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14th of January Charles Wedmore over the course between Putney desired to make a statement rela- and Mortlake. The gallant style tive to the murder, and on the in which the Cambridge men de18th of March Matthew Wedmore feated their opponents last year, also made a statement. Both these had made them the favourites in statements corroborated the evi- the betting; but when the crews dence of the old man, only each had taken a few preliminary pulls, prisoner laid the actual murder the opinions of boating-men turned on the other.

in favour of the Oxonians. Nor Mr. Speke addressed the jury was their judgment proved by the on behalf of the prisoners, and event to be mistaken. At starting contended that, in point of law, the Cambridge men, by a vigorous they could not be convicted of spurt, sent their boat somewhat murder, because no one could say a-head; but the Oxonians pulled which of the prisoners had struck a strong steady stroke which soou the blows which had caused the reduced the advantage, and then death, and he urged that there had brought their outter alongside; at not been any common intent or the London Rowing Club boatpurpose between these two men. house they took the lead and kept The statement of one prisoner was it, coming in winners by about 200 not evidence against the other, yards. The distance was rowed in and cach hąd laid the offence upon 23 minutes. the other. Charles said it was This is the eighteenth match Matthew, and Matthew said it was which has been rowed between Charles. Was there any common Oxford and Cambridge. In ten design to do anything to carry out of these Cambridge has been their purpose ? He submitted that victorious—namely, in 1836, 1839, they had heard nothing to show it. 1840, 1841, 1815, 1846, 1849

Mr. Baron Martin said that if (March), 1856, 1858, and 1860. these two men went with the in- Oxford in eight-in 1829, 1842, tent to commit a robbery and of 1849 (Dec.), 1852, 1854, 1857, using violence if it should be ne- 1859, and 1861. cessary, and that the violence of Next, perhaps, in interest to either led to the death of a person, the enduring rivalry between Oxthey were both guilty of murder. ford and Cambridge (the race for If they believed the evidence that the Championship of course exhad been given, it was his duty to cepted) is the contest between tell them that both these prison- the North and South. In April, ers were guilty of murder. Robert Clasper, the worthy son

The jury, without hesitation, of a renowned father, erst chamfound the prisoners Guilty. pion of the Tyne, defeated Pocock

As these wretched men had been of Lambeth, of a family famous associated in their crime, so they in Thames aquatics ; in July anwere associated in their punish- other Clasper defeated the same ment, being executed together on Pocock. the 5th of April.

27. THE TALGARTH MURDER.23. OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE At the Brecon Assizes, William Boat Race.—The great annual Williams, aged 19 only, was incontest on the Thames between dicted for the wilful murder of the rival Universities was rowed Ann Williams, at the hamlet of garih.

Grwyney, in the parish of Tal- mother to me.” From the ap

pearance of the chair it would The deceased, it was stated, was appear that the prisoner must aunt to the prisoner, and occupied have gone behind the deceased, a small farm about six miles from put the muzzle through the staves the place where the prisoner was of the back of the chair, and shot in service. On the night before the deceased through the body. the murder (October 18) the pri: From another statement made by soner went to the deceased's house, the accused, it appeared that he taking his gun with him, and was had learnt that by his aunt's will kindly received by her. The other her little property was to be diin mates of the house were the vided between his sister and himprisoner's sister, and a little boy, self, and his motive to this crime six years old, an illegitimate son was his desire to accelerate the of the deceased. The next day possession of this bequest. the prisoner remained in the house The prisoner's counsel did not till 3 o'clock, when he went out in deny that he had committed the company with his sister and the murder, but urged that he was child, taking his gun with him. mentally incapable of knowing The deceased remained indoors the nature of the crime ; or that picking wool before the fire. The if they could not conscientiously prisoner turned back shortly after find him not guilty on the ground he left the house, and in a few of insanity, the jury would at least moments Charlotte Williams, the recommend him to mercy on consister, who had gone on for the sideration of his utterly-neglected cows, heard a scream.

She ran

and scarcely human condition. to the house and met the prisoner The learned Judge said there did coming out, who said, “ Aunt has not seem to be the slightest evi. shot herself.” She then saw her dence to support the learned counaunt on fire, and after putting out sel's theory of insanity. the fire discovered that she was The jury found the prisoner shot dead in her chair. The pri- Guilty, recommending him to mersoner subsequently, when arrested, cy on the ground of his youth and and after being repeatedly cau. ignorance. tioned, said, “ that it was an acci- The crime was, however, so bardent; that the gun had gone off barous and so deliberately comas he was going out of the door;” mitted, that the authorities could but, subsequently, on two or three not listen to an appeal based on occasions he stated his determina- such grounds, and the convict was tion to tell the truth, and said, executed, Tuesday, April 23. when told that he was to attend 29. Fatal Boat ACCIDENTS. the inquest, “ he hoped they would Some fatal boat accidents have not bully him, and that no one recently occurred. would talk to him.” He added, On the 29th March (Good Fri“ The truth I shall say; I did the day), five or six young men lost deed, I did it with all my heart; their lives on Hollingworth Lake, I expected something after my a large piece of water about three grandfather's death. I committed miles from Rochdale. The lake this in consequence that I had no is a favourite place of resort for home; my mother has been a bad the holiday folks of the neigh

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bourhood ; a large numher of skiffs were thrown into the water. The and other small boats are let on Lochgoil and other steamers and hire, and two small steamboats boats witnessed the accident, and ply about the waters. On Good made the utmost efforts to rescue Friday some hundreds of persons the drowning persons. It seems were spending the afternoon on wonderful that they should have the margin of the lake, and 25 or succeeded so far as to save 33; 30 boats were pulling on the sur- but seven perished, among whom face, when two, each with about were the woman and girl. six occupants, came into such vio- Shortly, before this accident, lent collision, that both were upset. Mr. Main, post-master of Gourock, Although several other skiffs and and Mr. McLaughlan, a tradesone of the steamboats immediately man of Glasgow, were drowned in rendered assistance, five, or Gourock Bay by the upsetting of some accounts say six, of the their sailing boat. unfortunate holiday makers were On the 17th May, Captain Chedrowned.

valier, harbour-master of St. HeOn the 6th April, seven persons lier's, Jersey, his assistant, and lost their lives on the Clyde at two boatmen, and a friend, went the village of Govan, two miles out to erect a beacon on some from Glasgow. The steamer Loch- rocks near St. Brelade's Bay. In goil conveyed to and from Green. returning the boat was upset in a ock a number of working men sudden squall. The captain, his engaged on the Black Prince (the assistant, and his men, iron-frigate), and these men, most- drowned; only Mr. Le Quesne kept ly belonging to Govan, Patrick, afloat until he was picked up by a and the neighbourhood, wished to yacht. go off on the ferry-boat plying at On the afternoon of l1th June, the Govan-ferry. Before, how- Captain Ford, of the 2nd Lanever, they reached that point a cashire Militia, residing at Bellgood many of them had become field; Captain Park, formerly of intoxicated and uproarious. When the 55th Regiment, residing at they arrived opposite Govan, the Bowness; and Captain Rawlinson, ferryboat was crossing, having on of the 3rd Dragoon Guards, reboard two men, a woman, and a siding at Graythwaite, put off in girl. Before landing the passen- a yacht to enjoy a pleasure excurgers the ferryman obeyed the sion on Windermere. The weasignal from the Lochgoil, and ther was unfavourable, and there touched at the steamer. The Black was a stiff breeze. In the evenPrince men made an immediate ing, opposite Stockport, a sudden rush to the ferryboat, not only squall caught the vessel and capdown the gangway but over the sized it. Captain Park was seen gunwale of the steamer, and in by his companions swimming, first their reckless career the boat was under the mast of the vessel, and soon overcrowded. She “listed ” then striking away towards the to the north side and took in centre of the lake. He had not water, a panic ensued, the people proceeded far when he sank. in the boat rushed over to the Shortly after Captain Ford dropother side ; she capsized, and the ped his hold of the boat, and whole number-about 40 in all- struck out for the margin of the

near

In many

lake. He, too, sank. In the The Cardinal Archbishop of meantime Captain Rawlinson, who Paris, Grand Almoner, having rehad clutched the stern of the cited the vespers in the Chapel of boat, stripped off his clothes, quit- St. Jerome, the remains of the ted the boat, and swam to the Emperor Napoleon I. were carried shore, a distance of from 150 to by twenty-four Cent-Gardes and 200 yards.

lowered into the crypt. The Count Shortly before a small skiff had de Cambacérès, Grand Master of been capsized on the same lake, the Ceremonies, conducted the corand a young man drowned. tége. The banners were carried

On June 28 two young men by Marshals Magnan, Vaillant, were drowned while boating on and Randon. the Thames

Caversham At the conclusion of the, cereBridge.

mony the Emperor reviewed the On the 2nd July, the families old soldiers and distributed crosses. of Mr. West Awdry, the Under

It is rumoured that the corpse Sheriff of Wiltshire, and of Mr. of the Great Emperor is not to, Lowther, on a visit to the Awdrys, find a final repose even under the went on a boating excursion on magnificent tomb here prepared the Avon, near Chippenham. The for it. A tomb-house for the Naparty, seven in all, were divided poleonic dynasty is to be coninto two boats. By some unex- structed in the Cathedral Church plained mismanagement the larger of St. Denis, the sepulchre of so of the two boats was upset.

of the ancient Kings of her terror, one of the Miss Low- France. The object proposed is, thers clung to Mr. W. S. Awdry, probably, to link the history of the so as to prevent exertion, and they old race with the memory of that perished together.

which has occupied its throne. 31. THE TOMB OF NAPOLEON. INDIAN FAMINE RELIEF FUND. -The remains of the Emperor - Intelligence has been received Napoleon I. were transferred from by the overland mail that a dreadthe Chapel of St. Jerome in the ful famine prevailed over the northChurch of the Invalides, where west provinces of India.

From they had rested for the last 20 Peshawur to Cawnpore, a range of years, to the tomb placed under the 800 miles, the "pleasant trouble Dome.

of the rain,” on which the crops This solemn ceremony was per- entirely depend, had almost totally formed in presence of the Em- failed ; the earth was as iron, the peror, the Empress, Prince Napo- heavens as brass. Throughout a vast leon, the Princes Lucien, and territory of 25,000 square miles, Joachim Murat, and the other mem- with 11,000,000 of inhabitants, bers of the Imperial family, the the lower class were slowly perishofficers of the Imperial Household, ing of famine; those who had the Ministers, the Members of the strength to flee, fled in myriads; Privy Council, the Marshals, Ad- those who remained had become so mirals, the Governor of the Inva- weakened as to become unable lides and his entire staff; many of even to eat food when the hand of the veterans of the army of the charity proferred it. The dead old Empire were present in their and the dying were lying by the now antiquated uniforms.

roadsides. In single districts

300,000 persons perished. The sistance so promptly applied had
instincts of nature, and the prejusufficed to preserve the unfortunate
dices of caste (perhaps in India the provinces until Providence had
stronger influence of the two), were vouchsafed to send the rains, and
alike lost. Parents slew their the remnant of the population were
children to avoid protracted death again living on their own resources.
or sale to strangers; mothers sold When the account was made up,
their infants for a shilling, to pro- on the 1st July, it appeared that
tract existence for a single day; the spontaneous alms of the people
and in some districts the caste of in England reached the noble sum
the purchasers was disregarded. of 107,5851. Of this, 50,5001. had
The larger part of the area over been remitted to Calcutta, and
which this calamity spread was the 54,0001. to Bombay. The admi-
scene of the great rebellion, and nistration of relief to a perishing
the slaughter of so many brave multitude of 11,000,000 is a labour
Englishmen, the appalling tortures demanding the utniost organization
and massacre of English women and devotion. This arduous task
and children. But the English in was performed in the most success-
India, who had confronted the mu- ful manner by local committees,
tiny with heroic courage, were not under the general guidance of
wanting in the duties of their Colonel Baird Smith. It is me-
Christian faith. Committees were lancholy to state that the exertions
formed in Calcutta, Madras, Bom- of this noble-minded man in the
bay, and the cities of the north- great cause of humanity were fatal
west provinces; the most gene- to his own existence ; for, when
rous contributions were raised relieved from his generous labours
without delay, and the means of by the return of plenty, his ener-
applying this relief in the most gies were so exhausted that he was
efficient manner were organized. compelled to leave India, and died
The Indian Government lent its on his passage home.
effectual aid, and by these means
such supplies were distributed over
the several districts as would have
remedied

national famine. When the intelligence reached England, the public were

APRIL. appalled with the magnitude of this new disaster. Such a calamity 1. ACCIDENTS AT THE ST. VINwas an addition to the embarrass- CENT's Rocks. Two accidents have ments caused by the mutiny, for occurred at the St. Vincent's Rocks, one of the best means of retrieving Clifton. Some children, under the evils which had resulted was charge of an older girl, were gathus destroyed. But there was thering shells upon the rocks near no hesitation.

A meeting was the Suspension Bridge. One of convened by the Lord Mayor on the children, in spite of repeated the 28th March, and on the 3rd warnings, ventured too near the April the committee were able to edge of the precipice. Suddenly, remit to Bombay 20,0001. The the other children heard the poor subscriptions continued to pour in, girl exclaim, "Sophia ! Sophia!" until accounts arrived that the as- and saw her slipping down the

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