!! Ballina Chronicle; June 12, 1850
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, June 12, 1850
VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST A FATHER. - On Friday last an inquest
was held by T. Izod, Esq., coroner at Piltown, on the body of a boy, seven
years old, named John Moylan. It appeared that the father of the deceased,
who is an itinerant mendicant, and a native of the county of Limerick,
called at Piltown police barrack on the previous Wednesday to ask for alms.
Mr. Levalle, S.I., observing a bundle on his back, lifted off the covering
to see what was stowed away there and found to his horror that it was a dead
child. It was proved that the fellow carried the child about whilst in
fever, for the purpose of exciting charity, and the jury having evidence
that death resulted from exposure and wilful neglect on the part of the
unnatural parent, found a verdict against him of manslaughter. The prisoner
is committed to our county jail for trial.--Kilkenny Moderator.
MYSTERIOUS DEATH - On Sunday morning a party of the constabulary from
Ballyconnell, being on duty about a mile from that place, and having
occasion to cross the canal on a raft, one of the men, named John Healy,
observed, on looking into the water, what he at first considered to be a
dead dog. On applying the end of his carbine, he ascertained it to be a
human body, perfectly naked, which was then removed to the bank, and left in
charge of the watchman employed under the Commissioners of Public Works. No
doubt is entertained as to the fate of the deceased; he was a young person,
scarcely attained to manhood, and must have been a stranger, as no man
answering the description is missing from the neighborhood, nor have any
been of late accidentally drowned. The most probable conjecture, that he was
a hawker or other travelling dealer, who was murdered for his money.-
Decomposition to a considerable extent prevailing, the coroner, J.
Armstrong, Esq., was under the necessity of ordering a coffin, the body, not
being claimed, and no person residing convenient being willing to interfere
with the interment, unless paid for so doing.--Fermanagh Reporter.
DEATHS FROM DROWNING.- A melancholy occurrence took place at Cappoquin
on Friday last, the 31st inst., by which two lives were unfortunately lost.
The particulars appear to have been these: A private of the 55th regt. named
Dunne, went into the river to bathe, whilst in the water, he lost his depth,
and was drowning. He was seen in this situation by a sergeant of the same
regiment named Lee, who instantly jumped in, and swam to his rescue; but,
melancholy to state, the courageous sergeant failed in effecting his object,
and both men were unfortunately drowned. After an inquest had been held on
the bodies - a verdict of accidental death by drowning having been
returned - the bodies were buried with military honours, and were followed
to the churchyard by a large number of the townspeople, who thus paid a last
tribute to unfortunate but heroic bravery.--Clonmel Chronicle.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News