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there was something the matter He was removed by habeas corpus with his throat which prevented before Mr. Justice Bosanquet at him from swallowing. All that his chambers, and Mr. Dunn there night he raved in his sleep about argued against the validity of the the dog, imploring that it might warrant and of the articles of the be killed, and giving an accurate peace, but after the question had description of it. On Saturday been argued upon two occasions, his malady increased fearfully. He the learned judge refused to make shuddered at the sound of water ; any order, and the plaintiff was and although he retained his con sent back to prison. " Mr. Dunn sciousness and memory to the last, was treated in the same way as all he occasionally leaped about so the other prisoners in the misdefrantically, that it was found ne meanour class. All the male pricessary to call in the police to soners slept in separate cells at hold him. On Sunday morning, night, but in the day time they the 27th ult., he was conveyed to were together. the Richmond hospital, where he Mr. Thesiger, on behalf of the died about four o'clock. As the hour defendant, described the present of his dissolution approached, his case as one of the most extraordi, sufferings appeared to undergo nary in its character that had ever much initigation, and he died com come to his knowledge, and deposedly in the arms of his mother, clared that he was ashamed to see being at the time in the full pos- a member of that profession to session of his mental faculties. Ver. which he had the honour to bedict" Died of hydrophobia.” long, have the courage to appear
4. Home CIRCUIT.-HERTFORD as a plaintiff in such an action. -Dunn v. COMBE. This was an It had been shown that from the action brought by Richard Dunn, year 1838 down to the period the Irish barrister, who has so when the occurrence which led to often dragged himself before the the present proceeding took place, public by his extraordinary con. the plaintiff Dunn had been purduct towards Miss Burdett Coutts, suing a system of annoyance toagainst Mr. Boyce Combe, one of wards the young lady whose name the magistrates of Hatton-garden had been introduced into this inPolice-court for false imprison- quiry, of such a character as to ment.
render her life completely miserJoseph Shackell, an inspector able ; and he should blush for the of the metropolitan police, proved law of which he (Mr. Thesiger) that he apprehended the plaintiff was a humble instrument, if a on a bench warrant on the night man, after having outraged every of the 10th of July, 1840. The feeling of delicacy and honour, next day he took him before Mr. entirely destroyed the personal Combe at Hatton-garde Police- comfort of an innocent individual, court, and before the charge was and having, by some technicality, entered into the plaintiff sat upon escaped the punishment he so the bench with the magistrate. richly deserved, could then stand
Mr. Kilsby, the governor of up in a court of justice, and the New Prison proved that Dunn ask a jury of honest men to give was in his custody from the 11th him damages for his pretended of July to the 9th of November. injuries. Would the jury countena
ance such a man saying, “ True ally dragging her before the pubI have offended most grievously, lic, and not allowing her even in but I have contrived to keep clear a place of devotion to be safe from of the strict letter of the law, and his importunities, he was at a loss therefore, as the law has been put for words to express his opinion in force against me under such of such base and unmanly conduct, circumstances, I will have dam and he could hardly account for ages ?” He should like to know the audacity of such a man comwhat damages the “wounded feel. ing before a jury of his country ings" of such a man demanded. and asking for damages. Could Mr. Combe had no opportunity of it be endured that a British subseeing the articles of the peace, or ject was to have ber feelings outof judging of their validity; and raged that she should dread to all that he knew was, that the go about for fear of meeting her Quarter Sessions had granted a persecutor—that she should have warrant against a party, and Mr. her life rendered completely miserDunn being identified as the party able—that the man who was the referred to in the warrant, he had cause of all this persecution hav. no alternative but to commit him. ing, by a mere technicality, esAfter the decree of the Court of caped the punishment he deserved, Queen's Bench, however, it must should thus come forward and be taken that Mr. Combe was not claim damages for an inconvenistrictly justified in law in the ence which he had brought encourse he pursued, and therefore tirely upon himself by his own the plaintiff must have a verdict ;
misconduct ? It had been said but it would be for the jury to that Mr. Dunn had suffered four say what damages he was entitled months' illegal imprisonment. It to ; and to form their opinion upon was his own fault that he did so. this subject he invited them to The learned counsel then stated look at the conduct of the plain that he regretted that Mr. Dunn tiff, and ask themselves what dam should have brought such an acages such a man was entitled to ? tion ; but he was quite sure that He observed, that in the statement the jury would by their verdict of Miss Burdett, on which the express their opinion of his conarticles of the peace were ex
duct in this transaction. hibited, it was insinuated that Mr. Baron Alderson then adMr. Dunn was not in his right dressed the jury, and said that he mind. If this were really so, he was of opinion that in law the was an object of pity. It was plaintiff was entitled to a verdict; the only excuse he could suggest as to the amount of damages, it for him, and he would willingly would be for them to say what throw a veil over his conduct if damages he ought to recover unsuch were really the case. But if der the circumstances. it was not so-if in the possession The jury immediately returned of all his faculties he had wilfully a verdict for the plaintiff-Damcarried on this cruel system of ages one farthing. persecution towards an innocent When the verdict was delivered, young lady, rendering her life Mr. Dunn rose, and in a very completely miserable, depriving excited manner was about to ad. her almost of her liberty, continue dress the learned judge, but Mr.
Baron Alderson (this being the the General Steam Navigation last case) ordered the court to be company, commanded by Captain adjourned, and immediately turned J. G. Hast, was received. The City his back to him, and left the of Edinburgh, it appears, left the court.
Custom-house-quay on Tuesday Mr. Dunn then addressed his afternoon, the 1st inst., for Ostend, counsel in a violent tone, and ac. having on board between thirty cused them of having a basely sold” and forty passengers, and a general him, and said that the case had cargo. After leaving the river she been conducted in a manner en
encountered a heavy gale from the tirely in opposition to his instruc- westward, which lasted the whole tions.
day and night, þut her passage - ZoologiCAL GARDENS.—The
was not impeded, and she reached rattlesnake belonging to this insti
her destination in perfect safety tution in Edinburgh, which is the next day, and brought up generally in a torpid condition, alongside of Ostend Pier, to land lately exhibited considerable un
her passengers. At an early hour easiness, from which it was con
the following morning (Thursday), cluded that its period for taking while the crew were busily emfood had arrived. It was upwards ployed in landing the cargo, there of six months since it had been came on a hurricane, and suddenly fed, and the superintending direc- the warps that secured her to tor having procured a live mouse,
the pier snapped asunder, and put it into the box in which the she drifted. The confusion that suake is confined and exhibited, to
ensued amongst those on board be dealt with as its appetite might can readily be imagined, when it is prompt. No sooner was the “wee
stated, that Ostend harbour is one courin' timorous beastie" perceived of the most dangerous on that part by the reptile, than immediately of the coast, and several large vesiť elevated its head, and, making sels have been lost in an attempt a sudden spring at it, struck its
even to enter it. In consequence fangs into its neck; the bite was
or the steam not being up and her almost instantly fatal to the
sails being furled she was com
poor creature. The snake then pro- pletely unmanageable, and the ceeded to the work of deglutition. storm was so violent, in the course It first slimed over the dead body, of a few minutes, that she was hurled and then slowly began to swallow against the stone battlement of the This process occupied more
east pier. Such was the force with than half an hour. A great many
which she struck that it was exvisiters were present as witnesses pected she would be thrown over ; to this interesting operation. The but, however, she swung round, and snake is quite young, and about drifting swiftly, passed the pier, the thickness of a mau's middle and ran ashore about three-quarters finger, so that its power of swallow- of a mile eastward of the harbour. ing this animal was really won
Within an hour after the vessel had derful.
struck, hundreds of persons had 7. WRECK Of The City of assembled on the beach to render EDINBURGH Steam SAIP.-This assistance to get her off, for which morning intelligence of the wreck purpose measures were immediately of this steamer, the property of adopted to lighten her, and in the
course of a short time the whole coals. The catastrophe happened of the cargo was got ashore, toge about one o'clock in the worning, ther with her costly furniture and and according to the statements fittings, but to no purpose, al- made by the masters of both vessels, though several vessels were en it seems that they were bearing gaged in the attempt. Preparations up against the wind, under singlewere then made to get her ma reefed topsails, and the collision chinery, engines, and boilers out, was occasioned entirely by the to further lighten the vessel for a mismanagement of those on board second attempt; but, night coming the unfortunate Penelope. The on, the crew and others were Penelope struck the Astley in the, compelled to defer any further centre of her starboard quarter, operations till the following day. cutting down her bulwarks nearly Her appearance then foretold her to the water's edge, and also the fate; her masts and the entire mainmast, which fell instantly of her rigging had been swept overboard, carrying with it all the overboard during the night, as rigging and the whole of the had also her funnel. This, how upper part of her stern. Within ever, did not discourage in the seven minutes after the Penelope slightest degree the exertions of filled and went down with a seathe crew, who managed to lighten man, named George Peake, clingthe vessel of the machinery, &c., ing to her forerigging, which he and at high water another desperate had apparently ascended for the attempt was made to get her afloat; purpose of jumping on board of but all the assistance that could be the Astley. The rest of the crew, brought into requisition proved consisting of seven seamen and utterly useless, and after another the master, Captain Peake, connight's exposure, she became a trived to launch the long-boat, complete wreck.
which they jumped into at the 8. FRIGHTFUL COLLISION AT moment the vessel was sinking, Sea AND Loss Of Life. - This but it was nearly drawn down by afternoon a considerable interest the eddy that was occasioned by was manifested on the river by the sinking vessel. For a considerthe arrival of the brig Astley, able time the crew on board of the Captain Thompson, master, în Astley were in expectation of their Limehouse Reach, almost a wreck, vessel going down, and their boats having been run into by a vessel were hoisted overboard in readiness called the Penelope on the morning to leave her. However, after of Friday last, the 4th inst., at working at the pumps for a long sea, near Aldborough, and so ter- time, some tarpauling was secured rible was the collision that the over the hole in her starboard latter vessel went down headfore- quarter, which prevented her fillmost almost immediately after- ing, and in the course of two or wards, carrying with her one of three hours the vessel was brought the crew, who unfortunately pe- up in safety off Aldborough. The rished. Both vessels, it appears, crew of the ill-fated Penelope were were on their passage to London ; picked up shortly after the collision the Astley, belonging to Seaton by a Yarmouth fishing-smack, Sluice, and the Penelope, from which conveyed them to OrfordNewcastle-upon-Tyne, laden with ness, where their wants were at
tended to by some gentlemen con came into the town at a very early Dected with that laudable institu- hour, in order to be present. The tion, the “ Shipwrecked Fisher- under-sheriff issued tickets to a men's Fund.”
very large number of applicants, MORTALITY OF LONDON IN and the gallery, in which the com1841.- A statement has just been mon people usually sit, was, on published, by authority of the Re- this occasion, occupied by some of gistrar General, of the number of the most respectable residents in deaths in London and its suburbs in Wilts and Somerset. the year 1841, from which we glean John Stokes, Nathaniel Burge, the following information :- The George Stokes, John Milsom, John population comprised in the districts Gough, and William Allen, were from which the returns are made, indicted for burglariously breaking forming an area of seventy square and entering the dwelling-house miles, amounted, according to the of Mr. John Awdry, and stealing last census, to 1,870,727, of which therefrom a quantity of plate, number 874,139 were males, and jewels, and other articles, the pro996,588 females. The deaths in perty of John Awdry, at South the year were 45,284, being at the Wraxhall. John Stokes pleaded rate of 2,429 per cent. ; of the “Guilty." total number 22,995 were males, The learned Judge told him it and 22,288 females ; the deaths in would make no difference in the the first quarter of the year punishment, and as he was charged amounted to 13,713, in the second with having before been convicted to 10,404, in the third to 10,406, of felony, he would therefore ask and in the fourth to 10,761. him if he had well considered what 20,780 are stated to have died he was about? The prisoner perunder 15 years of age, 15,167 be- sisted in his plea, and was theretween 15 and 60, 9,266 60 years fore removed from the bar. and upwards. The highest tem Mr. Hodges having stated the perature was 87 degress; lowest case to the jury, called the follow14:9; daily mean 51.7. The mean ing witnesses :height of barometer 29.757 inches. Mary Townsend : I am a houseSelf-registering thermometer, high- maid at Mr. John Awdry's, at est 69.3, lowest 36 b ; mean of Wraxhal). It is my place to close daily maxima 57.5; mean of daily the shutters of the dining-room. minima 45.6 ; mean temperature I closed them on the night of the 51.6. Dew point, mean 47.2. 22d of December, before the faRain, 27-372 inches, The rain mily were gone to bed. There fell for 177 days. The mean were three windows looking on the quantity of rain which fell in the lawn. I fastened the shutters 10 years, from 1830 to 1841, was with one iron bar across them. 16.87.
There were two other female serWESTERN CIRCUIT--Salis- vants in the house. Osburn, the BURY.–Crown COURT (BEFORE cook, went to bed at twelve o'clock MR. JUSTICE COLERIDGE).-The that night. Our bedroom is on WRAXHALL BURGLARY. It is im- the first landing, as are those of possible to describe the sensation Mr. and Mrs, and Miss Awdry ; produced by this case. Several of but Miss Margaret's room is above. the leading families of the county Perrett, the other female servant,