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have known Mr. Wakely three or to the utmost, the claim of the four years. He first was in busi- plaintiff. The jury had heard ness in the city, and seemed to Mr. Wakely's story: upon his do well for a young man.
own admission it was extraorMr. Malison called back.- dinary; upon the evidence which Over and above the 401. I men- he (Mr. Marryat) should adduce, tioned, I received 30l. more from it would appear incredible. The the plaintiff for some articles of worth of Mr. Ashelford's evifurniture.
dence would be easily appreciMr. W. Goodchild. I am ated, when it was seen that he father-in-law to the plaintiff. My had valued at 271. tables which, daughter was handsomely fitted new, had cost only 161. Now out upon her marriage. I gave her there was a clause in the policy • 3001. for clothes alone ; and after held by the plaintiff, that if, upon wards gave her 301. worth of the making out a claim of loss, plate. Presents were also made any false swearing or attempt at by different branches of her fa- imposition was set up, then mily. I gave my daughter the the claimant should forfeit all money, and desired her to buy benefit of his insurance. Upon what she pleased : she afterwards that ground, in the first inoffered me the tradesmen's re- stance, he should contend, and ceipts; but I did not accept he trusted successfully, that a them. Mrs. Wakely was at my verdict must pass for the defenhouse at the time of the fire : she dants. That" fraud, and gross was unwell, and on a visit to me fraud, had been committed by at Hammersmith.
Mr. Wakely in his claim, the Miss Mary Goodchild.-Mrs. jury could scarcely doubt, when Wakely is my sister. I am sure they looked at the inventory furthat she laid out the money nished to the Hope Company. given to her by my father on her For furniture, which had cost at marriage.
most 4501., 735l. was charged; Mr. Thomas Faithorn. I have for plate 1681.was claimed, though been some time the plaintiff's all the melted metal found in the solicitor. Upon a statement ruins had weighed only 73 which he made to me after his ounces; and articles had been marriage, I advised him to in- put into the inventory as silver, crease his insurance.
remnants of which had been then 6001. I have dined often found, and which turned out to be with Mr. Wakely. I dined with merely plated. But the most auhim three days before the fire; dacious part of the business was things looked as usual. There the immense difference between was always an abundance of the sums claimed for various deplate and glass in his house. scriptions of property and the
Mr. Denman. That is my bills of purchase, and other case, my Lord.
vouchers, put in to prove the Mr. Marryat felt no doubt of existence of such property convincing the jury, that the Furniture, 7301. ; vouchers under Hope Company were bound, both 5001. ; books, 1046.; vouchers, in justice to themselves, and in 51. 10s.: linen, 1016.; vouchers duty to the public, to resist, even for 181.; Mr. Wakely's apparel,
1441. ; vouchers 671. Mrs. and asked for liquor, was not Wakely's apparel, 300l. ; vouch- more likely to give the petitioner ers under 1001.: china 163l.; sixpence, and send him to the vouchers 141. And Mr. Wakely next public house, than himself was a young man, only a few to go down into the cellar to months housekeeper; and draw cider for bim. The assassin, therefore with every means of however, it was said, knocked proving purchases, which, if made Mr. Wakely down, and stabbed at all, must have been made less him, taking care, however, not to than eight months before the hurt him very seriously, it should accident. There were
some seem, because he went to Hampoints, too, as to which Mr. mersmith to his family next day; Wakely's situation had been å and even the doctor who attended little misrepresented to the court. him had not been called upon His extensive practice had been the present occasion to speak to spoken of; but no proof had been the nature of his wounds. Well! given; no supply of drugs, nor being assassinated, Mr. Wakely even of phials, shown. As there was found, half an hour after the had been no proof in support of alarm of fire was given, in Mr. this great practice, however, Thomson's house. Where had therc should be some against it; he been from the breaking out of for a gentleman would be called the fire ? Oh, when he found the who had attended to Mr. Wakely's house in flames, he got into the business for him during an ab- back kitchen, forced his way sence of ten days from London; through a skylight, on to some and that gentleman would tell Jeads, and thence got over a wall. the jury, that, in the course of But why go through the kitchen, the whole ten days, he had at- and through the skylight and over tended but one patient, and that the wall, when he might have patient a woman in a menial sta- walked out at the street door ? tion of life. But now Mr. Mar for the servants, who came down ryat came to the extraordinary stairs when the alarm was given part of the case--to the attack from without, found no difficulty upon Mr. Wakely to the visit of in going out by the street door. the midnight assassin. That as. And again, why break the skysassin must have been a man of light to get upon the leads, when no ordinary penetration : he must there was a back door, out of have discovered that Mr. Wakely which he might have walked on had a patient named Ivatt; and to the leads without any breaking he must have foreseen, that, at at all? Mr. Wakely's face was the particular hour of his visit, bloody when he was found. No and on the particular night, Mr. doubt'; he had been applying Wakely would, in person, open leeches to it. But his clothes the street door to him (having were bloody. Yes, and those previously sent all the servants clothes had been preserved: they to bed); refuse to attend a pas would be produced in Court, and tient, and go down stairs to draw would form perhaps the most beer. He (Mr. Marryat) put it conclusive evidence that could be to the jury, whether a gentleman adduced against the plaintiff. knocked up at twelve at night, There was another circumstance
worthy the attention of the jury, me the alarm. Smoke was combecause it arose out of a gratui- ing from the area, the door, and tous assertion of the plaintiffhim- windows of the house, No. 5. I self. It had been suggested by saw no fire then. I knocked and the plaintiff, that, among a variety sprang my rattle, and alarmed of valuable properties not insured, the neighbours. Bliss, the watchhe had lost a quantity of bank- man of the Argyle-rooms, joined notes, and a great number of me. I remained at Mr. Wakely's guineas contained in a certain door, until the servants, a man writing.desk. Now the writing, and woman, came out. I heard desk had been burned; and cer- a bolt go before the door opened. tainly the bank-notes, if there The man as he came out, said were any, would burn too; but “ Break open that back door, the guineas would not burn ; they and save my master.” I then would not even melt; and yet no went to the back door leading to guinea, nor vestige of a guinea the yard; and finding it fast, I could ever be found among the forced it open. There was so ruins, although the rubbish had much smoke in the yard, that I been sifted for the purpose. Still could see nothing. Sparks of the unknown stranger might have fire seemed to come from the stolen the guineas. There were space between the front and back two circumstances against that: parlours. The kitchen stair-case first, he had left untouched a pair was full of smoke; I think that of silver candlesticks standing no person could remain upon close to the desk; and next, al. those stairs any time without though the desk had been burned, being suffocated.' Before the ser. the lock had been found, -the vants came out of the house, I key had been found near it'; and distinctly heard a bolt undrawn: the lock had been found in a I then heard the handle of the locked state: a thief, after steal- lock go; and the door was ing the guineas, would scarcely opened. have taken the trouble to lock the Cross-examined by Mr. Dendesk after him. In fact, as the man.—I did not see the woman jury would see, Mr. Wakely had come out of the house. I only been mercifully dealt by; for the saw the man servant. murderer had made wounds only Daniel Bliss.--I joined the last skin deep, and the thief had car- witness when the alarm of fire ried away, nothing. Mr. Marryat was given at Mr. Wakely's house. concluded a long detail of cir- I joined him at the door of Mr. cumstances by expressing his Wakely, where he was knocking conviction, that the story of the and springing his rattle. plaintiff would, of itself, afford knocked and rang also; and in a sufficient ground for giving a few minutes I heard a fumbling verdict to the defendants. within. Almost directly a man
G. Beforth called and examined came out in his shirt: a woman by Mr. Gurney.-I was a watch- came out a minute after: she man in Argyle-street on the said, “ Save my master;" I asknight of the fire. I was crying ed where he slept :
she half-past one o'clock, when a swered, “ In the back parlour." hackney-coachman passing gave I then went to the back parlour
door, and tried to open it with yard.” This was the substance my hand, but could not; I then of what Mr. Wakely told me: forced it open, and saw the he also mentioned, that he had flames coming through the floor received some anonymous letters at the left hand corner of the previous to the occurrence. I room. The smoke overpowered went afterwards into the back me, and I retreated.
kitchen of Mr. Wakely's house, Stephen Lavender said I am no part of which was burned, and a Bow-street officer : I saw Mr. found a meat screen and trestle Wakely about a week after the placed as Mr. Wakely had defire; and requested he would scribed. The glass of the skystate to me, in some measure, light was broken and the frame the occurrences of that night. Mr. also: the frame was of wood. Wakely said—". After my ser- Mr. Wakely is a trifle taller than vants were in bed I was bleeding I am. If a man was upon the myself with leeches. While I meat screen, there is a beam was doing so, some one knocked above which he could reach with at the street door. I went to the his hands, and upon which he door and asked what the party might, with some difficulty, get : wanted ; a man said, that he had it would require some exertion
from Mr. Ivatt's, who of strength to do it. Between wished to see me immediately. I the beam and the skylight there told the man that I could not is room for a man to sit (sitting visit Mr. Ivatt before the moro- upon the beam). The chance ing: he then said that he had is, that any person, forcing himcome in great haste, and begged self through the skylight would for some small beer. I admitted be considerably injured. His him into the house, and asked if hands would be cut. he chose beer or cider; he said Mr. Gurney then proposed to he chose cider. I then wrapped produce the clothes which Mr. my head in a towel, and, leaving Wakely had worn on the night of the man in the passage, went
the fire. down to the cellar to draw some. Mr. Denman objected, that When I was returning up the their identity was not made out. stairs, I received a blow on the A witness was called to that head which laid me senseless. I point; and the clothes were relay in that state, as I apprehend, ceived. for a considerable time: when I A figure in bulk and stature came to myself, I found that the resembling the
plaintiff, and house was on fire. I tried to go dressed in the bloody garments up stairs, but finding smoke and which that gentleman had worn flames in the passage, I crawled on the night of the accident, was into the back kitchen. Being then wheeled forward into the alarmed for my safety, I con- witness-box. Mr. Lavender stood trived to escape through the sky- beside it. light of the kitchen, by the aid of Mr. George Thomson being a meat screen and a trestle; and called again, said—Mr. Wakely's after getting through the sky. hands were dirty, when I found light on to the leads, I got over him in my passage; but not cut, the wall into Mr. Thomson's so far as I saw.
Stephen Lavender continued. Cross-examined by Mr. Den- There are cuts upon the clothes man.--Mr. Wakely told me, that of this figure. There is one cut he had received two threatening in the cape of the coat. There is letters before the fire; but he a cut in the waistcoat, about the did not say that they spoke of his middle of the left side, about having cut off the heads of Thishalf an inch in width, done, appa- tlewood and his companions. He rently, with a very sharp instru- said he believed them to have ment. There are two cuts in the arisen out of some jealousy at his shirt, where only one appears in late marriage. the waistcoat. The cut in the Thomas Harvey.-I am a surwaistcoat is horizontal ; those in geon, residing at Walworth. I the shirt are perpendicular. have frequently occasion to see
Mr. Denman. - - That might the stains of blood, and of blood arise from a fold in the shirt at and water, upon linen. The the time when the blow was spots upon the neckcloth of this given.
figure seem to me to be blood. Mr. Gurney.- In that case the The stains upon the shirt seem shirt would have been treble, not to me to have been made by double; and there would have some material of a lighter colour. been three cuts.
Dr. Stephen Luke.-I reside Stephen Lavender continued in Argyle-street, and was called -There is a considerable stain to Mr. Wakely two hours after on the cut part of the shirt ; but the fire. I found him with two there is no corresponding stain very slight wounds upon his on the inside of the waistcoat; body, one on the breast, and the there is no stain whatever near other on the lower ribs. One of the cut part of the waistcoat. I the wounds had bled a little, the have been frequently in the habit other had scarcely bled at all. of seeing stains made by blood. Both punctures were upon bone, The stain here upon the shirt is where there was little but skin certainly made by a mixture of to cut. A surgeon (Mr. Keates) blood and water. I did not see had been there before me. I the shirt, until five or six days ought to say, that it is possible, a after the transaction; my judg- wound made upon a bone might ment then was as it is now. If exude a light-coloured fluid, sithe stain had been made by blood milar in appearance to that upon flowing from a wound, it would, the shirt of this figure; but I no doubt, have been of a much do not think, that the wounds, deeper colour than it is. There which I saw upon Mr. Wakely, is a cut about the middle of the could produce so much stain as waistcoat the right side. that which appears upon the About the same point there are shirt. in the shirt several very small William Mead. I am foreman perforations, not so large as the to the Hope Company. I took cut in the waistcoat, but done, charge of the ruins of Mr. apparently, by some fine pointed Wakely's house on the morning instrument : there is no stain of of the fire. I was in possession, blood upon those small perfora- and a guard fixed, before the fire tions.
was out. Watch was kept day