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his senses, which happened about two Berri, Madame and Monsieur, to pass o'clock.

into a neighbouring chamber ; but The Duchess of Angouleme, Mon- notwithstanding the reiterated instansieur, and the Duke of Angouleme, ces of the professional gentlemen, his the Duke of Bourbon, and the Duke Majesty would not quit the bed of his of Orleans, were about him since one adopted son. o'clock. The unfortunate Prince was The august victim preserved an heenabled to speak, and hopes began to roic tranquillity. History will collect be felt. He recognised the persons his last words. The worthy son of around him, among whom we distin. Henry IV. was recognised in the guished the Duke of Reggio, General Prince, on exclaiming—" Ah! why Belliard, the Duke of Richelieu, M. have I not found my death in battle?'' de Chateaubriand, and others. His and, he added, in a sorrowful tone, Royal Highness spoke to them with a 66 It is cruel to me that I should die touching affection on announcing to by the hand of a Frenchman.” them his approaching termination. It was in pressing the hand of the The physician having remarked, that Monarch that the Prince expired the pulse had recovered some strength, “ I have a last duty to perform to my the Prince replied, “ So much the son," said his Majesty. That duty was worse, I shall have a longer time to to close his eyes. suffer.” He in effect suffered sharp A few minutes before death, the agony. He soon demanded to see Prince, turning his eyes towards HeaMademoiselle. She was brought to the ven, exclaimed, “ Oh my country! bed of sorrow, and embracing her with Unhappy France !" Such were his tenderness, he said, “ Dear infant, last words. After having expressed mayest thou be happier than thy fa- all the noblest sentiments of nature, ther.” He conversed in a very low friendship, and religion, the last sigh of tone with his august brother. About the French Prince was for his country. five o'clock the King arrived; the first Madame the Duchess de Berri is in words which the Prince addressed to a state which we shall not attempt to him were, “ Sire, grant that the last describe. We are assured that her favour that I ask of you, be the par- Royal Highness has herself cut off her don of my assassin.”

beautiful hair as the first sign of the The King shed tears. “ This is not profound grief which surrounds her. the time,” said his Majesty, " to talk During this scene of horror the asof this: let us think only of yourself." sassin was interrogated. The wretch

The Prince replied, “ I do not de. had at first taken to flight. At the ceive myself with respect to my situa- cries of some persons present, an indition," and he requested that M. Latel, vidual would have seized him ; they Monsieur's first almoner, might be in. struggled for an instant, and the mur. troduced. He received the last sacra. derer succeeded in escaping ; but a ments, and never ceased to give the waiter of a coffee-house seized him most striking proofs of piety

and re- again near the arcade ; the guards who signation. About half past five o'clock pursued him arrived, and conveyed him the assistance of art became useless, to the guard-room at the opera. the blood overflowed his chest with The name of the assassin is Louvel, rapidity-death was imminent. Un. a name already celebrated in the ander pretence of leaving to the Prince nals of regicide. His manner is trana moment of tranquillity, they suc- quil. The physicians have not perceeded in inducing the Duchess de ceived any alteration in his pulse. He


is about forty, dark, bald, and his it is in the hands of Justice ; let her

, countenance has the expression of an therefore, do her duty, and let her hyena. He was a working saddler in discover those who it is presumed are the train of artillery of the Old Guard; my accomplices. he never carried arms even as a soldier. These are the only answers that He went in 1815 to the Isle of Elba, could be obtained from this wretch; and was afterwards at the battle of he signed them, and was escorted back Waterloo. When asked if he were a to the Conciergerie. It is impossible Frenchman, he replied, “ Do you not to convey an idea of his matchless sang see by my face that I am good froid. Neither the aspect of the unfor. Frenchman?" Interrogated respecting tunate victim, nor the presence of the the motive of his crime, he said, “ Î Magistrates, caused in him the least do not love the Bourbons."

emotion, even for an instant. As soon He was asked, “Who inspired you as the interrogation was concluded

, with this wicked intention ?He re. they proceeded to open the body; plied, “ Don't call it wicked." four of the late Prince's valets-de

The assassin has been examined be. chambre bore him from the state fore the Ministers; when his replies couch into an adjoining apartment, were as follow:

where were assembled the Doctors Q. What induced you to commit Portal, Dupuytren, and several others. this crime ?-A. My opinions—my From their observations, it appeared sentiments.

that the murderous weapon


pe Q. What are they ?-A. I think the netrated six inches between the 5th Bourbons are tyrants, and the most and 6th ribs, and had pierced the cruel enemies of France.

membraneous muscles of the heart. Q. In that supposition why did you The physicians drew up and signed attack the Duke de Berri in prefer- a very detailed attestation. ence to the rest?-A. Because he is When the late Duke de Berri was the youngest Prince of the Royal Fa- near expiring, he mentioned to his mily, and seemed to be destined to wife that he had two children born perpetuate that race hostile to France. in England and one in France, whom

Q. Do you repent your act ?-A. he wished her to take care of. The No.

moment she was removed from the Q. Had you any instigator-any body, she desired to see the children; accomplice ?-A. None.

and on their being brought to her, Q. If the justice of man cannot in. she cut off some of her hair, and gi. duce you to tell the truth, reflect on ving a lock to each of them, and also the justice of God.-A. God is mere- one to her own little daughter, she ly a word; he never came upon the said they were sisters and brothers, earth,

and that she would be their mother. Q. What could induce you to com

The Princess then went to St Cloud, mit an action so guilty ?-A. I wish and took the children with her. ed to have refrained from it, but it London Gazette Extraordinary, was beyond my power to do so.

Thursday, Feb. 24. Q. What was your motive ?-A. It Whereas Arthur Thistlewood stands will serve as a lesson to the great men charged with high treason, and also of f my country.

with the wilful murder of Richard Q. Do you persist in saying that Smithers, a reward of One Thousand no person inspired you with the idea Pounds is hereby offered to any perof this crime -A.'Yes. Moreover, son or persons who shall discover and


apprehend, or cause to be discovered came to the poor man's door ; and or apprehended the said Arthur This. then, with the utmost violence, burst tlewood, to be paid by the Lords it open; at the same time calling out Commissioners of his Majesty's Trea- to the poor fellow, who was in bed, sury, upon his being apprehended and Come out, thou black devil, or else lodged in any of his Majesty's Gaols. we will draw thee!' His wife got up And all persons are hereby cautioned and looked out of doors, when she upon their allegiance not to receive beheld a vast host of men, armed with or harbour the said Arthur Thistle- large cudgels and other weapons, waitwood, as any person offending therein ing the arrival of her hụsband. Terriwill be thereby guilty of High Trea- fied at the sight, she hastily shut the

SIDMOUTH. door, and fastened it as securely as The above-named Arthur Thistle she could. Just at this time their wood is about 48 years of age, five cruelty was exerting all its efforts on feet ten inches high, has a sallow com- a man called Milton, whom they kicked plexion, long visage, dark hair, (a and beat in a manner too shocking little grey) dark hazle eyes and arch. to be related. Alarmed at this coned eye-brows, a wide mouth, and a fusion, one of the mill-owners sent the good set of teeth, has a scar under above William Goodall for the assisthis right jaw, is slender made, and ance of some peace-officers and others, has the appearance of a military man, but, before he had gone far, he found was born in Lincolnshire, and appren- himself pursued and surrounded on ticed to an apothecary at Newark, all sides. They knocked him down, usually wears a blue long coat and then kicked and beat him with their blue pantaloons, and has been a lieu. clubs in all parts of his body, so that tenant in the militia.

he is now confined to his bed. At (The details of this atrocious at- this crisis the constables arrived, but tempt will be found given fully under found it impossible to enforce the the head of Trials for High Treason, powers of their office, beset, as they p. 105.)

were, on all sides, by these desperate and inhuman wretches, who were

vowing with all their vengeance, that, “ Heckmondwike, Feb. 22. whatever might be the consequence, “ Yesterday morning, (Monday,) they would kill every man that opa scene of the most daring and bar- posed them. Would to heaven I barous outrage presented itself that could stop here! But it was now time can possibly be described or concei. for the Black Men, as they called ved. A number of the members of a them, to come to their work; and, society called the Clothiers' Union alas ! as soon as those from the neighassembled at Batley, from Hanging bourhood of Morley appeared, they and Earl's Heaton, Dawgreen, and were seized; they were hewn and the neighbourhood of Heckmondwike. beaten to a degree the most barbarous During the whole of Sunday night, and cruel. While these unfortunate numbers were heard talking and walk- men were suffering the cruelty of their ing backward and forward; but about unexpected foes, lamentable to tell, four o'clock on Monday morning some another poor, quiet, and inoffensive of them knocked at the door of a poor man, who was coming from Howden woman, and inquired if William Good. Clough, to work at the mill, was met all lived there. Being answered in the by another company of these furious negative, they proceeded on until they wretches, who beat him in so unmer.


ciful a manner, that the poor suffer- force ; and so urgent was the request, er's eyes were nearly lacerated from that a troop of the 4th Dragoon their sockets, his legs and arms bro- Guards set off immediately in their ken, and most of his ribs fractured. stable-dresses, but before their arrival Their barbarous career did not stop at Dewsbury the mob had nearly dishere. A poor old man, who was re- persed. With the aid of the peaceturning from Mr Spedding's, where officers, they succeeded in apprehendhe had been to seek for employ, was ing ten of the ringleaders, and brought identified as a Black Man, and imme- them to this town, where they underdiately knocked down, nearly strang- went an examination, and were this led, beaten, and kicked in a most afternoon sent off to York Castle, to unmerciful manner. Having, as they take their trial on a capital charge." thought, deprived him of life, they threw him over an adjoining wall into

Glasgow, Feb. 23. a ditch.

“ Last night a large party of the “ But perhaps you will now ask, was Radical Reformers, who met in a ta. there no one to help? To which I an- vern in the Gallowgate, were appreswer, that so far were these murder hended by a warrant of the Sheriff of ous wretches from receiving their just the county, and committed to the deserts, that they were strenuously gaol of this city; twenty-six, in all, encouraged by others as bad as them were seized, consisting of delegates selves. The number of these depre- from different towns and villages in dators was at least three hundred. I the neighbouring counties. Their ex. am informed that their plan of opera- aminations are now going on at the tions was settled at a meeting of their, before the Sheriff. The leaders, held in the vicinity of Dews. appearance of the military, and the bury, at five o'clock on Sunday morn- seizure of such a number of indivi

duals, collected a considerable crowd. Leeds, Feb. 24. The shopkeepers closed their shops, « The most alarming reports were

and for about an hour there was much yesterday in circulation, but I could bustle and confusion in the street. not trace them to any authentic source. The military guard, in returning to One report was, that several thousands the barracks, were followed by a crowd of the · Union Men,' who were stand. of disorderly persons, and assailed with ing out for an advance of wages, had stones. We are glad to understand, set fire to two large cloth-mills at however, that four of the most active Dewsbury, and that they had killed in the mob were laid hold of, and are several of the Black Men, as they at present in custody; and that a preterm those who work at the existing cognition is going on, with a view to prices. These rumours, though not their trial for this daring offence. The true to the extent stated, are not with. sentinels at the gaol were doubled, and out some foundation. There was a and in a short time the town attained very violent riot and disturbance at its usual tranquillity.” Dewsbury and in the neighbourhood at a late hour last night, and the • Union Men’ evinced every disposi. tion to proceed to the lengths I have

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Ross-shire, March 2. that an express arrived here, at an -- We have all been agitated by a early hour this morning, for a military most unpleasant business, which oc

ing last !”

curred yesterday. The scene took were about 200 armed. The force with place on a part of Mr Monro's (of the Sheriff could not attempt much; Novar) property, called Culrain, near but the militia-men were ordered (in Gladfield. Mr Monro, wishing to re- hopes of frightening them) to charge move the numerous tenantry on his with bayonets, when the women, inestate of Culrain, caused his law. stead of running away, as expected, agent to serve summonses of removing literally rushed among the bayonets, upon them. The officers sent to exe- crying out, ' We must die any way! cute this piece of duty were maltreat- better to die here than in America, ed by the people, and obliged to re- or at the Cape of Good Hope ; we turn without effecting their purpose.

don't care for our lives.' The following are the particulars. In “ In this tumult some of the soldiers order to enforce the due execution of were compelled, in self-defence, to fire the writs of removing, the Sheriff of a few shots, by which we are sorry to the county, accompanied by one of his learn that two or three of the women substitutes, proceeded to Culrain. As

were severely wounded. No autho. some opposition was expected, these rity was given by the civil power for gentlemen were accompanied by about the firing. 25 soldiers of the Ross-shire militia, « The venerable Sheriff-Depute used nearly forty constables, and a very his utmost efforts to restore order ; numerous body of gentlemen from the and endeavoured to expostulate with lower parts of the county. On ap- the enraged people on the improprieproaching Culrain, the progress of ty of their conduct, totally regardless the party was interrupted by the ap- of the showers of stones with which pearance of a body of three or four he was assailed. Finding, however, hundred people, chiefly women, post- all his efforts fruitless, and his force ed behind a stone dike, who rushing insufficient to enforce order, the whole out upon the soldiers with a hideous party at length retreated. The worthy yell, attacked them with sticks, stones, Sheriff has sustained some bodily hurt, and other missiles ;-a scene truly hore and had the pannels of his carriage rible, in which 13 of the Sheriff's


broken. Two other carriages sufty were wounded, and of these one

fered in the same way.

Some of the had his skull fractured by a stone, soldiers were very severely wounded, which hit him in the forehead. The and many of the gentlemen received Sheriff was in imminent danger ; he severe hurts and contusions in rescuwas hit by three stones, one of which ing the Sheriff from the fury of the cut his hat. He went amongst the mob. people, thinking to soften them by -“The clergyman of the parish reasoning, but it was all in vain. They has, by his influence alone, accomplishcalled out to him that he used to be ed what the authorities were unable to on the side of mercy ; that they effect. The reverend gentleman con. thought he would protect them ; but vened all the tenants at Culrain, on that he now came to oppress them the 8th current, and, after pointing like the rest. The mob appeared as out the madness and inutility of such if raving mad; and those who first at- violence, and the destructive consetacked seemed furious, and were chief. quences that must inevitably ensue, ly women. The men were drawn up he prevailed upon every man of them on a height, and had taken quite a to go down to Ardgay Inn, to remilitary position behind a wall, with ceive their summonses for removing, their fire-arms in readiness. There which they did on the 14th, when

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