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THE LEIGH WOODS MURDER. The nature of the evidence taken on Friday last such as to induce the Magistrates to commit the prisoØ" for trial. i The person of the deceased is clearly identified; Beale is traced with her to the very spot of the murd#' is seen going away afterwards by himself her prope^f is found in his possession he obtains leave of absto from his master, Capt Wa'kins, at Daventry, on false pretence that he has to attend the burial of a sistet1 and, on his return to Daventry, he accounts for the pjt session of the boxes of the murdered woman by w: equally false allegation that they were part of the e<Te«j of his deceased relative. He tells the housekeeper7 the Rev. Mr. Bythesea that he is going to marry lotte Pugsley, in direct contradiction to the statemff he volunteered before the magistrates, that he knew was already married. Such are the facts as they st«t* at present, and which will have to be submitted to jury at his trial it is no part of our duty to com upon them. The penny-a-liners have been laudaW industrious in furnishing long, true, and particul^ accounts of the birth, parentage, and subsequent life » the unfortunate deceased. It will suffice for us to mfl* tion that Charlotte Pugsley was an illegitimate cb*jj born at Bishop's Lydiard, in 1824. She was brought1] by the parish, and afterwards went into service, is but fair to her memory to state that she appears^? have been always a well-conducted young person, gained the respect of the different families in which lived. It was at the Hon, Mrs. Hutchinson's, Dot* House, Clifton, that she first met Beale, who was footman or butler. Beale is about thirty years old born in Bath was brought up by an uncle at Asht^j afterwards obtained a place as errand-boy in BrisWt and subsequently became a man-servant. The- prisoner, who preserved the most listless ind' ence throughout the whole proceedings, which occupy about six hours, seemed for the first time to compreh the nature of the awful position in which he was p when he was informed of the intention of the magistral Mr. Harris applied that the property of the priso" such as his watch, gun, &c., might be given up to « father, to enable him: to provide for the emergency which his son was cast. Mr. Miles said he did not think the Magistrates WO<j be justified in doing that. They would be justified delivering up the money, but not the watch, an>d for tl reason. Evidently the poor woman, whoever wM. J murderer, had a considerable wm of money in her P* session at the time she was murdered. A considfetw time had elapsed between the murder and the ùa.f which the prisoner was taken into custody, and hH not know but that the very articles asked for, suc £ ? ;he watch and gun, were purchased by that money, ;herefore it would be very wrong for the Magistrates. ;ive up any articles of that description. As to noney, he did not see any reason at ail why the prisof should not have that



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