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!! Ballina Chronicle; Sep 19, 1849 "Banner of Ulster Items"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, Sept 19, 1849 A FEMALE ASSASSIN- A girl named Margaret M Connell was brought before the bench on Saturday,
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 29, 2003
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, Sept 19, 1849

      A FEMALE ASSASSIN- A girl named Margaret M'Connell was brought before the
      bench on Saturday, charged with having inflicted 19 wounds on the head of
      another young female named Mary Hamilton, with a table fork. The prisoner's ire
      had been excited by the prosecutrix accusing her of stealing and pawning some
      articles of dress.- The latter was so weak from the loss of blood that she could
      scarcely stand. Her assailant was committed for two months.--Banner of Ulster.

      A WIFE IN DISPUTE- On Friday last, at the Police-court, David Evans, a
      well-known civil bill officer, but who formerly served the crown in a military
      capacity, and has been rewarded for his valour with a shilling per diem, charged
      another old campaigner, named Sprouss, who has been but lately discharged, with
      having broken open his door, assaulted him, and put him in bodily terror.- Evans
      candidly admitted that the cause of his annoyance was his wife, to whom Sprouss
      preferred a prior claim. The defendant stated that he had been married to the
      woman nineteen years ago; he had, however, deserted her, and never sent her
      either money or letters. The complainant was "lawfully" married to her twelve
      years since, at which time represented and believed herself to be a widow; and
      they had a family of four children. The defendant, he said, had frequently
      assaulted him, and was in the habit of threatening to tear his entreals out and
      to burn them in the fire. He (complainant) had given his wife full permission to
      make her election between herself and Sprouss, and she had decided in his
      (Evan's) favour. The lady in dispute was in court, and the police took good care
      that the spectators should have a full view of her, which seemed to convince
      most of them that she was scarcely so fair a cause of war as Helen. The
      defendant, who remained mute, was fined 10s. and costs.--Banner of Ulster.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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