Extracts from 4 issues
March 25 1865
On Sunday a fire occurred
at the Jute and Seed Stores at the East India Docks at
Blackwall, destroying property valued at £30,000.
Issue of 1
The swindler, John Morgan, who played such a clever trick at
Shrewsbury a short time ago, was tried at the Assize in
that City, yesterday week. It will be remembered that he
professed to be a detective and took Mr Charles Ashworth of Manchester into custody on a
charge of having robbed a hotel in Carmarthen. He
succeeded in hoodwinking the magistrates in Shrewsbury
and got off with a quantity of Mr Ashwood's property of
which he had taken possession. The defence was that the
whole affair was got up for a wager to obtain possession
of a ring which had been given by a lady to Mr Ashworth.
The jury did not credit the defence but found the
prisoner guilty and he was sentenced to 7 years penal
William Archer Jenner, a town councillor of Salford and
a man of wealth, convicted of perjury, was on Thursday
week at the Manchester Assizes sentenced to imprisonment
for 18 calendar months with hard labour.
A dreadful accident
arising from an incautious use of gunpowder occurred at
Marske near Redcar on Sunday night. One man named Holmes
was killed and three of his children were so frightfully
burned that there was no hope of their recovery.
The convict Hamilton, who was sentenced to death at the late
Manchester Assizes, has been respited. Stephen Burke was executed at Lancaster on
Saturday for the murder of his wife at Preston on January
Issue of 8
An old man names Isaac Skilden, who died in Bethlem Hospital on
Saturday last, had been an inmate of the hospital for 60
years. He was admitted on July 20 1804 at the age of 29
when the hospital was situated in Moorfields and removed
in 1815 to the present buildings in Southwark.
19 August 1865
A curious bill transaction
was tried at the Surrey Assizes on Monday. Mr Hopkinson sued Mr Saltmarsh
a bill of exchange which the defendant refused to pay
because, he said, his signature to it had been obtained
by threats of violence when he was mobbed by a number of
fighting men on the Brighton Race Course who threatened
if he did not sign it they would throw him into the sea.
It did not appear, however, that the holder of the bill
knew of the way in which it had been obtained and the
jury returned a verdict in his favour.
Two more actions against
railway companies were tried on Thursday week at the
Manchester Assizes. Mr Davenport,
manufacturer, Macclesfield, who was severely injured in a collision in Stockport on the London & North Western
company's lines was awarded 1250 pounds compensation and
Mrs Herbert, wife of a painter, obtained a
verdict of 590 pounds for an accident on the Manchester
& Altrincham Railway. At the Leeds Assizes yesterday
week a man named Horton recovered 1200 pounds damages
from the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company for
injuries sustained by being run over at Hipperholme.
John Thomas Glass, who shot one of Colonel
Berkeley's messengers on the polling day at Cheltenham,
was tried on Monday at Gloucester Assizes. The jury
returned a verdict of manslaughter and the sentence was
15 years penal servitude.
Southey, shortly after
having killed three children at Starr's Coffee House,
London, proceeded to Ramsgate where, some years ago, he
had left behind, deserted his wife and children. He was
known by the name of Stephen Forward, which, in fact, seems to be his real name.
At what precise time he went to Ramsgate does not appear
but on Wednesday he found out his wife and daughter there
and had an interview with them in the house of Mr Ellis a dyer in King Street.
On Thursday morning
he was again allowed to see them and while the interview
continued Mr Ellis heard two rapidly succeeding reports
of firearms. Rushing upstairs he found wife and daughter
shot dead. The murderer at once gave himself up stating
that he was also the murderer of the three children in
The prisoner is a man who has long been at war
with society. His history shows a strange combination of
morbidity and hypocrisy. Of late years he appears to have
followed gambling as a means of livelihood, to have
frequented the watering places where he came in contact
with many gentlemen of position at the billard table.
Among them was the honourable Dudley Ward from whom Southey asserts that he won 1100
pounds at billiards. Southey called on the Earl of Dudley
and represented the matter to him but his lordship
refused to pay the claim.
Mrs White, the woman who lived with Southey, then
called upon the earl and was so pertinaceous that she had
to be removed with some force. A summons by Southey
against the earl was the result, which was dismissed.
Since that time the man has more than once figured in the
police reports and has lived by betting, gambling and
Russell on one
occasion sent him 5 pounds after learning that he was
The inquest was held yesterday week upon
the bodies of the murdered woman and girl and a verdict
of wilful murder was brought against Southey alias
Forward, who was thereupon committed for trial upon the
coroner's warrant. On Saturday he was finally examined
before the magistrates at Ramsgate and committed to
Sandwich Gaol for trial on the charge of having murdered
his wife and daughter. He conducted himself with violence
of manner during the examination and spoke loudly of the
interests of justice that were being violated in his case.
The capital sentence in
the case of Thomas
Cockcroft convicted at
the Leeds Assizes of the murder of his sister by blows
and kicks arising out of a quarrel between them has been
commuted to penal servitude for life on the
recommendation of the presiding judge who has expressed
to the Secretary of State, his concurrence in the
recommendation of the convict to mercy, by the jury.
The Championship of the
Thames The skulling match between Henry Kelley of The Bells Tavern, Putney and
Robert Chambers of Newcastle on Tyne for the
championship of the Thames and 200 pounds a side was
decided as our readers know, on Tuesday week, when we
gave an account of the race which took place about 3 in
the afternoon, the course being from Putney to Mortlake,
the distance performed by them in little more than 23
minutes against the wind. Our illustration gives a view
of the boats passing Crabtree Tavern which is situated on
the Middlesex shore half a mile below Hammersmith Bridge.
Kelley, who finally proved the winner, as we need
scarcely repeat, coming in 5 lengths ahead of Chambers at
the goal is shown well before him at the moment when this
sketch was taken. It may be remembered that he rowed against Chambers, a heavier man, six years ago and was
defeated on that occasion. He is the son of a famous
Kelley of Putney, and
is aged 34 years of age.
The inquest on the three
children who were found dead last week at Starr's Coffee
House, Red Lion Street, Holborn, was resumed on Tuesday
when the medical evidence showed that they had been
poisoned with Prussic Acid. Some other strong smelling
drugs were sprinkled on the floor apparently to disguise
the smell of the Prussic Acid. The enquiry was again
adjourned in order that, if possible, the murderer might
be brought before th jury and identified. Southey, the
murderer, is not, it appears, their father but had been
living with their mother who was the wife of Mr White, a schoolmaster living near the scene of
the murder. Indeed he was one of the first persons
attracted to the coffee house and by his recognizing the
children the identity of the murderer was at once
surmised. It is believed that Mrs White, the mother of
the three children, sailed, some weeks back, for
Australia. The children have been buried at th expense of
Mr White. As will be seen in our country news, Southey
has subsequently killed two other persons, his wife and
daughter at Ramsgate.
At Guildhall Police Court
yesterday week Samuel Seamans, a jobbing
butcher of Halesworthen, Suffolk, was charged by Mr
Alderman Challice for sending to Aldgate market on
22nd last month 200 lbs of meat well knowing the same to
be unfit for human food. The events were established by
the evidence of Mr Wylde, Inspector of Meat, Mr Cole, farmer and
cattle dealer of Burnfield, Norfolk and partly by the
admissions of the defendant himself who, bail for his
appearance not forthcoming, was committed to Newgate for
trial. The trial took place on Tuesday and the jury
acquitted the prisoner.
At the same time last Saturday Charles Austin, Senior and Charles
junior, cowkeepers of Peckham Rye appeared before the
presiding alderman charged at the instance of the
Commissions of Sewers with having sent to Newgate market
a quantity of beef diseased and unfit for the use of man.
They were convicted and fined 10 pounds a piece with the
alternative of 3 months imprisonment but they paid the
Benjamin Taylor and Henry Kelly
were again brought up at the Mansion House yesterday week
charged with conspiring to defraud the Birmingham Banking
Company. The conspiracy consisted of a plan of which
bills drawn on imaginary firms were presented at the bank
for discount. Several witnesses were examined and the
prisoners were remanded.
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