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in the Royal Infirmary. Mrs Ross's testimony, as far as regarded what took place out of her own house, was corroborated by other witnesses, and the Jury found the husband Guilty. The Court were of opinion that a more brutal and Savage case had never com: before it, and Ross, who is a man above seventy years of age, was sentenced to transportation for life.
24—James Sime was convicted of bigamy; but in consideration that he had already suffered a long confinement, and other alleviating circumstances, be was only sentenced to three months impri
31.-Selling blasphemous publications. -James Affleck, bookseller in Adam's Square, Edinburgh, was put to the bar, accused of publishing and vending sedi tious and blasphemous publications. He pleaded Guilty, and Mr Jeffrey address. ed the Court in mitigation of punishment. The learned Gentleman pleaded the candid confession of the prisoner, and as a proof of his contrition stated, that from the moment in which this charge had been brought, he had abstained from carrying on his trade of bookseller, and had shut his shop altogether, and had offered satisfactory security to the Lord Advocate, that he would for ever abandon the sale of the objectionable works. In consequence of these circumstances, the Court only sentenced Affleck to three months imprisonment, and to find security for the space of three years in the penalty of £.100.
8.-Execution.-Yesterday John MCreevie, who was convicted at the Glasgow Circuit of breaking into Mr Shepberd's house at Springvale, and striking him while in his bed with a crow-bar, and robbing the house, was executed there in front of the Court-houses. Being led to the foot of the scaffold by the officers, he shook hands with Bailie Anderson and Mr Cleland, at the same time saying, “I am innocent-I am innocent." At this time he fell into an apparent stupor, and nearly fell down, but was supported by the officers. After having a little recovered, he ascended the platform with sup. port, and the rope being adjusted, the Rev. Mr Muir offered up, on his behalf, a most impressive prayer, at the end of which he appeared to be again falling, when the officers supported him. Having recovered a little, he prayed for some time in a muttering manner, but afterwards he spoke in a loud and firm voice, calling upon his Maker to extend mercy to him; he then bowed to the multitude and gave the signal, when was he launch.
ed into eternity at twenty-five minutes past two o'clock.
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY. — Yesterday Samuel M‘Menemy was called to the bar, to receive the judgment of the Court, he having been found Guilty, on his own confession, at the last Glasgow Circuit, of several acts of falsehood, fraud, wilful imposition, cozenage, breachi of trust, and embezzlement; the case was certified to this Court for punishmen:.' Lord Meadowbank, who presided at the trial, stated, that the prisoner had been indicted on no less than eight different charges, to the three last of which he had pleaded Guilty; and he had certified the case, that it might be duly weighed and considered by their Lordships. Hermand proposed that the prisoner should be confined in the Bridewell of Glasgow for twelve calendar months, and kept to hard labour. The other Judges expressed their concurrence, Lord Pitmilly remarking, that, should those crimes happen again, it would then be the duty of the Court to pronounce a heavier sen
Isabella Blinkhorn, or Cocker, proprictor of a caravan containing a show of moving figures, was accused of the murder of her daughter, a girl of between nine and ten years of age, in the month of October last, at Johnstone, in the parish of Paisley. A number of witnesses were examined, from whose testimony it appeared, that the body of the girl had been found in the river Cart, bundled into a sack, on the 9th of October; that on the preceding day, several individuals heard cries proceeding from the waggon, and knew that the girl was missing next day. The mother, when shown the body, denied its being that of her daughter; and as the Court would not permit the examination of the prisoner's son, a very young boy, who was said to be the only eye-witness of the murder, there was no evidence to convict the prisoner. The trial lasted to a late hour; and this morning, at ten o'clock, the jury returned a verdict of Not Proven. She was of course dismissed from the bar.
14.-Murder. This day, William Devan, or Divine, from Glasgow, charged with the wilful murder of his wife, was placed at the bar, and pleaded Not Guilty, the five Judges being present. The declarations of the prisoner were duly identified, as were also the bloody razor, and several other articles which were found near the deceased after the murder. The direct testimony against the prisoner was that of a boy, who was too young to be sworn, and a man who lived in the neigh bourhood. The one declared that he
looked through a broken pane of the prisoner's window, and saw the prisoner sitting beside his wife on a wee stool; and that he saw him draw a razor across her throat, in the manner which he described with his hand on the throat of the macer; and that she then fell backwards; and he, being frightened, ran up the stair above, where he lived, and told what he had seen to his mother, who is since dead. The other declared that he looked through the same hole in the window, and saw the prisoner dragging something along the ground from the window to the bed. According to other evidence, the body was afterwards found in the situation to which the man said he saw this bundle removed, and there was a pool of blood in the place from which it had been dragged. There was other circumstantial evidence, which proved that the prisoner had been at his house, and that the door was locked about the time when the crime is supposed to have been committed. The razor with which the fatal act was committed was borrowed of a neighbour by the deceased, at the request of her husband, a short time before the atrocious deed. Several witnesses were called for the prisoner, with a view to prove an alibi; they however were not all of them very decisive upon that point, and they differed respecting immaterial circumstances, which disagreement was considered to shake the credibility of their general testimony. The panel, in his declarations, also pleaded alibi, and alleged that he had accompa nied his two sons to their work; but his counsel produced no evidence of this, al though it was admitted to be competent for the sons, though under the age of pu pilarity, to be called as evidence for the prisoner, but not for the Crown. The prisoner, in his declarations, relied chiefly on the theory of suicide, but it was proved by the Medical and other testimony, that the deceased did not kill herself; that the two wounds on her throat must have caused instantaneous death; and therefore that the deceased could not have removed from the situation where she first fell, nor have placed the razor on the mantlepiece, where it was found; nor have exchanged her under garment, and concealed beneath the bed the shift which was there found saturated with blood. Mr D. M⭑Niell addressed the Jury for the Crown, and Mr Wighame for the prisoner. The Lord Justice-Clerk sum. med up the evidence, and the Jury brought in a verdict of Guilty. His Lordship, in a very impressive manner, pronounced on the panel the sentence of death.
21-Murder. This day came on the
trial of Daniel or Donald Elphinstone, accused of the murder of Mrs Croket, his mother-in-law. To the charge of murder, the prisoner pleaded Not Guilty. The principal facts of the case, were, that the prisoner, on the 20th February, accidentally met his wife (who had been for some time living in a state of adultery with a man named Mackintosh) at her mother's door, in Libberton's Wynd, Edinburgh; that some ill language passed between the prisoner and his wife, when the former threw a 14b. weight at his faithless rib, and struck her on the hip. The wife then came to the door calling out murder, and the deceased coming up the Wynd at the time, lifted up an empty water stoup, which she threw at the panel, who threw it back again, and also drew a clasp knife from his pocket, with which he stabbed Mrs Croket below the 10th rib, the pri soner saying, "take that, and keep it as a keep-sake for your daughter." In consequence of the wound, Mrs Croket died on 9th March in the Infirmary. A number of tradesmen, with whom the prisoner had been employed as a painter, gave him a most admirable character for sobriety, honesty, and industry. The Jurybeing addressed by Mr Alison for the prosecution-Mr Maitland for the prisoner, the Lord Justice-Clerk sumined up the evidence at great length-returned a verdict, finding by a plurality of voices the prisoner Guilty of murder. The Court then sentenced the prisoner to be executed at Edinburgh on the 28th July, and his body to be given to Dr A. Monro for dissection. He has since been respited during his Majesty's pleasure.
Johanna Rickaby was convicted, on her own confession, of various acts of swindling, and sentenced to 9 months' confinement in Bridewell.
25. At the Surrey quarter sessions, last week, Captain L. C. O'Callagan, stated to be in the Spanish service, but occasionally acting at one of the minor theatres in London, was found guilty of an assault on the Rev. Mr Saurin, son of the Bishop of Dromore, by giving him a stroke with his own stick over the shoul ders. The parties were returning from a visit to the discovery-ships at Deptford, and the prosecutor being on horseback, took too great a liberty, as the Captain conceived, in staring repeatedly into a carriage at Mrs Thelwall, and some la dies, who were under the Captain's care, he riding on the dickey. The scene took place at a turnpike gate on the road; and the parson gave the Captain his card, tearing off the word Rev., avowedly, as he said, on his examination, with the view of fighting him, if called upon! As
the assault was proved, the defendant was sentenced to one month's imprisonment; which he is now suffering, with bread and water only for his diet, having, under some misrepresentation, refused the county allowance, with the view of finding his own provisions, and then too late discovering that the alternative was bread and water only. He petitioned the Sessions, but they had no power interfere, the visiting Magistrates alone being entitled to give directions in such matters. (Mr Denison his since given orders to allow Captain O'Callaghan what he pleases.)
23.-Dreadful Conflagration-About one o'clock in the morning of Thursday,the 24th inst. a fire broke out in Edinburgh, in the back premises of a spirit-dealer at the head of the Royal Bank Close, High-Street, which was more destructive than any calamity of the kind for a hundred years before, having completely destroyed five houses of six stories high, comprising those well-known tenements over the piazzas leading into the Parliament Square, one house in the Square, and the one in the Royal Bank Close, in which the fire originated, which last, with the one immediately in front of it, were reduced to a heap of ruins before three o'clock in the morning. The afternoon of Thursday was far advanced before the devastating fury of the flames received any sensible check, and the engines continued to play upon the smoking ruins at intervals the three following days. The loss of property has been immense, notwithstanding that much of it was covered by insurance. The loss of life has been almost miraculously confined to that of one individual. The inhabitants of the two houses which first suffered, entered by a common stair in the Royal Bank Close, and although the fire broke out at the dead hour of night, by the extraordinary intrepidity of a few individuals, they were all got out in safety, many of them naked. Alexander Chalmers, a town-officer, tempted, after he had rescued a wife and seven children, to make an endeavour to recover some valuable papers which he had in charge; but on opening his door he was met by a body of flame which seized upon his clothes, and he was so dreadfully scorched, that he died in consequence yesterday morning. The upper flats of the houses destroyed were inhabited mostly by poor people, most of whom lost every thing but their lives. Others were enabled to save part of their furniture and effects, which were deposited in the Parliament Square. Here a most distressing scene was exhibited in the course of Thursday; numbers of individuals, now
without a house, were seen in the most
28. HIGH COURT of JUSTICIARY. This day Jane Macfarlane was found Guilty of stealing from the person of W. J. Brown a pocket book, containing bank-notes to the amount of £.53, or thereby. Another woman, Margaret Muir, was charged with the same crime, but not The robbery appearing, was outlawed.
Lieut. Col. Sir T. N. Hill, K.C.B. from Gren. Gds. with Lieut. Col. Ellison, h. p. Unatt. Cassidy, from 1 W. I. R. with Lieut.
Col. Browne, h. p. 6 W. I. R.
Major Sweney, from 1 Dr Gds. rec. diff. with Major Delancey, h. p. 2 Ceylon Regt.
Nicolls, from 96 F. with Major White, h. p. 24 F.
Bt. Lieut. Col. Sir T. Reade, from 27 F. with Capt. Franklyn, h. p. 24 F.
Capt. Paterson, from 8 Dr. with Capt. Knight, 63 F.
-Dashwood, from Gren. Gds. with Capt. Dou. glas, h. p. Unatt.
Lieut. Deacon, from 16 F. with Lieut. Murray, Ceylon Regt.
Warren, from 41 F. with Lieut. Logan, Rifle Brig.
Ashe, from 41 F. with Lieut. Barnes, 65 F. Giffard, from 92 F. rec. diff. with Lieut. Forbes, h.
Harvey, from Cape Corps (Inf.) with Lieut. Ross, h. p. 60 F.
Ensign Nixon, from 44 F. with Ensign Dodgin,
Ensign Kellett, from 48 F. with Ensign Smith, h. p. 24 F.
Paym. Chitty, from 2 Dr. Gds. with Capt. Hay, h. p. 43 F.
Surg. Shorland, from 31 F. with Surg. Callow, 96 F.
Jones, from 44 F. with Surg. Daunt, 58 F. Assist. Surg. Campbell, from Rifle Brig. with Assist. Surg. Armstrong, h. p.
Hosp. Assist. Farmer, with Hosp. Assist. Blackwood, h. p.
Resignations and Retirements.
Lieut. Gen. Stovin, from 17 F.
Major Percival, 18 F.
Capt. Langley, 6 Dr. Gds.
Travers, Rifle Brig.
Lieut. Butler, 62 F.
Cornet Sir R. Hill, Royal Horse Gds.
Capt. Fox, 98 F.
Removed from the Service.
General J. Murray, of late 96 F. Paris.
Major General Du Plat, h. p. late Germ. Leg.