| In Upper Mount-street, Dublin, May 4, the lady of Arthur
Edward Gayer, Esq., Q.C, L.L.D., of a daughter.
| On Tuesday, May 5, at Ballinkeele, co. Wexford, the lady
of John Maher, Esq., of a son and heir.
| On the 5th of March, at Government-house, Fort Thornton,
the lady of his Excellency Norman William Macdonald, Governor of the colony of
Sierra Leone, of a son and heir.
| On the 30th ult., at the Royal Military College,
Sandhurst, the wife of Capt. W. Walker, 69th Regiment, of a son.
| On the 6th inst., by the Rev. Dr. Hally, P.P., and
afterwards in the rites of the Established Church, Mr. Simon Daly to Miss [Ann?]
Penrose, Main-street, Dungarvan.
| On Wednesday evening, at his house, Great George's-street,
Mr. John Rice, after a protracted illness, born with truly Christian
resignation. He has left a helpless family to mourn the bereavement of an
idolizing parent. Seldom, if ever, has the grave closed on a more truly
upright, honest man.—May he rest in peace.
| At Cove, on Saturday last, Mrs. Johanna Fitzpatrick, aged
| On the 7th inst., at the Governor's house, county prison,
Cork, Agnes Eliza Fitzsimons, daughter of the late John Robert Fitzsimons, Esq.,
| Suddenly, on Sunday morning last at Rockfield, the
residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Jeremiah Flynn, of Ballyvelly, near
Tralee. He was about 60 years of age, and has left a large family ; and he
was very much respected by all who knew him.
| On the 4th inst., at Brighton, after a few day's illness,
deeply lamented by her family and friends, Mary, the beloved wife of Sir Martin
Archer Shee, President of the Royal Academy.
| At Devonport, on the 4th inst., Charlotte, daughter of
Lieutenant-Colonel Warren, C.B., 55th Regiment, aged 8 years and [?] months.
AN EVICTED IRISH FAMILY
(From the Manchester Times)
|ARRIVAL IN MANCHESTER OF ONE OF THE “EXTERMINATED
FAMILIES” OF IRELAND.—A
shocking case of destitution was related to us yesterday (Thursday), resulting
from the system now carrying into execution in Ireland for exterminating the
poor. It appears that a short time since, a family, bearing the name of
Gallagher, was dislodged, from the estate of a Mr. Fox, county of Leitrim.
They consisted of a father, mother, and eleven children, and were allured by the
offer of a passage to Liverpool, having no means of obtaining shelter and
subsistence in Ireland, to come to England.
| They arrived at Liverpool towards the close of last week,
and immediately left that town to walk to Manchester. They were without
food and the means of procuring it, but on their way a gentleman who saw the
foot-sore condition of the children had compassion upon them and gave them
2s. With one of these shillings, a quantity of brown bread was obtained,
and the family feasted for the first time in “Merrie England.”
| As night closed they reached Warrington (18 miles), and
obtained shelter in the Workhouse, where they state that their remaining
shilling was exacted from them for the food they had that night, and they were
sent out on their way to Manchester, next morning, penniless again, and without
breakfast. In the course of that day they performed another journey of 18
miles, and were housed in the Manchester night Asylum. They were provided
with the most comfortable lodging the place affords for the homeless wanderer,
and with food ; but as the third day broke upon them they were again turned
adrift to the “Wide World.”
| Whether they spent any portion of the day in begging, we
did not hear, but probably they did, for night—and cold and piercing nights we
have had of late—overtook them at Newton Heath, only a short distance from the
town ; and here they took up their lodgings in a ditch by the wayside!
| The ditch was exceedingly damp and unfit for the purpose,—not
so dry as the road,—but here, on the Queen's highway, it seems that the adage
about "beggars not being choosers" did not apply, and they choose the
damp ditch to the drier road, for the sake of a trifling shelter which a hedge
on the one hand, and a ropemaker's shed on the other, offered them from the
wind. And in this wretched situation thirteen human beings, of both sexes,
and the greater portion extremely young, ragged, —indeed, almost naked,
remained for the whole night.
| The next morning the ropemaker went to his work at an
earlier hour than usual, and hearing some moans in the ditch, when he arrived at
the shed, he was from thence attracted to the scene of their wretched
encampment. He found the youngest children nearly starved to death, the
mother in vain attempting to keep them warm, by spreading the bottom of her
petticoat across their feet! Compassion induced him to offer them
immediate aid, and indeed, but for his assistance it is probable that one of the
children would have died. He provided coffee for those who were in a
condition to receive it without injury ; but several of the family, it is said,
were in such an exhausted state that it required gruels and more comfortable
nursing to restore them.
| They have now for nearly a week been, the inmates of the
kind-hearted ropemaker's shed, subsisting on the hospitality of himself and his
neighbors ; but yesterday a visit was to be paid by some of their countrymen, to
whose ears the story had got of their misfortunes, and something that will be
likely to afford a more permanent relief is to be attempted. On this
subject we have recieved the following letter, to which we readily give
|TO THE EDITOR OF THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN,
SIR,—Having observed, in the Times of this day, an article headed, “Arrival
of a family of the exterminated Irish.” I was determined to have ocular
demonstration of the heart-rending suffering of the poor family therin alluded
to. I hurried to Newton Heath, in company with four others from Manchester
; and, on arriving at the place, to my unutterable surprise, I found the sad
reality, alas ! too true. A family consisting of thirteen persons, in the
corner of a field, with a fire composed of brambles gathered from the ditches,
endeavouring to boil a half-penny worth of coffee and an egg—the only
substitute for the day's food of thirteen!
I made inquiries respecting their eviction, &c. and find every remark
perfectly true. But much as I deprecated the cause of their suffering, my
heart was touched with reverance and gratitutde to the ropemaker, without whose
timely aid the greater part of this wretched family must have unavoidably
perished of want and exposure to the inclement season. He, with a
philanthropy worthy of imitation, administered relief to the sufferers, by
procuring bread and coffee for such of them as were string enough to partake of
it. Meantime, his praiseworthy wife was preparing some more delicate
beverage for such of them as were weak from long fasting and cold ; while his
pious little children, imitating the hmanity of the parents, were collecting
their spare articles of clothing to cover such of the poor children as were
about their own size.
The name of this kindhearted individual is Thomas Holmes. When he found
the shelter of the rope-shed inadequate to sustain life, he with the assistance
of his wife and children, made up a small house, eight by five, for their
accomodation, by nailing some boards together ; procured some straw for a
portion of them to lie on ; and, were it not for his charitable relief, all, or
the greater part of the family, must have perished. We were amazed at the
intelligence and good manners of these creatures ; the elders of whom were
engaged in washing the clothing of the others, with no other material than the
cold water from the ditch side. Hoping that, through the medium of your
journal, these remarks may attract the observation of the charitable and humane,
and that some timely assistance may be rendered to those hopeless poor people, I
am, sir, your obedient servant, PHILO-HUMANITAS.
|The names of the family are—Patrick Gallagher, aged 50 ; Mary, wife, aged
45. Their children ; Mary, Michael, Anne, Catherine, Ellen, Elizabeth,
Patrick, Margaret, Bridget, and John, from eighteen to two years of age ; and
Catherine Dolan, a sister-in-law, aged 40.—Mr. Holmes is an Englishman ; and
an English woman, named Nelson, also provided food and clothing for the poor