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ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ROBBERY.

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ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ROBBERY. There was considerable excitement in Woodbridge- street, Cltrkenwell, and the neighbourhood ths., other day owing to the spread of a rumour that » murder had been committed at No. 26, in that street. On inquiry being made at the house, which is occupied by Mr. Hamburger and his two sons, diamond mer- chants and general dealers in precious stones, it was stated that Mr. Eugene Hamburger had just returned home in a cab, suffering from a pistol- shot wound and stabs, that he was then lying in his room in a pool of blood, and the police had been sent for. as also medical assistance. Shortly afterwards Dr. Franklin, of St. John-street, arrived, and found Mr. Hamburger suffering from a bullet wound on the left side of the head, and severely cut on the wrists and face. His wounds having been dressed, he gave an account to his brother of the manner in which hia injuries were received. He said he was on Holborn Viaduct when he met a man named Jackson, a general dealer, residing in Spencer-street, Clerkenwell, with whom he was slightly acquainted. Jackt on asked him to show him a parcel of pearls. He asked where could he show them. Jackson replied, At my office, just here," at the same time taking him into some office on the Viaduct. They entered a room, when Jackson slammed the door, and turning upon him with a pistol, suddenly shot him in the head. Finding he did not fall, he drew a knife and stabbed him. Mr. Hamburger said, Why do you do this ?" Jackson replied," I want money." After a severe struggle Mr. Hamburger succeeded in overpowering Jackson, and wresting both pistol and knife from him, made his escape. He called a cab and drove home. His medical attendant deemed it advisable to call in further surgical assistance, and it was decided to allow the patient to rest till evening, when, in company with Dr. Morant Baker, an operation was performed for the extraction of the bullet. A hatchet in a bag was found by the police on the premises at Holborn. The description given of the assailant is that he is from 26 to 30 years of age, complexion fair, face thin and pale, hair dark and curly. It is also believed that he has cuts on his head and'face. William Jackson, the man accused of attempting to murder Mr. Eugene Hamburger on Holborn- viaduct, shot himself the following Sunday in Falmer Churchyard, near Lewes. He dined at the Swan Inn, the only public-house in the village. Nothing par- ticular was noticed with regard to him except that he was writing in a pocket-book during the whole period. He left just before the time for afternoon service at the parish church, which he attended. Just before five tne report of a pistol was heard, and Jackson was found on his back in the church pathway, shot through the heart. Ho had evidently placed the weapon inside his waistcoat for the purpose, and must have died instantly. The police, on searching him, found the pocket-book in which he had been writing. It contained a long history of his connection with Hamburger, who, Jackson said, had cheated and libelled him. He had no intention of killing Ham- burger and expressed a hope that he might recover. Since the deed he had had no peace of mind, and therefore preferred making away with himself to being tried and perhaps hanged for the offence, which would be a greater trial to his relatives and friends than death by the bullet, which he considered one worthy of an Englishman. The pistol with which he shot himself he says he bought in Lewes for the purpose. His appearance tallies in every way with the description given to the police for his apprehen- sion.

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