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Snuff seizure – Galway – 1859

Irish Examiner 2nd December, 1859 p.4    (abridged)

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A large seizure of snuff was made on board the steamer Jason yesterday, which arrived from New York on Friday last. There were ten casks altogether, and a great deal of ingenuity was exercised in the packing, so as to make the casks have the appearance of containing flour. On closer examination it was found that a long pipe was passed through the centre of the barrel at the head, the end of which opened immediately below the bung hole. This pipe was filled with flour, so that on taking out the bung, nothing but flour was visible.

The ten casks which were entered as flour, and consigned to a person in this county, were immediately seized and conveyed to the Custom house. The gross weight of the snuff is one ton. It will be in the recollection of your readers that on the last voyage of the Jason 12cwt. of tobacco was seized and one of the parties implicated in the transaction is at present undergoing six month’s imprisonment, the other having paid the sum of £150. The persons who are connected with the present case will be tried in Galway but the exact time is not yet known.



B.A., M.A.(Archaeology); Regional Tour Guide; Dip. Radio Media Tech; H.Dip. Computer Science.

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