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THE MOST NOTORIOUS CHARACTERS
WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF OUTRAGES ON
The Laws of England
SINCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY;
OCCASIONAL ANECDOTES AND OBSERVATIONS,
JAMES SWEENY, RICHARD PEARCE, EDMUND BUCKLEY, PATRICK FLEMING, MAURICE BRENWICK, AND
CONVICTED OF MURDER, These unhappy men were na- forgelful that all men should be tives of Ireland, and belonged to brothers in distress. that numerous class who resort to On their trial, which took place England in search of employment; at Chelmsford, on the 16th of Au but whose conduct is too often a gust, 1810, it appeared in evidence disgrace to their own country, and that John Bolding, for whose mura a demoralizing example for this. der they were arraigned, kept the The murder, for which these male- Eagle and Child public house, at factors justly forfeited their lives, Forest Gate, in the parish of West originated in that vulgar antipathy Ham, and that on Sunday evening which the lower orders of one nation the 20th of May preceding, a dispute feel for their brethren of another; took place in the kitchen, bet weer VOL. IV.
ene Morrisy, an Irish labourer, and otherwise, in all probability, they one Thomas, an English carter. would have met the fate of their There was present another Irish- host. Mahony demanded the cause man, named Scandling, and an offi- of the uproar, and was answered cer's servant, of the Cornish militia. by a ferocious Hibernian that the
These silly representations of English had insulted an Irishman. their respective countries kept up a . That's enough,' he returned, leap
• , boisterous debate for a considerable ing into the bar, and, knocking time, during which challenges to down the landlord, continued to beat fight were given, and Morrisy and him till his head was much bruised, the officer's servant were proceeding his arms broken, and his body to blows, when the housekeeper, greatly wounded. A female interSarah Cumber, interfered, and suc. fering, a blow was made at her, and ceeded iu pacifying them for a mo- she was obliged to fly and hide herment. Morrisy then proposed to self. The ruffians next proceeded depart; but the landlord, suspecting to search for the carter and the serthat he wanted only to collect bis vant; but, not finding them, they countrymen, prevented him at first, swore they would murder some one thougbi it appears he afterwards per- before they departed, and actually mitted him to withdraw, and theu beat an old man, who was running bolted the doors. The landlord's away, who had three of his teeth conjecture was right; Morrisy re- knocked out, and his thigh disloturned with a mob of followers, but cated from the kicks he received. was refused admittance. Soon af. These sanguinary brutes next deter a man named Daniel Mahony manded some gin, which was given knocked, when Scandling, who had them, and they departed, exclaimremained within, opened the door, ing, 'Who will insult an Irishman” contrary to the wishes and in spite Bolding, the landlord, languished of the remonstrance of the proprie- seven days, and then expired, in tor. Mahony, in an outrageous man- consequence of the wounds he rener, stormed, swore, and brandished ceived. These six men were then his stick over his head. He had taken up, all the others having abnot continued long in this violent sconded, and being sworn to as immanner, when a gang of thirty of plicated in the riot, they were found his countrymen demanded admit. guilty as accessaries to the murder, tance. This being refused, they being associated for illegal purposes, proceeded to break the windows and which, according to Lord Hale, window-shutters, and Scandling, makes each accomplice responsible once more, in defiance of the oppo- for the conduct of a part, or whole. sition of the landlord, unbolted the Sullivan, who was guilty of no. door. As the band of ruffians rush- thing except being present, was resed in, the carter and the officer's pited, but the other five unfortunate servant escaped through the back men were executed on Saturday door; aud fortunately for them, as morning, August the 18th, 1810.
WHIPPED FOR PUT-STEALING There is no petty thieving which cans serve their customers with has so much increased as stealing porter. Even families have been the pewter wherein London publi- detected in disgracefully withhold
ing and denying their having publi- from under his coat, which a person ir
cans' pots in their possession, while near him instantly picked up; and proof has been offered that they perceiving it to belong to a public
had not returned them to the owner. house, and a publican in the neighЕe Such people are worse than the bourhood having recently lost several pipetty thiel who more daringly robs; pots, the man followed the prisoner,
and pity 'tis that the law could not secured him, and took him to the P
reach them as far as the punish- house in question; and, sending for ment inflicted on Lumley.
a constable, they proceeded to search To check the severe and increas- him, when no less than six pint pots dy
ing losses arising froin pol-stealing, were found concealed about his per
which is nearly incredible, the pub- son, none of which, however, beHitit
licans, who now form a respectable longed to the landlord of the house association in London, as Licensed where he then was, but to several Victuallers, brought a bill into par- public houses in the Borough, liament for the better protection of amongst which were the Black Lion their property; but the Commons and the Cart and Horse public conceiving, perhaps, the complaint houses in Tooley Street, and the not to be of sufficient magnitude for Green Dragon, in Bermondsey
, the interference of the legislative Street. Upon discovering from body, threw out the bill; so that what neighbourhood the pots came, their remedy remains upon the law the constable brought the prisoner of indictments for petty larceny, to Union Hall, where the landlords which, from being troublesome and of the above and other public houses expensive, these meanest of thieves attended, and swore to the pots are but seldom prosecuted to con- being their property. viction.
The prisoner, when called on for The publicans attribute the oppo- his defence, said he was going from
sition made to their bill lo the pew. the Borough to Ratcliff Highway P.
terers ;-what envy even in these on business; and, baving occasion grades of society: -aod, by way of to turn up a court near London revenge, the former lave entered Bridge, lie found the pots standing ialo a resolution to manufacture there: he picked them up, and it their own pots!
was his intention, on his return John Lumley was indicted at the home from where he was going, lo Westminster sessions, 1910, for have returned them to their restealing a pewter pint pot, the pro- spective owners. perty of the landlord of the Cart The jury fourrd himn Guilty. and Horse public house, Tocley The chairman observed that the Street: there was also another offence of which the prisoner had charge against him for a similar been convicted was one of so great offence, namely, having in his pos- magnitude as to call for the severest session a pot belonging to the land- punishment. It would scarcely be lord of the Black Lion; and a third credited, but it had been ascertained, for stealing two pewter pots, the that the depredations of this sort property of the landlord of the Green committed on the property of publiDragon, Bermondsey Street. cans, in and around the metropolis,
It appeared in evidence that the amounted to the enormous sum 0. prisoner was passing along Ratclif one hundred thousand pounds per Highway on Wednesday evening, annum. The prisoner had been when he was observed to drop a pot convicted on the clearest evidence,