Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

April 6, 1877

MEASE - April 6, at Farnham-street, Cavan, the wife of A. Leslie Mease, M.B., L.R.C.S.I., of a son.

CLEMENGER and CLEMENGER - March 1, at the residence of the bride's father, b the Rev. Mr. REED, John Clemenger, of Toronto, youngest son of the late Wm. Clemenger, of Kilmore, Cavan, to Sophia, youngest daughter of Mr. John Clemenger, Banda, Ontario.
SLOANE and WRIGHT - April 5, at the Mall Presbyterian Church, Armagh, by the Rev. J. ELLIOTT, assisted by the Rev. Jackson SMYTH, Mr. John R. Sloane, merchant, Cavan, to Mary Jane, only daughter of William Wright, Esq., Hockley Cottage, Armagh.

FINLAY - March 31, at his residence, Brackley House, Bawnboy, John Finlay, Esq., J.P., aged 80 years.
HUMPHRYS - April 5, suddenly, of heart disease, at Ballyhaise House, William Humphrys, Esq., High Sheriff of the county of Cavan, aged 50 years.
SHERIDAN - April 1, in Dublin, after a few days' illness, in the 71st year of his age, Laurence Sheridan, Esq., formerly of Killeshandra, and late of Ashgrove House.


On Saturday last, the 31st of March, John FINLAY, Esq., J.P., Brackley House, Bawnboy, closed his mortal career in the eightieth year of his age. At the time of his decease, Mr. Finlay was the senior U.P. of the County of Cavan. He was a member of the Grand Jury from the year 1827 till the Spring Assizes of 1870; when in consequence of ill-health he was obliged to retire from the more active duties of public life. He served as High Sheriff of the County Cavan in 1835; and he was Chairman of the Bawnboy Board of Guardians from the death of the late Perrot THORNTON, Esq., until compelled by failing health to retire in 1870. The late Mr. Finlay was a fine specimen of the country gentleman. He resided constantly on his property; a considerate and generous landlord; beloved by his tenantry and by all who had intercourse with him. He was an impartial and painstaking magistrate; faithful and efficient as a Grand Juror, and in the discharge of every public duty. Respected and beloved while living; his memory will long be gratefully and affectionately cherished not only by an attached tenantry but by many of every rank throughout the country.

Five head of cattle, the property of a Mr. JACKSON, residing near Arva, were killed by lightning on yesterday.



The annual Easter Vestry was held in Cavan Church on Monday, 2nd inst,, at twelve o'clock, Rev. S. SHONE, Incumbent of the parish, in the chair, who gave a detailed statement of the financial position of the parish for the past year, which he stated was most satisfactory. The total amount collected in the parish during the past year for religious purposes connected with the church in its varied work was upwards of £1000.

The annual elections then took place, and the following were elected:-

Church-Wardens - R. ERSKINE, J.P.; Capt. N. GOSSELIN, J.P.



The annual Easter Vestry was held here on Monday. In the absence of the Rev. R. PLUMMER, the chair was taken at 11 o'clock a.m., by Wm. CALDWELL, Esq., Church-warden for 1876. The following appointments were unanimously made for the ensuing year:-

Church Wardens - Colonel CLEMENTS, Ashfield LODGE, and William CALDWELL, Drumsheel.
Synodsmen - Colonel CLEMENTS and John MACABE.
Nominators - Colonel CLEMENTS, Wm. CALDWELL and Thomas GRAHAM.
Sidesmen - John MACABE and John Jas. M'KAY.


The following elections took place at the Easter Monday Vestsry in Kildallon Church:-

Church-Wardens - Messrs. George MORTON and J. HAYES.
Select Vestry - Andrew ROGERS, Esq.; J. NETTERFIELD, Esq.; Messrs. G. RICHMOND, Thos. KIERNAN, J. WHITE, A JOHNSTON, D. KELLS, D. MAGEE, (Makieff); D. MAGEE, (Drumlaragh); Robert KEARNS, Robert BENNETT, John JERMYN.


These Sessions commenced on Monday last, at half-past one o'clock, before.
James ROBINSON, Esq., Q.C., Chairman.
And the following Magistrates: - Theo. THOMPSON, William BABINGTON, Wm. A. MOORE, Philip SMITH, and H. WARING, Esqrs.


John BANNON (foreman), Moses NETTERFIELD, jun., Patrick DONOHOE, William EVANS, Henry GAFFNEY, William HAMILTON, Robert JAMES, Thos. C. KELLETT, Thomas LAHEY, James M'CAFFREY, Bernard O'REILLY, Francis PRATT, William ROUNDTREE, Edward SHARPE, William THICKPENNY, Joseph ADAMS, John CHAMBERS, William GREGG, William H. HANNA, Robert JAMESON, Thomas KNOTT, James LOVE, and Terence SMALL, Esqs.

The Grand Jury having been sworn, his Worship briefly addressed them, when they retired to consider their bills.

Messrs. John R. SLOANE, Wm. H. NESBITT, and Patrick REILLY, all of Cavan,a were granted transfers of licenses.

Bryan REILLY, Andrew REILLY, and John McCANN appealed against a decision of the Magistrates at Mullagh Petty Sessions.

Mr. ARMSTRONG appeared for the appellants.

It appeared that Bridget M'DERMOTT and her mother occupied a cabin on the farm of the Reillys; between two and three o'clock on the morning of the 15th of January last, the accused forced into the house, pulled the inmates out of bed, and put Briddget M'Dermott into a pool of water outside; they had their hats drawn over their faces and spoke in a fietned voice; they threatened to do more mischief on their next visit; the magistrates at petty sessions sentenced them to one month's imprisonment each.

For the defence, Mrs. Reilly and her daughter swore that they locked the outside door of their house every night, and put the key under their pillow, and that the prisoners could not have been out of her house at the time of the occurrence.

His Worship did not believe the defence, and confirmed the conviction.


Pat SHERIDAN was charged with an assault on an old man named FITZPATRICK.

The prisoner, who is servant boy to a farmer, had been only discharged from prison on the day of the assault, where he had been putting in a period of confinement for a similar offence.

He pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, and promised penal servitude if again found guilty of a similar offence.

A petty jury having been empanelled, the following criminal business was next proceeded with.

James M'DONNELL and James M'KIERNAN were charged with assaulting a man named Patrick SMITH, at Drumbran, on Sunday, 11th March.

After three hours' deliberation, the jury were discharged without agreeing to their verdict, and the accused sent on for trial to next assizes.

A young man named William GLANCY was indicted for the larceny of a pair of ducks, the property of Thomas IRWIN.

Glancy was the fellow-prisoner of the man (KEEGAN) ordered to be discharged from custody at last assizes by Sergeant ARMSTRONG, no bill having been sent before the Grand Jury to try his case in consequence of the magistrates at Belturbet petty sessions having sent the case to quarter sessions instead of the assizes.

A policeman proved that he arrested Glancy and Keegan for being drunk; when coming up to them he saw Glancy give the ducks to Keegan.

To the prisoner - Keegan said the ducks were his; and that you were only carrying them for him.

The jury found a verdict of not guilty, and he was discharged.

Patrick SMITH was placed in the dock, charged with grievously wounding James M'KEIRNAN, and in a second count he was indicted for a common assault.

The case occupied a length of time in hearing, and from the evidence it appeared that during the dispute which occurred between the prisoner and M'Kiernan and M'Donnell, the prisoner in self-defence committed the offences complained of.

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was discharged.

The following bills were ignored by the Grand Jury:-

Patt ROCK and Philip TRAINOR for assaulting William ACHESON and Robert LAHEY, at Corcloughan.

William COCHRANE and Robert LAHENY for assaulting Patt ROCK.

John DOWD for assaulting John CLERKIN, at Coronagh.

Frank TORMEY for rescue at Virginia.

This concluded the criminal business.

April 13, 1877

The guardians of Bawnboy Union, on the motion of Mr. Rogers, seconded by Mr. BYRNE, adjourned for a week as a mark of respect to the late John FINLAY, Esq., J.P., Brackley House, who for many years was chairman of the board.


A shocking occurrence took place in Cavan Gaol on Saturday morning, which has resulted in the death of Robert WEST, one of the Prison Warders.

The details will be found in the evidence given at the


which was held by Mr. BERRY, Coroner, at twelve o'clock on Wednesday last.

Mr. Thomas M'DOWELL, heard warder, said that about five or ten minutes past six o'clock on last Saturday morning John BEATTY, warder, ran to the Check Gate, where the witness was stationed, and told him Robert West was mad and had attempted to take witness's life and his own; Beatty begged of him to hurry as West was covered with blood; witness ran to West's room as fast as possible and found him in a sitting posture, with his throat cut, and a butcher's knife (produced) in his right hand; took the knife from him and gave it to James M'CORMACK, the night watchman; he then took him by the arm and helped him to a sofa, about a yard distant; witness then put a towel around his neck to stop the bleeding; asked him what happened him, to which he replied, "I'm done now;" on entering deceased's room he saw a quantity of blood on the floor; witness then ran for Dr. MEASE the Gaol Surgeon, who came at once, followed by his son, Dr. A. L. MEASE; he had visited the deceased in his room between ten and eleven o'clock the previous night, when deceased was speaking of going next day to Killeshandra Races; he had no appearance of drink on him, but he complained of a difficulty of breathing in his left side, and a twitching pain in the left side of his head; deceased attended to his duty as usual up to ten o'clock on the previous night; he was on good terms with all the officers; he had been in the prison for about fifteen years.

Mr. John Beatty, warder, said that while he was asleep in bed in his own room, he was awoke by seeing West leaning over him; he was covered with blood and had his throat cut; West made four stabs of a knife (produced) at him; one of which wounded him in the back of the thigh; he cried out "Oh West, have you committed murder," or "are you going to murder me;" he then seized him by the wrist and held him until he opened the door, when he ran for Mr. M'Dowell; deceased followed him down the stairs as far as his own door; he was always on good terms with deceased.

Dr. Mease saw deceased about twenty minutes past six o'clock sitting on a sofa in his own room; he was covered with blood; found a wound across his throat about six inches in length and four or five in depth; assisted by his son, Dr. A. L. Mease, he closed the wound and attended deceased until he died on Tuesday morning; his mind was deranged from he seen (sic) him on Saturday morning until his death; this was not in his opinion, caused by drink.

The jury returned a verdict that "deceased came to his death by cutting his throat while in a state of temporary insanity."
Deceased was 42 years of age and bore an excellent character. His remains were interred in Kilmore on Wednesday evening.


A few days ago the dwelling-house of a man named KELLY, residing at Dorsey, Forkhill, county Armagh, was attacked, and the windows smashed. Several threats were also made use of to the inmates of the house. The outrage is believed to be agrarian in its character, and that the parties visited Kelly in order to give him notice not to keep a piece of land which he had taken from a man named BURNS. The police have the matter in hands.


Skibbereen, Monday.

The West Cork Eagle announced a serious accident which occurred to The O'Donovan and family and which in all probability would have terminated fatally only for the presence of mind and good judgment of the coachman. The O'Donovan was leaving home to attend the Synod, and was accompanied by Madame O'Donovan, his daughter, and governess. They started from Lissard at six o'clock in Mr. MARMION's hired brougham, and when about one hundred yards from the mansion the pole broke and the horses took fright, the brougham running on their heels. They ran fiercely down the sloping avenue, and when approaching the gate, the driver had the presence of mind to turn the animals into the open field, fortunately the only impediment to his doing so being a slight wire fence. The carriage was upset with great violence, Madame O'Donovan and the governess receiving the severest injuries. The O'Donovan was also much hurt, but Miss O'Donovan escaped uninjured. Dr. HADDEN was immediately in attendance, and Madame O'Donovan was removed to Lissard in a covered car. Beyond a bruise on the temple and a light hurt on the shoulder, she is not, we are happy to say, seriously injured.

April 20, 1877

WALSH - April 20, at Barrack-hill, Cavan, Mr. Robert Walsh, whitesmith.

COOTEHILL UNION - GUARDIANS FOR 1877:- Aghabog, Joseph CRAWFORD; Anny, Thomas MILLER; Ashfield, Edward RANSON; Canningstown, William MAXWELL; Cootehill, John MURPHY and Michael SMITH; Cormeen, John PRIMOSE; Corraneary, Thomas MAGORRY; Dawsongrove, George DONELSON; Drum, Thomas LEARY; Drumcarn, James HALL; Drung, John McCABE, un.; Killnenagh, Francis LANCASHIRE; Knappagh, John RICE; Larah North, Patraick DEVINE; Larah South, Matthew DOUGHTY; Lisnaveane, John LYSTER; Rathkenny, Owen FOY; Tullyvin West, Matthew SMITH.

(Before Messrs. THOMPSON, BABINGTON, and MOORE.)

Peter CULLEVAN, Michael RUDDEN, Patt WATERS, Jamies BELL, and James SMITH were fined 5s. each for drunkenness.

Bernard LEONARD and William BRADY were fined 1s. each for not having their names painted on their carts.

Constable RYAN summoned James M'GRAIN for being drunk and disorderly, and refusing to leave a licensed public house.
Fined £2 and costs.

Sub-Constable TOBIN charged Owen McCABE with torturing kids by carrying them head downwards.

Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.

(Before Judge ORMSBY)


COUNTY CAVAN - Estate of James BRADY, owner; FRANCES DONOHOE, petitioner; continued in the names of Terence BRADY and Frances BRADY, other wise DONOHOE, his wife, petitioneers (sic) - 49a. 3r. 3p. statute, of the lands of Clonervy, barony of Upper Loughtee; hereunder lease of September 19th, 1863, for three lives or thirty-one years; yearly rent, £17; tenement valuation, £41, 15s; Mr. SIXSMITH's valuation, £75.

Sale adjourned at the earnest request of the owner, who promised to pay the charges on the property within three months.

Mr. KENNEDY, solicitor, had carriage of the sale.

(Before Judge HARRISON)

In re Bernard SODEN.

The Bankrupt was a grocer and spirit-dealer residing at Ballyjamesduff. The sitting was for final examination.

Mr. RYND appeared for the bankrupt, and Mr. W. SCALLAN for the assignees.

The case was adjourned for ten days, to enable the assignees to inquire into the claim of the bankrupt's father in reference to the lease of his house.

(Before James SMALL, Esq., J.P.; Captain WARING, and Hugh K. SIMPSON, Esq., J.P.)


Bridget CLARKE, Carrickacrummin, summoned James Clarke, her son, for trespass, of cattle on complainant's force-grass meadow.

After hearing evidence on both sides, their worships dismissed the case.

Dr. CLARKE summoned Mrs. Ellen FARRELLY for trespass of seven head of cattle on complainant's meadow at Lear.

Mrs. Farrelly's witness stated that the cattle broke in on Dr. Clarke's portion of the mearing.

Complainant said his part of the fence was ell quicked and wired.

The Bench adjourned the case, giving the parties time to have the mearing secured.

Henry SMITH, Carricknaven, summoned John MAHOOD for trespass of cattle in complainant's potatoes and cabbage plants.

Fined 10s. 6d. and costs.


Henry DRURY, Monaghanoose (sp?), charged James SMITH with an assault, on the 9th inst.

Defendant, who was drunk when the assault was committed, was fined 10s. with costs.

Clement GRAHAM, Master of the Bailieborough Workhouse, preferred a charge of assault against Ellen MALADY, an inmate of the workhouse.

Defendant, who was previously convicted for assault, was ordered to be imprisoned for two months.

The Queen at the prosecution of Head Constable KELLY v. John REILLY, Bailieboro, for striking his wife and attempting to do her bodily harm, on the 3rd inst.

This case was adjourned until both parties proposed to refrain from liquor.


At the Belfast Police Court, on Tuesday, Peter FALLON, a man apparently about 60 years of age, and dressed in the garb of a Roman Catholic ecclesiastic, was brought up before Mr. O'DONNELL, R.M., and Dr. BROWNE, R.N., J.P., charged with obtaining money under false pretences. Mr. J. J. MAGRATH, poulterer (?), Arthur square, deposed that the prisoner entered his shop on Friday last, dressed in the garb of a friar or "lay brother." He asked witness for a subscription towards a friary in Limerick. Witness asked him if he had the authority of the Bishop for collection subscriptions. The prisoner replied that he had not, but expressed the hope that witness would be as good as he had been on former occasions. Witness declined giving anything, on account of what he had seen in a paragraph in one of the Belfast papers. Witness understood that prisoner had solicited subscriptions from other parties in town. Mrs. Margaret CLOUGHEY, 25 Annestreet, deposed that the prisoner came to her house on Monday dressed in the same way as he now appeared in the dock. Witness believed him to be a priest, and gave him a subscription of 5s. on his representing that he was collecting money in aid of a chapel in Galway. He told her that he had previously received a subscription from Mrs. FETHERSTONE for the same object. Mr. COULTER produced a number of letters found on the prisoner, and said it appeared from them that he had formerly been a member of some order, but had been discharged. Constable RYAN, of the Detective force, deposed that the prisoner was arrested by Sub-constable GALLAGHER. The letters and book produced were found on his person. The book contained a long list of subscriptions collected in various parts of Ireland for Roman Catholic religious purposes. Witness saw the prisoner in the police office, and he said he had at one time been a "lay brother," but had left in consequence of a disagreement between himself and another member. He now intended to collect money for the confraternity, for which purpose he intended to visit America. The prisoner said he had previously collected large sums of money for religious objects in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick. Mr. O'Donnell said that did not bear on the present case, and remanded the prisoner in custody for a week. Irish Times.

April 27, 1877

MOORE - April 26, at Burnham, Somersetshire, the wife of Frederick F. MOORE, L.R.C.P.E., and L.R.C.S.I., of a son.

KILROY and GIBSON - April 24, in the Wesleyan Church, Stephens'-green, Dublin, by the Rev. James NIXON, brother-in-law of the bride, assisted by the Rev. William GORMANB, James Kilroy, Esq., of Ballycan House, Mountnugent, to Maria, third daughter of James Gibson, Esq., of Craddenstown, county Westmeath.

SCOTT and MORRISON - At the Presbyterian Church, Rostrevor, by the Rev. L. D. ELLIOTT, M.A., Portadown, assisted by the Rev. Andrew HALLIDAY, M. A., Warrenpoint, James H. Scott, of Belfast, to Harriett, third daughter of Robert Morrison, Belleville House, Warrenpoint.

KNIPE - April 16, at Rome, of acute bronchitis, Jessie Maria, widow of the late Major George Marshal Knipe, and daughter of the late Sir Simon HEWARD, of Carlisle.

(Before Messrs. THOMPSON and BABINGTON.)
Sub-Constable HEENAN summoned Thomas McCABE, John BRADY and James O'BRIEN for drunkenness.
Fined 5s. each..

Constable DOLAN summoned Philip DINNENY for throwing stones at an idiot named M'KIERNAN alias Johnny LUGGY.
Fined 5s. and costs.

Thomas FINNEGAN was fined 6d. for having two unlicensed dogs, and ordered to take out a license.

Mr. George BUCHANAN processed Mr. John DOWNEY for £1 10s. balance of wages earned in January last repairing the roof and chimney of defendant's house in Cavan.

The case was before the court at last Petty Sessions, when it was nilled.

The facts are - Mr. Downey occupies No. 77, Main Street, and until recently Mr. W. H. NESBITT occupied No. 78, adjoining; there is a chimney in the gable between the houses which was in a dangerous state; and Mr. Downey, believing that it belonged to Mr. Nesbitt, served a notice on that gentleman to have it put in repair, or he would hold him responsible for any damage he might sustain if it fell on his house. On receipt of this Mr. Nesbitt had a cross notice served on Mr. Downey cautioning him against interfering with his gable, &c.; during certain alterations which he (Mr. Downey) was making in his premises. Some time afterwards (3rd January) part of the chimney fell on the roof of Mr. Downey's house, breaking a number of slates, &c.; Mr. Downey then employed Mr. Buchanan to repair the roof of his own house, for which he paid him 15s. Up to this the evidence of all the parties agree. Buchanan afterwards repaired the chimney for which he claimed £1 10s., for the recovery of which he brought the present action.

Mr. Buchanan said he was employed by Mr. Downey in January last to repair the roof of his house; after this was done he (Mr. Downey) told him to repair the chimney; he received 15s. on account; his bill for all is £2 5s.; there is £1 10s. still due. Witness swore in the most positive manner that Mr. Downey alone employed him to repair the chimney, and that he heard Mr. Nesbit refuse to have anything to do with it when applied to by Mr. Downey before he commenced the work.

Owen DONOHOE, who attended Buchanan while working at the chimney, corroborated him. Upon cross-examination DONOHOE admitted having told Mr. Downey that he heard Mr. Nesbitt telling Buchanan to repair the chimney, and afterwards advise him to process Mr. Downey, &c., but excused himself by saying he was not on his oath when he told this to Mr. Downey.

Mr. THOMPSON said it often happened that men tell a thing before being sworn which they afterwards deny when on oath.

Mr. Nesbitt said Mr. Downey asked him if he would have any objection to his men repairing the chimney; he made no objection. He swore positively that he neither directly or indirectly employed Buchanan; his interest in the house was sold to Mr. SLOANE when the chimney fell. Mr. Nesbitt admitted (in reply to Mr. Downey) that he had repaired the chimney before; three of the flues belong to Mr. Downey's house.

Mr. Buchanan corroborated Mr. Nesbitt that of the six flues in the chimney three belong to each house; it was Mr. Downey's three that fell.

Mr. Downey denied that any of the flues belong to him; all his flues go out in the centre of the house; there are six rooms with six fire places in the side of Mr. Nesbitt's house which adjoins his.

Mr. Buchanan said he closed up the fire places which communicated with those flues for Mr. WALLACE.

Mr. Downey denied this.

Mr. Downey swore in the most positive manner that Mr. Nesbitt employed Buchanan to repair the chimney; he repaired his own roof but would not repair the chimney as he had been served with a notice against interfering with it; he heard Mr. Nesbitt say that they could get the materials for doing it in his yard.

Mr. Downey, jun., fully corroborated his father.

Mr. Nesbitt denied having supplied the materials; he didn't even offer them.

Buchanan and Donohoe were recalled, and they said Mr. Downey gave some of the sand; they got the rest of the materials elsewhere; all the stuff was made up in Mr. Nesbitt's yard. Donohoe further stated that Mr. Downey, jun., inspected the work while in progress.

A receipt was produced from Mr. Buchanan for 15s. "for repairing the roof of Mr. Downey's house, which was injured by Mr. Nesbitt's chimney falling on it." Before signing it, Mr. Buchanan added the words "on account."

Buchanan explained that he added the words "on account" because the repairing of the chimney was unpaid.

Mr. Downey and his son said Buchanan wanted £1 for repairing the roof; said they would give him 15s.; after he put the 15s. in his pocket he said he only took it on account; and added the words "on account" before his signature; they denied that there was any mention of the chimney at the time.

Mr. Thompson said three persons had sworn that Downey employed Buchanan to repair the chimney, while only two had sworn that he had not; but in his opinion the chimney did not belong to Downey at all. The evidence was so conflicting they will dismiss it, and Buchanan can bring it before the chairman at Quarter Sessions where it can be tried by a jury.

Mr. Babington said he never met a case where the evidence was so conflicting.

Mr. Downey said he could get other witnesses to corroborate him and his son.

Mr. Thompson suggested that Mr. Nesbitt pay 15s. and Mr. Downey 15s., and put an end to the matter.

Mr. Downey said although he paid for the damage done to his roof he would accede to the suggestion of the Court.

Mr. Nesbitt declined to pay anything.

After deliberating for a few minutes, their worships decided upon granting Buchanan a decree for 15s., without costs, as they thought £1 10s. too much for the work.

Mr. Downey paid the amount to the clerk.

Buchanan refused to take it, and gave notice of appeal.

Henry SMITH summoned Mrs. ADAMS for detaining a gun given to her late husband to repair

The gun was given up on payment of 2. 6d.



The under-mentioned surgeons of militia are appointed surgeon-majors of militia under the provisions of the Royal warrant of 12th July, 1876, viz. - J. L. GAUSSEN, M.D., Antrim; J. M. LYNN, Armagh; G. S. MANSFIELD, Fermanagh; W. MALCOMSON, Cavan; W. N. IRWIN, M.D., Monaghan; J. W. WILLIAMS, Westmeath; W. TWIGG, M.D., Down; T. A. VESSEY, M.D., R.S.D.; R. P. WALSH, Fermanagh; P. LANGRY, Armagh; D. R. TAGGART, M.D., Antrim Artillery; M. MOORE, Cavan.

The under-mentioned assistant-surgeons of militia to be surgeons of militia under the provisions of the Royal warrant of 12th July, 1876 - R. P. WALSH, Fermanagh; P. LAVERY, Armagh; M. MOORE, Cavan; T. D. PALMER, M.D., Sligo; F. R. IRWIN, M.B., Monaghan; W. S. LOVE, Royal Tyrone Fusiliers; A SKIPTON, Londonderry.


William CUTTIFORD, described as a Dublin bookmaker, and who is well know (sic) at all provincial race meetings, was summoned by Sub-Inspector WEBB for having been found in the Lion Hotel in Waterford, on the night of the 11th inst., having n his possession a roulette table. Mr. CURRAN, B.L., came specially from Dublin to defend him. Sub-Inspector Webb gave evidence that on the night of the 11th inst., which was the first of the Curraghmore races, he entered the hotel of Mrs. SHORT, and found defendant there at about 20 minutes past twelve o'clock. Constable RIGNEY deposed to finding a room in the hotel locked. Defendant said it was his, but that there was nothing in it. Witness insisted on obtaining admission. Defendant gave him the key, and under a paillasse he found a roulette machine case. Defendant first denied that it was his, but ultimately gave the key. Sub-Inspector Webb asked, under the 8th and 9th Vic., cap. 109, sections 3, 4, 5 and 8, for a conviction to the full amount of £100. Mr. Curran pointed out to the bench that the prosecution could not be sustained by the Act under which it was brought. The only section under which they could impose a penalty was the 4th. which recited that the owner or keeper of a common gambling house could be sued. His client was neither. He was there the same as any other visitor, and no person proved the roulette table was ever used in the house. After a very protracted inquiry the bench agreed with Mr. Curran, and dismissed the case. Mrs. Short, the proprietress of the hotel, was fined 40s. with an endorsement on her license, for premmiting (sic) her house to be open for the sale of drink the same night at prohibited hours, and 40s. for allowing a number of young men to play cards. On the premises, on the same occasion, eight young men found on the premises at prohibited hours were fined 10s.

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