Newry Commercial Telegraph
March 18, 1828
Newry, County Down
By the Rev. Mr. Marmion, on the 16th ult. at Dundalk, MARGARET, second daughter of Mr. Patrick Lamb, to Mr. WARDNER, of the 8th Hussars.
On the 13th inst. by the Rev. John White, Mr. SAMUEL MITCHELL, of Imdale, Land Surveyor, to the amiable Miss JANE WADDELL, third daughter of the late Hugh Waddell, of Oneby.
At St. Anne’s Church, Dawson-street, Dublin, by the Rev. Thomas Gannon, F. T. C. D., EDWARD HUGHES LEE, Esq. of Lancaster, to ARABELLA HENRIETTA, fourth daughter of Sir Jonah Barrington, L. L. D., Judge of the High Court of Admiralty in Ireland.
(Continued from THE TELEGRAPH of Friday.)
PETIT JURY—Messrs. John Scott, James Crawley, William Hudson, Nicholas Callan, Alexander Richy, Thomas Dewhurst, William Page, Henry Corbally, Edward Macan, William Moore, John Campbell, Thomas Atkinson. Atrocious Murder.
John Seed and Owen Ferguson, alias W. Johnston, were indicted for the wilful murder of Patrick Tuite, on 16th October last, near Collon : Owen Ferguson, having given him several mortal wounds, of which he died, and John Seed being accessory thereto. The prisoners pleaded not guilty.
The first witness called was
Richard Doolin, examined by Mr. STAPLES, K.C.—Knew Patrick Tuite ; he followed pig jobbing ; was speaking to him in Drogheda market on 13th Oct. ; never saw him alive after ; there was a fair at Bailieborough on Monday following ; he is now dead ; saw him dead on the Wednesday after beyond Collon in a man’s barn ; he was lying on sacks ; could not look at him.
Martin Skelly, examined by Mr. MOODY—Witness was at the fair at Bailieborough in Oct. last, on a Monday ; Tuite was also there ; slept with him at Kingscourt that night, and on Tuesday morning they proceeded together on their way home ; Tuite had five pigs, which he drove himself ; witness had two lambs ; after they had travelled about a mile and a half, witness went on ; saw Tuite afterwards near Drumcondra driving the same five pigs ; he was then accompanied by Ferguson, the prisoner at the bar, who had no pigs nor any other charge with him ; heard Tuite say he had laid out his money pretty close, as he had nine pounds going to the fair and had only six shillings left ; witness parted them at the White-mountain cross.
Mary Durnan, examined by Mr. MURRAY—Saw Patrick Tuite and another man near Lord Oriel’s plantation, about four o’clock in the evening ; it was on Tuesday, but could not tell the day of the month ; Tuite had a whip and was driving five pigs ; the other man had a white coat, and was lame of his right foot ; they were about a mile and a quarter from Collon when she saw them.
Michael Maguire, examined by Mr. STAPLES --On the day Tuite was murdered witness was digging potatoes in a field near Collon, about 60 or 70 perches from the spot where the murdered man was found. Saw two men driving pigs. Witness was stooped at his work, when he heard a screech ; he looked up and observed that the pigs were standing, and thought it was one of them that gave the screech. He resumed his work, and upon looking up again, he saw the pigs going on, and one many only with them ; they could not have stood more than four minutes ; the man who was then driving them wore a white coat, the other had on a black or brown one. Witness returned home, when he heard that a man was killed on the road ; he went to see the man whom he found in a dying state. It was about four o’clock.— Witness had not bee more than five minutes in the field.
By the COURT—It was about 40 perches from his house to where he was digging the potatoes ; it would be about 60 perches to go round the road.
Patrick Little, examined by Mr. MOODY— Was returning from Collon with two other men driving carts ; they heard a moaning in a ditch, and found Tuite there in a dying state. They had previously met Ferguson driving five or six pigs ; he wore a white great coat, and had a whip in his hand.
David Lithgow, Esq. M.D. examined by Mr. MURRAY—I was called upon by Captain Saunderson about half-past five o’clock in the evening, to see a man who was beaten about a mile and a quarter from Collon. I found the man alive, moaning, and making a slight motion with his right hand ; I examined the body, and found a large contused wound on the front of his head, from which a large portion of the brains protruded, and some had fallen down upon his waistcoat ; there was also a large wound on the occiput, from which the brains had also protruded, and fallen down his back ; the entire of the right side of his scull [sic] was beaten in, and the brain exposed for nearly five inches ; he was insensible, and never spoke until a few minutes before he died, which was about a quarter of an hour after. I examined his clothes, and found a knife, a pair of scissars [sic] and a penny piece. The wounds were apparently inflicted by a blunt instrument or a stone ; has no doubt but they were the cause of his death.
Anne Morgan, examined by Mr. STAPLES—I keep a lodging-house in Collon. The prisoner at the bar, Ferguson, came to my house about five o’clock in the evening of the day the murder was committed ; he had five pigs with him, and asked if he could get a lodging for himself and a stable for his pigs. He took some refreshment. About an hour after another man came in and also took refreshment ; there did not appear to be any great friendship between Ferguson and the latter. Ferguson said he must be away early in the morning, as he wished to put the pigs on board the packet at Drogheda ; the other man proposed he should take them to Dublin, and offered to assist in selling them there. Ferguson said he had bought the pigs at the fair of Bailieborough. The two men slept in the same room, but I do not know whether they occupied the same bed. Ferguson had a whip in his hand when he came in.
Cross-examined by Mr. WILKINS, for Seed— I have kept a lodging-house a very long time : it it [sic] is a common thing for travellers, who had never seen each other before, to sleep in the same bed, and also to talk over their dealings.
Daniel Morgan, examined by Mr. MOODY—I am husband to the last witness. On Tuesday the 16th October, Ferguson came to my house with pigs. I did not see him when he came, but saw the pigs in the stable, and asked to whom they belonged ? My wife said, they belonged to the man at the fire. I asked would he sell one of them ? He said he would, and we were bargaining, but could not agree. When we returned from the stable, another man came in ; it was the prisoner Seed ; he said he would help us to make a bargain, if it was only to get a glass. I did not buy the pig. Ferguson went away very early next morning ; he took the road to Slane, and said he was going to Dublin. Seed went away some time after him.
Captain Saunders, of the Police, examined by Mr. MURRAY—I saw the prisoner Ferguson on the 17th of Oct. in Slane ; he was driving three pigs. Captain M’Clintock was with me. Arrested him and found on his person a purse ; the purse now produced is the same. I went in pursuit of Seed, and overtook him at Ashbourne ; he was walking beside a cart, with two pigs on it. I took him into custody, and gave the pigs in charge to the Police at Ashbourne.
Captain M’Clintock, examined—I was with Captain Saunders when he arrested Ferguson. I took from him a purse, a whip, and three pigs.— The whip now produced is that which I took from Seed.
Catherine Tuite, examined—I am the widow of the late Patrick Tuite. I resided with my husband in Liverpool in October last. He came to Ireland to purchase pigs ; I followed the week after when I heard he was dead. The purse, the whip, the knife, and the scissors now produced were the property of my late husband.
One of the pigs was identified by Patrick Murphy, who sold it to Tuite in the fair of Bailieborough in Oct. last.
H. M. Blackwell, Esq. M.D. sworn—The prisoner Ferguson told me that he himself committed the murder, and that no other person was concerned in it. He told me that on the road coming to Dundalk, and afterwards in Dundalk gaol. He made the confession freely, and without either hope or threat of being held out. He said he killed Tuite with a stroke of a hammer.
Thomas Hughes, sworn—I found a hammer near the place where the murder was committed, the day after.
The case closed here. The Jury retired for a short time, and returned a verdict of Guilty against Ferguson—Seed not Guilty.
The Judge immediately proceeded to pass the sentence on the unfortunate culprit.— In doing so, he dwelt much on the hardened conduct of the prisoner, who appeared quite unconcerned during the whole of the proceedings ; and on being asked what he had to say why judgment of death and execution should not be awarded against him according to law—vociferated, with great earnestness, that he was quite innocent. His Lordship noticed how different his conduct now was to the contrition he hoped he felt when he confessed his guilt to Mr. Blackwell. He remarked on the hardihood of his conduct, and said that it must have proceeded from an infatuation that in general accompanies people who are guilty of the foul crime of murder, that induced him to stop in a town so near to where he had committed the nefarious deed, with so many evidences of his guilt about him, the murdered man’s purse, whip, knife and scissors. He said in the course of his experience he had never met any case in which, exclusive of the prisoner’s confession, the guilt of the accused was more clearly or satisfactorily proved. He hoped that contrition, which at one time he seemed to feel, would return—and for the few hours he had to live, induce him to try to make his peace with that offended Deity, in whose presence he must soon appear. The Learned Judge then pronounced the awful sentence of death in the manner prescribed by law. The miserable and hardened offender was ordered for execution on Monday the 17th (yesterday)—his body to be given to the Surgeons of the County Infirmary for dissection.
The prisoner, an able and rather a desperate looking man, about 40 years of age, appeared quite regardless of his end. He even smiled, it was observed, when taken away by the jailor.— His father, he states, was a robber, and he lays his death on his shoulders. It is understood he would not be seen by the Priest, saying, that he had a receipt fro the d---l that would redeem him !
During the trial, the Court-house was crowded to excess. After the prisoner had left the Court, his Lordship expressed his approbation of the clever manner in which the prosecution had been conducted. The Magistrates were deserving of praise for the exertions and interest evinced. The police were also active and most zealous, and there appeared to him to be, on the part of the people, a readiness to come forward and prosecute such a wretched character, quite praiseworthy. After commenting on this at some length, his Lordship adverted to the bad manner in which a prosecution, nearly of a similar nature, was gone into, namely, M’Garraher for the murder of Feighan, near Carlingford, and concluded by observing on the necessity there was to seek for proper evidence in all such cases.
The King, at the prosecution of Robert Thompson, v. William Thom.
Mr. CURRY rose, and addressed the Court and the Jury on behalf of the Prosecutor. In doing this, however, he merely recapitulated the evidence which was afterwards adduced, as follows:
Robert Thompson, Esq. examined by Mr. MAYNE—Stated that Mr. Thom, in the year 1824, entered his employment as principal Clerk, being his Book-keeper and Cashier, in which he continued until about May or June, 1827 ; that he considered him perfectly competent for the situation, and, until the latter period, quite attentive to his business ; that, in the month of March last, Prosecutor being in England, and being desirous that the books should be posted and settled, wrote to Mr. Thom for that purpose, but on his return he found that he had neglected to do so; witness frequently afterwards applied to him for that purpose, and was at length, in the month of June last, obliged to order another Clerk of his, John Burgess, to bring the books to his dwelling-house at Annagassan, for the purpose of inspecting them as they stood, when he discovered that one of them was not forthcoming ; sent Burgess in search for it, who returned saying he could not find it ; went out to walk and on his return found that the books were taken back to the office by Mr. Thom’s desire. Witness, however, went to the office with a master key, Mr. Thom being then absent, but could only find two ledgers, two wheat books and a labourer’s book ; searched carefully for the book called the blotter, but could not find it ; Mr. Thom had the care of that office, and had also a key for it, and one for the safe ; made a further search the following morning ; the caused the mill race to be stopped, where, after some search, the men about the mill found the blotter in a wet and tattered state ; being then quite alarmed caused the books to be examined by Mr. Culley.
Cross-examined by Mr. PERRIN—Admitted he got a very high character of Mr. Thom at the time he employed him, particularly from Mr. Quinn, of Newry, his late employer. There were four keys to the office ; the witness, Burgess, Thom, and Halyday, another clerk, each had a key. There is a window in the office which looks into the yard. When in England several bills of his, amounting to about £2000, fell due, and were in the hands of Mr. Palmer, of Dublin. When bills thus became due it was not unusual to take them up by drawing new bills, and getting cash on them. Did not know that during his absence in England some of the new bills which Mr. Thom intended to get cashed in the Bank of Ireland office in Newry, in order to take up the old ones, were refused to be cashed. It formed a part of Mr. Thom’s duty to provide for the bills as they might become due. Knows Mr. M’Minn examined the cash account between traverser and witness, he having done so by witness’s permission, and that he struck a balance thereon as due to Mr. Thom.
Mr. HOLMES—What is the amount of the sum charged in the indictment ?—I cannot exactly say—I believe about 170l. Oh, you only believe it amounts to that sum?—I only believe it, I cannot be positive. Does the bill drawn by Johnston for 20l. form a part of that sum ?—I believe it does. You came here to prosecute my client without knowing what for ?
Mr. MAYNE said it was difficult to state what precise sums were stated in the indictment, as in order to support it various sums were stated in various forms.
Mr. HOLMES—Yes, to support a prosecution which should never have been commenced.
Cross-examination resumed by Mr. HOLMES—In the account furnished by Mr. M’Minn to you does he give you credit for the foregoing sum of 170l.—He does. And, notwithstanding, struck a balance in Mr. Thom’s favour ? Yes, but I believe that account to be very erroneous. Received a letter from Mr. M’Minn, which he sent to his agent ; did not answer it ; in that letter it was stated that if in the account furnished any error appeared, it would instantly be corrected. In the cash account furnished by witness to Thom, a balance was struck in witness’s favour, amounting to upwards of 300l. and in which the principal items in the indictment are charged to Mr. Thom, although in M’Minn’s account the latter sums are credited to witness, and yet a balance is struck in favour of Mr. Thom. An offer was made to refer the matter to arbitration, to which he did not make any reply. Mr. Thom was married about the time the books were missed, and the evening of the day on which the blotter was thrown into the mill-race he spent with his wife’s friends. It was a Sunday evening. The books were examined by Mr. M’Minn since the last Assizes ; he discovered an error against Thom of 100l. with which he charged him, and communicated it to witness, who was requested to employ another person on his part to assist M’Minn, which he (witness) declined to do, adding that he would be ready to admit and of course rectify any errors which Mr. M’Minn might discover, but afterwards objected to the account when furnished, considering it an unfair one. Witness, in his account charged Mr. Thom with a sum of 30l. paid to Mr. Culley for his trouble in investigating the accounts, and also a sum of 10l. for law costs.
John Burgess examined—Is clerk to Mr. Thompson ; knows that in and subsequent to the month of March last, several applications were made to Mr. Thom, to post the books and furnish them ; at length, at Mr. Thompson’s request, brought him some of the books from Mr. Thom, to wit, two ledgers and a blotter ; Mr. Thom then said he would have them all ready for examination the following day ; on again applying to Mr. Thom for the books that were missing, the latter desired witness to make careful search for them, and that it was full time he (Mr. Thom) and witness should look to themselves ; the flour book was then missing ; Mr. Thom also desired witness to get the books Mr. Thompson had, and lock them up in the safe, which witness accordingly did, and locked the office and gates, and about 5 or 6 o’clock in the evening, being Sunday, 4th of June, unlocked the gates and office in order to let Mr. Thom take out his horse. Mr. Thom remained a few minutes in the office after witness, but witness again locked the office and gates and gave the keys to Mr. Thompson ; on the following day examined the safe with Mr. Thompson, and could not find the book called the blotter in it, although he put it into it on the previous day.
Cross-examined by Mr. SCRIVEN—After the book was found in the mill race witness was arrested by Mr. Thompson, charged with having thrown it in ...had the key of the office from which there was a passage to the mill...locked the gates, but did not go into the yard afterwards on the evening previous to the book being found in the race. Knows Rooney the servant...never was charged with privately entering the mill at improper times...was told by Mr. Thompson that he connived at throwing the book into the race.... witness might be seen if he went into the yard of the mill on that evening. There was only one key for the safe, which was kept by Mr. Thom...witness was arrested for throwing the book into the race...Mr. Thompson suspected him, and a just right he had.—(A laugh.) The investigation before the Magistrates lasted about 5 or 10 minutes only, when he was discharged. Heard that a clerk named Halyday, formerly in the mill, was charged by Mr. Thompson with committing a similar crime.
Charles Dogherty—Is a miller, in the employment of Mr. Thompson, who, in June last, desired witness to search for the books in the mill race...witness stopped the race, and found one of the books in it, in the direction of the sea ; it was wet and torn.
James Mathews—Proved payment of a sum of £88 10s. by Mr. Ridgeway of Drogheda, to Mr. Thom, for which he held his acknowledgment, and that it was for Mr. Thompson’s use.
Owen Kearney, of Ardee, dealt with Mr. Thompson for flour occasionally on credit. In July, 1826, paid a sum of £19 on account to Mr. Thom...It was paid in bank notes and silver...there were some Belfast notes and Bank of Ireland pound notes.
Cross-examined by MR. SCRIVEN—Is a baker... got flour on credit, and if not paid would be liable to an action...could not say how many notes of either Banks...saw Mr. Culley at Annagasson when examining the books...claimed credit for the £19, and produced all his vouchers to Mr. Culley...he declined giving him the credit sought for, although he very fully investigated the matter. Is quite positive he paid the £19...was allowed some discount, and therefore could not have paid the entire £19.
Thomas Loughhead—Proved payment of a sum of £42 10s. to Mr. Thom, having remitted it by post to Mr. Thompson, ?? which he held Mr. Thom’s acknowledgment...could not say what the particular amount of the notes remitted was.
Samuel Johnston—Remitted a bill for £20 to Mr. Thom, for Mr. Thompson’s use...did not see the bill since...believes it is in the hands of the acceptor, who paid it in Dublin.
An animated discussion arose relative to the right of the prosecutor to produce this bill, in which Messrs. Mayne and Curry, for the prosecution, and Messrs. Holmes, Perrin, Scriven, and Moody, for the defence, took part ; and, on the suggestion of the Court, this bill was given up by Counsel for the prosecution.
Mr. Richd. Culley, examined by Mr. MAYNE— Was employed to investigate the books then in Court ; in two of which an entry, in Mr. Thom’s hand-writing, appears to the credit of Mr. Loughhead, amounting to £42 10s. : this sum Mr. Thom out to have debitted himself with in his cash account with Mr. Thompson, in which it does not appear, nor does Mr. Thom appear to be debitted in any book with that sum ; knows that Kearney claimed a credit of £19, for cash alleged to have been paid by him to Mr. Thom, at the request of Mr. Thompson and Kearney ; witness examined the accounts between them, as also the vouchers, and was perfectly satisfied that Kearny [sic] sought to get a double credit for that sum, and therefore declined to introduce it as a credit in his account ; also examined Mr. Thom’s cash account, from Oct., 1826, up to a few months prior to his quitting the employment, on which a balance appeared in favour of Mr. Thompson.
By Mr. HOLMES—There appeared three entries in three different books, of the sum of £42 10s. ; was quite satisfied that the credit sough by Kearney, was erroneous ; and, on that account, after much consideration, refused to give him credit for it. After examining the books, and discovering the errors just mentioned, can you take upon yourself, honestly and conscientiously, to swear that you believe these errors or omissions were wilful, and made with a deliberate intention to embezzle and to fraudulently secrete the sums so omitted to be credited, considering that these items appear to the credit of the persons paying the same in the Traverser’s handwriting ? I honestly and conscientiously believe that these errors or omissions were not caused by any such motive.
At this stage of the proceedings, and after a few observations from Mr. Mayne, Mr. Thompson, and the Counsel for the prosecution consulted together for about five minutes, after which Mr. Mayne rose and addressed the Court, and stated that from what had fallen from the last witness, his client did not think it necessary to occupy the time of the Court and the Jury any longer ; he begged to add, that he was authorised by Mr. Thompson, to say, that had the sentiments of the last witness, as just delivered, been communicated to him in private, previous to the present prosecution, he (Mr. T.) never would have brought the matter before the Court.
The Learned Judge said he entirely concurred in the course pursued, and observed that, notwithstanding the want of evidence to support the indictment, Mr. Thompson was perfectly justified, under the circumstances, in bringing the matter before the Court.
The issue having been handed to the Jury, they instantly recorded a verdict of acquittal.
An interesting case of child murder occupied the Court on Saturday. The persons tried for this barbarous crime were Ann Magrath (aged between 60 and 70 years, who had been employed as nurse,) and Patrick Kelly, the alleged father of the bastard child. The latter was Acquitted, but the hoary old wretch was, after a long deliberate trial, found Guilty of one of the most savage and cold-blooded murders that is to be found in the blackest annals of crime. This trial, with a number of others, want of room obliges us to postpone till our next publication.
RECORD COURT.—The well-known case, Dowdall v. Dowdall, occupied the whole of the first day. The Jury were in all night, and could not agree. Mr. Wallace was brought down specially in this case. On Friday much interest was excited on a trial at the suit of Henry Mills v. J. W. M’Neale, Esq. and by which plaintiff sought to recover damages for turf destroyed by defendant, his landlord, subsequent to the late election for Louth, Mr. Sheil conducted the prosecution, which, it is well known, was got up at the expense of the Catholic Association. The plaintiff failed to make out his case, and was immediately non-suited.— The defence was not even entered into. Particulars in our next.
SHIPWRECKS.—The Jane, from Liverpool to Gibralter ; Terror bomb, bound to the Mediterranean ; and Gibralter, Escuroles, from Galicia, are lost near St. Ubes.
The Clarence, Kennedy, from Rio Janeiro, ran on shore in the Scheldt the 8th instant, and it was feared would be wrecked ; cargo discharging.
The Anne and Amelia, from London to Malta, was totally wrecked near the Burlings, and all on board drowned.
Singular Ground of Acquittal.—At the Winchester Assizes, James Wilkins was indicted for stealing a watch from a respectable farmer, named Strickland, who swore positively to the fact. He admitted, on cross-examination, that the prisoner said to him, on his being sent to prison, “if you swear I stole the watch you’ll go to hell;” to which he replied, “very well, I don’t mind if I do, for once.” The evidence of the prosecutor was confirmed by another witness, but Mr. Justice Gazelee told the Jury, if the guilt of the prisoner rested solely on the evidence of Mr. Strickland, they ought not to convict ; no Jury ought to trust a witness who could speak so irreverently on such a subject. The prisoner was in consequence pronounced “ Not Guilty.” Is it possible that a Judge of the land could hold such a doctrine, when even an accomplice in a murder may be believed, if supported by other testimony, as Mr. Strickland was? We have to add, that the prosecutor, for his impiety, was not allowed his expenses.
PROMOTIONS AND EXCHANGES.
War Office, March 10, 1828.1st Dragoon Guards—Lieut. Dick, h. p. to be Lieutenant.
7th Light Dragoons—S. W. Chermside, M.D. from 11th Foot, to be Assistant Surgeon, vice Moffitt, pr.
14th Ditto—J. E. Dyson to be Cornet by pur.
15th Ditto—Lieut. Blyth to be Adjutant, vice Griffiths.
1st Foot Guards—Lieut. and Captain Lascelles to be Captain and Lieutenant-Colonel, by pur. vice Dorville ; Ensign and Lieut. M’Kennon to be Lieutenant and Captain, by pur. ; C. W. Ridley to be Ensign and Lieutenant, by pur.
1st Foot—Lieut. Burges h. p. to be Lieut. vice Pictet, ex.
5th Ditto—John Duberdieu to be Ensign, without pur. vice King, pr.
9th Ditto—Hon. David Murray, h. p. to be Ensign, vice Burslem.
11th Ditto—Hospital Assistant C. Gordon to be Assistant Surgeon, vice Chermside.
18th Ditto—Lieut. Keating, from 49th Foot to be Lieutenant, vice Dempster.
22d Ditto—Major F. Crofton, from 39th Foot, to be Major, vice Poole. Captain Greenwood, from 50th Foot, to be Captain, vice Millar. John Vereker to be Ensign without p. vice Petit, pr.
26th Ditto—Captain FitzGerald, from 26th Foot, to be Captain, vice Westlake.
27th Ditto—Hospital-Assistant Patrick O’Callaghan to be Assistant-Surgeon, vice Williams, dec.
36th Ditto—Ensign John Hiern to be Lieut. by p., vice Petre, pr. ; Arthur Trollope to be Ensign, by p.
38th Ditto-- -----Goodfellow to be Quartermaster.
39th—Major Thomas Poole, from 22d Foot, to be Major, vice Crofton, exc.
43d Ditto—Ensign Campbell, from 58th Foot, to be Ensign, vice Ward, ret.
50th Ditto—Captain John Westlake, from 26th Foot, to be Captain, vice Greenwood.
51st Ditto—Hospital-Assistant Maharg to be Assistant-Surgeon, vice Sibbald, dec.
53d Ditto—Lieut.-Col. De Bathe, h. p. to be Lieut.-Colonel, vice Le Blanc.
54th Ditto—Lieut. Warren to be Captain, by p., vice Woodgate ; Ensign Turner to be Lieut. by p., vice Warren ; Robert Par to be Ensign, by p. vice Turner.
58th Ditto—To be Ensigns—Knyvett, h. p. 18th Foot, vice Campbell ; and Thompson h. p. vice Phillips.
69 Ditto—Lieut. Bolton, from 59th Foot, to be Lieut., vice Warlock, pro.
72d Ditto—Lieut. Scott, 1st R. V. B., to be Lieut., vice Campbell, pr.
79th Ditto—Hospital-Assistant Mac Lachlan to be Assistant-Surgeon, vice Baillie, dec.
84th Ditto—Ensign West to be Lieutenant, without p., vice Seaton, dec. John F. M. Porter to be Ensign, vice West.
86th Ditto—Captain Henry Kean, h. p. to be Captain, vice Fitzgerald.
90th Ditto—Lieutenant W. Laing to be Captain, without p., vice Popham, dec. Ensign Massy to be Lieutenant, vice Laing. T. A. Person, to be Ensign, vice Massy.
91st Ditto—Ensign Teale, to be Lieut. without p., vice Cahill, dec. John Cahill, to be Ensign, vice Teale.—Lieutenant Macintyre to be Adjutant, vice Cahill, dec.
93d Ditto—Lieutenant Charles Gordon, to be Captain, without p., vice Brown, dec. Ensign Russell to be Lieut. vice Gordon. G. E. Aylmer, to be Ensign, vice Russell.
94th Ditto—Captain Penny, from Ceylon Regiment, to be Captain, Vice Crozier.
2d West India Regiment—Hospital-Assistant Watts to be Assistant-Surgeon, vice Ewing, dec.
Ceylon Regiment—Captain Armstrong, h. p. to be Captain, vice Penny.
Cape Corps—Ensign and Quartermaster Richton to be Adjutant ; D. S. Schonfeldt [?] to be Quartermaster, vice Kishton.
UNATTACHED—Hon. Francis Petre, from 36th Foot, to be Captain of Infantry, by p.
STAFF—Lieutenant-Colonel Conyers, h. p. to be Inspecting Field Officer of the Militia in the Ionian Islands, vice Graham.
HOSPITAL STAFF—Assistant-Surgeon Allman, from 56th Foot, to be Apothecary to the Forces ; George Gibson, to be Hospital-Assistant to the Forces, vice Joseph.
The 3d Regiment of Dragoon Guards have received orders to march from Dublin and Newbridge to Belfast and Dundalk ; and the 8th Regiment of Hussars are under orders to march from Dundalk and Belfast for Newbridge.
We are authorized to state that the stolen mare, which was the cause of the riot at Crossmaglen, where the Police were so badly wounded in the execution of their duty, as stated in our paper of Friday last, was on Sunday found by Sergeant Pierce and private Gilmore, of Captain Hill’s division of Police, in possession of a farmer in Sheeptown, near Newry. The mare is not at livery at Peter Burns’s stable. The person who brought the mare to this country has been apprehended, and acknowledges himself to be James Duffy, of Edenagora, Kilmainham Wood, near Kells, in the County of Meath.—See advertisement in Hue and Cry of 8th of March.
RELIGIOUS CONTROVERSY IN DERRY.— A Correspondent of The Dublin Evening Post states that a Meeting took place in the City of Derry, on Tuesday the 11th inst., to establish a Branch of the New Reformation Society, at which Messrs. Gordon and Vernon attended as a deputation from the Parent Society. No opposition was expected till the hour of Meeting, when the Roman Catholic Clergymen entered in a body, ascended the platform, and admitted that they went there to oppose the proceedings. A desultory conversation ensued, when it was agreed that the Meeting should adjourn till next day—that none should be admitted but on tickets—that the tickets should be issued by two Members of the Mendicity Association (a Protestant and a Catholic, one chosen by each party) to the amount of 500 for each side, and that the proceeds should be applied to the use of the poor. The adjourned Meeting accordingly took place on Wednesday last, a few minutes past 12 ; Tristram Kennedy, Esq. (one of the High Sheriffs) in the Chair. The assemblage amounted to about a thousand persons. A preliminary discussion on the points to be debated commenced between the adverse parties. The Rev. Messrs. Quin, M’Leer, O’Kane (all of Derry), M’Carron, O’Loughlin, and Mr. Quin, on the Roman Catholic side ; Captain Gordon, Rev. Messrs. Smyley, Collis, Ross, Boyd and Henderson, on the other. The Protestant party insisted that nothing of a political nature should be introduced— the Roman Catholic Clergymen argued that the present Church Establishment was nought but a political engine—that it was impossible to divest the ‘ Old’ Reformation under Henry 8th of its present origin, or to speak of the ‘ New Reformation’ and keep its political bearing out of sight. After half an hour lost in this manner, and amidst the greatest uproar and confusion, and when it was feared that nothing definite would be agreed to, the Very Rev. Dean Blakeney (Protestant Dean of Achonry) rose, and after stating his unqualified disapprobation of the New Reformation Society, in an eloquent speech of about 30 minutes, he concluded by moving, that the Meeting to establish a Branch of the New Reformation Society in Derry be adjourned sine die. This (adds the writer in The Post) was seconded by the Rev. Mr. M’Carron, put from the Chair, and carried almost unanimously...the liberal Protestants and the Catholics voting together.
New Potatoes.—A respectable farmer, Mr. Robert Gracy, of Drumgrenan, parish of Drumgath, near Rathfryland, has left at this office a specimen of Potatoes, grown in his open garden. They are called “ Lady’s Delights,” and were planted in October last.
(The following ought to have appeared in a former number, but was somehow miscarried in course of transmission to us. It always affords us pleasure to contribute, by every means in our power, to the great AGRICULTURAL REFORMATION which is now happily making such rapid strides in this long-neglected country.)
The Drumbanagher and Acton Ploughing Match took place on the 3d inst. in a field adjoining the Acton Demesne. Twenty ploughs started, exhibiting by their appointments and the excellence of their performance, a truly delightful scene. It was not the least gratifying circumstance to the farmer, to see Maxwell Close, Esq., the worthy landlord, on the ground to inspect and encourage his numerous tenantry. The successful candidates were— £ s. d.
1 Mr. T. Allen, plough held by his man, Cart, 5 5 0
2 Mr. Crozier Christy, Iron Plough, ... 3 15 0
3 Mr. Marston, pair Harrows, ... ... 1 15 0
4 Mr. John Moody, set Plough Harness, 1 10 0
5 Mr. Brown, a Cart Straddle, ... ... 1 0 0
6 Mr. R. Stewart, Wheel Barrow, ... 0 15 0
7 Mr. James Moody, Winkers and Reins, 0 15 0
8 Mr. Robert Hutchinson, a Pick, ... 0 5 0
9 Mr. Carouthers, a Spade, ... ... 0 2 6
10 Mr. Kinmouth, plough held by B. Reed,
Grape, ... ... ... ... 0 2 0
11 Mr. James Hamilton, Shovel, ... ... 0 1 6
The Judges were Mr. Wann, Mr. Langtry, and Mr. Kinmouth, whose decisions gave much satisfaction. About 40 dined in the inn of Poyntzpass, Major Close in the chair. What added much to the enjoyment of the toasts and songs on the occasion, were the valuable practical observations made on the improvement of tillage, to effect which the Chairman expressed his cordial wish to co-operate with the tenant. If Irishmen by nature are prompt in resenting injury, they are no less fervent in their expressions of their gratitude : to this the enthusiastic cheers of the company bore evidence, when the toast was “ The young heir to Drumbanagher.” The greatest hilarity and good humour prevailed throughout the evening.
FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY,
At the Shop in Hill-Street,
Lately occupied by Mr. FRANCIS KEANE.
JOHN GLOVER & CO. (from NOTTINGHAM and Sackville-street, DUBLIN.) beg to inform the Nobility, Gentry, and Public of NEWRY, that they have an extensive Stock of
Hosiery, Lace, and Gloves,
Which they feel confident, on inspection, will be found of the best material; and at so moderate a profit, as must insure them a preference. Being Manufacturers of COTTON HOSIERY, and connected with the most respectable Houses in England and Scotland, they are enabled to offer them these advantages.
THEIR LACE COMPRISES
4-4 Netts at 1s. 6d. and upwards, with Sprigged Nett and Veils, Collars and Dresses, Quillings, Laces, &c. &c., with an elegant Assortment of Thread Lace, French Tulle, &c.
THEIR HOSIERY CONSISTS OF
Ladies’ Cotton, Vigonia, and Patent Ribbed Stockings, Vests, Drawers, &c., Gentlemen’s Cotton, Woollen, and Vigonia Hose, Half- Hose, Vests, Drawers, &c.
To those Gentlemen who require fine and soft WOOL, they particularly recommend their WELCH, SHETLAND, and KILREA KNITT STOCKINGS.
N.B.—NO SECOND PRICE.
North East Society of Ireland.
THE General Half-yearly MEETING of the COMMITTEE will be held on TUESDAY the 8th of April, at ELEVEN o’Clock, at KERNS’S HOTEL, Belfast.
The SHOW of FAT CATTLE, SPRINGERS, &c. will be held in MAY’S MARKET, on WEDNESDAY the 9th of April. No Cattle will be admitted into the Show-Yard after Ten o’Clock.
All persons intending to compete for the Premiums offered by the Society, must give notice of their intention to do so to the Secretary, on or before the 1st of April, and give a full description of what they propose to exhibit, and mention the Class in which they intend to compete, or be excluded therefrom.
Reports of Branch Societies to be left at Mr. FARREL’S Seed Shop, Belfast, on or before the 1st of April, and letters for the Secretary addressed to him at “ Grey Abbey, Newtownards.”
The Society will DINE together on the day of the Show.
A. H. MONTGOMERY,
8th March, 1828.
Shop Fixtures, Furniture, &c.
MARY COPES, having discontinued the “ CROWN TAVERN,” will SELL BY PUBLIC AUCTION, at her House in Hill-street, on MONDAY next the 24th instant, all the FIXTURES, COPPER MEASURES, and a number of KEGS and BARRELS, of various sizes, requisite in the Spirit Trade ; together with the following superfluous articles of
viz. : a handsome Mahogany Sideboard, Tallboy and Desk Beds—Mahogany Tables, Desk, and Presses—Feather Beds—Matrasses—Oak Chairs—Pier Glasse—Fenders, Fireirons, &c. &c.
Sale to commence at TWELVE o’Clock.
JOHN SMITH, Auctioneer.
M. C. embraces this opportunity to express her most grateful thanks for the kind and distinguished support she has received in business during the last 25 years ; and begs to inform her Friends and the Public that she means to confine her attention exclusively to her HOTEL and LIVERY Establishment, which shall in future be conducted, she trusts, in a manner such as to ensure the fullest approbation of those who may favor her with a preference.
---LINEN MERCHANTS can be accommodated as usual ; and TWO or THREE respectable YOUNG MEN would be taken to BOARD, on moderate terms.
TO BE LET,
A FRONT SHOP in Hill-street, peculiarly adapted either to an Auction or a private Sale Room. If requisite, a Sitting Room, Bed Room, and Kitchen, connected with the Shop, might be had reasonably.—Apply as above.
TO BE LET,
From the First Day of MAY next,
THAT Commodious DWELLING HOUSE, with suitable OFFICE HOUSES, and an extensive GARDEN, situated on COURTNEY HILL, and now in possession of Mr. JAMES KENNEDY. A Lease will be given if agreeable to the Tenant. Application to Mrs. BELL, NEDHAM PLACE, will be attended to.
Newry, 17th March, 1828.
House and Land for Sale.
To be SOLD by AUCTION, on THURSDAY the 8th day of APRIL,
BROOKVILLE COTTAGE and FARM, situate in the Townland of DRUMNAGOON, and Parish of SEAGO, within 3 miles of the Town of Lurgan, and 2 of Portadown. The COTTAGE has lately been tastefully (and at large expense) fitted up, by the Rev. Mr. M’CARTAN ; it consists of Kitchen, Pantry, Scullery, Parlour, and Three Bed Rooms, one of which is very spacious and airy, being 14 feet from floor to ceiling. The FARM contains 5A. 2R. 10P., held during a Young Life, under Viscount MANDEVILLE, at the Yearly Rent of £6 2s. 4d. The Farm is accommodated with Half an Acre of TURBARY, and suitable OFFICES.
N.B.—Should the Purchaser wish to enlarge the Farm, he will have an opportunity at November first, as then the adjoining Farm, containing 8 Acres, at 10s. an Acre, will be Sold.
Clonallen, 15th March, 1828.
TO BE LET,
In Best’s-Row, Warrenpoint,
THREE GOOD HOUSES, in Tenantable Repair, with COACH HOUSES, STABLING, &c. Apply to the Misses M’BRIDE.
WARRENPOINT, 15th March, 1828.
COUNTY OF DOWN.
TO BE SOLD, FOR EVER,
UPON THE PREMISES,
On TUESDAY the 15th day of April next,
A FARM OF LAND in the Townland of LISNAGAMOLL, containing TEN ACRES, or thereabouts, Irish Plantation Measure, with a sufficiency of good TURBARY belonging to and adjoining the same, at the small Yearly Rent of £1 9s. 7d. Sterling, situate on the great road-side leading from NEWRY to LOUGHBRICKLAND, 6-1/2 miles from the former and 3-1/2 from the latter. There is a most excellent and substantial DWELLING HOUSE and OFFICES lately built on same, and now in possession of Mr. JAMES WILLIAMS, Innkeeper, Tenant at will.
Application to be made to JAMES YOUNG, sen. or CREEVY, who will shew the Premises, and receive proposals previously to the day of Sale.
—Dated 18th day of March, 1828.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS.
In the Matter of
THE CREDITORS of the Insolvent in this Matter are requested to meet me, at the House of Mr. NATHANIEL
WRIGHT, in the Town and County of MONAGHAN, on MONDAY the 31st day of March, at the hour of TWELVE o’Clock at noon, to assent to, or dis- sent from, the Sale of such Freehold Property, as Insolvent was possessed of, or edtitled [sic] to, at the time of his discharge, and upon matters generally.—Dated 13th March, 1828.
HUGH M’DONALD, Assignee.
VALUABLE HOUSES, LANDS AND PROPERTIES,
In and adjoining the Town of LOUGHBRICKLAND, in the County of Down, and the Town of CASTLEBLAYNEY, in the County of Monaghan, to be Disposed of in such manner as may be agreed on :--
No. 1. THE DWELLING-HOUSE, BLEACHING-GREEN AND PREMISES, adjoining the Town of LOUGHBRICKLAND, as at present occupied by Mr. JAMES MOLLAN, and comprising 9A. 3R. 2P. late Irish Plantation Measure, held for an unexpired term of 5 Years, and Two good Lives, subject to the Yearly Rent of £32 2s. 11d.
No. II.—That part of the Lands of GREENAN, adjoining said Town, containing 18A. of like Measure, with the DWELLING-HOUSE, OFFICES, and GARDEN, as formerly occupied by Mr. HAWTHORNE, together with the BEETLING ENGINES FLAX MILL and MACHINERY erected thereon, held for an unexpired Term of Twelve Years, subject to £75 0s. 11d. per Annum.
No. III—A number of DWELLING-HOUSES, TENEMENTS, GARDENS and PREMISES, situate in and adjoining said Town, held for Lives Renewable for Ever, producing a well-secured Annual Profit Rent of £27.
No. IV—FOUR ACRES, in the Townland of DRUMNAHARE, held for One Life, subject to £4 13s. 2d. per Annum.
No. V—A well secured PROFIT RENT of £16 12s. 3d. per Annum, arising out of Houses and Tenements, situate in the best part of the Town of CASTLEBLAYNEY, called and known by the name of BLAYNEY’S TENEMENTS, and held for Lives Renewable for Ever.
The BLEACHING MILLS, FLAX MILL, &c. on Nos. 1 and 2, are in the best order, and have a constant supply of Water, and should be Let or disposed of together or separate, and the DWELLING-HOUSE, on GREENAN, with any quantity of Land not exceeding 16A. would be Let from the First instant, and immediate possession given.
N. B.—Mr. MOLLAN having also in his immediate possession, from 30 to 40 Acres of LAND in prime order, would accommodate any person wishing to increase any of the foregoing Holdings.
Application to be made to Mr. THOMAS CROZIER, BANBRIDGE, or 3, Dominick-street, DUBLIN ; or to Mr. JAMES MOLLAN, the Proprietor, BOVENET [?], LOUGHBRICKLAND, of whom Rentals may be had and every information given.
On the 28th ult., Edward Caulfield, Esq., son to Lieutenant-Colonel James Caulfield, Loy-house, County Tyrone, completed his 21st year ; in consequence of which event, the town of Stewartstown was most splendidly and tastefully illuminated. On the above occasion, a feeling of the most intense interest was excited, and extended to all the inhabitants, each vicing [sic] with the other in manifesting a regard, long and sincerely cherished, for that highly respectable young gentleman.
QUEEN’S COUNTY PETIT SESSIONS.
CASTLETOWN, MARCH 10—Magistrates present—John R. Price, J. E. Scott, and W. W. Despard, Esqrs.
A tall young woman, and pleasant to look at, was charged by Patrick May, for that she did, contumaciously and of malice prepense, enter his flock of geese, and therefrom abduct and carry away a female goose, against the will of the said goose, and of this complainant, Patrick May. The defendant smiled and simpered at the insinuation, curtsied to the Bench, drew her grey cloak around her, and gave her accuser free scope and liberty to state his case without interruption.
All that Mr. Patrick May had to say for himself was not much. “ He had a goose—
‘ Had while she was his ;’ And now, quoad [?] that particular goose, he was gooseless. For the rest, his handmaiden was at hand, and would let their Worships into the ins and outs of it.”
Hereupon a smart comfortable little damsel stepped forward, and having duly qualified herself, by lipping the leather, to state what she knew upon the subject, commenced a plain tale, without flourish, prelude, or circumbendibus, to this effect :--The feathered object of dispute was a biped of long sitting in the family, the mother of a numerous progeny, and much respected by every individual in the house for her oviparous qualities. But though a good goose and a motherly one, she had a fashion of eating up her own offspring in embryo, which rendered her as good as nothing at all to her master ; for which cause, and in order to correct such a Saturn-like propensity, this deponent not having the fear of Dick Martin before her eyes, had taken off a piece of her upper bill, thereby putting her past egg-sucking for the rest of her life. In consequence of such mark, the goose was a very remarkable goose, and therefore the more easily identified as the property of Patrick May.
“ And now my good woman,” quoth the Bench, addressing itself to the defendant, “ what have you to say to all this? The plaintiff has filed a bill against you, and the Court expects that you will put in your answer.”
“ My answer is asy [sic] put in, your Worships,” replied the defendant. And so indeed it was; for no sooner had she loosened the grasp by which she held her cloak, than the goose itself thrust its long neck through the opening and saluted their Worships with an eloquent hiss. “ This,” cried the learned defendant, with another profound obeisance—“ this is my answer.”
“ Nay”—said the Bench—“ that remains to be proved, for Patrick May alleges it is his anser [transcriber’s note: “anser” is the species of goose often called the “true” or “grey” goose] : and what is more his servant has sworn it. And in truth appearances were altogether in favour of the plaintiff, seeing that the “ error i’ the’ bill” was most manifest, with this addition of evil, moreover, that now both the jaws were “ curtailed of their fair proportion,” and the rostrum of the goose instead of being “ round at the point,” as an observant by-stander remarked, was as square as the toe of a Frenchman’s slipper. This was confirmation strong on the part of the plaintiff and the audience as well as the goose seemed well disposed to hiss the defendant out of the court. She, however, nothing daunted, but, “ in conscious virtue bold,” proceeded to adduce her proofs that willy-nilly the goose was her own. To this end she brought forward her sister who had travelled a distance of ten miles to bear a hand in this royal game of goose. And a more communicative witness of all matters on her own side of the question never lifted up her voice in a court of justice.
Having sworn that she would “ true answer make to such questions as should be demanded of her touching that goose,” she entered upon the following narrative of its birth, parentage, and education:--
“She (witness) was the mother of aight [sic] chilther and the proprietor besides of a gander, two ould geese, and always in the saison, a proportionate flock of goslings, all of whom she brought up according to her mains in a loyal, paiceable manner, and neither herself nor her’s did no harm to nobody.”
Confine yourself to the goose, Madam,” said the Magistrate, “ we don’t want to hear any thing about your own character.
The witness stood corrected, and went on to state that “ last summer her sister (the defendant in this case) bethought herself to change her condition in honesty and take unto herself a husband. A very sancy dacent little girl she was, and happy was the man who had the luck to plaise her. He might well be proud of the day that Biddy Farrell first cast an eye in kindness upon him.
The Bench again interfered, declaring that all this had nothing to do with the business before them.
But the witness contended that it had everything to do with it ; for had her sister been anything else than the best of good girls how could their Worships suppose that she (witness) the mother of “aight childther” and the respectable proprietor of one gander, two ould geese and suite, would bother her brogues to come so far to jestify her ? Not herself, in troth—sorrow-fuit [full?]. As for the goose on the lure, it was a marriage present, which she, this witness, out of her superfluity of geese and sisterly affection, had bestowed upon the defendant. She had known it from its infancy, recollected it in the egg, with her own two hands had set it in that shape under the mother goose of her household, and having assisted nature in breaking the shell, had reared it with tender care from the time that it hopped into this breathing world, a “ poor bare forked animal,” until it arrived at goose’s estate. It was a bird of the last year’s clutch, had never laid an egg, aye or sucked one either, she, this witness, would tell that person that he or she said the thing which was not. Most thankful would she be to any lady in the Court who would take the goose and examine whether such were the case or no. Having proceeded to what an anatomist might call a “ demonstration” of the fact, she concluded by avouching the goose to be her sister’s goose, and no other person’s ; she knew it well by the hair of its head, which was grey, whereas all other parts of its body were milk-white.
There was not getting over such hard-swearing as this, and so the plaintiff was called ; to the evident chagrin of the Court and all the neighbours.
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