4 January to 26 April 1862
Issue of 4
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.'
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
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
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.'
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.
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.
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.