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THE BRIGHTON POISONING CASE.…

SCARCITY OF SILVER COIN.

THE STOCKWELL MURDER.

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A STRANGE FORECAST.

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A STRANGE FORECAST. Under the above heading, the following appeared in Tuesday's Timts The following extract from the Life of Richard P or son written by the unhappy man who now lies under sentence of death for the murder of his wife, will, I feel sure, be re- garded with great interest at the present moment, casting as it seems to do, a spark of light which cannot be considered as otherwise than significant upon the depths of obscurity in which the origin of this tragedy is involved. Referring to a description by Dr. Johnson of Porson's visit to Dr. Pair, at Hatton, which was abruptly terminated by an insult offered to him by Mrs. Parr, Mr. Watson says at page 92 :— As Dr. Johnson does not choose to describe Mrs. Parr's insult we may suppose that it was of a very gross charac- ter. She may, indeed, have fancied that she had reason for offering such an insult. But there are women who imagine that they may say, without censure, the most disagreeable things to any man, however great or good, of whom they conceive a dislike or wish to be rid. As they are safe from personal chastisement they venture to utter all the bitterness that may arise in their minds. Nothing is more disgraceful to the female sex than these cowardly attacks on men, often of great ability and merit, whom they know to be restrained by good sense and gentlemanly for- bearance towards the sex from retaliation. No man can know who has not experienced how much mischief may be produced by the impertinent intrusion of a wife between her husband and his friends. Mrs. Parr was a woman of violent and overbearing temper, presumptuous and incon- siderate, and having little respect or kindness for any human rectly representing the real sentiments of the —- afford us some clue, however slight, to the ehieiuuo^.1' horrible enigma, "Why did the Rev. John Selby Watson kill his wife y At any rate the expressions above quoted convey the idea of being the reflection of the genuine con- victions of the writer founded upon personal experience of feminine character. The theory set up for the defence is supported by very respectable authority, and it scarcely re- quired the evidence of eminent medical men to tell us at great length what Horace has laid down as a self-evident proposition in four words, "Ira jtlror brevis cst," Yet it ought not to escape notice that the passage I have quoted from the work of Mr. Watson was penned as long ago as 1861.-Your obedient servant, Temple. n. CROFT.

DR. CARPENTER ON SPIRITUALISM.

LORD E. FITZMAURICE ON THE…

SHOCKING OCCURRENCE AT TOTTENHAM.-

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A LIFE-AND-DEATH CONTEST.

CUTTINGS FROM AMERICAN PAPERS.

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