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broken notes, &c. He further not at liberty to disclose, meanasked witness, whether he could ing, as we suppose, in his capakeep a secret ? To which he re city as a clergyman ; that Owens plied, that he never abused any had asked him (Mr. Lube) “ if it confidence that was reposed in would be criminal in him (Owens) him. O'Connor then asked him, to make a discovery in order to if he had not been security for the save his own life, for that propogaoler of Trim, and whether he sals had been made to him to that was not, in consequence, likely to effect ?” that he (Mr. Lube) asked be a sufferer by the escape of Owens, had he any discovery of Heavy and Savage? Witness re importance to make ? that Owens plied, he was security. O'Con- answered in the affirmative; that nor then said, that he had reason he (Mr. Lube) immediately laid to know that Savage was lurking a solemn injunction on Owens, about Dangan, and that he would not to name the parties to him put witness in the way of secur (Mr. Lube), inasmuch and for ing him. On being asked whe- that it did not belong to him to ther any oath was proposed to him be made acquainted with it; but by O'Connor, he said there was added, that if he (Owens) knew not. O'Connor had a red book of any gang of robbers who were in his hand at the time of asking disturbing the peace of the counhim whether he could keep a try, he (Owens) would “ do well” secret, but proposed no oath. to “divulge it," and that, proO'Connor had asked him what he vided he " adhered to truth,” he would advise him to do with the (Mr. Lube) saw nothing crimibags, and witness answered, to nal in it. send them to the postmaster of [This conversation, Mr. Lube Summerhill.
said, took place in the presence of On his cross-examination, this a third person, one Reynolds ; witness stated, that he considered and after, as we have above stated, the secret he had to keep was, proposals had been made to Owens that Mr. O'Connor had inter to save his life.] fered in procuring the re-taking of Mr. Lube, having been asked Savage. He further asserted, that how long he had been attending he took Mr. O'Connor's interpo- Owens after his conviction, besition on this occasion to be an act fore the above conversation took of kindness, and intended to show place, replied, about
ree weeks ; his gratitude to the witness, and and to a question, did Owens at his brother-in-law, the gaoler, for that time entertain any hopes of a acts of civility received, while he reprieve ? replied, he did not ; (Mr. O'Connor) was confined in nor did he (Mr. Lube) hold out Trim gaol for an assault, for any hopes to him. which he had been convicted. Question by Mr. M'Nally.--Did
Mr. Lube was next called. witness believe it was with a view Being asked had he given any ad- to save his life that Owens gave vice to Owens on the subject of the information ? Mr. Lube said, the present prosecution, said, that he' verily believed it was.' any professionally private com Robert Gilbert, a Dublin police munion he had with Owens he was officer, stated that he arrested Mr.
O'Connor, at Palace Anne, in the not necessary for him to call county of Cork, the house of Mr. single witness. Barnard, a magistrate of that Mr. Wallace, as leading counsel county. He shewed the warrant to for Mr. O'Connor, said he would Barnard. When Mr. O'C. saw it, pursue the same course as Mr, he said it was illegal, inasmuch M'Nally, if life only was at stake; as the word “ felonious" was not but here, the honour of a gentlein it. He believed Mr. O'C. man, which was more dear than made that observation for the life itself, was at stake, and for purpose of showing the offence that purpose alone he would call with which he was charged was witnesses, by whom Mr. O'Conbailable. Witness thought it was nor's character would be bailable. He did not know against purged, that malice itself dare not whom he had the warrant, until raise its shaft against him. he went to Cork, and thought, Francis Burdett O'Connor, Esq. when he saw Mr. ()'Connor, and was then called. The two blunthe respectable house he was in, derbusses above spoken of were he might have made a mistake as produced; he stated that he had to the person. On asking Mr. found them in a rạbbit-hole in the ( C. whether he was of Dangan, demosie of Danyan, in the Nohe answered he was.
vember follo. ing the mail robOn his cross-examination this bery; they were then in their witness mmitted Mr. O'C. was present state, without locks. He repeatedly out of his custody. He brought them to a honse occupied thought that if Mr. O'C. had re. by his brother and two sisters, sisted he would have been unable subsequently his brother removed to bring him to Dublin, though to a new house, and these blunhe was determined, if there had derbuisses, were brought away, he been iny serious opposition, to supposed by the workmen, with have shot Mr. O'C. While Mr. other lumber out of the store. ()'C. had been out of witness's room in which they were origicustody, he was in that of a Cap- nally deposited, and put into the tain Vhite Witness was asked room where his brother slept, in whether he had not brought hand. the new house, and laid against cuffs with him from Dublin, and the fire place. He was present was not of opinion that he would when the plundered mail-bags render himself agreeable to per were discovered in the wood of sons in power if he had treated Dangan, and information of the his prisoner with indignity. He circumstance was sent to the postanswered, that bringing the hand- office. cuffs was accidental, as when he There was no cross-examination left town he knew not whom he of this witness. was going to arrest. He received Leonard M'Nally, Esq. deno instructions respecting treat- poserl, that he attended at the ment when he set out.
Naas Assizes, where the Owenses The case on behalf of the Crown
Mr. O'Connor was having closed, Mr. M'Nally, as there, and examined as a witness. counsel for M'Keon, said it was He said he once thought the pri
soners were persons of good cha- Dor. His letter to Mr. O'C. was racter, but had changed his opi. then in Court, and he said he pion of them.
would, if permitted, refer to it. Mr. Bernard M'Guire, attorney, The letter was handed to him, corroborated Mr. M'Nally's testie and he read from it a mention mony.
of the enclosure of the money. John Pratt Winter, Esq. a ma Since the commencement of his gistrate of the county of Meath, intercourse with Mr. O'Connor, stated, that on his return from their money-dealings amounted to the fair of Ballinasloc, after the 25,0001., and that at the time of mail robbery, he had used active the alleged robbery he would endeavours to discover the perpe. have transmitted him 20001. if he trators of the deed. He received wanted it. In the course of his information that M'Keon was con- dealings he never met with a cerned, on which he proceeded to more honourable or upright man. the house of Mr. O'Connor. Mr. Witness further stated, that the O'Connor immediately went with amount of Mr. O'Connor's rental him in search of M'Keon, and in Cork was 18001. per annum. having found him where he was Jeremiah Keller, Esq. barrister guperintending some work, they at law, stated he had known Mr. closely examined him, and pro- O'Connor for a great number of ceeded to his house, and made years, during which they had been diligent search, without being able intimate friends. Mr. O'Connor to discover any thing that could was formerly of the Munster bar. tend to show he (M'Keon) was in Speaking generally of his characthe smallest degree concerned in ter, he conceived it to be excellent. the outrage. Mr. O'Connor af. He would mention an instance terwards called on him, and of. of his disinterestedness and gefered to give all the aid in his nerosity. He had married a lady power in bringing the robbers to in early life without a fortune, justice, though he seldom inter notwithstanding which he had fered in matters of the kind. made a most liberal settlement
Michael Parry, Esq. agent to upon her. Witness knew him Mr. O'Connor, deposed, that on afterwards to support the lady's the 2d of November, 1811, he father in a creditable style, which had remitted to Mr. O'C. 47931. ; he continued to do until his death. that on the 17th of August, 1812, He thought it next to an imposhe remitted him. 14001.; and that, sibility that he would be guilty of on the 27th of September, 1812, such an act as had been imputed he sent him 500l. for the purpose to him. of purchasing cattle at the fair of Sir Francis Burdett said, he was Ballinasloe. He had enclosed the acquainted with Mr. O'Connor 500l. in a letter to Mr. O'C., and since 1796, about the period he had written to the Bank of Ire- (Sir F.) had returned to England. land, making them acquainted He always entertained the highest with the circumstance, and desir- opinion of his honour and princiing them not to pay the notes to ples, On being asked whether he any order but that of Mr. O'Con- had any money transactions with
Mr. O'Connor, he answered it was placed at his disposal if he had unpleasant to allude to such mat- applied to me." ters, but as it was conceived to be The learned judge (Daly) aduseful to Mr. O'Connor's defence, dressed a few words to the jury. he would mention, that embarrass. He said there was certainly legal ments, which he need not particu- evidence to go to the jury, but, larize, had rendered different small in the course of bis experience, advances to Mr. O'Connor neceg he never knew a charge so strongly sary, and of which he, Sir Francis, rebutted as that which it was prohad never made any memorándum. duced to sustain. If the jury felt A circumstance having, át one any reasonable doubts, he would time, occurred, which he would recapitulate the evidence; bút if dot then explain, he had written they thought with him, it was un. to Mr. O'Connor to place 4001. to necessary for him to do so. his credit at his banker's. Mr. The foreman of the jury replied, O'Connor in answer wrote to him, that himself and his brethren saying he had not a demand for ivere all of his lordship's opiniou. 4001. but 1000l., and enclosed him The verdict of acquittal was imhis bond for that amount. On mediately pronounced; it excited witness's next meeting him, he the extremest joy-the manifestatold Mr. O'C. he had entirely mis- tions of it in the court were of an understood his intentions, and unusual kind, the waving of hats, returning the bond, desired him handkerchiefs, and sticks. The to pay the money at his conve effect without was instantaneous. nience. Witness said he was once The town caught the enthusiasm before in Ireland for a short time, of the auditory within, and shouts and that his present visit was for of joy interrupted, for a considerthe purpose of serving Mr. O'C. able time, the closing of this very as far as he was able. He was interesting scene. then asked from what he had known of Mr. O'Connor, and call
OLD BAILEY, JULY 7. ing him as he did his friend, what Child Stealing.--Harriet Moliwere his feelings on hearing of neux Hamilton was indicted for the charge of felony which had feloniously and maliciously taking, been preferred against him. Sir stealing, and carrying away a cer. Francis replied with great empha- tain male child of the age of six sis, "I thought I should have months, the son of Henry Porter, sunk into the earth.” Counsel with intent to deprive the said observed that it was well known Henry Porter of the custody of the witness was a gentleman of the said child. In other counts large fortune, and asked him whe- the prisoner was charged with ther or not he would have ad- stealing certain wearing apparel vanced him money if he had of the said child, the property of applied to him, at the period of the said Henry Porter. the imputed offence? Sir Francis The prisoner was brought into replied, “I know not the sum of court at about 10 o'clock, exmoney that I would not have tremely well dressed. At her de.
sire the witnesses were ordered found the prisoner and the child out of court. The following were were gone. the wi·nesses examined :
John Arnirod, a waterman at Louisa Wood, a child of 14 years the stand of hackney coaches in of age, lived with the prosecutor, Paddington Street, deposed, that a butcher, residing in Quebec a little before seven o'clock the Street, Portman Square, as servant prisoner came to the stand with a girl. On Friulay, the 6th of June child in her arnıs, and touk a chalast, she had the care of a little riot, driven by a person of the boy of six months old, and at name of W'volhead. about half-past five in the even Thomas Woolhead was the ing of that day went out to take a owner and driver of a chariot ; walk with it. While opposite Lady and on the 6th of June last was on Montague's house in Portman the Paddington-street stand. About Square, in company with tuo seven o'clock the prisoner came other girls, who also had children with a child in her arnıs, and got under their care, the prisoner came inio his cuach. After having told up, and said to witness, “What him to drive to Piccadilly, she a pretty child you have there." ordered him to go to CharingThe prisoner gave the two girls in cross, and to drive fast. Witness cumpany with witness a penny heard the child cry while on the each, telling hem at the same way to Charing-cross, and upon time to go and take a walk. They looking back into the coach saw did go, and as soon as they were distinctly the prisoner, changing gone the prisoner said to witness, the child's cloihes ; she put a “I want to speak to you," and clean frock and cap upon it. When added, “ will you go an erranıt for he got to Charing-cross, and havme?" Witness a-ked how far she ing opened the coach door, the wanted her to go, and she replied, prisoner said, “ Coachman, I “I want you to go to No. 21, won't stop here; go on over WestLower Berkeley Street, and I will minster-bridge." Witness followhold the child for you in the mean ed her directions, and when he time." Witness said “ No, no, I arrived at Vauxhall, where the will take the child with me ;” but, roads part, said, Madamı, which however, was afterwards induced way am I to go:" she told him to give the child to the prisoner. to drive to the Elephant and CasAs directed, witness then went to tle, and at the same time told him Lower Berkeley Street, but find. to drive gently, as she said the ing only 19 houses in the street, shaking of the coach frightened she inimediately returned. Pre the child, Witness went past the vious to going to Berkeley Street, Elephant and Castle, expecting the prisoner gave her sixpence, further orilers. Presently the priand had given her sixpence before soner looked out of the window, that. She told witness to go to and asked, “Where is this Elea young woman in Berkeley Street, phant and Castle, coachinar ?" to tell her to come directly. On Witness said, that he had come returning to Portman Square, she past it; and, upon the prisoner