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A TRAGICAL OCCURRENCE AT STAFFORD.

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A TRAGICAL OCCURRENCE AT STAFFORD. On Saturday George Tavernor, a respectable young man, nearly 21 years of age, was examined before the county magistrates on the serious charge of attempt- ing to murder his sister, Miss Ellen Tavernor, a lovely young lady of 23 years. The occurrence created con- siderable interest in the neighbourhood, and great sympathy was manifested towards the mother and Mr. Grindley, the stepfather of the accused, who live upon an estate of their own at Weeping-cross, near Stafford. It appears that on Friday the accused was I drinking at a public-house near Weeping-cross, from three o'clock in the afternoon till about seven in the evening, when he returned home the worse for liquor. His mother, Mrs. Grindley, wished him to go to bed, but he made use of some harsh language and threatened to shoot her. She went to a Mr. Laybourn, chief clerk in one of the taxing master's offices in Chancery who is on a visit to Mr. Grindley's, to go and look after the accused, who in the meantime took a double. barrelled gun, which was loaded at the time, from a cupboard, and went into the grounds adjoining the house. Mr. Laybourn did as Mrs. Grindley had asked him.to do, and on going along a lane near the house saw the accused getting over a gate into the road. Mr. Laybourn walked towards him, and was within about fifty yards of the accused when he said, Stand back, or else I will shoot you." Mr. Laybourn said, Yon won't shoot me, will you George?" but the latter said he would shoot him or any one else. Mr. Laybourn was retiring to the honse when he met his affianced bride, Miss Ellen Tavernor, who walked towards her brother and said, "You will let me pass, I won't you ? to which he replied that he would not. < He also said he would shoot her. The gun was then at his shoulder, and Mr. Laybourn said, Oh, do come away, or else he will shoot you." Mr. LaybournT and Miss Tavernor turned round and was going away when the accused fired off both barrels of the gun, the two shots taking effect in the foot and back of unfortunate young lady. She was assisted into the house of a neighbour. A surgeon was sent for, she was afterwards sufficiently recovered to be able to remove to the house of her stepfather. The ac- cused, after he had fired the gun, ran up to his wounded sister and Mr. Laybourn and implored for" giveness. He was given into custody; and from as' pressions he made use of it would seem that any intent he might have had to do mischief was towards his mother. He was remanded for further examine tion. It is very satisfactory to know that the young ladis wounds are not considered dangerous, and there iO every probability of her recovery.

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