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Jy one or two and thirty, and the de. municated her fears to Mr Parker, the fendant only about nineteen,) that it adjoining neighbour, who obtained adwas she who seduced him, and not he mission by the back way; and on that seduced her. Was it to be belie- entering the warehouse, he beheld a ved, that a young gentleman of that spectacle, which so petrified him with age would address himself criminally horror, that it was with difficulty he to a married lady of more than thirty, could make known the sad catastrophe without the most unequivocal advan- which had befallen the whole of this ces on her part ? No! she seemed to unfortunate family. Mr Marr was háve practised all the arts of woman found lying near the window, dead, upon him ; and to have relied so con with his skull broken. His wife, who, fidently upon his affording her an asy- it would seem, had come to his relief kum, as to have openly boasted to her from below stairs, on hearing a scuffle, brusband of the conquest she had made. had been met by the villains at the top Under the advice of a friend, how- of the stairs, where she was found de. ever, the defendant was firm in re- prived of life; her head was too shock. fusing to receive her; and then the ingly mangled for description. The adulteress had recourse to the last ar- shop-boy, to all appearance, had made tifice of her sex, and threatened vio. more resistance than therest, or else they lence upon herself.
had not made so sure of their blow; · The jury found their verdict for for the counter, which extends the the plaintiff-Damages 1001.
whole length of the warehouse, was DERRY.-Loss OF THE SALDAN- found bespattered with his blood and HA FRIGATE.The Saldanha frigate, brains from one end of it to the other; commanded by the Hon. T. Packen- 'and the body of the unfortunate youth ham, was lost in Loch Swilly, in a lay prostrate on the floor, weltering in dreadful gale of wind, in the night his gore. Nor did the work of the of the 4th, and every soul on board blood-thirsty villains stop here. Even perished. In the gale of Wednesday a child in the cradle, only four months or Thursday, 'her masts were thrown old, found, in its infancy, innocence, on shore with her name on them. She and incapacity of impeaching them, had sailed from Loch Swilly a few no protection from their barbarous days before with the Talbot in com- hands. It was discovered dead in the pany, and they were returning into cradle. Such refined cruelty is hardly the loch when the Saldanha struck. surpassed in the annals of human de One man got to land, but so weak he pravity. The monsters left behind could not speak, and died in a few mi. them a shipwright's large mallet, its mutes. Captain Packenham's body, head weighing from two to three and above 200 of the brave fellows, pounds, and its handle about three feet have been washed on shore already. long; a ripping chisel ; and a wooden
9th.-HORRID MURDERS.-About mallet about four'inches square, with 12 o'clock on Saturday night, Mr a handle of about eighteen inches : Marr, who keeps a lace and pelisse. the ripping chisel is also about eighteen ware-house, at No 29, Ratcliff-high- inches long, made of iron, and is such way, sent his female servant to purchase as is generally used for ripping sheathsome oysters for supper, whilst he was ing from off ships. The murderers shutting up the shop-windows. On did not procure one shilling's worth her return she rung the bell repeated- of property. Mr Marr had in his ly without any person coming to the pocket from four to five pounds : and door. This alarmed her, and she com- in a drawer up stairs was 1521. 128. 6d. besides some loose money in the bell and no one answered ; I rang retill, every farthing of which has been peatedly. Whilst I was at the door found. The following is a description the watchman went by on the other of the premises and adjoining build- side of the way, with a person in ings :- The house stands in Ratcliff- charge; I certainly heard some one highway, between St John's-lill and coming down stairs, who I thought was Artichoke-hill, both of them thorough- my master coming to let me in ; I am fares leading to and terminating in a certain I heard the child cry very low ; line with Pennington-street, composed I rang again and knocked at the door of a compact square of dwelling-houses, with my foot repeatedly, when a man encircling a piece of ground for the came up to the door and insulted me ; general use of the inhabitants, to I thought I would wait till the watchwhich there is no passage but through man came, which he shortly did, and the premises of the neighbours. All called the hour of one. The watchman these houses are inhabited except one knocked and rang the bell, and called at the corner of Artichoke hill, lead- Mr Marr, through the key-hole ; Mr ing into Pennington-street. On the Murray, the next door neighbour, then ruffians being alarmed by the ringing came out, and said there was a strong of the bell, they went through the light backwards ; Mr Murray went small yard detached off by Mr Marr, backwards, while another watchman, got over the gateway into the enclosed who had joined the first, made an space of ground, and broke open the alarm ; Mr Murray, got into the outer and inner doors of the empty house backwards, and opened the house, and made their escape into street door, 'when the watchman and Pennington-street, from whence all myself entered.” [Here the girl was trace was lost.
so much affected that she fainted.] On Tuesday an inquest was held on John Murray," I am a pawn-brothe bodies.
ker residing at No. 30, Ratcliff-highMargaret Jewel, the servant maid, way, next to the house of the deceased stated, that when she went out on Sa. Mr Mart. About ten minutes after turday night, within a few minutes of twelve o'clock on Sunday morning twelve, by her mistress's direction, last, I was sitting at supper with she received from her master, who was my family, when I heard a noise in busy behind the counter, a 11. note. Mr Marr's house, which appeared to On going out she turned to the left to be on the shop foor, and resembled go to the shop of a person named the pulling of a chair, and the sound Taylor for oysters. That shop was, of a voice, as if proceeding from the however, shut; and as she returned fear of correction, like a boy's, or å again she passed the window of her woman's. This all occurred in about master's shop, and saw him still behind a minute's spacê. A little before one, the counter. She then went to St I heard a ringing at Mr Marr's bell; John's Hill to pay a bill due to a ba. I went to the door, and found the ker, who was also shut up. She then watchinán and the girl. I went to proceeded to several places to pur: the back of the house and called out, chase oysters, but found none open. '« Mr Marr!” three or four different " Finding I could not get the oysters, times ; no answer was made, and I I returned again to the door of my came again to the front of the house, master's house, I found it closely shut I saw a light at the back of the one uip, and no light to be seen I think pair ; I told the watchman to ring I was out twenty minutes : I rang the louder, and that I would endeavour te get into the house by the back-door ; ray, and stated, that he was present in I went to the back of the house, and one of the back rooms when the pothrew myself over the fence, and find. lice officers found the maul, the head ing the yard door open, immediately of which was upon the ground, and proceeded to the landing place of the the handle leaning against a chair ; it first floor, where I found a candle was covered with blood, and some hairs burning ; seeing the two doors open were upon it. He also saw the chisel where Mr Marr used toʻsleep, I called which was afterwards found, but upon out, “ Marr, Marr, your window-shut- which there was no blood, i ters are not fastened,” but nobody ane William Salter, the surgeon, gave swered me, and on account of its be the following description of the wounds ing the bed-room, I did not go in : the deceased had received.with the candle I went through the shop Timothy Marr the infant. The left to the front door, to let the watchman external temporal artery divided, the in ; when I got to the door, at the left side of the mouth laid open, with foot of the stairs which lead into the a wound three inches in length, and se. shop, I saw the boy, James, lying veral marks of violence on the left side dead on the floor, just within that door, of the face. and within six feet of the foot of the Celia Marr.-The left side of the stairs ; his head was bleeding, and his cranium fractured, the temporal bone brains were visible ; going on further totally destroyed, with a wound just - towards the shop door I saw Mrs Marr above the articulation of the jaw two lying dead close to the street door inches in length, then winding into with her face downwards, and her feet the left ear, and a wound at the back against the door, and her head bleeding of the ear. very much. I immediately opened Timothy Marr the elder.—The nose the door and let the watchman and se. broken, the occipital bone fractured, veral others in. I then began to look and a violent blow on the right eye. for Mr Marr, whom I found lying dead James Biggs.-Several contusions behind the counter, with his head very on the head and nose, with the occipi. near the window ; his face was down- tal bones dreadfully shattered, and the wards, and he was bleeding very much brains protruding. about the head; while I was standing The jury retired for a short time, by the body of Mr Marr, the servant and brought in their verdict of “ Wiland others came out of the kitchen and ful Murder against some person or said the child in the cradle was dead. persons unknown, on each of the boSoon after I went down into the kits dies.” chen, and saw the child in the cradle, Three men were seen near the shop bleeding about the mouth and throat. of Mr Marr, for about half an hour on Soon after which one of the police Saturday evening, and one of them duofficers shewed me a large maul bloody. ring that time looking in at Mr Marr's Mr Marr came into the house the lat- shop-window. The description of two ter end of April. He seemed to be of these persons was given to the maabout the age of 24 ; Mrs Marr about gistrates; of the third no information the same age, and the child about 14 could be obtained. One of them, as weeks. The whole family consisted 'appears from the description given, of the four who were murdered besides was dressed in a light-coloured sort of the servant girl.”
Flushing-coat, and was a tall lusty George Olley, the watchman, cor- man ; the other was dressed in a blue roborated the testimony of Mr Mur- jacket, the sleeves of which were much, torn, and under which he appeared to find such an article ; and no tidings have flannel sleeves, with a small-brim. were heard of the chisel until the morn. · med hat on his head. The magistrates ing of the fatal massacre, when it was
of Thames police office have offered a found lying by the side of Mr Marr's reward of 201. in addition to the 501. body. Mr Pugh gave information of already advertised by St George's pa. the circumstance, and the carpenter rish, for the discovery of either of the was brought up for examination. Mr above-described persons. The report Pugh and the person who lent the chiof Mr Marr being a witness on the re. sel swore to the identical marks becent trial of a Portuguese sailor at the ing similar to the one delivered to the Old Bailey, charged with the murder prisoner, who was committed for fur. of a seaman, is incorrect. Mr Marrther examination. The next person having been in business only seven charged was a man secured by the of. months, he was never engaged in any ficers in a public-house, who stated, parish duties, whereby he could have in the course of a conversation on the provoked the revenge of any individual. subject of the murder, on Tuesday The mother of Mrs Marr, and two of night, that he knew the persons who her sisters, came from the country, in- had committed it. The officer imme. tending to dine with her on Sunday, diately questioned him, and confined and did not hear of the dreadful de- him on suspicion. The prisoner's struction of their relatives until they story before the magistrates was so reached the house. The effect which incoherent, that nothing could lead to the intelligence had on them it would a clue by which the offenders might be in vain to describe.
be traced. He was discharged with a On Wednesday two men were ap- severe reprimand from the magistrates prehended, and examined at the Shad. for uttering such improper and unwell police office, on suspicion of be founded language. ing concerned in the murders. Mr On Thursday an immense concourse Marr's premises had been undergoing of spectators remained the whole day, å repair for some time. A Mr Pugh in expectation of hearing some further was engaged to superintend the car. disclosure relative to the recent massapenter's work; he employed a man cre. The Earl of Sefton arrived at who altered the shop windows. This the Shadwell office soon after one o'. manjapplied for an iron chisel, already clock, and had a long consultation described as 20 inches in length; Mr with the magistrates, but retired bePugh had no such tool, but borrow. fore the examination of a girl, named ed one from a neighbour. After Wilkie, whose name was mentioned the man had completed his work, he as having threatened to murder Mrs was discharged, but did not return the Marr. She voluntarily surrendered chisel. Mr Pugh asked the man what herself for an investigation into her he had done with it, as he borrowed conduct, during her six months servi. the tool from a neighbour? The man tude in the unfortunate family, which replied, that it was on the premises, she had left six weeks since. The but could not find it ; this happened girl completely satisfied the magistrates three weeks ago. Mr Pugh called on of her innocence, from her readiness to Mr Marr, and begged he would search give every information she possessed for the instrument, in order that it relative to the family affairs during might be returned. A few days after that time. She stated that she offiMr Marr informed Mr Pugh, that he ciated as an assistant in the shop, and had examined the house, and could not not as the maid servant, whose name was
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Catherine Gibbs. The carpenter, (Mr was habited in a smock-frock, which Pugh's man) who had been employed was much washed in front, and wore about three weeks ago in finishing Mr. duck trowsers. Marr's shop, underwent another exa. On Friday, Luke Forney, a man mination. Mr Marr's servant, and a dressed in a sailor's jacket, was char. bricklayer, attended to identify the ged before the lord mayor, on suspi. man. Many respectable housekeepers, cion of having some knowledge of the his landlord, and others, appeared in murders. The persons who charged the favour of his character; and proved prisoner, said he had been at the In. an alibi to the satisfaction of the ma. dia-House for the two last days, very gistrates. The chisel was proved to be anxious to get a ship to get out of the that-which Mr Pugh's man had bor- kingdom ; that he had appeared in difrowed ; but a young man swore he ferent dresses, and had confessed he found it in the cellar, at the time he had never been at sea before ; but accompanied the watchman, in Mr would not engage with any ship that Marr's house, immediately after the was not going to sail directly. He murders were committed. The ma- made every resistance when taken into gistrates discharged the man. On custody. Being asked what he was, Thursday morning the police officers he said he was a bricklayer's labourer, were dispatched in every direction af. but gave no account how he had been ter a man against whom a suspicion employed lately. The lord mayor obhas arisen, in consequence of the fol. served, that the prisoner appearing in lowing circumstances :-About half- different dresses, together with his past one o'clock on Sunday morning a wishing to quit the kingdom, and his man in the employ of Messrs Sims, of backwardness in giving a fair account Sun Tavern fields, returned home. of himself, certainly left him in a susThe foreman of the works paid the picious situation ; at the same time,
man eight shillings early on Saturday from what had been adduced, there · evening. When he went to his lod. was no proof of the prisoner's being
gings, the woman of the house obser- concerned in the shocking murders ved the smock-frock which he wore to with which the mind of the public was be very dirty. One of them said to at present so much agitated. But as the man, " Where have you been ?” there were magistrates at present sit. He replied, “ that an oil cask had burst ting at Shadwell office, for the inves. over him, and that he had endeavoured tigation of this business, he should send to wash it off.” The woman said, the prisoner to them for examination, that cold water would not take away and desired him to be properly secured. the oil, and that she could not smell At Shadwell office no further infor. it. Shortly after the man retired to mation has yet been received, but the bed with his fellow lodger, but early police continue their activity. *** the same morning made his escape from 12th.-- This day is appointed for the his lodging, and has not since been interment of Mr and Mrs Marr, and heard of. His partner has been very their infant son, in the burial place of St ill ever since, for which reason he has George in the East. The bodies will not been examined, nor will he be be deposited in the same grave. The brought up until some tidings are father and mother of Mr Marr will atheard of the man, who is supposed to tend the melancholy procession, achave taken the road to Portsmouth. companied by the relatives and parti. He is about the middle stature, 30 cular friends of the deceased, with the years of age, with only one eye, and servant girl. In order to prevent any