MYSTERIOUS CRIMES IN GREAT BRITAIN.
Among the crimes of the hour are several that challenge the “ Newgate Calendar ” for depravity, cruelty and blood-thirstiness. At Glasgow a blind husband suspected his wife of infidelity. In the agony of his soul, when confessing his belief to the-wretched partner of his life, he expressed a wish that he was dead. She was heard to coldly answer that he might possibly have his wish realised sooner than he expected. Not long afterwards he was found dying on the pavement opposite his own house, having fallen, as is suggested, from a three-story window. The evidence, however, goes strongly in support of the charge that the wife and paramour killed him and flung him into the street. A jury has yet to clear up the facts and pronounce upon them. Paragraphs appear almost daily in, the country journals referring to what is called “ The Manchester Murder ; ” another modern mystery. The facts may he briefly narrated: —Last week, one evening, a gentleman residing in a Manchester suburban villa received a note inviting an appointment at once at an adjacent inn regarding the sale of some land he was interested in. The letter turned out to be a hoax; but the moment the master had gone his wife heard the doorbell ring and the servant answer it. Some-one entered the house and went down stairs with the girl to the kitchen,in, circumstance in no way unusual. Short y afterward she heard a terrible scream ; she gave an alarm, a neighbor came in, and they found the girl dying from the effects of a frightful gash in the head. The victim never spoke, and at present no clue to the murder has been obtained. The theory is that jealousy is at the bottom of the crime ; and while I write I see a news dispatch intimating that a young man has unaccountably disappeared from the neighborhood, and that the police think it desirable to look after him. A week ago London was horrified by the announcement of the discovery of the body of a man floating in the Brent river, near Harden. T: o lower part of the abdomen had been (. it away and was missing. On a the 1 nigh investigation it turned out to he a case of suicide of the most revolting character. The body was that of an old man named Sipley. He had himself cut away the abdomen, which was found, with his hat and a knife, under a hedge ; and, after suffering this mutilation, he had flung himself into the river. At Croydon, near London, a few days since, Lawrence Bovill shot at his partner, whom he missed, but, thinking him deasl, rushed into the presence of his sister, and putting a pistol into his mouth, blew his own brains out. At the inquest, a halfwritten note was found in the suicided pocket, containing these words:—“This is all through being too good a friend to him. I took him home with me, and treated him like a brother, and he rounded on me like a dog or a rat. ” Among the social mysteries of the day is what is called “ The Worcestershire Case,” in which James Lewis Paine, a gentleman, and Fanny Matthews, a domestic servant, are charged with the wilful murder of a lady of means and position belonging to the county of Worcester. She was addicted to drink. Paine became acquainted with her. He deserted his own wife and went to live with the rich woman. He insured her life, got control over her property, induced her to go to London, and there with the aid of Fanny Matthews, at a lodginghouse or “ coffee shop,” deliberately kept food from her and plied her with ardent spirits until she died. So, at all events, runs the charge against him and his accomplice. The case will be tried at the Central Criminal Sessions. One day recently a foreigner named Schon went into the Italian Church in Hatton Garden and tried to shoot the officiating priests who fled before a shower of bullets from his revolver and fastened themselves in a room. He tore the altar down and set fire to it. He is a Socialist and probably a manaic.— London Correspondent of the New York Times.
Putting a Check on Swearing. A new method of raising benevolent funds has been devised in Wellington. According to the Chronicle Mr. and Mrs. Fisher, of the Te Aro Club, recently handed over to Mr. A. G. Johnson, secretary of the Benevolent Institution, a cigar-box, containing coins, and requested him to place the contents at the disposal of the Institution. It was explained that the money was the contributions of swearers, it having been made a rule that any visitor to the Club who used an improper word should he fined one penny. When Mr. Johnson opened the box he found 18s 3gd in coppers in it, and this will be handed over to the proper quarters for disposal. It may be added that this amount was collected in one week.
Romish Immorality.—A correspondent not far from Auckland writes as follows : —“ With reference to Pastor Chiniquy’s boob, ‘ The Priest, Woman, and Confession,’ here is something I can vouch for as truth ;—A gentleman of my acquaintance has translated the Latin beastliness found at the end of the volume, and has taken the trouble to write in English several copies of the same, which he has circulated private 1 / among his acquaintances. He left 0;.3 copy with a friend, and it lay (purpose A 7) on the table when an Irish Roman Catholic came in, who, when he saw it, said ‘ What have you got here V The answer was, ‘ What the priests ask the women at the confession. ’ The Romanist said, ‘ May I look at it V The friend said, ‘Oh yes, with pleasure.’ On reading it the Roman Catholic said, ‘ Well, this is damnable ! May I take a copy of it to show 2 (His wife). I am determined to know if this is true.’ The copy was given to the man, and he took it away and showed it to his wife. On his asking her if these were the questions that had been put to her at the confessional, she blushed crimson and confessed to her husband they were ; she said, ‘lt is true.’ The husband asked, ‘ Why did you not tell me then V She replied, ‘Because I was ashamed to do so.’ The husband went straight away to the priest, and accused him of the filthiness that had come to his knowledge in this way. This interview was a very unpleasant one, and has resulted in both ‘|husband and wife willingly leaving the church for ever.’” Our correspondent, who is a gentleman of good repute and social standing, says :—“ The above is nearly exactly.as it took place,” and he requests only that names and place may be suppressed, out of consideration for those concerned.— N. H. Free Press, Ist May.
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