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A DESPERATE STRUGGLE WITH A HIGH TVA YIVA N. On Tuesday nitwit one of the most daring attempts at highway robbery and murder that has occurred for many years in Ireland was made at a place a couple of miles, or rather more, to the north of Dublin. The perpetrator of the outrage had, it appears, been try- ing his hand on a smaller scale at highway robbery the two preceding evenings with some little success. On Tuesday, however, grown desperate or bolder, be at- tempted to plunder on a larger scale. A man named Joseph Cummins and his son (a boy of fifteen) were returning from Dublin with two empty carts, having delivered some hay, when, after passing Finglas, a man came up from the side of a lonesome part of the road and seized the reins of the first horse. He called on Cummins to deliver up his money or take the consequences. Cummins, who is a power- fully-built man, refused, whereupon the man drew a revolver from his breast and repeated his demand. Cummins jumped off the cart and attempted to seize him, but the ruffian fired, and the bullet struck him in the left eye. Another bullet, the re- volver being fired a second time, struck him in the thigh, within a short distance of the femoral astery. rt They then closed, and a fierce straggle- ensued, in which the efforts of Cummins to overpower his assailant were ably seconded, by his son, who, with the butt end of a whip, inflicted severe chastisement on the hea.d and face of the ruffian, and at length brought him to the ground. The ruffian fired a's the boy, but the bullet went over his shoulder. The elder Cummins then held his assailant on the ground while his son ran for the police to the nearest barracks. Having procured four constables at Finglas he returned with them to the spot, a car being pressed into their service, when they found the wounded man faint ancS bleeding, but still, by a desperate effort, overpowering hia adversary. The Evening Mail says:- He was at once raised to the car, and conveyed to Finglas Constabulary-barrack. The man was arrested, and taken to the same place. Constable O'Neill at j once dispatched messengers for Captain Lindsay, the nearest magistrate; for Mr. Fennelly, the dispensary j medical attendant; and for Mr. Gan, the sub-inspector. i These gentlemen were soon in attendance. Mr. Fen- j nelly attended to Cummins, whom he found in< a most precarious condition, his life being. in extreme peril. | Whatever could be done under the circumstances, and at the late hour of the night-twenty minutes past < twelve o'clock—was done. Mr. Feanelly then turned his attention to the prisoner, whom he found1 very seriously injured about -the head and face. There was a lage wound on the top, of the head, and other wounds in its vicinity. A pertion of the head was also beaten to softness. The right ear, the eyes, and the forehead presented a shocking spectacle, being covered with gore from the wounds inflicted on them. The entire hwas swollea to an unnatural size, The wounds were dressed, audi the prisoner was conveyed to Glassevm Pblice-barrack. On being questioned he stated that his name was Owen Flynn,-and was amative of Spiddal, in the, county of Galway, but had been taken, to America when an infant, and that he had resided there ever-since; He had lived in the Confederate States, he said, and was understood to add that he had served in the Confed- erate army. The occasion of his return to Ireland was the confiscation by the Northerns of his people's pro- perty. He was dressed in a black frookcoat, with velvet collar, and dark waistcoat and trowsers. The coat was torn up the back in the struggle, and was covered with mud and filth. There werefound on hispersonthree' silver sixpences, and -i box containing fifty patent pistol ball cartridges. Twelve of a similar kind of cartridge were found loose in his waistcoat, pocket, as if for imme- diate use. The boy Cummins handed the police a five- bareFed revolver which he found on the road, and which he said he saw the prisoner drop as soon as he had fired the third shot. Thia weapon is of the most modern pattern; it is exquisitely. finished and silver mounted. The prisoner admitted that it was his,' and said he had bought it for twenty-five dollars in America. Two of the chambers were found loaded with the patent cartridges. Each of these contains a charge of powder, a ball, and the requisite detonating mixture, so that rapidity. of load- ing and firing is attained with certainty. On going to the scene of the occurrence, constable Kelly picked up a knife with a spring and dagger blade, the latter be- Ing open." The Saundevs says cc It would appear he is the perpetrator of other out rages of a similar character, which have been reported as having occurred in "the outlets of the oity within the last two or three days. One of these was upon a cab- man named M'Kenna, who was hired by a person on Sunday night to drive him to Blanchardstown. When they had got as far as the Half-way-house, on the Navan-road, the occupant of the ca.b got out, and presenting a pistol at the driver, demanded his money. The cabman gave him all he had, and he then drove away with his cab. On the night of the 29th a carman named Sherlock was engaged by a person to drive him to the Green-hills, and when they had reached a lonely part 01 the road the occupant got out in the same way, and presented a pistol at the cabman, who, however, had only 6d. On Tuesday, about nine o'clock, a gentleman named Taylor was stopped at Cardiff's-bridge by a man who fired a pistol at him, but without inflicting any injury, however, and he succeeded in making his escape. An investigation into all the abovo cases was held by Captain Lindsay, D.L., J.P., at the Glasnevin Police-barrack. The prisoner O'Flynn, who was in an extremely weak state, was accommodated with a seat. Thomas Cummins, son of the injured man, gave the following account of the occurrence. He said:— He and his father were engaged between ten and eleven on Tuesday night driving homo their carts from market, after delivering two leads of hay. They were both sitting on the first cart. On the road, about three-quarters of a mile or thereabouts beyond Finglas, the man now in custody came out from the side of the [read and caught hold of the reins of the first horse which witness held in his hand. He stopped the cart and asked his father to deliver up his money. His father said he had no money, only a few shillings. The prisoner then put his hand into the left pocket of his father's waistcoat and tore away the lining. A few coppers which were in the pocket fell oat upon the road. The prisoner then put his hand again into the pocket, when his father said, 'Hold on; sure you are not going to rob us P' The prisoner took out a pistol and fired, the ball entering his father's left eye. He was about taking hold of him when the prisoner fired again and hit him in the left thigh. Witness and his father then caught him and overpowered him. Daring the struggle he fired again, and the shot went over witness's shoulder. Witness immediately ran away to the police-barrick and brought the police." Captain Lindsay: You have acted with a great deal cf courage and propriety. I hope your father will get over it. I shall send him the best doctor in Dublin immediately in addition to the dispensary doctor. The prisoner stated that instead of attacking Cummins and his son he was attacked by them, and added—I tried to defend myself as well as I could. They both got me down and kicked me until the policeman came up and brought me to the barracks. He had not been in the Confederate army, but the Union had confiscated 'his property, and he had to come home. As to robbing, he did not believe in it. He denied that the dagger-knife found was his. The cabman above referred to fully identified the prisoner, who had plundered him. Evidence was then given as to the state of the elder Cummins, who is lying in a dangerous state in the hospital; The doctors cannot say that he will recover. The prisoner was committed for trial.





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