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MacGregor’s lecture on the Art of Defence, Paisley 1791

Dug up by Louie Pastore:

“I am told that a number of the Irish are very good at fighting with 
two sticks, viz. a short one in their left hand to guard with and a 
long one in their right, which they manage with amazing dexterity. 
This is practicing sword and dagger, the same as the evolutions of the 
backsword are performed with cudgels”
MacGregor’s lecture on the Art of Defence, Paisley 1791

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February 20, 2009 Posted by | description of sticks, grip, knife, prowess | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knife and Bata a blow up from the Harpers Weekly 1871

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January 28, 2009 Posted by | knife, political cartoons | Leave a comment

The Cork Examiner, 17 December 1912

DUBLIN TRAMP
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SERGEANT STABBED
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SCENE ON WICKLOW ROADSIDE
—— Arklow, Saturday.        The story of a fierce attack on a policeman was told yesterday evening at Rathdrum Workhouse hospital, when Mr A. Burke, J.P., attended to take the deposition of Sergeant Thos. Maguire, Aughrim, who, it is alleged, was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head by a burly fellow who gave his name as Wm. Burke, but refused his address in Dublin.
   Sergeant Maguire stated that on the previous evening he was on patrol. A complaint was made about the conduct of two tramps outside Aughrim Catholic Church. He went to the spot and found an altercation going on between the prisoner and another man. Burke was using very vile language. Witness succeeded in getting both men away. Burke’s attitude was very violent, and witness followed him to put him past houses where there were women and small children. The prisoner then turned on him and said, “I have done nothing yet, but I will do something now.” He then rushed at witness with an open knife in his hand. He tried to defend himself with his stick and closed with the prisoner, whom he dropped in the water-table beside the road. While on the ground the prisoner stabbed him repeatedly in the neck and head.
   When the knife was produced the prisoner asked the magistrate to do him a favour and allow the police to give him the knife in order that he might cut his throat at once.
   Constable McNulty stated that when he heard of the incident he went in search of Burke, whom he overtook at Tinakilly. On seeing him the accused ran into a field where there was a large heap of stones, and began to throw them at witniess. When this ammunition was exhausted the prisoner drew a knife, and when witness closed with him he attempted to stab him in the body. He had Burke by the throat with one hand, and in defending himself from a blow of the knife directed at his stomach witness was stabbed in the hand. He succeeded eventually in disarming the prisoner of the knife, and when arrested Burke began to curse and use very bad language.
   The prisoner was remanded in custody for eight days.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | as crime, knife, Old Newspaper clippings | , , , , | Leave a comment