King John castle Limerick

Westmeath Guardian

26 February 1835

PROVINCIAL INTELLIGENCE. ... SHEEP SLAUGHTER.---On the night of the 4th of February, inst., six sheep the property of Mr. T. Nesbitt, of Faltass, having been maliciously destroyed, his son, Mr. James Nesbitt got castings in plaister of paris taken of some tracks that were found on the spot where the depredation was committed, and on the Wednesday following he saw four suspicious looking young men passing on the way to Dublin, and from some words let fall by one of them before they took notice of him, and being on the alert, he suspected they knew something about the transaction, whereupon he armed himself with a case of pistols, pursued the fellows, and after coming up having some conversation with them, which helped to confirm his suspicions (as they prevaricated). He inquired if they saw or knew anything of a man that passed towards Sligo on the day before the sheep were destroyed, and to whom Mr. Nesbit attached some suspicion on account of his having the appearance of a butcher, and having a bull-dog with him. One of them, who afterwards proved to be the only innocent person among them, said he saw and conversed with him, and said he believed the man lived in the neighbourhood of Longford; at this one of the others said very angrily what do you know about him. This saying removed all doubt in Mr. N.'s mind on their being in some degree concerned, and he resolved to have them arrested. However, before they proceeded much further, one said he would return, and was accordingly about taking leave of the rest, when Mr. Nesbitt remarked, that from what he at first said he understood that he purposed attending the fair of Longford, the fellow said he had changed his mind and that he would go to Mohill fair. Mr Nesbitt was now determined to trace everything, whereupon he succeeded in arresting three of the party, by threatening to shoot the first who would attempt to escape; he then gave the prisoners up to the police party stationed at Dromod. On the same night by Mr. Nesbitt's instructions, Sergeant Bruen of Dromod, succeeded in arresting, near Longford, the man who had passed by Mr. Nesbitt's with the dog; this fellow gave his name Culkeen, but persisted in denying any participation in the transaction; however on the model taken from the foot-tracks in the field, being applied to his shoe, the similarity was so striking, the number and distance between the nails, and the exact length and breadth so confounded the unfortunate wretch, that he confessed his crime and gave the names of several of his guilty associates. On being confronted with the fellows whom Mr. Nesbitt arrested, he identified three of them; he also named several persons who had been associated with him in stealing sheep from Lord Hartland, Captain Conry, and the several gentlemen whose flocks have been attacked. The whole party have through the exertions of Mr. Nesbitt, been taken into custody and fully committed to take their trial at the ensuing assizes. The ingenuity of the contrivance reflects the highest credit on Mr. Nesbitt, and the success attending his exertions prove him to be worthy of the thanks of the lovers of order and security.---Ibid.

SHEEP SLAUGHTER.--- On the night of the 4th of February, inst., six sheep the property of Mr. T. Nesbitt, of Faltass, having been maliciously destroyed, his son, Mr. James Nesbitt ...

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