!! Ballina Chronicle; Aug 29, 1849 "Ward Murder, Lamb Suicide & Slaves"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, August 29, 1849
Friday night a man named Robert Ward, twine-spinner, of James's-street,
Limerick, while quarrelling with his wife and daughter, took a red hot poker out
of the fire, and struck his wife a tremendous blow on the head with the weapon
which deprived her of life.
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE OF THE BARRACK MASTER OF ATHLONE
Considerable excitement prevailed during the Monday night and Tuesday in
Athlone, in consequence of a rumour that Mr. Samuel Lamb, Barrack-master and
storekeeper in that garrison, had suddenly and unaccountably disappeared. It was
with some difficulty that we could obtain the particulars, which may be stated
in a few words:-On Monday between seven and eight o'clock, Mr. Lamb left his
quarters in the barracks, first having deposited his watch, keys and money
(about £15) on his dressing table and dressed himself in a suit of cast off
clothes; later in the evening he was accosted on the bank of the canal by an
acquaintance, but since he has not been heard of. A number of persons have been
engaged in dragging the canal and river, but as yet no clue has been obtained
either of the manner or cause of his disappearance.--Westmeath Independent.
On this day (Wednesday) the body of Mr. Lamb was picked up on the Leinster
side of the Shannon, to which place the current of the river carried it. The
body was at once conveyed to the Barracks, until an inquest is holden upon it;
and from the variety of strange and conflicting rumours afloat as to the causes
which prompted the rash act, we do not wish to enter further into detail until
investigation takes place.
Just as we were going to press, an inquest was held on view of the body by
Mr. Edward Lynch. The following verdict was returned:- "We find that Samuel S.
Lamb was found drowned in the river Shannon, on the Leinster side of the town,
county Westmeath, on the 22d instant." -Athlone Sentinel
Two swift slave steamers lately made their appearance on the west coast of
Africa and succeeded in embarking their human cargoes, and escaping the pursuit
of several British cruisers.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News