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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 inno. Mr Holt here remarked upon & 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 committed ; 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 Denneby ly what they had to say why sen- and Linehan, to give the alarm, if tence of death should not be pro. any one was coming. After getting nounced,
in through the window, they broke
the parlour door, and then the ball- Which of your wives was that?door, in order, if there was a pursuit, She was the one I wasn't married to. to get off.
The sentries outside What happened to your other wife? whistled, and they went off with the -She died in her bed. property.
Where were you then?-I wasn't The following is the cross-exami- with her. nation of this witness by Mr O'. Did you ever rob Mr Timothy Gorman :
Lane?-No. If all the robberies you ever como 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 ?-Awas 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 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. How many wives have you had ?- Timothy Murphy, the smith from I was only married twice.
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, and communicated it to the rest of Somebody should be produced to the gang, who agreed, when they got show, either that the prisoners were arms, to go and rob the house. near when the robbery was commit.
Cross-examined by Mr O'Gor. ted, or that the articles were found man.--How many robberies have you in their possession, or some circumbeen guilty of in your life ?-A great stance should be adduced to connect many.
them with the transaction. The two When did you commence robber? witnesses who were examined just so -Last assizes.
far corroborated each other as one You were then tried, wern't you? desperate character would another; No, I wan't.
but here the evidence closed : and But you were in gaol ?-_I was ; but though it was his duty to tell the jury I was discharged.
that this was legal evidence, it was How long after you were dischar. also his duty to tell them they should ged did you
commit the first robbery? be slow and unwilling to believe it. -About a week.
The jury without hesitation found Whom did you rob first ? --Calla- verdict of Not Guilty. ghan M.Carty. Did
you get any money from him ? - No.
CHARGE OF MURDER.
Lancaster Assizes, Friday,
September 10. either of these occasions, you would have committed murder? --To be Thomas Corrigan, aged 27, was sure I would !
tried for the murder of James Holt Where did you rob the third time? at Rochdale. (In the case of the At a farmer's at Dunmanway. person here arraigned, there was this
Did you get any money there?- peculiarity, that the Grand Jury had Sixty guineas in gold.
thrown out the bill against the priWhat did you do with them ? - soner, who was tried on the Coroner's We spent them.
inquest for murder.) But you're quite sure if any body Mr Coltman detailed the circumopposed you, you would have mur- stances to be proved in evidence. dered them ?- To be sure we would ! Betty Holt, widow of James Holt,
The Chief Baron told the jury, that lived in Yorkshire-street, Rochdale : the five prisoners were capitally in- her husband wentout a little past eledicted for burglary and robbery. No ven o'clock, for the purpose of drinkdoubt the burglary and robbery were ing some beer at the Crown Inn on the proved to have been committed; but 9th of August. He came home a little there were no witnesses for the Crown before two, threw himself on his bed, of unimpeachable character, and and bemoaned himself very much, there was no instance of an execu- saying he had been stabbed. She tion having taken place in this coun- found two wounds on his head, and try upon such evidence. The wit. a three-cornered wound, as by a nesses were in that situation, cover- bayonet, on the right side of his ed with crime, and, according to their belly. He said he was killed : and own confession, ready to commit he was told by the doctor on the 12th murder, that they ought to be re. that he could not get better. On garded with caution and doubt. Friday the 13th, the day of his death, he told her that he had met a soldier As they were going up Blackwho struck him with his naked bayo- water-street, a number of people net, without saying any thing to him. were going before them. One
Mr Abraham Wood, surgeon at of them turned back and cried, Rochdale, attended the deceased, • Hurra, Pat, how does the bull and examined his body : a bayonet go? Did you come from Scot. wound in his belly had occasioned land to kill us ?" (They had his deatb.
come from Scotland on their last James Brien, private in the 88th, route.) Upon that, five or six of said the prisoner at the bar and Phil. them turned back, and began to kick bin were privates in the same regio witness and his party. Witness went ment, and in the same quarters. He off, and did not know how he lost saw them together a few minutes be. Corrigan. He met a man of the fore nine in Yorkshire-street. They name of Leach at the church. bad no side arms. He left them in They had no side-arms, by which he the Hare and Hounds, returned meant bayonet, scabbard, and belt. home, and went to bed. Philbin They had no arms at the Three came afterwards to his door about Tuns. Witness went home after they twelve, and was let in by witness. had been beaten, and found Corri. Philbin got his bayonet, and went gan had not then got home. He took out again. In about fifteen minutes his bayonet, and went out again, Corrigan came in, and got his bayo. when he met Leach. Corrigan came net. Very near an hour afterwards up soon afterwards, and struck Leach wilness heard a rap at the door ; he a blow over the eye with his bayogot up and let the prisoner in. As net. Two or three then came up to soon as he had let him in, a stone witness, and asked his bayonet. was struck at the door. Corrigan Witness soon saw a man in his shirt threw himself on the broad of his running after Corrigan, with a stick back in the bed, and said in all he in his hand. Corrigan was went through, he never was so near ning off. He had run off as soon as being killed as that night; he said he had struck Leach. Witness saw his legs were all cut with kicking. no more of Corrigan till he saw him A great deal of men then came a- in his lodgings. He was knocked bout the house, and were insisting down, and his bayonet taken from on having the door opened. Wit. him. Upon going home, he found ness asked what they wanted. They about twenty men at the door : said they wanted the soldiers. They they were saying, “ Here is where threatened to break open the door. the murderer went in, and we'll not A few minutes after they had gone, leave till we have him out.” The Philbin came in.
watch and guard came up, and Prisoner.--I have no question to took up one of the men. Witness ask but what he has said.
was then let into his lodgings. He Patrick Philbin was going with found Corrigan there, who asked the prisoner to their lodgings from the him where his bayonet was, and addThree Tuns, about half-past eleven. ed, “ D-nit, what made you give They met Cornelius Corrigan, a sol- up your bayonet ? Why did you not dier, and one Waugh, who asked stick them as fast as they came athem to go into a public-house to cross you; for I have put four inches get some beer. They went to the of my bayonet into one of them.” Crown, and got some pints of beer. Next morning Corrigan took his
bayonet out of the scabbard, and was did not know if it was the same sol. about ten minutes cleaning and wip- dier; he overtook the man and struck ing it.
him. The man fell to the ground. Prisoner. I have nothing to ask She did not see any weapon, but by him but what he has said.
the sound of the blow she thought Edmund Leach was struck over he had a weapon. The man offered the head with a bayonet by another to get up, and the soldier struck him soldier, while he stood by Philbin. again, she believed, two or three He had said nothing to the soldier times. She saw the man get on his before : when struck, he asked why feet and go away. Another soldier he had done that. The soldier said, came to the soldier that had struck, “ By the holy Jesus I'll seize your and that took her attention from the heart with it." Witness went to the man. They stopt a little and talked, Beaver, where the soldier was. and then came back both together Hanson said to witness that the sol, towards Toad-lane. Soon after, she diers deserved a beating. Witness heard a cry of “ Stop thief." It afterwards pointed out the soldier might be five minutes afterwards. who had struck him to his father. At the same time, she saw a soldier His father seized him by the collar. running, and two men and a woman The soldier, who was the prisoner, after him. got loose and ran off. Witness's John Holt saw the prisoner next brother called out, “Stop thief." A day opposite the Reed'Inn meet annumber of them pursued the prisoner other soldier. The other soldier with that cry to his lodgings. He asked how he was. The prisoner got in, but they could not get in. said, “ I am in trouble for sticking a
Prisoner.-I have no questions to man last night; but if I had to do it ask. I don't know him.
again, I would do it. D-n and seize Robert Stott saw a soldier running the man that would not. Last night, through Blackwater-street, at half. I was surrounded with half a score past twelve, and a number after him of young men. They shoved me, calling “ Stop thief.” He made a and called me an Irish b—, and I was click at him, but fell, and the soldier determined that some one among fell over him. The soldier got up, them should feel the contents of my and went off. He drew his bayonet, bayonet. If any man in Rochdale and swore if any man went near him, gives me the least offence, I'll stick he would run him through. He then him to the heart, and
to got into his quarters.
the man that is stuck." Prisoner.--I ask him no questions. By the Court.—He was examined I don't know him.
before the Grand Jury. Elizabeth Hoyle, wife of John Mr Baron Wood. It is
odd. Hoyle, saw a soldier going along Prisoner.-I never said a word of Cheetham-street, between twelve what he has sworn to. and one. She saw him meet a man, Examination by the Court resuwho said in reply to something, med. He was not examined before “ The next street is Toad-lane, and the Coroner. He mentioned this the next is Blackwater-street.” The that very day to several-to James soldier went forward, and the man Bamford and to John Sutliff. Some came on and passed witness. When one mentioned it to Wrigby, the he had got twenty yards past her, constable, who fetched him to give the soldier came running back; she evidence. He was about a yard from