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!! Ballina Chronicle; July 3, 1850

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Co. Mayo Wednesday, July 3, 1850 PERILS OF DISSECTING IN THE PROVINCE - From 12 o clock yesterday morning until nearly 11 at night,
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 6 6:34 AM
      Ballina, Co. Mayo
      Wednesday, July 3, 1850

      PERILS OF DISSECTING IN THE PROVINCE - From 12 o'clock yesterday
      morning until nearly 11 at night, very considerable excitement existed
      amongst the inhabitants of Cashel, in consequence of the discovery of a dead
      body in a house in Friar-street, in which a body (that of a female) a Mr.
      John Phelan, a Mr. Denis Molony, and _____ Carrigan, were operating. The
      latter young man is a medical student from Carrick, the second named person
      is an apprentice to Surgeon Coffee, of Cashel. The smell emitted from the
      house was most offensive and bitterly complained of by the neighbours. Some
      time before one o'clock Police Sergeant Lyons got into the house by the
      rear, while more of the police and their chief, Joseph Cox, Esq. got by
      means of a ladder through the windows; having arrested the above named
      operators, the police remained in charge of them and the body (one of the
      arms was separated) until the return of the resident magistrate, the Hon.
      Mr. Ffrench, who was absent on duty in Fethard; the prisoners were brought
      before him about 9 o'clock; and after an investigation, they were committed
      to the bridewell until they should enter into bail; during the
      investigation, Mr. John Phelan said he was the person who purchased the body
      for 10s., for the purpose of dissection; that he purchased it from a man
      whom he did not know, and who said it was the body of a friend of his, whose
      relatives had not the means of procuring a coffin; meantime a herd has been
      lodged in bridewell, who, it is said, knows something of the disinterment of
      the body. During the time the accused were escorted from Friar-st. to the
      bridewell, an immense crowd followed, screaming and shouting, and it was
      supposed that the mob would have attacked the house where the accused had
      the corpse, but that the police had so timely arrived. It was intended to
      hold an inquest and for which purpose the coroner was sent for; but after
      his arrival, evidence of taking the body from the coffin was produced. The
      accused are, therefore, to be tried at the present sessions. They are not
      yet bailed.--Clonmel Chronicle.

      DEATH FROM DROWNING - On yesterday a most serious and melancholy
      accident occurred in the Douglas channel under the following distressing
      circumstances:- It appears that in the course of the above day, young Mr.
      Halburd, son of the Rev. Mr. Halburd, went to bathe in the Douglas river,
      accompanied by a young friend. Mr. Halburd, having undressed, leaped in into
      the river, when it unfortunately happened he was carried out of his depth by
      a strong eddy which runs in that particular part of the river. His companion
      seeing him unable to contend against the tide then flowing, plunged in to
      rescue him, but after struggling for some time, with great courage, he
      became exhausted, and was obliged, in self defence, to make the shore, where
      he procured a boat, and put out again in search of his friend, but too late
      to render any assistance, as the body did not again rise. We understand that
      Mr. Halburd was a young gentleman of the most kindly disposition and amiable
      manner; and respected by all who knew him. He had only returned home on the
      day previous from College, to spend the vacation with his family. To the
      young gentleman, who was well nigh becoming a sharer in the unhappy fare of
      his friend, great praise is due for his courageous exertions in attempting
      to rescue his companion from a watery grave; so exhausted was he that after
      failing in his exertions he fell off in a swoon, and lay in a state of
      insensibility in the boat, until he was perceived by some persons walking on
      the railway, when he was restored and conveyed home. The body of Mr. Halburd
      was found on last evening, about half past two o'clock.--Southern Reporter.

      THE IRISH INVASION - At a meeting of the Cardiff council on Friday, the
      Mayor stated that an Irish master mariner had been fined £20 for bringing
      over 68 poor wretches without having any accommodation for them whatever.
      The vessel was nearly filled with oats, and these poor creatures were
      obliged to be huddled about the deck or anywhere -so that if bad weather
      came on, some of them, at least, must have perished. At the suggestion of
      the dockmaster, the coal proprietors had entered into an engagement (as at
      Newport) not to supply coal to any vessel in which Irish paupers had been
      brought over.--Cardiff and Northern Guardian.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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