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THE SINGULAR CHARGE OF CHILD MURDER IN CHESHIRE. At Chester Assizes on Thursday, Feb. 6th, before Mr. Justice Manisty, the trial of a young agricultural labourer named Thomas Bushell, on a charge of murder, was resumed. It was alleged that the prisoner went to the house of Elizabeth Mort, a farm domestic, and induced her to bring her illegitimate child, of which he was father, to an outhouse at night, to let him look at it. She did eo but when she got there she had no matches, and she returned into the house to fetch some, giving the prisoner the child to hold. On her return the child was crying, and on kissing it she noticed that the child's breath had an unpleasant odour, and its cheek was wet. She took the child indoors, and it became violently convulsed, and died next morning, according to the medical evidence, from poisoning. The defence was an extraordinary one. It was that the prisoner was never present when Elizabeth Mort said he was, and that the story was concocted by the Morts to shift the responsibility from themselves of having given the child an overdose of "Mother's Friend," which contained opium. The prosecution proved that the prisoner went to Mort's house in company with a boy named Percival, that the two extinct matches struck in the outhouse were found by Dr. Weaver, and that a man's footprints in the snow were seen in the garden next morn- ing. During the whole of Thtirsday the defence was engaged calling rebutting evidence. Witness after witness was brought who deposed that Bushelll was at places inconsistent with his being at Mort's house on the night of the murder and two boys were called, who said that Percival was ac- tually with them at the time he sowre he walked with Bus- hell to Mnrt's.—His lordship, in a summing up which occu- pied three and a half hours, said the case, so far as his ex- perience of many years w»s concerned, was unparalleled. They had had a body of evidence which raised three alibis.-Tlie, jury retired at half-past six o'clock, and re- turned into court at half-past seven, and, in answer to the Clerk of Arraigns, the foreman, reading from a paper, said, "Not guilty but we believe he was present—"—His Lordship (interrupting) said When a prisoner is found guilty a jury may make some remark in mitigation of punishment; when a verdict of not guilty is returned no opinion may be expressed.—The Foreman Not guilty," my lord. I

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