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FENIANISM. The Fenian trials are still proceeding in Dublin. The Commission, however, has ceased to cause any sensation. A proclamation was issued on Monday offering a reward of.41,000 to any person who will supply infor- mation leading to the capture of Stephens, the escaped head-centre. In order that his capture may be the more certain, the Irish Government has issued com- missions of the peace to military men stationed in Ireland, so that they may act in the double capacity of military and police in cases of emergency. Circulars were issued for a meeting of noblemen and country gentlemen in Dublin on the 1st of Feb- ruary, to consider the state of the country. The Dublin Gazette contains proclamations sub- jecting to the provisions of the Peace Preservation Act the counties of Sligo and Carlow, the barony of Ardagh, in the county of Longford, and the parishes of Drum, St. Peter's, and Kiltoon, in the barony of Athlone, county Roscommon. John Fottrell, who was arrested in Manchester, was put on his trial as a Fenian in Dublin on Friday. The principal evidence against him was a letter which he and a man named Patrick Soally wrote to the heads of the conspiracy at the Irish People office, intro- ducing a pensioner named Pettit, who was supposed to be a "friend to the eause;" Pettit had no other intention from the beginning than to employ himself as a.n approver. He Was hired in Manchester, and came over as drill instructor to the brotherhood. He was told that the plan of the intended revolt was different from 1848-that all the officers and non- commissioned officers were military men. There were (he was also informed) between 70,000 and 80,000 "stand of rifles" in and around Dublin, and that every ship brought over men from America be- longing to the Fenians, who scattered themselves among the people. This was a year ago. Mr. Butt declared Pettit "a perjurer." There were three approvers in the case Nagle, Pettit, and Warner- and of them he might say- I p^ree 'provers in three distant places born, Tr. an<l Cork, and Lincoln did adorn; effrontery the first surpassed, ia recklessness, in both the last; The force 01 Satan could no further go- To make a third he crushed the other two. The jury acquitted the prisoner. It turns °ut that the house where the twenty-one regimental ana cavalry swords were found was the meeting Place of an Orange lodge. No explanation has yet been given of the circumstance, except that the swords were used in some way in the ceremonial observances of the meetings held there. At a lata hour on Friday afternoon three young men were arrested in Dublin on a charge of Penianism, on being i found in possession of drill-books. They have, the police allege, been three months in Dublin, living without occupation. One is a machinist, another a bookbinder, and the third a shoemaker. The Irish Times is informed, on good authority, that the Government has discovered the whereabouts of Stephens, and that his arrest may be expected in a few days. There are in Dublin, known to the police as stran- gers—for the most part military Americans-no less than 2,000 persons who have entered the country within the last two months or so. These suspects have u, committed no offence, but their presence and appear- ance in the streets keep up apprehensions and injure business. Under the ordinary operations of the law the authorities cannot deal with them, and they may be engaged plotting an insurrectionary riot for St. Patrick's Day, or for any other future date. It is believed therefore that the Government will imme- diately apply to Parliament for a measure au. thorising them to suspend the Habeas Corpus Act. The Irish public would not object to such a pro- ceeding. The Government have given to the prin- cipal officers holding military commands commissions as justices of the peace, to enable them to dis- charge their duties in an emergency without a warrant from a civil magistrate. Hugh Francis Brophy, now on trial in the Commission Court, was arrested along with Stephens in Fairfield-house. A letter produced in evidence showed that the prisoner was giving orders for the making of pikes on the 18th of September, three days after the Irish People had been seized, which, the Solicitor-General said "af- forded a remarkable corroboration of the statement made by Stephens on the night of the seizure, that things would go on as usual. A man named John- son has been committed to prison in Belfast for having in his possession twelve rifles, and also twelve bayonets, packed in hay, and sewed up in hemp matting. The parcel was in a place of conceal- ment. There have been several other seizures of arms in the same quarter of less importance, and persons have been arrested for defacing the procla- mations. At Hillsborough Petty Sessions, in the county of Down, a man named, M'Donald has been arraigned on a charge of "writing and publishing a treasonable letter within the last six months, and with being a member of the treasonable conspiracy." When arrested he was in the American uniform. After a patient investigation, during which the prisoner, who defended himself, disclaimed Fenianism, he was let out on bail, to appear at the next day's sitting of the Court. The 83rd regiment, mustering about 800 men, arrived in Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon from Sheffield, Newcastle, and other towns, where detach- ments have been quartered, and in the evening were despatched by the City of Dublin Company's steamers Trafalgar and Windsor to Ireland, their immediate destination being the Curragh. It was believed that the 60th Rifles would follow in a day or two.




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