The Banner of Ulster - Tuesday, 7 March, 1843
On the 22d ult., at Moore Hill, County of Waterford, the lady of Robert Perceval Maxwell, Esq., of a Daughter.
On the 26th ult., at Ballykilbeg House, the lady of John Brett Johnston, Esq., of a Daughter.
On the 3d inst., at Downpatrick, the lady of the Rev. John Frederick Gordon, of a Son.
At Corstown, by the Rev. James Huey, on the 2d inst., Mr. GEORGE ROBINSON of Coleraine, to Miss HUNTER.
On the 3d inst., by the Rev. G. Jamison of Glastry, Mr. HUGH MEHARG, of Ballyesborough, to SARAH, eldest daughter of Mr. John M'Gowan, Roddens.
On the 11th ult., at St. Mary's Church, Edge Hill, Liverpool, by the Rev. F. Barker, GEORGE SAUL, Esq., to Miss JANE HANWAY, of Walton-on-the-hill.
On the 25th ult., by the Rev. David Whyte of Ballee, MARY, second daughter of Mr. Thomas Newell of Ballyclinder House, to Mr. JAMES LAUTHER, Ballytrim.
On the 24th ult., in St. Anne's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. A.C. Macartney, Mr. SOLOMON W. BULLICK, to ELLEN, eldest daughter of Mr. William M'Cullough, Lurgan.
On the 23d ult., in Glendermott Church, by the Rev. A.G. Cary, JOSIAH STEVENSON, Esq., Hermitage, County Derry, to MARY THEODOSIA, only surviving daughter of the late Mr. Paul Wylie, of Derry.
On the 2d inst., at Portadown, deeply and deservedly regretted, JANE ANNE, wife of Henry Stanley, Esq., Merchant.
On the 2d inst., in the prime of life, by a fall from his horse, Mr. JOHN RUDDELL of Ballinacor, near Portadown. His private intercourse with his friends was extremely fascinating, and will be long and pleasantly remembered by all who had the gratification of knowing him.
On the 28th ult., after a lengthened sickness, in the prime of life, ANNE JANE, eldest daughter of Mr. James Brown of Dundrum, county of Down.
March 3, at Sandymount, of scarlatina, JANE GRACE, eldest daughter of the Rev. Wm. Butler Yeats.
In Donaghadee, a few days ago, the widow AULD, at the extraordinary age of 107. She had been bed-ridden between thirty and forty years.
Feb 27, at Dundalk, in the sixty-first year of his age, HENRY M'CLINTOCK, Esq., for many years the Collector of her Majesty's Customs in that part.
On the 22d ult., in the sixty-seventh year of his age, JOHN GIBSON, Esq., of Lisbal, deeply and deservedly regretted by his numerous relations and friends. As a man of the most cheerful temper, hospitable heart, strictest integrity and nicest sense of honour, he has left a blank which will not be easily filled, in the circle in which he moved.
On the 28th ult., after a protracted illness, MARY, wife of Mr. Samuel Gray, Crossgar.
DESTRUCTIVE CONFLAGRATION. -- FOUR WAREHOUSES CONSUMED. -- The most destructive fire which this town has been visited since that at the Messrs. Duffield's extensive provision-curing establishment, in the winter of 1841, broke out yesterday morning in an upper story of one of the large and newly-built blocks of warehouses known as Davis's Buildings, situate betwixt Donegall Street and North Street, and the entrance to which is immediately opposite to Donegall Street Place, where this paper is printed. The premises where the fire commenced are in the possession of Mr. Theobald Bushell, a merchant largely engaged in the wine and spirit, Mediterranean produce, and flax trades; and whose stores contained, at the time, a more than usually large stock of the articles in which his business lies. These premises are four stories in height, and vary capacious; and they adjoin others, equally large, in which the muslin manufacturing, in its different branches, is carried on; while, immediately in front of them, and, apparently, not more than about twelve feet removed, is the very extensive publishing, printing, book-binding, ruling, and paper establishment of Messrs. Simms & M'Intyre, including a stereotype foundry, with a most valuable stock of stereotype plates of standard scholl and other works. It was right in front of the latter concern that the flames were first observed issuing from an upper window, near the entrance of the court, by Messrs. Simms & Co,'s foreman book-binder, who promptly gave an alarm. Several fire-engines, and a strong muster of fire and local police, constabulary, &c., were on the spot in a few minutes; but a considerable time elapsed before they were got into operation -- by which time the entire flat first on fire -- from, as we understand, the combustible nature of the material (chiefly flax) it contained -- was in a dense blaze, the flames issuing from every window: and it soon became evident that the devouring element had already acquired such a mastery that the destruction of the entire range of warehouses on the western front was all but inevitable. The wood-work of the windows in Messrs. Simms and M'Intyre's buildings now caught fire, from their proximity to the intense heat; but the exertions of a portion of the fire brigade, efficiently aided by the above company's workmen, and some active bystanders, were directed to the saving of that valuable concern, and the removal of the property to a place of security. We are happy to learn that in this object they were tolerably successful, though some damage was done to the perishable articles (printed sheets, binding materials, paper, types, &c.) within reach of the play of engines. In less than an hour, the entire building occupied by Mr. Bushell was a mass of fire; but such was the activity of the persons assisting in the removal of the property, that, aided by the check in which the flames were for a short period kept, they succeeded in saving all the books, a large quantity of wine in pipe and bottle, spirits, fruit, &c., which were conveyed into the spacious yard, opening into North Street, formerly occupied by Davis, Brothers, and partially at present by Davis Brothers, & M'Coll. The fire, despite all exertions, however, spread through the whole block of warehouses, and caught those of the last-named gentlemen -- general commission merchants -- and of Mr. Holden, muslin-manufacturer, which were quickly gutted, though not before a portion of their contents had been secured. Immense torrents o water were thrown upon the flames by the four engines; but the large quantity of flax contained in the stores so increased the conflagration that it rendered the most active measures useless. The confined space in which the firemen were obliged to move also operated greatly against their success. The persons whose premises lay in front towards the street, or adjoined them rearward such precautions as the time and circumstances afforded to convey away their effects, some of which were protected in the street by a large detachment of the 54th Regiment -- who, we must say, exerted themselves most laudably, both officers and men, during the period the fire lasted. By about eleven o'clock, the work of destruction had been completed; though the engines played for two or three hours longer. The loss of property by this calamity is very great, though it is impossible at present to calculate its amount. Mr. Bushell, we are informed, is insured, but not to an amount sufficient to cover the damage. We regret to hear that Messrs. S. & T. Patterson, manufactured, have lost upwards of £600 worth of goods, and are entirely uninsured. If we are not misinformed, some others of the firms in Davis's Buildings are similarly circumstanced. The Hall of the Independent Order of Oddfellows in Belfast is one of the concerns consumed. We cannot conclude our notice of this catastrophe without noticing, in terms of the highest praise, the zeal and efficiency of several of the local magistracy -- the Mayor, Messrs. Molony, Coulson, &c. -- the entire of the local police staff, and several of the constabulary, on the occasion. It is, as yet, a matter of conjecture how the fire originated.
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. -- The following persons were fined at the Belfast Petty Sessions, for the above crime, during the month of February:-- Joseph Drennan and Bernard Hardy, 5s. each, and costs, for using horses with ulcerated backs; James Irvine, Banbridge; Charles M'Gorlie, Cookstown; and Felix Verner, Dungannon, for similar offences, 10s. each, and costs. The latter individual had two horses in a most deplorable condition. Notwithstanding the repeated examples made, it is to be regretted that individuals are blinded to their own interest by such treatment of these useful and sagacious animals. Thomas Wilkinson and John Boomer. both of Belfast, fined 1s. each, and costs, for loading carts without using rests.
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Monday, March 6.
The learned Judge (Crampton) took his seat this morning at nine o'clock; immediately thereafter the following were sworn on the
PETIT JURY:-- Andrew Nash, Charles Kelso, Wm H. Mulligan, William Kennedy, John Martin, John Maclurcan, Charles Dickey, James Dickey, John Black, Thos. Bigger, David M'Alister, James Byrne.
The case of the Queen v. Crooks, who stands indicted for the murder of Smith at Halfpenny-gate, near Lisburn, was, at the request of the Crown, postponed until next Assizes. Mr. Tomb, the prisoner's Counsel, applied to have the prisoner admitted to bail, which application will not granted.
RECEIPT OF STOLEN CATTLE.
John Morris, senior, was then charged with having received three bullocks, the property of Lord O'Neill, in the month of November or beginning of December last, knowing the same to be stolen.
The evidence in this case was exactly similar to that adduced on Saturday, in the case of John Morris, senior and junior, and George Egerton, for stealing the cattle in question, of which the prisoner was found not guilty.
Mr. ANDREWS raised no objection to the wording of the indictment, in so far as it set forth that the property was that of Viscount and Baron O'Neill, whereas it was not sustained by the evidence that he is a Baron of the United Kingdom.
The Court overruled the objection.
The Jury, having retired, returned shortly after, finding the prisoner guilty. He was then sentenced to seven years' transportation; but, upon its being mentioned to the honourable Judge that he was seventy years of age, his sentence was commuted to eighteen months' imprisonment and hard labour.
William Hannan, who had been out on bail, and who stands indicted for homicide, was called in Court, and, not answering to his name, his recognizances were estreated to the Crown.
The following persons were then sworn as a new
PETIT JURY:-- John Crawford, James Canavan, John Cinnamond, Alex. Dickey, Nathaniel Dickey, Hugh Dunn, Samuel Hart, James Keegan, Hugh Kelly, John Kennedy, James Kane, Thomas Kelly.
MURDER AT BALLYMONEY.
William Lepper, senior, William Lepper, junior, and Thomas Lepper, were then charged with the wilful murder of John Lamont, on the 23d January last, at Ballymoney, Thomas Lepper by stabbing the said John Lamont with a knife -- William Lepper, senior, and William Lepper, junior, aiding and abetting.
Sir T. STAPLES, Q.C., having stated the case for the prosecution, adduced the following evidence:--
Peter M'Guigg, a little boy, examined by Mr. HANNA -- Was in Ballymoney in January last; was there when something took place to a man named Lamont; lodged in the house of Samuel Ewing; the prisoners lived under the same roof; John Lamont lived about three or four doors off, on the left hand side of the street; saw Lamont coming into Samuel Ewing's kitchen, about seven o'clock in the morning; I was sitting at the fire; he came in pretty quick; he had nothing in his hands; no one else came in at the time; saw old Lepper come into Jane Ewing's kitchen and hit Lamont with a beetle; Lamont was near me at the time; old Lepper came in and struck Lamont with a beetle; Lamont recovered and struck old Lepper with his fist on the back of the head; William Lepper, jun., came in with a stone hammer and hit Lamont on the head, and knocked him down; Lamont had no hat on at the time; I then saw Thomas Lepper come in; he stooped over Lamont and then walked out again. I did not see him do anything to Lamont; he was about a foot from Lamont. It was about another minute after that he went out; he then returned in about another minute; he said "Father, come out of that, and let him alone." He then went away; saw blood after he went away; old Lepper gave the last blow with the beetle; he struck Lamont over the mouth and broke the beetle; young William gave one blow; it was after the other two went away that old Lepper struck Lamont; was lying on his "hunkers;" he was lying on his left side when Thomas Lepper stooped over him; saw no blood till Thomas went out; the blood was on Lamont's left breast.
Cross-exd. by Mr. Moore, -- My mother is a beggar-woman; I was never examined in a Court before this business; it was in Ewing's we lodged; lodged there often; Lamont said it was "a poor thing to throw out an old woman" (his mother); she had been stopped by old Lepper before this from going through the entry; Lamont's mother told him not to go in, as the Lepper's were roused; did not see Lamont kill Lepper's cock; the whole transaction only occupied about four or five minutes; the last words that Lamont uttered were "Murder, murder, Sam. Ewing;" knew the Lepper's had been working on the roads; the hammer with which they struck Lamont was one for breaking stones; did not see a man of the name of Lyons; before old Lepper struck the blow, he said "Out with you."
Catherine M'Guigan -- I am the mother of last witness; lodged in Sally Ewing's on the 21st of January; saw Lamont come in about eight o'clock in the morning; Lamont said nothing to my knowledge; the first thing I saw was old Lepper with the beetle in his hand; he hit Lamont a blow with it; Lepper's young son then struck him with a hammer; Lamont did not fall; old Lepper then struck him with the beetle again, and he fell; I then saw blood on his left breast, as I was going out; did not see Thomas Lepper touch Lamont; he was in Ewing's kitchen that morning; it was before Lamont was struck that Thomas was there; he was there all the time of the quarrel.
Cross-examined by Mr. MOORE -- I am easily frightened since my husband died of the fever; heard a noise in the hall before Lamont came into the kitchen; had been about a year coming backwards and forwards to Ewing's; Lamont had not any coat or waistcoat on; the sight left my eyes, and I cannot say what my son was doing; Ewing's kitchen was on one side of the hall, and Lepper's on the other.
Jane Ewing -- Lives in Ballymoney; recollects the 23d January; the Leppers lived in the same house; heard a noise before I got up; cannot say who was in the hall; the first I heard was young William Lepper saying he would kill him; old Lepper said, "Hold your tongue, take your time, I'll watch the boy;" then heard William Lepper say to Sarah Lamont, "Go out of that;" she replied, "Billy, I know nothing of the affair;" I then heard the deceased boy come in, And say, "Boys, it is not worth your while to mind an old woman;" the next thing I heard was him calling, "Murder, murder, Sam. Ewing;" I was in a small closet off the kitchen at the time; I then jumped out of bed in my shift; there was no person there; John Lamont was lying with his head to the door and his feet to the fire; I think he was breathing; old Lepper was standing in the hall, with a broken beetle; I told him to leave the place; the boy was dying: he said, "Let him die." [The witness gave evidence of some expressions of the prisoner's which we do not deem necessary to insert.] He added, "We are the boys;" I then put on my clothes; saw blood on the left side of the shirt; Lamont was then taken to the Doctor's by the neighbours; saw Thomas Lepper standing with a stone-hammer at my back door.
Cross-examined by Mr. MOORE -- I was in bed when I first heard the scuffle; it was not till I heard Lamont cry, "Sam. Ewing, murder, murder;" I have had some words with the Leppers; does not recollect of the Leppers speaking of my character before I was married; there was no bad blood between the Leppers and me, or between Lamont and them, until that morning; my husband is a shoemaker; heard old William Lepper say to Sarah Lamont, "Do not come in here, one or other of you, or I'll break your neck;" heard nothing of the cock before this; the beetle hung on a nail; cannot say that Lamont worked on the roads; the Leppers kept cocks and hens in a room in the house.
The jury retired for a short time to consider the verdict, and returned soon after, finding all the prisoners guilty. Sentence was deferred. The prisoners appeared to be under little concern at the [-- ? --] situation in which they were placed, with the exception of the youngest, William Lepper, who [-- ? --] time was completely overcome, and shed tears. [-- ? --] Lepper. the father of the other two prisoners, is [--?--] four years of age; the eldest son, Thomas Lepper [--?--] twenty years; and William only eighteen.
John Morris, junior, who was found guilty of stealing cattle from Shane's Castle, was brought up [--?--] judgment, and sentenced to ten years' transportation.
Archibald M'Neile, found guilty of manslaughter was also brought up for judgment, and sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment and hard labour.
WILFUL FIRE-RAISING IN BELFAST.
Samuel Boyle and William M'Master were charged with setting fire to certain houses in Ste[--?--] and Mustard Streets, Belfast, belonging to Mr. Hamilton; Samuel Boyle with setting fire to the houses in question, and M'Master being an accessary before the fact.
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This was a case brought by the plaintiff, Wm. Gray, Esq., of Graymount, to recover damages from the defendant M'Bride, who, for his own private purposes, it was alleged, blocked up one or more of the streams which supplied the water which worked the machinery of the plaintiff. The case excited considerable interest, and occupied the attention of the Court during the greater part of the day. A verdict was returned for the plaintiff -- 6d. damages and 6d. costs.
The business of the Record Court having terminated, his Lordship proceeded to consider
The following gentleman were sworn as a jury:-- William Burrowes, John Taggart, John Woods, jun., Samuel Young, Samuel Hill, Robert Caldwell, Thos. Morrison, Samuel Moore, Henry Redmond, John Morrison, Joseph Braddell, David Bell.
Eliza Cinnamond was indicted for feloniously taking a pocket handkerchief from the person of David Caldwell, in Belfast, on 1st March, 1843. Pleaded guilty. Transported for seven years.
Mary and Rose Quin were indicted for feloniously taking, in Belfast, on 24th Jan. 1843, three petticoats, one shift, and one shirt, the goods of John M'Neile, Esq., and others, the guardians of the Poor-law Union. Not guilty.
James Patton was indicted for stealing a gelding, in Belfast, on 14t Feb. 1843, the property of William Coleman Pope; Bartholomew Patton, the father of last-mentioned prisoner, for receiving the same, knowing it to be stolen. After a lengthened examination of witnesses, it appeared that Mr. Pope owed Patton (the younger) a sum of money -- that he had left Belfast for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and committed the gelding to the care of prisoner, who sold him in order to recover the alleged debt. The prisoner was convicted, but recommended to mercy; and as several gentlemen, among whom was Richard Davison, Esq., gave him an excellent character, and as there were several palliating circumstances, he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment. Bartholomew Patton not guilty.
Martin Horne was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury, at Ballycastle, in a certain case tried before Richard Davison, Esq., the Seneschal of Ballycastle Manor Court. Acquitted on account of some Legal technicality.
Court adjourned at six o'clock.
COUNTY OF ANTRIM ASSIZES.
[FROM OUR OWN REPORTER.]
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Carrickfergus, March 4, 1843.
The court was opened exactly at nine o'clock this morning -- the Hon Judge Crampton presiding. The following were sworn on the
PETIT JURY: -- George Duncan, Robert Crawford, Robert Alderdice, George Boomer, George Cunningham, George C. M'Creevy, John Craig, James Cooper, James Robinson, George W. Alderdice, Adam Blackburn, George Bell.
James Morrison and John Spence were then indicted for a malicious assault on George Dyer, on 19th January last, in Belfast.
George Dyer sworn -- Was in a wake-house in Hudson's Entry, Belfast, on 19th January; left about half-past twelve at night; Alexander Cameron, James Reed, and John Dyer, left at the same time; was in Bridge Street; some persons were quarrelling in Bridge Street; went forward to where the persons were fighting; the prisoner, Spence, struck me lightly with his fist; thinks the blow was meant for another person; Morrison ran forward then, and struck at me with a pair of scissors, under the left shoulder; I got hold of him and cried out that I was stabbed; I saw the scissors; they were about six inches long; shouted from some person to lift the scissors, as I was not able; he then broke away from me, but the watchman caught him; never spoke to him in my life before; was lying for a considerable time in my own house; lost a great deal of blood; Dr Aicken said he could put his finger in a good way into the wound; was not able to work for a considerable time.
To the prisoners -- Never struck you.
To the Court -- Knew none of the parties who were quarrelling; the prisoners appeared to be drunk; was not acquainted with any of the parties; understand that my brother was quarrelling with the prisoners.
John Dyer -- Remembers the night in January when Dyer was stabbed; saw some men quarrelling; saw a boy take something in his hand; it glanced in the dark; did not see what happened.
To the Court -- Did not like to go near the parties who were quarrelling. It was Morrison who had the thing in his hand. Spence and I had some words. Dyer was not there at the time. Spence made a blow at me. The watchman sprang his craik. I struck at Spence also. Did not see Spence strike George Dyer. The policeman got hold of Morrison.
To the prisoners -- James Dyer was striking Spence.
James Reed -- Knows George Dyer; saw Morrison stab him with scissors; did not see Dyer do anything to provoke the prisoners.
To the prisoners -- Heard George Dyer call on the watchman; did not hear the prisoner Morrison cry on the watchman.
James Morrison was found guilty of a malicious assault, and John Spence of common assault.
The prisoners were then sentenced as follows: -- Spence to three months imprisonment, and Morrison to nine months and hard labour.
CHARGE OF MURDER.
John Adams was then indicted for the wilful murder of Fortescue Gorman, near Lisburn, on 10th October last, by taking him by the throat, and choking or strangling him, thereby causing instant death.
Mr. GWYNNE, who appeared as agent for the prisoner, challenged six of the jury on the ground that they came from the neighbourhood of Lisburn.
The following Petit Jury were then sworn:-- Robert Crawford, George Cunningham, George C. M'Creevy, John Craig, James Cooper, James Robinson, James Cooper, James Craig, George Davison, Thomas Ray, Wm. Wilson, John Wilson.
Sir T. STAPLES, Q.C., addressed the jury on the particulars of the case for the prosecution.
Arthur Close was then sworn, and examined by Mr HANNA, Q.C. -- Knew the late Fortescue Gorman; he is dead now; he lived in the townland of Ballymuckleward, about five miles from Belfast; lives next townland to him; saw him on the morning of 10th October, in the field along with John Adams; they were in the garden digging potatoes; John Adams was digging, and the old man was gathering; Norman was about seventy years of age; there was the ditch and about a perch between witness and the prisoner; asks the potatoes were good; he said they were; prisoner said the old man has to gather now, as he has put away Mary, Eliza Jane's daughter; that was all he said; I said that it would keep the old man in exercise; there was no other person near them; the garden is pretty large and ditched all round; there is no hedge around it; Mary Jane was a daughter-in-law of Gorman's; cannot say how old she was; I went to my son-in-law's, John Close; was back in about an hour at the garden; it was on my road back; I then saw the old man lying in the potato furrow, with his right arm on the brow of the furrow; there was only the ditch and about a perch between us; there was no other person in the garden; shortly after I saw the prisoner coming up with two cows; he was bringing them as if to be milked at the farm; I called over to him that the old man was lying in the furrow waiting on him; I thought the old man was merely resting himself; was about nine perches from the prisoner at the time I spoke to him; prison made some answer, such as "ay;" I went to dig potatoes, and the prisoner went on; Betty Jane came to me, and I went over to Gorman's garden again; my daughter Rose Barrington, went with me; no one else was there at the time, but James Finlay and James Elmwood came up to the garden level afterwards; the old man was still lying in the same position with the hat put over his eyes; believes it was so when he saw him before; his face was up; observed that his throat was black; the mouth and eyes were closed; have no cravat on; he was a little bent; saw the police come up; it was a dark night.
Cross-examined by Mr R.S. MOORE. -- There was a ditch round the garden, but no hedge; heard no dispute between the parties; it was the prisoner who said the old man must gather mow, as Benny Jane's daughter was away; has heard that Betty Jane had an illegitimate daughter; was in the pathway; was about an hour at my son-in-law's; the prisoner was driving cows when I next saw him; the first thing I heard of the old man's death was from Betty Jane's daughter.
To a JURYMAN. -- His neck was bare when I first saw him; the hat was pressed down.
Eliza Jane Gorman examined by Sir T. STAPLES -- Is the wife of Allan Gorman; he is the son of the late for Fortescue Gorman; the prisoner lived in the house with us for about two years; we lived with the old man; it was on Monday morning the old man was killed; my husband left from about six o'clock that morning; there was only my father, the prisoner, and myself, and a boy of mine in the house; I have a daughter; she does not live with me; her name is Mary Jane Phillips; my half-brother went out to dig potatoes; my father-in-law went to gather them till I should get the child asleep. It was between six and seven o'clock, morning; a little while after my little boy, Allan, told me something, and I ran out; when I ran out I saw my half-brother (the prisoner) lifting up the old man, and endeavouring to rouse or steady him; he appeared to be dusting him; saw prisoner lift he old man's hat and put it on his head; prisoner then came over, and said, "Dear me, this is a sudden thing that has happened here this morning, the old man is dead;" I shouted out "Murder, murder, you have killed the old man;" prisoners said if I did not cease shouting I would get the same sauce; he said, "Can't you tell that this old man was lying in the potato furrow, and that I didn't murther'd none of him." I shouted out "Murder, that I would do no such thing, as murder would never lie;" I then ran away to Arthur Close's; prisoner said he would go and bring the police; did not see prisoner till the afternoon, and he had the police with him; went to the garden; the body was still lying as before; saw marks on his neck after he was brought into the house; it was like a scratch of a person's nail; it was about an after the child went out that he came back; find Close as his house, digging potatoes.
Cross-examined by Mr. MOORE -- Never was married till I married Allan Gorman; has some illegitimate children; never denied knowing anything about the death of the old man; knows Mrs. Elmwood; people might have charged me with the murder; was charged before the magistrates with the murder; has had some arguments with the old man; the best people will have quarrelled; I have been married about two years; my little girl was hired out at the time; told the same story before I was taken into custody; I did deny it, because I could not say how it happened; first time I told the same story, I was in the hands of the police; and refused, until then, to tell anything of the matter.
To the Court -- Thinks it was on the 11th day of October last they was taken into custody by the police; my brother went first to call the police; I was so much agitated when I alarmed the neighbours, that I did not know what I was saying; I told Arthur Close the whole of the case; I lived near the residence of my husband before I was married; I have four illegitimate children; two by Daniel Phillips, and two by George Downie; my husband knew that I had these children; I was living at Ballyrobin when I had the children; met Downie first at my mother's house; Daniel Phillips is a married man now.
To the Court -- The prisoner brought home the cows about half an hour after I saw the old man lying.
To Mr. Moore -- I suppose I did say that "all are above ground that ever we killed."
Allan Gorman, son of the last witness, was called, but he being only five years of age, was not examined.
James Tinsley, examined by Mr HANNA, Q.C. -- Lived near Gorman on 10th October; was in his house about sunrise that morning; the old man opened the door; saw no one but himself; spoke to him; saw nothing the matter with them; saw him in the potato garden after that, being then stretched out as a regular corpse, his mouth and eyes being closed; observed a black mark on his neck; it was larger on the left them on the right side; I thought at first it might have been done in shaving; but was afterwards satisfied that it was not; did not see the prisoner at that time; saw him sometime afterwards, and asked what he left the old man doing when he went away; he made no answer; heard the prisoner say, "Lord have mercy on him" (the deceased); "accidents or suddentlies soon come on;" the prisoner said he was gathering potatoes.
Cross-examined by Mr. MOORE -- The old man said he was to pretty well, but took a pain in his back when he worked long; is not aware of any quarrel; I have heard Eliza Jane's character; I would not like to credit her even on her oath; but I would not altogether condemn her.
Charles M'Kee examined by Sir T. STAPLES. -- Knew the late Fortescue Gorman; was in his house on Monday the 10th October; the prisoner was in Gorman's house on the morning the old man died; did not hear the prisoner say anything to the old man on the morning of the murder; but heard him say something about two months before; the old man said he would put away the prisoner; prisoner said he (the old man) might be away as soon as he; prisoner then ran towards Gorman, as if he were angry.
Cross-examined by Mr MOORE -- Knows that Betty Jane had frequent quarrels with the old man; would not believe her on her oath.
Alex Buckley, examined by Mr. HANNA, Q.C. -- Lived in the neighbourhood of Gorman on 10th October; saw his corpse there; there were marks on the neck; the prisoner was there at the time; prisoner said if there were any marks found on Gorman that there would be hanging going on amongst them; Betty Jane said, "If you hold your tongue in the world cannot hurt you."
To Mr. MOORE -- There were a good number of people in the garden; Eliza Jane came from the house to the garden; is not particularly acquainted with her; knows her character; would not like to trust on her oath; heard Betty Jane say "They are all above ground that we killed yet."
Martha Elmwood examined by Sir T STAPLES, Q.C. -- Remembers the morning Fortescue Gorman met his death; John Adams first told me of it; cannot say what o'clock it might be; Adams told her that Gorman was dead, and that he came for a witness to dress him; asked how it had happened; prisoner said he went to bring home the cows, and left in digging potatoes; when he was coming back, met Arthur Close, who told him the old man was dead; prisoner said the old man had been complaining, and had "thrown off" that morning; saw a black or purple mark on the neck of Gorman; did not dress the body, as the people would not let it be taken into the house; heard Betty Jane say to prisoner to "keep his tongue to himself and the world could not hurt him;" James McKee told me to tell the prisoner if he was innocent to keep his ground, and if guilty to take his liberty; prisoner said he did not care for any one; if he was put in jail he would come out free.
To Mr. MOORE -- Knows Betty Jane; on the 10th October she said that she would take down the Bible and swear that she had neither art nor apart, and heard neither moan nor groan; I took the book from her, and would not allow her to swear; on the Monday before there was a dispute between her and the old man; I could not condemn her, though I would not like to trust on her oath.
Constable Robert Irwin, of the Constabulary -- Was stationed at Lisburn on 10th October last; the prisoner came to the barracks about two o'clock; he told me that Mr. Smyth the magistrate wanted me; went to Mr. Smyth; Mr. Smyth said there was an old man dead in the mountains; asked how he died; prisoner said he had left some potatoes for him to gather till he went to the cows, and, when he came back, the old man was dead; Mr. Smyth told me either to go or send to Gorman's; prisoner was with me; met some persons on the road who asked me if I was going to where the man was murdered; prisoner got into a great rage; there was a constable named Hamilton with witness; saw the body when he got to the house; and was in the room; there were remarks on the neck; arrested Adams; when within about two miles of Lisburn, he ran away from; he got away about twenty yards; Sent for Dr. Campbell to see the body.
Allan Gorman -- Is the son of the late Fortescue Gorman; shaved his father on Monday; there were no marks on his neck then; saw marks on the body, as if made by the fingers and thumb of a hand.
Thomas Johnston Smyth -- Is a magistrate; recollects the prisoner coming to his house in the afternoon about two o'clock on 10th Oct. last; he told me that a man had died of a "stroke" (apoplexy); he wished to know if he might bury the body; said the old man had dropped down while gathering potatoes; I then told him to go to the police station, and he did so, and came again with a policeman; I sent the policeman along with him to see the body.
John Campbell -- Is a surgeon; was called to examine the body the day after the death; the body was at Gorman's own house; I observed a slight contusion over the region of the stomach, and two marks, one on each side of the neck; they were of a semicircular form; they appeared as if made by the pressure of thumb and finger-nails; there was a little discoloration; made a post-mortem examination on the body; there was considerable congestion of the brain; the vessels of the chest and abdomen were a much distended with fluid blood; all other parts of the viscera were in a healthy state; examined the region of the windpipe immediately under the black marks of the neck, and discovered a great deal of extravasated blood; one wing of the thyroid cartilage of the windpipe was considerably depressed; my opinion is that death was caused by strangulation; the appearances presented by the brain may be brought on by apoplexy, but not the marks on the neck and on the other parts of the body.
To Mr. Moore -- Such marks are very deceitful.
To the Court -- He has no doubt whatever that the man's death was the result of violence.
Mr. MOORE, as counsel for the prisoner, addressed the jury, and cited from Roscoe what ought to be the nature of circumstantial evidence, and concluded by calling for a verdict of not guilty. He then called the following witness for
Robert Young -- Knows the prisoner; he lived with me about seven or eight years since; he was in my service about four years; Gorman's farm is near mine; I have seen prisoner frequently since he left me; he lived in my house; was always considered a quiet, peaceable man; was considered as being a person of weak intellect; I would be suspicious of a Eliza Jane Gorman's evidence even on her oath.
The learned Judge then summed up the evidence. He said it was for the jury to consider, first, whether there had been a murder committed at all, and, if so, whether it was produced by violence, accident, or in the course of nature; and, if you arrive at the conclusion that violence had been the cause of Fortescue Gorman's death, you will then say who was the person or persons that did commit the act whereby he lost his life.
The jury retired, and shortly after returned with a verdict of not guilty. The prisoner, who is rather a rough looking man, with exceedingly small eyes, paid the most marked attention to the whole proceedings, particularly during the time that his counsel (Mr. Moore) was addressing the jury. It might easily be noticed, even by the most casual observer, that he was not a person of very weak intellect; for, whenever his counsel seized upon and successfully combated any part of the evidence that bore more particularly against him, there was a certain feeling of inward satisfaction depicted on his countenance that could not be mistaken. There being no other charge against the prisoner, he was immediately acquitted.
The following persons but then sworn in as the new
PETIT JURY:-- George Duncan, Robert Alderdice, George Boomer, Charles W. Alderdice, Adam Blackburn, George Bell, Robert M'Clure, Daniel M'Larnon, Arthur Morewood, Adam M'Clure, Robert Mussen, John Miller.
John Morris, sen., John Morris, jun., and George Egerton, for stealing certain cattle, the property of Viscount O'Neill, from Shane's Castle, in the month of November last.
Andrew Murray, examined by Sir T. STAPLES, Q.C. -- I have been in the employment of Lord O'Neill as land-steward for two years past; knows the prisoner John Morris, sen.; he was hired as shepherd and butcher in October last to Lord O'Neill; his son assisted him; they were discharged again on the first of November; knows the quantity of cattle on the ground; there are about 300 acres in the ground; it is fenced round with a sunk fence and hedge; there were four bullocks and five heifers stolen; from information went to county Westmeath on the 19th December last; saw some of the cattle there -- three bullocks and a heifer; witness can swear they were Lord O'Neill's property; they were in the custody of the police; the policeman's name is James Clogher; saw John Morris in Trim on the 12th January; I identified the cattle, and lodged informations with Mr. Henry; in consequence of information, I went again to Castledelvin; John Watson was with me; saw another heifer about two miles from Trim; it was on the lands of Mr. Hanbury; saw John Morris; he was in the custody of the police; saw John Morris; he was in the custody of the police; saw another heifer in the possession of Dr. Tyrrell, Banbridge; heard the prisoners had come from Westmeath, while they were in Lord O'Neill's service; it was on the 23d December that I saw the heifer at Banbridge.
Cross-examined by Mr. ANDREWS -- I am a land-steward; has the charge of the land; there is a good deal of the ground in tillage; I can say they were there in November; the cattle were advertised by me; the informations were not correct at that time; it was on the 7th December I gave the informantions for the advertisement; there might have been one hundred head of cattle in the park at the time; all the cattle were not branded; served my time in Scotland to be a land-steward; was two years in Lord Dufferin's as land-steward; gave the informations to Mr. Handcock.
James Watson, examined by Mr. HANNA, Q.C. -- Was in Lord O'Neill's service last year; has seen the elder Morris there; had charge of Lord O'Neill's dairy stock; believes Morris had some charge of the stock; thinks it was about the 1st December, or last of November, that he left; his son was assistant to him; there were nine cattle stolen; went to Castletowndelvin with Mr. Murray, about the 29th December; saw three bullocks and a heifer there; is sure they were the property of Lord O'Neill; they were in the custody of the police; saw another heifer in Banbridge, in the possession of Dr. Tyrell; saw a red and white moiled heifer at Mr. Hanbury's, in Trim; the prisoner Morris was not there; Mr. Hanbury and two policemen were there; one of them was named Clogher.
PORT OF BELFAST.
ARRIVED, March 1. -- Newcastle (steamer), Burton, Carlisle, goods and passengers. -- 2. Tartar (st.), Stewart, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Athlone (st.), Davies, Liverpool, goods and passengers. -- 3. Albion, Douglas, Liverpool, salt; Tiger, Rankin, Liverpool, salt; Elizabeth, Adair, Strangford, grain; Alexander, Hamilton, Killough, grain; Mary and Frances, Clendinning, Strangford, grain.
SAILED, March 1. -- Recovery, M'Nabb, Antwerp, grain; Aurora (steamer), Anderson, Glasgow, goods and passengers. -- Leeds (steamer), Williams, Dublin, goods and passengers; Reindeer (steamer), Head, Liverpool, goods and passengers; Catherine and Isabella, Beggs, Glasgow, potatoes; Mary Ann, Bowen, Preston, provisions; Earl of Aberdeen, Scott, Derry, general cargo; Newcastle(steamer), Burton, Carlisle, goods and passengers.
DEPARTURES OF STEAMERS.
For Liverpool, the Athlone, Davies, on Saturday, at four o'clock afternoon.
A steamer sails for Dublin, to-morrow, at one o'clock, afternoon.
For Greenock and Glasgow, the Tartar, Stewart, to-morrow, at two o'clock afternoon.
A steam-ship sails for London, calling at Dublin, Falmouth, Plymouth, and Southampton, on Monday, at seven o'clock evening.
For Whitehaven, the Countess of Lonsdale or the Earl of Lonsdale, on Friday, at two o'clock afternoon.
For Liverpool, from Derry, the Maiden City, Crompton, on Friday, at one o'clock afternoon; and from Liverpool for Derry, on Tuesday, at two o'clock afternoon.
For Liverpool, from Portrush, the Coleraine, Johnston, on Thursday, at nine o'clock morning.
For Bastavia and Singapore, from Liverpool, the Royal Sovereign, calling at Lisbon, Maderia, Rio, and the Cape, on 14th March.
A first-class steamer is about to ply regularly between Liverpool, Preston, and this port.
At Derry from Riga, the Earl of Durham, of Belfast, Martin, with flaxseed.
At Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, from Cowes, December 19, the Phoenix steamer, Harrington.
At Honfleur from this port, 24th ultimo, the Royal Victoria, M'Ferran, after a quick passage.
From Monte Video for Liverpool, about the 4th of December, the Larne, of Belfast, Davies.
From Cardiff for Plymouth, 27th ultimo, the Aeolus, of Belfast, Henry.
From Liverpool for New York, 27th ultimo, the Sheridan, Cornish.
From Liverpool for Halifax and Boston, 4th instant, the Columbia, Judkins.
From Deal, 28th ultimo, the St. Johns, of Newry, Vaughan, from London to ST. John, N.B.
At Liverpool for Barbadoes, the Gondola, of Belfast.
At Liverpool for New Orleans, 27th ultimo, the Planter, of Belfast, Marshall.
At London for this port, 28th ultimo, the Hero, of Belfast, M'Kee.
The brig John Stewart, of Kincardine, from this port to Glasgow, slipped a chain and anchor in the Sound of Kilbrannan, on the 23d ultimo, and ran for Campbelton, where she arrived on the following day.
ARDROSSAN, February 27 -- The brig Margaret, of Irvine, Paton, coal-laden, sailed hence, for Dublin, 18th instant. When off the Copelands, carried away the main-yard. The captain and crew, finding the vessel to be making water , were obliged to keep hard at the pumps; but finding it impossible to keep her free, resolved on bearing up for the shore, then distant about twenty miles, when she became unmanageable, and went down, with the captain and two boys; the remainder of the crew fortunately reached the long-boat, and shaped their course before the wind, a heavy sea running at the time, and having only one oar to steer by. On nearing the land, the coast-guard people rendered them every assistance.
CROOKHAVEN, February 24. -- The schooner Content, Jones, which was fallen in with, abandoned, and a crew put on board by the Vernon, arrived at Plymouth, has been brought in here. She appears to have cleared out from Liverpool for Bordeaux, 27th ultimo, and to be laden with sugar waste.
The Moy, Henderson, of and from Limerick, for the Clyde, which was full of water at Saddel, fifteen miles from Campbelton, on Monday se., will, it os feared, become a wreck. Should the weather moderate, part of the cargo (wheat and oats) may be got out, and the materials saved.
The Jura, M'Gillivray, of and from Jura, for Glasgow, with a cargo of whiskey, wrecked near Campleton, has gone to pieces; part of materials and cargo saved.
The Laurel sailed from Arbroath, for London, 3d ult., and has not since been heard.
LIVERPOOL, February 28. -- The schooner Panther, from Antwerp to this port, was wrecked, yesterday morning, on West Hoyle; crew saved.
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PIRACY. -- A great sensation has been created in the Isle of Wright by the visits of Mr. Inspector Chase, and a solicitor form London, to many of the grocers in Ryde, Newport, and Cowes. It appears that the schooner Native took in a general cargo in London for Limerick, that she out in at different ports between London and Poole, off which place she sank, the captain and crew landing there; that on their voyage they landed considerable quantities of tea, which had been shipped in bond for Limerick, and that from thirty to fifty chests were sold by them at Ryde, from whence it was distributed over the island. She was, of course, insured. Mr. Thomas Clarke, pilot, of Cowes, boarded her, and remained with her till an hour before she sank; while there, the captain and crew returned to her in the boat, as they said, to save the sails. Clarke had chased her for four hours before he came up with her.
THE BANNER OF ULSTER.
Printed and Published every TUESDAY and FRIDAY Morning, by GEORGE TROUP, at the Office, 3, Donegall Street Place.
Belfast, Tuesday, March 7, 1843.
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Banner of Ulster - Friday, 10 March, 1843
On Tuesday the 7th inst., by the Rev. James Morgan, ANDREW G. PARKE, Esq. of Quebec, to JANE, youngest daughter of Wm. Pirrie, Esq., Donegall Street.
At Carnmoney Church, on Tuesday, 7th inst., by the Rev. Alex. Orr, Mr. JOHN DUNCAN of Belfast, to JANE, eldest daughter of Mr. Samuel M'Birney, Marine Cottage, Whiteabbey.
Suddenly, on the 7th inst., aged sixteen, DAVID, eldest son of Mr. William Gelston, merchant, Belfast.
On the 9th inst., of inflammation in the chest, CHARLES ROBERT, youngest son of Mr. Frederick Fletcher, Castle Place.
On the 2d inst., at Drakestown, county Louth, NATHANIEL MANNING, Esq., in his fifty-first year. The death of this excellent gentleman was caused by the rupture of a blood-vessel. Mr. Manning was much respected as a Magistrate of the counties of Meath and Louth, the duties of which he discharged for above twenty years.
On the 28th ult., at her residence, in Dublin, ELIZABETH, relict of the late George Stephenson, Esq., formerly of Hillsborough.
On Monday, January 9, at his residence at Pittsburgh Mills, JAMES MATHEWSON, Esq., formerly M.P.P. for the county of Frontignae. Mr. Mathewson was a native of Antrim, Ireland, and for many years past was one of the principal lumber merchants of Canada West.
On the 28th ult., at Dundrum, county of Down, Mrs. DONNING, relict of the late John Donning, Esq., Thomastown, near Portaferry.
The Earl of Erne has intimated to his tenantry a reduction of ten per cant. upon the present rent.
KING'S COUNTY. -- TULLAMORE ASSIZES. -- The calendar here has been rather heavy. There have been some heavy cases of murder -- one that took place some twenty years ago. One White House has been convicted of the wilful murder of Mr. Roberts of Shinrone. There has been also a bigamy case tried on Tuesday, which seemed to excite considerable interest. The parties were married, in the first. instance, by the Rev. William Crotty, Presbyterian minister of Birr, in November, 1840; and were subsequently married by the Rev. Mr. O'Sullivan, a Roman Catholic curate of Bannagher, he being cognisant of the previous marriage, but declaring it null and void, absenti parocho! according to the decree of the Council of Trent !! It having been argued that Mr. Crotty had been in HOLY ORDERS, he being an ordained priest. of the Romish Church when he performed said marriage, it consequently appeared the marriage was VALID, according to the present recognized law of the land; besides, it appeared that Mr. Crotty had been in connextion with the Presbyterian Church when said marriage had taken place. It was argued by Counsel for the prisoner that the married parties were related; and that, according to a certain Act of Parliament, the marriage, on that account, was to be deemed null and void. Counsellor Hayes, for the prosecution, argued, on the contrary, but said marriage did not come within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity, according to law, although the relationship was clearly pointed out it the "Book of Common Prayer." In this case the jury returned a verdict of guilty, without leaving the box.
RAYMOGHY FARMING SOCIETY, -- The annual ploughing match of this society came off on Thursday the 23d ultimo, in a field of Mr. James Philsons of Magherabuoy, it having been postponed from the 21St. ultimo, in consequence of the frost. Fifteen well-appointed ploughs started, and finished their lots in a very superior manner. The judges -- Wm. Wray, jun., Esq., Oakpark, Mr. Andrew Colhoun, Rosbracken, and Mr. John Patterson, Tullybegly -- after a patient investigation, awarded premiums to the following persons, which gave general satisfaction:-- 1st, Mr. Samuel Brown, Drumgreggan; plough held by Jas. Bonar. 2d, Mr. William Galbraith, Ballyboe; plough held by Patrick Kelly. 3d, Mr. Robert Kennedy, Ballyleighan; plough held by ----. 4th, Mr. Wm. Miller, Rosbracken; plough held by his son. 5th, Mr. Thomas M'Clean, Carrick Glebe; plough held by himself. 6th, Mr. Robert Moore, Manorcunningham; plough held by himself. 7th, Mr. John Stevenson, Grawky; plough held by himself. 8th, Jas. B. Marshall, Esq., Sallybrook; plough held by William Wray. 9th, Mr. Robert M'Kinley, Ballyleighan; plough held by himself. -- Derry Sentinel.
Casualties, Offences, &c.
A man named Holdgate put an end to his life on Wednesday last, at Swanwick, by hanging himself on a tree in his garden, with a the hay-rope. -- Derbyshire Chronicle.
On the 8th ult., at half-past. ten A.M., an alarming earthquake was felt at St. Thomas, which seems to have extended to St. Kitts, Nevis, Monsarrat, and Antigua.
The Singapore and then braggart (East India) papers state that five men had been carried off by tigers, not three miles from the town, while cutting wood.
A young lady, named Maria Turner, residing at 9, Walnut Tree Walk, ended her existence on Saturday morning. She was in her 24th year.
The foreman of Hughes's distillery, Lambeth Walk, fell down in the yard on Saturday morning, and almost instantly expired.
Two children, sons of Thomas Lowe, of Doone, near Boyle, have been poisoned by arsenic given by their mother in a mistake for magnesia.
DREADFUL DEATH. -- On Monday, about eleven in the morning, three or four persons ascended the Column of July, and were followed by a man, about thirty years of age, apparently a working man. He got over the railing, and, catching hold of the balustrade, hung suspended, like a person exercising his arms at a gymnastic school. All at once his muscles seemed to fail, for he uttered a piercing cry, and endeavoured to haul himself up; but he fell with his back against one of the angles of the pedestal; from thence he tumbled to the ground an inert mass. His death must have been instantaneous. -- Galignani.
DESECRATION OF THE SABBATH. -- On last Sabbath evening a hurling match took place within a mile and a half of Maryboro'; in the course of the game a fight arose, when three of the bodies were beaten in the most brutal manner by their opponents. They are now lying in a precarious state. We trust this serious affray will have the effect of suppressing these disgraceful scenes of Sabbath desecration. Another of those disgraceful scenes took place in the neighbourhood of Clonasee, on the same Sabbath evening, but when a more fatal result, a man named Conway having been killed. A person named Chambers has been committed to abide his trial for the crime. -- Leinster Express.
As a large fishing-boat was, during the late storm, entering the harbour of Calais, it struck on the western pier, on which a part of the crew saved themselves, among whom was a father and son; but the former, seeing his two other sons left alone in the boat, he returned to their assistance, when he had the trial of witnessing the one he had left suddenly swept into the raging billows, but he could not be recovered.
We are informed, by a correspondent, that last week a man named Jacob Donaldson was found in a state of insensibility Glassmoss, between Comber and Newtownards. He was removed into a house, and every attention shown him, but he soon expired. Intoxication was the cause.
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We are informed that, owing to the grate fall in farming produce, the Corporation of Coleraine have resolved to allow ten per cent. off the rents of 1842, and also to pay the tithe-rent charge.
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CHARGE OF FELONY AGAINST TWO MILITARY OFFICERS. -- ROCHESTER, March 2. -- Ensign Robert Dawson Chapman, of the 44th Regiment; Ensign John Le Marchant Carey, of the same regiment; and John Foster, landlord of the Star Inn, and late a cornet of one of her Majesty's Dragoon regiments, were charged, the two former with having, on 22d February, killed and stolen three fowls, and John Foster with aiding and abetting in the said felony; the fowls so carried away being the property of Mrs. Walker, a widow. Foster was held to bail, for trial, as principal in the felony.
COUNTY OF ARMAGH ASSIZES.
Armagh, Monday, March 6.
THE court was opened this day at one o'clock, and the following gentlemen were empanelled on the Grand Jury, before James M. Stronge, Esq., High Sheriff of the County:--
Colonel VERNER, M.P., Foreman;
Sir Jas. M. Stronge, Bart.; John Whaley, Esq.; Marcus Synnott, jun., Esq.; James Harden, Esq.; Thomas Dobbin, Esq.; John Hancock, Esq.; Barnet M'Kee, Esq.; Sir Geo. Molyneux, Bart.; Thos. Morris Jones, Esq.; Henry Alexander, Esq.; Arthur Cope, Esq.; John R. Irwin, Esq.; Thomas Seaver, Esq.; Joseph Johnston, Esq.; Edward W. Bond, Esq.; Henry Leslie Prentice, Esq.; Maxwell Cross, Esq.; John Porter Harris, Esq.; William W. Algee, Esq.; William Paton, Esq.; Thomas Gibson Henry, Esq.; Charles Hunt, Esq.
JAMES MATTHEW STRONGE, Esq., High Sheriff.
JAMES CAULFIELD M'KINSTRY, Esq., Sub-Sheriff.
The Grand Jury, immediately on being sworn, proceeded to the discharge of the fiscal duties; as the first of which, they called for the following
REPORT OF THE COUNTY SURVEYOR.
TO THE Grand Jury OF THE COUNTY ARE FORMAT ASSEMBLED AT SPRING ASSIZES, 1843.
GENTLEMEN, -- In making my Eighteenth Report on the fiscal affairs of this county, I do so with considerable satisfaction, as I trust that the decrease in the amount which you will be called upon to present now, in comparison with former times, will be considered fully commensurate with, and suited to, the present depressed the trade.
At the last Assizes I was able to state that a considerable reduction would then be made. The present months of last Assizes amounted to £12,344. The amount now will be £600 less.
This reduction has been mainly occasioned by the dropping off of instalments for new works. I state this particularly, on account of the increasing extent and expense of the repairs of the roads in this county.
For seven years previous to 1834, the average extent of the roads, granted at each Assizes, was 427 miles. For the subsequent seven years, the average extent was 632 miles, at the expense of £5,200 and each Assizes; but at the Summer Assizes of 1841, an enormous increase of 250 miles was affected -- the roads then measured 882 miles, at an increased expense of £800. At Spring Assizes, 1842, the roads amounted to 850 miles, at an expense of £6,152. At Summer, 1842, the amount was 839 miles, at an expense of £5,700. This apparent falling off I attribute to informality in the applications for repairs, and applications are frequently set aside where the roads are not an immediate want of repair. I therefore conclude that this is not a real falling off, and that when the roads are not under contract now shall have become out of which order, you may calculate upon, and expect, that an average increase will be made of 500 miles over the first, and 300 miles over the second of the septennial periods, which I have before alluded to. This being a circumstance of no trifling magnitude, I think it right that the gentry of the county should have full and satisfactory information on it.
I have now to report on the business for the present time. The existing contracts and £4,296. The amount now applied for is £2,266, making in all £6,562. At the late Road Sessions, I felt called upon to recommended the rejection of several applications for repairs, &c., where I considered that the public would not be inconvenienced by it. This was carried into effect as you will perceive by the schedule. Those approved of were strictly investigated, and are the most part of that importance that they could not conveniently be set aside.
One application of importance will be laid before you: it is for the improvement of part of the road from Blackwatertown to Loughgall, by cutting to hills.
It appears that in the county of Tyrone, a large sum of money has been expended in making and completing a new line of road from Auchnacloy to Benburb, and that the new line of road from Benburb to Blackwatertown will be made.
The application for the improvement of the road in this county is in some measure connected with another; for a portion of new road between Loughgall and Portadown, which you will be called upon to certify, the intention being to open the country by Loughgall to Portadown. The present application is only for a portion of the entire work, and, considering it locally, for improving a very bad hill; so that, taking in either locally or generally, I feel called upon to recommend it. Another application, to be certified, will be laid before you for making a new line of road from Charlemont to Portadown. This I wish particularly to state is in no way connected with, or rivalled by, that for the improvement of the road from Loughgall to Portadown, as every perch of a new road from Charlemont to Portadown would be locally useful.
I have now to mention the works that have been completed. The new Court-house and Bridewell at Market-hill were finished in September last, and I believe that I can with safety refer to public opinion as to the general satisfaction and accommodation that have been afforded to the Barrister, the Magistrates, and the public, in the internal arrangements of those buildings.
The new road from Portadown to Tandragee has been well finished and is now open to the public.
The new bridge at Tassagh has been well executed, and is a credit to the builder.
One half of the contractors for the repairs of roads, whose yearly contracts terminate at the present Assizes, have not yet completed their contracts. This is to me a further proof, if I wanted any, of the propriety of, and actual necessity for, the order which a received from the last Grand Jury, "not to issue certificates to any contract until I had taken the work off his hands;" and, whatever inconvenience contractors may be put to, I must say from a knowledge of the general way that they attend to the roads but they fully deserve it.
The contractor for repairing the new Caledon road has done at serious injury, not only by his neglect, but by his improper work; legal proceedings have, in consequence, been instituted against him.
With reference to the new road from Keady to Newtownhamilton, which the contractor failed in completing, I have to say that it was with considerable difficulty that anything was recovered from the property of the surety. After the Attorney-General gave his opinion in August last, that the freehold property could not be sold, but that the annual proceeds of it should be taken into Chancery, and a receiver appointed, it was found that prior claims to that of the county existed to the extent of £1,500. This against the life interest property of £300 or £400 a-year would likely exclude the county altogether. There was, in consequence, no property to touch except lands that those prior claims did not affect, but which had been sold at a period subsequent to the date of the bond to the Crown. This land, if taken from the person that bought it, and a Chancery Receiver placed over it, would produce about £67 a-year, and in lieu of this an offer of £1,200 was made, the acceptance of which I recommended, and that sum has consequently been paid. The Crown Solicitor's and Sheriff's expenses, amounting to £58 7s. 9d., have been deducted from it, leaving a balance of £1,141 12s. 3d. Out of this, one of the contractors, who are now proceeding with the work, received £281 15s. in part payment of his contract; the remaining £859 17s. 3d. the Treasurer has in his possession, in addition to £1,190 which he holds as one fourth of the original presentment. In addition to these two sums, it will require £900 to complete the road, which can only be provided by an additional presentment.
As the road was originally contracted for, at £1,500 less than the most moderate estimate, the county, and by paying £900 more, will still gain. The men now working at the road (except in one case) have got no money for their work; it will, therefore, be necessary to have the money and the Treasurer's hands discharged, to be paid off, as far as it will go, according as the work will be certified. This the Grand Jury can do, according to the 146th section of the Grand Jury act.
In conclusion, I have now to state that the road contractors are now bound, by their contracts, to keep the pipes on their respective roads in good and proper repair, and to express a hope that in future there will be no application made for repairing pipes where the roads are under contract.
I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, you are very obedient servant,
HENRY L. LINDSAY, County Surveyor.
Armagh, March 6, 1843.
DRAPERSTOWN, TOBERMORE, AND MAGHERA FARMING SOCIETY. -- The annual ploughing match of this Society took place at Macknagh, near Maghera, on Monday, 27th February. The day being favourable for ploughing, great numbers were assembled to witness the proceedings, amongst whom were the Rev. William Spencer Knox, the Rev. James S. Knox, James J. Clark, Esq., R. L. Malverer, Esq., and many other gentlemen who have long very zealously and efficiently exerted themselves in supporting and promoting the interests of the Society. Thirteen well-appointed ploughs started, and finished their respectable lots in due time. The judges -- Messrs. David M'Kane, John Brooks, and James Duff -- after a most careful and attentive inspection, awarded the Society's premiums in the following order: -- 1st premium and the Silver cup to Mr. Massey M'Elree, plough held by himself; 2d, to Mr. David Kenning, plough held by his son; 3d, to Mr. Samuel M'Gown, plough held by his servant; 4th, Mr. Robert Wallace, plough held by his son; 5th, Mr. Samuel M'Elree, plough held by his servant; 6th, Mr. James Paul, plough held by his servant; 7th, Mr. P. Duffy, plough held by his son; 8th, Mr. T. A. Dickson, plough held by his servant; 9th, Mr. Abraham Kennedy, plough held by his servant; 10th, Mr. W. Young, plough held by his servant. In the evening, the Society met in the Maghera Hotel, and sat down to an excellent dinner, prepared by Mr. Mulholland, in his best style. James J. Clarke, Esq., presided, and in the course of the evening made many useful and highly interesting observations relating to the Society, and the means of extending this usefulness. The cloth being removed, and the health of the Queen and many other loyal toasts being given and duly honoured, the health of the "Judges of the day" was proposed and drank with great enthusiasm, all present vieing with each other in testifying the high opinion entertained of the superior kill skill and integrity of the judges. The health of the several friends and supporters of the Society, some of whom were unavoidably absent, was given and responded to in the most cordial manner. "The successful candidates," "The unsuccessful candidates," and many other toasts, were given and replied to in the most friendly spirit imaginable,. Several challenges for stock and crops were given and accepted. The meeting then separated, the greatest harmony and good feeling having prevailed throughout the entire proceedings.
Armagh, Wednesday, March 8.
The Right Honourable Chief Baron Brady entered the Court this morning at ten o'clock. The Commission having been made, and the Grand Jury re-sworn,
His LORDSHIP then addressed them as follows:-- Mr. Foreman, and Gentlemen of the Grand Jury, after what I have heard about report, and there are otherwise, of the business of this Court, at the late Assizes, I feel very happy in being able to congratulate you that in your calendar there is nothing likely, in the slightest degree, to alarm your apprehension for the peace of your country. There are a few cases, with circumstances of aggravation connected with them, but nothing to alarm you with regard to the public peace. There is, indeed, one case of an outrage in the town of Lurgan; and I do not know in what way the Crown means to send it before you. I am sorry to say that, from the informations, there appears something of combination in trades, or of a Whiteboy character in the case, and which, if allowed to spread, would be likely to excite trouble; and I hope that the parties accused, if guilty, will be brought to justice. Gentlemen, there is little more I can add, of which you are not perfectly well aware. There are three or four prisoners returned for trial at the Sessions. This must have arisen from misapprehension in the magistrates; for they ought to know that all cases should be returned to the nearest and earliest tribunal, so that the prisoners would not be kept in jail, at the expense of your county, till the Sessions. Gentlemen, I do not know whether it is necessary for me to appraise you that the Judges have determined, in future, to alter the order of the circuit, and to restore this city and County to the position they formerly held. The last subject to which I would call your attention is one of vast importance. It is relevant to the state of your jail. From what was said to you at the last Assizes, you most properly took the subject under your consideration; and, at the earnest solicitation of the presiding Judge, you have done all that lay in your power. I have visited your jail, and have found all has been done which the diligence and care of its officers could effect; but it is quite manifest that it is utterly inadequate to any purposes of classification or instruction, and sending prisoners there is but sending them to school where they must come out worse than before, and where four, or five, and six persons, are all night confined together, and where the worse will corrupt those who have not long been engaged in the ways of iniquity. I do not like to make use of harsh expressions; but I must say I think your jail is very discreditable to the county. Gentlemen, you did your duty; but the Presentment Sessions refused to present. I have concurred with the Local Inspector, and have pressed on the Board of Superintendence to give their diligent attention to the subject; for there are a compulsory powers, given by the Grand Jury Act, to enable you or the Court, the next Assizes, to compel what is necessary to be done. I have spoken to Dr. Kidd to make to take measures about it; and, if the Presentment Sessions make any presentments, it will be your duty to pass them, and that of the Court to fiat them. Gentlemen, I will not delay you longer, but will be happy that any of you that may think right will remain with me while I fiat the presentments.
After delivering the charge to the Grand Jury, his LORDSHIP proceeded to fiat the county presentments.
The following persons were then sworn on the
PETIT JURY:-- John M'Waters, Robert M'Indoe, Woolsey Atkinson, John H. Cardwell, Thomas Sinclair, John Corry, Henry Blackham, John Simpson, Patrick Cavenagh, Thomas Smith, James Arnott, James Garland.
John Cooke, was then charged with absconding from the Lurgan Workhouse with a suit of clothes, the property of the Guardians of said Workhouse, on the 15th December last, acknowledged the offence.
Edward Jordan, who was charged with stealing, on 24th February last, four stones of potatoes, value 6d., the property of Thomas Shillington of Portadown, also submitted.
Hugh Agnew was charged with violating the person of Elizabeth M'Clelland, on 14th March, 1839, at Agnew's Loaning.
The prosecutrixs not having made her appearance in Court when called, the prisoner was discharged
James Craig was charged with having assaulted and violated at the person of Mary Jane Moore, on 13th November. The evidence in this case is altogether unsuitable for publication.
The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
James Magennis stood indicted with stealing, at Lurgan, one pound weight of tobacco, the property of William Johnston, but is to be tried on a new indictment.
Thomas Speirs, for stealing, on 18th February, a hammer, a pinch, and a pound-weight of iron nails, the property of Mr. Lillyman of Portadown.
Edward Cullen -- lives in Portadown; knows prisoner at the bar; saw him on 18th of February; he came into Mr. Lillyman's house to light his pipe; I went out to fasten two horse-shoes, and when I came in again I missed the articles in question; I accused the prisoner, and he denied them; I then put my hand to his pocket, and found something like a hammer; I then took him to the Police Office, and he was searched.
Sub-Constable Thomas M'Caffrey -- Remembers the last witness; he came to me and charged the prisoner with stealing the articles laid in the indictment; produced those articles; he found them on the prisoner.
Several witnesses were called who gave the prisoner an excellent character.
He was found guilty.
Margaret Ryan was then charged with stealing two hens, value one shilling each, the property of Thomas Atkinson, on 17th February last. Submitted. The prisoner had formerly been accused of stealing fowls.
John Tobin was charged with picking the pocket of Joseph Livingston, at Lurgan, on the 9th of February last.
Joseph Livingston -- Remembers being in Lurgan on the 9th February; saw the prisoner that day; I lost nothing that day; I was beside a man who was showing his web when I found the prisoner's hand in my pocket; he raised my purse up in my pocket; he dropt the purse and made off, but I overtook him and gave him in charge to man first; I was advised to let them go, as it would give me a deal of trouble; I then give him a shaking, and he was going off when I again got hold of him and give him in custody [-- unreadable --]
The prisoner was found guilty, and was sentenced to ten years' transportation.
William Williamson and Richard Simmons, for being in engaged in an unlawful possession at Derry[-?-], on the 12th July last; also for creating a riot. Submitted. They were then ordered to enter into their own recognisances to keep the peace for two years.
His LORDSHIP told the prisoners he had suggested this slight punishment on account of there being no other cases on the calendar of the same kind.
Hugh O'Neal was charged with wilful and corrupt perjury, in so far as he, the said Hugh O'Neal, swore, before John Handcock, Esq., a Justice of the Peace for the county of Armagh, that he saw certain persons joining in an unlawful procession, on the 12th July last.
John Handcock, Esq., sworn -- I am a Justice of the Peace of the county of Armagh; I remember a charge being made against certain persons in the month of July last; I took the informations; I see the prisoner's mark; the Clerk of Petty Sessions read the information to him; I took other informations from the prisoner on the following day; the information produced is the one.
To the COURT -- The prisoner was perfectly sober; the prisoner was under examination for half an hour, and I think I would have seen whether he was drunk; the parties were arrested.
William Morris -- I was present when the examinations were read to the prisoner in Mr. Handcock's; saw him put his mark to both of them [identifies the informations]; thinks he was sober.
The Clerk of the Crown here read the informations.
Jacob Halliday sworn -- Lives in Lurgan; was there on 12th July last; heard a drum early in the morning; went up to the battlement of the church; John Caroll was with me; I saw a party of men marching down Castle Lane and round the church; they then went out of town the same way as they came in; neither I nor Caroll joined the procession; Caroll was upon the battlement before me; he beckoned me up; saw the sexton in the church; we were up about half an hour; saw the prisoner that morning; I was taken prisoner on the 15th July, owing to the prisoner's information; I am a shoemaker.
To the COURT -- I was put into Bridewell; the prisoner was brought to see me, and he identified me as one of the processionists.
To the prisoner -- I did not say we had better go back to the church, as there would be informations against us.
To the COURT -- The party broke up after the drums went away; I am quite sure there was no procession by me or any other persons in Lurgan; the drums caused a stir, but there was no procession.
John Caroll -- I saw an Orange procession when I got to the church; they left Lurgan the same way as they came in; I did not join the procession; I am a shoemaker; saw Halliday; he was on the tower of the church also.
The prison addressed the jury in his own defence.
The Chief Justice recapitulated the evidence; and the jury returned a verdict of guilty.
Margaret M'Gregor, for concealment of the birth of a male child. Submitted, and was discharged, as she had been in custody since the month of August last.
CASES OF THEFT.
Sarah Hanna, for stealing, on the 16th February last, and John Foster, Richhill, a sum of money amounting to about £20.
John Foster -- lost some money in the month of February last, to the amount of about £20; some of the notes were of the Ulster Bank, Provincial Bank, &c.; they were taking from the below my pillow; cannot say at what time of night; saw some of them the Monday after; saw them first at Newry, in the possession of Mr. M'Cann.
To the COURT -- the prisoner lived servant and my family for some time; I left her in the house when I went to Armagh; I have seen the notes before; those produced and some of them.
William M'Cann, of the Constabulary -- I got the notes on the person of the prisoner, on Saturday the 18th February; she was arrested in Newry.
John Foster recalled -- To the COURT -- I am not aware how the prisoner got into my house; she could have got into the house without breaking the door or window; the prisoner knew I was selling wheat that day, as she was in the house when I went away to Armagh in the morning.
The jury returned a verdict of guilty.
Eliza Young, from stealing from the person of John Cofield a silver watch and other articles, his property, on the 3d day of March.
John Cofield -- I live three-and-a-half miles out Armagh; I was in Armagh on the 3d day of this month; I saw the prisoner on that night; she asked me if I would treat her; I said I had no objections if she would come into my brother's house; I sent her for some spirits; when she came back, I told her to go away, as I wanted to have nothing to do with her; I fell asleep until I was awakened by the watchman; I lost my watch and several other articles; saw them again in the custody of the police.
The prisoner was found guilty.
John Gray, for stealing two horse collars, on 22d February last, the property of Robert Odgers.
Robert Odgers -- Lost two collars; they were taken from my stable on 22d February; I saw the straps and buckles, but not the collars, on the second day after I lost them; they were in the custody of the police; I know the buckles; there might be other buckles made a similar kind.
The prisoner called to witnesses whose for an alibi.
He was found guilty.
Thomas Armstrong was charged with stealing a silver watch, the property of Robert Laughlan, on the Market-hill, Armagh, on the 20th January last.
Robert Laughlan -- Knows the prisoner; saw him on Market-hill in the month of January last; the prisoner asked me what o'clock it was; I pulled my watch out, and the prisoner snapt it out of my hand and ran away with it; saw it in Newry after; it was pawned in Mr. Rice's; the watch produced is my property.
Michael Moran -- I got the watch in Mr. Rice's, pawnbroker, Newry. The prisoner was found guilty.
John M'Phillips was indicted stealing four ducks, the property of the Rev. Thomas R. Robison, on the 1st February last.
Anne Kennedy sworn -- I am servant to Dr. Robison; he lost four ducks in the beginning of February; the ducks were in the yard about four or five o'clock in the evening; I saw the prisoner come over the wall into the yard; I asked what he wanted there; I then called for some assistance; there were six ducks in the yard; the prisoner had two dead and two living ducks in his bag; he was not a yard from them.
Another witness was called, who substantiated the evidence of the former witnesses in every particular.
The jury found the prisoner guilty.
Mary Kidd, for stealing, at Lurgan, two pigs, the property of John Kidd, on the 23rd day of February last.
John Kidd examined -- I lost two pigs in the month of February last; I left them on the morning of the 23rd, when I went to Dublin, and came back on Saturday the 25th, and then missed them; I got the pigs again from the Sergeant of Constabulary; the prisoner is a niece of mine.
John Guthrie -- Saw two pigs, in Lurgan, with a woman who said her name was Mary Kidd; after she sold them, I took her before Mr. Handcock; she then gave the name of Moore, by her husband; identifies the prisoner as the person.
The prisoner was found guilty.
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Thursday, March 9.
The Right Hon. the Chief Baron took his seat at half-past nine this morning, when the following persons were sworn on the
PETIT JURY:-- Messrs. John M'Waters, R. M'Indoe, John H. Cardwell, Patrick Gibbon, John Simpson, Thomas Sinclair, Hartford Montgomery, William Kidd, Alex. Kin-mouth, Jacob Orr, William Boyd, jun., Simon Sinclair.
Bernard Mulholland, charged with bigamy, was then put on his trial.
Henry Matthews, examined by Mr. HANNA -- Has known the prisoner many years; I lived in the parish of Seago; the prisoner I never knew to be anything but a Roman Catholic; he was married to Ellen M'Keown; cannot tell whether it was Mr. Burns or Mr. Morgan who married the prisoner; the prisoner and his wife lived together in a house of my mother's for about half a-year; I know his wife still; she is alive now.
To the prisoner -- I never knew Ellen M'Keown to be out of the country.
Michael M'Linden, examined by Sir T. STAPLES, Q.C. -- Knows to prisoner; knows Ellen M'Keown; I was present at her marriage, in Mr. Morgan's own house in Seago; I never knew them to be anything but Roman Catholics; they lived as man and wife to my knowledge for a quarter of the year; Ellen M'Keown is still alive.
Silas Tipping, examined by Mr. HANNA, Q.C. -- Knows the prisoner; saw him married to Mary Berry in the month of August, 1841; he was married in Maralin Church, by Rector Dunn; I think they took up house, and lived together as man and wife.
Mary Berry, examined by Sir T. STAPLES, Q.C. -- Knows the prisoner; I was married to him in the month of August, 1841, in the parish of Maralin; Rector Dunn married us; we lived together nearly two years; I am a Protestant.
John Turner, examined by Mr. HANNA, Q.C. -- I am the governor of the County Jail of Armagh; the prisoner has been in custody since 21st July, 1842; he was committed by Mr. Hancock for bigamy.
The jury, without retiring, find prisoner guilty, and sentence of seven years transportation was passed upon him.
CHARGE OF MURDER.
Patrick Nugent was indicted for the wilful murder of John Hughes, at Keady, on the 20th August, 1842.
Henry Kelly examined by Sir T. STAPLES, Q.C., -- lived in Keady; I know the prisoner; knew John Hughes; he is now dead; the prisoner lived next door to me; on the 20th August I saw John Hughes about ten o'clock at night; he then went in the direction of Nugent's; I came home and went to bed; was in bed about twenty minutes when I heard an uproar in Nugent's house; I heard a man's voice shouting "Garry Owen;" I rose and looked out of the window, and saw John Hughes rising off the street; Nugent's door was open at the time; it was a bright moonlight night; Nugent was outside the door; Nugent said, "If you come near me again and I will leave [-- ? --] upon you for you have disgraced me enough." Hughes ran came forward, and Nugent struck him with great violence; he staggered and fell on the rise of the road; Nugent then locked his door, and went up and looked out of the window; John Hughes was then raising and a very weak state off the road; I made a remark that Hughes was a very weak and powerless man; Nugent replied, that if he was, he had caught a very hard grasp of him a little time ago; Hughes' head was bleeding and he rose up off the road; Hughes fell again when he got to his feet; Nugent asked me if any of my boys would assist him to carry Hughes home; none of us did so; Hughes died about three o'clock, on the 20th; they had been good friends before, so far as I know; Hughes was sober, to all appearance, when I saw him.
Cross-examined by Mr. MOORE -- I am a tailor; I live in the town of Keady; the prisoner and I live on the same side of the street; could see Nugent door distinctly; I was examined by the Grand Jury; I said before the Grand Jury that Hughes came forward to Nugent's door in the fencing attitude, and appeared angry; I stated that if whisky was the cause of Hughes' acting so, he must have drank a great deal; Nugent appeared by what he said to be more anxious than I was to assess Hughes home; I thought I was best at home; I smelt whiskey on some of the parties; I heard that Nugent assisted the deceased some way; I was just about falling asleep; I heard Nugent say, "You have disgraced me enough;" heard that Nugent meant by that expression that he (Hughes) had disgraced him by getting drunk; Nugent, so far as I know, may be a very decent man; I heard the prisoner say, "Hughes, go home."
To the COURT -- Nugent was leaning over his half-door; he struck Hughes over the half door; Hughes appeared more in the position of a weak man staggering, than in a fencing attitude.
To a JUROR -- After he rose off the road, the tottered and fell; I am near-sighted, but can see very well.
The Honourable the CHIEF BARON said -- So far as the evidence had gone, there was nothing to convict the prisoner. It appeared that he (the prisoner) had used no more violence than was necessary, to keep the deceased out of his house, and that his death was evidently the result of an accident.
The jury, without retiring, returned a verdict of not guilty, and, there being no other charge against the prison, he was dismissed.
James Cameron was charged with common assault on Anne Clarke, a child of four years and a quarter old, on 23d February last.
The evidence adduced in this case is altogether unfit for publication.
Mr. O'HAGAN appeared as Counsel for the prisoner, and addressed the jury at considerable length. He then produced several witnesses, who gave the prisoner an excellent character; and, amongst others, Dr. Colrean of Armagh, who had examined the child.
Sir T. STAPLES addressed the jury on the part of the Crown.
The Hon. the CHIEF JUSTICE, having recapitulated the evidence, the jury retired, and shortly afterwards returned with a verdict of not guilty. The prisoner was discharged.
Catherine Hagan for stealing a cotton gown, the property of William Hunter. Confessed to the charge.
The following gentleman were then sworn on a new
PETIT JURY; -- Messrs. James Rowley, Robert Keegan, Francis M'Kee, Samuel Ledlie, Wm. Cross, John Keegan, John Colville, George Scott, William Marshall, Robert Davison, James Black, Jim Donnelly.
POST OFFICE ROBBERY.
James Burns was then charged with feloniously stealing out of the Post Office, Markethill, the letter directed to the Directors of the Northern Banking Company, covering their bank cheque and a half bank note -- in all, of the value of £530, on the 16th December last.
Sir T. STAPLES stated the case for the prosecution.
Joseph M'Kee, examined by Mr. HANNA, Q.C. -- Lives in Markethill; is agent for the Northern Bank; has seen the letter produced before; it was written by himself, on the 16th December last; enclosed three cheques and a half bank note; it was sealed with a wafer, and addressed to the Director of the Northern Bank; it was about eight o'clock at night when he put it into the pipe of the Post Office receiver; the office was open at the time; put in another letter at the same time; then returned home; it was wet weather, and the street was dirty; knows the prisoner; he (prisoner) lived in Markethill at that time; cannot tell whether he can read and write; knows Edward Cumming; saw him on the morning of the [-- paper cut at this point --]
COUNTY OF ANTRIM ASSIZES.
[From our own reporter.]
(Continued from our last number.)
Carrickfergus, March 7, 1843.
JUDGE CRAMPTON took his seat in Court this morning, exactly at nine o'clock. Immediately thereafter, the following were sworn on the
PETIT JURY:-- William Carson, Thomas Chermside, Andrew Nash, Charles Kelso, John Murphy, William H. Mulligan, John Martin, John Maclurean, Henry Murney, Robert Marshall, John M'Adam, William Clarke.
Samuel Park and Arthur Finlay were charged with joining an unlawful procession on the 12th July last.
Robert Irvine, Sergeant of Constabulary -- I was at Lisburn on the 12th July last; saw a number of persons assembled about six o'clock morning; there might have been fifty of them; they had music, and were playing "Croppies lie down" and "The Boyne Water;" they were marching towards the Belfast Road; Park carried orange lilies in his hand; saw Arthur Finlay there also; saw Park for about ten minutes; he was marching along with the others; heard three shots fired by the party; saw Finlay along with the rest; saw both of them going and returning with the procession; the 12th July is considered the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.
To the prisoner, Park -- You had colours in your hand.
To the Court -- There were a great many looking on; some of them mixed with the procession; I followed the party; Finlay and Park were after the music; Finlay turned with the music; I am quite sure the shots came from that party.
The prisoners shortly addressed the jury in their own defence.
The jury returned a verdict of guilty against both prisoners. They were then sentenced to two months' imprisonment.
Anne Brennan was next charged with wilful and corrupt perjury, on the 20th February last, at Ballymoney, with the intention of swearing a rape against two persons of the respective names of Smirrell and May.
Robert Steele -- I am Clerk of the Petty Sessions in Ballymoney; I attended the Sessions of the 20th February last (identifies the prisoner); she made an information before the magistrates; I took it down in writing (identifies the information's); Mr. O'Hara's name is attached to the information as well as mine; I read it to the prisoner, and she put her mark to it.
To Mr. O'Hagan -- it was Mr. O'Hara that swore the prisoner; I am positive the prisoner was sworn by the book; I saw her kiss the book.
Robert Smirell sworn -- There was a charge made against me by Anne Brennan; I was in company with William May; I never forcibly threw Anne Brennan down; nor did May either.
To Mr. O'HAGAN -- I have known the prisoner for some time time.
William May -- I was in company with the last witness on the 9th February; I committed no violence against the prisoner on that occasion, nor Smirell either; she swore information against me; there were false.
To Mr. O'HAGAN -- I saw the prisoner in John Elder's on that day; we were acquainted before that date.
James Agnew sworn -- I was on the Grand Jury on this Assizes; the prisoner was sworn; she swore that Smirell and May never threw her down.
Mr O'HAGAN addressed the jury for the prisoner.
The learned JUDGE recapitulated the evidence. The jury returned a verdict of guilty against the prisoner, and she was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.
Robert Bell was then indicted for forging a certain bill of exchange for £330, bearing date the 18th December, 1841. There was a second count in the indictment, charging the prisoner with uttering the said Bill, knowing it to be forged.
Wm. Miller -- Knows the prisoner; knows John Bell; he resides at Glenfield; he is brother to the prisoner; the prisoner came to me in the month of December, 1841; he came to me at Ballymena and asked me to discount a bill for him; I told him I would, if you give me a good acceptor; about eight days after he brought me a bill, and I discounted it; I took the bill as a genuine acceptance of John Bell.
By Mr. MOORE -- I have discounted bills for the prisoner; I always thought him a man of good character; John Bell was regularly advised when the bill became due.
To Mr. WHITESIDE, who acted for the Crown -- The bill is in Robert Bell's handwriting; he was the drawer of the bill.
John Bell sworn -- I am John Bell of Glenfield; I am brother of the prisoner; the acceptance is not my handwriting; I never gave any person authority to write my name on that bill; I never saw the bill before it was discounted by Mr. Miller; I will not swear to the handwriting of the bill.
To Mr. O'HAGAN -- Got notice under protest to pay the bill; I was called on by Mr. Miller
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Examination continued -- I understand after that he had got some money; I mentioned the bill in question to him; I did not say anything about setting apart any of the money for the purpose of lifting this particular bill; I sent no answer to Mr. Raphael; it was previous to that my brother asked me to become security for him; since that time I have met some very heavy losses by my brother Henry; I understand he has become insolvent lately.
Mr. NAPIER again addressed the jury for the prisoner, and, after he had concluded, he called the witness John Bell back, and subjected him to a severe cross-examination with respect to the conversations held at Antrim; and in his own house he swore positively that his brother (the prisoner) never said "you did not disallow me," or that he (John Bill) said "if it was paid;" whilst the witness (M'Ilwrath) swore as positively that he did.
The JUDGE again summed up the evidence, and the jury returned a verdict of guilty.
There was a third charge of forgery against the prisoner; but, owing to an objection being taken and sustained against the indictment, he was acquitted on it.
The Hon. JUDGE then sentenced him to seven years' transportation; but, on a unanimous recommendation of the jury, the sentence was commuted to two years' imprisonment.
William M'Master and Samuel Boyle, for setting fire to certain houses in Belfast, were called up for judgement, and were each sentenced to eighteen months' imprisonment -- Boyle to be kept to hard labour.
Wm. Lepper, sen., Thomas Lepper, and William Lepper, jun., who were found guilty of murder, were next placed in the dock, when
His LORDSHIP addressed them as follows: -- you have, all of you, been indicted and found guilty of the murder of the late John Lamont, and it is my duty to pass the sentence of the law upon you. In the violence of your passion you have taken away the life of your fellow-creature, and you now call upon me for mercy, but you had no mercy on your victim, or on his aged and widowed mother, whom you have deprived of her only support. Had you used no weapon, there might, indeed, have been some mitigating circumstances in your case; but you, Thomas Lepper, did use a desperate weapon. He had been struck to the ground by your father, and you took advantage of his helpless situation and stabbed him to the heart. You, Wm. Lepper, sen., instead of showing any signs of remorse for your conduct, exulted over what he (Thos. Lepper) had done. I have stated the law to you; but while the law is just, it is, at the same time, merciful. I intend to advise the Lord Lieutenant to spare your lives; but I advise you that you will be banished from your native land. I believe that the murder did not grow out of any ill will and malice at the first; and I verily believe that, had you only allowed half an hour to elapse till your passion had calmed down, you would not have been found guilty of imbruing your hands in his blood. I have not the power to stay the sentence of the law from being carried into execution; that power lies in another quarter; and I hope that the short interval which will now be allowed you will be devoted to repentance for your past guilt. Do not, I beseech you, waste your time in hopes which may never be realised; and, above all, I hope that you will look for forgiveness to that Saviour who can wash away all your sins in his blood.
Sentence of death was then recorded against all the prisoners.
This finish to the business of the Assize.
CALENDAR OF PRISONERS FOR TRIAL. -- Henry Campbell, wilful and corrupt perjury; Hugh O'Neal, do.; Bernard Mulholland, bigamy; Jane Wilson, concealment of the birth of a male child; Margaret Macgregor, do.; Patrick Nugent, murder; Terence Kennedy, forging a bill for £92; James Burns, stealing from the Post Office of Markethill a letter containing a bank-cheque and a bank-note of the value of £530; Owen Donnelly, assault; Jane M'Kee, as accessory to the death of a male child; John Cooke, absconding from the Lurgan Workhouse with a suit of clothes, the property of the Guardians of the said Workhouse; James Magennis, stealing tobacco; John M'Phillips, stealing ducks; Thomas Johnston and James Leeburn stealing four bars of an iron gate; Samuel M'Cardy, offering for sale a stolen cow; John Tobin, pocket-picking; Martha Martin, do.; Samuel Porter, personating a deceased pensioner, and drawing his pension quarterly, since Sept., 1840; Thomas Armstrong, stealing a silver watch; Margaret Ryan, stealing hens; Catherine Fegan, stealing a gown; Sarah Hanna, stealing bank-notes to the amount of £20; Thomas Spiers, theft; William M'Court, wilfully and maliciously breaking a window; Hugh Mitchell, stealing a quantity of wearing apparel, &c., from Armagh Workhouse; John Gray, theft; James Cameron, committing a violent and aggravated assault on a child four and a quarter years old; William Kennedy, James Kennedy, and Michael Fox, stealing bees; Edward Jordan, stealing potatoes; Mary Kidd, stealing pigs; John Chambers and John Richardson, having in their possession 442 base penny-pieces, with the intention of circulating them.
The Strangford, from Ballina to the Clyde, but Ballyconnell, 27th ultimo, with loss of main mast, &c.
YOUGHAL, February 27. -- The Alfred, stranded in Ardmore Bay, has gone to pieces.
The Despatch, from Wicklow to Liverpool, is lost, with all hands, on Hoyle Banks.
The Thomas, Durward, from Newcastle to Dundee, foundered, of Berwick, 27th ultimo; crew saved.
YARMOUTH, March 3. -- The Isabella, Crawford, from Shields to London. Struck on Haisborough Sand, to-day, during a snow storm, and filled; crew saved.
CONSTANTINOPLE, February 7. -- There are reports of an English vessel having been lost in the Sea of Marmora; but they have arisen by the arrival of two men, deserters, from there.
DUBLIN, March 2. -- The ship Romeo, from Calcutta to the Clyde, ashore at the Skerries, is discharging her cargo, and is expected to be got off; the report of her being abandoned is, consequently, incorrect.
The schooner Midge, of Stockton, Brown, from Newcastle to Grangemouth, with a cargo of pig-iron, was fallen in love 3d instant, twenty miles E.S.E. of the Tees, abandoned, with loss of cutwater, &c., and bows stove, by the Thetis, which vessel put a crew on board, who took her into Bridlington. She appears to have been in contact, and that the crew had hastily left her and gone on board the other vessel.
PORTHCAWL, March 4, -- The Elizabeth, Bolk, from Wicklow to Gloucester, was wrecked on the Skerweather Sands, on the night of the 3d instant; crew saved, and landed at this port.
The North America, packet-ship, Lowber, from Liverpool to New York, was ashore on Sandy Hook, previous to 16th ultimo; passengers saved, and cargo reported dry.
NASSAU, N.P., February 8. -- The Algonquin, from Mobile to Liverpool, was lost on Beak Key, on 1st instant; cargo saved, partly damaged.
JAMAICA, February 2. -- The Black-eyed Susan was lost, 27th ultimo, off Sandy Bay, on her voyage from Montego Bay to this port. The master and the man at the helm were asleep at the time she struck.
HAVANNAH, February 6. -- The Eliza Russell, Russell, is wrecked off Cardinas.
NEW YORK, February 7. -- The brig Belfast, of Bermuda (150 tons), Petty, sailed hence, on the 26th Oct., for Liverpool, N.S., and has not since been heard from. It is supposed she was lost in the November gales.
The Pink, from Ballina to the Clyde, put into Ballyconnell, 27th ultimo, with the loss of both anchors.
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SALVAGE EXTRAORDINARY. -- Our magistrates were engaged three days, this week, investigating the several salvage claims on the cotton saved from the wreck of the barque George, of Belfast, amounting to five times the value of the cotton saved. It appears that the vessel was wrecked on Life Island, Connemara, on the 30th January; the populace, headed by one Redmond M'Donough, immediately after proceeded to plunder -- 1,000 of them assembled. The small Coast-guard force of five men could not prevent them. The Roman Catholic clergy of the district, namely, the Rev. P. Horan, Rev. J. M. Gough, and the Rev. A. O'Connor, in the most praise-worthy manner, interfered, and deserve the thanks of the underwriters and the public for their exertions. The Captain (Patten) came into Galway, direct to Lloyd's agent. He was first introduced to Mr. Henry Comerford, merchant, who, having property near the wreck, speculating on the salvage, sent for the agent, Mr. Fitzgerald; he got authority from the Captain. The Coast-guard, 17, under the command of an efficient officer, had possession. Mr. Comerford went to the wreck, at the head of his tenantry, dispossessed them, and brought his claim for £970, being £70 over the real value; however, he compromised his claim for £275 -- Galway paper.
The system of transportation, from its commencement up to 1841, cost this country £8,000,000. In 1836, the cost of transporting 46,000 convicts amounted to £81 per head; while, in 1841, the police and the police in the penal colonies cost £92,000, and other judicial establishments for £400,000 more.
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The 12th Lancers will be removed from Dundalk to Glasgow and Hamilton in April next.
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Champagne is extensively made in England from rhubarb stalks.
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Banner of Ulster - Tuesday, 14 March, 1843
The London Times of Friday states that General Sir Willoughby Cotton is likely to be the successor of Sir Edward Blakeney as chief in command of the troops serving in Ireland.
The Marquis of Ormonde has made a reduction of twenty per cent. on the rents of his tenants-at-will in the county of Kilkenny.
Casualties, Offences, &c.
We regret to say another dreadful fire took place in Liverpool early of Tuesday morning, by which the boiler, work-shops, and a great part of Messrs. Fawcett & Preston's foundry in York Street, an two warehouses, were destroyed. We believe that no lives are lost. One of the most painful circumstances connected with this sad calamity is that it will deprive from 500 to 700 workmen of employment.
A bundle of bank notes, to the amount of £1,900, which lay on the table of a gentleman in Roche's Street, on Monday, took fire by accidental communication with the candle, and the owner, being short-sighted, did not approached the danger until they were almost wholly consumed. -- Limerick Chronicle.
FATAL ACCIDENT. -- An accident, attended with fatal consequences, occurred on Thursday last, at Donnaclony, near Waringstown. A serving-man of George Nicholson, Esq., was preparing his master's gig for Mr. Nicholson to go to Lurgan market, and, while in the act of backing the horse into the gig, the traces got loose, and fell among the animal's feet. The man stooped down to recover them, when the horse struck out with his hind feet, and hit him in the forehead. He was immediately lifted, but life was found to be extinct.
A correspondent informs us that a knife has been found in the field where the unfortunate woman was murdered, near the Halfpenny Gate. It is currently rumoured that it is the same with which the murder was committed. A report of the circumstance has been made to the police, but, as yet, nothing further bas transpired.
HORRIBLE DISCLOSURE. -- A few days ago, a woman confessed on her death-bed, to John Gore Jones, Esq., R.M., Dumanway, county Cork, that she, along with her present husband, poisoned her former one about six years ago. The accomplice is held in custody for the present, with the hope that some legal evidence may turn up to warrant his being fully committed, as the testimony of his wife cannot be taken against him.
COUNTY OF MONAGHAN ASSIZES
On Thursday last, John Hatchell, Esq., of Bessmount Park, High Sheriff of the county Monaghan, entered the Court-house, at twelve o'clock, and immediately proceeded to have the Grand Panel of the county called over, when the following gentlemen answered, and were sworn to discharge the fiscal business, viz.:--
Charles Powell Leslie, Esq., of Glasslough House, Foreman. William Anketell, Esq., of Anketell Grove; Geo. Foster, Esq., of Coolderry; Jas. Hamilton, Esq., of Cornacassa; Arthur Gamble Lewis, Esq., of Ballyleck; T. Coote, Esq., of Fortwilliam; Henry George Johnston, Esq., of Fort-Johnston; William Henry Quinn, Esq., of Newry; Joseph Whitsitt, Esq., of Saloo House; James Evatt, Esq., of Carrickmacross; William Mayne, Esq., of Freamemount; William Woodright, Esq., of Gola; Henry Mitchell, Esq., of Glasslough; Edward Golding, Esq., of Castleblayney; John Johnston, Esq., of Thornhill; Andrew Allen Murray, Esq., of Loughoona; Thomas Lucas, Esq., of Agheralane; Richard Mayne, Esq., of Newbliss; Nicholas Ellis, Esq., of Lisnaroe; Samuel Fitzherbert Filgate, Esq., of Castleshane; John Warloe Johnstone, Esq., of Cassamone; Edward Wellington Bond, Esq., of Bondville; Thos. Anketell, Esq., of Dungillick.
The following is a calendar of prisoners for trial at this Assizes: -- Samuel Gray, firing at James Cunningham, with intent to kill; John Wilson, charged with shooting Andrew Martin; Andrew Lowry, felony; Henry Gray and Richard Burnside, subornation of perjury; Matty Caldwell, child desertion; James Clarke, robbery of money; Hugh Magin, violent assault; John M'Anally, burglary; Andrew Lowry, cattle stealing; Alexander Laird, firing at James M'Manus; Hugh Ramsey and James Smith, picking pockets; David Gilliland, violent assault; Mary Smith, theft; John Dinnen, forgery; Peter Tommy, for having stolen cattle in his possession; John M'Phillips, larceny; Judith Clarke, robbery of money; Catherine Doran, shop-lifting; Michael Island, and Michael Island, jun., assault and robbery; Nancy Donnelly, larceny; Kitty Reilly, larceny; Natt Carr, assaulting Lucy Corkran and Ellen Mollan, in the Monaghan poor-house; William Rusk, wilful murder of Ellen Smith; Bernard Collins, rape.
Three robbers -- namely, Peter Turner, Rose Mulholland, and Catherine M'Crory -- wee apprehended by the police of Belfast, on Wednesday evening last, for breaking into the house of Mr. Ewart, Pakenham Place, and carrying away a quantity of wearing apparel.
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Banner of Ulster - Friday, 17 March, 1843
On the 12th instant, in St. Anne's Church, by the Rev. A. C. Macartney, vicar, Mr. J. M'ALISTER, officer of her Majesty's Customs, to ISABELLA PURSE, youngest daughter of Arthur Purse, architect, Belfast.
On the 8th instant, by the Rev. Wm. Gibson, Mr. JOHN FULTON, to Miss MARY ANN WILSON, grand-daughter of Mr. Joseph Molyneux.
On the 8th inst., at Fahan Church, by the Rev. Henry Scott, WM. HUFFINGTON, Esq., solicitor, Londonderry, to SUSAN, daughter of Francis H. Nesbitt, Esq., inspector of constabulary.
On the 16th Feb., by the Rev. James Reid, Ramelton, Mr. CHARLES BLACKWOOD LEITCH, Creivi Villa, to MARY, second daughter of Mr. JAS. LAW, Ballynag, near Coleraine, to SARAH, youngest daughter of Mr. Samuel M'Quigg, Ballyclough, near Bushmills.
On 28th ult., by the Rev. John Stott, Convoy, Mr. ALEX. STOREY of Carnamuggah, near Letterkenny, to LETITIA, youngest daughter of the late Andrew King, Esq., surgeon, Ballybofey.
On the 9th inst. at St. Mary's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. Alexander Leeper, HENRY CONNELL, Esq. of Mallow.county Cork, to CHARLOTTE, relict of the late Wm. M'Donnell, Esq. of Fairview, county Armagh.
On the 10th inst., at Orangefield, County of Down, JOHN HOLMES HOUSTON, Esq., aged seventy-six.
On Tuesday the 7th instant, WILLIAM GETTY, Esq., of the Abbey, near Belfast.
Yesterday, JAMES, only son of Mr. Robert Gemmill, merchant, Chichester-Quay.
On Tuesday, the 27th ult., at the house of her son-in-law, Marshall M'Kay, Esq., Kilrea, Mrs. CRAWFORD, relict of the late Mr. James Crawford, Carmegrim, near Portglenone, and sister to the late Mr. John Hamilton, of the Honourable East India Company's service.
On the 28th ult., at his own residence, in Donaghadee, after a short illness, MOSES MULHOLLAND, aged seventy-eight years. He had been an elder in the Reformed Presbyterian congregation. Newtownards, for nearly half a century, and was distinguished alike for his ardent but unobtrusive piety, and for his general intelligence and extensive Scriptural knowledge. Whilst he would have yielded to none in his firm attachment to the peculiar doctrines of his own Church, he loved and was beloved by every sincere believer in the Lord Jesus Christ with whom he was acquainted; and perhaps no man belonging to the same humble rank in society has ever died in Donaghadee who was so much and so universally lamented by the truly religious of every denomination.
On the 12th inst., in the eighty-third year of his age, Mr. JAMES CRAIL, an honest and esteemed inhabitant of Seaforde.
On the 27th Feb., at Tullyveary, near Killileagh, county Down, Mr. THOMAS WALLACE, aged ninety-seven years.
MARY, youngest daughter of the late Mr. James Mackey, Ballyards, near Armagh.
On the 5th inst., Mr. ALEX. M'KENZIE, teacher of the Tullycavey National School, near Greyabbey.
On the 5th instant, at the house of his son, Cromac Street, Belfast, at the advanced age of eighty-nine years, Mr. FRANCIS M'GAHEY, formerly of Lisburn.
On the 10th inst., at his residence, in Rosville Street, Derry, of consumption, PAT. BRBDLEY, [sic] jun., aged eighteen years.
On the 11th inst., at Tyrenny, near Brookboro', Mr. WM. LITTLE, at the advanced age of ninety-seven years.
At Portrush, on the 7th inst., Lieut. JOHN HOLLAND, R.N., many years chief officer of Coast Guard, at Rathmullan.
STEAM COMMUNICATION BETWEEN BELFAST AND FLEETWOOD-ON-WYRE. -- THE "PRINCE OF WALES" STEAM-SHIP. -- For some time past there has been no regular communication between Belfast and the flourishing port of Fleetwood-on-Wyre -- a disadvantage which was seriously felt by many of our merchants and traders, as well as by parties resident in the country, who were in the practice of making large shipments to that part of Lancashire. The want of a steamer operated the more injuriously from a growing trade having first sprung up, and then been suddenly all but destroyed. It affords us, however, as it must do all those interested in the commerce of the North of Ireland, much gratification to be able to announce, that Mr. Robert Henderson, agent for the Stranraer and Whitehaven steamers, has succeeded in placing on the station one of the fastest and most powerful Channel steamers afloat -- the beautiful iron boat Prince of Wales, lately plying between Liverpool and Cork. The Prince was built, and entirely fitted out, by Messrs Tod & M'Gregor of Glasgow, the celebrated engineers, and builders of the unrivalled iron steamer Princess Royal, of 400 horse power, which is a favourite vessel between the Clyde and Mersey. The Prince is in length 170 feet on deck; beam, 27 feet; burthen, 500 tons; engines, 200 horse power; and will stow 250 tons of cargo on a very light draught of water. She made her trip from Fleetwood to Belfast in nine hours and three-quarters, her extreme speed being thirteen and a-half knots an hour. She has berths for seventy-five cabin passengers, her fittings up and decorations being also of the most superb description. She is divided into compartments by water-tight iron bulkheads, an improvement which, it is known, perfectly insures the safety of the vessel; for, even should one of these divisions be filled with water, the steamer would still keep afloat. These particulars will suffice to show that the Prince of Wales is a vessel calculated to afford every possible security to goods and comfort to passengers. The Prince will, we understand, sail twice a-week between Belfast and Fleetwood, affording the most direct communication with Manchester, Leeds, London, &c. We heartily congratulate the people of the North of Ireland on the re-opening of this important channel of trade.
In the criminal calendar for the North Riding of Tipperary appear the names of six prisoners for murder, one aiding in murder, and seven for homicide; twenty-two are also charged with Whiteboyism.
COUNTY OF ARMAGH ASSIZES.
[FROM OUR REPORTER]
(Continued from our last number.)
Thursday, March 9.
John Richardson and John Chambers, for having in their possession four hundred and forty-two pieces of base coin, on the 28th February, in the parish of Armagh to utter the same. Guilty. -- Twelve months' imprisonment. Chambers to kept at hard labour.
Robert White, a little boy, for an aggravated assault on Thomas Twyford, at Armagh, on the 6th March; also, for a common assault. Guilty. -- Three months' imprisonment.
The former Petit Jury were again empanelled.
James Magennis, a little boy, for stealing upwards of a pound weight of tobacco, the property of Mr. William Johnston of Lurgan. Guilty. -- Two months' imprisonment.
His LORDSHIP, while passing sentence said -- He was afraid the state of the Jail was such that, instead of making the prisoners better members of society, it would make them worse. He trusted that the gentlemen of the County would have the state of the Jail remedied as soon as possible.
Thos. Johnston and James Leeburn, for stealing, on the 6th February last, four iron bars, value 4s., the property of the Rev. George Evans, near Armagh. -- Acquitted.
James Kennedy, Wm. Kennedy, and Michael Foote were charged with stealing two bee-hives, the property of Johnston Leebody.
The jury, without retiring, found the prisoners not guilty.
The Court was then adjourned till half-past nine on Friday.
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Friday, March 10
The Hon. the CHIEF BARON entered Court this morning at half-past nine.
The following gentlemen were then sworn on the
PETIT JURY:-- Messrs. John M'Watters, Robert M'Endow, Patrick Gribben, John Corry, John Simpson, James Waugh, Crozier Christie, John Moody, Alex, Kinmonth, Thomas Smith, Wm. Boyd, jun., Cornelious Hughes
FIRING AT THE HOUSE OF FRAS. WATSON, ESQ.
William M'Conville, Robert Liggate, William Liggate, James Gibson, Robert Russell, and John Matthews were indicted -- first, for a conspiracy to prejudice and oppress Robert Watson, and to oblige him to raise the wages of his weavers; secondly, for firing at the house of Francis Watson, Esq., Lakefield, near Lurgan, and to intimidate said Francis Watson from setting land to sub-tenants as he pleased; thirdly, for a conspiracy to compel Robert Watson, Francis Watson, Johnston M'Caw, and Robert M'Caw, to raise the rate of their weavers' wages; fourthly, in furtherance of said conspiracy, for meeting, armed, at a place called Pedlow's Meadow, and for there and then deliberating, in order to carry out such conspiracy. The fifth count charged the prisoners with appearing in arms on the night of the 11th November.
Sir T. STAPLES stated the case for the prosecution. The evidence in this case went to show that the prisoners had been agitating their neighbourhood to endeavour to procure an advance of wages; and that they had held meetings on the subject, and drawn up memorials to lay before their masters; but nothing was adduced sufficient to convict them upon any of the counts. They were consequently acquitted. They were defended by Mr. Joy and Mr. Perrin. They are all linen weavers.
Elizabeth Winter was charged with stealing two window frames on the 10th of February last, the property of John Thompson of Belfast. Not guilty.
Hugh Mitchell, for stealing a number of articles of wearing apparel, on the 11th February, the property of the Guardians of the Armagh Union. Not guilty.
The following prisoners, whose trials have appeared in this paper, were then called up to receive judgment:-- Hugh O'Neill, one year's imprisonment. John Cooke, two months' imprisonment and hard labour, Samuel M'Curdy, ten years' transportation. Thomas Armstrong, nine months' imprisonment and hard labour. Margaret Ryan, ditto. Catherine Fagan, four months' imprisonment and hard labour. Sarah Hanna, six months' imprisonment. Thomas Spiers, four months' imprisonment and hard labour. John Gray, ditto. Mary Kidd, ditto. Eliza Young, ditto. Edward Jordan, three months' imprisonment and hard labour.
The criminal business having now been gone through, the Chief Baron ratified a presentment, and then left the Court.
The Record business was finished this evening.
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COUNTY OF ARMAGH ASSIZES.
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BEFORE MR. JUSTICE CRAMPTON.
Armagh, Thursday, March 9.
ANN BALLANTYNE v. ROBERT CONN. -- This was an action for the seduction of the plaintiff's daughter, Margaret Ballantyne. The plaintiff is a widow, and a person of respectability, residing at Ahorey. The defendant betrayed the confidence of an innocent and unsuspecting girl under a solemn promise of marriage, and having discovered that the unfortunate girl was in a state of pregnancy, he endeavoured to induce her to take medicine, in order to procure a miscarriage. The defendant did not appear. Verdict for plaintiff -- £100 damages and 6d. costs.
LESSE JON CROSS, Esq., and Others, Plaintiffs; JOHN WILSON and others, Defendants. -- This was an ejectment to recover a small quantity of bog, situate in Lower Raws, county Armagh. Defendants had been in possession for fifty years. Verdict for defendants -- 6d damages and 6d costs.
BERNARD KELLY v. CHARLES CONNOLLY. -- This was an action for assault and battery. The plaintiff had been twice assaulted by the defendant in July last, while attending before arbitrators to whom matters in dispute between the parties had been referred. Verdict for the plaintiff -- damages one farthing.
LESSEE BENJAMIN DICKSON, Esq., v. PATRICK DONNELLY. -- This was an ejectment on the title brought to recover a house and a small piece of land at Artasally. Verdict for plaintiff.
JOHN KITSON, PLAINTIFF; SINCLAIR CARROL, DEFENDANT. -- An action to recover the amount of a bill of exchange drawn by defendant on Robert Kilpatrick. Verdict for plaintiff.
ARRIVED, March 10. -- Warney Star, Davy, Portaferry, grain; Robert Boyle, Bailie, Liverpool, salt; Pomona, Falkner, Riga (via Derry), flaxseed. -- 11. Tartar (st.), Stewart, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Falcon (st.), Gowan, Liverpool, goods and passengers; City of Limerick (st.), Moppet, Dublin, goods and passengers; Royal Oak, Smith, Dublin, cement; Classina and Gertruida, Kranenberg, Rotterdam, flax. -- 11. Neptune, Griffith, Drogheda, flour. -- 12. Elizabeth, M'Ferran, Bangor, slates. -- 14. Sampson, Duncan, Derry, flax; Birmingham (st.), Church, Dublin, goods and passengers; Aurora (st.), Anderson, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Reindeer (st.), Head, Liverpool, goods and passengers; John and David, Iver, Annalong, stones; Neptune, Morrow, Dundalk, flour; Venelia, Meppelder, Dort, flaxseed. -- 15. Prince of Wales (st.), M'Neilage, Fleetwood, goods and passengers; Hero, M'Kee, London, general cargo.
SAILED, March 10. -- Earl of Lonsdale (st.), Thomson, Whitehaven, goods and passengers; Aurora (st) Anderson, Glasgow, goods and passengers. -- 11. Snap, Salters, Sligo, salt; Athlone (st.), Davies, Liverpool, goods and passengers; Harmony, Ritchie, Dundee, flax. -- 13. Eagle, Jones, Honfleur, yarn; Tartar (st.), Stewart, Glasgow, goods and passengers. -- 14. City of Limerick (st.), Moppet, London, goods and passengers; Maid of Galloway(st.), Haswell, Stranraer, goods and passengers; Vriendschap, Sap, Cardiff, ballast; Falcon (st.), Gowan, Liverpool, goods and passengers.
DEPARTURES OF STEAMERS.
For Liverpool, the Athlone, Davies, to-morrow, at nine o'clock evening.
A steamer sails for Dublin, on Wednesday, at two o'clock afternoon.
For Greenock and Glasgow, the Tartar, Stewart, to-day, at eight o'clock evening.
A steam-ship sails for London, calling at Dublin, Falmouth, Plymouth and Southampton, on Monday, at twelve o'clock noon.
For Whitehaven, the Countess of Lonsdale or the Earl of Lonsdale, on Tuesday, at twelve o'clock noon.
For Liverpool, from Derry, the Maiden City, Crompton, to-day, at nine o'clock morning; and from Liverpool for Derry, on Tuesday, at two o'clock afternoon.
For Liverpool, from Warrenpoint, the Hercules, Talian, on Saturday, at nine o'clock evening.
At this port from Riga (via Derry), the Earl of Durham, of Belfast, Martin, with linseed, for orders.
At Liverpool from New York, 10th instant, the United Sates, Britton.
At Smyrna from Malta, 14th ultimo, the Horatio, of Belfast, Hamill.
At Liverpool from Charleston, 12th instant, the Conqueror, of Belfast, M'Auley.
At Liverpool from New York, 11th instant, the England, Barlett; sailed 20th December.
At Liverpool from New York, 11th instant, the Rochester, Woodhouse; Orpheus, Hill; and Star Republic, Hindley.
At Bombay from China, January 11, the Salem, of Belfast, Milford.
At Bombay, from China, January 14, the Harriet Scott, of Belfast, Beynon.
At Callao from Hobart Town, N.S.W., November 24, the Haidee, of Belfast, Marshall, and sailed thence for Valparaiso on the 28th.
At Wick from this port, 5th instant, the Harmony, Finlayson, and Good Design, Gunn.
At Charleston, S.C., from Dublin, 7th ultimo, the Brothers, of Newry, Daniels.
At Mobile from this port, January 20, the Robert Ker, of Belfast, Agnew.
At New Orleans from Liverpool, the Araminta, of Belfast, Rodgers, with loss of head and cutwater. during a gale on the 14th ultimo.
At Malta from this port, 2d instant, the Gipsy, of Belfast, Butler.
At Monte Video from the Clyde, December 2, the Sophia, of Belfast, Moore.
At Singapore, from Troon, the Premier, of Belfast, Brownrigg.
At Algesiras Roads, 2d instant, the Robert Alexander Parke, of Belfast, Donald, from Alexandria to Liverpool.
At Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, from London, January 7, the Mountain Maid steamer, Allen.
From Cork, 10th instant, the Wellington, of Belfast, M'Intyre, from Charleston to Liverpool.
From Bombay for Liverpool, 2d ultimo, the William Pirrie, of Belfast, Irving.
From Liverpool for St. John, N.B., 8th instant, the Prudence, of Derry.
From Liverpool for Batavia and Singapore, calling at Lisbon, Madeira, Rio, and the Cape, 14th instant, the Royal Sovereign steamer.
From Liverpool for Valparaiso, 11th instant, the Belfast, of Liverpool, Gaskin.
At Liverpool for Vera Cruz, the Martha, of Belfast, Wilson; she will clear out to-morrow, and sail on Monday.
At Liverpool for Leghorn, the John, of Belfast, Black.
At Liverpool for Barbadoes, the Gondola, of Belfast, Warnock.
At Liverpool for Pernambuco, 10th instant, the Thomas Battersby, of Belfast, Leitch.
At Malta, 28th ultimo, the Speck, of Belfast, Hamilton, from Newcastle to Alexandria.
At New Orleans for Liverpool, January 12, the Independence, of Belfast, M'Cappin.
The Columbia steamer, from Liverpool for Halifax and Boston, 6th instant, sixty miles west of Cape Clear.
NEW YORK, February 7. -- Nearly the whole of the cargo of the North America, Lowber, from Liverpool, ashore on the bar of Shrewsbury Inlet, has been got out; a heavy swell, yesterday, lifted her, and caused her to leak considerably. The brig Belfast, Petty, reported as missing, arrived at St. Vincent, having been beaten off the coast of Nova Scotia.
The Herculancum (transport) is lost, near Vansloo Bay, Ceylon.
LIVERPOOL, March 10. -- The Windsor Castle, M'Clelland, from Bombay to this port, was abandoned, 4th instant, off Cape Cler, in a sinking state; crew saved by the Hudson, Page, arrived here from New Orleans.
PENZANCE, March 9. -- The Mary, Lancaster, from London, to Gibraltar and Barcelona, was abandoned, yesterday, in a sinking state, fifty miles S.W. of the Lizard; crew (except the mate) saved.
The Washington, Burnett, from Bengal for London, foundered off Madras; crew saved by the Sir Robert Peel, arrived off the Wight.
The Paragon, from Demerara to the Clyde, at New York, with decks swept, and three men washed overboard.
The Thaddeus, Moore, from Cuba to Dundee, was lost, of Scilly; three of three of the crew drowned.
MALTA, March 3. -- The Mary Bell, Crew, from Alexandria to this port, was lost, near here, on 28th ultimo; crew saved.
KIRKCUDBRIGHT, March 12. -- Put in, by stress of weather:-- The New Liberty, Barkley, from Workington to Belfast, having sprung foretopsail-yard, in Monksman's Lake; The Woodman, Eggan, from Killybegs to Liverpool; the Dasher, Roe, from Lough Swilly to Liverpool.
BARCELONA, March 4. -- The David, M'Callum, from Newcastle, drove against the Mole Head, during a gale, 28th ultimo, and filled; she will be salved.
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DISCOVERY OF A SUNKEN ROCK, NEAR BLASQUET ISLAND, DINGLE. -- A fisherman, of Dingle, whilst pursuing his avocations, some weeks back, discovered, at the east end of the Great Blasquet Island, a sunken rock, of considerable extent, hitherto unknown, having only two or two and a-half fathoms of water upon it.
DEATH OF ARTHUR FRENCH, ESQ. -- It is with feelings of deep regret we have to announce the demise of Arthur French, Esq. of Leslie House, Ballibay. Mr. French, we understand, caught a slight cold, coming from Roscommon Assizes, of which county he was Treasurer, and which ended fatally on Tuesday last. Mr. French was married to the daughter and heiress of the late Albert Leslie, Esq. of Ballibay, and was much esteemed and respected. -- Northern Standard.
COUNTY OF MONAGHAN ASSIZES.
[FROM OUR REPORTER.]
Monday, March 13, 1843.
BEFORE THE HON. JUSTICE CRAMPTON.
THE Court was opened this morning at nine o'clock. The following gentlemen were sworn on the
PETIT JURY:-- Messrs. William Abercromby, Hugh Boyd, Henry Hughes, John Cummins, James Cummins, James Crawford, John Breakey, John Benson, George Curran, Henry Chapman, John Campbell, and John Carson.
HAVING STOLEN FOWLS IN POSSESSION.
Anne Donnelly was indicted for having in her possession a number of stolen fowls on the 24th February last, near the town of Monaghan.
Anne M'Manus examined -- I live at the Canal Stores, near Monaghan, with Mr. James Hogg. He lost three ducks and a drake on the 24th February last. I had locked them up the night before. I saw them again in the custody of the police. I can swear they are my master's property.
Henry Higgins -- I know the prisoner. I saw him on the 24th February betwixt Monaghan and the townland of Cross. I was coming from a wedding along with some others. I remarked that the prisoner and a boy had some fowls in their possession. It was at seven o'clock in the morning. There were six ducks and a drake in the bag. We were going to take her prisoner. We kept her till the policeman came. The ducks were left in the Police Barracks.
Andrew Sloan, police constable -- The prisoner was given in charge to me for stealing fowls. I brought the fowls to the Barrack, where they were identified by Mr. Hogg, who was accompanied by a servant man of Mr. James M'Endow of this town.
For the defence -- Mr. John M'Corkin of Monaghan, a merchant, gave the prisoner a good character. Guilty; three months' imprisonment at hard labour.
Michael Hyland, sen. and jun., were indicted for having knocked down Thomas Reilly, and robbed him of the sum of seven shillings and a gold ring on the 323d February last.
Thomas Reilly examined by Sir T. STAPLES -- I am a mason. I know the prisoners. [Identifies them.] I lodged in the elder prisoner's house on the night of the 22d February. I left early the next morning, as I had a journey to go. I had two half-crowns, two shillings, and a gold ring. The whole was in a purse in my waistcoat pocket. The younger prisoner came up to me a quarter of a mile from the house. He then knocked me down, put his knee on my breast, and began to rifle my pockets. He had a petticoat over his face. I put up my hands, pulled the petticoat off his face, and I then saw who it was. The father came up to me also, and gave me a kick on the head after I was knocked down. They remained "no time" after I was knocked down. They did not take purse. I got it lying beside me when I got up. I never got my money again. I told the old man's wife that if she would give me the ring I would not appear against him. The prisoner said he did not take it. I did not show the money to the prisoners. I was going to get a job, and the person said he could not trust me. I then said I had seven shillings to buy a pair of shoes, and I would lodge it as security till the job was done.
To the COURT -- I was well aquatinted with prisoners. I have travelled over a great part of Ireland and England, and I never appeared as prosecutor of any person before.
To the PRISONER -- You told me the Martins were saying I had no money to lodge as security. I did not come back and ask lodging. I never told a man that I had prosecuted a person, and that it was by lodging informations I made my living.
The jury returned a verdict of guilty against Michael Hyland, jun., and acquitted the father. Michael Hyland, jun., was sentenced to ten tears' transportation.
Andrew Lowry and George Lowry, for stealing, at Smithboro', three cows, the property of Mr. Robert Lowry, on the 21st December last.
James Smith, examined by Sir T. STAPLES -- I am in the employment of Mr. Robert Lowry of Smithborough. I put up some cattle on the night of the 20th December last, and when I got up next morning there were three cows gone. Mr. Lowry reared two of them, and bought the third. I next saw the cattle at Mr. Johnston's of Thornhill, in this county, on the 24th. The police had them in charge, and gave them up to me. I can swear they were my master's property.
Robert Lowry, examined by Mr. HANNA -- Corroborated the evidence of the last witness, and stated that the prisoners were his nephews. He never gave them any permission to take the cattle.
Thomas Martin, examined by Sir T. STAPLES -- I know Robert Lowry, and went in search of his cattle to Dundalk. I saw three of them, and gave them into the charge of the police. I first saw the prisoners in custody. [This witness gave George Lowry a good character.]
Margaret M'Anally, examined by Mr. HANNA -- I live in Dundalk; George Lowry came to my house on the 21st December last about twelve o'clock, and told me there were three cows coming after him. He asked me if the steam-packet sailed that day. I told him it had sailed the day before. He then went away and returned about three o'clock with another young man. [Identifies the prisoner Robert as the person.] They asked me if I had a place for three cows. I said I had only room for one. The prisoner drove one of the cows into the hovel beside my own one. The prisoners lodged in my house till Constable Milling came and took them into custody. A man of the name of Martin was with the constable, and claimed the cattle.
Additional evidence to the same effect having been produced, the jury, without retiring, found both prisoners guilty. Sentenced to seven years' transportation.
RAPE AND ROBBERY.
Bernard Collins was indicted for violating the person of Mary Anne Elliot, on the 15th December last, near Clones, and also of robbing her of 1s. 6d.
The prosecutor was one of that wretched class of beings termed "unfortunate females." The evidence is, of course, unfit for publication.
The jury convicted the prisoner of a common assault; and he sentenced to six months' imprisonment.
Michael Cassidy and Patrick M'Donnell, for assaulting and robbing Adam Godfrey on the 19th January last, near Clones.
Adam Godfrey, examined by Sir T. STAPLES -- I was at Clones on the 19th January last. My wife as with me. We left about half-past nine. There were two persons on the road, who passed us twice. When we were near our journey's end, the same men came up, and knocked my wife and myself down. Each had a stone in his hand. I had about fifty shillings in my pocket when I left Clones. I had only five left when I got home. The money that I missed was notes, and was taken out of my trousers pocket. My wife had only her market basket. I could not swear to the persons who knocked me down.
To a JUROR -- Was not drunk on that day; did not know the prisoners at the bar before that time.
Martha Godfrey, wife to last witness, corroborated his testimony, and, in addition, identified both of the prisoners, which she had previously done when they were first in the custody of the police.
Head-constable Robinson deposed to the identification of prisoners in the Police Barrack by Mrs. Godfrey.
A number of other witnesses deposed to a similar effect, and gave the prisoners a good character.
The jury, without retiring, acquitted both prisoners.
David Gilliland, for aiding and assisting John Gilliland in stabbing Robert Armstrong, on the 8th February last, near Ballibay.
It appeared that this affair arose out of a "row" which occurred after the dismissal of a "singing school," in which the prosecutor Armstrong was stabbed. It was sworn that the prisoner struck Armstrong with a stick.
Prisoner was acquitted.
James Clarke was charged with having in his possession a £100 note, the property of Rose M'Govern, knowing the same to be stolen. The jury found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to two years' imprisonment.
Owen Magear, for assaulting William M'Gee, on the 23d February last; also, for a common assault. Guilty of a common assault; fined sixpence and discharged, after entering into his own recognizance in the sum of £50, and two surities in £10 each, to be of the peace.
Stewart Morris and Samuel Morris were discharged with being concerned in an unlawful procession, on the 12th July last, near Ballibay. Not guilty.
The trial of William Rusk, charged with the wilful murder of Ellen Smith, on the 8th of July last, was, on an application from the Crown, allowed to stand over till next Assizes.
Mr. PERRIN, who acted as Counsel for the prisoner, applied to have him admitted to bail; but,
Counsel for the Crown having refused to accede, the application fell to the ground.
James Atkinson, Thomas Evans, William Donaldson, John M'Coy, William Jebb, David Craig, James Bell, James Ferguson, Robert Thomson, Simon Bruce, John Jackson, Henry Jebb, William Davison, and George Jebb, were charged with joining in an unlawful procession, on the 12th of July last, near Glasslough.
The prisoners all submitted, and were fined sixpence each, and ordered to enter into their own recognizances, in £10 each, to keep the peace.
FIRING AT A BAILIFF.
Alexander Laird was charged with maliciously firing a pistol at James M'Manus, on the 22d December last.
It appeared that prosecutor had gone to make a distraint of the prisoner's mother's goods, and that the shot was fired in resisting the levy of the distress, which was for arrears of rent.
Mr. NAPIER addressed the jury in an able speech for the prisoner, after which he called witnesses for the defence, who deposed that the prosecutor and his assistants had been exceedingly violent on the occasion, having armed themselves with pitchforks and other weapons, with which they stabbed or struck at whoever approached them.
Sir T. STAPLES addresses the jury, to evidence, on the part of the Crown.
The learned Judge having recapitulated the evidence, the jury retired, and in about twenty minutes returned with a verdict finding the prisoner guilty of having fired the pistol, but without the intention of killing.
The Court shortly afterwards adjourned.
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Tuesday, March 14.
The Court was opened this morning at the usual hour.
The following gentlemen were sworn on the
PETIT JURY:-- Messrs Charles Baird, John Blackburn, Joseph Blackburn, William Blackburn, William Breakey, Samuel Aicken, Andrew Hamilton, John Armstrong, Francis Boyland, Thomas Brown, Robert Bethen, and James Brady.
Anne Wilson was charged with deserting her infant child, on the 8th of this present month. Submitted; one month's imprisonment.
John Foster, for unlawfully obtaining six shillings, the property of William Steenson of Ballibay, on the 27th January last. This trial occupied a considerable time, and ended in the acquittal of the traverser, who received an excellent character.
TRIAL OF SAM. GRAY.
The CLERK of the CROWN asked Mr. Mitchell, Solicitor for the prisoner in this case, whether he had any objection to the jury in the box.
Mr. MITCHELL replied in the affirmative.
After a number of challenges, the following gentlemen were empanelled as a
PETIT JURY:-- Messrs. William Abercromby, JAs. Cunningham, Francis Boyland, Arthur Brown, Thomas Brown, William Blackburn, James Brady, John Carson, Michael Biggin, William Caldwell, Joseph Comiskey, John Breakey.
Whilst the jury were being called to the box, Mr. TOMB, who acted as Counsel for the prisoner, claimed a right to challenge peremptorily.
Mr. BREWSTER -- (for the Crown) -- My Lord, it has been ruled again and again that the Counsel for the prisoner, in a case such as that before the Court, cannot challenge peremptorily.
The COURT gave an opinion in favour of the Crown, but took a note of Mr. Tomb's application, to be submitted to the opinion of the Court above, in the event of the prisoner's conviction.
It was then arranged that the witnesses on both sides should leave the Court.
Samuel Gray was then indicted for that he, on the 26th November, 1840, at Ballibay, did feloniously and maliciously discharge a loaded pistol; at James Cunningham, with the intention of committing the crime of murder. There was a second count in the indictment, charging the prisoner with intent to do the said James Cunningham serious bodily harm.
Sir T. STAPLES stated the case for the prosecution.
Mr. BREWSTER, Q.C., handed to his Lordship two plans of the locality, and a model of the hotel, back garden, and cottage of the prisoner. [At the last trial, Justice Perrin complained of the want of plans of the scene of the outrage.]
James Cunningham, examined by Mr. BREWSTER, Q.C. -- I lived within a mile and a half of Ballibay. I have known the prisoner upwards of thirty years. I remember the Sheriff giving me possession of some houses in Ballibay. They belonged to the late Moses Bradford. Other premises at Ednanea were given in possession by the Sheriff to Bradford Stewart. Moses Bradford possessed both of these properties. Sam. Gray and Bob Bradford took possession of the farm which was in the possession of the deceased Moses Bradford. I know a person of the name of Saunderson. He and I were at Ednanea when the Sheriff gave possession of the farm to Bradford Stewart. Owen Murphy was there also. It was about twelve o'clock in the day. The Sheriff went to Ballibay after he gave possession. He got there about three o'clock. I went with the Sheriff. I do not see Sam. Gray at Ednanea. I saw him in Ballibay. The premises of which I got possession are at the end of the town, in the Main Street. They are near the York Hotel. I saw Owen Murphy in Ballibay. James Saunderson was going backwards and forwards. Bradford Stewart was there also. The Sub-Sheriff gave us possession. I saw Sam. Gray several times that day. It might be about three o'clock when the giving of possession was over.
This article continued over several more columns.
Other names mentioned:-- Mr. Leeward; Mulligan, a sawyer; Widow M'Cabe; Mr. Wilcox, magistrate; Letitia Rogers; Nat. Brady; M'Fadden, nephew of Gray; Robin M'Dade; Edward Murray; Betty Short; Mary Ann Livingstone; Mr. Greer; Margaret M'Cabe; Mary M'Cabe; George Haw; Mr. Martin; Mr. Bell, Castledawson; Mr. Hillman; Mr. Wylie; Rachael Gray; Elizabeth Murray; Magennis; Mr. Drury; William M'Donnell; John Jamieson; James Gray; Christopher Brennan; Sandy Boyd; William M'Clean; William Graham; William Gray; Constable James King; Sub-Constable M'Kenna; Sub-Constable M'Veigh; Alexander Harrison, county Surveyor; Michael M'Anally; William Stewart; John Gault; John M'Bride; John Marshall; George Donaldson; Boss Somerville; James Cochrane; Elizabeth Somerville; George Farlow; Thomas M'Vey, 12th Royal Lancers; A.W. Holmes; Mary Davis; Jane Ronnie; William M'Fadden; Joseph Rutherford; William Anderson.
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Thursday, March 16.
The Hon. Justice CRAMPTON took his seat this morning at the usual hour.
The jury which had been locked up for the two preceding nights on the case of Sam. Gray of Ballibay were then called into Court. Having answered to their names, the Crown Clerk asked if they had agreed to their verdict.
The Foreman said they had not, and that there was no likelihood of their doing so.
The JUDGE then ordered their discharge, and directed the prisoner to be kept in custody until he should find bail to appear at the next Assizes.
The following gentlemen were then sworn on the
PETIT JURY:-- Messrs. John Boyd, John Nevin, Andrew Irwin, Samuel Barsdale, John Flanaghan, James Quigley, Gordon Riddel, James Harper, John Hewitt, John Armstrong, James M'Mahon, and David Lundy.
Alex. Bailey was charged with writing and posting threatening notices on the lands of Glintass, for the purpose of intimidating Abraham Bell, on the 11th May last. Not guilty.
John Dinnen for uttering a forged document, with the intent of defrauding the Smithborough Loan Fund Society. The jury found the prisoner not guilty.
Alex. Laird who was found guilty of shooting at James M'Manus, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm, was called up for judgement, and sentenced to two years' imprisonment; and afterwards to find two securities in £20 each, and himself in £50, to keep the peace for seven years.
David Gillespie and Thomas Hillman then came forward, and having sworn they were each worth £1,000, over and above all their just and lawful debts, they were admitted as bail for the appearance of Samuel Gray at next Assizes, each in £500, the prisoner entering into his own recognizance in £1,000. He was then discharged.
This terminated the criminal business; the Nisi Prius cases had been got through on Monday forenoon.
Only two records were entered for trial at these Assizes. In the case of the first, in which the lessee of Murdock was the plaintiff and Leslie defendant, and which was an action raised to try the validity of a will made by the late Rev. Francis Rawdon, in 1834, the jury found against the will, and for the defendant.
The other case was one which excited very considerable interest, in consequence of the nature of the action, and the respectability of the parties engaged in it. These were Robert Murdock, Esq., Dublin, Solicitor, and John Thomson, Esq., public officer of the Belfast Bank. It was a case of libel; but, as the defendant, through his Counsel, Mr. Brewster, Q.C., who was specially retained, made an apology in Court, in which it was declared that the injurious observations originated in a misconception, the action was abandoned, by consent.
AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH. -- On Monday last, the 13th instant, Alexander Mitchell, Esq., Secretary to the Grand Jury of the county of Monaghan, while attending to his duties in the Court-house, suddenly dropped down, and instantly expired.
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Banner of Ulster - Tuesday, 21 March, 1843
On the 16th instant, of pulmonary consumption, Mr. JAMES M'COUBREY, who had discharged the duties of sexton of Townsend Street Church since its opening.
On the 14th instant, at Mount Pottinger, Belfast, in the seventieth year of her age, ELIZABETH, relict of the late John Collins, Esq., M.D., Cookstown.
On the 25th of September, at her residence in Cumberland Street, Sydney, New South Wales, LETITIA, third daughter of Mr. John Ruddell of Belfast.
COUNTY OF TYRONE ASSIZES.
Omagh, Monday, March 13.
THESE Assizes opened to-day before Chief Justice Doherty. In his charge to the Grand Jury, his Lordship observed that the cases on the Calendar, though numerous, were not of a serious description. The Court was occupied during the remainder of the evening fiating the presentments.
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Tuesday, March 14.
Two Petit Juries having been sworn.
Alice Mulgrew was indicted for having, at Dungannon, concealed the birth of a child. Pleaded guilty.
Robert Ke, for having, on the 30th January last, in the Rock fair, sold a mare to Robert Hogg, which and been stolen from Samuel Wauchop, on the night of the 6th, or morning of the 7th of Jan. last. Not guilty.
John Mitchell and James Kelly, for a malicious assault on Michael Kelly, sen., on the 20th November last, at Augheralee; also, for a common assault. The prisoners submitted, and were ordered to make a settlement of the case with the prosecutor, which would be considered by the Crown lawyers, who would give their opinion on it.
Robert Hood, Nat. Hood, and John Orr, for an assault on James Simpson, at Omagh, on the 16th of January last. The prisoners were aquitted.
Thomas and Francis M'Cartin, for a malicious assault on Denis Grogan, at Altina, on 20th January last, so as to endanger his life; also for a common assault. Thomas M'Cartin guilty of the aggravated assault, and Francis M'Cartin guilty of the common assault.
James M'Clernon, for feloniously entering the house or shop of Mr. James Sloan, of Moy, on the night of the 24th Feb. last, and stealing therefrom several articles. Pleaded guilty. Transported for for ten years.
Thomas Norris, for horse-stealing, applied that his trial might be postponed to next Assizes. He was ordered to find bail for his appearance.
Oliver Jenkins, for opening a letter in Strabane Post Office, on 24th November, 1841, and stealing therefrom some money, the property of the Postmaster-General. There were six subsequent counts, varying the nature of the offence. Submitted.
Edward Cush, for having unlawfully conspired to obtain money under false pretences, from one Joseph Hodge, actuary to Dungannon Loan Fund, with intent to defraud the trustees of the Loan Fund Society. Aquitted.
James M'Cleery, John M'Cleery, John Crawford, and Jane Ellis, for an assault on Robert M'Kelvey, on 16th July last, at Plumbridge, so as to endanger his life; also, for a common assault. Not guilty.
Edward Curran, for a malicious assault on John Gibbons, at Aughnadelloch, on 27th December last, so as to endanger his life; also for a common assault. Guilty of both assaults -- twelve months' imprisonment and hard labour.
Michael M'Mulholland, for a riot, on 23d January last, at Kilnock. Pleaded guilty.
Patrick Quin, for having unlawfully conspired with others falsely to obtain money, on 13th January last, from Joseph Hodge, to defraud the trustees of the Dungannon Loan Fund. The prisoner was aquitted.
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Wednesday, March 15.
Catherine Wiseman, for discharging a pistol at a priest called the Rev. Dominick M'Cormick, was brought forward to the bar. The Clerk of the Crown informed her that, her prosecutor not appearing, the Court had ordered her to be discharged. On leaving the dock the prisoner said she would bring an action against his Reverence for false imprisonment.
John Watson and Jacob M'Fadden, for rape, were also discharged, their prosecutrix, Margaret M'Nilons, not appearing.
James Hamilton, John and James Powell, John Johnston, Thomas Slane, David, Richard, John, jun., and William Powell, John Murphy, and David Little, for a riot, were bound in their security of £5 each to appear when called on.
William Harris, or Hillis, for bigamy, was discharged, one of the wives, Isabella Jackson, not appearing to prosecute.
William Smyth, for stealing a mare, in August last, at Moygannon, the property of William Beatty. Acquitted.
Thomas McConnell, for stealing a cow, on the 19th October last, at Sixmilecross, the property of Hugh Megarry. Guilty.
John Michael and James Kelly, for an assault on Michael Kelly, sen. Guilty. One fortnight's imprisonment each, and to find security to keep the peace.
Robert Martin was indicted for being accessory before the fact in counselling Archibald Martin and Joseph Brown maliciously to assault Francis M'Evoy, on 28th March last, by stabbing and beating him. The jury did not agree, and were discharged.
Bernard Donaghy, Catherine Campbell, James Treanor, Hugh Brandy McKenna, and Hugh Gun M'Kenna, for a riot and affray at Aughnacloy, on 3d August last. Guilty of the affray. Bernard Donaghy and Trainor [sic], one week's imprisonment; Catherine Campbell, a fortnight's imprisonment; Brandy M'Kenna, three weeks' imprisonment; Hugh Gun M'Kenna, one month's imprisonment.
James M'Cann, Rose M'Aleer, Mary M'Aleer, and [missing text]
Patrick M'Keir, for having unlawfully and feloniously received, at Omagh, on 19th December last, from some person unknown, a sum of money, the property of Andrew Graham, knowing same to have been stolen. Guilty.
John Reid, William Curry, and John Carson, for joining in an illegal procession, on the 12th of July last, at Savilmore. The jury found John Reid guilty, and acquitted the others.
Patrick M'Gughey, John M'Dermott, John M'Ginley, Hugh M'Manus, and Arthur Marley, for an unlawful assembly, on the 12th July last, at Savilmore. Submitted.
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Thursday, March 16.
REV. ALEXANDER COOPER MACLATCHY v. HUMPHREY BEVAN.
The action in this cause, which was brought by plaintiff, the Presbyterian clergyman of Enniskillen, against the defendant, as registered proprietor of the Enniskillen Chronicle and Erne Packet newspaper, for a libel contained in the number of that paper published on the 26th of May last, having been called on for trial, after some communication between the leading Counsel for the parties --
Mr. MAJOR, on the part of the defendant, addressed the Court, and stated -- "My Lord, and Gentlemen of the Jury, on the part of the defendant, I am instructed of the 26th May, 1842, the subject of the present action, or any part of it, to the plaintiff, the Rev. Mr. Maclatchy, and the defendant undertakes to pay the plaintiff's costs as taken down by his Lordship; and the defendant further undertakes to publish this disclaimer in the next publication of his newspaper."
Mr. BROOKE, on the part of the plaintiff, stated that his client, as a clergyman, accepted of the disclaimer stated by Mr. Major.
Counsel for the Plaintiff -- John Brooke, Esq., Q.C., James Shiel, Esq., Q.C., and Oliver Sproule, Esq. Agent -- John Collum.
For the Defendant -- James Major, Esq., Q.C., James Doherty, and William Boyd, Esqrs. Agent -- Mr. Chittick.
THE LATE FIRE IN DAVIS'S BUILDINGS. -- MAGISTERIAL INVESTIGATION. -- A malicious report (by whom originated we do not pretend to say) having been widely circulated, to the effect that the late disastrous fire in Davis's Building's had originated in the Oddfellows' Hall -- the uppermost flat of Mr. Bushell's premises -- a deputation from the body waited upon the Magistrates at Petty Sessions on Friday last, and respectfully urged them to institute an investigation into the circumstances connected with the accident. The deputation fully communicated to the Bench all the facts of which they were in possession, respecting a meeting of the members at the Hall, on the day preceding the fire, for the purpose of making arrangements for the funeral of a deceased member; and the Magistrates -- the Mayor, Mr. Molony, and Mr. Coulson -- having given them a patient and courteous hearing, unanimously exonerated them from all blame as to the origin of the fire.
SUDDEN DEATH OF A FEMALE. -- An investigation took place yesterday at the Police Office, into the circumstances connected with the death of a woman named Ferguson, wife of a master butcher, residing in Poultry Square, who died suddenly on Friday last. Dr. Aicken, who had made a post mortem examination of the body, stated that the deceased appeared to have laboured under disease of the stomach, and that she had swallowed a dose of laudanum, but not so large as to occasion fatal results. He was of opinion that she had died from natural causes. The Magistrates concurred in opinion with the medical gentleman.
ENTERTAINMENT TO MR. ALEXANDER WILLIAMSON. -- On Friday evening last, a number of the members of Townsend Street congregation entertained Mr. Alexander Williamson, for a considerable period past the talented and successful teacher of the male school connected with that Church, at supper in Kane's Commercial Hotel, Waring Street, on the occasion of his removal to a similar situation at Portglenone. Mr. Callwell of Waring Street presided. After the usual loyal toasts had been duly honoured, the health of the guest of the evening was given, accompanied by a well-merited testimony to his ability and assiduity as a teacher, and his worth as a member of society. Mr. Williamson replied in eloquent and touching language, expressive of his heartfelt gratitude for the kindness manifested towards him during his residence in Belfast, and his regret at parting with friends for whom he had acquired so high an esteem. The remainder of the evening was spent in a most agreeable manner. It is needless to say that the entertainment and attendance were, in the unanimous opinion of the company, entirely to the credit of the new proprietor of the long-established hotel which, with good taste, they honoured with their patronage on the occasion.
NEW DIRECTORY FOR BELFAST. -- It will be seen that Mr. Henderson, of Castle Place, is about to publish a new Directory for this town and its neighbourhood. A work of that kind, for local reference, such as can be relied upon for accuracy, is much wanted at present, and should find a wide and ready circulation.
OLD-ESTABLISHED STEAM ALABASTER MANUFACTORY. -- An advertisement from Mr. Alexander Clarke, Proprietor of the well-known steam alabaster works, John Street, Belfast (formerly Mr. Joseph Molyneux's), appears in to-day's paper. The character of that establishment (the first of the kind ever started in this country) for the manufacture of a first-rate article is familiar to every extensive consumer of the material in Ireland; and Mr. Clarke's management of the concern has already proved that he will not detract from its popularity.
THE REV. MR. DICKIE OF RATHFRILAND. -- A degraded minister, named Carey, has been arrested at Toome, county Antrim, on suspicion of having been the person by whom Mr. Dickie was fired at; but he has been admitted to bail, to take his trial at next Down Assizes. We are happy to understand that Mr. Dickie is rapidly recovering.
HORRIBLE OCCURANCE. -- On the morning of yesterday week, at Mullahead, near Tandragee, a woman named Jones left her house for a few minutes, her two children being amusing themselves in the kitchen at the time. On her return, she lifted off the fire a pot of boiling water, and poured it into a churn; but found, to her horror, that she had scalded one of her children in a shocking manner -- the little creature having, but a minute before, concealed itself in the vessel, while playing "hide-and-seek" with its companion. Irritated at the stupidity of her other child for not warning her in time to prevent the accident, the woman, in the madness of her rage, seized a stool, and struck the infant so violent a blow as to fracture its skull; and then rushed from the house, since which time she has not been heard of. It is feared that she has committed suicide. Both of the ill-fated children, we understand, have died.
PROVIDENTIAL ESCAPE. -- On Tuesday, as a man named Davis Patton, a painter, was going to dinner, from his business on board the barque Envoy, he missed his foot, and was precipitated into the water. He was just going down a third time when Mr. Henry M'Devitt of this city, mate of the vessel, nobly leaped into the water, and, by the greatest exertion and dexterity, succeeded in saving his life. -- Derry Sentinel.
MAYOR'S OFFICE, Saturday, March 11. -- Michael M'Fadden, Patrick Hallerty, and Alexander M'Fadden, who were brought before their Worships on the 28th ultimo, charged with having broken into the flax stores of Mr. Thomas Ballantyne, Ardlough, and remanded till instructions should be received from the law advisers of the Crown as to their committal, were again brought forward, and committed to take their trial at the ensuing Assizes at Lifford, on four different charges. -- Ibid.
Another monomaniac, of respectable appearance, named George Edward Blythe, was brought before the Lord Mayor of London, on Thursday, in the custody of a constable in the employment of the Board of Customs, and charged as a person whom it was dangerous to allow to go at large. He was ordered to be detained.
The statistical returns of the Oddfellows' Society establish the fact that, during the past year, there were only forty-two committals of persons belonging to that order, out of the gross number of members, amounting to about 300,000.
Parties who arc in the habit of forwarding newspapers to their friends in Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, and other places on the Continent, should be careful to pay the usual postage of twopence on putting them into the Post-office.
Casualties, Offences, &c.
FLAX MILL BURNED DOWN. -- On Friday night, 10th instant, a valuable flax miill, the property of Francis Stringer, Esq., situated at Tasagh, was burned down, and a large quantity of flax therein destroyed. The premises were insured.
On Monday morning last, the Red Lion Inn, at Cullompton, and thirteen other dwelling-houses and cottages adjoining, were destroyed by fire.
PORT OF BELFAST.
ARRIVED, March 15. -- Newcastle (st.), Burton, Carlisle, goods and passengers. -- 16. Gipsy, Cockton, Strangford, grain; Tartar (st.), Stewart, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Athlone (st.), Davies, Liverpool, goods and passengers.
SAILED, March 15. -- Ruby, Rodgers, Larne, grain; Birmingham (st.), Church, Dublin, goods and passengers; Aurora (st.), Anderson, Glasgow, goods and passengers. -- 16. Prince of Wales (st.), M'Neilage, Fleetwood, goods and passengers; Lagan, Randell, London, general cargo; Reindeer (st.), Head, Liverpool, goods and passengers; Newcastle (st.), Burton, Carlisle, goods and passengers.
DEPARTURES OF STEAMERS.
For Liverpool, the Athlone, Davies, on Saturday, at five o'clock evening.
A steamer sails for Dublin, to-morrow, at two o'clock afternoon.
For Greenock and Glasgow, the Tartar, Stewart, on Wednesday, at three o'clock afternoon.
A steam-ship sails for London, calling at Dublin, Falmouth, Plymouth, and Southampton, on Monday, at seven o'clock evening.
For Whitehaven, the Countess of Lonsdale or the Earl of Lonsdale, on to-day, at twelve o'clock noon.
For Stranraer, the Maid of Galloway, Haswell, today, at eight o'clock morning.
For Liverpool, from Derry, the Maiden City, Crompton, on Friday, at two o'clock afternoon; and from Liverpool for Derry, to-day, at two o'clock afternoon.
For Liverpool, from Warrenpoint, the Hercules, Tallan, on Saturday, at nine o'clock evening.
For Liverpool, from Portrush, the Coleraine, Johnston, on Thursday, at nine o'clock morning.
At this port from Liverpool, yesterday, the ship Constitution, of Belfast, to embark emigrants for Quebec.
At Castletown, Isle of Man, from Mobile, 9th instant, the Margaret Johnston, of Belfast, Groom, short of provisions; proceeded on the 11th.
At Madras from China, January 22, the William Turner, of Belfast, Roals.
At Liverpool from Charleston, S.C., 13th instant, the John and Robert, of Belfast, M'Kechnie.
At Liverpool from New Orleans, 13th instant, the Independence, of Belfast, M'Cappin.
At Derry from New York, the Homer, Drinkwater, with flaxseed, &c.
At Liverpool from New York, 13th instant, the John Freeman.
At Liverpool from Charleston, S.C., the Consbrook, of Belfast, Pollock.
At Liverpool from Charleston, S.C., the Wellington, of Belfast, M'Intyre.
QUICK PASSAGE. -- At this port from Bangor, 17th instant, the Royal Victoria, M'Ferran. This vessel made her voyage from this port to Honfleur, discharged her cargo, returned, and loaded a cargo in Bangor, and arrived here, in the short space of thirty-two days.
At Cardiff from this port, 14th instant, the Comet, Head.
At Liverpool from Sligo, 4th instant, the John Cunningham, of Belfast, Bailie.
At Kedgeree from Portsmouth, December 25, the Hindostan steam-ship, Morsby.
At Savannah from Derry, 14th ultimo, the Creole, Clark.
At Mauritius from Derry, 28th December, the Ann, Johnson.
From Kingstown for this port, 11th instant, the Success, of Belfast, M'Nally.
From Deal, 17th instant, the Triton, Carnell, from London to this port.
From Waterford, 10th instant, the Recovery, of Belfast, M'NAbb, from this port to Antwerp.
The Planter, of Belfast, Marshall, from Liverpool to New Orleans, 7th instant, in lat. 40., long. 17. 28. W.; out five days.
We understand that the brig Elizabeth, of Belfast, Carey, laden with coals, was run down by a schooner off the coast, at the entrance of Belfast Lough, on Friday morning last, at half-past seven o'clock; crew saved. She was the property of Captain Carey of Carrickfergus, and, we are sorry to say, was uninsured. It has been ascertained that the schooner belongs to Port Glasgow.
The ship John Bull, of Belfast, Gardner, out twenty-one days from the Clyde, for Calcutta, put back to Cork, 12th instant, from long. 18., with mainmast-head sprung, damage to wheel, and loss of sails, &c., having encountered heavy gales from S.W.
The barque Acasta, of London, sailed from Ennore, for Calcutta, on the 22d September, and has not since been heard of.
The Lund, of Whitehaven, from Derry, at Liverpool, 14th instant, with serious damage, having been ashore on West Hoyle, and afterwards on the Main.
TOTAL LOSS OF THE SHIP "CORNUBIA." -- By the Acadia, steamer, which arrived from New York on Tuesday last, accounts were brought over respecting the total wreck of the splendid first-class packet ship the Cornubia, Commander Mr. W. Bell, belonging to Liverpool, during a heavy gale of wind, while on her outward passage to the United States. By the time the crew were picked up they were almost exhausted. Upon the British Consul being apprised of the disaster, he forthwith directed her Majesty's steam-frigate Ardent to proceed to the wreck, in order, if possible, to save a portion in which the ship lay, that it was dangerous to go near her. Since then, it is said, the vessel has gone to pieces and disappeared. Her cargo was a most valuable one, consisting of merchandise and goods of every description, and is stated to have been worth from £12,000 to £15,000.
LAUNCH AT KINGSTOWN. -- This day, Mr. Fagan, of Bridgefoot Street Dublin, and of Kingstown, intends to launch a splendidly finished new brig, of 275 tons register, to be called the Duchess of Leinster.
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Banner of Ulster - Friday, 24 March, 1843
On the 18th instant, at St. Iberius' Church, Wexford, by the Rev. R. W. Elgie, HENRY Q. GLENNY, Esq., of Newry, to LILLA, eldest daughter of the late Robert Campbell, Esq., of Wexford.
By the Rev. Hugh W. Rodgers, on the 8th instant, Mr CORNELIUS FOYE of Carnroe, Kilrea, to Miss JANE WALLACE of Dromoine.
On the 14th February, at New York, by the Rev. Dr. Seabury, Mr. JONATHAN MASON, jun., late of Dublin, to ANNA, fourth daughter of Mr. Edward Henesey of Belfast.
On the 17th instant, in St. George's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. F. Brydge, CHARLES COLUMBINE JACKSON, Esq., of Ballintate, county Armagh, to LOUISA, daughter of the late John Arthure, Esq., Barrister-at-Law, of Seafield, in the county of Dublin.
On the 16th instant, at Sudbury Priory, by the Rev. James Hamilton, of the Scotch Church, Regent Square, London, the Rev. ROBERT BUCHANAN, D.D., Glasgow, to ELIZABETH, daughter of the late Lawrence Stoddart, Esq., Cambridge.
On the 17th March instant, Mr. JAMES BROWN of Guinness, father of the Rev. H. Brown of Carryduff, aged seventy-four years. Shortly before his death, and when speechless, he pointed to Romans iii. 23, 26, as one part of God's Word to which he trusted to have his sins pardoned, his person accepted, and a title to eternal life -- not for any desert of his own, but only on account of the price of redemption which Jesus, in his own person, paid by his obedience and suffering, and which God, from mere love, would place to his account by imputation, and enable him to receive through faith in his Son.
On the 14th instant, at his residence, Rockfield, county Monaghan, HENRY SWANZY, Esq., aged sixty-two years, deeply regretted. His remains were conveyed to the family vault in the churchyard of Clontibret on Friday, followed by an immense concourse of his friends and the respectable inhabitants of the surrounding neighbourhood.
On the 19th instant, Mr. SAMUEL PEARCE, of the firm of Pearce & Holden, Great George's Street, Belfast, aged fifty-four years.
On the 17th instant, SOPHIA, third daughter of Mr. James Stavely, York Street.
On Sunday morning last, at Rose Lodge, near Connor, in the eighty-first year of his age, WILLIAM MILLAR, Esq., J.P. He was the father of the linen trade in the North of Ireland.
On the 17th instant, BARBARA, youngest daughter of the late Mr. John Rowley, Holywood.
On the 18th instant, at Clogher, aged twelve years, SARAH ANNE, only daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Steen.
On the 13th instant, at Brighton, Lieutenant-Colonel FORBES CHAMPAGNE. Colonel Champagne served through the Peninsular campaign, in the 20th Foot.
On the 13th March, of paralysis, at Willesten House, Shepherd's Bush, in her sixty-sixth year, MARGARET, widow of the late Sir John Edmund Browne, Bart., Mayo.
On the 20th instant, at Prospect, near Magherafelt, ISABELLA, daughter of the late James Collins of Rocklodge, Esq.
On the morning of the 17th instant, JACOB, eldest son, of Mr. J. Davis, Edinburgh, aged twenty-five.
At Moranagher Falls, near Kilrea, on the 12th instant, of a tedious and painful illness, which he bore with Christian meekness and resignation, Mr. WILLIAM JAMIESON, sen.
On the 1st instant, at Laraville, near Omagh, ELIZA, relict of the late Captain Dudden of the 32d Regiment of Foot, aged fifty-four years.
Suddenly, on Tuesday night, Mr. WILLIAM BROWN, of 34, Mill Street, Belfast.
On the 17th instant, at Glenville, SARAH, relict of the late James Law, Esq., Banbridge.
On the 13th instant, at Strabane, Mr. SAMUEL M'NAIR, aged eighty-four years.
On the 18th February, at New York, Captain ALEX. THOMPSON, formerly of Derry.
Suddenly, in Dawson Street, Dublin, FRANCES MARIA, wife of Colonel Sir William James Hojel, Aide-de-Camp to the King of Holland.
On the 16th instant, at his residence, Moyne-ball, county Cavan, Major SAMUEL NOBLE, late of the 2d Native Cavalry, Bengal Establishment.
On the 6th instant, at Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, JAMES MACARTNEY, Esq., M.D., late Professor of Anatomy and Surgery, Trinity College, in the seventy-third year of his age.
On the 28th ultimo, in Strabane, Miss CAROLINE BROWNE, aged seventy-three years.
On the 19th ultimo, at Caledon, PETER GEO. BARDIN, Esq., aged eighty-six years.
On Sunday morning last, at his residence, Arthur Square, Belfast, in his forty-fourth year, Mr. JOHN HALL, painter. His professional talents were of the first order; and he had gained the esteem of all who knew him by his integrity, urbane manners, and generous disposition.
THE ROYAL VISIT TO IRELAND. -- Whatever may be the ultimate intentions of Royalty respecting a visit to Ireland this year, the event appears to be looked upon here as one of certain occurence, and already has a note of preparation been sounded in an official department. Orders, it is stated, have been issued to prepare the old Artillery Barracks at Island Bridge for the reception of the 11th Hussars, on their arrival in this country, it being intended that the two dragoon regiments, at present forming part of Dublin garrison, shall, in addition to a fourth regiment of cavalry, remain in their present quarters during the ensuing summer. Correspondent of the London Times.
THE MAGISTRACY. -- Mr. Randal Borough has been superseded in the Commission of the Peace for this county, by letter from the Hanaper-office. -- Clare Journal.
THE MAGISTRACY. -- LUNATICS. -- The following is a copy of an important letter, issued to the Magistracy, on Monday, from the office of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland :-- "The Lord Chancellor wishes to draw the attention of the Magistracy of Ireland to the limited power given by the 1st and 2d Victoria, c.27, as its provisions appear to have been misunderstood. Their power is confined to cases where a person is discovered and apprehended in Ireland, under circumstances denoting a derangement of mind, and a purpose of committing crime, for which, if committed, such person would be liable to be indicted; and two Magistrates have power to act, if they are satisfied that such person is a dangerous lunatic, or a dangerous idiot. The power, therefore, can be exercised only where, first, the person is a dangerous lunatic or idiot; and, second, where he is discovered and apprehended, under circumstances denoting, first, not merely a derangement of mind, but, second, a purpose of committing crime, for which, if committed he might be indicted. Now, under this power, lunatics in safe and proper custody in a poor-house have committed to jail, merely to relieve the poor-house at the expense of the jail; and the act has been resorted to, in order to procure a place of confinement for lunatics, where the district asylums are full. With this view, the friends of a lunatic induce him to commit some trifling act, e.g., breaking a window or striking a person, and then take him before Magistrates, and procure his committal, as a dangerous lunatic, to prison, from whence, in the course of time, he is transferred to a Lunatic Asylum. And this plan prevents those checks against improper admissions to the asylum which are enforced in other cases. These abuses ought not to be permitted. The Lord Chancellor has desired that a return may be regularly made to him of all lunatics committed to prison, under the act of Victoria; but he feels assured that the powers of that act will in future be exercised with great caution.
(Signed), "EDWARD B. SUGDEN, C.
"March 18, 1843."
MURDER IN ROSCOMMON. -- An account has reached Dublin of a barbarous murder which was committed on Wednesday night last, in the county of Roscommon. The victim was a young man, named Michael Brock. His body was found shockingly mutilated, within a few perches of his father's house, near the town of Tuam. The Lord Lieutenant has offered a reward of £80 for the discovery of the assassins.
The body of the poor-law Collector of Duleck, in the County of Meath, was found on Thursday, in a ditch in the neighbourhood of that village. He had been stoned to death, and a considerable sum of money was found upon his person -- so that plunder was evidently not the object of his murderers. He had issued several summonses for arrears of poor-rates, for the next Petty Sessions, and this was the cause of his death. He was a person of excellent character. -- Dublin Evening Mail.
COUNTY OF ARMAGH ASSIZES.
BEFORE THE LORD CHIEF BARON BRADY.
March 9, 1843.
Thomas Ruddell, William Henry Sefton, and William John Turtle, executors of George Ruddell, deceased, plaintiffs; Joseph Berry and Mark Berry, junior, defendants.
THIS was an action to recover the amount of a promissory note, for the sum of £88 16s. 6d., dated 1st November, 184O, made by the defendants, and payable to deceased in his lifetime, at two months after date, with interest. The defendants having served a notice on plaintiffs, requiring the consideration to be proved, the plaintiffs accordingly went into evidence on that head, and produced, as witnesses, George Ruddell (the witness to the note), Adam Hall, and Arthur Boyle, from whose testimony it appeared that a person of the name of John Harvey, on whose lands testator had a mortgage, was indebted to the testator, in 1840, the sum of £156; that the defendants, or one of them, bought Harvey's lands in that year, and went into, and have since remained in, possession; that the defendants were to pay Harvey's debt to testator, and, having paid about £70 on account, the note was passed for the balance. Several letters from the defendant, Mark Berry, to testator, within March and April, 1842, were produced, and proved, on the part of the plaintiffs, in which the said Mark Berry requested indulgence, and promised payment of the debt in a short time; verbal promises to the same effect were also proved. For the defendants it was contended that the note had been passed merely as an accommodation to testator; that, on searches made, judgments to the amount of upwards of £2,000 appeared against Harvey;, that testator had undertaken to have these judgments satisfied, and not to look for payment of this note till he would do so and that, in fact, the consideration for the note had altogether failed, as testator had not got judgments satisfied. In support of this view of the case, the defendants produced and examined Messrs. Joseph Berry, junior, Arbuthnot Emerson, and George Stephenson, the latter, it appeared, having been the Solicitor for all the parties connected with the purchase made by the Berrys from Harvey.
The Judge, in his charge to the jury, told them that, in his opinion, a good and sufficient consideration for the note had been shown on the part of the plaintiffs; and that, with respect to the undertaking of testator, to get the judgments against Harvey satisfied, it seemed very odd that he should undertake to have judgments to the amount of £2,000 and upwards done away with, when his own debt was only £88 16s. 6d., and when, as mortgagee, he had nothing to say to making out Harvey's title, having been no party to the contract of sale between him and the defendant. The learned Judge also observed on the letters from the defendant, Mark Berry, to testator, as before stated, as being quite inconsistent with the case now set up by defendants.
The jury, in a few minutes, brought in a verdict for the plaintiffs for full amount of the promissory note, and interest.
Counsel for the plaintiffs -- Messrs. Nelson, Tomb, and Perrin. Agent -- Mr. Hazlett, Lurgan.
Counsel for the defendants -- Messrs. Whiteside and Holmes. Agent -- Mr. Dillon, Belfast.
COUNTY DONEGALL SPRING ASSIZE.
Friday, March 17.
AT two o'clock P.M., on Wednesday, the Grand Jury for the county of Donegall were sworn before the High-Sheriff, John Robert Boyd, Esq.: -- Sir James Stewart, Bart., foreman; Sir E.S. Hayes, Bart., M.P.; Thomas Brooke, Thomas John Atkinson, Alexander Hamilton, John Harvey, Charles Norman, Alexander Robert Stewart, Robert George Montgomery, James Sinclair, Wybrants Olphert, James Johnston, Daniel Chambers, Thomas Batt, John Ferguson, Esquires; Sir Robert Bateson, Bart.; William Fenwick, Esq.; Honourable James Hewitt; Henry Leathem, Thomas Doherty, John Humphreys, John Beers, Benjamin Geale Humfrey, Esquires.
Mr. Sergeant WARREN opened the Court on his arrival about mid-day. His address to the Jury was very short. He stated that he did not think that any of the cases that would come before them required particular attention.
Patrick Manelis, John M'Ginlay, John Doherty, and Maurice Warren, for obstructing revenue officers. Sentenced to be imprisoned for six weeks and hard labour. Others were tried and sentenced at last Assizes. The case had reference to a cask of oil thrown ashore.
Hugh Killen, for a violent assault on Jane Killen, his wife. Guilty; twelve months in prison, with hard labour; and at expiration of imprisonment to find security to keep the peace to his wife.
William Travers, guilty of common assault. To be imprisoned three calendar months.
Michael M'Fadden and Alexander M'Fadden his son, for stealing sixteen geese, the property of Mr. James M'Ilwaine, Lisfannon. Guilty. Transported seven years. These two were arrested by sergeant Magee, of the Derry constabulary, in attempting to break into a flax store, and a third party of the name of Halferty will be tried at the Assizes here for that offence.
PERSONS ALSO TREID BEFORE SERGEANT WARREN, YET TO BE BROUGHT UP FOR JUDGEMENT: --
Catherine Campbell, guilty of having base coin in her possession.
Patrick Gallaher, Anthony Gallaher, Hugh Gallaher the elder, and James Gallaher the younger, guilty of a violent assault on Michael Campbell, and riot.
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Saturday, March 18.
CONSPIRACY TO MURDER JOHN MARSHALL, ESQ., OF GARTIN.
Thomas M'Teague, James Rodden, and Connor Boyle, were indicted for having, at Whitehill, on the 2d of May, 1840, conspired to murder the late John Marshall, Esq.
This trial possessed more than usual interest, it being the fourth which arose out of the murderous assault which was committed on Mr. Marshall in August, 1840. The first trial was that of the prisoner M'Teague, for shooting at, with intent to kill, which took place at the Spring Assizes of 1841, and ended in an acquittal. The second was that of the prisoners and others, for conspiracy to murder, which took place at the Spring Assizes of 1842, when the jury could not agree in a verdict, and were discharged after they had endured a night's confinement. It is understood that a majority of them were for an acquittal. The next trial was of the same persons, upon the same charge of conspiracy, and took place at the last Summer Assizes. It had the same termination as the immediately preceding one; but there was an increased majority for an acquittal.
Hugh Doherty sworn and examined by Mr. BROOKE, Q.C. -- In May, 1840, he lived near to the deceased, who had been his landlord, and to whom he gave up his land; the prisoner Rodden and the father of the prisoner Boyle were tenants of deceased; the prisoner M'Teague is related to Rodden; in the above month the prisoners Rodden and Boyle came to his house and conversed with him; they said they were collecting money to give to M'Teague for the shooting of Marshall, and asked witness for half-a-crown; having said that he had no money then, it was arranged that he was to bring it, two nights after that, to Maurice Kerr's at Whitehill, where they were to be; he kept the appointment, and found the three prisoners outside of Kerr's house; he gave a half-crown to Boyle, who put it in his pocket; after which Boyle drew from his pocket a quantity of money in silver, and got some from Rodden; he said that he had got between £2 and £3; he gave what he had to M'Teague, saying that it was all he had to get that night, but when the job was done he would get £5 more; witness understood the job to be the shooting of Marshall; they then separated; in the following August on a 5unday, at noon, witness went to a place called the Rock, near to his house, from which he had a limekiln 300 yards off, and road running past it, in sight; saw Mr. Marshall in a gig going down the road, as if to a place of worship; the day was warm, and he had an umbrella over his head; when he came opposite to, the kiln, witness heard a shot, and saw smoke coming out of the kiln; Mr. Marshall then turned the gig and proceeded homewards; witness then saw coming from the kiln a man with a cap and a frock-coat of a dark colour on him, and a gun in his hand; he went over a field as if to Rodden's house at Whitehill, then entered a lane and crossed; that man was M'Teague.
Thomas Russell examined by Counsellor JOHNSTON -- Was once a tenant of Mr. Marshall, but was turned out by him; in the May preceding his death, Jas. Gallaher, who had also been dispossessed by him, asked witness to go with him to Tiragus, where he was to meet M'Teague; he did go with him, and they saw M'Teague near to where he lived; they talked about what Mr. Marshall was doing with his land and his tenants; Gallaher then offered to give M'Teague £10 if he would fire a shot at Mr. Marshall, and M'Teague said that he would do so the first opportunity; after that he saw M'Teague in Letterkenny, on a market day, and was asked by him whether he had seen Mr. Marshall there; witness replied that he had seen him going home; on which the other said, that, had he known that, he would have been there before him; on an other occasion M'Teague told him that he had lost all opportunity of shooting Mr. Marshall, as there were people on the road at the time; witness was in Lifford jail under a decree when deceased was shot, and was discharged on 25th September; after which M'Teague told him he had waited long, but got an opportunity at last; that he had given Marshall a touch which "helped God away with him;" and that he had had nothing for it but what he got from Rodden.
Cross-examined by Mr. DOHERTY -- Turned approver to be freed from the charge he was in for; the hope of pardon had a good share in it, but he had no hope of money; heard of a reward having been offered, but not the amount; he had been tried for and convicted of a rescue, and sentenced to six months' imprisonment; witness told the clergyman, the Protestant rector of the parish, Mr. Maturin, before the shot was fired, that Mr. Marshal's life was in danger.
The case for the Crown having been closed, the jury were addressed by Mr. Macklin on behalf of the prisoner M'Teague, and by Mr. Doherty for the other prisoners.
There were then given in evidence for the defence three informations sworn to by the late Mr. Marshall, respectively dated the 11th, 10th, and 20th August, 1840. In thee first, he swore that he saw the person who fired at him, but did not know him; in the second, that he believed that person to be Patrick Murray, formerly of Churchtown, and then of Magheramore; and in the third, that said Patrick Murray, who was then before him, and identified by him, was that person.
The following witnesses were then called:--
Cornelius Curran, examined by Mr. LOWTY -- Hugh Doherty did not, for twelve weeks before May, 1840, or during that month, or since, get any money from witness; was at that time in witness's employment.
Catherine Boyle, who did not speak English, was a examined by Counsellor LOWRY through an interpreter. On the day that Mr. Marshall was shot, she was in the service of James Conaghan; Susan Dougan came to the house that day when the family were at mass, and went away before they came back; Susan was in the house the whole time that she remained; all that witness heard her say about what had happened was that, she heard a shot as she came up the lane; did not say that she saw M'Teague or anyone else with a gun; she talked Irish all the time she was there.
John O'Donnelly, examined by Mr. LOWRY -- Saw the smoke of the shot fired at Mr. Marshall from the kiln; was then on a hill more than a quarter of a mile from the kiln; saw M'Teague going up the lane to when the shot was fired, and he also was then distant from the kiln by a quarter of a mile.
The defence having closed, the learned JUDGE proceeded to sum up the evidence at considerable length, and with much perspicuity. The general tenor of his remarks was far from being favourable to the prisoners.
The jury retired, and, after an absence of about a quarter of an hour, returned with a verdict of acquittal.
Patrick M'Laughlin, Michael Logue, and John M'Laughlin, guilty of assaulting police in execution of their duty. Patrick M'Laughlin, sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment with hard labour; Michael Logue, six months and hard labour; and John M'Laughlin, nine months and hard labour.
Thomas Mathew, larceny, seven years' transportation.
Thomas Nichol, larceny, six months' imprisonment and hard labour.
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Monday, March 20.
TRIAL FOR BIGAMY. -- ANOTHER PRESBYTERIAN MARRIAGE CASE.
William Paxton was indicted for that he did, on the 1st day of December, 1812, marry one Martha Grey, and that afterwards, and whilst the said Martha Grey was still alive, on the 28th day of May, in the year 1832, did marry one Thomasina Halsey.
Joseph Rolleston, examined by Mr. Schoales, Q.C. -- Knows Martha Paxton; remembers the marriage of Martha Grey and William Paxton about thirty years ago; they were married by the Rev. J. Lyttle, Presbyterian minister of Letterkenny; Martha Grey was a Presbyterian; they lived together for a good many years; Martha Grey is gone to America these three years past; identifies prisoner.
Cross-examined by Mr. MATURIN -- The marriage took place by candle light; was asked by her friends; swears positively to Paxton's identity.
Rev. Joseph Lyttle examined -- Is Presbyterian minister of Letterkenny congregation; has been so forty years; was regularly ordained according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church, by prayer and the imposition of the hands of the Presbytery; knew Martha Grey, a member of his congregation in 1812; about that year she was married to William Paxton; did not know William Paxton before; did not see him since, until he saw him in the dock on Saturday; won't swear prisoner was the man; has seen Martha Grey since the marriage, and within the last four years; she was called Mrs. Paxton ever since her marriage; after explanation of marriage, and of their respective duties, both parties assented to all the requirements, and were declared man and wife, and, as such, knew them to have lived together; his impression was that Paxton was a member of the Established Church; recollects Rolleston having been at the marriage.
Cross-examined -- Does not recollect asking Paxton his religious persuasion.
Robert Halsey examined -- Is father of Thomasina Halsey; was present at the marriage of his daughter with Paxton; deponent is a Roman Catholic, and Paxton an Episcopalian; they were married in two places -- on the 27th May, 1832, by the Rev. Mr. Waterton, Roman Catholic clergyman, and on the day following by the Rev. Mr. Shrubb, the Vicar of the parish; identifies prisoner; was in the coastguard service; deponent and prisoner were on the same station; the prisoner and his daughter lived only together six days, the reason being, that prisoner, on the first Sunday after marriage, would not permit his wife to go to chapel, in accordance with an agreement entered into between the parties and their friends before marriage; about eight days after marriage, deponent heard, by a note from Martha Grey, of prisoner's previous marriage; asked Paxton if Martha Grey had not been his wife; he denied the charge, but said he had lived with her without being married.
Cross-examined -- Assented when his daughter was allowed to go to her own house of worship.
Thomasina Halsey examined -- Is a Roman Catholic; was living in the parish of Bolder, in Hampshire, in 1832; recollects her marriage by the Rev. P. Waterton, in the Chapel; on the day following, was married in the church of Bolder, by the Rev. H. Shrubb, Vicar; Paxton said he was an Episcopalian; produced a compared extract out of the registry books of the parish or Bolder; swears it to be a true extract; after the ceremony, went to her father's house; lived with Paxton as his wife till the Sunday following; he refused her leave to go to chapel, in opposition to his previous promise; Paxton said if she went to chapel she might marry whom she pleased; heard of a precious marriage about eight days after her own marriage, which Paxton denied, and said that Martha Grey was sent to America; deponent was about seventeen years of age.
Cross-examined -- Her residence was in Bolder, as was the church; got a copy of the paper from Mr. Shrubb; when asked, the prisoner denied being a married man: it was owing to want of means, and inability of her father to leave his business, that proceedings were not sooner instituted; the Vicar compared the paper with her, and said she might swear to it as a true copy.
The copy was then proposed to be read.
Mr. MATURIN objected on the grounds that, although the copy was correct, and extracted from a book in the Vicar's possession, yet, as no evidence was given that the book from which the extract was taken was the parish registry, it was inadmissible.
Mr. SMYLY -- The book was produced as parish register by the proper officer, which was quite sufficient. The copy was then read.
Patrick Morraghan, police constable, examined -- Arrested prisoner; apprehended him at Glenbar, on the 22d August last, for being married twice.
Cross-examined -- Had a warrant; it is at the station.
Mr. MATURIN objected. On the part of the Crown they must go further -- they must prove not only his apprehension, but also his lawful apprehension, and that, too, on this very charge.
Mr. SMYLY -- It is not necessary to produce a warrant; they told him the charge, and that was enough.
The JUDGE -- Deponent has sworn on what he apprehended him, and that will be sufficient.
Cross-examination continued -- Knew the grounds of apprehension; on reading the information in the warrant he knew them.
The case closed on the part of the Crown.
Mr. MATURIN -- The prisoner is entitled to acquittal on the authority of the Queen v. Smith, 2 Cr. and D., 319.
The JUDGE -- The question of the validity of Presbyterian marriages is at present before the House of Lords, and will not be decided by me. The question of fact must go to the jury.
The jury found the prisoner guilty of the charge of bigamy, subject, of course, to the decision of the House of Lords.
Some other business having been transacted, the Court adjourned.
Saturday, March 18.
Chief Justice DOHERTY took his seat, for the hearing of Crown cases, at one o'clock this day.
Michael Boyd, indicted for a felonious assault, on 3d July last, on the person of Catherine Crimly.
The jury acquitted the prisoner of the rape, but found him guilty of an assault; and recommended him to mercy, in consequence of information which did not transpire on the trial. Sentence not passed.
Alexander Sweeny, indicted for having, on the 3d July, at Rathdonnell, obtained £1 for feloniously helping James Allen to recover a mare which had been stolen from Robert Hay. The prisoner, it was agreed, was merely a sort of rural "Jonathan Wild," and as the mare was taken from the stable only on the authority of a Glenswilly decree, he was discharged.
William Travers, for riot, at Ardfarna, and assault on James Gilvarry, of which he is since dead, in September last. Guilty of common assault; to be imprisoned for three months.
Thomas Mathews, for that he, on the 20th January, at Pettigo, did steal from William Duffy a tobaccobox, of the value of 1d., and tobacco of the value of 4d. Guilty; to be transported for seven years.
The Court shortly after adjourned.
COUNTY OF TYRONE ASSIZES.
Omagh, Thursday, March, 16.
Henry Mollan and John Netherry, for that they, on the 3d December last, at Strabane, entered into a conspiracy to cheat and defraud Messrs. Carey, M'Clelland, and others, grain merchants, by endeavouring to obtain money under false pretences. -- Acquitted.
John Kelly, for vagrancy, and for throwing stones at the Meeting-house windows, in Omagh. -- Guilty; to be imprisoned for three months, and then to find security to be of good behaviour, or to be transported for seven years.
Jane M'Gurk, for a like offence, was convicted. The sentence was similar to the foregoing.
This concluded the criminal business.
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Holmes v. Dudgeon -- This was an action brought by plaintiff, a solicitor, residing near Stewartstown, against the Misses Dudgeon, of that town, for libel by defamation. The jury were shut up from Tuesday till Thursday evening, when they were discharged, not having come to any decision. This was the third trial of the case.
John Jack, lessee of Elizabeth Scarlett, v. James Young and Andrew Young. -- An ejectment on the title, brought in pursuance of a writ of elegit and inquisition, founded on the recent Act of 3d and 4th, Vict., c. 105, sec. 27. Verdict for the plaintiff for one-third of Edergoole, and all the other lands and tenements, save four small tenements in Castletown, with costs.
James Hamilton v. John Martin, sen. -- An action to recover damages for injury to a water-course and mill. Verdict for plaintiff, 6d. damages and 6d. costs.
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The following are some of the sentences passed upon the persons tried at the Tyrone Assizes :-- John Kelly and Jane M'Gurk, to be imprisoned three months; and, should they not, at the end of that time, find two securities in £5 each, to be transported for seven years. James Armstrong, to be imprisoned three months, and to give security to keep the peace.
Hugh M'Manus, Patrick M'Gaughey, Arthur Marley, John M'Dermott, and Michael M'Ginley, for assembling to oppose the Orangemen at Newtownsaville -- M'Manus to be imprisoned four months, and each of the others two months, and give security to keep the peace. Samuel M'Namee, to be transported ten years. Thomas M'Carten and Francis M'Carten, assault -- Thomas to be imprisoned twelve months, and Francis three months, and both to give security to keep the peace. Alice Mulgrew, to be imprisoned twelve months from date of committal, and to be kept in solitary confinement one week in each intervening month.
LONDONDERRY SPRING ASSIZES.
On Monday morning, the following gentlemen were sworn in by William H. Ashe, Esq., High Sheriff for the county, to act as Grand Jurors on the grand inquest of the county -- viz., Sir Robert Bateson, Bart., foreman; Sir H. Hervey Bruce, Bart.; John Boyd, M.P.; Henry Richardson, Marcus M'Causland, John B. Beresford, John Alexander, Richard Hunter, Wm. L. Conyngham, William Lecky Brown, Stewart Bruce, James Harvey, James J. Clark, George Tomkins, Robert L. Ogilby, Rowley Miller, A. Spottiswoode, Arthur Sampson, Henry Wiggins, Charles Knox, Edward Oseland, Anthony Babington, Esqrs.
Lord Chief Justice DOHERTY entered this Court to.day at twelve o'clock, accompanied by William Haslett, Esq., Mayor.
The Grand Jury having been re-sworn, on the Commission being read, his LORDSHIP briefly charged them. He remarked that it was impossible not to repeat the congratulation he had the pleasure of offering to them when last here, on the singularly small amount of criminal business to be got through in this Court.
The following cases were then tried, on a Petit Jury having been sworn:--
John Stewart Gordon, indicted for obtaining money on false pretences. Guilty.
Isabella Leslie, for having stolen a bonnet from Mary Ann Given, on the 16th March. Guilty.
Isabella Leslie (same prisoner), indicted on another charge of stealing clothes from William Forsythe, at Newtownlimavady. Guilty.
John Milligan, for stealing a window-sash from Dungiven Castle. The prisoner was employed to take care of Dungiven Castle, and while he was there one of the window-sashes was missing. David Huey, constable of police, found it at the house of James Gray of Garvagh, to whom it had been given by prisoner as a pledge for the loan of 2s. Guilty; to be imprisoned three months.
Patrick Murray, for setting fire to a portion of the premises of Henry Mullen, at Tintagh, early on the morning of the 29th of October. Not guilty.
Patrick Halferty, for an attempt at breaking into the premises of Mr. Thomas Ballantine of Ardlough, on the 27th February. Guilty; to be imprisoned for twelve months.
William Jamieson, for an assault on Thos. Donagh. Guilty; to be imprisoned for six months, and kept to hard labour.
Denis M'Laughlin, cow-stealing at Magilligan. Guilty; ten years' transportation.
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Tuesday, March 21.
Mr. Sergeant WARREN entered this Court shortly after twelve o'clock, and, after hearing a few appeals, proceeded to have a Crown Jury empanelled, when the following persons were tried:--
James Burnside was indicted for stealing a pocketbook, containing money, the property of Thomas Nesbitt, on the night of the 6th of February. Not guilty.
Thomas Gallagher, indicted for an assault on James Doherty, on the 7th May last. Not guilty.
The Court adjourned at half-past three until next morning.
There is, we believe, only one record to come before the Court. -- Derry Standard.
PORT OF BELFAST.
ARRIVED, March 20. -- John and Samuel, Smith, Liverpool, salt; Henry Smith, Love, Liverpool, flour and wheat. -- 21. Tartar (st.), Stewart, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Birmingham (st.), Church, Dublin, goods and passengers.
SAILED, March 20. -- Royal Adelaide, Soy, London, goods and passengers; Aurora (st.), Anderson, Glasgow, goods and passengers.
DEPARTURES OF STEAMERS.
For Liverpool, the AThlone, Davies, to-morrow, at five o'clock evening.
A steamer sails for Dublin, on Wednesday, at eight o'clock evening.
For Greenock and Glasgow, the Tartar, Stewart, on Monday, at six o'clock evening.
A steam-ship sails for London, calling at Dublin, Falmouth, Plymouth, and Southampton, on Monday, at seven o'clock evening.
For Whithaven, the Countess of Lonsdale, or the Earl of Lonsdale, to-morrow, at six o'clock evening.
For Stranraer, the Maid of Galloway, Haswell, on Tuesday, April 11, at seven o'clock morning.
For Carlisle, the Newcastle, Burton, on Thursday, at eight o'clock evening.
For Fleetwood, the Prince of Wales, M'Neilage, to-day, at six o'clock evening.
For Liverpool, from Warrenpoint, the Hercules, Tallan, on Saturday, at four o'clock afternoon.
For Liverpool, from Portrush, the Coleraine, Johnstone, on Thursday, at nine o'clock morning.
At this port for Demerara, on Friday, the Sarah, of Belfast, Bracegirdle, with a cargo of sugar, of this year's crop. The master reports having felt, when off Antigua, on the morning of the 8th February a shock of the earthquake. -- John Heron and Co., owners and consignees.
At Derry from Rotterdam, the Catherine Maria, with flaxseed, &c.
At Dunkirk from this port, 14th instant, the Dolphin, Humphries.
At Workington from Portaferry, 15th instant, the Cariboo, of Belfast, M'Ferran.
At Antwerp from this port, 18th instant, the schooner Recovery, of Belfast, M'Nabb.
Put into Bowmore, Islay, 15th instant, the Juno, of Belfast, Wilson, from Lymington to this port.
From Antwerp for this port, 15th instant, the Mary, Constance.
From Alicante for this port, 6th instant, the William, of Belfast, Montgomery.
From Wick for this port, 14th instant, the Good Design, Gunn, and Harmony Finlayson.
From Pernambuco for Liverpool, February 12, the Larne, of Belfast, Davies.
From Bombay for Liverpool, January 18, the Intrinsic, of Belfast, Davidson.
From Madras for London, December 25, the Amelia Mulholland, Evans.
From Liverpool for New York, 20th instant, the Chester, Doyle.
From Falmouth for St. Thomas, 17th instant, the Tweed, Royal West India mail steamer.
From Gibraltar, 7th instant, the Oriental steamer, from Falmouth to Alexandria.
From Liverpool for Barbadoes, 17th instant, the Gondola, of Belfast, Warnock.
From Liverpool for Port-au-Prince, 17th instant, the Horsford, of Belfast, Byers.
From Falmouth for Alexandria, 16th instant, the Earl of Liverpool steamer.
At Laguna for London, January 21, the Penninghame, of Belfast, Green.
At Liverpool for Vera Cruz, 19th instant, the Martha, of Belfast, Wilson.
At Liverpool for Leghorn, 19th instant, the John, of Belfast, Black.
At Elsinore, 14th instant, the Success, Schmeer, of and for Dantzic.
Off Bardsea, 18th instant, the Thomas Battersby, of Belfast, Leitch, from Liverpool to Pernambuco.
ABANDONMENT OF AN INDIAMAN AT SEA. -- Intelligence reached this city last evening of the abandonment, on the 23d ultimo, of the Windsor Castle, from Bombay to Liverpool, having on board 3,000 bales of cotton. The account states that she was run foul of by an American ship, bound to Liverpool, that her masts went overboard, and that her crew were taken on board the American. Acting on instructions from Liverpool, the agent of the St. George Steam Company here despatched, at seven o'clock, last evening, the Victory steamer, Capt. Parker, in quest of the Indiaman. The Windsor Castle has since been brought into the Shannon. -- Cork Reporter of Tuesday.
RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN, March 18. -- The Johns, of Newry, O'Neill, sailed hence, to-day, for Troon. She has been lying in this harbour above six weeks, and has been repaired, and had some new sails, having been driven ashore here last January.
BALLINA, March, 17. -- The Arrow, of and for Liverpool, with oats, got ashore, near Moy Bar, 15th instant, and is expected to become a wreck, as she is sinking into the sand, and the sea washing over her.
PORTDYNLLAIN, March 16. -- The Dolphin steamer, which went ashore in the gale of the 6th January last, has been hauled into the graving-dock to undergo repairs.
The Harvest Home, from Rio Janeiro to Monte Video, was wrecked, on the coast of Rio Grande, previous to 31st December; crew saved.
MARANHAM, February 4. -- The Thalia, from Liverpool, was wrecked, near this port, 25th January. The Wilberforce, from Liverpool, in coming in, on the 1st instant, ran on one of the banks, and will be a wreck; part of the cargo saved, chiefly without damage.
The schooner Devon, Morish, left Smyrna, December 4, and has not since been heard of.
The Juno, from Rio Janeiro to Monte Video, went ashore at the entrance of the River Plate, previous to 12th December, and filled; crew and passengers saved.
FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, November 5. -- The Ocean Queen, Harrington, from Launceston to Balli, was wrecked on Alhabros Reef, on the 14th September; crew saved.
The Brothers, on the rocks at Mullin Island, Galway, has been got off, and into that harbour.
The Woods, Collins, hence to Maryport, ran ashore, to the Northward of the harbour, 10th instant, became leaky, and fell over on her beam-ends; she has since been got off, and into the harbour.
The Commerce, of Southwold, foundered off Scarborough, 12th instant, having been in contact with the Mountcharles; crew saved.
The Lotus, Steele, from Charleston to Hull, was abandoned, 25th ultimo, dismasted, and very leaky; crew saved.
CARDIFF, March 13. -- The Irish Lily, Donovan, from Waterford to Newport, ran on a rock, last night, at Sully Island, during a fog; crew saved; vessel expected to be got off.
SWANSEA, March 13. -- The Truro, of Truro, got on the back of the Mumbles Head, this morning, and is expected to become a wreck; crew saved.
ELSINORE, March 10. -- The Oberpræsident, from St. David to Swinemunde, was stranded, near Anholt, 5th ultimo, and has become a wreck; crew and part of materials saved. The Medea, from Memel to England, was wrecked, at Lessoe, 25th ultimo; crew saved.
YARMOUTH, U.S., February 10.-- The Prince Albert, from St. John, N.B., to London, struck on a ledge, near Turket Island, beat over, with loss of rudder, and was run ashore on Pubnico Point, thirty-five miles hence.
The Circassian, arrived at Liverpool from Calcutta, saw a suspicious schooner, January 30, in lat. 3. N., long. 20. W., which, after manœuvring some time, hauled her wind in chase. The Circassian fired a round shot, upon which she sheered off.
The brig Diana, of Kirkaldy, Packwood, from Bathurst, N.B., to Leith, was fallen in with, January 18, in lat. 50. N., long 40., water-logged and dismasted, and the crew taken on by the Adelaide, arrived at New York, from Swansea.
The transport Gertrude, from China, with 200 of the 6th Madras Native Infantry, was wrecked, 25th December, seven wiles north, of Madras; all on board saved.
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CHANNEL LIGHTS. -- As the town of Folkestone is now lighted by gas, it has been deemed proper to place a red light on the West Pier Head, instead of the former white light. Cape Grisnez light is now a revolving light, showing every half minute, to the extent of eight leagues, with a continued fainter light, visible four leagues; the flashing light and the fixed light at the place are discontinued. The light at Calais shows at lapses of 1½ minutes -- the intervals are totally dark. -- Hampshire Telegraph.
MILITARY AT HONG-KONG. -- The troops left at Hong Kong are -- her Majesty's 98th, about 500, and sickly; left wing of her Majesty's 55th; right ditto, 41st Madras Native Infantry; one company of Royal Artillery, and a few of her Majesty's 18th.
The Toulon journals state from Malta that the British naval force in the Mediterranean is to be almost immediately reduced. The Howe, Formidable, Impregnable, and Vanguard were on the point of leaving Malta for England.
PORTSMOUTH, March 18. -- The Inconstant, 26, passed Gibraltar for England, on the 9th instant. The Blenheim, 72, sailed on Monday last for Sheerness, to be paid off. The Rose, 18, at Sheerness, has been commissioned by Commander H. R. Sturt. The Castor, 36, at Chatham, is ordered to be fitted out as speedily as possible for commission. The Calliope, 26, was paid off on Wednesday, at Plymouth. The Nautilus brig, Lieutenant Snell, returned yesterday from the entrance of the Channel and Plymouth. The Rhadamanthus steamer arrived on Sunday from Plymouth, with four officers and 100 men of the 45th Regiment, who are ordered to embark in the Rodney for the Cape of Good Hope, She remains, with the Volcano, ready for any service. The Tartarus steam-vessel will be ready for sea by the 1st of April, the Mastiff by the 10th, and the Blazer by the 25th instant, and will then proceed on the surveying service. The Hecla steamer will be here early in the week, to embark Rear-Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis, Bart., for Malta. The Windsor Castle Indiaman, which was abandoned by her crew near Ireland, has been brought into Scattery Roads.
A Court-martial was held on the 27th of February, on board her Majesty's ship Impregnable, at Malta, to investigate the circumstances under which her Majesty's ship Formidable ran on shore near Barcelona. The Court, having closed its proceedings, admonished Sir Charles Sullivan, Bart., her captain, to be more careful in future in reference to the lead and line; and reprimanded the master, Mr. James Tonkin, on the same grounds.
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Banner of Ulster - Tuesday, 28 March, 1843
On the 31st ultimo, at Ballintoy Rectory, the Lady of the Rev. Dr. Carter, of a Son.
March 18, in the Mall, Armagh, the Lady of the Rev. Alexander Irwin, of a Daughter.
On the 21st instant, at Ballycastle, by the Rev. Samuel Lyle, the Rev. THOMAS CRAIG of Chequer Hall, county of Antrim, to JANE, youngest daughter of James Kirkpatrick, Esq., Ballycastle.
On the 17th instant, at the Parish Church, Stroud, Gloucestershire, by the Rev. M. B. Hale, WM. ARMSTRONG, Esq., Surgeon, formerly, of Lisburn, to MARY ANN, eldest daughter of the Rev. J. Stevens.
On the 18th instant, by the Rev. J. A. Canning, Mr. THOS. BAILIE, jun., of Ballyhosset, county of Down, to MARY ANNE, second daughter of the late Mr. Alexander Trimble of Maghereigh, near Kilkeel.
On the 21st instant, in Kilmegan Church, county of Down, by the Rev. Wray R. Hunt, Mr. SAMUEL GIBBONS, Castlewellan, to ALICE, eldest daughter of Robert O'Neill, Esq., Mill Hill, Castlewellan.
March 17, at St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Glasgow, by the Rev. R. Montgomery, CHAS. WANKFORD VESEY CURRIE, Esq., of Trinity House, Suffolk, cousin of Lord Fitzgerald and Vesci, to JANE, daughter of George Salmond, Esq., Procurator-Fiscal of Lanarkshire.
On the 16th instant, by the Rev. J. Jenkins, Mr. GEORGE LEWIS of Annvale, Keady, to MARGARET, eldest daughter of Mr. Joseph Warmington, Balleer.
On the 20th instant, in Limerick, aged seventy~one years, Major DREW, formerly of the 45th Regiment.
At Cottage, Randalstown, on Monday, 20th instant, in the thirty-second year of his age, Mr. WM. L. COURTENAY.
On the 17th instant, of paralysis, at her residence, York Road, Mrs. O'NEILL, aged sixty-eight years.
March 10, GEORGE MAHONY, aged 107 years, and his wife JULIAN, aged ninety-nine years, living at Castle Donacon, within a few miles of Dunmanway. They both died within two hours of each other, leaving children and grand-children almost innumerable.
EXECUTION OF JAMES HASKINS. -- This wretched man was executed on Saturday last, in front of the jail at Wicklow, for the murder of John Pugh.
A FAR-FETCHED PLAINTIFF. -- Our coroner has received two distringases for records at our Assizes. One of the plaintiffs is no less a personage than Akhbar Khan. -- Nenagh Guardian.
DESPERATE ATTEMPT AT MURDER. -- COUNTY KILKENNY. -- As Mr. Shea was driving in an outside car to attend church service in the town of Kilkenny, on Sunday morning, a ruffian, with a piece of black crape over his face, and armed with a blunderbuss, advanced from off the road to within three paces of that gentleman's vehicle, took deliberate aim, and fired. Mr. Shea, being wholly unarmed, drove on; but on his arriving at the house of Mr. Greene, R.M., to lodge informations, he found that his hat was completely riddled with balls -- no fewer than six having gone right through it. The police were immediately sent in pursuit, but the miscreant has as yet escaped detection. -- Dublin Evening Mail.
THE QUEEN'S VISIT TO IRELAND. -- We understand that the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Regiment) are under orders for Dublin, where they are to be stationed. During the ensuing summer, Dublin will be the head-quarters of two cavalry regiments. This arrangement is made, in order to have a sufficiency of cavalry available for the escorts and additional duty consequent on the Queen's visit to Dublin, which, we learn, is now fixed to take place in August next. Considerable alterations and improvements have been for some time going on at the Viceregal Lodge in the Phœnix Park, for the reception of her Majesty and her illustrious consort. -- Dublin Evening Post.
THE MOTHER, DAUGHTER, AND ANOTHER WOMAN COMMITTED FOR THE WILFUL MURDER OF A NEW-BORN CHILD. -- On Tuesday last, the town of Celbridge was thrown into a state of excitement by the report of some boys, that a child was lying in the river Liffey. On Wednesday, a verdict was returned by the Coroner's jury that "Bridget Bullick, otherwise Bowes, of Celbridge, did choke and strangle said child, and that she was aided and abetted by Betty Keogh and Margaret Bullick." -- Leinster Express.
The Committee of the Presbyterian Church, Killinchy, thankfully acknowledge the receipt of the following sums, which have been forwarded to them to be added to the collection taken in their church on the 5th instant: -- William Brooke, Esq., Q.C., Dublin; Alexander Dickey, Esq., Belfast, £1; Mr. D. Anderson, Palnagh, Caledon, £1; Mr. R. Anderson Palnagh, £1; Miss Bailie, Ringdufferin, 0s.; Joseph Lowry, Esq., Belfast, 10s.; William Carson, Esq., Belfast, 10s, &c. The collection received to assist in repairing this ancient place of worship now amounts to £2203, 19s. 3d.
MARK OF ESTEEM. -- On Saturday the 18th instant, the friends of William Mulholland, late of Ballynafoy, near Banbridge, sent their yokes to his newly purchased farm in the townland of Shanrod, and turned over, in a masterly and profitable style, a great part of his new holding. In return, the ploughmen were warmly and plentifully entertained during the day, and they separated at a late hour, in the utmost harmony, with the inward satisfaction of having each contributed a share to promote the interest of a worthy man. -- Correspondent of the Downpatrick Recorder.
FATAL OCCURRENCE. -- A man named M'Greevy, who had been accustomed to drive a bread-cart, was lately found near this town in an almost lifeless state, with the cart overturned upon him. He was removed to the County Infirmary, and upon examination it was discovered that his skull was fractured. The unfortunate man has since died, and a coroner's inquest has been held upon his body. As the deceased was in the habit of driving furiously, it was considered that that was the primary cause of his death. -- Downpatrick Recorder.
PORT OF BELFAST.
ARRIVED, March 21. -- Birmingham (st.), Church, Dublin, goods and passengers; Aurora (st.), Anderson, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Reindeer (st.), Head, Liverpool, goods and passengers. -- 23. Athlone (st.), Davies. Liverpool, goods and passengers; Prince of Wales (st.) M'Neilage, Fleetwood, goods and passengers; Alice, Jones, Conway, bark; Isabella, Dickson, Bangor, slates; Triton, Carnell, London, general cargo; Johanna, Bakker, Rotterdam, flaxseed. -- 24. George and James, Edgar, Liverpool, goods and passengers; Caroline, Jones, Alicante, barilla, &c.
SAILED, March 21. -- Countess of Lonsdale (st.), Lamb, Whitehaven, goods and passengers: Falcon (st.), Gowan, Liverpool, goods and passengers; Ardent, Markey, London, general cargo. -- 22. Tartar (st.), Stewart, Glasgow, goods and passengers. -- 23. Birmingham (st.), Church, Dublin, goods and passengers; Venelia, Meppelder, Liverpool, ballast; Reindeer (st.), Head, Liverpool, goods and passengers; Ruby, Rodgers, Larne, wheat; Venus, Mearns, Liverpool, bones.
DEPARTURES OF STEAMERS.
For Liverpool, the Athlone, Davies, on Saturday, at nine o'clock evening.
A steamer sails for Dublin, to-morrow, at eight o'clock evening.
For Greenock and Glasgow, the Tartar, Stewart, on Friday, at eight o'clock evening.
A steam-ship sails for London, calling at Dublin, Falmouth, Plymouth, and Southampton, on Monday, at, twelve o'clock noon.
For Whitehaven, the Countess of Lonsdale or, the Earl of Lonsdale, to-morrow, at eight o'clock evening.
For Stranraer, the Maid of Galloway, Haswell; on Tuesday, April 11, at seven o'clock morning.
For Carlisle, the Newcastle, Burton, on Thursday at eight o'clock evening.
For Fleetwood, the Prince of Wales, M'Neilage, to-day, at eight o'clock evening.
For Liverpool, from Derry, the Maiden City, Crompton, on Friday, at nine o'clock morning; and from Liverpool for Derry, to-day, at nine o'clock morning.
For Liverpool, from Portrush, the Coleraine, Johnstone, on Thursday, at nine o'clock morning.
For the West Indies, from Falmouth, calling at Corunna and Madeira, the Solway, Royal West India mail steamer, on 3d April.
At this port from Alicante, the Caroline, Jones, with barilla, &c. -- Wm. Carson, consignee.
At Liverpool from Alexandria, 24th instant, the Robt. A. Parke, of Belfast.
At Orkney, 16th instant, the Aurora, from Arendahl to this port.
At Cardiff from this port, 24th instant, the Vriendschap, Sap.
Windbound at Lochindaul, Islay, 16th instant, the Jane, of Belfast, Wilson, from Lymington to Ballina.
At Madeira, on the 19th ultimo, the Great Western steamer, Hoskin, and sailed thence for New York on the 20th; she had a head-wind all the way after clearing the land.
At Dantzic from this port, 16th instant, the Success, Schmeer.
From Matanzas for Cork, 8th ultimo, the Chieftain, of Belfast, Porter.
At Liverpool for New Orleans, 20th instant, the Consbrook, of Belfast, Finlay.
The Ulster, of Belfast, from Liverpool to Maracaibo, on 22d ultimo, in lat. 23., long. 42., by the Henry, arrived at Liverpool.
GOOLE, March 20. -- The Anchor, Wate, from London to this port, capsized, last night, on Whitten Sand; two boys drowned; part of cargo and stores saved; the vessel will be a wreck.
LOSS OF THE "EARL OF RODEN" STEAMER. -- This vessel sailed from Cork for Liverpool at half-past six on Tuesday morning, having on board a full cargo of cured provisions. We understand that Gamble, Brothers, had £1,500 worth in her; Burke, Brothers, £300; Martin & Son, £430; besides shipments by Lunham, Brothers, Thomson & Son, &c. On deck of the vessel there were sixty-one pigs and two cows. There were but three passengers on board, who were steerage fares. The vessel, which was a slow steamer, had kept on her voyage until midnight, when her engines gave way, and it was with the greatest exertion that she was kept off the shore during the night. Providentially, after day-break, her commander, Captain Alexander Keay, ran her into a creek, surrounded by rocks, called Ballylandeer, between Ballycotton and Poorhead. Immediately on the vessel settling in the sand, as every coming sea threatened to break her up, the Captain took all necessary precautions, and had the decks cleared, and the pigs and cows forced overboard, which were swimming ashore at the time the messenger was despatched, while, at the same time, but three sailors and Captain Keay were on board, the others having landed in safety. The Captain and three men of course followed, as soon as their services could be no longer requisite on board. It is generally suspected that the vessel must have gone to pieces during last night;: it is, however, supposed that when the tide left her yesterday her cargo was landed and taken in charge by the coast-guard and police. It appears that all the shippers, with a few minor exceptions, have advised their correspondents in London to insure their shipments. The Earl of Roden was 227 tons burden, with two 65-horse engines, and was purchased by the St. George Company about twelve years ago. She made her voyage to Cork without accident during the dreadful storm in which the Killarney steamer was lost. She was built in Liverpool in 1826, for the City of Dublin Steam-Packet Company, and first ran between Liverpool and Dundalk, and afterwards between Liverpool and Warrenpoint. -- Cork Constitution of Thursday.
COURT-MARTIAL ON THE RON. CAPTAIN ELLIOT. -- The following is the sentence of the court-martial held upon the Hon. Captain Elliot of the Spartan frigate, at the instance of Mr. De Lacy M. Gleig, a midshipman attached to that vessel :-- "The Court, having carefully weighed and considered the evidence in support of the charges, as well as what the prisoner had to offer in his defence, and the evidence adduced by him, are of opinion that the prisoner is not guilty of the 1st, 2d, and 6th charges, but that he is guilty of the remaining charges against him. The Court, however, in consideration of the very high testimonials as to character and conduct adduced by the prisoner; the extraordinary and parental anxiety manifested on all occasions for the well-doing and general instruction of all the young gentlemen on board his ship, and particularly of Mr. De Lacy M. Gleig himself; and also looking at the nature of the punishment complained of, the circumstances under which it was inflicted, the feeling which dictated it, and which animated the prisoner towards all under his command, as appearing in evidence before the Court, are of opinion that the authority and the rules and regulations of her Majesty's service, and the dignity of the law as applicable to an infringement of them, will be fully vindicated and upheld by merely adjudging that the prisoner be severely reprimanded, and he is hereby reprimanded accordingly." Upon Captain Elliot's return to his own ship, the Spartan the crew received him with loud and continued cheering, which was heard on board every ship in harbour and in Port Royal.
THE BANNER OF ULSTER.
Printed and Published every TUESDAY and FRIDAY Morning, by GEORGE TROUP, at the Office, 3, Donegall Street Place.
Belfast, Tuesday, March 28, 1843.
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Banner of Ulster - Friday, 31 March, 1843
At St. Andrew's Church, Dublin, on Monday the 27th instant, by the Rev. Benjamin Poyntz, ALEXANDER BOLTON, Esq., to HENRIETTA, eldest daughter of James Moore, Esq., Mespil.
On the 27th instant, by the Rev. R. Campbell, at Draperstown, JAMES KELLY, Esq., Sub-Inspector of Police, to MARY JANE SMYTH, sister of the Rev. Samuel Smyth.
On the 29th instant, in Tullylish Church, by the Venerable Archdeacon Creery, LESLIE EDWARD CREERY of Dublin, Esq., to ELIZA, second daughter of the late William M'Creight of Gilford, in the county of Down, Esq.
On the 21st instant, by the Rev. Thomas M'Williams, Mr. DAVID NELSON of Bourtree Grove, Freeduff, to Miss SPEERS, only daughter of Mr. Samuel Speers, Cullyhanna.
On Thursday the 23d instant, by the Rev. Robert Morrison, Markethill, Mr. WILLIAM MARSHALL, Ballyloughin, to Miss COLE, daughter of Mr. Robert Cole, Armagh.
On the 23d. instant, at Birkenhead, near Liverpool, the Rev. EDWARD NORMAN, Rector of Brosna, diocese of Limerick, to JANE, only daughter of the late Sir John Maginnis of Derry, M.D.
On the 29th instant, ANNA, wife of Mr. Robert Holden of Botanic View, Old Malone Road, aged fifty-four years.
On the 22d instant, at Ballyalgin, county of Down, aged seventy years, SARAH, relict of Mr. James Russell, formerly of Belfast.
At Keady, of consumption, in the forty-third year of his age, Mr. THOMAS CRAIG of that place.
On Friday the 24th March, after a few days' illness, MARGARET, wife of Mr. Henry Percival of Ballymena, formerly of Dundalk.
On the 24th instant, in Lisburn, at the house of her aunt, Mary Richardson, ISABELLA, daughter of the late Joshua Strangman of Waterford, aged fourteen years.
On the 18th instant, at Lisburn, ANNA, youngest daughter of Mr. James Mussen.
At Lurgan, on Tuesday evening the 21st instant, ELIZABETH, second daughter of the late Mr. Wm. Robson.
On Friday the 24th instant, at an advanced age, after a protracted illness, Miss ANNE BEERS of Rathfriland.
On the 22d instant, at Loughbrickland, RICHARD GERNON, Esq., of Willville, near Carlingford.
On the 27th instant, in Queen Street, Derry, ELIZA, wife of John Leathem, Esq.
On the 23d ultimo, in Foyle Street, CECILIA relict of the late Mr. Philip Casey of Derry, aged seventy-eight years.
EXTRAORDINARY OFFICIAL DISAPPOINTMENT. -- This day, Mr. Webb, nephew of the Master of the Rolls, was sworn in as the Deputy of Mr. O'Keefe, Registrar of the Court of Chancery, upon an arrangement that he was to be paid £500 per annum, exactly half the salary of Mr. O'Keefe, whose son, during his protracted illness, has discharged the duties. Mr. Webb had just taken the oaths and paid £4 as fees, when it was discovered that his principal, Mr. O'Keefe, had departed this life this morning! Of course, Mr. Webb is not in office, and the appointment of a Registrar devolves on the Government. -- Dublin Evening Post of Tuesday.
ROBBERY IN THE BANK OF IRELAND. -- On Saturday, in the cash-office of the Bank of Ireland, Mr. Jeff, contractor on the works of the Drogheda Railway, had his pocket picked of a pocket-book, containing Bank of Ireland notes to the amount of £600.
RESISTANCE TO THE POOR-RATE. -- On Thursday last, one hundred and fifty police, under the command of Tomkins Brew, Esq., R.M., attended at Scheehan, in the Ballinasloe Union, to protect the collector, while making distress for the rate. The houses were all closed, and not a beast to be seen, save a solitary ass, whose appearance strongly indicated his having but recently escaped from a bog-hole, where he was probably concealed by his owner. A sum which, if divided amongst the police engaged on the duty, would not average a penny a-piece, was all that was collected. We understand the difficulty to collect the rate in this district is more to be attributed to the great distress that prevails amongst the tenantry, than to a disposition to resist the payment of the rate. In the barony of Gaultier there has not been any further attempt made to collect the rate; the seizure of two cows and two sows seems to have so completely satisfied all parties, that the police and military have had holidays lately.
The Lord Lieutenant has refused to mitigate the sentence of a wretch named Meara, left for execution at last Assizes for the King's County, for the murder of Mr. Roberts.
NATIONAL EDUCATION. -- Lord Morpeth having placed at the disposal of the Commissioners of Education the sum of £1,000, they have decided, for the present year, upon appropriating the interest in conferring gratuities upon the most deserving teachers. In accordance with this resolution, the Commissioners have awarded the sum of £3 to Mr. John M'Creary, teacher of the Charlemont Place National School, Armagh; and the same sum to Mr. George P. Walker, teacher of Killooney National School, near Armagh, as a mark of their approbation, and as an encouragement to future exertion in the discharge of their duties. -- A
The report that a woman had scalded one of her children to death in a churn, at Mullahead, and killed another for negligence in not warning her in time to prevent the accident, turns out to have been a malicious fiction.
The Earl of Abergavenny died at Eridge Castle, near Tunbridge Wells, on Monday, in his eighty-ninth year. He is succeeded in his honours and estates by his son, the Hon. and Rev. John Viscount Neville.
Casualties, Offences, &c.
HORRIBLE MURDERS. -- Sarah Daisley, a young woman of attractive appearance, was charged on Thursday, at the Mansion-House, London, with having murdered her two husbands and her child. Superintendent Blunden of the Bedford Police stated that, on Monday last, in consequence of a report that William Daisley, husband of the accused residing at Westlingworth, had been murdered, the body was disinterred, and an inquest held, which was adjourned till Friday, that the contents of the stomach might be analysed. As soon as the report got circulation, the prisoner left Westlingworth, in company with a young man (Samuel Stebbing), and came to London, where she was apprehended. Both husbands had died almost suddenly, and in the vigour of youth and health; and there was (so the inspector said) little doubt that the prisoner had poisoned them both, and also her child. She was about to marry a third husband. An inquest having been held on the last husband's remains, the jury returned the following verdict: -- "That William Daisley died from the effects of arsenic administered to him with a guilty knowledge by Sarah Daisley, his wife." The Coroner remarked that the verdict was equivalent to wilful murder against the accused, and the several witnesses being bound over, the prisoner was fully committed to Bedford Jail to stand her trial at the next Assizes.
On Monday night, Prince George of Cambridge, Feargus O'Connor, and other "persons of note," narrowly escaped death, in a collision of trains on the railway between Leeds and Masborough.
On Sunday evening, a fire broke out in the general stationery warehouse of Mr. W. Shepherd, Ormond Quay, Dublin, which destroyed property valued at £500.
PORT OF BELFAST.
ARRIVED, March 28. -- Miss Douglas, Davison, Liverpool, salt: Anna, Wykmeyer, Dordt, flaxseed; Hoop en Verwachting, De Boer, Dordt, flaxseed; Aurora (st.), Anderson, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Reindeer (st.), Head, Liverpool, goods and passengers; Birmingham (st.), Church, Dublin, goods and passengers; Daniel Marius, De Boer, Rotterdam, flaxseed; Dahlia, Mitchell, Alicante, barilla, &c. -- 29. Mary, Custance, Antwerp, flaxseed.
SAILED, March 27. -- Tartar (st.), Stewart, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Royal William (st.), Swainson, London, goods and passengers. -- 28. Countess of Lonsdale (st.), Lamb, Whitehaven, goods and passengers; Falcon (st.), Gowan, Liverpool, goods and passengers: Prince of Wales (st.), M'Neilage, Fleetwood, goods and passengers.
DEPARTURES OF STEAMERS.
For Liverpool, the Athlone, Davies, to-morrow, at nine o'clock evening.
A steamer sails for Dublin, on Wednesday, at twelve o'clock noon.
For Greenock and Glasgow, the Tartar, Stewart, today, at eight o'clock evening.
A steam-ship sails for London, calling at Dublin, Falmouth, Plymouth, and Southampton, on Monday, at twelve o'clock noon.
For Whitehaven, the Countess of Lonsdale or the Earl of Lonsdale, on Wednesday, at eleven o'clock morning.
For Stranraer, the Maid of Galloway, Haswell, on Tuesday, April 11, at seven o'clock, morning.
For Fleetwood, the Prince of Wales, M'Neilage, to-day, at eight o'clock evening.
For Liverpool, from Derry, the Maiden City, Crompton, to-day, at nine o'clock morning; and from Liverpool for Derry, on Tuesday, at one o'clock afternoon.
For Liverpool, from Portrush, the Coleraine, Johnstone, on Thursday, at nine o'clock morning.
For the West Indies, from Falmouth, calling at Corunna and Madeira, the Solway, Royal West India mail steamer, on 3d April.
For Halifax and Boston, from Liverpool, the Britannia, Hewitt, on Tuesday.
At this port from Liverpool, on Tuesday, the John and Robert, of Belfast, M'Kechnie, with a cargo of salt.
At this port from Rotterdam, the Johanna, Bakker, with flaxseed, cloverseed, flax, &c. -- Alexander M'Donnell & Co., consignees.
At this port from Alicante, the William, of Belfast, Montgomery, with barilla, wine, licorice root, almonds, cane-reeds, mats, &c. -- Lewis Reford, consignee.
At Dantzic from this port, 17th instant, the Success, Schmeer.
At Liverpool from Poole, 25th instant, the Stewart of Belfast, Blaney.
From Bowmore, Islay, 20th instant, the Juno of Belfast, Wilson, from Lymington to Ballina.
From Liverpool for New York, 26th instant the George Washington, Burrowes.
From Liverpool for Vera Cruz, 23d instant the Martha, of Belfast, Wilson.
From Liverpool for New York, 22d instant, the Columbus, Cole.
From Liverpool for New York, 20th instant, the Chester, Doyle.
From Gibraltar for this port, 10th instant, the Elizabeth Ann, Hanaford.
From Alicante for Newry and this port 14th instant the Ellen Gillman, Squires.
From Gibraltar for Whitehaven, 15th instant, the Enterprise, of Belfast, Robb.
At Liverpool for Charleston, S.C., the Wellington, of Belfast, M'Intyre,
At Liverpool for Charleston, S.C., 27th instant, the Conqueror, of Belfast, M'Auley.
At London for this port, 25th instant, the Herald, Robinson.
The brig Stillman, of and from Glasgow, to Demerara, got ashore, on Saturday last, on Scullmartin Rock, Ballywalter. We understand the most part of her valuable cargo has been landed, some of it in a damaged state; and that there is a prospect, at present, of getting the vessel off the rocks, should the weather continue calm, and the wind not blow freshly from the eastward.
MONTROSE, March, 24. -- The John and Elizabeth, of this port, is a total wreck on the Arnot Sand; crew drowned.
HUNA, March 22. -- The Thomas Dryden, from Shields to Dublin, was totally wrecked here, yesterday; crew saved.
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WESTPORT, March 24. -- No vessels now in port, and a good many are wanted, as the quantity of stuff here is very large. Freights, 11s. to 12s., Liverpool: and 2s. 3d., London, No fear of any that run on chance being disappointed.
By the application and working of C. W. Williams', Esq., patent argand furnaces, on board the Shandon steam-boat, in the Clyde, by Mr. W. Butler, engineer, abundance of steam is generated, without smoke.
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IMPORTANT TO MARINERS. -- QUARANTINE REGULATIONS. -- ST. UBES, March 19. -- The Board of Health of Lisbon has ordered that all vessels bringing bills of health from Portuguese Consuls are to be admitted at once to pratique, so that such are free from quarantine.
CAUTION TO MARINERS. -- The following is an extract of a letter received at Lloyd's:-- "Admiralty, March 27. -- During the gale of 22d instant, the buoy belonging to the Ballast Board, Dublin, on Dant's Rock, off Robert's Head, broke and drifted, and came ashore at Robert's Cove, and went to pieces."
NOTICE TO MARINERS. -- DANTZIC, February 21. -- Of two standing lights at the harbour of Dantzic, at Neufahrwasser, the lesser one, which has been hitherto lighted as a beacon, a short distance from the great light-tower, will, on the 15th of April, of the present year, be discontinued, and, on the 16th, be replaced by light of the Fresnel invention, fixed in a small iron light-house, on the summit of the Eastern Harbour Mole, and, along with the large light, be kept burning every night from sunset to sunrise. This new light is situated N., by compass, 4,800 Rhinland feet distant from the great light-tower, is forty-three feet above the level of the sea, and may be seen in all points of the compass, from W.S.W. to S.E., and from sea, in clear weather, if the eye of the observer is about ten feet above the level of the sea, at a distance of two and a-half German miles. In laying down the bearings, the variations of the compass have not been considered.
It appears that the murder of Dr. Martin, at Malta, by a private of the 88th Regiment, was a deliberate act, the Doctor having shortly before got the soldier punished for a breach of discipline.
The 3d Dragoon Guards at Birmingham embark next month from Liverpool for Dublin. Notwithstanding that the standard of recruits has been raised, and that a number of parties have been recalled from this subdivision, recruiting is still very brisk here. -- Limerick Chronicle.
NEW METHOD OF MAKING TYPE. -- A patent, is about to be taken out for producing printing types on a new principle, without the necessity of casting. The amalgam of type metal will be different from that now used, being harder, consequently more lasting, and better adapted for machine printing. The cost, it is expected, will be rather lower than at present; but the principal economy will be in its durability. With the aid of the electrotyping process, some ingenious practical men in London are realising money by supplying small founts, and what are technically termed lines, sorts, and facsimiles, at very reduced prices. -- Magazine of Science.
Richard Beresford Cane, Esq., is appointed Receiver of the Constabulary force in Ireland, vice Richard Cane, Esq., resigned.
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