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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.
To be continued~