THE ASSIZES.—These ambulatory courts, we are happy to find, fur-
nish few materials for our columns. Huntingdon was "maiden," there being neither cause nor prisoner. The attorneys on the civil side were engaged in the elections, and the people have found a better trade than stealing. At Chelmsford, the gravity of the Court was disturbed by a cry of fire. The Bar, who were not sure but it might be a preliminary visit from their great friend, scampered out ; but the judges kept their seats. No damage ensued, but the loss, in the crowd, of three jurymen, who after a time were laid hold of, and brought back to their fold. At Worcester, on Wednesday, the wretch Wall was convicted of the mur- der of Sally Chance, by throwing her into a lime-pit. We noticed the case when it occurred. He was to be hanged to-day. Bedford, the clerk of the Worcester Post-office, was found guilty, and Death was recorded ; he is to be banished for life.
At Winchester assizes on Friday, William Brown and Smith
hams were convicted of the murder of William Winny on the 13th January last. The three men were confined at the time among the convict sawyers at the Gun wharf at Portsmouth. The evidence was wholly circumstantial ; but, coupled with the subsequent expressions of the criminals, perfectly conclusive. The two wretched men were hanged on Monday. The cause which led to Winney's murder was a purse of three or four sovereigns, which ha had accumulated, and which he always carried about his person. TRIAL or CAPTAIN Mont.—This unfortunate man, it will be recot- lected, was arrested on a charge of murder, in March last. In the early part of that month, a person named Malcolm, a fisherman, had trespasseds as was alleged, on his grounds at Shellhaven farm, in the parish of Little Warley. He was ordered off, and was quitting the grounds—not, how, ever, by the road that he had been directed to take—when he wa- ordered to stop ; and on refusing, was shot by Captain Moir with a pistol bullet, in the arm. Malcolm was seized with lock-jaw, a day or two after, and died. There were several witnesses examined, who varied in their testimony respecting the language that passed between Captain Moir and Malcolm, but not in the material facts of the case ; which were very clearly detailed, immediately after the event, by the Captain himself, to Mr. Dodd, a surgeon who attended the wounded man, and by Mr. Dodd to the Court. At the period of Captain Moir's being ar. rested, there was a report that the Captain was subject to fits of 'tempo- rary insanity; but no attempt was made at the trial, which took place at Chelmsford yesterday, to show that this was the case. The defence of the prisoner was, that the irritating conduct of the deceased had pro- duced the unhappy result with which he was charged : but unluckily for this defence, it was proved that the original quarrel, if it might be so called, took place half an hour before ; and Captain Moir himself had declared to Mr. Dodd, that he was perfectly cool at the moment when lie fired. Lord Tenterden, in summing up, left it for the Jury's considera- tion, whether they could say, at the time of firing, the life of Captain Moir was in danger ; his servant had stated that Malcolm was advancing on him, as if he meant to attack him. The Jury were absent about twenty minutes, when they returned a verdict of Guilty. The unhappy man heard his sentence, which is to be carried into execution on Mon- day, without dismay. He is described as " a remarkably handsome man ; he stands about six feet in height, and is stout in proportion ; his hair is auburn, with whiskers rather red, and a full face ; he has quite a mill. tart' appearance. His behaviour throughout the trial was marked by extraordinary composure, at the same time with the strictest propriety."
CAPTAIN If ei.suaar.—This gentleman was fully committed yester.. day for the wilful murder of Lieutenant Crowther. Two witnesses on behalf of Captain Helsham were examined, to show that the duel was a fair one. The parties stood at about fifteen paces apart ; Crowther fired first, and then Helsham, after a distinct pause of four or five seconds. The witnesses were distant about two hundred yards. The pause is the feature in the duel on which the friends of the deceased depend.
INSOLVENT ACTORS.—MissJosephine Bartolozzi was among the fign- rantes at the Insolvent Court on "Wednesday. There is no class of the community more extravagantly remunerated than the stage people, and there is no class that contrives more regularly to incur more debts than they have the means of paying. The number of heroes and heroines that have compounded privately and publicly is great beyond all reason- able proportion. " Shoes.," said the player in Joe Miller's times, are things that kings don't stand upon." But stage kings and queens in our times do not stand on any thing. Miss Bartolozzi, says the newspaper account, on entering the box—had she been ogling a box, the case would have been different—appeared for a while to be greatly con.- culsed,und sobbed aloud. We hope her naughty creditors have read. this piteous description. The opposing creditors were Mr. Paterson, Mr. Flight, and Mr. Girardet.*.- The Chief Commissioner---" I wish, Madam, to understand what has become of your wearing apparel?"
solvent—" It is worn out, Sir." Chief Commissioner-44f perceive that a large sum of money is charged for stage dresses." Mr. Cooke, for the insolvent, said stage dresses were very expensive. Chief Corn. missioner—" I know that, Mr. Cooke, but for the last three years I see 8001. for millinery goods alone." Mr. Cooke—" Yes, Sir, but then these are most extravagantly charged." Chief Commissioner—" No doubt of that ; but when I see only 121. P., the amount of her excepted articles, there must be some property behind the curtain, not given up to the Court. Mr. Paterson, I see, is a creditor for 1041. for shoes only, within the last three years ; and to Mr. Weight, of Regent Street, in 1828 and 1829, a debt of 471 for embroidery articles. (To Insolvent.) What has become of these goods ?" Insolvent—" They are worn out." Chief Commissioner—" I want to know where the dresses are. I wish to know, Madam, if the broker saw all your property ?" Insolvent- " All but the stage dresses." Chief Commissioner—" Why has Mr. Matland, her attorney, filed a blank estate-paper ?" Mr. Matland's clerk said the property had been stated in page six of her schedule. Chief Commissioner—" You would have been in great peril, Madam, had you been allowed to swear to this schedule." Insolvent—" I have nothing but stage-dresses, as I said before." Chief Commissioner (to Mr. Matland's clerk)—" Why has not this property been given up to the Court ?" Clerk—" It shall be, Sir." Chief Commissioner—" I will not discharge this insolvent until the property has been given up, nor will I permit her to be sworn until it is." Messrs. Dawson and Cafe, the auctioneers of the Court,having at length gotpossession of the stage dresses, or, as the Commissioner appropriately termed them, the property behind the curtain, and the fact being certified to the Court, Miss Barto- lozzi was discharged.
• Probably Madame Girardet, the milliner, of Albemarle Street.
SNORING IN Cnunc H.—A man was brought before the Magistrate at Guildhall on Monday, charged with disturbing the congregation of St. Brides on the previous day. Sir John Perring, the Magistrate, thought the offence was one of which the Ecclesiastical Court was most fit to take cognizance. Mr. Scales, the Common Councilman—" Oh, pray don't send him there, Sir John ; I can assure you you had better hang him at once." As the case did not seem to deserve quite a hanging, the offender was dismissed with an admonition, when next he slept in church, not to snore so loud as to waken his neighbours.