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Trenton Times, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1890, Trenton, New Jersey VOU VIII. NO. 912 i. I'KBNTON, TUKSDAY AUTKKNOON, tiKPl'KaiBKK 1890, TWO ORNis FOR BENWELL'S MURDER John Reginald Birchall on "I rial at Woodstock, Ont A THAT MA! CONVICT HIM H Wits Written After the Dastardly As- saftftlnatlon uf Poor Itenuell to the YOO.UK Man's Father, and Contains Daunting Evidence. WooiibKKK Out, trial of John Reginald Bircba-ll for the murder of the young Jjtigllsbman Frederick C Ben well, commenced here Monday Birchall's nerve-is still uiarveloua and he pleaded not guilty as coolly aa though bidding a friend good morning Mrs Birchall did uot appear In court The ablest legel taletit In the country is engag ed upon the Ke it out of bond Benvvell was muidmedou reb. 17, between the hours of U aud J o'clock, so he could not have wntten such it letter, and Birchall has- beeu unable to produce it He told the officers that lieu well was dressed in a suit of blue on Feb Pelley swore that he wore the clothes found on the bodj in the swamp Ihe officers found m Birclmll s trunk a pair of nickel scissors with a nick m tht edge, mid the matks on the dead man s clothing lu du ated that the names were cut out with the sume scissors The keys of the nun dned mau were found ou Buchii.ll and these were lu lieuwell s possession when he left Buffalo on Feb 17 Tell Tlile letter He wrote a letter to the dead ntah s father on Feb 20 m which be said he ppokc to Henwell on that din t> it the v >tn man was well pleased with the farm and that he had decided to enter into the scheme at the name tfoiij lotting him liow to re mit money Yet in the face of this Birch all told the officers that be last saw Ben mil ou Feb 17 The letter which was not Jitcd but postmarked FeD M three days iftei tlie murder, vis a.s follows Lieut Ol Boimoll LI' Itcnliam, I.IIK MY lifAit SIR We at nveu faafi-ly bare after a veiy plta.s.iiit journey, theuea being rough rather tlua otuuulse We came up by sleeping car fwnti irk, RBd UIM! a vary p'o t ir'p in iecd Y Mr sou Iras invpectpi aH ill my business arrangements aud I introduce! lum to pe.jple know me well He bugg-stx-d taking jthei tiluee sol of courw waspyrfeetly and he consulted u r in Out rnlutr the business satisfactory results He hflH decided to join m as ne fuund all that he M hhed to be satisfactory I think that shall makuaver> good business together The books show a vei> good profit for the last year I think the best way Is to place the mone> in jnr joint name-ou 1 think Of ith n gardi IT WAS A JUDICIAL MILL, And Both Prize Fighters Were Knocked Out, BUTTHU'LL FIGHT ALL THE SAMK They MR. AKD MRS BIBCUAil- York. Dunng the voyage Birchall and wife told the young men m glowing terms of their stock farm in Canada, lighted by electricity, where the two young men were to be taken as "student farmers" and taught to till the sell. Benwell had n ith him and Pelley had about the same They were to the most of this to Birch all for tuition The party arrived m New ITork on Feb 14 and remained two days iincl then went Uj "Buffalo Early u-u the morning of Feb 17 the party went to Ni- ngara Falls, Ont, Birchall and Benwell going early and Mrs Birchall and Pelley by a later train When the two latter arrived there Birch- all and Benwell could not be found, but late that night Birchall appeared alone He explained that Benwell went to Wood- stock to look at a farm, and expected to be gone several days Pelley became suspi cious, and the elegant stock farm not ma- tarlall7lng made him more so When Ben well's body was found and Birchall arrest- ed Pelley and Mrs Birchall were also taken into custody Pelley told his story, and it did much to unravel the mystery He discharged, as was Mrs BUehall aubue- queutly, no proof being obtainable con- necting her with Pelley stated that he believed Birchall also meditated his murder He recalled instances where Birchall had enticed him to secluded spots i'cng theTiiwr hank, believed., that Birclmll intended throwing him over the precipiece, but something always inter posed WTittt the Prosecution May Prove. Crown Counsel Osier opened the case for the prosecution He gave a detailed his tory of the case and stated the points which the prosecution would attempt to prove In brief they are' Birchall left Buffalo with Benwell on the morning of Feb 17, and after an absence of ten hours returned to Niagara Falls alone He was the last man seen with Ben "well on that day waffseen at Eastwood on 15 by.savenil panvoo, although lift denies being there He told the officers that he had received a letter from Benwell dated London, Fob pun'- r n rpmint POWULH Absolutely ruro. A of biting powder. Mi Of I" 17.8. Oor- Report, to monej uf New Vutk ,k> for thi, limit e have a Immures account in our j mt u unes at. Ahiei lean hero Youi Jen 1 doubt liss explain Ins viens in his letter With kiud regard-) believe me. dear sir, smtcrelj yours J R BIUCHATI A Motive for the Murder. Mr Osier said this plainly showed a motive for the murder, as Col Benwell was to pa} if his sou became satisfied with the farm Mr Osier also claimed tlmt It VYHJ> Birchall 8 send type- lllteu lu Beu well us ouiuiug from his sou, and to bleed the father The First Witness Called. William McDonald was the first witness McDonald said that he benarne acquainted with Birchall when the latter came to him a farm pupil from England Birchall was then known as F A Somerset He at McDonald's farm one then went to oodstock, saying that he was lot brought up to such work McDonald idnutted that ha was agent at Woodstock irtord, Hathbun Co, England, who nt to place ou farms, the farmer bonus and the agent the inner lecelviug half that amount at the ml of the first month that a pupil was itisfied and the balance at the end of six lonlhs McDonald contradicted himself Hood deal He admitted that Ford, wrote that Birchall com j1 lined that McDonald was swindling En- glish farm pupils lie said that Birchall jorrowed from him considerable money md repaid all but Young Pelley Testifies. Douglass Riymond Pelley, a young En Jishmin, who accompanied the Btrchall lienvvtll party to this country followed tie told of his arrangements with Birchall outer mtAfjirming partnership lu Cftn- d i md s ud that Birchall told him he had i larin nenr Niagara Falls of 200 acres. d in aood English style, kept English iv mts, had a good brick house and one if the hiubfcs lighted by uleetiiuatj, ,n iking of his overseer as a man named McDonald, and two brothers named Pea- ock on the farm Birchall lanned to be a farm pupil Succeeding so well, lie bought out the farm Heiiufll Was a Nuisance. Ihe w itness fiist met Benwell at Liver- Birchall said Benwell was a nui- ince that he was taking him out as a ivor to Benw ell's father, and that he put him on some farm and get rid f him Bonwell changed twenty or went} five sovereigns in New York I lie trip of Birchall and Benwell from Uiffalo on the day of the murder, and Birchall's reappearance alone that night, ei e described. Bircball said Benwell did lot understand farming, and he sent him w two or three other addresses because he had received BO much money Birohall uoided taking Pelley to the faiui, giving v inoiis excuses Pelley finally taxed him that Biichall expected a draft from Eng- land and would stait farming in a week Pilltj's wild go'ose chase to New York iif cr Benwell while Mr and Mrs Birchall identified Benvvell's body was then de- Velley saw Birchall's pistol, a small one He identified clothes of Birchall and Benwell produced in evidence Pel- lej. 's examination will be resumed Sold Into Slavery. SAN Fr.AlvCISCO, Sept S3 advices from_the South Sea islands tell a startling the labor or semf slave treatment" uf Ishind Wiiole islands in the Soloino i group in New Hebrides and in ither sections of Polynesia have been de- populated by the ravages of men employed to seize and transport natives to the plan la ions of New Caledonia and the Fiji isl- ands Scarcely a vessel arrives here from Vustralia that does not bring news of the massacre of some white trader or skipper by natives, who have been gradually driven into desperation by the treatment they have received from the whites Tlnrt} or more vessels are engaged In tlio nefarious traffic, and no less than native sav agei have boon taken Into slavery Tlmt Unloaded Gnn Agnln. ATI. TA, Ga, Sept D Hill, the expivss messenger on the Elberton mil rond, wno fntnlly ohot in the nick by pis tol in the ha'ids a young lady on whom ho was tailing She supposed tlie weapon was not loaded Qeorce N. Packer, 030 nd 539 Pen) st.est, opposite Ewlng wiWt. Mill Bottling bat Upper Lo high Rod Art I-ltrmer White A.h Ttflt. Slavln aud SIcAullfTe Arrested In London Just Before the Proposed They uimot Fight la London Slue on the Continent. LONDON, kept, with re- gard to the McAuliffe-Slavln fight seems to be the result of an ingenious scheme on the part of F Crichton. Temple, "manag- ing director of the Ormonde club, to make a little uiuuey- It is probable, However, to the efforts of Richard K Fox. that the fight will off in anyveVMiitA Fox said last night that he would give ioa not supposed to have been injured, it now iu i critic d condition Lena Res tin to be in danger, ia gttuug lict 11 Jnmpid and Bo-ruN Sept OSulhvan, W tt alhtavtr ou tlie steamer Mav imk of I'hil idtlpln i jtmpid overboard tiud w is dijvNiitd ills supposed he was ttmjuiaiih insane He belonged to Phlla delplna He Km w thi Combination. AIU-.KIVVN Pa Sept