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Association, distinguishes between "Federalists" and "Simple Repealers". We
understand, by the latter class, all those who are simple enough to
subscribe to the "Rint" . - 'Punch'.
DUBLIN, OCT. 28. - The usual meeting of the Repeal Association took place
this day in the Conciliation Hall, the Lord Mayor elect in the chair. The
attendance was very meagre, and but little interest was excited. Two facts
alone are worth recording; first, the HON. MR. HUTCHINSON announced that he
was about to leave the country, perhaps for ever in consequence of the state
of his health; and secondly, the rent received for the week was stated to
be £475 15s 3d.
THE NEW MOVEMENT IN IRELAND. - It would be rather "Irish" to say that the
new 'movement' for federalism 'stands' still. Yet, at the present, there
could be no better description given of the state of the federal and, we
might almost add, the repeal agitations. There is, in truth, a calm in the
political world. The little that was doing amongst the repealers has almost
ceased since MR. O'CONNELL's manifesto, announcing his preference for a
federal parliament, and no other party has made any advance in aid of the
ridiculous project. It is now nearly a fortnight since the first "rumours"
were issued of a formidable coalition between all sections of the
opposition, and the public were led to expect that some great deed had been
executed, and was on the eve of being delivered to them; but, cruel to
relate, nothing has transpired, or is even speedily promised, to gratify the
MR. O'CONNEL's ANNUAL REVENUE. - Last year, we are informed by the
'Monitor', the begging collection amounted to £28,000 - not bad payment for
frothy words and cowardly acts; and in the same year the sums extorted,
under the name of repeal rent, were - forty-seven thousand six hundred and
fourteen pounds, seventeen shillings, and ten pence sterling, making a total
of £75,614 17s. 10d., dragged from the poorest peasantry in the world.
The weekly collections made during the present year, under the pretence of
seeking repeal, amount in round numbers to about £39,000, an account of the
expenditure of not one farthing of which has been given ! Now that the
delusion is over, and repeal flung by, some statement of the manner in
which these thousands have been disposed of, might have reasonably been
expected, but instead of an explanation, a new bill is furnished, a fresh
extortion attempted. Low, ignorant and debased as MR. O'CONNELL'S dupes
have hitherto been, we think this is too much even for them to swallow, and
anticipate that the "national collection" for 1844 will be a signal
failure. - 'Evening Mail'.
AN IRISH GIANTESS. - A few days since there died near Lissadell, about four
miles from Sligo, an extraordinary character, well known in the principal
towns and villages of the west and north of Ireland, as an oyster carrier.
Her proper name was MOLLY CARVER, but she was better known by an Irish word,
expressing the opinions usually formed of her sex. She was in truth an
Irish giantess, being six feet eight inches high, and possessing
extraordinary strength. Her usual dress was a petticoat, over which she
wore a vest and coat the same as a man, and invariably had her head covered
with her handkerchief. She wore blue stockings, and brogues of the largest
size; her voice was coarser than that of any man.
When faction fights were common in fairs, whatever side Molly joined was
sure to conquer, as none could stand before her.
She has been known to retake potteen from a whole party of revenue police,
knocking down every man that opposed her. She was about 76 years of age,
and was very fond of whiskey, which she frequently drank to excess. 'Sligo
EXTRAORDINARY AND DANGEROUS FEAT. - On Saturday evening a large crowd of
persons were collected in Sackville-street, in consequence of seeing two men
standing on top of NELSON's Pillar. One of them, a fine young fellow about
16 or 17 years of age, began to ascend the figure, and after "tugging away"
for some time he succeeded in getting on the "capstan" which is placed
behind the colossal statue of the naval hero; from this position it was not
very hard to ascend the figure itself, which the lad accomplished, and
having looked round him for a moment, he scated himself with great
complacency on the head of the figure, where he continued several minutes
waving his cap.
He then raised himself and stood on the head of the figure, first on both,
and then on one foot, in which perilous situation he remained several
Having descended, his companion, somewhat his senior in years, went through
a similar evolution; and then both ascended the figure together, and taking
hold of each other's hand,they stood, with one leg each, on the granite head
of the immortal NELSON. It was blowing a strong breeze, and it was painful
to witness the dangerous positon of the youths at this moment; but they
descended without any accident, and on coming into the street, they were
They refused to give their names, nor would they say if the feat was done
for a wager, which is supposed to have been the case. - 'Dublin Freeman'.