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THE MAYBRICK MURDER.

A YOUNG WIFE ACCUSED OF TREACHEROUSLY POISONING HER I HUSBAND. THE TIMARU CASE AGAIN. |From Our Special Correspondent.] London, May 31. Since the Bravo case set all the world talking in 1877, there has been no poisoning case in " good society " to compare with the tragedy which is just now the one and only topic of conversation in the " good old town " of Liverpool. About ten days ago Mr May brick, a prosperous cotton-broker, moving in one of the best local " sets" and residing in a comfortable house at Aigburth, died after a few days' illness. Almost at once Liverpool society was electrified by tho intelligence that the doctors in attendance declined to provide the necessary burial certificate, and that young Mrs May brick, a good-looking French Canadian twenty years her husband's junior, had been arrested on the charge of murdering him. The shock, apparently, completely prostrated the woman, who was, however, removpd to Kirkdalo Gaol Infirmary. After two or three formal adjournments the case was gone into on Tuesday by the district coroner and a jury composed of leading merchants and brokers. The principal witness apart from Mr May brick's servants was Mr Michael Maybrick, the well-known baritone vocalist and song writer (" Stephen Adams "), who appears to have been summoned suddenly from London shortly before his unfortunate brother's agonising death, Mr Brierley, the young man of whom the late Mr Maybrick seems (not without cause) to have been jealous, occupied a seat in Court all day, but seemed quite callous and unconcerned, notwithstanding his critical position. He is far from an Adonis; in fact, most people consider Mr Maybrick was the better looking man of the two, The Coroner having briefly opened the proceedings', a surveyor's plan of portions of the interior of Battlecrease House, Aigburth, the residence of the deceased, was put in and proved. Dr Beamish, surgeon of Walton Gaol, was called, and stated that Mrs Maybrick was under his care at tho gaol. He thought it would be dangerous for her to come to the Court at present, but he expected that in about a week she might appear. Mr Michael Maybrick, oi Wellington Mansions, Regent Park, London, the wellknown vocalist and composer, was then called. He said the deceased was his brother, and was in his fiftieth year. His wife, Florence Elizabeth, was about twentyseven years of age. They kept five servants —viz., a cook, two housemaids, a nurse, and a gardener. He was visited by the deceased in London about five weeks ago, and they went together to consult Dr Fuller, witness's physician. Dr Fuller examined deceased, and gave him two prescriptions, and a third on the following Saturday. Witness now identified the prescriptions produced. On Wednesday, the" Bth inst., witness received a telegram, and at once went to Liverpool. At tho station he was met by hi 3 brother Edward, and they went together to Battlecrease House. There i.o took possession of a letter which he fou'id, addressed to Mr A. Brierley, 60 Huskisson street, Liverpool. The deceased was in bed when witness got to the house, and when he went into his brother's bedroom M-s Maybrick followed him in. The same evening ho had a conversation with Mrs Maybrick, and told her ho had strong suspicions about his brother's case. He thought he was not properly attended to, and that he ought to have a professional nurse and a second doctor. She said no one had a greater right to nurse a husband than his wife. He was not satisfied, and next day he saw Dr Humphries, and Dr Carter was called in. On May 10 witness, in consequence of something told him by Nurse Gore, went into his brother's bedroom, and removed a bottle of brandy which was standing amongst the medicine bottles. The same day he took possession of a bottle of Valentine's meatextract, and handed both to Dr Carter. Later on that afternoon ho returned to the bedioom. Nurse Callery and Mrs James Maybrick were there. He observed Mrs Maybrick changing some medicine from one bottle to another. She had changed it from an ordinary medicine bottle into a widemouthed bottle, and she also changed the labels. Witness said: " Florence, how dare you change that medicine from one bottle to to another ?" and she replied that it was on account of the sick sediment, which could not be properly shaken in the smaller bottle. Witness said he was very much displeased, and would have the prescription remade. Nurse Callery then had charge of the deceased, but Nurse Wilson arrived between four and five that afternoon. Deceased, however, became worse and worse every hour, delirium followed, and he died the next afternoon (Saturday, the 11th inst.). About an hour after his brother's death, witness gave certain instructions to Alice Yapp, the children's nurse, and later on she camo to him in the morning room and gave him a box and a parcel in brown paper. In the box the first thing he saw was a white parcel labelled " Poison " on one side, aud on the other was " Arsenicpoison" in print, and "For cats" in writing. The label was as at present. He did not recognise the writing. There were also in the box four small bottles containing a white fluid, and having the labels scratched off. There was also a handkerchief or piece of linen, but he could not identify it. In the presence of witness, his brother, and Mr Steel, who lived next door, the box and parcel were wrapped together and sealed. Mrs Maybrick was not present then. He saw that the parcel contained a powder. It was open, and the powder almost running out. When sealed, he locked up the parcel in the wine cellar, retaining possession of the key, and afterwards gave it to Inspector Baxendale. His brother Reginald also had a key to the wine cellar, but no one else. That key was placed on a top shelf in a peculiar manner, and had not been moved, and when the parcel was handed to the police the seal was intact. His deceased brother made a will.

Superintendent Byrning said he did not purpose going further into the matter until tho will, the life policies, and the receipts for the last premiums were produced, Mr Steele and Mr Pickford deferred their questions till the examination was concldded.

In reply to Mr Mulholland, witness said the letter as produced was exactly as given to him. He gave some letters to Inspector Baxendale which he had found in deceased's bedroom and dressing room. The dressing room had been used as a bedroom by Mrs Maybrick. She was lying there the day his brother died. The four letters produced were handed to him on the Sunday morning. They were found in the drawer of the dressing table, under the paper lining. He did not see them found. The Coroner said there were two letters addressed to Mrs Maybrick, a third letter not in an envelope, and a slip of paper which seemed to be the draft of a telegram. Witness said the draft was in Mrs Maybrick's writing. He also handed those letters to Inspector Baxendale. On the examination being read over the witness said he could not swear he saw Mrs Maybrick change the labels of those bottles, though he reprimanded her for doing it. He saw her in such a position that he thought she was undoubtedly changing the medicine, and she replied that the sediment was so thick. He had nothing to do with calling in the police. That was done because the doctors refused to give a certificate.

Alice Yapp, the children's nurse, was next called. She said that some little time since, in consequence of something told her by Bessie Brierley, the housemaid, she went into Mr and Mrs Maybrick's bedroom, and saw a washhand basin covered with a towel. She lifted up the towel and found a kitchen plate at the bottom of the basin in some water. Under the plate were some fly papers, though she could not say how many, and the water was slightly discolored. She replaced the towel, and left the basin as she found it. She said nothing about the matter until she mentioned it recently to the police. There were no fly papers used about the house at that time for the purpose of killing flies. On Saturday, the 27th April, Mrs Maybrick told witness that the master had taken an overdose of the medicine he had got from London, and that he

was very sick. Next night the deceased was taken ill again, and Mrs Maybrick aßked witness to stay with him for a few minutes while she went downstairs. Witness did so, and Mrs Maybrick returned shortly, carrying a cup. She did not see the contents, but Mrs Maybrick asked the deceased to drink it, as it would make him sick and do him good. On the evening of the 6fch May witness, when coming away from the nursery, saw Mrs Maybrick standing at a table on the landing where some of the medicines were placed. She had two medicine bottles in her hand and was holding them up, pouring the contents of one into the other. She turned round and saw witness, and at once put the bottles down and went into the lavatory. On the afternoon of the Bth May witness was in the road with tho children when Mrs Maybrick ran down to her at the gate and gave her a letter to post. Witness gave it to one of the children to carry, but the child dropped it in the mud. Witness opened it, intending to get a fresh envelope at the poHt office and redirect it, but glancing at the writing she caught sight of the words " My darling." She then read the whole of it, after which she decided not to post it, and she gave it that same evening to Mr Edwin Maybrick. The envelope was addressed "A. Brierly, Esq., 16 Huskisson street, Liverpool." The letter was in the handwriting of Mrs Maybrick. The Coroner then read the letter, which was written in lead pencil, and was as follows : Wednesday. Dearest,—Y ur letter under cover lo John K camo tohatd just after I bad written to y.u on Monday. I did nuc expect t;> hear from ytu so soon, and had delayed i'i giving him tho necessary instructions. Since my return I havo been nursing day and night. Ho is sick unto death. The doctors held a consultation yesterday, and now all depends upon how lor g hissttcegth will bold out. Both my brotbers-lnlaw aro hero, and wa are terribly anxious. I cannot answer your letter fully tc-day, my darling, but relievo your mind of all fear of discevory now or in future. M. has been delirious since Sunday, and I know now th&t he is perfectly ignorant of everything even to tho name of the street, and also that he has not been making any inquiries whatever. The tale ho told mc was a pure fabrication, and only intended to frighten tho truth out of m*. In fact, ho believes my statement, although he will not admit it. Youneel not, thtieforo, go abroad on this account, dearest, but in any case please don't leave England until I have seen you once again. You must feal that those two letttrs of mine wero written under ciroumstances which must over excuse their injustice in your eyes. Do you suppose I could act as I am doing if I merely felt what I inferred ? If you wish to write to mo about anything do so now, as all the letters pies through my hands at present. Excuse thiß scrawl, my darling, but I dae not leave the room for a moment. I do not know when I shall be able to write to you agiln.—ln haste, yours ever, Floerib.

Witness said nothing to Mrs Maybrick about not having posted the letter. The witness proceeded to say that in a conversation she had had with Mrs Maybrick the latter had said she was blamed for not having had another doctor, but that Dr Humphreys had said there was no necessity. Witness did not know deceased was out of health when he went to London. By Mr Pickford: There seemed to be no concealment of the fly papers she had spoken of. The Court then adjourned for luncheon. On resuming, Jecsie Brierley, housemaid, was called, and spoke to finding the fly papers as described by the previous witness. She had never known the deceased to be ill before. He was taken ill in April last. After the illness began Mrs Maybrick told her that the doctor's instructions were that all food for Mr Maybrick was to be given to her (Mrs Maybrick). After Mr Maybrick's illness began she was not allowed to go. into the bedroom to attend to her duties as housemaid. In examination by Mr Pickford, the witness said that on the 28th of April, when Mr Maybrick was taken ill, the doctor was sent for immediately by Mrs Maybrick. Both were at the time occupying the bedroom. The basin in which the fly papers were was one of the ordinary washhand stand set—the small one that stood between the two large ewers. On the 28th of April, when Mr Maybrick was taken ill after breakfast, Mrs Maybrick had breakfasted in bed, and had not been downstairs at all.

Thomas Siminson Watts, chemist, of Aigburth road, Grassendule, said he knew Mrs Maybrick as an occasional customer. She came to his shop about the end of last month and bought a dozen fly papers, similar to that produced, saying that the flies were beginning to get troublesome in the kitchen. He had not sold any fly papers this year before that.

Christopher Hansen, chemist, Crsssington, deposed that on the 29th of April Mrs Maybrick, who was a customer, bought from him a lotion and two dozen fly papers, and paid for them at the time, which was unusual. She took them away with her. The papers were similar to the one produced, and contained arsenic. Elizabeth Humphreys, cook in the service of the deceased, stated that, as far as she knew, Mr and Mrs Maybrick hud been on good terms up to the Grand National day. On the evening of that day she heard him say to Mrs Maybrick: "By Heavens, Florrio, you must be careful. Once you go through that door you will never enter it again." The front door was the one referred to, and witness and another servant induced Mrs Maybrick, who had her bonnet on, to go upstairs. There had been no occasion for fly papers in the kitchen. She remembered Mrs Maybrick asking her far a cup of mustard and water for the master, | who had taken another dose of that horrid medicine, and was ill again. The witness related several occasions on which she had prepared various delicacies for the deceased gentleman by the direction of Mrs_ Maybrick. On Monday, the 29th o£ April, she made up some of Du Barry's Food—a tin o! which Mrs Maybrick gave her—and when it was prepared it was put in a jug, and Mrs Maybrick said she was going to take it to town for Mr Maybrick's luncheon. The next day witness prepared some bread and milk for Mr Maybrick, and sent it up by the waitress. It was sent down again. The waitress made a remark upon which witness tasted the bread and milk, and found it not as she had sent it up. On Friday, the 3rd of May, Mrs Maybrick, about six in the evening, came into the larder with a bedroom drinking glass containing some fluid at the bottom, and asked for some hot soup, and when this was prepared she put the contents of the glass into it, saying that what she had put in was beef juic; essence to strengthen the soup for the master. On the following day witness took some medicine which had just been delivered by the chemist's boy, and took it up into the bedroom. Mrs Maybrick was there, and said : " What did you do that for? I told all the rest but you not to take anything into the room till I see it." Subsequently, when witness asked Mrs Maybrick how the master was, she replied that he was very ill, and that the doctors said if he had taken "that much" more of that medicine he would have been a dead man, meaning the London medicine, and that she had thrown the rest of the medicine away. On the Wednesday morning she saw Mrs Maybrick, and asked how the master was. She said he was very much worse ; that she had been up all night with him, and that he was quite delirious. Nurses had not then been called in. Witness offered to attend the deceased, as Mrs Maybrick looked tired. She replied: " Oh, no ! He would not know you, Humphreys ; and I can manage." She went back into the bedroom. The same day witness made some lemonade. She had asked to go into the bedroom to see the master, but Mrs Maybrick said it was no use. Nevertheless she went in without permission, and saw Mr Maybrick looking very ill. He called her, and said with a great effort: " Humphreys, I want you to make me some lemonade as you would make for a poor man who was dying of thirst." He said to Mrs Maybrick, who was putting some lemon juice in a glass, "I don't want lemon juice ;" and then he said to witness " Cut the lemons in slices and put some sugar in ; I want to feel when I have rinsed my mouth out that it is rinsed out." Mrs Maybrick Baid it was no use for witness to make anything for the master ; the doctors said he was not to take anything like that unless as a gargle. Witness asked the deceased if he would { like some lemon jelly, and he said "Yes, Humphreys, anything like that"; but Mrs | Maybrick interposed and said he should not have it. Witness went down to prepare it, and took it into the bedroom, and was about to give it to deceased when Mrs Maybrick took it from her, saying to her husband "You can't have it, dear." She kept saying "Only as a gargle." The deceased looked very wistfully after it, and said "Very well." Witness saw deceased

again in the evening after Nurse Gore had arrived, and asked him how he felt. Ho said he was no better, but "very, very seedy." Looking about the room, he said "There's some strange things knocking about,Humphreys,too." "Ofcourse,"witness added, "I thought he was rambling." Mrs Maybrick turned and Baid " What is it, dear?" and witness left the room. On the Friday night she came into the kitchen for a sandwich and glass of milk, which she took Bitting on one of the chairs, looking very distressed and rocking herself to and fro. She afterwards took witness's hands, and said: " Thank you, Humphreys, for all the kindness you Lave done to me, and good- bye." Then she kissed witness on the cheek, and went away crying. She said there was no hope at all for Mr Maybrick, who was sinking. At three in the morning Mrs Maybrick came to tho door of the servants' bedroom and asked that someone Bhould go for a neighbor (Mrs Briggs), as Mr Maybrick was dying. Two of the girls accordingly went. By Mr Pickford: Tho deceased seemed quite contented that Mrs Maybrick should wait on him. At the time he spoke about "strange things knocking about,'' Nurse Gore had arrived, and was iu the room. Witness gathered that when Mrs Maybrick spoke about her in the house she was complaining about being deposed from authority. It being now six o'clock the coroner announced his intention of sitting late, and a short adjournment took place. On reassembling, Mary Cadwalladr (a waitress in the deceased's house) was called. ShespoketoMrßMaybiickhaving complained that some arrowroot on Sunday was not thick enough, and finishing the preparation of it herself. Witness noticed a dark sediment in a jug which had contained arrowroot, and she showed it to the cook. Mrs Maybrick had given fier the jug to soak in water. M r Maybrick was sick after taking the arrowroot. Dr Humphreys was sent for. Mrs Maybrick said the deceased had taken an overdose of medicine. Prior to the arrival of the professional nurses Mrß Maybrick had entire charge of the bedroom. Witness corroborated the other evidence as to the preparation of food, and with regard to the bread and milk said the deceased complained of it being sweet, although no sugar had been put into it in the kitchen. Ellen Ann Gore, certified nurse, Liverpool, deposed to having been directed to go to Battlecrease on the Bth May, soon after three in the afternoon. Mrs Maybrick gave her some medicine in a medicine-glass, and asked her to give it to the patient, which witness did. At 6.30 Mrs Maybrick said the medicine was due, but witness said she would give him food instead, and looked for the medicine-glass to give him some food, the food being measured. She looked where she had put the glass, but could not find it. Going outside on the landing she saw Mrs Maybrick, and aßked for the glass. Mrs Maybrick said it was in the bedroom, and witness then found it. Going then into the lavatory, witness found Mrs Maybrick there, and that she had mixed the medicine in the glass, and she said she had added water to it. It mußt have so much water to it or it burnt the patient's throat. She then put the glass containing the medicine into a tumbler of water to keep cool until the time of giving it, and went downstair?. Witness then threw the medicine down the sink. She remained on duty until 11.30 in the morning, when Nurse Callery relieved her until 11 p.m. on the 9th. Witness then took a bottle of Valentine's beef fluid which seemed to have been unopened, and which Mr Edwin Maybrick had given her the night before ; she gave Mr Maybrick two teaspoonßful in water. No ill effects followed. She tasted it herself first. The bottle remained on the table, and a few minutes after midnight Mrs Maybrick took it up and went into her dressing room, the door of which she pushed to. She came out in a couple of minutes, and put the bottle back on the table in a way >s if to conceal the action from witness. Replying to Mr Pickford, witness said as far aa she knew no one whilst she was on duty gave the patient anything but herself. When she threw the medicine away it was because she wanted the glass to give the patient food, not because she had any suspicion of the medicine. She subsequently gave the bottle to Mr Michael Maybrick. By the Foreman: She could not say whether the contents of the bottle were increased when Mrs Maybrick brought it back from the dressing room. Nurse Gallery was then examined, and said whilst she was on duty from 11.30 on the Friday until 4 30 in the afternoon all that was given to the deceased was given by herself. Mrs Maybrick was present nearly all the time. The patient was very much exhausted, and complained of his throat and pains in the abdomen. He waved his hand at Mrs Maybrick and said: " Don't give me the wrong medicine again." She replied: " What are you talking about ? Yon have never had the wrong medicine." Witness was then giving the medicine to Mr Maybrick.

Susan Wilson, another nurse from the training school, Dover street, Liverpool, who was in charge of the deceased from a quarter to five on the afternoon of the 10th until 11 p.m., Bnd from eleven o'clock on the following morning to the death of the deceased in the evening, was next examined. She said she gave the deceased all the food he took on the Friday. On the Saturday he took nothing by the mouth. On Friday afternoon he said three times to Mrs Maybrick : " Oh, Bunney, how could you doit! I did not think it of you." She replied : "Oh ! yon silly old darling. "Don't bother your head about anything"; and said to witness " We can't think what is the matter with him, nor what has brought this illness on." When deceased made the remark stated he seemed perfectly right, though he had been delirious. Replying to Mr Pickford, witness said she did not know when Mr Maybrick used the words named. He bad complained of the conduct of his wife. Mr Michael Maybrick, recalled with reference to the conversatoin between Mrs Maybrick and the cook (Humphreys), said there was no foundation whatever for the suggestion that he was on bad terms with Mrs Maybrick. The contrary was the fact. Mrs C. E. Samuelson, of Princes Park, Liverpool, a friend of Mr and Mrs Maybrick, spoke to having with her husband met at the Palace Hotel, Birkdale, Southport, the deceased and his wife and Mr Alfred Brierley. Mrs Maybrick then had a conversation with her, in which she said she (Mrs Maybrick) left the bus with Mr Brierley, and after returning she said to witness " L will give it him hot and heavy for speaking to me like that in public." There had been a little unpleasantness, and Mrs Maybrick referred to that, and was very angry.

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THE MAYBRICK MURDER., Evening Star, Issue 7964, 20 July 1889, Supplement

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