|NATIONAL OBITUARY FOR THE YEAR 1863.|
| Death, whom it is said opens the gate of Fame, and shuts the gate of Envy after him, has been more than usually busy amongst us during the year that has just closed, and it may prove profitable and interesting to call to mind the names of the principal persons belonging to (or who had been connected with) our country who have been taken from us, and thus to assist in perpetuating the names of those who have been distinguished in the great community of mankind. Foremost among them may be mentioned :Richard Whately, D.D., fifty-eighth Archbishop of Dublin (twenty-second since the Reformation), unquestionably the most distinguished member of the Episcopal Bench of the United Church, possessing as he did the rare combinations of great intellectual power, profound learning, and extraordinary public spirit, with an extremely kind and sympathetic heartaged 76 years. Henry, third Marquess of Landsdowne, K.G. (twenty-fourth Lord Kerry in the peerage of Ireland). He was Chancellor of the Exchequer at 26 years of age, and occupied a prominent and distinguished position among British statesmen for upwards of half a centuryaged 82 years. Constantine, first Marquis of Normanby, K.G. (fourth Lord Mulgrave in the peerage of Ireland). He was Viceroy of Ireland for four years, 1835-9, and during a long political career filled many offices with distinctionaged 66 years. William, sixth Earl of Mornington, grand nephew to the Duke of Wellington, aged 49 years. Leaving no heir, his title merge to the Duke of Wellington ; who thus, in addition to being a peer of Great Britain, of Spain, of Portugal, and of the Netherlands, becomes what his father was nota peer of Ireland. Francis, second Earl of Charlemont, and ninth Baron Caulfield, K.P., a true patriot, and a munificent patron of the fine arts, more particularly those connected with his native country ; the last survivor of the Irish House of Lordsaged 88 years. John, tenth Viscount Massareene, and third Viscount Ferrard, K.P., Lieutenant-Colonel of the Antrim Artillery Militia. His death was caused by an accident, and he was esteemed, respected, and beloved in no ordinary manneraged 50 years. Charles, sixth Viscount Midletonaged 72 years. Henry, second Viscount, and third Baron Templetown, aged 62 years. Godfrey, fourth Baron MacDonald, aged 54 years, Henry, third Baron Waterpark, Colonel of the Derbyshire Militia, aged 69 years. Arthur, third Baron Sandys, an eminent diplomatist, aged 65 years. Edward, first Baron Hartherton, Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1833-5, aged 72 years. The Rev. John, second Baron De Freyne, aged 73 years. General Ulysses, second and last Baron Downes, G.C.B., aged 74 years ; and Field-Marshall John, first Baron Seaton, G.C.B., Commander of the Forces in Ireland, 1855-60, aged 86 years, two veteran soldiers of the very highest order. Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. W. S. Bernard, M.P. for Bandon, fourth son of Francis, first Earl of Bandon, aged 70 years. The Hon. and Very Rev. Henry Pakenham. for twenty years Dean of St. Patrick's, fifth son of Edward, second Baron Longford, brother-in-law to the [sic] Duke of Wellington ; aged 76 years. Sir Augustus Warren, third Bart., of Warrenscourt, county Cork. late Lieut.-Colonel of the City of Cork Militia, aged 72 years ; and his brother, Sir John Borlase Warren, fourth Bart., aged 63 years. Sir Hugh Nugent, fourth Baronet of Ballinlough Castle, county Westmeath, a Count of The Holy Roman Empire ; killed by the accidental discharge of a fowling piece ; aged 17 years. Sir Robert Bateson, First Baronet, of Belvoir and Moira, county Down ; for many years M.P. for the county of Londonderry ; aged 81 years. Sir Andrew Armstrong, first Baronet of Gallen Priory, King's County, for many years M.P. for that county ; aged 76 years. Francis M'Namara Calcutt, Esq., M.P. for the county of Clare ; aged 45 years. Edward Joshua Cooper, Esq., of Markree Castle, county Sligo, for many years M.P. for that county ; celebrated for his scientific attainments, moral worth, and estimable character ; aged 63 years. Alderman George Roe, D.L., in him Dublin has lost one of her most respected citizens, and Irish society one of its brightest members ; aged 67 years. The Rev. Charles Marley Fleury, D.D., for twenty years the learned, eloquent and zealous minister [f]or the Molyneux Asylum for Blind Females ; aged 60 years. William Mulready, Esq., R.A., the greatest of modern painters ; born in Ennis, died in London ; aged 76 years. Lundy Edward Foot, Esq., for many years hon. secretary, and afterward vice-president of the Royal Dublin Society, a most useful and worthy citizen ; aged 72 years. Mathew Law, Esq., the eminent jeweller and silversmith, of Sackville-street, who by a long course of honourable industry, amassed a fortune of a quarter of a million sterling ; aged 75 years.Saunders.|
| The Guards were yesterday relieved from a portion of the duties that they have long been accustomed to discharge as the garrison of the metropolisthe military sentinels in front of the British Museum, the National Gallery, and one or two other places where they are accustomed to mount guard, and the guardianship of these buildings is now handed over to the metropolitan police.
| A meeting of the inhabitants of Oxford-street was held last night to take steps for opposing the projected scheme of an underground railway from the Marble Arch in Oxford street to Farringdon street. The expense and the uselessness of such a railway, together with its depreciation of the property on the line, were strongly dwelt upon by the various speakers, who comprised the most influential residents ; and it was determined to put in force every influence that could be brought to bear against the scheme. It was intimated that Mr. Harvey Lewis would oppose the railway in the House of Commons.|
|AN inquest was held yesterday by Mr. Bryan Gallwey, coroner, at Friar's Walk, on the body of Mr. Edward M'Donnell who died on Wednesday from the effects of a blow, as alleged, which he received on Saturday night from Richard Walsh, of Paradise Place. Michael Ahern, of Fort-street, a pipe layer, was first examined, and he deposed that he saw the deceased, on the stairs of the Temperance room in Barrack-street, under the influence of drink, and that he carried him upstairs to the steward's room. After he had been there a few minutes, the prisoner, who was his brother-in-law, came in and asked Where is Mac, and the deceased at once went towards the prisoner, and both seemed to be very friendly. They then went out together, and witness having followed them shortly after, found both of them fighting. He separated them and brought deceased back to the room. They both seemed anxious for a tussle and witness heard the prisoner say that he would watch the deceased going home and pay him off. The next witness examined was Garrett Cotter, of Traver's-street, who stated that on Saturday night he found Walsh opposite the Temperance Room, bleeding at the nose from a blow which he said to witness he had received from M'Donnell. Witness saw the latter home that night, and when returning he met Walsh, who, as well as M'Donnell, was under the influence of drink, and he told him that if he did anything to M'Donnell that night he would be sorry for it the next day. The prisoner said that M'Donnell had no right to strike him. M'Donnell then came out of the house. Witness wanted him to go back, but he would not, but went up to where Walsh was. Witness came between them, but M'Donnell told witness to walk on before him, which he did, leaving deceased and witness [sic] three of four yards behind, they following, and within view of witness if he chose to turn round. Witness heard a noise as if of a box, a clout, or a fall, and when he turned round he saw M'Donnell lying on the ground, and the prisoner 7 or 8 yards away from him. The prisoner had time to move that distance from M'Donnell from the time witness heard the noise to the time at which he turned round and saw M'Donnell on the ground. Witness raised M'Donnell and took him home assisted by his (deceased's) son. John M'Donnell, the deceased's son was next examined. He was in the street when the quarrel between his father and the prisoner took place. He saw his father fall on the roadway, and on his saying to the prisoner So you struck my father, the prisoner replied, I did, because he struck me. In reply to Mr. M. J. Collins, who appeared for Walsh, witness stated that for some years past the prisoner had been on very good terms with the deceased. Dr. Charles Armstrong, examined, deposed that he had been in attendance on the deceased since Monday evening. Dr. Hobart was also in attendance. Deceased was perfectly insensible on the first evening he (Dr. Armstrong) saw him, and was then convulsed all over and snoring loudly. There was scarcely any hope of his recovery, and he died on Wednesday at 12 o'clock. Witness made a post mortem examination of the body. The only external mark of violence was a slight bruise on the right ear ; underneath the flesh behind the ear there was also a slight bruise. He found that the bloodvessels on the surface of the brain were a little more filled with blood than agreed with a healthy state ; this was not the case, though, with the inside vessels. The cavities of the brain were filled with an unusually large quantity of serum, which was quite sufficient to cause convulsions and death. A blow on the skull causing death would have produced other symptoms than those exhibited by the post mortem examination ; there would also have been clotted blood or something of that sort. Excessive drinking, or a hasty temper, or excitability from mental or physical causes, might produce this abundance of serum. Witness was of opinion that deceased died from apoplexy. In reply to questions put by the Coroner, Dr. Armstrong said that a blow might have the effect of hastening M'Donnell's death, but he would not say whether the blow given by Walsh had actually done so. His opinion was that M'Donnell had died from natural causes. This closed the evidence. The Coroner left entirely to the jury the question how M'Donnell's death had been caused, and they, without leaving the room, returned a verdict that his death had resulted from natural causes. The prisoner was therefore at once discharged. It was stated that deceased was in very comfortable circumstances, holding a situation worth £200 a year under Mr. S. Coventry, corn merchant.
During the process of the inquiry, Mr. M. J. Collins referred to a statement which had been circulated to the effect that the occurrence under investigation arose out of a dispute between drunken persons at the barrack street Temperance Society's festival on St. Stephen's night, and said he thought it necessary to offer some explanation in the matter, as such an allegation, if allowed to pass unnoticed, might be attended with very injurious effects to a cause that every right thinking member of the community should wish to see crowned with success. The members of the society were endeavouring to re-establishand, thank God, successfullythe temperance cause in this city, and now that this praiseworthy movement was, as might be said, in its infancy, the members were naturally jealous of their good name, and felt deeply at the unfounded imputations which from the date of this occurrence had been made with regard to it. If it went abroad that the quiet, sober, social festival that the members and their families were enjoying themselves at on St. Stephen's night was not of the temperate and abstemious character that the very name of the society would indicate, but was a gathering out of which a drunken brawl arose, it would go far to injure the cause that all had at heart, and diminish the prospect of re-establishing temperance among the working classes of this city. The prisoner Walsh was never a member of the society, and M'Donnell was not, as reported, ever president of the society, but acted as its secretary for a couple of months. He had been a member, but was not so at the time of the occurrence. He (Mr. Collins) trusted the Coroner of the jury would pardon him for trespassing so much on their time, but he thought it due to the society to make these remarks.
POLICE OFFICETHIS DAY.
|THIS morning, Mr. H. L. Young sat on the bench and disposed of a few unimportant dock cases, which were all that came before him.|
YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY.
|THE twelfth annual meeting of this great literary institute will take place on Sunday next, at the Society's Hall, Castle-street, at half-past one o'clock. The Bishop, the Mayor, and some of our chief citizens will assist.|
ODD FELLOWS' SOCIETYCORK DISTRICT.
|THE annual district meeting was held on Wednesday evening, 30th December, Mr. D. HERBERT, G.M., in the chair.
The Corresponding Secretary read the year's accounts, which showed that the Society had prospered to a great extent during the past year.
The Rev. Doctor Price, of the Aberdare District, Wales, was unanimously nominated as a candidate for the office of Deputy Grand Master of the Unity.
Mr. John Trounce was elected Grand Master of the District, and Mr. W. J. Murray, Deputy Grand Master.
The thanks of the District, with a suitable testimonial, were passed to the outgoing Grand Master for the admirable manner in which he performed his duties.
In the chair, Mr. J. S. BIRD
|THE guardians present wereWm. Markham, Charles G. Fryer, Thomas Buckley, and Maurice Fielding.
In the house on Saturday, the 19th ult., 206 ; admitted the following week, 6 ; born, 0 ; died, 0 ; discharged, 5 ; remaining on Saturday, the 26th inst., 207 ; of these 78 were in hospital.
Cost of provisions, &c., received during the week, £18 19s. 9d. ; do. consumed, £23 1s. 11d. The general average cost of an inmate for the week, 2s. 1¼d. ; in hospital 2s. 2¾d. ; able-bodied, 2s. 1d.
Lodgments, £00 00s. 0d. ; payments, £189 7s. 4d. ; balance in bank to the credit of union, £714 1s. 3d.
| THE DEANERY OF ST. PATRICK'S.At a meeting of the Chapter of St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Rev. Dean Kennedy, Precentor, was elected dean of the cathedral, pro tem., pending the election of a successor to the late Dean Pakenham.|
THE WAR IN AMERICAINHUMAN TREATMENT OF A DESERTER, AN IRISHMAN.
|DINGLE, DECEMBER 30TH.With extreme and unfeigned sorrow I have to announce and call public attention, through the columns of the Cork Examiner, to one of the most barbarous, the bloodiest, and the cruellest of deeds, being nothing less than deliberate and wilful murder, that has ever, on any former occasion, come to the lot of any correspondent to report, or to the lot of any public journal to chronicle, or that has been recorded in the history of any civilised country, as the following most heart-rending and harrowing narrative will show :It appears that within the last week a farmer residing in the parish of Territer, west of Dingle, received a letter from his daughter in America, announcing to him that her uncle's son, named John Manning, a soldier in the Federal army, after having deserted from his regiment, and being arrested, was cut into four quartersa shocking affair. Such barbarous and savage treatment on the part of the Federal authorities to an unfortunate deserter, and that immediately and without any examination, contrary to the laws of war, of nations, and of common humanityis enough to stain that once prosperous country with an everlasting disgrace, and undoubtedly will draw down the vengeance of Heaven on the heads of the perpetrators of that most horrible deeda deed which, I am sure, will fill the hearts of every Irishman and British subject with a thrill of horror when calling to mind that cruel treatment to one of their fellow-creatures. To shoot a man under such circumstances is an honourable death ; but to butcher him in such a barbarous manner as above recited, is a deed beyond all cruelty, and is nothing less than one of the blackest of deeds recorded in the history of any uncivilised country.Correspondent.
[WE give the above as coming from a correspondent whose good faith we have never had reason to question ; but we think the information must be incorrect. We have not made ourselves partizans of the Federal cause, nor are we quite satisfied with the treatment our poor countrymen have received when tempted into the ranks of that army, but such a statement as that made above appears to be simply incredible.ED. C. E.
| The Members of the Sick Poor Society, (South Parish,) beg to acknowledge the receipt of Two Pounds, Four Tons of Coals, and Fifty Pairs [sic] of Bread, from the Right Worshipful John Francis Maguire, M.P., Mayor.|
| CORK, BLACKROCK, AND PASSAGE RAILWAY.Comparison of Traffic for week ending Saturday, 19th December, 1863. Revenue from Passengers, &c., £129 4s. 9d Corresponding period last year, £152 7s 1d.
ADMIRAL FITZROY'S SIGNAL
|YESTERDAY, at two o'clock, we received by telegraph Admiral FITZROY'S signal of a southerly gale. The gallant meteorologist might as well have sent it by post, as the gale had commenced the day before and concluded fully twelve hours before the receipt of his warning.|
| DEATH OF AN OLD COURSING CELEBRITY.I regret to announce the death of Pat Sheridan, the well known slipper at most of the coursing meetings in the neighbourhood of Dublin, who was lately accidentally drowned in the canal, near Leixlip. In the olden timewhen the well-known names of Coote, Bruen, Keatinge, Kelly, and Pearson were familiar in the coursing world ; and also more recently, when Charley Veitch, Bill Ferguson, Father Tom, Joe White, E. Brennan, E. Plunket, Whitestone, John Gossen, Kildahl, Tom Hogg, et hoc genus omne, were as household wordspoor Pat was in his zenith, and slipper general to those Dublin worthies, long before the present mania or its devotees were thought of. And here, alas, what a lesson is conveyed in the fact that only two contemporaries of the writer remain to talk over the pleasurable reunions round the leg of mutton and trimmings at the sporting Leixlip shoemaker's. Of athletic build, though long past the years usually allotted man, Pat was an indomitable walker, generally outpacing his patrons ; but a little extra exertion was well repaid, for his was a sure find, seeing he was conversant with each coursing locale, and almost every form throughout Kildare, Meath, and Dublin. His sight, too, was most extraordinaryoft times, indeed, have the sportsmen heard his glad soho when a microscope would be requisite to discern the gently raised and falling ear, till puss's eye, full beaming under Pat's mesmeric influence, became perceptible to all. He was an admirable trainer, but shone more conspicuously as a slipperno man delivering his dogs with more judgement or in better stylewhilst, as a walking calendar, many lovers of the leash are indebted to his suggestions of sire and dam to attain at least a mediocre position amongst the ardent lovers of coursing. Saunders.|
| Now that the hour of official etiquette is removed, the list of subscriptions to relieve Colonel Crawley of the expenses caused by his recent trial is announced. The list is headed with the name of General Right Hon. Sir George Brown, Commander of the Forces in Ireland, who has subscribed £50 ; and among the subscribers are General Lord Hotham for £100 ; General Sir George Bowles, £100 ; General Sir John Atkinson and family, £50 ; Colonel Sowerby, of the Coldstreams, £100 ; Colonel Hammond, £50 ; Colonel Bellingham Smith and family, £21 ; Lieutenant General Cater, of the Royal Artillery, £25. There are several anonymous subscriptions for large amounts, but the names of the subscribers were given at their clubs. The army agents, Cox and Co., of Craig's Court, have consented to receive subscriptions.Irish Times.|
| THE DEPARTURE OF THE AJAX.We stated some days ago that this blockship would shortly leave Kingstown. The Royal George, an old 123, which is to replace her, is expected in the roads before she leaves, when officers and crew will be immediately transferred, Captain de Courcy taking up command of the Royal George. The expected guardship will carry the same complement of men as a 74, whereas the Ajax had but the crew of a frigate. In addition to the captain the Royal George will have a commander, and the same number of officers as a 74-line-of-battle-ship, and will carry 20 Armstrong guns.Freeman.|
A GROSS OUTRAGE.
| TIPPERARY, TUESDAY NIGHT.On last night two men with their faces blackened entered the house of James M'Carthy, residing at Portlaw, in the county of Limerick, who was at supper with his wife and sister-in-law, one of them rushed M'Carthy and struck him in the head with a loaded whip, knocking him under the table, and inflicting a severe wound, and while on the ground he was struck two other blows on the head. His wife also was struck when trying to save her husband. They then went away. On the place being searched in a short time after, by the police, the head of the loaded whip was found in the kitchen. Your readers may recollect that this M'Carthy was the man who prosecuted young Hayes, son of the alleged murderer of Mr. Braddell, at the Newpallas petty sessions, on the 3rd of June last for intimidation ; and though Hayes was defended by two able solicitors, Mr. Bell, R.M., the presiding magistrate, put him under heavy bail, himself in £200 and two sureties in £100 each, and, in default of payment, twelve months' imprisonment. The latter punishment he is now undergoing in the county jail. This, and no other reason, can be assigned for this outrage on M'Carthy, who is confined to his bed, under the treatment of Dr. Dowling, of Tipperary, who considers his life in danger. Freeman.
CONNA PETTY SESSIONS
|AT Conna Petty Sessions, on Tuesday 29th inst., before Messrs. Henry Braddell, and Sands Bellis, John Magrath was brought up by Sub-constable Hughes, charged with larceny of several articles of wearing apparel, belonging to parties residing in the neighbourhood of Castle Lyons, on the 17th inst. It appeared from the evidence that the accused was observed proceeding in the direction of Ballyroberts by a sister of one of the herdsmen of that place. Her attention having been attracted by some shirts which he seemed to be possessed of in a suspicious manner, she gave intimation of it to her brother, who immediately pursued the supposed plunderer, and, after a somewhat lengthened chase, succeeded in capturing him. He was subsequently given in charge to the Ahern police, and when searched had in his possession six shirts, some on his person and the others tied up in a bundle. These were produced in court, and identified by their respective ownerswith the exception of two, which the prisoner begged hard to have returned, asserting that they were his own property. As, however, they were both in a very wet state when found with him, the Bench declined to comply with the request, informing him that he should be supplied with all the necessaries at the County Gaol, to which he was sentenced for a period of two months with hard labour.
The Bench highly commended the conduct of the herdsman, Kiely, through whose active exertions the capture was effected, and awarded him ten shillings as compensation for his trouble in making the arrest, and in coming forward to give evidence. The prisoner represented himself as a native of the County Tipperary, but he could give no satisfactory account as to the particular locality.
| A screw steamer named the Greyhound, of 500 tons, launched about six weeks ago for a townsman, was out on a trial a few days ago, and having attained an excellent rate of speed, a note of which appeared in the papers, persons from Liverpool and Manchester were bargaining for her for three days afterwards, and a few days later she sailed for Liverpool, having been sold at a high figure. She is to load at Liverpool for the West Indies. During last week, besides the Greyhound, two paddle-wheel steamers have left the Clyde for Nassau direct. The new steamer Florie, of 215 tons, which put back from stress of weather, with her paddle box damaged, sailed on Friday ; and the Caledonian, 215 tons, which has had new boilers and floats, sailed on Thursday. The former is commanded by Captain Berwick, and has a crew of 20 men. Several other new and old steamers are fitting out on the Clyde, and will follow soon.Scotsman.|
GREAT STORM ON THE DUTCH COAST.
REPORTED LOSS OF HER MAJESTY'S GUN BOAT LIVELY. SEVERAL VESSELS LOST WITH ALL HANDS.
| The Dutch mail, which arrived yesterday, brought intelligence of a fearful gale from the north-west, with hail and snow at intervals, having been raging along the whole extent of the Dutch, Danish, and adjacent range of coast, occasioning much havoc amongst the shipping. The weather had been very tempestuous the last week or so, but on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the wind gradually increased in violence, until it blew with the force of a hurricane. Foremost among the disasters is the reported loss of her Majesty's gun boat Lively, Lieut. Welch, which had been dispatched in search of the missing trawling smacks from the Humber. It is stated that the Lively had been driven ashore at Texel, and that Mr. Herne, the engineer, was drowned ; the rest of the crew being saved. On the receipt of the news the Lords of the Admiralty directed her Majesty's steamer Medusa, lying at Sheerness, to proceed to the mouth of the Texel, with the hope of getting the gun-boat off. No satisfactory tidings had been gleaned of the seven or eight missing trawling smacks, except that the sterns of two small boats, bearing the names of the two vessels, Richard and Harry, of Hull, and Kingston, of Hull, have been washed ashore near Texel, justifying the worst fears as to their fate.
Two steamers are reported to have been blown ashore. One was the Auguste Louise, screw steam ship, which was on a voyage from Hamburg to Rotterdam. Like the Wilhelmsborg emigrant ship, she was cast upon the Terschelling, some three or four miles out from the island. A large Swedish ship, called the Sumatra, Captain Brundin, which was on a voyage from London to Gothenburg, was lost near Vlieland, and, with the exception of two or three, the whole of her crew perished. The John Margrieta, bound to Zwolle, from the Tyne, stranded and then sank off Harlingen, and of those on board only the pilot and a boy are stated to have been saved. A long list of vessels wrecked has been posted, and in several instances the crews are reported to be missing.
| VOYAGE OF A SAILOR'S CHEST.A sailor's chest was recently lost in Ramsey Bay, and has actually been cast up not far from its owner's door in Whitehaven. It seems that a sailor, named Thomas O'Neill, of Whitehaven, sailed in the schooner Sisters of Fleetwood. On the 3rd instant the Sisters lay windbound in Ramsey Bay, Isle of Man, when she was run into by a large Glasgow schooner, bound to Liverpool, and immediately afterwards sank. The crew got on board the Glasgow vessel, saving their lives, but nothing else, and were conveyed to Liverpool. O'Neill afterwards made his way home to Whitehaven, where he arrived on the 11th instant, and, strange to say, his chest, which had gone down with the Sisters, arrived the day after. It is said he was on the North Wall at the time, and saw it floating past the pier-head. It was picked up by a man at Redness Point, and taken to the Custom House, and subsequently restored to its owner.|