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THE AMERICAN SILVER BILL.

A COURT TORCH-LIGHT DANCE.

OUR MILITARi RESOURCES Itf-IWDIA*/

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE.

.,"A FIGHT AT ODESSA.

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n ITHE LAW AFFECTING INSANE…

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n ITHE LAW AFFECTING INSANE CR1- 9' MJLNAJLS > /John Hickey, a middle-aged man, of strange Jtiianfors, hirt mud|t intelligence, as appeared in the ionpjpble :wagr in which he defended^ himself, was indicted at the Middlesex Sessions, on theeharge of ^having assaulted Caroline Hickey, hjh wife The case w^s» a serious one, and narrowly eaomed being one of murder. The prisoner is a waiter at,the Freemasons' Tavern, and one night a short tin^eago, having re- turned. from his work, he and hia, wife quarrelled, as they usually had for a long tim^ paet^ owing to the excessive jealousy of the prisoner, and he took up a heavy poker and delivered with it three terrible blows on the head, upon the wounds caused by which erysi- pelas supervened, and for a time the woman's life was in the utmost jeopardy. The prisoner in a long speech in defence, described his wife as being a person so utterly depraved as to be altogether indescribable, and said her only object had been so to goad him to des- peration that he might do something whereby she might be able to get rid of him and the better pursue her vicious courses. Mr. Serjeant Cox, in addressing the jury, observed at some length upon the unsatisfac- tory and anomalous condition of the criminal law relating to insane or partially insane persons charged with the commission of crime. He regretted very much that there was not some intermediate pewer Vested in the courts, whereby they might be enabled to sentence a person whose sanity was of a doubtful character to a period of imprisonment, which would simply mean medical treatment. such as unhappy persons were subjected to—and every- body now-a-daya, happily, knew to what a degree of scientific humanity that had been brought to in luna- tic asylums, private and public. No more difficult cases could claim the attention of a judge than those which were akin to the one new before the Court, for in the present instance, Dr. Smiles, the very expe- rienced prison surgeon, had no doubt whatever that, without being actually insane, so that he must be ac- quitted, and then, probably, be confined for life in an asylum, the man was in a state of disease. The gap between a sentence of imprisonment with hard labour and an order for confinement during her Majesty's pleasure was far too wide, and very mischievously 80, and he hoped that something would be done in the aew Criminal Bill whereby that inconsistency would be obviated, so that a man whose sanity was doubt- ful could be sentenced te a term of imprisonment, fpr medical treatment, until he eould either get into a good state of health again and be safely released, or jbp declared altogether insane and dealt with accord- ingly. The jury found the prisoner guilty, but added their opinion that, when the assault was committed, the man was scarcely responsible for his actions. Mr. Serjeant Cox said he would pauon the prisoner a tpntence of twelve mOQth. hard labour, but only as a matter ef form. The man would have no hard labour, but would have the very beat treatment in the prisen infirmary; and, after the expression of the jury's opinion, if he should get better before the end of the term, he (the learned judge) would memorialise the Home Secretary to obtain a release. The Prisoner (fiercely): My lord, I am the victim of the merciless persecution of an utterly abandoned woman.' He was then removed from the dock.. 1111 111 *1

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, DEAN STANLEY ON THE POPES…

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A ROMANCE m JteEAh LIFE.

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A COSTLY SOLDIER.

HUSBAND AND WIFE.

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ENGLAND'S FIELD ARMY..

A PLEA FOR "BREACH OF PROMISE."

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