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for the relief and benefit of Ireland had division, the motion was rejected by a succeeded ; and also to consider what mea- majority of 57 to 17. sures would be necessary to remedy the 9.- The presentation of some petitions existing evils in that kingdom. The produced a short conversation upon the noble Earl introduced his motion in a long suppression of the Freemason lodges in speech, in which, besides the other topics Ireland, effected by the Secret Society Bill usually employed upon the subject, he of last Session. The opinion of the Lords confessed the cruelty and tyranny of Eng. who spoke, (the Earl of Liverpool and land, impeached the administration of the Marquis of Lansdowne,) seemed to be, justice in Ireland, condemned the police that the bardship imposed upon the Freebill, complained of the church establish- masons was unavoidable. ment, urged the necessity of catholic 18.- The Marquis ' of Lansdowne emancipation, and professed his compas- brought in a Bill to enable the English sionate respect for the well-disposed but Roman Catholics to vote for the election inefficient government in the sister king. of Members of Parliament, and to give dom. The Earl of Liverpool, without them the same right of suffrage as endisputing the unjust and selfish policy joyed by the Catholics of Ireland. formerly observed towards Ireland, vindi. 13- Lord Bathurst moved the second cated the present generation of English. reading of a Bill to regulate the adminimen from any participation in it, and re- stration of justice in Newfoundland. The cited a vast number of generous conces. principal provisions of the measure are sions, which, since the commencement the enlargement of the Supreme Court of the late King's reign, had been made by two additional Judges, the appointfor the benefit of Ireland. He maintained ment of Circuit Courts, and the restora. that the present depression of that king. tion of the Trial by Jury. The motion dom was wholly unconnected with the was unanimously agreed to disqualification of the Catholics ; and op- 15.-- The Bishop of Limerick read a posed all the arguments upon that subject, letter of some length from the Archbishop drawn from the analogy of other States of Dublin, in which his Grace, in allusion by observing, that in Ireland alone was to the observations made upon his con. the religious division of the people ac- duct in the debates upon the Irish Sepul. companied by a parallel division of pro. ture Bill, denied, in the most distinct and perty, intelligence, and manners. In positive manner, that he had ever given Ireland, it was notorious that the great any orders, or advice, or intimation of an bulk of the property, and all the qualific opinion, on the subject of the perform. cations naturally associated with property, ance of the Catholic funeral ceremonies belonged to the Protestants. Much of in Protestant church-yards, up to the the suffering of Ireland he ascribed to a time when he was accused of having inpremature introduction of the English terdicted such celebrations, at which time constitution ; but for the omission of one he was in England. The letter went on part of the English code-the Poor Laws to say, that the practice lately attempted -he avowed his regret. He professed by the Catholics was wholly an innova. to hope the best results from the exten- tion; no such celebration, according to the sion of Christian education ; but begged experience of all the Protestant Clergy in to remind the House, that in the nature Dublin, having occurred during forty years. of things this result could not be very In conclusion, the Archbishop's letter exspeedily felt. In conclusion, he opposed plained, that, when consulted by his the motion.' The Marquis of Lansdowne Clergy, after the matter had been so spoke at considerable length in support of angrily agitated, his advice had uniformly the motion. The Earl of Limerick ear. been, to abstain from every thing like a nestly deprecated the introduction of poor forcible resistance to the Catholic Clergy, rates into Ireland. He said the effect of and to rest cantented with a protest such a measure would be, to make of the against the illegal invasion of the rights Irish peasantry six millions of beggars; of the Protestant church. Before he sat because no Irishman, who could live idly, down, the Bishop of Limerick pronounced would work. The Marquis of Downshire, aglowing and well-merited panegyric upon the Earl of Carnarvon, and Lord Clifden, the learning, genius, and Christian temper supported the motion. The Earls of of the most reverend prelate (Dr Magee.) Carberry, Mayo, and Roden, opposed it ; The House adjourned to the 28th of the last, in a speech of some length, gave April, when it re-assembled. On that and a most gratifying description of the recent the two following days there was no im. progress of education in Ireland. On a portant business before the House,

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house, and found the door of the kitchen 11.-High COURT or JUSTICIARY. much shattered, and also the outer win. -The Court this day proceeded to the dow-shutter split, seemingly by a blow trial of Alexander Guthrie, quarrier, from the outside. Mr M'Neill said, that in the parish of Pentcaitland, East Lo. he did not, under these circumstances, thian, accused of the murder of James feel himself warranted in asking a verNewton, who had been in his employ dict against the prisoner, and he there. ment as a labourer. Guthrie pleaded fore gave up the case. The Jury reNot Guilty. It appeared from the evi. turned a verdict of Not Guilty; and dence, that Guthrie and Newton, with Guthrie, after a solemn advice to abstain four other quarrymen, had gone to the from the use of spirits, was dismissed prisoner's house on the evening of Mon. from the bar. day the 9th of February last, where they The next case was that of Alexander drank whisky till a pretty late hour, M‘Farlane. The indictment charged when the party broke up, leaving Ņew. himn with having, on the 16th of Feb. ton and Guthrie together in the house. ruary last, stolen from the shop of RichAt that time there had been no quarrel ard Allan, grocer in the Potter-row, a kit betwixt them. Guthrie's mother also of butter; and, when apprehended a few left the house, and went with a neigh. hours after, of having, in the Park-Place bour, Mrs Gowans, in whose house she watch-house, seized a pair of large iron stopped all night. In the course of the tongs, with which he assaulted James night, Mrs Guthrie becoming uneasy, Stirling, grocer in the Potterrow, who requested Mrs Gowans's daughter to go had assisted in his apprehension, and to her son's house, and see what was struck him a dreadful blow on the head, going on. She went accordingly, and by which his life was endangered. M. finding the window of the room open, Farlane pleaded Guilty of the assault, went in by it, and saw a man, whom but Not Guilty of the theft, and the she supposed to be Guthrie, lying on the Jury having found him Guilty accord. bed, and Newton lying on the kitchen ingly, he was sentenced to a year's hard floor, with his head cut, and the floor labour in Bridewell, and farther till he strewed with fragments of broken bot. find security in 500 merks to keep the tles, and covered with blood, vomitings, peace for three years. and other filth. Upon receiving this in Benjamin Ross, shoemaker in the formation, Mrs Guthrie, with her neigh, Lawn-market of Edinburgh, who had bour, Mrs Gowans, returned to the house. been out on bail, now appeared at the They immediately awoke Guthrie, who bar, to answer to a charge of assaulting, seemed astonished and sorry at the situ- striking, and wounding Jean Williams, ation of Newton, and declared he knew or Ross, his wife. He pleaded Not no more of it than the dead in the grave. Guilty. His wife stated, that he had Newton's wound was washed and dress. frequently abused and huri her ; but on ed, and he was put to bed, in which the night of the 31st December last, Guthrie assisted. Newton died two days they had some words, and Ross lifted the after. The only circumstance which tongs and struck her on the temple with could attach suspicion to Guthrie, was, them, to the effusion of her blood. She that his trowsers were stained with blood went to a neighbour's house, and by his about the legs; but this was accounted advice returned, and, having washed the for by Mrs Gowans, who stated, that blood from her face, went to bed with while she swept the blood and filth from her husband. Next morning, being unthe floor towards the hearth, Guthrie was able to rise, she refused when her hus. sitting by the fire ; and that from the band commanded her to do so ; and he state of the floor no one could walk on then struck her with a large ellwand a. it without having their shoes soiled with cross the legs ; and afterwards, when she blood. All the witnesses, on their cross. got up and said, “ Benjy, you're surely examination, gave Guthrie a good cha not going to murder me!” he struck her racter, and deponed his bearing no ill. on the left side of the head, knocked her will to Newlon; but, on the contrary, down, and cut her. As soon as she was they had heard him speak frequently in able to rise, she went up stairs in her, praise of him as a servant. Mr Lloyd, shift to a neighbour's, who wrapped a, superintendant of police for the county covering over her, and went for a sur. of Haddington, had examined Guthrie's geon. She was afterwards twelve days

in the Royal Infirmary. Mrs Ross's ed into eternity at twenty-five minutes testimony, as far as regarded what took past two o'clock. place out of her own house, was corro. High Court of JusTICIARY.borated by other witnesses, and the Jury Yesterday Samuel M Menemy was callfound the husband Guilty. The Courted to the bar, to receive the judgment of were of opinion that a more brutal and the Court, he having been found Guilty, savage case had never com: before it, on his own confession, at the last las. and Ross, who is a man above seventy gow Circuit, of several acts of falsehoud, years of age, was sentenced to trans- traud, wilful imposition, cozenage, breach portation for life.

of trust, and embezzlement ; the case was 24.-James Sime was convicted of certified to this Court for punishment. bigamy; but in consideration that he had Lord Meadowbank, who presided at the already suffered a long confinement, and trial, stated, that the prisoner had been other alleviating circumstances, he was indicted on no less than eight different only sentenced to three months impri. charges, to the three last of which he had sonment.

pleaded Guilty ; and he had certified the 31.--Selling blasphemous pollications. case, that it might be duly weighed and James Affleck, bookseller in Adam's considered by their Lordships. Lord Square, Edinburgh, was put to the bar, Hermand proposed that the prisoner accused of publishing and vending sedi.

should be confined in the Bridewell of tious and blasphemous publications. He Glasgow for twelve calendar months, and pleaded Guilty, and Mr Jeffrey address. kept to hard labour. The other Judges ed the Court in mitigation of punish. expressed their concurrence, Lord Pitment. The learned Gentleman pleaded milly remarking, that, should those crimes the candid confession of the prisoner, happen again, it would then be the duty and as a proof of his contrition stated, of the Court to pronounce a heavier sen. that from the moment in which this tence. charge had been brought, he had abstain. Isabella Blinkhorn, or Cocker, proprie. ed from carrying on his trade of book. tor of a caravan containing a show of seller, and had shut his shop altogether, moving figures, was accused of the murder and had offered satisfactory sécurity to of her daughter, a girl of between nine the Lord Advocate, that he would for and ten years of age, in the month of Oc. ever abandon the sale of the objection- tober last, at Johnstone, in the parish of able works. In consequence of these cir. Paisley. A number of witnesses were ex. cumstances, the Court only sentenced amnined, from whose testimony it appeared, Affleck to three months imprisonment, that the body of the girl had been found and to find security for the space of three

in the river Cart, bundled into a sack, on years in the penalty of £.100.

the 9th of October ; that on the preceding

day, several individuals heard cries pro8.-Erecution.--Yesterday John M“- ceeding from the waggon, and knew chat Creevie, who was convicted at the Glas. the girl was missing next day. The mo. gow Circuit of breaking into Mr Shep- ther, when shown the body, denied its herd's house at Springyale, and striking being that of her daughter; and as the him while in his bed with a crow-bar, and Court would not permit the examination robbing the house, was executed there in of the prisoner's son, a very young boy, front of the Court-houses. Being led to

who was said to be the only eye-witness the foot of the scaffold by the officers, he of the murder, there was no evidence to shook hands with Bailie Anderson and convict the prisoner. The trial lasted to Mr Cleland, at the same time saying, “I a late hour ; and this morning, at ten am innocent_I am innocent." At this o'clock, the jury returned a verdict of Not time hc fell into an apparent stupor, and Proven. She was of course dismissed nearly fell down, but was supported by from the bar. the officers. After having a little recover. 14.-Murder. This day, William ed, he ascended the platform with sup. Devan, or Divine, from Glasgow, charged port, and the rope being adjusted, the with the wilful murder of his wife, was Rev. Mr Muir offered up, on his behalf, placed at the bar, and pleaded Not Guilty, a most impressive prayer, at the end of the five Judges being present. The de. which he appeared to be again falling, clarations of the prisoner were duly iden. when the officers supported him. Having tified, as were also the bloody razor, and recovered a little, he prayed for some several other articles which were found time in a muttering manner, but after. near the deceased after the murder. The wards he spoke in a loud and firm voice, direct testimony against the prisoner was calling upon his Maker to extend mercy that of a boy, who was too young to be to him ; he then bowed to the multitude sworn, and a man who lived in the neigh. and gave the signal, when was he launch. bourhood. The one declared that he

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looked through a broken pane of the prie trial of Daniel or Donald Elphinstone, ac. soner's window, and saw the prisoner cused of the murder of Mrs Croket, his sitting beside his wife on a wee stool; and mother-in-law. To the charge of murder, that he saw himn draw a razor across her the prisoner pleaded Not Guilty. The throai, in the manner which he described principal facts of the case, were, that the with his hand on the throat of the macer ; prisoner, on the 20th February, accident. and that she then fell backwards ; and he, ally met his wife (who had been for some being frightened, ran up the stair above, time living in a state of adultery with a where he lived, and told what he had seen man named Mackintosh) at her mother's to his mother, who is since dead. The door, in Libberton's Wynd, Edinburgh ; other declared that he looked through the that some ill language passed between the same hole in the window, and saw the prisoner and his wife, when the former prisoner dragging something along the threw a 1 lb. weight at his faithlese rib, ground from the window to the bed. Ac and struck her on the hip. The wife then cording to other evidence, the body was came to the door calling out murder, and afterwards found in the situation to which the deceased coming up the Wynd at the the man said he saw this bundle removed, time, lifted up an empty water stoup, and there was a pool of blood in the place which she threw at the panel, who threw from which it had been dragged. There it back again, and also drew a clasp knife was other circumstantial evidence, which from his pocket, with which he stabbed proved that the prisoner had been at his Mrs Croket below the 10th rib, the pri. house, and that the door was locked soner saying, “ take that, and keep it as about the time when the crime is sup. a keep-sake for your daughter." In con. posed to have been committed. The ra. sequence of the wound, Mrs Croket died zor with which the fatal act was commit on 9th March in the Infirinary. A num. ted was borrowed of a neighbour by the ber of tradesmen, with whom the prisoner deceased, at the request of her husband, had been employed as a painter, gave a short time before the atrocious deed. him a most admirable character for sobri, Several witnesses were called for the prie ety, honesty, and industry. The Jurysoner, with a view to prove an alibi ; they being addressed by Mr Alison for the however were not all of them very decis prosecution-Mr Maitland for the pri. sive upon that point, and they differed re soner, the Lord Justice-Clerk summed specting immaterial circumstances, which up the evidence at great length-returned disagreement was considered to shake the a verdict, finding by a plurality of voices credibility of their general testimony. The the prisoner Guilty of murder. The Court panel, in his declarations, also pleaded then sentenced the prisoner to be exealibi, and alleged that he had accompa- cuted at Edinburgh on the 28th July, nied his two sons to their work ; but his and his body to be given to Dr A. Monro counsel produced no evidence of this, al: for dissection. He has since been respited though it was admitted to be competent during his Majesty's pleasure. for the sons, though under the age of pu. Johanna Rickaby was convicted, on her pilarity, to be called as evidence for the own confession, of various acts of swind. prisoner, but not for the Crown. The ling, and sentenced to 9 months' confineprisoner, in his declarations, relied chiefly ment in Bridewell. on the theory of suicide, but it was proved 25.-At the Surrey quarter sessions, by the Medical and other testimony, that last week, Captain L. C. O'Callagan, the deceased did not kill herself ; that the stated to be in the Spanish service, but oc. two wounds on her throat must have casionally acting at one of the minor theacaused instantaneous death ; and there. tres in London, was found guilty of an fore that the deceased could not have assault on the Rev. Mr Saurin, son of the removed from the situation where she Bishop of Dromore, by giving him a first fell, nor have placed the razor on the stroke with his own stick over the shoul. mantlepiece, where it was found ; nor ders. The parties were returning from a have exchanged her under garment, and visit to the discovery-ships at Deptford, concealed beneath the bed the shift which and the prosecutor being on horseback, was there found saturated with blood. took too great a liberty, as the Captain Mr D. M.Niell addressed the Jury for conceived, in staring repeatedly into a the Crown, and Mr Wighame for the carriage at Mrs Thelwall, and some la. prisoner. The Lord Justice-Clerk sum. dies, who were under the Captain's care, med up the evidence, and the Jury he riding on the dickey. The scene took brought in a verdict of Guilty. His Lord. place at a turnpike gate on the road ; and ship, in a very impressive manner, pro the parson gave the Captain his card, nounced on the panel the sentence of tearing off the word Rev., avowedly, as death.

he said, on his examination, with the 21.-Murder. This day came on the view of fighting him, if called upon! As

the assault was proved, the defendant without a house, were seen in the most was sentenced to one month's imprison. anxious state, watching over the little ment; which he is now suffering, with property that they had been able to save bread and water only for his diet, having from the general ruin. Among those under some misrepresentation, refused were some infirm old women and chil. the county allowance, with the view of dren, which completed this picture of finding his own provisions, and then tvo misery. A general subscription was imlate discovering that the alternative was mediately commenced for their relief. bread and water only. He petitioned the Except the house in which the fire comSessions, but they had no power to menced in the ground floor, the others interfere, the visiting Magistrates alone all caught Aame at the top and burned being entitled to give directions in such downwards. The property of those in. matters. (Mr Denison his since given habiting the shops and lower flats was orders to allow Captain O'Callaghan what in consequence mostly saved. Among he pleases.)

them were Messrs Tait and Co. haber. 28.-Dreadfui Conflagration.-About dashers; Mr Nelson, hookseller: Mr Perone o'clock in the morning of Thursday the guson, tobacconist ; Mr Brash, spirit-dea24th inst. a fire broke out in Edinburgh, in ler ; Mr Budge, of John's Coffee-house ; the back premises of a spirit-dealer at the and Messrs Bell and Bradfute, booksel. head of the Royal Bank Close, High-Street, lers, the greater part of whose stocks which was more destructive than any were removed in safety. It is remark. calamity of the kind for a hundred years able that the buildings on the same site before, having completely destroyed five were consumed in the year 1700, in a houses of six stories high, comprising most fearful conflagration which broke those well-known tenements over the ont in the Meal-Market, Cowgate, and piazzas leadinginto the Parliament Square, made its way to the High-Street. “ By one house in the Square, and the one in a dreadful fire (says Maitland in his His. the Royal Bank Close, in which the fire tory of Edinburgh,) that broke out at originated, which last, with the one im. the north-eastern corner of the Mealmediately in front of it, were reduced to Market, about ten o'clock on Saturday a heap of ruins before three o'clock in the night, on the 3d of February, all that morning. The afternoon of Thursday magnificent pile of buildings (exclusive was far advanced before the devastating of the Treasury Room) in the eastern fury of the flames received any sensible and southern sides of the Parliament check, and the engines continued to play Close, with the Exchange, were destroyupon the smoking ruins at intervals the ed." About two years before this great three following days. The loss of property fire, the Scots Parliament, anno 1698, has been immense, notwithstanding that we are told,“ taking into consideration much of it was covered by insurance. the great danger the Edinburghers were The loss of life has been almost miracu. exposed to by the excessive height of lously confined to that of one individual. their houses, both in respect to fire and The inhabitants of the two houses which falling, they enacted, that no building first suffered, entered by a common stair to be erected in the city thereafter shall in the Royal Bank Close, and although exceed five stories in height ; the front the fire broke out at the dead hour of wall in the ground story to be three feet night, by the extraordinary intrepidity of in thickness, the second two feet nine a few individuals, they were all got out inches, the third two feet six, the fourth in safety, many of them naked. Alex. two feet three, and the fifth two feet.". ander Chalmers, a town-officer, was Before this, the houses had been consi. tempted, after he had rescued a wife and derably higher, as we are informed that seven children, to make an endeavour to the house on the south side of the Par. recover some valuable papers which he liament Square, which was burnt down had in charge ; but on opening his door he in the great fire of 1700, was three stowas met by a body of fame which seized ries higher than the one which stands upon his clothes, and he was so dread. there at present, and which, at the back fully scorched, that he died in consequence part, is eleven stories high, being the yesterday morning. The upper flats of highest house in Edinburgh. the houses destroyed were inhabited mostly 28.-High Court of JUSTICIARY. by poor people, most of whom lost every This day Jane Macfarlane was found thing but their lives. Others were en Guilty of stealing from the person of abled to save part of their furniture and W. J. Brown a pocket book, containing effects, which were deposited in the Par. bank-notes to the amount of £.53, or Jiamen Square. Here a most distressing thereby. Another woman, Margaret Muir,

was exhibited in the course of was charged with the same crime, but not Thursday ; numbers of individuals, now appearing, was outlawed. The robbery

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