destroyed, off Cape Levie, by the Thracian two pair of stairs window by the sheets of sloop of war.

his bed knotted together. On his reaching -9. Le Rodeur, French privateer, of the street, he informed those who were as14 guns and 60 men, between Dover and sembled by his cries, that there were mur. Calais, by the Royalist sloop of war. derers in the house, in the act of assassi.

- 25. A French national brig, with nating the whole family. An alarm was troops on board, driven on shore near instantly given, and two resolute men, Calais, by the Locust gun-brig, and beaten armed themselves with axes and pokers, to pieces by the surt.

and broke open the door, when, dreadful -31. The Danish privateer Alvor, of to relate, they first found the mistress of 14 guns and 38 men, off St Abb's Head, the house and the maid-servant lying upby the Egeria sloop of war,

on one another by the kitchen fire, with Jan. 6.-Le Furet, French privateer, of their throats cut from ear to ear.

On con14 guns and 56 men, ofi Folkstone, by the tinuing their search, they proceeded to the Royalist sloop of war.

cellar, where they found the master of the

house quite dead, one of his legs broken, DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.

and his head nearly severed from his body. The scene of this horrid affair was the

King's Arms public-house, and the unforHis Majesty's physicians have been ex- tunate persons murdered, are, Mr and Mrs amined before Committees of both Houses Williamson, the landlord and landlady, and of Parliament. Their evidence, which is, their servant-maid Biddy, an Irish both cases, in effect the same, is in sub- The person who made his escape by the etance, as follows:

window, as above described, was a lodger, Dr Heberden considers his Majesty's re- of the name of Turner. He states, that, covery improbable, but not hopeless. He when in bed and asleep, he was alarmed by does not expect the King will recover. a great noise below ; he then went cauti

Dr'Munro considers the present mental ously down stairs, where he saw a man in health of his Majesty “insane ;" his re- a flannel jacket, rifling the pockets of the covery very improbable, but he does not en- landlady, Mrs 'Villiamson, who was then tirely despair.

lying near the kitchen fire, apparently lifeDr Simmons." His Majesty's mental less. Turner then came to the resolution health is much deranged his recovery im- of getting out of his window, which, by the probable, but not hopeless."

aid of the bed-clothes, he effected. Dr John Willis._His Majesty's men- The unfortunate sufferers were all dress. tal health is in a high degree of derange- ed and going about their usual business ment, and his recovery very improbable, when they were murdered, and it is supbut not impossible. Has not an expecta- posed that the savages who committed the tion of recovery."

barbarous act had entered the house upon Dr Baillie. Within the last two or pretence of obtaining refreshment, a short three days (the examination was on the time before the landlord shut up his house 14th) his Majesty's mind has been entire- for the night. Iy lost in error--does not expect recovery. It is much to be lamented that, as in the

Sir H. Halford.“ Recovery very im- case of Mr Marr's family, the perpetrators probable."

of these savage barbarities escaped the vigi. Dr R. Willis._Recovery but impos. lance and activity of the different police of. sible.”

ficers in London in endeavouring to dis

cover and bring the miscreants to justice ANOTHER MOST DREADFUL MURDER OF A has hitherto been ineffectual. A person of

the name of John Williams, an English. On the night of the 19th December, an- man, and formerly a sailor, was apprehendother most sanguinary murder was com- ed a short time after; and underwent sevemitted at No. 81, Gravel Lane, London, ral examinations, in the course of which, only a few yards distant from the scene of such circumstances appeared against him, blood in Ratcliffe Highway, recorded in our as left little doubt in the minds of most last number. Between 11 and 12 o'clock people, that he had been engaged both in at night, the neighbours 'opposite to the the murder of the family of Mr Marr and house just mentioned were alarmed by a Mr Williamson. By an unpardonable necry of “Murder !" coming from a person glect, however, on the part of those to in his shirt, who was descending from a whose custody he was committed, Williams




found means a few nights after his appre- by a hollow rumbling noise; and several bension to put an end to his own life, in people belonging to vessels in the harbour the cell in which he was confined, by described the water as violently agitated strangling himself with his handkerchief, for some minutes. It appears to have one end of which he had tied round his neck, lasted inland near a minute. and fastened the other to the post of his bed On the 18th instant, a similar shock was stead. The post was so short, that his legs felt in Oxfordshire and the neighbouring and thighs were upon the ground, so that counties. Accounts from Tetsworth, he was obliged to sit down as it were, to Bletchindon, Radley, Wolvercot, and maaccomplish his purpose ; and to effect it in ny other villages, mention, that the wins that way, must have been a work of long dows were much shaken, and in many time and difficulty.

houses the shock was plainly felt by the On searching the apartment of Williams, alarmed inhabitants; it was accompanied at his lodgings, a pair of bloody trowsers, by a deep rumbling noise, similar to the with several other articles of his apparel sound of a distant discharge of heavy orda stained with blood, and a French knife

A gentleman of Oxford, walking also blood stained, were found. The maul in Christ Church Meadow, heard this noise which was found in Mr Marr's shop, after very plainly, and, from its uncommon the murder, has also been identified by the sound, he immediately guessed it must landlord of the house at which Williams proceed from an earthquake. In some lodged, as ne which had been long about places this noise was heard for upwards of his house, and which he used for breaking ten minutes. coals. These facts, together with the suicide of Williams, sufficiently confirm his guilt. It is certain, however, that he Sir W. Drummond conceives, that he must have had accomplices; but how many, has discovered, in Malta, the burial place or who they are, as yet remains undis. of Hannibal. He adduces several reasons Govered.

for thinking, that although Hannibal feil The body of Williams, after being ex. in Bythinia, by the perfidy of King Prus posed, amidst the execrations of the popu- sias and the Roman General Flaminius, lace, through the streets of London, was yet his ashes were brought from thence to baried in a cross road, near the scene of his repose among his countrymen and relatives guilt, and a stake driven through the at Malta. It appears, that in the year body.

1761, in the district of Ben Ghisa, in Malta, was discovered a sepulchral cave.

In the wall of this cave was a hollos EARTHQUAKES. On the morning of the 30th November square, in which was cut, in Phenicias ksi, about twenty minutes before three, a Sir W. has thus translated

characters, the epitaph annexed, whicke shock, resembling that of an earthquake, was felt very generally in the towns of The Inner Chamber of the Sanctuary of the Portsinouth, Portsea, and Gosport, and

Sepulchre of Hannibal. vicinity. It was instantaneous, and cau.

Mustrious in the consummation of calamity. med such a tremendous motion in many

He was beloved. houses, that as many as twenty families

The people lament, when arrayed were awoke by it, and sprang out of bed

in order of battle, 50 ascertain its cause. To many persons Hannibal, the son of Bar-Vielech. whom it awoke, it appeared as though some heavy body had been moved in Sir W. D. argues, that the name of tho the lower part of the house, and shook district of Malta, where stands this se its whole fabric; to others, it was a sude pulchre, Ben Ghisa, is a corruption of den motion of the bed, as though caused what ancient writers intended by the faby the main strength of a person standing mily of Amilcar Giscon, which was nearly near it ; the furniture in their rooms related to that of Amilcar Baraca, or, by cracked, and the handles of the chairs transposition, Baraca Amilcar, would ha moved as by an electric shock. Several the Punic Ordet ; and, as on the toml, seldiers en guard said that it was attended

Bar Melech.



schoolmaster, and endeavoured to make

him sensible of the crime he had commit: ALLEGED CONSPIRACY.

ted, and of the evident falsehood of the Dublin, Jan. 8.

representations that had been made to

him. About eight days ago, a meeting was

These facts were made known by the held of the Trustees of the Charity School

trustces of the charity school to the Cabelonging to the Catholic Chapel in Church

tholic Committee, and by that body com. Street. The schoolmaster neglected to at.

municated to the Attorney-General. tend at the usual hour, and arrived in a state of intoxication, as the trustees were

January 9. about to disperse. He was severely repri

Keegan, the schoolmaster, whom we manded for his absence, and required to

mentioned yesterday, is in the Tower, and state the reason of it. He endeavoured to many gentlemen were on Tuesday examin.

ed before Mr Pole and the Attorney-Geneexcuse himself, saying that he had been detained by important business ; but, as his

ral, with regard to his disclosures in their duty required that all his time should be presence. devoted to the school, the trustees refused

January 21. to admit any such excuse, and then he

We understand a special commission will stated broadly that he had been engaged learn, that two persons, Adams and Quar

be issued for the trial of Keegan. We also in the business of the new association, to one division of which he said he was Se.

termas, have been cominitted to prison, cretary. The nature of this association charged with being concerned in the conwas inquired of him, and he gave the fol- spiracy. Lowing account

That it was an association instituted for The Catholic Committee met according the purpose of separating Ireland from

to adjournment, on the 230 December ; England by force of arms; that it had also and the chair was just taken by Lord Finfor one of its objects the extirpation of he- gal, when Mr Hare, one of the police Maresy ; that, however, the most active per gistrates appeared, who inquired whether son he knew of in it was a Mr Fisher, a it was not the Catholic Coinmittee, and beProtestant, who had assured him and the ing answered in the affirmative, informed other persons he engaged in the plan, that

the meeting that he had authority to disit had the sanction of the Catholic Com.

perse it, as an illegal assembly. Some al. mittee, and that Mr Hay was their private tercation took place, when Lord Fingal secretary ; that he had been supplied with told the Magistrate, that the meeting was a blunderbuss, and many others were arm assembled for a constitutional purpose, ed, as it was easy to procure arms out of and that he would not quit the chair un. the stores of the Castle! and that an at. less compelled. Mr Hare then handed tack was shortly to be made in Dublin, as Lord Fingal from the Chair, which was they were assured that the garrison was at iminediately taken by Lord Netterville, present very weak.

who was in like manner displaced by Mr Such was the substance of the statement Hare. The meeting then broke up. made by this man. The trustees adjourn.

An aggregate meeting of the Catholics ed to the next day, and then called him be

was held some days after, at which several fure them. Being sober he wished to con resolutions were proposed, expressive of ceal or retract the facts, but, being closely their sense of the indignity offered to the pressed, he admitted that he had become a

Catholic body in the forcible dispersion of member of such an association, and repeat the Commitiee, of the right of the subject ed the account he had given the preceding at all times to petition the legislature, for evening, with this addition that he believe

a redress of grievances; and of the detered the name of Fisher was not a real, but mination of the Catholic body to persevere an assumed name. The trustees instantly in that measure untill all the remaining dismissed him from his employment as a disabilities should be removed.


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HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY. lector of the customs, and if he could prova

they were his property, they would be res N the 8th Jan, came on before this turned. The goods were accordingly lodg

Court, the trial of John Hog, change- éd there, and thirteen pieces of goods being keeper in North Leith, and formerly car- shewn to Brown, Campbell, and Adamson, rier between Perth and Edinburgh, accused they swore they were the same they had of entering the packet Abo, a prize vessel, seized, having foreign marks on them, and lying in the wet dock, Leith, on the 11th one of the pieces being cut in a remarkable of September last, and stealing from the manner. The cloth was also identified by hold of said vessel, fourteen pieces of print- Mr Grimes and John Henderson, belonging ad cotton, and three pieces of plain cloth. to the customhouse, and was afterwards

The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and brought to the Council Chamber; Leith, there being no objection made to the rele. when Hog was apprehended and examinFancy of the libel, a jury was chosen, and ed. the trial proceeded.

It also appeared in evidence, that the A number of witnesses were called, from Abo and several other prize vessels, were whose testimony it appeared, that the Abo kept by Hugh Simons, a sailor, and his son was captured by his Majesty's frigates, Hugh Simons, a lad about 14 years of age. Ethalion and Tartar, and consigned to The father deponed, that he knew nothing Mr David K. Whytt, merchant in Leith, of the theft, but the son said he was on e prize agent. 'On the night of the 11th board the vessel when the robbery was of September, after eight o'clock, while committed, and had a share of the booty, William Brown and John Campbell tide which he afterwards conveyed on board waiters, and David Adamson, weighing another prize vessel, but which was reporter, were walking along the north side covered when he was apprehended. He of the new wet dock, they observed two said the robbery was committed by L. men, coming towards them, with parcels Pritty and another man he did not know. under their arms, from one of which a He was a tall stout man, but he could not parcet fell; they immediately seized one swear that Hog was the person. of the men, who proved to be John Hog, The last witness examined for the but the other made off, leaving the parcels Crown, was Lionel Pritty, tide-waiter in he carried. Hog said the goods were his Leith. He deposed that Alex. Forster and own, but was answered, that they must see himself had the charge of the Abo, and rem what they were; and they accordingly lieved one another--that on the 9th of took the parcels on board a brig and ex. September, Hog proposed to him to take amined them while Hog remained on the some goods from the vessel, saying there quay. When they had examined the par was no harm in it as she was a prize ; he, cels, they returned to Hog, and told m, however, refused on that occasion, and al. that they were to lodge them with the colo so did the same next day, when a similar January 1812


proposition was made by Hog to him.- series of riots, outrager, and robberies, On the evening of the 11th, he, along with hitherto, we may truly say, without any Hog, went on board the Abo, and having example. During almost the whole of the forced open a hatch which communicated night, after eleven o'clock, a gang of ferowith the hold, the witness took out the cious banditti, armed with bludgeons and goods from a large truss, which was after other weapons, infested some of the leadwards divided, the boy having rather the ing streets of this metropolis, and knocklargest share to secure his fidelity. The ed down, and robbed, and otherwise most boy was present all the time, and brought wantonly abused, almost every person who a light to enable them to divide the spot. had the misfortune to fall in their way.That the witness and Hog walked along the After they had fairly succeeded in knocknorth wall of the quay, when he stumbled ing down those of whom they were in purand let fall one of the parcels, on which suit, they proceeded immediately to rifle some Customhouse officers came up, but them of their money and watches ; and the he left the goods, and went off. He knew least symptom on their part, of anxiety to the officers, one of whom afterwards spoke save their property, was a provocation to to him on the subject, and advised him to

new outrages, which were persevered in, go away. The witness also said, that Hog until their lives were endangered. One was to pay him for his share in ready mo. person, we have heard of, who, after beney.

ing knocked down, made several attempts Twa declarations which Hog emitted to preserve his watch ; when he was, so before the Magistrates of Leith, were read, abused and kicked, on the head, and in the in which he denied all knowledge of the breast, and stomach, that he was glad to robbery, and accounted for his having the escape with his life. Another gentleman, parcel, by saying they were given him in the same unhappy predicament, succeedby a sailor he did not know.

ed in preserving his watch, though it was Some witneskes were examined in exs pulled so violently that the chain was culpation, whose evidence was not very ma, broke, which, together with the seals, he terial.

lost. We have heard of many other inThe evidence for the Crown was sum. stances of outrage, but it is unnecessary med up by the Solicitor General, and by to enter farther into particulars. Mr John Haggart, Advocate for the pan. These outrages were chiefly committed nel. The Lord Justice Clerk concluded by a band of idle apprentice boys, regularly the trial by a very candid and impartial organized for the purpose, and lurking in address to the Jury, who were appointed stairs and closes, from whence they issued, to return their verdict next day at 10 on a signal given, in large bands, and suro'olock, which they did acoordingly, all in rounded and overwhelmed those who were ang voice finding the panngl Guilty. The

passing by. By the vigilance of the magisSolicitor General restricted the libel to an trates, who were on the streets, or otherarbitrary punishment : on which the Court wise actively engaged in the duties of their sentenced him to be transported beyond office, until about five o'clock on Wednesscas for 14 years.

day morning, several of these rioters were Counsel for the Crowa, that Solicitor Gen apprehended on the spot, some of them neral and Henry Home Drummond, Esq. with the stolen articles in their possession, Agent, Mr Hugh Warrander, W. S. For and the most vigilant inquiries were set on the pannel, John Haggart and D. Macfar, foot, with a view to root out this nefarious lane, Esqrs. Agent, Mr John Somerville.

combination against the peace of society, The trial of James Bradley, and John by bringing to exemplary justice the perLindsay Crawford, accused of forging cera petrators of these or trages. tain deeds, was to como on the 9th Janu

A reward of one hundred guineas was ary, bút, on account of the absence of some offered by the Magistrates for the discovery material witnesses, was delayed till 3d of the offenders. February next.

We are sorry to add, that on the 4th

January, Dugald Campbell, a police officer, RIOTS IN EDINBURGH.

died of the wounds he received on the first We regret to state that on Tuesday day of the year. And on the 7th, Mr night, the 31st of December, being the James Campbell, clerk to a company in last of the year, and on that account den Leith, also died of the wounds he received voted by immemorial usage, and the cus. on the same occasion. Two rewards of tom of the place, to innocent festivity, the 100 guineas each, was offered by the Magisstreets of Edinburgh were disgraced by a trates, for the discovery of the murderers.


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