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The Ahern Family - Newspaper Reports 1860-1870

Mention of Aherns
in Newspaper Stories

TUESDAY, JAN. 24TH.—Before W. A. Brown, Esq., P.M., and J. F. Macdougall, Esq. David Muir, William Watson, Mrs. Daniel Cusack, and Timothy Ahern, were respectively fined in the sum of 3s. 6d. each, for allowing pigs, their property, to stray in the streets.
The Moreton Bay Courier 26 January 1860
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Annual Licensing Meeting.—A meeting for the granting of licenses was held on Tuesday last, in the police-court, before J. Petrie, Esq., mayor; W. A. Brown, Esq., P. M. ; and Messrs. Pickering, Cribb, Mc Dougall, Webb, Stephens, Prior, and Galloway, J's.P. The following persons were granted publican's licenses:— . . . Timothy Ahern, for repairs; . . . 
The Moreton Bay Courier 19 April 1860
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The St. Patrick Tavern,
   TIMOTHY AHERN begs respectfully to inform the public of Queensland that he has obtained a license for the above named commodious Hotel, which, regardless of expense, he has furnished and generally improved in a superior style, capable of securing the requisite comfort and accommodation to the public, whose patronage he would kindly solicit.
   T. A. would also remark that his extensive stock of liquors will be of a superior quality, which statement may be proved upon trial. The stable will constantly contain a supply of good hay and corn.
The Moreton Bay Courier 14 July 1860
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SHIP SHALIMAR.—Anyone giving information concerning THOMAS AHEARN, native of Tipperary, alive or dead, who arrived in this colony in 1856 by the Shalimar, from Liverpool, will receive thanks and a reward of £6, by applying to Mr. Jeremiah Sullivan, M'Crae-street, Bendigo.
The Argus 2 October 1860
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Before the Police Magistrate.
Frederick Redan was fined 5s for drunkenness, or in default sentenced to be imprisoned for 24 hours. Thomas Smith, said to be a West Indian, who was on a former occasion remanded on a charge of burglary, was again brought up and again remanded for further evidence, bail being allowed self in £80, and two securities in £40 each. It will be remembered that he is charged with robbing the shop of Mr. Ahearn, Edward-street, of a sum of money amounting to between £5 and £6.
The Moreton Bay Courier 16 October 1860
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Before Mr. G. D. Webb, and Mr. R. Cribb.
 . . . Thomas Smith, a West Indian, who has been remanded on several occasions charged with robbing Mr. Ahearn's shop, in Edward-street, of £5, was further remanded until next day. . . . 
SATURDAY.—Before Mr. G. D. Webb, and Mr. R. Cribb, and the Police Magistrate.
   Thomas Smith was again brought up on the charge of robbing the shop of James Ahearn, in Edward-street. The case was initiated before the bench on Monday week last. On that occasion the prosecutor stated that he saw the prisoner in his shop on the previous Thursday morning at 8 o'clock. He remained in his shop for about an hour, and said he wanted work. He then went out with a man who said he would give him work, and prosecutor did not see him again until the next morning.
    On the Thursday night, however, at about 11 o'clock, constable Riley told him that the shop was open. Prosecutor was in the habit of locking up the shop at night, and going to his father's hotel to sleep ; he was quite certain that he did so on this occasion. Upon examining the shop he found that between £5 10s. and £6 had been abstracted from a loose box under the counter ; he also saw a bundle of clothes belonging to the prisoner lying on the floor of the shop ; it was not there at half-past nine at night when he locked the place.
   —Cross-examined by the prisoner: You did not say that you would leave a bundle in the shop.
   —Cross-examined by the Bench: I keep the key, and after locking the place on the night in question I brought it down with me ; I think the door must have been opened by a hammer or an axe, as the lock or catch was bent.
   —Timothy Ahearn, a lad 12 years of age, deposed that he saw the prisoner in his brother's shop on Wednesday, and served him with a fig of tobacco ; the prisoner said he would owe his brother for it, and that would make 4½d he owed altogether. Witness replied that he did not believe in trust ; prisoner then said "You have not change of a £5 note," to which witness replied that he had, and at once proceeded to count out the necessary change on the counter ; the money was taken from a box under the counter, and the amount of change tendered was £4 19s 6d. He was going to add three-halfpence, when the prisoner said "Never mind, here's a shilling." Witness then put the money back into the box and gave him change of the shilling.
   The prisoner soon after went down the town with the steward of the Clarence. On the Thursday morning about 9 o'clock witness took charge of the shop whilst his brother went to breakfast, examined the box and found it all right. On the same morning he changed an Ipswich note for Southerden's man ; thought he would know it again ; was there all day until 4 o'clock ; went back to the shop about 9 o'clock in the evening to put up the shutters and found they were up ; he then returned to the hotel in company with his brother about an hour or so after a constable came to his father's house and asked his father if the shop did not belong to him, to which an answer in the affirmative was returned ; the constable said the door was wide open ; on going up to the shop witness found the box but not the money. Saw a bundle of clothes there consisting of a pair of blankets, a pair of trowsers, and a coat ; the lastmentioned article he recognised as having seen on the prisoner the previous day (clothes produced).
   —Joshua Ebenstein deposed that he had seen a notice in the "Courier" to the effect that Ahearn's shop had been robbed of £5 and having found a bag containing a sum of money consisting of four one pound notes and nineteen shillings in silver, he took occasion to advertise the same in the "Courier" of Thursday ; one of the notes was an Ipswich note ; he found the money on Tuesday alongside of his own residence a little way off the street, and close to the house occupied for government offices in Albert-street. The money appeared to have been thrown there hastily, as the silver was lying scattered round the mouth of the bag, no one could have seen it without coming on to his verandah.
   —James Ahearn was resworn and stated : There was an Ipswich note among the money but I cannot swear that the one produced is the same, nor yet can I identify any of the coins.
   —Sergeant Wright, lockup-keeper, deposed to having searched the prisoner when he came to the lockup, he had on two pair trowsers, the under pair being of the same color as the bag now produced (blue) ; he did not discover on searching him any pocket in his trousers beyond a small one resembling a watch fob ; found 9s. 6d. on the prisoner's person ; the prisoner was remanded to gaol, and on [his] return to the lockup he had only one pair of trousers on, the blue ones being absent.
   Samuel Sneyd, gaoler, deposed to receiving the prisoner in gaol, and also to the fact of his having a pair of blue trousers on, which he subsequently gave to his fellow-prisoners for the purpose of being cut up into tea and sugar bags.
   A turnkey was subsequently called, who produced fragments of the trousers. [It was supposed that the bag containing the money might be a pocket belonging to the trousers, and that the prisoner had thrown it away whilst being pursued by the police.] The trousers, however, not being complete, the connection of the pocket could not be identified. He was therefore discharged.
The Moreton Bay Courier 25 October 1860
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THE DAY AFTER ELECTION.; The Republicans and Their Triumph—General Feeling and Speculations—A Grand Display of the Wide-Awakes to Come. —The Lamentations of the Defeated.—How the Fasionists took their Defeat.—The Victors and the Vanquished at their Respective Head-quarters.—Arrests for Illegal Voting.
 . . . The following named persons were also taken before the police magistrates yesterday on charges of having unwarantably attempted to exercise the elective franchise: James Scales from the First Ward; Michael Smith from the Fifteenth Ward; Wm. Gaatz and John McCaffrey from the Tenth; Jas. McDermott from the Twenty-second; Charles O'Hearn and Michael Dorrs from the Twenty-third; Edward Gleason from the Seventeenth; David P. Bryant and Henry Wilson from the Seventh, and James O'Shannessy and Francis O'Neil from the Eleventh. Three or four of the accused are also amenable for having violated a provision of the Registry law, the penalty for which offence is severer than that imposed for voting illegally — the latter being punished by confinement for a term of six months in the Penitentiary, and the former by imprisonment for not less than a year. The Police Commissioners have given permission to the members of the force making the arrests to receive the $100 reward offered for each conviction in a case of this kind.
New York Times 8 November 1860
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Local Intelligence.
   ST. STEPHEN'S (CATHOLIC) SCHOOL.—The distribution of premiums to the children attending this school took place at St. Stephen's Church on the afternoon of Tuesday last, in the presence of a large assemblage of the parents and friends of the pupils.
 . . . 
   Before making the distribution, the Very Rev. Dean Rigney delivered a short address to the children, cautioning them against two sins likely to be engendered by scholastic contests for superiority, namely, ambition and envy. He then proceeded to make the following awards :—For proficiency in the various subjects, and for scripture history and Christian doctrine-first premium, James Ahearne, Heydock's Family Bible, in morocco, richly gilt ; . . . 
The Moreton Bay Courier 3 January 1861
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A child of four years old was received into the South Infirmary on Wednesday, with a broken leg, which it had sustained by jumping from a table to the ground. A man named Michael Aherne received surgical relief at the same establishment, having had his hand crushed while working in a quarry.
The Cork Examiner 11 January 1861
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A wretched-looking man, named Thomas Ahern, was indicted for having, on the 29th December, dangerously assaulting one Mary Groves. Dr. Bannon, visiting physician of the Richmond Bridewell, deposed that he prisoner had been under his care on two or three different occasions. He believed him to be half-witted, or of unsound mind. The issue having been put to the jury, as to whether the prisoner was of sound or unsound mind, they returned a verdict that he was not of sound mind. He was accordingly ordered to be committed to jail, to await the orders of the Government in relation to him.
The Irish Times 11 January 1861
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Sale on THURSDAY, the 28th Day. of FEB., 1861.
In the Matter of the Estate of
   Pursuant to the order of hte Honourable Judge DOBBS, Mr. ROGER BERNARD EVANS will, on THURSDAY, the 28th day of February, 1861, at his Auction Saloon, SOUTH MALL, CORK, at the hour of One o'Clock in the Afternoon of said day, set up by PUBLIC AUCTION, in One Lot, FOUR well-circumstanced COTTAGES situate close to the Town of MONKSTOWN, in the County of Cork, held for the residue of a term of 500 years from the 22nd February, 1840, at the Annual Rent of £20, and yeilding at present a clear Profit Rent of £28.
   Dated this 22nd day of January, 1861.
C. E. DOBBS, Examiner.   
   The foregoing Property consists of a piece or plot of Ground upon which Four well-circumstanced cottages have been built, and upomn which a large sum of money was expended in erecting and finishing. They are at present held by Yearly Tenants at very moderate rents, are contiguous to sea-bathing within a short distance of the Pier at Monkstown, and command an extensive view of Cork Harbour.
   The biddings taken by the Auctioneer, as above, will be submitted to the Honourable Judge Dobbs, at his Court, Inn's-quay, Dublin, on Monday, the 4th of March next, without further notice to any person.
   For Rental and all further information apply at the Office of the Landed Estates Court, Inn's-quay, Dublin ;
Lower Leeson-street, Dublin ; or to
Solicitor for the Petitioner, having car-
riage of Sale, 54, South Mall, Cork.
The Cork Examiner 1 February 1861
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Practical Joke
Some ingenious person having become possessed of a blank form of summons as issued at the Police office, determined to cause some fun by it, at the expense of a victualler named Denis Nolan, residing in Shandon-street. He accordingly filled it in the usual way, assigning the part of complainant to Thomas Ahern, Dominick-street, who charged defendant , Nolan, with assaulting him with intent to do him bodily harm. It was dated Monday, the 11th, and was signed by Mr. Daniel Leahy, one of the justices ; the complaint being fixed for hearing on Thursday, 14th. The summons thus filed was in due time served on defendant who, whether from some intimation or suspicion that the document was not genuine, at three o'clock on Wednesday, enquired for Mr. Humphrey's clerk, if it had been issued by that court he himself not being conscious of the existence of any grounds to found the charge stated therein. The clerk at once satisfied Nolan that the document was a forgery, but conceiving that tricks of this nature should not be encouraged, he, with the concurrence of the bench, learned from him the names of those whom he suspected to be party to the joke. These were desired by Head-constable Carey to attend at the Police-office yesterday, and give all the information they knew in reference to the summons ; but they probably did not consider themselves bound to appear on such a notice as that given, and did not attend.
The Cork Examiner 15 February 1861
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Present—Messrs. J. Smith (Chairman), William Moorhouse, Ely Butterworth, and James Holman. Tenders were received for cutting at Dairy Flat-road, and making spoon-drains and culvert. ; William Ahern & Co.'s, 9l. 4s. 2d, accepted ; for repairing Leake's bridge, Michael Leonard, 38l, accepted; repairing jetty, Messrs. Pierce & Kloppe, informal. Decided, that a special meeting be held next Saturday, and in the meantime fresh tenders be invited for repairing jetty. Leave granted to Messrs. J. & E. Butterworth to extend tramway to their store at Normanville. Cheques drawn, including last payment, 52l. 12s. 6d.
The South Australian Advertiser 16 February 1861
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[Before Messrs. R. F. Laurie, S.M., Wm. Randell,
and S. Herbert.]
HERRILL V. COMERFORD AND AHERN.—For committing a breach of the peace by fighting and riotous conduct at Normanville, on Sunday, February 21. The offence was proved. Comerford (this being his fourth offence) was fined 1/. and half costs; Ahern (first offence) fine 1 5s. and half costs.
The South Australian Advertiser 6 March 1861
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At three o'clock yesterday, Timothy Ahern remanded from the previous day, was brought before Mr. Lambkin, J.P., by Constable Ransome, charged with stealing a quantity of plate valued at about £60, the property of Mr,. Benjamin Galbraith, of Ballintemple. The circumstances under which the robbery was effected and the prisoner arrested were these—About five o'clock on Sunday evening, Mr. Galbraith's servant, having locked all the doors of the house and leaving no person within, went out in company with the prisoner to whom she told where she was going and where she might be found in case her master looked for her. During her absence prosecutor returned home, but finding there was no one in the house remained about the place, and in a short time again went to see if she had come back. Then it was he found the gate leading to the rere of the premises as well as the kitchen door open, and on entering met a man going out against him with a bundle, whom he suspected to be the prisoner and addressed by the prisoner's name. The person addressed, however, did not stop to make a reply, but went his way. Prosecutor at once examined the house, and discovered in the drawing room foot prints, also the chest in which the plate was kept broken open, and the plate itself removed. In the same chest was found a pipe known to have belonged to the prisoner, and outside the gate an oyster knife supposed to have been the instrument used in forcing the locks. Suspicion at once rested on the prisoner, both from the fact of his resemblance to the person met by Mr. Galbraith on entering the house, and likewise because no stranger was so well acquainted with its interior, he being in the habit of supplying prosecutor with oysters from time to time. Accordingly, Captain Ransome, of Blackrock station, being put in possession of what occurred, soon after arrested the prisoner who stated to him that he had been in bed from five o'clock the same evening. Some hours subsequent to his arrest a large portion of the plate was left at the owner's hall door, wrapped in a napkin which, with other articles of linen, was likewise stolen. The presiding magistrates said that though the case was a very suspicious one, still as nothing positive was alleged to convict the prisoner he should discharge him. The prisoner then left the court, after thanking Mr. Galbraith.
The Cork Examiner 20 March 1861
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Two ladies who were attending service at the Catholic Church, in Spring Garden street, near Twelfth, on Thursday evening, had their portemenraies[?] stolen from them by pickpockets, as they were about leaving the church. Edward Tully and “Dutchy” Ahern, two well known pickpockets, were arrested and identified as the thieves. They had a hearing before Alderman Beitler yesterday morning, and were committed for a further hearing.
Philadelphia Inquirer 30 March 1861
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INFORMATIONS were ordered at the Police-office, this morning, against a woman named Mary Murphy, for obtaining a piece of bacon from Mr. Martin, Prince's-street, under false pretenses. On Sunday, 3d of February, early in the morning, she called at the house of Mr. George Gibson, an apprentice to Mr. Dyas, Blackrock-road, and stated that the latter wanted to have a piece of bacon got for him from Mr. Martin. On this statement the bacon was given to her. It afterwards appeared that she was not sent by Mr. Dyas at all. A second charge was made against her for obtaining a nightdress from Mrs. Leighton, in the name of Mrs. Ahearn, Blackrock, for which informations were taken.
The Cork Examiner 8 April 1861
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(Before Mr. Justice WILLIAMS.)
   George Chapman, 22, labourer, was charged upon the coroner's inquisition with the manslaughter of Michael Ahearne.
   Mr. Cooper conducted the prosecution ; the prisoner was defended by Mr. Dickie.
   The prisoner, it will be recollected, was ihn Bishopsgate-street driving a railway van and two horses heavily laden on the night of the 11th of March, and, according to the evidence, he was at the time partially intoxicated, and driving at a very fast pace. He turned up Liverpool-street, where some repairs were in course of progress to the sewer, and a barrier was placed across the street, and at the time of the occurrence the deceased, who was a very aged man, and who was employed to watch the works, was in the act of doing something with a lantern, whether putting in a candle or snuffing it did not very clearly appear, when the prisoner drove against the barrier, knocked the old man down, and injured him so severely that he died very soon afterwards. The evidence went to show that at the time of the accident the prisoner had lost all control over his horses, and but for a portion of the barrier having become entangled with the fore-part of the van and stopped its progress, the vehicle, horses and all, must inevitably have gone bodily into the sewer.
   Mr. DICKIE addressed the jury at some length on the part of the prisoner, and endeavoured to show that the unfortunate occurrence was principally to be attributed to accident, owing to the period of the night at which it happened, and the state of the lamps, which, for all that had been proved to the contrary, might have been extinguished, and the prisoner was consequently not aware that the street was stopped up.
   A witness was called, who gave the prisoner the character of a sober, steady young man.
   Mr. Justice WILLIAMS having summed up, the Jury, after some deliberation, found the prisoner Guilty, but recommended him to mercy, on the ground that the heavily laden state of the van might have prevented him from having so much control over his horses as he otherwise would have had, and that he might have imagined that the side of the street to which he drove was open.
   The learned JUDGE, in passing sentence, said that the prisoner had been very properly convicted upon the evidence, and notwithstanding the recommendation to mercy by the jury, he felt it necessary to pass such a sentence as was likely to operate as a protection to the public. The prisoner, no doubt, did not intend to cause such serious mischief, but the drivers of vehicles of this description in the crowded streets of the metropolis were bound to use proper caution to prevent accidents, and, as a warning to others in his position, he felt it his duty to sentence him to six months' imprisonment and hard labour.
The Times 11 April 1861
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PUBLICANS' ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.—The annual meeting of magistrates for the purpose of granting publicans' licenses, was held at the Police Court on Tuesday last. The magistrates present were—the Police Magistrate, the Mayor, and Messrs G. Elliott, T. S. Warry, R. Cribb, G. Edmondstone, R. Douglas, T. B. Stephens. W. Pickering, J. B. Turner.J. Gibbon, and J. J. Galloway. The following licenses were granted:—
 . . . 
T. Ahearn, St. Patrick's Tavern
 . . . 
The Moreton Bay Courier 18 April 1861
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KILLARNEY, THURSDAY.—The parties engaged at faction fighting at the above fair, were yesterday brought before the following magistrates at petty sessions :—Messrs. Thomas Gallwey (chairman) ; D. J. Cruise, R.M. ; Daniel C. Coltsman, and Richard Murphy. Owing to the excitement which the friends of the delinquents seemed to manifest, and the interest attached to the hearing of the cases, the courthouse was densely thronged. The names of the parties are Jeremiah Leary, Killarney ; Cornelius Crowley, do. ; Denis Desmond, do. ; Jeremiah Riordan, Darby Gueran, Thomas Russell, Pat Riordan, Daniel Callaghan, Jeremiah Rourke, John Ahern, John Quinlan, and Pat Callaghan. There were several others called, but did not appear.
   The Sub-Inspector of the Castleisland station occupied a seat on the bench during the day. From his evidence it seems that, late in the evening, several parties struck with sticks, but he did not attempt to make any arrests ; to do so would be very imprudent, as the parties engaged in the fight were much stronger than the police. Crowley, it was stated, seized the sub-inspector's horse, and threatened to strike the sub-inspector with a stick. It also appeared that the immemorial usage at faction fights was not forgotten—of calling out £5 for the head of any of the opposite party. This was called out by the Callaghans, who immediately attacked an unoffending man named Quinlan, who admitted that that was his name. The parties, whose names I give below, were sent for trial before the chairman of the county, Mr. Coppinger, at the ensuing quarter sessions :—Cornelius Crowley, Jeremiah Leary, Denis Desmond, John [sic] Riordan, Darby Gueran (not amenable), Thomas Russell, Daniel Callaghan, Pat Quinlan [sic], John Ahern, Jeremiah Rourke, John Quinlan, James [sic] Callaghan, and Jeremiah O'Sullivan [sic].
   The magistrates admitted the prisoners to bail—themselves in £40, and two sureties in £20 each.
The Cork Examiner 7 June 1861
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June 24, at St Mary's Limerick, Francis Lynch Esq. to Ellen, youngest daughter of James Aghearn Esq.
The Freeman's Journal 27 June 1861
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ARRIVALS at Finn's Royal Victoria Lake Hotel.— . . . Mr. S. J. Ahern, New York . . . [see The Cork Examiner for complete list.]
The Cork Examiner 13 July 1861
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The following is the list of prisoners for trial at the ensuing Summer Assizes :—Edmund M'Swiney, aged 46, arson ; Denis Cronin, alias Bee, 20, stealing a gold locket ; Richard Ahearne, 19, Daniel Strammell, alias Flynn, 19, and Thomas Heffernan, rape and robbery ; James Gallaher, 42, manslaughter of Andrew Doyle ; John Neill, 34, assault and rape ; Patrick Healy, bigamy ; Michael Sullivan, 17, threatening to shoot Philip Cross ; Thomas Sullivan, 30, stealing from the person ; George Delany, 19, assault and rape on Ann Frazer ; Charles Wilson, aiding and assisting in same ; Hannah Barrett, 48, larceny ; Michael Kelly, 14, stealing workhouse clothes ; Michael M'Carthy, 13, and Ellen M'Carthy, 46, stealing jewellery ; Michael Connor, 20, sheep stealing ; Michael Carroll, 23, stealing a donkey.—The Commission will be opened at one o'clock on Monday, by Chief Justice Monahan.
The Cork Examiner 17 July 1861
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THE following property was put up for auction, yesterday, by Mr. Evans, at his Salerooms, South Mall:—
   Lot 1—Two very good houses in Ballintemple, one newly built and occupied at present by Mrs. Hern, with gardens front and rere, and the other occupied by Mr. St. George Barry. Each of the houses contains all the requisites for a respectable residence. They are held for a term of 150 years, subject to a ground rent of 10 guineas a year.
   Mr. J. Roche, Prince's-street, purchased for £241.
The Cork Examiner 19 July 1861
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   Daniel Ahearne, Edward Cushion. Richard Raymond, and Michael Kelihan, all young men, not more than twenty years of age, were severally indicted for having on the 12th of the present month (this day week) feloniously assaulted Mary Hickey, at Coolnalee, near the town of Listowel, in this county.
   Ahearne was first charged with the felonious assault, the other three prisoners with being present and abetting him ; and there was another indictment in which the prisoner Cushion was charged as the principal, and the others as aiders and abettors in the crime.
   (This is the case in which an application was made on the previous day on the part of the prisoners to postpone the trial until the next assizes, owing to the alleged absence of a material witness, but his lordship having directed affidavits to be made to the Crown, and by or on behalf of the prisoners, ultimately declined to accede to it.)
   Messrs. Henn, Q.C., Heron, Q.C., and Barry, Q.C., appeared for the Crown ; and Mr. Coffey defended the prisoners.
   The facts of the case are so unusually revolting in their details that it is impossible to do more than state the substance of the evidence very briefly. It appeared that the prosecutrix, who is a very fine and pretty young girl, about eighteen years of age, was a servant residing with a family named Gallavan, near the town of Listowel, and was going to milk some cows on the evening of that day, when she was most brutally atacked by some of the prisoners, and forcibly violated by two of them, whilst the others held her. The unfortunate girl, when first produced as a witness, from fear, or some other cause, said, she “forgave the prisoners, and did not want to prosecute them,” and subsequently altogether refused to give evidence, and when compelled to do so, most positively contradicted the statements in her informations sworn before Mr. Alexander Elliot, J.P., on the day after the offence was committed. So determined, indeed, was she not to prosecute, that the Crown counsel were obliged to ask his lordship to discontinue the trial, and to permit them to enter a nolle prosequi on the present indictment, and remand the prisoners for trial to the next assizes, and also to commit the prosecutrix for trial upon a charge of wilful and corrupt perjury.
   At this stage of the proceedings the Chief Justice most feelingly addressed the prosecutrix, and informed her that he would feel obliged to commit her for perjury if he was satisfied, on reading her informations and hearing her evidence that she had been guilty of that crime, but stated that he would give her another opportunity of considering her position, and answering truly all the questions put to her. The unfortunate girl when this occurred became convulsed in tears and hysterical, and fell in a faint off the witness chair, and remained for a considerable period wholly unconscious, so that the Court had to adjourn for more than half an hour before her examination could be proceeded with. On her return to Court she appeared more calm and collected, and in reply to the learned Chief Justice, said she would tell the whole truth. The prosecutrix then detailed all the facts set out in her informations, and fully implicated Ahearne and Cushion as having committed felonious assaults upon her, and Raymond as being present aiding and assisting them. Her evidence went wholly to exculpate the fourth prisoner, Kelihan. The case sought to be made for the defence, on cross-examination, was to the effect that the prosecutrix had misconducted herself with the prisoner Ahearne during the earlier part of the day, and otherwise conducted herself in such an improper and unbecoming way as to almost encourage them to the commission of the crime.
   His Lordship in charging the jury, said that in the whole course of his experience as a judge, or at the bar, he never heard of a more brutal and unmanly assault, if the evidence in support of it was true. The learned judge highly complimented the prisoners' counsel on the ability displayed by him in conducting the defence, and also that the case for the Crown was most efficiently conducted.
   The jury having, without a moment's delay, convicted all the prisoners but Kelihan, who was acquitted and discharged, his Lordship sentenced them each to penal servitude for a period of twenty years.
The Cork Examiner 23 July 1861
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Patrick Healy, a man 25 years of age, pleaded guilty to having, at Currabea, Co. Kerry, married Ellen Neilson, his wife Ellen Ahern, to whom he had been married in Macroom, being then alive.
The Cork Examiner 23 July 1861
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(Before Chief Justice MONAHAN.)
   Richard Aherne, Thomas Heffernan, and Daniel Strammell, were charged with committing a rape on Catherine Dwyer, on the 25th April, at the racecourse of Fermoy —the two latter for actually committing the offence, and the former for aiding and abetting.
   It appeared that the prosecutrix is a prostitute, and was at the races on the day in question, where she got drunk. She was lying drunk on the road about twelve o'clock at night when the prisoners came up and committed the offence.
   The jury found the prisoners not guilty.
   The prisoners in the rape case of Catherine Dwyer were then put up charged with a common assault on the same woman. Sergeant Sullivan, however, on the part of the crown proposed to take the same course as was followed in some of the previous cases, and let the prisoners out on bail to appear if called for.
   The court consented and the prisoners were then discharged, having acknowledged themselves bound in £10 to appear if called on.
The Cork Examiner 25 July 1861
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TWO curriers in the employment of Mr. Hoffman, named Murphy and Bobbam, preferred a complaint at the Police Office, this day, against a tanner named Ahern, of having assaulted and used abusive language towards them. The abusive words used were that the defendant had called them “informers,” “traitors,” &c., the cause of his doing so being that Bobbam had been a witness in a prosecution, brought by Mr. Hoffman, some time since, against a gentleman named Hansen, and Murphy, was suspected of having given private information against Mr. Hansen. The defendant being a friend of this gentleman was incensed against them for the part they had taken, and lost no opportunity of annoying them. The presiding magistrates, Messrs. Clery and Orme, R.M., sentenced Ahern to pay a fine of £1 and full costs, or fourteen days' imprisonment.
The Cork Examiner 7 August 1861
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A LAD named Ahern was sentenced, this morning, by Mr. Orme, R.M., to a month's imprisonment, or to pay a fine of £1, for having stolen fruit from Mr. Mahony's garden, Sunday's-well.
The Cork Examiner 9 August 1861
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Mixed up affair.
Miles McMahon, and Bridget, his wife, were before the Mayor on Saturday, for assaulting David Ahern, assisted by Mary Collins. After an examination, the Mayor became convinced that the complainant was more scared than hurt, and dismissed the trio summoned up at his instance.
Richmond Daily Dispatch 12 August 1861
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BURGLARY.—Sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, the shop of Jeremiah Ahern, publican, Parliament-street, was entered, and a variety of articles stolen therefrom, including a coat, silver watch and chain, razor, some copper money, and a lady's shawl fastener. No clue to the perpetrators was discovered until about half-past 12 o'clock this day when Sub-Constable Kilfedder, detective force, happened to pass through the North Main-street, and saw at the corner of Peter's Church-lane James Murphy alias John Leahy, who had in his hand a silver watch. Suspecting him as connected with the perpetration of the robbery, the Sub-Constable took him into custody and brought him before Messrs. Shaw and Orme, R.M., at three o'clock. The watch was then identified as that stolen ; also the fastener subsequently found on the prisoner who turns out to be a returned convict. After hearing evidence, the Magistrates committed him to take his trial before the Recorder.
The Cork Examiner 13 August 1861
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   TRANSFER OF PUBLICANS' LICENSES:—The usual quarterly meeting for the transfer of publicans' general licenses, and the granting of new applications for publicans' general licenses, will take place on Tuesday week, the 3rd of September.
   The applications for transfer are as under:—James Mooney to Amos Braysher; the executors of Timothy Ahearn to his widow. Mary Ahearn ;  . . . 
The Brisbane Courier 17 August 1861
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   The quarterly meeting for tho transfer of publicans' licenses, and the granting of new licenses, was held yesterday at the Police Court. His Worship the Mayor, and Messrs. Stephens, Drury, Edmondstone, Warry, Gibbon, and Pickering were present on the bench.
   Patrick Mayne, as executor of Timothy Ahearn, deceased, applied for a transfer of the license for the St. Patrick's Tavern. Queen-street, to the widow of the said Ahearn. Application granted.
The Brisbane Courier 4 September 1861
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Right Rev. Dr. Delany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £100
[and numerous others, including:]
Mr. P. Ahern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 050
Mr. Owen Ahern, Sullivan's-quay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 050
The Cork Examiner 3 October 1861
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Thursday.—Before the Police Magistrate and Messrs. R. Cribb and Warry.
Mary Ann Ahearn, of the St. Patrick's Tavern, and John Goodwyn, of the North Brisbane Hotel, were each charged with a breach of the Publicans' Act, Defendants it appeared had on Saturday night been selling liquor after the hour prescribed by law. They were each fined 1s. and costs.
The Brisbane Courier 4 October 1861
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   Eugene Ahearn, 37, George's-street, applied for the transfer of a license from Michael O'Sullivan. Michael O'Sullivan was in possession of the house till a recent period.
   Mr. Blake opposed on behalf of the vintners, and stated that in this case several applications had been put in for the transfer of this license to various parties, the person disposing of it thus making a traffic in it, and trying to secure one application if the other failed. There were several other applications before the Court from different parties for the transfer of this license to them.
   The applicant, Eugene Ahearn, was sworn and examined by Mr. Gregg, and deposed that he was in actual occupation of the house for the last week, and was making repairs in it. The transfer was bona fide to him.
   His Worship said he would grant the transfer. Although what Mr. Blake stated might be true, still it was evident that this man was in actual possession of the house, and he would grant the transfer to him.
The Cork Examiner 10 October 1861
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[Before S. T. W. FRENCH, Chairman ; Major WARREN, M. POWER, T. M. CUMMINS and E. ORME.]
 . . . After the hearing of the court business, Mr. Cummins and Major Warren sat to grant certificates of renewal of the annual spirit licenses. The following are the names of the spirit dealers who obtained certificates—Mr. Kilmurry, hotel ; J. Costelloe, Mr. M'Cullum, R. O'Sullivan, I. Ambrose, J. Demery, J. Regan, Mrs. Tobin, R. Barry, H. Deltour, J. Kinnears, D. Haly, D. Conway, Mrs. Godsell, Margaret Hayes. T. Sullivan, Mrs. Bransfield, P. Regan, M. Courtney, J. Keeffe, J. Ahern, R. Walsh, J. James, W. Curry, M. M'Carthy, and J. O'Reilly.
   A large number of certificates was refused for the present, in consequence of the applicants not attending in person.
   Monday next, the 21st inst., has been fixed for granting the rest of the certificates.
   Mr. R. O'Sullivan stated that he was many years in the spirit trade, and that this was the first time he was ever required to appear in person to obtain a certificate of renewal.
   Mr. Cummins, J.P., said the object he had in view in requiring the attendance of the applicants was, that they should have an opportunity of explaining or refuting any statement that might be made against them by the police or other persons.
The Cork Examiner 15 October 1861
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John Ahern, arrested under warrant in Queenstown, by Constable Campbell, for an alleged assault, was discharged, John Mountain, prosecutor, declining to press the charge.
The Cork Examiner 25 October 1861
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 . . . The applications of Mrs. Ahearn and John Goodwyn, for night licenses for their respective houses in Queen street, were also acceded to.
The Moreton Bay Courier 25 December 1861
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   January 1st, at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. James Barrett, of Clonmeen Cottage, to Honora, only daughter of Mr. Jeremiah Ahern, of Woodbine Cottage, in this county.
The Cork Examiner 2 January 1862
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   The court sat at nine o'clock and took up the undefended civil bill processes, which were heard up to twelve o'clock, when those still undisposed of were postponed to this day. The spirit licenses were then disposed of.

   Julia Ahearne, Old Market Place, Fermoy, applied for a license in succession of her husband, who had died and left her the business. . . .

   His Worship and the other magistrates, who had decided on hearing all the applications, retired, and after some deliberation they returned the following decisions in the Fermoy cases:—Julia Ahern, allowed . . .

The Cork Examiner 13 January 1862
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ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IN THE GAOL—A man named Morris Ahearn, who is under detention as of unsound mind, yesterday attempted suicide by cutting his throat, fortunately without fatal effect.—Bendigo Advertiser, Jan. 11.
The Argus 13 January 1862
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   ENNIS PETTY SESSIONS.—FRIDAY.—[Before E. BLAKE, Esq., R.M.] Acting-Constable Lynch summoned John Ahern for being drunk, &c., in the streets, fined 1s. and costs.
Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser 20 January 1862
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(Before Messrs. HALL, ORME, R.M. and the MAYOR.)
   Catherine Quinlan, publican, South Main-street, was summoned by Acting-constable O'Hearn, for having her place of business open at five minutes past nine o'clock on last Sunday morning. The acting- constable stated that at the hour mentioned he saw persons going in and coming out of defendant's house. He did not, however, on entering, see any signs of drink on the premises.
   Mr. Julian said that defendant was going out with her child at the time the men rushed in against her will, and did not give them any drink.
   Evidence to this effect having been given, the case was dismissed, defendant being cautioned to be more particular in future.
   Wm. Clancy, Daunt's-square, and Catherine Mulholland, Patrick's-quay, publicans, were fined 10s. and costs, for having parties in their places of business on Friday and Saturday nights during the prohibited hours. A similar fine was imposed on Edmond O'Halloran, publican, Gillabbey-street, for having his place of business open at minutes past eleven o'clock on Tuesday night. A like charge was made against Edward Stack, publican, North Main-street, but was dismissed on being proved that the persons found in the house were friends of the proprietor, and did not get drink at all there. The prosecutors in the above cases were Constable M'Ardle, Hughes, Molony and O'Hearn.
The Cork Examiner 1 February 1862
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At the Police Office this morning, before Colonel Wood, Captain Tooker, and Mr. Clery, a lad about sixteen years of age, was put forward charged with stealing a cap from Mrs. Welply, South Main-street. It appeared that on last Saturday evening Fenton went into Mrs. Welply's shop and asked to see a cap. Two caps were handed to him, and he immediately ran off with them. The young girl who was minding the shop followed him and saw him go into a house in Cook-street, where he was found by Constable Ahearne concealed under a bed. Informations were ordered. This was the only case of any importance, and the number of persons charged with drunkenness was very small for a Monday morning.
The Cork Examiner 17 February 1862
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On the 3d instant, at the Catholic Church, Kilbolane, by the Rev. Robert Riordan, P.P. (grand-uncle of the bride), Wm. D. O'Leary, Esq., to Anne M. Ahern, youngest daughter of Thedias Ahern, Esq., formerly of Youghal.
The Cork Examiner 10 March 1862
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A woman named Ellen Aherne was severely scalded about the legs last night, by the bursting of a jar filled with boiling water, which she was conveying to the bed of a person suffering from illness in the house. She was taken to the North Infirmary.
The Cork Examiner 20 March 1862
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Second Military Class.
   —The following company officers have been elected in the several districts of this city:
   North of Broad street, between 1st and 7th—John B. Danforth, Captain, Andrew Johnston, 1st Lieutenant, John Ahern, 2d Lieutenant.
 . . . 
   The foregoing companies are composed of persons between the ages of 45 and 55, and all the districts extend one mile beyond the corporate limits.
Richmond Daily Dispatch 1 April 1862
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NEAR CORINTH, April 11, 1862.
Editors Appeal: Enclosed I send you a list of the casualties in the 2d regiment Tennessee Volunteers, at the battles of Shiloah, on the 6th and 7th of April. It is necessarily incomplete, but I have thought it best to send it forward, that the friends and relatives of the soldiers of this regiment may have the best information I have been able to get.
Very respectfully, J. Knox Walker,   
Colonel 2d Regiment Tenn. Vols.   
COMPANY G.—Wounded . . . Wm. O'Hern, . . . 
Memphis Daily Appeal 13 April 1862
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Michael Ahern of Norwich was arrested for burglary, committed at F. M. Hale's clothing store in that city, on Tuesday night, 25th, and bound over for trial.
The Willimantic Journal 4 April 1862
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Military Notices.
Hdq'rs 1st Reg.Va. Vols., Camp near Yorktown,April 26, 1862. The following members of this regiment are absent without leave. They will report forth with to these headquarters, otherwise they will be arrested as deserters, the necessary steps having been taken. Members who have enlisted in other companies outside this regiment are required to report also, under the following decision of the Secretary of War: “Re-enlistments for the purpose of changing from one regiment, battalion, or company, to another, already perfected by actual transfers, are in effect cancelled.”
                                       P. T. Moore, Colonel Com'g.
Company B.
 . . . 
Priv. [C. or O.? unclear] Ahern
 . . . 
Richmond Daily Dispatch 1 May 1862
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Military Notices.
   —The following parties have deserted from my company:
 . . . 
David Ahern
 . . . 
   A description of these parties is not deemed necessary, as they are very well known in Richmond. I will pay a reward of twenty dollars for each of them, delivered to the custody of Capt. Alexander, Provost Marshal.
                                       Marmaduke Johnson, Capt.
Richmond Daily Dispatch 19 May 1862
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(Before Messrs. W. JOHNSON and W. H. LYONS.)
   Denis O'Kelly, owner of the lighter Ann, charged William Ahern and Jeremiah Mulcahy, of Passage, with embezzling seven or eight stone of wheat. Mr. Julian stated the facts :—The lighter in question, of which defendants had the care, was employed by Mr. Cantillon to bring up a quantity of Odessa Ghirka corn to Cork, and some days after to do the same for Mr. James Adams, the corn in the latter case being American. When Mr. Adams' corn had been discharged, a bag of corn similar to that belonging to Mr. Cantillon, was found concealed in a small cabin in the lighter. On Mr. O'Kelly enquiring of the defendants why it was there, one of them, Mulcahy, said it was the sweepings of the corn, the other being present at the time.
   Evidence to this effect having been given, Mr. Blake, solicitor, contended that there was no guilty intent, as had defendants wished to commit a fraud they could have made away with the corn and not allowed it to remain in the lighter.
   Informations were ordered.
The Cork Examiner 4 July 1862
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(Before the RECORDER and a Jury.)
   Catherine Ahern and Mary Egan, two women of the town, were found guilty of stealing a purse containing £5 from the person of Cornelius Cunningham, a cattle dealer, and sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment each.
The Cork Examiner 5 July 1862
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Cornelius Aherne was placed in the dock charged with having obtained goods from Mr. Thos. Reardon, grocer, North Main-street, by representing himself as the messenger of the Blarney post-master. He was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment at hard labour.
The Cork Examiner 23 July 1862
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In Dublin, on the 19th inst., by the Rev. M. O'Donnell, P.P., Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Frances Matilda, second daughter of the late Dominick Tallon, Esq., of Lackan Lodge, county Waterford, to George B. Hearn, Esq., son of the late John D. Hearn, Esq., of Ballinamuck, same county.
The Cork Examiner 22 August 1862
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On the morning of the 11th inst., at New Glanmire, by the Rev. Mr. Clancy, P.P., assisted by the Rev. Mr. Sexton, C.C., and Rev. Mr. Wall, P.P., James Hagerty, Esq., of Killea House, to Margaret, youngest daughter of Michael Ahern, Esq., New Glanmire.
The Cork Examiner 15 September 1862
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Losses of the Louisiana Guard Artillery, Capt. E. D'Aquin.
August 30th, battle of Manassas—Wounded; Lieut. Charles Thompson, Corp'l H. O. Seixas, Privates Wesley Broune, W[illiam]. C. Ahern, and Chas. Burns.
Richmond Daily Dispatch 9 October 1862
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Horrible Brookline Fire
   With both arms and legs burned to a crisp, and frightful burns upon his chest and body, Edward O'Brien of Milford was rescued from a fire which did damage of $1,000 to Michael Riordan's boarding house in Brookline at 1:45 this morning.
   Oscar Elliot and Edward O'Hearn, two volunteers at the fire, entered the burning building and succeeded in not only getting out O'Brien but another man, Jack Powers of Milford, who was unconscious.
   O'Brien was taken to Nashua on the first train this morning where he is on the dangerous list at St. Joseph Hospital. Physicians say that he cannot recover.
   The fire started in the attic of the house, where the two men were sleeping. It is supposed that it caught from a pipe which some one had been smoking in the room early in the evening and had smouldered for some time, breaking out shortly before its discovery and burning fiercely.
   Powers recovered consciousness after being carried into the air. He received no burns and will probably be all right in a short time.
Nashua Telegraph 19 October 1862
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Arrested on a Charge of Manslaughter
On Friday, the 17th [October], three soldiers, named John O'Hearn, John Nolan, and Thomas Burns, all belonging in West Cambridge, but forming a portion of Company D, of Roxbury, in the 42nd Regiment, stationed at Readville, obtained two hours' furlough from the commander of their company, and started for Mill Village. Arriving there in the afternoon, they went into Johnston's saloon, on High street, and got something to drink, and found a man named Riley, who worked in Blackstone, but whose wife and two children lived in Mill Village, in the saloon. The parties drank together and then separated, but afterwards met, when Riley began to abuse the soldiers, and at last struck O'Hearn a severe blow in the face, which drew blood. He then rushed into a house near by, where he procured a club and attacked the soldiers, when a scuffle ensued which resulted in Riley being knocked down with a billet of wood in the hands of O'Hearn, which rendered him senseless, in which condition he remained until his death on the following afternoon.

On hearing of the disturbance, Constable Charles Coburn, Jr., of Mill Village, proceeded to the scene of the assault, when the soldiers stated that they had been engaged in a row, and gave themselves up. Mr. Coburn at once conveyed them to the Provost Guard at the camp, where they remained until the death of Riley, when they were taken to the jail. The Selectmen, on being notified of the homicide, proceeded to Mill Village, and after investigating the circumstances attending the death of Riley, decided that the case should be passed upon by a Coroner's Jury. John Cox, Jr., a Justice of the Peace and Acting Coroner, thereupon issued his warrant, and a jury was summoned and sworn on Saturday afternoon. The following gentlemen comprise the jury: Charles Coburn, Jr., Foreman, Jeremiah Crehore, Reuben S. Thompson, James Trefry, Nathaniel S. Shephard, and Henry Bottomley.

A part of the Jury's investigation was conducted in the Dedham Jail, where Nolan and Burns were examined. The evidence was somewhat conflicting. After a full and patient hearing of quite a number of witnesses, the Jury terminated their labors by rendering the following verdict: "That said William Riley came to his death about half-past one o'clock in the afternoon of Saturday, now last past, from the effect of a blow upon the head, inflicted with a billet of wood, between three and four o'clock on Friday afternoon, now last past, at Mill Village in Dedham aforesaid blow causing a compound fracture of the skull. "And the jury do further find that said blow was inflicted at the hands of John O'Hearn, a soldier, in a drunken brawl in the public streets. And the jury do further say, that the existence of numerous drinking saloons in a populous village, within one mile of an encampment where between three and four thousand soldiers were stationed, is a fruitful source of riotous and lawless proceedings, and a nuisance which at ought at once to be abated. And we respectfully commend the matter to the immediate attention of the town authorities."

The deceased enlisted in the quota of Dedham for nine months' service in August last, and was round there some time, almost always intoxicated, and when the men were ordered to camp, he refused to go. He had the reputation of being one of the most abusive and violent men in the neighborhood, and very little regret is felt at his untimely end. The three soldiers are between 19 and 22 years old, and appear to be smart, intelligent young fellows, all having been employed on farms in West Cambridge prior to their enlistment. Drs. H. F. Aten and J. F. Higgins, of this town, made a post-mortem examination, and found that death resulted from a compound fracture of the frontal bone. The body was taken to Blackstone for burial by the brother of the deceased.

In connection with the above affair, we cannot refrain from expressing our hearty thanks, as a citizen of Dedham, to the Jury of Inquest, who have called the attention of the town authorities to the open and unrebuked violation of the laws against the sale of liquor. It is disgraceful that this inhuman and illegal traffic should thus be tolerated in a decent community, and it is quite time that this growing evil should be stopped. We hope, however, that the town authorities, if they do anything, will not confine their researches to Mill Village, but will at least look at establishments within a stone's throw of their own homes.
Dedham Gazette 25 October 1862
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Alfred Newsom, Dublin ; Rev. J. Byrne, Newfoundland ; R. Forsyth, Aberdeen ; Councillor Devitt, Limerick ; — Devitt, do. ; J. P. Whitford, F. Harding, J.P. ; G. Fitzwilliams, London ; Rev. Dr. Quin, Dublin ; H. Cox, Liverpool ; — Kennedy, Limerick ; John Browne, London ; Rev. R. Dunne, Dublin ; J. J. Hill Carbery, 14th Regiment ; Rev. John Curly, Dublin ; George Reed, do. ; M. G. Visity, France ; Richard Quin, Dublin ; D. Murphy, J. C. Ashlin, J. M'Master, Manchester ; F. T. Brady, A. Lenton, — Dower and Lady, Dungarvan ; S. W. Levis, Skibbereen ; T. Aherne, Leeds ; James Panton, London ; M. Feely, do. ; — Hargreave, Manchester, Miss Hargreave, do. [Note: This is not the only time that T. Aherne of Leeds is listed as arriving at the Royal Victoria. It's possible he was a travelling salesman, or on some other business that required regular visits to Cork City. On 13 September, 1862 he was listed as T. Ahern, Leeds]
The Cork Examiner 13 November 1862
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AN inquest was held at Passage on Saturday, by Mr. Coroner Honohan, on the body of Guiseppi di Christini, the man killed in the fatal affray, of which an account appeared in our issue of last Saturday.
   The following jury were sworn :—Henry Boland (foreman), John D. Evans, W. R. Penny, Dan. Hegarty, Michl. Murley, Daniel Murphy, John Flynn, William Thomas, William Waugh, William Creagh, Thomas Sullivan, Philip Hussey.
   Ignazio Tedesco, a powerfully-built, but rather ill-looking young man, about 21 or 22 years of age, was in the custody of the police, charged with the murder of Di Christini.
   Constable Cannon stated that the principal witness, a man named Lane, who saw the encounter, was absent, he having gone up to Cork, although warned by the police not to do so.
   The Coroner said that he would swear the other witnesses, and that if Lane did not return by the 5 o'clock train he would adjourn the inquest.
   Dr. Johnson was sworn, and stated that he examined the wound of the deceased man, Di Christini ; the wound perforated through the integments and the cartilege of the fifth rib, thence through the pericardium, and through the substance of the heart itself, into the left ventricle, thereby causing almost instantaneous death.
   William Ahearne, a labouring man, was sworn, and stated that he saw two men going up the road by Church hill, near the field where the body of the deceased was found ; has seen the body of the deceased ; deceased was one of the two men witness saw going along the road ; they were going along the road quietly ; the other man was the prisoner ; knew prisoner before the occurrence ; saw both men going into a field ; saw no more after that.
   To a juror—It was into Mr. O'Brien's field they went where Di Christini's body was found ; did not then know they were going to fight.
   Constable Cannon was then about to be sworn, when a juror said that it was no use to go any further without Lane's evidence. Lane not having arrived, the Coroner said that he would adjourn the inquest until next Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock.
The Cork Examiner 1 December 1862
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(Before Captain MARTIN, R.N., and Mr. THOMAS H. TARRANT.)
FIFTEEN of the crew of the emigrant ship, Golden City, bound from London to Queensland with passengers, were brought before the bench under a warrant, charged with having refused to proceed on the voyage.
   Mr. R. H. O'Bryen, solicitor, appeared for Mr. Brown, the master of the ship, and stated that the fifteen prisoners were articled seamen of the Golden City and shipped in London for the voyage to Queensland, but having spent the amount of the advances made to them by the owners, they now wished to get rid of their engagement in the hope of getting another ship and another advance.
   The Master, William Brown, sworn, deposed that the weather was very bad during the run from London to Queenstown, and in consequence of this both he and the crew had to be continually at work ; on Sunday the men had to put pareling on to prevent the chafing of the standing rigging ; the hurry to leave London did not admit of the pareling being put on in port ; the accomodation in the forecastle was superior to that of any merchant ship that he had ever seen ; the wet the men complained of was caused by the cables in the hause holes ; when in the channel it was necessary to keep the cables bent ; at sea the hause holes would be plugged up and the cables drawn in ; the men had plenty of matting to stop up the holes, and there were seizings and spun yarn to make them secure ; there were only a few tubs of pitch and some cable in the forecastle, which were put there in the hurry of leaving dock and would be stowed away below ; the men got no unnecessary hardship ; the weather was very bad and they had to do a good deal of work.
   Captain Martin—Are there hoses over the hause holes?
   Witness—No, sir, I have never seen any. On the 16th the prisoners refused to obey my orders ; they would not work, and they refused to continue the voyage. I called them aft to ascertain the nature of their complaints, but they refused to come off the poop. I did everything in my power for the comfort of the crew, but for the first two or three days in a ship things are not settled.
   The mate and boatswain deposed that the crew were not worked more than necessary for the safety of the ship and all on board, and that in their opinion the prisoners had no cause of complaint ; the constant work was caused by the bad weather on the passage to Queenstown.
   The Prisoners, addressing the bench, said they required witnesses for their defence, but were unable to give the names of the persons they proposed to examine. When pressed to do so Captain Martin said any witnesses they could point out would be sent for.
   The Prisoners—We don't know any of them, sir.
   Captain Martin—Have you received the amount of your advance notes?
   The Prisoners—We have, sir.
   Captain Martin—Then you are robbing your owners, and that is not a creditable thing for sailors to do. You ought to fulfil your agreement when paid in advance for doing so.
   The Prisoners—We will not go on board of her again, sir.
   Captain Martin said he regretted that such was the determination of the prisoners. He strongly advised them to return to their duty.
   The Prisoners still declined to return to their ship.
   Captain Martin—To show that the law will not allow seamen to disobey orders, and act dishonestly, my brother magistrates and myself have come to the conclusion of imprisoning the twelve men who got cash for their advance notes, namely,—Alfred Mammont, Alfred Kettle, Charles Gripps, Charles William Allen, Robert Woodlock, George Ahearn, Joseph Steward, Joseph Daly, Charles Blatt, John Dunne, Harman Sunderland and William Warren, for eight weeks with hard labour. The three other men—namely Robert Large, William West, and Peter Erickson, alias Hettercham, who have not acted dishonestly by turning their advance notes into cash, to the loss of the owners of the ship Golden City, we will only sentence to the lenient punishment of 14 days' imprisonment, as we consider they were led on by those men, who, it would appear, only shipped for the purpose of obtaining a month's advance without intending to work for it.
   The Prisoners applied to have their clothes sent on shore.
   Mr. Tarrant—We have no power to make any such order. You still belong to the ship, and the captain, if he thinks fit, has the power of taking you on board again.
   Mr. O'Bryan—Your Worships, the clothes of the men who are indebted to the ship will be sent on shore if they return the money we paid them in advance ; the clothes of the men who are not indebted to the ship will be sent on shore.
   The Prisoners were then removed by the Sub-Inspector of Police and his men.
   As the sailors had complained of their forecastle, Captain Martin visited the ship to judge for himself of the cause of complaint. Having inspected the forecastle and caused it to be measured, he found that all the requirements of the law were complied with, and that the complaints were groundless. Captain Martin was then shewn over the ship and expressed himself pleased with the arrangements on board. The apparatus for distilling 300 gallons, per day, of fresh from salt water, being at work, the Captain tasted the water and pronounced it excellent.
The Cork Examiner 12 December 1862
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Indictment and Plea
Superior Court-December Term, Judge Brigham Presiding. The December term of the Superior Court for Norfolk County commenced its session in this town, on Tuesday. On Thursday morning the Grand Jury returned into court with the following indictments, which were read, the prisoners having been previously arraigned: [. . .] John O'Hearn of West Cambridge, indicted for manslaughter of William Riley, in this town, on the 17th of October, plead guilty, and on motion of his counsel, his case was specially assigned for consideration at 9 o'clock A.M., on Monday next.
Dedham Gazette 20 December 1862
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Superior Court-December Term, Judge Brigham Presiding. The following is the summary of the Criminal business of the term: John O. Hern, late of Cambridge, indicted for the manslaughter of William Riley, of Dedham, plead guilty and was sentenced to three years in House of Correction.
Dedham Gazette 3 January 1863
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A DARING HORSEMAN.—A most Extraordinary feat of horsemanship was performed yesterday on the mining claim of Mr. James Monenriff, at the back of Mr. Thompson's store, by Mr. John A. Hern (alias Mitta Mitta Jack.) Messrs. C. Smith and A. Hern were riding past the claim, when the latter challenged Smith to try their horses by jumping them off the bank, which is fifteen perpendicular feet. A bet was made of one horse against the other as to which would go over without being unhorsed. Both started, but Smith pulled up while Hern went over the precipice, bringing his horse up on all fours, and himself retaining his seat in the saddle. Smith immediately handed over the forfeited horse. Mr. A. Hern now challenges any man in the colony to the same leap for horse against horse. Ovens Advertiser, Jan 8. —[He deserves to break his neck for his brutality.— Eds. B.L.S.]
Bell's Life in Sydney 17 January 1863
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Head Office—Yesterday
(Before Mr. Wyse.)
Thomas Sweeney, for disorderly conduct and assaulting Constable Thomas Ahern, was sent to jail for one month.
The Irish Times 20 January 1863
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Four Italian seaman named Francisco Traverso, Pascali Pinchall, Vincenzo Pocce, and Luigi Gafiere, were charged by John Ahern, seaman, with stabbing himself and brother the previous night, in Francis-street. Prosecutor deposed to being in company with his brother the previous night at 11 o'clock, and passing these men, who were outside of their boarding-house sitting on the window stools. He bade them good night and prisoner returned his salutation by calling him a most opprobrious name, and although he thought to parley with them, as he called it, and get clear off, one of the prisoners accused him with calling them the same epithet as they had applied to him and his brother. A row then commenced and prisoners drew their knives, and he was stabbed in the back and his brother severely cut by them. The prisoners were remanded till Wednesday.
Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian 14 February 1863
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THE following rather startling facts have been communicated to us by a perfectly reasonable authority. On Friday last, a young man named Ahern, acting for the fresh meat contractor, was supplying meat to a party of the 11th regiment in the barracks of Spike Island, when they attacked him in a most ferocious manner, beating, and cutting him in several places. Not satisfied with these assaults, a cry was raised that they should hang him, and some of them immediatley procured a rope, fastened it to a beam which ran across the store and made a noose at one end. We are informed that this noose was actually three times either round or nearly round the man's neck, but he, being a powerful young fellow, each time succeeded in thrusting it from him. The noise of the struggling and beating attracted attention of some parties outside, who interfered and prevented the perpetration of further injury. Application was subsequently made to the Major commanding, and, after AHERN had indentified six of his assailants, that officer promised that they should be tried by Court-martial. Since then he has changed his opinion upon the point, and states that they must be tried by civil tribunal. It seems curious that a military court should have no power over offences committed by soldiers in barracks. At all events it is hoped that due care may be taken to prevent the repetition of such outrages in future. We understand there is abundant evidence to corroborate the statement of AHERN as to the treatment he has received.
The Cork Examiner 2 March 1863
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(Before Mr. JOHNSON, Sub-Sheriff.)
Mary Ahearn v. Nicholas Hennessy.
THIS case came before the Sub-Sheriff and a jury of ten for the purpose of having damages assessed, the facts being admitted.
   The jury were:—J. W. Dyas, P. Gould, J. Banks, H. Haycroft, W. J. Thorley, D. Crowley, D. L. Stoker, D. Maynard, J. S. Forster, J. T. Clery.
   Mr. W. O'Brien, instructed by Mr. White, solicitor, appeared as counsel for the plaintiff ; and Professor Barry, instructed by Mr. O'Halloran, for the defendant.
   Mr. O'Brien stated the plaintiff's case. He said that the action was brought to recover damages for the breach of a promise of marriage made by the defendant to the plaintiff, but that as the facts of making the promise and its breach had been admitted by the other side, the case at that moment came before the jury merely to have the amount of damages assessed. To do this the tribunal he was addressing was fully empowered by law and their verdict, what ever it might be, would be final. As he had said, there was no controversy as to the facts, but as the amount of damages would mainly depend on the relative position of the parties, and the circumstances under which the promise had been made and broken, he would venture to give a short statement of the case. The plaintiff was a young lady of great accomplishments and high personal attractions, and was only 21 or 22 years of age. She was the eldest daughter of a gentleman now deceased, who had held a small property near Mallow, in this county, and who was much respected during his lifetime. Since his death his widow had married a Mr. Shinnor, who occupied the lands of Clanwilliam, near Charleville, in this county ; and the plaintiff, as well as her other children, resided there with her. The defendant was a neighbour of the plaintiff's. He was the eldest son of Mr. Wm. Ahearn [sic], a gentleman of large means, and at the time he made the promise, had reached the mature age of 36 or 38 years. He resided with his father, who was everywhere looked upon as a person of independent means and good expectations. It appeared that the defendant had not had many opportunities of seeing the plaintiff before he contracted the engagement which he afterwards violated—indeed, he had only seen her once previous, but on that single occasion he was so struck with her appearance and demeanour that he seemed to have made up his mind without any hesitation. The fact of there being such a short acquaintance before the promise of marriage, was one which counsel thought ought to impress the jury very favourably as far as regarded the plaintiff, for it showed that there could not have been on her part the display of any of those innocent little artifices which even the best and most amiable of the sex sometimes use to stimulate the feeling of the cautious admirer (laughter). Mr. Hennessy it appeared wanted no incitement. Without waiting to make an acquaintance of the young lady herself, or to consult her tastes in a matter in which she had a not unimportant interest, he rather unexpectedly commenced his overtures by coming of an evening to her father's house, and making the startling announcement that he wanted a wife (laughter). So sudden was the announcement of his feelings that the plaintiff's family at first treated the matter as a joke, but he soon by his ardour convinced them that he was serious, and after some conversation, in which he gave details of his position and prospects, he was accepted. A day was appointed for the happy event to come off, and the defendant in the meantime was recognised as the accepted suitor of the young lady's hand ; but, unfortunately, when the day came, the man was wanting. The defendant had the marriage postponed, on the ground that he wanted to complete some arrangements, and for a while no objection was made by the plaintiff's family, but then the defendant began to discontinue his visits and it became plain that he was repenting of his engagement. Upon perceiving this, the plaintiff's step-father wrote to the defendant's father informing him of how the matter stood, denouncing the conduct of the defendant as ruffianly and unprincipled, and threatening him with a suit at law and a ducking in the horse pond. Old Mr. Hennessy in reply acknowledged that his son's conduct was improper, but as nothing was done beyond the acknowledgment the plaintiff was forced to bring this action. The damages were laid at £1,000, and counsel had no doubt that when the jury considered that the promise was the act of a man certainly old enough to know what he was doing, and that for the violation of it there was no excuse whatsoever, they would grant the full amount claimed.
   At the conclusion of counsel's statement evidence was gone into.
   Mrs. Elizabeth Shinnor, mother of the plaintiff, deposed that she knew the defendant ; she remembered the 5th August, the occasion on which he first came about her daughter ; his visit was rather unexpected as she had no knowledge of him previously ; he was asked to tea ; in the middle of tea he suddenly started up and said—“I suppose you all know what brought me here. I have been speaking to George (Mr. Shinnor) about it, and as he wont give me any assistance I must speak for myself. I came to get a wife. I don't want any money ;” witness did not say anything, as she considered the declaration rather extraordinary, but the defendant went on, without being asked, to describe his circumstances, stating that he was perfectly independent and free to enter on an engagement ; he was not given any answer at the time, further than that “Mary would suit him very well, as she knew something of farming” (laughter) ; nine or ten days afterwards he returned and made a formal proposal to the plaintiff in the garden ; the engagement was approved by witness and her husband, and was rather widely spoken of ; plaintiff once went with defendant to a flower show at Mallow ; the defendant often spoke of the engagement, and wished to have the marriage take place on the 21st October ; this was agreed to, but in the meantime he came and said the marriage could not take place so soon as he at first thought ; he said when spoken to that the reason of the delay was his wishing to buy the head-rent of his land, which was for sale, before he took a wife ; he said he had £3,000 to buy it with ; he also said that he wanted to get some land that was in his father's possession ; another delay then took place, and he began to discontinue his visits ; an attorney's letter was written to him ; he then ceased to come altogether ; the defendant was a young man of 35 or 36 years of age (laughter) ; he lived with his father, and he told witness that his father made him master of his house.
   Cross-examined by Professor Barry—Could not say that I thought the defendant the greatest fool I ever met in my life (laughter) ; he did not talk as an educated man, but with ordinary intelligence ; I was much amused by his proposal ; we were all so ; he looks a little more than thirty-five I think ; I would not be surprised to hear that he was over forty ; Mr. Shinnor told me he was as old as himself (laughter) ; the young lady is only twenty-two.
   Professor Barry—Oh, why his age is only double hers (laughter).
   Cross-examination continued—The only romantic part took place between the 18th September and the 18th October ; I would not call the defendant a simpleton ; I would say he was rather cute (laughter).
   To Mr. O'Brien—The defendant told me he had consulted his father.
   Mr. Daniel Connellan examined, deposed that he met Mr. Hennesy in the month of October, at Mr. Shinno's [sic], and he appeared to be perfectly competent to manage his own affairs ; he even seemed a little cute.
   Miss Frances Ahearn, sister of the plaintiff, deposed to the fact of the 21st October having been fixed for the marriage.
   Mr. Connell, poor-rate collector for the union of Mallow, deposed that in 1862 the rating of part of the property held by the Hennessy family was altered from the name of Timothy Hennessy to Nicholas Hennessy ; it was now again to be altered to the name of Timothy Hennessy.
   To Professor Barry—Nicholas Hennessy paid rates to me as a messenger ; I believe the reason of the change was to get rid of the income-tax under schedule B ; I believe the defendant is a man of shrewdness in a sense of the term.
   To the Jury—I would consider him a safe man to send money by.
   This having closed the case for the plaintiff, Professor Barry proceeded to address the jury for the defence. He reminded them that the sole question they had to determine was what pecuniary loss Miss Hennessy [sic] had sustained by reason of the breach of promise on the part of the defendant. He readily admitted that the violation of a promise of marriage was one of the most serious things which a jury could be called upon to consider, and he believed if the circumstances of the parties between whom such a contract was made were equal and suitable for an union, the amount of damages ought to be measured only by the ability of the defendant to pay them. But he would ask the jury was this a case such as the one he had suggested. It could be said that the young lady's affections had been engaged. Indeed, the declaration of the defendant appeared to be purely the result of spontaneous combustion, as unexpected as it was inexplicable, and there seemed to be very little reciprocity on the part of the plaintiff. The defendant was allowed roam where he wished without enquiry, and during the greater part of the engagement there seemed to be little care on the young lady's mind about him. He was afraid he should say, though it was not complimentary to his client, that the young lady was very little taken with her suitor (laughter), and what was more, he was afraid she could not be blamed for it. The defendant seemed to have had very little sense, or personal attractions—he was not quite a young man—and upon the whole, he (counsel) thought the jury might safely felicitate the plaintiff on her escape. To think, therefore, that any injury had been inflicted on the young lady by this breach of promise was ridiculous. It was plain that the engagement was a matter of money all through, and now when it was shown that the defendant had as little money as sense, he thought the jury would say that the smallest coin in the realm would satisfy the justice of the case.
   The following evidence was then given.
   Mr. Henry Mannix said he knew the defendant for the last forty years ; the defendant had no property whatever, and was a person of weak intellect, having an unhappy facility of falling in love (laughter).
   Witness was then cross-examined at some length by Mr. O'Brien as to the defendant's position and prospects.
   Mr. William Hennessy, father of the defendant, deposed that his son was 42 years of age, and had no property whatever of his own ; he was not a strong minded young man, and a word he said could not be believed ; some matters of business were confided to him, but he only did mischief.
   Cross examined by Mr. O'Brien—I never ordered the change in the rating ; Mr. O'Connell has explained the reason of the first change.
   Timothy Hennessy, uncle to the defendant, gave evidence as to the state of his nephew's intellect and position similar to that of the previous witnesses. He did not consider him capable of managing any serious affairs.
   One of the jury—Do you include matrimony in that (laughter).
   Witness—Well, I would. The defendant had no title whatever to the land for which his name appears in the rate book, on account of his conduct he is not likely to succeed his father ; when I speak of his conduct I don't mean in this matter alone, but other actions have been threatened.
   This closed the evidence for the defence.
   Mr. O'Brien having summed up the case for the plaintiff, the Sub-Sheriff charged the jury.
   They found for the plaintiff £200 damages and 6d. costs.
The Cork Examiner 17 March 1863
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(Before the CHIEF BARON.)
   Daniel Hilliard aged 19, John Ahern 16, Thos. Malone 16, James Shea 18, Denis Murray 19, and John Sullivan, 22, were then put forward charged with riotous conduct, at the Cork Workhouse on the 4th March, 1863.
   James Browne examined by Mr. Copinger—Is a wardmaster in the Cork Union ; on the night of the disturbance in the Workhouse he saw the prisoners Murray, Sullivan, Shea, and Flinn [sic] ; between seven and eight saw fifty or sixty persons in the hall underneath the board. Finn had something under his jacket ; asked him what he had when he drew out a stick and made a stroke at him ; the three other prisoners also had sticks ; Sullivan and Murray attempted to strike him ; Finn said to the master, who was with him at the time, that they were wronged, and that he was not the master at all ; that was not the proper place for the men to be at that hour at any time without his permission.
   To his Lordship—There was sufficient light in the hall for me to identify the prisoners.
   George Larrymore, master's clerk, was examined by Mr. Barry, and deposed that on the night of the riot he was in his office when he heard the rush of many men and the bursting open of a door ; the rush and noise proceeded from a body of the inmates who had come down from their beds to the passage near the master's office ; that passage was divided from the men's ward by a large gate.
   His Lordship said that he feared the case could not go on without a diagram or plan of the premises.
   Examination continued—Believes that it was the gate between the passage and the men's department that caused the noise ; the passage and the cell are all the same, there are six entering on the hall.
   His Lordship said that it was really a most lamentable thing that a case of this kind should be brought into court without a map, by which alone the circumstances of the case could be understood.
   Mr. Steele, master of the workhouse deposed to the assembling of the paupers in a very large number ; they were crying out that they wanted to get revenge on Larrymore, and Brown ; four of the prisoners, Finn, Sullivan, Murray and Shea, were armed with sticks ; several blows were aimed at Larrymore and Brown, and witness put his arms out to protect them ; none of the blows fell on witness, or if they did he did not feel them ; three or four of the crowd forced their way into the passage ; Brown for protection was obliged to go into the hospital office, and Finn made several attempts to get at him ; he caught the latch and tried to force the door but did not succeed.
   One of the prisoners accused the master of drunkeness on the night in question, and said that there was a smell of drink from him that would be sufficient to make him drunk, along with the master.
   The Master said that he never got drunk, but particularly on the 4th he took less refreshment than other days.
   This closed the case for the crown, and the prisoners having been asked if they had anything to say, one of them, the same prisoner who first spoke, said—I am very sorry it is not worse ; twice worse, for the persecution I got. If I get back, if it is for one year or two years, I'll do something.
   His Lordship then charged the jury. He said the law on the subject of riot was this :—If three or four persons, assembling together with weapons and with demonstration of force to effect some object, and with a determination to use force in resisting any force brought against them—if those persons assembled together in the manner he had described, and effected their object, that would be a riot, but if they did not, although the law was broken, it would not be a riot. The crowd of paupers who assembled together in the workhouse confessedly had two objects, one being the liberation of some of the inmates, and the other to punish Brown the wardmaster, and Larrymore. It was clear that their first object was not effected ; the second might require some explanation. Was either Brown or Larrymore struck? The Master said that he warded off any blows that were aimed at him ; at the same time he said that he could not say that himself was struck. But in the eyes of the law an assault was committed if a person raised a stick to strike another while that person was within striking distance, and if there were persons standing by aiding and abetting in that act they were also guilty of assault. Now the jury should apply that rule to the case of the prisoners.
   The jury then retired, and in a few minutes returned into Court and enquired of the Master whether any of the prisoners were within striking distance of Brown of Larrymore when the blows were aimed at them. The Master said that they were, and the jury again retired.
   Mr. Coppinger [sic], while they were inside, asked his Lordship whether the indictments could be separated ; the unlawful assembly from the riot.
   His Lordship replied in the negative.
   Mr. Coppinger [sic], Q.C., said that in the case of the Gavazzi riots in Tralee his opinion was that if the indictment had been for unlawful assembly, and not for a riot, that the persons charged would have been found guilty.
   The jury shortly again came into Court, with a verdict of guilty against all the persons for riot.
   His Lordship sentenced Finn, who was convicted in the former case, to one day's imprisonment, and postponed passing sentence on the remainder of the prisoners. [Finn had already been sentenced to penal servitude for a period of six years for having set fire to the workhouse. Subsequent reports do not say what sentence was given in the case of John Ahern. See The Cork Examiner, 24 March 1863 for a full report of this trial.]
The Cork Examiner 24 March 1863
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(Before Mr. JOHNSON and Mr. CRONIN, R.M.)
MR JOYCE, inspector of hackney cars, summoned Cornelius Ahern, Patrick Reilly, Wm. Curtin, and John Callaghan, car drivers, for loitering off their stands on Hanover-place and Patrick-street. They were fined in small amounts. Two drivers were fined 5s. and costs for plying cars unlicensed.
The Cork Examiner 25 March 1863
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The Justices of the Peace for the police district of Brisbane will assemble in Petty Sessions at the Central Police Court, at twelve o'clock, to-morrow (Tuesday) for the purpose of considering and determining upon applications for publicans' licenses. Subjoined are the names of the applicants:— . . . Mary Ahern, Sportsman's Arms, Queen street.
The Moreton Bay Courier 20 April 1863
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(Before Messrs. HOARE, BOLAND, JOHNSON and EGAN.)
A SAILOR named Peter Ahearne was fined 1s. and 5s. costs, for assaulting a man named Jeremiah O'Callaghan.
The Cork Examiner 22 April 1863
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At the Roman Catholic chapel, Abergavenny, April 20, by the Rev. J. Wilson, Mr. Patrick Bryan to Miss Mary Ahern, both of Abergavenny.
Illustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald 2 May 1863
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Arrival of Sick and Wounded Soldiers
About 1 o'clock yesterday morning the following sick and wounded soldiers arrived at the Citizen's Volunteer Hospital, at Broad and Prime streets, where they were furnished with refreshments, and at 9 o'clock they were conveyed in ambulances to the various hospitals. They are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and the number attached to each name given is significant of the regiment to which attached.

Daniel AHERN, 116.
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The Age 7 May 1863
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The adjourned annual licensing meeting was held at the Central Police Court yesterday, at noon, before Messrs J. Petrie, Pickering, and Edmonstone, J's.P. The following applications were disposed of:—
Mary Ahern, for St. Patrick's Tavern, in Queen-street. Granted, subject to inspection before the 1st July.  . . . 
The Brisbane Courier 20 May 1863
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A SPECIAL court, comprising Messrs. D. J. Cruise, R.M., J. M. Bernard, Henry Leahy, and R. Murphy, was held at Killarney, on Monday, for the purpose of hearing a complaint preferred by Capt. Ellis, R.N., against Joseph Ahern, the son of Mr. D. Ahern, emigration agent, Killarney, for having on the 2nd June, and on several previous occasions, committed a breach of the 75th section of the 18th and 19 Vic., c. 119, commonly called the Passenger Act, 1855. From the evidence adduced by Mr, Alexander Murphy, who conducted the complaint, it appeared that the defendant went to an emigrant named Sullivan who had booked with Mr. D. Shea (though he had previously made inquiries at Ahern's respecting the fare) and asked him that that were “fairer” than Shea ; that their charge was £5, and that the other's was six guineas, and that his (defendant's) father would accompany him and other emigrants to Cork. Mr. Murphy quoted the Act, and stated that convictions had been obtained at Nenagh, Parsonstown, and other places, though the towns in which they were committed were not within five miles of a seaport, as was stated by the magistrates. Mr. T. R. Wilson, who represented the defendant, read the third section of the above Act, being the interpretation clause, which went to say that persons soliciting intending emigrants in port, towns, or places, within five miles of a port town, and which clause defined a person to be an emigration runner. Mr. Murphy was of the opinion that the defendant was a “runner,” but the magistrates decided on adjourning the case for the opinion of the Law Advisers, whether the Act includes the defendant to be an emigration runner, and if so, whether an offense committed more than five miles from the nearest port town comes under the Act.—Killarney Correspondent.
The Cork Examiner 19 June 1863
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IT will be in the recollection of readers of the Examiner that a Special Petty Sessions were held in Killarney on Monday, the 15th June, to try a summons in which Captain Ellis, of the Emigration office, Liverpool, was complainant, and Joseph Ahern, of Killarney, was defendant. The summons charged the defendant with a breach of the passenger Act, 18th and 19th Vic., chap. 119, sec. 75, for having acted as emigration runner, without being licensed and for not wearing a badge. Mr. Alexander Murphy appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Thos. R. Wilson for the defendant. Mr. Wilson denied that his client was an emigration runner, and read the 3rd section of the act (being the interpretation clause) in which the term “emigration runner” was defined to be a person who solicited intending emigrants in any seaport town or place of shipping, or within five miles of the boundary thereof ; and argued that as Killarney was not a seaport or place of shipping, nor situate within five miles of any such place, the act did not apply. The magistrates referred the case to the Law Adviser of the Crown, and the following is the opinion of that functionary on the matter:—
“Dublin Castle, 22nd June, 1863    
   “GENTLEMEN,—Referring to your letter of the 15th instant relative to a man being summoned for acting as “Emigration runner” without being duly licensed, I am directed by the Lord Lieutenant to acquaint you that the Law Adviser who has been consulted on the subject is of the opinion that the acts complained of having been committed at Killarney the act referred to viz.—the 18th and 19th Vic. chap. 119—does not apply and that the summons must be dismissed.
   I am, Gentlemen, your obedient servant,
   “The Magistrates, Petty Sessions, Killarney.”
The Cork Examiner 3 July 1863
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AT the Petty Sessions held in Killarney on Wednesday, before Messrs. Thomas Gallwey, chairman ; Daniel C. Coltsman, D.L. ; Henry Leahy, Richard Murphy, and R. H. Orpen, Mr. Daniel Shea, emigration agent and proprietor of a spirit store, in Hen-street, was summoned by Mr. Owen Ahern, stationer and emigration agent, for that he, on the 26th and 27th day of June, and on several other days previously, hung out and displayed, or suffered to be hung out and displayed, from his licensed public house, a flag or decoration not being the known and usual and accustomed sign of the house of a retailer of spirits, after having been served with notice in writing that his acting so was contrary to law. Mr. Thomas K. Wilson, who appeared for the prosecution, relied on the 8th sec. of the 6th 7th William IV., c. 38, which, after prohibiting certain illegal assemblies in the houses of retailers of spirits, went on to say that “Retailers shall not on any occasion or pretence whatsoever hang out or display or suffer to be hung out and displayed from any of their houses or other place of sale, any known sign, flag, symbol, colour, decoration or emblem whatsoever, except the known and usual and accustomed sign of such houses or other places of sale usually fixed thereto in the way of business, under a penalty not exceeding 40s. or not less than 10s.” Mr. F. H. Downing, who represented the defendant, contended that the above act referred to illegal assemblies in such houses, and that the flag of the “stars and stripes” which flaunted over Mr. Shea's establishment in the Main-street, in which street the spirit store was not at all situated, was adopted by him as the future sign of the trade, and as the sign of an emigration agent.
   The plaintiff having been examined relative to his opinion of the defendant's claim to exhibit such a sign, and the apprehended danger of the defendant's house falling on his since the flag was put up ; and a police constable having given evidence of Shea being a licensed publican.
   Mr. Wilson forcibly contended that the above act referred to this case and called on the magistrates to impose a fine.
   After a lengthy discussion, the bench, intimated their intention of dismissing the case.
   Mr. Wilson asked them to submit the facts for the opinion of the law advisers ; but the magistrates decided the contrary, stating that by doing so they would be submitting too many cases for their opinion, and it was unneccessary to do so on this occasion. The case, which elicited a very great amount of interest through the town, and on account of which an unusual number thronged the court, was, after some lengthened discussion between the two professional gentlemen, ultimately dismissed.
The Cork Examiner 3 July 1863
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YESTERDAY at the Police Office, Mr. James Joyce, Inspector of public cars, summomed the following drivers for offence against the bye-laws :—John Ahern, driver of car 16, the charge against him was for loitering off his stand, was fined 2s. 6d. with costs ; John Howard, for not being licensed, 10s and costs ; Timothy O'Brien, driver of car 305, for obstructing the roadway at Summer Hill, 2s. 6d., and costs ; Michael Russell, driver of car 161, for a like offence, 2s. 6d., with costs.
The Cork Examiner 3 July 1863
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House Breaking.
On Thursday night last the family grocery store of Mr. John Ahern, corner of 3d and Clay streets, was forcibly entered and robbed of about $500 worth or goods. The burglars effected their entrance by boring small holes through the door and then prying off the fastenings. Yesterday morning the police were put upon the scent of the goods, and soon thereafter discovered a quantity of lard in another grocery which they believed to have been stolen from Mr. Ahern.
Receiving stolen goods.
Matthew O'Neal, the keeper of a grocery on Shockoe Hill, was arrested and brought before the Mayor yesterday, to answer the charge of [receiving] $400 worth of lard, stolen from John Ahern, knowing the same to have been stolen. Owing to the absence of witnesses the examination was adjourned until to day.
Richmond Daily Dispatch 18 July 1863
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Burglar Caught.
Reuben, slave to Mrs. Archer, was captured last Saturday morning, charged with breaking into John Ahern's house and stealing a large lot of lard. He has been committed for a hearing.
Richmond Daily Dispatch 20 July 1863
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Reuben and Felix, slaves, charges with burglariously entering the store-house of John Ahern and stealing $100 work of lard, are now in prison, awaiting trial for the offence.
Richmond Daily Dispatch 22 July 1863
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The Draft in the Fourth District.
The Draft in the Fourth District was resumed and completed yesterday, the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Wards being drawn. There has been no indication of any disturbance in this District, and everything has passed off creditably to the citizens, as well as to Capt. ERHARDT and his associate officers and assistants. The following is the result:
O'Hearn, J 124 Leonard.
New York Times 26 August 1863
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(Before Messrs. JOHN LEAHY, Q.C., Chairman ; Thomas Gallwey,
D. J. Cruice, R.M., H. A. Herbert, jun.)
   A MAN named Murphy was fined 10s., and 1s. compensation, at the suit of Mr. F. H. Downing, for cutting a quantity of young trees and twigs on the plaintiff's grounds.
   An English tourist named Robert Jessop, sojourning at the Victoria Hotel, was summoned by Maurice Aherne, a child about 8 years old, with having assaulted him in Killarney on Saturday evening.
   Mr. J. R. Wilson appeard for the plaintiff, and Mr. A. Morphy for the defendant.
   The plaintiff having answered the questions put to him relative to the nature of an oath, said he remembered Saturday evening last ; saw a gentleman standing opposite the Kenmare Arms Hotel, with a pair of ponies and cart (witness identified him in court) ; he had a long whip in his hand with which he struck witness under the jaw ; witness was standing alone, and away from the other boys who collected around the ponies and cart ; the defendant raised his whip and told the witness to go out of the way ; when in the act of walking behind the defendant struck him with the whip ; there were some other boys making noise near the ponies ; saw a carriage like the defendant's before.
   Mr. Morphy said the defence was this :—Mr. Jessop, who had come on a visit, had a carriage and a pair of ponies, which he was in the habit of leaving at the Kenmare Arms hotel, as there was no accomodation for them at the Victoria. At the time the occurrence took place, there were from 15 to 20 boys assembled near the carriage—their attention being attracted by the unusual size of the ponies—they commenced shouting, which caused the ponies to get restive. Mr. Jessop, who had been in the cart at the time, jumped off, and got alarmed for fear the children would be trampled by the ponies ; seeing that they were in danger of being trampled he made a general slash with the whip to drive them away. Having afterwards learned that the defendant had been struck with the whip, Mr. Jessop was exceedingly distressed that he should be hurt, and through him (Mr. Morphy) expressed his regret for it.
   James Frisby, the defendant's groom, was sworn and deposed to having been in the carriage with his master on Saturday evening ; there were about 20 children opposite the hotel after they drove up, who commenced shouting ; the leader became restive ; Mr. Jessop and witness jumped off, but the latter did not see the plaintiff there at all ; witness considered that the ponies would have severely hurt some of the children that were there, had not the defendant threatened them with the whip.
   Mr. Daniel Keleher, proprietor of the Kenmare Arms hotel, gave similar evidence ; he would not undertake to swear that he saw the little boy (plaintiff) shouting.
   Mr. Wilson said the magistrates had jurisdiction of inflicting a fine as high as £20, and such compensation as they thought necessary for the injury inflicted on the complainant.
   Mr. Gallwey to complainant—Was it the whip that gave you that cut under the jaw?—It was, sir.
   The Chairman said that this was a case that ought not to be brought into court at all.
   Mr. Morphy—Mr. Jessop got an attorney's letter this morning asking him to name a solicitor to receive a writ.
   Mr. Wilson—If we knew his address we would serve him with an action.
   The Chairman said the case was one which they regretted the gentleman allowed to come into court. The fact of the defendant being threatened with an attorney's letter was no reason that he should not offer some compensation to the little boy. A gentleman brings into Killarney a kind of carriage called a “trap” and every child is of course anxious to see it as they are not in the habit of seeing them in Killarney, and the gentleman had no right to flourish the whip in the manner he did. It was contrary to all law—contrary to right and honour. If parties did not get satisfaction people would be made to believe that there was one law for the rich and another for the poor. If this gentleman had struck that little child in the eyes he would have lost the use of them. Fortunately, he was not injured. However, they should fine this gentleman for the blow of the whip the nominal sum of 5s. and £1 costs, as compensation for the injury.—Correspondent.
The Cork Examiner 4 September 1863
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We publish below the passenger-list of the missing ship Lord Raglan. This fine vessel, well known in this port, sailed from Liverpool upon the 23rd of February last. She has, therefore, been out nearly seven months, and, consequently, there is too much reason for believing that she has met with some untimely disaster. Whatever may be the nature of the mischance, it is to be hoped that intelligence of it will be obtained, and that the vessel will not have to be added to the list of "not heard of." We give the list, with a view of allaying anxiety as far as possible as to who was in the vessel, and not upon the supposition that all hope of the safety of the vessel, or of her passengers, must be abandoned. Messrs. Lorimer and Co., the agents of the ship, and to whom we are indebted for the information, have not received the list of the crew. The ship was, however, commanded by Mr. T. Curran, who was making his second voyage in her, having just previously taken her home from India. The following were the passengers :—
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Steerage.— — Ahearn, . . . 
The Argus 19 September 1863
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Judge Lyon's Court.
This Court commenced its fall term yesterday morning.—Nothing was done further than arranging business for future transaction. This morning the following cases, which have been returned indicted by the Grand Jury, will be called up:

Matthew O'Neale, feloniously stealing one hundred and fifty pounds of lard, valued at $200, and forty pounds of candles, worth $100, belonging to John Ahern.

Richmond Daily Dispatch 22 September 1863
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   The Sessions for the revision of the Registry for the County of the City of Cork commenced in the County Courthouse yesterday before Mr. D. R. KANE, Q.C., Revising Barrister.
   Messrs. R. Exham, T. Jermyn, solicitors, and Mr. Crofts appeared for the Conservatives ; Mr. J. V. Blake, Solicitor, and Messrs. Collins, Booth, and Sheehan for the Liberals.
   The Rated Occupiers' List was proceeded with.
   Horatio Adamson, 12 St. Patrick's-street, was struck out, not being on the rate-book. Daniel Ahern, 12 Dominick-street, was objected to by the Conservatives on the ground that he was not a sufficient time in occupation. The Rate Collector for the district deposed that he was, and he was admitted.
   James Ahern, 57 Corn Market-street, was struck out, having left ; and Eugene Ahern, Knocknahohilly Lane and John Ahern, 64 Dominick-street, were also put off, being dead. George Akehurst, 35 St. Patrick's-quay, was objected to by the Liberals, but was admitted. James Alexander, Crotamore, and Benjamin Allen, 1 Panorama Terrace, were struck out, having left. Walter Atkins, 54 Shandon-street, was objected to by the Conservatives, and struck out, not being a sufficient time in occupation.—
   Liberals admitted to Rated Occupiers' List, 35 ; Conservatives admitted in same list, 30. 2 cases stand for evidence in Letter A.—Adjourned.
The Cork Examiner 24 September 1863
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THE Registry for the Borough of Kinsale commenced at half-past 11 yesterday.
   Messrs. C. P. Wallis, and J. C. Blake appeared on the part of Mr, Fitzgibbon ; Mr. J. W. Bourke, instructed by Mr. Gilman, on the part of Sir Geo. Colthurst.
   Mr. H. E. O'Donnell also attended as a ratepayer.
   His Worship stated that he would dispose of the Town Clerks objections before going into those served by the opposing parties.
   John Ahern, of Cork, for a house situate in the Main-st., was struck out as being out of occupation. . . .
   Garrett Ahern claimed to be put on the list for a house in the Glen.
   Mr. Wallis supported the claim.
   Mr. Bourke opposed on the ground of the tenant to the premises being a Mrs. Honora Sullivan. On enquiry this turned out to be the fact, and the claim was disallowed.
The Cork Examiner 24 September 1863
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ARRIVAL OF THE COSMOPOLITAN.—The steamer Cosmopolitan arrived on the 28th ult., from Morris Island, bringing quite a number of sick and wounded soldiers. We are indebted to Purser Fenwick for the following list of names:
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Pat. Ohearn, Co. I, 24th Mass., diarrhoea.
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[Patrick Ohearn was killed in action at Deep Bottom, Virginia on August 16, 1864. His parents, Bridget and Thomas O'Hearn received a pension based on his service.]
The New South Newspaper 3 October 1863
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   On the 2nd instant, at Hernsbrook, county Limerick, the wife of William Aherin, Esq., of a son.
The Cork Examiner 5 October 1863
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(Before Mr. D. RYAN KANE, Q.C.)
THE business of this sessions commenced with the hearing of undefended cases, which lasted all day. The spirit license applications were next taken up.
   The following magistrates were in attendance: Nathaniel Webb Ware, John Harold Barry, James Gallaher, M'Carthy O'Leary, Pierce Purcell. The following were granted :—Ellen Ahern, Milford ; John Cronin, Nad ; Michael Hickey and Mary O'Connor, Buttevant ; Michael M'Carthy, Denis Reidy, John Cremin, Johnson Sheahan, and Michael Staunton, Mallow ; Ellen Cahill and Michael Foley, Doneraile ; John Finnigan, Pallas ; Eliza Foley, Killavullen ; John Geary, Droumihana ; Catherine Hanagan, Martin Griffin, Patrick Higgins, Kanturk ; Catherine Riordan, Beeing ; William Sheehan, Kippaugh.
   The following applications were rejected :—John Linehan and Richard Bush, Buttevant ; Patrick Higgins, Green Hill ; Jeremiah Mullane, Toureen.
The Cork Examiner 15 October 1863
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Ballinatray, October 24, 1863.    
HONOURABLE SIR,—We, the undersigned Tenants to your Ballinatray Estate, beg to express to you our regret for, and abhorrance of, the late atrocious outrages which have been committed on this portion of your property, but particularly for that part which relates to yourself, and although you may not wish that we should enumerate your many acts of kindness towards us, now that it has gone forth to the public that you have received a threatening letter we conceive it to be our duty to show how little you deserve it. You and the Hon. Mrs. MOORE SMYTH'S first act on coming into possession of this Estate was to forgive every penny of arrears due by the tenants, amounting to several thousand pounds. You then got the several farms re-valued, and reduced the rents where necesssary, and last year, in order to assist the tenants after the late bad harvests, you made abatements of from 15 to 25 per cent. in their rents. You and the Hon. Mrs. MOORE SMYTH have been invariably kind and considerate to us all, and we now take this opportunity publicly to express our sincere attachment to yourselves and family, and most solemnly to repudiate our having the slightest sympathy with the guilty parties or their acts, which we feel to be a deep disgrace to this hitherto peaceful district. We trust, Honourable Sir, that the evil doings of one or two misguided individuals will not cause any interruption to kindly intercourse and mutual good will which has ever existed between us, and
   We remain, with much respect, your grateful and attached Servants,
   John Mansfield,
   Patrick Brown,
   Nicholas Flyn,
   Thomas Murphy,
   John Sanders,
   John Ahern,
   Martin Murphy,
   William Sullivan,
   James Fitzgerald,
   John Murray,
   William Brown,
   Michael Connery,
   John Murphy,
   Michael Harty,
   Patrick Mansfield,
   Timothy M'Carthy,
   Michael Murray,
   Patrick Magrath,
   John Leahy,
   Timothy Leahy,
   John Doocey,
   John Griffin,
   Michael Landers,
   William Murray,
   Daniel Murray,
   Maurice Browne,
   Garrett Sanders,
   James Kennedy,
   Stephen Murphy,
   James Griffin,
   John Barry,
   Thomas Connery,
   William Pumpery, sen.,
   Edmond Killeger,
   James Sullivan,
   Thomas Kennelly,
   James Doyle,
   Daniel Donovan,
   John Donovan,
   Michael Leahy,
   Patrick Harty,
   Thomas Colbert,
   James Mountain,
   William Corkran,
   William Irishy,
   William Coghlan,
   John Fitzgerald,
   Patrick Laughton,
   Patrick Cronican,
   William Pumpery, jun.
The Cork Examiner 28 October 1863
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Ahern, Mrs. Martin (2)
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New Hampshire Sentinel 5 November 1863
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Mining Accidents — Barney Ahern, on the 21st November, when being hoisted up from the bottom of a shaft 180 feet deep, on the Honduras claim, Washoe, fell out of the bucket when about half way up, and dropped to the bottom. Everybody concluded he was mashed to pieces, but Barney was only stunned a little, and unless internal injuries cause his death, he will recover.
Daily Evening Bulletin 27 November 1863
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(Before Captain TOOKER, Colonel WOOD, and J. L. CRONIN, R.M.)
THE number of persons in the dock was forty-eight.
   A decent-looking young man, named Daniel Carey, was put forward charged with stealing a quantity of working tools from buildings at Ballintemple, being constructed by Mr. Richard Burke.
   Mr. Aherne, carpenter, identified some of the tools as his ; he left them in the unfinished house at Ballintemple ; on Saturday morning on returning to the house they found it broken into and the tools taken from it.
   Several proprietors of stalls in the Bazaar Market proved buying the goods.
   Mr. Burke said that a very considerable quantity of goods had been stolen from the place since last June.
   The Bench sent the prisoner to jail for three months.
The Cork Examiner 30 November 1863
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THE SOCIETY of ST. VINCENT DE PAUL beg gratefully to acknowledge the following sums for the COFFIN FUND attached to the Society:—
Captain Seymour, J.P.. . . £500
James Seymour. . . 110
Wm Joyce. . . 100
Mrs. Andrew Carberry. . . 100
Mrs. Anne Stubbs. . . 0100
Mrs. Brandsfield. . . 0100
Patrick Callaghan. . . 0100
Daniel Cahill. . . 0100
Mrs. Twomey. . . 0100
Michael Crehan. . . 0100
J. T. Sullivan. . . 0100
Mrs. Harold Barry. . . 0100
Mrs. Twomey. . . 0100
Patrick Barrett. . . 0100
John Spellman. . . 050
Francis Jacob. . . 050
Mrs. Wm. Cronin. . . 050
Patrick Higgins. . . 050
Capt. Morgan. . . 050
Benjamin Sheppard. . . 050
James Walsh. . . 050
Thomas Currin. . . 050
Mrs. Swanton. . . 050
Patk. O'Regan. . . 050
Michael M'Carthy. . . 050
John O'Hea. . . 050
Mrs. Meehan. . . 050
Mrs. Roynane. . . 050
John O'Connell. . . 046
Mrs. John Murphy. . . 040
Miss Coppinger. . . 040
Jeremiah Healy. . . 040
Capt. Derbenly. . . 030
Wm. O'Connell. . . 030
Mrs. Tobin. . . 030
Michael Bourke. . . 026
Robert Sheridan. . . 026
John Kinnears. . . 026
Wm. Lane. . . 026
Walter Maloney. . . 026
Edw. Farrell. . . 026
Mrs. Jago. . . 026
Andrew Neigehen. . . 026
Thomas Ahern. . . 026
Patrick Murphy. . . 026
Edward Cremen. . . 026
Patrick Saunders. . . 026
Mr. Keleher. . . 026
Capt. O'Loughlin. . . 026
Miss Roynane. . . 026
Capt. O'Brien. . . 026
Thomas Tierney. . . 026
Alex. James. . . 026
Timothy Hickey. . . 026
Miss Kavanagh. . . 026
Thomas O'Riely. . . 026
Patrick Walsh. . . 026
Mrs. Ryan. . . 026
Wm. Hogan. . . 026
John Kilmurry. . . 026
Mrs. Deasy. . . 026
Mrs. Hawe. . . 026
Miss O'Keeffe. . . 026
Michael Olden. . . 026
Mrs. Garthwaite. . . 026
John Ahern. . . 026
Richard Pigott. . . 026
Mrs. Godsill. . . 026
Mrs. Twomey. . . 026
Miss Scully. . . 026
Mr. Donovan. . . 026
Mrs. Ring. . . 026
James Ahern. . . 026
Daniel Millwood. . . 026
Michael Courtenay. . . 026


Collected in smaller sums 9169

Total    . . . £31163
   Further subscriptions will be thankfully received and acknowledged by any of the Clergymen of the Parish.
   Queenstown, November 30, 1863
The Cork Examiner 30 November 1863
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Before A.B. Jones, Esq., Stipendiary Magistrate,
and John Walker Esq., J. P.
ASSAULT.—Ahern v. Delaney.—This was an information for an assault committed on the 28th of November at Kangaroo Valley. Andrew Ahern, plaintiff, said that he resided at Kangaroo Valley. On the 28th inst. he was on his way home between 10 and 11 at night, and when near his own fence he saw defendant Michael Delaney. He asked him what brought him there ? When the defendant made him an offensive reply. He (witness) then took hold of defendant who immediately struck him several blows with his fist. His son came up to his assistance. He (witness) struck the defendant, but he could not say whether it was before or after defendant struck him. The Bench at this stage of the case said the assault seemed to have been on the other side, and discharged the defendant.
The Hobart Mercury 9 December 1863
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AN inquest was held yesterday by Mr. Bryan Gallwey, coroner, at Friar's Walk, on the body of Mr. Edward M'Donnell who died on Wednesday from the effects of a blow, as alleged, which he received on Saturday night from Richard Walsh, of Paradise Place. Michael Ahern, of Fort-street, a pipe layer, was first examined, and he deposed that he saw the deceased, on the stairs of the Temperance room in Barrack-street, under the influence of drink, and that he carried him upstairs to the steward's room. After he had been there a few minutes, the prisoner, who was his brother-in-law, came in and asked “Where is Mac,” and the deceased at once went towards the prisoner, and bothe seemed to be very friendly. They then went out together, and witness having followed them shortly after, found both of them fighting. He separated them and brought deceased back to the room. They both seemed anxious for a “tussle” and witness heard the prisoner say that he would watch the deceased going home and pay him off. The next witness examined was Garrett Cotter, of Traver's-street, who stated that on Saturday night he found Walsh opposite the Temperance Room, bleeding at the nose from a blow which he said to witness he had received from M'Donnell. Witness saw the latter home that night, and when returning he met Walsh, who, as well as M'Donnell, was under the influence of drink, and he told him that if he did anything to M'Donnell that night he would be sorry for it the next day. The prisoner said that M'Donnell had no right to strike him. M'Donnell then came out of the house. Witness wanted him to go back, but he would not, but went up to where Walsh was. Witness came between them, but M'Donnell told witness to walk on before him, which he did, leaving deceased and witness [sic] three or four yards behind, they following, and within view of witness if he chose to turn round. Witness heard a noise as if of a “box, a clout, or a fall,” and when he turned round he saw M'Donnell lying on the ground, and the prisoner 7 or 8 yards away from him. The prisoner had time to move that distance from M'Donnell from the time witness heard the noise to the time at which he turned round and saw M'Donnell on the ground. Witness raised M'Donnell and took him home assisted by his (deceased's) son. John M'Donnell, the deceased's son was next examined. He was in the street when the quarrel between his father and the prisoner took place. He saw his father fall on the roadway, and on his saying to the prisoner “So you struck my father,” the prisoner replied, “I did, because he struck me.” In reply to Mr. M. J. Collins, who appeared for Walsh, witness stated that for some years past the prisoner had been on very good terms with the deceased. Dr. Charles Armstrong, examined, deposed that he had been in attendance on the deceased since Monday evening. Dr. Hobart was also in attendance. Deceased was perfectly insensible on the first evening he (Dr. Armstrong) saw him, and was then convulsed all over and snoring loudly. There was scarcely any hope of his recovery, and he died on Wednesday at 12 o'clock. Witness made a post mortem examination of the body. The only external mark of violence was a slight bruise on the right ear ; underneath the flesh behind the ear there was also a slight bruise. He found that the bloodvessels on the surface of the brain were a little more filled with blood than agreed with a healthy state ; this was not the case, though, with the inside vessels. The cavities of the brain were filled with an unusually large quantity of serum, which was quite sufficient to cause convulsions and death. A blow on the skull causing death would have produced other symptoms than those exhibited by the post mortem examination ; there would also have been clotted blood or something of that sort. Excessive drinking, or a hasty temper, or excitability from mental or physical causes, might produce this abundance of serum. Witness was of opinion that deceased died from apoplexy. In reply to questions put by the Coroner, Dr. Armstrong said that a blow might have the effect of hastening M'Donnell's death, but he would not say whether the blow given by Walsh had actually done so. His opinion was that M'Donnell had died from natural causes. This closed the evidence. The Coroner left entirely to the jury the question how M'Donnell's death had been caused, and they, without leaving the room, returned a verdict that his death had resulted from natural causes. The prisoner was therefore at once discharged. It was stated that deceased was in very comfortable circumstances, holding a situation worth £200 a year under Mr. S. Coventry, corn merchant.
The Cork Examiner 1 January 1864
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(Before Mr. DANIEL R. KANE, Q.C., Chairman).
THE Sessions commenced with the hearing of undefended Civil Bills, which continued the whole day. The amount of Sessions business is heavy, there being entered for trial over 900 Civil Bills, 180 of them undefended ; forty Ejectments, and twenty-five Criminal cases.
. . . Applications for spirit licenses were then taken up, and the following were granted:—
   Jeremiah Birmingham, Fermoy ; Thomas Donegan, Fermoy ; Daniel Dooly, Fermoy ; Martin Kearnsy, Fermoy ; James O'Connell, Fermoy ; Olympia Arnold, Rathcormac ; Daniel Jerome Ahern, Castlemartyr ; Daniel Connolly, Youghal ; William Long, Youghal ; Ellen M'Namara, Youghal ; Michael Hayes, Midleton ; Alexander O'Loughlin, Farside ; Jane Russell, Mitchelstown ; Thomas Walsh, Dangan Cross ; James Swanton, Rathcoursey.
   The application in Swanton's case occupied a considerable time in discussion, Mr. Fleming having opposed it strongly on the part of neighbouring magistrates and gentry, while Mr. Wallis, on the other hand, produced a memorial signed by a large number of the people in the locality.
   His Worship, on giving the decision of the Bench on the case, stated they were almost unanimous in granting the license, but they were unanimous in opinion as to the ability with which the case was conducted by the gentlemen engaged in it.

Roger O'Keeffe and John Ahern v. Frederick George Deverill, Esq., County Surveyor.
   This was an appeal lodged against an order of the magistrates of the Rathcormack bench. A summons had been issued against the contractor of the road leading from Cork to Tallow between the Riverdale Piers at Rathcormack and the barnony bounds at Kimnatalloon, for not keeping it in proper repair within a period fixed by them ; this was not done, and a warrant was issued against the appellants, who were the sureties of the contractor, for a sum of £70 and costs.
   Mr. Justin M'Carthy appeared as counsel, with Mr. P. O'Connell, agent, in support of the appeal.
   The case being called on, his Worship observed that he was of the opinion no appeal lay in such a case ; that the decision of the magistrates was final. He had given the matter great consideration, in consequence of a contrary opinion having been cited before in a similar case, which came before him at Kanturk, at a previous sessions.
   Mr. M'Cartie said that his Worship's decision was perfectly right. He came down prepared to argue that no appeal lay in such a case ; but of course as the court was with him there was no occasion for him doing so now.
   Mr. Wall said that after the intimation of his Worship, and being aware of his having made a similar decision on a former occasion, he did not think himself warranted in occupying the time of the court in endevouring to change that opinion. He would suggest, however, to Mr. Deverill the danger of issuing a warrant which was on the face of it bad, and would on certiorari be quashed without one moment's hesitation by the court, and advised him to be guided by Mr. M'Cartie, his counsel, in the matter.
   His Worship said that no road could be kept in repair in the county if appeals were to lie in cases like these, when if a contractor was convicted all he had to do was to lodge an appeal and tie up the proceedings for three or four months. The legislature never could intend any such thing.
   Mr. Deverill stated that in this case he did not issue the conviction for a fortnight, in order to give the contractor an opportunity of putting the road in repair, and during that period not a stone was put upon it.
The Cork Examiner 18 January 1864
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   On Tuesday, the 9th, at the parochial church of Aghina, by the Rev. M. A. Aherne, cousin to the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. Charles M'Carthy, P.P., in the presence of a numerous circle of friends, Mr. John T. Murphy, eldest son of Mr. Timothy J. Murphy, Dromitiniore House, to Mary, second daughter of Mr. John O'Mahony, Rahalusk.
The Cork Examiner 11 February 1864
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AN inquest was held yesterday at the Court-house, Passage, before Messrs. Stamers and Cronin, R.M., (the Coroner for the district not having been elected yet) upon the body of Charles Harding, master of the ship Anna Dorothea, who was killed in the Royal Victoria dockyard on last Monday by a heavy piece of timber falling upon him. The inquiry excited a good deal of interest in Passage, as two lads employed in the dockyard, through whose negligence the accident was alleged to have occurred, had been taken into custody by the police. It will be remembered that the deceased was killed by what is called a “shore” falling over the side of the dock in which his ship was being repaired and striking him on the head as he was coming up the steps out of the dock. The lads in custody, named Bernard and Hegarty, had charge of the timber at the time, and were taking it into the dock. . . .
   The foreman ship-wright, Ahearn, who had charge of the work on the Anna Dorothea, was examined at the desire of the magistrates to account for the manner in which the prisoners had been employed on the Monday previous to the accident. He stated that they were engaged lowering shores by his directions, but he did not know how they performed the work. He did not see them at it.
   Mr. Cronin remarked that it was exceedingly strange that in such a large establishment no single person could be got to throw light on this occurrence. . . . After a short consultation the jury found, by a majority, a verdict of accidental death, and the prisoners were discharged from custody. [see Cork Examiner, 11 February 1864 for complete story.]
The Cork Examiner 11 February 1864
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The following list of the passengers and crew of this ship is given by the Australian Gazette of the 21st November last :—
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Cabin.—Mr. and Mrs. John H. Sunderland, Messrs. Gosset, Belcher, Filluel, Richardson, Mrs. Spankie and infant, Messrs. Charles E. Taylor, Fulton, Francis A. Goddard, E. P. Harper, John A. Joel, Fred. and Mrs. Quinlan, Mrs. Doherty and husband, Miss Louisa Neville.
Steerage.—Nina Ahearn, . . . 
The Argus 12 February 1864
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Saturday. February 13.
Before the Police Magistrate
Furious Riding.—John Thomas was charged with furious riding so as to endanger the safety of foot passengers. Mr. Doyle appeared for defendant, who pleaded not guilty. Patrick Ahearn deposed that he saw the defendant galloping a horse on the 9th instant. In consequence of the non-attendance of another witness, the case was adjourned until this day.
The Brisbane Courier 15 February 1864
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March 21st 1864.
 . . .  Patrick Ahearn . . . 
The Freeman's Journal 21 March 1864
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(Before Messrs. A. F. M'NAMARA and CRONIN, R.M.)
   John Ahern, a hackney-car driver, was brought forward in custody charged with the larceny of a horse and car belonging to John O'Callaghan. It appeared that the prisoner entered Callaghan's [sic] service as a driver on Sunday week, and was sent out in charge of a horse and car on Monday morning. He returned on Monday evening under the influence of drink, and stated that he had driven some gentlemen to the Dripsey races, but they had not paid him. This statement was subsequently ascertained to be false. On Tuesday morning he took out the horse and car again, and did not return. On making inquiries Callaghan found that the prisoner had pawned the horse and car for 2s. in Barrack-street, and previously he had, in a drunken fit, attempted to leap the horse over a ditch and to drive him across some fields. There was at present a considerable sum due on the horse and car for maintenance, &c.
   Mr. Cronin said he did not think the charge of larceny could be sustained as the property had been entrusted to the prisoner's care.
   Mr. Blake, who appeared for the prosecution, said the prisoner might be tried, with his own consent, on a charge of misconduct.
   The prisoner said he was willing to have the case decided at once.
   Evidence having been given, proving the facts as stated above, Mr. Blake said he was employed in this case by the body of car owners, who wanted to protect themselves against ill-conducted drivers, and he was authorised to represent the hardship of the course occasionally pursued by the bench in giving time to car drivers to pay fines inflicted on them. The consequence of this was that the drivers overworked their horses to get extra fares to pay the fines, and therefore the persons really punished were the car owners.
   Mr. Cronin said the bench should decide every case on its own merits, but they would keep Mr. Blake's representations in view.
   The prisoner was fined £2, or a month's imprisonment in default of payment.
The Cork Examiner 5 May 1864
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(Before Messrs. W. J. SHAW and CRONIN, R.M.)
   Michael Ahern, publican, Quarry road, was fined £1 for having had persons drinking in his place of business at two o'clock on last Sunday morning.
The Cork Examiner 9 May 1864
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Mary Macarthy, 19, servant, was charged with stealing half a sovereign, the money of James Phillips, on the 29th May, and Timothy Ahern was charged with receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen. Mr. Smythies, for the prosecution, withdrew the charge against Ahern. Prosecutor deposed that he was a beer-house keeper and butcher, at Abersychan, and the female prisoner lived with him as servant; on the day named he received half a sovereign, which he marked and placed in his trowsers pocket; he saw it in the pocket on the following morning, which was Sunday, before going to church, but on his return it was gone; he marked it when he placed it in his pocket. On Sunday evening the same half-sovereign was given to him by prisoner in payment for beer, and on Monday morning he found the same coin in his waistcoat pocket, he having left it the night before in his trowsers pocket. The learned chairman, in putting the case to the jury, said he did not see the slightest evidence against the prisoner, and she was acquitted, as also was Ahern.
Illustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald 2 July 1864
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THE woman Mary Fitzgerald, on a charge of poisoning, whom James Shorten is now in custody, died at the South Infirmary at about twelve o'clock last night. Mr. Coroner Gallwey attended at the Infirmary on this morning to hold an inquest on the remains. Mr. Cronin, R.M., Mr. Duncan, County Inspector, and Mr. Channer, S.I. were also present. Shorten, who is a decent-looking countryman, about thirty years of age, was present in the custody of the police. The following jury were sworn :—Owen Ahearne, Edward Uniacke, Wm. Walsh, Cornelius Galvin, James Corbett, Thomas Griffith, James M'Carthy, John Good, John Barry, Robert Spence, Edward R. Johnston, William Carney. After the jury had been sworn the Coroner said that he should adjourn the inquest for two reasons. The first was in order to have the remains of the deceased chemically analyzed, and the second reason was the fact that Mr. M. J. Collins, to whom the prisoner had entrusted his defence was, absent on professional business. The inquest was therefore adjourned until Wednesday at ten o'clock.
The Cork Examiner 16 July 1864
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Crazy — Patrick O'Hearn was arrested Saturday night last, wandering about the wharves in an insane condition. He had nearly $700 in gold about his person.
Daily Evening Bulletin 18 July 1864
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(Before Mr. KANE, Q.C.)
Denis Ahearne pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing two sheets, the property of James Hogan, and being an old offender, was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude.
The Cork Examiner 6 October 1864
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On November 1st, at Oubeg House, Lismore, the wife of James Ahearn, Esq., of a daughter.
The Cork Examiner 4 November 1864
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Opinions Respecting the Capture of the Florida
The British Press Excited Over the Matter
A Brazilian Report of the Affair Excitement at Bahia.
The British press, it appears, is considerably excited over the capture of the Florida in Bahia Bay. The Index, the Confederate organ in London, gives the following relative to the capture: The Confederate authorities in London have received a telegraphic dispatch, dated Lisbon, from Capt. MORRIS, commander of the Florida, stating that she was captured on the 7th of October by the Federal steamer Wachusett, in the harbor of Bahia, Brazil. At the time of the capture the Florida was lying under the guns of the Brazilian forts and the Brazilian fleet, and Capt. MORRIS was on shore. He is now on board the steamer Magdalena bound for Southampton.

The London Morning Herald editorially denounces the capture of the Florida in the most indignant terms. The London Times says: "The capture of the Confederate steamer Florida in the harbor of a friendly State was an act of simple piracy. When within a neutral port she should have been perfectly safe from molestation." The London Herald says that if the Washington Government does not release the Florida, all the maritime Powers will have the right to interfere in the matter. The following version of the capture is from a Brazilian journal:

"At 6 A.M., on the 6th of October, the steamer Florida, of the Confederate States of North America, arrived at Bahia from Santa Cruz and Tenerife, in sixty-one days. She came into this port to take coal and provisions. In the night-time the United States steamer Wachusett was outside the harbor, watching the Florida, and she came in and made preparations to capture her. In the morning the Wachusett came near the Florida, and there being no resistance, an officer was sent on board, who commanded the crew of the Florida to surrender. There were but few men on board, and the vessel was not in a state of defence, only a few small cannon being on the decks. The officer in charge of the Florida stated that the force on board the Wachusett was much larger than his own, as the greater portion of his command was absent; and that as he was in a foreign port, they had no right to meddle with his steamer. There was much excitement on board the steamer. Soon after the officer of the Wachusett left, the Florida steamed toward the shore in order to get the protection of the Province, and she was at once fired on by the Wachusett, which followed her. The officer in charge of the Florida then stated, in answer to a second summons to surrender his vessel, that he would give it up, because he had no force equal to the one brought against him; and that the captain and a large portion of the officers and crew were on shore.

The vessel was then seized by the Wachusett, and the report of her capture was quickly spread through the city. The next day, an officer of the Florida notified the commander of the Wachusett that he had no right to capture the Florida in that port, and that the Brazilian Government would demand an explanation of his course; that the port was free to all vessels, and that the capture of such vessels should be made outside. The officers of the Wachusett (remarked the journal) seized the Florida in the night, in the same manner as a slaveship seized the negroes of Africa; and the Brazilian Government would insist on its right to act toward such vessels as the Government of France had when the Kearsarge and Alabama were obliged to fight outside of the harbor.

The seizure caused great excitement among the people of Bahia. The American Consul, Mr. WILSON, hearing of the action of the President of the Province, sent to the Representative of the Brazilian Government, in order to protest against it, or to effect a change in the decision. The whole fault lay in the Wachusett, as she had violated the laws of the province. After seizing the vessel, she was tied to the Wachusett, whose Commander at once prepared for sea. The small guns of the Florida, and the crew, were removed to the Wachusett, and a portion of the engines were taken away, in order to prevent tier escaping. As she was going out, the people gathered on the shore, and batteries were leveled at the vessel. Some of the men on the Wachusett then fired revolvers at the spectators, which increased the excitement; but the vessels left the port.

When the Florida was boarded by the officers of the Wachusett, the crew acted very quietly, but the men of the Wachusett endeavored in vain to make them act otherwise. They declared that if they had the arms of their opponents, and their whole crew on board, they would not let themselves be captured. A fire was then lit in the Florida, but the sailors extinguished it. Before the capture the two vessels made signs to fight, but they were stopped by the officers of the Province. Previous to the seizure, four tailors of the Florida reached the shore, and fifteen jumped into the water, but they were rescued by several vessels. When the American Consul heard the report of the firing from the Wachusett, he got up in the night-time and had it stopped.

On the Florida, when captured were the following persons: J. Key Porter, S.G. Stone, R.S. Floyd, Masters; D. Bryan, T.T. Hunter, Jr., T.S. Charlie, Adjutants; Surgeon Thomas Emery, Chief Engineer W.S. Thompson, Assistant Engineer G.H. Sinclair, Second Assistant Engineer Wm. Ahern, Third Assistant Engineer J.B. Brown. The names of the crew captured were Stone, Hunter, Charlton, Thompson and Sinclair.

The Commander of the Florida, C. MORRIS, with some of the officers, SAMUEL BARRON, JR., Commissary; RICHARD TAYLOR, Chief of Cargo; and the Chief Master, J.B. KING, were on shore when the vessel was seized. The Officer of the Florida, when asked to surrender, at once threw his sword into the water. Commander MORRIS, of the Florida, has sent a communication to the President of the Province, thanking him for the efforts he made to prevent her capture in a neutral port, and protesting against her seizure. The matter is a serious one, and may be so regarded by the Brazilian Government.

New York Times 14 November 1864
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Items of Interest
   The Washington Star thus notices the arrival of the officers of the Florida in the city:
   The steamer Daniel Webster, from City Point, brought up from Point Lookout the officers of the pirate [sic] Florida. There are eleven of them, the following being a list of their names: R. S. Floyd, T. T. Hunter, and G. D. Bryan, Masters; Wm. Ahern, First Assistant Engineer; J. B. Brown, Second Assistant Engineer; T[homas]. Emory, Assistant Surgeon; T. K. Porter, First Lieutenant; [W. D.?] Hough, Midshipman; W. S. Thompson, Chief Engineer.
   These officers were all neatly dressed in new uniforms of Confederate gray cloth and wore naval caps similar to those worn in the U. S. Navy. Nearly all of them wore “chin whiskers,” of the pattern worn by the pirate Semmes.
   They appear to be a harum-skarum set and talked noisily among themselves while they were being conveyed from the 6th street wharf to the Provost Marshal's. All of them had gold watches, with large chains dangling from their vest pockets, and several displayed quite a profusion of jewelry, such as diamond pins, finger rings, &c., the proceeds of their piratical career. One of them carried under his arm a handsome mahogany writing desk, while several had huge meerchaum pipes, at which they puffed on their way. While on the pavement in front of the Provost Marshal's, awaiting admission to the office, an apple woman passed on the opposite side of the street when they hailed her and bought the contents of her basket, paying for the same in greenbacks, and at the same time exposing handsful of silver and gold.
   Master R. T. Floyd, who is a tall, fine looking man, wore long black hair, which almost reached his shoulders. His cap unlike those of the other officers, was profusely trimmed with gold lace, which, however, was somewhat soiled.
   The only distinction between the uniforms of these officers and those worn by the officers in the Confederate militia service, is that the marks of rank of the former are worn on the shoulder instead.
Houston Telegraph 9 January 1865
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The body of a man, identified as Daniel A'Hern, was found by Joseph Light yesterday morning frozen in the ice outside of the sandbar, foot of the Third Street Levee. Deceased had been employed as teamster for Mr. Merry, and on Sunday evening, Jan. 1st he left his home in West Dubuque to feed his team in Dunleith, but it appears he never reached his destination. He was seen about 10:00 o'clock that evening in the lower part of town, and while wending his way across the river, took the track that had been abandoned by Merry's teams and fell through the ice but a few feet from the shore. A number of accidents happened in that vicinity about that time, and it is supposed he walked into a hole and thereby lost his life. Since his disappearance his family and friends have been exercised about him, but it was supposed he had gone on a visit to his relatives in the country. He was a brother-in-law of George W. Starr; also of Tim Molony, and formerly worked at mining for the Level & Lead Mining Companies. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn the loss of a father and husband, snatched from them in the prime of life. His age was about thirty-three years. Coroner Leist took possession of the body and conveyed it to the afflicted family in West Dubuque, after an inquest was held upon the remains, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts. Deceased was highly respected and connected and came to this city when a youth. He was a kind father, a loving husband and leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his untimely end.
Dubuque Herald 14 January 1865
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Early on Sunday morning, another serious fire resulting unfortunately in the death of a man, and the destruction of about L3000 worth of property occurred in Dunedin. The scene of the fire was again in Safford street, and the fire is supposed to have broken out in the Stafford Arms Hotel, occupied by a man of the name of Irwin. This building was completely destroyed, as well as a butchers shop, a bakers and two or three small shanties. The fire brigade and Jane's brigade were quickly on the spot, and checked the advance of the fire by pulling down several buildings. These, however, on which the fire had seized, they were unable to save, owing to want of water. During the progress of the fire it was rumoured that there was a man in the hotel, and this was afterwards found to be but too true. Capt. Hobbs of the fire brigade discovered the charred remains of a human being amongst the ruins of the building when the flames had subsided. The unfortunate sufferer was a man of the name of Thomas Ahern, who was formerly in the police force, and subsequently resided at Wattahuna where he was well known. He leaves a wife and three children in Ireland. It is almost certain that when the first alarm was given, he, with the rest of the people in the hotel made his escape and it is supposed that he re-entered the building, supposing Mrs. Irwin or the servant girl to be still in it, and for the purpose of assisting them to escape. The deceased resided for some time at Queenstown, but had lodged at the Stafford Arms Hotel for about thirteen weeks while employed as a porter at the Exhibition. He was well known as a fiddler. The greater part of the property destroyed belonged to Mr. Feger of Caversham, and it was but very partially insured. Fortunately the night was a very calm one, or the houses on the other side of the street must have caught fire.
Bruce Herald 19 January 1865
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   An inquest was held on Monday, by Mr. T. H. Hocken, coroner, at the Golden Age Hotel, Stafford street, touching the death of Thomas Ahern, who is believed to have been burned to death in the fire that occurred on Sunday morning.
   The following evidence was given ;—
   Thomas Drain : I am a laborer and live at the back of the Stafford Arms. I knew the deceased, but I do not recognise as his the remains of the body I have seen. I saw the deceased after the fire had started on Monday morning. He Was then in the right-of-way leading up beside the Stafford Arms. Mrs. Irwin asked me to try to save one of her boxes, and I said I would do what I could. I asked Bob Smith to go with me ; but the deceased said, "It's no use to go in there, Tom ; you can't save anything at all." Smith and me went, into the house and brought out a box. I did not see the deceased alive again. I knew the deceased for a long time, and I knew that he was missing yesterday morning.
   Thomas Hughes : I am a laborer, and I resided at the Stafford Arms. I have seen some human remains, but do not identify them, as they are so much destroyed by fire. I believe them to be the remains of Thomas Ahern, who has been missing since the fire. These two rings, and these fiddle keys, were found near the remains. I know that Ahern wore what looked like an old police regulation belt, and had rings on it exactly like these. I know that he was in the habit of carrying about him one or two fiddle keys. I also produce a buckle which I believe to have been part of Ahern's belt. The remains were found under where Mr. Irwin's bedroom stood. I knew Ahern for the last three or four years. He might have been 30 years old. For the last fortnight he worked at the Exhibition as a laborer. I know that formerly he was in the habit of going round the diggings, playing the fiddle, I have seen him under the influence of drink, but I should not call him a man of intemperate habits. I last saw him between half-past eleven and twelve o'clock on Saturday night, when he came into my room. He roused me from sleep, when he came in, and we simply spoke; I could not say whether he was then sober. He was a native of Ireland, and I have heard he was married. I have not heard of anyone but Ahern being missed since the fire.
   William Hobbs : I am captain of the Volunteer Fire Brigade. The Brigade attended the fire in Stafford street yesterday morning. After the fire, had been somewhat subdued, I heard from one or two persons that a man was supposed to have been in the interior of the Stafford Arms ; and I asked them to point out the spot they supposed the sounds to have come from. They pointed, as far as I could make out, to a spot in the very centre of the Stafford Arms Hotel, and I said that if there was the body of any man at that spot, it must be entirely destroyed, the fire being so fierce there. Some time later when the fire was considerably subdued, a man whom I do not know spoke to me about some watches and a medal he had lost, and asked me if I would try and find what was left of them. I was then walking round the fire, as is my custom, to see what was being, or could be, done. The man pointed out the spot where he thought his watches and medal must have fallen ; and while he was with me, my attention was attracted to a point near the junction of the right-of-way and the back of the hotel. I there saw some thing which looked like flesh of some kind, lying near the right-of-way, and fearing that it might be a body, after what I had heard, I called Foreman Hughes, and asked him what he thought it was which I pointed out. He at once said that it was a human, body. I ordered water to be turned on the spot, and as soon as possible we approached the spot and caused the remains to be removed. It appeared to me that the deceased had either been laying or had fallen on his face when he was overpowered. The rings and other articles produced by the last witness, were found by Foreman Hughes close to the body.
   Thomas Hughes recalled : I recognise on the remains I have seen, a portion of a charred beard ; and the deceased had a beard. In reply to questions from Jurors, Sergeant Dean stated that the rings produced corresponded with those on the police regulation belt ; and that Ahern was formerly in the force.
   The Coroner said that this was all the evidence ; and he thought there could be no reasonable doubt that the remains were those of Ahern, and that death resulted from fire. The Foreman (Mr. Abraham Solomon) after a consultation, said that the jurors were not satisfied that the remains were those of Ahern. The Coroner : Then, gentlemen, I will alter the warrant from "the death of one Thomas Ahern," to "the death of a person to the jurors unknown ;" I will then re-swear you ; you will re-view the body; and we will go through the evidence again. This was done ; and the Jury returned a verdict that "the deceased accidentally came to his death by fire."
Otago Witness 20 January 1865
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The Officers Imprisoned at Columbia, S.C.
Our correspondent who, two months since, accompanied Lieut-Col. MULFORD's exchange-fleet to Savannah and Charleston, obtained from one of the released prisoners, whose duty it was to keep the roster of his comrades, the following list of officers confined at the prison-pen at Columbia, S.C. Probably one-tenth of the officers named have been exchanged since the 8th of last December, the date to which the record was made up, but the remainder, unfortunately, still languish in their terrible captivity. To many of our readers this list will convey valuable information as to how letters and parcels may be addressed to the prisoners:
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2d Lieut. M. Ahern, Co. F, 10th Virginia [sic]
[There were no Virginia units serving the Union in the Civil War. According to his pension file, Michael Ahern served in the 10th West Virginia Infantry. He's listed in the 1890 census residing in Westernport, Maryland.]
New York Times 6 February 1865
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THE COMMITTEE acknowledge with THANKS the following subscriptions, and trust that all other friends will promptly act with like spirit;—
William Ahearn 100
Thomas Ahern 050
[See Cork Examiner 7 February 1865 for complete list.]
JOHN FITZPATRICK, P.P., Chairman.    
   Midleton, February 8, 1865.
The Cork Examiner 7 February 1865
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LOSS OF £18,000.
A fire broke out in Stafford street on Sunday morning, 15th January, in the Stafford Arms public house. It was a three-storied building, adjoining a number of small shops and cottages, and contained 18 or 20 lodgers, in addition to the landlord, Mr. Irwin, his wife and two children. Most of the inmates escaped by means of ladders. Some of them got out of the house at the back, and one man jumped from a window, without receiving any injury. One man named Thomas Ahern perished. He was about 30 years of age, and had served in the Crimea, being one of those who survived the Balaclava charge. It was not ascertained whether he had been unable to escape in the first instance, or had rushed into the house after having once escaped from it, with the view of saving some of the inmates from destruction. His remains were found after the fire, the limbs completely consumed ; only the head and trunk being left. The whole of the buildings on the block were burnt. They belonged to Mr. Feger, were only partially insured, and were valued at £2000.
Colonist 10 February 1865
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   February 28 by the Rev. Denis Forrest, cousin to the bride, assisted by the Very Rev. Canon Foley, Mr. Michael Ahern, Droumasmole, to Ann, third daughter of Mr. Thomas Forrest, Clogheen, Blarney.
The Cork Examiner 2 March 1865
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Information wanted of Joseph Ahearn, Wm. Ahearn, and Mary Ahearn, who left Lismore, Co. Waterford, for America, about 15 years ago, last heard of, from New York, about 9 years ago. Any information gratefully received by their aged father, Michael Ahearn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, or their brother Patrick, Launcestown, Tasmania.
The Nation 4 March 1865
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A young man named Ahern, collector to Fegan and Co., grocers and spirit dealers, met with a severe accident last Friday evening, by which his life is endangered. He was riding rapidly in Queen-street shortly after dark, and came into collision with a cab which was on its way to the Valley. His horse was killed on the spot and it fell upon him. The driver of the cab and three people who were with him in the vehicle were thrown to the ground by the collision.
The Brisbane Courier 15 April 1865
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Dr. POWER presided.
PRESENT—Messrs. J. Seymour, H. H. O'Bryen, R. O'Sullivan, J. Spellman, J. Fitzgerald, R. O'Donnell, M. Murphy, J. Hickie, E. Farrell, W. Joyce, and P. Regan.
   Referring to the presentments for the improvement of the town, which will be considered at the usual monthly meeting of the Board,
   Mr. O'Bryen said that there would be £612 16s. 6d. for expenditure out of the coming year's rate of 1s. in the pound. A sum of £134 5s. 8d. would have to be expended on the roads, which account did not include the sewerage of the town.
   In reply to Mr. O'Sullivan, Mr. Ahearne, the surveyor, said that he considered the amount stated by Mr. O'Bryen little enough for the requirements for the year.
   Mr. O'Bryen considered that the Commissioners should, when they were in a position to do so, complete the entire sewerage of the town. If that were done he thought the surveyor's salary should be increased.
   Mr. Seymour said that any increase to the salary should come out of the road rate. He intended to present for its increase. Some time since it was moved to raise it by £20, and an increase of £10 was then granted, but he (Mr. Seymour) intended to present for a further addition to it.
   Mr. O'Sullivan suggested that if they decided the matter then, the Board ought give £40 to be divided between the secretary and the surveyor, the respective salaries of those officers to be subsequently raised.
   The matter was ultimately referred to the monthly meeting of the Commissioners.
   The following presentments were passed:—One for the repairing of 50 yards of street surface at the Rock, and for repairing the retaining wall on the street at the same place, £5 10s. ; another, for erecting three water closets for public use on the foreshore, £30 ; for repairing Gilbert's-lane, £8 ; to erect kerbing and waterway on the East Ferry-road, £15 ; making a footpath on the Mall, £15.
   The Board soon after adjourned.
The Cork Examiner 25 April 1865
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   Assault In A Church—At the East Maitland police court, on Tuesday, Timothy M'Cue and Patrick M'Cue appeared before the bench (Messrs. E. D. Day and G. F. Davidson), on summons, charged with having, at East Maitland, on the 7th of May last, unlawfully assaulted Thomas Marr. Mr. Chambers appeared for complainant Mr. H. O'Meagher appeared fort the defendants, and pleaded cause to show.
   Thomas Marr deposed ; The defendants before the court were the persons complained of ; he is a member of the Roman Catholic Church ; he was at St. Joseph's Church, East Maitland, on Sunday, 7th May, instant ; he believed it was one of the established churches of the colony ; he was inside a gate in the aisle of that church ; there are no benches nor pews set apart in it as free sittings ; he had been accustomed to stand in the aisle of that church for eleven or twelve years ; he was kneeling when the elder prisoner (Timothy M'Cue) said to him, "You cannot be here," Witness answered, "As it is the House of God, I demand a right to be here." The older defendant repeated that he could not remain there, and took him by force to remove him. He held on as long as he could, but the defendant took him and put him outside the gate in the aisle, and followed him out, the other defendant then came to him, and said, "Now, Marr, you have been long enough here, and out you must go", or words to that effect, and with that he pushed complainant right out of the church, the service had not then commenced, a great many persons were present, ever since he had been attending the church, the aisle had been open to the public as a free standing and kneeling place.
   Cross-examined ; There is one aisle to this chapel, and the pews are at either side, the altar is opposite the aisle ; complainant had been a collector in this church , the older defendant was a collector in it on the day in question ; complainant had sittings there for some years, but gave them up in March last ; there is a free place in the chapel besides the aisle, and he had often knelt in that place before, although he had sittings ; he was aware that regulations were made by the clergyman respecting the chapel ; witness did not see the notice now produced (a scale of charges for seats in the church, and a notice that any person behaving in an unbecoming manner should be censured) on the day in question , he saw a board with a notice on it, but did not read it ; before the Sunday in question the elder defendant said if he (complainant) did not go into that place (the vacant space behind the pews) he should be removed ; on the Sunday morning he offered him a seat outside a barrier that was put up ; he saw a barrier put across the church ; he demanded a right to be there ; if the aisle was crowded it would be inconvenient for people to pass ; the elder defendant asked him to go out, and offered him a seat, he was determined to remain in the place he was then in, as a right.
   Re-examined : the seat defendant offered him was one for which he was liable for payment ; it was not a free seat.
   —Christopher Colgan deposed that he had attended the Roman Catholic Chapel in East Maitland for many years ; there is a wide aisle in it ; he had attended there ever since the chapel was built, the aisle was generally occupied by part of the congregation ; any person could either stand or kneel there from the first time the pews were erected until very lately.
   Cross-examined : Complainant had only occupied the aisle since he gave up his pew ; on the day in question Marr was the only person in the aisle besides the elder M'Cue, he swore that no seats were ever pointed out as free sittings ; M'Cue went up to Marr, and asked him if he had a sitting there ; he said, "No;" and M'Cue said, "My friend, you can't stay there;" Marr was inside a gate, and M'Cue removed him after he told him to leave ; witness saw the notice produced in the chapel on the Sunday, and read it.
   —James M'Laughlin was called, but did not answer.
   —For the defence, the first witness called was John Coll, who deposed ; That he is one of the collectors of St. Joseph's Chapel ; Timothy M'Cue is another ; they bad been collectors since March ; people were not allowed to stand or kneel in the aisle since the last month, people standing or kneeling there prevented others from going up to the altar, and that was why the gate was put across ; people who had pews very often could not get in, and they had to kneel outside ; that was why the aisle was ordered to be kept clear ; Marr went inside the gate, and knelt in the aisle, and M'Cue went up to him and invited him to take any seat he liked, and not cause a row in the church ; he refused, and M'Cue said he should not be there, and he removed him ; Marr went there a second time, and it was then M'Cue removed him from the Chapel, and young M'Cue was called and went and assisted his father ; there are free sittings in the latter part of this Chapel ; witness saw Marr looking at the board now produced ; Marr and the congregation knew that the aisle was to be kept clear ; the clergyman gave publication of it.
   Cross-examined ; The notice was given on the 7th May ; people are allowed to sit at the back, part of the church without fees ; there are six seats.
   Re-examined ; Notice was given before the 7th May that the aisle was to be kept clear.
   —James O'Hearn deposed that he attended the church for nearly twenty one years, the aisle was sometimes crowded before the 7th May, and the crowding was inconvenient to the seatholders ; it became necessary to make an alteration—an alteration was made by the clergyman ; witness saw Marr and M'Cue in the chapel on the Sunday in question ; it seemed that Marr wanted to stop between the seats, and M'Cue told him that he could not, but that he could sit in any seat in the church, but should not kneel between the pews ; Marr said he would and he knelt, and M'Cue afterwards removed him, just touching him on the shoulder, telling him to get up, and this caused a great disturbance in the chapel ; Marr caused the disturbance, by speaking and insisting on stopping there, witness did not recollect ever before having seen Marr kneeling in that place.
   —The defendants were convicted of assault, and each fined 1s., and 5s. 6d. costs, or three days' imprisonment.
Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser 18 May 1865
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(Before Messrs. A. M'OSTRICH, LAMBKIN, and CRONIN, R.M.)
MR. C. AHEARNE was summoned by Constable M'Ilvine for having his public house open at a quarter to twelve o'clock on the night of the 24th of May for the sale of drink. A witness for the defence was sworn and stated that the persons in the house were after coming from the races, where they had a tent, and were on their way home to Coachford when they called in for a drink. The magistrates believing that the law was not violated dismissed the case.
The Cork Examiner 5 June 1865
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An old woman, named Ellen Ahern, was knocked down by a car while passing over Parliament Bridge on Sunday morning ; she received some severe bruises about the head and face. She was taken to the South Infirmary, where her injuries were attended to.
The Cork Examiner 20 June 1865
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Serious Accident:—On Friday evening, as Thomas Todd, of Iron Mills, Cappawhite, was returning from Cashel, he fell off his horse, about a mile from the town and received such serious injuries as rendered him insensible. He was conveyed into town on a car by Constable Ahearn and party, and was attended by Doctor. Cormack. Todd was then removed to the County Infirmary, where he lies in a precarious position.
Clonmel Chronicle 21 June 1865
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Cappawhite Petty Sessions
Constable Ahearn, Holyford, charged William Summers and Martin Bourke, with fighting at Holyford on the 5th inst. Summers was fined 10s or 14 days in prison, Bourke was fined 15s or three weeks in prison.
Clonmel Chronicle 24 June 1865
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Wednesday, 12th July.
(Before A. C. Strode, Esq., R.M.)
Charles Ahern v. Charles J. Smith.—Claim of £2 18s 6d, as one week and one day's wages. The plaintiff's case was that he was engaged by the defendant to act as property-man at the Princess Theatre, and he engaged the plaintiff in his own name. The plaintiff was aware at the time he was engaged by the defendant that Mrs. Wolfe was the lessee of the Theatre ; and at the conversation which took place Mrs. Wolfe was present, and joined in it. The defendant's statement was that he was only acting as treasurer to the Theatre, and agent for Mrs. Wolfe, and in engaging the plaintiff, he said, "Mrs. Wolfe will pay you £2 10s a week." The Magistrate was of opinion that the circumstances of this case were such as to lead the plaintiff to understand that the defendant was acting as agent for Mrs. Wolfe. The wrong party had been sued. Case dismissed.
Otago Daily Times 14 July 1865
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(Before Chief Baron PIGOTT.)
   Michael Walsh and Ellen his wife, were charged with having stolen two blankets belonging to Mary Foley. The prisoners were respectable persons from Waterford, of the farming class.
   Mary Murphy deposed that the prisoners lodged for some days at the house of Mary Foley, Patrick's-quay. They were going to America. After they left the house a sheet and two blankets were missed ; went after the prisoners to Queenstown and asked them for the articles ; they were found in a box at the railway station ; the male prisoner appeared very much surprised when the articles were found.
   Patrick Ahern, a porter, deposed that he packed up several articles for the prisoners in Mrs. Foley's kitchen with Mrs. Walsh. They were in a great hurry to catch the boat, and the moment the packages were on board the steamer moved away. He was paid a shilling, which was handed out to him as the steamer was moving off.
   Other witnesses were examined to shew that there was an intention to steal or not.
   The jury found both the prisoners not guilty.
The Cork Examiner 7 August 1865
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The recent affray at Dangan between the constabulary and a crowd of alleged Fenians, in which the police fired and killed one and wounded others of their assailants, was the subject of an investigation at the Castlemartyr petty session's on Friday. There was a large crowd in court of sympathisers with the men summoned by the police for taking part in the attack upon them. Eleven men, including Terence Ahearn, who was said to have incited the attack, were summoned, and the information of Constable Jacques, Cosgrave, and other policemen and witnesses was read over. The evidence appeared to be substantially the same as that given at the inquest, with the exception that some of the words of the harangue delivered by Ahearn were deposed to. Constable Jacques swore that Ahearn, after ascending the pier of the gate, expressed himself thus:—"We are all belonging to the Fenian brotherhood, and the time is coming at which we must strike the blow." He concluded by telling the people to go home and not mind the police, after which he was pulled off the wall. This harangue excited the people. The words deposed to by Constable Cosgrave were:—"We are all Irishmen and Fenians. We are in oblivion, and the time is come when we will strike the blow." The chairman said the magistrates were unanimous in accepting moderate bail, with one exception, Terence Ahearn, who was the primary cause of the disturbance, and consequently they would put a larger amount of bail on him, namely two bails in 25l each, and himself in 50l. He said he would be able to procure the necessary bails. The other defendants were let out on bails of 10l. each, and themselves in 20l.
Lloyd's Weekly 17 September 1865
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FOUND on the Naas Road, near Inchicore, a LADY'S GOLD WATCH. Apply to the Rev. Maurice J. Ahearn, O.M.I., House of Retreat, Inchicore.
The Freeman's Journal 2 October 1865
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ON yesterday we stated that a man named Patrick M'Namara had been arrested at Castlemartyr, for Fenianism. The following are the particulars of his arrest :—“He was arrested in the house of a man named Daniel Ahern, at Castlemartyr, by the police of that town on last Friday week. On the same night a young man named Rohan, the son of a respectable farmer living at Dungourney, within four miles of Castlemartyr, was arrested. They were both taken to Youghal, brought before Mr. Ryan, R.M. It then appeared that Rohan and M'Namara had been drinking together in a public house, and that some persons had given information to the police that he had heard M'Namara attempt to make Rohan a Fenian. Rohan at first refused to give information, but was compelled to do so by Mr. Ryan, and he then stated that M'Namara did attempt to swear him in. M'Namara was then committed, and lodged in the county jail on yesterday. M'Namara's father gave no information whatever to the police, and the statement that appeared to that effect in our paper of yesterday is incorrect.
The Cork Examiner 3 October 1865
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Commissioners Acton, Bergen and McMurray, at Police Trials, yesterday, listened to eighty-eight complaints against officers of the Metropolitan Police force. Only one was for a capital offence, namely, drunkenness. A charge against Capt. Charles Ulman, alleging that he and Sergt. Ahearn had conspired to rob an inebriated soldier, and a charge alleging that Capt. Nathaniel R. Mills had kicked a person whom he had ordered to go on, were overthrown by testimony. Mr. Hawks, landlord of the St. Nicholas Hotel, was a witness in the case.
New York Times 5 October 1865
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Onslaught Upon Capts. Charles Ulman and Nathaniel R. Mills—
Mr. Hawks, the Landlord of the St. Nicholas, a Witness—
Only One Capital Charge During the Day.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 1865.    
   Of more than four-score complaints which were preferred to-day only one was for a capital offence. It was charged that Officer SMITH had been seen grossly intoxicated while in police uniform. The officer admitted that at the time specified in the complaint he had been taking a social glass with a friend, but added that he was not on duty, and denied that he was grossly inebriated. The testimony showed him to have been visibly affected by liquor, and, notwithstanding the officer's claim of exemption from penalty because the specification in the affidavit against him had not been established to the letter, the Commissioners decided to dispense with his further services. The charge against
of the Eleventh Precinct, is one of such unusual character, and the possibilities in the case are such, as to render the affidavit interesting:
   Metropolitan Police District, ss.—JOHN FAY, being duly sworn, doth depose and say as follows: On the 31st of July last, in the evening, a soldier was arrested by Patrolman TELLER, and taken to the station-house; he was drunk and disorderly, as I am informed; he was entered on the blotter, I think, as a lodger, but was, I am informed, put into a cell until morning; in the morning, at 6 o'clock, when the section was turned out, AHEARN, who was in charge, told me to stop, as he wanted to see me; after the section had moved out, AHEARN said: “There's a soldier here who has a good deal of money with him; you can come in in half an hour, and the Captain will give him to you, and you can take him out and beat him out of all you can;” I went out on post, and, returning as AHEARN had directed, I met a messenger, who said that the sergeant wanted to see me; I went into the station-house; I met AHEARN away from the station-house door; AHEARN said that it was “all right,” that Capt. ULMAN had been talking to the soldier, and that he was willing to pay the officer for his trouble; we then went into the station-house; the soldier accompanied me to Houston-street; he told me that he had $220 on his person; I asked him whether he had given the Captain any money, and he replied that he had not thought of it; I then said; “The Captain thinks that you might give him a stake for his kindness to you in not taking you up as a prisoner and sending you to the Police Court;” he replied by asking what sum he should give the Captain; I mentioned no sum, and he gave me five dollars, and I remarked that the Captain would probably want more money; he then said; “Officer, I cannot afford it; I have risked my life in ten or eleven battles, and traveled three thousand miles with Gen. SHERMAN for the little I have left;” I then declined to take a cent of the soldier's money; he thrust it upon me, and I left him and immediately went to the station-house, on the way opening the package which he had given me and finding four dollars therein; when I entered the station-house AHEARN and Capt. ULMAN were behind the desk; they conversed together in whisper a short time, when AHEARN rising, nodded to me to follow him; I went to his room and told him the soldier's story; I gave him the four dollars, and he subsequently gave me one dollar and a quarter.
   Patrolman FAY having given oral testimony substantially like the above, Capt. ULMAN asked, “Did you ever have any conversation with me about the soldier's money?” “No.” Capt. ULMAN now stated that, having slept in the Union Market Station-house on the night of the 31st of August, he was present in the morning when the prisoners were sent out; that Sergt. AHEARN gave the soldier $237.69 in his presence; that the soldier, being a stranger in the city, desired to be shown to the Grand-street Ferry; that he (Capt. ULMAN) sent Patrolman FAY with the soldier, and that he knows nothing further of the matter. Sergt. AHEARN gave corroborative testimony, and produced witnesses to show that Officer FAY had maliciously concocted this charge in retaliation for three charges that had been made against him, through the influence, as he thought, of Capt. ULMAN and Sergt. AHEARN. The charge against Capt. ULMAN and Sergt. AHEARN did not seem to be sustained, and President ACTON, dismissing the case, said, “Capt. ULMAN, you will now make complaint against FAY.” It is not probable that the officer will attempt to make defence, since his own affidavit convicts him of attempting to defraud a person whom he had in custody.
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New York Times 6 October 1865
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FRIDAY—(Before R. O. Jones, Esq.)
CURIOUS CASE OF ASSAULT.—Thomas Ahern, a labourer, was charged with an assault on a young woman, named Catherine Regan. Complainant said she was waiting for her father, about 12 o'clock on Sunday night. Her father had the care of Mr. Rees's boats, and was out late. She had no mother and about half-past 11 o'clock she went out to seek her father, and having proceeded a hundred yards from her own house, between Thomas-street and William-street, the defendant came up to her and without saying a word knocked her down and attempted to commit a rape. She screamed out and he then tried to choke her, and he swore he would take her life if he did not have his will on her. He knocked her down, kicked her, and knocked a tooth out of her month. Her screams brought a neighbour, named Margaret Sullivan to her assistance, and Sullivan pulled the defendant off her.

Complainant was cross-examined by Mr. Ensor to show that she had been previously at a public house drinking. She admitted that she had been drinking with a young man and woman, but she was quite sober. She was not sitting on the pavement, but had been looking for her father, and staid a few minutes for him at the corner of the street. Margaret Sullivan, a woman about 40 years of age, said she was a neighbour of the complainant. She was in bed on Sunday night, when she was awoke by hearing some person screaming. She got up and partly dressed herself, and went to the place. She saw the complainant on the ground, and the defendant on the top of her. She appeared almost suffocated, and was scarcely able to scream. Witness went up to her and pulled the defendant off her by the hair of his head, and then picked up the girl who was bleeding at the mouth. She said he had knocked a tooth out of her mouth. Witness was carrying her home when the woman the complainant lived with, came up and assisted her. The defendant came up again and took the complainant from them and put her on the ground. This witness was cross-examined and said the girl was quite sober.

Mary Stafford, the landlady, said she was alarmed by the screaming, and went out and came up as the last witness was bringing her home. When she got up the defendant again came up and knocked the complainant on the ground. She was bleeding from the mouth and was told by the complainant that he had knocked a tooth out. Complainant was very much bruised, and complained that her body was hurt all over. Was well aware that the next day the girl laid in bed, in consequence of the injuries she had received.

In answer to Mr. Jones she said the girl had lived with her for 6 or 7 years, and she was always a quiet modest girl. Her father was often out late at night, and the girl went sometimes out to seek him, as he occasionally got drunk. The girl had no mother, and had had the charge of three children. The husband of the last witness was called, and said the father with the complainant and three children occupied one large room in his house. He got up when he heard her screaming, as he knew who it was screaming. The father he said, in answer to Mr. Ensor, was in the house lying on a bench when they returned. He could not say when Regan returned to the house.

In order to enable, witnesses for the defence to be called, the case was adjourned till Monday, Mr. Jones stating that substantial bail would be taken for the appearance of the defendant, but at present it was an ugly case against him, as it was something more than an assault.

Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian 13 October 1865
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MONDAY.—(Before the Mayor, R. O. Jones, and Wm. Alexander, Esq.)
ALLEGED ASSAULT WITH INTENT.—Thomas Ahern appeared on a remand charged with an assault on Catherine Regan. The whole of the case for the plaintiff was heard and the case was adjourned for the defendant to produce witnesses. Mr. Ensor called Thomas Bowen, who said he passed the complainant on Monday night. She was then sitting on the pavement, and was in a state of intoxication. The defendant tried to persuade her to go home, but she said some person had gone for her father, and she would not go till this person returned. Witness went on about 30 yards, and sat down, and in a few minutes heard a scream from the complainant. He went up to the spot and found the complainant and the defendant in the middle of the street. She was scratching his face, and he pushed her away and said "you b——y sweep, I don't want you." Sergt. Price was called and gave the defendant an excellent character. Mrs. Aubrey said she bad examined the complainant, but could find no marks or bruises on her body, but there was a lump on the cheek where the tooth bad pressed against it. Mr. Jones said the origin of the case was somewhat difficult to explain, even taking the account given by the complainant to be the true one. However, there was no doubt that defendant had used more violence than was necessary. If he thought there had been any indecent assault on the part of the defendant, he should have felt it his duty to send the case for trial. As it was, the magistrates would deal with the case summarily and inflict such a penalty as would caution the defendant against using such an amount of violence again. He would be fined 40s. and costs, or one month's imprisonment.
Brecon Gazette 13 October 1865
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(From The Times August 23rd.)
Every Englishman who has reached middle age knows what it is to have a son, a brother, a nephew, or a cousin who is the drop of bitter in his cup, the thorn in his side, the fly in his ointment. It is not necessary that the graceless relative should be irreclaimably bad. He is, perhaps, simply improvident and reckless, impulsive in action and hasty in speech ; generous— with other people's money ; warm-hearted, if fickle, in love as in hate. Unstable as water, he is by turns sanguine and despondent, but whatever else may be doubtful about him, it is certain that at short intervals he will be thrown back upon his friends for assistance out of some scrape or help in some sore necessity. Acknowledging no obligation to provide for the future, he is continually in distress how to meet the necessities of the present, and, ignoring. the existence of law, he is constantly reminded of it by incurring its penalties. The most remarkable part of his case, however, is that his sober friends, who are outraged by his lawlessness and have to pay for his extravagance, bear no malice against him, and at times feel a kind of pride in befriending a creature who has emancipated himself from all the burdens of duty.

Ireland stands in the same relation to Englishmen ; collectively that our unfortunate sons and nephews do to us individually. We may say or do what we will, and may receive or reject promises of amendment ; we may believe or disbelieve assurances that the inhabitants of the sister isle have at length turned over a new leaf, but the end is always the same. The Irishman has a passion for lawlessness, and the only thing constant about him is his hatred of order and of those, appointed to maintain it. We published yesterday a narrative of an outrage at the little town of Dangan, near Youghal, which shows that the old Irish feeling that a policeman is hostie humani generis, and should be treated accordingly, has not died out as some people have fondly supposed. The outrage is called an affray between Fenians and the police, but nothing has yet appeared to show that it was an affair of the Fenians any more than of the Chartists, Whiteboys, Luddites, Rockites, or any other discontented mob. The evidence makes out the common Irish case of a united assault on the, police for doing their duty, and it would probably never have been heard of outside the county of Cork had not a man unfortunately lost his life in the affray. It appears that on the evening when the fatal business happened there had been drinking and fighting at Dangan, until at last the constabulary stepped in and took two of the disturbers of the peace, brothers named Connory, into custody. Such an interference with the enjoyments of the people was not to be borne quietly, and the whole party of rioters turned upon the constables and demanded the release of their prisoners. The police took refuge in the farmyard of a man named Walsh, and an increasing crowd assembled outside the gate, which had been shut to keep them, out, and proceeded to force it open. One Terence Ahearn got upon the wall—we all know the kind of man, eager, impetuous, brainless, with a torrent of words and an incapacity of Reason—and harangued the crowd outside, urging them to rush in and overpower the men who were loyal for a miserable fifteen pence a day. Cheering and hat-waving followed, the gate was broken open, and the crowd burst into the yard to find the police—seven in number—drawn up under arms within, whereupon there was a retreat, and the gate was closed again. The repulse was, however, momentary, for the crowd reformed, and pressed again upon the gate. What followed we have as yet mainly on the evidence of the constable who commanded the policemen, and it is needless to add that every word of it will probably be disputed, as facts are disputed in Ireland on Crown prosecutions. The constable's evidence is not, however, without corroboration, for the farmer in whose yard the affray took place and his daughter have both deposed to the siege of the house and the series of assaults on the police before they ventured to defend themselves, and if anything were wanting to show the respect for the law and the desire to get at the truth felt at Dangan, the treatment of the farmer's daughter after she had given her evidence may supply it. When she left the Court she was hunted by a mob, and before the constabulary could interpose and take her to safe quarters, she was so maltreated that for two days she was unable to stir out. To return, however, to the evidence of the policeman. According to his account the mob pressed a second time on the gate, re-opened it, and, rushing in again, assailed the constables with showers of stones. The stones came so thick and fast that it was impossible to live under them, and three out of the seven policemen fairly ran away. The rest were separated, and the constable in command was left crouching under a car-shed about 5ft. high in the yard. In this position he became the sole object of the shower ; his rifle was unloaded, and when he attempted to, load it, and in so doing became a little more exposed to the shower, he was, so severely assailed that in self-defence he called upon his men to fire. One shot was fired, and under cover of it the, policeman escaped into the house. The showers of stones, however, continued ; the windows and window-sashes of the house were broken to pieces. Walsh, the farmer, took refuge first under his bed; and next to the chimney, and the constables were compelled to fire again. From first to last ten shots were fired ; they were aimed low, so as to frighten rather than hurt the rioters, but one struck a man as he was stooping to pick up a stone, and he fell mortally wounded. There was a cry raised to set the house on fire and burn the policemen out, and Terence Ahearn threatened them that within half an hour they should have twenty double-barreled guns about their ears. But the policemen knew their danger and were resolute. The four of them stood on their defence against the infuriated mob until help came, and they were able to effect a retreat to their barracks.

There will, as we have said, be without doubt a great deal of contradictory evidence as to the circumstances under which the unfortunate victim of the fight was killed, but the main facts of the case will scarcely be disputed. Two men were taken into custody for riotous and disorderly conduct, and their friends and associates at once proceeded to rescue them by force. The constables were of course bound to keep their prisoners, and the mob were determined to release them. If the evidence of the constables be anything like the truth, they displayed an uncommon moderation under outrageous treatment until their lives were in danger. We are content, however, to leave the question of their forbearance to be decided upon hereafter ; at present it is sufficient to point out the character of the offence of the mob. They were bent upon resisting the due execution of the law, and a forcible interference with the administration of the law is an offence which ought never to be tolerated and should rarely be condoned. Least of all should it be lightly treated in Ireland, where the Queen's peace is at any moment liable to outrage. We have no desire to be hard upon the Irishman or to judge him hastily because he is unlike ourselves ; we can pardon his improvidence and laugh at his exaggeration ; but when he lets his passionate instincts override all regard for social order and domestic peace he must be taught that, whatever else may be forgiven, mob justice and mob law cannot be tolerated.
[see also The Irish Times, 9 May 1866.]

The Hobart Mercury 22 November 1865
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Fire in State-street.;
The large five-story cotton warehouse at No. 15 State-street, extending from Pearl-street to Bridge, was destroyed by fire, Saturday morning, and Thomas Irwin, of No. 265 William-street, a member of Metropolitan Fire Engine No. 4, was killed. The fire, which had undoubtedly been smouldering in cotton-bales many hours, and perhaps two or three days, was first discovered at about 1 o'clock, and then it was observed that the iron window-shutters on the building were red hot. Of course, the Fire Department, which was on the spot with the Metropolitan's usual promptness, could do nothing toward staying the flames; nevertheless they made an effort, and were hard at work on the State-street front at 2 o'clock, when the beams supporting the floors gave way under the enormous load of cotton that they bore, and the walls of the warehouse suddenly fell, burying Irwin and severely injuring several firemen and policemen.

The firemen, who at the time supposed that several of their number had been buried under the ruins, went immediately to the work of removing the wreck, and shortly thereafter they dug Irwin's body out and took it to the New-street Police-station. It had been terribly mutilated, having been severed, as it is presumed, and crushed by an iron window-shutter. Irwin was a bar-tender at Johnston's Hope House, in Chatham-street. Among the persons who were wounded were Sergeant Young and Patrolman Snider, Farley and Moran, of Capt. Warlow's Precinct, and Michael Whalen, of Metropolitan Engine No. 12 Michael O'Hearn, of Engine No. 9, and Edward Clark, of Engine No. 9. All but Sergeant Young were taken to the New-York Hospital; he went to the New-street Police-station, and was able to attend to his duties yesterday. The storehouse, which was occupied by Mr. Charles Squires, was owned by Mr. John Stewart.

New York Times 4 December 1865
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Wreck of the Roger Ahern
The ship Roger Ahern, Summerville, with two thousand seven hundred bales of cotton, from Mobile for Liverpool, was wrecked on Sand Island.—She is supposed to be a total loss.
Richmond Daily Dispatch 22 December 1865
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Cotton Vessel Wrecked
Mobile, Dec. 19   
Ship Roger Ahern, with 2,700 bales cotton, from Mobile for Liverpool, was wrecked on Sand Island. She is supposed to be a total loss.
Hartford Weekly Times 23 December 1865
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John Ahearn, the younger, of No. 44, Phoebe Ann-street, Everton, previously of No. 128 Great Howard-street, Liverpool, previously of Childwall-view, Broad-green, near Liverpool, and formerly of No. 17, Londonroad, Liverpool, all in the county of Lancaster, Potato Salesman, Baker and Flour Dealer, having been adjudged bankrupt under a Petition for adjudication of Bankruptcy, filed in the County Court of Lancashire, holden at Liverpool, on the 8th day of November, 1865, a public sitting, for the said bankrupt to pass his Last Examination, and make application for his Discharge, will be held at the said Court, at No. 80, Lime-street, Liverpool, on the 12th day of January instant, at a quarter-past ten o'clock in the forenoon precisely, the day last aforesaid being the day limited for the said bankrupt to surrender. Mr. Henry Hime, of Lime-street, Liverpool, is the Official Assignee, and Mr. Martin Browne, of Trafford-chambers, South Castle-street, Liverpool, is the Solicitor acting in the bankruptcy.
The London Gazette 2 January 1866
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The Cork Examiner 6 January 1866
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   A SAVAGE STABBING AFFRAY,—Curiosity to "hear about" a fight and stabbing affray which occurred in Matthew Ahern's drinking shop, on the corner of Kilbourn and Front streets, between six and seven o'clock last evening, filled the Police Court-room this mornikng with a larger crowd than usual. The facts in the case, as we gathered from the testimony, are as follows:—
   Ahern was, during the day yesterday, troubled by constant visits from a young man named Augustus Stone, who, being undewr the influence of liquor, made a disturbance, and was ordered out of the saloon by Ahern. The last time he came in was about six o'clock, and being again ordered out, went off; but soon after returned, with a friend named William D. Thompson, who accompanied Stone to see "fair play." As soon as they got into the back room of the saloon, where Ahern was, a fight at once ensued and during the early part of it Ahern struck Stone with a pocket-knife, the blow taking effect on the left cheek ; and the blade, entering between the upper and lower jaw, was broken off. Hereupon, Thompson knocked Ahern down ; and they were having a "rough and tumble fight" on the floor when Officers Billings and Secor arrived and took the parties to the station-house.
   A cross-complaint for assault and battery brought the parties before the Court. After hearing the testimony, the Judge discharged Ahern, on the ground that Stone and Thompson made an unprovoked assault on him on his own premises ; and Stone and Thompson were fined $10 and costs each, amounting in all to $25, which was paid by the latter.
Hartford Weekly Times 6 January 1866
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DESPERATE STABBING AFFRAY.—About 11 o'clock last night a party of soldiers, members of Hancock's Corps, entered Jerry Ahern's saloon on Front street to "get a drink." While there two of the party, Anthony W. Kethler and Hercules Wilson, had words with a man in the saloon named John Bracken, which led to an assault on the latter by Kethler with a pocket-dirk. He cut Bracken badly on both sides of the head, just above the temples. During the fracas Mr. Ahern, his wife, and the soldiers made attempts to hold Kethler, but he cut and slashed furiously, and it was some minutes before Bracken escaped into the street, calling for the police. Officers Flynn and Cushman answered the call, and arrested Kethler and Wilson. At the Police Court, this morning, Wilson was discharged and Kethler was fined $100 and costs, in all $104.52, which he paid. Mr. Ahern and wife were also cut in their attempt to stop the fight.
Hartford Weekly Times 3 February 1866
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About ten o'clock yesterday morning Captain Joseph H. Coxe, of the British brig Theodorous, lying at Dickerson Street wharf, was stabbed and dangerously wounded by Morris Ahern, one of the crew of the vessel. The affair occurred on deck just as the vessel was about to leave the wharf. It seems that Ahern, with two others, had been suspected of an intention to desert, and they had been taken off the vessel and locked up in prison. Yesterday morning they were released from jail, and were conducted on board the brig, by constable John Crawford, of the Fifth Ward. As soon as Ahern was at liberty on the deck he was disposed to give indications of insubordination, and the Captain made due preparations to enforce obedience. Ahern drew a sheath knife and cut the Captain in the cheek, after which he followed the Captain, who was retreating, and stabbed him in the left side. At this juncture Constable Crawford, who was on shore, drew a revolver and, pointing it at the seaman, demanded him to surrender, which he did after some hesitation. The constable, assisted by officers John O'Donnell and James Nolen, then arrested their prisoner and brought him before Alderman Dougherty, who committed him to await the result of the injuries inflicted. Ahern was entirely sober, and, it is alleged, the assault was unprovoked. He was very boisterous in his action and was exciting others of the crew to riotous conduct and mutiny. The injuries inflicted upon the Captain are of such a character as to produce death, in the opinion of the surgeons at the Hospital, and but little hope is entertained of his recovery.
Philadelphia Inquirer 7 February 1866
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Ante-Mortem Examination Given Before Coroner Gover
—A Verdict Given Against O'Neill.
Coroner GOVER yesterday held an ante-mortem examination at No. 11 Cherry-street, in the case of HERMANN GOETZ, who was shot in the porter-house at No. 98 Canal-street during Friday morning, as fully reported in yesterday's TIMES. Several eyewitnesses were also examined. The following evidence was elicited during the examination:
On Thursday evening I went to No. 98 Canal-street, in company with Thomas Ahearn and George Kelly; we took several drinks, and were enjoying ourselves, when Ahearn called Michael Wogan who was present, a ——; Wogan did not give any cause for such an insult; Wogan then struck Ahearn; while they were down O'Neill said to Ahearn, “Give it to him;” O'Neill then drew a revolver, intending to shoot Wogan; I attempted to stop O'Neill from doing so, but before I touched him he turned and shot me in the stomach; I then attempted to get the pistol away from him; in doing so I cut my hand with it; I finally succeeded in getting it away from him; the pistol here shown is the one with which I was shot, and the one I took from O'Neill; the Police came in and arrested O'Neill; I went to the Station-house, also, with Officer Herring, of the Tenth Precinct; while at the Station-house a doctor was sent for, who searched for the ball, but failed to find it; I was then brought home by my friends; I was shot before I attempted to take the pistol from O'Neill.
I live at No. 63 Rose-street; about nine o'clock on Thursday evening last I was at No. 98 Canal-street, a place kept by Wm. Kelly; I found inside Charles O'Neill, Thomas Ahearn, George Kelly and Herman Goetz, and the proprietor; they were all sitting around a table; I was invited to take a drink; I took a glass of Rhine wine; we talked friendly; I called for a round of drinks and together we had several rounds; all went on in good humor; about 12 o'clock we all got up to go home; before which I stood before the bar drinking; during some conversation at this time Thomas Ahearn called me a —— ——; I don't know what cause he had for so doing; I said “I am not, my mother was a decent woman;” he replied that he did not know whether she was or not; I then hit him; Herman Goetz and the rest of the party attempted to separate us; we got together again and had a scuffle; I then saw O'Neill standing in the middle of the floor with a revolver, pointing it at me; the pistol here shown is the one; Goetz told him not to shoot; O'Neill turned from me and shot Goetz, who was standing behind him at the time; O'Neill pointed the pistol at me; officer Herring came in and arrested O'Neill and we all went to the station house; I don't think any of us were intoxicated; there was no provocation to shoot Goetz, as he is a quiet and peaceable man.
I live at No. 273 William-street, and am part proprietor of No. 98 Canal-street; on Thursday evening last O'Neill came into my place alone; Goetz Kelly [sic], my brother and Ahearn came in a few minutes afterward; drinks were ordered, which I gave them; in ten minutes after Wogan came in alone; he took a seat with the company and drank with them, after which he ordered some drinks; Goetz then ordered drinks, and one of the company ordered two drinks for all hands; after which they came to the bar, and there they had several drinks; everything was peaceable until Ahearn called Wogan ——; Wogan replied that he did not know that his mother was indecent; Ahearn said he did not know about that; Wogan then struck Ahearn with his fist, and they clinched; O'Neill had a revolver in his hand; I told O'Neill to put the pistol away; I was then about to separate Ahearn and Wogan, when Goetz told me to look after the glasses in the bar; I saw Goetz trying to get the revolver from O'Neill; while they were struggling over the pistol I heard the report, and Goetz said he was shot; Goetz took the pistol from O'Neill and struck him over the head with it, after which he threw O'Neill down, his head striking the stove; the police came in and arrested all of us; O'Neill was locked up, and the rest of us were discharged; I recognize the pistol here shown as the one Goetz was shot with.

The statements of two other witnesses were also taken, but their testimony presented no new features. The case being then given to the jury they rendered the following

“That HERMAN GOETZ was shot by a pistol at the hands of CHARLES O'NEILL, on the night of March 1, 1866.” The prisoner is a native of Ireland, 31 years of age, and resides at No. 66 New-Chambers-street. He says in defence, that “the pistol exploded and HERMAN GOETZ was shot while he was struggling to get it from me; I did not intend to shoot any person.” Coroner GOVER committed O'NEILL to the Tombs to await the result of Mr. GOETZ's injuries.
New York Times 4 March 1866
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FOR SALE, by PRIVATE CONTRACT, the FREEHOLD PROPERTY of Timothy Ahern, 23 Lonsdale-street, opposite Cohen's furniture bazaar, who is retiring from business. Title, one remove from the Crown.
Melbourne Argus 12 March 1866
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Midleton, Monday Evening   
   The inquiry into the charges against sub-inspector Wyse was resumed this morning.
   Mr. Wilkinson, J.P., whose cross-examination had occupied the whole of Saturday, was recalled and examined by his counsel, Mr. Heazle, as to the conduct of the police in the execution of a warrant issued for the arrest of Terence Ahearne, the ringleader in the Dangan riot. Ahearne was prosecuted at Petty Sessions for having been implicated in the riot. Informations were taken against him, and he was returned for trial to the [?], but he was in the meantime liberated on bail. Shortly after the Habeas Corpus Act was suspended the person who had become surety for Ahearne gave notice to the police that Ahearne was about to abscond to America, and a warrant for his arrest was issued, but in two days after Ahearne escaped to America. It was alleged that the police had not shown sufficient diligence in executing the warrant, and the magistrates at Petty Sessions, after inquiring into the case, censured the head-constable.
The Irish Times 9 May 1866
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About 11 o'clock on Saturday morning, C. K. Willitts, a lad of 16 years, clerk in the banking house of J. E. Ridgway & Co., Bankers, drew out by check $3000 from the Union National Bank. On his return, in Third street, near Church Alley, he was jostled violently by three men, whereupon, placing his hand in his pocket, he discovered that $2000 had been stolen. The three men then separated. The boy, however, kept one of them in view, and called the attention of a porter standing by, who seized the fellow, and held onto him until others came to his assistance. He proved to be the thief most wanted, too, for beneath the breast of his coat was found the stolen money. Officer Saunders, of the Sixth Ward, took charge of him and removed him to the Central Station, where he was identified as Dutch Ahern, a professional thief of ten or fifteen- years standing. At two o'clock he was up before the Alderman at the Central for a hearing, and was bound over in $1500 bail to answer. [see also: 11 April 1867]
Philadelphia Inquirer 21 May 1866
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The Murderer Surrenders Himself
—He Claims to have Acted in Self-defence
—Inquest by Coroner Grover
After the discovery of the dead body of RICHARD POLLARD in the basement of No. 166 East Fourth-street, on Saturday night, a full account of which appeared in yesterday's edition of the TIMES, Capt. MOUNT, of the Seventeenth Precinct, and his officers were diligent in their search for McCORMICK (whose name was then understood to be “Cormick,”) but they did not succeed in finding him. At 9 o'clock yesterday morning the object of their search walked into the Fifth-street Police-station and surrendered himself to Sergt. McGIVEN, he having acted upon the advice of some friends with whom he took refuge after striking the fatal blow. McCORMICK informed Sergeant McGIVEN that he and POLLARD had a dispute in relation to his (McCORMICK's) wife, in which he had charged that POLLARD had made false statements regarding Mrs. McCORMICK. POLLARD denied that he had made any false reports, and charged that Mrs. AHEARN was the author of the stories which had been put afloat. She was called down and questioned, but she also denied the charge. A general quarrel then ensued among them, POLLARD calling her a liar. McCORMICK interfered, and the two men began fighting, but were separated. They again clinched and exchanged blows, and during the encounter McCORMICK stabbed POLLARD. The prisoner, after he had told his story, was removed to a cell.

Coroner GOVER [sic] arrived at the Station-house at noon, and finding that McCORMICK was in custody, at once held an inquest over the body. The following testimony was elicited:

I reside at No. 166 East Fourth-street; last evening, toward 7 o'clock, I came down the hall; I heard a scuffle in McCORMICK's rooms in the back basement; I informed my husband that the deceased and McCORMICK were scuffling; my husband and myself went to McCORMICK's room and found both men on the floor, deceased uppermost, having his hands about the prisoner's neck and thought he was choking him; neither asked for assistance, but we lifted deceased from the prisoner and both got up; deceased said that the prisoner was “not able for him;” I cannot say whether prisoner replied, but they immediately clinched, and instantly after I noticed blood coming from the deceased and thought it came from a blow by the fist, I did not see a knife at that time in the prisoner's hand; I ran out in the hall, leaving my husband in the room; a minute or so later, my husband appeared, and told me that POLLARD was dead; the man living next door went for the Police; when I went down stairs the deceased was lying in the doorway, his feet in the hall, his body in the room; I suggested to McCORMICK that he should leave until the excitement had passed, and he at once went into a room and changed his shirt, his own being blood-stained; I then quitted the room; when I returned to the basement, the prisoner came into the hall; I then saw an open pocket-knife in his hand; I took the weapon, closed it, and threw it into the water-closet; I do not know what made me do so; when the Police came, the prisoner had gone; his description was asked, but I could give none, for I did not see the man after he changed his shirt; I told the Police I knew nothing of the affair, having only heard the noise of the scuffle; both men boarded with me; they were related to me as also to each other; some three weeks ago POLLARD said that he would be revenged upon McCORMICK, if his revenge sent him to the island; the only cause for this bad feeling, as far as I know, lay in the prisoner's marriage to a young woman whom the deceased did not wish him to wed; both men were sober last night.
I reside at No. 166 East Fourth-street; last evening my wife came to me and told me that the prisoner and the deceased were quarreling in prisoner's room; on going into the basement I found both of them scuffling on the floor, deceased being uppermost; I took deceased off; I asked them what they were quarreling about; they made no reply, but immediately set to again; I saw blood flowing from the deceased at the first blow the prisoner dealt him; I did not see a knife in the prisoner's hand; deceased threw off his coat and vest, saying to prisoner, “You have drawn my blood;” I told my wife that POLLARD was dead; I also went to my uncle, who resides in Sixth-street, and told him about it; he returned with me; deceased was lying where I had left him, and prisoner was gone; soon after my return the Police arrived; I did not see nor did I hear of any knife being taken from the prisoner by my wife; I heard deceased say that he would have revenge on the prisoner if he had to go to the island for it, but I do not know the cause of the threat being made.
I am attached to the Seventeenth Precinct Police; toward nine o'clock last evening my side-partner told me there was a man killed at 166 East Fourth-street; we both went thither, and found deceased in the back basement, lying with face upturned, with his feet in the hall and his body in the room; a pool of blood had formed around the corpse; I inquired of the people in the house, but could get very little satisfaction, as to the author of the deed and his motives therefor; I went to Mrs. AHEARN's store, and asked her what she knew about the affair; she said she only knew that she had heard a scuffle and saw McCORMICK leave the house; on returning a second time to obtain from her a description of McCORMICK, she acceded to my request with great reluctance, and, as subsequently proved, furnished me with an incorrect description of the accused; she afterward told me that she was in the hall and heard a scuffling, and on going down met the prisoner in the hall; when she entered the prisoner's room she found the deceased lying there dead.

Deputy Coroner JOHN BEACH, Jr., M.D., made a post mortem examination, and found a stab wound just above the right clavicle, about two inches in length, penetrating an inch, and in its course dividing the arteria mominartar, thereby causing excessive hemorrhage, resulting in exhaustion and subsequent death.

This closing the evidence the case was submitted to the Jury, and they rendered the following

“That RICHARD POLLARD, the deceased, came to his death by a stab wound inflicted at the hands of WILLIAM McCORMICK, at house No. 166 East Fourth-street, on the 26th day of May, 1866.”

When examined, the prisoner admitted having used the knife, but alleged that it was in self-defence. He is 29 years of age, a native of Ireland, and has only been married two weeks. McCORMICK was committed to the Tombs for trial.

The deceased was 24 years of age, a native of Ireland, and resided at No, 60 South-street. Mrs. AHEARN, the leading witness, was required to find bail in $300 for her appearance on the trial.

New York Times 28 June 1866
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BEDFORD—AHERN.—At St. George's Cathedral, Madras, June 13, Gunner T. E. Bedford, C Battery, 23rd Brigade, R.A. [Royal Artillery], to Mrs. A. C. Ahern, widow of the late Serg. John Ahern, C Battery, 23rd Brigade, R.A.
Allen's Indian Mail 20 July 1866
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In New Orleans, on Thursday night, Edward A'Hern, who keeps a grocery at the corner of Spain and Victory streets, was shot and instantly killed by police officer Patrick Johnson. From all accounts, the unfortunate affair was caused by the alleged ill- treatment by A'Hern of his wife.
Memphis Daily Avalanche 27 September 1866
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The following cases are set for trial to-morrow : Garland P. Ware, malicious stabbing ; Wm. O'Hern, larceny ; Alexander Gray, murder ; Patrick Pardy and Con. Sullivan, larceny.
Memphis Public Ledger 23 October 1866
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Wm. O'Hern claimed the attention of this court yesterday, there being five cases of horse stealing charged against him. A jury was not obtained till noon to-day, when the witnesses were called.
Memphis Public Ledger 30 October 1866
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The O'Hern Case.
In the Criminal Court, yesterday, in regard to the case of Wm. O'Hern, convicted for larceny, and under indictment for four similar offenses, an interesting discussion arose between Walter Coleman and C. S. Cameron on the one side and Gen. Wallace on the ether, of a new question, raised, we believe, for the first time in the practice. After the conviction of the defendant, Gen. Wallace asked the Court to commit him to prison, when Cameron asked that he be permitted to renew his bail, it being conceded that the bond for his appearance at this term of the court had expired by its express terms and conditions. Gen. Wallace denied that the defendant was in such condition, between conviction and the judgment of the Court, to demand bail, though the crime is clearly bailable under the law and Constitution of this State, before conviction. After indulging the counsel to a very great length of time in reading authorities and submitting their deductions, the Court refused bail to the defendant He is remanded to jail, but the case will go to the Supreme Court, not only on the grounds of the exceptions taken during the progress of the trial, but likewise on the ruling of the Court in refusing him bail.
Memphis Public Ledger 6 November 1866
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Court of Special Sessions
Before Judge Dowling
James Ahearn was charged by Michael Shannon with assault, but complainant did not wish the Court to punish the defendant. The Court suspended judgement.
New York Times 14 November 1866
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AHERN—WALSH.—On the 12th November, at St. Stephen's, by the Rev. P. J. Sheehan, assisted by the Very Rev. Robert Dunne, Patrick Ahern, eldest son of the late Timothy Ahern, Esq, of Brisbane, and late of County Tipperary, to Miss Mary Anne Walsh, daughter of Edmond J. Walsh, Esq., Ardfinan, County Tipperary, Ireland.
The Brisbane Courier 17 November 1866
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The following parties were tried, found guilty and sentenced to the penitentiary during the term of the Criminal Court just ended: Jefferson Davis, burglary, 10 years ; Ed. Rice, larceny, 6 years ; Wm. O'Hern, larceny, 3 years ; James Winn, horse stealing, 10 years ; Robert Wardlow, murder, 9 years ; T. L. Winn, horse stealing, 10 years ; P. P. Dunbar, horse stealing, 10 years ; Will Washington, rape, 8 years ; H. Corriel, horse stealing, 10 years ; Phil. Williams, murder, 21 years ; Ed. Wilson, burglary, 10 years. After a brief lecture from Judge Hunter, the prisoners were placed in custody of Sheriff Winters for transmission to Nashville.
Memphis Public Ledger 24 December 1866
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On the 20th [sic] December, at St. Patrick's Church, Parramatta, by the Rev. Father Cunninghame, JOHN, youngest son of Mr. JAMES BARBER, of Parramatta, to MARY ANN, eldest daughter of Mr. DENIS AHEARN, of Parramatta.
The Sydney Morning Herald 1 January 1867
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BARBER—AHEARN—December 26th [sic], at St. Patrick's Church, Parramatta, by the Rev. Father Cunninghame, John, youngest son of Mr. James Barber, of Parramatta, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of Mr. Denis Ahearn, of Parramatta.
The Sydney Morning Herald 23 January 1867
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The Trial of the Rioters.—The San Francisco Bulletin, of February 23d gives the following account of the proceedings thus far in the case of the rioters in that city : The trial of the parties charged with complicity in the mobbing of Chinese laborers is progressing in the Police Court before a Jury. The defendants' names are John Stork, Gat Jones, Henry Martin, Martin Burns, William O'Hearn, John Connolly, John O. Sullivan, Frank Harrison, alias John El ; John Barte, Patrick Maloney, Charles Maury, alias McMahon, and William McAllister. One hour and a half was spent in impaneling a jury, the counsel for defendants generally challenging those who employed Chinamen in their business. Prosecuting Attorney Louderback and Cutler McAllister appeared for the prosecution, and W. C. Burnett and James Mee for the defense. William H. Anderson, the contractor, was the first witness sworn, and testified to the circumstances of the riot, which have already been published. He estimated the number of the rioters to be between 400 and 500. He identified Stork, Jones and Burns as among the rioters who had attacked the Chinamen at Townsend street. Saw them standing In the crowd from seven o'clock until ten o'clock on that morning. Did not see them do any particular act. They are laborers. The crowd rushed upon the Chinamen with stones and clubs, yelling and screaming, "Kill them." Several men attacked the witness with stones, and he left precipitately. Saw a stone hit a Chinaman, and saw several Chinamen bearing marks and bruises after the rioters had left; also identified two other men among the rioters; one of them is called Big Jerry, and the other Jimmy. Think they both worked for Grant, the contractor.

Officer Gannon Identified O'Hearn, Stork, Jones and Martin as having been among the rioters when they returned from the ropewalks and were met by Chief Crowley and posse on the Long Bridge. Two shanties, one on each side of the ropewalk, had been burned down. Some of the crowd said they would not allow Chinamen to work in this country ; that Chinamen had not fought for this country, but they had ; received orders from Chief Crowley to arrest all that I could Identify, and about ten minutes afterwards arrested the four men identified, in a saloon on Long Bridge. Chief Crowley testified that he first knew of the riot at 10 o'clock ; sent four men out on horseback to summon all the officers ; then went to Third street and heard of the riot, and crossed the bridge in the direction taken by the rioters, and met them crossing back near the glass factory; tried to stop them to speak with them ; Stork told them all to stop and they stopped; then told them that it was an unlawful assemblage, and if I could not stop them the military would ; they must disperse, and if any could be arrested and identified they should be severely punished ; learned afterwards that the shanties at the ropewalks had been burned, and ordered the rioters arrested ; Stork was the only man I recognised.

Sacramento Daily Union 25 February 1867
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Fenians Arrested While Drilling
William Callaway, ship carpenter, John Dineen, ship carpenter, John Potter, ship carpenter, Sylvester Twomey, ship carpenter, J. Hegarty, ship carpenter, J. Ahern, house carpenter, and Patrick Hallaran, shoemaker, natives of Passage West, arrested between Passage West and Rochestown the previous night while drilling.
There of Tuesday night was the result of preconcerted arrangements, as we have now accounts of large bodies of men gathering in different parts of the country at about the same time. Passage, which from the very beginning of this Fenian movement, was comparatively free, as far as can be learned, from its machinations, it appears contributed a pretty fair quota to the movement last night. Acting-constable Thompson was on patrol in the neighbourhood of the graveyard, about a mile outside the town of Passage in a southerly direction Tuesday night, when he observed a body of men, numbering as well as could be ascertained in the darkness, about forty moving across the fields in the direction of Rochestown. He immediately returned to the police barrack and reported the matter. Head-constable Hoare, with a party of five men, fully equipped turned out, and having got further information that a large body of men were collecting in a field, half way between Passage and Rochestown, proceeded to that point.

They they [sic] were rather surprised to find that the information that they had received was correct, as several hundred men, believed not to be less than three hundred, were seen in the very spot stated, drawn up in military order. Head-Constable Hoare, who exhibited a good deal of tact in the course he pursued, immediately saw that it was useless for the small force under him to attempt to contend with so large a one, ordered his men to lay in ambush. This they did as near as possible to the rendezvous, and while they waited, which was over half an hour, they distinctly heard drilling going on, the word of command given &c. Having then waited half an hour, the police saw the men breaking up and leaving in parties of threes, fours, and tens. The last party to leave numbered ten and they passed close by where the police laid in ambush. The latter immediately rushed on them, surrounded and succeeded in arresting seven. None of those arrested had any fire arms, ammunition or anything in their possession that would lead one to suppose that they contemplated insurrection. The names of those arrested are:-- William Callawny, ship carpenter; John Dineen, ship carpenter; John Potter, do ; Sylvester Twomey, do; J Hegarty; do J Ahern, house carpenter; and Patrick Hallaran, shoemaker.

As may be imagined, considerable commotion prevailed in Passage yesterday morning, on the hearing of the doings of the previous night, which was no doubt increased by the fact of those arrested being all natives of Passage. Some of them are married and have families depending on them for support. It was stated that a large number of the employees of the Royal Victoria Docks, was missing yesterday morning, but, as usual, in such cases, the facts were greatly exaggerated. We believe only one or two have been missed from the docks, but several young men employed in different occupations about the town left their homes at a late hour on Tuesday night, and have not since returned.

A man arrived in Passage yesterday morning at an early hour from Cork and he states that at Douglas bridge he met about 300 men walking in military order towards Passage. They had an advance guard of eight men, who stopped him and demanded some bread (he was driving a bread van) from him. He told them he had none and he was allowed to go his way without molestation. The man proceeded as far as Mr. Robert's house at Ardmore, when he met a smaller body of men, say about forty, but they did not even put a question to him. This body was moving as if to meet the one he had already passed.
Cork Examiner 7 March 1867
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Fenian Rising in Cork
The Fenians are then supposed to have retired towards Killeagh, in which direction the Ballymacoda party would also appear to have gone, failing to meet the Midleton men. Discouraged, it is supposed, at the failure of the attack on the Castlemartyr station, the Ballymacoda and Lady's Bridge parties went off towards Killeagh, whither they were followed by the Midleton and Castlemartyr men, it is believed. After leaving Castlemartyr, the Fenians called at the houses of the Rev. Mr. Halloran, Mr. Newton, farmer; William Ahern, and Thomas Gould, from all of whom they demanded and obtained arms. They took a pistol from a man named Thomas Hennessy, at Lady's Bridge.
Cork Examiner 7 March 1867
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The following are, as well as we could learn, the names of the prisoners at present confined in the County Gaol arrested in connection with this outbreak:-- John Callaghan, carpenter, and James Callaghan, his brother; John Barry, a fitter; Daniel Santry from Bandon; William Lane, labourer, Thomas Keeffe, labourer; Patrick Lyons, carpenter; James Burns; Patrick Drinan, labourers; John Murphy, John Sullivan, Patrick Greany, a native of Belfast; Garret Arundel, from Bandon; George Bowen, from Kinsale; Michael Daly, a military man; Thos. Huddy, weaver; a labouring man named Singleton, employed at the Midleton distillery; Thomas Cullinane, Rd. Keating, Wm. Callaway, ship carpenter; J. Dineen, do; John Patten, do; Sylvester Twomey, do; J. Hegarty, do; J. Ahern, house carpenter; Patrick Halloran, shoethe [sic] the police station at Ballynockin, whose names we maker [sic]; Thomas Canty, and the four men of the party who burned the police station whose names we have not yet ascertained.
The Cork Examiner 8 March 1867
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Mr Henry Barry, district Coroner, held an inquest yesterday, at Castlemartyr, on the body of Timothy Daly, who is believed to have led the party of Fenians that attacked the police station at Castlemartyr on Tuesday night, and who died from one of the shots fired by the police. Mr. Philip O Connell, Sessional Crown Prosecutor, attended by direction of the Executive. The following jury was sworn, and proceeded to view the body:-- Daniel F Murphy, foreman, Kennagh Connell, John Donovan, Thomas Garde, Andrew Wall, Richard Ronayne, Thomas Goold, Patrick Ronayne, William Coleman, John Walsh, Daniel Keeffe, Thomas Ahern, Joshua Hannan, and William Ahern.

Michael Brown, sub-constable, stationed at Castlemartyr, examined by Mr O Connell—I have been about three years in the constabulary. I was stationed in Midleton before I came here. I have viewed the body of the deceased. I knew him. I knew him while in Midleton. I identify the body as that of Timothy Daly, of the Chapel Road, Midleton, carpenter. I was in the Castlemartyr barrack on the morning of the 6th inst. when the barrack was attacked. The body upon which this inquest is being held is the same that was found outside the barrack that morning.

Ultimately the jury signed the following verdict—"We find that the said Timothy Daly, on the morning of Wednesday, the sixth day of March, 1867, in the street of Castlemartyr, opposite the constabulary barrack, from a gunshot wound of which he died, but from whom we cannot say; and from all the information on the matter we find that the constabulary were justified in firing on the party. The enquiry then terminated. The remains of the deceased were then handed over to his relatives, and the funeral took place, being chiefly attended by women, who set up a most heart-rending caoine.

The Cork Examiner 8 March 1867
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Mr. Henry Barry, coroner of the district, attended at Midleton yesterday, at eleven o clock, and empanelled the following jury, before whom to hold an inquest touching the death of Sub-Constable Sheedy, who was shot during the encounter between the patrol and the Fenians in Midleton on Tuesday night. Denis M'Carthy (foreman), Martin Delany, Daniel Sisk, Maurice Brien, Maurice Quirk, John Laughton, John Kenneally, John Grady, Edmond Barry, Thos. Prendeville, Michael Ronayne, Wm. Ahern, Wm. J. Pugh, Hamilton Cott, and Barry Durham.

The Coroner said it was to facilitate business he now swore them in, that they might view the body of the deceased prior to the inquest, which would open on to-morrow (this) morning, at whatever hour they should agree upon. He was now to proceed to Castlemartyr to hold an inquest there. It was then arranged that the enquiry should commence at the Midleton Courthouse at half past nine o clock the following morning, and the jurors were bound under a penalty to attend at the time and place.

The body of the deceased policeman has been examined by Dr. Walsh, and the bullet extracted. It was a rifle bullet, and was battered, the wooden plug still attaching to it. There appears to be some doubt as to the hand by which the sub-constable lost his life. One supposition is that the bullet which, discharged from Daly's revolver, wounded O'Donnell in the back of the head, glanced thence to the person of Sheedy and caused his death, but this supposition would appear to be displaced by the fact that the bullet extracted from the body of Sheedy is a rifle bullet.

Yesterday morning a party of police, under Sub-Inspector Wyse and Head-Constable Rearden, proceeded to a quarry at a few hundred yards from the town of Midleton, on the road which the Fenians took to Castlemartyr, and there found in a bag six pike-heads, manufactured of steel files, sharpened at the point and edges; and five scythe-blades (three of them perfectly new) which had been cut short and prepared at the end for attaching to shafts. They were highly sharpened and are a most formidable weapon. They were removed to the police station.

The military remain in Midleton, but they have been transferred from the Town Hall to the Workhouse. The constabulary force has been considerably strengthened. The town is now perfectly tranquil, as it has been during the past two days, and the nervous apprehension of the townspeople has much abated. Several of those who are supposed to have been with the insurgents have returned to their employments.

The Cork Examiner 8 March 1867
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Midleton, Friday.—The inquest concerning the death of Sub-constable Patrick Sheedy, (who was shot dead by the Fenians here on Tuesday night), was held in the Midleton Courthouse, at half past nine o clock this morning before Mr. Henry Barry, Coroner, and the following jury, which had been enpanelled the previous morning:— Denis M'Carthy, (foreman), Martin Delany, Daniel Sisk, Maurice Brien, Maurice Quirk, John Laughton, John Kennealy, John Grady, Edmond Barry, Thos. Prendiville, Michael Ronayne, Wm. Ahern, Wm. J. Pugh, Hamilton Cott, and Barry Durham.
   There was scarcely one person unconnected, officially or professionally, with the enquiry present.
   Mr. EF Ryan, RM.; Mr. T Garde, JP.; and the Rev. Dr. Quarry occupied seats upon the Bench. Mr. Wyse, Sub-Inspector of the district, was also present.
   Mr. P OConnell, Sessional Crown Prosecutor, attended on behalf of the crown.
   The jurors having answered to their names, the first witness was called.

Patrick Greany, acting-constable, stationed at Midleton who deposed—I was out on patrol on the night of Tuesday, the 5th March, and under my command, I had the deceased, Patrick Sheedy, Sub-constable O Donnell, and Sub-constable O Brien. We went out about half-past nine o clock. We went first to the Main-street, up as far as Dr. Johnson's house, across the Cork-bridge, and a little on the Cork road. We then turned back and walked up to Mr. Green's gate leisurely. I never expected what occurred. O Donnell and myself were in front, and Sheedy and O Brien in rere. We remained there in ambush for a few minutes. Before this, I saw some people at the bridge. I spoke to them, and asked them to go home. They said they would.
   A Juror—Did you know any of them?
   Coroner—Just wait a while. We'll go on with the direct evidence first. (To Mr. O'Connell)—Unless you consider it important.
   Mr. O'Connell—We must find it out. It will be of immense consequence bye and bye.
   Witness—The first thing I noticed was a number of persons coming up towards us from the Main-street.
   Mr. O'Connell—To the best of your belief how many were there?
   Witness—To the best of my belief, about forty persons, in regular marching order. I first noticed a man marching in front of the party, to the right hand. He stepped forward and called out to us to surrender in the name of the Irish Republic. That man was Timothy Daly, who is now dead. He then caught Sub-constable O'Donnell's rifle with one hand.
   Coroner—With what hand?
   Witness—I can't tell whether it was his right or his left. He had something in the other hand, which he presented at O'Donnell. They had a tussle for the rifle. I then saw the party come round, making a circle, so as to cover the police, and they fired a volley.
   Coroner—You were alongside the wall?
   Witness—Yes, sir. The circle was formed by the men heading straight across about the centre of the road. They formed a circle (or semi-circle) of about eight or ten yards.
   Mr. O'Connell—When you say they fired a volley, about how many shots would you say?
   Witness—To the best of my belief there was about forty shots fired.
   Mr. O'Connell—Together?—Yes, together.
   Coroner—Were they instantly fired?
   Witness—At once, sir. As soon as Daly caught the rifle.
   Mr. O'Connell—Did you observe what sort of firearms they had?
   Witness—I could not say, sir.
   Mr. O'Connell—Could you say whether they were rifles, carbines or revolvers?
   Witness—I could not say, sit, it was so dark. I saw them presenting.
   Coroner—What followed then?—We turned then towards the Chapel road, the four of us.
   Coroner—Did you run?—Yes Sir.—Then deceased must have run with you?
   Witness—Yes, sir, for a short distance, after which I heard the deceased say "Oh, oh, oh." He ran for a short distance, after which I saw him drop his rifle. He was about ten or twelve yards. I left him after [ . . . ] mark was left on the knee (shows it). I also felt the cap turn on my head, and in the morning I found the cap perforated ( cap produced). When going up the Chapel Road, several shots were fired after me. I went up as far as the smith's house. I also found my pouch bored, or the edge of it battered and damaged; I found inside that the pouch had prevented the ball going through me. It was marked, I think, from a ball.
   Coroner—You had a very narrow escape, at all events. Where did you go then?
   Witness—I went down through the fields by the river, and took a shelter in a little house belonging to Mr. Green, where I remained till six in the morning, when I asked Mr. Green to go with me. I met O Brien on my road and brought him with me. I asked O Brien was he loaded and he said not. I then told him to load and fix his bayonet.
   Coroner—Did any of you return the fire?
   Witness—I did, sir, up near the Chapel Cross.
   Coroner—At a blank object?
   Witness—Yes, sir, at random.
   Mr. Ryan, RM—I am glad you asked that, Mr. Coroner, because an impression has gone abroad, which I know to be very erroneous, that they went out without ammunition.
   Mr. O'Connell—On ordinary patrols are you loaded?
   Witness—No, sir.
   Mr. O'Connell—And this was an ordinary patrol you went out upon that night?
   Witness—Yes, sir.
   Mr O'Connell—And therefore you were not loaded?
   Witness—No, sir.
   Mr. O'Connell—Then at the time of the attack upon you, and the discharge of the volley, you were not loaded?
   Witness—No, sir. We had not time to load. We had our ordinary ammunition out, so that if we had time, we could have loaded.
   Coroner—You had no previous expectation of the attack?
   Witness—No, sir.
   Mr. O'Connell—Were you inspected by your superior officer—you and your ammunition—in accordance with the usage of the service, before you went out?—Yes, sir. Where was it you loaded?—At the cross, sir, and subsequently when I got into the fields. Did you know whether the party who attacked you at the bridge had dispersed, when you got into the fields; or did you know what way they had gone?—I did not know, sir. I thought they would have gone towards Ballinacurra.
   Mr. Ryan—In point of fact, he thought they were following him.
   Mr. O'Connell—When Daly called on you to surrender in the name of the Irish Republic, did you refuse?—I did not say a word, sir. I was stunned. The seizure of the rifle took place immediately. It was while the tussle was going on about the rifle that the volley was discharged.
   A Juror (Mr. Barry)—Then Daly was in as much danger from the shots as you were?
   Witness—No, for the attacking party had formed a circle so as to put Daly in his right place again.
   Coroner—You and your men were standing near the gate where I saw the marks of the bullets?—Yes, sir. The circle was formed round, half the road across, and from that circle—am I right in stating the firing took place?—Yes.
   A Juror—Was it at the time the volley was fired Sheedy received the wound?
   Witness—Yes. That was the time I heard him say "Oh, oh", and saw him drop his rifle.
   Coroner—Which were they opposite the Bank or opposite Mr. Ashlin's house?
   Witness—Opposite the red house, sir.
   Coroner—Because one of the shots appears to have perforated the gate obliquely, and the others are flat against the wall.
   By a Juror—Did you and your party, when coming from the bridge, call at the barrack?—Yes.—Who did you see?—The Head-constable—For what did you call there?—I told him of the persons who were knocking about the town—What did the Head-constable say?—He told me to knock about the town as usual.
   Mr. Wyse, SI—Did he say "knock about town"?
   Witness—He said to patrol about town, as usual.
   Mr. Wyse—Exactly. I would be ashamed to head a Head-constable tell his men to "knock about the town".
   Juror—Did you think those persons were likely to do you harm?
   Coroner—You see he said before, he did not apprehend anything of the kind.—To a Juror—It was "Skellig Night" and upon that night persons are in the habit of knocking about.
   A Juror did not see why they should go into this man's conduct on the occasion. He had a superior officer who would attend to that. The jury, he thought, had only to enquire into the death of the deceased.
   Mr. O'Connell—You are quite right, sir.
   Coroner—Well, gentlemen, the question is whether after what this man has stated you are satisfied with his evidence upon it. If you are, we'll give you the doctor's.
   A Juror—Just so. There is no use occupying all our time all day.
   The Coroner expressed his surprise that more of the police had not been shot. A Juror said he thought it was alleged Daly had shot Sheedy.
   Mr. O'Connell—It is not certain at all. There was another investigation yesterday, which showed that it could not have been the shot fired by Daly killed Sheedy.
   The Coroner said it was a satisfaction to know that the unfortunate man who was shot was the person who had the tussle.
   Mr. O'Connell—That is the reason why his name was mentioned. Because he was no more.
   Coroner—Exactly so.

Edmund Crowley, labourer, residing at Chapel Road, Midleton, was next examined. He deposed he had not gone to bed, on Tuesday night, when he heard the alarm, and he went out with another young man to see what it was. They went down the town, and saw a man stretched upon the path. They did not at that time know who it was; they thought it was a drunken man. His legs were in the channel, and his body lying across the path. They then went to see who it was, and by his clothes they knew him to be a policeman. They went to a house for a light, and returning with it found the man lying on the path was the deceased. He was lying partly on the side, but his face was inclined to the ground.

Mr. O'Connell—It was singular that Daly was found in a similar position.
   Coroner—Was he quite dead?—We fancied he was warm, but he had no breath in him as far as we could make out. We went and called the priest then, who was at Mr. Coppinger's. By direction of the priest, we went for the doctor. I then assisted in taking him to the barrack.
   Mr. O'Connell—From the first time you saw the body until you accompanied it to the barrack, were there any symptoms of life at all?
   Witness—No, sir. When the doctor came, he said he was dead. I knew the deceased for a long time.
   Coroner—I believe a quieter or milder policeman never was in the force?
   Witness—That is the character of him, sir.—To a Juror—I did not hear a shot fired at the Chapel Cross. It could have been fired without my hearing it.—To Mr. O'Connell—I saw some person coming down from the Chapel Cross, but I could not say whether it was a policeman or not. From what Constable Greany says, I think it must have been him.—To the Coroner—The deceased was married, and leaves a wife and seven children.
   Mr. Wyse—All very young, too.

The Cork Examiner 9 March 1867
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The seven young men who were arrested near Passage, last Saturday, by Head-Constable Hoare and party, were yesterday brought before Mr. TP Stamers, JP at the County Gaol, and evidence of character having been adduced in favour of Leonard Bryan, Patrick Sullivan and Michael Sullivan, they were discharged upon entering into their own recogizances, to appear when called on; and the other four were further remanded for eight days. Mr. MJ Collins attended on behalf of the prisoners. The other batch of eight prisoners, committed by Capt. Johnson JP., were also further remanded for eight days by Mr. Stamers.
The Cork Examiner 16 March 1867
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The house and lease, No. 15 Main St., between First and Second Streets, situated in the most business part of the city. The house is now occupied by J. J. Ahern, boot and shoemaker, and as he is giving up business, he will sell cheap for cash. Enquire on the premises.
Dubuque Daily Herald 19 March 1867
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Fenian Suspects Arrested
James Mansfield Walsh, Ardnahinch, son of a respectable farmer, arrested at Queenstown, James Pomfret, Ballymacoda, farm labourer, William Draddy, Castlemartyr, farmer, and Daniel Ahern, Ardnahinch, farm servant, were all remanded for eight days as a result of an investigation at Midleton. Knockadoon.
Cork Examiner 20 March 1867
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At the next Sitting of the Supreme Court, on the 3rd proximo, the following cases stand for trial:—Alfred Larwood, expiree, wounding with intent, &c, at Newcastle ; Edward Wilson and Thomas James, t.l.'s, forging at Bunbury ; Charlie Gelme, aboriginal native, murder at York; Henry Scott, c.p. larceny at Perth; Jack, aboriginal native, murder at Newcastle ; Esau Wetherall, expiree, and Job Bedoubt, cattle-stealing at Newcastle; Henry Evans and Joseph Carter, stealing from the person at Newcastle ; John Rood, c.p., and Anthony Malone, t.l., attempting to choke with intent, &c, at York ; Joseph Stubbs and Daniel Haydon, c.p., larceny and receiving at Perth ; J. Alexander Rawlings, expiree, perjury at Perth ; and Cornelius A'Hern, t.l. [ticket of leave], wounding with intent to murder at Perth. No less than 51 witnesses have been summoned.
Perth Gazette & West Australian Times 29 March 1867
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   DISTRICT COURT—Judge Strond.—Dickson and Merchant, Executors, vs. the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company. Before reported. Verdict for plaintiff, for $1,579.53.
   DISTRICT COURT—Judge Sherwood.—Samuel Comley vs. James Biles. An action on a book account. Defence, payment, On trial.
   QUARTER SESSIONS—Judge Brewster.—Henry Ahern, familiarly known a "Dutch" Ahern, was put on trial, charged with the larceny of $2,000, the property of Jacob Ridgway. The larceny was committed last summer, but the defendant disappeared after his arrest and release upon bail. On Tuesday he was arrested on Chestnut street on a charge of being drunk and disorderly. The old bill against him was brought forward, and the accused placed on trial this morning. A lad in the employ of Mr. Ridgway, while on his way from bank to the office with $3,000, was accosted by a number of men, who jostled him, on Third street, near Market, and Ahern endeavored to divert the boy's attention and so rob him. The money was obtained, but as soon as the alarm was created by the boy Ahern was seized, whereupon $2,000 were dropped on the pavement and picked up from under Ahern's feet.
   Mr. Hunter testified that in May last he was coming along Third street, near Market, when he saw a crowd jostling on the east side ; he looked and saw one man stooping and putting something in his boot ; witnes followed him, Ahern, and when he overtook him, the man pulled out the money and placed it at witness's feet.
   Mr. Henry testified that he saw the crowd surround the boy, and afterwards, when Ahern came from the crowd, he was seen to put the roll of notes in his breast and then run away when the alarm was given. The accused was captured in Church alley, where he took the package from his pocket and threw it on the pavement.
   Mr. Mann stated that the bill had been found last June, but as the accused fled from the city it was impossible to try him until he ventured back to Philadelphia and was captured. Verdict guilty.
Daily Evening Bulletin 11 April 1867
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   In the course of the day the county grand jury returned true bills against the following for high treason:—John M'Clure, otherwise Captain M'Clure, Ed. Kelly, David Joyce, Jeremiah Ahearne, David Cummins, Thomas Bowes, Thomas Walshe, Charles O'Neill, John O'Keeffe, Michael O'Keeffe, and a man named Healy.
   The prisoners were being assigned counsel when this despatch left.
The Times 4 May 1867
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Michael Conroy was summoned at the suit of William Ahern for destroying a portion of fence the boundary between his and the complainant's garden, at the rere [sic] of their house at Millfield. It appeared that the hedge was planted by the complainant's father-in-law, previous to the defendant's coming to live there, on his ground. Mr. Blake appeared for the complainant and Mr. Magennis for the defendant. It having transpired in evidence that the defendant had been living there for 27 years residing next to the complainant and had never before attempted to prune or cut the hedge, the bench ordered him to pay £2 compensation, and fined him £1, or in default six months imprisonment.
Cork Examiner 15 May 1867
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The Recorder sat yesterday for the disposal of criminal business. Mr. P. O'Connell applied for a postponement in the case of Hannah Ahern, who is charged with the larceny of £18, and a quantity of clothing, the property of Bernard Sheehan, on the ground that the Crown were not ready to go on with the case. Mr. J. T. O'Connell, for the prisoner, resisted the application, as the accused was a long time in custody. The Recorder granted the application, and the case stood adjourned until that day fortnight, his worship observing that his sitting would then be determined by the duration of the Special Commission.
Cork Examiner 18 May 1867
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AHERN—CLIFFORD.—At St. Paul's Church, corner of 59th-st. and 9th-av., by Rev. Father Young, MICHAEL J. AHERN to MISS MARY T. CLIFFORD, both of this City.
New York Times 24 May 1867
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Close-fisted Charity—A Painful Case.
   An emigrant, named MARY AHEARN, arrived at this port by the steamer Etna on the 25th of November, 1861. She left the City after a few days, having obtained service in New-Jersey. She remained there faithful to her employers, but at last proved false to herself. Betrayed and with the evidence of her shame upon her, she was expelled from her home of five years and more, and returned to New-York to ask in charity that she be taken care of until after the birth of her child. She applied in the first instance at Castle Garden, where she was informed, that as she had been over five years in the country, the Commissioners of Emigration were unable to provide her with a home. She was told, however, that if she applied to the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction, she would obtain the desired protection. This was on Saturday. She went to Bond-street, the office of the Commissioners, but as she failed to arrive before 4 o'clock, she was unable to obtain admission. Fearful of her coming trouble, she sought for lodging, and obtained it; but when morning came, and the landlady discovered her condition, she was again driven forth to seek the shelter of some public charity. She tried the Bond-street office again, but the day was Sunday, and Charity had shut up shop for the whole day. Barely able to drag herself to a car, the unhappy woman succeeded once again in reaching the Battery, but had scarcely got within the railings when she sank exhausted seized with the pains of labor. The attention of the Police having been called to her condition, help was immediately obtained from Castle Garden, in the person of the wife of the gatekeeper, and the poor wanderer was delivered of her child in the public thoroughfare. As soon as she could be removed without danger, she was carried on a stretcher to the hospital of the Castle Garden depot, where she and her child were nursed and tended until she was sufficiently well, which she claimed to be a week after the birth of the child, when she went out into the world to make another struggle to obtain a home for herself and the little one.
New York Times 13 June 1867
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CRIMINAL COURT.—State vs. Wm. O'Hern, continued for four weeks . . . 
Memphis Daily Appeal 18 June 1867
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Criminal Court
Ten jurors were obtained yesterday in the case of Wm. O'Hern, indicted for larceny. This case will probably occupy the attention of the court to-day. Should it, however, conclude in time, the following cases, set for trial to-day, will be taken up : . . . 
Memphis Daily Appeal 16 July 1867
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The jury in the case of Billy O'Hern, charged with mule stealing, has given an opinion that he is entitled to three years imprisonment in the penitentiary. Billy wants a new trial.
Memphis Public Ledger 18 July 1867
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Contract Let.—Mr. James A. Ahern has obtained the Contract for the construction of the Hagerstown and Cross Roads Turnpike, at $12,600.
Herald & Torch Light 31 July 1867
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On the 8th instant, at the Roman Catholic Church, Manners street, by the Rev. John Ahern, Mr. W N. Grant to Miss M. A. Enright, both of Wellington.
Wellington Evening Post 12 August 1867
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August 8, 1867.
There was one case before the Police Court this morning. Thomas Ahern and his wife were brought before E. Lintott, Esq., J.P., charged with housebreaking and committing a violent assault upon Mrs. Anticovitch. By consent, the charge was altered to one of common assault, which was remanded to the 14th inst. for the production of evidence.
Gippsland Times 13 August 1867
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Daniel Ahern and Jeremiah Driscoll, arrested for disturbing a Union meeting recently in San Francisco, were fined $30 each or fifteen days below.
The Montana Post 7 September 1867
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THE following is a statement which we have obtained through the courtesy of the postal authorities, showing the names of the successful tenderers for the performance of the mail service for 1868-69, the places between which the services are performed, the amount to be paid for the work, the term for which the contract has been obtained, the frequency of the service, and the mode of conveyance of mails to be adopted :—
 . . . 
Condamine and Surat, via Undullah, Murilla, Binjie, and Noorindoo, Denis Ahern, Condamine, £175, two years, once a week, horse.
The Brisbane Courier 26 October 1867
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Man Killed In a Mill.—Recently John O'Hearn, a workman in Atchison's mill, Washoe City, Nevada, was almost instantly killed by becoming entangled in the machinery. He was engaged in the amalgamating department and was caught by a belt and drawn over a series of pulleys, breaking his back and otherwise so severely injuring him that he died in a few minutes. O'Hearn was unmarried and was about forty-five years of age.
Sacramento Daily Union 15 November 1867
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John O'Hearn was caught in the machinery of the Atchinson mill at Washoe city, and killed, a few days sine. [sic]
The Montana Post 30 November 1867
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—Mr. Ahern, editor and proprietor of the New York Evening Gazette, announces the discontinuance of that journal. Since the purchase of the paper from Mr. Sweetzer by Mr. Ahern a bitter quarrel has existed between the Gazette and the Evening Mail, which now ends in the death of the former journal.
The Charleston Daily News 13 December 1867
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Fenianism and the Army
A man was brought up before the Magistrates at Southampton on Friday, on a charge of attempting to administer the "Fenian Oath" to a private of the 60th Rifles named Timothy Ahern. The prisoner was remanded in custody.
Leitrim Journal & Carrick-on-Shannon Advertiser 4 Jan. 1868
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COURT OF GENERAL SESSIONS AND COMMON PLEAS—HON. F. J. MOSES PRESIDING.—The case first taken up was the State vs. George Duffie (colored), charged with the murder of Andrew Grooms, near Summerville, on the 1st of January. Messrs. H. W. Schroeder, Robert Chisolm and J. F. Ficken appeared for the defence. Dr. Robert Ahern testified: That he was a practicing physician, residing at Summerville. On the 2d of January he was called to examine the body of Andrew Grooms, at the house of Moses Driggers, about two miles from the village. There were two wounds on the head which had shattered and depressed the bone, causing the brain to be penetrated. The wounds were evidently the cause of his death and were inflicted by some sharp instrument. The prisoner gave the information of the murder at the office of the Freedmen's Bureau, and said that it was done in self-defence.

Moses Driggers' house is about twenty-five yards from the road, and is surrounded with pine saplings not thick enough to prevent a man from running, though on a dark night he did not think any one could see an arm's length. . . . George Duffie, the prisoner, was introduced by the defence, and in many respects corroborated the testimony of Mrs. Driggers. He said that when Grooms left Driggers and ran at witness, Grooms caught him and jerked him about; witness was completely in his power, and could not get away. Witness told Grooms to go away and stop fighting Driggers. Grooms then struck at witness twice with his knife and witness struck him twice in the head with a black gum stick, about three feet long and somewhat knotty. Witness did not think he had killed Grooms, and only struck the blows in self-defence.

Dr. Ahern, on being re-examined by the State, said that no stick of the description given by the prisoner was found, the jury of inquest found a small hatchet in the prisoner's house, which had a new handle, but there was no proof that it had been used for the purpose of killing Grooms. The testimony being closed, the argument was opened by Robert Chisolm, Esq., for the defence. This was Mr. Chisolm's maiden speech, and was a clear and logical effort. Mr. J. F. Ficken followed, Mr. Schroeder closing. The Attorney-General replied for the State, and after a charge from the Judge the jury returned a verdict of—Guilty of manslaughter, with a recommendation to the clemency of the Court.

The Charleston Daily News 29 January 1868
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From the Winona Republican, April 12th.
A second and appalling chapter followed upon the fire this morning, and the catastrophe is one of the most dreadful that has ever occurred in Winona. The concrete building of O. M. Farrington, standing next to the buildings burned this morning, crumbled to the ground at a quarter past three o'clock this afternoon, and a number of people were buried beneath the ruin. That portion of the stock of hardware saved from the fire was being placed in the building, and those engaged in this work were the sufferers. The building fell with a terrible crash, demolishing the adjoining furniture store of John Winkle. Mr. Farrington was in the cellar at the time, and, hearing the crash coming, rushed out the front entrance in time to save himself. Mr. MacDonald and Michael Ahearn, carpenters, escaped with some injuries. The former was hurt about the head, and the latter on the thigh. . . . 
Daily Alta California 6 May 1868
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O'CONNOR—AHERN.—At Burdwan, April 19, James F. O'Connor, to Mary Ann, daughter of John Ahern, 165, Old Bond-street, London.
Allen's Indian Mail 28 May 1868
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New Mode of Horse-shoeing.— Mr. William Ahern, of Wollongong (says the Illawarra Mercury), has invented and brought successfully into use a horse-shoe, which is fitted to the horse's foot without nails, and which, nevertheless, remains on the foot until completely worn in two. What is technically called the "web" of the shoe, or, in other words, that portion of the shoe on which a horse treads, is the same in the new shoe as those usually in use, but the difference in the new shoe is that, instead of being nailed to the horse's hoof, there is a flange of iron, which is turned upwards, and is hammered so as to fit the hoof. The mode of shoeing is so easy that any person having a set of shoes can put them on, without fear of injuring the sensible part of the hoof. The head of the shoe is the same as the ordinary shoe, and all that is required is to put the foot upon it and then holding up the horse's other leg, gently hammer the flange round the edge of the hoof. This kind of shoeing is particularly serviceable where horses have had bad feet, or where the horn of the hoof is too brittle. We are informed that this method of shoeing has been frequently resorted to by Mr. Ahern, where a horse has had sand cracks or other disease of the hoof, and with perfect success. In the old system of shoeing there is always danger of the susceptible part of the foot being injured by the nails, but under Mr. Ahern's plan no danger can exist.
Nelson Examiner and N.Z. Chronicle 30 June 1868
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Criminal Court — Wm. Hunter, Judge. — The Jury in the case of the State vs. William O'Hern, larceny, not being able to agree, were discharged from further consideration of the case.
Memphis Daily Appeal 28 July 1868
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A Boy Killed by a Kick—Arrest of the Assailant and Inquest by the Coroner
   Yesterday Coroner Keenan commenced an inquest at Bellevue Hospital, in the case of William Hughes, a boy 17 years of age, who resided in Second-avenue, between Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth streets, and who had died in the hospital during the morning.
   It appears that during Saturday evening, Hughes, with several companions of about his own age, were seated in a wagon standing in the street in front the butcher shop of TIMOTHY AHEARN, No. 201 East-Twenty-fifth-street. The boys were noisy, and made use of such profane and vulgar language that the ladies who were in Ahearn's shop were unable to endure it, and some of them told Mr. Ahearn that unless he would keep that gang of boys away, they would be obliged to go elsewhere to procure their meat. Ahearn then went out and told them to go away, which they all did except Hughes and one other. Hughes replied to the order by saying it would take a larger man than Ahearn to make him go, whereupon the latter slapped Hughes. The boy then, it appears, sprang to the sidewalk and Ahearn kicked him in the lower part of the abdomen, felling him to the sidewalk. Ahearn then reentered his shop, and two of Hughes' companions lifted him up and lead him away. He was that evening admitted to Bellevue Hospital, and Ahearn was arrested, but the case not appearing to be of serious import, he was subsequently released, but was rearrested yesterday, after the death, by Sergt. Bakerfield, of the Eighteenth Precinct.
   At the inquest yesterday the following evidence was taken:
   Wm. Ahern, of No. 309 East Twenty-third-street testified: About half-past ten o'clock on Saturday night I was just about entering the butcher shop at No. 201 East Twenty-fifth-street; there were a number of boys outside in a wagon in front of the store, they were cursing and swearing ; the prisoner went out on the sidewalk and told the boys to "clear out," some ladies in the store had complained of the language the boys were using ; the boys left but deceased and another remained; prisoner told them to go away, when deceased said it was none of his business whether he staid there or not ; I went to the back of the shop and heard some noise outside, and on coming out saw the prisoner slap the deceased in the face; he commenced to cry and went down the street assisted by two boys ; I did not see the prisoner or anyone else hit or kick the deceased except the slap I spoke of.
   Dr. Benjamin C. Riggs, Acting House Surgeon of Bellevue Hospital, testified: Deceased was admitted Aug. 1, suffering from injury indicted on the abdomen ; there were no external marks of violence ; the afternoon of Aug. 2 he grew worse, and died at half-past twelve A. M. Aug. 3 ; the autopsy showed a rupture of the small intestine in its upper part, there were evidences or acute inflammation in the abdominal cavity ; death was caused by inflammation of the peritoneum, consequent upon the injuries received.
   The inquest was then adjourned until Wednesday morning next, Ahearn being admitted to bail in the sum of $1,000 for his appearance.
New York Times 4 August 1868
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Miscellaneous Appointments. — . . . Police-Sergeant John Ahern to be ranger of crown lands for the police district of Tambo, in the Mitchell district ; . . . 
The Brisbane Courier 21 September 1868
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Bloody and Fatal Affray—Yesterday morning, about half-past four o'clock, in front of Doyle & Goodman's saloon, C street, John F. Ahern was stabbed and almost instantly killed by a man named George Swearenger, better known by nickname of "Black George." Ahern (who first came to this coast in 1862) formerly worked at the Gould and Curry mill as assistant engineer, and perhaps at some other mills in the State in the same capacity. Some eighteen months since he left here on a visit to his relatives in New York, and only returned to this city night before last. With him came a younger brother, Dennis, a young man about eighteen years of age. Upon arriving in this city the eldest brother went about hunting up old acquaintances, introducing to them his brother Dennis and drinking at many different places during the night. The two brothers became very much intoxicated and very noisy, and about four o'clock in the morning John Ahern got in a dispute with George Swearenger, who stabbed him four times, one severing the windpipe and carotid artery; he died in fifteen minutes. Swearenger is said to have run off in the direction of Gold Hill. Two or three officers went in pursuit of him, but at last accounts he had not been captured.
Daily Alta California 15 October 1868
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Terrible Homicide at Virginia City
About half-past 4 o'clock on the morning of October 13th a terrible homicide was enacted at Virginia City, Nevada, the victim in the case being John Ahern, formerly an engineer at the Gould and Curry mill. He was between 29 and 30 years of age, and a native of County Kerry, Ireland. He came to California in 1862, and soon afterward went to Nevada. He left Virginia City on a visit to the East and Europe about a year and a half ago, and had just returned, having reached Virginia city on the night of the 13th inst., bringing with him a younger brother named Dennis Ahern.

The elder brother, says the Gold Hill News, having many friends and acquaintances in Virginia, introduced the younger, and they went about the city together from one place to another, and drinking pretty freely both became noisy, troublesome and disorderly, especially the younger, Dennis, who although a mere stripling, proclaimed himself a "chief," that he was a "New York fighting man," and all that sort of thing — assertions of extremely doubtful policy in a Washoe community. In fact, both are said to have been drunkenly abusive to many persons wherever they went.

Immediately previous to the homicide, John Ahern was in Doyle & Rainey's saloon on C street, where, it appears that he used some abusive language toward George Swearinger — commonly known as "Black George" — who was present, but with whom he seemed to have no particular cause of difficulty. Walter Winn, the barkeeper, seeing prospects of a row, at once took Ahern out, or put him out, while other parties were holding George. As soon, however, as George could free himself he started out, saying that "no man should call him a son of a bitch and get away with it." He met Ahern just outside the door, on the sidewalk, and a scuffle ensued between them. Dennis Ahern was in the street, a short distance from them, and seeing his brother in a fight, at once ran to his assistance, and struck George a blow with his fist which knocked him down. George immediately sprang to his feet, drew a knife and stabbed John Ahern in the neck, inflicting mortal wounds, and then turned towards the younger brother Dennis, cutting him on the arms in two or three places, inflicting slight wounds. Dennis ran, and by superior fleetness of foot escaped. George, too, now realizing what the consequences of his bloody deed might be, also took to his heels and ran along C street towards the Divide.

On receiving his fatal wound, John Ahern staggered about the sidewalk, bleeding profusely, his jugular vein or its branches being covered, and assisted, he walked into the saloon, where he soon sank dying upon the floor. His brother Dennis, who had returned, took possession of his personal effects in his pockets, consisting of a certificate of deposit on the Bank of California for $1,000, a gold watch and $180 in gold coin. He lived nearly 20 minutes after being stabbed. The only words he was heard to utter were to his brother when he returned to him as he stood bleeding on the sidewalk. He repulsed him with his hand, saying, "Go away."

Officer McCourt started in pursuit of the murderer, and tricked him to Gold Hill, where all further trace was lost. A Coroner's inquest was held October 14th, and the evidence elicited was in accordance with the main points of this sad affair above stated.

Daily Evening Bulletin 15 October 1868
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The Territorial Enterprise of October 15th says: Gave Himself Up.—George Swearengen, alias "Black George," who day before yesterday stabbed and killed John F. Ahearn, last evening came to the office of Sheriff Mulcahy, in this city, and delivered himself up. He is now locked up in the County Jail.
Daily Alta California 16 October 1868
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Nevada Items
Black George, who killed John T Ahern at Virginia City, October 13th, surrendered himself to Sheriff Mulcahy, and was placed in the county jail, on the 14th instant.
Daily Evening Bulletin 16 October 1868
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Nevada Items
"Black George" had an examination before Judge Adkinson October 20th, and was bound over in the sum of $1,000 to appear before the Grand Jury upon the charge of manslaughter, for the killing of John T. Ahern, last week, in Virginia City.
Daily Evening Bulletin 22 October 1868
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CAHILL—AHERN—On the 20th October, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Brisbane, by the Rev. R. Dunn assisted by the Rev. J. Connolly, George Staunton Cahill of Brisbane to Bridget, second daughter of the late Mr. Timothy Ahern, same place.
The Brisbane Courier 24 October 1868
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Many of our readers will be pleased to learn that S. J. A'hern, Esq., of New York city, who has heretofore acted with the Democracy, has "come out " for Grant and Colfax. Mr. A'hern for a long time connected with the Albion, and latterly has been proprietor and editor of the Daily Evening News, of New York. He has also been the Wall street agent of one or two leading California business firms. He is an Irishman, of large capacity and rare acquirements. In directing the Freeman's Journal to be discontinued, Mr. A'hern says in his published letter: "I cannot reconcile with honor, honesty or gratitude, the advocacy of the payment of the Five Twenty bonds in currency, as proposed by the third section of the New York Convention platform."
Daily Alta California 30 October 1868
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Detective McGiveny, of the Third Ward, arrested Thos. Wilson and Joseph Ahern, on a charge of having stolen a roll of oil-cloth valued at $30, from the premises of Wm., Taylor, at No. 22 Church street. The accused were found in Broadway, near the Astor House, with the plunder in a hand-cart, so he arrested them. They were fully committed.
New York Times 1 November 1868
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"Black George," who killed John F. Ahern, in Virginia, Nevada, has given himself up.
The Montana Post 6 November 1868
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Geo. Swearengen, alias 'Black George,' yesterday afternoon had an examination before Judge Adkison, of Virginia, for the killing of John F. Ahern, about one week ago. He was held to bail in the sum of $1,000. Wm. Leet and Charles Van Gorder becoming his bondsmen.—Gold Hill News, 22d
The Montana Post 13 November 1868
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Lord Hawarden's Tenantry and R. U. Bayly, Esq. J.P.
At a meeting of the tenantry of the Right Hon. Viscount Hawarden, held at Dundrum on the 12th inst, in consequence of the charges preferred against R. U. Bayly, Esq., J.P., Agent over the estate, by the Rev. John Scanlan, P.P. at Nenagh, on the 2nd inst, the following resolutions were adopted. "That we, the undernamed tenants to Viscount Hawarden, Dundrum, having met, pursuant to notice, to take into consideration a report of a speech delivered at a Public Meeting in Nenagh, on Monday the 2nd inst., and inserted into the Nenagh Guardian, and other local papers, reflecting on our much esteemed Agent, R.U.Bayly, Esq, concluding with these words,—"God help the tenants over whom this man has authority".—, beg leave to repudiate such assertions in the strongest manner. It has been our good fortune to have him as agent to the Dundrum Estate for the past 18 years, during which he has acted as a father and friend to all. We therefore take this opportunity of expressing our appreciation of his great kindness to us, and hope we may long enjoy the happiness of having him as our Agent."

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John Ahern, Glenough.
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Nenagh Guardian 18 November 1868
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The Murderous Assault Upon Policeman Hill—
Arrest of the Alleged Assailants.
   William McMullen, John Tobin, Wm. Whitney, Robert Smith Lister, John Ahern and George Ahern have been arrested by the officers of the Reserve Corps upon the charge of having been concerned in the outrageuous assault upon Policeman James G. Hill, at Eleventh and Sansom streets on the night of the 16th inst. They will have a hearing at the Central Station this afternoon.
   The affidavit upon which the warrants for the arrest of the accused were issued as follows—
   "City of Philadelphia, ss.: Personally appeared before me, Morton McMichael, Mayor of the city of Philadelphia, James G. Hill, who being duly sworn, deposes and says that on the night of the 16th of November, 1868, while in the discharge of his offical duty in serving a warrant on one James Haggerty, he was assaulted, beaten and shot ; that the following named persons were participants in the said assault, viz : William McMullen, John Tobin, William Whitney, George Ahern, John Ahern, James Haggerty, Robert Smith Lister, and others, whose names were not known by deponent.
   Sworn and subscribed before me this 23d day of November, 1868.
Daily Evening Bulletin 30 November 1868
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(Correspondent of London Examiner.)
Tradition informs us that when the old abbey of St. Francis, the remains of which are still extant, existed and flourished in Limerick, it possessed a chime of silver bells, sixteen in number, which were celebrated for their purity and sweetness of tone, and that on the night before the church fell into the hands of the reformers, the friars took them away and hid them in the Abbey river. For three centuries has the story been handed down to posterity, receiving absolute credence from many, while others, viewing it in the light of a legend, considered that it had no foundation in fact. The tradition, however, which has formed the subject of many poetical effusions, both by the Bard of Thomond and others, and which has received historical notice, has just been to some extent, verified, and in the following singular manner :—

It appears that a man named Michael Ahern, who resides in that portion of the old town known as the Abbey, and who is so celebrated a swimmer that he goes by the name of the "Cormorant," happening to be on the bank of the Abbey river on Monday afternoon with some friends, a discussion arose as to the greatest depth of the stream at any point, with the bottom of every hole and cavern of which Ahern justly professed his acquaintance. His statement that he had been to the bottom of the river, where its depth is said to be from 60 to 70 feet, was disputed and doubted by some of his companions, and a wager was made that he would not dive at the spot indicated and bring up something from the bottom. This Ahern undertook to do and divesting himself of his clothes he went into the water. Having reached the bottom with a few vigorous kicks he came upon what seemed to be a stone embedded in the alluvial soil, and this he proceeded to displace and bring to the surface as evidence of his visit to the depths below. On reaching the bank with his prize, it was found to be a curious bell-shaped trophy, which from its blackened and discoloured appearance the parties concluded to be brass or bronze ; but being brought into town and examined it proved to be a bell of solid silver, weighing 28 ounces, but minus the tongue, which is supposed to have become disconnected from the instrument by the corrosion of its fastenings. The bell, on being struck, gives forth a very harmonious sound. This discovery has created much interest, and it is said that the fortunate diver is preparing to make a regular exploration of the bottom of that part of the river with the view of seeing whether he can come across any others of the traditional silver chime.

Hawke's Bay Weekly Times 28 December 1868
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ARRESTS YESTERDAY.—Maurice Ahearn, charged with disturbing the peace, and Daniel J. Kelly, charged with assault and battery, were arrested on Annie street by officers Casey and Sullivan.
Daily Alta California 5 January 1869
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PHILADELPHIANS PARDONED BY GOVERNOR GEARY.—During the year 1868, Governor Geary exercised the pardoning power in the cases of the following Philadelphians, convicted of various offences:—
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Henry Ahern, larceny, four years in Penitentiary and one thousand dollars fine.
Daily Evening Bulletin 7 January 1869
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The Limerick petition was opened yesterday week before Baron Fitzgerald. It charged against Mr. Russell and Major Gavin, Liberals, bribery, treating, and undue influence; also, as is usual in Irish cases, that their agents, and divers persons on their behalf, they used force and violence, and practised intimidation. The treating, according to a witness named Lynch, who said he was acting for the good of the defendants without any authority, was done by giving orders for beer, usually to the extent of 3l. worth at a time, upon the public-houses. He would not say who he expected would pay these orders after the election. They were issued "to advance the cause." Some of the public-house keepers who had "honoured" these orders were called, and said they expected to be paid after the election. One, a woman, professed to be ready to lose the money "in compliment to the member, and would back it with 10l. more." Some of the Roman Catholic clergy appear to have busied themselves for Gavin and Russell. Michael Ahearn, a voter, said three or four times before the election Father Fitzgerald called upon him about his vote, and asked it on behalf of Russell and Gavin. William O'Neill, publican, said three weeks before the election he was canvassed by Gavin and Russell, accompanied by Fathers Brown, Branahan, and other clergy.
The Guardian 27 January 1869
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MONDAY.—(Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.)
Francis Mills, a young man, was charged with unlawfully wounding Michael Sloper. The prosecutor's head was enveloped in a large handkerchief, and he appeared to be very weak. He said shortly after 12 o'clock on Saturday night, he was in company with Michael O'Hearn, going from Aberdare to Abernant. At the Abernant crossing they met a party of five, and one of this party struck O'Hearne. Witness said, "For shame ; don't hit a man that's old enough to be your father." Upon that he received a blow from some one—he did not know who—which knocked him down, and while on the ground he was kicked and beaten. He became insensible, and had to be carried home.

—Michael O'Hearn, an elderly man, said he was walking up with last witness, and when they got to the Abernant crossing he saw prisoner leaning against the railings, and four others close by. As they passed prisoner came up and said, "What made you touch me?" Witness said he did no such thing. Prisoner then struck him, and as he tried to get away another man hit him in the chest. Prosecutor came up, and said they ought to be ashamed to strike a man old enough to be their father, and he had no sooner spoke than prisoner struck him with a piece of iron. He fell, and the other men began kicking and beating him. Witness then ran away.

—Peter Lowe, fireman, Abernant, said he was passing by at the time of the assault, and heard a man cry out, "For God's sake, take me from here." He went up and saw the prosecutor on the ground, with about a two dozen round him. He asked for assistance, but he was so covered with the filth of the road that no one liked to touch him. Stokes managed to get up by the help of the railings, and stood up. Prisoner ran up and struck him several times in the face, and Stokes fell again to the ground. People cried out "pity," and prisoner went away.

—P.C. Stephens said from information he received, about one o'clock on Sunday morning, he went to prisoner's lodgings, and found him in bed. He told him that he must get up and come to the station, and also told him the charge. Prisoner said, "Well, there is no help for it. I was coming on my road home, and saw those two Irishmen coming along the road drunk and singing. One of them caught me by the coat and pulled me. I struck him several times but I had no iron in my hand. I was very drunk myself, and scarcely knew what I was doing. I am very sorry for it." Witness searched but could find no iron.

—Mr. James Charles Morris, assistant surgeon at Abernant, said he was called to see Stokes about two o'clock on Sunday morning. He had several contused and lacerated wounds on the face—one under the left eye about an inch and a quarter long, and another over the right eye about an inch long. Both eyes were closed, and the face was very much swollen. The wounds might have been made with the fist. Stokes was very drunk.

—The charge was amended, the prisoner being also charged with a common assault. He then entered upon his defence, stating that O'Hearn was the aggressor, and that Stokes helped O'Hearn, and struck him. He asked for a remand to get witnesses from Aberdare.

—His Worship said as he did not want to finish the case that day, he might have his witnesses at the sessions to-morrow. The prisoner gave the names of the witnesses he wanted, and the policeman was requested to inform them.

—He was then committed for trial at the quarter sessions.

Merthyr Telegraph 27 February 1869
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(Before the P.M.)
Assault.—Mary O'Hearn v. John O'Hearn.—Case dismissed.
The Launceston Examiner 8 April 1869
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At the Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, before M. Keogh, Esq., R.M., James Moore, charged with disturbing the public peace, was discharged, on his entering into his own recognizance for £5, to keep the peace for three months.—Yesterday; before E. Masters, Esq., J.P., and J. Greenwood, Esq., J.P., Patrick Ahern was charged with being drunk and incapable, and fined £2, or 48 hours' imprisonment.
Grey River Argus 14 January 1869
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A magisterial inquiry was held yesterday, at the Magistrate's-room, Police-office, touching the death of James Clark, of Yandilla. The following evidence was taken :

—Henry Drake deposed that he was a laboring man, residing in Barlow-street, Fortitude Valley ; had been in the habit of seeing the deceased occasionally during the last two or three weeks at the Sportsman's Arms public-house, at the corner of Queen and Edward streets, kept by Mrs. Ahern ; only knew deceased by sight ; never spoke to him ; he appeared to be stopping at Mrs. Ahern's ; witness was getting his dinner there on Monday at the bar, and saw deceased pass out into the street ; shortly afterwards Mrs. Ahern said, "Look at that man—who has been stopping him ?—go and fetch him back ;" could see deceased from where he (witness) was sitting ; he was in front of Flavelle's shop, staggering about ; went to him, and saw two of the shopmen from Flavelle's holding him, in order to prevent him from falling through the shop window ; when he (witness) came up the men said, "take him away, he belongs to Ahern's ; "did not know what to think of the man ; he appeared to be very helpless, and seemed like a drunken man ; witness spoke to deceased but he did not seem to understand what he said to him ; succeeded in getting him back to Mrs. Ahern's, but had to partly drag and partly carry him in ; laid him on a sofa, and about an hour afterwards heard from a constable that the man was dead.

—John Ahern deposed that he was barman for his mother, who kept the Sportsman's Arms ; had known the deceased two years ; he came down from Yandilla Station about three weeks ago, and had stopped at his mother's house during that time ; believed he was gardener at Yandilla Station ; never saw him the worse for liquor ; never served him with more than six or seven glasses of wine during the day ; believed he was a single man, and was about thirty-six or thirty-eight years of age ; deceased made arrangements to start for Toowoomba by the coach on the following morning ; knew the deceased was a native of Ireland, and that his name was Clark ; had no property that he knew of except two carpetbags ; he paid his way, but borrowed a pound on the previous day to take him to Toowoomba.

—Charles Fletcher, drayman, gave corroborative evidence to that of the witness Drake, as to the appearance of deceased when he left Ahern's at midday, and what happened to him afterwards.

—Andrew Driscoll, police constable, deposed that he went to the Sportsman's Arms between 2 and 3 o'clock in the afternoon of Monday, and found the deceased lying on a sofa in the bar, in a dying state ; ascertained that his name was James Clark ; recommended that a doctor be sent for ; two were applied to but neither of them came ; afterwards went in a cab to Dr. O'Doherty, and brought him to see deceased ; when Dr. O'Doherty arrived the man was dead.

Dr. O'Doherty made a post-mortem examination of the body, and gave it as his opinion that the man died from sunstroke, but he was unable to attend at the inquiry to give formal evidence to that effect. The inquiry was then adjourned until the following day, in order to take the evidence of Dr. O'Doherty to that effect. There can be no doubt that the man died from the effect of sunstroke, and that a verdict to that effect will be returned.

The Brisbane Courier 26 January 1869
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AHERN—POWER—On the 6th April, at St Stephen's Catholic Church by the Rev. J. Conolly, John, second son of the late Timothy Ahern, Ruan, County Tipperary, Ireland, to Mary, third daughter of Laurence Power, Bansha, County Tipperary, Ireland.
The Brisbane Courier 17 April 1869
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William Ahearn, of No. 40, Paradise-street, Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, Outfitter, having been adjudged bankrupt under a Petition for adjudication of Bankruptcy, filed in Her Majesty's Court of Bankruptcy for the Liverpool District, on the 13th day of April, 1969, a public sitting, for the said bankrupt to pass his Last Examination, and make application for his Discharge, will be held before Henry James Perry, Esq., the Commissioner of the said Court, at Liverpool, at eleven in the forenoon precisely, the day last aforesaid being the day limited for the said bankrupt to surrender. Charles Turner, Esq., of Central-chambers, South Castle-street, Liverpool, is the Official Assignee, and Messrs. Evans and Lockett, of Lord-street, Liverpool, are the Solicitors acting in the bankruptcy.
The London Gazette 4 May 1869
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The following report has been forwarded to us with request for its insertion. It is very much out of date, but as the sender explains that this is the result of some mistake, we give publicity to it now ; but our correspondents should endeavor to favor us with their news letters as promptly as possible.

The report is as follows : "On Saturday, evening, June 12, His Lordship Bishop Sheil arrived in Yankalilla, having been previously met near Myponga by a large number of well mounted horsemen, including Messrs. John Clarke, Richard Walsh, James Honour, Thomas Ahearn, Patrick Ahearn, Cornelius Hannan, Michael Smyth, Michael Leonard, Michael McCarthy, and many others. His Lordship made a short stay at the residence of Mr. Clarke, Wattle Hill, then started for Yankalilla. Near the township the crowd of men, women, and children greatly increased, and there was a number of gentlemen of various creeds. On Sunday, 13th, His Lordship gave confirmation to 59 people of all age, then proceeded to lay the foundation stone of the new schools, on the corner stone over £34 (since augmented) was collected. The Bishop then proceeded to Wattle Hill, made a short stay at Mr. Clarke's, then with Father Kennedy started for Willunga, all wishing him well on his remaining journeys.

At Yankalilla the following address was presented :"May it please your Lordship— Animated with feelings of profound respect and veneration for your Lordship's sacred character, and influenced by the highest esteem for your Lordship's person, we, the Catholics of Yankalilla and the surrounding districts, offer your Lordship a most hearty welcome on your arrival amongst us. This is the first time that we nave had the honor of seeing a Bishop with us, no wonder, then, that our hearts are overflowing with joy. We approach your Lordship as affectionate and obedient children, and recognise in your Lordship our pastor and spiritual Father, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has appointed to govern, guide, and lead us in the paths of justice. It has been a source of great joy and consolation for us to see how the blessings of the Almighty have accompanied all your Lordship's undertakings in this diocese, and how our religion is prospering under your Lordship's wise and paternal care ; and we ardently pray that the Lord may continue to shower His choicest blessings on your Lordship. We cannot part without again assuring your Lordship of our profound respect, and our entire readiness to give your Lordship all assistance in our power to carry out any object which your Lordship may deem advisable, to promote the interest of our holy religion; and now allow us to beg your Lordship's blessing for ourselves and our children. Signed on behalf of the Catholics of Yankalilla and the surrounding districts. John Clarke, Michael Smyth, Michael Baker, Michael Leonard.'"

The South Australian Advertiser 12 July 1869
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The Ovens and Murray Advertiser is responsible for the following:— "In addition to Power, the robber, we have now in this district the notorious Mitta Mitta Jack. M'Kay, too, once of the Middle Creek, is at large; and we are to be further blessed in a short time with the presence of the wretch Toke, who is well known to have committed such dreadful crimes in the Omeo district and thereabouts. point out Mitta Mitta Jack and Toke as desperate and irreclaimable criminals, but they have placed themselves beyond all consideration of this kind. If we have a tiger or a wolf in our vicinity, shall we not say so because they wear the outward shape of man? There is nothing more probable than that Power has been lying by, awaiting the arrival of his gaol companions in this district."
The Sydney Morning Herald 16 July 1869
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July 21st.
(Before Mr. Justice Fitzgerald)
Cornelius Ahern was tried for an assault, with intent, upon a married woman, at Dunmanway. The jury convicted him of a common assault, and sentenced him to six month's imprisonment.
The Irish Times 22 July 1869
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Billy O'Hern is trying to run on the Conservative ticket for Constable. Was he nominated at the Convention?
Memphis Daily Appeal 30 July 1869
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New York,20th. Last evening Peter Ahearn and Thomas Murray entered the saloon of Wm. Gritz, in Jersey City, and after taking a drink a quarrel arose, when Gritz seized a knife and a large club, with which he beat Ahearn and Murray, breaking Ahearn's skull and fatally injuring him.
Boston Evening Transcript 20 September 1869
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One Man Mortally Wounded and Another Brutally Beaten
   About seven o'clock last evening persons residing in Pavonia avenue were startled by the enactment of one of those tragedies in which a knife is brought into fatal requisition, A butcher named Peter Ahern and a man named Thomas Murray entered the saloon of William Girty [sic], at the corner of Provost street and Pavonia avenue, and asked for some lager. The bartender furnished the drinks, and Murray then remarked that he would pay for the liquor the following day. Hereupon Girty became somewhat incensed, and accused the visitors with having offended his wife on the day previous. The men stoutly denied having done so, saying that an attempt had been made to cheat them on Saturday. A few unpleasant epithets then passed from the respective parties, after which Murray and his companion sat down, and being under the influence of liquor rested their heads on the table.
   While they were in this position Girty approached a lad who was using a knife and took it from him. He then seized a huge club and walked towards the men. When Murray perceived the weapons he criewd out, "For God's sake, don't use the knife." He had scarcely uttered the words when he was felled to the ground and remembered nothing more of the occurrence until carried out and resuscitated when the affray had ended. He was badly beaten about the head and his left arm was powerless. When Ahern saw Girty aim a blow at him also he endeavored to spring to his feet, but in an instant he met a worse fate than his comrade. His nose was pounded almost to jelly by a stroke of the club, his head was slightly fractured, and two deep gashes were inflicted on the top of the skull, causing fatal injuries to the unfortunate man.
   At this stage of the proceedings officer Banty's attention was attracted by wild screams of murder from a crowd of children who assembled before the door. Officer Doyme then arrived and Girty was conveyed to the police station and lodged in prison. Ahern was carried to the house No. 20 Provost street, where his wounds were dressed by Dr. Watson. He is a powerful man, about thirty years of age, otherwise he would have been killed. Murray also is a young man, who resides at 390 West street, New York. His injuries are not fatal. Coroner Warren and Justice Haybeck visited the house wherein Ahern lay last evening, ready to take his ante-mortem deposition. He relapsed unto a deep slumber, which continued till morning.
The New York Herald 20 September 1869
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Friday, 22nd October, 1869.
(Before Thomas Mason, Esq., P.M.)
ASSAULT—John O'Hearn was fined ten shillings, with 10s. 6d. costs, for assaulting his wife, Mary O'Hearn, on the 16th inst.
The Cornwall Chronicle 25 October 1869
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Coroner Flynn was notified yesterday to hold an inquest in the case of Dennis Ahearn, a native of Ireland, 54 years of age, who was admitted to the hospital about two months ago on a permit from Geo. Kellock, Superintendent of the Outdoor Poor, and who died there on Monday night. Traces of poison were found in the stomach. It is supposed that the deceased had taken the poison with suicidal intent.
New York Times 24 November 1869
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Dennis Ahern, an Irishman, who has been under treatment two months for paralysis at Bellevue Hospital, died on Monday night, when it was discovered that he had been suffering from poison, taken for purposes of self-destruction, before his admission to the hospital.
The New York Herald 24 November 1869
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Saturday evening last some gentlemen in Chicago found a man standing with his arms around a tree. Supposing him to be intoxicated, they shook him, but found that he was dead. His name was George S. Ahern, formerly a member of a prominent business firm of Chicago, and a very promising and popular young man. Strong drink brought him to the gutter, and he died in the street.
The Blairsvile Press 24 December 1869
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