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104 ANN UAL REGISTER, 1819.
goner called out of the chaise to the driver to stop, but did not assign any reason why he was to stop ; and the driver, , having some suspicion of him, declined complying with his request and flogged his horses on at a quicker pace, when the prisoner jumped out of the chaise and swore he would blow the driver's brains out if he did not stop, and presented two pistols, which induced the driver to comply. The prisoner then robbed him of his money, &c. made him dismount from his dicky, unharness one of the horses and put a saddle on him, on which the prisoner mounted, and went back the road by which the chaise had come. The driver proceeded on to the White-hart inn, at Bagshot with one horse to his chaise, and related what had happened. A number of men were despatched on horseback, &c. in various directions in pursuit of the robber, but no trace was made of him till Thursday, when he was detected at the Pack-horse public-house, on Turnham-green, where he stopped with the stolen horse on his way to London. He afterwards escaped out of a back door of that house, but was pursued and taken in a field. He was fully committed for trial. 12. Mansion-House. — John Morley, the keeper of billiardrooms Sweeting’s-rents, in the parish of St. Bartholomew by the Exchange, was charged upon information under the 12th of Geo. 3, cap, 28, sec. 1, for setting up, maintaining and keeping a certain fraudulent game, to be determined by the chance of dice, under the denomination of
the game of hazard, by which he was liable to the penalty of 200l. The information was laid by an eminent merchant, a resident in the parish of St. Stephen, Coleman-street, who was led to adopt the proceeding in consequence of having experienced in the person of a protegé, 19 years of age, the isoft effects which gaming establishments, or as they are figuratively called, “Hells,” are daily producing. The prospects of the young person whose indiscretion has been alluded to, were a short time ago splendid, but a few visits to Morley's put an end to them. The house in question is in all appearance devoted to the game of billiards, and most of those who frequented it engaged merely in that game. Through the agency of professed gamesters, who shared in the profits of the concern, those who appeared to be proper objects of plunder were soon introduced to the hazard table, which is kept in a retired and private part of the house. The evidence of the young man was to the following effect: he had been in Morley's house; the game of hazard was played in the front room on the second floor; a door led into it from the land
understanding given that proceedings were about to begin. In the centre of the room was a large circular table, over which a lamp was suspended, and round the table the players sat, in number generally from six to ten. The play commenced by one of the players taking the dice-box with two dice in it; two other dice were covered on the table, and might be substituted for those in the box, upon application to Morley, who acted as “groom orter.” Morley is remunerated for his table very handsomely. When the caster throws in three mains successively, he pays to Morley what is called a box (one of the pieces of the house with which the game is played.) The prices are eighteen-pence each, and he gives them in exchange for notes, and retakes them. The caster pays nothing unless he wins. The players generally leave off play at eleven or twelve o'clock. On Saturday there is most play, as Morley on that day always gives a dinner at four o'clock, immediately after which the play commences. On other days tea and coffee are given. Hurdifield, the officer, swore that he served the notice of attendance at Morley's billiardroom, Sweeting's-rents. The defendant did not appear. The overseer of the parish deJosed, that he had been in Morey's house, No. 2, Sweeting'srents, a month or five weeks ago; that Morley voted as an inhabitant for an organist. The churchwarden who collects the poor-rates in the parish deposed, that Morley was rated as an inhabitant.
A number of young men, most of whom are clerks, were called to confirm the evidence as to the system, but none of them apeared.
The Lord Mayor, after having made some comments upon the vice of gaming, convicted Morley in the penalty of 200l. We understand that the defendant left this country for Ireland the moment proceedings were instituted. The gentleman who laid the information was only restrained from prosecuting the person who robbed him, by the promise of that person to leave the country for
ever. 22. A dreadful accident occurred at Little Harwood, near Blackburn, by which two men were killed on the spot ; two others were so shockingly bruised that they have since died of their wounds; and a fifth lies in a most deplorable state, with little chance of recovery ; and another man and a boy are also much bruised. The accident was occasioned by the explosion of a steam-boiler at the mouth of a pit which colonel Hargreaves and two other gentlemen are now sinking for coals. The boiler weighs about four tons, and was carried, it is supposed, about 50 yards high, and fell 65 yards from the place where it was working. It was seen in its transit by many persons at a considerable distance. One piece of iron of a ton weight was thrown fifty yards, and several stones and slates were found at 100 yards from the place they had occupied. The building which contained the engine was left with scarcely one stone upon another. One One of the unfortunate sufferers was carried by the violence of the explosion to a distance of 80 yards, and lived several hours after he was taken up. Three of the men who have been killed have left families; the fourth was a stranger who came from Low Moor iron-works to inspect the engine, and had not been more than an hour on the premises when the dreadful occurrence took place. 22. A meeting of from 20,000 to 30,000 Radicals was held on Monday at Burnley, in Lancashire. A number of them were, it is said, armed with pikes and pistols. Among the resolutions passed, one was, that an address should be presented to the Prince Regent by Hunt and Johnson in person; another, that if parliament should propose any measures to curtail their liberty of meeting, such a step should be considered a signal for a general meeting. 25. On Saturday last, a party of officers in Paisley were sent to execute a warrant for apprehending a person accused of seditious practices, and for searching his possession for papers. When they had completed their search, and proceeded to the street with their prisoner and papers, they were assailed by a mob, who knocked one of them down, and so severely hurt another with stones, which were unmercifully pelted upon, them, that they were obliged to abandon their prisoner, and in the best way they could, effect their escape. Yesterday, one of the magistrates, with , a party of officers, accompanied o Some
infantry and cavalry, proceeded to apprehend some of the rioters, when they were mobbed and assailed in the same manner. The same day, another party of of ficers, along with the sheriff.substitute, were grossly insulted in seizing some concealed arms, in one of the most public streets of Paisley, and they found it not safe to carry them off without the protection of the military, and a party was accordingly sent for to escort the officers with the arms so seized. On this duty the soldiers were hooted and insulted, and one of them severely struck by a stone from the mob, in presence of the sheriff, and all this
without any retaliation. 27. On Thursday evening, soon after six o'clock, as Mr. Edward Blake and Mr. Thomas Dray, two riding officers in his Majesty's customs, stationed at Lydd, in the district of Dover, were proceeding on duty, they discovered at sea, in the Midriffs, between Dover and Romney, a large quantity of tea, spirits and tobacco, which they seized, together with a large galley, called Le Marcheron, of Boulogne; being in the act of illegal op". tation. Having succeeded in getting the boat and cargo on shore, they were attaeked by a numerous gang of upwards of fifty smugglers, armed with pistols, bludgeons and other of fensive weapons, one of whom struck Mr. Blake a violent blow on the head, which brought him to the ground, where he remained a considerable time insensible, and great fears are entertained for his life. Mr. o was also dreadfully ill-treated. They, however, succeeded in giving an alarm. Assistance came, and these desperadoes made off without carrying into effect their intentions of rescuing the contraband property, which was safely lodged in the customs' stores at Dover. A reward is offered for the ruffian that attempted the life of Mr. Blake, his person being known. 29. On Friday a privy-council was held at Dublin-castle, when the baronies of Ballymoe, Downamore, Killyan, and Tyaquin, in the county of Galway, were, under the act of the 54th of the king, declared in a state of disturbance. An extraordinary establishment of police will accordingly be formed in those baronies. 30. A fishing bank has within these few years been discovered, which is supposed to extend about 150 miles in a south-western direction from the Shetland
islands. It joins the fishing banks on the western side of the Orkney-islands, and is believed to bend westward as far as Cape Wrath in Sutherlandshire, and the Lewis-isles. This great bank has already become an object of some notoriety with the Dutch and French fishermen, who are to fish upon it next season. One French vessel, said to belong to St. Maloes, fished two cargoes of fine cod upon it in so short a period in the summer of 1819, that she returned to France with her second cargo in the month of July. A number of deckedboats, or small vessels, manned with eight hands each, belonging to the Shetland-islands, rendezvoused last summer in Scelloway and the other bays on the western side of Shetland, were also extremely successful, having actually caught, for several months together, at the rate of 1,000 fish per week for each boat.