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County Observer and Monmouthshire Central Advertiser, 15 July 1882
A dreadful collision has occurred within a hundred yards of the Cork terminus of the Cork and Queenstown Railway. Owing to some mistake with regard to signals, the up train and down train ran into each other, telescoping the carriage and injuring some forty people so seriously that they had to be conveyed to the hospital, many of them on stretchers. Nobody was killed outright, but upwards of twelve of those injured are not expected to live. They were for the most part third-class passengers. Thousands assembled at the scene, and great excitement prevailed. Another account states that the stoker of the Queenstown train was thrown a distance of twenty feet and over a wall, sustaining very serious injuries. The two engine drivers and the stoker of the Youghal train were much mangled. The first carriage—a third-class compartment—of the Youghal train mounted the engine, and it was in this most of the injured were found. The driver of the Youghal train asserts that he received the usual signal signifying that the line was clear. From forty to sixty people were injured, thirty of them so seriously as to necessitate their removal to the hospitals on stretchers. The following is a list of those most seriously wounded Mathew Quinn, driver of the Youghal train; Martin Driscoll, fireman, ditto; Jeremiah Donovan, carpenter John Bennett, brushmaker; William O'Brien, stoker of the Queenstown train; Samuel Halford, painter on Gloster and Wigan Railway; Margaret Murphy, servant; Margaret Ahern and child, Mary Catherine Murphy, Henry Milligan, William Watkins, painter; John Reardon, shoemaker; Timothy Creedon, gauger; Jeremiah Tracy, cooper; Pat Hyde, cardriver; J. M'Namara and son, cardriver M. Sweeney, guard of the Youghal train James Bailey, manager cabinet factory Mary Power, Kate Power, J. Healy, W. Baker, J. Manning, J. Harty, Catherine Linehan, E. Gunney, William Cronin, M. Coakley, Samuel Garrett, engine driver of the Queenstown train John Gleeson, and Edward Dartnell.
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Freeborn County Standard
Albert Lea, Minnesota
July 20, 1882

Something About the Marquis of Clanricarde and His Irish Estates.

    Most Irishmen who know anything of the personal character of the Marquis of Clanricarde will regret that if there was to be a murder like that of Thursday week the victim should not have been the landlord himself rather than his old agent and his bailiff. Lord Clanricarde is the only surviving descendant of the great orator, George Canning, Pitt's protege who married one of the three daughters of the famous gambling Scotchman, general John Scott, who pursued a regime of perfect abstinence from drink in order that he might fleece the less temperate players of that generation. General Scott accumulated a fortune large enough to give each of his daughters a million sterling, and as Canning was penniless, his marriage set him on his feet at once. Another daughter of General Scott married the Duke of Portland, father of the late eccentric bearer of title and joined her family name with that of the Bentincks, and the third heiress was captured by the Earl of Moray. George Canning's only daughter inherited all the immense fortune of her mother on the death of her brother, Viscount Canning, in 1862. She had married the father of the present Lord Clanricarde and her brother's private estate went to her second son, who, on the death of his older brother, about eight years ago, came into the title and estates. The family name of the Clanricardes is De Burgh, to which Canning was added on the marriage with the heiress. The estates lie in Galway and the seat is Portumna Castle, which exists only in name; having been long ago destroyed by fire. The father of the present Marquis planned and began the construction of a new house, and meanwhile fitted up his residence over the extensive stables, which were the pride of the West country huntsman. But when the present Marquis succeeded to the estates he decided to return from Paris, where he passes most of his time in a life of elegant bachelor loafing, and he has allowed the immense Irish estates to go practically to waste in the hands of agents and factors, whose orders have been to make the rents as large as possible. The marquis of Clanricarde has no personal interest in the Irish estates beyond the revenues, and his perpetual absence and indifference have brought the dissatisfaction of the men of Galway to the point of violent resistance to his orders. He is probably one of the worst cases of absentee landlordism in Ireland, and the evicted farmers would certainly never have murdered his agents if they could have got a shot at the Marquis himself. A man who would refuse, as he did, to make any abatements on rent in the famine year of 1870 has very little occasion to show himself in Galway in the present condition of affairs.

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