Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

December 1, 1876


In April last Christopher Richard MARLOW, of Cavan, married Sarah FRASER, a servant in the Rectory House, Killeshandra. They wailed in the "Hesperides" as free emigrants, to Adelaide, South Australia. In a letter dated August 16, and addressed to Mr. William MOORE, Boot and Shoe Maker, Wesley-street, Cavan, Mr. Marlow says:-

"My trade (a plumber) is very dull at present; so I thought I would go farming for a while - a very good thought too. I happened into a house with work for self and wife. We are as happy as the day is long. I am putting by £1 per week, being as much as I can afford at present, but in three months I shall be able to put by more. I have signed a (temperance) pledge, which I intend to keep. The work is pretty hard, but I don't mind that while God gives us health and strength. We are fed at the table with our master and mistress. Everyone out here feeds their servants the same as themselves. Never do we sit down to a meal without jams or puddings - meat three times a-day. This is a fine healthy climate. There are parrots and other nice birds flying about like blackbirds at home; also kangaroos and other animals. In fact, I am delighted at coming out here."


It is with deep regret we announce the demise of Captain A. Carden, who died suddenly on Monday last, while traveling to Dublin. He formerly resided in this County; and was very popular with all classes. He was distinguished for straightforward manly conduct, for unostentatious Christian charity, and for the warm interest which he took in all Church affairs. His loss will be deeply deplored; and he will long be held in loving remembrance not only by his immediate relatives, but by a wide circle of acquaintances and friends.


Maryborough, Monday evening

The above gentleman died suddenly while traveling in a railway carriage on the Great Southern and Western Railway this afternoon. When the train arrived at Ballybrophy, Mr. Carden was soon sitting alone in a first-class carriage, with the straps of the window twisted round his arm, and as he were hanging on to it for support. On examination it was found that he was very ill, and the railway officials at once sought through the train for a doctor. One happened to be in the train, an English gentleman, and he got into the carriage with Mr. Carden, accompanied by a railway porter. The doctor, it is said, tried brandy as a restorative, but with no good effect, and on the arrival of the train at the next station, Mountrath, Mr. Carden was so much worse that a telegram was sent to Doctor David Jacob of Maryborough, to meet the train on its arrival there are 6.19. Doctor Jacob did so, but by the time of the arrival of the train Mr. Carden was quite dead.

An inquest was held on Tuesday on the remains, in one of the waiting rooms of Maryborough railway station. It was stated that the deceased gentleman was going to Kingstown to meet his daughter on her return from England, and accompany her home, and that previous to his entering the railway carriage at Templemore he appeared in his usual health, and walked up and down the platform several times whilst waiting the arrival of the train. From the evidence of the deceased's steward it appeared that he had two or three times before been attacked by fits of illness. Dr. Jacob was of opinion that death had been the result of either an attack of epilepsy or apoplexy, or both. The jury returned a verdict that deceased died from natural causes.

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TWO SUDDEN DEATHS. - John BRYAN, a small farmer, residing at Kilconnell, six miles from Ballinasloe, dropped dead on Saturday, while engaged at work in a stable at the rere (sic) of his house. He left his dwelling-house a few minutes previous to his death in apparently good health. He leaves a wife and family. Edward KEATING, shopkeeper, residing at Kilmalloaw, about four miles from Ballinasloe, on the Kilconnell road, also dropped dead on Saturday. His wife left him that morning, taking care of the sop, to go to the Ballinasloe market, and when she returned a few hours later she found him dead. Deceased was about 50 years of age, and leaves a young family.

AN EXTRAORDINARY PROSECUTION. - At Borrisokane Petty Sessions, on Wednesday, Sub-Inspector LOPDALL summoned Mr. FANNING, of Roscrea, an extensive wholesale merchant, for sale of spirits, porter, ale, &c., for selling porter and ale to his country customers at Borrisokane who are licensed to sell by rtail, by supplying them through the medium of a porter and ale van. The police witnesses proved two cases of delivery of porter and ale to houses in Borrisokane. Mr.Lopdell argued that Mr. Fanning should have had orders from his customers instead of sending out his liquor on speculation. The magistrates adjourned the case for a fortnight for the opinion of the Law Advisor.


On Saturday last, the twenty-fifth ult., the Right Honourable James Whiteside, Lord Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench in Ireland departed this life in the seventieth year of his age. He early attained to eminence at the Bar; and was one of the leading counsel on behalf of the traversers in several of the State trials between 1843 and 1848. In 1851 he was returned to the House of Commons as member for Enniskillen; but in 1859 he exchanged that seat for the representation of the Dublin University. He was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland under Lord Derby's first administration; in 1858 he was appointed Attorney-General under Lord Derby's second administration; and soon afterwards promoted to be Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, which distinguished office he filled with characteristic and consummate ability until the period of his last illness and death. He was an eloquent and impassioned advocate; an able, fearless, and upright judge; and notwithstanding the rivalries and jealousies of political life, enjoyed the respect of all parties.

There are various rumours afloat as to who will be appointed his successor; but they are apparently only shrewd guesses as to what is probable and are not to be received as of any authority.


We regret to announce the death of a distinguished Irish gentleman, the Right Hon. James Whiteside, Q.., LL.D., D.C.L., P.C., Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, which occurred at Brighton, at four o'clock on Saturday evening. The deceased was son of the late Rev. William Whiteside, an eminent clergyman of the Irish Church, and was born in the year 1806 in the County Wicklow; educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in honours; was called to the Bar in 1830, in which profession he rose rapidly. In the year 1843 he was counsel for the defence of O'CONNELL, and greatly distinguished himself by the eloquence and earnestness he displayed on behalf of his client, who was subsequently set at liberty on appeal to the House of Lords. In 1848 he again distinguished himself by his defence of Smith O'BRIEN and others accused of high treason; but, perhaps, the case which made him most popular was his advocacy of Teresa LONGWORTH in the celebrated trial to establish the validity of her marriage with Major YELVERTON. In 1833 Mr. Whiteside married a daughter of the late William NAPIER, Esq., of Belfast. He was returned to the House of Commons for the borough of Enniskillen in August, 1851, and continued to represent it till April, 1859, when he was elected one of the members for the University of Dublin. In 1853 he was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland, in Lord Derby's first Administration; this year he was also elected a Bencher of the King's Inns; he was appointed Attorney-General in Lord Derby's second Administration, in 1858-59, when he was sworn a member of the Privy Council in Ireland; in 1865 he was again appointed Attorney-General in Lord Derby's third administration, and in 1866 was raised to the dignity of Lord Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench, when he retired from the House of Commons, and from active political life, in which he had held a conspicuous place as a Conservative for many years, his speeches in the House and out of the House bearing evidence of great power of eloquence and s

oundness of political opinion. He was an eminent lawyer, and was looked up to by all classes both as an advocate and a judge. His published works include "Ancient Rome: Italy in the Nineteenth Century," "Vicissitudes of the Eternal City," "Life and Death of the Irish Parliament," an essay on "Oliver Goldsmith," to whose genius he did full justice; another essay on the "Homley Virtues;" two lectures on "The Church in Ireland;" and an elaborate judgment in the celebrated case of "O'KEEFFE v. Cardinal CULLEN." Of the Irish Church he was a warmly-attached member, and for many years tried to induce the Government to give a grant to the Church Education Society. He was much esteemed through life by the leaders of the Conservative party, and stood high in the friendship of the late Archbishop of Armach, the present Earl of Enniskillen, and of all the Conservative noblemen and gentlemen in the kingdom. His demise will now be deeply deplored by the Conservatives of Ireland, and by Irishmen generally; for he loved our country, spoke kindly of her failings, and was loud in praise of her virtues. - Belfast News-Letter.

December 8, 1876


Morrow AND Morrison - December 6, at Peter's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. Duncan CRAIG, D.D., assisted by the Rev. Morgan W. JEBETT, William Morrow, of Clare House, Balljamesduff, to Lizzie, second daughter of William Morrison, of Stephen's green, Dublin.


WILSON - On 29th November, at Cavan Infirmary, Mary Anne, second daughter of the late Thomas Wilson, of Drumbran, aged 22. Deceased was much respected by a large number of friends, who mourn her loss.

WEIR - December 1, at the Parsonage, Iack, Isabella Anne, the beloved wife of the Rev. E. M. Weir, and eldest daughter of the late John MURRAY, Esq., of Marlfield, aged 36 years.


Mr. Justice LAWSON sat in the Queen's Bench Chamber on Friday last, and disposed of motions for the three law courts.

Simpson v. Lundy

This is an action of libel brought by a Presbyterian clergyman against members of his own session for alleged libel in a memorial forwarded to the presbytery of Baillieborough complaining of his conduct in reference to matters connected with the administration of the Church funds. The subject of the libel was also alleged to be contained in letters sent to Mr. SHIRLEY and the Rev. Hugh HANNA.

Mr. MONRO obtained liberty to plead no libel, a traverse of the defamatory sense imputed, and please of justification and privilege.


The second of the course of Advent lectures, in the Old Church, Kilmore, will be delivered on next Wednesday, by the Rev. Joseph POTTER, Rector of Drumlese. Divine Service will commence at half-past six p.m.

BAILLIEBOROUGH YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION. - The members of the above Association met on Wednesday, the 29th ult., in the Parochial School-house - Thomas CHAMBERS, Esq., in the chair. Scripture subject - Heb. 1, 2. A recitation was given by Mr. H. ARMSTRONG. A debate concerning the advantage of a railway to Baillieborough was then opened by Mr. R. GIBSON in the affirmative, who was opposed by Mr. J. COLEMAN. After a lengthened discussion the affirmative was carried. A motion was brought forward by the Rev. J. W. TAYLOR and W. B. FAUSSETT, Esq., respecting the opening of a reading room in Bailieboro'. The further consideration of the motion was postponed till January next.


Dublin, Tuesday.

At the Commission of Oyer and Terminer in Green-street to-day, before Mr. Baron FITZGERALD, the hearing of the case was resumed in which Sub-Constable Patrick KAVANAGH was charged with the wilful murder of Constable John O'BRIEN, at Tillystown, near Bray, on the 18th of October. Mr. CURREN summed up for the defence, contending that the prisoner was insane at the he committed the deed. Mr. O'Brien, Q.C., having replied, Baron Fitzgerald summed up, and the jury found that the prisoner was labouring under temporary insanity when he committed the crime. The prisoner was ordered to be detained in custody during her Majesty's pleasure.


(Before W. BABINGTON and J. FAY, Esqrs.)

Sub-Inspector HAYES charged Mary Anne McDERMOTT with concealing the birth of her child.


Ellen FITZPATRICK was sent to gaol for a month, and a number of persons were fined for drunkenness.


The remains of the Rev. John KING, of Billisses, in the Presbytery of Bailieboro', were on Tuesday committed to the grave. All the ministers of the Presbytery were present with the exception of two, who were unavoidably absent. The funeral was largely attended by all denominations, as Mr. King was deservedly held in high esteem by all. The Rev. James MISKELLY read a short portion of Scripture in the house, and prayed. The remains were then brought to the church, where Mr. King had for almost forty years preached the Gospel with no uncertain sound. Rev. R. H. CLARKE, of Ballyjamesduff, ascended the pulpit, sung a portion of the 90th Psalm, read a few verses relative to the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, concerning which he made some lucid and touching remarks thereby illustrating the ministry of Mr. King. The Rev. T. R. WHITE, of First Bailieboro', next took his place in the pulpit and said - It is my mournful duty, my dear friends, to say a few words relative to our dear departed friend, who, on Friday morning last, entered upon his rich and glorious reward. Mr. King was a native of the County Monaghan, born at Ballybay sometime in the year 1790. He received his education from the late Rev. James MORELL, father to the present Mr. Morell, of Ballybay, for whom, until his death, he entertained the highest feeling of regard. His first place in the ministry was Ballyjamesduff. He went there as assistant to the late much respected Mr. KENNEDY, and married his daughter. While in Ballyjamesduff he established a mission station, three miles distant, at Billisses, and for years preached in what was called the old Orange Hall before the people of Billisses were established into a separate congregation. When organised into such they gave him a call, and he accepted it. Between Ballyjamesduff and Billisses in the same locality he was more than half a century in the ministry - eleven years assistant in the former, and thirty-nine years minister of this congregation. The duties of his calling in both places he discharged effectually, faithfully, and affectionately, and now at the close of fifty years in the service of a loving Master, he has resigned his charge into the hands of the Good Shepherd, that he may feed his sheep and lead his lambs by other lips and under other care. And may God bless the instruction to their eternal welfare. In addition to the duties of his congregation, he has, during almost the whole period of his ministry, conducted an English and classical school, and the affection that expiated towards him in the minds of his pupils and their parents is something very remarkable. I shall not soon forget the effect that the news of his death created among such in my own district, deep sorrow, and a flood o tears. Last Saturday fortnight he gave his last lessons in school. Mr. King was a student and a scholar. A very striking trait in his character was his love for church extension. He was the man, when an assistant in Ballyjamesduff, who established this congregation. Since that time, joined by other congregations, he has warmly and energetically aided in the establishment of seven others, viz., Cavan, Drumkeeran, Killucan, Longford, Glassleck, Loughmourne and Kells. While he was thus actively engaged abroad, he never neglected his pastoral duties at home. Let him once see his duty, and I believe, fearless and regardless of consequences, no earthly power could change him. The remains were carried from the church by his sorrowing committee, and placed in the grave, after which the Rev Thomas JOHNSTON, of Second Bailieboro' prayed

"When a great man dies,

For years beyond our ken,

The light he leaves behind him lies

Upon the paths of men."


December 15, 1876


COLEMAN and MORROW - December 6yth, at Bailieborough Church, by the Rev. A. T. Gilmor, L.L.D., assisted by the Rev. J. W. TAYLOR, L. L. B., John COLEMAN, Lake View Cottage, Enishmore, Cavan, to Maggie, only daughter of Joseph Morrow, Gartenane, Bailieborough.


DANCY - December 8th, at Cullies, Cavan, Mr. William Dancey, aged 78 years.

MERVYN - Decemer 15th, at the royal Hotel, Cavan, Eliza, beloved wife of Mr.Robert H. Mervyn, aged 36 years. Funeral will leave at 10 a.m. on Sunday for interment in Kilmore New Burying Ground.

MOORE - December 13th, at Lisdaran, Cavan, Mr. John Moore, aged 51 years. His end was peace.

A sermon in behalf of the Society for Irish Church Missions will be preached in Cavan Church, on Sunday next, by the Rev. J. D. SMYLIE, M.A.



In the Matter of the Estate of Thomas GOSSELIN, Owner;

The National Bank, Petitioner.

And in the Matter of the Estate of Thomas Gosselin and Elizabeth Gosselin, his Wife, by Thomas Bond, her next friend, Owners.

John Thomas HINDS, Petitioner.

(This was rather long and I chose not to type it. If anyone is interested in this surname, please get in touch with me off the list and I'll scan the article in for you. I just wanted to get the names out there.)



In the Matter of the Estate of Edward Michael DAVIES, Owner; Ex-parte, James GALBRAITH, Petitioner.

The Court having ordered a Sale of the Lands of Carraweelis, otherwise Farshabeg, known on the Ordnance Map as Corraweelis, situate in the barony of Clankee, and county of Cavan. All parties objecting to a sale of the 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.

Dates this 21st day of November, 1876.

C. E. DOBBS, examiner

DAVID GALBRAITH, Solicitor having the carriage of

Proceedings, No. 23, Lower Leeson-street, Dublin.

LANDSLIP NEAR BAILIEBOROUGH. - On the night of Saturday, the 2nd inst., several perches of meadow and roadway moved a considerable distance from the side of a hill at Carnalynch, near Bailieborough. Hundreds of spectators visited the place since the occurrence.


On Monday last, an accident of an alarming nature, and which nearly resulted in a fatal termination, occurred to a young man named Thomas CONNELLY, from Cootehill. It appears he had been through the fair during the day, in the enjoyment of his usual robust health, and, with a couple of friends, adjourned to the eating-house of Mr. W. DANE, Townhall-street, for the purpose of having dinner. Shortly after reaching a room on the drawing-room landing, he was himself the first to observe a pool of blood on the floor where he sat. He, with his friends, then adjourned to another room, when a young girl, a servant in the house, observed the blood and raised an alarm. The stream was then traced from the room which Connelly had just vacated to the one in which he was, and his friends observed him looking rather pale. The girl, seeing another pool of blood at his feet, at once exclaimed that he was bleeding; almost at the same moment he grew faint from loss of blood, and staggered towards the door; assisted by his friends, he reached the yard, where it became apparent that a vein in his left leg had given way, and the blood was pouring out in an alarming quantity. Dr. TERNAN, of the Medical Hall was hastily summoned, and being, fortunately, at hand, was on the spot at once. On his arrival he found the blood spouting from a burst vein in the man's leg, and the man himself in a state of perfect collapse. The doctor at once stopped the bleeding, had the man removed up stairs, and applied the most powerful remedies to restore animation. In this endeavour, he was, fortunately, successful; and, having got the patient into bed and used warm applications, &c., the young man gradually recovered so far as to be left in safety for the night. The doctor, however, visited him at a late hour, and firmly bandaged the injured limb. His friends having been telegraphed to his mother and a male relative arrived by the 11 a.m. train on Tuesday morning, and the doctor allowed him to leave with them for home by the evening train.


(Before W. BABINGTON, Esq.)

Mr. J. HASSETT summoned Patt RUDDY, of Glassdrummon, for carrying a gun without having first obtained a gun license.

James MALONEY proved the case.

He was fined £2 10s. and costs.

Sub-Constable Lynch summoned Owen SWEENY for assaulting him.

Sent to gaol for a month.

The Guardians of Cavan Union summoned Thos. DORAN and Bridget HENRY for neglecting to make a sewer on their premises.

Ordered to have it made before the 8th of January next.

A number of persons were fined for having light weights in their possession, and also for being drunk or "going on the racket."


On Saturday night last, an incident of a somewhat remarkable nature occurred at the house of a respectable farmer named Robert HILDITCH, situate on the great commons, a few miles distant from this town. It appears that while the inmates of the house were attending to their domestic duties, they were startled by an explosion about the fire-place in the kitchen, which slightly injured some members of the family. As might be expected, considerable alarm prevailed within, thinking that a gun had been fired down the chimney, access to which could easily be had from without by a step embankment which rises immediately at the rear of the house. No one ventured out until next morning, when an intimation was sent to Mr. Hilditch, the owner of the house, who resides on another farm close by. Mr. Hilditch proceeded to Carrickfergus, and informed the constabulary of what had taken place, and Head-Constable HAGAN, and a part of his men at once set out for the occurrence. Dr. TAGGART soon after arrived, and on examination of the faces and arms of the injured persons, he discovered small particles of coal and earth, instead of shot or slugs as had been imagined. The police made a search about the house, and convenient to the fire-place discovered a small barrel of blasting powder, about two-thirds full, which had been used for blasting purposes at limestone quarries adjacent. It is believed that some of the younger members of the family must have had access to the powder, and incautiously put some of it into the fire - hence the cause of the explosion. Fortunately, none of the family are seriously injured.


The execution of Charles O'DONNELL, the discharged soldier, who was convicted of the murder of his wife at the last session of the Central Criminal Court, took place at Newgate on Monday morning. The prisoner went to bed at half-past nine o'clock on Sunday night, and slept soundly until six o'clock on Monday morning, when he had his breakfast, and shortly afterwards the ordinary went to his cell and remained with him till the time arrived for the carrying out of his sentence. The prisoner prayed with apparent sincerity and earnestness, and said he admitted the justice of his sentence, and although several of the witnesses at the time had grossly slandered him, he said he forgave them freely. He walked to the scaffold with a firm step, and appeared to be praying while the usual preparations were being made by MARWOOD, the executioner. The drop then fell, and the prisoner appeared to be dead almost in an instant.

DISTURBING A CONGREGATION DURING DIVINE SERVICE. - At the Killadysert Petty Sessions on Monday, before Captain M'TIERNAN, Chairman, and Rev. M. FITZGERALD, Rector, Killadysert, a man named SCANLON was charged by the constabulary with disturbing the congregation attending Divine service ot (sic) Lissycasey Catholic Chapel. The offence it appears was committed on two successive Sundays, Scanlon having on each occasion sung some songs of a patriotic and religious nature while the clergyman officiating was proceeding with his duties. Scanlon was committed to jail for one week, the offence having been satisfactorily proven. The poor man was some time since confined in an asylum. He served for a term of twenty years or more as a national teacher, but got no superannuation on his retirement some two years ago.

December 22, 1876


In the Drumkeeran Presbyterian Meeting House, by the Rev. Samuel PATRICK, on Tuesday, 19th instant, Mr. Matthew JOHNSTON, Drumcrow, to Maggie, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Joseph DONALDSON.

M'QUADE and PORTER - December 7th, at Ballyjamesduff Meeting-house, by the Rev. R. H. Clarke, Thomas M'QUADE, Lisnabunty, to Annie, sixth daughter of Hugh PORTER, Prospect.


CARSON - December 20th, at Knockfield House, Castledermot, Minnie, the fourth daughter of the Rev. James CARSON, Cavan, aged 18 years.

The Lord Bishop of Kilmore will hold an ordination in Kilmore Cathedral on Sunday next, the 24th inst. The ordination sermon will be preached by the Rev. Dr. HUTCHINSON. The bishop preached on last Sunday in Cloverhill Church.

A public lecture will be delivered in the Presbyterian Church, Cavan, by the Rev. James CARSON on the Eastern Question, on Wednesday, the 27th instant. Chair to be taken at 8 o'clock, p.m. Admission free.

Mr. D. H. CRAWFORD has been appointed Postmaster of Killeshandra.


The Committee met on Wednesday - the Lord Bishop of Kilmore in the chair - to consider tenders for fitting up the Hall with gas.

There were two tenders, viz: - Messrs. ROSS and MURRY, Dublin; and Messrs. Wm. MORRIS and Son, Cavan.


(Before W. Babington, Esq.)

Sub-Constable HAYDEN summoned a man named JONES, for assaulting a Railway porter at Cavan Station.

From the evidence it appeared that Jones was endeavouring to enter the 5.20 p.m. train while in motion, and upon being prevented he struck a porter.

Fined £1 and costs.

Mr. James PARKER summoned Richard DUNNE for an assault and threatening language.

Mr. SHERRIE appeared for Mr. Parker.

As a question of title arose the summons was nilled.

Owen CUSACK summoned Anne REILLY for £2 2s. 6d. alleged to be due for horse hire.

Mr. Sherrie appeared for defendant.

The case was dismissed.

Edward BYRNE, Bernard DOLAN, Patt TACKNEY, Thomas BRADY, and John JOHNSTON were fined for not having their names on their carts.

Thomas REILLY, Thomas NORTH, Francis NORTH, Bernard O'KEEFE, Wm. Allen, and Richard Brady were fined for drunkenness.

Phill BRADY was fined 5s. for refusing to leave a public house.

Miss PATTERSON summoned Wm. FITZPATRICK for ever-holding possession of a house.

Decree granted.

Mary FLYNN summoned Rose Ann KANE for an assault.


Eliza ROBINSON v. Margaret BIRD for like.



A young man named STUART, clerk in Croydon Post Office, who was on Saturday night left alone in the office to complete his sorting and stamping duty, was found on Monday morning quite dead., his body, in a kneeling position, being suspended by the neck from the gas pipe in an upper room of the building. The deceased had tied together vrrious (sic) pieces of string, with which thus to effect suicide. The event created great sensation, as no motive is assigned for the commission of the deed, and deceased was only about 17 years of age.


On Saturday morning Mrs. Margaret VAUGHAN, aged about 40 years, the widow of a distinguished naval officer, who for many years served upon the Viceregal staff, terminated her existence, by cutting her throat with a carving knife. It appears that for some time Mrs. Vaughan, who lived at Stradbroke Hall, Blackrock, had been attended by Dr. M'DOWELL, of Merrion-square, for a mental affection, and a nurse named Eliza SKERRETT had been placed in charge of her. The nurse slept on a couch placed beside the bed of the lady. During the night Mrs. Vaughan would seem to have risen from her bed unknown to the nurse, and descended to the lower parlours of the house in her nightdress, and obtained a large carving knife, with which she cut her throat. When the nurse awoke between 6 and 7 o'clock, she became alarmed at Mrs. Vaughan's absence, and immediately instituted a search for her. On reaching the back parlour she found the unfortunate lady lying on the carpet in a pool of blood, with a carving knife at her hand. Dr. GRIFFIN, of Blackrock, was summoned to the house, but he pronounced life to be extinct. In the course of the afternoon Dr. HARTY, county coroner, attended and held an inquest, when the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased had committed suicide while in an unsound state of mind. Captain Vaughan commanded the naval brigade, whose march from Calcutta and Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny of 1857, was one of the brightest episodes of that thrilling time. Previous to this he had played a most gallant part in the Crimean war, and was sitting in the boat beside his superior officer, Captain PEEL, when the brave commander fell beneath a Russian bullet. Returning to Ireland, his native country, after the Indian Mutiny, he was invited by Lord Carlisle, whose acquaintance he had made long before in Constantinople, to accept a post as aide-de-camp on the Viceregal staff. He was a special favourite with his Excellency and had a large circle of attached friends in Dublin. On his marriage he resigned his post on the staff and retired to live in comparative privacy at Stradbroke Hall. His death took place about three years ago.

A small bottle of Guinness's porter can be purchased anywhere for two pence. This is the retail price, and the profit to the manufacturer must be infinitesimal. Yet rain-drops make the river, and the ocean of profit realized by the Messrs. Guinness is simply amazing. Sir Benjamin Guinness paid income tax on £56,000 a year. It is stated in town that the profits realized by the Messrs. Guinness's brewery amount to the magnificent figure of £100,000 per annum, and the partnership has been dissolved upon the terms that Sir Arthur is to receive £1,000,000, or 20 years' purchase of £50,000 a year. I have also heard that Mr. E. Cecil Guinness, who becomes the sole owner of the brewery, offered to draw a cheque of one million pounds, his brother's share of the concern. We have been accustomed to think a cheque for £40,000 or £50,000 a wonderful document, and to look upon the drawer with curiosity and astonishment, but we are utterly lost in wonder at the idea of a fellow-citizen offering to draw a cheque and pay down the coin to a cool million. I can imagine the amazement of the bank cashier to whom the cheque would be presented, and the blank consternation of the manager at the sudden demand, and his probable inability to meet it without realizing securities. The population of England is 39,000,000, and I doubt if twenty individuals out of that number could draw a cheque for a like sum with the certainty of its being honoured. The citizens of Dublin ought to be proud that they possess in their midst a business of such gigantic proportions. There are not, I should say, more than half a dozen such private concerns - I was going to say in the United Kingdom - but, on second thoughts, will say the world.

December 29, 1876


ARCHER - December 27, at 15, Northumberland-avenue, Kingstown, Rev. Arthur ELLIS ARCHER, Rector of Aghadoe, youngest son of the late Charles PALMER ARCHER, Esq., J.P., of Kiillidreenan, County Wicklow, in the 55th year of his age.

HETHERINGTON - Dec. 24th, at Deggan, Cavan, Rebecca, youngest daughter of Alexander HETHERINGTON, aged 1 year and 5 months.


BROWN and HILL - December 23rd, at the parish church, Drung, by the Rev. R. J. HOPE, A.M., Constable E. BROWN, R.I.C., Bailieborough, to Sarah, second daughter of the late Wm. HILL, Mullinacrieff.


On Saturday last, the 23rd instant, Major Michael PHILLIPS died at his residence, Glenview, Belturbet, in the eightieth year of his age.

For nearly twenty years he was the efficient Deputy Grand Master of the Orangemen of the County of Cavan; and on the retirement of the late Mr. W. HUMPHYRS, he was appointed Grand Master for the County, which office he continued to hold until the time of his death. He took great interest in everything connected with the Orange Institution; he was greatly beloved by his brethren of this loyal order; while those who differed from him in politics and religion respected him very highly for his manly courtesy and consistency.

He served as Ensign and Lieutenant in the old Cavan Militia before the disembodiment in 1816; and upon their being called up again in 1855, he joined the regiment as Captain, and continued to serve until 1876, when he retired with the honourary rank of Major.

At the time of his decease, he was the senior Justice of the Peace and Grand Juror in the County. He was also a member of the Kilmore Diocesan Synod and of the Diocesan Council; one of the Parochial Nominators for the Parish of Drumlane; a Member of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland; one of the Trustees of the Cavan Protestant Hall; and a Member of the Board of Superintendence of the County Prison, &c. The fact that he filled so many important offices is in itself strong testimony of the high esteem in which he was generally held. Notwithstanding the ripe age to which he had attained, he will be much missed in the County; and sincerely and deservedly regretted, not only by those who were brought into association with him in public life, but also in the more private circle where he was known and esteemed.


The Protestants of the county Cavan will learn with regret the death of this venerable and esteemed gentleman, which took place at his residence, Glenview, Belturbet, on Saturday evening, the 23rd inst. He was a man remarkable for unfailing energy and health, which continued till lately. His health had been failing for some time, and a few weeks ago symptoms set in, that presaged a fatal termination. He will be much missed in the many honorary offices he filled, the duties of which he discharged with a conscientiousness that might well teach a lesson to younger men.

The Orangemen of county Cavan will especially feel his loss, for his attachment to the system was long, hearty, and sincere; and his wise counsels and vigilance were beneficially felt in the prosperity of the Institution. He was directly descended from Sir Thomas PHILLIPS, who, in the reign of Elizabeth, James and Charles I., played such a distinguished part in the affairs of this country, and who, as one of the Commissioners for the settlement of Ulster, and for the improvement of the military resources of the kingdom, and subsequently as chief Governor of the county of Derry, left such permanent marks of his great talents in the successful settlement of the North of Ireland. Sir Thomas and his family were distinguished loyalists, and naturally enough took the part of the King against the Parliament, and spared neither their lives nor fortunes in the Royal cause. While many families then obscure, have since acquitted high title and great estates, by always taking the winning side, and whose members consequently figure in the annals of the country, by drawing largely out of the public purse, this family has never been stained with place or pension, and as a consequence, have always preserved those political and religious principles, that first made them distinguished.

True to the instincts of his race, Major Phillips was a Protestant in whom there was no trimming, no pandering to what he believed to be wrong for the sake of advantage or popularity. He was a just, fearless, and impartial magistrate; a kind and feeling landlord to his tenants, by whom he was regarded with the fondest friendship and admiration, and a sincere and loyal member of the Irish Church. He possessed very considerable artistic talents, and that natural delicacy of taste and breeding that seems in many instances to be the especial heirloom of families. The funeral left his late residence on Wednesday, the 27th, at 12 o'clock, for Drumlane Parish Church. The funeral was large and respectably attended, although the inclemency of the weather rendered it impossible for those living at a distance to attend. The two sons of the deceased, the Rev. Thos. G. PHILLIPS, Rector of Killoughter; and Henry PHILLIPS, Esq., M.D., Reading, were the chief mourners. The surrounding gentry were well and largely represented, and the Orangemen accompanied the remains of their late worthy chief to the grave. Owing to the great severity of the weather, there was not as large an assemblage of the Orangemen of the county as they themselves would have liked; but there are few professing the principles of the brotherhood who will not be sorry that they were unable to be present to do honour to his remains.

The funeral service was read by the Rector, the Rev. Robert LEECH, who, before the remains were consigned to their last resting place, addressed those present briefly as follows:- My friends, we are assembled together to consign to the grave the remains of one who has lived long among you; who took a keen interest in your welfare; who lived a blameless, an active, and an honourable life, and whose place it will be hard to fill. We shall miss him especially in this Parish. His own people - his tenants shall miss him much, for he went in and out as a father among them, and was indeed beloved and honoured by them. The Protestants of this Parish shall miss him also, for he was unwearied in his efforts to preserve to you and yours the ministrations of religion, and much of his time and wise counsel were given in helping to place our Church in this Parish on a stable financial basis. We shall miss also his form, so well known and so much respected; for he showed us all an example by the regularity of his attendance at the house of God, and at the Lord's Table. Sunday after Sunday he was present, generally walking, if the weather at all permitted, a distance of three miles, teaching the people of the Parish by his example, that where the heart yearns after the Courts of the Lord's house, the feet will be willing to tread the way. His life was one of quiet and unobtrusive piety, a life, the sustaining principle of which was seen in the beautiful order and arrangement of a consistent character, and in a holy walk and conversation. He was a consistent Protestant, one with whom religious principles, being found to be true, became the rule of his life. Hence he was not ashamed to confess openly before men, principles he believed to be of such vital importance both for the well-being of society, and the advancement of true religion. Protestant truth ever found in him a steady advocate, and error a determined opponent. Following the noble example of his forefathers, he struck to his principles through evil as well as through good report, and was the same when Protestant principles were despised; as when returning reason has convinced men, for the time, that they alone can be depended on for the safety of the Empire. Finally our departed friend was a true Christian; one whose life more than his words gave evidence of the strength of the grace within, who had long served his God, and who when the summons came was ready to meet it. Words uttered over the grave of a dear friend should have some influence with those who knew him, and the lessons his life teaches you are very important - whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might as he did all he undertook to do. Then be true and honest in your religious profession. Let the vitality of your religion be seen in a blameless walk, in an honourable life, and in attendance at the Lord's house, and at the means of grace; and above all things, don't put off preparation till the last. Time for us will soon be no more. Soon the shores of the illimitable ocean will open upon your view; then the only thing you can carry with you, the only thing that will avail you, are those noble principles that you may now by the help of God implant in your souls - justice, love of truth, honesty of principle, a sincere desire for the welfare of others, and the soul itself washed and sanctified through the blood of the Redeemer.


Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin, and Ardagh. - The Lord Bishop of Kilmore held an ordination in Kilmore Cathedral, on Sunday, the 24th inst., when the following gentlemen were admitted to holy orders: - Deacons - John BLACK, Sen. Soph. T..D., for the curacy of Kiltoghart diocese of Ardagh; Henry Francis WHITE, T.C.D., for the curacy of Kilkeevan and Oran, diocese of Elphin. Priests - Thomas Heron ALDWELL, Sen. Soph., T.C.D., for Dowra, diocese of Kilmore; Robert M'GREGOR, A.B., T.C.D., for the curacy of Slavin, diocese of Clogher, on letters dismissory from the Lord Primate. The previous examination was conducted by the Bishop, Rev. S. SHOUE, A.M., and Rev. W. H. HUTCHINSON, LL.D., on the 22nd and 23rd instant. The ordination sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Hutchinson (on L.Timothyiv.16), who also presented the candidates.

The Bishop of Kilmore has appointed the Rev. James GULLY, M.A., to the Precentorship of Elphin Cathedral; the Rev. W. C. M'CAUSLAND, A.M., to the Prebend of Fallintubber, Elphin Cathedral; the Rev. William CREEK, A.M., to the rural deanery of Kildallon, diocese of Kilmore; and the Rev. A. M. KEARNEY, A.B., to the rural deanery of Sligo, diocese of Elphin.

DRAMATIC CLUB AT BELTURBET. - The amateur dramatic club, which has been lately formed in Belturbet, at athe instance of the leading inhabitants, in conjunction with the detachment of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, at present quartered there,a gave two performances in the Town Hall, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 19th and 20th inst. Both were attended by the elite of the country. The performance commenced with a witty prologue, read by Dr. THOMSON, which was followed by Tom TAYLOR's celebrated comedy, "Still Waters Run Deep." Mr. J. ATWELL, as Mr. Potter, has seldom been surpassed. The Captain Hawksley of Corporal BOND was most forcibly performed. Mr. J. BERRY undertook the difficult character of John Mildmay, acquitting himself well. Dr. Thomson, as Dunbilk, that "Prince of prospectus-mongers," exhibited great versatility. Troop Sergeant-Major FLINT, as Gimlet, was the right man in the right place. As regards Mrs. Stimbold and Mrs. Mildmay, we have only to mention that athe characters were most admirably portrayed by Miss Millie MORTON and Miss Jessie KIRK, of Dublin celebrity. During the interval between the comedy and farce, the audience were entertained by the vocalization of Mr. H. S. MOORE, and the display of muscular power exhibited by Troop Sergeant-Major FLINT, in his exercises with the Indian club, exhibited gymnastic abilities of no mean order. The performance concluded with the laughable farce of "The Wandering Minstrel," in which Mr. SHOOLBRED, as Jem Baggs, created much merriment. Mr. GALLAGHER, as Herbert Carol, fully justified his vocal popularity. Corporatl EGERTON played Mr. Crincum in his usual quiet effective style. Sergeant-Major FLINT, as Tweedle, acted the scientific musician to the life. The other characters were most ably filled. The orchestral band of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards played during the evening, several operatic, national, and popular selections.

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