Report of the Arguments in the Court of Queen's Bench
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Excerpt from Report of the Arguments in the Court of Queen's Bench: On Shewing Cause Against the Conditional Order for a Criminal Information; Against John Sarsfield Casey; At the Prosecution of Patten Smith Bridge; With the Judgments of the Judges; And an Appendix of the Affidavits and Documents Used on the Motion<br><br>Mr. Casey had been for years living in a peaceable and orderly manner with his father in Mitchelstown. When he was a young man of seventeen or eighteen he became implicated in the Fenian conspiracy, and was tried at Cork before one of their lordships. He was sentenced to five years' penal servitude, and he underwent the sentence. Now, why was that introduced into Mr. Bridge's affidavit except to blacken and slander the charac ter of Mr. Casey? He said Casey was popularly known as the Galtee Boy. His being convicted had given him a certain popularity and served to attract the more marked attention of a certain class to everything he wrote. Mr. Bridge then referred to the letter writen by Mr. Smith, which he said was written without his knowledge. There was only one tenant receiving outdoor relief. Counsel said it was a mere delusion on Mr. Bridge's part to say it was these temperate and mild letters of Casey which had excited prejudice against him. Mr. Bridge said, I believe before the publication of these letters no one could be found to offer me insult or attempt my life, except Ryan or some one hired by him for the purpose. Yet he got compensation from the Grand Jury of Cork which he could not have get if they did not believe, and he did not prove that the people of the neighbourhood were withholding evidence. Mr. Bridge said he had received a number of threatening letters, one of which was Bridge leave, leave, leave, or if you don't we'll face you and your body guard, in the face of God and man if it were in the chambers of Galtee Castle in the noonday, we will not leave until your body will be cold and your soul in hell with John Sadlier, your master. Hyland got the same warning and ridiculed it, let you ridicule it if you like, it is the last and. If rejected will prove fatal - Your attempted assassin. Was it not childish that because a man got a threatening letter a criminal information was to be got against any man who temperately discussed his conduct?<br><br>About the Publisher<br><br>Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com<br><br>This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.