LURGAN PRESENTMENT SESSIONS
These Sessions were held in the Town Hall, Lurgan, on Tuesday last. Lord Lurgan presiding. The other magistrates and cesspayers present were: J. Hancock, J.P.; J. W. Greer, J.P.; Francis Fforde, James Malcolm, Francis Watson, Samuel Ruddell, Ralph Bullock, W. W. Paul, Matthew Cooke, Esqrs.; Archdeacon Saurin. J. G. Winder, Esq., Secretary to the Grand Jury, was also in attendance.
The usual presentment for the repairs of the roads, bridges, &c., were passed.
Mr. Leonard Uprichard, of Lurgan, applied for the nominal sum of £659, for damage sustained to his house and premises, on the 12th March last. The amount, however, of assessed damage was £341 12s. 8d. Mr. O'Rorke, of Belfast, appeared for Mr. Uprichard.
Upon examination, Mr. Uprichard stated that the buildings cost upwards of £1,000, and the damage sustained by the breakage of glass, &c., was over £20.
Mr. H. Colvin deposed that, after examination of Mr. Uprichard's premises, the day after the explosion, his estimate for repairs of the damage amounted to £107 2s. 8d. ; but this would not put the house in the same state of repair that it was previous to the explosion. It was £200 less value now, and it would take £500 to rebuild it, using the old materials.
John Colvin, the son of the last witness was next called and corroborated his father's evidence.
Mr. Morris contended that according to the Act of Parliament, the Court had no power to award compensation.
It was decided to leave the legal question to the Judge of assizes.
J. Hancock, Esq., J.P., moved, and J. W. Greer, Esq., J.P., seconded, that £341 12s. 8d., be allowed.
Mr. F. Watson moved, and Mr. S. Ruddell seconded that the same be reduced to £241 12s. 8d.
Mr. O'Rorke drew the attention of the Court to the provisions of the act, authorising them to assess one half the amount on the County of Down. There was a probability that the parties who committed the act resided in that County.
Mr. Hancock moved that it should be recommended to the Grand Jury to apply to the Judge of assize, to apportion one half on the County of Down. Mr. S. Ruddell seconded the motion.
Mr. Greer moved as an amendment and Mr. Watson seconded it, that the Court should make no such recommendation.
On the poll being demanded, the original motion was carried.
On Thursday last, about two o'clock, a woman resident in this town, attempted to commit suicide by throwing herself in the Bann, below the bridge. By great exertion she was brought to land. We understand this has not been the first attempt.
May 25, at St. Helena Place, Dundalk, the wife of Mr. David Lockhart, of twins.
May 20, at Markethill, the wife of the Rev. Robert Shannon, minister of Cladymore, of a daughter.
May 21, at Banbridge, the wife of James Price, Esq., of a son.
May 18, at Donegal, the wife of Mr. J. F. Copeland, of a daughter.
On the 20th inst., at Pound-street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Thomas Douglas, of a son.
On the 23rd inst., in Ballymanab, by the Rev. E. Campbell, Edward Corr, Esq., to Anna, eldest daughter of the late Wm. Quinn, Esq., Tandragee.
LURGAN PRESENTMENT SESSIONS CONT.
THE BALTIER EVICTIONS.
Mr. Morris next applied to the Court on behalf of the Duke of Manchester, for the sum of £20, the amount of damage sustained by him through the burning of five bays of a house at Baltier. It was not for the value of the claim, but to put a stop to such outrages that the Duke of Manchester sought for some compensation. Mr. O'Rorke, of Belfast, who was specially retained on the part of the Cesspayers, contended that the Court had no jurisdiction on account of the Duke of Manchester not having within three days of the injury sustained given information on oath, nor had any of his servants given such information. Considerable discussion ensued after which the Bench overruled the objection. John Curran was examined at some length upon the facts of the burning by Mr. Morris, but, on cross examination by Mr. O'Rorke, admitted that he had sworn his information on the 5th of May, but had not seen the premises from the 29th of April until the 9th of May. Mr. Morris contended that the fact of the witness having sworn the information was sufficient, and that it was not necessary he should see the premises. Re-examined by Mr. O'Rorke--There had been numerous ejectments lately on the Duke of Manchester's estate. It was customary to pull down the cotter houses and leave the farm houses. The ones burned had not been pulled down, nor did he believe the school children were allowed to play in them. W. Robinson, one of the parties ejected at Baltier, examined. Was put in possession again by Curran. John Malcomson, Ellen M'Dowell, Joseph Gracey, Fifer Best, and Mudwall Best, were also dispossessed; the latter was also put again in possession. Two persons only aided on the night of the fire, the place being so confined they could not well do so. The door had been taken off, and he and others had smoked there. Mr. O'Rorke inquired where Mr. O'Brien was, when he was informed by Mr. M'Henry that he was in Clare. Several persons in the court exclaimed they "hoped he would stay there." Mr. O'Rorke then addressed the Bench in an able speech reviewing the evidence, and urging that there was not sufficient proof to show that the burning was malicious. He remarked that the evidence of Robinson went to show that the fire might very easily have arisen through accidental circumstances. He wished to examine the Sheriff's man. He refused to answer any questions, until Lord Lurgan insisted upon his doing so, but his examination did not bear upon the case either one way or the other. The Court then entered into a short deliberation, and awarded 5s. for each bay, in all 25s. Mr. Greer rose to move that the sum should be £20. This was not seconded.
The friends of James Cuthbertson, Esq., entertained him at supper, at Martin's Hotel, on the occasion of his leaving Portadown, and afterwards presented him with a splendid silver lancet case, as a mark of their esteem. The supper was served in Mr. Martin's usual good style, and gave general satisfaction.
May 17, in Bryansford Church, by the Rev. J. A. Beers, Rector of Donaghcloney, Leslie Thompson, Esq., Captain 58th Regt., youngest son of the late Lieut.-Col. Thompson, to Jane Leslie, youngest daughter of William Beers, Esq., Brook Castle, Newcastle, County of Down.
LOUGH NEAGH DRAINAGE
We find that a meeting of proprietors of lands within the Drainage District of Lough Neagh, has been convened for Thursday, the 2nd of June next, at the Court House, in Belfast, at one o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of electing 15 Trustees of the Drainage Works. It is of great importance to the proprietors, owners, and occupiers that this meeting should be very fully attended, so that a proper choice may be made of Trustees, whose powers for good or evil are very exclusive. The direction now vested in the Commissioners of Public Works will be transferred to the Trustees, who are authorised to appoint such surveyors, officers, clerks, and assistants as they may think required for conservation of the Works.
Under the provisions of the Act of Parliament, all persons chargeable with tax have an equal voice at the first election, though it is otherwise at all subsequent elections, when proprietors vote according to the extent of their lands. The proprietors should also recollect that if any redress for the wrongs they complain of can be obtained, and for inquiry into the misconduct of the Board of Works, the Trustees now elected will be the persons whose special duty it is to seek for a remedy, by application to Parliament or a memorial to the Lords of the Treasury. The proprietors will therefore see how necessary it is to have proper, active, and independent Trustees elected at this first meeting--men able and willing to do their duty without fear of any man. But for that purpose every owner and occupier must personally attend the election.
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Head-Constable Scott and one of the force went on their rounds yesterday inspecting the weights and measures, and made several seizures. Very likely we will hear more of it.
The new Act for recovery of small debts before the Magistrates at the Petty Sessions is now in force.--Processes for sums under £2, contracted within twelve months, can be brought to Petty Sessions. The proper forms are for sale at the Stamp Office, 43, Thomas Street, Portadown.
On Saturday last, an inquest was held in Kilmore, by Edward D. Atkinson, Esq., on the body of a man named Kelly, who was found dead on the day previous. The jury were unanimous in returning a verdict of "Wilful murder against some person unknown." A man named Joseph Potts, with his daughter, have been arrested on suspicion, and committed for further examination. Deceased was a very quiet man.
On 22nd May, at Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Mr. James Henry, aged 65 years. He was an old resident of Portadown, and was deservedly respected by all classes. His remains were removed to the family burying ground at Drumcree. .
On Wednesday, 25th inst., in Lurgan Church, by the Rev. Thomas Knox, and afterwards in the Roman Catholic Chapel, by the Rev. Dr. O'Brien, Mr. Alexander M'Keown, to Ellen, eldest daughter of Mr. Gordon Collins, both of Lurgan.