3 APRIL 1852, Page 8


Mr. Chisholm Anstey has issued an address of leave-taking to his con- stituency at Youghal. He declares himself driven from his seat by "a new power sprung up in Ireland"— " To have loved liberty and rational government, is not enough ; to have been steadfast in endeavouring to place the Boman Catholic Church on the just footing of equality with all other Nonconformist churches, is a thing despised ; to have laboured anxiously in the common cause of free conscience, and to have been not the hindermost in the advanced guard of social and pelitical reformers, are matters of little worth. For it appears that now an Irish constituency, embracing Roman Catholic electors, is only to be reached through the favour and influence of a foreign body sitting in Dublin, but whose branches are spread into every part of the United Kingdom, and all whose movements, political and religious, are prompted, decided, and carried out by an English Cardinal and a Council of Prelates. Gentlemen, I am neither proud nor impatient ; but I cannot stoop to canvass any electoral body except in the way which the law prescribes, and through those which the constitution designates."

At the recent Clonmel Assizes, there was a most extraordinary trial : a man was charged with inciting to murder, and the chief witness against him was the murderess. Alice ALinehan, a prostitute, stated that John Phelan, a medical student of Cashel, of respectable connexions, hired her to murder two infants, twine, which he said were not really his own. The woman, for a few shillings, undertook the frightful task, and in the witness-box she de- scribed how she executed it. One infant she carried to a ruined hut, and buried it under the thatch ; the other she conveyed to a sand-pit, and co- vered it with a large sod—she did not hear the infant cry, for "it was covered too well to cry " : the skeletons of the children were found at the places in- dicated by her. The Jury consulted for twenty minutes, and then acquitted the prisoner! The fiendish witness was turned loose upon society.

The Nuevo Zilante, an Austrian brig, has been lost near Turk Island, on the coast of Cork. She struck at night during a heavy gale, and broke in the centre. Five men got on to the rocks, but were gradually washed off; and all perished, the rest of the crew, five in number, clung to the wreck, and next morning were taken off by a beat: one died from fatigue immediately on landing. The four survivors were much cut and bruised. Another and more fatal disaster happened on the same coast. The Emma, of London with mahogany from Honduras, struck early in the morning, during a fog, on a sunken rock off Dunworlv. The vessel soon began to break up. The crew'of eighteen souls had collected on the poop, when a great sea broke the ship in half, and all the mariners were dashed into the waves : three managed to get on a rock, and were subsequently rescued by a boat ; but the other fifteen perished. One of the lost men had been picked up, lashed to a plank, in the Bay of Honduras, where he had already buf- feted previous shipwreck.