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WIFE MUKDER THROUGH JEALOUSY. On Sunday morning considerable excitement was created in Warwick by the rumour that Charles Chap- man, aged 27, residing in that town, had drowned his wife in the Warwick and Napton Canal, near to Lea- mington. It appears that on Saturday evening, about eight o'clock, Chapman accompanied his wife to Leamington, about two miles from Warwick, for the purpose of purchasing her a pair of boots. They then seemed to be on good terms, and nothing further was heard of them until Sunday morning, when Chapman went to the Warwick police-station with his father and the former, addressing Police-constables Satchwell and Fletcher, said,—" I have come to give myself up for murdering my wife." The officers thought the man had been drinking, but he repeated the statement, and the father said he believed the statement was true, as his eon had been to his house and was wet through when he arrived. He had, however, since changed his clothes. The officers at last en- tered the charge, and the prisoner then said if they would go to the side of the canal, near to Leam-bridge, and drag they_ would find his wife's body. He had drowned her in the bridge hole, a deep part of the canal. All the prisoner appeared so positive in bis statement, the officer placed him in a cell, and went with the drags to the place be mentioned. After drag- ging the canal for about an hour, they found his wife's body in about the place he had indicated. Her dress was very much torn, and round her body was a rope, as if hw husband had tried to tie her arms together. On the bank were evidences of a severe struggle, and the officers found one of the prisoner's coat-sleeves on the embankment, as if his wife had torn it off while struggling with him. Her apron and also three pence were found on the path, and, from the appearance, it is evident the murdered woman fought hard for her life. The deceased is the mother of three children, the youngest of whom is four months old. The alleged cause of the murder is jealousy, the prisoner asserting that while he was absent at work in Birmingham, a few months ago, his wife was familiar with other men. The murdered woman was only twenty years of age, and was much respected. On Monday, the prisoner was brought before the magistrates at Warwick, charged with the wilful mur- der of his wife, Ann Chapman, on Saturday night last, by pushing her into the Warwick and Napton CanaL The prisoner is about twenty-seven years of age, of middle height, dark complexion, and swarthy skin; but there is nothing absolutely repulsive or brutal in the expression of his face. He appeared remarkably self-possessed when placed in the dock, though evi- dently conscious of hia position. Police-constable Satchwell deposed that, as already stated, the pri-oner went to the Warwick police- station at an early hour on Sipiday morning and gave himself into custody on the present charge. He also deposed to having fouid the body of the deceased in the canal, and the precise Fpot where the prisoner stated he had thrown her into the water, and that there wera marks on the towing-path of a severe struggle having occuired. Mr. Superintendent Hicknng deposed that, after the body of the deceased had been found in the canal, the prisoner, who hc.d been detained in custody, made the following statement, after having been reoiiivied that the charge was a serious one, and cautioned that any statement he might make would be given in evidence against him. The prisoner's confession, which he had signed with his mark, after it had been read over to him, was as follows :— Last (Saturday) night I went home about six o'clock, and gave my money to her mother. We lived with her. I stayed at home until I went oat with my wife. I told her we would go to Leamington and look round there. We started a little after nine o'clock. I called at Page's, near ii6*^ a of a!e! that was all I had all tne night. W e looked in the .*hop windows and went on to the Lmscote-cuS-bridge. I said Come on this way. She said she did not like to go by the water side. She sald she was all of a tremble. I said, What makes you ;\e: wl?at have you to tremble for ?' I ss, id, if she would go nirt w c, slt*e,we c°ild get out at the Leam-bridge, on to the old 'Yalwick-roaci. We were talking as we went along the sai/i .ir was sure lhe last child was not mine. She cpivnd ou sca™P ^ne of them are yonrs. I have de- bridpB r^f k°°i i,s-' Wam We got under the Leam- in shf. ion 1 n *r 'a'°*the water. As she was going could n'i+ « 1116 and pulled me into the water. I t»st hold nf if10?1 lle-r for a lon £ while, she kept so awav from Vioi o a<* '^e to have drowned me. I got mind to dlo^n h cut of the water- I made up rnv ™ en av'Bv fmm if befPre I went out of the house. I have last camB hni!?.i,OI?e, ^hree months together. When I pattern for v^n ? T *eV'tlle last UP aQd said, 'Rere'a a and not mine Sh ? her the chlld was Cllarle8 Harris's had a recular ioh t-6 hed and called m" an old fool. I ber to March ^'rmingbam Gas Works from Octo- week13, Iful anVofceU^6™11 yearS" 1 6Very signed th«P«^f<'tn^tIlt Sickling said the prisoner K and nf^lement after bad been read over to since ren(.afHji,ODe or two Vf,rbal alterations. He had wife the first time'hfhf/^h 4° dr°T hi3 then remanded. a chance* The accused was

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