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age, of general sober and steady In this state he was cut down habits. In the early part of Sun- and removed to his father's house. day he attended church, and no It is remarkable, that the rope with thing was observed that might which the act was committed was be called unusual in his manner. of a slender kind, not so strong as In the evening he left the house to a common sash line ; and what is attend his duties in the stable, still more worthy of note, a large which is situated about a quarter quantity of strong rope was close of a mile thence. Nothing was to the spot whence he threw him. seen or heard of him after the self into the
space below. time he left for the purpose stated.
13. MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT AT Much surprise was created at his LIVERPOOL.—This afternoon an absence during the night; but not inquest was held in the Sessionsthe slightest cause for suspicion house of this town, before Mr. of harm had been given, or could P. F. Carey and a respectable jury, be surmised by his parents. The on the body of Hugh M'Neile, a unhappy truth was soon, however, youth about the age of fourteen, to be developed ; for on John who met his death by a pistol-shot Phipps, the father, going at an wound. early hour on Monday morning to
The first witness called was Ed. the stable, he found the outer door ward Ashton Southern, a youth of the yard unlocked, and on ade about thirteen, who stated that at vancing to the folding doors of the the beginning of last week, the shed, which were partially open, deceased was on a visit to Mr. Edhe beheld his unfortunate child wards, of Toxteth-park; and that hanging before him!
he (witness) on Thursday last The old man was rendered help. called at Mr. Edwards' upon the less by the sight, and a neighbour deceased, for the purpose of acaroused by his cries, came to his companying him to Liverpool. assistance, when the body was cut They started for Liverpool in comdown, but found to be in a state pany with another boy of witsuch as precluded all idea of resus ness's acquaintance, named John citation. The unfortunate youth Ashton. They stopped a little on had taken the pains to strap his the road. John Ashton had a legs together with a leathern strap pistol with him; and they all and buckle, for which purpose he went to a piece of vacant ground must have been seated on a plat- in the park, when John Ashton form or floor which divides one fired his pistol at a bird in a part of the shed, so as to form a hedge, but witness could not tell partial upper story: this must whether it was loaded with ball have been done, it is supposed,
or not. He believes that the deafter he had reached the elevation ceased afterwards loaded the same by means of the ladder, which was pistol and fired at a bird, but could left standing, and up which it is not tell whether it was loaded not probable he could have stepped with ball. Witness subsequently with his feet so confined. A hand- fired it in the Park-road, but it kerchief had been carefully tied over had only powder and paper in it. his face, with the corner hanging There was no firing after they below the chin, so as to prevent left the road, and the pistol was the possibility of sight
the last time loaded by John Ash.
ton. While they were on the The Rev. T. Nolan, incumbent piece of vacant land near the Rev. of St. Barnabas Church, spoke to Mr. Nolan's, witness was talking what he saw of the deceased after to the deceased, when the latter the occurrence, in corroboration of said something which made John the last witness. Ashton laugh. At this time John Mr. R. Bickersteth, surgeon, of Ashton had the pistol in his right Rodney-street, Liverpool (brother hand, pointing downwards, with of Lord Langdale), stated, that on the thumb of his right hand resting Thursday last, between eleven and in his pocket. Just at that mo twelve o'clock in the day he was ment witness heard a report, and sent for home to see the deceased, on looking round, he saw the de- who had been brought there in a ceased standing with one leg partly coach. He found him lying on a raised from the ground, and having sofa, and blood was flowing from a his hands to his side-not looking wound in his right side, about one as if he were in pain, but as inch above the groin. On probing though he were astonished. De the wound, he found its direction ceased called out “Murder.” Wit- downwards, and outwards at the ness ran up to the deceased, and thigh. He made efforts to trace asked him if he were hurt, and he its progress and to extract the ball, called out “ Murder” again. I having been informed that it was saw from the manner in which the a pistol shot which had caused deceased held his hands, that he the injury. He then dressed the was hurt. John Ashton appeared wound, and conveyed him home. bewildered, and ran off for about The boys Ashton and Southern fifteen yards, but then came back were both present, and expressed again. Witness ran to the Rev. the greatest anxiety and regret. Mr. Nolan's, and knocked for as The deceased repeatedly expressed sistance. Mr. Nolan came out im- bis hearty forgiveness to the boy mediately, and caught hold of the who had caused the injury. For deceased in his arms.
two days no alarming symptoms taken first to a surgeon's in the made their appearance. On Sun. neighbourhood, who was from day morning erysipelas attacked home; thence to a druggist’s, and the left hip; this was relieved by from there to Mr. Bickersteth's, the remedies applied. On the same surgeon, of Rodney-street. John night the fever increased ; and on Ashton followed to Mr. Bicker- the following day erysipelas atsteth's. Mr. Bickersteth was from tacked the right hip, with appearhome, but his assistant saw the ances of mortification in the cendeceased, and Mr. Bickersteth was tre. On the Wednesday morning, afterwards fetched, and took him about four o'clock, he died. On home in his carriage. John Ashton the same evening witness examined never saw young M`Neile before the body, and traced the wound that morning, and witness intro- the bullet had originally made to duced them. They both appeared where it was found in the head friendly; they had had no quarrel, of the thigh-bone. The injuries neither had any angry words passed that the deceased had received On their way to the druggist's, the by the bullet were the cause of deceased said that he heartily for- death. gave John Ashton,
John M. Ashton, who was the
unfortunate cause of the death of strong variable winds and squalls ; the deceased, was next examined, and many vessels had been driven and gave testimony similar to that on shore along the eastern and of the first witness.
northern coasts. Fortunately none The Coroner then summed up of their crews were lost. the evidence, when the jury re 17. HORRIBLE MURDER-Exturned a verdict, “ That the de- TÉAORDINARY TRIALA trial took ceased came to his death by misad- place in Dublin to-day which ex. venture," deciaring the weapon to cited extraordinary interest. The be forfeited to the Crown. prisoner, John Delahunt, had al
Accompanying the verdict, the ready earned considerable notojury made the following present- riety by his evidence at the coroment:-" The jury cannot separate ner's inquest on an Italian boy, without expressing their earnest Garlibardo, who was murdered hope, that this melancholy event near Dublin in February Jast ; will operate as an impressive warn- upon which occasion be stated, ing to parents, guardians, and that he saw the murder committed others, against intrusting fire-arms by a tinker of the name of Cooney. to persons too young to use them His statement, however, was so with safety either to themselves or confused and improbable, that he to the public.”
was not brought forward on the Snow STORM. The me trial of Cooney, whộ was actropolis was visited with a severe quitted. snow storm, the heaviest that has He next appeared at the trial fallen this winter, accompanied of some coal-porters, whom he with a fresh breeze, varying in charged with an assault on Captain the course of the day from S... to Craddock, during the last election E.N.E. Early in the morning for the city of Dublin. On that there were slight showers of snow; occasion, he completely broke down but about ten o'clock the flakes in- in his cross-examination, and the creased in size, and continued fall. prisoners were discharged -- the ing until four o'clock. In the counsel on both sides unanimously neighbourhood of the metropolis, concurring in opinion that the witthe snow lay in many places to the ness (Delahunt) had not been predepth of ten inches ; and where it sent at the outrage, and had come had drifted, travelling has been forward for the purpose of obtainmuch impeded. Several of the ing a reward, by prosecuting to mails and stage-coaches were con
conviction the persong he had siderably beyond time, owing to pointed out as having committed the heavy state of the roads; and the assault. several vessels in the docks and at At ten o'clock, the appointed the wharfs, ready for sea, delayed hour, the prisoner was placed at taking their departure, in conse the bar. His countenance was quence of the easterly winds, and pale and haggard, and betrayed the unpropitious aspect of the the utmost anxiety. He almost weather. The masters of several immediately leaned forward on his coasting vessels, arrived in the elbows, and with a handkerchief in River yesterday, report having his hand, covered the lower part of experienced for several days heavy his face. Throughout the trial be falls of snow, accompanied with remained in the same position.
The prisoner was charged with engaged at up to six o'clock, he the murder of Thomas Patrick was not in a condition to detail Maguire, on the 20th of Decem to the jury; but about that hour, ber last, to which he pleaded “ Not as would be incontestably proved, guilty."
the prisoner at the bar, and the Mr. Brewster (Queen's counsel) child thus taken and subsequently addressed the jury for the prosecu- murdered, arrived together at the tion, and confined himself alto- house of the prisoner's brother, in gether to a statement of the facts, Britain-street, where the prisoner à course which he deemed the met his sister-in-law, who, upon his more necessary, because lie was telling her that he found the boy not able to produce any person straying in the Castle-yard (about who saw the fatal act committed, a mile from where he really found nor any witness who could depose him), begged of him, for God's to the blow which caused the me sake, to take him home, lest his lancholy death of the unfortunate parents might be uneasy about child.
him. The prisoner, under preIt would appear in the course of tence of doing so, took the buy to the evidence, that the boy Thomas a public-house in an adjoining Maguire, who was nine years old, street (Capel-street), where he relived with his mother in Plunket- mained for a short time ; and the street; and that he, about one or next place at which it would be two o'clock on the day the murder proved he was seen in company was committed, asked her leave to with the deceased, was in Upper go to play with some other little Baggot-street, which is about two children. At that period the miles from Capel-street, at the exwretched mother was in an ad tremity of the city, near where the vanced state of pregnancy, and murder was committed, and not had the misfortune of being sepa- very far from the place where the rated from her husband, or at least prisoner's father, a carpenter by abandoned by him, after much trade, was living. harsh treatment on his part, and It was undoubtedly one of the there was consequently no other most singular, and at the same person to take care of the child. time one of the most distressing The child having obtained his circumstances in that extraordimother's consent was engaged nary case, that the persons who amusing himself with other little would necessarily be brought forchildren, when a person came up; ward as witnesses against the priand one of the questions which the soner were his nearest relations, jury would have to try was, whether - and those most closely connected or not the prisoner at the bar was with him. It would appear that, that individual. It appeared that in the neighbourhood of Baggotthe child knew him, whoever he street, he was met by his sister might turn out to be, for when and two or three young children, called by his name, the little fellow who would be produced ; and that answered, and immediately went when asked by one of them where with him, leaving his companions. he was going, he replied that he That was about four o'clock in the was going with the child to his afternoon; and where they pro- parents. He proceeded on in the ceeded to, or what they had been same direction. It was then about
a quarter to seven o'clock ; and, which otherwise would inevitably in twenty minutes or so after, he have been cast upon her ; for about was seen in his father's house, but five o'clock on the same evening without the boy.
she was taken ill, and was obliged A very short time after that to go to the lying-in hospital, where the child was found murdered a she gave birth to a child. short distance from the spot where The prisoner having brought the prisoner met his sister; the the policeman to the spot, sepapoor boy was quite warm, and had rated from him, and proceeded to been recently deprived of life, as his brother's house in Britainthe blood was still pouring from street, where he found a different the dreadful wound which caused set of persons assembled from those his death. Before the prisoner left he had seen there on the previous his father's house, he promised to occasion - persons who had not return in two or three days, and seen the child when he was there be present at an entertainment in the early part of the evening; to be given by some children, but from a conversation which with whom he seemed to be on took place, they became aware of the most friendly terms, and over the circumstance; and when he whom he possessed great influence. was asked where he left the child, He then went to the Castle, where he replied, “At Buckingham-street, he gave information of his hav- in consequence of an intimation ing seen a murder committed on given him by the child that he the child in the place where the would find his way home from that body was found, and subsequently locality.” brought the policeman to the spot. There was only one other cir. In the meantime, the neighbour- cumstance which he (the counsel) hood became alarmed upon the felt it necessary to advert to. It discovery of the body of the mur appeared that in a few days after dered child; and before the po- the murder had been perpetrated, liceman and the prisoner reached some boys, who were amusing Baggot-street, the police-station themselves in a field close to the in that district had been apprised spot where the murder was comof the horrid deed, and were then mitted, found a knife, which would engaged in making inquiries on be proved to have been the property the subject.
of Delahunt's brother, and with What made the case more horri. which, no doubt, the boy's throat fying was, the subsequent conduct was cut. It would be also given in of the prisoner, who, by the minute evidence, that the prisoner at the and detailed account which he gave · bar had sharpened that knife on at the station-house of the child, the Saturday previous to the murand by the description which he der. Under these circumstances, gave of the transaction he alleged it was that the prisoner had been he had only witnessed, nearly arrested ; and it would be for the caused the mother of the innocent jury to say, whether he was the boy to be arrested upon a charge person who had committed that of being the murderer of her own dreadful crime. offspring. Providence, however, This statement having been fully ordained it otherwise, and inter- corroborated by theevidence of sevefered to prevent the misfortune ral witnesses