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THE BIRMINGHAM MURDER.I

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THE BIRMINGHAM MURDER. I MENTAL CONDITION OF THE CULPRIT. DATE OF THE EXECUTION. I In accordance with the decision of the Home ieerefcary that a medical examination should be idld into the mental condition of the condemned nam Fenton, two experts in lunacy, Dr R. Brayn and Dr. R. Nicholson, the medical superinten- dents res actively at the Woking Convict Pri- wii and Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, h £ re been in Birmingham for the last two days, They have had several interviews with theprisoner, Iud on Thursday called certain witnesses to hear irbafe tiny had to say with respect to the antece- dents of the condemned man. Two of the wit- aesses were the mother of the prisoner and Mrs Horroaks, th<» housekeeper at the Plough and Harrow Inn, Hampton-street, where the murder ivas committed. These ladies went to the prison at Winson Green together, but were separately called before the Commissioners and Interrogated. The mother was questioned con- jeraing the mental and physical conduct of her ion from his birth, and Mrs Horrocks w*3 asked to state what shp know of the prisoner IS a visitor to the public-house, and as the £ anced lover of the murdered girl. She stated dl sbe knew of the prisoner's general conduct and iemeanour, but was unable to gather from the jonversation what the opinion of the Commis- lioners was. Neither witness was permitted to ■see the prisoner indeed, there was no applica- tion to do so, and in the case of his mother the prisoner bad specially asked that she should not risit him, as he feared the rt>;u]t of the trying jrdeal. On Friday the prisoner's brother-in- law (Waiter Parker) visited him, and ibis, it is believed, will be the final inter- view between Fenton and his relatives, n* interview lasted about half an hour, and was Jonfined to a conversation about family matters. Fenton made no allusion to the crime, He was cheerful and perfectly resigned to his fate. He tofd his brother-in-law that Alderman Manton ii$3' been to see him, and that he was quite laiisfiftd with the treatment he received from the k He maintained a spirit of calmness until the parting, when, during the final farewell, M>%roke down completely and burst into tears. expected that the Secretary's decision respecting the petition foe a reprieve will be made mown to-day (Monday). Iu the event of there teing no reprove the execution is fixed for April and poi'mgton will be the executioner.

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