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 Post subject: The Assizes
PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:06 pm 
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Monday 23 April 1900

The Assizes

At Manchester, on Saturday, in the Crown Court, before Mr. Justice Bucknill, ELLEN WILLIAMSON, 25, factory winder, was charged with the attempted murder of her child, Jane Williamson, and slo with attempted suicide. Mr. F. H. Mellor appeared for the prosecution, and, at the request of the learned Judge, Mr. McKeand defended. The prisoner's health had broken down about two years ago, and she had become weak and melancholy, with the result that it was considered advisable to keep a watch upon her movements. Jane Williamson, the child, who was illegitimate and about five years old, attended the St. Andre's day school at Burnley. On March 27 last the mother went to the school and asked to be allowed to take the child away, as she was going to provide a new home for her. The mother and child were next seen later in the day struggling in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Brierfield. The prisoner had left her shawl on the canal bank. Pinned upon it was a piece of paper on which were the following words:- "My last request is that only my brother and Herbert Smith attend my funeral, the latter so as to help to lower me." Both mother and child were rescued, and the former, on recovering consciousness and learning of the safety of her child, exclaimed "Thank God for that." His Lordship, as soon as this evidence was given, said that he felt no jury would convict of attempted murder after that evidence. The jury having acquiesced, a similar course was taken with regard to the charge of attempted suicide. His Lordship then inquired if the infirmary or prison doctor was present, and, learning that no doctor was present, said that he did not think it right that the medical man from the gaol should be absent from the assizes when a case of this nature was likely to come on. If he had been there he should have asked him to make a mental examination of this poor soul. As it was, he was obliged to discharge the girl, and he hoped some one would be responsible for her. Mrs. Lewis, the visiting lady of the gaol, then came forward and said she would take charge of the girl, and Williamson accordingly went away in her company.

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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 1:02 pm 
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The Lancaster Gazette and General Advertiser
Saturday, August 29, 1807

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On Monday was committed to out Castle, by Ralph Latus, one of his Majesty's Coroners for this county, Joseph Burrows, of Burnley, labourer, charged with killing and slaying Haworth Schofield, of Burnley aforesaid.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:04 pm 
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The Lancaster Gazette and General Advertiser

Saturday, September 15, 1821

Lancaster Assizes

Sarah Crawshaw, for stealing in the dwelling-house of Benjamin Sagar, of Cliviger, to the amount of 40s. -Death

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:26 pm 
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Mel wrote:
The Lancaster Gazette and General Advertiser

Saturday, September 15, 1821

Lancaster Assizes

Sarah Crawshaw, for stealing in the dwelling-house of Benjamin Sagar, of Cliviger, to the amount of 40s. -Death

It seems such a bald, matter-of-fact, statement - "death".
I know 40s was a lot of money then but even so . . .

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:13 pm 
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Crikey---me thinks we could do with some of those sentences now.

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