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AN AFFECTING CASE. MA'tUROROUGH-OFFiCE.—About three o'clock on Friday morning, one of the watchmen, or park keepers of the Regent's Park, whose station is contiguous to the basin of the Canal, observed a lady and gentleman, of very elegant appearance, standing, evidently in earnest conversatiol1. Shortly after he first noticed them, ihey walked away, and soon were out of his observation.— On patrolling his station again the next hour, he observed the same female walking among the shrubberies, crying bitterly, and evidently undel- the weight of the acutest mental agony. The man listened to her asseverations, which were loud and frequent, and in which he thought he heard the name of a nobleman mentioned, & being apprehensive the lady contemplated self-destruc- tion; he was proceeding in a direction likely to lead him towards her, during which he lost sight of her for a minute or two, and on reaching the enclosure, he perceived her descend the bank to the basin, and in a harried and agitated manner, strip off seme of her dress, and in the act of rais- ing her arms towards the Heavens, she exclaim- ed, "Oh! God, have mercy I" and rushed to- wards the water. He jumped down, and seized her just in time to prevent the rash resolve. She screamed on his catching hold of her, and was so overcome, by her agitation and struggles, that she fainted. However, the park-keeper procured the assistance of another watchman, and very soon succeeded in restoring her senses. He as- sisted her towards the New-road, and, finding from the incoherency of her language, and the s evident distress of her mind, that she, if left alone, would again repeat the attempt ot self-de- struction, he conducted her with a great deal of difficulty, to the residence of Gibbs, one of the police officers, and left her in his care. 1 hat officer, on the opening of the business at, this office, conducted her thither, and the following, is a brief sketch of her affecting history — The Lady's name is Mary Anne D » f-11" she is a member of a highly respectable family. Some years since her father was distinguished for his mercantile knowledge and, as was custom- ary with his family, entertainments were given, to which honourable, distinguished, and noble persons, appeared as guests. Her great personal attractions excited much admiration ILII(I, Ull- fortunately, her too ardent imagination led her too easily to twlieve tile alluring promises of an ac- complished and noble seducer, to whom she fell a victim. His promises she soon found were mere professions, and he abandoned her. She e u re-turned to her family; and by a strange, but too often seen, reverse of circumslallees, her father's fortunes, owing to commercial failures, were, dashed to the earth, and she became so destitute, as for a period to pursue a round of gaiety, from the proceeds of which she supported an elegant establishment, anil soon ol) ai iett such eelebrltv, that her fashionable sphere was extended to the first circles and the young lady, in her own per- son, might, it would appear, be a:i elegant and j refined representation of the heroine of a late no- torious publication. However, this did not Iat long. She, too, expeiiencetl reverse; and, from j an abhorrence of the courses of the. lower orders. of the unfortunate females of the town, site pre- ferred adopting the dreadful alternative of s-l!- destruction, and concealed herself the whole of the night in the Par\, with a view of accomplish- ing that, ohjed, Tilt; person to v, horn she was speaking was a casual stranger, who coldly ad- vised her to return home, without the slightest offer of assistance and the scenes of happiness of her eariy life recurring to her imagination, she, in a moment of desperation, rushed into the water, calling on God for niercv, and bitterly im- his vengeance on her seducer. Oil being brought before the Magistrate, she appeared much depressed.and her very fine coun- tenance pourtrayed lines of the deepest dejection. She was elegantly dreAssd, and her manner and demeanour bespoke a person who had lived in good society. The Magistrate, having pointed out the ex treuie folly and guilt of suicide, directed her to be conducted to her home.



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