Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

May 3, 1862

(From Our Correspondent.)

Magistrates present:--Captain Michael PHILLIPS, Captain John A. NESBITT, Rev. E. W. B. VENABLES, and John ROGERS, Esq.


Thomas M'VEIGH and Patrick DONOHOE, a labourer in his employment, were summoned for having, on the 17th of April, trespassed on premises belonging to Lord Lanesborough, at Knaughan, and for damaging same....Mr. James JOHNSTONE, under agent to his lordship, deposed to having seen the trespass committed and believed the premises were Lord Lanesborough's.

Mr. Knipe--That's a soft oath. You only believe it to be the property of Lord Lanesborough.
Witness--I am sure it is on the estate of Lord Lanesborough.
Mr. Knipe--But, sir, is not David Jones's name entered in your rent book as the tenant of these premises?
Witness--I believe so.
Mr. Knipe--Was that tenancy ever severed?
Witness--I believe not
Captain Nesbitt--Through whom did Lord Lanesborough get back possession?

Mr. Armstrong--Now, that David JONES's name is mentioned, the whole case is simply this. In the month of June or July, 1861, David JONES, who held the farm now in dispute, left the country. M'VEIGH, the defendant, had a portion of conacre ground from JONES, the time of which expired in the month of November last. After Jones went away, his father, with the con's consent, entered into possession of the premises, and in some time afterwards he gave up possession to the bailiff of Lord Lanesborough, notwithstanding which M'VEIGH comes back as a trespasser, for after the expiration of his conacre tenancy, he could be looked upon in no other light. I will also prove that he offered a sum of £5 to BELL, Lord Lanesborough's bailiff, if he would give him possession of the farm....Thomas JONES was then sworn, and stated that he was father to David JONES, who left the country the 8th of June 1861; knows the premises he held in Knaughan; witness, after his son went away, managed and ditched the farm until October last, when he gave up possession to Charles BELL.

Mr. Knipe--By whose authority did you give it up to BELL?
Witness--Mr. LITTON told me to give up possession to BELL, and I did so.
To the Bench--My son did not authorize me to give it up.

No other witnesses were examined, and the Court dismissed the case, allowing defendant 7s 6 costs.


Daniel LEDDY, of Cavan, appeared to prosecute his informations against Michael COYLE and John COYLE (father and son) for the unlawful rescue of two heifers and one cow, seized by him under Quarter Sessions decrees.

It appeared from the evidence that LEDDY, as bailiff, went to the premises of defendants, near Redhills, with a decree at the suit of a man named REILLY, and another at the suit of a man named MONAGHAN. He seized two heifers and a cow, and the defendants forcibly rescued them. The elder defendant alleged that the decree under which the seizure was made was against his son one was against both, and, as the cattle belonged to him, and not to his son, he considered himself justified in preventing them from being seized.

Mr. Knipe (although not professionally engaged) said that the plaintiff in the decree was a man of no property. The police, under a warrant had retaken the cattle, which have been since sold, and the COYLES will have no remedy against the plaintiff in the decree, who will probably be in America before next Quarter Sessions.

The Court, after some consideration, decided upon sending the case for trial before the Chairman at next Quarter Sessions. The defendants were admitted to bail.


John MAGUIRE, alias Peter RORKE, was brought up in custody, charged with stealing a travelling rug. It appeared that Mr. J. KIERNAN, of Ballinamore, was attending a meeting of the Board of Guardians of the Bawnboy union on the 24th ultimo, and, while at Mrs. M'GUIRE's hotel, a travelling rug was stolen from his car; he gave information to the police of the neighbouring stations, and amongst others, to the Head Constable of Belturbet station, who, on the receipt of Mr. KIERNAN's letter on the 26th of March, gave the description of the rug to Mr. SMALL, pawnbroker, who gave directions to his assistants to stop it if offered for pawn; on Thursday the prisoner went to Mr. SMALL's with the rug, and wanted to borrow 15s on it; Mr. SMALL's assistant immediately gave information to the Head Constable, who took the prisoner into custody; he said his name was M'GUIRE, and gave contradictory accounts of how the rug came into his possession. Mr. KIERNAN identified the rug as his property. The Court sent the case for trial to the Quarter Sessions--the prisoner to be admitted to bail--himself in the sum of £10, and two sureties in £5 each.

There were several cases of road nuisances brought forward by the police, in which fines of 6d and costs were imposed.

Captain Nesbitt said the police were neglecting the roads in his locality, and he was determined to report the matter, unless they paid better attention to the roads.

Some of the police in Court said they did their utmost, but, from the great amount of duty they had on hands at present, it was quite impossible for them to attend to the matter more strictly.

There were no other cases of any public interest before the Court.


Magistrates present:--Theophilus Thompson, Esq., Chairman; William Babington, Esq., Captain Carden, Joseph Story, Esq., and William Murray Hickson, Esq., R.M.


Constable COURTENAY charged Terence MULLIGAN with having, on the 21st of April, at Innishmore, sold whiskey in his house, he not being duly licensed, and with having had several persons drunk on his premises at same time. He stated that on the night named in the summons he went, with five sub constables, to the defendant's house; there were a great number of men--about sixty--in the house, and several of them tried to escape when they saw the police coming; there were people in both rooms of the house, and several of them were under the influence of drink; on the tables were bottles, jars, and glasses, which had the smell of whiskey; in one jug there was something less than half a pint of whiskey; in one of the rooms some of the people were shouting "to h--- with the police! What do we care for them?" The defendant's house is situated about three miles from Butlersbridge off the Killeshandra road; whilst the police were at the house, a large jar of whiskey was smuggled away out of it, and after they went the parties returned and drank it, remaining in the house until after midnight, quarrelling and fighting, and one man was severely beaten, having received a black eye,.....The defendant alleged that he sold no whiskey; that the parties who were found in his house by the police made a "join" and gave him the money to purchase the whiskey, after which they had a "dance." He brought forward no evidence to sustain his defence. The Court considered the charge clearly proved....The defendant should pay a fine of £1,or be imprisoned for one month, and he might consider himself very leniently dealt with, for a repetition of the offence would expose him to a penalty of £5, or three months' imprisonment. The defendant was unable to pay the fine, and the Court refused to allow him any time. He was accordingly taken into custody.


Michael LEDDY, Patrick BRADY, and Patrick M'GAHARAN, three of the parties found in MULLIGAN's house, were convicted of having been drunk on that occasion, and were each were fined 2s 6d and costs.


The case of the poor farmer named MULSTEEN, of Crott, county Longford, whose cow was stolen from him on the 4th of April, and purchased at the fair of Crossdoney, for £3, by a cattle dealer named MAGUIRE, was again before the Court.....After a lengthened hearing, all the magistrates, with the exception of the Chairman, considered that the purchase of the cow was not an honest transaction, and that MAGUIRE should be sent for trial to the Quarter Sessions, which was accordingly done--MAGUIRE to be admitted to bail.


Andrew SMITH and Richard HICKS were each fined 5s and costs for having two dogs unlogged and unmuzzled on the public streets; Daniel MAGUIRE, Mrs. Ellen BANNON, James SMITH, Thomas MULLEN, and Mr. James HARTLEY, were each fined 2s 6d and costs for having one dog each unlogged and unmuzzled on the public streets. The Court considered that the vast number of "unkempt" curs and mongrels of all kinds in the town and neighbourhood of Cavan was an intolerable nuisance--many poor creatures in the Broad-road, Half-acre, &c., who are scarcely able to maintain themselves, supporting one or more wretched cur dogs, whose sole use appears to be yelping at, and attempting to bite all pedestrians who come near them....The Court also intimated that if any of the parties fined on this occasion destroyed their dogs before next Court day, and satisfied the police of the fact, the fines would be remitted. Sub Inspector NAPIER directed the Constables in charge of the Stradone, Ballyhaise, and other stations to summon all parties who allow their dogs to wander unlogged or unmuzzled, or insufficiently logged and muzzled, on the streets of those towns.


Mr. Peter M'GAURAN was summoned for having had a cart on the public road, without having his name painted on it, as required by law. Mr. GAHAN, the County Surveyor, was driving along the road, when he met Mr. M'GAURAN's servant in charge of his horse and cart. The man refused to keep the proper side of the road, and Mr. GAHAN was obliged to alight, and endeavour to ascertain who owned the cart. The Court imposed a fine of 1s and costs, and informed Mr. M'GAURAN that he might deduct it from the servant's wages, but Mr. M'GAURAN stated that he had discharged the man on hearing of the circumstances of the case.

Constable M'ILWAINE summoned Mr. Thomas TOPHAM for a similar offence. The police found the cart and horse on the Workhouse road, without any person in charge, and it was not without some trouble that they found out to whom the horse and cart belonged. Mr. TOPHAM stated that he sent his horse and cart in charge of his servant from Cavan, and that the man was quite sober at the time. The shaft of the cart was broken a short time since, and he had neglected to put his name on the new shaft. A fine of 1s and costs was imposed.


Thomas BRADY summoned Patrick REILLY for £3 8s 9d wages agreed to be paid by defendant to plaintiff, from November, 1861, to May, 1862, plaintiff having been obliged to leave defendant's service in consequences of receiving insufficient food. Defendant had a cross summons against BRADY for leaving his service and using threats towards him, and against BRADY's father for an assault. It appeared that so far from BRADY receiving "bad treatment" in the way of food, that his diet was very good, and the same as his master received, and that he absented himself from his master's service to forty three days since November last. The threats were used by BRADY when checked by his master for not doing some work properly, and were to the effect that he would get parties to beat him. The case against old BRADY arose out of an attempt on his part to force REILLY to employ him. The Court dismissed the first and third summons, and on the second discharged BRADY from his master's service, with forfeiture of wages, and sentenced him to a week's imprisonment for using the threats. This portion of the sentence was, however, subsequently rescinded.

The few other cases before the Court were uninteresting.


We regret to state that our county has been disgraced by a dreadful murder this week. The murderer is a farmer named Phillip CAHILL, aged about fifty years, and his victim was his brother in law, Peter REILLY. Both men resided within a mile and a half of Ballinagh, in the Arvagh Constabulary sub district. On the evening of Wednesday last their two dogs were fighting, which gave rise to an angry altercation between them. At length CAHILL seized a pitchfork or "grape," and struck REILLY on the head with it--killing him almost instantaneously. The murderer at once absconded, and has not yet been captured. An inquest was held on the body yesterday, before Wm. POLLOCK, Esq., when a verdict of "wilful-murder" against CAHILL was returned.


A little after midnight on Tuesday last a man named Thomas SMITH was passing through Billis, in company with two other men, and knocked at the door of a public house kept by a man named Michael REID. On being refused admittance, two of the men went away, but SMITH continued to kick at the door for some time. At length REID fired at him with a gun loaded with slugs, several of which lodged in different parts of his body. His recovery is considered extremely doubtful. REID has been arrested, and will be brought up before the magistrates at next Ballyjamesduff Petty Sessions.


On the 26th ultimo, at the Manse, Drumkeeran, in this county, the wife of the Rev. Samuel PATRICK, of a son.


Married, April 30th, at Trinity Church, Tunbridge Wells, by the Hon. and Rev. Sir Francis STAPLETON, Bart, uncle of the bride, Archibald GODLEY, fourth son of John GODLEY, Esq., of Killigar House, county of Leitrim, to Jane, third daughter of the late Hon. and Rev. Miles STAPLETON, and granddaughter of Thomas, 22nd Lord le Despencer. After a breakfast given by Mrs. Augustus HOTHAM (the bride's sister), the happy couple left Tunbridge Wells, to spend the honeymoon at Peperharon, the beautiful seat of Viscount Midleton.

Dublin, April 25
(Before Judge LYNCH)

In re Richard CLARKE, a bankrupt

The bankrupt was a draper carrying on business at Bailieborough, in this county, and the meeting was for final examination.

Mr. MOLLOY, of the firm of MOLLOY and WATSON, appeared for Mr. J. R. BIRCH, of Lancashire, to oppose the passing of the final examination, on the grounds of misappropriation of trust funds and fraud committed on Mr. BIRCH. From Mr. MOLLOY's statement it appeared that in 1850 the bankrupt received from the West of England Insurance Company a sum of £2,090, amount of two insurances effected on his own life by the late Mr. BIRCH. Mr. BIRCH had assigned these policies to Mr. CLARKE, upon trust, to pay several members of Mr. BIRCH's family sums to the amount of £1,600, and to invest the balance and pay the interest to his widow during her life, and after her decease to pay same to his son, Mr. J. R. BIRCH. Mr. BIRCH died in the early part of the year, and the bankrupt returned Mr. BIRCH on his schedule as a creditor for the balance. Mr. MOLLOY read a considerable number of letters from the bankrupt, addressed to Mr. BIRCH and other members of the family, in which statements were made up to as late as January 1862 to the effect that the residue of the trust fund was invested, and enclosing amounts of half year's interest in each year.....Judge LYNCH expressed himself as highly dissatisfied with the conduct of the bankrupt, and stated that he considered his letters as altogether inconsistent with the bankrupt's evidence. He had no doubt but that a gross breach of trust was committed, and he would direct the case to be submitted to the Attorney-General, with a view to a prosecution. He would give the bankrupt an opportunity, if he possibly could do so of making any further case in his power. He would adjourn the final hearing "sine die", and grant protection for three months.

Mr. LARKIN, agent for the assignees. Mr. PERRY for bankrupt.


On Thursday an old many named CURLEY tried to drown himself in the lake near the workhouse. He was seen and rescued by Mr. PRICE, the master of the workhouse.

While there is so much talk about grazing in this part of the country, Mr. DONNELLY, the local butcher, has to go to Dublin to buy sheep for slaughtering.

A reward of fifty pounds has been offered for the ruffians who stole the knockers and destroyed Mr. BELL's paling...
Fermanagh Reporter

May 10, 1862


In the Matter of OWEN FARRELLY
of Stradone, In the County of Cavan
Grocer and Dealer, A Bankrupt

A PUBLIC SITTING will be held in this matter before me, at my Office, Four Courts, Dublin, on Monday, the 12th day of May, 1862, at the hour of 12 o'clock noon, for admission and proof of Debts, and to vouch the Assignee's Account. And a public Sitting will be held before the Court, on Friday, the 23rd day of May 1862, at the hour of 11 o'clock forenoon, to audit the Assignee's Account, and make a first and final dividend of the Bankrupt's Estate in this matter; whereof all persons concerned are to take notice.

All Creditors are required to send to the Office of the Official Assignee the affidavits of Debt, or precise particulars of their claims, specifying any Securities held by them, four days at least before said first sitting.

Dated this 24th day of April, 1862.
Cheyne BRADY, Chief Registrar
Charles Henry JAMES, Official Assignee, No. 30, Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin.
Thomas GEOGHEGHAN, Agent to the Bankruptcy, No. 16, Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin.


There was only one case for hearing at this Court on Saturday--a summons against a man named Wm. NAY, for having a cart on the public street on Tuesday, and refusing to remove it when ordered to do so. He was fined 2s 6d.


Before John RADCLIFFE, Esq., Chairman; George BOMFORD, Thomas ROTHWELL, John TISDALL, G. T. DALTON, and C. A. NICHOLSON, Esqrs.


The Queen, at the prosecution of Head Constable SHERWOOD, of Kells, against Patrick KELLY, Thos. FITZSIMONS, Michael SHERIDAN, and Owen BRYAN.

The parties above named were charged with waylaying and violently assaulting a man named Patrick KEANE, at the Loyd race course, on Wednesday, the 30h of April.

Mr. F. SULLIVAN, solicitor, appeared for the defence.

Patrick KEANE swore, and examined by Head Constable SHERWOOD--Was at the races of Loyd on the 30th ult.--After the first race he went into a tent for a bottle of ginger beer, and on coming out was attacked by a lot of fellows, eight to number. BRYAN first struck him. He was twice knocked down and beaten. (Identifies all except KELLY.) Knew the parties before by eyesight. Took no more than a dandy of punch and a bottle of ginger beer, and was sober. Was struck also with sticks. After the beating went to Kells to get his head dressed and inform the police. He then named five men, three of whom only he could see in court. Never had a quarrel with a man before, and did not know why they beat him.

Cross-examined by Mr. SULLIVAN--Did not strike any person himself that day. Had no person with him but a younger brother. He pointed out KELLY at the time of their arrest as one of his assailants, but was not sure he was there.

Constables M'ELROY and DUNN deposed that the complainant identified the defendants when his head was dressed, and that he was sober.

Patrick SHERIDAN was examined by Mr. SULLIVAN for the defence, and stated he saw the complainant with his coat off on the race course, and that that he struck a man, and wanted to fight; two men were holding him. This witness stated that one of the defendants was in his company during the day, and did not interfere with the complainant, and that, during the time he was stripped, the other defendants were about the tent, but no molesting the complainant. His brother is one of the accused.

The Bench having consulted for a few minutes,

Major DALTON said--The magistrates are determined to put a stop to this practice of waylaying. This is a case in which the parties have come together from various parts of the country districts, and act in concert. It is a clear case of Ribbonism, and such practices must be put an end to, as far as the magistrates can do so.

Chairman--The case of KELLY will stand adjourned to next Sessions day. The other parties--FITZSIMONS, BRYAN, and SHERIDAN--must be imprisoned each for one month in Trim Jail at hard labour.

The Queen, at the prosecution of Constable MONAGHAN, against Owen BELL

Phillip CAFFREY stated that, on his leaving the race course, he was struck with a stick. He swore informations stating that there were five parties together when he was struck.

The witness was corroborated by Bryan GAHARAN, who was also beaten.

Mr. Sullivan cross-examined CAFFREY, who wavered much on his answers.

Thomas FITZSIMONS was called from the dock as a witness for the defence, and was examined by Mr. Sullivan. He stated that he saw CAFFREY push the defendant.

BELL was ordered to be imprisoned for one, at hard labour, in Trim Jail.


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

Bernard SHERIDAN was fined 2s 6d and costs for allowing his dog to wander in the public streets, unlogged and unmuzzled.

Mr. Patrick BANNON and Mr. Patrick BRADY were summoned for having their dogs at large, insufficiently logged. Mr. BANNON did not appear. Mr. BRADY complained that he had received no previous notice of the insufficiency of the log, and produced his dog, which was a small one, of the King Charles breed. Both cases were adjourned for a week, to allow defendants time to procure proper logs or muzzles.

Mrs. Margaret Ball MOORE had a summons against Mr. William HAGUE for trespass and injury to a fence. It appeared that Mr. Robert FEGAN, of Swellan, let a quarry to Mr. HAGUE, at Swellan, immediately adjoining Mrs.MOORE's land at Drumealis. Mr. HAGUE's men, by quarrying too far, undermined and injured the mearing fence between Swellan and Drumealis. Mr. J. BRADY, surveyor, attended on the part of Mr. HAGUE, and gave a guarantee that the fence would be secured. The case was postponed for a month.

John REILLY was fined 5s 6d, with 10s costs, for an assault of Phillip BRADY, who had offended him by giving evidence against his father in a case heard some time ago.

Arthur JONES was fined 5s and costs for the trespass of his cattle on Bridget M'MAHON's plant garden.

Patrick BROGAN was charged with absenting himself from the annual training of the Cavan Regiment of Militia in 1860. BROGAN joined the regiment in 1855, and attended all the trainings until 1860, when, in the belief that his period of service had expired, he left the country, and did not attend the training that year. He returned a few days ago, and went to the Barrack, to rejoin the regiment, when he was arrested as a deserter by Sergeant ELLIOTT, who stated that he bore a good character when in the regiment. Fortunately for him, BROGAN was not tried under the late Act (the lowest penalty imposed by which is two months' imprisonment), but under the former one, and was let off with a fine of 1s and costs.

Mrs. CARROLL, of Bridge street, had a charge of robbery, or attempted robbery, against a woman but she withdrew the charge.

Samuel SMITH had a process against John SMITH for 5s 11d cash lent and goods sold, but, as the defendant is a minor, the process was dismissed.

Patrick NEALE, Daniel REILLY, and Phil REILLY--all very young lads--were charged with throwing stones at the train of the Dundalk and Enniskillen Railway Company, when passing under the bridge at Derragarra, on the 22d of April. One of the stones struck the weatherboard of the engine, and it was only by stooping that the driver and fireman escaped being struck by the stones; had they not done so, one or both might have been killed. The offence was proved against two of the defendants by Thomas BRIEN, the fireman who was with the train on the day in question, and a girl named Bridge FITZPATRICK. The charge against the third defendant was dismissed, and the two others were sent for trial--bail of two sureties in £10 each to be taken.

The few remaining cases were uninteresting.


We understand that Phillip CAHILL, the man who killed his brother in law, Peter REILLY, last week, near Ballinagh, has surrendered himself to the constabulary, and is now in Cavan Gaol, awaiting his trial.


CARRICK ON SHANNON, COUNTY LEITRIM, MAY 1.--On the 29th ult., a party of about seven men went to the house of Michael O'NEIL, a respectable farmer, residing at Drumlaheen, and forced an entrance into his house. O'NEILL (sic) snapped a gun at them which did not go off; they then knocked him down, and beat him severely with bludgeons, and in vain tried to intimidate him to swear an oath to give up land which he had recently taken from with other parties were evicted.

May 17, 1862


Magistrates present:-- Captain PHILLIPS, in the chair; Thomas S. KNIPE, and John ROGERS, Esqrs.

James REILLY, of Keelagh v. John MANING

This was a summons for £8 10s, wages agreed to be paid by defendant to plaintiff, as his hired servant, from Nov. 1861, to May 1862. It appears that plaintiff, smitten by the charms of a rustic belle, entered into the holy bonds of matrimony shortly after engaging with defendant, and, in order to enjoy the society of his "cara sposa" undisturbed by servile cares, he absented himself from his master's employment for forty two days--twenty eight days during the Honeymoon, and fourteen days subsequently. However, he offered to work as many days in lieu there, or allow for them at the rate of remuneration he was to receive for the half year--an arrangement to which the master would not consent. The Court gave a decree for 10s 3d, with costs.

Margaret BRADY, of Redhills, v. George Washington BELL

Plaintiff claimed £3 10s wages earned from May, 1861, to May, 1862, as defendant's hired servant. She admitted having received £3 6s, and the only difference between her and defendant was that he alleged she was hired by him at £3 4s, instead of £3 16s, for the year. Mrs. BELL proved this statement, and the case was dismissed. Mr. BELL applied for costs, but the application was refused.

John YAW v. Jane CONWAY.

Defendant was charged with having stolen a quantity of turf from plaintiff's bog at Drumcola on the 30th of April and 3rd of May. Phillip M'CONNELL proved the charge, which was denied by defendant. She was sentenced to one week's imprisonment.

Same v. Rose M'PARTLAND

This was a similar charge, and the defendant was also sentenced to a week's imprisonment.


Plaintiff claimed £1, wages earned from January to May, 1862. Defendant did not appear, and a decree was given for the amount claimed.


The plaintiff, Dr. HUMPHRYS, of Ballyhaise, summoned defendant for refusing to give up a tax cart which had been given to him for repairs some months previously, and which was repeatedly asked for by Dr. HUMPHRYS. The Court allowed defendant three weeks to finish the repairs of the tax cart.

With the exception of a few cases of road nuisance brought forward by the police, there was not other business before the Court.


Magistrates present:-William Babington, Esq., Chairman, and William Murray Hickson, Esq., R. M.


Ellen M'DONNELL, Elizabeth GILLIN, Catherine M'KERNAN, Rose COSGRAVE, and Mary ROGERS were summoned for stealing turf belonging to several farmers on a bog at Drumsilla, near Butlersbridge, and Mary TEEVAN was summoned for having trespassed on the bog. The caretaker of the bog proved the charges, and Mr. Thomas REILLY stated that the poor farmers from whom the turf was stolen pay £12 an acre for the bog, and as soon as they have any turf dry, it is stolen by parties like the defendants, one of whom, he added, sold the turf thus stolen.--The Court fined Mary TEEVAN 2s 6d for the trespass, dismissed the charge against M'KERNAN, postponed the case against M'DONNELL, as it appeared she was sent to the bog for turf by her brother-in-law, and mistook another man's bank for his; and sentenced GILLEN to a fortnight's imprisonment, and the other two women to a week's imprisonment each. Subsequently, however, the Court, taking into consideration the poverty of these women, reduced the punishment to 48 hours' imprisonment each, and cautioned them against a repetition of the offence.


An illustrious native of "frieze clad" Clare, rejoicing in the euphonious name of Micky REILLY (no connection of the "Major's"), was brought up in custody, charged with assault and battery on the Porter of Cavan Workhouse, and other grave infringements of "the law for the relief of the poor in Ireland." Michaelis appeared of a meditative turn of mind, for his countenance was "sicklied o'er with the pale case of thought," and he employed a pair of diminutive optics in the alternate study of the cast metal ventilator of the warming apparatus on the witness table, the dome of the magisterial Bench, and the ornate handles of the constabulary hangers, during the hearing of the case against him, except when he turned them upon the Porter, as if breathing a fever, though inaudible prayer, that worthy official might be condemned to stand a "milling" from the "Benecia Boy," or be wheeled across a tight rope by an intoxicated Blondin....The Court considered that Mr. REILLY belonged to a class of gentlemen to whom society owes but little gratitude, and as he could not justify his misconduct, sentenced him to one month's imprisonment, with hard labour. Mr. REILLY appeared greatly shocked at this sentence, and, with a beautiful assumption of the "gom," exclaimed that he was "too blind to do any work"; but he was escorted to the reserved seats where he continued to mutter vague threats of laying his grievances before the Commissioners at the earliest opportunity.


Mr. Thomas REILLY, High Constable for the barony of Upper Loughtee, processed Mr. Stephen MATTHEWS, Main street, Cavan, for 19s 3d, county cess levied at last Assizes, and 11s, 4½d, due on the house occupied by Mr. MATTHEWS from the previous Assizes. Mr. REILLY's collector proved that the amount claimed was due.

Mr. MATTHEWS said he had tendered to the collector the amount of county cess due on his house since it came into his occupation, but the collector refused to take it. He considered it was unfair to sue him for the cess due by the previous tenant, and he was prepared to produce evidence to show that the collector never demanded the cess now sued for from the previous tenant.

Chairman--Is it the house is liable?

Mr. REILLY--It is, your Worship.

Chairman--Then, MATTHEWS can recover against his landlord if he took the house free of arrears of county cess.

Mr. James PARKER, the landlord of the house occupied by Mr. MATTHEWS, said the collector should have demanded the cess now sought to be recovered as arrears from the tenant who held the house before Mr. MATTHEWS, for that person had always a sufficient "seizure" in the house, as had also his under tenants, and it was strange that no demand was made upon him.

The Court, after some consultation, said that it was very doubtful whether they had any jurisdiction in the case, but there was not a shadow of doubt that the collector could--upon his own responsibility, of course--make a distress for the arrears of county cess due. They should, therefore, dismiss the process; and the better course for Mr. MATTHEWS and Mr. PARKER to adopt would be allow the collector to make a seizure, and afterwards, if they wished, take a civil action, and have the question tried at the Quarter Sessions.


Patrick COYLE summoned Catherine MELVILLE, his hired servant, under the following circumstances. He hired her on the 18th of November last, and she was to remain in his service until the 14th of the present month; on the 3rd instant he went to the fair of Tullyvin, and did not return home until the 5th instant. When he came home he found that his sheep had destroyed his plot of cabbage, into which, he alleged, they were allowed to go through the negligence of defendant, whom he left in charge of them. On the night of the 6th inst., defendant remained sitting at the fire for a long time after he and his family went to bed; he was awakened about three o'clock next morning by the noise of his horse, which had broken loose, and saw a glare of light in his kitchen; he got out of bed, barely in time to save his house from being burned, for a bag of mill dust which he kept in the corner had taken fire, through the neglect or malice, as he alleged, of defendant. The defendant, who is a very young girl, stated that on the day the sheep ate the cabbage, she had, in addition to minding the cattle, to shovel potatoes, spread dung, and gather "bressna" (firewood), to cook the dinner, and that it was not through any neglect on her part that the sheep got into the cabbage plot. With regard to the burning of the mill dust, she said that she sat at the fire, in company with the complainant's wife, to warm her feet before going to bed; there was a quantity of dry turf mould under the bag in which the mill dust was kept, near the kitchen fire; complaint's wife took a stick which was burning in the fire, and, after throwing water on it, placed it between the fireplace and the bag of mill dust; she then took the candle and went to bed; defendant went to bed shortly afterwards, having previously covered the embers of the fire; she awakened when the fire was discovered by complainant, who dragged her out of bed, in her night dress, and charged her with endeavouring to burn the house. Complainant's wife was not in Court, but their Worships having expressed a wish to hear her evidence, complainant went for her, and she was examined. She stated that she carefully extinguished the stick which she took out of the fire, and left it at least three feet from the fireplace and the mill dust--complainant adding that he found one end of that stick in the fire when he went into the kitchen on the following morning.--The Court considered there was no evidence to convict defendant of neglect or malice, and dismissed the case.


James GOODFELLOW summoned Adam LOWDEN for having used indecent and abusive language towards him in the public streets of Cavan. The summons was "nilled," as the Court has no jurisdiction in such cases.

The Court then rose.


The half-yearly Hiring Far was held on Thursday, and the town was crowded during the day with hundreds of agricultural servants of both sexes, in search of employment during the ensuing half-year. Both "girls" and "boys" were, in general, comfortably clad, although the former were not so showily dressed as we have seen them in previous Hiring Fairs...The highest wages given to a good ploughman and general labourer was £3 12s. 6d. for the half-year, and the lowest about 50s.; female servants, from 30s. to £2 10s., being an average, about 10s. in each case less than the wages obtained at last May Hiring Fair. A great number of servants of both sexes did not succeed in procuring situations.


On the last Thursday night, or early on yesterday morning, ten or twelve panes of glass in the front of Mr. Sylvester WALLACE's house were maliciously broken with stones; the shutters of another shop in the Main-street--that of Mr. John MAGINNESS--were taken off, some panes of glass broken, and a quantity of bread stolen from the window. We also understand that some windows were broken in Bridge street. On the same night the gas in the street lamps was turned on, but not lighted, and allowed to flow, poisoning the atmosphere, until the escape was discovered at about six o'clock on yesterday morning. The stupid blackguardism of this outrage cannot be too strongly condemned. We do not believe it was committed by any of the agricultural labourers who were in at the "Hiring Fair;" it looks more like the act of "rowdies" belonging to the town, and we entertain the same opinion with regard to the breaking of the windows.


Mr. James HERDMAN, one of the principal merchants in Belfast, was murdered on Thursday last. He was shot through the heart. His cousin has been arrested for the crime, and on his person were found a pistol and some deadly poisons.

A poor tradesman was also murdered near Belfast on the same evening. The murderer thew the body of his victim in the Lagan, after plundering him of his watch. A fellow workman of the deceased has been arrested on a charge of being the murderer.

May 24, 1862


Advertisement to Creditors, Legatees and Incumbrancers.


Regulation Act, 1850

In the Matter of ELIZA JOSEPHINA IRELAND, Petitioner;




WILLIAM HENRY SLATOR, a Minor, by JAMES ALLEN, his next Friend, Petitioner;

GEORGE W. SLATOR, Respondent.

And the Court of Chancery (Ireland) Regulation Act, 1850, Section 15.

I HEREBY require all persons claiming to be Creditors or pecuniary Legatees of William Henry SLATOR, late of Whitehill, in the county of Longford, Esq., deceased, on or before the 29th day of May, to furnish in writing to the said George W. SLATOR, of Cartron Lodge, Edgeworthstown, the Executor of said William Henry SLATOR, deceased, or to George CARMICHAEL, Esq., of No. 10, Lower Dominick Street, Dublin, his Solicitor, the amount and particulars of their several demands.....

Dated this 29th day of April, 1862
W. BROOKE, Master in Chancery.
Alexander BATE and Son, Solicitors for the Petitioner in the third Matter,
having the carriage of proceedings in said three Matters, No. 51, Upper Sackville Street.

CAVAN BOROUGH COURT (Before William Johnstone, Esq., J.P.)


Maria REILLY, Eliza TIMMINS, Ellen REILLY, Catherine COLOVIN, Mary CONNOLLY, Jane CONNOLLY, Margaret CONNOLLY, Catherine BRACKEN, Margaret LYNCH, and Mary Ann BOYLAN were summoned for having caused a nuisance and obstruction on the thoroughfare to the Fair Green Hill, by having huts thereon. Three of the defendants--Margaret LYNCH, Catherine COLOVIN, and Catherine BRACKEN--did not appear, and it was stated that they had gone into the workhouse since the issue of the summonses. The defendants present stated that they had removed the huts, and the Town Sergeant corroborated this statement. The Chairman said he had no wish to exercise undue severity, the Town Commissioners had made an order that the huts should not be allowed to remain on the Fair Green, and he determined to carry out their wishes. He then read the portion of the Towns Improvement Act, giving him discretionary power to send the defendants to gaol for any period not exceeding three months, or of imposing a fine of £2 in each case. However, as the defendants promised not to again erect their huts, he would impose a fine of 30 s upon each defendant, or one month's imprisonment--the warrants not to be issued unless in the event of a repetition of the offence. His Worship directed the Town Sergeant to prevent the re-erection of the huts.


Constable SHEALDS summoned Hugh BRADY, for having allowed two horses to wander on the public road at Kennypottle, in the Township of Cavan. Defendant was fined in the costs.

Sub Constable BELFORD summoned Charles REILLY, of Rosculligan, for having allowed two asses to wander on the public road at Tullymungen, in the Township of Cavan. Defendant was fine in the costs.

Sub Constable BELFORD also summoned Margaret BRADY and Thomas M'CREADY for having each allowed an ass to wander on College road; and Andrew SMITH for having allowed a horse to wander on the same road. The animals had been impounded by the Constable, and defendants were only fined in the costs.


Constable SHEALDS summoned Andrew SMITH for having been drunk and disorderly in the streets of Cavan, and for having made use of abusive language towards him, on Friday, the 9th instant. Defendant pleaded that he did not know what he was doing at the time, and promised not to repeat the offence. The Chairman rebuked him for his conduct, which was likely, if persisted in, to lead him to the commission of still graver offences, and, as the police should be protected in their efforts to preserve the public peace, ordered him to pay a fine of 10s and costs, or be imprisoned for one month, with hard labour. Defendant paid the fine and costs.

Acting Constable ANDERSON charged John KEMP with having been drunk in a player's booth in Church-lane on the night of the 16th inst. It appeared that Mr. KEMP is of a dramatic turn of mind, and being transacting his business in Cavan during the day, his attention was attracted by a rainbow-tinted announcement that the "Midnight Spectre," the Marvellously Malignant Murder of the Marriageable Man," "Alonzo the Brave," or some equally edifying tragedy would be enacted in the "Theatre Royal, Church-lane," with "new scenery and decorations," and an unlimited supplement of "singing and dancing"--the whole to conclude with a laughable farce, and the performers to be a galaxy of Thespian, vocal, and Terpschicorean talent, he resolved to patronise the drama. Unfortunately, however, he was also induced to patronise the "dram" to some extent previously, and shortly after taking his seat in the dress circle of the theatre, he became alike oblivious of the talents of the company and the cat calls of the gods, and slept through the entire performance as soundly as ever city alderman or country squire did through the sermon of a prosy Poundtext. The Manager of the Theatre, when examining the "house" after the performance, found Mr. KEMP fast asleep, and fully determined not to go home until morning. He was, therefore, obliged to send for the police, by whom Mr. KEMP was removed to the Barrack, where he remained all night. He was fined 2s 6d and costs--a rather unpleasant "afterpiece" to a "spree."

There were no other cases for hearing.


Magistrates present:--Theophilus Thompson, Esq., Chairman; William Babington, Esq., and William M. Hickson, Esq., R.M.


Francis HAGUE was fined 6 d and costs for having allowed two asses to wander on the public road near Butlersbridge, and John REILLY was fined in a like sum for having allowed one ass to wander in the same place.


The Rev. Samuel ROBERTS summoned Charles HAZLIPPE for having allowed seven hens to trespass on his oat crop on two occasions. The Rev. gentleman stated that for the last two years he has been greatly annoyed by defendant allowing his poultry, goat, and cattle to trespass on his oats and other crops...The Defendant said he had not seven hens, and therefore, seven could not have trespassed on Mr. ROBERTS oats. When questioned by the Chairman, however, he admitted that he had six hens and a cock, and, for the quibble which he thus sought to raise, he received a well merited rebuke from the Court. ...The defendant was only fined in the costs.

Patrick CARROLL, of Stragella, summoned a little boy named John BRADY, for having trespassed on his land; and stolen a quantity of "whins," which he had collected for firewood. Complainant stated that his quicks and bushes which he put in his "gripes," were stolen on several occasions; he received information that they were stolen by defendant, and, on Sunday, the 11th inst., he hid behind a ditch, and saw defendant come into the field where the "whins" were lying in a heap...The defendant and his mother denied the charge, but the Court considered it clearly proved and that the mother was more culpable than the defendant. It also appeared that she was fined on a former occasion for a similar offence, when the Clerk taking pity upon her poverty, lent her the amount of the fine, which she never thought proper to repay.--Defendant was fined 1s and costs.

James M'FADIN, Esq., summoned Catherine M'KERNAN for the passing on a bog, his property, near Butlersbridge. A charge of turf stealing was preferred against her on last Court day, but it was dismissed for want of evidence. Patrick SMITH, complainant's caretaker, proved the trespass; but as defendant was never cautioned against trespassing, and as no notices cautioning trespassers were put up in the bog, the case was dismissed.


James M'FADIN, Esq., processed Thomas O'BRIEN, Aghadrumgullion, for £11 4s 9d; Cornelius FITZPATRICK, for 19s 6d; Lawrence COSGROVE, for 14s 11½d; William DARBY, of Batt, for £2 2s 9d; Phillip LEDDY, of Tonan, for £1 1s 9d, and Phillip SMITH, for 7s, amount of bog rent due by them. None of the defendants appeared. Patrick SMITH proved the debts, and decrees were given for the amounts claimed, with costs.


Adam LOWDEN processed James GOODFELLOW for 15s, ten weeks' rent of a house in the town of Cavan. The defendant alleged that he had offered to pay the debt at 2s 6d per week. The Court gave a decree for 15s and costs.


John COLLINS summoned Ellen M'DONNELL for stealing a quantity of turf from his bank in a bog at Drumsilla, near Butlersbridge. The caretaker of the bog proved that he caught her in the act of removing the turf. The case was postponed on last Court day, as defendant alleged that she was sent to the bog by her brother-in-law, whose turf bank adjoins complainant's and she took the turf, through mistake, from complainant's bank, instead of her brother-in-law's. This statement was corroborated by her brother-in-law, and the case was dismissed.


John O'BRIEN, of Cavan, summoned William BANNON for an assault. Defendant's mother keeps a grocery and spirits store in this town, and complainant stated that he went in there on Monday, the 12th instant, for half a glass of whiskey; at the counter he had some dispute with a man named GOODFELLOW, relative to the charge of abusive language which the latter preferred at the Petty

Sessions Court on that day, against Adam LOWDEN, the butcher; defendant, who was inside the counter, interfered, and said he would not allow complainant to abuse GOODFELLOW in the shop....The case was dismissed.

John MAGINNESS, baker and publican, Main-street, Cavan, was charged, on informations, with having assaulted Rose MURRAY, on the night of the 15th inst. The Chairman said that on the day after the fair (the 16th instant) complainant, who was servant to MAGINNESS's father-in-law, came to him, and told him that she had been assaulted by MAGINNESS; her eyes were blackened, and her legs cut; she also told him that her master, John LYONS (who is one of Lord Lanesborough's bailiffs) had been assaulted on the same evening by Maginness; (examination and cross-examination)...The Chairman said the Court were unanimously of opinion that complainant had brought the assault on herself, and dismissed the case.

George BOYLAN was brought up in custody, charged with having assaulted Patrick MORGAN, of Ballybay. According to the information and evidence of MORGAN, he was standing in the Cavan Egg Market at about half past seven o'clock (on the morning of the 15th instant), when he met the prisoner, who had quarrelled with and struck him on the previous night; he told the prisoner that it was then daylight, and he could not beat him, as he had done at night; the prisoner then assaulted him...The prisoner expressed regret for his offence, and said he was too drunk on the morning of the assault to know what he was doing;.... Complainant hoped the Court would not punish the prisoner, as he was drunk when he committed the assault...The Chairman, in sentencing the prisoner to pay a fine of 5s, or, in default, to be imprisoned for one week, rebuked him for his misconduct, and cautioned him against a repetition of such offences.

The Court then rose.


At her residence in Shercock, at 4 a.m., on the morning of Wednesday, the 21st instant, at the age of 65 years, Margaret, relict of the late Patrick HALL, Esq., of Shercock, in the County of Cavan.

(Before the Hon. Judge BERWICK)

In re Patrick M'BRIDE.

The insolvent was a baker and publican in Cavan. Mr. M'NALLY opposed on the part of a creditor for £9 5s.

The insolvent alleged, on the face of his schedule, that his bankruptcy was owing to the dulness of trade and bad depts.....Judge BERWICK said the insolvent owed £123, and had not one sixpence to meet his Habilities. He had stated on the face of his schedule that his insolvency had occurred from the dulness of the times and debts, but he had not one single sixpence due to him. He should judge of the statements given by the insolvent in evidence from the laxity of the statements made in the schedule. He had not the slightest doubt that the case was one of collusive arrest, and he would dismiss the petition.


Drogheda, Tuesday, May 20--A young man named James HEALLY, shopman at the drapery establishment of Messrs. DALY and Son, of West-street, was fired at and wounded, at the door of his residence in Fair-street, yesterday evening.

On this morning, at ten o'clock, John O'NEILL, Esq., Mayor, and Edward J. BANON, R.M., attended at the court house to take the depositions in the case. The prisoner, Mr. Joseph MACKIN, aged about twenty years, who had been under arrest during the night, was brought up by Constable COLLUM.

Mr. James HEALLY was the first witness examined. His testimony went to show that between six and seven o;clock yesterday evening he was proceeding to his residence at Fair-street when he was met by the prisoner, who requested to speak with him, and then stated that he demanded satisfaction for an insult offered on a previous occasion. Witness replied that he could give him no satisfaction, when the prisoner said to him, "You're a cowardly fellow--you must give me satisfacting (sic), and name the place." Witness then told prisoner to walk up to his residence and he would talk to him at the door. On coming there the prisoner drew from his pocket a pistol, which he put on full cock and discharged at his legs, and then ran away.

Mr. WILSON, shopman at Mr. HARBINSON's ironmongery establishment, stated that Mr. Joseph MACKIN purchased a pistol at Mr. HARBINSON's shop yesterday, with powder, caps and large shot.

Dr. HORGAN deposed that he examined the wounds; there was one on calf of the left leg and a second immediately above the ancle (sic) joint; the latter was an inch deep.

The prisoner, after receiving the necessary caution not to say anything which would criminate him, admitted all the facts stated by the witnesses to be true; but said that he had not intended to take the prosecutor's life.

The magistrates stated that they must send the case for trial to the ensuing assizes, and expressed their regret that they were not empowered to admit the prisoner to bail under the circumstances.

May 31, 1862


Magistrates present:--William Babington, Esq., Chairman; and William Murray Hickson, Esq., R.M., Captain Carden, was also on the Bench during a portion of the time, but did not take any part in the proceedings.


Patrick RAHILL summoned James GALLIGAN for having stolen a spade, his property. Complainant stated that he hired defendant "at half time," and, as he had no space offered to buy him one, the use of which he was to have while in complainant's employment; defendant suggested that as he had the handle and part of the iron of a spade, they should join in the cost of repairing it, to which, with some reluctance, he consented, and the spade was accordingly repaired at their joint expense. It broke shortly afterwards, and had to be "cramped" at their expense; not satisfied with this, the spade broke three or four times afterwards, and hat to be "cramped" or "welded" on each occasion, the expense of this doctoring it being paid by defendant and complainant; on the 15th of May complainant paid defendant his wages in full, and on the 18th of May defendant carried off the oft-mended spade. Defendant alleged that the "body" of the spade belonged to him; he paid for two of the welds, lost two days in getting it mended, and considered that was his lawful property. The Chairman rebuked the complainant for losing time and money in bringing forward such a frivolous charge, and dismissed the case on the merits. Complainant was so dissatisfied with this decision that he announced his intention of "bringing the case farther."


Patrick CONNOLLY, of Ballyhaise, tailor, summoned his indentured apprentice, Edward M'CABE, for refusing to work and other misconduct. Complainant stated that the boy had been bound to him from the Workhouse, and was with him three years and ten months; that he had misconducted himself for a long time past, and, when asked to work, abuses him. He produced a letter from Mr. Henry NESBITT, the Poor Law Guardian for Ballyhaise division, in which the gentleman expressed an opinion that CONNOLLY would be incapable of treating the boy badly. Defendant alleged that his master treated him badly many ways, and refused to supply him with shoes. CONNOLLY alleged that he treated defendant as well as he treated his own children, and that he would have supplied him with shoes, but he could not get a shoemaker to make a pair for him, as the boy's feet are deformed. The Chairman said that if the defendant did not promise to conduct himself well, and be respectful towards his master, he should go to gaol--perhaps for a lengthened period; if his master ill-treated him, he could summon him. At the same time, his master was bound to supply him with shoes. The boy promised to be industrious and respectful in future, and, on the understanding that he was to get the shoes, was allowed to go back to his master.


Mr. Thomas REILLY, of Derrygarra, Mrs. Eliza REILLY, Miss Eliza MOORE, William BRADY, of Innishbeg, and some other parties had summonses against the Dundalk and Enniskillen Railway Company for neglecting to fence and for not having sufficiently fenced, portions of their line between Cavan and Clones, and for neglecting to execute certain accommodation works. The cases were postponed since the 12th instant.

The Company were represented by their solicitor, Mr. BOYD, and the engineer, Mr. M'CARTEN.

Mr. BOYD, on the part of the Company, submitted that by the Railways Clauses Act, 1851, for the Court had no jurisdiction in these cases, as it was for the arbitrator appointed by the Board of Public Works to settle all disputes relative in accommodation works.

Mr. REILLY denied that fences were accommodation works, and was willing to withdraw the complaints if Mr. RYND, the arbitrator, had said, in his award, one word relative to fences.

A very lengthened discussion then ensued, several legal objections being raised by Mr. BOYD, and controverted by Mr. REILLY. The Court ruled that they had jurisdiction in some of the cases, and that fences were protection works, being principally for the purpose of preventing trespass on the land taken by the company for the purposes of their line--accommodation works being for the benefit of occupiers of land adjoining the railway....

After a very lengthened hearing, the summonses relative to the fences were "nilled" by consent; an order for the proper levelling of a passunder an accommodation bridge was made in another case; all the other cases were dismissed without prejudice, the Court having no jurisdiction, and Mr. REILLY stated that they will be brought before the Chairman of the county, at the next Quarter Sessions.

There were no other cases of any public interest for hearing.


May 24, at Farnham-street, Cavan, the wife of William MALCOLMSON, Esq., M.D., of twins (a son and daughter) still-born.


On the 20th inst., at Mackin Lodge, Leitrim, Robert MORAN, Esq.

On the 18th inst., at Drumdarkin Cottage, Co. Leitrim, G. B. WEST, Esq., eldest brother of the late John B. WEST, Esq., M.P.


We regret to state that a threatening letter of a very violent character was received by W. NORTON, Esq., of Arvagh, in the early part of last week. Two men named Peter DUFFY and Patrick DUFFY, father and son, who hold a farm of land on the borders of the county of Longford, within a short distance of Arvagh, were arrested on suspicion of being the guilty parties, and we understand that a copy of the threatening letter sent to Mr. NORTON was discovered in their house.


We have much pleasure in stating that Mrs. DUGGAN, sister of Miss STURDY, the excellent and efficient Matron of Cavan Gaol, has been appointed Matron of Nenagh Gaol, on the recommendations of J. LENTAIGNE, Esq., Inspector General of Prisons, and some of the Directors. Mrs. DUGGAN was for several years Assistant Matron of Cavan Gaol, and subsequently held a similar appointment in the Grangegerman Penitentiary and Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, in each of which she afforded the highest satisfaction. We have no doubt that she will fulfill the duties of her present position in an equally creditable manner.


On Thursday last, at about 12 o'clock, a fine little child, son of a butcher named KEOGH, while playing with some other children near Mr. HAGUE's mill, in this town, tumbled into a disused quarry hole, in which is a large pool of water, and had a very narrow escape from drowning. One of the children who had been playing with him, a son of Mr. James O'BRIEN, stone mason, who lives within a short distance of the spot, ran screaming into his father's house, and informed him, as well as he could, that little KEOGH had fallen into the quarry hole. Mr. O'BRIEN at once ran to the spot, and, seeing a small portion of the poor little fellow's clothes on the surface of the water, succeeded, with some difficulty, in rescuing him from his perilous position. Had he been a minute later, the child would, in all probability, have been drowned. A number of houses adjoin this quarry, through which there is a public pass to the mill. The quarry is a favourite playground with the children of the neighbourhood, yet, strange to say, the large hole into which the child fell is without a fence or any other protection. We think the owner of the quarry should take some steps to prevent accidents similar to that which we have just recorded.

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