Trial of the Feeheleys.

LONDON, July 11. - The examination of James and William Feehley before Mr. Peters, J. P., commenced in the court-room here this morning. Mr. Hutchinson for the prosecution and Mr. MacMahon for the prisoners.

Patrick Donnelly was the first witness, and testified to a conversation with James Feehley on the 23rd of April. Prisoner speaking of money his family were to receive for the sale of their farm, said, "If they don't pay the money we'll hang ever one of them." Witness accused him of being present at the murder, but prisoner denied all knowledge of it. Wm. Feehley afterwards told witness he saw the whole thing, that he was inside Whalen's fence, and that Jack Whalen saw it too. William said the same day that he would confess the whole truth, but just then his brother came up and the conversation stopped. That night witness and James slept together, and prisoner said the only thing he ever did for which he was sorry was that he had sold Tom Donnelly to the vigilance men, saying that he went to the house on the evening of the murder to see who were there. He said it was James Twohy, Pat Quigley and James Maher who carried Tom Donnelly's brother into the house, and that it was Quigley who smashed Ton's head with a spade. Being questioned by Johnny O'Connor's evidence, he said it was all right except that Purtell was not there. Wm. Feehley said he would go with witness and get a warrant for the arrest of the parties implicated but for the fact that it would not be safe to do so while his folks remained in the country. Wm. also said that nearly every one on the swamp line had been at the murder. To Mr. MacMahon witness said that James Feehley had been drinking that night he made the confession, but was not so drink that he did not know what he was saying.

Mr. McConnell, a sewing machine agent of Lucan, testified that he had occasion to go to the Feehley homestead about the 26th or 27th of April, when Jim said about the vigilants, "I could hang the whole of them." Witness said "Jim, you must know a good deal about that affair." He said, "look here, Mack, I've got them in my own hands, and I'll make them pay for it." He told the witness then about being sent by the vigilant committee to the Donnellys' house to see who was there, as they intended to take the family out that night and hang them unless they told who burnt Ryder's barn. He said he went to the house, and when he came out to the road he saw Jas. Carrol, and Jas. Maher. They sent him then to Whalen's corners to watch Will's house, and see who went in or out. When they were going down the road to kill J Keefe he said, "No boys, you have done enough." The case was adjourned till Wednesday.

Source: Unknown, "Trial of the Feeheleys," Huron Signal-Star, July 15, 1881.

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