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CONFESSION OF POISONING A YOUNG LADY. At Newport, Monmouthshire,. last week, a biy named Charles feritt, made an extraordinary staterseit that he poisoned Miss Emily Oilier, the daughter cf Mr. CoUier, oil merchant, Dock-tret, Newport, on East?r Monday last. It appears that Gritt was taken from the Caerleon Industrial Schools by Mr. Collier, and on Easter Monday he offered Miss Collier some wheat, a portion of which she ate. She told her mother the boy had given her some wheat, and said it tasted very nasty. She was told to throw it in the fire, which she did, and it was noticed that it emitted a peculiar flame. In the evening she was taken ill, and next day Dr. Brewer was sent for, but he at once pronounced her case hopeless, as paralysis of the brain had set in, and on the following Thursday she died. Mrs. Collier, it has transpired, had an idea that her daughter did not die a natural death, still not the remotest suspicion ever crossed the minds of the family that she bad been poisoned. Mr. Collier had some fowls in his possession, all of which died in a very strange manner just about the same time. Gritt said that he managed to get some poisoned wheat from the Caerleon schools, which he gave to Miss Collier, and he also admits having poisoned the fowls. There is no doubt that he also attempted to poison the eldest son of Mr. Collier, as he was ill for about a week about the time his sister died. The medical man who attended the deceased has been con- sulted, and he says her symptoms were such as might result from poison. After making the confession, the boy absconded, but has since been apprehended, and on Monday he was brought before the borough magistrates at Newport, charged with the crime. The boy did not deny the charge, and expressed his sorrow for what had happened. He says he gave the young lady some poisoned wheat which he got from the Caerleon schools, and when he gave it to her he only did it to see what effect it would have on a human being. Superintendent Huxtable asked for a remand for a week, in order to obtain evidence and get the body ex- humed. The application was granted.

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