13 MAY 1882, Page 1


AGREAT crime, unprecedented, in some of its features, for atrocity, has appalled and saddened the United Kingdom. 'On Saturday, shortly before eight p.m., two shop-assistants riding on bicycles passed two men lying dead, or dying, in a corner of the Phcenix Park, Dublin, within sight of the Viceregal windows. They warned the police, who hastened to the spot, and found that the murdered men were Lord Frederick Cavendish, just appointed Chief Secretary of State for Ireland, and Mr. T. H. Burke, the Permanent Under-Secretary. They had, apparently, been surrounded and stabbed with bowie-knives or double- edged daggers, which had been used with fearful determination, Lord Frederick having eight wounds, any one of which was sufficient to cause death, and Mr. Burke eleven, some of them caused, however, by an effort to ward off the blows. Neither spoke after they were found, but Lord F. Cavendish moved his eyes and Mr. Burke breathed a few moments after they were -originally discovered. No weapons were found near them or traces of the assailants, but the assassins had actually been seen at their work. Lieutenant Greatrex, of the 1st Royal Dragoons, saw six men scuffling, and four of them, dressed in dark clothes, remount a car and drive away, but thinking it a drunken quarrel did not attempt to stop them, only remarking to the men, " Rough work !" He then walked up to the bodies, and without attempting to assist the dying, went in search of the police. A boy named Jacob also saw the scuffle and the victims fall, and watched the four men drive away in the direction of tChapelizod. A woman, whom he believed to be drunk, and who has not been found, was also looking on ; and the struggle was also seen from the Viceregal windows, whence an officer of the household, suspecting a robbery, advanced to inquire.