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illuess they bad not been wanted, and conse the statement of Mr. Hanson, locksmith to the quently they were not opened until that day, || Royal Family, the locks could have been opened when it was found the dresses were gone; but only by a duplicate or a skeleton key, and a du. the papers which contained them were left, and a plicate key conld not have been made without baize which covers the whole was carefully placed taking off the lock. ln either case Done but a over the papers, &c. Suspiciou had not attach- skilful locksman could have opened the locks, as ed itself to any person until the next day, in the they were of the best kind. Mr. Hanson alse afternoon, when the husband of the female who' stated, that the prisoner had been about eight was entrusted with the care of the presses, was in months in his employ, and he discharged bim as the room, and heard a gentle tap at the door ; and anindolent drunken man some time since. When on opening it, a man, who liad formerly been em- il in Mr. Hanson's service, the prisoner was conployed to keep the locks, &c. about Bucking-' stantly employed in Buckingham-house ; but ham-house in repair, presented himself, with a since he had been discharged, he had no pretence key half hidden by the palm of his hand, and said for going there. According to the statement of he was looking for a bell-banger. The man was Sir W. Parsons, half a dozen men could not have challenged with having a key in his hand, which carried away the stulen property. The prisoner he denied; but afterwards pulled one out of his was remanded, and a warrant was issued to search pocket, which the witness believed to be much "bis premises. A warrant was also issued against larger in size than the one he had in his hand. It another man suspected, who had been discharged appeared that tbere had been no injury done to , from Mr. Hanson's service about the same time as the locks on the several presses ; and that no one the prisoner, and who had been seen about the could have committed the robbery without being house. well acquainted with the premises. According to
PROVINCIALS, INCLUDING REMARKABLE OCCURRENCES, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES, &c.
IN THE SEVERAL COUNTIES OF GREAT BRITAIN.
surgeon was sent for, ber wonnd, which was
not dangerous, was dressed, and in the course of ANOTHER MONSTER-A wretch of most dia
the evening she was removed to her own house in bolical propensities, a short time since created
a coach. The same wretch, it is suspected, considerable alarm in the neiglibourhood of
stopped a female servant to a gardener, at BrompKnightsbridge and Chelsea, by most atrocious
ton, as she was passing along Gore-lane, soon conduct towards two or three females, whom
after dark, a little time since, and whilst conchance had exposed to his brutal attacks. Miss L. of Chelsea, whilst returning from a friend's
versing with her, took an opportunity to wound
her severely in the arm. The most vigilant house, in Monn-street, in ber way across the
exertions were made to discover the villian. • Park, was accosted by this villain, who was then dressed as a clergyman; he addressed ber in the
SOMERSETSHIRE. most insinuating manner, and from his general EXTRAORDINARY Case. Our readers will seineanour, not the slightest suspicion could be recollect a statement respecting a soldier of the entertained of bis intention. When about half First Somersetsbire Militia, who had lain in a way across the Park, and at a distance from any very surprising state of insensibility from the passeriger, he suddenly stopped, seizing her " 26th of April, in the present year, down to the round the waist, drew from his pocket a sharp | 18th July. Various means had been resorted to instrument with which he stabbed her in the for the purpose of ascertaining whether the ille ibigh, and inmediately ran off. Her screams ness was real, or only assumed, such as thursting drew several persons to her assistance, but it be snuff up his nostrils, administering nitrous oxyd iug nearly dark, the villain was soon out of electrical shocks, powerful medicines, &c. sight, and effected bis escape. Miss L. was taken all of which proved utterly uvavailing in the at. to the house of a gentleman in Park-lane, where tempt to arouse him from the unaccountable tora - zbe mos: humane attentions were paid to her ; a' por in which he had lain so long; nor, indeed, did
any of these expedients produce in him the a groan. No beneficial result appearing from this slightest symptoms of animation. We have now experiment, and as his case seemed absolutely to add to this account a few facts, which, for their | remediless, application was made to his regiment singularity may challenge competition with the for his discharge. On Tuesday the 20th, the most marvellous occurrence that ever reached the discharge arrived, and was taken over to Bicken. public notice. A little time after our first ac hall by the sergeant. On the Tuesday followcount appeared, Phineas Adams, the subject of ing (the 27th), old Adams brought his son down this curious narrative, and whose age was no stairs in his arms, the son still remaining insenmore than eighteen, on the 6th of June last, was
sible. Next night (the 29th) he was seen sitting removed from the gaol in which he then was, to
in the Poor-house, with a gun in his band, conthe parish of Bickenhall, a small village seven
versing with his father; and on Friday the 30th miles from Taunton. His parents residing at that our readers will participate with us in the complace, but being unable to receive him in their plete astonishment excited by the fact), he was at own habitation, Adams was lodged in the Poor Mr. Palmer's, a farmer, at Thurlbear, two miles house, a small cottage adjoining the church-yard. || from Bickenhall, cutting spars, carrying reeds up In this situation he continued to lie without ex
a ladder, and assisting his father in thatching a hibiting the least evidence of an improving con
rick! On the next day, the 31st, he was in the dition. When any of his limbs were raised, they barton of Mr. Cozens, of Bickenhall, with a dick fell with the leaden weight of total inanimation ; in his band, killing mice; and on Sunday, tlie his eyes were closed, and liis countenance evinc 1st of August, Mr. Cozens bimself met him in a ed the paleness of death, though divested of any of neighbouring copse, gathering nuts! On the the concomitant symptoms of approaching disso- morning of Friday, the 30th, young Adams walktution. His respiration continued free, and bis , ed into the cottage of Martha Cozens, who lives pulse maintained its character of a healthfal tone. next door and adjoining to the Poor-house. She The sustevance he received was entirely that of expressed great surprise at the suddenness of his eggs diluted with wine, and occasionally with recovery, and asked him how he was able to untea, which he sucked in through his teeth ; all at
dergo so much suffering ? To which he answertempts, forcible as some of them were, to compel, ed, that he had no recollection of having exhim to open his mouth having been repeatedly perienced any. She then asked him, if he did
not recollect feeling any pain when the surgeon tried in vain ; and various experiments were
was scraping his bead? To which he replied, agaio made to excite sensation without effect,
“ that he perfectly recollected that." The exparticularly that of thrusting pins under bis
traordinary rapidity of this young man's recofinger nails. In this hopeless situation he was
very after obtaining bis discharge from his regivisited by Mr. Welch, snrgeon of Taunton ; who
ment, have excited, in combivation with other suggested the propriety of performing the opera
circumstances which we formerly stated, an opi. tion of scalping tbe patient, with a view to ascer
nion that imposition had been practised, some of taia whether the fall, to which the illness was attributed, might not have produced a depression coming for him. 'This, it is supposed, having
the neighbours reported that a press-gang was of the brain. The proposal was coirmunicated
reached his ears, he absconded, and not a syllable to the parents of Adams, who expressed their
has been heard of him since. Old Adams was willingness that the experiment should be made. himself formerly in the military service, and efAccordingly, at the time appointed, the surgeon tected his discharge by counterfeiting illness, accompanied bis father to the bed-side of his son, though not of that description which has been and there, in the presence o- several respectable assumed by his son. The opinion is very gepersons, described to both the young mau's pa.
neral, that he has assisted his son in his artifice, rents the nature and precise course of operation
and that food has been secretly conveyed to bim. about to be performed. Old Adams then shaved
Under this impression, however, it is necessary his son's head. The incisions were made, the
to state, that the father was denied all access to scalp drawn up, and the head examined, during him for several days while he was in gaol. When ** all which time the young man manifested no the degree of suffering to which this young man audible symptom of pain, or sensibility of suffer- l bas submitted in various forms, and the term of ing whatever, until the application of an instru- misery to which he has devoted himself (a period ment, with which the head was scraped in a parti- of between four and five months) are considered, calar part, and then, and once oply, he uttered ' it is hardly possible pot to pronounce the present
case as one which, for unsubdued resolution, l amidst the execrations of the crowd, but vowing craftiness of plan, and perseverance of exertion, l revenge, and a determination to get the intended is beyond all parallel in the records of systematic | victims once more into their power. It seems villainy. The incessant vigilance necessary to strange that in this city men should he found so elude detection—the Spartan fortitude in sup. regardless of the law, and capable of such daring pressing the evidences of pain-the youth of the violence ; but we are assured, by a very respecte delinquent—the skilful arrangement connected
able correspondent, that the whole of this story with the infamous plot—when all these are taken is true, and that measures are taking to ascertain into consideration, we are inclined to subscribe the guilty parties, and bring them to punishto the philosophy of those who assert the omni. potence of mind over the baser materials of our
STAFFORDSHIRE. nature, and cease to wonder at the tortured Indian, who, in the ingeniously-protracted agonies
REMARKABLE CASE OF ABSTINANCE.of death, derides the savage triumph of his ene
Aun Moor, of Tutbury, on the 4th of No. mies.
vember, 1806, owing, as is supposed to a nausea
arising from having attended a young man, who SURREY.
was afflicted with scrofulous uleers, lost all Brutal VIOLENCE.-A circumstance hap desire of food, and from that time till the March pened in the neighbourhood of Vauxhall, at the following, she did not take more than half an recent celebration of a Jewish wedding in Smith's
ounce a day. On the 14th of April, 1807, she Tea Gardens, which calls for inquiry and justice. took her bed, and from that time till the 20th of It seems that a Nobleman, not distinguished for May following, she took nothing but tea without the morality of his conduct, was in a plea- cream, and soon afterward without sugar. The sure-boat, with a party of friends, who had their
last solid food she took was a few black currants vessel brought near the shore, in order to wit.
about the end of June in the same year, and from ness the spectacle, and were particularly struck
this time she gradually diminished her quantity with the appearance of three young women, who were drawn to the spot by the same motive. The
of liquids, sometimes omitting to take any for Nobleman, and two or three of his party, attempt.
two or three successive days. So extraordinary ed to force the girls into the boat, but did not suc
a case of abstinance, naturally caused a great ceed, and the latter went to another part of the
deal of conversation, and the doubts of the pub. gardens. They were followed, however, suddenly
lic so far prevailed over their belief, that she seized, and carried into the vessel, and the boat- | submitted to be watched for any length of time men were ordered to proceed to Richmond. The that might be thought necessary. A watch, conviolent screams of the girls at length induced the sisting of certain medical men and others, was ac. head of the party to order the boat back to West. cordingly appointed, and she was removed from minster-bridge, where two backuey coaches were
her own lrouse for the purpose, and not left withbrought, into each of which one of the young out her watch one moment for sixteen successive women was placed, and the third was taken into days and nights. The result of this investigation, a phaeton by the Nobleman himself, but covered which commenced on the 12th of September, in such a manner by a box-coat, that she was un
1808, and terminated on the 27th of the same able to struggle with biin. The girls in the month, convinced the most incredulous, that sho coaches, in spite of all attempts to restrain them, actually subsisted without food! Up to that time made such a noise as to draw, people about them, she had been accustomed to take about half an nud, with a desperate effort, one of them escaped, onnce of water a day, but the violent rising of but the other was taken to a house of a certain the wind in its passage became so painful, that descriptionin the neighbourhood of Sobo; luckily, Mr. Taylor, one of the medical gentlemen in at. however, she caught bold of the iron railing at tendance, advised her only to wipe her mouth the door, and, by the assistance of passengers,
with a moistened cloth, and from that time to was also enabled to escape. The third girl, hear the present time, she never ventured to swal. ing that her companious had escaped, threw ber- low even liquids. Her person exhibited, as self, encumbered as she was, out of the phaeton, might be supposed, the most wonderful pheno. and was also rescued by the efforts of the pas. mena ever witnessed : she was emaciated beyond sengers in the street. The disappointed party description; in the abdomen there was no ap. thep deemed it necessary to leave the place, l pearance of entrails, all the parts appeared to
bave been drawn up and lost under the breast | furniture of the parlour placed against it. Shortbone and ribs. The spine might, without giving | ly after Sir John heard the noise in front of his ber much pain, be easily felt, by pressing the horse, the windows of the parlour were dashed in, hand upon the abdomen; and the great artery || and the noise occasioned by the feet of the robbers which rises immediately out of the left ventricle in leaping from the window down upon the par: of the heart, and its pulsation and circumference | lour, appeared to denote a gang of not less than easily perceived. Round the hips, says Mr.
fourteen in number, as it struck him. He imme. Taylor, in his communication to the Medical diately got out of bed, and the first determination Journal, she measured thirty inches, round the he took being to make resistance, it was with no chest twenty-eight inches and one half, and
small mortification that he reflected upon the unround the loins twenty inches and one half!- armed condition in which he was placed, being Early in 1809 she was deprived of the power of destitute of a single weapon of the ordinary sort. moving ber legs, and from that time all the lower In this state he spent little time in deliberation, parts of her body below her bips, appeared as if
as it almost iinmediately occurred to him that they were dead. During her confinement, she havivg supped in the bed-chamber on that indulged herself with taking snuf' pretty freely, night, a knife had been left behind by accident, and she was for the most part talkative and
and he instantly proceeded to grope in the dark cbearful, but she could not endure any person in
for this weapon, which happily he found, before the room who had recently taken the smallest the door, leading from the parlour into the bedquantity of malt or spiritous liquors. These facts, chamber, had been broken. While he stood in incredible as they may appear, rest upon incon.
calm but resolute expectation that the progress of
the robbers would soon lead them to his bedtrovertible evidence, and will scarcely he doubted by the most incredulous. Two cases some
chamber, be heard the furniture which had been what similar are mentioned in the Transactions placed against the nailed-up door expeditiously
displaced, and immediately afterwards this door of the Philosophical Society, and it is now aserra
was burst open. The moon shone with great tained beyond a doubt, that under some rare cir
brightness, and when this door was thrown open, cumstances a human being may exist for months
the light streaming in through three large winand years without aliment.
dows in the parlour, afforded a view tha:
might have inade an intrepid spirit not a IRELAND.
little apprehensive. His bed-room was darkened SINGULAR INTREPIDITY.-Maurice Noo
to excess, in consequence of the shutters of the nan was tried at the Cork Assizes, for a burglary windows, as well as the curtains being closed; and an attempt to rob the house of Sir John Pur and thus while be stood enveloped in dark ness, he cell, at Highfort, on the night of the 11th of
saw, stand before him, by the brightness of the March last. The trial excited considerable inte moon-light, a body of men all armed, and of rest; every body seemed anxious to hear the nar those wbo were in the van of the gang, he ob. ration of a transaction, in wbich on one side served that a few were blackened. Armed only though the guilt exhibited may be but too fre
with this case-knife, and aided only by a daunt: quently equalled, the courage, intrepidity, and less heart, he took his station by the side of the cooluess displayed on the other, has been never
door, and in a moment after, one of the villaing exceeded, and seldom indeed has it been matched
entered from the parlour into the dark room. Inin the history of human resolution.-Sir Johnstantly upon advancing, Sir John plunged the Purcell, the first witness called, deposed a most
knife at him, the point of which entered under interesting and manly statement, the substance
the right arm, and in a line with the nipple, and of which only we pretend to report. He said, so home was the blow sent, that the knife passed that on the night of the 17th of March last, about into the robber's body, until Sir John's land one o'clock at night, and after he had retired to stopped its further progress. Upon receiving this bed, be heard some noise outside the window of thurst, the villain reeled back into the parlour, his parlour. He slept on the ground floor iu a calling out blasphemously that he was killed } soom immediately adjoining the parlour. There and shortly after another advanced, who was res was a door from one room ioto the other, but this ceived in a similar manner, and who also stag kaving been found inconvenient, and there being gered back into the parlour, crying out that he another passage from the bed-chamber nore ac was wounded. A voice from the outside gave commodating, it was nailed up, and some of the orders to fire into the dark room, upon which a
man stepped forward with a short gun in bis | grasp of his adversary was losing its constraint hand, wbich bad the butt broken off at the small, and pressure, and in a moment or two after he and which had a piece of card tied round the bar- || fonnd himself entirely released from it-the limbs Jel and stock at the swell, As this fellow stood in | of the robber were in fact by this time unnerved the act to fire, Sir John had the amazing cool. Il by death. Sir John found that this fellow bad a ness to look at his intended murderer, and with sword in his hand, and this he immediately seized, out hetraying any audible emotion whatever, that and gave several blows with it, his knife being he might point oụt the exit i spot which he was no longer serviceable; at length the robbers standing, in, he calmly calculated bis own finding that so many of their party had been safety from the shot which was preparing for killed or wounded, employed themselves in rc. bim. He saw that the contents of the piece were moving the bodies, and Sir Jahn took this oppore likely to pass close to his breast without menac. | tunity of retiring into a place a little apart from ing him with at least any serious wound, and in the house, where he remained for a short time, this state of firm and manly expectation, he stood | They dragged their companions into the parlour, without flinching until the piece was fired, and and having placed chairs, with the backs upits contents harmlessly lodged in the wall. It was wards, by means of those they lifted the bodies out loaded with a brace of bullets and three slugs. ll of the windows and afterwards took them away, As soon as the robber fired, Sir John made a pass The next day the alarm having been given, searcha at him with the knife, and wounded him in the was made for thię robbers, aud Sir John having arın, which he repeated again in a moment, with gove to the house of the prisoner, Maurice Noo. similar effect, and as the others, had done, the nan, upon searching, be found concealed under, villain, upon being wounded, retired, exclaiming, his bed the identical short gun with which one of that he was wounded. The robbers immediately the robbers had fred at him. Noonan was inme. rushed forward from the parlour into the dark diately secured, and sent to gaol, and upon be. room, and then it was that Sir Johy's mind re ing visited by Sir John Purcell, he acknowledge cognized the deepest sense of danger, 9qt to be ed that Sir John.“ had like to do for him," and oppressed by it, however, but to surmount it. He was proceeding to show, until Sir John prevent. thought that all chance of preserving his own life ed him, the wounds he had received from the was over, and he resolved 10 selltbat life stilldearer! knife in the arm. An accomplice of the name to his intended murderers,than even what they had of John Daniel Sullivan was produced, who dealready paid for the attempt to deprive him of it.. posed that he was one of the party that met at He did not lose a moment after the villains bad, Noonan's house to rob Highfort-house--that they entered the room, to act with the determination were nine in number, and had arms that the he had adopted; he struck at the fourth with his prisoner was one of the number, and that he car. knife, and wounded him, and, at the same time ried a small gun. Upon the gun (which was ia he received a blow ou the bead, and found the Court) being produced, with which Sir Joha himself grappled with. He shortened bis bold of had been fired at, the prisoner said it was that the knife, and stabbed repeatedly at the fellow with which the prisoner was armed the night of with whom he found himself engaged. The the attack. Witness said he did not go into Mr. foor being slippery from the blood of the Purcell's house that two men were killed and wouded man, Sir John and his adversary both three severely wounded, out of the nine of which fell, and while they were on the ground, Sir the party consisted. The prisoner made no defence, John thinking that his thrasts with the knife, || and Judge Mayne then proceeded to charge the though made with all his force, did not not seem Jury in a inanner the most copious and per. to produce the decisive effect which tbey had in spicuous, and at the same time earnestly exacting the beginning of the conflict, he examined the i, for the prisoner whatever could be expected from point of his weapon with his finger, and found a junction of the purest humanity with justice. that the blade of it had been bent near the point. He commended with due approbation the bravery As he lay struggling on the ground, he endeav- and presence of mind displayed throngh a conflict voured, but unsuccssfully, to straighten the cor so unequal and so bloody by Sir John Purcell. rature in the knife, but while one hand was em The Jury after a few minutes returned their verployed in this attempt, he perceived that the dict-Guilty.
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