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4 January to 26 April 1862

Issue of 4 January 1862

Walter Glover, known as the carrier between Dumfries and Edinburgh in the time of Burns, died on Sunday week at Furnyside in his native parish of Laberton in his 104th year.

The silver medal of the Manchester Humane Society has been presented to William Partington, ferryman at Pomona Gardens, Cornbrook, who has been instrumental at various times saving 15 persons in the Irwell.

Yesterday, Friday afternoon, a fire broke out in number 6 Fountain Court, Strand, inhabited by poor people. Mrs Howlett, who occupied the second floor, left her four children in the house while she went out to work. The eldest boy having occasion to go below the bed struck a lucifer match which set fire to the bedclothes and then ran out of the house but the flames spread so rapidly that all egress was cut off from the others who were in an adjoining room and who perished in the flames.

Issue of 18 January 1862

John Andrew, a foreman in one of the departments in the Carron Ironworks near Falkirk died a few days ago leaving behind him about 10,000 pounds. He and Hugh Campbell met their death on Wednesday week whilst engaged in the diving bell apparatus at Woodesley near Paisley. They were at a depth of 22 feet and engaged in slinging stones when, by the air pipe bursting, water rushed in from beneath in such volume that they must have instantly been deprived of life.

A curious case of breach of promise of marriage was tried before the court of Common Please yesterday week. A Mrs Eames a widow of between 40 and 50 and a Mr Read, a gold refiner and a widower of between 60 and 70. The widow had about 600 in the hands of trustees and the widower wanted 200 of it to be put into his business but on the trustees objecting to this arrangement the defendant kissed the lady's hand and said there must then be an end of the business. Her counsel appealed for damages sufficient to reimburse her some expenses she had been unnecessarily put to but did not claim anything for blighted affection. The jury gave his client 50.

Issue of 22 February 1862

Another savings bank defalcation to the amount of 400  has been reported. The defalter William Knowles, a schoolmaster, secretary to the Tattenhall (Cheshire) Savings Bank and had been so highly respected that a public testimonial was presented to him at Christmas. He has however been examined before the Chester magistrates and found to be 400 back in savings bank accounts.

A fire occurred on Sunday morning at 17 Chichester Place, Grays Inn Road, attended with loss of life. Mrs Kier was burnt to death before the escape arrived; and her husband, after hanging some time by the window ledge amidst the flames, dropped on the pavement and received such injuries that his life is in danger. The child was rescued by a fire escape conductor from the window sill where it had been placed by the father. It died shortly after from the burns it had received. The house and contents were utterly consumed.

The inquest on the bodies of the three workmen, Jacob Ketteridge, John Fuller and Alfred William Rathbone killed by the falling of the unfinished houses on Wednesday week in Amhurst Road, Hackney, has resulted in the following verdict. That the injuries received by the falling of the houses and that the cause of such accident was the use of inferior materials, undue haste in the construction and the want of more efficient supervision.

A case of fortune telling is under investigation at the Wandsworth Police Court the prisoner being a young gypsy woman named Selina Smith. She is charged by a Mr King, a person living at Wimbledon, with obtaining a dress and two shillings from his wife and one shilling from one of the servants on pretence of telling fortunes. Credulity or something worse was shown by both mistress and servants. 
The woman came with mats to the door and got one shilling from the cook, Emma Pole, whom she told she had a lucky countenance and would get a gentleman for a husband. Then after telling the housemaids fortune she went up to the mistress. The servants reported to the magistrate what passed. 
The cook said 'I heard the prisoner say my master would not live longer than a month. I heard my mistress say she would not mind a sovereign if she could bring her something to do her good". The prisoner said that if three drops were mixed with his tea he would die in a month. On Friday the prisoner came again and brought a powder and a paper. She mixed the powder in cold water and said three drops of it were to be given in every cup of tea.' 
'Was it to give your master?' 
'I supposed it was to kill him at the end of the month. When the prisoner said my master would die by the end of the month my mistress saw me looking and said she was afraid to trust anybody. I said I would not tell.' 
Priscilla Webber Jollings
, fellow servant of the last witness, said 'I heard the prisoner tell my mistress she would be married again in 12 months and that she would be a happy woman and have one child. She said master would die in a month. Mistress said 'Do you think so? I'm not quite sure.' 
Prisoner said 'Do as I tell you and you can.' 
Prisoner: I say, dear, did you not say I was to ask the lady to give you 5 pounds to go down to the gentleman's friends? 
Witness: My mistress asked me if I would go to the master's friends and I told the prisoner to tell her to give me 5 and it would not be lucky to go under the 5 pounds. My mistress told me I could go and she did not mind what money she gave me. That was after the fortune was told. 
Prisoner: She said I was to tell the lady about her not living happily with her husband. Witness: I said so. The magistrate remanded the prisoner for a week and directed that the stuff should be analysed.

Issue of 1 March 1862

An explosion took place at a colliery at Easton near Bristol on Tuesday. A young man named Howard was killed while another, Isaac Brittan was dreadfully burned. As far as could be ascertained one of the pitmen had sent the deceased to procure some nails from a box in which cans gunpowder was kept each containing a pound and a half and the powder was ignited by a spark from the candle which he carried in his cap.

A Mr Treavershorne occupying apartments at 43 Western Street, Bermondsey was burned to death on Monday. Remaining to dress himself though repeatedly warned after the house was discovered to be on fire.

Stepney parochial officers have advertised for the heirs of a travelling beggar, John Denham, supposed to have belonged originally to Newcastle upon Tyne, who died lately in a lodging house in High Street, Stepney and was buried at the expense of the parish. The parochial officers found in the pocket of the coat that had been worn by the deceased a coarse leather pocket book containing six bank deposit receipts for sums amounting in the whole to 700 pounds.

8 March 1862:  Last week James Forbes, a labourer, discovered in an old chest that had belonged to his father deposit receipts of the Dundee Banking Company for 471 pounds bearing interest since 1841.

The son of a mill owner at Biddulph named Harthan has been committed by the Manchester magistrates for first robbing the mill, which had been recently insured, and then burning it down.

At Kingsbridge Petty Sessions on Monday an extraordinary incidence of ignorant credulity on the part of an unfortunate blind man, Thomas V Horswell of Stokenham, came before the sitting magistrates. Cinderella Smale, a miserable fortune teller under pretense of curing the prosecutor, who is a labourer, of his affliction obtained from him no less a sum than 37 pounds of which 30 pounds was had at once. She wanted the gold for the purpose of ruling his planet. She rubbed his eyes with what she said was a Canaan stone and also repeated a prayer while he knelt. When Cinderella had obtained all she could her visits ceased. Her 'fortune' in the present case was committed for trial in the Exeter Assizes.

Selina Smith, a Wimbledon gypsy, was brought up again yesterday week and sent to prison for 3 months for fortune telling. The 'stuff' had not been analysed but Mr King, the prosecutor promised to make experiments with it. With reference to the mysterious poison which 'Medicus' in the Times described as 'drei' as one of the peculier secrets of gypsies the Lancet says 'The account of this fabulous poison is clearly drawn from the realms of imagination. It is difficult to suppose that the author of the recent letter had any other object than that of a startling hoax.'

Issue of 18 March 1862

Mr Ford, the proprietor of extensive chemical works in Nottingham having been charged with forgery poisoned himself with Prussic Acid on Thursday week.

Issue of 12 April 1862

A rag gatherer at Stockton named Light having received information of his being declared heir to a property at Winchester with a value of 20,000 pounds took to incessant drinking and killed himself within a few days. 16

April 1862 Four children having died successively at a house in Salmon Lane, Lane, Commercial Road, Limehouse, after similar symptoms supposed to be those of diptheria, a sanitary investigation elicits the fact that their room was papered with green paper pieces of which they often put in their mouths. This paper when chemically tested proved to contain considerable quantities of arsenic. A post mortem examination of the body of the child which last died has been ordered by the coroner.

Issue of 26 April 1862

A factory operative named Gell has been killed at Keighley owing to a cask of rock oil taking fire at a lamp within two yards of him.

A tragical affair happened Castle Dawson, Londonderry on Good Friday. Two cousins, Charles and John M'Erlane quarrelled about a trespass which had been committed by some cattle. The dispute ran high and Charles levelled his gun and shot his companion dead upon the spot. The deceased man's friends rushed forward to avenge his death and terrific melee ensued.

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