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THE GREAT CHRISTMAS SHOW.

EXTENSIVE FIRE IN BRISTOL.

I THE POISONER IN THE HOUSE.

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THE POISONER IN THE HOUSE. IF you feel a deadly sensation within, and grow gra. dually weaker, how do you know that you are not poisoned ? If yoar hands tingle, do yoa not fancy that it is arsenic? How can you be sure that it is not? Your household, perhaps, is a well-regulated family;" your friends and relations all smite kindly upon you the meal at each period of the day is punctual, and looks correct; but how can you possibly tell that there is not arsenic in the curry; something more delibera.-1 and malignant than the poison in the anchovies, or the %g( or the preserved fruits ? It literally, without exi „ a tion, is impossible to tell. It is quite evident tb u per- sons die of poison, the cause being unsuspected, it hae. been proved by the-records of our criminal court? within the last few-days, that poison may be detected and dial lenged, and yet that the pohoner shall escape detection May we not have reason to doubt whether sometMi.es in-' noceRt persons have not been saerificcd-the real being undetected. The Borgia has not, in our doy, courage to brave accusation, but he has a greater cunning for concealment. How can we possibly affirm at "the present -lay that Madame Liffarge was n ally guilty of her husfeantl's death ? Mr. Joseph Snaith Wooler is acquitted, and we think justly acquitted. When the evidence was im- perfectly stated, his guilt looked almost established but when the complement of the evidence is brought f"rwa~>i when it is shown how conspicuously affectwnfete fco was to his wife i-how he brought. her fr¡ffl¡ls to her i-how he pressed the wedieil men to state her symptoms, and strove to throw light ",on. her illness; how he made no conceataent of the pu;- in his possession, but exhibited them with other drugs; and how some of those expressions which appeared to indicate indifference, manifestly had relation to his sympathy for relatives—we have the strongest con- viction, in common with tbe jury, that the man isanno- cent, and has been unjustly accused. ^u'; ^»adame Laffarge was kind to her husband end some of the evi- dence in her case was far weaker than in the For example, the amount of poison detected wasiB-tLwitely less; there were only arsenical stains on the test, aetan actual ponderable amount of disengaged arsenic. Yet Madame Laffarje was condemned, perhapsi wrongfully, as Mr. Wooler might have been if: the evidence up against him had been successful. Wooler was not the murderer of his wife, hut the partner who-shared her calamity in a more painful manxiei than herself. Here then is a most afitauuding and alstrin- ing cage-the lady was poisoned, she died from the poiw.n, and ber condition was known to her Biedical attenda&ts twenty-five her death. She-died on the^2(Hh °u ^une' an^ Dr..#ackson suspected arsenic on the /th-et that month. The poison was regularly administered to her, and she sank under it. One medical man suspected it at the beginning of the month; another somewhat later; but there .she lay, poisoned more -and more dally. It was only wonderful that she could live so long. At last she died. If anybody should have been safe, it was lady—watched over by her husband, who kne«' something about drugs attended by a sister,and by mora than one medxeal man, some of them men of standing. Her case was actual y suspected weeks before the end; and yet she was sacrificed Turn to the -case of Tutton, at Bath. Here ia an auc- hThTSrmLfe^oT-Cillmii,:aECeS7Very 8°od ^rcumstances; he has made no will.; his son boasts that he shall shortly come into the property • that son thrusts aside the family cook fiora her vocation, to prepare supper for his father; the father is poisoned, and there was poison in that supper; the young man absconds, conceals himself, sur- renders himself, and is brought to trial; and a iary ac- quits him he is "innocent," .therefore, notwithstanding appearances. It was not he that administered the pcison —it was somebody else. His mode of life was irregular, his actions suspicious; but he must be cast out of the account; and if the father of the family wishes to Alld out who it is that has put arsenic in his supper, he must look around within his own home—to fail in detecting: his murderer. He has been poisoned—the poisoner can seek him in the very bosom of his family; and yet he cannot detect the murderer that would be! It is true that we are not subject to the direct and fla- grant crime of the Borgias. But present the case how you will, it does seem that we are doomed to assaults upon life not less fatal than those which staaap the middle ages with barbarism. Our streets are kept peaceably by help of the policeman; but the judges tell us and the statistics tell us, that we constantly breed a band of thieves and robbers whom we try to transport. Sturdy vagrants were a curse in the time of the Tudors; but they had not their thousands uptn thousands, and they did not then desire the expedient of some place to transport them to. On the contrary, the earliest poor laws enforced the remaining of the vagrant in his own district. Statesmen do not now poison but private persons appear to balro taken up the trade and, apart from the tradesman, who poisons us in our food and abates our life, a practice is increasing amongst us that indicates the germ of horrible domestic crimes. "Education" is the cry of the day; we enforce order in the streets, and in houses, by the strictest rules; perhaps we have in some degree placed restraints upon natural frankness, perhaps our severe re- gimen tends to constrain the affections, and the true guardian of home, the natural instinct which repels all hatred and envy, sickens and languishes. It is not so everywhere; but in some places, we believe, schoo); sect, and the pedantry of the day, have driven forth the garrison of the home.—Leader.

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