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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Irish Catholic Chronicle And People s News of the Week Dublin, Ireland Saturday, 2 November 1867 A SCENE IN COURT Manchester, Tuesday Evening- This court
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      Irish Catholic Chronicle And People's News of the Week
      Dublin, Ireland
      Saturday, 2 November 1867

      Manchester, Tuesday Evening- This court proceeded with the trial of five
      men against whom the grand jury found a true bill on Monday. Their names are
      Allen, Larken, Gould, Maguire and Shore. In reply to an application for the
      removal of the trail to their Central Criminal Court, London.
      Mr. Justice Blackburn said that as this was a special commission, the
      application could not be entertained.
      While the jury was being empannelled, Mr. Roberts, the attorney, took
      objection to several of the special jurors as the names were called over. The
      judge cautioned him that this was not his province. Mr. Roberts persisted in his
      objections. His Lordship in a determined tone said- Officer, take that man into
      Mr. Digby Seymour appealed on behalf of Mr. Roberts. An officer of the
      court requested Mr. Roberts to move. Mr. Digby Seymour again appealed to his
      Lordship, and ultimately Mr. Roberts was allowed to remain, on condition that he
      did not further interfere. The jury were then empannelled.
      The Right Hon. the Attorney-General having opened the case for the crown, a
      number of witnesses were examined who spoke to each and all of the prisoners as
      being prominently engaged in the outrage.
      During the day the grand jury found true bills for wilful murder, also for
      felony and misdemeanour against Martin, Nugent, Coffey, BAcon, Brennan, Scally,
      Boylan, Fetherstone, Wilson, Henry Maguire, Murphy, Kelly, Brophy, Ryan,
      Carroll, Moorhouse, O'Brennan, Chambers, Johnson, Martin, Reddan and Kennedy.
      Manchester, Wednesday Night.- There was much less excitement both inside
      and outside the courts to-day. The trial of the five men arraigned on Monday was
      resumed this morning, and continued till the rising of the court. The evidence
      for the prosecution has not yet concluded.

      The Transatlantic steamers Scotia and Erin were searched thoroughly at
      Queenstown on Monday, it being suspected that some Fenian leaders had secreted
      themselves on board. The search, however, was fruitless.

      Queenstown, October 29- The City of Baltimore has just arrived, with New
      York dates to the 19th inst. The Toronto Globe reports the probability of
      another Fenian raid into Canada during the New York elections, to be held next
      month. Both political parties are courting Fenian support. The Canadian
      Government is in possession of full and complete information, and is prepared
      for any contingency. The commanders of military ports have received their
      instructions and all are on the alert. Four thousand stand of arms recently
      arrived at Potsdam. They were restored to the Fenians by the United States
      Governments having been seized during the former raid.

      So far does the Fenian craze appear to have extended in the sister country
      that everything Irish in now regarded with suspicion, and not even our only
      National Volunteer Corps had been an exception to the rule. We are informed that
      when the corps assemble at Somerset House for drill, detectives are sent to
      watch the proceedings; and when on Friday last the regiment marched out, a
      considerable number of police accompanied it.-- Irish Times.

      CAPTURE OF SUPPOSED FENIAN PRIVATEER.- The Glasgow Herald published the
      following from its Greenrock correspondent:- "Intelligence has been received in
      town from H.M.S. Lion, presently stationed at Lough Swilly, that a few days ago
      a suspicious looking craft being observed in the offing, a boat from the war
      ship was promptly manned and went in chase. Coming up to the craft, a request
      was made by the officer in charge of the Lion's boat to the person in command of
      the unknown craft that she should produce her papers. The request was declined,
      and intimation was given that the first man who dared to set foot on board would
      be thrown into the sea. Upon this the strange craft was promptly boarded by the
      blue-jackets, and the crew, nine in number, of the craft being seized, they were
      put in irons and taken on board the war ship, where they await orders from the
      Admiralty. The vessel has also been detained. Details are not given as to the
      cargo of the captured craft; but as she had no papers on board, and is suspected
      of being a Fenian privateer, considerable interest is attached to the result of
      the investigation now being made.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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