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body, and the jury decided that he had died from the
effects of a hurt in the head which he had received when
working as a collier. On the strength of this statement,
the woman, who married Thornley soon after the
murder, was arrested. The remains of Brooks's body
were exhumed, and examined by Mr. Alcock, a surgeon;
but as he was unable to detect the presence of poison,
the accused was discharged. But Mr. Alcock
subsequently analysed another portion of the remains that
was less decayed, and he then found arsenic in large
quantities. This discovery was communicated to Mr.
Little, the high constable, who ordered the woman to
be again apprehended. Both the man and woman have
been examined before the magistrates, and remanded
for further evidence.

A care of horrible Cruelty to a child was tried at the
Central Criminal Court on the 5th inst. Mary Ann
Oldham, late a nurse in the Greenwich union workhouse,
was charged with maltreating a child aged six years,
named John Hayward, an inmate of the union, by
delilierately burning his hand with a red-hot cinder.
Elizabeth Ellis, one of the nurses, deposed that the
prisoner was head nurse. The little boy was amongst
the children by the fire-place, and nurse Oldham was
poking the fire. She took a red-hot coal from the grate,
put it into the child's hand, and squeezed the hand close.
The child did not scream at the time, but did afterwards.
Witness did not learn that evening the
consequence of the act. The cinder was taken away, and
the sufferer placed by the fire-side. The child cried
much, but did not say anything. The next morning the
child's hand formed a white blister. Miss Southern
deposed that she is the infant schoolmistress. The
children were all under her care. She sat at tea on the
following morning, when the prisoner confessed that
"she had committed a very cruel act." She said the
cinder was on the floor, and she had placed it in the
hand of the child, and admitted that it was a hot cinder.
The hand was red then, but the skin was not broken.
Witness would not have let the matter rest if the hand
had not healed. Dr. Sturton, surgeon to the union
house, said his attention was not called to the case until
Monday last, when there was a slight discharge from
the wound. The child was placed in the infirmary, and
had been under his care ever since. The hand of the
child was contracted. He could not close it, nor extend
the fingers; and the witness thought the child would
never have the use of its hand wholly again. In her
defence the prisoner expressed her sorrow for what had
occurred, adding that she never meant to hurt the child,
but merely meant to make it smart for a minute or two.
Her general conduct to the children was kind, but her
temper was passionate. The Common Serjeant, after
commenting upon the time that elapsed between the
period of the commission of the offence and the prisoner
being given in charge, ordered her to be imprisoned for
fourteen days in Newgate.

A daring Burglary and Robbery of a thousand pounds'
worth of jewellery took place in the night of the 9th inst.
on the premises of Mr. Thomas Prince, the proprietor
of the Fancy Repository, 38, Beckford-row, near the
Camberwell-gate, Walworth road. It was effected with
singular ingenuity and skill. It appears that, in the
dead of night, the robbers commenced operations on a
spot about five doors off, occupied by Mr. Peacock, a
builder. To this house a forecourt is attached; and as
those of the adjoining houses on either side have shops
erected thereon, it forms a deep recess. This being only
separated from the highway by a dwarf gate, an entrance
as well as concealment could be easily accomplished.
Against the wall, towards Mr. Prince's premises, was a
pile of planks, boards, &c., which, from the foot-marks,
appears to have been the mode by which the thieves
reached the flat roof of the adjoining shop, and from
thence passed over four others of a similar description,
and immediately contiguous to the windows of several
occupied sleeping rooms, including that of Mr. Prince.
Over the shop of the latter is a ridge skylight, from the
gable end of which two squares of glass were dexterously
abstracted, and a bar removed. A very large gimlet
was then screwed into part of the skylight frame, from
which a rope was thrown down into the shop beneath,
into which by such means it would seem the depredators
descended. They broke open a number of glass cases,
and emptied them of their contentsgold chains, gold
and silver pencil-cases, diamond rings, brooches, to the
value of above £1000. With this booty, by the aid of
Mr. Prince's shop steps, the burglars escaped through
the aperture they had made in the skylight, though, from
the trepidation in which they appear to have fled, they
must have been disturbed, as they not only left behind
them several valuable articles strewed about the shop,
but omitted to abstract the contents of a drawer close to
the cases, in which were a number of valuable gold
watches, and a considerable sum in gold and silver; they
also left behind them their dark lantern, matches, rope,
gimlet, a chisel, and formidable clasp knife, as well as
on the roof an old quaint-looking umbrella, the handle
mounted with gold. As a further proof of the haste in
which the retreat was effected, one of the thieves, from
the noise which was heard, and the displacement of some
of the boards, must evidently have fallen down the pile
of timber at Mr. Peacock's before reaching the street.
The detective force have been busy, but hitherto, it
appears, without success.

At the Worship Street police court, on the 8th, four
fashionable-looking persons, who gave the names of
Henry Seymour, John Simmons, John Proctor, and
George Harris, the two first of whom wore dress swords
and were attired in the full uniforms of a captain and
lieutenant in the royal navy, were charged with being
Drunk and Riotous at the Grecian Saloon, City-road. It
appeared that during the performance the preceding
evening, the defendants suddenly made their appearance
in one of the private boxes, and began conducting
themselves in such a disorderly manner as to attract
general attention. At first they directed their offensive
remarks to the performers on the stage, and then made
their way to the lower stalls, where they paraded to and
fro, addressing insulting remarks to the audience. A
scene of great uproar ensued, and resulted in the forcible
expulsion of the intruders and their removal to the
station-house. Distinct charges of assault were proved
against Simmons, Seymour, and Harris. The magistrate
fined the first two 40s. and costs, or to be committed for
seven days; and Harris, who had been by far the worst,
he fined in the full penalty of £5, or two months'

Ravensworth Castle, near Newcastle, the seat of Lord
Ravensworth, has been Entered, at night, by burglars,
who carried off jewellery worth £300, with £100 in coin
and notes. This burglary has created a great sensation
in the neighbourhood. There is a large gang of burglars
infesting the counties of Northumberland and Durham;
such is the increase of crime in Newcastle, that there
are notices of motion upon the books of the town-
council for the appointment of a stipendiary police-
magistrate, and a large addition to the constabulary
force of the borough.

At the Mary-le-bone police court, on the 8th, William
Clark, landlord of the Jew's Harp, in Edward-street,
Hampstead-road, was charged with having allowed in
his house a Judge and Jury Club on Sunday-evenings.
A policeman stated that at eight in the evening of
Sunday, 26th December, he went in plain clothes to
defendant's house, and paid 2d. for admission to a judge
and jury club, which was held upstairs. He there
found about 200 persons, men, women, and children,
and in the centre of the room was a raised platform, so
as to give a good idea of a court of law. Upon the bench
was a person with a big wig, who was sitting as judge,
and just beneath him were three others who were in
attendance as counsel, they had also on wigs and gowns.
When he went in, a case was going on in which a man
was charged with the offence of stealing a goose from
the "Cow," in Tottenham-court-road, the bird in question
being in an unfit state for human food. Numerous
witnesses were examined in the case, one of whom was
a wild Irishman, named O'Connor, who flourished his
shillelagh in a most awful manner; he was the principal
witness, and had been tutored to simulate intoxication;
the answers which he gave to questions put to him by
the learned judge and counsel elicited great applause,
but as he went beyond the bounds of propriety the judge
ordered him out. A regular row then ensued, the judge
and counsel took off their wigs and gowns, and the