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COS FICTION OF AN INNOCENT MAN AND FREE PARDON. At the "Westminster Police-court, on Saturday, Mr. Selfe, on. taking his seat upon the bench, drew atten- tion to the following matter, which exhibits extra- ordinary peculiarities A few months ago D@mia.iqno Carroll, a youth, was charged, with three others, with sacrilege, at St. Jude's Church, Chelsea, and committed for trial, pro- testing his innocence. A witness on his bbihalf, whose evidence was most material, was not called upon the trial, and Carroll was convicted and sentenced to seven years' transportation, as he was at that time on a ticket of leave. About a month ago one of the real culprits in the sacrilege, believing himself at the point of death, declared that he could not leave this world in peace without confessing that Carroll was innocent. This was immediately communicated to his friends, and it was stated that Carroll was working hard to obtain a honest living when falsely accused with this offence. Mr. Seife, hearing of the matter, wrote to the governor of the prison (not that where Carroll was confined), and he, procuring the dying declaration of the sick man, it was forwarded forthwith to the Home Secretary, and the worthy magistrate now de. sired that it should be immediately communicated to Carroll's friends that her Majesty, by the advice of Sir George Grey, had granted him a free pardon.

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