A CASE of death from starvation occurred lately in the vicinity of Nenagh, under circumstances of aggravated horror. The deceased was a man named Edward Hogan, a carpenter, who was reduced from a state of great physical strength until his person was totally fleshless. He had been disabled by fever from working, and was waiting at a place called Dolla, to get relief on a cold and wet day; but the relieving officer did not come. Returning he was excluded from a refuge through the people’s dread of contagion, and stopped outside the police station.
One of the police– and it is not the first time the force have been distinguished for such kindly acts– got permission to have him put in a neighbouring barn. Here they left him, and on the constable coming again with some nutriment, the wretched man was found almost in a state of insanity, with a sod of turf firmly grasped, which he endeavoured to gnaw. Assistance appeared to revive him, but next morning he was found a corpse.
This shocking event seemed to be attributable entirely to the conduct of the relieving officer of the district. In the present state of the country such an officer exercises a power more tremendous than that confided to any other. His dismissal, therefore, is the least punishment that can be inflicted for the neglect of duties, upon which human life depends.