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CURRENT SPORT. I

THE REVENUE. - I

FATAL GAS EXPLOSION. I

COOLGARDIE FRAUDS.I

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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. -1

ROYAL VISIT TO DEVONSHIRE.

THE TRANSVAAL.

THE PRINCE OF WALES AT DALKEITH.

SOUDAN HEROES. I

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I OPERA AT WINDSOR CASTLE.

HONOURABLE ARTILLERY COMPANY.

- . - DOMINION DAY.

I THE POISON BY POST CASE.

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THE POISON BY POST CASE. VERDICT AND SENTENCE. The trial of Mary Ann Ansell for the murder of her sister, an inmate of Leavesden Asylum, who died in consequence of eating pastry received through the post, was concluded at Hertford Assizes on Friday of last week. Examined by counsel, prisoner denied that she wrote the letter signed Harriet Parish, or that she sent the cake. She admitted that she bought phosphorus paste on three or four occasions to kill rats. Cross-examined by Mr. Rawlinson, prisoner said she wrote the letter to Mr. Cooper, the insurance agent. She placed the phosphorus on a sack in the kitchen. She never succeeded in killing any rats. You never asked your mistress to pay for the phos- phorus ? Witness: No. You had a policy and a premium book, were are they ? Witness They got between some books, and I threw them on the fire by accident. Why did you insure your sister's life ? Witness: I was very fond of her, and I wanted to give her a nice funeral if anything happened. You tvere engaged to be married about that time ? Wit- ness Yes. Was that standing over until you and your young man had enough between you to make a home ? Witness: The young man did not appear to be earning enough to start housekeeping at the ;ime, and we agreed to leave it over until such time is he got a better situation. If you wanted to get ;he money to bury your sister, why didn't you claim, md why did you allow her to be buried by the isylum ? Witness: They seemed determined to keep "he body. Mr. Clarke Hall made an eloquent speech on behalf of the prisoner. He said the case against the prisoner pressed solely on the motive to get Ell 5s. insurance money. He asked the jury to say that as altogether inconceivably inadequate to make a person commit such a crime. In dealing with the similarity of the writing on the various documents and wrappers, he reminded the jury of the mistake at was made five years ago, when in France—the greatest country of handwriting experts—all the ex- perts agreed that a certain document was written by Captain Dreyfus. His lordship having summed up, the jury retirad. After an hour's absence they returned to court, and on being asked if they had come to a decision, the foreman replied: "No; can we have some refresh- ments ?—His Lordship: I cannot give any such instructions. Do you wish any part of the evidence read over to help you to arrive at a verdict? You must go back, and come to some decision. The jury then again retired, and after further deliberation found the prisoner guilty. Sentence of death was oassed.

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