THE WORKINGTON MURDER
EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
On Thursday at the Workington Police-court (before M. FALCON, W. THOMPSON, and R. R. THOMPSON. Esqrs.), Maynard James HARRISON, 17 years of age, was brought up on remand on the charge of having on or about the 1st of December last, wilfully murdered Lucy SANDS, 16 years of age, at the North-side, Workington. Superintendent TAYLOR was also present. The prisoner was placed in the dock at five minutes past eleven.
Superintendent BIRD said, before proceeding with the inquiry, there was a circumstance he wished to refer to. It was a matter connected with the inquiry, and it was a statement which appeared in a Cockermouth paper, in it's issue of the 1st of April, where the editor said in the paper - and it had reference to this inquiry, "What the police may fish out before next Thursday, I do not know, but, so far, there is not sufficient evidence on which to hang a dog." Pending this very serious inquiry, he thought such remarks getting into the papers had a strong tendency to defeat the ends of justice.
The Chairman: No doubt they have Mr. BIRD. I read it myself, and was shocked at it at the time.
Margaret CRANNIE was the first witness called, and deposed: -I remember now it was the night of the 1st December on which I, along with Jane SHANNON and Lucy SANDS, was looking at the furnaces. We were looking at the furnaces when the prisoner came across to us. Went across on the following Friday night and met Jim FALCON and Bobby CARRUTHERS. They came on before us to Workington. Shortly after leaving them we turned back home again, and afterwards went to "Cheap John's." I think we saw the prisoner there. When the prisoner left "Cheap John's" we followed him down Finkle-street towards Vulcan's-lane. The prisoner then took Janey down the lane leading towards the Bowling-green, and Janey said, "Don't go away Maggie." Janey did not seem to be afraid of him at all. Followed them a bit and kept calling to Janey "Come on," The prisoner replied, "Go on you long ghost of misery." Did not go, and he threatened to kick me. On Saturday after I say MAYNARD, in Pow-street, and I said "AYNARD, when have you seen anything of Lucy SANDS at the North-side?" Do not know what answer he gave. Further up the street I said, "What have you made of Lucy SANDS at the North-side, and he said, "Go to the devil and see." On going down the Hall Brow towards the Railway Station on the day the body was found, I said, "I wonder if it is really Lucy SANDS;" and the prisoner said, "Yes, it is her sure enough, poor b-----r." I have no recollection of saying "MAYNARD, it is you who have done it." I said it was an awful thing about Lucy SANDS and he said, "Whoever has done it ought to swing for it."
By Mr. PAISLEY: MAYNARD and I often had a quarrel. Remembered at the last inquiry about saying to the prisoner on the Hall Brow, "I wonder if it is Lucy SANDS," but did not think it necessary to tell that. Told the Bench that I had told all I knew. I have seen Superintendents BIRD and TAYLOR since last court day. I was down here last night, and I was down one night before too. The first time I saw Insepctors DODD and SMITH. They read me over the evidence I had given and took down what I then said.
Jane SHANNON deposed: After coming out of the garden I found CRANNIE standing outside of the door, and said to her, "What has become of Lucy?" She said, "She has gone round the offices." Nothing more was said about Lucy. I went into Vulcan's-lane with the prisoner on the following Friday night. I did not go willingly, and he pulled me away from Margaret CRANNIE. Mary LAWSON had left then. I asked CRANNIE to stand by because I did not want to go with him. There was no special reason why I did not want to go with him. I wanted to go with the other girls. CRANNIE left us and came up by Vulcan's -lane. I came out of the lane by the same way as CRANNIE did about a quarter of an hour later, and we went down to the Bowling-green-lane and out by the wicket near Speedwell-lane, and the prisoner left me, and went across the street to Miss. SCOTT. During our walk I do not remember that we had any talk about Lucy. He was not rough with me that night except in pulling me away from Margaret CRANNIE. He was not rough with me near the Bowling-green. The conversation we had in the garden after Margaret CRANNIE left could have been heard over the wall I think.
By Mr. PAISLEY: Was down the road near Annie Pit with the prisoner on the same night and was not afraid of him. At the garden gate MAYNARD said, "See; Lucy is going down," and CRANNIE said, "Let her go. We can go home ourselves." I don't think I looked down the road when the prisoner said Lucy was going. We stood talking about a quarter of an hour after that. The prisoner offered to set us home, and Margaret CRANNIE said we could go quicker ourselves.
William GRANT deposed: I am an engine fitter working at Eskett iron mines. In the month of December last I was working for the Old Company at the North-side, and living there. During that month I had a daughter ill at Cockermouth. On the 21st December I went up to Cockermouth by the six o'clock train and met my wife there. Came down with her to Workington by the last train. It would be nearly ten o'clock when we got to the station, as the train was twenty-five minutes late. On arriving at the station we started off home immediately, and when we got past the Cleator and Workington Railway bridge, and near to the foot bridge, I heard a man say, "Good evening." He said it was a dark dull road. The man certainly came from the direction of the foot bridge. The man was three or four yards from the wicket gate when I first saw him. He said it was a "dark dull road," and he was glad he had got company, and that many a one had got badly used on that road, or words to that effect. My "missus" made reference to a man having been badly used on that road. Cannot say that I caught every word that he said. Do not remembering hearing her say who the man was that was badly used. The man then said there had been a young woman badly used by two men, and a man came up at the time and the man ran away across the fields, and had taken a parcel and boots. We were getting on towards the cottages when the conversation ended, but it was beside the ghyll the man said it was just up there were the woman was abused. I did not pay much heed to the conversation; but my wife and the man chatted together. When I got to the Buck Cottages I called on my wife to come on. The man said "good night," just as I called on my wife and I said "good night.' I never looked round after that. On the following night I went to meet my wife coming from Cockermouth. The train was late, but not so late as it was on the night before. We started for home immediately after the arrival of the train. At the same place as the previous evening we met a man who said, "Good evening, Mr. GRANT; it was the same man we had met on the previous evening.....
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THE WORKINGTON MURDER
EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
My mistress said, "I think we have marked the place; come on." We went straight home, and I conversed some with him. The man said, "I am in for it tonight; I am late, and the governor has never allowed me a key since I was at sea." My wife said she had a son who was at sea; and he replied, "Was that Tom?" Mrs. GRANT said, "You know Tom then?" He said, "Yes, and Mrs. GRANT too." I told him about Tom losing all his clothes at sea, and he said he wanted to go to sea again but his parents were not willing. We parted at the end of the buildings beside the offices, and the man turned the corner and went towards Mr. HARRISON's door. I saw him knock at the door.
By Mr. PAISLEY: Tom left sea before Christmas. I was in the middle of the road when the man went up to Mr. HARRISON's door. Mrs. GRANT was a little behind me then. On the first night the man joined us I was walking on the right side of the road, and the man joined us on the left. I believe I was on the left side passing the ghyll. It was on passing the ghyll that the conversation was carried on about the parcel and the boots, and the men running over the fields. I never saw my wife overcome by drink.
By Mr. PAISLEY: Do you mean to say that she never took drink?
Witness: No, no! Every woman takes a drink. (laughter).
The Clerk: I asked this because there was some insinuation made when she was examined.
Mr. PAISLEY: There was no insinuation by me: I only asked the question, and she refused to answer, and you can draw what inference you like from that.
Sarah KENNEDY deposed: I remember about fourteen or fifteen weeks ago meeting Henry KERR between Workington Bridge Station and Mr. SNELLUS' house. We had some conversation about Lucy SANDS, and he said she had been missing since a Thursday evening before Christmas, and it was reported that she had drowned herself.
Henry KERR, recalled, denied having said that Lucy SANDS had drowned herself.
Inspector DODD stated that he was instructed to make inquiries about the truth of Sarah KENNEDY's evidence, and he and her and and the witness KERR brought to the Police station. Inspector SMITH was present and when KERR was asked about the statement respecting Lucy SANDS drowning herself, he denied it. Sarah KENNEDY then said to him, "Didn't you make a statement to me when going along the side of the road on the North-side between Workington Bridge Railway Station and Mr. SNELLUS's house?" KERR replied, "I did make that statement about Lucy SANDS drowning herself."
The Clerk: (To KERR), Did you say that?
KERR: I cannot remember.
The Clerk" What do you mean by coming here to say that? Did you come here to tell us deliberate falsehoods?
The Clerk: (To Sarah KENNEDY) You can go. You have brought him to book. (To KERR) Did you ever, before telling the police, tell any person that HARRISON had said to you that Lucy SANDS was "up the stick?" and didn't you tell the coroner, that it was the "family way?"
The Clerk: Are you going to tell us the truth now?
The Clerk: Did you change that purposely from "up the stick" to "family way?"
Witness: No sir, it was what he said.
On being further examined by the Clerk, the witness said he still adhered to the statement he made with respect to "Hamlet" being played at the theatre Friday night. He might be wrong, but he was sure it was a Friday night on which he saw the prisoner knocking on his father's door. Could not remember making the statement at the Forge Hammer Inn that if HARRISON got off he was to get £10, as he was drunk at the time, and had four pints of ale.
Miss. EADEN deposed that the witness KERR only had three pints of ale at the Forge Hammer Inn on the day in question, and that he was only drinking the second when he made the statement about getting £10 if HARRISON got off.
The Clerk then ordered the police to take the witness KERR in charge.
The Court adjourned till two o'clock. On reassembling the next witness called was:
Alice ATKINSON: deposed: I live at 6 Railway Cottages, with my father and mother. Last Martinmas I went to service at Mr. HARRISON's, the prisoner's father, and I left on the Thursday before Christmas. I heard of a girl being missing about a fortnight or three weeks before I left Mr. HARRISON's. It was on a Thursday that I heard the report, being the day before baking day. I did not learn the name of the girl missing till after the body was found. I now know her name to have been Lucy DANDS. Lizzie SMITH told me it was a girl that had been at North-side, and in the garden with MAYNARD. MAYNARD was out late on that night, and we were late in going to bed: I think it would have been after one o'clock before we went to bed, and Lizzie SMITH went to bed with me, and we stood a while in the bedroom looking out the window. It was a moonlight night. On looking out the window I saw MAYNARD on the wall, and afterwards on the wash - house top. Lizzie SMITH called my attention to MAYNARD on the wall. We were both in the mistress's bedroom when we went upstairs first, and when we went into our own room Maynard was on the wall. Maynard was sitting on the wall on the left hand side of the back door when I saw him. He was doing nothing, but after a while he got up and crawled on to the wash- house top to the glass shade which is between the house and the wash-house. Heard him rattle his own bedroom window. He would be there about a quarter of an hour, and then a man came and spoke to him, and Maynard got off the wall into the Back row to talk to him. Could not tell what sort of a man he was, but thought he was something like Maynard himself. I think it was a round bat the man was wearing. Maynard was wearing blue clothes, and I think he was wearing a cheese cutter hat.
The Clerk: Fetch KERR forward. Was it anything like that man?
Witness: (who broke down) I don't know, sir.
The Clerk: Don't distress yourself.
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EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
Examination continued: Maynard afterwards rattled the yard door, and his father let him in. Maynard's father went into the yard with a candle. Maynard crossed the yard with his father, and they were speaking very loud. When Maynard came in he went to his bedroom and fastened the door, and his father could not get in. If I heard anything said I cannot remember. They shouted the one to the other all the way up the stairs. I don't remember Maynard saying where he had been. Nothing struck me next day when I heard of a girl being missing. It would be about four o'clock in the afternoon, next day, when I heard about it. Mary HARRISON was with us in the room the night when Maynard was on the wall. Lizzie SMITH and I were last to go up the stairs that night, because we had the doors to lock. Mary HARRISON and Lizzie SMITH were out of the room several times whilst Maynard was on the house-top, but I was never out. Don't know if either of the two girls told Mr. HARRISON where his son was. Mr. HARRISON told us before we went up stairs not to let him in because he was out too late.
It was very unusual for Maynard to be out at that time. He usually came in between ten and eleven o'clock. Eleven o'clock and after was our usual bed time. Mr. and Mrs. HARRISON went up stairs shortly before we went up. We sat up purposely this night wiating for Maynard coming in. It was a subject of remark amongst us that he was out so late that night. I had no conversation with Maynard about staying out so late, but Lizzie SMITH had. I neither saw his shoes nor clothes the next day. Didn't remember any washing going on during the forenoon.
By Mr. PAISLEY: I think it was on Thursday night when Maynard came in so late, but I would not swear. She saw him go up the wash-house roof as far as the glass shade. He could not have touched his bedroom window from where I saw him, and he could not have got to his window without going over the glass. Did not know whether Maynard got over the yard door or he was let in. It was an unusual thing for Maynard to be out so late, but I have known him locked out before. I never said I did not hear any quarrelling or any row about Maynard coming in late. I did not see anything wrong with his clothes or his boots. He was wearing a blue shirt about that time, but I do not know if he had it on that night. I don't know if he had the same suit on the next day as he had on that night.
Elizabeth SMITH deposed: I live with my father at the Beck-side, Workington. At Martinmas last i went to live at Mr. HARRISON's at the North-side as a general servant. I left about eight weeks since. To the best of my knowledge I left about a fortnight before the finding of the body. I remember in December having heard of the prisoner having had three girls in the garden, and I heard shortly afterwards of a girl being missing. I think it would have been on a Friday that I heard of the girl being missing. It was on Baking day I heard of it, and Baking day was on a Friday. On the night before Maynard was at home, but I cannot remember what time he came home. We usually went to bed between eleven and twelve. On this night I went to bed as soon as I got up stairs, but I don't think the prisoner's sister and the last witness did. They were undressing and talking, but I do not think either of them were out of the room. After I had been in bed about a half an hour I got out. Alice ATKINSON and Mary were looking out of the window. On looking out the window I saw Maynard HARRISON sitting on the back door. He was waving for me to go and open the door. I went down the stairs about three steps, and his father gave me a talking to and forbade me to open the door. I returned to my own bedroom, and Mr. HARRISON said he would go down and open the door. No one had gone to tell Mr. HARRISON. I think he heard me going down. When I got back to my room I looked out of the window and saw Maynard going over to the wash-house top towards his own window. Did not hear him do anything to the window. I did not see him again after that. I think I left the window first. Maynard was sitting on the wash-house top a little while, and then his father went down and opened the door and let him in. Mr. HARRISON was scolding him for staying out late. I think Mr. HARRISON went into the bedroom with Maynard and stayed about twenty minutes with him. I had got into bed when he came out. There was no lock on Maynard's door. There was no catch or bar that would sound like a lock Maynard's room door was right opposite to our room door. I neither heard nor saw anybody talking whilst Maynard be on the wall, and I did not see him while off the wal in the lane. I told the coroner that Maynard told us to open the door. I told him we dared not. Maynard did not speak to us; he motioned with his hand.
The Clerk here read the witness a statement which she made to the effect that she heard a great noise and got up and saw Maynard sitting on the wall, and a person came along and spoke with him and Maynard got down and spoke to him.
The Clerk: Did you or did you not see him get down off the wall and speak to someone?
Witness: I did not see him get down or speak to anyone. I think I was baking the same day after I saw Maynard on the wall. I heard of a girl being missing, but I cannot remember if it was on the same day.
The Clerk (reading): "They say that one of the girls you had in the garden last night is missing;" and he said, "Go to h- - l !"
Witness: Yes, that is quite right.
The Clerk: Then why fence with it now? Is it correct?
The Clerk: And he said "Mind your own business?"
Witness: Yes, sir.
The Clerk: Did he throw anything at you?
Will you swear that he did not throw a loaf at you? - No, he didn't.
Did you tell the police that? No, I did not.
Examination continued: On the day the body was found I received a message to go over to Mr. HARRISON's. My father brought the message about four o'clock. I am not exactly sure whether it was on the day the body was found or the day Maynard was taken that I received the message to go to Mr. HARRISON's. I went and remained all night. About three weeks since the prisoner's sister came to see if I could remember washing a pair of trousers. She did not tell me what to say when I came here. I remember washing a pair of trousers on the Monday before I left Mr. HARRISON's. It was a blue serge suit Maynard was wearing on the night I saw him on the house top.
By Mr. PAISLEY: I never washed more than one pair of trousers while at Mr. HARRISON's. Do not remember anyone calling my attention to any person in the lane while Maynard was on the hosue top. Do not know what took place between the prisoner and his father on the night he was let in. There was some bedding and some dresses washed on the same day as the trousers. The reason why I was sent for to Mr. HARRISON was because Mrs. HARRISON was in a bad way and wished for me to stay all night. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. HARRISON ever told me what I was to say at this inquiry. Did not notice the trousers particuarly. Never saw any blood stains on either the prisoners boots or trousers. The trousers were not particularly dirty. Believed the prisoner worked in the trousers.
Superintendent TAYLOR repeated in substance the evidence which he gave at the coroner's inquiry and:
The prisoner was remanded till Saturday, and the witness KERR was locked up on a charge of perjury preferred against him by Superintendent BIRD.
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THE WORKINGTON MURDER
EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
Today at the Workington Police Court (before W. THOMPSON, M. FALCON and R. S. THOMPSON, Esqs.) Maynard James HARRISON, 17 years of age, was brought up on remand on the charge of having, on or about the 1st December, wilfully murdered Lucy SANDS, 16 years of age, at the North-side, Workington. The first witness called was:
Police sergeant PICKARD, who deposed:
On the 18th March I was present when the prisoner was in court and I remember his remand. I removed him from this court to the cells. Inspector DODD was with me. The witness said, in passing the witness MAINPRIZE, "You b----r! I'll take your life. You'll not live another night after I get out of here." On the 24th March I brought the prisoner to his room between seven and eight o'clock in the evening. There were several other persons with him - some came in before him and some came in after. In the room they were all mixed up together. There was a woman in the room when they came in, and I have since ascertained that her name was Mrs. GRANT. Mrs. GRANT on seeing the prisoner said, "Oh, my bonny lad! That's the young man I saw on the north-side road, but he doesn't look as fresh as he did." On taking the prisoner back to the cells she said, "What is to do with Mrs. GRANT? Is she boozy?" I replied, "I think not." He said, "I saw her on the North-side road one night with her husband and she was boozy then." On the following day, before the adjournment of the court, a medical certificate was put to the effect that she was too ill to appear. The prisoner said, on being removed to the cell, "The reason Mrs. GRANT was not produced was because she could not identify me last night."
Mr. PAISLEY applied that the prisoner's father might be supplied with a seat near him, because he found that, as he proceeded, he might find it necessary to confer with him.
The request was granted.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: I did not bring Mrs. GRANT here, and I never saw the woman before. Inspector DODD told me to bring the prisoner out, but he did not tell me for what reason HARRISON had to be brought out.
Police constable ARMSTRONG deposed: I remember the 30th of March last. The prisoner knocked at the cell door, and I went. The prisoner told me to tell CRANNIE to "keep her mouth shut." CRANNIE was standing in the lobby at the time.
Cross-examined by Mr. PAISLEY: CRANNIE was talking in the entrance of the court. Don't know who she was talking to. She wasn't kicking up her heels and laughing, but she was talking loud. I didn't hear her talking when I went to the cell door.
Inspector DODD deposed: I remember Wednesday morning, the 1st of March. About ten minutes to ten o'clock Robert MONERIEFF came to this police station and gave me certain information, and in consequence of that information I went to the North-side road and there found the body of a female covered with unbroken stones. On going there first I saw the feet, a few stones having been removed from the heap. I removed the stones from the body and found it lying on the back, and the head leaning a little to the right; the arms close down by the sides; the legs close together; and the dress drawn close round the legs. The body seemed to have been placed there very carefully. There was a mark on the right side of the forehead which appeared to have been a blow. There were also marks about the neck. The body was in such an advanced stage of decomposition that one could scarcely tell by what means the marks had been caused. I at once sent for Dr. HIGHET, who saw the body before it was removed. Afterwards procured a sheet and placed the body on it. The body was completely covered from view, and the stones seemed to have been packed. A sheet was procured and the body was put into it without disturbing the clothing, and then removed to the railway station. Underneath the head was a quantity of decomposed blood which was soaked into the ground. The blood seemed to have flowed from the head and the neck. I examined the clothing before the body was removed, and I could not see any marks of blood on them. The body was dressed in a black dress trimmed with black satin. The dress, I believe, is what is termed a "princess robe." There was a brown skirt underneath, and a purple coloured petticoat with a white stripe running through it; brown jean stays, repaired at the end of the bars with leather; a white cotton chemise; white cotton drawers; navy blue stockings, and a pair of navy blue mits which were partly eaten away with vermin. The stocking feet and the soles of the feet were partly eaten away with vermin. There was also a small tie around the neck. The body appeared to have laid there for a considerable time. There was no hat or boots on the body, and no jacket. I examined the clothing but there were no private marks nor anything to lead to the identification of the body. The clothing appeared to have been fairly good in the first place, but it would then scarcely bear lifting. The pocket was not in the dress. No other part of the dress appeared to have been torn. On the 3rd March I received the hat produced from the witness HARRINGTON, at the North-side. On the 29th of March I went to the North-side and made certain measurements. I was accompanied by Inspector SMITH and Mr. JENNINGS, a land surveyor. It was about eight o'clock, and the moon was in nearly the same position as she was on the night when Lucy SANDS was missing. It was a bright moonlight night, and we arrived at the North-side about ten minutes to nine o'clock. At about a quarter to twelve the moon became overcast. The first measurement was from the toll bar at Workington Bridge station to the stone heap where the body was found. The distance was 395 yards. From the cottage near the railway bridge it is 125 yards to the stone heap. From the stone heap to Mr. SNELLUS's house it is 317 yards. From the stone heap to Mr. HARRISON's garden door is 715 yards. From the place where the body was found to the nearest point of the river Derwent is 48 yards. From the centre of the road to where the body was found is 21 feet; from there to the foot of the ghyll on the opposite side of the road is 50 feet. The length of the sleeper fence close to where the body was found is 7 feet, and the height of the sleeper is 4 feet. The height of the wall at the junction with the sleepers is 7 feet 6 inches. >From the sleepers to the fence - the double fence - is 4 feet 8 inches wide, and there is an opening to the road.
From Mr. HARRISON's garden door to Mrs. GIBSON's door is also 47 feet. From the garden door to Mr. HARRISON's door is also 34 feet. The length of the front row of houses from the garden door to the Workington end is 183 yards. I took these measurements at nine o'clock, and at half past nine we tried to see how far we could discern a person off. At a distance of 100 yards we could discern a person, but could not tell whether it was a man or a woman. At 60 yards we could discern it was a man or a woman, but I was unable to see any person at the end of the row 183 yards distant. I stood at the garden, and Inspector SMITH stood at the distances, and we reversed the order. At 100 yards a person became visible. Remember the 28th of March when the prisoner was remanded; I escorted him back to the cell along with Sergeant PICKARD. On leaving the court he passed the witness MAINPRIZE, who had been examined immediately before. The prisoner said to him, "You b---r I'll take your life! You'll not live one day after I get out of here."
On the 24th of March Mrs. GRANT was at the police station. The prisoner was brought into the court-room. On being brought in Mrs. GRANT said, "Oh, my bonny lad! That is the young man I saw on the road at North-side, but he doesn't look as fresh as he did." I remember being present on Friday, the 3rd of March, when the prisoner was in court. He (prisoner) came on the occasion to make a statement, and he made it to Superintendent TAYLOR. I took it down as he uttered it....
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EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
By Mr. PAISLEY: What age are you?
Witness: I don't know that that has anything to do with it but I will answer the question.
Mr. PAISLEY: It is not for you to judge.
Witness: I am 42 years of age.
Mr. PAISLEY: Is your sight as good as it ever was?
Witness: I don't think it has failed any.
Mr. PAISLEY: Do you wear spectacles?
Witness: I wear them in gaslight to preserve the eyes.
Mr. PAISLEY: Do you find it is failing I suppose?
Witness: No, I don't.
Mr. PAISLEY: May I consider you have as good sight as anybody?
Witness: I believe I have.
Mr. PAISLEY: Was there any mist on the night you were at the North-side?
Mr. PAISLEY: A bright clear moonlight night?
Mr. PAISLEY: Was it as bright as you ever saw?
Witness: It was that night.
In answer to further questions the witness said he could not see any person at the end of the row from the garden gate. The distances were measured with a tape line.
Superintendent BIRD said : I was at the Petty Sessions at Workington on the 1st of March. I received information of finding the body. I went to the place. It would be about five o'clock when I arrived at Workington Bridge station where the body was lying. I saw the prisoner. He told me that on the night that Lucy SANDS was missing she and two girls, CRANNIE and SHANNON, came to the North-side cottages, where he met them, and went with them to his father's garden; that they were there for some time when Lucy SANDS said she had an appointment to meet Billy WILSON at eight o'clock; that she had then left the garden, and he did not see her again. On Thursday the 9th of March, I visited the West Cumberland Iron and Steel Works in company with Superintendent TAYLOR, and apprehended the prisoner. I charged him with having murdered Lucy SANDS on the North-side road on or about the first December last. He made no reply, and I told him it was my duty to remove him to the lock-up at Workington. He then began crying, and said, "I want to go and see my mother." I afterwards visited the prisoner's parents in company with Superintendent TAYLOR and Inspectors DODD and SMITH. I examined the prisoner's bed room, and found in a drawer a small six chambered revolver. I saw a pair of blue serge trousers in the bedroom in a box. They had the appearance of having been carefully washed. The trousers had wringing marks on them; they had been twisted. They were a pair of old trousers which evidently had been worn very much. I did not bring them away at the time. I think they had not been worn since they were washed.
On the 28th of March I visited the house again, and on that occasion I received a pair of trousers from Mr. HARRISON. They were evidently the same trousers which I saw locked up in the room, but they were not so clean as when I previously saw them. There were some lime marks, or what appeared to me to be lime marks, on them. I also received from Mr. HARRISON a dagger and a sheath produced. I asked Mr. HARRISON if there was a dagger in the house and a pair of knuckle dusters. He said there was a dagger, but he did not know anything about it.
Mr. PAISLEY: When you got the dagger did you ask who it belonged to?
Witness: Yes I did.
Mr. PAISLEY: Did he tell you?
Witness: He did
Mr. PAISLEY: Did he go with you to the owner?
Mr. PAISLEY: Did the owner acknowledge it?
Witness: He did.
Mr. PAISLEY: What was his name?
Witness: Mr. BURROWS.
Mr. PAISLEY: When you saw the trousers upon the 9th of March you subjected them to a pretty close inspection?
Witness: I did.
Mr. PAISLEY: And so far as you could see there was nothing special about them?
Witness: Nothing that I saw.
Mr. PAISLEY: You have never had a search warrant, but he has allowed you to search the house freely?
In answer to further questions by Mr. PAISLEY, the witness said he did not give instructions to Inspector DODD to bring Mrs. GRANT to the police station to see the prisoner. Gave no instructions to have the prisoner brought to the police station on the 3rd of March. He had examined the revolver carefully, and it seemed to be a perfect instrument.
Sergeant ST. JOHN, recruiting sergeant for the army deposed: In December I was at Whitehaven engaged in my duties. There was a young man offered himself for enlistment in the army who gave the name HARRISON, and said he worked at the Steel Works at Workington. To the best of my opinion the prisoner is the man. I rejected him for bad eyesight or under chest measurement.
The Court was then adjourned till Tuesday next, when the reading of the depositions will be proceeded with, and any further evidence that the police have to offer will be given on that day.
Mr. PAISLEY applied for a private interview with the prisoner. The Clerk pointed out that the magistrates had no authority in the matter; they could only recommend.
The Bench recommended that Mr. PAISLEY should have a private interview with his client.
The Court then rose.
We are informed on good authority that about one o'clock on the morning of the 1st of April, the prisoner HARRISON rang his cell bell violently, and when the attendant went to see what he wanted he requested to be supplied with pen, ink, and paper, as he intended making a statement. Inspector DODD was roused from his slumber, and when he proceeded to the prisoner's cell with the writing materials the prisoner cooly informed him that he was a "bloody April gowk."