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husband to purchase a pint of her to kiss him. Those were the the berries, which were about
last words she heard him speak. the size of a small sloe. She He was conveyed to the London gave the prisoner 3d. for them. Hospital at seven o'clock the same On the following day (Sunday), evening, and died at ten o'clock on which was the anniversary of her the following morning. The child, wedding, she made a tart with the to whom she had given some of the berries, after cutting the stalks off, tart, died on the same day. The and also cut up two apples, which widow, who was deeply affected, she mixed with them. She and then began to detail her own her husband partook of the tart at sufferings. She did not eat so dinner time ; her husband ate very heartily of the tart as her husheartily of it. Before the remains band, but she was very seriously of the dinner were removed, a cus affected. She experienced a nautomer came in to pay some money, seous taste, like copperas, in her and was accompanied by a child,
by a child, mouth, a tingling in the fingers, named Samuel Jones. The little and stupor. Soon afterwards she boy looked very anxiously at the lost the use of her limbs, and was tart, and she gave him some, lit taken to the hospital, where she tle thinking at that time that the remained till Wednesday, and was berries were poisonous. A few still very ill. minutes after her husband had In answer to questions by Mr. finished his dinner, he said he Ballantine, the witness said the was very drowsy, and went into prisoner certainly called the berthe bar parlour. His lethargy ries nettleberries. He did not say soon increased, his countenance that he had eaten any of them. changed colour, and the pupils of The berries were about the size his eyes became dilated. He said of black currants. After she had he had a very strange coppery vomited, she selected one of the taste in his mouth, and that he berries which came from her stowould go up-stairs and lie down mach, and observed it contained upon the bed. As he went up
small seeds of a greenish cast. stairs he staggered, and upon en Thomas Bilby, a post-boy, stattering his bed-room fell upon the ed that he saw his fellow-servant ftoor, and became insensible. She buy some berries similar to those became alarmed, and immediately produced by Sugg, on Blackfriars proceeded to the shop of Mr. Cole- Bridge, on Saturday last. He man, a chemist, in the Whitecha- also bought some himself; and pel Road, and obtained an emetic after eating a few of them, was for him, and a seidlitz powder for violently affected and taken to the herself. She attempted to admi- hospital.
weak. nister the emetic to her husband, The prisoner is the man of whom but could get very little down his he bought them. throat, as his teeth were firmly Peter Martin, another post-boy, set. He subsequently became de- deposed that he also purchased lirious, and was very rough. His similar berries of the prisoner on contortions were dreadful.
Blackfriars Bridge, and was suftempted to strike her in his deli- fering from their deadly effects. rium, and when he recovered a lit- He was also taken to the hospitle, said he was sorry, and asked tal, and nearly lost his life. After
he ate the berries his throat was energy of Charlemagne and the parched, his limbs were paralyzed, skill of the best engineers of and he went raving mad, but was the middle ages, and which has recovered.
since been considered Sugg here stated that other cases good of impossible attainment. had been admitted into two other The Rhine and the Danube, and hospitals.
consequently the Black Sea and The prisoner was committed, and German Ocean, are now united by tried at the Central Criminal Court, a canal just completed, called the and it being proved that he had Ludwigs Kanal,” after its creabeen warned of the deadly nature tor the King of Bavaria, who has of the berries he was selling, was thus realized, in one day, one of found “ Guilty,” and sentenced to the vast conceptions nurtured 800 six months' imprisonment, with years ago in the brain of Charlehard labour.
magne. A vessel of small bur24. RAILWAY ACCIDENT. A den, now sailing from Rotterdam serious accident occurred on the or from London, may carry its Brighton and Hastings Railway, cargo through Bavaria, Austria, about two miles beyond Pevensey. Ilungary, and Wallachia, even to An engine and a train of ballast- Trebizond and Constantinople; or waggons were drawn up upon a if she be of large burden, may dis
siding,” but the engineer had charge her cargo at the mouth of neglected to see that the points the Rhine, and have it transhipped were turned off ; when the half into smaller vessels at little expense. past twelve o'clock train from 29. EXTRAORDINARY FORGERY.Brighton came up, the engine Captain Williamı Richardson, chairdriver, seeing the points impro- man of the Tenbury, Worcester, perly placed, endeavoured to stop and Ludlow Railway Company, was the train, but was unable to do so, brought up at the Mansion House as it was going at the rate of twen charged with forgery, under the ty miles an hour; and it came into following extraordinary circumviolent collision with the standing stances. On the 20th of July last, train in the siding. The engine a check for 5,0001. was paid by and tender were thrown off the Coutts and Co., the bankers to the rails, iron plates torn and wrench railway company ; that check was ed off, and the massive iron sides correctly signed by the chairman, of the tender bent and dashed to and by Mr. Thomas Stevenson and pieces.
Mr. William Lechmere Whitmore, Of forty passengers who were two directors; but it had been ori. in the train hardly one escaped ginally drawn for ten pounds only, uninjured. The Rev. Mr. Brown, such, at least, was the supposition, of Tonbridge, had his leg broken, but during the subsequent examinthe fireman of the passenger train ation it did not appear that any was dreadfully burnt and scalded, erasure or discharge of original and the stoker was obliged to have writing had taken place; and the his hand amputated.
probability seemed to be that it THE RHINE AND THE DANCBE. a blank check fraudulently – The German papers announce
filled up. The matter was put into the completion of a gigantic under- the hands of Messrs. Bush and taking, which baffled the despotic Mullens, the solicitors to the com
mittee of bankers for protection found that they had been issued to against forgeries and frauds; the Coutts and Company. On coming inquiries of Mr. Bush led him to from Mr. Marshall's room, I found suspect Captain Richardson, and the prisoner had left the Bank; he gave him into custody. The and I told Mr. Ager, who reckoned check, when drawn, was given to the the gold, to fetch him back. chairman to pay to a certain party: Mr. Ager had not the slightest this he declared he had done ; but doubt that the prisoner was the that
person told Mr. Bush he had person who changed the notes. never received it.
The prisoner did not put any Mr. Bush stated that he attended questions to the witnesses. as agent to Messrs. Fry and Co., When the evidence was closed, the agents to the Tenbury, Wor- Alderman Musgrove asked the pricester, and Ludlow Railway Com soner if he wished to say anything. pany; and he charged Captain Captain Richardson.-"Mr. Bush Richardson with having altered can himself bear evidence that I amount of a check originally drawn took considerable trouble to ascerfor 101. to 5,0001., and with having tain who really did forge this check. received and applied to his own use I did so as chairman of the compart of the proceeds of the check pany.' so altered. The check was drawn Mr. Bush.—“I am open to crosson the 7th July. Mr. Hare, a examination upon my statement; clerk at Coutts's, deposed that he but I now say, that the prisoner paid the check on the 20th July ; and others consulted me on the he gave
five notes of 1,0001. He subject of this forgery; and what did not know the person to whom took place has led to this result.” he paid the money. Of course, he A re-examination took place on had no idea that the check had Tuesday before the Lord Mayor been altered. Mr. Gimingham, and two Aldermen. clerk at the Bank of England, gave
Mr. Pulsford, the secretary of gold for three 1,0001. notes on the the company, produced the minute20th July; the notes were three book containing the proceedings of of those given by Mr. Hare in pay- the Board of Directors. Under ment of the check. The person the date of the 7th July was this who changed the notes said his entry—“And also that a check for name and address were “ J. Jones, 101. be given to Mr. Howell's Linen Hall, Dublin.” Mr. William messenger for his services,” with Higman, of the Issue Department, the initial letters W. R. attached. corroborated this. As the sum was He found an entry in the checka large sum for gold, I went to book in Captain Richardson's writconsult Mr. Marshall, the chief ing—“No. 11, messenger from Mr. cashier. I think I asked the person Howell, his services, July 10.” from whom he had received the He received a check for 101., notes ; indeed, I am certain I asked which agreed with two exceptions him; and he said, “From Coutts with the counterfeit, from Captain and Company.' I stated this to Richardson, to obtain the signatures Mr. Marshall when I took the notes of two directors ; this he did, and in ; and Mr. Marshall requested returned the check to Captain me to trace to whom the notes had Richardson. The forged check been first issued. I did so, and had two alterations : the amount Vol. LXXXVIII.
had been changed, and the figure with the person who took away “1” inserted, making the date 3,0001. in gold on the 18th July. 17th July Mr. Pulsford was at Mr. Howell, who had been exMr. Bush's offices on Wednesday tensively employed by railway comweek, when Captain Richardson panies, stated that he never did said he had delivered the draft to a apply, by himself or messenger, for person with thin mustachios, rather 101., and never received that sum. sallow complexion, and thin stature. A City policeman stated that the
Mr. Fry, the solicitor to the accused had remarked in the Jus. company, stated that Mr. Whit
tice-room, “ Supposing that all the more and Mr. Stevenson were Bank clerks say is true, it is my travelling.
own money; I have the power, as Mr. Pulsford was recalled, and chairman, to sign checks.' examined by the solicitor for the Clerks and policemen stated the prisoner. As a cautious man, (he result of searches which had been replied to one question,) he should made at the prisoner's residence, say he had never seen the identical in Charlotte Street, Russell Square: check for 5,0001. before.
in gold, bank notes, and bank postMr. Coulthurst, a partner in bills, 3,2251, had been discovered Coutts's bank, deposed to the fact in various receptacles. that the accused and the solicitors The prisoner was again reof the company came to him re manded. specting the forgery. Mr. Coult The accused was again brought hurst said to the prisoner, This up on Wednesday, September 9. is a frightful fraud;" to which he Mr. Skinner, a clerk in the answered, it was. He then said Wexford, Waterford, and Wicklow he had drawn the check for 101., Railway Company, of which the and that it had been altered to accused is a director, stated, that 5,0001.; that his signature was one day in August last he received genuine, and that he believed the a note for 10001. from Captain other two were also. He said that Richardson, with a request to take the number of the check was in his it to the Bank of England and get handwriting, and that all was except five hundred sovereigns and 5001.in the figure 1 and the 5,0001. He notes in exchange for it. Witness said that he had given the check went to the Bank of England and to some person in the employ of got it so exchanged; and afteran individual on the Stock Ex wards delivered the gold and notes change.
to Captain Richardson, at the Mr. Payne, an inspector of notes board-room. in the Bank of England, stated A Bank of England clerk corthat the prisoner, on the 20th of roborated this. July, applied to him for gold for • A number of witnesses deposed the notes ; stating that the com to the manner in which the primission for transferring money to soner had changed portions of the Dublin was so heavy that he thought gold that he received from the it better to take it over himself. Bank for notes. He obtained notes Witness had no doubt of the pri from the London and County Bank soner's identity.
for 8001. From the Bank of EngTwo Bank of England porters land he got notes for a similar spoke to the identity of the prisoner amount ; the porter who went for
them giving Captain Richardson's check: there might have been a name and address. Two other fraud, the signatures of Mr. Stevensums of 2001. each were also thus son and Mr. Whitmore having been changed.
obtained to a blank check with a disMr. Thomas Stevenson, one of honest intention ; but that did not the directors of the railway com constitute forgery. They should pany, who had come from Scotland hold the prisoner to bail for fraud. to attend the examination, spoke The prisoner was again remandto the days when he attended meet- ed to Friday the 18th inst., when ings of the directors.
he was committed for trial on the present on the 7th July. He had charge of forgery. no recollection of signing any At the ensuing sessions at the checks at that meeting, or at any Central Criminal Court, September of the subsequent meetings. He 24th, the Grand Jury ignored the remembered receiving a letter from bill against Captain Richardson ; Mr. Pulsford, about June or July, but upon application he was deenclosing three checks for his sig- tained until the Grand Jury was nature—one for 1001., one for 201., discharged, when he also was disand one for 101. He signed those charged from custody, no fresh bill three checks, and returned them to being contemplated. Mr. Pulsford. The witness was 29. SUICIDE.-A person
genshown the check for 5,0001., upon tlemanly appearance was taken into which the charge of forgery is custody for attempting to pass a raised, and was asked if the name, forged 51. note to a jeweller in Ox“ Thomas Stevenson,” was in his ford Street. In consequence of handwriting He believed it was. the police having sent a notification He gave the same answer respect to neighbouring tradesmen to being the checks for 1001. and 201. ware of forged notes, a number of He never recollected signing any jewellers and other shopkeepers checks upon the house of Coutts came to the station-house, and and Co. which were not filled up. identified the prisoner as having There were signatures to all the passed forged notes on them. At three checks sent him by Mr. midnight, the prisoner committed Pulsford before he signed them— suicide, by suspending himself with at least one or more.
He never a handkerchief to the grating of signed a check upon Coutts and his cell, and placing himself in a Co. for 5,0001.
kneeling posture. Nearly 201. was Mr. Clarkson, after stating that found on his person in money, a he had seen blank checks signed forged 51. note, and several articles by Mr. Stevenson, repeatedly asked of jewellery. the witness if he had ever signed At an inquest, it was shown any blank checks.
that the deceased, Charles Walter Mr. Stevenson steadily denied Thornton, had been Colonel in the having done so on any occasion. East India Company's service, and
Mr. Clarkson addressed the ma had recently been in the service of gistrates for the prisoner. He con the Indian Overland Transit Comtended that there was not the pany in Egypt. At his lodgings slightest evidence, except some ad were found more money and a missions of the accused, that any variety of jewellery, some of which alteration had been made in the was identified by tradesmen who