The Cork Examiner, 1 July 1878
THE rule, no Irish need apply, has not been laid down with regard to the British navy, but a rule for the discouragement of Irish and Catholic boys from entering it does appear to have been adopted. We have already remarked upon the fact that a barrier was set against their entrance, but we are not aware that before this it was definitely proclaimed as part of the policy of the British naval authorities. The other night Major O'GORMAN asked a question as to whether it was the intention of her Majesty's Government to establish in Ireland ships for training Irish lads for the navy, and whether the guardship at Queenstown might not be advantageously used for that purpose. The reply of Mr. EGERTON was as follows :—“The present supply of boys for the navy is greater than the demand. The supply of boys came from the sons of men serving in the Coastguard, in ships on the coast, from the Constabulary, from the pensioners, and other classes. It is not considered necessary at present to establish training ships in Ireland.” By this it will be seen that the rules are framed with the view, if not of absolutely barring the way to Irish and Catholic boys, of rendering those who enter as few as possible. The admitted are to be drawn from a class in which the smallest number of these will be found. It is not a wise or a generous policy, but it is one with which in this country we have been long familiar.

FEAST OF SS. PETER AND PAUL.—Saturday being the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul, was observed as a holiday, and the usual Masses were celebrated in all the Roman Catholic churches in the city, at which large congregations attended.

MR. WALTER F. STARKIS, Queenstown, B.A., and Senior Moderator, obtained for distinguished answering in history, the Gold Medal of the College Historical Society, at the examinations held in Trinity College, Dublin, on the 14th and 15th inst.

INQUEST.—Mr. Bryan Gallwey, coroner, held an inquest on Saturday on the body of Mrs. Johanna Murphy. The witnesses deposed that deceased was about fifty years of age, that she had been our on Friday attending to her business as usual, and that on her return home that evening she dropped off a chair and died instantly. Verdict—death caused by disease of the heart.

LISMORE FLOWER SHOW.—The summer exhibition of flowers, &c., under the auspices of the Lismore Horticultural Society, will be held on to-morrow, in the Ballyquin Gardens, Lismore. The locality is peculiarly remarkable for the beauty and richness of its flowers, and the great care bestowed on their culture. The exhibition, consequently, is always very attractive, and when the charms of music are added (provided on this occasion by the excellent band of the 3rd Dragoon Guards), it cannot fail, with the probability of fine weather, to be completely successful.

EXCURSIONS.—Yesterday being beautifully fine, a large number of excursionists availed themselves of the facilities afforded by the citizens' River Steamers Company of having a trip up the Carrigaline River. The City of Cork was the steamer which made the run, and the large party of excursionists returned in the evening well pleased with their trip. The Citizen steamer also brought a large excursion party to Crosshaven, and the Cork, Blackrock, and Passage Railway Company's trains and steamers were largely availed of by the excursion-loving portion of our citizens.

THE WEATHER.—On Saturday evening the lower part of the town of Mallow was for a considerable time flooded, caused by an extremely heavy fall of rain, which forced its way into some of the houses in the vicinity. On Saturday evening a portion of the Killarney Railway at Gortmore, near Mallow, was for several hours blocked up and all traffic impeded, owing to a breach made on the line by the recent rains. The passenger train which was due to arrive at the Mallow Junction from Tralee at a quarter to eight o'clock on Saturday evening did not arrive until 12 o'clock this (Sunday) morning. I regret to state that some potato gardens in the neighbourhood of Mallow have been visited with that much dreaded malady, the blight, which may be attributed to the late heavy fall of rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning. Much fear is entertained of the failure of the potato crop, the principal support of the labouring class.—Mallow Correspondent.
ON Wednesday last, Midleton Lodge, the residence of Mr. T. S. Coppinger, J.P., presented a very interesting scene, when a deputation of the pupils attending the Christian Schools of that town arrived to present their juvenile greetings and those of their fellow-pupils to its present worthy and respected occupant and his amiable young wife on their return from their Continental honeymoon. The occasion of Mr. Coppinger's recent marriage suggested the much- coveted opportunity of expressing to their benefactor the sentinents of esteem and gratitude entertained towards him by the young people, their parents, and all classes in Midleton. The compliment took the form of an exquisitely illuminated address, which we have already described, and which reflected the highest credit on the Midleton schools, of which its respected recipient is one of the chief patrons. The deputation of boys were sumptuously entertained, after which they returned to tell their companions of the interesting proceedings. It may be mentioned that the address was illuminated by Master J. Coffey, and read by Master Richard Ronayne.

PIGEON SHOOTING MATCHES.—The above took place on Saturday at Pigeon Hill. As far as the weather was concerned, the day could not have been more favourable for sports of any kind. The contestants in the various matches were—Capt. R. Terry, 87th Regt. ; Mr. Wm. Johnson, Vosterburg ; Mr. Thomas Justice, and Mr. Martin, Ballyedmond. The first match was for a gold medal and a sweep of half-sovereign each, the winner to be whoever scored highest out of five shots each. The result of the firing was—Terry, 3 ; Johnson, 4 ; Martin, 3 ; Justice, 4. There was then a tie between Justice and Johnson, the result being in favour of Justice, who received the medal, &c. The second match was for a half-sovereign sweep. Three birds each. The result was—Terry, 3, Johnson, 2 ; Martin, 1 ; Justice, 3. There was then a tie between Terry and Justice, which resulted in favour of the former. The next match was one for a stake of £3, the competitors being Terry, Johnson, and Justice. The match resulted in a victory for Terry. In a match between Terry and Johnson, for a £2 stake, Johnson won. A match for £1 between Johnson and Terry resulted in favour of the latter gentleman. The sport was then concluded. It may be remarked that the birds used in the above matches were very hard to rise, and some time was lost in consequence.

A SAD OCCURRENCE.—On Friday evening Corporal Emanuel Tattersall, of the 22nd Regiment, was drowned in the river Aubeg, convenient to Buttevant military barracks. The deceased, in company with Sergeant Walsh and Corporal Leakes, went for a swim. He was not in the water long, when Sergeant Walsh, who was on the bank of the river, heard Tattersall shout, he asked him “what was amiss,” and receiving no reply, he immediately divested himself of his clothes, and while so doing, he saw the deceased sink. He went to his rescue, but when he sunk he never rose from the bed of the river. The river was dragged on Friday, and the body was not found until about eleven o'clock on Saturday morning. It is thought the unfortunate man must have got a cramp in the river, as he was well able to swim. The part of the river where the men were swimming is most dangerous, the bed of the river being full of large weeds.—Mallow Correspondent.

WEEKLY SALE OF DAIRY AND STORE CATTLE.—Messrs. W. Marsh and Son held their weekly sale of dairy and store cattle at their repository on Saturday. The supply of stock on sale was too limited, many buyers in attendance being looking for two year olds. Yearlings fetched £5 10s a head, two year olds £11, and dairy cows from £11 to £17 15s. A considerable number of lambs were disposed of at from 24s to 29s, and hoggets at 48s each.

CHARGE OF STABBING.—On Saturday night last Constable Doyle lodged in Bridewell two women named Ellen Brien and Kate Brode, on a charge of having stabbed another woman, in Evergreen Street. They will be brought up at the Police Court to-day.
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