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CHRONICL E.

CHRONICLE.

DECEMBER, 1841.

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SIRACULOUS PRESERV- rock on which the ill-fated Albion

ATION FROM SHIPWRECK. steamer was lost). The mainmast - During an awful storm that immediately broke into three or raged throughout the night, the four pieces; and the last which sloop Perseverance, Morris Evans the captain knew of his men, for master, of Carnarvon, with a mate, they kept calling to each other as one seaman and a boy, bound from long as the seas permitted their South Yarmouth to Dublin, when heads to be above water, was the between the South Bishops and feeling one of their hands, as they the Smalls, carried away her bow- held on to the wreck under water sprit, and immediately after, a sea'-such was the dreadful state they broke on board that swept the were in on the instant when the decks, carrying away her bulwarks vessel struck ! and chain cables, stoving her boat, The captain was instantaneously and making her a complete wreck, washed overboard, when he grasped with every sea sweeping her fore one of the pieces of the mainmast, and aft.

and was washed with it into a She was now driving before a cavern in the perpendicular cliffs, furious north-wester, with her and it was carried away the inmainsail set; the captain, mate, stant that he loosened his grasp, and the man, took refuge in the and had got a little beyond the cabin, up to their necks in water; force of the waves. This cavern at but the boy, in endeavouring to the high spring-tide, is many feet follow their example, was washed under water. There he lay, holdoverboard by a sea, and his wailing ing on to the rocks, with the sea cries were instantly lost amidst the bursting and bubbling over him, tumultuous howling of the troubled till the next morning. deep.

This was the time of the neapAt about twelve o'clock at night tides, with a gale of wind blowing the vessel struck in a small cove on a right upon the coast when the part of the coast near St. Bride's, in tide recedes so little as to make it the Jack Sound, called the Deer an impossibility for any one to get Park, where the cliffs are nearly in out of this cove save by climbing perpendicular height from 150 to these perpendicular cliffs, or of 200 feet (nearly opposite to the getting out of the cavern, except Vol. LXXXIV.

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providentially despair nerved him After exhausting himself in cry. to almost superhuman resolution, ing for assistance, there seemed which enabled him to seize hold of to be no alternative but that of a projecting pinnacle of rock, upon being drowned in the cavern, which he climbed, and was thus being starved to death by cold and enabled to reach the summit with hunger. He now cut his boots sufficient strength to throw his from his feet with his knife, and body over, though his legs were threw them upon a ledge of rock still hanging down the side of the above the cavern, in the hope that cliff. Here he regained strength they might meet the eye of some to place himself out of danger, one in passing; and then com- and to return thanks to the Al. menced an attempt to scale the mighty for his wonderful preservacliff, which he had mastered, height of above forty feet--when, He was found some time after on taking hold of a stone which was by a man crawling on the ground, loose, he began to slip, and at the with his feet and hands completely very moment that he fell, and ex- doubled under, from the injuries pected to have his brains dashed they had received. He was placed out on a huge rock immediately on an ass, and conveyed to the below, and on which he must fall, house of Mr. Jones, farmer, Trehill, a tremendous sea swept over the near St. Bride's, where he was rock, and bore him to the mouth most charitably taken care of. of the same cavern to which he 31. DREADFUL MURDER AT had before been 'cast, and in which MANSFIELD, NEAR NOTTINGHAM. he had lain before; and now, with This morning the peaceful little feet and hands dreadfully swollen town of Mansfield was thrown into by climbing and the action of the a state of consternation by the salt watero-battered, bruised, and discovery of a most dreadful and dreadfully shaken, he lay another cold blooded murder. The hapnight in this awful cavern, with less victim of this atrocious deed the sea breaking over and drench. was a young woman in her twen. ing him.

tieth year, named Mary Hallam, Sunday morning came, with no the daughter of a labourer, who possibility of receiving human aid. has resided in Mansfield for many Once more he nerved himself to years, and who has saved a contry and get out of the cavern. He siderable sum of money by his inhad prayed most fervently ; he dustry. The murderer is a young thought of his sick wife and his man named John Jones, alias infant family ; and he made the Samuel Moore, a shoemaker, a attempt, and he found himself native of Market Bosworth. He most wonderfully strengthened has resided in Mansfield for four every step he took. After in- years, and had, until a few months credible toil, and tearing his hands ago, been considered the accepted and feet against the sharp-pointed suitor of the unfortunate deceased. rocks in a most dreadful way, he Moore rented two rooms at the ascended very nearly to the sum- bottom of a yard in Lister Lane, mit, where he was so very nearly Mansfield, and the deceased lived calling again, that he looked where with ber parents in a house at the

top of the yard. A year ago the saw her alive at one o'clock on murderer lodged in the same house Thursday. She had just returned with the deceased; but about nine from a journey to Worksop, where months since, he became rather she had gone on a visit on Christunsteady, and took to drinking, in mas-day. Witness returned from consequence of which, the parents his work about nine at night, and of the deceased, thinking that his found that the deceased had just bad habits would not promote gone out without bonnet or shawl their daughter's happiness, declared on,

When the deceased did not against his suit. He then left return home, he became alarmed their house, and went to lodge in for her safety, and searched the the same yard, at the house of a whole town for her. Ac eleven widow named Wragg. At that he took a lantern, and went to the time he made use of threatening mill dam, but without finding her. language; but it would imply a Witness then thought that he degree of malignity unparalleled would go to the prisoner's shop, to suppose, that he formed a reso. and put a table against the wall, lution, in consequence of what then and look through the window, passed, to perpetrate so savage and which was high up. By the light diabolical a crime.

of a lantern he saw the deceased He visited at Hallam's as a lying on the floor, weltering in neighbour, and occasionally went her blood. He did not attempt to out with the deceased. Ať Whit. get in at the window, but stood suntide, whilst walking in Mang. And looked for signs of life, but field Forest, he committed a vion could not perceive any, She lay lent assault upon her, and fre. on her right side, and her clothes quently gave evidence of being a were down within an inch or two most passionate fellow. On Thurs. of her shoes. Witness then took day night the deceased, who had the table and chair away, and, after been out on a visit, called at his telling his wife that she was dead, shop on going out of the yard, went and fetched Metham the and from the evidence there ap- constable. Witness and Metham, pears not the slightest doubt, but with the nephew of the latter, that he fell upon and murdered

went down to his lodgings and her, by cutting her throat in the called up the prisoner, who was most dreadful manner.

apprehended and taken to the lockHe stayed in the workshop, the up. Witness then described the scene of this dreadful tragedy, wounds on the body to be several with the body of his vietim, for large cuts on the throat. some time, and at length locked Several other witnesses were up the shop, and went to a public examined, and the prisoner being house. He there drank several cautioned, was then asked if he glasses of ale, and sang a song had anything to say: He rose from at the request of the company; his seat, and said, “ I decline for after which he went home to the present," and then resumed his bed.

sitting, We extract the following from In answer to the coroner, he the evidence :

said, “ My name is John Jones, William Hallam, the father of and not Samuel Moore. I live at the deceased, deposed, that he last Mrs. Wragg's, Lister Lane. I am

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