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farm of Mr Holmes, in the village incompetent to judge of the existof Langton, on the Yorkshire
ence of such a defect. Wolds, by which two men were Another fatal explosion took killed, and six others seriously in place on the 22nd of this month, jured. At the time of the explo- at the Wolverhampton division of sion the men were gathered round Rough Hills Colliery. A boiler the engine partaking of the cus- used to work a pumping-engine tomary allowance of beer. A young had been cleaned out during the man named Suggitt, the son of the day, and was being prepared for owner of the engine, and another work again, when it exploded with man were standing at one end. great force. The doors of houses Suggitt was struck on the chest by at a considerable distance were the iron door of the smoke box, shaken open, and the two halves and hurled against a wall 19 yards of the boiler, weighing from two distant. The man near him was to three tons each, were hurled in blown under a cart, his skull was opposite directions, to a distance of split open, and he was otherwise 200 yards. The three enginemen so frightfully wounded and scalded were at the moment in an adjacent that he died. Two men were hovel, which was completely shatstruck down by flying fragments, tered, burying them in its ruins. and four others severely scalded. One of the men was taken out The elder Suggitt was oiling the dead, and the second died within brasses of the thrashing machine, a few hours, but the third, though a few yards away from the end of dangerously injured, was expected the engine opposite the part blown to recover. An examination of out, and had a marvellous escape. the fragments showed that the It happened that the shafts used boiler had been patched in some for drawing the engine about the places, and that the line of fraccountry had not been removed, and ture ran along this faulty part. the ends being on the ground were In February, a boiler exploded driven by the rebound like a wedge at the paper manufactory of Messrs. under the thrashing machine, Dickenson, at Manchester. Two hoisting it high into the air, and persons were scalded from head to Mr. Suggitt up with it out of foot, and died the same night: a harm's way. The calamity spread third was similarly injured, pera feeling of terror throughout the haps fatally; and a fourth severely. district, engines of the same de- 7. BANK RATE OF DISCOUNT.scription being in daily use for At the commencement of business agricultural purposes, and a general this morning, the Directors of the impression prevailing that they Bank suddenly announced that should be brought under more they had raised the rate of disproperly - qualified management. count from 6 to 7 per cent. The Professional evidence showed that causes of this unexpected movethis explosion was owing to the ment were large transmissions of weakness of the plate next the gold to the United States and to smoke box, which had burst. This India, and the discouraging posiplate had been in the engine from tion of the Bank of France, which the time of its construction ; but had become seriously affected by the present owner, having been the American panic, and the pecubred a shoemaker, was of course niary embarrassments of the French Government. These cir- with his throat cut; his equally cumstances had reduced the bullion aged wife was found under the by nearly half a million, and the counter of the shop with her reserve notes by upwards of a throat cut from ear to ear. There million, in a few days. The Bank was but one other inmate of the of France advanced their rate, on dwelling, a servant girl. On search, the 2nd January, from 4} to 5 her corpse also was discovered in a per cent., and, on the 8th, from 51 back yard, near the stable door, to 7 per cent. On the 18th, the with her head almost severed from Directors renewed one of their the body. It is supposed that she exceptionable operations by arrang- heard the scuffle when her aged ing a loan from the Bank of mistress was murdered, attempted Russia of 1,200,0001. in gold, to escape, was overtaken and slain. against a like amount in silver. The old man was much confined The direct cause of the large ex- to his bed by age and infirmity. ports of specie to the United On a table near his bedside were es was said to be this :
two tumblers, as though he had The secession movement in the been drinking with another during States caused an immediate and the previous evening; and from large fall in the value of all their the appearance of the drawers it stocks and securities. The British seemed as though they had been public, as yet slightly informed of searched and plundered. The the extent of the disruption, sent suspicions of the police were orders to their American agents to quickly directed to a young man purchase. As much as £3,000,000 named Phibbs. He had formerly sterling was sent by private parties occupied a house and shop next for this purpose.
The eagerness adjoining the house of the Callaof the purchasers, however, de- ghans, had failed and become feated their own purposes, for their bankrupt, and had left the town. competition was so great that the He was, of course, well known to securities rose to above their his unfortunate neighbours. On former prices.
the evening of Monday the 7th, he 7. TRIPLE MURDER IN SLIGO.— was seen to enter Callaghan's shop. A crime, which for savage ruthless- On the afternoon of Tuesday the ness will bear comparison with the 8th, he went to a butcher's in the massacre of the Marr family in town of Sligo, 11 miles from BallyRatcliffe Highway, in 1811, has mote, and ordered some meat; he been committed in the town of threw down some silver in payment, Ballymote, co. Sligo. A very aged which the butcher observed was couple, named Callaghan, kept a
stained with blood, but, thinking grocer's shop in this place. They that it had been in contact with were in comfortable circumstances, the meat, took no further notice. and were supposed to have money As the butcher's lad followed him in the house. As the shop was with the meat, he was found to be not opened at the usual hour on much intoxicated, and fell three the morning of the 8th, the neigh- times. The boy informed the bours became alarmed, and the police of his condition, and the house was broken into. Old Mr. police, in order to his security, took Callaghan, who was about 80 years him into custody. On searching of age, was found dead in his bed him there were found, beside other money, 371. in notes, which were been a constant topic of self-laudsaturated with blood. The next ation. The spectacle of the strength morning, being quite recovered, he of the horse, and the ox, and the was set at liberty, and his money elephant, of the sagacity of the returned to him. Soon after in- dog, compelled to subserve to the telligence of the tragedy at Bally. convenience of their appointed mote reached the police, and con- master, has become so trite, that, stables were despatched in every though still serving to round the direction. A mounted officer periods of the moralist and rhetotraced Phibbs to a place called rician, it has ceased to be a subject Riverstown, where he came up of ordinary notice. The attention with him and arrested him. He of the vulgar to this ordinance of was again stupidly drunk. On God, can only be roused by the searching him, the bloody notes exhibition of man's supremacy exwere again found, and besides, two ercised over the
savage inhabitants razors, a coat, and two shirts, all of the desert, whose ferocity can stained with blood, and other be tamed only in individual exarticles, all of which were recog- amples, and whose subjugation can nized as having been the property be made of no utility to man. Acof the murdered Callaghan. The cordingly, the sight of lions and accused had also been observed, on tigers subdued to the will of a the morning after the murder, to master, has always been a favourtake letters from his coat-pocket, ite spectacle with the populace. tear them, and scatter the frag. Whether an exhibition, of which ments as he went along. These danger either to the exhibitor or fragments having been collected to the spectators is always an esand put together, a complete enve- sential though unavowed attraction, lope was formed, which bore an should be permitted, is a question address to the deceased, and which for the legislature: the public will the postmark proved to have been go to see it, always protesting their duly delivered. Notwithstanding disapproval of such exhibitions," the cogency of these proofs, and and their conviction that “some other evidence which made the day something dreadful will hapcase stronger, when Phibbs was pen.” tried at the Sligo assizes the Formerly-that is, in modern Crown could not obtain a convic- times, for the practices of the tion. Eleven of the jurors were Roman amphitheatre need not be agreed as to his guilt; but the now referred to the showman and twelfth man held out against all his assistants had the danger to argument, and the jury were dis- themselves, the exhibition taking charged without giving a verdict. place within the dens appropriated He was tried at the next assizes, to the animals, while the spectators found guilty, and executed. He sat free from danger, if not from confessed his guilt, and described fear. When Van Amburgh, the the places where he had concealed lion-tamer, exhibited his really his plunder.
wonderful command over his brute 7. A Man KILLED BY A LION.— subjects on tho public stage, a The dominion of man over the strong iron grating secured the aubrute creation has, very naturally, dience from a sudden spring. Since
his time, lion-tamers have become feet and wooden shoes of Smith common, and competition has kicking upon the floor; for, hapdriven them to devise new feats of pening to look round, he saw a lion hardihood. One of these devices approaching him, as though about was, strangely enough, entirely at to spring on him. He instantly the expense of the spectators; for, slipped back, and shut the door, while the tamer went through no leaving Smith to his fate. In fact, more than his predecessors, the the three lions had got loose, and bars were removed, and no physical one of them, on Smith entering barrier parted the audience from the room, had attacked the unforthe savage beasts. The spectacle tunate man, whose feet and shoes thus spiced proved highly attractive. the head-groom had seen beating
At length the forebodings of the the floor as the lion carried him prophesiers came true-something about the room, “shaking him as dreadful did happen-a lion exhi- a dog would a rat." The assault bited at Astley's killed one of his had been actually witnessed by keepers in a very picturesque man- another groom, who stated, that ner; and the man-slayer and his soon after Smith entered the harfellow-brutes, going through their ness-room, adjoining the Ride, he performances the same and every heard the poor
“Oh! subsequent evening, drew great oh!” in a tone of affright. He houses.
saw him attempt to pass through The tragedy-for a horrible the door, when at that moment the event it was, although it seemed lion sprang upon him and tore him to have on the public the effect back : the door then closed. When merely of a “ sensation "—hap- the terrified men regained courage, pened in this manner :- Crockett, they cautiously opened a small the lion-conqueror, had for some wicket-door, and peeping in, saw time exhibited at Astley's four the lion stalking about with his lions “known to be very ferocious,” victim in his mouth, and occaone of them loose upon the stage. sionally shaking him. Smith then These animals were usually kept appeared to be quite dead. The confined in one large den at the lion - conqueror having arrived, back of the stage ; but one of them courageously entered the Ride. being at this time sick, he was The body of Smith was then lying, placed in a smaller den close by. face upwards, close to the door, On the morning of Monday, an and one of the lions was sitting under-groom named Smith en- over it like a dog over a bone. The tered a part of the theatre called attack upon poor Smith seems to “The Ride," being the space where have been rather an act of instinct the actors, equestrian and pedes- than of ferocity, for the lion fo)trian, assemble before going on the lowed his master when called with stage. Almost immediately after- the docility of a dog ; another was wards, the head-groom heard a playing with some flowers; and noise, which he thought was occa- the third, which had got into one sioned by a stag having broke loose of the boxes, was secured without and attacked Smith. He entered difficulty. the room to kick off the assailant,
The surgeon who examined the but saw nothing more than the body of Smith, a very short time
after the occurrence, found life NEAR LINCOLN.-Another fatal acquite extinct. The countenance cident, due to the severity of the exhibited a degree of calmness weather, happened on the Manand composure by no means indi- chester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire cative of suffering, rather implying Railway, near Greetwell, to the that death was instantaneous. The mail train due at Lincoln at 7.45 wounds were very numerous, but chiefly in two localities. On the The train was not proceeding at head and neck were thirty-five. more than the usual speed of Some of these had inflicted a great thirty miles an hour, and had eninjury upon the head, and one of tered the Greetwell cutting, when them, a bite, had penetrated to the the tire of the engine-wheel came cervical vertebræ. On the right off ; the engine ran off the rails, groin and thigh were forty-five dragging the carriages after it, and wounds, some deep, some superfi- ran into the bank, which at this cial. The inference was, that the point is from six to eight feet high, wounds on the head had been and then turned over on its side. caused by the paws of the beast The cleaner, Frederick Tayler, when it first sprung upon its vic- was crushed to death beneath the tim, and that, having thus crushed engine. The engine driver was him, it seized him with its teeth thrown upon the hedge, and his in the neck, and had thus inflicted head was severely cut. The tenalmost instantaneous death; and der was thrown upon its side in that then dropping him, it had such a position that it formed an seized him by the groin and so arch, under which the stoker crept, carried him about and shaken him. and so escaped uninjured. A young
The lions appear to have es- man named Clarke, and his father, caped from their den through the were in a compartment near the carelessness of Smith himself, who head of the train. On the first had failed to secure properly a idea of danger, the father jumped sliding panel by which the den was over the seat in front of him, entered. The lions had been thus reached the centre of the carriage enabled to scratch the panel aside, just as the end was forced in, and and so reach a carpet which was escaped with a few bruises ; but the placed round the den of the sick son, who does not appear to have lion. In their vigorous play to left his seat, received injuries draw this into their own den, they which caused his death on the fol. had succeeded in pulling aside lowing evening. other fastenings, and so got loose 18. EXECUTION AT GLASGOW.into the Ride. They do not seem to This morning, Patrick Lunnay, have been in any way enraged or who was convicted at the last excited, and would probably have Glasgow Winter Circuit Court, of taken no notice of Smith had the the murder of James Cassidy, poor fellow acted courageously; mason, Alexandria, Dumbartonbut, when he turned his back and shire, on the 11th of November fled, one sprang upon him from that last, suffered the extreme penalty instinctive feeling which induces of the law in front of the County every beast of prey to chase any Buildings, Dumbarton. The muranimal that flees from it.
der for which the penalty of death 14. FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT was thus inflicted, was of a very