|THE UNRELEASED PRISONERS.|
| The following is a list of the prisoners at present undergoing sentences for offences arising out of political matters, and in favour of whose liberation a resolution was unanimously adopted at the National Conference yesterday:
Captain Edward O'Meara Conden ; death, commuted to penal servitude for life ; Portland Convict Prison.
Patrick Meledy ; death, commuted to penal servitude for life ; Portland Convict Prison.
Thomas Ahern ; penal servitude for life ; Dartmoor Convict Prison.
James Clancy ; penal servitude for life ; Portsmouth Convict Prison.
Edward Kelly ; penal servitude for life ; Spike Island Convict Prison.
Robert Kelly ; penal servitude for 15 years ; Spike Island Convict Prison.
John Dillon ; penal servitude for 20 years ; Spike Island Convict Prison.
Edward O'Connor ; penal servitude for life ; Spike Island Convict Prison.
At a large meeting of Irishmen, held in Liverpool last night, a resolution was passed, expressing deep sympathy with Sergeant M'Carthy's family in their bereavement, and their belief that his sudden death was due to the brutal treatment he received from Government ; and a further resolution protested against the detention of the remaining prisoners as certain to lead to the same fatal result.
MACROOM QUARTER SESSIONS.
|His Honour, R. Ferguson, Q.C., opened the Quarter Sessions for the division of Macroom yesterday.
The following gentlemen were sworn on the Grand JuryMessrs. Charles Raycroft (foreman), John Manning, Jeremiah Hartnett, M. Twomey, Cornelius Carroll, M. Drummy, Edward Goold, Wm. Kelleher, Jeremiah Murphy, Cornelius Sullivan, Wm. Twohig, D. Buckley, D. Creed, Patk. Drummy, W. J. Kelleher, John Leader, Cornelius Mahony, Daniel Quinn, John M'Sweeny, Matthew Twomey, D. Duggan, Daniel Kelleher and John Lucy.
His Honour, in addressing them, said that it was a source of great pleasure to him to be able to say that on several occasions, for the last two or three years, they had the lightest possible criminal business to go before them. He might say there was not a single case to go before them on the present occasion, inasmuch as the prisoner did not appear in the one case, so that they might nearly get through the same happy formula of a maiden sessions. Ireland was at present, and had been for sometime, specially peaceful and orderly, but few, if any county, in the British dominions, occupied so high a place, as Macroom, in this respect. Although he should excuse the Sheriff on the present occasion, and though not asking for a pair of white
gloves¹, the same state of affairs existed. He hoped they would commence the new year well, and he hoped that at the end of it he would be able to say what he had said that day. The bill would be now sent up to them and they would then be released from their duties.
The applications for spirit licenses were then considered. . . . .
|THE Committee of St. Brigid's Library, Kilworth, thankfully acknowledge the receipt of the following annual Subscriptions, in aid of the Funds of the Institution:|
|Jonathan Hopkinson, Esq., per J. B.
Kennedy, Esq., Dublin
|Leonard Morrogh, Esq., Dublin
|THE Lady President and Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Fermoy, are sincerely grateful to the following Subscribers, and acknowledge with gratitude their kind contributions.|
|Mrs. P. Punch, Cork
|Mr. John Punch, Fermoy
|Mr. Thomas Rice, S.C.P.
|Most Rev. Dr. M'Carthy
|Rev. Wm. Rice, Adm.
|Rev. T. Ferris
|Rev. P. J. O'Callaghan
|Mrs. Dr. Roche
|Mrs. P. Dunlea
|Mrs. M. Dunlea
| Mrs. Dr. ROCHE, Lady President.|
Miss FORDE, Secretary
The Members Subscribe at the Conferences during the year.
Fermoy, January 16th.
|THE REV. MR. M. A. AHERN, Spiritual Director, with sincere gratitude, acknowledges to have received from Mr. P. PUNCH, Cork, through Mr. JOHN PUNCH, Fermoy, the Sum of £20, to be apportioned to both branches of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Fermoy.
The Presbytery, Jan. 16th.
|DOUGLAS PETTY SESSIONS.At these sessions yesterday, Major Heard, Messrs. H. R. Conron, W. C. Connell and P. Ducrow were the presiding magistrates. Three young lads named O'Keeffe, Herlihy, and M'Auliffe, who had lately been inmates of the Cork Workhouse, were brought up on remand, charged with a grievous assault on James Moloney, another pauper. They had been remanded while Moloney was in hospital. He now attended, and having been sworn, deposed that on the 28th of December he was in a day room of the workhouse when the three prisoners came up to him, struck him repeatedly, knocked him down and then jumped upon him, stating that their reason for doing so was that he had saved a man named Barry from being beaten by some other paupers the previous day. Mr. Conron said that in dealing with the case in its preliminary stage he had been very particular, because Mr. Macleod and he thought Moloney was shamming a good deal. They called on Dr. Wall, and he stated that Moloney was never in danger ; and he did not believe he had been jumped upon, else he would have some marks of it. Constable Duffy said that the House Doctor informed him that Moloney was suffering from inflammation of the lungs, and the first night he saw him in hospital the doctor would not guarantee that he would live till morning. Mr. Conron understood that Moloney was one of the worst characters in the workhouse, and he had great difficulty in believing what he had sworn. Major Heard remarked that that was no reason why the man should be assaulted.The prisoners were committed for trial.|
|QUEENSTOWN PETTY SESSIONSYESTERDAY.At these Sessions, held yesterday before W. E. Gumbleton (chairman), J. N. Beamish, W. D. Seymour, and W. K. Starkie, R.M., Michael Crowley prosecuted two brothers named John and Richard Bailey for an assault committed on him by them. The Bench sentenced John for the offence to one month's imprisonment, and Richard was fined £1 or fourteen days. Head-constable Maher charged a young lad named Flynn with having been drunk. The Constable stated that he found him lying in the water on one of the Admiralty pier slips. Mr. De Watteville, the Flag Lieutenant to the Admiral happened to be passing, and having top boots on, went into the water and brought him out. Flynn was fined 5s. and costs. Some other cases at the suit of the constabulary against a few persons for drunkenness and disorderly conduct were disposed of with the usual penalties. Two of the crew of the schooner Annie Jane were prosecuted by the master, Captain Davis, for refusal of duty. They were ordered to be sent to gaol, but on application of Captain Davis, an order was made to have them sent on board as he required their services. Adjourned||
|THE COURT OF APPEAL.|
| Her Majesty's Letters Patent have passed the Great Seal of Ireland, appointing the Right Honourable Rickard Deasy, Third Baron of the Court of Exchequer, to be one of the first ordinary Judges of the Court of Appeal in Ireland.|
LORD JUSTICE CHRISTIAN.
| The new Court of Appeal sat in the Nisi Prius Court on Tuesday. Lord Justice Christian declined to take his seat with his colleagues, alleging that he could not hear the arguments in the Nisi Prius Court owing to his deafness and the acoustic arrangements. The Lord Justice has resigned his seat as a Bencher of King's Inns, and will, it is said, soon resign his post of judge.|
ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY.
| Sub-Inspector Royse has been transferred from Tullamore to Bantry.
Sub-Inspector Sheehan has been transferred from Ballynacargy, County Westmeath, to Tullamore.
SENTENCE OF DEATH.
| At Manchester Assizes. yesterday, before Justice Denman, George Perrott, 2?, Tramway Car-driver, was indicted for the wilful murder of Florence Galway, at Salford, on the 5th December. Prisoner had cohabited with deceased. Hearing that he was married, she went home to her mother, at Salford, on the night in question. Prisoner met deceased in the street near her home, with her mother, and deliberately shot her in the head with a pistol. She died on December 31st from the effects of the injuries. He was found guilty and sentenced to death in the usual form.
At the Leeds assizes yesterday, James Donoghue, landlord of the Spinners' Arms, Bradford, was sentenced to death for the murder of Michael Dunn, labourer, on Saturday night, November 3rd.
|CORK LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY, ROYAL CORK INSTITUTION.A lecture will be delivered by Ringrose Atkins, Esq., M.D., Subject: The Physical Constitution of the Sun this evening at eight.|
|A VESSEL ON FIRE AT DUNGARVAN.At about half-past ten o'clock on Monday night the vessel Thomas, after arriving alongside the quay, was observed to be on fire. She was loaded with a cargo. Those who first noticed the flames were the men on board the steamer Erin, who gave the alarm to porters on the quay, and immediately those on board the vessel, who up to this were not conscious of their danger were alarmed and at once proceeded to seek for means to extinguish the flames. Fortunately the fire as yet was only in the surface and had not penetrated into the timber. Buckets were procured and as plenty of water was around them they lost no time in availing themselves of it, and by very active exertion succeeded in a short time in extinguishing the fire. In anticipation of the fire doing greater damage messengers were sent to the soldiers who keep the fire engine, and others to the hardware merchants around the town for buckets. Mr. Flynn sent some buckets, but by the time they arrived the fire was extinguished. The fire engine also was not needed. When they arrived at the place where the vessel that had been burning lay they were told their services were not required. Part of the woodwork of the cabin was burned, but no further damage was done.Correspondent.|
|POLICE OFFICE.YESTERDAY.The Mayor and Mr. Macleod, R.M., presided. The dock cases were mostly charges of drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Miss O'Leary, publican, Patrick's Quay, was summoned by Head-constable Cantillon for having, on the evening of the 7th inst., given a sailor who visited her premises such a quantity of drink as made him drunk. Mr. A. Julian appeared for the defendant. It appeared from the evidence for the prosecution that the sailor was found by police lying drunk on the quay, and when called on to account for his condition stated that he had taken only two pints of porter before he went into the defendant's house, and that he drank seven pints in the house, which made him so drunk that after he had gone a little distance from the house he fell and was unable to rise. He had some money in his possession when he entered the publichouse, but had none when the police found him. For the defence, Miss O'Leary, her servant, and two men who were in the house on the occasion were examined, and the general tendency of their evidence was that the drunken man had exaggerated the quantity of drink he got in the defendant's house, that he was not drunk when he left the premises, and that he was thought to have entered another public-house after he left Miss O'Leary's. The Mayor, in announcing the decision of the Bench, said they would give the defendant the benefit of the doubt, and it was merely a doubt, because, although four witnesses had been examined to contradict the principal witness for the prosecution, the latter could have no earthly object in procuring a conviction against the defendant. Still, they did not like to brand those four witnesses altogether as perjurers in that court. They would strongly advise the defendant to take care for the future not to be brought up again . . .|
MURDER IN THE COUNTY CLARE.
| ACCORDING to a telegram received here last evening, a farmer named Patrick Callaghan, about 70 years of age, was found murdered on the public road near Crusheen police barrack, about one o'clock, yesterday. The crime is supposed to have arisen out of a family dispute. A man named Patrick M'Namara has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the offence.|
| H. M. GUNBOAT ORWELL.A correspondent of the Western Morning News writes from Tivoli, County Cork :The gunboat Orwell is again occupying her old berth opposite Blackrock, River Lee, so I suppose the pressure brought to bear by the River Lee Conservators on the Irish Government, and thence on the Admiralty, has again been successful, and the unfortunate officers and crew are again condemned for two or three months to hunting salmon poachers. From all accounts the naval commander-in-chief, a thorough sportsman, but a sailor first, is naturally annoyed at having to order his men to become game-keepers, more especially when the service could be just as efficiently performed, or perhaps more so, by three or four water bailiffs, were the Conservators liberal enough to employ them. The country seems overrun at present with sailors in miniature, the boys from your training system ; they look well fed, well dressed, and happy, and present a marked contrast to their less favoured brothers. The restrictions (I hear they actually exist) on receiving Irish boys into the Navy constitute, I think, a real grievance, and should be removed. The very contrast mentioned above should be a proof of such necessity.|
| MYSTERIOUS ATTACK ON A FARMER IN CARDIGANSHIRE. At the Swansea Assizes, on Tuesday, Mr. Justice Lush, in disposing of the charge of attempted murder against a man named Stephen Jones, which had occupied the court since Saturday morning, said the case was, in many respects, one of the most mysterious and remarkable that had come before him in the course of his long experience. On the 7th November last, John Griffiths, farmer, of Carricket, Cardiganshire, attended Talsdon Fair, and returned home about seven o'clock. While sitting with his wife and daughter in the kitchen after supper they heard the front door opened and locked on the inside and then a pistol fired in the passage. The women made their escape through the back door, and Griffiths attempted to fasten the kitchen door against the intruder, but failed. Then there came into the kitchen a man naked to the waist, with a pair of white drawers on, and two bandages around his head and chin so arranged as to effectually conceal his features. Without saying a word he assaulted the farmer with a sharp instrument like a billhook, cut him fearfully about the head, and, leaving him for dead, made off, leaving no trace of his identity, and no clue as to his motive. The whole country side was alarmed, and the police apprehended several men, who were at once discharged. At length Stephen Jones, an unmarried farmer, aged 39, and a near neighbour to the injured man, was suspected and put upon his trial. For the prosecution no motive could be proved as against the prisoner, and for the defence the alibi set up was not beyond doubt, while there were several little circumstances connected with the prisoner's movements on the night of the attempted murder which, to say the least, were unusual. The jury were locked up from Saturday evening until Monday, and eventually Stephen Jones was discharged. The assizes concluded last evening.|