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An Elderly Wooer. At the Woolwiph Police Court re-, cently, James Taylor, aged 52, a laborer in Woolwich Arsenal, was charged be- i fore Mr Marsham with decoying and detaining Mary Ann Morell, aged ten and a half years. The child had been missing since Saturday morning last, and the police and the magistrates aided the mother and neighbors in the search until Thursday, when the little girl was found in the prisoner’s lodging, at 2, Glebe place, St. Mary street, Woolwich. The child’s mother said that she lived at 7, Station road, which is only a short distance from the prisoner’s lodging. On Saturday morning her daughter took a shilling and ran away from home. Witness searched in all directions, and on Thursday heard that she was with the prisoner. She knew him in consequence of his having lodged in the same house as herself, but he left in August last, and she never had much to say 10 him, as she did not like the look of him. Eliza Fisher said she occupied r the house in which the prisoner now lodged. He had only one room, where he had his meals and slept. She first saw the little one on Tuesday last, going into the prisoner’s room with some water, but ■ had now reason to believe that she had been there all the week. Seeing her again on Thursday, she inquired who she was and informed the mother. The prisoner was a widower and lived by himself. In answer to the prisoner, she said she believed that the little girl had visited him previously and had played with her children. Detective Sergeant Davis said he found the '

prisoner and the little girl together at the prisoner’s lodgings, where they were at tea together. Being charged with the abduction of the child, the prisoner said she came to him for protection against her mother’s cruelty. After the child had been medically inspected, the prisoner was told that he would be charged with a criminal offence. The little girl was then sworn, and said that her mother ill-used her, and on Saturday morning she stole a shilling from her and ran away. In the afternoon she went to Mr Taylor, because he had been kind to her and her brother, and he kept her in his room, but allowed her to go out, which she did two or three times. The prisoner was remanded for a week.

Mysterious Death on the Railway.

' At the City Coroner’s Court, Golden Lane, Barbican, the Deputy Coroner held an inquiry into the death of Mrs Mary Davidson, aged 35, who was found on the 16th instant on the North London Railway, not far from the Broad street station. Mr Davidson, husband of the deceased, said that he resided at No. 3, Fifth Avenue, Queen’s Park Estate, Harrow road, and was a solicitor’s clerk. He was about going into business, and on the 14th instant went with his wife to inspect the Red Lion Hotel, near to Maidenhead. Having approved of the house a deposit was paid. The following night they talked over the matter, and she said the price was too high. Shortly afterwards she left home, and he heard nothing of her till the following Friday, when he heard she was dead. She was perfectly sound of mind, and her death was a mystery to him. Sarah Mann, servant at 3, Fifth Avenue, Queen’s road, said she was in the employ of Mrs Phillips, the landlady of the house. The witness then gave evidence which tended to corroborate that of the husband, and added that there had been no quarrelling or high words between deceased and her husband, as far as witness knew. John E. Connor. 128, Campbell road, Bow, a shunter in the service of the North London Railway, deposed that he found the body of the woman on the line, about a quarter of . a mile from Broad street station. She 1 was quite dead. By the Coroner; Did not think the deceased had been run over. City Police Constable 174 de, < posed to being called to the deceased, and upon her found between L 9 and ■ Lro in money, and a third class smgle . ticket from Willesden Junction to .J

Broad street Station. There were also ■ a gold watch and several other articles of jewellery. Mr F. G. Brown, surgeon, of 16, Finsbury circus, stated that upon making a post mortem examination he found no broken bones, and his opinion was that she died instantaneously from concussion of the brain, probably from a fall. She had no t been subject; to any act of violence. ;The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased had been found dead on the railway, but that there was no evidence to show how she came to be there.

Persecution of a Devonshire Clergyman.

It is not a pleasant story that is told in the Church Times by the Rev. C W. Moloney, rector of West Worlington, North Devon. The rev. gentleman tells it in some detail, but, briefly, the facts are these : —He wanted to put a stop to the use of the church bells during what is called Revel Week, which would appear to be a kind of saturnalia. The ringers would not have it. They took the key of the belfry, broke down all barricades, and rang as usual. The rector fitted the door with a new lock, and kept the key. So far the circumstances are not uncommon. Bell-ringers are often a very rough and difficult set to deal with, and seldom realise the connection between church bells and church worship. Clergy are not always judicious when attacking the most flagrant abuses or standing on undoubted rights. But since the Revel Week in August last he has had no peace. First, his wire fencing and posts were stolen ; his hen-roost was robbed, and the chickens were carried off, having their necks wrung. Next, stones were thrown at his wife and daughter, by men ensconced in public-houses. Next, the celebrations of the Sth of November were directed at:him rather than against the memory of Guy Fawkes. Lastly, his coachhouse, stables, and cow-house were burnt down, one cow being roasted to death. None of the perpetrators of tLiise outrages have been arrested, though the rector seems to have no doubt as to their identity. If he has any evidence at all it should not be difficult to bring the thieves and incendiaries to justice; but up to the present moment the unpleasant feature in the whole proceeding is the strong fanily likeness to the outrages prevalent in Ireland. “We don’t want that , sort of thing over here,” adds the News. •

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NEWS BY THE MAIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 535, 16 January 1882

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NEWS BY THE MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 535, 16 January 1882

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