The Witness - Friday, 2 July, 1875


ARMSTRONG--June 27, at the Ulster Hotel, Lisburn, the wife of Mr. P. Armstong, of a daughter.

BALL--June 25, at Deneight, Lisburn, the wife of John Ball, of a daughter.

BOUCHER--June 29, at Sunnyside, Ballynafelgh, near Belfast, the wife of Joseph Boucher, of a daughter.

NEILL--June 29, at Erin Terrace, The Plains, Relfast, the wife of James H. Neill, of a son.

PARK--June 30, at 12, Wellington Park, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. Wm. Park, of twin daughters.

ROBINSON--June 17, at Killenkere Glebe, the wife of the Rev. S. A. Robinson, of a daughter.

SPILLER--June 28, at the Belfast Bank House, Belfast, the wife of Edward Ashley Spiller, of a daughter.

YOUNG--June 23, at the Free Church Manse, Tarbolton, the wife of the Rev. William Young, of a daughter.


BAILEY--MOLLOY -- June 14th, at Warrenpoint Church, by Rev. Arthur Langtry, John Bailey, Castleblayney, to Sarah, youngest daughter of the late James Molloy, Esq., of Castleblayney.

CANNING--ORR -- June 24, at the Congregational Church, Great James Street, Derry, by the Rev. Robert Sewell, Mr. Robt. Canning, to Margaret, eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Orr, Rosemount, Londonderry.

HURST--MACGEAGH -- June 17, at Elmwood Church, Belfast, by the Rev. William M'Caw, of Manchester, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. J. H. Moore, Charles James, son of James Hurst, Esq., Osborne House, Higher Broughton, Manchester, to Ellen Louisa (Nellie), daughter, of Robert MacGeagh, Esq., Queen's Elms, Belfast.

HOLDEN--PICKEN -- July 1, by special licence, at Hazelbank, Randalstown, by the Rev. James E. Ferguson, B.A., James Campbell, son of the late John L. Holden, Kerrsbrook, Randalstown, to Martha, only daughter of the late Andrew Picken, Hazelbank.

NESBITT--THOMPSON -- June 21, at St. Paul's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Charles Scott, M.A., Andrew Shaw Nesbitt, of Egremont, Cheshire, to Lizzie, eldest daughter of Samuel A. Thumpson, Esq., Belfast.

REILLY--MOOR -- At the First Presbyterian Church, Armagh, by the Rev. George Steen, A.M., Keady, assisted by the Rev. Wm. Ingram, Drumhillary, Mr. Wm. Reilly, Keady, to Lizzie Robinson, daughter of Perry Moor, Esq., Lisnadill, Armagh.


BRADFORD--June 24, at Kilgreel, Templepatrick, William Bradford, aged 80 years.

BRAITHWAIT--June 24, at the residence of her brother, David Braithwait, Lambeg, Ann Jane Braithwait.

CORRY--June 27, at Malone, Sarah Jane, daughter of Mr. William Corry, aged 3 years and 11 months.

CHRISTISON--June 20, at Biggar Manse, Biggar, Scotland, the Rev. John Christison, D.D., aged 76 years.

CUNNINGHAM--June 28, at Mountjoy Street, Derry, Matthew, second son of the late Mr. Wm. Cunningham, aged 17 years.

HAWKINS--.June 28, at Clifton, Bangor, Co. Down, A. Bruce Hawkins, Esq., Barrister-at-Law, son of Henry Hawkins, Esq., Kin-Edar, Belfast, aged 26 years.

M'LORIE--June 27, at 18, Fairview Street, Belfast, Sarah Jane Kennedy, youngest daughter of George M'Lorie, aged 1 year and 1 month.

M'CANCE--June 29, suddenly, Mary Anne Carlisle, eldest daughter of the Rev. Wm. M'Cance, Lower Crescent, Belfast.

PATTERSON--June 27, at 26, Old Lodge Road, Belfast, Isaac E. Patterson.

PATTERSON--June 29, at 36, Keegan Street, Belfast, Catherine, relict of the late Samuel Patterson, aged 52 years.

TRUMBLE--June 24, at Bangor, Charlotte, daughter of the late Rev. Matthew Trumble, Presbyterian minister, Monaghan.

WHITTAKER--June 27, at 88, Bushfield Avenue, Dublin, Caroline, wife of the Rev. Thomas Whitaker.



THE quarterly return of births, marriages, and deaths in Ireland has just been issued from the office of the Registrar-General. In the first three months of this year there were 36,444 births registered, showing an annnual average of about 27 in every 1,000; and 30,589 deaths, or an annual average of about 23 in every 1,000. Emigration carried off 8,540; and it is estimated that by the half-year the total population will be only 5,297,732. These figures show that the birth rate is under and the death rate over the average for the corresponding quarter in the previous five years. This arises from the departure of the young and healthy and the leaving behind the old and infirm. The marriages registered were 5,218, against 5,833, a falling off which may be set down to the same human hemorrhage, for which there is yet no styptic. Harsh weather and scarlet fever killed off a great many, and small-pox was busy in the West.

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THIS ESTABLISHMENT CLOSED ON SATURDAY, 27th inst., for the Midsummer Vacation, when the following pupils received premiums for superior answering during the session.

In the subjoined list the order of merit is observed.


ENGLISH (Home Lessons).--1st CIass--E. A. Spiller, W. A. Wylie, Ballycarry; M. Macauley, Closket; W. B. Munce. 2nd Class--W. Wilson, R. Dunlop, A. Moreland. J. Barrett and J. Hutton (equal). 3rd Class--S. Gardner, F. Steenson, W. Hill. 4th Class--A. Mayne, S. Ross, C. Mack, John White. 5th Class--J. T. Blake, W. Boyle, T. Mack, J. A. Hanna. ARITHMETIC.--1st Class--E. A.. Spiller, W. A. Wylie, W. Cleland; W. J. Dixon and R. Wadsworth, Agharoosky (equal). 2nd Class--E. Orr, W. Keenan, A. M'Kenzie. 3rd Class--J. Mairs, S. Gardner, J. Barrett. WRITING.--1st Class--A. Morrison, W. Cleland; W. J. Dixon, O. Matier, H. M'Cullough, W. Mack. 2nd CIass--W. Wilson, E. Orr, A. M'Kenzie; R. DunIop and W. Keenan (equal). 3rd Class-- C. Mark, W. Carr, J. Campbell, G. Wilson, F. A. Steenson, J. Mairs. 4th Class--S. Ross, J. Whyte, J. T. Blake. READING--1st Class--A. Morrison, E. A. Spiller, R. Wadsworth. 2nd Class--A. Moreland, R. Dunlop; W. Keenan and E. Orr (equaI).3rd Class--W. Hill, F. A. Steenson, Jas. Mairs. RECITATION.--1st Class--E. A. Spiller, A. Morrison, W. J. Dixon. 2nd Class--R. Dunlop, A. Moreland, W. Keenan. 3rd Class--W. Hill, F.A. Steenson, S. Gardner. MATHEMATICS.--1st Class--E. A. Spiller. 2nd Class--W. A. Wylie and A. Morrison (equal). LATIN.--E. A. Spiller, A. Morrison. CONSTRUCTING MAPS (special prize).--A. Morrison, W. Keenan, J. Major.


LATIN.--Jane King.

ENGLISH (Home Lessons).--1st Class--Roberta Leck, Agnes Ross; Jane King and Mary A. Smith (equal). 2nd Class--Maggie Lavery, Jane M'Dowell, Larne; Deborah Whyte, Maggie King. 3rd Class--Marion King, Mary E. M'Arthur, Islandmagee. 4th Class--Sarah M'Dade, Sarah Whyte. ARITHMETIC.--1st Class--M. A. Smith, A. Ross, Amelia Roberts. 2nd Class--Mary Jane M'Mahon, J. M'Dowell, R. Leck. WRITING.--1st Class--R. Leck, A. Ross, M. A. Smith and A. Roberts. 2nd Class--J. M'Dowell and M. Lavery (equal); Maggie King. 3rd Class--Marion King, D. Whyte, M. E. M'Arthur.

BUSINESS will (D.V.) be RESUMED on MONDAY, 2nd August, at Ten o'clock.

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Lady Bruce, Downhill Castle, The Hon. Mrs, Dawson, Moyola Park. Lady Reed, London. Lady Reid, Londonderry. Mrs. Taylor, Millburn, Coleraine. Mrs. Law, Dublin. Mrs. Greer, Springvale. Mrs. Lawrence, Bannfield, Coleraine. Mrs. Knox, Rushbrook. Mrs. Gamble, Ashburn, Gourock. Mrs. Magill, Cork. Mrs. Dunlap, Rothesay House, Coleraine. Mrs. Tillie, Londonderry. Miss M'Clure, Belmont. Mrs. Cotton, Belfast. Mrs. Hogg, Manchester.

The Committee have pleasure in stating that the whole cost of the New Church, and a portion of the purchase money of the Manse, have already been met. To enclose the Church grounds, make some improvements, and pay off the remaining debt on the Manse, a considerable sum is still required.

Contributions of Money, Work, Flowers, or for the Refreshment Table, will be thankfully received by Mrs. MACGREGOR, 52, Eccles Street, Dublin; Mrs. HANSON, 37, Lonsdale Street, Belfast; Miss TILLIE, Derry; or by

Mrs. WARKE, Castlerock, Miss M. GREER, Springvale, Secretaries


Mrs. IRWIN, Castlerock, Treasurer.

The Committee think it right to state that there will be no gaming at the Bazaar.

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CENSUS returns lately published show that of the 300,000 white people in the colony in 1874 there were 123,000 born in New Zealand, 13,000 in Australia, 76,000 in England and Wales, 38,000 in Scotland, and 30,000 in Ireland.

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About eight o'clock yesterday evening, an accident of a serious nature occurred in Ballymacarrett. A man under the influence of liquor was on a car, when he rolled off, and in falling, his head came in contact with a stone, causing a severe fracture. He was so stupefied, both by the effects of the drink and the fall, that he was unable to give his name, but the police conveyed him to the nearest doctor, and arrested the carman.


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The Witness - Friday, 9 July, 1875


BLACKBURNE--July 3, at Carrlckfergus, the wife of H. Blackburne, of a daughter.

CURTIS--JuIy 1, at 11, Bridge Street, Belfast, the wife of T. J. Curtis, of a daughter.

DOUGLASS--June 26, at 51, Dagmar Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. John Douglass, of a son.

DEMPSTER--July 1, at 20, Carlisle Street, Belfast, the wife of Samuel Dempster, of a daughter.

KEERS--July 7, at Slainey House, Flnvoy, the wife of John Keers, Esq., of a daughter.

LINDSAY--July 3, at 79, Israel Street, Belfast, the wife of S. Lindsay, of a son.


HENRY--LIGGET -- July 6, by special licence, at the residence of the bride's father, Ballymena, Saml. D. Henry, second son of Robt. Henry, Stewartstown, to Ellen Irwin, only daughter of William Ligget.

HUNTER--TORRENS -- July 6, at Scot's Church, Churchtown, by the bride's father, assisted by the Rev. Alex. Montgomery, Magherafelt, Mr. Kennedy Hunter, Antrim, to Sarah Jane, second daughter of the Rev. R. Torrens, Gartade Cottage.

SMYTH--PATTERSON -- June 23, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch, by the Rev. J. M'llveen, Mr. Wm. Smyth, Listooder, to Eliza, youngest daughter of Mr. John Patterson, Ballydian Hill, Co. Down.

STORR--BOYD -- July 7, at the Independent Church, Donaghy, Co. Tyrone, by the Rev. S. Hinds, brother-in-law of the bride, Rev. Edwin Storr, Independent Minister, Armagh, to Sarah Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. James Boyd, Lisburn.


ARDISS--July 1, at Strangford, Wm. Adair Boyd Ardiss, aged 78 years.

BIGGAR--July 1, at his late residence, Hightown, Belfast, Samuel Biggar, aged 21 years.

CHOIR--July 6, at his uncle's residence, Commons, Coleraine, William Choir, aged 20 years.

DONNELL--July 2, at Strabane, Samuel Donnell, aged 66 years.

DYSART--July 1, at Churchfield, Portglenone, Elizabeth, wife of John Dysart, Esq., aged 85 years.

FARRELLY--July 4, at his late residence, 80, North Street, Belfast, Patrick Farrelly.

FLEMING--July 6, at Mossbourne Hill, Jane M. Fleming.

GORDON--July 6, at her residence, 64, Hercules Street, Belfast, Margaret, relict of the late Jonathan Gordon, aged 18 years.

GIDLIS--July 2, at her residence, No. 8, Little Edward Street, Belfast, lsabella Gillis.

HUNTER--June 25, at his brother's residence, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Johnston B. Hunter, cashier, Belfast Bank, son of Wm. Hunter, Esq., Rowan's Gift, Castledawson.

HUTCHINSON--July 6, at RichhilI, Lizzie, wife of Mr. Archibald Hutchinson, aged 30 years.

MAJOR--July 50 at Donebruir Lodge, Derry, Jas. Major, Esq., Q.C. formerly Chairman of Quarter Sessions, Co. Monaghan.



THE steamship Voltaic (Captain Johnston), on her passage from Liverpool to Belfast on Saturday, when off the Northern and Southern Light, fell in with the schooner Lady Louisa Kerr, of Carrickfergus, 100 tons burthen, in a disabled condition. The sea was running very heavy at the time and the heaving of the vessel knocked the mainmast overboard, and in its fall it injured the pumps. The Voltaic bore down upon her and winched one of her boats and took the crew, the captain, mate, and three boys off the disabled vessel. They were conveyed, in a very exhausted state, on board the Voltaic, where they received every attention. The Voltaic took the schooner in tow and brought her through the Sound at Donaghadee, where she sank. Owing to the heavy sea which was running the seamen in the Voltaic's small boat, after rescuing the crew of the schooner, were unable to get on board their steamer, and they were obliged to row to Bangor Bay, where they were taken on board the steamer Erin and conveyed to Belfast. The Lady Louisa Kerr was bound for the Clyde with a full cargo of rock salt. Captain Johnston and his crew are deserving of all praise for their gallant conduct.

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THE Rio Lima, ironclad gunboat, built by Messrs. Laird, Birkenhead, for the Portuguese Government, was launched on Saturday.

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THE treaty of commerce and navigation between Italy and Great Britain expired on the 26th June, in consequnce of a denunciation on the part of the Italian Government.

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AT ten o'clock on Saturday, John H. Otway, Esq., Q.C., commenced the business of these Sessions in, the County Court-house.

James and Sarah Dunlop v. Wm. G. Laurence, Coleraine.

In this case the claim was made under the Tenant-right custom for 672 17s 3d, with an alternative claim for 500 as compensation for Ioss sustained in quitting holding.

Messrs. Holmes, B.L., and Donnell, B.L. (instructed by Mr. T. G. Carson), appeared for the claimants; and Messrs. Orr, B.L., and M'Lauglin, B.L. (instructed by Messrs. J. & J. Cramsie), appeared for the respondent.

The lands were situated in Coleraine, and comprised twenty-one statute acres. The increase sought was from 2 to 3 per acre. An ineffectual attempt was made to come to an amicable arrangement; the respondents offering 2 10s, and the claimants asking 2 5s; and the case was proceeded with.

Mr. DONNELL, B.L., addressed the court on behalf of the claimants. Evidence was then given as to valuation, which was fixed at 2 per acre by several witnesses.

A number of witnesses were called to prove that Tenant-right existed on the estate, and also of the terms under which leases were usually granted.

Mr. John Adams, J.P., gave evidence of the custom which existed in that part of the County Derry with which he was acquainted. The tenants have liberty to sell at the expiration of the lease, subject to re-valuation.

A short adjournment took place at two o'clock, and when the Court resumed it was announced by the counsel for the claimants that an agreement had been effected, both parties accepting 55 1s 2d, in this particular case each party paying their own costs. It was also announced that the acceptance would govern a number of other cases, viz. :--Samuel A. Dunlop v. Laurence, Hugh Reid v. Laurence, Hugh Rankin v. Laurence, and the agreement would be taken as a consent in open court.

Terence Crooks v. Conway R. Dobbs.

In this case, which was adjourned from last Sessions, the lands were situated in Bryantaing, County Antrim, held under the Ulster Custom, and the sum of 360 was claimed as compensation for disturbance, including five years' rent at 27 per annum; 10 for permanent buildings and improvements. On the case being called, his worship dismissed it with costs.

Edward Greenlees v. Anne Wilson and Margaret Wilson and Samuel Wilson.

The claim in this case was for 25. Although a dual claim, the claimant elected to abandon any claim under the first section, and proceeded under the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sections of the Act. The Poor Law valuation of the farm, which was three and a half acres in extent, was 3 10s, and the rent paid was 7. An increase of 2 was demanded, and hence the notice to quit.

The claimant, Edward Greenlees, swore that he took the farm in 1866, when it was in an exhausted condition. He had manured and improved it. He also gave evidence at length of the various improvements effected by him. At his worship's suggestion 8 a year was accepted, to commence from the 1st of Nov., each party paying their own costs.

The Court was then adjourned until Tuesday week.

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AT these Sessions, on Saturday, a case came up for hearing in which a claim for 500 was made by a widow named Harte, tenant of a farm in the townland or Segahan, for disturbance by her landlord, Robert John MacGeough. The claimant, wishing to get rid of her farm, received satisfactory offers from a solvent purchaser named Peter M'Kernan. The landlord, on receiving notice of the proposed sale, wrote by his attorney, stating that he would not accept M'Kernan as a tenant except at a raised rent, nor permit the sale.

He, however, had not served notice to quit on the tenant, nor had she served notice of surrender on the landlord. His worship postponed his decision till next Land Sessions.

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THESE Sessions were opened on Saturday by J. C. Coffey, Esq., Q.C., Chairman of the County. One case was heard in which a woman named Elizabeth Williams claimed 279 as compensation under the 3rd and 4th sections of the Act, for four acres Irish. The case arose out of a refusal to pay an increased rent, whereupon a notice to quit was served. The respondent, John Carey, contended the lands in question were townparks, as, in a lease referred to in the conveyance of the Landed Estates Court, they were described by numbers. His Worship held they were not townparks. It was finally decided that the claimant should remain in possession during life at a nominal increase of rent, or should have liberty to sell or assign her interest for her life.

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AN important sale of shorthorn cattle was conducted last week at Wateringbury by Mr. Stafford, London, being excerpts from the well known herd of Messrs. Leney & Sons. The great interest of the day, however, centered in the offer of one of the best bred Duchess bulls in the world -- namely, Eighth Duke of Geneva -- who was purchased by Mr. Leney three years ago at 1,650 guineas, and imported from America. Having another equally valuable Duchess bull in Sixth Duke of Oneida, he decided on bringing the former animal to the sale-ring on the present occasion, but placed so high a reserve figure on his head that very few expected to see him sold. In this, however, they were deceived, and a bona-fide bidder was found in Mr. Fox at 2,000 guineas, the upset price, to whom the animal was knocked down, amid cheers from the company surrounding the ring. The singular part of the matter is that this bull will have to cross the Atlantic again, as Mr. Fox made the purchase for Mr. Grom, the Kentucky breeder. Considering that the animal will be seven years old next November, the price is a splendid one, scarcely to be paralleled in the sale of another bull, either at home or abroad. The total amount realised from 38 animals was 7,862 5s.

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IN a report to the Foreign Office from Washington by Mr. R. G. Watson, we read:--As nearly as may be calculated, 44,000 emigrants returned from the United States to Europe in the year 1874. Mr. Archibald mentioned to me some months ago that at that time, on an average, a dozen applications were received at his office in New York daily from distressed British subjects, asking for free passages to England. The experiences at this legation and at the consulate at Philadelphia and at Baltimore, in proportion to the population of Washington, and of other cities, has been similar. It cannot be too widely known in England that no British subjects who may have come to the United States to better themselves are furnished with free return passages at the public expense. It cannot likewise be too much impressed on persons intending to emigrate to this country that they have little chance of finding employment at the places where they land on the coast, and that they should consequently in every case be furnished with the means of proceeding far into the interior, in other words, with at least a sum equal to double the cost of their money from Europe to New York, exclusive of any sum meant to be expended during their stay in New York.


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The Witness - Friday, 16 July, 1875


ADAIR--July 8, at Glenavon, Cookstown, the wife of Hugh Adair, Esq., of a daughter.

COFFEY--June 25, at the Manse, Bandon, the wife of the Rev. R. S. Coffey, of a son.

COULTAS--July 11, at 232, York Street, Belfast, the wife of J. F. Coultas, of a son.

DOUGLAS--July 9, at Lorne Terrace, Belfast, the wife of Samuel Douglas, of a daughter.

FLEMING--July 12, at The Cottage, Lawn View, Ballymena, the wife of Isaac Fleming, of a daughter.

GARRETT--July 11, at Glen House, Trooper's Lane, Carrickfergus, the wife of Mr. John Garrett, of a daughter.

HENRY--July 9, at the Manse. Drumlegagh, Castlederg, the wife of the Rev. J. Edgar Henry, of a daughter.

HAMILL--July 4, at the Garden, Newtownlimavady, the wife of the Rev. G. W. Hamill, of a son.

HERON--July 5, at The Hill, Craigavad, the wife of Francis A. Heron, of a daughter.

MONTGOMERY--July 11, at 63, Clanbrassil Terrace, Mountpottinger, Belfast, the wife of Samuel Montgomery of twins--daughters.

MEREDITH--July 4, the wife of Richard Meredith Esq., J.P., Dicksgrove, County Kerry, of a son and heir.

MOUTRAY--July 7, at Killybrick, Co. Tyrone, the wife of Anketell Moutray, Esq., J.P., of a daughter.

MORROW--July 8, at 9, Dunluce Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. David Morrow, of a son.

M'COMBE--July 12, at Warrenpoint, the wife of Alexander M'Combe, Esq., M.A.. Solicitor, Armagh, of a daughter.

SCOTT--July 11, at Daisy Hill Manse, Killishil, Aughnacloy, the wife of the Rev. J. L. Scott, of a son.


ARNOLD--WILSON -- July 14, by special licence, at the Green, Dunmurry, the residence of the mother of the bride, by the Rev. Thomas Johnston, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, brother-in-law, of the bridegroom, the Rev. Robert Jas. Arnold Dunmurry, to Eliza, daughter of the late John Wilson, Esq., Roan House, Coalisland Co. Tyrone.

ESLER--FERRIS -- July 8, at the First Larne Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. James Whiteford, Mr. William Esler, Larne, to Maggie, eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Ferris, Larne.

LUKE--BERESFORD -- July 9, at Albert Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Jas. Young, Mr. Samuel Luke, to Miss Mary Ann Beresford, both of Belfast.

MANLEY--TATE -- By special licence, at Wellington Park House, Belfast, Hugh Crawford Manley, A.B., T.C.D., second son of the late H. J. Manley, Esq., to Margaret Wilhelmina, younger daughter of the late George Tate, Esq.

MISKELLY--CAUGHEY -- July 12, at the First Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee, by the Rev. W. M'lIwrath, assisted by the Rev. W. Witherow, Mr. William James Miskelly, Greyabbey, to Miss lsabella Caughey, Newtownards.

M'CULLOUGH--MAGOWAN -- July 9, at the Presbyterian Church, Drumlough, near Dromara, Co. Down, by the Rev. John M'Clelland, Mr. Wm. M'Cullough, Moydalgan, to Eliza Jane, daughter of Mr. John Magowan, Mulloughdrin, Parish of Dromara.

ROBERTS--ATKINSON -- July 8, at Old Elvet Wesleyan Chapel, Durham, by the Rev. Robert Buck, assisted by the Rev. W. B. Lowther, Rev. R. G. Roberts, Wesleyan minister, Armagh, to Lizzie, eldest daughter of Francis Atkinson, Esq., Sherburn Hill and Sunderland.

WRAY--FORSTER -- July 8, at Second Ardstraw Presbyterian Church, by Rev. J. Edgar Henry, M.A., John Wray, Esq., Kilstroule, to Catherine Anne, youngest daughter of Arthur Forster, Esq., Meaghey, Ardstraw, Co. Tyrone.


ALLEN--July 8, at Armagh, Thomas Allen, B.A., T.C.D., aged 77 years.

BEST--July 3, at Richill, Lizzie, the beloved wife of Mr. Francis J. Best.

BROWN--July 8, at 75, Lindsay Street, Belfast, Elizabeth,only child of James Brown, aged 6 years.

BUTLER--July 10, at 5, Abingdon Terrace, Lisburn Road, Belfast, the infant son of T. H. Butler

BOYLE--July 14, at the Manse, Bushmills, Martha, wife of the Rev. James Boyle, Bushmills.

CUNNINGHAM--July 8, at Joymount Parade, Carrickfergus, Margaret Jane Cunningham.

CLARKE--At his residence, Wesley Place, Moy, John Clarke, Esq., formerly of Lurgucullian House, Co. Tyrone, aged 73 years.

CURRY--July 9, at her father's residence, Church Street, Coleraine, Jane Anna Lynn, eldest daughter or Mr. Arthur Curry, aged 13 years.

DIXON--July 9, at 8, Dayton Street, Belfast, Margaret, wife of Mr. Robert Dixon, aged 76 years.

DOUGLAS--July 4, at Mullaghmore, Co. Armagh. after a long and painful illness which she bore with Christian fortitude, Susan, wife of Mr. George Douglas.

EAGLESON--July 13, of inflammation of the lungs, at his residence, 42, Botanic Avenue, Belfast, John Eagleson (of the firm of Browne, Reid, & Co.)

GILLAN--July 8, at 75, Carlisle Street, Belfast, Mr. Wm. Gillan.

GIFFORD--July 10, at his residence, Main Street, Larne, George Bristow Gifford, aged 57 years; also, at same time and place, his eldest son, George Bristow, aged 23 years.

HASSARD--July 10, at Parkmore, Co. Antrim, Robert Hassard, Esq., aged 75 years.

HARRITY--July 7, at 5, Waterloo Street, Derry, Bridget, second daughter of the late Mr. John Harrity, aged as 22 years.

HARVEY--July 7, at 6, Middle Road, Derry, Jas. Harvey, aged 48 years.

HARDING--July 13, Emma, second daughter of the Rev. S. Harding, 3, Adela Place, Belfast.

M'KELVEY--July 4, at his residence, Craigywarren, Ballymena, Robert M'Kelvey, aged 64 years.

M'KINLEY--July 7, at Carneatthy, near Ballycastle, Jane, relict of the James M'Kinley, aged 69 years.

MORRIS--July 15, at his fathers residence, Knockbreda Park, Ballynafeigh, Belfast, Hubert Lloyd, second son of Archibald Morris, aged 8 years and 10 months.

SMYTH--July 7, at the residence of her son, Henry Smyth, C.E., Downpatrick, Margaret, relict of the late Robert Smyth, Esq., LL.D., Barrister-at-law, Upper Temple Street, Dublin, aged 85 years.

WHIGHTMAN--July 9, at 15, Upton Street, Belfast, Margaret, the beloved wife of Henry Wightman, aged 34 years.




Bangor, Thursday.

LAST night and this morning Bangor was visited by one of the most severe storms it has experienced for months past, attended, we regret to say, with the loss of one life, and the narrow escape of two others from a watery grave. The storm set in the early part of the night, and continued to rage with unabated fury till this morning. Capt. Hartwell, owner of the yacht Britannia, with two of his men, had been on shore during the evening, and about midnight started for the yacht in a punt. Some time after they had left the shore, cries of help were heard, and number of the men on board the Palmerston, with M'Mahon, the well known Bangor boatman, got in a boat and made way as rapidly as possible in the. direction whence the cries proceeded. Having reached the spot they found the captain and two seamen in a very exhausted condition, clinging to the punt, which had capsized. It appeared they had been nearly an hour in this perilous position, and had not the timely succour arrived they must inevitably have perished, as they could not much longer have borne the heavy strain and still heavier suspense. They were immediately brought on shore, and placed in the Royal Hotel Bangor.

We regret also having to report a melancholy occurrence by which a young man named John Fitzsimmons, a clerk in the engineer's department of the Postal Telegraph Office at Belfast, lost his life. It appears that he, in company with some others, went to bathe at the Pickie Rock as usual shortly after six o'clock. The sea, however, was so rough that the man in charge of the bathing-house at the rock refused to permit them to enter the water. Not wishing to be deprived of his bath he went a little further round the shore to what is known as Skippingstone Bay, and being an excellent swimmer undressed and plunged into the water in company with two others, and swam out from the shore. One of his companions, a young man named Cowan, seeing an oar floating in the water went for it, and was bringing it in when he heard cries of help coming from Fitzsimmons. He then swam towards Fitzsimmons and gave him the oar, and then made himself for the shore. The unfortunate man held on by the oar for some time, but appeared to be getting, more and more helpless. Thereupon Mr. Joseph Stokes, a young gentleman well known in Bangor, and an excellent swimmer, heroically went to the assistance of the drowning man, having tied round his neck a muffler which he intended the other to lay hold of, and by this means be brought ashore. Mr. Stokes succeeded in reaching Fitzsimmons, but the latter was almost completly exhausted, and in the recklessness of despair caught the other by the shoulders and dragged him down under the water. Stokes, therefore, finding his efforts unavailing, and seeing that to remain in this position was only to sacrifice his own life without saving the other, forced himself clear of his companion and made for the shore, which he reached in a most prostrate condition, and looking more dead than alive. It was some time before he recovered, and then he had to be put to bed. Meantime one of the on lookers ran to the Pickie Rock for the life-buoy, which was at once brought, but before it could be used, Fitzsimmons had disappeared under the waves and did not rise again. Deceased was about twenty-eight years of age, and had been for three or four years in the employment already mentioned, first as storekeeper and afterwards as clerk. He was unmarried. His mother resides in Keady, Armagh, with one of his brothers. Two other brothers are in the police, and one is a mechanic at Randalstown.

The body of Fitzsimmons was discovered before noon.

BANGOR, 8 P.M.--The Coroner, who has been communicated with, has not yet arrived. At seven o'clock this evening the body of the deceased was removed from Mr. Aicken's public-house to his Iate lodgings, No.7, Catherine Place, where, it is expected, the inquest will be held to-morrow morning.

The effects of the storm were this morning experienced in a marked degree by the passengers of the early boats to and from Bangor. The steamer Erin, which left Belfast at seven o'clock in the morning, arrived in due course off Bangor, but when he witnessed the condition of the sea the captain wisely determined not to make for the pier, and returned immediately to the quay at Belfast. The steamer Palmerston left the pier at eight o'clock as usual, having on board a large complement of passengers. The waves had in no degree abated their fury, and were beating loudly against the shore. On clearing the pier, the Palmerston backed in the direction of the Antrim side, rather than pursue her regular course, and soon found herself broadside on the waves. She commenced to tumble and lurch pretty freely about, while ever and anon a wave would roll over the paddle-boxes. This continued until she rounded Greypoint, when she got into calm water, and completed the trip in her usual satisfactory manner. The scene on board during the tumbling and rolling baffles description. However, in time all was got over, and when Belfast was reached the main topic of conversation was the fatal disaster of the morning.

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THE Commission for the County Armagh was opened on Monday morning by Mr. Justice Lawson. The Commission having been read, and the Grand Jury re-sworn, his lordship addressed the Grand Jury.

The bills were then handed up, and the Grand Jury retired.

His LORDSHIP then proceeded to fiat the presentments.


Ellen M'Kenna was indicted for having assaulted Adam Clarke, a sheriff's officer, on the 1st February last, occasioning him actual bodily harm. On a second count she was charged with a common assault on Bernard M'Donald, another sheriff's officer. The accused plead guilty, and she was allowed to stand out on her own recognisances to come up for judgment when called upon.


Patrick M'Keown, 24 years of age, was indicted for violently and feloniously assaulting one Ellen Hughes on the 10th June last. On a second count four boys, named Michael Cassidy, Samuel Martin, John Morgan, and George M'Parland, about the same age, were also indicted for being present, aiding, abetting, and assisting the said Patrick M'Keown in the commission of the aforesaid felony. The prisoners pleaded not guilty. The jury found Patrick M'Keown guilty of the felony; and, Martin and Cassidy guilty of aiding. and abetting. Morgan and M'Parland were found not guilty, and were discharged.


Wm. Ardis, alias Jones, alias Scott, a remarkable-looking character, about forty years of age, who said he was a discharged soldier, was indicted for stealing from the person of one William Cook a purse containing 100 on the 26th June last. The jury found the prisoner guilty, and his lordship sentenced him to be kept in penal servitude for seven years.


Margaret Lyons was indicted for unlawfully endeavouring to conceal the birth of a certain child, of which she had been delivered on the 24th April, 1875, by secretly depositing the body in the River Bann. The prisoner pleaded guilty. His lordship deferred judgment.

RECORD COURT. [Before Mr. Justice MORRIS.]

His LORDSHIP sat in the Record Court shortly after eleven o'clock, and took up the hearing of appeals. There were twenty appeals from the decisions of the Chairman of Quarter Sessions, with seven in land cases.


The business of the Armagh Assizes was resumed on Tuesday. Thomas Rowan pleaded guilty to an indictment for assaulting Thomas Hutcheson on the 19th June, thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm. On a second count he was charged with a common assault. The jury found the prisoner guilty of a common assault, and he was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment, with hard labour. ~.

George M'Mahon was indicted for assaulting John Sibbet on the 14th June, occasioning him actual bodily harm. On a second count he was charged with common assault. The jury found the prisoner guilty and his lordship sentenced him to six months' imprisonment, with hard labour.

John Sibbet was then, in a crown case, indicted for a like offence on George M'Mahon. Evidence having been given, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was discharged.

Patrick M'Cann was indicted for that he, on the 27th June, did, at Ballymacnab, assault, beat, wound, and ill-treat Michael Carr, occasioning him actual bodily harm. On a second count he was charged with a common assault. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was discharged.

Francis Cannavan indicted for that, at the Petty Sessions in Lurgan, on the 15th September, 1874, before John Hancock, J. W. Greer, and Jas. Malcolm, justices of the peace, he did commit wilful and corrupt perjury. Evidence having been given, the jury found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to penal servitude for seven years.

Three young men named John Cunningham, Thomas Fay, and Patrick Campbell were indicted for that they, with others to the number of fifty or more, on the 16th of May last, did assemble at Steele's Island, and, with sticks and stones and other weapons, did unlawfully and riotously disturb the peace. On a second count they were indicted for unlawful assembly. Some evidence having been given in the case, Dr. Elrington said the Crown had decided on proceeding no further, and the prisoners were discharged.

Felix M'Shane and Bridget M'Shane, his wife, were indicted for that, on the 19th June, they did assault, beat, wound, and ill-treat Michael Largy and Robert Buchanan. The prisoners pleaded not guilty, and were undefended. A verdict of "not guilty" was turned, and the prisoners were discharged.

James Loughran and John M'Sherry were indicted for that they did, on the 19th June, near Lurgan, assault one John Gracey. On a second count they were charged with assaulting one James Mapleson. The jury returned a verdict of acquittal.

Margaret Lyons, who had been found guilty of unlawfully endeavouring to conceal the birth of a child on the 24th April last April secretly depositing the body in the River Bann, was put forward, when his Lordship sentenced her to be imprisoned for six months from the date of her committal.

Patrick M'Keown, Michael Cassidy, and Samuel Martin, who bad been found guilty in connection with a criminal assault upon Ellen Hughes, were then placed in the dock, and sentenced to nine calendar months' imprisonment each, and kept to hard labour.

Patrick M'Birnie, who had been indicted for that he did, on the 28th of May, beat, wound, and ill treat John Markey, occasioning him actual bodily harm, was next put forward, and on the prisoner promising to pay 25 compensation to Markey, he was bound over to keep the peace for twelve months.


On Tuesday, land appeals were heard. In the case Charles Callaghan v. John G. Livingstone. in which the appellant is tenant on the lands of Armaghbrague, County Armagh, and the respondent was landlord, the appellant obtained in the court below a degree for 46 5s in a land claim, and against this decree he appealed, seeking further compensation. After the hearing of evidence, his lordship affirmed the decree without costs.

The next appeal was that of the Rev. James Young, of Belfast, v. Robert Kirker, in which the respondent, who was claimant in the court below, obtained a decree from the Chairman for 95 19s 6d on foot of a land claim, in respect to which the Rev. Mr. Young is landlord. The holding consisted of 8a. 2r. 20p., and the old rent was 7 10s 6d, while the proposed new rent was 8, which was the Government valuation. The counsel for the appellant stated that the only question to decide was who should pay the county cess. After the hearing of some evidence, the case was adjourned until this morning.

The case next heard was Sinnamon Noble v. Robert Turner, administrator of Robert Diffin. The apeallant in this case was landlord of the lands of Bellaghy, and he appealed against a decree for 85 17s 6d, granted by the Chairman to the respondent, who claimed compensation in respect to lands occupied by him under Mr. Noble. His lordship was willing to give a decree for 72 2s 6d, subject to a deduction which made it 60. He believed that Mr. Noble was reasonably entitled to raise the rent. He would give no costs.

The last case was James Bennison v. Wm. Moneypenny. In the land claim in the court below a decree was obtained for 200 by Wm. Moneypenny as occupier of a holding consisting of about 8a. 3r. and situate near Portadown, and against this the present appeal was lodged by the landlord. His lordship would give a decree for 160 without costs.


The business of these Assizes was resumed this day. In the Crown Court the following case was heard--Michael Toner, executor of the late Anthony Gilstaine, deceased, and Wm. M'Gibben v. Stephen Magennis and others. The plaintiffs were grocers, carrying on business in Lurgan, and the defendants belong to Clanrole. The matter was for an ejectment on title, brought for the recovery of 21a. 0r. 21p. of land situated in the townland of Clanrole, in the County of Armagh. Mr. Hancock, J.P., was examined to prove the tenancy. He stated that the mesne rates on the land, were 28 per year. The jury, after some consideration, found 6d mesne rates and 6d costs.

In the Record Court a special jury case was heard, in which the plaintiff was Robert Adair, cattle dealer and farmer, Tandragee, and the defendants were Messers. R. Henderson & Son, shipping merchants, Belfast. The action was brought to recover the sum of 200 for breach of contract and loss and damage sustained by the plaintiff thereby, and for illegal arrest. Evidence was given to show that the plaintiff brought a number of cattle from Tandragee to Belfast to be shipped in defendants steamer, previously asking them if they had accommodation, to which he received a telegram, promising to take them, excepting unforeseen circumstances. He brought them accordingly, and, on arriving at the quay, was prevented from shipping them, and some confusion arose in the course of which fourteen of his cattle got mixed with some other drover's, and were sent off to Greenock, where he subsequently got them, but on refusing to pay the freight, was arrested. His lordship, in summing up, said the plaintiff appeared to be a man who, at all events, tried to be a little prudent in the case. He sent a telegram to the defendants, and in answer to that he received a reply, substantially stating they could take his cattle. Referring to the arrest, his lordship pointed out. that, in point of law, he would have to enter a verdict for the defendants with regard to it. After a brief absence, the jury found a. verdict for the plaintiff--damages 35. This concluded the business of these Assizes.

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THE Grand Jury for the County Down were sworn on Wednesday. The County Surveyors' reports were read, and the fiscal business was adjourned.


MR. NEWDEGATE has definitely determined to move the second reading of his Monastic and Conventual Institutions Bill on Wednesday, the 4th August. It now stands the first and only order for the day, and there is every reason to believe that it will be brought on early and pressed to a division. Mr. Newdegate expects a large share of Dissenter as well as Conservative support, and if the measure is to be thrown out the Government will require all the practical aid that can be brought into their lobby.


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The Witness - Friday, 23 July, 1875


DUNCAN--July 21, at 41, Castle Street, Lisburn, Mr. Frederic Duncan, of a son.

ELLISON--July 11, at The Manse, Castlebellingham, the wife of the Rev. John Wm. Ellison, of a son.

KNOWLES--July 17, at Castle Street, Lisburn. the wife of Rev. Robert Knowles, of a daughter.

LATIMER--July 10, at The Manse, Eglish, the wife of the Rev. W. T. Latimer, B.A., of a daughter.

M'EVOY--July 17, at Glenarm, Co. Antrim, the wife of Mr. Hugh M'Evoy, merchant, of a daughter.

SCOTT--July 9, at Portrush, the wife of William Scott, of a daughter.

WILSON--July 7, at The Manse, Irvinestown, the wife of the Rev. George Wilson, M.A., of a daughter.


ARNOLD--M'BRIDE -- July 19, at Regent Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, by the Rev. Thomas Watters, Thomas, son of Mr. Alexander Arnold, to Sarah Jane, daughter of Mr. W. H. M'Bride, both of Newtownards.

ANDREW--MALONE -- July 15, at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ballylaggan. near Garvagh, by the Rev. John Hart, Mr. Samuel Andrew, Gortfad, Garvagh, to Miss Ellen Malone, Clarehill, Garvagh.

CONNOR--WALLACE -- July 12, at Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Lamont Hutchinson, William Connor, to Mary Wallace, both of Belfast.

FLEMING--BERKELEY -- July 15, by special licence, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. L. E. Berkeley, assisted by the Revs. J. W. Aiden, J. P. Wilson, and W. S. Ferguson, John Wilson Fleming, of Cookstown, to Annie Halliday, only child of James Berkeley, of Rock Cottage, Sandholes.

FOX--WEDLOCK -- July 15, at Shercock Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Thomas Martin, Mr. WIlliam Fox, of Latariff, to Miss Martha Wedlock, of Drummuck.

PALMES--WYLIE -- July 20, at the First Presbyterian Church, Antrim, by the Rev. A. C. Canning, Crumlin, William, only son of James Palmer, Esq., Dundesert, to Maggie Ann, youngest daughter of the late James Wylie, Esq., Ballyginniff Mills, Killead.

M'CULLOUGH--WILSON -- July 20, at Ormeau Road Wesleyan Church, by the Rev. A. Armstrong, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Jones, George M'Cullough, second son of Mr. Francis M'Cullough, Reidstown, Glenwherry, to Mary Wilson, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Jas. Wilson, Drumahoe, Larne.

STEEN--ROBERTSON -- July 14, at Canmore Street, the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. Peter Whyte, uncle to the bride, Sheffield, assisted by the Rev. Professor Robbie, Dunfermline, and the Rev. John Steen, Smithborough, the Rev. James Steen, First Drum, to Maggie, daughter of William Robertson, Esq., manufacturer, Dunfermline.


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BOYLE--July 14, at the Manse, Bushmills, Martha, wife of the Rev. James Boyle, Bushmills.

CRICHTON--July 15, at Bryansford, Co. Down, Mr. Wm. Crichton, aged 49 years.

MARTIN--July 15, at Moyliscar Rectory, the Rev. Robert Agnew Martin, aged 67 years.

M'CONNELL--July 21, at 38, California Street, Belfast, James Galbraith, only son of Alexander M'Connell.

SKELLY--July 10, at Donaghadee, the Rev. Wm. Skelly, aged 57 years.


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Apply to JAMES P. CORRY & CO., Prince's Dock Saw Mills. Belfast. April, 1875.

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DOWNPATRICK, FRIDAY.--The Commission opened at half-past ten o'clock this morning.


Judge MORRIS, in charging the Grand Jury, expressed great pleasure in being able to congratulate them on the peaceful state of the county. The bills to go before them amounted to ten, and two of these, although grave in character, were quite exceptional in their nature--one in which a man named Simpson was indicted for murder under circumstances which appeared to arise from jealousy against a young woman whom he intended to marry. His Lordship had heard the suggestion that, owing to Simpson's state of mind, he probably would not be tried at these Assizes; but this had nothing to do with them in finding their bill. There was also a case of infanticide--a crime which, he regretted to say, was becoming more frequent in this country. The evidence in this case would be somewhat circumstantial. The calendar reflected most creditably on the peaceful relations existing between all parties in the county.


An old woman named Sarah Kennedy pleaded not guilty to the indictment that on the 1st day of July, 1875, at Holywood, she did feloniously kill and slay a woman named Margaret M'Knight.

The jury acquitted the prisoner.


Margaret Wylie pleaded not guilty to an indictment for stealing five pieces of linen, the property of Messrs. Wm. & John Smith.

The jury found the prisoner guilty, and she was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude.


A little boy named John Quinn was indicted for throwing stones at the engine of a train running between Belfast and Downpatrick, on the 14th July, at Annacloy Bridge.

The prisoner was discharged.


DOWNPATRICK, SATURDAY MORNING.--Mr. Justice MORRIS took his seat in the Crown Court this morning at ten o'clock, and proceeded with the hearing o! the case of


Agnes Bannon was indicted for the murder of her infant child, Rose C. May.

The Crown prosecuted, and the prisoner was defended by Mr. Boyd, Q.C.

The prisoner pleaded not guilty.

The evidence for the Crown showed that the prisoner's child was born in Belfast Union Workhouse on the 14th of April, and that the mother and child were discharged from the workhouse on the 12th May. The prisoner was traced to Banbridge, and proceeded from that place on foot to Rathfriland. On the way she met several parties who afterwards identified her. On arriving in Rathfriland the prisoner was unaccompanied by her child. A farmer named Nelson, living on the Rathfriland Road, discovered, shortly afterwards, lying in a field adjacent to the road, a parcel which contained the strangulated body of the prisoner's child. :

Further evidence was then given to the effect that the baby's clothes found in the prisoner's father's house, in a bag, were seen with the prisoner on the day before the murder. Doctor Dowdall swore that death was caused from congestion of the brain, produced by strangulation.

A woman named Margaret Patterson deposed that she met and spoke to a woman on the Rathfriland Road who had a bag, and was leaning over the roadside hedge, but the witness failed to identify that woman as being prisoner.

DOWNPATRICK, FIVE O'CLOCK.--Mr. BoYD, Q.C., having spoken for the defence,

His LORDSHIP proceeded to charge the jury,

After which the jury retired. At three o'clock they came into court, and the foreman announced that they could not agree to a verdict. They were then sent to their room, and at a quarter to four the judge directed them to be brought into court again, when the foreman announced that there was no chance of their agreeing, and his lordship ordered them to be discharged.

The prisoner was put back. The case was attended with great interest, and the court crowded to excess during the trial.


Mr. CHAS. C. RUSSELL, addressing his lordship, said that in this case, in which a man named Simpson indicted with the wilful murder of a woman named Elisa Askin, he would apply to his lordship to allot counsel. The prisoner was very poor, and had given him all the money he had, and in expectation of his lordship granting an order, he gave out briefs to counsel. He (Mr. Russell) had spoken to the Crown, and they told him to apply to his Lordship.

Mr. MURLAND said he believed the prisoner was very poor.

His LORDSHIP said that he would not take up the case until Monday, but would grant the order, and appoint Mr. Russell to act as solicitor, and to employ one counsel for the prisoner.

DOWNPATRICK, MONDAY MORNING.--Judge MORRIS entered the Crown Court this morning at ten o'clock, and proceeded to dispose of the criminal business.


Luke Cunningham was sentenced to three months' for stabbing.


Lizzie Burns, for infanticide, was sentenced to five years' penal servitude. The prisoner was greatly affected on receiving sentence.


The trial of John Simpson, for the murder of Eliza Askin, at Ballyfrenis, on the 3rd of June, was then proceeded with.

Drs. Elrington and M'Blain, and Mr. O'Donnell, Q.C. (instructed by Mr. Murland. Crown Solicitor), prosecuted, Messrs. Boyd, Q.C., and Weir (instructed by Mr.C. Russell, solicitor), defended the prisoner.

The case has created intense interest, if not excitement, both in the courthouse and throughout the town. The Court is crowded to excess, and most advantageous positions are eagerly struggled for. The accused was conveyed to the courthouse by the underground passage from the jail. He looks pale and careworn and gazed intently at the jurors when they were being sworn.

On being called on to plead, the prisoner said "Not guilty" in a cautious though not nervous voice.

It is determined to make a hard fight for the defence, and challenges to the jurors were numerous--all from the Newtownards district being excluded .

Mr. M'Donnell, Q.C., opened the case for the Crown. He referred to the murder as being one of singular atrocity, and exceptional in this country. He detailed the circumstances of the murder, laying great stress on the prisoner's resentment against the deceased and her mother for refusing his marriage offer. He admitted prisoner was not seen committing the deed, but the evidence would show that he must have been in the house at the time and was the perpetrator of the foul deed.

The surveyor's evidence was then given as to the situation of the houses.

Mary Kelly, Ballyfrenis, mother of the deceased, deposed to the prisoner's attachment to her daughter. She then explained meeting prisoner on the day of her daughter's murder. The prisoner disputed with her for the payment of seven shillings, the cost of the licence, and witness refusing it, he cut down the hedge separating their houses. Witness identified a piece of needlework found beside the deceased, and wept greatly on seeing it, displaying much emotion. She detailed meeting the prisoner at the bog. Suspecting his intentions towards her daughter, she returned home, where she found her murdered.

Doctor Stewart deposed to the nature of deceased's wounds, some of which could not be self-inflicted, and to seeing the prisoner in his own house cut and bleeding.

Robert Robinson swore to the prisoner's leaving work on the day of the murder at an unusual hour and shortly, before the commission of the deed, stating that he was so angry he was trembling and shaking going in the direction of his own house.

Robert Young met the prisoner going home.

Margaret Allen corroborated Young's evidence, adding that she heard screaming shortly afterwards.

James Neill and David M'Kaig gave simiIar evidence.

Margaret Ferris swore to seeing the prisoner entering the pillars of the deceased's house, and shortly afterwards come across the hedge to his own, but she did not see him enter.

The Rev. Mr. Macaulay swore as to the prisoner's applying for a marriage licence. He hesitated when asked if there was any kindred or legal hindrance to the marriage.

Mary M'Caw deposed to the prisoner having threatened to shoot her if she divulged a conversation they had respecting the deceased.

William Bitcon deposed to the prisoner's threatening people with a hatchet, and that if deceased and her mother came out he would give them a skite with it.

Other evidence having been given, to the effect that the prisoner borrowed a revolver on the 13th of May,

The case closed for the Crown.


DOWNPATRICK, SIX O'CLoCK.--Dr. Boyd made an able and exhaustive speech on behalf of the accused, occupying over an hour in delivery, dwelling on the absence of motive, and then on the accused being divested of reason, and unaccountable.

Dr. ELRINGTON followed in a moderate but forcible address, after which

The JUDGE charged the jury, reviewing minutely the evidence submitted.

The jury, after an hour's deliberation, DISAGREED, and were sent back to their room.

After a long consultation they returned into court again.

The foreman announced that they and agreed to their verdict which was that the prisoner "is guilty, while labouring under temporary insanity."

His LORDSHIP--If you are of opinion that he was insane at the time the offence was committed, you should say "Not guilty on the ground of insanity." I assume that you have agreed to the fact that the offence was committed by the prisoner?

The FOREMAN--Yes, my lord.

The jury again retired at a quarter past six o'clock, and returned into court with the following verdict "Not guilty on the ground that the prisoner was insane at the time of the commission of the offence."

His LORDSHIP (addressing the prisoner) said the order of the Court was that he be detained in custody during the pleasure of the Lord Lieutenant.

The jury were then discharged.

This concluded the business of the Assizes.

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THE announcement will be received with regret of the death of Lady Franklin, the widow of the eminent Arctic explorer, which took place at her residence in Phillimore Gardens on Sunday evening, shortly after nine. She had long been suffering, and her declining strength had made her death a matter of expectation day by day; but a few weeks ago, when the yacht Pandora was about to start her Arctic voyage, Lady Franklin, who took an active interest in this private expedition, rallied wonderfully, and the public were assured that there was no cause for apprehension. Lady Franklin was herself extensive traveller, having about thirteen years since made a voyage round the world. She had passed her later years in almost complete retirement.

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LIST OF PRIZEMEN.--BOTANY.--Senior Division--James Stuart (med.) Junior Division--William Fleck (med.), James Young (med.), Jas. H. Gibson (med.), Edward Little (med.), Mortimer Cromie (med.), Leonard Dobbin (non-matriculated), Robert M. Young (Arts).

EXPERMENTAL PHYSICS.--Thomas M'Ilroy, and James Young, equal; James Clarke and Mortimer Cromie, equal.

PRACTICAL CHEMISTRY.--John S. Collier, Thomas M'Ilroy, Samuel Murphy Malcomson (non-matriculated), James Alexander M'Munn; Henry Bingham (non-matriculated) and James Clarke, equal; Samuel Alexander and Mortimer Cromie, equal.

MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE.--Gilbert Kirker; William M'Geagh and Henry O'Neill, equal.; Thomas Joseph Witherts, Samuel Bateman.

MIDWIFERY.-- Wm. M'Geagh, Gilbert Kirker; William Corry and David Taylor, equal; Henry O'Neill, honourable mention.

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The Marquis of Bute is likely to make his debut shortly in the literary world. He has been writing a book on archeology. That and genealogy are favourite subjects with Roman Catholics; and another 'vert, Mr. Everard Green. has been writing an article on the pedigree of the Walpoles of Pinchbeck, in the new quarterly, the Genealogist, which has just been started by Dr. Marshall. This periodical, however, is open to writers without respect of creed, and the first number contains an article by a Warwickshire clergyman--Mr. Wadley.--Mr. Smiles, who has been in indifferent health for some time, and is living at St. Leonards, is writing a new book on "Thrift"--in fact, it has been already announced, although only a portion of it is written. He is to pay a visit to Aberdeenshire to hun. up some biographical details.--The Rev. T. W. Fowle, formerly of St. Luke's, Nutford Place, and now of Islip, is writing a new work on conscience.--Mr. Baldwin Brown, the dissenting minister, is contributing a series of articles to the English Independent on Arctic voyagers, and the first appears this week. Mr. Brown goes as far back as the days of Queen Elizabeth.--An English edition of the account of the late Austrian Arctic expedition is being prepared.--Mr. Frank Fuckland is bringing out an illustrated edition of White's "Selborne."--Mr. J. M. Campbell is working hard at his "Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency," but it is not likely to be ready for three or four years.

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A MEDICAL practitioner in Boston testified that he "attended a portion of boy who was cut up in a mowing machine."

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The return of the number of emigrants from Ireland shows that the total nett decrease during the first six months of the year 1875, as compared with the corresponding period of 1874, was 14,686. The total emigration from Ireland in each year from May 1, 1851, to June 30, 1875, was 2,357,024. The greatest exodus was in 1852, when 190,322 left us, and the lowest for the half-year ending June 30, 1875, when the number dwindled down to 31,095.

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BANGOR, FRIDAY.--William Davidson, Esq., Coroner for this district of the County Down, held an inquest in the Court-house at eleven o'clock this morning, on the body of John Fitzimmons, who was drowned yesterday, morning while bathing at Skippingstone Bay, Bangor.

Jas. Fitzimmons, brother of deceased, identified the body of the deceased. John M'Donnell and Samuel Curran described the circumstances under which the deceased was drowned, which were substantially the same as detailed in the Witness of Friday last. It was stated that all that could possibly be done was done to save the deceased. Mr. Cosgrave also rendered assistance with Mr. Stokes.

The jury found a verdict to the effect that the deceased was accidentally drowned through his own incautiousness, in venturing into the water when it was in a dangerous state, owing to the storm that was raging.

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AT the Down Assizes, on Friday, the case of M'Kaig v. M'Cracken for breach of promise was heard. Damages were laid at 500.

Mr. FALKINER stated the case for the plaintiff, and said from the state of facts before him he must say it was a shocking case. The plaintiff ,was a young girl, some twenty-nine or thirty years of age, and from her earliest years she had been pursued and followed by the defendant, Robt. M'Cracken. He had, in consequence of the promises he had made, succeeded in seducing her, and had put her off from time to time, saying he could not marry while his father lived. After she was the mother of two children to him he flung her off and married another woman. About the year 1861, when the Plaintiff, was little more than a child--when she was only fifteen or sixteen years of age--the defendant, Robert M'Cracken, began to follow her, and pay his attentions to her. He went to America in 1863 or 1864, and came back in 1864 or 1865, and began to renew his attentions to her, and told her he had come, back to make her his wife.

Margaret M'Kaig, a respectably dressed and somewhat prepossessing young woman, apparently about 27 years of age, was examined by Dr. BOYD--She was the plaintiff in this action. She had known the defendant since 1860. When the intimacy commenced she was only 15 or 16 years of age. In the year 1863 he gave her his hand on a promise of marriage. After that he came backwards and forwards to her mother's house. On a subsequent occasion he met her on the road when she and a Mrs. Murphy were in a cart. He got into the cart, and told her to get her clothes ready as he was going to Belfast to get a special licence, and that they would get married there. He did not do so. He afterwards told her to ask her mother what she was going to do with her (plaintiff). Her mother told her that she would leave her half of all she had, but that plaintiff would have to live with her while she (the mother) lived. The defendant said he would like to have writing on it, and Mr. O'Rorke drew out a will and deed. During the intimacy that existed between her and the defendant she had two children, of which the defendant was the father.

Dr. BOYD summed up the evidence for the plaintiff.

Mr. FRAZER replied on the part of the defendant, characterising the action under the circumstances as one of a very audacious character. Counsel's speech was characterised by his usual wit and humour, and caused considerable laughter in court. He dwelt at some length on the novel circumstance of a woman who had two children to a man, and after having processed him for seduction, and obtained 20 from him, now, after five years' lapse of time, when she heard that he was married, brought this modest claim for 500 for breach of promise of marriage. Counsel, in conclusion, asked the jury to scout the case out of court.

His LORDSHIP then charged the jury. He said that in the course of his experience he had never known of such an action for breach of promise of marriage. It was remarkable in many respects, and it displayed a very low tone of morality amongst those who had been produced as witnesses there, and the plaintiff certainly did not come into court under favourable circumstances.

After about a quarter of an hour's deliberation, the jury came into court with a verdict for the plaintiff--damages 6d.

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I HEAR of the formation of a "Mausoleum Society," for the purpose of combining almost all possible means of disposing of the dead. Some 150 acres, with an extensive frontage to the Thames at a distance westerly of about four miles from Charing Cross, are to be devoted to the purposes of a general cemetery, in which every form of interment--including cremation and embalming--may be carried out. The basement of the "grand intramural mausoleum" is to resemble that of St. Paul's Cathedral, except that it will be perforated with thousands of catacombs in which a single coffin or sarcophagus can be placed, and of which the door will form the headstone, bearing the name, age, and other particulars respecting the deceased. The idea of a national "mausoleum" is not new. There is a model of a pyramid, formed in honeycombed catacombs,, in the Leicester Museum, and Sir John Soane also designed a national mausoleum nearly 50 years ago. This is a large scheme; but I should think that Mr. Seymour Haden need not be disturbed, for it sounds like a very impractical project.--Manchester Guardian.

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Tuesday morning, at 10 o'clock, tho Right Hon. Mr. Justice Lawson took his seat on the bench in the Crown Court, and proceeded with the business of the Assizes. His lordship was accompanied into court by Robt. J. Alexander, Esq., High Sheriff and H. H. Bottomley, Esq., Sub-Sheriff of the County.

The Commission was read by H. M'NEILE M'CORMICK, Esq., Deputy-Clerk of the Crown.

The Grand Jury having been re-sworn for the discharge of criminal business.

His LORDSHIP addressed them, when they retired, and his lordship proceeded to fiat the presentments.



Eliza M'kinney, a respectably-dressed woman, was indicted for concealing the birth of her child on the 28th March last.

Dr. SEEDS (instructed by messrs, H. & W. Seeds) appeared for the defence and offering evidence as to character, pleaded guilty on her behalf, and asked his lordship to read the information, as the case was a melancholy one.

His LORDSHIP said he would do so, and

The prisoner was sentenced to four months' imprisonment.


Edward Best was indicted for a criminal assault on Mary Darragh, near Ballymena.

The prisoner was defended by Mr. Monroe and Dr. Boyd (instructed by Messrs. O'Rorke & Sons).

Messrs. Henderson, Q.C., and M'Mahon, Q.C. (instructed by Mr. Joseph Greer, Crown Solicitor), prosecuted in this and other cases on behalf of the Crown.

The jury found the prisoner guilty. Sentenced to five years penal servitude.


Mary Morrison pleaded guilty to an indictment, charging her with concealing the birth of a child on the 13th May last, and was sentenced to three months' imprisonment.


George Green was indicted for feloniously wounding his wife, Ellen Green, on the 30th June last.

The facts of this case have already appeared in our columns.

The jury acquitted the prisoner, who was thereupon discharged.


Wm. M'Clinton was indicted for a criminal assault on a little girl named Mary Jane Sloan, on the 17th June last, in Curtis Street in this town.

Mr. Kisbey (instructed by Mr. Harper) defended the prisoner.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty.

His LORDSHIP sentenced the prisoner to twelve months' imprisonment, with hard labour.


William Gamble was indicted for the manslaughter of John Kernahan, at Lisnahunchion, on the 30th August,1874.

The prisoner pleaded not guilty.

The jury acquitted the prisoner, and he was discharged.


William John Murdock was indicted, that on the 16th March last, at Lisburn, he did feloniously kill and slay one Michael Mullan.

The jury found the prisoner not guilty.

His LORDSHIP directed him to be discharged, expressing the hope that the present case would be a lesson to him for the future.



The Right Hon. Mr. Justice Lawson took his seat in the Crown Court, and resumed the hearing of criminal cases.


Patrick M'Aleese was indicted for stabbing a man named Michael M'Erlean on the high seas on the 16th July. Two other indictments charged him with assault.

The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and a common jury was empanelled to try the case.

The jury found a verdict of guilty of a common assault.

The prisoner was sentenced to six calendar months with hard labour.


James Wilson and Andrew M'Alister pleaded not guilty to an indictment for riot, unlawful assembly, and for assaulting John and Robert Dornan, on the 24th April, on the Commons of Carrickfergus.

Evidence having been given, the jury retired, and returned with a verdict of guilty of unlawful assembling. His Lordship said he would not pass any sentence but would take a rule of bail, and they were ordered to stand aside.


William Haigh was indicted "that he, on the 4th February, 1875, at Belfast, did, by means of false pretences, obtain from one Bernard M'Kinley the sums of 3s and 5s, trading under the name of Graham, Haigh, & Co." Several other counts, charged him with obtaining money from various other parties. The prisoner pleaded not guilty on all the counts, and made a short statement that his partner, Graham, without his knowledge, had come over, and was conducting his business as usual but within the past few days had packed all up and went off.

Mr. M'MAHON, Q.C., in opening the case for the Crown, stated that the prisoner, under the name of Graham, Haigh. & Co., had opened a money-lending establishment. Counsel then read the prisoner's advertisement, which stated that money would be advanced in any sum from 20 upwards in strict confidence, and that bills of sale were discounted to the extent of 10,000. Counsel proceeded to explain the course the prisoner took to obtain a fee from those whom he could induce to give it on the pretence of obtaining a loan, which he never granted, and the whole affair was merely a sham. It would be shown that he was carrying on a trade, not of lending money, but merely of obtaining fees, and of fleecing the persons who came to him. In each case some reason was given for the loan not being granted, and one of these was that "they in London" were not satisfied of the security, although it was only one day from when the application was made, and there was no time for a return of poet.

Mrs. Alicia Harte, confectioner, 18. John Street, deposed that, being attracted. by an advertisement, she went to the prisoner's office in Divis Street, and asked him for a loan of 30. He told her to fill up a form, and state the amount she required, which she did, and he charged 3d and subsequently 5s. He then made inquiries about bailsmen, and refused one who was worth 100, He charged 5s more for a second bailsman. Witness never got the loan. The witness was cross-examined by the prisoner as to the security; also of the conditions on the form, one of which was that the 5s was for expenses incurred in getting security.

Other witnesses having been examined,

The jury, after half an hour's deliberation, returned a verdict of guilty.

His LORDSHIP sentenced the prisoner five years' penal servitude with hard labour.


A respectably-dressed man named John Higgins was indicted under the Debtors (Ireland) Act, 22 and 23 Vic., cap. 37, for removing a certain portion of goods, his property, after he had been adjudicated a bankrupt.

Dr. ELRINGTON said that the prisoner was adjudicated bankrupt on the 10th February and the prosecution was founded on an Act of Parliament, which prohibited a party from removing any of his goods after he was declared a bankrupt, and it was of public importance, and not brought for any private purpose. The prisoner was a grocer in Ballymena, and about the beginning of this year his creditors suspected his financial position. One of these, a Mr. Kyle of this town, went to Ballymena, and observed that the prisoner was selling out his goods at prices considerably under their value. Another party, named Mr. Davidson, who had dealings with Higgins, went down to Ballymena, and asked jim for his account, which he said he could not pay, and added that he had been sold out by his brother on a bill of sale for 400. A petition was filed on the 19th Feb., 1875. Mr. Higgins was then adjudicated a bankrupt, and was arrested and lodged in Antrim Jail on the 20th February. A Mr. Joyce, in January last, sent Mr. Higgins a quantity of tea in chests. About a week before the auction took place these chests disappeared. In addition to these teas, there was a quantity of other goods discovered in Belfast, valued at 40, and all new.

Evidence was then given at great length, and the case was adjourned to yesterday, when

Mr. FALKINER, Q. C., then addressed the jury for the defendant. He said the case was one of very considerable importance, being an unusual one, and brought under an Act of Parliament recently passed. Counsel then went on to speak of the prisoner's imprisonment, and of his inability to get bail, owing to the position he was placed in, and referred to the course taken by Mr. Jas. Davidson in setting the law in motion against the prisoner. With regard to the bill of sale it secured to Mr. Charles Higgins a sum lent by him to his brother, the prisoner, of 495, which was not at all an unreasonable proceeding, considering that they were brothers. There was no evidence that the prisoner was in any difficulties in November or December, nor until a Mr. Pim, a creditor, made a claim for the amount of his account. Mr. Charles Higgins then came over, but the prisoner did not want to let his brother take all, but wanted to make a fair division of his effects among his creditors, and with this view made arrangement to secure some of the property by sending it away. With regard to his reported leaving the country, he showed the unlikelihood of this step by the fact that in order to retain the good will and licence of his house, he kept a small quantity of drink on the premises. He contended that Davidson had contorted the nature of a remark made by the prisoner, when Davidson pretended sympathy with him. He said he was so much worried that he thought of going by one of the steamers, and thus deluded the Bankruptcy Court into issuing a warrant for the prisoner's arrest. Counsel concluded a lengthened address by asking the jury to judge the prisoner by his lips, reminding them of the incarceration he had already suffered, and triumphantly acquit him.

Dr. KAYE then closed the case for the prosecution, after which

His LORDSHIP charged the jury, which then retired, and had not agreed to a verdict at seven o'clock, when they were discharged. We understand nine jurors were for committal, and three for acquittal.


Mr. JUSTICE MORRIS sat in the Record Court, and disposed of several cases, none of which possessed any real public interest.

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THE Irish Eight, after a close contest, have won the Elcho Shield at the Wimbledon Rifle Meeting, the following being the score:--

Ireland, ... ... ... 1,506

Scotland, ... ... ... 1,503

England, ... ... ... 1,502

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CAPTAIN PEARSE, 18th Devon, has won the Queen's prize, scoring 73. The second place was taken by Private Chambers, 5th Forfar, with a score of 64; PrIvate Smellie, 1st Edinburgh, being third, with 64 also. After having been carried round the camp, Captain Pearse descended from the shoulders of his friends at the door of his own tent, and addressed if few words to the crowd. He said that he attributed his success to faith in the Bible, which had caused him recently to act from higher motives than it had been his wont previously. He was glad he had won the prize because of the opportunity it had given his or saying this. (Loud cheers.)

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IT is stated that the Government intends to concentrate in Dublin early next month all the troops from the Curragh Camp in anticipation of disturbances at the celebration of the O'Connell Centenary. The promoters expect, with the aid of contingents of Irishmen from Scotland, England, America, and the Continent, that fully one million of men will take part in the procession through the city. Great preparations are being made in every direction. Green emblems for the occasion are being displayed.

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CAPTAIN JAMES LITTLE, a well-known ship-master of New York, has just contracted a second marriage. He was married by his son, a minister of Pennsylvania. A large assemblage of sea captains and friends of the parties to the marriage were present, and some-what of a sensation was created when the young minister pronounced the words uniting his aged father in marriage to a second wife.

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THE Dublin correspondent of the Press Association telegraphs that the potato blight has made its appearance in the vicinity of Carrick-on-Suir. The crop runs the risk of total failure owing to the severity of the present month.


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The Witness - Friday, 30 July, 1875


BROWN--July 25, at Redrock Manse, Armagh, the wife of the Rev. W. J. Brown, of a son.

CUMMING--July 27, at 26, Hopeton Street, Belfast, the wife of Joseph Cumming, of a daughter.

PARKER--July 28, at the Methodist College, Belfast, the wife of Henry R. Parker, LL.D., of a daughter.

ROBINSON -- July 27, at Ballycloughan, near Saintfield, the wife of Mr. Robert Robinson, of a daughter.

STREET--July 28, at Rowellan House, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. J. C. Street, of a daughter.


BURNS--ADAM -- July 22, at Edenhall, Ayr, by the Rev. George Copeland, M.A., James Burns, to Mary, fifth daughter of Mr. Matthew Adam.

DAVIDSON--REA -- July 27, at First Boardmills, by the Rev. G. H. Shanks, assisted by the Rev. L. Hutchinson, James Davidson, Belfast, to Prudence, third daughter of the late Mr. John Rea, Lisban, Co. Down.

MILLER--TIBBELS -- July 3, at St. Paul's Church, Erie, Pa., by Rev. William H. Mills, the Rev. W. J. Miller, Rector of Grace Church, Ridgeway, Pa., youngest son of the late Hugh Miller, Esq., formerly of Castlewellan, Co. Down, to Julia C., youngest daughter of L. N. Tibbels, Esq., of Erie, U.S., America.

MAGOWAN--M'GREGOR -- July 29, at the First Presbyterian Church, Larne, by Rev. J. B. Meek, Mr. Hugh Magowan, H.M. Inland Revenue, to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. Peter M'Gregor, Larne.

ROBINSON--HUTCHINSON --July 23, in the First Presbyterian Church, Ballywalter, by the Rev. J. Macauley, Mr. S. T. Robinson, Stonebridge, Clones. to Miss Elizabeth Ann Hutchinson, Millisle, Donaghadee.


ANNESLEY--July 20, of apoplexy, at Hawkhurst, Surrey, the Hon. W. O. B. Annesley, youngest son of the third Earl Annesley, aged 36 years.

ANDERSON--July 26, at the residence of her brother, Dr. Anderson, Newtownards, Martha Jane, daughter of John Anderson, Esq., Killilea, Co. Armagh.

AICKEN--July 29, at 30, Regent Street, Mr. Peter Aicken.

COLLIER--July 22, at No. 3, Osborne Terrace, Balmoral, Edith, the eldest and beloved daughter of Edith and Anna Collier, aged 13 years.

CHERRY--July 27, at Lakeview, Loughgall, Frances, wife of Richard Cherry.

CLARKE--July 23, at Islet Hill, Groomsport, Lizzie, youngest daughter of the late William Clarke.

FITZGERALD--July 25, at 6c, Donegall Pass, Belfast, James Gerald Crofton, the infant child of Rev. james Gerald Fitzgerald.

HUTCHINSON--July 18, at Ballymacruse, Millisle, Jane, wife of John Crawford Hutchinson, of New Zealand, late of Ballygroft, Crawfordsburn, Co. Down, aged 48 years.

JOHNSTON--July 22, at his mother's residence, 22, Frederick Terrace, The Plains, Belfast, Thomas, fifth son of the late Richard Johnston, in his 21st year.

READE--June 26, at Inniskeen Rectory, Co. Monaghan, Frances Anne, wife of Rev. George H. Reade.

SWEENY--July 28, at Lagan Village, Ballymacarrett, Belfast, John, youngest son of Mr. Thomas Sweeney, aged 2 years and 4 months.



THE following cases were heard at these Assizes, the business of which concluded on Tuesday:--



Daniel Rankin v. James Rankin.

In this case the plaintiff, and defendant were brothers, the former the elder, and the latter the younger. On their father's death they inherited the possession of a farm in Tubberdornan of 36 acres. James Rankin emigrated in 1852, having got a portion of his deceased father's assets, and returned in 1857, when he contributed 22 to a sum of 200, with which a farm at Ballyholme of 56 acres was to be purchased. Daniel married, and a family arrangement was made between them, by which James paid Daniel 200, and got possession of Ballyholme, and Daniel held Tubberdornan. That arrangement, it was alleged, was only temporary, and it was now sought to obtain possession of Ballyholme.

Mr. Falkiner, Q.C., and Mr. Monroe (instructed by Messrs. Crookshank & Leech) appeared for the plaintiff; and Messrs. Andrews Q.C., and M'Donnell, B.L., represented the defendant.

Evidence having been given, the jury found a verdict for the defendant.


Brannigan v. the Town Council of Belfast.

The plaintiff in this case was the owner of a, situated at the corner of the Old Lodge Road and Peter's Hill, held under a lease for ever, subject to the rent of 18 per annum. The Town Council, by an act of Parliament recently passed, were empowered to purchase this property for public purposes, and a Government arbitrator valued it, allotting Mr. Brannigan the sum of 387. This sum the plaintiff held was insufficient, considering the locality and suitability of the premises for a public house, and he claimed 1,000 as full value.

Mr. Andrews, Q.C., and Dr. Boyd, B.L. (instructed by Mr. Macaulay), appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. May, Q.C. (instructed by Mr. Black), for the defendants.

The jury found for plaintiff damages 480.



Whiteside v. Beatty & Glass.

This was an action to recover the sum of 709 11s 2d for goods sold and delivered. The plaintiff, James Whiteside, was a linen merchant in Ballymoney; and the defendants, William Beatty and James Glass, resided in Belfast, and the goods consisted of linen and other fabrics sold to the defendants.

Mr. Falkiner, Q.C.; Mr. Monroe, and Mr. Weir, instructed by Mr. R. Kelly, appeared for the plaintiffs; and Mr. Porter, Q.C.; Mr. Andrews, Q.C.; Dr. Boyd, and Mr. Craig, instructed by Mr. Dinnen, appeared for the defendants.

As the case was about to open it was stated that if a little time was allowed a settlement might be arrived at between the parties, and a short adjournment was then granted.


Richard Martin v. Captain Lloyd, R.M.

In this case the action was brought by a medical student named Richard Martin against Captain Lloyd, to recover damages for arrest and imprisonment.

Mr. Porter, Q.C.; Dr. Boyd, and Mr. Weir (instructed by Mr. John Dinnen) appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Falkiner, Q.C.; and Mr. Monroe (instructed by Messrs. Roche & Sons) defended.

The plaintiff, Mr. Martin, swore that in July last, when under the influence of drink, he drove along with a man named Steele into Lord Roden's demesne from Newcastle. On arriving there witness took eight pheasants, some of which he gave away to a hotelkeeper named Trousdale, and two others he gave for a bottle of porter. On the 13th he was arrested in Ann Street, conveyed to Mr. Lloyd's house, remanded, and subsequently brought up before Captain Lloyd and Mr. Murland. He had a solicitor engaged--Mr. Crawley--who was not present, and witness asked for an adjournment., which was not granted. He pleaded not guilty, but said it was his intention to repay any expense, and that Steele's information on which he was arrested was untrue. He was then committed to six months' imprisonment with hard labour.

Other evidence was given.

Mr. Lloyd was examined, and swore that the warrant for arrest was issued on Steele's information. He was further examined at some length as to the brother magistrate whom he should have summoned in order to constitute a petty sessions court, and also on his using the words "receiving stolen goods" instead of "having possession" of them.

Counsel on both sides having addressed the jury, his lordshIp summed up, and the jury retired, returning into court in about half-an-hour afterwards with a verdict for the defendant.


Adam Kirkpatrick v. Henry Gowan.

Mr. Andrews, Q.C.; Mr. Porter, Q.C.; and Dr. Seeds (instructed by Messrs. H. & W. Seeds) appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. Falkiner, Q C.; Mr. Kisbey, and Mr. Monroe (instructed by Messrs. M'Lean, Boyle, & M'Lean) appeared for the defendant.

The action was one to recover damages laid at 150 for the alleged breach of a contract stated to have been entered into between the parties on the 6th of January, 1875, by which the defendant who was to supply the plaintiff with a stack of Cumberland and small Welsh coal mixed, and for the sum of 167 was paid. The plaintiff asserted that he proceeded to remove about twenty or thirty tons of it, with which he was perfectly satisfied. He discovered that the remainder of the coal stack consisted of slack and dross. The plaintiff then communicated with the defendant, and an investigation of the coal was made, but the parties not having come to an agreement, the remainder of the coal was sold by auction for 63, or at 10s a ton. The defendant averred that no contract was made, and that the coal supplied was Cumberland and small Welsh.

The Court adjourned till Monday morning, when further evidence having been given.

Mr. Monroe addressed the jury on behalf of the defendant, and Dr. seeds followed for the plaintiff; after which his lordship summed up, and the jury retired.

The jury after some deliberation disagreed.

His LORDSHIP then directed them to find a verdict for the defendant.


Blue v. Fullerton and others.

This was an action brought by the plaintiffs' Rachel and Jane Blue, who reside in Ballintoy, in a holding of which one of the defendants, Mr. Fullerton, was the landlord, and for which a rent of 2 12s 6d was paid. Mrs. Rachael Blue's husband died in 1872, leaving her in possession of the premises. In October, 1874, the defendants, as alleged, broke open and entered the dwelling-house, took and carried away the plaintiffs' furniture and disposed thereof. The damages were laid at 200. For the defence there was a traverse of the acts alleged and that the plaintiffs' tenancy in the holding had expired.

Mr. M'Mahon, Q C., and Mr. Killen (instructed by Mr. Thomas Brown) appeared for the plaintiffs; and Mr. Porter, Q.C., Dr. Boyd, and Mr. Orr (instructed by Messrs. Orr), appeared for the defendants.

The evidence of several witnesses was taken,

The jury found that Mrs. Blue was a tenant from month to month, but in the event of the proceedings being found to be illegal, they would give her 30 damages.


Baxter v. Finlay.

This was an action brought by the plaintiff, David Baxter and others, owners of the ship Helen Marshal, against the defendant, Mr. John Finlay, a merchant in Belfast, to recover the sum of 957 18s 1d for freight, for conveying a cargo of flaxseed from Pernau to Belfast, and also for demurrage and general average. For the defence it was alleged that 191 was paid for the freight, 36 for demurrage, and that the defendant is not liable for the general average.

Mr. Falkiner, Q.C., and Dr. Boyd (instructed by Messrs. M'Lean, Boyle, & M'Lean) appeared for the plaintiff; and Dr. Elrington, Q.C., Mr. Andrews, Q.C., and Mr. Monroe (instructed by Messrs. O'Rorke & Sons) appeared for the defendant.

The jury then retired, and, after due deliberation, returned with a verdict for the plaintiff for 550 .

Execution was stayed till law points, which were reserved in the case, be decided by the Court above.

Bishop Dorrian v. the Town Council of Belfast.

In this action brought by the Rev. Dr. Dorrian, Roman Catholic Bishop of this diocese, it was sought to establish a right of way on premises held by him on the Falls Road. There were two counts in the summons and plaint, one in respect of the injury to the right of way, and the other alleging injury to a reversionary right of way. Damages were laid at 200.

Several defences were filed--that the plaintiff was not in possession of said premises, that he was not entitled to the right of way, and a traverse of the count for obstruction contained in the Summons; also that the reversion of the premises did not belong to the plaintiff.

Mr. May, Q.C., and Mr. Ross, B.L. (instructed by Mr.MacKeowin, solicitor), appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. Falkiner, Q.C.; Mr. Andrews, Q.C.; and Mr. Bruce (instructed by Mr. Black) appeared for the defendants.

The jury returned a verdict for the defendants.

This concluded the business of the Assizes.

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[Before Judge WARREN.]

In re the goods of John Fetherstone, deceased
MR. SWIFT, on behalf of the Attorney-General, applied to have letters of administration of the personal estate of the late John Fetherstone, publican, of Belfast, granted to Mr. William Lane Joynt, Crown and Treasury Solicitor. Deceased, who was illegitimate, died intestate and without issue, in May, 1873. On the 23th July following, his wife, Margaret, obtained letters of grant of administration in the District Registry Office, the goods being sworn under the value of 6,000. Margaret Fetherstone died in May, 1874, having administered to all his estate except a sum of 2,000 lent on bond by John Fetherstone to the Northern Counties Railway Company. Judge Warren made the order sought, conceiving that the Crown were entitled to a moiety of the assets.

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CARDINAL CULLEN has just issued letters of summons convoking a national synod of the Irish Roman Catholic Church, under the immediate authority of the Pope. It will be held at Maynooth on Tuesday, the 17th of August. This synod is defined as one not of bishops voluntarily meeting, or as a national branch of the Church, but as one of authoritative origin and coercive and disciplinary efficiency. Cardinal Cullen has been formally invested by the Pope with special powers as apostolic delegate to call this particular synod, and in the letters of summons which are addressed to the archbishops and bishops of Ireland the Cardinal delegate expressly states that the synod will afford an occasion to the prelates of prosecuting work begun at Thurles twenty-five years ago, and especially of taking steps for the promotion of Catholic education. His Eminence reminds the bishops that they must come accompanied by their theologians, and prepared to bring under consideration everything relating to their respective dioceses. A formal promulgation of the synod is expected in a day or two. This synod is considered an event of the greatest consequence in the Irish Roman Catholic Church. The heads of' the religious orders, such as Franciscans and Jesuits, are also entitled by usage to be present. It is probable that the foreign interest in the Roman Catholic Church and its perplexities will also be discussed on the occasion. It was proposed last year to hold this synod, but it was postponed, as it was then stated, from some difficulties having arisen.

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A SEVERE storm passed over Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and other States and counties, on the 5th and 6th inst. It is described as being the most severe experienced for years, and the damage done was very extensive. Houses and other buildings were unroofed, and in some cases burned down, trees were torn up by the roots, and a large number of cattle and horses destroyed. At Nyack, New York, two men were instantly killed by lightning. In Shewsbury, Massachusetts, Thomas Kelly, aged 19 years, was killed while at work in a field. In Holden, Mrs. Collier was killed and her two daughters were rendered insensible. The heavy rains so swelled the streams in Southern Ohio that nine bridges were carried away on the Portsmouth branch of the Marietta and Cincinatti Railroad. On the line of the North Missouri road, near Brunswick, miles of the track were underwater, and the road was abandoned, no trains being run for a week. Hundreds of hogs, cattle, and horses were drowned, and the farmers had sustained heavy losses by the ravages of the flood, which far surpassed even that of 1844.

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A train was sent out from Brunswick, laden with boats to rescue the people who were imprisoned in their houses by the water.

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THE railway oommunication between Keith and Elgin, on the Great Northern Railway, has been blocked, the embankment being undermined by floods. The Rivers Spey and Lossie have overflowed, doing great damage to the crops. The rain continues to come down in torrents.

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AT Cork Assizes, last week, an interesting breach of promise case was tried, in which the plaintiff, an interesting young lady named Miss Crowley, obtained a verdict of 1,000 damages. Plaintiff was daughter of a head-constable of police now deceased, who had been in a comfortable position. The defendant was Mr. John Perrott, partner in the firm of Perrott Hive Ironworks. The courtship commenced in 1870, and lasted for three years, during which defendant proposed and was accepted. In 1873 defendant suddenly broke the contract, alleging that he was not in a fit condition of health to get married. For the defence, there was no denial of the promise, but medical evidence was produced as to defendant's incapacity to get married.

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THE case of M'Laren v. Anderson, for breach of promise of marriage, came before Lord Mure and a jury in the Court of Session last week. Damages were laid at 200. Susan M'Laren, pursuer, deposed--I was born in 1841. The defender lived in Comrie for many years near me. Previous to 1869 he was in the habit of delivering goods to one of my brothers. I went to the door to speak to him occasionally. We then began to make trysts. My sleeping apartment in 1869 was the west kitchen. When we made trysts we were to meet in that kitchen on Tuesdays and Fridays after it was dark. Those meetings continued till about March, 1871. I let him in by the back-door. He usually remained with me an hour or two. What was he doing on these occasions? Just cracking. Was he making love to you? Yes. He often spoke tenderly to me and kissed me. He courted me on these occasions. He frequently professed intentions to marry me. He often told me that he loved no other but me, and that he was courting no other young woman at the time. He said he had no other intentions but to marry me. It was a common thing for us to say that we loved each other very much. He said he would marry me, and asked me to go to America with him. On those occasions we sat with our arms around each other's necks, and occasionally his arms were round my waist. One night, when the defender was in our house with several others, some one pitched a conversation sweetie, with the words on it, "Will you marry me?" I threw it to the defender, and he broke it in two, and gave me back one-half, saying, "I'll marry you, Susan; yes, I'll marry you." (Laughter.) He afterwards promised to marry me on many occasions. A number of persons asked me when the marriage was to be, and they bothered me. He often came to the house quite openly, and the meetings with the defender were known to the family. His answer that I have given was a very solemn one, and made a strong impression upon me. What did you do with your half of the sweetie?--Ate it. (Laughter.) Further evidence having been led, the jury, a little after six o'clock, returned a unanimous verdict for the pursuer--damages, 50.

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NEGOTIATIONS are understood to be in progress, and already well advanced, by which it is stated the representation of Carrickfergus will become vacant, Mr. Dalway receiving a Government appointment, and Mr. May, the Law Adviser to Dublin Castle, offering himself to the constituency.

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MADERIA, MONDAY.--On the 5th instant, the Austrian barque Blandirra, of Fiume, from Akyab, called at St. Helena, and landed nine men whom she had picked up in a boat on the 27th April, in lat. 72 N., long. 89.13 E. They were part of the crew of the ship Stuart Hasnemann, from Bombay for Liverpool, which vessel had capsized at midnight, on the 14th of April, in lat. 22.1 N., longitude not observed. Frazer, boatswain, one of the survivors, states that, notwithstanding every effort made to right the ship after she was thrown on her beam ends, she kept gradually falling over, and eventually capsized. The masts were standing after the vessel sunk. One lifeboat was observed bottom upward. The survivors on reaching and righting her found a monkey alive tied to the twarts. They searched the next day for other survivors but found none, until ten at night they fell in with a boy named Thomas Crumby floating alive on two planks. They also found six cocoanuts, and lived thirteen days upon the monkey and the cocoanuts. They also caught two flying fish. The captain of the vessel, Van Norden, his wife, three mates, and thirty-three of the crew perished--in all thirty-eight persons.


AN action raised in the Court of Session by Mrs. Dundas, of Dundas Castle, against the North British Railway Company for compensation for the loss of her husband, who died from injuries received in the Ratho accident, has been compromised, the company agreeing to pay 1,875. The sum claimed was 8,000.

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15 -- Anxious for coming out, and the attention of the other sex.

16 -- Begins to have some idea of the tender passion.

17 -- Talks of love in a cottage, and disinterested affection.

18 -- Fancies herself in love with some handsome man who has flattered her.

19 -- Is a little more difficult in consequence of being noticed.

20 -- Commences being fashionable.

21 -- Still more confidence in her own attractions, and expects a brilliant establishment.

22 -- Refuses a good offer, because he is not a man of fashion.

23 -- Flirts with every young man she meets.

24 -- Wonders she is not married.

25 -- Rather more circumspect in her conduct.

26 -- Begins to think a large fortune not quite so indispensable.

27 -- Prefers the company of rational men to flirting.

28 -- Wishes to be married in a quiet way, with a comfortable income.

29 -- Almost despairs of entering the marriage state.

30 -- Rather fearful of being an "old maid."

31 -- An additional love of dress.

32 -- Professes to dislike balls, finding it difficult to get good partners.

33 -- Wonders how men can leave sensible women to flirt with chits.

34 -- Affects good humour in her conversation with men.

35 -- Jealous of the praise of women.

36 -- Quarrels with her friends who are lately married.

37 -- Thinks herself slighted in society.

38 -- Talks of her acquaintances who are married unfortunately.

39 -- Ill nature increases.

40 -- Very meddling and officious.

41 -- If rich, makes love to a young man with out fortune.

42 -- Not succeeding, rails against mankind.

43 -- Partiality for cads and scandal commences.

44 -- Severe against the manners of the age.

45 -- Strong predilection for a Methodist parson.

46 -- Enraged at his desertion.

47 -- Becomes desponding and takes snuff.

48 -- Turns all her sensibility to cats and dogs.

49 -- Adopts a relation to attend upon her feline and canine nursery.

50 -- Becomes disgusted with the world, and vents all her ill humour on her unfortunate relations.

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PHILADELPHIA, JULY 5. -- Prof. John Wise made his 453rd balloon ascension to-day. John Wise, his grandson, and Miss Lizzie Ihling, the Professor's niece, also made ascensions. Miss lhling was the first to ascend, and when she had reached about 5,000 feet in the air, two miles from the starting-place, the balloon burst, and was torn from the top to the valve. The gas came out in such quantities as to completely overpower Miss Ihling, and she fell into the bottom of the basket insensible. She lay there, and the balloon fell to the ground. The lady was badly injured but not killed. When the balloon was first seen to burst, it spun round with fearful velocity, and the gas-bag fell over the side. The parachute arrangement attached to the balloon is what saved the lady from being dashed to pieces. Young -- John Wise landed this evening, in safety, on the Blue Grass Road, between Holmesburg and Bustleton. -- New York Times.

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PROFESSOR HUXLEY concluded the course of lectures he has been delivering in room of Dr. Wyville Thomson to the Natural History students in Edinburgh University on Friday. He confined his remarks chiefly to the prehensile or climbing powers of apes and other primitive animals. He pointed out that here, as in the teeth, the alimentary canal, the heart, the organs of respiratior, and the nervous system, there was the same substantial resemblance between man and the higher animals of the same order, and the same amount and kind of difference. The difference between the brain of a chimpanzee and that of a man is that between a sketch map and a map fully filled up and in all these cases it is the same kind of difference as we have seen between a horse and the extinct animal from which it is held to, have originated. "The question of the origin of man," he continued, "is therefore strictly parallel with that of the origin of a horse. The amount of change in both cases being about the same, it is reasonable to suppose -- it is at least a fair hypothesis -- that if the horse has taken its origin from the cognate animal, so may man. This is rather a burning question, but it is well known that these are my own views, and I did not think it fair to you to keep them quite out of view. I hope it may fall to some among you to place this theory by your further studies on a surer foundation. But if these studies should lead you to the discovery that the views now suggested are unfounded, remember the first thing you have to do is to throw them to the winds."

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Mr. John M'Iver, recently of the Cunard firm, died suddenly on Sunday evening at Liverpool, aged thirty-three.

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Wednesday afternoon, shortly after three, the boiler at the Pearson and Knowles Company's Arley Pit, near Wigan, exploded, frightfully scalding four men who were working close by, three of whom died during the evening. Their names are Thos. Meadow's, engineman; Wm.. Bell, fireman; and a lad named Draper. Bell leaves a widow and eleven children, and Meadows is also married; but the sufferers and the relatives of Bell will receive the usual allowance from the Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society, as the whole of the colliers employed by this firm are connected with that society. The explosion has disturbed the brickwork of the adjoining boiler, broken the feeding pipes, and done other minor damage. This will compel the stoppage of work below, and throw some seventy or eighty men idle. The damage, however, it is hoped, will be repaired within a few days.

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Liverpool, Thursday.

LAST evening, an open-air meeting, attended by about 5,000 persons, was held in front of St. George's Hall, when resolutions were unanimously adopted condemnatory of the Government's conduct in reference to Mr. Plimsoll's Bill, and sympathising with that gentleman in his untiring efforts to obtain amended legislation for the greater protection of life at sea. A meeting was also held at Birkenhead, attended by some thousands of people, and similar resolutions were passed. Previous to the meeting the effigy of a drowned seaman, wrapped in the Union Jack, was carried on men's shoulders through the streets accompanied by a band of music playing the "Dead March." Similar meetings were held in Leeds, Sheffield, and other towns.

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Miss Agnes Livingstone, eldest daughter of the distinguished African explorer, was married on Tuesday to Mr. Alexander Bruce (of the firm of Younger & Co.), at Hamilton. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Moffatt, the well known African missionary, and grandfather of the bride.

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FROM the report of the yearly meeting of the Society of Friends in Ireland we learn that the number of members attached to their body in Ulster is 893; in Leinster, 1,309; and in Munster, 704. During the year there were but seven marriages "according to rules" celebrated between members of the body. There were also seven marriages "contrary to our rules." One Friend last year joined the army and another continues to hold the office of Deputy Lieutenant. With these exceptions Friends are faithful in bearing Christian testimony against all war.

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JOHN PERKINS, engine-driver on the London and North-Western Railway, was charged at Bedford Assizes with the manslaughter of the Rev. Wm. Sprott, Presbyterian minister, of Glasgow, through a collision alleged to have been caused by the prisoner disregarding signals. Mr. Merewether, M.P., appeared for the defence, and called evidence as to a character of twenty years' standing. The jury found a verdict of guilty, adding a recommendation to mercy. Baron Bramwell passed a sentence of one day's imprisonment, and of 20 fine. The fine was paid.


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