the one at Drumcor, he was authorised to use it for the purposes of his contract.

Patrick BRADY, the young lad charged with striking John HENNESSY on the head with a stone, was let off with a caution, having paid the costs, and complainant being as brisk as ever.

The Court then rose.

DARING OUTRAGE AND ROBBERY--A most daring outrage and robbery took place a few nights since at a place known as Blackbull, a hamlet on the road between Navan and Dublin, by which a man named Peter VELDON ran a narrow escape of his life. It appears that two men, partly disguised, came into his house and called upon him to deliver up to them his purse of money which they seemed to know he had always carried about his person. One of the parties had a loaded pistol in his hand, and stood near the door, and when he heard VELDON refuse to comply with their wishes, he told the other to stand aside, and fired the pistol. VELDON, becoming alarmed, called on the housemaid to run out for assistance, which she did, put before any could be had, the robbers had succeeded in taking his purse containing about £50, and decamped.--Morning News.

A recent death in London will cause mourning to several noble families in this country. It is that of Elizabeth Honoria, wife of Capt. GLADSTONE, R.N., M.P., daughter of Sir Robert BATESON, Bart., of Belvoir Park, Belfase, and mother of the young Countess of Belmore. She died on the 11th inst., at 42, Upper Brooke-street, London.


Before John RADCLIFF, Esq. (Chairman), George BOMFORD, and G. T. DALTON, Esqrs.

Considerable interest was attached to some cases brought by road contractors against the Dublin and Drogheda Railway Company for damages to the public roads, and the Courthouse was thronged during the day.

The first case was that in which a road contractor, named James FARRELLY, came before the Bench, and stated that at the sessions held on the 6th of January, the magistrates heard his complaint against the railway company, when he charged them with having injured the public road by the traffic carried on in making the extension line of railway from Kells to Oldcastle. On that occasion the Bench made an order that Mr. BURKE, the contractor for the extension line, should repair the damage by the 1st of February.

Mr. Samuel FERGUSON, Q.C., appeared on the part of the Railway Company.

FARRELLY being sworn, stated that he was a road contractor living at Minlow; the Bench ordered that the repairs should be made by the 1st of February; the railway company had made some repairs, but they were unsatisfactory....James GERRARD was called as a witness for the defence...He deposed that since the order of the magistrates...he had been employed by Mr. BURKE, railway contractor, to put FARRELLY's road into repair...Mr. M. H. BURKE, the railway contractor, deposed that the road was in wretched repair at the time the magistrates had made the order...A man named WATTERS was examined on the part of Farrelly, and deposed that he saw FARRELLY's men, on two occasions in January, spreading stones on the road, and that the road was in complete repair at the last October sessions.

After a lengthened consultation, the Bench decided that the matter should be referred to the county surveyor, Mr. SEARAUKE, and adjourned to the next session....

The next case was one in which Mr. James ARMSTRONG, of Kells, summoned the railway company for not keeping the road between Kells and Moynalty, which they had damaged, in proper repair...a man named John TORMEY, who deposed that he took an account of the traffic on the road in question...On the 14th instant fifty nine cars and thirty three spring vehicles passed over it, back and forward, on that day--nine only of these were Mr. BURKE's.

William RYAN, formerly a deputy surveyor, deposed that, by order of Mr. BURKE, he had repaired the road in question....The case was dismissed.

Some other cases of no particular importance having been heard, the Court rose.

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