The Witness - Friday, 1 May, 1874


ADDY-- April 12, at 41 Victoria Place, Belfast, the wife of Edward J. L. Addy, Esq., of a son.

ANDREWS--April 22, at 39 Lonsdale Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Robert Andrews, of a son.

SLOAN--Febry. 4, at Elizabeth Port, New Jersey, the wife of Mr. Samuel Sloan (formerly of Belfast), of a son.


D'ARCY--CRAWFORD--April 23, at St. Thomas's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. J. B. D'Arcy, Vicar of Clanfield, Oxon, Thomas L. D'Arcy, Ginnett's Park, County Meath, to Catherine Grace, eldest daughter of the late Rev. James Crawford, Vicar of Clonard, in the same county.

GEDDIS--PATTERSON--April 27, at the First Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, by the Rev. M. Macaulay, B.A., Mr. Thomas T. Geddis, to Anne Jane, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Patterson, both of Newtownards.


ANDREWS--April 26, at Groomsport. Co. Down, Thos., youngest son of the late Hugh Andrews, aged 28 years.

CARSON--April 24, at Newington Terrace, Belfast, Robert M. Carson, in his 61st year.

COWAN--April 23, at 41 Falls Load, Belfast, Mr. Robert Cowan, aged 70 years.

GREER--April 24, at 20 Stanhope Street. Belfast, Thomas, eldest son of James Greer, aged 16 years.

HOUSTON--April 23, at his residence, Killowen, Kilkeel, formerly of Liverpool, Isaac, fourth son of Mr. Isaac Houston, aged 21 years, much sorrowed for by all that knew him.


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The Witness - Friday, 8 May, 1874


BIRRELL--May 1, at Liverpool, the wife of Mr. Alexander Birrell, of a son.

BURROWS--May 4, at 54 York Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Israel M. Burrows, of a daughter.

FOSTER--May 3, at 41 College Street South, Belfast, the wile of Wm. Foster, of a son.

GELSTON--May 7, at Cliftonville, Belfast, the wife of Samuel Gelston, of a son.

GARDINER--April 30, at College Square, Belfast, the wife of Arthur Gardiner, M.D., of a daughter--prematurely.

HENRY--April 30, at 61 University Road, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. R. M. Henry, of a son.

KINAHAN--May 1, at Clifton Park Avenue Belfast, the wife of Robert Kinahan, Esq., of a son.

MARTIN--April 30, at Conway Square, Newtownards, the wife of Dr. W. B. Martin, of a daughter.

MEHAFFEY--April 30, at 119 North Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Robert Mehaffey, of a daughter.

PARKER--May 1, at 33 Derry Street, Belfast, the wife of Thomas Parker, of a son.


BOYD--GALLAGHER--May 3, at St Anne's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Mr. Hannay, Mr. Robert Boyd, to Miss Mary A. Gallagher, both of Belfast.

CREAM--HERBISON--March 23, at the Quebec Cathedral, by the Rev. G. V. Houseman, William Cream, Esq., to Elizabeth, second daughter of the late Matthew Herbison, and niece to Mr. David Herbison, Dunclug, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.

DAVIDSON--HEWITT--May 5, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch, by the Rev. J. Hewitt LL.B., Whitehouse, cousin the bride, Mr. John Davidson, Killinchy, to Alice, eldest daughter of Mr. James Hewitt, Derryboye, Killyleagh.

HAWTHORNE--MATIER--April 28, at Edenderry Lodge, Banbridge, Hugh Hawthorne, Belfast, to Jane Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late Robt. Matier.

HERON--LANGTREE--April 28, at Lorn, Craigavad, Francis Adeus Theodore, eldest son of the late James Heron, J.P., to Charlotte Amelia, youngest daughter of John Langtree, Melbourne.

HENRY--MAXWELL--May 1, at Killinchy Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. D. B. Moore, Mr. Thomas Henry, Islandreagh, to Mary, daughter of the late Wm. Maxwell, Lisbane.

MOORE--WENSLEY--May 6, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Rathfriland, by the Rev. D. Fleming, M.A., B.D., Andrew Moore, Belfast, to Annie Margaret, eldest daughter of George Wensley, Rathfriland.


BROWN--April 30, at his residence, Castle Street, Bangor, John Brown, aged 64 years.

BELL--April 27, at Monaghan, Kirkubbin, Mary, youngest daughter of James Bell.

CONOLLY--May 3, at her fathers residence, Ballyclare, Eliza, last surviving daughter of W. Conolly.

FENNING --April 29, at 29 Little Victoria Street, Belfast, John Fenning, aged 52 years.

GALBRAITH--April 30, at 61 Hornby Street, Ballymacarrett, John Galbraith, aged 60 years.

GARRETT--May 2, at Ballycloughan, Co. Down, John Garrett, aged 84 years.

JACKSON--May 4, at Whitehouse, Jane, wife of Robert Jackson.

KIRK--May 2, at Richmond Lodge, Strandtown, Belfast, John, youngest child of the late John Kirk, Esq., aged 11 months.

NAPIER--May 5, at 3 Castlereagh Place, Mountpottinger, Agnes, only child of Henry Napier, aged 2 years.

SHEPHERD--May 4, at Larne, Mr. James Shepherd, formerly of Saintfield, aged 26 years.

WHITE--At 20 Walnut Street, Belfast, Ann, the beloved wife of Joseph White, aged 60 years.


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The Witness - Friday, 15 May, 1874


ANDERSON--May 10, at 197 Nelson Street, Belfast, the wife of Joseph Anderson, of a son.

BROWN--May 12, at 237 Shankhill Road, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Adam Brown, of a daughter.

BULLOCH--May 8, at Nottinghill, Belfast, the wife of Alexander Bulloch, of a son.

FULTON--May 9, at Saintfield, the wife of Thomas Fulton, M.D., of a daughter.

MAHOOD--May 4, at Shore Street, Portaferry, the wife of Mr. Thomas Mahood, of a son.


BURNS--HULL--May 8, at Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. George Shaw, Mr. William Burns, Comber, to Miss Mary Hull, Belfast.

HOUSTON-- PATTON--May 8, at Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church, Comber, by the Rev. Dr. Killen, Mr. Hugh J. Houston, Belfast, to Agnes, daughter of the late R. Patton, Railway Hotel, Comber.

M'CAUSLAND--FERGUSON--May 12, at the Presbyterian Church, Portaferry, by the Rev. John Orr, Mr. Samuel M'Causland, Portaferry, to Eleanor, only daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Ferguson, Ballyregan, Dundonald.

TWEED--M'KEEN--May 7, by special licence, at Castlechichester, Islandmagee, by the Rev. W. Campbell, Robert Tweed, Ballyprior, to Jenny, daughter of the late Thos. M'Keen, Islandmagee.

WEATHERUP--PATTERSON--May 8, at the Baptist Church, Carrickfergus, by the Rev. Mr. Hamilton, John, eldest son of Mr. James Weatherup, Carrickfergus, to Elizabeth Jane, daughter of the late Mr. A. Patterson.


ASKIN--May 11, at his residence, Ballywalter, Alexander Askin, aged 65 years.

CROTHERS--May 9, suddenly, at 28 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, Mrs. Crothers, aged 66 years.

CROZIER--May 12, at 20 Denmark Street, Belfast, John Crozier, aged 60 years.

FERGUSON--May 7, at 29 Castlereagh Street, Belfast, Mary, wife of Robert Ferguson.

FETHERSTON--May 9, at her residence, 55 Ann Street, Belfast, Margaret, relict of the late John Fetherston, aged 69 years.

GREER--May 9, at Glenfield Place, Belfast, suddenly, Thomas Greer, aged 68 years.

HUME--May 8, at 113 Claremont Place, Mountpottinger, Belfast, Rebecca, wife of John Hume.

KENNEDY--May 12, at 2, Richmond Crescent, Antrim Road, Belfast, Leila, second daughter of William and Isabella Kennedy, aged 5 years and 8 months.

KNOX--May 5, at the Palace, Holywood, Robert J. S. Knox, youngest son of the Bishop of Down, aged 22 years.

MASSEREENE AND FERRARD--May 10, at Massereene Lodge, Torquay, Olivia, Dowager Viscountess Massereene and Ferrard, aged 67 years.

PATTESON--May 5, at Farmhill, Carrickfergus, Marianne Patteson, infant child of the Rev. H. M'C. Douglas, Woodburn.

SAVAGE--May 9, at Marlfield, near Portaferry, after a tedious and painful illness, Mr. John Savage, in the 46th year of his age.

WILSON--May 10, at her residence, Market Square, Portaferry, Sarah Anne, relict of the late Hugh Wilson, Esq., in the 74th year of her age.

WATSON--May 6, at his residence, Ballyrussell, Robert C. Watson, aged 55 years.


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The Witness - Friday, 22 May, 1874


AICKEN--May 10, at 48 Old Lodge Road, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Thomas Aicken, of a son.

GLASS--May 17, at Alma Terrace, Portadown, the wife of Mr. Robert Glass, of a daughter.

HAIN--May 15, at 76 Bentinck Street, Belfast, the wife of Alfred C. Main, H.M. Inland Revenue, of a daughter.

MONTGOMERY--May 18, the wife of Mr. Henry Montgomery, Main Street, Bangor, of a daughter.

MACINTOSH--May 20, at Wellington Park, the wife of the Rev. J. S. Macintosh, of a daughter.

M'KEE--May 12, at 70 Ann Street, Belfast, the wife of T. S. M'Kee, of a daughter.

M'LORIE--May 19, at Fairview Street, Belfast, the wife of George M'Lorie, of a daughter.

NELSON--May 20, at 13 Cromwell Road, the Plains, Belfast, the wife of W. R. Nelson, of a son.

PRENTER--May 17, at 14 Sandy Row, Bangor, the wife of Samuel Prenter, Esq., of a daughter.

SLOAN--May 14, at 18 Frances Street, Newtownards, the wife of Mr. Robt. Sloan, of a daughter.


COURTENAY--CAMPBELL--May 19, at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, College Street South, by the Rev. J. Meneely, assisted by the Rev. Josiah A. Chancellor, James Courtenay, Whitehouse, to Agnes Palmer, only daughter of Mrs. Campbell, Woodstock Road, Ballymacarrett.

ERVINE--MARK--May 12, at Ballyroney Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John Mark, Castlerock, Co, Londonderry, brother to the bride, Geo., eldest son of Mr. George Ervine, Ballynafern, to Mary Ann, third daughter of the late Mr. James Mark, Ballyroney, Rathfriland.

JOHNSTON--HUGHES--May 15, at St. Enoch's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Henry Henderson, Holywood, R. J. E. Johnston, B.A., Holywood, to Minnie, third daughter of Thomas Hughes, Esq., Ballinagarrick, Co. Down.

KENNEDY--SCOTT--May 20, at Second Drumbanagher Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. H. M'Ewen, assisted by the Rev. J. Scott, Glenarm, brother of the bride, Mr. George Kennedy, Kennedies, Armagh, to Miss Jane Eliza, eldest daughter of Mr. Thomas Scott, Creggan's Mills.

NEILL--STRONGE--May 19, at Frederick Street Wesleyan Chapel, by the Rev. Prof. Applebe, LL.D., Mr. Alexander Neill, to Agnes, eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Stronge, Belfast.

ORR--HILL--May 13, at St. Stephen's Church, Millfield, Belfast, by the Rev. J. Irvine, Richard James Orr, Loughgall, to Sarah Ann, eldest daughter of--Hill, Esq., College Place, Belfast.

PATTERSON--CROSSIN--May 11, at the Roman Catholic Chapel, Lisburn, by the Rev. Edward Kelly, P.P. John Patterson, Bridge Street, Lisburn, to Mary, youngest daughter of the late Wm. Crossin, Largamore.


ARMSTRONG--May 14, at Inland Revenue Office, Belfast, Maria, the beloved wife of David Armstrong, aged 34 years.

BELL--May 19, at Saintfield, George Bell, aged 73 years.

BROWN--May 12, at Warrenpoint, Robert Henry, youngest son of Mr. Robert Brown, aged 3 years and 10 months.

DENVIR--May 18, at 90 Denmark Street, Belfast, Mr. Patrick Denvir, builder.

DUNVILLE--May 18, at 54 Princess Gate, Kensington, London, Wm. Dunville, Esq., J.P., aged 62 years.

JOHNSON--May 16, at Windsor, Fanny, elder daughter of Joseph Johnson.

KENNEDY--May 17, at 198 Falls Road, Belfast, Mary, sister of Mr. Hugh Kennedy.

M'WHINNEY--May 17, at Mill Street, Newtownards, Mr. Andrew M'Whinney, aged 80 years.

O'HARA--May 17, at 2 Dagmar Street, Belfast, James O'Hara, aged 28 years.

RAINEY--May 10, at his father's residence, Ballygowan, Samuel A. Rainey, aged 15 years.

TAYLOR--May 15, at 12 Kinnaird Street, Belfast, suddenly, James Taylor, late near Dungannon, aged 70 years.

WiLSON--May 19, at 33 Ormeau Road, Belfast, Isabella, wife of Stevenson Wilson.



From a Tombstone in Ireland--
Here lies the body of John Mound,
Lost at sea and never found.

From a Cemetery near Cincinnati--
Here lies -- --,
who came to this city and died
for the benefit of his health.

From an Irish Churchyard--
Patrick O'Brien was one day strolling with a friend through a graveyard, when his eye was arrested by an epitaph which shocked his sense of propriety and veracity ; it ran thus--
Weep not for me, my children dear;
I am not dead, but steeping here.

"Well," said Paddy, "if I was dead I should be honest enough to own it."

From a Scotch Graveyard--
Here lies interred a man o' micht
His name was Malcolm Downie
He lost his life, ae market nicht,
By fa'in' off his pownie.

From Upton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire--
Beneath this stone, in hopes of Zion,
Doth lie the landlord of the Lion;
His son keeps on the business still,
Resigned unto the heavenly will.

As an advertisement this is very good, but the American epitaph on Mrs. Smith does the advertising business more effectually--
Hero lies Jane Smith, wife of Thomas Smith,
stone-cutter: this monument was erected by her
husband as a tribute to her memory and a specimen of his work.
Monuments of the same style, 250 dollars.

From Caermarthen Churchyard--
The Old must go, Wee all agree,
So must the Young, Wee plainly see,
Repent in time and seek for Grace,
This world is no abiding place.

From the same place. On Thos. Hughes, Mariner--
Having served for many
Years in the royal navy,
He spent his later years
In the coasting trade.

From Wrexham Churchyard--
Born in America, in Europe bred,
In Africa traveled, and in Asia wed.

From Byford Churchyard--
As you are in health, and in spirits gay,
I was, too, the other day ;
I thought myself of life as safe
As those that read my epitaph.

From Wrexham Churchyard--
Here lies five babes and children dear,
Three at Oswestery, and two here.

Women sometimes wish for an opportunity to be revenged on their husbands. As an example of this we may relate that the wife of a man named Baldwin, of Lymington, Hampshire, had made a vow "to dance over his grave"--they had not lived happily together. To defeat her designs, Baldwin left special instructions that his body should be sunk in the sea in Scratchell's Bay, off the Needles, Isle of Wight; and it appears his body was so disposed of on the 20th May, 1736, as the parochial register of Lymington records.


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The Witness - Friday, 29 May, 1874


ANDERSON--May 22, at Newtownhamilton, the wife of W. W. Anderson, M.D., of a son.

ARNOLD--May 21st, at 117, West Graham Street, Glasgow, Mrs. Hugh Arnold, of a son.

BLACK--May 26, at Markethill, the wife of Mr. Robert Black, of a daughter.

BROWN--May 23, at Myrtle Lodge, Stillorgan, the wife of Mr. Robert Brown, of a son,

CAIRNS--May 23, at Glenmore, Lisburn, the wife of Mr. Samuel Cairns, of a daughter.


BROWN--BENNET--May 26, at 2d Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, by the Rev. J. Young, Mr. Alexander Brown, Craigantlet, to Agnes, youngest surviving daughter of the late Arthur Bennett, Lisbane, Co. Down.

BILSLAND--RANKIN--May 25, in the 1st Presbyterian Church, Letterkenny, by the Rev. John Kinnear, Mr. Charles Bilsland, of Foxhall, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr. James Rankin, of Glenkeenagh

CALDWELL--DICK--May 20, in the Presbyterian Church, Roseyards, by the Rev. John Beatty, Hugh Caldwell, Bellaghy, to Isabella, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Robert Dick, Garry.


ADAMS--May 27th, at 27, Clonmel Terrace, Donegall Pass, William, eldest son of the late John Adams, aged 11 years.

BROWN--April 10, at Vancouver, Washington Territory, U.S.A., James, third son of the late Mr. James Brown, Ballymena, formerly of Broughshane.

BROWN--May 26, at 2, Cranston Place, Antrim Road, Belfast, Henry Brown, aged 71 years.

DAVIS--May 27, at his residence, Smithfield, Lisburn, Jacob Davis, aged 27 years.

FLEMING--May 27, at her father's residence, 100, Grosvenor Terrace, Belfast, Sarah Milliken, youngest daughter of Mr. George Fleming, aged 3 years and 6 months.

HALL--May 25, at 38, Verner Street, Belfast, Mary Annabella Arnold, daughter of Samuel Hall, aged 14 months.

PRENTER--May 25th, at Ballaney, Dromore, Co. Down, Martha, the beloved wife of Joseph Prenter, in the 64th year of her age.

YEALLAND--May 25, at 20, Dock Street, Belfast, Anne Maria, youngest and beloved daughter of Mr. J. T. Yealland, of H.M. Customs, Belfast, aged 20 years.



(Before Dr. BROWNE, R.M., J.P.; and PHILIP JOHNSTON, Esq., J.P.)


A man named John Kelly was put forward in custody of Sub-Constable Trimble, who stated that he arrested the prisoner yesterday in Mustard Street, for being drunk and disorderly. The prisoner was scolding his wife, and smashed all the delf in his own house. His face was cut in several places, and his wife alleged that these injuries were the result of his having fallen on a number of glass bottles which were in the house. The prisoner was fined 5s and costs, with the alternative of seven days' imprisonment.


A boy named James Moore appeared in the dock to answer a charge of having assaulted a lad named Ezekiel Edwards, by striking him on the forehead with a stone. It transpired from the evidence that the assaulted party was at present lying in the General Hospital from the effects of his injuries. A medical certificate was produced to the effect that he was suffering from a scalp wound. and was unable to leave the hospital at present.

A witness named Terence Short, residing at 48, Upton Street, deposed that he witnessed the assault.

The case was remanded till Saturday.


A young man named Bernard Vallely, was brought forward, in custody of Sub-constable Mulherran, who stated that about half-past two o'clock on yesterday he arrested the prisoner in Smithfield, for being drunk. He found four pair of trousers in possession of prisoner, which he believed to be stolen, as also the pair which prisoner was wearing.

Margaret M'Allan, pawnbroker, York Street, stated in evidence that she had examined the goods. They belonged to her, and were stolen on yesterday afternoon from the window of her premises, where they were exposed.

The BENCH remanded the prisoner till Tuesday next.


Harbour-Constable Duncan charged a man named Robert Quinn with having been drunk and disorderly on the previous day at the Prince's Dock. He stated that he took the prisoner to the office, when the prisoner was liberated on bail without his knowledge. At nine o'clock the prisoner passed him outside, and he was astonished he had got out. As he was on duty at the Prince's Dock he was struck on the back with a stone by some person concealed. He suspected that it was the prisoner who assaulted him, but could not swear to it.

Dr. BROWNE said if he had had indubitable evidence that the prisoner threw the stone he would have sent him to jail for six months. For being drunk and disorderly he was to pay a fine of 2Os and costs, or, in default, to go to jail for fourteen days.


A. woman named Isabella M'Evay, appeared in the dock to answer a charge of having stolen a pair of bellows and a hatchet, value 1s 8d.

John Clements, Smithfield, deposed to the ownership of the stolen property.

A boy named Alexander M'Cleave, gave evidence that he witnessed the theft and followed the woman. He made up with her as she was in the act of entering a pawn-office to dispose of the materials, and took them from her.

The prisoner received sentence of two calendar months' incarceration.

[Before the MAYOR (James Alexander Henderson. Esq., J.P.), and EDWARD ORME, Esq., R.M.]


Annie Agnew, Crane Court, appeared on summons to answer a charge of keeping a shebeen by selling liquors on the 9th and 17th days of May. Mr. Coulter prosecuted, and Mr. Harper appeared for the defendant.

Lizzie King, a millworker, residing at 136, Millfield, deposed that she happened to be in the defendant's house on Saturday night. Three boys named M'Guiness, M'Guigan, and Donnelly came into the shop, and Rosy Agnew, a niece of the defendant's, supplied them with drink. The defendant produced whisky from the cupboard. Rosy Agnew favoured the company with a song, and they had some more drink, for which money was paid to the defendant.

Mr. HARPER having addressed the Court for the defence.

The defendant was examined, and denied that she allowed any drink to be sold in her house after she had been fined on a previous occasion under the Shebeen Act. Since before Easter last, witness never had drink in her house.

After hearing further evidence, The BENCH dismissed the Case.

[Before Dr. BROWNE, R N., J.P.; and J. C. O'DONNELL, Esq., R.M.]


THOMAS KERR was charged by a woman, named Sarah Harkin, residing in M'Donald Street, with having deliberately broken a window of her house by throwing a brick through it, and was sent to jail fourteen days for the offence.


An old man named James Hughes was charged by a young woman of the name of Bridget Becket, with having used abusive language to her and attempted to strike her.

It appeared from the evidence that both parties were inmates of the Workhouse, and the offence took place in the dining-hall of the institution.

Mr. COATES, who prosecuted for the Union,. said the prisoner had been a burden to the ratepayers since 1866, and had been punished on several occasions for various infractions of the rules.

His WORSHIP sent the offender to jail for three calendar months.


A young man of the name of Hugh Macklin was sent to jail for two months for having been drunk and disorderly on the Shankill Road, and assaulting Sub-Constable Hughes, who arrested him, by kicking him several times on the legs.


Patrick Mullan was put forward, on remand, charged by Harbour-Constable George Ingram with having assaulted a man named James Madden while the latter was in the act of going aboard a vessel at the quay.

Mr. SEEDS prosecuted, and Mr. COULTER appeared for the defendant.

Peter M'Connell, mate of the vessel in question, swore that the defendant was one of the seamen on board the ship. Madden attempted to crush his way on board, but was prevented by the prisoner, whereupon Madden pushed the prisoner aside, which led to the prisoner's retaliating by striking Madden with a blow under the chin with his clenched fist.

The constable stated that he saw the prisoner drag Madden out of the handrail gangway and knock him into the crowd on the quay. On Madden coming forward again and demanding to get aboard that he might obtain 2s from a man who was in the vessel, the prisoner struck Madden on the face.

A man in court who appeared to be interested in the case, expressed a desire that further evidence should be given, as he intended to deal with Constable Ingram, whom, he thought, had acted harshly in the matter. The arrest of the prisoner might have led to inconvenience on the part of the owners, as the ship was short of a hand, and they ran the risk of being brought up for late sailing.

Mr. O'DONNELL did not approve of the arrest of the prisoner, who, he said, could have been brought before the Court on summonses. If this had been done, the man's time would not have been lost to the owners.

Dr. BROWNE concurred with his brother magistrate.

Mr. SEEDS stated, on behalf of the constable, that having witnessed the assault, he had no other remedy but to make the arrest.

Dr. BROWNE did not think the constable had exceeded his duty, but he might have excersied more discretion.

The case was dismissed.

[Before Sir JAMES HAMILTON, J.P., and WM. BOTTOMLEY, Esq., J.P.]


Wm. Smith, plumber, Lindsay Street, was summoned by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses, for having opened the footpath in Rosemary Street to repair the pipe of a house without the authority of the Borough Surveyor.

Mr. Frazer, the assistant surveyor, proved the case.

The defendant was fined 2s 6d and costs.

[Before EDWARD ORME, Esq., R.M.; Sir JOHN SAVAGE, J.P.; and SAMUEL M'CAUSLAND, Esq., J.P.]


A blind boy, named William Hoey, was put forward in custody of Sub-Constable Marks, charged with having been concealed with intent, in the grounds of the Milltown Industrial School.

Mr. COULTER prosecuted.

James Collins stated that he is the Superintendent of the Industrial School at Milltown. The prisoner was at one time a pupil in the Institution, and was discharged on the 15th September last, a few days previous to which his time had expired. Last night he found the boy concealed in a pigstye on the premises. Witness would not say whether the boy W1I8 there for the purpose of stealing; but he had no legitimate business there.

Rev. Mr. Green, Catholic clergyman, spoke on behalf of the boy, for whose welfare he expressed much anxiety. At one time the boy was very well behaved; but on the expiry of his time he was too blind to learn a trade; so witness desired to have him sent to some asylum, as his mother's character was not good. The boy, however, left the school in spite of all his efforts to benefit him. He did not think the prisoner was concealed with any evil intent, but rather sought shelter near the old place. What made the matter suspicious, however, was that several robberies had recently been committed at Milltown, and when the boy was discovered some other youths, who would seem to have been in communication with him, made their way across an adjoining field.

Mr. ORME--We could send him to jail for a week, and in the meantime you could turn over in your mind what you would be disposed to do with him.

Mr. Green said he would not like to stain the boy's character.

The prisoner denied that he was in company with the other boys. His object in concealing himself on the premises was to find shelter.

Mr. ORME said that everything had been done for the boy's benefit, and the only thing they could do now was to hand him over to the care of the relieving-officer.

This was accordingly done.


A man named Hugh Deane appeared in the dock to answer a variety of charges.

Sub-Constable Francis Murphy deposed that from information he received to the effect that the prisoner had a rope attached to the ceiling of his house, and was going to hang himself, he went to the house of the defendant. On entering he found the prisoner abusing his wife. Witness saw him strike her. She had a child in her arms, which she laid down and attempted to run away, when her husband struck her again. The prisoner then ran up to witness with poker in his hand, and threatened his life. Witness arrested him, and on taking him outside, the prisoner kicked him on the legs, seized hold of him roughly by the breast, tore out his watch, and broke the glass and hands of it. Witness then put him on a car; and on the way to the Police Office the prisoner made use of party expressions, and spat in his face.

Mrs. Deane refused to give evidence against her husband. She did not wish him to be punished.

The BENCH sentenced the prisoner to four calendar months imprisonment, two months for assaulting the constable, and two months for wantonly and maliciously breaking his watch and chain.


Two young boys, from Derry, named Geo. Robinson and John Reilly, were put forward on a charge of having stolen some 8, the property of Messrs. M'Neill & Co., steam packet agents, Derry.

It transpired from the evidence that Reilly was a messenger in the employment of the complainants. The money was recovered.

The BENCH discharged Robinson, and remanded the other prisoner to Derry to appear for trial there.


An old woman named Eliza Wilson was charged with having entered the house of Mary M'Manus, Carrick Hill, in her absence, and stolen a quantity of clothing therefrom.

The complainant stated that the previous day she had occasion to leave her house for some time. On her way back she met the constable and the prisoner talking together on the street. The prisoner had a skirt, shawl, and apron in her possession which belonged to the witness.

The constable caught the prisoner in the act of leaving complainant's house with the stolen clothing. On asking her where she was going, she said she was on her way to a marine store to purchase some lead.

The prisoner was sent to jail for four months.



Joseph Lavery, beer dealer. Berry Street, was summoned by Sub-Constable Cochrane for having had his house open for sale at illegal hours, on the morning of the 24th inst. There was a second summons brought against the defendant for refusing to give up his licence. Evidence having been given, the defendant was convicted, and fined in 10 and costs.

John Hoey, spirit-grocer, 10 and 12, Raphael Street, was fined 65 and costs for having sold drink on his premises at illegal hours on the 24th inst.

Head-Constable Bodley summoned Mary Clements, beer-dealer, 27, Maria Street, for having kept whiskey in her premises without a licence. Fined S and costs.

Patrick Mulgrew, licensed publican, 60, Massereene Street, was summoned by Sub-Constable Robert Wilson for having kept his premises open at illegal hours. The case was dismissed.

Patrick Mullan, licensed publican, 4, Donegall Quay, was summoned by Head-Constable Armstrong for having refused him admission to his establishment. The summons was brought under the 35th section of the new Licensing Act.

The evidence did not bear out a refusal, but that there was a short delay in admitting the officer.

Mr. O'DONNELL said the case could not be sustained in point of law. He hoped this would be a warning to the defendant in future to give every facility to the constabulary when they desired to enter his house, and dismissed the case.

Robert Crowe, spirit-grocer, Aberdeen Street, was fined 5 and costs for having his premises open ay illegal hours between the night of the 23rd and morning of the 24th inst.

Dorothea D. Edmond, spirit-grocer, Main Street, was summoned by Sub-Constable Geo. Halliday for having had her premises open at illegal hours, between the night of the 21st and the morning of the 22nd inst. The case was dissmised.

Mr. M'Lean, jun., prosecuted in the above cases, and Mr. Harper appeared for the defendants.

Mary Lavery, spirit-grocer, 2, Taylor Street, was fined 10 and costs, with the alternative of two months' imprisonment, for permitting drunkenness on her premises. The same defendant was convicted within less than a month since.


NEWTOWNARDS, TUESDAY.--On Wednesday afternoon, as a young woman named Wilson was coming into this town, she was beset by three men who knocked her down and robbed her of some little money. She recognised two of the ruffians and immediately informed the police. Head-Constable Gallagher sent out some men who arrested a man named Meredith. Captain Hamilton, J.P., attended at the barrack and remanded the prisoner till the 28th. The police are in search after the others.


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