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A verdict was recorded, “That, off with some of the plunder, perthe deceased committed suicide severed in his endeavours to escape, while in a state of derangement.” until a pistol was fired by those
14. LUNATICS. - Official state, who pursued him, when he dropped ment of the number of Lunatics, his prey. distinguishing males and females, 17. MURDER AND SUICIDE. which have been returned to the An inquest was held, before Mr. commissioners for licensing mad- Stirling, the coroner, on the bodies houses, and entered into the res of Mr. William Cooper, à respectgisters, from 1815 to 1824, both able brush-maker, in High-street, inclusive: Males, 4,461 -- fes Mary-le-bone, and of James Pola males, 3,443.
lard, who met their deaths in the 15. PLUNDERING SHIPWRECKS. manner described in the following During a heavy gale the French evidence : ship Ocean, from Campeachy to William Chapman, No. 57, Havre de Grace, parted from her High-street, surgeon, was called, anchors and drove oni shore at about a quarter before eight Hayle Bar. The pilots and sea- o'clock, on Friday night, to attend men of St. Ives, at the imminent the deceased, William Cooper. hazard of their lives, rescued the Witness went directly and found crew, and got on shore a consider- the deceased lying on the floor, able part of her cargo. On the quite dead ; his clothes were cofirst intimation of the disaster, a vered with blood, but no wound number of persons from the ad- was visible; witness cut his clothes jacent villages crowded down with down in front, and there discovered the view of plundering the stores : a wound on his left breast; it was the greater part of these miscreants an incised wound, of little more were women, who carried off than an inch in length; it passed whatever they could lay their obliquely for a short distance under hands on, and were very dexterous the skin, and then through the in concealing bottles of wine and cartilaginous terminations of the other things, so as to elude a ribs, and he had reason to imagine, search. Some of the men knocked from the instantaneous death that in the heads of three or four casks followed, that it had reached the of wine, into which they dipped heart. their hats, and drank what they George Jepp. I am porter to took
up in them. As the day ad Mr. Elsemore, and was in the vanced, the plunderers, male and kitchen of Mr. Elsemore's house, female, became intoxicated, and a when Mrs. E. called me up to see variety of contests, some of them what was the matter at Mr. of the most ludicrous description, Cooper's house. The first thing I took place. Every exertion was saw was Mr. Cooper lying outside made by the respectable inhabit- his own shop-door, partly in his own ants to check this disgraceful shop and partly in his area rails. scene of rapine, but the pressure of I hastened into the shop, and saw the multitude and the want of a a man, who, they said, had commitmilitary guard, rendered their ted the deed; and who, I was inefforts, in a great degree, unavail- formed, was James Pollard. I ing One fellow, who was making went up to him and took hold of
the back of his neck by the left said, “Will no one take this hand, and by his arm with my rascal ?" The deceased (Mr. right hand; I brought him out, Cooper) turned round and said, and the watchmen wanted to take “ Lord' have mercy on me." He him into their custody. He then staggered to the shop-door, and had not the knife in his hand. I there he fell; his nose was much said, :- You are the man?" He cut by falling on the stone steps replied, "I am," and he added, or railing. I did not hear the “I am the man, but I shall be a conversation at the shop-door, dead man shortly;" or, “I am a but a little girl who overheard dead man.” Mr. Cooper was them, said they were quarrelling. wounded, and the blood was flow. Mr. Cooper's sister must have been ing from him as he lay on the in the passage when the wound ground. I did not observe any was inflicted. Mrs. Cooper was in wound on the person of Pollard until the parlour, and was stabbed in he came into Grotto-passage; and, the shoulder and in the breast. I on ascending the first step leading sáw Pollard with the knife in his to this office, he fell on the stone hand, which was bloody up to the step, and would have fallen to the hilt. Mrs. Cooper hastened to the ground, if I had not held him. door to her husband, when she Then I discovered he was wounded, fell down exhausted. and he was immediately taken to William Thomas Cooper, the the Infirmary. He said nothing deceased's son, was then examined. more to me, than that he was a He said, I was sitting beside dead man, or that he should soon the fire, in the parlour, in the be a dead man. I saw neither company of
father and mother, Mrs. Cooper, nor Mrs. Cooper's who were talking together, when sister. He was in the dark part Pollard, who is acquainted with of the shop when I went in. He my aunt,
came to my father's had not a knife in his hand when house on Friday evening, about I laid hold of him.
half-past seven o'clock. Pollard Mary Jones, the mother of Mrs.
came through the shop to the Cooper. Mr. Cooper's sister came parlour-door, and said he wanted to see him on account of his being to see my aunt. My father said unwell ; Pollard came to see after he should not come into the shop; her. I told him she was not there, my aunt got up, and went into the and he would hardly believe it. passage, and spoke to Pollard. He said he would return at seven After some time I heard the street o'clock. At that hour he came, door shut, and Pollard come to the but Mr. Cooper said he should not parlour door. My father got up, come into his house, and Mr. and told Pollard that he wanted to Cooper's sister went into the
pas- go out and bring some of his things sage to speak to him. What from his door, where they were passed between them I do not exhibited for sale. Pollard said he know, but the sister returned into should not go out unless he allowthe parlour, followed by Pollard, ed him to come in. My father who then stabbed Mr. Cooper. said he should not come in, and Seeing me, he said, “I shan't hurt Pollard then stabbed him in the you,” and he then stabbed him- side with a large knife. Pollard self in the side once or twice, and then ran at me with the knife,
with an intention to stab me also; morning (Saturday); he lived but I took up the poker, and eight hours. Witness, when he knocked the knife out of his hand first saw him, considered that all I think I also knocked his hat off, the surgical aid in the world would for I saw it lying on the ground. be of no avail. I then ran past Pollard, and al- Several witnesses having been though he placed his foot against the examined, the brother-in-law of door to prevent!me from going out, Mr. Cooper requested that Mrs. I squeezed past him, got into the Bicknell his sister might be exstreet, and went to Mr. amined, in order that the purport Chadwick, and requested him to of the conversation between her come to my father's assistance. and Pollard in the passage might When I returned to the house, I be known. The coroner and jury found my father lying at the door proceeded to the infirmary for that dead. I did not hear any more purpose. words pass between Pollard and She deposed, that she knew the my father, further than my father deceased, James Pollard. On saying he should not come into the Friday she had written him a house, and Pollard saying he note, telling him that she would should not go out unless he allow- not live with him again, and re-. ed him to come in. I am now quested him to send home her between 13 and 14 years of age. clothes. In the evening he came, I did not see Pollard strike my and she went into the passage to mother or my aunt, although I him. He asked her, why she had have heard they were wounded. left him? She said, she would
The jury consulted 'together, leave him ; upon which he said, and the foreman said, “Our ver- putting his hand to his heart, “ If dict is, that James Pollard did go you do, you'll repent it.” She, with a malignant intention to fearing he meant to injure himmurder William Cooper." A ver- self, said, she would return and dict of Wilful Murder against live with him ; and she left him James Pollard was then recorded. for the purpose of going into the
On the following day, the co- parlour to put on her bonnet and roner, and the same gentlemen shawl: he followed her, and stabwho sat on the body of Mr. Cooper, bed her in the left arm; when assembled to inquire into the state she raised her arm, and he inflicted of mind James Pollard. was in at two other wounds. She then ran the time he committed the deed, out, and what followed she knew and the violent act upon himself.
Mr. Goodyer, apothecary to the The jury returned a verdict of infirmary of the parish of St. Mary- Felo-de-se on Pollard. le-bone, attended Pollard when 18. CASE OF SALVAGE.-In brought in. He examined the this cause, lord Stowell was astwo wounds in his left side, and, sisted by two of the Trinity Masdressed them, and had two men to ters, there being two questions sit up with him during the night; that more particularly required to he saw him afterwards several be decided by the nautical expetimes, when he appeared to be rience and judgment of those genvery materially worse, and he died tlemen ; first, as to the degree of about a quarter before three next danger and difficulty incurred by
the salvors; secondly, as to the ceived by the captain in the same necessity of the interference of one manner as their colleagues had of the boats by which the salvage been. It was now stated, howwas stated to have been effected; ever, in the evidence, that the and, consequently, as to the valid- captain had desired them to be ity of the claim set up by that gone, and had no occasion for boat's crew.
them ; yet the order to retain and Dr. Dodson stated, on behalf of employ them, given by the captain the salvors, that, on the 19th of himself, had been distinctly spoken September last, an action was en- to by one of his own crew, who tered against this ship, cargo, and was at the wheel at the time. freight, in a cause of salvage, on The vessel was finally brought in behalf of three masters of as many safety, into the harbour of Harpilot boats. The value of the cargo wich. The learned counsel conand freight was 5,300l. ; and the cluded by reminding the Court facts of the case were briefly these: that this had been a 'service of On the night of the 14th of Sep- considerable danger and great imtember, the Wilhelmine Auguste, portance, and that, in his judgbound from the port of Stettin to ment, all three boats were entitled London, and laden with a cargo to a quantum of salvage such as of timber, pipe staves, and 72 tons his lordship might deem fitting in of zinc, off the coast of Suffolk, amount. and not far from Orford Lights, took Lord Stowell said, that the Trithe ground in very hazy weather. nity Masters, by whom he was Early on the morning of the 15th assisted, concurred with him in the weather cleared, and the pilot thinking, that, though the salvage discovered that they were on the rendered was a valuable service, edge of a large sand called the yet, owing to the state of the Nathaniel Lowe, on which the weather, and other considerations, vessel had struck so violently as it was one not attended with any to sustain very considerable da- especial degree of danger. The mage ; at this juncture two pilot gentlemen in question considered boats came up and tendered their that there was no necessity for assistance, which was accepted ; the assistance of the third boat; the crew of the Wilhelmine, at and, as the crew seemed to have that time, being in the act of put- been certainly desired by the ting up their linen, &c., in their master of the Wilhelmine Auguste pillow-cases, with the view, if pos- to return, the court disallowed sible, of effecting their escape with their claim cntirely. To the it tò shore. The tide having risen, crews of the two other boats, his however, the vessel (which was a lordship decreed the sum of 1501. foreigner of about 250 tons bur- as salvage allowance. then) floated off into deep water,
18. NOVEL AEROSTATION. and, by reason of the injury she „Mr. Green having proposed to had sustained, was considered to ascend from the bowling-green of be in a perilous condition. The the Golden Eagle, Mile End, crew of a third boat which had arrangements were made for a bore down upon her, insisted on supply of gas for the balloon from taking part in the exertions made the works of the British Gas comby the other salvors, and were re- pany's establishment in Rạtcliffe
Highway. Conductors were laid like insignia, veiled with crape, down early on Monday morning, and on either side appeared the and at eleven o'clock the machine following inscription: was two-thirds inflated. Mr. JOHANNES VI. BRAZILLIÆ Green's object for partially filling IMPERATOR PORTUGALLIÆ ET the balloon on the day previous ALGARVIORUM REX. to his proposed ascent was two- Plumes of black feathers and fold ; to prevent the chance of lighted wax tapers completed the disappointment, and to afford per- decorations of the bier, which was sons an opportunity of taking a short attended by mutes, bearing wands aërial excursion. This permission of ebony, tipped with silver. was no sooner made known, than The side galleries were filled several persons, amongst whom with ladies, the greater part of were some ladies of respectability, them in mourning dresses. The availed themselves of the offer, centre gallery was
appropriated to and ropes having been affixed to the performers, vocal and instruc the car, the balloon made a num- mental ; and in the space on the ber of ascents to a given altitude, right, opposite the tribune, were with two, and sometimes three, seated most of the foreign ama voyagers.
The aërostatic mania bassadors, en suite, and the disbecame contagious, and the utmost tinguished visitors invited by the impatience was manifested by Portuguese ambassador. those below who stood next on Soon after eleven o'clock the the list of candidates for this ex- ceremony was commenced by the altation, but sufficient time was rev. Dr. Fryer, who, assisted by allowed in every instance, for a Messrs. Morris and Jacquin, read full indulgence of the curiosity the " service for the dead." The of the aëronauts During the musical part of the performance greater part of Monday, these ex- was exquisitely given by the very cursions were confined to a height excellent choir usually attached to of 150 or 200 feet, owing to the the chapel, aided by Marinoni, roughness of the wind; but, on Begrez, Giubilei
, and Pearman. Tuesday morning, the weather Mr. Guichard presided at the being more propitious, many ladies organ, and Spagnoletti led on the and gentlemen ascended to the violin. height of 500 feet.
To the performance of Jomelli's 22. FUNERAL SERVICE FOR THE "Kyrie Eleison" succeeded MoLATE KING OF PORTUGAL. A zart's grand Requiem, and seldom solemn high mass and requień has that sublime composition been were performed for the late king heard to greater advantage. The of Portugal, at the chapel of the Offertorium (the music by ChePortuguese Embassy, South-street. rubini) was also delightfully exeThe interior of the chapel was hung cuted, as were the “ Sanctus with black, and decorated with Benedictus” from Mozart, and escutcheons, bearing the royal arms Jomelli's “ Agne Dei.” of Portugal. In the centre of the The chapel was crowded long building was placed the bier, sur- before the commencement, and mounted by a canopy, over which continued so till the conclusion of were displayed a crown and cushion. the service. Among the many The pall of black velvet bore the noble and distinguished individuals