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by the horse. The ball struck in the frame of the window, in a line with the person of the judge; but it, fortunately, did no injury.
The Inquirer of Saturday gives the following account of an attempt to assassinate the Hon. Edward King.
ATTEMPT UPON THE LIFE OF JUDGE KING. It is with feelings of the deepest regret that we record the following transaction. Some time since, in consequence of a domestic difficulty, a husband and wife, residents of Southwark, parted; and the wife returned to the residence of her father. Subsequently she made application to the court of Common Pleas for two of her children, both of tender age, which having been granted, a suit was forthwith instituted against the father for their support. This question came up for decision before the court on Wednesday last; and, among other evidence, the wife swore that her husband had locked her up in a room, and intimidated her with a loaded musket. The case was heard in all its bearings; and the court, through the president, Judge King, gave a decision against the father.
This produced the most painful excitement in the mind of the defendant; and, while in a state of great agitation, and labouring under the strongest feelings, he visited the house of Judge King, in Girard-street, where he made use of violent language, and remained nearly an hour. The Judge endeavoured to appease him by every means in his power, but in vain. He finally drew a loaded pistol from his bosom, and was in the act of presenting it towards the judge, when the lady of that distinguished judicial officer, whose attention had been arrested by the vehement language of the excited visitor, sprang suddenly between the two, struck the pistol with her hand, and the ball with which it was charged fell upon the floor. But for this act, and the presence of mind of Mrs. K., ihe most fatal consequences might have ensued. The hurried visitor then retreated from the room, and discharged his pistol in the air. We forbear from comment, as the case will, in all probability, be brought before the proper tribunal.
A ROW AMONG THE LAWYERS.
Quite a scene occurred before the court of Sessions, in the city of New York, on Monday, during the trial of Hamblin and others for an assault
upon James G. Bennet. According to statement in the Sun, Mr. David Graham, in reply to a charge of having acted improperly on the trial, called Mr. Western, one of the opposing counsel, a scoundrel!
on which Mr. Western attempted to pull Mr. Graham's nose; saying, that he might consider himself a disgraced man by having his nose pulled in open court. Mr. Western, it seems, did not succeed in pulling the nose; but was himself attacked, as he came out of court, by Mr. Dewitt Graham, a son of Mr. David Graham, and received a severe blow on the back of the head, before the bystanders could interfere.
Extract from U.S. Newspaper, 1838. Grymes, who attempted to cane, and then to shoot, the speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, in the very hall of the collected wisdom, has been reprimanded for the offence. Had he killed the speaker, the punishment would perhaps have been more severe-he would probably have been expelled for disorderly behaviour.
From the New York Sun.
AN HONOURABLE SQUABBLE AND SOME BLOODSHED. We learn by a gentleman from New Haven that a most ludicrous scene occurred in the court-house of that city on Wednesday last. A case was being tried in which his honour, Mr. Flagg, mayor of the city, was engaged on one side, and Mix, Esq., was of the opposite counsel. Mr. Mix having made some personal remark, which reflected rather too severely upon his honour, Mr. Flagg, the latter suddenly sprang forward, and gave him (Mix) several severe “digs” in the short ribs. For this outrage the court ordered Mr. Flagg into custody, and two officers were deputed to lock him up in prison for contempt of court. On the parties leaving the court-room, Mix's client, who felt highly indignant at the treatment his counsel had received at the hands of Mr. Flagg, came forward, and, after using some violent language, gave his honour a most tremendous kick, à posteriori. This was too much to be borne by the chief magistrate of any Christian city; and, shaking himself clear of the constables, his honour seized the said client's nasal organ with the thumb and finger of his right hand, and at the same time the seat of his unmentionables with his left, and, throwing him across some of the benches, gave him a good sound drubbing. During all this time his honour grasped the fellow's nose so lustily, that when he had finally escaped his countenance was minus the principal part of that important organ; and the mayor's fingers, hand-in fact his whole armshowed, by its bloody appearance, that he had held on with a deadly gripe. The flogged and noseless client of Mr. Mix, all covered with gore, was immediately taken to a neighbouring public-house, while his honour, the mayor, was locked up in prison.
Since the above squabble took place, Mr. Flagg, the mayor, has been fined thirty-five dollars for his assault upon Mr. Mix's client, and thus has the affair ended.
THE MURDER CASE IN THE ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE. The Little Rock Gazette of the 23d inst. contains a full account of the trial of Colonel John Wilson, late speaker of the House of Representatives, and member from Clark County, for the murder of Major J. J. Anthony, member from the county of Randolph, on the 4th day of December last. There were six witnesses examined in behalf of the State, and two in behalf of the accused. It appears from the testimony that this unfortunate occurrence originated in an allusion made by Mr. Anthony with regard to the Real Estate Bank, of which the . speaker was president. The deceased was speaking on a bill relative
to granting premiums for killing wolves; the bill required that an affidavit should be made before a magistrate before the premium should be paid ; Mr. Anthony moved to strike out the word “magistrate” and insert the “ President of the Real Estate Bank.” The speaker immediately asked, “Do you mean to insult the chair ? If you do, you will take it back very quick! Mr. A. disclaimed any insult, but observed that he “ thought the certificates should be signed by a man of great dignity.” As soon as these words were uttered the speaker left the chair; and, as he descended, drew his Bowie knife, having a blade about nine inches long. Mr. A. then left his seat, and drew his knife (blade twelve inches long), then advanced towards the speaker, flourished the knife, made two passes, and struck him on the arm. Wilson retreated a few paces, and, as he was in the act of again
advancing, Anthony threw his knife, and afterwards a chair, at him. Wilson then rushed towards Anthony, who immediately picked up another chair to defend himself; Wilson caught it, made a thrust with his knife underneath the chair, which entered Anthony's breast, who immediately fell and expired.
The verdict of the jury was Guilty of excusable honiicide.” The prisoner was then discharged.
Extract from an U.S. Newspaper, 1838. Our readers will perhaps recollect the circumstances which occurred in the legislature of Arkansas, when a member was killed by the Speaker. The Little Rock Gazette gives the following picture of the state of the public feeling in that most civilized country. Three days elapsed before the constituted authorities took
notice this horrible, this murderous deed, and not then until a relation of the murdered Anthony had demanded a warrant for the apprehension of Wilson. Several days then elapsed before he was brought before an examining court. He then, in a carriage and four, came to the place appointed for his trial. Four or five days were employed in the examination of witnesses, and never was a clearer case of murder proved than on that occasion. Notwithstanding, the court (Justice Brown dissenting) admitted Wilson to bail, and positively refused that the prosecuting attorney for the State should introduce the law to show that it was not a bailable case, or even to hear an argument from him and the counsel associated with him to prosecute Wilson for the murder.
At the time appointed for the session of the Circuit Court Wilson appeared agreeably to his recognizance. A motion was made by Wilson's counsel for a change of venue, founded on the affidavits of Wilson and two other men. One stated in his affidavit “that nine-tenths of the people of Pulaski had made up and expressed their opinions, and that, therefore, it would be unsafe for Wilson to be tried in Pulaski ;" the other, “that, from the repeated occurrences of similar acts within the last four
years in this country, the people were disposed to act rigidly, and that it would be unsafe for Wilson to be tried in Pulaski.” The court, thereupon, removed Wilson to Saline county, and ordered the sheriff to take Wilson into custody, and deliver him over to the sheriff of Saline county.
The sheriff of Pulaski never confined Wilson one minute, but per
mitted him to go where he pleased, without a guard or any restraint imposed on him whatever. On his way to Saline he entertained him freely at his own house, and the next day delivered him over to the sheriff of that county, who conducted the prisoner to the debtors' room in the jail, and gave him the key, so that he and everybody else had free egress and ingress at all times. Wilson invited everybody to call on him, as he wished to see his friends, and his room was crowded with visiters, who called to drink grog, and laugh and talk with him. But this theatre was not sufficiently large for his purpose. He afterwards visited the dramshops, where he freely treated all who would partake with him, and went fishing and hunting with others at pleasure, and entirely without restraint. He also ate at the same table with the judge while on trial.
When the court met at Saline, Wilson was put on his trial. Several days were occupied in examining the witnesses in the case. After the examination was closed, while Col. Taylor was engaged in a very able, lucid, and argumentative speech on the part of the prosecution, some man collected a parcel of the rabble, and came within a few yards of the courthouse door, and bawled in a loud voice, “ Part them-part them !” Everybody supposed there was an affray, and ran to the doors and windows to see; and behold there was nothing more than the man and the rabble he had collected round him, for the purpose of annoying Col. Taylor while speaking. A few minutes afterwards this same person brought a horse near the court-house door, and commenced crying the horse, as though he was for sale; and continued for ten or fifteen minutes to ride before the court-house door, crying the horse in a loud and boisterous tone of voice. The judge sat as a silent listener to the indignity thus offered the court and counsel by this man, without interposing his authority. .
To show the depravity of the times and the people, after the verdict had been delivered by the jury, and the court informed Wilson that he was discharged, there was a rush towards him : some seized him by the hand, some by the arm, and there was great and loud rejoicing and exultation, directly in the presence of the court; and Wilson told the sheriff to take the jury to a grocery that he might treat them, and invited everybody that chose to go. The house was soon filled to overflowing, and it is much to be regretted that some men who have held a good standing in society followed the crowd to the grocery and partook of Wilson's treat. The rejoicing was kept up till near supper-time; but, to cap the climax, soon after supper was over, a majority of the jury, together with many others, went to the room that had been occupied for several days by the friend and relation of the murdered Anthony, and commenced a scene of the most ridiculous dancing, (as it is believed,) in triumph for Wilson, and as a triumph over the feelings of the relation of the departed Anthony. The scene did not end here. The party retired to a dram-shop, and continued their rejoicing until about half after ten o'clock. They then collected a parcel of horns, trumpets, &c., and marched through the streets, blowing them till near day, when one of the company rode his horse into the porch adjoining the room which was occupied by the relation of the deceased.
These are some of the facts that took place during the progress of the trial, and after its close. The whole proceedings have been conducted more like a farce than anything else, and it is a disgrace to the country in
which this fatal, this horrible massacre has happened, that there should be in it men so lost to every sense of virtue, of feeling, and of humanity, to sanction and give countenance to this bloody deed. Wilson's hand is now stained with the blood of a worthy and unoffending man. The seal of disapprobation must for ever rest upon him, in the estimation of the honest, well-meaning part of the community. Humanity shudders at the bloody deed, and ages cannot wipe away the stain which he has brought upon his country. Arkansas, heretofore the mock of other States, on account of the frequent murders and assassinations which have marked her character, has now to be branded with the stain of this horrible, this murderous deed; rendered still more odious from the circumstance that a jury of twelve men should have rendered a verdict of acquittal, contrary to law and evidence.
A CORRESPONDENT of the New York Journal of Commerce communicates the following particulars of the late attempted outrage on Judge Bermudez, in a letter dated
New Orleans, Sept. 7th, 1836. By yesterday's mail I sent you an outline of the horrid scenes of the previous night. You will find in the papers of our city of this morning some further particulars of this sad catastrophe.
But by the silly conduct of the assailants we are led to ask what was their real object in going to the house of the assailed Judge Bermudez, This is an interesting point of inquiry; and the following is, I think, the solution, although it is generally unknown here.
During the trial of Giquel, Judge B. presiding, the deceased and other young men continually met from evening to evening, augmenting: their numbers, watching the progress of the trial, and resolving that in case of Giquel being admitted to bail, they would Lynch either him or the Judge.
On Monday night a large meeting was held, and it was determined to carry the project into execution on Tuesday night. After this meeting was closed, and the greater part of the assembly dispersed, one of the young men soon returned and reported that Giquel had left the city. About twenty were remaining at the place, where they had, met.
They resolved that twelve of the number should get a vehicle, and proceed immediately to overtake Giquel, and bring him back to the city. They obtained a carriage, and proceeded to execute their plan; but when they arrived at the lower part of the city, they found it difficult to trace the object of their pursuit, and halted. Feeling themselves commissioned with an important trust, they concluded to go to the house of the Judge, not far distant, with a view, as is supposed, of insulting and otherwise maltreating him. On their arrival only three of the number approached the door. One of them tapping at the door, the Judge himself appeared, thinking it some of his friends, who had just left and were soon to return. Eagan first entered the door, and inquired if it was Judge Bermudez? and being answered by the judge it was, caught hold of him, and in the scuffle was run through entirely