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1.   that ''the I. fate of Sheehy'' were only a legend apocrybut alas phal, dim, and 
2. e Celtic β€” man most heart, and utterly- with the op- pressed wherever found, a
3. suspecting, and, therefore, incautiously regardless of the plans and plots of hi
4. es of the county. While yet in his early childhood, Nicholas was sent to France
5. When ! days, the penal days, hopelessly complain'd days, the penal days persecu
6. h fetter's flaw." Nicholas Sheeliy early manifested a desire to embrace the prie
7. ifested a desire to embrace the priestly state, and while still young was admitt
8. d while still young was admitted to Holy Orders. Alas little dreamed the prelate
9. prostitute that sacred word as to apply it to the ! cendancy And just as little
10. ng his fate^^ β€”his martyrdom. was only a limited, and very small number of pri
11. were allowed to exercise their priestly functions, and as It they were altogeth
12. ants of the people, hundreds continually braved the terrors of death and torture
13. after his ordination, during repeatedly that is to say, administering the sacra
14. had been arrested each time and formally tried, but, by some means or other, had
15. escaped conviction. He was subsequently appointed .to a parish by his bishop, t
16. the surrounding peasantry. unfortunately for himself, the made him so dear to th
17. ished, were banded together in an unholy league for the avowed purpose of mainta
18. , the people began to associate secretly for purposes also It of self-defence, a
19. ”there was β€”they (we cannot their only FATHER SHEEHY, 9 way, and they sternly
20. y FATHER SHEEHY, 9 way, and they sternly banded themselves together, resolved to
21. they paced their rounds, could scarcely keep their eyes open when the silence o
22. rful purpose a night attack on the newly-arrived β€” β€” β€” British troops. Som
23. dreds of men were assem- bled, evidently of the very lowest classes, judging by
24. the man, persisted the priest evasively. " But what is if?" too well that some
25. in the wide world, your reverence, only to pay Shaun Meskill's* respects to the
26. ssed night." " Blessed night sorrowfully. repeated the priest, " Ah, my children
27. dding wlien I tell you to return quietly to your homes. Alas what a change has b
28. d oppression when you could deliberately steal on sleeping ! though they were yo
29. em in cold blood I know you might easily overcome these troops, with your superi
30. s how it is growled Darby, who evidently spoke the feelings of his comrades, ''t
31. 'd drive the red-coats, an' the rascally landlords, an' the parsons, an' the pro
32. Lord not to commit this black, cowardly crime " Ay !" shouted more than one hoa
33. hasten hither. Thank God !" he fervently added, " thank God I am not too late Me
34. n, had moved consi!'' ! This the derably nearer the town. priest saw, and placin
35. you bear your β€” FATHER SHEEHY. heavily on you and yours ding, ^ ; 17 do ; my b
36. ackward motion of the crowd was suddenly perceptible. Wild and lawless as the po
37. hat he had gained his point and silently awaited the result. Very soon the crowd
38. e commission of a crime which would only render their miserable existence more w
39. d how long T And then the old man slowly turned and retraced his steps to the ho
40. -priest raised " Well, I himself quickly on his arm. am thankful to God and to y
41. eclare to you, friend,'' he added warmly, ^* I can hardly blame them, for I beli
42. iend,'' he added warmly, ^* I can hardly blame them, for I believe they have sho
43. eart I pity tliem, and I would willingly lay down my life to better their condit
44. n Hewitson by name, reclined luxuriously in an easy-chair before his parlour fir
45. e his parlour fire, sipping occasionally the contents of a beautiful silver tank
46. small table at his right hand, his burly form encased in a dressing-gown of rich
47. tap was heard at the door, and instantly his own servant ushered in a woman wrap
48. '*Well, my good woman,'' said the portly rector, ''what is your business with me
49. r be quick, !" as my time is exceedingly precious '' I suppose your reverence ha
50. " " Why, nothing, plase your honor, only I thought you might be wantin' witnesse
51. SHEEHY. *^ 21 repeated the rector slowly, as he eyed the muffled figure still mo
52. ed the muffled figure still more closely; ''why, yes, we are always on the look
53. of telling the truth, at a time scarcely find one individual bold enough to come
54. but seeing the rector frown, she quickly added β€” '' the one " The priest T cri
55. u scoundrel !" cried his master, angrily ; " I suppose the decent woman has her
56. nest woman," said the rector, apparently oblivious of Lanty's ask what it is tha
57. for your honors question,'' she hastily added, ''sure they tell me you re givin
58. u leprehaun T retorted Moll, '^ fiercely. Who would he get, do you think, to swe
59. you think, to swear agin a priest, only some poor outlawed creature like myself
60. ditioned rascal.*' Lanty was accordingly dismissed, and ; FATHER SHEEHY. Sir 27
61. er coming in, the good news was speedily communicated to him, whereat he rejoice
62. to him, whereat he rejoiced exceedingly for,'^ said he, with a vinegar smile, w
63. e, with a vinegar smile, which admirably suited his long, lank visage, *'for now
64. where I am,'* responded Moll carelessly, ''if you'll only allow me enough of wh
65. ponded Moll carelessly, ''if you'll only allow me enough of whiskey and tobaccy
66. e. All's one to Moll Dunlea, if she only gets the nourishment/' Being assured th
67. rightening prospects over a fresh supply of claret. On the following day a small
68. im from discovery^ Sometimes he narrowly escaped being caught, for his haunts be
69. icket stealing at night to some friendly homestead to procure refreshment. One e
70. the point of death, and, though strongly urged not to go, he declared that nothi
71. his brother-in-law, Thomas Burke, " Ally Boyce shall not die without the rites o
72. t the rites of the Church, if I can only reach her alive. Many a time has she mi
73. "warmth. Kitty, for I know she'd be only trying to persuade my see love, me not
74. go with you !" said Burke, entreatingly ; " it's wearing late, and !" you have
75. be danger, I I insist upon it And gently pushit alone." will meet β€” brother-in
76. head and ing: his breast, walked swiftly away through the deepening gloom of twi
77. eave their homes without not very likely that the soldiers are about to-night,''
78. ough the field, however, for I am doubly exposed to danger on the high road/' He
79. y a high hawthorn hedge, and he had only advanced a few paces, Avhen he was made
80. to the rector/' said another, jeeringly. ''Well, at any rate, he can take time
81. all three laughed it's like uproariously. my friends, you have the advantage of
82. hastening on, but two of the men quickly seized him by either arm, while the thi
83. s the meaning of this 1 whither " Keally, would you take me V " Oh then you 11 s
84. going to pay you great respect entirely, for in a few minutes we'll introduce y
85. e chances of escape, and looking eagerly for an opportunity His captors to make
86. uck into the high road, and were rapidly approaching a ruinous building which ha
87. t be a fine place, now, for the rascally Whiteboys to hide in V said one of the
88. men in a low voice, as though he really had some misgivings *' But then, they'r
89. en, they're on the subject. too cowardly to come abroad in the moonlight they're
90. oonlight they're like the owls, an' only venture out in the dark.'' By this time
91. HY. 35 appeared at the door was entirely alone: '^ I thought you had a party her
92. aid Jemmy Boyce, for he bekase poor Ally's so eager to see you, an' I hadn't gon
93. en, thinks I to myself, *if I could only make them b'lieve that there's a lot o'
94. grant we may be in time !" Boyce quickly took off the shirt which had proved so
95. iest. To their great joy they found Ally still alive, and Father Sheehy had the
96. d her last, and the priest was carefully concealed. In all the grief of the affl
97. In all the grief of the afflicted family, his safety was not forgotten. What was
98. detachment of soldiers, they found only the bare walls not a vestige of priest
99. priest or Whiteboy was to be β€” ghostly ruin was silent all and tenantless, and
100. β€” β€” good dispositions were speedily put to the test, for one evening, about
101. ver his shoulder. *' Good evening, Billy/' said the pretended beggar, as he doff
102. e day V " I see you don't know me, Billy f said the priest, sitting down by the
103. rn features. and drew back involuntarily. *'Why, as I'm a livin' man, it's Fathe
104. re thirsting for my blood. If I can only conceal myself a few days, till I can w
105. 3 41 have full confidence in your kindly feelings towards meJ' ''An' so you may,
106. to be relied on unless the whole family were in the secret. They were then stan
107. the churchyard, and the priest suddenly said 1 *' Is there not an old vault yon
108. the grave-yard belonging to some family now extinct ? I have heard people say s
109. hide there in the daytime as I have only two or three day^^^ to provide for and
110. ^^ to provide for and you might probably β€’# : β€” β€” β€” 42 THE FATE OF be ab
111. , sir !'' said Griffith, in a melancholy tone, '' but it would be an unnatural p
112. ncealment, and as I have never willingly or knowingly injured living man, I have
113. d as I have never willingly or knowingly injured living man, I have no reason to
114. gplace for a few hours, till your family are gone to bed. Just show me the door
115. ile, "and duce myself to its come, Billy, why do shake your head ? very well tha
116. . The door was old and crazy, and merely rested against the aperture. The priest
117. fith, who still lingered, " I can easily secrete myself now in the dim light fro
118. St. Anthony volun- FATHER SHEEHY. tarily retiring to the baffle his spiritual 45
119. editate on the eternal truths while only the dead are near the silent, longPlace
120. treated the respect due to his priestly character and his long sufferings. He s
121. as near 47 so as to you as lie possibly can, render you any little service : Th
122. his hat over his brow, and was speedily lost to surrounding objects, his though
123. ved with entire submission. It was early in the morning when the prisoner and hi
124. nto the yard, and Father Sheehy was duly delivered to the proper authorities, "t
125. able phalanx of witnesses, for certainly they all did their duty and did it well
126. y into which they had entered so broadly manifest that the whole proThis was cee
127. antipathies or predilections, and really appears to have given his decision on t
128. the accused were, therefore, honourably acquitted, and they being, as may be su
129. hen character was β€” ^ Dr. Madden aptly styles Sir Kichard Acton "the Fletcher
130. drove out of Clonmel, and moved rapidly away on the Dublin road. About two mile
131. miles from Clonmel the coachman suddenly pulled up and informed Sir Eichard that
132. he man obeyed for a moment, but had only gone a short way when he stopped again*
133. chard and his companion laughed heartily at the doleful countenance of the coach
134. is awaiting w." *' assemblage, evidently Nay,'' said the Chief Justice, calmly,
135. ly Nay,'' said the Chief Justice, calmly, " if their intention be hostile we can
136. bloodthirsty Tipperary T He had scarcely spoken when the horses were stopped by
137. was β€” "0 ! β€” 54 THE FATE OF scarcely able to keep his seat on hear- ing this
138. m his nerveless grasp, and he could only murmur some inarticulate words in reply
139. murmur some inarticulate words in reply. Yes/' said the Chief Justice, putting
140. world wide, your lordship's honor, only to thank you from our hearts out for wh
141. you SO ^I told you they were not likely to do us any harm. But I did not tell y
142. wing gratitude, for I could not possibly have anticipated any such thing." Turni
143. n of gratitude. As a judge I have simply done my duty, favouring neither one sid
144. ank you for. We want no favour, but only a fair thrial. Justice, my lord, justic
145. But the man drew back almost indignantly. " Take it, friend,'' said the judge in
146. it, friend,'' said the judge in a kindly tone, '*just to have you all drink my h
147. you all drink my health this raw, chilly morning.'' man what your lordship, not
148. king off his hat, and bowing courteously to the crowd as the carriage rolled " Y
149. uld have character. Would that itr Truly, these poor people are vilely traduced,
150. itr Truly, these poor people are vilely traduced," said the barrister, "and the
151. their rulers see *' distorted them only through a most medium/' " Well, Eobin,"
152. and made his *' companion laugh heartily. '' that rather a puzzling question eve
153. eboy from all others '?" '' Well, really, Eobin, my good fellow," said Sir Richa
154. h his usual gentleness, " I can scarcely answer your question, but I am inclined
155. carriage/' said he of the whip, musingly, ''though we were sent down to try them
156. ss as regards his own safety, but keenly alive to the wants and sufferings of th
157. ere dropped for the # * 4t * * * Shortly before Father Sheehy had given himself
158. . He was harmless as a child, and wholly incapable of either 62 THE FATE OF conc
159. r execnting a malicious proHe repeatedly denied ject of any kind. all knowledge
160. ng him tell the truth, till they finally succeeded in forcing him to swear again
161. t and mine^' he added, β€” significantly. Darby nodded assent and reached his pi
162. zgerald. A striking verification, surely, of the old proverb, that *' many a goo
163. s answer, and Father Sheehy was speedily informed that until such time as his tr
164. ed gentlemen who had dealt so generously by him, he withdrew, almost a free man.
165. * ^ ^ * pleased, provided he did Nearly eleven months had passed away before Fa
166. seeing from time to time, and especially his favourite cousin, Martin O'Brien, w
167. who, in fact, remained almost constantly with him. But at length the time came w
168. ust said Mass. A silent bow was his only answer, as he turned and wallced into t
169. " How," said the priest, turning sternly on his cousin, " how is it you, Martin,
170. ence of the generous man who voluntarily answered for my appear- ance 1 For sham
171. ce 1 For shame, Martin O'Brien Certainly I will appear, in God's holy name, and
172. n Certainly I will appear, in God's holy name, and leaving to Him the issue." "
173. your danger, and that very considerably." *^ What is that r report has recently
174. ." *^ What is that r report has recently been set afloat about Clogheen that Bri
175. ien, no, no," replied the priest, slowly and decisively, "you cannot persuade me
176. eplied the priest, slowly and decisively, "you cannot persuade me that even they
177. e, could be guilty of such Your friendly atrocious wickedness. anxiety for me ma
178. d that it was his duty to adopt the only means that remained to him of eluding t
179. on destruction, which you will assuredly do if you stand your trial, for my hear
180. t of Major Sirr s security we can easily make it up amongst us, and repay him wi
181. r my part, I believe the report was only got up to intimidate me, but if so they
182. cording to His will !" And he reverently raised his hat and looked upwards throu
183. to the blue sky/' O'Brien sighed deeply, but made no answer. is fear V β€” He t
184. dock, with folded arms and head slightly raised, in the atitude of listening. Bu
185. the unfortunate prisoner, now evidently doomed doomed to undergo every species
186. ll undimmed, though a tear was evidently forcing its way. After a moment's pale,
187. hen to each of the other two, and lastly to the jury. '^My Lord Chief Justice,^^
188. ng from His paternal hand, and will only pray Him to turn the hearts of β€”does
189. ghteous Judge of all may deal mercifully by those who have not shrunk from doing
190. e which silence which followed w^as only broken by a murmur of pity and indignat
191. d I knew that all along.'' Unfortunately for Father Sheehy, his enemies did succ
192. t to Clonmel for trial ; and he was only taken from Newgate to be transferred to
193. ut for ever. Bat his depression was only momentary. ** Why should I despair !'^
194. ere cut short by the jailor, who roughly bade him follow, and he was very soon t
195. Again did his heart sink, but he quickly off his despondency and betook himself
196. pe of seeing the Catholic party entirely prostrated, and the Protestant ascendan
197. nd the Protestant ascendancy permanently established ; but by the great mass of
198. any one individual there was who really believed Father Sheehy cognizant of Bri
199. one em common ruin. At first he had only companion one Edward Meighan, who was a
200. Danand John Toohy, who had been recently liberated from Kilkenny jail (where he
201. st description. Father Sheehy was nearly a month in Clonmel jail before his tria
202. le the prisoners were taking their daily walk, and saw the unfortunate priest si
203. proach and ask him how he did. Tolerably well in health, I thank you,'' was the
204. in health, I thank you,'' was the reply ; " but you see I am a cripple/' '' ''
205. h they were tied under the horse's belly, as I came here from Dublin." '' God bl
206. permitted to see the priest saw him only in the presence of the jailor, and they
207. ctable witnesses, which, he could easily do, to prove that he was in no way cogn
208. representations Father Sheehy laughingly replied " Why, what need is there of tr
209. to prove me ^' innocent *' And not only that/' interrupted his me are 86 THE FA
210. Not so, Martin, w^hatever comes of terly, β€” do not regret having then awaited
211. ing our duty." O'Brien was here abruptly informed this I FATHER SHEEHY. 87 that
212. there the conversation ended. It really seemed as though a doom rested on Fathe
213. , the streets of Clonmel were constantly patrolled, both day and night, by parti
214. emy. The crown witnesses were handsomely entertained at the barracks in Clonmel.
215. but one before the trial Brady suddenly asked Moll whether she did not feel a l
216. oll, snapping her fingers contemptuously, '' the devil a that I care for all the
217. " Guilty," repeated Brady, incredulously "you know as well as I do, Moll, my swe
218. f the secret, though his motive was only that of curiosity. '' Harm '^ said Tooh
219. e worse to drink !'' It was a melancholy sight to look at that miserable woman,
220. .ade his appearance, and unceremoniously when Mr. β€” 92 " " THE FATE OT joined
221. longer safe for a gentleman, especially if he be a Protestant, to live : in thi
222. : in this neighbourhood ; these rascally papists are becoming quite savage on Do
223. age on Don't you think so ? "Why, really no," returned O'Cal" Since you ask my o
224. our hands. FATHER SHEEHY. must candidly tell 93 you that Catholics have ever be
225. ? " inquired William Bagwell, with a sly wink at Maude, " for really it diflfers
226. , with a sly wink at Maude, " for really it diflfers "On somewhat from ours." wh
227. the cheek of Maude, and a taunting reply on his thin lip, when a person entered
228. hool, so that they had the game entirely in their own hands, and a fearful game
229. sses for the prosecution were separately visited by one of the magistrates muffl
230. trial is so near. time ^if he could only be got to confess, and acknowledge that
231. use," replied Hewitson, " it would only make matters worse Meighan is a devilis
232. the priest, nor confess, as facetiously call it, if we you gave him your whole
233. him your whole *' estate." Well, really, these witnesses that we have are so ve
234. teboyism. When he found himself actually in jail, he was very glad to be offered
235. n of sounding Meighan, for it would only ruin all he'd be sure to throw it in ou
236. of man than Gore on the bench. The only thing Tm afraid of is Keating's evidenc
237. w And they say he is to swear positively that Sheehy slept at his houseon thever
238. erious thought, said the rector musingly, *'and we have not much time to reflect
239. r husband's arm, for she seemed scarcely able to stand. Her face was closely vei
240. cely able to stand. Her face was closely veiled but her whole frame was tremblin
241. Hewitson !'' said Mr. Green unexpectedly accosting that portly gentleman, ''The
242. Green unexpectedly accosting that portly gentleman, ''The soldiers have refused
243. as soon she were not.'' '' Well, really, Green," replied the fat β€” drew up hi
244. roked down his rosy chin, " well, really you must excuse me. I regret exceedingl
245. you must excuse me. I regret exceedingly that we cannot comply dignitary, as he
246. regret exceedingly that we cannot comply dignitary, as he with Mrs. Green's wish
247. ile the two gentlemen laughed scornfully, as they bowed with mock respect, and w
248. s !" cried were hovering on his solutely lips, but he for re- repressed his ange
249. blessed Mother '' !'' he added bitterly, look at Moll Dunlea, the infamous pros
250. fell fast and thick, as, leaning heavily on her husband s arm, she moved away. F
251. ad already tried and This fact they only learned in failed. the course of the da
252. in failed. the course of the day. Early in the morning, as Meighan β€” 104 THE
253. not the other returned, after carefully closing the door. ''Meighan!" said the
254. a way," returned the and visitor, slowly speaking distinctly. "It is in your pow
255. and visitor, slowly speaking distinctly. "It is in your powerβ€” there's FATHER
256. u lay β€” β€” ! on my freedom '' V^ Only turn king's evidence, confess yourself
257. y proposal V^ said the magistrate coldly. '' Eeject it '' said Meighan, in a voi
258. them/' exclaimed the prisoner fervently, '' before Td consent to swear away any
259. my life. Don't be uneasy about my family for I know they're a great trouble to y
260. e you're in the place, so you'll be only losin' your time." " Well, depend upon
261. what wonder was it that his fine, manly face wore a look of triumph ? But a sad
262. and so the prosecution was triumphantly closed. *'Well! but we have plenty of g
263. unblemished reputation swore positively that he had told them he was about to l
264. ution, he declared all the other closely connected, β€” unsatisfactory, and dese
265. over the prisoner, and he leaned heavily against the railing of the dock, but in
266. on while the jurybox was empty, probably fearing that the sight might draw from
267. ul words he had just heard, thought only of his father. " Och, then, isn't there
268. I was allowed for what could I say only repeat again, which I will do to my las
269. the court, notwithstanding that scarcely any of the friends of the prisoner were
270. ther Sheehy dear but, ochone you ve only a poor chance afther how they've thrate
271. in their hands." But all these friendly voices were speedily silenced ; the pri
272. all these friendly voices were speedily silenced ; the prisoner was forbidden t
273. ishment, as thouo^h wonderino; perfectly silent. From how any human being and re
274. rn to, THE FATE OF moreover, on the Holy Evangelists. There was a mournful look
275. ing spirit, but still he bore it bravely, considering his recent imprisonment, a
276. ade her deposition, and swore positively that she had heard the prisoner tell Me
277. nsent and approval, and though so lately Meighan had been condemned on the same
278. having abundant proof of being entirely innocent, yet still did Father Sheehy a
279. him in time, had purHerbert Avas posely kept it concealed. evidently a man of t
280. Avas posely kept it concealed. evidently a man of timid, irresolute character, a
281. his best witnesses. Once, and once only. Father Sheehy forgot himself so far as
282. ees and hears you ? '' The judge sternly commanded him to be silent, and Herbert
283. ur and faltering voice showed how deeply he felt the appeal. But he never once d
284. the shameful business in hand, scarcely making his replies in- ; FATHER SHEEHY.
285. ” not conclusive, was, at least strongly presumptive of the fact that Father She
286. g, of Turbrid, was called, and instantly ascended the witness table. Mr. Keating
287. in the prime of life, with a singularly handsome countenance, whereon was stamp
288. great business of "dressing fashionably/' When Mr. Keating had bowed to the Cou
289. ommitted, and that he could not possibly have left the house during the night sl
290. nowledge. could he then swear positively that the prisoner had not gone out in t
291. her Sheehy went to bed at a rather early hour of the night, and did not leave it
292. tion that even the judge seemed strongly impressed with the conclusive nature of
293. €” PATHi^R SHEEHY. 123 of law snappishly, ^*we have done with you." Just then st
294. is/' said he, '^ James Keating, commonly called, of Tubberett or Turbrid V *' Wh
295. Tubberett or Turbrid V *' Why, certainly, Mr. Hewitson, that is my name, and ''
296. on here ; there are few in this assembly to whom I am unknown.'' '' Well," said
297. am unknown.'' '' Well," said the portly dignitary of the established church, de
298. of the established church, deliberately unfolding a written document, and glanc
299. l God protect you, for your last earthly hope is thus wrested from you." '' Take
300. Handcuffs here shouted Hewitson. quickly for the prisoner Keating '^ And instant
301. or the prisoner Keating '^ And instantly two constables advanced to seize him. "
302. e said, '' bowing I address respectfully to the judge, myself not to that man, w
303. not to that man, who has so conveniently found my name on his list, with him I h
304. laid to his charge as I am of this newly-coined indictment and I think even thos
305. ation has been brought against me solely to deprive him of the benefit of my tes
306. med, and perhaps myself, too, I can only pray that he and I may meet in that wor
307. nd the judge, for Hewitson was literally speechless with anger " my lord, is not
308. smiled, and resumed Keating was quickly handhis seat. cuffed, and carried off t
309. d him to pray for him and his β€” family. " The blessing of God, and my blessing
310. ou so from him V^ Mr. Keating could only smile and repeat the word, " farewell!'
311. ing his arms on his breast, stood calmly regarding the scene as calmly as though
312. ood calmly regarding the scene as calmly as though he were no more than a casual
313. s evidence had an eflfect which probably its inventors might have foreseen, viz.
314. say they'd let me off aisy, that s only a poor cottier, God help me V' '' Ay bu
315. friend, *'and "To β€” ! more especially when 'id it might sarve said Father She
316. im, an' he'll be marked into the briskly," it's ; Paddy β€” β€” 130 bargain. THE
317. be allowed to stand good. He was roughly and sternly answered "no, sir !" and th
318. o stand good. He was roughly and sternly answered "no, sir !" and the judge aros
319. considerable time dwelling particularly on the well-known character of the pris
320. most atrocious kind. It had been clearly proved, he said, that the prisoner at t
321. l authorities. FATHER SHEEHY. fearlessly, as 131 indeed he was convinced The onl
322. as 131 indeed he was convinced The only allusion he would. they made to the evi
323. and, indeed, baneful influence The only individual over the people. who could b
324. ow in prison, on a charge of a precisely similar nature. Gentlemen of the jury,
325. ds, and I am sure you will decide justly and according to the evidence before yo
326. While the jury-box was empty, the lonely occupant of the dock stood mute and mot
327. 132 his THE FATE OF head thrown slightly forward, and his arms still crossed on
328. the viewless realms of thought. Suddenly a door raised his head. opened, and he
329. injustice. But the prisoner himself only raised his eyes to heaven, and said, **
330. in the state of grace, I can cheerfully submit to Thy holy wiW then removed, to
331. ace, I can cheerfully submit to Thy holy wiW then removed, to be brought He was
332. ;β€’ THE FATE OF well we have him snugly trapped Β«&b at last/' W ^^ Mr '7^ MΒ»
333. f the three could speak; they could only weep and look at each other in mournful
334. ss, so let us thry to bear it as stoutly as we can/^ cried his ^^Oh! but, Ned!β€
335. F Bure they will/' said Edward earnestly; '' they're bent on doin it, an' do it
336. ell that I wouldn't listen God sees only I was to such an offer handcuffed I'd h
337. e sure son,'' said the old man fervently ; ''if you consented to do sich a shame
338. THE LAST ACT OF THE TRAaEDY* At an early hour on the following day the prisoners
339. man without education. But though wholly ignorant of book-learning, he was a Cat
340. enced. Slany a could recognize as kindly eye was beaming on him many more were f
341. , and his long, pale face looked ghastly and grim as he gazed on the prisoner, b
342. forded me, I must say that I am entirely innocent of the crime the heinous crime
343. of which I have been convicted. Not only am I innocent; thereof, but, to the bes
344. er has been committed. I am almost fully persuaded that this very John Bridge is
345. e from the courthouse. " This is totally irreprisoner he said be pelled : levant
346. to me that I speak to the purpose surely I do when myself and another are to be
347. injustice, the gross perjury, the deadly malice of which we are the victims. In
348. ed with evident impatience, and scarcely was the last word uttered when he arose
349. his right hand he drew down his ghastly cap over his brows, saying in a " Then
350. eem disposed to deny your guilt, clearly as it has been established, you are to
351. rime, or aught like unto it, I am wholly innocent. To His justice I fearlessly a
352. ly innocent. To His justice I fearlessly and with all confidence give myself up
353. up praise, honour, and glory to His holy name now and for evermore^ and may FATH
354. le of all classes felt themselves deeply interested the Catholics, of course, we
355. t to Father Sheehy they uttheir In terly lost sight of their own safety, and wou
356. victim ance and The jail was constantly surrounded by a strong niilitary force,
357. retch of favour his own immediate family were permitted to see him, and also Fat
358. whither he was hastening. He studiously diverted their minds from the violent d
359. my own free will those bonds of earthly affection which death those 'cords of A
360. hame 1 why weep so tian's hope. bitterly β€” shame why one would ! for think you
361. t again soon, in that heaven β€”probably very where our Divine Master lives to w
362. aster lives to welcome our coming 1 Only keep your last end continually in view
363. ng 1 Only keep your last end continually in view so as to avoid sin, as much as
364. to be of good heart, to which they only replied by a doleful shake of the head,
365. elm which overhangs the spot. Tell Billy Griffith that his noble protection of a
366. a it is fashioned silver one), the only my my treasure I possess on earth, and
367. his neck. FATHER SHEEHY, ^^ 149 my only reversional, he added with a melancholy
368. reversional, he added with a melancholy smile, for you are not to have is but y
369. rved my beads, which I value very highly, for they were given while life me when
370. ful face as that. O'Brien T' he suddenly added, ''we had little thought of this
371. ody β€” β€” 150 ; THE FATE OF can safely say that I never dreamed of such an end
372. I never dreamed of such an end/' " Truly/' interupted Martin, endeavouring to sp
373. ring to speak in a cheerful tone, "truly 1 must say, Father Nicholas, that I hav
374. not at all/' replied the priest briskly ; ** the cause lies farther back, and m
375. , they would have found another. My only grief is for poor Keating God knows wha
376. er chance of escape ; that he I is truly rejoiced to hear not to be tried in Clo
377. im, and that my prayers were continually ofiered up on his behalf, that God migh
378. dence brought against him, being chiefly the same miscreants who had prosecuted
379. ct- treatment of me. Tell him how deeply grateful I was, and that I remembered h
380. expression of countenance, ''my worldly affairs are now arranged, and I am at f
381. hat the injured gentleman was honourably acquitted, and Father Sheehy's predicti
382. TE OF that he's brought to this untimely end ! The Lord be good an merciful to h
383. in need May He preserve you steadfastly in the true faith, by which alone salva
384. ng his right ! obtained. I need scarcely tell you, good people, that I die entir
385. ll you, good people, that I die entirely innocent of the foul crime laid to my c
386. lusion, I pray you all to retire quietly to your homes, and make no disturbance,
387. make no disturbance, for that would only give a pretext for fresh persecution/^
388. e remembered in his prayers, then calmly turned and made a signal to the hangman
389. rom β€” 156 you. THE FATE OF melanclioly death was yours, but your soul has, I t
390. priest has been put to death wrongfully, β€” FATHER SHEEHY. an' 157 when they d
391. e child unThat's all I have to say, only born. that I freely forgive all my enem
392. I have to say, only born. that I freely forgive all my enemies, and pray God to
393. f heart-broken sufferers, who could only sigh and moan, and look into each other
394. poor Biddy's fair tresses were scarcely concealed by the little linen cap that
395. the little linen cap that was their only covering, for the hood of her blue cloa
396. n the earth, and a crushing Poor, lonely weight on their hearts. β€” mourners th
397. hem, and stiff in death,^ and the kindly heart that loved them oh, how well was
398. the old town were again quiet and lonely-looking, and their silence was the sile
399. our before sunset, a strange and ghastly spectacle was presented to the eyes of
400. is warmest corner,'' said one big, burly Orangeman, as he tossed off his glass o
401. easure, and smacked his 4ips approvingly. 162 THE FATE all 6"t And how that fact
402. e week's over," And it was too true only a few days had passed when several othe
403. ur young children to bewail his untimely end ; also James Farrell and James Buxt
404. FATHER SHEEHY, and acquitted, evidently in 163 order to save appearances, as th
405. to save appearances, as they were nearly all bound over before they left the cou
406. over before they left the court an early day to answer sundry charges of high tr
407. since it was hoisted there it β€” grisly monument as less sockets, bones and eye
408. erance, and cruel oppression. yes, truly it was a mournful spectacle, the head o
409. re establishment Sheehy's innocence only a few years after his execution, in dir
410. withdrawn from the public gaze, scarcely one individual who sat on Father Sheehy
411. ined deaths. been cut had all, or nearly by strange and sudden Some of them died
412. e ; and so on of all the rest, with only one or two exceptions.* As for the mise
413. as filled up, and * This is all strictly true ; throughout all the southern prov
414. ess, and they went in to have a friendly glass together before they parted. Whil
415. whiskey-puneh, our Clogheen man suddenly fixed his eyes on the face of one who j
416. 6 THT3 FATE OF still sisted Peter Crowly. fast, holding him and looking into his
417. that same And your name V^ asked Crowly, with a sort of convulsive trembling th
418. d your questions ; but if you want badly to know my name, sure it's John Bridge
419. letting go his hold, he dropped heavily on his seat, while Bridge stared on him
420. others who were present gathered eagerly round to learn the meaning of his stran
421. ohn Bridge that stood before me an' only it was broad daylight rd have taken you
422. at made you leave home V inquired Crowly, making an effort to collect his though
423. at same. " "Why, just this," said Growly, β€” than five men were hanged An' list
424. reeled back against the wall, literally gasping for breath. an no less ^ Hanged
425. ross on his forehead and chest. the only one that ever hurted me was '' ! ! FATH
426. irra ! wirra ! Arrah, then," he suddenly asked of Crowly, *^ was there no one to
427. rrah, then," he suddenly asked of Crowly, *^ was there no one to go for ad an' p
428. id it, gave an' all V "Yes," said Crowly, and the tears almost choked him, "yes,
429. deed, then, he is alive," replied Crowly, "or at least was then, for he proved o
430. e comfort." was ! β€” "And do you really mean to say," asked the landlord, who w
431. the Gospel, Mr. Hunter/' replied Crowly ; ''an* as for poor Father Sheehy, his
432. " So they do, sir, so they do, but only They're beginning to try of late days.
433. up like dogs for no rayson at all, only because they won't give up their faith
434. can't nor won't do that, they must only combine, together, an' take the law int
435. the divil.'^ for you, John," said Crowly, catching up his last words, '' the old
436. jail. Many of the friends of the family accompanied her on this β€” β€” 174 THE
437. this β€” β€” 174 THE FATE OF melancholy errand, and a box being prepared for th
438. I cannot better conclude this melancholy sketch than by quoting the words *' of
439. ims who stand over his grave, not rarely or at stated festivals, but day after d
440. unnoticed by them/' And such is actually the case the power of the Orange factio
441. ory of the functionaries who so unjustly wielded their power is branded with opp
442. ith opprobrium, and their names are only remembered at all to be used as bywords
443. and is ever music to their ears. It only remains for us to thank heaven that Tip
444. trampled on, and its children so cruelly persecuted β€” β€” β€” Eighty Years Ago
445. THE FATE 0? the Irisli, have been kindly sent us from Worcester, Hoping Massachu
446. ondent states, by a member of the family of the lamented Father Sheehy. It seems
447. we founded. are indebted for them justly remarks, '' they must have been touchin
448. Martyr' d to Erin's cause by men unholy, Marcyr'd, like Christ his Lord, for ju
449. like Christ his Lord, for justice solely; Dark doom of grief to many a mother's
450. n islands, of the ships and all its holy To Cashel lands,"^ of the kings and its
451. 1, presents. True, Ireland was then only beginning to break some of the links of
452. England for upwards of a censhe was only beginning to acquire tury strength for
453. lized world." Year by year t|xe terribly ; β€” 180 ^ APPENDIX. drain of her popu
454. leting her more and more, intermittently, by the appalling process of deaths by
455. erting the awful scourge and perennially, by the hemorrhage of emigration. Even
456. wealth to self-governed nationsβ€” only afford greater facilities for the exodu
457. and the other, how much they may safely a nation β€” β€” ; β€” ivithhold, remai
458. rliament fail, another one, legitimately convoked in the capital of Ireland, mti
459. rections and Popish rebellions, can only be regarded as agrarian outrages, the r
460. endant on those measures, and especially the latter practice, in a country where
461. ft had no manufacturing districts to fly to for the means of support, drove the
462. f violence and desperation which usually follow in the footsteps of dis- and ign
463. on in the place where he was most foully mur- dered, and the name of law desecra
464. -witness of the Munster tumults, plainly attributes these disturbances to the in
465. gloom of inactive indigence, or blindly asserting the rights of nature in noctu
466. ces, is to be found in a pamphlet rarely to be met with, printed in Dublin in 17
467. uded their unhappy tenants from the only means of making their bargains tolerabl
468. iflSculty if these wretches should apply to law, what could they do in this case
469. that is ninety-one shillings: the daily wages for labourers is four pence per d
470. st crop enable them to maintain a family, often of six or eight persons, under t
471. or forego the support of his own family. This business grows irksome to him, an
472. ; and the tithe-monger, who is generally more rapacious than humane, squeezing o
473. unerring baro^ their condition, plainly indicated in meter of this year the dis
474. this year the distress that universally prevailed ; a fatal disease swept off v
475. cattle, and provisions became unusually dear. ; The distress was not sudden or
476. the distress of the country was largely to be attributed, declared " they would
477. d, declared " they would most cheerfully embrace every practicable method to pro
478. y's ears, and broke it They scandalously the people's hope. embraced the opportu
479. trages, it will be found by melan- choly experience, are more violent, ungoverna
480. m whose functions they derive no earthly or spiritual advantages. Lord Northumbe
481. children to the former, and were totally ignorant In fact, when the Catholic of
482. es of oppression can be seen we can only impute their disorders to the artful co
483. ored to that kind of quiet which usually follows terror, and in Ireland passes f
484. In 1798, the same principle was not only acted on by magistrates, but the Lord C
485. ir oppressors, of the divisions secretly encouraged and sedulously fostered by t
486. sions secretly encouraged and sedulously fostered by the rulers of the country b
487. the community and another, and, finally, of the use made of the weakness conseq
488. at Clogheen, the troops were constantly employed in the old mode of pacifying t
489. armed parties. The gentlemen who chiefly distinguished themselves in these milit
490. y and magisterial pursuits were actively seconded in the arrangement of the pane
491. arish priest of the town was accordingly suspected of disaffection. He had colle
492. onmel. He was sent to France at an early age to receive that education which it
493. ism, examined by torture, and " severely punished by courtmartial," was induced
494. on produced the desired effect. The only persons concerned in the appearance or
495. er of these rioters two years previously. The trials were conducted with a show
496. ith a show of justice that was extremely offensive to the local authorities, and
497. w the state of publix) feeling, not only in the disturbed district in which he r
498. pring of 1764, Mr. Sheehy was constantly menaced with prosecution witnesses were
499. th prosecution witnesses were frequently examined, and indictments framed, but n
500. edings followed. At length, in the early part of 1764, he found his persecutors
501. King's Bench in Dublin f and accordingly he delivered himself up to Cornelius O'
502. e taken at the time, and that it is only to this account of the proceedings, and
503. oceedings, and the declarations solemnly made of the victims, that we can refer
504. ge of horse-stealing, a month previously to his examination having been given in
505. e good fortune to escape being similarly implicated. The enclosing of commonage
506. d by the people, and, as it fell heavily on the poor parishioners of Father Shee
507. Father Sheehy, he denounced it publicly. in his neighbourhood were connected wi
508. bitants of Clogheen, one most thoroughly acquainted with those times and their e
509. of the persons persecuted and repeatedly prosecuted, Koger Sheehy. The first " r
510. poor and the oppressed, but incautiously prominent in the struggle, and heedless
511. nformations and indictments show plainly enough, differing, as they do, in the m
512. pish plot. For several months previously to Mr. Sheehy's surrender, he had been
513. could confide in. He had been frequently obliged to change his abode to avoid th
514. rigorous searches that were almost daily made for him. At length, terror and cor
515. luence over his own flock that he hardly knew whom to trust, or in whose house t
516. t- son ; both these gentlemen had to fly the country to save their lives, and th
517. George III., at Scarlap, did unlawfully assemble and assault William Ross, and
518. d assault William Ross, and did wickedly compel him to swear that he would never
519. h year of the king's reign, at Shanbally, did assault John Bridge, against the p
520. utors. I doubt if anything more terribly iniquitous than the proceedings which I
521. iracy The preceding details sufficiently explain the views and objects of the pr
522. e Court of King's Bench, was impartially conducted the conduct of the "managers"
523. on, the persecuted priest was honourably acquitted. He had redeemed his pledge t
524. st be committed to NewHe was accordingly taken from the gate. dock, removed to t
525. to him in Dublin, a few days previously to his trial, by a person named O'Brien
526. gave some proof appointment by strongly urging him, a few days previously to hi
527. rongly urging him, a few days previously to his trial, to quit the kingdom. Fath
528. getting out of the kingdom, and urgently pressed him to put himself the same day
529. rous charge against him, he could easily disprove it. Sheehy's arrival in Dub; o
530. to APPENDIX. be borne in mind, was only five months after the alleged murder, a
531. eparture from Clogheen, it is positively afBrmed by Magrath, on the authority of
532. nd his feet tied under the horse's belly. While in confinement in the gaol of Cl
533. a woman of abandoned character, commonly known by the name of '^ Moll Dunlea/' b
534. er, Mrs. Green, who resided at Shanbally, in the vicinity of Clogheen and at thi
535. f the proposed murders, and subsequently the murder was committed by one of the
536. Sheehy and Meighan were tried separately. The same evidence for the prosecution
537. one, the leaning of which was certainly towards the prosecutors, and in support
538. of a bill-hook on the head at Shanbally, and died instantly went to Eng; knew J
539. he head at Shanbally, and died instantly went to Eng; knew John Bridge by Edward
540. ge by Edward Meighan, house at Shanbally, with Pierce Byrne, James Buxton, James
541. skull; Bridge fell dow^n dead instantly. lish's ; ; ; ; ; APPENDIX. 211 persons
542. ny others, in the high road to Shanbally ; that when he first saw them he slippe
543. the corpse he saw had been cloven nearly in two, and was that of John Bridge.β€”
544. hat night she followed them to Shanbally saw a man wrapped in a blanket, dead sh
545. 215 she first saw the body at Shanbally ; they buried the body at Ballyhuskin,
546. e bill-hook bloody ; they left Shanbally shortly before she followed them. She r
547. ook bloody ; they left Shanbally shortly before she followed them. She recollect
548. d buried at Ballysheehan, near Shanbally. Says she was sent by Nicholas Sheehy t
549. ented Ballyhuskin how far from Shanbaily, or Bally sheehan, she knows not, but t
550. yhuskin how far from Shanbaily, or Bally sheehan, she knows not, but thinks abov
551. n her house it was usual with the family to go to bed early. ; ; ; 220 1 APPENDI
552. usual with the family to go to bed early. ; ; ; 220 1 APPENDIX. John Henderkin,
553. ween the shop and kitchen worked usually in a bed-chamber, and not in the shop;
554. about ten Meighan and he lay positively together all that night; heard the pris
555. e murder was committed; came voluntarily to give his evidence; heard the morning
556. esent. Edmund Callaghan, Knows Shanbally ; for the Prisoner. it in October, live
557. one of the name of English in Shanbally since he knew it. knew 1764, and Cross-
558. ounsellor Callaghan, and joins Shanbally where English lives is ; about one-eigh
559. bout one-eighth of a mile from Shanbally. Daniel Keefe, produced a second ; time
560. knows not where English lives Shanbally about four miles from Clogheen. ; ; Joh
561. en, knew John sworn. Lives at Shan bally; is a dancing-master Bridge; believes h
562. confute the witnesses who had so grossly perjured themselves on the former but F
563. e of his prosecutors, and relying mainly on the testimony of two witnesses, Mess
564. m any injury on his accoctnt, generously, but unfortunately for him, declmed to
565. accoctnt, generously, but unfortunately for him, declmed to have several of the
566. ion of the peace.* The innocence clearly established of Father Sheehy was of the
567. without his knowledge, and, consequently, that he could not be present at the mu
568. , upon which Mr. Keating was immediately hurried away to Kilkenny gaol, where he
569. ome dungeon. By this proceeding not only his evidence was rendered useless to Sh
570. so that of many others was : ; similarly dealt with, the same thing, but who cam
571. but who came to testify to who instantly withdrew meeting with the laid to the t
572. ommitted in another county, foitiinately for him he was not tried at Clonmel. He
573. timony, and the prisoner was accordingly acquitted. The purpose, however, of Fat
574. isoner. Herbert, when taken, immediately became an evidence for the Crown, but u
575. , which one would think might have fully satisfied his enemies, Mr. S ^w (Sparro
576. ims who stand over his grave, not rarely, or at stated festivals, but day after
577. her from the altar. It was subsequently to this denunciation she lodged informa
578. woman of her own name, for " unlawfully reviling said M. Brady, for giving evid
579. husband, where she met with an untimely end by falling down a cellar. Griffith
580. Dublin. There, it is said, he eventually, by a loathsome disease, terminated his
581. a person in authority, and was liberally paid for his attendance. The origin of
582. was never found, though it was carefully sought for in the two different places
583. veracity was not questioned, positively deposed, at the trials of the late conv
584. c. 234 APPENDIX. Many years subsequently to his disappearance, Bridge was said t
585. in Newfoundland many years subsequently to the execution of the prisoners convi
586. met in bis own country with an untimely end. The testimony of Toohy, Dunlea, an
587. Toohy, Dunlea, and Lonergan, is not only evidently at variance with truth in the
588. lea, and Lonergan, is not only evidently at variance with truth in the most mate
589. the most material matters, but obviously contradictory with that of each other,
590. of each other, and is altogether utterly unworthy of rally received is founde(1
591. is altogether utterly unworthy of rally received is founde(1 β€” But, even with
592. led coat, and in high-heeled shoes, duly trained and drilled to go before a jury
593. owing is a literal copy of this dolastly, I cument '' : TO JOSEPH SIKR, Sir, ESQ
594. er; the proseGod cutors swore wrongfully and falsely The accusers and the accuse
595. eGod cutors swore wrongfully and falsely The accusers and the accused forgive th
596. he accused forgive them. ; ; are equally ignorant of the fact, as I have been in
597. er, 1764. I was then from home, and only returned home the 28th, and heard that
598. ons implicated in by the former two only of comis was considerable; by the were
599. this disclosure being made subsequently to the trial. Curry treats the disclosu
600. o the designs of his enemies, could only be the following; if resorted to previo
601. the following; if resorted to previously to trial, by the disclosure of the alle
602. the man's existence or, if subsequently to it, to leave it out of his power to
603. ed in the legislature, and even recently, with signal daring, has been advocated
604. een advocated in the The which literally pages of a Dublin periodical. This remn
605. Dublin University Magazine has recently commended the advantages of, was one of
606. * The statement, therefore, it is hardly needful to add, may be depend-d on as t
607. n as that of a person by no means likely to fabricate or exaggerate any account
608. Carrigvistail, near Ballyporeen, usually kept, for better security, at the house
609. for it, were known for a long time only to his friends. The body of the murdere
610. hrown into a pond bridge ; at Slianbally. the country; Sullivan remained, and li
611. both acwith respect to two persons only having been engaged in the commission o
612. is part of the subject, not. I have only to observe, that if any doubt remains r
613. rgans, and would be promoted, if happily a change had not come over the policy o
614. To rule with justice can now be the only policy a government can sanction with a
615. DIX, 247 Ireland can no longer be safely or conveniently governed for the benefi
616. can no longer be safely or conveniently governed for the benefit of a facwithou
617. states, that Sheehy had been frequently tried for " acting as a Popish priest,"
618. This act not being thought sufficiently stringent, in 1703 another was passed,
619. the Popish reliijion who shall pubiicly teach school, or shall instruct youth i
620. pish ;" in the realm, " having been duly registerevl but if such parish priests
621. amed by public advertisements previously to the trial, in which the leniency of
622. ect to these rioters, as were manifestly repugnant to all the rules of prudence,
623. ance, this occasion it on crammed namely, Sheehy, Buxton, and Farrell, and other
624. her acts of the judicial drama were duly performed the packed juries discharged
625. rke,John Burke, John Butler, B. Kennelly, ; William Flynn, and Thomas Magrath bu
626. easing hope which appeared so strikingly in all Conscious their countenances and
627. next life for those who suffer patiently for its sake in prieve β€” β€” , this."
628. ith declarations attested, and carefully compared Aviih those in the hands of Mr
629. d with decency, upon the prisoners early in the morn- ing of the 3rd instant, so
630. foot: these the commander had previously made ready for the purpose, by an order
631. allows so contrived as to be immediately put together they thus proceeded in awf
632. ng from the car; he was dead immediately and after the criminals had hung some t
633. ening of nant. that day, as particularly requested by themwhere, we hope, they r

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