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THE ALLEGED MURDER AT SEA. The Venue of the Trial changed to Liverpool. At the Birkenhead police-court to-doy, Air Preston, stipendiary magistrate, gave his decision in the charge against IVni. Rauscher Ferdinand Koelpein, second mate and boatswain of the American snip j. F. Chapman, for the alleged murder of a Russian Finn, one of the crew, on the 9th October, while on a voyage from San Francis to Liverpool. The allegation against the prisoners is that they abused the deceased from the time of sailing in August, and finally lashed him to the topsail sheet for two hours during a cold night, from the effects of which he died. The evidence of 17 of the crew for the prosecution extended over three days, and the prisoners made a statement denying having even kicked or struck the deceased, but admitting having lashed him up for sleeping on the look-out. Mr Preston said that since the prisoners were remanded on Thursday he had received an inti- mation from the Secretary of State to the effect that as it was probable a formal demand might be made by the Government for the surrender of the prisoners, it was better they should be sent to Lon- don inorderthatthey may be tried before Sir James Ingham, at Bow-street police-court, in accordance with the Extradition Act. It was, therefore his duty to act in accordance with these instructions and he would issue warrants for the removal of the prisoners; at the same time the depositions already taken and such witnesses as might be re- quired to enable Sir James Ingham to come to a conclusion, would be sent. The prisoners acknowledged the kindness they had received since they had been in custody, and said they were entirely innocent of the charge. Mr Preston said they could make their defence when before the Metropolitan magistrates. The hear.ng of the summonses against Alfred Thompson, chief officer, J. F. Chapman, and John de Costa, snipping agent, Waterloo-road, Liver- pool, for assaulting and threatening the police „fGcer in charge of the murder case while on i <>*rd the vessel in the execution of their duty on Criday, was adjourned till Saturdap.

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