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DEATH OF LORD ARTHUR CLINTON,j

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DEATH OF LORD ARTHUR CLINTON, j A fumonr which was current late on Saturday regarding the death of Lord Arthur Clinton is con. firmed. His lordship died on Saturday morning at the King's Arms Hotel, Christchurch, Hampshire, where he had been staying for a few days on a fish- ing excursion. The illness which caused his death was scarlet fever, on the discovery of the first symp- toma of which he was removed to a cottage in a village named Muddrord, adjacent to Christchurch. The services of Dr. Wade, Dr. Fitzmaurice, and Dr. Roberts Thompson, were at once obtained, and ft telegram was sent to Mr. W. H. Roberts, of Moor- gate street-Lord Arthur Clinton's solicitor—re- questing him to procure further medical assistance. On Mr. Roberts's arrival at Muddiford, however, Lord Arthur Clinton's case was hopeless. The news of his death was telegraphed immediately to Lon- don, but it was discredited, and was no definitely confirmed until Sunday night, when Mr. W. H. Roberts, who resides at Hendon, gave specific par- ticulars regarding it. These were obtained at mid- night from Mr. Roberts, from whom the following letter has also been received:- "In confirming the announcement which has ap- peared this evening in the columns of some of your contemporaries of the death of my unfortunate cl ent Lord Arthur Pelham Clinton, I beg you will allow me space in your journal to enable me to carry out his last wishes in reference to the charges pre- ferred against him-the awful nature of which in no slight degree accelerated his end. It was only early on Friday that I was advised, by telegram from his medical attendants, of his critical state, when I immediately proceeded to Christchurch, where he had been staying for some time past, and remained there until his death, which occurred this morning at 1.5., from exhaustion resulting from scarlet fever. In pursuance of his instructions I had previously prepared, and he had approved, the letter of which I enclose you a copy, and which I beg you will in justice to his memory insert with this. His state, however, of utter prostration did not permit him to sign the copies which were z!l made, although in full possession of his mental faculties. It may be satisfactory to his relatives and friends to know that in the presence of Dr. Wade, and myself he, when conscious of his ap- proaching end, in a solemn manner reiterated his denial of any complicity whatever in the wretched case and alleged conspiracy, and his entire inno- cence of the graver charge imputed to him." The follbwing is the letter which Lord A. Clinton had prepared to send to the papers In'the extraordinary position in which I find my- self pi iced, and from the peculiar course adopted by the Crown in this matter, I feel justified in ask- ing for the insertion of this letter in your journal. I am now, as I hitherto have been, anxious to give z, the most unequivocal denial to the accusations which have been made against me; and I most earnestly beg the public to suspend its judgment until the full investigation of a public trial has cleared away and explained the circumstances of suspicion alleged against me. I pledge myself to surrender on the trial at the Central Criminal Court on the day appointed, as I am desirous of courting the fullest inquiry, being conscious that the greater the light which can be thrown on this unfortunate case the clearer will be my exculpation. I am now, and have been for some time past, prostrate on a bed of sickness, or I would, ere this, have sur- rendered to the warrant and submitted myself to the authority of the Court. I have instructed my solicitor to retain the services of counsel to repre- sent me on my trial, when I shall clearly and honestly how that nothing can be laid to my charge other in thA fonliah mntinnarffl of tVip imTiwanniifinn in wuicn some or tnese Doaies were tounu. Datl be- longed to the prisoners, or to one of them. One caiid was found alive. One child had been identi- tied as that of the daughter of Mrs. Cowan; but it would also cave been thought that after the pub- licity given other mothers would have come forward if they possessed a spark of motherly feeling. Ellen O'Connor said she was 14 years old, and knew the two prisoners as living in Frederick Ter- race, Gordon Grove. She was servant there, going there first about three months ago. She went gene- rally about twelve o'clock in the day, leaving about f y "I ten o'clock at night. This was for the first fort- nigut, when she lived entirely in the house up to I tue time the prisoners were taken into custody. Siie was engaged by Waters, or as she knew her, "Mrs. BiacKOurn." She knew the other prisoner by the name of Ellis. When she first went there f were seven infants. That number included Mrs. Eilis s baby. She only knew three of the children by the names of Teddy, Joe, and Willie. The num- ber increased shortly afterwards to eleven. The prisoner Waters used to go out and bring the chil- uren there. While she (witness) was there, four children were takan away. Two were taken by both prisoners on one night some five or six weeks ago. This was about ten o'clock at night. The infants were a boy and girl, both in long clothes. Tnose two had been there about one month before being taken away. The prisoner Waters said she should be late for the train unless she made haste. She also said she was taking them away because they were ill. She always made that remark when she took babies away. They brought the babies back about half an hour after midnight, Waters remarking that they were too late to meet the train. On the following night the prisoners took the sauic two babies away. On their return about half-past eleven o'clock they were without the infants, and said they had taken them home. The girl was not very ill. When the prisoners had come home, they brought back a hood, cape, and cloak. Mrs. Wa- ters also afterwards took a little girl away, and re- turned without it. About three weeks ago a fourth child was taken away by Waters. The witness had not seen either of the infants since. Witness was told frequently to go to the Post-office in Zoar Place, Brixton, and get letters addressed there to Mrs. Oliver." 5>he obtained letters in that name, sometimes as many as six at a time. After Waters read them she generally burnt them. She read them to Mr. Ellis.-The case was adjourned.

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