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The site of some the policeman, was struck down by houses was known by burning a falling wall, and buried beneath mountains of cotton," sixty or se
Parts of dead bodies venty feet in height, and sending and calcined bones were found: up flames as high again. The in near one heap was a penny and a side of other warehouses, emptied cotton hook, indicating that the of their contents, was like “ dead man had been poor, and a of liquid fire.” Of course such a “lumper” by trade. conflagration was visible to a great
On the 24th the ruins were still distance. So early as four o'clock, burning. When the wind freshthe reflection in the sky was seen ened, or the firemen relaxed the at Southport. By nine, the at- pouring of water-or, as the latent mosphere around was heated to a fire chanced to light upon some high degree. From the Cheshire mass of fuel not quite exhausted, shore the appearance was terrific; large lambent flames flared up, and seen through the rigging in and recalled the exhausted firemen Prince's and the Waterloo Docks, to their toil. On the 26th, it was is appeared as if the shipping were thought that an effectual check on fire. By the immense exertions had been given to the fire; but at of the Fire Police and others, the ten o'clock in the evening of that fire spread no further. One great day it again broke forth, near the and dangerous service was the place where it was first discovered. removal of twenty hogsheads of Some more sheds were burnt, a tallow from a shed in Formby- marine store, and a stable; five street, near the Borough Gaol; horses, and ten or a dozen pigs the ignition of which would pro- being destroyed. The wind was a bably have settled the fate of the little more northerly, and it was prison. Fortunately, although the feared that a new direction might streets within the area of the be given to the flames, but they conflagration were narrow, those were got under without much dif. around it were wide, and that ficulty. The new glare, however, helped to prevent the further pro summoned an immense concourse gress of the fire; and it now be- of spectators, and created much gan slowly to subside, still requiring alarm. intense labour to prevent its re The following was given as a viving.
tolerable approximation of the loss, When the tumult was somewhat under three heads:-"48,000 bales appeased, anxiety was turned upon of cotton, at 81., 384,0001. ; other the fate of individual sufferers; goods, 100,0001.; warehouses, and the most distressing rumours 32,0001. : total, 516,0001.” A were afloat. Many had been carried meeting of fire-insurance brokers to the Northern Hospital, which was held, and after comparing was besieged by inquirers in search notes, it was ascertained that the of the missing. One policeman liabilities of nineteen offices, in conwas lost, and the manner of his sequence of the fire, amounted to death was known. During the 350,0001. The total amount of next day, twenty-five persons were damage was estimated at 700,0001. carried to the Northern Hospital, Inquests were held on several three of whom died, and eight bodies of persons who were burnt were seriously injured. Hodson, to death. An investigation also
took place upon the arrest of an but on the solicitor from whom she individual, who was suspected to drew an annuity, and saying witbe criminally concerned in the dis- ness had better send for a stamp, aster ; but nothing was substan. gave him 2s. 6d. to pay for it. tiated, and the origin of the fire re. The stamp was procured, and Mrs. mained unaccounted for.
Denman wrote a check on James 27. EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE OF Hamilton and Co. for 201., signed SWINDLING.-At the Cambridge Eliza Denman. Upon this witpetty sessions, Eliza Demman, ness gave her 201. in money. Witotherwise Denman, wife of Mr. ness parted with the money in John Denman, formerly Fellow consequence of her having stated Commoner of St. John's College, herself to be the sister of the hon. an illegitimate son of an uncle
of Richard Denman. The check was Lord Denman, was charged with taken to London by Mr. John having fradulently obtained 201. Matthews, and returned by him from Messrs. Matthews and Gent, this morning, he not being able to grocers, by falsely representing her get cash for it. “ I had no means self the sister of the hon. Richard of knowing at the time that her Denman, one of the sons of the statement was false. I afterwards Lord Chief Justice. The court went to Mr. Richard Denman's was crowded, as it was understood brother, and he told me he had no the present case was but a prelude sister of that name.” A witness to many of a similar nature. who went to London to ascertain
Mr. John Gent stated, that he if the drawer of the draught was was in copartnership with David known, deposed that he presented Matthews, grocer.
Knew Mr. it at 2, Henrietta-street, CoventRichard Denman, of Trinity Col. garden, and that the money was lege, when he obtained his de- not paid. He referred him to Mr. gree of B.A. some years ago. He Espin, of the Temple, who inwas a customer of the firm while formed him Mrs. Denman was in in college, which he left four or the habit of receiving money five years since. He is the son of through the firm mentioned by Lord Denman. Saturday last Mrs. her. It was an annuity payable Denman came to the shop and half-yearly, under the deed of se, spoke to witness, saying, "You paration from her husband, and don't know me perhaps ; but you paid by them as agents for Mr. knew my brother, Richard Den. Moseley, of Derby, and that she man, of Trinity College.” Wit could have no power to draw ness replied, "Yes, I knew him, checks, as the money when due but not you.” She then said, “Mr.
was only payable to herself. Richard Denman was a customer The hon. George Denman have of yours," and asked witness to ing been sworn said -I am a cash a draught for from 15l. to 201. member of Trinity College, a Witness agreed to do so; whilst bachelor. I am son of Lord Den. he was getting the money, Mrs. man, and brother of the hon. Denman observed that she had Richard Denman. My brother handled his bills before. Witness took his degree in 1835, and asked her whether the draught shortly afterwards left the college. was to be drawn on a banker's or Mrs. Denman is not personally not. She replied, not on a banker's, known to me, but I do know the
fact, that she is not one of my proceeded to the place where the brother Richard's sisters. I have clergyman had to pronounce the six sisters, and have not one named declaratory words that the man Eliza.
and woman had become husband Cross-examined. I know that and wife, when the minister had there is a Mr. John Denman, an a notification made to him, which illegitimate son of my father's induced him to ask who was the uncle.
bridegroom's former wife? The Mr. Cooper, for the accused, reply was the present bride's siscalled Mrs. R. Pratt, who deposed ter; whereupon the clergyman anthat she knew Mrs. Denmun about nounced that such marriage was seven years since. She lodged at illegal, and refused to proceed with witness's house. She is the wife the ceremonial. All the parties of Mr. John Denman, of St. John's were aware of the relationship, but College. Does not know that she probably were not aware of the is now separated from her hus. recent alteration in the law, mak, band.
ing marriage with a deceased wife's Charlotte Denman, about eigh. sister illegal. teen, daughter of Mrs. Denman, THANKSGIVING THE deposed that she was with her HARVEST.
C. It was this day ordermother on Saturday, when she ed, by Her Majesty in council, called on Mr. Gent. Her mother that His Grace the Archbishop of said, “I believe Richard Denman Canterbury do prepare a form of and his brother are now in Cam- prayer and thanksgiving to Albridge. You don't know me, but mighty God for the late abundant I believe you know my family. harvest; and that such form of I am rather short of cash, and shall prayer and thanksgiving be used be glad if you will cash me a bill in all churches and chapels in for 15l. or 201." Mr. Gent said, England and Wales, and in the certainly, and sent for a stamp. town of Berwick-on-Tweed, on Mrs. Denman then wrote the Sunday, the 2nd day of October draught, and he gave her the next. money. My mother said, she had 29. EXTRAORDINARY CONSPIan annuity. She did not say, that RACY. - A most singular conspishe was sister of Mr. Richard Den- racy was brought to light in Bris, man, nor that Richard Denman tol. Mr. Wooley, a highly respect, was her brother.
able merchant, was charged with After some consideration, the conspiring to defraud a goldsmith magistrates were of opinion that of a lady's gold watch and chain ; there was not sufficient evidence and the accusation brought to light to detain the prisoner, who was the following story. Mr. Wooley accordingly liberated.
was a widower; and with him re28. MATRIMONIAL DISAPPOINT. sided a Miss Briers, a young lady MENT.--A young man and woman, whom he had brought up from inhabitants of Brighton, accom childhood, and of whom he is call. panied by a marriage procession of ed the brother-in-law. She per. their friends and relatives, appear. suaded him that a young lady, ed at the altar of the Old Church, worth 47,0001., whose name is for the purpose of tying the hyme- concealed, had fallen in love with neal knot. The ceremony had him, but could not see him, as her
family would never consent to the join in her scheme; the young match. This anonymous lady was lady actually came to Mr. Wools totally unacquainted either with ey's house as if flying from her Mr. Wooley or Miss Briers. Mr. family. At the suggestion of Miss Wooley was not inexorable ; he Briers, in order that the brothers consented to wait for an inter- might not interrupt the ceremony, view; and a tender correspondence he gave up the idea of being marwas carried on the lady's part, ried at St. Mary Radcliffe Church, of course, being fabricated by Miss and brought his bride to London ; Briers. A friend to whom Mr. where they were united. They Wooley mentioned the circum- visited the Isle of Wight, travelstances aroused his suspicion; and ling in high style ; and on his reto allay them, he wrote a letter to turn to Bristol, Mr. Wooley in. the lady, gave it to Miss Briers to troduced his wife to a friend, who take, and actually accompanied her told him that Mrs. Wooley was to the house. He waited below. not the person he had supposed. Miss Briers went up stairs, pre- She pacified him by promising to tended to have come on a missive go next day to her brother, and of charity, and asked the lady to bring away the title deeds of her administer religious consolation to property, (half of which he had a poor sick woman. The lady agreed to settle on herself ;) but recommended her to write to the next day both Mrs. Wooley and clergyman of the parish, and pro Miss Briers decamped. They were duced the materials. Miss Briers however subsequently apprehendwrote a note, but in the name of ed, and brought before the magisthe lady, and addressed to Mr. trate at Union-hall; and the vicWooley, to whom she took it tim, Mr. John Wooley, appeared down stairs. Mr. Wooley was to prosecute his sister-in-law for afterwards invited to exchange felony and his wife for forgery. watches with the unseen affianced; He restated the main facts of the and Miss Briers gave him the case ; with the addition that Miss watch which formed the subject Briers once obtained 201. from of the charge against him, receiv- him, and that the name of the ing his own in return. Matters lady whom he suppored himself to went on : he refurnished his house, have married was Louisa Poole procured a licence, appointed the King. The fictitious Miss King day for the ceremony with the could not write; but that difficlergyman, and ordered the wed- culty was none to the fertile inding-cake. The confectioner men vention of Miss Briers; when the tioned the order to the brothers of bride had to sign her name at the the young lady, and they tried to marriage, she was of course “ agisee Mr. Wooley to convince him tated,” so much so that it was that he was hoaxed; but Miss necessary for Miss Briers to guide Briers made him believe that they her hand. After the elopement
of were only trying to prevent the the ladies he met them in the match, and he refused to see them. City, and gave them into custody. Miss Briers even improved the He supposed another woman at occasion offered by their intrusion, Bristol, named Allen, to be imand procured the daughter of a plicated in the conspiracy. The neighbour, of the same name, to prisoners were remanded, without
throwing any further light on the motives of the chief conspirator, or
OCTOBER. Mr. Wooley's most extraordinary readiness to be deceived.
3. TRIALS AT STAFFORD.-Lord 30. ARRESTS OF CHARTIST Chief Justice Tindal delivered his LEADERS.—Mr. Feargus O'Con charge to the grand jury. He exnor was arrested in London on a plained the law relating to illegal charge of sedition, and after an combinations, and expressed an examination before Mr. Hall, was earnest hope, that the administraadmitted to bail. On the same tion of criminal justice under the day ten Chartists were also appre- special commissions would teach hended at Manchester on a like the guilty that punishment would charge. One of them is the Rev. follow crime ; would teach those Mr. Scholfield, in the yard of who were inclined to subvert the whose chapel a tablet was erected law,o that it was too strong for on the 19th of August last (the them, and that the honest part of anniversary of the “ Peterloo mas the community, the lovers of peace sacre ") to the memory of Hunt. and order, would unite with the He was taken into custody for an authorities to put down the evil. inflammatory harangue which he doers with a strong hand. He would, delivered over the body of Lyons, in conclusion, further suggest that who was killed in Manchester the effectual, and only effectual during the recent outbreaks, and method of counteracting the atwhose remains were interred in tempts of wicked and designing Mr. Scholfield's burial ground. men to undermine the principles At Leeds, on the same day, Mr. of the lower classes and to render William Hill, editor of the North them discontented with the estaern Star, and minister of the Swe blished institutions of their coundenborgian congregation of Dis. try, was the diffusion of sound resenters at Hull, and Mr. J. B. ligious knowledge (in which there Smith; a chartist pamphlet seller can be no excess) among those and lecturer, were taken into cus classes who are the most exposed tody. M.Douall, the Chartist
to their attempts, and the educattriot has escaped to America. ing their children in the fear of
- SPECIAL COMMISSION AT God, so that all might be taught STAPPORD.—The Stafford Special that obedience to the law of the Commission for the trial of persons land and to the Government of concerned in the late riots was the country is due, not as a matter opened. The judges, Sir Nicholas of compulsion, but of principle and Tindal, Sir James Parke, and Sir conscience. Robert Mounsey Rolfe, were met The counsel retained by the by Earl Talbot, the Lord-Lieu. Crown fur these trials, were, betenant, and other local authorities, sides the Solicitor-general, Sere at the Railway station; and they geant Ludlow, Sergeant Talfourd, were ushered into the town in Mr. Godson, Mr. Waddington, state. After going through the and Mr. Talbot. usual forms, the Court was ad. In the first case, which occupied journed till the 3rd of October. the Court for three days, twenty
nine prisoners, mostly young men, or even mere boys, were tried for