May 18, 1844
Coleraine, County Derry
Railway Intelligence.--The line from Dublin to Drogheda will be opened for traffic on the 25th of this month, previous to which, we understand, the workmen engaged on the line and their friends will be entertained at a public dinner on a magnificent scale.
Lamentable Accident.--We greatly regret to have to announce a severe accident which happened at the fair of Moy, to that excellent Clergyman, the Rev. Felix Connolly, P.P., of Loughgilly. The Rev. Gentleman was thrown from his horse with considerable violence, and sustained severe injuries. He is at present lying an an almost hopeless state at the residence of the Rev. Mr. Coyne, Parish Priest of Moy, where every attention is paid to him.--Examiner.
County of Tipperary.
On the morning of the 10th of May, between seven and eight o’clock, Mr. Lee, stewart to John Carden, Esq., Barnaho, near this town, was fired at from a plantation, close to which he had to pass. The ball took effect, and lodged in the flesh of the arm, from which it has been extracted by Dr. Forsyth. I am happy to add that hopes are entertained that it will not prove fatal. Mr. Lee is a respectable man, and has been for many years in the employment of Mr. Carden. The only reason I heard assigned for the above outrage is, that he was getting houses levelled, from which defaulting tenants have been evicted. It will be in the recollection of our readers, that Mr. Carden escaped more than once from the hands of assassins on the same lands.--[Packet.]
A petition, signed by many of the respectable inhabitants of Coleraine, Portstewart, and Portrush, has been forwarded by Colonel Cairnes, through Admiral Oliver, to the National Institution, for a Life Boat and Captain Manby’s Apparatus, to be placed on the Portrush station.
We perceive by the Derry Standard, that the Worshipful the Clothworkers’ Company have contributed £100 towards repairing Dunboe Meeting House.
Ballyboggy Road.--The hill at Lisnagalt, commonly known as “Assbels brae,” is now being lowered and is in a very dangerous state for carriages. A notice has been printed and circulated by Mr. M’Naghten, who has requested us also to notice it. Persons riding or driving from Coleraine will require to be cautious in passing it.
We regret to hear that the neighbourhood of this Town has been the scene of two or three Outrages recently. On last Saturday Evening as Dr. M’Auley of Glenarm was returning from market, he was overtaken by some Ruffians, who beat him severely. Another Person was severely beaten on the same night.
On Monday Morning last, a man, named James Clave was taken prisoner in the neighbourhood of Ahoghill, by the Constabulary stationed there and lodged safely in the Bridewell here, for the murder, or assisting to murder Andrew Russel, at Galgorm about 16 years ago. Immediately subsequent to the perpetration of the deed, he fled out of the country to Scotland, where he remained for 8 years, but afterwards returned to this part, where he resided undisturbed till the present. Since his capture he has been identified by the deceased’s sisters and others, and on Thursday first will be removed to the County Jail, to stand his trial at the ensuing assizes.
A man, named Carmichael, from the vicinity of Ballymoney, a lunatic, has also been lodged in this Bridewell, on his way to the Belfast Asylum.
To the Editor of the Coleraine Chronicle.
Sir--The following verses have been 25 years in my possession, having been brought from Scotland, shortly after the author’s death. They are not to be found in any edition of his works, though they bear evident marks of being his. If you will give them to the public, through your young and useful journal, you will oblige your obedient servant,
On Viewing the Palace of Holyrood,
The Residence of the Kings of Scotland.
(An unpublished relique of Robert Burns.)
With awe-struck thought, and pitying tears,
I view that noble, stately dome;
Where Scotia’s kings, of other years,
Fam’d heroes, had their royal home.
Alas! how changed the times to come--
Their royal name low in the dust--
Their hapless race wide wand’ring roam,
Though rigid law cries out ‘twas just.
Wild beats my heart, to trace your steps,
Whose ancestors in days of yore,
Through hostile ranks, and ruin’d gaps,
Old Scotia’s bloody standard bore.
E’en I, who sing in rustle lore,
Haply my sires have left their shed,
And fac’d grim danger’s loudest roar,
Bold, following where your fathers led.
| The Drilling-to-Death System.--It
was generally rumoured in Carrick-on-Suir on last week that a private
in the Rifle Corps threatened openly, on parade, to shoot his sergeant,
in consequence of the incessantly severe drilling lately pursued in
this corps.--Tipperary Vindicator.
The Sligo Town Council have agreed to reduce the salaries of all their officers fifty per cent.
Navigation of the Bann.--We understand an Engineer is about being sent by the Board of Works to survey the Bann from Lough Neagh to Coleraine, with a view to opening that part of the river. We hope our townsmen will use proper exertion to have his labours extended to that part of the river extending from Coleraine to the Sea.
The Dissenters’ Chapel Bill.--A petition was forwarded by Thursday night’s mail against this bill, signed by the Rev. Messrs. Hamilton and O’Hara (Episcopalian,) Macaldin and Porter (Presbyterian,) Carey and Jones (Wesleyan,) Heathcote, (Independent,) and Eccles, (Baptist,) in the name of their congregations, and complaining of the undue haste in which it had been carried through the House of Commons, by which they were prevented from sending congregational petitions, as had been done to the House of Lords.
Mechanics’ Institute.--The grant to the Dublin Society for providing Lecturers for the provincial towns throughout Ireland having been increased by Parliament this year from £300 to £500--at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Institute, held in the Apparatus-Room on Thursday evening, Thomas H. Babington, Esq., in the chair, it was resolved that application be made to the Dublin Society before the First of June, for a Lecturer on the subject of Chemistry. From the readiness with which the Society yielded to the applications from Enniskillen, &c., during last year, there is some reason to hope that we will be favoured with lectures also from some of the professional gentlemen connected with that institution.
We regret to announce that, owing to his delicate state of health, the Rev. Andrew Macaldin, for many years minister of the first Presbyterian congregation of this town, has sent in a resignation of his charge. It was given to the Visitation Presbytery in Ballywillan on Tuesday last.
On Thursday evening, a meeting was held here on behalf of the above Society--Doctor Dill, of Ballykelly, in the chair. The meeting was addressed by the Deputation, the Rev. Messrs. Edmonds and Hands. A collection was taken up on the occasion.
On Monday evening last, a meeting was held in the Wesleyan chapel, Portstewart, in aid of the Hibernian Auxiliary to the London Missionary Society. W.W. Campbell, Esq., J.P., presided. A brief report was read by Mr. W. M’Crea, after which the Rev. Messrs. Edmonds and Hands, the Deputation from the Parent Society, addressed the Meeting. Their statements as to the appalling nature and cruel rites of heathenism were listened to with the deepest attention. The collection was very liberal, and included donations of £1 each from the Chairman and from Colonel Cairnes.
... We learn that by letters, received from the Rev. Jonathan Simpson, Presbyterian minister of this place, who has been in America for some time, seeking contributions, in order to aid in building the new Presbyterian meeting-house, that he has met with great success in New York and Philadelphia, having received in the former twelve hundred dollars, and in the latter seven hundred dollars--in all, about £433 10s., English currency. It is also said that he has been offered a congregation in America, the emoluments of which exceed £600.
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