Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, March 13, 1850
On Monday morning last at Easky, Francis Hale, a young man about
twenty-five years of age, committed a most determined act of self-destruction by
inflicting three fearful gashes in his throat with a razor. It appears that
since his return from America about three weeks ago, he has not bee on good
terms with his father, Edward Hale, a man in very independent circumstances, and
who very seldom allowed him into his house. On Sunday evening young Hale
effected an entrance into one of the upper rooms in his father's house, where
there were some bags of meal, which he placed against the door, and intimated to
those who endeavoured to get in that he would put an end to himself if they
forced the door. Fearing he would execute his threat they left the place; but on
coming to the door the next morning they heard the noise as if of blood issuing
from a wound and falling on the floor. They then forced the door open and found
the unfortunate young man standing near it, with his hands resting on his knees,
the blood pouring from his throat, and a razor thrown on the floor some yards
from him. The exertions which were instantly made failed to save his life; the
dreadful act was too effectually accomplished.
The owners of the ship Earl Grey, from Belfast to Sydney, with emigrants,
were fined 500l. for the misconduct of their officers to the female passengers.
At Ennis assizes, Sergeant Stock reversed the decrees of the Assistant
Barrister, and then decided that graziers were not responsible for the loss of
stock sent upon their lands.
The prisoners in Cork county gaol mutinied on Thursday, breaking the tables
and forms, which the police and military were called in to subdue the revolt,
and the leaders were placed in irons.
Patrick Maher, for the violation of Alice Kelly, was sentenced at Waterford
assizes to transportation for life.
SLIGO UNION. - There are only four paupers receiving out-door relief in
At Limerick Market last week 292 load of potatoes, selling at 6d. to 7d.
per stone, and the largest supply of any week this year. - Half the quantity was
bought up for spring sowing.
INCENDIARY FIRES IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND. - On Thursday morning last three
dwelling houses, with their offices, were burned to the ground in the townland
of Four-score acres, Cairncastle, the property of James Agnew, Esq. It appears
that the previous occupiers of these houses had been ejected for non-payment of
rent, two of them being behind three years, and one two years' rent. In one of
the houses three men sleeping in it had a narrow escape from being burned to
death. Mr. Agnew is spoken of as a kind and considerate landlord; and we are
informed that he had not only drained the land of the ejected tenants, but, that
finding they were unable to pay him his rent, had, also allowed them to take
away last year's crops. On Wednesday night a house was fired and burned in
Killead, on the property of General Pakenham. On the morning of that day, Gr.
Cunningham, who had occupied the premises for many years, and had been
struggling for some time past to pay his rent, was ejected from the house.--
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News