|THE MURDER AT FERMOY—SENTENCE OF THE
| It having transpired during the course of the day that the
prisoner, Charles M'Cready, would receive sentence, an immense crowd had
assembled in the court-house, and the most anxious and breathless interest was
About half-past two o'clock the prisoner was put forward, and
although there was a general bustle in the court from the effort to see his
face, and although, from the circumstances in which he was placed, some emotion
might have been expected to show itself in his countenance, he did not appear to
be moved in the slightest degree, but preserved the indifference which had
characterized his demeanour from the commencement of the proceedings.
The Clerk of the Crown read the indictment, and having asked
whether he had anything to say why sentence of death should not be pronounced
The prisoner in a loud and distinct voice, which did not
betray the slightest hesitation, answered “no.”
His Lordship proceeded to pass sentence. He said— Charles
M'Cready, you have been convicted on the clearest possible evidence—such
evidence as the jury could not for a single moment doubt—of the dreadful crime
of murder. You were hurried on, no doubt, to the perpetration of that dreadful
offence by anger, passion, and revenge that you conceived against that poor man,
your superior, a sergeant, whose life you took by that fatal shot, his only
offence being that he had discharged his duty, in reporting what he considered
to be your misconduct. That was a dreadful act. That poor man was hurried into
eternity by that fatal shot, in fifteen minutes after it had reached his heart.
You are a very young man, and I hope your sad case will be an example to others,
and that they will be prevented from giving way to fits of this violent and
dreadful passion, which has led you and will lead them like yourself, if they
indulge those passions, into acts which may forfeit their own lives as well as
those of others. I have said the evidence was clear, and the verdict could not
have been otherwise. Indeed you yourself admitted it, for you said, after it had
been committed, that you had perpetrated that act and that you were ready to
hang for it. Just conceive what that involved. You were ready yourself to
forfeit your own life, young as you are, in the very prime of manhood—you were
ready to forfeit your own life to gratify that dreadful spirit of revenge. This
offence which you have committed does forfeit the life of the party who has
perpetrated it. The Divine law as well as the Human law says, “That whose
sheddeth man's blood by man shall his blood also be shed;” and it is my
dreadful duty to carry out the law in that respect. I deeply feel for you, and I
trust that the God of Mercy will have compassion upon you. It is a dreadful
offence, but I have to tell you, and I rejoice to be able to tell you, on the
highest authority—authority that cannot err—the authority of the Great and
Merciful God Himself—that if you repent of your sins heartily and sincerely,
and fly for refuge to the Saviour of sinners, even though dreadful your crimes—yea,
if they had infinitely more—if your crimes should be as numerous as the hairs
of your head, mercy is still to be had ; and though you may probably feel, as
every person looking on here to- day must feel, that this is an offence which,
in one view at least, may be regarded as the most disastrous day of your life,
if you attend to what I say to you, what I rejoice I am enabled to say to you on
the very highest infallible authority, it may prove to you the happiest day of
your life. All our lives are uncertain, no one knows the moment he may be
summoned to leave this world. None of us can have pardon for the sins we have
been guilty of in the course of our lives, be they great or be they small, be
they many or be they few, I say, not one of us can have pardon for those sins,
but through the very same medium which I am inviting you now to avail yourself
of. Fly for refuge to that Saviour, repent you heartily of all your sins and you
may rely on it, that those sins be they as red as scarlet, they shall become as
white as snow, for no one who has ever fled for refuge to the Saviour, our Lord
Jesus Christ, has been cast off by Him. The sentence of the law is that you,
Charles M'Cready, be taken from the place from where you now stand, to that
place from whence you came, and that you there be hanged by the neck until you
be dead and that you be interred within the precincts of the prison, and may God
have mercy on your immortal soul.
During the course of the delivery of the sentence the prisoner
seemed to be the only person in the court unaffected by the solemnity of the
occasion, and the touching address of the learned judge, who himself was deeply
moved during its delivery. At its conclusion, the prisoner, without assistance,
stepped lightly and firmly from the seat on which he had stood, and was
immediately conveyed to the County Gaol, where he will await his execution.
The usual formality of wearing the black cap was dispensed
with by the learned judge on this occasion.
We understand the execution has been fixed to take place on
Monday, the 22nd of September.
| Information has been forwarded from Scotland yard to
various metropolitan police stations, setting forth that several constables are
required for service in West Australia. They are to be ranked as corporals of
police, at a salary of £110 per annum, with an increase of £5 per year till it
reaches £140 ; if promoted to the rank of sergeant by good conduct they will at
once be rated at £140. A free passage, and every facility for wives and
families, will be afforded. Half-pay to commence from the time of embarkation.
| The Melbourne Argus has the following notes on the
Melbourne labor market :—“Inquiries for agricultural and for all kinds of
unskilled labour have been on the increase during the week, and the numbers
offering have not been anything like equal to the demand. Quarrymen and men used
to railway work are much wanted. In the present scarcity of such labour, all
able-bodied men who seek work are finding ready employment at full rates, Of
skilled labour there is plenty, nearly every branch of the building trades is
overdone, notwithstanding there has been a successful movement among the masons
to shorten the daily hours of labour to eight instead of ten. This movement, we
hear, is about to be taken up by the other trades. Female servants are very
scarce and are much wanted. Seafaring labour is very plentiful. With rations :—
Married couples without families, from £75 to £90 per annum ; ditto with
families, £55 to £65 do. ; gardeners, £50 to £60 do. ; grooms, £40 to £50
do. ; store- keepers, £60 to £70 do. ; shepherds, £35 to £40 do. ;
hutkeepers, £25 to £30 do. ; general farming servants, £1 5s. per week ;
threshing and cleaning, 1s. per bushel ; haycutting, 9s. per ton ; bullock
drivers on the roads, 30s. per week ; ditto on stations, 25s. do. ; men cooks,
£70 to £90 per annum ; female do., £35 to £45 ; thorough female servants (in
great demand), £30 to £40 do. ; housemaids, £20 to £28 do. ; laundresses,
£30 to £35 do. ; nursemaids, £15 to £20 do. The following are considered the
standard weekly rations :—12lbs. beef or mutton, 10lbs. flour, 2lbs. sugar,
¼lb. tea. Without rations :—Compositors, 1s. 4d. per 1,000 ; ditto by the
week, £4 4s. ; pressmen, £4 4s. to £4 10s. do. ; carpenters, 12s. to 14s. per
day ; masons, 14s. to 16s. do. ; bricklayers, 14s. to 16s. do. ; blacksmiths,
do. ; quarrymen, 10s. to 12s. do. ; wood splitters and fencers, 5s. to 7s. per
ton ; fencing by the rod, materials to split only, 6s. ; labourers on the roads,
9s. to 10s. per day—wood, water and tents found. Seamen—For home or the
East, £5 per month ; in coasters, £5 ; cooks and stewards, £5 to £6 ; mates,
for coasters, £8.”
| On the morning of Sunday, August 3, the lady of
Christopher A. Allen, Esq., M.D., North Mall, Cork, of a son.
On the 2d inst., at Carrigrohan Lodge, county Cork, the wife
of N. D. Parker, Esq., M.D., of a son.
July 3, at Barton House, Canterbury, the wife of Major
D'Aguilar, C.B., of a daughter.
May 17, at Bellary, the wife of Capt. Windham Baker, Madras
Artillery, of a son.
July 30, at Richmond, Monkstown, Dublin, the wife of Robert
Wilson, Esq., of a daughter.
July 29, at St. George's-road, London, the wife of Major
Armytage, Coldstream Guards, of a son.
July 31, at his residence, 15, Gardiner's-place, Dublin, the
wife of Wensley Bond Jennings, M.D., of a daughter.
| July 29, at Clontarf, Dublin, Robert William Eaton, Esq.,
to Jane Elizabeth, third daughter of Robert Dean Mecredy, of Strandville House,
Clontarf, Esq., Barrister-at-Law.
July 31, Frank Sheppard, of Roscrea, Esq., second son of Capt.
James Sheppard, Clifton, co. Tipperary, to Sarah M. S. Goulding, youngest
daughter of Thomas Frank Goulding, Esq., The Abbey, Roscrea, co. Tipperary.
On the 28th ult., at St. George's, Hanover-square, London, W.
Henry Patten Saunders, formerly of the Household Brigade, and Cavalry C.C. to
his late Imperial Majesty the Emperor of All the Russias, and grandson of Thomas
Patten, of Fiddington House, co. Somerset, to Augusta, daughter of Nicholas
Bolfe, Esq., of London.
| At her residence, Coolkoran, near Killarney, in the 80th
year of her age, Anne, relict of the late Robert Riordan, Esq., Killarney.
In the bloom of youth, at his bereaved mother's residence,
Villa, Lismore, on the 29th ult., Lieut. Thomas M'Carthy, youngest son of the
late Dr. M'Carthy. The premature death of this most endearing young gentleman
has cast a gloom on many sincerely sorrowing friends.
On the 31st of July, at Glandore, Mrs. Sexton Baylee, relict
of the late Sexton Baylee, Esq., of Limerick, and eldest daughter of the late
Charles Hepburn, Esq., M.D., of London.
On the 26th ult., in Hill-street, Berkely-square, London, the
Hon. Lucy Cust, second surviving daughter of the first Lord Brownlow, aged 72.
July 27, at Rathgar, co. Dublin, Alicia Jane, the beloved wife
of Lynn, Carew, Esq., of lower Mount-street.
July 30, at Archerstown, co. Westmeath, Frances Elizabeth,
wife of Samuel A. Reynell, Esq., aged 41 years.
July 29, at Ovoca House, co. Wicklow, after a few days
illness, Mr. Thomas Barrett, of 29, Lower Baggot-street.
July 19, of scarlatina, Joseph Jamos, aged six years ; on the
28th, Henry Adolphe, aged four years ; and on the 29th, Charlotte, aged seven
years and eight month, the beloved children of Fletcher Wilme, Esq., Leinster-
road, Rathmines, Dublin.