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!! Ballina Chronicle; May 1, 1850; Misc Deaths

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, May 1, 1850 EXECUTION OF THE CONVICT MURPHY - At one o clock this day the execution of the unfortunate man,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 21, 2006
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, May 1, 1850

      EXECUTION OF THE CONVICT MURPHY - At one o'clock this day the execution
      of the unfortunate man, William Murphy, convicted at the last assizes of
      murder, took place in front of the county jail. As usual on the occasion of
      such edifying spectacles, immense crowds of people thronged the roads near
      the jail. The Sub-Sheriff, Mr. Johnson, and a number of the police, with a
      body of the hussars and infantry, were in attendance. The unfortunate
      convict, when brought out and pinioned, appeared quite firm, although weak
      from sickness and walked with perfect steadiness. He was attended to the
      drop by the Very Rev. Thomas Barry, the Rev. J. O'Brien, Rev. J. Begley and
      Rev. Thomas Walsh, and the culprit appeared to listen to the prayers with
      the most profound attention. He made a declaration in Irish, which was
      interpreted by the Very Rev. Thomas Barry, amounting to a full confession
      of the murder, and expression of the deepest penitence. The rev. gentleman
      remained by the prisoner until after he had been placed on the drop and the
      cap adjusted. Scarcely a moment then intervened before the drop fell, and
      after a few short struggles the unhappy criminal ceased to live. After the
      usual time had elapsed the body was cut down.--Cork Examiner.

      SUICIDE OF TWO SOLDIERS - A tragedy of a most revolting nature took
      place in the military barracks of this town on Monday evening last, the
      particulars of which are as follows: - A private soldier of the 74th
      Highlanders, stationed here, named William Williams, a native of the county
      of Sligo, while labouring under a bit of temporary insanity, put a period to
      his existence by shooting himself through the head, the ball going in at the
      temple and passed quite through the skull and out the other side. The horror
      of this occurrence had scarce subsided, when on the following morning, about
      a quarter past seven o'clock, whilst the men were on parade, a repetition of
      the same dreadful deed took place, the unfortunate suicide in this instance
      being another private of the same regiment, a Scotchman, named Durcan
      Lovejoy, made a tailor, who also drove a musket ball through his skull,
      entering one side and passing out the other. Two such melancholy occurrences
      taking place in the same regiment, in space of a few hours, is, we believe,
      without parallel; and what makes the matter strange is the fact that the two
      unfortunate men had no acquaintance with each other. We understand that one
      of them was a man particularly characterised for sobriety, good conduct and
      military discipline.--Clonmel Chronicle.

      A BOY CONSUMED IN A LIME KILN - Last week an inquest was held near
      Thomastown, by T. Izod, Esq., coroner, on a few burned bones, all that
      remained of the body of a young lad, twelve years old, named John Ryan, who
      it appeared, came by his death under the following horrible circumstances: -
      Some little boys were roasting potatoes on Mrs. Ryan's lime kiln in Newtown,
      near Thomastown. As it was intended to "let the kiln out" no fresh layers of
      lime stone had been put on, and the lime was about two feet from the top of
      the kiln. The boys were afraid to venture on the kiln to get their potatoes,
      when John Ryan, who was in the habit of throwing a large stone one the
      centre of the kiln, and sitting on it, volunteered to get them for them. He
      threw in a large flag which remained on the centre of the kiln, and then
      jumped on the flag. Immediately the flag and he were swallowed up in the
      burning lime which closed on him-no part, but one hand, as the children
      stated, remaining above the lime. The workmen, alarmed by the children's
      cries, ran up and saw a cloud of dark smoke accompanied by a most
      intolerable stench continuing to issue from the kiln for more than half an
      hour; and when all the lime was drawn from the kiln, about a handful of
      bones, principally ribs and one heel bone, was all that remained of the
      little sufferer. By the heel bone, Dr. Stirling, who examined on the
      inquest, identified the remains to be those of a young person. A verdict of
      "Accidental death" was returned.-- Kilkenny Moderator.

      ADELAIDE - One of the unfortunate victims in the wreck of the above-named
      steamer was a poor man named Canavan, who had been a servant in a
      gentleman's family, near Passage; his loss was rendered still more bitter to
      his unfortunate family from the circumstances which caused him to be in the
      vessel on the night she was lost. An officer who belonged to a regiment
      lately ordered off from this, having seen this poor man's daughter, who was
      a very pretty looking girl, set about his base purposes with regard to her,
      and eventually persuaded her to go off with him. The poor father,
      immediately on hearing she had left where he had placed her in Cork,
      understanding where she went, set off in pursuit of her, and lost his life
      in endeavouring to save her. Thus the conduct of a gentleman has plunged a
      poor family in ruin and disgrace. It is mournful to think on the fate of the
      unhappy girl herself.--Cork Examiner.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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