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SUICIDE OF MR. COHEN. We have to record, says the Sheffield Independent the death, by suicide, of Mr. Ben Cohen, of High- street, jeweller, who, our readers will recollect, was arrested on Wednesday last on a charge of feloni- ously receiving gold and silver watches, stolen from Mr. Raynor, of Swansea, jeweller, nearly five years ago. The premises of Mr. William Reuben Raynor were entered by burglars during the night of the 11th December, 1857, and watches and jewellery taken away to the value of £1,200, the loss compel- ling Mr. Raynor to give up his business. No clue could be obtained to the stolen property until about ten days ago, when information reached the Sheffield police that several of the watches were. in the possession of Mr. Cohen. The information was communicated to Mr. Raynor, who came over to Sheffield, and, armed with the authority of a war- rant, searched the premises of Mr. Cohen, in com- pany with detective officer Brayshaw and Inspector J. Wood. Nineteen silver and nine gold watchas, of the value of about £200, were positively identified by Mr. Raynor as part of the stolen property, and a further number of from 50 to 60 watches were be- lieved also to have formed part of the booty, but could not be identified, being watches spnt to Mr. Raynor for repair. Mr. Cohen was apprehended, and was taken before Mr. Dunn at noon on Thurs- day, on the charge of being in illegal possession of the 28 watches identified. The case was adjourned to give the prosecution an opportunity of completing their case. Mr. Cohen appeared in a greatly excited state, and at the intercession of his advocate, Mr. Broa,dbent, Mr. Dunn agreed to release him on bail to the amount of £500, secured by two sureties, as well as the prisoner's own recognisances. Mr. Cohen remained in custody until Friday evening, when substantial bail being tendered, he was re- leased and returned home. His excitement had greatly increased during his detention. He fre- quently said it was utterly impossible he could out- live the prosecution, and we are informed that from the time of reaching home he was confined to his bed, and persistently refused to take any food. Though he gave such emphatic expression to the opinion that he could not outlive the prosecution, and though he was evidently in a state of the greatest excitement, his friends seem not to have been under any apprehension that he would attempt to take his life. He was nevertheless closely watched. Mr. Henry Jackson, surgeon, was called in, and attended Mr. Cohen regularly. During a brief absence of his family and nurse on Tuesday morning, about seven o'clock, Mr. Cohen succeeded in possessing himself of his razor, which would appear not to have been removed from his room. With this implement he inflicted terrible gashes in the abdomen. Consider- able reserve has been maintained as to the nature Qt these wounds. We are assured, however, that the principal wound extends in great part across the ab- domen, and that there are three other gashes at right angles with it, each of a fearful kind, some of the wounds severing not only the skin and flesh of the ab- domen, but the peritonitis, or inner lining, andliterally letting out the bowels. Mr. Cohen appears to have made lio communication to his attendants, but his writhings and the profuse issue of blood quickly revealed what had taken place. Mr. Jackson was immediately sent for, and attended along with Mr. Tinsley, who was also called in. The medical gen- tlemen attended to the wounds with the utmost skill, care, and promptitude, but they were of so terrible a character, that from the first no hope was enter- tained of Mr. Cohen's recovery. He lingered, how- ever, until a few minutes before ten o'clock in the evening, when death put an end to his agony. The case is an extremely melancholy one, whether viewed in relation to the wealth and position of the deceased, or his tragic end. The case against him was necessarily much weakened by the great lapse of time, but against this was the large extent and value of the property, and the consequent necessity of giving a very clear explanation of the manner of becoming possessed of it. Mr. Cohen's explanation was that he bought the watches of a man who rore- spntorl himself ac TU- wl SwunSea, Stating that he had purposely come to Sheffield to dispose of his jewellery for Sheffield goods preparatory to going to Australia. This story received some con- firmation from the fact that the watches still bear the name of Mr. Raynor and other evidences of his ownership, which one would have thought Mr. Cohen would have removed had he suspected the honesty of the person from whom he purchased. Be that as it may, he so shrank from the ordeal of a. prosecu- tiou as to take his own life.


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