|TO THE EDITOR OF THE CORK EXAMINER.
“Ye friends of truth, ye statesmen who survey
The rich man's joys increase—the poor's decay,
'Tis your's to judge how wide the limits stand
Between a splendid and a happy land.”
| SIR—The Glandore regatta went off
on the 25th and 26th inst., with all the display worthy of the occasion, the
village, naturally romantic and picturesque, was rendered yet more so by the
hourly arrivals of some fashionable tourist—of this magistrate and that
esquire, all vieing with each other in the splendour of their equipage. An
unacquainted spectator would come to the conclusion that this was a season of
universal happiness ; the days were calm and the scene delightful, but alas the
picture had another and a darker side. Whilst the gay and extravagant were
indulging in their favourable amusements, the poverty-stricken serfs of six
pence a day, employed by the Board of Works in that neighbourhood, were directed
to remain idle lest their tattered covering and sunburnt skin would give
offence, not by the County Surveyor, as I understand ; he employed them on the
second day. Every locality has its taskmaster. Some interested squire who avails
himself of the surrounding poverty to add to his influence. I visited this new
line of road leading from Glandore to Leap, and, to attempt a description of the
wretchedness of the persons there employed would be impossible. I was saluted by
one of these careworn creatures who said—“Sir, would you be pleased to hear
our afflicting complaints, or could you tell the Cork Examiner our
miserable condition? Many of us come here the distance of six and seven miles to
earn six pence a-day.” “You may perceive,” said he, “some are unable to
raise their shovels ; we have neither life nor spirit within us.”
“Our employers are not acting wisely, we could have done
twice as much work if we were fed, and what is still worse, if we happen to look
about we are docked a quarter day, and get but 4½d in the evening. We will not,
nor cannot stand it. I remonstrated with them on the impropriety of their
intentions. I told them that the Board of Works would not be so unreasonable as
to continue to act upon the suggestion of an individual well known in that
neighbourhood, and who could no longer defend the incautious step he had taken.
Oh, said another, we are not to complain, whilst the weather remains fine, as we
have upset all the idle boats in the neighbourhood, and have collected some
heath where we lie comfortably enough these few nights, others get into the
arches of bridges, and remain there till working time, but when the weather
breaks, God only knows what will become of.” During the recital of this
distressing narrative, I was completely unmanned. I shuddered to see 200 human
beings in so deplorable a condition. Many of them young, athletic and
able-bodied, endeavouring to overcome the irresistable inroads of famine with
their characteristic humour and resignation. I pledged myself to represent their
condition, and will continue to do so regardless of the displeasure of any
person who may take offence at my remarks. Sir, I have the honour to remain,
| Skibbereen, 29th August, 1846
MIDLETON AND BALLYSPILLANE POOR RELIEF COMMITTEE.
THANKS TO SIR ROBERT PEEL, BART.
|AT a MEETING of the above Committee held at
MIDLETON, on TUESDAY, AUGUST 18th, 1846, Rev. Mr. JONES in the Chair.
The following Resolution proposed by THOMAS
FOLEY, Esq., of Tourtane, and seconded by THOMAS
STEPHEN COPPINGER, Esq., of
Midleton Lodge, was unanimously adopted:—
“That the warmest thanks of the Poor Relief Committee of the
Midleton and Ballyspillane Electoral Divisions of the Midleton Union, are
unanimously tendered to the Right Honourable Sir ROBERT PEEL,
Bart. for his humane and wise conduct in having so promptly provided an ample
supply of cheap and wholesome food for the labouring classes of the country, and
thereby effectually saving them from the threatened horrors of famine and all
its accompanying evils, and for which measure he has so justly earned the
lasting gratitude of this country, and that our respected Chairman be requested
to convey our unanimous resolution to Sir ROBERT PEEL,
When transmitting the above resolution, the Chairman
accompanied it with the following letter:—
SIR—In forwarding to you the
foregoing resolution, I should not do justice to my feelings, did I not at the
same time express my full concurrence in the sentiments it embodies, and bear my
testimony to the happy effects which have been experienced in my immediate
neighbourhood by the provident and humane measures to which it alludes. I have
the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient servant,
| To the Right Honourable
Sir R. PEEL,
SIR ROBERT PEEL’S REPLY.
|Drayton Manor, August 26th, 1846.
| SIR—In the efforts which I made
in conjunction with my Colleagues in the service of the Crown, to avert from
Ireland the threatened evils of scarcity and disease, I was prompted by a deep
sense of public duty, and by the warm interest which I have ever taken in the
welfare of Ireland.
The assurance which you have been authorized to convey to me
on behalf of the Midleton Poor Relief Committee, that those efforts have been
successful, and that they have excited a grateful feeling in the minds of the
Irish people, is more than an ample compensation for any labour or anxiety which
I may have borne in the discharge of a public duty. I have the honour to be,
Sir, your faithful
The Rev. FRANCIS JONES.
|D I S T R E S S I N W E S
T C A R B E R Y .
| The following communication has been received by Major
Beamish, in reply to a letter addressed by him to the Secretary of the Treasury,
describing the distressed condition of the Mining Districts of West Carbery, and
suggesting the formation of Reserve Depots in that Barony.
|“Treasury, Aug. 28, 1846.
| “DEAR SIR—I
have duly received your note, dated the 24th inst., with the enclosed painful
communication from the superintendent of your mines in the Barony of West
“It has already been determined to establish a Reserve Depot
of Indian Meal in that part of the country, and I shall write to Sir R. Routh by
to-day’s post, to express to him my opinion that the measures should be
carried into effect without loss of time.
“We rely upon the merchants of Cork to lay in ample stores
of Indian corn and other types of food for the supply of that City and the
adjoining country, without any assistance from the Government, and our
interference will be confined to remote districts, which cannot be expected to
be sufficiently provided for by the ordinary operations of trade.—Your’s
|“C. E. TREVELYAN.
| “Major N. Ludlow Beamish,
“&c., &c., Cork.”
|LISTOWEL, THURSDAY.—At the
Fair of Listowel on yesterday, Pork went as high as 50s. a cwt., and store pigs
were immoderately dear, the demand exceeding the supply. Bonnoves (young pigs)
out of ears (so young as not to be able to walk) sold at the enormous price of
thirty shillings. This arises entirely from the necessity of procuring stock to
consume the diseased potatoes in a district where nothing but diseased potatoes
are to be found. The Police seem to have a vigilant eye to the suppression of
drunkenness in Listowel. Head-Constable M’Carthy lodged a shopkeeper of that
town in Bridewell yesterday for being found drunk in the street, and had one of
his own men reduced, and another dismissed, within the last week for indulging
too liberally in spiritous liquors.—Kerry Correspondent.
| On the night of the 24th ult., as that indefatigable
officer, Constable Patrick Enright, of Newmarket, and two of his men was on
patrol, he fell in with two men driving seven sheep, on the road leading from
Abbeyfeal to Newmarket. After a short conversation he took the sheep stealers,
for such they turned out to be, to barracks until next day, when he brought them
before Mr. Leahy, J.P., who fully committed them. The sheep were since
identified by the owner, Denis Flinn, who resides near Liscarroll. Really when
this force do their duty properly, they are of incalculable service to the
country, and I must add with pleasure, that no more efficient officer exists in
the police than Constable Patrick Enright.—Correspondent.
T H E C A T H O L I C C H U R C H .
| An English lady, whose name we have in confidence, was
admitted into the Church at Saint Malo about a week ago.
Mrs. Thomas Ticehurst, late of Battle, in Sussex, was admitted
into the Holy Catholic Church by the Very Rev. R. B. Roskell, D.D., on Saturday,
at Manchester. —Tablet.
A correspondent informs us that, on last Sunday, the 23d
instant., in the parish of Killanne, five members of a Protestant family, named
Hughes, were received into the Catholic Church by the Rev. P. Rossiter.—Wexford
| SUDDEN DEATH OF A
CLERGYMAN.—On Saturday morning last, about seven
o'clock, the village of Lahinch was thrown into an unusual state of excitement,
in consequence of the Rev. Mr. Bowles, a Roman Catholic priest from the county
of Tipperary, having been seized with a sudden fit of illness while bathing,
which caused death almost instantaneously. Prompt assistance was rendered to the
Rev. gentleman by an individual who happened to be convenient to the spot, who
had him conveyed forthwith to Mr. Hanrahan's hotel, when medical aid was
speedily called in, but every effort to restore animation proved inneffectual.
Mr. Martin, coroner, held an inquest on the body on yesterday morning.—Clare
|FROM the numerous complaints of many parties
of the spurious imitations of the above SAUCE, GEORGE LAZENBY begs to inform the
Nobility and Gentry of CORK, that each Bottle of the above celebrated SAUCE must
have his name in full on the Red Label ; also, please observe that the Patent
Capsule must be attached to each Bottle, with the words GEORGE LAZENBY, London,
and the Royal Arms in the centre.
Purchasers will please ask for GEORGE LAZENBY’S
WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE. To be had of all respectable Shopkeepers.
Wholesale Warehouse only, 23 Parliament-street, Dublin.
N.B.—The admirers of the aromatic hot flavour of the above
SAUCE, will find that prepared by GEORGE LAZENBY much Superior to any offered to
Mr. JOHN BYERS, 74 Buchannan-street, Glasgow, Agent for
|Cork, August 4, 1846.
| The first battalion of the 6th Royal Regiment under Lieut.
Colonel Mitchel, embarked on Friday at Patrick's Quay, Cork, on board one of the
river steamers, for shipment on board the transports, now lying at Cove, for
conveyance to the Cape of Good Hope. It is only six years since that regiment
returned from the same station.