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BALLINA CHRONICLE
Wednesday, February 6, 1850

MISCELLANEOUS

     The largest donors to the Clergy Sons' school are the Messrs. Guinness of Dublin.
     Samuel Lover, Esq., is entertaining the citizens of Dublin with some of his "evenings."
     The petitions for sales of estates now amount to nearly one hundred.
     The Rev. Mr. Scott, who had been dining with Dr. Drew, at Fermoy, is supposed to have fallen into the Blackwater, below the Bridge at Fermoy.
     In addition to four auxiliary poor houses in the town, two more are taken by the vice guardians of Cashel union.
     The Rev. William Jeffcott has under his care thirty converts to Protestantism in the district of Ballinful and parish of Drumcliff.-- Sligo Journal.
     The total quantity of foreign corn of all kinds imported direct for Dublin in the year 1849, was 328,553 quarters, and of flour 119,100 cwts.
     Mrs. Bleazby is committed for the murder of her husband at Glenaul, Armagh, and her steward, Graham, as accomplice.
     The two children of a man named M'Mahon died of starvation in Chapel-lane, Kilrush, last week.
     Captain Farquhar, of H.M.S. Albatross, has got a certificate for 20,000 head money, for his late slaughter of the Bornean pirates.
     A vessel is about being chartered by a shipping agent in Limerick to carry emigrants from that port to California, in the ensuing spring.
     Wednesday a large eagle at Blarney, seized upon a well grown pig, and flew a considerable distance, but was terrified into a surrender of his prey by the shouting of inhabitants.
     The salaries for the medical officers for the electoral districts of Kilrush union were reduced on Saturday by the board of guardians from 5s. per day to 40 per annum each.
     At the petty session of Cashel, held on Wednesday, Mr. Patrick Mihan, of Camas, miller, was fined 5 and costs, for having a weir in his mill-race in which eels and salmon could be taken.

BIRTHS

    At his residence, Nun's Island, Galway, the Lady of Professor Hearn of a daughter.
     At Belgrave Place, Cork, the Lady of Edmund Burke, Esq. of a daughter.
     At Henrietta-street, the Lady of William Willy, Esq., L.L.D. of a son.
     At Elm Grove, Renelagh, the Lady of Charles Gavan Duffy, Esq. of a son.
     At the Rectory, Shercock, the Lady of the Rev. John Harris of a son.

MARRIED.

     On Sunday last, in this town, at the residence of John M'Hugh, Esq, brother of the bride, M.H. Devlin, Esq., M.D. to Maria, eldest daughter of the late Tullius M'Hugh, Esq., M.D.

APPALLING CATASTROPHE AT CLARE STREET, AUXILIARY WORKHOUSE.- TWENTY-SEVEN FEMALES KILLED.

     It is our painful duty to record the particulars of a fatal and melancholy casualty which took place last night at Clare-street, auxiliary workhouse, by which 27 human beings lost their lives and 28 were seriously injured. - Between eight and nine o'clock, shortly after the inmates, 500 females, had retired to rest, on the lofts of the store set apart for sleeping apartments, a false alarm of fire was given by one of the women, whether with an idle intention of causing annoyance, or by design, is unknown; but so electric was the panic created, that almost instantaneously the females on the first loft leaped from their beds, and in the darkness rushed in a body to the staircase, or ladder, leading from that portion of the building to the ground floor. The strenuous efforts of all to gain access to the ladder, upon which several had crowded together, necessarily caused a crush and confusion, until ultimately the paupers on the other lofts congregated in the narrow passage, when the ladder broke and numbers were precipitated to the ground from a height of more than ten feet.
     The scene that ensued is almost indescribable - the shrieks form below induced those above to press more eagerly towards the staircase and as they came to the verge of the passage, down they fell in crowds over each other! For some time all remonstrance was unavailing to dissuade the paupers from rushing headlong to ruin, and before the surprising nerve and exertion of the matron Mrs. Sleeman and assistant master, Mr. O'Shaughnessy, had effect, twenty-seven females were killed, or rather suffocated from falling on the top of each other! The occurrence having become widely known outside numbers of the citizens proceeded to the auxiliary establishment to render assistance. The Roman Catholic clergy congregated also, as there could not have been less than 20 present. The city police, with the mayor, were also in prompt attendance, and all united in relieving the sufferers, and extricating the dead bodies from beneath the half suffocated group that lay struggling on the ground. The scene was truly appalling, as the relatives and friends of those who were located in the workhouse, crowded before the house, and as each dead body, or dying sufferer, was brought out for conveyance to Barrington's hospital, the progress of the carriers was violently stayed to catch a glimpse for recognition. At ten o'clock the number of dead bodies received into Barrington's hospital, was twenty-seven, and a more heart-rending spectacle never presented itself - there lay, side by side, the livid remains of these unfortunate creatures who a few hours before were in the prime of life! The majority were young and well-looking females- indeed, some had the smile of innocence on their youthful countenances, and seemed as if in a dream of joyful ecstacy. Dr. Gore was the first medical officer in attendance at Barrington's hospital, and aided by Dr. Cavanagh, resident apothecary, made every proper arrangement for reception and treatment of the wounded and accommodation of the dead. Drs. Geary, Brodie and Keane, were also at the hospital, and saw the patients who were brought taken care of. The number received into hospital seriously injured was twenty-eight and of these there are three not expected to recover. No blame is attached to the officers of the institution, as the melancholy occurrence originated with the paupers themselves.-- Limerick Chronicle.

THE ARMY

     The Marquis of Waterford has written to Sir Edward Blakeney, Commander of the Forces, requesting that the 85th Regt., now stationed in Waterford, may not be removed to England, as was intended, but be allowed to remain during the summer.
     The Board of Ordnance have sent a cargo of new cannon (18 and 20 pounders) from Woolwich to Duncannon fort, to replace George the 2d's cannon which protects the fort.
     The large field adjoining the barracks at Nenagh, containing nine and a half acres, late the property of Mr. T. Abbott, has been taken by the Ordnance for the erection of a barrack, to contain a full regiment.
     Lieut. Colonel the Hon. Lauderdale Maude, of the 79th Highlanders, arrived from Canada, at Breehin Castle on Tuesday, on a visit to his venerable father, Lord Panmure.
    
The histories of Regiments which have not been published by Mr. Cannon of the Horse guards, are the 23d, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32d, 33d, 50th, 71st, 73d, 74th, 87th, 92d, and Scots Brigade.
     The Adjutancy of the 4th King's Own, is vacant by the appointment of Lieutenant Bond to the Paymastership.
    The depots of the 7th Fusiliers, from Youghal, and 95th from Derry are ordered to England.
     Ensign Morgan, 4th, succeeds to a Lieutenancy without purchase.
     The legacy of his aunt the Queen Dowager, to Prince Edward of Sax Weimer, Captain in the Grenadier Guards, amounts to 80,000.
     Major Michael, 66th, on arrival at Demerera, took command of two companies stationed there.
     The adjutancy of the 3d West is vacant by the promotion of Lieutenant Greham to a company.
     Ensign Hardy, 3d West, obtains his Lieutenancy without purchase.
     Lieut. Clendenning, h.p. 45th, is appointed to the vacant Paymastership of the 19th Regt.
     Color Serjeant O'Neill, 69th, at Malta, is reduced for loss of company money.


ATTEMPT TO MURDER

     On the evening of Monday last, about four o'clock, as Daniel Bayley, Esq., of Moorock, near Ballcumber, was proceeding alone from Clara to his residence, he narrowly escaped assassination from a man named Digan, one of his tenants. The particulars are as follows: - When Mr. Bayly arrived near Digan's house a shot was fired at him through a hedge, but fortunately missed him, as he was driving in a gig at a smart pace. He at once jumped out and pursued the assassin, who sought safety in flight. After a pursuit of nearly a mile through the fields, he succeeded in overtaking him, though encumbered with a heavy overcoat. The assassin again presented his gun, pretending that he had loaded it during the chase; but his pursuer, nothing daunted, rushed at him, when Digan made a furious stroke of the butt end of the gun at Mr. Bayley, which he guarded with his arm and then closed with his antagonist and succeeded in bringing him to the ground. The assassin being a strong, able-bodied man, seized Mr. Bayley's leg, and upset him, and then seized him by the cravat to choke him, but he by a strong effort, gained his feet and dragged his intended murderer to the public road, when Digan's friends attracted by the cries of "murder," from a girl who saw the struggle, gathered to the place, and Mr. Bayley seeing it fruitless to attempt bringing him any further, was obliged to let him go, but kept the gun as a trophy of his gallant achievements. Before liberating him Mr. Bayley called to the river of a bread cart, which was passing at the time, desiring him to hurry on and send out the police, but they did not come. Mr. Bayley is a most indulgent and kind landlord in every way, and deserved better treatment at the hands of his tenants. The only reason that can be assigned for the present attempt at murder is that Digan was noticed to quit some time previous, being heavy in arrears.-- King's County Chronicle.

MEETING OF GUARDIANS

     BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of the Union was held on Saturday, Colonel Gore in the Chair.
     The medical officers employed in the union during the prevalence of the late cholera called upon the Board for an answer to their repeated applications for the stipulated remuneration of their services, when it was resolved to request the Commissioners to assist them (the Guardians) in presenting funds for this purpose, and begged to refer to a former resolution on the subject.
     Captain Hamilton, Inspector, said, that with reference to the impounding of the rates by the Treasurer, for the payment of the advances made to the Union under the Temporary Relief Act, he was not aware that any instructions had been issued by the Poor Law Commissioners on the subject. On learning, however, the intention of the Treasurer he had at once written to the Poor Law Commissioners. He (Captain Hamilton) was satisfied that there was some mistake in the matter, and that it was not intended, under the circumstances in which the union is unfortunately placed, to insist on the repayment of sums so advanced at present. No doubt, before the next Board day, the Treasurer would received instructions on the subject, and he trusted that any inconveniences which might be occasioned would be speedily remedied. The Treasurer was acting only in accordance with the view which he (the Treasurer) had taken of a letter which he had received form another public department in Dublin.
     A letter from the Commissioners was read containing an extract from a letter addressed to them by the Rev. Mr. Madden, Roman Catholic Chaplain, where it was stated that the inmates of  the Ardnaree Auxiliary Workhouse were obliged to eat their stirabout off the rough boards with their fingers without the assistance of spoons; and that it was through an extreme extension of power he was able to administer Divine service in all the houses, as the paupers were not fit, from insufficiency of clothing to walk though the streets.
     Mr. Madden having been requested to appear before the Board, Colonel Gore remarked to him that he felt rather jealous that he should have written to the Commissioners, especially as the Guardians were doing their utmost for the comfort of the paupers; and that Mr. Madden must be aware of the state in which the Union was given over to them, that contractors had sold off all the furniture, &c. and that he should have represented the matters of which he complains to the Board before he had written to the Commissioners.
     Mr. Madden did not wish to give the Guardians any annoyance but he thought it pitiful to see unfortunate creatures eating their stirabout with their fingers off the bare boards. He only discharged, he said, his conscientious duty and acted according to the directing of his bishop. The evil was to be seen by the Guardians as well as by him, and if he communicated with the Board his letters would be unnoticed, as had already been the case.
     Captain Hamilton always understood that the Commissioners wished that there should be a communication first with the Guardians on such matters, and that it was his habit always to do so.
     Mr. Bredin told Mr. Madden that all his letters were replied to.
     Mr. Madden - Was my last?
     Mr. Bredin - It was attached in the minutes and forwarded to the Commissioners.
     Mr. Madden then opened a rather long conversation on this subject by telling Mr .Bredin that there was no use humbugging any more about it, and wished the Guardians good day.
     The following resolution was then ordered to be placed on the minutes: -
     Resolved - That with reference to a letter of the Rev. Mr. Madden to the Poor Law Commissioners referred to us for our remarks; while protesting against the propriety of any officer of the union making such a representation without first communicating with the Board, we in courtesy to the Commissioners beg to observe that just as the present Board entered into office the entire furniture including the articles, the want of which Mr. Madden deplores, was sold off under an execution for debt contracted by the Vice-Guardians, and the almost entire of furniture of the auxiliary houses of Ardnaree has been placed there by a private individual whose property it is; nor can we, though making every possible exertion, promise a satisfactory state of things while a debt of 20,000 hangs over us which puts the comfort, we might say lives, of thousands at the mercy of any individual contractor. We shall, in conclusion, only add that it is wonderful matters are generally in so good a state as they are under such unfortunate and oppressive circumstances. Even this day a contractor from whom some of the beds, &c, (sold off by him), are now hired by the Board, threatened to possess himself of same, the Board being unable to pay the weekly hire in consequence of the treasurer having impounded the entire lodgments.
     Messrs. Hearne and Joynt were declared contractors for Barley meal at 6 15s. per ton, and for Indian Meal at 7 17s. 6d.; Messrs. Hugh, Gallagher and Co. for Oat Meal at 9 7s. Whole Wheaten Meal at 10 per ton, and for Barrack Flour at 28s. per barrel.

     ANNUAL PLOWING MATCH - The annual ploughing match of the Markree Farming Society will be held on the 14th inst on the farm of the Widow Browne, at Liddane. A very spirited competition is expected. We would fain impress on the several classes of farmers (particularly those in good circumstances), the necessity of their taking a lively interest in such Societies, not only for their own benefit, but the great good it may afford thousands who require nothing more than an example to follow. -- Sligo Guardian.

     ROBBERY. - On Thursday night last, a party of unknown burglars broke into a barn belonging to John Martin, of Ougham, near Riverstown, and stole a firkin of butter, two sacks of corn, five hundred of onions, and several other valuable articles therefrom. Martin's son married a young woman of mean descent lately, contrary to his father's wishes, for which he discarded him, and it is strongly supposed that the abandoned son was the head of the robbery.

     William Flynn, formerly clerk in the office of a solicitor in Clonmel, is committed to gaol, charged with forging the names of the Assistant Barrister, Mr. Sergeant Howley, the Clerk of the Peace, M. Prittie, Esq., and the High Sheriff elect, Colonel Wray Palliser, to a dismiss, and obtained the costs on the forged document. It was the signature of Col. Palliser, not yet sworn into office, that alerted suspicion.

     Mr. J.N. Blake, of Eyre-square, Galway, a Roman Catholic, defends the Queen's College against Archbishop M'Hale. He says - As the Lord of Hosts opened the mouth of his ass to warn Balaam when he was coming to anathemise the Israelites, so let my "vox asini" implore your lordship to pause ere you crush the aspiring ardour of youth, and annihilate its energies, which would be useful to itself and mankind, but which might be under different circumstances induced not only to execrate your memory, but as many here done before to fling Pope and Popery to the wind."

     The coastal population of Donegal, in the neighborhood of Rutland, and the isle of Arranmore, have taken to the manufacture of kelp, and the past summer has proved very profitable; the demand has been quite equal to the supply; the price has ranged from 50s. to 60s. a ton; and the abundance of that kind of sea weed which yields a large quantity of iodine enable the people employed in its collection to earn good wages. An extensive manufactory has been established at Rathmelton and a good deal of kelp found in the Rosses is bought up by the agents from Scotland.

     EMIGRATION OF THE MIDDLE CLASSES - We are glad to learn that the reputable firm of Sir John Pirie and Co have chartered several vessels for the purpose of carrying out emigrants of the middle class to Australia. The numerous complaints of want of punctuality, as to the time of sailing of the badness and deficiency of provisions, of the absence of proper accommodations, and of gross disorder during the voyage, have had a considerable effect in deterring intending emigrants of decent character and habits from proceeding.-- Manchester Times.
    

BALLINA CHRONICLE
Wednesday, February 13, 1850

BIRTHS

     At Knockany Glebe, the Lady of Standish Thomas O'Grady, Esq., of a son.
     At Galway, the Lady of Joseph Evans, Esq., of a daughter.
     At Laughrea, the Lady of B. Mac Donnell, Esq. Paymaster of the Draining Service, Public Works, of a son.
     At Downpatrick, the Lady of George Dickson, Esq. Sub-Inspector of Constabulary, of a son.
     At Learmount, county Derry, the Lady of John B. Beresford, of a son.
     At Portland, Cape Town, the Hon. Mrs. Henry Barrington, of a son.

MARRIAGES.

     Rev. Charles Hort, Chaplain to the Garrison of Dublin, to Alie Carroll, daughter of the late John Egar, Esq., Tipperary.
     William A. Lannder, Esq. of Bonnybeg, county Leitrim, to Catherine E. Nina, daughter of J. Keogh, Esq. of Lisalea, Blackroe, County Dublin.
     In Belfast, William Stewart, Esq. of the Provincial Bank of Ireland, to Cecilia, daughter of the late Lieut. Thomas Hill, Royal Navy.
     At Athlone, Christopher G. Plunkett, Esq. J.P. to Anna, youngest daughter of the late James Sproule, Esq. of Longfield, county Roscommon.

DEATHS.

     Charlotte, widow of Henry C. Carter, Esq., M.D. of Monswee, Queen's County, and sister of the late Col. W. Neynoe, of Castle Neynoe, county Sligo, formerly of the 27th Regiment.
     At Roundfort, Ahascragh, county Galway, F. Brennan, Esq. of disease of the heart.
     In Baggot-street, Dublin, Able Ram Woodroofe, Esq, solicitor, oldest son of Able Woodroofe, Esq, of Gorey.

THE STORM OF WEDNESDAY
(From the Limerick Chronicle)

     From an early hour yesterday, and during the entire of last night, it blew a violent gale from N.W. accompanied with heavy showers of rain and sleet which fell almost without intermission, the storm increasing in fury towards evening, as the tide rose when the wind became so powerful, and the gusts so  frequent, that shops had to be closed, and pedestrians were unable to walk the streets. The public lamps were extinguished in many parts of the city, window glass was broken, house tops stripped of slates, and a number of chimneys were blown down in the old town. The vessels in port rode out the gale, but fears are entertained of the shipping at Tarbert, Scattery and Foynes. The only accident of a fatal character we have to record is the melancholy fate of Captain Warran, master of the Energy of this port, which vessel is lying up at the North strand side of the river. It appears that between ten and eleven o'clock last night as the Captain was going on board, he was blown off the plank leading form the quay to the shop, into the river and perished. The body of deceased, who was only lately married, was washed ashore this morning.
     A young lad had his head laid open last evening in Henry-street, by a brick falling upon him from the Queen's stores.
     A carman was blown down, in George's-street, this morning by the violence of the storm and had his leg broken.
     The mail train leaving Thurles at 6 a.m. this morning killed a man near Buttevant, the high wind having prevented the unfortunate sufferer, who was walking on the line at the time, from hearing the approach of the train. His head was severed from his body.
     The storm raged so furiously on Saturday night that a woman was blown down and had her leg broken.

WRECKS ALONG THE COAST

     As was generally anticipated, the gale of Wednesday morning occasioned a fearful loss of life and property on every point of the coast. A storm more destructive in its consequences has not visited this country for many years, and the accounts which have been received furnish a sad and numerous list of fatal disasters.
     The Western coast suffered to a great extent, and it is to be feared that other losses are to be added to the report of those already known. During the height of the hurricane a vessel called the Lord Duncan, Mr. Knapman, master, of Dartmouth, went ashore on a part of the coast called Mawgan Porth. The immense breakers quickly shattered her to pieces and every soul on board speedily perished. Similar melancholy events occurred off Ilfacombe, where a Fowey vessel was wrecked with all hands, Brixham and other ports as far as the Land's End. About four miles to the eastward of Boscotte, on the Cornwall coast, a fine Spanish brig, called the Principle Alberto, M. de Galdix bound from Glasgow to Havannah, was lost, and the escape of the crew was only effected by the coastguard throwing them Dennet's rocket line. The crew were twelve in number, and when brought ashore were in a very exhausted condition. They had given themselves up for lost some time before their rescue.
     On the Welsh coast, both on land and sea, great mischief was produced. The storm raged with terrible fury, and numerous buildings at Aberystwith were blown down; the church of the town suffered considerably. At Cardigan an appalling wreck occurred. While the gale was blowing with all its previous violence on Wednesday morning a vessel was observed to be making for the harbour; she was just on the verge of crossing the bar, when she was thrown on a formidable shoal, and the next movement the breakers made a formidable break over her. Boats from the shore were of little service in preserving the crew; in a short time the masts were carried away, and the sea making a clean sweep over the wreck, eleven of the unfortunate crew were swept overboard and drowned; the master, Mr. Donohue, and a seaman being the only parties saved. The vessel was ascertained to be the Thetis, belonging to Limerick, and was late from Newport. She speedily broke up and the beech was strewn with portions of her wreckage. None of the bodies of the sufferers have as yet turned up.
     In the St. George's channel the same fearful weather was experienced, and a fine American ship, named the John P. Whitney, Captain Gladden, was wrecked. The crew and passengers took to the boats (two) and were picked up by a steam tug and conveyed to Liverpool. The last accounts from the wreck state that she was rapidly breaking up. She was quite a new vessel, of 796 tons burden, laden with flour, meal and grain, and was the property of Mr. Cladden of Philadelphia.
     On the Isle of Man so violent was the gale that it led to the well-known windmill at Castletown being destroyed by fire. The wind having got hold of the sails forced round the machinery, with such force that the friction set the mill on fire, and the entire building with its houses was consumed.
     It was on the northern and eastern portions of the coast however that the fury of the gale was experienced more severely than probably in other parts. Even in the Thames, near Southbend, several serious wrecks happened. Two vessels were lost at Sherbury Ness, and one wreck was attended with fatal consequences. A formidable sea was running in the Swin; numerous collisions occurred and several vessels were compelled to run for Harwich to make good their damage. A short distance form the Dudgeon light a laden brig was seen to go down on the morning of Wednesday, and there is every reason to believe every soul on board perished. The Antelope steamer on her passage from the Thames to Hull saw the foundering of the ill-fated vessel; the unhappy crew were seen in the rigging waving for assistance, but the gale prevented any attempt being made to save the poor fellows.
     In a small fishing place called Staithes, to the eastward of Birlington, much distress has been caused by the supposed loss of four or five fishing vessels, with their crews during the storm. A large number of craft put to sea just before the gale came on, when finding the wind getting up, they succeeded all but four in returning. Nothing has since been heard of the missing vessels, and little doubt exists but that they are lost. The names of their respective crews were Daniel Cole, John Brown, Robert Brown, James Fell, Writhunk, Thomas and John Brown (brothers), John and Isaac Harrison (brothers), Mathew Heaker, Thomas Dawson, William Wade, and George Brown. Off Shields several wrecks occurred and many other similar events happened on the same line of coast.
     On the western coast of Scotland the gale did fearful havoc. Near Ayr a fine barque, named the Jubilee, of Sunderland, bound to Smyrna, from Troon, was lost on the Brest rocks, and melancholy to relate, five of the crew were drowned - viz., the chief mate and four seamen. Another fine barque called the Margaret, from New Orleans, was wrecked near the same rocks.
     At Ardrossan a fine steamer was burnt while the gale may be said to have been at its height. The Isle of Arran, which plies between that port and Arran, was discovered to be on fire round the funnel and under the boilers, and the flames having got vent the wind wafted them with great rapidity over the vessel. With a view of saving some portion of her an attempt was made to settle her; but ere that could be accomplished she was burnt almost to the water's edge.
     Her Majesty's steamer Onyx, whose wreck at Ostend has been reported, continues according to the last accounts, stranded about 200 yards to the eastward of the pier, but hopes are entertained should the weather moderate, of her getting off.
     Intelligence has been received in Belfast, of the loss of the schooner Water Nymph, of that port, John M'Mullan and J. Wilson, owners, on Wednesday morning last, at the mouth of Loch Ruan. All hands perished. Lloyd's agent at Stranraer, immediately on hearing of the occurrence, sent a person to take charge of the vessel, which, it was feared, would become a total wreck. On Wednesday morning, the bodies of two men and a boy, part of her crew, were seen floating about, but they could not be got at.
     The Edinburgh Witness gives the following particulars of the casualties produced by the heavy gale on the west coast of Scotland: - On Tuesday the gale which we experienced here blew on the west coast with a severity unequalled in duration since that of 7th January 1839; and a considerable amount of damage was done to the shipping, which in several places drifted from the moorings. The barque Margaret, of Streenock, went ashore a little north of Dunure, and it is feared will become a total wreck. The crew were safely landed, but a young man having rashly attempted to swim to the vessel for his chest was drowned. The barque Jubilee of Sunderland, from Troon to Smyrna, went ashore on Brest Rock, four miles north of Garvan. The crew, amounting to ten men, took to the small boat, which however, shortly grounded upon a rock and three of the men got out of the boat for the purpose of pushing it off, and were left remaining on the rock. In their intention they succeeded; but it had not got well off till a huge sea rolled over it, the boat instantly filled, and went down like a stone. One of the men, by extraordinary exertion, managed to swim within reach of an intrepid lad of the name of Harkness, who dashed through the surf and brought him ashore, and by a desperate effort on the part of the lad Harkness, brought from deeper water, though in such an exhausted condition that he remained completely insensible till five o'clock in the afternoon. He is expected, however, to recover. The other five men who were in the boat perished, and were carried out by a strong current. In the meantime, the three poor fellows left on the rock were rescued from their dangerous situation by two young fishermen, who deserve special notice for their heroic exertion, in venturing on their noble mission amid the terrible breakers that raged with such unbridled fury. The vessel is now lying on her beam-ends, and there is no doubt that she will become a total wreck. During he storm the schooner John Knox, and the sloop Nelly, of Belfast, M'Cambridge, master, dragged their anchors at the Tail of the Bank, Greenock and came in collision, when the latter had her bowsprit and mainboom broken, her bulwarks smashed, rudder case destroyed and larboard rigging torn away. In the course of the morning she was driven ashore in Cartsdyke Bay. At the moment of collision the crew took refuge on board the schooner, and came on shore in the afternoon when the gale subsided. The lighter Amelia was driven ashore in Cartsdyke Bay, and went to pieces. The ship Jamaica, Marin from Glasgow for Trinidad, was at anchor in Gourock Bay. The gale drove her among the rocks at Whitefarlane Point, near the Battery, where she lay that night, but it is hoped she will be got afloat without material injury. In the neighbourhood of Largs other small vessels are reported ashore.

 

 

     PAPAL EMIGRATION - About 1,000 Irish men are at this season of the year on the city of Boston for support. Almost daily emigrants arrive, in the worst possible condition, and in most cases one or more papal priests come out with each load, and have the perfect mastery of the hole concern - commanding the men and caning the children. A visit this week to Ceer [sic-Deer] Island, the place assigned by the city for the reception of this class, revealed some of the practical working of the papacy. Almost to a man those who arrive are ignorant, filthy, and vicious. No confidence can be placed in their word. They are true to nothing but their priests. When asked who sent them and paid their passage, the reply usually is, "The priest paid their passage." When asked, "Where are you going?" the answer is, "Oh, to the best place." On several occasions these priests have attempted to interfere with the arrangement of the island. The books of the children have been removed, and other acts indicating a desire to control the place. But a decisive check has been given to all such efforts. Religious service is held each sabbath, at which all are required to be present. A sabbath school and a day school are in successful operation. Upon the arrival of emigrants they are taken to a house built for that purpose, stripped of all their clothes, scrubbed most thoroughly with soap and water, their hair is cut, old clothes burned, and new suit given - and a ticket for passage to any part of the country; and the whole bill is charged to the ship which brings the person over, and is readily paid by the owners. Some owners have paid four hundred dollars for a single load of emigrants, and yet they find the business profitable. Dr. Monaly, formerly of Brooklin, New York, is at the head of the Deer Island establishment, and is most admirably adapted to the position he fills. As Protestants we begin to feel the power of this papal emigration. In Lowell and some of the older manufacturing cities the foreigner is driving out the native population. A change in morals, Sabbath desecration, and waning religious institutions make the onward march of the Man of Sin. -- New York Evangelist.

MALICIOUS OUTRAGE

     On the night of last Wednesday a dwelling house, the property of Maria Fair, on the lands of Cartern, in the parish of Attymass, was malicously set on fire and reduced to ashes. The perpetrators of this outrage have not yet been discovered, nor can any cause be assigned for it.

ROBBERY

     On Monday night a large quantity of barley and potatoes was stolen from the stores of the Right Rev. Dr. Feeny, Roman Catholic Bishop of this diocese. The depredators effected an entrance after having broken locks and wrenched off iron bars.

REV ARTHUR MOORE

     We were glad to find that the Rev. Arthur Moore had so far recovered from his late indisposition as to have been able to take part in the Divine service in the parish church on Sunday, on which occasion he delivered one of his usually instructive and impressive sermons, from the beautiful words of the Psalmist - "How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God."

VAGRANCY

     We are glad to find Mr. Healy and Mr. Shaw doing their duty. The removal of the many strolling beggars which they have affected is very gratifying, and we are confident their exertions will be untiring until the last of them is removed.

MEETING OF THE GUARDIANS

     The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this union was held on Saturday, at which the Chairman (Colonel Gore), Mr. T. Jones, Mr. Symes, Mr. Bredin, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. Pratt, Mr. Crofton, Mr. Gardiner, and Mr. Joynt attended. There was no business, beyond the usual routine, brought under consideration. The clerk was absent, being summoned to Dublin on the trial of Malley v. Gurney.

     THE STORM - On Tuesday last we were visited with a most tremendous storm, which continued with unabated fury till Wednesday morning. Several houses in town and neighbourhood were completely demolished. Several trees were blown down; exposed portions of the jail and poor house were stripped of slates and tiles, and considerable damage to property has been suffered. The wind still continues and is accompanied by severe showers of hail and rain. We have not experienced such boisterous and cold weather for several years past. On Wednesday morning, during the hurricane, whilst two fine boys, sons of Mr. Russell and Mr. Havelyn, were returning from school, and, whilst passing Mr. Clifford's house, the entire slates fell, crushing them beneath the ruins; and, when rescued from their fearful position, were found to have been severely injured, each having sustained fractures of the limbs, head, and serious other bruises. They were at once removed to the Mayo Infirmary, where they lie in a precarious state. With this exception, we have heard of no other accident. -- Mayo Constitution.

     THE NEW SHERIFFS - We understand that Charles Mahon, Esq., is to be sworn in High Sheriff for this county during the ensuing week, and Patrick Glynn, Esq., solicitor, Sub-Sheriff. It is rumoured that Mayo assizes will take place about the 10th March. -- Mayo Constitution.

MISCELLANEOUS

     A large American liner from London with emigrants is on shore at the North of Ireland.
     Messrs. Erskine & Co., extensive in the corn trade, have stopped payment.
     Salmon is spelling in Limerick market at  1s. 3d. per pound.
     The entire of the National School House at Rathmines was burned on Sunday morning.
     250 damages was last week returned against Mr. Fawles, manager of a bank at Dungarvan, for falsely imprisoning William Lee, of same town.
     There is a report of Suir Castle, an ancient ruin, having been blown down in the violent gale on Wednesday morning.
     As a fishing boat containing eight persons was about to put ashore at Streeda point, eight miles from Sligo, laden with the proceeds of their night's toil, it was upset in a heavy surf, and four men were drowned.
     Sealed orders have been received from Commissioners by the Guardians of Ennis Union, restricting the admission of paupers to the workhouse to 3,600. At present there are over 3,000 inmates receiving relief.
     Letters have been received in Dublin, announcing the safe arrival of Messrs. Martin and O'Doherty in Sydney Bay. The fact of the Mountstuart Elphinstone not having touched at the Cape had raised apprehensions as to the fate of the prisoners and crew, which are removed by this intelligence. Mr. Martin's health was stated to be improved.
     Salaries of the Incumbered Estates Commission - First Commissioner - Baron Richards, per annum, besides his salary as Baron of the Exchequer, 3,000; second Commissioner- Dr. Longfield, 2,000; third Commissioner - Mr. Hargreaves, 2,000; Secretary Mr. Flanagan, 1,000; Examiner - Mr. Carey, 300; General Clerk - Mr. Fitzgerald, 300; Accountant - Mr. Armstrong, 300 - Total - 10,200

THE ARMY

     Lieut. Moore, Depot Paymaster, and Ensign Lidwell, Depot Adjutant, 19th, will resign their appointments next month and will embark in April for Canada. Lieuts. Ellerman and Ashworth are on passage from Canada; the former succeeds Lieut. Moore as Depot Paymaster, and the latter Ensign Lidwell as Depot Adjutant. Lieutenant Moore will shortly succeed to a company, by purchase.
     Quartermaster Dunbar succeeds to the Paymastership of the 74th Highlanders, vice Lambert who retires.
     Capt. Smyth, 57th, was entertained to a farewell dinner by all his brother officers of the regiment at Enniskillen, on the occasion of his leaving for Ennis, to assume the duties of District Staff Officer of Pensioners.
     Capt. Hicks, 41st, Cork, is on leave of absence, preparatory to retiring from the service, and it is said taking to the stage professionally, for pure love of the Dramatic muse.
     The 57th are to remain at Enniskillen, and the 74th at Limerick this year.
     For the piece of plate, to the Duke of Richmond, 870 is subscribed by the Pensioner officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates on pension.
     Private Foway, 20th, was killed by his comrade, Richardson, in a quarrel about a female in London, Upper Canada, last month. The offender is committed on a verdict of wilful murder.
     George Byrane, a private of the 89th, was found drowned at Banagher, on Friday, where he had fallen off the bridge.

     The following is the strength of the Army in Ireland for February: - 10 Dragoon Regiments, 3,300; 2 Troops of Royal Horse Artillery, and 10 Battalion Companies of Artillery, 1,190; 24 Regiments of Infantry, 10 Depots of Infantry, and officers of Royal Engineers, 21,200. Total Rank and File, 25,720. Together with 12,000 Constabulary and 21,800 Enrolled Pensioners.
     Three Cavalry Regiments moved from Ireland to England, viz. - The Scots' Greys, the 8th Hussars, and 13th - to be replaced by two, the 5th and the 7th Dragoons.
     The 13th Light Infantry, at Belfast, is the Regt. selected to be withdrawn from Ireland to England.
     Two vessels, with pensioners for Australia, sail in the "Maria" from Tilbury Fort.
     The 75th Regt. arrived in good health at Umballa on the 24th December.
     Lieutenant Porte, 7th, Capt. Lumsden, 34th, and Ensign Traherne, 39th, sold out of the service on Friday.
    

     SACRILEGE - About ten o'clock in the morning of the 21st instant, a fellow named Tim Dea, supposed to be a native of Kerry, entered the Church of Newport, through the vestry-room window. He was seen forcing his way into the sacred edifice by Mr. Langor Carrey, who informed the police, who immediately proceeded to the church and found the thief crouched and endeavouring to conceal himself under a table in the vestry-room. He was instantly arrested and committed for trial. --Nenagh Guardian.

     On Friday night last, a fine sheep belonging to Meredith Thompson, Esq. was stolen off his lands near Keash, and brought to a lonely place some distance off where it was killed and divided. We regret to hear that depredations of this kind are on the increase to that locality. The police are making every exertion to discover the thieves but as yet without success. On the same night, two sacks of corn were stolen from a man named O'Gara, near Riverstown- no trace of thieves can be discovered.--Sligo Guardian.

ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE GROWTH OF FLAX IN IRELAND.

     The monthly committee meeting was held in the society's rooms, Belfast, on 30th January. There were present - E. Grimshaw, Esq, J.P., Mossley, in the Chair; Sir R. Bateson, Bart, Belvoir Park; J.T. Reilly, D.L., Searva House; W.G. Andrews, Comber; George Greer, J.P., Lurgan; John Herdman, Robert M'Kibbin, M.D., William Valentine, John Preston, William Coates, J.P., R. Hull, R. Niven, Chrome-hill; and James Campbell, Esqrs.
     A variety of correspondence was submitted to the meeting, chiefly from landed proprietors, throughout Ireland, who are anxious to have the services of the society's agriculturists, this year. Among the districts from which these applications came were localities in the counties of Clare, Tipperary, Limerick, Kilkenny, Cork, Wicklow, Sligo, Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Queen's county.
     A discussion having arisen relative to the value of Schenck's patent system for steeping flax, in consequence of complaints, that the linen made from flax thus prepared was inferior in quality.
     Two gentlemen stated, that if they had spun a good deal of this flax, and that the yarn was strong and of good quality, which they considered conclusive as to the inaccuracy of the report, as, if the flax had been weak, the yarn could not have been strong.
     Sir Robert Bateson said that Sir R. Ferguson had just been with him, after inspecting the sleeping concern at Cregagh, near Belfast, and that he appeared satisfied with what he had seen. On a former occasion he had doubts as to the truth of the statements made respecting the advantages of the system arising from an unfavourable report made to him by a person whom he had sent to inspect the concern at Newport, Mayo.
     Mr. Valentine said that the quality of the flax at Newport was very inferior and that the person sent thither had a prejudice against Schenck's system.
     Mr. Borthwick cited an instance of a crop grown near Carrickfergus and prepared at Cregagh, which was valued at 63s per cwt.
     It was arranged that a sub-committee, consisting of R. M'Kibbin, Mr. Preston, and the Secretary, should have a trial made in order to have the opinion of competent judges.
     A sample of flax, grown in 1849, by Mr. M'Carten of Warringstown, sent by Messrs. Dunbar, M'Master and Co., Gilford, was exhibited  with a letter from Mr. M'Carten, from which the following is an extract:-
     "I got 13s. per stone for what flax I grew last year, one acre and a rood, Irish measure, produced me 32 10s. I got the seed (Riga) from the Messrs. J. Preston & Co. My average price, since I began to grow flax under the directions of your society- say the last five years - has been 14s 5d per stone."
     It was stated by a member of the committee, that Mr. M'Carten's flax had, one season, brought the high price of 150 per ton in Leeds, and was considered good value by the purchaser.
     The Secretary introduced to the meeting Matthew J. Anketell and James Stirling, Esqrs, as a deputation from the Royal Dublin Society, to request the co-operation of the Royal Flax Society, in the organization and arrangement of the triennial exhibition of manufactures, to be held in Dublin in July next.
     These gentlemen addressed the meeting in reference to the subject.
     Mr. Stirling read to the meeting a list of the prizes proposed to be given. In the class of "raw material" there would be medals to the value of 20 and eighteen certificates. In that of "manufactures," 40 in medals, and eighteen certificates. In "machinery," 30 in medals and six certificates. In "fine arts", 40 in medals and four certificates. And, further, twenty-four certificates to be reserved for allocation, as the committee may deem advisable, under the sanction of the judges.
     A resolution, that the request of the Royal Dublin Society be acceded to, was then adopted and the meeting separated.

 

BALLINA CHRONICLE
Wednesday, February 20, 1850

    ABDUCTION - On the night of Saturday last a young woman named Catherine
Healy, about nineteen years of age, residing at Mount Nugent, near John's-well,
was seized upon at her house, and forcibly carried off by a man named Reilly,
who had been previously paying his addresses to her, but unsuccessfully. The
young woman, we understand, was daughter to a sergeant-major in the army, who
dying, left her 309 to be held in trust by the Right Rev. Dr. Healy, R.C.
Bishop of Carlow, and this little fortune seems to have tempted the rejected
suitor to the desperate course which he adopted. Assisted by another person,
named Reilly, his cousin, and also accompanied and abetted by a man named
Richard Griffin, he seized the girl, and in spite of the resistance which she
could offer, carried her off in a covered car to the house of a Mr. Edmund
Cronyn, at Stonecarty, near Stoneyford. Here she was detained during the night
and following day, though she was treated with violence; however, in the evening
she found means of sending a message to the Stoneyford constabulary barrack,
requesting the police would go to Stonecarte without delay, but not mentioning
for what they were required. Notwithstanding the vagueness of the communication
Constable Kelly with two of his party promptly proceeded to Cronyn's house, and
the moment they were observed, the Reillys and Griffins rushed out of the back
door and made a precipitate retreat. Miss Healy called on the police to pursue
the runaways, which they immediately did, and Constable Kelly succeeded by
capturing Griffin after a warm run. The other policeman gave chase to the
Reillys for upwards of a mile, but were unable to overtake them. This is the
second case of abduction occurring in our county within a fortnight.--Kilkenny
Moderator.

MISCELLANEOUS
    Twelve died of cholera at Cahirciveen, county Kerry, last week.
Carlotta Grisi has commenced an engagement at the Dublin theatre.
Subscriptions are opened in the different wards in Dublin to sustain Mr.
Reynolds.
    The mountains on the Clare and Tipperary sides of Limerick are covered with
snow.
    Not one vessel has arrived in Limerick for the last eight days.
    There are a dozen deaths, for want of the necessities of life, reported in
Kilrush union, the last month.
    Robberies are very frequent in Cashel that whenever a house becomes vacant
either the windows or doors, or both are stolen.
    Lurgan bank was robbed by burglars a few nights ago and they carried off
the iron safe, fortunately, with only a few coppers in it.
    Patrick O'Connor at the time of his murder by the Mannings was reported to
have been worth from 7,000 to 8,000. His property of all kinds has scarcely
realised as many hundreds.
    A notice is served upon the Treasurer of the borough of Dublin, cautioning
him against paying any moneys during the disputed mayoralty of Mr. Reynolds,
M.P.
    The Court of Exchequer have refused the liberation of Capt. H.M'Mahon,
arrested on a judge's fiat for 350 damages on the affidavit of Miss Devine,
whom he had seduced and taken her money.
    The result of the Constabulary investigation at Ballymote, county Sligo, is
that Mr John Stuart, Sub-Inspector of Tubbercurry, has been placed at the foot
of his list, for disrespectful language to George Knox, Esq., the Resident
Magistrate.
    On Wednesday, a fine young woman, daughter to William Corcoran, who lives
near the canal at Mountmelick, fell into the harbour, while endeavouring to
cross over a style, the night being very dark and stormy, and was unfortunately
drowned.
    The barque Eclipse arrived at the Cape after a passage of 82 days from
Plymouth, brought 187 emigrants. About 20 of the unmarried females are young
girls from Irish workhouses. They are well conducted and most of them obtained
places in respectable families.
    At the Belfast police-office, the Commissioners of Inland Revenue
prosecuted Mr. John M'Kenna for sending two gallons of whiskey to Scotland
thereby depriving the revenue of the differential duty. The magistrates had no
alternative but to inflict the most mitigated penalty under the act, 50.
    On Monday last the members of the Connaught Bar, entertained their brother,
    George John Crawford, Esq., L.L.D. at a sumptuous entertainment at the Bilton
Hotel, prior to his departure for Australia, and presented him with a splendid
pair of silver claret jugs.
    An investigation was held in the Dungarvan Workhouse relative to the
attendance of the Roman Catholic Chaplain by Major Bolton, Poor Law Inspector,
and terminated in proving neglect of duty, by the death of Mary Mulgan, a pauper
inmate, without the last rites of religion.
    In consequence of a recent application from the magistrates, the police
force in the city of Kilkenny, are to wear brass numbers on their uniform, in
order to their being more easily distinguished one from the other. The numbers,
which extend from 1 to 45 will be worn on the front of the cap.

IRISH IMPORTS


    It appears really disgraceful to the Irish character that we depend on and
buy from England numerous articles which, with very little effort, we could make
ourselves, and thereby increase the profitable employment of our people,
diminish the poor rates and raise the moral character of the peasantry and
labouring classes. The manufacture of these articles has amassed princely
fortunes for enterprising individuals, and is now the means of maintaining whole
communities, nay large towns in England in respectability and independence. The
naming of some of those articles out to make us ashamed, their production is so
simple and the means so available.
    1st and 2nd. Sweeping Brush and Mop Handles - Common Walking Sticks. For
these we have the materials in ample abundance, and the quantity imported are
enormous.
    3d. Tobacco Pipes - It appears we have most superior clay for this article,
yet, because we will not take the trouble of following English and Dutch
improvements, our markets are overstocked with the pipes of these countries. We
have the improvements, which secure so extensive a sale before our eyes- yet an
Irish pipe is and has been an Irish pipe without change for the last century.
    4th and 5th. Shoe Blacking and Ink. Why should we let our neighbours have
the laugh at us for our sloth and neglect in having to by such trifles instead
of making them?
    6th and 7th - Straw Plait and Straw Bonnets. - What immense quantities of
these are imported by our large houses.- Pim at Ferrier's, Todd and Burns,
Cannock and Whites, Harvies, Collis and M'Birnie's, while we have females as
expert and intelligent and straw as excellent as any in Dunstable, or other
English towns, where the article is the source of comfort and independence.
    8th- Lucifer Matches.- Strange to say, our townsman, Mr. Bell, commented
the manufacture of this article in Dublin and was so little patronized that he
removed to London, throwing many here out of employment, and now that he employs
Englishmen in London, we purchase the article to at least ten times the extent
we did when he was here, and he has amassed a magnificent fortune by the
extensive demand in which the matches are held, and we have lost all the
advantage derivable from the manufacture of the quantity he dispose of.
    9th.- Labels for Grocers and Wine Merchants, &c. Bottle, Apothecaries,
do. - These are imported in millions, solely because our journeyman or master
printers will not arouse themselves to meet weekly in friendly intercourse,
discarding jealousy and interchanging opinion for the benefit of their craft,
and crying why it is they cannot produce the article as cheap as it can be done
in England.
    10th, Paper - This article, too, can be as well land cheaply made at home
as in England; but our manufacturers will not examine into the cause of the
inferiority of the article now produced, and with tact and energy find out how
that inferiority is avoided in France and England.
    11th, Traveling Caps, mechanics' and labourers' caps. - If, instead of
competing with the superfine productions of the Leeds and Yorkshire looms (which
have taken at least a century of care and improvements in these places, to bring
to their present perfection), we tried our hands at these humbler articles,
Kilmanock and other Scotch towns, would not take so much of our cash from
Ireland for these articles, now of almost universal use.
    12th, Porcelain - At Howth we have the finest porcelain clay neglected and
wasted.
    13th, Small looking glasses at 3d. per - These, by the energy of
Englishmen, are to be found through every fair and market in Ireland; the
English not only know how to produce, but they know how to push the sale, and
get them off their hands; they are at every man's door, and just where our
country girls congregate; these, our unemployed girls could make with ease.
    14th, Leather - We import immense quantities yet we send our hides abroad.
Why send any article of native produce from our shores in a raw state? Every
such production should be put through at least one stage of manufacture. It is
hardly creditable how cheaply these hides are brought from the butcher, and
their tanning would produce a most remunerating profit, and in the shape of a
leather get a ready market elsewhere. Our tanneries are half of them idle and
silent.
    We have labour- the source of the wealth of all countries; we have the raw
material at first cost. All we want to make us prosperous is industry, coupled
with judicious and energetic combination to devise the best mode of producing
the various articles above enumerated.--Evening Mail.

BALLINA PETTY SESSIONS


    These sessions were held on yesterday, Edward Howley, Esq, chairman. The
other magistrates presiding were Wm. Malley, Wm. Gardiner, and John Symes,
Esqrs.
    James M'Ginty and Myles Durkan were fined 2l. and 15s. respectively, for
fishing in the close season.
    Edward Howley was convicted in the penalty of 6l. or three months'
imprisonment for giving signals to parties at work in an illicit still house on
the approach of the Revenue Police at Cloontha, in the parish of Kilgarvin.
    Mary Geraghty was fined 6l. or 3 months' imprisonment for having or
harbouring illicit whiskey.
    Several decrees were obtained against defaulters for poor rates, labour
rates and county cess, at the suit of George S. Fenton and Oliver V. Jackson,
Esqrs.
    The Court did not enter into any of the cases in the criminal book.


    On Shrove Tuesday, at the usual Spring Commencements of the Dublin
University, Robert MacAndrew, Esq., of this town, was admitted to the Degree of
Bachelor of Arts.


MEETING OF GUARDIANS
    Ballina Union - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of the Union was
held in the Board Room on Saturday, Colonel Knox Gore in the chair. Among the
other Guardians present were Mr. Crofton, Mr. Bredin, Mr. J.V. Jackson, Mr.
Howley, Mr. Gardiner, Mr. Symes, Mr. Malley, Mr. E. Orme, Mr. G. Orme, Mr.
Pratt, and Mr. A. Knox.
    The Chairman brought under the consideration of the Board the appointment
of a valuator, and wished that before advertising for tenders a maximum sum as
remuneration would be fixed. He said that in Dromore West Mr. Fenton had been
appointed at 95 though there were several tenders lower than his, but it was
considered and very properly, that the work could not be satisfactorily done for
a less sum.
    After some consideration on the subject 120l. was decided upon as the
maximum, but they would not bind themselves to this sum or to the lowest tender.
The Rev. Mr. St. George appeared before the Board to request an
investigation into the cause of the death of Widow Morrison, but in the absence
of Captain Hamilton it was postponed to Saturday next. The Rev. gentleman had
appeared on the previous board day and made some inquiries regarding the time
and registry of her death when it was found that she was sent from the Workhouse
to the Fever Hospital on the 18th of last month and died on the 22d.
No other business of any importance beyond the usual routine was transacted
when the Board adjourned at an unusual hour.

MARRIED
On Tuesday, the 12th inst., Thomas J. O'Donovan, Esq., to Miss Ellen Feeny,
both of Sligo. The ceremony was performed by the bride's brother, the Very Rev.
Mr. Feeny, P.P., at his residence Cairn's foot, Sligo, and graced by the
presence of the Right Rev. Dr. Browne, R.C. Bishop, the Mayor, Thomas Kelly,
Esq., and a large number of the clergy and gentry of the town and vicinity.


    Wm. D. Power, Esq., High Constable of Shanid, in this county, after having
received payment of Grand Jury cess at Shanagolden, was driving home when four
highwaymen attempted to stop him near Old Abbey-gate. Mr. Power whipped on his
horse and one of the fellows discharged a blunderbuss, the wadding of which
wounded his beast in the neck. Two men are committed by George J. Goold, Esq.,
R.M., for this daring outrage. A steward in the employ of Mr. Hurfory, civil
engineer, was subsequently robbed of a parcel of silver near the same place by
armed men. The other money in bank notes concealed on his person, fortunately
escaped their search. -- Limerick Chronicle.

BALLINA CHRONICLE
Wednesday, February 27, 1850

MEETING OF GUARDIANS


     BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this Union was
held in the Board room on Saturday, Colonel Knox Gore in the chair. Among the
other guardians present were Mr. Howley, Mr. Paget, Mr. Bredin, Mr. Crofton,
Captain Knox, Mr. Pratt, Mr. E. Orme, Mr. G. Orme, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. J.V.
Jackson, and Mr. Joynt. Richard Bourke, Esq., Assistant Commissioner, and
Captain Hamilton, Inspector, were also present.
     A letter from the Poor Law Commissioners was read in which they expressed
their readiness to assist in carrying out the views of the Guardians in
respecting the appointment of a resident magistrate of this union.
Mr. Howley said that Mr. Cruise was directed to reside in Ballina.
Mr. O'Malley, Relieving Officer for Ardnaree, gave notice of his intention
to resign his office.
     Mr. Wm. West was declared contractor for white bread at 5d. per 4lb loaf,
and Mr. Grose for brown bread at 3 1/4d. per 4lb loaf.
John Hopkins's tender for supplying 100 stone of wool at 16s. per stone was
accepted.
    The Rev. Richard St. George and the Rev. Arthur Moore, who had come into
the Board room at an early hour, requested Mr. Bourke to go into the
investigation as to the cause of widow Morrison's death.
    Mr. Bourke wished another day to be appointed, there not being sufficient
time then to enter upon the investigation. 12 o'clock on Wednesday next was then
agreed to; and Mr. Bourke said he would lay the depositions before the Board at
the next meeting, and that any Guardian who wished it might stand at the
investigation.

STATE OF THE HOUSE
Remaining on 9th Feb.................................3492
Admitted during the week........................... 183
Discharged ................................................ 125
Died.......................................................... 10
Remaining on 16th..................................... 3540
STATE OF FUNDS
Received during week.........................305 1 3
Paid.................................................... 240 11 10
On hand............................................. 32 8 0

BIRTHS
In this town, the lady of Thomas Dillon, Esq., Merchant, of a son.
In this town, on yesterday morning, Mrs. P. MacNulty, of a daughter.

MARRIED.
On Tuesday, at Carrakelly, by the Rev. Patrick Malone, R.C.C., Mr. Henry
Lochran, of this town, to Mary, daughter of Mr. Boyd of Carrakelly.

DIED.
On the 16th instant, at Browne-street, Carlow, in her nineteenth year
Bessie, eldest daughter of Rev. John Holmes, Wesleyan Minister.

Monday an inquest was held in the school house of Clendellae church,
Fermoy, on the body of the Rev. Robert Scott, who since the night of the 13th
ult had been missing. On Saturday last the body was found floating in the water,
and presented a number of wounds and contusions. On his person were found a
bible, prayer and hymn book, a silver pencil case, and a small card with the
following lines, as if the unfortunate gentleman had a presentment of his end:
"So teach us to number our days, that we may supply our hearts unto
wisdom."
"Great God! on what a slender thread
Hang everlasting things:
The eternal state of all the dead
Upon life's feeble strings.
Waken, O Lord, our drowsy sense,
To walk this dangerous road,
And if our souls be hurried hence,
May they be found with God."

The Colonial Emigration Commissioners intend to relieve the Irish
workhouses this year of a large number of young females.

On Wednesday night the parish Church of Ballinaclough, county Tipperary,
was robbed of the pulpit cloth and cushions.

The aggregate amount due to the firm of J.N. Russell & Sons, of Limerick,
for supplies to union workhouses is as much as 57,000.

The peasantry of the county Limerick, like their neighbours of Clare and
Kerry, are making a vigorous effort to prepare the ground for seed potatoes,
hoping in despite of past failures, for the reward of their labour by increased
produce. They have commenced operation thus early in the year, intending to have
the deed down in March.

George Tuthill, Esq., Faha, on Thursday was presented by his gardener with
a dish of new potatoes, very fine, and grown in the open air, never having been
under glass. They are of the species called "Early Man's."

Dr. O'Connor of Cahirsiveen, reports 65 cases of cholera in that union, of
which 30 proved fatal. Dr. Bentley also reports the epidemic at Valentia.

A young man named Boyle, servant to the Rev. Mr. Henry, P.P., is committed
to Roscommon gaol for the murder of Patrick Hall.

FATAL AFFRAY BETWEEN TWO BROTHERS.
    We have just received the following from our Ferbane correspondent: - "An
event of a most tragical nature took place between two brothers named John and
Patrick Egan, residing at Ballyduff, parish of Clonmacnoise, in this county, on
Tuesday last. These unfortunate individuals have for some time past been engaged
in a serious of petty altercations, arising out of conflicting claims, and
jarring interests, which have but too often led to the worst species of agrarian
crime; and which in the present instance has caused the fierce and unguarded
collision which eventuated in a catastrophe no less dreadful than that of
fratricide. The brothers Egan held a farm in copartnership, on the property of
A.C. Maggenis, Esq., and on the day in question, John, the younger of the two,
having proceeded to make a ditch, for the purpose of enclosing a strip of waste
land as an addition to his garden at the rere of his house, his ill-fated
brother, as it appears, opposed him in doing so- as there was no person present,
the particulars of the conflicted between them remains a mystery- but the broken
and bloody spade, and the bleeding gashes of the lifeless victim, upon whom they
had been inflicted, bore their silent attestation to the appalling fact that the
mark of Cain had been stamped upon another human brow; and that from the
polluted soil of the earth the blood of a murdered brother was once more crying
to heaven for vengeance. Both the murdered and the murderer were men in the
prime of life, and their united, and now unprotected families amount to
seventeen in number, thirteen of whom are children under twelve years of age;
but by the reckless act of a moment, desolation and ruin have been entailed upon
them all. The Egans were persons of spotless reputation, belonged to a rather
comfortable class, and to all, except each other, were agreeable, obliging, and
excellent neighbors. Yesterday an inquest was held on the body before B. Toy
Midgley, Esq, coroner, when a verdict of wilful murder was returned by the jury.
The coroner issued his warrant for the apprehension of the accused who has
absconded.--King's County Chronicle.


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