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THE WARRINGTON POISONING CASE. THE SCENE IN OOURT. The Liverpool Courier, in reporting the trial of Ellen Heesom, or Johnson, at the Chester Assizes, for poisoning her child and mother, says that at the close of the caM for the prosecution, in an earnest address to the jury, Mr. Swetenham, the prisoner's counsel, pleaded for his client, whom everyone whe had heard the evidence felt there was not the slightest hope for, since the cross-examination of the witnesses never for a moment shook the damning testimony, and the learned counsel called no one te put a different light on the facts of the case. Catching at such straws that drowning men proverbially clutch at, for an hour and a half Mr. Swetenham urged all that could be urged, exhausting every shadow of a plea that could be advanced on the woman's behalf. His lordship then had the ear of the jury for three-quarters of an hour, most of which was taken up with reading extracts from the notes of the evidence. Then the jury retired, and for twenty-five minutes there was quite a feeling of relief experienced in the court, so attentively had every one listened to the words that fell from those engaged in the trial. The chamber became densely crowded in every part, at the sides of the justice seat being a number of fashionably-dressed ladies, whilst in the grand jury box and its approaches there would be some fifty women and girls. For a proportion of the former an unexpected duty was in store, quite foreign to their minds. The jury returned and were duly "told," but still, beyond a fixed regard of them, the prisoner, who had been brought to the front, betrayed no anxiety of mind. The question, Do you find the prisoner guilty or not guilty 1" was listened to amidst breathless silence, for in the minds of some a doubt had been raised, owing to tbe length of the de- liberations of the twelve men, as to the issue. The simple reply came, guilty." The concluding words of the clerk, Prisoner at the bar, have you anything to say why sentence of death should not be passed upon you according to law ?" were lost in the dread sentence issuing from the judge's lips. Very briefly expatiated on; the enormity of the offence, simply characterising it as a crime almost un- paralleled and incredible had not the proof ef it being so overwhelming and then Ellen Johnson, for the cold-blooded murder of two of her children, and her own mother, was sentenced to expatiate her guilt for the satisfaction of human law on tbe gallows. She heard the fatal words unmoved, until his lordship re- commended her to seek for pardon from the quarter whence it never is refused, and then the full force of her awful position overcame her, and she sank down in the seat in the dock, and lowering her head to her hands, gave the first visible token of sorrow. Immediately her counsel stood up, and, silence being commanded, he stated that the condemned woman was enceinte. Thereupon his lordship ordered instantly that a jury composed of matrons should in- quire into the matter, and before the ladies occupying the grand jury box could quite comprehend the next step to be taken, they were separated from the gentle- men in their vicinity and virtually imprisoned. Some tried to beat a hasty retreat as the nature of the pro- ceedings dawned upon their minds; but the bailiffs stood at the doors, and an officer of the court pro- ceeded to select twelve matrons from the crowd, and take down their names. Some little time was occupied before a dozen could be found, and more time was spent before they were isolated m the jury- box in order, their right hands ungloved and testa- ments placed in them. A forematron having been chosen, was duly sworn to undertake the duty re- quired by the law, so that the innocent might not suffer with the guilty, and then was administered the oath to the others: "The oath which your forematron hath taken on her part you and each of you øhall truly observe and keep on your respec- tive parts—so help your God." Even now it was found that two of the matrons had not gone through the form—not having had the books in their bande-IO reluctant did they seem to have any part in the proceedings. To the peremptory order given, "Take the book in your right hand," they assented, and again the oath was repeated aloud. The surgeon of the gaol was also sworn, and then with oolllliderableditlculty, and prompting from the learned judge—so little accustomed was the clerk to the form —a bailiff was sworn to take the jury to a convenient place and there them keep," allowing no one but the surgeon, and the prisoner to speak with them till their duty was accomplished. After an absence of twenty minutes the matron jury reappeared but the Court was kept waiting for another ten minutes till the prisoner should be replaced in the dock, as she had swooned below. The question being put as to the result of the investigation the as- sertion of the prisoner's counsel was confirmed; and his lordship thereupon ordered the execution to be stayed until the unborn child of the three-fold murderess should be delivered to the world. This was the dosing scene, and the prisoner was helped in a fainting state down the dock stairs by the female and male warders. We believe it is about twenty-three years since the last matron jury was sworn in Chester Castle.

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