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The Times, Tuesday, Oct 12, 1830; pg. 2; Issue 14355; col F


MOST INFAMOUS ACT OF PLUNDER. -
We have this week to record as disgraceful an act of robbery and mischief as
ever was perpetrated in a civilized country. On Thursday night last some
miscreants succeeded in removing the foundation-stone of the Infirmary, the
ceremony of laying which we last week described, and took from the cavity of the
lower stone, the urn containing the coins, &c. deposited therein! Plunder seems
to have been their object; but as the only articles which the urn contained were
a crown and half-crown pieces, a shilling and sixpence, some copper, and one or
two of the city newspapers, we think the villains would be woefully
disappointed. Three stones were thrown down in effecting their infamous purpose,
viz., the stone which covered the urn, &c. 2ft. 9in., by 2ft. 6in., and 1ft.
8in. in thickness, weighing three-quarters of a ton - and one on each side of
it, 2ft. 6in. by 3ft. 9in., and 1ft. thick. These three stones were fastened
together by clamps of iron, and the centre stone was secured to the bottom one
by two similar clamps. We understand that a handsome reward will be offered for
the discovery of the heartless wretches who have done this base act, and most
ardently do we long for their apprehension. - Carlisle Patriot.