The Scene at Que-enstcwn. A correspondent of amomingwntemp^iT, writing from Queenstown en Thursday, says :-This Priest of Irish seaports could not have ueen the s t.. i wilder excitement to-day if a visit had been expected from the greatest of living heroes. In fact, it m«y -e doubted whether the impending arrival of a v.c.ouous general, fresh from some desperately tougiiu D^ field, would have so universally raised the blooa o,A townspeople to fever heat, and io is quite ^er^ the coming advent of one of those less showy but more substantial benefactors of their kind, who render pi*-cioBS service to humanity by brain woiu:, wouldhave excited no such sensation. Eager-peering eyes have bean anxiously on the look-out for the signal which would announce that the Etna was about to pay a flying visit to the harbour. To approach her during her almest momentary sojourn became tne objeut; of universal longing, and the ofliea of her agents here vas incessantly besieged by crowds of applicants tor permission to go on board the tender which would be dispatched to fetch her mails and passengers. As soon as the Etna was signalled, spectators clustered^ wasos over a sugar-cask upon every point from which a, good view might theoretically be obtained, though all that th3 gazer could see was the otusicle of the vessel on board which there was a.n alleged murderer. There was a great rush towards the tender when she wa,s about to leave the wharf at seven o'clock, but none were allowed to go in her save tne rsprete j. ^a^ e of the press and the American consul, and there was an unmistakable scowl of envious disappointment on the brows of the many who were left behind. As the tender neared the packet the impatient curiosity which was seething in the brea.sts of the visitors rose to ft boiling point, and within a few moments after the Question, ".Is Muller on board?" nad received an affirmative reply, the tender was all but asserted, and ali who could leave her gathered upon the Jitna s
The Arrival at XiiverpooL Mnllerwas landed at Liverpool about eleven o'clock on Friday evening. Great crowds had gathered on the land,ing stages during the afternoon in expectation of the arrival of the Etna. In erder to obviate as much as possible any inconvenience which might arise fitora the number of people assembled, the police au- thorities chartered the Fury tender, and proceeded down the Mersey to meet the Etna. That "vessel had encountered very bad weather, and it was alter ten o'clock before she made the river. liuiler was at once transferred to the Fary, and conveyed in her to Liver- pool. Great crowds of people were waiting at the landing-stage and also in front of the police office and at tho° station in Lime-street, Muller having been ex- pected from eight o'clock. He was landed at tne Prince's-wall, and taken off in a cab at once to the detective office in Dale-street. Muller s landing being conducted with great secrecy (most of the people being in expectation that lie would land by the mail- bsis tender and go at once to London), the greater number of the assembled people were disappointed as to seeing him, and several sells" were got up for the occasion# 7 i v In consequence of the fatigue feifc_ both by tne prisoner and the officers who accompanied him, it was deemed advisable that they should stay in Liverpool rdl night, and take their departure by one of the first trains in the morning. It had been arranged that the pasty should leave the Lime-street suation of the London and North Western Railway by the nine a.m. express, but as it was feared that a vast crowd would be congregated there, it was decided to join the train at Edgehill. Notwithstanding the secresy with which the police shrouded all their movements, upwards of 200 persons were present at the latter station and witnessed the departure of the train. Daring Mailer's brief stay in Liverpool several persons had the bad taste to question him as to his alleged crime, but to all he persisted in calmly asserting his innocence and confident assurance in a trial ending in his favour.
Examination at Bow-street. I Uoon beirg locked up in the cell on Saturday after- ] noon Muller sat down and remained for a few seconds sitting with his hands folded between his knees, and ( his head slightly bowed, apparently in deep thougnt. B°in°- allied bv the officer in charge of him whether he wanted some tea, he replied, "Yes I have had < nothing since morning." Mr. Beard, the solicitor, and Dr. Juch, the interpreter to the German Legal Protection Society," came in. Dr. Juch, addressing ] the prisoner, said, "Muller, how do you get on He replied, "Very bad," and burst into tears. Dr. Juch told him lie would be protected, and introduced JYIr. Beard as the solicitor to the association and as bein" engaged to act as his (Muller s) legal adviser. Muller replied that he was aware of that, having been informed of it bv his attorney in America, and that he ] was very hantjy to hoar it, because he could not afford means to defend himself. He added, "I am quite 1 innocent of the crime, and I shall be able to prove the.t." After a long interview Mr. Beard and Dr.. ) Juch left him. He appeared somewhat cheered after the interview. He then had tea and bread and butter, after which he became drowsy. A rug and bolseer were given him, for which he thanked the officer, say- ing, "Y au are very kind;—the police are very kind, particularlv Mr. Tanner, all the way hwne from, America. Of course you must do your dnty." He then lay down and slept soundly for an hour. He got ur>, walked about the cell for a little while, and lay down again apparently not easy. At last he tell asleep. On Sunday morning, on the arrival of the officer who had been with him during the previous afternoon, Muller said, "I am glad you have come. He stated that he had passed a good night- got up and dressed himself. In the course of the morning he asked, "Where am I, and what station is this?" The officer replied Bow- street." He said, Why am I not at Stepney t The officer replied, "Because all Government charges are taken to Bow-street." He said, It is imma- terial I shall get justice done at whatever court it. may be." At one o'clock he had dinner, but seemed to eat with but little appetite. When the officer above-mentioned left for the evening, the prisoner. asked him whether he would be back in' the morning, and, being answered in the affirmative, said, I am very glad of that." He passed a restless night, _and ate but little breakfast, after which, for the first time, 1 he began to read some religious tracts whish had been left for him by a clergyman on Sunday afternoon. The officers particularly noticed the prisoner s power of rallying and collecting himself whom spoken to in the midst of one of those deep reveries into which he constantly falls, and the readiness with which he assumes a cool, confident, aad even cheerful; manner Punctually at ten o'clock, Mr. Flowers arrived at the court, which was, of course, filled in every part, the Prince Humbert and his aide-de-camp, and the Italian Minister, being among the visitors accommodated with seats upon the bench. Some little delay, occasioned by the non-arrival of the counsel for the Crown, took place, but by a few minutes to. eleven o clock all was in readiness to proceed with this important inquiry, and Mr Burnabv, the chief clerk, directed the-prisoner should be placed at the bar. r Amid the most impressive silence Franz Muller then walked from the cell into the dock, and took his position close by the side of lyrell the gaoler of the court. He looked very pale and sad, iar more so than at any former period since h» apprehension,.and he kept his eyes partially, if not entirely, closeds only at intervals looking down at the spectators crowding the a^The charge having been re-ad over to him by Mr. Burnaby without eliciting any signs from the ^M^G^ard the counsel for the Crown (instructed by Mr. Pollard, the Treasury solicitor), rose-to open ^Mr. Thomas Beard, solicitor for the defence, acting -.L. for the German Legal Protection Society, sequeswu that all the witnesses except Mr. Tanner shoald be re- quested to leave the court. Inspector Tanner, who had taken his place next to the witness-box, said he bad' taken that precaution already. All the witnesses were out of court; Mr Giffard then said: I un, instructed, sit, on be. half of the Crown, to state the circumstances, very brieflv under which the prisoner at the bar is placed before' von. On the 9th of July last Mr. Thomas Brings *wa3 unquestionably deprived of his lite by some violent means in a railway carriage on the North London Kailway. Ite was at tha- time in __1- possession of certain property, ana it, is enouga for me to say that the prisoner at tha bar was tound dealing with a portion of thao property within twenty-four hours after the discovery of the body of the deceased. It appears- also that a hat belonging to the prisoner was found; m the car- riage from which Mr. Briggs had been -thrown, while the hat of Ivlr. Briggs was found m the possession of the prisoner when he was apprehended on, this charge. It will be of course for the prisoner to. account for these circumstances if it should turn out that the hat left by some person in the railway carriage really be- longed to the prisoner, and if the hat taken from the nri^w-'s V> on board the Victoria should be found to be the property of Mr. Briggs. It would be affec- tation in me to suppose that you, ssr, are not Mly acquainted with all the other circumstances which have tended to direct suspicion to the prisoner, and which will be brought before you in detail to-day. I do not think it necessary to refer to them now, and you will probably regard the inquiry as one which must be further investigated elsewhere for final de- .1 _!L1- cision. I shall, therefore, at once proceed w«n Tine examination of the witnesses. The examination proceeded as follows Mr David Buchan, 23, Nelsoji-square, Peckliara, woollen warehouseman, examined by Mr. Giffard: My wife was a i intp Mr Brisks—his mece. On Saturday, t,iw %>(» lite Mr. Britras dined with us. He was at our house abopt three hours and ahalf, and left at half-past S I went with Mm .to the kelson_omnibus in the Old S-road, which goes to Islington, and he would get out at Kin" Wham-street to go to Fenchurch-street station. He w^s very well indeed in health and spirits when I parted ^ith him I know that he carried a large plain gold watch, wl I am sure that he had it with him, as he- several times 01 air. ( 0(j manY months before this that a idSSL SSS oauf A^ne of the seal. Mr Briggs piece wtis> cnipi when hf left my house. (The bag wis SS pXcedf Tt opened when he brought it to mv hmise He then took from it something which he had mj nouse. ainnr+lv before he left my attention was brought m ";■ „ asked if it should be sent home ?rar™ would tate it himself." OnSun- dTv mo-niai-from something I heard, I went to Clapton- day mo.n-n*, eleven o'clock, and saw Mr. Briggs tSeref • He "was ahve." I stayed till nine o'clock. When I leMreYau^:aNoew,Mr.Beard?. Mr Beard Ho, sir; I have nothing to ask this mtness. wfiMnm Timbs No. 2, Bower-road, Victoria-park: I .am nr, J nfoTiards on the North London Railway. I ? i arn-ntv carriages returning from Victoria- SSSS SgK ISw?! I If t £ e Ylctoiia-psurk Sta .tout Jn panal bridee the driver called my attention to an object W, on the six-foot way between the up and down hne. wTn'v en the breaks and stopped the tram as soon as we could. We went back to where we saw the object—the driver first;, with my lantern, and I following. We found it was the body of a man. It was taken to the Mitford Castle, and I went on with the carriages to the station. I then re- turned to the Mitford Castle. A female servant came to identify Mr. Bria-gs in about two hours. I remained at the Mitford Castle till live o'clock, or half-past five, in the morning. Mr. Thomas James Briggs, 5, Warwick-terrace JNortn, Unper Clapton, india-rubber manufacturer and water- proofer: My late father's name was Thomas. The last time I saw him to speak to him was Thursday, 7th July last. I next saw him at half-past two on Sunday morning at the Mitford Castle. He was at that time alive, but insensible. When he was removed from that to his own house, 5, Clapton-square, I accompanied. He died at about a quarter to twelve on the Sunday night. I identify the watch pro- duced as being my father's watch. Mr. Flowers: Have you no doubt about that ? Witness Not the slightest. I have examined it just be- fore coming in here. < • 0 Mr. Giffard Is it the one he was m the habit of wearing r Witness It is. The chain, seal, and two keys produced were also his. The seal I know particularly by the piece chipped out of the stone. There is also an old key which belonged to his uncle, who bought this watch for my father. I had known the watch and the key for many years, as long as I can remember. The hat produced bears the maker s name, "Digance, 18, Royal Exchange," and I know that my father purchased his hats there. I do not swear positively to the hat, as I think my father's was taller than this. In other respects it corresponds, and is the .sort of hat he usually wore. The stick produced is my .sort of hat he usually wore. The stick produced is my father's. The bag produced belonged to my younger brother. Mr. Beard, who had not put any question by way of cross-examination to either of the previous witnesses, here asked Mr. Briggs whether he resided with his father. Witness: No; I did not. Mr. Beard: Do you know was he in the habit or writing his name in his hat ? Witness.: I am not aware. Mr. Beard Do you know when he last purchased a hat prior to his death ? Witness I do not. Mr. Beard: You saw him cn the Thursday before he le- ceived the injuries ? Witness I did. Mr. Beard: Was the hat he then wore a higher crowned one than this ? Witness: He had not a hat on then* It was at his own ^<Mr. Beard: Can you tell us when you last saw him with a hat on ? Witness: On the Sunday previous. Mr. Beard And I am to understand that the hat he then wore was higher than this one P Witness Such is my impression. Mr. Beard: And how much higher? Witness About as mgll as mine is. Mr. Beard The hat he then wore was about two inches higher than yours ? Witness Well, about that, I should think. Mr. Beard (to the chief clerk) Take that down, The hat that deceased wore when witness last saw him was two inches higher than that produced.. Mr. Giffard: Let it be taken, Mr. Beard, as giveB.. The witness did not say that it was two inches higher. Mr. Beard: I have no objection. Witness The hat my father wore was about tne- same height as my own. Mr. Beard': Then let me ask you another question, i&ow much higher is your hat than the one produced ? Witness: About an inch and a quarter,. I think, The witness remarked, that the hat produced appeared to have been lined afresh, a circumstance which he had not observed before. It was understood that another witness wouwd spealdo this point. Mr. John Death: I live at 55, Cheapsiae, ana am a jeweller. On the morning of Monday, 11th July last, a person came into, the shop at about ten o'clock and offered a aecond-liand chain. It was handed to me by my brother, asking* me-to set a value on it (it was the chain.produced), as the prisoner wished to exchange- it for another. I went to put it in the scale, and as I did so the prisoner turned to see me doing so, after weighing it, and' closely ex- amining it to see- its quality. I told him I would give him £3 10s. for it. I showed him a variety of chains, and he chose one worth £3 15s., which he declined, as he would not give the 5a. I cannot recall the exact words, b Lit it was to the effect that he would pay no difference. I looke# through my stock, and found a chain neari-y similar at £ 3 5s. It was one similar to that produced, but which J. cannot identify, as it had no special mark on it. It has a mark; by which I know that it was mad^'by the same maker as that which I sold to the prisoner. When the prisoner approved the chfiin it was placed in ffismall box with my name on it, handed to-me for that purpose by my brother— a box in every way similar to that produced. It was made up in. at parcel in paper, and delivered to the prisoner. I then; asked-him what he waald take fprtheSs. He said a nnaer-mng. I showed him n. small secon.d hand signet-ring with a-white, cornelian stone in it, and a- head engraveu on it. He tried it on. his little- finger. It fitted him, ana he kept it on his finger and left the shop. Mr 1: Now, Mr. Death, you say the-prisoner was the niuu Haye you any .dou.bt about tlaat ? "Witness oti 'fcj&olecis'fc. -vT "ivr-v Giftaid you seleet him on the vessel afe New York ? Witaess: I did. Mr. Gifferd: Was he alone cr with others r* Witseess: He was one of seven or eight. « Mr. Giffard Had. you any difficulty in reeogmsmg Mm ? Witn^s': Not the least. I have no dopbt:whatever,about his person. Mr. Flowers here inquired- if there was- a chair at hand upon which the prisoner c-wiu sit down if so disposed. The gaoler replied that there was a seat in .the dock. Muller being invited to seat himself, accepted the offer with some appearance of embarrassment, gushing scarlet in ^Mr. Giffard Is-the ring produced 2 I don't find any trace of it ia-.the depositions. Mr. Sttrnftiby (the chief clorh) It has not heen fouiiui ]\ir! Slower Bo I understand, Mr. Beard, that yon- ao not as2 the witness any questions? Mr. Beard No, sir. Jonathan Matthews, S, Earl-street I am a cab-driver. I have known the prisoner about two years and a few weeks. I cannot say to a week. About the- end of last year he asked me to purchase him. a hat similar to the one I had the week before, and I did. so.. I bought-it at AIr. Walker's, .in Crawford-street, Marylebone. He used to wear than hat, and I last saw it on him about a fortnight or three weeks before the 9th of July. The hat produced is the-one that E purchased. The hat was given to hi-bi, in an ordinary blue hat-box, with Mr. Walter's name upon it. I know the hat from its general appearance (pointing out the shape, and brim, and lining), and on the Sunday three weeks before the 9th of July-I had a conversation with him aboiit the hat. I said, "This hat wears-extremely well. He said, "I have had several since then. I noticed that the brim was turned up in a peculiar way, different from what I saw itt last, and I mentioned the circumstance to him., Cross-examined: That was my chief reason for knowing it. The hat was in other respects much, the same as when it was bought, allowing for wear. I had frequently seen the hat, and had often put it on. If you want to know which side of the brim is turned up most yo-u. d better measure it and see. I CfI;n.t say how many times I'd seen it since I bought it—perhaps twenty, more or less. I can't tell where my old hat- is that he tried on. I never know what -becomes of my old hats. Sometimes when I buy a newest I leave the old one-in the shop. If I want the band-box I take away the old hat. Sometimes I do the one thing, and sometimes the other. A hat seldom lasts more, than two or three months. I have not bought a hat at Walkers since I bought the hat for Muller. The la*et hat I bought was m uxrom-sLrt^. x « con jyu y— bought my last hit. I didn't keep a memorandum of it I've bought three hats since then., I wont swear I have bought more than two. I have bought one just before this job took place, about three weeks. I bought it in Oxford-street. I can't tell you the shop, nor the name of the maker. The maker's name is inside most likely. I will swear that I never noticed the name, although I have worn it so long. I had a misfortune with the hat 1 had before this one (producing it). It was run over with a cab. I think it was bought at Down's, in Long-acre, where I left an old one. That was in the day tin-e, and I did not want to carry a box about all day, so I left it there. Tliat was about three weeks before 1 bought tho one in Oxford- street. I don't know what I did with the. crushed hat,, I wore it when I bought the one in Oxford-street. I C3ill1.t say if the man noticed the state of my hat. It was no business of his. I wore the broken hat home, and I took the new one in a box. I did not notice the colour of the lining of either of the hats. I don't know the colour inside of the one I have in wear now-the one produced. Mr. Giffard: He has not been wearing it lately you know, having only just come from America. Crass-examination continued: The hat I bought of Down cost 5s. Sd., I think. It was a cheap hat. I can t say exactly when I bought it, and I won't swear a falsehood for anMr°<Beard- I must have a definite answer, and I shall want to know a good deal more from you yet. Mr Flowers If he savs ne can t nx tne time. J- Liium IllS answer should be taken. People cannot always speak accu- rately upon such points. Mr Beard I only want some approximation to the time.' Now,' sir, did you buy the hat that was crushed within three weeks or two months of your buying the hat 111 Oxford-street ? Which ? wiw,, T iinvo told vou near about the time, and A can t say more I've come here to tell the truth, and not to be badgered and bothered in this way. I don't know if it was within three months, but I think it was. I think it was in June. I don't know if any one was present when I conversed with the prisoner about the hat that I bought fox* him. There may have been. People drop m sometimes. I first heard of the outrage on the railway in the middle of the following week. As it happened on the Saturday, I think I must have heard of it about the Wednesday or Thursday I don't know when I first mentioned it to my wife, or whether I did at all, or whether she mentioned it first to me. I had not seen Muller at all after the day of the murder. Mr Beard now requested that he might defer the re- mainder of the questions to witness to a future stage of the examination, as the recent return of the witness from America had left him too little time to be prepared with all the questions he wanted to put to him. Mr. Flowers: There will be no objection to that if you Wl|lr^Giffard: Then I also will defer my re-examination of the witness till his cross-examination is completed. After some further evidence the prisoner was remanded for a week.
THE YELVEBTON CASE AGAIN. Thefoll owin g letter, dated from Coudette, where Miss Longwortih-or, as the majority of people call her, the Hon. Mrs. Yelverton-is at present staying with some relatives of Major Yelverton, who have always sympathised with this lady, has been addressed by her to the editor of the Times, and her letter, together with the enclosure, has been published r-r- As the law of my case was governed by the facts, and the facts depended for the most part upon the credibility of my statements, may I ash you to do Hie the favour of pub- lishing the following extraordinary corroboration of my truth and of my opponent's deliberate falsehood? I believe it is the rule of evidence that if a witness gives a premeditated false account of any facts which must necessarily be within his knowledge, the rest of his evidence becomes worthless though possibly true. Does not this rule apply to my case, where the whole defence is based upon statements calculated to affect my credibility f The principal statements have now been shown to be deli- berate falsehoods. No one of the. Judges believed the' statements made respecting Mrs. Gem-ble's house; and re- garding the Melbourne, the fact is still more distinct of' wanton slander.. The inference is obvious, and needs no comments of mine. TiKEBZSA Telverton. 2, Alliance-villas, Vietaria-park-road, Hackney, Londcn, Sept. 8. Madam, I think it due to you, as well as to myself, to refute, as far as my knowledge of facts willi allow, the ,fMije 2tatements which I have seen in a pamphlet respecting what took place on board1 the steamship Melbourne in the harbour of Balaclava, March, 1S56. I- commanded the Melbourne at that timo> and distinctly recollect General Stiuubenzee bringing youf on board (then Miss Longworth) aad placing you- under say protection. Previous to that I had frequently seen you out riding with the- General and his lady. When yourself,, the General, his aide-de-camp, and Major Telverton, whom 1 knew by sight, came on board I was on shore,-but returned shortly after. The General then told me tha# he wished to put Miss Lqngworth under my care for a passage to Constantinople. After remaining on beard about thirty minutes,, himself and party landed. Some time afterwards- I observed Major Telvertotihad returned on board in plain-clothes. I also remember him walking: on the poop cfeck for some time with yourself and the doctor; you then satf down) on the arm chest at the after part of the poop, a signallanitern burning a bright lightbeing suspended directlyoverheadumd exposing every person on deck to view, there being no bulwarks round that part of the ship. I"remained on, deck till nearly mid- rnVht,. after seeing all the sentries properly posted. A petty officer was also on watchonthat part of the poop near where you amd the major were sitting. Having a large^mamber of troops oni hoard at the tima, sentries were pla^d on otJier .■parts o £ tl\e declc as "welly so that no T^art 91 the? lore or aft, wata unseen. I s&w nothing improper im. the con- duct oOffajor Telverton. had it been ^o, it could not have escaped observation. The assertion that'any noise m your cabin could be heard in mine is not correct. The cabin you occupiedIwas in the after part of the saloonj.asad mme m the fore part, and about 60 feet between them. The reason that Major Yelverton assigned for not going into-your cabin must, therefore, be a fabrication. We sailed a.t4t a.m. On arriving at Coustantinop-le I landed you in my own boat, and saw you safely in the' care of some French ladies wear- ing the order of the Sisters of Charity. When these false assertions were first made public I was not in England, and did not become aware of them uiitiT my return^, then tpo late to be of any service; but seeing the matter revived, and understanding that you continued the straggle solely for the purpose of clearing your honour and Wr fame, I could no-longer refrain, offering my testimony,, so far as I remember the circumstances. .L I have the honour to be, madam, your obedient servant, To the-Hon. Mrs. T. "Eelverton. W. G&ioji. v
GREAT FIRE AT CHATTERISj. CAM- BRIDGESHIRE. Eighty Houses Burned.. On Wednesday a faarful conflagration occurred at the above agriculturd town. The fire broke out in a street called Hive's-end, in a. wheat stack. The flames rapidly caught a row of thatchad cottages called Gar- from whence it spread into. Mr. John Clark's farm, and from there rapidly along: the streets, consuming in its way more than twenty sbaeks of corn. The farm-houses, stacks, and premises of Mr. Beart, Mr. Bull, and Ms: Seward were destroyed, while Messrs. Manhant, Luplow, and Thimbleby lost their stacks and outbuildings, but saved their houses, and Mr. Thimbleby Ms mill. Tlie Dog and Gun,/ the- Hough," and "Eailway Tavern "were destroyed, while- the "Crown Tavern" withstood the foroe of the flames. An immense quantity of turf laid up for the winter was .L1- I all destroyed. xae remainder oi me jaousea, wiwi lillO exception of two bakehouses, were small cottages, of which only a few smouldering embers remained six boars after tb& oommencement of the, fire. These, to the number of seventy, would accommodate, at a rough average, six persons. each, and thus turned adrift nearly 500 persons-a large proportion in a town with a population ox 5,000. Happily no lives were lost, al- though a nnmber of fowls and pigs suffered death. One man, who was dangerously ill with the smallpox, was obliged to. be removed at the imminent peril of his life. The piteous wailings of the inhabitants were heartrending to hear, many of them retaining a strong attachment for the home in which they had been, born and reared,. Altogether, the sight is one that has never before up to the. present time been seen in the Isle of Ely. The loss of property falls on the Sun to the extent of £ 2,0G§, on the Royal Exchange, the Manchester, and the-Norwich Union Insurance offices. The flames extended upwards of 500 yards, and at Ane time the station, of the Great Eastern Railway Company was placed in great danger. The master immediately telegraphed down the line, and fire-engines from the neighbouring towns were quickly in attend- ance. Captain Foster and Superintendent Mitchell exerted themselves indefatigably, and by their means the- fire was put under. A strong wind blew from the south but a little rain Ml. In the evening a public meeting was held, for the purpose of obtaining tem- porary relief, which was promptly supplied by the in- habitants of the other portions of the town. The origin of these firemains a mystery. <>
Forests on Fire.—A letter dated Saut de Sbe. Marie, August 15, says :—"Extensive fires are raging in the woods-fires which in a long acquaintance with the Lake Superior country I have never known to be exceeded since 1846. They extend a great distance in the interior. A trader from the neighbourhood of Le Clos, on Georgian Bay, says the country for ninety miles back is in a blaze. The destruction of timber and of fur-bearing animals is very great. It is diffi- cult to comprehend the extent of these conflagrations. Imagine districts out of which States—na^, according to the European standard, kingdoms might be formed, blazing, and smoking away at a rate which would defy the united fire departments of Christendom. The spectacle, at least those detached portions which came within the range of vision, is very grand. Mountains are in flames, distinguishable by the pillar of fire at night and the cloud of smoke by day. The very lakes seem to be in the same fervid condition, for the wind drifts the smoke in vast masses over theb surface, presenting the appearance of a day fog. rx'-re outlying farms have suffered in some instances very severely, and, however beautiful the traveller may re- 4y gard it, the fires are. a. great and costly calamity
THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH ON THE METROPOLITAN RAILWAY. Almost immediately after the close of the inquest which was held last week on the body of the woman lately killed, under suspicious circumstances, on the above line, a respectable elderly man made his ap- pearance, and said he had been to the dead-house and identified the body as that of his daughter. He stated his name to be Mr. C. Pritchard, upholsterer and undertaker, of No. 3, Crescent-street, Euston-square, and Adam and Eve-yard, Enston-road, and that the matter had been brought to his knowledge only within the last hour under the following circumstances: —Whilst at dinner that day he had sent for a paper, and his eye lighted on the paragraph headed Mysterious Death the Metropolitan Railway," containing a description of the de- ceased female. He at once recognised it as that of his daughter. He at once jumped up from his seat, and hastened to Marylebone Workhouse, where he found his surmises to be too true, and that the body of the deceased was really that of his child. Mr. Pritchard then made to those present the follow- ing statement :—He said Her name is Emma Jane Gollop, aged 33, the wife of Henry Gollop, a chair- maker by trade, residing at 15, Harrow-street, Lisson-. grove. They have three children, one eleven, another six, and one three years of age. Her husband was an invalid, and in very bad circumstances. She had unfortunately formed a connection with a married man, named Henry Powell, an organ-pipemaker, worK- ing, he believed, at Messrs. Gray and Davidson's, op some other organ builders in or near the Euston-road. On Saturday night, between eleven and twelve, his son and daughter were having something to drink with him (Mr. Pritchard) at the Adam and Eve public- house, near the Hampstead-road, and she went off in a bit of a huff, and threatened to go to an aunt from whom she had some expectations. Her husband left to go by the train, and on Monday morning his son- in-law came to him and said he believed his wile had gone off to her aunt's, as she had not been home, but he added that whilst he was in the train, and just as it was moving off towards Baker-street, he saw her and that fellow Powell together on the platform, and had he seen her before the train started he would have got out of the carriage and mado her got in. They had heard nothing of the occurrence till he had read it that day in the papers. > Subsequently some other relatives arrived, and wrSit them the deceased's eldest child, a rather pretty girl but poorly clad, about eleven years of age, who cried very bitterly. At the same moment another person, who was a, passenger, made his appearance. He gave his as John Haydon, in the employ of Messrs. Pickford and Co., and states positively that he was in the train, and as it was moving he saw a woman and a man and one of the company's servants struggling on the plat- form, and saw the woman fall between the platform and the carriages, and then saw one of the men drag out something that looked like a Mhawl from the wheels. These statements are calculated to involve the affair in further mystery; but the police are about to take steps for at once fiinding the man Powell. On Thursday, Mr. J. J. Blake, the coroner's officer for the central division of Middlesex, succeeded in dis- eovering the residence of the man Pow-ell,who was in the company of Emma Gollop on Saturday night, when she met her untimely death. He will remain under strict surveillance; but, as there is at present no specific charge against him, he cannot be given into custody. He has not offered any explanation of the circumstances, nor has he given any reasons why he did not come forward to give information of the matter when the death of the woman was made public, and a full description given of her in the newspapers. Powell is a man of about fifty years of age, and ia- said to have been in the company of the deceased for some considerable time previous to their appearance at the railway station near midnight. Deceased, intended going to her aumt, who resides at Paddington, near to Powell's. The coroner's inquiry into the case is, ad- journed until Monday, the 3rd of October;. but in con- sequence of the new light which has been.thrown on the matter he will probably appoint an earlier day for tha-resumption of the inquest.
EXTRAORDINARY AFFAIR. Wednesday, at Guildford, befora the borough magistrates, Robert Hannam Collier, M.D., Pli.D., F.G.S., &c., was charged with threatening to shoot M'r;Marmad1ilke Wilkin. The defendant is well known in the scientific world as the successful inventor of pacer-making processes. The complainant is a paper- maker, residing at Stoke next Guildford. The com- plMnant deposed:—I live at Laurel-villa, Stoke-road. Yesterday morning I was at Mr. Elkins' office^, in Great St. Helen's, London. The defendant came to see Mr. Elkins on business. I was in an outer offioe at' the time, and presently was called in to disprove something which the defendant had said. He threats ened to print and publish a libel on my mother.. I told him that if he did so I should consider it my duty to give him a good horsewhipping. Upon this- he jumped up in a violent passion, and called me a great many names. I rushed up to him, andwe closed. He put a finger to one of my eyes, and tried to gouge it out; he also tried to bite my nose. I struok him. and defended myself as well as I could. We were eventually separated by a person whom Mr. Elkins called in. The defendant then said, I will go and buy a six shooter this afternoon, and have your life and all the d- d Wilkins." This wa& about half-past 12 o'clock. I left the office, and then want out for a walk. I came down to Guildford by the five o'clock train from London. The defendant was- in the same train, but not in the same carriage, and when we got out in the station- yard he called out to me, I am ready for you this evening; I have got it! I suppose that he, meant the revolver. ILrie followed me through the town, making use of threatening and abusive language. He left me in the Crbmmercial-road, and I went home. The defendant briefly cross-examined the complainant, but the facts of the case, as deposed to by the latter, remained unaltered. The complainant handed in a letter, which, he alleged, the defendant had, sent to his house, and which would explain the origiaof the quarrel; but the magistrates considered it foreign to the investigation. The defendant, in answer to the charge, said that he had no recollection of making use of the words imputed to him concerning the pistol. He denied that he had any intention in any way to injure the- complainant; but, when the complainant spoke of "chastising" and horsewhipping" him, as a man of honour he felt himself bound to resent the affront, and if the magistrates thought that he ought quietly to submit to such an indignity, then he was guilty. The magistrates deaided that the, charge was proved, and ordered the defendant to find one surety of isO and to be bound, over, himself in the same amount, to keep the peace towards the complainant for six months. The defendant entered into the re- quired security, and the parties then left the court. Four Fatal Accidents in One Day. FoID"
accidents which terminated fatally occurred in London on Thursday. Willia;m West, aged thirty-seven years, was coming down stains, at his residence at Queen- street, Pimlico, when he fell head foremost, and frac- tured his skull in a frightful manner. He was con- veyed to St. Georgs's Hospital, and expired after his admission. A second accident happened to Sarah Muller, aged eighty, who resided in John-street Edg- ware-road. The deceased was crossing her kitchen, when she fell, breaking her thigh bone in half, besides receiving other injuries. She was taken to St. George s Hospital where she died m a short time. J. Manning, &fedten'years> residing in York-road, Lambeth, was at work at the new Chatham and Dover Railway, Blackfriars, when he fell off the stage into the river, and was drowned. Another fatal accident happened to J. Vaur, aged twenty years, who fell off a barge, and was drowned, in Whitefriars-dock. Serious Accident in Sweden.-A sad accident happened in Stockholm recently, which quite cast a gloom over the city. A well-known engineer, of the name of Nobel, who has become famous for his inven- tion of a submarine explosive machine, had establisheo, in one of the suburbs a manufactory of nitro-glycerme, having discovered a process by which it might be used for the purpose of explosions on a large scale with astonishing results. A few days ago there was an explosion there, and the whole manufactory and adjoining houses became a heap of rums, while several persons were killed and others were serieusly injured. One of M. Nobel's sons was among the killed, ariu his body and others were thrown to great distances, disfigured and frightfully mutilated. It had been m- tended to have made use of this explosive substance in the works now carrying on on the* Sodermalm line of railway but that idea has for tlae preseat been I abandoned,'although it may still be when the pBS3.6Nt alarm hass.sr„bsyfed.
The Arrival in London. At half-past two the train arrived at the Camden tickst platform, and as soon as it stopped the where- about of Muller was at once indicated by the cluster- iag of the London detectives round the compartment of the carriage, and the shaking of hands and the cordial greetings which, passed between Inspacuora Tanner and Williamson, who, together with Sergeant Thcmas, of the detective force, at once entered the carriage. The rush to get a glimpse ot tjo sup- posed culprit was now' terrific, and continued tor about five minutes, during the whole time the ticket collectors were collecting the tickets at the platform. Notwithstanding the cries and groans which pre- vailed, Muller, who sat with his face to the engine, between Inspector Tanner and Sergeant Clarke, appeared quite unmoved, although he looked very pale. To all appearance he was more unconcerned and much less excited than most of his fellow-pas- gensers, the vast majority of whom seemed, until the tremendous uproar and excitement at tne Camdensta- hwii apprised them of the fact, unconscious that they were in company with the supposed murderer of Mr. Bri~<*s. The tickets having been collected, tne tiam moved slowly from the platform on its way to Euston, amidst the loud execrations of those assembled, many im run alon^ the platform, hooding and hissin-j, and exhibiting the°wildest excitement, till the rapidly inCTeasing speed of the train put distance between thThe train reached the Euston terminus at about 2 45 Here another scene of excitement presented itself The train was pulled up m such a manner that i =,+ ;ase barely reached the northern end of «»^ wic wkii brought to a stand was immediately oppo- se the side gate in Seymour-street. Here the Bow- street police van was drawn up with its door backing towards the train. The moment the accused was recognised the cheers and groans by which he was ^3d were tremendous. The prisoner jumped from fZ olvJZein a light and easy manner, but the m- nrnased nallor of his countenance told taau he fully comorehended the position in which he was placed. SSS van then drove out through the iron gates into Drummond-street, where another salute greeted i, mirrlerer. and uassmg along the Hamp- stead-road and Tottenham-court-road, reached Endell- ■ qi (Giles's and so on to the Bow-street station. ^Notwithstanding the announcement in the morning rvaners that the prisoner would not arrive m London ?uf half-past two o'clock in the afternoon a consider- abia crowd assembled round the office shortly o'clock, in the firm belief, apparently, that the Stoner wotddbe brought before the magistrate in the jsSS. *« £ m-elftoSk some mformation from Mr. Brnaby, the chief clerk, but the circumstance was regarded as a si-n that Muller was at hand, and created a decided Mr Brings, however, remained only a irmSuTes. M length a cry of Muller is coming!" heard in the distance, and a desperate rush It ™tde at the van as it drove down Bow- J. -] .¿. afreet up to the door of the poiice-stawon, ana one tme there appeared some risk of its being turned «ver. It was some little time before a passage could be cleared for the transit of the prisoner and his at- ?,r dants but at length the door was opened, and the fitH- r>erson to alight from the van with a light, jaunty 5 Mnller himself. Then arose a storm of step was «n.0anin» of a most unmistakable cSSer, but if did not in the slightest degreedI is- cor cert the prisoner. The people seemed surprised at the sHght, mean, and shabby appearance oi the man l^ W been so long the theme of universal discussion, below the middle height, excessively plain-looking and ill-featured, and with light-colouredhair^ro.ectmi SngJ?hite'broad brtSSed and somewhat weather- rented upon the disappointment which they had expe- What ?" said one stalwart ragged denizen of n Dials, he murder Mr. Briggs! he chuck a big v onf of the carriage! why he couldn t do it. Se° was at once taken to the inspector s room, WwT he was received by Mr. West, and placed at the i Tnst>ector Durkin entered the charge upon the sheet. When the prisoner was asked his address, h3 replied, "At 16, Park-terrace, Old Ford-road, Victoria-nark," the house at which he was lodging I eLThil departure to America. He appeared stiU unmoved, but when the words were re^«r*° charged with having wfifully murdered Thomas Brings, on the night of the 9th of July last, his head a little and there was an obvious tremoi throughout his frame. He appeared weak when heiwm aK to be removed to his cell, after the sheet hadbeen Sored by Inspector West, but he recovered a little rSw?rds, and walked across the station yard with ft %zst an affectation of nonchalance. He was then lock^ up, there being strict injunctions from the authorities of Scotland-yard that no one should be permitted to be present, or to have any interview wuli the prisoner, except hi3^ accredited solicitor, Mr. ,oc Thomas B^ard. on behalf of the Germa.n Society. Mr. Beard was present daring the formal proceedings of Srin-the charge, and about an hour afterwards he ™ to the German gentleman, who was to act as an interpreter Rsimer3 a police offiaer of the A division. Mr. Beard ha(l a long interview with his client. It was not until the court'closed, at five o'clock, that the crowd became convinced of the folly of waiting to see Mailer >,aken over to the police magistrate 011 duty to be examined. It was stated that Mailer would be examined before Mr. Flowers on Monday morning, and then remanded for a a week From the moment of Muller's arrival at Bow-street on Saturday his demeanour was reserved. He ex- pressed his gratitude for the kindnesses shown him bv the officials, but beyond that he made no further remark. As soon as the form of handing him over to the authorities at Bow-street had been gone through on Saturday, the prisoner was taken to Ins cell, tie did not displav the least discomposure, but appeared to look upon the whole proceedings as a. matter of form which he was quite prepared to go through. After he had been in his cell for some little time he commenced reading, with apparent pleasure,, the Ovivp" that had been given to him when waiting for to tS mor,.1n5 at tl» EdgeMll Station, Liverpool. He seemed to treasure the gift and while journeying t« London occasionally read portions of it, speaking only when spoken to.
The Inquest on Mr. Briggs. On Monday morning Mr. John Humphreys, one of the coroners for the county of Middlesex, resumed at the Town Hall, Hackney, the inquest touching the death of Mr. Thomas Briggs, who was murdered on the evening of the 9th of July in a first-class carriage on the North London Railway. Mr. Superintendent Howie had the management of the case on behalf of the Commissioners of Police, and Mr. May- nard, from the office of Mr. T. Beard, appeared on behalf of the accused man, Franz Muller. A number of persons had assembled in the court and its immediate vicinity in the expectation that the accused would be brought up before the coroner and the jury under a warrant from, the Home Office, as it was known that the inquiry had been adjourned until torday with that view. The expectations of those present were, however, doomed to disappointment, as, owing to the late hour at which the accused arrived- in the metropolis, his examination at Bow- street had to be deferred until this morning, and con- sequently he could not bebrought up to Hackney Town Hall. Upon talung his seat, The Coroner said: Gentlemen of the jury, you may re- member that we adjourned on the last occasion for the production of witnesses then absent from England. They have arrived since, but they have a prior claim upon them at the police-court, and there is no course open but to again I adjourn the court. I have at present no evidence to lay before you, owing to the absence of the witnesses in question; and I regret that, owing to the circumstances stated, I must now adjourn and trouble you to reassemble again. The Foreman: Under the circumstances that cannot be avoided. Coroner: Well, gentlemen, I shall adjourn the Court until to-morrow morning at ten o'clock. The inquest was resumed next day. The evidence was but a repetition of that given at Bow-street on Monday. The witnesses were the cabman Matthews, Sergeant Clark, Mr. J. W. Briggs, Mr. J. Death, and Inspector Tanner. At the close of the evidence by the last witness, the Coroner That is as far as I propose to carry the case to-day, gentle- men. The remainder of the evidence to be taken is not very voluminous. I shall now adjourn the court until Mon- day, at eight o'clock in the morning, when no doubt the case will be completed. The proceedings were accordingly adjourned until the time mentioned.