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EXECUTION OF FOUR MEN AT KIRK DALE. At noon on Saturday, the four condemned murderers were hung in front of the gaol at Kirkdale, Liverpool. The following is a brief account of the crimes for which they have suffered the extreme penalty of the law:— Benjamin Thomas lodged with Mrs. Rowlands, the wife of a merchant captain, and was slightly in her debt. He had engaged to go to sea in a ship for which a man named Crossthwaite was acting as shipping- master, and in consequence of that engagement received an advance note, which lodged with the deceased as security for the money that he owed her. He afterwards expressed an unwillingness to sail in the ship and Mrs. Rowlands, who was aware that in the event of his failing to go on board at the appointed time the advance note would become worthless, made repeated attempts to overcome this unwillingness, and told Mm distinctly that if he did not join the ship he would be sent to prison for three months. On the 12th of May she was reasoning with him in the Welsh language, when the prisoner suddenly rose, west into the cellar, and called to the deceased to come after him. She followed him immediately, and while she was in the collar he attacked her with a heavy wooden instrument called a potato masher," and mangled her head and face dreadfully. She died immediately. After this h3 went upstairs and made a ferocious attack upon a young woman named Benbow, and an old woman named Evans, who received some frightful wounds, and narrowly escaped the fate of Mrs. Rowlands. Jose Maria Alvarez, who was also- a sailor, was walking along Old Hall-street, Liverpool, on the 12th of May last, as were also James Harrison and a man named Cohen. Cohen accidentally jostled the prisoner, and immediately offered him an apology. Alvarez appeared very muck enraged, spoke a few words in Spanish, drew his knifs or dagger, and stabbed Cohen twice. He first wounded him in the bac& and then in the breast; but neither of the injuries in, this case psaved fatal. As soon as Harrison heard: his friend cry out, and became awsare of what had happened, he attempted to arrest the prisoner, but Alvarez resisted, and wounded him twice. One of these wounds was a very severe "one in the abdomen, of which unf-ortu- nate man died. Harrison fell in the street;, and the prisoner went away. He was called a "villain" by some woman who were standing by, and he imme- diajtsly took: up the apron of one of these women and wiped his bloody dagger upon it. Having done this he succeeded-in-getting away, but was shortly afterwards apprehended by the police. John Hughes, the third Tilurderer, was a drunken cobbler, and was in the habit of beating his wire. He threatened te:" dance. upon her," and said that she ought to have- been hanged at; Kirkdale instead cf two men whom he-saw upon the scaffold some time-before his own execution. This feeEbg towards his wife took a murderous chape on April 30, on the. morning: of which day on", awaking he got up, went to her ■ bed- side,. and askoi'i her to give liira a shilling. She said that she had but one, a sixpence, twopence, sa d a foreign, coin, and she refused So give him anything. He said he wouM have it out of her bones," and an hour later, when he had dressed himself and taken breakfast, he went to the bedroom, where he beat-Ms wife-with his fiat until she feU off or over a box,, and then?, trampled upon and kicked her with so ranch brutality that she was completely paralysed. Her spiiie. was severely injured, and she died two days afterwards. The scene- of the murder coirmltted by O'Brien was a house of iSfame in Spitalfield, and here some women of the town robbed him of his wages, to earn which he had done hard service on board ship for many weeks. His chagrin at the conduct of the women was intense, and, having made an unsuccessful attempt to induce the police to' interfere, he went- into- a cutler's shop directly opposite the police-station and purchased a sheath knife, which he sharpened on a stone. He than left the shop, accompanied by a woman named Mather, and drove in a cab to Iffet 5- Court, Spitalfield. In going, to the house he met Callaghan, who- threw her arms round his neck and called him hei2, sweetheart. They went in andi-the prisoner sent for half a gallon of ale. As he. was drinking he said, "Don't you think that I 2811 a. Serous chap,.to come back and treat you after being gobbed of= £ 5 ? to which one of the females replied, Yes, I did Eot think you were so eenerous." The f; prisoner tuen shut the door,, and drawing the knife which he had just before purchased, he rushed upon Callaghan and stabbed her- in the lower part d'the stomach. The deceased fell off the -chair and was conveyed to the Northern Hospital, where she died. The execution of four cnmmals at one time brought together a crowd which in. point of numbers has- per- haps never-been equalled at any similar tragedy. The lowest estimates gave the number at 100,000. The crowd was not altogether composed of the "lowest orders." Eespectable persons of both sexes skirted the crowd, and seemed anxious to secure" front places." Whole families came into, town and went trooping to the gaol, carrying with them hampers of provisions, which t&ey demolished upon the ground, and seemed to enjoy themselves amazingly. O'Brien and Alvarez were Roman catholics, and have been attended during their confinement, the former by the Rev. Mr. Gibson, the Roman catholic chaplain of the gaol, and the latter by the Rev. Mr. Godwin, of St. Anthony's Roman calholic chapel. Hughes and Thomas have received the ministrations of the Rev. Mr. Appleton, the protestant. chaplain of the goal, whilst the Rev. Mr. Hughes and the Rev. Mr. Sanders have in addition especially exerted themselves with Thomas owing to his connection with a Welsh dissenting body. The Rev. fathers who- have attended upon Alvarez and O'Brien speak well of these men's conduct in prison, and state that they were very penitent. O'Brien from the first acknowledged the justice of his sentence, and said he was quite willing to die. The- Rev. Mr. Appleton also gives a favourable report of Hughes, who paid great attention to the religious advice that was offered to him. The two Welsh ministers, on the other hand, speak very un- favourable of Thomas, who though subdued so far as boisterous behaviour was concerned, manifested great 'c'Ll callousness and indifference. Hughes was visited by his mother-in-law a few days ago and it is only justice to say that the poor woman spoke most kindly to him. Hughes, whilst going to the scaffold, expressed his regret that he had not written to her a few hours previously. The four men slept well during the night. All, with the exception of Thomas, conducted themselves in a becoming manner. Thomas was irascible, and to the frequent exhortations made to him by the Rev. Messrs. Hughes and Sanders to engage in prayer, he only re- turned the petulant reply, "Oh, I am all right, I am all right." Shortly before twelve o'clock the men were taken to the pinioning-room, and were secured, after which a procession was formed to the scaffold. Hughes was the first to make his appearance, and-walked with a firm and even tread under the beam; Alvarez came next, then O'Brien, and lastly Thomas. Alvarez bowed to the crowd and raised his hands up and down as a salutation, whilst O'Brien walked to the front of the scaffolding, threw his cap amongst the crowd, and smiled. Thomas and Hughes made no demonstration. Everything having been adjusted Calcraft shook hands with each of the men, and directly afterwards the bolt was drawn. The crowd was particularly orderly, and gave very little trouble to the 270 polioo officers who were present to keep the ground, under the: command of Divisional SLIP Qut

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