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ARREST OF MR. SMITH O'BRIEN. THURLES, SATURDAY NIGHT. This evening, at eight o'clock, Mr. Smith O'Brien was arrested in the town of Thurles, just as he was on the point of leaving for Limerick. The arrest was made without the slightest resistance either on the part of the prisoner or the people, and the infatuated rebel chief is now on his way to Dublin. He was recognised in passing through the princir pal streets-of Thurles by Hulme, a guard in the employ of the Great Southern and Western Railway Company. Mr. O'Brien asked him the way to the railway station, and Hulme having answered the question, immediately sent a soldier off for reinforcements. He himself followed Mr. O'Brien to the station. On arriving there Mr. O'Brien asked for a second class ticket to Limerick, the price of which he paid. His manner was so embarrassed that the clerk noticed it, and particularly the tremor of the hand. He did not, however, recognise his face. Having given more money than was sufficient to pay the fare, the clerk returned him 6d. change, but he took no notice of this, and was walking away, when the clerk called him back. On his return he asked which was the right platform to go to, and being told that it was that opposite w here he stood he crossed the line to get to it. There he was immediately ar- rested by Hulme, who commanded him to surrender him- self in the Queen's name, and seized his arm to prevent any resistance or the use of a weapon. Head-constable Hanover, D, who held the warrant for his arrest, immediately assisted' Hulme, and Mr. O'Brien was at once disarmed of a small pistol which he carried in his waistcoat pocket, and which was the only weapon he had about him. The reinforcement which Hulme had the prudence to send for, and which con- sisted partly of police and partly of soldiers, now arrived, and Mr. O'Brien was at once conducted to the gaol, where- arrangements were made for his lodgment daring the night. General M'Doriald, however, very wisely deter- mined to send the prisoner without a moment's delay to Dublin; and accordingly, in an incredibly short time, a troop of dragoons and, a detachment of infantry were drawn out as an escort to the station. In the meantime the people began to assemble in groups, the voices of women were heard, waxing eloquently rebellious, and every moment increased the signs of popular agitation. General M'Donald's arrange- 9 r, ments, however, were made and carried out with the greatest expedition and precision. The entrance to the gaol was cleared by the police, a strong body of ivfantry held the sta- tion, and a troop of cavalry swept the streets clear of the crowds that had assembled tbere. The shopkeepers were imperatively ordered to close their doors, and the general himself entered one or two where a disposition was shown to disobey his orders, and struck terror into the inmates. In 1. y 8 consequence of these vigorous measures, not the slightest difficulty was experienced in conveying Mr. O'Brien from the gaol to the station. He was taken there on a car, which was also occupied by Mr. Gore Jones and Captain Fitzmau- rice, the resident magistrate, and by General M'Donald. A strong escort of infantry and police accompanied the prisoner; who was safely placed in a special train previously preparc for the purpose of conveying him to Dublin. Mr. O'Brien occupied the centre seat in the carriage, and in the same compartment were Lieutenant Alexander M'Donald, four armed policemen, and the sub-inspector of constabulary at Thurles. The train started on its way a few minutes after ten o'clock. DUBLIN, SUNDAY MORNING, SIX O'CLOCK. Mr. O'Brien has arrived, and has been safely lodged in the royal barracks here by Lieutenant 'M'Donald, to whose care his father, the general, entrusted the prisoner. Mr. O'Brien was prohibited from speaking or moving on the? way on pain of instant death. He therefore tried to sleep, but his efforts were not successful. His manner during the journey was upon the whole confident and self-possessed, though the uneasiness of his mind would occasionally betray itself in his face, and in the restless manner in which he changed his position from time to time. He yawned fre- quferitlj; as, I believe, to account for the tears w hich came starting into his eyes, and 1 could see that anxiety of mind and personal exposure have left deep traces behind them on liis features. On reaching the Dublin terminus he walked to' the barracks, guarded by a party of thirty policemen. who had- accompanied him by the train. Tilis capture is decisive as to the fate of the Irish rebellion, and it is grati- fying to think that it has been effected so quietly. A report had for some hours previously been industriously circulated in Thurles that Mr. O'Brien had escaped to a sea-port in Galway, apd sailed for America. Viscount Hardinge left towv. this day to take command of the troops at Clonmel. I am this moment informed that Mr. O'Brien has been sent to Kilmainham, under the same escort as that which accompanied him to Dublin. Prince George of Cambridge has thus lost no time in providing for his safe keeping. The few provincial journals which reached this moriiing, are totally barren of intelligence. All seems to be quiet in the south. The news of Mr, O'Brien's arrest, although arriving at the untimely hour of two o'clock this looming by special engine from Thurles, flew like wildfire over the town. Even at this early hour the subject forms the topic of discussion at every street corner. People appear panic-stricken at the fate of the leader of the insurgent army. Evident discon- tent at his pusillanimous surrender without resistance, is the prevailing feeling among the lower classes. THURLES, SATURDAY MORNING.—An important move- ment of the troops was made from Ballingarry on Thursday afternoon. Shortly after one p.m., General M'Donald re- ceived information that Smith 0,Brien had fled to the mountains in the neighbourhood of the silver mines. In less, than an hour after the receipt of this intelligence General M'Donald, with the whole force, under his command had commenced his march for the Keeper Mountain, and arrived in Thurles without a moment's delay hy the junction pf the detached forces from Killenaule, New Birmingham, and other points, twenty-one prisoners following in'the rear, handcuffed to each other, two abreast, the police; with fixed bayonets and muskets cocked, sur- rounding them. As they were leaving, their friends crowded" > l'