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MAIL NEWS

THE MITBBIOK MUSDBB.

Ia the trial of tbta oaso the witnesses examined for tbe defence were Professor Llbby, who thought tbe symptoms did not denote arsenical poisoning, and Biteson, who h»d lived with Maybrlok m Amerlov, Mariner Thompson and a negro servant n&mod Sunton testified that Maybrlok habitually used arsenlo. On Auguat 5h Professors Mooaamara and Paul testified that Maybrlok died from gastro-entaritla. Professor Paul Is toxl.cologloil examiner m the Victoria University, Liverpool, and he deolarei it would take mon>hß to eliminate aresnio from the nyatam If It wero taken onoe or twioe A obomist testified that ladies often purchased fly paper for use as oopmetlos. A hairdresser eaid that araenlo was frequently used by ladies to improve their complexions. Mr Poole, ex-Mayor of Liverpool, testified that In Mtrob lat>t Mr Maybrlok had told him that he \otk poisonous medloines habitually. At tbe reqaont of Sir Oharlon Russell, ooausel f^r tbe prisoner, tho Judge allowed her ih> unusnal privilege of making a statemunt. With many emotional Interrcptlona on her part she proceeded to do no In the following terms :— I bought fly ptpar for uso as ooametlos for macy years and used cosmetics containing arsenic, which Dr Grlgge, of Brooklyn, New York, prescribed. I lost the proflorlptlon, and wishing to make a substitute for tbe formula, aoakad fly paper and elder flowers m lavender water and orvored it with a plate and towel to ex elude tbe air. On the night of May Sub, after the nurse had given the deceased the meat juioo, I aat by the bed. Mr Mnybrlok complained of being very sick nnd he watt rauoh depressed. He implored me to give him a powder which I aarller m the d&ydeollned to administer. I was terribly anxious and very unhappy. His distress unnerved me, and as he aald the powder waa hsrmlesu and that I could pub It In hfa food I ounsented, and mixed It In the meat juice. Mr Maybriok then fell asleep, and appeared batter when he awoke. I was not anxious to admlnlatoc any more, and plao»d tbe meat juice on the wauhatand, whore it remained till Mlohael Maybrlok took possession of It, The day before my haeband'n death I folly oonfesaed and reoeived hia forgiveness for the fearful wrong I bad done htm. ' The oonoludlus; part of Mrs Maybrtok'a statemeut oaueed a profound senß*tlon. Her cUte» raent ended the evidence for the defenoe. The Jadce In his oharge aald that there was strong and distressful evidence to show that the prisoner had a motive for ridding beraelf of her 'husband. This oonld be found In her Infidelity, which h»d rendered It oooeeanry for her to enter Into lnextrloablo m»«js of lying. He called particular rttentlon to a phrase (< He Is sick unto death " m her letter ti Brlerly, m view of tho f*ot that on tha day tbe htter waa written the doctor fully expected Mr Maybrlck to reoover. This gave reason tor believing the prisoner waa desirous of . being rid of her husb«nd, so that she might live with her paramour. The judge also put a question to the jury as to whether it was reasonable to balleve that a loving wife would yield to her husband's suggestion, and put; an unknown powder m hla food. A verdict of guilty was returned, and aentenoe of death waa pronoanced. After the judge had delivered sentence, £ho prlaoner aroae, and said that evldenoe bad been withheld whioh would have piuaed a dlffurent verdlot. She declared Jfersolf not guilty. Thousands of people assembled at tbe entianoo of tho Oourt, and whon Mr Jaatloe Stephen oame out, he was greeted with howls and Inoessant ories of "abame." The interference of tho polloe ouly prevented an attaok on tbo judge's oarrlage. Tho witnesses In the oase were aho mobbed, and had to fight tbelr way to o»bs. Tho Bontenoe was afterwards aommuted to peual servitude for life. This action was the result of a oonferenoe at the Home Secretary's offioe, at which Mr Stepbe'u, Lord Sollahury, ana several eminont phyelolaua 1 woro pteaent. Tho f»ots oonoeratQg the correspondence sont to tha Home H.ccetary, Mr Matthews, In tbo oaso uro coming nar, There are many curious mlaalven. Some of the wrltotn deol»rod that they had ptedflod th^mselvfln nofc to allow Mr MiUhewa to Hvn a Blnglo d»y after Mra Mnybrfok wn« bunged Jf ho ehould pormi^ thn judge\i s'ctonoe tn ba carried our. Women In appurently reapeotable pooltions volanUercd to be handed Inß.tead of Mr* M^ybrlck, If that would satisfy the £("me Sepret^ry, $re*{ pumbc^ of letters were ndarensed dlr«qt to the Qaeen, appealing to her f,o In^rfera.

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MAIL NEWS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2229, 18 September 1889

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MAIL NEWS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2229, 18 September 1889

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