EXTRAORDINARY FREAK OF A CAPTAIN. A Bristol contemporary is responsible for the following story :-The fine barque Us'" built in Bristol three years ago, and owned by Mr. Thomas Benyon, Dock-street, left Swansea for Calckra, with coals, towards the end of April last. After being a short time out, Captain Ma- thias, the master, put back to Newport, and the owner had the vessel thoroughly re-caulked and re-metalled. She proceeded to sea from Newport in May, and, after a fine passage, reached Falkland Islands, having been 59 days out, and Cape Horn in 62 days. Here a gale came on, which rapidly increased to a hurricane, and threatened the ship every instant with total destruction. She stood beating about to the southward of the Cipe, and, at length, the captain walked aft and up with the wheel," telling the men to wear the ship." The mate was then asleep below, and the crew of course judged that the object of this must have been to get out of the hurricane and into smooth water to the eastward of the Cape. They aoon found that the ship was speeding along in the direction of Falk- land Islands. This also gave satisfaction. But Falk- land. Islands were passed, and the ship still proceeded on her course leaving the Cape far behind. The mate then came aft and asked Captain Mathias where he was taking the ship, and why he neither took her into a place of shelter, nor prcsecutei the voyage to Caldera. Captain Mathias toid him that." God Almighty had come into his cabin and ordered him to take the ship-back to New- port, threatening him that if he took her on her voyage the ship and all her crew should be destroyed." He added that a mystery hung over th& matter which should never be revealed, but that the vision appeared to him on the occasion of the hurricane off Cape Ham, and such being the will of the Almighty, he should not place himself in opposition to it for the sake of the owner, the ship, or anything else." The mate remonstrated with the -captain with some firmness. He said, "Consider the serious loss you will cause the owner by pursuing this course." And williDg at any rate to save the owners, be went further, and proposed that Captain Mathias should go ashore, leaving him, or putting some one else on board to take command and prosecute the voyage. Captain Alathias immcdiatel-, said, "When my command of this ship is taken from n:e, take a knife and stab me with it till I die. It cuts me to the heart to take the ship home, and perhaps ruin the owners, but such being the will of God, I cannot disobey it for the sake of man." The mate appeaLd to the crew, but they said that they saw nothing the matter with the captaiUj and they therefore thought it was their duty to continue to obey him. Consequently he ceased all opposition to the captain's will, and the Usk continued her passage home, safe and sound from top to bottom, her captain apparently happy and free from all care, and devoting his lisure hours to the conversion of his crew. Prayers were held every evening at seven, and from that till nine none were allowed to enter-his cabin. Newport and Newport Docks were seached safely on Tuesday evening, and, as may be supposed, this extraordinary tale was repeated with a thousand exaggerations and additions throughout the town, with the speed of wildfire. Captain Mathias at once proceeded. to Mr. Benyon's residence, and reported his arrival to his amazed owner. Mathias then detailed how the Moit High had entered his cabin and warned him against prosecuting the voyage, telling him that he was to go back straight to Newport, and if no,, the ship and the whole of her crew should perish. Mathias in- sisted upon his statement, the owner listening to the tale as the narration of -some strange dream. The captain, on Wednesday morning, took away, everything belonging to him from the ship. We may. add that the foregoing has been taken entirely from the statements of the mate and the captain themselves, and may be relied upon as the correct version of this extraordinary affair.
A CLERGYMAN CONVICTED OF j POACHING. 1 At the weakly petty, sessions at Chorley, the Rev. .Jdm Williams, incumbent of Euxton, was charged with trespassing in pursuit of. game on land belonging to Mr. T. B. Crosse, in the township of Whittle-le-Woods. Mr. Wilson, who appeared for the complainant, stated that his client felt it incumbent upon him to notice this offence on the part of the rev. defendant, inasmuch as it was not the first offence of which he had had to coin- plain. The defendant had often had the privilege of going upon Mr. Crosse's land with others, and he had frequently taken the opportunity of poaching thereon. On one occasion he was seen in a tree with a gun in his hand, on another he was secreted in a pit, and on a third he was found hidden m a hut which he had erected to carry on these practices. Edward Segar, gamekeeper to Mr. Crosse, deposed that on the 18th of October, he saw the defendant on a cop of land belonging to Mr. Crossf, but close to land in the occupation of cne Peter Smith. There was also a ditch and a hedge near, but ditcb, cop, and hedge were all on Mr. Crosse's land. The defendant was looking in the direction of the wood, and he had a gun in his hand. Game occasionally came through the hedge near which he was standing. Corroborative evidence having been given by Mr. Crosse, Mr. Williams admitted the facts as stated by the gamekeeper, but contended that the hedge was the boundary of the land. Mr. Crosse evidently entertained an erroneous idea as to the boundary. The defendant said he did not profess to be a sportsman, but sedentary habits did not agree with him, and he went out occasionally. The bench informed defendant that the saw provided him with a remedy, if the boundary, as stated, was not correct, but the ditch would have to be considered the line. After a short consultation, their worships inflicted a fine of 20s. and costs. Another case of a similar character was then preferred, the offence having been committed on the 15th inst. The rev. gentleman admitted that he was guilty of the second of- fence if guilty of the first, and he was again fined 20s.
TRENIENDOUS CONFLAGRATION. On Saturday morning, between two and three o'clock, one of the most extensive fires that has occurred in the county of Essex for several years past broke out in the premises known by their immense magnitude to every inhabitant there as the London India Rubber Company 3 works, situate at West Ham. The police-constable who first observed the fire imme- diately sprang his rattle to summon assistance, but whilst so doing, and before any one else had time to get to the spot, a tremendous sheet of flame, of an,orange colour, shot forth from one of the windows, and lapped over the north-east end of the building. This waS followed by another sheet of flame, and shortly after- wards the flames broke through various other windows in the centre of the factory, showing at a glanca that there was little if any chance of saving the vaju' able property, especially as not sufficient time had elapsed for a single engine to reach the spot. By the time that the engines arrived the immense building waS on fire in every part, and it is no exaggeration to say that a greater body of fire has not been witnessed since the memorable one at London-bridge, where Mr. Braid- wood lost his life: for in addition to the flames, which rose nearly sixty-feet high, large flakes of burning materials were scattered nearly half a mile distant,' falling upon the house tops threatened their destructioi'j and it was only owiiig to the precautions taken by the occupants in drenching the roofs with water that the? were saved. The firemen want to work in an intrepid manner, but the fire continued its ravages, and the flames rising sa high, brought out in brilliant relief the spire ofiWest; Ham church and other lofty buildings. The two steaiO" engines, the moment they-were got to work, began to teli unmistakably that, great as the fire was, it was doomed to succumb to the weight of the water thrown into tM premises by the combined exertions of the firemen. All that was possible for human beings to do was done to save some of the valuable contents; but with little suc- cess, as far as the main factory was concerned, for all sudden a crash-a loud and fearful one—was heard. Tbi| was caused by the roof falling. It was then expeote,1 that the deadweight that b ad fallen upcone^ ^s^arged PlczEvy^ would have at once annihilated the flames. Not so; for, in a minute or so, the fire rose higher than ever; but the nr men eventually succeeded in getting the mastery over the fearful element. For- tunately, no other portion of the works were injured; and, what is still more fortunate, the whole of the books and other vouchers were saved in a patent fire-proot safe. During the morning Mr. W. W. Hodsell, and Messrs. Charles White, of the County Fire-office, and Messrs- Charles Reade and Barrell, of the Liverpool and Londou, assessors of fire losses, were present to ■ ascertain if, pofl". sible the cause of the fire and the amount of property destroyed, but nothing definite could be learned beyond the fact that the loss must amount to many thousand pounds. A strong body of police were present, and they vendered essential aid to the firemen by keeping a way clear, so as to enable them to pursue their dangerous calling. o
Capture of an Eagle.—As a gentleman named Le- noiroux was, last week, wild-duck shooting in the neigh- bourhobd of St. Arnand (Nord), he saw an eagle aMO engaged in looking after ducks, and managed to bring it down by breaking its wing with a well-directed shot- He and his servant, after a long chase, succeeded ill catching the eagle and taking it home alive, notwith- standing a stout resistance, rostri et unguibus. A new mill, nearly completed, at Apethorne, near Hyde, in Cheshire, was blown down on Monday morning, and totally destroyed. The -mill belongs to Mr. Benjamin Ashton. It was six storeys in height, and erected on the first principle. The whole ia a com- plete wreck, and the damage will be thousands of pounds —we have heard £ 40,000 —all the iron work befog smashed to atoms. A town's meeting, convened by the mayor, was held in BradfoW on Tuesday, in aid of the dtstftss§ea operatives in the cotton districts.. Upwards of < £ 3,00" were subscribed in the room. Mr. Forater, M.P., stiifetj on the authority of Sir J. Kay ShuttleWorth, that tha months of November and December would'see on the distress lists the enormous n timber of 350,000 to 400,000 persons. Several gentlemen, amongst whooi 1 e was Mr. Forster, bore testimony to the- noble Sacrittoes made by the'manufacturers for their workpeople. Mr. Ijeigh Trafford, the Judge of the Birmingham County Court, having been compellfed to resign o» account of ill-health, the Lord Chancellor has appointed as fak successor Mr. Nicholls, formerly one of the C01J1- miasioners of the Insolvent Debtors' Court, London, and at present one of the Registrars of the Manchester Court of Bankruptcy. Mr. Harris, the Deputy-Judge of tha BirmitHham Court, has, it is understood, been appointed his successor. 'b The heavy embankment which, in carrying on the works of the Mid-Sussex Railway, is forming at the foot of the Arundel causeway hill, for the turn- pike-road traffic over the line, has been attended hy the singular occurrence of its Weight raising bodily up some six or eight feet, part of a meadow neaij and five large elm trees. The trees, which, as mIght be supposed, have lost their equilibrium, are standing at all sorts of angles, and will doubtless soon be uprooted alto* gether. Death of Lord Arundell of Wardour.-In..i telligeuce has been received of the sudden death of Lord Arundell of Wardour, which happened at Wardour Caa- tie, his seat, near Salisbury, on Sunday last, from an 3*' tack of paralysis. The deceased peer, who was in his 58th year, succeeded to the title on his brother's death in 1834, but never took a prominent part in public mat' ters. He was the head of one of our oldest Roma» catholic families, and a count of the Holy Roman pire. He is succeeded in the title and estates by hiS eldest son, the Hon. John Francis Arundell, who married only on the Monday before his father's death tO Miss Errington, of Northumberland. The Birkenhead Rioters.-On Wednesday teJl men and two women, who had bean concerned in thtl Birkenhead riot, were examined before the magistrate^ at Chester. The evidence against them was deentf conclusive, and they were sent to the assizes for tria* It appears that one of the men had a musket in his pos_ session when he was captured, and the musket had been- fired. In Some of the rioters' houses, heaps of bncB» and stones were found, evidently intended to be throw down on the heads of the police. There was a force of police and some military in Chester, whic looked like taking precautions after the mischief done.
GREAT ASSEMBLAGE IN HYDE-PARK ON SUNDAY. The fineness of the afyrnoon, and that feeling of curiosity and love of excitement inherent in the London populace, drew an immense crowd of people to Hyde-park on Sunday. According to an estimate made by the police authorities up to four o'clock, at least 50,000 persons beyond the usual number of visitors had entered the park. Between three and four o'clock the crowd com- pletely covered the large open space lying between the Marble-arch and the Powder Magazine, and was con- siderably larger than cn the Sunday when the Gari- baldian meeting was attempted to be held. The people, however, were not of a class likely to create disturb- ance. A body of 300 police under the control of twelve inspectors, were on duty in the park, which thEY patrolled in all directions. The military force, however, Bad heen dispensed with, but strong detachments were kept in readicess at the different barracks, should their services be required. Between three and four o'clock, at which time the crowd was greater than at any other period of the afternoon, and at least 15,000 people were collected together, although it was evident there was no organised attempt to hold a meeting several independent -tffators mounted the seats-in the park, and began to address the crowds collected around them; the merits of Gari- baldi, the sufferings of thePope^and the legality of Sir R. Mayne's proclamation, being the themes on which they di- lated. Their oratory, however, was in^all cases cut short by the police, who ordered them to demist, on pain of being at 6ace taken into custody. In ntost instances their order was immodtately obeyed. One man, however, more Enthusiastic than the others, seemed disinclined to obey what he termed an interference with the liberty of the subject, and for some moments persisted in continuing his address, but finding no inclination on the part of his hearers to support him against the authority of the police, ■he at last, but very reluctantly, vacated his extempore platform. The crowd at this time was very large and dense, and a ruse Was adopted by the police which proved very effectual for its purpose. Several constables who were present in plain clothes, and unknown to the crowd, were temporarily arrested by their colleagues in uniform, and marched off under a strong escort to the park gates, as if on their way to the station-bouse. About a dozen of those supposed arrests took place, and were each followed by a large crowd. Before this ruse was dis- covered its object had been gained in breaking up the compact and dense crowd into detached bodies, and dusk approaching, ic did hot re-form in-any numbers. The police generally performed their unpleasant duty with remarkable good temper and forbearance, which went a great way in preserving order. At five o'clock but com- paratively few people were left in the park, and the police were shortly afterwards withdrawn.
ARREST OF A BANK MANAGER AT MANCHESTER. A good deal cf excitement was created at Manchester on Saturday, by the arrest of Mr. Jonah Andrews, "manager" of the City Bank of Manchester, on a -charge of abstracting and applying to his own use -property of the bank to a very large amount. The bank stopped payment last Tuesday, and on Saturday evening a meeting of from 300 to 400 shareholders and creditors of the concern was held in the Assembly- room, Free Trade-hall, to hear from the manager an exposition of its affairs. The meeting had just com- menced, and the manager was about to speak, when it was observed that there was a stranger in the room. The intruder was no other than Sergeant Shanley, of the city police, who, on being ordered to withdraw, produced a warrant for the apprehension of Andrews, and at once proceeded to execute it. The prisoner was con- veyed in a hackney coach to the lock-ups at the Town- hall. The warrant had been granted by the city magistrates on Friday at the instance of Mr. Samuel Lyon, merchant and broker, who charges the prisoner with having taken and applied to his own use the sum of jC37 17. 6d., intrusted to him for the purpose of meeting a bill of exchange at the Union Bank, Moorgate-street, London. There are other charges against him, one of which is that he has abstracted and pledged securities held by the bank, and these malpractices will involve, it is said, a loss to the proprietors of Something like £120,000. The City Bank of Manchester, we are in- formeJ, wa3 originally started by Mr. Andrews on his own account, but with a very insignificant capital, as a savings bank, but by degrees it changed its character and became a loan and insurance as well as a savings bank, the persons who lodged their savings in the bank becoming, under the scheme of Mr. Andrews, pro- prietors, and loaning their money at high rates of interest. The shares were fixed at .£50 each, -which a depositor might pay either in one sum, or by monthly instalments of a £1,. extending over "SO months. The proprietors were divided into and worked in classes, each class appointing a committee to act on its behalf and receive and deal with applications for loans under the advice and with the assistance of Mr. Andrews, who for these services was paid a salary of £5,000 per annum, and was in fact the manager. We do Lot know how many shareholders there are in the b«mk, nor how ma'1Y constitute a class, but we learn that there are 120 classes, and that the holder of two shares (JElOO) is eligible for election upon the committee of his class. Some of the proprietors" are men of property, -l&any of them shopkeepers and; small tradesmen, and some of them warehousemen and clerks, who have come in under the monthly deposit scheme. The shareholders appear to have had almost unbounded confidence in their manager, and he had consequently access to all the de.,d:1 and other securities held for loans, and some of these securities are said to be for as much as ;E7,000. The charges for loans varied from 10 to IS per cent., ac- cording to the supposed value of the security offered, and ,where advances were large the borrower was required to give a life policy of insurance as an additional security. Of the antecedents of Mr. Andrews we have not heard much, except that he has been a methodist local preacher, and professed to be a teetotaller and a vegetarian. Ha is not known to have lived extravagantly, or to have speculated largely, and therefore people are at a loss -as to what he can have done with the property of the bank. He had lately built a residence near Ashton, called Medlockvale-hall, but it is not supposed to have (ost more than a man with a salary of £ 5,000 a year might reasonably afford. The prisoner is a son of the iate Mr-. Andrews, dyer, of Collyfaurst. -After his arrest, several shareholders in the- bank visited him in the lock- ups, and tried to aecertain I from; himl the amount of his "frauds. To these gentlemen he admitted they were to the amount of many thousands, but when asked if he could ,give any idea of the total, he replied, II No, I cannot; ifeut you have a first-rate man engaged to examine the iwwiks, andifee will no doubt make out a statement dis- closing. the whole. I know I have'done what I ought not to have done." Examination of Andrew. On Monday the prisoner Andrew was brought up ..before tlae magistrates at the Manchester Police-court. He appeared quite cool, and looked very unconcernedly round the court, which was filled with spectators. Mr. John Richardson, solicitor, prosecuted; and Mr. R. B. B. Cobbett, solicitor, defended -Andrew. The first charge gone into was that of Samuel Lyon, whose money (£37 17s. 6d.), obtained by him as a banker, for a certain specific purpose, viz to pay a bill at the Union Bank, Moorgate-street, London, had been dis- posed of by the prisoner to his own use and purpose. The information was laid under the 24th and 25th Vict., cap. 96, sec. 75, which punished such misappropriation of moneys so obtained by penal servitude not exceeding seven years, and not less than three; or with imprison- ment for a period not exceeding two years. The prose- cuting solicitor said he must of necessity crave a reman I of the case, in order to complete the evidence against the prisoner. The case was remanded for a week. Bail was accepted, being fixed at two sureties in S200 each. — —+-
On Monday, the spacious school which has just been completed at Redruth, at the sole cost of Mr. Jtobartes, M.P., was opened for public instruction. A letter from Dublin speaks very hopefully of the increase of the Lancashire distress fund in Ireland. Since the announcement of the first instalment of £2,000, £559 have been received, and official letters from Wexford, Waterford, Clonmel, and Armagh promise to make collections in these districts. A depôt has been opened in Dublin to receive clothes and blankets f. r Lancashire. A bill some time since passed the Tasmanian Legis- lature altering the sum payable to the Governor of Tas- mania for allowances and contingent expenses. This bill has been submitted for her Majesty's consideration. The Duke of Newcastle has written to the Governor of Tasmania, stating that whilst her Majesty would be advisad to assent to any measure for such prospective reductions as any of the coloniai legislature might deem nectssary, it would not be considered competent for such legislature to curtail either the salary or the allowances to which a governor was entitled when he was selected by the crown for the administration of the go vernment."
THE HUNT AFTER HAYES. About 200 police were stationed in the neighbourhood of Castle To wasend on Monday and Tuesday last, beat- ing up the covers after Hayes. By Monday night the whole-demesne at Castle Townsand had been beat up, except a portion next the village, known to have many deep caverns and hiding-places difficult of access. About noon next day, relates the correspondent of the Cork Examiner, when the rain was descending in torrents, a policeman was observed to rush from the mouth of a cave, which was nearly closed up by a large whitethorn tree that grew exactly in the centre of the entrance, and having come up to the officer in command, announced in solemn terror that he had spotted the aggressor; that he was seated behind a large stone in the cave that he appeared asleep, as his fore- head rested on the sleeve of hid left hand supported by the rock, while a case of large pistols rested on a rock along- side with their dark and grim muzzles pointed outwards. No time was lost. Twenty-four able fellows were at once chosen for the arrest. Twelve two deep were to approach the dangerous cavern from either side at an angle of about 89 degress, thus rendering it nearly impossible to be perceived > by any person inside. They moved stealthily and cautiously until they arrived within about fifteen paces of the entrance, halted, and then, at the signal of the word charge," pronounced in a voice thunder by a littlo man in uniform who was safely perched on a rock overhead, a tremendous rush was made at the cave. Men fell fast, not by bullets from inside, but through the unevenness and slippery nature of the ground, so that only about four actually entered, one of whom seized the sleeping inmate by the poll, and another se:zed the piatoll. But lo! and behold! The imagined assassin was found tti ba but an old hf.t artfully placed oh the end of a stick, and the pistols but a pair of cabbage stumps skilfully prepared for the purpose. stumps skilfully prepared for the purpose.
THE PRINCE OF WALES'S MAJORITY. We understand that this event is to be celebrated with great splendour by the members of the Yorkshire Union Club on the 12th of November. The members of this club comprise the leading aristocracy and gentry in the York Assembly-rooms, which, as a suite of apartments for such a gathering, are perhaps unequalled in the provinces. These rooms, designed by the Earl of Bur- lington, have been recently decorated at a great expense, under the direction of Owen Jones. The supper will be served in the Festival Concert-hall, which communi- cates internally with the Assembly-rooms. The decora- tion of the Concert-hall has been placed in the hands of first-rate artists. Coote and Tinney's quadrille band, comprising many of the best instrumentalists in the metropolis, have been retained to occupy the orchestra in the ball-room. The supper and other refreshments will be upon the most liberal scale; and we hear that the various arrangements conducive to the gratification of the visitors are being energetically carried out by the gentlemen who form the committee of management. The invitation cards to the fZte have been most exten- sively sent out, and, as may be expected, the fashionable world is looking forward to the event with considerable gratification. The festivities will be kept up by a second ball on the following evening, in aid of the County Hospital.
DEATH OF SIR B. C. BRODIE, BART., F.R.S. There is no member of the medical profession in any of its branches who has more assiduously ex- erted himself to acquire scientific and professional information and ungrudgingly to disseminate that knowledge than the illustrious surgeon whose decease took place at an early hour on the 21st instant, at his residence, Broome-park, Betchworth, Surrey. Certainly no member of the profession had reached in modern times so high a position, or maintained that distinction for so long a period, as the late President of the Royal Society. Sir Benjamin Brodie was the first surgeon upon whom this honour had been conferred. Tho deceased was the third son of the Rev. P. B. Brodie, M. A., rector of Winterslow, an influential magistrate and deputy lieutenant of South Wilts, and of Sarah, daughter of Benjamin Collins, Esq., of Milford, near Salisbury, in which city a brother of the deceased-the well-known banker, and late parliamentary representative—resides. Sir Benja- min was born on the 9th of June, 1783, and conse- quently at the time of his decease was in his 80th year. After acquiring a sound preliminary education under the paternal roof, to which he often said he was mainly indebted for his success in after life, he was placed under the care of Messrs. Wilson and Thomas. These distinguished surgeons (the latter of whom became President of the Royal College of Surgeons) were at that time engaged in teaching anatomy at the Hunterian School, in Great Windmill-street. In 1803, he became Sir Everard Home's pupil at St. George's Hospital, and passed his examination as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons on the 18th oi October, 1805, immediately after which he began to assist Mr. Wilson as demonstrator of anatomy, and continued in this office until 1809, when he was as- sociated with his former master as lecturer on this subject. In 1808, when only 25, he was appointed assistant-surgeon to St. George's Hospital, and had the principal charge of Sir Everard Home's patients in that institution, as well as for some years those of Mr. Gunning, who was then absent with the Duke of Wellington's army in Spain. In 1810 he was elected Croonian Lecturer to the Royal Society, and in the following year received the Copley prize from the same learned society. It was not until 1822 that Sir Benjamin was elected full surgeon six months later he made his debut as lecturer on sur- gery, and continued to give a regular course to a large class until 1830, when his increasing practice compelled him to relinquish-all but clinical lectures. As a lecturer, he was plain and easy in his delivery -acute, and always to the point. In 1819 he was honoured with the appointment of Professor of Anatomy and Surgery to the Royal College of Surgeons, and held that office until 1823. In 1832 he was appointed Sergeant-Surgeon, to William IV., by whom he was made a baronet, and on the accession of her Majesty she was pleased to retain him in the same office. From his own col- lege he received all the honours that institution has the power to bestow, having been elected a Member 6 of the Council of the Court of Examiners, Hunterian Orator, and, finally, in 1844, President. Sir Benjamin Brodie had contributed largely to the advancement of medical and chirurgical knowledge, and was an honorary member of several institutions both at ihome and abroad. He leaves a widow, and two sons—Benjamin Collins Brodie, Esq., Professor of Chemistry in the University of Oxford, who married a daughter of Mr. Serjeant Thompson, and the Rev. William Brodie, who married Lady Maria Waldegrave, daughter of the eighth Earl Waldegrave. eighth Earl Waldegrave.
THE Lit TE CATHERINE WILSON. The following is a copy of the statement of her case drawn up by the prisoner herself a few days befora her execution, and transmitted to the Home Secretary to be laid before her Majesty, imploring the clemency of the crown. The expressions made use of are the prisoner's o.vn, and the document was written in a hrns. legible hand, and there were merely a few errors in the spelling :— "To her Most Gracious Maiesty,—I most humbly beg your Majesty's pardon for the liberty i nave taken in sending this paper, and crave your Majesty's most merciful consideration of my case. I am now lying under sentence of death for the dreadful crime of murder by poisoning, which I solemnly declare I am innocent of. I am very deaf, and was unable to hear any of the evidence upon my trial -therefore could not contradict anything that was said. I have been in prison six months, and unable to get the evidence to come forward on my behalf for want of means, my means being all exhausted and yet, without one witness, there has never been proved one person or place I had ever had poison of, nor that I had ever had poison in my possession. One witness says I told her the day of the death of Mrs. Soams the death was not a natural one, for Mrs. Soames had taken poison in my room on the Wednesday night before, yet this witness, though a friend of the family's for six years before, living with the daughters two yeara afterwards, never named it to anybody till now, six years afterwards, when I am tried for my life, then comes forward to say I told her this, which I never did. Then comes another wit- ness and friend of the family for twenty years, who declares I told her there would be a letter come to the house on the Monday., She says I told her this on the Sunday before the letter came, yet before this letter did come it was never told to Mr. Barnes, Mrs. Soames's brother, nor her two daughters, nor any one else until my trial. I never did tell either of these witnesses anything of the kind. How strange those two women should be friends of the family both before and after death. When the inquest was held not a word was ever said by either of the parties what I had said. No, because I had never said any. thing of the kind to them. Mrs. Hawkshaw, a niece of Mrs. Soames, was in attendance upon her most all the time on the Thursday, and Thursday night she at- tended her alone not until Friday, a,nd Friday night did I attend and sit up with the daughter until she died. Mrs. Hawkshaw was sent by her aunt to buy the penny stamp paper to give me for to show that I had lent Mrs. Soames £10 it was wrote every word by Mrs. Soames herself. It was never disputed by the family or said one word against until now, six years afterwards, yet this witness was hot called. Mrs. Soames's circumstances were not good, and she could not meet her tradesmen's bills. She belonged to a building society; she had a certain sum of money to pay every week, and to pay that with she always had to pledge her property. The two daughters say they never knew their mother to lend me any money, and I always paid my rent every week, 8s. 6d. 1 could have no motive for taking this poor woman's life. It was known by the witnesses that Mrs. Soames thought of marrying again to better her circumstances to a man I had frequently heard her talk of, but I never saw. The letters produced in court a day or two after the death of Mrs. Soames came to the house. Two people is called to say they believed it to be wrote by me, although in a disguised hand. When asked if ever they saw me write, one says he never saw me write, the other says he saw me write seven years ago. Neither of these two men never saw me write in their lives. I am sure I did not write that letter. A part of it was torn away. A false report has been circulated in the papers that I understood the nature of medicine, for I had lived with a Dr. Mower, of Boston, which I never did, nor was there a Dr. Mower living there at any time. All this proved very injurious to me. Every person that I have attended upon, and done my best -for, those that have died, has been exhumed and nothing found in them like poison, or any poison traced to my possession, or any doctor says anything against me except one, whose evidence is false, and yet I am condemned to die. I, therefore, through (throw) myself on your Majesty's most merciful considera- tion, and pray to God to be more merciful than man. —I remain your Majesty's most humble servant, CATHERINE WILSON.
CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY. Brooke Barringten Twight, a traveller, living in Birmingham, in the employ of Messrs. Lea and Co., sack merchants, of Welwyn, Herts, was on Monday charged before the city magistrates at Worcester with stealing a sum of money from the shop of Mrs. Lee, cork sock maker, of High-street, on Friday night. Mrs. Lee deposed that on the morning of Friday last two men, one of them exactly resembling the prisoner in appearance, wearing a black mous- tache, black hat, with crape round it, and a dark coloured Inverness cape, entered her shop, and asked to be shown some children's socks. There was money lying on the counter at the time, which had been paid by a customer, and the men must have seen her place it in a bag, and then in a box that lay on a shelf beneath the window. There were gold and silver in the box, and about two o'clock 'she took the pre- caution to take from it the sum of £5, soon after which two men, one of whom was the same man who had purchased the socks, entered her shop again, and asked to be shown some brushes which were lying in the window. The brushes did not suit them, and they left. About seven o'clock the same evening Mrs. Lee was visited by another couple of men, one of whom she believed to be the prisoner, who asked to look at some corks in the window. While Mrs. Lee was occupied in showing the corks, the man resembling the prisoner walked round the counter, and looked into her glass case. This movement attracted her attention, and she took particular notice of the man, observed his features narrowly, and marked his dress. After their de- parture she missed her cash-box, which contained half a sovereign, several shillings, and some coppers, and gave information to the police, while she herself pro- ceeded to the railway station, where she found the prisoner in a train ready to leave for Birmingham. She taxed him with the robbery, but he strenuously denied it, and said he was a collector for the Midland Company. He was detained and searched, and two railway passes, with several books, were found in his possession, On being taken before the city magis trates next day he declared it was a case of mis- taken identity, and that he could prove that he was in Kidderminster on Friday, and did not reach Worcester till 6.20 that evening, when he went, immediately on leaving the railway station, to an eating-house, where he partook of tea, after which he walked about the city by himself, and at 7.40 was in the train en route for Birmingham. His evidence was corroborated by several witnesses, who voluntarily came forward; and a fellow-traveller from Birmingham, in the employ of the same firm, spoke to the prisoner's respecta- bility, and to his being engaged in travelling in search of lost sacks belonging to Messrs. Lea and Co. Prisoner was represented by Mr. Clutterbuck; and it was evident to the magistrates that Mrs. Lee had made a mistake, and had sworn to the pri- soner being the thief, whereas it was their belief that the robbery had been committed by some other person, corresponding in appearance to him. The prisoner was discharged. Mr. Twight signified his intention to bring an action against Mrs. Lee for false imprisonment.
CATHERINE WILSON. The following is a verbatim copy of a letter written by the above-named previous to her execution. It is ad- dressed to a relative residing at Moulton, near Spalding. The handwriting is neat and good, but common-place, possessing no peculiarity. There are only three words spelt incorrectly, and three or four slight grammatical errors. With these exceptions, it might be taken for the letter of an educated person:— Gaol at Newgate, 6th October, 1862. Dear Uncle and Aunt,—With great pain 1 received your letter, and with greater pain I sit down to answer it; for it recalls to my mind past scenes too painful to dwell upon. My dear friends—all of yuu-I must decline your very kind offer of visiting me. I could not bear an inter- view; it would be too painful for us all. You mast think of me as you last saw me; that is the best for you to do. Twelve months ago who could have thought of my being here? Six months to-day I have been in prison. How much better it was for me when I feared rilLUvi ^u ijjuuJLul ij/iEleoflaSfufcrime with which I* am charged, I am a great sinner, and I have lived in wicked- ness and sin. Though I could deceive the world, I could not deceive the Almighty. May he be more merciful to me than man has been is my earnest prayer. During my imprisonment I have received many letters and seen many friends: one lady from Boston has visited me, and written to me since my condemnation, but I got ,a lady to answer it for me. I felt that I would answer this to you myself, and I dare say it is the last letter I shall write; at least I think so. I am in ill-health, and cannot bear much. I do not receive visits from any one now. I have this morning seen my solicitor; he is a very kind gentle- man; I have received great kindness from him and his wife. I felt the interview very painfully this morning. I have received a letter from a gentleman in Lincoln, wishing for an interview, which I declined. I cannot see any one excepting the pious ladies who visit the prison. My time upon earth is very short. I shall be exe- cuted on the morning of the 20th inst., at eight o'clock in the morning, I suppose. May God in His mercy re- ceive my soul! Jesus is a present help in the time of trouble; on Him I cast my burden. It matters little how the body dies; may I be found right before the judgment-seat of God. I care not what man thinks of me; it avails nothing now to me. "My dear relations—all of you-I take it as a great kindness you sending me this letter. You once thought much of me. This letter has cost me many tears. I have often thought of you all. And now, dear friends, I give you my dying love, Farewell, From your unfortunate relative, "CATHERINE WILSON."
GARIBALDI. Letters from Spezz.a contain many interesting state- ments relating to Garibaldi. Giuseppe Guerzeni, ex- major of the Garibaldians, ex-rebel of Aspromonte, and prisoner of the fortress of Bard, sends a letter to tha Movimento, in which he says:- "When I entered he was writing. Many sheets covered with close pencilled lines lay spread around him on the bed. He was seated, leaning his shoulders on three cushions, supported by a firm back^like the grea, reading desks that are seen in cburch. The right leg is always kept immovable, and frO'm the middle down- wards is almost eniased in the apparatus of 'Partridge, modified by Riboli, and which serves to suspend his foot in the air. To-day is the forty-sixth day that I have been confined here,' he said to iiie, I and I cannot even make use of this arm and of this'felbdW, so necessary to such a sick man as I am. And he showed me his arm and left hand, tormented by his accustomed articular pains." Another correspondent writes in a very gloomy tone: —" I have said that Garibaldi is dying, and I am afraid I have said truly. It is now ascertained that the ball is lodged in the wound, and that amputation is requisite but no surgeon is willing to take upon himself the re- sponsibility of pronouncing that decision le3t the patient should die under the operation, so much has he become wasted and enfeebled within the last fifty-two days." Another correspondent, Writing from Turin on the 21st inst., says :—"The news regarding Garibaldi is neither better nor worse than yesterday: an account of his death would not cause great surprise." A telegram was received in town on Saturday, inviting Professor Partridge to take part in a medical consulta- tion to be held on Wednesday the 2ytb, on the state of Garibaldi's wound and the treatment; to be adopted. Rumours of an alarming kind have lately been prevalent; and it is satisfactory to hear that arrangements have been made between, the Garibaldi Crimmittes and Mr. Partridge, and that this etainent surgeon started on Sun- day morning on his route to Spezzia. The State of Garibaldi is represented as very aiarthing. The ampu- tation of the leg, above the ankle, has been resolved upon, but the Italian surgeons are afraid to undertake it. M. Nelaton, one of the most eminent surgeons in Paris, ou Sunday, received a. letter, signed by four of Gari- baldi's professional attesdahts, requesting his co-opera- tion. He immediately started for La Spezzia. The papers express a hope he may not arrive too late. 4
During last week Lady Herbert of Lea,, sent up all her tenantry to Visit the Exhibition, and to dine to- gether in the building.
-ø ACCIDENT TO AN EXPRESS TRAIN. An alarming collision—most providentially unattended with fatal consequences—occurred on the West Midland Railway near Evesham on Tuesday night, uridar the fol- lowing circumstances :—The down express train from London, which leaves Paddington at 6.30 p.m., does not stop at Evesham, but passes this station at the usual express speed, and is due here at about 9.5 p.m. The train was a few minutes behind time, but was proceeding at the usual rate, and had passed Evesham station by about 200 yards, when the passengers were suddenly thrown together in confusion, many persons "being badly bruised. Fortunately, however, no further damage was sustained by them and on leaving the train they found that they had run into some trucks, which by some negligence had been left on the line without danger sig- nals to guard them, while it was known that the express train was due on the same line of rails. The effect of the collision was to dash the trucks (three in number) into splinters and break down the telegraph wires. Two of the wheels of one of the trucks had in an extraordinary manner got under the fore wheels of tha engine and bo- come firmly fixed in it, and it is thought that the engine would have left the rails and run off down an embankment but for these wheels holding it upon the line. At the place where the collision occured there is an embankment lead- ing over some low lands adjoining the River Avon, and had the train gone a little further and ran off the rails, it must have fallen bodily into the river, which was much swollen by the late rains and is always deep at this place. The escape of the passengers was indeed miraculous. The party most injured was the engine driver, who received a severe blow on the chest. He was conveyed to Worcester in the course of the night and attended by DAr- Everett, surgeon, who pronounced his injuries as not serious. The damage to the company is considerable, the three trucks being completely destroyed. One of, theII1 was loaded,with scrap iron. The extent of the mischief being ascertained, assis- tance was obtained from Evasham, and in about an hour the disabled. train was dragged back, to Evesham, and a fresh engine being obtained the passengers were sent on their journey. The line was cleared in about an hour. How the trucks got on the line of course the authori- ties cannot yet say; but the foreman porter at Eveshamf who had the management of the shunting of trains, has been taken into custody, and will be examined before the magistrates.