(Before Messrs. [sic] A. M'OSTRICH.)
|CATHERINE CUNNINGHAM was sent to gaol for one month with hard labour for having committed a grievous assault upon Robert Burleigh, by striking him with a hammer on the temple.|
| Two men, named John Collins and John Murphy were put forward by Head-constable Shea, who said that they had come to the bridewell on Thursday night saying that they had applied to the Workhouse for admission as they were starving and weary, having walked from Conna, and they were refused admission. Head-constable Shea said that he had given them a night's lodging and their supper and breakfast. Mr. M'Ostrich thought it was very hard that these poor men should have been treated in this way at the Workhouse. As there was no charge against them they were discharged.|
|ROGUES AND VAGABONDS.|
| Head-constable Shea put forward two ill-looking characters, named Cornelius Connell and Daniel Neill, on a charge of being rogues and vagabonds, and having no visible means of sustenence. Head-constable Shea said that he arrested the prisoners on Thursday night, where they were prowling about looking for some drunken man to rob, or to extort money from unfortunate womentheir usual line of business. Connell had been up nearly 200 times for every offence on the calendar except murder, and was a most dangerous man in the streets at night. Neill was not quite as bad, but had been up before on a charge of this kind and cautioned.
Constable Curran said that he had seen Connell at all hours of the night roaming about the streets, and had frequently cautioned him, but without success.
The Bench ordered each of them to find bail in £5 for their good behaviour, or Connell to go to gaol for two months and Neill for one month.
| Private Warner, of the 18th Regiment, was charged with having gone into Mr. Healy's tobacco shop in King street, and run away with an ounce of tobacco, refusing to pay for it. Mr. Healy followed him and gave him in charge to Head-constable Cantilion. The prisoner pleaded guilty. An officer of the regiment said that he had been eight months in the army and had been imprisoned six times. He was a very hopeless character, and they would be very glad to get rid of him. There was another charge hanging over him of having stolen some money from the person in whose employment he had [been] before he joined the regiment. The prisoner was sent to gaol for fourteen days.|
| A little boy named Walsh, was put forward charged with stealing fruit out of Mr. Fitzgibbon's garden, Sydney House. The gardener, John Hart, said he had caught the delinquent in the act with his pockets full of apples.
Head-constable Shea said that as young as the prisoner was, he was the head of a gang of thieves. There never was a fitter subject for an industrial school. His step-mother, Catherine Walsh, said she had reared him, and could not get any good out of him. He was only eleven years old.
The prisoner was sent to gaol for a fortnight, and after that to be sent to a reformatory for five years.
|ATTENDANCE OF MAGISTRATES.|
| Mr. F. Mullen said he had seen something in the papers about the attendance of magistrates at the Police Court, and he thought that if the magistrates for the week were unable to attend they should endeavour to get substitutes. He and Mr. M'Ostrich were both attending this week voluntarily, as it was not their week of duty at all, and he thought it unfair that a general charge should be made against all the magistrates.
Mr. M'Ostrich thought they had very little to complain of in this court of the attendance of magistrates. Of the three whose duty it was to act this week, two of them were unavoidably unable to attend, and he supposed the third had some good reason for not coming also.
Mr. A. Blake said that Mr. M'Ostrich was always most regular in his attendance, and Mr. Mullen appeared to be the [hack?] magistrate of the city, as he was always sent for and was always forthcoming. A client of his (Mr. Blake's) had been attending the court for five days' back, for the purpose of having a summons under the Master and Servant Act disposed of, and this had put him to very great loss. He (Mr. Blake) thought that if a magistrates [sic] was unable to attend during his week of office he should send some word to Mr. Humphreys, who could arrange to get a substitute.
Mr. Mullen said there were about twelve magistrates out of the 48 in the city who never attended, and he did not know why they were kept on the list at all.
The matter was then dropped, and the court adjourned.
|ADDRESS AND TESTIMONIAL.As will be seen by our advertising columns of to-day, Mr. John C. Palmer, late manager Messrs. Cash & Company, Limited, Cork, was presented by the staff of the above with an address and testimonial. The address was presented at his residence, Clapham, London. The following gentlemen attended as a deputationMr. D. Sheehan, Mr. T. Hennessy, and Mr. O'Brien.||
|ARREST AT QUEENSTOWN.Detective Constable Humphreys arrested, on board the Inman steamer City of Richmond, on her arrival in the harbour yesterday from Liverpool, a Jew named Ambrose Rubens, on a descriptive telegram which was received by the police authorities at Leeds, from which place he was abscondingthe nature of his offence is not known. The arrest was made on a warrant issued at Leeds for his apprehension, which place he had only left on Thursday morning.|
THE POLITICAL PRISONERS.
(SPECIAL TELEGRAM FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.)
|London, Friday Night. |
| A meeting of the Irish Political Prisoners Committee was held last night, at which it was stated that the Government determined on the release, towards the end of the present year, of Mr. [Thomas] Ahearn, one of the Fenian prisoners at present undergoing sentence of penal servitude at Dartmoor. The committee possess information respecting the intention of the Government to release the remaining prisoners at the end of the present year or early next year, an arrangement first made known to the public by the Cork Examiner.|
|QUEENSTOWN PETTY SESSIONS.At those sessions, held yesterday, before Messrs. W. E. Gumbleton (chairman), J. N. Beamish, W. D. Seymour, and W. R. Starkie, R.M. Messrs. Terry & Company were prosecuted at the instance of the Queenstown Town Commissioners, for having placed a quantity of timber on the pathway near the approach to the Admiralty Pier, for the purpose of disposing of same by auction on that day (Thursday), at one o'clock. Mr. Michael Terry represented the firm. Constable Haren proved the obstruction. The defendants were fined 5s. and costs.
A labourer named Michael Shea appeared in the dock with his face and nose all cuts and bruises, inflicted on him in various fights during the Queenstown regatta of Thursday. He was charged with fighting and eating the lower lip off a man named Michael Ahern, about six o'clock on the hill on Thursday evening. The wound, described by Dr. E. T. Bricknell, is about one inch long and one inch wide, which he had to stitch and draw together with sticking plaster. The portion of the lip was produced in court by a young man named Forrest, and, no doubt, he would have been choked only for his timely interference. The following information in the case was sworn by Mr. Martin Forrest, of Queenstown, victualler On the 15th inst., at Queenstown, Michael Ahern passed along by Clifton Place, and Michael Shea challenged Michael Ahern to fight and sparred opposite him. Jeremiah Murphy, who was present, told Shea to strike Ahern. Shea then struck Ahern on the side of the head with his fist, and after which Shea clung in Ahern and knocked him down, and lay on him, pulled his hair and squeezed his throat. While Shea was lying on Ahern he (Shea) repeatedly bit Ahern's lip. To prevent Shea from chewing the lip off Ahern, he caught Shea round the throat, when he let Ahern go and got up, Shea spat a portion of Ahern's lip out of his mouth, I picked the part of the lip up, and have it in court, now. Both Shea and Ahern had drink taken. In my presence Ahern did or said nothing to provoke Shea. A man-of-war sailor named Edward Driscoll corroborated the evidence of Forrest. Their worships, after stigmatizing in strong terms, the brutality of the cannibal, remanded him until Ahern, who is in a very precarious state, recovers. Later in the day Mr. Starkie, R.M., visited the house of Ahern, and took his deposition.Adjourned.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CORK EXAMINER
|The Boys Home, Marble Hill |
Cork, 15th August, 1878
| SIR,As one of the managers of the Boys' Home, I cannot allow your statements respecting Charles O'Brien to go before the public uncontradicted.
1stYou state that he was a Roman Catholic when admitted to our school.
Now, facts and certificates prove that he was baptised a Protestant, brought up as a Protestant all his life, sent to St. Finn Barre's Church School, and was a member of the Cathedral Choir before being admitted to our school. 2ndYou represent that the mother was always a Roman Catholic.
Now what is the truth? She was a Protestant all her life, and was married to Holland, who was a Roman Catholic at St. Finn Barre's Cathedral, some four years ago, as the parish register shows.
I regret as much as you do any rivalry between Protestant and Roman Catholic, and rejoice in the good done by each, but so far from the managers of this school having provoked such a spirit, they only did their duty in receiving a child, all his life a Protestant, from a mother all her life to that time of the same creed. In case you wish to see the certificates alluded to above, I will be very happy to send copies. Is it not a pity that you do not make yourself cognizant of the true state of the case, before writing an article which is calculated to mislead your readers?I am sir,
Your obedient servant,
|EDWIN HALL, Acting Manager. |