What Mr. Porte, the Lucanite Referred to, Says.


In yesterday's issue under the Leading of "Another Sensation as Lucan," a certain leading Lucan gentleman was accused of writing letters from time to time to Patrick Donnelly. S. L. Everett, the late Lucan constable, is the individual who is busy circulating these rumors, and the party accused is no less than Mr Wm. Porte, the Lucan portmaster. Our reporter interviewed Mr. Porte, who is in the city to-day, who admits having written several letters to Patrick Donnelly, from time to time but that these letters were all written long before the tragedy, and further,


having in these letters written or even hinted at the perpetration of any outrages in any way whatever, and that it is a base calumny on the part of Everett to injure him and his family, and defies Everett or anyone else to produce any correspondence in which there could be the faintest shadow of such scandalous insinuations appearing therein.

Mr. Porte freely and voluntarily admits having written letters to Patrick Donnelly, but that all such letters were of a business character. He may have mentioned from time to time in these letters that he was grieved at the storied he (Mr. Porte) had heard about Patrick's brothers in Biddulph, and believes in these letters he has more than once


to come up and take away or get rid of his brother William, who was becoming a terror in the community. Mr. Porte feels very keenly the insinuations against him and stoutly calls on the traducer of his fair fame to come forward like a man and produce those letters or forever hold his peace. It is well known around Lucan that for a number of years Everett has expressed a deadly enmity towards Mr. Porte and has left no stone unturned to exhibit the [same on?] every available occasion. In fact, we may say there is little love lost on either side, and for a length of time both parties have been carefully watching each other, and taking advantage of any little slip or blunder to magnify the same a thousand fold. The slight difficulty, which first occurred a few years ago between these parties, was a few weeks' after its occurrence increased to


by Constable Everett taking advantage of Mr. Porte in a weak moment, and running him in a very summary and violent manner into the celebrated Lucan lock-up on a charge of drunkenness. It was generally admitted that Everett on that occasion exceeded his duty in the manner in which he run him in. However that may be, ever since the unfortunate affair happened the most violent animosity has been evinced by both parties towards each other, and no opportunity had been missed by either in going for the other lively. Everett, on his part, has brought repeated charges against Mr. Porte, with a view of ousting him from the Post Office, and Mr. Porte was, on his part, left nothing undone to have Mr. Everett dismissed as constable. In fact, Mr. Porte finally succeeded in accomplishing that end. It is, apparently, now, Everett's idea to annoy his old antagonist all he possibly can, by raking up a lot of dead letters, which can hardly accomplish any other end than to excite the whole community once more in the matter of the Donnelly troubles by creating another Lucan sensation.

Source: Unknown, "The Lucan Sensation - What Mr. Porte, the Lucanite Referred to, Says," London Advertiser, November 24, 1880.

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