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FENIAN ALARMS. ¥ There seems to be an uneasy feeling on the sub- ject of possible Fenian outrage in many parts of the country and in some places, especially in the great manufacturing towns, special precautionary measures have been adopted. At Middlesborough the authorities, warned by some suspicious meet- ings of the Irish, and by written communications L, they have received, are adopting every means Z, I whereby they may be enabled to act with energetic promptitude in case of need. They have already procured a considerable supply of six-chamberad revolvers, which are part of 100 such weapons that are to be served out to the constables. Two hun- dred special constables, consisting of riflemen (many of whom have offered themselves), shopkeepers, and others, are to be sworn in. A guard has been placed over the armoury of the volunteers. The policemen are all armed with cutlasses. The Irish men, who are employed in large numbers at the ironworks in this locality, are reported to openly boast that they have plenty of arms hidden. Among the letters that have been received by the police is one in which the writer says that the Fenians drill secretly on the marshes in the vicinity of the town, and that he was present at one particular meeting -when it was decided that a number of persons in Middlesborough should be shot; among others the Superintendent of the police. This officer a short time since observed with suspicion that large num- bers of Irish crowded on a particular occasion into the Dundalk public-house in Durham-street, Mid- dlesborough. He went to the place, where about 200 men were Assembled, and applied for admission, but he found all the doors locked. He was informed at last that they were listening to an Irish priest, who had come over to thiscountry to collect money for church purposes. The superintendent commu- nicated with the authoritities, and went to the ad- dress given him as that where the priest in ques- tion lodged, at North 'Ormsby. When the priest named came to the lodgings, and was questioned he said that he had come to England with the view' of collecting money for a benevolent purpose. An other similar meeting of Irishmen took place at Linthorpe, and no satisfactory account can be ob- tained of what took place there, or of the purpose for which the assembly was held. Last week a letter, which bears the post-office mark of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and which was ad- dressed to a person in Manchester, accidentally fell into the hands of the officers connected with the detective police force in London, and which Minutely detailed a plot for the purpose of seizin"- the armouries at Berwick-upon-Tweed. The lettei* Tvith the omission of names and initials, is as fol- lows Dear Received yours; can make short work of them; no guard kept at night; barrack walls easily scaled there are 300 or 400 carbines, and about 80 rifles kept in the armourv, also six field pieces and seven 32 pounders; be- sides ammunition for the volunteers. No one in barracks but the militia staff and families, about 13 soldiers in all. and a number of them generally out at night. We will easily manage it in one night, and (here follows particulars as to the; movements of certain members of the Fenian body, which are suppressed for obvious seasons). We can number 33 with and ——, all true. Be here as soon as possible. Just one gunboat here. I am making arrangements with (several persons and towns mentioned) to bring the bags, -which will come during the week. We°cau muster from 150 to 200. We will settle and be at peace in about a month. We are sure of success. Don't expect resistance from the soldiers and the barracks, but if they do, we will do the usual. We hope to have it settled by this time next month.' After this sentence followed some writing- in cypher, which of course is unreadable. On this letter baiug received by the police authorities in London, Sergeant Langley was despatched to Ber- wick-upon-Tweed. On his arrival hs found that the statement relative to the armoury was mi- nutely and particularly correct, and that the formid- able garrison of thirteen was the number of soldiers who guarded it. After receiving this com- munication from London, the Mayor, James Purvis, Esq, immediately convened a meeting of the magistrates to take steps to protect the°ar- moury. This meeting was attended by the com- mander of the armoury and also the commander of the gunboat, and measures were promptly carried out which entirely removed any appre- hension that might arise as to any Fenian attack. We have already reported some of the measures taken to protect the armouries of metropolitan volunteer corps against possible Fenian surprises. It appears that some of these were singularly in- secure. The drili-shed and armoury of the Cen- tral London Rifle Rangers (40th Middlesex),' King s-head-court, Gr.»y's-inn-lane, was one such. This court is separated by a low dead wall from Ball's-court, which swarms with Irish. In this wall, exactly opposite to the door of the armoury there is a pair of large wooden folding doors. A couple of vigorous kicks from an able-bodied Irish- man in Ball's-court would have forced these doors open. Then men, four or five abreast, could have rushed in. Ball's-court, moreover, consists of houses three and four stories in height, which cluster together in a very odd fashion? There is a row of houses facing the armoury and the ser- geant-major s dwelling, which contains some sixteen windows. From these every room in each of the bouses in King's-head-court could have been riddled with shot; and it certaiyly was a suspicious circumstance that the windows exactly facmg the armoury had the lower half of their frames. takep out. Had the armourv been built specially for its purpose it could not lon<r have resisted an attack placed where it is As soon Is the volunteers learnt |that their armoury was selves for duty008Aerabl6HnU?1^er °ffered them" l j m °f fourteen stalwart men was selected. The building bein- itself un tenable, the men were located elsewhere in such positions that had an attack been made com- manded as every room was by the windows of the houses in Ball's-court, no one placed in the build- ing could have escaped with their lives. Had any stranger presented himself at any window in Ball's-court, at the folding doors in the dead wall or at the little iron wicket in the entry by the public house, and not replying to his challenge, displayed a weapon of any sort, he would have been shot at once. There was only one incident in any way suggestive of an attack. There were in Ball s-court at the time mentioned several lads snapping caps on pistols. Their laughter at first disarmed suspicion, but after a time they were hoisted at the top of the wall, and then very coolly thrust lighted lanterns over, and, looking up, the volunteer guards saw that they were wearing masks over their faces. Whether the lads were prompted simply by mischief to do this, or whether they were put up to it by some men, many of whom were heard at the windows of the houses, it is impossible to determine. At the sergeant- major's request some police went into the court, and told those they met that if the lads wished to avoid being shot they bad better put out their lanterns and keep at home. But the caution had to be given twice before a stop was put to the an- noyance, The police arrangements were equally effective. A real danger b.l threatened the peace of the metropolis, and the Commissioners of Police had taken most complete measures to quell any rising that might have taken place. The police patrolled in twos and threes the streets where the greatest danger was apprehended. But the numbers that were seen were small compared to those held in reserve. The rifles from the ar- mouries in Gray's-in-lane and some other ex- posed positions have since been removed to the Tower.

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