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TRIAL AND ACQUITTAL OF THE TWO MEN FOR SHOUTING AT A SOLDIER, At the commission of Oyer and terminer in Dublin, on Saturday, Patrick Kearney and Richard Dowling, alias Lalor, having been put forward, Dowling was in. dicted with having, on the 21st of April, discharged a loaded pistol at a soldier named James Meara, with intent to murder him. There was a seoond count in the indictment charging the prisoner with the intent to do Meara-I grievous bodily harm. Another count charged him with aiding and abetting Kearney. Patrick Kearney, whose name appeared in the same bill of indictment, was put back for the present. The princi- pal evidence was that of the soldier, James Meara, who said "I was in Exchange-court on the evening of the 21st of April. I met the prisoner on the quay at the Four Courts. I had met the prisoner before at Fenian meetings. I was a Fenian myself. I had always known the prisoner by the name of Lalor. I went with him to Hoey's public-house, at the corner of Bonham-street. He told me there would be some riflemen there. He asked me what I would drink, and I had some porter, for which he paid. I had some con- versation with the prisoner. I asked him about a man named Baines. Baines was a Fenian head-centre.' The prisoner went out on two occasions, and returned after a few seconds each time. The second time he came back he said it was time to be going. He went out as if to go out of the house through the glass door by the front door, and I was going out by the side door; and when I was in the act of opening the side door leading into Bonham-street I saw Kearney come through the glass door into the spirit shop. He made a circle as if he was going into the back yard, and he turned short and fired at me. I had just then turned my head sideways. I saw him firing the shot. He was then within a yard and a half of me. My back was to him, but I had my head turned. He had a pistol in his hand. When he fired the shot I made a jump to the glass door, and got out through it. The shot took effect in my left ear and wounded me. I got into the shop and made a rush out into the street, and, as I was getting out into the street, the prisoner Dowling, who was in the shop with his back to the counter, fired at me and wounded me in the two first fingers of the left hand. I got out into the street, and as I was getting out of the door several shots were tired-none of them took effect on me, but I heard a man who was in the shop cry out, Oh, my God." There was no person that I could see that could have fired that shot but Dowling. I saw the flash of the shot. It came from the direc- tion Dowling was in, but I saw no pistol with him. Kearney was in the rear at the time. There was another man whom I do not know waa in rear of me at the glass-door. After being fired at in the shop I got out into the street and ran up in the direction of Thomas- street, and several shots were fired in the direction I was going. One of the shots struck me in the thigh, and came out at the knee, and wounded me. I saw a man following in the street, firing crosswaya. I met a policeman in Thomas-street, and reported the circum- stance to him. He did not seem to believe me. I then went down to the detective-office and reported the cir- cumstances. All the witnesses for the prosecution having been examined, and the judge having charged the jury, Dowling was acquitted to the surprise of every one ia court.


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