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THE MURDER AT LEIGH WOODS. John Wiliiam Beale, not Charles Crumb," as was stated last week, the supposed murdered of Charlotte Pugsley, in Leigh Woods, was captured on Thursday at Davrntry, where he was engaged as butler at Badby Ilall, the residence of Captain Watkins, a county magis- trate. When the police officers reached the house Beale was out rabbit-shooting. They remained in concealment for some time, and one of tiiem again knocked at the door, which was opened by Beale himself. Norris, an inspector, from B:Uh, sprang forward and took him into custody the prisoner resisted, and attempted to escape into his pantry, but was overpowered, and the pantry was then searched, and a loaded pistol found. Scale's inten- tion, it is conjectured, was to get possession of the pistol and to destroy himself. In his bed-room were found b)xes of clothes belonging to the deceased, a shirt, the wrist of one sleeve stained with blood, a clasp-knife, also blood-stainf d, and a discharged pistol, with an exploded cap remaining on the nipple. The prisoner turns out to be a married man but his wife, who lives at Daventry, was not molested by the police, letters found on Beale showing that she was ignorant of the murder. After the search Beale was taken to the county gaol at Daventry, where he remained all night in the charge of two con- stables. At half-past fight the following morning Norris and two Daventry policemen started with the prisoner for the station. At 9,20 they reached the Weedon rail- way station, and left for Birmingham, numbers of people who had heard of the affair congregating all along the route to obtain a sight of the prisoner. Arrived at Birmingham, a telegraphic despatch was sent to the Bristol police, and Norris and his party started once more by the 1.10 train on their way to Bristol, which they reached about five o'clock. Hundreds of peop!e had assembled at the railway station, and the greatest excite- ment prevailed. In an instant the carriage containing the prisoner was detected. No arrangement had'been made to keep off the mob, who surrounded the carriage, clambered to its summit, and regularly took possession of it. Several attempts were made to get the prisoner out, but the pushing, and crowding, and shouting seemed to paralyze the officers present, until Superintendent Hand- cock most energetically forced a passage through the crowd, by dint of physical force, and for a moment cleared a little space before the carriage. The prisoner, a little man, handcuffed, was then handed out, and knocked down by the mob, as well as inspector Norris, who was literally thrown upon his bick. For some time, although stand- ing upon a spot commanding a view of the whole affdr, we lost sight of the prisoner, who was on the ground, and we began to fear, from the aspect of affairs, that the mob would anticipate English law by placing the prisoner beyond its reach. After several officers had been knocked down in their efforts to conduct the prisoner to a cab, he was dragged through the mob and safely placed in a fly, which was at once driven off to the Bedminster Union, Long Ashton, where the Somersetshire magistrates had been waiting nearly all day to receive the prisoner. The examination before the magistrates was purely formal, to authorise a remind. The prisoner strongly denied his guilt, and although cautioned, insisted on making a state- ment, admitting that he know Charlotte Pugsley she was a married woman, though passing under her maiden name. On Thursday the 10th, after bringing her from Freshford on the previous day, he handed her over to her husband, whose christian name was George or Thomas he did not know the surname. They were to have seen him on the next day, but as they did not come he returned to Daventry, taking with him deceased's boxes, hoping that they would be applied for. This statement varies from the one made to his fellow-servants at Daventrv I whom he told the boxes and contents belonged to » who was dead, and to attend whose Wr*l t w leave of absence for a week. This is knn ? obtained The prisoner maintained his t0 f fdlse; his statement with a firm hard e-SSi0n' signed short in stature. The fl" i „f r 7 & y°Ung T"' but exnressivp A, I T-a.a.e5 of his face are irregular, woiiliLnV 11' 1 ?lS we cou>d see he has what bl', e 1/2 called a good head, the forehead being a pparently wed dev^io; ed. 11^ hair is black, and it m disorder &Wt his lace. He was dressed in b'ac*, wore a neck-tie nearly white, white shirt, with black mourning studs, and had on a cap. He looked a respectable sort of man, and was calm and collected, except in finishing the latter part of his statement. He answered the questions put to him clearly, but in a low voice, and listened to the proceedings with attention, keeping his eves fixed 0 i the magistrals. The prisoner has been again brought before the magistrates and remanded.


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