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THE REDDITCH HORSEWHIPPING CASE, At the Birmingham Public-office, on Saturday, Henry HoweM, accountant, of Waterloo. street, ap peared for a second time on remand charged with having intimidated Miss J uliaeinagle Cecil, other- wise Mrs. Cecil Thomas, with a view to prevent her giving evidence on behalf of Mr. Thomas, needle manu. facturer, of Redditoh, who was indicted at Worcester Sessions for an assault on Henry Howell. Long before theihour fixed for the hearing of the case the precincts of the court were crowded' by numbers of persons anxious to obtain admission, and the police on duty to prevent overcrowding were so over-zealous in their duty that many persons whose business demanded their attendance had some difficulty in satisfying some of these over- officious guardians of the peace as to their right to enter the court. 1 Some delay was caused by the absence of the defen- dant's counsel, Mr. Motteram: Serjeant Ballantine j opened the proceedings by the following examination of Miss Cecil, otherwise Mrs. Cecil Thomas: In one of the interviews of which you have spoken did the defendant tell you he was going anywhere P He said he was going out of town.—Where did he say he was going ? To Torquay. — Which interview was that ? The third interview. Was that in Calthorpe-park ? No; in Spring-street.—Do you recollect the time he left you that day ? About ten minutes past one.—Now, will you be good enough to look at these letters, commencing "My Darling"? [Letters handed to witness.] Hame you looked at them all? Yes.-In whose handwriting are they? Mr. Howell's. Thirteen letters of the usual endearing kmd that pass between lovers were then read, of which the fol- lowing two are specimens: My Da,rling,-How very kind of you to manifest and ex- press so much anxiety about my health. I did indeed feel very unwell on Saturday; but donotthink, my darling, that the cause arose from anything that took place on Friday. I am better to day; the weather has always a great effect on me when I am at all indisposed. The thought of your love does much to cheer and console me, and though I cannot see you for so long a time I shall not cease to think of you. I shall write you as promised. Good 7aight, and with my fondest love, believe me ever your own Friday. ?ar^n^>—I have been encaged very closely the whole of the day and have now only a few minutes that 1 can spare you, for the post closes very early at this place. In the first place, efc me set you at. rest asregards myself. I am happy to assure you that I am decidedly better; for the first week I was anything but well, but really the weather has been so delightful and the air so delicious that I should have been ungratef ul indeed if I had not profited by it. I am now working in a room overlooking the sea; the window is thrown up to the top, so that 1 have an. uninterrupted view of the lovely bay the sky is without a cloud, of the most brilliant blue scarcely a ripple disturbs the face of the water, for there is scarce wind^ enough to flap the sails of vonder yacht as she glides gently along: the full tide is breaking gently upon the beach within a hundred yards of where I am sitting, with a melody and music pecuharly its own and all nature seems joyous in the brilliance f most glorious of suns. How I drink in the soft south-west breezes, and how I revel in the freshness and beauty t!his lovely spot. But, my darling, one charm at least is wan ing Last night I strolled for nearly three hours along the downs, the full moon throwing her silver light right across the bay. How I wished for a companion-need I say for whom x especially sighed or how much happier I should have been had you been near me. I could only think of you, and anticipate the el a hour, not far distant now, when I might see your dear face agAnd now as to my return it is most uncertain whether I can get away to-morrow or not. I shall, if possible; but I cannot, in any case, reach Birmingham in time enough to see you. Will you drop me a line about Tuesday or Wednesday, saying how you expect to be situate next week ? I long to see you, and you must not keep me long in suspense.. The boy has come for post, so good night, aarung. Ever yours, The following two were then put in to prove the gradual dropping of affeetion and regard On my return to business, after nearly a week's absence, I found another proof of your affectionate solicitude. I know and feel'how little I deserve it. Consequently you will un- derstand that your kindness much embarrasses me. I can only thank you, and assure you that I appreciate it far more than I can express. I must, however, entreat you not to send again. I do not know whom you employ as your mes- senger, and apart from every other consideration, you must admit the indiscretion of allowing- any third party being aware of any intercourse between us. My indisposition has prevented me having any oppor- tunity of being invited to pay you a visit, but do not sup- pose that you are any the less remembered. I do not think ingratitude is one of my sins, though I know I have many to answer for. With repeated assurances of my thanks, and earnest wishes for your happiness and health, I bid you Adieu. I will not lose a post in replying to yours, this moment to hand. Believe me that it was not "anger" or any other feeling with regard to yourself that kept me away on Monday. I explained fully 'why I could not accompany Mr. T. I had made two special appointments before leaving home, neither of which could I have set aside. Had not this been the case I should have accepted with avidity the invitation I received, and here repeat my promise not to let the next opportunity escape. And now just a word as to your last letter but one, which you appear to think made me angry." I assure you such was not the case; it was far more in sorrow than in anger that I read the letter, because it told me plainly enough that you were under the influence of excitement when you wrote it, and I should like to feel that that period had passed over, and that you were becoming able to regard my conduct calmly and dispassionately. The sooner you arrive at this state of mind the happier you will be. You will then see the error of the opinion yonhaveformed, viz., that you have been" sought, won, and discarded." I have repudiated this judgment. I do so again, emphatically. I noted your confession that you had deceived me as respects my letters. I submit that you should at once redeem this breach of faith by doing that which you told me you had done. Surely you will admit that in every respect it is better that they should be de- stroyed. I have no fear for them either on your account or my own, so long as they are in your keeping, feeling that my honour is as safe in your hands as .yours is in mine; but accident might throw the letters into other hands. Again, then, I ask you to destroy them. In conclusion, be assured that I have ceased to remember a word or incident of an unpleasant nature that has ever passed between us, and remember only the happiness which our brief intercourse has aiforded me. We cannot, must not be "enemies." Why should there be either" open war" or a hollow truce ? Be sure of this, "I will never be party to either." Come weal, come woe, you will always find me as I now declare myself, Yours in honour, fidelity, and affection. The cross-examination of this witness lasted over four hours, the principal object being to prove that these letters were written by Howell. The final cross- examination of Miss Cecil by Serjeant Ballantine may be taken as a specimen of the whole Upon a former occasion I think you stated he had desired you to give him these letters? I did.—The letter you have produced to-day you declare to be in his hand- writing; at the interview on the 20th, did he mention these letters again? Yes, sir.—What did he say about them ? He said they were his, letters in point of honour, and I had no right to use them, or allow them to be produced against him.—Had you in point of fact given up these letters to Mr. Suckling the night before? I had.—Did you tell him that? I said, "What if I should tell you that Mr. Suckling has those letters?"—What did he say ? He said, If Mr. Suckling has them, you will never see them again; you will ruin me."—Did anything else take place about it? About the letters ? Yes—I don't remember.—You say, until you had received those letters signed" A Sister," you had no meeting with him ? None whatever.—You say you bad been, in point of fact, on friendly terms with him for a long period ? I had.—You say that at those meetings he had worked very much upon your feelings ? He did.—Did he tell you why he preferred this indictment ? He did.—What did he tell you ? He said his captain had told him he must either commence legal proceedings or resign his commission. In what other way did he work upon your feelings ? Did he say anything else? He said it was of the utmost importance to him that the letters should not be read; that he had a secretaryship worth .£180 a year, and another worth betweeia X50 and XGO a year, and that they were both waiting pending this inquiry. He also said that his friends had said to him, We can have nothing to do with you until this matter is cleared up."—Did he say anything about his family ? He mentioned his wife and boys. — What did he say about them ? He said fortunately his wife knew nothing about it, and said a good deal about his boy's prospects.—What did he say about it ? He told me of an incident that occurred when his son heard of the case. He also spoke of the injury it would do to his family, and said it was necessary it should be hushed up, and I was bound to save him all the exposure I could.-You said, in answer to my friend, that you were not otherwise unfriendly dis- posed towards Mr. Howell until the trial on Tuesday. Then you say it was in consequence of the statement he attributed to yoa in a letter. What was that P Don't ask me to repeat it.—Yes, I must, because it will give you an opportunity of saying if it is true or not ?—Well, Mr. Howell, at the close of his examina- tion, said that I said in one of my letters, What arr I to think of a man who, after exciting a passion which he refuses to gratify, now refuses even to visit me."—Is that absolutely false? The witness replied, with strong emphasis, That is entirely false." The case was again adjourned to the following Saturday, there being other evidence to be produced for the plaintiff before the defence could be entered upon.

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