November 29, 1844
Omagh, County Tyrone
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Interesting to Emigrants.--Colonial Land and Emigration Office, 9 Park-street, Westminster, 29th October, 1844.--The Lords of the Treasury having instructed the customs department in Canada to exempt from payment of the imperial duties, household goods, and other necessaries which may accompany settlers, and are intended solely for their own use or that of their families, and not for the purposes of trade or sale, I am directed by the board to request that you will take any means in your power for giving publicity to this regulation, for the benefit of persons who may emigrate from your station to Canada.--I am, sir, your obedient servant, G. Walcott, Secretary.--To Lieutenant Hodder, R.N., &c. &c., Dublin.
To Correspondents.We are obliged to omit the steamer advertisements as the days of sailing for the next month have not been published.
The Poor Law returns and several acknowledgments are unavoidably omitted.
Dungannon.--On the 18th inst. Oliver Londruth, Esq.[,] Supervisor of Excise for this district, accompanied by Messrs. Larkin, Braithwaite, and Smyth, officers, proceeded to the townland of Tullyreeve, near Rock, county of Tyrone, and succeeded in effectually destroying a quantity of malt in an illicit malt-house, which was so ingeniously constructed as to resemble a rick of oat straw. Great praise is due to these efficient officers, who, upon this occasion and in many former transactions, hazarded their lives in suppressing, to a great degree, illicit traffic in this neighbourhood. We understand that the duties committed to the officers--which are, in this locality, of an arduous description--have been always very efficiently performed; and we hope that the practice of illicit distillation, which is very injurious to the morals and property of the parties engaged in it, will soon be entirely unknown in this quarter.
Professor Andrews, of the Belfast College.--We have the pleasure of announcing, that the Royal Medal of the Royal Society of London has been conferred on our talented townsman, Doctor Thos. Andrews, Professor of Chemistry in the Belfast Academical Institution, for his paper on the heat developed in Basis Substitutions, published in the Philosophical Transactions. The importance of this honour may be estimated from the circumstance of its being conferred only once in three years in the department of Chemistry. Since 1828, when it was first established, it has been granted to Sir H. Davy, Mr. Ballard, Mr. Faraday, Mr. Graham, and Dr. Kane; and now, being conferred on Doctor Andrews, it associates him with the other illustrious names, and at once stamps him as one of the first chemists of the age. We may also observe, that of the six individuals who have obtained this Royal medal, two are Irishmen--Dr. Kane and Dr. Andrews.--Belfast Chronicle.
Ballyweany, County Antrim.--The Rev. Thomas Craig, Minister of the Presbyterian Church, Ballyweany, gratefully acknowledges the receipt of the following contributions, in Omagh, to assist in liquidating the debt incurred by the erection of that place of worship:--
Messrs. James Greer, James Love, James M'Grew, John M'Adam, James Scott, John Orr, and John Nelis, 5s. each.
Messrs. Thomas Hamilton, Charles M'Master, John M'Farland, Robert Charleton, William Scott, Ironmonger, and Doctor White, 2s. 6d. each.
Patronage of Limerick Lace by the Queen.--Mr. Lloyd, proprietor of a lace manufactory in Limerick, was lately honoured with a command to wait on her Majesty, to exhibit an order he had been commissioned to make up last summer. Accordingly on Wednesday last Mr. Lloyd waited on her Majesty at Windsor Castle. The Queen was pleased to remark that all the things were "very beautiful," and was happy to find that the manufacture of so elegant an article of dress had been brought to such perfection in Ireland.--Limerick Chronicle.
Extensive Seizure in Ireland.--The discoveries made as to the enormous illicit traffic in tobacco, and the frauds committed on a large scale in distilleries, has called the attention of government to other departments. Sugar has been sold in many places not only at a non-remunerating price, but at an actual loss. Some clue to the riddle is found in the fact of the seizure, in the port of Belfast, of a schooner called the Cornwall, with a cargo consisting of raw and refined sugar, valued at upwards of £2000. The seizure was made by an officer who was awaiting the arrival of the vessel. This person called himself Mr. Christopher, and ingratiated himself into the society of some parties interested in the "spec." After the seizure Mr. Christopher turned out to be Mr. J. Christopher Evans, an inspector of the Thames police, who was acting under the express direction of the Board of Customs. The sugar was represented as foreign; but this cannot be true. Against refined sugar from Holland there is a prohibitory duty of eight guineas. It is suspected that these sugars have been purchased in bond at about 28s. per cwt.; thus realising an enormous profit to the smuggler, to the ruin of the fair dealer. In consequence of the new act having come into operation on the 10th, the sugar trade is in great commotion, and it is thought that the exposure of the modus operandi in this sugar smuggling case will involve some important disclosures.
Municipal Elections.Dublin.--The annual contest for municipal honours was brought to a close in this city, on Monday last, and triumphantly for the Repealers.--Mr. Peter Purcell was ejected from the aldermanic chair of one of the wards, to make way for Mr. Staunton, whose only merit quoad the particular honour which he sought, consisted in his rather recent, and very hesitating passage from Whiggery to Repeal. Dr. Gray and Mr. Duffy--two of the Repeal martyrs--have also been returned to the Town Council; and Mr. Chichester Bolton, a highly respectable barrister, and a gentleman in every acceptation of the term, was beaten in the Conservative ward of Merrion by a Repealing pawnbroker. Of the means by which such men as Mr. Purcell was ousted from corporate office, a judgment may be formed upon a perusal of the following manifesto, published by a certain Mr. Peter Kelly, an aspirant for the aldermanic chair:--
"To free the temple of God from incumbrance (says Mr. Kelly,) I propose to give one hundred pounds in addition to the one hundred pounds that I have already given this week, making two hundred pounds, towards the liquidation of the debt due for the last twenty-seven years on the Roman Catholic Church of St. Michan's, North Anne-street, situated in this ward.
"Now, I propose to the Lord Mayor that if he comes forward and pays an equal sum--namely, two hundred pounds for the same meritorious purpose by two o'clock this day (Friday), I will then withdraw from the contest, and not otherwise."
iWe [sic] don't know how far the Lord Mayor responded to the proposition, but certain it is that Mr. Kelly was beaten; and we presume the pastors of "the Roman Catholic Church of St. Michan's" know wherefore. After all, the thing which was remarkable about these contests was, not the exhibition of vigour on the side of the Repeal party, but the absolute deficiency of any vigour upon any other side.--Evening Mail.
Mr. O'Connell was re-elected Alderman for the Four Courts ward. In the contested wards, eighteen Repealers and three Tories were returned as Aldermen and Councillors.
Belfast.--The elections of Town Councillors for this borough, for the year commencing 26th inst., and to replace those vacating office, took place yesterday. The proceedings were conducted, we understand, with due attention to order. For the second time, all the Councillors elected are of Conservative politics, and the greater number are re-elections. The following is the state of the poll at the close:--
Dock Ward.--Mr. J. Harrison, 87; Mr. F. Lewis, 86; Mr. E. Coey, 68; Mr. R. M'Dowell, 65.
St. Anne's Ward.--Mr. J. Young, 126; Mr. J. Stirling, 123; Mr. J. Gillis, 122; Mr. J. Macnamara, 115.
Smithfield Ward.--Mr. T. M'Cammon, 136; Mr. J. Rart, 130; Mr. R.J. Tennent, 120; Mr. H. Magill, 116.
St. George's Ward.--Mr. W. Carson, 176; Mr. J. Lemon, 173; Mr. C.B. Grimshaw, 92; Mr. J. Campbell, 89.
Cromac Ward.--Mr. J. Lindsay, 105; Mr. J. Pim, 104; Mr. J. Boyd, 75; Mr. E. O'Rorke, 71.
Alarming Mob at the Clogher Workhouse.--(From our Corresondent.)--On Saturday last, during the meeting of the Board of Guardians, a large mob of persons assembled outside the Workhouse, shouting, and threatening one of the elected guardians, for having, at the previous meeting of the Board, given notice of his intention to move that the original valuation should be that on which the present rate should be struck. Last year the guardians had reduced the valuation 20 per cent. So high did the feeling run against the present proposal, that the mob was called together by written notices, publicly to declare, in the face of the guardians, the determination of the people to resist the intended increase of the rate, and their hostility to the guardian who had given notice of the motion. Not the slightest complaint was made against any of the other guardians, or the officers of the house. The mob remained about two hours, by which time the police arrived; but their presence was unnecessary, for, on the guardians coming out and explaining that the obnoxious resolution had been withdrawn, the people quietly dispersed, without having done any injury.
On Friday last a deputation, consisting of the Moderator, Rev. Drs. Cooke, Edgar, Stewart, Henry, and the Revs. R. Park, W. M'Clure, W. Gibson, H.J. Dobbin, and R. Wilson, waited, by appointment, on his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, and presented an address congratulating him on his accession to the Viceroyalty of this country, to which his Excellency returned a gracious reply.--Banner of Ulster.
Newry Butter in the London Market.--The Improved System of Curing.--We have just been favoured with a sight of the last return of butter sent to the London market, from the Newry Society, which has been prepared on the improved system, lately introduced. The return includes five parcels, for four of which were obtained 108s. per cwt., and for the fifth 104s.; thus shewing the vast advantage of adopting the improved mode of curing.--Newry Telegraph.
His Grace the Archbishop of Dublin, the Lord Bishop of Meath, the Lord Bishop of Kildare, and the Lord Bishop of Cashel, Waterford, &c., will represent the Irish Church in Parliament next session.
His Grace the Lord Primate is expected in Dublin this week, to attend a meeting of the Irish Bishops.
Court of Queen's Bench--Saturday.The Queen at the prosecution of the Poor Law Commissioners against the Board of Guardians of the Limerick Union.
Mr. Whiteside (with whom was Sir Colman O'Loghlen) appeared to show cause against the conditional order for a mandamus in this case. The order was to the effect that the defendants should obey the order of the Commissioners of the 4th June, 1844, namely, to hold regular meetings of the Board, and obey the orders of the Commissioners.
The Solicitor-General and Mr. Henn were heard in support of the conditional order.
Their Lordships decided that a specific remedy having been proved by the act, by which the commissioners were empowered to proceed to the election of another board in place of those that refused to act, the Court could not interpose by granting a mandamus. Their Lordships intimated that it was not in the power of the guardians to resign their offices, and that it was optional with the Commissioners to receive their resignation or not, as they deemed fit.
Same v. the Board of Guardians of Rathkeale Union.
A like decision was made in this case.
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