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had not given any encouragement to frighten him: but when I told to his addresses, since my father my father the position in which spoke to me on the subject. I the man was standing, he said he förbad him to visit me again, and
was afraid that he had hurt him. I never admitted him into the The moon had not then risen. I house, nor have I kept his com went down stairs under an imprespany in any other manner than I sion that the person was breaking have now stated, except speaking into the house; and from what my to him once or twice at my father's father said at the time, I believe door. My father's lodging-room that he had the same impression is on the other side of the house. upon his mind ; we found the para I did not give any alarm; my lour window a little open ; I did sister Sophia got up and went out not know whether it was left so of the room, as soon as the deceased when the family went to bed ; we came to the window. I do not made no attempt to pursue the believe she knew who it was. I supposed robber; we wiped the first became acquainted with Mr. sword with a white handkerchief Blackburn at Hamburg.
to ascertain if there was any blood Mr. Benjamin Carlile, the bro- upon it; we found it rather stained, ther of the last witness, said, but we thought it was with the “ About half-past eleven o'clock rust and grease ; we had no further on Tuesday night last, my sister conversation about the robber ; my Sophia came into my room, and father was somewhat agitated, but said that there was somebody break- I was not at all so ; the deceased ing into the house, I put my and my father had never had any trowsers on, and found my father quarrel.” (who had also been called by my Miss Sophia Carlile, who seemed sister) a few steps before me; he about sixteen years of age, said, always keeps a strord in his room, “I heard a noise at my sister's and had it then in his hand; we chamber window,on Tuesday night, went into the parlour, and I saw about eleven o'clock; it seemed to a man standing at the window; be occasioned by something thrown my father put the sword through at the window ; I was awoke by one of the top panes, but not as I the noise, but I did not speak to believe with great force: nor did my sister about it: I did not know he speak to the man : we both that Joseph Blackburn threw it. thought that he was standing on She did not get up whilst I was the ground at some distance from in the room; I thought it was the window, but I could not judge thrown by some person that was of the distance, as it was very dark, going to break into the house ; I and it was not until he had leaped went to my father's room, and told down that I discovered that he had him that some person was breaking been standing on the ledge of the into the house, and he immediately window; he jumped down immer got up; I went to tell my brother, diately after my father put the and then retired into my own sword through the pane. My room ; I found my sister sitting in father had no idea that he had a chair undressed; I heard the hurt the man.
We then went noise of the breaking of the wininto the kitchen ; my father said dow; but I did not see or hear of he had put the sword over his head my father afterwards. I did not
father that Blackburn was or hear him speak; he hardly knew throwing at the window, I remem- he was wounded until he got a ber dirt being thrown at the few yards from Mr. Carlile's house, window once before, and my sister and he thought he should never told me that it was Blackburn who have been able to have got to his threw it; I am not certain whether brother's house; in a subsequent my sister had got out of bed before part of his examination, he stated I went to alarm my father or not ; that he never said that he knew it I did not hear my sister speak to was Mr. Thomas Carlile who had Blackburn."
stabbed him, as he had neither seen Mr. Joseph Waiblinger said, “I him nor heard him speak; had not am a surgeon at Pudsey. I was lately had any quarrel with Mr. called on Tuesday night, about Carlile, nor had Mr. Carlile at any eleven o'clock, to visit the deceased. time threatened to do him any I found a great quantity of blood injury; witness about a year since in his all-clothes; there was a had a quarrel with Mr. Carlile ; wound in the abdomen, five inches it was about Sophia, who told her below the navel, a little to the father that he was paying attenright; there was a portion of the tions to her sister Rebecca ; Mr. omentum protruded through the Carlile spoke to him out of the wound, which I was obliged to window; he seemed vexed, but did
I told the deceased that not threaten him. the wound had more the
appearance The jury returned a verdict of of having been inflicted by a sharp Manslaughter. cutting instrument than a ball; FORTUNATE ESCAPE FROM SAthe deceased said he could not say VAGES.-In 1824, the Countess of whether the noise he heard was Morley being off the Marquesas, the discharge of a pistol or the Jeffery, the chief mate, with a breaking of a window. I saw the boat's crew, was despatched on deceased six or seven times on shore to procure fresh provisions Wednesday (25th), and again on in exchange for articles of barter. Thursday morning, when I con In prosecuting this object, he was tinued with him till he died, which induced to enter one of the huts, was at nine o'clock.
where he was detained as a prisoner. Mr. Hutchinson was called to It is conjectured that the natives, prove the examination of the de- in resorting to this measure, had no ceased, which had been taken by intention of injuring him ; but as the rev. J. A. Rhodes, and was to he appeared to be the principal of the following effect :- That the the party, they wished to have a deceased went to Mr. Carlile's musket offered for his ransom. house, between eleven and twelve They had before expressed a great o'clock on Tuesday night, to visit desire for fire-arms, and declined his daughter, as he had done many exchanging their hogs, fruit, fowls, times before: he got up to the &c. for any thing else. Those who window to speak to her ; she burst accompanied the mate, seeing nointo tears, and her mother asked thing was to be done against such her why she cried, but he did not a force as had been collected, rehear any answer; Mr. Carlile turned to their boats, and made
tabbed him immediately, but the good their passage to the ship, deceased said he did not see him The next day Griffiths volunteered
his services, and with two boats' fered to go by himself; and, on crews, well armed, proceeded to the appearance of any vessel in the the shore in quest of Jeffery. Soon offing, he was forced to keep at a after they had landed, he was led distance from the beach. The down to the beach, between two clothes which he had on when of the natives, backed by a nume made prisoner were taken from rous host; and having told his ship- him, and distributed
the mates that he was afraid of falling tives. Thus Griffiths was obliged a victim to the treachery of the to wander over the island in the islanders, an attack was instantly same state of nudity with his commenced, and in the skirmish panions. The hope of eventually Jeffery got free. By this time the escaping kept up his spirits, but force of their adversaries so aug- the difference of diet, having nomented, that they were obliged to thing but fruits and water to subgive way, and retreat to their boats, sist on, materially impaired his under showers of stones, one of health. A man of colour, named which struck Griffiths on the back Exeter Dick, who belonged also of his head, and knocked him sense to the Countess of Morley, was less into the water. When the taken at the same time with Grifboats were at some distance from fiths, but being conveyed to anthe shore, the lifeless body of Grif- other part of the island, he confiths was held up by the heels in trived to make his escape: Anview of his shipmates, who looked other man, called Michael Dale, upon him as dead.
So, indeed, had been detained there some years, thought the islanders, for each but the fear of being retaken preclaimed a part as his share, and vented his endeavouring to escape. but for the interference of their Griffiths describes the island, which chief, these cannibals would have is situated in lat. 9. S. long. '139. made a sure end of him. This 27. W. and called by the natives chief, whom Griffiths represents Rooahoogah, as very mountainous, to be a venerable old man, nearly and well wooded. It is totally ninety-years of age, with a flow- uncultivated, but produces the ing beard, had him conveyed to bread-fruit, cocoa-nuts, plantains, his hut, and seeing that life was · bananas, &c. in abundance. The not extinct, advised their using only animals are hogs, which are every means in their power to re killed and eaten on particular occover him, as he might be useful casions, such as the death of a in teaching them how to mend and priest or chief, when the number clean the muskets they were in devoured is in proportion to the possession of; this reasoning seems consequence of the party. Their to have had the desired effect, and arms consist of clubs and lances, being adopted by the old chief as and the persons killed and taken in his son, he was thenceforth treated war are devoured. They appeared with much kindness. His time to set great value on a few old was mostly occupied in helping muskets, which Griffiths cleaned them to make and mend their fish- and repaired as well as he was ing-nets, which were formed of the able; and this circumstance alone inner bark of a tree. He also ac
caused him to be held in much escompanied them in their canoes timation. - After residing there when fishing, byt was never suf, for some months, he became ac
quainted with their language, and 31. To-day, parliament was prolatterly spent much time in con- rogued by commission. The comversing with the old chief with missioners were, the lord chanwhom he lived, and to whose in- cellor, the archbishop of Canterterference he owed his preservation. bury, the marquis Conyngham, the The old man was very inquisitive earl of Harrowby, and the earl of as to the extent and power of Eng- Shaftesbury. land, and often said that, but for his great age, he should have endeavoured to visit it. The natives
JUNE. are all idolaters, and the taboo forms an essential part of their sys 2. MEDWAY CANAL COMPANY. tem of worship. The antiquity-On Friday and Saturday last, of the taboo is equal to the other an important inquiry was had at branches of that superstition of the Court Hall at Rochester, bewhich it forms so component a part. fore the committee of the company The idols, temples, persons of the of proprietors of the Thames and priests, chiefs, burying places, &c. Medway Canal, to ascertain the are always taboo, or sacred. The compensation to be paid by the prohibitions and requisitions of the Canal company to Mr. Gunning, taboo are strictly enforced, and Mr. De La Cour, and Mr. Hasted, every breach of them punished with for expenses incurred by them, and death. After living with the fa- damage done to their estates at mily of the old chief about twelve Frindsbury and Strood : the works months, Griffiths succeeded in es- of the canal having abstracted the caping to an enemy's tribe on the water from Mr. Gunning's pond, opposite side of the island, by and having introduced salt water whom he was favourably received. into the wells of Mr. De La Cour Here he remained some time, and Mr. Hasted, so as to render when, by promising to send them them brackish. The inquiry exa supply of powder, they suffered cited great interest, and continued him to depart in a canoe to St. on the first day, from ten in the Christina, another island about morning until seven in the evenfifty miles further to the southward, ing. The claims of the several where British and American ships parties amounted to 1,526l. 17s.6d. often send their boats to procure but were reduced, by the verdicts refreshments. He reached St. of the jury, to 9781. 135. Christina in safety, and after being 3. MURDER AT BEDALE.--Mr. there three weeks, an English ship Nicholas Carter, of Crake Hall, hove in sight; on her nearing the near Bedale, about 55 years of age, place, Griffiths plunged into the was returning from Leyburn marsea, and swam alongside a boat ket on horseback. Mr. Plews, a which had been despatched from neighbour, accompanied him to the ship for provisions, and after a Constable Burton, where he relittle explanation was taken on mained a short time, and Mr. Carboard. The vessel was the Eliza ter proceeded onwards. Mr. Plews Frances
, of London, Stephenson found him, about ten minutes master. Griffiths remained on after the attack had been made board to work his passage home, upon him, weltering in his bļood, and arrived in the 'Downs about and speechless, at a small village three weeks since
called Aikber, with three severe mence depredations near Mallow, blows
upon his head, and near him and that Eastly-house was to be a rail which had been broken from the first object of plunder ; that the severity of the blows. He was officer consulted with Mr. Crossley, taken to his house, where surgical chief constable of the barony, on skill was obtained, but he died at the most eligible mode of successten o'clock the same evening. The fully resisting them; and it was hon. and rev. Thos. Monson, H. P. thought proper to communicate to Pulleine, esq., Marmaduke Wyvill, James L. Cotter, esq. who is esq., the rev. J. J. T. Monson, nearly related to that family, the and the rev. E. Wyvill, magis- intention of robbery. It was on trates, immediately commenced an Wednesday last ascertained that investigation into the affair, and, that night was determined on for from evidence which they obtained, its completion; when arrangestrong suspicion was entertained ments were made, and a party of that Le ard Wilkinson, a native police in disguise, with Messrs. of Finghall, was the perpetrator Crossley and Keily, were secretly of the act: he was therefore taken introduced into the house at interinto custody. On the day when vals, during the evening, where he was first apprehended, he they were received by Mr. L. laughed at the accusation, and set Cotter, who had previously arat defiance every suspicion of his rived there. Between the hours guilt. But when he had to meet of ten and eleven o'clock a loud the coroner's jury, he betrayed rap was heard at the hall door; strong symptoms of inward agita- a female servant inquired who tion. His tongue faltered, his was there, when a person anstep was no longer firm, at length swered “he wanted to deliver a he fainted away, and fell appa- note to the lady of the House." rently lifeless on the floor. After The servant was told (in a whissome time, the prisoner made a con- per by the party inside) to open fession to the following purport: the door, when two of the robbers, That he did not murder the de- well armed, rushed into the room ceased; but that the murderer was where the ladies were sitting, and an Irishman whom he had met with in the most terrific nianner ordered at Leyburn market, and who had the candles to be put out. Though given him some things which it had been the intention to allow the deceased had been possessed the entire party of robbers to enter, of, but had kept the remainder of with the hope of effectually breakthe property himself.
ing up this noted gang, yet from An inquest was held on the the savage manner of the perbody; and the jury returned a sons who first came in, and from verdict of wilful murder against apprehensions for the personal Leonard Wilkinson.
safety of the family, the officers of IRISH ROBBERS. · It having police, and Mr. Cotter, who were been discovered, by private inform- nearest the spot, rushed forward, ation, received by Mr. Keily, a when the ruffians, on observing police officer, that certain persons them, fired, and slightly wounded who had lately committed rob- Mr. Crossley. Immediately a desberies in the neighbourhood of perate struggle commenced, in Mitchelstown were about to com- which the parties reached the hall,