Ballina Chronicle; 28 Aug 1850
- 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
"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
Remaining on above date...........................2870
- 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
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