Aberystwyth Observer, 21 March 1868
In the Record Court, in Dublin, a singular case has been tried, which lasted two days. A shoemaker, named Howe, who resides in Mallow, went to Queenstown with his wife to see off his brother, mother, and three sisters, who were emigrating to New York, in the City of Antwerp, one of the Inman steamers, in November last. He lingered so long on board taking farewell of his relatives that the tender which should have brought him ashore went off without him, and he found the vessel irrevocably under way, and himself and wife involuntary emigrants, with the prospect of a month's voyage for which he had made no provision. He appealed in vain, when too late, to the captain and crew to put him ashore, and was obliged to complete the voyage, with the additional mortification of being charged as a "stowaway" by the tars on board, who in answer to his appeals, as he alleged, committed him to very uncomfortable quarters. After some difficulty at New York he got back, and on his return found his business, as he stated, considerably injured, and then brought the action for false imprisonment and detention. For the defence evidence was given that repeated signals were given to warn the persons on board that the steamer was about to start, but that they were disregarded by the plaintiff. Baron Deasy, in charging the jury, said he thought no blame was attributable to the officers of the company. The jury found for the defendant on all the issues.
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