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Wachs was again about to leave her with the same hammer which the house, when his eye fell upon had served to kill her father. She the watch, which lay on the fell senseless; and Wachs, suppocounter. He took it up and ex- sing her to be dead, left her, and amined it. Huber told him that was again about quitting the scene it had cost fourteen florins, and that of this bloody tragedy, when he the silver chain belonging to it was withheld from doing so by was in a room on the second floor. seeing a peasant go by with a cart Wachs walked up and down the and horse. He waited till this shop in silence: the watch occu- man was out of sight, and was pied all his thoughts; at every then again quitting the house, instant the desire to possess him- when he saw Huber's wife returnself of it became stronger, and ing from the market. As it was although, as he asserted, he strug- impossible to quit the house withgled for a quarter of an hour out being seen by her, he resolved against the temptation, it at length to add her to his other victims. became too powerful for him. He Shutting the door, and concealing suddenly seized a hammer, rushed the hammer, he awaited her comon Huber, who was quietly occu- ing. On entering the house, the pied with his work, struck him a poor woman asked smilingly in a violent blow with the hammer on good humoured tone, if he meant his head, and knocked him sense- to make himself a prisoner. The less off his chair; then, seizing the answer was a blow of the hammer watch, he ran up to the room on on her skull, which laid her dead the second story, and possessed at his feet. After this series of himself of the silver chain, a pair fiendish acts, Wachs went to the of ear-rings, seven florins, and cradle where the infant lay, and some other portable articles. Hear- arranged it with the greatest posing the dying groans of his victim, sible care, Jest any accident should he rushed down stairs, took up the happen to it. He then closed the body in his arms, deposited it in a door, and quitted the house. The closet, and was leaving the house, little girl (Catherine) was still alive, when, as he crossed the threshold, when the neighbours entered the he met the two eldest children house, and she named Wachs as the returning from the garden, who murderer of herself and her family. kindly wished him farewell. Lest Confounded by this testimony the these children might denounce him wretch avowed his guilt. The as the murderer of their father, he Criminal Court condemned him to instantly resolved upon their de- death, and he was decapitated. struction; and, first seizing the FRACAS BETWEEN Mr. O'Cox. boy (a child of three years old) by NELL AND MR. MAHONY.An imthe feet, he dashed his head against putation having been thrown on the ground and killed him on the O'Connell of having been in negospot; he then, after rolling the tiation with the Beresford family body into a corner, laid hold of on the subject of acting as their the girl and dashed her also against counsel in the Waterford Election, the earth, but she rose up again he

his account of the transand ran into the house calling action in a long address to the upon her father for help. The electors of Waterford. The acmurderer followed her and struck curacy of his statement was doubted,

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and is said to have been denied by use such expressions in my preMr. Mahony, a very eminent soli- sence with impunity. You have citor, who had acted for O'Connell earned an infamous protection for in the first Clare election. The yourself, and no gentleman can following has been published as an take notice of what comes from authentic account of what actually your lips.” -Saunders's News Lettook place between Messrs. Mahony ter. and O'Connell on this subject. LEGAL Medicine.- A case has

“On the day after the publica- recently occurred in France, in tion of Mr. O'Connell's address to which a body was disinterred seven the electors of Waterford, Mr. years after burial; and the fact of the Mahony was conversing with some individual having been poisoned by gentlemen in the hall of the Four arsenic was determined by chemical Courts, when Mr. O'Connell joined examination. M. Orfila was asked, the group_"Well,” said he, ad- if a body, removed from the grave dressing Mr. Mahony, “have you after such a lapse of time, could seen my letter, and what do you possibly afford proofs of poison think of it?”—“I have seen it,” having been administered ; and if said Mr. Mahony," and I am sorry so, in what manner such an invesfor your own sake that you ever tigation was to be conducted ? To wrote it.”-“Why," demanded the this question he replied, that it counsellor? “ Because," said Mr. was very probable the body was Mahony,“it is untrue.”-“Untrue! already entirely reduced to ashes, In what respect?""Why, with but, that, nevertheless, if a sort of respect to the amount of the fee. blackish coom was found at the sides You never were offered the sum of the spinal column, chiefly in the you state, and, therefore, you never dorsal and lumbar regions, that mass could have refusedit.”-“The sum,” might be analyzed in the manner said Mr. O'Connell, was men- pointed out in his work on Toxitioned in your letter.”—Posi- cology. MM. Ozanam and Ide, tively not,” responded Mr. Mahony, physicians at Lyons, where the “I have perused my letter on the supposed murder had occurred, subject, since I read that published were requested by the legal authorby you, and I positively assert that ities to proceed to the disinteryou have stated that which is not ment of the body of a man, who, true.”—“Well, then," said Mr. they suspected, had been poisoned O'Connell,“ you mentioned the sum by his daughter in 1822, in the deto me in conversation.”—“That,” partment of Ain. The coffin was replied Mr. Mahony, coolly, “was entire, formed of thick planks of impossible, for I was in England !" fir, which internally were quite Driven from one falsehood to an- dry. Although more than seven other, the counsellor lost his temper, years had elapsed since the interand exclaimed with great warmth ment, the body was recognized by and some vehemence, Well, no the priest, by the grave digger, matter. This I can say, that I will and even by some of the National not be bullied nor put down by the Guard who bad assisted at the Beresfords, or by their pandersmor ceremony, and fired over the grave. agents." -“Mr. O'Connell,” said, All remembered the spot, and the Mr. Mahony,“ you well know that individual was identified by the you are the only man who dare hair which yet remained, and by the teeth, all of which were still in a glass tube, and then heated. their sockets, except one particular They gave aqueous vapour ; soon tooth, which he had lost before after which, small gray-coloured death ; and lastly, the joiner recog- and brilliant points were nized the coffin, which had been A grain of metallic arsenic was constructed with unusual care. The thus obtained. Another portion, head, trunk, and limbs, were en- treated with hydro-sulphuric acid, tire, so that the stature could be furnished sulphuret of arsenic; and measured. The chest had sunk in, this, heated and acted upon by the heart and lungs had been caustic potass, afforded a portion of blended together, and presented shining matter, which was easily the appearance of a dark ointment. dissolved in distilled water, by The whole was without smell. directing upon it a current of The entire trunk was removed, oxygen gas. By these various esthe head and extremities being re- periments, the fact of a consideragarded as unnecessary to the in- ble quantity of arsenic having been vestigation. The portion thus re- administered was demonstrated at served for examination weighed the end of seven years. nine pounds; of this, two pounds 29. THE BOOK TRADE.-A were set aside for a second series of meeting of the principal publishers experiments, in case those made on and booksellers was held at the the first should prove unsatisfac- Chapter coffee-house, for the purtory. In the investigation, MM. pose of discussing certain usages neOzanam and Ide went on the sup- cessary to support the respectability position of arsenic being the poison. of the trade, and to maintain proThe matter was boiled, the fluid fits at a fair rate. For some time evaporated to dryness, and the re- past, the publishers of new works siduum thus obtained dissolved in and the majority of booksellers distilled water. This produced a have regarded with a feeling very deep coloured liquid, which was different from complacency the but imperfectly deprived of its hue practice which had sprung up, and by chlorine. The distilled water, was daily extending, of selling new charged with this extract, was works under the publishing price. again evaporated to dryness. At This practice had been resorted to the same time, four ounces of ni- by persons, who, in order to protrate of potass, placed in a matrass, duce quick sales, instead of requirwere exposed on ignited charcoal. ing the profit of twenty-five per The suspected matter, well dried cent allowed to the trade, were and rolled into little portions, was satisfied with half, or even less, and introduced. Each time this was endeavoured to force a sale by a done, a deflagration was perceived. reduction from the publication It was then allowed to cool, and price equal to the remainder. A the residue again dissolved in dis- number of the principal publishers tilled water. The solution was and booksellers some time since saturated with nitric acid, and formed themselves into a committee, afterwards subjeoted to the usual and framed certain resolutions for re-agents, all of which indicated the prevention of this practice. the presence of arsenic. Some These resolutions, which had been small portions were treated with agreed to, and signed by no less vegetable charcoal, introduced into than 650 persons, declared generally

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the injurious effects of the prac- per cent under the publishers' tice; and, for its prevention, pro- price, and that only for ready money, posed, that no new work should be except in a case where the publisher sold by retail at more than ten per himself had lowered the price at a cent under the publisher's price, trade sale, or by selling at a trade and that for ready money; and sale by auction. that no publisher should sell to FRENCH ARMY.—The followpersons acting in violation of this ing is the return made by the rule. The term “new work” in Minister of War to the King in the resolution gave rise to great Council of the number of Officers, latitude and uncertainty of inter- including the last Annual General pretation; and to fix with precision Promotion : the determinate meaning it should Marshals of France

12 bear, was the principal object of the General Staff Officers 2,608 meeting. The purport of the re- Officers of the King's Housesolutions adopted on this subject hold (Gardes du Corps) 1,449 was as follows:-The trade in Do. of the Gendarmerie books, which were not protected by Royale

670 copyright, it was not intended to Do. Cavalry Garde Royale interfere with. There every man (French)

565 should be left to act on his own Do. Infantry do.do. (French) 590 discretion, as he might deem most Do. Swiss Guards (Garde for his own interest; but with re- Suisse)

196 spect to the new works, which the Do. Regular Cavalry 2,540 whole trade must have, and which Do. Infantry of the Line they all had on the same terms, it (French)

7,187 could not be allowed that a few Do. do. do. (Swiss) 425 should (perhaps for some temporary Do. Artillerie Royale 1,180 purpose) reduce the fair profits, Do. Engineers

268 and unfairly innovate upon the Do. Waggon Train

54 business of all the rest of the Do. Garrison Companies 254 trade. The term new works should Do. Medical Staff

320 therefore be confined to books pub- Do. Veterinary Surgeons. 140 lished or reprinted within the last Do. Commissaires de Guerre two years, or protected by copy- (Commissariat)

120 right. These were the works which the resolutions declared

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IREL AND.
Duke of Northumberland

Lord Lieutenant,
Right bon. sir Anthony Hart, knt. Lord Chancellor.
Lieut.-gen. sir John Byng

Commander of the Forces.
Lord Francis Leyeson Gower

Chief Secretary.
Right hon. sir G. Fitzgerald Hill, bart. Vice Treasurer.

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