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Belfast Newsletter - Friday, 10 September, 1869

Births

BEATTIE -- September 8, at Hopeton Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Josias Wilson Beattie, of a daughter.

CREIGHTON -- September 6, at Little Clandeboye, Mrs. H. Creighton, of a son.

Marriages

CLARKE--GOODLATTE -- September 2, ay Moy Church, by the Rev. H.B. Carter, Robert Clarke, Esq., Charlemont, to Lilly, fourth daughter of the late D.R. Goodlatte, Esq., Salem Lodge, Moy.

CROZIER--MAGEE -- September 8, at Monkstown Church, by the Rev. Frederick Foote, A.M., Rector of Fethard, Francis R.M. crozier, youngest son of Thomas Crozier, Esq., Seafield, Co. Dublin, to Catherine Sophia, youngest daughter of the late William Magee, Rector of Durganstown, County Wicklow.

GOURLIE--FRASER -- September 9, at the Presbyterian Church, Limerick, by the Rev. John Henderson Gourlie, of the Church of Scotland, brother of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Wilson, Limerick, Neil MacVicar Gourlie, Secretary for the North of Ireland of the Scottish Widows' Fund Life Assurance Society, to Jane Wylie, eldest daughter of William Fraser, Esq., Agent of the Bank of Ireland, Limerick.

GRANT--BOLE -- September 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, by the Rev. R.W. Fleming, Mr. William Grant, St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, to Jane, daughter of Mr. James Bole, Cookstown.

JOHNSTON--PURDON -- September 9, at St. George's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Andrew Williamson, Rector of Ardess, Co. Fermanagh, uncle of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. William M'Ilwaine, D.D., Andrew John Johnston, Esq., eldest son of George Johnston, Esq., M.D., Dublin, to Kate Frances, eldest daughter of Thomas Henry Purdon, Esq., M.D.

LEWTY--WILLIAMS -- September 7, at the Parish Church, Newry, by the Rev. Thomas B. Swanzy, M.A., Thomas James, second son of T.W. Lewty, Esq., Liverpool, to Emily Mary, eldest daughter of the late Rev. W.R. Williams, M.A., Newry.

RIDDALL--SCOTT -- September 9, at St. Mark's Church, Armagh, by the Rev. J.Y. Rutledge, D.D., assisted by the Rev. W. Riddall, brother of the bridegroom, George S. Riddal, Lurgyvallen, Armagh, to Ellen, youngest daughter of the late Thomas Scott, Grange, Armagh.

SNOODY--SHAW -- September 9, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Islandmagee, by the Rev. J. Whiteford, assisted by the Rev. R.H. Shaw, Mr. Matthew Snoody, Ballyrickard, Raloo, to Jane, daughter of Mr. Thos. Shaw, Ballyvallough, Raloo.

Deaths

TANNER -- September 9, at his residence, 46, Stanfield Street, Belfast, John Tanner, aged 60 years. His remains will be removed for interment in Donaghadee Burying-ground, on this (Friday) morning, at half-past ten o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

COURTNEY -- September 5, at her father's residence, Rickamore, Margaret, youngest daughter of Mr. John Courtney, aged 23 years.

DARVALL -- At Ryde, in Australia, in his 95th year, Major Edward Darvall, late of the 19th Light Dragoons. He served under the Duke of Wellington at the seige and capture of Seringapatam, 4th May, 1799.

NAIRN -- July 9, at Hobart Town, Tasmania, the Hon. William Edward Nairn, late President of the Legislative Council, aged 56 years.

ROBINSON -- September 7, at Sligo, suddenly, of disease of the heart, Robert Robinson, Esq., District Inspector of National Schools.

THOMPSON -- September 6, at his residence, Eliot Vale, Blackheath, London, after a few days' illness, General T.P. Thompson, late M.P. for Bradford.

WARNER -- September 2, at Wimborne Minster, Elisa Jane, widow of Ashton Warner, late Chief-Justice of the Island of Trinidad, West Indies, aged 50 years.

WHELER -- September 6, at Limerick House, Leamington, Major Sir Trevor Wheler, Bart., aged 76 years.

WHITE -- September 9, Sarah, relict of the late Mr. Jas. White, Ballys[?]alty, aged 84 years.

Clippings

TO BE LET OR SOLD.

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T0 LET, THE: THREE-STORY HOUSE, with Shop. No. 16, DOCK STREET.
Apply at 8, DOCK STREET.

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T0 BE LET, FURNISHED, FOR THE Winter Months, the VILLA HOUSE, No.2, MARINO, HOLYWOOD, with Stable and Coach-house.

Apply to GEO. MCAULIFFE, House and Land Agent, 14, Calender Street, Belfast.

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DWELLING.HOUSES, BENWELL TERRACE, OLDPARK ROAD.
TO BE LET, THREE SUBSTANTIALLY BUILT DWELLING-HOUSES in Benwell Terrace, Oldpark Road, containing every convenience for a respectable family. Rent moderate.

Apply to GEO. M'AULIFFE, Calender Street, Belfast.

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VILLA SITES, ANTRIM ROAD.
TO BE LET, IN PERPETUITY, MOST Eligible Sites for Building, at HOPEFIELD, Antrim Road.

Apply to GEORGE M'AULIFFE, House and Land Agent, 14, Calender Street.

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SCUTCH-MILL.
To BE LET, AND IMMEDIATE POSSESSION given, a SCUTCH-MILL at TULLYGIRVAN, having the necessary Storage accommodation, with Water and Steam-power.

Apply to GEORGE MCAULIFFE, House and Land Agent, 14, Calender Street, Belfast.

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VILLA SITES AT GREENCASTLE PARK, &c.
TO BE LET, IN PERPETUITY, MOST eligible Sites for Building, at GREENCASTLE PARK, GLENGORMLEY, and COLLINWARD, having fine views of the Lough and surrounding country.

Apply to GEO. MCAULIFFE, House and Land Agent, 14, Calender Street.

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BUILDING GROUND TO LET.
TO BE LET, AT VERY LOW PRICES, A large quantity of BUILDING GROUND, in a locality where the greatest demand exists for Small Houses. The Proprietor of the Ground will advance as Loan a portion of the money necessary for building.

Application to be made to GEORGE M'AULIFFE, 14, Calender Street, Belfast.

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BUILDING-GROUND.
TO BE LET, ON LEASE FOR EVER, several choice Lots of BUILDING-GROUND on Falls Road, Grosvenor Street, and New Streets adjoining.

Maps may be inspected, and further particulars known, on application to
GEO. M'AULIFFE. House and Land Agent, 14, Calender Street.

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TO BE LET,
VILLA SITES AND BUILDING-GROUND IN FORTWILLIAM PARK, Just outside the Municipal Boundary, And, therefore, free from Town Taxes.

Apply to GEO. M'AULIFFE, House and Land Agent, 14, Calender Street.

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BUILDING-GROUND.
TO BE LET, ON LEASE, FOR EVER, Two Lots of BUILDING-GROUND in Norfolk Street and Cupar Street.

Apply to GEO. M'AULIFFE, House and Land Agent, 14, Calender Street.

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TO BE LET.
No. 53, UPPER ARTHUR STREET -- Shop and Dwelling-house.

QUEEN STREET -- Building-Ground.

Apply to GEORGE M'CAULIFFE, House and Land Agent, 14, Calender Street, Belfast.

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BUILDING-GROUND.
TO BE LET, SEVERAL THOUSAND FEET of Building Ground and choice Villa Sites on Crumlin Road, and New Streets (50 Feet wide) leading from Crumlin Road to New Lodge or Cliftonville Road.

Plans may be inspected and Terms known on application to
GEO. MCAULIFFE, House and Land Agent, 14, Calender Street.

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GENTLEMAN'S RESIDENCE NEAR LARNE TO BE LET OR SOLD.

TO BE LET FROM 1ST NOVEMBER NEXT, or the Fee Simple Interest disposed of, INVER LODGE, LARNE, with 16s. 1r. 10p., Statute measure.

For Maps of Property, or further particulars, apply to
GEORGE M'AULIFFE, Calender Street, Belfast.

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WAREHOUSE, OFFICES, AND STORES TO BE LET.

TO BE LET, THE NEWLY-ERECTED WAREHOUSE and STORES in CALENDER STREET, having second entrance from Dongall [sic] Square North, and immediately adjoining the Warehouses in course of erection by Messrs. Richardson, Sons, & Owden.

The Premises are constructed with every consideration towards rendering them suitable for any extensive business purposes.

The situation is desirable, and their convenience and great extent render them worthy of the attention of parties requiring such Premises.

Apply to GEORGE M'AULIFFE, House and Land agent, 22, Calender Street.

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COUNTRY RESIDENCE TO BE LET OR SOLD.

TO BE LET, AND IMMEDIATE POSSESSION given, or the Interest in the Perpetuity Lease disposed of, the handsome Villa Residence of ROSTULLA, near Whiteabbey.

The House contains Drawing-room, Morning-room, Dining-room, Library, seven Bed-rooms, with Bath-room and Servants' Apartments.

There are two enclosed Yards, having Stabling for five Horses, Coach-houses, and extensive Office-houses attached.

The Garden is well stocked with choice Fruit Trees and Vegetables; the Conservatory and Forcing-houses contain a good collection of Plants.

The Land consists of 13a. 0r. 29p., Statute measure, any portion of which will be Let in connection with the Residence.

Application to made to GEO. M'AULIFFE, House and Land Agent, Calender Street, Belfast.

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TO BE LET, FROM 1st NOVEMBER, AT such terms as may be agreed on, the Dwelling-house, Offices, &c., in Stramore, near Gilford, belonging to the Rev. WILLIM CROZIER. The House is in good order, fit to accommodate a respectable Tenant.

Application. to be made to the Proprietor, "The MANSE, Newry," or to the STEWARD on the Premises.

Stramore, Sept. 2, 1869.

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CUAN HOUSE.
TO BE LET, FROM 1ST NOVEMBER NEXT, a very nice detached VILLA RESIDENCE at Mountpottinger, with good Garden attached, and either with or without Two Acres of Land.

Apply to WM. HARTLEY, Land, House, and Insurance Agent, 16, Waring Street, Belfast.

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HOPE COTTAGE.
TO BE LET, FROM 1ST NOVEMBER NEXT, a very desirable RESIDENCE, New Road, Ballymacarrett, within one mile of the Exchange, having a large Fruit Garden and Two Acres of Land attached.

Apply to WM. HARTLEY, Land, House, and Insurance Agent, 16, Waring Street, Belfast.

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TO LET, ELIGIBLE FRONT ROOMS IN CASTLE STREET, opposite Fountain Street, suitable for Offices or Warerooms. Credit Drapers will find the Premises most desirable, as the Back Apartments will be given in without any extra charge.

Apply to THOMAS ARBUTHNOT, House, Land, and Insurance Agent, 63, High Street, Belfast.

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HOUSES, &c., TO LET.


Rent.
House -- Thorndale, Terrace, Antrim Road, £45
Do. Carlisle Street (free of taxes), 19
Do. Radcliffe Street, Donegall Pass (free of taxes) 16
Do. Chambers Street, Donegall Pass, 20
House and Shop, Crumlin Road 45
2 Two-Horse Stables, with Car-houses and good Hay Loft over -- Antrim Road.
Semi-detached House, with Garden -- Belmont Park, 30
Shop and Dwelling-house -- Carlisle Circus, 65
Weaving Factory -- Mountjoy Street, 25
A Flat in Ann Street, suitable for a Printing Establishment.
Storage -- Telfair's Entry.
Storage -- Academy Street.
Building Ground on a pleasant situation on the Plains, with 80 feet rere, and streets made.
Building Ground -- Osborne, Lisburn Road.
Building Ground -- Antrim Road.

JOHN C. GRAHAM, House and Land Agent, Insurance Buildings, Waring Street.

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STORES TO LET, AT SHORT STREET, Prince's Dock, lately occupied by Mr. James Ritchie.

For particulars, apply to "M. X. (9122)," Office of this Paper.

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TO BE SOLD BY PRIVATE CONTRACT, A COTTAGE, in HILL STREET, Ardglass; Twenty-two years of the lease unexpired; formerly the property of the late Mr. John Steptoe.

For further particulars, apply to Mrs. STEPTOE, Post Office, Ardglass.

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FOR SALE. THE INTEREST, WITH LEASE, GOOD-WILL, and FIXTURES, of a GROCERY CONCERN in one of the leading thorough-fares of Belfast, having Yard and Stores in rere suitable for Curing or Bottling purposes.

For further information, address "Grocer (9155)," Office of this Paper.

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TO BE LET, A FIRST-CLASS HOUSE, IN CLIFTON VIEW TERRACE, Clifton Park Avenue, off Crumlin Road, allowed to be the healthiest locality about Belfast, containing Front and Back Parlour, Drawing-room, Six Bed-rooms, Bath-room, with Hot and Cold Water, &c.

Apply to D. WALKER, 19, Bridge Street.

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HOLYWOOD.
TO BE LET, A WELL-FURNISHED HOUSE, for Six or Twelve Months, from 1st October, containing Two Reception-rooms, Five Bed-rooms, Servants' Apartments, &c.; Coach-house and Stabling; Garden and Green-house.

For particulars, apply to "N. A. (9154)," Office of this Paper.

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HIGH HOLYWOOD.
DETACHED HOUSE TO BE LET, BY THE year, or the Interest in the Lease disposed of, Office Houses, Stable, &c.; Flower and Fruit Gardens (well stocked), Lawn, and well-planted Grounds.

Apply at 40, FOUNTAIN STREET.

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PORTRUSH.
TO BE LET, A NUMBER OF WELL-FURNISHED HOUSES in the most fashionable parts of that celebrated Watering-place. Terms moderate.

Apply to JOHN SHEILLS, House Agent; also Agent for this Paper, Portrush.

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TO BE LET, No. 6. EGLINTON STREET, CARLISLE CIRCUS, Belfast, containing Two Sitting-rooms, Four good Bed-rooms, Kitchen, &c. Rent, £20.

Apply to Mr. JOHN M'MAHON, Arthur Street, Belfast.

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TO BE LET, FREE OF TAXES, A VERY commodious HOUSE, in an open situation, near MOUNTPOTTINGER. Rent, £12.

Also, to be Let, cheaply, Two large YARDS in SHORT STRAND.

Apply to I. CONNOR, Lagan Felt Works, Ballymacarrett.

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TO BE LET FROM 1ST NOVEMBER, THE HERTFORD ARMS HOTEL, Lisburn. The house is old-established, and doing a thriving business.

For particulars, apply to the Proprietor, Mr. WM. REID, Railway Street, Lisburn; or on the Premises.

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TO LET, THAT HOUSE IN JOYMOUNT BANK, lately occupied by the late Mr. JAMES INGRAM. It contains Billiard-Room and Racket-Court, and is well Furnished. The Furniture to be taken at a Valuation, and Immediate Possession can be given.

For further particulars, apply to Mr. WM, LARMOUR, on the Premises. Carrickfergus, September 8, 1869.

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FARM TO LET -- COUNTY MONAGHAN.
TO BE LET, FROM 1ST NOVEMBER, THE HOUSE and LANDS of FORT JOHNSION, containing about 120 Statute acres, and Situate one mile from Glasslough Railway Station.

Proposals will be received by JOSEPH J.H. CARSON, 1, Wilton Place, Dublin.
The Caretaker will show the Lands.

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FARM TO LET. -- FROM 1ST NOVEMBER next, year by year, or, if required, on Lease, for a number of years, not exceeding 21, an excellent FARM of 200 Acres, with good Dwelling-House, Out-Houses, and Cottier Homes.

The Farm is situated mid-way between Maghera, Magherafelt, and Castledawson, in the County Derry.

All particulars will be given on application being made to Mrs. BATES, 4, Murray's Terrace, Belfast.

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PORTRUSH -- SEA BATHING.

FIRST-CLASS FURNISHED HOUSES AND Apartments to Let by the Month or Season. Also, Several Unfurnished Houses, One with Large Commodious Shop, in a good locality, to Let by the year, or term of years.
Terms moderate.

List sent on applying to ALLAN SHAW, House Agent, Portrush.

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OFFICES.
TO BE LET, FIRST-CLASS OFFICES IN the SCOTTISH AMICABLE ASSURANCE SOCIETY'S BUILDING, Victoria Street, consisting of four Rooms, with two Fireproof Safes.

Apply to THOMAS FISHER, House and Land Agent, 38, Arthur Street.

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FITZROY AVENUE.
TO BE LET, WITH IMMEDIATE POSSESSION, First-Class HOUSES in FITZROY AVENUE, containing every necessary convenience, for the accommodation of a respectable family. Rent from £50 to £65.

Apply to THOMAS FISHER, House and Land Agent, 38, Arthur Street.

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GLOUCESTER TERRACE, KINNEGAR, HOLYWOOD.
TO BE LET, WELL FINISHED DWELLING-HOUSES in GLOUCESTER TERRACE, KINNEGAR, Holywood, containing Two Sitting-rooms, Four Bed-rooms, &c.

Apply to THOMAS FISHER, House and Land Agent, 38, Arthur Street.

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LONGWOOD, CAVE HILL.
TO BE LET, WITH IMMEDIATE POSSESSION, the newly-built Residence, known as LONGWOOD, CAVE HILL.

The House contains Drawing-room, 32 feet x 20 feet; Dining-room, Breakfast Parlour, Eight Bed-rooms, Servants' rooms, Bath-rooms, with hot and cold water, and every necessary convenience for the accommodation of a gentleman's family.

The Pleasure Grounds aud Gardens, comprising about Four Acres, are tastefully laid out, and planted with Ornamental Trees and Shrubs.

The Office accommodation is very extensive.

Longwood is beautifully situate on the Antrim Road, adjoining the Demesne Lands of the Marquis of Donegall, on which a Family Mansion is now being erected.

Further particulars may be had on application to THOMAS FISHER, House and Land Agent, 38, Arthur Street.

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FIRE. -- Last night, about half-past eleven o'clock, a fire took place at Mr. Hilland's brick-works, Falls Road. The glare, as seen in the town, seemed to indicate a very destructive fire; and the fire brigade, under Mr. Superintendent Reilly, anticipating an alarm, at once got the engines ready. In the meantime, a policeman arrived with the news. Mr. Reilly and Sub-Constable Dunn then went to the spot, and found that the fire was confined to a wooden shed, and that the presence of the brigade was unnecessary the fire having very rapidly expended itself. The damage was very inconsiderable.

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THE MURDER IN COUNTY MAYO.

NEWPORT, Sept. 8. -- After disposing of the ordinary business of the Petty Sessions to-day, the inquiry into the circumstances connected with the assassination of Mr. James Hunter was proceeded with. The Newport Court House is a small building, only capable of giving accommodation to fifty or sixty persons, so that hundreds were obliged to stand outside.

The following noblemen and magistrates occupied seats on the bench :-- Sir Robert Lynch Blosse, Bart. (in the chair); the Marquis of Sligo, Lord Dufferin, Lord Longford, Sir C. Bruce, Sir George O'Donel, A.R. Strich, Esq., R.M.; Luke A. Norman, Esq., J.P.; T.A. Macdonnell, Esq., J.P.; George Clive, Esq., J.P.; and Henry W. Birch, Esq.

G.F. Fortescue, Esq., C.I.; J.P. Carr, Esq, S.I.; and Edwin E. Mares, Esq., S.I; were also in attendance to watch the proceedings on the part of the Crown.

Mr. O'Malley, barrister (instructed by Mr. R.B. Kelly), appeared for the prisoners, whose names will be seen below.

Mr. CARR, S.I. (addressing the Court), said the nine persons who had been arrested on Sunday week on suspicion, charged with being concerned in the murder of the late Mr. James Hunter, had arrived from Castlebar; but, owing to the crowded state of the court, they could not be brought forward. He therefore applied for an adjournment for five minutes, in order that the court might be cleared. In the meantime, he begged to submit to them an important information for their private consideration. He was prepared to give them every assistance in his power in reference to the case.

The court was then cleared, and the magistrates, with Lords Dufferin and Longford and Sir Charles Bruce, retired to consider the information; and, after nearly two hours' deliberation, returned into court.

Mr. CARR, S.I. -- I now beg to apply that the prisoners be remanded for eight days.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- I say that the prisoners and the professional gentlemen engaged in this case have been very badly treated to-day. It was understood that a regular inquiry would have been made into the case, that witnesses would have been examined, and yet the magistrates retired and never intimated to the professional men that it was their intention to make a private investigation, and to keep us waiting here for two hours. There was no intimation or a remand for these men, who were brought here that the charge against them might be investigated. It is a departure from the usual course.

The Marquis of SLIGO -- Is that your only argument, Mr. O'Malley?

Mr. O'MALLEY -- No; it is not. But we have been badly treated.

Sir GEORGE O'DONEL then read Mr. Carr's information, which ran thus :-- "That from inquiries I have made respecting the murder of James Hunter, on Sunday night, the 20th of August, and from important information I have received within the last forty-eight hours, I confidently believe that if a further remand of eight days be ordered against the prisoners John M'Govern, Patrick M'Govern, Laurence M'Govern, Martin Moran, John Moran, James Moran, John Moran, John Moran, jun, and John O'Neill, now all in custody, charged with being concerned in the late murder of James Hunter, on the night of the 29th August last, I shall, on or before the 15th of the present month, offer such evidence as I shall be in possession of against some, if not all, of the said prisoners, directly or indirectly charging them with the said crime. At present I am not in a position to disclose the evidence I have obtained; and I make this information in the interest of justice."

Mr. O'MALLEY submitted that there was not a scintilla of evidence against the prisoners. There was not the shadow of a supposition that those in the dock were implicated in the crime or murder. They (the magistrates) had no justification whatever for depriving them of their liberty. The magistrates were there not to deprive men of their liberty, but to administer the law. There was not a particle of evidence in the information against his clients. He had read the report of the inquest, and none of the evidence of the witnesses went to show that his clients were implicated. There were four persons of the name of Moran, and three of the name of M'Govern, belonging to the same families, and it would be a positive wrong -- it would be destruction to the families -- to deprive them of their liberty. Mr. Carr had not shown upon what grounds he charged the prisoners with being implicated.

The COURT referred to the information again, and showed they had ample grounds for granting a remand. The Bench were most unanimous in their decision.

Mr. O'MALLEY then applied to have the sub-inspector sworn by cross-examination.

The COURT granted the application.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- Who are the names of the parties who gave you the information?

Mr. CARR -- I won't disclose the names.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- Could they have been here when you obtained the information?

Mr. CARR -- Of course they could.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- Why did you not summon them to attend?

Mr. CARR -- Because I did not consider such a course would answer the ends of justice.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- Could these parties have made informations themselves?

Mr. CARR -- No.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- Why not?

Mr. CARR -- For the reason I have already given.

The Marquis of SLIGO (to Mr. Carr)- Do not give your answers so quickly. We may rule against such questions.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- Oh! then, I won't ask him any more questions.

The Marquis of SLIG0 -- You may examine the witness; but we will consider whether it is prudent he should reply to your questions or not.

This concluded the cross-examination.

The Marquis of SLIGO -- I, for one, move that the prisoners be remanded.

The CHAIRMAN -- I am perfectly satisfied with the terms of the information.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- Then, I won't ask any further questions.

CHAIRMAN -- It is the first time that such a brutal and savage murder has been committed in this county. I do trust that every person here in this court will exert himself in bringing to justice the perpetrators of the foul deed. It is a disgrace and a scandal to the whole country as well as the neighbourhood, and I am quite sure the public will do everything in their power to discover the murderer.

Sir GEORGE O'DONEL -- It is of the greatest, importance to the respectability of the public at large that the perpetrator should be found out.

The Marquis of SLIGO -- Now that the Viceregal party are here, it is even a greater defiance to the law than it otherwise would be.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- Suppose we were to go into the case for the prisoners?

The Marquis of SLIGO -- We will remand the prisoners. I will be very happy to attend here at any time you may name for further inquiry.

CHAIRMAN -- We have no wish whatever to punish the innocent. Our only object is to punish the guilty.

Sir GEORGE O'DONEL -- Every one, from the highest to the Iowest, should condemn such an act, and try to find out the guilty party.

Mr. KELLY -- lf you remand the prisoners, I must have forty-eight hours' notice, at the least, before the next inquiry.

Mr. STRITCH explained that the investigation was adjourned for a week in the event of no material information being given by the sub-inspector.

Mr. O'MALLEY -- The probability is that the inquiry won't come on before this day week.

The Court then adjourned.

Their lordships were entertained by Sir George O'Donel in the evening. The prisoners were conveyed to the county prison, Castlebar, by a strong guard of police.

A crowd or some hundreds remained outside the building during the progress of the investigation.

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THUNDERSTORM AND LOSS OF LIFE.

HARVEST work was suspended on Monday, says the Leeds Mercury, in consequence of heavy thunderstorms, with hail and rain, on Sunday night. Barley, where not cut, has been considerably "headed." At Barugh Hill 40 sheep were killed by lightning. On the moors hailstones of great size fell. For two hours (eight to ten p.m.) the heavens were a constant blaze. The weather has been most peculiar. The week ending Saturday, the 28th ult, had an average shade temperature of 82 deg., falling that night to 52 deg. The mean shade temperature of last week only reached 54 deg., ending singularly in the storm referred to on Sunday. On Monday there was a return of warmth -- shade 67 deg., sun 92 deg.; and harvesting was resumed in the afternoon.

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CURIOUS MARRIAGE. -- A curious marriage occurred last week in St. Louis. A stone-blind bride-groom was led by his blushing bride to the altar of a Justice of the Peace. That honest and benevolent functionary felt it to be his duty to inform the poor blind man that the chosen of his heart was really one of the ugliest women in the world, and that she had already, to his certain knowledge, buried two husbands. To this the bridegroom responded that he had seen the lady a great many years ago, and that, according to the best of his recollection, she was then "a thing of beauty" and "a form of life and light." As the unfortunate man insisted upon being married to this dream of his earlier and happier days, the knot was tied; but the justice swore that he could not in conscience take the fee for doing it; and so the poor victim was led away rejoicing. -- New York Tribune, Aug. 27.

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THE NEW ZEALAND REBELS. -- Many of the Maori chiefs, including some who were hostile to the Government, have begun to understand that subjection pays better than rebellion; they have learned the advantages that accrue to them from procuring legal titles for their lands, and placing them under the protection of the courts of law. This policy has in numerous instances been already adopted, and the fanatical Han Haus, starving and shivering in sullen seclusion on their hills and morasses, are beginning to feel a salutary desire for the comforts and luxuries enjoyed by numbers of their countrymen, who have sold or leased a portion of their lands to the English settlers, and are now well fed, well clothed, and well lodged, on the "regular incomes thus acquired." The Maories have nothing of the simple savage of the hymnbooks in their nature; they are keenly alive to their own interests, except when blinded, as in the case of the Han Haus, by ferocity. Rebel as they may against the Queen, they have the greatest love and respect for her Majesty's minted portraits -- guineas and not bullets will resolve the native difficulty. -- Macmillan's Magazine.

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THE PRISONS IN IRELAND.

THE report of the Inspectors of Prisons in Ireland for the year 1868 has been issued. The daily average number of males in all the jails of Ireland was 1,460, and of females 671, as compared with an average of 1,771 males, and 769 females, in 1867. There was a decrease of 566 in the commItments, but an increase in the case of juvenile offenders. We subjoin a few important remarks by the inspectors. The lavish expenditure in proportion to the number of criminals in custody in some districts is not the only objection to the present system and circumstances of prisoners in Ireland. In some jails a highly stringent discipline is enforced, whIle in others a very lax system prevails, so that a short term of imprisonment in one jail is much more severely penal than a lengthened imprisonment in another perhaps in the adjoining county. These facts should, in our opinion, convince the public, and especially the ratepayers, that both in regard to economy and to the reformation of prisoners, the time has arrived for fresh legislation on the subject, and we hope the Government will soon give their attention to this important matter, with a view to the concentration of our prisons, and to the adoption of an improved system of management of our jails. There are no jails in the West of Ireland suited in construction for carrying out the Cork County Prison system. The inmates, in associating in these jails without adequate supervision, are in danger of becoming all equally corrupted. The prison for females in the great majority of the county jails are very defective, wanting in many of the requirements of places of punishment, and some are not suitable without alteration or improvement for carrying out even short sentences of imprisonment with hard labour, supposing that prisoners under long sentences were removed to central jails.

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A LOVER'S ARDOUR "DAMPED."

AT the Ormskirk Petty Sessions, a few days ago, three young men, named Joseph Nickson, Jacob Nickson, and John Wareing, were summoned for having assaulted William Forshaw, at Halsall, on the 25th August. Complainant said -- I was going to see my sweetheart when I met these three men. They asked me to give them a shilling, and because I refused they put me in a sack. It wasn't big enough, and they fetched another and put it over my head. Then threw me into a ditch. (Laughter.) They have caught me with my sweetheart before, and threatened to "sack" me. (Laughter.) It is usual to ask for a shilling, but it is not usual to drown a chap. (renewed laughter.) A woman standing by asked them to pull me out, but they said I hadn't been in long enough. Mr. Dodd (who appeared for defendants) -- And your young lady, did she stand by this murmuring stream -- (laughter) -- while this was going on? Complainant -- She kneeled by the stream and watched me. (Laughter. ) At last I got out, and was the worse for my ducking. I was a long while before I came to myself. Only that night I had been to a doctor. Mr. Dodd -- Do you mean to say that you were damaged beyond wetting? Complainant -- They likened to have smothered me. (Laughter.) Mr. Dodd -- Was it not a mere lark such as young men play on each other? Complainant -- It was above fun nearly drowning a chap. (Renewed laughter.) They trailed me up and down in the sacks until I was a' in a sweat, and then they chucked me into the brook. (Laughter.) I've got shillings from other men when they have been courting. Complainant's sweetheart said she was in bed when the "sacking" began, but hearing the noise and her sweetheart in distress, she ran out and saw the three men throw the sack over his head and trail him through the brook. Complainant sobbed, and then they pulled him out. The defendants were told that such a practical joke was a serious one, and were fined 10s and costs each.

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TOBACCO-GROWING IN IRELAND.

ONE of the Irish papers (the Irish Times) calls attention to a new grievance under which our neighbours across the Channel groan. Tobacco was introduced into Ireland in 1586, and promised to flourish luxuriantly on the soil but for the interference of the English Government. A fine of £100 may now be imposed upon any person cultivating more than one pound of the plant of which we are told there was brought from abroad, in 1866, no less than two millions one hundred and fifty thousand pounds weight. The climate and soil of the country, our Irish contemporary insists, are as suitable for the culture of the weed as for the raising and production of potatoes, salads, carrots, and turnips, which were introduced into Ireland in the same century. The first restriction in tobacco culture was in 1661, under an Act passed by the English Parliament over the heads of the Irish House then sitting. Lord North, during the American war, making a bid for the favour of the Irish, sought to remove the prohibition, and succeeded. From that time until 1831 the cultivation of tobacco became general in the County Wexford, "where-upon the Legislature came to the determination of preventing all future growth of the plant in Ireland, and a Ministerial measure was brought in for that purpose." During the debate it was stated and shown that great numbers were employed on the tobacco fields; in the neighbourhood of Enniscorthy alone between five and six hundred persons. It was also elicited that there were some proprietors in the county who made no less than £100 per acre by the plant. The prohibitive enactment was, however, carried, and remains in force up to the present. We agree with the Irish Times that this Statute might well be repealed, although we suspect that the quality of the tobacco grown in Ireland would be of a coarse and inferior description, in fact. what is grown experimentally or ornamentally defies some of the hardest smokers to use it with impunity, and has been described by an Irish gardener as "not only smoke but dhrink -- two pipes of it being equal to as many glasses o' whisky." However, the circumstance only affects a collateral branch of the question, and if tobacco can be grown as a profit in Ireland, we see no just cause or impediment why it should not, and we trust that a movement will be made to take the obstructive Statute out of the way. -- Daily News.

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FATAL FREAK OF A NAVAL OFFICER. -- The Ceylon Observer, of July 17, gives the particulars of the drowning of Mr. Mitford, paymaster of H.M.S. Cossack, at Trincomalie. It appears that on the day after the arrival of that vessel in the harbour, Mr. Mitford went on shore, where he remained to dine. Late in the evening he tried to go on board, but found that the boat had already left, and that there was not a canoe procurable at once, and proceed to strip with the intention of swimming to the ship. Between the shore and the ship he sank. It was thought that he had been attacked by sharks. A diligent search was instituted for the body, and it was found on Sunday morning, there being, however, no traces of any injuries of the kind. The deceased officer's remains were interred the same day with military honours.

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BELFAST POLICE COURT -- YESTERDAY.
[Before E. ORME, Esq., R.M., and JAS. GIRDWOOD, Esq., J.P.]

DISORDERLY CONDUCT.

James Feeney, a young lad, was brought up in custody, charged with having been guilty of disorderly conduct in the Potato Market.

Wm. Bunting, Market Inspector, deposed that he arrested the prisoner in the act of throwing a stone at an idiot boy, who was being annoyed by about a dozen lads.

Head-Constable Foley said the prisoner had been charged on a previous occasion with misconduct. He is one of the errand-boy brigade.

Mr. M'MASTER -- This is the first of the Industrial Brigade that has been brought up.

Mr. ORME -- How are the boys of that brigade conducting themselves?

Head-Constable Foley -- They are doing very well.

Mr. ORME -- It was gross misconduct on the part of those boys to annoy a poor idiot. (To the prisoner) -- l have power to send you to jail for one or two months for throwing stones; but, on the present occasion, I will discharge you with a caution.

The boy then left the court with his mother.

LARCENY.

May Jordan was brought up ill custody of Sub-Constable M'Creedy, charged with having stolen a slip, value 1s 8d, the property of Mrs. Catherine Curlett, North Street.

It appeared from the evidence that the prisoner went into Mrs. Curlett's shop, lifted the slip, which was hanging on the door, and ran off with it. The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sent to jail for a month.

PARTY EXPRESSIONS.

Matthew Bradley was charged by Sub-Constable Adams with having been drunk and disorderly in Donegall Street, where he cursed the Orange flag.

Fined 40s and costs; or, in default, fourteen days' imprisonment.

Catherine Maguire was charged by Sub-Constable Terence Sherry with having been disorderly in North Street, and shouting that she was a "good Papist."

The usual penalty was inflicted.

MISCONDUCT OF APPRENTICES.

Henry Davey, an indentured apprentice to Mr. John Kirk, linen merchant, was brought up on a warrant by Sub-Constable Jordan, charged with absconding from his employment.

The case for the prosecution was withdrawn, and the prisoner was discharged with a caution, on the condition that he would return to his employment.

Hugh Morrison, an indentured apprentice of Messrs. Rowan, iron founders, was charged with haying absented himself from their employment without leave on the 1st instant.

The prisoner's mother said his absence was owing to ill-health. He was always most regular at his work.

Mr. SHEALS, who appeared for the prosecution, said the prisoner was in the last year of his apprenticeship, and his services were valuable, and besides his example had a bad effect on the other apprentices. Messrs. Rowan would not press for punishment if the prisoner promised to attend for the future.

The prisoner was discharged with a caution.

VIOLENT ASSAULT AND STABBING.

John Carville was brought up in custody of Sub-Constable M'Gee, charged with having violently assaulted a man named Thomas Boyle. There was a cross case of, stabbing preferred by Carville against Boyle.

The constable deposed that the occurrence took place in Boundary Street, where the two parties, who are brothers-in-law, reside. Boyle was in the hospital suffering from a broken nose. Carville had also been at the hospital to get his wounds dressed.

The case was adjourned till next (this) day.

WIFE-BEATING.

Henry Ledgett was brought up in custody of Sub-Constable Boylan, charged with having assaulted his wife, Mary Ledgett, in Little Donegall Street.

The constable deposed that on the previous night he saw the prisoner strike his wife several times on the head in the house in which they lived. The woman fell from the effect of the blow.

Mr. ORME -- There are some "chaps" in Belfast who are called husbands, and they beat and maltreat their wives in the most savage manner.

Mr. SEEDS -- You have the power of sending them all to jail for twelve months.

The wife appeared on the table, and said she did not wish to send her husband to jail, as several children were depending on him.

Mr. ORME -- What causes him to beat you?

Witness -- Just bad advice.

Mr. ORME -- Bad advice has brought many a man to the gallows.

Prisoner -- It was not bad advice at all. It was her own bad tongue. I have no objection to live separate from her, and take one of the children.

Mr. ORME -- That is a matter for yourselves. (To the wife) -- Do you wish to send him to jail?

Wife -- I would rather not.

Mr. ORME -- I will postpone the case for a month, and if he is brought up in the meantime for assaulting you, I will send him to jail for a long period.

Michael Rafferty was brought up on warrant, charged with having assaulted his wife, Anne Rafferty, on the 19th ult.

Mr. SEEDS, who appeared for the prosecution, said the wife did not desire to send her husband to jail for a Iong period; but, in order to teach him a lesson to keep his hands off her for the future, a slight imprisonment should be inflicted on him.

The prisoner was sent to jail for a week.

SERIOUS ASSAULT.

Wm. Campbell was brought up, in custody of Sub-Constable Horner, charged with having violently assaulted a man named Wm. Trainor by striking him four times on the head with a hammer in a house in Union Street.

A certificate was read from the house-surgeon of the General Hospital, stating that Trainor was suffering from a scalp wound, but was in no immediate danger.

The prisoner was remanded till Wednesday.

OBSTRUCTING THE THOROUGHFARE.

Thomas Brennan was fined in 2s 6d and costs for obstructing the thoroughfare in Great George's Street by allowing three bags of potatoes to remain outside the door.

Sub-Constable Brown preferred the complaint.

BREACHES OF THE SPIRIT ACT.

Thomas M'Ilveen, spirit-grocer, Brown Square, was summoned by Sub-Constable Andrews for harbouring persons on his premises for the purpose of drinking on the 28th ult.

Mr. Sheals appeared for the defendant. The case was dismissed.

Thomas Megarry, spirit-grocer, Waring Street, was summoned by Constable Wm. Crawford for a similar offence on the 31st ult.

Mr. Harper appeared for the defendant.

The defendant was fined 40s and 10s costs, mitigated to 20s and 10s costs.

Defendant -- l will appeal to the Recorder's Court.

Mr. KENNEDY (Clerk of the Court) -- There is no appeal from this decision.

Defendant -- I swear on my solemn oath that I did not harbour any persons or sell a drop of drink on that night.

Mr. ORME -- It is monstrous the way these spirit-grocers conduct their establishments. Here is a man proved to have had his house open at a late hour of the night, with upwards of a dozen disorderly characters congregated outside his door, and having drink distributed among them.

Defendant -- I did not sell a drop.

Mr. ORME -- The evidence was so conclusive that your attorney could do nothing for you. It is no pleasure for us to be fining you.

Defendant -- There is justice before God, but no justice here.

Mr. ORME (to defendant) -- Take care of what you are saying, my man. We have the power of locking you up for such language.

Defendant -- It is not justice.

Mr. GIRDWOOD -- That is going too far.

Mr. ORME (to a constable) -- Take that man into custody. I suppose he is not in a fit condition to understand the nature of his language.

Mr. HARPER -- He is perfectly sober, but greatly excited. He has only commenced business, and spent all his money in fitting up the place.

Mr. ORME -- He has made a bad beginning. We could send him to jail for this contempt of Court.

Mr. HARPER -- I don't think he used the language in reference to the Bench, but to the witnesses who had sworn against them.

Mr. ORME -- Are you going to apologise for him, Mr. Harper?

Mr. HARPER -- I am.

Megarry was then brought forward in custody. Mr. ORME (to Megarry) -- You have placed yourself in an awkward position. For this language which you have just made use of, we have the power of fining you 40s, or to send you to jail for eight days. It was a gross contempt of Court, after we had pronounced our decision, which we were sworn to do to the best of our judgment according to the evidence, to say that you did not get justice. It is tantamount to saying that we have committed perjury.

Mr. HARPER -- I believe that was not the man's meaning.

Mr. ORME (to Megarry) -- Mr. Harper pleaded your case with great ability, and with all his ingenuity he could not strike one single iota off the witnesses' testimony. When you made use of the expressions, Mr. Harper says you were not aware of the position in which you stood. We are sitting here sworn to do our duty between man and man, and to have no leaning either to one side or the other; but to see that justice is done according to the evidence brought before us. It was great presumption in you to say that we were not giving you justice.

Megarry -- I humbly ask your pardon. I meant the constable.

Mr. ORME -- Go away, Sir. You may be thankful we did not send you to jail for eight days.

Megarry then left the court.

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REMARKABLE CASE OF SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION. -- The following remarkable case of spontaneous combustion is translated from the Moofeed-ool-anum (published at Futtehgurgh) of July 29:-- "The editor has heard of the following occurrence which took place within the last eight or ten days in the district of Shabjehanpore :-- A man of the Thakoor caste, of the village of Burwa, near Jalaipoor, having died, his widow wished to be suttee with him. Her intention was frustrated by the police; but when the corpse was placed on the funeral pile and the fire lighted, the fire of love which burned within the woman spontaneously burst forth from her body in flame, and in a moment's time she attained the consummation of her desire. At present we cannot vouch for the entire correctness of this news, but next week, if we succeed in obtaining fuller information, we will publish the details."

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SHIPPING NEWS.

Arrived at this port, on the 9th inst.

Helen Gilmour, Allen, from Bangor, with slates.
COALS. -- Agnes, from Girvan.

ARRIVED

At Archangel, on August 23, the Livonia (s.s.), Read, from Belfast.

Sailed from this port on the 9th inst.

Mary Jones, for Workington; Ohio, for Maryport; Alexander Maxwell, for Irvine.

SAILED

From Wick, on September 6, the Good Design, Gunn, for Belfast.

SPOKEN

Off St. Helena, on August 3, the Star of Denmark, of Belfast, from Calcutta for London.

(BY TELEGRAPH.)

QUEENSTOWN, SEPT. 9. -- Arrived -- Ben Nevis, from New York; Star of the East, from Bahia; Victory, from Terra Nova for Cork; Elma, from Rio Grande; Lebannon, from New York; Si[?]istria, from [-- ? --]; Due, from Cognati; Oscar First, from Belize; [-- ? --] (s.s.). from Liverpool for New York; St. Michael, from Liverpool for Madras, reported leaky and crew refusing to do duty. Sailed -- City of Limerick (s.s) and Antwerp (s.s.), for New York; Concettini, for Hull; Rachael, for Berwick; Emily, for Great Yarmouth; Cereal, for London; Emily Comer(?), for Fleetwood; Geordina, for Hull; Matilda and A.S. Meyer, for Glasgow; Ethel Bolton, for Dundalk; Exact, for Liverpool; Atrater, for Southampton.

DUBLIN, SEPT. 9. -- Arrived -- Riston and Christina, from Leghorn; George Walker, from Pugwash; Derwent, from Riga.

WATERFORD, SEPT. 9. -- Arrived -- Freneze, from Sulina; Providenza, from Newport.

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