The Strabane Morning Post
May 2, 1815
Strabane, County Tyrone

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On Tuesday last, when some weavers in the employ of Mr. Thomas How, of this town, were returning home with warps, they were atracked about a mile from hence on the Malone road, by about 100 persons who seized the warps and reeds and destroyed them, and maltreated the persons who had them. This outrage, we understand, is another of those mischievous results of lawless combinations, which have, upon former occasions, produced most injurious consequences. The rioters took upon themselves to determine that these industrious men were working under proper prices, and adopted this mode of wreaking their vengeance on them. Two of the offenders have been apprehended, and examinations lodged against them yesterday, before the Magistrates, they were committed to Carrickfergus Jail, to abide their trials at the next Assizes. They are Patrick Devlin, and Thomas M'Larnon.--Belfast News Letter.


Illicit Distillation.
The Commissioners of Inland Excise and Taxes hereby give Notice, that by an Act of the present Session, if any Person whatever in Ireland, shall knowingly buy or receive, or offer to be bought or received for his Use, any spirits of which the Duties have not been paid, ... any spirits above one Gallon, which shall not have been duly permitted to him, he forfeits for every such Offence the sum of
... the Use of the Informer, or Person suing for the same, who is declared to be a competent witness: And The Commissioners further give notice, that they are determined to carry the aforesaid Provisions into Effect, and to cause proceedings to be taken against every Person so offending.
By Order of the Commissioners,
Edward Hardman.
Excise Office,
18th March 1815.


To Dealers in, and Retailers of Excisable Goods.
The Commissioners of Inland Excise and Taxes in Ireland, hereby give Notice, that an Act has passed in the present Session of Parliament, to repeal from and after the 25th day of March inst. the Stamp Duties on Licenses to sell Spirituous Liquors by Retail, and also on Licenses to the several other Dealers in lieu thereof, and that such Excise Duties are henceforth to be paid to the Collectors of Excise in their respective Districts, upon the granting and issuing ... License, and not to the Distributors of Stamps as heretofore; and the Commissioners further give Notice, that the force of all Licenses, which shall be granted between the said 25th day of March and the 5th day of January next, will terminate on the said 5th day of January, and upon such Licenses a reduced Duty will be payable.
By Order of the Commissioners,
Edward Hardman.
Stamp Office, Dublin, 16th day of March, 1815.


On Sunday night last, in the neighbourhood of Gardenhill, a house, wherein some hundreds of Butter Casks, prepared against the Summer demand, were stored, was set on fire by some evil minded wretches, and the whole consumed. The casks belonged to an industrious Cooper residing in that part of the country, who is thus maliciously despoiled of the produce of his honest labour. A subscription reward of course, will be entered into for the discovery of the malignant incendiaries, which, seconded by the vigilant exertions of the Magistrates, will, we trust have the desired effect. The detection of such aggravated violation of the laws calls for the active and voluntary co operation of every member of the community.--Erne Packet.


Dublin, April 24.
Dreadful Accident.--The pressure of the crowd was so great on the steps of the Exchange on Saturday, along the whole front, that the heavy metal ballustrade gave way, and the entire fell down, carrying within the upper tier of the stone work upon which it rested. There were a number of people standing under it on the foot-way at the time, and a multitude fell over into the street. Nine persons were killed on the spot or died shortly after; many others were dreadfully maimed, some so dangerously as to leave little hopes of their recovery. The number of the sufferers would have been greatly increased, if the police, who attended, had not, a few minutes before the accident, cleared the passage to allow sufficient room for the cart to which the culprit was fastned to turn round. The following is an account of the sufferers. Several are not included in it, who were caried [sic] home, much hurt, to their friends.
   Thomas Kelly, livery lace weaver; Thomas Mealy, gardener; --- Mullery, blacksmith; Robert Lewis, a boy; --- Smith, servant man---killed on the spot.
   Ellinor Tallen, servant to Mr. Lamprey, Castle-street--her chest bone broken--died shortly after.---Margaret Talbot; Mary Tyrrell--much contused, died in Mercer's Hospital.
   James Campbell, police Constable--his thigh and leg broken, died in Mercer's Hospital.
   Laughlin Maher--generally and dreadfully contused.
   John King, an aged man--fractured leg.
   Wm. Carroll--thigh and leg fractured.
   Wm. Shanly, a boy, much contused.
   John Hall, a police-man--contused, and leg bone broken.
   James Smyth, a boy; Daniel Dulgan, a boy--wound of the scalp.
   James Conway, a boy--much contused.
   Mrs. Toreman, far gone with child, dreadfully contused.
   Robert Baxter--fractured thigh, and the back much injured.
   --- Mollon--thigh broken.
   With a number of others, severely and dangerously hurt.
   We understand the Lord Mayor has called a Meeting of the Trustees of the Royal Exchange, to take into consideratin the propriety of devising some expedient to prevent the asembling [sic] of crowds on the Royal Exchange, as has been hitherto the case since the building was erected and also for the humane purpose of adopting some mode of relief for the unfortunate sufferers who survive, and the families of those who have been killed.


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Bibliographical ReferenceThe Strabane Morning Post, 2 May 1815; printed and published by Carroll & Foster, Market-House Street, Strabane. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and posted to the IrelandOldNews web site, by permission of the British Library.

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