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The long arm of the law – 1817

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 6th December, 1817 p.3 (abridged)Watch
Last Tuesday, (April 22) Roger O’Conner, Esq., was apprehended at Palace Anne, near Badon, and is now in custody in this city on a charge of having been an accomplice in the robbery of the Galway mail coach in the year 1812, when it was attacked at Cappagh Hall, county Kildare, and robbed of a considerable sum in Bank Post Bills, and a gold repeating watch, the property of Mr. Pearse of Loughrea.

It appears that the Magistrates of the Head Police Office, Dublin, having received information of Mr. O’Connor having been concerned in the above robbery, dispatched Mr. R. Gilbert, a police officer in their employment, with warrants for the apprehension of Mr O’Connor and his son, and the warrants having been duly backed by the Mayor of Cork, Mr. Gilbert proceeded in the first instance to Fort Robert in this county (N.S.W), where he arrested the son, who was confined by severe illness to his bed. Being authorised by a search warrant, he made a search at Fort Robert and found a pawnbroker’s ticket for a gold repeating watch, which had been pawned in this city by the son, under a fictitious name. The watch is now in Mr G.’s possession. There is yet, however, no proof of its being the same as that which was taken at the robbery of the Galway mail coach.

Mr. G. then proceeded to Palace Anne, and arrested the father. On their arrival in this city, bail was tendered to the Mayor for Mr. O’Connor’s appearance to answer the charge, but was refused on the ground of its being not legally bailable. A magistrate of this county, having guaranteed the appearance of Mr. Arthur O’Connor when called on, and his state of health not permitting his removal with safety, was suffered to remain for the present at Fort Robert.
(Cork Advertiser).

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Baboon at large – Mallow – 1892

Cardiff Evening Express, 30 July 1892

Photo: Charles J Sharp Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Charles J Sharp
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During the stay of Sanger’s circus at Mallow on Thursday a large baboon escaped from its cage and caused consternation among the spectators, who ran off in all directions. The animal rushed down a street, and, seizing a dog, killed it. It then bolted into a china shop, where it caught a child by the neck and gave it a severe scratch, causing blood to flow. Again rushing into the street, it injured another child, cutting its cheek severely with its claws.

An excited crowd pursued the baboon armed with pitchforks and staves, but it ran from street to street, spreading consternation everywhere. Some policemen at length managed to shoot the animal. Mr. Sanger has, it is stated, threatened to bring an action against the police for £200, the alleged value of the animal and the persons whose children were injured have threatened proceedings against Mr. Sanger.

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Guaranteed Irish – Tobacco – 1907

Tobacco Flower, leaf and buds. Photo: William Rafti Wikimedia Commons
Tobacco Flower, leaf and buds.
Photo: William Rafti
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Tobacco culture was introduced in Ireland by Sir Walter Raleigh during the reign of Elizabeth. County Cork can boast of being the first part of the country in which the plant was cultivated. The plant thrived and grew abundantly in the prolific soil of this country for some centuries.
During the reign of Charles II a law was passed prohibiting the culture of tobacco in Ireland. However, in the reign of George III the act was repealed. The people had forgotten all about its culture until some inhabitants of Wexford returned. This state of things continued till 1829. In this year 1,000 acres were under cultivation in Ireland. The industry is now flourishing in County Meath.