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The Backside Murders.

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The Backside Murders. London is now aghast at the slaughter of three poor children by their own mother. The wife of a man employed on a coal-merchant's wharf at Bankside gets up before the day has well dawned and cuts the throat of each of her three children. The husband comes home soon after, and his wife coolly tells him she has "killed them at last," a statement which, to his terror and' astonishment, he finds to be true. The woman, of course, is speedily taken off to the station- u 86' charge is entered, and she is removed to a cell, where she may soon be seen lying on the bench, quietly and calmly sleeping." According to her Own statement she did her horrid work with a razor. The weapon was found all red with blood on the mantle-shelf, and two more razors were afterwards discovered in her pocket, strangely mingled with several religious tracts." Insanity may, perhaps, be made to account for this hideous tragedy, and we trust it may. At present we can only comment on the prominent facts of the case. The plea that the chil- dren were in danger of starvation appears to be un- founded, though it is true that certain duplicates were found in the woman's pocket, along with the tracts a»& razors. It is not i,o be' supposed, however, that j! society will tolerate the slaughter of children merely because there is an apprehended difficulty about feed- ing them. The process might tend to reduce the bulk of pauperism, but its morality is only fit for the model community which the philosophical Southey has in view. let this homicidal mania come from whence it may, its prevalence at the present time is a melan- choly fact, particularly in the special form which it now assumes-the unblenching acknowledgment and the monstrous attempt at justification.—Morning Star.

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