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ing the professors with houses in morning, Thomas Cosker, farmer the college is entirely abandoned. of Cullenstown, between Ross
A burglary, attended with cir and Tagmon, in the county of cumstances of peculiar atrocity, Wexford, left home with a load occurred at Gretna-hall, near of corn for Ross. His only serSpringfield, the residence of P. vant, James Kavanagh, went a Gibbs, &c. The following are the short way with him, and then reparticulars :-About one o'clock turned. It appears, that immein the morning, the servant man, diately upon his return, he dreadhearing a noise in an apartment fully beat his master's wife, who adjoining that in which he lay lay in bed, and left her for dead; resembling the crackling of fire, a very small infant, who lay with proceeded to the spot, when he her, was killed, as is supposed, found this room and three others by the first blow. He had prein flames. The family was im viously locked up three other childmediately alarmed, and it was ren, and terrified them with hor. presently discovered, notwith- rible threats and imprecations. standing the confusion of the The monster finished by robbing scene, that 63 guineas had been the house of about sixty pounds taken from a desk. This circum- in bank-notes and cash. The vilstance, coupled with the fact of a lainy was not discovered until far ladder having been left against in the morning, when soine of the the window of one of the blazing neighbouring women chanced to rooms, left no room for doubting call
. The little prisoners were rethat the robbery had been effected leased, and from them alone could by some villains well acquainted any account be gathered of these with the premises, and who, after complicated horrors. The poor effecting the robbery, had set fire woman could barely be said to be to the mansion in different parts, alive, but was utterly speechless, for the purpose of escaping de- and quite incapable of communitection. The Rev. Mr. Morgan, cation. Late on Wednesday evenminister of the parish, with laud- ing she still lived, but afforded ablo alacrity, alarmed the neigh- no expectation of recovery. After bourhood, by ordering the church the horrid deed Kavanagh abbell to be rung. Though great sconded. numbers had by this time assem 24. It appears by letters rebled to render assistance, the cently received from our ships of flames continued to rage furiously war in the West Indies, that a until about five o'clock, when fever has prevailed on board some they were at length subdued, after of them, peculiarly fatal in its very considerable damage had nature to those attacked by it. been sustained to the building, Among other vessels the Scaand a quantity of furniture and mander, it is said, has lost six some very valuable pictures con officers, including the surgeon, sumed. A precognition is now four midshipmen, and two clerks. going on.-Dumfries Week!y The Childers, in the short period Journal.
of a month, has been deprived of 21. Waterford. Some time be- several officers by the same unfore five o'clock on Wednesday fortunate cause, besides five pur
ser's successively appointed to past, the workmen were absent her, and upwards of 30 men. from the pits! They had been
28. Calamity at Chirk, in Wales. allowed a little time to collect -[Extract of a letter.)" It is Christmas bounties, &c. and thus not without strong feelings of re this dreadful calamity is not ago gret, that I communicate an ac- gravated by the loss of so many count of the destruction of the valuable lives as must have been extensive collieries at Chirk, in otherwise inevitably sacrificed. Denbighshire. On Saturday even All the horses employed in the ing, the 28th ult. owing, as it is works were instantly drowned. supposed, to inattention in the The immediate loss to the proservants of the Ellesmere Canal prietors of the works is immense, Company, the stop-gates, plugs, and the destruction of so valuable &c. for regulating the quantity of a colliery, which has for a long water on that part of the canal series of years produced fuel for which is embanked up to Chirk the country and employment for aqueduct, were neglected : the its poor, is, as a public calamity, fatal consequence was, that the irretrievable.” embankment being overpowered 29. An Inquest was held at Bolsby the great weight of super- over, Derbyshire, before George fluous water, gave way, and fall. Gosling, gent. Coroner for the ing down a precipice, completely Hundred of Scarsdale, on the body dammed up the river Ceriog, of Sarah Wild the elder, who fewhich flows below it, and over loniously poisoned herself, and which the canal is continued by William Wild, George Wild, and an aqueduct. The water being Sarah Wild, three of her infant thus impeded, quickly found its children. way in another direction, and in Thowas Whitehead, of Bolsover half an hour every pit belonging aforesaid, being examined upon to the colliery was filled with oath, stated, that about the latter water, earth, gravel, &c. The end of November last, the demachinery was torn in pieces by ceased, Sarah Wild the elder, the tremendous force of the cur came to his shop, and asked to rent, and very considerable dam- purchase two-penny worth of corage done to the surrounding coun rosive sublimate, and he sold to try. Had it not been for the ju- her a quarter of an ounce; and dicious and timely interference of after he had delivered the same to Mr. Ed. Davies, engineer to the her, the deceased then went into Chirk colliery, in stopping the his house and held a conversation wickets or stop-gates of the canal, with him and his wife, and stayed the whole of its water, increased for at least an hour, and then by the overflowing of the Dee went away. Witness said that river, which is received by a the deceased came again in about feeder into the canal, must have a week after, and purchased from swept away Chirk mills, and him another quarter of an ounce every thing in the valley, into of the same sublimate, which hr one general destruction. Most sold to her. Witness said, that providentially this was the only at the time he sold the deceased! pight in which, for several years the aforesaid sublimate, and fronı
the long knowledge he had of her, Several witnesses were called the deceased was of sound mind in .to prove the said deceased and understanding.
Sarah Wild the elder to be inWilliam M Lean, minister of Sane. the Independerit persuasion, stated The Coroner having read over upon his oath, that he had several the whole of the evidence, and times attended upon the deceased having charged the jury to give during her illness, when he ask+ their verdict aceording to the ed the deceased if it was the same, the jury upon a deliberate temptation of the moment that consideration stated to the Co. led her to commit the horrid roner, that not having any proof crime which she had committed, to their satisfaction of the insanity when the deceased replied it was of the deceased Sarah . Wild the not through the temptation of the elder, they gave their verdiet upon moment or of the hour, but that the three children of Wilful Murder she had long intended it. Wit- against the said Sarah Wild the pess again asked the deceased elder ; and a verdict of Felo de se what it was that induced her to against the said Sarah Wild the de it, when she returned no direct elder was given accordingly. answer. . Witness said, that at 30. A fire broke out in the the time this conversation passed, house of an old maid, named Mary the deceased was perfectly sensi. Cock, living next door to the ble in her mind.
Ship public-house, in High-street, James William Valentine and Poplar, which, for a time, threatJohn Frith, both of Bolsover ened destruction to the neighaforesaid, surgeons, upon their bourhood. The watchman, seeoaths stated, that they had at. ing the flames burst forth from tended upon the deceased, and the bottom part of the house, that she did, upon the 27th day gave an alarm to the inhabitants, of December, confess to them that many of whom rushed naked into she had given to each of her chil. the street. Thomas Milend, one dren a tea-spoonful of the same of the watchmen, on ascertaining powder (which the deceased had that Mrs. Cock, who was nearly informed them she then had in 80 years of age, had not escaped, her pocket) mixed in treacle, and obtained a step-ladder, and got likewise that she had taken the up to the window of the room on same powder herself in a larger the first floor, where she slept. quantity.
The old lady now made her apThese two witnesses further pearance, and opening the winstaļed, that they had opened the dow, called for assistance. The four bodies, and found the ap watchman seized her by the hand, pearances to correspond with the and endeavoured to persuade her deceased's assertions to them, and to come out on the window stone, were jointly of opinion that the said in order that he might lift her Sarah Wild the elder, William out: this she refused to do in the Wild, George Wild, and Sarah state in which she was, being at Wild the younger, came to their tired only in her night-gown ; deaths in consequence of their hav. and, turning round, retired to get ing taken the same mineral poison. some other articles of dress. At
that instant the floor gave way,
extract of a letter from the Surand she was precipitated into the geon of the Congo, inserted be: burning gulph beneath. Milend low, that the mortality was enthen withdrew, and in a few se- tirely owing to the land journey conds the house was level with beyond these rapids, and that the ground. The flames rapidly Captain Tuckey died of complete increased, and communicated with exhaustion, after leaving the the adjoining houses, nine of river, and not from fever. The which, including the Ship public climate, we understand, was rehouse, were consumed. Very lit: markably fine ; scarcely a shower tle of the property was saved. of rain, or any humidity in the The Sun fire-engine was first on atmosphere, and the sun seldom the ground, and was soon suc- shining out but for a few hours ceeded by others, which prevented in the middle of the day; Fahrenthe devouring element from ex. heit's thermometer seldom extending its ravages further. No ceeding 76 degrees by day, and other life was lost, or personal never descending below 60 deinjury sustained, except the me grees at night-such a climate, in lancholy catastrophe which befel fact, as one would wish to live Mrs. Cock. The next day, on in : but an anxious zeal and overdigging in the ruins of the house, eagerness to accoinplish the oba part of the poor old creature's jects of the expedition, and to acbones were discovered almost cal- quire all the information that cined to a powder. Search was could possibly be obtained, seem made during the week for the re to have actuated every one, from mainder, but in vain. On Friday the lamented Commander to the evening a Coroner's Jury sat on common seaman and private maher ashes, and, after hearing evi- rine, and led them to attempt dence, none of which threw any more than the human constitution light on the origin of the fire, re was able to bear. The total numturned a verdict of-Accidental ber of deaths amounts to 18, of Death. Most of the houses were which 14 were on the land expeinsured.
dition. They consist of 31. The detailed accounts of the Capt. Tuckey, Commander of expedition to explore the river the Expedition; Lieut. Hawkey, Congo, or Zaire, have reached the Lieutenant of the Congo; Mr. Admiralty. Melancholy as the re- Professor Smith, Botanist; Mr. sult has been, from the great mor- Tudor, Comparative Anatomist; tality of the officers and men, ow Mr. Cranch, Collector of objects ing to excessive fatigue, rather of Natural History; Mr. Galwey, than to the effects of climate, the a friend of Captain Tuckey, who journals of Captain Tuckey and volunteered from pure love of the gentlemen in the scientific Science ; Mr. Eyre, the Purser. departments are, it is said, highly The names of the remainder interesting and satisfactory, as far have not been returned. as they go; and probably they The Dorothy transport that acextend considerably beyond the companied the Congo into the first Rapids or Cataract. It river lost but one man, and he would seem, indeed, from the fell overboard and was drowned.
Extract of a Letter from Mr. and on the third day breathed his Mackerrow, Surgeon of the Congo. last: before death a yellow suffu—“Of the eighteen who died in sion had taken place, with vomitthe river, fourteen had been on ing of matter like coffee ground.” shore, marching for some time, By official documents received and were far advanced before from Ceylon, it appears that the reaching the ship.
planters of that island, Dutch and “ Professor Smith, who saw others, have adopted, at the sugmany of them when taken ill, gestion of the Chief Justice, Sir gave to some a dose of calomel, Alex. Johnston, some judicious but to others nothing had been regulations for the gradual aboadministered.
lition of slavery. All children “ The fever appeared in some born of slaves after the 12th of degree contagious, as all the at August last are to be considered tendants upon the sick were at free, but to remain in their mastacked, and before we left the ter's house, and serve him for river it pervaded nearly the whole their board, lodging, and clothing, crew, also some of the transports : the males till the age of 14, and but as for myself, although con the females till that of 12, after stantly among them, I did not which they are to be wholly emanfeel the slightest indisposition un- cipated. til we left the coast, when I was During the greatest part of this attacked; however, I considered month, the magistracy and police mental anxiety and disturbed rest of the metropolis were principally as the sole causes.
occupied with examinations reCaptain Tuckey had been specting the persons concerned afflicted many years with chronic in the late riots, several of whom hepatitis; and on returning from were committed to custody. The travelling, five weeks on shore, he public interest was particularly was so excessively reduced, that drawn to those persons who had all attempts to restore the energy harangued the populace from the of his system proved ineffectual. waggon, of whom the elder Wat
“ Mr. Tudor was in the last son was apprchended at Highgate stage of fever before I saw him, after attempting to stab with a as were Messrs. Cranch and Gal dirk the inen who took him. His wey.
son absconded ; and the papers « Professor Smith died in two were long filled with reports from days after he came under my care, every quarter of the island, and during which time he refused even from the continent, of his everything, whether as nutri- supposed discovery, and with acment or medicine.
counts of the examination of per“ Lieut. Hawkey was taken ill sons brought up on a mistaken after leaving the river, and died supposition of their being the obon the fourth day; his case was ject sought for. The uncommon rather singular ; symptoins were anxiety for his apprehension was irritability of stomach, with ex occasioned by the strong suspicion treme languor and debility, but of his being the assassin of Mr. he had neither pain nor fever. Platt. No tidings were obtained “ Mr. Eyre had a violent fever, of him to the close of the year.