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vice, and had gone from home about scratched. There were three scratchthe 17th of August, to a considera- es from his eye to his whiskers. The ble distance. She left very great and prisoner did not say how he got the very valuable property; she left that black eye and the scratches. pocket-book (found in Wolfe's room) Cross-examined by Mr Holt.-It in her desk, in her own room, above was not uncommon for workmen to the kitchen. She was quite sure it be absent on Mondays. Wolfe did was the book.
not come on Tuesday so early as Cross-examined by Mr Holt.--Be- usual. He staid at the work about fore Dr Grey, about six months ago, thirteen weeks after. Witness ne. she did not swear to the pocket-book, ver saw him have a black eye bebecause she did not like to incur fore. He had given this evidence first more trouble and expense, having in November last, when Wolfe was lost so much valuable property. She taken and discharged, notwithstanddid not wish for a prosecution, having ing this evidence.
When report had so much trouble, and believing came of Wolfe the father having been herself unequal to a prosecution. taken, and brought from Carlisle, The prisoner was discharged; but there was a talk in the factory of the she then knew it as well to be her black eye and scratches on Wolfe the pocket-book as now. There were son, and witness remembered it from Bank-notes in it, kept for the use of circumstances. the family. She lost about four more Mr Nicholas Fairless, a magistrate, pocket-books.
proved the declaration of George Re-examined in chief. She had Wolfe, and that the book produced had frequent occasion to see the was the one presented to Wolfe at pocket-book for taking money out of the time, and he felt strongly imit. The reason of her reluctance to pressed, from Lady Peat's counteswear to the pocket-book was, that nance, that she knew the book, al. having lost her house containing though she declined to swear to it. many ancient and valuable things, The examination was put in evishe was unwilling to incur expenses dence. It stated that the pocketand trouble. She had discharged Mr book had been his wife's father's, Gregson, the solicitor, from bring- and had come to her from her father ing a prosecution.
when he died six years ago, and had Mr Baron Wood.--So the murder been in her possession ever since. of a poor servant girl was not worth The evidence now respected James prosecuting!
Wolfe, the father. Her Ladyship began a speech in Lady Peat (again) said, the elder reply, which threatened to be very Wolfe had been her tenant, and long, but his Lordship soon express- ceased to be so in hay-time in 1814. ed himself satisfied.
He paid very badly, and had gone off David Sinclair had been in the without paying, although she had service of Messrs Mouncey and Ri- declined to execute a distress which chardson, furriers, in Sunderland. had been got against him, with the George Wolfe was in the same em- hope that he could sell to greater ad. ploy. On Monday, the 28th of Au- vantage. He afterwards said that he gust, witness was at work, but George would be revenged, and that he was
, Wolfe was not there on that day. not done with her yet : he said so Between eight and nine on Tuesday at five or six different times. The morning when he came to work, his house he lived in was left damaged. left eye was black, and his left cheek Cross-examined by Mr Holt.--He
did not pay all his rent. She did not before that. Wolfe made dead sure go to a magistrate to swear the peace of witness going with him. From against him, because she did not wish June to September 1815, he worked to aggravate a revengeful man. at Bridington-quay in Yorkshire. He
James Shaw, a gardener, at Sun- heard of the reward offered. When derland, worked with James Wolfe he saw the bill, stating the murder, at a quarry, about the latter end of at a public house in Easington, on 1814, and remembered à particu- the 6th of September, he said to the larly windy night; it was a Fri- landlord, Harrison, “ D-n it, I day night; a wall had fallen and know who has been at the bottom of killed a man.
On that day witness this !" He was taken before the and Wolfe had a conversation, a. magistrate on the charge of being bout some having so much and himself concerned, and was bound some so little. Wolfe remarked over; he was not committed. how much that b-ch, Miss Smith, Cross-examined by Mr Wilkinson. had, and that he would think no. -Wolfe did say he knew a man that thing of robbing her house. Wit- would join us. ness said, it would not be easy done, Re-examined in chief. That man, as there were so many houses. Wolfe Harrison, (pointed out,) was the landsaid, if witness knew what was good lord to whom he made the remark on for him, he would go with them: he seeing the bill. (Mr Williams reknew a back way by which it was marked that he could not call Hareasy to enter the house. He added, rison, but the prisoner's counsel that witness had a d-d bad heart in might call him.) bis belly to be in such poverty. On Edward Wright took a publicthe next morning, Wolfe asked wit- house first in the year 1816, in Sunness, if he had thought upon it, and derland. He knew George Wolfe made up his mind. Wolfe asked and Eden by sight: they used to be witness to go to take a view of the in the habit of frequenting witness's house on Sunday, and said he would house. Once on a Saturday night himself go a part of the way, but not they were together, but witness did to Herrington, for he should be not know whether they knew one anknown. Witness engaged to go on
other. Sunday, in order to view the house. John Eden, in his defence, said, Wolfe had said, that Miss Smith had that he had never seen James Wolfe distressed him as much as she could, in his life, till he was prisoner with and said, “ D- her, I'll be reven- him. ged; no one will be sorry, if she were James Wolfe said, there was not robbed.” Witness said, it would be one word of truth in what Miss Smith poor revenge to put his life in danger. (Lady Peat) told concerning him, Wolfe said, if he had other two with and that he had never seen her since him, it would be easily done. Wit- he left the farm till now. ness said, she would be sure to make George Wolfe said he was innoan alarm.
He said he would soon cent, and knew nothing at all about put a stop to that: if she did, he it. would think it no sin the killing of Witnesses were then called for Eher. James Wolfe, the prisoner at den. the bar, was the man.
The Rev. Sir Robert Peat said, Cross-examined by Mr Holt. that Eden had been committed about Wolfe had been a stranger to witness twelve months since, some time af.
ter the commitment of James Wolfe. tody. He had ordered non-commisHe saw Eden before his commitment. sioned officers to search for him. Eden always declared that he was John Richardson, a sergeant in the perfectly innocent.
Durham militia, said, that Eden was Thomas Tarn, Sir Robert's servant, absent from parade on the Sunday was presentat the searching of Eden's morning and evening, and the same house. Every part was readily shown on Monday. He recollected that he to them, and they found nothing. found him, he was almost sure on
Cross-examined.-It was in De- Tuesday evening, at least on Tuescember last.
day or Wednesday, in a public-house Mary Smith trades in glasses, in Newcastle. He was rather tipsy, &c. She had known Eden for ten He was taken to the guard-house, and years : he was a keelman, and liv- was in confinement for two or three ed then with his father and mo- days.. ther : he was now married. About The Reverend Dr Grey, one of the six years ago he brought his wife to acting Magistrates, said, that when her house in Newcastle to lie in of George Wolfe was brought before her first child. She remembered the the Magistrates in October last, Durham militia marching into New- Lady Peat was there, and two poco castle on a Saturday, about four years ket-books were produced; and upon ago. It was about the time of this Lady Peat being asked if she could murder. She saw Eden then, and swear to either of them, she said she saw him next day between one and two could not. He drew her attention o'clock. He was in liquor then, and to a red and green one as rather revery drunk. He staid till the Mon- markable ; she said she could not day morning. She and her family swear to it, and said one book was lived with them all the time. If he like another. had left the house she must haveknown Cross-examined. She expressed it. She had been then a widow. herself dissatisfied with the proceed
Cross-examined.--Her mother and ings. daughter, and two sons, lived with Dennis Turnbull, a shoemaker in her. The daughter was now eigh- Sunderland, was with George Wolfe teen, the eldest son twelve. Her mo- in a public-house on the Sunday bether was still living. None of them fore the murder. Wolfe and John were here; they had not been called Bellwood quarrelled, and Bellwood
Eden was to have married her struck him on the eye. Witness infor her second husband, but it was terfered for Wolfe, and that made not her lot.
him recollect it. George Young was The jury here wished to have two there. It was the Life-boat publicwitnesses called respecting Eden's house. absence from the regiment,
and they Cross-examined by Mr Williams. were called.
-The reason why he recollected it Sergeant-Major Simpson said, that was the Sunday before the murder, he recollected Eden being reported was only that he could recollect it
. absent on the morning and evening (This answer was repeated several parade on the Sunday, and the same times.). It was the right eye, he beon Monday, and did not see him till lieved, because he thought so, but Friday, but to the best of his belief he could not rightly swear. He did it was reported to him on Wednes. not see the scratches. The eye was day or Thursday that he was in cus- black on the Sunday night. He
knew Wolfe from a child. He John Eden said he was innocent, mentioned this first when Wolfe was and went into a confused statement brought from Edinburgh. That was of perjuries against him, and of his the first time he thought of recol- having never seen the man in his life. lecting it.
James Wolfe said, he was innoMr Holt here remarked upon a cent as when God made him. He hand-bill, purporting to be a true had been at Cockburn when the and full account of the murder, and thing was done. representing that the prisoners had Mr Baron Wood pronounced the voluntarily confessed it.
awful sentence of the law. · Mr Baron Wood said, that it was highly improper to circulate any thing of the kind. All the jury declared they knew
BURGLARY. nothing of it.
Mr Baron Wood recapitulated the Cork Assizes, Thursday, August 19. evidence, and made several remarks on the various parts of it. The evi. John Crowley, Henry Dennehy, dence consisted wholly of circum- John M'Centhy, Michael Linehan, stances. All must feel the highest and John Ambrose, were put to the indignation against the perpetrators bar, charged with a burglary in the of the horrid crime commitied ; but house of Mrs Minton. they must not suffer their feelings to Mrs Minton being sworn, deposcarry them to conviction without ed, that she resided at Beechmount: full proof. If they were satisfied On the night of the 18th of June the without doubt that the prisoners, or house was attacked at about eleven any of them, were the perpetrators, o'clock. The family were in bed, they would find a verdict of guilty. and were alarmed at the noise of
The jury retired about half-past breaking in the windows. She did two o'clock, and did not return till not see any of the robbers, but afterfour o'clock.
wards missed a plated bread-basket, Their approach excited a visible two toasters, and a bed-chamber sensation throughout the multi. candlestick and snuffers. tude assembled in Court. When William Carroll, an informer.-- The the foreman pronounced the verdict evidence of this and the following of Guilty upon John Eden, the gene- witness developed a scene of conferal feeling could no longer be sup- deracy and villany, which, we bepressed. A similar expression was lieve, has seldom been equalled. He repeated when Guilty was announced knew the prisoners, he said, and acas the verdict on James Wolfe. George companied them to rob Mrs MinWolfe was found Not Guilty. The ton's in June last. It was twelve two wretched convicts stood un- o'clock when they attacked the house, moved. George Wolfe bowed his with a sledge hammer which they head, and was scarcely able to utter, took from a smith's forge the night “ I thank you,” when he heard him- before, and with which Crowley broke self acquitted.
the window. Five of them remained When they were asked successive. outside, among whom were Dennehy ly what they had to say why sen- and Linehan, to give the alarm, if Lence of death should not be pro- any one was coming. After getting pounced,
in through the window, they broke
the parlour door, and then the hall- Which of your wives was that?-
Where were you then?-I wasn't
Lane?-No. If all the robberies you ever com- Did you ever fire at him?-No: mitted were put together, how many but I seized a man who did, who was would they make ?-I don't know; hired by another man to fire at him. I am not long robbing.
What happened to that man?-He How long are you robbing ?--A. . was hanged. bout twelve months.
Did you inform against him ?-I In that time how many robberies did. have you committed ?-Only five. Did you ever rob your brother !
In any of these robberies were you No, I didn't. ever opposed ?-No.
Did you ever commit a robbery If you were, would you not have near Youghal ?-No. . murdered whoever opposed you? Were you ever in the army?-I I would! (A thrill of horror run was. through the audience.)
In what regiment ?--I was in the Were you tried at the last assizes? 24th, and in the North Cork, and -I was not ; I was arraigned. the Kerry militias.
For what?- For pig-stealing. Did you desert? -No, I was dis
Did you ever rob the same man a charged at the peace, after coming second time? -I did.
from France. What was his name?-Condon. How did you live there !-- On
Did you rob him a third time? whatever was going. I did not.
Did you pay for it?-Sometimes Did you ever rob your own daugh. I used, and sometimes I used not. ter?-I did not; I am not old e. Were the articles charged in this nough to have a daughter who could robbery found in your possession ?have any thing of her own.
They were in my lodgings.
whom the sledge hammer was taken, Are they alive ? -No, they are was called merely to prove that fact; not.
he could not tell by whom. What happened to them ?- They Philip Torpy. - This was another died regularly.
of the gang, and though not present How--regularly?-One of them at the robbery in question, was inhad been drowned.
ferior to none of his associates in What drowned her?—'Twas the villany. He was coming from Banwater drowned her.
don with Dennehy and another man 'Twasn't you, was it ?--No, it not present, and inquired from a wowasn't : I wasn't there ; she went man whom they met with on the road, into it herself: she was coming out who lived at Mrs Minton's, whether of a boat, and had half a mile of she was a widow, had any sons, and strand to go; and that's the way she any money; and having obtained the was drowned.
necessary information, came to Cork,