BBEABFfJL SERIES OF MURDERS IN LONDON AND RAMS GATE. Mnrder of a Mother and her Daughter. Apprehension of tae Murderer. RAMSGATE, THURSDAY. Thus morning, shortly after nine o'clock, Ramsgate was thrown into a state of intense excitement by a r»pt»?t that e.man named Stephen Forward had com. øitted a doable m order in a dyer's house in Kin g- atenest. EJnfortanally, upon inquiry, this rumour groped only too true. IS appears that Forward, who was formerly a baker in the town, left Ramsgate some eight years ago, leaving his wife and a little girl behind him m aafcate of almost total destitution. From time to time anonymous lettars have bean sent to his wife, øomeef which have contained small sums of money. On Wednesday evening Forward suddenly appeared in Baiasgate, and made his arrival known to his wife. He requested her to take a walk with him, but she tifiolkied, giving as a reason that as he had been away for some years he was a comparative stranger, aad she did-not like being seen out in the evening with strangers. She then invited him to go into the house of a person named Ellis, a dyer, residing in King-street. Forward accepted the isvitatlan, and they remained talking inthepeesence of Mr. Ellis and his daughter some time. In consequoaoe, however, of Forward hiring twice-stated that he bad something to say to Ms wife, acd which he'could not say in the presence of Grangers, Mr. Ellis andihis daughter left the room, but went into fee shop which adjoins it. After the lapse of half an hour the wife came into the shop and said that her husband had promised to come again the blowing mortNBg. Mr, Ellis then went into the Bitfcing-room, and-Forward repeated the promise he bad tmadeto bisiwife, and .added that he would call ahortly after eight o'clock. He sat down for some time and told his wife and Mr. Ellis about the trials he had had to undergo durhig the time he had been away from &er. Se farther a-id that he had been abroad, and ifaat while away he had saved a sum of Xl,170, but had been done out of the whole of it. He then, after re- newing his promise to come again the next morning, left. Festerday morBing, about twenty minutes past sight, Forward went to Ellis's house. His wife was there, havingBome breakfast with Mr. Ellis and his daughter. He WAS asked if would take any break- last, but he declined. He lat, down, and commenced talking. Shortly before nine Mr. Ellis went into his workshop, and while there his daughter told Forward and his wife that if they had anything to say is private thay might go npstairs. They both went upstairs, and bad not been there many minutes before the daughter of- Forward weatupto them. She had hardly got there when Mr. Ellis and his daughter were stasrtloa by two sapid reports of a pistol, and on the latter rushing upstairs, she arrived at the landing just in feme to see Forward's danghter fall down dead, she having been sbet by the prisoner. She then called out to her father, wlM immediately came in; and on rush- ing up stairs tie saw Forward standing at the top of the stairs, just in the sitting-room. He said, What have yon done, Forward P" aitd seeing that he had a pistol in his hand, fcecailed on him to give it to him, which he did. For ward then had a black moustache and dark whiskers on. Elliscthen saw the feet of Forward's wife; and on lodking over the table he saw her head, and that blood was onairg therefrom. He told Forward to sit down, and he than perceived that he had neither moustache nor whiskers on. He asked Forward where they where, ? and he replied that they were underthearate. He looked there, but could not find them, and Forward,, then gave them to him. He then called, out to send for the police and a surgeon. For- ward added, "Yes, eend for a polios man." He was them given into custody. Examination of the Prisoner. Ac aeon Forward was brought before the magis- trates, charged with the murder of his wife and child. Previous to the calling of any witnesses, the prisoner, addressing the magistrates, said, "I have ere a paper to Sir JJiohard Mayne, which I hope you will permit me to read to you. I have a reason for it. If you will grant md ■ the favour I think you will see that my reason Justices me in asking it. Immediately I was brought to the station-house I asked for some paper, t pent and some ink, that I might draw up this statement, bat it is not yet finished. I also made a statement to the inspector in charge. I inquired whether he bad heard of the murder of three children in London, My reason for asking this question was, I Dhat previcms to tey feeing tiha-rgea with this crime I -was guilty of the murder. of th-ee -children in London (sensation." I %opethis may betaken as a communica- tion to Sir Richard Mayne, and also that it is made qmte voluntarily. The Chairman: Ton habétter wait until such time as we have heard thevidence. William Ellis was than called, and deposed to the facts as above stated. • The magistrates having decided 4o adjourn the case Lill BgAmfty, The prisoner asked permission to read the state- ment, and having obtained it, he read it aloud, laying Itlre -whole of'ihe bt-anat upon Lord Palmerston, Sir Richard Marne,the Fariof Derby, Lord Stanley, Sir B. B. Lytton, wo. The magistrates tjiep adjonraed the ease until Satrar- day nott. Antecedents of the Prisoner. Iniite London journals of April 4th, 1 an event in the history of the raau Sonthey or Forward is re- ported at length. By his instigation Mrs. White, with whom he was then cohabiting at Worcester, summoned 'the of Dudley before the Witley magistrates otf fcbe 2nd iof April, and charged him with an assault upon her. There was a cross summons charging Mrs. White with having assaulted the earl, but the only obleotof that summons, as admitted by his lordsbfpj was to enable fainv to a statement on Hie lordsite'a statement respecting the affair was, io thelet'lea that, last July, Sauthey first came to him in London, and represented to him that his brother (the Hon. Dutiley Ward) had lost money to him at billiards, and he called upon him, in the name of all that was due to his family and posi- tion, to pwy the debt. He (the earl) told him that in the case of a tradesman who had trusted with goods on the faith of a name; or in the oase of money bor- rowed-principali not interest—he should consider the claim; but as to gambling debts he would not enter- tain them for « snoment, for if he did -so he should soon be reduced fttim an independent to a dependent maw. If he were to fall into the hands of such a rogwe as that (pointing to<S3onthey, who was in eourt), the claims lna*e against him might aeon be -such that no fortune could meet. He was obliged to threaten to have him tewd «t by his servants before he woald leave. btext day, when on the platform at the Worcester 'raifway *ation Southey came op to him and addressed kim, on which be threatened to give bun m custody of the police if he interfered with his privacy &ix months passed, when one day he received a letter from a UTs, Southey, inclosing a card. from Lady Shaftes- bury as an iatroatrotien. He wen., to her in library, believing that she had some charitable object in hand, and, leaning against the table, said, To what cause, Mrs. Southey, am I indebted for the pleasure of this vistP -On which she whispered some- thing about unsatisfied clalme on his (Earl Dudley s) family which arffeefced his honour. She represented hetaelf as the wife of Southey, and he told her that he had already given Southey an answer and men- tioned what had taken place on that occasion. She, however, would not leave until he (tbe earl) told her that-he should leave the room. His lordship then 4ame to the meeting ef -the 12th of March, at which the alleged assault took place, When told who was waiting to see him, he at once told his servant he would not see her, and directed him to see that the ofl, ..di4 not leave the door until she was in it. Wn servant returned, and said she was (Sbsfcinate, that-she would not go, and wanted to see the iiousekeepsr, on which he (Eaxl Dndley) went to the library, where ehe was, and said, Mrs. Southey, I will not permit this intrusion. You must go." She mfked him to hear her; but he told her he had heard ilbe ease and given his determination, by which he meant to abide. He took her by the left arm—not the (right, as she had said-withoilt violence, but determinedly, to show her out of the room. She said, "You'll touch me, will you," and instantly at- tached herself to hi3 whiskers. She afterwards at- tacked his head. He held her arum, and removed her from the room to the hall, where he called his servant Weeks, on whose appearance the woman's manner im- mediately changed. From a virago she became in- stantly calm, and bowíng, said, I wish you a very eood morning, my lord." She afterwards attempted to gat baak into the hall, and his lordship took her by tip shoulders and walkedher out along the colonnade. Me admitted that hahad intentionally turned her out of the house, but denied that he had used any or more foroe than was necessary. The inquiry lasted about five hours, and ter- minated in the dismissal of the summons against the earl. After this affair Southey, alias Forward, published a long and singular statement, which was mostly un- noticed by the newspaper press, because it was evi- dently the object of the writer to represent himself- blackleg, wife deserter, and adulterer, as he was-as a man of the highest virtue, the purest morality, and the most chivalric honour and philanthropy, who had fallen on evil days, and whose whole life had been a constant but unavailing struggle against the over- whelming force of a wicked world and a corrupt age. A few extracts from this document will suffice to show its nature, and will help to indicate the character of its author's mind. After narrating the circumstances of his alleged winning of upwards of a thousands pounds from the Hon. Dudley Ward, he says: "I went home the night that I had won. this contest, thanking God that at last I had gained the power to carry out the purpose of my life-that I should be able to employ means less uncongenial to my tastes and perceptions-that my life would no longer be a lie-that in living out my better nature I might still be of use to the world as well as to myself." "I met one evening a lady, whose extremely agitated manner showed to me that she was suffering great mental distress. I learned from her that she kept a young ladies' school— that she was endeavouring to bring up thereby four young children of her own-that she ,had 2s. 6d. in her possession, was in debt, and had already sinned to gel- them bread as a mother should not—that she had left her home, intending never to return, feeling that further life would only end in greater sin and disgrace—was going to the pier to escape existence. I saved her, as I should expect my sister to be saved by any honourable man linding her in such position." "I calmly weighed all the serious difficulties of my position, and obeyed the dictates of my conscience in yielding to her entreaty to share my destiny, which, God knows, could be small boon." "Ientered then into union with this lady, with the understanding that our lives were at issue upon the settle- ment of my claim, and trusting should we fail during life, the faller representation of the facts afterwards might obtain for those whose interests we sought the right before refused. This may read strange and un- wise, but most men, had they passed through what is herevery faintly shadowed, had either been in the grave, a prison, or a madhouse. It is not external circum- stances which measure human consciousness of pain, but individual sensitiveness thereto. I tremble more at life than death, knowing in whioh I have most to gain. But I do my duty as far as I am able, and ask that help which I think it my duty to ask." "I now submit my position to the world ia the belief that any man in desperate extremity is justified in calling upon his fellow-man for aid-thatiprivate mis- fortune should not be allowed to become public calamity. And to those many friends who have con- firmed me in believing that I was doing what was right, I address a last request for their nfluenoe." "Whatever may have been my errors, I seek rather to be guided by the true spirit of what is right than the imperfect letter thereof, as represented by social laws. For me the love of life is gone, and I have the courage whieh muoh suffering gives, to do this my duty to society by striv- ing all in my power to avoid a calamity, and to ask in return that society will fulfil its duty to me." I submit the truth to the world with painful reluctance. Penance does not atone for wrong, and I seek the power to make reparation; money repre- sents that power. I urge the sacred plea of mercy. Mercy for those who are innocent. Shall it be urged in vain ? In the statement read by the prisoner before the Ramsgate magistrates, it will be seen that he still maintains claims similar to those set forth in the foregoing document. It would appear that during the last six years Southey has been in the habit of writing to a great number of influential persons craving aid on the ground of his inability to obtain a livelihood. In the month of December last, finding that hia resources had diminished, Southey wrote to Earl Eussell stating that he had some very important information to give to his lordship, as a member of the Gavern- ment. The strange tone of the letter, coupled with previous communications, induced the noble earl to send the documents to Sir Webara Mayne, and Mr. Thomson, of the detective department, was directed to inquire into the condition of Southey and his ante- cedents. He was then living at Hose-cottage, Lower Common, near the river at Putney, with the woman White as his wife. The inquiries made by Mr. Thom- son assured him of their utter misery and state of wretchedness, which he duly reported to Sir Richard Mayne, who laid the circumstances before Earl Rus- sell, who sent a donation of zE5, for which Southey expressed his thanks, and said hi would never forget it, and his lordship had saved the life of his wife and children. The prisoner, since his examination, has altered his tactics, assuming a gentlemanly demeanour, writing an immense quantity of rubbish asking-the Crown to provide a solicitor and shorthand writer for him He declares that, hia nerves are shaken. He wished to see a medical man. A doctor was sent to him, and after examining him, said that he saw nothing the matter with the prisoner. He now confesses that he used nicotine for the boya, and says he had bought the poison long ago for himself and Mrs. White, they having agreed to commit suicide. There are rumours that he has also pat Mrs. White out of the way, aa it: is said she cannot be found. The Holborn Inquait. An inquest was heldon the bodies of the three boys on Friday by Dr. Hardwicke, deputy of Dr. Lankester, coroner for Central Middlesex, at the Queen Anne's Tavern, Red Lion-passage, Holborn, when the fol- lowing' evidence was taken William Stall wood White, of 4, Featherstone-buiid- ings, Holborn, schoolmaster, deposed: Of these three murdered children I am the-reputed father. Henry William was aged ten years Thomas William was the next; he was nine years; and Alexander was eight. I last saw them alive on Monday evening, when they were at my own house in Featherstone-buUdings. They were living with me up to that time. My son, I Josiah White, took them to deliver to the hands of Southey, who applied for them to be given up to their mother. I cannot say where Southey was then, and I I did not see the boys again until Wednesday, when it policeman and a detective called at my house to make inquiries. I answered their questions and acceim., paaied them to the Star Temperance ooffee-house in Red Lion-street, and in an upper room, I was shown two of thechildren in one bed; they were both quite dead. I then accompanied the police te fetch my son Josiah, who lives near Victoria-park, and he having returned with me, we went to the police-station. When I saw the two boys I was told of the death of' the third, and subsequently I saw the third body. I recognised all three children as those who had left me on Monday. I noticed in the room a peculiar smell, < nd was astonished at its occurring so soon after eath, and I also noticed a peculiar livid and spotted appearance of the bodies. The boys looked as though' they had died by violent means, but I was not then aware of the cause of their deaths. Josiah White, son of the last witness, and residing at 22, Bedford terrace, Old Ford-road, clerk, deposed I saw the three deceased children on Monday evening, when I was at -my father's house, a £ about sixo clock in the evening. I had arranged on the Sunday evening that I should have the children to deliver to Mr. Southey, who was to take them totheirmothar. I engaged to meet Southey at the corner of Bedford- road at nine o cleck on Monday might, and I saw' him thereafter waiting about twenty minutes. He then came running up in a great hurry, saying that he had missed a train at theGlapbain Junction; that being, late had put him out in. his engagements, and that he' could not take the children as engaged. I said that if he did not take them my father would think he was humbuging him, and laaked him if h.8couldl not get a lodging for them. He went, M- pretended to do so, over to a public-house near Hand-court,1 at my suggestion that he should try and get a bed for them, and he said he could not there. We entered a public-house, and had & glass of ale together, and then walked down Red Lion-street. He went into the Star ooffee-house, and coming out be said, lb ia all right; they can be accommodated there." We then walked down to the buildings (Featheristone. buildings), and I fetched the boys out. He shooki hands with them, and asked them how they were, and1 I told him that my father did not know that they were to stay so near, and that he had better not let them turn up. The arrangement was that they were to go to their mother and then to Australia. I watched' [ Southey to the end of the passage (which leads into Red Lion-street-from Bedford-row) until they were out of sight. I had seen Southey twiee before this, when he called at my office in the City. Maria Beale stated I live at the Star coffee-house as tea-room maid. I saw the man described as Southey on Tuesday morning at half-past eight. He was then in the tea-room with the three children, and he was there at dinner-time as well, when he had dinner with them. He had tea with them in the evening, and took them up to bed. I know he took them to bed. On the next morning (Wednesday) I went upstairs, and I' my mistress asked me to go and see how the little boy in No. 8 was. He (the eldest) had been ill, and I went, but found the door locked. I went to No. 6, where the two children slept, and found the door wide open. I went up to the bed and said, Are you not going to get up ? and, laying my hand an the bed, I found the children were dead. I went down and told Mr. and Mrs. Clifford, my master and mistress, and Mr. Clifford came up with me. We went into No. 8 room, and there found the eldest boy also dead. By the jury The children went out at half-past six or a quarter to seven on Tuesday morning by them- selves and were out about half an hour. In the course of the day we asked them where they were going, and they said to see their mother; but they did not know } where. They also went out with the man in the after- noon of Tuesday. Henry Clifford, landlord of the Star coffee-house, his daughter, Elizabeth Clifford, and Elizabeth Maidman, chambermaid, gave corroborative evidence, similar to that of the last witness. Dr. Anthony Roberts, of 73, Lamb's Conduit-street, was now called, and he deposed I was called to the Star coffee-house on Wednesday. In the room on the third floor front numbered 6, I saw extended on their backs two boys. On the larger of the two children there appeared no external marks of violence. I have since made a post-mortem examination. I should think they had been dead not less than eight hours when I first saw them. I was also shown into a back room, where I saw a boy of about ten or eleven years. He was also extended in bed and was quite dead. An exudation came from the mouth and nostrils of a light straw-coloured fluid, slightly odorous. There was a bottle in the back room with a fluid having a slight white sediment. The post-mortem I made was about twelve or fourteen hours after death. Dr. Harley was present. I have preserved the stomachs of all three boys in separate jars, with the hearts, portions of the livers containing the gall-bag, bladders, portions of the spleens, and portions of the muscular structures of the bodies. They were sealed and delivered to Dr. Harley. The Coroner here said that he had received a letter from Dr. Harley, Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at University College, stating that the investigation with respect to the cause of death of the three boys was being proceeded with, but that it would not be concluded for several days. He thought the inquiry had better now be adjourned. It waa then resolved that the proceedings should be adjourned until Tuesday. Superintendent Searl now informed the court that there could be no doubt as to the prisoner at Ramsgate being the murderer of the children. He also stated that the woman White had embarked for Australia. The jury were then bound over to appear, and the proceedings closed. Inquest at Ramsgate. The same morning at half-past ten o'clock an in. quest on the bodies was opened at the Town-hall, Ramsgate, before Mr. Mourillyan, the district coroner, and a jury of the inhabitants. They flrst viewed the bodies which lay at the Infirmary. The woman had been shot in the right cheek and again immediately below the right ear, and there was a pistol wound behind the right ear of the child. William George Tattenden, a lad of seventeen, a porter at the Camden Arms, Ramsgate, said a few minutes before eight o'clock on Wednesday evening a man stopped him and asked him to go to Mr. Ellis, the dyer's, for him, and ask if a, woman named For- ward lived there. ÛloJ. going there he was referred to 61, King-street, and there saw Mrs. Forward, the deceased. He asked her whether she would give her address for a gentleman at the Camden Arms. She asked who he was. He said he did not know. She then wrote her address on a pieoe o £ paper. He took it back to man and gave it to him. The man, I who was then walking backwards and forwards before the Camden Arms, then went away in the direction df King-street. He had a long beard and moustache. The Ellises, father and daughter, then deposed to the circumstances which the father related before the magistrates on Thursday, and the substance of which is given above. The evidence of the daughter Ade- laide was a little more circumstantial in one material respect than that of her father. On Thursday morn- ing when the prisoner and his wife were in the room upstairs, she heard a report of fire-arms, and then the child Emily fall. The child, whom he had sent for, had not been more than five minutes in the room. She ran up and saw the child rolling down the stairs. It was then bleeding profusely from the head, and ap- peared to run out of the room. She ran to catch the Child, when the prisoner placed a pistol at her mouth. She said, "Forward, what are you doing ?" He made no reply, and her first impression was that he had shot himself. She heard a second report, and then ran to call lier father. On returning she picked up the child, which lay on the landing, and found it was quite desd. She then went into the sitting-room and saw Mrs. Forward lying on the floor, bleeding profusely from what appeared to be a gunshot wound in the head. She, like the child, was quite dead. She had dreaded the interview with her husband. The elder Ellis stated that, when the pri- soner came on Thursday morning, he took the child Emily by the hand, and kissed it most affectionately. Addressing his wife, the prisoner said, Last night, when I saw you, you had nothing for me but reproaches; I want no more of them." When witness went into the room, on being called by his daughter, he saw a pistol in the prisoner's left hand, and he rushed at him and collared him. The prisoner, at his demand, gave up the pistol, which was a revolver with five chambers. He made no resistance, nor any attempt to escape. Mr. Hicks, a surgeon, who had been called in, said hefcund the woman Forward lying on her left side quite dead. She had two gunshot wounds on the right side of the neck, one a small circular wound about a quarter of an inch in diameter, two inches behind the ear, and from which a small portion of brain was pro- truding the other, about the same size, was about an- inoh in-front of the ear, and the right eye was muoh bruised and swollen. She must have died instantane- ously. On examining the body of the child he found blood had issued in large quantities frem the mouth and nose, and there was a large gunshot wound on eaoh side of the skull. A small pistol bullet flattened at the end lay on the floor. The two wounds in the mother's case were distinct. To Superintendent Levick, who had boen'brought, and who had recognised the prisoner by his voice, the prisoner said he had lately gone by the name of Walter Southey: and on being charged with murdering his wife and daughter, he said if the superintendent knew all, he would not think so ill of him. The prisoner produced a razor, two pocket-books, one of which con- tained some papers which he wished to be taken care of, and about 15s. 6d. in money. Six pistol ball cartridges lay on the table opposite to him. He said the child was his, and that the, deo* eased woman was his lawful; married wife." The papers which had since been examined contained nothing material to be produced at the inquest. They might eventually be material. Inspector Tanner, from Scotland-yard, applied on behalf of the Secretary of State, to be allowed to take the prisoner to London, to. be charged with the murder of three boys in Holborn, assigning reasons for that coarse; at all events, that the inquest be adjourned until after the adjourned inquiry before the magis- trates should have been concluded. The jury, through the coroner, after consultation, said they were not prepared to assent to the applica- tion. They eventually returned a unanimous verdict of Wilful murder against Stephen Forward." The following is the statement previously referred to, which was written down and read by Forward to the magistrates as he was about to be remanded:- August 10, Police-station, Bamsgate. On Monday the 7th inst, I took three children whom I claim as mine by the strongest ties, to the Star coffee-house, Holb«>rn. I felt for these children all the affection that a parent could feel. I had utterly worn out and exhausted every power of mind and body in my efforts to secure a home and a future for those children, and also other fire persons who doubtless were dependant on me I could struggle and bear up no longer, for the last support had been withdrawn from me. My sufferings were no longer supportable. The last hope had perished by my bitter gainful experience of our present iniquitous, defective sooial justice. I shall be charged vaith their murder—with their criminal murder in the truest and strongest sense of the charge, i deny and repudiate that charge, and throw it I back on the men who have, by their gross criminal neglect,? so brought about this sad and fearful crime. I charge back the guilt of the crime on tnose high dignitaries of th! State, the Church, and justice, who have turned a deaf ear to my heartbroken appeals, who have refused fellow-help in all my frenzied efforts and exhausted struggles and who have thereby impiously denied the sacredness of human life, the mutual dependence of man, and the fundamental and sacred principles on which our social system itself is based. Fore- most among these I charge the Hon. Lord Dudley the Bishop of London, Sir Bichard Mayne, Lord Palmerfcson, the Attorney-General, Sir George Grey, Mr Gladstonp the Earl of Shaftesbury, Lord Ebury, Lord Townshend' Lord Elcho, Sir E. B. Lytton, Mr. Disraeli, Lord Lyttelton* Sir Jobn Pakington, Lord Derby, Lord Stanley, Sir Francis Crossley, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Under all the terrible "un of my life I did the very best. Adjourned Examination of the Prisoner. On Saturday, Stephen Forward, alias Ernest Southey, was re-examined at Bamsgate Town-hall, on the charge of having wilfully murdered Mary Anne Jemima Forward, his wife, and Emily Francis Forward, his child. The magistrates present were:—Mr. A. Crofton, (chairman), Sir B. M. Coghlan, K.C.B., the Rev. G. W. Sicklemere, Mr. B. Sicklemere, Mr. G, E. Hannan, Mr. Thomas Whitehead, Mr. G. C. H. Wilkie,&e. Mr. T. H. G. Snowden, the clerk to the bench, oon- ducted the examination. Inspector Tanner, of the Metropolitan detective force, Sootland-yard, was present on behalf of the London police authorities. Mr. Gold, jun., from the firm of Gold and Son, solici- tors, No. 2, Serjeant s-inn, Chancery-lane, attended to watch the case for the accused. The prisoner was brought up from the prison at Sandwich, in custody of Mr. Lewis Hill, the governor, and he had in his hand a roll of manuscript, from which it was surmised he intended to quote copiously during the proceedings. At a quarter before eleven the doors of the room were opened and the public ad- mitted, the spacious room being speedily filled with an excited audience. The following evidence was then taken Robert Hicks, the surgeon, was called, and said he was sent for about a quarter past nine on Thursday morning, and found, at the house of Mr. Ellis, the bodies of the woman and child. The witness repeated the evidence given at the examination on Thursday. The cause of death in each case was gunshot wounds. William George Laffenden said: I am potboy at the Camden Arms. On Wednesday evening, about eight o'clock, or a few minutes after that, a gentleman called me into the smoking-room and askedma if I would take a message. The Prisoner, interrupting with great vehemence: I protest against my photograph being taken through that window. I am an innocent man, and am not to be made a show of. The Chairman: Certainly; it shall aot be done if you object to it. Examination resumed: He asked me if I would go down to the dyer's in High-street, and see if Mrs. Dressmaker lived there. I understood him to say Mrs. Dressmaker." I went back and told him she was not there, and he said, "Idid not tell you that name, I told you Mrs. Forward. I went back to the dyer's, and they sent me over to 61, King-street. I knocked at the door and asked for Mrs. Forward. She said, "I am Mrs. Forward," and I said a gentleman has sent me for your directions." I got the address on a piece of paper, and when I returned he was walking up and down outside, and I gave him the address. Sergeant Levick, having been sworn, repeated his evidence as given at the inquest. He said in addition: I asked the ages of the woman and the child. When I told him the charge I caationad him that he was not obliged to say anything. He replied, addressing me by name, that if I knew all I should not think him so bad," or it so bad," as it appeared. In addition to the matters referred to at the inquest as found on him there was a penknife. The pocket-book had sundry papers in it. I had him removed to the sta- tion, and he asked me there if I had received any communication from Sir Richard Mayne as to the death of three children in London. I said I had not, but should probably do so. He said he had a state- ment to make, but he was not sufficiently collected. I left him for about an hour, and he then applied for writing materials, which being supplied, he wrote these two papers, whioh he wished to betre-ummitid te Sir Biohard Mayne. The papers are as I received, them. I have not read them. I then said, I also charge you with the murder of three children at Starr's coffee-house, Red Lion-street, Holborn. He asked whether he should be allowed his election as to which charge he was to be tried on. I told him I did not know. Police constable William Drayson said he was called to Mr. Ellis's house on Thursday, and went with other constables. He deposed to finding the bodies, as already reported. Miss Adelaide Ellis repeated her statement made at the inquest. Sergeant Levick said that was &11 the evidence. Mr. Gold, after some consultation with the accused, said that he (the accused) wished to ask for a remand, but he (Mr. Gold) did not know on what grounds. The Chairman: We must have a reason for grant- ing a remand. The prosecution have no further evi- dence. A further consultation then took place between the accused and his solicitor, and Mr. Gold said thereason, the accused assigned for asking for a remand was that he might be able to produce before the bench certain documents bearing on his case. He (Mr. Gold) was bound, of course, to state the wishes of his client, but felt sure it was only wasting the time of the bench to make sueh an application. He only stated the simple fact and the wish of the accused. The accused (in a loud tone): The documents which I wish to place before you are not understood by you in a proper light. They are documents by which I charge the guilt charged upon cIne upon others. I say it has been caused by others, and any acts fW caused, I say on behalf of justice any person accused, is entitled to show why he does that which conscien- tiously devolves upon others, and I ask that I may have the opportunity of proving that others have. The Chairman (stopping the prisoner, who was rambling on in an increasedly excited manner): You I must understand, Forward, that the Benoh here is not trying you; you will be sent for trial by a jury of youi countrymen, and I may further say that we have nothing to do with the murder of the three children in London. The Prisoner: Bat I claim the right here and every- where in the name of truth and justice. The Chairman We cannot hear you. We peremp- torily refuse any remand, and you are committed to Sandwich Gaol, and you will be tried at the next assizes at Maidstone for the wilful murder of yp^r wife and child—.your daughter. I may say publicly that the prisoner made an application to_ rae as to whether he should be tried at Maidstone or in London. We have nothing to do with that, that rests entirely with the Government, and if they wish to try him in London they have the power to do so, and remove him under habeas corpus.. MF. Gold The prisoner may also claim, that under the Palmer Act. If he will be advissa by me he will say nothing. The Prisoner, loudly: I must: act on my own judg. ment My conscience will teach me what is best for my good, and I must do as I like. ar The Chairman: We cannot hear yon any further. Let him be removed. The prisoner then stooped down to speak to his solici- tor, ana a woman was put to she bar charged with steal- ing a purse, and considerable confusion arose, and asthe prisoner was again about to address the bench, two of the policemen took him by the arms and led him out, but as he crossed the floor of the court he lifted up his hands and arms, shouting, "I protest in the name of moral truth and justice I am not doing my duty to myself or the cause of holy justiaeif I do not protest against my committal. It is — at these words the door the room was closed on him. Some hissing was uttered as he left the court, but the crowd, which was very great, behaved with great decorum. The following is the copy of a telegram which the prisoner requested might be forwarded on Friday evening, but whieh was not sent:—"To Gregory, Cricketers, Putney.—Southey Prison, Sandwich.—In prison. My life is over. Have to justify myself from most terrible charges. See my Fulham friend. Want his brother. I shall often think of your kindness with deepest gratitude.—E. N. SOUTHEY." The prisoner's "notes for the Ramsgate bench consist of a string of questions relating to social jus- tice, self-defence, penalties for acts indaoed hyotheri3 wrong-duing, the want of Government precautionary measures against private distress and troubles, and the like. The following is a specimen: "Is there none who oan read what must be the formation of a none who can read what must be the formation of a mind which could, ander its own strong sense of right, offer up for theirs and the public good the lives of others for whom he had lived and faithfully straggled through many years of the bitterest suffering -whose love and right and deeply-tried affection for them had been the only support which enabled him to endure and battle for them P" How easy, after all, to commit crime and evade the hell. Weep for the living, one poor dear soul must suffer, mine is past. What is it to die? The worthiest have died as ignominious a death as I shall, and have lived honoured and beloved in the hearts and souls of men for hundreds of years after. If I am unjustly con- demned I shall not be the first victim of injustice." Ha urges by his words that the Government should give him means to prove his innocence, and hopes that some one organ of the public press will print all that he feels conscientiously to be for the elucidation of his case, which he says the newspapers have already prejudged. He dilates muoh on the power of the press for good or for evil, and states that grievous wrong was done him in ^he^report of the well-known c&se in whieh Mrs. White was concerned "with a certain noble earl, whose powier, with an income of £ 300,009 a year, none could oppose with success. On trial by jury he submits that as a man should be tried by his equals they should ~,e r^s equals in mind, thought, feeling, and love of ai*p justice, and should have been trained in the same school of bitterness, injustice, and wrong. After referring to many public men, he says that one (whom he names) has done good service; he is the only man I know who could really understand and rightly judge my conduct, who could, by helping me to unfold the train, do a service to society that would render his name revered, immortal." Adjourned Inquest. On Tuesday morning Dr. Wm. Hardwicke presided over the jury in the Board-room of the Holborn Union, for the farther investigation of the deaths of the three children found dead in bed at Starr's Coffee-house and Hotel, Red Lion-street, Holborn. Mr. E. T. Smith, barrister, instructed by Messrs. Gold and Son, of Sergeant's Inn, Chancery-lane, appeared to watch the proceedings on behalf of the suspected murderer, and Mr. Inspector Tanner, of the Detective Force, Scot- land-yard, and Mr. Superintendent Serle, of the E division, were present on the part of the police. Dr. Anthony Roberts being recalled, said he had made a post-mortem examination of the children, and he described their external appearance. At this stage of the proceedings Inspector Thom- son, of the Detective Force, Scotland-yard, brought in a little girl, Eliza Annie, the surviving daughter of Mrs. White. Dr. George Harley, Professor of Medical Jurispru- dence at University College Hospital, said on the 9th instant he visited Starr's Hotel. The children lay as though their deaths had been rapid and painless. The nails of the two younger children were of a blue- ish oaat, and the extremities livid. The eldest boy's finger nails were of a livid oolour. The jars contain- ing the viscera of the deceased were subsequently analysed, and prussic acid was found. The liquid also from the bodies contained prussic a.œd. He then ex- aminecl the bottles and tumbler found in the room. The first bottle contained chalk and paragoric, and the second contained about four drops ef copaiva, which had given the peculiar smell in the,room. On that bottle there was human hairion the mouth of it. The tumbler had aleo contained copaiva. From the analysis which had been made he came to the undoubted conclusion that the deaths of the three children were caused by prussic acid. Sarah Petty, of 2, Cornelia-terrace, Battersea, said: Last Friday week Southey came to her house and said if they did not let him know where Mrs. White was gone some harm would come of it. She would not let him into the house any farther than the stairs. The child which Mrs. White had left in her charge on the 20th July knew Southey, and appeared to be afraid of him. Mrs. White had gone to Liverpool with the view of sailing for Australia. Mrs. White had frequently spoken to her about Southey, but said, for the sake of her children he must know nothing about her, and that she hoped to lead a better life. The child Eliza Annie, not yet sevenyear8 old, was too young to be put under examination. Inspector James Thomson of the Detective Police, Scotland-yard, said on Friday he went to Mrs. Petty'a residence, where she handed over to him some papers amongst which was a letter, unopened, addressed to Mrs. White. It was in Southey's handwriting, and dated August 5. He opened the letter, which urged upon Mrs. White that if she did not join him some- thing more terrible would happen than she could imagine. Mr. John Searle, superintendent of the E division of police, said on Wednesday morning last Inspector Pearce had informed him of what had taken place at Starr's coffee-house. He went there and saw the children, as had been described. Since the analysis h6 had made an inquiry of a Mr. Blaxhall, chemift, 309, High Holborn, as he found that address, on a label on one of the bottles. He understood that a man answering the description of Southey went there on the Tuesday morning (the 8th), and said he had under his charge a little boy about ten yeats old, who had been staying with some friends, and tfafcjr had neglected him. The child was suffering from diarrhoea. He asked him to make up a chalk mixture, and to put in some paregoric and chloric ether, which led the chemist to believe that he was a medical tnatn. While the mixture was being prepared he asked htm the wholesale price of a pound of Schiel's hydrocyanic acid. He told him. He did not ask for any. On re- ceiving the bottle of chalk mixture he held it up, and in a very offhand manner said, What are you going to charge for this ? still further inducing the chemist to believe he was a medical man. He charged 8d. for it. Now that the poison had been discovered further inquiries would be instituted. The Deputy Coroner said that as an adjournment was desirable such a course had better be adopted. The jury agreed, and trusted that in the meantime the Home Secretary would be written to, so that atepfe mi?ht be taken for the production of the supposed murderer, as he had not yet been identified. Mr. Smith thought it would be advisable that the letter which had been referred to by Inspector Thom- son should be produced at the adjournment. The inquest was then adjourned to Tuesday, the 29th inst.
NOVEL ENTERPRISE: PROPORTIONING SEXES. We read in the Toronto Giobe: The dispropor- tlln of .numbers in the male and female population of pi raPi(% settled new territories of the West, has orten been commented upon, and a large amqunt of gratuitous and disinterested advice has been from time to time tendered to the excessive female popula- tion of eastern districts in reference to emigration. One of the results of the war in the United States has been to cause a large preponderance of single ladies throughout almost all portions of the Union east of the Rocky Mountains, and the attention of social econo* mists has been directed to the question of how such a large number of widows and orphans are to procure a comfortable living and avoid becoming burdens to the neighbourhoods in which they respectively dwell. Governor Andrew., of Massachusetts, in his last sage to the Legislature of that State, suggested the propriety of some steps being taken in regard to the surplus women, bat nothing was done. His words, however, seem to have met with a response from the other side of the continent. In Washington territory the single men outnumbered the single women by eighty to one, there being less than 100 single women in the domain. The authorities of that territory, having their attention called to the subject by Governor Andrew's remarks, have undertaken to pro- vide a free passage and good fare from New York to Washington territory for 300 widows and orphans of Union soldiers killed in the war. The Hon. A. S Mercer, of that territory, has arrived in New York to superintend the movement and see that none but the most respectable parties avail themselves of the offer. The steamer is to sail from New York for Panama on the 22nd of next month. All grovvn-up- girls and women accepting the offer are guaranteed respectable employ merit at four dollars in gold per week, imme- diately on their arrival, so long as they choose to avail themselves of it. Although the voluntary trans* portation of 300 women from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast is but a drop in the backet toward equalising the sexes in either portion of the country> yet it is the beginning of a very interesting J and is sufficiently extensive for experimental ptirpos ■ Should it prove successful, it will soon be a larger scale, and engaged in, not only by o Western territories at their own expense, bat wu active co-operation of the States overbttrd^Be« surplus female pQ.pulftti9n." t