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racter, for it placed in jeopardy to remove her entirely from the not only the property but the evil influences that had so deliberty and lives of Her Majesty's graded her childhood; and the subjects; but he thought, in her Home Secretary consequently recase, she had made a statement mitted the punishment awarded. that was not true for a particular Immediately that the result of purpose, and he should not enter the trial was known a notification into the question whether her på. was sent to Mr. Hatch, in Newrents were justified in believing gate, that it was the intention of that statement, and in preferring the Home Secretary to grant him the charges they subsequently did a free pardon; and he was disagainst Mr. Hatch. She certainly charged, having undergone for six was not responsible for that pro- months all the indignities to which ceeding, and there was good rea. convicts are subjected. son to believe that she was labour- 12. EXTENSIVE ROBBERY AND ing under a want of education, PROMPT CAPTURE. — A wealthy both religious and moral, and had Liverpool merchant having bills, imbibed habits of untruthfulness &c., to the value of 11,5001. to dewhich, if not checked, might lead posit in Heywood's bank, was proto great mischief. His impression ceeding towards their establishwas, that she had told this story ment with these securities in his originally for the purpose of being hand. Having occasion to use his taken away from Mr. Hatch's and handkerchief he for the moment not being sent back, and that she placed them in his pocket; when had afterwards been led to persist he returned his hand, the valuables in it by the interrogatories that were gone! A passing thief had had been put to her by others, seized the favourable moment and and that she did not scruple at escaped. The merchant immedilast to make the same statement ately hurried to the Liverpool while under the sanction of an police-court to detail his loss. 'On oath.” He then said that it was his way he met two London deunderstood that her friends pro- tective officers, whom he informed posed to place her where she of the robbery. The merchant would receive a proper education, and officers passed on towards and if proper guarantees were the post-office, and met coming given that that would be so, no therefrom a man whom the latter doubt that would receive proper recognized as an acquaintance, and consideration by the authorities, immediately captured him. . On and the sentence would be merely him they found a receipt for a rea formal one; but the duty of the gistered letter. Steps were taken Court was to a ward the punish- for intercepting the missive, and ment awarded by law, and the sure enough it was found to conleast was three weeks' imprison- tain the whole of the stolen secu. ment, and then to be sent to a rities. The thief and his confedereformatory school for two years." rate were tried and convicted.

Ultimately a lady of known be- 15. MURDER AND Suicide IX nevolence and great judgment in SHOREDITCH.- A shocking tragedy the treatmeut of juvenile offend. has occurred in Shoreditch. A ers, proposed to take the unfortu- journeyman pipe . maker named nate child under her charge, and Radden, lived in Philip Street,

Kingsland Road, with a woman to these pages to record has ocwho passed as his wife, but whose curred at Sandown Fort, in the real name was Hart, and who had Isle of Wight. been for many years separated At 2.20 P.M. Sergeant William from her husband. They both Henry Whitworth, of the Royal Arseem to have been of intemperate tillery, was seen coming across the habits, and quarrelled when in li- parade ground in the village of Sanquor. On the 15th instant, at an down, some distance from the fort. early hour, Radden came to the He was hurried and staggering in house of the woman's sister, and his step as he crossed over towards said that Ellen was dying. He the officers' quarters. Several seemed in liquor but not excited. officers of the Isle of Wight, ArOn proceeding to the house the tillery, Militia, and others, were woman was found dead on the bed, standing on the steps, and when in a pool of blood, which had sa- Whitworth approached Captain turated the bed-clothes, and had Robinson, he threw himself upon then penetrated through the floor. his knees before him, and holding and stained the ceiling below. ing up his hands, exclaimed, Her throat was cut so extensively “For God's sake, sir, save me!” that the head was nearly severed He then gave Captain Robinson from the body; she must have died his watch, an envelope with some instantaneously without struggle papers, and some money, and said, or noise. It was evident that “He's used me dreadfully; he's the poor woman was asleep when held a pistol at my head, and swore the deed was committed, and that he'd shoot me if I didn't cut my her murderer must have stood be throat;” pulling down at the same hind her with his left hand placed time the collar of his coat and firmly over her mouth. There was showing his throat covered with a pail of water in the centre of blood. He then added, “ There's the room in which the murderer awful work down there---pray go had washed his hands, and a wet down." His hands and face were towel which bore marks of blood, covered with blood; and he wore a and a scrubbing-brush which had great coat buttoned up to his chin, also been recently used.

so that his neck could not be In the meanwhile Radden had plainly seen. He was immediately disappeared, nor could the police secured and sent to the hospital. find any trace of him; but on the His strange appearance and exfollowing day, the tow-rope of a cited manner had caused some barge traversing the Regent's Canal alarm, and the rumour now ran dragged up the dead body of a man, round the parade ground that he which was recognized to be that of had murdered his whole family! Radden. He had tied his hands When the officers arrived at the firmly round with a pocket-hand- court-yard of the fort they found kerchief, so that his arms were the door of Whitworth's house surplaced closely.on his breast, so as rounded by a terrified group; and to render any struggle for life im- on searching the dwelling dispossible.

covered a most appalling scene. 18. MURDER OF A WIFE AND Six Sandown Fort is situated on a CHILDREN.-One of the most ter- piece of low swampy ground ad. -- ble tragedies it has ever fallen joining the sea-beach and at the


eastern end of the village. It is chairs, on which were hung two of very old date, and is conse- printed children's frocks which quently in a very dilapidated state. had been placed there to dry. A No sentries do duty at the fort, staircase to the right of this room the custom being to lock the gates led to a bedroom, in which was a at 9.30 P.m. each day, and the bedstead with bedding on it, but keys are kept in the quarters of no clothing, and nothing disturbed the officers' servants. The per- beyond the absence of the clothing sons in the fort at the time the from the bed, the bedding being murders are supposed to have been perfectly even. On the stairs, committed were Captain Manners however, were two or three spots and Lieutenant Brigstock, with of blood. At the foot of this three private soldiers (officers' ser- staircase, at a distance of about vants) belonging to the Isle of six feet, another door led into Wight Artillery Militia ; Corporal a room the ground floor, Easley, of the Royal Engineers, which had been used as an office and wife; and the murderer, Ser. by Whitworth, his letter-book geant William Henry Whitworth, lying on the table, with a number of the Royal Artillery, with his of official forms and envelopes. wife and children, who had charge The flooring of this room was of the fort as master-gunner. On covered with bloody footprints of crossing the shallow moat of the naked feet and feet with stockings fort by the narrow wooden bridge, on, some of the footprints being and entering by the gateway, you those of two children of different enter upon the small square, or ages, and others those of a man; parade of the fort, thirty-five paces the latter, in some places, with the square, three sides of the enclo- mark of the stocking on the foot sure being formed by the officers' plainly impressed on the floor, and and men's quarters, and the fourth in other parts with the naked foot, by the entrance gateway. The con- as distinctly marked on the boarded tral building opposite the gateway flooring. These footprints crossed is the original keep of the fort, now and recrossed each other, and led used for officers' quarters. The into the entrance to the kitchen, buildings on each side are of more the only chance of escape from modern erection. In those on the the house, but there took back an right of the square live Corporal abrupt tarn towards the stairs in Easley and his wife. On the left the room leading to the second of the square, nearest the officers' sleeping-room above. On these quarters, live the three soldier ser- stairs the footprints were thicker vants, while in the part of the and more intermingled with blood. building adjoining them, and near From the marks in the rooms est the fort entrance gate, lived below and on the stairs, it would Sergeant Whitworth and his un- appear that some of the children fortunate wife and family. On had escaped from the room, and opening the door of the house the had been pursued by the murderer appearance of the dresser, with and driven upstairs again, where the crockery, &c., upon it, with he completed his horrible work. the pans and pails, &c., show it to On going upstairs and entering have been the living room. In the room, the sight was indefront of the fireplace stood two scribably dreadful. Opposite the door was the window, with folding while he deprived them of life. wooden shutters inside. At the In the room with the bodies was right-hand side of the room was found a sword, or common ship’s the fireplace, and on the mantel cutlass, with the point sharp; it above it were two prayer-books, was bespattered with blood, but, as with other little family articles. far as could be judged, had not The floor of the room was covered been used. The razor was covered with blood, papers, and articles of with blood, and a part of the edge children's clothing, and also an was turned, as though from coming overturned bed-chamber candle- in contact with some hard substick, and on the floor was found stance. From the circumstances a razor, which appeared to have disclosed at the inquest, it apbeen the instrument of these ter- peared that Whitworth and his rible deeds. Whitworth's boots wife were of highly respectable were also found in the room with conduct, and lived upon the most out any marks of blood upon them. affectionate terms; their children, At the left side of the room stood also were well-conducted, clean, two bedsteads in a line with each and apparently happy. The humother. On the outer edge of that ble home was kept in excellent nearest the door lay Mrs. Whit- order-'the garden, in particular, worth, dressed, with the exception had been kept with great care ; of her boots, her throat gashed in but the family were reserved, and so horrible a manner as to show had little intercourse with their the vertebræ of the neck. The neighbours. Whitworth himself wounds of the mother and her had always conducted himself as a six children were all of the same steady soldier, and the business of shocking character. An infant lay his office was properly discharged; across the mother's lap, and had but he appeared to entertain strong been placed at the breast, in which prejudices against several persons, position the mother had evidently and particularly against any perfallen asleep, and been deprived of son connected with the Royal Enlife before she awoke. On this gineers. At the expiry of eight same bed were the bodies of the or nine months he would have second girl and eldest boy, which been entitled to a pension, and he had both been thrown on the bed was especially anxious that he after being murdered. On the should not be removed from the bed nearest the window lay the fort until that period arrived. On eldest girl and another, both this point he appeared to have of whose countenances bore the worked himself into a state of impress of the deepest horror. great agitation; and a letter to a They were all in their night superior officer, very properly and dresses, but had their socks on, respectfully worded, petitioning for excepting the eldest girl. The this indulgence, was found in his soles of the socks were saturated room. On the whole, his conduct with blood. At the head of the was considered strange, but there same bed lay a little boy, about was nothing to excite alarm. two years old. The marks on Of the time and circumstances some of the pillows would appear of the tragedy nothing is known. to indicate that the murderer used On Wednesday evening the whole them to stifle his victims' cries of the children were seen. On Thursday morning the second girl examined the bodies early in the was seen with her hat and shawl afternoon was of opinion that they on, going out of the fort ; but the had been dead about fifteen hours. bedroom blinds were down the In the meanwhile the unforwhole of that day. On Friday tunate man-unfortunate, indeed, morning the bed-room shutters that even his unwitting hand had were closed. About half-past 1 committed such deeds—fortunate, that afternoon a neighbour re- that having committed them, his marked to his wife, “ There is mind was utterly unconscious of the window-shutter moving; they his misery--was examined in the are getting up." Soon after 2 hospital. He had inflicted severe o'clock a boaiman, on the road wounds on his neck, but none of between the fort and barracks, met the larger vessels were injured Whitworth running towards the probably owing to the razor having barracks. He stopped him and been blunted and jagged in the asked what was the matter; he slaughter of his victims. He answered, “Horrid ! they've mur- was perfectly unconscious of his dered my six children and poor actions, and exhausted by loss of wife!” The boatman said, “ Non- blood. Afterwards he spoke insense." Whitworth replied, “ Yes, coherently of his family, enumethey have; and I have been watch- rating his children by name, and ing out two or three nights, and spoke ramblingly of his duties and there is a man standing down his garden. there with two pistols, one in each The poor fellow, whose age hand.” After a few more hurried was stated to be 39, was placed expressions he rushed on towards at the bar, at the Winchester the barracks. In the house were assizes, on the charge of murder. found some scraps of paper, on When placed in the dock, he which incoherent sentences were stared vacantly about the Court, written, all having the same ten- and muttered incoherent sendency to indicate a plot of others tences. A jury was empannelled for the murder of the family. to try whether he was in a state

The area of the fort, as before of mind capable of understanding stated, is extremely small, and the and pleading to the indictment, dimensions of the court-yard only The gaol - surgeon deposed that thirty-five paces; the buildings the prisoner's mental powers were surrounding this small space were almost entirely extinct, owing to occupied by sixteen persons; yet softening of the brain; and the of these seven were slain, under jury accordingly found that he was such circumstances as indicated incapable of pleading. The poor that some, at least, had struggled man, who during this inquiry had with their murderer, without placed his arın round the neck giving the slightest alarm to the of the turnkey who had him in other eight. Captain Manners, charge, and smiled at, and pointed the officer in charge of the fort, to, the Judge, was then removed. sat up smoking in the room of 22. EPOX RACES. -- Probably a brother-officer until half past the mythical “ Clerk of the Wea12 that night, and no noise ther-Office" had got leave of ab. was heard -- the night was per- sence, and had an engagement for fectly quiet.

The surgeon who the Derby; for the Epsom week

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