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Michael Owens, the chief infor- exception of M*Keon, repaired mer, was the next witness. He towards Cappagh-hill; Daniel commenced by stating that he Warren met them on the way. kaew Mr. O'Connor, and was in When they had arrived near their bis einployment as labourer; ra- destination, witness dispatched all culieated the robbery of the mail the party but Shaw to the turnon the day laid in the indictment; pike-gate to tie it up, and to take was one of the party who robbed; away any arms that might be in that previous to the robbery M'Keon the turnpike-house. The gate was albad upon him, and stated that sccured, but before the house could Mr. O'Connor wanted to see bim; be ransacked the coach approachthat on his going to Dangan, Mr. ed. It was challenged to stop, on O Connor asked him whether he which the passengers called out would join in robbing the Galway to the guard to fire, and all the mal; the witness replied he would, party but witness and Shaw retired. but had tol arms enough; that The latter fired upon the guard Mr O'Connor said that he would and killed him. He then mounted oride arms; that witness said he to the seat of the deceased, “threw wanted men ako, baving only four him over," and took away the of five at cominand; that Mr. bays. AU this time the witness O Connor mentioned that Heavy stood at the head of the horses. and Savage, two persons who baul The party that retreated soon came escape from Trim guol, and were up, and proceeded to drag out the then in the wood of Dangan, passengers and ritle their pockets. would join ; that after consider. There was only one passenger reshake ansultation with Mr. O'Con- spected, and he was a priest. Havme, it was finally agreed that the ing accomplished their purpose, fukowing shwuld be the persons they all returned to Dangan. Mr. employed -- the two Warings O'Connor was the person who re[ Hartard and Daniel), the two ceived the party. On opening the Osasco (Michael and John), Ca- gate he expressed a hope that they bir and Shaw, Heavy and Savage, had had good luck. He tben called and the prisoner M Keon. That M.Keen, who was his gate-keeper, is was settled that all these should and all the party proceeded to a assemble at Dangan on tbe even- private part of the demesne, termed ing of the robbery; that they all Saints' Island: they there waited daud meet, with the exception of until day-light, and then proceedDansek Waring (the other appro- ed to ascertain the nature of their ver); that M.Keon was the person booty. O'Connor sat on a ditch, who opened the gate for them. and the remainder of the party on After a consultation Mr. O'Con- the grass under him. By O'Connor brought witness down to the nor's directing they placed a hul in etable-yard, and delivered the ne- the centre of the group, and desary arms, together with 18 posited all the money in it. O'Conmuads of ball-cartridge, and a nor next proceeded to divide ibe paper of gunpowder. Winness booty. Each man's share of the proverded to slate, that all the notes takes out of the letters party, thus provided, with the amounted to 4501. Each person's
share of the money taken from The Captain stated the object of the passengers amounted to 80l. the visit to be, to know whether O'Connor took the same propor. he (the witness) had ever said that tion which the others got ; but he he intended to go down to Meath, compelled Heavy and Savage to to try whether he could get a shot pay him 1001. each for the pro- at him (Mockler). Witness denied tection he had afforded them when he had ever spoken of or intended they had broken out of Trim gau: any such thing. Mochler said he the arms they brought back to believed him, though he was told Dangan, ('Connor saying they that he had such a purpose in would answer for the attack on view. Mockler then proceeded to the Enniskillen coach, which was make some remarks, from which then intended, it having been un. witness understood that there derstood that it was conveving would be some hopes of pardon if money to the army. Witness had he made a discovery. Witness been sworn to secrecy by O'Con- thereupon observed, that as for nor on the 1st of Janunry, 1819. Mr. O'Connor he had always given The object was, that he should rob him the best advice, and that he for arms, and become a Carder. would not be where he was if he A part of the oath pledgeil those had taken the advice. Witness who took it " not to pity the was asked, whether it was true moans or groans of Orange-men, that O'Connor had given him but to wade knee deep in their the advice, and he answered, it blood." O'Connor stated, that was not true. He was then asked when he should have a sufficient by a juror, whether at the time number of Carders embodied, he he made that statement to Muchler, would surprise the plans of Go- his clergyman had not been attendvernment. Witness had been tried ing him, and for a considerable for the mail-robbery, and murder time previous, and whether be of the guard, and was acquitted. had not received the sacrament He then went to the county Cavan, from him ; to which he replied, and was arrested and tried there that his clergyman, Dr. Lube, for passing some of the notes had been attending him nearly which had been taken out of the three weeks, and that he had ad. mail, but was acquitteil. Ile was ministered the sacrament to him afterwards taken up for a roh- different times. The day of exebery in the county of Dublin, and cution was drawing near, and was tried, convicted, and sen- Dr. Lube had held out no hopes tenced to death in February, 1817. of his being saved: and that notAbout three weeks after the sen- withstanding all these circumtence he gare information. Ile stances he told the falsehood to had been attended by his clergy- Vr. Mockler, not wishing to im. man, and had made his confession plicate Mr O'Connor. The day in consequence of the advice he after the conversation with Mr. received from him. A Captain Muckler, Dr. Lube had called on Mockler had calleri on him at Kil. him. Witness then told him be mainham, a few days previous to had something particular to compe the day appointed for his exccution. municate ; that hopes of pardon
had been held out to him, if he a false oath ; it would, neverthewould give information and wished less, be better to break the Cardto know whether it would be cri- ers' oath, which he had taken, minal in him to give information than keep it. He admitted, he against his accomplices. Dr. Lube was never employed to work dianswerest, it would be doing a rectly by Mr. O'Connor, but was good art to rid the country of such employed by M'Keon, who was characters, and advised hiin to give Mr. O'Connor's task-man; M'Kethe information. Witness then on was not present at the dividing wrote to Captain Mochler, who of the booty, being employed in came to him; and he disclosed keeping the other workmen from every thing. Mockler was ac- the place where the booty was companied by Alderman Darley, divided. M.Keon had advised him who took witness's inforinations. to have nothing to do with mail
On his cross-examination by robberies, as it was a bad business, Mr. Bennet, witness said he knew and would cost him his life. When there were such places as hell and he first called on Mr. O'Connor he braven-that be expected to go to was not bound to secrecy. Mr. braven. He was at so many rob. O'Connor merely asked him wheberies that he could not tell the ther he would join in robbing the number of them. One of the mail; he was not in the habit of blunderbusses found at Mr. O'Con- going into Mr. O'C's parlour ; Dot's had been taken out of the when he met him on the demesne, house of Richard Warren, and he he generally put his hand to his was present on the occasion. He hut for Mr. 0°С. ; when he took assisted in taking the other blun- off his hat, Mr. O'C, would desire derbuss from the house of Garrett him to put it on ngain. The party Dunn Richardson, in 1819. lle proceeded to open the letters, &c. was also present at the carding of about five in the morning, and had * man named Walsh. He held finished at eight; most of the Walsh while Waring carded him. party remained in the demesne of The reason of his being carded, Dangan until evening. Three of was, his having been understood the men had been hanged since to be a bad man in the parish, and the robbery. They died stout one who would not contribute to men, and gare no information the puxor. He did not doubt but against Mr. O'Connor, although Walsh was a Catholic. He did they were not very stout in runant mind what bis religion was, ning away at the time of the atthouzh the vath alministered by tack on the mail. He believed he Mr O'Connor bound him not to was the stoutest man amongs mind the moans or groans of them, but he was not appointed Orange-men. He did not know captain of the gang. He had no whether himself or Waring (the more command than others. He other approver) was the greater had taken potatoe-ground from wilain. lie was robbing since 81; Mr. O'Connor ; Mr. O'C. would he is now 27. and thought he de- not allow the potatoes to be reserved hanging; it would be better moved until they were paid for : for a man to be hanged than tuke was not at home when the refusal
was given; he believes his bror he went to Dangnn, in company ther-in-law passed his note for the with Alderman Darley and Cat price of the potatoes; Mr. O'Con- tria Mockler. He proceeded to the nor afterwards, processed his bro. house of the younger Mr O'Conther-in-law for the amount of the nor, on the Dangan denesne, and note. He should not be well situated at a short distance from pleased with a man who would the prisoner's house, and there not serve his family as well as found the two blunderbusses which himself. Mr. O'Connor and he had been exhibited to the last wil used to have religious discourses. nesses. He found them in the A juror asked, " what religious bed room of Mr. O'Connor, standdiscourses?" The witness answer. ing against the chimney, in a cosed, “ Carding and taking of spicuous situation, and not in any arms !" Witness was again asked, manger concealed. He received whether he could give a guess as information concerning a watch, te the number of crimes he was and seized an article of that de implicated in, and he answered, scription, which he had met with, he could not. The examination but found on examination it was of this witness did not close until not such a one as was described within ten minutes of four o'clock. to him; he therefore returned it.
Richard Waring proved the This witness next proceeded to robbery of his bouse of a blunder-state, that he met Mr. O'Connor buss. (A blunderbuss was pro- at the assizes of Naas, where be duced to witness, which he iden- attended to prosecute the Owenses. tified as the one of which he had He observed, in a jocose way, thank been robbed.)
" wherever the Owenses were to Garret Richardson examined.- be triell; he was sure to meet Mr. His house was robbed, in 1819, O'Connor," Mr. O'C. replied, of a blunderbuss. (A blunderbuss that “they were as great vaga was produced, but witness could bonds as existed." The witness not identify it. Je was like one mentioned, that notwithstanding which he possessed, but he could that assertion of Mr. O'Connor, not positively swear it was the he appeared at the trial, and gave same. )
these persuas a general good cha Mr. Wallace, as counsel for Mr. racter; which surprised witness O'Connor, said, he was willing to so moeb, that he had him cross admit it was the blunderbuss examined as to the fact of his la which was stolen from the witting had the conversation with him ness, but that he would show how respecting these individuale pre it got into the possession of Mr. rious to the trial. Mr. O'c., a O Connor's family.
witness aflirmed, had not densed Mr. Sergeant Jebb observed, that he talked of the Owenses that the admission of the learned being very bad persons, but that counsel was wise and candid. he was not serious wben he spoke
Thomas Thompson, Esq. soli- of them. Witness got nothing in citor to the post-office, stated, the house of Mr. O'Connor, juan. that in consequence of information but the blunderbusses ; ad that, which he received through Owens, as to the house of Dangan, the
searching of that place was left to Walsh's back-his successor on Alderman Dailey.
the backs of Wal-h's legs lis On being cross-examined by stateinent of some of the circumMs. Wallace, he repeated that the stunces of the division of ile boty blunderbuisses were quite exposed. was similar to that of ()uens. He
Richard Waring, the other ap- alleged, however, that the adjust. prover, was examined at much ment did not take pluce until length. A grent portion of his about five o'clock in the evening, evidence relative to the circum- and that from the time Mr. O'Constances of the robbery, &c. agreed nor placed nimself on the ditch with that given by Owens. He until that hour he took no refreshsad that he was not present at the ment. Mr. Wallace asked, wheonsultation at Dangan, having ther the rest of the ga ig had not had to go for a blunderbuss which taken refrestiment. Witness ana he had concealed in a bug. He swered they had. Then, said Mr.W., Kated, that on the return of the it api esrs you acted very uncereinoparty fruin the robbery, Mr. niously towards your caplain. Un O Connor had opened the gate for being again. questioned about them, boping that they had good M'Keon's advice relative to robluck; and that he (Mr. O'Connor) beries, he admitted that it was had held the blunderbuss of one against all crimes of that descripof the party while be went into lion, as they would only lead io M Keon's house to light his piper the gullows. He was reininded He distinctly affirmed that M'keon by Counsel that he gave a differmais used him to cease robbing ent statement before, to which he bruses for arms, &c. as it was replied that M'keon advised both na wprofitable pursuit, and take for and akninst robberies. up the better occupation of maila John Allen, farmer, was the robbing He slated that he, as next witness. He remembered well as his associate Owens, was the 4th of October, 1912. He concerned in innumerable crimi- saw Mr. O'Connor on that day, Dallies. He had taken the Car- having received a note from that der onth at the instigation of gentleman, desiring bim to call Mr. O'Connor, but his descrip- on him. Mr. O'Connor asked tun of it was different from that whether he had not heard of the who b (wena hart given. It bound mail-robbery of the 2d, and he persons, according to his state answered, he had. He then ashed, ment, merely to " support anar- what would witness think if he ety and put down monarchy." heard the mail bad been found on He was present at the carding Dangan demesne! Witness anof Waleli, who had been held swerrd, he should be sorry to while the witness performed with hear it was the case, as, from the has own hand that operation. circumstance of a bag having beWalsh, however, was not left fore been found there, it would long in his hands. He said he have a bad appearance in the And ** only two or three touches country. O'Connor then brought me bim," the instrument of tor- him into a room, and showed him, ture being given to abler and lying on a table, the mail bags, Letter hands. He operated on some newspapers, lottery tickets, VOL. LIX.