7 FEBRUARY 1852, Page 9


An influential meeting of noblemen, magistrates, proprietors, poor-law guardians, and others interested, from all parts of Ireland, assembled in the Dublin Rotunda at the close of last week, and petitioned Parliament, avith renewed earnestness, to repeal or modify the Government Relief Ad- vances or Annuities Act, and to take into consideration the heavy poor- rate and other taxes which overburden the owners and occupiers of land in Ireland. Sir Lucius O'Brien presided ; and among those who took part in the proceedings were Lord Talbot De Malahide, Lord Clements, the Honourable J. P. Vereke ,r Mr. Henry Grattan M.P., Sir Thomas Burke M.P., Mr. C. St. George M.P., Viscount Gort, and Lord Miltown.

The Provost and Fellows of Trinity College have just created a Pro- fessorship of Surgery, and nominated Dr. Cusack to the chair.

The Jury at Monaghan, on the trial of Francis Kelly for the murder of Mr. Bateson, could not agree. They were locked up for the night and till the evening of the next day ; and then it was found that several of them were ill, and one of them almost dangerously so : they had eaten nothing for thirty-six hours. They were therefore discharged, without finding. a verdict. It is understood that ten of them were for and two against convic- tion. The Attorney-General intimated that he should indict the prisoner next day before a fresh jury.

The second trial terminated like the first. The Jury were locked up for 'the whole of Monday night, and being unable to agree to a verdict on Tues- day, were discharged. The Irish papers raise a great outcry that the Special 'Commission has failed. But the verdict may possibly have been right. The only evidence of identity was that of the boy Robert Mill, whose examina- tion on the first trial was given last week. A great many other witnesses saw the three men, running along, whom Mill fixed with the murder, and admitted that they knew the Kellys, but none of them could be induced to say that the prisoner was one of the three men. The general impression, however, is that these witnesses were foresworn themselves, under the in- fluence of terrorism or sympathy.

In one material point the Commission had a most summary effect. While it was sitting, a threatening notice was sent to Mr. Patrick M'Ardle, bailiff of the Marquis of Bath's estate at Dungannon. Measures were concerted to make a capture. He started along the Castleblayney road, in his car, driving at a slow pace ; a body of armed police followed hun at some distance, and some armed skirmishers crept along behind the hedges a little in advance of him. The skirmishers came upon two men in ambush, near whom they found a brass blunderbuss loaded with some forty pellets and nearly three 'hundred swan-shot, with a double charge of powder. The charge would pro- bably have burst the gun and killed the assassin as well as the victim. One of the prisoners exclaimed, "I can only be transported !" They were tried by a Jury before the Special Commission, and convicted.

By the latest accounts Mr. Chambre is now declared to be out of danger, i and in a fair way of recovery.