WONDERFUL ESCAPE & APPREHENSION
DAN O' CONNELL.
FROM HIS PLACE OF CONFINEMENT ON MONDAY
LAST, AND WHO so AGITATED THE MINDS OF THE
PEOPLE, BY HIS FEROCIOUS CONDUCT THAT A VIG-
OROUS PURSUIT WAS MADE AFTER HIM. AND IN A
FEW HOURS HE WAS APPREHENDED. AND SAFELY
LODGED IN DURANCE VILE.
A few weeks since a paragraph went the round of the London and
Provincial Newspapers, respecting the escape of a Lion and Tiger
from Wombell's Menagerie whilst travelling in Northambtonshire.
The whole story has since turned out to be a fabrication; but on
Monday morning last, one of the Lions belonging to that collection
actnally escaped just before day-break, in the village of Bowes, in
Yorkshire. It appears from information received from the spot, that
the collection was on its way to Ripin fair, and had halted at Bowes
for the night ; but a number of boys had gathered round the caravan
and had during the evening made a small hole in one corner of it.
for the purpose of getting a gratuitous peep at the King of the forest.
it is supposed, by the Keeper, that this small apartment was some what
enlarged after himself and others connected with the Menagerie had
retired; but no suspicion was created, or alarm thougot of, till a
ternfic roar resounded through the village. A joiner named Harris-
on was first aroused, and having opened his window saw the Lion,
who is a decsendant or the renowned Wallace, and named ' Daniel
O'Connell.' taking most majestic strides towards a flock of geese
which, after selecting one for his own picking he most unceremoniuosly devoured.
The village was now in one general state of alarm; the
windows were thrown open and scores might be seen surveying the
movements of the great ', AGITATOR" and disturber of their re?
pose. At lenght wm. Lennox. the keeper, accompanied by George
Briden har e- keeper to the caravans, and several other servants be-
onging to the Menagerie, sallied forth in pursuit; and just as the
powerful animal was leaving the town eastward. they succeeded in
puruing his course to a back lane. Lennox, with only a whip in
his hand, seized Dan by the tail; and at the imminent danger of his
life, kept him at bay till the other individnals came up, and with
properatus, secured him. After this was done, five hours elapsed
before this was done. whon he was placed in ins proper quaiters. It
was impossible to drag him, even with strong ropes, owing to the
force with which be fixed his claws in the ground ; boards were at
brought, and thus he was ultimately drawn to the caravan. No
further mischief beyond scartering the geese occurred.
The Reader wil perceive by this, that it is not Daniel O'Connell
Esq. M P but a Lion called by that name.
R-printed from a copy?the lmprint bearing Wm Carse, Glasgow
This day, ( Monday, 16th June, 1834) the Lord Justice Clerk
and Lords Com mssioners of Justiciary, met at the usual hour and
disposed of the following cases.-
Alexander Young a good looking young man, was first placed at
the bar charged with having broken open the stable of Mr Stobbo,
Branton. in the county of Haddiagton, on the 2lst March last,
atnd with having stolen therefrom mare, and a saddle ; also with
stealing a number of sacks, and a quantity of corn from a barn, the
property of the said Mr Stobbo.
The pannel pleaded guilty to the charge of theft, and the Solicitor
General having passed from the charge of housebreaking. he was
sentenced to 7 years transportation. Previous to sentence being pro-
nounced, the advocate for the pannel stated to the Court, that his
client when first incarceraced, although at the age of manhood, did
not know the alphabet, by his unreinitting atrention to the instruct-
ions of the Jailor's son he could now read the sacred Scriptures.
The poor fellow wept incessently during the trial.
Robert and William Barrie, carters from Haddington, were called
on a charge of assault and were outlawed for non appearance, their
bail bond forfeited and their goods, gear and effects confiscated to
the Crown. FORBES, EDIN.
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1834 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.74(159)
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