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The Bray & South Dublin Herald, 22 January 1916

Wicklow Quarter Sessions
The business of the Wicklow Hilary Quarter Sessions was concluded by His Honour County Court Judge R. Brereton Barry KC on Friday. The following cases were disposed of. . . .
Missing Children
Mr Lupton B.L. (instructed by Messrs MJ O'Connor & Co. solicitors, Gorey) applied on behalf of Wm & James Sinnott to have £55.13s paid into the Hibernian Bank, Wicklow. Counsel said this was a portion of the assets of Sarah Sinnott, deceased, of 2 Rosmeen Gardens, Kingstown [now Dun Laoghaire] who died on the 24th June 1913. Administration was granted on the 23rd September 1913, to Wm Sinnott of Pound Road, Arklow, and James Sinnott of Upton, Kilmuckridge, who were brothers of the deceased. In addition to them, the deceased had a sister, Mary, who was married to a man named Carton, who died about 30 years ago, and his wife and 4 children emigrated to America from Ballinameesda, Kilbride and settled in New York. They heard the widow had died but they heard nothing of the children, but the presumption was that some of them would be alive. They had advertised for in the Irish World and New York Sun but no answer had been received. One third of Sarah Sinnott's assets would belong to the children of Mary Carton, and that amount had been lodged in court.
His Honour—Do you move that the amount be paid out to your clients? That is the only way to make an order. The court can't take it on itself to go and investigate matters, in the interest of some person who alleges he is entitled to the money.
Mr Lupton said it appeared they were entitled to the money if these children were dead, and he submitted there was a presumption now that they were dead, and that his clients would be the sole next-of-kin, and entiitled to the £55.14s [sic].
His Honour—Is this verified by affadavit?
Mr Lupton said it was.
His Honour—You ought to try and advertise in some other American paper. Which paper in New York publishes the most leading articles telling the Germans not to do it any more? [sic] (Laughter.)
I think I would be inclined to try another advertisement in the Irish World.
His Honour made an order that the advertisement be again inserted in the Irish World, and adjourned the application until the next sessions. The court then adjourned.

Submitted by Aidan Synnott

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