The Constitution or Cork Morning Post, 14 August 1822
   HOW TO ESCAPE THE TORTURE.—Several soldiers of Montgomery's Highland Regiment were taken prisoners by the American Indians. Allan Macpherson, one of them, witnessing the miserable fate of his fellows, who had been tortured to death by the Indians, and seeing them preparing to commence the same operations upon himself, made signs that he had something to communicate. An interpreter was brought. Macpherson told them, that provided his life was spared for a few minutes, he would communicate the secret of an extraordinary medicine, which, if applied to the skin, would cause it to resist the strongest blow of a tomahawk or sword, and that if they would allow the experiment might be tried on his own neck by the strongest and most expert warrior amongst them. This story easily gained upon the superstitious credulity of the Indians, and the request of the Highlander complied with.—Being sent into the woods, he soon returned with such plants as he chose to pick up. Having boiled these herbs, he rubbed his neck with their juice, and laying his head on a log of wood, desired the strongest man among them to strike at his neck with his tomahawk, when he would find that he could not make the smallest impression! An Indian, levelling a blow with all his might, cut with such force that the head flew off to a distance of several yards. The Indians were fixed in amazement at their own credulity, and the address with which the prisoner had escaped the lingering death prepared for him ; but instead of being enraged at the escape of their victim, they were so pleased with his ingenuity, that they refrained from inflicting further cruelties on the remainder of the prisoners.—Colonel Stewart's Sketches.

   This vessel arrived at the Custom-house early Monday morning, after an expeditious and pleasant passage from Bristol, which place she left late on Saturday. Among the passengers were—Messrs. Kellett, Allen, Beamish, Kingston, Matthews, Byrne, Kenslake, Hayes, Trench, Leonard, Mr. Ashe, the celebrated performer on the Flute, and several ladies. She sailed again yesterday, and took over—Sir John de Burgos and suite, Captain Kent, Mr. Hare, &c. &c.

   We have to congratulate the Amateurs of Music on the arrival of Mr. Mrs. and Miss ASHE in this City, where we understand they are to remain for a few weeks—during which time we may hope to be gratified by a display of their unrivalled musical talents.

   A poor man named GOGGIN, near Doneraile, who had recommended Golden Rod (solidago) as a remedy for some complaint in the kidneys, got in mistake, some of the roots of Monkshood, (aconitus napellus) of which the poor man, after his work on Saturday, took a dose of nearly half a pint. He almost immediately exclaimed that he was a dead man, and died in about a quarter of an hour, in great agony.—There was an Inquest held in Doneraile on the 12th inst. when the following Magistrates presided :—LORD DONERAILE, WM. STAWELL, and CLUTTERBUCK CRONE, Esqrs.—A respectable jury brought in a verdict, that “the deceased came by his death, in consequence of taking an infusion of the roots of Monkshood, (by mistake,) instead of Golden Rod.”

   BUDINGEN JULY 29.—On the 25th in the evening, after much lightning, we had a most dreadful storm, which has ravaged a vast extent of country. The crops are wholly destroyed, the roofs and widows dashed to pieces, and for the space of ten minutes, pieces of ice fell, weighing from 8 oz. to 1¼lb each, killing not only hares and birds, but even sheep. The distress caused by this visitation is boundless.
   Extract of a Letter from Leghorn, dated 16th July, 1822.
   “You may have heard of Shelley, ¹ the Author of 'Prometheus Chained', who called himself atheist ; he married or lived with the daughter of Godwin by Mary Wolstonecroft [sic] ; great friend of Byron's. He went out sailing in a little schooner or yacht last Monday night with Captain Williams, an English officer ; they have not been heard of, but are supposed to have perished in a storm the same night. The boat has since been found capsized ; their wives are both here raving distracted.”

   HIS MAJESTY.—It appears to be his Majesty's intention positively to depart on his Scottish Expedition to-morrow. The Royal yacht² has been in readiness off Greenwich, and has attracted many people to that place. The roads from town will, in all probability, be more crowded than on any former occasion.

Tralee, County Kerry
Since the commencement of our Assizes
   Michael Foley, Mathew Sullivan, Timothy Healy, and Arthur O'Leary, for murder of Mr. Brereton, to be hanged were executed this day.
   Owen Sullivan, Lawrence Sullivan, and Cornelius Casey, administering unlawful oaths, to be transported for life.
   John Currane, sheep stealing, to be transported for life.
   Mary Taugney, Larceny, no sentence.
   Michael M'Mahon, tried for the murder of Edmond Fitzgerald at Listowell, guilty of manslaughter, to be transported for life.
   Patrick Sullivan, and Denis Sullivan, administering unlawful oaths, to be transported for life.
   William Coffee, sheep stealing, like sentence.
   Thomas Rourke, burglary, to be hanged, day not mentioned.
   William Shea, Goat stealing, no sentence.
   James Mahony, Cow stealing, to be transported.
   James Casey, Michael Hennessy, William Moore, and Honora Moore, the prisoners were put on their trial for the murder of Elizabeth Kelly, and the Prisoner Casey applied to have the trial postponed until the next Assizes, on account of the absence of material witnesses, grounded on an affidavit sworn yesterday. Mr. Lloyd, Counsel for the Crown opposing the application stated that the names of the witnesses having been communicated to the Crown Solicitor last night, he sent a carriage to the residence of the witnesses and they were brought to town this morning, and were then in attendance.
   The prisoners said they had no money to fee Counsel or Attorney, and the Court asked if there would be any inconvenience in postponing the trial till the next Assizes, the Counsel for the Crown, replied that there would probably be a failure of justice, but that to avoid all objection the Crown Solicitor would supply the prisoners with money to have professional assistance, and this being answered the trial was fixed for Monday next. William Moore who is deaf and dumb was then put to plead, and a witness having been examined to prove that he did not stand mute from obstinacy, but by the conviction of GOD, and that he understood signs, the nature of the charge was communicated to him, and the Clerk of the Crown was directed by the Court to record a plea of not guilty for him.
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The Constitution or Cork Morning Post, 28 August 1822
   In our last we were enabled briefly to report the important case, the traversing the presentment for closing the Port Cullus. We now lay the evidence before our readers.
   JONES HARRISON, Esq.—Is Port Surveyor; has resided many years in City of Cork ; has been twenty years Port Surveyor, and knows the localities of the river of Cork ; the extent of river and quayage above bridge, is greater than below, taking in both sides of the river ; the population above very considerable ; Mallow-lane and Blarney-lane are north-west of the port cullis ; should think great tanning and other manufactures are carried on in Mallow-lane ; is sure great quantities of potatoes, fish, &c. are carried on above the bridge, as well as some slate and other commodities ; believes the potato-market and bridewell are above bridge ; in his opinion the navigation above the bridge is highly useful ; thinks at times when a great influx of shipping is in the river, quayage is much required below bridge ; there are two docks above bridge, Carroll's and the potato dock ; there is only a blind sort of dock called Haly's, opposite the Custom-house, below bridge, it may be employed for landing deals ; remembers three docks, one at Custom-house, one at South-mall, and one at Lapp's-island ; saw large vessels, brigs, and Portuguese schooners above bridge ; saw vessels taking in provisions for export above bridge at Lavitt's-quay.
   Cross-examined.—Did live in Cork when the port cullis was built ; saw many vessels above bridge since the Custom-house was removed saw some sizeable vessels discharging herrings in bulk, from the fisheries, above bridge ; the potatoes are conveyed in smaller vessels ; has seen a vessel grounding in the port cullis and stopping the passage ; may have seen it at least 20 times in 20 years, and it may have happened many times more ; never saw a horse go over the chains ; it is not in his recollection to have seen a person falling in ; a gentleman told him this day that his carriage was near going over in consequence of the draw-bridge being up, only the coachman drew up ; believes that it is at present nearly impassable ; the closing of all these docks were esteemed for the public benefit, but that is a matter of opinion, his was, that if these were taken care of they ought not to be stopped ; other quays were greatly improved near the Custom-house, &c. of much benefit to the public ; believes there is a great quantity of coal landed above Parliament Bridge, which must have passed it ; and also above South Bridge coals are landed at French's Quay . . . a great deal are landed on this branch that goes up not in masted vessels at all ; don't remember to have seen a lighter with a fallen mast except one Mr. Church had some years ago ; knows the South Channel ; there is a considerable extent on the South Channel from South Bridge to Custom-house ; a great proportion of the population is lying about the South branch ; George's Quay is a long quay ; there is a long space from that to the wall where quays may be made, but the material of money is wanted ; has seen the quays below Bridge when the easterly winds prevailed, incommoded, for want of room, but not since the peace ; a great many of the private yards for the supply of coals are above Patrick's-Bridge, but does not know of one above North Bridge ; heard people did not pay more for coal above than below Bridge ; it was within his memory that Carlile [sic] Bridge³ was built in Dublin, and it took a large track greater than that from this place ; knew a road to be made there, and supposes this Port Cullis will be removed by presentment at some future time ; seven of Grand Jury were Harbour Commissioners.
   ROBERT TYRREL.—Has been in the habit of providing horses for 18 years for the Mail Coach Establishment ; knew of the leaders taking fright in the coach at one time, and falling into the river over the chains, and they were taken up a great way below ; knew of poles, springs, and harness having been broken ; knew the leaders of the Youghal coach breaking the harness in consequence of one side of the bridge being raised three feet, and then running away down Merchant's-quay ; it is not a safe bridge for the Mail to pass in winter and frosty weather ; was obliged to keep a helper there to watch the coach over ; not passable these two days, and the coach must go round by North-bridge.
   Cross-examined.—Knows the bridge at Glanmire channel, where the Youghal and Waterford Mail travels over—knew of accidents happening on the roads where there was no wooden bridge ; knew of a watch-house and men being kept there formerly to guard Patrick's bridge.
   MICHAEL POWER.—Saw a man lost there by walking over the bridge, one side being up ; the man watching lifted only one side to leave a lighter go through, and this man walked in and was drowned ; it was after 12 o'clock at night.
   THOMAS DEANE.—Is an Architect ; knows this Port Cullis ; measured the length of the quays between North and Patrick's bridges ; from North to Patrick's-bridge the quay is 1800 feet, and from Patrick's-bridge to the Custom-house gate is 1600 feet ; three-fourths of the concerns above bridge are in a ruinous state ; made a rough estimate of that part from the North to Patrick's-bridge, by direction of Mr. Griffith, and told him they could be taken down for about £2500 . . . made an estimate of a metal bridge and it amounted to £2000 ; a swivel bridge could not be erected there. The casual repairs would be about £20 per annum, beside two men at 8s. per week . . . the present Port Cullis is rotten in all its timber parts, and is very dangerous and not capable of effectual repair.
   Cross-examined.—Is employed by the Harbour Commissioners ; has little property below Bridge ; they have quays in the whole tongue of Lapp's-Island ; has contracted for it by public advertisement ; the amount of their contracts has been from £15,000 to £20,000 for quays ; the object of Mr. Griffith was to form one extended quay ; there could be no passage to this intended quay unless one of the houses at Patrick's Bridge was taken down or the Port Cullis stopped.
   MARY AHERN.—On of the beams of the Port Cullis fell on her foot, and took off one of the joints of her toe ; she was four months in the Infirmary ; this was seven years ago.
   NICHOLAS SCOLLARD.—Had seen within the last six weeks the coachman jump off the Waterford coach, in consequence of the coach coming against the Port Cullus, and saw two men in the water, who had fallen in.
   MICHAEL O'BRIEN.—Was by when the man was killed, who was mentioned before by another witness.
   His LORDSHIP then charged the jury at considerable length ; and after eight hours deliberation, found for the Traverse.
   Counsel for the Traverse, Messrs. G. Bennett and Jackson; Agent Mr. O. E. Barber.
   Counsel for the Presentment, Messrs. J. S. Townsend, O'Connell, H. Walsh and Reeves; Agent, Mr. J. Bennett.
   The Gentlemen of Kinsale have entered into a subscription for a Hooker Race, which is to take place on Wednesday next. We understand that great sport is expected, as several boats in our harbour are putting in trim to take a part.
   A Horse Race is also to take place on Tuesday—to be rode by gentlemen.
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1—Percy Bysshe Shelley and Edward Williams were drowned 8 July 1822 when their boat, the Ariel sank in a storm in the Bay of Spezia. Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley was the daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollestonecraft and the author of Frankenstein.
2—King George the Fourth embarked on board the Royal George at Greenwich, 18 August 1822.
3—When completed in 1798, the Carlisle Bridge across the Liffey in Dublin was named for Lord Carlisle, then Viceroy of Ireland. It was renamed in 1882 when the nearby statue of Daniel O'Connell was unveiled in what was then called Sackville Street.

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