Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

January 7, 1876

Dublin, Nov. 23, 1875

I have submitted to analysis a specimen of the bottled XX Porter sold by Mr. J. CLERKIN, 32, Main Street, Cavan. I find that it is identical in composition with Guinness's Stout of the best quality, which I examined for the purpose of comparison.

Charles A. CAMERON
Professor of Chemistry to the
Royal College of Surgeons
(A Card)

97, Main Street, Cavan.
There will be no extra charge for Surveying Lands, Crops, or Meadows sold by me.
(A Card)

Main-Street, Cavan,
Supplies Funerals with all requisites on the shortest notice.
Pictures framed, or Picture Mouldings sold. A large lot of Mouldings to select from.
An Apprentice wanted.

Begs to return thanks for the kind patronage he has received for the last two years,
And wishes to state that he has
Wesley-Street, Cavan.
Where he is prepared to take
On the most Improved ___
Enlarged up to life size, and finished in colour and oil.
Pictures and works of art copied.
Cavan, Nov., 1875.

Guaranteed perfectly pure and unadulterated,
stored on fresh Sherry Casks, and strongly recommended for
To be Consumed either off or on the Premises,
Bridge Street, Cavan

(SON OF THE LATE Andrew Kane),
Main-Street, Cavan,
Begs to thank the Nobility, Clergy, and Gentry of the County of Cavan for the kind support given his father for over 50 years, and by strict attention to business hopes to merit a continuence (sic) of their kind support and esteemed orders.

Best Quality for
A great variety, all sizes, and at very moderate prices.
Leather Merchant, Cavan.

College Street, Cavan,
Returns thanks to his numerous kind Patrons for their liberal support since he commenced business, and begs to assure them that nothing shall be wanting on his part ot merit a continuance of their support.

Returns thanks to his customers for the patronage accorded him since he commenced business, and begs to inform them that in consequence of the increase in his trade he has removed from
To more extensive premises in
Where he will carry on
In all its branches.
Painting and Repairs done in the best manner on most moderate terms.
Coach Builder
Church-Street, Cavan.
Dec., 1875

THE REV. JAMES CARSON begs to announce that his
Will re-open
And that his
Will re-open
On TUESDAY, 11th JANUARY, 1876.

On Monday, the 17th January, inst.,
At the residence of the Late MR. RICHARD MOONEY,
Near Cavan,
A choice collection of Furniture, a good light running Tax Cart, with several other useful articles.
For further particulars see posters.
EDWARD FEGAN, & CO., auctioneers.
January 7, 1876

There were other classified ads, but all read pretty much the same. Some names and occupations were:

Shooting Boots, Gentlemen's and Youth's Leggings - J. DOWNEY
Auctioneer & Valuator - GEORGE HAMILTON
Plumbing, Gas-Fitting, Copper & Tin Smith Establishment - WILLIAM MORRIS
Watchmaker and Jeweler - JAMES MALCOMSON
Merchant Tailor, draper and General Outfitter - P. O'REILLY


SHERRIE - December 31st, at 20, Newgrove Avenue, Sandymount, the wife of William Sherrie, Esq., of a daughter.


KNIPE - Jan 3, at his residence, East View, Monkstown, Majo0r George M. Knipe, formerly of the 89th Regiment, and late Adjutant of the Carlow Rifles, son of the late George Marshall Knip0e, Esq., of Erne Hill, Belturbet.

RUTTLEDGE - Dec. 29th, at The rectory, Belturbet, Jane, wife of the late Peter Ruttledge, Esq, Holymount, Co. Mayo, aged 87 years.

SIXSMITH - January 2, at Cavan, Louisa Elizabeth, wife of Thomas William Sixsmith, deeply and deservedly regretted, not only by her bereaved and sorrowing relatives, but by all who know her. Her end was peace.

VEITCH - Dec. 25th, at Cormeon, Miss Jane Veitch, aged 72 years. Her end was peace.


This very sad and almost unexpected event, has been the cause of deep and heart-felt sorrow to the many friends and acquaintances of the lamented lady - daughter of Mr. Hamilton, of Castlehamilton. We had hoped that she would have been long spared, to make use of those rare endowments of mind, with which she was gifted, in the service of the Divine Master to whom she so entirely dedicated herself. It seemed otherwise however to HIM "who doeth all things well." In His inscrutable wisdom, He has taken her to Himself. For several years past, she was a constant contributor, under the signature of "E.H." to various religious periodicals.

Her "Thoughts" were always so full of true religious feeling, and expressed with such real poetic power, that they soon became well known, and were duly appreciated by a large number of admirers, among whom we may mention the Archbishop of Dublin, the Bishop of Derry, the Rev. Dr. BUTLER, of Harrow, and Rev. J. W. MANT, as being peculiarly competent to form a just opinion of their merits. All through her verses, one finds the same holy fervour - chasteness of expression, and tenderly quaint turn of fancy that constantly remind of a Quarles or Herbert.

Three little volumes of her poems have been published, "Ecce Agnus Dei," "Dies Panis" and "Octaves," all bearing the stamp of profound devotional feeling, and originality. In these, "She being dead yet speaketh."

There is no need of personal eulogy. To all who knew her she endeared herself, by an unvarying amiability, and gentleness of disposition. By the poor she was beloved for her constant kindness, and unaffected humility, they will long mourn her loss, though we know it is her own gain. We venture to express he hope that it may serve in some measure to alleviate the sorrow of a bereaved family - to know that there is a wide spread and genuine sympathy for them in their deep affliction.


The Sale of the House and Premises in Redhills in the County of Cavan, the Estate of the Bankrupt, advertised to be Sold by Auction, in Cavan, on Tuesday, the 11th day of January, 1876, will not take place and is hereby withdrawn.

GEORGE GRAHAM, auctioneer.
Cavan, 7th January 1876


On the 22nd ult., R. P. Pinchin, Esq., Bank of Ireland, was presented with a valuable gold watch on which was the following inscription, viz:-

"Presented to R. P. Pinchin, Esq., by his Cavan friends as a slight token of their esteem and regard, on his removal to the Agency of the Bank of Ireland, Kilbeggan." Dec. 1875.


Great rejoicing took place in Cavan on Saturday night when it became known that the attempt to unseat Captain Beresford as the member for the borough of Armagh had proved a failure. Tar and paraffin barrels were kept burning on the Old Gallows-hill. A large number of the respectable inhabitants, irrespective of creed, took part in the demonstration. The throng separated shortly before ten o'clock in a most peaceable and orderly manner.


On Saturday evening, at the Longford railway station, an accident of an alarming character, though happily unattended by loss of life, occurred. As it was market day in town, the platform was much crowded. On the bell announcing the approach of the train being rung, a rush of people ensued, and, in the darkness, Mr. BROCK, of Racepark, an aged gentleman, missed his footing and fell from the platform across the rails as the train was entering the station. Quite stunned by the fall he lay helplessly on the track, and must have been immediately cut to pieces but for the courageous conduct of his grandson, Mr. A. A. DOBSON, and the prompt assistance rendered to both by Mr. James SALMON, of Edgeworthstown. Mr. Dobson immediately leaped down upon the track in front of the advancing train, and endeavoured to place his grandfather upon the platform, but had only succeeded in lifting his shoulders on to the kerbstone when the engine was so close that both must have been killed were it not for the timely and able assistance of Mr. Salmon, who by sheer strength dragged both upon the platform, falling himself heavily against the opposite wall as the train passed by. It is surprising that more accidents have not occurred at this station, which is always great crowded on market evenings, and very insufficiently lighted. Additional lamps are much needed on these occasions, and the Midland Railway Company will do well in supplying this want, for, undoubtedly, damages for accidents resulting from an insufficiently lighted platform are recoverable.

THREE PERSONS FOUND DEAD. - On Sunday morning three persons were found dead at Dunfermline. It is supposed that they died from excessive drinking.

ALLEGED DEATH FROM HYDROPHOBIA. - On Sunday a woman named TALBOT died at the Macclesfield Infirmary from the supposed effects of hydrophobia. She was bitten by a dog on the cheek nine weeks ago, and was ultimately admitted in a highly excited state to the hospital. Subsequently she suffered greatly, and died in fits of hysteria. As medical opinions differed concerning the cause of her death, a post mortem examination will probably be held.


An eccentric character, named PILKINGTON, but generally known in the neighbourhood as Squire HAWLEY, was buried at Hatfield, near Doncaster, on Tuesday. He was interred in his own garden, in the centre of the graves of his cattle which died during the rinderpest. He was laid out in full hunting costume, including spurs and ship, and was carried from the house on a coffin board, when he was placed in a stone coffin, which weighing upwards of a ton, had to be lowered by means of a crane. His old pony was shot, and buried at his feet in bridle and saddle, and his dog and an old fox were buried at his head. The funeral ceremony was performed by the Roman Catholic priest of Doncaster, who had specially consecrated the ground. The deceased has left the whole of his estate to his groom, John VICKERS, on condition that the funeral, &c., be conducted according to his expressed wish, and should he fail in doing this, the property is to revert to the priest of Doncaster for the benefit of the Roman Catholic religion.


The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians were held on Tuesday last -

Edward KENNEDY, Esq., in the chair.
Also present - Messrs. FEGAN, GAFFNEY, MEIKLE, and TELFER.

The Master reported that a boy named Pat REILLY had absconded.

Ordered to be prosecuted.

The Clerk said there was a vacancy for a Sweep in consequence of the death of Andrew KANE.

Ordered to advertise.

Checques were signed for contractors, and a few paupers admitted after which the Board adjourned.


At the Bristol Police Court, on Friday, Samuel GALLOP, aged 35, of gentlemanly address, was charged with having, at midnight on Monday last, assaulted Mrs. Charlotte TUCKER, the young wife of a neighouring tradesman, at the Hotwells. The evidence was to the effect that Mr. Tucker returned home shortly before twelve o'clock on Monday night, and finding his wife asleep on the parlour sofa, he proceeded to the cellar to examine some salt beef. Mrs. Tucker awoke, and unaware of her husband's return, she went to the door to await his arrival. Mr. Gallop, who was at his own door, went up to her, and Mr. Tucker ascending the stairs, heard him ask if her husband was out. She replied that she was waiting for him. Gallop then said, "Give me a kiss." She tried to shut the door, but he pushed it open, seized her round the neck, and kissed her, and disarranged her clothes as she was struggling and exclaiming, "Don't." Mr. Tucker then shouted "Villain!" and Gallop rushed away. The defence was that it was an act of gallantry under a sprig of mistletoe. Defendant was fined £5, including costs.

January 14, 1876


A short time since the pupils and friends of Miss ROBINSON, the much esteemed teacher of this school, met for the purpose of presenting her with a slight token of their regard and good wishes on her departure from them. There were present - Revds. W. H. STONE and T. B. WILSON, J. G. TATLOW, Esq., Mr. Charles LORD, Mr. Charles RORKE, &c.

After the following address to Miss Robinson had been read, Mr. Tatlow spoke a few words to those who were present in which he spoke of the great success which had marked Miss Robinson's efforts in Crossdoney, and how completely she had gained the good wishes of all with whom she came in contact. The address was as follows:-

"Dear Miss Robinson, - We, the parents of your pupils in Crossdoney School, as well as other friends who have had the pleasure of knowing you for some years, beg to express our sense of the loss we are about to sustain in your removal from amongst us. Your system of instruction has been such as to secure the steady progress of your pupils.

-Your marked attention and zeal in Sunday School could not be too highly commended; while many will miss in you a valued friend.
- You may rest assured that you carry with you to your native city the best wishes of many friends in Crossdoney and Kilmore.
- We beg your acceptance of the accompanying gift as a small testimonial of sincere personal regard, and acknowledgment of our ability and success as a teacher.

"Signed on behalf of the subscribers,
"William H. Stone, "Rector Kilmore.

To this Miss Robinson replied as follows:
"My Dear Friends and Pupils, - I beg that you will accept my warmest thanks for the tasteful and valuable gift which you have just presented to me.

To you, my dear friends, a wish to express, however inadequately, my appreciation of your kind regard and to assure you that this additional token was not needed to convince me of your friendship, which was generously extended to me when I came amongst you, an untried stranger, and which has never been withdrawn. I shall be changed, indeed, when the grateful remembrance of your constant kindness has faded from my heart, and your happy homes have ceased to be the brightest of its sunny memories.

Again thanking you for all your handsome present, and reciprocating your good wishes for my future,

"I remain, dear friends,
"Faithfully yours,
"M. Robinson"

The presentation consisted of a handsome bookstand with a number of Lord Macauley's and Mr. Thomas Carlylse's works.


The "Spelling Bee" in connection with the above, as announced in our last number, was held on Wednesday evening, the 12th inst., and proved a complete success. The entertainment lasted for more than three hours. 65 competitors entered the lists, 35 of these belonging to the junior class. Some very little ones showed great courage in attempting to compete with those much older then themselves. The successful competitions in the junior class were - W. MOORE, M. SHIPWAY, F. SHIPWAY, W. SMYTH, S. HONEWILL, and A. SMITH.

The prizes in the senior class were gained by T. STAFFORD, W. M'CULLY, W. REID, M. O'NEILL, W. H. M'CUTCHEON, and D. RAMSAY.

The prizes, six in each class, consisted of writing desks, work boxes, Bibles, Church Services, and illustrated books. The 1st in each class having first choice the 2nd second choice, and so on to the sixth. The spelling was remarkably good in each class.

After the examination of the junior class the audience were very much interested by discolving (sp?) views of Egypt, Indian, &c., exhibited by Mr. CHANCELLOR of Seekville Street, Dublin, the oxychalcium light rendering them beautifully distinct. Some comic slides intended specially for the amusement of the children were exhibited after the examination of the senior class.

A few appropriate remarks having been made by the chairman, the Rev. S. SHOUE, the well-known hymn, "Shall we gather at the river," was sung, and the proceedings were brought to a close by the benediction.


MOORE - January 11, at Cavan, Julia, widow of the late John I. MOORE, Esq., Waterloo, Cavan, aged 40, deeply and deservedly regretted, not only by her bereaved sad sorrowing relatives but by all who knew her. Her end was peace.

Mr. POLLOCK, Coroner, held an Inquest a few days ago, at Bellsgrove, near Lake Sheehan, on the body of Michael LYNCH who died suddenly. The jury found that he died from natural causes.

The Select Vestry thankfully acknowledge the receipt of the following additional contributions towards the fund for the relief of the Protestant poor of Cavan - Llewellyn SAUNDERSON, £10; John ARMSTRONG, £1; Rev. W. P. MOORE, £1; John BOYD (Provincial Bank) 10s; Miss MOORE (the College) 10s. The sum of 5s is also acknowledged towards the repair fund of Cavan Church from Andrew CRAWFORD.

The Rev S. SHONE thankfully acknowledges to have received from the executor of the late Mrs. Catherine COULTER, by George D. BERESFORD, Esq., M.P., the sum of £60 13s 3d. being the amount of a legacy bequeathed by her to the County Cavan Protestant Orphan Society.

To all appearance His Holiness at Rome will very soon be independent of such a petty source of income as Peter's pence. A telegram from Rome informs us that he has just been presented with £10,000 by the Marquis of Dipon (sp? Could be Ripon) and £8,000 by a member of the Belgian Senate.

UNIVERISTY EDUCATION IN IRELAND. - The Central News is informed that the joint committee of graduates of the Catholic University and Queen's College, Dublin, who have for some time been meeting with a view to devise a settlement of the university question, have unanimously decided to commit to Mr. BUTT the Parliamentary-charge of the bill which they have drawn up. Mr. Butt has consented to take charge of the measure, reserving to himself the right to modify some of its details. The bill proposes to establish one great national university for Ireland, viz.- Trinity College as a Protestant Institution, a Roman Catholic College, and a Mixed or Secular College, the latter being one of the existing Queen's College, probably Belfast.


An occurrence that at present is involved in the deepest mystery took place some time ago on board the St. Patrick, bound from Liverpool to Dublin. It appears that a respectable artisan, named John STEWART, residing in Liverpool, was personally interested in a will case that was tried before Judge WARREN last term, and for the purpose of disputing the will he took a cabin passage on board the St. Patrick from Liverpool to Dublin, on the 4th of November last. He was accompanied by his wife and a relative, and brought with him, in his coat pocket, some papers which he regarded as of the utmost importance in the suit in which he was engaged. At three o'clock on the morning of the 5th the St Patrick arrived off Ringsend, but Stewart, although seen by his wife a short time previously, could nowhere be found. The unaccountable disappearance of the man remained in this state of obscurity until the 15th of last December, when the coast guards' patrol at Baldoyle under the vigilant officer, Mr. WILLIAMS, at three o'clock in the morning, discovered the body of a man washed ashore near the churchyard of Kilbarrack. Mrs. Stewart returned to Dublin and identified the remains, which she brought back with her to Liverpool for interment. The most extraordinary part of the transaction yet remains to be solved. At the time the deceased man was last seen on board the St. Patrick he had two coats, in the pockets of which were the papers already alluded to. When the body was found it was minus these coats, and no trace has since been obtained of the important papers it was known the deceased carried with him. Stewart could not swim, and it is, therefore, impossible he could have divested himself of the clothes in the water; neither were the coats found on board the St. Patrick. - Irish Times.


At twenty minutes to twelve on the night of the 22nd ult the people at Richmond, Va. were startled from their slumbers by a violent commotion of the earth, which shook the entire city. Houses were shaken in such a manner as to resemble the motion of a carriage, and so long did the shake continue that people rushed to their doors and windows in dismay. The glasses on the counters and shelves of saloons which had not yet closed jingled and moved visibly, and the inmates ran en masse to the street, to ascertain the cause of the phenomenon. At first it was believed to be the shock of some distant terrific explosion at the coal pits in the adjoining county of Chesterfield, but the duration of the rumble and the distinctness with which it was felt left no doubt that it was a violent shock of earthquake. The noise made by the shock was heard in every quarter of the city, and many persons state that there were two distinct rumblings. It is estimated that they lasted from thirty to fifty seconds, and were accompanied by a rushing sound through the air like a current of wind, some distance above the earth. The motion came from south to north. At one o'clock a.m. the people were walking about the streets, talking and wondering at the strangeness of the midnight visitation.


The chairman of quarter sessions of the county Clare on Monday, in charging the jury in a petty case before him, at Ennis, said that since he came to the county he, unfortunately, saw people of all periods of life - almost from infancy to the very verge of the grave - committing the most flagrant falsehoods.

STRANGE RESULT OF THE ARMAGH ELECTION PETITION. - The hon. secretary of the Armagh Protestant Orphan Society writes that owing to the soreness created by the recent election petition, a number of the supporters of the Orphan Society have determined to withhold their subscriptions to the charity.

FROM THE PUBLIC HOUSE INTO THE CANAL. - An inquest was held on Monday at Tullamore in reference to the death by drowning of a man named Michael KILLIAN. From the evidence it appeared that about ten o'clock on the previous night the deceased man left a public house, and immediately afterwards other persons who were drinking there heard a cry and a splash as if some one had fallen into the canal. Lights were procured, and the place dragged. At eleven o'clock the body was found. No effort was sufficient to resuscitate the unfortunate man. The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.


The Army and Navy Gazette says:- Lieutenant Colonel R. WADESON, V.C., who had succeeded to the Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the 75th Regiment, makes the third officer commanding a regiment who has obtained his commission from the ranks. J. M'KAY, of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Regiment, and Lieutenant-Colonel W. M'BREAM. V/C., 92nd Highlanders. Colonel Wadeson obtained his ensigncy in the 75th from sergeant-major, June 2, 1857; became lieutenant, September 19, 1857; captain, December 9, 1864; and major, July 17, 1871. He served with the regiment in the Indian campaign of 1857 from the outbreak on May 12, including the battles of Budinkeserai, siege operations before Delhi, and repulse of sorties on June 12 and 15, and night attacks on the camp on June 18 and 23, and July 14 and 18; storming (severely wounded) and capture of Delhi (medal with clasp and Victoria Cross). He obtained the Victoria Cross when an ensign for "conspicuous bravery at Delhi on July 18, 1857, when the 75th was engaged in the Subjee Mundee, in having saved the life of Private Farrell when attached by a sowar of the enemy's cavalry, and killing the sowar. Also, on the same day, for rescuing Private Barry, when, wounded and helpless, he was attacked by a cavalry sowar, whom Ensign Wadeson killed."

BRAVERY AT SEA.- A most interesting presentation was made at the Liverpool Sailors' Home on Friday - that of the Albert medal, which is conferred "for gallantry in saving life at sea" to Mr. David WEBSTER, a young man who was second mate of a barque called the Arracan, which was destroyed by fire at sea in February, 1874. The crew had to take to the boats, one of which, with three men and a boy, was entrusted to Webster. They were at sea for 31 days, and endured almost unparalleled sufferings, when they were picked up by another vessel. It was owing to Webster's courage that their lives were saved, he having prevented the men from killing and eating the boy, and also from scuttling the boat.

January 21, 1876

Munster Circuit - Mr. Justice FITZGERALD and Mr. Justice LAWSON.
Home Circuit - The Lord Chief Justice and Mr. Baron DOWSE.
Leinster Circuit - Mr. Baron DENSY and Mr. Justice BARRY.
North West Circuit - The Lord Chief Baron and Mr. Justice KEOGH.
Connaught Circuit - Mr. Justice O'BRIEN.
North East Circuit - Mr. Baron FITZGERALD and Mr. Justice MORRIS.

The Munster circuit will go out first, on the 21st of February; and the North East last, on the 6th of March.


On January 11 the case of Miss Earnestine HAUSER came on before the Civil Court of Breisach, Grand Duchy of Baden. Miss Hauser is the young lady who stated to her parents and her physician that several priests had seduced her to wear a tight rope round her loins as a sure means of pleasing the Deity. When on the brink of the grave by this constant torture, an attempt was made to cup her feet and produce stigmata. The skin being filled with blood owing to the pressure exercised by the rope, this cupping, according to medical opinion, would be sure to produce prolonged bleeding. One of the two priests concerned in this affair, and mentioned by the young lady in her late confessions, brought an action for libel against the physician who had published the story. The action, however, was withdrawn previous to the trial. A little later the other priest sued the girl for telling the physician falsehoods at his expense. The case was tried four days ago, and ending in the acquittal of the young lady, virtually led to a judicial corroboration of the alleged attempt to produce another Louise Lateau. During the trial counsel for the Crown expressed regret that the priests could not be prosecuted without the consent of the young lady, which he had failed to obtain. - Times.

VALUE OF LAND IN THE NORTH. - A good deal has, from time to time, been heard of the special value of land in the northern province of Ireland. Of the correctness of this the recent sale in the Landed Estates Court of the Lands of Derryargan, situate within two miles of Enniskillen, affords a somewhat remarkable proof. The lands consist of 129 acres statute measure, exclusive of water, and producing, after payment of £64 for head rent and fines and tithe-rent charge, an estimated pro___ rent of £118, and were sold in the Landed Estates Court, on Friday last, the 14th January inst., before Judge FLANAGAN. The first bid made was £2,000, and after a spirited competition, which only lasted a few minutes (48 biddings having been taken), the Rev. John Brien FRITH was declared the purchaser at £5,525, which is more than 46-1/2 years' purchase. It may, of course, be that some of the local gentry - knowing the beauty of the surrounding scenery, as well as the value of the lands - pushed the competition for their possession beyond its ordinary length. - Evening Mail.

CHARGE OF REFUSING TO AID THE LAW. - At Longford petty sessions on Monday, Mr. James MILEY, stationmaster at Longford, was charged with having refused to assist Sub-Constable James DOYLE while endeavouring to arrest a man named DOHERTY, accused by a soldier's wife of having assaulted her. Upon the woman's statement, the constable endeavoured to arrest Doherty, but a crowd collected, and in the struggle Doyle received two blows in the face, was knocked down and kicked in such a brutal manner that he is still lying in a dangerous condition. The sub-constable, in his deposition, says that he asked Mr. Miley to assist him and he refused. He then asked him to get the railway porters to help him, and received a similar reply. He also asked him to send for aid to the police barracks, but was told to go himself. Several other witnesses were examined, after which the case was sent for trial to the coming assizes, bail being accepted. In Doherty's case bail to the amount of £2,000 was offered for his appearance on next court day, but was refused by the Bench.

January 28, 1876

SAMUEL SANDERSON, Esq., of Cloverhill, Belturbet, was sworn in on Tuesday last, as High Sheriff of the County of Cavan, and John M. J. TOWNLEY, Esq., of Fort William, Cootehill, as his Under Sheriff.

(Before Messrs. BABINGTON and DILLON.)

A number of persons were fined for drunkenness.

Michael HOWARD was charged with breaking open the Poor-box in the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Cavan, and stealing a sum of money.

Anne Denaher said she saw the prisoner running out of the Chapel about 5 o'clock on the evening of the 17th inst.

John HEERY (sexton) said he found the Poor-box open; was told by last witness that Howard had gone out; went in pursuit of him; found him in a house on Bridge-street and charged him with having robbed the Poor-box; he gave him 2s. 5d.; witness then went for the police; the Poor-box had been robbed before.

Head-Constable STORY said the prisoner was a very bad boy; his parents could make nothing of him.

Their Worships ordered him to be imprisoned in Cavan Gaol for 14 days before being sent to a Roman Catholic Reformatory for 5 years.

Mary Ward was charged with absconding from the Cavan Industrial School.

Sent to Monaghan Reformatory for 18 months.

Thomas JOHNSON was charged with having, in Killeshandra, on the 23rd inst, fired a revolver at and wounded a man named MILLER.

Mr. Richard CLEMENGER said the accused was an apprentice in the establishment of Mr. William CLEMENGER, Draper, Killeshandra; Miller was also in Mr. Clemenger's employment; about 9 o'clock a.m., on the 23rd inst., Miller was cleaning witness's boots in the hall; Johnston came down stairs with a revolver in his hand; while "fiddling" with it one of the chambers went off and wounded Miller in the breast; there was no bad feeling between the parties; it was merely an accident.

Mr. Dillon believed so too.

Miller was present and did not appear any thing the worse.

A certificate was produced from Dr. MEASE that his life was not in danger.

Johnston was admitted to bail.


WE regret to learn that illicit distillation seems to be carried on rather extensively in Cavan, caused, no doubt, by the high price of whiskey. We are, however, glad to see that the Constabulary are on the alert, and on the track of the offenders. On the 18th inst. 80 gallons of "wash," in an advanced state of fermentation, was discovered by Acting-Constable LACEY, of Miltown, and party near an unoccupied house in the townland of Rivory. The farm is held by a gentleman in a neighbouring county who keeps a herd on this farm. The "wash" was immediately destroyed by the police. A few days previously, Constable JUDGE and party, of Butlersbridge, seized a large quantity of barley malt and a still-head in the townland of Stroan. All the malt has been destroyed. And, on the 22nd inst., at Shercock Petty Sessions, Constable M'MILLAN, of Coroneary, prosecuted to conviction three persons whom he found in a house in the townland of Drumhills in the act of distilling; two of whom were fined £10 each, which they paid, the third person being unable to pay the fine has been committed to gaol for three months. Another case awaits adjudication by the magistrates at Kilnaleck Petty Sessions, where Constable HEARNE and party seized over 100 gallons of "wash" with a still and still-head on the townland of Drumkilly.


On last Friday I happened to be passing through the south of Kerry, and heard that on the same day a rather curious funeral was to take place near Kenmare. Curiosity prompted me to stay and see it. I went about two o'clock to the house where the corpse was waked, and arrived just as the funeral was proceeding to the burial ground. The coffin was borne on the shoulders of six stout farmers. Crowds of the neighbouring peasants and labourers followed. There were also present the doctor of the district, F. G. MAYBERRY, and the curate. So far I saw nothing beyond what ordinarily occurs at an Irish funeral. Just then I heard the strains of music, and on approaching I saw two fiddlers, dressed up fantastically, and playing in a most vigorous manner. When two hundred yards or more from the house of deceased the coffin was laid down, the people stood in silence around and the rude musicians struck up the enlivening airs of Patrick's Day and Garryowen. With a little difficulty I got nigh to the coffin and learned from the inscription upon it that Patrick O'SULLIVAN, aged 101, lay within. Some minutes were spent thus, the coffin was taken up again, and the cortege marched to the churchyard, whilst the musicians played Brian Bocoihme's march. I was struck by this whole proceeding, which was conducted with the utmost decorum. I afterwards learned that this was the burial of an old dancing-master. It was a condition of his will that it should be carried out thus. A fortnight previous to his death I was told that he felt quite active - that last June he danced an Irish jig. It was his fondest boast that he took part in the rebellion of 1798. So I have learned.

THE INCUMBENCY OF ST. MARY'S, NEWRY. - The announcement of the Rev. T. B. Swanzy's appointment as incumbent of St. Mary's, Newry, has given the greatest satisfaction in the town, where Mr. Swanzy is beloved by all classes.

In the church at Thornhill Lees, near Dewsbury, on Christmas Day, Mr. Joseph BOWDEN, of Saville Town, died suddenly Justas the Christmas hymn was about to be sung. He was seventy-six years of age.

SUDDEN DEATH AT A WAKE. - The city of Limerick coroner, Mr. DeCOURCEY, held an inquest on Thursday on the body of a man named GEOGHEGAN who died the previous night in an awfully sudden manner. The deceased was attending the wake of a relative, and while distributing the tobacco and pipes to those who had assembled, he suddenly complained of a pain in his head, and expired before medical aid could reach him.

The case of KEET vs. SMITH, involving the right of Nonconformist ministers to use the title of reverend, came on before the judicial committee of the Privy Council on Friday. Their lordships decided that the title, being a merely laudatory epithet or mark of respect, did not appertain exclusively to the clergy of the Church of England. They, therefore, granted the prayer of the petition for a faculty to issue for the erection of a tombstone, on which the appellant is described as the Rev. Henry KEET, Wesleyan minister.

CHIMNEY SWEEPS WITHOUT A LICENSE. - At the Petty Sessions of Nenagh, on Saturday, two master sweeps named DONOHOE and HAYES were ordered to pay a fine of one penny each, and costs amounting to 1s. 6d. for having neglected to take out licenses. Mr. Peter GILL, of the Tipperary Advocate, appeared as Advocate for the sweeps, and condemned the Act of Parliament as a sooty act.

FIVE CHILDREN IN TWELVE MONTHS. - The wife of a Sheffield hafter, named Thomas Cunningham, gave birth two days ago to three children, two girls and a boy. They were living at birth, but died next day. Eleven months before Mrs. Cunningham presented Mr. Cunningham with twins, making no fewer than five children in twelve months. Mrs. Cunningham, who is herself one of triplets, is only twenty-seven years old, and she has had eleven children.


Drogheda, Sunday.

Last night an accident occurred at Dunleer station, county Louth, on the Northern Railway, to an old man named James STOKES, a small farmer, who lives at Dromin, which it is expected, from the nature of the injuries received, and the advanced age of the sufferer, may end fatally. Stokes had traveled as a passenger by the train leaving here for the North at 3.19 p.m., and got out at Dunleer, the nearest station to where he resided. Having got to the platform he began conversing with one of the passengers in the carriage he had left, and leaned his arm on the door, which was closed. The signal whistle being given the train moved onwards, and the lamp irons at the door of the carriage struck him, when he reeled, and losing his balance fell off the platform to the line, under the wheels of the passing train. His right leg was almost severed, and the left, with one of his arms, received extensive injuries. He was immediately removed to CARROLL's Hotel, Dunleer, where in a short time, he was attended by Dr. CALLAN, M.D., resident physician of Ardee workhouse, and Dr. KEELAN, of Dunleer, who immediately decided on amputating the right leg, which was skilfully (sic) done, with as little pain to the suffered as possible. The other injuries were also attended to, and everything done by the medical gentlemen attending him which medical skill and kindness could suggest. His condition is regarded as almost hopeless.

A HAPPY LAND FOR DRUNKARDS. - At Maryborough petty sessions on Wednesday, a man named John CONNOR was summoned for drunkenness. This case was brought for the first time by the constabulary, in the name of the Town Commissioners, in consequence of a resolution by that body calling on the constabulary to act in their name. For the last six or seven weeks the constabulary had been bringing cases of drunkenness in the old form and their own name before magistrates, who invariably refused to adjudicate upon them in consequence of a decision in the Court of Queen's Bench. In the present case Mr. FITZSIMMONS, solicitor, appeared for the defendant, and argued against the validity of the summons, on the ground that it bore the red police stamp. The magistrates refused to allow the summons to be entered on the order book, or to have anything at all to do with the case. - Express.

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