| Mr. Daly, coroner for the district, held an inquiry on Friday last to ascertain the cause of death of a man aged about 55 years, whose body was found suspended from the branch of an oak tree in Shronepokeen Wood, near Milford. The neighbouring magistrates, W. Barry, H. E. Turner, R. Gibbings, R. E. C. Barry, and W. Sullivan, Esqrs., were present to assist in the investigation. A respectable jury having been sworn, several witnesses were examined, but no one knew the deceasedwho he was, or from whence he came, though several hundreds of the people of the neighbourhood had seen the body, nor was there any document or token on his person which would suggest a clue. A considerable crowd had collected some from curiositymany to ascertain the truth of the several rumours which went abroad, giving different names and localities to the deceased. Tumultuous discussions of chances took place ; each gave his opinion, and each was alternately swayed by the opinion of others. The inquiry lasted several hours, and was adjourned for a week, to give the police time to procure further evidence, if possible, to enable the jury to come to some satisfactory conclusion. I regret to say there is little doubt that a foul and deliberate murder has been committed. The idea of suicide which was first suggested has been entirely removed by the evidence of Dr. Ahern and others. I give you their depositions abridged, in the hope that publicity may aid as well in procuring identification of deceased as leading to the detection of the perpetrators of the deed.
Thomas WalshIs the woodranger of Sir James Fitzgerald. On Tuesday last, about ten o'clock, he was going through the wood at Shronepokeen. Passing by where the deceased was found, he first thought he saw a man climbing one of the trees. He stood for a few minutes to watch. Did not see him stir. Went closer ; then saw it was a body suspended from a branch. Went to the police-station, which is within a few hundred yards of the wood. Constable O'Brien came with him. They took down the body it was cold and rigid. The rope by which the deceased was suspended was made of hay, with three strands, well twisted and firmly put together. It was twice put round the branch, brought down to near the noose in which deceased's neck was, and then firmly interwoven in the way in which sailors splice a rope. The body was suspended about two feet from the ground. No other platform was under where he was hanging. On the body being taken down a large wound was discovered across the throat. There was no blood on the body, clothes or rope, but a few specks, nor where there any foot marks at or near the tree, or any weapon found on deceased's person or in the wood, which could have inflicted the wound. Deceased appeared to be about 60 years of age. He had on a brown frock coat (frieze) corduroy breeches, long stockings, tightly gartered, old shoes well patched, black cloth waistcoat opened across the chest, with one button closed. The constable found on his person 2s. 6d. in silver, and 2½d. in coppers. The pockets were all searched. A hat lay with the crown downwards on grass, some perches from where deceased was hanging. Never saw the man before to his knowledge.
Thomas Ahern, Esq., M.D., deposed that he examined the remains. He found a deep, jagged incised wound across the throat, extending across the windpipe, dividing it back to the vertebrae, cutting through the carotid artery and jugular vein. That wound was sufficient to cause death. From the nature and extent of the wound it was impossible that anyone could have inflicted it on himself ; he made a post mortem examinationall the symptoms of strangulation and hanging were absent ; after inflicting such a wound deceased could not have climbed the tree to hang himself ; if the wound was inflicted near where the deceased was found, so large a quantity of blood must have flown that it could easily be detected whereas when first seen the ground under the deceased was dry and clean.
From the evidence, there can be no doubt that deceased was murdered elsewhere and brought to where he was found and suspended there ; some persons said they thought they saw him at Drumcoloher Fair a short time before purchasing calves. The prevailing opinion is that he was a cattle dealer. His description isabout 5 feet 7 inches high ; dark hair turning grey, small features, dark blue eyes, Roman nose rather thick towards the point, the body was healthy and did not appear as if deceased suffered from want ; the shirt worn by deceased was finer in quality than worn by persons in his class, and well made up.Limerick Chronicle.
| A HEARTLESS HUSBAND.An Englishman, formerly a captain in the army, has been residing at Ostend with his wife. While there, a yacht was being built for him by a Belgian, with whose daughter, an interesting brunette, aged 16, and of prepossessing appearance, he became acquainted. The yacht having been finished, the captain signified his intention of taking a trip in her, and shortly after he started the shipbuilder's daughter was found to be missing. Inquiries were made, and the yacht was found at Calais, where it was seized by the authorities. The young lady was last seen in Calais with a person assuming the description of the captain, who has left his wife at Ostend entirely without funds, and she had to make her way to London in the best manner she could.|
|THIS fair was held on Monday. The attendance of both buyers and sellers was limited, but the prices obtained were considered very good, and were considerably in advance of those obtained at any of this year's Kerry spring fairs. There was a great demand for in-calf cows and heifers, and at any fair were at once brought up. The steward of Col. Herbert, Muckross, received £29 for two three-year old in-calf heifers. Mr. Richard Leahy, Tralee, purchased a lot of two-year-old heifers at £7 10s. each. The fair was remarkable for the very superior description of cattle exhibited, and contrasted with other fairs ; very few inferior cattle were shown. Mutton was bought at 7d. per lb. ; store sheep were scarce and dear ; lambs from 10s. 6d. to 15s. ; beef at 6d. per lb. ; horses nil. Correspondent.||
(FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.)
Mr. JOHN SEALY, J.P., in the chair.
|OTHER Guardians presentMessrs. Edward Rae, J.P. ; Gerard O'Connor, J.P. ; Jerome Quill, J.P. ; Thos. Maybury, M.D. ; Maurice S. Reidy, John Roche, Francis Fitzgerald, Alexander Mason, Thomas Fitzmaurice, and S. Pollard.
STATE OF THE HOUSE.Number of inmates on the 11th inst., 718 ; admitted to 18th inst., 46 ; discharged, 43 ; died, 2 ; number remaining, 719. Corresponding number last year, 741.
FINANCE.Amount lodged with Treasurer, during the week, £161 19s. 8d. ; payments, £182 16s. 4d. ; balance in favour of Guardians, £397 12s. 1½d.
Some strong looking young men applied for admission. Among them were several of the Kerry Militia, who stated they were unable to procure employment ; and a shoemaker, named Michael Murphy, from Cahirciveen. They were rejected. Edmond Brick, a child 7 years of age, said to be illegitimate, and deserted by his mother, was admitted. The Relieving Officer was directed to prosecute the mother.
CORK HARBOURSHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.
April 22, 1863.
| ARRIVEDRaymond, Whoolahan, Buenos Ayres, bones, proceeded to Berwick ; Thistle, Frown, Waterford, ballast, to Quebec, put in through stress of weather.
OFF PORTCity of Cork (s.s.), New York to Liverpool, and proceeded ; Vortex, Hibbot, St. John's, timber ; George, Bindon, Gaboon River, oil, and proceeded to Liverpool.
SAILEDOrion, Atkins, Quebec, coals ; Canada, Torstensen, Woolwich, mahogany ; Sydney Aggers, Campbell, Bombay, general cargo ; Albert Tessa, Schiebe, Limerick, wheat ; Raymond, Whoolahan, Berwick, bone ash ; Pearls, Owens, Plymouth, oats ; Chepstow, George and Mary, Mary Ann, Alma (in ballast).
|(By Magnetic Telegraph.)|
| ARRIVED(Wind N.W. ; light, fine) Barlow, Cardenas ; Ella, Matanzas ; Vortex, St. John's.
SAILEDColonial Empire, Hull ; Isabella Atkinson, Limerick.
Spoken by the Raymond, from Buenos Ayres, on April 5th, in latitude 22 N, longitude 43 W, the brig Betsey, from Algoa Bay, for London.
BELFAST, THIS MORNING.The brig Hanna, of Aberystwith (Humphries, master), from Granton to Montreal, with a cargo of iron and coals, on 17th instant, was struck by a heavy sea in latitude 57 N, longitude 19.00 W, carrying away boats, galley, &c., making a clean sweep of decks, and throwing vessel on beam ends ; cargo shifted, and bulwarks considerably damaged. The ship Saint Helena has been towed in here by steamer Monder ; fore and main-mast gone ; decks swept.
| On the 17th March, on board the ship Tudor, Bombay Harbour, the wife of Lieutenant Wherland, R.N.R., of a son.
On the 20th inst., at No. 4, Harcourt-terrace, Dublin, the wife of George White West, of Ardenode, Esq., of a daughter.
On the 21st inst., at the Warren, Boyle, the wife of James T. Butler, Esq., R.M., of a son.
| On the 19th inst., after a short illness, Jane Smith, at the advanced age of 95 years.
On the 20th inst., at No. 22, Upper Ormond-quay, Dublin, Mr. Michael Walsh, aged 75, for many years connected with the Sheriff's Office, and Record Court of the City of Dublin.
April 16, at St. Servan, Brittany, after a short illness, Lieut.-Colonel James Fagan, H.I.E.C.S., aged 75 years, fortified by all the last rites of the church. May he rest in peace.
| COURT GOSSIP.It is said that the Queen intends, on the anniversary of her Majesty's birth, to confer the rank of Field Marshal on the Prince of Wales. It is currently reported in court circles that the Prince and Princess of Wales will, ere long, remove from Marlborough House to Kensington Palace, and there can be no doubt that, with a judicious outlay of money, which might be carried on annually, Kensington could be made into one of the finest royal domains in the United Kingdom. It is expected that in about ten days from this time the Queen, accompanied by the Prince and Princess Louis of Hesse, will leave Windsor for Osborne. The progress towards the Princess's perfect recovery has been uninterrupted, and so satisfactory that, though not formally pronounced convalescent, there is no doubt this announcement will be made immediately, and the churching of the Princess will follow. The sojourn at the seaside will not extend much beyond a fortnight, when her Majesty will return to Windsor en route for Balmoral. Both the Prince and Princess of Wales have been indisposed at Sandringham. What with the scrubbing and cleaning, renovating and decorating in a hurry to get the Hall ready for the occupation of the royal bride and bridegroom, it is supposed that a little damp remained about some of the apartments, and both the Prince and Princess took cold. At one time the attack under which the Princess suffered seemed inclined to be obstinate, and Dr. Jenner was sent for from London, but fortunately it soon yielded to the usual remedies, and both their Royal Highnesses, being quite recovered, have enjoyed the charming neighbourhood of their estate with unabated pleasure.Court Journal.|
Mr. RICHARD CARROLL, J.P., chairman.
|THE other guardians present were :John George Nason, J.P. (vice-chairman) ; John Peard, D.V.C., John Barry, George K. Bourke, M. C. Hendley, J.P. ; James Kent, Major Lucas, J.P. ; John W. W. Nason, Denis O'Brien, John O'Sullivan, Thomas Rice.
STATE OF THE HOUSE.Remaining since last week, 424 ; admitted since, 23 ; discharged, 26 ; remaining, 421.
FINANCE.The balance in the bank to the credit of the Union was £1,560 8s. 10d.
| ALLEGED SEIZURE OF A VESSEL AT NEW YORK.A rumour prevailed at New York when the Asia sailed, that the Government had laid an embargo on a vessel laden with stores, &c., for the French army in Mexico.|
| A marriage is on the tapis between the Hon. Thomas Edward Stonor, eldest son of Lord Camoys, and a wealthy Catholic heiress in Yorkshire.|