Irish Catholic Chronicle And People's News of the Week
Saturday, 2 November 1867
A SCENE IN COURT
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.
FENIAN PREPARATIONS AGAINST CANADA
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