!! Ballina Chronicle; Aug 23, 1849 "Potatoes"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, August 23, 1849
A good deal of alarm has arisen within the last week regarding the potato
crop in this district. Until the last few days, nothing could be finer than the
appearance of the numerous fields around the town; with sorrow, however, we must
confess it, that what we now see by no means realizes the fond hopes we had
entertained of the character of this year's produce. Far and near the fell
disease seems to have descended to crush those hopes and to blight the budding
of returning prosperity. So far present appearances go, but we must not despair.
It is well known that in very many instances last year, although the stalks were
blasted the tubers were safe, and when we reflect upon the immense breadth of
land set, we may fairly conclude that, even should destruction take place in a
similar ration this season, we shall yet have an abundant supply of the root.
We could not reasonably expect that the disease, existing as it has done
for several consecutive years, should suddenly and mysteriously disappear. If it
exists in a modified degree only, we ought to be thankful; and should this be
the case, in conjunction with a bountiful return of every description of grain,
it will surely be admitted that instead of desponding our hearts ought to be
raised in gratitude to the Giver of all good.
FREE TRADE- On Friday three vessels with maize, Saturday one and Sunday
six. Large stocks of Indian corn are accumulating in market-no demand whatever.
Best Galatz can be readily had at 6l. 10s. per ton.- Our markets continue to be
well supplied with potatoes, free from disease, and really excellent in quality.
They were sold as low on Saturday as 5 1/2d. per weight of 21 lbs.-- Cork
Ireland Old News