FENIAN ALARM AT DOVER. SUPPOSED PLOT TO BLOW UP THE CASTLE.
Two men arrived at the Priory Railway Station, Dover, on Wednesday, having in charge two large barrels of gun-cotton, each containing, it is estimated, about 75lbs. The gun cotton was packed in a wooden barrel, protected by a strong outside case of iron. On arriving at the railway station, it is stated that the men unscrewed the fastenings of the iron casing, and placed the barrels in a couple of sacks, conveying them by that means to the South Eastern Railway, where they deposited them on the platform. The station-master's attention was drawn to the casks, and, thinking there was something very suspicious about them and in the demeanour of those in charge of then; asked the men what the barrels contained. One of the men, after some hesitation, replied, Gunpowder, adding that they intended to take them to Seabrook Station, near Folkestone. Mr Dyne, the station-master, at once had the barrels removed from the station precincts, and called the attention of the police to the matter. As the men did not give a satisfactory account of themselves, they were removed to the police-station, where they remain in custody. One of them is known to have formerly belonged to the Royal Artillery, and was for some time stationed at Dover Castle. Both seemed to be very indifferent about the matter, and when questioned gave evasive answers. The police have charge of the two casks of guncotton, and are making every effort to obtain further information on the subject. There is considerable public alarm in the town, and rumours are current of a plot to blow up the Castle. A later telegram states that the two men apprehended stated at the police-station that they were employed by the Cotton Powder Company, Limited, Oare Works, Faversham, and were taking the two casks to Mr T. Richardson at Seabrook-station, and it was to be used at the spot where the Plassey was wrecked a short time ago. The prisoners will be brought before the magistrates to-day. The Home Office has been communicated with. The police have been unable as yet to obtain answers to their telegraphic enquiries sent to the company.
South Wales Daily News 29/3/1883