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from the settle, and had been after murderous outrage, which occawards lifted up and replaced. sioned considerable excitement in This might have been done by the metropolis. The servant, a Mrs. Davidson, the stains to whose young woman named Mary Ann dress might have been communi. Redkisson, was alone in the house cated while so doing. Some evi- when a youth (17 years of age) dence of a very untrustworthy named Frederick Strugnell, who character was given, showing a had been in her master's service a premeditated design on her part. few months preriously, called to The jury, after a lengthened in- see her. Some gin was brought quiry, found that Mrs. Davidson in, and they went into the kitchen had murdered Horsley and after- together. After some little time wards destroyed herself.
Strugnell left the girl on the pre14. DISASTROUS FIRE AT DUBLIN. text of ascertaining the time, and -ELEVEN LIVES LOST.–At an took this opportunity to admit two early hour on Sunday morning a accomplices, for the purpose of calamitous fire broke out in Patrick plundering the house. One of Street, Dublin, by which no fewer these men, named Quilter, had than 11 persons lost their lives. also formerly been in the service The street is inhabited by persons of the butcher. On returning to of the lowest class, and not fewer the kitchen he brought down some than seven families, comprising copies of “Cassell's Illustrated 32 persons, dwelt in the house de Bible,” which the girl was looking stroyed. The fire was discovered over, when from certain noises between 1 and 2 o'clock in the over head, she suspected that the morning Two fire-escapes and street door was open, and that the several engines were promptly in house was being robbed. Under attendance ; but the flames had this impression she went upstairs already made such progress that to her master's bedroom, whither the former were useless--one of her companion, after catching up them was destroyed. When the a knife from the shop, followed fire was extinguished, the police her. She found the bedroom in entered to search the premises. great disorder, and was running On the first floor they found the down stairs to give an alarm, when body of a child burnt to a cinder. Strugnell pushed past her, shut On the second floor they found the the street door, and cut at her with burnt remains of seven other the knife. At the first wound she children, and in another room, the exclaimed, “Oh, Fred, don't hurt bodies of two grown persons. One me; it's only Mary," and then the of the latter was a young woman,
unfortunate woman lost all conwho was to have been married on sciousness. Her brutal assailant, that day. Her mother, and five after inflicting several further brothers and sisters were among desperate injuries upon her head, those that perished. Another per- face, and arm, escaped from the son is supposed to have been premises by the back way. Preburied in the ruins.
vious to this dreadful scene, the 21. OUTRAGE AT ISLINGTON.- two confederates of Strugnell had On Sunday evening the house of carried off an iron chest containing Mr. G. Higgins, a butcher, of 47, a cash box with 1051. in gold and Chapel Street, was the scene of a silver, some rings and other valu
able articles. Covering the box matter. She found a robber, who with a butcher's apron, they boldly seized her, and demanded money. ventured with their booty along On her refusal, he beat her until the crowded streets, to a house in she fell senseless. Recovering Stephenson-terrace, where one of consciousness she saw the thief them resided. Here they were forcing a box and taking money, joined by the youth Strugnell, fresh and she screamed, whereupon he from his murderous work. Mean- knocked her down and set out to while the attention of the neigh- find a razor. During his absence bours had been attracted by the Miss Driffield hid the bulk of the scuffling in the shop, and the ex- property between the mattress and clamations of the servant girl. the bed. Entering the room with These alarming noises were fol- the razor in his hand, and having lowed by the sounds of a heavy caught hold of her by the hair of blow, and of a person falling, and her head, he demanded where the lastly of a hatchet thrown or laid money was gone, declaring most on the floor. All was then silent solemnly that he would either have for a few minutes, until one man her money or her life. She replied hoisted up another, who, looking that she did not care, for she in, saw the woman on the floor. would not tell. He then placed No further time was lost in break the razor to her throat, and made ing open the door, and the poor a slight incision. Just at that creature was found on her knees, her moment a noise was heard below hands upraised, her clothes covered which alarmed the robber, and, with blood, and her features too after uttering a curse, he started mutilated to be recognized. away, threw the razor at Miss
On her removal to the hospital, Driffield, and decamped immeit was found that her nose was diately, taking with him the sum of almost chopped from her face, that 251., but leaving a much larger sum the right side of the temple was behind. cut to the bone, and that the back SALE OF MR. UZIELLI'S COLof the skull was split open. The LECTION.—A very choice collection, wounds on the head for a long rich in antique gems, Venetian time seriously imperilled her life; and German glass, majolica, sculpand some weeks elapsed before she ture, Greek and Etruscan vases, became fit for the excitement of a and other objects of taste and public examination. Strugnell, on vertù, the property of the late her evidence, was at once appre- Mr. Uzielli, had occupied eight hended, and the two other men days' sale. Some of the paintings were captured a few days subse- are of great value to the history quently.
of art. A valuable work by ZeStrugnell was found guilty of nobio de Macchiavelli “Sacra Conthe capital offence, and was sen- versazione” (an artist of whom tenced to death ; but ultimately nothing is known, but that he is his life was spared.
mentioned by Vasari, but of the About the same time, another authenticity of this picture there female, left alone in a house, was was no doubt; but one other of his nearly murdered by a robber. A works is known to exist), 2151. Miss Driffield, hearing a noise up Lorenzo di Credi“ Virgin and stairs, went to see what was the Infant Saviour,” 2151. 58. Piero
della Francesca, “St. John bap- natural break-up of the ice. The tizing our Saviour,” part of a waters then ran off as rapidly as triptych, the master's greatest they had risen. work, 2411. 10s. Henry Leys of
FIRES IN PROVINCES. Antwerp, “Mary of Burgundy Several mills and factories, in giving Alms to the Poor," 10501. the aggregate of immense value, The smaller paintings and draw- and giving employment to a large ings, cameos, glass ware, enamels, number of hands, have been reEtruscan vases, &c., were of the cently destroyed by fire. very rarest description, and brought At Manchester, on the 11th large prices.
January, the Beehive Mills, full INUNDATIONS IN CANADA.-Let- of expensive machinery, valued at ters from Montreal state that 25,0001., were burnt. At Oldham, that city has suffered to a greater on the 16th January, a part of the extent by water than it did by Dirt Carr Cotton Mills, with stock, the great fire of 1850. The ice of worth from 80001. to 10,0001. the upper part of the St. Lawrence, In February, a mill in Adelphi and of Lake St. Francis, broke Street, valued at from 20,0001. to up before that on the river below 30,0001. At Newally, a fine Montreal. The consequence was
woollen mill, valued at 20,0001. to that the accumulation of ice-masses 30,0001. took fire while the people formed a barrier which prevented were at work. Two persons were the water running off, and it ra- burnt in the mill, one was killed pidly rose to an unprecedented in attempting to escape; and many height. The greater part of the had limbs broken. In the same city of Montreal was submerged. month an extensive cotton-mill at The destruction of house property Preston, valued with its machinery was, of course, very great, and at from 20,0001. to 30,0001. goods and merchandize to a very was destroyed. A fire of a large amount were rendered value- somewhat extraordinary character less. A large number of pigs, occurred at Knaphill, among the horses, and cattle were drowned. Surrey Downs in April. By The loss of life-though doubtless accident or malice the heath was some perished-is not consider- set on fire. Aided by a brisk able. In the midst of these perils wind the flames spread forward by water arose perils by fire, for and around with great rapidity, by the action of unslacked lime, a and then rushed forward with the very extensive store took fire, roar and fitful brilliancy which and was destroyed with its contents characterize conflagrations of this to the value of 120,000 dollars. kind. The country around was The damage done at Montreal illuminated with singular vividalone by the inundations is reckon- ness, and the area of the fire preed to exceed 1,000,000 dollars. sented an unusual spectacle to the Captain Kennedy, one of the beholders. In the space of four heroes of Arctic navigation, was hours the fire spread over a vast sent down to devise some plan of extent of heath and scrub, and blowing to pieces the ice that was only extinguished by reaching formed the barrier, as is occasion. the cultivated land. In May, a ally done on even a larger scale in fire, attended with fatal consethe Polar regions. But this step quences, broke out in a mill in was rendered unnecessary by the Ancoats Vale. It was supposed
have been caused by the cooperage and a hat manufactory, boiling over of some inflammable in flames. The extent of the loss matter in the top storey. In half was estimated at from 11,0001. to an hour the roof fell in, and for a 14,0001. moment the flames seemed to have been checked; but there was a gentle breeze at the time which
MAY. fanned them speedily into tenfold fury. The sky was a-glow for many 9. PICTURE SALES. THE miles round, so brilliant was the SCARISBRICK COLLECTION. -- The blaze, fed with the naphtha, oils, and collection of ancient and modern resin, of which the building con- pictures, the property of the late tained abundance. An immense Mr. Charles Scarisbrick has been quantity of water was poured on disposed of by public sale. The folthe mill from six fire-engines, but lowing are the most notable lots : no efforts could save the
Guido's St. James,” produced and in two hours a heap of 1250 guineas. And the same high smouldering ruins was all that re- price was obtained for “ A Landmained. After the fire had been scape” by Ruysdael. There were completely overcome, part of the many other specimens of the same walls of the mill fell outward, master, which brought 215, 100, killing a fireman named Holmes, 195, 200, 340, 270 guineas. "A and three other firemen were in- Calm off the Dutch Coast," by jured and taken home. The the elder Van der Valde, sold, at damage was about 12,0001. On the dispersion of the Redleaf Colthe 3rd May, a most destructive lection, for 215 gs. now brought fire broke out on the extensive 620 gs. “A Landscape” by A. premises of Messrs. Therndall, Cuyp, 400 gs. Another of Cuyp's Hillier, and Wills, oil and naphtha works brought 270 gs. Baroccio's merchants and colour manufac- “Noli me Tangere," 700 gs. Hobturers, Castle Green, Bristol. In bema, a “Landscape," from the one of the warehouses the men Dawson Turner collection, 440 gs. were filling a cask from a tank of The Berghems were numerous and mineral naphtha. One of them good, and produced 300, 230, 198, went to see if the vessel was full. 145, 250 gs.; a Lady in a green Unfortunately, he was rash enough velvet jacket, by Metzu, brought to bring a naked flame in contact 260 gs.; an Interior, by De with the vapour of the highly in- Hooghe, 420 gs.; a Landscape, flammable fluid, and an immediate by Wynants, 350 gs. ; some excelexplosion took place, and the ware- lent specimens of Both, the highest house became filled with flame. 300 gs. ; a Rembrant, Jew in an Efforts were made to save the un- Oriental dress, 145 gs. ; an Ostade, happy man who had occasioned the a village group, peasant playing an catastrophe, but they were wholly hurdy-gurdy, 470 gs. ; Velasquez' unavailing, and he fell a sacrifice great portrait of the Count-Duke to his imprudence. The stock in of Olivarez, 250 gs. ; a Canaletti, the warehouse was of the most 310 gs. All these fine works of combustible description, and the art were included in the first two flames spread with fearful rapidity, days' sale, which produced upwards speedily wrapping the entire mass of 20,0001. of buildings, with an adjoining The sale of articles of taste
and luxury belonging to the same blind down. I forced in a wooden gentleman was continued for seve- pane, put my head in, drew the ral days. Among the pictures blind, and called “Mary,” very were Martin's
Joshua command- loud. I got no answer, so I put ing the Sun to stand still,' Ann in through the pane, and told 450 gs. ; “ The Deluge,” 150 gs. her to open the door.
I went “ The Fall of Nineveh," 250 gs. round to the back, and Ann had Among the costly and rare spe- got the door open.
She said, cimens of vertù were the Aldo- Father, my mother is in bed, brandini Cæsar Tazzas, so named and her nose is bleeding." I went after the celebrated cardinal, and in and saw my wife lying on the which brought 12801.—the figures bed with her throat cut, and also surmounting each tazza are attri- the two children-Mary and Marbuted to the hand of Cellini. Agaret-lying on the same bed with couple of noble tankards, standing theirs cut also. I called the neigh19 feet high, each weighing about bours; but they seemed frightabout 140 ounces, from the cele- ened, as I said they were all dead. brated collection at Stowe, brought Mr. Torbock, the doctor's assistant, 272. A pair of etagéres of Cellini sewed up my wife's throat. I saw design, from Stowe, 1701. ; an old she was alive. After a time my Italian cabinet, 255 gs.; a Latin wife recovered sufficient to speak. missal, 127 gs.
I asked her what she had done 11. DOUBLE MURDER
such an act as this for, and she SUICIDE.—There have been few replied, “ It is done, and cannot tragedies so melancholy as the be undone; so you must make the simple tale of woe narrated by the best of it.” Before she could speak witnesses to a coroner's inquest I called Mary," and she put her held at Eighton Bank, near Gates- hand over the back of her head, bead, touching the deaths of Mary and I looked and found a razor Stoker, 39, and her children Mary (one of mine) bloody. It was under Stoker, 3, and Margaret Stoker, the sheet and pillow. The police 6 months.
got it. I once asked her what she Thomas Stoker deposed : I am did it for, and she said she was & pitman, and live at Eighton “ out of her head.” She also said Banks. Mary and Margaret are during the night, when quite senmy two children, and I am the sible, that she “ did not wish to husband of Mary Stoker. I left leave her children behind her.” home after dinner on Saturday, Also that “the children did not about half-past 12 o'clock, to go to make any work.” She always beNewcastle. I left my wife and haved remarkably well to her four children in the house. All children, and never caused me to appeared as usual when I left the suspect anything. Since she had house, and the blinds all up. I her last child she has been very returned home about 4 o'clock in flat and low. I never observed her the afternoon, and met my eldest in that low way before her last girl Ann, crying, who said, "My baby was born. mother is bad in bed, and we Ann Stoker said: I am ten can't get in.” I went to the door years old next Christmas, and and found it was fast. I went to Thomas Stoker is my father. The the front window and found the two dead children, Mary and Mar