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ings with money lenders. Two affi- He had not been in a gamblingdavits made by the prisoner, on house in London since 1845. Mr. applying to be allowed bail and for Pullman, a barrister who had been a postponement of the trial, were employed in 1847 to settle the put in as evidence. In these Joel prosecutor's affairs, deposed that stated, that the prosecutor had Joel did not state to him that he given him a blank acceptance while had the 1000l. bill; he only heard he was under age, with the un

of it last summer.

Evidence was derstanding that Joel should fill adduced showing how the present it up for 10001. when Mr. Cle- holders of the bill received it from ments had attained his majority, in Joel, in Dublin, in September August, 1847 : this was the bill last. Divers witnesses expressed now said to be forged. Mr. Cle- a belief that the signature to the ments was examined. He knew bill was not Mr. Clements' writing. Joel in Dublin, while himself was Mr. Chambers for the defence in the Thirteenth Light Dragoons. pointed out that the prisoner bad He had many transactions with all along asserted the same prohim ; obtaining money and jewel. bable account of the bill, and had lery for bills of exchange. He made two affidavits to that effect. never signed a bill for 10001.; He commented on Mr. Clements never accepted a bill in blank; conduct, especially the breaking up never authorized any one to accept of the jewellery immediately after a bill. He denied the statement he had purchased it of the priin the prisoner's affidavits. He soner and other

persons.

The first heard of the 10001. bill in withholding of the money admitted August last. In cross-examina- to be due to the prisoner had tion, the witness admitted that he driven him to bankruptcy. The had acted in a most reckless way existence of the signature to the in raising money on bills and get- blank stamp was not mentioned to ting into debt with tradesmen Mr. Pullman, because the matter during his minority; but arrange- was a confidential one. ments were made by his guar- The Jury, gave a verdict of dian to pay all bonâ fide claims. “Guilty" of uttering the bill, Being asked — “ Did you borrow knowing it to be forged. The much money between the ages Judge, remarking that he conof seventeen and twenty-one ?” curred in the verdict, sentenced Witness replied, " I did not get Joel to be transported for ten much." Two other bills, for years. smaller amounts, now in exist- This was one of the many exence, he declared to be forgeries, posures which at this time took but his recollection of money trans- place, in the Law Courts, the actions was very imperfect. He Police Offices, and the Court of had taken stones out of jewellery Bankruptcy, showing the frightthat he had bought, and sold them. ful extent to which the offence of He could not say whether he so dis- “ Bill stealing” was at this period posed of them on the day after he perpetrated. received them from the prisoner, il. HORRIBLE OCCURRENCE AT but he should think it was not so WOMBWELL'S MENAGERIE. – The

He gave jewellery and senseless practice of making exhimoney “ to a woman at Dublin." bitions in the dens of wild beast. led to a frightful catastrophe at sent at the time of the occurrence." Chatham, where a young woman The tiger had never exhibited aninamed Ellen Bright, known as the mosity before. The beasts were “Lion Queen," in the menagerie of food of Ellen Bright. Witness her uncle, Mr. Wombwell, was killed heard Mr. Wombwell say he wished by a tiger. At the inquest on her there were no “Lion Queens.” body, Stephen King, a keeper, The deceased would enter the dens stated that the deceased had been when no company was present, for in the habit of entering the dens practice and pastime: she had enseveral times daily for the last tered the cages on Mondays when twelve months. On Friday eve- the animals had not been fed on ning, she entered a den in which the preceding day. The poor girl were a lion and a tiger. “She died in a few minutes after she had only been in two or three was taken from the den, from the minutes, but had gone through the wounds and from the shock to the main part of the performance, ex- system. The Jury returned a ver cepting that of making the lion sit dict to the effect that deceased down in a particular part of the was killed by a male tiger whilst cage, when the tiger being in her exhibiting

soon.

exhibiting in its den; and exway, the deceased struck it slightly pressed a strong opinion against with a small whip which she car- the practice of allowing persons to ried in her hand. The beast perform in a den with such anigrowled as if in anger, and, crouch- mals. ing close to the bottom of the den, 11. CHANGE OF SIRNAME.—By stretched out its paw as if at her a recent decision it appears that leg or dress, causing the de- any person may change his sirceased to fall sideways against the name without the trouble and excage; the animal at the same mo- pense of a Royal licence to do so. ment sprang at her, and, seizing In the Bail Court this day leave her ferociously by the neck, inserted was asked on behalf of Mr. Wilthe teeth of the upper jaw in her liam Daggett Ingledew to change chin, and in closing his mouth in- the entry of his name on the roll flicted frightful injury in the throat of attorneys to that of William with his fangs. He then appeared Daggett-Daggett being the sirto change his position, making a name of his mother's family. The second gripe across the throat of Court quoted Lord Tenterden to his victim. A keeper who was the effect that “when there is no standing on the step of the den, fraud, and a man meant bonâ fide armed with a whip, immediately

to change his rushed to her assistance; but the without a Royal licence • the animal did not loose its hold until voluntary assumption of the name struck over the nose violently with of a testator is a legal assumption," an iron bar; and whilst King held and leave was given. the animal, the unfortunate female 18. DREADFUL SHIPWRECKS.was removed from the cage, bleed- The newspapers record the loss of ing profusely, and life all but ex- some valuable merchantmen, with tinct. She was taken into one of great destruction of life. the caravans, where she was imme- The Hottinguer left Liverpool diately attended two medical

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and about 20 passengers. On the experienced; and on the 19th of 12th, at 6 A.M., during a gale from June the ship struck on the north the eastward, she struck on Black- side of Prince Edward's Islands. water Bank, near Wexford. Shortly “ The rollers ran terrifically high; afterwards the passengers, with and within a short time after eight of the crew, landed in the the ship struck, the stern-cabinboats at Morris Castle, the captain windows were stove in, the boats and the remainder of the crew, 13 were filled and torn from the in number, having remained on quarter, and the uninterrupted board. On Sunday morning she breach of the sea over the deck floated off the bank, and Captain swept away 47 of the passengers Bursley endeavoured to take her and crew. Of these, the chief into Kingstown Harbour, having mate alone contrived to reach the the screw-steamer Rose in com- rocks. The commander, four seapany acting as pilot. During the men, an apprentice, and four of the day, however, she struck on Glas- soldiers, took refuge in the mainmorgan Bank, and a heavy sea mast rigging; and the wreck havrunning at the time, the upper ing been driven broadside to the works of the vessel were washed shore, the mainmast went by the away, and there remains little doubt board, falling fortunately upon the that the captain and crew perished rock, and the survivors crawled in the course of the following along the spar to the shore. The night. The Hottinguer was one rocks being exceedingly steep and of the splendid liners which run difficult of access, the survivors between Liverpool and New York, had to undergo much labour and and Captain Bursley was one of fatigue in reaching the summit of the most experienced seamen on the cliff. The night was intensely that station.

cold, and there were frequent falls In last September the Ame- of snow; the sufferings of the unrican ship Charleston was burnt at fortunate men were consequently sea, while on a voyage from New most severe. They found on the York to Havannah. The master, shore a few blankets, which had Mr. Morrison, behaved with great been washed from the wreck; but prudence and courage, and the they were unable to obtain any crew and passengers eventually got provisions beyond a piece of beef, on board the brig Philura, of New and they subsisted upon the raw York.

flesh of birds. In the course News has arrived of the wreck of six or seven days they deterof the transport Richard Dart, mined on exploring the island; with a lamentable loss of life. and here their toil and misery beThe transport left Gravesend came greater. One of the soldiers on the 5th of April, for Auck- perished from the intensity of the land: besides the crew, there was cold and the want of proper noua detachment of 28 Sappers and rishment, and the same fate seemed Miners, under the command of to await the other poor fellows. Lieutenant Liddell, Dr. Fitton, After rambling about the island with his wife and child, Dr. Gale, for no less than 42 days, they fell Mr. Kelly, four soldiers' wives, and in with a party of men, explorers nine children. South of the Cape in the service of a Mr. Geary, of of Good Hope, bad weather was Cape Town; and for the following

32 days, no vessel touching at the sold in February, when many island, these people generously valuable and rare books were shared with the sufferers their dispersed. The collection was stock of food." The shipwrecked particularly rich in all classes of men were eventually conveyed to Oriental literature, and contained the Cape by a schooner that had some of the late M. Jules de brought a supply of provisions to Klaproth's MSS.; also a very inthe island.

teresting series of works, written The ship Emily has been in the various dialects of Italy, wrecked on the Andaman Islands, France, and Spain. “Cicero de and it is feared that all her crew Officiis," printed upon vellum, the have perished. On the arrival of first edition, and the first classic the East India Company's steamer author ever printed, date 1465, Proserpine, in search after the crew, sold for 361. 158.; some time since the body of the second officer was a copy brought the absurd price of found near the wreck, bearing 3001. “ The German edition of spear-marks and wounds which had Columbus's Lettter on the Discaused his death. No other token covery of America," a tract of of the crew was found. The pro- eight leaves, sold for 261. “Danse vision-casks had been broken up by Macabre,” with a variation in the the natives, to gain their iron hoops date, hitherto undescribed “X.jour for conversion into weapons. The d'Avril, 1491 "), sold for 11l. 15s. islanders were hostile, and were de- “ Lactantii Opera," 1465, first editerred from attacking the party on tion, and the first book printed in the wreck only by the discharge of Italy, sold for 321. · Lancelot du grape-shot. They are spoken of Lac,” 1494, printed upon vellum, as cannibals.

a fragment only of this noble book, 14. Rare Books.—At the sale sold for 91. 58. “ Molina Vocabuof the library of the late Mr. John lario en Lengua Castellana y MexiPoynder, a first edition of the cana," 1577, sold for 161. 108. Plays of Shakspeare and an auto- This book was long supposed to be graph of Milton were sold. The the earliest work printed in South work to which the autograph was America ; such, however, is not attached was entitled “ Arati So- the case. “Orloge de Sapience,” lenses Phenomena, cum scholiis 1493, printed upon vellum, with Gr.,” which had been in Milton's illuminations, sold for 331. “Hispossession, and which in itself was toria Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis," of no particular value. The auto- a very rare book, printed from graph signature was—“Jo. Mil. wooden blocks, before the inventon. Pre 28. 6d. ; 1631.” On the tion of movable types, about 1440, title-page were the words—"Cum sold for 401.; this copy had two sole et lunâ semp. aratus erit.” leaves supplied in fac-simile. There were also numerous auto- 18. DESTRUCTION OF CAVERSgraph annotations interspersed HAM-Park House by Fire.--Bethroughout the book. After an tween 7 and 8 o'clock in the mornactive competition the lot was sold ing a fire broke out at Caversham for 401. 10s. The first edition Park, the mansion of William of the Plays of Shakspeare was Crawshay, Esq., situated on a comknocked down for 351. 10s. manding eminence about two miles

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destroyed. The family had been workmen and others, who evinced absent, but their immediate return great courage in endeavouring to being expected, the house had save some portion of the housebeen airing for their reception, hold property. The roof of the and it is supposed that the fire large dining-hall gave way with a was caused by the over-heating of tremendous crash, and, all the a fue. On the domestics rising internal portion of the at the usual hour in the morning, sion being destroyed, nothing rea strong smell, as of something mained but the mere skeleton of burning, was noticed, and on the the once noble residence. The drawing-room being entered shortly outer walls gradually fell in, and afterwards a dense body of smoke the work of destruction went on and flame presented itself. An so rapidly that within six hours alarm was instantly raised, and a after the outbreak of the flames messenger was dispatched to Read- nothing but a heap of ruins preing for the engines, while all the sented itself. labourers on the estate were hastily The greater portion of the housesummoned to render assistance. hold furniture, plate, and other In the meantime the fire had valuable effects was saved, though gained rapid ascendancy, the flames Other property, to a considerable having penetrated several rooms amount, was destroyed. communicating with the drawing- 19. OUTRAGE

MILLBANK room, until at length they had en- PRISON.- The Millbank Penitenveloped the whole building. As tiary has been again the scene of all hopes of saving the mansion a most desperate outrage, which were now at an end, the efforts of

was committed by one of the prithe workmen present continued to soners under sentence of 10 years' be directed to rescuing such por- transportation, upon

a warder tion of the furniture and other named Balls, who narrowly esvaluable property as could be safely caped being murdered in the same approached, which afterwards lay manner as the late unfortunate strewn out in the park. Unfortu- warder Hall. (See Ann. REG., nately, no water was near at hand, 1849, p. 145.) It appears that there being only a pond at some the warder, Balls, let the prisoner distance from the house, and in in question out of his cell for the consequence, the engines, several purpose of allowing him to empty of which the light of the confla- his chamber utensil in the custogration had speedily summoned to

mary manner. The warder folthe spot, could not work with any lowed the prisoner to the end of effect. The conflagration presented the passage where the closet was a scene of fearful grandeur, espe- situated. After the prisoner had cially on some portions of the roof- emptied the slops, the warder proing giving way, when the flames ceeded along the passage, this time burst forth with increased fury. followed by the prisoner. They The work of demolition internally had not gone far when Balls continued unabated for several noticed the shadow of the chamhours, and as each portion of the ber utensil upon the wall, and the burning mass gradually gave way, next instant received a violent the utmost alarm and anxiety were blow upon the side of the head, felt for the safety of some of the which partially stunned him, but

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