17th February 1861


A Trappist monk, named Brother Hugo, has just been sentenced to death by the Court of Assize at Hainault, for setting fire to the convent of Forges in October last. He acknowledged his guilt, and said the crime was committed in a fit of passion after a sermon, in which the preacher was especially severe on him and others who had transgressed the laws of silence.


On Wednesday morning, at an early hour, a frightful accident occurred to Miss E Hill, aged 18 years, who resided at Sutherland terrace, Caledonian road, Islington. It appeared that she was sitting along by the side of the fire, her crinoline dress hanging over the fender, when a piece of red hot coal fell on it, which became ignited, and she was enveloped in fire. Her screams brought assistance, when the flames were extinguished. She was conveyed to the hospital, where she remains without the slightest hope of recovery.


One of the greatest wrestling matches known to the history of the United States came off at Ireland’s Corners in Albany on Tuesday. The parties were Dr Frazer, of Troy, and Abram Herrington, of Watervleit.

The parties met at nine a.m. for the purpose of trading horses. They talked horse two hours, but could not trade, as each wished to “put a leak” into the other. At last, Herrington lost his temper, and proposed to go into wrestling for 20 dollars a side, the winner to pay the drinks. The doctor agreed to this and put up the money without hesitating a moment. The stakes were held by Elias Ireland.

Round 1: This round was a side-hold. It lasted 45 minutes, during which time Herrington got the doctor four times against the shed, and once under a two-horse waggon. Towards the end of the round the doctor lost his wind and went down on a broken bottle and a lot of bricks. (Cheers for Herrington) Bottle holders gave parties something wet out of a bottle, and wiped their faces with a piece of oilcloth.

Round 2: This was a “square old flop”. It lasted one hour and ten minutes. The doctor tripped Herrington and staggered him. Herrington made a spring and recovered his foothold. (Cheers.) The doctor now braced back, lifted Herrington from the ground and undertook to fall in a mud puddle with him. (Cries of “foul”.) Herrington touches the ground, and gives the doctor a yank that lifted him out of his boots. The doctor rallied, set his teeth, and went in. Herrington, exhausted, went down, cutting his shin with a tin pan. “First blood Frazer!” (Cheers.)

Round 3: This was a back-hold. The round lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes—the longest round on record. During the round they crossed the road ten times, got into the cattle-yard fourteen times, brought up against the pig-pen twenty-seven times, and upset a waggon four times. The round finally ended in favour of Herrington, owing to the doctor tipping his foot against a piece of scantling and falling on a dog belonging to a man called Davis—killing it instantly.

The three rounds agreed on having been gone through with, Herrington was declared the victor, amid the shouts of a multitude which amounted to near two hundred.

Herrington asked Ireland for the stakes. “Haven’t got them—all spent for drinks an hour ago. In addition to which, the barkeeper has a balance against you of 4.37 dollars”

This led to a fresh wrangle, the result of which was that Herrington has agreed to wrestle with Ireland and barkeeper on Monday next for 50 dollars a side.

As a postscript to all this, we would state that Davis intends to sue Frazer for killing his dog. He lays his damages at 30 dollars.


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