Ireland Old News
January 15, 1853.
THE CONVICT KIRWAN.
The following statement appears in the police reports of this day:-
"Yesterday morning, shortly after Mr. Porter the presiding magistrate had taken his seat, Mr. Boswell again appeared, and said he had an application to make to the bench in reference to the case of the convict Kirwan and the imputations that were publicly attached to him, on a charge of his having murdered the late Mr. Richard Downes Boyer. It would (continued Mr. Boswell) be quite idle to expect that the committee of gentlemen who were devoting their attention to the unfortunate circumstances under which Kirwan was at present labouring could effect any practical result while the public were led to believe that his hands were still red with another murder. He (Mr. Boswell) had in his possession, and he pledged himself to produce the most satisfactory, the most conclusive evidence, to show that this last accusation against Kirwan was the result of a conspiracy most foully concocted against him, and he would at once place documents containing proofs the most convincing in the magistrate's hands, provided he was promised that a public investigation should be held in the case. He was prepared with proofs showing that Mr. Boyer had, in fact, died at Killeshandra, county of Cavan, in the year 1841, and that he was buried there.
"Mr. Boswell then produced a document from the Rev. Mr. Martin, Protestant rector of Killeshandra, stating that a person named 'Richard Downes Bowyer Blake' had died, and was buried there in November, 1842.
"A certificate froma medical practitioner named Donoghoe (as we understood), resident in the locality above mentioned, was also produced, and stated that the writer had attended the person in question at Killeshandra in his last illness.
"Mr. Porter said he should at once and distinctly refuse to hold any public investigation because there was no complaint whatever against Kirwan as yet pending before him. The executive branch of the police had received certain statements, and had acquired a knowledge of certain facts, which had from time to time been verified on oath before him (Mr. Porter) and other divisional justices. If Mr. Boswell placed himself in communication with the Commissioners of Police, such documents as those referred to would perhaps be received by them, and, when they should have been verified on oath, there would not, perhaps, exist any objection to give publicity to the entire of the circumstances.
"Mr. Boswell having declared his intention of waiting on Colonel Browne, retired from the board-room."
January 22, 1853
On the 28th inst., Mrs. Patterson, of Kensington-gore, Hyde-park, relict of John Dugan Patterson, Esq., late of Cavan, county of Cavan, Ireland, in the 60th year of her age.
A heart-rending disaster
occurred to the emigrant ship St. George, on her voyage to New York from
Liverpool the particulars of which occupy considerable space in the English
papers. The ship was crowded with Irish emigrants, and on the 24th of December
took fire at sea, during the prevalence of a terrible storm. The flames raged
with frightful effect and soon spread through the ship. Eight passengers were
suffocated in the smoke before they could reach the deck. The remainder, a
large portion of them women and children, assembled on the poop deck, and soon
the flames burst out all around them.
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