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FIGHT ON DECK Sailor's Fall Down Hold NEWPORT FIREMAN ARRESTED Charged Wifh Murder REPLIES, "YOU CAN HANG ME" I 4 serious affray occurred at Newport early this Horning. It is reported that a fireman and a belonging to the steamship Axinite, lYing at ihe Blaina Wharf discharging iron ore from Bilbao, had a quarrel, and eubse- "elltly fought on the deck of the vessel. '^e two men were Robert Dobson Watson n) And Max M"Gregor (sailor). Watson, was much the bigger and heavier man (If the two, is alleged to have picked up his SlQaller antagonist and thrown him down the hold. a depth of about 22ft. Greg-or, on being picked up and taken TO tb* hospital, was found to have his skull and C^ar-bone fractured and injuries to his ribs. 1l died in the hospital without having "el"ed consciousness seven hours after llis admittance. story of the affair is rather clouded by tbe fact that the two men above mentioned not the only ones engaged in the etruggle. for a third man appears to have oioiQed in, and there was so much violence tba.t both the accused and the deceased were different points of the struggle partly e-d out. Murdering One Another. A I I 4coorddng to the statement ot wiunebses, the story of the affair is this. Watson, the a,°cUse>d man, who is 21 years of age, and a ve of West Hartlepool, had been ashore g the greater part of last night, and nOO on board shortly after midnight, it is sieged, under the influence of drink. He '!tent to the forecastle to lie down, but shortly Afterwards a violent disturbance was heard. man named John Minahane, who was ?9lS^ged as one of the gang discharging the CELI--O, shouted out to one of his mates, "They 4e murdering one another in the forecastle." then the accused and the deceased ^Peared on deck, and began to fight, when 4 third man joined in, with the result that 'Wtson was temporarily knocked out and unous. After lying on the deck °r a. few minutee, he got up, and, it is a..l, attempted to assault Minahane, apparently in the belief that he was the third tniln who had joined in the fight. Watson 44d ii'Gregor at length resumed the struggle, d a. man named John Leha.y states that \n caught his adversary by the legs and w him or he fedi over the coamings into hold, a depth of 22ft. was seen at once thatM'Gregor was very ly hurt. Two men, who are acquainted With ambulance work, went down, and found uregor bleeding from the mouth, indi- ting a fracture of the skull, whilst his Uar-bpne was also broken. He was quite ^conscious. The iron ore bucket was <)"ered, and a oouple of planks having been lJlétooed across it, M'Gregor was hoisted up conveyed to the hospital, where he I ^ived shortly after one o'clock. It was at ()11 seen that his condition was extremely I ous, and he died at 8.30 this morning. 44 1 Done it I am Guilty." I POlice-oon,sta,ble Jackson, of the- docks .1ke, having heard of the occurrence, went Aboard the vessel and arrested Watson, barging him at the time with assoulting '1¡n<l doing serious injury to M'Gregor, and, in reply, it is stated, he said, Yes, I done it. I am guilty.' The deceased man was Z8 years of age, and native of Stornoway. He signed as a 44man on the Axinite only last Wednesday, and little was known of him. Watson has sailed three or four voyages in the vessel, and is described as bearing a ^°°d character. The captain states that he h,18 never known the accused to neglect his WOrk through drink. He is a naval reserve rd and his papers show good character." he capt n states tha.t all he knows of the *ir is that 'it was a drunken quarrel. Sregor had lodged at a boarding-house at George-stret, Newport, since his last '?y&ge. BEFORE THE MAGISTRATES. I ^Watson was brought up in custody before eSSrs. T. Gordey, M. Wheeler, and M. °rdey at Newport Police-court to-day. (}Cused was, according to the sheet, charged th doing grevious bodily harm to 41 Gregor. PQHajble George Jackson, of the ks police, spoke to finding prisoner lying \)1} a bench in the forecastle, and on being ked if he knew anything about the affair, he replied, "I did it. There you a.re." On b% 33i charged with doing grievous bodily 4<tr.zn to M'Gregor, accused replied, "I am lty you can well hang me. oarged since with wilful murder, prisoner ltIoItd-e no rep ly. Alderman M. Mordey: You charged him on hi,. own confeaaio.npâNo. I have a witness who saw what took place. PrisQner, on being asked if he had any ",e-,tions to put. replied, "I was lying in y bunk and two sailors came in and bunched me The Olerk: No. Have yea any questions to *ek?âNo. The Fight Described. I John Leahy, a labourer, of B5, Dolphin- "treet, saad he saw the prisoner shortly after ?d?ght at the Blaina Wharf. Witness said, NttUo. mate, what do yon want?" He ?)lied, "I want to get on board this &Mp." 11;? vva; eta??nng drunk. Witness told him "hat the gangway was further aft. Prisoner nt on board all right, bpt a few minutes feter witness heard 9 row in the forecastle, "frisoner and deceased presently came out on tzl k fighting. Prisoner had the advantage for a time, and then stopped the fight. Shortly afterwards, whilst he was leaning Nfainst the ventilator, prisoner said to ,N-ow you can have a go." \{'Gregor responded by going for the pri. Gorier, who was knocked down several times a,lad got the worst of the fight. Two men ^rried him into the forecastle and laid him 'In a bench, because he had been failing over the -4teampipes on the deck. Witness went re for a-bouit haif-an-hour. After that the prisoner and deceased came out off the forecastle again a'nd renewed the fight. They ^ere struggling ne-ar the fore hatch. Prisoner W down, and, taking hold of M'Gregor, Uirew him over the combings, which are -3ft. high, into the hold. Alderman Mordey: Both of them had been falling against the combings before?âYes. An Old Adage. Head-constable Sinclair: On that evidence I f ask for a remand until Monday. The inquec-t has not yet been fixed. The Clerk asked if prisoner had any marks of injury by the fight? Superintendent Brooks replied that he had kicked about the legs, and was rather Wne, and he also had a mark on his chin. Alderman Mordey: What I cannot under- stand is that someone did not send for the beolioe before all this serious result took Maoe. It seems to me there are some men Who will stand by and see men fight to the death. The Clerk: But you know the old adage- "Th-ot-,e who in quarels interpose, are sure to have a bloody nose." Ptolice-constable Herbert Thomas stated that at 12.20 this morning he hearrd a police ^hifltle and went to the riverside, where he joi,n,,d Police-constable Jackson in the inquiries at the Blaina Wharf. He asked Prisoner what he had done it for (meaning tihe injury to the deceased man M'Gregor). Prisoner replied, "I will kill the âââ if I tet hold of him." Upon this the prisoner was remanded in custody till Monday.

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