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!! Ballina Chronicle; Jan 23, 1850; "Robbery and Murder"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, January 23, 1850 ROBBERY AND NARROW ESCAPE OF THE THIEF. - On Thursday last a young man named Patrick
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 18, 2004
      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, January 23, 1850

      ROBBERY AND NARROW ESCAPE OF THE THIEF. - On Thursday last a young man
      named Patrick Casey, stole £30 and some valuables from the house of his aunt, a
      Mrs. Ellen Commerford, who keeps a public house in Mooncoin. Two policemen
      immediately went in pursuit, and suspecting the rogue was bound for America,
      closely watched the packet on the quay at Waterford. Finding Casey did not go on
      board, the policeman determined on going to Dungannon in the steamer, for the
      purpose of intercepting him in case he should attempt getting to the vessel on
      the way. - When at Passage a boat put off, in which, as it approached, the
      Constables observed the intended emigrant, and were felicitating themselves on
      the certainty of effecting the arrest, but just as the boat came to the
      steamer's side, Casey observed some indication on board which did not augur
      suspiciously for the success of his emigration scheme, and he immediately
      ordered the boat to be put back in haste, and the constables to their horror,
      were compelled to look at the pray [sic] escaping from their fangs just as it
      came almost within their grasp.

      HORRIBLE MURDER NEAR BORRISOKANE. - At half-past seven o'clock on last
      Saturday morning, as William Ardill, steward over the property of Mr. Falkiner,
      of Mount Falkiner, near Borrisokane, was passing through his employer's
      property, a shot was fired at him; the slugs with which the gun was loaded took
      immediate effect. Mr. Ardill fell dead immediately, having been shot through the
      heart, his blood flowing in abundance from his wounds and making a large pool
      where he lay. He left a wife and seven children, and in all respects he was
      esteemed as honest to his master, civil and obliging to those about him,
      attentive to his family, and most exemplary in all the relations of life. A deep
      mystery envelopes this atrocious crime. No clue whatever to the perpetrator has
      been discovered. It is a startling fact, in connection with this crime, that
      about five or six years ago a cousin and namesake of Ardill - and employed, we
      believe by Mr. Falkiner also - was murdered in the same place, and under
      circumstances of equal mystery, as though some persons were arrested on
      suspicion and lodged in jail, no evidence was brought forward afterwards
      sufficient to put the parties on their trail. -- King's County Chronicle

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