from Carlisle, Friday, November 17,1843
The proceedings in the Criminal Courts in Dublin against the agitators for a repeal of the Union, continue to be the all-engrossing topic of domestic interest - although overloaded with dry, technical discussion, the results of each day's sitting are read with avidity all over the United Kingdom.
We were last week enabled to lay before our readers, in a second edition, the fact that true bills had been found by the Grand Jury against O'CONNELL, and his coadjutors, upon all indictments, and to day we give at length the interesting proceedings immediately consequent upon the finding of the Jury.
Four days have since been allowed to the accused to plead the indictment, and after innumerable attempts at delay, the plea, which we give elsewhere, has been recorded.
It amounts to a general plea of Not Guilty , but contends also that the indictment ought to be quashed, and that the defendants ought not to be called upon to answer it.
The course taken by the counsel for the defence appears to have taken the law officers of the Crown by surprise, as it seemed to be generally understood that there would be an application for an extension of time to plead; but as no such application has been made, we presume the trials will proceed immedieately,
In the mean time, we observe with regret, that there is a great deal of excitement in the provinces, and that frequent murders and attempts to murder are attracting the attention of the authorities.