Murderous Attack.


At an early hour yesterday morning a murderous attack was made at Lucan upon a man named Patrick Flannigan, who drives one of the stages between this city and that village. As was his [wont?] he had come to tend the stage horses before daylight. No sooner, however, did he open the stable door than he was set upon by an unknown man, who, with what he believes to be a club, knocked him to the ground, splitting his head open, and rendering him insensible for some time. Medical assistance was obtained, and the wounds inflicted dressed; and they believed that, although severely injured, he will recover. Whether the fellow had any ill feeling towards Flannigan or not is unknown, as from the suddenness of the attack and the darkness of the morning Flannigan is unable to give any [?] to who he was, and the scoundrel had decamped before any alarm could be given to the authorities, who are now, however on the alert for him. The similarity of the attack to that [?] last Saturday evening, in this city, on the pedlar Ellis leads us to [?] that the attack had been made for plunder, but, and in the case of Ellis, the [?] had become frightened before he had accomplished his object. Parties cannot be too careful of themselves in these days, when multifarious vagabonds over run the country. Particular attention to locking doors should be paid.

Source: Unknown, "Murderous Attack," London Free Press, December 4, 1875.

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