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THE WIMBLEDON POISONING CASE The trial of Dr G. H. Lamson, for the murder, by poisoning, of his brother-in-law, Percy Malcolm John, Wimbledon, was coiiti nued o it Friday, when the evidence relating to the care taken of the articles removed from Bedbrook School, the judge com- menting on the articles passing through so many hands. Dr Bond, cross-examined, admitted t'.at he had no knowledge of death from acouitino. On counsel pressing other questions with the same bearing, the judge pointed out that witness had already said he had no knowledge of death from aconitine. Counsel immediately sat down, de- claring he would not ask witness another question. William Dodd said the sale of the aconitine was not entered in the book to prisoner, as he was a medical iran. The trial was resumed on Saturday. Owing to the fog the court was lighted with gas. The prisoner looked pelle and anxious. The proceed- ings commenced with the examination of Dr Stevenson, who, under 1 ustructhT. 11 from the Home Secretary, made, an analysis of the era- tents of the stomach, and a minute examination of various portions of the intestines. The prisoner, who had,throughout paid the closest attention to medical evidence, made constant notes. Dr Stevenson said he had microscopically ex. amined the various articles handed over to him. From the liver he had obtained an alka'oidal ex- tract, which contained a trace of morphia, which placed on the tongue gave a faint sensation like that produced by aconitine. From an examina- tion of the stomach he got the same result. The character of the sensation was a burning, tingling, peculiar numbness difficult to defineâa salivation âa sensation at the back of the throat as if it were swelling'up. This was followed by a peculiar seared sensation as if a hot iron were being passed over it. An examination of the stomach gave like results. In reply to the judge as to his acquaintance with aconitine, witness said he believed he had tasted most alkaloidal poisons known. He injected some of the extract obtained from the urine into the back of a mouse, and it died in thirty minutes. He obtained some of Morson's prepara- tion of aconitine frpm Messrs Allen and Haubury, and injected a small portion into the back of a mouse, and it died exhibiting symptoms undis- tinguishable from the symptoms produced bv the extract obtained from the urine. The case was again adjourned. The cab in which the prisoner was conveyed from the House of Detection, Clerkenwell, to New- gate, met with an accident, thd horse falling and the shafts breaking. The prisoner, though re- cognized by the crowd, was got safely to the prison. The evidence for the prosecution came to a close on Monday, when Mr Montagu Williams addressed the jury for the defence, contending that, even assuming the deceased died frora aconitine poison, the evidence as to its administration was most un- satisfactory. He repelled the idea that because the prisoner was poor he was necessarily guilty of the heinous crime with which he was charged. jOwing to a'juryman being seized with illness the earned counsel had not concluded his speech when the court adjourned. The trial concluded on Tuesday. At the open- ing of the court Mr Montagu Williams continued his address for the defence, and the Solicitor- General replied generally on behalf of the pro- secution. Then his lordship hummed np, and the Jury returned a verdict of guilty. Sentence of death was passed in the usual way, the prisoner receiving it with evident anguish.

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