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Connersville Watchman (Newspaper) - July 18, 1834, Connersville, Indiana
Spa Ila a amp Siisi amps Van Vleet Stewart publishers. Omen Tama Man hip Fackt. S. W. Park Ell a a Van editors. Terms it a annul in Advance �,.�>< i thin 4 have al after the year expires. It t quota Cine it mtr in on or Swett or Fri woo know a hair rights ant know to nor Sun tune by Wesson. 7 w Voi. 1. Xit Xara , a tilt �oq�oq34. No. The watchman. Cos n Erst i Llew Friday july be 1834. Der and sometimes darting at him the Jay All the while acting the Duma j of stars monthly Magazine. Thu Assn periodical. It is crr lit Abla a himself to flight. A techs West and to the whole nation As an Amer a can publication. Cincinnati in the place from whew a it la issued and James Hall is the editor. I it is printed monthly at its name purports each j it Bibe contains about sixty Octavo Page the per g300�?andcheaoar tier two we be it a every one will dec knowledge who reads. It end every one who will subscribe for it and j mad it will acknowledge the same or we Are no1 Prophet. This is one a month a Large Mir her of a pub cations that we Are in the habit of looking Ovet Greg i Larlyn end one amongst the tar that we lit fro malpha to Omega As soon As it comes to i. Every on who valuable facts and i it it tent thoughts done up in Chaste language and i it style and above All every one who j feel an internet in the growing literature of our of .1 great Val Ftp ought to subscribe for Tho mag. Arise. James Hall die editor is a very pleasing writer. Aarl we think Good Deal of the Fellows head and i Vety Well of the wart As we judge of them from his j writings. A iwo a critical notices in the general Are passing excellent. 1 Hough we sometimes a Ink that he indulges rather freely the Power of or Cash and ridicule which he certainly possesses it an eminent degree. The notice of a the Fri. I togs of cd a Atwaters in the number for the pie i stut m witty is in our estimation a palpable instance of to is indulgence. We think that the a a subject deserved a goodly share of the carving and slicing la huh he gets. But he must be gifted with Mote Btij cism than ordinarily Falls to the lot of a common sized authors if he can a lie still shut ill eyes Aid Scop it is ears whilst being thus a Cut and then again his notice of the a letters of Joba Ranlolph to a Young relative pleases us to a nicety. It is not every Day that we meet with fora the trial which was fixed for the Fol a and Holland anti it was to meet at Hull lowing morning k. Which without anything a a trader of the latter nation of whom a material of Curitti on the one Side or the i was t a e a arge Purchase that a other took place at the appointed time. Ii in Elondon a month bef0re his death. Pm . �?~"7 nor al �7ct be �pp�7��e i w0ud be proved by the landlord of Fth exciting the mob to fury by the most Bryt Berl on the trs dec court. In inn a Here he had resided that he and Active and spirited exertions until Neon of of find it to May. Int the re he correspondent had been there and a floating idly Aholt and circulated without haying any District object were collected m. Into one chant St and poured into Hie ear. Koguc making stump speeches and what these Dejori were and what they the persecuted owl is forced to Betake or. Hall ranks High amongst american authors a and deservedly so. In genuine wit spirit end pleasantry we Are aware of few that surpass him. Ilis Muse seems however to Delight in the legends of the West in the Broad expanse of the Prairie a a. No atm she a tir a i tug i Case be deserves much of the Western people. Ilis a Sharpe s head it in our fancy one of the most charming volumes we have met with. It it a late publication based on some very interesting facts. The scene is principally Laid in Virginia amongst i the alleghenies and in Kentucky about an half Century Back. Hark the Snake killer is Smi generis a but one of the Best creatures of the kind that Ever obeyed the common till a it Lou shall Bruise his no body who punch set harpers heed will eve r think his Money thrown away. Extraordinary Law came. We think that no one who has the Opportunity will regret the Reading of the following article. However carefully it May be Rrada the Reader will be very Apt to wish Ongive it a re perusal. It is extracted from that excellent English periodical the London new monthly Magazine for february 1834hamiter from the note Book of a decent to such a Case a Welt As some which were Laid before the magistrates of the District such Evi Deuce a kudu cd them to commit or. Smith to foal to take Hie trial fur the wilful murder of Henry Tho Neon. As it was deemed it Sencial to the attainment of Justice to keep secret the Crim nation of the witnesses who were produced before j the magistrates All the information of whirl the Public were in posse Tipul before the trial Louh place was that whip f have Here j narrated. Such was the state of Ings upon the morning of the trial. Seldom perhaps had speculation been so Busy Aswege upon this occasion. Wagers to a considerable amount were depending upon the event of the Case so lightly do men think and with reference to matters in which they Are not personally. Concerned even though the life of a fellow creature is involved in the Issue. The per Sonal character of the presiding judge was not without its weight in influencing Opin ions As to the probability of co fiction or acquittal. That judge was a Man whom living i so sincerely loved and whose Tnctn-1 1 Ory i now so truly venerate that 1 dare not,1 even at this distance of time Trust myself i to speak of him As i feel lest i should be it suspected of partiality. Lie was the late lord Mansfield a a Man who in addition to the other eminent judicial qualities which belonged to him possessed some Vav Iii Eli Peovic Lirly Fittos Kim Ftp a i of two a a it a t an instant the most profound silence prevailed and interest in tens and impassion wealthy jeweller of the town Well need. Though subdued seemed to wait upon quanteds with both parties had seen or. Every word and every look a it of divided Thomson after the departure of the Bra to fsr Quot prevent the extraordinary trial from taking being then in his Poi sesion jewels place. Nothing a 1 a a w re Iizumi Elf Tilljr i t a i c 11 11 111 pubs c 3 Iod j p w e i a place. Nothing however occurred and of Large value and Gold and certain Bills the stillness was broken by the Silvery voice i of Exchange the parties to which be off lord Mansfield Quot let John Smith be Pat a could describe. This was on the morn ced at the the order a a Ogof Thomson a departure from Hull a. The prisoner entered the Dock he met in he re urn q Lon it Jon and wd8 on he on every Side the eager and anxious counties multitude Bent in piercing Jwj but one proceed inf that on which scrutiny upon his face. And veil did he b�,, a the Hou a of he endure that scrutiny. A momentary suf fusion covered his Cheeks hut it was Only momentary and less than might have been expected from an indifferent person who found himself on a sudden a the observed of Liance however could be placed Omha tall he bowed respectfully to a a i r a a the court and then folding his arms seem a cum stance 5 for a a a a not at Allun 1, .1.au l. _ i 1 in Mann for of Laronn -----11 a �?�1 what had become of him in the interval could not be ascertained nor was the Mhz a a prisoners House situated in the Road expected from an indifferent person who which he ought to have taken. No re found himself on a sudden the observed of a a l a lawyer one of the most extraordinary and most interesting trials of which 1 find any account in my note Book took place on the Northern circuit very Little less than fifty years the year 17�?, John Smith indicted for the wilful murder of Henry Thomson. The Case was one of a most extraordinary nature and the interest excited by it was Host unparalleled the accused was a gentleman of considerable pro Perty residing upon his own estate in an sketch of that fills our own notions of a a frequented part of Shire. A person Iem a hings to completely As this. The first a a Quot opposed to be an entire stranger to him Ank it in this number a unused a american Orni i Iada late ? summer s Day requested shelter k hospitality for the Nicht would rather avoid than decide upon o Obj s very pies ant paper. 1 he had it was supposed after taking some the recollection of lord George Gor slipped in at the wrong end sight refreshment retired to bed in perfect done a riots then fresh in the to nod of every of the pamphlet. As a critical notice of Wilson a j health requesting to be awakened at an Man tended very much in the breast of the Nuttall i and Audubon a works on ornithology it Early hour the following morning. When common people to strengthen this opinion. Truw have a pts failed under its a Dpi Opiat head t the person appointed to Call Inin entered Hie hit the position detracts nothing from the High Mer i f�?T00m la a that purpose he was found in his bed perfectly dead and from the appear thought to Bear against his fitness. Before his Elevation to the judicial Bench he had been for some years not Only one of the most eloquent debaters but one of the most powerful reasoners in the House of commons and had acquired the reputation Lyash which he richly deserved of possessing a Power of discriminating Between truth and falsehood rarely attained by any individual i but at the same time he was More than suspected of being deficient in that firmness of purpose that moral courage essential to the efficient discharge of his High functions j in a Case where doubtful Aud difficult ques i tons were almost certain to arise which a timed Man fearful of committing himself me Cuduri Ana men Loi Aings arms seem ii nun de to wait until he should be called upon Cornmon for persons who travelled with to commence his part in that drama in a property about them to leave the direct which he was to perform so conspicuous Road even or a considerable distance in a character. 1 find it difficult to describe i order to of fur themselves As effectually the effect produced on my mind by his a9 p09s, irom the robbers by whom personal appearance yet his features the em3�?~e Parta of the country went were most remarkable and Are indelibly greatly infested he had not been seen impressed on my memory. He was a rom the time olins leaving Hull till be patently Between forty and fifty rears of age to Ziair grown Grey either irom a Uusi a a not toil or care or age indicated an approach to the latter period while the strength and uprightness of his figure the haughty coldness of his look and an Eye that spoke of fire and Pride and passion ill concealed would have led conjecture to fix on the former. His countenance at the first glance appeared to be that which we arc accustomed to associate with deeds of High and Noble daring but a second and More attentive nouse Ana through which be passed without even a momentary halt. He was seen to alight at Smith s Gate and the next morning was discovered dead in his bed. He now came to the most extraordinary part of the Case. It would he proved beyond the possibility of Douht that the deceased had died by Poison Poison of the most Subtle nature most Active in its operation and possessing the wonderful and dreadful Quality of leaving no external Mark or Token by which uni chg Wilt it bcv/u1iu Auu Iii Pic Piid Jisuo a a Umi a i Tincu by Nicu examination of the face and brow was less Lisl presence could be detected. The in satisfactory. There was indeed strongly marked the intellect to conceive and devise schemes of High import but i fancied that i could race in addition to it caution to conceal the deep design a Power to penetrate the motives of others gradients of which it was composed were of so sedative a nature that instead of the body on which it had been used exhibiting any contortions or Marks of suffering. It left upon the features nothing but the Calm and Placid quiet of repose. I. It. J a a a of the article. We present these two Paia Raplis is a specimen a shall we stroll Over the Hill and Luiten to the hammering of the various tribes of woodpeckers the Gaudy follow with the red head most frequently attracts the Eye. What a restless Busy Bird with what Energy he strikes the bark of an old tree with j his Strong Bill tapping with such rapidity Aud Force that one would think his brains would be shaken from the Little cavity that holds them. Perhaps he has no brains very Likely those who Are the Best dressed Are not most opt to be encumbered with them. But thi i is a cunning fellow he is not pecking thus out of Mere wantonness oat is indu Triou amp la engaged in trying to pick up an honest livelihood. He is Hunting for insects and their eggs and see How intent he is upon his search a How actively he climbs the body of the tree passing round in every direction. He stops to listen he watches a he thinks he has found his prey and in an instant he begins to Clear away the bark and he is Seldom mistaken. A but of All the Birds of the air give of the noisy Blue Jay the Beau of the is the Well dressed noisy mischievous entertaining Bluc Jay. He is a Illow of infinite fancy. He is ele gently attired and is so perfectly a More of the brilliancy of his appear Aice that he uses every Art to attract fat and Well he May for his toilets made in perfect taste and among me would be called gentleman like. Go there you will you cannot fail to find a in the Field by the Road Side or in lie most retired Forest and he is Law sin mischief. As the Hunter steals mutinous la through the Woods intent i creep unobserved upon his game tie Blue Jay Marks him and begins to dream with such voc iteration that thrice a raises his head snuffs the approach of danger in the tainted Breeze Ltd flies. If a solitary owl who had Peen Diss Pating All night is overtake by the rays of morning and unable to it find his Way Home in the darkness of Daylight perches on some retired Branch to Dove away the Day in the open air As the benighted traveller encamp under a tree and the Jay happens to find him he raises such a shout As May be heard Lala mile off. The whole feathered trite Are alarmed and hasten to the spot. They sur round the bewildered Bird of Wisdom who is Wise enough to treat their in tits with silent contempt. They gather stronger and stronger hop a round the gorged plundered from limb to limb chatter and chirp and whistle pouring out upon him every foul Ance of the body it was obvious that he had been so for May hours. There was not the slightest Mark of violence on his person and the countenance retained the same expression which it had borne during life. Great consternation was of course excited by this discovery and inquiries were immediately made a first As to who the stranger was and secondly at to How he met his death. Both were unsuccessful. As to he former no information could be obtained no clue discovered to Lead to the knowl Edge either of his name his person or his occupation. He bad arrived on horseback and was seen passing through a neighbouring Village about an hour before he reached the House where his existence was so mysteriously terminated but could be traced no farther. Beyond this All was conjecture. With respect to the death As Little could be Learned As of the dead Man it was it is True sudden awfully sudden hut there was no reason that alone excepted to suppose that it was caused by the hand of Man rather than of god. A coroners jury was of course summoned and after an investigation in which Little More could be proved than that which i have Here stated a verdict was returned to the effect that the de ceased died by the visitation of god. Days and weeks passed on and Little further was known. In the mean time Rumor had not been Idle suspicions vague indeed and undefined but of a dark and fearful character were at first whispered and afterwards boldly expressed. The precise object of these suspicions was not dearly indicated some implicated one person some another but they All pointed to Smith the master of the House As concerned in the death of the stranger As usual in such cases Circum the Quot t clip is j Gameral i cml. Jet even my affection cannot Lead me to doubt its accuracy that in a great measure All least Tho scenes of that fearful time were to i be attributed to the timidity and j of this otherwise great Inan. Beking had publicly declared that Tho magistrates had. Failed in thai duty and this reproach applied with Peculiar Force to the lord chief j Justice of England. Had lie but employed i those Powers with which the Constitution \ had armed him for the Early suppression of j the riots the Metropolis would not have been Given up for a week to the Unco Troi �1 led Dominion of a Lawless mob nor that reel Odra Mic Jumble of tragedy and comedy1 been enacted which cannot now be thought a of without amazement pc which has us parallel in modern history. Lord Mansfield a charge to the grand jury upon the subject of this murder had excited a Good Deal of attention. He had recommended them if they entertained reasonable doubts of the Sohlie iwo y no the evidence to ensure a conviction to throw out the Bill explain Ugto them most justly and clearly that in the event of their doing so if any additional evidence should at a future time be discovered the prisoner i could again be apprehended and tried for j the offence whereas if they found a True j Bill and from deficiency of proof he was now acquitted on his trial he could never again be molested even though the testimony against him should be morally As Clear As Light. The grand jury after As was supposed. Very considerable discussion among themselves and As was rumoured by a majority of Only one returned a True after the charge 1 have mentioned it was conjectured that the proofs offered to the grand jury must have been Strong to authorise such a finding and a Stroug in Nession in consequence prevailed that there would ultimately he a conviction As if to show. ,. , la 7 -----�?~�?�7,u a a cd u,.rel,Obe, 1. Its effects and indeed its very existence. And to personage n for rac�?~7h.\�ed a Ere but recently know in this country with its own Ltd a cunning that indicated Fth Nimrah a Hafl a. A a stances totally unconnected with the trans a however How Uncertain All conjecture action in question matters Many years an j must be by those who Are Mere spectators decedent and relating to other persons As of what is going on the next morning a Dif Well As other times were used As auxiliary i. Ferent current was Given to the tide of pop to the present charge. The character of j ular opinion. At the sitting of the court Smith in Early life had been exposed to an application was made by the counsel for much observation. While his father was the Crown to postpone the trial to the next yet alive he had left his native country assizes on the ground that a clue had just involved in debt known to have been guilty j been obtained to evidence of a most import of great irregularities and suspected of Bav Tant nature which could not be procured ing been not Over scrupulous As to the Mode in time for the present assizes and without of obtaining those supplies of Money of which those who conducted the prosecution hich he was continually in want amp which thought it would not be Safe to proceed to b seemed somewhat inexplicably to pro a a trial. The application was of course Stren constant watchfulness and circumspection. Firmness there was to persevere to the last hut that was equivocal and i could not help persuading myself that it was not that character which would prompt to deeds of virtuous Enterprise or to a seek the Bubble reputation at the cannons Mouth a but that it was rather Allied to hat Quality which would a let no co Punctious visiting of nature shake his fell purpose a whatever it might be. The result of this investigation into his character such As it was was obviously unfavourable and yet there were moments when i thought i had meted to him a hard measure of Justice and when i was tempted to accuse myself of prejudice in the opinion i had formed of him particularly when he was asked by the clerk of the arraign the usual questions �?oj9rt you guilty or not guilty?"1 us he Drew his lorm up to the fullest height and the Fetters clanked upon his legs As he answered with unfaltering Tongue and Unble Ching Cheek a lao guilt my heart smote me for having involuntarily interpreted against him every sign that was doubtful. The counsel for the prosecution opened his Case to the jury in a manner that indicated very Little expectation of a conviction. He began by imploring them to divest their minds of All that they had heard before they came into the Box he entreated them to attend to the evidence and judge from that alone. He stated that in the course of his experience which was very great lie had never met with a Case involved in deeper mystery than that of which he was then addressing them. The prisoner at the bar was a Man moving in a respectable station in society and maintaining a fair character. He was to All appearance in the Possession of considerable property and was above the Ordinary Tempta-1 tons to commit so foul a respect to the property of the deceased he seemed somewhat inexplicably to pro cure. Ten years and More Haf elapsed since his return and the events of Bis youth had been forgotten by Many and to Many were entirely unknown but on this occasion they were revived and probably with considerable additions. Two months after the death of the Stran to Iisley opposed by the counsel for the prisoner. It was urged to Bis behalf that this was a Case in which no bail could be taken Tho granting it Wou j have the effect of keeping him in gaol Many months when he was ready to take his trials and it was said that this was not a common Case where the committal of the offender was in pursuance though it had for some time been used in other nations of Europe and it was supposed to be a discovery of the German chemists and o be produced by a powerful distillation of the seed of the wild Cherry tree so abundant in the Black Forest. But the fact being ascertained that the cause of the death wa9 Poison left open the much More momentous question by whom it was administered it could hardly he supposed to be the deceased j himself there was nothing to induce such a suspicion and there was this important circumstance w hich of itself almost negatived its possibility that no phial or any vessel of the kind had been discovered in which the Poison could have been contained. Was it then the prisoner who administered it before he asked them to come to that conclusion it would be necessary to state More distinctly what his evidence was. The prisoners family consisted Only of himself a housekeeper amp one Man servant. The manservant slept in an out House adjoining the stable and did so on the Dight of Thomson a death. The prisoner slept at one end of the House and the housekeeper at the other and the deceased had been put into a room adjoining the House-keeper�?T6. It would be proved by a person who happened to be passing by the House on the night in question about three hours after Midnight that he had been induced to remain and watch from having his attention excited by the circumstance then very unusual of Light moving about the House at that late hour. That person would state most positively that he could distinctly see a figure holding a Light go from the room in which the prisoner slept to the House keepers room that two persons then came out of the House keepers room and the Light disappeared for a minute. Whether the two persons went into Thomson a room he could not see As the window of that room looked another Way hut in about Ger a gentleman arrived at the place in of a finding by a coroners jury and there pressed with a belief that he was Bis Broth Ujj fore where the prosecutor was compelled to or and seeking for information either to confirm or refute his suspicions. The horse and the clothes of the unfortunate Man still remained and were instantly recognized Lone other test there was though it was Uncertain whether that would Lead to any positive conclusion a the exhumation of the body. This test was tried and although decomposition had gone on rapidly yet enough remained to identify the body which the brother did most satisfactorily. As soon As it was known that there was a person authorized by relationship to the deceased to inquire into the cause of his Drath and if it should appear to have been other Ujj Wise take Steps for bringing come prepared with the Best evidence be could procure but that the , without interference and with it compulsion selected his own time for the apprehension of the prisoner Aud tic statement of the charge and that be was bound therefore to be furnished with proofs in support of the accusation he had made. These arguments were not without their weight and lord Mansfield refused to postpone the trial. As the application avowedly had proceeded upon the insufficiency of the evidence at present in the prosecutors Possession to substantiate the offence expectations of his acquittal were confidently entertained and unreservedly expressed do it was strongly suspected that he had i a t ther been robbed of or in some Ibex Ali a a minute they returned passing quite a Cable manner away with Gold and Jong the House to Smiths room again jewels to a very Large amount yet in and in about five the Light was Extin contour he was bound to admit that no gushed and he saw it no More portion of it however trifling could now such was the evidence upon which the be traced to the prisoner. As to any to a magistrates had committed Smith and Tive of malice or revenge none could by singularly enough since his committal a possibility be assigned for the prisoner i the House keeper had been missing nor i and the deceased were As far As could could any Trace of her be discovered be ascertained total strangers to each j within the last week the witness who other. Still there was most extra Ordina saw the Light has been More particularly by circumstances connected with his a examined and in order to refresh his death pregnant with suspicious at least memory he had been placed at dark a and imperiously demanding explanation the very spot where he stood on that and it wusju9tice, no les9 to the accused night and another person was placed than to the Public that the Case should l l undergo judicial investigation. The deceased Henry Thomson was a jeweller to Justice those who had been concerned in a ring Tho Aholt period that intervened be with him. The whole scene As he had described it was acted Over again but it cease thenry t Nom son a my Jentner. Was utterly impossible irom the cause i residing in London Vav Benltey and in Hove mentioned to ascertain when the considerable business and As was the Light disappeared whether the parties custom of his time in the habit of person had gone into Thomson a room. As if ally conducting his principal transactions however to throw still deeper mystery with the foreign merchants with whom Over this extraordinary transaction the he traded. He had travelled much in witness persisted in adding a new feature the course of his business in Germany to his former statement that utter the
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