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THE WORKINGTON MURDER
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.
To be continued~