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From: Dennis Ahern <>
Subject: Re: Excerpts from Irish newspapers
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2003 04:47:56 +0000 (UTC)
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From The Cork Examiner, 27 December 1862 -

PUTATIVE FATHERS.--At the investigation on Tuesday last,
before the committee appointed by the Board of Guardians
to inquire into the cases of females with illegitimate children
in the workhouse, preparatory to legal proceedings being
instituted against the reputed fathers, some strange
disclosures took place, and matters transpired which show
the necessity for the observance of the greatest caution, in
order to prevent innocent persons from being victimised.
One woman, who had three illegitimate children by different
fathers, attempted to father one of the children on a
gentleman holding a high public office in an adjoining county
; and, were it not for the pains taken by the chairman, Mr.
Rabington, to elicit the truth, the gentleman alluded to would
have been subjected to most unjust exposure. In the case
mentioned, the mother on one occasion entered the child on
the workhouse books in the name of the gentleman on
whom she thought to father it ; but subsequently admitted
that the actual father was a man named Costello, who gave
£2 to compromise the matter. We have heard that there
were other cases of a like character, and it behoves the
Board of Guardians to use much vigilance to protect
innocent persons from impeachment and liability, whilst, at
the same time, whenever the really guilty can be detected,
the utmost rigour of the law should be enforced.--Cavan
Observer.

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