Ballina Chronicle; 21 Aug 1850; Extraordinary Affair
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, August 21, 1850
On Saturday night, the wine and spirit store in Hill-street, belonging
to Mr. Joseph Purdy, was entered by some persons, doubtless with the
intention of stealing. A mill-race runs past one side of the premises; and
the fellows, crossing the race [ink blot] an entrance at the rere. By
raising up the [ink blot] door step-stone, and creeping underneath the door.
The watchman on the beat, perceiving light in the store, gave the alarm, and
very soon after the house was surrounded by a large crowd. Then commenced a
scene the like of which was never, perhaps, in this or any other town. The
lads inside, seeing escape hopeless, and having partaken freely of the good
things at their command, defended themselves by throwing bottles out of the
windows, so that no one dare approach near the doors or windows of the
house. They kept up a perfect shower of these dangerous missiles, inflicting
sundry wounds and bruises on several of the police and crowd. At last the
police effected an entrance into the lower part of the store, when they
found that the boys had drawn up a ladder leading to the second story and
let down a trap door, thus cutting off access to them from below. Another
ladder was procured and after great exertions, the trap door was raised, but
immediately there came such a shower of bottles down on the heads of those
beneath, that they were glad to get out of the way. The rascals, thinking to
escape by the roof, broke through it both in front and rere, and flung the
slates at the police and crowd. The people, however, beat them back with
stones. Finally, after several hours had been spent in fruitless efforts to
make them prisoners, the police broke through the wall of the adjoining
house, on the same level with the desperadoes, and arrested them. It was
thought there were three or four prisoners, and if there were any more, they
must have escaped during the battle. Next morning, when day dawned, the
house looked a perfect wreck, and the streets were covered to a considerable
distance with broken bottles.
The two prisoners were brought up this morning. Their names are James
Flinn, a sweep, aged about 24; and Arthur Murphy, a boy about 17 or 18 years
old. Flinn had a rag about his shoulders, and all Murphy had on was a pair
of terry canvass trousers and an old torn shirt.
Informations to Quarter Sessions.-- Newry Telegraph.
-- The emigration to New York in the last week of July, amounted to the
enormous number of 12,591.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News