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last Old Bailey Sessions. Thomas Shearman, aged 56—horse-stealing; James Coles,

22, Joseph Backley, 18, and Robert Scutton, 18—forgery ; William Young, 32, Thomas Horner Stone, 23, William Jones, 28, George Hammond, 46, John Corney, 19, and John Lea, 30—house- breaking ; James Evans, 50—cattle-stealing; John Tierney, 19—bur- glary ; Thomas Howe, 21, and Mary Jackman, 30—highway robbery ; William Vincent, 21, William Richmond, 22, Ann Hyde, 23, George Beedham, 34, Margaret Smith, 18, George Whybrow, 20, Mary Heth- breaking ; James Evans, 50—cattle-stealing; John Tierney, 19—bur- glary ; Thomas Howe, 21, and Mary Jackman, 30—highway robbery ; William Vincent, 21, William Richmond, 22, Ann Hyde, 23, George Beedham, 34, Margaret Smith, 18, George Whybrow, 20, Mary Heth- &man. 28, Charles Penrose, 21, and Alphonse Reppein, 22—stealing in

a.dwellinphouse; Edward Smeetham, 27, Johns thinner, 18, and John Cronie, 48—cutting and maiming ; also George Smith, 34, convicted in

Nay session—unlawfully transferring stamps from parchment. All of whom his Majesty was graciously pleased to respite during his Royal pleasure. The report was to have been made last week, and considerable anxiety was felt among the criminals and their friends in consequence of the delay. The Recorder is blamed as the cause, but with what justice we de not know ; he has few friends, and consequently few favourable inter- preters of his conduct, either in Newgate or out of it.

SWINDLING.—One of those notorious cases of fraud, of which none but London can boast a specimen, because in no city but London can

gulls sufficiently wide-mouthed be found to justify its exhibition, was examined into at the Mansionhouse on Wednesday. A fellow named Eammond had procured a couple . of plated teapots, on false pretences ; and being seized for the trick, he peached, in order to save himself from the tread-mill. On his information, a man named Elverston was apprehended, and the case was regularly gone into. Hammond said that he had been engaged by Elverston, at a guinea a week, to take in messages and goods ; that many tradespeople had called at the counting-house, No. 21, Lawrence Pountney Lane; and that all he had ever received was one half-crown for his services.

Elverston said that he was a merchant, and never meant any thing but what was honourable; he really meant to do every thing in a regular mercantile way.

The Lord Mayor—" I think Iliad the pleasure of being favoured with your custom once." Elverston—" I don't recollect, my Lord ; I don't think you and I did business together."

The Lord Mayor—" Yes we did : don't you recollect calling at my warehouse, in Abchurch Lane, about a quantity of paper which you were going to ship?"

Elverston —" Abchurch Lane ! No, I do not think I did, my Lord ; I believe I did not. Let me see—no, I believe you will find that I did not."

The Lord Mayor—"Oh yes ; you said you had a large shipment of stationery to make, and requested that samples should be sent to Law- rence Pountney Lane. The samples were sent, but we never heard more about you."

Elverston—" I am really not aware of it, my Lord."

A shopman of a linen-draper stated that Elverston had ordered a piece of linen from his master, for which no payment had been received, al- though it was to be paid on delivery. The officer said, a duplicate for a piece of linen had been found on Elverston. He was remanded.

This fellow's trick was to order goods " to be paid on delivery." When they reached No. 21, he was just gone out about a pipe of seine, and would send the money in half an hour, When the parties returned, both he and his clerk were out.

MunDER.—A murder of a female, accompanied with circumstance.. of a very revolting character, was discovered the other day at Brighton. It seems that about three weeks ago, a. labouring man, named David Maskell, discovered a piece of a female garment above the mould, in a copse in Mr. Stanford's farm at Preston, near Brighton ; it resisted his endeavours to pull it out : he poked with a stick, and a strong putrid smell was emitted, and he then desisted. He spoke of the matter to se- veral persons, none of whom seemed to heed his suspicions ; and it remained unnoticed till Friday evening last, when he again went. to the spot with one Gillam, in order to make a further inspection.. They raked the earth with their hands, and again perceived a strong smell arise, but went home without having made the discovery of what lay buried beneath. Gillam having reached his home, communicated what had occurred to his wife and his mother ; the curiosity of the women was raised, and they agreed to go with him to the place early next morning • to know all about it.' Half a yard of a woman's dress was first freed from the earth ; they then went to the constable of Preston, who returned with them, and by the assistance of a spade they exposed to view the thighs and trunk of a female enclosed in a pair of stays and wrapped round with a linen garment (the whole in the most putrid state), and a fetus of what turned out to be a male child protruding from the trunk ! The news of the discovery spread like wild-fire ; hundreds. flocked to the spot ; the garment was cut into strips, and eagerly seized by the populace. The pattern corresponding with that of a gown which a woman named Celia Holloway was known to have worn led to the supposition that she was the unfortunate woman, part of whose corpse bad been discovered. The ill.treatment she had constantly received from her husband quickly connected him in people's minds with the deed ; and the Police visited his lodging, where they took into custody a female, Ann Kennard, with whom he had been living, and who re- presented herself as married to him. Search was next made for Hollo* way, the husband ; and at night he voluntarily delivered himself up to the Police authorities.

Au inquest was held on the remains on Sunday night ; when, from the statement of Kennard, it appeared that Holloway had borne also the name of Goldsmith, and that she had been married to him on the 16th of March last, at which time he represented himself as a single man. He is at present in the Coast Blockade, under the name of Goldsmith. Evidence was given to the fact of the female Celia Holloway's having left her lodgings with her husband about four weeks before; that he • had taken away with her some baby-linen, which he subsequently sold to the woman where lie and Ann Kennard lodged. The stays that had been found on the body, and the piece of printed cloth, were also identi- fied as having been worn by the murdered female. Mr. Hargreaves' a surgeon described the state of the body, and of the fcetus found with it. From the position of the latter, he thought that labour had come on from violence. The child was fully formed. The body appeared to

have lain for three or four weeks. •

The top and sides of a box, in which the clothes of the decease hd been packed on her leaving her lodgings, had been picked up on Thurs- day, the day before the more horrible discovery was made. There was, a mark of a bloody hand on the box. It also was identified.

Holloway, when examined, merely said he had parted with his wife about four weeks ago, when she went towards London. He is to be re-examined on Monday.

The head and other parts of the body were found on Tuesday, in an outhouse not far from where Holloway lived. They were partly en- veloped in a piece of old bed-tick. The features were entire, and readily identified. The limbs, it was stated by Mr. Hargreaves at the inquest, had been removed in a way that few persons not acquainted with dis- jointing could have managed. It turns out that Holloway had at one time been a butcher ; afterwards he became a bricklayer. His marriage with the murdered woman was a compulsory one : she was with child by him, and the prudent churchwardens forced him to marry her. He was then 19, and his partner 26: this was six years ago.

Laxessrca ASSIZES.—M'Gowan, the watchman charged with shooting a woman named Hopkinson, on the 14th June last, near Bolton (we' gave the particulars at the time) was rather unexpectedly convicted of murder, on the 13th. He declared he fired merely to frighten her. He has been respited. The grounds of the respite was the misapprehension, by the jury, of the distinction drawn by the Judge between manslaughter and murder.

On the 16th, Dade, the famous forger, whose escape from gaol pro- duced such a sensation, was found guilty. Several of the Wigan rioters have been tried, for the assault on Sir Robert Leigh, and the breaking into Smalley's shop; and two have been convicted of the latter offence, but recommended to mercy on ac- count of their youth. Seven have been convicted of rioting.

GLOUCESTER AssizEs.—John Harris, one of the Dean Forest rioters, has been found guilty of snapping a pistol at Hawkins, a constable, with intent to murder him. Hawkins had a warrant against the prisoner, and went to his house to execute it. The prisoner threatened to stab him if he did not instantly quit the house, and upon the pro- secutor urging him to surrender himself, he drew a pistol loaded with two balls from under his frock, and snapped it at the constable's ear. Mr. Justice Patteson ordered the prisoner for execution.

The ringleader was tried at the same assizes, on the capital offence of rioting and continuing assembled after the Act had been read, calling on him to disperse. The particulars of the riots and of his conduct were detailed at the time of their occurrence. He was found guilty, and will be transported for life.

Lusa Ccusvicrs.—On Saturday, Dillon, and Mr. Goodfellow, the post- master, found guilty at the Cavan Assizes of purloining a letter, were removed from the hulk at Kingtown on boarcIthe Bussorah transport...-. Dublin Register. SEIZURE OF SILES.—No less than 10,000/. worth of silks were seized a few days ago, for not having paid duty. The persons who had them are said to be merely agents of a great City house, and to be guaranteed against all loss. The case was noticed by Mr. Hunt, on Thursday, in Parliament ; when Mr. P. Thomson said, that Government were deter- mined to prosecute for the highest penalties. They will be swinging ones.

AN ARMY OF POICRERS.—On the 12th instant, the manor_ of Bul. beck, the property of G. Silvertop, Esq. High Siieriff of Northumber- land, presented such an exhibition of poachers as has not lately occurred in this part of the country. There were between forty and fifty men with guns, and all appeared to belong to one party. The High Sheriff endeavoured to persuade them to go away quietly, hut they answered that they were driven by distress to seek game, and game they would have. They added, they meant to visit Riddlehamhope, the adjoining moor, belonging to C. J. Clavering, Esq. High Sheriff of Durham, next day, and would clear every moor in Northumberland and Durham. They spread themselves out over Bulbeck Moor, shooting and picking up the game at their pleasure, and leaving little for the gentry but a scanty gleaning. They carried their threat into effect at Riddlehamhope on Saturday, killing, it is believed, not less than two hundred brace of birds in the two days.— Tyne Mercury. [This is not the most injurious form of an illegal taking. Is it quite certain the band was not composed of gentlemen; who, we have Lord Milton's word for it, very seldom take out licences ?]