OSCAR SLATER'S CASE.|1914-03-27|Monmouth Guardian and Bargoed and Caerphilly Observer - Welsh Newspapers Online
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NEWS IN BRIEF.

NEWS IN A NUTSHELL

DROWNE1) ON \!ONKYMOON

.-.- - -"- -ACCIDENT TO WARSHIP.

SUNK BY GERMAN LINER.

BREAKDOWN ON DISTRICT RAILWAY,

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OSCAR SLATER'S CASE.

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OSCAR SLATER'S CASE. FRESH INQUIRY INTO GLASGOW MURDER. The eaee of Oscar Slater, whooe sentence to death five years ago. following conviction for the murder of Miss Marion Gilchrist in Glasgow flat, was commuted to penal servi- tude for life, is to be reopened on the order of Mr. McKinnon Wood, the Secretary for Scotland. In several quarters a strong belief in Slater's innocence has been maintained, and Sir Conan Doyle and other distinguished men have persuaded themselves that the con- vict is innocent. Mr. David Cook, an emi- nent Glasgow solicitor, has made an exhaus- tive inquiry into the circunifitanees of the crime and Slater's movements on the day the murder was committed. It is contended that the evidence of identi- fication was unsatisfactory, and that, Slater's departure for New York four days after the tragedy was in pursuance of a prearranged plan, and, therefore, destroys the theory that he was a fugitive from justice. Little im- portance i-s attached to the fact that he uøedJ the name of Otto Sando, as he went under several names while in this country. Miss Gilchrist was an old lady eighty-two years of age, and she lived with her maid in a well-to-do quarter of Glasgow. She was murdered about seven o'clock 011 the evening of December 21st. 10084 during the absence of the servant 011 an errand. The girl was only away ten minutes, and when she returned she was met by Mr. Arthur Adams, the occupier of the flat underneath, who had been attracted by unusual sounds. Mr. Adams and the maid entered the flat together, and met a man com- ing out of one of the rooms. He rushed down- stairs and escaped. His description was pub- lished. but a few days later it was altered in consequeivee of a statement made by another woman that the man brushed up against heir as he left the building, and she noticed that he had a sli«htlv twisted nose. Miss Gilchrist had been murdered by blows on the head, and a crescent-shaped diamond brooch was missed from the spare bedroom. Suspicion attached to Slater, in consequence of a statement that he had been trying to dis- pose of a pawnticket of a diamond brooch similar to that belonging to Miss Gilchrist. It was afterwards found that it was not the same brooch. Slater was brought back from America, and the jury. at his trial, found him guilty by a majority of nine to six. Five members of the jury were in favour of & ver- dict of not proven, and one of not guilty.

ATTEMPT TO BURN A CHURCH.

GENEVA BETTING FORBIDDEN.

DUBLIN. LABOUR TROUBLE.

A CHURCH FOR WOMEN.

"NOT A SOFT MAGISTRATE."

A NEW ANAESTHETIC.

- p-SPRATS NOT SARDINES.

NEARLY BURIED ALIVE.

AIRMAN'S FATAL LOOP.

WIFE'S PAST LIFE.

THE WILL OF MR. FELS.

LORD CONGLETON FOR SOUTH POLE.

BRIGHT HUES AT A FUNERAL.…

BABY SMOTHERED BY A PET DOG.

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