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!! Connaught Journal; Sep 6, 1824 "Mathewson Murder - Co. Tyrone"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, September 6, 1824 SHOCKING MURDER A murder of almost unparalleled atrocity was committed last week in the County Tyrone. So
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      THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
      Galway, September 6, 1824

      SHOCKING MURDER
      A murder of almost unparalleled atrocity was committed last week in the
      County Tyrone. So cold-blooded and fiend-like an act it seldom falls to the lot
      of a journalist to detail, at least in our tranquil and civilised province. On
      the morning of Wednesday, the 18th inst., the body of Mr. James Mathewson, of
      Kilmore, was found dead in a waste house belonging to Mr. M'Bride, Innkeeper, in
      Drumquin, where it is supposed to have been conveyed by the wretches to whose
      ruthless cupidity the deceased was a victim. Capt. Boyle, a Magistrate, had an
      inquest held upon it, three surgeons being present, who opened it, and deposed
      that deceased's death was caused by strangulation and other violence, marks of
      which were evident on his breast and back. Mr. Mathewson was collecting rents
      for ___ Ecklin, Esq., whose tenants had been noticed to meet him at Drumquin,
      only two miles from his own residence. It appeared on evidence that several of
      them had paid him on the Monday and Tuesday preceding, and that the entire money
      he had received was seen in his possession on the evening of the latter day; but
      when the body was found the money was all gone, proof that he had been robbed,
      and that the robbery was the incentive to the deed. A large reward has been
      offered for the discovery of the murderers, and as the Magistrates of the
      neighbourhood are all on the alert we do not think it will be possible for them
      to elude the fate which they merit. The deceased was a most respectable man,
      upright, industrious, and inoffensive, and he has left a wife and five children
      to deplore his melancholy end.--[Derry Journal.

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