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.œ BRUTAL ASSAULT UPON AN OLD WOMAN. Great excitement has been created in the vicinity of West Auckland, near Newcastle, by the intelligence that an old woman named Elizabeth Hornet, keepet of a small toll-gate at Bildershaw, near that villaf?E> had been brutally murdered and robbed by a tramp calling himself James Strange. Happily, the part of the statement has as yet proved incorrect? but the latter was found to be too true. itappearS that early on the day in question Strange had BE^ going about begging in the district, and had the house of Mrs. Hornet. He was met coming by a man named Binks, who, suspecting the ap. pearance of the mendicant, went in and. to his horror found the poor old woman lyIng covered with blood, and on the floor, and to all AP" pearance murdered. He at once went in pursuit of TN0 ruffian, who had fled across the fields, but who WJ& ultimately overtaken and apprehended. Meanwhile, assistance came to the OBJECT of the dastardly ATTACK* who, it was discovered, had been most unmercifully beaten and stabbed in several places. On slightly re covering herself, she was able to state that the COWAR?Z after failing in attempting to commit a criminal ASSATN upon her, had beaten her in a most shameful MANNE^J and robbed her of what little valuables she had, &1. had got her clothes and other things into a bag, WHLC^ he carried off with him, but which he left in the BO^. on the appearance ot the young man Binks. It since been learned that Strange has been twice con victed of desertion from the army. On the latter occasion he was drummed out of his regiment, and be his described as a bad character. The poor old —who is eighty-four years of age—still remains I° A very weak and precarious state. »

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