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!! Ballina Chronicle; May 29, 1850

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, May 29, 1850 EMIGRATION The annual report of the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners will surprise
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 27, 2006
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, May 29, 1850

      The annual report of the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners
      will surprise those who have paid little attention to the growing spirit of
      emigration which has marked the few last years. The total emigration of the
      last year from the United Kingdom amounted to 299,498 persons. This number
      is far in excess of the emigration of any pervious year. But if we confine
      our view to the Irish emigration, the proportion is still more remarkable.-
      The number of emigrants from Ireland during the last three years has been
      601,448, giving an average 200,482 a year. And in this estimate the Irish
      emigrants shipped from the Clyde, no inconsiderable number, are not
      included. The whole amount expended on emigration in 1849, exclusive of
      cabin passengers, was £1,748,500, and of this sum only £228,300 was paid out
      of public funds. The large emigration cannot be said to be the result of
      bounties upon emigrating. In England and Scotland the emigration is not in
      excess. The proportion of males to females among the emigrants appears to be
      nearly equal as could be wished or expected. Among 284,770 steerage
      passengers who emigrated in 1849, there were 156,108 males and 128,602
      females. Of the 299,498 who emigrated in 1849, no less than 219,450
      proceeded to the United States, leaving only 80,048 emigrants to the whole
      of the British colonies. The change of destination has been most remarkable
      in the last two years in which, of 480,116 persons who emigrated to North
      America, there went 72,432 to the British colonies, and to the United States

      - Codd and Brennan is the Dublin corn firm which has failed for 25,000l.
      - Mr. Reid, rope-maker, Thomas-street, has got 700l. damages from four
      days' trial against the Patriotic Insurance Company, for the fire of his
      premises. Mr. Flynn, the actuary, is the most prosperous of the company, and
      received 250 guineas from the Drogheda railway for writing nine letters.
      - John W. Leyden, Esq., formerly of Kilrush, is appointed Magistrate and
      Puisne Judge at Jamaica.
      - The Rev. Samuel M'Cutcheon of Longford is chosen Moderator of the Dublin
      Presbyterian Synod.
      - Mortality and emigration have so reduced the number of Priests in the
      diocese of Limerick that the Right Rev. Dr. Ryan has not a clergyman to fill
      the vacant curacy at Bruff.
      - The eldest son of Francis Stephen Dillon, who enlisted as a private and
      went with his regiment to North America, is said to be the next heir to the
      Earldom of Roscommon.
      - The present great depression in the Irish butter trade is caused by the
      very7 low samples of good bread to be had in the market. Of 1,390 firkins
      brought up at Cork weighhouse on Thursday, only seventeen were found worthy
      of first quality mark!
      - Joseph W. Lindsay, Esq., Janesville, is appointed a magistrate of the
      county Cork.
      - A fracas which unfortunately ended in the loss of one life, took place
      Tuesday evening at Grannagh, Knock, county Kilkenny, between two cousins
      named Walsh, about that fertile contention- land.
      - On Wednesday 240 paupers, left the Baltinglass workhouse, Wicklow, en
      route for America. Among them was a man who for the greater part of his life
      enjoyed an income of £300 a year.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
    • Cathy Joynt Labath
      BALLINA CHRONICLE Wednesday, May 29, 1850 DARING ATTEMPT AT ASSASSINATION - On Tuesday last, as Joseph Barry, nephew to the late Rev. Mr. Downes, was building
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 21, 2006
        Wednesday, May 29, 1850

        DARING ATTEMPT AT ASSASSINATION - On Tuesday last, as Joseph Barry,
        nephew to the late Rev. Mr. Downes, was building a fence of his at Newtown,
        a fellow walked unobserved into the field, coolly presented a pistol and
        deliberately fired at him. The shot providentially missed Barry, who became
        so alarmed from the report that he fell on his face and hands on a stone
        wall by which he was cut and slightly injured. The ruffian made off,
        believing, from having seen his intended victim fall, that he had
        accomplished his murderous object.-- Nenagh Guardian.

        An awful occurrence took place in this town about half-past four
        o'clock this (Saturday) morning, terminating in the deaths of seven human
        beings who were speedily hurried into the presence of their Maker, without
        note or preparation. A fire broke out in the shop of Mr. James Kelvin,
        Main-street, early in the morning, but was not discovered until about four
        o'clock a.m. when Mr. Kelvin was disturbed by the smell of smoke and
        burning wood, and upon awakening his wife, they both proceeded toward the
        shop to ascertain the cause, and upon opening the door communicating between
        the house and shop an immense volume of flame and smoke issued out, showing
        that the shop was on fire. Mrs. Kelvin hurried up to the top room where her
        children slept for the purpose of devising means for their preservation, but
        the shop, which was their only egress, being on fire, prevented any thought
        being turned in that direction, whilst the banisters and stairs being now on
        fire cut off all chance of flight in that quarter. Mr. Kelvin then entered
        into the front room, over the shop, and raising the window called for help,
        but the flames advancing behind him hemmed him in and prevented any return
        into the body of the house, upon which he escaped through the window and was
        caught by the people, who broke the fall. The unhappy mother was discovered
        surrounded by her shrieking children in the upper window; the lower part of
        which was secured by three stout iron bars which prevented their escape as
        well and rendered it impossible that help could be given them; ladders were
        placed to the several windows and one courageous fellow, whose name is
        Slattery, dashed up the ladder through the flames, to the top window, where
        the poor victims were, but, in consequence the bars, could afford no help
        and the flames threatening to burn the ladder, he had to return. Others
        attempted the same task but failed , in consequence the flames which were
        playing around and through the rungs of the ladder; after the lapse of a few
        minutes the family were seen to retire from the window and from that time
        all is conjecture; it is thought that the blaze which extended from the shop
        front to the top window drove them from the place of refuge and the thick
        smoke inside soon suffocated them. An opening was forced through the
        partition which divided the house of Mr. Skehan and upon entering the room
        seven dead bodies were discovered in the room in different positions and
        aspects; some were clothed and found stretched on the floor where they had
        fallen when overtaken by death, others were only half clad, whist the poor
        children had merely their night dresses on them. Amongst the victims were
        Mrs. Kelvin and her three children, Maryanne M'Gawly, the young woman who
        attended the shop, and two servants; there were scarce any marks of burn on
        them -none certainly sufficient to cause death; and we see no reason to
        doubt that they were suffocated by smoke and met their deaths in
        consequence.--Clonmel Chronicle.

        Cathy Joynt Labath
        Ireland Old News
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