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!! Times; Oct 1, 1822 "Outrages"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    The Times London, Middlesex, England Oct 1, 1822 IRELAND DREADFUL ATROCITY (From the Limerick Chronicle) On Friday night last, Messrs. Kelly and Smith, of
    Message 1 of 1 , May 30, 2004
      The Times
      London, Middlesex, England
      Oct 1, 1822

      IRELAND
      DREADFUL ATROCITY
      (From the Limerick Chronicle)

      On Friday night last, Messrs. Kelly and Smith, of Captain Wilcock's Police,
      succeeded in apprehending the noted James Fitzgibbon, Patrick Carty, John Molony
      and Thomas Collins, all of whom are charged with the wilful murder of Ulick
      Burke, Esq., in Feb. last near Cappa; they are lodged in Rathkeale Bridewell.
      On the next morning at ten o'clock, a female, who had been seen the day
      before at Rathkeale, and who was conceived to have given information which led
      to the apprehension of the four fellows, proceeding to the well of Cappa, near
      where she resided, for a can of water, was seized upon by a man with his face
      blackened, who instantly dragged her into the grove, and in the most savage
      manner attempted to cut her throat. The approach of some persons prevented the
      miscreant carrying his intention into effect, as he only gave her some scars
      under the chin, and by the humane directions of Mr. Kelly of Captain Wilcock's
      Police, she is placed under surgical care in Rathkeale, and hopes are
      entertained of her speedy recovery. The most prompt exertions were made by the
      police, accompanied by Robert Peppard, Esq. and his son, to apprehend the
      perpetrator, who has for the present escaped.
      Since writing the above we have received the following from a respectable
      magistrate:-
      "SIR, - I have to acquaint you with one of the most daring attempts at
      assassination which perhaps has ever been recorded in the late, I fear, I may
      add present, rebellion.
      "As a girl of the name of Catherine Hickie was walking on the avenue
      leading to Cappa-house, on Saturday last, about the hour of 11 in the forenoon,
      a man, whose face was blackened, seized her, and dragged her into a grove that
      stands by the avenue, and there with a razor cut her throat across, but
      providentially the design of the ruffian is frustrated, as there are sanguine
      hopes of the girl's recovery.
      "This scene took place within from twenty to sixty yards of a cluster of
      houses, one of them a forge, the door of which opened towards the spot to which
      the assassin drew her, and in that forge were four men at the moment. I must
      state that no suspicion of collusion rests against these four men, as the noise
      in the forge prevented the girl's cries from being heard. There are two
      police-men stationed at Cappa, and Mr. Peppard was walking within sight of, and
      not more than two or three hundred yards from, the girl at the time the
      transaction occurred; one of the most public roads in the county runs beside the
      place where she was attacked.
      "This outrageous attempt on the life of an innocent young woman, caused by
      a suspicion of her having given information against murderers, is a clear
      evidence that the spirit of desolation has only lain smothered during the few
      months of doubtful tranquility that has reigned in this county, and the man's
      face being blackened is a well-known symptom of rebellion."
      "P.S.- I have opened my letter to inform you that one of Mr. Raymond's
      offices, at Hollywood, lately occupied as a barrack, was burnt last night
      (Monday) by White Boys."

      MORE OUTRAGES
      Within the last few nights parties of ruffians visited several houses
      between Clarina and Adare in this county. They flogged a farmer, named Lynch, at
      Briskee; and the dwelling of Mr. C. Parker was attacked by an unarmed party, who
      beat him for not sending out his servant to be flogged by them.
      Monday night, John Frayley received a flogging, near Rathkeale, from a
      party of ruffians. He was suspected of giving information.
      At an early hour on Monday morning, a communication reached the
      Police-office of Captain Drought, in his city, that at six o'clock on the
      preceding evening, two men of his infantry corps, named Gunnell and Armstrong,
      returning from Castle Connell to their quarters at Bird-hill, were attacked on
      the Gouigg-road, and that the former was murdered, and the body supposed to have
      been thrown into a bog-hole, as no trace could be found of it. At three o'clock,
      however, a messenger arrived who stated that Gunnell has been found in the
      corner of a ditch, at some distance from where the attack was made upon him; and
      that, though wounded and stabbed in several parts of the body, he was likely to
      recover. Various causes are assigned for this outrage; but as an inquiry is
      about to take place, we abstain from noticing any of the rumours.
      On Friday night, the Rev. Sir Wm. Reade, Bart, returning to his glebe at
      Tomgrany, county Clare, was attempted to be assassinated by a fellow who darted
      from behind a wall, and discharged a musket at him, the contents of which-two
      balls-struck the opposite wall; and Sir William happily escaped by the fleetness
      of his horse. This active Magistrate was after apprehending two men on
      information and had given them in charge to be conveyed to Tomgrany bridewell.
      Every exertion to apprehend the delinquent who fired was promptly made, but
      without effect.
      On Saturday night some villains threw stones at Captain Middleton, 42d,
      when visiting the guards near the Square.
      Major Nicholson has lodged in Kilkenny gaol three brothers, named Ryan, for
      murdering James Egan, at Hathlogan, on the 11th Sept.
      A gang of robbers who broke into Captain Morgan's and Mr. Homan's houses,
      on the Glanmire road, last week, have been apprehended by the High Constable of
      Cork, after a desperate resistance.

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