cornwall england newspaper
1845 NEWS ARTICLE
3 JANUARY 1845, Friday
PRISCA FIDES. At this season, the commencement of a new year, it is a
grateful and pleasing duty to return thanks to our numerous friends and
subscribers for the support they have afforded us. At no time since the
publication of our paper commenced, has its circulation ever been so large
as it is at present; so that we are not only placed at the head of all our
contemporaries in this county, but are scarcely second in circulation to any
journal in the whole West of England. We are thus enabled to offer to our
advertising friends an extent of circulation for their advertisements,
nearly, if not quite, threefold greater than that of any of our Cornish
contemporaries; and of this they may be assured, that no exertions shall be
wanting on our part to maintain our distinguished position. We thank our
friends most cordially, again and again; and we hope to show the high value
we set on their support, by our constant endeavour to deserve it.
CHRISTMAS BENEVOLENCE. On Tuesday the 24th ult. MATTHEW MOYLE, Esq., of
Chacewater, who is in the 97th[?] year of his age, filled the hearts of the
poor of his neighbourhood with gladness, by ordering his annual donation of
£10 to be distributed among them.
CORNWALL EPIPHANY SESSIONS. These Session commenced at Bodmin on Tuesday
last, before J. K. LETHBRIDGE, Esq., and a full bench of magistrates. The
Rev. C. E. HOSKEN and the REV. C.H. ARCHER, took the oaths on their
appointments respectively to the livings of St. Blazey and Lewannick. The
motion was unanimously and cordially agreed to.
GRAND JURY. The following gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury:
Mr. J. S. JAGO, St. Ewe, foreman
Mr. J. Pearce, St. Austell
Mr. P. Blake, St. Issey
Mr. R. Chynoweth, St. Agnes
Mr. J. Drew, St. Austell
Mr. W. Dunn, Mevagissey
Mr. J. George, Endellion
Mr. R. L. Hawken, Egloshayle
Mr. W. Jago, St. Austell
Mr. J. Lakeman, Egloshayle
Mr. J. Martin, St. Teath
Mr. T. Magor, St. Blazey
Mr. W. Martin, Ruanlanyhorne
Mr. E. Norway, Egloshayle
Mr. W. Pollard, Egloshayle
Mr. W. G. Pearse, Lanteglos by Camelford
Mr. J. Parkin, Lanlivery
Mr. W. Sargent, Bodmin
Mr. J. Scantlebury, Bodmin
Mr. J. Tregaskis, St. Blazey
Mr. M. Wilson, Egloshayle
[Mr. Tremayne gave a speech thanking the Rev. Francis Kendall, who had
resigned, for his service, extolling his virtues & giving special attention
to his tireless efforts to aid the prisoners, and moved a vote of thanks.
Mr. Pendarvis seconded the motion, bore witness to the good conduct of Mr.
Kendall, and stated they had never had such a zealous chaplain, in improving
the school, etc. ih]
TRIAL OF PRISONERS. JAMES JOHNS, 36, was found Not Guilty of stealing a
sack, the property of W. H. TROUNCE, of St. Ewe.
MARY HILL, 30, was found Guilty of stealing a silver tea spoon, belonging to
OCTAVIOUS DUNSTAN, Egloshayle.
CYPRIAN BECKERLEG, was found Guilty of stealing potatoes, the property of
JOHN ROWE, of St. Buryan.
A Bill against JOHN RODDA, for entering the dwelling-house of NICHOLAS
PHILLIPS, and stealing 3s., was ignored.
LOOE BRIDGE. Rev. R. BULLER moved that the Clerk of the Peace be requested
to advertise for plans and estimates for a new bridge at Looe.. [He further
proposed a committee be established, of which five members would form a
quorum.] The motion was carried.
THE RAILWAYS. A correspondent informs us that Lieut. DUNSTAN, having been
deputed by the Devon and Cornwall Central Railway to proceed to Ireland,
attempted to get up a public meeting at Cork, with a view of memorializing
the Board of Trade in favour of the Central Line. The meeting was called
accordingly by the Mayor, and was held on the 25th ultimo, when the motion
to send a memorial to the Board of Trade in favour of that object, was
ultimately negatived. CHARLES BULLER, Esq., M.P., has declared his
intention to give his decided support to the Cornwall Railway from Plymouth
ARCHDEACONRY OF CORNWALL. In consequence of the death of the venerable
Archdeacon SHEEPSHANKS, this county, under the provisions of the
Ecclesiastical Commission, will be divided into two Archdeaconries. The
Rev. WALTER GEE, of Week St. Mary, has been appointed, by the Bishop,
Archdeacon of East Cornwall, but the name of the future Archdeacon of West
Cornwall, has not yet transpired. It is rumoured that the two parishes of
Gluvias and Budock, which have hitherto been held together as one living,
will now be disunited, and become two separate benefices.
TRURO UNION. On Christmas day, the poor in Truro Union-house were regaled with roast
beef, plum pudding, and a pint of beer each person. To this old English
fare thirty-two men and forty-two women sat down; the average of whose ages
was above seventy, several of them being upwards of eighty-four years of
In Probus Union house, thirty-one men and forty-six women and ninety-seven
children had a similar treat. The children were regaled with tea, coffee,
and currant cakes in the afternoon. The whole of the expense was defrayed
by a subscription from the Board of Guardians.
TRIBUTE OF RESPECT. The officers and men of H.M.S. "Cleopatra," in order
to record their high estimation of the character of the late Lieut. MONTAGUE
TREBY MOLESWORTH, of that ship, have sent home £64. 11s. to erect, in his
father's church at St. Breocke[?], a monument to his memory, and to that of
the eight seamen under his command, whose melancholy fate, in March last, on
the Coast of Madagascar, must still be fresh in the recollection of our
ROYAL MARINES. It always affords me pleasure to notice every advance
towards the total abolition of that degrading method of punishment which has
been too frequently, we fear, resorted to in the army - the cat o'nine
tails, a punishment which must be deeply humiliating to honest minds; and
therefore we hail with delight the now adopted system of "honorary medals
and gratuities to deserving men. Both these special marks of her Majesty's
approbation have been bestowed on Surgeon EDWARD KERKIN, of the Royal
marines for "long service and good conduct," after a servitude of twenty-one
and a half years, although he still continues in the service. Sergeant
Kerkin is a native of Goran Haven, where his aged father resides; and the
old man has thus been cheered in the decline of life by the excellent
character for his child. The brothers and sisters too of the surgeon, have
been gratified by this approbation of their relative; and we trust his good
conduct, with the new emeritus[?] rewards he has received, may influence
many of them to try to deserve by their behaviour to be equally well spoken
APPOINTMENT. Mr. W. H. T. GREEN of Falmouth and of the late Niger
expedition has been appointed Master of the "Rattler" steamer, for the
surveying service of the Coast of China.
EXTRAORDINARY PIG. A pig belonging to Mr. CHESTERFIELD, shoemaker of St.
Ewe Church-town, was slaughtered a few days since. He was not quite 10
months old, but notwithstanding this, he was only four pounds short of 30
score weight. He was bred from the stock of Mr. NORTHY, currier, of
TRELEIGH CONSOLS. On Saturday night last, a fire broke out in the Engine
House of this mine, which completely destroyed all the timber work, and so
heated the "bob" that it broke. No material injury was done on the engine,
and a very strong party of workmen being at work on the reconstruction of
the building, it is hoped that the unavoidable suspension of the underground
works will not be of long continuance. The fire is said to have originated
in the spontaneous combustion of the saw dust which was packed around the
ALLEGED MURDER OF A CHILD BY ITS MOTHER. On the 26th ult., an inquest was
held before W. HICHENS, Esq., coroner, at Tredrea, in the parish of St.
Erth, for the purpose of inquiring into the cause of the death of an
illegitimate female child, when the following facts came out in evidence:-
ELIZABETH STEVENS, a young woman of prepossessing appearance, aged 23 years,
of the parish of St. Just in Penwith, came to reside with Mr. WALTER RUNALS,
as a servant; on Tuesday, the 24th ult., about six in the morning; as Mrs.
Runals came down stairs, she observed the girl in a restless state leaning
across the kitchen table, and complaining of a violent bowel attack.
Through the persuasion of her mistress, who had not the slightest suspicion
of the real nature of her illness, she went to bed, and after remaining
there about an hour and half, during which time Mrs. Runals very kindly
administered to her warm stimulants, which were most suitable as she thought
for removing the disease, she came down into the kitchen, and said she was
much better. Mrs. Runals, however, soon discovered that she had given birth
to a child, though, on the question being put, the girl repeatedly denied
it. Shortly afterwards, the surgeon arrived, when she confessed, and by her
directions the lifeless child was found concealed in a small box placed on
the top of a cupboard in the chamber. A port-mortem examination was made by
Mr. VAWDREY, in the presence of another medical gentleman, which fully
convinced them that the child was born alive, though the mother at first,
denied it; and on examining the head a dreadful fracture was discovered in
the hinder part of the skull. The mother has since confessed that the child
was born alive, but still denies that she used any violence to cause death,
and states that the fracture of the skull was occasioned by the child
falling over the side of the bed. The jury returned a verdict of wilful
murder, and the mother will be committed to Bodmin, to take her trial at the
next assizes, as soon as she is sufficiently recovered to be removed.
MINE ACCIDENT. On Tuesday last, a man named JOLLY was dreadfully injured
by the explosion of a hole, which he thought had missed fire, at Callington
mines, and there is but little hope of his recovery. He is a stronger to
that neighbourhood, and it was only his second time of working in those
SCILLY. As at most other places, so here, "It never rains but it pours."
Within the last six days we have had no less than four mails from Penzance,
but no opportunity has occurred of forwarding one from hence for the last
month. Our letters stealthily find their way across to Penzance by the
"Lionesse," which system it is said will shortly be put a stop to.
DESTITUTION OF CORNISH MINERS IN BRAZIL. To the Editor of the West
Briton. Sir, As work becomes scarce, and wages are reduced, many of our
countrymen have attempted to better their condition by emigration to the
mining districts of South America on speculation. I regret to learn that
there are large numbers of these unfortunate persons wandering through
Brazil without employment, and in a state of great distress. Much has been
done by those Cornishmen who have the means of employing them, but such
means are of course limited. I therefore beg the favour of your allowing
your columns to convey through the mining districts generally the caution
that there is a glut of Cornish Miners in Brazil, and any who go there on
speculation expose themselves to certain destitution. I am, Sir, Your
obedient Servant, A CORNISHMAN.
ST. AUSTELL. On Friday last, a grand concert of instrumental music, given
by MR. B. M. SWAFFIELD, came off in the Town-Hall, St. Austell, when the
high estimation in which that gentleman is held, was evinced by the presence
of a most respectable and crowded audience. The performance comprised some
of the most admired compositions of Mozart, Rossini, Auber, &c, &c., which
were given in a very spirited manner, by an efficient band, under the able
leadership of Mr. LUTMAN, organist of Bodmin, whose well-known skill needs
no comment. Where all was excellent it is unnecessary to parti[cular]ize;
but we must not omit mentioning a selection of airs arranged by Mr.
Swaffield, for three flutes, violincello, and contra basso, with an
accompaniment for the piano, which elicited great applause. We trust that
the present is but the first of a series of concerts by which the
cultivation of the science of music, hitherto so greatly neglected in that
town, may be promoted. The present concert was under the patronage of C. B.
GRAVES SAWLE, Esq., whose readiness to support every thing which aims at
refining the taste, and elevating the minds of the people, deserves
LISKEARD BRITISH SCHOOLS. On Wednesday, the 18th ult., a public
examination of the boys belonging to this institution took place in the Town
Hall, before a crowded audience. The boys were examined in reading,
writing, arithmetic (mental and written), geography, English history,
grammar, scripture history, &c; and during the evening some beautiful
specimens of pencil and map drawing, executed by the boys, were shown. The
examination was highly satisfactory, and reflected great credit on the boys,
as well as on the zeal and energy of the master, MR. JOHN PEARSON. After
the examination, JOHN ALLEN, Esq., JOSEPSH ADAMS, Esq., and MR. S. PHILLIPS
severally addressed the meeting, expressing themselves, as subscribers,
highly satisfied, and calling upon the public for greater exertions on their
part for the support of so valuable an institution, an appeal which, we
trust, will not be in vain.
(Falmouth had the same examinations; R. B. FOX, Esq., read the report, which
stated that the present amount of subscriptions was not nearly equal to the
expenditure. Thanks were voted to the master for his successful efforts;
thanks were also presented to R. W. FOX, Esq., MR. L. SQUIRE, and MR. R.
HUNT, who gave lectures in science the past year.)
10 JANUARY 1845, Friday
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THE CORNWALL RAILWAY. It will be seen from an advertisement in
part of our paper, that on Friday last, a public meeting was held at
on the subject of the intended viaduct over the Penryn river, in
with the Cornwall Railway. The meeting was of opinion that the
erection would not only injure but destroy the shipping trade of
accordingly passed strong resolutions against it, and a memorial to the
Trinity Board, and Board of Admiralty, praying their interference.
DREADFUL FIRE. FIVE HOUSES DESTROYED. On Tuesday evening last,
eight and nine o'clock, the premises of MR. BREWER, grocer,
Falmouth, were discovered to be on fire, and in a few minutes the
raged with an intensity truly appalling. The fire broke out in the
the house, and immediately extended on the one side to the house and
MR. CLARKE, draper, and on the other, to the house of MRS. J. TRATHAN,
bookseller; and ere half an hour had elapsed the three buildings were a
of fire. The town engines were speedily on the spot, but unfortunately
was low water at the time, and the supply was altogether inefficient
least half an hour. By this time another engine was brought to bear on
devouring element, belonging to a Dutch man-of-war steamer, now in the
harbour; and the precision and untiring energy with which it was
prevented the fire from extending its direful ravages. This engine was
manned by the steamer's crew, and directed by their officers, there
one to about every four men; and the inhabitants are deeply indebted to
these noble fellows for their unwearied exertions. The Pendennis
engine soon followed, and all were directed to quench the fire; but
considerable labour this was found impossible, and the attention of the
authorities was directed to the preservation of the neighbouring
The house of MISS ELIZABETH FOX, ironmonger, adjoining Mr. Clarke's,
imminent danger, and the engines were brought to play on the partition
which fortunately was built of brick. At one time, however, the heat
intense in the upper rooms of this house, that no one could endure it,
it was soon cooled down by copious streams of water, poured on by a
sailors belonging to a Genoese steamer, also in the harbour, who
their own operations with their own engine on the top of the roof.
also did essential service by detaching the burning timbers, with long
poles, from their connection with Miss Fox's home, which was at length
rescued from danger. In the meantime, the fire extended from Mrs.
to a shop kept by MRS. SNELL, and from thence to another house,
an old woman named PHILP; and the five houses, all on fire, presented a
grand, and awful scene. The daylight looking horizon, the volumes of
ascending smoke and blazing sparks, the crackling of burning timbers,
crash of falling walls, the shouts of engine-men; the low rushing noise
multitude of half-whispering human voices, with the never-ending cry
water, commingled, produced an effect peculiar to such a scene. Mrs.
saved all her property, and in the street dividing her premises from
neighbouring houses, fire hooks were actively used to pull down all the
combustible materials, and thereby to save the neighbourhood. These
efforts, with the constant application of the engines on the side of
conflagration, prevented it from extending further, and by twelve
all apprehensions for the safety of the immediate properties were at an
[...] By three o'clock, the violence of the fire was entirely subdued,
it required the presence of the engines during the whole night to keep
smouldering timbers under, and prevent a fresh outbreak. Most, if not
the sufferers, are insured, in the West of England, Phoenix, County,
and Imperial. It was a fortunate circumstance that the wind was low at
outbreak, otherwise, every house in that angle must have been
very likely the whole of Webber-street. Save a few bruises, no
occurred, and too much praise cannot be given to all parties for the
assistance rendered, especially by the constables, and the orderly;
the [..] behaviour of the vast concourse of spectators was creditable
town. On Wednesday, the Mayor and Town Council, in attendance at the
Sessions, held in the Guildhall, embraced the opportunity of making a
acknowledgement of the services afforded by the foreigners above
and the men belonging to her Majesty's both services, by a vote of
follows: That the thanks of the mayor and common council of the town
Falmouth, on behalf of the inhabitants at large, are especially due,
hereby tendered, to the officers and crews of His Netherland Majesty's
steamer "Vesuvius," and His Sardinian Majesty's steamer "Malfatano,"
Majesty's packets "Swift," "Crane," and "Penguin," and to the officer
detachment of Her Majesty's 44th[?] foot, stationed at Pendennis, for
prompt and effectual assistance in subduing the heavy fire which
the Market Strand last night, the extension of which, under Providence,
happily prevented by their indefatigable personal exertions in working
own, and the town engines. (Signed) W. E. BROAD, Mayor. Guildhall,
LAUGHABLE BLUNDER. In the course of eliciting evidence at one of the
trials at the late sessions at Bodmin, a person in the witness box
so much reluctance to reply clearly to the queries of MR. SHILSON, as
induce the latter to say quietly - "Never mind, we'll get the truth out
you by and by." "No, you won't," was the prompt rejoinder.
ST DAY. On new year's day, in the afternoon, a sermon was preached
Wesleyan chapel, by the Rev. J. SPASHALT[?], Baptist minister, of
after which upwards of five hundred persons took tea. In the course of
evening, the chair being occupied by E. H. HAWKE, Esq., the meeting was
addressed with great ability by Messrs. MAWTON[?], SPASHALT, and
ST AUSTELL UNION HOUSE. The inmates of this establishment, by order
the Board of Guardians, were regaled with beef and plum pudding on
day; and on New-year's day, they partook of the same old English fare,
was liberally provided for them by J. H. TREMAYNE, Esq., of Heligan.
RARE FISH. Last week, a fine specimen of Delphinus delphis was
the Hayle river. It came in over the bar, and could not get out again,
so was easily secured. It is seven feet eight inches in length, and
slightly formed, compared with the figures of other specimens. The
of the dorsal fin is three feet one inch from the snout, and is three
four inches from the termination of the tail, and eight inches and a
height. Its snout is long, narrow, and slightly compressed. The upper
is rather the shortest; and at six inches from the tip, it rises
and gently arches backwards; and on this part at nine inches and a half
the snout is the blowing hole. The gape of the mouth is eleven inches
three quarters, and two inches behind, slightly above the angle of the
mouth, are the eyes, which are small. The pectoral fin is one foot
inches from the snout, and one foot in length. Tail, transverse,
semilunar[?], and notched in the centre, at its posterior margin. The
are white, conical, leaning outward, and fifty in the lower and
in the upper jaw. Girth in the largest part in front of the dorsal
three feet ten inches. In colour it is irregularly mottled. A white
extends from near the snout along the upper jaw to near the eye, it
contracts and arches so as to form a narrow white circle round the eye.
pectoral fin is black, with a grey spot near its centre; from the
fin a black line extends anteriorly to just below the eye. The
portion of the body is black mixed with white, in such a manner as to
it a grey appearance. A particular description of it has been taken,
figure, which we understand will be brought under the notice of the
Natural History Society.
PENZANCE QUARTER SESSIONS. These sessions opened at the Guildhall,
Penzance, on Saturday last, before H. MERIVALE, Esq., recorder, and the
borough magistrates. JOSEPH HONEY, 52, and FRANCIS BAWDEN, 34, were
charged, the former with having stolen on the 6th December last, a
timber belonging to G. D. READ, and the latter with having received the
timber knowing it to have been stolen. Both prisoners were detected in
crime with which they were charged, and being found guilty by the jury,
sentenced to three months' imprisonment and hard labour.
RICHARD MARTIN, 13, was charged with having stolen a silver dessert
the property of WM. MITCHELL BAYNARD; and SUSAN MADDERN, 42, was
with having received the spoon, knowing it to have been stolen.
acquitted, and Martin, an old offender though young, having been
guilty, was sentenced to ten years' transportation.
The following appeal case was then tried: Sithney, appellants;
respondents. The case related to the removal of a pauper, called
WILLIS, and Jane his wife, from Penzance to Sithney. Order confirmed
regarded W. WILLIS - quashed as it regarded Jane, his wife. No costs
granted on either side.
FALMOUTH QUARTER SESSIONS. On Wednesday last, these sessions were
before the recorder, H. MERIVALE, Esq., and the usual magistrates.
GOODMAN was charged with stealing flour from the house of her master,
HAMLYN, to which charge she pleaded guilty, and was recommended to
her master, on the ground of her former good character, and his belief
there was yet a more guilty party not before the court. The recorder
in consequence of this recommendation, and the time she had been in
he would pass but a lenient sentence, which he hoped, would make her
grateful to her master for his forbearance. He then sentenced her to
month's imprisonment, with such labour as might be provided.
JOSEPH BRAY was indicted for an assault on JAMES GUTHRIDGE, police
Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and it was then shown that he was drunk,
making a noise in the streets about one o'clock on Sunday morning, the
of October last; and that Guthridge had gone up to him, and attempted
restore him to quiet, when he was thrown by the prisoner and had his
bone broken in the fall. The jury, having returned a verdict of
was sentenced to two months' hard labour.
There were two cases in the court of requests. One, COOPER v.
withdrawn; the other, LUGG v. LUGG, was a case of debt, amounting to
5s. owing to MARY LUGG, widow, from two sons by a former wife of
deceased husband. It appeared, after a great deal of sparring on both
sides, that this case arose out of a will, in which Mary Lugg, widow,
allowed ?6 per annum, and that a deed executed by the two defendants,
granting ?9 per annum, had not been acted on, but had been referred to
arbitration, with the issue of which the defendants had refused to
The technical points having been disposed of, the jury, after retiring
short time, gave a verdict for the plaintiff for the full amount of
This closed the business of the session.
TRURO POLICE. On Monday last, NATHANIEL LANYON, a well known
was brought before the Mayor, and committed for trial at the next
for stopping a lad on the highway, and robbing him of three pasties.
SUICIDE. On Thursday, the 2nd instant, a married woman, residing in
parish of Illogan, called SAUNDER, put a period to her existence, by
herself in an outhouse, near Trevenson[?] Pool. Poverty is said to
been the cause.
ACCIDENT. On Friday last, as the London mail coach was leaving
it came in contact with a cart, and threw it against the window of Mr.
BASELEY, currier, forcing in the frame, and smashing twelve or fourteen
panes of glaze.
CORONER'S INQUEST. On Monday last, an inquest was held at St. Erth
church-town, before W. HICHENS, Esq., on the body of CATHERINE JANE
aged five months, who died suddenly in bed on Friday. Verdict,
NOTICE. The Books, Household Furniture, Farming Stock, Horses,
and other valuable effects, the property of the late Archdeacon
at the Vicarage in St. Gluvias, will be offered for Sale, on Tuesday,
21st instant and following days, by Eleven for Twelve. Particulars
given in handbills and advertisements. CORFIELD and SON, Auctioneers
General Agents. Dated, January 4, 1845.
CORNWALL EPIPHANY SESSIONS. Wednesday January 1. (Before J. K.
LETHBRIDGE, Esq.) CHARLES JAY, 24, and JOSEPH CLIMO, 36, were charged
stealing eight bushels of apples, the property of RICHARD OLIVER, of
Keyne. Mr. CHILDS conducted the prosecution; Mr. JOHN and Mr. SHILSON
defence, the former for Jay, the latter for Climo. Both Guilty. Four
Months' Hard Labour.
JOHN BEER, 31, was charged with stealing a watch, chain, and seals, the
property of HENRY BERRY, toll-gate keeper at the Town-end gate in
Prisoner was a shoe-maker of St. Kew, and on the 4th of November, being
Bodmin, for the purpose of purchasing leather, he went to a small shop
opposite the toll-gate, with his bag of leather, to purchase some
his children. He then went into the toll-house, about half-past four,
asked prosecutor's wife, who was there along, to let him light his
which she did. Mrs. Berry was at a table near the window, ironing;
finding the prisoner was rather long by the fire place, she was in the
of looking round, when she was called to the gate to take toll. On her
return into the house, the prisoner wished her good night, and left.
few minutes, Mrs. Berry missed the watch. Her husband, on leaving in
afternoon, had desired her to get tea about five o'clock. She
gave an alarm to her neighbours concerning the loss of the watch. Her
husband returned in about five minutes after prisoner left, and
pursuit after him by way of Dunmeer; but, it soon growing dark, he was
obliged to desist from pursuit. The prisoner was apprehended the
morning, by constables; but the watch was not found. In defence, it
attempted, by Mr. JOHN, to raise a suspicion that the felony might have
committed by a son of the prosecutor's, who lived away from his
had not for some time been on good terms with them. He worked on the
and lodged in Bodmin; his mother, Mrs. Berry, had seen him near her
the morning of the 4th of November. There were some other
favour of prisoner elicited in course of cross-examination; and five
respectable farmers gave him an excellent character. Guilty, but
recommended to mercy. Two Months' Hard Labour.
WILLIAM GOLSWORTHY, 22, and JAMES WILLIAMS, 22, were charged with
copper ore, the property of JOSEPH HODGE and others, adventurers in
Penstruthal and Lanarth mine. The case was one of those ordinarily
"kitting." Mr. STOKES conducted the prosecution; Mr. SHILSON the
WILLIAM JEFFERY, captain of the mine for seventeen years, stated that
28th of September, prisoner took a pitch at the back of the twelve
level. They had previously worked in the same pitch about two months.
took the pitch in September at 8s., which was a high tribute for that
Witness examined the pitch on the 28th of September; it was then very
FRANCIS'S pitch adjoined prisoners', being separated by a winze.
passed through prisoner's pitch never less than three times a week, and
examined two pitches every time he went down. The quality of the ore
prisoners' pitch was black ore, with a pretty deal of mundie and spar.
Francis's pitch was red oxide, grey ore, greens, and yellow ore stained
goaxan[?] The qualities of the two were very distinct; Francis's ore
make a produce of twenty-five, and prisoners' only eight. Francis and
had worked in their pitch for twenty months. There was no such ore as
Francis's in any other part of the mine. On the morning of the 19th of
October, witness saw prisoners going under ground as early as half-past
Their general hour was about eight o'clock. Witness asked them why
were going down so early; Williams replied they wanted to leave work
earlier. In consequence of information, witness went underground, into
prisoners' pitch. Both prisoners were there; Williams was working.
Witness asked them how the pitch cut. Williams replied, "very poor,"
asked witness to look at the pitch. Witness looked at it, and found it
poor. There had been no improvement in the pitch from the 28th
that time. Witness asked prisoners how much ore they had broken.
said "about a ton," and pointed to a pile about twelve feet from where
was working. Witness went to the pile; Golsworthy brought him a pick,
witness threw the pick into the middle of the pile, and hacked up a
ore which was grey, red oxide and green. He then broke a stone or two,
asked Golsworthy where he got them. Golsworthy said, in their pitch.
Witness asked where? They then broke two or three stone; but they were
nothing like the other. Witness then told them they had stolen the ore
Francis's pitch. Witness went to Francis's pitch, and brought some of
core there, to look at prisoners' pile; and desired them to take out
ore they thought was theirs. They did so, and took out several stones,
which they said they would swear was their own. Witness told LEAN and
(the men of Francis's core) to bring up the stones in the evening to
count-house, which they did, when witness put the stones in paper, and
locked them up. Next day, witness went to prisoners' pitch, with
Lean, and Brown, who picked out of prisoner's pile, about a cwt. of ore
which they owned. Witness took three parcels of ore, which he
the constable BAWDEN. The prisoners never worked there again. About a
afterwards, witness examined the ore found in prisoners' pile with that
Francis's pitch, with which it corresponded.
Cross-Examined. Francis's pitch was set at 5s. 6d.; and before that
5s. Prisoners' pitch had, before their take, been set at 13s; but
was a piece of ground added to it, and it was slightly improved on the
setting day when prisoners took. Prisoners earned GBP13 or GBP14 in
and September. They earned nothing during the next take; the
did not pay them when they committed those frauds. Besides the ore
was claimed from Francis's pitch, they had earned about four or five
Had never before known an instance of kitting in Penstruthal. The
adventurers had not paid prisoners for August and September. Mr. Hodge
told witness that the prisoners had filed a petition in the
Court to recover the money due to them. Witness communicated the
Mr. Hodge, the week following the occurrence. It was on the 26th of
December, that an examination took place of the prisoners before the
magistrates. Witness delayed the proceedings till he received
from the adventurers. By Mr. STOKES. Applied to Mr. WILLIAM WILLIAMS,
magistrate, in the very same week that the offence occurred. By Mr.
SHILSON. Mr. Williams was an adventurer, as well as magistrate;
applied to him in both capacities. WILLIAM FRANCIS, JAMES BROWN and
RICHARD LEAN, who formed Francis's pair, were examined; their evidence
corroborative of Capt. Jeffery's. JONATHAN BAWDEN, constable, produced
three parcels of ore which he had received from Capt. Jeffery. They
inspected by the previous witnesses, and evidence was given by them of
distinctions of the ores as before referred to. Mr. Shilson addressed
jury for the defence; and in doing so, strongly denounced the practice
adventurers in refusing payment of tribute to those whom they assumed
guilty of fraud. Mr. Shilson suggested that the present prosecution
consequent on the filing of petition by prisoners in the Vice-Warden's
Court. Both Guilty. Six Months' Hard Labour.
THOMAS TRIGGS, 40, pleaded Guilty, of stealing a sack and six gallons
wheat, the property of STEPHEN DAVEY, Esq., at Cury. Three Months'
WILLIAM LANCE, 13, pleaded Guilty of stealing five penny-pieces, seven
penny-pieces, and one farthing, the property of WILLIAM JOHN, at Truro.
Months' Hard Labour, and to be Once Privately Whipped.
BENJAMIN SAVAGE, 40, a carrier from Charlestown to St. Austell, was
with stealing half a pound of sugar, the property of NICHOLAS GRIBBLE
grocer, of St. Austell. Guilty. Three Months' Hard Labour.
SECOND COURT. Wednesday, January 1. (Before E. W. W. PENDARVES,
JOHN DANIEL, 19, was found Guilty of stealing two fowls, the property
Samuel BRABYN, in the parish of Helland. A former conviction was
against the prisoner. For the prosecution, Mr. COLLINS; for the
Mr. BENNALLACK. Seven Years' Transportation.
GEORGE BURNARD, 42, was found Guilty of stealing two steel chisels, the
property of JAMES LINTERN, of the parish of Blisland. For the
Mr. COLLINS; for the defence, Mr. BENNALLACK. Six Weeks' Hard Labour.
ANTHONY YATES, 42, was charged with stealing a hat, the property of
WALL, in the parish of Phillack, and found Guilty. For the
HOCKIN; for the defence Mr. BENNALLACK. Six Weeks' Hard Labour.
THOMAS DAVEY, 21, charged with stealing a bay mare, the property of
EVEREL, in the parish of Kenwyn, pleaded not guilty; and the case went
trial. For the prosecution, Mr. HOCKIN; defence, Mr. BENNALLACK.
Everl, examined. Lives at Short-lane's end, in the parish of Kenwyn.
right of pasturage on a common belonging to the Earl of Falmouth. Kept
cow and mare. On the morning of the 20th of September, put out the
to grass on the common. Missed her in the afternoon, and did not see
again till Sunday morning, when she was brought back by JOHN JENKINS
another. JOHN FORD, lives near the prosecutor, and has known his mare
two years. Going from Short-lane's-end about half past ten on the
the 20th of September, saw Everel's cow and mare on the common.
half-past eleven and twelve met the prisoner leading the mare on the
toward St. Agnes. Identifies the prisoner, who has a wooden leg, and
with a crutch. JAMES POLKINGHORNE, lives at St. Day, about seven miles
Short-lane's-end. On the 20th of September met the prisoner leading a
horse. Cried to him "Helloa, old feller! What are you doing with the
'orse?" He said - "I am going to sell it, if I can." Witness said -
do you ask for it?" He replied, "What is it worth?" Witness answered
don't know," but said he would give him a watch to swop for it.
agreed, and took the mare to witness's house, where he exchanged it for
watch, but was once offered 23s. for it. Was summoned before the
five weeks afterwards. Got back the watch. JOHN JENKINS swore to his
getting the mare at Polkinghorne's, and returning it to Everel.
Polkinghorne, being re-called by the Chairman, stated that Jenkins
him his watch when he came for the mare. Mr. Bennallack complained of
delay that had occurred in apprehending the prisoner - the October
having been allowed to pass, and the county being now charged above
for expenses, including GBP8. 16s. to the constable, Mr. JAMES, of
expenses of searching for the prisoner. Everel was then re-called, and
stated that he obtained a warrant and gave it to Mr. James directly,
prisoner was not taken till five weeks afterwards. He called on Mr.
once or twice, and was told that he could not then take the prisoner.
Mr. Bennallack then called Mr. OATES, who stated that he lives at
Twelveheads, and is a shoemaker. Prisoner was in his employment for a
considerable time, till he was taken. He served him well; witness
wish for a better servant, and would gladly take him back in the event
his acquittal. Prisoner lived in his house, and might have been taken
any time from the date of the warrant till his apprehension, as he
went out of the way. Mr. Bennallack having addressed the jury, Mr.
replied. The jury returned a verdict of Guilty, with a recommendation
mercy on the ground of his character. An indictment and certificate of
former conviction of the prisoner was proved, an objection to which was
taken by Mr. Bennallack on the ground of a difference in their
[.......tions?] of the prisoner. Objection [raised?] for
B. G. SAWLE, Esq., gave notice that he should move that the expenses of
constable in this case should be disallowed. The court passed sentence
Ten Years' Transportation, but stated that from his lameness, the
would not be sent out of the kingdom, but would be detained in a
THOMAS CRAZE, 51, pleaded Not Guilty in a charge of stealing a quantity
copper ore, the property of JOHN RULE and others, his co-adventurers in
Wh. Crofty mine, in the parish of Illogan. For the prosecution, Mr.
defence, Mr. BENNALLACK. From the evidence, the case appeared to be
SAMUEL and WILLIAM RICHARDS, tributers of a pitch between the [38th?]
48th fathom level in the aforesaid mine, raised on Saturday 14th
last, to their plot, about thirty kibbles of rich yellow and peacock
about ten kibbles of which - worth GBP10 or more - were missing on
The pitch in East Pool mine nearest to East Wheal Crofty mine was
T. CRAZE and JOS. MITCHELL. Both pitches were in the same lode, about
twenty-five fathoms distant from each other, the communication between
being open. Richards's pitch was superior to the other; they paying
4d. in the pound, and Craze and Mitchell only 4s. 6d. The Richardses
down to Craze's pitch, along with Captain IVY, in quest of their
ore, which they found in prisoner's pile; S. Richards was quite sure
was his ore, and particularly from a large stone having certain
natural marks, and which he himself had broken in his own pitch two or
days before. Produced the said stone, Craze claimed this and all the
as his and Mitchell's property. On being challenged with the theft,
prisoner said he had not been down in his pitch from Monday week till
day, owing to a sore foot, but JOHN HAMBLY swore to having seen both
Mitchell go underground on Saturday, the 14th. (Prisoner here
that he made an attempt to go down, but was compelled to desist and
again from a soreness in his foot). Various witnesses stated that ore
rich as that stolen and found in prisoner's pile could not possibly be
broken in his pitch. Mitchell had fled from justice, and Mr.
for the defence, pressed strongly on this fact in behalf of the
The jury returned a verdict of Guilty. Six Months' Hard Labour.
WILLIAM CURGENVEN, 37, and JAMES THOMAS, 28, were found Guilty of
one [.....?], five geese, four ducks, and several fowls, the property
SAMUEL BORLASE, Esq., in the parish of Merther[?]. Proof was given of
former conviction of Curgenven. Thomas to be Imprisoned Six Months
Hard Labour, and Curgenven to be Transported for Seven Years.
JOHN PETER, 27, was found Guilty of stealing one foul, the property of
GEAKE, in the parish of St. Germans. Three Months' Hard Labour.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3. (Before J. K. LETHBRIDGE, Esq.) JAMES POOLEY,
RICHARD JACKSON, 21, WILLIAM ARTHUR, 17, and JAMES RULE, 21, were
with having feloniously forced open a door of a cupboard, in the house
MATTHEW ROGERS, a beer-shop keeper, at Pool, and stealing a quantity of
porter. The prosecutor stated, that on the evening of the 8th[?] of
November, the four prisoners were drinking in a room of his house, in
was a cupboard containing jars of porter. They remained there alone
half an hour. On their leaving between ten and eleven o'clock, witness
his wife and servant, went into the room, and found the cupboard open,
marks of its having been forced with a knife or some such instrument.
instantly followed the prisoners, and came up with them about forty
off. He accused them of having broken the cupboard and stolen the
Jackson and Pooley denied having done so. Pooley and Rule then
from the other two, and went across the road. The policeman, Williams,
up; and Rule then ran off. Pooley was searched, but nothing found on
Two jars were taken severally from the pockets of Arthur and Jackson.
Afterwards witness found a jar on the ground where Pooley and Rule had
standing. All the men except Rule, were taken that night; Rule was
apprehended the next morning. ELIZABETH DANIEL, servant of prosecutor,
been to the cupboard about half an hour before prisoners went to the
and took out two jars of porter. She then locked the cupboard, and
key. She supplied the prisoners with several pints of beer, and at
past ten, told them it was time to leave. The cupboard was then
They left immediately afterwards, and then the cupboard was found as
described by prosecutor. No person had been in the room but the four
prisoners, from the time they entered. There were a dozen bottles
MARTIN WILLIAMS, policeman proved the circumstances of the search and
apprehension of prisoners as stated by prosecutor, adding that he also
on Jackson, a large table-knife, which he now produced. He also found
the cupboard had been cut away near the bolt, and some chips were lying
the floor. While he had the three prisoners in custody that evening,
Jackson said to him it was a bad job, and offered him five or ten
to get prosecutor to make it up. The witness here produced the bottles
court, and as Mr. Bennallack had expressed some doubt that the stolen
contained porter, he was requested to open a bottle. He at once
corkscrew and glass. "Oh," said Mr. Bennallack, "you are always armed
with glass and corkscrew." "No." said witness, "but I thought I might
with you." (laughter). The witness then opened a bottle and politely
invited Mr. Bennallack; "Will you take the first taste, Sir?" "No,"
the advocate, "tis rather too early for heavy-wet". (laughter). Mr.
Bennallack addressed the jury for the defence, chiefly in behalf of
and Rule, affirming that there was no evidence against Rule, and, but
slight against Pooley. Mr. TREGLOWN, innkeeper of Pool, gave a good
character of Arthur and Jackson. Verdict All Guilty. Two Months' Hard
WILLIAM BOUCHER, 39, was charged with breaking and entering the
dwelling-house of CHRISTIAN TREGLOWN, at Pool, on the 11th of October,
stealing a pair of sugar tongs. Mr. HOCKIN conducted the prosecution.
EDWIN TREGLOWN, son of Christian, on the night of the 11th of October,
the last in the house to go to bed. He shut the door leading from the
kitchen to the back kitchen. In the night he heard some noise, which,
however, he thought to be made by rats. The next morning, he found
door referred to was open, the screw of the window was wrenched open,
window thrown back, and the trace of a man's foot from the window seat
the carpet of the parlour. ELIZABETH GILBERT, a servant, to Mrs.
Treglown's, had seen the tongs on the evening of the 11th of October,
missed them the next morning. WILLIAM MENADEWS, watchmaker, stated
prisoner brought the tongs to him for sale, stating that he lived near
Helston - that his brother, who worked on a farm, had found the tongs
two pieces of gold in some Plymouth Dung. Witness gave him 4s. for the
tongs, which was the value. WILLIAM LUCAS, policeman, produced the
which he received from Menadews, on the 17th of October. They were
identified by the owner, ALFRED TREGLOWN, son of Christian Treglown.
Guilty, of both breaking and entering, and of larceny. A certificate
former conviction was proved against the prisoner. Ten Years'
ANN BOUCHER, 30, wife of William Boucher, was charged with stealing a
cloak and tea-caddy, the property of Christian Treglown. The articles
missed the day following the burglary referred to in the preceding
MARTIN WILLIAMS, constable of Pool, produced a cloak and caddy, which
received from THOMAS STICKLEY, of Falmouth, a dealer in clothes.
came to his shop on the 18th of October, and pressed him to buy a silk
and caddy, as her husband was out of work and she wanted money. He
2s. 3d. for the cloak, and 3d. for the caddy. On Monday, the 21st of
October, she came again to his shop and asked if any person had been to
inquire for these articles, and that she had heard they were stolen;
said they had been given to her by a woman for sale. She hoped he
swear against her, as she had a large family. The prisoner, in court,
stated that she found the articles, as well as the sugar tongs for
husband had been convicted. Guilty. One Month's Hard Labour.
EDWARD MAY, 18, was indicted for obtaining money under false pretences
ELIZABETH KELYNACK, wife of JAMES KELYNACK, of Madron. The prisoner,
appeared, on the 9th of November, came to Mrs. Kelynack, at her
Tolcarn, and told her, that Mr. Kelynack had sent him for GBP1, which
to take to him immediately. Mrs. Kelynack was surprised at her
sending without a note, but at length, let the prisoner have the money
six half-crowns and a crown piece. He gave the name as JAMES FOOTE, a
sailor. Mr. Kelynack proved that he had never, at any time, sent
for money any where. WILLIAM VICTOR, constable of Marazion,
prisoner on the 9th of November, and found on him a purse containing
half-crowns, one shilling, sixpence, and three pence half-penny.
Three Months' Hard Labour.
SECOND COURT. Thursday, January 2. (Before E. W. W. PENDARVES,
SUSANNAH JACKETT, 37, was found Guilty of stealing a pocket-knife from
hardware stall at Callington, belonging to JAMES MAUNDER. Evidence of
former conviction was given. For the prosecution, Mr. SHILSON; no
Twelve Months' Hard Labour.
GEORGE STANNAWAY, 42, was found Not Guilty of stealing a washing-tray,
belonging to Mrs. JECOLIAH HARVEY, of the parish of Gwennap. For the
prosecution, Mr. STOKES; for the defence, Messrs. SHILSON and
PETER MAGUIRE, 21, and JOHN DAVIS, 20, were charged with stealing two
of bread and two pounds of bacon, the property of ANN KERNICK, widow,
Bodmin and found Guilty. For the prosecution, Mr. HAMLEY: no defence.
Months' Hard Labour.
ANN STACEY, 37, was found Guilty of stealing 15 oranges, the property
RICHARD HICKS, of Launceston. A former conviction was proved against
prisoner. For the prosecution, Mr. DARKE. No defence. Nine Months'
ELIZABETH DUNSTONE, 18, and JOHN DUNSTONE, 9, were indicted for
four gallons of potatoes, the property of JOHN SKEWS, of the parish of
Mr. BENNALLACK, for the prosecution, declined to offer any evidence in
support of the indictment, in consequence of the offence being one of
trespass and not a larceny. The Chairman then directed a verdict of
acquittal, which was given accordingly, and the prisoners were ordered
JOHN DAVIS, 23, JOHN THOMPSON, 25, JOSEPH LEE, 24, and WM. BARNES, 33,
charged with stealing five chickens, the property of JOHN ROSKILLY, of
parish of Pelynt. The prisoners, desperate looking men and handcuffed
pairs, had been traced, by footprints, to a wood, where they were found
roasting potatoes, and parts of the fowls were found in a bag heard by.
Guilty. Six Months' Hard Labour.
JOHN WALTERS, 16, and THOMAS PEARCE, 16, were charged with stealing 25
of soap, the property of LUKE BALL, grocer, of Truro; they pleaded Not
Guilty. Mr. Stokes conducted the prosecution. Mr. BENNALLACK defended
prisoner Pearce, and at the close of the examination for the
submitted to the bench that there was not sufficient evidence to go to
jury as far as regarded Pearce, and the Chairman concurring, he
jury to acquit him of the charge, which they did accordingly by
verdict of Not Guilty, in favour of Pearce, and of Guilty against
Three Months' Hard Labour, and Once Privately Whipped.
NICHOLAS BAWDEN, 43, labourer, was found Guilty of a misdemeanour, for
refusing to obey an order of the justices, obtained by the guardians of
poor of the Helston Union, for the maintenance and support of a bastard
child. For the prosecution, Messrs. SHILSON and GRYLLS; for the
Mr. Bennallack. Two Months' Imprisonment.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3. (Before J. K. LETHBRIDGE, Esq.) RICHARD BENNY, 54,
RICHARD CERROW, 34, and JAMES CERROW, 25, were brought up charged with
misdemeanour in omitting to give notice to the Vice-Admiral of Cornwall
his deputy, of having found some tackle, apparel, furniture, and
the value of GBP100, belonging to a wrecked ship, name unknown. For
prosecution, Mr. JOHN and Mr. HAMLEY; for the defence, Mr. SHILSON and
COLLINS. From the evidence adduced by the prosecutor, it appeared that
the 20th of October, Richard Cerrow was seen carrying a quantity of
&c., up the cliffs at Bodrudda steps, in the parish of St. Eval,
deposited them on a pile of the same articles - that these ropes had
apparently cut from a mast found under the cliffs, which seemed to have
belonged to a barque - that the three prisoners were seen carrying away
portions of the aforesaid pile, which were afterwards found by JOSEPH
a coast-guard boatman at Mawgan Porth, concealed in their several
residences. Mr. MASON, comptroller of the customs at Padstow, on being
examined, stated that he considered himself Deputy Vice-Admiral, and
acted in that capacity, and published notices from time to time, for
period of nine years; but on cross-examination, Mr. Mason stated that
held his instructions from the Receiver-General of the Droits of
Accordingly, from the inaccuracy thus existing in the indictment, the
held that the charge could not be pressed, and directed the jury to
verdict of Not Guilty, which was complied with. The court, however,
the opportunity of cautioning persons living on the coast, against
concealment of wreck, and read from the Acts 49 Geo. 3rd, and 6 and 7
4th, the penalties to which parties so guilty are liable. There were
indictments against the same prisoners, and one against another
named JOHN HARVEY; but, no evidence was offered on any of these, and
prisoners were all consequently acquitted.
APPEALS. St. GENNYS, appellant. Mr. GURNEY and Mr. DARKE;
respondent - Mr. JOHN. Appeal against order for removal of RICHARD
his wife and children. Appellant had served notice of abandonment on
condition of a special [......?] of [......?] not on merits. Order
generally, common? costs; maintenance GBP2. 3s.
KILKHAMPTON, appellant - Mr. GURNEY and Mr. DARKE; MOORWINSTOW,
- Mr. SHILSON and Mr. ROWE - Order for removal of FRANCES VINCENT,
illegitimate child, quashed, common costs, maintenance GBP5.
SENTENCING OF PRISONERS. MARY RULE convicted of stealing a silver
spoon; and CYPRIAN BECKERLEG, convicted of stealing potatoes, each of
was sentenced to Three Months Hard Labour.
ST. ERVAN, appellant - Mr. SHILSON and Mr. DARKE, ST. COLUMB MINOR,
respondent - Mr. JOHN and Mr. COLLINS. Appeal order for removal of
GILL, eight or nine years old, bastard child of JANE GILL, residing in
parish of Newlyn. Among the preliminary objections taken by the
the first was that the [......?] could not remove, they having no
jurisdiction, because Joseph Gill, being an inmate of the St. Columb
House when the order was made, was not an inhabitant of the parish.
John cited the Queen v. St. Giles-in-the-fields, to show that any place
and paid for as in the present case, by any parish, was in respect of
questions of settlement, a part of that parish; and argued that the
came within the provisions of the Act passed last session (7 and 8th
which was designed to remove the doubts and difficulties that existed
the 22nd Geo. III, cap. 83, sec. 227. Mr. Shilson contended against
applicability of the case, cited by Mr. John, and that the Act of last
session was one not to remove doubts but an Act to amend a former Act.
this time the Chairman stated that the Court was not disposed to stop
case on this question. Objection was then taken by Mr. Shilson that
grounds of settlement had not been definitely made out, and cited the
v. St. Sepulchre, Northampton, to show that all the grounds of
must be stated. In this case, hiring and service for one year on the
of the mother, were the grounds, but the contract having been made some
after Jane Gill had entered service, it was not stated whether it was
prospective or retrospective. There was a hiring for a year, was it
retrospective or not? Objection overruled.
Jane Gill was then examined. She stated that about 12 years ago, she
entered into service with Mr. WILLIAM HAWKEN, in the parish of St.
Stayed there one year, living and sleeping in his house. Mrs. Hawken
the servant to witness at her mother's house, to ask her to go and live
her as a servant. Witness went. Nothing was said about wages till two
three days afterwards at a tray washing, when Mrs. H. told her how much
would give - GBP4 a year. She agreed, the bargain was from Michaelmas
Michaelmas, the two or three past days being included. On this
John contended that this was a general hiring, leaving parties
determine the question of wages; and the Court held it to be a
hiring. An objection of nearly the same nature was made by the
on the respondents proceeding to prove a second hiring with Mrs.
was overruled by the Court. Jane Gill then said that at the end of the
first year, her mistress asked if she would stay on at the same wages,"
which she replied "yes;" this was all that was said about it, and
accordingly she remained another year, being yet [un........?] and
child or children." Mr. Shilson then contended that nothing having
fixed this time, as to the period of service, it could only be looked
as a continuance of the old bargain, or general hiring, whereas she had
stated she was hired for a year. Objection overruled and order
subject to a case on the first point.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4. ST. CLEER, appellant - Mr. JOHN and Mr.
FOWEY, respondent - Mr. SHILSON and Mr. HOCKIN. Appeal against order
removal of JOHN BOUNDY. The settlement was grounded on a cottage and
fields in St. Cleer, rented by the pauper about the year 1812. Boundy,
intelligent-looking old man, about 62? Years of age, was examined;
1812 he rented a cottage in St. Cleer, from RICHARD SOWDEN, at about
10s. yearly. After a twelvemonth there he bargained with WILLIAM and
SOWDEN, both being together, in the blacksmith's house, for two fields,
three and a half or four acres, about a quarter of a mile from the
For anything he knew John and William Sowden might have had some
Took the fields from William Sowden, and agreed to pay him the rent
was GBP10 a year. Paid rent always to William and never to John. Had
nothing to do with John at all. When examined before the justices, did
think it necessary to speak of William, because he was dead, and John
still alive he thought he would do. If he had said he took the fields
John it was an error. On further cross-examination, witness said that
could not say whether he took the fields of William Sowden only, for
was with him there, - in the blacksmith's house, at the same time. The
inconsistency of witness's statement here as to the person from whom he
the fields, with what he said before the removing justices, was
insisted upon. John Sowden was then called, who stated that he never
any land, and could not, therefore, have let any to the pauper. Never
any dealings with Boundy. Considered the then value of the two fields
about GBP5 a year; they are worth much less now. Did not know what
pauper paid, but there was much talk about it in the neighbourhood, it
so "enormous." Mr. COAD, surveyor, examined. The large field was 2
2 roods, and 22 poles, and was very poor land; the other field was 1
rood, and 18 poles, better land; both making 4 acres. The fields, in
might be worth about GBP4 a year, their value now was not more than
12s. 6d. per annum. The cottage is now worth about GBP3 a year, but
the demand for houses in consequence of the mines extending, it might
$4. SAMUEL STEVENS, of St. Cleer examined. Took the fields after
with some mine land; did not think these worth GBP4 a year. Samuel
son of Richard Sowden; remembered when Boundy took the tenements, from
time of the great [....?] - the cottage in 1813, and the fields in
some of the [....?] was on the ground long after Lady-day. The fields
in bad order then, and are much worse now. The examination concluded,
Shilson submitted that no evidence was adduced that the pauper had not
the rent of GBP10. Order quashed, common costs.
17 JANUARY 1845, Friday
COOPER MINES OF COMBE[?] ASSOCIATION - The half-yearly meeting of this
company was held on Thursday at the offices in Austin-friars, - RUSSELL
ELLICE, Esq., in the chair. It appeared from the report that the ore raised
from the mine during the first eleven months of 1844 amounted to 20,357
tons, which exceeded the quantity raised during the same months of 1843 by
1,946 tons, at the same time the quality of the ore had been equal to that
of 1843. The difficulty in the way of carriage had caused the ore to
accumulate to 7,038 tons. The railway had commenced working, but from the
non-arrival of some carriages and wagons up to the 20th of November, they
had only brought down fifty tons of ore per day, but it would soon be
increased to 100 tons per day. The directors hoped on the sale of the
accumulated ore to be able to declare a dividend. The loss on the ore sold
had amounted to GBP7,274. 8s. 6d., as compared with the prices of 1843. The
late agent, Mr. MICHAEL MAHON having deceased, Captain REYNOLDS was
appointed to the office. After the adoption of the report, Sir JOHN PIRIE,
Bart., and GEORGE WHITMORE, Esq., were re-elected directors, and FRANCIS
MILLS, Esq., an auditor, when thanks were voted to the chairman and
directors of the company, and the meeting adjourned.
THE LAW - The Right Hon. Sir NICHOLAS CONYNGHAM TINDAL, Knight, Lord Chief
Justice of her Majesty's Court of Common Please, has appointed JAMES PASCOE,
of Penzance, gentleman, one of the perpetual Commissioners for taking the
acknowledgments of deeds to be executed by married women, under the act
passed for the abolition of fines and recoveries, and for the substitution
of more simple modes of assurance, in and for this county.
H.M.S "SUPERB," - This fine man of war, of 80 guns under the command of
Capt. CORRY, is to have a complement of 750 men, with a proportionate number
of officers; and we understand, GEORGE THORNE, Esq., of Cary Castle,
Torquay, has joined her, as Paymaster and Purser - an appointment which
reflects the greatest credit on the Admiralty. A recent number of the
United Service Gazette, says - "We have heard that this officer (Mr. Thorne)
has seen much service, and that amongst other things he was employed in
1809, ashore, on the north coast of Spain, to watch the movements of the
French army - that he was shipwrecked in the "Athenian" and last, though not
least, he saved the life of the present gallant Capt. G. W. WILLIS, of the
navy by killing in single combat the enemy by whom the captain was attacked.
Mr. Thorne has always acted as judge advocate whenever he has been afloat.
Looking at this officer's rank as a civil position more than a warlike one,
we will venture to assert that his services are unparalleled in the navy,
and consequently richly deserve the favourable consideration they have
received." It affords us much pleasure to see such honourable mention made
of the above gallant officer, his services being connected with those of the
late Admiral REYNOLDS for a long period, and also with his son, Captain
BARRINGTON REYNOLDS, on his recent command of the "Ganges." We understand
that the "Superb" will not sail before the spring.
(according to the 1871 Devon Census, this George Thorne was probably born
around 1781 at Cawsand, Cornwall, wife Harriett born Lostwithiel..)
THE "GREAT BRITAIN." - This monster steam ship is expected to pass the
Lizard on Monday next.
ST STEPHEN'S COOMBE JUVENILE INSTITUTION - On the 1st instant, a lecture
was delivered at this recently formed institution, by Mr. CHARLES WILLIAMS,
of St. Stephens, on "Truth and Falsehood." In noticing the importance of
beginning early to give attention to our conduct while nature is tender and
pliant, in order to obtain virtuous dispositions and habits, the lecturer
showed that lying and dissimulation are so mean and despicable that they
stand in need of studied and artificial practices to vindicate and conceal
them. He then proceeded to show what constitutes the principal feature in
the character of the man who hears without any design to betray, and speaks
without any intention to deceive; and what evil men may do to themselves by
being speech only as the vehicle of wilful falsehood, pointing out
afterwards the benefits that may be derived from a strict adherence to that
law which requires that truth should be spoken - a law which, he observed,
condemns all acts of fraud and deceit, and commands us to do to others as we
would have them to do to us.
EXTRAORDINARY PIG - On Wednesday last, THOMAS WALLIS, of Sancreed,
dairyman to Mr. GROSE, of Cayandour, killed a ten months and a fortnight old
pig, which weight 21 score and 8 lbs. We believe this has not often been
surpassed, if equalled, in the county.
ST. IVES - On Wednesday last, the "Churchill," PENGELLY, sailed from this
place, bound [......d?] land, but in consequence of the wind shifting to the
N.W., and blowing hard, she was obliged to run for the bay, at low water,
and struck on the ridge, where she remained when our account left, and was
striking very heavily. It was feared she would receive damage. Several of
the large drift boats are getting ready for the mackerel fishery at
Plymouth; and will sail as soon as the weather moderates.
MILDNESS OF THE SEASON - On Sunday last, two full grown ripe Raspberries
were plucked from the garden of Mr. JOHN MARKS, shipbuilder, at Bodinnoc,
opposite Fowey; and should the weather continue mild, in the course of a few
days many more will be plucked in a similar state.
THE LATE FIRE AT FALMOUTH - It appears that the houses occupied by Mr.
CLARKE, Mr. BREWER, and Mrs. TRANTHAN, were formerly the market house,
which, about thirty years ago, when the present market house was erected by
Lord WODEHOUSE, was sold and converted into shops and dwellings. The house
in the occupation of Mr. Clarke belonged to Mr. COLLIVER, formerly of
Falmouth, and the other portion to Mr. GEORGE WADE. The two other houses
belonged to Mr. ROBERT GOODFELLOW, the whole being held under leases from
Lord Wodehouse. The insurances in force are said to be as follows:- Mr.
Clarke - on stock and furniture, GBP2,500; also, on the building, as
covenanted in his lease, GBP1,000 in the West of England Fire Office. Mr.
Wade on the building, GBP600, in the Imperial Fire Office. Mr. Goodfellow -
On the buildings, GBP500, in the Phoenix Fire Office. Mr. Brewer - on stock
and furniture, GBP750, in the Globe Fire Office. Mrs. Trathan - on stock
and furniture, GBP160, in the County Fire Office. Mrs. SNELL, and Mrs.
PHILP - uninsured. Mrs. HESTER FOX - Stock and furniture insured in the
Phoenix, and the house in the Imperial; on both of which offices there will
be some claim for damages sustained, together of about GBP20. Mr. Clarke
insured a considerable quantity of shop goods, which will bring his loss
within the amount insured. Mrs. Tranthan had also a portion of her stock
saved, and her printing office was fortunately in a distinct building. Mr.
Brewer also saved a portion of his stock. About sixty years ago a great
fire took place on the same spot, when the houses which occupied it, with
surrounding ones to a considerable extent, were destroyed.
COMMITTALS FOR ROBBERY - A man named MARK KNOWLES, from the neighbourhood
of Sticker, has been committed for trial at the next sessions, by C. B. G.
SAWLE, Esq., of Penrice, for stealing twelve gallons of wheat from the
market-house, St. Austell, on Friday last, the property of Mr. PRYN, of
Creed; and, on the same day, a man named JOSEPH WILLS, of the parish of
Goran was committed for trial at the next sessions, by J. H. TREMAYNE, Esq.,
of Heligan, for stealing some hay, the property of Mr. KENDALL, of Bodrugan,
in the former parish.
FELONY - On Tuesday last, a young woman of the parish of Gulval, called
MARTHA TRIGS, was committed to Bodmin gaol, by the Rev. C. V. LE GRICE, to
await her trial at the next assizes, on a charge of having stolen a cotton
gown from a field, the property of JOHN JENKIN, gardener, of the parish of
Madron, on the 10th instant.
DARING ROBBERIES - On the night of Saturday last some thieves, supposed,
from certain foot marks, to be two men, a woman, and a boy, forcibly entered
the mill-house of Mr. EDWARD PENROSE, of Perran Coombe, near Perran Porth,
and carried off about three pecks of flour, that being all they could find.
This, however, did not appear to be sufficient to meet their wants, as they
went off, at once, to the mill-house of Mr. THOMAS MITCHELL, in the same
neighbourhood, where they effected an entrance by breaking in the door.
Here they ransacked every room, threw a quantity of flour about the mill,
and then decamped, taking with them about three and a half Cornish bushels
of flour. The footsteps of a horse were visible, which, no doubt, was
employed to carry off their booty. There is at present no clue to the
thieves, but a reward is to be offered to any one who will give such
information as will lead to their conviction.
ACCIDENT WITH GUNPOWDER - On Thursday, the 9th instant, a little girl,
about thirteen years of age, daughter of ABRAHAM DELBRIDGE, mason, St.
Agnes, found a small quantity of gunpowder, which her brother had wrapped in
a piece of paper, and hid in the house where they lived. Not knowing its
dangerous nature, the poor girl began to amuse herself with it; and having
taken a candle near it, a spark fell amongst it, and caused it to explode.
The thoughtless little creature was so dreadfully burnt in consequence, that
up to this date no hopes whatever are entertained for her recovery.
MINE ACCIDENT - At Levant mine, on Friday last, a man called William
TRESLER, was seriously injured by a quantity of ground falling upon him.
Doubts are entertained for his recovery.
FATAL ACCIDENT - On Friday se'nnight, the guard of an omnibus that runs
between Hayle and Penzance, called NICHOLAS PASCOE, landlord of the Queen's
Head Inn, in New-street, Penzance, was seized with a fit on the road and
fell from his seat, striking his head a severe blow. The unfortunate man
was taken up [,,,,,,,..?] and conveyed to his home, where he expired on
Friday morning last.
SCILLY - The "Lionesse," (formerly mail packet) made her passage from
Penzance, on Friday last, in about seven hours, notwithstanding the very
rough weather she had to encounter, and also the loss of her bowsprit, when
about half way across. It appears that when about to leave Penzance, one of
the passengers attempted to convey the mail on board; but the master
discovering the attempt, it was sent ashore again by the boatmen at the
expense of the passenger. We are at a loss to know what the motive of the
post-office authorities can be, in thus attempting to smuggle the mail, and
at the same time refusing the tender for its conveyance at the moderate sum
of GBP100 per annum - a sum given for the service many years since, when the
islands were not of half the importance they are at present.
EXETER DISTRICT BANKRUPTCY COURT - Before Mr. Commissioner Bere. Tuesday,
January 7. - In re NICHOLAS TAVERNER HAWKE. The bankrupt was a grocer of
Penzance; and Mr. W. A. STUBBS, of Rood-lane, London, was appointed
In re JOHN MERRICK PAYNTER - The insolvent was supported by Mr. LAIDMAN
and Mr. MOORE; while Mr. STOGDON appeared for the principal creditor. The
insolvent, a lieutenant on half pay, was also Commandant of the Coast Guard
at Mullion, near the Lizard Point; and his wife possessed, under her
father's will, some property to her sole use, which made his income
altogether nearly GBP300. He had, however, to contend with pecuniary
difficulties for nearly the last twenty; his affairs became involved; he
spent large sums in fitting out his sons for the sea; and being brought to
insolvency, he had been - according to the custom of the Board of Excise -
suspended from his office till he should obtain an unconditional final
order. He offered to set aside GBP45 for his creditors, upon the security
of his wife's fortune, and the proposal was accepted. His Honour adjourned
the hearing that the balance sheet might be amended, to contain a more
satisfactory account of the expenses alleged. He expressed surprise that in
the same year the insolvent should have spent GBP254, and incurred debts to
the amount of GBP100, for household expenses.
DEVON - AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH - On Thursday, the 9th instant, Mr. H.
HOCKIN, bailiff to W. A. H. ARUNDELL, Esq., of Lifton Park, was found dead
in his bed-room, at his house at Underwood, in the parish of Lifton. He was
dressed at the time, and appeared to have been putting on his shoes when the
visitation of Providence reached him. He was much respected by his employer
and the tenantry.
UNITED STATES - The packet-ship "Patrick Henry," which left New York on
the 8th of December, arrived at Liverpool on Wednesday, the 18th instant.
24 JANUARY 1845, Friday
DISPATCH OF BUSINESS - On Friday morning last, at eleven o'clock, Mr.
TURNER, M.P., left Truro, for London, by the mail; had a conference
Mr. LAING, at the Board of Trade, at half-past ten o'clock Saturday
and again at three o'clock in the afternoon; met Mr. RUSSELL, the
of the Great Western Railway Company, with Mr. SAUNDERS, the secretary,
four o'clock at the Paddington station; sat an hour in committee on
West Cornwall Railway affairs; and returned to his family circle at
half-past two o'clock on Sunday, the whole time of his absence being
TEETOTALISM - On Thursday and Friday evenings, two excellent lectures
delivered in the Town-hall, St. Austell, by Mr. R. K. PHILP, on human
physiology and its relation to the great temperance question. Both the
lectures were well attended, and gave universal satisfaction. We
that petitions to parliament on the subject of Sunday trading in strong
drink are getting up by all the temperance societies connected with the
Cornwall association, several of which have already been very
signed by the friends of temperance as well as teetotallers.
DREADFUL SHIPWRECK - On Monday morning last, between seven and eight
o'clock the brig "William Pit," of Sunderland, THOMAS BOWSER, master,
Alexandria, bound to Gloucester, with 3,190 ardabs of beans in
enter Padstow harbour in a fresh gale at N.E., struck on a part of the
Dunbar; and as no assistance could be rendered from the shore, she
went to pieces. Capt. BOWSER, THOMAS HARBOUND, JOSEPH BEILEY, FRANCIS
CARTON, ROBERT MORGAN, THOMAS DUGLASS, JAMES HAVERLOCK, WILLIAM
JOHN HENDERSON, AND MIDDLETON RICHARDSON, were all drowned. The bodies
James Haverlock, William Mackintosh, and John Henderson, have since
picked up, and on Wednesday last, an inquest was held on them at St.
before JOSEPH HAMLEY, Esq., coroner. It appeared from the evidence of
HERVISON, the only one saved, that on Sunday morning last, the vessel
Scilly, and then made Long Ships, and passed up the Bristol Channel.
Sunday night, she encountered the storm, which damaged her so much that
attempted to get in to Padstow. On Monday morning, they found
off Padstow; and the Captain thinking he knew the harbour, ran her on
the wind. JOHN KEY, a farmer at Crugmeer, near Padstow, stated that he
her coming in, sent a messenger to Padstow for the pilots, and went
with two other men to the points; he made signals to the crew to come
towards them; but the vessel kept too much on the St. Minver side,
the rock, and then on the Dunbar, and very soon went to pieces. One of
pilots came up just before she went to pieces. Had the pilots been
and proper signals made, he thinks the vessel would have come in
The jury, after long deliberation considered there was a great blame on
part of the pilots, and returned the following verdict:- That the said
seamen were drowned by shipwreck; but they were of opinion that if the
pilots had been at their post, and made the proper signals, the vessel
crew would have been saved.
ST Ives - Soon after daylight, on Monday morning last, a schooner was
in the offing in great distress; part of her sails were blown away, her
ensign hoisted in the lee main rigging union down, and running before
wind for Portreath. It was low water at the time; and as there was no
boat afloat, and too much sea for the gigs to go out, all hopes for the
safety of the vessel and crew were given up. Two flags were
hoisted by the coast guard on their signal staff, and as soon as
boat sail, for the purpose of drawing the attention of those on board
danger into which they were running. The vessel then altered her
westward for this bay, and at twelve o'clock she was boarded by one of
pilot boats, when, having four feet of water in her hold, with both
broken, they were obliged to run her for the pier, in doing which she
on the ridge, and drifted to leeward with two anchors ahead, near the
Manby's apparatus was then brought on the spot, and by great exertions
risk on the part of the pilots and others the quay warp was got on
and the vessel hauled inside the pier head, where she sunk. She is the
schooner "Lady Anne," of Yarmouth, JOHN PAGE master, from Newport for
with a cargo of railway iron. A survey having been held on the vessel,
cargo is being discharged.
Early on Tuesday morning, two of the six oared gigs went off to the
assistance of a schooner, with her foremast carried away; and as they
not returned, it is supposed they must have taken the vessel into
PENZANCE - Early on Monday morning last, the schooner "Lord of the
HOOPER, master, of and for Scilly for Malta, with a cargo of beans, was
at anchor, in the Lake, where she had come to at seven o'clock on
evening, during the gale. It appears that on finding she was driving
both anchors down, the master thought it necessary, for the safety of
ship to cut away both masts, which happily had the desired effect. The
Inspecting Commander of Coast Guard, Capt. TAYLOR, R.N., ordered the
"Sylvia" cutter to her assistance with great promptness, and a pilot
from the Mount also put off. The schooner was taken in tow by the
and brought into Penzance Pier. The seaman-like manner in which the
accomplished the work was highly commended by all who witnessed it.
SHIPWRECK - On Sunday last, the Dutch Dogger, William Cornelius,
working out of Falmouth harbour, with the wind about S.W., missed stays
St. Anthony Light-house. The pilot attempted to wear her, but by this
was so close under the lee shore that she had not room. The anchor was
dropped, and was subsequently weighted; but the vessel continued to
leeward, and at length went on shore. There was a most tremendous sea
running at the time, and the crew immediately secured their clothes and
other little properties and got ashore, the captain remaining. The
was observed by pilot No. 7, who immediately tendered his best
He dropped his own anchor and cables away ahead of the Dutchman, and
them on board her, by which means she was prevented from driving
on the shore the next flood tide. Towards morning, the wind
came round to the northward, which enabled her to come off easy; the
however, required to be well attended during the night. The Dutch
"Vesuvius," then took her in tow, and brought her up the harbour, and
now lying in the pier. She unshipped her rudder shortly after she
and sustained such other damages, as will render it necessary to
her cargo to repair her. It should be mentioned to the honor of the
officers of the "Vesuvius," that they were prompt in assistance; and
them, in jumping on board, sustained a severe injury in his leg.
FATAL ACCIDENT AT SEA - Capt. JOHN BROAD, of Penzance, whilst on his
passage from Smyrna to Liverpool, in command of the schooner "Joseph
Crystal," was washed overboard and unfortunately drowned.
ACCIDENT AT SEA - A youth, named FRANCIS FREDERICK OSBORNE, belonging
St. Agnes, who sailed on board the "Harwell," of London, was washed
overboard from that vessel, during her passage from Wales to Portreath,
week, and was unfortunately drowned. Another seaman, in the same
was washed overboard and perished at the same time.
WRECK - During the late breezes, several pieces of wreck, with
&c., have been picked up off Goran Haven, evidently belonging to a
vessel, which we fear has foundered.
SALE OF THE SHIP "LOCKWOOD." - On Wednesday se'nnight, in pursuance
public advertisement, this vessel was sold by auction at Penzance, when
W. D. MATHEWS "knocked her down" to a gentleman from Cork, called
the sum of ?1,460. Her materials were likewise sold.
DISGRACEFUL ACT - On the evening of Monday, the 13th instant, some
villain threw a stone at Mr. BENNALLACK's shop window, in the village
Probus, which broke in three of the large panes, and otherwise injured
Mr. Bennallack has offered two pounds reward for the discovery of the
offender, who has as yet escaped detection.
HOUSEBREAKING AND THEFT - On Sunday evening last, whilst Mr.
saddler, Truro, was at chapel, his shop was broken into, and several
stolen from the till, and a drawer in the back premises. The shop
is supposed, was opened with a key, and the thief must have been
with the premises. Suspicion falls strongly on one individual, but
evidence of the [...?] is wanting.
TRURO POLICE - On Tuesday last, SAMUEL GLASSON, alias FERRET, of
was charged with assaulting HENRY TUCKER, landlord of the Golden Lion
house, Calenick Street. He was fined ?5 for the assault, and ordered
find two sureties in ?10 each, and himself in ?20, to be of good
for the next twelve months. In default of finding such sureties, he
committed for twelve months.
THOMAS JACCA, shoemaker, of Truro, was fined 5s. and costs, for drunken
disorderly conduct in the streets.
WILLIAM CRABBE, gardener, of Truro, was discharged on payment of the
On Wednesday, PATRICK DILLON, an Irishman, was charged with assaulting
ROBERTS, of Truro. He was fined ?2, with costs, and in default of
was committed for two months. There was another charge of assault
him, but that was not entered into.
FALMOUTH POLICE - CAUTION TO SEAMEN - On Friday last, five seamen
belonging to the barque "Eliza," were brought before the magistrates,
charged with having refused to proceed to sea after signing articles.
offered very insufficient reasons for their refractory conduct and were
sentenced to thirty days hard labour. Same, day, five other men were
charged by the Captain of the brig "Comet," with the same offence, but
[...dence?] did not support the charge, and the men, in answer to the
question of the magistrates, if they would commence to do their duty,
replying in the affirmative, the case was dismissed, with costs on the
On Tuesday, six of the crew of the brig "Ann Wise" were charged with a
similar offence, and in justification of their conduct, alleged that
captain used towards them very foul language, &c., which was not
satisfactorily, and they were all sentenced to be imprisoned, two for
thirty, three for twenty, and one, for ten days.
Same day, Mr. JOHN VIGURS, surgeon, charged JAMES THOMAS, carman, with
having struck him violently and intentionally with his horse whip
passing his van. Thomas denied his doing it intentionally, it was
accident; but Mr. Vigurs adhered to his statement, that it was a wilful
action, and Thomas was fined 10s. 6d. and costs.
A boy named DUNN summoned BENNETT, one of the town constables, for
assaulting him with his cane. It appeared that the tradesmen and
inhabitants on and about Market Strand, have been for some time past
by the boisterous behaviour of the boys of the neighbourhood, whilst
indulging in their sports, and especially on Sunday evening; and have
frequent complaints to the authorities on the matter. On this occasion
JULYAN and Bennett coming up suddenly upon the boys whilst at their
they took to their heels, and Bennett some minutes afterwards thinking
to have been one of them, struck him twice with a cane. Dunn denied
made any noise or that he was one of the offenders, and brought
support him, and an attorney to conduct the case. The magistrates
Bennett in the cost of the summons, and the case was discharged.
Shopkeepers at Market Strand, prepare for din and tumult.
SUDDEN DEATH - On Saturday afternoon last, Mr. GEORGE WADE, of
one of the owners of the property destroyed by the late fire, fell down
as he entered his own dwelling house, and expired. He had been engaged
during the day in surveying the ruins and other business connected
therewith, and had only left the grounds a few minutes before his
inquest was held on the body, on Monday, as stated in another place,
JOHN CARLYON, Esq., and a verdict of "died by apoplexy" returned. The
deceased's property was insured in ?600, but the insurance office, upon
report of Messrs. OLVER, who surveyed it on their behalf, would only
?480, notwithstanding the actual value being declared by Mr. Wade's
tradesmen on their survey to be ?620. The contemplated dispute upon
adverse position of his affairs is said to have had a serious effect
the deceased's spirits, and was most probably the existing cause of his
FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT - On Tuesday last, as WM. COAD, servant of Mr. H.
MICHELL, of Calenick, was coming into the high road from his farm,
in the parish of Kea, one of the horses trod on him, and threw him
when both wheels of the waggon went over him, and crushed him so
that he lies without hope of recovery.
TORPOINT - On Thursday, as a man in the employ of Mr. WHEELER,
riding a horse, the property of his master, he fell from it, probably
fit, and the horse falling at the same time upon him, inflicted
so serious a nature as to endanger the poor fellow's life.
MINE ACCIDENTS - On the 8th instant, as a poor man of the name of
TREZISE, was at work at Levant mine, a large "scale" of ground fell on
and crushed him so dreadfully that his life is considered to be in
On the 13th instant, as a little girl, named GRACE TREMBATH, was at
stamps belonging to the same mine, she became, by some means, entangled
the machinery, and was dreadfully injured.
CORONERS' INQUESTS - The following inquests have been held before J.
CARLYON, Esq., coroner, since our last report. On Friday last, at
Perranzabuloe, on the body of THOMAS HODGE, aged 38 years, who was
a fall in Perran St. George mine the evening before; and, on Saturday
at Wendron, on the body of BENNETT UREN, aged 33 years, who whilst at
on Friday last, in Treas....an? Mine, was struck on the head by a stone
ore which fell out of the kibble, and killed on the spot. Verdict in
case, accidental death.
On Monday last, at St. Allen, on the body of THOMAS CHAMPION, aged two
and three months, who caught his clothes on fire on the 11th ult.,
the temporary absence of his aunt, in whose care he had been left, and
on Saturday last, of the injuries he received before the fire could be
extinguished. Verdict, accidental death.
The same day at Falmouth, on the body of Mr. GEORGE WADE, aged 70[?]
>From the evidence of a gentleman who had been in conversation with
but a few minutes before his death, it appeared that he was then
well and cheerful, and he left witness to go home. He had no sooner,
however, got inside his door, than he fell down, and almost instantly
expired. Deceased had had two serious fits in former years, and Mr.
CORNICK, surgeon, having deposed that he died of apoplexy, a verdict to
effect was returned.
On the 18th, an inquest was held before GILBERT HAMLEY, Esq., deputy
coroner, at Liskeard on view of the body of ELIZABETH ANN KNIGHT, a
who died under suspicious circumstances. It appears from the evidence
the deceased, on the morning she died, came down and partook of her
breakfast as usual; she was found vomiting about two hours after, when
mother put her to bed; she was again taken sick about four o'clock in
afternoon, and her mother immediately went for a surgeon, who saw the
and sent her some powder. She took one of them, but died a very short
after. Her mother and a neighbour were examined at great length, but
jury were perfectly satisfied that the child had died from natural
On the 21st, Mr. GILBERT HAMLEY, held an inquest at Delabole, on view
body of JOHN LANE. It appeared from the evidence that the deceased
the steam-engine at Delabole. He was in the habit, after setting the
at work, to go about other business, although repeatedly warned of the
danger, and threatened to be fined if he ever did so again. He set the
engine in motion about half-past five in the evening, and the engine
stopping when the men called, two of them working in the quarry ran to
why he did not stop it; they could not find him at the engine, and
stairs, where they discovered him lying on the floor with a frightful
on his head; he died in a few hours. It was supposed that he was in
act of doing something to some part of the engine, whilst it was in
and that part of it must have stuck him on the head. Verdict,
EXETER DISTRICT BANKRUPTCY COURT - Before Mr. Commissioner Bere. In
W. S. RENDLE, grocer, of Penzance. Mr. JOHN HULL TERRELL came to
behalf of the assignees, but his Honour, on looking at the bankrupt's
balance sheet, took the examination into his own hands. The account,
extending from January to November of last year, gave the receipts at
526, and the expenditure at ?1,326 and a fraction. This apparently
unexceptionable balance proved to be founded on entirely [.......to?]
statements. The bankrupt had taken credit for payments amounting to
a Mr. HIGGS; only three payments appeared, ?44, ?25, and ?10. The
could not specify any other payments, but had a notion that he had paid
money. His Honour warned him that his answers would be taken down, and
asked if he still claimed credit for having paid ?200.
Bankrupt - No, your Honour - when Mr. HERNAMEN asked me to make out my
account, I told him I couldn't say exactly. His Honour - How much do
say you paid him? I can't say; it was a mere rough calculation, and
told Mr. Hernaman I couldn't be sure to a hundred pounds or so. How
did you pay Mr. HIGGS in 1844? I cannot answer the question exactly to
pound. I don't want you to do so - I give you to twenty pounds? Will,
cannot tell. Can you tell to thirty - to forty - to fifty? I cannot.
Within a hundred? No, I can't. Within two hundred? I cannot - I
mention any sum.
Here were three bills, for ?44, for ?25, and for ?10; will you
swear that you paid him any more cash in that year? No, I shouldn't
swear it. His Honour (taking the balance sheet in his hand) - Very
that makes your credit in this particular ?79; will you explain why you
credited yourself with ?200? Your Honour, I cannot explain the
His Honour - Very well; that makes a deficiency in your account of
what has become of that money?
The bankrupt could only protest that he hadn't got it; and that it must
been spent "somehow." He still adhered to the estimate of payments
and was therefore required to put the ?121 among some class of those
payments. First he said it was gone in trade expenses; but could not
specify any omitted items of that nature; then he said it was gone for
household expenses; but every household expense down to an egg or a
butter was given in the account. Then he remembered that he had once
half a cask of treacle, and when His Honour reminded him that this
account for a hundred and twenty-one pounds, he said that as treacle
been forgotten, other little things might have been forgotten, which
together, would account for the whole sum. Still there was the ?121
There were other parts of the account still more unsatisfactory. When
commenced he had no money; yet in the first month he contrived, as it
stated, to spend ?4 more than he received; and in the February to spend
out of ?87. To cover this, the account for the last three or four
although one of these months contained the household expenses of the
year - showed receipts considerably over the expenditure, so as
represent his business as rapidly improving up to the time of his
His Honour considered the account so unsatisfactory, that he committed
bankrupt to prison.
CAUTION - I Hereby certify, that I will not be answerable for any
which my wife ELIZABETH MAGOR, of Blackwater, in the Parish of St.
may contract after this notice. Signed, RICHARD MAGOR. Witness THOMAS
TRELOAR. Dated, Cobre, St. Jago de Cuba. December 17, 1844.
NOTICE - Any person who will give information as to the residence of
JOHNS, formerly of Wheal Rose, in the parish of St. Agnes, or if dead,
place of her burial, shall be rewarded for their trouble. Should Ann
meet with this advertisement, she will find it to her advantage to
communicate with MARY PRYOR, Wheal Rose, to whom all communications
be address. Dated, Wheal Rose, January 21, 1845.
PURSUANT to an Order of the Lord Chancellor, made in the matter of MARY
HARTLEY, a person of unsound mind, the Creditors of Mary Harley, of
Rosewarne and Roseteage, in the county of Cornwall, of Bath, in the
of Somerset, and late of Park-street, Grosvenor-square, in the city of
Westminster, the wife of WINCHCOMBE HENRY HARTLEY, Esquire, were by
Solicitors, on or before the 24th day of December, 1844, to leave their
Claims of Debts before the Commissioners in Lunacy, at their Office,
Lincoln's Inn Fields, in the county of Middlesex, and are on or before
4th day of February, 1845, to establish such Claims before the said
Commissioners, or in default thereof they will be peremptorily excluded
benefit of the said order.
31 JANUARY 1845, Friday
PACKET INTELLIGENCE. Falmouth, Thursday, January 23. Arrived, H. M.
packet, "Express," Lieut. HERRICK, with mails and passengers from Brazil,
&c., having on freight about GBP15,000 in specie and diamonds. The
"Express" made this passage from Rio in thirty-nine days, four of which she
was becalmed off Cape Frio.
PUSEYISM AT ST. COLUMB MAJOR. On Wednesday, the 22nd instant, the
inhabitants of this parish were earnestly requested to meet at the
School-room, at five o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of taking
into consideration the conduct of the rector, the Rev. S. E. WALKER, since
the commencement of his incumbency, in making divers innovations in the
service of the church, arbitrarily increasing the surplice fees, dismantling
the church, and doing other offensive acts, - in order the resolutions might
be entered into, or otherwise a respectful remonstrance adopted and signed,
with the view of inducing him to restore the usual form and manner of public
worship, and to abolish the innovations and changes justly and generally
complained of. The meeting took place at the time appointed, and a
deputation of six or eight persons was chosen to wait on the rector with a
long requisition on Thursday morning, to which an answer was to be given not
later than Monday next.
EARLY LAMB - At Gwealmayo farm, near Helston, the residence of STEPHEN
SILVESTER, Esq., thirty fine lambs have already been yeaned.
MEVAGISSEY MENTAL CULTURE INSTITUTION. The opening lecture, on Natural
History, was delivered on Friday last, by Mr. C. W. PEACH of Goran Haven -
J. PEARCE, Esq., in the chair. The varied links in "being's endless chain,"
from the minute monad to the lord of the creation, were severally noticed by
this celebrated naturalist, with apt illustrations, chaste diction, and much
beauty of thought. The lecture, which lasted nearly two hours, was listened
to with deep attention, and marked interest. A choice collection of algae,
shells, corals, and fossil remains were exhibited, and many interesting
facts were elicited. Thanks were unanimously voted to Mr. Peach for his
able lecture, and to J. Pearce, Esq., for his conduct in the chair, and for
his valuable donations to the institution.
CAMELFORD. On Monday evening last, an interesting lecture on gas was
delivered at the King's Arms long-room, in this town, by Mr. THOMAS PEARSE,
of Bodmin. The room was lighted by Mr. Pearse's apparatus for the occasion,
and gave great satisfaction. The attendance was numerous and respectable,
and it is hoped the circumstance will lead to the introduction of a gas
establishment in this town.
TRURO POLICE. On Friday last, THOMAS WERRY, LABOURER, OF Truro, was
charged with assaulting JAMES HUGO, of Truro, by cutting him with a knife.
It seems that they were both drunk and quarrelling with each other at the
time the assault took place; and they were consequently, each fined 5s. and
costs for drunkenness, while Wherry, in addition, was fined GBP2 and costs
for the assault, and in default of payment was committed for two months.
(both spellings of Werry/Wherry given in article).
JOSEPH KELLOW, of Gwennap, was also fined 5s. and costs for being drunk.
On Wednesday, JAMES McCARTHY, of Redruth, was charged with assaulting
FRANCIS COX, labourer, of Truro, and fined 10s. with costs. In default of
payment, he was committed to the house of correction for one month.
JOHN PARSONS, labourer, of Truro, was fined 5s. with costs, for being drunk.
HELSTON. On Sunday morning last, some person or persons obtained access
to the cellars of Mr. CLARKE, wine and spirit merchant, and carried off a
box containing cash and papers, principally invoices. The burglars entered
by unlocking the doors of the cellars with keys they had by some means
obtained. There can be little doubt that when the box was discovered, and
the weight felt, with the sound of cash inside, the thieves anticipated a
rich booty; but it contained only the sum of 15s. in pence, and some papers
of no use to anybody but the owner. The box and papers were found in the
river, near St. John's Bridge, and have since been restored to Mr. Clarke.
Very fortunately, Mr. C. was at the office on Saturday evening, and took
GBP130 from the box. The thieves have not yet been discovered.
HOUSE BREAKING. On the evening of Sunday last, during the hours of divine
service, some evil disposed person or persons broke into the dwelling house
occupied by Mrs. MARTHA HODGE and her daughter, who keep a clothes shop next
door to the East Cornwall Bank, in St. Austell. They entered at the front
door by wrenching it open, and then got a light by means of a Lucifer match.
They tried to force open the cash drawer of the desk that stands on the
counter in the shop, but not being able to do so, they went to the kitchen,
and there endeavoured to force open a cupboard with the same instrument as
was used about the desk, as appears by the marks left on both. They,
however, failed to accomplish their design and proceeded upstairs, where
they ransacked every drawer and box in the place, and made their escape
without detection. It does not appear that anything was taken away; so that
it would seem their object was cash, and not obtaining that, they left every
thing else as they found it.
AN IMPOSTER COMMITTED. On Wednesday last, a young man, who stated his
name to be TURNER, was committed to the tread mill for a month, by the Rev.
S. CHILCOTT, for having on three several occasions, imposed on the parish
officers of Camelford.
CORONER'S INQUEST. On Friday last, an inquest was held by WM. HICHENS,
Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, on the body of a man named HAMBLY, at
the Basset Arms, Pool, Illogan. It appears that Hambly had formerly been a
respectable farmer, in the east of this county; but for some time past he
had been in the employ of Mr. SERPELL, innkeeper, Pool. On Monday night, he
complained of being very ill, but refused to have medical advice when urged
by the person with whom he lodged. Early the next morning he was a corpse.
The deceased was generally esteemed by all who knew him. The body was
opened by Mr. HARRIS, at the request of the jury, when it was ascertained
that Hambly had died of disease of the heart and other viscera. The jury
returned a verdict that he died from natural causes, by the visitation of
The following evidence was taken at an inquest held by JOSEPH HAMLEY, Esq.,
coroner, on Monday, the 20th instant, at the Lunatic Asylum, Bodmin, on the
body of JOHN BOWDEN, late a pauper of the parish of Mabe, in the Falmouth
Union, in this county. WILLIAM HICKS, superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum,
deposed that the deceased pauper, John Bowden, was brought there by Mr.
BATH, the assistant overseer, on Saturday, the 15th of December last; and
that admission was refused in consequence of his not having brought a
warrant and a medical certificate. He told the overseer he could not admit
the patient until those documents were obtained. Having received the
necessary papers on Wednesday, the 18th of December, he was admitted on
Thursday, the 19th of December. STEPHEN LUXON, innkeeper of the Western
Inn, Bodmin, stated that the deceased, John Bowden, was brought to his house
towards the evening of Sunday, the 15th of December last, by Mr. Bath. Mr.
Bath stated that he could not put him into the Asylum that night, the order
not being signed, and asked me if I could take charge of him until the
Tuesday. Witness said it was a great charge, but agreed to keep him until
the Wednesday. Bath said he would send it on Tuesday, if possible, when
brought to witness he was quite a cripple, not able to stand, and was helped
in between two persons. He was brought in an open cart. He complained of
his feet, and said he would have a new pair of shoes. Mr. Bath remained
till the following morning. He ordered supper for the patient and directed
that he should be taken care of. He said there was a wound on his body, and
that he had brought him from the Penryn Union. The pauper became outrageous
about eleven o'clock on Monday forenoon. Witness thought he was deranged,
he kept continually complaining about his feet and said if he were with
Doctor STREET he would cure him. Witness observed that he sat sideways when
taking off his stockings. On the Monday he cried out, the skin having come
off. The overseer said that I was not to undress him because he had a wound
about him. The stockings were very dirty; saw nothing of the wound until
the Wednesday evening, when on his unbuttoning his trowsers I saw the stain
rise up, and saw the wound by moving aside the shirt with a stick. The
wound smelled dreadfully; on seeing it witness told JOHN LAMPIER and others,
"My wife went to Doctor TYERMAN who said he could not interfere until he had
the order. The deceased was much excited at times, which I think was
greatly owing to the anguish he endured. The bed I prepared for him was a
bundle of straw and a mattress filled with sedge, and two or three rugs.
The Overseer said it was a better bed than he had had for some time." To a
question from a juror the witness answered - "I said, I could not put him up
stairs, because I could not attend to him. He said 'no, no, he was not fit
for it, - a buck house or a stable would do' - but I said no, and made the
bed in my parlour; the Overseer went to see him before going to bed and the
first thing he did in the morning." MARGARET LUXON corroborated the
Doctor Tyerman stated the deceased was placed under his care on the 19th of
December last. "When admitted he was suffering from extensive
mortification, and surrounding inflammation, from a wound in the back. A
dead portion of the flesh separated from the from the back, the slough had
separated from one side and was separating from the other. His legs and
feet were much swollen. He sung or talked wildly, giving no answer to
questions. I saw the overseer on the Sunday, and told him the reason why he
could not be admitted. He did not speak of any wound. On the 26th of
December two toes were in a state of mortification, the result of the
condition of the legs on his admission. Two days afterwards the treatment
which I directed produced a more healthy effect. On the end of January, the
wounds in the back had extended and united into one, the wounds of the feet
also continuing to improve up to the time of his death. I am of opinion
that the cause of his death was principally from the wound in the back. The
insanity under which the patient was labouring added to his danger." By the
Coroner - Can you swear that in your opinion his removal produced death?
Witness - That I cannot say. RICHARD MARTIN stated - "I attended deceased,
who was brought here about four weeks since. On washing him I found two
wounds in his back each about six inches in circumference, with several
others. The little tow of each foot appeared as though parting, and was
black at the end. His feet appeared as if frost-bitten. The wounds were
daily poulticed until last Wednesday. He died on Friday evening last. He
was changed from side to side during the day, and never lay on his back."
HENRY BATH, assistant overseer, stated - "I have known the deceased more
than twelve months. The board of guardians appointed me to take him to the
Lunatic Asylum, at Bodmin. I saw him on Saturday, the day before we left;
he was in bed and appeared very week and feeble. I said he was going to
have a ride, and he appeared glad. We had a cart with oaten straw in the
bottom, a winnowing sheet, and a cloak for covering; the deceased had no
great coat, but the driver had, and I had a cloak. The nurse said when we
left that he had a gall on his back. He could not walk, and we carried him
to the cart. He appeared very weak in bed, but he had on a strait jacket.
I knew the surgeon had attended the house. On our journey we stopped at
Tresillian, where I gave him coffee and some pasty. We stopped there about
a quarter of an hour, but did not take him out, although we did so at the
Indian Queens. When I arrived at the asylum, Mr. Hicks refused to take him
in for want of the necessary certificate. On being refused, I took him to
Mr. Luxon's, and the order was sent from Falmouth on Tuesday evening. I
left Mr. Luxon's on Monday morning." By a Juror - Were you aware of any
wounds on the deceased? Witness - "No other than a gall, and I only
requested that he might not be undressed, thinking it would be more
comfortable for him. I do not remember having said that a stable would do
for him." When closely questioned by a juror, witness admitted the man had
no other covering than a winnowing sheet, and that it rained on the journey.
Mr. Luxon, re-examined. Positively asserted in the face of the overseer,
that he said a stable or a back house would do for the deceased. THOS.
MORCOMB stated - "I am a guardian of the Falmouth Union. Deceased belonged
to the parish of Mabe, of which I have been guardian since March last. His
mother applied for relief for him at the rate of 2s. per week. From that
time he had had pay until admitted into the union. The medical man said on
the 26th of November, that the pauper was a fit subject for the asylum. In
the first week in December, the doctor's weekly report stated he was better,
and advised delay for another week. The following week it was reported that
Bowden was worse and must be removed. JOSEPH HUNT stated - "I am nurse at
the Penryn house. The deceased was brought to the union in November. His
feet were swollen, and I told the governor of it. I undressed him; he had
no wound on his back, but complained that his feet were bad. The next day
he appeared insane. The doctor saw him every other day. After some time we
could not keep him in, but he would walk about almost every night. No one
slept in the same room. I first observed a wound in his back two days
before he left. I used to put a strait jacket on him night and day. I
washed him and put on a clean shirt, and changed the sheets every day. The
morning he left there was nothing but a bit of skin gone about the size of
half a crown." On being questioned by a juror, witness admitted the part
was inflamed all around about four inches in diameter. "He used to sing a
good deal. When taken away he appeared better. I told him he was going to
have a ride; he appeared pleased. I showed the doctor the wound on the
Friday I discovered it. I think it came on by neglect. The doctor gave me
a powder and lotion with which to wash it every day." A letter was then
read, being the doctor's report respecting the patient, which stated he had
ordered a lotion, with which the wound and inflamed part were to be washed
every day, which was done for four or five days previous to his leaving.
Dr. Tyerman, re-examined by the foreman - Do you think, as a medical
gentleman, from the description of the wound with the surrounding
inflammation as spoken to by the nurse, that there was danger in removing
the deceased? After a pause, Dr. Tyerman said that not having seen the
wound before his removal he could not hazard an opinion. The question was
again pressed, but Dr. Tyerman still made the same reply, and stated that
sometimes wounds spread very rapidly.
Verdict of the Jury. "That John Bowden died from a mortification of wounds
in his back, arising from a debilitated state of health - that the jury are
of opinion that the deceased was not in a fit state of health to be removed,
nor was the conveyance suitable for him, and that the neglect of the proper
authorities of the Falmouth union in not sending the warrant and medical
certificate for his admission into the Bodmin Lunatic Asylum, by which he
was without medical assistance from Sunday, the 16th to Thursday, the 19th
of December, which accelerated his death." The foreman addressed the
overseer and guardian, by request of the jury, as follows:- "I beg to state
that the case of the deceased appears to be somewhat involved in mystery.
There appears to be a discrepancy in the evidence of the nurse, and that of
the medical officer - the nurse having stated on oath that the wound was
first discovered by him on the Friday previous to his removal on the Sunday,
and Mr. Street having stated that he treated it medically for four or five
days. That this jury, feeling it to be a solemn duty to the cause of
humanity, cannot separate without stating that they consider there was gross
neglect manifested towards the deceased by the authorities of the Falmouth
Union, - that although a man were suffering under the frowns of providence,
it is no reason why he should be neglected. The rich can have every
convenience and comfort, but the poor are dependent on others; and we hereby
declare that the treatment towards the deceased was such as meets with our
On Friday last, an inquest was held at St. Minver, before Mr. GILBERT
HAMLEY, deputy coroner, and a respectable jury, on a view of the bodies of
two men, which were washed ashore, supposed to have belonged to the
unfortunate crew of the "William Pitt," which was wrecked off Padstow on
Monday week last. JAMES HERVISON, the only one of the crew saved,
identified the bodies as those of MIDDLETON RICHARDSON, and JAMES DOUGLAS,
one of the cook, and the other a seaman. He again went through his
evidence, which was given in last week's paper; and after one or two
witnesses were examined, the jury could not give their verdict without an
adjournment, in order that the pilots and sub-commissioners of Padstow might
be examined. The inquiry was therefore adjourned to Tuesday, on which day
one of the pilots, and Mr. MASON, one of the sub-commissioners, were
present. JAMES BROKENSHIRE, the pilot stated that he was appointed pilot in
1835; he received a certificate of qualification signed by Mr. MASON, Mr.
RAWLINGS, and Capt COURTENAY; his duty was to board ships when wanted, and
when a vessel coming into the harbour hoists a jack, then it becomes his
duty immediately to go to her and pilot her in. "It is our duty always to
be on the look out. There are five pilots besides myself belonging to
Padstow; the pilots live in the town of Padstow." He was, on Monday last,
during the storm, at Hawker's Cove, looking out for vessels; he saw a vessel
apparently making for the harbour; he went immediately to get a boat to go
to her assistance; he saw the sea strike her on the larboard quarter; she
never again answered the helm till she struck on the sand; he then ran to
the points; he looked at the vessel for ten minutes; the apparatus is kept
at the points; he told some men who were there if they could get the
apparatus they might be of some service; the keys of the house in which the
apparatus is kept are sometimes kept with one person and sometimes with
another; they receive no salary; vessels are not compelled to take a pilot.
This witness was examined at great length by several of the jury as to his
duty, appointment, &c.; but it seemed that although complaints were often
made to the sub-commissioners of their negligence and want of vigilance, and
that they were never at their posts in foul weather, they merely got a
reprimand, and they would not care if they were discharged, as their
situation was not worth holding. This witness stated that the captains of
vessels were prejudiced against them, and they were trying by every means in
their power to stare them out. Mr. Mason then stated that he was one of the
sub-commissioners appointed by the corporation of Trinity House; his duty
was to examine pilots as to their qualification and skill in bringing ships
to harbour, and upon his certificate of qualification licenses are granted.
"It is not our duty," he said, "to see that the men do theirs, but when
there is any complaint respecting the pilots it is heard by the
sub-commissioners. There have been several complaints against the pilots.
I consider the pilots are not so vigilant as they ought to be; some of the
pilots ought always to be on the points. It has been ordered that two of
the pilots should always be on the look out at the points. They have
received orders not to leave the points until they are relieved by other
pilots. Mr. Mason stated it could not be expected that the pilots would do
their duty whilst captains of vessels refused to employ them; their
situations were not worth GBP20 a year, or even GBP15; and when the pilots
sometimes at the risk of their lives, go out in their boats to assist in
bringing a vessel into the harbour, they are told they are not wanted, and
to go about their business. The enquiry lasted nearly five hours when the
jury returned the following verdict:- We find that Middleton Richardson and
James Douglas, were drowned by shipwreck; but we consider that if the
Padstow pilots had been at their post, the vessel and crew might have been
saved. We beg to add that we believe, from the evidence adduced, the
present system of pilotage is not only an injury to the trade of Padstow,
but a disgrace to our country; and we, therefore, hope that such measures
will be taken by those to whom is entrusted the pilotage of the harbour, as
shall prevent the recurrence of such disasters.
The following inquests have been held before J. CARLYON, Esq., coroner,
since our last report. On Saturday last, at Buck's Head, in the parish of
St. Clement, on the body of EMMA KEAST, aged six years, who accidentally
caught her clothes on fire last Thursday, and died from the injuries she
received before the fire could be extinguished, the following day. Verdict,
The same day at Truro, on the body of THOMAS MATTHEWS, aged 52 years, who
was returning from the Quay drawing a hand cart, when he dropped down and
died. Deceased had been subject to epileptic fits for some years, and the
jury, after hearing the evidence, was satisfied that his death was
occasioned by one. Verdict accordingly.
On Monday last, in Kea parish, on the body of WILLIAM COAD, who was taking a
load of candles in his master's waggon, to Wheal Vor mine, on Tuesday, the
21st inst., when he accidentally fell just before the wheels, which went
over his body before the horses could be stopped. Although there was a ton
and a half of candles in the waggon, and the waggon weighed about 15 cwt, he
survived the injuries he received until the 26th inst. Verdict, accidental
death. Deodand 1s.
On Tuesday last, at Mylor, on the body of MARY VARCOE, aged 68 years, who
was found dead in her bed the preceding morning. Verdict, found dead.
DREADFUL MURDER AT PENZANCE - On Tuesday morning last, the greatest
excitement prevailed in Penzance, in consequence of the discovery of one of
the most appalling murders which it has ever fallen to our lot to record.
The supposed perpetrator of this tragical crime is a man named BENJAMIN
ELLISON, aged about 55; and, we are informed, belonging to some part of the
north of England. His unfortunate victim was ELIZABETH ROUS SEMAN, about
the same age as himself, and also an entire stranger in Penzance. They had
resided together about eighteen months in one of the cottages in Rosevean
road, nearly opposite the Catholic Chapel.
Previously to the discovery of the murder, about eleven o'clock on Monday
night, Ellison called at the Temperance Hotel, in Prince's-street, and asked
for some refreshment. He enquired if he could sleep- there that night; and
on being asked why he did not go home, he said it was too late to do so, and
requested to see a man named Eddy, who lodged at the hotel. Eddy came, and
in the course of conversation asked how Mrs. Seman (the murdered woman) was,
to which Ellison replied that she was unwell. He appeared depressed in
spirits, and was continually examining and rubbing his hands. He retired to
rest, and on the following morning, between five and six o'clock, came down
stairs and left the hotel. From thence it appears he went to the house of
Mrs. HILL, in Rosevean-road, and informed her that his house had been broken
open, and that Mrs. Seman was murdered. Greatly alarmed, she accompanied
him to the fatal spot, where, stretched on the floor, lay the mutilated
remains of the unfortunate woman. Her face was covered with a gauze veil,
and, there were marks of blood in all directions. Ellison said he would
inform the police, and requested Mrs. Hill to give the alarm. About nine
o'clock he again called at the Temperance Hotel, communicating the dreadful
intelligence there, and shortly afterwards was himself arrested on
suspicion. The scene at the house on Tuesday morning was horrifying in the
extreme. A huge hatchet was found upon the floor were lay the unfortunate
victim, whereby the head was nearly severed from the body. Upon the handle
and blunt part of the axe were spots of blood, and in the hand of the
deceased was clasped some hair, which it is said corresponded in colour with
Ellison's. The back part of the head was nearly beaten in, and other parts
of the body were dreadfully cut and mangled. From appearances, there is
reason to believe that a desperate struggle must have ensued between the
deceased and her murderer; and it is reported that the hands of Ellison are
much bruised, and one of his fingers apparently bitten. About seven o'clock
on Monday evening, a neighbour of the deceased met Ellison on the North
Parade, and soon after that time, he was seen on Rosevean road proceeding in
the direction of the house where the murder was committed. No alarm of any
kind was heard by the neighbours, but it appears they were principally in
the town witnessing the proceedings connected with the general holiday.
A coroner's inquest was held upon the body as speedily as practicable,
before JOHN ROSCORLA, Esq., and a respectable jury. The proceedings
occupied between eight and nine hours, during the whole of which time the
hall was crowded. The evidence adduced was of a circumstantial nature, but
sufficiently conclusive to lead the jury after a short consultation, to
return a verdict of "wilful murder" against Benjamin Ellison. He was
committed to take his trial on the charge at the next assizes, and left
Penzance in custody at an early hour on Wednesday morning for Bodmin.
Messrs. MILLETT and BORLASE attended the inquest on behalf of Ellison, who
has stated various particulars regarding the deceased. He says that she was
in the receipt of an annuity, and was shortly about to be married to a
gentleman of title, on which event taking place she had agreed to settle
upon him (Ellison) an annual income. He also states that a gold watch, and
wearing apparel to a considerable amount, had been stolen from the dwelling.
STRATTON - The remains of the late Rev. JACOB STEPHEN HAWKER, Vicar of
Stratton, were laid in the vault under the communion table, in the parish
church, on Thursday, the 26th ult., at eight o'clock. The body was followed
to the church by his sons and his daughters' husbands, and a numerous
multitude of his lamenting friends. All the shops in the town were closed
to express the regard of the inhabitants, and their attachment to the memory
of their departed pastor, who had been their spiritual guide for [18
years?]. The solemn service for the dead was most impressively read by the
curate of the deceased, the Rev. J. NORTON HARPER.
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY - We understand that the annual sermons in
behalf of this institution will be preached at Bethesda chapel, Truro, on
Sunday next; and that the public meeting will be held in the same place on
Monday evening. A missionary from Tahiti, and another from Siberia, will
attend on the occasion.
FALMOUTH - IMPORTANT FROM NEW ZEALAND - By the ship "Midlothian,"
MORRISON, master, from Sydney, N.S.W., for London, we learn that she spoke
on the 2nd of April, in lat. 35.43 S., long. 177. 56 E., the "Mars," of New
Bedford, whaler, which vessel reports having seen three days previous, H.M.
ship "North Star" working into the Bay of Islands. She also reports that
the natives there, having had an encounter with the crew of H.M. ship
"Hazard," and some British troops, the flag staff had been pulled down, and
the town of Kororarika burnt; about one hundred natives had been killed and
wounded, and about eighteen or twenty English. The commander of the
"Hazard" was also badly wounded, and the English inhabitants had all left
for Auckland. - All was quiet when the "Mars" left.
RARA AVIS - On Saturday last, Mr. GEORGE SIMMONS, jun., presented to the
Museum of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, a young crow (Corvus Corone),
wholly of a pale-brown colour, which was shot in Kernick Moor, in the parish
of St. Stephens near St. Austell, on Friday last, by NICHOLAS TRUSCOTT,
miller. It had been seen in that district for several days, with three or
four other young birds, apparently of the same brood, as they were
accompanied by an old one, which sometimes fed them all. The others were
LAUNCH - Wednesday, the 2nd instant, was the day fixed for the launch of
the "Queen" steamer, for the building yard of Mr. BROOMING, at Calstock; but
the unpropitious state of the weather, and other unforeseen circumstances,
rendered it necessary to postpone the ceremony until the following day, when
it took place in the presence of numerous spectators. The vessel was named
by Lady TRELAWNY, who, on throwing the bottle of wine at the bows, said -
"the Queen, of Calstock, may she prosper;" which was accompanied by hearty
cheers. The "Queen" is 70 feet long, 14 feet 6 inches beam, 35 horse power,
and will not draw three feet of water when her machinery and cargo are on
board. She is intended to ply on the Tamar, between Devonport and Calstock,
and her draught of water will admit of her taking parties to the Weir Head.
WRESTLING - On Monday, the 30th ult., a wrestling match took place in a
field near Callington, and ended on Saturday last. On account of the bad
weather in the earlier part of the week, the ring was thinly attended; but
the weather having cleared up on Thursday, and remained fine during the rest
of the week, there was a tolerably good attendance. Neither GUNDRY nor
CHAPPLE were present although both were expected. There were but few
players from Devon, none of whom won a prize. The play throughout was
considered good; and the first prize of GBP10 was awarded to Wm. PENHALE;
the second, GBP6, to RICHARD BRAY; the third, GBP4, to RICHARD ALLEN; and
the fourth, GBP2, to THOMAS JAGO.
GREAT POLNOOTH MINE - On Saturday last, several pitches were set at this
mine, near St. Austell, which are now in progress of working.
THE SOUTH DEVON AND EAST CORNWALL HOSPITAL - We have great pleasure in
announcing, that a very liberal donation of one hundred guineas has been
presented to this institution, by WILLIAM HODGE, Esq., of Devonport; and
another of twenty one pounds, by T. J. AGAR ROBARTES, Esq., of Lanhydrock.
TRURO POLICE - On Friday last, JAMES MACQUIRE was charged with indecently
exposing his person. Inspector PAINE received information on that day, that
a man was travelling on the road from Falmouth to Truro in a most indecent
manner, his only covering being a hat. The inspector, taking a policeman
with him, immediately proceeded in search of the individual; but on arriving
at the top of Lemon-street, was informed that he had passed the turnpike
gate and that the particulars with regard to his appearance were perfectly
correct. They went in pursuit, and found him in a lodging-house in
Calenick-street, in the act of clothing himself with a few habiliments he
had procured from some disreputable characters. The accused stated before
the magistrates that he had no intention of insulting any person, but that
his exposure arose solely from want of clothing. He left Penryn at one
o'clock on Friday, and arrived at Truro about three, where he said he came
to look for work. He was committed to the House of Correction for one
month, with hard labour.
On Monday last, WILLIAM PETERS was charged with stealing gooseberries from
the garden of HENRY LAMBE Esq., Strangways Terrace. About three o'clock on
Sunday morning, policeman WOOLCOCK saw two boys in the garden, one of whom
was picking strawberries and the other gooseberries. He apprehended Peters,
but the other lad escaped. A quantity of gooseberries was found in the
prisoner's pockets. Committed for three months, the two last to hard
On Tuesday, ALFRED WILLS, of Truro, tailor, was charged with stealing a
quantity of brass, the property of E. TURNER, Esq. The prisoner was
committed to take his trial at the next assizes.
FALMOUTH POLICE - SMUGGLING - On Friday last, Captain POPHAM, of the
"Clara," whose case of smuggling we reported last week, was brought up for
final examination. A custom-house boatman, named TRESTRAIL, proved to
finding the 20lbs. of tobacco in a hollow space under a locker or drawer,
which he considered concealed, and which was not entered in the captain's
manifest. Mr. MOORMAN, prisoner's counsel, in cross-examining this witness,
elicited that the drawer was not locked, that on many occasions on board
other vessels he had seen small parcels of the same kind of tobacco,
belonging to the crew, in various parts of the ship, but had not seized
them. Mr. Moorman next contended that he was prepared to show that his
client's case was one which came under the clause of exemption provided by
the legislature, this very tobacco being really intended for the ship's use.
Mr. Moorman then read the section of the act which exempts from forfeiture
"all spirit, tea, or tobacco, really intended for the ship's use; and called
several captains of vessels to prove, first, that the place where the
tobacco was found was the usual place for keeping it on board similar
vessels, and the quantity not greater than the necessities of the ship's
crew would require. He likewise called Captain Popham's mate, who deposed
that the captain was in the habit of serving out tobacco to the men, and
that he kept it in that particular place, because his clothes occupied the
drawers; and besides, to prevent the boy stealing it. The bench ruled that
the clause referred to by Mr. Moorman did not apply to the case before them,
inasmuch as the tobacco was not entered in the ship's manifest - a fatal
omission. They, therefore, without any personal feelings against the
prisoner, felt bound to fine him in the full penalty of GBP100, or six
months' imprisonment; at the same time they would be glad to sign a memorial
to the Customs' Board praying a mitigation of the fine.
DARING ROBBERY - On Friday last, some person or persons opened two doors
belonging to Mr. JULIAN, tailor, of Flushing, by means of picklocks, and
stole a quantity of cloth, amounting in value to nearly GBP70. There is no
trace of the guilty parties.
COMMITMENTS - On Monday last, a lad named ROBERT TREWIN, was committed to
Bodmin for trial, by C. B. G. SAWLE, Esq., for stealing bread from a cart at
Holmbush, the property of Mr. HART, baker, of St. Austell.
At a petty sessions held at St. Austell, on Tuesday last, a man named DANIEL
BROWN, who travels about to markets and fairs as a pedlar, was brought up
for ill-treatment of his family, and was committed to the treadmill for one
SWANSEA, July 4. - The "Elegant," of Falmouth, came in contact with the
"Cornish Lass[?]," this morning and sunk.
FATAL ACCIDENT - On Friday se'nnight, the infant child of Mr. KNIGHT,
farmer, Lanivet, fell into a hot pan of milk, and was so severely scalded,
that it died on the following day.
MINE ACCIDENT - On Tuesday last, as two men, of the names of JOHN BLIGHT
and GEORGE JONES, were at work in the Iron mine, Lostwithiel, a hole they
were preparing for blasting exploded before they had time to escape; in
consequence of which Blight was very much injured, and lies in a very
dangerous state. The other, Jones, is in a fair way of recovery.
DISTRESSING ACCIDENT - On Wednesday last, a melancholy accident occurred
on board the trawler "Mary," of Falmouth, to her captain, THOMAS TIPPETT.
Whilst fishing in the offing outside Falmouth harbour, they had occasion to
shift the jib, in doing which, the vessel came head to wind, causing the
trawl wharp to move out of its proper place, and slide forward. In passing,
it entangled Tippett, and dragged him overboard; and before his shipmates
could render any assistance, he sunk. A boat from one of the other trawlers
was quickly on the spot, but too late to save his life. The poor fellow
leaves a widow, to whom he has been united only a few months, totally
unprovided for. He was generally respected, particularly by his employer.
CORONERS' INQUESTS - On Monday last, an inquest was held at Michaelstow
church-town, on the body of JOHN COUCH, a labourer, aged 67 years, who died
the day previous of apoplexy, while tolling the church bell for divine
service. Two boys were in the belfry with him, and seeing the poor man in
the act of falling, went out for assistance; and on their return he was
found resting against the wall, with the bell rope in his hand, a corpse.
The congregation were assembled in the church, and were not aware of the
awful event until the service was over. The poor man had been sexton of the
parish for a number of years. Verdict, - died by the visitation of God.
On Friday last, an inquest was held at Gwennap, before J. CARLYON, Esq.,
coroner, on the body of JAMES LOBB, aged 35 years, who was killed in the
United mines, by a slide of ground falling on him whilst at work. Verdict,
- accidental death.
On Wednesday last, an inquest was held before the same coroner, at Gwennap,
on the body of JAMES BRAY, aged 18 years. The deceased was a kibble filler,
at Wheal Henry mine, in the parish of Kenwyn, and whilst so employed some
stuff fell from above on his head, and killed him on the spot. Where the
stuff fell from could not be ascertained; but it did not appear to have
fallen from the surface. Verdict, accidental death.
QUARTER SESSIONS - JAMES RYAN alias CANNON, 17, was charged with stealing
a mare, the property of WILLIAM CREGGS, of Gwennap. The mare was stolen
from a field of prosecutor's, and sold on the 1st of May, at East Wheal
Rose, to JOHN HOSKIN for 23s. Guilty - Twelve Months' Hard Labour.
ANN EVANS, 33, was charged with stealing a cloth cloak, from ANN EVANS,
widow of St. Agnes. The prisoner was Acquitted in consequence of the
prosecutrix, who was about 80 years' old, being prevented, through severe
illness, from coming up to give evidence of the identity of the property.
FRANCES MARY EVANS, 14, daughter of the last prisoner, was charged with
stealing a boa, the property of JOSEPH LETCHER, of St. Agnes. ELIZABETH
LETCHER, wife of prosecutor, after stating the circumstances of the robbery,
which she said was effected by the prisoner, on being questioned as to
identity, could not swear whether it was prisoner or her sister. The court
subsequently directed a verdict of Acquittal.
ANN BAZELEY, 28, was convicted of stealing an apron, the property of WILLIAM
LUKEY, of Lanivet. Two Months' Hard Labour.
THOMAS GILBERT, 21, was charged with stealing two ounces of lamp black, and
six lbs. of red paint, the property of WILLIAM TRESIDDER, wheelwright, of
Sithney. It was alleged that the prisoner had taken the articles from the
shop of his master, the prosecutor, to do some work in brown paint, for a
person called PETER RICHARDS, who had employed him for the purpose.
WILLIAM CLEMENS, 49, pleaded Guilty of stealing a quantity of guano, the
property of WILLIAM CLEMENS, of Liskeard. One Month's Hard Labour.
RICHARD LANE, jun., 22, was charged with stealing a baking dish, two plates,
a sack, and a quantity of potatoes, the property of CHARLES ROGERS, a farmer
of St. Blazey. The property was found by the agents of Fowey Consols mine
in April, on their going to examine an old engine-house at Wheal Maudlin,
which had long been unoccupied, except, as it appeared on the trial, by
prisoner and a companion, who had a bed up-stairs. The prisoner was found
in the engine-house, concealing himself on the bob-plat. Guilty - Six
Months' Hard Labour. The prisoner was also tried for stealing a blue cotton
handkerchief, the property of JOHN GRIGG, butcher of St. Blazey. The
handkerchief was found at the same time and place as the articles in the
previous indictment. The Court directed an Acquittal, on account of the
long period that had elapsed since the time when the articles were missed by
the prosecutor early in January.
JAMES DANCASTER, 25, was convicted of stealing a wagon whip, the property of
RICHARD CARNE, of Liskeard. A previous conviction, on a charge of felony,
was proved against the prisoner. Twelve Months' Hard Labour.
JANE DANIEL, 25, was charged with stealing a shawl, the property of ANN
HOBLYN, at JOSEPH COURTNAY's lodging house, in Liskeard. Guilty - Three
Months' Hard Labour.
JOHN HICKS, 21, was charged with stealing a fustian shooting jacket, and a
light waistcoat, from DAVID TREVETHAN, a labourer at St. Issey. Guilty -
Two Months' Hard Labour.
MATTHEW PASCOE, 21, was charged with stealing two silk handkerchiefs, the
property of NEVEL GREENAWAY, a fellow-lodger at Liskeard. Guilty - Three
Months' Hard Labour.
JOHN WALTON, 40, was charged with stealing from the person of WILLIAM
DAGGER, at Truro, 17 sovereigns, 2 half-sovereigns, one five-shilling piece,
and GBP4. 2s. 6d. in half crowns, shillings and sixpences, and a purse. Mr.
HOCKIN conducted the prosecution; Mr. SHILSON the defence. The prosecutor
was robbed of the above money in the tap-room of the Barley Sheaf Inn,
Truro, on the 15th of May. He was in the room from the evening till four
o'clock the next morning, and was very drunk. He went to sleep - and on
waking missed his money. There were a dozen persons in the room at the
time, and he utterly failed in showing that the prisoner was the guilty
party. The prosecution was abandoned, and on a verdict of Acquittal being
returned, the Chairman told the prosecutor that this was one of the most
disgraceful cases he had ever seen in that Court, and the Bench had
determined not to allow his expenses.
APPEAL - LANDULPH appellant; ST. IVE, respondent. Mr. SHILSON applied for
leave to enter and adjourn an appeal lodged at the last Session, on the
ground that the pauper was unable to attend by reason of illness. Mr.
ANSTIS, for respondent, consented, and the application was granted.
CORNWALL MIDSUMMER SESSIONS - Tuesday, July 1. - JOHN MAGOR, 17, was
charged with stealing several pence and half-pence, the property of ROBERT
STEPHENS SMALE. The money stolen, amounting to 9 1/4 d., was alleged to
have been taken from a desk in the Rev. Mr. WINGFIELD's school, in the
parish of Gulval, of which the prosecutor is master, and was accountable for
the money. - Acquitted.
JAMES THOMAS KEVERNE was convicted of stealing five duck's eggs, at Paul,
the property of WM. TONKIN. - To Be Privately Whipped.
JAMES BERRYMAN, 40, was indicted for stealing, in the parish of Sancreed,
seven sheaves of wheat reed, the property of SAMUEL IVEY. Mr. JOHN appeared
for the prosecution and Mr. BENNALLACK for the defence. On the 23rd of May,
the prosecutor discovered that several sheaves of reed had been taken from
his mow. He traced them over a hedge into a field of potatoes and corn, and
continued the tracing for some distance till he ended at Berryman's house;
in the pigs' house, he found seven sheaves, which on comparison with what he
had at home, he had no doubt were his property. A verdict of Guilty was
returned against the prisoner. Two Months' Hard Labour.
RICHARD COCK, 44, was found Guilty of stealing a shovel and rake, the
property of JOHN PARKIN, of Lostwithiel. Four Months' Imprisonment, One
JOHN WILLIAMS, 11, was charged with stealing a cock, the property of FRANCIS
GREEN. The prosecutor is a butcher, of Truro, and has a farm at Coosbean.
On the 26th of April last, a man who was standing near Mr. Green's premises
at Coosbean, observed the prisoner leaving the place with something under
his arm. Suspecting all was not right, he followed him across a three-acre
field, when the prisoner, finding himself closely pursued, threw the fowl
down. Guilty - To be Privately Whipped. The bill against JOHN CHARLES
PASCOE, committed for the same offence was ignored by the grand jury.
Mr. JOHN applied to the court in behalf of Mr. WILLIAM WHEAR, maltster, of
Kilkhampton, for the return of certain duties on malt which had been
consumed by fire, according to the provisions of the 7th and 8th Geo. IV.,
cap. 52. The fire took place on the 3rd of May, and the quantity consumed
was 230 bushels. Mr. ALLEN, supervisor of excise proved that due notice of
the application had been given. An order was granted for the return of the
duty claimed, amounting to GBP67. 5s. 4 1/2 d.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2. (Before J. K. LETHBRIDGE, Esq.)
WILLIAM HUSBAND, 15, was found Guilty of stealing two half-crowns, nineteen
shillings, three sixpences, and two farthings, from the shop of WILLIAM
ROBERTS, draper and grocer, at Mevagissey. Six Months' Hard Labour.
JOHN TABB, 28, was charged with stealing a fowl, the property of KITTY
HENWOOD, of Little Petherick. Guilty, Three Months' Hard Labour.
WILLIAM HENRY GLASSON, 18, was charged with stealing two girth ropes and
other rope, from SAMUEL CHIRGWIN, of Newlyn, in the parish of Paul. Guilty
- Twelve Months' Hard Labour.
ANN FAULL, 36, was charged with stealing an iron pot, value 9d., the
property of Mr. RICHARD MOYLE, shopkeeper and ironmonger, at Redruth.
ELIZABETH TRESTRAIL, an assistant to the prosecutor, stated that the
prisoner came into the shop on the 26th of June, about nine o'clock in the
evening, and asked for a half penny worth of soda. A girl served her, and
she left immediately afterwards, when witness observed her take an iron pot
from behind the door where there were several of them. Mr. Moyle, on being
informed of the robbery, went after the prisoner and found the pot in her
possession. She first proved to be forgiven, but afterwards said she had
paid for the pot to Elizabeth Trestrail, who, however, swore positively that
she had not sold it. Guilty - Six Months' Imprisonment with Hard Labour.
JAMES JOHNS, charged with stealing a fowl, value 1s., the property of SILAS
GILBERT, was Acquitted.
SAMUEL YOULTON was charged with stealing a quantity of Guano and a bag, the
property of WILLIAM LUKE. Mr. HOCKIN appeared for the prosecutor, and Mr.
STOKES for the defence. The prosecutor keeps guano for sale in the parish
of Gwennap, and between the 12th[?] and 14th of May last, lost from his
stores a bag containing 1 cwt. 2 qrs. 14 lbs. weight of Guano. In
consequence of information, he went with a constable to a croft, in the
occupation of the prisoner, where he found a bag in a pit covered over with
stones. This bag contained another which prosecutor believed to be his
property, and there was found in it 1 cwt. 2 qrs. 13 lbs. weight of guano, a
small quantity being also in the outer bag. SUSAN MATTHEWS said she saw the
prisoner on the 14th of May last going towards the croft with a wheelbarrow,
in which he was conveying a sack. Mr. Stokes, for the defence, called ELIZ
HODGE, a sister-in-law of the accused, who said that at the time Susan
Matthews passed, the prisoner was conveying a sack of potatoes to his field
to till them. The prisoner was acquitted.
SAMUEL YOULTON, the same prisoner, was then charged with stealing a bag, the
property of ANDREW UREN. The evidence being substantially the same as in
the preceding case, the jury, by direction of the Court, Acquitted the
JANE RICHARDS, 20, was convicted of stealing a duck, the property of JANE
JENKIN, of Redruth. Guilty. Four Months' Hard Labour.
DISGRACEFUL CRUELTY - WILLIAM TREMEWAN, 20, was indicted for maliciously
and feloniously maiming a female ass, in the parish of Roche, the property
of JOHN MATHEWS. Mr. Childs conducted the prosecution, and Mr. SHILSON
defended the prisoner. The owner of the mutilated animal stated that it was
uninjured previously to the 2nd of May, and on the 3rd he saw it in the
stable of the Bugle Inn, in the parish of St. Austell, having but one ear
and a piece of another. WILLIAM THOMAS, a farmer, residing in the parish of
Roche, heard a noise on the night of the 2nd of May, after he retired to
bed. He came down stairs and took a lantern with him. Hearing a groan
proceeding from an outhouse, he proceeded thither, but could not open the
door. He held up his lantern, however, and saw a donkey lying down in the
outhouse, and the prisoner standing against the wall. The donkey's head was
covered with blood, and there was a quantity under him; there was some blood
on the prisoner's coat and trousers, and the donkey's ear was still
bleeding. On asking the prisoner what he was doing in the place, he said he
saw a donkey in the house, and went in to drive it out. The ear of the
donkey was lying about two feet from the hatch, but the prisoner, on being
questioned by Mr. Thomas, denied cutting it off, and said the man who did it
ought to be hung. After getting the donkey down the lane, Mr. Thomas
returned, when the prisoner offered to show him his knife, remarking that he
supposed he should be charged with wounding the animal. On
Cross-Examination, Mr. Thomas admitted that the donkey might have strayed
into the place, and said the prisoner had been in his employ. HENRY HARRIS,
constable of the parish of Roche, returning from St. Austell market on the
evening of the 2nd of May, saw the donkey on the road near the Bugle Inn,
about three hundred yards from the outhouse where he was found by Mr.
Thomas; he also saw the prisoner in a beer-shop near the Bugle Inn. Mr.
SHILSON, for the defendant, strongly contended that he had only, on hearing
a noise in the outhouse, proceeded thither to drive the animal out, which it
was reasonable to suppose he would do, as being in Mr. Thomas's employ. He
called several respectable witnesses, who testified to the prisoner's good
character. The Chairman elaborately summed up the evidence, and the jury,
after a short deliberation, Acquitted the Prisoner.
JAMES HAWKE, was charged with stealing at Wadebridge, a sheaf of reed, the
property of Mr. T. S. TICKELL, surgeon. Mr. LUXMOORE, for the prosecution,
called JOHN TREGAY, servant to Mr. Tickell, who said that he was passing his
master's stable on the evening of the 21st of April, and fancied he heard
something fall from the loft. On opening the door, he saw a bundle of reed
on the stable floor, and the prisoner about half-way down the ladder. He
begged that witness would say nothing of the matter to his master. Mr.
BENNALLACK subjected the witness to a severe cross-examination, and called
evidence for the defendant. The jury then briefly deliberated, and adjudged
the prisoner Guilty. The prosecutor recommended him to mercy. Three
Months' Hard Labour.
ELIZABETH HICKS, 14, was charged with stealing, at Launceston, a show glass
and one pound weight of sugar candy, the property of HENRY GEAKE. The
prosecutor, a grocer and tea-dealer, at Launceston, was in his sitting room
on the 30th of May, whence he could see what took place in the shop. About
half-past eight o'clock, he saw the prisoner enter the shop, and take a cake
of salt-prunella. She left, but came a second time, and mounting on the
counter, took down a show-glass from the shelf. Covering it in her apron
she then left the shop, but was followed by the prosecutor, and overtaken
with the property in her possession. The prisoner was found Guilty, but
received a good character, and was recommended by the prosecutor to the
merciful consideration of the court. One Month's Hard Labour.
MARY HARVEY, 67, and JANE HARVEY, 31, were indicted for stealing a quantity
of potatoes, the property of JOHN SLEEP, at Way Cross, in Northill. The
wife of the prosecutrix left her house about eleven o'clock, on the 29th of
April last, and returning found the door open, and her children out to play.
They had about five or six bushels of potatoes under their bed, and
perceiving the bed to be moved from its place, she examined and found that
one peck and a half had been stolen. The prisoners lived in a room over the
prosecutrix and her family, and the potatoes being trace to their
possession, they were found Guilty. Three Months' Hard Labour.
JOSEPH GROSE GARLAND, 17, was charged with stealing a shirt, the property of
THOMAS MOSS, of St. Austell; and a pair of stockings, the property of
WILLIAM BARNICOAT. The prisoner was found Guilty upon both indictments.
Six Months' Hard Labour.
SAMUEL GOYNE, 34, pleaded Guilty to a charge of stealing a frock-shirt, the
property of WILLIAM WILLIAMS, of Liskeard. Two Months' Hard Labour.
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