Ireland Old News
Wednesday, January 2, 1850
December 30, at Castleward, the
Viscountess Bangor, of a daughter.
December 29, in St. Mary's Church,
Donnybook, by the Rev. Beaver H. Blacker, brother of the bride, Richard Tipping
Hamilton, Esq. Poor Law Inspector, Belmullet, to Anna, eldest daughter of L.
Blacker, Esq., Solicitor of Customs, London.
October 12, at Lahore, Captain S.
Grant, her Majesty's 24th Regiment, eldest and beloved son and friend of Colonel
Grant, royal artillery.
HIGH SHERIFFS 1850-1851
Antrim-Alex. Montgomery, Esq. of
Potter's Walls, Antrim.
COUNTY OF WATERFORD - The estates of the following gentlemen, producing over £12,000 a year, situate in the county of Waterford, will be sold in the month of April next by the Commissioners of Incumbered Estates, viz: George Bennet Jackson, J.P., Glanbeg; Edward Galway, J.P., Duckspool; Jas. W.Wall, J.P., Coolnamuck Court; Richard Duckett, J.P., Tramore; Walter John Carew, J.P., Liskeran; Henry Parker, J.P., Green Park; James Fitzpatrick, Ballydonough; Wm Greene, Kilmahan Castle; Wm N Barron, Ballymacart; James Morris Wall, Clonea Castle; Astil Thomas Welsh, Hacketstown; Walter Ify Mansfield, Sleady; George Boate, Duckspool.--Waterford Mail.
We feel great pleasure in noticing the appointment of George John Crawford, Esq., L.L.D. of the Connaught bar, to be Chief Justice of Adelaide, with a salary of £1,000 a year.- Mr. Crawford has been known and respected amongst us from his infancy, and as the son of the late Rev. Dr. and Vicar-General of this diocess, and the nephew of our respected Clerk of the Peace. The appointment is hailed by a host of friends in this county.-- Longford Journal.
The Marquis of Ely, with his usual liberality, had each of his labourers, and many of the poor tenantry on the estate, bountifully supplied with a good substantial dinner on Christmas Day.--Fermanagh Mail.
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly
meeting of the Guardians of this Union was held in the Board Room of the
Workhouse on Saturday, Col. Knox Gore in the chair. Among the other Guardians
present were - Mr. Gardiner, Mr. Jones, Mr. G. Orme, Mr. T. Bourke, Mr. Howley,
Mr. Jackson, Mr. Symes, Mr. Crofton, Mr. Paget, Captain J. Knox, Mr. Bredin, Mr.
F. Orme, Major J.F. Knox, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Joynt, Mr. MacHugh, &c., Mr.
Bourke, Assistant Commissioner, and Captain Hamilton, were also present.
STATE OF THE HOUSE
Remaining on Sat. the 15th......................... 2966
FEVER HOSPITAL REPORT
Remaining in hospital on previous Saturday.... 118
There was a desultory conversation among the Guardians, on Saturday, at their meeting, as to the best mode of freeing the town from the number of vagrants with which it is now infested, but no definite resolution was adopted. We trust they will, on the next Board day, take it more earnestly into consideration and carry out the provisions of the Act with rigour and determination, so that the numbers who are daily pouring into the town may seek a livelihood and a home elsewhere than in the streets and purlieus of Ballina.
POOR RATES - OPINION OF COUNSEL.
1st quere - Is a landlord liable to be
successfully sued by a civil bill or otherwise for a rate struck during the time
his tenant was in occupation of his land, but which lands the tenant thereafter
asserted his right of entry and took possession, by leaving a caretaker in
charge of the lands; but did not otherwise occupy them, or did he use them for
any purpose or derive any profit from them, his caretaker merely superintending
the lands till they could be set?
The Ministry, it is said, will repeal
the window tax next session. It produces about a million and a half.
TOUR THROUGH ERRIS
SIR- Having been commissioned a few
weeks since for a visit and report on the value and capabilities of an estate
for the purchase of which a London gentleman was in treaty, situate in the half
barony of Erris, county Mayo, I availed myself of the half past 7 morning train
to Mullingar, arriving at Ballina at 11 o'clock, P.M., on the 9th of October,
and reaching Ballina at 9 o'clock in the ensuing morning. I reached my
destination at 4 on that evening, having travelled by the high road leading from
Sligo to Belmullet.
Wednesday, January 9, 1850
At Rahassane Park, County
Galway, the Lady of T.A. Joyce, Esq., of a son.
In Carrickfergus, John W. Cox, Esq.
Captain 13th Prince Albert's Light Infantry, eldest son of Sir William Cox,
Coolcliffe, Co. Wexford, to Emma Jane, daughter of the late Capt. Griffin Royal
OUTRAGE AND ATTEMPT TO MURDER.- Thomas Studdert, Esq. of Danganelly house, was waylaid on his return from Kilrush on Wednesday evening by two men, one of whom secured his horse by the reins, while the other inflicted a severe wound on his head with a stone. John Dosty and Michael Honan have been committed for trial for this outrage. It is believed that the miscreants were hired by other parties to assassinate Mr. Studdert, as he has taken an active part in successfully checking abuses and exposing frauds in connexion with the administration of poor laws in his neighbourhood. -- Limerick Chronicle.
PEERS' DEATHS - 1849
1. January 1 - George, Earl of Arran,
G.C.B. His Lordship dying unmarried, the Earldom and Barony of Eden became
extinct, but his other titles devolved upon his brother, Hon. and Right Rev.
Eden, Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man, present and third Lord Auckland.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the
death of the soldier's friend the Duke of York, in 1827.
PROMOTIONS AND EXCHANGES.
7th Regiment of Dragoon Guards-
Veterinary Surgeon George Edin, from 3d Light Dragoons, to be Veterinary
Surgeon, vice Gardiner, who exchanges.
During the past year 15 Flag Officers
departed this life.
BRUTAL MURDER - About five weeks since an inhuman murder, and attempt at a second murder, was perpetrated by an old beggarwoman named Catherine Connelly, who lived at Lanaght, within about seven miles of Dunmanway. In the neighbourhood of Lanaght, a family resided of the name of Driscoll- a man and his wife and a female child of about seven years of age. On the day of the murder, Driscoll left home to attend to his field work and his wife, having promised to be in Dunmanway, got the child of a neighbour named Morris, also seven years of age, to keep company with the little Driscoll during her mother's absence. Shortly after the mother left, Connelly, who is about 70 years of age, went into the house with a young man of the name of Hurley, and shortly after Connelly took up the iron tongs and beat the two children on the head until she thought both were dead. She then ransacked the house and decamped, taking with her a piece of frieze and a piece of flannel, and three shillings in silver. In some time after a girl passed the door and saw the two children lying on the hearth and gave alarm to a policeman passing at the moment. The Constable found little Driscoll dead, but the life appeared not to have left her little companion, who under the care of Dr. Donovan has since recovered, and a few days since identified the murderers. For some weeks the murder was involved in mystery, until the little Morris was capable of speaking, when she gave the name of the old wretch. At this time the government offered a reward of £100 for evidence to lead to the conviction, and when the name was disclosed the police were quick in the search, and the murderess was arrested in Gurtnacrona between Drimoleague and Bantry. The prisoner will be committed for trial next week. The accomplice Hurly was turned approver.--Cork Constitution.
The Rev. Dr. Egar, of Belfast, received 800l. of a Christmas present from his numerous friends there.
The Rev. Dr Cahill is reported for the Presidency of the Queen's College, Galway.
Lord Seaham, son of the Marquis of Londonderry, while shooting at Wynyard Park, was struck in the eye by the rebound of shot from a tree, and it is feared will lose the vision.
Twenty-two females from the Dungarvan workhouse, selected for Australia, left on Wednesday for Plymouth, via Cork, the outfit of whom costs the union 12l. each.
By the death, without issue, of John T. Bland, Esq. of Blandsfort, Queen's County, the lineal descent from the year 1700 of the family estates has been broken.
THE CUSTOMS - J. M'Cormick, clerk at Cork, has been appointed Collector at this port in the room of John Jackson, Esq., superannuated.
MEETING OF THE GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION -
Wednesday, January 16, 1850
At Parsonstown, the Lady of Henry
Davis, Esq., of a son.
In Portrush Church, the Rev. J.S.
Eagar, to Alicia Lecky, only child of Staff Surgeon Kendal.
On the 10th instant, of influenza, at
Mountpleasant, Avenue, Dublin, Jane, wife of Captain John C. Peach, Roscommon,
and eldest daughter of the late Col Boyle Vandeleur, of Ralahine, county Clare.
Lieut. Hutton, late Light Dragoons, has
left Lemmington for Athlone, head quarters.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION ON THURSDAY
Comprising Mahogany Chairs, Tables,
including Dining Table, finished in the latest style, and made by Gibson and
Williams; Sofa and Dressing Tables, Bedsteads, Mattresses, Presses, Desks,
Commodes, Carpets, Fenders and Fire Irons, with China, Glass and Delph, together
with Harness and a variety of useful articles. Also a superior Piano with
REPRESENTATION OF MAYO.
Four candidates are already in the
field for Mayo Colonel Knox Gore, Mr. John D. Browne, Sir Wm. O'Malley and Mr.
Ouseley Higgins. The first is a Protectionist, and we learn that his canvass is
progressing most favourably. Mr. Browne is a Whig, and is nearly connected with
the Sligo family. This gentleman formerly represented the county in Parliament.
During the late year he took an active part in the proceedings of the relief
committee, and went to London to collect the means of alleviating the misery
which then pervaded and unfortunately still exists, in the West of Ireland. Mr.
Higgins is the nominee of Dr. M'Hale, and Sir William O'Malley also comes
forward as a Whig, without any chance of being elected, but having just enough
of support to divide the interest which might else achieve an easy victory over
the Spiritual Dictator.
The elevation of Sir Robert Peel to the
peerage is an event not far distant.
The debts of the Tralee union are over
The Raleigh, 50, Capt. the Hon. G.
Hope, with the pendant of Commodore Sir Thomas Herbert, K.C.B., arrived at Rio
Nov. 6, from Monte Video, and left Nov. 14 for Spithead to be paid off, having
been relieved by the Southampton, 50, Capt. Cory, with the flag of Rear Admiral
Reynolds, C.B., the new commander in chief.
The Lord Bishop of Down has presented
the Rev. C.S. Courtenay, Incumbent of Ballymacarret, to the Rectory of
Culfeightrin, vacant by the promotion of the Rev. T. Hincks.
FISHERY AFFAIR - It will be in recollection that a few weeks since the magistrates at county petty sessions, at the prosecution of the Conservators of the Shannon Fishery, convicted Stafford O'Brien, Esq., Patrick M'Namara, John Punch, Joseph Massay, Patt Dwyer, John Hayes, and Joseph Greene, in penalties of £2 each, under the 5th and 6th Vic., for having weirs erected in portions of the river not three quarters of a mile wide at low water of spring tide. Against these decisions appeals were lodged, the hearing of which came on this day before the Assistant Barrister. Counselor Graydon appeared for the conservators, Messrs. Gleeson and Joynt for the appellants. After a full hearing of the case against Stafford O'Brien, Esq., the court affirmed the decision of the magistrates, with £5 costs; and against all the other parties with £1 costs, his worship intimating that the applicants could bring the cases before the Court of Queen's Bench, by writ of certiorari.-- Limerick Chronicle.
On Monday night a barn belonging to James Brogan, of Rathkip, about two miles from this town, in which were a cow, a heifer and a large quantity of unthrashed barley, was maliciously set on fire and destroyed, together with the cattle and barley. The barn was on a farm Brogan had lately taken from Sir Roger Palmer and was about fifty perches from his dwelling. Some of his neighbors did not like his taking this second farm which is the only cause that can at present be assigned for the outrage.
There were 123 appeals against the poor law valuation tried at the Quarter Sessions now being held in this town. The Barrister generally reduced the valuation 30 per cent. The lessees of the Salmon Fishery at Foxford appealed against a valuation of £30 and got it reduced to £75.
The Rev. Arthur Moore of this town has
been appointed Surrogate for granting Marriage Licenses, &c. in the united
dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry.
UNION DEBTS - On Monday an execution
for £2,888 17s 11d, at the suit of Mr. John M'Andrew of this town was laid on
the goods and chattels of this Union Workhouse. A pretty state the affairs of
the union are in.
Wednesday, January 23, 1850
CROSSMOLINA PETTY SESSIONS
Magistrates present - Daniel J. Curice,
Esq., R.M., Mervyn Pratt and W. Orme, Esqrs.
(From our Crossmolina Correspondent)
On the night of the 20th inst., Mrs.
M'Cawley's shop was entered and 18s. together with several articles of shop
goods extracted therefrom. A decanter in which was some malt, and which was
emptied, and some castor oil, were left under the archway of her house.
SCENERY AT BELFAST
The summit of the Cavehill commands a sweep of great extent on every side; and, on a summer afternoon, when the sun's rays sparkle on the distant waters of Lough Neagh, Lough Strangford and the Channel, yields one of the most superb views in our islands. The busy town beneath, with its river, covered with shops of many flags and every form, gradually widening into Belfast Lough, and the latter losing itself between the Copeland and the Maiden Islands in the Channel, with the Scottish hills in Galloway for a back ground to the east, or the same river, winding its course up the fertile valley to Lisburn, now lost for a long distance, to be again revealed between corn fields or through trees in a narrow line of silvery brightness, and its densely-peopled banks, away from the ocean to its source, studded with little towns and numerous villas, catching the eye amid its many cottages, sometimes clustered round a tall chimney or gathered together at the corners of bleaching fields, that seem, even in July, to have a covering of snow; or over the Castlereagh hills, on the South-east, to Lough Strangford, with its many islands chequering its wide-expanses of water, surrounded by many pleasant villages, so hidden and out of the way of the world as scarcely to be known; or the sharp and distant summits of the Mourne mountains, raised by their Maker like a barrier between the dark South and the black North; or the corner of wide Lough Neagh and the Bann river, carrying away its waters to the North, and the Derry Mountains closing on the scene to the West.
COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH
The Queen, at the prosecution of John Jardine, v. F.W. Conway, Esq., proprietor of the Evening Post.
Mr. Whiteside, Q.C., (with whom was Mr. Napier, Q.C.,) applied
for a conditional order for a criminal information against Mr. Conway, for
publishing certain documents and articles in the Evening Post newspaper, of
which he was the registered proprietor. he moved on the affidavit of the
applicant, who deposed at great length to the facts connected with the
procession, &c., of Orangemen, which took place at Dolly's Brae, in the
month of July last, and stated the he believed it was the intention of the
government to prosecute him, at the next assizes for the county of Down for
joining that procession , and that certain publications, which appeared in the
Evening Post, viz., Mr. Berwick's report of the inquiry at Castlewellan, Mr.
Redington's letter relative to the dismissal of Lord Roden and the Messrs.
Beers, together with various leading articles, were calculated to prejudice him
upon his trial, as the newspaper in question was extensively circulated in the
north of Ireland.
IRISH PEERAGES - We extract from the memoirs of the Right Hon. Henry Grattan, by his son, M.H. Grattan, M.P.: - "The Lord Lieutenant did not wish to leave Ireland under the disgrace of the censure passed upon him. He accordingly waited till the ensuing year, and in the meantime applied himself to all the arts of corruption. It was generally stated the one of the Peerages was sold to Mr. Brown (afterwards Lord Kilmaine); another to Sir N. Lawless, (Lord Cloncurry); a third to Lord Limerick. They gave 3,000l. a piece for them.- This was laid out in a stock purse for the purchase of members in the lower House; and the circumstance was discovered by Mr. Brown quarrelling with Government, because they refused to return his son as one of the members.
A few nights since William Massy, a
blacksmith residing at Castleconnor, was proceeding home from the market of this
town when he was accosted by a man who had his face concealed by the collar of
his great coat and asked some questions relative to a plough iron the man had in
his hand. After giving him some directions about the iron Massy was about
proceeding on his way when the fellow struck him with the iron and inflicted a
severe wound on his head and robbed him of some money he had in his waistcoat
pocket. The perpetrator of this outrage has not yet been discovered.
OUTRAGE - On Monday night two houses at Clountha, in the parish of Kilgarvin, out of which John Cawly and Michael Kelly were ejected a few days previous, were set on fire and destroyed. A suspicion rests upon the former tenants as being the incendiaries.
An alarming fire broke out last night in a small stable belonging to Mr. James Dixon, at the rere of Bridge-street, through the carelessness, and we believe, intemperance of a servant. For a considerable time it raged with fury, having soon communicated itself to two other small thatched houses. Fortunately these houses were constructed only at one end with other buildings which were higher, so that the flames did not reach their roof, which was also of thatch, and the sparks, drifted by a slight breeze, fell on the slated house. Sub-Inspector Fox and all the men of the police parties stationed in the town and Ardnaree were quickly on the spot, together with a number of townspeople aroused by the cry of fire. Every exertion was used to keep down the flames and prevent their extending further. It was impossible to allay the alarm of the inmates of the surrounding houses, who went to much useless trouble in removing their furniture, which must have suffered much damage thereby.
ROBBERY AND NARROW ESCAPE OF THE THIEF. - On Thursday last a young man named Patrick Casey, stole £30 and some valuables from the house of his aunt, a Mrs. Ellen Commerford, who keeps a public house in Mooncoin. Two policemen immediately went in pursuit, and suspecting the rogue was bound for America, closely watched the packet on the quay at Waterford. Finding Casey did not go on board, the policeman determined on going to Dungannon in the steamer, for the purpose of intercepting him in case he should attempt getting to the vessel on the way. - When at Passage a boat put off, in which, as it approached, the Constables observed the intended emigrant, and were felicitating themselves on the certainty of effecting the arrest, but just as the boat came to the steamer's side, Casey observed some indication on board which did not augur auspiciously for the success of his emigration scheme, and he immediately ordered the boat to be put back in haste, and the constables to their horror, were compelled to look at the pray [sic] escaping from their fangs just as it came almost within their grasp.
HORRIBLE MURDER NEAR BORRISOKANE. - At half-past seven o'clock on last Saturday morning, as William Ardill, steward over the property of Mr. Falkiner, of Mount Falkiner, near Borrisokane, was passing through his employer's property, a shot was fired at him; the slugs with which the gun was loaded took immediate effect. Mr. Ardill fell dead immediately, having been shot through the heart, his blood flowing in abundance from his wounds and making a large pool where he lay. He left a wife and seven children, and in all respects he was esteemed as honest to his master, civil and obliging to those about him, attentive to his family, and most exemplary in all the relations of life. A deep mystery envelopes this atrocious crime. No clue whatever to the perpetrator has been discovered. It is a startling fact, in connection with this crime, that about five or six years ago a cousin and namesake of Ardill - and employed, we believe by Mr. Falkiner also - was murdered in the same place, and under circumstances of equal mystery, as though some persons were arrested on suspicion and lodged in jail, no evidence was brought forward afterwards sufficient to put the parties on their trail. -- King's County Chronicle
DEATH OF DR ELRINGTON
It is our painful task on this day to
record the very unexpected death of the Rev. Charles Elrington, D.D., Regius
Professor of Divinity, Trinity College, Dublin, and Rector of Armagh, in the
A remarkable brochure on the Poor Law
in Ireland, by Mr. Vincent Scully , Q.C., is in the press.
ATTACK ON A FARM HOUSE - On the 7th inst., the house of a farmer named Conway, residing near Roscrea, was attacked, the windows broken and a shot fired in through them. The supposed cause of the outrage is that Conway had taken some land from which tenants had been ejected.--Nenagh Guardian.
AMAZONIAN CONFLICT - As the Widow Laden, of Artrasna, near Lissadell, was leaving this town, about a week since, on her return from the market on a cart with her son, a small boy about 12 years of age, when near Tullyhill a man overtook her and insisted on getting on the cart. She, fearing he purposed robbing her, opposed him, and when he endeavoured to get on the cart, whether she would or not, she threw him off; he then attacked her with a stick, which, she wrested from him, and turning his own weapon against himself, effectually succeeded in preventing him from getting upon the cart. She then belaboured the horse with hearty good will with the stick, which turned out to be a formidable cane sword, and left the fellow far behind in a few minutes. He has not since been heard of. -- Sligo Guardian.
There were 20 paupers enlisted out of
the Nenagh workhouse into the 69th Regt. on Monday, and 50 out of the Roscrea
TWO MURDERS IN THIS COUNTY ! - On the night of Tuesday, the 15th inst., Edward Hurly, of Ballinahinch, near Knocklong, was murdered in his house in the presence of his wife and five children. Hurly and his family were after rising from prayers, and directed his son to look after the cattle before they retired to rest. The boy proceeded to the door, and upon opening it observed and armed man outside. The fellow told Hurley's son to go back, and with the muzzle of the gun forced him to the centre of the dwelling, when his father, mother, brothers, and sisters promptly assailed the intruder, who was repulsed; but, alas! the melancholy catastrophe is now to be told. As Hurley, the head of this brave family, was locking the door, the atrocious ruffian fired from without; the ball entered his left eye, carried away the upper part of the skull, and the innocent victim fell dead on the spot! Thursday night, a farmer named Edward Brien, of Duntryleague, returning home from the fair at Mitchelstown, was waylaid on the road and struck in the head with some sharp weapon, which fractured his skull. He died early on the following day. The only reason assigned for this murder is that he took land out of which others were ejected. -- Limerick Chronicle.
THE WRECK OF THE HOTTINGEUR.
On the morning of the 12th instant the
ship Hattingeur [note difference of spelling], 1050 tons register, John Bursley,
commander, from Liverpool, bound to New York, struck upon the Blackwater Bank at
5 o'clock a.m. and made signals of distress. At daylight the perilous situation
of the ship being observed from the shore, Mr. J. Agar, Coast Guard Officer in
charge of the Morriscastle station, put off with his crew, tow of them being
fishermen of same place, at the imminent risk of their lives, in order to render
assistance. Another boat called the Zephyr, of Ballinoulart, Philip Mittlen,
master, belonging to Mr. Murphy, put off at the same time and we are happy to
say that they, in conjunction with the boats belonging to the ship succeeded in
bringing to land all the passengers. At the time the passengers left the ship
her situation seemed to be utterly hopeless - the hold was full of water and the
sea making breaches over her. It was with extreme difficulty and peril that the
passengers and seamen were placed in the boats, the sea breaking with dreadful
violence on the bank. The passengers were unable to take anything out of the
ship except the clothes they had on at that time. - The boats happily succeeded
in reaching the shore, although with extreme difficulty, form the length of the
sea, and great distance, seven miles or more from the bank to land.
The brig Geister Hdolph, of Berth, 200 tons burden, on her voyage from Koningsberg to Liverpool, with a cargo of wheat, barley and peas, struck at ten o'clock on the night of the 13th instant, at Ballygeary, and is likely to become a total wreck. The master and crew were saved by the exertions of the coast guard and country people. -- Wexford Independent.
Wednesday, January 30, 1850
THREATENING NOTICE - On the morning of
Wednesday, the 16th inst., the following notice was found stuck on the bottom of
a plough belonging to James Conboy, a plough man in the employment of a man
named Martin Clancy, who resides at Coll????y [ink blot over townland name] :-
There are 57 Savings' Banks in Ireland.
Sir Richard de Burgho having satisfied
the guardians of this union, (Limerick) on Saturday, that Patrick Mannon had
paid poor rate in his own wrong, under a misplaced number in the collector's
book, he is ordered to be refunded the amount or get credit for same.
Mr. John Hudson, poor rate collector, is to be tried at Waterford assizes for wounding with a pistol shot Mary Bates, a defaulting rate payer.
THE POOR LAW - RIGHT OF TENANT
The repeal of the 77th section of the 1st and 2nd Vic., c. 56 has not a retrospective effect. It only affects cases and agreements made and entered into since the 1st of August last, and in all cases the tenant can insist upon his right to make a deduction on account of the poor rate, if he only take care to preserve that right by the introduction of a proper stipulation in that respect into the lease or contract, to which he may be about to become a party. Let there be no mistake in this poor law matter. All concerned should make well that in any demise or letting to be made for the future, the tenant will not have the protection of the 77th section, but must guard himself from the burden of entire poor rate by express and positive agreement.
At Island, Wexford, the Lady of William
Bolton, jun., Esq., of a son.
At Ardcarne Church, Wm. Wray, Esq. J.P.
Oak Park, county Donegal, to Anna, eldest daughter of the late Capt. Johnston,
D.C., Brookhill, county Leitrim.
At Carrick-on-Suir W.W. O'Donnell,
Esq., son of the late Wm. O'Donnell, Esq. of Cottage.
It has not before been our duty to notice with deeper feelings of regret any accident than that which occurred on this day se'nnight to Mr. George Hearne, of Palmyra Cottage, while out shooting at a short distance from this town. It was occasioned by the bursting of the left barrel of the gun into which he thinks he put a double charge. The first fingers of the left hand was completely carried away and the hand otherwise so much injured that Surgeons Whittaker and Neilson considered it necessary to cut if off from above the wrist (not from the elbow, as stated in the Tyrawly Herald,) in order to prevent tetanus; and we are happy to say that he is now progressing as favourably as circumstances will admit. The accident is not regretted alone by those who enjoy the acquaintance of the young gentleman, the regret is general among the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood. His estimable family, his mild and affable character, his age, (26 years), and his fine handsome appearance have excited the sympathies of all. The gun which burst had been in use for very many years, but was apparently in very good order. It was lent him some weeks previous by a gentleman who took it with him from England about two years since.
On the night of the 25th, a barn attached to the house of William Henigan of Beaghy, in the parish of Kilmoremoy, was entered through the roof from which part of the thatch was removed, and a quantity of potatoes taken away by some person or persons unknown:- Beaghy is about two miles from this town [Ballina].
THE NEW YORK LINERS - Liverpool, Wednesday - We regret to state that the accounts received this morning respecting the packet ship Hottinger, Captain Bursley, are far from satisfactory; on the contrary, they hold out no hope of the ship's escape, and what is still worse, it is feared that the captain and part of his crew have lost their lives in their zeal and anxiety to try and save the ship. A letter from the Receiver of Droits at Dublin (Mr. Walsh) to the consignee, Messrs. Fielden, Brothers, was received here this morning. It is to the following effect- that yesterday pieces of ship and cargo were drifted on shore near Dublin. Her masts were still standing, but Mr. Walsh thought she must go to pieces; four or five men were to be seen in the maintop. Every exertion had been made by Captain Bursley to save life; and he, with twelve of his crew, determined to remain as long as there was a chance of doing so. Mr. Walsh's informant feared that the captain and his crew on board had lost their lives, as he could not hope they would be able to survive the gale and severity of the previous night (Monday). The Guy Mannering is again in dock, and does not make much water.
THE LOST AMERICAN PACKET SHIP - As Captain Bursley stood deservedly high in the estimation of all who knew him, and as he was one of the oldest captains frequenting our port, we have gleaned a few particulars of his life, which may not be uninteresting to our readers. The gallant captain was born at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the year 1798, and consequently was in his 53d year when he died. He seems to have imbibed a desire for a maritime life from his infancy, for before he was twelve years of age he entered the mercantile marine of the Port of Boston, and so quick was his progress in his chosen profession that before he attained his 21st year he commanded an East Indiaman, from Calcutta to Boston. It is now upwards of twenty-one years since he first entered the Mersey as Master of the Dover, a first class vessel of the original Boston line of packet-ships, since when he has been a frequent visitor to our port. At a subsequent period he became connected with the Black Bell or New York line, in which he commanded the Silas Richards and the Orpheus, and afterwards the Cambridge, belonging to the same line. It will be in the recollection of many of our readers that the Cambridge was severely tried, as were also the nautical skill and judgment of her commander, during the great gale of 1839. On that occasion, Captain Bursley could not obtain a tug boat to tow him out of the river, and when the storm arose in its violence and might, his ship slipped her anchors and was driven on towards the Prince's pier. Every exertion was made by both master and men to arrest the threatened destruction of the ship; trusses of hay were lashed over her sides to protect her, hawsers were made fast where available, and when every other inducement failed in procuring a steam-tug, the commander excalimed with his accustomed liberality, "one thousand pounds for a tug." But none would venture, so imminent was the peril. In this emergency the remaining anchors were tried and as they held, the noble ship was preserved, from becoming an immediate wreck. He has often experienced the hardships of a seaman's life. About 14 years ago (in company with Captain Marshall, now of the Republic) he was nearly wrecked in the Orpheus, on which occasion he had to put back to this port for extensive repairs. Fifteen years ago his brother, then captain of the Lyons, was lost off Port Butrick, where he was interred, and a monument erected to his memory by the subject of this sketch. They now sleep in death within 80 miles of each other. At the close of his career with the Black Bell line he took an active part in the organization of Fielden's line, to which he has since belonged, as master of the Hottinger , a fine vessel, about seven or eight years old. No better sailor left this port; and it is affirmed of him, that no man knew the Channel better than he did; and therefore the cause of the calamity referred to remains a mystery at present. We believe that he intended that this, if successful, should have been his last trip; and that he felt delighted at the prospect of enjoying in ease and happiness, amidst his friends and in the bosom of his family, that otium cum dignitate to which a long, laborious and well spent life eminently entitled him. The deceased was highly esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance as a sincere friend, an honest man, and a good Christian. He has left a wife and children to mourn his loss. -- Liverpool Albion.
WHAT IS TO BE DONE WITH OUR CONVICTS?
What is to be done with our convicts?
When the doors of all our other colonies were shut in their faces, it was
believed that an asylum had been opened to them at Swan River. But, no. The
Western Australians have been thrown into a fever of indignation on learning
that their colony is to be made a penal settlement.
At Island, Wexford, the Lady of William
Bolton, jun., Esq, of a son.
At Ardearne Church, Wm. Wray, Esq.,
J.P., Oak Park, county Donegal, to Anna, eldest daughter of the late Capt.
Johnston, D.L., Brookhill, Co. Leitrim.
At Carrick-on-Suir, W.W. O'Donnell, Esq,
son of the late Wm. O'Donnell, Esq. of Cottage.
AN IRISH GENTLEMAN IN THE LAST CENTURY - My father, who was born about the termination of the first third of the eighteenth century, was one of the many Irish Roman Catholics who sought, in foreign countries, for liberty to enjoy those privileges of property and talent from which they were debarred in their native land. Very early in life he settled in France, upon a considerable estate which he purchased at Galville, near Rouen; and there my eldest sisters were born. He was not long, however, in finding out that they did not order things much better in France than in Ireland; and that although nominally equal to his neighbors in religious estate, the church made invidious distinctions in the distributions of her honours among the faithful. My father, probably having previously experienced more substantial annoyances, was finally so nettled at the partiality shown by the cure, in administering the honour of the censer to a neighbouring seigneur, whim he though to have no right to be fumigated before himself, that he sold his estate and returned to Ireland, where he conformed to Protestantism, and became thereby qualified to hold a territorial stake in the country. So far the French priest's nationality was a fortunate matter for my father and his descendants. He found a good market for his chateau and lands, the ownership of which, fifteen years later, would in all probability have cost him his head; and he made a good investment of the proceeds to his native country. His first possession in Ireland was the estate and borough of Rathcormac, in the county Cork; but this he subsequently sold to the first Lord Riversdale, and bought the estates in Limerick, Kildare, and Dublin, which still remain in the family. To the active mind of my father, however, neither the duties nor the rights of landed property afforded sufficient occupation, and he accordingly entered, to a large extent to a large extent, and with considerable success, into the banking and woollen trades. He also became a member of the Irish House of Commons, was created a baronet in 1776, and removed to the House of Peers in 1789. This short sketch of may father's career, practical commentary upon the position of the Irish nation during the latter half of the last century. -- Lord Cloncurry's Personal Recollections.
EMIGRATION TO THE CAPE- PORT NATAL
Respectable families who are not
eligible for the government grant, can have 100 acres or more on a lease of 10
years, at a yearly rental of 1s. per acre, with the option of purchasing their
allotments at any time during their lease. This land is of the richest quality,
fit for the plough, being clear, and with ordinary culture, capable of producing
wheat, barley, oats, beans, peas, Indian corn, potatoes, cotton, tobacco, sugar,
coffee, arrow root, figs, pineapples, grapes, oranges, and all European fruits
POOR RATES RESCUE
Some short time since Mr. Robert R. Savage, Collector, made a seizure of sheep for arrears of poor rates due on the lands of Dohoma, Erris, when he was followed by several persons armed with pikes and sticks. He succeeded in bringing the sheep to pound, but the mob increasing showed a determination to attack. Stones were thrown and several of the drivers stuck. The pound-keeper delayed opening the door, evidently with the intention to gain time for the mob. When the door of the pound was at length opened and some of the sheep driven in, one man who was armed with a large stick entered and endeavoured to force the sheep back, and struck fiercely at any who dared to interfere with him. At the same time there were several persons on the walls of the pound throwing stones at the men who were attempting to drive in the sheep. One of the drivers forced his way into the pound, when he was attacked by the man inside, and both then struck at each other. Mr. Savage, when he saw there was no other way of saving the lives of his assistants, directed them to escape in the best manner they could. They were pursued by the mob, which at this time had increased to several hundreds. Mr. Savage to save his life turned his horse on the pursuers, and thus checked them for the moment. The pursuit was renewed, and continued about six miles, when four of the drivers were overtaken exhausted on the mountains by six men who would, doubtless, have taken summary revenge were it not for the timely interference of two gentlemen. We believe this affair is in course of investigation, and is the only instance of any rescue being attempted since Mr. Savage's appointment.
The Athlone Military District is to be
abolished instead of the Kilkenny, and the following special service officers
are to be reduced on the 21st March next, viz.-
The 69th Light Infantry, replaces the
3d Buffs in Limerick garrison, in March.
At Tuam Petty Sessions on Monday, the Lord Bishop of Tuam, and Thos. Brerton, Esq., R.M., presiding, a poor man summoned Mr. Edward Concannon, Poor-rate Collector, for having exacted from him, 1s. costs, in addition to his poor rate of two pounds. A man having proved that no distress had been made on his property, the bench fined the collector 3s, being treble the sum exacted, and 1l. costs.
Wednesday last eight vessels with foreign bread stuffs arrived at Cork.
BALLINA BENEVOLENT SOCIETY
The Committee of the Benevolent
Society have pleasure in submitting to the Public for their inspection the
report of their proceedings for the year 1849. And they feel thankful that they
have been enabled in some measure to carry out an object as earnestly
recommended and dearly cherished by some members of the Institution who have
passed away amongst us. We have been apprehensive for the last three years that
owing to the general outcry about the pressure of the times, and oppressive poor
rates, we would have been obliged to relinquish this little effort to remove a
small portion of that wretchedness, induced by extreme poverty, with which we
are surrounded. Unhappily the poor law, instead of lessening the class of
objects who in former years used to look to us for assistance, appears to have
increased them. The destitute room-keeper, whose claims we advocate, clings to
her miserable home with a tenacity that often surprises us. She would rather
endure any amount of suffering, than relinquish it. To such, as far as our means
will allow, we distribute articles of clothing, and in times of sickness, milk
and other nourishment. It remains for the consideration of our subscribers
whether they will continue their kind assistance in carrying out the design of
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