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Lurgan (Lady Day) Riots – Inquest on Body of John Furfey 1879

The Rioting In Lurgan.

Inquest On The Body Of John Furfey.

The Belfast News-Letter,
Monday, August 18,
1879.

 

LURGAN, SATURDAY РThis town, which was the scene of such tragic occurrences yesterday, is to day in a comparatively peaceful condition. The melancholy fatality connected with the demonstration has cast a gloom over the town and the entire neighbourhood, and even those whose religious or political views are altogether antagonistic to the sufferers most deeply sympathise with the parents of the unfortunate lad John Furfey, who lost his life upon the occasion. Much feeling is also expressed for the old man Smyth, who is now, with his shattered leg, which has since been amputated, lying a hopeless case in the Workhouse Infirmary. The other parties who suffered from gunshot wounds are speedily recovering, and nothing serious is apprehended, save in the case of Smyth. Upon inquiry, however, at an advanced hour this evening it was ascertained that he was something better, although it had been currently reported a few hours previously that he was dead. These cases form the topic of conversation everywhere, and crowds of idlers are to be seen collected at every corner discussing the dire occurrence connected with the celebration of the anniversary of Lady Day, an anniversary which, unfortunately, will long be remembered by the inhabitants of Lurgan. The whole of the police force remains in town, and will probably do so for a day or two yet. It has been ascertained that eleven of the men were more or less injured by the missiles from the mobs yesterday, several of whom are at present unable to leave barracks. The principal feature of interest in the town to day was the inquiry into the cause of death of the deceased lad, Furfey, the evidence given in which is fully recorded below.

 

The Inquest.

Shortly after eleven o’clock, Mr. E. D. Atkinson, coroner, opened an inquiry in the St. Peter’s National Schools into the cause of death of William Furfey, the young lad of twelve years of age, who was killed yesterday afternoon.
Sub-Inspector Hayes appeared to watch the proceedings on behalf of the constabulary, and Mr. Patrick Doyle, solicitor, Banbridge, represented the next of kin.
There was great excitement manifested in connection with the proceedings of the court, which was densely crowded during the entire sitting.
The following were the jury sworn upon the inquiry :-

Samuel McCullough (foreman), William White,
William Crawford, James Kennedy,
Daniel Murray, George R. Carrick,
Peter Duffy, Peter Plenderleith,
William McGibbon, Robert Anderson,
Murtagh McCann, Hugh Anderson,
John Magee, Joseph McCleery,
John McGeown, James McClimond,
John Magee, jun., William Carter,
Bernard McGlinn, Hugh Kearns,
William Mahaffey, Halliday Gracey, all of Lurgan.
John Ross, jun.,  

 

Joseph Furfey, labourer, father of the deceased, was the first witness examined. He deposed that he lived at Kilmain Street, Lurgan, and was in the employment of Lord Lurgan. The deceased was his son, and was about twelve years and 10 months old, and was a schoolboy. The last he¬†saw of him alive was when the shooting began yesterday, and he was then forty yards from his own house. There were more than one or two shots fired, for, as they came¬†very rapidly, he could not count them. He saw parties running, and he rose to his feet and ran too. He looked back and saw the deceased child fall, and he said, “God bless me, there is a child shot.” Witness, however, ran into his own house. Some time afterwards, to his great grief, he discovered that it was his own son. Another boy carried him¬†from where he fell and laid him down near a thorn hedge, close to where he lived. He died in a few minutes. Before he was shot he heard the shots and saw the smoke of the discharges. He did not know who was firing, but he was told it was the police immediately after his boy was knocked down.

To Mr. DOYLE – His son was not a member of the procession. At the time he was shot the procession had all passed except some stragglers.
Mr. DOYLE – Do you know where the shots came from ?
Witness – They came down the hill from near the chapel.
Mr. DOYLE – Were they police or civilians from whom the shots came ?
Witness – They were police.
Mr. DOYLE – Did you hear any orders given to fire ?
Witness – I was not near enough for that.
Mr. DOYLE – Did any of the firing parties come near after he was shot ?
Witness – Never to this time, to see whether he was living or dead, until this morning.
Mr. DOYLE – After your boy was shot, did you go near the police to tell them anything had occurred ?
Witness – Yes; I went to the Union Street barrack.
Sub-Inspector HAYES objected to such a course of examination, as the real question before the Court was the cause of death.
Mr. DOYLE  said he thought he might be allowed to ask the questions, and he might tell his friend that he intended to make the inquest more serious than was apprehended. (To witness) РUpon your way to the barrack, when passing the chapel, did you see any policemen ?
Witness – I saw none on my way.
The CORONER – Don’t let us waste time in this way.
Mr. DOYLE – I really have an object in view in putting these questions.
Sub-Inspector HAYES – You will have an opportunity afterwards of bringing out the whole case, if you wish.
Mr. Doyle – I wanted merely to inquire into the conduct of the police, and also that of the resident magistrate, but the coroner is the judge of this court, and if he says I am out of order I will at once bow to his decision.
The CORONER – Go on with your cross-examination.
Mr. DOYLE – How long after the death of your boy did you go to the police barrack ?
Witness – It might be an hour or so. The occurrence took place between one and two o’clock.
Mr. Doyle – When you went to the police barrack what was said there ?
Sub-Inspector HAYES – I object to that, for I submit it is not a legal question. Anything said in the police barrack is certainly not evidence as to the cause of the boy’s death.
Mr. DOYLE – I will press the question, and I will only submit to the coroner’s ruling in the matter.
(To witness) – After you went to the police barrack whom did you meet ?
Witness – I met a policeman standing at the outside of the door but I did not know him.
Mr. DOYLE – Did you tell him what had happened ?
Witness – I asked to see Head-Constable Henderson, but he told me that the head-constable had got his head cut, and that I could not see him.
Mr. Doyle – Did you ask him to come down to the house ?
Witness РNo, I did not; but he said he was sorry for the occurrence.
The CORONER – Will you, Mr. Doyle, as a professional man, put such questions as are relevant to the issue. I really must ask you again to keep to the point.
Mr. DOYLE – I only want to know what happened, and probably I may have stepped outside the bounds of cross examination.
The CORONER – But the witness is your own client, and surely you know what he can prove.
Mr. DOYLE – But I have an object in view.
The CORONER – But I must keep your object in bounds.
Witness (to a juror) – It was not over five minutes from the time he heard the shots fired until he saw his boy lying on the ground. The shots were all, to his mind in one direction.
Another JUROR – Was there anything occurring at the time to justify the police firing ?
Witness – Well, I could not say as to that, as there was a crowd up the street at the time, and I could not tell what was going on. That was the direction from which the shots came, and the crowd was between me and where the shots were fired.
Mr. DOYLE – Was there any crowd behind the police ?
The CORONER – I can’t allow this. He says he did not see the police, and, consequently, he could not see the crowd behind them.

Dr. Peter McCorry was next examined. He deposed that he was a medical practitioner, and resided in Lurgan.¬†He saw the deceased between half-past one and two o’clock yesterday in his father’s house. He examined his body, and found a small wound over the left eye, and a very large wound at the back of the head, from which the brains protruded. The wounds appeared to be gun shot wounds, such as would be caused by a conical shaped ball. There was also a side wound over the ear, but it did not penetrate the skull. He could pass a tube completely through the wound from the left eye to the back of the head. He had no hesitation in saying that the wound was the immediate cause of death.
Mr. DOYLE – Did the ball pass right through the skull ?
Witness – It must have done so, and death must have been almost instantaneous.
Mr. DOYLE – Did you see the cap which the boy had worn ?
Witness – No, I did not.
Mr. DOYLE – Would you know if the wound was caused by a rifle ball ?
Witness – From the smallness of the opening of the wound I would expect it was caused by a rifle ball, but I would not say positively. I came to that conclusion because the entrance seemed to be very small and the exit large.
A JUROR – What height was the wound from the ground ?
Witness – I could not say, as I never measured.
The same JUROR – I would suggest that the doctor’s evidence be not signed until he measure the body.
This was agreed to, and the doctor proceeded to discharge the duty.

In the meantime, Mr. Robert James Ramsbottom was examined. He deposed that he was the county inspector of constabulary, and resided in Armagh. He was on duty yesterday in Lurgan, in charge of the constabulary drafted there. He had a force of 200 men under his command. There was a large procession.  At the time it passed through the town he was standing at Edward Street, having a full view of what took place. The processionists came up the town quietly, and passed the church into North Street. Just at the corner of North Street he noticed that three or four of the processionists got separated from the others, and there was some slight disturbance then, which was soon suppressed. The procession continued to move down North Street, and when about 150 or 200 yards from the corner he noticed considerable commotion amongst them. He saw persons in the act of throwing stones, but he could not say whether at the police or at each other. At this time there were only a few unarmed police at the place. He saw Mr. Redmond R.M. and a mounted constable named Quilty at the place, and he immediately ordered Sub-Inspector Barry and a number of men to go down to their assistance. He still kept his eye closely on what was going on, and seeing the disturbance increase he took down a party of police himself. While going down there was considerable stone throwing at the police. When he got down a little way to the Lurgan side of the chapel he heard five or six shots from a little beyond the chapel. There was a slight curve in the road just at the point. He passed on with his party, and the procession was then disappearing round the corner to the right. From the time they reached the chapel till he got to the place where he halted the men there were several stones thrown at them. That was all he knew of the whole business. He halted his men about sixty yards from the chapel.

To the CORONER – He halted his men because the procession had just disappeared. A man came out and threw stones there at the police, but another man took him away. He did not consider himself justified in interfering with the procession then at all. He saw it was the police who fired the shots, but he could not say which of them.
To Sub-Inspector HAYES – Did not see the boy who was shot, but saw a man lying on the road who had been also shot, but he was not dead.
To a JUROR – At the time of the shooting the stone throwing was going on from the processionists. He heard it alleged there was stone throwing from the demesne, but he did not see any.
To another JUROR – There were stones thrown at himself from the processionists, and he thought also from the chapel and the chapel yard, and from the railings on the left of the enclosure.
To another JUROR – There was a crowd of people about the railings, and there were stones thrown from them at the police. The men had to duck from them.
To Sub-Inspector HAYES – He passed Head-Constable Henderson, who was bleeding from a wound on the temple. He passed him on the Lurgan side of the chapel, on the left hand side of the road.
To the CORONER – He thought that was about simultaneously with the firing of the shots. He had to be taken home in consequence of that wound.
To Sub-Inspector HAYES – As the very end of the procession disappeared (and he could not help admiring his pluck), a man came on the road and threw several stones at his party of constabulary. The head-constable was still confined to barracks from the effects of that wound. He did not see any wounds on the other members of the constabulary, but several reported that they had been struck.
To Mr. DOYLE – The processionists were perfectly quiet until they passed into North Street. He saw a few parties at the church, but their numbers were insignificant compared with the crowd. There was not an opposing crowd at the head of North Street. There were three or four men who separated from the procession, but for what purpose he did not know, and there was some little disturbance at the head of North Street with them, but it was soon suppressed. He could not say what became of those men. A few persons remained at the corner of North Street after the procession passed, but there were not a hundred. They were all boys and girls. There were not a hundred parties in the crowd when the three men were attacked. The police went and suppressed the disturbance, and he was present standing on the street.
Mr. DOYLE – You thought discretion the better part of valour and did not go into the disturbance.
Witness – But the men went.
The CORONER – You have no right to make a running comment on the evidence of the witness.
Witness – I am not in the least affected by it.
Cross-examination continued – he followed the procession immediately afterwards.
To a JUROR – The three men he believed were surrounded and only jostled, but there were no blows struck that he saw.
To Mr. DOYLE – He saw a disturbance about 180 yards further down the street, and he went back for another party of police, while Sub-Inspector Barry went down to the scene of the riot. It was getting more serious every moment.
To a JUROR – Before the police came up there were evidently two parties throwing stones at each other, and the disturbance was not confined to the police and the processionists.
To Mr. DOYLE – The crowd at the corner of North Street was not an opposing crowd so far as he knew. He would not say it was the Catholic party attacked the processionists; but there was no manifestations of hostility towards the processionists from any party until the three men came up.
Mr. DOYLE – I suppose that was because the Orangemen were afraid to attack the main body ?
Witness РWell, I cannot say that.
To Mr. DOYLE – He had been a great many places in the North of Ireland and he had never seen any disturbance like what had occurred in Lurgan yesterday. He had never, fortunately, been in Belfast. He had seen disturbances at the North Street corner on the 17th March, 1878. He thought a hostile feeling towards the police prompted the stone throwing on the part of the processionists. Very often when there were two opposing parties in Ireland both parties stoned the police, but both parties did not coalesce here yesterday. He did not hear the order given to fire.
Mr. DOYLE – Would you give us the benefit of yesterday’s experience, whether it is usual before charging a crowd to read the Riot Act ?
Witness – In many cases the Riot Act is read, and in many cases it is not. He had often charged a crowd without reading the Riot Act.
Mr. DOYLE – Is it not usual to read the Riot Act ?
Witness – It would entirely depend upon the necessity that existed in the case. If a party were taking away life of destroying property he would not like to stop to read the Riot Act. At the time he came upon the scene he saw nothing which would have justified him in firing on the crowd.
To a JUROR – He would not fire upon a crowd except under the order of a magistrate.
To Mr. DOYLE – He could not say why there was not more damage done to the police, but he could testify that many of them were hit. He could not say whether there was an Orange party behind the police. The man who threw the stones singly at the police was such as he could respect for his bravery, and one which he would not hurt if he could help it, as he admired him.
To Sub-Inspector HAYES – There was not more than a few seconds between the shots of the policemen. They fire in succession.
To a JUROR – He could see over the heads of Sub-Inspector Barry and his men because there was a decline in the road. Policemen always fire from the shoulder.
To another JUROR – No person in the constabulary force had asked him what evidence he could give on the case. He had told Sub-Inspector Hayes, however, that morning that he could speak to the entire occurrence as far as he saw of it.
To the CORONER – The five men who fired could easily be identified. The men had no discretion but obey the orders they received. The command to fire is generally given by the magistrate through the officer in charge of the police.
To Mr. DOYLE – When the stone throwing was at its height he would have felt justified in firing upon the crowd. If the circumstances required it, he would fire upon any crowd, but he hoped he never should be required to do so.
To the CORONER – There is a positive order against firing blank cartridge first, or firing over the heads of the crowd.

Dr. McCorry having returned, was recalled, and deposed that the height of the deceased was 4 feet 5¬Ĺ inches. The wound was about three inches lower than that from the ground.

Mr. John Johnston, J.P., was the next witness. He deposed that he resided in Lurgan. He was a justice of the peace for the county, and was one of the Town Commissioners. He was standing at the top of North Street on the previous day when the procession passed. It was, to his mind, not a very large procession. The procession passed by quietly, as most processions did, and he waited there till it had all gone, and then followed down North Street after it. He walked slowly, and stood several places between the top of North Street and the Free School. As several of the inhabitants had stated the evening before that there might be a row in consequence of the procession going that way, and that houses would likely be injured, he wished to see for himself what would really take place, and, in the event of anything of the kind, assist as well as he could in preventing any unpleasant consequences. When a little below the Free School he heard some people say that there was a row at the top of North Street, and on looking that way witness saw there was some commotion. Several men turned back on the procession, but he could not say whether they were members of it or not. He prevented several from turning, telling them that they must not go to the row at the top of the street, and as they were with the procession, it was better for them to go on with it. All that he told went on with the procession, but some passed him that he had not time to speak to. A few police were there at the time, and they did their utmost to prevent them going back also. The policemen had batons, but were otherwise unarmed. There was a stone thrown by a young man from the roadside near the wall. The police were then near him, standing on the road. He saw the same person stooped, apparently to get another stone, but he did not see him throw again, as his view was destroyed by the crowd. He went up to the place to see who it was, and whilst going he saw another man stooping, whom he caught with stones in his hand. Some of the constables caught him also, and had great difficulty in taking him to the barrack, as the crowd endeavoured to rescue him. Witness assisted in keeping the crowd off as well as he could, but they were very riotous. When he turned round he saw several attacking Head-Constable Henderson, who drew his baton, and his assailants seemed to disperse. When that was going on he heard a few shots fired farther down the road. He did not see who fired the shots, but he saw some swords or bayonets shining in the sun. The police were doing their best, in his opinion, to keep the peace.

To Mr. DOYLE – He had never seen as bad a row as on the day previous. He knew nothing about the police firing. He heard no order given to fire. There was a great row at the Free School, and the conduct of the crowd there was very bad. There were not a great many stones coming from the crowd where he was. He could form no idea as to whether he would have felt himself justified in firing upon the people, as he was not present when the riot was at its height, but he would not have fired upon the crowd from what he saw. He did not see the procession attacked by any party. He saw several of Mr. Macoun’s factory workers standing looking at the procession, but he did not see them interfere.

After an adjournment of an hour, when the inquiry was resumed in the Courthouse.

Sub-Inspector William Barry was examined. He deposed that he resided at Ballinamore, County Leitrim, and was a sub-inspector of constabulary. He was on duty the previous day in Lurgan, when he was ordered by the County Inspector to go down North Street. The men were not armed with rifles, but with carbines. Before he got the order to go down he saw two affrays in the street. He saw a prisoner in the hands of the police when a short way down the street, and he observed some stone throwing in the distance; that was in the street between Catholic and Protestant churches. The place the stone throwing was going on was not quite so far down as the Catholic chapel. He then ordered the men to double, or increase their pace, and on approaching the stone throwers he detached a constable and four men to run forward and endeavour to make arrests. Immediately afterwards he met Mr. Redmond, R.M., with a mounted policeman. The five men he sent forward were compelled to retire in consequence of the stone throwing. Mr. Redmond gave the order to charge, and he (witness) gave orders to fix swords and subsequently to charge. During all this time the stone throwing was very violent. The street in front of the police was almost filled with people, most of whom appeared to be stone throwers. In consequence of the stones the charging party had to halt, as the stones were coming in a continuous shower. Some of the stone throwers were not more than a few yards in front of the police; but when an attempt was made to arrest them they rushed back into the crowd. They were covered by stones thrown from the processionists. He saw several of the stones aimed to all appearance specially at Mr. Redmond. He could not say whether he was struck or not, but he heard him say he was at the time.
He saw some of the stones pass by his head, which were thrown by some parties only a few yards from him. He and the mounted policeman repeatedly endeavoured to ride into the crowd, but the horse refused to go forward. During the violent stone throwing Mr. Redmond gave witness the order to fire. He directed the men to load, and they did so, and then he ordered two men on the right of the detachment to fire. He did not know the names of the two in particular, but he knew the names of all who did fire. The shots did not appear to make any impression upon the stone throwers, as they became rather more violent than before. There was a second order from Mr. Redmond to fire, and almost immediately two shots were fired. The second firing party should have waited till they received the order through witness, unless they mistook in the confusion it was an order from him, when only given by Mr. Redmond.
A policeman, according to the constabulary regulations, should receive his orders from his own officer, but he did not know whether a magistrate could give the order direct or not. A policeman, by the law, is obliged to obey the lawful command of a magistrate. His mode of procedure was quite in keeping with the constabulary regulations. When the men were ordered to cease firing the stone throwing was still going on. It, however, ceased in a few minutes afterwards. The names of the policemen who fired were –

Constable McGinnity, Sub-Constable Edward Welsh,
Constable William McQuoid, Sub-Constable Edward H. Hood.
Constable William Campbell  

 

Shortly after the firing he examined the pouches of the party, and found all complete except those policemen, who were each a round short. Eleven of the men complained of receiving injuries, and the doctor certified that six of those men were unfit for duty. He was struck several times himself with stones. He did not see any of the men struck. He saw the man Smyth, who was now in hospital, lying on the side of the road. There is an incline in the road, and, as far as he could remember, the police who fired must have been standing nearly opposite the chapel. He did not observe the bank on the roadside from where he was standing. He accompanied the procession in from Derryadd in the morning up as far as the church, when his men halted for a short time, whilst the procession passed on. The firing took place about a quarter before two o’clock.

To Mr. DOYLE – He went out to Derryadd about nine o’clock in the morning, accompanied by Mr. Peel, R.M. Twenty-eight policemen also were with him under his command. The procession passed quietly into the North Street, so far as he saw. He remained at the church some time, and from that he saw two alight affrays take place about the dip in the road. He did not see the procession attacked at the corner of North Street. He did not see Mr. Redmond near the church at all. After he went down North Street he saw a prisoner coming up and he saw stone throwing in the distance. The flags had passed out of view round the bend of the road at this time. There were about 300 people on the street at the time who were all rioters, and engaged in throwing stones at the police. Head-Constable Henderson was not the only person whose blood was drawn yesterday, as one of his party lost blood also. None of them were in bed; in fact they had no bed to go to. (Laughter.)

Mr. DOYLE – They have not got the same bed as they gave to others.
Witness – That is not a very charitable observation.
The CORONER – Go on with the cross-examination, if you please, Mr. Doyle.
Cross-examination continued – He never saw a more determined riot than that of yesterday in thirty years’ experience.
Mr. DOYLE – Your experience does not speak much for you.
Witness – Well, such as it is, you have it. Mr. Redmond gave the orders to fire, and they did so under the direction of witness. He expected that all the party were Orangemen when he fired. (Loud Laughter.)
A JUROR – We are here to inquire into the cause of death, and we won’t allow the whole affair to be turned into ridicule.
Mr. DOYLE – You should not interfere with an advocate in this court.
Another JUROR – You are only hurting your own case.
Mr. DOYLE – That is not for you to determine.
The CORONER – You must keep in bounds, Mr. Doyle.
Cross-examination continued – He did not hear Mr. Redmond saying, “D—- you, men, shoot them like dogs.” He heard no such words used by him. He did not see any stones coming from behind Lord Lurgan’s wall. All he saw came from the crowd in front of the police. He could not believe that the party whom they were protecting would have turned on them.

Mr. Hazlett, solicitor, said he objected to those questions being put regarding stone throwing from behind Lord Lurgan’s wall, as, if that allegation were made, he was prepared to give evidence to the contrary. Mr. Doyle should make such allegations at this preliminary investigation, as it was most unfair to do so in open court.
Mr. DOYLE said he intended to give evidence to prove it.
The CORONER – That has nothing to do with the present inquiry. Let us proceed.
Cross-examination continued – He could not say whether he would, of himself, have ordered the men to fire or not. If the policemen’s lives were in danger he might give the order to fire. Under any circumstances, however, he would hesitate, and consider the matter well before firing. He believed it would have been extremely injudicious on the part of the police to have gone in amongst the rioters.
To a JUROR – The injuries to the men were all received opposite the chapel, or thereabouts. He did not examine the pouch of the wounded man, as he was not under his charge, but he was of opinion that he did not use his pistols.
A JUROR said he wished to know if the resident magistrate actually saw the injuries which were reported to have been inflicted, to as to justify him in firing.
Witness replied that he himself did not know what injuries were done to the men until afterwards. He was in front himself, and was busy in “dodging” the stones. (Laughter.)

Head-Constable William Henderson was next sworn, and deposed that he was at present suffering from the effects of the injuries he received yesterday in the discharge of his duties in North Street. He was struck on the head with a stone. He was about twenty yards beyond Ulster Street at the time. He heard the shots fired five of six minutes after he was struck. He heard none fired before he was struck. The stones were coming at the time in a complete shower, such, in fact, as he had never seen in his experience. He had been four years in Lurgan, and had seen some stone throwing in the town, but nothing in comparison to that of yesterday. He went down after he was injured to near the chapel, and the police were after firing when he arrived. He saw a man lying on the road with a wound in his leg. Immediately after he was struck Mr. Redmond and Quilly, the mounted man, went past him towards the chapel. He also saw Sub Inspector Barry going past in the same direction, and when he recovered himself he followed them. Several of the police had been struck before that, and it was endeavouring to rescue one of the police that got struck. The wound bled a great deal. He saw one sub-constable struck over the head with a stick by one of the processionists, and he ran forward and caught the man. Several of the crowd then kicked him and knocked him about and took the prisoner from him. After going down to the chapel the processionists again attacked the police in a desperate manner with stones. When he saw the man lying on the ground he asked if some one could get a conveyance and take him to hospital, but the parties around him began to use threatening language and act disorderly, and he was taken away from them.

To Sub-Inspector HAYES – He did not see the boy who was shot.
To Mr. DOYLE – He got the blow when he was going down facing the procession. He did not see a stone coming from any other party but from the procession. There was no opposing party where he was. He did not hear the millworkers say anything or do anything to the processionists.
To a JUROR – The millworkers are a mixed party.
To Mr. DOYLE – He had been twenty-eight years in the constabulary, and he never saw worse or more determined conduct from a crowd, but he had seen as bad. Under similar circumstances he had never seen a magistrate ordering the men to fire upon them.
To a JUROR – There was no stone throwing from behind him.
A JUROR – There is no use prolonging this investigation further, as we have abundant evidence as to the cause of death.
Sub-Inspector HAYES – I would like, Mr. Coroner, to examine the mounted constable.
The FOREMAN – We have quite sufficient evidence just now before us to arrive at a conclusion.
A JUROR РThere is only evidence as far as I can see as to the justification of the firing, and nothing about the cause of death. (Laughter.)
Mr. DOYLE – I would like to have Mr. Redmond produced also.
The County Inspector – Mr. Redmond has just communicated to me that he is at the service of the court if necessary.
Mr. DOYLE – That is satisfactory.
A JUROR – We want, Mr. Coroner, the evidence of a man looking along the barrel of his gun, and seeing the boy fall from the effects of that shot. (Loud Laughter.) The last three witnesses were not near the scene of the occurrence at all when the firing was going on.
Mr. DOYLE РI have a great number of witnesses to examine, and to the case cannot possibly finish to-night, I would like an adjournment, say till Tuesday, as Monday will be a busy one for me.
The CORONER – The inquiry must go on from day to day, as there was an opinion expressed to that effect regarding the Portadown inquest.

After some discussion, the inquiry was adjourned till ten o’clock on Monday morning.

 

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