The Cork Constitution, 27 September 1886
   The railway tunnel has delivered up its secret, and the mystery of forty-eight hours has vanished. Nervous people may travel by the [London] Underground without being appalled by the new peril. This is in the highest degree satisfactory, when it is recollected how many millions there are who use our subterranean railway, and how many of them are nervous. Mr. Fischer has simply paid in his own person the penalty of an indefensible curiosity, and has conveyed a warning to others with an identical weakness. In the construction of their carriages the Metropolitan Railway Company have imposed a warning upon travellers by placing a bar of iron across the middle of the window space, but it seems that lovers sometimes use the Underground system, and gentlemen in adjoining compartments are seized with an improper zeal in the public interests. The moral is obvious. We all hope that Mr. Fischer may recover, while we are all equally thankful to find that what looked for a few hours like another ghastly addition to the notable crimes of this wicked city is no crime at all.

(Before Messrs. H. T. Daunt, in the chair ; M. C. Cramer, G. R. Cronin, R.M. ; and R. L. Allman.)
   Timothy Leary, farmer, was fined 5s. and costs for having been drunk whilst in charge of a horse and cart.
   Captain Rossiter, 1st Brigade Royal Artillery, prosecuted two youths named Michael Ahern, alias John Leahy, and Charles Kelleher, alias Daniel Coleman, both of whom gave their respective ages at 18 years, whereas they were not over 15 years. Both made false statements before the Mayor of Cork.
   Mr. Cronin said the youthful appearance of the prisoners was sufficient to raise a doubt respecting their age.
   Mr. Daunt—We must try to put a stop to this practice of false statement by sending each of you to gaol for one month and hard labour.
   Mr. James Murphy, applied for a warrant for the arrest of a labourer named Timothy Coughlan, who had neglected to support his two children who were in the workhouse for the last 15 months.
   Mr. Cronin thought it strange that the proceeding now sought for should not have been taken before, and also that the children should have been admitted without their parents.
   Mr. John Murphy, master of the workhouse, said that the mother of the children was dead, and they were admitted as hospital patients and remained since in the house.
   The application was granted.
   The signing of the publicans' license certificates was taken up, the police opposing none.
   Mr. John C. Reardon opposed the signing of his father's certificate on the ground that in the year 1883 the licence and management of the house had been made over on him by his father. The assignment was committed to writing, but since then it appeared that the father had changed his mind and decided on giving over the licence and place to Mr. Phillips, his son-in-law.
   Under the circumstances the magistrates refused to sign the certificate.

   ALLEGED MALICIOUS INJURY.—Charles M'Carthy, farmer, Farranmanagh, parish of Kilcrohane, lodged information on Saturday before the magistrates at Bantry to the effect that on the morning of the 21st inst. he found a colt, his property, maliciously injured on his farm. The colt was one year and eight months old. The fetlocks of one fore and one hind leg were cut close to the hoofs. M'Carthy intends to claim £10 compensation at the next presentment sessions for the barony.

   RETURN OF ENGLISH CANOEISTS.—Mr. Warrington Baden Powell, and Mr. Wall Stewart, of the Royal Canoe Club, London, who made such brilliant fights in several contests recently in their canoes “Nautilus” and “Pearl” for supremacy against their American cousins on the other side of the Atlantic, arrived off Queenstown at an early hour on Saturday morning from New York on board the White Star Liner Celtic, en route for Liverpool, from which port they will take train for London.
   POLICE OFFICE, SATURDAY.—(Before Major Lyons, Alderman J. H. Scott, and Mr. W. R. Starkie, R.M.) Catherine Lynch was put forward by Sergeant Dunny, charged with committing a serious assault on a woman named Margaret Cadogan, by striking her on the head with a poker. The prisoner was sent to gaol for a month. Nicholas Murray, alias John O'Connor, was put forward by Sergeant Reilly, charged with the larceny of a shirt, value 3s. 6d., from Miss Kate Halloran, Kilreendowney. The prisoner was in the complainant's employment, and was identified as having pawned the shirt. He was sent to gaol for one month. On the application of Mr. A. Blake, an ad interim transfer of the license of a house in Great George's-street was granted from John Connolly to John Dunlea. A number of persons were prosecuted by Mr. D. J. Galvin, Executive Sanitary Officer, for permitting nuisances on their premises, and the usual orders were made. Adjourned.

   THE GREAT AMERICAN OARSMAN.—Mr. Jacob Gaudaur, the American sculler, with Mr. St. John, arrived in Queenstown on Sunday morning at an early hour on board the Cunard steamer Etruria en route to New York. On being informed that Hanlan had arrived from America and was on his way to London for the purpose of trying to arrange a match with Beach, Gaudaur felt somewhat perplexed. He was not, however, he said, much surprised at any action of Hanlan's after breaking off their match for the championship of America and 5,000 dollars, a portion of the stake having been actually lodged. Gaudaur inquired particularly, as did also Mr. St. John, whether Hanlan had mentioned anything with regard to such race, and on [learning] that he had not referred to it in any way whatever, felt much put out. Gaudaur said he knew very well Hanlan's present visit to England was only a bluff as he (Hanlan) was perfectly aware that Beach would not row him this year, and there was not the slightest doubt on his mind if a contest did take place between them that Hanlan would be easily beaten.

   “It's an ill wind blows nobody good,” and the Victoria Cross in Rocky Bay has during the past week been affording very lucrative employment to the labourers of the district, some of whom have been earning as much as £1 per day in removing the sacks of flour with which the ill-starred vessel was laden. The cargo is being temporarily stored on the farm of Mr. Fennell, and upon examination it is found that two-thirds of each sack of flour is uninjured. Of the 16,000 sacks with which the Victoria Cross was laden, it is estimated [that] 12,000 have been saved. It is reported that before the Coastguards and police mustered in sufficient force to protect the cargo that considerable quantities were stolen, and that many a householder in the vicinity has sufficient flour for the winter. On Thursday night the police found it necessary to fire several shots in order to prevent further depredations. It is reported on good authority that a number of persons took two horses and carts from one farm some four miles distant from the wreck, and removed upwards of 30 cwt. of the flour, which was divided amongst the families of those who embarked in the enterprise. Some others were more modest but less fortunate. They procured a donkey and cart, and having secured some 9 cwt. of the flour, were homeward bound when they met the police, who relieved them of the booty.

   Mr. F. G. Hodder, B.L., and formerly one of the Sub-Commissioners under the Land Act, has been appointed secretary for the Commission of Inquiry into the working of the Land Act of 1881 and of the Purchase of Land Act of 1885.
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