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The Roman Catholic Prelates assembled at Maynooth on Tuesday, with the Catholic Visiters of the Maynooth College. The subjects of deliberation, says the Freenzan's Journal, were to be these; the laymen abstaining from the consultation on the third— " L The indispensable arrangements consequent upon the altered circumstances of the College under the new endowment which it has pleased our rulers to bestow upon this important national institution. 2. What will be done with the present College—will it be enlarged, or abandoned and a new one erect- ed? 3. The consideration of the Academical Education Bill, and the demeanour of the Ministry towards the Prelates as evinced in dealing with their memorial."

We learn that Edward Pennefather, Esq. of Marlow, has been superseded in the Commission of the Peace, on account of certain charges preferred against him to the Lord-Lieutenant by the Reverend Mr. Mackey, P. P. Clonoulty.— Tipperary Free Press.

In reply to questioning from some of his constituents, electors of Cork city, Mr- Sergeant Murphy has signified that he declines to give his adhesion to the Repeal Association.

At the meeting of the Repeal Association, on Monday, Mr. Maurice O'Connell read an address from the Association to the Repeaters of the North, calling upon them not to interfere with the Orange processiotusts; and he gave an account of his mission of peace in that and other quarters. Orangemen and Repeaters, he maintained, only wanted to know each other to become entirely identified in national sentiment and feeling. The expiration of the Processions Act gave the Repeaters a favourable opportunity for evincing their disposition, and it would be their duty to turn it to good account. A letter from Mr. Smith O'Brien, dated from Lon- don, and assailing the Land Commission, the Banking &c., was read, The report of a Committee highly unfavourable to Lord Stanley's Tenant's Com- pensation Bill was brought. up by Mr. Davis; who condemned the measure in the most unqualified terms. He particularly objected to it as destructive to the tenant-right of Ulster. Mr. Maurice O'Connell and others followed in the same strain. The rent for the week was 4551.

Mr. Steele is on a mission in the North, for the purpose of " pacifying " the people. He distributes an address from the RepealAssociation printed on orange and green paper, and harangues the crowd. WUe he was speaking from a coach at Cavan, a man called out " Groan him !" whereupon the Pacificator exclaimed- " You infernal ruffian! I am giving the people such warning as may prevent some of them from joining the Molly Maguires, and others from as.eiling the legal pro- cessions of the Orangemen in July; and you want to interrupt me. I suppose you are one of the infamous Paddy MIews, hired to create disturbance and bloodshed.*

The Dublin Court of Queen's Bench was occupied on Thursday last week with one of the most extraordinary trials for libel that ever occurred. Mr. Larkin, as apothecary, some time ago put an advertisement in the Notion, of a medicine which would cure innumerable diseases in the shortest time. On seeing it, the editor published a paragraph, stating his regret that this "quack advertisement" had got into his paper.Hereupon Larkin brought an action for libel on the words "quack advertisement." The defendant produced Sir H. Marsh and Dr. Corri- gan, two of the most eminent physicians in the country, who swore point blank that the advertisement was a quack one. He also produced Professor Kane, who swore that lie analyzed the medicine, and could detect the presence of nothing else than crumbs of bread. The Chief Justice delivered a charge which is the subject of much comment: he told the Jury that they must not give more thsui , 5001. demieges. The result, to the manifest astonishment of the Court, was a verdict for the plaintiff—with damages of "forty shillings and costs."

In the Dublin Court of Queen's Bench, the other day, a Miss White, living in Dublin, obtained 2501. damages for false imprisonment, against the husband of birs.Seaver, a lady who had Muss White confined for six hours in a station-house on a charge of stealing a gold ring.

Patrick M'Namara, a Limerick quack doctor, has been committed to prison on a charge of causing the death of Philip Greene, a man who died a few days after swallowing a nostrum of the quack's compounding and prescribing.

A murder, startling even for Ireland, was perpetrated on Sunday last, in the county of Cavan. Mr. George Bell Booth, of Drumcarbin, near Crossdoney, was shot dead on his return from church at mid-day. He was driving from Unwire Church in a gig, with two young children, while a third, a boy of eleven years, rode behind on a pony. " When he arrived at h The Rooks,' the residence of the Sub-Sheriff, Mr. William Bell, he was met by a man, who walked coolly and deli- berately along the road, smoking a long pipe. The villain walked up to Mr. Booth, presenting a horse-pistol. It is thought Mr. Booth stooped his head, and that on his doing so the murderer fired. The ball entered the upper part of the forehead and lodged within the skull; he fell instantly from his gig—he was dead. The horse, frightened by the report of the shot, ran away, throwing the two children on the road; one of them had his arm broken in the fall or by the wheel of the gig passing over it." A later account says that Mr. Booth was shot from behind; the ball passing through his shoulder, into the back of his head, and finally through his forehead. The murderer got clear off. Mr. Booth is said to have


been ' a gentleman of exceedingly mild and courteous manners, of great good- nature and benevolence, very popular in the neighbourhood, highly esteemed of the gentry in hi.- own Milk, and beloved in his family circle." The only motive that can be ascribed for this foul crime is that Mr. Booth had offended some of the lawless people of Cavan by acts in his magisterial capacity. He is also said to have been the leading Orangeman in that quarter.

One man has been arrested as an accomplice in the crime, and has been com- mitted to prison for further examination. It is said that the murderer was seen. making off by numbers of people, yet no one attempted to interfere with him- The funeral of Mr. Booth took place on Tuesday, and was followed by 3,000 par- sons on foot, many of them armed. A disturbance was apprehended, but happniT none occurred. The greatest excitement, however, prevails in the locality, ea the accounts which are published are more than ordinarily exaggeratA. Who parish-priest had removed to another parish, where there was a police-steam), fearing for his own personal safety. Mr. Hamilton, a farmer in Tyrone county, has killed a servant by dischavan a blunderbuss at him, and stabbed another man with a bayonet. The fanner'S conduct can ouly be accounted for on the supposition that he suddenly went mad. James Breene, a rich farmer of Ballinacally, in Clare, has murdered his wife, while drunk. He had been a rreetotaller' and on his coming home at night in- toxicated, the woman reproved him; in his passion, he knocked her down with.

chair, and kicked her till she died. In the morning, he voluntarily accused him- self of the crime, and gave himself up tojustice. Another account says, that the woman was butchered with a pair of tongs; that Breene behaved with a methodical coolness after committing the crime, which appeared like insanity; and that he is suspected of having murdered a former wife, though the affair was hushed up at the time.