2nd June 1861


Mrs Leybourre, of Ballart Hills, Sunderland, was assisting her husband to hook a sack of flour on to a moveable chain when her crinoline became entangled and drew her into the machinery. Both her legs were broken at the thigh before she could be rescued, and she likewise sustained severe injuries in other parts of her body. She was dressed out to go to the fair.


Blood was noticed to be issuing from an oblong box, from which an unpleasant odour exuded, belonging to a female passenger on board the Herald steamer at Belfast. Inquiries were made, and the woman in charge acknowledged that the box contained the dead body of her sister. On opening the box it was found to contain a coffin, the interstices being filled with straw closely packed together. The woman said that she was taking the corpse to Glasgow to be buried there near her friends, and that she had concealed it in the manner described to save expenses.


At Bow-street Police Office on Saturday an elderly man, of gentlemanly appearance and address, who stated that his name was Ottley, applied to the magistrate under the following circumstances:—

He had served as an officer of Artillery for twenty-one years. The Government offered at that time what was called a “boon” to officers who had served for a certain number of years. This was the permission to sell their commissions and the grant of a piece of land in Canada. He accepted the offer, and when he went out to Canada he found that his property was fifteen miles from any human habitation; that the road to it lay for the greater part of the year under three or four feet of snow; and that the land itself was perfectly useless to him, being so covered with timber that it would require an enormous capital to clear it.

He then became manager and editor of the Ottawa Advertiser newspaper, after which he removed to Staten Island, and became Professor of Mathematics at Staten Island College. Subsequently he edited the New York Picayune for four years, and more recently he became editor of a newspaper at New Orleans. But when the recent disturbances broke out he was required to take an oath of allegiance to the new Southern (Secession) Confederacy, and to abjure his own country. This he refused to do; but finding that several persons who had so refused had been hanged on suspicion of being abolitionists, and that others were ignominiously expelled, he was obliged to make his escape and return to England.

After an absence of forty years from London he could find none of his old friends, and could get no employment. Mr Corrie regretted that he could do no more than give him some temporary assistance from the poor-box, and hoped that he might get some employment shortly.


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