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and myself went to bed at one there is a locket 1 much value. o'clock. Miss Awdry came into One of them said, “ Let her have the room in the night and awoke it,” and gave me the chain to take
it off. They made many inquiries Miss Sophia Awdry: I am the as to the people in the house; as eldest daughter of Mr. John Aw to the men servants, and where dry. On the 23d of December I they slept. They then said they was residing with my father. I knew there was more money, and went to my room at half-past they would have it or kill all the twelve ; but did not go to bed till people in the house. I said, if two o'clock. I soon afterwards they would let me, I would get up, heard a noise. I went half way as there was more money in my down the passage. I heard a noise mother's room, but I must be in the direction between the kitchen allowed to go first, as I feared and servants' bedroom. I think it alarming her. They consented to was the moving of a door. I went this, and one was particularly civil, back, and after warming myself, and checked the violent expressions went to bed. I knew the servants of the others. I put on my dresshad been ironing. I put out my ing gown, and went to my mother's light before I went to bed. In room. I feel almost certain that about a quarter of an hour I heard the civil man was George Stokes. the lock of my
I had In the passage I saw four men, and not been asleep, and said, “Who I believe a fifth. I went into my is it? come in ;” and in a few mother's room, and they paused a seconds the door was opened, and moment at the door, as they had three men came in. I do not feel promised, while I was waking her. certain that there was not a fourth Three men followed me in; they man. They had large sticks in held a stick over my mother, and one hand, and candles in the other. said they would dash out her They all came round my bed, and brains. I don't think George one held a stick over my head, and Stokes used any threat, though he said, “If you will lie still, we will was in the room brandishing a not hurt you ; but otherwise, we stick. I think they took the keys, will dash your brains out.” I and either one of the men or myanswered, " I shall be quite quiet: self opened a cedar case in the what do you want?" One said room, out of which were taken they were starving, and must have two 5l. notes, and many articles of money—“We have not been used jewellery and miniature paintings to such ways, but it is no use and rings. The leader took the resisting-we are ten." I told notes and crunched them violently, him the money was in a basket on and said, “ This will never do; my table. There were 131. in the we must have gold—and we will basket. Two or three of the men have it.” I recognise the leader went to the basket; they also in Nathaniel Burge. They took looked into the cupboards. An my mother's pockets, and I saw eye-glass, gold-chain, brooch, and them put into the leader's hat, and other things, were taken from the then the hat quietly put on again. table. The leader asked me if I The drawers were searched, but I had a watch. I took it from the think nothing was taken from pillow and gave it him, and said them. While the cedar case was
being searched, the man whom I After some difficulty about the lock believe to be Milsom came to the of the door, it was opened. They door, and said, “We have two helped themselves to some silver pistols loaded, if you want them.” things on the shelf, and then There were three persons at the opened the chest. They unfolded time in my mother's room. They a table-cloth and put the silver then renewed their threats, and into it. Gough took up a pistol, insisted on my father's having more and asked me if it was loaded ? I money. I decidedly said, “It is answered, “We have no loaded no use injuring us, you've almost arms in the house." He then held all the money in the house, and it it to my forehead. Gough left will do you no good to do us any before the pantry was cleared ; I harmı." At this time George heard his steps on the back stairStokes made many apologies to me, The man who had acted as and said it was only starvation that sentinel upstairs came down, and drove them to it; and he shook stood at the pantry door, and I mé once by the hand. They then then stood close to his side for five asked for the plate. I said I would minutes, looking at him the whole get the keys for them, which were time. He was complaining that in the servants' room, and they they were too long, and that they allowed me to lead the way, giving should be disturbed. I thought me one of the candles they held in also I recognised the voice as that their hands. By this time they of Milsom. He had large auburn seemed to have confidence in me, whiskers, apparently put on for the and to feel that I meant to do ex purpose, and his countenance is actly as I said. I went down the certainly changed. I then went passage to the servants' room. I to the dining-room door on the knocked at the door, and the ser same floor. Two of the men car. vants unlocked it. I first went ried the plate to the dining-room into the room, and told them not window, and handed it out. I to be frightened ; if they were could not say positively, but I am quiet, I thought they would not almost sure it was given to some be hurt, but they must give up one outside, as it did not fall. The the keys of everything they had leader then again began threatenThree men followed me into the ing, and said that there was more room. I had heard a man walk- money in my father's room, and ing up and down the passage, and they would have it. I said I would I had seen him and heard his voice. take them to his room, but it was He was acting like a sentinel on no use their speaking to him, as guard. He could command a view he was very deaf, and would not of all the bedroom doors. Two of hear them, They then followed the men ordered the servants to me up to his room, and while I lie down, if they did not wish was waking my father they rantheir brains to be dashed out. One sacked his drawers. There were asked if they had a watch, and certainly three men with me. The put in his hand under the pillow leader took a silver watch from my to feel. I obtained the keys of the father's bed's-head. They searched pantry door and of the plate-chest. his coat pocket. They said if they • I then led the way down the back did not have more, they would stairs, followed by the same three. murder us all. My sister then Vol. LXXXIV.
called from up stairs that if they 9. NORTHERN CIRCUIT-YORK, would come up she had a little EXTRAORDINARY Case. money. They instantly ran up CHARGE OF MURDER. Robert stairs, and I followed them. When Goldsborough was indicted for the they got into my sister's room, she wilful murder of William Huntley gave them her purse, as she had at Crathorne, in this county, in the promised. They then took her year 1830, by shooting him with gold watch and chain, and other a gun. The case, from the unusual trinkets. They brandished their nature of the circumstances consticks at her, and swore a good nected with it, excited extraordi. deal. I think I saw a pistol in the nary interest, and all the avenues hand of one
After they had Lo the Court were densely crowded satisfied themselves there was no long before the doors were opened thing more, they ran down stairs, by persons anxiously seeking ad: and I followed them. When in mission, comparatively few of the pantry they had asked for wine, whom could be accommodated inand I had promised to give them side. some. They now went into the Sir G. Lewin stated the case to dining-room again, and the leader the jury, the nature of which aphad my keys in his hand. I asked pears from the evidence by which him for them, saying they could his statement was to be supported. be of uo use to them. He gave Mr. Garbutt, a solicitor of Yarm, them to me, and said, “You pro- stated, that he knew the deceased, mised to give us wine." I opened and was engaged in a Chancery the cellaret. They asked for a suit relating to his father's estate. glass. I was turning to get one, On the 27th of July, 1830, witness when they commenced drinking paid him 85l. 16s. 4d., being the wine from a bottle, I saw one of balance of a legacy due to him. them getting out of the window. All but a few odd shillings was I went up stairs, and returned in a paid in notes of the bank of Back. quarter of an hour, and found they house and Co., of Stockton. Shortly were quite gone. Immediately after he was missing. Huntley after they were gone my sister and had a large head, and a tooth on myself began making out a list of the left side, that projected in a what had been in the plate-chest. remarkable manner. Witness had We missed a great coat of my lately seen a skull which, from the father's. All the silver things formation, he believes to be that of were missing I have not the the deceased. slightest remembrance of Allen. George Fearnley deposed, that Gough and Burge I am positive in 1830 he and the prisoner lived of, and George Stokes nearly so. at Hutton Rudley. The prisoner Two servants were called who
On the Thursday corroborated Miss Awdry's testin before Yarm fair, in that year, he mony.
saw the prisoner come down the Mr. Justice Coleridge summed yard with Huntley, and about a up the case with very great per week after heard that Huntley was spicuity. The Jury found all the missing, and observed one Joseph prisoners Guilty,” except Mil. Dalkin asking the prisoner if he
They were sentenced to be could give any account of Huntley, transported for life.
and the prisoner said he was gone
was a weaver.
to Whitby, to take ship for Ame- stated that he knew Huntley, the rica. On the Friday before the prisoner, and Garbutt. He saw fair, the last day on which the Huntley on Friday evening, the deceased was seen, he observed 30th of July, about nine o'clock, prisoner, with something bulky in near the bridle-road leading to a sack, go into his house. On the Crathorne. The prisoner and Sunday following prisoner told Garbutt were with him. Huntley witness that a man was to give him asked witness if he would go with 5l. at Yarm, and he would lend it them, and he replied, “ No, thoult to witness to buy a cow. The be getting into some mischief with prisoner went to the fair, and thy poaching" Huntley said they returned in the evening with a red were going to try a gun which the cow, and agreed with witness for prisoner had got. If they got a 2s. 6d. a-week to feed in his field. hare they would have a stew. He
James Gears went along the road then put his hand in his pocket, to work at his potatoes, a few days and pulled out some notes, saying after Huntley was missing. The he had drawn his fortune of Gara prisoner walked with him, and butt, and had got plenty. The pulled out of his pocket four 51. prisoner told him to put up his notes and a quantity of silver ; money, and witness went bome. said he got them out of the Stock- Onthe Saturday following, witness ton Bank. Witness knew them to went to the shop of Hatton, a be bank-uotes by the picture in butcher. Prisoner was there, and the corner, though he could not Hatton said, “Goldy, what's thee read. The prisoner was ill off done with Huntley, there's strange before that, and would come and reports about?"
The prisoner borrow a little meal or flour. Wita seemed agitated, got his hat off, ness saw Huntley for the last time and required some time and aid of on Friday, the 30th of July, be- both hands to get it on again. tween three and four o'clock, going The prisoner then gave some condown the road with the prisoner tradictory statements as to where and one Garbutt.
be left the deceased. A similar James Bainbridge, a bricklayer conversation took place the same at Middlesborough, saw Huntley, evening. A woman named Han, on the 30th of July, in the pri. nah Best was washing, and found soner's house, sitting on a box, in some old clothes at the prisoner's, the evening. He went to Yarm which she could almost have sworn fair next morning; and, on the belonged to Huntley. Among road at Fixton-bank, near the them were six new shirts marked bridge at Crathorne Wood, saw a “W. H.," which the prisoner said quantity of blood. About ten days Huntley had given him for a debt. after, he passed the prisoner's There was also a silver watch with house in the evening, and saw a “ W. H.” on the back, and upstairs large fire, and perceived a smell were three parts of a sheep. A like woollen burning, and went gun was in the chamber, and priin. The prisoner said it was old soner's sister, Sophia Goldsborags burning. Witness said it was rough, was crying and said, “Oh, time to go to bed. Prisoner said Robert, this is the thing thou hast he could not sleep
hit (or killed) Huntley with." He James Mawe, a greengrocer, said, “Hold thy tongue, thou fool;"
but was much agitated. Witness never did mention it till the inassisted to search for the body of quiry was reinstituted. Huntley. On one occasion as Mr. Strother, a surgeon, exathey returned, they met the pri- m the skull and bones. They soner, and he then said that the might have been in the bank, deceased was far more likely to be which was a clayed soil, a dozen in Stokesley-beck.
years or more. There had been Other witnesses were examin a molar or canine tooth on the ed, who spoke to similar circum. left side, which stood out; the stances.
forehead was flat, and the face and The affair appears to have made nose wide, answering the descripa considerable stir at the time, and tion given of Huntley. the prisoner soon after removed to At the conclusion of the case for Barnsley, a distance of sixty miles, the Crown the Court adjourned where he purchased corn, and until the next day, when the hearappeared to possess money. The ing of this case was resumed. No matter in time blew over and was evidence of any importance was nearly forgotten, when it was de- added, and Mr. Wilkins, on behalf termined to make some improve of the prisoner, addressed the jury ments in Stokesley-beck, a rivulet in a speech which occupied about about five miles from the place three hours. where the blood was seen. In the The learned judge summed up course of the excavations necessary the case very minutely, going over for effecting the improvements, the the whole of the evidence again, bones of a human body were dis- and pointing out to the jury the covered, as if thrust in a hollow various points which required eluin the bank of the beck, about a cidation, and the jury, after a reyard and a half beneath the sur tirement of about an hour, returned face. It did not lie at full length, to the Court about four o'clock, but was doubled up. The skull and delivered a verdict of “ Not was remarkable, and presented such Guilty.” appearances as led to the supposi Forged CHECKS.-A respecttion that it was the skull of Hunt- ably-dressed young man called at ley. Renewed inquiries were set the private residence of Sir Robert on foot, and the prisoner was Peel, in Whitehall Gardens, and taken into custody. Amongst the placed in the hands of the porter a witnesses was one who stated that sealed paper parcel, requesting that he was asked by the prisoner to go it might be immediately delivered with him to carry a bundle. The to the right honourable Baronet, the prisoner took him to Crathorne contents
being of very
considerable wood, and laid a sack on the value. The porter promised puncground. The witness took it up, tual attention to the request, and and felt something like a man's the young man withdrew, stating head, and asked what he had got that he should expect to receive there. The prisoner said it was a some acknowledgment from the bad job, it was Huntley, but it right honourable Baronet or his could not be helped, and he must secretary that the parcel had been do something with him, and told duly delivered. The name of the the witness that if he mentioned it young man is Warren. When on he would serve him the same. He his way to Newgate-market, he