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THE ALLEGED MURDER OF A WIFE AND CHILD AT WOOLWICH. On Monday evening Mr. C. J. Carttar, coroner for West Kent, resumed, at the Royal Oak Tavern, Wool- wich, the inquiry respecting the death of Benjamin Jones, an infant, whose body was found in the Thames under circumstances that have given rise to a charge of wilful murder against his father, Thomas Jones. The court was densely crowded, and the proceedings were regarded with great interest, as it was known that the accused was also charged with the murder of the child's mother. The following additional evidence was now pro- duced Louisa Beer said she was sister to the prisoner's late wife, who died on the 30th of April, and the child was born on the 14th of that month. Witness had charge of the infant for about a fortnight, until the prisoner's mother came to keep house for him, when she gave up the child to her. The prisoner's another after about ten days left, and the prisoner then asked her to take care # of the child again, which she did, but had only had it five days when the prisoner told her to bring the baby to him in half an hour, as he had engaged a per- son in London to take oharge of it. The witness then repeated evidence she had previously given as to the identification of the clothing of the infant after it was found in the water Other witnesses were examined to prove this point. Henry Smith, a painter, said that on a Thursday night a short time since, either the 15th or the 8th of June, he was larking with two girls in New-street, Woolwich. It was about ten o'clock. A woman came and told him that Jones wanted to see him outside the Ship and Half Moon public-house. Witness continued, I went and saw Jones, who said, "Hallo, Harry, where can I get a boat ? I said, What do you want of a boat at this hour of the night ? He answered, My landlady has given me half-a-crown to go and drown some cats and dogs which I have now under my arm." I said, "It is very strange for her to give you half-a- crown to drown cats and dogs at this hour of the night." Jones answered, "No, it is not. I may as well do that as nothing," and "I have drowned them m the water-butt." He said that he would not throw them into the river from the bank as there might be a bother; and he asked me for a piece of string to tie them up tight, and said that they would sink because he had put a flat iron with them. I asked him to give me the iron for my mother, but he refused. We went down to the stairs and got a boat from a man for a pot of half-and-half, and we gave two boys a penny each to row it. We went towards the arsenal. I again asked him for the iron, and tried to get at the bundle, but he would not let me. We rowed out into the river to the middle, and he threw the bundle in. We rowed away. He turned round and looked, and sud- denly exclaimed, 11 Ob, good God! it has not sunk. Let as row back." I could not see it in the darkness, and I said, No, no, I am not going back to your — cats and dogs. Row ashore, boys." Nothing more was said. Two boys, Alfred Brewer, and Thomas Nolan proved rowing a boat out in the river on the night of Thursday three weeks, for two men, who said they were going- to drown puppies. The Ct roner said that be would not conclude the present inquiry until he had taken the inquest upon the body of the child's mother. The Court was then adjourned. The Exhumation of the Body of the Child's Mother. Mr. Carttar, the coroner, accompanied by Dr. Stuart, Inspector Brown, and a body of police of the R division, proceeded with a jury to the churchyard of St. Nicholas, Plamstead, where the remains of Mrs. Mary Ann Jones, the mother of the murdered child, had just been exhumed. Large crowds were assembled, and looked on at the proceedings with some degree of awe. The deceased was much decomposed, and when Mrs. Holman, the person in whose house she had lived, was asked if she could recognise her late lodger, she burst into tears, and said that she could not. She ultimately, however, stated that she would be able to identify the shroud and the stockings by certain marks and by the letters "M.A.C." The coroner and jury then proceeded to the Plume of Feathers Tavern, in the village of Plumstead, for the purpose of hearing the evidence. The depositions of Louisa Beer and Mrs. Mary Holman, who witnessed the funeral of deceased, were taken, and the coroner then adjourned the inquiry for the medical evidence, and to give time for a chemical analysis to be made of the stomach and viscera of the deceased. During the afternoon, the accused, Thomas Jones, aged twenty-three, was brought up on remand, before the magistrate, at Woolwieh. He is an intelligent- looking young man, and made no statement whatever. The evidence taken was not so full as that given be- fore the coroner's court. The prisoner was remanded for a week.


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