Enniskillen Chronicle & Erne Packet
January 8, 1824
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
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In Grenville-street, on Tuesday morning, the Lady of Richard Young, Esq., of Lakeville, in the county of Cavan, of a son.
On the 5th instant, in Merrion-square, the Lady of John Hamilton, Esq., of a son.
SOLD BY AUCTION.
========================CALAMITOUS FIRE IN KILLARNEY.
On Tuesday morning last, about three o'clock, a fire took place in the town of Killarney, which has been more afflicting in its consequences than any which occurred for several years in that populous town. The following are the distressing details:--
"An industrious poor man named Cotter, with his family, consisting of his wife, four children, an aged father and mother, and servant girl, occupied a thatched cabin in that town; the old man whose health had been in a declining state for some time, was taken ill, and his wife got up to procure him a drink, and in lighting a candle the fire communicated with some Flax which drying near the hearth, the apartment was instantly enveloped in a flame, and the old woman and her daughter-in law in endeavouring to get it under, awoke her son and husband, who had only time to escape with the youngest child, who was in the bed with its father. In a few moments the entire house was in flames, and the horrible situation of the parents, the grand-father, and grand-mother, at this awful moment, must have been terrible, on hearing the screams of their three wretched children, to whom it was impossible to afford any relief from the devouring element. In this painful predicament, the old woman's feelings got the better of her reason, and the [sic] rushed into the house hoping that she might be able to afford them some relief; but her efforts were only calculated to add to the number of the sufferers, as almost on the instant, the loft fell in, and this world was closed for ever on this heroic old woman, her three grand-children, and the servant girl.--The wretched father, mother and grand-father have thus been, in a few minutes, rendered, the most miserable of human beings. Every possible assistance was afforded, but of no avail.
"At this moment, (three o'clock) the wretched procession, containing the remains of the old woman, and her three children. (two girls and one boy, the two eldest aged 12 and 14) have passed the house in which I am writing, for interment, the servant girl was taken by her friends. The mother of these four children has been very much burnt in her efforts to save them, and lies dangerously ill.
We understand that a Hulk is to be moored at Kingstown Harbour, for the purpose of receiving convicts on board immediately after trial. This will be a saving to the citizens of Dublin, inasmuch as the expense of maintaining and clothing convicts, has hitherto formed a serious item in the Grand Jury Warrant. This charge was particularly noticed in the Reports of Mary's Parish, and in the evidence submitted to the select committee ; its abatement may be attributed to the attention of government being thus drawn to the subject.--Irish Times.
========================DESPERATE ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF A YOUNG LADY.
Some person unknown, concealed himself in the house of Doctor Eustace, in Gardiner-street, and about two o'clock on Tuesday morning, the villain entered the chamber of the Doctor's sister, through the window ; awakened by the noise he made in forcing his way in, the Lady called for assistance, when the miscreant assaulted her with a knife, which he struck at her side, fortunately without doing much injury, and retreated by the window.
Miss Eustace is a young Lady of very amiable manners, and we rejoice that, with the exception of a little blood, her wound is by no means dangerous. She was stabbed between the fifth and sixth ribs, in the left side. After the ruffian retreated, a hat, apparently worn by a lime burner or mason's attendant, was found in the room.--The assassin must have leaped down sixteen yards into the back yard ; part of the Lady's clothes and part of the bed clothes were found in the yard. The hat above alluded to is in the Police-office, at Marlborough-street ; perhaps it might be proper for persons connected with the building trade to call there and inspect the hat ; of course well disposed individuals would feel pleasure in aiding the Magistrates in tracing and punishingt [sic] he cowardly villain, who made so desperate an attack on the life of an amiable and interesting female.--Dublin Paper.
==========================A Mr. Conolly, formerly surgeon in the city of Dublin, has been committed on the charge of wilful murder, to the gaol of the county of Hertford, England, for shooting a constable who attempted to arrest him, in the house of a Captain Nestor, at Sherly-hill, in the same county. The constable, with others, was breaking the hall-door, when Mr. Conolly discharged a gun at thim, the contents of which wounded him so severely, that he died in a few hours.
The late Surgeon Leake, of Stephen's-green has left the interest of Four Thousand Pounds to the Mendicity Society of Dublin.
A most inhuman murder was committed on Monday the 29th ult. at Crosskeys, near Cavan, on a man named Smith, a resident of that neighbourhood, for which, we understand, three persons have been committed to gaol. A murder more barbarous in its nature, it is said, has seldom disgraced the most disordered parts of the country. Several vague reports of the bloody deed have reached us, but as we have reason to expect an authentic account, (which, indeed, we hoped to have had in time for this day's paper,) we decline, for the present, entering into particulars. The magistrates of that part of the county, are, we learn, busily engaged in investigating the circumstances of the horrid affair, and nothing will be left undone to bring the whole to light, and to visit with merited punishment the diabolical perpetrators.
MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.--On the night of Tuesday the 30th ult. two men from Ballintra conveying illicit spirits to some part of this county, in order to avoid passing through Pettigo, took another direction by which they were obliged to cross the river that runs through that town, at some distance from it. They both entered the river together, but the stream being extremely rapid, and the night dark, one of them, named James M'Gowan, from his horse stumbling, was unfortunately swept from beside his comrade, and precipitated down the river.--After a diligent search his body was found next evening at the entrance of the River into Lough Erne. He has left a wife and six small children to lament his loss.--About two hours after the unfortunate accident, the horse was found at the shore with his load of whiskey under him.
effects of the late storm have been severely felt on the Western coast,
and we learn from some of our correspondents that considerable damage
has been sustained. Several parts of wreck have come in at Bundoran,
and at Rusnowlagh Strand, below Ballyshannon. At the latter place, a
barrel of flour in good order, and at the former, part of the stern of
a vessel. The masts and part of the hull of a Brig, are visible near to
Mullaghmore, midway between Ballyshannon and Sligo, supposed to be a
Brig that left Sligo some days before for Liverpool, laden with oats.
OF THE COUNTRY.
MAIL ROBBERY.--We are extremely sorry to announce, that a desperate mail robbery was perpetrated near Kells, on Saturday, when the post boy, who had been despatched from the General Post Office for Bailieborough, and Moynalty, was attacked near Kells, and robbed by two armed men of the entire mail, as well as the bye letters for the latter town. Intimation of this outrage has been made by Sir Edward Lees to the Magistrates of the Head Office of Police.
We were not mistaken with regard to the zeal and activity of the magistrates in detecting the perpetrators of the offences in this neighbourhood, which we lately noticed. On Tuesday morning a party of the Colebrook yeomanry lodged in gaol on the committal of James Taylor, Esq., a man of the name of Coulter, charged with the felony of breaking and entering the house of James M'Cusker, near Tempo, on the night of the 15th ult.--The remainder of the persons charged, have, we understand, for the present disappeared.
We have always great pleasure in noticing the attention of gentleman here to the improvement of stock and husbandry. Last week, William Irvine, Esq., of Prospect-hill had a cow of his own rearing killed, which weighed 608lb. and had 12st. 7lb. of fat.
CAUTION--A SWINDLER!--We feel it our duty to place the public on
their guard against the impositions of a person calling himself Bennett,
who a short time since levied contributions off the unwary in this
town, and latterly, we understand practised the same business with much
success in Castlewellan, Rathfryland, and the adjacent neighbourhoods.
He is an Englishman,--possesses a good address and insinuating manners,
and has an appearnance of the character he represents, viz.--a
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