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Smethport M Kean Miner (Newspaper) - February 02, 1864, Smethport, PennsylvaniaF 7 i. I tuesday feb. No 32 the i Kean Miner. Published i Vert tue8dat by rockers Smethport of Ketuu countr a office East Side of Public Square. 6 w inn i Cane where payment ii delayed Fot mow Terra Tel to additional will be charged. 1j.atbs of advertising. Will be 60 of i Ion or Lew three Uibo Tiona. 1 column one year t 2v us 1200 1 in month. Stoj 1000 3 Rel new Nat Uincent Banino i and Inper one year 6 o3 w Lien Alvertine Ninta in Mailer Kan in Oft eight Haw cow Tut a communications must the publisher. Job printing. The Riser a urge ukr mrik of Job to pm printing o Ami no prepared to. Do ave kind Puu Orna Nientai work cart i Bill with neat Ami nud terms f. W. Hackett attorney Counselor Cameron a. Special Utti option paid to Toltec Timis. And nil ten Uepa relating to real Btte opposite the court House Smethport m Kean e. S. Mason Snori Sictoy. In one of the most Honses in i and the Propri Eio himself to give the utmost bit infection thime Otto tril Bellint Public who ii Morhim with a ill. T. And item nil dealer in fold an Silver we Tolu a Jewelv sin a tables watch cull jul examine i Briick before n. K. Be id part Purd to ail work such a but diff and jewelry on the shortest notice. One Kast of the autor Ilia watch. Smethport a. 1-2c. Warden s restaurant. Subscriber big n _ in the com Lieut of the build Lufi occupied Liy Musotto tin shop on t Kido of tue Public Square in Sweet port. He keeps crust Atli on hand a Liucy Assort int of confection Aries n uts Ai which he will Supply families with upon the Mutt to Rex. After the of the will be prepared to Supply thl with o t b t r a by tie Fin or cooked and served of in the inst manner. He be determined to keep a quiet and orderly eating House such ii Stile atm sit ii of the Public require and lie expects a Liberal patronage Smethport. Oct. M. Fruit tree fruit Trees i Denire to return thinks to the people of Al Kean county for the Liberal patronage i received from them Lant foil mud wish to inform them that 1 the Astor port fur a Vernil Day it and shall take pleasure in taking Lueiro orders fur 2 8 vines and Erer Gren plants Koses Flowers Imd r All of Cindy of Norbery Stock to be delivered next Abio i shall be at Lurance s to in Al Trei Toh in help on wednes Dur and thursday the 23, and 24th, Insu where i Slish be to take orders for the above Stock at Tomt place. This a Geod Chance for the Farmers to set a Supply of Good Young. Fruit Trees our Stock is All furst rate and our rented to be As they Are represented. For prices and other for motion inquiry of Jamesgrant. Smethport dec. 21st, Isis. 250 Best pianos. 250 jul Ducker having Bis new water Ornis 19 West new York takes pleasure in calling the attention of the Public to this new and full scale octave Bose Wood Piard Fortes. Containing lube modern improver Ente Strung Bass French grand action. Harp pedal and full Iron Frame from to 7 1-4 crake Waso Forte. Extra Hulsh from to the great Success attending d. Docker s new scale piano Fortes is for their superiority. Tix on Lar Recd to be heard to become Universal favourites. Fortes for which the prize medal was received at the last american Institute he n6w offers for or Doneker s to Tab toned and powerful which received the first Price in 1869 and i860 and likewise at the last fair he noir offers at the following Low prints varying Iron 9100 to 83ii6., _ Nteso Bop error boat Ruments possess sniff Loleni Power to Lead a congregation of 1000 Penona i Wyo Norph. These instruments Are warranted 40 be inane of of Well seasoned materials and ref Fult Tei in the n. Ims amateurs mire respect for the Miner a thought. A whither Art Thoo fleeing to what Tod covered. Goah a whither Mystic being Thonn Sadorr of the soul. Thou Hast sported with the shining Ware of Many an ebbing hour and sought to turn its wanderings by thy mysterious Power. Thou Hast wandered where the Waters in Crystal of quatrains flow where parity and Beauty blend in. The Lily s glow but thy locks Ore White and snowy though seeming in thy prime Bay strange and Mystic being canst Thon be White with time no Thon Bast been wandering far from the Earth away to realms of bees sporting with its Ray. Tet though left afar the regions where life s pure Waters Roll Boa Hast caught its Brilliant bearings Hast bound them to the soul. M Cleveland Jan. 22d. Twenty minutes too late. I Annn old Rann now and have retired from the profession Bat the time when the incident i to relate occurred i ill just entered it and was going on circuit for . Second time through the Kinjiu is of a Well known member of the circuit who had taken n liking to me i wan entrusted with two or three briefs on my first journey and in one of these i become Guowu to an old gentleman named Dow Ding living in Gloucester. The Case in which i was concerned for him was a suit to recover a debt contracted by his son who was then under age and though the amount sought to be recovered was not in Joe yet it he bad been condemned to pay it it would have led to the prosecution of similar claims by other tradesmen which would Bim ruined him. Though there is in ways a Paturel tendency on the part of n jury of tradesmen to give effect to the claim of n brother tradesmen. T was fortunate enough to get a verdict in favor of my client. A Case of this kind is not to Bortnem Breed Long even by a newly fledged bar Rister though accompanied a it was by the kindly congratulation of some of the members of the circuit on my speech and until i returned to Gloucester i bad for gotten All about or. Dowding. Having a relative at lop Grope i went any before the began and i did not teach Gloucester till late end being tired i went straight to to the lodgings i had engaged with the intention of going to bed Early. My Long Riga were the same i had occupied at the preceding assizes and when i bad reached them. I found a White haired old Man waiting for me there whom i had some difficulty at first in. Recognizing As my old client or. Dowding. The poor old gentleman began to cry As soon As he saw me and this with his evident feeble be failed in the several attempt8 he made to Rise from the chair to Greet me Ray sympathy for hta distress so strongly that my fatigue was forgotten and i Felt eager to hear what had caused it wishing to come to this Point As soon As possible i said i m afraid your son is in some Way the cause of your yes my dear Yound Friend he is but my poor boy is innocent of the crime they a gtd him with. I am sure he is i Trust in god he you have a doubt yourself on that Point what is the charge is he in do you want me to defend that is what i Bare come Here to ask Yon to a very Well what is he charged a most dreadful crime for which if he it convicted he will certainly be exec Here he broke Down again find Bant nto n terrible fit of crying and sobbing daring which i could understand Little of what tried to say beyond the words Mother sister broken hearted shame disgrace end so on. Seeing that he held in his Bond a Roll of paper i thought it probable that this would give me the information i wanted i therefore took it from Bim and opened it its saw he you will Fin Jit nil there. Maue him write it and give it to sue that it might be ready for you when arrived. Here is also an order which admit Yon to his cell As Early As Yon in the morning you. How a you to get Homer j i shall walk. I feel better now that i have seen i Wen with Bim to the Street door rebook r lands and then went Buck to my room to read his son s statement the evening of the 21st, Esther leva Edge at the Corner Copley s by the farm i had when he came to fetch me out he and his Bat on and Bia White Smock frock. He told me to come with him. My face was All bloody and being in the dark All this time it had run Down on the front of my clothes without my know it i thought he was going to take me to my father and being afraid to frighten my Mother and Sisu is i begged him to let me at least Wash my face and bands which he refused with Many oaths and taking bold of me info his daughter s bedroom and locked me i bad character Oft leveraged go would have in and left me there about half on hour Bis statement from being accept Bim of Lane and we walked Down and a Rota the Fields to her often met her before but had never gone Home with her on account of Fer father who had a bad in the neighbourhood owing to his id Iguess and Savage disposition. Till this evening t. Bad resolutely refused her i ovations to set foot in her Bouse but when reached in she assured me so positively thai her Jeather was out. And would not return till late that i it1 myself be persuaded to go in and sit Down n Little while. I entered 1 fully intended to stay Only a few minutes but the time flew so rapidly that it was Between ten and eleven o clock when i got up to go. I was say ing Good Byo to Esther when we heard the Garden wicket fall to Obi she directly said it was her father. She was fearful of the consequences if he saw. Me there a i was Oral least seemed to be. There was no Way of leaving the Bouse without meet ing him and if i had time to think ibo d have left by this Way and met him in the open air but before i coulis think for my self Esther bn.1 opened the Back door and pushed me into the Wood House telling me that her in tier was sure to go to bed directly and then she would let me As Bood is i was left alone i it angry and vexed that i Hod suffered myself to be shirt in but being there i thought it to d Only be staying a few minutes and then i could get Awny without exposing her to her father s anger. Waa a Heap of faggots in and i got on top of these to be More but and contrasted them with his own so that no one seemed to believe what i said Anc one of them fetched the Constable who by the Arm he made me go with across the Fields to the London raid. Tesij walking along this rond in the direction of Gloucester for four or five Hundred Yards we came to a part of it which bad on one aide a Narr wish strip of bind on which few Trees grow and a Little Underwood. Walked in Here still holding me by the Arm and searched about for a few minutes. I was horrified to find tha what he was looking for was a dead body the Dresa showed that it was the body o a Labouring Man apparently n Wagoner for there was a Long whip lying near Bim such As they use. I could see the White face and half cosed eyes which reflected the Moonlight but i could not recognize it Tho i Felt sure i bad seen it before. Leaving the body where it Lay levers age went on with me in the direction of Gloucester inc i now began a idea of what he intended to do with me. Just after we got into the City we came up with a Carrier s Wagon. The horses were standing still and a crowd bad collected round it and heard the people wonder what had Beconi of the Driver. Leversedge pushed me into the midst of them and said will never see the Driver any More but Here in your murderer the people shrunk away from us but was recognized directly. I protested As earnestly As i could that i was innocent and charged my accuser with having committed the murder himself but be in a jeering Way called the attention of those i present to the no Penzance of my clothes of the Way in Case he should come there after any thing. A minute or two after wards be Camu in with a Light pulled tub from one Corner and then took a pin and went outside and brought it Back full of water. He had a frock on very while and clean which he stripped off and Laid on the Wood and underneath this h wore a dark faustian coat. He first poured the water into the tub and then Drew Oul of his coat pocket a Han Mpr the barrel of a Gan and the Stock. The gun and Stock be Laid on one Side the. Hammer be threw into the tub and then put that into the water too and began washing. Where i was couching i Coald distinctly see that the water became red be washed and the stains on his bands which i thought was dirt changed to a Bright red before being washed off altogether. Terrified at what i saw and knowing that bad no right to be where i was i triad to draw Back Artber into the in dlr Ness and in doing this i made a slight noise which caused Bim to look up. Hie saw me directly and the Surprise seemed to deprive him of his faculties for an in Stant but this was Only momentary for before it could offer an explanation be caught up a Hatchet used in chopping Wood and began climbing towards me with such a Savage expression in Bis that i knew be meant to murder me. I shouted for Esther knowing that i could expect help from to "65ber person there being to cottage near and she rushed in and caught her father by the Arm. He tried All be could to shake her off by Means of blows and Foice but she held so. Tightly that if she had caught his right Arm in Stead of Bis left i should Ham had time come to her assistance As it was i could not approach him without the certainty of being Cut Down. I thought Ber prayers had Home effect upon him and i tried to increase this by promising not to aay a word about what i had seen. He consid ered for a minute and then threw the batches into a Corner and told me to come Down. I did As fee bade note supposing he meant to let me go but the moment i Era my foot on the ground lie struck me sever Al blows on the and thua dragged me locked me up. I was taken before the justices and they committed me to prison to take Ray trial at the assizes for the murder of the before going to see the prisoner in the morning i called on his father and was surprised to find that be had refused the services of any local attorney to prepare Tite evidence for the defence thinking it would Only be necessary to give me his son s statement to enable to to plead his cause successfully. I next visited Tho Pris on to hear what his son had to say. To was a quiet Good looking fellow with an appearance calculated to make a favourable impression on a jury. He persisted in asserting that every word he had written waft True and As he bad nothing to add i lust very Little time in conversing with him. On Reading the depositions i found that omitting unimportant details Leversidge evidence amounted to this that he and been drinking it the Public House Wilh n Friend and the landlord till about half past ten o clock when Bis Friend bid Bim Good night and went away leaving him talking to the landlord at the door that he Bissel left a few minutes afterwards and bad got within a Quarter of a mile of the Turnpike Gate through which he bad to pass to get to Bis cottage when be Beard a cry for help. There was a Road Wagon at some distance before him and he thought some occident bad append to the Driver and ran along the Road till be overtook it when he found the Are was no Driver with the Wagon. I had seen nothing in the rond. But he direct by turned round and went Back to look More carefully first stopping the horse. On reaching a place by the Road aide called Turnpike Folly he saw a Man run fit of tie Folly among the Trees he saw the dead body of the Driver of the Road Waggon and he ran after the Man and caught him and this Man was Henry Dowding. Such was the angst Anceo Hia deposition which was supported by the evidence of de with Confidence by the jury but when to this was added the Evi Nesses who spoke to the St Ite of their clothes at the time whence Bron lit Dowding in to Gloucester it became pretty certain that there could be Only one termination to the trial and that Dowding Lence of the wit Hether guilty or innocent would bar condemned. I was myself disposed to accept the Pris Oner s statement in spite ties but it was Clear that of getting a jury to do so ing Esther Leversedge ii of Ita Imp Robali the Only Chance was by product court and her giving evidence in Suppok of it. I turned Over the depositions Ogai n and again but i could not find hers on inquiring about the omissions i Learned that her attendance at the examination be fore the justices had been enforced and consequently she had Sujit Given evidence at All. I. I sent for the Constable into whose custody Dowding bad been Given Accord ing to who Bod seen the two. Men on the night of the Murter lad any doubt about the prisoner s guilt. He owed Money to nearly everybody in the town and be knew As As everybody else that the Carrier was in the habit of bring ing Money from London to people in Glou Cester it was therefore natural that be should try to get robbery and violence. I directed this official to1 provide for the it Tendance of Esther lever Efridge at the trial. Promising him a reason Abri remuneration for his trouble and expenses. The trial was not Likely to come off before the after noon of the succeeding Day but the Dura Tion of a trial can Neyer be reckoned upon any degree of certainty and it so happened tent Dowding s Case was called on three or four Homira soot a than was sex j i bad Beard nothing of Esther levers Edge and i was about to make tin application for the next on account of the absence of the Peison who could give evidence in favor of tin i prisoner when i caught sight of the con liable i and sent in search of her. He nodded in reply to my look and at the moment a slip of paper War placed in my bind on which was i have got the trial went on and As it proceeded it was not difficult to see tent the evidence for the prosecution was telling fearfully against the prisoner in the of men. I Cross examine d Leversedge with such severity that even the judge seemed to think 1 was Busin unions of the jury the of counsel but the fellow had had too Long a time to think Over to be san Ken in the prosecution was soon closed and that or the defense occupied the court but a v that i had to urge was Ery Little while. All the statement Mode by the prisoner Pretro is to his committal the notoriously bad Chi racer of the Princi pal witness and the greater probability that a Man of Bis strength and ferocity was the that the crime should have been committed by a comparatively weak youth like the prisoner the bar without accomplices Nind without so far As had been ascertained Ven a weapon. There was the Osua in the court when an called a Esther Levu stir and excitement interesting witness is Gedge took her place in the witness Box. I think i was never More surprised at the personal appearance of anybody. She in Jet a bold coarse look ing woman considerably older than the prisoner who As i have snid was of a pre possessing appearance and with that de Gree of refinement in the expression of Bis countenance huh indicated a Man of some education. When called upon to give her she de dared she had none to give questioned her on the prisoner s Roant but she utterly denied that she had met him on the night in question or in Short that there was not one word of truth in what he Eaid respecting her. I was completely astonished at finding that i and Only called a witness to strengthen the cafe client and i looked at him an noyed and angry thai he should have deceived me with such falsehoods but there waa an expression of so cd intense astonish the landlord of the Public House and the Joep in his Fase i wanted no Evi Man who had been drinking with Date to prove that his tale was True. Without the confirmatory Estiu Wenj the a gesture i called the attention of tha jury to Tyvand after asking the i toes a few More questions with a View of Elic Traft from her that she made these denials out of regard for or through fear of her father and failing to get satisfactory answers i Dis missed her. I need not describe the remainder of what took place. The summing up of to judge showed that he Wai not entirely without doubt a to the a tilt but when the jury bad Given a verdict of guilt he told them previous to passing condemnation that he concurred in their ver dict and ordered the accused for execution with the usual formalities. The grief of poor old Downing was the Moat painful thing i Ever saw. I tried to Comfort Bim by assuring Bim that i believed Bis son was inocent and and vied him to draw up a petition to Tho King that to would exercise his prerogative in Bia favor. I solicited the influence of members of the bar who were ready enough to use it on receiving Roy Assurance tent i had no doubt of the prisoner s innocence. Although i Felt tolerably Sura that a reprieve would would arrive before the Day fixed for the execution Day after Day passed on until that fixed for the execution had arrived but still no reprieve and no refusal to Grant one had been received. I endeavoured in every possible Way to delay the execution to a inter hour and succeeded to n certain extent the formalities immediately preceding it were performed As slowly As Poa Tible the prisoner was allowed to spend an unusually Long period in Pray a and even when on the scaffold he might Bave Pio longed Hia life for some minutes by and dressing the spectators but be was worn out by the excitement he had and incapable of speaking. When the last act had been accomplished i went with the sheriff and chaplain to drink a Glass of wine be incr greatly de pressed by what bad taken place. There were several officials Nindl a few of the Prin Cipal persons belonging to the county in Ibe room who were discussing the argument for and against Tny client s guilt i was leaving with the sheriff governor came to him with a letter addressed to the sheriff of the county of Gloucester the style in which it was addressed and its appearance showed it was on official letter. I looked Over him is be opened it with an anxiety which cannot be conceived was a reprieve for Henry i looked at my bad been bang ing minutes. It turned out that the reprieve had been addressed to the sheriff of instead of Gloucestershire and was not received by him for Lotfe hours inter than to have received it in of its having been dropped into the Post office utter Box after the letters for that night Fiji teen removed. As soon As he had rend it he sent it by a messenger who bad travelled As fast As horses Coald go but failed to reason Gloucester with it till it was Twenty minutes too lot. There is no do Obj in my mind but that Henry Dowding an innocent Man. A word eyeful he shoo owner of it is Between 45 50 years of age. He plays three gnats of chess it one time Blindfold and wins them. The same time be plays a gome of Are a Hundred and Twenty different Cima in a Hindoo wins. At tha sine time when die games we going on he Given orally sums of multiplication to the extent of four figures , x 3999 and gives the Correct result. At the same a sentence of about one Hundred word each being in men a Given to Bim irregularly -35 if but 61 Pitcher Etc and he gives the whole Een Tewe. Dunn the games a Bell be touched every one or two and he gives the number of times it has been touched. A Man stands behind and throws Little pebbles one by one against his Back these too be after these a Nemea Are Over and All these Are told be recites a poem in perfect Obj me. Which he has composed during the int tag. Consider whence Thon comes t whither Abbu Poest and before whom Thoa guest and before whom thou Art to stand. Most Plumet children while to their Anas. Wean us

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