(from the Dublin Times)
To-day, four men, John Slaven, Silvester Kilmurry, George Maughan, and Michael King, were put upon their trial charged with having in July last gone with a large party, mostly armed, to a farm named Clenad, which had recently come into the possession of a Mr. Gatchell, and having issued their orders for the removal of the police, who were protecting Mr. Gatchell's family, for the dismissal of strangers, who had been employed to mow, and, we believe, for giving increased wages to the labourers engaged. The three men first mentioned were found guilty. Kilmurry and Maughan were sentenced for transportation for the term of their lives. Slaven, having interposed to save Poole's life, was recommended to mercy by the jury; his sentence will consequntly be a mitigated one; it was not pronounced while I was in court. This is the case to which the observations in my letter on the other side and the jaudge's remarks have reference.
Chief Justice Doherty, before recapitualting the evidence, made the following observations: "It is melancholy to witness the the rich and the poor arrayed as they may be in this court, in hostility against each other, instead of being, as ought to be, knit together in mutual affection by mutual benefits, promoting, by such reciprocity, the interests of each other, and the interests of all; bringing peace where there is now dissention; security where there is now danger; prosperity, where there is now wretchedness; all which happy changes would result from the establishment of those kindly relations between landlords and tenants, which would exhibit the former narrowly watching over the various interests of their tenantry, and anxiously fostering by their example and precept, their social improvement. By this course, and by this alone,can landlords hope to regain, and permantly secure that natural and legitimate influence ehich forms the necessary accompaniment, and is the true indication of the general existence of these great relations between them, which is indispensable to their common welfare, but to which combinations and conspiracies such as the present trial indicates present the greatest obstacles. In the whole course of my experience (and I know address myself to the humbler classes), I have never known a single advantage to be secured for you by such conduct; I have never known a farm to be got the cheaper, or wages advanced by it; but I have known the reverse of all this to be its result. I have known landlords to become alienated from you by your thus ranging yourselves against them. I have known capital (from which alone improved wages can flow to you) to be kept from being embarked amongst you, on account of the insecurity to property and life which attend your conspiracies; and worse than all, I have seen them terminate in such sad catastrophes as we may shortly witness here, if the jury consider the evidence adduced against the prisoners before me, conclusive of their guilt, in the shrieks of the agonized wife, and of her desolate children, bereaved, and forever, of the husband and father on whom rested their hopes of protection and support. These are a few of the manifold calamities which I have witnessed as the inevtiable results which your infatuation entails on you, thus marring the kind intensions and blessings of Providence to a country which contains in it all the elements of prosperity and happiness, if her children would but cultivate them, by cordially cooperating for their individual and general welfare."
London (England) Standard, March 13, 1833.