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The Gosport DUEL.—The ment, provided that medical treattrial of Mr. Pym, for aiding and ment was by men of competent abetting Lieutenant Hawkey in skill. Thinking that to be the the killing of Mr. Seton, in a law, the medical treatment was to duel near Gosport, in May last, be considered as one of the ordi(see the Chronicle for 1845, p. 71,) nary consequences of the wound, took place at Winchester. The and need not be stated in the inimmediate cause of the duel was dictment, which charged the act a quarrel which occurred at
for which the prisoner was weekly ball, held on the 19th of sponsible, namely, the firing of last May, at an inn at Southsea; the pistol-bullet into the body of and the quarrel originated in the Mr. Seton. Mr. Cockburn then fact that Lieutenant Hawkey had proceeded with his address, adducbeen made aware that Mr. Seton ing the usual arguments in exhad for some time past been mak tenuation of duelling ; and then ing improper overtures to his wife. gave a minute narrative of Mr. Mr. Seton gave the challenge ; Seton's overtures to Mrs. Hawkey, Lieutenant Hawkey asked Mr. as detailed by the lady herself to Pym to act as his second ; and her husband, and commented on the meeting took place on the the fact that the man who had atafternoon of the 20th of May. tempted an irreparable injury was Mr. Seton was wounded, but not the challenger. The Jury would mortally, it was believed, till it look at every fact that would make was discovered that a tumour, in favour of the accused; and even with a distinct pulsation, had if Mr. Hawkey took aim at his anformed in his groin. On the tagonist in order to preserve his 31st an operation was performed own life, it did not follow that by Mr. Liston, with the approval Mr. Pym went to the field with of all the medical attendants ; the intention to do more than but the patient died in sixty hours vindicate his friend's honour; and after.
when they found this young man Mr. Cockburn, for the defence, doing no more than thousands had urged that the indictment was done before him, they could not irregular. It ought to have set find him to have been actuated by forth the full facts of the case. wilful malice. The wound inflicted by Lieutenant At the close of this address seHawkey might have been the pri- veral witnesses were called, who mary cause of Mr. Seton's death, spoke highly of Mr. Pym's chabut it was not the proximate or racter. Mrs. Ilawkey's evidence immediate cause; there was some was tendered, but refused. thing, not the act of the prisoner, Mr. Justice Erle, in summing up, supervening, which was the actual stated the law of the case thuscause of death ; and this interme that where a challenge was sent diate or supervening cause did not and accepted, if one party died by appear upon the face of the indict reason of a shot from the other, ment. Mr. Justice Erle was of all who were present at the duel, opinion that the indictment was the person wbo fired the shot and good. The person who gave the the second of either party, were in wound was responsible for the law guilty of the crime of murder. consequences of the medical treat If the fact were established that
it a very
the prisoner at the bar, from any the child. She sat down a little, motive, consented to act as second and the prisoner then took the in the duel, he had violated the child. The prisoner left about
half-past two. She left our serThe Jury, after consulting a few vice that day. I asked her where minutes in the box, returned a she was going to. She said she verdict of “ Not guilty.”
had no place to go to. 6. INFANTICIDE. Northern Cross-examined.--I have known Circuit, Durham. - Margaret the prisoner six years. She was in Stoker, aged 23, was placed at our service four months.
Her the bar, charged with the wilful wages were 2s. 4d. per week. She murder of her child, at Pittington applied frequently to the overseer. Hale Garth, by drowning it. I found her meat and lodging. She
Ann Dixon. I live at Old lived in my house. I think she got Shotton, near Castle Eden. On relief from the overseers when she the 18th of November the prisoner applied. She got ls. per week. brought a child to my house, and She had 3s.
week to pay to the asked me to keep it till the next nurse for her child. morning. I kept it from the
Jane Naisby. - I live at ShotTuesday night till Sunday at noon. ton Colliery. I remember SunThe prisoner came on Friday to day, the 23rd of November. I see the child; we were giving it its was going from New Shotton to breakfast. She gave
Old Shotton, between two and grievous look, and said she wished three o'clock. I met the prisoner. it might be dead against noon. She had the child with her then. I I said, “ you impertinent hussey, asked her where she was going to get out, or I'll hit you.” She went with the child. She said she away. On the Sunday I took the could not tell exactly. Her eyes child to the house of Mr. Oxley, a rolled in her head when I saw her. farmer, who was her master. This She had a wild look. She looked was about twelve at noon. I left at the child very hard. I know it with the prisoner. The prisoner Charles Davison by sight. She came to my house about half-past 'swore the child to him before the two in the afternoon. I said it magistrates. He is a pitman. He was a very cold day, and if she did neglect paying for the support would give me the child I would of it. wrap a shawl about it. She
Isabella Davison, landlady of me the child, and I folded a shawl the Bird and Bush, deposed to the about it. I gave it a little rum, prisoner coming to her house, in a cold water, and sugar. The pri
The pri- wretched condition, and said that soner said. “Give it enough. I a woman had put her child in the gave it no more. I gave the re “beck," and that she got the mainder to my own child. The body out. The prisoner said she prisoner left immediately after, “ beat” with the child. She and took the child with her.
said she put it into the beck. It Catherine Oxley.-I am the wife was another time, in the same afof Stephen Oxley. In November ternoon, she said so. I said if last the prisoner had been in our she had brought it into my house service four months. On Sunday, I would have given it a meal of the 23rd, Mrs. Dixon brought meat and a night's lodging. She
said she had done it for the best, McEwan cross-examined. I and it had turned out for the searched the prisoner, and found worst. I asked if the child cried one halfpenny and thimble. when she tossed it in. She said When before the coroner, after she did not stop to hear. She the inquest, she asked to see her seemed much distressed, and cried child's body. She said, "My bitterly. She told me she had canny, canny bairn, — my canny, nothing to keep it on; that she canny bairn, what made me do had tried all the parishes, and this to you? Many a weary foot they would give her nothing; that we've wandered.” She embraced they would not let her into the and kissed it. I had some diffipoorhouse, and her mother would culty in getting her away from not take her home.
the body. She said her stepD. McEwan produced a state mother would not admit her. ment made by the prisoner before Mr. Wilkins, who was almost the coroner, as follows:-“I was overcome by his feelings, said that coming home from my place and some humane individuals in that going to my father's, and I was city, prompted by kindly and going over a beck, and I was Christian feeling, had instructed very much in trouble, and I did the gentleman on his right and not know what I was to do with himself to defend this poor girl in the child. I had no ways to take her trouble and desolation. He the child to. I put it into the could not dispute that this child beck, and I went to my father, met its death by the hands of the and he asked me where the child prisoner at the bar.
That was was, and I could not tell him. beyond all controversy. Let them He said I must go back and seek look around, therefore, for someit; so I came away at
thing that might tend to exculpate o'clock in the morning to seek it. her, and to vindicate their comI came along by the burn-side, mon nature. There was no inand I saw my child lying in the stinct so universal as the love of burn, and I could not take it out offspring. It was the strongest myself, so I went to this person implanted in the human heart by and asked her to take it out for the hand of God. Let them look me; and she took it out of the about them for something that beck, and I fetched it into the would vindicate our nature, somestable. I went before magis- thing that should justify this intrates, and, all things wanting to stinct; for in cases of this descripgo into the poorhouse, they would tion we were rather called on to not let me go; and I could get strive to prove parties innocent nothing to keep it on. I was fairly than to dwell on facts which would banished to do this. I only wish to tend to criminate them. It had say this further. I was in a great often been said that the body was deal of trouble when I did this. I a fit emblem of the mind. had no place to put my head in; might possess the strength of I had been knocked about from Hercules, but it was possible by dog to devil, and nothing to pay placing upon that man a burden for a night's lodging. I was paying greater than he could bear to re2s. a week for the bairn, and had duce him to helplessness. So was only 2s. 4d. a week for myself." it with the mind : the man who
sane yesterday might be a
STATE OF THE POLL. drivelling idiot to-day. Yesterday o'Clock. Cochrane.
Romilly. he might be in possession of all 9
47 his faculties, to-day overwhelming Half-past 9 97
78 affliction might weigh him down 10
131 and reduce him to such a condi 11
166 tion that he might cease to have 12
209 any control over the faculties of his 1
217 mind. And could they imagine 2
234 a more bitter weight of wo to fall Half-past 3 236 236 on the human heart than had 4
239 fallen on the heart of this un Majority for Cochrane 1 happy girl ? deserted by her rela Some very peculiar proceedings tives and her seducer, and driven resulted from the contest before from poorhouse to poorhouse, and the Election Committee of the every door closed against her. Let House of Commons.
The rethem ask themselves, if such a turn of Mr. Cochrane was petiweight of wo
their tioned against, on the usual allehearts, would not their minds give gation of bribery, treating, and way under it?
other illegal practices, and the comThe learned counsel proceeded mittee declared that Mr. Cochrane to argue that the prisoner at the was unduly returned, and that Mr. time of committing the act was Romilly should have been returned, unconscious from extreme distress on the ground that the vote of one of mind.
Rockett, given for Romilly, had The Jury returned a verdict of been recorded for Cochrane. The Guilty, with their strongest and return was amended, Mr. Cochrane most earnest recommendation to vacated, and Mr. Romilly took his mercy, to which the learned Judge seat. It speedily came out that the (Paterson) promised to give effect. affair was a quiet arrangement of the
7. Mayo ELECTION.—The elec- parties concerned ; that the election of a representative for the tioneering agents went into each county of Mayo terminated in other's case with frankness, and it the return of Mr. Joseph Miles appearing that a case of bribery M'Donnell, the repeal candidate; could be established against Cochthe numbers being for
rane by Romilly, the agent of the Mr. M.Donnell
and a voter Mr. Moore
417 (the choice accidentally falling on
Rockett) being transferred, the maMajority.
60 jority was conferred on the other
side. Mr. Romilly retains the seat. 7. BRIDPORT ELECTION, The
INFANTICIDE. IV'estern election for Bridport terminated Circuit, Salisbury.—The followin favour of Mr. A. B. Cochrane, ing distressing case, coming so close after one of the closest run con upon that tried at Durham on the tests the annals of electioneer- 5th inst., (see p. 43,) and both arising. The state of the poll at vari- ing from the harsh administration ous hours of the day is subjoined, of the New Poor Law, made much as a specimen of dextrous manage- impression upon the public mind. ment:
Elizabeth Butcher was charged
upon the Coroner's inquisition with aunt for some clothes, and she the murder of her infant child, Ann asked the prisoner how it was she Butcher.
had not brought any clothes, as she Mr. Hodges stated the case for knew the rules of the house, that the Crown. The prisoner had if clothes were not brought in, there been an inmate of the Cricklade were none allowed.
The prisoner and Wootton Bassett workhouse, said, she would not stop, but would and in the month of December go immediately. I took the union she was delivered of a child in the clothes off the baby, and it was then workhouse. In January the pri- naked. I wrapped it up in a shawl soner wished to leave, and gave and put some socks on its feet and notice accordingly, which, accord a handkerchief round its head. The ing to the regulations of the work- shawl belonged to the prisoner. The house, expired in three hours. At matron was present, and again the expiration of that time she was asked her to stop after I had about to leave the house, and it stripped the child, and I told her was with the greatest pain and so myself. The prisoner, howgrief he had to tell the jury that ever, left the house about 11 from some circumstance or other o'clock in the morning. It was the poor little child was stripped a mildish morning ; not so cold as of the clothes it had worn in the it is sometimes. I afterwards saw workhouse, and was allowed to the dead body of a child. leave that house naked, and with the prisoner's child. The child out any covering except a shawl, had no clothes but those belongwhich belonged to its mother, and ing to the workhouse ; and it is a pair of socks.
The child was the custom of the house to take then in perfect health.
away the clothes from children ther left the house, taking with when they are taken out of the her the infant. In the course of house, even though they had no a short time afterwards the infant other clothes, and were left naked. was found dead and naked in a Charles Brown. I live at stream of water. Whether the Minety. On Friday the 9th of child might have died from its ex- January, I was going along that posure to the weather or from road shortly before two o'clock. I natural causes, or whether it had met the prisoner walking. She perished by being thrown into the had an umbrella and a little bunwater by its mother while yet alive, dle. I rode on about a mile and was the question which the jury was going over a little bridge, I saw were now called upon to decide. something in the water which ap
Jane Cook.-I am a nurse in the peared like an infant. I returned Cricklade Union. The prisoner back and went to Mary Ann Langwas there in December, 1845, and ley's cottage. She returned with was delivered of a child, which was me and brought a rake; we went baptized " Amn.” On the 9th of to the water, and she drew out the January the prisoner gave notice body of an infant. The water crossed to leave the workhouse. When she the road. The body was not quite came to go out I told the mistress in the middle of the stream, which she had no clothes to put on her was three or four yards wide. baby. The mistress said she had Henry Dixon, a surgeon, exbetter stop till she had sent to her amined the body of the child. I