1842 February 3 Newry Telegraph
Thanks to Kieran McConville for sharing the clipping.
ARREST OF A PERSON CHARGED AS PRINCIPAL IN THE MURDER OF MR. POWELL. -- we are informed that Sub-Inspector's Armstrong and Holmes -- the former from Newtonhamilton, the latter from Crossmaglen -- proceeded, on the night of the 29th ultimate, with a strong police force, to the lands of Corleaghlaskagh, within 4 miles of Ballybay, County of Monaghan; and after close search, succeeded in arresting Henry McCabe in the house of a widow Hughes. McCabe stands charged, on oath, with being a principal in the murder of the late Mr. Thomas Powell, at Newton Hamilton, on 2 January, 1841. Too much praise cannot be given to the above named officer; and is to be hoped that they would derive something more substantial, from the untiring energy and zeal in bringing the perpetrators of this atrocious murder to justice.
 Sub-Inspector Christopher ARMSTRONG. He was the Senior Turnkey.
 Sub-Inspector Gordon S. HOLMES. He died bef. 1864, and his wife was named Elizabeth. Their daughter Margaret married William STITT. He was CHuch of Ireland.
 Henry McCABE. He was one of the four to remain in custody Newry Telegraph Feb 3, 1842.
 Widow HUGHES
 Thomas POWELL (?-1841) was an “agriculturalist” who was hired by William QUINN to put in drainage on lands at Lough Ross in the townland of Tullyard (lands that QUINN had inherited from an aunt who died in 1840). POWELL received a threatening letter days before his murder. It was likely connected with the fact that QUINN, the landlord, was displacing some tenants. QUINN alleged that he was giving them alternate and comparable land, but this is likely a generous estimate of what was on offer. For the small cottiers, such acts by landlords were to them literally a matter of life and death. Moved off their farms, they would die. As a consequence, Thomas POWELL was murdered January 2, 1841. SOURCE: Seanchas Ard Mhacha. Vol. 10 No. 2 pp380-416. Agrarian Disturbances around Crossmaglen, 1835-1855. Part III. Kevin McMahon and Thomas McKeown. (NOTE: This series of articles is well worth reading!).
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