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Ballina Chronicle; 28 Aug 1850

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Co. Mayo Wednesday, August 28, 1850 RIBBONISM - On Sunday evening last, Acting Constable Whittaker and one of the party under his
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Co. Mayo
      Wednesday, August 28, 1850


      RIBBONISM - On Sunday evening last, Acting Constable Whittaker and one
      of the party under his command, found a number of persons drinking in the
      house of James Monaghan, a publican at Rathcormack chapel, who has been long
      suspected for having a Ribbon Lodge held in his house. On the Acting
      Constable's entering the house he observed one Thomas M'Goldrick put a piece
      of paper into his pocket, which he suspected to be something connected with
      the ribbon system, and therefore endeavoured to secure it. Mr. Monaghan then
      shouted to him to put the paper into his mouth and destroy it, but Whittaker
      very promptly seized the fellow by the throat, thrust his hand into his
      mouth, and succeeded in extracting the paper. On this a tremendous struggle
      ensued, in which they broke all the glasses and jugs on the table, both
      Monaghan and M'Goldrick holding Whittaker and endeavouring with all their
      might to destroy the document, but he still held it, although the fellow hit
      his head severely and was near destroying one of his fingers. The
      Sub-Constable up to this stood at the door to prevent any of the party
      escaping, but seeing the two men use such violence towards the Acting
      Constable, he now came to his assistance - on which the rest of the party
      made their escape, leaving Monghan and M'Goldrick in the hands of the
      police, who succeeded in securing the document in question and arrested them
      both. They were brought before Captain Whelan, R.M., at an early hour the
      next day, who, on the informations of the Acting Constable, committed them
      both for trial at the next assizes of Sligo. The following is a copy of the
      document:-
      "What is your opinion of this bill? What bill do you mean? I mean the
      Tenant Right. It will serve the farmer. You are out of order, sir. Yes, when
      provoked. May the head of our church long reign in his station. Yes, and
      conquer his enemies through every nation."- Sligo Champion.

      MEETING OF GUARDIANS
      BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this Union
      was held in the Board Room on Saturday, Colonel K. Gore in the chair. Among
      the other Guardians present were Capt. J. Knox, Captain Atkinson, Mr. Jones,
      Mr. Crofton, Mr. G. Orme, Mr. A. Knox, Major J.J. Knox, M.J. Knox and Mr.
      Wills. Richard Bourke, Esq., Assistant Commissioner and Captain Hamilton,
      Inspector, were also in attendance.
      ... There were two tenders before the Board for the supply of Potatoes; one
      from Mr. E. Atkinson at 5d. per stone and the other from Mr. Wm. West at 3
      1/2d. Brown bread being considered cheaper than potatoes, even at the latter
      figure, no contract was entered into.
      Mr. West was declared contractor for brown bread at 3 1/2d. per 4 lbs.,
      and Mr. West and Mr. Duffy for white bread at 5 1/2d. per 4 lbs.
      James Callaghan got the contract for beef and mutton at 3d. per lb.
      Mr. Burke [sic] called the attention of the Guardians to a
      classification of the paupers which appeared to him calculated to secure
      greater regularity and economy in the working of the union. He supposed that
      two of the auxiliary houses would be retained - that in Ardnare, known as
      White's, and Casement's store. The main Workhouse (in which 1,300 paupers
      can be conveniently accommodated) he suggested to be appropriated to the
      infirm men and women, able-bodied men, nurses and infants and children from
      two to five years of age. In Casement's store he proposed to place all the
      able-bodied women; and White's, as the most suitable, to be set apart for
      schools and the training of the boys, at 16 years and under, in agriculture,
      for which purpose the Commissioners would sanction the taking of twenty-five
      acres of land in the vicinity of the schools on a memorial to that effect.
      The Guardians fully concurred with Mr. Bourke in his suggestions, and
      named Colonel Gore, Capt. John Knox, Mr. Gardiner, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. G. Orme
      and Mr. W. Joynt, as a committee to make enquiries and report to the Board
      on the next day for the giving agricultural instruction to the orphan and
      other boys of 16 years and under who may be inmates of the Workhouse...
      State of Workhouse Week ending August 17.
      No. in Workhouse as per last return..........3199
      Admitted................................................... 27
      Discharged................................................ 338
      Died.......................................................... 16
      Remaining on above date...........................2870

      MISCELLANEOUS
      - Anthony Lynch, Esq., eldest son of M.A. Lynch, Esq., J.P. of Nile Lodge,
      is appointed Postmaster of Galway, at the instance of M.J. Blake, Esq., M.P.
      - Mr. Dargan, the railway contractor, is getting a powerful flax mill fitted
      up on his flax farm near Rathcormack.
      - The new carriages of the Great Northern Railway are so lofty that a man
      six feet high can stand upright in them.
      - A correspondent in Cincinnati states that "Irishmen never work till they
      go to America." And he says: - "You'll never see a rosy cheek here."

      THE EARLDOM OF ROSCOMMON - Another claimant appears, we understand, for
      the ancient earldom, in the person of Z. Wallace, Esq., proprietor of the
      Anglo Celt, Cavan newspaper, who, it is said, not only entertains strong
      hopes of succeeding to the vacant coronet, but also of receiving a portion
      of the estate once attached thereto, and upon which his family had a rent
      charge up to the year 1845.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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