These reports, which have been given modern headlines, are as they appear (including spelling and use of capital letters) in the first surviving News Letter of October 3 1738 (October 14 modern calendar). Paper founded 1737
Judge who jails knife woman is far too harsh:
We have advice from Rome, that a young woman of Stassano [see note], who had resisted a certain man’s addresses for the space of 18 months, was surprized him as she went to bring water from a Draw-well, and that seeing herself on the point of being ravished by him, she drew a knife out of her pocket and killed him.
The Governor of Palambora caused her to be taken up, and condemned her to five Years Imprisonment; from which Sentence she has appealed to the Pope, and it is not doubted but that his Holiness will grant her a free Pardon. The Governor was certainly some loose fornicating Rascal, or he would never have pronounced such a Sentence: The Pope no doubt will do well if her pardons the Girl? but in our humble Opinion he will do much better if he hangs her Judge.
[Note that it is unclear whether this refers to Stassano or Staffano, given that double ‘s’ and double ‘f’ are spelt the same way. Neither spelling features as a place in modern maps of Italy, and may be a family name]
Land available to rent in Belfast:
To be Lett
The Waste Ground fronting the dead Work of the Long Bridge and the Ground backward of the Buildings on the Hannover Quay; are to be Lett for building upon, for fifty years, from first of November next, on reasonable Terms
PROPOSALS will be received by Mr. GEORGE MACARTNEY, Merchant.