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before yesterday. The accident perty should be settled on him ; occurred in the shaft of a tunnel and she . paid him 2501. to buy near Winchester, where several off his threat of proceeding for men were employed in removing breach of promise of marriage. materials round the top; and in He afterwards turned out to be doing that, part of the arch be- really a Dr. Copeland, and a neath the shaft gave way, and married man. On one occasion, nine of them were precipitated she was prevailed upon to spend into the tunnel, and were buried the day and night at the house of under a mass of chalk which fell Mr. Rogerson; where she met a with them. Four of them were party, of whom Mrs. Jones, a killed, four others were taken out charwoman and lodging-house severely injured, and one was keeper, was one: the party went slightly bruised. The tunnel had out for two days on various excurbeen visited at a late hour the sions, and there seems to have evening before by superintending been a liberal use of brandy and officers, who left it in what they champagne. At this party, she considered to be a perfectly safe met M'Gill, and they wanted her state. From four to six on Satur- to marry him at once: but she day morning, indications of danger refused unless her property were were observed by one of the fore. settled on herself. She instituted men, and he removed his work proceedings against Martin, to men; but the other, Ferris, did make him refund the money not appear to have any apprehen. which she had paid. One day sions, and he let his men go on she was induced to go to the with their work until the accident house of Mrs. Clayton, a lodginghappened. The coroner's jury house-keeper, with whom she had gave the following verdict--" We lodged, on the assurance that find a verdict of accidental death Martin was waiting for her with in each case, with a deodand of 1501, of the money; and there she 501.; and the jury consider that was made to drink a liquid conHenry Ferris, the foreman over taining some dark stuff: she rethe deceased men, is not a fit membered nothing further, until person to be intrusted with the she found herself, next morning, lives of men in so important a at Gretna Green, in bed with Mr. work."

M'Gill and Mrs. Clayton; and 9. ABDUCTION.–At the Liver- she was then told by Dr. Quick, pool Police-office, on the 5th inst., whom her screams brought into Mr. John Orr M‘Gill, described the room, that she was married

a handsome, gentlemanlike to M Gill. The case was adjourneel young man, Dr. John Osborne till the next day, and then again Quick, Richard Jones, Margaret adjourned. The prisoners were Jones, James Wormand Rogerson, examined yesterday, and finally to and Jane Clayton, were examined day, when they were committed on a charge of carrying off Miss for trial. Dr. Copeland, a married Crellin, a person of some property. man, who courted Miss Crellin She had not long before accepted under the name of Martin, was the addresses of one Martin, but also examined and committed, on had broken off the match on his a charge of having defrauded Miss demanding that half of her pro- Crellin of 2501., which he ex

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torted under a threat of proceeding searched. to no purpose. Gardner at law for a breach of promise of then approached another stable ; marriage.

when Good at once put his back HORRIBLE MURDER AND to the door and refused to let him MUTILATION.—A murder came to enter. Their altercation drew to light this week at a villa on Put- the spot Mr. Oughton, Mr.

Shiell's ney heath, which rivals the Green- bailiff; who insisted that Gardner acre murder in circumstances of should search the stable ; and they atrocity. The mode of the dis. all entered. Speed and the shopcovery wus singular. At Roe. boy stood near Good, while Gardhampton is Granard Lodge, the ner searched.

When he came to residence of Mr. Quelaz Shiell, some corn-bins, the coachman exan East-Indian merchant. Mr. hibited great uneasiness, and urShiell’s coachman, Daniel Good, gently desired to go to Wandsa middle-aged Irishman, called in worth to settle the matter with a chaise, at eight o'clock on Wed- Mr. Collingbourn. Gardner then nesday evening, the 6th inst., at the went to a stall which seemed to shop of Mr. Collingbourn, a pawn- be filled with trusses of hay: he broker, in Wandsworth, and bought removed two trusses, and in some a pair of black knee-breeches, which hay beneath, he discovered what he took on credit. The shop-boy he supposed to be a dead goose. saw him at the same time put a He exclaimed, “ My God! what's pair of trousers under his coat this ?” and at the same moment, skirt, and place them with the before he could be prevented, breeches in the chaise. Mr. Col. Good rushed from the stable, shut lingbourn followed him out, and the door after him, and locked it. charged him with the theft; but The party tried to burst it open, he denied it, and hurriedly drove but could not ; and then they reoff. The pawnbroker sent a po turned to examine what Gardner liceman, William Gardner, after had found in the hay. It proved the thief; and with the officer to be the trunk of a woman's body, went the shop-boy, and Robertshorn of its head and limbs, and Speed, a neighbour. Good lived ripped open in front, with the at the stables about a quarter of a internal parts removed. Renewed mile from Mr. Shiell's house ; and and successful efforts were made when the boy rang the bel? to open the stable-door ; and the Gardner keeping in the back- shop-boy was sent to the police ground — Good himself came to on duty in the neighbourhood, to the door. Gardner then ap- raise a hue and cry. The fugitive proached, and told him that he was tracked by his footsteps halfwas to arrest him for stealing a way across a field towards Putney; pair of black trousers. Good coolly but he had escaped. The surgeon's replied, that he brought away assistant came and examined the some black breeches, and he of- body; the Aesh of which had been fered to pay for them ; but the carefully separated with a sharp policeman stuck to his instruc- instrument, while the bones had tions, and insisted on searching been broken or sawed through. the chaise. Good offered no ob- The surgeon thought that the jection; and the chaise, the coach- female had been about four or five house, and one of the stables, were and twenty; and that she had

never been a mother. While the South-street, Manchester-square ; party were engaged in this exami- where lived a woman who when nation, their attention was draw brought to the house was called to an overpowering stench which Jane Jones, but afterwards they proceeded from a harness-room. were said to be married, and They entered ; and in the fire she was called Mrs. Good. She place they found a pile of wood, appeared to be about forty years amid which were wood ashes, and of age, and reserved in her habits. the burnt remains of human bones With her lived a boy, said to be of the head and limbs. A large Good's son by a former wife. The axe was afterwards found in the

man visited her occasionally. On room, and a saw, both covered Sunday the 3rd instant, she left the with blood.

house. Good told the landlady, Good had been seen on the about a fortnight before, that she previous evening, with a young would probably leave the lodging woman, at a public-house in Roe- in about a fortnight, to go to a hampton. It is said that they place, four miles distant from Roeseemed to be “courting.” He tried hampton. On the Sunday, she to take a wedding ring off the expressed to a neighbour much woman's finger; but she told him fear at going to Roehampton, as that he should not have it except she did not know what Good with her life. He reproached her meant, or what he was "up to;" with having lost a brooch that he and she was ordered not to take had given her. But they left the the boy with her. On Monday place in a friendly mood.

the 4th, Good himself returned In Good's house was found a for the boy, and took away his little boy, his son, who had lived wife's bed-things and mangle, to for two years with a woman whom sell; as, he said, she had gone to Good called his sister, at No. 18 in a place. Good was seen by Mr. South - street, Manchester-square. Layton, a confectioner at Putney, It appears that Good went to that

at a quarter past four o'clock on house; and he left it on the evening Sunday afternoon, on the Barnes in acab—telling the man to drive as road, with a woman dressed as fast as possible to the Birmingham Mrs. Good is described to have railway. He was so ghastly pale, been ; and he introduced her to that the cabman asked him if he the witness as his sister. They was ill; and Good replied that he were afterwards seen by a pohad been out all night drinking liceman, going from Barnes to with some friends.

Putney - park - lane; when they An inquest on the remains of were talking loud and angrily. the body discovered in the stable And a postman saw Good with was held, and terminated on the

a young woman

who appeared 13th. The material facts elicited very wretched, in Putney-parkwere these. Good had been in lane, on Sunday evening. Good Mr. Shiell's service about two said to him as he passed, “ Don't years; but he had not borne a

say anything." very good character; and it was Good had been "courting" Lydia remarked that he had various en Susannah Butcher, the daughter gagements with women at differ- of a shipwright at Woolwich. She ent times. He rented a kitchen in denied all criminal acquaintance VOL LXXXIV.

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with him ; but admitted that once, the room, cut and marked with when kept out late by Good, she blood, were identified as having slept in the harness-room at Gra- belonged to Mrs. Good. nard Lodge, of which Good kept The Coroner's jury returned the key, with entire control over the following special verdict -it. She expected to be married to “ We find that the human body him in about a fortnight; for he found on the premises of Mr. Sheill, told her, that the banns had been in the parish of Putney, is that of put up, but she did not know Jane Jones, otherwise Jane Good; where. On Wednesday the 6th, that she was in good health at the he went over to Woolwich, and time of her death ; and that Daniel gave Butcher a bonnet and shawl, Good did wilfully murder her.” and some other things. He had It will be convenient to insert promised them to her before ; and here a narrative of the apprehensaid that they belonged to his wife, sion and trial of the miscreant:who died five years ago of a de After eluding pursuit for nearly cline. He promised to bring her a fortnight, he was discovered worksome more in a few days. The ing as a bricklayer's labourer at things which he gave her were Tunbridge. He arrived there on identified by the landlady and the 10th, in a fish-van, and slept others, as the clothes which Mrs. for the night at a public-house. Good wore when she left South He described himself as a brickstreet, on Sunday, the 3rd inst. layer's labourer; and early the

Good often had large fires in next morning he applied for work the harness-room, to dry the har to the foreman of Mr. Henry

On Tuesday the 5th, there Barrett, who was building some cota was such a fire; and Mr. John tages near the South-eastern Rail. Oughton, second gardener to Mr. way. He gave his name as ConShiell, observed a very offensive nor ; and in answer to some ques. smell. He asked Good if he had tions which were put to hiin, he been singing the horses. Good said, that he had been a brick. replied that he had drunk too much layer's labourer for eighteen years, the night before, and that he had and had been working on the been taking some toasted cheese, South-eastern Railway for fourwhich always set him right. teen days. He was accepted, and

Dr. Benjamin Ridge, of Put was found to be a good work. ney, who examined the remains

He avoided communication found in the stable, said that he with his fellow-workmen, and redid not think that the woman had turned abrupt answers to any quesever had a child, but he was of tions that were put to him. On opinion that she would have had one occasion he addressed one of one in about four or five months. the men in Irish ; but he was not He thought that she had met with understood. a violent death, and that the body On getting work, Good took a had been dismembered immediately lodging in the house of a Mrs. afterwards. Charred bones found Hargreave. He told her that he in the harness-room belonged to had been a hawker and dealer in parts of the human body of which hare and rabbit skins, but had left the trunk had been deprived off the business because the person Small pieces of clothing found in with whom he used to deal had

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man.

become insolvent. Mrs. Hargreave Lydia Susannah Butcher made noticed while he was with her her deposition on both days with many peculiarities in his conduct

an expression of violent grief. On -such as being restless, and fre- the first day, Good closely watched quently sighing and moaning dur- the evidence, but declined to exing the night; and when any one amine the witnesses ; and he did knocked at the door, he showed not evince much agitation,. except great anxiety and curiosity to know once, when he heard the voice of who it was.

Mary Good, his reputed wife in On the 16th he was recognised Spitalfields, who had been taken by Thomas Rose, a man who had into custody—he then turned very formerly been a policeman at palc. All his anxiety seemed now Wandsworth. Rose said that he to centre in his son, an intelligent had frequently. seen Good, and boy of ten, who was examined at had often asked him for a light the inquest. When the boy was when in the stables in Putney brought forward now as a witness Park-lane. This man gave in- against him, he sat down, and formation to the police, and the wept much; and when the child fugitive was seized and carried be

was led out of court, Good asked fore the magistrates. While de and obtained Mr. Hall's permisnying his identity to them, Good sion to shake hands with him. took out a comb, and with it turned He was then committed to Newback the hair from his forehead, gate for trial, on the charge of as if for the purpose of hiding murder. a bald place on his bead; this His trial for the murder took had been mentioned in the po place in the Central CriminalCourt. lice description to be a habit The place was crowded ; several with him. When confronted with

women, even young ladies, were Rose he seemed agitated. He among the auditory; and the numdeclined making any statement; ber of barristers was great. On and was conveyed to Maidstone the bench were Lord Denman, Gaol. In a bundle which he Mr. Baron Alderson, Mr. Justice brought with him to Tunbridge Coltman, and the Recorder; and were found the clothes which by their side were the Duke of he was described to have worn Sussex, the Chevalier Bunsen, and when he escaped ; and under his others. With Good, Molly his jacket, as if to save the shoulder reputed wife was placed at the bar, from the pressure of the hod, was which both the prisoners approachfound a piece of a woman's calico ed with a firm and confident step, apron, stained with blood. On and both pleaded “ Not guilty." the evening of the 17th, he was Molly Good was removed, and the removed from Maidstone to Bow- trial of Daniel proceeded. street Police-station.

It was conducted by the AtNext day Good was examined torney-General, whose statement, before Mr. Hall, the magistrate; with the evidence which followed, remanded to Clerkenwell prison; added little of interest to the facts and again examined at Bow-street already known. Lydia Susannah on the 21st. The evidence was Butcher now appeared to admit for the most part the same as that that her intercourse with Good given at the Coroner's inquest. had been more familiar than she

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