Select Committee on Athlone Election Petition: minutes of evidence and proceedings

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE 

John Curtin sworn by his interpreter, James O'Dea ; and examined by Mr. 
Wordsworth through James O'Dea. 
George Copeland sworn; and examined. 
Thomas Chambers sworn ; and examined. 
Edmund McInerteny sworn; and examined. 
On the following question being put," What passed between you and him " (McDonnell) 1 Sir Frederick Slade objected to the question being put, on the ground that McDonnell was not shown to have been an agent to the Sitting Member. 
The witness was ordered to withdraw. 
Mr. 
Mundell was heard in answer to the objection. 
Sir Frederick Slade in reply. 
The Committee decided that the question could not be put. 
Examination ofthe witness continued. 
John Caughley sworn ; and examined. 
Sir Frederick Slade objected to the course of examination, on the ground that the peti¬ tioners must fiist exhaust the cases of bribery previous to entering into the charge of treating. 
The Committee decided that the examination must be confined at present to the charge of bribery. 
Sir Frederick Slade then applied to the Committee to erase from the shorthand writer's notes the evidence adduced of M'Namara's agency. 
The Committee refused to accede to the application. 
Examination ofthe witness was continued. 

[Adjourned till To-morrow, at Eleven o'clock. 

' Sabhati, 10° die Martii, 1860. 

Members all present. 
Thomas Collyns sworn ; and examined. 
Sir Frederick Slade was heard against the application of Mr. 
Mundell, for leave to put in evidence on account of car hire, produced by the election auditor for the purpose of establishing the agency of Coffey. 
Mr. 
Wordsworth was heard in answer. 
Sir Frederick Slade in reply. 
The Committee decided that the document in question should be admitted in evidence, quantum valeat. 
William Lane Joynt called ; but did not answ er. 
Stephen OHalhran called ; and further examined. 
James 0'Dea sworn; and examined. 
James Horton, a messenger ofthe House, sworn; and examined. 
Troved service of sum¬ mons on Anna Elton and Mary her daughter. 
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Thomas BoJter sworn; and examined. 
On the application of Mr. 
Wordsworth, the Committee adjourned till One o'clock, for the purpose of enabling Anna Elton and Mary her daughter to attend and give evidence before the Committee. 
On the re-assembling of the Committee— Anna Elton was sworn ; and examined. 
Mary Elton sworn; and examined. 
Mr. 
Wordsworth was heard; and applied to the Committee to make a special report to the blouse, to the effect that William Lane Joynt was absenting himself for the purpose of avoiding service of summons, which had been issued by the Chairman of the Committee. 
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