The Brisbane Courier, 26 January 1869
A magisterial inquiry was held yesterday, at the Magistrate's-room, Police-office, touching the death of James Clark, of Yandilla. The following evidence was taken :

—Henry Drake deposed that he was a laboring man, residing in Barlow-street, Fortitude Valley ; had been in the habit of seeing the deceased occasionally during the last two or three weeks at the Sportsman's Arms public-house, at the corner of Queen and Edward streets, kept by Mrs. Ahern ; only knew deceased by sight ; never spoke to him ; he appeared to be stopping at Mrs. Ahern's ; witness was getting his dinner there on Monday at the bar, and saw deceased pass out into the street ; shortly afterwards Mrs. Ahern said, "Look at that man—who has been stopping him ?—go and fetch him back ;" could see deceased from where he (witness) was sitting ; he was in front of Flavelle's shop, staggering about ; went to him, and saw two of the shopmen from Flavelle's holding him, in order to prevent him from falling through the shop window ; when he (witness) came up the men said, "take him away, he belongs to Ahern's ; "did not know what to think of the man ; he appeared to be very helpless, and seemed like a drunken man ; witness spoke to deceased but he did not seem to understand what he said to him ; succeeded in getting him back to Mrs. Ahern's, but had to partly drag and partly carry him in ; laid him on a sofa, and about an hour afterwards heard from a constable that the man was dead.

—John Ahern deposed that he was barman for his mother, who kept the Sportsman's Arms ; had known the deceased two years ; he came down from Yandilla Station about three weeks ago, and had stopped at his mother's house during that time ; believed he was gardener at Yandilla Station ; never saw him the worse for liquor ; never served him with more than six or seven glasses of wine during the day ; believed he was a single man, and was about thirty-six or thirty-eight years of age ; deceased made arrangements to start for Toowoomba by the coach on the following morning ; knew the deceased was a native of Ireland, and that his name was Clark ; had no property that he knew of except two carpetbags ; he paid his way, but borrowed a pound on the previous day to take him to Toowoomba.

—Charles Fletcher, drayman, gave corroborative evidence to that of the witness Drake, as to the appearance of deceased when he left Ahern's at midday, and what happened to him afterwards.

—Andrew Driscoll, police constable, deposed that he went to the Sportsman's Arms between 2 and 3 o'clock in the afternoon of Monday, and found the deceased lying on a sofa in the bar, in a dying state ; ascertained that his name was James Clark ; recommended that a doctor be sent for ; two were applied to but neither of them came ; afterwards went in a cab to Dr. O'Doherty, and brought him to see deceased ; when Dr. O'Doherty arrived the man was dead.

Dr. O'Doherty made a post-mortem examination of the body, and gave it as his opinion that the man died from sunstroke, but he was unable to attend at the inquiry to give formal evidence to that effect. The inquiry was then adjourned until the following day, in order to take the evidence of Dr. O'Doherty to that effect. There can be no doubt that the man died from the effect of sunstroke, and that a verdict to that effect will be returned.

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The Guardian, 27 January 1869
The Limerick petition was opened yesterday week before Baron Fitzgerald. It charged against Mr. Russell and Major Gavin, Liberals, bribery, treating, and undue influence; also, as is usual in Irish cases, that their agents, and divers persons on their behalf, they used force and violence, and practised intimidation. The treating, according to a witness named Lynch, who said he was acting for the good of the defendants without any authority, was done by giving orders for beer, usually to the extent of 3l. worth at a time, upon the public-houses. He would not say who he expected would pay these orders after the election. They were issued "to advance the cause." Some of the public-house keepers who had "honoured" these orders were called, and said they expected to be paid after the election. One, a woman, professed to be ready to lose the money "in compliment to the member, and would back it with 10l. more." Some of the Roman Catholic clergy appear to have busied themselves for Gavin and Russell. Michael Ahearn, a voter, said three or four times before the election Father Fitzgerald called upon him about his vote, and asked it on behalf of Russell and Gavin. William O'Neill, publican, said three weeks before the election he was canvassed by Gavin and Russell, accompanied by Fathers Brown, Branahan, and other clergy.
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