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fore them. One of them turned back and cried, “ Hurrah, Pat, how does the bull go 2 Did you come from Scotland to kill us?” Upon that, five or six of them turned back and began to kick witness and his party. Witness went off, and did not know how he lost Corrigan. He met a man of the name of Leach at the church. They had no arms at the Three Tuns. Witness went home after they had been beaten, and found Corrigan had not then got home. He took his bayonet and went out again, when he met Leach. Corrigan came up soon afterwards and struck Leach a blow over the eyewith his bayonet. Two or three then came up to witness and asked his bayonet. Witness soon saw a man in his shirt running after Corrigan with his stick in his hand. Corrigan was running off. He had run off as soon as he had struck Leach. Witness saw no more of Corrigan till he saw him in his lodgings. He was knocked down and his bayonet was taken from him. Upon going home, he found about 20 men at the door; they were saying, “Here is where the murderer went in, and we'll not leave till we have him out.” The watch and guard came up, and took up one of the men. Witmess was then let into his lodgings. He found Corrigan there, who asked him where his bayonet was, and added, “Whatmade you give up your bayonet? Why did you not stick them as fast as they came across you; for I have put four inches of the bayonet into one of them.” Next morning Corrigan took his bayonet out of

the scabbard and was about ten minutes cleaning and wiping it. Edmund Leach was struck over the head with a bayonet by another soldier, while }. stood by Philbin. He had said nothing to the soldier before ; when struck he asked why he had done that. The soldier said, “By the holy Jesus I’ll seize your #: with it.” Witness afterwards pointed out the soldier who had struck him to his father. His father seized him by the collar. The soldier, that was the prisoner, got loose and ran off. Witness's brother called out, “Stop thief.” . A number of them pursued the prisoner with that cry to his lodgings. He got in, but they could not get in. Robert Stott saw a soldier running through Blackwater-street, at half-past 12, and a number after him calling “Stop thief.” He made a clich at him, but fell, and the soldier fell over him. The soldier got up and went off. He drew his bayonet and swore if any man went near him he would run him through. He then got into his quarters. Elizabeth Hoyle, wife of John Hoyle, saw a soldier going alon Cheetham-street, between 12 an one. She saw him meet a man, who said in reply to something, “The next street is Toad-lane, and the nextis Blackwater-street.” The soldier went forward, and the man came on and passed witness. When he had got twenty yards past her, the soldier came running back; she did not know if it was the same soldier; he overtook the man and struck him. The man fell to the ground. She did not See see any weapon, but by the sound of the blow she thought he had a weapon. The man offered to get up, and the soldier struck him again, she believed, two or three times. She saw the man get on his feet and go away. Another soldier came to the soldier that had struck, and that took her attention from the man. They stopt a little and talked, and then came back both together towards Toad-lane. Soon after, she heard a cry of “Stop thief.” It might be five minutes afterwards. At the same time, she saw a soldier running, and two men and a woman after him. John Holt saw the prisoner next day opposite the Reed-inn meet another soldier. The other soldier asked how he was. The prisoner said, “I am in trouble for sticking a man last night; but if I had to do it again I would do it. Last night I was surrounded with half a score of young men. They shoved me and called me an Irish scoundrel, and I was determined that some one among them should feel the contents of my bayonet. If any man in Rochdale gives me the least offence I'll stick him to the heart.” By the Court.—He was examined before the grand jury. Mr. Baron Wood.—It is very odd. Examination by the Court resumed.—He was not examined before the coroner. He mentioned this that very day to several—to James Bamford and to John Sutliff. Some one mentioned it to Wrighy, the constable, who fetched him to give evi

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dence; he was about a yard from the prisoner: about half a dozen came up to witness at that time. The prisoner in his defence, said, that as he was going home he met nine or ten men, who said, “You Irish rascal, do you come here from Scotland to keep us down?” One of them spoke up, “Go the rig:” one of them knocked him down, kicked him and trampled upon him. He called out “Mercy!" One came up and said, “Don't kill the soldier;" he got off, but they got hold of him and treated him in the same way. They followed him to his quarters, and threatened never to leave the house till they should have his life: there was not a word of truth in what that man said; he had been a long time in the army and had been in six engagements, and could never do the like.—(After a long pause) I am quite innocent, my lord, of this business laid to my charge. Brien recalled, said the prisoner came in the second time about 1 o'clock and never was out after that. Groggen, in cross-examination, said that Corrigan had asked of a friend, who had seen the bayonet, if there was any blood upon it. This was when Corrigan was apprehended and his bayonet was ordered to be brought. . Mr. Baron Wood, in course of his summing up, remarked that it was very extraordinary that the grand jury had thrown out the bill. They were not to consider this as conclusive proof in favour of the prisoner. Upon the evidence, dence, the grand jury might have at least .#. question in course of trial. This was all he meant to say upon that point. . The case was attended with much difficulty. If they were satisfied as to the identity, the next question was, whether it had been murder or manslaughter. The prisoner had been exceedingly ill-used, and if he ran for his bayonet and killed the man, supposing him to have been one of those who used him ill, in the heat of passion, and without time to cool or reflect, he was guilty of manslaughter. If he had time to reflect and cool, and if he deliberately killed the deceased, he was guilty of murder.—Guilty of Manslaughter.


Stabbing.—Henry Stent was put to the bar, and the court was almost immediately crowded with females. A London jury having been called, the prisoner was arraigned upon an indictment, charging him in the usual form with having inflicted divers wounds upon the person of his wife Maria, on the 5th of August last, with intent to kill and murder her, or to do her some grievous bodily harm. He pleaded Not Guilty. The jury was then sworn. There was no counsel for the prosecution, and Mr. Justice Best called Maria Stent the wife of the prisoner, who stood up in the witness-box, and was sworn. She was plainly dressed in a coloured bombasin gown, and wore a large Leghorn hat which tended much to con

ceal her features: she seemed to be greatly agitated. Mr. Alley, one of the counsel for the prisoner, instantly rose and addressed the Court. He said he was not aware that this witness would have been called so early in the proceedings; but being in the box, before she was examined he felt it his duty to submit, that as against her husband her evidence was not admissible. He had searched the books with great diligence for cases in which wives had been admitted as witnesses against their husbands ; but found none except that of lord Audley, the circumstances of which were very peculiar—and even the authority of that case he had heard questioned. He recollected one case in which the question would have arisen, but the bill was ignored. Nevertheless, the opinion of Justice Buller was, on that occasion, against the propriety of the testimony of the wife being received. He knew of no instance, except in the case of a rape, where the testimony of the wife was received against her husband. Mr. Baron Graham, as was collected, for he spoke in a very low tone, said, that there were many cases in which the wife was considered a fit witness against her husband, particularly in one where she was in a state of danger from injury, which she had received from him. In such a case, where the wife had died, her deposition was subsequently received against her husband as evidence of the fact. Mr. Alley said, that the principle upon which the evidence of

To what inn did you go?—To the Saracen's-head. Do you recollect the da returned 2–On the 5th o gust. Where did the prisoner live at that time 2—At Pimlico. Did you send any letter or message to him?—I sent a letter. . On what day ?–On the 5th of August. In the course of that day did you see your husband 2–Yes. Where?—At the Saracen’shead. He came to you?—Yes. What time of the day 2–Between seven and eight. As you recollect, state what passed —I have no recollection of what passed. Did any thing happen 2–Yes. What do you first recollect? —Being in bed in St. Bartholomew's-hospital. What was the matter with you? —I was wounded. Where were you wounded ?– In the neck. Any where else 2–Yes, there were other wounds. . . How long were you confined in St. Bartholomew's hospital 2– A fortnight. Have you any recollection of the prisoner's coming into the room to you at the Saracen'shead 2–Yes. Who came in with him 2–I do not recollect, - - Were you alone in the room – Yes. z Before you went into the room had you any wound?–No. Afterwards the first thing you recollect was being in bed in St. Bartholomew's-hospital?—Yes. Cross-examined by Mr. Alley.

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— Your feelings overpowered you when you saw your husband, and you have not the least recollection of what happened afterwards 2—Yes. You said you did not wish to give evidence against the prisoner, because he was one of the best of husbands 2—Yes. How long were you away from him *—About 12 months. Here the witness sat down, and seemed extremely anxious to hide herself from public observation.) George King, a waiter at the Saracen's-head, Snow-hill, looked at the last witness : he recollected her coming to the Saracen's-head on the 5th of August; recollected her writing a letter, which was sent by a porter to the twopenny post-office; the woman afterwards remained in the house. The prisoner came to the Saracen's-head in the evening ; he inquired for a young woman that had arrived by the Liverpool coach, and he was introduced to the last witness. She got up to meet him and witness shut the door. In 10 minutes witness heard the shriek of a woman, and immediately went to the room in which he had left the prisoner and the woman. On arriving he found his two fellow-servants in the room: the woman was on her back; the prisoner was standing close by her; a knife was lying on the floor; it was bloody. Witness discovered that the woman was wounded, and went for an officer. The woman said she hoped no harm would happen to the prisoner for what he had done, for she had been a base wife and he was one of the best of husbands. Thomas

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