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Examination op Psisonees. £Con eluded. J On Tuesday, October 10, Charles Underwood O'Connell, the supposed Federal captain, who had "been lately arrested on landing at Queonstown from •an American steamer; Patrick Cleary, an assistant at the shop of Messrs. Oldham, druggist, in Grattanstreet, Dublin ; Wm. Kyan, commercial traveller ; James Flood f labourer ; James Brennan, gaslitter; James l>. O'Kour.e, tavern keeper of Dub in ; \licha>" O'Neill, messenger, Irish People otlicc ; and J rCDiitlh •O'Farrell, caretaker, also in tho Irish People office were brought up before Mr. Strongo. :u,r. Barry, Q.C., said that O'Connell, who was a captain in the 99th Foot, an American regiment, was charged wiih having como over to promote tho Fenian conspiracy. On his arrival documents were found upon him clearly connecting him with tho conspiracy, and. fuTv disclosing the manner in which the organisation was carried on in America. In the tnformuti nof Nagle, a person named O'Cann-ll was menticned as giving him a letter to take to Geary in Cor«:. It would be proved that the O'Connell so mentione I ■was the prisoner, who filled an office of confidence under tho head centre, O'lTahoney, at the head-quarters of the brotherhood in New York. The documents found on O'ConreU would -'mpiicstc many per.-ons; and it would hereafter sippes.r that other American officers have also arrived. After soma further observations, Mr. Parry proceeded to rtart letters written by Stephens, under the name of "Wilcox:" a so by John O'Mahonev, H.C.F.8., one of which was dat d t-t Louis, May 3, 1864, in which tho writer said he had just attended a meeting of the Fonia i Brotherhood, and no less a person than t -e origin itor and founder, under tho assumed name of l'aly, was present, and that " Captain Daly" (alias Stephens) attended, and was introduced to the meeting amids. prolonged applause; that the forehead of Stephens W"S very like Shakespeare's, and that he delivered a speech in-which he said that six years a2">, when this organisation was first started, it was universally proclaimed that the spirit of Irish nationality was extinct, and the corpse laid on the dissectii,g table. Counsel said that he read this letter to show that Stephens travelled in Americ. under the assumed nniuo of Daly. Mr. Barry al-o read a letter written by Stephens, under tho assumed name of" Wilcox," addressed to O'Leary, and dated "Dublin, August 7,1563," in which he said, referring to the contemplated starling of the Irish People newspaper ;—" 1 neither want you to edit- the paper nor advance, funds. T requi "e, a- dsh 11 have, £10 .0 av.d 5000 subscribers before I start the paper, and I can have an editor. What I chiefly require of you is to take the nominal proprietorship, and to writs as murh and constantly as you c ulil. This would involve your residence here. As it bo inconvenient to you to settle down iu Dublin, and moreover as the "labourer is worthy " &o , I propose to allow you for your services £150 a year to begin with. lam confident the paper shall prove a great success. I count on a sale of 20,000 copies. The preceding lines are far from expressing all I wish to communicate, and nothing but a long conversation could satisfy me in this way.

Mr. Bury also read letters, one signed F. 13. Muller, Mac'dison, Indiana, addressed to " MajorGeneral Eossiau, commanding, Xashville," introducing Mr. J. Daly as r> gentleman " connected with tlie present movement to restore Irish nationality." Another letter of the fame date similarly finned was addressed to '■ Major J. P Huffily, head of Wo t" 'Tone centre, and commanding the 35th Indimla ~Yoiiinti>ers," also introdu i: L r r . J. Paly as a f'riond of Irish natijna'ity. Jlr. Br.rry aUo read official papers which had l-een given as follows:—" Executive Department, Indianopali*, ?,{av H. IKQi. 'V:m bearer hereof, .T. I") ,ly, «■ -''ics to visit the armv of •the ' umborhmd and the Mississippi Departments. Bel requests he in iy he permitted for the purpose of visit!nsj the Irish s >ld:irs therein.—Mor-Tos Orovernor of Inriiwa."

This was enclosed:—" Executive Department, Xndiana, May <>, IS6I. I desire to make this renu^st • special, as I believe that the visit of Mr.! Tie useful to the service.—Mokto>', Governor of Indiana."

There was anothor pass f.-om the Provost-Mar-shall's office, Memphis : '■ Pass the bearer, J. Daly, for two d .vs. George E. Willi sms, District Ma'r shall. This pas=i is not transferable."

There is al-.o a military pasy from Xashville, dated May 19: "Pass the J. Daly, through our lines to Tairo, by river. By order of BrigadierGeneral Grainger. Gocd for live days." A letter w»s found on O'C'onnell from SanFran•cisco, dated Jan. 2, 1864, addressed to Archdeacon, who had been already committed for trial. It said :

—" I venture to suggest to you that evorv encouragement should be given to revive the Chartists. It can bo shown to the working men of Rngland that if Ireland were independent the Irish workman could get plenty of work -and good wages at home. Freedom, therefore, would benefit the wording man. The English farmersliould shown that we want to give the English peasan ;:ier the farm upon which he toils for an idle lord ; we vant to to him -10 acres at lenst free forever —we waut a Garibaldi for England, a Sarsfield for Ireland, to move upon their enemies, the landlord" of both countries, at the same moment. We have an Irish leader in John O'Mahonev, backed by 50,000 veteran Irish soldiers in America readv for the world. —Faithfully yours, Thomas Mooney."

Mr. Barry, at the close of hij statement, Baid he "would ask to have C'Gonuell committed for trial He had no objection to have bail taken for Kynn, Plood, James .Brennan, and James D. O'Koiirke. Bail was then agreed to bo taken for the four prisoners, £25 each, and two sureties for each iu £10. Further depositions were then read, and also some verses found at Patrick Cleary's room, in Mr. Oldham's house. The prisoners "not bailed were then remanded.

Un Wednesday, October 18, George Hooper, merchant tailor, James Joseph O'Connell O'Callaghan, drapers' assistant, and James Wrian, a fire-briagde man, wore committed for trial by Sir. Stronge on the charge of being implicated in the movemc;:l. Two pris ■ner.i were admitted to bail. This disposes for the present of all the Dublin prisoners. The piisoners in gaol in Cork on the chargc of treason are numerous. .Several are citizens of Cork, others are American?, origi:;all_v Irishmen, who have been officers in the Federal army. Eighteen of them have been remanded for eight days A letter was found on the person of one of them "directly connecting him with John U'Mahony. Another had a large parcel of Fenian letters to persons in Dublin, prepared for transmission. A private meeting of the of the magistrates of G.lway was held on the 4th of October, and whilst the conference wa9 proceeding, the object being to ask the Government to send a military force to protect the arms, ammunition and appurtenances of the local pensioners, an armoursergeant and men arrived from the Curragh, packed up the arms (LO6 stand) and carried them off to Athlon,,. The inhabitants of a part of the county of Donegal seem much afraid of a landing. They lirmly believe that within the last few days arms and ammunition have been landed at a puint not from Killeheg.i far. IheL-*ovemmenTintend,forpreeautionsake, toafation a frigate at Killebegs, whi-h, though a secluded I port, is capable of floating the largest \esstl of her Majesty 8 fleet, and is tho nearest to America. It is remarkable that there has been found in possession of so many of the persons apprehended even persons who have never been in America, American books on drill. Two arrests were made on October 6in Drogheda and three in Cork. On the same day, Martin o'Brennan, the proprietor of the Connaught Patriot, who was arrested in Tuam the previous day, was brought before the magistrate at Dublin, and remanded. John Gallagher, the registered proprietor of the Patriot, was arrested at Dublin, charged with having published, on the 30th of September, a treasonable article, inciting foreigners to invade Ireland. Joseph Jnde, the son of Mr. Jurte, the proprietor of the lioyal Shades Hotel, Dublin, has been arrested at Mullingar, where ho managed the business of an hotel for his father. There were no additional arrests in Dublin on Saturday, October 7, but several took place in the country districts, most important being in Cork. Mountaine, a master shoemaker, was arrested there, and went to prison in a manner so defiant, that one of the local journals, in speaking of his air and bearing, quotes the lines of Aytoun on Montrose as applicable to him :—

There was Rlory on his forehead, Tfierc was lustre in his eye ; And he never marched to battle More proucllytiian to die. In his house were found a number of document?, which led to the immediate arrest of a respectable young man, *hs eon of a manufacturer of woollens and the propriotor of a spinning-mill, named JVicholls The young man's'f<tiher was known to bo a strong opponent of the Feni .n movement, and it is hoped his son may be able to clear himself from complioity m the plot.

[ In Cork, <>n Wednesday, ' Vtob r 11, 13 prisoners charged with high treason were committed for trial. Tho chief witness against thom was Warner, the informer, who swore that in May, 18G4, he took tho Feninn oath. (Ho had been a military pensioner, and in joining tho Fonians ho appears to have done 80 with the same views as those deposed t<- by Bsttit. the military ponsioner, who had previously given evidence.) " His depositions were similar to those heretofore (jiveu, and ho identified tho prisoners as having been in the habit of meeting at Geary's House to learn " engineering ami military discipline." In the course of his further depositions ho said, "AU tho persons calling the-.ns-Ives Fenians said that tho priests wero lo bo put to death, and the Catholic Bishop of Cork killed and burned in tar." In his cross-cxamination, Warner's testimony on this point was very vague and unsatisfactory. Tho names of tlio prisor'.T.s now charged were Mark Adams, engineer : iTolm iunnoallv, commercial traveller; Patrick O'.-haughnessy, assistant traveller; Brian Dillon, law clerk; .lohn Casey, clerk; John Lynch, accountant: Michael Murphy, hat manufacturer; James Mountaine, shoe-binder ; Alexan -t'l' iuholls, jnn., son of a mill-owner ; Thomas Grady, tailor ; William Crowley, Patrick Dunne, carpenter; John Thompson, traveller for a groccr; Timothy I'nrmody, plasterer.—Warner said he knew nothing about Mountaine or Is'icholls.— Ue was bound over to prosecute. Bail was rcfu-ed for any of tho prisoners. Nicholls" father offered, but in vain, to procure bail for any amount. Warner also s wore that it was arranged for tho rising of tho Fenians to take placo at the end of September, or early in October.

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THE FENIAN MOVEMENT., New Zealand Herald, Volume III, Issue 677, 12 January 1866

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THE FENIAN MOVEMENT. New Zealand Herald, Volume III, Issue 677, 12 January 1866

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