THE PHŒNIX PARK TRAGEDY.
Home papers to hand by the last mail state that the excitement in London on the receipt of the dreadful news from Dublin recalled the same day of the week more than a year ago when the news arrived of the murder of the Czar. The tidings reached only a comparatively small number of persons on the previous night. The members of the Fox Club, with which the name of Cavendish is so intimately connected, little knew that one of their number was lying dead while they were dining, and at midnight the news had not reached Lady Brassey’s reception. The Attorney-General entertained at Greenwich several members of the Ministry, but they went home ignorant of what had occurred ; and it was only at the Admiralty party, where Lord Hartington had dined, that the appaling story was circulated among the guests. The Prince of Wales, who had been at the German opera, first heard the sad tidings at the Marlborough Club. Mrs Gladstone, who was Lord Northbrook’s guest at the Admiralty, fainted away when told the terrible news from Ireland, and was conveyed home by Lord Baring. The circumstances of the crime are as extraordinary as the crime itself is ghastly. The butchery was committed in open daylight, and within two or three hundred yards of crowds of persons who were walking about. Lord Spencer had a distant view of it from the windows of the Viceregal Lodge, but imagined that nothing more serious was in progress than a bout of horseplay between a gang of roughs. A lad who was birds’ nesting was also a spectator from a tree but put the same construction upon it as Lord Spencer. So also did a certain Mr Greatrex, a lieutenant of dragoons, who was taking his dogs for an evening stroll. This gentleman, however, saw a good deal more than was seen by anyone else. He observed “ two men” —Lord Frederick Cavendish and Mr Burke —knocked down and the other men remount the car. He remarked to the men on the car that it was “ rather rough work,” to which the men replied, “ rough indeed !” But he took no steps to check the flight ot the ruffians, who he confessed he knew must have treated their victims brutally. The bodies were discovered lying in pools of blood by a couple of bicycleriders some half-an-hour after the foul crime was perpetrated. The reward of Lio.ooo for the discovery of the murderers has been followed by the promise of a sum of Lsoo to anyone who shall give information of people harboring or concealing the assassins. As yet the police have not got upon the track of the criminals. The report that they had traced the car and horse proves to be untrue. The conviction gains ground that the butchery was committed by emissaries of some American-Irish Society, and that the weapon used was a bowie-knife of the sort which can only be purchased in America.
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THE PHŒNIX PARK TRAGEDY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 678, 3 July 1882
THE PHŒNIX PARK TRAGEDY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 678, 3 July 1882
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