Ireland Old News
Wednesday, August 1, 1849
| THE CHOLERA- A feeling is
becoming very general that some mode of nationally supplying the DIVINE mercy
should be immediately adopted, with reference to the pestilence which is now
raging among us. It is no longer to be doubted or denied that not in our
generation has a visitation of like severity been known. The worst periods of
the cholera of 1832 did not approach in extent or intensity to that through
which we are passing. We entirely accord with the feeling we have described, and
trust that Parliament will not separate without some appeal being made to the
heads of her Majesty's Government as to the propriety of such a step. There is
something exceedingly awful in the mysterious character of this pestilence.
Nearly twenty years has it been a known disease, in one sense, through out
Europe; and yet, in another sense, it remains utterly unknown to this moment.
Medical professors of the highest attainments are obliged to admit that they
known not how or whence it comes; how or in what cases or circumstances it acts;
or of what character the remedies ought to be. All the modes of dealing with it
are little better than guesses. One insists on brandy, another prefers ice mixed
with salt. Chloroform is the remedy here, bleeding there. Heat or cold,
stillness or friction, all manner of differing or opposing modes of treatment,
are advocated on all sides, and with equal zeal. The plainest facts are called
in question. A Doctor H., at Liverpool, declares that in one week he effected 74
cures! All the other doctors of the town assert with decision, that he has
effected no cures at all.--Morning Herald.
Cholera has revisited Cork, and is again very fatal there. The Local Board of Health has been condemned by the faculty and clergy in a memorial to the Lord Lieutenant.
At Turlough, near Castlebar, on the
25th ult., Mr. James Lister, aged 73 years, 18 of which he was an elder of the
Presbyterian Church in that locality. He was a hospitable and warm-hearted
friend, alike respected and esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his
acquaintance. His remains were attended by a large circle of friends to the new
grave-yard of Turlough, the family place of interment, all of whom sympathise
with his bereaved family and deeply and sincerely deplore his loss. His faith in
Christ gave him triumph over death, and victory over the grave. "Mark the
perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."
We are happy to find that the
indication of a visitation from Cholera, manifested at the close of the last and
during the early part of this week, have not realized the fears that were
entertained. We trust that this partial threatening may be the extent to which
our locality may suffer; and we are satisfied that there is not the least ground
for apprehension or alarm as to the spread of disease. Under these circumstances
we doubt not that all fears will cause, and we think it becomes the immediate
duty of every individual to inspire confidence in the weak-minded. Fear we know
to be a predisposing cause to all diseases, and especially to such as are of a
choleric tendency; so that if we would avert the approach of the epidemic,
reason and common sense suggest that we assumed a perfectly fearless tone of
mind and that confidence which facts and circumstances warrant us alone in
SALE GOING ON
The Interest of GEORGE R. JOYNT, Esq.,
in the Lease of the House lately held by Mr. M'CAWLY in the Town of Crossmolina.
We, the CONSERVATORS OF SALMON FISHING,
in the Ballina District, elected this day, hereby appoint MONDAY, the 13th day
of AUGUST next, as the first day of a District Meeting of the Conservators, to
be held at the Court-House of Ballina, at the hour of 12 o'clock.
Lieut. Berkeley, 36th Regiment, is
appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General of India.
| EXTRAORDINARY SUPPLY OF
POTATOES TO BELFAST MARKET- The supply of new potatoes to this town since the
season commenced, has been unprecedentedly large. From Monday the 16th last.,
till Saturday the 21st, both days inclusive, there have been 747 loads brought
to market, weighing 260 tons 13 cwt. A most gratifying feature connected with
this circumstance is, that out of that extraordinary quantity of potatoes, not
the least symptom of disease could be discovered in any of the tubers.--Belfast
Precisely at this time last year unmistaken symptoms of the potato disease were generally visible in our market. At present, we have sincere pleasure in announcing that no sign of any distemper affects the large supply now at market in Limerick.--Limerick Chronicle.
Catherine Dillon, now under sentence of death in our county gaol, is by no means reconciled to the fate that awaits her. She is still clinging to the hope that her sentence may be commuted to transportation for life. Fogarty remains sullen and silent since his sentence was passed, and Frewen continues frequently to protest his innocence of the murder of Nash. Mrs. Dillon was left £3,000 by her husband whom she got murdered. She is now stated to be penniless.--Limerick Chronicle.
One of the viaducts on the Great Southern & Western Railway, in the vicinity of Whitechurch, Cork, fell on Tuesday with a tremendous crash. No loss of life, however, occurred. The cost of the re-construction of the viaduct is said to be £800.
John Ryan (Jack) was tried at Clonmel assizes on Saturday for the murder of Mary Brien at Kilfeacle, on the 10th of May last, by striking her with a sharp iron weapon on the head. A number of witnesses, including her granddaughter and son having been examined, the jury found a verdict of guilty.
At Waterford assizes, John Brian was sentenced to be hanged on the 7th September, for the murder of his wife; James Kenna, one of the Portlaw insurgents, was sentenced to seven years transportation.
DARING OUTRAGE- GALLANT CONDUCT OF A FEMALE - On Sunday morning, the 22nd inst., some persons called at the bed-room window of a farmer, named Gilbert Egan, residing near Lisduff, and desired him to get up that all of his property was stolen; upon which his wife got out of bed and opened the door; when four fellows fiercely rushed in, following her into the bed-room where her husband was asleep. One of them had two stones in his hands; and while he was in the act of lifting his hand to strike Egan, Mrs. Egan caught him by the breast, knocked him down and took one of the stones from him. Another of the party then struck her with a large stick on the hands and shoulders, whereupon her husband jumped out of bed, seized the fellow by the throat and took the stick from him. Egan and his wife then armed themselves and beat the party out of the room, and while doing so, Egan received a severe cut in the temple which deprived him of strength. Nothing daunted, Mrs. Egan and two of her children encountered three of the ruffians in the kitchen, but in the struggle she and her children were severely assaulted. She called repeatedly to her servant boy, and a schoolmaster named Cleary, who were in the house, to come to her assistance and make prisoners of the party. This they very cowardly and disgracefully refused to do, alleging they were afraid of being killed! On leaving they told her to make her husband give up the land he had lately taken or they would give him a barbarous death. Two of the party have been arrested and identified and fully committed to Nenagh gaol. --Nenagh Guardian.
James Hall, a Ribbonman, was arrested
in Cork a few days since, with seditious papers.
On Tuesday evening a party of police,
amounting to seven in number, under the command of Inspector Dundon, entered the
residence of Mr. Joseph Brennan, editor of the Irishman. They exhibited a search
warrant, and Mr. Brennan immediately led them to his sleeping apartment.
A REMARKABLE CENTENERIAN- There
WAR OFFICE, JULY 27
1st Regiment of Foot-Staff Assistant
Surgeon E.B. Sinclair to be Assistant Surgeon, vice Hoskin, who exchanges.
Wednesday, August 8, 1849
| BLACK BARLEY- Mr. Olphreds
favoured us yesterday with a sample of this curious barley, which was reaped on
the 1st inst. The specimen is excellent, the grain heavy and rich, and as Mr.
Olphreds assures us it is but an average specimen, it would be well worth the
attention of farmers.- This gentleman has an Irish rood of it, which he sowed in
January, at the rate of about eight stone to the acre. The yield has not been
very abundant, owing he thinks to the poverty of the soil. He is of opinion that
the black barley is well adapted to this climate, as it stands both the winter
frosts and the spring rains well.--Sligo Guardian.
Mr. O'Connell has contracted to supply the Limerick union with wool at 13s. 6d per stone.
In this town, on Monday last, the lady
of Charles Atkinson, Esq., of a son.
CROSSMOLINA PETTY SESSIONS
Magistrates presiding-Thomas Paget,
Edward Orme, and John Walsh, Esqrs.
MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE- SIX LIVES LOST
Charles Atkinson, Esq, coroner, held an inquest on Monday last, at Cooleronan, on the bodies of six individuals named James Healy, Thady Hoban, James O'Hera, Francis Kean, Winny Monnelly and Biddy Dempsey. From the evidence adduced it appeared that on last Sunday evening they were in the act of crossing the Moy near Bunafinglass, in a small flat-bottomed boat, used as a ferry boat, with merely a short pole and a piece of board to propel it. On launching out the water was pouring in at one end of the boat and the party ran to the opposite end, which immediately caused the boat to sink. The entire party, consisting of the six individuals already named, were precipitated into the water, which was about 14 feet deep, and perished in a group, within a few yards of the bank. The Moy is not more than about twenty-five yards wide at the place the accident occurred.
From a paragraph under this head in the
Tyrawly Herald of Thursday last, it would appear that a woman named
Catherine Cunningham deliberately attempted to destroy herself. The circumstance
occurred the night previous to our last publication, and so closely concealed
were the facts connected with it that we could not venture with accuracy on the
details. We did not, however, suffer the subject to escape our attention,
especially as we are doubted the woman would attempt self-destruction solely
from the motive for more strictly speaking the absence of any motive hinted at
by the Herald, and from the little information we have been able to collect we
consider it absolutely necessary that the matter should be brought under the
consideration of a bench of magistrates. Granting that it was a case of
contemplated suicide, with which a second person was not immediately connected,
the guilty party should be arrested and taken before a magistrate, who, in
acting in conformity with law, would be required to order her detention in
custody, unless on her entering into a recognizance with two sufficient
securities, conditioned that she would not attempt again a similar act.
TREATMENT OF CHOLERA
Messrs. Editors- This disease is now
among us, and the cases though small, numerically, have been sufficiently marked
to show the character of the epidemic, and it differs from the disease in its
visitation of 1832, by the shortness of the attacks, and the absence, in many
instances, of what are generally termed "prominent symptoms." A few
hints at this time may not be inappropriate, and my promise to give you a sketch
of the disease will be redeemed.
|BESSY BELL- A ROMANTIC REPORTER- At the Roscrea
sessions, a young, interesting girl of a most prepossessing, oriental cast of
countenance, dark eyes, deep fringed eyelashes, raven tresses, enveloped in a
large fawn-colored head dress, which gave beautiful shading to the general
contour of her countenance, was caught in the act of secreting a piece of
tobacco under her cloak, form the shop of Mr. George Faucett. She owned the rude
impeachment, and poor Bessy was sent for trial to the ensuing assizes of Nenagh,
lamenting, and lamented by all in court.--Leinster Express.
EMIGRATION FROM PLYMOUTH. On Wednesday last the William and Mary sailed for Sydney with 162 female Irish orphans, accompanied by the proper matrons. - The Navarino, 650 tons, the Nelson, 603 tons, the Success, 621 tons, and the Himalaya, 447 tons, have arrived during the week to embark emigrants at this port. They are chartered by the Colonial Emigration Commissioners.
DR. LANGLEY- The grand jury of Tipperary have found
a bill for the murder of his wife against Dr. Langley. Pound, the man-servant,
one of the principal witnesses for the prosecution, has, we are informed,
STATE OF THE BALLINA WORKHOUSE.
Remaining on last Saturday
The progress of cholera in this
locality has presented no alarming features since our last. The disease has been
chiefly confined to the humbler classes, and may be traced generally to the
character of their dwellings and mode of life. Each day gives additional
evidence of the dangerous consequences which attend a disregard to cleanliness
and sanatory requirements, for in the foetid lanes and courts of our town almost
alone has disease been developed. We have no doubt that proper attention to the
purification of everything around and within our houses would arrest the spread
of the epidemic. It appears from the present aspect of the town that the
importance of these precautions is altogether disbelieved, and certainly a
penetration into the lanes and alleys and premises in every street discloses the
elements of epidemics to a frightful extent and not the least effort at
improvement is yet manifested.- Unless the respectable and intelligent portion
of the inhabitants take an interest in eradicating the filthy places that exist
in every part of the town, we can only expect a continuation of disease. With
the facilities for cleansing and drainage afforded by our fine river and the
ever changing tides, purification might be accomplished with very little
trouble; and we know that good air can at all times be obtained by the simple
process of opening a window. Each individual should at once proceed to remove
every foul spot that may be in his premises, and see that his neighbour does the
same, or compel him to do so under the provisions of the "Nuisances
Removal" Act, which the Vice Guardians will most willingly assist in
Our Killala correspondent is not
correct in all his statements, but because of a few sentenced in his letter we
are induced to publish it:-
WAR OFFICE, AUGUST 8.
1st Regiment of Dragoon Guards- Cornet
G.H. W. Carew to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Foster, who retires.
OFFICE OF ORDNANCE.
Ordnance Medical Department- Surgeon W. Richardson ,M.D. to be Senior Surgeon, vice Fogo, retired; Assistant Surgeon W.A. Dassanville, M.D. to be Surgeon, vice Richardson.
Wednesday, August 23, 1849
| Thomas Palmer, jun., Esq.
of Summerhill, and Mr. Peter Nolan, of Moyne, are canvassing for the coronership
of the North Mayo district, vacant by the death of Charles Atkinson, Esq.
CLERK OF THE PEACE AT MAYO- The death of T. Gildea, Esq., has left this office vacant. The appointment of a successor to the deceased gentleman is in the gift of the Earl of Lucan.
On Sunday last, at noon, John Hamilton, a young man about nineteen years of age, while standing near the river behind the Ardnaree mills was suddenly seized with an epileptic fit, to which he was subject, and having fallen into the water, not more than a foot in depth where he stood, was smothered before he attracted the notice of some people who were within fifty yards of him. The unfortunate young man was son of a miller in the employment of Messrs. Hearne and Joynt.
CURE FOR CHOLERA- Chalk mixture, 6 oz.; tincture of Cathecue, 4 drachms; Kino, 4 drachms; opium on half drachm. One tablespoon of the above tincture to be taken after each discharge from the bowels. In case of the diarhoea being obstinate let the chalk mixture be made of decoction of logwood.
STEAM TO LIVERPOOL
SATURDAY, - 18th August - 5
Liverpool to Sligo
TUESDAY, - - 21st August -
FARES TO LIVERPOOL.
Cabin (including Steward's Fees) £1;
Second Cabin, 12s; Steerage, 8s.
(From our Crossmolina Correspondent)
CROSSMOLINA, Aug, 14- This town
continues in a state of slight commotion; not that the cases of cholera have
been numerous, but that the malignant nature of some of them, together with the
filthy state of the cabins, which the patients inhabit, almost defy the skill of
the physician or the care of the nurse-tender.
DESTRUCTIVE FLOOD- A correspondent of the Limerick and Clare Examiner, writes as follows from Killaloe:- "I hasten to inform you of the very disastrous effects of the mountain floods or rather water spouts, which burst on the mountain tops of Sluanmedon and Ballycugran, on Wednesday last, about three o'clock, p.m., the respective properties of Colonel G. Wyndham and Mr. Patterson. Having heard so many conflicting accounts of the amount of damage done to the crops in that locality I determined to visit the scene of destruction. I accordingly drove over yesterday. Oh! what a heart-rending scene men , women and children wading above their knees in mire and mud, picking up some little articles of furniture and washing them in the stream; others picking out of the mud turf, potatoes, &c., and carrying the other necessaries. Passing along the Scariff road, and immediately above the cottage residence of Marcus Patterson, Esq., the mountain appeared as if rent asunder, corn fields covered with the debris of the mountain surface, ditches levelled in the course of the flood. Many miles still further on we came to the residence of Mr. Patterson's steward, Foley. The account of the inmates here was truly frightful. The flood suddenly rose, and passing the house, was obstructed by a circular wall in front, where it rushed in through the open door. Here in an instant was to be seen floating about the large kitchen floor, children and cradles, hay, turf, ducks, geese, furniture, &c. The children were rescued by the courage of some present who opened an outlet for the water and at the imminent risk of their own lives saved the children and other inmates. Poor Foley and his wife were absent. Moving on further we perceived the destruction of property was on more extensive scale. An industrious poor man, named Thos. M.'Grath, has lost property to an immense amount, at least 100l worth, consisting of set potatoes, wheat, barley, and a quantity of hay sound and in 'tram cocks.' His farm lies in the immediate view of the river. Going further we came to where the very pretty bridge of Anscarriga, built only last year, lay in ruins. Here a wide and awful gulf presented itself, ruin and destruction all around. Two very industrious and honest farmers named Daniel and James Cournee, brothers, resided before the bridge, so sudden was the rising of the flood they had not had time to save a single article.- Their furniture, bedding, clothes, butter, milk, and all floating down the torrent. Their all is gone, and the ricks of turf carried from the bog only last week totally swept away by the reckless flood; a vestige of their crops is not left behind. Nothing but stones and mud and gravel where the luxuriant wheat flowered only one hour before. Turnips and oats, wheat and potatoes, all one mess. Several other small farmers also suffered. Two brothers, named Molony, have lost 10 acres of prime meadow land. Taking it all in all, so much destruction of property has not occurred here in the memory of the oldest inhabitant. The appearance of the torrent rushing madly on was terrific, awfully grand-down it came toppling with the noise of thunder, carrying before it horses, cows, mules, asses, bridges, corn fields, hay, &c. into the Shannon.
There is a new sect springing up in
Ballinrobe called the "Sun Worshippers," who celebrate or offer their
sacrifices in the unfinished walls of the new chapel; they have seceded from the
parish chapel within the last month.--Mayo Constitution.
In the Church of Castlebar, by the Rev. W.G. Jackson of Westport, Arthur Thomas, Esq. of Leighlin Bridge, Vice Guardian of the Union of Castlebar, to Jeannette, eldest daughter of John C. Larminie, Esq. of Spencer Park, Castlebar.
At Killala, on the 15th instant, of
cholera, John Kirkwood, Esq. The loss of this estimable Magistrate and Merchant
is deeply regretted by all who knew him.
John and Robert Eager, brothers, who
had the fatal quarrel in Liverpool, where Robert shot the other, were from
Milltown, county Kerry.
A good deal of alarm has arisen
within the last week regarding the potato crop in this district. Until the last
few days, nothing could be finer than the appearance of the numerous fields
around the town; with sorrow, however, we must confess it, that what we now see
by no means realizes the fond hopes we had entertained of the character of this
year's produce. Far and near the fell disease seems to have descended to crush
those hopes and to blight the budding of returning prosperity. So far present
appearances go, but we must not despair. It is well known that in very many
instances last year, although the stalks were blasted the tubers were safe, and
when we reflect upon the immense breadth of land set, we may fairly conclude
that, even should destruction take place in a similar ration this season, we
shall yet have an abundant supply of the root.
FREE TRADE- On Friday three vessels with maize, Saturday one and Sunday six. Large stocks of Indian corn are accumulating in market-no demand whatever. Best Galatz can be readily had at 6l. 10s. per ton.- Our markets continue to be well supplied with potatoes, free from disease, and really excellent in quality. They were sold as low on Saturday as 5 1/2d. per weight of 21 lbs.-- Cork Constitution.
EXECUTION IN LIMERICK
Catherine Dillon, John Fogarty and John
Frewen, were on Saturday executed in front of the gaol of Limerick. The
unfortunate female seemed very weak and was supported to the drop by two of the
Roman Catholic clergy in attendance. She wore a black mantle, the same which she
wore at the trial. Frewen walked up firmly to the drop; when he made the
following declaration of innocence, which he read from a paper:-
EXECUTION AT TULLAMORE- The execution of Hacket, who was found guilty at the last assizes of the murder of Lowe, near Ferbane, took place yesterday. There was scarcely any excitement in the town. At half past 11 o'clock a company of the 35th, in command of Ensign Moore, was drawn up in front of the jail, and shortly after a strong body of police inside the railing. About ten minutes past twelve the unfortunate man made his appearance, supported on either side by the Rev. Messrs. Cullery and Flood, Roman Catholic curates. He walked up the ladder quite firm, but shortly after became quite weak and nervous. He never spoke; and after Mr. Cullery consoling him, the fatal bolt was drawn, and he was launched into eternity. He died without the least struggle; he made no confession but signed a declaration, forgiving his prosecutors, &c.- There were very few persons present in consequence of the priest having on the previous Sunday stated that it was the wish of the prisoner that none should witness the execution. In less than half an hour the body was cut down and buried within the confines of the jail.- There seemed very little, if any, commiseration for the unfortunate man.--King's County Chronicle.
ADDRESS TO THE REV. MR. BRUSHE
There appears in our advertising columns an address to the Rev. W.H. Brushe, on the occasion of his relinquishing the curacy of Straid, and it affords us a good deal of gratification to observe among the signatures that of the parish priest and others of the Roman Catholic persuasion. Mr. Brushe's exertions to relieve the distress of all classes of poor in his parish were unremetting during the short period of his residence amongst them, and has been duly appreciated.
REV SIR- It is with feelings of the
deepest regret that we your late parishioners address you on the occasion of
your departing from amongst us. We can never forget your tender solicitude for
the wants of the poor, your liberal and conciliating principles, together with
your truly christian and gentlemanlike demeanor. Our grief, indeed would be
unbounded, were it not that your removal from amongst us had been attended with
greater worldly advantages than you enjoyed here.
John Fitzgerald, Joseph Atkinson, rev. John Corley, Patrick Corley, Timothy Deane, Eccles Gawley, M.D., E.H. Deane, J.T. Craster, 38th Regiment, C.E. Johns, 38th Regiment, Samuel Strogen, James Greenhalsh, Thomas R. Higgins, Richard Higgins, William Lundy, Richard Lundy, Frank Rutledge, James Rutledge, William Rutledge, John Robinson, John O'Brien (Dick), James O'Brien, John Becket, James Fair, sen., James Fair, jun., John Whitters, James O'Brien, sen., William Robinson, John Stephens, George Stewart, Andrew Robinson, Robert Reed, James Reed, John Hussey, Robert Neal, Samuel Whitters, John Johnson, Robert Strogen.
Wednesday, August 29, 1849
In Sligo, on Monday last, Mrs. Robert
M'Kim, of a daughter.
On this morning by the Rev. Mr. Atkins,
in the Methodist Chapel, Crossmolina, the Rev .Robert Campbell, Wesleyan
Minister to Maria, second daughter of Henry Bourns, Esq. After breakfast the
happy pair proceed to the hospitable residence of Samuel Bourns, Esq. Rossport
House, uncle to the bride.
In Sligo, of Cholera, Archibald
Montgomery, Esq., from the Poor Law Commissioners Office, Dublin.
PASSENGER TRAFFIC WITH IRELAND.
LIVERPOOL, Friday- A document has been
issued by the Lords of the Privy Council, enforcing a new code of regulations in
relation to the carriage of passengers between Ireland and the British shores.
The communication is dated from the Council Chamber, Whitehall, August 7, and
contains the following clauses:-
A meeting of the Conservators of this
district was held at the court-house on Monday. The Conservators present were -
W.B. Halliday, W. Malley, (Turlow,) John Little, John M'Culloch, Esqrs. John C.
Larminie, Esq., also attended.
THE HARVEST- New oats was offered for sale in this market on Monday last, and very soon the sickles will be in full operation. The blight in the potato, the appearance of which we noticed last week, has not increased.
STATE OF THE BALLINA WORKHOUSE.
Remaining on last Saturday
BALLINA FEVER HOSPITAL
Remaining on last Saturday
| A MAN CONSUMED IN A LIME
KILN- On Friday last a fatal and very horrible accident took place at
Tulbridbritain, beyond Freshford. A man of the name of Thomas Shea was engaged
in burning lime, and having been left by himself at the kiln for some time he
was afterwards found absent. it was at first supposed that he had gone to some
of the neighbouring houses for a few minutes and therefore no uneasiness was
felt till he was found not to have returned for a considerable period. - The
horrible conviction that he had been consumed in the kiln then forced itself on
the minds of the people present, and upon searching, some calcined bones, and
the burned haft of his tobacco knife were discovered amongst the lime. The
unfortunate man must have walked across the kiln at a time when the lower stones
had been consumed, and the consequence was that the mass sunk beneath him and he
met a most shocking death.--Kilkenny Moderator.
LOCAL GOLD DIGGINGS- On Saturday evening some labourers employed in knocking down an old house at the corner of James-street and High-street in this city, in the course of their operations turned up some old guineas and sovereigns which had lain concealed in the rubbish under the boards of the former shop. The news of this discovery having gone abroad the lower orders of our social public, who crowded to the site of the gold-finding and proposed to join immediately in the digging. This however, the labourers employed in the work peremptorily refused to permit, being resolved that all the expected treasure should be their property. We believe that the entire produce of this Kilkenny Sacramento was two guineas, one of which was light, and six sovereigns.--Kilkenny Moderator.
Friday night a man named Robert Ward, twine-spinner, of James's-street, Limerick, while quarrelling with his wife and daughter, took a red hot poker out of the fire, and struck his wife a tremendous blow on the head with the weapon which deprived her of life.
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE OF THE BARRACK MASTER OF ATHLONE
Considerable excitement prevailed
during the Monday night and Tuesday in Athlone, in consequence of a rumour that
Mr. Samuel Lamb, Barrack-master and storekeeper in that garrison, had suddenly
and unaccountably disappeared. It was with some difficulty that we could obtain
the particulars, which may be stated in a few words:-On Monday between seven and
eight o'clock, Mr. Lamb left his quarters in the barracks, first having
deposited his watch, keys and money (about £15) on his dressing table and
dressed himself in a suit of cast off clothes; later in the evening he was
accosted on the bank of the canal by an acquaintance, but since he has not been
heard of. A number of persons have been engaged in dragging the canal and river,
but as yet no clue has been obtained either of the manner or cause of his
Just as we were going to press, an inquest was held on view of the body by Mr. Edward Lynch. The following verdict was returned:- "We find that Samuel S. Lamb was found drowned in the river Shannon, on the Leinster side of the town, county Westmeath, on the 22d instant." -Athlone Sentinel
Two swift slave steamers lately made their appearance on the west coast of Africa and succeeded in embarking their human cargoes, and escaping the pursuit of several British cruisers.
EMIGRATION TO THE COLONIES
The Government appears to be
anxious to do something for the Irish unions, by sending to our distant
possessions some of the youngest and healthiest of our superabundant pauper
population. It is reported that a certain number of young people are to be
selected from each union, and that having passed an examination before the
Emigration Agent they are to be taken under the charge of the government until
provided with employment abroad. We are glad to hear that the Ballina Union has
been visited by Mr. Henri, who is appointed to make the selection, and some very
fine and healthy girls are expecting to receive the benefit of the grant. Those
who have been able to manifest any signs of education have been preferred, and
this is as it should be. We have no right to flood our colonies with ignorance
and degradation, if we can supply them with individuals who will be likely to
prove useful members of society. There would be little likelihood of our youth
distinguishing themselves beyond the class of farmservants and labourers if they
cannot exhibit something besides the raw material. It is creditable to our youth
to witness the anxiety which they manifest to rescue themselves from a state of
pauperism and dependence. Although their destination is a far distant land, we
cannot help anticipating for them new and better days, where industry and
application will win for them character and remuneration. Our Irish youths need
not fear to compete with any other nation when their energy and strength are
rightly directed. This will be the case in the colonies. A fair demand for labor
there must be in all probability, and any of our intelligent girls will soon be
occupying a position in life which they never could have expected to arrive at
in the west of Ireland, where the prospects, at least for some few years, are
not very promising. On the subject of emigration to Australia we should wish to
throw out a hint. Why are there not more facilities granted to all classes in
reference to information on the subject? No one seems to know how he is to get
to Australia, and to whom he is to refer to for instructions. The superiority of
the more distant British dependencies over America cannot for a moment be
doubted; but there appears an unwillingness on the part of many to encounter
extra labour and trouble when the United States can be reached from our own
seaports. Why should the poor emigrant be compelled to travel to the distant
harbours of England before he can be shipped for the more desirable ground for
settlers? Every facility ought to be afforded to the active and enterprising to
enable him to turn his thoughts and his talents to the best advantage.
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