The Primate and seven other Bishops of the Established Church in Ireland, as Presidents of the Church Education Society, have addressed a circular 'Etter to the Secretaries, announcing that Government have determined to continue the Parliamentary grant for the National System of Education, and not to propose a separate vote for the Church Educa- tion Society-
" The undersigned have received this communication with unfeigned regret but they regard it as moat in accordance with the respect which is due, and which they are anxious to show, to her Majesty's Government, to abstain from any further expression of their feelings on the occasion. -And to the members of the Society, who must share in these feelings, they earnestly recom- mend the same forbearance in expressing them. " Under these circumstances, the undersigned deem it to be their duty to, call upon the friends of the Church Education Society to continue to use theid best exertions to raise funds by means of voluntary contributions, for the sup- port of the numerous, useful, and well-regulated schools in connexion with the Society; being persuaded that the maintenance of those schools is of essential service to the interests of true religion in Ireland."
The Irish papers contain accounts of many murderous outrages. We mentioned last week the murder of Mr. Mortimer, at Freshford, in Kilkenny. It is variously stated, that he was attacked at his own door, and at the gate of a Roman Catholic chapel as he was approaching his house. He held about 400 acres of Mr. Browne, of London ; and he had recently, it is said, ejected some tenants, and was about to eject others. The mode of his death is described in the evidence at a Coro- ner's inquest, of which a correspondent of the Dublin Evening Post furnishes a summary-
" Three witnesses were examined. The first, amen named Mansfield, whose house is opposite the chapel and within twenty yards of it, deposed, that he looked across the street just after Mortimer was knocked down ; and that he saw deceased on the ground, and two men beating his head. The blows were terrible, and the sound from them quite loud. Witness called out 'Don't mur- der him !' when the assassins fled. Witness followed them, calling out,' Stop the murderers 1' Three boys followed them, and witness turned back to call the Police. He seems to have done all in his power to secure their apprehen- sion. It was too dark to be able to identify the murderers. A sergeant of Revenue Police proceeded in pursuit and found a stick near the moat ; which is on the way to Mr. Fowler's: it is what is called a grape—that is, a fork with three teeth or prongs. The teeth or prongs were broken off, but the iron remaining in the handle projected, and it was covered with blood and hair. It had evidently been newly-prepared for the work of blood, as the broken parts were not rusted. The third witness was Dr. Graydon, who was staying with Dr. Cullenan. There are five wounds on the right side of the head, two on the back, and one over one of the eyebrows. Four of them had penetrated the brain deeply and forced the skull in upon it. The base of the skull is fractured, and in fact the right side of the head is broken in pieces. The Jury found a verdict of Wilful Murder against some persons unknown. Only think of this horrid tragedy happening in the middle of a town containing two thousand in- habitants and two Police stations!"
The Nenagh Guardian has a string of outrages in Tipperary. The successor of an ejected tenant at Green Hall had been murdered— "On the night of last Wednesday, between the hours of six and seven o'clock, a middle-sized stout-looking man, wrapped in a whitish frieze riding-coat, came to the house of Michael Hanly, of Green Hall, and asked the way to a neigh- bouring townland. Hanly and his wife were sitting at the fire at the time, and the latter said she did not know where it was; but the husband stood up and approached the door, when the strange man advanced a few paces, pre- sented a gun, and having ordered him to stand back, discharged its contents at inni, exclaiming at the same time, with a growl of fiendish exultation, ' Take that!' Hanly staggered to the fire, and fell to the ground, crying that he was killed. The man stood for a moment at the door, watching the motions of his victim, before he departed. His wife rushed out distracted, to a house that was within a hundred yards of her, crying 'Help!' but when she came near it she was so assailed with stones that she was obliged to retire. She then ran to a relative's house, which was at a much greater distance. When she returned, she found her husband in a most appalling condition. Hanly met his dreadful fate on account of land which he took from Mr. White of Green Hall, and from which some refractory tenants had been ejected. About six mouths ago, the tongue was cut out of a horse belonging to him ; and the observation which fell from the lips of one of the sympathizers, in the hearing of a Policeman, was, we understand, that ' it was a pity that it was not out of himself it had been cut.' At a more recent period, a large party of men came at night into his potato-field, and pulled up the stalks, and trampled so on them as to render them useless to him."
A less successful attempt to murder a land-agent-
" Thursday evening between four and five o'clock as Mr. Joseph Baxter, senior, Kilcoleman, was on his way home from Nenagb, he was met on the road by three men, who first knocked him off his horse with stones, and then discharged two pistols at him. The third ruffian placed the muzzle of his pistol at his ear : it having hung fire three times, he reversed the weapon, and beat the prostrate man on the head with it in an unmerciful manner. Some country- people now appearing in view, the blood-thirsty savages proceeded onward, under the impression that the victim was either dead or mortally wounded. Mr. Baxter owes his escape, under Providence, to his cloak, in which his head got enveloped when tumbled from his horse. After the two shots being fired, neither of which had fatal effect, he remained motionless, and the sanguinary miscreants considered that it was impossible for him to escape."
A Rockite notice— An evening or two ago, between the hours of nine and ten o'clock, three men came to the house of Mr. John Gleeson, baker, of this town. One of them having entered, banded Mr. Gleeson a notice, which he refused to take, saying that it was not for him. There was a person standing in the shop, who began to laugh; when the Rockite gave him a blow on the side of the head, which tumbled him, and then put his band to his side-pocket, pulled out a pistol, and held it to Mr. Gleeson, commanding him to take the notice at his peril ; and than the three ruffians decamped. The purport of the notice was, to discharge a man in Mr. Gleeson's employment. Incendiarism- " A few nights ago, an unoccupied house belonging to Mr. Bloke, of Kilebeg, near Modreeny, was maliciously set on fire, and burned to the ground."
Some persons fired seven shots into the house of Mr. Francis Watson, pear Lurgan, at two o'clock on Saturday morning. There is no clue either to the motive of the outrage or the perpetrators.