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!! Ballina Chronicle; Apr 24, 1850; Misc News

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, April 24, 1850 CONVICT SYSTEM - Earl Grey moved the [ink spot] reading of the Convict Prisons Bill in the
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 7, 2006
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, April 24, 1850

      CONVICT SYSTEM - Earl Grey moved the [ink spot] reading of the Convict
      Prisons Bill in the Lords on Friday, when Lord Monteagle hoped they would
      not overlook the effect which transportation had on criminals. With regard
      to the great mass of Irish criminals transportation was dreaded more than
      death. As regarded the benefit to the colony and to the criminal, he might
      refer to the evidence of an individual witness, Lieut-General Sir R. Bourke,
      late governor of Australia, who stated in a memorandum, now in the Colonial
      office, that the effect of the convict system had been within fifty years to
      convert the wilderness of New South Wales into a prosperous colony, and that
      its effect on the criminal had been a moral improvement equal to any system
      of prison discipline would have produced. The condition of the criminal
      population was most deplorable. In the gaol of the county of Limerick, with
      which he was connected between 100 and 200 prisoners were placed in cells
      provided only for the accommodation of 15. If it was found inconvenient to
      remove prisoners who were sentenced to transportation, it was the bounden
      duty of the government to provide adequate accommodations for them at home.
      Earl Grey did not deny that the number of persons sentenced to
      transportation in Ireland and confined in the prisons of that country, was
      overwhelming; but the Lord Lieutenant had done everything in his power to
      increase the means of disposing of convicts. A large establishment had been
      provided at Spike Island, where from 1200 to 1400 convicts were confined.
      Not fewer than 48,000 persons who had passed their sentence of
      transportation in the Australian colonies were now living there, and a large
      majority of them were obtaining an honest livelihood; but if they had
      remained in this country they would, almost in spit of themselves, have been
      compelled to continue criminals. The bill was read a third time and
      passed.--Limerick Chronicle.

      FLIGHT OF THE TILLERS OF THE SOIL - Several hundred emigrants left our
      quays on Saturday by the Nimrod and Albert steamers for Liverpool, to take
      passage for America. The deck of the former powerful steamer was densely
      crowded with men, women and children, the greater number of them comfortably
      attired.--Cork Constitution.

      PICKING POCKETS - On Wednesday week, in the market of Elphin, a poor
      country woman, named M'Donogh, was eased of a few shillings and sixpence, by
      a man named Brenan, (one of the lightfingered folk that infest most of our
      country towns;) but fortunately for her Richard Stafford, Esq, happened to
      be convenient, and arrested Brenan, when he found on his person the
      foregoing amount in a purse, which she, Mrs. M'Donogh, identified to be her
      property. The money lies in the hands of the Police and Brenan has been
      committed to abide his trial at Strokestown Quarter Sessions. It appears
      from inquiry that this Brenan located in Elphin about three weeks ago, and
      that he sis from the neighbourhood of Ballaghaderreen, or
      French-park.--Sligo Guardian.

      Bernard Bradly and Pat M'Govern were apprehended on Tuesday, charged
      with having, when in prison in Roscommon, declared their determination to
      shoot Head-Constable Henderson, of Boyle, by whom they had been brought to
      justice for robbery.

      At the court-martial assembled on board the flag-ship, Ocean, at
      Sheerness, for the trial of Assistant-Surgeon James Campbell, of the
      Wellington, ordinary guard-ship, for drunkenness when on duty, he was found
      guilty and dismissed the service.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
    • Cathy Joynt Labath
      BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, April 24, 1850 (From the Malta Mail of March 30) On Sunday last, notice was given in the Roman Catholic
      Message 2 of 3 , Jan 8, 2006
        Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
        Wednesday, April 24, 1850

        (From the Malta Mail of March 30)
        On Sunday last, notice was given in the Roman Catholic Churches, that
        for the future no Intermarriages would be permitted between parties, one of
        whom professed the Roman Catholic and the other the Protestant faith, except
        under a solemn premise that the children to be born thereof should be
        brought up in the Roman Catholic faith. On the same day public notice was
        given from the altar of the Cathedral church of St. Paul, that for the
        future no banns of a marriage would be published, or the solemnity performed
        between parties as above, of opposite religious faith, if either had sworn,
        in the court of the Roman Catholic Bishop, to bring up the children in the
        Roman Catholic faith. His Lordship the Bishop of Gibraltar concluded, and we
        think with much reason, that the parents who would consent to such a
        sacrifice, had better themselves embrace the profession to which the
        children are thus by parental weakness, so unceremoniously condemned.

        A very singular case, which occupied the attention of the Commissioner
        of Insolvents now holding his court in this city, is suggestive of serious
        ground for reflection. We allude to the case of Mr. John Joseph Tangney, a
        solicitor, who, unhappily for himself, as it has turned out, and not
        fortunately for others, united to his professional avocations the trade of
        bill discounting. The moral of the transaction has been read in the court of
        insolvents- Although Mr. Tangney charged an average of £46 on every £100,
        and frequently (according to the evidence of Mr. White) received £100 for
        every £30 which he advanced to some desperate claimant for a loan, the
        result is--the insolvent court! His case is adjourned to next commission.
        But Mr. Tangney, the solicitor, is not the only victim of his own usurious
        money dealings; Mr. White, a member of the same profession, bitterly regrets
        that he ever entered upon the crooked path, and abandoned the legitimate
        road. He also had his golden dreams, his Visions of wealth; and he is now
        living in the jail of this city, after having lost £1000--Cork Examiner.

        At the Dublin Police-office, on Friday, Thomas Seamon of 11
        Dame-street, was fined £5 for having a lottery at his bazaar, the
        magistrates staffing, if her persisted, he would in future be mulct in 100l.

        Mr. Litton, Master in Chancery, is dangerously ill.

        Dysentery is prevalent in the gaol of Ennis, which is overcrowded, and
        two prisoners died of the disease this week.

        William Blood, Esq, son of Bindon Blood, Esq, is appointed to the chair
        of Civil Engineering in Galway Queen's College.

        Cathy Joynt Labath
        Ireland Old News
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