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AUSTRALIAN NEWS.

OUR INDIAN ARMY.

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THE CASE OF THE REV. MR. DODWELL…

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THE CASE OF THE REV. MR. DODWELL NOW IN NEWGATE. In a report to the Home Secretary, under date March 23, Dr. Forbes Winslow stated that he had on two separate occasions, in consultation with Dr. Gibson and Dr. Winn, lengthy interviews with the Rev. Mr. DodweII, now in Newgate. The report says: 11 The act for which he is now in Newgate had been premeditated for the last six months. As a proof of this,he read me an extract from a letter written by him to the Lord Chancellor, in which he stated that it was his intention to break the law in order to obtain a hearing. His first idea was to fire off a pistol in Vice-Chancellor Malins's court,, but he found by so doing he would simply be committed for con- tempt of Court, and the purpose be had in view would remain unaccomplished. He was anxious to impress on me that he never bad the intention of commuting murder. To prevent or rebut a charge of so serious a character he purchased a pistol, and not a revolver, as he only intended to fire once. Ha also informed me that a few wt!d¡s previous to his attempt he read of a man who was injured by the discharge of a piatol containing blank cartridge. This accident would have been avoided had not the pistol been close to the injured man. To avoid any possible injury being incurred by the Master of the Rolls he (the pri- soner) stood, at what he considered, to be a safe distance from his lordship before discharging his pistol. A month previous to the assault he met a friend in the Strand at the time he considered that he was suffering from gross injustice, and having failed in obtaining clerical employment had only a few shillings in the world with which to support a wife and four children. On this occasion he exclaimed, I will not go to the workhouse except through the gate of the dock, and, if by so doing, my case is placed before the reflecting people of England, and I sink I must sink.' He is a man apparently of determined pur- pose, and this seems to have been hia character through life. I have carefully inquired into the history of his antecedents and can detect no evidence of hereditary disease. During the whole of my conversation with him he was calm and collected. There were no symptoms indicative of a morbid impulse. He ap- peared to be a man driven to desperation and ruin by circumstances. He did not labour under any de- lusions. He declared he had only acted unlawfully with a view to securing the attention of his country- men to the subject of his alleged wrongs. He gave, clearly and distinctly, an account of his previous history. His memory seemed to be excellent. His conversation, manner, and general demeanour were most rational in every respect; and I was unable to detect any symptoms indicative of mental disorder. I am of opinion, from a careful and anxious consi- deration of the case, that he is of sound mind, and there is nothing to justify his detention as a criminal lwatic."

THE NEPTUNE.

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DOTHEGIRLS' HALL:

CAVALRY ORGANISATION.

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THE CLEOPATRA VERDICT.

SALE OF THE NOVAR COLLECTION.

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MADAME TEIAL AND

ah fv, a FL°or)S IN LONDON.

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OUR MILITARY POSITION. ■

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CIGAR ENDS.

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