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foumd means a few nights after his appre- by a hollow rumbling noise; and several hertsion to put an end to his own life, in people belonging to vessels in the harbour the cell in which he was confined, by described the water as violently agitated strangling himself with his handkerchief, for some minutes. It appears to have one end of which he had tied round his neck, lasted inland near a minute. and fastened the other to the post of his bed- On the 18th instant, a similar shock was stead. The post was so short, that his legs felt in Oxfordshire and the neighbouring and thighs were upon the ground, so that counties. Accounts from Tetsworth, he was obliged to sit down as it were, to Bletchindon, Radley, Wolvercot, and maaccomplish his purpose ; and to effect it in ny other villages, mention, that the winthat way, must have been a work of long dows were much shaken, and in many time and difficulty.
houses the shock was plainly felt by the On searching the apartment of Williams, atarmed inhabitants; it was accompanied at his lodgings, a pair of bloody trowsers, by a deep rumbling noise, similar to the with several other articles of his apparel sound of a distant discharge of heavy ord: stained with blood, and a French knife
A gentleman of Oxford, walking also blood stained, were found. The maul in Christ Church Meadow, heard this noise which was found in Mr Marr's shop, after very plainly, and, from its uncommon the murder, has also been identified by the sound, he immediately guessed it must landlord of the house at which Williams proceed from an earthquake. In some lodged, as one which had been long about places this noise was heard for upwards of his house, and which he used for breaking ten minutes. coals. These facts, together with the suicide of Williams, sufficiently confirm his guilt. It is certain, however, that he Sir W. Drummond conceives, that he must have had accomplices; but how many, has discovered, in Malta, the burial place or who they are, as yet remains undis- of Hannibal. He adduces several reasons covered.
for thinking, that although Hannibal fell The body of Williams, after being ex- in Bythinia, by the perfidy of King Pruposed, amidst the execrations of the popu- sias and the Roman General Flaminius, lace, through the streets of London, was yet his ashes weré brought from thence to buried in a cross road, near the scene of his repose among his countrymen and relatives guilt, and a stake driven through the at' Malta. It appears, that in the year body.
1761, in the district of Ben Ghisa, in Malta, was discovered a sepulchral cave.
In the wall of this cave was a hollow EARTHQUAKES. On the morning of the 30th November square, in which was cut, in Phemician
characters, the epitaph annexed, which last, about twenty minutes before three, a
Sir W. has thus translated shock, resembling that of an earthquake, was felt very generally in the towns of The Inner Chamber of the Sanctuary of the Portsmouth, Portsea, and Gosport, and,
Sepulchre of Hannibal. vicinity. It was instantaneous, and cau.
Illustrious in the consummation of calamity, sed such a tremendous motion in many
He was beloved. houses, that as many as twenty families
The people lament, when arrayed were awoke by it, and sprang out of bed
- in order of battle, to ascertain its cause. To many persons
Hannibal, the son of Bar-Melech. whom it awoke, it appeared as though some heavy body had been moved in Sir W. D. argues, that the name of the the lower part of the house, and shook district of Malta, where stands this se. its whole fabric; to others, it was a sud. pulchre, Ben Ghisa, is a corruption of den motion of the bed, as though caused what ancient writers, intended by the faby the main strength of a person standing mily of Amilcar Giscon, which was nearly near it ; the furniture in their rooms related to that of Amilcar Baraca, or, by cracked, and the handles of the chairs transposition, Baraca Amilcar, would be moved as by an electric shock. Several the Punic Order; and, as on the tomb, soldiers on guard said that it was attended Bar.Melech.
-schoolmaster, and endeavoured to make
him sensible of the crime he had commitALLEGED CONSPIRACY.
ted, and of the evident falsehood of the Dublin, Jan. 8.
representations that had been made to
him. About eight days ago, a meeting was
These facts were made known by the held of the Trustees of the Charity School
trustees of the charity school to the Car belonging to the Catholic Chapel in Church tholie Committee, and by that body comStreet. The schoolmaster negleeted to at
municated to the Attorney-General. tend at the usual hour, and arrived in a state of intoxication, as the trustees were
: January 9. about to disperse. He was severely repri.
Keegan, the schoolmaster, whom we manded for his absence, and required to
mentioned yesterday, is in the Tower, and state the reason of it. He endeavoured to many gentlemen were on Tuesday examin
ed before Mr Pole and the Attorney-Geneexcuse himself, saying that he had been detained by important business ;-but, as his
ral, with regard to his disclosures in their duty required that all his time should be presence. devoted to the school, the trustees refused
January 21. to admit any such exeuse, and then he
We understand a special commission will stated broadly that he had been engaged learn, that two persons, Adams and Quar
be issued for the trial of Keegan. We akso in the business of the new association, to one division of which he said he was Se termas, have been committed to prison, cretary. The nature of this association charged with being concerned in the con was inquired of him, and he gave the fol.
spiracy. lowing aceount
That it was an association instituted for The Catholic Committee met according the purpose of separating Ireland from
to adjournment, on the 230 December England by forte of arms; that it had also and the chair was just taken by Lord Fin, for one of its objects the extirpation of he- gal, when Mr Hare, one of the police Maresy; that, however, the most active per- gistrates appeared, who inquired whether son he knew of in it was a Mr Fisher, a it was not the Catholic Committee, and be. Protestant, who had assured him and the ing answered in the affirmative, informed other persons he engaged in the plan, that the meeting that he had authority to disit had the sanction of the Catholic Com.
perse it, as an illegal assembly. Some almittee, and that Mr Hay was their private tercation took place, when Lord Fingal secretary ; that he had been supplied with told the Magistrate, that the meeting was a blunderbuss, and many others were arm- assembled for a constitutional purpose, ed, as it was easy to procure arms out of and that he would not quit the chair un. the stores of the Castle! and that an at. tess compelled. Mr Hare then handed tack was shortly to be made in Dublin, as Lord Fingal from the Chair, which was they were assured that the garrison was at immediately taken by Lord Netterville, present very weak.
who was in like manner displated by. Mr Such was the substance of the statement Hare. The meeting then broke up. made by this man. The trustees adjourn
An aggregate meeting of the Catholics ed to the next day, and then called him be
was held some days after, at which several fore them. Being sober he wished to con- resolutions were proposed, expressive of ceal or retraet the facts, but, being closely their sense of the indignity offered to the pressed, he admitted that he had become a Catholic body in the forcible dispersion of member of such an association, and repeat the Committee, of the right of the subject ed the account he had given the preceding at all times to petition the legislature, for evening, with this addition that he believ
å redress of grievances; 'and of the detered the name of Fisher was not a real, but mination of the Catholic body to persevere an assumed name. The trustees instantly in that measure untill all the remaining dismissed him from his employment as a disabilities should be removed.
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY. lector of the customs, and if he could provo
they were his property, they would be rea N the 8th Jan. came on before this turned. The goods were accordingly lodgO , , keeper in North Leith, and formerly car- shewn to Brown, Campbell, and Adamson, rier between Perth and Edinburgh, accused they swore they were the same they had of entering the packet Abo, a prize vessel, seized, having foreign marks on them, and lying in the wet dock, Leith, on the 11th one of the pieces being cut in a remarkable of September last, and stealing from the
The cloth was also identified by hold of said vessel, fourteen pieces of print- Mr Grimes and John Henderson, belonging od cotton, and three pieces of plain cloth. to the customhouse, and was afterwards
The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and brought to the Council Chamber, Leith, there being no objection made to the rele. when Hog was apprehended and examinvancy of the libel, a jury was chosen, and ed. the trial proceeded.
It also appeared in evidence, that the A number of witnesses were called, from Abo and several other prize vessels, were whose testimony it appeared, that the Abo kept by Hugh Simons, a sailor, and his son was captured by his Majesty's frigates, Hugh Simons, a lad about 14 years Ethalion and Tartar, and consigned to The father deponed, that he knew nothing Mr David K. Whytt, merchant in Leith, of the theft, but the son said he was on as prize agent. On the night of the 11th board the vessel when the robbery was of September, after eight o'clock, while comunitted, and had a share of the booty, William Brown and John Campbell tide which he afterwards conveyed on board waiters, and David Adamson, weighing another prize vessel, but which was reporter, were walking along the north side covered when he was apprehended. He of the new wet dock, they observed two said the robbery was committed by L. men, coming towards them, with parcels Pritty and another man he did not know. under their arms, from one of which a He was a tall stout man, 'but he could not parcel fell; they immediately seized one swear that Hog was the person. of the men, who proved to be John Hog, The last witness examined for the but the other made off, leaving the parcels Crown, was Lionel, Pritty, tide-waiter in he carried. Hog said the goods were his Leith. He deposed that Alex. Forster and own, but was answered, that they must see himself had the charge of the Abo,and rewhat they were ; and they accordingly lieved one another that on the 9th of took the parcels on board a brig and ex- September, Hog proposed to him to take amined them while Hog remained on the some goods from the vessel, saying there quay. When they had examined the par- was no harm in it as she was a prize ; he, cels, they returned to Hog, and told him, however, refused on that occasion, and althat they were to lodge them with the col. so did the same next day, when a similar Junuary 1812.
proposition was made by Hog to him.- series of riots, outrages, and robberies, On the evening of the 11th, he, along with hitherto, we may truly say, without any Hog, went on board the Abo, and having example. During almost the whole of the forced open a hatch which communicated night, after eleven o'clock, a gang of ferowith the hold, the witness took out the cious banditti, armed with bludgeons and goods from a large truss, which was after. other weapons, infested some of the leadwards divided, the boy having rather the ing streets of this metropolis, and knockJargest share to secure his fidelity. The ed down, and robbed, and otherwise most boy was present all the time, and brought wantonly abused, almost every person who a light to enable them to divide the spoil. had the misfortune to fall in their way.That the witness and Hog walked along the After they had fairly succeeded in knocknorth wall of the quay, when he stumbled ing down those of whom they were in purand let fall one of the parcels, on which suit, they proceeded immediately to rifle some Customhouse officers came up, but them of their money and watches ; and the he left the goods, and went off. He knew least symptom on their part, of anxiety to the officers, one of whom afterwards spoke save their property, was a provocation to to him on the subject, and advised him to new outrages, which were persevered in, go away. The witness also said, that Hog until their lives were endangered. One was to pay him for his share in ready mo- person, we have heard of, who, after beney.
ing knocked down, made several attempts Two declarations which Hog emitted to preserve his watch ; when he was so before the Magistrates of Leith, were read, abused and kicked, on the head, and in the in which he denied all knowledge of the breast, and stomach, that he was glad to robbery, and accounted for his having the escape with his life. Another gentleman, parcel, by saying they were given him in the same unhappy predicament, succeedby a sailor he did not know.
ed in preserving his watch, though it was Some witnesses were examined in ex« pulled so violently that the chain was eulpation,whose evidence was not very ma- broke, which, together with the seals, he terial.
lost. We have heard of many other inThe evidence for the Crown was sum. stances of outrage, but it' is unnecessary med up by the Solicitor General, and by to enter farther into particulars. Mr John Haggart, Advocate for the pan. These outrages were chiefly committed nel. The Lord Justice Clerk concluded by a band of idle apprentice boys, regularly the trial by a very candid and impartial organized for the purpose, and lurking in address to the Jury, who were appointed stairs and closes, from whence they issued, to return their verdict next day at 10 on a signal given, in large bands, and sur o'elock, which they did accordingly, all in rounded and overwhelmed those who were one voice finding the pannel Guilty.The passing by. By the vigilance of the magisSolicitor General restricted the libel to an trates, who were on the streets, or other. arbitrary punishment; on which the Court wise actively engaged in the duties of their sentenced him to be transported beyond office, until about five o'clock on Wednesseas for 14 years.
day morning, several of these rioters were , Counsel for the Crown,
the Solicitor Ge apprehended on the spot, some of them neral and Henry Home Drummond, Esq. with the stolen articles in their possession, Agent, Mr Hugh Warrander, W. S. For and the most vigilant inquiries were set on the pannel, John Haggart and D. Macfar, foot, with a view to root out this nefarious lane, Esqrs. Agent, Mr John Somerville. combination against the peace of society,
The trial of James Bradley, and John by bringing to exemplary justice the per. Lindsay Crawford, accused of forging cer- petrators of these outrages. tain deeds, was to come on the 9th Janu- A reward of one hundred guineas was ary, but, on account of the absence of somo offered by the Magistrates for the discovery material witnesses, was delayed till 3d of the offenders. February next.
We are sorry to add, that on the 4th
January, Dugald Campbell, a police officer, RIOTS IN EDINBURGH.
died of the wounds he received on the first We regret to state that on Tuesday day of the year.--And on the 7th, Mr night, the 31st of December, being the James Campbell, clerk to a company in last of the year, and on that aceount de Leith, also died of the wounds he received voted by immemorial usage, and the cus- on the same occasion. Two rewards of tom of the place, to innocent festivity, the 100 guineas each, was offered by the Magisstreets of Edinburgh were disgraced by a trates, for the discovery of the murderers.
On the 21st of December, between eight the room where he was confined, he was and nine o'clock, the following melancho- found quite dead, having hanged himself by accident happened in Edinburgh. Aby means of his handkerchief. house in Blair's close Castle-hill, opposite the city's reservoir, suddenly blew up with ANOTHER COXET.-The following es. a great explosion, and the inhabitants in tract from the French papers, states, that the floor above, were instantly precipitated a new comet has just been seen :along with the falling ruins, into the cellar " A new comet has just been seen the below. A room in the second floor was also concellation of Eridanus
it was seen blown up ; in which there was luckily no by M. Pons at Marseilles on the 16 uit. person at the time of the accident. The The thick weather did not permit it being house immediately caught fire, which, seen at Paris before the 5th instant; on however, was soon got under, when the that day, at 11 hours 1 minute of mean persons who had fallen along with the time, its right ascension was 64. 23. and rubbish were taken out. The house im. the declination 13. 34. S. The apparent mediately above the cellar, is inhabited by motion of the comet in right ascension, is a man of the name of Campbell, his mo- retrograde and very slow, and the motion in ther, and three women lodgers, with three declination carries it towards the northern children. Campbell was much scorched; hemisphere. his mother was killed-one of the women " It is not visible by the naked eye ; had her thigh bone broken and was much with very good glasses, its nueleus, the scorched. The other two were also great. light of which is vivid, is surrounded ly burnt and bruised. The children with a light cloud, but not the slightest were not much hurt. The unfortunate trace of a tail is to be seen. sufferers were all sent to the Royal Infir- " It was announced that, on the 4th mary.- The Magistrates, police, and tire- November, at 7. p. n. there was seen at men soon attended, and the fire was got Berne, in the direction of E.N. E. a commt under in a short time. The gun-powder above the horizon ; and it was added that which occasioned the explosion, wiss, it is the tail was turned direetly on the side of supposed, concealed in the cellar. One of the horizon. It will not be unnecessary to the women died in the Infirmary some remark, that these indications cannot in days after.
any measure relate to the comet discovered Helen Kennedy, daughter of James by M. Pons, first, because on the 4th Not. Kennedy, fariner in Burnsworklees, has this comet was still below tho horizon at been committed to Dumfries jail, accused eight at night, and next, because it rises in of having poisoned Thomas Slothart, far the South East and has no tail. It is mer in Burnswork, and his servant maid, probable that the Astronomer of Berne on the 9th of December, by infusing arse. mistook the Vebulous of Andromeda for a nic in the water which had been put upon comet. the fire, in order to make the porridge for breakfast, of which, however, she would December, 1811. not participate, under pretence that that Glasgow, Dəc. 24.-The new comet was sort of food did not agree with her, and seen on the evenings of the 22d and 23d therefore breakfasted upon bread and inst. at our Observatory. Its position has beer.
varied considerably in declination from that Thomas M‘Nair, slater, who was con- given by the French Astronomers for the demned for highway robbery by the High 5th December. It is now very near the Court of Justiciary, was executed at Fal. Equator. Its appearance, when viewed in kirk on the 26th of December, pursuant the 10 feet Herschelian, with a power of to his sentence. A strong party of military 250, is extremely beautiful. The nebulous attended. It is 112 years since any per- cometary mass is condensed and appears son suffered at Falkirk.
bright, not withstanding the vicinity of the On Monday the 30th of December, two moon. There is at present a fine double men broke into a house in the neighbour star a little to the south west of it. The hood of Dunfermline, and stole a watch rapidity of its motion is evident, even in and a pair of pantaloons. One of them the common telescope, in the interval of was soon after apprehended, and after ex. one day. Its situation has been carefully amination was committed to Dunfermline determined on both evenings by a series jail
. The watch was found in his posses- of azimuths and altitudes with the great sion. Next morning on the jailor opening Astronomical circle constructed by Mr
At the enteriet, Observatory,}