|THE RECENT BURNING OF FARM
HOUSES NEAR MALLOW — HEAVY
CLAIMS FOR INJURY
|The six farmers and two labourers whose dwelling houses and effects were
burnt down at Carrigcleena, &c., on Wednesday night, made application for
the losses sustained on the occasion. I am informed that they will amount to
£800. It appears that there must have been several persons engaged in the acts,
for the fires were simultaneous. A farmer and his son living in the immediate
locality were, at twilight on the night in question, trying to catch a horse in
a field, as they wanted to go some distance, and they say they saw small blazes
in Healy's, Sweeney's, and two other houses at the same time. The men whose
houses were burnt had paid their rents. The houses of other farmers whose houses
were near the burnt ones, and who had not paid their rent were not interfered
with at all. Six of the parties whose houses were burnt are living by the side
of a ditch, two others are living in their horses' stables. I am informed that a
collection has been set on foot for the purpose of roofing the eight houses.
The lands of Lyredane are the property of Mr Hutchins, who, it will be
remembered, had such a narrow escape from being shot some months ago when the
man who was driving him to Bantry was shot dead. Mr Hutchins not getting his
rents from some of his tenants on Lyredane placed the collection in the hands of
his solicitor, The writs for recovery of the rents were entrusted to a process
server named Foley, from Cork. On Saturday morning he left Cork by the 8 o'clock
train for Rathduff. Besides the writs for Mr Hutchins' tenants he had several
civil bills for other parties in the neighbourhood of Rathduff. It appears from
all that can be learned from the people living there that Foley had served on of
Mr Hutchins' tenants with the writ and was on his way to the house of another
when he was violently followed by a large body of men who violently assaulted
him and took the different writs and civil bills from him and destroyed them.
Horns were sounded to call the country people to the scene. The chapel bell was
rung, and people came from all directions towards the place where the bailiff
was. After beating the bailiff he was stripped of his clothes and thrown into
the river. When taken out of this he had to bear the affronts and jeers of all
who surrounded him, and was then delivered by the men up to some women who are
said to have castigated him with furze. It ius reported that Foley was a native
of that part of the country, and that some of the men who knew him begged of the
people not to beat him. A telegram came to the authorities at Mallow asking for
the assistance of the constabulary to rescue the bailiff. It was reported that
he was also covered with tar, and then in a nude state, after all the
indignities and violence to which he was subjected, allowed to make the best of
his way home. Twelve of the constabulary under Sub-Inspector Creagh proceeded at
once to the scene of the outrage. They found a great number of people present,
but though they made every inquiry as to the whereabouts of the bailiff, and
searched the country, they could not find any trace of him, and they returned to
Mallow on Saturday night about half past ten o'clock.
|A VESSELL ASHORE
|A Lloyd's telegram from St. John's stated that the John Murray British ship
from Liverpool was ashore and cannot be saved.
|FATAL CASES OF POISONING.
DEATH OF TWO CHILDREN.
|An event of a most lamentable nature occurred at Macroom within the last few
days, the victims of the catastrophe being two small children, of ages
respectively four and six years. It appears that on last Thursday evening four
children, two of whom were the offspring of Mr Murphy, bootmaker, Macroom, and
one of them a child of a Mrs Sexton, also of Macroom, whilst at play along the
banks of the River Selane, had the misfortune to eat some of the hemlock which
grew on the verge of the stream, probably mistaking it for some eatable
vegetable, and it appears each one of them partook of the poisonous seed. The
effects of their innocent act proved fatal in the cases of two of the children,
a son and daughter of Mr Murphy, the poor things expiring a few hours after they
ate the deadly weed. The other two, who also ate portion of it, grew violently
indisposed, their lives being despaired of, till within the last couple of days,
when an improvement in their condition was discernable, and they are likely to
|SERIOUS ATTACK ON A PROCESS SERVER.
Mallow, Saturday Noon.
On this morning a process server, named Wm. Foley, of Cork, arrived at
Rathduff Station by the 8 o'clock train, for the purpose of serving processes on
the property of Mr. Emanual N. Hutchins. He having put in an appearance on the
platform at Rathduff, several horns were sounded, when the chapel bell commenced
to toll, causing a large number of both men and women to assemble at once on the
Lyredane lands, the scene of the action. They immediately took from him all the
processes in his possession, divested him of his clothes, dragged him along the
road and threw him into the river Martin. When last seen he was in the custody
of about 100 women taking him in a contrary direction from his home. When
deprived of his wearing apparel they beat him with a furze.
|ATTEMPTED MURDER IN THE COUNTY
|Dublin, Sunday Night.
|This morning at half-past ten o'clock an agrairan crime of a serious nature
was committed in the county Galway. A respectable man, named Peter Dempsey, who
lived in a farm belonging to Lord Dunsandle, was the victim. The farm is situate
four miles from Athenry. He had been employed for many years by Mr Pierce, of
the distillery, Galway, and subsequently as a gardner at Moyode Castle by Mr
Pierce. Some months ago he took a farm that had previously been occupied by the
celebrated Morthy Hynes. This morning Dempsey went to Mass to a chapel about two
miles from his residence, at Kill, near Moyode Castle. He was in sight of the
chapel when he was met by a man who fired two shots at him with a gun,
inflicting wounds from which the unfortunate man is not expected to recover.
|THREATENING NOTICES AT LOUGHREA
|On Saturday notices were posted in Loughrea threatening all farmers with
death who did not refuse to buy cattle belonging to a landlord named Flaherty.
Documents were also distributed with threats of a similar character against all
who bought from a wool dealer at Ballinasloe, named May.