Ireland Old News
Wednesday, March 6, 1850
COUNTY ROSCOMMON - Bridget Mann, a most
miserable looking woman, quite emaciated in appearance, was placed at the bar on
Wednesday, charged with the wilful murder of her male child on the 6th ult. The
prisoner was undefended and the court requested Mr. Burke to undertake her
defence. Bridget Scanlon examined - The prisoner was living in the latter end of
January in French-park; she was confined of a child; I assisted her in her
labour; she is not a married woman; the child was born alive; her nephew Denis
Mann was there; he was called Denis Higgins; at the time of the birth, when the
child began to roar, she told her nephew to put his hand to its mouth and stop
hte cry; he did not do it; she told me to do it, and I would not; she got down
her hand herself and stopped the cry; I took away her hand and let the child
cry; she said I wanted to hang her, and I told her I would hang as well as she
if anything happened the child; the child appeared strong and healthy; it was
born on Wednesday, and lived until that day week, after the child was born it
did not get anything for two days; but then she gave it suck; about Wednesday
after the child was born Denis Higgins was at the house; she told him to go over
to Roger Berne in French-park and bring her a ha'porth of sugar of lead; he went
and brought back a paper with white powder; he gave it to her; she took it and
put it down in a saucepan with water; she took it out in a spoon and gave the
infant some; it was choking the child, but it was so hungry it must have
swallowed it; the child began to vomit in a few moments and in about half an
hour it began to purge him; the child got rest towards evening; it passed the
night easy; the next morning Higgins was sent to Berne's for another ha'porth of
sugar of lead; he brought it back; she wet it, in the same manner and gave it to
the child; it was not able from the second dose to stir and was very weak until
it departed that day; the prisoner was in the habit of using sugar of lead as a
wash for some disease. Denis Higgins corroborated the last witness. The chain of
evidence having been completed by the examination of other witnesses, Mr. Burke
addressed the jury for the defence, after which Baron Lefroy charged the jury,
who found a verdict of guilty. The prisoner was sentenced to be executed.
COUNTY MEATH - At Trim on Wednesday, Charles Coyle was given in charge for the murder of Catherine Gaffney, in her own house, on the 19th of June, 1849. The prisoner was undefended. John Gaffney, a boy not more than twelve years old, examined - On the morning of the 19th of June went to the bog of Ross to work; he left his grandmother (the deceased) in the house; there was no one with her; he returned about one o'clock to his dinner; saw the prisoner then in the house; his grandmother was giving him stirabout; returned to the bog with his father's dinner, but before he went Coyle had left the house; came home about five o'clock and found his grandmother lying on the floor; went to the bog for his father; saw his grandmother's trunk broken and the lock hanging on the staple of the door; his grandmother kept her clothes in that trunk; saw a pole and pitchfork lying beside the trunk; they belonged to his brother who lived in the same house; when Coyle was leaving the house his grandmother told him to go to the other houses at dinner time and he would get something. James Briordy examined- Lived about ten perches from deceased; saw her the day of the murder at about three o'clock standing at her own door; she spoke to witness; did not see her afterwards; about an hour and a half from that time he heard she was murdered; about half-past one o'clock on that day he saw the prisoner in witness's house; he got some bread and cabbage; witness went to the bog of Ross; came back about two o'clock and saw the prisoner coming out of the yard at the house where deceased lived; was him walk a short distance; he then turned towards the cross roads at Ross. William M'Neminy, head constable of police, examined- Arrested the prisoner in the county Cavan; found him concealed in a field of oats with his face down in the furrow; when witness took hold of him the prisoner said, " Sure I won't be hung; " brought him before a magistrate, when he made a full confession of the murder. There were several other witnesses examined, and the lord chief justice charged the jury, who handed in a verdict of guilty. His Lordship, after a very feeling address, passed sentence of death on the prisoner.
Patrick Tuite, a savage looking young
lad, was placed at the bar, charged with having entered the house of Eleanor
Kelly, at Clonmellon, and after committing a violent assault on the said Eleanor
Kelly, robbed her of two watches, the property of her sons.
TO BE LET
The Lands are in prime ?eart, of the
best quality, and enclosed and divided by six feet high made-walls, with a good
Slated Farm House.
In the Matter
} TENDERS will be
MEETING OF THE GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly
meeting of this union was held in the Board Room on Saturday, Col. Knox Gore in
the chair. Among the other Guardians present were - Captain J. Knox, Captain
Atkinson, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Crofton, Mr. J.V. Jackson, and Mr. Gardiner. Capt.
Hamilton, Inspector, attended.
Remaining on the 16th Feb ......................... 3540
STATE OF FUNDS
Received during week........................£ 418 10 1
Remaining at Workhouse as per last return... 1172
FEVER HOSPITAL REPORT
Remaining in hospital on previous Saturday..... 145
STATE OF THE COUNTRY
At the petty sessions in this town on Thursday, one of the late incendiary fires was investigated.- It occurred at Audley's-town, near Strangford.- An under-tenant, named Hinds, had evicted a cottier, and the latter was charged with setting fire to an office belonging to Hinds. The evidence was not sufficient to substantiate the charge, but the accused was committed for using threatening language to the prosecutor. This act of incendiarism was probably suggested by the other that have recently taken place. We have also heard with regret that the three most respectable tenants on Mr. Ker's Clough estate have been served with notices to pay no rent. Some other threatening notices nearer home have been circulated which we shall not mention for the present.
At Knockerchery Church, George Cibson
of Stone Hall, co. Westmeath, Esq. to Mary, daughter of the late Godfrey Knight,
Chequer-hill, county Galway, Esq.
DEATH OF A REBEL CHIEF - We have to record the demise of Mr. Thomas Cloney, of Graigue, in this county, better known to the public as "General Cloney," which event took place on Friday last, in the 76th year of his age. The General was born in 1774, and was in his twenty-fourth year when the insurrection of 1798 broke out, in which he took an active part, commanding a brigade of the insurgent army in most of their southern engagements, and leaving behind him in his well-known "Personal Narrative" an interesting account of his adventures "by flood and field" at that eventful period. Since '98 the Rebel Chief remained in the bosom of private life, except that he occasionally emerged to lead a body of "Graigue hurlers" at the monster gatherings of the "Liberators." The last occasion of his marshaling his forces for the "pride, pomp, and circumstances" of a Repeal procession and dinner, being the banquet given the "the martyrs" in this city, 1845. Mr. Cloney was generally esteemed during a long life, for many amiable and social qualities, and his remains were deposited on Sunday last in the cemetery of St. Mullins, by a large following of friends, compatriots, and sympthasizers. -- Kilkenny Moderator.
INCENDIARISM - On Monday
se'ennight, the 18th of February, a poor woman named Mary Armstrong, who lives
near Castledargan, was aroused from her sleep at about 8 o'clock in the morning
by seeing a strong light in her cabin, and finding it full of smoke on getting
up she found that the house had been set on fire by some diabolical wretches who
had quietly walked away, having first fastened the door on the out-side to
prevent the escape of the inmates who consisted of four persons.- Their escape
was almost miraculous, for had they not succeeded in breaking open the door,
pent up in so confined a space, they must have inevitably perished in a short
time. Our correspondent states, that this poor woman - who is a widow- is of the
most inoffensive habits, and could have in now way provoked so cruel an attempt
on the lives of her and her family. -- Sligo Guardian.
THE RIBBONMEN AGAIN.
BALLINAMORE, CO. LEITRIM - On Monday night, the 25th February, while a number of those secret conspirators were busily engaged at their unlawful work in a public-house in this town, kept by a man named Peter Heran, they were disagreeably surprised by the entre of S.J. Lodge, of the constabulary, ( a most active and efficient officer), and a party of his men, who after a hard struggle succeeded in arresting every one of the Ribbon party, to the number of twelve. One of them, in particular, made a desperate resistance, and rather than give up some of their treasonable papers which he had about his person he swallowed them besides almost biting off three of the policeman's fingers who grappled with him. The police, however, succeeded in gaining possession of a number of the papers and passwords connected with this atrocious system, which will, I hope, furnish the government with sufficient evidence to convict the whole party. It would be unjust to pass over in silence the praiseworthy conduct of the police on the occasion; their whole party consisted of three men, viz. Head constable Devine, and Constable Brennan and Wilson and yet with such fearful odds against them they succeeded in making prisoners of the whole clique of Ribbonmen. Too much cannot be said on behalf of the exertions of that valuable officer, Head Constable Devins [as spelled differently from above in newspaper]; if it was solely owing to him that this conspiracy was discovered and the conspirators seized. He has for a long time been known as one of the most active and intelligent men in the police force, and one who has done valuable service in this country by crushing illegal associations. -- Correspondent Evening Herald.
Saturday was the anniversary of the
death of the pious and good John Wesley in 1791.
GRAND JURY - Fitzstephen Ffrench, Esq., M.P., foreman; John Irwin, Thomas G. Wills Sanford, Edward H. Naghten, Nicholas Balffe, Denis B. Kelly, Denis O'Connor, Arthur J. French, Charles Ffrench, Rode??el O'Connor, Richard Irwin, Henry M. Smyth, John Ross Mahon, John Flanagan, Patrick O'Connor, J. Duckworth, Arthur O'Conner, James Bennet Little, John D'Arcy, Arthur Browne, Richard Kelly, George Digby, and Wm. Pigeon, Esqrs.
On Friday at 12 o'clock the following Grand Jury were sworn - Edward J. Cooper, Esq, foreman; Sir R.G. Booth, Bart., J.W. King, J. Dune, William R. Ormsby Gore, John Wynne, J. Ffolliot, William Phibbs and Thomas Jones, Esqrs; Sir William Parks, Charles Cooper, Edward Howley, Jams Wood, George Armstrong, Richard Neynoe, Richard Gethin, H. Griffith, J. Ffolliott, Charles G. Jones, Richard Nerschoyle, Richard Brinkleyh, Knox Garrett and J. Jones, Esqrs.
THE BALLINA WORKHOUSE
There are a few things in which the
public at present take greater interest than in the workings of the Poor Laws;
at least such is the case in this county, where these laws confessedly have been
the cause of most important changes, not for the better we regret to say. The
rate payers being compelled to pay a large item out of their yearly income
towards the support of this system must naturally be anxious to know how things
are progressing. But yet it is no less true that the generality of the
rate payers are extremely ignorant of how matters are going on within the walls
of the workhouse, except what is made known to them through the medium of the
press. The poor rate and the poor laws are all the cry, but we would venture to
assert that there are not a dozen of the rate payers, not even excluding the
guardians, who are sufficiently acquainted with the indoor system of this Union,
and in this respect the guardians are culpable. In other respects a more
efficient board could not be found as we have often had occasion to notice.
Lately a certain individual has made a great noise about the clothing of the
inmates of this workhouse and auxiliaries, but if he had made himself better
acquainted with the financial affairs of the Union and the exertions that were
making to render the unfortunate poor comfortable, he might have saved himself
the trouble of his discourteous communications to the Poor Law Commissioners. We
visited the house the other day, and can now give the rate payers a little
information of which almost all, we believe, are ignorant. We have found that
since the first of January last the following articles of clothing have been
made in the workhouse, viz:-
On the night of Thursday last, about the hour of 12 o'clock, a fire broke out in one of the stores of Mr. Arthur O'Malley, now used as an auxiliary workhouse, the inmates of which number about 2,000. It appears that part of two beds were burned, and that the accident is attributed to smoking. The flames were so rapidly spreading as to cause the greatest terror and confusion throughout the whole house - the paupers rushed against each other in every direction to save themselves, some stumbling and falling in their efforts to escape, whilst the shrieking was so loud as to attract some of the respectable inhabitants of the immediate locality to the place of threatened destruction, who, with the aid of the constabulary then on duty, succeeded in getting under the devouring element. Had not this timely aid been afforded, it is supposed, that the consequence would have been similar to that of Limerick. Fortunately, however, not an individual was injured owing to the praise worthy exertions of those men. -- Westport Correspondent of the Mayo Constitution.
RECORDS FOR TRIAL AT MAYO SPRING ASSIZES, 1850
Robert Bowan v. John Lyndsay, Bucknall
- attorney, Neal Davis.
The 3d Buffs and 74th Highlanders move
from this garrison next month.
Wednesday, March 13, 1850
John Sheedy M'Namara was charged with a
highway robbery, on the 11th of last month. The prisoner, with other men, had
stopped the bread cart of the Scariff Union workhouse, and had taken from the
driver with violence some bread. The poor man had been very destitute, pleaded
guilty, and was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment.
The Poor Law Commissioners, by circular to the Guardians of Unions in Ireland, recommend Buenos Ayres as a field for emigration. The price of all labour of all kinds is excessive, and there is an especial demand for that sort of labour which the Irishman is peculiarly adapted to supply, such as hedging, ditching, and all other agricultural work, cattle keeping, farming, and the driving of flocks from district to district. Many proprietors have stated their willingness to enter into engagements to receive any number of Irish emigrants, and to employ them permanently from the day of their landing, at £4 per month, maintaining them at the same time as well as contributing to the expense of the voyage.
MAYO SPRING ASSIZES
On Wednesday last, at one o'clock,
Charles Geo. Mahon, Esq, the High Sheriff, entered the Crown Court, when the
following long Panel was called over. Those gentlemen having figures prefixed to
their names having answered, were sworn in the order in which they are placed. -
William Vize, Esq., was placed at the
bar, charged with having, on the 20th day of October last, at Dysart, in this
county, discharged a gun loaded with two slugs, at one Thomas Flynn, which slugs
entered the left breast of the said Thomas Flynn, inflicting a wound of which he
then and there instantly died.
John Graham, alias Henry Dickson, was
indicted for that he not being an officer of the Bank of Ireland, had in his
possession a plate or piece of metal on which were impressed the words, &c.
used by the company in their notes. The indictment contained 23 counts and the
presentation was conducted by Sergeant O'Brien and Mr. Brereton.
ELECTION OF GUARDIANS
The following are those nominated to
fill the offices of Guardian in this Union for the half year ensuing the 25th
inst. Two Guardians are to be returned for the Ballina electoral division and
one for each of the remaining.- There are no nominations for Ardnaree South and
Another company of enrolled pensioners
will embark for Hudson Bay territory in June next.
Abraham Lawson, Archibald Lawson, and
John Lawson, were indicted that they on the 18th of June in the 12th year of
reign of her Majesty the Queen, at Ballymote, feloniously, willfully and of
their malice aforethought, did kill and murder one James Callaghan; the said
Abraham Lawson having given him upon the left side of the breast, a mortal
wound, the said Archibald Lawson and John Lawson having then and there hiding
and assisting against the peace and statute.
On Monday morning last at Easky, Francis Hale, a young man about twenty-five years of age, committed a most determined act of self-destruction by inflicting three fearful gashes in his throat with a razor. It appears that since his return from America about three weeks ago, he has not bee on good terms with his father, Edward Hale, a man in very independent circumstances, and who very seldom allowed him into his house. On Sunday evening young Hale effected an entrance into one of the upper rooms in his father's house, where there were some bags of meal, which he placed against the door, and intimated to those who endeavoured to get in that he would put an end to himself if they forced the door. Fearing he would execute his threat they left the place; but on coming to the door the next morning they heard the noise as if of blood issuing from a wound and falling on the floor. They then forced the door open and found the unfortunate young man standing near it, with his hands resting on his knees, the blood pouring from his throat, and a razor thrown on the floor some yards from him. The exertions which were instantly made failed to save his life; the dreadful act was too effectually accomplished.
The owners of the ship Earl Grey, from Belfast to Sydney, with emigrants, were fined 500l. for the misconduct of their officers to the female passengers.
At Ennis assizes, Sergeant Stock reversed the decrees of the Assistant Barrister, and then decided that graziers were not responsible for the loss of stock sent upon their lands.
The prisoners in Cork county gaol mutinied on Thursday, breaking the tables and forms, which the police and military were called in to subdue the revolt, and the leaders were placed in irons.
Patrick Maher, for the violation of Alice Kelly, was sentenced at Waterford assizes to transportation for life.
SLIGO UNION. - There are only four paupers receiving out-door relief in this union.
At Limerick Market last week 292 load of potatoes, selling at 6d. to 7d. per stone, and the largest supply of any week this year. - Half the quantity was bought up for spring sowing.
INCENDIARY FIRES IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND. - On Thursday morning last three dwelling houses, with their offices, were burned to the ground in the townland of Four-score acres, Cairncastle, the property of James Agnew, Esq. It appears that the previous occupiers of these houses had been ejected for non-payment of rent, two of them being behind three years, and one two years' rent. In one of the houses three men sleeping in it had a narrow escape from being burned to death. Mr. Agnew is spoken of as a kind and considerate landlord; and we are informed that he had not only drained the land of the ejected tenants, but, that finding they were unable to pay him his rent, had, also allowed them to take away last year's crops. On Wednesday night a house was fired and burned in Killead, on the property of General Pakenham. On the morning of that day, Gr. Cunningham, who had occupied the premises for many years, and had been struggling for some time past to pay his rent, was ejected from the house.-- Coleraine Chronicle.
Wednesday, March 20, 1850
Mr. Gibbons, at Killaloe, was robbed of
his silver watch in the Court-house of Limerick.
At Avilly, county Leitrim, the Lady of
W.A. O'Brien, Esq, of a son.
Edward, son of John Walsh, Esq, Castle-hill, in this county, to Anne, daughter
of Edmond Coyne, of Farm-hill, county Roscommon, Esq, deceased.
At his residence, Westport, on Sunday last, Richard Levingston, Esq, at the advanced and unusual age of 100 years. The venerable and respected centenarian closed his long career with a full reliance in the all-atoning blood of his Redeemer. Throughout life he bore the unsullied reputation of a man of the strictest honour and principle, having been distinguished in his vast mercantile transactions by the most straightforward and gentlemanlike demeanor, and earning in truth the good reputation of all ranks and classes. He died esteemed and revered by all who were privileged with his acquaintance.
Matthew and William
Gavin were indicted for assaulting John Ryan at Cappamore on the 8th Sept. last;
and in a second count that they did kill and murder him with reaping hooks. The
prisoners appeared to be aged 20 to 23 years, severally.
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The
usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this Union was held in the Boardroom on
Saturday, Colonel Knox Gore in the chair. The other Guardians present were Capt.
Atkinson, Mr. Pratt, Mr. Crofton, Mr. Gore, Mr. Howley, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. G. Orme,
Mr. E. Orme, Mr. Jones, Mr. Gardiner, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Malley, and Mr. Strogen,
Richard Burke, Esq., Assistant Commissioner, and Captain Hamilton, Inspector,
were also present.
Mr. Samuel Strogen then
stated that he saw Sarah Ormsby write and believed the signature to the
letter to be in her writing. He also stated that before she went away she came
to his house to tell him she was going to try and do something for herself, but
that she was not able to support her children, and that they must go into the
Poorhouse, and expressly said that she wished them to be registered as
Captain Scott, Kings Dragoon Guards, senior of his rank, is gezetted by purchase
to the Majority of the Regiment, and the next senior, Lieutenant O'Callaghan to
the command of a troop.
| At Clonmel assizes, David
Slattery and William Quinlan were tried before Judge Ball, for the wilful murder
of James Hennesy, at Graffon, on the 23d November, '48, William Quinlan (Cud)
committing the murder the prisoners aiding and abetting. Mr. Johnston addressed
the jury on behalf of the prisoners. His Lordship charged the jury, who after an
absence of half an hour, returned a verdict of not guilty. The prisoners
appeared quite astounded at the verdict, and bowed repeatedly to the jury. The
same men were tried before Sergeant Stock last assizes for the same murder, when
the jury were locked up all night, and discharged without agreeing. Mr. Francis
Cormack charged with the abduction of Miss Mary Ross Amelia Fogarty, since
married, pleaded guilty, and was ordered to find security to come up for
sentence when required.
On Tuesday, as a man named Daniel Leary was being conveyed in a car to the Nenagh workhouse, he died from exhaustion caused by want of food.
Mr. Agar, the coast guard officer of Morrisford, Wexford, has received from Fielden Brothers and Co. Liverpool, £50 for himself and party for having saved Mr. Burnsely, from the "Hottingeur."
A stable, the property of Martin Cleary, was maliciously set on fire at Borrisokane on Sunday night and consumed.
In the amateur exhibition of paintings at the Royal Dublin Society gallery this month is a painting of "French Hussars," by Colonel John Vandeleur, a masterly effort by one familiar with the subject.
Wm. Kilpatrick, retired collector of Excise, late of Dundalk, was proclaimed under a writ of outlawry at Guildhall.
INTEMPERANCE - Gluttony is the source of our infirmities, and the fountain of all our diseases. As a lamp is choked by a superabundance of oil, a fire extinguished by excess of fuel, so is the natural heat of the body destroyed by intemperate diet.
DARING ATTEMPT AT MURDER - A most daring attempt at assassination was committed in the village of Lorhs, and within 200 yards of the police barrack, on the evening of the 7th last. The particulars of the case appear to be these: - About the hour of 11 o'clock, as James Loughnane, a comfortable farmer, residing in the village, came out of his house, and while crossing the road to where he had corn in stack, he was fired at from behind an opposite wall. A large grain of the shot entered the corner of the left eye, passed between the skin and the bone, and lodged convenient to the nose. Another grain perforated his hat. Loughnane's escape from murder was most miraculous, as the intended assassin was not more than four yards distant when he fired at him, and the charge must have been very heavy as the report of the gun was loud and heard by the barrack orderly of the police. The police were at once on the spot and remained the whole night patrolling the country and searching suspected places but without success. Loughnane is a remarkably industrious and inoffensive young man and was always well liked in the neighbourhood. No possible cause can be assigned for the commission of this daring attempt on life. -- Nenagh Guardian.
ATTEMPT AT ASSASSINATION - As Mr. Ellis, steward to John Trant, Esq., Doves, was returning from church, accompanied by his wife, child and Wm. Bell, a ploughman to Mr. Trant, he was fired at by a ruffian, who was standing on a ditch by the road side, at Leigh. The car on which Mr. Ellis was seated happened to have been going rapidly at the time the shot was fired, and, providentially, none of the party received the least injury. The police were immediately at the scene of the outrage, but did not succeed in arresting the villain. Mr. Ellis suspects that he has become obnoxious from having cultivated, tilled, and farmed a large tract of ground for Mr. Trant, who resides within a mile of the place where Mr. Ellis was fired at. -- Nenagh Guardian.
John O'Grady for the murder of his wife
and servant girl, was called up to the bar, upon whom all eyes were intently
fixed. The prisoner, a tall, clever man, of a mild aspect and demeanor, past the
middle age, was attired in a blue pilot cloth coat, dark vest and white cravat.
KING'S COUNTY, Tullamore, March 12.
The Bishop of Down has appointed the
Rev. Robert Parke of the living held by the late Rev. Mr. Archer of Hilltown.
Wednesday, March 27, 1850
Daniel Flaherty, a person of
proper appearance, was placed at the bar, charged with the wilful murder
of Patrick King (Murk.) at Goula, on the 3d of April, 1849, by pressing
his hands round the neck of deceased, and so choking him; and in a second
count for pressing his knees upon his breast until he was dead, and then
casting him into a stream of water. The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and
was defended by Mr. Concannon.
The Hon. Mr. Justice Torrens entered the court at nine o'clock precisely, and ordered a jury to be called immediately. The hour being somewhat earlier than had been generally expected, many jurors were fined for non-attendance.
MURDER OF MRS. FITZPATRICK
Thomas Cullenan and Philip
Dullard were placed at the bar and arraigned for the murder of Catherine
Fitzpatrick, committed on the 1st of February in the 12th year of the
Queen (1849). The indictment recited that the said Catherine Fitzpatrick
had been choked and suffocated by some person or persons unknown, and that
such person or persons unknown was or were incited, moved, procured,
caused and commanded to the murder by the prisoners at the bar. Another
count charged the murder to have been committed by drowning.
NENAGH ASSIZES - Thursday
The Right Hon. Judge Ball took
his seat on the bench in the Crown Court, at ten o'clock. A few minutes
after the prisoner, Dr. Langley, came into the dock, and advancing to the
front bowed to his Lordship. He was dressed in black, his long black hair
was parted on his forehead, and fell down over his shoulders. The
moustaches which he wore last assizes were shaved off on the present
occasion. - There was nothing in his appearance that could betray the
forty days' fast, which he averred he had undergone.
Judge Ball entered court this
morning at 9 o'clock. The court was densely crowded.
The amount of presentments
applied for in the county Galway this assizes was £19,000.
The eldest son of Col. the Hon.
Richard Fitzgibbon has entered the army, with the commission of Cornet, in
the 8th Royal Irish Hussars, ordered to Brighton.
THE LATE RICHARD LEVINGSTON, ESQ.
To the Mayo Constitution of
yesterday we are indebted for the following memoir of this lamented
gentleman, whose death it was our painful duty to announce on our last
ELECTION OF GUARDIANS
The following are the Guardians
elected for the several Divisions of this Union for the ensuing half year:
CASTLEBAR UNION - NOMINATION OF GUARDIANS
Balla Electoral Division 1 Guardian - William Nally, Martin Barrett. Ballybean 1 - Edward Cannon, John C. Garvey, James Toohy, James Foy, Myles Jordan. Ballinafad 1 - Martin Burke. Ballivary 1 - John Vahy. Breaghy 1 - Thomas Moran. Castlebar 2 - Wm. Young, John Malley, John C. Larminie, Geoffrey Lavelle, the Hon. F. Cavendish, W. Walsh, Thomas Quin and W. Clanville. Clonakeen 1 - John Tuohy. Killawalla 1 - James Tuohy. Manulla 1 - William Walsh, Martin Barrett. Turlogh 1 - Thos. Quin, Thos. Moran, Hon. F. Cavendish, Edward M'Donnell, James Foy. Tannynagry 1 - Malachy Tuohy. Clogher 1 - Ignatius Kelly. Strade 1 - Pat Jennings. Adergoole and Ballina garraher 1 - J.C. Garvey, J Malley, Thomas Quin, james Hughes. Burren and Pontoon 1 - Wm. Young. Croughmoyle and Glenbest 1 - Col. C. Knox. Six contests. -- Mayo Constitution.
As a bailiff named Jennings was returning home from the market of Killala, on Saturday week, he was waylaid and inhumanly beaten by two men, brothers, named Mulheran, aided by their mother, from the effects of which he died in a few days after. Dr. Whittaker, assisted by Dr. Smith, held a post mortem examination on the body of the unfortunate man and a verdict in accordance with the above facts was returned. Jennings had become obnoxious in consequence of his having lately served notices on the tenants of a property in that neighbourhood not to burn land. The old woman has been apprehended, but her sons have absconded.
The preparations which are making in every part of this portion of the province are on a scale far more extensive than on any former year within our recollection. Cattle are sold and even several articles of household furniture and wearing apparel at tremendous sacrifice by the poor landholders to purchase seed potatoes. The chief cause of this is obvious, and it affords a practical proof of the ruinous policy of Free Trade in this country. The small farmers, who allowed themselves to be led into the conviction that "Protection," was a curse by those who hated the aristocracy and exulted in anything that might injure the landed proprietors are now sadly convinced that the export trade of Ireland is ruined - that there is no longer a market for any description of grain. The potato always found a ready market at home and remunerated the grower, so much so that £5 or £6 was willingly given for what was called con-acre. Potatoes are even now fetching a higher price though they are by no means scarce and have to compete with Indian meal. The price of former years is confidently expected and the success of the crop last year is an encouragement to its very extensive cultivation this year. Should there be such a failure this year as we had in 1846 and '47, the consequence must be fearful, but this there is no reason to dread. In any case, however, it is to be regretted that the people are compelled in self defence to occupy the land they are in a position to cultivate with a crop which if successful can only bring temporary relief.
IRISH BOROUGH FRANCHISE
Mr. French has given notice of the
following important motion, which the government have agreed to consider
during the recess. It is generally supposed they will agree to something of
the sort: -
Mr. Denis Brennan's proposal to
transmit to Canada 150 paupers from Cork, finding provisions, &c.
according to the passengers act, for adults, £3 5s. each; under 14 years of
age, £1 12s., and infants free, has been accepted by the Cork guardians.
On Thursday evening last, the Slieve Guillan mountain, about midway between Dundalk and Newry, was observed to be on fire, and the flames spread to a great extent consuming the heather and furge. By nine o'clock the devouring element had spread over tend acres, and continued burning till Friday.
Miss Hayes' benefit at the Cork Theatre produced £170. Her concert at the Town hall, Waterford, was attended by 1,000 persons!
A rate of 7s. 8d. in the pound is struck upon Ballylanders district of the Kilmallock union.
March 22, at ????? House, Rostrevor, the lady of James Jones, Esq. of Mount Edward, county Sligo, of a son.
March 20, in St. John's Church,
Sligo, M.R. Eyre, Esq. so nof John Eyre, Esq, of Eyrescourt Castle, county
Galway, to Elizabeth Jane, youngest daughter of the late A.D. Johnston, Esq.
of Friarstown House, county Leitrim.
At Ohill House, county Sligo, Anne,
sister of teh late Robert Armstrong, Esq., age 82.
GENERAL CONVICT PRISON FOR IRELAND
The new building near Phibsborough, on the North Circular-road, intended as a general convict depot, was on Tuesday declared ready for the reception of inmates, and persons under sentence of seven or ten years' transportation will be drafted there forthwith from the several gaols through Ireland. The building is intended to contain 650 male convicts, and will be conducted somewhat upon the plan of the model prison at Pentonville. The convicts will be taught different branches of trade, and if by their good conduct and industry, after a probation of twelve months, they entitle themselves to a certificate of good character, they will be sent abroad at the public expense and entitled to tickets of leave on landing, whereby they may enter into employment or become settlers. For those not conforming to the rules, the discipline is said to be very severe, solitary confinement and the silent system being among the rigours they will be subject to. The building is spacious and well ventilated and remarkably commodious. On passing from the front entrance through the great hall, where the apartment of turnkeys and minor officers are, you enter a wide area, from the floor of which a distinct view of the whole interior is obtained at one glance. This is effected by means of a spiral staircase of iron, in bars and railings, rising from the centre, and leading to corridors of the same material which traverse the building in every direction in front of the cells. - These extend three stories high from the floor to the top, so that a person standing in the hall could see every movement in the galleries, staircases, or elsewhere beyond the cell doors. The cells are fitted up each end with a low hammock, mattress, blankets, and counterpane, and are supplied with every requisite for the accommodation of one prisoner, in the most simple and plain manner. They are each furnished with an alarm or night bell, by means of which the inmate in case of sudden illness or other cause, may summon the turnkeys. The doors are of heavy cast iron, shutting with a spring which fastens from the outside, and are provided with a circular spy hole guarded with iron wire, by means of which the officer on duty can at all times watch the movement of the inmate, while he cannot see anything outside the walls of his cell. The cells are spacious, scrupulously clean, and ventilated on an effective principle, which affords a thorough current of fine air. There are numerous other buildings within the walls- the governor's and deputy governor's residences, places of worship, by which, while the prisoners can see the clergyman and assist at divine service, they cannot hold any communication with each other, being perfectly isolated. There are, besides, workshops for the various trades, an hospital, exercise yard, cooking-house, laundries, &c. Indeed the utmost attention seems to have been paid to all arrangements requisite for securing the health of the convicts, and for their useful occupation and safe custody. -- Freeman.
DREADFUL OCCURRENCE IN THE COUNTY OF ARMAGH - The peaceful town and neighbourhood of Portadown have been horrified to an unprecedented extent, by an act of deliberate assassination, committed in the vicinity on the night of Tuesday, the 19th, when Mr. John G. Woolsey, of Clounagh, about three quarters of a mile from the town was shot in his room while preparing to go to bed. From the evidence taken before the magistrates and coroner, the facts appear to be these - Mr. Woolsey, who had quitted the house after tea returned about half-past nine, and, after stopping a short time in the kitchen, took his candle and proceeded up stairs to his chamber. He had not long been there - not more than ten minutes - when the maid servant, who had remained below, heard a shot, succeeded by the falling of some heavy body in the room above; on entering the room she found Mr. Woolsey extended on the floor, near the window, bleeding but still showing signs of life. An alarm was instantly made and the best medical aid procured from Portadown, with as little delay as possible, but to no purpose, the unfortunate gentleman having expired in a short time thereafter. On examination, it appeared that a bullet fired from without, after perforating the glass of the window, had passed through his head, and was found lodged among some clothes in a wardrobe. The police were immediately on the alert. Mr. Atkinson, the coroner, held an inquest on the body on Wednesday, but as yet, there is no clue to the perpetrator of so foul a deed.
Father O'Neill of fighting
notoriety is once more before the public in another though no less
creditable phase of character. His holy oil, more harmless than his
"skull-cracker," has lately been in requisition to secure a safe
transit form this world for a poor deluded heretic. The reverend minister,
however, is not an exception among his brethren. The desire to gain converts
is deeply and universally inculcated in the Romish church. The edict has
gone forth. By every means and at every point those who have protested
against the errors of that church must be assailed; every advantage must be
taken and exulted over as a victory achieved. An end is to be accomplished
and that end justifies the means and the means are regulated by the
circumstances of the times and the country. Nothing is deemed too trifling
to gain and therefore we find the priest hastening whenever he can to the
unconscious dying Protestant to perform an useless and unscriptural rite,
that he may glory over what he considers to be a successful thrust at the
Protestant cause. Frequently have instances come before our notice of
emissaries from Rome obtaining access through a servant or other friendly
person to the bed side of a Protestant in a dying state unconscious of what
was going on, and there use the "holy oil" and then claim the dead
as a true convert to the Roman Catholic faith; but never have we heard of a
more barefaced and unchristian transaction than that recorded by a
correspondent of the Sligo Guardian which we here give as an additional
instance of Priestly intolerance and as a cautionary example:-
The preparations which are making
in every part of this portion of the province are on a scale far more
extensive than any former year within our recollection. Cattle are sold and
even several articles of household furniture and wearing apparel at
tremendous sacrifices by the poor landholders to purchase seed potatoes. The
chief cause of this is obvious, and it affords a practical proof of the
ruinous policy of Free Trade in this country. The small farmers, who allowed
themselves to be led into the conviction that "Protection" was a
curse by those who hated the aristocracy and exulted in anything that might
injure the landed proprietors, are now sadly convinced that the export trade
of Ireland is ruined - that there is no longer a market for any description
of grain. The potato always found a ready market at home and remunerated the
grower, so much so that £5 and £6 were willingly given for what was called
a con-acre. Potatoes are even now fetching a higher price though they are by
no means scarce and have to compete with Indian meal. The price of former
years is confidently expected and the success of the crop last year is an
encouragement to its very extensive cultivation this year. Should there be
such a failure this year as we had in 1846 and '47 the consequences must be
fearful, but this there is no reason to dread. In any case, however, it is
to be much regretted that the people are compelled in self-defence to occupy
the land they are in a position to cultivate with a crop which if successful
can only bring temporary relief.
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