"We understand, says the 'Monitor', that the O'Connell tribute for the past
year is about to be announced and that the sum received is no less than
£28,850, and that two parishes still remain to be 'made up'. "  What would
not a man suffer for his country ?  What would not a patriot dare and do for
twenty-eight thousand per annum and two parishes still in arrear !  It's
surprising where a cat would not go to catch a bird.  We verily believe we
ourselves, independent as we are, would have no objection to the pampering
of a bridewell for three months, if we could reckon on eight-and-twenty
thousand pounds [not to think of the arrears at all] at the end of it.

Even the crown of martyrdom sits lightly when eased by such a gilding.  But
there are many kinds of martyrs - some are flayed alive, and others covered
with their skins.  Both are exemplified with us:  the peasantry skinned, and
the demagogue invested with the hide.

The announcement above is, of course, but the preclude to a new appeal to
the justice and gratitude of the people.  It is not for nothing that their
leader agitates them;  there are eight-and-twenty thousand reasons why,
having giving up whisky, they should be 'kept in hot water', and that from
year to year, "to the last syllable of recorded 'crime'."  We shall soon
hear the next gala day announced. - 'Dublin Mail'.

MR. O'CONNELL'S NEW SCHEMES. - a letter of inordinate length from MR.
O'CONNELL appears in the Irish journals, the chief object of which
professes to be the communcation to the Repeal Association of the
interesting fact, that he "feels at present a preference for the federative
system, as tending more to the utility of Ireland, and to the maintenance of
its connection with England than simple repeal."  He proposes, however, to
await the development of a plan of federation from some such genius as MR.
GREY PORTER, or MR. SMITH O'BRIEN, before making up his mind finally on the

After a deliberate reiteration of his oft-refuted falsehoods, respecting his
late "moral victory", he proceeds to detail ten reasons why Irish
Protestants of every order and description should enlist under the Repeal
banner.  The first of these 'non  sequiturs' is amusing from its very
impudence.  The Irish Protestants ought to "repose the most implicit
confidence in the Irish Catholics, because it is a fact attested by
Protestant historians, that although the Catholics were three times in the
possession of power, they never passed one single penal law, nor persecuted
one single Protestant."

There is no reader of history who will not be enabled to supply innumerable
examples of the savage persecution of the Protestants of Ireland by the
Roman Catholics, both by penal laws and otherwise, on every ocasion on which
the latter have obtained a temporary advantage over them.

The second reason has as much truth for the foundation as the first;
namely, that the language of the Roman Catholics in their many years'
struggle for emancipation has never been of "a bigotted or excluding
nature";  the third refers with the most imperturbable assurance to the
general conduct of the Roman Catholics towards their Protestant countrymen;
and the fourth professes to be derived from the moderate and exclusively
moral and peaceable means by which MR. O'CONNELL has himself advocated
repeal;  the fifth and sixth are substantially repetitions of the third;
the seventh is founded on the absence of any outrage at the various monster
meetings;  the eighth is the fact of the general spread of temperance in
Ireland;  the ninth affirms that if any attempt were made to establish
Catholic ascendancy, the Protestants would themselves be able to repel it;
and the 10th and last also insist that "as a great number of the members of
the House of Commons 'must' be and probably would be Protestants, no
ascendancy law could pass such a Parliament."

Such are the grounds on which MR. O'CONNELL claims for himself and his
brother agitators the confidence and co-operation of the Protestants of
Ireland in the crusade against British connection.  The goose who was
cajoled into placing herself under the protection of the fox by his solemn
declaration of the regard he cherished for her family, would be libelled by
a comparison with any Protestant idiotic enough  to be gulled by so
audacious a farrago of lies.

The remainder of the letter is devoted to the discussion of the feasibility
of the plan for an Irish parliament which has already been laid before the
public by the repeal press, which terminates with an opinion that
"federalism will be better" than that "unconditional repeal" which MR.
O'CONNELL declared he would perish on the scaffold, if necessary, to obtain.


A report on which we are disposed to place some reliance, and which is,
indeed,in a great measure confirmed by MR. O'CONNELL's late manifesto from
Derrynane, has reached us, that the leading members of the remnant of the
Irish Whigs (including SHARMAN CRAWFORD, LORD CHARLEMONT, &c.) are at this
moment occupied in arranging the terms on whch they propose once more to
sell themselves to MR. O'CONELL.  A formal declaration of their adhesion to
the cause of Federalism, will, we are told, make its appearance in a few
days, with the names of several of the most influential membes of their
party appended to it.

Our informant's letter has reference solely to the Irish Whigs;  but there
can be little reason to doubt that the Lichfield House conspirators on this
side of the water are parties to the compact.

This is precisely what we have all along anticipated would be the case;  and
will, if possible, sink the wretched whigs who are parties to it to a lower
abyss of degradation than they occupy already.  Federalism and O'CONNELL is
the last card they have to play, and is evidently expected by them to turn
out a trump. 'Morning Herald of Friday'.

We are enabled to give an explicit and unqualified contradiction to the
statement that LORD MONTAGUE has had "an interview of three hours duration,"
or any interview at all, with MR. O'CONNELL.  That noble Lord has not had
any species of intercourse or communication with MR. O'CONNELL for years.
Thus is demolished one of the facts upon which the repeal faction in
Ireland, and the Whig press in both countries, have been basing their
imposing superstructure of a new Whig-O'Connell compact.  Probably their
other facts are equally substantial.  For all this, however, some such
blessing may be in store for us;  but its donors or contrivers are
sufficiently old campaigners to observe secrecy and silence during the
period of incubation. 'Morning Herald of Saturdays'.

BARBAROUS MURDER. - Early on the morning of Friday, the 12th instant, a man
named MATTHEW BRENNAN, of the Butt of the Ridge, in the county of Carlow,
aged about 28 years, was brutally murdered at Coolcullen, in this county,
and within less than a mile of the police barrack of that place.  An inquest
was held on the following day by WM. J. MAHER, Esq., coroner, assisted by
CAPTAIN ROBERTS, the resident magistrate of the district, and R. GREENE,
Esq., sub-inspector of police, when a vedict of Wilful Murder was returned
against some person or persons unknown.  It appeared that last March twelve
months, a family named PURCELL was dispossessed for non-payment of rent of
their farm, part of the land of Coolcullen, and held under LORD FRANKFORT.

The deceased paid the arrears and was declared the tenant, at which the
PURCELLS were of course very much displeased.

The deceased on Thursday night, accompanied by five Connaught labourers, for
the first time slept in a house which he had built on this farm.  They all
arose early on the following morning;  the labourers went to their work,
potato-digging, and the deceased went down his land to see whether any
cattle were trespassing on it, which had often occurred;  and shortly after
the body was found lying with the face downwards in a field, and dreadfully
mutilated;  the skull was beaten in, and the head nearly severed from the
body;  the latter wound supposed to be inflicted with a scythe or
reaping-hook, the former by the blow of a pitchfork, a portion of which
instrument was found in the neighbourhood.

The hands of the unfortunate man also were much gashed and torn, from which
it would appear that he had struggled hard to protect his throat from the
murderous weapon of the assassin.  This act of almost unexampled atrocity
must have been witnessed by some of the people working in the adjacent
fields, or passing along the road near which it was perpetrated, and yet it
is most revolting to observe the dogged silence preserved on the subject by
the people of the neighbourhood.

Some persons are we understand suspected, with good reason, of having been
concerned in the murder, and though not yet in custody, there is good ground
for hoping that the perpetrators of this outrage of surpassing barbarity may
be speedily brought to condign punishment. 'Killkenny Moderator'.

LAUGHABLE OCCURRENCE. - The neighbourhood of Northumberland Avenue,
Kingston, was yesterday thrown into a state of the utmost excitement, it
having transpired that a lady had made an assignation with a gentleman who
had advertised for a wife.

Accordingly at the hour mentioned, three o'clock, the expectant inhabitants
of the avenue were highly amused on beholding, as Burns would say, "a fine
fat fagel wight" make his appearance, wiping his fat face with a white
handkerchief, the lady having requested that he would occasionally place a
white handkerchief to his face as the means of recognition, and further
stating, that she would drive in from the country at the hour specified.

Nearly half an hour after his arrival, a lady drove up in a pony phaeton, in
a great shower of rain, with a servant on the rumble, protecting her with an

On seeing her, the unfortunate man fancied that the object of his search was
at length before him, and after a few convulsive applications of the
handkerchief,  started forward, and with a spring remarkable for a man of
his size, fairly jumped into the phaeton;  and before the astonished lady
could recover from the fright his sudden appearance occasioned, he had
encircled her in his arms, calling her by every endearing appellation.

It was not until the lady had uttered scream after scream, and his shoulders
were well belaboured with the umbrella by the servant, that he appeared to
think that he had got into the wrong box;  so making his escape as
expeditiously as possible he hastened off to the train without staying to
make further inquiries for his inamorata;  and it is earnestly hoped that,
the lesson he has received will perform a radical cure for his love. --
'Correspondent of Saunders News Letter'

THE CUSTOM-HOUSE QUAY, DUBLIN. -  For two or  three days back, fissures have
been observed on the quay immediately in front of the Custom House, but
being of a slight nature, they were not regarded.  On last evening, however,
between the hours of seven and eight o'clock, the part of the road next to
the river, sank rapidly to the depth of five feet, and in length 100 yards,
extending along the whole front of the Customs House.  The breadth of this
depression is from ten to fourteen feet.  The stone wall facing the
embankment has sunk too, but not more than two or three feet.  The accident
appears to have arisen from the soft and sandy foundation on which the
embankment lay, and which had been gradually undermined and worn by the
tide, having at length yielded to the excessive pressure and violence of the
late floods, augmented, as they were, by the mass of waters driven up
against the stream, by the heavy gales from seaward.  The Ballast Office has
enclosed the place with palings, and are taking the promptest measures to
remedy the damage. - 'Dublin Mail.

EELS FOR THE LONDON MARKET. -  The banks of the Shannon are inexhaustible in
providing sustenance and nutriment, not only for the natives but our
constant customer JOHN BULL.  Salmon has recently become an article of
profitable export to the English market;  but what will the public think of
that cheaper and more abundant dainty, eels ?  There are ten tons of this
prolific fish now in tanks at Killaloe, awaiting a conveyance to London, and
a vessel adapted for the trade will take on board from this port in the
ensuing week 40 tons of eels for the London market. - 'Limerick Chronicle'.

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - On Saturday evening, MR. JOHN WALSH, of
Dominick-street, barrister, lost his life under the following melancholy
circumstances:  -  About four o'clock he proceeded to Finglass, about two
miles from town, for the purpose of swimming his dogs at a place called
Quarry-hole. Having thrown a piece of stick into the water, which one of the
animals refused to follow, MR. WALSH,in stretching out his cane to draw the
stick closer to the edge, lost his balance,and was precipitated into the
water, and sunk, after a few struggles, to rise no more, before any
assistance arrived.  The body was not found for two hours after the
accident, and was conveyed to his residence late last night

An inquest was held, which after the examination of one witness was
adjourned till Monday evening.  A gold watch and a sum of £16 was found on
his person.  About fourteen years ago the ill-fated gentleman held a rather
prominent position in the field of Irish politics.  At that time, MR. WALSH,
who then followed the laborious occupation of schoolmaster, was the leading
member of the Trades' Political Union - a body through whose influence MR.
O'CONNELL was mainly, if not wholly, indebted for his first return as
member, in conjunction with the late MR. RUTHEN, for the city of Dublin.

He was subsequently, together with two other members of the Trade Union,
prosecuted by the Crown for the delivery of seditious speeches, found
guilty, and sentenced to six months imprisonment.  On his release from
imprisonment, MR. WALSH applied himself to the study of the law, and having
met some ineffectual resistance on the part of the benchers, he was called
to the bar, and after the usual probation attained considerable eminence in
the criminal and inferior courts.

During the last two or three years he rose rapidly in his profession, and
succeeded in obtaining a fair share of business on the Leinster circuit.