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Ballina Chronicle; October 2, 1850; Misc Items

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Co. Mayo Wednesday, October 2, 1850 A GOOD LANDLORD John Campbell Dicker, Esq., of London, the present proprietor of the Gleneaske
    Message 1 of 2 , May 9, 2007
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Co. Mayo
      Wednesday, October 2, 1850

      A GOOD LANDLORD
      John Campbell Dicker, Esq., of London, the present proprietor of the
      Gleneaske property, in the county of Sligo, and not many miles from this
      town, formerly held by the Irish Waste Land Society, is now at Gleneaske.
      This gentleman is personally inspecting each farm on the property, and
      making the most liberal reductions in the rent. In ever instance he was
      reducing them one half from the 21st of last month; and he has also refunded
      half the last six months' rent in every case where he thought that too much
      had been paid, although it is well known that the Society had let their land
      at a very low rate. Mr. Dicker has purchased flannels and calico for
      gratuitous distribution amongst the children of the tenantry, and he has
      handsomely paid the roman Catholic curate for celebrating mass in a small
      chapel on the property. Any of his tenants who would spare time from their
      own business have been employed, at a good wages, in making improvements,
      which the proprietor purposes carrying on more extensively. In consequence
      of all this the tenants on the estate have become exceedingly attached to
      their landlord who has made himself personally acquainted with their
      circumstances, and, with a kindly feeling; set about making them happy and
      independent.

      SHEEP - STEALING EXTRAORDINARY
      During the famine of 1847 and when nightly depredations were rife in
      this country, a man living in Coolcarney, a distance of three or four miles
      from this town, was, after a long vigilance on the part of the sufferers,
      caught in the act of sheep-stealing, for which he was afterwards
      transported. It was then considered that the neighbourhood would be free
      from such thefts, but soon the missing of a sheep proved the fallacy of such
      hopes. Sheep after sheep disappeared, and no discovery of the robber could
      be made. At length suspicion fell upon the wife of the convict and a sharp
      eye was kept upon her, when one night those on watch heard a noise close by.
      A sheep was gone. It could have been killed and removed by none but the
      sheep-stealer's wife. She was accordingly followed into her house and
      diligent search was made, but no sheep was found. - One of the men on watch
      was positive and the party returned and re-examined the house but with the
      same fruitless result as before. The men left the house, consulted together,
      talked over what they had seen and heard, and once more resolved upon a
      closer search of the woman's house, for the missing sheep must be there.
      There was a charm in the third trial. The sheep was found in the bed with
      the children, having on a nightgown and chemise. The more tedious procedure
      of law was not resorted to. The woman was expelled the neighborhood and her
      house thrown down. This circumstance was yesterday related to us on
      undoubted authority.


      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
    • George Parker
      Dear Ms Labath, Please will you let everyone know who is working on this project, how invaluable these news extracts are. Thank you all for your efforts, they
      Message 2 of 2 , May 11, 2007
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        Dear Ms Labath,

        Please will you let everyone know who is working on this project, how
        invaluable
        these news extracts are. Thank you all for your efforts, they are much
        appreciated !

        Regards,
        George Parker.


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