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SOME FEMALE POISONERS.

HUNG, DRAWN, AND BURNT.

THE POPULAR POISON.

OUR FIRST FEMALE POISONEF.

" ARSENIC ALWAYS ARSENIC."I

WHEN DOCTORS DISAGREE, &C.

A CAM OF ARSENIC : " NOT PROVEN."

THE STORY OF MADELBIKS SMITH.

ONCE TOO OFTEN.

ANOTHER WHOLESALE POISONER.

ICHERCHEZ L'HOMME.

SHOCKING DEATH OF A YOUNG…

A NEW PURSE.

';I" HUMOUR.

A FIDDLE WITH A HISTORY.

TRADE REPORT. !

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THE TITHE BILL.

THE EGYPTIAN QUESTION.'

THE IRISH VOTES.

THE MAYBRICK TRIAL.

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THE MAYBRICK TRIAL. It is not, however, to politics that the interest of the public has this week been given. The pro- longed trial of Mrs Maybrick for the murder of her husband has been followed by a prompt con- demnation, and this has in turn evoked a singularly loud protest from that large class of persons which is not quite clear whether anybody ought to be hanged, and is sure that a young and pretty woman, who is also the heroine of an adulterous intrigue, ought, at all events, to be saved from such a fate. The strange thing about this excitement ,s that it has carried away some people who ought to know better. What is the use of haying Judges and juries if their functions are to be usurped by the man in the street when- ever the result of a trial does not square with the popular fancy ? Not to have heard the evidence does not constitute a paramount qualification for discovering the truth, but such as it is it is usually the only one possessed by this outside court of appeal. It is a gratuitous and mischiev- ous addition to the responsibility of the Home Secretary in capital cases that he should be thus oesieged. His only proper advisers in the matter are the Judge who tried the case and such other experts, legal or medical, as he may think fit to consult. Mr Matthews has already shown praise- worthy firmness in dealing with clamour of this kind and we do not doubt that he will not allow it to affect his decision either way. But though in this sense it may be true that the outcry which now fills the newspaper, does no harm, it might do a great deal of harm with a weaker Home Secretary. 1

THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES.

GENERAL BOULANGER'S CASE.

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