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pout the World. I The majesty of the law was vindicated, in a singular manner, in a case which was tried at the Winslow Petty Sessions, a few days ago. A respectable woman, named Stimpson, was charged with having, eighteen months ago, stolen a loaf and 21bs. of mutton from the residence of Sir Thomas Freemantle, at Swanbourne, where she was employed in laundry work. The "theft" consisted in having received the bread and meat from Miss Kind, the housekeeper, in lieu of some broth, which she had asked for for her mother, who was unwell. When Sir Thomas heard, through his butler, of the heinous offence, he declared that he would be compelled to send both Miss Kind and the woman Stimpson to the sessions; but the irate baronet is alleged to have subsequently observed that, if Stimp- son stayed away for twelve months, the affair would blow over. On the faith of this promise the poor woman ban- ished herself from her family for eighteen months; but the instant she reappeared in the neighbourhood she was served with a summons. The magistrates sentenced her to one day's imprisonment. A "London Correspondent" says-The financial state- ment of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on Monday, will, as appears from the revenue accounts, exhibit a sur- plus of nearly £ 5,000,000. Mr Lowe, itisexpected.will keep upwards of one million in hand, and devote the balance to the reduction of taxation. It is understood that a penny will be taken off the income-tax, thus bringing it down to 4d. The sugar duties will in some cases be reduced, and equalised in others, but the tea and coffee duties will not be interfered with. Some change will per- haps be made in brewers' licences, and a half-penny news- paper stamp is already promised. Some plan will perhaps be introduced to satisfy the agriculturists by allowing them to "sprout" or steep their own barley for cattle- feeding purposes. The Eastern Budget contains the following- A scandalous scene occurred the other day in the church of Lentzarto, in Hungary. A young man and a girl of the vil- lage came to this church to be married, and, though the cere- mony was to be performed by a Catholic priest, as both the bridegroom and bride were Catholics, several Protestants were present. This seems to have roused the anger of the Catholic peasants of the village. The ceremony had scarcely begun when several peasants, who had entered the church armed with guns, fired into the midst of the marriage party. Two of the bridegroom's friends were shot in the face, and others received more or less severe wounds. Fortunately, the perpetrators of this outrage were not very numerous, and three of their ring- leaders were at once arrested. On one of them (the son of a wealthy peasant of the village) was found a gun belonging to the priest who was performing the ceremony. A Paris correspondent describes a scene which took place at the School of Medicine the other day in connec- tion with the recent trial at Tours. On the professor (M. Tardieu) taking his seat in the lecture room, the students rose in a body, hissed, hooted, and shouted, Out with Bonaparte Down with him Down with the Corsican Vive Victor Xoir The professor attempted to explain. He said, "Surely, gentlemen, you can't hold me respons- ible for what has occurred?" He was interrupted, Yes, yes, out with him! To the Tuileries with him?" M. Tardieu then went on to explain his evidence at Tours, but this would not satisfy his tormentors. At last he said, Gentlemen, this is no place for politics if any of you don't wish to hear me let them leave the room." Loud cries of "Yah, yah go to the Tuileries." Tardieu threatened to resign. "Yes, yes; just what we want. Away with you whereupon the professor took up his hat, bowed, and left the room. In the American papers of the 17th ult., there is a report of the first speech in the United States Senate of the first coloured member of that assembly—Mr Revels, from Mississippi. Mr Revels, in a debate on the Georgia Bill, defended the Reconstruction measures of the Go- vernment, and asked for the enactment of such further laws as would alike protect the black and white citizens of the South. His speech occupied half-an-hour in de- livery, is described as fairly eloquent, is said to have been listened to with deep attention, and to have produced a favourable impression upon the House. It was the event of the day in the Senate, and many prominent members came forward and congratulated Mr Revels when he sat down. The Pctll illall Gazette quotes from the Madras Athenceum the following specimens of Madrassee English — "An ex-schoolmaster, petitioning for a clerkship, promises that I and my family will ever cease to pray to the humble Almighty to shower his blessings on you for ever and ever.' Another, begging for an increase of salary on account of the rise in prices, says My pain and sufferings are impeachable, and lie only in the com- prehension of gentlemen of your honourable disposition, ready to open your bowels of compassion to sympathize with the afflicted, and by extending your gracious hand to shoulder them from the civil darts of this dear city.' A third makes the following excuse for absence :—' Please excuse attending office to-day, as my grandmother despatched her life and want to go to firing place to see body fired and ashes put in the hole.' A clerk, complain- ing of fever and grapes' requests a day's leave, as he is 'unfortunately ill by blessing of God. Nobody can doubt the genuine Anti-Fenian sympathies of the Longford priests, after reading the evidence given at the election inquiry, which is just now going on in that town. The Nationalist" candidate at the late election, it will be remembered, was the ex-convict, John Martin, who was supported by the Fenians, and strongly opposed by the priests. One of the witnesses stated that he and a number of Martin's other friends went to chapel, as usual, on Sunday, and when Father Fitzgerald came out of the sacristy he cursed, and said he would take little and not give us Mass that day, and then called us names." He further said that the Fenians who supported John Martin would go, or ought to go to" a place that need not be mentioned and added for their comfort that "they would yet be unable to raise their hands to their mouths to feed themselves." Hard words break no bones, and so far Mr Martin's supporters were none the worse for Father Fitzgerald's denunciations. The good Father, however, took more effectual measures to make his obstinate hearers feel the force of his observations. James Brierly deposed that after service he was standing opposite the chapel, when his spiritual adviser [walked over to him, and asked "Who are you 1" I said, "James Brierly." He then asked me where I was from, and on being told, he gave me a box behind the ear, from which I staggered down the road. Subse- quently he kicked me several times. I was forced into a field, and pelted with stones. Judge Fitzgerald—Who pelted you ?-The Rev. Mr Fitzgerald. Cross-examined by Mr M'Laughlin—Do you know why he did it 1- Well, I was here in Longford at a tenant-right meeting, two or three days before that, and I brought home some of Martin's placards and posted one of them on the chapel wall. Was that all the harm you did, think you ?—Yes. Boston (Massachusetts) has a sensation story. Recently, in a town hard by, a public ball was given. The daughter of a couple who keep a boarding house set her heart on going, and in company with one of the boarders, who is designated "J." The girl's parents objected to her going to the ball, especially in company with J. but she said that she was determined to go, and that if she could not go with J." she would accept the company of the devil should he offer to attend her." On the night of the ball she slipped out of the house in proper trim except that she had to buy boots for the occasion; and having pro- cured these, she was returning to put them on, when she met "J. as she supposed, and he persuaded her to go with him to the ball at once, and change her boots in the ladies'dressing-room. "J." was her partner in the first dance, but afterwards disappeared until supper time, then suddenly presenting himself, with rather frivolous excuses for his absence, and inviting her down to the supper-room. Offended by his neglect, she said she would return home at once, and he attended her thither. Very little was said by either party until they had nearly reached the house, when "J." informed his companion that he was not going in; and presenting her with a beautiful pearl-handled pen- knife, and asking her when she used it to think of him, he suddenly left her. The girl, on telling her mother all that had passed, was astounded at learning that "J."hadnot been out of the house since early nightfall, and went to bed before the hour at which the ball began. The girl refused to believe it, but after some discussion her mother took her to "J.'s" room, and there he was seen calmly and profoundly sleeping. Nothing more could be said, and the daughter retired for the night. A strange sound shortly afterwards brought the mother to the girl's chamber, and she was found with her throat cut with the Eenknife given to her by her companion at the ball. She ngered until noon,, and then died, declaring that, re- membering what she had said in her determination to go to the dance, she used the knife because she was over- whelmed by horrible suspicions as to who it was that, personating "J. became her partner. The Boston Post declares that these statements are all strictly true, and can be vouched for by the very best authority. The following is the extraordinary confession of the convict Mobbs, who was executed at Aylesbury last week, for the murder of the little boy Newberry:—" I, William Mobbs, declare that when I saw the boy Newberry coming towards me, I felt all of a shake, and as if I could not help murdering him. I had dreamed of murders, and I had seen a picture of the man Baker murdering the girl in the hop-garden. It was a very hot day, and we sat down together on the freeboard. Newberry laid down, and about ten minutes after we met it was done. I rolled over him, and when on him I pulled out my knife, and cut his throat twice. He halloaed out 'Oh,'only once. I don't know if he was dead directly. I left him at once. I felt as if I did not know where I was, or what I was doing. I went away bird-keeping. I left the body where it was. I put my smock where the police found it. I had no grudge against the boy, and I never had a quarrel or struggle with him. When we were sitting on the ground, I asked him what they would say if anybody was to kill him, and he (Newberry) said they would hang him. I re- :What! hang him for killing 'varmints!" He said, 'Yes.' Upon this I immediately attacked New- berry. I had a book about Cain and Abel in my dinner basket. That book was given me by my grandfather, just before he died. It belonged to my uncle, Thomas Joyce (my mother's brother).-27th March, 1870 (Sun- day), in the presence of Mr Rawson (chaplain)."





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