On Sunday night last, a fatal and melancholy occurrence took
place within the walls of our county prison, which terminated in
the death of one of the turnkeys of the gaol, Robert Purtill, an
active and efficient officer, who had been in the service of the
county for several years, and was one of the first who received
an appointment at the opening of the North Riding Gaol.
It is the usual practice to have sentries on duty at night,
who go the rounds of the prison inside the walls, for the better
security of prisoners, and to prevent any possibility of escape.
On Saturday night last that duty devolved on Isaac Mills, one
of the turnkeys, who had been spending the evening out with his
friends—and on his return at nine o'clock, it appearing that he
was not perfectly sober, he was ordered to be put into his room
until morning. another of the turnkeys, Henry Cole, brother-
in-law of Mills, offered to do duty for him, and he received
permission to do so. About the hour of ten o'clock, Mills got up
off the bed and went out, saying he was able to perform his own
duty, and took up his carabine, and joined his brother-in-law,
Cole. It being represented to the Governor, Jonathan Smith,
Esq., that Mills and Cole were together on duty, he directed
two of the other turnkeys, upon whom he placed the greatest
reliance, namely Robert Purtill and William Greene, to go
round the prison and see if all was right. They proceeded as
ordered, and when at the far or outer wall, and within about
thirty yards of Mills and Cole, they were challenged by Mills,
who instantly discharged his carabine, the contents of which
entered the left breast of Purtill, a little above the heart, and
passed out at the back near the spine—struck a bit out of the
wall at a distance of ten or twelve yards—and lodged in the
side wall which forms the angle of the prison about twenty yards
still further off. Purtill, after receiving the shot, wheeled round,
and ran back to the entrance gate, a distance of nearly one
hundred yards, and there fell upon his face, the blood flowing
fast from his wounds. He was then removed into his own quar-
ters, which were situate between the outer and inner gates,
where he continued suffering until seven o'clock on Monday
evening, when death released him from the evils of this mortal
Every aid that medical skill could supply was used by the
physicians of the gaol, Doctor Quin, and the apothecary, Mr.
Harty. Most of the medical men of Nenagh visited the unhappy
patient during the day—Doctors Frith, Kittson, and Langley,
were voluntarily in attendance, but alas human skill was useless,
there was no hope for Purtill but in Him in whom all our hope
lies—Christ our Redeemer.
The governor of the gaol, the local inspector, the high sheriff,
and the chaplains were almost anxiously attentive, and in deep
distress at the melancholy event. Mills remains in custody, and
a coroner's inquest was held on yesterday (Tuesday) at twelve
Purtill was near forty years of age, and has left a wife in a
very delicate state of health, and three children totally unprovided for.
The County Inspector, P. Carroll, Esq., who was standing
at his hall-door on Sunday night, having heard the report of
the shot, went down to the police barrack and ordered up a
party of men under Head-constable Hayes one part surrounded
the outer walls and another were inside within the space of five
minutes from the time of the discharge of the carabine.
THE INQUEST.—A post mortem examination having been
made on the body of the deceased, by Dr. Quin, physician to
the gaol, assisted by Doctor Fairbain, of the 35th depot, Doc-
tors John and Edward Kitson, and Doctor Calahan, the coroner,
James Carroll, Esq., proceeded to the county Court-house for
the purpose of holding the inquest.
Mr. Tabuteau, R.M.; Mr. Pollock, R.M. ; Mr. O'Dell,
S.I. ; and Mr. Abott, the Inspector of the Prison, were present.
Several witnesses were examined.
The dying declaration of Purtill was read, in which he stated
there never was the slightest enmity between him and Mills,
and he could assign no reason for Mills shooting at him.
The jury then retired, and soon afterwards entered with the
following verdict :--
"We are of the opinion that the deceased, Robert Purtill, came
by his death in consequence of a gun-shot wound inflicted on
him by Isaac Mills, on the night of the 20th April, instant."
The Lord Chancellor has been pleased to appoint Edward
Anderson, jun., of Moygannon, Warrenpoint, to be a magis-
trate of the county of Down, on the recommendation of the late
lamented Lieutenant of that county.
His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has approved of Lord
John Chichester being appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the
county of Antrim, in the room of Major Higginson, deceased.
First Sub-Inspector A. K. Fox, Ramelton, county Donegal,
is appointed third county inspector.
Constable John Atkinson, for some time stationed at Clarina,
county Limerick, has been raised to the rank of head-constable
FIRE IN CHICHESTER-STREET
[Belfast, Co Antrim].—
On Tuesday, about three o'clock, a fire broke out in the stores
of Mr. Samuel M'Auley, flax and tow merchant, Lower
Chichester-street, near May's-market, which, from the
inflammable nature of the materials, soon presented a very
alarming appearance, and threatened the destruction of the
surrounding buildings. The engines were immediately on the
spot, and, as there was abundance of water, the fire was soon
subdued, but not, however, until the roof of the building in
which the fire originated had fallen in, and much property
was destroyed. The fire, we understand, was purely
accidental, and we regret to say the property was not
NEWRY AND ENNISKILLEN RAILWAY
We are happy to be
able to state, on good authority, that there is scarcely any fear
of this line as regards Newry and Enniskillen. Some doubts are
entertained as to the expediency of its continuation from Newry
to Armagh. If this be true, the people of this city should
bestir themselves lest their interests be passed over.
METHODIST TEA MEETING
A tea meeting was held in the
Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Preaching-house, Moy, on
Wednesday evening last. The speakers on the occasion were
Messrs ALEXANDER STEWART, THOMPSON, SEWELL (Aughnacloy),
FORD, and Rev. MR. SHAW, Independent Minister.
MURDER MOST FOUL
An account of another murder has just
reached town. The victim of this sad affair is a man of the
name of FERGUSON, who resided at Drumkeerin, county
Leitrim. On Wednesday night last, while employed in his own
house at some domestic business, he was shot at, and melancholy to relate it proved fatal. The cause assigned for this
bloody deed is that the unfortunate man had a small plot of
land let to some tenants, and was about taking it from them to
occupy it himself. The " Molly Maguires" it is said are the
party accused of the murder.
Mr. ARTHUR LEONARD, of
Callowhill [Co Cavan] has been again served with a threatening
notice by the " Molly Maguires."
FRENCH AND MUSICAL TUITION
MONSIEUR FRANCOIS DE POTHONIER,
French Professor to the Royal School, Dungannon ;
PROFESSOR OF MUSIC AND PIANISTE,
BEGS respectfully to solicit the attention of parents desirous
to secure to their families the important advantages of
superior instruction in these fashionable and indispensable de-
partments of modern education, which are in general exclusively
restricted to a metropolitan residence, but now accessible in
this country through Monsieur P.'s residence in Dungannon.
The importance of providing young persons at an early period
with the best instructions, is much too apparent to escape the
due appreciation of discerning persons, as a different course,
misapplying time and money, is to be deprecated in like manner.
The efficiency and superiority of Monsieur P.'s instructions are
very generally recognised, and have met with decided success
and the entire approbation, as also the liberal support of several
distinguished families in this country, to whom M. P. respect-
fully begs to return his sincere and grateful thanks.
Residence, Market-square, Dungannon.
On the 19th inst., in St. Anne's Church, Belfast, by the Rev.
R. Oulton, James Hamilton Stitt, grandson of the late Rev.
William Stitt, Dungannon [Co Tyrone], to Catherine, eldest
daughter of the late John Porter, Belfast.
At Lurgan Church, by the Rev. William Falloon, Incumbent
of St. John's Liverpool, Edward Leslie Falloon, Esq., Surgeon
&c., 17, Stafford-street, Liverpool, third son of the Rev. M.
Falloon, Rector of Layde, Cushendall [Co Antrim], to Eliza,
third daughter of Joseph Breedon, Esq., Surgeon, R.N.,
In St. Peter's Church, on the 23d inst., by the Rev. J. Quinn,
Robert Gee, of Hollywood, Cheshire, Esq., to Elizabeth daugh-
ter of the late Trevor Corry, of Newry, Esq.
At St. Mary's Church, on the 23d instant, by the Rev. James
Wilson, D. D., Precentor of of [sic] St. Patrick's Cathedral,
William Palmer, Esq., Stock Broker, fourth son of Abraham
Palmer, Esq., of Lower Dominick-street, Dublin, to Emma
Margaret, only daughter of William Burnside, Esq., Stratford,
Co. Wicklow, and niece of John Henderson, Esq., Agnesville, Co.
In Clones [Co Monaghan] Church, on the 18th inst., by the Rev.
Charles Welch, Mr. James Elliot, only son of Mr. Andrew Elliot,
of Rosbick, to Mary Anne, third daughter of Mr. Wm. Kenedy,
deceased, of Carneyharne, county Fermanagh.
On Friday, the 25th inst., at half-past three p.m., Master
Charles George Jackson, aged 14 years, third son of Thomas
Jackson, Esq., Asylum, Armagh. For some time past the
deceased had suffered much affliction, which he bore with
Christian fortitude and resignation, so much so that the bereavement of his sorrowing parents is in a great degree alleviated
by the consoling thought that he is gone to show "how sweet
the flower in Paradise would bloom."
Suddenly on Monday last, in this town, aged 23 years, of
disease of the heart, Eliza, eldest daughter of Mr. Patrick
M'Sharry, of Callon-street.
On the 23d inst., at Tandragee, Mary, relict of the late Mr.
James Acheson, in the 74th year of her age.
In this city, aged 42 years, Mr. John Gribben, builder, and
proprietor of the marble-yards and quarries in the vicinity of
April 20, after a long and painful illness, George Beresford
Dawson, late of the Rifle Brigade, and second son of the Right
Hon. George R. Dawson.
April 21, at Manor Highgate, county Fermanagh, Kate
Isabella, daughter of Captain W. B. M'Clintock, R.M., aged
one year and five months.
On Friday, the 18th inst., Mr. William Maxwell, of
Glasmullagh, near Lowtherstown [Co Fermanagh].
On the 18th inst., at Blackwatertown, aged 30 years, Jane,
wife of Mr. Wm. Elliott, Primitive Wesleyan Missionary and
Teacher, late of Ballsmill.
On the 14th inst., at Forquay, in the 34th year of his age,
Daniel Wilson, Esq., Solicitor, eldest son of the late James
Wilson, Esq., Clerk of the Crown, county Tyrone.
On Tuesday last a poor man named BERNARD
HAGGINS, aged about 50 years, caretaker for C. M'BRIDE,
Esq., of Alistragh, came into Armagh market, and just entered
a house in Lower English-street, when he dropped down and
instantly expired. Dr. FORSTER was immediately sent for, but
before he arrived the vital spark had fled. An inquest was held
on the body by Dr. YOUNG, Coroner for the county Down, who
happened to be in town at the time of the occurrence, and a
verdict of "Death caused by apoplexy" was returned
A young man named JOSEPH
M'GRATH, of steady and respectable deportment, went into a
neighbour's house in Newtownhamilton, on the 18th inst.,
and had just returned to his father's residence, when he said a
few words, and immediately dropped dead. Mr. MAGEE held
an inquest on the body, and a verdict returned--"died by disease
of the heart."
A girl, calling herself Eliza Jane Johnston, has wandered
from Dublin, where, it would appear, she had been under the
care of a Miss Hamilton. The girl is deranged, and has evidently been so for some time. She is about 17 years old, with
black hair, flat nose, and black eyes; she seems to know some-
thing of Enniskillen; her sister, whom she calls Mary, and her
brother Arthur, she says live near the Black Bull, in a large
house. Mr. Reid, Canal-street, Newry, can give the address
of the person who has sheltered the girl.—Newry Telegraph.
On Wednesday, 16th inst., at a place
called Scotch-street, between this city and Portadown, an extensive flax-mill, the property of Mr. ROBT. HYDE, was totally
consumed by fire. The origin of the fire, we believe, was accidental. The premises were not insured.
PUBLIC SOCIAL TEA PARTY
On Friday evening the 25th
ult., a public Social Tea Party was held in the Independent
Meeting-house, Richhill. Though the evening was very rough
and stormy, yet there were about 100 persons belonging to
different denominations assembled and sat down to tea. When
tea was over, the Rev. Mr. CARROLL, Minister of the place
was moved to the chair, the duties of which he ably discharged,
and the meeting was subsequently addressed by the Rev. Mr.
WHITE of Armagh, on the subject of Christian love, and by
the Rev. Mr. BARKER on the subject of Temperance. Several
pieces were sung during the evening by the choir which attended
on the occasion.
ARMAGH AND HER REPRESENTATIVES.--In the division on
Mr. WARD's motion to support Maynooth from the funds of
the church, we are happy to perceive the name of Col. RAWDON
in the same list with that of Col. VERNER. O, si sic omnia.
On Thursday last a detachment consisting of
two companies of the 70th regiment, commanded by Captain
TIMMINS, with Capt. BRERETON, Lieutenant HOPEGOOD, and
Ensigns WILLIS and BUCHANON, arrived in this city from
Newry, to relieve the party of the 36th stationed here for some
Same day, a company of the 5th Fusiliers, under the command
of Captain GUY, and Lieutenants BARKER and RENNY, passed
through this city for Charlemont, to relieve the company of the
36th stationed there, which were ordered to Newcastle-on-
It will be seen by the announcement in
another column that Mr. H. RUSSELL was, a few days ago,
attacked in the avenue of Edenderry, and his life place for some
time in great danger. Three or four ruffians at once assailed
Mr. RUSSELL, who was struck on the head with a leaded
bludgeon or crow-bar, from which attack he was with difficulty
recovered. It is to be hoped that the large reward now offered
will have the effect of discovering the cowardly assailants, that
they may be brought to condign punishment.—Belfast Chronicle.
On Saturday night last, a robber was committed on a poor woman of the name of DUNLAVY, living at
the Pig-market of this town. The articles stolen from her
were clothes which had been sent to her from some respectable
families in town for to have them washed, amongst which was a
silk cloak. On Sunday morning some of the articles were found
concealed in a field adjacent to where she lives. The
police are on the alert to apprehend the robbers.
PRESENTATION OF COLOURS
PRESENTATION OF COLOURS TO THE 15TH REGT. OF
FOOT.—This interesting ceremony took place on Wednesday
last, at the New Barracks, Limerick. The colours were consecrated by the Rev. H. Gubbins, garrison chaplain, and afterwards
presented by the Hon. Miss De Burgh, daughter of Major-Gen-
eral Lord Downes.
The Grand Jury has ratified the appointment of the Rev. HUGH MURPHY to be Roman Catholic Chaplain to Armagh gaol.
STATE OF THE RAILWAYS
ARMAGH, COLERAINE, AND PORTRUSH RAILWAY
COMPANY.—We are happy to learn that, at a meeting of the
Directors and Shareholders of the Portrush Harbour Company,
held in this town on Thursday, Edmund M'Donnell, Esq., of
Glenarm Castle, in the chair, a treaty for the purchase of the
Portrush Harbour was concluded, with the above company.
We congratulate our townsmen, and the country generally, on
the completion of this purchase, as its new proprietors will be
able to conduct its affairs in a spirit of greater liberality, than
has been hitherto pursued. We also feel confident, with an
outlay of capital, small in comparison to the benefits to be
derived, this harbour can be made the most important in
Ireland, not only as the outlet for the rich tract of country which
will now find access to it by means of the proposed Railway;
but also, from its commanding position at the entrance to the
Irish sea, and its contiguity to the Clyde, it may become a naval
station of the greatest importance.—Coleraine Chronicle.
LONDONDERRY AND COLERAINE RAILWAY.—This
line is to be 30 miles in length on the main line, with a branch
7 miles in length ; estimated cost £500,000. Engineer, Mr.
Stephenson, agents, Messrs Dorrington & Co. Mr. Tyrrell
appeared to oppose. One allegation of non-compliance was
sustained and another failed. The committee adjourned at 4
o'clock.—Times of Thursday.
BELFAST AND DOWNPATRICK RAILWAY.—We know of no
projected railway in Ireland which promises to be more successful, as regards remunerating the shareholders, and more
useful in local point of view, than the projected line from Belfast
to Comber, Newtownards, and Downpatrick, with a branch to
Holywood. For the construction of this line a company has been
formed, and the prospectus will shorly [sic] appear. The districts
through which the line will run are populous and prosperous, af-
fording a large traffic, which will be greatly increased by railway
accommodation. The engineering facilities afforded by the
country are very favourable, and will enable the line to be cheaply
constructed. Holywood is the great resort of the inhabitants of
Belfast during the summer months. It is four miles distant from
Belfast, and the line is, we may say, a perfect level. The con-
struction of the railway will reclaim a large quantity of valuable slop. When this line is made, we are satisfied that in a
short time it will be extended to Bangor and Donaghadee, and
we doubt not from Downpatrick to Newry.—Irish Railway
LONDONDERRY AND ENNISKILLEN RAILWAY.—The
Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway Bill went before the Sub-
committee No. 1, Mr. Packington, chairman, on Monday
morning. It was unopposed; and the proof of compliances did
not take up more than ten minutes of time. The bill was ordered
to be reported to the house as having complied with standing
On Thursday night, a number of ploughs which had been
brought on the lands of Rallyvillane, about a mile from Nenagh
[Co Tipperary], for the purpose of tilling the ground, by John
O'Brien, Esq., of Hogan's-pass, were destroyed by some persons
unknown. Some days before warning had been given to Mr.
O'Brien, or some of his workmen, not to till the lands in question.
A few nights since, a gang of
ruffians, calling themselves Molly Maguire's chickens, went to
the house of a farmer, named Abraham Sloan, near Scotstown,
in this county [i.e., Monaghan]; and having broken the door,
their leader, who called himself Captain Steelribs, ordered his
"chickens" to drag the man of the house out of bed, whom he
put upon his knees, and having placed the muzzle of a cocked
pistol on his breast, he induced him to swear on a Romish
Catechism, that he would on the next morning give up
possession of a farm which he (Sloan) holds in dispute
After threatening the most dreadful vengeance in the event of
a non-compliance with this mandate, and after firing some
shots about the premises, the miscreants decamped, by word of
command, in military array.—Monaghan Standard.
COUNTY OF ARMAGH
Applotment of County Cess at Spring Assizes, 1845, to be levied
before Summer Assizes.
HIGH CONSTABLES APPOINTED SPRING, 1845.
O'Neiland East--Richd. Coulter.
O'Neiland West--John Dobbin.
Upper Fews--Thomas Moore.
Lower Fews--Robert Johnston.
Upper Orier--Joseph Seaver.
Lower Orier--Miles Atkinson
STATE OF THE ARMAGH WORK-HOUSE FOR THE WEEK ENDING
APRIL 26TH.--Admitted 10; born 2; remaining last week
456; total 468; total discharged and died 13; remaining on
the above date 455.
On Friday morning between
12 and 1 o'clock, as an inside jaunting car, in which were two
or three ladies, returning home from a party, was rounding
into Bridge-street [Belfast], the driver fell from his seat to the
curb-stone, and received several severe cuts and bruises on the
head and face, which bled profusely. On being raised from the
ground, it was quite evident that the poor fellow had been
drinking rather freely. The ladies were greatly alarmed, but a
message having been sent, a gentleman reached the spot
shortly after the occurrence, and drove them to their
residence.—Belfast News Letter.
The Right Hon. The Earl of CHARLEMONT, Lord Lieutenant
of the county Tyrone, passed through this city, dining at Wiltshire's
Hotel, yesterday, from whence he proceeded to his residence
Roxboro' House, Moy, from Dublin.
Captain MERVYN ARCHDALL paired with Lord NEWPORT
against the second reading of the Maynooth grant, having been
obliged to come to Ireland on urgent family business.
Viscount and Viscountess NEWRY and family have arrived
Lady CHAMPAGNE entertained at dinner on Tuesday the
Marquis and Marchioness of THOMOND, Earl and Countess of
ENNISKILLEN, Lord and Lady FEVERSHAM, the Marchioness of
ELY and Lady ANNE LOFTUS, Lord ADAM LOFTUS, Lady
FORBES, Mr. VAUGHAN, Mr. PAGET, Lady HARRIETT and Miss
PAGES, Captain FORBES, Sir BLADEN CAPEL, &c.
The Armagh, Coleraine, and Portrush railway gentlemen,
had an interview with Lord Charlemont in Wiltshire's hotel
yesterday, after visiting Lord Gosford's. They are to wait
upon his Lordship againt at Roxboro' House.
One of the most delightful balls of the season, in Dublin, was
given on Monday evening week by Mrs. Bond, of "The Argory,"
near Charlemont, county Armagh, who, being anxious
to add to the comfort of her guests, (upwards of three hundred
of the elite of the resident rank and fashion,) engaged the
Rotunda Rooms for the occasion. A more brilliant scene we have
not witnessed, every thing was provided in profuse magnifi-
cence. The supper supplied by Mitchell was recherche ; and
wines of the finest vintage flowed in abundance. Dancing com-
menced at eleven o'clock to Kelly's splendid band, under the
management of Mr. Williams, who officiated as master of the
ceremonies, and was kept up with unceasing delight until a late
hour, when the company separated, highly charmed with the
urbanity of their host and hostess.--Evening Packet.
WHEREAS, on the night of Thursday, the 3d April inst.,
HOUSTON RUSSELL, of Edenderry, in the County of
Down, Esq., was waylaid, and severely wounded in the head,
in the Avenue of Edenderry, and his life thereby placed in imminent danger.—A REWARD of £200 will be given for the apprehension and conviction of the assassin, and the sum of £50
will be given for such private information, as may lead to the
discovery of all, or any of the persons guilty of said outrage.
(Signed) FREDERICK RUSSELL.
Edenderry, 14th April, 1845.
Since Thursday evening last we have had
some refreshing showers, which have tended greatly to improve
the early-set potatoes. The healthy appearance of the crops in
the neighbourhood promise an abundant harvest.
The tide of emigration to America, has just
commenced in this county—every week large numbers of the
peasantry of our country pass through this town on their way
to the ports of Donegal, Derry, Sligo, &c. The majority of
those emigrating are Protestants.