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lisse, which is worn over a white cognition was taken, a search made, round dress, either of plain or corded and two officers sent in search of the cambric.
woman; but they were found on the road side on their return both in. toxicated. Her relations, who are
respectable people, and the father of MARCH.
the child, who had previously offered
her marriage, are all in the most de20.-Friday afternoon, Lord Cas plorable state of distress; the doctor tlereagh attended at the Foreign Of. who inspected the parts of the child, fice, for the first time, after having gave it as his opinion, that it had received the appointment to that of been full grown. fice by the Prince Regent. His 4th..The Dublin papers contain lordship deposited the seals there, the following intelligence :" It is and afterwards left town.
with inexpressible and unfeigned reA shocking instance of barbarity gret, that we find ourselves called took place near Dunbar last week :- upon to advert to certain outrages, A young woman, servant to Mr , which have been for some time comwho had an illicit connection with a mitted in a neighbouring county, unyoung man in the neighbourhood, der pretence of regulating the price was delivered of a child, which she of land, and which, but for the kept concealed for two days in the prompt interference of government, kitchen, and afterwards, to avoid might eventually have involved the detection, threw it away, cut and vicinity of the capital itself in blood. mangled in the most savage manner; shed and confusion. The miscreants a boy, while herding, found one of who are the authors of these disturbanthe legs, which appeared to have ces, call themselves carders, from the been broken through a little below instrument of torture which they use, the knee joint, and the flesh wholly for the purpose of forcing the honest, torn away from the upper part ; the the industrious, and peaceable promother was passing from Dunbar at prietors of the soil to relinquish their the time the boy found it, who shew- property.-The time chosen for the ed it to her, and she desired him to execution of their nefarious designs, bury it. She immediately absconded, the dead of the night, perfectly suits and has since been seen at Dunse, it and characterises their purpose'; and, is supposed on her way to England. although their associations may have The trunk of the body was found in no immediately political object in a burn near the house where she re- view, yet it is not difficult to consided, and what is remarkable, a ceive, with what facility they may be carrion crow, which had got one of converted to such an end. This spi. its arms torn off from the shoulder, rit has appeared, under various forms and was in the act of flying away and denominations, in different parts with it, let it fall close by the father's of the country; and, thanks to a vi. side, who happened at the time to gorous, yet mild and steady adminis. be ploughing; the head has not yet tration of justice, has every where been found. Mr Sawers, town clerk been put down by the law. They of Dunbar, with a praiseworthy acti. have all one common object-the dovity, made every exertion when he minion of the mob over property. heard of the circumstances. A pre. Sometimes the rent of the land is the
subject of their legislation ; at others, and after passing two or three shops, the tithes of the protestant; at others he was pinned up to the wall, and again, the dues of the catholic clergy robbed of seventeen 20s. notes and are regulated by their arbitrary de fourteen guinea notes, which he had, crees.”
with various papers, in his pocket. 5th. ---EDINBURGH RIOTERS. book, in his side pocket, together Monday came on the trial of John with the chain of a watch, seal, and Skelton, indicted and accused, at the key. There might be about 40 or instance of his majesty's advocate, of 50 lads in the mob, from 16 to 18 or.. different acts of robbery on the streets 19 years of age, headed by three raof Edinburgh, on the night of the ther taller than the rest, of a size 31st December or morning of the with the prisoner, but he could not 1st January.
recognise any of them. [Witness George Edmondston, clerk in the identified his chain, &c.] Courant newspaper office, was on · William Jolly, student of divinity, the High Street at half past eleven was on the street between twelve and o'clock on the last night of the year one, on the first day of the year, about 1811. . Saw à disturbance a little half way down the South Bridge, above the Fleshmarket Close. ' On when he was surrounded by two or erossing from the south to the north three dozen of lads, who demanded a side of the street he was followed in- shilling to drink. He said he had no to the Fleshmarket Close, by a nummoney, and when remonstrating with ber of young lads, from 12 to 20 as them, two lads taller than the rest he supposed, who demanded money came and held him, and a lesser one from him ; but before he had time to searched his pockets. On finding give them any, he was repeatedly nothing, some cried out, “ Knock struck with sticks, his hat taken from him down, knock him down !” but him, and himself knocked down. one of the tallest said, “ He's a coun. They tried to get his watch, but the try chap, let him alone.” He took swivel broke; got his seal and rib- out a green silk purse, and shook it, bon. Here the ribbon, seal, &c. were to show them there was no money in shown and identified.] He was at- it, but it was immediately snatched tacked within the close ; and on re. out of his hand, by one like him covering was lying, all wet with who said, “ Let him alone.” Dublood, in the first stair as you go ring the time he was among them, down the Fleshmarket Close. he was twice struck. The first blow
Walter Robertson, stoneware mer made bim stagger, the next brought chant, West Bow, was on the High him to his knee ; but whether before Street, between twelve and one. He or after being searched could not say. left his own shop about five minutes The mob consisted chiefly of boys, past twelve, to go to Nicholson's and some lads about the size of the Street, along with a Mr Freyer, and prisoner. met with no interruption until turn. Thomas M'Gibbon, painter, resi. ing the corner at Mr Blackwood's ding with his father in Thistle Street, shop, where a man who was knock was on the streets on the last night ed down came bleaching forward, of the year about eleven o'clock, and and fell between them. He and his saw a great deal of rioting, knocking friend were immediately surrounded, down gentlemen, and robbing them.
Saw a gentleman robbed on the South knock them down ; but when he and Bridge, near the Tron Church the others turned on them they ran knows the prisoner-saw him that off, and the prisoner ran up the street. night at the corner of the North He was catched about the middle of Bridge, but can't say precisely at the High Street, and carried to the what hour-heard him talking loud police office. and swearing he had a stick in his Thomas M.Kay, John Duff, and hand, and appeared concerned in the Angus Cameron, all police-officers, riots. Does not recollect seeing him corroborated the above statement. more than once. He had his hat in Here the prisoner's declarations his hand, and appeared to be hiding were read, which went to a denial of something in it. Saw a gentleman the charges exhibited against him, robbed at the Post-office, another at averring, that he had picked up the Moffat's, the jeweller, and another on articles found on his person on the the opposite side, the last after he street, having seen a boy, who was saw Skelton--could not say how long pursued, throw the same away. after.
On the part of the prisoner the William Walker was in company strongest possible proof of character with the prisoner on the last night of was adduced. the year, and recollects meeting with The Solicitor-Generalthen addressJohnston and some others in Leith ed the jury on the part of the crown. Street, but does not remember any He stated, that although two months conversation. Hogg and Simpson bad elapsed since the occurrence of were with witness. Was not ask those disgraceful outrages, such was ed to beat the police, but ran along their magnitude and number, and such with the rest to help them.--Prisoner the labour and difficulty in procuring wasthere, andon the watchmen spring- proof, that notwithstanding the maing their rattles, they all ran down by gistrates had been employed with a Wordsworth's to Allan's, and the diligence and zeal which reflected ina prisoner and others went up the trees finite credit on them, their investiga. and broke down branches. Witness tions were only finished two days and Skelton had no sticks, but the previous to the indictment being ser. prisoner afterwards got a small one. ved. In reviewing the proof, he ad.
John Chisholm, police officer, was mitted that there was no direct evi. on duty the last night of the year; dence that the prisoner did assault or recollects the rioting; was sent by knock down any person; that it was magistrates for Mr Tait (he was in not necessary, nor at all times possiMr Tait's when one struck) with ble, in transactions of this nature, to whom he returned to the police-of. procure such proof; but that he was fice, where he remained till some guilty, actor, or art and part, in the more of the officers came in, when he robberies and outrages of that night, went out with them. He fell in with was established by a train of circumthe prisoner, between two and three stances, beyond the possibility of o'clock, near the head of the Flesh- doubt--from his being in company market Close, at the head of a parcel with the gang-his going to Alan's, of fellows, who, when they observed and arming himself with a stick-his the police, exclaimed, Here's the b , attack on the police his name being
called on the street, and the stolen His head coming in contact with one goods being found in his possession, of the spikes which were placed on carefully concealed, without being the top of the gratë for the security able to account for them in a satis of the wood, he was with some diffifactory manner.
culty able to force himself back from Mr Gordon replied, in an eloquent the fire before he sustained any injury speech, for the pannel, in the course by the heat, though his servants on of which he drew a clear line of dis- entering found him covered with tinction betwixt a person being en blood, from severe laceration, occagaged in the boisterous and riotous sioned by the spike.-His lordship mirth to which the last night of the is, however, nearly recovered from the year has, by immemorial usage, been effects of this untoward accident. devoted, and his being concerned in, 6th.—Mr Benjamin Walsh, was or a party to, the systematic plan last night expelled the House of which had been formed for the pur. Commons, and a new writ immediapose of plunder and robbery. He tely ordered for the borough of Wot. concluded an impressive speech, by ton Basset. A long discussion took entreating the jury to keep in mind, place on the subject, in which the exthat it were better ten guilty persons pulsion of Mr Walsh was opposed by should escape, than that one innocent Sir A. Pigot, on the ground of his man should suffer, and he therefore having been virtually acquitted in hoped they would find the charges the eye of the law. Mr Herbert, not proven against the prisoner. Mr Abercrombie, Mr Lamb, and · The Lord Justice Clerk then sum: Mr Whitbread, spoke on the same med up the evidence, and the jury side, while the Attorney-Géneral, were enclosed, and desired to return the Chancellor of the Exchequer, their verdict next day at one o'. Sir Francis Burdett, and Mr Wynne, clock.
. . . i argued in support of the motion, that The court again met on Tuesday, whatever his offence might be in a les when the jury returned their verdict, gal point of view, the moral turpitude all in one voice finding the pannel which attached to his conduct des guilty ; but having taken into theit manded his expulsion. consideration the strong evidence ad 8th...POISONINGOFRace HORSĖS. : duced in support of his former good -CAMBRIDGE ASSIZES.Trialof D.. character, unanimously and earnestly Dawson. This trial, which has ocrecommend him to mércy. The jud- cupied so much of the attention of ges delivered their opinions at consi- the sporting world, took place yesderable length, lamenting the unfor. terday at the Cambridge assizes, betunate situation of the pannel, and fore Mr Justice Heath. The court assured the jury, that their humane was so much crowded, that the busirecommendation would be transmit- ness was greatly impeded. The prited to the Prince Regent... Sentence soner was indicted for wilfully and death.-He was afterwards respited maliciously poisoning a colt, by Ea. and transported.
gle, the property of Sir F. Standish, · On Friday last, as Lord St Vincent by infusing a quantity of white ar. was sitting by himself in his room, senic into a water-trough on the having occasion to reach forward, Newmarket course, in April, 1811. he unfortunately fell upon the grate. Mr Serjeant Sellon, on the part af
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the prosecution, detailed the case to for the Claret stakes; amongst which the jury.
were Spaniard and Pirouette, the proCecil Bishop, who had been com- perty of Lord Foley; the Dandy, mitted as an accomplice with Daw. The property of Lord Kinnaird ; and son, was admitted an approver in the the Eagle colt, the subject of this incase, and the substance of his evi- dictment, all of which were poisoned, dence was as follows :-He had been but some recovered. Bishop said, that acquainted with the prisoner since the he had infused the arsenic into the year 1807, witness being at that time troughs, three in number, where Mr shopman to a chemist and druggist Prince's horses watered, by means of in Wardour-street. His acquaintance a syringe, in consequence of their bewith Dawson originated in conse- ing covered and locked. Dawson quence of the latter having represent. was the acting man in the backed to him, that he had a friend whose ground, and Triste was the person horse had been played tricks with; who was to back the field against and in order to retaliate, the prisoner the favourites. After having waterasked witness his advice, as to whated the horses on the 1st of May, the was best to give a horse so as to sick day after the Claret stakes were run en him without killing him ; or for, they were all taken 'ill in the what would produce similar effects stables, refused their corn, and the on the horse prisoner spoke of. Wit- four which died may be estimated, ness and the prisoner became very in considering their own value and their timate ; and Bishop's evidence, which engagements, at 12,0001. Whilst was in some part corroborated, open- Dawson was in London, Bishop was ed a scene of iniquity never excelled. busy in keeping arsenic in the trough; They had been together at different and he addressed the prisoner by the races, and witness had procured so. appellation of Miss Dawson, and re. lutions of arsenic at various times, ceived in return, of Dawson, inclowhich had been infused into a trough sures to enable him to carry on his at Doncaster, where two brood mares nefarious practices. were destroyed. They had also at The poisoning of the horses was
tempted to poison Lord Darlington's completely proved by Mr Prince, · Rubens, which won the Pavilion who had been apprised of the plan ; stakes at Brighton, in 1809; and and, owing to his exertions, the perthey succeeded in an attempt at petrators were brought to justice. Newmarket in the same year. In A young man, named Longford, conjunction with a man, by repute proved, that the prisoner had met named Triste, witness had been em. him at Newmarket in 1810, and conployed by the prisoner to infuse poi. sulted him with regard to lending son in the troughs at Newmarket in himself as an agent on the occasion. 1811. Pirouette, the favourite for Dawson had often called on him, but the Craven stakes at Newmarket, was he refused to participate in his plans. the object of the poisoning; and she After Bishop's evidence had been was under the care of Mr R. Prince, gone through, the judge stopped the a respectable stable-keeper at New. proceedings ; and after hearing argumarket, and also a training groom, ments on the part of Mr Serjeant in high esteem among the members Sellon, for the prosecution, and Mr of the Jockey Club. Mr Prince had King, for the prisoner, directed an under his care the principal horses acquittal, on thợ grounds that the