Pagina-afbeeldingen
PDF
ePub

It was

To a

was absent.

soon discovered that certain doors were locked, that the keys were missing, and that the cook could not be found. This led to an examination of the house, when the dead body of Madame Riel was found in the pantry, opened with duplicate keys in possession of the young lady. Her death appeared to have been caused by strangulation, as the tightened rope was still round her neck, though there were marks of extreme violence on other parts of the body. An examination of the safe showed that the murder had been accompanied by the robbery of gold, banknotes, French bonds, and railway shares. Suspicion at once fixed upon the cook, Marguerite Dixblanc, a Belgian by birth, but some time resident in Verdun, and in Paris for a short period during the reign of the Commune. She was known to have been in the house alone with her mistress on the forenoon of Sunday the 7th, left it stealthily in the evening, and was traced as a passenger to Paris by the Continental mail train. A further clue to her movements there was soon obtained by a letter written a day before the murder, wherein Dixblanc indicated to the Sieur Dubois that she expected to be in Paris soon. It had been misdirected to Rue Saint Denis instead of Rue du Port St. Denis, and was in ordinary course opened by the post-office authorities, for the purpose of being returned to the writer. On the detectives presenting themselves at the house of Dubois, Dixblanc was found engaged in the task of measuring out charcoal, and talking at the same time, it was said, of the horrors of the Park Lane murder. She sought to evade apprehension for a brief period, but in the end confessed having committed the crime, and even gave an account of the manner in which it was accomplished. “I first tried," she said, “to conceal the body in the dustbin, but I could not. I then took it by the feet, but being unable to drag it, I got a cord and passed it round her waist. Finding the body bent double, I put it round her neck. At this moment the housemaid, who was out on an errand, knocked at the door. I sent her away for beer. Then I tried to drag the body up: stairs, but could not, and hid it in the cellar.” Dixblanc described the robbery as an afterthought, suggested, she said, by the keys falling from · Madame Riel's pocket. Extradition treaties having been complied with, she was brought over in custody to London, and after various, examinations committed for trial.

qualifications, I still feel that it is in itself an evil to use words which require such explanation. If these clauses remain they will alwaysbe used with such qualifications as you have alluded to, whether an explanatory rubric distinctly stating the qualification be adopted by the Church or no.

8.–The Queen arrives at Windsor from the Continent.

9.-Mr. Fowler's motion condemning the entail and strict settlement of land, rejected by 103 votes to 81.

10.–Petitions presented to the House of Commons, and ordered to lie on the table, praying that means might be provided from the public funds for defending the Claimant in the event of Government carrying out their intention of prosecuting him for perjury. charge upon two indictments, first, that he was the eldest son of Sir James Doughty Tichborne ; second, that he was not Arthur Orton —the Claimant, at the Central Criminal Court to-day, pleaded “I am not guilty.” He was then removed in custody till bail could be arranged pending the issue of the trial, now removed by writ of certiorari to the Court of Queen's Bench.

11.-Came on at the Central Criminal Court, the trial of Arthur O'Connor, charged with unlawfully pointing a pistol at her Majesty, intending to alarm and cause a breach of the peace. The prisoner pleaded guilty on being first brought up on the 8th, but it was now stated his friends were anxious to establish a plea of insanity. This, however, was overruled, and O'Connor was sentenced to months' imprisonment and 20 strokes from a birch-rod.

· The steamer Oceanus blown up on the Mississippi above Cairo, the wreck afterwards taking fire and burning to the water edge. Out of one hundred on board, sixty were reported to have lost their lives.

12.-In reply to Earl Stanhope, Earl Granville said that Government had determined to present a case excluding the indirect claims, and accompanied by a declaration to the Geneva tribunal, abiding by the position taken up by her Majesty's Government in their correspondence with the United States, and ex. pressly reserving the right of Great Britain to withdraw from the arbitration should the present difference with the United States not be removed by the 15th of June. A similar statement was made by Mr. Gladstone in the Commons in reply to Mr. Disraeli.

13.—Died at Manchester, aged 84, Samuel Bamford, author of “ Passages in the Life of a Radical."

15.- Proposed new Court of Appeal. In the House of Lords, the Lord Chancellor moves a resolution—"That it is expedient that one Imperial Supreme Court of Appeal te established which shall sit continuously for the

12

The Bishop of Lincoln having written to the Archbishop of Canterbury requesting an explanation of the remark made by his Grace in Convocation, to the effect that nobody believes in the damnatory clauses of the Athanasian Creed, the Archbishop writes : “I am confident that it is only in a modified sense, with such modifications as you allude to, that these clauses of the Creed are retained by the Church, and though I see no inconsistency in subscribing the words with such acknowledged

hearing of all matters now heard by way of 16.-Lord Kimberley introduces the Governappeal before this House or before the Judicial ment Licensing Bill into the House of Lords. Committee of the Privy Council, and that the In explanation of some of the clauses it was appellate jurisdiction of this House be trans stated that licences granted by county magis. ferred to such Supreme Court of Appeal.” It trates would not be valid until confirmed by .1 was intended that the new Court should con special committee to be appointed yearly by stitute one tribunal sitting in two divisions—one the court of quarter sessions. In borouglis representing the House of Lords, and the other where there were not more than nine magisthe Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, trates the jurisdiction would remain with them the members of either division being able to sit as a body, and where there were more than in the other. The first division would consist of nine a committee would be appointed to grant all peers who had filled the office of Lord licences, which, however, would not be valid Chancellor or any high judicial office for a until confirmed by the whole body of justices specified time either in Great Britain or Ireland, and the Secretary of State. The bill also dealt and would also include all peers who had with the adulteration of liquor, and provided actually practised at the bar, and Privy Coun for closing public-houses in the metropolis from cillors now capable of being appointed upon twelve at night to seven in the morning ; in the Judicial Committee. In each division there towns under 10,000 inhabitants from ten to would be no fewer than three nor more than seven ; and in towns with larger populations five judges, who would be paid 6,000l. a year ;

from eleven to seven, On Sunday licensed and peers who had filled the office of ord houses would not be opened until one o'clock ; Chancellor and who accepted the obligation to and the hours of closing on that day would, in attend, would have their pensions augmented the three cases mentioned, be eleven, nine, and from 5,000l. to 6,000l. a year. The Lord ten o'clock respectively. After a few words Chancellor would be at the head of both divi. from the Duke of Richmond and Lord Redes. sions of the Supreme Court, and among the dale, the bill was read a first time. members of the second division would be the Lord Chief Justices of the Queen's Bench and

Died at Oxford, aged 76, the Rev. Dr. Common Pleas, and the Lord Chief Baron of Norris, President of Corpus Christi College. the Exchequer. The Lord Chancellor con · Celebrated with great pomp at the Oratory, cluded by proposing that the motion be the Brompton, the marriage of the Marquis of Buite order of the day in immediate priority to the to the Hon. Gwendoline Mary Anne Howard, second reading of the Bill constituting the eldest daughter of Lord Howard of Glossop. Supreme Court of Appeal.

Japanese Ambassadors arrive in Livez15. — James Nicholls, shoemaker, Maida pool from New York. Hill, murders four of his children and then commits suicide. In the afternoon a boy who

Derry Castle, situated on the shores of lived in the house called the attention of one

Lough Dergh, near Killaloe, destroyed by fire, of the neighbours to a stream of blood running

The remains of Alexandre Dumas, from under the door of one of the rooms occu

detained at Pays since December 1870, in con. pied by Nicholls. A policeman was called, sequence of the Prussian occupation of the and on bursting open the door of the front Seine Inférieure, were laid to-day, in accordance room he found three of the children-Louisa, with the novelist's last wishes, in the little aged three ; Rosina, aged five, and James cemetery of Villers-Cotterets, near which he Henry, aged fourteen months — with their was born in 1802. throats cut. The back room, which had been

18. – Edward Mitchell, sculptor, while ased as a workshop, was in great confusion, labouring under mental irritation, commits every article of furniture being out of its place.

suicide by first stabbing himself with a sharpIn it were discovered the body of the eldest

pointed graving tool, and afterwards throwing daughter, Eliza Nicholls, aged nine, who had

himself from the upper story of his house. also had her throat cut, and the body of Nicholls himself, who appeared, after murder

Persian famine increases in intensity, the ing his children, to have sat down at his bench

news from Teheran to-day being that bread had and cut his own throat in a desperate manner.

risen to 6d. per pound. The coroner's jury found that Nicholls was of 19. – Christie and Manson commence to unsound mind.

dispose of the famous Gillott collection of - Mr. Harcourt's amendment to omit the

paintings. The sale continued till May 4th,

when the total amount realised was found to word “wilfully" from Mr. Leatham's proposal to make the exhibition of a voting paper by a

be 180,000 guineas. Twelve drawings by voter penal, carried against the Government

Turner brought 16,430 guineas. by 167 to 166. Government was again in a Died, aged 74 years, Richard Westminority the following evening, Sir Massey macott, R. A., sculptor. Lopes carrying his resolution on the subject of

The Gazette contains a notice from the local taxation by 259 to 159.

Lord Chamberlain's office, announcing that the - The English anů American counter-cases presentation at Court of Lady Twiss had been presented to the tribunal at Geneva.

cancelled.

23.-Mr. Candlish's proposal to repeal in termination of the insurrection, praised the distl.e interest of the Nonconformists the 25th cipline and services of the army and the Civic clause of the Elementary Education Act, re Guard, and concluded by stating that he would jected after a debate by 316 to 115 votes. seek in the deliberations of the Cortes a guide The Court of Probate pronounce for the

for his conduct and a way to identify his feelwill of Miss Cordelia Angelica Read, known as

ings with those of the Spanish people. “I the “eccentric old lady” of Stamford Street,

will never (he said) impose myself on the the owner of ruinous houses in that street,

Spanish people ; but neither will I allow myand in other parts of London. By her will

,

self to be accused of deserting the post which I executed in 1858, she bequeathed the whole

occupy by its will, nor of forgetting the duties of her personal estate, amounting to about

which the Constitution places upon me, and 100,000l., to the Brompton Hospital.

which I shall fulfil with the loyalty and con

stancy which I owe to the honour of my name. A miner named Lease, living at Charterhouse, on the slope of the Mendip Hills, beats

24.–Mr. Fawcett's proposal for throwing. his wife to death in a fit of passion excited by

the expense of elections upon public funds rejealousy, several of the neighbours witnessing jected in the Commons by 263 to 171 votes. the savage attack through the windows, but too 25.-The Marquis of Lansdowne appointed terror-stricken to interfere.

Under-Secretary for War in room of Lord 24.-Another group of Communist prisoners

Northbrook, now Viceroy of India. tried for being concerned in the murder of the - Funeral obsequies over the body of Lord hostages in May last. The woman Guyart Mayo celebrated with great splendour in was condemned to death; the girl Cailleux Dublin. The remains of the deceased Viceroy and Léopold Viel to transportation to a fortress ; were afterwards interred within the ruins of Victor Charton to penal servitude for life ; the ancient church at Johnstown. Feltesse to ten years' penal servitude ; four

Carlist rising in Spain, a proclamation others to various terms of imprisonment; and

being issued to-day by General Diaz de Ruda, twenty to imprisonment for two years.

who formerly held rank under Isabella II., - Discussion in the Lower House of Con. and was lately appointed by the Pretender vocation on the Athanasian Creed. The variety Commander-in-Chief of the Basque Provinces of opinions expressed was fully indicated by and Navarre. petitions previously sent in and thus arranged :

Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, attended -For retention of the Creed in an unaltered

with the loss of several lives. form, 35,271 ; for investigating the text and a new translation, 561 ; for the removal of 26.—The little girl, Mary Winchester, resthe use of the Creed, 10; for the omission cued by the Looshai expedition, arrives in of the Creed from the Prayer-book, 6; for Glasgow from Liverpool on her way to Elgin, delay in the removal of the Creed, 25; for where a permanent home had been found for her omission of the damnatory clauses, 30 ; for

among relations. making the use of the Creed optional, 83; for The domestic servants of Dundee form the retention of the three Creeds, 96. After

themselves into a Protection Association for a learned and animated debate extending the purpose of securing shorter hours of work, over four days, divisions were taken on the

higher pay, more holidays, and better feeding. various proposals. The first was on an amendment by Mr. Kempe, of St. James's, to confine

Madame Dubourg dies in the hospital of its recitation to the shortened and occasional

La Pitié, Paris, from wounds inflicted by her services provided by the Bill now before Parlia

husband in a fit of jealousy, caused by the ment : this was rejected by 60 to 10. Dean

discovery of an intrigue in which she was

concerned. Stanley then proposed to make its recitation permissive by inserting a rubric after the 27- The Duke of Edinburgh presides at a Apostles' Creed, allowing it as an alternative meeting in Willis's Rooms, called to consider for that Creed on the appointed days: this was the propriety of raising a memorial to the late rejected by 60 to 12. The Dean's next pro Lord Mayo. Mr. Disraeli was present, and posal, placing its use at the discretion of the spoke highly of the many merits centred in Ordinary, was rejected by 54 to 13 : after the Viceroy, “whose noble presence, cordial which Lord Alwyne Compton's motion, that manner, the magnificence of his life, his active the Creed should continue to be used in its in accomplishments, his extraordinary power of tegrity, was carried by 62 to 7. A proposal by physical endurance, combined with an intuitive.. Canon Blakesley, that it should be treated as a knowledge of mankind, inexorable love of jus. Hymn or Canticle, met with somewhat more tice, which was only tempered by the abounding favour-being negatived by. 42 to 19. Arch generosity of his heart, produced such an effect deacon Denison then carried a rider by 42 to upon those whom he ruled that all at once 12, that the Creed should be said on no fewer willingly acknowledged that he was born to days than at present.

command." The Spanish Cortes opened by King Opening of the International Exlibition Amadeo, who expressed a hope for a prompt of 1872 at South Kensington.

29.-Proclamation of Don Carlos circulated at Madrid, thanking God for permitting him to kiss the soil of Spain, and calling upon the people to rise in arms.

30.—Died, aged 53, Horace Mayhew, author, one of the earliest contributors to Punch.

The Lord Chancellor's Bill for the forma. tion of a new Court of Appeal withdrawn after a debate, and Lord Cairns' resolution for a committee on the subject adopted.

A band of predatory Carlists, led chiefly by priests, attack the house of the Governor of Burgos, Old Castile, but are driven back by reinforcements from the garrison, and many made prisoners.

The Government of India resolve to dis. miss Mr. Cowan and reprimand Mr. Forsyth for their summary proceedings with the rebels of Kooka, where forty-nine men were sentenced to be blown away from the guns.

Close of the litigation between the Duke of Buccleuch and the Metropolitan Board of Works. The Duke had been awarded by an arbitrator 8,3251. as compensation for the construction of the Thames Embankment between Montagu House and the river. The Board of Works disputed the grounds on which the arbitrator had made his award, but on the case being taken to the Court of Exchequer, the Court decided in favour of the Duke. The Court of Exchequer Chamber reversed this decision, and the case was then referred on appeal to the House of Lords, which now reversed the judgment of the Exchequer Chamber, and affirmed that of the Court of Exchequer upholding the award of the arbitrator,

He re

F,

2.-The Licensing Bill read a second time in the Lords.

3.-Lord Northbrook, the new Viceroy of India, arrives at Calcutta, and is at once sworn into office.

- Discussion in the Upper House of Convocation on a motion submitted by the Bishop of Gloucester that it was not expedient to invite legislation on the fourth report of the Kitual Commissioners in reference to the Athanasian Creed. The Bishop of Winchester moved an amendment, expressing agreement with the resolutions transmitted by the Lower House in favour of the retention of the Creed. This was lost by the casting vote of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and in a subsequent division the original resolution was also nega. tived.

The Liberal Republican Convention at Cincinnati select Mr. Horace Greeley as their candidate for the Presidency.

4.-Enthusiastic reception given by the National Assembly to the Duc d'AudriffetPasquier on the occasion of his presenting a report on Military Administration, commended the army as the best and only school in which the young generation could have a nobler and better training than that which produced such lamentable examples of want of patriotism and want of probity: The army gave an example of silent, conscientious fulfilment of duty.

“Our children must all serve in it.” M. Rouher took occasion some days later to answer this speech, by defending the Emperor. He called upon the Assembly to name a committee to inquire what had been done with the enormous sum voted annually for the war budget during the Empire, how the denuded state of the arsenal was to be accounted for, and what was the real sum absorbed by the Mexican Expedition.

A court-martial at Malta dismisses from the ship and reprimands Lieuts. Wallace and Hailstone for carelessness in connection with the stranding of the Lord Clyde.

5.-Died, aged 64 years, G. R. Gray, ornithologist, and Assistant Keeper of the Zoological Department in the British Museum.

- The Carlist insurgents under Don Carlos defeated at Oroquieta.

6.-At the pressing request of Earl Gran. ville, Earl Russell consents to postpone his motion regarding the Geneva arbitration till the Government were in a position to submit papers to the House or make an explanation on the 13th.

On the proposal for going into committee on the Education (Scotland) Bill, Mr. Gordon, by a majority of 216 to 209 votes, carries a resolution -" That having regard to the principles and history of the past educational legislalation and practice of Scotland, which provided for instruction in the Holy Scriptures in the public schools as an essential part of educa

was "

[ocr errors]

May 1.-Mr. Jacob Bright's Women's Disabilities Bill rejected by 222 to 143 votes.

In the Lower House of Convocation, Archdeacon Denison, by a majority of 21 to 17, carries an amendment declaring that there

no room for an explanatory note on the Athanasian Creed."

Festival at the Crystal Palace in celebra. tion of the recovery of the Prince of Wales, and performance of Te Deum by Sullivan.

– Telegram received describing the Abydos as returning from Zanzibar bringing news that Livingstone was safe with Stanley.

Strasburg University opened with a ceremony combining courtly and academical dignity.

Cyclone at Madras, destroying a large amount of shipping property, and also a portion of the city and suburbs.

2.—The Empress of Germany arrives at Windsor on a visit to the Queen.

- The French Government announce their intention of bringing Marshal Bazaine before a court-martial.

tion, this House, while desirous of passing a British Commissioners, and all that were admeasure during the present session for the mitted were strictly defined and limited. The improvement of education in Scotland, is of indirect claims were only mentioned once to opinion that the law and practice of Scotland the Commissioners, whereas the Fenian raids in this respect should be continued by provisions were repeatedly urged ; and the withdrawal of in the bill now before the House."

the claims for them was only on condition that 6.-Niblo's Theatre, New York, destroyed

all constructive damages were abandoned by by fire.

the American Government. 7.-Sir Colman O’Loghlen submits a resolu

13. - Died at Vienna, aged 51, Moritz tion in the Commons :-" That this House has

Hartmann, poet and journalist, but more celeheard with great regret that a gentleman has

brated as one of Blum's revolutionary combeen appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Clare who

patriots. has never resided in that county, who is a

14.–Marshal Bazaine constitutes himself a stranger to its magistrates, and who does not prisoner at Versailles. possess that local knowledge of the county and 17.—The Cunard steamer Tripoli wrecked its residents essential to the proper discharge of near the Tuskar rocks. the important duties of a lieutenant of a county, and that this House is of opinion that such an

20.—The Foreign Committee of the United

States Senate report in favour of the Supple. appointment is of evil example, and ought not to have been made.” Rejected after debate by

mentary Treaty providing for the withdrawal of

the indirect claims. 257 to 41 votes.

21.—The new Southern Hospital at Liver. 8.-Literary Fund dinner presided over by pool opened by Prince Arthur. the King of the Belgians, presently on a visit to England, and whose health was proposed in

Boat accident on the Thames, near courtly terms by Mr. Disraeli.

Twickenham, and loss of four lives. 9.-Rainham Church, Kent, set on fire by

22.-Collision in the Channel off Hastings, lightning

between the North German Lloyd's steamer

Baltimore and the Spanish steamer Lorenzo Died, aged 73 years, General Sir John Sem prun. Both vessels were seriously daLysaght Pennefather, G.C.B., of Indian and

maged, and the former run ashore. Crimean fame, Governor of Chelsea Hospital.

23.—Died at Athens, aged 68, Lord 12.—The surrender of Sedan being severely Dalling and Bulwer, diplomatist. criticised in the National Assembly, the Emperor writes from Chislehurst :-“ The

Explosion in Roslin powder mills, near honour of the army having been saved by the

Edinburgh, causing the loss of several lives bravery which had been displayed, I then

and the destruction of much property. exercised my sovereign right, and gave orders 26.—Died, at the family residence, Belgrave to unfurl a flag of truce. I claim the entire Square, William Russell, eighth Duke of responsibility of that act. The immolation of Bedford, aged 63 years. 60,000 men could not have saved France, and

Died suddenly, aged 65 years, Alfred the sublime devotion of her chiefs and soldiers

Henry Forrester, known in art and literature would have been uselessly sacrificed. We

under the nom de plume of “ Alfred Crowquill.” obeyed a cruel but inexorable necessity. My heart was broken, but my conscience was

27.—Mr. Justice Keogh gives a decision on tranquil.”

the Galway election, unseating Captain Nolan,

and reporting the Archbishop of Tuam, the 13.-Explanations made in both Houses

Bishops of Galway and Clonfert, and a number regarding recent negotiations with Washington, and forbearance solicited for a few days till

of priests, as guilty of intimidation. After care

fully examining the whole evidence, the judge Government had obtained an answer to the

was convinced that it presented the most astolast draught note suggesting a supplementary

nishing attempts at ecclesiastical tyranny which treaty now being considered by the Senate in

the whole history of priestly intolerance afforded. Secret Executive Session.

Both Catholics and Protestants had been intimi. - Earl Granville replies to Mr. Fish's dated from voting. Shots had been fired into argument on the indirect claims, declaring that some houses.

Lord Dunsandle's tenants, who they formed no part of the negotiations between had promised to vote for Trench, had been the two countries, and were never even alluded prevented, and Lord Gough's tenants likewise. to by the British Government. There was not Lord Delvin had been obliged to absent himself a word in any letter preceding the treaty to from chapel, in order that he might not hear suggest any indirect or constructive claims, and himself defamed from the altar. The gentry the only intimation the British Government had were hunted through the fields by the fellows had of those claims was from the speech of who followed that obscene monster Pat Barrett. Mr. Sumner ; but they never learned that his Sir Arthur Guinness had been hounded, fightviews had been adopted by the Arerican ing his way at the head of twenty-seven men Government. Earl Granville then urged that to vote at the booths, and several of his men the indirect claims were never admitted by the were also injured. Three years ago, said

« VorigeDoorgaan »