LANCASHIRE NEWS ITEMS.
AN ATROCIOUS CASE OF ASSAULT has been heard before the Preston magistrates. A child, six
years old, without having given any provocation, was knocked down with a stone thrown by a
man, who kicked and stamped upon the poor child with his foot. For three weeks after the
outrage it was hardly able to walk, being partially paralysed. The man in custody was a
labourer, named MICHAEL MULLOY, who was identified by two witnesses as the assailant.
ANNIE BROWN, a seamstress, has been convicted at the Manchester City Sessions of being an
incorrigible rogue and vagabond, and sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment. This woman
commenced her career of petty crime when she was seventeen, and in the eighteen years that
have elapsed since then, has been convicted upwards of one hundred times.
THE INQUEST upon the victims of the Manchester tragedy has been held, when the jury
returned a verdict of “Wilful murder against MR. BARGE, and also found that he had
committed suicide whilst in an unsound state of mind.”
IN THE PRESENCE OF MANY SYMPATHISERS, the body of MR. HERBERT BARGE, the victim of the
Prince’s Club tragedy, attended by his widow and brother, has been committed to the family
vault at All Saints.
THE THREE PRISONERS already in custody for the Tithebarn-street murder have been again
remanded by the Liverpool magistrates. A reward of £100 has been offered for the arrest
of CAMPBELL, who is still missing.
A NUMBER OF SHIPSMITHS at Liverpool are at present on strike for an advance of sixpence
per day wages. Several firms have acceded to the demands, but the larger employers have
refused the increase.
AN OUTRAGE OF AN EXTRAORDINARY KIND has been brought under the notice of the Rochdale
magistrates. A young man, named JOSEPH WARD, has been charged with attempting to murder
PATRICK ROURKE, a labourer. The two men met in a railway carriage proceeding to Rochdale,
and, both being tipsy, quarrelled as to the possession of a swordstick. WARD got hold of
the weapon, and after dealing ROURKE a severe blow on the head with it, pushed him out of
the carriage. The train was going at full speed at the time, and on being picked up,
ROURKE was insensible, and continues in that state. The prisoner has been remanded
ANOTHER ATTEMPT HAS BEEN MADE to put an end to the ruinous competition between the
steamers running between Liverpool and New York. A meeting of the Atlantic Conference has
been held in Liverpool, but nothing of a definite character was resolved upon which would
lead to the settlement of the points in dispute between the companies. A correspondent
states that great efforts are being made to come to an arrangement, and the prospect of an
end being put to the present disastrous competition at low rates is certainly a little
more hopeful than it was a month ago.
FORTY EMIGRANTS, composed principally of women and children, have left the locked-out
district in Cambridge for Liverpool, en route for Canada, and according to the emigration
agents, this makes a total of 800 persons during the present year, who have been induced
to leave the district. On the other hand, it is reported that several emigrants who have
been out to Canada have come back again.
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