Fenianism at Manchester – 18671203

Manchester, Saturday. The apprehension of a man who gave the name of William Pherson Thompson, at the London Road Railway Station in this city, shortly before seven o’clock last night, with 45 new revolvers in his possession, has caused a good deal of consternation and not a little alarm among the citizens. This morning the man was brought up at the City Police Court, for examination. He is a young man, of respectable attire and intelligent-looking, and speaks with a strong Irish accent. The prisoner was charged with having been one of the men engaged in the attack on the prison van in Hyde-road, on the 18th September last, when Sergeant Brett was killed, and also with having in his possession forty-five new revolvers, supposed to have been stolen. Prisoner denied that he was present at the attack on the van, and said he bought the pistols from Mr. T. Bishop, 61, Hollowayhead, Birmingham. The following document was found on the prisoner and produced in the court: – “Nov. 20, Birmingham. “Mr. Pherson bot of T. Bishop, 61 Hollowayhead, 25 six-shot double shot action pistols, at £1 2s. each – £27 10s. (Signed) “J. T. Bishop.” Prisoner said he bought the other 20 pistols from Mr. Bishop also, but he had not the receipt for them. His object in bringing them to Manchester was to sell them. He thought that just now it would be a good market to get rid of them. He being a hawker had no place of fixed residence; nor had he yet a license to hawk. From the evidence of Captain Palin, the Chief Constable and Mr. Superintendent Maybury of the Detective Department it seems that the police had received a hint to be on the look out for the arrival of the 10.20 p.m. train from Birmingham. When the prisoner alighted on the platform with two joiners’ vasses full of something heavy he was at once judged to be the person they were look for, and on being questioned what he had in the vasses he said joiners’ tools, but such not being the fact he was at once taken down to the detective office and there kept in custody. To-day on the application of the police (who think he will turn out to be more important a man to them than a mere hawker) the prisoner was remanded till next Friday. Fenianism in Manchester - Cork Constitution 18671203 Cork Constitution, December 3, 1867