THE MAYBRICK CASE.
(PER PRBBS A88O0IATION.) (Reoelved Anguit 20, 10 a.m.) London, Aogoit 15. Mr Matthews, Home Secretary, will consider the petitions m favor of Mrs Majbrick before sentence is carried out. These petitions have been signed by a quarter of a million people. The " Lancet " considers the verdict was justified by tbe evidence. As usual m these cases Mrg May brick has received plenty of offers of marriage, at least seven being known of, but besides these one infatuated admirer has carried his folly bo far as to offer himself as a substitute on the scaffold . The English Press Association states that Mrs Maybrick's sentence has been commuted to penal servitude for life, but the announcement is regarded as prema tare, as Mr Matthews ip still considering the case.
Mr James Maybrlok, cotton merchant, of Liverpool, residing at Algbartb, died on Saturday, May 11, and on the 13th his wife, a lady about 27, ha being aome 23 yean har senior, was arreited on a charge of having poisoned him ; on being told of which by the police in■peotor, who took her into ouitody, the made no reply. On Friday, Jane 7, after an lnqueat which bad been Beveral times adjourned, the coroner's jury gave •s their unanimous verdlot that the death of the deceased had resulted from | Irritant potion, but only twelve of the I thirteen were of opinion that the poison bad been administered to Mr Maybrlck with the intent to take his life. This, the coroner said, meant a verdfet of wilful murder against Mrs Maybrlck, who, on being brought into Court from the adjoining police itatlon, seemed quite stupefied on being informed by the coroner of the verdict. The medical men who had attended the deceased, and on whote evidence this verdlot was largely based, admitted that they did not inspect that he had been poisoned until this was suggested to them a day or two before b!e death. Is does ne t seem to have been asked by whom this snggestlon was made, bit probably It came from two brothers of the deceased, whose suspicions were exolted by information respecting Mrs Maybrick's administration of food and medicine to her husband, received from one of the nurses, and by a letter written by Mrs May brick, the oontents of whloh were discovered In rather a> singular way. Tbe children's nurse was given the letter to post, addressed to * gentleman m Liverpool. On har way to the post tffioe the baby dropped it m tbe nod, and to put It into another envelope aha opened ft, and having read It, handed it to cna of the brothers of the deceased. Its tone and tenor pointed to an Improper intercourse between tbe writer of the letter and tbe person to whom it was addressed, and the fact of such an intercourse was proved pretty dearly m evidence. The suspicions thus aroused led the medical men to tbe conoluslod, dlicovered too late to be effeotive that their patient was poisoned, Mrs Maybrick had, aooordlng to the evidence, given him food and medicine, m the remains of both of which arsenic was fonnd. It was proved that no arsenic had been plaoes In the medlolne by the chemist, who made It up frocs a prescription. A bottle of Valentina's meat extract, Into whloh araenlc had been Introuucced, wan found m Mrs Msy brick's room, with bottles containing solution of arsenic and sealed paokages containing arsenic In powder. The . medical attendants expressed themselves oonfident, fiom the patient's latest symptoms, that tbe deoeasad had dlsd of | Wtlßt polwd, piobibly tritnie, Ofll of
these gentleman spoke of his attempt to iffiot a reconciliation between hatband and wife, when Mrs Miybrlok told him tbat her hnsbsnd wan repagnant to her
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