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th . a razor on her husband and the servants , flung rself out of the second-floor window . The jury rerned-a . verdict to the effect that the acts were-com-Ltted in-a state of insanity . ; A Human Beer Pot-stand . —For some time past , e publicans in the neighbourhood of Worship-street > lice-court have lost a great many pewter pots . On ionday night , a man and his wife were seen by the > lice walking away with one of these vessels , and were ken into custody . At the station-house , the woman's
ps exhibited an unnatural distension , and , finding conalment useless , she exhibited to the searcher a leathern It round her waist , suspended to which by hooks all und were a great many pint and quart measures . : ie man , when brought before the magistrate , said he l& been out of work for nearly seven weeks , and that ey were starving . His wife hadacted entirely l > y his reefcion , and he wished the case to be settled by the agistrate . The woman was discharged , and the man nfceneed to six months'liard lahrmr .
A . Reverend ^ LOGGER . —The Rev . E . J . May , headaster of the Brewers' Company ' s school at Tower Hill , speared before the Lord Mayor on Tuesday , charged ith beating John Henry Grossmith , one of the scholars , . h © y ten and a half years old . One morning , when he ent to school , lie took a message from his mother to ty that she wanted him to go home soon . Mr . May ild him to go to his work ; but he endeavoured to . cape , and Mr . Qattermole , one of the other masters , rought him back to the room . There was a scuffle Jtween them , and Mr . May asserts that the boy struck id kicked Mr . Qattermole very severely . On being rought back , the boy was caned by Mr . May for ( as le lad states ) ten minutes . He was struck on the thighs , id so much hurt that his mother was obliged to call
L . a medical man , and to connne Jum to his bed for some me . He was rather a delicate child , and the cane was thick one . Mr . May's defence was that the boy was l-tehaved ; that he constantly stayed away from school , ad was insolent . In a letter to the boy ' s father , read t court , this edifying specimen of a Christian minister lid that , had he known , that the boy had struck Mr . attermcle , the punishment would have been 'far more jvere . Mr . Grossmith said he was willing to accept an P ° logy ; but the professor of the religion of love was at disposed . to make an 3 % and the case was therefore Hit to the Quarter Sessions . In the course of the inestigation , the Lord Mayor made some excellent obserations on the impropriety of punishing so young a child . i so severe a manner , and on the questionable nature of Jirnoral correction in schools at all .
Murder in North Devout . — A labouring man amed John Barwick , living at the village of Lynton , oath Devon , has been apprehended on the charge of mrdering Maria Blackinoor , a young woman to whom e was engaged to be married . The victim had forlerly been a dressmaker in Lynton , and had likewise ved for some time as maid-servant at the Valley of ocks Hotel in the same place ; but at the time she was mrdered she was living with her mother . One evening , l ) out ten or eleven davs ago , she sent to Barwick ,
lying that she wished to see him , and he accordingly cut to her mother ' s house and remained talking to her i the passage for upwards of a quarter of an hour . At ig end of that time , the girl ran into the room where 3 r mother was sitting , with her throat cut completely irough , all the arteries being severed . After once cxlaiming , " Oh , God , mother ! I am bleeding ! " she fell own , and immediately expired . Barwick in the meanme returned home , and told his sister that he had lone' for Maria Blackmoor , adding , as he showed the [ ood-staincd knife witli which the deed had been
comiltted , that , if his sister did not mind what she was jout , he would likewise ' do' for her . The murderer as taken into custody in less than an hour after the icurrence . The coroner ' s inquest has terminated in a erdict of Wilful Murder . . Disreputable Policeman . —Henry Brady , a policeian , has been found Guilty at the Middlesex Sessions ; an assault on Diedricli llathgcn , a Uennan . Ho lirst rossly insulted Mrs . Kulbgcu in the streets at night ; ' terwards attacked her husband with his truncheon , on tat . gentlomau taking his number ; and finally took im into custody on a charge of assaulting him with a > ker . He was sentenced to two years' hard labour . —
. policeman named Monk has been charged at the iaiiborough-street policc-oilioo with perjury , in falsely soaring that two girls hud been annoying gentlemen 1 . Piccadilly late at night . Shortly after he had taken ic girls to the station-house , he was found drunk on is beat . On -the- folio-wing day , when tho girls wuro rought before . the magistrate , he was unable to establish 10 charge ; and other statements which ho made wore town to be false . He "was therefore sentenced to hard Jxjur for a month .
TJATIIERnfGS FllOM THE IAW AND POLICE COURTS . . ticictct-of-ltiave man . haa appeared in the Court of uccu'a Bench as tho plaintiff in an action for false im . riaonment . His name is Pickering , ami lie is now an rtilicial manures manufacturer , carrying on business at , . Pjgott-Btrect , Iiust Iudia-road , Limehou . se . Ho ¦ was
some years since in business in the same locality ; but in August , 1851 , he was tried and convicted at the Central Criminal Court on a charge of receiving stolen goods and sentenced to ten years' transportation . His conduct , however , in prison was so gooil , that at the end of four years he received a ticket of leave . He at once returned to his former place of residence , and resumed business on a very extensive scale , his transactions amounting to 15 , 000 / . or 20 , 000 / . a year . He had some dealings with the defendant , a Mr . Pooloy , who managed a similar business for a Mr . Brown , of Eotherhithe . After some time , there was a balance on the account of about 15 / . in Pickering ' s favour . He could not get the money , and therefore directed his attorney to write for it . Pooley took no notice of the application ; and Pickering , being
unwilling , in his peculiar position , to come before a court , allowed the matter to rest . On the 17 th of August , the two happened to meet at the Blackwall Railway station , in Fenchurch-street . Pickering asked Pooley in a friendly way when he was to have his account . The latter denied his liability ; some angry words ensued , and Pooley-called out aloud for a policeman , " to take this ticket-of-leave man into custody , " asserting that he had no right to be at large , and that he was endeavouring to extort money . He was given into custody , and was followed to the station by a large crowd , Pooley
all the while shouting , " There is Tom Pickerings the returned convict . " At the station-house , Pooley denied having had any business transactions with Pickering ; but the latter was discharged . In cross-examination , Pooley admitted having made use of ' the . offensive expressions , but said he was not out of temper . Mr . J ustice Erie , in summing up , said that persons in the position of the plaintiff ought to be protected as much as if there had been no previous stain on their character ; and the jury gave a verdict for Pickering , with damages to the extent of 40 / .
A Mr . Dorritt has appeared in the Bankruptcy Court , as if following out the fortunes of his namesake in the novel . He holds the situation of bailiff of the County Court , Rocliester , and assistant overseer of several adjoining parishes . Opposition was made to the granting of a certificate , on the ground that ^ he had fraudulently traded in tlie name of Mr . French , his father-in-law , as the proprietor of "VYill ' s coffee-house , Serle-street , . Lincoln's Inn 1 'ields , and had vexatibusly defended actions . The coffee-liouse in question is the place celebrated as one of the haunts of Sir lioger de Coverley , and is constantlv mentioned by the wits of Queen Anne ' s reign , who used
to idle there and to > work there . The bankrupt ' s debts are 1200 / . ; the assets about 300 / . The Commissioner thought the allegations against the bankrupt had not been made out , and granted 'him . a third-class certificate . The adjourned hearing of the petition in the matter of the Surrey Gardens Company was heard in the Court of Bankruptcy last Saturday , and was again adjourned . It was stated that the committee of shareholders have to a great extent settled their difficulties , and that offers of ten shillings in the pound have been made to the simple contract creditors , one half being paid by the shareholders , and the other by claims 011 the gardens .
Three persons bearing remarkable names were charged at Worship-street last Saturday with distinct offences . William Sliakspeare , the lirst prisoner , had been found engaged in a suspicious manner at the window of a tobacconist in Union-street , Spitaliiehls . This man was said to be tho associate of a well-known criminal named Tom Moore . James Graham , the second prisoner , was taxed with stealing some sheet lead ; and Daniel Lambert , the tliird person accused ( a little man ) , was found by the police at a late hour in the streets , drunk , incapable , and noisy . It was said in court that all the names were , genuine ; but we doubt this in some of the instances Lambert was lined five shillings , and discharged ; the two others were remanded .
Colonel Burrowes Wilcox Arthur Sleigh , a person connected for some time with the newspaper press , was examined on Monday in the Bankruptcy Court before Mr . Commissioner Holroyd . He at lirst declined to tell what Iiia occupation had been since 1650 , and afterwards observed that it would really be dillicult to > sav what be hud been s-iucc that date , " lie believed his'Occupation was going ; abroad . He travelled as a gentleman . " In Prince Edward ' s Island , he was a colonel in tho militia and a justice of the peace , lie had purchased an estate there , but there was a lawsuit about the property , nnd here-assigned it to a Captain Gray . On ugain coining to England , he became connected with newspapers . Tlie
British Army Dispatch was for a time his property , and ho and two others set up tho JJailg Tuleyraph . 1500 / . were advanced him to start that journal wilh . He afterwards bought the sharos of tlie other partners for -150 / . ; but ultimately ho sold tho property , and ho has now no concern whatever in tho Talci jrap / i . He had contested Greenwich , Midliurst , and Boston , and had in that way lost 1 ) 9 ^/ . His gold military appointments , which cost him 150 / , ho resold for 7 / . or 8 / ., as they were out of date . The bankrupt ' s balance sheet showed that bo . had boon living at the rate of 1000 / . a year ; but tho assets are only 60 / ., and are doubtful . Tho colonel , however , passed .
An action was brought in the Court of Common Pleas on Monday , to recover tho amount for which a vessel hnd been insured by tho defendant ua underwriter . It
involved a point of some novelty and interest . During the period of time when the vessel was tossing about in tlie storm , one policy of insurance expired , and another came into operation . The defendant , who was an underwriter under tlie first policy , therefore said that , although he was liable for a portion of the loss , yet that the underwriters under the second policy ought to contribute . The jury found a verdict for tlie plaintiffs . The sum o 1737 / . having been paid into court ( being after the rat of sixty per cent . ) , they stated that eighty-five per cent was the proper proportion .
Ihe first meeting in the Bankruptcy Court for th proof of debts and choice of assignees under the failure of William Bromley 1 'iller , merchant , of Lime-street , City , took place on Monday . The liabilities amount to 43 , 458 / ., and the bankrupt attributes his stoppage to the non-arrival of remittances from abroad . Debts to the amount of nearly 50001 having been proved , Mr . Quilter , of Coleman-street , was appointed trade assignee . An allowance of 4 . 1 . per week was granted , to be increased to 51 . provided the accounts were filed in time for the first
examination meeting . The affairs of tho London and Eastern Banking Corporation having adjourned into Vice-Chancellor Sir William Page Wood ' s court , from chambers , on a question concerning the appointment of an official assignee , the matter came on for hearing on Monday . A . contest had arisen before the chief clerk as to the person to be appointed , the committee of management and the Oriental Bank supporting the appointment of Mr . Stuart , one of the principal officers of the Oriental Bank , and Mr .
Colenian , the accountant ; while other shareholders supported the appointment of Mr . Ball and Mr . Harding , accountants . The chief clerk adopted the views of the latter class , and appointed Messrs . Ball and Harding ; upon which the other party brought the ease into court . The Vice-chancellor left it to the counsel for the principal shareholders to choose either Mr . Ball or Mr . Harding ; and they chose the former , as having been first named . The oilicial managers , therefore , will be Mr . Stuart and Mr . Ball . The costs of all parties are to be costs under the winding-up .
A conflict is going on between the Insolvent Debtors Court arid , the : Sheriff ' s Court as to the release of a journeyman printer . The former court had given him a certificate ; but it appears that the man had put in a false account of one of his debts , and the Sheriff ' s Court accordingly objects to hLs release , and asserts that the Insolvency Court has no legal right to discharge a debtor . Two gentlemen were charged at the Soutlnvark policecourt , on Monday , with being concerned with a disreputable woman in stealing a watch from a painter and glazier . Tlie man was returning 1 hom& along the Blackfriars-road , somewhat the worse for liquor , when he
was accosted by the ¦ woman , whom he repulsed , but she kept by him for a ' time ,- ' then endeavoured to force hinx up a dark side street , and finally gave his arm a twist , and ran off , joining , as the man state * , the two gentlemen , lie immediately afterwards missed his watch , and followed the gentlemen as far as Fleet-street , when he gave them into custody , and they were locked up during the night , though positively denying their guilt . After a , patient investigation before the magistrate , it became evident that tlie glazier had make a lamentable mistake , and the two gentlemen wore discharged , with an expression of opinion by tne magistrate that there was not a stain on their character .
Some complaints have been made before the Marylebone magistrate that a person calling himself the Hon . George Cliichester , clerk of tlie peace for Belfast , ¦ or Lord Chichester , had fraudulently obtained goods from several tradesmen . It is certain that various thinga have been ordered , by some one . so calling himself , to bo sent to 0 , Upper Hyde Park-street , Hyde Park-.-: qunrc . The complainants , however , cannot prove any false pretence , and HO'thu matter rests . Love-stories will sometimes : get into tho law courts ; and ji strange one was unfolded on Monday in tho Court of Exchequer . The Hon . Mias Mary Jones , si sister of Lord ltanolagh , became acquainted some time ago with a so-called Count Woszkowtjki , : i fellow-lodger in Eburystrcet , Pimlieo . He was a Polish patriot , an exilo who
had passod through many strange adventures , and waa poor . Moreover , lie was young , being only eight-andtwenty ; and the lady had . somewhat passed tho ago of blossoming . So , though the gentleman waa a good deal involved witli ' his pawnbroker' and with various tradesmen , Miss Jones soon yielded up her heart , and somewhat of hor cash . She handed over to him 100 / ., which the count , in the chivalry of his soul , would only consent to receive as 11 loan . Ho therefore drew up a receipt , afHxiug thereto a penny stamp—but u s-tamp of . a wrong kind , as lie afterwards informed a friend in confidence , taking groat credit to liiinsolf for his discretion . This friend , liowover , wna-no mean as to ' bolray' him at the trial , and so tho fact comes out . Meanwhile , tho lawyers met , to agree about tho marriage settlements , when the ( Jaunt rci'udod to continue tho . mutch unless
half tho ludy ' s fortune wore settled on him . Tho mutch was accordingly broken off , and tho notion for tho recovery of tho 1001 , commenced . This was mot by a-setoff , in Lho . shape of certain expenses whiuh tho scamp waid be hud iiut himself to at tlio ludy ' d rouuest . TUo
No . 405 , December 26 , 1857 . J T H E L E A D EH . 1231
Leader (1850-1860), Dec. 26, 1857, page 1231, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse2.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/periodicals/l/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2223/page/7/