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EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE OF BIGAMY AT MONMOUTH. A case of bigamy, which has for some time been the gene- ral topic of conversation in this town, came on for hearing in the Town Jury Room, before Mr. T. Gratrex, the mayor. The proceedings excited the greatest interest. The subject of these proceedings is a young woman, 24 years of age, named Eliza Ann Dent, otherwise Morgan. The prosecution was instituted by Mr. F. B. Wall, and the charge against the prisoner, who was apprehended on pre- vious day, was, That she did feloniously intermarry with one Richard Stanley Wall, her husband, Edward Dent, being then alive." In order to render the case intelligible, it will be necessary to lay a succinct account of prior cir- cumstances before our readers. Mr. R. S. Wall has for some time held the situation of organist at the parish church, at Monmouth, and a few years since the unfortunate woman the subject of the present inquiry, was one of the choir. An intimacy sprang up between Mr. Wall and Eliza Ann Morgan, the result of which was a child, which died shortly after the birth. The parties continued on terms of intimacy till the latter part of 1839, when the riots in Monmouthshire rendered it necessary to billet troops in the town, among which were a troop of the 12th Lancers, when a private, named Peat, belonging to the \1et"chme:Dtl- made proposals of marriage to Eliza Morgan, and they were married by license on the 1st of January, 1840. Dent's wife shortly afterwards left him, having heard that he had another wife, and obtained a situation in London, where she was followed by Mr. Wall, who married her at a registrar's-oflice in the district of St. Pancras. The marriage was kept a secret. Subsequently it came to Mr. Wall's knowledge that Dent had been married before, and he was paying his addresses to a young lady of good family and expectations, in Mon- mouth, and with whom he was on the eve of marriage. The friends of Dent's wife caused inquiries to be made, and being satisfied that Dent had been married before, made a communication to the friends of the young lady to that effect, which of course broke off the correspondence with Mr. Wall. That person denied his liability to support his wife, who came down to Monmouth and threw herself on the parish for relief. Upon that the overseers of the poor obtained a warrant to compel the attendance of Mr. Wall before the magistrates to show cause why he refused or neglected to support his wife, which warrant the constable was enable to execute, and application was made to have the female apprehended on a charge of bigamy. Mr. Harrison appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Ga- lindo for the defence. Susannah Walts sworn—I am a native of Monmouth. I remember a troop of the 12th Lancers being here. I knew a private in the troop named Dent. I know Eliza Aim Morgan, the prisoner, and was present in the parish church on New Year's day, 1840, when she was married to him. I saw him last Thursday, at Dundalk, in Ireland, and am convinced it was the same man who was married to the prisoner in Monmouth church in 1840. The Rev. G. Roberts performed the ceremony. The certificate of the second marriage was then put in. Richard Stanley Wall sworn-I was married to the pri- soner in the St. Pancras Register Office on the 4th of July last. I married her in the name of Morgan. My real name is Richard Stanley Wall. I had known the prisoner before that some six or seven years. Mr. Galindo—Were you aware ef her marriage with Dent ? Mr. WTall—I must decline answering that question. I cannot say where I was in Jan., 1840. I don't know the the name of the person who performed the marriage cere- mony between us. There were two witnesses at the mar- riage, but I cannot recollect their names. Mr. F. B. Wall, brother of the last witness, sworn--I inspected the register of marriages at the Registry Office of St. Pancras. It might be two months ago. The certificate I produce is a copy of that register. (It showed that a mar- riage had been solemnised between Richard Stanley Wall and the prisoner.) Cross-examined by Mr. Galindo-I have known my brother called Richard Smart Wall. Never knew him called Richard Strong Wall. Never recollect having witnessed a document signed by him Richard Strong Wall. I believe my brother was christened at Bristol, but cannot tell the name of the church. The Rev. G. Roberts, vicar of Monmouth, sworn—The certificate produced is a copy of the register of the marriage performed by me between Eliza Ann Morgan and Edward Dent. The prisoner is the same person. Mr. Harrison was about to put a question to the rev. gentleman, with a view of showing he had written to the officer of Dent's company, and the reply, to show that Dent denied having been married before but Mr. Galindo objected to the question, and it was not per- sisted in. Mr. Galindo contended it should be shown the second marriage had been performed by a person authorised. That was by no means clear at present. The learned gen- tleman argued the point at considerable length, and cited various authorities but the mayor thought sufficient had been shown to warrant him in committing the prisoner for trial. The prisoner, acting under the advice of Mr. Galindo, declined saying anything in the present stage of the pro- ceedings and on being called on to affix her signature to the words I have nothing to say," boldly wrote the name of Eliza Ann Wall. The mayor stated his willingness to take bail-which was immediately tendered herself in E40., and two sureties in JC20. each, to answer the charge at the forthcoming assizes. As Mr. Wall was leaving the court he was taken into custody on the warrant previously granted for his apprehen- sion, for refusing to support his wife, but was liberated immediately. NORTH WALES, BEAUMARIS, THURSDAY, MARCH 23. (Before Mr. Justice Williams ) CRIM. CON.-EVANS V. ELLIOTT. This was a special jury case, and one of alleged criminal conversation, in which Mr. Welsby opened the pleadings, and Mr. Jervis stated the case. The action was undefended. It appeared from the evidence that the plaintiff was about 24 years of age, that he was a native of some place near Tam- worth, and that after having been paying his addresses for several months, his marriage took place in Shropshire. The lady was the daughter of a solicitor at Wenlock, who died shortly before the marriage. At the time of her nuptials she was about 18 years of age, extremely handsome, and of most accomplished and fascinating manners and address. Immediately after the marriage had been solemnized, the happy pair left Wenlock for the Island of Anglesea, N.W., where they continued to reside up to the time of the alleged delinquency 1m terms of mutual kindness and affection. Many instances of the strong attachment entertained and manifested towards her by Mr. Evans were detailed, which seemed to leave no doubt that he had been a most faithful, affectionate, and confiding husband. Towards the latter end of last November, the defendant, who had scarcely attained his 20th year, went on a visit to the house of the plaintiff, where he remained about a fortnight. During his stay Mr. Evans fancied that a more than ordinary intimacyAad been springing up between his wife and their visiters, which caused him considerable uneasiness, but about which he was deter- mined to have more satisfactory proof before he even intimated his suspicions. Accordingly, on the morning of the 2nd of December last he went out to shoot, after having in the first place asked Mr. Elliott to accompany him on the excursion. The latter declined, upon the ground that he was labouring under serious indisposition. On the return of Mr. Evans, he instructed his housemaid to proceed imme- diately to his room, without telling her for what purpose, and there she saw her mistress in bed with Mr. Elliott, who was undressed. When Mr. Evans was informed of the cir- cumstance, he rushed up stairs, and instantly turned his wife and her paramour out of the house. Mr. Robert Wilson Leschman, a surgeon, residing at Lichfield, who had been for many years acquainted with the plaintiff, deposed to the marriage having taken place, and to the happy and affectionate terms on which the parties had lived after their return to Wales. Ann Davies, the housemaid, deposed to Mr. Elliott having come on a visit to the house, to his having stopped a fort- night within a day or two, and to her having gone to the room at her master's desire, and discovered the parties in bed together. She said she had never observed any previous liberties between Mr. Elliott and her mistress. Ann Jones deposed tlfkt Mr. Evans and his wife had come to lodge at her house in Beaumaris some time i-ii the April of last year, that they left in October, and that they seemed to be sincerely attached to each other. To the judge.—She never saw the defendant, he not hav ing visited them at her house. The case for the prosecution having closed, The judge said it had been clearly proved, that daring the brief space of a forthight the defendant had succeeded in seducing the affections of the lady, and perpetrating the of- fence for which the action was brought. The only question for the jury was the due amount of damages to be given in the case. The couple appeared to have been welL paired but who the defendant was had not been stated, neither had any proof been given of his means. The damages claimed were 1:5,000, but it would have been little wonder, under the aggravated circumstances, had they been £ 50,000. The jury found for the plaintiff-Damages JE500. THE OPIUM TRADE.—The opium for the Chinese market is procured solely from our Anglo-Indian possessions, the Patna and Benares from the corresponding districts of the name in Bengal, and the Malwa from Bombay. The two former are exported in small cakes, the latter in balls, each about the size of a 32-pound shot. They are packed in the dried leaf and stocks of the poppy, and sent on to China in fast sailing clippers. It being a great objects to be first in the market, there is at all times great competitors among the mercantile houses on this point. The clipper no sooner ar- rives at Macao than she immediately proceeds to transfer a portion of her cargo to receiving-ships, stationed at well- known positions on the coast of China. These ships are always effectively manned and armed, to enable them to resist any sudden attack, either by the mandarins or pirates, who rove about this coast in great numbers. They for the most part lie at anchor some miles from land, and at stations where the Chinese opium merchant, from long habit, knows where to find them. Here they are always certain of ob- taining a ready sale for the drug, and at prices which repay the original purchaser, at times, many hundreds per cent. SAD RENCONTRE.—The crew belonging to the Sovereign fishing snacksmack on returning to Barking, a few days ago, reported to their owners, Mr. Hughes, of that place, the loss of the captain and mate, under the following circumstances —It appeared that while fishing off the coast of Holland the nets were drawn, and a dispute having arisen between the captain (Stephens) and the mate (Hagarty) as to the part of the deck in which the fish should be placed, the former struck the latter. Both immediately closed in, and in their struggle for mastery both rolled overboard. An alarm was given by one of the crew, who had witnessed the me- lancholy occurrence, and all hands were immediately on deck to render assistance. The time at which the unfortu- nate occurrence took place was half-past eleven o'clock on a very dark night; and though the crew kept a sharp look out during the night, not a trace of the unfortunate men was observed, nor had their bodies been found when the boat came away. The unfortunate affair is rendered the more melancholy by the fact of both the men having left behind them wives and large families, who are solely dependant on their exertions for their maintenance. NEW ZEALAND.-HINT TO EMIGRANTS.—The following is an extract of a letter from a settlement in this colony, and will, perhaps, operate as a hint to others to endure the ills they know, than fly to others that they know not of: With regard to working men's labour, I shall just tell you C? as far as I know to be true. A joiner, when he has got work, earns £ 3 a-week a sawyer, £ 2 15s. a day-labourer, some get 5s. a-day, 4s. a-day, and I know men who have been glad to engage for 3s. a-day and their meat, and have to keep a family of five or six children. The New Zealand Company employ as many emigrants as possible to go on the survey of the colony at 30s. a-week and their rations. Brick-making is begun here since I have been in the colony, and the price is 1;7 a thousand and as they are now be- ginning to build another house for Colonel Wakefield, the bricklayers get 10s. a day. Tailors, I cannot get to know their wages, as there are but few here, and all the clothes chiefly come from Sydney. Shoemakers is one of the best trades here. As I have now sent you a true account of this colony, as far as I have got information, I say that a man before lie emigrates to this part of the country had better get a broom and sweep the streets. The emigrants that we brought out in our ship would give all they possess to be at home again. They have to pay rent for a mud-house, about six yards by four, 5s. a week; no bedroom upstairs, but on the flat ground, and a wooden partition to part the bed-place away, with no flag or boarded floors, but the solid earth, and a hole in the chimney, and no fire-grate in the best house in New Zealand. They who are a little better off can buy land very cheap, but it will take a long time to clear it, so that it wants a man with a good capital to do anything. They have no coals here, but burn all wood. With regard to the natives of this place, they are all becoming mission- aries belonging to the Church of Lngland; they are all tattooed, are horrid looking, and have the appearance of wild men. They look at us on this island, where there are 15 boats's crew of us, as if they would eat us, carrying such a honid look with them, and having only mats to their bodies to cover their nakedness, made of flax, which they make themselves but they are very quiet with us since they are become missionaries and we buy potatoes, fish, and leeks of them for tobacco and Hour." FIRE AT RHEOLA.—AVe briefly adverted to this distress- ing event on the 25th ult. On discovering the fire a messenger was sent to Aberpergwm, to inform Mr. Williams of the circumstance, who instantly ordered all his colliers and labourers to proceed without delay to the spot for the purpose of rendering assistance in extinguishing the flames, which at the time were raging with great violence. The Aberpergwm colliers, aided by the men and even women of the neighbourhood exerted themselves'very much and were successful in preventing the further progress of the fire. It is believed that the fire originated in the butler's pantry, and from thence was communicated to the kitchen, which was entirely destroyed, the roof, by falling in, aiding in checking the violence of the destructive element. At the moment of discovery a messenger was dispatched to Neath for the fire-engine, which was, with incredible speed, conveyed to the spot, but not before the fire had been extin- guished. It is highly creditable to the inhabitants of the neighbourhood to find, that although all the valuables of the house were carried out and left without protection on the lawn, nothing has been found missing. Several gentlemen of the neighbourhood with praise-worthy solicitude for their neighbour's property, hurried to the spot, and by their presence and example contributed much towards extinguish- ing the flames. Mr. Vaughan and family, we understand were from home at the time of the disastrous occurrence. ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE A CLERGYMAN IN ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. During the performance of the afternoon service in St. Paul's Cathedral on Saturday an attempt was made upon the life of the Rev. Mr. Haydon, one of the minor canons, who was at the time officiating for the Dean (the Bishop of Llan- Haff). It appears that the Rev. Mr. Warden, one of the congregation, observed the offender (who was in the area of the choir, and about two yards from the Rev. Mr. Haydon) draw from his breast what he at first mistook for a book, but, as the light shone upon the barrel, he perceived that it was a pistol, and immediately screamed out twice or thrice to alarm the congregation, as he was some distance from the prisoner, and could not get at him. As soon as the rev. gentleman raised the alarm, the attention of W. H. Plymsell, of Eyre-court, Eyre-street-hill, Hatton-garden, was directed towards the would-be assassin, and he suc- ceeded, with a person named Houghton, in getting the pistol, after some resistance, from his hand. Plymsell and a Mr. Bowler both positively state that the deadly weapon was aimed at the Rev. Mr. Haydon, as they were behind the prisoner, and could judge of the fact. The moment which the accused chose for executing his murderous purpose was immediately upon the conclusion of the prayer for the Queen but, happily, although he snapped the trigger, the weapon missed fire. He was immediately seized, and, upon examining the pistol, it was found to con- tain powder, and five shots, which were preserved by the verger of the cathedral. The prisoner was then conducted to the dean's audit-room or vestry. When he was first seized he trembled very much, and remarked, You need not hold me so tight, for I have nothing more about me; I am not going to run away." After the Bishop of Llandaff had satisfied himself of the truth of the charge, police-con- stable 352 was sent for, and the prisoner was conveyed to the station-house in Blackhorse-lane, Fleet-street. He ap- pears to be about 21 years of age, and is below the middle height. His dress consisted of a black surtout, black waist- coat and stock, drab trousers, and a silk hat with a crape band upon it. Nothing but an old pocket handkerchief and a small tin tobacco-box were found upon the prisoner. When questioned as to his name and address, he merely replied—"I shall make no further statements in this place." The pistol, which appears to be in good repair, bears the name of Nicholson. Mr. AVoolfe, a gentleman residing in St. John's-wood, also attended the station for the purpose of becoming a witness, and confirmed- the greater portion of this account. The prisoner was frequently pressed both by the Rev. Mr AVarden and the inspector on duty to disclose his address, that some communication might be made to his friends, but he obstinately refused to do so, observing, I shall not speak in this place," and, I told you I should decline making any further statement." There was nothing indicative of insanity about his demeanour, and his general appearance bespeaks respectability. The several witnesses were directed to be in attendance at Guildhall to-day at 12 o'clock. The prisoner was locked up in a cell with a con- stable to watch him. FURTHER PARTICULARS. The reserve manifested by the prisoner on his apprehen- sion and during the short examination when the charge was made at the station-house, was maintained throughout the whole of Saturday night, and nothing occurred to lead to his identity until 10 o'clock on the following morning, at which hour lie expressed a desire to see the officer on duty, and indicated his willingness to give the name of his father, in order that he might be sent for. He then stated that his friends resided at 41, Moscow-road, Bayswater, and that his father's name was Augustus Sintzenick. A messenger was at once despatched to this place, and the information was discovered to be strictly correct. Mr. Sintzenick, who is an artist by profession, has resided at Bayswater for many years past, and is universally respected in- the neighbourhood. Immediately on receipt of the melancholy intelligence he came to London, and had an interview with his unhappy son, but nothing transpired tending to dispel the mystery in which the extraordinary affair is at present enveloped. The following particulars, however, may be relied on :— It appears that the culprit's name is Edward Sintzenick, and that he is the third son of the gentleman above referred to. His age has been palpably mistaken, his father stating that he has not yet completed his 16th year. He left school only last Christmas, and has resided since that time with his parents, who have been seeking to obtain a suitable situation for him. In this they had not been successful, and the pri- soner left home on Saturday to call on a gentleman who is a friend of his father's, in London. His absence from home in the evening caused some uneasiness to the family, but, as the night was wet, it was conjectured that the gentleman on whom he had to call might have offered him a bed, and nothing further have occurred. The motive for the rash attempt is a perfect mystery to the family, and they are plunged into the deepest distress by the event. The rev. gentleman, who was the object of the attack, was unknown even by name to any member of the family, and it is, there- fore, clear that personal enmity had nothing to do with it, the matter appearing to arise through some extraordinary and accountable delusion. The fact of his sou being possessed of a pistol was wholly unknown to Mr. Sintzenick, nor was either of his brothers aware of it. While at school the prisoner was always considered an attentive, well- behaved youth, nor does he appear to have previously given any indications of mental delusion. He took nourishment Sunday several times, but seemed to be very low spirited and reserved, spending the greater part of the day in reading the Bible. THE AVIIEAT CROPS.-We have conversed with a gentle- man who has had much experience in agriculture, and who frequently visits the corn counties, on the general condition of the growing crop of grain, and avail ourselves of the gratifying information with which he has favoured us, the result of a careful inspection of the fields in the principal corn districts throughout the country. He assures us that the present appearance of the wheat crop is the most pro- mising that he remembers to have ever witnessed at this sea- son of the year, both as regards strength of plant and for- wardness of growth, and that the harvest is likely to be the earliest (probably by three or four weeks) and the most productive with which we have been favoured in England since the year 1827. With this prospect, low as the prices of wheat now are, the last average of the 18th ult. being 47s. 6d. per quarter, or 5s. lljd. per bushel, the probability, Y, he is strongly of opinion, is that prices must continue to decline, until 5s. a bushel, at the most, as an average price, will have to be submitted to before the end of the year. He attributes the present fine appearance of the growing wheats chiefly to the superior preparation of the soil during the propitious summer of last year, as in 1826. We may add, that the land was never perhaps in better condition as a seed- bed for the spring-corn since the spring of the corresponding season-1827, so that the opening prospect for the yield of oats and barley is equally promising. -Liverpool Standard. CAUTION TO MINERS.—A few days since, as Thomas Nicholls, a miner, was at work at Levant Mine, he acci- dentally holed into a part of the mine that was not at work at the time, and fell apparently dead from breathing the foul air. His comrade went immediately and fetched seven more men to his assistance, who, as soon as they entered the place, all fell in the same manner, and lay for some minutes. Purer air, however, soon followed, when the poor fellows revived, and are now able to return to thei* labour.



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