Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume XXV, Issue 1239, 8 October 1929, Page 3
♦ POISONING OF HOUNDS - / A FARMER BEATEN. i : — i A scene m which a farmer is alleged to have been publicly beaten by members of a fox Uunt had a sequel m the ' Tipperary Court. The master and secretaries of the Tipperary Foxhounds claimed £100 damages against George and Richard Switzer, father and -son,' of Curraghheenduff,. Ballingany, who were alleged to have poisoned five hounds. Af a later stage the name of George Switzer, who was described as an old man of infirm health, was struck 'out. Mr Kingswell Moore, K.C. for the hunt, alleged that the hounds were poisoned because the hunt " refused to he blackmailed into paying for damages they had never done. " He alleged vthat Switzer had not only put poison oh his own land, but also m a fox covert bounding it. . ' Major Murdoch Cahir, a prominent member of the hunt, said that after the hounds 'wero- poisoned Switzer cried : " That's the stuff to give them.'' Major Cahir said he lost his temper and struck Switzer 'with 'his' whip. In cross-examination the major denied belabouring Switzer when .he fell on the ground, with an angry crowd round him. Later that afternoon, h« said, one of the dead hounds was (lung through the door of Switzer's house. Switzer closed the door, and, seeing that he was responsible for the dogs' deaths, Major Cahir- said he thought lie mjght as well heave N tlie other dos through the window. .One of th«f pai'ty flung it through the glass. "•'" :. y ■ John Fitzgerald Fethard, a saddler, said that when Switzer boasted about what he had done he (Fethard) struck him on the head with a butt end of a stick. "The stick was too light, and broke at the second blow," he added amid laughter. . ' y For the defence it was stated that ample "- notice was ..given by. advertisements /m the Press aiid by posters that the lands were poisoned. §witzer was entitled to protect his property. On several occasions, said Switzer's counsel, members of the hunt rode through his lands m defiance of him, and -on one occasion Major Hutchinson, a secretary of the hunt, lashed at him with his whip. This Major Hutchinson denied. The jury awarded £10 damages against Richard Switzer. i '