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The Witness - Friday, 5 November, 1875

Births

BURROWS -- Nov. 1, at Park Villa, Waterford, the wife of the Rev. A. Burrows, A.B., Presbyterian minister, of a son.

BURNS-- Oct. 31, at Church St., Ballymena, the wife of Mr. Thomas Burns, of a daughter.

CALDWELL -- Nov. 1, at 10 florence place, belfast, the wife of Mr. walter caldwell, of a son.

EASDALE -- Oct. 28, at Willow Bank, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Easdale, of a son.

HARVEY -- Oct. 29, at 47 University Street, Belfast the wife of Robert Harvey jun., of a son.

HATCHEN -- Oct. 31, at the Union Club, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Seymour S. Hatchen, of a daughter.

HICKS-BEACH -- Oct. 29, at the Chief Secretary's Lodge, Phoenix Park, Dublin, the Lady Lucy Hicks-Beach, of a daughter.

JURY -- Nov. 1, at Jury's Hotel, Londonderry, the wife of George J. Jury, of a son.

JURY -- Nov. 2, at Brooklands, Belfast, the wife of W.J. Jury, of a son.

LAWTHER -- Oct. 27, at Burnside, Dunadry, the wife of the late John Lawther, of a son.

M'CLURE -- Oct. 31, at 1a University Square, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. Edmund M'Clure, Ed. Sec., S.P.C.K., of a son.

PRICE -- Oct. 26, the wife of Mr. John D. Price, Downpatrick, of a daughter.

SMYTH -- Oct. 30, at the Maze, Lisburn, the wife of Samuel Smyth, of a son.

Marriages

ASHBY--GREENWOOD -- Oct. 27, at St. Anne's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Mr. Spence, Edwin H. Ashby, Esq., Oxford, England, to Minnie, only daughter of the late James Greenwood, Esq., Civil Engineer, Halifax, Yorkshire.

ALLISON--CRUIKSHANK -- Oct. 27, in the Presbyterian Church, Buckna, by the Rev. John Huey, Mr. Andrew Allison, Liminary, to Miss Jane Cruikshank, Carnstrone.

BAKER--POTTER -- Oct. 28, in the Presbyterian Church, Buckna, by the Rev. A.J. Wilson, Mr. Edward Baker, Mullen Mills, to Jane, daughter of Mr. Robert Potter, Ballagh, Caledon.

BROWN--CARSON -- Nov. 2, at St. Anne's Church, Dublin, by special licence from his Grace the Lord Archbishop of Dublin, by the Rev. William Ganly, A.M., Rector of Castledermot, and brother-in-law of the bride, assisted by the Rev. R.S.D. Campbell, Curate of St. Ann's, Nicholas Brown, Esq., Knockfield House, Castledermot, to Margaret Ellen, second daughter of the Rev. James Carson, Cavan.

CROSBIE--M'CLELLAN -- Oct. 26, at the Church of St. Finian, Greencastle, by the Rev. F. Smith, assisted by the Rev. T.B. Swanzy, Pierce, Crosbie, Esq., Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry, to Lizzie, second daughter of the Rev. Thomas M'Clellan, Manor House, Greencastle, County Donegal.

ELLIOT--STUART -- Oct. 30, at St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. john Mecredy, Robert Elliott, to Jane Stuart, both of Belfast.

GRAY--CLARKE -- Oct. 28, at the Methodist Church, Lurgan, by the Rev. Hugh M'Gahie, Mr. John M. Gray, of Moira, to Marianne, eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Clarke, of Crew Hill, Ballinderry, Co. Antrim.

HILL--VINY -- Oct. 28, by special licence, at the residence of the bride, by the Rev. William Park, A.M., Thomas, youngest son of the late Captain John Hill, Hillhead, Islandmagee, to Annie S. Vint, youngest daughter of the late John Vint, Esq., Eglinton Place, Belfast.

PATTON--M'KEE -- Nov. 2, at Ballyferris U.P. Church, Donaghadee, by the Rev. Alex Scott, M.A., Mr. David John Patton, farmer, Ballyhaft, Newtownards, to Jane, daughter of Mr. Robert M'Kee, farmer, Drumawhey.

RANKIN--TODD -- Oct. 29, at the Methodist New Connexion Church, Ballyclare, by the Rev. Saml. Nicholson, Mr. Francis Rankin, to Miss Susan Todd, both of Ballyclare.

STEWART--MADILL -- Oct. 30, at Academy Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by Rev. R.J. Lynd, John Stewart, to Catherine Madill, both of Belfast.

SEALY--NASH -- Oct. 26, at St. Bartholomew's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. R.T. Smith, B.D., Winthrop Baldwin Sealy, L.R.C.S.I., &c., Lincolnshire, son of Winthrop Baldwin Sealy, Esq., Gortnahorne, Bandon, to Amelia Victoria, only daughter of Major Chas. Widenham Nash, Dublin.

WRIGHT--THOMPSON -- Oct. 18, at the Presbyterian Church, Minterburn, by the Rev. A.J. Wilson, Mr. James Wright, Tullyrimond, to Susan Jane, daughter of Mr. William Thompson, Cavanbuoy, Caledon.

Deaths

ALLEN -- Oct. 31, at 48, Henry St., Dublin, Richard Allen aged 57 years.

BOYD -- Nov. 2, at 67, Sir Henry's Buildings, Mountpottinger, Belfast, David, youngest son of the late David Boyd, aged 17 years.

BATTERSBY -- Oct. 29, suddenly at his residence, Oakfield, Carrickfergus, Thos. Battersby, Esq., J.P., aged 55 years.

BURNS -- Oct. 30, at 36, Tomb St., Belfast, Mary, wife of the late Edward Burns, aged 66 years.

CAMPBELL -- Oct. 29, at Glenlary, Coleraine, Mr. Hugh Campbell, aged 62 years.

COLVIL -- Oct. 26, at Craiglea, Troon, Mary, wife of John Colvil, Esq., and youngest daughter of the late Andrew M'Clelland, Esq., Banbridge.

CONNELL -- Oct. 30, after a lingering illness, at his late residence, 34 Dock Street, Belfast, Alexander Connell, late shipbuilder, aged 67 years.

DAVISON -- Oct. 31, at his late residence, Commercial House, Enniskillen, Harper Campbell, son of the late James Davison, Primrose Mount, Randalstown.

EAGAR -- Oct. 28, at Kilronan Glebe, Co. Roscommon, the Rev. Edward Charles Eagar, for more than forty years vicar of the parish.

FINLAY -- Nov. 3, at Bournemouth, Thomas Edwin, son of Charles Finlay, University Square, Belfast, aged 19 years.

GUNNING -- Oct. 29, at Joymount, Cookstown, Jas. Gunning, Esq., J.P., aged 83 years.

HOUSTON -- Nov. 2, at Old Town Hill, Cookstown, Mary Galway, wife of Wm. Houston.

IRWIN -- Oct. 31, at his father's residence, Carricknadariff, Co. Down, John Irwin, aged 16 years.

KILLEN -- Nov. [-- paper torn at this point --]

Clippings

THE CAVE HILL OUTRAGE.

ARREST OF O'NEILL.
Belfast, Saturday.

WHEN the police entered Murphy's house in Denmark Street, a woman, who was an inmate of it, and supposed to be Murphy's wife, ran out through the back door and scaled the wall. Her motive for escaping is not known, except it is fright. A child was found inside, which the police took, and still have in the station. A list of Murphy's relatives is being made out, and their houses visited. Some of these live at a considerable distance. The directions of Houston to the man Stevens not to fail to record his conviction that the people in the lodge knew the poacher, and the recrimination indulged in when the latter had escaped, would seem to give the whole affair a very complicated aspect.

Yesterday evening, Sub-Inspector Tilly and Constable Moore, of the Lisburn police force, succeeded in arresting a man named James O'Neill in that town, who is said to have been a participator in the recent outrage in the Deer Park, Antrim Road. The prisoner, who is a slater, was lodged last night, about twelve o'clock, in the Police Office. He is charged with "aiding and abetting in the homicide of James Houston." The man who shot Houston is still at large, but the police are most active in their search, and it is believed he will be made amenable in a few days. A post-mortem examination of the body of James Houston, the gamekeeper, was made yesterday in the Royal Hospital. The contents of the discharge of the gun were found in the leg.

THE INQUEST.

The inquest on the body of James Houston, who was shot in the Deer Park of the Marquis of Donegall's demesne on the 26th ult., was resumed on Monday evening, at six o'clock, before Dr. Dill, coroner, in the Royal Hospital. Mr. Rea. appeared to watch the proceedings on behalf of the next of kin. The police were represented by several sub-inspectors and headconstables. Dr. Coates swore that he had made a post-mortem examination of the body of James Houston. He had found 187 pickles of shot in his thigh, 344 grains weight -- that was about three-quarters of an ounce. These pickles of shot were lodged in the deep part of the thigh. These came from below and behind the wound. There were no pickles of shot found above the wound. He also found a piece of canvas [produced] lodged in the thigh at the very bottom of the wound, four or five inches from the external orifice. It was where the highest quantity of shot was found. One of the veins of the thigh was wounded. He believed he died from clots of blood on the heart, on which he found three clots, weighing one ounce and three quarters. Dr. John Walton Browne deposed that he saw Houston about twenty minutes past two o'clock on the 26th October. He found him suffering from a wound on the upper part of the left thigh. There was a good deal of blood flowing from the wound. He also suffered from shock to the system. Witness examined the wound, and found blood coming from a deep wound in the thigh. He examined the wound to see if there was any shot in it, but could find no trace of any foreign body. he treated the wound as he considered necessary, and suggested to Dr. Coates that a magistrate should be sent for to take the man's depositions. That suggestion was acted upon, and Mr. O'Donnell came that evening. He believed that the man died from the clots of blood on the heart. Dr. Murney, visiting surgeon, gave similar testimony, as also did Dr. James Moore. Dr. Anderson, jun., house-surgeon, said he was in the hospital when Houston was admitted. He first examined his wound. Immediately after examining the wound witness sent for Dr. James Moore. After that he sent him to bed. Dr. Browne came in Dr. Moore's place, and he examined and treated the injured man. The Coroner (addressing the jury) said he thought that the ends of justice would be fully met by asking them upon the evidence not to say whether he was murdered or not, for they had no evidence to that effect, but to return an open verdict. They had it from the medical gentlemen that he died from clots of blood on the heart. The jury then returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased died from the effects of a gun-shot wound.

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WRECK OF A VESSEL -- FIVE LIVES LOST.

On Saturday afternoon, while a gale was blowing inshore, the brigantine Gleaner, 115 tons, Captain Nicholas Power, of Milford, from Port Albert with coals for Cork, attempted to make Youghal harbour for shelter, but struck on the harbour bar, about two and a half miles from the shore. The crew of five men took to the boat, which was capsized. One man clung to her and she drifted towards the shore. She was within 50 yards of land when she was again overturned, and the poor fellow had to battle with the waves, and, although he made desperate efforts to save himself, he was drowned. The coastguard threw a rocket line on board the vessel, but there was nobody there to avail themselves of it. She drifted before the wind high and dry on the shore, where she was broken up, and the cargo washed away. About an hour and a half after the vessel first struck the lifeboat was sent to her, but nobody was on board, and none of the bodies could be picked up. During the night, however, four bodies were washed ashore, including that of the master, Captain Power, who was also the registered owner. A large number of persons witnessed the wreck, but could tender no assistance.

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TERRIBLE ACCIDENT IN COUNTY CORK -- NINE LIVES LOST.

THE details of the shocking occurrence at Tries fully bear out the brief despatch wired on Saturday. Tries is a small village on the coast near Castletown. Mrs. Sullivan lived in a small house near the new coastguard station now being erected at Tries; and four masons who were engaged at the works lodged with her, occupying a small bedroom over the kitchen. Mrs. Sullivan remained up on Wednesday night after the masons and children had retired, and while replenishing the lamp with petroleum from a jar, the dangerous combustible was ignited, and the place was quickly enveloped in flames. Mrs. Sullivan attempted to extinguish the fire but failed, and she then set to rescuing her children, four of whom, with herself, were burned. The masons upstairs did not realise their danger in time, and in attempting to escape, two, a father and son, named Farr, were burned to death. James Farr, another son, who was first up, succeeded in running the gauntlet through the fire, and escaped with some bad burns. The fourth man, Denis Murphy, endeavoured to escape through a small window in the apartment, but, finding some difficulty in going through, his extremities were severely burned, and he died next day. It is stated another of the two children has also died.

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AT a convocation of the Durham University, held last week -- Dean Lake presiding -- the degree of D.C.L. was conferred upon the junior minister of the University Road circuit, the Rev. James Megarry, M.A., LL.D., of the Queen's University, Ireland.

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ANOTHER HEAVY FAILURE -- LIABILITIES £400,000.

THE failure is announced of Kattengale & Campbell, 118, Leadenhall Street, London -- liabilities, £400,000.

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THE BISHOP OF GLOUCESTER AND REV. MR. MACKONOCHIE.

THE Bishop of Gloucester has inhibited the Rev. Mr. MacKonochie from officiating in his diocese.

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THE MISSIONARY BOAT DAYSPRING FIRED INTO

A boats crew of the Missionary Schooner Dayspring has been fired into by the natives of the New Hebrides. Several of the crew were wounded.

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THE LIFE OF THE EARL OF MAYO.

THE Life of the Earl of Mayo has just been published by Messrs. Smith, Elder, & Co., of Waterloo Place. The author of this work is Dr. W. W', Hunter, Director-General of the Statistical Department of India.

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BIRTH OF A PRINCESS.

THE Duchess of Edinburgh was safely delivered of a daughter at half-past ten on Friday morning.

EASTWELL PARK, MONDAY. -- Her Royal and Imperial Highness the Duchess of Edinburgh has passed a good night, and is going on quite well. The infant Princess is also well.

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HEBREWS AND EDUCATION.

SERJEANT SIMON, M.P., presided on Saturday night at the opening of the winter session of the London Jewish Working Men's Club, and urged upon his co-religionists the importance of placing themselves on an equality in matters of education with the peoples among whom they lived, and strongly deprecated the tendency towards isolation which prevailed among the Hebrew population.

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TIIE INSURRECTION IN TURKEY.

A Times' telegram from Mostar says it is the unanimous opinion of the consular commission that the Porte is incapable, under present conditions, of pacifying the country, and some form of foreign intervention is believed to be indispensable.

RAGUSA, SUNDAY. -- A band of insurgents from the camp Lazara Sosich have attacked Gazko, blunt several villages, and carried off a large quantity of cattle. The Turks pursued the insurgents, killing 120 of them.

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DEATH OF A LADY MISER IN LONDON.

A WOLVERHAMPTON correspondent telegraphs -- Miss Moore was about 63 years of age. She was a member of an old Staffordshire family. Upon the death of her father (Hugh Moore, gentleman) she was left a little interest in £1,500. She was eccentric, would not live at home, and was possessed with the hallucination that the Prince of Wales and Earl Russell were plotting to poison her. She last visited Wolverhampton in May, 1874, when she received £100 from her lawyers. Her heir is a nephew.

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FLOODS IN CAVAN.

THE incessant rainfall of the past week has flooded the lowlands of Cavan to a degree not witnessed for a great number of years. The rivers in nearly all instances have overflowed their banks, and formed miniature lakes in all the bottoms. The mail car roads are covered with water in some districts to a depth of several feet. In the Clones, Belturbet, Killeshandra, and many other districts, the potato crop is submerged to a depth of a couple of feet, and serious fears are entertained that more serious consequences may occur if there is a continuance of the present heavy rains.

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GREAT FLOODS IN WEXFORD.

ADVICES from Wexford state that last week, in consequence of the very heavy floods rushing from the mountains of Forth through the Assaly River, the banks of the canal surrounding the south reclaimed lands burst and caused the whole of the lands -- some thousands of acres -- to be flooded to about six feet of water. A considerable number of sheep were drowned. The Ballygeary Railway, which runs through the lands, sustained no injury, the water not having risen on a level with the line. The breaches are being repaired. The reclaimed lands are the property of J.W. Stanford, Esq.

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LOSS OF A STEAMER AND ALL HANDS, OFF THE ISLE OF MAN.

THE men at work on the breakwater works, Douglas, report that they observed a small screw-steamer off the port in great distress, and immediately afterwards she foundered. There is no trace of the crew. The wind blew a fearful gale, accompanied with drenching torrents of rain, and the Isle of Man Company's steamer was unable to put to sea. Some sacks of flour have been washed ashore. It is conjectured that the steamer was one engaged in tending between Preston and Liverpool, or else a flour steamer, called the Vanderbilt, trading between Douglas and Barrow.

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A WOMAN is reported to have died near Dunkineely, Ireland, at the age of 125 years; a labouring man, near Hungerford, has died at the certified age of 101 yean; and an inmate of Tobermory Workhouse has expired at the supposed age of 104 years.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA. -- The Agent-General for South Australia. bas received the following advices from the Government, dated 27th October :-- "Price of wheat, 5s 4d per bushel. Flour £11 per ton. Season continues very good."

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IN the Consolidated Chamber last week, in the case of a county cess collector named Johnston, of Rathfriland, who is proceeding against a man named Campbell for damages for slander, a motion was granted to defendant to plead double.

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MESSRS. THACKRAY & DAVIS' APPOINTMENTS FOR 1875.

NOTICE.
ARTIFICIAL TEETH AND PAINLESS DENTISTRY.

TEETH EXTRACTED WITHOUT PAIN,
without Chloroform, and free from Danger.

MESSRS. THACKRA Y & DAVIS.
SURGEON DENTISTS,

58 - UPPER ARTHUR STREET - 58

(For obvious reasons note the Address.)

Fit the best and cheapest Teeth, without the extraction of stumps or causing the slightest pain, from 5s a Tooth.
Toothache cured; discoloured Teeth rendered perfectly white, and stopped; loose Teeth fastened; Children's Teeth regulated .
Daily attendance from Nine till Five.

To Country Patients One Visit only required.

Messrs. T & D. attend the following Towns professionally :--

ENNISKILLEN -- First Tuesday in every month, at the Royal Hotel -- next visit Dec. 7.
MONAGHAN -- First Wednesday in every Month -- next visit, Dec. 1.
CLONES -- First Thursday in every Month, at the Dacre Arms Hotel -- next visit, Dec. 2.
NEWRY -- First and third Saturday in every Month, at the Imperial Hotel -- next visit, November 6.
DUNDALK -- Second Wednesday in every Month, at the Imperial Hotel -- next visit, Nov. 10.
DROGHEDA -- Second Thursday in every Month, at the White Horse Hotel -- next visit Nov. 11.
OMAGH -- Second Saturday in every Month, White Hart Hotel -- next visit Nov .13.
BANBRIDGE -- Third Wednesday in every Month
ARMAGH -- Fourth Tuesday in every Month, at Mrs. Martin's, 2 Upper English Street -- next visit, Nov. 23.
DUNGANNON -- Fourth Thursday in every Month, at Mrs. M'Ilroy's, 43, Market Square -- next visit, Nov. 25.
BALLYMENA -- Fourth Saturday in every Month, at the Adair Arms -- Next visit, Nov. 27.

A Pupil Wanted.

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BELFAST LAND SESSIONS

THE business of these sessions was commenced last week before J.H. Otway, Esq., Q.C., Chairman of the County. In the case of Richd. Armer, claimant; Cornwall, respondent; a claim was made under the Ulster Tenant-right custom to recover £300. The claimant was tenant of the lands of north-east division of the town of Carrickfergus, and the respondents, Austin Cornwall and Margaret Carleton Joyce Cornwall were the landlords. There was a claim in the alternative, under secs. 3 and 4 of the Act, for five years' rent, her holding being valued at £22 15s, and the annual rent being £19 5s -- £96 5s. The items for reclamation of the waste land, making drains, irrigation, unexhausted tillage and manures, incurring payments, &c., brought the amount up to £274 5s. There was a set-off entered by the respondents, who disputed every part of the claim for compensation. When this case was called, Mr. Harper applied to have it adjourned till next court, which was agreed to. The next case was that of Anderson, claimant; Halliday, respondent, which was a claim under the Ulster custom to recover £300. The claimant was Robert Anderson, of Ballyhenry, and the respondent, William Robert Halliday, of same place. There was a claim in the alternative, under secs. 3 and 4 of the Act, to recover five years' rent of the holding, at £26 12s per annum -- £133 pounds. He also claimed in respect of reclamation, new fences, removing old fences, unexhausted tillage and manures, incoming payments &c., the total amount being £455 10s. There was a general dispute, and in case any of the claim were allowed the respondent claimed one year's rent, £26 12s, and for dilapidation, £20. His Worship postponed judgement. The Court then adjourned till the 9th November.

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DREADFUL MURDER
NEAR RANDALSTOWN

RANDALSTOWN, WEDNESDAY, 3 P.M. -- The details of a most atrocious and brutal murder have come to light in this town. It would appear that on Monday evening last, between five and six o'clock, the dead body of very respectable farmer, Daniel Neeson, was discovered lying on the roadway near Randalstown, under circumstances that at present seem to point to only one conclusion, that a dreadful murder has been committed. The deceased was about sixty years of age, and owned a large farm near Crosskeys. He attended the Randalstown fair on Monday, as was his usual custom, and disposed of a large quantity of stock. It is believed that he must have had a reasonable sum of money in his possession. Before leaving for home, he was observed to be slightly under the influence of drink. This was about half past five o'clock. He proceeded in the direction of a house of a friend of his named Daniel M'Allister, situated a short distance out of town, on the Antrim Road. On arriving at the place, he spoke to a servant man who was then in the yard, and describes him as having spoken in a somewhat merry mood. While they were engaged in conversation a girl came up and asked "Were you men going to beat him?" The deceased said they were, and that he wanted to go into the house, whereupon the servant knocked at the door, which was opened, but on being informed that Mr. M'Allister was not at home, deceased did not go in, but walked away in the direction of his own residence. He was then apparently in perfect health. Nothing more was heard of him for five minutes, when the servant man was called down the road. There he found deceased lying on the ground, quite dead, and bleeding profusely from several wounds.

The inquest has just been opened before Alexander Markham, Esq., Coroner in the Courthouse, and the above facts have only as yet been disclosed. A girl named M'Coy deposed that she saw three men struggling near the railway arch between five and six o'clock in the evening, and one of them fell with a loud noise. The other men immediately ran away.

The tragedy has created the greatest excitement in the neighbourhood, which has been comparatively free of crimes of this nature for a long time. The police are prosecuting a vigilant search for the murderers, but up to the present time their efforts have not been successful.

Dr. M'Donnell deposed to examining the deceased and discovering a fracture of the skull, which must have been caused by a blunt instrument. It was this wound which caused the death.

A verdict was returned to the effect that the deceased died from the effects of blows inflicted by some person or persons unknown. No arrest has been made.

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A MOTHER SELLING HER CHILD FOR £1 5s.

At the meeting of the Belfast Board of Guardians, held on Tuesday,

The CHAIRMAN read a letter from the Rev. R. Crickard, Roman Catholic Chaplain, complaining that two parties were allowed to have access to the nursery, through the agency of some of the officials, and to endeavour to include a woman so as to induce her to give up a child he had baptised.

Mrs. Ellen M'Kenna, an inmate, was called, and, in reply to the chairman's enquiries, said that two persons whom she did not know came to her and looked at her child, which he gave to them for 25s, but after it was taken away she "would not have given it for a hundred pounds". She was told by the lady who took her child that she was going across the sea and that the child would be brought up as a gentleman, There was no bargain made at all. When the parties went out she wanted to go after them, but would not be allowed. Mr. Watt refused to allow her a pass out.

Mr. WATT emphatically denied this. He was in town at the time.

The hall porter (J. Rankin) said he was present, and that M'Kenna gave away her child willingly. She afterwards rued it.

Mrs. Liddie, nurse, said that she was asked by the hall porter if she had any orphan children, as a lady was enquiring for one. She said she had not, but expected to have some soon, as two mothers were dying. This lady, accompanied by a gentleman, came in, and with them she went to the nursery, where M'Kenna offered to give up her child. The lady then took the child away, and returned with it in a short time in new dresses. It was then dressed by M'Kenna, and the lady said she could take it back if she liked, but she declined.

Mrs. Watt, matron, said that she gave M'Kenna two hours and a half to consider whether or not she wished to give up her child.

Mrs. Liddie added that she told the lady that the child was a Roman Catholic. The lady and gentleman were Mr. and Mrs. Little, of Leeds. M'Kenna blessed the child when it was being taken away.

Mrs. M'Kennna (excitedly) -- Oh, I did not. I said "Oh my God, am I not to see my child?"

The CHAIRMAN said the woman had a perfect right to do what she liked with her child, but the question she had to deal with was there any undue influence used by the officials.

Mr. BIRNEY -- Has a woman a right, or should she be allowed, to sell her child to whoever she wished?

The CHAIRMAN -- Oh, she can do what she likes with it. She can only be prevented from doing injury to her children. The probability was that the parties who took away the child would bring it back.

Mr. CARUTH said he believed the officials did not interfere illegally or injudiciously in the matter, but the point was, had women inmates of the house the right to dispose of their offspring?

Mr. KAVANAGH thought this question should be asked of the local government board.

The CHAIRMAN -- If a lady or gentleman asked for an orphan child of a different religion I would not give it. (Hear, hear.)

Mr. BIRNEY thought the course they should take would be to have the child brought back.

Mr. MONTGOMERY moved that, after a searching investigation, they had concluded that there was no blame attached to any of the officials, and that the woman herself admitted having willingly parted with it, and afterwards changed her mind.

Mr. GALLAGHER seconded the motion, which was passed.

Several guardians expressed their opinion that they had no legal power to prevent women from parting with their children.

The CHAIRMAN said if he had been there as an official he would have advised the woman not to give her child.

Mr. BIRNEY seconded Mr. Kavanagh's motion, which, after a long discussion, was withdrawn, and

The board went into committee.

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QUEEN'S COLLEGE, BELFAST.

SCHOLARS -- 1875-6.

SENIOR SCHOLARS. -- Greek, Latin, and Ancient History -- Brooks, Thomas B., Clarke, Hugh Alexander (a prize of £20). Modern Languages and Modern History -- Beatty, William. Mathematics -- Johnston, Wm. John. Natural History -- Tate, Alex. C. Metaphysics and Economic Science -- Murphy, John Howard. Chemistry -- Murphy, John Howard; Tate, A.C.; Kirkpatrick, Robert. Natural History -- Campbell, J.W.M.

JUNIOR SCHOLARS. -- Fourth Year Medical -- Anatomy and Surgical Anatomy -- M'Geagh, Wm. Therapeutics and Pathology -- Kirker, Gilbert. Third Year Engineering -- Sproull, Alex. MacD. Third Year Medical -- Collier, J.F.; Stuart, James. Second Year Arts -- Literary -- Charles, Robert H.; Stronge, James M.; Williamson, J.R.D.; Nesbitt, Alfred A.J.; Mathers, Henry Alex. Second Year Arts -- Science -- Knowles, Thos. Torrens; Russell, Samuel Marcus; Cuming, John; Weir, Charles James; Hughes, Robert W. Second Year -- Engineering -- Macmillen, James. Second Year -- Medical -- Cromie, Mortimer; Mowbray, Robert. First Year Literary -- Arts and Medicine -- Steen, Wm. Peile (arts); Hanson, George (arts); Cooney, Stewart Emerson (arts) and Young, James Vance (medical), equal; Dill, Robert Foster (arts); Keightly, Samuel Robert (arts) and M'Lintock, W.J. (arts), equal. First Year Science -- Arts, Engineering, and Medicine -- Henry, James Maurice (engineering); M'Lintock, W. James (arts) ; Foster J. Denning (arts) and Hazleton, Edward B. (medical), equal; Young, James Vance (medical); Wallace, Robert (arts); Boyd, Henry Johnston (medical), prize of £10; Irwin, John (arts); Shaw, Wm. Robert (engineering) ; Keightly, Charles Albert. (arts). Dunville Studentship -- Whitford, William. Porter Scholarship -- Oliver, Charles H.

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MURDER IN COUNTY DERRY.

AT an early hour on Wednesday morning, a man named Jas. M'Closkey was found brutally murdered in his house at Raleigh, a short distance from Feeney, County Derry. The deceased had been caretaker of a small farm, of which the proprietor of a public-house in the vicinity of Dungiven was the tenant. An inspection of the body by two medical gentlemen placed the fact of the murder beyond doubt. The constabulary having been communicated with, four persons residing in the immediate locality were placed under arrest. Weapons with which it is supposed the murder was committed have been found. As yet no cause has been assigned for the outrage, which has created much alarm in the district. M'Closkey was about forty-five years of age, and was generally respected in the locality.

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THE LAUNCHING OF A NEW STEAMER PRINCESS BEATRICE FOR THE LARNE AND STRANRAER ROUTE, yesterday, from the shipbuilding-yard of Messrs. Harland & Wolff, Queen's Island, gave occasion to Mr. Harland, Lord Galloway, and others to suggest the running of steamers on the same line on Sunday. We are grieved very much to hear such a suggestion, and earnestly hope that it will never be carried into effect. Nothing could give greater pain to the Sabbath-observing community than to conceive of such an open violation of the Lord's Day.

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THE HAIR RESTORER, for promoting the growth and Restoring the Colour of the Hair, in large Bottles at 2s 6d, equal to the more expensive preparations. CANTRELL, DAVIDSON, & LESLIE. Ulster Medical Hall, CASTLE PLACE, Belfast.

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THE BALLYMENA PROTESTANT HALL COMMITTEE

PRESENT THEIR COMPLIMENTS TO the PROTESTANT PUBLIC, hoping they will kindly contribute WORK or MONEY to the BAZAAR which will be held on the 16th and 17th November next, in aid of the Building Fund. There is still a debt of £700 on the Building, and the Committee hope that Protestants of all denominations will assist their efforts to get the debt paid off.

The following Ladies have kindly consented to act as Patronesses and Committee to manage the Bazaar: --

          PATRONESSES.
The Dowager Marchioness of Downshire, Hillsboro';
Lady Edwin Hill-Trevor, Chirk, North Wales;
Lady Louisa O'Neill, Tullymore Lodge, Broughshane;
Mrs. Alexander, The Palace, Derry;
Mrs. James Chaine, Ballycraigy, Antrim;
Mrs. John Young, Galgorm Castle;
Mrs. William Johnston, Ballykilbeg;
Mrs. James Leslie Beers, Weston Crofts, Ballymoney;
Mrs. Rowan, Mount Davys;
Mrs. John Rowan, Mount Davys;
Mrs. Murray, The Vicarage, Ballymena;
Mrs. S.W. Perry, Grange, Ballymena;
Mrs. Orr, Hugomont, Ballymena;
Miss Hall, Audley Place, Ballymena;
Mrs. James Torrens, Whiteabbey;
Mrs. Crawford, Glencairne, Broughshane;
Mrs. Johnston, Connor Glebe;

          LOCAL COMMITTEE.
Mrs. Murray, The Vicarage, Ballymena;
Mrs. Dr. Kidd, Linenhall Street, Ballymena;
Mrs. Dr. Ross, Wellington Street, Ballymena;
Mrs. William Raphael, Galgorm Cottage;
Mrs. F.A. Mathews, Audley Lodge;
Mrs. H.M. Holden, Wellington Street, Ballymena;
Mrs. Albert Dawson, Harryville, Ballymena;
Mrs. Wm. G. Browne, Kells, Ballymena;
Mrs. Mary Davidson, Bridge Street, Ballymena;
Mrs. Emma Dickey, Harryville, Ballymena;
The Misses Ballentine, Wellington Street, Ballymena;
Miss Skelly, Harryville, Ballymena;

By whom Contributions of Work or Money will be received and acknowledged; or by
          JOHN HALE, Treasurer.
          THOMAS SIMPSON, Secretary.
Ballymena, Sept.1, 1875

 

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The Witness - Friday, 12 November, 1875

Births

BURROWS -- Nov. 1, at Park Villa, Waterford, the wife of the Rev. A. Burrows, A.B., Presbyterian Minister, of a son.

BARR -- Nov. 9, at 60, Belvidere Place, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Jas. Barr, of a son.

BLAKE -- Nov. 5, at 12, Wilmont Terrace, Belfast, the wife of Henry A. Blake, Esq., R.I.C., of a daughter.

COOPER -- Nov. 8, at Frances Street, Newtownards, the wife of Mr. Wm. Cooper, of a son.

DORAN -- Nov. 10, at 21, Eliza Street, Belfast, the wife of Joseph Doran, of a son.

DINEEN -- Nov. 5, at 11, Carnmoney Street, Belfast, the wife of John Dineen, of a son.

GAMBLE -- Nov. 8, at Cootehill, the wife of the Rev. J.W. Gamble, B.A., of a son.

HAMILTON -- Nov. 8, at Wolfhill Cottage, Ligoniel near Belfast, the wife of George Hamilton, of a son.

HOUSTON -- Nov. 2, at George's Street, Omagh, the wife of Wm. Houston, of a son.

LILLIE -- Nov. 7, at 12, East Bread Street, Belfast, the wife of James Lillie, of a son.

MORROW -- Oct. 29, at Keady, the wife of Mr. Jas. Morrow, of a daughter.

MORROW -- Nov. 7, at Ballyrobert, County Antrim, the wife of Alexander Morrow, 68, Earl Street, Belfast, of a son.

PEDLOW -- Nov. 8, at 24, Albion Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. John Pedlow, of a son.

SHAW -- Nov. 8, at Armagh, the wife of the Rev. Robert J. Shaw, Vicar of Drumcar, of a daughter.

STEWART -- Nov. 10 at 45, High Street, Antrim, the wife of Mr. Joseph Stewart, Belfast, of a son.

SCOTT -- Nov. 2, at Glenville, Dunmurry, the wife of James Scott Esq., of a daughter.

SLOAN -- Nov. 5, the wife of Mr. William Sloan, Bridge Street, Ballymena, prematurely, of a son.

WALLACE -- Nov. 5, at 11, Willow Street, Belfast, the wife of Thomas J. Wallace, of a daughter.

Marriages

BARRON--SMYTH -- Nov. 4, at Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Joseph Barkley, assisted by the Rev. Robert Barron, Whitehouse, brother of the bridegroom, James Barron, Lyle Hill, to Catherine, youngest daughter of Wm. Smyth, Church Farm, Carnmoney.

BUSBY--KIRKER -- Nov. 4, at Great George's Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. J.B. Wylie, Hugh Busby, Lisnasharragh, to Lizzie, only daughter of the late Isaac Kirker, Carnaughliss, Killead.

BROWN--HARDEN -- Nov. 4, at the Presbyterian Church, Bannside, Banbridge, by the Rev. James Bell, Tandragee, Mr. George William Brown, Cley Mount House, Banbridge, to Annie, eldest daughter of Mr. George Harden, Lisbann, Tandragee.

CLEMENTS--BENNETT -- Nov. 2, by special licence, at the residence of the bride's sister, 128, Crumlin Road, Belfast, by the Rev. Mr. M'Comb, assisted by the Rev. John M'Credy, Dr. Mathewson Clements, eldest son of Dr. Wm. Clements, Sixmilecross, to Anna Eliza, second daughter of Mr. Jas. Bennett, Millview House, Magheranock, Ballynahinch, Co. Down.

CONKEY--SWINDLE -- Nov. 5, at Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, by the Rev. W. McIlwrath, Samuel Conkey to Ann Jane Swindle, both of Greengraves.

KENNEDY--LINDSAY -- Nov. 5, at Academy Street Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. R.J. Lynd, Andrew Kennedy to Mary Lindsay, both of Whiteabbey.

LARMOUR--BELL -- Nov. 5, at Linenhall Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Dr. Knox, Hugh Larmour, Lisnastrain, to Margaret, third daughter of the late Wm. Bell, Randex, Killead.

MORROW--BRADSHAW -- Oct. 4, at Elmwood Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Dr. Knox, Robert Morrow to Jane Bradshaw, both of Belfast.

MORROW--SWEANEY -- Nov. 2, at Maralin Church, by the Rev. G.P. Brooke, Rector of the Parish, John Morrow, Belfast, to Annie Sweaney, late of Melbourne, Australia.

M'MULLAN--ARMSTRONG -- Nov. 8, at Academy Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. R.J. Lynd, B.A., Francis M'Mullan, Mossley, to Jannet, daughter of James Armstrong, Greenisland.

WALLACE--HOOKE -- Nov. 10, at the Presbyterian Church, Magherally, by the Rev. James Thomson, Mr. George Wallace, to Dora, second daughter of Mr. Joseph Hooke, Corbet.

WYLIE--BODEL -- Oct. 29, at the Presbyterian Church, Dunmurry, by the Rev. R.J. Arnold, James Wylie, Esq., Upper Falls, to Annie, eldest daughter of John Bodel, Upper Falls, Dunmurry.

Deaths

M'CREERY -- Nov. 10, at The Manse, Killyleagh, Eliza, daughter of the Rev. A. M'Creery, aged 19 years. Her remains will be removed for interment, on Saturday, 13th instant, at two o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

AGNEW -- Nov. 5, at Antrim Lane, Lisburn, Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. Samuel Agnew, aged 10 years.

BELL -- Nov. 8, at 33, Keegan Street, Belfast, Mr. Samuel Bell.

FULTON -- Nov. 7, at 39, Canning Street, Belfast, Horatio Alexander, infant son of David Fulton, aged 1 year and 3 months.

GASTON -- Nov. 7, at Beech Cottage, John, infant son of Hugh Gaston.

GIBSON -- Nov. 7, at The Square, Comber, Maggie Jane, daughter of Thomas Gibson, Comber, aged 17 years.

HAZELTON -- Nov. 5, at Myroe, Killyman, Sarah, wife of Robert Hazelton, aged 53 years.

IRWIN -- Oct. 31, at his father's residence, Carricknadariff, Co. Down, John Irwin, aged 16 years.

MARTIN -- Oct. 31, at Caravin, Newbliss, Richard Martin, aged 62 years.

MURPHY -- Nov. 5, at Moira, Elizabeth, daughter of John Murphy, Bateson Arms Hotel.

MAXWELL -- Nov. 4, at Hillhall Court, Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. Wm. Maxwell.

MALONE -- Nov. 6, at Antrim, Edmond Andrew, eldest son of Edmond M. Malone, aged 2 years and 7 months.

MORROW -- Nov. 7, at 11, Wesley Place, Belfast, Jane Evelyn Mariah, only daughter of James Morrow, aged 1 year.

M'BAY -- Nov. 9, at Gobnascale, Waterside, Londonderry, Wm. M'Bay, aged 62 years.

M'ELROY -- Nov. 1, at her residence, Garvagh, Mary, relict of the late Solomon M'Elroy, Esq., M.D.

M'CLELLAND -- Nov. 8, at Monteith Cottage, the residence of his niece, James M'Clelland, Esq., Glenville, aged 83 years.

M'GEE -- Nov. 6, at 18, Clarinda Park West, Kingstown, Jane, widow of the late Dr. M'Gee, R.N., J.P., College Square, Belfast, aged 80 years.

SHAW -- Nov. 10, at his father's residence, Carricknacessna, Saintfield, Co. Down, James Shaw, (late buyer in Messrs. Day and Bottomley's), aged 31 years.

SCOTT -- Nov. 2, at the residence of her stepson, John Scott, Ellen, relict of the late Wm. Scott, Dundonald.

SILLITO -- Nov. 6, at Portstewart, Rev. William Wharton Sillito, for many years Rector of Killowen Parish, Diocese of Derry, aged 77 years.

WILSON -- Nov. 7, at the Curragh Camp, the Rev, John Browne Wilson, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces, aged 55 years.

Clippings

COOKSTOWN ACADEMY.

THE PUPILS OF THIS INSTITUTION have been very successful at the recent examinations for Scholarships in the Belfast and Galway Colleges. In the Literary Department in Arts in the first year, Mr. ROBERT DODDS, of Banbridge, gained first place; and Mr. GEORGE THOMPSON, son of W.G. THOMPSON, Esq., Coagh, second. The third place in the same Department, in the Belfast College, was taken by Mr. STEWART COONEY, of Cookstown. It is worthy of notice that these were the only Pupils from the above Institution who entered College this Session.

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THE CAVE HILL OUTRAGE.

ARREST OF PATRICK MURPHY.
Belfast, Friday.

Yesterday, the police at Queenstown arrested a man who is believed to be Patrick Murphy, who is charged with the manslaughter of Houston, Lord Donegall's gamekeeper, who was shot a week ago by a poacher. Prisoner is about thirty years of age. He was proceeding to America as a steerage passenger, under the name of Robert Johnston, by the Guion steamer Nevada, and he was so perfectly disguised that he would have escaped detection only for marks on his hands which corresponded with marks on the culprit caused by the deceased, who bit him fearfully during the struggle.

IDENTIFICATION OF MURPHY.

We understand that Sub-Constable Eastwood of the Donegall Street barrack, and Constable W.A. Murphy, of the Peter's Hill barrack, have left this town for Cork to identify the man arrested there yesterday, and believed to be one of the parties implicated in this homicide.

Cork, Friday, One o'clock.

At twelve o'clock today, the man who was arrested yesterday while going on board the steamship Nevada, on suspicion of being the alleged murderer of James Houston, Lord Donegall's gamekeeper, in the Deer Park, at Cave Hill, was brought before the authorities and fully identified as being Patrick Murphy, of Denmark Street, Belfast. The marks on Murphy's hands, caused by being bitten, as is stated, by Houston, were the chief means of his identification. He will be handed immediately over to Constables Murphy and Eastwood, from Belfast, and conveyed to that town.

TRIAL OF THE PRISONER.

Patrick Murphy was brought up at the Belfast Police Court, on Monday, charged with the homicide of James Houston, at the Cave Hill.

Sub-Constable Byrne was sworn, and, in answer to Mr. THYNNE, deposed that he arrested the prisoner in Queenstown on board a vessel.

What names was he passing by? Robert Johnston.

Did he deny his name was Murphy?

Mr. MACAULAY objected.

By Mr. THYNNE -- The prisoner had a ticket for New York in the name of Robert Johnston.

Had you known the prisoner previously? Yes.

Was there any change in his appearance from the time you saw him before until you saw him in Queenstown? He is shaved now but he wore a beard before.

Has the prisoner any marks or wounds upon him? He has a hole in the thumb of his right hand.

Mr. O'DONNELL -- What kind of holes were they? They were the marks of teeth. Mr. McMordie objected to such evidence going on the depositions. The constable was not a medical man.

Mr. O'DONNELL (to witness) -- When did you last see this man in Belfast? Two months ago.

Sub-Inspector THYNNE then asked for a remand, but

Mr. MACAULAY then argued at length that there was nothing disclosed on the information to justify a remand, and demanded the immediate discharge of the prisoner.

Mr. REA said, after what had taken place, and owing to the defective nature of the information, there was no course open to the magistrates but to discharge him; but he had served a notice on the Clerk of the Petty Sessions demanding his re-arrest on the charge of the murder of James Houston, on the complaint of widow Eliza Houston. A more monstrous farce than that which he had just witnessed in the conduct of the case he had never seen in the town of Belfast.

MR. O'DONNELL said he had no hesitation in saying that the information was insufficient to justify a remand, but he had judicial knowledge of a previous information, upon which he himself had issued a warrant. He would now ask Mr. Thynne to supply the conditions.

Mr. REA protested against the farce of the police conducting the case be continued, and asked to be allowed to conduct the prosecution.

Mr. McMORDIE complained that Mr. O'Donnell was coming to the aid of the prosecution by giving evidence.

Mr. O'DONNELL said this was a ministerial and not a judicial investigation, and he was acting quite in accordance with the custom of all courts in the country.

Sub-Inspector Thynne was then examined, and proved a previous information regarding the murder and connecting the prisoner with it, and then asked for a remand in the interests of justice.

In cross-examination by Mr. MCMORDIE he admitted having spoken to the prisoner O'Neill, but it was with regard to the ferrets. He spoke to Captain Keogh, but declined to say what he said. He also declined to say if he said anything about the advocates or whether he was directed by any authority to make it. He did not believe the answer to either question would criminate him. He told the Governor if O'Neill wanted to see a solicitor he should let him, but he should not let all solicitors see him.

The prisoner was remanded till Saturday at twelve o'clock.

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THE MURDER IN THE COUNTY DERRY.

DR. LANE, Coroner for Derry, on Friday held an inquest on the body of James M'Closkey (Dhu), whose murder was briefly reported in our issue of last week. The evidence failed to throw any light on the occurrence further than that Henry M'Closkey, who is in custody, was the last man seen in the company of the deceased, and that on the night of the murder both were left at the fireside drinking. The principal witness is an old woman named McNicholl, who lived in the house of the deceased, and who, having taken some drink, threw herself on a bed, leaving the two men together. This bed is immediately beside the fireplace. The old woman says she heard no row during the night, and knew nothing of the murder till she got up in the morning. The body of the murdered man lay in a pool of blood only two yards distant from her sleeping place, and the noise in the house must have been considerable as his head was dreadfully smashed, the skull having been driven in, and an iron kettle which was by the hearth was smashed into fragments. A hatchet, bearing marks supposed to be blood, was found near the body. The jury returned an open verdict. Sub-Inspector Shaw represented the constabulary at the inquiry. The crime, so far, appears to have been without motive. The prisoner, Henry M'Closkey, held a farm a few perches from the deceased. He is a cripple as to one of his legs, and in walking uses a crutch and handstaff. It is said, however, that he is a powerful man and wonderfully active in farm labour notwithstanding his physical disadvantage.

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It is understood that Lord Chief-Justice Cockburn has accepted the proffered freedom of The City of London. The ceremony will probably take place in January.

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A STRANGE DISTINCTION.

The official by whom the "borough notices" regarding flagging and paving of streets are drawn up is either an ill-mannered man, or he has a disagreeable fashion of "making fish of one and flesh of another." In one of his advertisements for example, he designates the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belfast as the "Most Rev. Dr. Dorrian," while in another he has the bad taste to designate the Rev. Dr. Knox as "Robert Knox." To be set down in this way without a handle to his name of any sort must be very galling to a person of the affable and pleasant manners of Dr. Knox, and must offend every reader of good taste. What can be the meaning of this distinction? Perhaps the Mayor or Town Clerk can tell us, as the advertisements referred to bear their signatures, but we can hardly think that they would for a moment lend themselves to ignore the title of even "an humble Presbyter," as they have done in this case. Can it be that the Town Council are employing Jesuits in disguise? Or do we in this advertisement discern the "fine Roman hand" of some ill-natured ex-churchman, who recognises Romish priests as properly ordained clergymen, but maintains that Presbyterian ministers are only laymen? Really, "our common Protestantism" is becoming servile as well as "common." O tempora! O mores! -- Ulster Echo.

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MR. CORRY, M.P., AND THE BELFAST CABMEN.

THE liberal offer of Mr. Corry, M.P., to present a shelter to the cabmen of Belfast will be a great boon to the class for whom it is intended. A visitor to the Custom House at about two or three o'clock in the morning would find several dozen of cab and carmen, some sleeping on the cushions laid on the steps, and others lying on or in their vehicles. At one time some little shelter was provided by the portals of the Custom-House doors, but a mandate from the officials of that department closed the entrance with a gate, and they were thus deprived of a privilege which they had enjoyed for years. Since then they have been exposed to the cold and wet, and it is most essential that something should be done by the public to afford them that help which is beyond their reach. Although humble in their own sphere they are none the less important and useful, and deserving of some consideration. Mr. Corry has now acted as a true benefactor, and will command the gratitude of the public. Some months ago the suggestion of erecting one of these shelters in Belfast was made from this journal, and we are pleased to see that it is now about to be adopted. -- Ulster Echo.

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FRACAS BETWEEN SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS.

On Saturday night a fracas occurred in Newtownards between some soldiers of the 75th Regiment and civilians. A few nights ago a corporal of the 75th Regiment had received some abuse from a party of civilians, for which his comrades determined to be revenged. A party numbering about a dozen went to Mr. Magill's public house to see if they could find any of the parties who had beaten their corporal. One of them knocked down a countryman who was preparing to go home. This was taken for a signal by the others, who prepared for fighting, and charged down Frances Street yelling and cursing. In a short time the town from end to end was in an uproar. Captain G.R. Hamilton, J.P, and Sub-Inspector T.J.N. Robertson, put themselves at the head of the police force and turned out. The row swept like a wave down the street, and when the police interfered they were attacked and beaten by the soldiers. Daniel McAvoy was cut about the head and face very severely, and a man named Matthew Bennett was followed into a public house, where he had run for refuge, and cut on the head in several places. Several other civilians are badly injured. When the excitement was at its height, one of the soldiers cried out, "Come on, boys; we are the Irish Brigade;" and this appears to give the affair a party tinge. But for the timely interference by the police and the picket, a riot of a serious character would doubtless have ensued. Two privates named Brennan and Flynn are under arrest for participation in the row. At one o'clock on Sunday morning everything was quiet.

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SERIOUS OUTRAGE NEAR CARRICKFERGUS.

On Friday morning, at two o'clock, information was given at the police station that a farmer named Hugh M'Cauley, of Ballycarry, had been seriously beaten, and then robbed, a short distance from the village of Eden. Constable Dunderdale was soon in pursuit, and arrested a man named Samuel Boyd, a carpenter, who has been identified by the injured man as the chief assailant. Mr. M'Cauley has been so seriously injured that it was deemed prudent to take his depositions at the earliest moment. Consequently, Samuel Archer, Esq., J.P., attended at the farmer's house at 9 o'clock on Friday morning, where Mr. M'Cauley now lies, for that purpose. The prisoner was present while the depositions were being taken. From the injured man's depositions, it appears that he had partaken rather freely of drink during the day, and on his way home partook of some whiskey and porter in company with the prisoner, in the village of Eden. At the time he was attacked, he was as far as Orland's and it was about eleven o'clock, and pretty dark. He was knocked down and kicked, and when lying on the ground in a state of semi-consciousness, was robbed of £3 1s and some coppers. He felt the hands of the robber in his breast and trousers pocket. He believed there were three persons engaged in the outrage on him. When he recovered consciousness he made his way to a farmer's residence near to where he had been attacked. The farmer at once admitted him, and sent intelligence of the occurrence to the police. Dr. Patrick examined him and found the following injuries:- Three wounds on the head, the right eye cut, and the mouth and face swollen, the hands swollen and bruised, and the left arm dislocated. The prisoner has been remanded for eight days.

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THE BALLYMENA PROTESTANT HALL COMMITTEE

PRESENT THEIR COMPLIMENTS TO the PROTESTANT PUBLIC, hoping they will kindly contribute WORK or MONEY to the BAZAAR which will be held on the 16th and 17th of November next, in aid of the Building Fund. There is still a debt of £700 on the Building, and the Committee hope that Protestants of all denominations will assist their efforts to get the debt paid off.

The following Ladies have kindly consented to act as Patronesses and Committee to manage the Bazaar:-

PATRONESSES

The Dowager Marchioness of Downshire, Hillsboro';
Lady Edwin Hill-Trevor, Chirk, North Wales;
Lady Louisa O'Neill, Tullymore Lodge, Broughshane;
Mrs. Alexander, The Palace, Derry;
Mrs. James Chaine, Ballycraigy, Antrim;
Mrs. John Young, Galgorm Castle;
Mrs. William Johnston, Ballykilbeg;
Mrs. James Leslie Beers, Weston Crofts, Ballymoney;
Mrs. Rowan, Mount Davys;
Mrs. John Rowan, Mount Davys;
Mrs. Murray, The Vicarage, Ballymena;
Mrs. S.W. Perry, Grange, Ballymena;
Mrs. Orr, Hugomont, Ballymena;
Miss Hall, Audley Place, Ballymena;
Mrs. James Torrens, Whiteabbey;
Mrs. Crawford, Glencairne, Broughshane;
Mrs. Johnston, Connor Glebe;

LOCAL COMMITTEE

Mrs. Murray, The Vicarage, Ballymena;
Mrs. Dr. Kidd, Linenhall Street, Ballymena;
Mrs. Dr. Ross, Wellington Street, Ballymena;
Mrs. William Raphael, Galgorm Cottage;
Mrs. F.A. Matthews, Audley Lodge;
Mrs. H.M. Holden, Wellington Street, Ballymena;
Mrs. Albert Dawson, Harryville, Ballymena;
Mrs. Wm. G. Browne, Kells, Ballymena;
Miss Mary Davidson, Bridge Street, Ballymena;
Miss Emma Dickey, Harryville, Ballymena;
The Misses Ballentine, Wellington Street, Ballymena;
Miss Skelly, Harryville, Ballymena;

By whom Contributions of Work or Money will be received and acknowledged; or by JOHN HALE, Treasurer. THOMAS SIMPSON, Secretary. Ballymena, Sept. 1, 1875.

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THE CAVE HILL OUTRAGE.

BELFAST POLICE COURT. -- YESTERDAY.

DISCAHRGE OF O'NEILL.

At two o'clock today, James O'Neill, the prisoner charged with being an accessory of the homicide of James Houston, Lord Donegall's gamekeeper, at Cave Hill, was brought before Messrs. J.C. O'Donnell, R.M., and Edward Orme, R.M., in the Custody Court of the Police Office.

Mr. James McLean sen., S.C.S., appeared on behalf of the Crown; and Messrs. Harper and McErlean represented the prisoner.

Mr. McLEAN, addressing their worships, said that he had received instructions from the Castle to take charge of the case in which two men named Murphy and O'Neill were charged with the murder, or alleged murder of James Houston. After careful investigation of the case he found he had no evidence to offer as regards the man O'Neill, and he would, therefore, ask their worships to discharge him from custody.

Mr. HARPER, as one of the prisoner's representatives, said that he was very much obliged to Mr. McLean for intimating to him and Mr. McErlean that he intended to make this application, and he need hardly say that it would not become them to offer any opposition, and their client now being released, they were clear of the whole case.

Mr. O'DONNELL said that when the case came before the court on the previous day, on which the prisoner was remanded for a week, in consequence of an application from Mr. Thynne, he told him that if there was no further evidence against him he would be brought up in the meantime, otherwise he would not have granted the remand.

Mr. McERLEAN expressed his pleasure at the course adopted by Mr. McLean, and said the voluntary action of the Crown had come upon them quite unexpectedly.

Mr. O'DONNELL, addressing the prisoner, said that the Crown did not offer any evidence against him to implicate him in the alleged murder of James Houston, and he was therefore discharged.

The prisoner then left the court by the side door.

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WHITEHOUSE PETTY SESSIONS.
YESTERDAY.

APPLICATION BY MR. REA.

At the Whitehouse Petty Sessions today, before Major Gray, D.L.; Sir Charles Lanyon, J.P.; and James Thompson Esq., J.P.,

Mr. JOHN REA applied, on behalf of Eliza Houston, widow of James Houston, who met his death by a gunshot wound on the Cave Hill, for a summons against Patrick Murphy, who is now a prisoner in the County Antrim Jail, calling upon him to appear at the Petty Sessions, Whitehouse, to answer the charge of murdering James Houston. He spoke at some length in support of the application, and argued that Whitehouse was the proper district for the case to be tried in, and that it was unfair to take it out of the hands of the Whitehouse justices.

The magistrates then retired to consider their decision, and in a short time returned into court and announced that they would grant a summons, calling upon him to appear on Monday next at eleven o'clock.

The CLERK applied for an order on Captain Keogh in reference to the matter and,

The magistrates said they would grant it, but it would take two hours to make it out.

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QUEEN'S COLLEGE, GALWAY -- SESSION 1875-6.

The following scholarships and exhibitions have been awarded by the Council:-

FACULTY OF ARTS. -- Second Year -- Literary Division -- Hunter, Charles W; Henry, Augustine; Condon, William O. Exhibition -- Simms, John M. (Licentiate). Science Division -- Waterworth, Hugh; Henderson, Thomas; Hackett, Robert, J.D.; James, Arthur; Gorham, John. Exhibitions -- Sheedy, Thomas; Hallanan, James -- equal. First Year -- Literary Division Dodds, Robert; Thompson, George; Hume, George A.; Campbell, James A.; Watters, Francis O.M. Science Division -- Henderson, John; Sullivan, John; Gahan, Garner; Andrews, James. Exhibition -- Leared, John.

FACULTY OF MEDICINE -- Fourth Year -- Allen, William; O'Connor, Patrick. Exhibition -- Stokes, William. Third Year -- Mitchell, Robert; O'Brien, Thomas M. Exhibition -- Delahunt, James J. Second Year -- Riordan, Daniel; McKinlay, John. Exhibitions -- Harper, Henry; Atkinson, Hugh C. First Year -- Science Division -- Martin, Hugh H.; Smith, John. Exhibitions -- Martin, John; Roulston, Robert J.; Mullin, Daniel, O'C.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT -- Third Year -- Molony, John S., B.A. Second Year -- Barker, Alexander A.; Condon, Daniel. First Year -- Gahan, Michael Lynam, Edward, W. Exhibitions -- Smithwick, Richard; Shore, John -- equal.

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HER MAJESTY AT A HIGHLAND COMMUNION.

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was dispensed in Crathie Parish Church on Sunday, when the Rev. W. Campbell was assisted by the Rev. W. Middleton, of Ballater. The Queen and Princess Beatrice partook o the Communion with the congregation. The Countess of Erroll, Lady Ely, Colonel Ponsonby, and Dr. Robertson were present.

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SIR M.H. BEACH, Chief Secretary for Ireland, will, we understand, visit Belfast on or about the 26th inst.

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THE CORONORSHIP OF ARMAGH, -- We observe in anther column the address of Dr. Anderson, Newtownhamilton, who is one of the candidates for the office of Coroner for County Armagh, vacant by the death of Mr. Magee. Dr. Anderson is a medical officer of experience, who, we are sure, would discharge the duties of the ancient and honourable office to the entire satisfaction of the electors and the public. The address fully points out his claims and qualifications. We wish Dr. Anderson every success.

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SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN ASSOCIATION IN DEFENCE OF PURITY OF WORSHIP. -- A meeting of this association was held on Tuesday in Edinburgh. The chairman submitted the report of the committee appointed on the 2nd July last to carry on the business of the association, and specially to nominate a list of office-bearers for the current year. The committee suggested that the president be the Hon. Major Baillie; and also submitted the names of various gentlemen as vice-presidents and to form the general and Acting Committees, with the power to add to their number. The committee further reported that they had had under consideration the making of arrangements for a course of lectures, to be delivered in Edinburgh and elsewhere during the winter, and that one will immediately be given by Dr. Begg.

 

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The Witness - Friday, 19 November, 1875

Births

BELL -- Nov. 11, at 119, High Street, Holywood, the wife of Thomas Bell, of a daughter.

BELL -- Nov. 13, at Hanover Street, Portadown, the wife of Mr. David Bell, of a daughter.

BERESFORD -- Nov. 12, at Princess Street, Derry, the wife of Mr. T. G. Beresford, of a daughter.

DAVIS -- Nov. 11, the wife of Mr. Robert Henry Davis, of a daughter.

DAWSON -- Nov. 12, at Roundhill Cottages, Mountpottinger, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Jas. Dawson, of a son.

FFORDE -- Nov. 15, at Raughlan, Lurgan, the wife of James Fforde, Esq., of a son.

HAYNES -- Nov. 12, at 22, Bennett Street, Derry, the wife of Mr. F. W. Haynes, of a daughter.

HANNA -- Nov. 9, at 13, Pakenham Street, Belfast, the wife of Crozier Hanna, of a daughter.

LOVE -- Nov. 14, at 30, Old Park Crescent, Belfast, the wife of Mr. John Love, of a daughter.

MEEKE -- Nov. 6, at the Manse, Kingsmills, the wife of the Rev. James Meeke, of a daughter.

NEWELL -- Nov. 13, at Stewartstown, the wife of the late Mr. James Newell, of a son.

ROBB - Oct. 21, at Toronto, Canada, the wife of the Rev. J. Gardener Robb, of a son.

SWANZY -- Nov. 9, at 5, Corry Square, Newry, the wife of the Rev. Thomas B. Swanzy, of a son.

TAYLOR -- Nov. 16, at Millburn, Coleraine, the wife of Daniel Taylor, Esq., M.P., of a daughter.

WYLIE -- Nov. 10, at 66, Rowan's Street, Belfast, the wife of Robert Wylie, of a daughter.

WILSON -- Nov. 14, at Greencastle, the wife of Mr. James Wilson, of a son.

Marriages

BEGGS--BOYD -- Nov. 9, at the Old Presbyterian Church, Larne, by the Rev. William M'Cullough, Mr. Thomas Beggs, Kilwaughter, to Letitia, second daughter of Mr. Joseph Boyd, Kilwaughter.

BENNET--M'CORKELL -- Nov. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, Londonderry, by the Rev. John Canning, Malin, assisted by the Rev. A. C. Murphy, William Bennet, jun., Esq., Beechwood, Liverpool, to Annie Kincaid, second daughter of Bartholomew M'Corkell, Esq., J.P., Strand House, Londonderry, and Glenburnie, Moville, Co. Donegal.

GAMBLE--CRORY -- Nov. 11, at the West United Presbyterian Manse, Johnstone, Scotland, by the Rev. Jas. Inglis, Mr. Wm. Gamble, Kilbarton, Scotland, to Emma, second daughter of the late Rev. Samuel Crory, Rose Cottage, Drumlough, Co. Down.

HURL--BELL -- At the Woods Chapel, Co. Derry, by the Rev. Mr. Gaussen, Mr. Wm. Hurl, of Lisnamorrow, to Mary, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Wm. Bell, Boyne Buildings, Magherafelt.

JONES--TATE -- Nov. 12, at the Cathedral, Lisburn, by the Rev. M. M. M'Kay, Edward Loftus Jones, Belfast, to Margaret Jane, second daughter of Geo. Tate, Broomhedge.

M'ILROY--LYNN -- Nov. 12, at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey, by the Rev. Mr. Moody, Mr. Henry M'Ilroy, Dunminning, to Miss Mary Lynn, Kildowney.

M'BRIDE--M'LAUGHLIN -- Nov. 18, by special licence, at Clifton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. John Mecredy, Mr. Francis M'Bride, to Maggie, eldest surviving daughter of Hugh M'Laughlin, Esq., Linford, Co. Donegal.

NELSON--FEENEY -- Nov. 11, at the Presbyterian Church, Corvalley, Carrickmacross, by the Rev. Robt. T. Simpson, B.A., Mr. Joseph Nelson, to Miss Catherine Agnes Feeney, both of Northlands, Co. Cavan.

RUSSELL--PLUNKETT -- At St. Mary's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. C. H. H. Wright, James Russell, Esq., Belfast, to Jeanie, youngest daughter of Robt. Plunkett, Esq., Crumlin Road, Belfast.

THOMPSON--THOMPSON -- Nov. 10, at Woods' Chapel, Co. Derry, by the Rev. Mr. Gaussen, John Thompson, Esq., Ardnaglass, Crosskeys, County Antrim, to Ellen, daughter of the late Jos. Thompson, Esq., Derrygarve, Co. Derry.

Deaths

BRUCE -- Nov. 11, at his residence, Carneymuck, the Knock, Co. Down, Mr. James Bruce, aged 64 years.

BELL -- Nov. 14, at the residence of his father, Wm. Bell, Kilwaughter Cottage, Larne, Wm. J. Bell, aged 9 years.

BLAYNEY -- Nov. 15, at his residence, 48, Old Lodge Road, Belfast, John Blayney, aged 47 years.

CRUICKSHANK -- Nov. 10, suddenly, at 12, Rose Street, Aberdeen, N.B., John Cruickshank, LL.D., Emeritus Professor of Mathematics in the Marischal College and University of Aberdeen, aged 89 years.

COLLUM -- Nov. 12, Archibald Collum, Esq., 3, Eden Park, Kingstown, Crown Solicitor at Enniskillen for the County Fermanagh, aged 59 years.

GIBSON -- Oct. 15, at his residence, Lakeview, San Louis, Obispo, California, Robert Gibson, formerly of Dunmurry, near Lisburn.

HARPER -- Nov. 11, Mary Montgomery, daughter of James Harper, 33, Donegall Street, Belfast, aged 12 years and 6 months.

HERRON -- Nov. 12, at Court Street, Newtownards, Willie, child of Wm. Herron, aged 3 years and 3 months.

HUDDLESTON -- Nov. 12, of scarlatina, at Wellwood Place, Mountpottinger, Belfast, Annie Isabella, daughter of the late Thos. Huddleston, aged 10 years.

KERR -- Nov. 10, at Frederick Street, Belfast, John Kerr, aged 49 years.

LAW -- Nov. 12, at 9, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, Helen, wife of Hugh Law, Esq., Q.C., M.P., aged 34 years.

M'CREERY -- Nov. 10, at the Manse, Killyleagh, Eliza, daughter of the Rev. A. M'Creery, aged 19 years.

M'ILROY -- Nov. 14, at 47, North Street, Carrickfergus, John M'Ilroy, in the 78th year of his age.

M'CANN -- Nov. 12, at 88, Hopeton Street, Belfast, Langford, youngest son of the late John M'Cann, Ballypitmave, Glenavy, aged 20 years.

MUSSEN -- Nov. 11, at the residence of her son-in-law, James Wilson, Railway Street, Lisburn, Charlotte, relict of the late Mr. Thomas Mussen.

MORROW -- Nov. 15, at Glenarm, Co. Antrim, Mary Smellie, wife of Gabriel Morrow.

NEWTON -- Nov. 13, at Killymeal, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Anne, wife of Courtenay Newton, Esq., aged 66 years.

ROBIE -- Nov. 12, at his residence, Ballynafeigh, Ormeau Road, Belfast, Andrew, son of the late Jas. Robie, aged 49 years.

RENNIE -- Nov. 14, at his residence, Edward Street, Newry, Mr. Wm. Rennie, engineer, formerly of Belfast, aged 71 years.

Clippings

THE GREAT SEA SERPENT.
EXTRAORDINARY BATTLE WITH A WHALE.

THE captain and crew of the barque Pauline, of London (Captain Driver), are firm in the belief that they have seen the far-famed sea-serpent, and that under no commonplace circumstances. The Zanzibar correspondent of the Western Morning News, who is a naval officer, writing under date of October 20, narrates that the Pauline had arrived at Zanzibar with coals for her Majesty's ships. When off Cape St. Roque, South America, a sight was presented that made the crew stand aghast. Nothing less than the great sea-serpent engaged in conflict with a whale. It had wound Itself twice round the whale, and was twirling it about with tremendous velocity, lashing the water to foam. The noise could be distinctly heard on board the vessel. After battling some time both disappeared. The serpent's length can be imagined. It had two coils round a full-sized sperm whale with thirty feet clear at each end. Its diameter was three to four feet -- the only item the crew and officers differ in -- some imagining it longer. They saw it twice afterwards. Once it came very close to the vessel, and raised itself sixty feet out of the water as if about to attack them, and the crew and officers armed themselves with axes to repel its attack; however it let them alone, contenting itself by establishing great dread in those on board. I have questioned men and officers trying to find out any discrepancy between their statements, but am a convert to the belief that it was seen. Another naval officer writes to the Western Morning News to precisely the same effect, and the officers of her Majesty's ships on this station are said to be convinced of the truth of the story.

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SERIOUS FLOODS IN ENGLAND AND IRELAND.

DOVER was visited on Sunday by a heavy storm of wind, which at noon caused the sea then at high tide, to dash with great force on the shore. Several thousand acres of land are submerged in Somersetshire, in consequence of the overflow of the Perrott, caused by the high tide and the incessant rain. On the local railways the water is in some parts two or three feet deep, and many roads are rendered impassable. In the Forest of Dean numbers of dwelling-houses have been flooded. Large tracts of country in Norfolk are inundated, three or four feet of water covering some of the highways. Several parts of Leicestershire are again flooded. The town of Leicester is not seriously damaged.

In Armagh, the rivers Callan and Blackwaters as well as smaller streams, have overflowed their banks in many places, flooding the low-lying districts. The effect of this is most disastrous to farmers who have not yet got up their potatoes, and there are large tracts of potato ground under water. Sheep and cattle have been soon floating down the rivers dead.

In Dublin, the river Tolka, which runs along the north side of Dublin, overflowed its banks on Sunday morning, and caused considerable destruction to house property and potato crops.

In Newtownards, Coleraine, and Lurgan reports of the disastrous effects of the floods are to hand. In the last-named town two houses were blown down and other damage done.

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WRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE IN DUNDALK BAY.

IN the terrific gale which visited this portion of the north-east coast on Saturday morning, the brigantine William Nelson, of this port, became a total wreck, with the loss of two lives. The William Nelson arrived in Dundalk Bay at eleven o'clock on Friday night, and the weather being thick and foggy, Captain Jones cast anchor, intending to lie by till morning, the anchorage being safe with about seven feet of water, but a violent gale arose at two o'clock, the cables parted, and the ship then struck within half a mile of the Bar. The waves made a clear breach over the vessel, which not being afloat, the captain, his wife, and the crew had to take to the rigging. The tide continued to rise, and while the captain's wife was ascending to a higher portion of the rigging, she was caught by a tremendous wave, hurled into the sea, and in an instant was borne out of sight, without any hope of lending assistance. As the morning broke the Dundalk Harbour Commissioners' tug stood by the William Nelson, and backing in with her stern under the mainyard of the wrecked vessel, got all the crew on board in safety except one man, who was rendered incapable, by fear or fatigue, to lend any assistance in the efforts for his escape. He had lashed himself to the rigging, and the lifeboat was ordered out; but such was the aspect of the sea that only two of the crew and the coxswain would volunteer to go out. The unfortunate sailor was therefore left to his fate. The William Nelson was owned by Messrs. Oakes & Williamson, of Dundalk, and the latter only has his half of the vessel insured.

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BIGAMY UNDER ROMANTIC CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE romance of real life is horribly startling occasionally. A few years ago a gentleman, well-known in Liverpool and Mincing Lane, middle-aged and rich, met a charming young lady in Germany. Having occasion recently to go to India, he encountered the same fair one, accompanied by her uncle on board a P.&O. steamer. The not unnatural result was their marriage at the end of the voyage. The marriage was duly advertised in the Times, and friends forwarded their congratulations. A gentleman, however, in one of the Government offices suddenly claimed the bride as his wife, and the husband, leaving his other half in India, arrived the other day to set matters right. Neither the uncle of the lady in question nor her sister believed the bigamy. The lady herself denied it; nevertheless, on searching the register the too plain truth stands recorded, and the husband No.2, who has not been married long enough to share the opinions of husband No. 1, is trying to "negotiate an exchange" in a truly commercial manner.

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HORRIBLE DEATH IN CARRICKFERGUS

Friday morning, at nine o'clock, a lad named John Barbour, seventeen years of age, met with a most painful accident in the salt works, which resulted in death two hours afterwards. He was engaged in wheeling the salt from the platform beside one of the pans. He filled his barrow not only rather full, but placed more on the side near the pan than on the other, the consequence of which was that when he raised the barrow it capsized, throwing him headlong into the pan, which contained several feet of boiling brine. His cries soon attracted the attention of a fellow-worker, who found the unfortunate lad swimming, as it were, through the pan. He caught him by the arm, but the skin coming away in his hand, he had to pull him out by the hair of the head. The poor young fellow was removed to his home, which is only a few perches from the works, where he lingered in intense agony till he died, two hours afterwards. Dr. Taggart did all he could to alleviate his suffering.

AN inquest was held on Friday evening by Dr. Taggart, Coroner, on the body of John Barbour, aged seventeen years, who died from the effects of having fallen into a pan of boiling brine that morning. The Coroner said that owing to the swollen state of the tongue and the scalded state of the throat, the immediate cause of death was smothering. A verdict of accidental death was returned.

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THE CAVE HILL OUTRAGE.

PATRICK MURPHY, the prisoner charged with the homicide of James Houston at the Cave Hill, was tried in chamber on Saturday last, before Mr. O'Donnell, R.M. Mr. James M'Lean, sen., S.C.S, prosecuted on the part of the Crown; Messrs. M'Mordie and Macaulay represented the prisoner; and Mr. John Rea appeared on behalf of the next of kin. James O'Neill, who had been charged with being an accomplice in the outrage, but subsequently discharged, was sworn and examined as to his knowledge of the transaction. He said he was with Murphy, and saw the struggle between him and the poacher, but he could not identify the gun produced as the one which Murphy had. The prisoner was remanded until Monday, when a little boy named Patrick Maginnis was examined. He swore that the prisoner and another man passed through Magill's farm-yard. Fifteen minutes later he heard a report of a gun, and went down to the lodge at the foot of the avenue, where Mrs. Cosgrove lives. By Mr. M'Lean -- Did anyone come in while you were there? The prisoner, the man who was wounded, and the watchman came in. I cannot say whether the wounded man had a hold of the prisoner or the prisoner hold of the wounded man, but they were together. Houston and the prisoner sat down. Was there anything said while you were in the lodge? The prisoner said to Houston, "Now, it was yourself did it." Houston said, "Don't say that, for it was you." I went out to a shop to buy some sweets with money the prisoner had given me for bringing the drink, and when I came back the prisoner was away. Mrs. Allen identified the prisoner as one of the men whom she met in the morning near the same place. Francis Cowan swore that he saw James Houston coming down the avenue with the hold of another man whom he could not identify as the prisoner. He brought them to the lodge where Mrs. Cosgrove lives. Here the man who was with Houston said he did not care he got seven years, for it was himself (Houston) had done it. Mrs. Margaret Jane Cosgrove, keeper of the lodge, deposed that on the 26th October, between one and two o'clock, the deceased James Houston, the last witness, and a strange man came to the lodge. She did not see the strange man in the room. [At the suggestion of Mr. M'Lean, all the parties in the room stood up. Mr. Rea, who had a few minutes previously entered the court in an excited state, moved forward and stood beside the prisoner. The witness looked round, but failed to identify the prisoner.]

The examination was resumed. Mr. Rea remained standing in the position he had taken up.

Mr. 0'DONNELL (addressing Mr. Rea) -- Please, stand back.

Mr. REA -- I decline to stand back.

Mr. O'DONNELL -- Are the police here? Who let this mall into the room?

Mr. REA -- I decline to stand back. I am in my proper position as a subject of the Queen, having regard to what occurred a minute ago.

Mr. O'DONNELL -- For whom do you appear? .

Mr. REA -- For the Queen of England.

Mr. O'DONNELL -- Do you appear for any other person?

Mr. REA -- John Rea, one of the Queen's subjects, an attorney of the superior courts, and --

Mr. O'DONNELL -- Any other person? Have you any client here? Answer my question.

Mr. REA -- Myself.

Mr. O'DONNELL (to two constables) -- Remove him.

Mr. REA -- I decline to go.

The constables here tapped Mr. Rea on the shoulder and removed him out of the room. During his passage out he said he did not know whether he appeared for Eliza Houston. He had got a letter at fifteen minutes past eight --. He had got this length when the door was reached, and the remainder of the sentence was lost. The case was again remanded until Tuesday, when Mrs. Eliza Duncan was sworn. She deposed to meeting Houston and the prisoner in holds. Houston said, "I am shot," and put his hand on the wound. When he removed his hand there was blood on it. When Houston said he was shot, the prisoner stepped forward and said, "The fault is yours, because you were a full yard off me when you jumped forward and caught hold of the gun, and it went off." The deceased said to the prisoner, "It was you done it," and the prisoner repeated the same statement. Alex. Stephens was sworn, but his evidence of what Houston told him in the hospital was objected to, and would not be received. Dr. Murney, J.P., deposed that death resulted from the gun-shot wound. The investigation was further remanded until Tuesday next.

 

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The Witness - Friday, 26 November, 1875

Births

BALLANTINE -- Nov. 18, at Clooney Terrace, Waterside, Derry, the wife of Matthew A. Ballantine, Esq., of twins--son and daughter.

DARCUS -- Nov. 19, at 21, Clarendon Street, Derry, the wife of Henry Richardson Darcus, Esq, M.D., of a daughter.

DIAMOND -- Nov. 19, at Black Hill, Tubbermore, Co. Derry, the wife of Mr. John Diamond, of a daughter.

DUFF -- Nov. 23, at Albert Place, Derry, the wife of Joseph Duff, of a daughter.

DOBBIN -- Nov. 18, at Banbridge, the wife of Wm. Dobbin, M.D., of a son.

HAMILTON -- Nov. 17, at Castleblayney, the wife of Robert Hamilton, of a daughter.

M'ELROY -- Nov. 22, at Rock House, Strand Road, Derry, the wife of Mr. John M'Elroy, of a daughter.

MOORHEAD -- Nov. 19, at Drumreagh, Killinchy, Co. Down, the wife of Mr. Isaac Moorhead, of a son.

SHAW -- Nov. 17, at 26, Rosewood Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. James Shaw, of a daughter.

WILSON -- Nov. 14, at Greencastle, the wife of Mr. James Wilson, of a son.

WILSON -- Nov. 21, at 57, Dagmar Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Alexander William, of a daughter.

Marriages

BROWN--TEMPLETON -- Nov. 19, at Kilbride Church, Doagh, by the Rev. George C. Smythe, Mr. John Brown, Cairney Hill, Templepatrick, to Miss Jane Templeton, Carntall, Carnmoney.

COSGRAVE -- WILSON -- Nov. 18, at Gracefield Moravian Church, by the Rev. J. M. Wilson, brother of the bride, James Forsyth Cosgrave, Fairfield, near Manchester, to Mary Beck Wilson, Gracehill, near Ballymena.

DEANE--BUCHANAN -- Nov. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church, Limavady, by the Rev. Thos. Davison, Thos. Ross Deane, Dungiven, to Mary, daughter of the late Robert Buchanan, Magheramore.

DICK--ARTHURS -- Nov. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church, Larne, by the Rev. John Stuart, Mr. John Dick, Hillhead, Ballycarry, to Susan, only daughter of Mr. William Arthurs, Broadisland.

KINGAN--SICLAIR -- Nov. 19, by special licence, at Beechlawn, Dunmurry, by the Rev. W. Fleming Stevenson, M.A., Samuel Kingan, Belfast, to Janie, second daughter of the late John Sinclair.

STEWART--ARTHUR -- Nov. 18, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Strabane, by the Rev. W. A. Russell, Mr. David Stewart, merchant, Strabane to Maggie, second daughter of Mr. John Arthur, Strabane.

WYLIE--GRAHAM -- Nov. 23, at the Presbyterian by the Rev. A. J. Wilson, Mr. Samuel Wylie, to Miss Sarah Anne Graham, daughter of Mr. Wm. Graham, Dyan, Caledon.

Deaths

BOYD -- Nov. 23, after a painful and protracted illness, at 14, North Queen Street, Belfast, Margaret, wife of Thomas Boyd, aged 49 years.

BRADLEY -- Nov. 20, at 12, Eden Place, Derry, Susan, wife of Ambrose Bradley, aged 58 years.

COMBE -- Nov. 17, at Ormiston, near Belfast, after a short illness, James Combe, Esq., J.P.

CAMPBELL -- Nov. 16, at Bellarena Farm, County Derry, Mr. John Campbell, aged 71 years.

COMPTON -- Nov. 17, at his residence, Brocklemount, Joseph Compton, aged 55 years.

FORDE -- Nov. 19, at Dundrum, County Down, Theodosia Helen, widow of the late Rev. Wm. Brownlow Forde, Seaforde, County Down, aged 87 years.

GILMOUR -- Nov. 20, at her late residence, 12, Virginia Street, Belfast, Elizabeth, wife of Alexander Gilmour.

GLENN -- Nov. 19, at 9, Bond's Hill, Waterside, Derry, Mr. James Glenn, aged 72 years.

GAUSSEN -- Nov. 20, at Wellington Place, Belfast, Anne, wife of J. L. Gaussen, M.D.

GRAY -- Nov, 15, at Laragh, Ballybay, Mr. John Gray, aged 64 years.

HALE -- Nov. 19, at the Gas Works, Ballymena, Mary Ann, wIfe of John Hale.

HORNER -- Nov. 22, at her residence, 22 Princess Street, Derry, Elizabeth Horner.

JAMISON -- Nov. 22, at her aunt's residence, No. 4, Linenhall Street, Belfast, Mary Elizabeth Jamison.

LECKEY -- Nov. 19, at No. 1, Fitzroy Crescent, Belfast, Mary Leckey, aged 10 years.

MARTIN -- Nov. 21, at 51, Howard Street South, Belfast, Robt. Wm. M'Kee, son of Robt. Martin, aged 2 years and 11 months.

Clippings

FIGHT BETWEEN A SEA SERPENT AND A WHALE

PLYMOUTH, SATURDAY. -- In confirmation of the recent sea serpent and whale combat witnessed off Brazil by the barque Pauline, from Sheilds, with coals for the guardship London at Zanzibar, a letter has been received here from J. H. Lundells, the second officer of the Pauline. He said there were five whales near the ship. The largest was attacked by a serpent. The reptile coiled two complete turns round the thickest part of the whale's body, and appeared possessed of complete power of the fish. The whale, in an agony either of pain or terror, was continually throwing itself half out of the water. He considers the serpent to have been at least 150ft. in length.

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SERIOUS SHIPPING CASUALTY IN THE LOUGH -- ONE VESSEL SUNK.

ON Friday night, at eleven o'clock, as the brigantine schooner Old Harry was lying at anchor at the western limit of carrick Roads, she was run into by the screw steamer Sea Flower, of Glasgow, and in twelve minutes afterwards went down in eighteen feet of water. The schooner was laden with coal, from Swansea, for Whiteabbey, and the steamer was proceeding under steam to Belfast with a similar cargo. At eleven o'clock the look-out man on board the schooner saw the steamer approaching, and when he noticed that she was bearing down on his vessel he gave the alarm, but it was of no avail to either vessel, as the Sea Flower kept on her course, striking the schooner abaft the foremast, cutting her almost in two. The look-out man scrambled on board the steamer while the vessels were together, and a boat was immediately lowered from her, and Captain Ruth and the remainder of the crew, two in number, were taken on board. Without any delay the two masters returned to the injured vessel to ascertain the extent of the damage, when they found her sinking rapidly. Captain Ruth had only time to save her small boat when the vessel sank. It was then about twelve minutes from the time of the collision. Neither captain nor crew had time to save any of their effects from the sinking vessel. The captain in his depositions estimates the loss of his vessel at £700, and the cargo at £120.

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SHERIFFS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR.

THE Gazette of last week contains the names of the following gentlemen, returned by the judges of assize to serve the office of high sheriff for the ensuing year:--

ANTRIM COUNTY. -- Colonel Francis E. MacNaghten, Dundarave, Bushmills; Sir Charles Lanyon, The Abbey, Whiteabbey; James Owens, Esq., Holestone, Doagh.

ARMAGH COUNTY. -- The Viscount Newry, Monroe Park, Rostrevor; Major Hall, Narrowwater, Warrenpoint; Mark Seton Synnot, Esq., Ballynoga, Newtownhamilton.

CARRICKFERGUS COUNTY TOWN. -- George M'Auliffe, Esq., Ravenshill, Carrickfergus; Robert Alexander, Esq., Carrickfergus; John Campbell, Esq., Copeland View, Carrickfergus.

DOWN COUNTY. -- Captain John Harrison, Holywood; Viscount Castlereagh, Mountstewart, Newtownards; Colonel Andrew Nugent, Portaferry House, Portaferry.

LONDONDERRY, COUNTY AND CITY. -- Henry Jakes Lloyd Bruce, Esq., Downhill, Coleraine; Adam Hodge, Esq., Sale, Manchester; Robert Lyon Moore, Esq., Molenan, Londonderry.

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THE FOUNDERING OF THE PACIFIC.

NEW YORK papers are to hand to the 10th inst. per the Cunard steamer Scythia. Information has just been received of the total loss on the 4th of November of the Steamer Pacific running between New York and Portland, Oregon. Every person on board the ill-fated vessel went down with her beneath the waters, with the exception of one man who survived to tell the sad story.

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THE DEAD HAND.

Two hundred years ago the hand of an executed man readily fetched ten guineas, being held as efficacious in working cures, as the holy bones of the saintliest of saints. Hangmen added to their income by taking money from persons desiring of receiving the dead-stroke; and it is still an article of popular faith in some parts of England, that a swollen neck may be reduced to its normal proportions by sImply striking it three times with the hand of a man who had been hanged, but the operation ought to be performed before the criminal is cut down. Practisers of forbidden arts turned the hand of a dead murderer to much worse purpose, rendering it, by sundry incantations, the burglar's best companion, providing the proprietor made a candlestick of it, and was not plagued with as bad a memory as the unlucky, Cassim Baba, making him forget the "charm" at the critical moment. Of this charm there are several versions, none possibly more effectual than Ingoldsby's :--

Now open lock To the Dead Man's knock! Fly bolt, and bar, and band! Nor move, nor swerve, Joint, muscle or nerve, At the spell of the Dead Man's hand! Sleep all who sleep -- wake all who wake, But be as the dead, for the Dead Man's sake!

The "hand of glory," as it was called, was in use so lately as 1801, for in that year some thieves, in their hurry to get away from a house at Loughcrew, in Meath, left one candle and all, behind them. A dead hand was also supposed to be an unerring guide to hidden treasure. Dousterswivel, enlightening Old-buck on the virtues of the Hand of Glory, says: -- "It is a hand cut off from a man as has been hanged for murder, and dried very nice in de shmoke of juniper ; and if you put a little of what you call yew wid your juniper it will not be any better -- that is, it will not be no worse. Then you take something of de fatch of de bear, and of de badger, and of de little sucking child as has not been christened, and, you do make a candle and put it in de Hand of Glory at de proper hour and minute, wid de proper ceremonish; and he who seeketh for treasure shall never find none at all."

Dead murderers' hands not being always obtainable when wanted the disciples of Voodoo obviate the difficulty, by investing the hand of any mortal coming to an untimely end with the desired power. Some twelve months ago a Mobile negro, after murdering a man, cut off his victim's hand and treated it with quicksilver and chloroform to stay decomposition, in the belief that so long as he carried it about him, he was not only safe from discovery, but could enter a room in which a man lay sleeping, and strip it of its movables without disturbing the occupant. The horrid talisman, however, proved his ruin, helping to convince a jury he was guilty of "murder in the first degree," a crime entailing imprisonment for life. This interesting sample of black humanity achieved his dead hand himself. Touchet, Lord Audley, had his thrust upon him when unhappy Philip Thicknesse, by his last will and testament, directed that, as soon as the breath was out of his body, his right hand should be cut off and sent to Lord Audley, that the sight of it might recall to his duty to God one who had forgotten his duty to his sire. Not so easy to comprehend is the purpose of this stranger clause in the will of the late Countess of Loudon: "I further wish my right hand to be cut off and buried in the park at Donnington, at the bend of the hill to the Trent, and a small cross over it, with the motto, 'I byde my time!' " The lady's instructions have been carried out to the letter. Certainly they were too clear to allow of non-fulfillment on the plea of want of preciseness, a plea that might have been raised by the pupil of the old violinist Villedeuil-sur-Seine, who promised his dying teacher not to allow his hand to be separated from his beloved Guarnarius, and to destroy the latter. Puzzled how to do the one without doing the other, the fiddler's friend could find no better way of keeping his promise, than to cut off the violinist's hand at the wrist, and throw it, with the instrument clasped in its rigid fingers, into the Seine, to be fished up by the police, whose minds were much exercised to account for such a strange find, until the young fellow made a clean breast of it and set all suspicion of foul play at rest. -- All the Year Round.

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THE BELFAST ROYAL HOSPITAL.

The first annual meeting of the subscribers, under the Royal Charter, and 83rd ordinary annual meeting, was held in the extern department of the Royal Hospital at one o'clock on Monday. There was a large attendance.

W. T. B. Lyons, Esq., J.P., having taken the chair,

The HON. SECRETARY (A. J. Macrory, Esq.) read the annual report of the Board of Management, which stated that the necessary steps were taken to complete the incorporation of the hospital under the charter. The Throne Lands and Children's Hospital are now vested in trustees. Mr. Martin's contribution in their behalf was £5,000 to endow the Children's Hospital and £4,140 for redeeming the debt on the Convalescent Home. Particular stress is laid on the foot that most of the cases admitted are from drunkenness. Of these 381 were suffering from alcoholic poisoning, 31 from submersion, 31 delirium tremens, and 216 accidents resulting from the use of alcoholic liquors.

Chevalier HEYN seconded the motion.

The Rev. JOHN MACNAUGHTAN suggested that the best remedy for the drunkenness evil mentioned by Mr. Macrory would be for the meeting, which was so influential to represent to the magistrates the advisability of reducing the number of licenses. (Hear, hear.)

Mr. FINLAY M'CANCE, J.P., regretted to hear that there was a want of sympathy with the hospital on the part of the people, and he suggested a system of having organised contributions. He deplored that so much money had to be expended on drunken cases.

The Rev. HUGH HANNA expressed his belief that there was not so much a want of sympathy as the means of developing it. He hoped that the working classes would consider what they owe to this hospital.

The Rev. WM. JOHNSTON considered that the employers of labour should put their own influence and example before their employees by becoming total abstainers themselves. (Hear, hear.)

Dr. BROWNE, J.P., explained that drunken cases were not indiscrimately admitted into that hospital. They were mostly cases of accident.

The report was then adopted.

Mr. E. H. THOMPSON, J.P., read the financial statement, which states that the balance in hands last year was £1,377 17s 6d, which, with subscriptions, donations, and bequests received since, amounts to £9,000 7s 6d. The total expenditure was £9,000 9s 11d. There was a decrease in the subscriptions of £170.

A. J. MACRORY Esq., moved that the bye-laws, rules, and ordinances, as required by the charter and framed by the Board, be adopted and sealed wIth the Corporation's seals. He would read these rules if they wished.

J. B. HOUSTON, Esq., moved that the consideration of these rules should be adjourned.

The Rev. WM. JOHNSTON seconded the motion, which was passed.

CHAPLAINS TO THE HOSPITAL.

The Rev. J. MACNAUGHTAN moved the following resolutions :-1. "That inasmuch as the Belfast General Hospital has now been constituted a Royal and chartered institution, the greatly increased number of its patients being also taken into account, it is expedient and desirable that chaplains be appointed. 2. That it shall be competent to any recognised religious body to supply a chaplain to the hospital, whose services shall be confined to the patients and others of that persuasion to which he belongs under the conditions following :-- (a) Each such chaplain shall be approved and nominated by the competent authority or authorities in that religious persuasion of which he is a minister. (b) His salary, if he be salaried, shall be guaranteed and paid by the parties who appoint him. (c) His salary, as regards time, place, &c., shall be conducted under the general control and direction of the Hospital Committee. (d) The present regulation regarding the visits of ministers to patients specially requesting them shall continue." Mr. Macnaughtan supported the resolutions in a lengthened speech, and explained that the proposed appointment would not hinder any patient from obtaining the ministrations of any minister he might wish for.

The Bishop of DOWN and CONNOR seconded the motion.

Dr. MURNEY said that in some cases where persons died suddenly they might not be asked were they anxious to see a clergyman, but the members of the medical staff instructed the house surgeons, that in every instance when they saw a person sinking to ask them if they would like to see a clergyman. If they said that they would, their religion was then inquired for, and he might state that until that took place they knew the religion of none of their patients. (Hear, hear.)

The Rev. CHARLES SEAVER supported the resolution.

After some further discussion, it was agreed that the resolution should be discussed at the adjourned meeting on the 20th December.

WILLIAM BELL, Esq., moved a cordial vote of thanks to the proprietors and reporters of the various newspapers in Belfast for their admirable reports and advocacy for the charity.

H. H. BOTTOMLEY, Esq., seconded the motion, which was passed.

The Rev. WILLIAM JOHNSTON moved that all bequests and donations of £50 and upwards be invested for the benefit of the Hospital.

Sir W. G. JOHNSON seconded the motion.

J. B. HOUSTON, Esq., D.L., J.P., moved, and JOHN HIND, Esq., seconded an amendment omitting the words "and donations of £50 and upwards."

A long discussion eusued. Ultimately both the motion and amendment were withdrawn.

An election then took place for twenty members of the general committee.

A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the proceedings.

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MANUFACTURE OF COCOA. -- "We will now give an account of the process adopted by Messrs. James Epps & Co., manufacturers of dietetic articles, at their works in the Euston Road, London." -- See article in Cassell's Household Guide.

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THE CAVE HILL OUTRAGE.

BELFAST PETTY SESSIONS.

MR. O'DONNELL, R.M., sat in the magistrates room at one o'clock on Tuesday, and proceeded with the investigation into the circumstances attending the death of James Houston, who was fatally wounded at the Cave Hill on the 26th uIt. The prisoner, Patrick Murphy, was present in custody.

Mr. M'Lean, S.C.S., prosecuted, and Messrs. Macaulay and M'Mordie represented the prisoner.

At the commencement of the proceedings, Dr. Murney desired to explain that ante-mortem clots in a patient could be accounted for both medically and surgically. Clots similar to those found in the deceased might be found after severe attacks of inflammation. They might form in veins and never be detached, so as to be carried into the circulation.

Adam Shearer examined by Mr. M'LEAN -- I got a coat [produced] and a terrier dog in Cosgrove's, which I gave to the constable. Witness also got a game bag with five or six rabbits in it, which he also gave to Constable Donaghy.

Dr. S. B. Coates, senior house-surgeon to the Belfast Royal Hospital, examined by Mr. M'LEAN, swore that he saw the deceased James Houston half-an-hour after his admission. He examined him and observed a wound on the front of the left thigh.

A SCENE WITH MR. REA.

At this period Mr. John Rea. entered the room adjoining the chamber. He advanced towards the door and demanded admission, which was refused by Acting-Constable M'Adorey.

Mr. REA -- Let me in.

Constable M'Adorey -- I have instructions not to allow you in, and cannot do so.

Mr. REA -- Let me in, I say. You are in my way, sir.

M'Adorey -- I'll not let you in.

Mr. REA (excitedly) -- You must, sir.

M'Adorey -- You are assaulting me, sir.

Mr. REA -- I am not.

M'Adorey -- You must remove out of my way, or I will arrest you.

Mr. REA then shouted defiantly at the top of his voice that he did not care for the police. He took the numbers of three constables present, and left by the side passage.

The examination of Dr. Coates was resumed.

He saw deceased the night before he died. On the next morning at 8.50 he found him sinking rapidly. The witness was then examined at length as to the result of the post-mortem examination, and his evidence was similar to that given by Dr. Murney.

Dr. J. W. Browne swore that be treated Houston immediately on his admission into the hospital. He was then suffering from a gun-shot wound and hemorrhage, but he did not consider him in danger. He found no foreign body in the wound.

Dr. James Moore, senior surgeon to the Belfast Royal Hospital, was sworn, and gave evidence similar to that already given of the nature of the wound.

Mrs. Eliza Houston, widow of the deceased, deposed that on the 26th October when her husband was in for dinner at twelve o'clock she heard shooting. When he had done he went out to his work -- making snares. He left his gun behind him. He was then in good health. He was about 33 years of age.

The prisoner was then committed for trial, bail being refused.

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CARRICKFERGUS PETTY SESSIONS.

CHARGE OF HORSEWHIPPING BY AN OFFICER.

Carrickfergus, Tuesday.

AT the regular fortnightly sitting of these sessions, held this morning in Carrickfergus, before Messrs. Borthwick, J,P.; Johns, J.P.; Alexander, J.P.; and Greer, J.P.; the hearing of the case of Love v. Nairn was resumed. This case, it will be remembered, was partially heard on two previous occasions, when it was adjourned until to-day. The complainant is a local merchant, and the defendant a lieutenant in the 94th Regiment. The complainant stated that Mr. Love was in bodily fear of the defendant in consequence of the latter having threatened to horsewhip him on the 23rd of October. The interest in the case was apparently unabated as the little court was crowded to inconvenience.

Mr. Harper appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Alexander O'Rorke for the defendant.

On the case being called,

Mr. BORTHWICK inquired if it was settled, and if not, how long it, was likely to last.

Mr. HARPER said that on behalf of Mr. Love and himself, he might say that they were not at all anxious to prolong the litigation any further. He was certainly prepared at any time to accept a statement from Mr. O'Rorke on behalf of his client, guaranteeing the future safety of Mr. Love, and that Mr. Nairn would undertake to keep the peace towards him. He (Mr. Harper) would consider Mr. Nairn's word of honour in the matter as good as his bond.

Mr. O'RORKE said if the statement just made was a little modified he would advise his client to accept it. He was bound as an honourable man to try and find out who was the author of the foul slander on his wife, and he took the course he did to discover who this party was. He never believed Mr. Love guilty, but rather believed him innocent of the foulest and grossest slander that was ever conceived by man. From the moment he ascertained the name of this party, all ill feeling ceased. on Mr. Nairn s part. He would not do anythIng that would prejudice Mr. Nairn's honour or position, but, he would say that there was now no ill-feeling whatever against Mr. Love. He added that there was quite a misapprehension as to the statement alleged to have been made by Lieutenant Nairn, that he was acting under the direction of his commanding officer.

Mr. JOHNS considered that there was but little difference between Mr. Harper's and Mr. O'Rorke's statement beyond a verbal one.

Mr. HARPER expressed himself satisfied with the statement made by Mr. O'Rorke, that there was no desire to interfere with Mr. Love.

Mr. O'RORKE asked Mr. Harper as an honourable man, to withdraw the insinuations that he had thrown broadcast against Lieutenant Nairn on the previous day.

Mr. HARPER unhesitatingly withdrew any thing he might have said in the conduct of the case that would give the slightest offence to Mr. Nairn. With reference to what Mr. O'Rorke stated he asserted that he could get several reliable witnesses to prove that Mr. M'Murray's evidence regarding the conversation with Mr. Nairn was correct.

The case was then withdrawn, and a synopsis of both Messrs. O'Rorke's and Harper's statements were placed on record.

 

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