The Witness - Friday, 6 March, 1874
CHURCH--Feb. 20, at Dullaghy, Garvagh, the wife of William Church, Esq., of a daughter.
MOON--Feb. 15, Garvagh, the wife of Mr. John Moon, of a daughter.
ADAMS--BROWN--Feb. 26, at First Boardmills Presbyterian, by the Rev. G. H. Shanks, David Adams, Belfast, to Mary, only daughter of Mr. Joseph Brown, Killaney, Boardmills.
HYDE--JOHNSTONE--Feb. 24, at the Parish Church, Fulham, by the Rev. F. H. Fisher, Mr. Richard C. Hyde, Essex House, Strandtown, Belfast, to Emma, eldest daughter of James Johnstone, Esq. (proprietor of the Standard), Ranelagh House, Fulham, Middlesex.
CAMPBELL--Feb. 13, at her late residence, Jane, widow of the late James Campbell, Tullyveery, Killyleagh, aged 95 years.
DODDS--Feb. 28, at the General Hospital, Belfast, Mr. Hugh Dodds, aged 32 years.
FORGRAVE--March 3, at Caw, Hillside, Garvagh, the beloved wife of Mr.T. Forgrave, aged 56 years.
LAIRD--February 11, on the wreck of the barque "Cardross," in her passage from Queenstown to Liverpool, Thomas, fourth son of the late Gilbert
Laird, Ballyharry, Islandmagee, aged 27 years.
MORGAN--At 5 Hanover Street, Belfast, Matthew Morgan.
THOMSON--March 1, at Bangor, John Thomson, aged sixty-three years.
WALLACE--Feb. 27, at Clandeboye, Sarah Wallace, daughter of the late James Wallace, Killyleagh, County Down.
COUNTY DOWN ASSIZES.
MR. JUSTICE KEOGH took his seat on the bench in the Crown Court on Tuesday morning, and resumed the business of the Assizes.
THE LURGAN RIOTS.
THE QUEEN v. ARTHUR DONNELLY.
Mr. HAMILL, Q.C., said he had to make an application, of which be had given notice to the Crown, to adjourn the trial of Arthur Donnelly, on the grounds mentioned in an affidavit, of which a copy had been served on the Crown.
The charge was shooting at with intent to murder a person named Bell. It, was, therefore, a felony of a very serious kind. Mr. Hamill said the affidavit on which he moved was the joint affidavit of Dr. Henry Murney, of Belfast, and Drs. Shaw and Peter Macaulay, of Lurgan. The affidavit set forth that the deponents, on the 2d day of March inst., examined Arthur Donnelly and found him suffering from a severe attack of rheumatism, and that he was quite unable to
leave his bed; and that it would be impossible for him to attend the present Assizes in Downpatrick. Counsel, therefore, applied that the trial should be postponed until next Assizes--Donnelly giving security to appear. .
His LORDSHIP granted the application, and the case was accordingly postponed.
Mary Doyle was indicted for stealing a sum of five pound and some shillings, from Patrick King, on 19th February, 1874. The prisoner pleaded guilty, and also pleaded guilty to a former conviction, and was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment with hard labour.
Nicholas Roundtree, a boy, apparently aged about fifteen years, was indicted for taking part in a riot at Newry, on the 3rd February, 1874. After hearing the evidence the jury returned a verdict of guilty, and at a later stage of the day
the accused was sentenced to three days imprisonment.
Isaac Irvine, the yonn^pr, was charged with an assault on Daniel M'Connell, on 20th October, 1873. He was also charged with carrying arms in a proclaimed district. The prisoner was allowed to stand out on his own recognisance, to appear for judgment when called on.
John Chambers was indicted for the manslaughter of David M'Kay, on 23rd November, 1873. The prisoner was acquitted.
Michael Donaldson and Michael Mechan were charged with having taken part in a riot at Newry on 3rd February last. The prisoners were allowed to stand out on their own recognisances to appear for judgment when called on.
James Dunlop was charged with the manslaughter of Joseph M'Clurg on 10th December, 1873. The prisoner was acquitted.
RULING THE BOOKS.
Mary Jane Leach, who pleaded guilty to a charge of bigamy, was put forward. His lordship remarked that the prisoner had evidently been under the impression that her first, husband was dead when she contracted the second marriage; and if she had waited about a year more it would have been no offence for her to contract the marriage. The prisoner was discharged.
John Smith, who was convicted of a grievous assault, was sentenced to three calendar months' imprisonment.
John Redpath, who was convicted of one common assault, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment with hard labour.
William Nolan, convicted of an indecent assault, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment with hard labour.
This concluded the criminal business of the Assizes.
INJURY BY FLOODING.--M'GEE v. M'SHANE AND OTHERS.
This was an action brought to recover damages for injuries sustained by the flooding of plaintiff's premises by the acts of the defendants. Evidence having been given, the jury found for the plaintiff one farthing damages. By direction of the Court, a verdict was given for the defendants, with liberty to apply in the Court above to have it turned into a verdict for the plaintiff. This concluded the business of the Court.
TRAVERSE.--THE NEWRY AND WARRENPOINT RAILWAY COMPANY v.THE NEWRY TOWN COMMISSIONERS
WEDNESDAY.--This was a traverse of an award under which a sum of £50 was awarded to the traverses in respect of land taken from them by the Newry Town Commissioners. His lordship charged the jury, who, after a short consultation,
returned a verdict for the traversers--damages £104. His lordship allowed £20 for costs.
REVOCATION OF A SENTENCE.
His LORDSHIP directed John Redpath, whom he sentenced, on Tuesday, to six months' imprisonment with hard labour, to be brought forward. The prisoner was placed in the dock.
Dr. M'BLAINE said that, having regard to the circumstances of this case, and the inquiries that had been made since the trial took place, he thought justice would be satisfied by allowing the prisoner to stand out on his own recognisance to appear for judgment when called upon.
His LORDSHIP allowed the prisoner to stand out on his own recognisance, to appear for judgment when called on.
ACTION FOR SEDUCTION.--MARY GIBS0N v. JOHN WILSON, JUN.
This was an action for seduction. Damage were laid at £200. No defence had been taken, and it now came before the Sub-Sheriff, Mr. Hugh C. Kelly, to swear a jury to assess the damages. Mr. Isaac Weir, B.L., acted as a legal assessor. A jury having been empanelled to try the case, and counsel on both sides having been heard the Jury after remaining about three-quarters of an hour in consultation, found a verdict for the plaintiff--damages, £85 and 6d costs.
CALENDAR OF PRISONERS FOR ANTRIM ASSIZES.
James Smith, riot; Bernard Burns, manslaughter; John Williamson, shooting at with intent; Robert James Beattie, aiding and abetting later prisoner; John Griffin, manslaughter; Henry Torrens Owens, forgery; John M'Crum, larceny; Ann Jane Mills, alias Boyd, murder; Philip M'Quillan, assault and robbery; Michael Charters, manslaughter; James Biggart, aiding in an assault; Daniel M'Clenaghan and John Currie, assault and robbery; William John Murray, larceny; two men, named Wynne and Gaffe for rape; and a man named Hume for assault.
SUDDEN DEATH OF A BELFASTMAN IN AMERICA.
The Pittsburg Daily Dispatch of Feb. 16 says :--About five o'clock on Saturday evening, Mr. William J. Wells, of the firm of Wells & Poole, upholsterers, corner Fourth and Market Streets, was engaged in a house on Locust Street, Allegheny, where he and Mr. Poole were putting down carpets. The work had just been finished, and Mr. Wells was laughing and chatting to his partner, when he suddenly pressed his hands to his side, gasped and fell off the chair in which he had been sitting. His companion at once ran for some water, which he gave to the sufferer, and then sent for a physician. Before the doctor's arrival Mr. Wells was dead. The remains was removed to the residence of deceased's brother at 94 Jefferson Street, Allegheny, where the Coroner held an inquest, and a verdict from death by heart disease was returned. Deceased was a native of Belfast, Ireland, and was about twenty-eight years of age, and leaves a wife, but no children.
ACCIDENT.--On Tuesday last an accident occurred at Whitehead quarries to a man named William M'Master, caused by a fall of block stones from the face, striking the unfortunate man on the left thigh, breaking the bone right through, and inflicting other wounds on his body. He remains under the treatment of Dr. Smiley, Ballycarry, and is progressing favourably.
A HEAVY PORKER.--Mr. Huxley, of Holywood, brought into the Belfast pork market on Monday morning, a pig weighing 610lbs. The animal was only eighteen months old.
THE County Antrim Grand Jury have adopted a resolution memorialising the Lord Lieutenant to institute an inquiry into matters connected with the navigation of the Lower Bann.
COUNTY ARMAGH ASSIZES.
James Clarke, James Hunter, and William Mulgrew were indicted for unlawful assembly at Newtownhamilton, on the 15th of August last. Evidence having been given, the jury retired, and after an absence of twenty minutes, brought in a verdict of not guilty. They were accordingly discharged.
Robert Johnston, William Totten, and James Gardiner, were indicted for riot, alleged to have been committed on the 15th August, at the parish of Ballymore, in the County Armagh. There was a second count, for unlawful assembly, and a third count for assaulting William Andrews. Witnesses were examined, after which his Iordship charged the jury, who retired, and found the prisoners not guilty. The prisoners were discharged. This terminated the Crown business, after which his lordship took up the hearing of traverses.
THE OUTRAGE ON MR. HUGH CARLISLE NEAR KEADY.
In this case, which was an application before the Grand Jury by Hugh Carlisle, innkeeper, Monaghan, seeking compensation for injures inflicted on him on the 12th December last, near Keady, the Grand Jury threw out the presentment, believing that it did not arise out of any illegal combination or conspiracy. The ratepayers traversed the presentment before his lordship. His lordship allowed £60, and £10 costs, to be levied off the districts of Keady and Derrynoose.
SECRET SOCIETIES NEAR NEWRY--CLAIM UNDER THE PEACE PRESERVATION ACT FOR THE MURDER OF HUGH M'CONVILLE.
The Grand Jury in this case had allowed £300 compensation to Mrs. M'Conville for the murder of her son, Peter M'Conville, aged seventeen, on the 22nd January. The ratepayers appealed on the ground that it was not the result of an illegal confederacy. His lordship affirmed the decision of the Grand Jury, with twelve guineas as costs.
RULING THE BOOKS.
John Topham, Thos. Redmond, George Nesbitt, James Thompson, Mary Anne Redmond, John Hughes, James M'Geown, and Patrick Marley were put forward to receive sentence.
His LORDSHIP sentenced all the prisoners with the exception of John Hughes and Mary Anne Redmond, to be sent to jail for six months; that John Hughes, in consideration of the recommendation to mercy by the jury, spend four months ; and Mary Anne Redmond (in consideration of her sex) three months, in jail.
Joseph Wallace and John M'Cormick were next put forward, when his lordship sentenced them to six months' imprisonment.
This concluded the business of the Assizes, and the Court rose at six o'clock.
William John Ellis way indicted for that he, with other evil-disposed persons, on the 16th August, 1872, in the parish of Shankill, in the County Armagh, unlawfully and riotously assembled together, and with force and violence injured the dwelling-house of one Arthur Donnelly. There were two other indictments varying the first. The jury acquitted the prisoner.
COUNTY DOWN ASSIZES.
THE Grand Jury for the County of Down was empanelled at Downpatrick on Friday by the Clerk of the Crown, Mr. George L. MacLaine, in the Crown Court, County Court House, in the presence of the High-Sheriff of the County, Mr. Stephen Rowland Woulfe, J.P.
Mr. Smyth, C.E.. and Mr. H. B. Murray. C.E. read the county surveyors' reports, which were adopted.
The SECRETARY said he had received a memorial from the town and district of Banbridge, in reference to the increase of the county cess, which he begged to lay before them.
Colonel FORDE said the object of the memorial was to oppose the increase of salary to Mr. Murray.
Lord NEWRY concurred in the remarks made by Colonel Forde.
After some discussion, the foreman put the question to the Grand Jury whether the increase of £50 should be added to Mr. Murray's salary.
The proposed increase was unanimously approved of.
A STRANGE CASE.
Mr. R. J. CRAWLEY, solicitor, said he appeared on behalf of a man named Fowler, who had made a most extraordinary mistake, in reference to a contract. He had a contract on some part of the roads between Portaferry and Greyabbey, near Ardkeen, to cut down three hills and fill two hollows. Unfortunately, he commenced at the wrong end of the contract. (Laughter.) He cut two hills and filled two hollows and made a bridge which were not in his contract at all, and he afterwards fulfilled his own contract by cutting the hills named in his contract.
Mr. SMYTH agreed in all that Mr. Crawley had said, and he did not think there would be any objection offered if Fowler applied at next Road Sessions in Kirkcubbin for remuneration for the work he had done.
Mr. CRAWLEY said he would apply at the sessions, and the matter then dropped.
The SECRETARY said that, on condition that Lord Bangor paid the third of the expense, the Sessions had passed presentments, Nos. 10 and 11 in the Barony of Lower Ards. No. 10 was to widen 408 feet long on the road from Bangor to: Crawfordsburn, between Main Street, Bangor, and Mr. James Kelly's house in Gray's Hill, in same--£1,050. No. 11 was to widen 408 feet of the road and erect a fence or sea wall on No. 11 coast road from Bangor to Crawfordsburn, between Main Street, in Bangor, and James Kelly's house in Gray's Hill, in same--£1,050, After some discussion, the presentments passed.
The Grand Jury re-assembled at eleven o'clock on Saturday in the Grand Jury room, and resumed the fiscal business of the county.
NEWTOWNARDS COURT HOUSE.
The SECRETARY brought before the Grand Jury a number of works uncontracted for, and stated that the Grand Jury had the option of either rejecting these works or handing them over to the county surveyor. Number 131 was to execute certain repairs on the Newtownards Court House, and there was no tender for it.
Mr. SMYTH, C.E., said he would like Newtownards Court House works to be handed over to him for execution. Mr. Smyth said the repairs proposed were necessary repairs. He could not get contractors to do the work,
Mr. DELACHEROIS--What is the matter with the Court House.,
Mr. SMYTH said there were a great many repairs wanted.
Mr. DELACHEROIS said the gates had not been attended to latterly. The grass was growing about them.
Mr. SMYTH said they did not use the gates. The works which he wished handed over to him were absolutely necessary.
The matter then dropped.
The Jail Committee presented their report, in which they reported that everything was in good condition, and the arrangements efficiently conducted.
Mr. SAMUEL MURLAND brought up the report in reference to the baronial constables, recommending appointments and scales of payments.
The Sheet Committee reported that the tender of Mr. Reed for the county printing appeared the lowest when considered by itself; but, considering the amount of stock on hand, and the probable amount of work in future, the committee thought that the tender of Mr. Joseph Clarke, Downpatrick would prove about £30 less than that of Mr. Reed. Therefore the committee recommended Mr. Clarke's tender to be accepted.
DOWNPATRICK, MONDAY.--At eleven o'clock this morning Mr. Justice Keogh took his seat on the bench in the Crown Court.
Mr. GEORGE L. MACLAINE, Clerk of the Crown, read the Commission, and the Grand Jury answered to their names.
His LORDSHIP having addressed the Grand Jury, they retired, and his lordship flated the presentments.
The cases of Wm. Wiggins, charged with forging a certificate; of John Rose, charged with shooting and wounding in Laurencetown; and David Cooper, charged with assault, were all postponed till next assize.
THE SCARVA RIOT CASES.
Mr. M'DONNELL, Q.C., said that in these cases several of the witnesses were under the impression that the cases would not be tried until Wednesday, and several of the witnesses were sick and unable to attend. Three of the prisoners have gone to America.
Considerable discussion took place in reference to the conduct of the Crown in these cases, and eventually the prisoners were allowed to stand out on their own recognisances, to appear for trial on receiving fourteen days' notice in writing that their trial was to take place. If the traversers were again brought to Downpatrick, and their trial not proceeded with, the Crown to pay their expenses.
Mary Jane Aitken was charged with stealing a sum of £22 and several articles of wearing apparel, the property of Mr. Wm. Mehary, on 20th February last. The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment, with hard labour suitable to her sex.
John Sleeth was indicted for assaulting and wounding John Crawley, at Newry, on 2nd Jan. last. It appeared that the offence arose out of a family dispute; and, with the consent of the Crown, the prisoner was allowed to stand out on his own recognisance, and on finding two sureties in £40 each to keep the peace towards his brother-in-law and his family for the next twelve months.
Wm. John M'Clune was indicted on a charge of arson, alleged to have been committed at Carrickmaddyron, on the 26th May, 1873. His lordship charged the jury, who returned a verdict of not guilty.
Bernard Magreevy, Michael O'Hare, and Philip O'Hare were indicted for an assault on Mary M'Cormick at Magheramayo, on 30th November, 1873. The prisoners were allowed to stand out in £40 each, to appear for judgment when called on.
John Redpath was indicted for an assault, with violence, at Seapatrick, on 24th February last. The jury returned a verdict of guilty of a common assault. Sentence was deferred.
[Before the Right Hon. Judge LAWSON.]
THOMAS M'CARTAN v. ROBERT FIVEY.
This was an appeal from a decree granted by the chairman. Several deeds and conveyances not produced in the court below having been given in evidence, his lordship reversed the decree of the court below, and granted a dismiss.
ELIZABETH CAMPBELL, JOHN SHORT, ELLEN SHORT, AND PATRICK FEGAN v. HUGH WALLACE.
This was an appeal from an ejectment decree granted by the chairman. His lordship reversed the decision of the court below, and gave a dismiss. His lordship then took up record cases.
ARTHUR KILLEN v. DANIEL HUGHES.
This was an action of ejectment to recover possession of a farm of land. The jury found for the plaintiff
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The Witness - Friday, 13 March, 1874
COOK--March 8, at 2 Killen Street, Belfast, the wife of James Cook, of a son.
DOBSON--March 6, at 5 Cambria Street, Belfast, the wife of Adam Dobson, of a daughter.
FOX--March 3, at 36 Great James Street, Derry, the wife of M. L. Fox, Inland Revenue, of a son.
GALLAGHER--March 11, at Ballygoland, Greencastle, the wife of Thos. Gallagher, Esq., of a daughter.
BELL--SCOTT--March 11, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Lisburn, by the Rev. Thos. Greer, of Annahilt, Mr. John Bell, of Ballylintagh, to Miss Sarah Jane Scott, of Cabra.
CRUICKS--BELL--March 5, at May Street Presbyterian Chinch, Belfast, by the Rev. Adam Montgomery, Mr. Hugh Cruiks, to Mrs. Jane Bell, both of Belfast.
FERGUSON--SAWYER--Feb. 10, at Chicago, by the Rev. L. T Chamberlain, John M. Ferguson, grain merchant, Wenma. son of James B. Ferguson, Esq., Belfast, to Agnes J., youngest daughter of the late David M. Sawyer, Esq.
BECKETT--March 8, at her husband's residence, Dervock, Grace Ann, wife of Mr John Beckett, aged 43 years.
CAUGHEY- March 3, at Ballymaleddy, near Comber, Mr. James Caughey, aged 63 years.
CONNOR--March 3, at the Workhouse, Lurgan, Mr. Elijah Connor, schoolmaster of small-pox, formerly teacher of Shillalagh Union.
CURRY--March 6, at Ardoyne, Belfast, the infant son of Mr. William Curry,
GIBSON--March 6, at Ballinalough, Mr. James Gibson, aged 80 years.
GOURLEY--March 4, at 11 Benwell Street, Belfast, Jane, wife of Mr. Edward Gourley.
HINDE--March 8, at Wood Lawn Villa, Knock, Co. Down, Emily Armstrong, youngest daughter of Wm. Hinde, Esq., aged 15 years.
MACGOWAN--March 7, at the Free Church Manse, Catrine, Ayrshire, the Rev. John Macgowan, a native of Boardmills, Ireland.
M'CONNELL--March 11, Tulnagardy, Margaret, relict of the late Jas. M'Connell, aged 80 years.
M'KEE--March 6, at his residence, Lower Back, Stewartstown, Mr. John M'Kee, aged 87 years.
BIBLE AND COLPORTAGE SOCIETY OF IRELAND.
AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
above Society, held in Belfast on MONDAY, 9th March--
The Rev. W. JOHNSTON (Moderator of the General Assembly in the Chair--
The following resolutions were passed :--
Moved by THOMAS SINCLAIR, Esq, J.P. ; seconded by the Rev. JAMES HERON--
"That the Report now read be adopted, printed, and circulated, together with such appendix as the General Board shall consider necessary.''
Moved by Rev. WM. PARK ; seconded by Rev. D. J. CLARKE--
"That, thankful to God for past success, and having learned by experience the suitability of Colportage for the wants of Ireland, we resolve to prosecute the work with increased energy."
Moved by the Rev. Professor WATTS, D.D. ; seconded by Dr. WILBERFORCE ARNOLD--
"That we regard with much satisfaction the greatly increased sale of the Holy Scriptures by our various agencies daring the past year."
Moved by Rev. Professor MURPHY, LL.D. ; seconded by Rev. S. B. STEVENSON--
"That, in view of the large circulation of pernicious literature through the country, we recommend an extension of the system of book agents."
Moved by Rev. Dr MACLOSKIE ; seconded by ALEX. TURNBULL, Esq.--
"That the following shall be the Office-bearers of the Society for the current year :--
OFFICE-BEARERS FOR THE YEAR 1874
Sir Thomas M'Clure, Bart., Belmont.
David Drummond, Esq., J.P., Dunfillan, Rathgar, Dublin.
Rev.R. W. Fleming, Coleraine.
John Getty, Esq., Beech Park, Belfast.
David Johnstone, Esq., Derry.
William M. Kirk, Esq., J.P., Darkley, Keady.
Rev. W. B.Kirkpatrick, D.D., Dublin.
Rev. Josia Mitchell, Omagh.
Rev. W. Johnston, Dunedin, Belfast.
J. P. Corry, Esq., M.P., Dunraven, Belfast.
George M'Carter, Strabane.
Rev. John Macnaughton, Belfast.
David Taylor, Esq., J.P., Berthay House, Windsor Belfast.
William Tillie, Esq., J.P., Derry.
Rev. David Wilson, D.D., Limerick.
GENERAL BOARD :
John Arnold, Esq., Lower Crescent, Belfast.
E. D. Atkinson, Esq., Tandragee.
Dr. J. Milford Barnett (Indian Army), Holywood.
Rev. G. Bellis, University Square, Belfast.
Rev. Robert Boyle, Raphoe.
James Brown, Esq., Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone.
Rev. N. M'C. Brown, Newtownlimavady.
Rev. S. E. Brown, Athlone.
T. C. Campbell, Esq., J.P., Derry.
J. D. Carnegie, Esq., Bray.
Rev. D. J. Clarke, Lisburn.
Rev. J. Corkey, Glendermot. Derry.
Richard Cunningham, Esq., Castlecooley, Derry.
D. Drimmie, Esq., 41, Lower Sackville Street, Dublin.
Geo. Duncan, Esq., 9, Besborough Street, N. C. Road, Dublin.
Rev. R. M'Cheyne Edgar, Dublin.
Rev. John. Elliott, Donoughmore, Newry.
VICE PRESIDENTS :
John Getty, Esq.
Chas. Finlay, Esq., J.P.
J. P. Corry, Esq., M.P.
T. Dickson, Esq., M.P.
David Taylor, Esq., J.P.
a Rev. J. Macnaughtan.
a Rev. W. Johnston.
a Rev. James Heron, The Knock, Belfast.
SECRETARY FOR COLPORTAGE DEPARTMENT :
a Rev. D. J. Clarke, Lisburn.
a J. Arnold, Esq., Belfast.
GENERAL COMMITTEE :
Those marked thus (a) form the Acting Committee.
a Rev. L. E. Berkeley.
a Rev. H. Osborne.
a Rev. Dr. Knox.
a Rev. J. S. Macintosh.
a Rev. T. Y. Killen.
a Rev.G. Bellis.
a Rev. William Park.
Rev. Samuel Mateer.
Rev. George Wilson.
Rev. Andw. Crawford.
Rev. Thos. West.
a Rev. John Hewitt.
Rev. R. J. Arnold.
Rev. William Clarke.
a Rev. Dr. Watts.
a Rev. S. D. Burnside.
Rev. J. A. Chancellor.
a Rev. J. Meneely.
Rev. John Dodd.
Rev. J. M'Ilveen.
Rev. James Foster.
Rev. Jackson Smyth.
a Rev. H. M. Williamson.
a Rev. John Greenlee.
a Rev. David Hunter.
a Rev. J. H. Moore.
a Rev. A. Workman.
Rev. W. T. Martin.
a Rev. Alex. Gray.
Rev. Henry M'Caw.
Rev. W. L. Finlay, Esq.
John Lowry, Esq.
John Workman, Esq.
John M'Cusland, Esq.
H. M'Cleery, Esq.
E. D. Atkinson, Esq.
T. H. Adams, Esq.
a W. Shaw, Esq.
W. Workman, Esq.
John Stevenson, Esq.
a T. Sinclair, Esq., J.P.
a W. S. Workman, Esq.
J. M. Calder, Esq.
W. M'Neill, Esq.
a Dr. W. Arnold.
James Brown, Esq.
a John Birkmire, Esq.
James Aitken, Esq.
William Young, Esq.
a Alex. Turnbull, Esq.
a Dr. J. Milford Barnett, (Indian Army.)
A. D. Lemon, Esq.
Chas. Thompson, Esq.
R. W. Corry, Esq.
a Saml. M'Bride, Esq.
a Saml. Mulligan, Esq.
James Glass, Esq.
a Hugh Moore, Esq.
E. Dale, Esq.
R. M'Mullan, Esq.
W. Weir, jun., Esq.
WITH SECRETARIES AND TREASURER.
COUNTY ANTRIM ASSIZES.
SENTENCE OF DEATH ON ANN JANE MILLS.
His LORDSHIP proceeded, the first thing on Tuesday morning, to pass sentence upon the woman, Ann Jane Mills, for the wilful murder of her infant female child. Ann Jane Mills was a servant girl aged about eighteen years. The Judge did not assume the black cap, nor did he limit the time for the sentence to be carried into effect. The history of the unhappy girl is a sad one, and has excited a good deal of commiseration.
Ann Jane Mills was ordered to be put forward, and His LORDSHIP proceeded to pass sentence upon her. He said--Ann Jane Mills, after a trial in which you have had the advantage of being defended by able counsel, a jury have arrived at the conclusion that you wilfully murdered your own child. In that verdict I entirely concur. I will say nothing to aggravate the dreadful position in which you are placed. I am here the minister of the law, to discharge a most solemn and painful duty, to pronounce on you the penalty of the law, and that sentence is, and the Court doth adjudge, that you be taken to the usual place of execution, and hanged by the neck until you are dead, your body afterwards to be buried in the precincts of the prison wherein you were last confined.
HIGHWAY ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE.
Daniel M'Clenaghan and John Corey were put forward on indictment, charged with having, on the 28th Feb., 1874, feloniously assaulted Patrick Murphy, and put him in fear of his life, and violently stole 4s 6d, his property. This robbery took place in Winetavern Street, Belfast.
His LORDSHIP charged the jury, who in a few minutes found the prisoners guilty; and his lordship sentenced the prisoners to be kept in penal servitude for ten years.
CHARGE OF STEALING LINEN.
Wm. John Murray was indicted for that he, on the 21st January, 1874, stole six pieces of linen, thirty six napkins, and twelve towels, the property of James Carlisle and others, Belfast. In a second count the prisoner was charged with receiving same knowing them to be stolen. The jury found the prisoner not guilty of stealing, but guilty of receiving. His lordship sentenced the prisoner to six months' imprisonment with hard labour.
CHARGE OF FORGERY.
Henry Torrens Owens was put forward on indictment, charged with having issued certain forged warrants in favour of various parties, purporting to be drawn by Mr. T. B. Johnston, solicitor. The cheques were drawn on the Ulster Bank at intervals, and varied in amount from £10 to £120. The jury not having agreed to a verdict, were discharged.
[Before Mr. Justice KEOGH.]
JOHN H. LYTTLE AND JOESPH B. LYTTLE v. JOSEPH DEANE AND ALEX. DEANE.
This was an action for the recovery of a sum £59 9s 4d, being the balance due on foot of account settled. His lordship directed the jury to find a verdict for plaintiffs, and the amount was assessed on both the defendants.
JOHN NICHOLS v. EDWARD WARRING, JAMES NICHOLS, AND ELIZA JANE NICHOLS.
The action was one of ejectment. Mr. Kisby opened the pleadings, and stated the action was one of ejectment, and brought by the plaintiff for the recovery of a house situate at Moneyglass, Derriaghy. The defence was a traverse of the plaintiff's right, and that was the issue the jury had to determine. His lordship charged the jury, who found for the defendants, on the grounds that Edward Warring was a joint tenant with his brother for the place.
THE CASE OF ALLEGED FORGERY.
WEDNESDAY.--In the case of Henry Torrens Owens, who was indicted for forging five checks on the Ulster Banking Company in the name of Mr. T. B. Johnston, solicitor, and regarding whom the jury were unable to agree, the prosecution was withdrawn, and the prisoner was discharged.
CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION.
JOHN M'MULLAN v. IRISH NORTH-WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY.
This was an action brought by John M'Mullan, commercial traveller, Belfast, against the North-Western Railway Company, for the recovery of a sum of £5,000 compensation for injuries sustained by the plaintiff through the of the defendants. The defendants pleaded, by way of defence, that they did not conduct themselves negligently. His lordship having charged the jury, they found
for the plaintiff--£1,600 damages.
ACTION FOR ASSAULT.
NICHOLSON v. CLELAND.
This was an action for assault. Damages were laid at £500. His lordship charged the jury, who found for the plaintiff £50 damages and 6d costs.
E. M'HUGH v. REV. MICHAEL H. CAHILL.
This case was re-opened, and was an action brought for the recovery of £946 10s 3d, being the balance of an account alleged to be due by defendant to plaintiff by reason of a certain agreement entered into between them with regard to the purchase of the plant, &c., of the Star newspaper. The defendant appeared in person. His lordship directed the jury to find for the plaintiff in £906 7s 2d. After the case had concluded Father Cahill expressed his thanks to his lordship for the kindness with which he had been treated. His lordship said he had got nothing out of his right, as every defendant had a right to have his case fairly and properly heard.
FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT OFF PORTRUSH.--THREE MEN DROWNED.
An accident by which three fishermen lost their lives, occurred off Portrush, on Wednesday. The drowned men are--James M'Callister, who leaves a wife and two children; Hugh M'Gee, a wife and five children; and James Doherty. The men went to lift bait creels at the Skerries, three miles from shore. They were returning under sail, being short handed, and had entered the Sound, between the islands and Ramore, when the boat encountered a strong ebbtide and the swell raised from the North, and sank by the stern, leaving the men in the water. M'Callister's body was picked up by the coastguards. The other bodies have not been recovered. M'Gee's family are in extremely destitute circumstances.
COUNTY ANTRIM ASSIZES.
SHORTLY after two o'clock on Thursday the Right Hon. Justice Lawson entered the Crown Court, accompanied by Thomas Casement, Esq., High Sheriff, and H. H. Bottomley, Esq., Sub-Sheriff.
H. M'NEILE M'CORMICK, Esq. (deputy clerk of the crown), having read the commission, the Grand Jury were re-sworn, when his lordship proceeded to address them, contrasting the light calendar at the present commission with the formidable array of cases which came before them at the last Spring Assizes, arising chiefly out of the Belfast riots of August, 1872. His lordship said he considered this improved state of affairs was to be attributed mainly to the successful vindication of the law on that occasion, and in the next place to the efforts which had been made by the Belfast magistrates to preserve the peace by promptly and summarily punishing all attempts at riotous and disorderly proceedings.
The Grand Jury having retired, his lordship proceeded to fiat the presentments.
Michael Marron was indicted for an assault on James Ritchie, on 18th October last. The prisoner pleaded not guilty. His lordship directed the jury to acquit the prisoner, who, he said, was only defending his house against a drunken blackguard. The prisoner was accordingly discharged. His lordship (addressing the prisoner)--l am very sorry you have been obliged to stand in the
dock on such a charge.
Bernard Burns pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with the manslaughter of Mary Ann Magill, on the 3rd of October last. The prisoner, it appeared, had been living in a house in Suffern's Entry, off North Street, with the mother of the deceased. On the evening of the 3rd October he had been drinking, and afterwards fell asleep. On waking up, he asked the deceased's mother for another porter, and on her refusal lifted a brickbat and flung it at her. The brick missed Mrs. Magill but struck Mary Ann Magill, the deceased, on the brow. The child afterwards took convulsions and died.
Mrs. Magill was examined, and stated that on the occasion referred to the prisoner did not fling a brick at anyone.
Mr. M'MAHON then read the statement made by the witness before the magistrates, in which the witness stated that Burns had flung a brick at her.
His LORDSHIP ordered that the witness should not be allowed to leave court.
A verdict of guilty was returned.
His LORDSHIP sentenced the prisoner to be imprisoned tor twelve months, and kept to hard labour.
His LORDSHIP--I direct that the woman Mrs. Magill be prosecuted for perjury, and I request Mr. O'Donnell to take the necessary informations, and have her returned for trial. I will try and teach people in this country they cannot swear one thing at one time and another at another with impunity.
John Griffin, a little boy, was indicted for the manslaughter of Michael Griffin, on the 31st October. The prisoner pleaded guilty. His lordship--I will not take the plea of guilty from such a very little boy as this. A plea of not guilty was accordingly entered, and Mr. Lentaigne was assigned by his lordship to defend the prisoner. The case was postponed.
John M'Crum was indicted for having, on the 1st January last, feloniously stolen one cow, the property of Thomas Biggar; and on a second count was indicted for having received same knowing it to have been stolen. His lordship said, before sentencing the prisoner, he would expect him to pay this man for his cow. If he would do so, he would be disposed to consider his case more favourably. The prisoner was ordered to stand aside.
James Smith, who had been charged with riot at the Assizes in March, 1873, &c., and whose case had been then postponed, was now called to take his trial, but did not appear, and the recognisances were estreated
The Right Hon. Judge KEOGH sat at two o'clock when the Grand Jury of the County of the Town of Carrickfergus, were re-sworn by Charles H. Brett, Esq., Clerk of the Crown. His lordship having addressed the Grand Jury, the High Sheriff (Mr. Dobbs) presented his lordship with a pair of white gloves. His lordship then proceeded with the hearing of appeals.
RANDAL C. J. NIXON v. SAMUEL CURRY.
This was an appeal from a dismiss pronounced by the Chairman in the Court below. His lordship reversed the decision of Mr. Otway.
The Right Hon. Justice Lawson took his seat in the Crown Court, on Friday, and proceeded with the disposal of the criminal business.
Michael B. Goff was indicted for committing a rape upon Mrs. Pinkerton, of Dumbarton, on board the steamship Arklow, while that vessel was on her voyage from Greenock to Belfast. The prisoner pleaded not guilty. The jury found
a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was accordingly discharged. In the case of Wymer who was charged with committing a similar offence, at the same time and place, a nolle prose qui was entered.
Alexander Hume was indicted for riot on the 12th July last, at Cranfield. On a second count, he was indicted for an unlawful assembly, and in a third count with an assault upon Henry Connolly. A verdict of not guilty was returned
and the prisoner was discharged.
Mr. M CORMICK (deputy clerk of the crown) then called the case of Edward Johnston, who was charged with administering drugs to Matilda Montgomery, at Drumcon, for the purpose of procuring an abortion. The defendant failed to put in an appearance, and the recognisances--£50--were estreated, and a bench warrant was made out for Johnston's arrest.
Mr. M CORMICK then called John Williamson, who had been returned for trial for shooting at three policemen in the streets of Belfast. Williamson did not appear. The recognisances--£300--were estreated, and a bench warrant issued for
John Griffin, a little boy, was indicted for the manslaughter of Michael Griffin, in Belfast, on the 31st October last. In this case--as our readers will remember--a dispute took place between the father and mother of the prisoner in their residence in Little Donegall Street. The father came home in a drunken condition, and a scuffle ensued, in the course of which it appeared the prisoner used a knife in defence of his mother, and from the wounds thus inflicted, the father died some time afterwards. By the direction of his lordship, the jury returned a plea of not guilty. The prisoner was then discharged.
[Before the Right Hon. Judge KEOGH.]
E. M'HUGH v. REV, M. H. CAHILL.
This was an action brought to recover £946 10s 3d, being the balance of an account alleged to have been due by defendant to plaintiff, by reason of a certain agreement entered into between them. His lordship directed the jury, who
found for the plaintiff in the full amount.
ON Saturday morning Mr. Justice LAWSON sat at
CHARGE OF SENDING AN UNSEAWORTHY VESSEL TO SEA
Mr. Peter Quinn and Mr. Thomas John Quinn, of Belfast, stood indicted that they, having authority, as owners of a ship called the Nimrod, to send said ship to sea, did, on the 21st Nov., 1873. unlawfully send said ship to sea, in an unseaworthy state, so as to endanger the lives of Samuel Adair and Robert Boyd, belonging to and on board of said ship. On the second count they were charged with a like offence, omitting the words "as owners." The prisoners pleaded not guilty. Evidence having been led, and counsel for and against heard, his lordship stated that he would proceed to charge the jury on Monday morning.
THE CASE OF M'HUGH v. CAHILL.
At the sitting of the Court, Mr. FALKINER, Q.G., drew his lordship's attention to a letter which appeared in the Ulster Examiner, signed "M. H. Cahill," in reference to the case of M'Hugh v. Cahill, in which a verdict for the plaintiff had been allowed on the previous day, there being no appearance for the defence, counsel read the letter.
His LORDSHIP issued an order directing the Rev. M. H. Cahill to appear before him on Monday morning.
CHARLES M'KEOWN v. JAMES BAXTER.
This was an action for loss and damage alleged to have been sustained by the appellant, to the amount of £16. The appellant was plaintiff in the court below, and sued in it for that amount, but as the case was dismissed he sought to have
that dismissed reversal. After hearing arguments of counsel on both sides, his lordship postponed judgment.
ACTION FOR DEMURRAGE.
Alexander Blayney and John Blayney, plaintiff ; Thomas Kiernan and Thomas Barrett, defendants.
This was an action to recover £51 demurrage. The jury found for the full amount claimed.
On Monday morning the Hight Hon. Justice LAWSON took his seat in the Crown Court, and resumed the disposal of the charge against Peter Quinn and Thomas John Quinn, his son, shipowners, of Belfast, of sending an unseaworthy ship to sea.
His LORDSHIP having charged the jury, they retired.
After the absence of about an hour, the jury returned to court, when
The FOREMAN said--We have not agreed, my lord. Two of the members cannot get over the belief that the Messrs. Quinn were innocent of the ship's condition when she left the port.
His LORDSHIP said be had explained to them that innocence was no excuse, unless in addition to that all proper means were taken to make the ship seaworthy. They had better go back and consider the case again.
In a few minutes the jury returned to court with a verdict of guilty against both prisoners on both counts.
The FOREMAN said it was the anxious desire of the jury that, owing to the fact that that was the first case under the Act, the Messrs. Quinn should receive the leniency and mercy of the Court.
His LORDSHIP, in sentencing them, said they had been convicted of a most serious offence--viz., sending a ship to sea in a most unseaworthy condition, and in a condition dangerous to the lives of those on board. The evidence was clear that they knew the condition of the ship, and were determined to run her as long as they could make any money out of her. The jury had recommended them to mercy on the ground that it was the first case that had been tried under the recent Act; but not withstanding that recommendation, in a country like this, where so much trade was carried on, he was bound to pass such a sentence on them as would make it a warning to others. He would have passed a more severe sentence on them only for the recommendation of the jury. the sentence of the Copurt was that they each be imprisoned for two calendar months, and that they each pay to the Queen a fine of £150. The prisoners were then removed.
Philip M'Quillan was indicted for having, on the 21st January, 1871, committed an indecent assault on Anne Alpin. On a second count he was charged with a common assault. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner
Michael Charters was indicted for that he did feloniously kill and slay Rose Black on the 30th January last, A verdict of guilty was returned, and his lordship sentenced him be imprisoned for three calendar months.
AIDNG AND ASSISTING TO MURDER.
Thomas Biggar was indicted for aiding and assisting Alexander Gordon, on the 21st February to kill and murder John Tracy, near Ballymena. The prisoner was remanded till next Assizes.
Ann Jane Mills was indicted for having, on the 31st day of January, 1874, feloniously and wilfully killed and murdered a certain female child, whose name was unknown. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, and the prisoner was ordered
to stand aside.
WM. E. KELLY v. S. LAWTHER.
The plaintiff is a civil engineer, and the action was brought to recover the sum of £120 4s, as architect's fees in connection with the building of houses, and the laying out of grounds of the defendant. The jury found for the plaintiff £63
10s 6d over and above the amount lodged in court.
E. M'HUGH v. REV. M. H. CAHILL.
Mr. MONROE stated that affidavits were being prepared on behalf of the Rev. Mr. Cahill, and the matter was ordered to stand over until shortly before the rising of the Court, when his lordship, with the consent of Mr. Falkiner, ordered the case to be reinstated at the foot of the common jury record list. No further notice was taken of the letter published by the defendant last Saturday, that gentleman having apologised for the objectionable portion of it.
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The Witness - Friday, 20 March, 1874
ALEXANDER--March 13, at 30 Frances Street, Newtownards, the wife of Robt. Alexander, 70 Apsley Place, Donegall Pass, Belfast, of a son,
BEGGS--March 14, at 45 Ormeau Terrace, Belfast, the wife of Robert Beggs, jun., of a son.
BROWN--March 12, at 195 Woodstock Road, the wife of Mr. Robert Brown, of a daughter.
WEATHERUP--March 17, at 44 Silvergrove Street, Belfast, the wife of T. D. Weatherup, of a daughter.
BOWMAN--SMILEY--March 18, by special licence, at Cross Street. Larne, by the Rev. J B. Meek, John Alex. Bowman, to Martha Love, daughter of John Smiley, Esq., Larne.
CAMPBELL--Edmonds--March 18, at Linenhall Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Dr. Knox, Wm. Henry Campbell, Esq., Mountpottinger, Belfast, to Mary Kerr, third daughter of the late Rev. John Edmonds, Tully, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford.
CAMPBELL--Fox--March 10, at Knockbreda Parish Church, by the Rev. Richard Irvine, M.A., incumbent of St. Stephen's, Belfast, James, second son of James Campbell, to Mary Margaret, third daughter of the late Wm. Fox, both of Belfast.
HOLDEN--HUNTER--March 13, at the Presbyterian Church, Parkgate, by the Rev. S. Smythe Alison, M.A., John Holden, Lisnarrick, to Jane, daughter of Mr. Robert Hunter, Doagh.
BLACK--March 16, at Cullybackey, at the residence of her father, Eleanor Wallace, fourth daughter of Mr. Thomas Black, aged 3 years.
BROWNE--March 17, at 71 Christopher Street. Belfast, John Wm. Browne, Kilgreel, Templepatrick, aged 30 years.
CRIGAN--March 14, at 23 Canning Street, Belfast, John Crigan, aged 29 years.
CROTHERS--March 11, at Gransh, Dromara, Co. Down, Willie, third son of Robert Crothers, aged 6 years and 4 months.
HUNTER--March 12, at Little Ballymena, Margt., the beloved wife of David Hunter.
KIRKER--March 14, at 50 Pakenham Place, Belfast, William Potts, eldest son of John Kirker, aged 23 years.
MURRAY--March 14, at her residence, Albert Terrace, Falls Road, Margaret Ann, relict of the late Dr. Murray.
THE CONVICT MILLS.--COMMUTATION OF SENTENCE
We understand that a communication has been received by Captain Keogh, Governor of the County Antrim Prison, commuting the sentence of death passed upon Ann Jane Mills, for the murder of her child, to one of penal servitude for seven years.
COUNTY ANTRIM ASSIZES
THE LOUGH NEAGH FISHERY CASE.
BRISTOW AND LIVINGSTONE v. CORMACAN AND NELSON.
This was an action instituted by plaintiffs against the defendants for alleged trespass on that portion of the waters of Lough Neagh called Fenmore, by fishing in the said waters, and for converting the fish to defendant's own use, the said fish being the property of plaintiffs. The defendants denied that the fishery was the exclusive property of the plaintiffs, and alleged they had always excersised the right of fishing in the place without any restriction. His lordship directed the jury to assume that the fishery was the plaintiff's property, but reserved liberty to the defendants to have the verdict turned into one for them in case the Court above should decide that the fishery was not the property of the plaintiffs. On the issue as to whether the defendants did the acts complained of the jury found for the plaintiffs.
RIGHT OF WAY.
POLLOCK v. NEILL AND NEILL.
This was an action to recover £200 damages, for trespass and interference with a house and garden in Bangor, the property of the plaintiff.
The summons and plaint complained that the defendants had broken into and entered a garden and premises belonging to plaintiff, and broken down a wall which stood on the premises, and interrupted and impeded a certain right of way
to which she was entitled. In a third count, the summons and plaint complained that the defendant had erected lime kilns adjoining her property, and by burning lime had impregnated the air with noxious vapours, whereby the house was
rendered uninhabitable. The defendants pleaded that they did not do the acts complained of, and that the garden and premises did not belong to the plaintiff. As an answer to the second count, they lodged in court £2 10s, and as an answer
to the third count, they lodged a similar sum in court. The case had not concluded at the rising of the court.
SLANDER--T. DAVIDSON v. A. MULLAN.
This was an action for slander. The plaintiff is a publican, residing in Bryan Street, Ballymena, and the defendant is a surgeon, residing in Bridge Street, in the same town. The words complained of were that the defendant stated of the plaintiff that he kept a riotous and drunken house, that he had a room in it for bad men and women, and that it was a receptacle for prostitutes. An interval of over half an hour took place to afford the counsel an opportunity of consulting as to the alteration of the plea, it being acknowledged that the original plea could not be sustained. Plaintiff's counsel then accepted a non-suit. His lordship observing that the assertions, if made had not been established on the evidence.
INJURY TO A PUBLIC HOUSE.--NOLAN v. MARSHALL.
This was an action brought to recover £1,500 damages. The summons and plaint alleged that the plaintiff was entitled by right to have the support of a certain house or building of the defendant's, and that the defendant deprived the plaintiff of that support, whereby his house was injured. The jury retired, and after a brief deliberation returned into court, stating that they had found that the adjoining house was not a support of the plaintiff's house; that it
had been taken down properly, but that the defendant had no right to remove the stack of chimneys, and on that branch of the case they awarded £10 damages. A verdict was accordingly entered for the plaintiff for £10.
FATAL ACCIDENT ON A RAILWAY.
CONWAY v. THE BELFAST AND NORTHERN COUNTIES RAILWAY COMPANY.
This was a process brought by the plaintiff to recover £500 damages, in consequence of her husband being killed by a train passing over him on the defendant's line of railway. The case had not concluded when the court rose.
THE CASE OF MR. PETER QUINN.
Mr. Justice LAWSON refused the application of Mr. Falkiner, Q.C., to mitigate or remit the sentence upon Mr. Peter Quinn, shipowner, Belfast. His lordship stated that had he been in possession of the information obtained by him since pronouncing judgment he would have hesitated before passing so light a punishment as he did upon the prisoners.
POLLOCK v. NEILL AND NEILL.
This was an action to recover £200 damages, for trespass and interference with a house and garden in Bangor, the property of the plaintiff. His lordship having summed up, the jury found for the plaintiff, with £55 damages.
TRESPASS ON HOUSE, &C.
MAGUIRE AND M'GILL v. HAZLETT AND HAZLETT.
This was an action brought by the plaintiff against the defendant' for alleged trespass and negligence on the part of the defendants in building a certain house, whereby the adjoining property of the plaintiffs suffered damage. The case was at hearing when the court rose.
MAGUIRE v. HAZLETT.
This was an action brought by the plaintiffs for alleged trespass by the defendants, who resided at 14, North Street, Belfast. His lordship charged the jury. The latter retired to their room. The jury returned into court shortly afterwards with a verdict for the defendants on all counts, with the exception of one for the plaintiffs. The defendants were to pay the £5 lodged as compensation for the injury done, as the jury considered the plaintiffs were entitled to light and air. On the application of Mr. Bruce, his lordship respited execution.
POLLOCK v. NEILL.
In this case, in which a verdict had been obtained on the preceding day by the plaintiff, Mr. Falkiner, Q.C., applied to have execution respited, on the ground that the verdict obtained being, in his opinion, more than compensation for the injury done, would form the basis on which to bring further actions of a similar nature against the defendants. His lordship said he would consider the matter.
This concluded the business of the Crown Court.
ACTION AGAINST A RAILWAY COMPANY.
CONWAY v. THE BELFAST AND NORTHERN COUNTIES RAILWAY C0MPANY.
This was an action brought by the plaintiff for the recovery of £560 damages, alleged to have been sustained by her by reason of her husband having been killed on the defendants line, and while in the service of the company. The jury found for the plaintiff £100 damages.
M'KEOWN v. BAXTER; AND M'KEOWN v. CARROLL & DONNELLY.
This was an action for loss and damage alleged to have been sustained by the appellant to the amount of £40. The appellant was plaintiff in the Court below, and sued for that amount, but his case was dismissed, and he sought to have this dismiss reversed. His lordship affirmed the decision of the Assistant-Barrister, giving a decree for £35 3s 6d, and £3 10d witnesses expenses.
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The Witness - Friday, 27 March, 1874
BEAUCLERK--March 21, at the Crescent, Holywood, the wife of the Rev. C. Beauclerk, of a son, prematurely.
LINSAY--March 23, at Laburnum Cottage, Dunmurry, the wife of Mr. Benjamin Lindsay, of a daughter.
ALLEN--CARSWELL--March 19, at Ballynafeigh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Park, M.A., Mr. Hugh Allen, to Marian, third daughter of Robert Carswell, Esq., Belfast.
BELL--MACRORY--March 19, at Magherally Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. R. Moorehead, Joseph Bell, Bellfield, to Martha, daughter of James Macrory, Enoch, Dromore, Co. Down.
DICKEY--MULHOLLAND--March 4, at Greenpoint, New York, by the Rev. Thomas W. Haskins, Wm. Dhu M'Naughten Dickey, Belfast, to Rosa, second daughter of the Rev. John Gelston Mulholland, Brooklyn, N.Y.
ANDERSON--March 21, at the residence of her son, 40 May Street, Belfast, Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson, aged 74 years.
BELL--March 16, at Rashee, Mr. Adam Bell, aged 77 years.
GIVEN--On Sabbath , March 22, at the Ballymena District Model School, Anne, widow of the late John Given, Cullybackey, in the 102nd year of her life.
HUNTER--March 26th, at the residence of her son, the Rev. D. Hunter, St. Helen's, Mountpottinger, Belfast, Mary, relict of the late John Hunter, aged 67 years.
M'KEE--March 25, at 2 Beggs Street, Belfast, Minnie, second daughter of Mr. William M'Kee.
ORR--March 20, at 67 York Street, Belfast, Margt., wife of Robert Orr. aged 30 years.
SPILLER--March 19, at 5 Crumlin Terrace, Belfast, Susan Wilhelmina, youngest daughter of Daniel F. Spiller, aged 1 year and 4 months.
TODD--March 18, at 5 Lincoln Avenue, Belfast, Fanny, the beloved wife of Henry Todd.
AT Whitehaven on Thursday night, the Commerce, belonging to Donaghadee, a collier sloop, bound to the latter place with coal, went ashore on North Sands in a heavy gale, and in two hours went to pieces in a raging surf, within a stone's throw of the beach. Three rockets were fired, but only one line reached the ship, which fouled and was unserviceable. The piteous cries of the crew for help could be heard from the shore by a crowd of two or three thousand people. By the light of the tar-barrels on the beach the crew could be seen lashed to the stump of a mast, and waves breaking over them. The master, James Gunning, tried to swim ashore. He came within twenty feet of the beach, but was caught by a wave and disappeared. Two men clinging to the mast, brothers, named Neill, were washed away when the sloop broke up, but one was driven ashore and saved. The other was drowned. The lifeboat never went out. The coxwain reports that could not raise a qualified crew.
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