Saturday, 28 March 2015

100 Years Ago

Editor arrested

Mr. Justice Wright, on Saturday, at Galway Assizes, issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Wm Hastings, proprietor of the ‘Western News’, Ballinasloe, who failed to appear to take his trial for alleged criminal libel on Mr. Nicholas O’Carroll, master of the Ballinasloe Workhouse. The case has for a considerable time been the subject of proceedings in the High Court. 

Waistcoat wonder

The statement that Lieutenant Governor of Bengal has advised the confiscation as seditious of a number of waistcoats for natives having on their borders a Bengali poem regarded as treasonable, entitled, ‘Farewell, Mother’ has as its parallel in absurdity the delightful story of Dickens’s Mrs. Jellaby, who was engaged in making pocket-handkerchiefs with scenes from Scripture worked thereon with a view to the conversion of the heathen, to whom they were to be given by missionaries. 

Kenny’s fire

It is now estimated that the damage done by fire to John Kenny’s premises, Ballyhaunis, is over £6,000. The whole building is a complete wreck and the outer wall is expected to fall in at any time. Only a few bales of goods were saved. The young ladies who were injured in jumping from one of the windows are progressing favourably.

Sad fatality

On Monday night the Four Mile House police were informed that a fatal accident had taken place near their station about four miles from Roscommon, the dead body of a woman having been found underneath a donkey cart, in a dyke along the public road. A couple of constables proceeding to the place indicated, they found the body of Mary Kilmartin lying in the drain with a bag of meal across her head, which pressed down into the water. Deceased belongs to Kinnity and was about 50 years of age. She had been in Roscommon marketing, and it is presumed that on her way home in the donkey cart, in which was a bag of meal and other articles, the animal drew into the dyke alongside the road, and that the bag falling across her face prevented her relieving herself. The Coroner was communicated with, but he did not think an inquest necessary.

The political outlook

The situation in connection with the Veto Budget crisis remains so far unchanged and unless Mr. Asquith alters his attitude it would seem that a General Election is not far off, inasmuch as Mr. John Redmond and the other members of the Irish Party are determined to adhere to the Veto first policy as being the only one by which the Irish political situation can be made more satisfactory to the people they represent in the English House of Commons. The Prime Minister’s Resolutions regarding the relations of the two Houses were, however, presented to the House of Commons on Monday night, and certainly they are not as sweeping as those of the electorate who resent the methods of the House of Lords would wish, and they will, no doubt, give rise to some discussion when they are formally moved by Mr. Asquith. 

Recent deaths

Other deaths reported in the Roscommon Journal of March 26th, include Master Michael Fleming, son of Mr. Thomas Fleming, RO, Oran; Mrs. Bridget Dolan, whose death took place at the residence of her husband; Mr. John Dolan, Ardagh, Ballymoe, on Friday 18th at the age of 65 years. The deceased was a member of a respected family in the parish of Ballintubber and was of a facile and good-natured disposition; P. J. McGuire, Lenamarla, Creggs, which took place in Charlestown, United States of America; Patrick Dempsey, Well Lane, Roscommon, aged about 75 years. Deceased had been in comparatively good health, but the previous evening he complained of a pain in his chest. 

Temperance League

On Wednesday night, the 16th inst, there was a Reunion Dance of the St. Patrick’s Temperance League held in the Hanly Memorial Hall, Castlerea. There was a large and fashionable attendance, and a most enjoyable night was spent. Dancing was continued until 6 o’clock on St. Patrick’s morning. A sumptuous supper was provided and the catering – which was in the hands of R. Wm J Fleming, Merchant, St. Patrick Street – left nothing to be desired in the good things provided. At 12 o’clock (midnight), the whole company joined in singing ‘St. Patrick’s Day’. The music for the dance was rendered by Messrs Keogh (piano), Giblin (violin). It was one of the happiest and most enjoyable nights spent in Castlerea for a length of time and reflects the highest credit on the promoters