Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

May 5, 1876


HUTCHINSON - May 2nd, at Cavan, the wife of the Rev. W. H. Hutchinson, LL.D., of a son.
NOBLETT - April 25, the wife of the Rev. W. Noblett, of the Glebe, Arava, of a daughter, prematurely, stillborn.


LITTLETON and HARPER - On the 27th April, at St. Bartholomew's Church, Sydenham, by the Rev. Henry WHITE, M.A., Chaplain of the Chapel Royal, Savoy, ad Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen, assisted by the Hon. and Rev. Augustus LEGGE, M.A., Vicar, Augustus James, youngest son of Henry Littleton Esq., of Westwood House, Sydenham, to Amelia Fanny, second daughter of the late Edmund Harper, Esq.

BROOKE and LITTLETON - On the 27th April, at St. Bartholomew's Church, Sydenham, by the Hon. and Rev. Augustus LEGGE, M.A., Vicar, assisted by the Rev. Henry WHITE, M.A., Chaplain of the Chapel Royal, Savoy, and Chaplin in Ordinary to the Queen, Henry William, son of H. S. Brooke, Esq., of Chantry-road, Brixton, to Amy Eliza, youngest daughter of Henry Littleton, Esq., of Westwood House, Sydenham.


ADAMS - On Sunday, the 20th ult., at Glynch House, near Newbliss, Charles Stuart Adams, Esq., J.P., second son of the late Very Rev. Samuel Adams, Dean of Cashel, aged 55 years, beloved and sincerely regretted by all who knew him. His remains were interred on yesterday (Thursday) in the family burying place Knockbride. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

PORTER - On the 25th ult., at Ballyjamesduff, Mr. Arnold Porter, aged 82 years.

(Before the Full Court.)

Clarke v. Adams and another

This is an action for trespass. The plaintiff, Michael CLARKE, resides at Blackhills near Baileborough, and the defendants are Mr. C. Stuart ADAMS, a gentleman of the county Cavan, and J. J. KELLETT, a bailiff. It appeared that the alleged trespass consisted of breaking and entering the plaintiff's house, and carrying away his furniture and entering a bog and taking away the plaintiff's turf. According to the plaintiff's affidavit his house was pulled down, and a number of men, acting on the instigation of the defendants, entered the bogs armed with forks and turf spades and drove the plaintiff and his father from the bog.

Mr. M'LAUGHLIN, for the defence, now moved that the venue should be changed from Dublin to Cavan. One of the defendants, Mr. Adams, had died on Sunday last. A sum of £5 had been lodged in court, the trespass having been committed on a mistaken notion of right.

Mr. D. B. SULLIVAN, for the plaintiff, resisted the motion, on the ground that Cavan was a much less convenient place for the trial than Dublin, Cavan being 16 miles distant by car, and the fare being 89s.; while the return railway fare to Dublin was only 5s.

The Chief Baron - What would the Dublin jurors say to this?

Mr. M'Laughlin - I think, my lord, they would not believe a word of it.

Baron DOWSE - A copy of the affidavit should be sent to Lord CAIRNS, who is for bringing everything to the country.

Mr. M'Laughlin said he would rather not interfere.

He Court granted the motion.

ULSTER BANK. - Mr. James MACRORY has been promoted to the office of accountant, and removed from Cavan to Arva.

TULLYVIN (COOTEHILL) ENDOWED SCHOOL. - At the annual University Examination for Women, held in Dublin in March, there were 50 candidates for certificates in the junior class. A pupil (Mary MOORE) from the above School was awarded a first-class certificate in the obligatory course and mathematics. The former included English grammar, composition, and history, geography, writing from dictation, arithmetic, &c.; and the latter advanced arithmetic, algebra, and ­­­­­_____. She obtained the highest marks given in mathematics, viz: - 135, maximum 150; full marks in arithmetic, and a special certificate of the first class in religious knowledge, being second in that subject.


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

EDWARD KENNEDY, Esq., in the chair.


Dr. ALLCOCK reported that there is a constant accumulation of filth in a lane at the rere (sic) of John CONATY's of Kilnaleck, and, also, that five houses in the town were in an unwholesome state owing to an accumulation of moisture.

Orders were given for their abatement.

A letter was read from Mr. BIGGAR, M.P., stating that he had presented the petition adopted by the Board in favour of Mr. BUTT's Land Bill.

A letter was read from Mr. ARMSTRONG, Solicitor, enclosing his taxed Bill of Costs for £67, 14s. in the case of the Primate v. the Burial Board.

Checques were granted for Mr. Armstrong's Bill of Costs, and, also, for the Plaintiff's Costs (£100 8s.)

After admitting a few paupers the Board adjourned.


Patt Lynch, Blacksmith, who emigrated to South Australia in October last, writes to his father, Thomas Lynch, Crosskeys:-

"Farrell's Flat, South Australia

"January 11, 1876.

"MY DEAR FATHER AND MOTHER, - I write you those lines hoping they will find you all in good health, as this leaves me at present.

"Dear Father and Mother, - Don't be uneasy for me, for I am in good health. When I went to shore on Christmas Day I would get 25s a week and my board at my own trade, only I would have to bind myself for twelve months. I went to the ship "North" and enquired for my brother Tom, and they told me that he went up the North of Australia. I had several kinds of work at my own trade if I went to it. There came a man into the ship and hired 100 men of us. At 5 o'clock on Tuesday evening there came a man enquiring for Cavan men. He was a man of the name of PRATT. He came out here about seventeen years ago. He has a great place. He treated us very kindly. I asked him did he know ever a boy up there named Lynch. He said he was one day in a forge when this young man came in with a young horse. He took off his coat and shod the young horse, and the blacksmith would given him £2 5s a-week and his board if he would work with him. When this man went home that night after seeing me, he told my brother and he came riding a horse looking for me. When he met me he cried with rejoicement and asked me did I want any money. He wanted me with him and would not go. There is very hard work here screwing plates at 8s. a-day. If I was to get Kilnacur and Crosskeys I would not go home now. Love to all friends.

"Your affectionate son,

SUDDEN DEATH OF A SOLDIER. - On Tuesday night as the corps of drums and fifes of the 100th Royal (Canadian) Regiment were beating tattoo in the square of the barracks, Kilkenny, the player of the brass drum suddenly fell to the ground, and when it was attempted to raise him it was found that he was dead. The deceased man, Peter STEWART, was a native of Scotland, aged about thirty years. He appeared to be in his usual heath up (sic) to the time of going on parade.

LOVE, MURDER, AND SUICIDE. - At Acton, on Saturday, a young gentleman named NIBLET, shot his sweetheart, Miss BURLETON, with a revolver, and then shot himself. It was found the bullet glanced from Miss Burleton's forehead down her left cheek, on the inside, into the stomach, and will probably pass through her in the ordinary course of nature. Her case appears to be more dangerous than that of her lover, who shot her. In his case the ball has been extracted, and two bones which were pressing on the brain have been removed. The young man, Joseph Nibbit, has stated to his medical attendant that he wanted the young woman to continue to keep company with him, but added that he had no intention of shooting her.

DISGRACEFUL OUTRAGE IN A PLACE OF WORSHIP. - Some time ago a farmer named DWYER, residing in the New Palles district, purchased the interest in the farm of a neighbour named RYAN and with it Dwyer alleges he got the right of ownership in Ryan's pew in Nicker Chapel. On hearing this allegation Ryan denied it, stating that he never parted with the ownership of his pew. This led to some recriminations, which nearly caused the loss of life on Sunday. Dwyer, with others, attended Nicker Chapel, but on entering observed that Ryan and his friends were in position. Dwyer and his faction attempted to enter the pew, the Ryans resisted, and, suddenly taking out stones concealed in their pockets, flung them right and left at the Dwyer party. The parish priest (Father Fennally) who had just come on the altar narrowly escaped being struck on the head with one of the missiles. The disturbance at this time looked very threatening, and the congregation was thrown into the greatest consternation by such an unlooked for outrage. Some of the congregation sent for the police, who arrested several of Ryan's party. Informations were sworn against them by Dwyer and his friends. It appears that Ryan married the widow of Dwyer's son, and it was agreed by the settlement that if she married again the pew was to be given up to the elder Dwyer. This her present husband, Ryan, refused to do, and from this the disgraceful occurrence took its rise.


List of persons murdered or attempted to be murdered, within a circle of eight miles around Forkhill, including the district of Crossmaglen, since 1836:-

James MORRIS, Foughiletra, murdered in 1836 - No conviction.
M'PARLAND - murdered in Jonesborough, in 1838 - No conviction.
MEEGHAP, at Feldernabush, near Crossmaglen, in 1838 - No conviction.
M'CREESH, at Crossmaglen, in 1839 - No conviction.
Mr. POWELL, at Newtownhamilton, in 1841 - Two convictions.
Christopher JORDON, at Forkhill, in 1846 - One transported.
George M'LEAN, at Crossmaglen, in 1848 - No conviction.
Two brothers named CLARKE, murdered in one day near Crossmaglen, in 1849, No conviction.
Mrs. DEVLIN, at Creggan, near Crossmaglen, in 1847 or 1848 - No conviction.
Mr. MAULEVERER, at Crossmaglen, in 1850 - No conviction.
Mr. COULTER, near Crossmaglen, 2nd May, 1851.
Mr. M'GUINNESS, at Lisleagh, near Newry, in April, 1851.
James BATESON, Esq., within one mile of Castleblaney, December, 1851 - Murdered.
EASTWOOD, Esq., Castletown, Dundalk, Dec., 1851.
M'OVEREND, bailiff, fired at and slugs lodged in back, 1851.
CHAMBRE, Esq., badly wounded driving on car, 2852.
Larry M'SHANE, murdered at Longfield, in May, 1875.
Mary M'SHANE, murdered at same place, on April, 22, 1876.

THREATENING TO POISON A LANDLORD. - At the Wexford Petty Sessions on Thursday, before E. F. RYAN, R.M., Major HUSON, and the Mayor, Michael RYAN, a farmer, living at Coolaboy, was charged with procuring poison for the purpose of killing his landlord. The bench adjourned the case for a week, in order to give the police time to inquire into the matter, bail being taken for the prisoner's appearance. - Freeman.


Magisterial Investigation.

Newry, Saturday.

The adjourned magisterial investigation into the circumstances attending the murder of Mary M'SHANE was held in the court-house, Forkhill, today. The prisoners, Stephen M'KEOWN and Bridget BENNETT, together with the woman Ann RAFFERTY, committed on a charge of perjury at the previous investigation, were conveyed on cars from Ballybot Bridewell in the morning, under an escort of twenty members of the constabulary, under the command of Sub-Inspector BULL. The male prisoner, who was handcuffed, evinced the greatest callousness during the entire journey, and when passing a large crowd which had assembled outside the courthouse at Forkhill, he laughed loudly, and accused some of the witnesses examined at the recent investigation, whom he recognized amongst the crowd, of perjury. It was anticipated that the prisoners would be assailed by the friends of the murdered girl, but although those who composed the crowd in a marked manner expressed their hostility towards the par!

ties in custody, yet there was no attack made upon them; but it is said this was owing to the strong force of constabulary stationed at the courthouse. The magistrates on the bench were - W. M. MILLER, R.M., Armagh (in the chair); M. CHAMBRE, Esq., J.P.; Peter QUINN, Esq., J.P.; and James JOHNSTON, Esq., J.P. Mr. GREER, S.C.S., appeared for the Crown and Mr. MAGENNIS for the defence.

THE MERRY WIVES OF DUNDEE. - In the Dundee Police Court the other day a novel case was heard. It appeared that, on Councillor Blair visiting a house in Hilltown, seven married wives who had gathered on the landing of the stair, enjoyed a joke at his expense by tying the door with a rope to the stair-railing, thus imprisoning him for some time. The joke was entered into because defendants had become tired of Mr. Blair's frequent visits to the house. A Mrs. PEPPER was fined 15s., or five days in prison for tying the rope.


In the Court for Matrimonial Causes, Judge Warren and a special jury were to-day engaged in trying the case of M'OSTRICH v. M'OSTRICH, which is a husband's petition for nullity of marriage, on the ground that at the period of the performance of the ceremony her first husband, Robert Charles M'GOWAN, was alive.

Mr. James MURPHY, Q.C.; Mr. FALKINER, Q.C.; and Mr. Walter BOYD, LL.D. (instructed by Messrs. ANDERSON and LEE) appeared for the plaintiff. Mr. Gerald FITZGIBBON, Q.C., and Mr. J. C. LANE (instructed by Messrs. M'CARTHY and HARRSON) were of counsel for the respondent.

Mr. Boyd having opened the pleadings.

Mr. Falkiner, Q.C., stated the case for the plaintiff. He said that his client came into court under circumstances rather unusual in this country. The plaintiff, Mr. Alexander M'Ostrich, was a gentleman of between sixty and seventy years of age. In earlier days he had married, but in 1872 he was a widower, having a family growing up. He was one of the principal proprietors of the extensive drapery establishment of John CARMICAHEL and Co., in the city of Cork. From his youth he had lived an honourable and blameless life among his fellow-citizens, by whom he was much respected. In August, 1872, Mr. M'Ostrich was at Harrow-gate, where he met the respondent, a lady of considerable personal attractions, who moved in good society, and passed for a widow. It had been said that gentlemen on the shady side of fifty ought to beware of widows. Mr. M'Ostrich did not observe that wise maxim: He became attracted towards Mrs. M'Gowan, an attachment sprang up between them, and on the 24th December, 1872, a ceremony of marriage was gone through between the parties, at Youghal, where Mrs. M'Gowan, lived with her children. After the ceremony, Mr. M'Ostrich lived with the lady at Carolina, his residence in Cork, down to December last, as his reputed wife. It was upon nothing regarding her conduct during this period., the present suit was based. It would appear that in the year 1875 two gentlemen named Messrs. FERGUSON and MATTHEWS, of Carmichael and Co., happened to see the respondent enter the shop. The former observed that he had known the lady formerly in Portadown as Miss Elizabeth Catherine CROSSLEY, and that she had married a Mr. M'Gowan who had left her and gone abroad, and not since been heard of. Mr. Ferguson said this was a very serious matter, and asked if there was good foundation for it. Mr. Matthews said it was well-founded, and that Mr. Henry DICKSON, Mr. M'Gowan's brother-in-law, who was then in Dublin, would be able to give such information as would lead to the truth being elicited. Mr. Dickson was accordingly communicated with, and he furnished such a statement as led to the following facts being ascertained: - In the year 1858 Mr. M'Gowan left Belfast for South Africa. He was one of those persons who followed chimeras - built castles in the air, and, like all such persons, did not thrive. He went from one part of Cape Colony to another, and the letters which would be proved gave a clear biography of him from the time of arrival there until the present year. He describes his wanderings in South Africa, and the different failures of his life. It was not for him (Mr. Falkiner) to say - nor was it necessary for the purposes of the suit - whether the respondent had knowledge of her husband's being alive at the time when she went through the ceremony of marriage with Mr. M'Ostrich. All that was requisite for him to do was to open the letters and prove that they were in the handwriting. He might, however, first state that Elizabeth Catherine Crossley was married on the 15th February 1853, in St. Anne's Church, Belfast, to Robert Charles M'Gowan. The marriage was perfectly valid, both parties being members of the then Established Church. At the time of Mr. M'Gowan's departure, in 1858, there were four children of the marriage. The husband and wife separated on affectionate terms, she seeing him off from Belfast. On the 5th August, 1858, he wrote the following letter to his mother:-

Eldenderry, Portadown, Aug. 5th, 1858.
"My Dear Mother - Thanks for your kind letter. All here goes on pretty much as usual. My wife is a conundrum. Sometimes I fancy she has a slight regard for me; at others I cannot understand her. However, I fear there is no real affection on her part. She is very fond of admiration, and I know her mother keeps her pretty well up to the idea that because I am not making anything I am not to be minded, or that my opinion is of any weight in their councils, so I have long given up interfering in any way in their projects. Johanna SHINE has left; she is a good kind of woman, and seemed to be fond of Kate (his wife). As to her stopping her, I think Kate sounded her about it, but I believe she declined; indeed I am glad she did not come to remain with us, as I think they will be better friends by her remaining in Youghal. They are so fickle in their likings and dislikings, and the mother sways the daughter (laughter). I can now understand the Scripture - "A man is to leave father and mother, and cleave unto his wife." If she had done so we might have been more happy and contented than we are. I can announce no improvement in my affairs - nothing either very bad impending. I have not yet let the stores, or heard from HODGES, SMITH, and Co. Either of those must be done to enable us to live here or elsewhere. So to be in sufferance is very painful. Weather very wet, potatoes getting bad around us, though ours are dsond as yet - Believe me, dear mother, your affectionate son,
"Robert C. M'Gowan."

That letter speaks for itself. It was clear evidence that, at least, at the period of its being written Mr. M'Gowan was alive. Mr. M'Ostrich had not thought it necessary to send out to Africa to bring him back, for the letters with the great simplicity of truth brought home the case quite as much as any oral evidence could do. It was quite clear that Mr. M'Gowan had not been much regarded in his house, which was managed by his wife and her mother, and, consequently, he had felt little or no regret at leaving them; and they, on their part, probably were not very sorry for his going. What the defence was likely to be he (Mr. Falkiner) really could not say. In her deposition in answer to the bill the respondent said: - "The respondent received several letters from him which purported to come from the Cape of Good Hope and afterwards from Natal, but on the 26th day of December, 1862, the respondent received a letter which purported to come, and which she believes and says did in fact come from Natal, containing the information which she then believed and has since believed to be true of the deal of the said Robert Charles M'Gowan, at Natal, as aforesaid, and that she did not at any time afterwards up to the date of her second marriage hereafter mentioned, hear in any manner of or from the said Robert M'Cowan." He might mention here that Mr. M'Gowan's father was now dead, and his mother was bedridden and almost in a doting state from age. The next letters dated in 1861 and 1862, and that of the 29th June, 1869, written from Petermaritzburg would bring the period pretty close to that at which the respondent said she had received information of her husband's death. The letters were as follows:-

"Knysoid, June 14th, 1861.
"My Dear Mother - I am dreadfully hurried this mail, so you must excuse the brevity of this. I enclose a promissory note in your favour of mine for £200; this in case Edenderry is well sold. Will be sold by Mr. CRAWFORD, and I have written to that effect by this mail."
Petermaritzburg, Natal, Tuesday,

April 29, 1862.
"My Dear Father - I am in receipt of your favour making inquiry respecting the securities I gave the late Sam Stuart. . With those bonds hanging over me, no one has any confidence in me, and unless I had something to live on it would be madness for me to return home. I am very busy preparing for a trading trip to Amapouna countr4y, or No Man's Land, as it is called, so this must be a short letter. If I succeed in this I shall lay for a grand of land, and then my family will be provided for if I can get them to leave Ireland. Indeed I wish you were all out here on a farm, as you might live like Irish kings (laughter), with a little, and very little labour. In haste, our affectionate son,
"R. C. McGowan."

"Peter Martizburg, June 29, 1862.
"My Dear Mother - I returned last week from my first trip to No Man's Land, and to-morrow I set out again. I hope to do better this time, the first time I laboured under many difficulties in not knowing the language, and had to take up an interpreter which took away from the profits. I am now in treaty with another party and we purpose on my return buying utensils and commencing a distillery in No Man's Land, where we can get £2 a gallon for the spirit (laughter), which will only stand us when made about 3s. a gallon XXX. I have not heard from Kate for two mails, and am very anxious about her and the children. I fear absence is causing her love for me to grow cold - not so mine for her and her little ones. I am, my dear mother, always your affectionate son,
"R. C. M'Gowan."

"I enclose a letter for Kate; please send it to her."

"Mouth of Umtamoovna, May 20, 1867.
"My Dear Henry - On referring to a letter which I received from you in Kuysna, and which had escaped my memory, you first wish me to authorize you to retain £50 paid by you to Mr. B. - for me, which I hoped to send you before this from any legacies I may receive (laughter), It may be years before I can command so much here. I now enclose you a letter authorizing you to receive it deducting out of it anything I may be left by any of my friends with interest." *
"Mouth of the Umtamvosna, Alfredes,

"Natal, July 18, 1868.
"My Dear Mother - I am in receipt of two letters from you since I wrote to you, and should have written before but that I had nothing new to communicate and no improvement to report in my circumstances, but rather the reverse, as I have now lost one of my milch cows and one young ox from disease. For the last three months I have been laid down with dysentery. I wrote to Thomas asking him to ship me some blankets to trade among the Kaffirs here for cattle. I should make ____ per cent, which is the only way of making anything here. I presume you have heard ere this of the discovery of gold about seven hundred miles to the north-west of Natal, in a country belong to a native chief called Uaselkratre. (sp?)

May 12, 1876


BALLOCH and DOHERTY - May 3rd, at St. Mary's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. M. BLACK, M.A., William Balloch, Clonmel, to Alice, only daughter of John Doherty, Cavan.

BEATTY - May 10th, at Kivett, Crossdoney, Mr. John Beatty, aged 64 years.
COLLIER - May 7th, at the Wesleyan Manse, Cavan, John J., son of Rev. James Collier, aged 22 years.
LITTLE - May 4th, at Portlongfield, Killeshandra, William Little, Esq., aged 59 years.
McCABE - May 10th, at 65, Main-street, Cavan, Mrs. Bridget M'Cabe, aged 75 years.

DEATH OF BARNEY WILLIAMS. - The New York Herald announces the death of Mr. Barney WILLIAMS, the celebrated Irish comedian, which took place in that city on the 25th of April. Barney Williams, whose real name was Bernard O'FLAHERTY was born in Cork in 1823, and went to New York when about ten or twelve years old.


At the late examinations in the College of Surgeons, Mr. LYNDON and Mr. ASH passed their first examination with great credit, and Mr. Frederick Flood MOORE and Mr. Dighton CHARLETON passed their final examination, and are now entitled to their diplomas as Licentiates of R.C.S.I. All these gentlemen were educated at the Royal School, Cavan.


Sub-Constable James M'VICAR who was stationed here for the past 3 years has been transferred to Balyconnell. During that time he gained the respect and esteem of all classes, by the fair impartial and courteous manner which always characterized him in the discharge of his duty. He gave the greatest satisfaction to his superior officers for the intelligence he always displayed, and with his comrades he was an especial favorite. In leaving Cavan he brings with him the very best wishes of the people, and also their regret at his removal from amongst them.


We have much pleasure in stating that Mr. Robert MEASE and Mr. Charles MEASE, have again distinguished themselves by obtaining high classical honors at the late examination, in the Dublin University. This reflects a great credit on our Royal School, Cavan, where both these young gentlemen received their classical education, and from which they entered Trinity College direct.

We also learn with much pleasure that Mr. HOGAN, of the Farnham School, Cavan, distinguished himself at the recent examination for Junior Freshmen, Trinity College, Dublin. He was recommended for honors in science, and obtained a catechetical premium in Paley's Horae Pauline.


London, Wednesday.

The following telegram has been received at Lloyd's from the Board of Trade respecting the murder of the officers of the barque aswell, of Swansea:- "Have only just received telegram from Rio de Janeiro reporting the occurrence. Means have been taken for apprehending the murderers should they arrive in this country. The vessel is expected to arrive at Falmouth or Queenstown.


On Wednesday, the new Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary was opened at Bradford by the Bishop of Beverly. The church has been built at a cost of £10,000 principally raised by working men, and accommodates 900 worshippers. At the opening ceremony the sermon was preached by Monsignor CAPEL, who also spoke subsequently at a luncheon in connection with the opening. In referring to the fact that among the subscribers to the building fund were several Protestants, he said that it was quite right that they should accept subscriptions from Protestants towards their churches and schools, but it should be understood that Catholics could not in return subscribe to Protestant churches and schools. This was because of the very different principle from which Catholics started. Protestants said that it did not matter what sect a man belongs to if his fundamentals were right; but Catholics, though they did not say that all would go to hell who were not Catholics, said that there was only one true religion, one true path, marked out by Christ, and they did not believe that in the case of a Protestant the fundamentals were right.

ARMAGH ELECTION PETITION. - The bill of costs incurred in connection with the trial of the Armagh election petition was lodged some days since in the Parliamentary Office of the Court of Common Pleas. The amount at which the costs are furnished is £2,232 11s. 4d. The taxation will probably take place immediately after the termination of the present term, which, owing to the Easter holidays, will not take place till the 11th inst. The bill includes a fee of 210 guineas to Mr. MACDONAGH Q.C., who was specially retained by the sitting member, Captain BERESFORD. - Irish Times.

At a meeting of the Dublin Corporation on Monday, Mr. GRAY stated that the committee appointed to draw up an address to the Queen, congratulating her Majesty on the safe return of the Prince of Wales from India, having some doubt as to the manner in which the Queen should be addressed, had written to sir Bernard BURKE for information. The Ulster King-of-Arms replied that her Majesty should be addressed under the style and title of- "Victoria, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the faith, Empress of India."

According to the latest particulars received, the tornado which visited Chicago, on Saturday afternoon appears to have been of a most violent and destructive character. One man was killed, and fifteen injured. Many large buildings were uprooted, and nearly ever vessel in the harbour lost masts and sails. The loss occasioned at Chicago by the hurricane is estimated at £50,000, while at Levenworth, (sic) in Kansas, damage was sustained from a similar cause to the amount of V30,000. At the latter place the roof of the Odd-fellows' Hall was carried 250 feet, and in falling partially destroyed two houses.

May 19, 1876.


WADDELL and GRIFFITH - May 12, by special license, at the residence of the bride, by the Rev. Thos. MOORE, rector of the parish assisted by the Rev. James C. WILLCOCKS, incumbent of Shircock, Alexander James, eldest son of William C. Waddell, Esq., Lisnavane House, county Monaghan, to Mary E. DERMOTT, eldest daughter of Nathaniel Griffith, Esq., Knappa House, county Cavan.


O'REILLY - May 17th, at Railway Tavern, Cavan, Mrs. Mary O'Reilly, aged 84.


Monday - Blacklion, co. Cavan; Castlepollard, co. Westmeath; Garrison, co. Fermanagh; Shanmulla, co. Longford.
Tuesday - Ballymagauran, co. Cavan. Mulphedder, co. Meath.
Wednesday - Derrygonnelly, co. Fermanagh; Kells, co. Meath; Killashandee, co. Longford; Redhill, co. Cavan; and _ydavnet, co. Monaghan.
Thursday - Clabby, co. Fermanagh; Clones, co. Monaghan; Killucan, co. Westmeath; Kilcoguy and Scrabby, co. Cavan, Newtown, co. Leitrim.
Friday - Cloone, co. Leitrim; Derrilin, Enniskillen, and Lack, co. Fermanagh; Doobally and Mullagh, co. Cavan.
Saturday - Carrickmacross, co. Monaghan; Crossdoney, co. Cavan; and Drumkeeran, co. Leitrim.


Dublin, Tueaday.

Last evening, Mr. George BELTON, a respectable farmer residing at Mountneath, Westmeath, was shot at and wounded as he was driving off some cattle which were trespassing in a field of his. When nearing a wall he hard some noise, and on looking in the direction he saw a single-barrel gun presented at him through a small gap in the wall. He could not, however, see who presented it. When the trigger was pulled,

Belton stopped, and the bullet passed over head, but he received an ugly wound in the face from several grains. He immediately gave information to the constabulary, who arrested a Mr. JUDGE, a well-to-do farmer, who is landlord, strange to say, to Belton. Some litigation in reference to the land was pending between the parties. Mr. Judge, who is charged on suspicion, is over fifty years of age. Belton is not seriously injured.

SINGULAR MARRIAGE. - The Downpatrick Recorder of Saturday says: - A marriage was celebrated in his neighbourhood during the present week in which the relationships of the parties were somewhat singular. It appears that the bridegroom's stepmother is his wife's sister; consequently the former is the mother of her own sister, and the bridegroom's wife is his own aunt. Should an heir arrive, the aunt of the heir will be his grandmother, and his grandfather will be his uncle. It will thus be seen that the connections between the parties are somewhat close and peculiar.

NEGLECTED STATE OF HIGHLAND GRAVEYARDS. - I never saw any place in which graveyards are so sadly neglected as in the Highlands in general; but I have seen one especially which is a disgrace to a civilized country. It is in the parish of Lochs, in the island of Lewis. In a small islet called Colmkill there are no graves dug. There the coffins lie eight and ten tiers above the level of the ground, with only a single turf between. When a fresh coffin is brought it is laid upon the mass and a turf laid upon it, and these good sanitary servants, the rates, do the rest. On a warm summer day the effluvia arising from the place is enough to raise a pestilence. This sad state of things exists with a few miles of Stornoway; where there is as intelligent a community as exists in the kingdom. Mary Mackellar, in Inverness Courier.


Dublin, Sunday

About 2,000 persons assembled in Glasnevin Cemetery to-day, for the purpose of inaugurating a new railing round the memorial cross erected to ALLEN, GOULD, and LARKIN who were executed in Manchester. The crowd marched in procession to the place, where a man named DALY, who was conspicuous at the recent riot in Limerick, made a speech, in which he denounced the Home-rule party, and stated that they were false to the principles for which the three men died in Manchester; that the Home Rulers were also false to the principles by which they got into power. The Home Rulers had attempted to extinguish his (Daly's) party in Limerick, but they showed they were not to be beaten. A man named BRACKEN gave a graphic description of how £11 4s 7d required for the purpose of the railing had been collected. The proceedings passed off peaceably and there was apparently no injury done to the cemetery. The sexton made a protest against the processionalists entering the cemetery, but he was obliged to content himself with the protest.

The lacrosse players had a series of sports at Lansdown Road on Saturday.

THE STATE OF BESSBROOK. - The state of Bessbrook, sans public-houses, frequently leads to warm discussion, many persons affirming that the house-holders are not satisfied with the present virtual prohibition of the liquor traffic in the village. This allegation is always met, on the part of temperance advocates, by an emphatic denial, accompanied by the statement, that the people regard the absence of public-houses as a matter for thankfulness. The wordy warfare continued, with little hope of arriving at the real facts of the case. At length the happy thought struck somebody - Let us settle the point by consulting the householders themselves. The idea was a good one, and it was at once carried out in the fairest possible manner. On Friday evening a scrutiny of the voting papers took place in the presence of two magistrates and a deputation from Bessbrook, and it was found that a large majority of the householders voted in the affirmative on both the questions submitted. The ballot boxes have set at rest a long disputed point, and the opinion of the householders of Bessbrook is now no longer a matter for conjecture. - Newry Telegraph.

(Before Dr. BABINGTON and A. E. HUMPHREYS, Esq.)


This was a case of alleged assault, and a cross case was brought for same offence. The transaction took place on Sunday week, and seems to have originated in Maguire taking hold of a bush with which young Denny was driving a flock of ducks, when the elder Denney caught hold of Maguire and both fell.

The evidence was contradictory, and both cases were dismissed.

Sub-Constable CROSSAN and Phill DINNENY v. John LYNCH.

The prosecutor, Dinneny, a youth of about 11 years of age, deposed that on the 6th April last the defendant, Lynch, set his dog on him and held him by the shoulders while the dog inflicted ten bits on him.

He was cross-examined by Mr. ARMSTRONG, but denied having done anything to provide the dog.

The case was sent for trial at next Quarter Sessions, bail being accepted, himself in £10 and two sureties in £5 each.

The Constabulary had a number of persons before the Court for unlicensed dogs, and fines of 1s and costs were imposed and the parties ordered to take out licenses.

After disposing of a few cases of drunkenness the Court adjourned.


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

THEO. THOMPSON, Esq., J.P., in the Chair.

Also present - W. A. MOORE, Esq., Philip SMITH, Esq., Edward KENNEDY, Esq., and Messrs. John A. FARIS, Thomas FEGAN, Thomas PLUNKET, Philip M'GIVNEY, Francis FITZPATRICK, Robert GRIER, John MURPHY, Peter M'DONALD, Philip CAHILL, Luke LEE, Patrick REILLY, James DUIGNAN, William LYNDON, James M'CAFFREY, Bernard GAFFNEY, and Philip NEWMAN.

A letter was read from Dr. REILLY, Killeshandra, £2 5s. for performing the duties of Medical Officer of Killeshandra district for nine days.

A letter was also read from the Local Government Board - enclosing copy of letter addressed to them by Dr. KENNY on the subject of the payment of his substitutes during his illness - in which they state that they are of opinion that the Guardians should pay the substitutes.

Mr. Moore said Dr. Kenny's salary was going on, and he should pay the substitutes himself.

Mr. M'Givney - So the Board decided before, and I don't see any reason why we should depart from it now.

A Notice of motion from Mr. D. FINLAY, J.P., to the effect that Dr. J. B. Kenny be paid for discharging his father's duties during his illness was read.

As Mr. Finlay could not attend, it was moved by Mr. Faris but fell to the ground for want of a seconder.

Chairman - This disposes of Dr. Reilly's application too. I'm afraid the Local Government Board will compel us to pay them.

Letters were read from the Lisnaskea, Enniskillen, and Athlone Boards, stating that they are in favour of the amalgamation of unions.

A return was read of the Wine, Spirit, and Porter consumed in the Fever Hospital and Infirmary, from which it appeared that the cost during last week was £3 18s 10d, which several guardians considered very high.

The Master produced the Doctor's Book showing the quantity ordered to each person.

Several Sanitary Reports were read, after which paupers were admitted, and the Board adjourned.

Mr. C. A. Cosani,
The eminent importer of these beautiful Birds
On Monday, 22nd May, 1876,
An extensive consignment of Tropical and Oriental

Which will consist of a very fine collection of Grey and Green Talking PARROTS, Senegal lorry Birds, Java Sparrows, Waxbills, sweet little Love Birds, elegant Parroquets, brilliant Rose and Lemon Crested Cocatoos, &tc.

Sale at 2 a.m. and 7 in the Evening.


In connection with this Society,
Will (D.V.) be given in the
On Wednesday Evening, May 24th, 1876,
(Chaplain of the Magdalen Asylum, Dublin.)

SUBJECT - :The story of Cawnpore - a tale of the Indian mutiny.

Tickets - price four pence each - may be had from the Members, or at the door on the night of meeting.
Chair to be taken at 7 o'clock p.m.

In aid of the funds of the
Will be preached (D.V.) in
Cavan church
On SUNDAY next,
By the
Visiting Secretary.

Will be delivered by the

In the
On Tuesday Evening next, the 23rd inst.,
At 8 o'Clock.

May 26, 1876


On Wednesday, the 24th inst., at Aughaloore, Kilnaleck, the wife of Philip FAULKINER gave birth to three sons, all progressing favourably. Surgeon Henry ALCOCK, M.D., was in attendance.

The Donegal Regiment of Militia, under the command of Colonel Lord Claud John HAMILTON, passed through this ton to-day en route to the Curragh, to undergo their annual training.

The Lord Bishop of Kilmore intends (d.v.) to hold an Ordination in Cavan Church, on Trinity Sunday, the 11th of June. The necessary papers should be sent to the Rev. Dr. HUTCHINSON, the Registrar, before Thursday, the 8th.

CAVAN PROTESTANT HALL. - The Committee have accepted the proposal of Mr. HAGUE for the erection of the Protestant Hall, at £2,200, and secured a most eligible site next the Court-house, in Farnham-street, for which, together with a gift of £500 towards the building fund, the Committee are indebted to the Right Hon. Lord FARNHAM, owner of the property.


M'DOWELL - May 24th, at Drummury, Crossdoney, Mr. John M'Dowell, aged 80 years.

M'KINLEY - May 25th, at Farnham Garden, Cavan, Mr. William M'Kinley, aged 84 years.

WELSH - May 20th, at Heath Lodge, Ballinagh, the residence of her brother-in-law, Henry MONTFORT, Esq., Cherry Alicia, youngest daughter of the late George Welsh, Esq., Co. Monaghan.


The New York Herald in its account of the ceremonies attending the funeral in that city of a wealthy widow lady, named Mrs. Roxcellanah H. KEYSER, says:- The usual Baptist services were performed previous to the removal of the coffin to the hearse, but the scene somehow robbed of solemnity, and appeared much more like a marriage than a funeral. The deceased lady was robed in a very rich white satin bridal costume, trailed along which were wreaths of fragrant flowers. The casket itself was lined with white satin, and floral emblems were scattered in profusion about the place where the remains were laid. On a pedestal prepared for it stood a cross of white flowers nearly seven feet in height. A floral shaft, four feet high, broad at base, and tapering upward stood upon the carpet. There were also anchors and a lyre, and several wreathes at the head of the casket. On the gold plate of the casket was engraved the name of the deceased, and her age fifty-five years. The deceased lady being very rich, her friends determined that in all its appointments her funeral should not be excelled by that of any other person who may chance to be committed to mother earth at this time, or in this city. Her husband had been buried in his wedding garments, and had at his funeral seventy carriages, and it was resolved that at least seventy vehicles should form part of the cortege at the funeral of the wife. Upwards of eighty carriages actually formed part of the procession - the four-horse vehicles starting ahead of the hearse, and the others following. The cost of the whole display was estimated at about £1,600.


Limerick, Wednesday

At the Newpallas Petty Sessions, to-day before Messrs. HEFFERMAN, CONSIDINE, R. LAFFAN, J. M'CARTHY, R.M. and E. B. WARBURTON, R.M., three farmers named Patrick, William, and Matthew RYAN, and the wife of the last named were charged with having on the 13th of April last, assaulted a farmer named Michael DWYER, at the Nicker Catholic Church, and created a riot there. Mr. Dwyer deposed that on the above day he attended Mass in the chapel for the purpose of taking possession of a pew; he asked the Rev. Mr. FENNELLY to arrange the dispute between him and the persons named Ryan, as to the ownership of the pew. Father Fennelly declined to do so, but spoke from the altar, and advised them to come to an amicable settlement. Dwyer then went out to the pew, and having his hand on the shoulder of Patrick Ryan, asked him to give up peaceable possession of the pew. Ryan replied by pulling a handkerchief out of his pocket, in which there was a stone, and struck him three times on the head. Blood spouted out, and he was severely wounded. Matthew Ryan treated him in a similar manner with a stone, which he also had in a handkerchief. William Ryan kicked him in the abdomen. Deborah Ryan clung to his hair, and tore him in the face. Head-constable O'RIORDAN deposed that he searched Patrick Ryan and found a stone in his pocket. Evidence of a corroborative nature was given, and all the parties were returned for trial to the quarter sessions. The magistrates expressed their condemnation of the scandal which was perpetrated.


An inquest was held in the Coleraine workhouse, on Thursday, on the body of a newly-born male child, found on Wednesday at the Loughan. It was discovered lying at the mouth of a small rivulet, near Kildollagh Church, but is supposed to have floated down the Bann, and been cast ashore there. It was in such an advanced state of decomposition that Dr. M'INTIRE could not say whether it had been born alive. The jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned." Suspicion rests on no one in the meantime. - Coleraine Chronicle.

THE RATE OF MORTALITY IN IRELAND. - The Sanitary Record states that the annual death rate in Dublin, according to the last return, is 34 per 1,000, and the birth-rate only 31, so that there were considered more deaths registered than births. In Cork the rate of mortality was 34 per 1,000; in Limerick, 38; in Galway, 26; and in Waterford, 25; whilst in Londonderry and Sligo it was only 21 per 1,000. Out of the 2,695 deaths registered in Dublin in the quarter ended April 1, 1876, no less than 933 occurred in children under five years old, or 112 per 1,000 children living at that age, whilst for London the death-rate is about 87 per 1,000.

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