The Witness - Friday, 5 June, 1874


TAYLOR--June 4, at Sunnyside, the wife of John Arnott Taylor, Esq., of a son.

THOMSON--May 30th, at the Manse, Belturbet, the wife of the Rev. James Thomson, of a son.

WILLIAMS--May 24, at Oxford, the wife of Richard Williams, Esq., Paymaster R.N., H.M.S. Boscawen, of a son.


HENDERSON--GRAHAM--May 27, at the Presbyterian Church, Castlewellan, by the Rev. Hugh Watson, Mr. D. Henderson, Belfast, to Emma, only daughter of Mr. James Graham, Greenvale, Castlewellan.

NEILL--DAWSON--May 26, at St. Anne's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Robert Hannay, D.D., Mr. Thomas Neill, Belfast, to Annie, youngest daughter of Mr. William Dawson, Belfast.


CHAMBERS--May 27, at Ballymaguire, Stewartstown, Margaret, relict of the late John Chambers, Esq., aged 70 years.

HUNTER--May 24, at Lismoyle House, County Leitrim, Martha, wife of Mr. James Hunter, Cairncastle.

PATERSON--May 31, at 109, Claremont Place, Albert Bridge Road, Belfast, Mary, eldest daughter of H. A. Paterson, aged 3 years and 6 months.

PALMER--May 29, at her residence, 21, Little Patrick Street, Belfast, Matilda Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. John Palmer.

WILSON--June 1, at his father's residence, Richhill, George Wilson, Portadown, aged 32 years.

YOUNGE--May 26th, at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Samuel Gibson, Dromara, Robert Young, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, aged 29 years.


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The Witness - Friday, 12 June, 1874


ACHESON--June 3, at Castlecaulfield House, Co. Tyrone, the wife of David Acheson, R.N., of a son.

BAIRD--June 4, at 1, Cromac Park Terrace, Ormeau Road, Belfast, the wife of William Baird, of a son.

PATTERSON--June 1, at Portadown, the wife of Mr. John Patterson, photographer, of a son.


CRAIG--KANE--June 4, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Islandmagee, by the Rev. Robert Henry Shaw, Mr. Robert Craig, to Miss Ann Jane Kane, both of Islandmagee.

SHEPPARD--M'GUGIN--June 10, at the Glenarm Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. J. Scott, Edward Alfred Sheppard, Esq., Belfast, to Jane, eldest daughter of Hugh M'Gugin. Esq., Coastguard Officer, Glenarm.


BROWN--June 6, at 233, Shankhill Road, Belfast, Fanny, wife of Mr. Adam Brown.

CAMPBELL--June 5th, at the residence of his mother, 24, Thorndyke Street, Mountpottinger, John, second son of the late Henry Campbell, Ballycormick, Bangor, in his 31st year.

DOEY--June 9th, at the residence of her father, 117, Nelson Street, Belfast, Margaret Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. Hugh Doey.

GILLILAND--June 7, at Ballyleeson, Co. Down, Mr. John Gilliland, aged 82 years.

GRAY--June 7, at 11, Roden Terrace, Limestone Road, the wife of Mr. D. Gray.

KANE--June 7, at Ballytober, Islandmagee, Eliza, wife of James Kane, aged 28 years.




THE comparative view of houses and population of County Antrim shows that in 1861 there were 63,829 houses inhabited, 4,184 uninhabited, and the population was 368,977. In 1871 there were 71,222 houses inhabited, and the population was 404,015. Of this population 189,204 were males and 214,813 females.

The religious professions in the county are returned as follows :-- Presbyterians, 176,313; Roman Catholics, 107,840; Protestant Episcopalians, 87,311; Methodists, 9,473; other denominations, 13,651. 947 persons returned themselves simply as "Protestants," one re-returned himself as an atheist, and one as a Confucian, while 14 males and 12 females avowed themselves Mormons.

The returns for the Borough of Belfast, show that on the 2nd of April, 1871, there were 174,412 persons in the Borough of Belfast, living in 27,961 houses, and of these only 13 houses come under the third-class of accommodation.

In 1861 the number of houses was 18,595, and the population 121,602. while in 1871 the number of houses was 27,691, and the population 174,412. Of these 79,815 were males and 94,597 females. The religions professions were as follows:--Presbyterian, 60,249; Roman Catholics, 55,575; Episcopalians, 46,423; Methodist, 6,775: other denominations, 5,390.

The educational statistics of Belfast showed that 95,986 could read and write. 31,700 could read only, and 46,726 were illiterate.

Religious Professions--Roman Catholics--Five years and upwards:--22,879 males, 26,242 females. Protestant Episcopalians--18,549 males, 20,98O females. Presbyterians--51,020 males, 55,795 females. Roman Catholics--Illiterate--6,181 males, 8,524 females. Protestant Episcopalians-- Illiterate -- 3,304 males, 3,802 females. Presbyterians--Illiterate--4,764 males, 5,173 females. Catholics--Illiterate--Per cent.--27.0 males, 32.5 females, Protestant Episcopalians--Per cent.--17.8 males, 18.1 females. Presbyterians--Per cent.--9.3 males, 9.3 females.


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The Witness - Friday, 19 June, 1874


CARSON--June 12, at Portrush, the wife of A. T. Carson, Esq., M.D., of a son.

CARMICHAEL--June 13, at Glenview, Strandtown, Belfast, the wife of David Carmichael, of a son.

DOHERTY--June 15, at 66, Carlisle Street, Belfast, the wife of Hugh Doherty of a daughter.


WILSON--M'DONNELL--June 17, at the Presbyterian Church, Portaferry, by the Rev. John Orr, Samuel, son of Mr. Thomas Wilson, of Ballyquintra, to Margaret, daughter of Mr. Samuel M'Donnell, Bishopmill.

HUTCHESON--M'KEOWN--June 11, at the Maghera Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. J. A. Robson, Tobbermore, Mr. Wm. Hutcheson, Sycamore Lodge, Blackhill, near Draperstown, to Miss Nancy M'Keown, youngest daughter of Mr. R. M'Keown, Hill Cottage, Moneysharoin, near Maghera.

REA--CURRIE--June 4, 1874, by special license, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. Solomon Mylne, assisted by the Rev. John Crombie, Robert Rea, Belfast, Ireland, to Nellie, eldest daughter of Martin S. Currie, Esq., Smith's Falls, Ontario, Canada.


CAHOON--June 11, at Ballylesson, County Down, Richard Cahoon, aged seventy-three years.

CLEMENTS--June 13, at 17 Church Street, Belfast, Wm. John Clements, Liverpool, aged 44 years.

EDGAR--On the 13th inst., at her son's residence, 19, Thomas Street, Agnes, relict of Mr. John Edgar, late of Carr, County Down, aged seventy-six years.

HOLDEN--June 14, at the residence of her father, Ballyhamage, Doagh, Jane, wife of John Holden, Lismenary, Ballynure.

HART--June 15, at Springville, Knock, Belfast, Anne, wife of Henry Hart, late of Ravernett House, Lisburn.

HOLMES--June 16, at 9, Athol Street, Belfast, Mrs. Thomas Holmes, aged 55 years.

MORTON--June 11, at 58, Carlisle Street, Mr. James Morton, aged 73 years.

WILSON--June 14, at Edenvale, Elizabeth Wilson, the beloved daughter of David Wilson, aged thirty-two years.



PORTADOWN, MONDAY EVENING.--A respectable young woman, named Rachel M'Birney, has been arrested and lodged in Lurgan Bridewell on the charge of murder and concealment of birth. Her mother and sister were taken prisoners at the same time. The body, a fine male child, was found buried under a bed, but the doctor's opinion remains to be seen whether it was born alive or not. A magisterial inquiry at three o'clock.

On Monday afternoon, at a magisterial investigation held at Lurgan, before Captain Whelan, R.M., and Thomas Shillington, Esq., J.P., in reference to the alleged murder of a child and concealment of birth by a young woman named Rachel M'Birney, a number of witnesses gave evidence to the child's having been born alive. The magistrates returned the prisoners, consisting of the woman, her mother, and sister, for trial to the next Armagh Assizes, but accepted bail for their appearance thereat--themselves at 40, and two sureties in the sum of 20 each.


WE have received several curious epitaphs, and shall be glad to insert from time to time any which our readers may discover in Irish churchyards. We give the following:--

The following epitaphs were collected by the writer in a country churchyard in Hampshire, near the New Forest. They afford a painful proof of neglected education in favoured England :--

Stop, reader, pray, and read my fate,
What caused my life to terminate;
For thieves by night. when in my bed.
Broke up my house, and shot me dead.

SARAH EWERS, DIED 15th AUG., 1811.
What faults you know in me take care to shun,
And look at home, enough there's to be done.
Farewell, vain world, I know enough of thee,
And now am careless what thou sayest of me;
Thy smiles I court not, nor thy frowns I fear,
My cares are past, my head lies silent here.

MRS. HUBBARD, DIED 31stt DEC., 1825.
A tender mother sleepeth here,
A loving wife, a friend sincere;
In love she lived, in peace she died,
Her life was craved, but God denied.

A sudden call God gave to me,
And from this world soon set me free;
I hope my change is for the best,
To dwell with Christ, and be at rest.

Death little warning to me gave.
But quickly sent me to my grave;
Then haste to Christ, make no delay,
For no one knows their dying day.

In this cold, dark, and solitary bed,
The roses of her countenance all fled;
Faded like flowcers upon the coffin spread,
My loving Mary lies numbered with the dead.

Pray, young men a warning take,
Beware of my untimely fate;
It was my gun that shot me through,
Before I bade my friends adieu.

To thee, 0 silent grave, I trust
The sleeping remnant of his dust;
Keep it, 0 keep it, sacred tomb,
Until a wife shall ask for room.

Affliction sore long time I bore,
Physicians' skill was vain;
Till God did please death should me seize,
And ease me of my pain.

While on the earth I did remain,
I was affllicted with much pain;
But when the Lord, He thought it best,
He took me to a place of rest.

Life's most uncertain, death is sure;
Sin is the wound, and Christ the cure.

My children, ten, pray now agree,
Strive to be fit to follow me.

K.-- J.A.


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The Witness - Friday, 26 June, 1874


FORRESTER--June 18, at Bunker's Hill, Sydenham, the wife of Alexander Forrester, of a daughter.

GASKIN--June 19, at 42, Westmoreland Street, Belfast, the wife of Joseph Gaskin, of twin daughter's.

FOSTER--June 21, at 49, Donegall Street, Belfast, the wife of John Foster, of a son.

LOWSON--June 20, at Brands Towers, Sydenham Park, Belfast, the wife of William Boyack Lowson, of a daughter.

SHAW--June 22, at 4, College Green, Belfast, the wife of J. M. Shaw, of a daughter.


COFFEY--LINDSAY--June 25. at the Mariners' Church, Corporation Street, by the Rev. J. Dickson, Mr. Wm. Coffey, to Agnes, only daughter of Mr. Wm. Lindsay, both of Belfast.

COLLINS--REID--June 19, in St. Ann's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Dr. Hannay, vicar, assisted by the Rev. John Spence, Captain C. G. Collins, Boston, U.S.A., to Maggie, daughter of the late Captain James Reid, Belfast.

GILL--SPENCER--June 18, at the Mariner's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Augustus Byrne, A.B., Dundonald, William George, son of the late George V. Gill, Magheragall, to Annie, daughter of the late George A. Spence, Belfast.

NICHOLSON--LINDSAY--June 22, at the Presbyterian Church, Middletown, by the Rev. Samuel Lindsay, brother of the bride, Francis Nicholson, Keady, to Elizabeth, daughter of the late Joseph Lindsay, Ballyclare.

JOHNSTON--CAMPBELL--June 23, at Bangor Parish Church, by the Rev. Dr. Binney, J.P., Edward Johnston, Belfast, to Minnie E. Campbell, youngest daughter of Captain Campbell, Bangor, County Down.


SIMPSON--June 25, at his father's residence, 126, Cromac Street, Belfast, William, third son of Martin Simpson, aged 23 years. His remains will be removed for interment in the New Cemetery, on Saturday evening, 27th inst., at four o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

ANDERSON--June 19, at Knockroe, near Balla, John Anderson, in his 63rd year.

BALL--June 21, at his residence, 19, Seymour Street, Belfast, William Ball, aged 50 years.

BRADY--June 20, at his residence Portglenone, James Brady, Esq., aged 68 years.

BARRON--June 22, at 1, Addison Gardens, London, Andrew Barren, late of Barbadoes.

CULLODEN--June 15, at his residence, 62, Pakenham, Place, Belfast, John Culloden, late of Stranmillis.

CURRAN--June 18, at Knockmelder, Portaferry, Rev. W. Gurran, C.C.

MAGILL--On June 19th, at Ballybuttle, County Down, Mr. Patrick Magill, aged 70 years.

MEHAFFERY--June 20, at 119, North Street, Belfast, Elizabeth, second daughter of Mr. Robert Mehaffery, aged 19 years.

MULHOLLAND--June 19, at 1, Eliza Street, Belfast, Agnes, fourth daughter of James Mulholland, Dromore, County Down, aged 13 years.

MUSGROVE --June 18, at Woodburn, Carrickfergus, Mary, the eldest daughter of Mr. John Musgrove, aged 4 years and 9 months.

M'ROBERTS--At 7, Train View, Ballymacarrett, Belfast, Mary, younger daughter of the late Mr. Robert M'Roberts, Dundonald, County Down.

SPROTT--June 18, at Dromore, County Down, Wm. Sprott, aged 66 years.




[Before J. C. O'DONNELL, Esq., P.M.]


An instance of the risk incurred by policemen in the discharge of their duty came before the Court to-day in the following case :--

A man named Peter Sheridan was put forward in custody of Sub-Constable Reid, who deposed that last night he arrested the prisoner in Waring Street for being drunk and disorderly. While taking his charge to the office the prisoner violently assaulted him, striking him several times with his fist. The prisoner was fined 40s and costs. This class offence is, unfortunately for the comfort of police force, becoming very frequent, and ought to be severely dealt with.

The following is a somewhat similar case-- An unfortunate girl named Ellen Martin was brought into the Police Office last night for having been drunk and disorderly in the Show Yard. When the charge was taken, she suddenly sprang at one of the constables and struck him two severe blows on the eye. Mr. O'Donnell sentenced her to one month's imprisonment.


A rough-looking young man, named John O'Neill, was put forward in custody of Harbour-Constable Christie, who stated that this morning the prisoner was brought ashore in a boat from the Camel in a helpless state of drunkeness. The prisoner appeared so inanimate that the constable feared he would not recover. The prisoner was a passenger from Glasgow in the Camel, and in the fore part of the night became so disorderly that the mate gave orders to put him in irons. On being released in the morning, he struck the mate with a rope. The prisoner--I was going to a wedding and I wanted a bit of sport. I was tied to the mast before I knew where I was. Mr. O'Donnell --You arrested this man for his own protection? Constable--Yes. The prisoner was discharged.


A labourer at the Queen's Island named John Bradford was charged with having stolen the "breakfast" of a fellow-worker named M'Dowall. Mr. M'Lean, jun., said he was instructed by Messrs. Harland &. Wolff to press the charge, as the practice was very general in the yard. The prisoner stated that some one had played a trick on him, and put M'Dowall's bread in his handkerchief. He was discharged.


[Before J. C. O'DONNELL, Esq., R.M.; and CHARLES DUFFIN. Esq., J.P.]


AN unfortunate woman named Bridget Beckett, was put forward in custody of Sub-Constable Polland, who stated that he arrested her about half-past nine o'clock last night, in Smithfield, for being drunk and disorderly, and cursing King William. On the way to the office she threatened to take away her life. The offender was sentenced to one month's imprisonment.


Are respectable people to be permitted to pass along the streets at night without molestation? The following is another of a peculiar class which, there is reason to fear, are now becoming very frequent. A coarse-looking character. named James Devlin, was charged with having assaulted a man of respectable appearance named John Foy, at midnight, on the public streets, and made use of threats and violence to obtain money from him. The prosecutor stated that last night, about half past twelve o'clock, the prisoner came up to him as he was passing through the streets, and demanded 2d. Witness told him to move on, and trouble him no further; but the prisoner persisted in following him a considerable distance. The prisoner and he knew each other, but it was some time before Devlin recognised him. Witness refused to give any money, whereupon the prisoner caught him by the coat, and threatened to break all the furniture in his shop if he did not accede to his demands. A constable at length came up to them, when the prosecutor gave his tormentor in charge. He did not like to press the charge, as he knew the prisoner was connected with respectable people.

Mr. O'DONNELL could not allow a case of this kind to pass. The law with respect to liberty and order on the streets must be upheld. It would never do to allow men like the prisoner to go about the streets attacking people at night.

Sub-Constable Carroll gave evidence that he was on duty tho previous night, and heard a noise like that of some persons in holds. He proceeded to the corner of Winetavern Street, where he found the plaintiff and the previous witness struggling together. Foy charged the plaintiff with having made use of threats to obtain money from him. Several parties had been assaulted at the same place under like circumstances.

Sub-Constable Cochrane knew the prisoner well. He was the regular associate of thieves and bad characters. Witness had never missed him off the streets at night.

Mr. O'DONNELL sentenced the prisoner to find bail for his good behaviour for the next twelve months--himself in 50, and two sureties in 25 each; or, in default, to undergo nine months' imprisonment.

The sentence is a heavy one, and will, it is hoped, prove effectual in checKing this class of offences.


A young man, named Wilson Lowry, was put forward by Sergeant Saddler, of the 6th regiment, who stated that the prisoner gave himself up to him as a deserter from the 11th regiment. The prisoner, who admitted the charge, was remanded pending instructions from the War Office.


John Mulholland was charged by Sub-Constable James Armstrong with having hawked goods without a licence. The prisoner offered the constable a quantity of Abyssinian jewellery, which he told him to put in his pocket, and he could give in exchange anything he had. The case was remanded.


[Before J. C. O'DONNELL, Esq.]


A boy named James Graham was put forward in custody of Sub-Constable Murphy to answer the complaint of a man named James M'Devitt, who stated that he is foreman in Mr. Wallace's brickyard, in Dover Street. The prisoner came into the yard on Saturday, and was put out three times. The last time he brought a number of boys with him, who tramped on the newly-made bricks, and destroyed them. This was a practice of these youths and was done out of pure mischief. Mr. Coulter understood that a special constable was required in that place to keep these youths in check. The prisoner was sent to jail for a month.


A man named Edward O'Neill was sentenced to one month's imprisonment for having been, drunk and disorderly at Donegall Quay, and assaulted Harbour-Constable Williams, who arrested him.

Sub-Constable Thomas M'Keown charged a man named John Conway with having been disorderly, and assaulted Sub-Constable Giltrap in his view, in York Street, as the Rev. Mr. Hannah's Sunday-school excursion party were returning from the Northern Counties Station on Saturday evening.

The prisoner was fined 40s and costs.


A man named Bernard M'Connell was charged by Constable Haverty with having been drunk in Divis Street, on Saturday night, and annoyed a blind man. He was sentenced to one calendar month's imprisonment.


A woman named Margaret Smith was put forward by Sub-Constable Thomas Martin to answer the complaint of her husband, who deposed that he is a seafaring man, and when he came home this last time he found his wife drunk, his son without any clothes on, and every article of furniture in the house gone. This was the fifth time within the last six months she had sold out their furniture. He did all he could to make her comfortable, took rooms for her time after time and furnishing them, but it was no use she was as bad as ever, sending everything he gave her to the pawn-shops. He now made application to his worship under those circumstances to have his son put on board the training-ship, where he considered he would be much better taken care of. Mr. O'Donnell--You are necessarily absent from home? Witness--Yes, I belong to the "Caroline," and earn 3 10s a month. Mr. O'Donnell--How much do you give your wife? Witness--I give her all my earnings except what I require for clothing. Mr. O'Donnell--What is your religion? Witness--I belong to the Church of England. I would be agreeable to contribute 2s 6d per week towards the support of my son on board the Gibraltar. Constable Baile said he knew the parties. The prisoner was as bad a character as could possibly be found, and was well treated by her husband, who gave her as much money as would support her, but which she squandered in drink. Mr. O'Donnell--How does she treat the boy?--Witness--Very badly. He sometimes goes about the streets half-naked, his clothes being taken off him and pawned by his mother. He is a very well-behaved boy.

Mr. O'Donnell fined the prisoner 10s and costs, and ordered the boy to stand aside in the meantime.


A man named Daniel Taggart, in the employment of the Ulster Spinning Company, was charged by Sub-Constable Smalls with having conducted himself in a very disgraceful manner on the Falls Road, by employing repulsive terms to his wife, and cursing the Papists and Cardinal Cullen. He also assaulted Constables Smalls and Farrelly while in the act of arresting him.

Mr. SHEALS, who appeared on his behalf, pleaded the prisoner's respectability and previous good character.

Mr. O'DONNELL exceedingly regretted that a man of the prisoner's antecedents and position should have been guilty of such conduct. If he had been guilty of nothing else, his conduct to his wife, whom, above all others, he was bound to respect, was bad enough. Not only did he insult her, but he made use of language calculated to inflame the feelings of the people in the locality; and, when the officers of the law endeavoured to restrain him, he assaulted them. He (his worship) could not and would not make any exception to the rule that prevailed in the court with regard to the use of party expressions. If he did so, he considered he would not be doing his duty, and might be perilling the peace of the town, especially at this season of the year. He was resolved to deal firmly with such offences. The prisoner was sentenced to two months' imprisonment.


A young man named Corrigan was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for having assaulted his mother on the 1st inst.


A woman named Agnes Blair was charged with having stolen three ladies' jackets and a pair of boots from the establishment of Messrs. B. & E. M'Hugh & Co., Bridge Street. The theft was alleged to have been committed while she was purchasing some goods in the shop. The case was put back.


[Before J. M. HIGGINSON. Esq., J.P., and PHILIP JOHNSTON, Esq., J.P.]


A young man named William Bagley, against whom there was one previous conviction, was charged by Sub-Constable Brophy with having been drunk in the gallery of this court-house the previous day. The prisoner, who pleaded that he had been up all night on Sunday, and felt somewhat sleepy in the court-house, was fined 5s and costs,


An unfortunate girl, of the name of Isabella Kelly. was charged by Constable Stevenson with having been drunk and disorderly in Corporation Street by shouting and throwing her arms about her. When the constable put her on a car to take her to the office, she struck him a deliberate blow on the face, and hit him on the arm. The prisoner was fined 20s and costs, with the option of going fourteen days to jail.


A man named Thomas Hamill, against whom there were recorded no less than nineteen previous convictions for fighting with the police, assaulting his father, and other offences, was charged by Sub-Constable Gallagher with having been drunk and disorderly outside the Police Office yesterday evening. He was wrangling with the members of a crowd, whom he had attracted round him. Fined 20s and costs, with the alternative of fourteen days' imprisonment.


BANGOR, THURSDAY.--Yesterday being St. John's day, the Masons of this district assembled at Crawfordsburn, for the purpose of celebrating this anniversary. It is very unusual that the meetings of the Masonic body are attended with any disturbance, and it is greatly to be deplored that last evening a fracas of a very alarming character took place, which seriously marred the usual quiet nature of this day, and of the peaceful little village of Crawfordsburn. The full facts of the case have not transpired, as the police are, of course, reticent on such matters; but, as far as I can glean them, a man called David Morrow, a publican, of Bangor, about half-past eight o'clock last night, was shot through the ear by a bullet from a revolver.

The dispute which led to the unfortunate event originated, it is believed, in a public house, though what provocation (if any) was given has not transpired. The men left the house wrestling, when one of them pulled out a six-chambered revolver and shot Morrow in the head, The bullet entered at the cheek, and passed out again right through the ear, inflicting a flesh wound of a very serious character, though immediate danger does not appear to be apprehended, from the fact that the prisoner was allowed out on bail. The wounded man was conveyed to Bangor, where his wounds were attended to by Dr. Thompson. Constable Dunwoody having heard of the occurrence, at once proceeded to Crawfordsburn, where he arrested a gentleman called Bradley, a member of an extensive firm of carriers in Belfast.

The prisoner was brought into Bangor about eleven o'clock last night, and taken before Rev. Dr. Binney, J.P., and Mortimer Thompson, Esq., J.P., when informations were taken against him. Mr. Bradley was allowed out on bail, himself in 20 and two sureties in 10 each, to appear at next Bangor Petty Sessions, to be held on 1st July. Constable Dunwoody proceeded to Crawfordsburn this morning as soon as it was daylight, and discovered the revolver, which if of very superior make. All the chambers were loaded with the exception of the one discharged at the unfortunate man Morrow. The affair has excited very great sensation in Bangor and the district, and great credit is attributed to the constabulary for their promptness.


A GALLANT rescue from drowning took place near Lurgan on Sunday evening last. A number of young lads were bathing in the Lagan River, when one of them, named James Evans, took cramps, and was about to sink. A young man named M'Clatchey immediately jumped into the water, and after much difficulty succeeded in bringing Evans ashore, but in a very exhausted state.--Correspondent.


IN the Court for Matrimonial Causes on Friday, Mr. Thomas Gillis, of Belfast, presented a petition for divorce, a mensa et thora, from his wife, formerly Georgina Boys, of Belfast, on the ground of adultery with Captain Poole. There was no appearance for the respondent, and the Court having heard the evidence, granted the prayer of the petitioner.


DIVORCE cases appear to he the order of the day, the hearing of the suits and the orders for separation being chronicled daily in as matter-of-fact a way as the change of cattle from the hands of one dealer to another. In London yesterday, Mr. Brown, a gentleman of position at Hampstead, sought for and obtained a divorce against his wife, a Brighton lady, possessed of 200 a year in her own right. Three children were the issue of the marriage, but the mother's special weakness was an illicit attachment to an actor named Crellin, with whom she eloped. Crellin was recently tried for having stolen Mr. Brown's jewels, but he was aquitted on the ground that Mrs. Brown had presented him with them.


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