BREACH OF PROMISE OF MARRIAGE
At the Cork Assizes, on Friday last, an action of this de-
scription was tried, in which Miss Letitia Little, aged 27
daughter of Dr. Little, of Sligo, was plaintiff, and Mr. George
Newenham, of Summer-house, Cork, widower, aged 53, de-
fendant. The court was much crowded during the trial, and a
great number of ladies were present.
It appeared, from the facts stated by Mr. Henn, counsel for
plaintiff, that the defendant had met the plaintiff at the house
of Mr. Beamish, of Cork, and was fascinated by her
appearance. From that period he was unremitting in his
attentions, and ultimately offered her his heart and hand. He
also made proposal of marriage to the lady’s father, who
consented to the union. Suddenly, however, a change came
over the spirit of the defendant’s dream. A few days
afterwards, this elderly gentleman wrote a most doleful
letter to Dr. Little, expressing his regret that his means were
not such as to warrant him in marrying the young lady ; or,
to use his own words, “ the pressing state of my affairs
renders marriage at present a most absurd thing for me to
think of.” An action was consequently brought for this
breach of contract, and damages were laid at £5,000. £500
was lodged in court by the defendant.
Mr. Bennett, who appeared for the defendant, admitted that
the defendant was entitled to compensation, but submitted
that the sum lodged in court was sufficient. In course of his
observations he said—“ According to the case you have
heard, this girl, beautiful, accomplished, and well educated,
came to this town on the 23d of September last, and the
defendant was invited to a gentleman’s house where he saw
her at dinner. For some time it does not appear he paid her
any particular attention, but on the 24th or 25th of January he
appears to have asked her hand in marriage. He is, and was
then, a widower, of the age of 53, and she is a beautiful
girl—one of the witnesses said she is now 27 ; but what her
precise age is we have not accurately learned. Gentleman,
that he was in love, there can be no doubt ; and although I
myself am past 53, I can conceive a man of 53—indeed
something older—talking love to her, when his passions
were moved as his were, and which were not cooled until
he discovered he could not support her as he ought to do.
He thought, therefore, the course he ought to pursue was
to prevent the union taking place. He was threatened with
an action, and he had then another course open to him—
that of marrying her. He dared the action, for he preferred
that to bringing unhappiness on her. Is there, I ask, a young
lady who sees me now—and, indeed, I wish I had in this
case a jury of pretty girls to address—(laughter)—and I
could easily empannel [sic] them in this court, my lord.
Were you, ladies, in that box, to you I would say no more
than this—would you rather have a widower of fifty-three,
with five little pledges hanging on his back, with a fortune
say of £400 or £500 a-year in hand at your disposal? Ladies
of the jury, have you agreed to your verdict? (great laughter).
There was a famous poet who wrote of a lady—you have
read this, my lord. After giving a history of the lady he
described her as being fond of the male sex—(laughter)—
indeed, I believe that is a propensity that most ladies have
(renewed laughter). Now, she had to draw a comparison, not
between a man of 53 and a girl of 26, but between a man of
50 and one of 25. The question was asked ; she look at each,
and immediately and very candidly said, “I’d rather have two
of 25 than one of 50” (immoderate laughter). But, gentlemen
of the jury, the friends of this young lady think differently.
They are of opinion that this widower of 53 should pay—for
what? Compensation in damages for the loss she sustained?
Why, I believe the damages she sustained could never be
estimated at £500.
The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff—Seven hundred
pounds damages and sixpence costs.
TWELFTH OF AUGUST IN ARMAGH
There was no
procession or public demonstration held in this city, or, as far
as we have learned, in the county, in commemoration of this
glorious anniversary. Our city was filled with soldiers, for
whom there was not least occasion, nor do we know at whose
instance they were brought here.
THE CROPS.—During the past
week the weather was very favorable ; but on Sunday a
sudden change came, and the rain fell in torrents. In
almost every part of this neighbourhood complaints are
prevalent about the rot in the potato crop. It is thought
that the wheat and oat crop will be very productive.
HAY TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION
On Saturday, the 30th of August, instant, at
Lisdrumard and Killynure, about two miles from Armagh,
(by order of Messrs. Thomas and William Oliver,)
ELEVEN LARGE PIKES of PRIME WELL-SAVED
FORCE GRASS HAY, the growth of the years 1843,
1844, and 1845.
Sale to commence at Lisdrumard, at eleven o’clock.—
Terms at Sale.
DANIEL M’ALLEN, Auctioneer.
Killynure, 19th August, 1845.
The Leitrim Grand Jury have presented a complimentary
address, with £50, to Robert Stewart, of Drumderig, farmer,
for his gallant repulse of a ribbon gang, who attacked his
MARKETHILL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
The annual cattle show of the above Society was held at
Markethill on Monday, the 11th inst., when a great many very
superior black cattle were exhibited.
The milch cows were the best ever offered for competition
in the Society, and clearly proves the care, skill, and
attention given lately in this neighbourhood to improve the
breed. The bulls were of quite an improved breed and
appearance. There were fewer two-year-old heifers
exhibited than at any former show, in consequence of the
great demand for that particular kind, and temptingly high
prices. The year-old heifers and calves were very promising ;
the pigs were more numerous than has been exhibited at any
previous show, and of a very superior description.
After the show, the members of the Society sat down to a
public dinner at Mr. POLLARD’s Hotel, when Earl
GOSFORD (the patron of the Society) presided, and Mr.
M’CLURE, of Millview, vice-chairman. When the usual
loyal toasts had been given,
His Lordship said, his great object at such meetings as
the present—where so many of the most intelligent tenantry
and their good neighbours met—was that there might be
some improvement and advantage derived ; and with his
accustomed clearness described the different breeds of
cattle, and the care and attention necessary to them.
After considerable discussion, his Lordship called on the
judges, Messrs. DANIEL M’CLURE, and JAMES YOUNG,
for their decision, which was as follows :--
BULLS.—1st Prize, to Mr. Henry Dongan ; 2d, Mr. James
COWS.—1st Prize, to Mr. Henry Dongan ; 2d, Mr. James
TWO-YEAR-OLD HEIFERS.—1st Prize, to Mr. Thomas
Bell ; 2d, Mr. William Martin.
ONE-YEAR-OLD HEIFERS.—1st Prize, to Mr. George
Stewart ; 2d, Mr. William Martin.
CALVES OF THIS YEAR—1st Prize, to Mr. Alexander
Grier ; 2d, Mr. James Black.
PIGS.—For best Boar, to Mr. James Scott ; best sow, do.
His Lordship gave the health of the Judges, whose decision
was received without any exception.
His Lordshp [sic] appeared highly pleased with the working
of the society, and said he was happy to bear testimony to
the great improvement in the neighbourhood, in consequence
of the stimulus given through the Society’s premiums.
This is what may be naturally expected when there is a
good resident landlord, and one who takes pleasure in
visiting and seeing his tenantry comfortable. Lord Gosford
is a happy example of what a nobleman ought to be,
enjoying the unlimited confidence of his tenantry, and ready
to encourage them in every endeavour to improve
DEATH OF BERNARD CAVANAGH, THE FASTING
This individual, who three or four years since excited
some attention in the metropolis, by professing to exist
without sustenance, liquid or solid, expired on Sabbath last,
in rucoat’s-lane, in his 32d year. He had recently kept a
huckster’s shop, in which he had failed. He had gone by an
assumed name, and his right one did not transpire till
shortly before his death. His brother, who was with him when
he exhibited in London, was present. The deceased was of
parsimonious habits, and often reduced to great extremities,
but has left money in bank
A KNOWING THIEF
On the 1st instant, four year
old heifers, the property of one HUGH COX, were stolen
off the lands of Cavanacross, near the demesne of Castle
Coole, county Fermanagh. The thief drove them to
Fivemiletown, a short distance from which he obtained
grazing from a respectable man named DAVID GRAHAM,
for them till 1st November, at which time it is supposed
he thought all search would have ended, and by payment
of the grazing money have had the booty. We are happy
to add they were discovered, and returned to the owner.
On Tuesday last about 120 stone of new Flax was shown in
our market. Seventy stone of this—scutched at Mr. ADAMS’
mill, Monaghan—brought 8s. per stone; 29 stone, the property
of J. T. NOBLE, Esq., Russell-street, sold for 7s. 9d. For
the remaining 20—the property of JOHN CARDWELL, Esq.,
Tullyelmer—there was 9s. 6d. asked, but we could not learn
whether it was disposed of or not.
It will be seen elsewhere, by an
extract from the Evening Post of Thursday last, that the
deputation from this city which waited on his Excellency the
Lord Lieutenant, on the subject of obtaining the establishment
of a college in our city, was most favorably and
August 3, at Wall-end, Warwickshire, the lady of John
Hancock, Esq., of Lurgan, county Armagh, of a son.
August 10, in Enniskillen [Co Fermanagh], Mrs. W.
Alexander, of a son.
On Sunday, the 10th inst., in College-street, Armagh, the
lady of J. Lester, Esq., Principal of the Armagh Boarding and
Day School, of a daughter.
On the 13th inst., in St. Mark’s Church, Dublin, by the Rev .
Mr. O’Meara, Mr. Samuel Lindsay, of William-street, to Lydia
Matilda, second daughter of Mr. John Barret, Westmorland-
On Tuesday the 12th inst , Thomas Kennedy, of Brackagh,
county Tyrone, Esq., aged 43 years. For his steadiness, benevolence, and urbanity of manner, he is most deservedly
lamented by a numerous circle of friends, whose only
consolation is, that he sleeps with the Lord Jesus, on whom he
placed his hope.
On Thursday last, at Belleek [Co Fermanagh], color-
sergeant Digby, 5th Fusileers, sincerely regretted by the
officers and men of the regiment.
On the 20th inst., at Clogher [Co Tyrone], Mr. James
On Monday the 18th inst., of apoplexy, Mr. Robert
Kidney, merchant, Enniskillen [Co Fermanagh]. And on
Tuesday, his brother, Thomas who had been ill of decline
for some time.
CAPTURE OF THREE MOLLY MAGUIRES IN GLEN,
Sergeant Gibson, of the Glenfarn station, proceeded to
Glen, on the night of the 11th instant, with a strong party of
police, and after ranging the mountains for seventeen hours,
succeeded in capturing three persons, John and Lawrence
Dolan, and John M’Loughlin, together with a large quantity
of ammunition, and one of the yeoman muskets taken some
time ago by this lawless party. The gun has been registered
bearing No. 1334, the above parties were afterward marched
to Manorhamilton, where they were examined before N.
Loftus Tottenham, Esq., and H. H. Wades, Esq., R.M., who
had them committed for trial. N. Loftus Tottenham, Esq.,
kindly ordered dinner in Gerne’s Commercial Hotel,
Manorhamilton, for the constabulary who had been out on
this harassing duty
STATE OF THE WORKHOUSE
FOR THE WEEK
ENDING AUG. 23.—Admitted during the week, 8 ;
remaining last week, 403 ; discharged, 31 ; total remaining
on the above date, 380.
GREAT FIRE IN LIMERICK
LIMERICK, TUESDAY MORNING, ONE O’CLOCK,
--An awful fire broke forth last evening about eight o’clock,
at Hagerty’s metal-foundry in Roche’s-street. How the fire
originated could not well be ascertained. If there had been
any wind out the consequence must have been awful. On the
one side of the foundry was an immense corn store five
stories high, belonging to Mr. Osborne ; on the other side
the great baconstore of Mr. Ryan, both of which fortunately
escaped. The military, as in all such cases, behaved with
the greatest energy ; but for their exertions, and an ample
supply of water, the consequences must have been most
PRICE OF BREAD
The 4lb. loaf is now raised to
8d. in this city.
NEW BARRACKS AT BELLEEK
A new barracks
is immediately to be built at Belleek, in this county, by
order of government. Our respected townsman, Mr.
ROBERT GLEGG, has become contractor.
The weather during the last week has
been very variable—alternate sunshine and shade; a good
deal of heavy rain has fallen, but a lively breeze generally
blowing has kept it from doing much injury. Should Provi-
dence favour us with one week of fine weather, our harvest
will be crowned abundantly.
RIPE OATS AND BARLEY
The finest sample of
ripe Siberian oats and golden drop barley, we have ever
beheld, have been sent us by Mr. JOHN ALLAN, and
grown on the Palace farm. The barley and oats were
shorn last week, and fully ripe. They were grown on
thorough-drained land of last year’s draining, which,
we understand, adds greatly to the early maturity of any
crop. The samples lie for inspection at our office.
In the case of HEATH a. HEATH, we understand an
appeal has been made by the impugnant to the Court