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By JOSEPH HATTON.
Author of "The Queen of Bohemia," uTh?
Three Recruits" Etc.
THE WOLF IN* SHEEP'S CLOTHING.*
"No, sir, not very late," said the night
porter at the Old Hummuns hotel, as John
Heeiboni, having" ring the door-bell, en
tered the hall ,
- "The trains alter their times on Sunday,'
said Noedham, "and I had to walk several
miles before I could get a cab."
"Yes, sir, that's the worst of Sunday
"Bar closed?" asked Needham, sitting in
the porter's choir.
"Yes. sir; bat they leaves me out sonu
whisky and brandy and soda; which will
you tako, sirt" ?
"Soda and brandy."
The porter foraged about in a mysterious
corner and produced the liquor. Needham
drank it off at a draught.
"I was very thirsty," ho said; "can you
give me another?"
"And a pair of slippers?*1
'There they are, sir," said the porter,
placing a bootjack and a pair of dippers at
the guest's feet, and then proceeding to
open another bottle of soda. i
Needham dragged off his boot with some
difficulty, and tho porter assisted him to put
on the slippors.
"Never mind; I think I have one."
He pulled out Joseph Norbury's cigar
case, took out a cigar and laid the case on
the shelf of the bar window. It was a
rather showily embroidered case?a present
from his sister. He hoped the porter would
The porter gave him a light and than
handed him tho case.
"A pretty thing, is it not?" said Needham.
"That's just what I was a-thinking, sir."
"A present from my si>t3r."
"Yes, sir, and it's very becoming, showy,
but not gaudy, as they says."
Needham drank his second brandy with
only a very small quantity of soda, and
then asked for a candle.
Taking it from th? porter he hesitated,
and then said: "I always forget my num
ber; will you not show me the way?"
"Oh yes, sir, with pleasure; let mo see
now, what is tho number; sitting and bed
room, ain't it?"
Needham did not answer; he was busy re
lighting his cigar.
"You come in Thursday night's Midland,
of course; I remember the overcoat, of
course, Mr. Norbury, No. 13, seeing you in
evening dress didn't strike me, and you
speaks a little different; got cold, that's
what you've got, sir; a walkin' in the wet,
stupid of me to forget, and I prides myself
in my memory for customers, you goes to
Liverpool tomorrow morning, of course,
henroot for America, bog your pardon, sir,
"Don't mention it," sail Needham, fol
lowing the porter, who led the way up two
flights of stairs and along a winding pas
sage, to what seemed to be the back part of
Then pausing, the porter turned the
handle of the door.
"There's tho key," said Needham; "is it
unusual to lock one's doorf'
'ires', sir; if gentlemen bave any valu
ables thev generallv leaves 'em at tho
The porter unlocke I the door; Neodham
followed aim into the room.
"Havo you no more candles?"
"Oh yes, sir; there's two on tho dressing
"There's two on the sitting room mantel."
He opened another door, and went into
the sitting room.
"I havo some writing to do before going
"Yes, sir, what time will you be called,
"My train goe3 at ten, 1 think?''
? "Euston for Liverpool? Yes, sir."
"Call me at seven."
"Do you got The Observer here?"
"The what, sir?"
"The Observer newspaper."
'?The Sunday raper? Yes, sir."
"Ishall want something to read in the
train. There's five shidings; get me aU.
the different papers you, can that come out
on Sundays. Let me havo them wheu I
am called. Shall you call inef
"Yes, sir. I goes off at eight."
"That's all right.*'
"Thankee, sir. Gool night, sir."
"At last!" Needham exclaimed, flinging
himself upon a couch, "at last!"
He spoko no more, nor spoko for a long
time, but feU into a profound sleep?slept
as quietly as an innocent, good man is sup
posed to sloop. He was physically fagged
and worn out, and nature would no longer
The caudles were nearly burned out when
he awoke. He rubbed his eyes and looked
around him. Then he got up and shivered.
The sunlight wr3 struggling through the
whity brown blinds. Ha walked across the
room, drew the blind aside, aud poo re 1
"Yes, I bave been to sleep," he said; "it
is no dream, I bave done it all?all! What
energy 1 And I thought I could only lie
down and die. What criniel I thought I
had waded in it already to my very hps!"
He looked at his watch.
"Four o'clock?morning. They used to !
talk of Covent Garden as a sight to see at
tour o'clock, tho country folk?Coveufc
Garden and Billingsgate I"
He drew up the bliud, and, standing back
from thu window, contemplated the scene.
"But it is Sunday,'' he said, "aud all is
quiet?awfully quiet, as if everybody had
gone to Hanipstead Heath to seo the work
Then, turning his Lack upon tho window,
he said: "1 must go to work; first recou- j
uoiter, thju action."
Ho put out the can lies and roado a care- '
fill survey of the two rooms and tho lug
"Have I any trunks that are not here, I |
winder?out) perhaps too large to drag ujv- ,
stair-.' Havo I placet auy valuables iu tho
bar sate? If I have, why did 1 luck the
do- r aud put the key in my pocket?''
He opened a largo leather portmanteau; !
the key was in the lock.
"Beady packed?need not disturb that.''
"A dispatch box," be remarked, turning
to a traveling case upon a chest of drawers;
"very like my own, and with my.initialson
the lid! Strange! Have I really some
work to do iu tho world yet that the
other couldu't do? Or is this only smooth
ing my way to perdition.' But a truco to
philosophizing! Nc more theorizing, John
?I mean Joseph?wt_- must bo practical
now?and cunning, devilish cuuning."
He turned over tue papers.
"Ab! Mr. John Needham's letters of in
troduction ! "Wonder if I should keep thein?
Yes. He may have shown them to his so
licitor, tho family lawyer who arrived so
opportunely on Saturday. Saturday! Last
night? Why, it seems an age! Ah! letters
of credit. ?3,000?good! Portraits! My
wife? Yes, no doubt. My sister? Of
course. And. her lover? Certainly. A
check book! What's this?a memorandum
on the cover. '?390 banknotes, in charge
of landlord,' and tbe date?yesterday 1
Good. Shall I have to sign my name? Let
Ho took up the letters of credit, went loa
writing table, upon which thero were pens,
ink and paper, and an ornamental pad with
J. N. worked upon the corner.
"An easy signature," he said, sitting
down. "I have found much more difficult
ones easy before now?J-o-s-e-p-h N-o-r
He wrote each letter carefully and slowly.
"My hand trembles, eh? No?it is tha
position of the elbow."
Then he rested the whole of his arm upon
the table and began afresh.
"Yes, that U better."
He tried again iud again, writing the
name more quickly each time, and at last
dashing it off easily.
"That will do."
Then he tore up his failures, and leaving
his last effort upon the table, went to the
fireplace, removed the paper ornamont,
tried the damper to see if it wo3 down, ?
found it up, and lighting the bits of paper
watched them blaze. Next he took off bis
coat aud washed and shaved himself.
"My traveling clothes arolaid oat read v."
Then he rep3atod "laid out," and paused to
say "a grim phrase."
He changed bis dress clothes, packed
them away, examined the dispatch box
thoroughly, investigated the dressing case,
which contained several rings, a few sov
ereigns, some silver, and a miniature por
trait of a lady in a locket, and a letter
bearing yesterday's London postmark.
"Who is this from? My sister? Yes
Kate Norbury." He read as follows:
"My Dear Joe: Good-by again, my dear.
It is already very, very lonely without you,
but I can bear it for your sake, and as tho
days go on there will be the looking for
ward to your coming back, and that will
make the time fly. Anl you will take^reat
care of yourself, won't you? If ever you
are tempted to run any risk", think of me,
and Aunt Dorothy, and Dick, and always
remember that we are thinking of you.
Aunt Dorothy arrived two hours ago, and
is full of good spirits, anl she insists that
Dick is to come and spend Saturday and
Sunday as usual, whereby 1 am writing to
him now to say that Aunt Dorothy insists,
and that he can come if ho likes. Do you
know, Joe, my dear, I think Dick is as fond
of you as he is of me, only that I am a
woman you know and you are not, and if
you were I should be jealous of you, for, if
I don't tell Dick that Hove him very much
there k no harm in my telling you, is there?
Because you know what love is, aud you
know how much I lovo you; so much, that
I will never marry Dick without your con
sent, though Aunt Dorothy says that is
nonsense, but she is very much prejudiced
in my favor. Tho greyhounds missed you
yesterday, anl tho old cob seemed to ask
for you when I gave him some oats, and in
the village they are all talking of you and
wishing you a good voyage aud a safe re
turn. I shall expect to hear from you in
the morning, and you will send mo a tele.
graphic message ?from Liverpool, -won't
you? Take care of yourself, and write to
me the moment you arrive, and always foel
tha't you aro in -all our thoughts, and es
pecially in mine. Your most loving and
affectionate sister/ KaTe"
"Ah," ho said, pondering the character of
the writing, "she is a woman of more
determination than her brother; she writes
a firmer hand, makes :io flourishes; it is a
pretty style, too, jauuty; wonder what ho
said in reply ? Wonder what ho wroto in
.he lettor that probably crossed this? Did
he mention me? And if so, how? Did he
say 1 was like him in appearance or ho like
Ho waited to be called, pretended he was
:n bed when the porter knocked, told him
to leave the hot water and his boots at tbe
"Aud tbe noosepapers," said tho porter,
"AH right," said Needham; and as he
quietly unlocked tho door when tho porter
had gone away, ho said to himself, "Noose
papers, indeed! Not if I know it. If dis
covery is possible they will never getw-y
bead into a noose!"
He locked the door and eagerly scanned
the two papers. Tbey contained no refer
ence to last night's dark work. One of
them had an on dit respecting his coming
financial fall; but that did not disturb him.
By half-past nino o'clock bo bad break
fasted, paid his bill, received tho parcel
of money that had been deposited at the
bar, and was beiug driven to Euston, the
sun shining on him as freely as if he were
not the least saint-liko of the thousands of
worshippers for whoso behoof mauy church
bells were already beginning to cuimo for
Sabbath rites and sermons.
AN UNEXPECTED MEETING.
On Sunday morning a bird catcher on the
hunt for "feather-headed" warblers who
could detect no difference in tho song of
the decoy from the fresh wild notes of lib
erty, camo upon the dead body of a gentle
man not far from the well-knowu hostelry
called Jack Straw's Castle. Ffrst he saw a
horse browsing in one of the little adjoin
discovery OF TUE BODY.
tag valleys. Half* a mile farther on he
saw a bivugham partly on the bridle path
at the back of tho tavern, aud partly in a
furze bush: and close by lay the dead body
of a gontloijian, cold and stiff. It was in
ovening ilr's-. The clothes were wet A
crushed hat uu I a buttle lab.dui "essential
oil of almonds"" was lying by its side, aud
on the bottle was written. "John Neo lham,
Esq., M. P., Portland place." Near the
brougham was a silver spirit flask with
"Johu Need ham" engraved upon it. to
gether with a crest It contained essential
oil of almonds, and there was still left in
the other bottle a considerable quantity of
the deadly drug. Tho bird catchor, re
linquishing business for the day, went to
the iuu and roused tho landlord. It tos a
glorious summer morning; The thundor- I
storm or nie preceurctg "nrgnr, naJ fresh -
ened the earth and cleared tho atmosphere.
Hampstead heath was a picture of beauty,
the air full of sweat perfumes, and the sun
was flooding tho landscape with a soft and
Assistance being procured, and the police
duly introduced into the affair, the body
was removed to Hampstead workhouse,
where it awaitel the coroner's inquest. It
lay there'in the doadhouse while tho mur
derer was traveling comfortably enough to
Liverpool. The train stopped too frequent
ly, however, for his perfect satisfaction. It
made him feel lonely and strange to sea
people greeting each other, coming and
going, exchanging Sunday visits. Ho was
almost tho only first-class passenger. Ho
had brought the dispatch box into his car
riage, and for the first two hours of his
journey ho road many of tho papers and
letters and memoranda which it contained.
Then he turned to tho newspapers again
and read over tho on dit relating to him
self, and for the publication of which ha
was glad, seeing that it would help to pre
oara the public far the discovery on Hamp
stead heath. Had it been discovered? he
asked bimsdf, and answering it at the
same time. Of course it had. How? By
whom? What had they done with it?
JJaken it .to Portland place? Would the
affair bo in to-morrow's papers? When
would he see to-morrow's papers? Had ho
left any detail of the l_siness uncon
siderod? Did anybody know that Norbury
had called on him? Had anybody noticed
the likeness between them. Had Norbury
told his lawyer that he was to call on Mr.
Need ham? What would it matter if be
had? Supposing thoy made inquiries about
Norbury ? * They would only learn that he
came in late, had been in the country, and
had gono to Liverpool Was there any
thing odd in Norbury's conduct? No. He
paid his bill, gave a receipt for the money
they had taken care of for him; did not
forget bis unpacked trunk in the hall. But
they might want him as a witness; they
might send to Livorpool after him. Could
thby do it in time to stop 1?3 sailing? Yes,
that troubled Lim; and as ho alighted from
the train towards cveDin ho received a
"How do you do, Needham?" said a gen
tleman on tho platform. "I thought I was
the only man who felt obliged to travel on
"I l>eg your pardon," said Needham, with
a real stammer, an exaggeration of h?
customary slight hesitation of mnuner,
"you have tho advantage of me."
"Mr. Need hum, is it not?" said tho other.
"Mr. John Needham, surely I cannot bo
"You are, sir; my name is Norbury."
"I beg your pardon," said the other;
"my nauio is Grou?Wilfred Green. Iam
the member for Harwood, and I could have
sworn }-ou were a coll -agu3 of mine."
"You honor me," said Neodham; "I have
never aspired to a scat in parliament."
"I beg your pardon," said the stranger
Needham smilod, took off his hat anJ
"Curse him!" ho muttered between his
teeth; "I always hated him?tho jabbering
idiot. What will he say when ho reads the
tVhat did he Bay] Whon he read of the
discovery of the body he rubbed his hands
with pleasure. Not that he disliked Neei
ham, but uecausa he was a spiritualist, an
active, talking, and writiug spiritualist;
and he believed he had suen Neo.lhain's
materialized spirit on its travel*. Ho sud
denly remembered that he and Need
ham had not niauy weeks; proviously had
a long conversation of a psychological and
Biblical character, in which Needham had
oxpress?d Li3 entiro belief in' the Biblical
visions and In chosts, and had confessed
that hu saw no reason why tho _S"mo teen tb
century should be deprived of spiritual
inlurcour.se with those who bad goU3 before
them to the spirit land. Mr. Wilfrod
Groou, M. P.,' wrote a letter to The Times
stating that it might bo more than a coin
cidence, the appearance unto him at Liver
pool, on Sunday, of John Needham; and lie
( suggested several curious psychological ex
planations of the same. It might bav.? been
an optical effort of the mind or a communica
tion lrom the spirit world; John Noedham's
personality might for thj moment have
been unconsciously assunvj l by another, for
spirit purposes; but he left tho facts to tho
learned and scientific, contenting himself
' with setting them forth. And for sevoral
days tho learueJ and scientific "gave him
j fits," to quote a popular, if vulgar phrase,
while one vory imaginative aud sensational
i journalist hintod that if Greeu had seen
anybody it was really John Needham, and
that tho body upon which tho inquest had
sat was a "spurious corpse."
These and other strange circumstances
set up in tho sensitiv.? miud of J_at3 Nor
bury a groat and dreadful fear.
DESCRIBES THE CORONERS INQUEST, THE
NATURE OF THE EVIDENCE AND THE RE
Tho inquest was opene 1 on Tuesday morn
ing. Tho body had boon idont; fled by the
deceased's brother Henry an i by the butlor.
Several personal friends wera present, in
cluding two members of parliament. There
had not b_en the smallost doubt, of course,
as to tho suicide, and the evidence of t_3
servants showod how completely Needham
had laid his plan3. Some of the jury, while
chatting among themselves, had expressel
surprise that tho deceased should have
taken so much trouble about it, and that he
should do such an odd thing as to drive up
to Hamp-toad. In answer to this it was
suggested that he might have douo these
curious things for the purp, se of leading up
to a verdict of insanity.
Th's was tho nature of the conversation
that took place while tho jury was going
to view toe body and returning to Jack
Straw's Castle, where the inquest was hold.
James Rogers was the first witness called.
He deposed that he was butler of tho de
ceased, and resided .at his master's house,
Portland place. Ho had seen and identified
the body as that of Mr. John Needham,
whom ho had last seen olive at about six
o'clock on Saturday evening, at which
time ho waited upon him at dinner. Mr.
Needham had sent th? footman and the
coachman to Leighum ?uzzar 1 an hour or so
before. His master tonka very light dinner,
and afterwards lie (Rogers) went, with the
other servants to the opera. The witness
iheu rolntad tho circumstances under which
he and the rest had -one to ths oparn, and
afterwards to suppir. They did not return
hom-i until lw<j in tin morning. Found
the hvas:' very much a< it was when ho
loft. In the library there were the remains
ofsom-3 colTo?, and the spirit bottles and
other things were "ii the t ibi". Mr. Noel
ham hail, he shonlJ say, had his cup of
coffee mi l cigar a* usual The cup had
since been washed, nnd so als > had the j
coffeepot. Of coursi if h,> had known of
the sad business he would have had the
things remain as they were. Nobody had
been to tin.' house during the day except
Mr. Nolan, the solicitor. He came to
breakfast, and the master drove him home
in the afternoon. Tbr> carriage used was the
pair horsj bronghnm, and tho coachman
and footman were on tho box Had not
observed anything peculiar in his master's
manner during the last few mouths.
Thought it curious at the time his treating
everybody to tho opera an I being so par
?cuTarT' affable, But put it down to a
suddeii act of generosity and botng his
birthday, though ho must say it astonished
him very much.- The parlor maid, however,
had said she thought tho master was mad;
but it was a way she had."
"A way sho had?" the coroner asked
''Yes, sir. Any one a-doing anything she
don't quite see, she'u say, 'Oh. he's mad?
mad as a hatter.'" (Laughter.)
"And she did not quit? 'sea' the master's
invitation to the opera, eh?'1
"That was it, sir; anl so sho bounces, as.
I understands, into the kitchen and says the
"Yes, that will do; we don't want to
h;ai* "hat you tmjl.;rstaud, but what you
k:?ow of your own knowledge."
"Ye--, sir; that's what I was a-sayin
"That'will do; the next witness."
Thomas Bobbins was then called. Ho
said he was a bird catcher?"dealt in'em"
?aud lived at Tickheel court, Hampstead.
Came across the body at eight o'clock Sun
day morning. Saw the horse first; then
the body; then the brougham; called to ix
chap as ho see near tho castie to come af ore
bo touched it; and then the police, some
time afterward. All tho clothes was on
the body, and the deceased had laid his
overcoat down first to lie upon, that was
evident; and close by was the opera hat,
and the bottle and flask now produced. The
clothes were wet, as it liad rained heavy
the first part of the night The bottle had
"Essential Oil of Almonds" on it, and
"Poison" in big letters, and the druggist's
Hero the coroner explained that he had
preferred to' let this witness givo his evi
dence exactly in his own words before ask
ing him any special quostions, but from
this point ho asked him a great many,
further eliciting that there was no eviienco
of a struggle and no particular footmarks,
seeing that the spot whero the body was
lying was "furzy," and not calculated to
show much in the way of footmarks. But
there were plenty of footmarks thero now,
for the spot had been crowded with people
ever since, and a lot of the gorse had been
Tho coroner expressed his regret that tho
footprints had boon obliterated; he thought
the police shouli have kopt the place clear,
and ho thought it a matter for serious rep
robation the morbid curiosity of the pub
lic as exempli fiel by the pMiU'val-of gorso
as memento;. (Applause.)
Police Constable Jon -s (2218) gave evi
dence as to tho removal of the body. There
wero no sigus of a struggle. in the de
cease 1's pockets were a razor, six pounds
and ton shillings in gold and silver, a case
with visiting cards of the- deceased in it.
Tbe bottle of poison was lying near his
right hand as if it had droppo 1 out of it
The doeeascd's clothes wero wet, ? but other
Mr. Jabez Northwick, surgeon, practic
ing at Hampstead, said ho saw tho body at
nine o'clock on Sunday morning in the dead
house. It was cold, the limbs rigid, tho
eyes glistening, life-Jike; the faeo calm
and placid, and there was a powerful odor
of the essential oil of bitter almonds per
ceptible at the mouth. There was no froth
or anything to show that the uufortuuato
gentleman had died of poison except the
smell of it. He had made a post mortem ex
amination of the body, and it had undergone
little or no. change. There were no marks
of external violence, some post mortomcon
gestion of the lungs, no valvular diseaso of
DR. NORTnWICK testifies.
the heart; a thickening was perceptible in
tho left ventricle; the right auricle of tho
heart was distended with bljod, the loft
auricle empty; no odor of essential oil of
almonds all over the body. The stomach
contained undigested food, and imbedded
in it numerous black particlos perceptible
to tho naked oye. On examination thoy
proved to be powdorod opium, and they
were stuck oil over tho mucous membrane,
and so numerous as not to bo counted Tho
liver was healthy, tho pup?s of theeyos di
lated, tho brain and membrane congosted,
but otherwise healthy and without any
signs of inflammation. It was qulto possiblo
tho deceased had taken a strong narcotic as
well as tho essential oil of almonds, but tho
latter was tho cause of doath.
At this point the butlor was recalled and
related what tho reader already kuows iu
regard to the bottle delivorod at the houso
by tho druggist's assistant; and tho next
witness was Sir. Drewer, tho druggist him
self, who related the incident of Mr. Need
ham's call and purchase of tho osjoutial oil
The coroner remarking that it was a pity
such articles should be sold even by author
ized persons and in such largo quantities,
Mr. Drewer said the essential oil of bitter
almonds was sold by every confectioner in
"For what purpose?"
""Well," replied Mr. Drewer, "it is used
commonly in cooking, for flavoring cus
tards, and other purposos. Indeed confec
tionery, such as is generally sold, contains
poisons of all kinds." .
"Indeed! Is that so? A nico reflection
for those who eat confectionery. (Laugh
ter.) I shall take care to give my cook
some advice upou this point the moment I
return home. (Laughter.) At tho same
tune allow me to remar ? I am not jesting,
and that this is not a theatro. I must re
quest gentlemen present to coutrol their
"Witness continued to state that ho could
uot uuderstand at the time for what possi
ble purpose Mr. Needham's groom might
require essential <'i! of aliuon Is in tho
stables. Arsenic, quite ns deadly a poison,
would of course have been an entirely
different matter. It is a common thing to
give arsenic to horses among their corn to
improve their coats an I condition. On ;ho
continent it is a very common practice, and
it is a fact known to seien':.' that with re
gard td the administration of arsenic tu
horses and the taking of it by human beings
that if it is discontinued the constitution
breaks up with just the game symptoms a-;
those which are produced by arsenical pois
oning. The sufferer.? di-j from tho wnut of
it, bui with every appearance of being the
victims of )>ojson.
Mary Atkinson, the parlor maid, was
then called. If you have been present at
serious trials for murder, or at equally
painful iuquests, you must have noticed on
tho part 01 the spectators a tendency to bo
amused. It is as" if th j mind, weighted
with the trugic story, sought relief in the
merest suggestion of comedy. Tho clover
dramatist, dealing with a pathetic situa
tion, understands this well, and seeks to
iivo his audieutx- tho "quick relief oi au ex
I cuso for laughter. Hary Atkinson came I
! upon the scene at Hampstead with the rep
I utation ot a humorist. Sbe had, according j
' to the butler, a habit of describing people
whom she did not quite understand as being
"mad as a hatter." Mary was an intelli- 1
gent, bright-looking you%g woman, with a
snub nose an I a showy i onnot; and sbe was :
? received with a general smile of approval. 1
Sho related wich minute detail a particular ;
interview she had bad with her late master |
on the afternoon of his loath.
"And you said ho v is mad!"
"Yes, sir, I beg his pardon.1" (Laughter). |
! "Why did you thin'; ho was mad?'
"It was such a odl thing for him to ask i
"To ask you what.'"
"If I'd ever boen,to tho opera.'
"And so you thought he was mad because
bo asked you if you ha 1 ever been to the
"Well, sir, I did?I beg his pardon."
"Don't beg his pardon, poor gentleman;
be is beyond that And I must roquttst tha j
. officer to clear tho court if there is any
i more laughter."
; "Yes. rfr. I'm very sorry. I wasn't
laughing, and its no laughing mattor for
; mo, losing a'good place and a good master."
j And hero she began to cry.
I "There, there, that will do," said the
coroDor. "Pray control your feelings.
Was thero anything peculiar in Mr. No id
ham's manner that should lead you to think
he was not iu his right mind?"
"No more than what I have said, a3 it
seemed so curious he should ask mo if I'd
ever been to tho opera"
"Oh, yes, yos; we've heard*that before.
(Laughter.) I moan in his appearance or
in his manner}"
"No, sir; I can't say as thoro was. But
to say as ho would give mo end the others
tickoUs, and ho should sao us there, was
something so odd?I bog his pardon."
"Very wolL That will do."
"Yes, sir; thank you, sir." said Mary,
j retiring into a corner to bo upbraided by
I the cook for making a fool of herself, "an I
I making all of us look as silly as you
' Iben came tho evidonce of Mr. Nolan..
' He described his visit to Mir. Needham on
j Saturday morning. He had received a I
j telegraphic message from Dublin relating
j to some financial business, which ho
: thought it desirable Mr. Needham should
i so;. Mr. Needham was in financial diffl
' culties far more serious than he. h:s solici
tor, had contemplated, although serious
j enough to give him groat anxiety. He
i found Mr. Neodhnm not in his usual stato
I of health, but depressed; looking very
woary and timJ, yet full ot intellectual and
mental resourc? He'shouldn't say that ho
exhibited the slightest tokens of insanity.
It was not his intention to stay and break
fast with Mr. Needham, but he romainod,
and they talked over a great many busi
ness matters in relation both to tbe London
and the Dublin banks, and to sorao ques
tions of mortgages and other so curitie'j.
Holeft Mr. Needham abouthalf-past three in
tbe afternoon, and that was tho last time
he saw him alive.
Henry Need ham, '-rother of tho deceased,
next gave evid .ice of an unimportant char
acter, with the exception of tho reproduc
tion of tho letter with which the reador is
already acquainted. Tho witness was very
much ufiectod during the reading of tha
letter, and once or twice was so much ovor
come that ho paused and turne 1 away his
bead to wipa the tears from his eyes. Tho
dead silonco in tho court was ample evi
dence of tho deop sympathy that was felt
for tho witness and other mombers of his
Horaca By los, of tho firm n f Bylcs, Gr i nt
& Byles, solicitors, Lombard street, deposol
that on tho moruing of Friday preceding
his death, the decease 1, John NoedUam,
called upon him au 1 asked for financial as
sistance in tho interest* of the Needham
Joint Stock baulc, showing him some tele
graphic messages ho bad receive] from
Dublin on tho subject of their wants, pro
j posed several schemes for witness' consid
I oration in regard to raising money, and
i after he (Horaco B/lo-) told him they wore
not su'.di schemes as h" could recommon 1 or
adopt, Needham grow vory excited anl ex
claimed, "Great God! If tho bank fails it
will be my fault and tho ruin of thousands."
Ho walked nb tut th> office with his hand to
his head, and urged witness to holp him
Ho had not been on very friendly torma
with No'jdham for som: time previously tc
this iuterviow, ou uccount chiefly of a dis
appointment in money matters. About a
month before his death he remembers 1 that
a security Needham bad given him, upon
which ho had found money for tho Irish bank,
had not boon rogisterol, aud after Need
ham left on Friday ho determined to have
it registered. There was something so de
spairing iu Needham's manner that bo felt
the bank was ou the ovo of collapse. During |
the conversation he (tvitues-) mentioned
this security to Noedham, and thero waa
something so straugo in his manner ho
(witness) had a suddou suspicion that there
was something wrong about it. Hetha-o
foro sent his partner with tho dood to Dub
lin. On arriving there he was not long in
discovering that it was a forgory. Th?
security purported to be a deed givon on
the purchase of au ustat. in tho encum
bered estates court. It was signed by two
of tho commissioners and two attesting
witnesses, and not a singlo signature was
genuine. (Sensation in court.) it had a
real seal of the encumbero 1 estates court
attached to it, but there was no doubt it
had been transferred from some other
genuine deed. He (witness) attributed
Needham's death to Iiis excitement about
tho Needham bank a id to his knowledge
that ho (witness) was ab .ut to sen! thi3
deed over to Dublin for registration.
Thero wore rumors of other lorgories, but
he know of no other forge I deed than his!
own. Several of Air. N.'odkam'j deeds'
had from time to time passed through his
I hands to persons who had advanced money
upon them, but ho (witness) ha I no reason
' to believe that any one of them was not j
! geuuine. Ho did not think anybody en-;
! joyed tho deceased's confi Jence. Mr. Need-'
[ ham was a vory reticent man; it wasdiffi
? cult to get any information from him bo .
j yond what ho chase to impart. Ho should;
; think Mr. Sadler had written th' letters
: produced under groat excitement, and ho
. believed that some of tho statements iu
' them wore not correct,
j There was then a long discussion between ,
; the coroner and tho witness as to what it
was proper to disclose in regard to the do*
ceased's affairs, what, might be known and
what might not; anl tho witness niou
tionol several circumstances indicating the
f-erious financial difficulties in which Mr.
Needham was involve 1
The inquest was then' adjourned until
Thursday, when fresh evidence of a
long and voluminous character was given,
an I other private letters wer- pro
duced, and tho correspondence in The
Times ?as mentioned in term- any
thin; but complimentary tu Mr. Green,
j Thi? coroner also deprecated the fact
that several public journals had discussed
Mr. Green's remarkable statement that ho
, ha I S-jen tho deceased aud had spoken to
| him at Liverpool on tlx- Sunday, when it
j was a fact beyond all manner of doubt
. that the unfortunate gentleman was lying
1 dead at HampStoad workhouse. It was not
: his business to reply to these things, but he
I thought it a pity that a niuiuber of oarlia
ment should give Iiis countenance T;o the
new so-called spiritualistic crazs, which
was the revival of an old dolusion much
more worthy of tho dark ages than the
,pre3ent. Asfor'tho journal which threw
out rh3 suggestion that the unfortunate de
ceasel had procured the corpse of some
other p?rson to represent his own, and thU3
complete his* villanios by carrying off a
largo s?m of money and getting away to
some other country, he thought it a mistake
for the writer of that articlo to waste his
imaginative powers upon a more newspaper,
instead of writing stories for The London
Journal, or compiling dramas for tho trans
pontine stago. No man, he believed, more
than himself appreciated and valued the
freedom of the press, but in this matter ho
confessed he thought both editors and cor
respondents hal outstripped the line which
divides liberty from license.
Pas dug from this feature of the case ta
tho olosiiig of the painful business before
the jury, he summe I up tin evidenco with
graat care, dwelling at souu length upon
tho rights of tha crown in refo-vaco to any
property tho deceased might have left, and
in anticipation of th* jury finding a verdict
of felo-d :-<sj. In ordinary cases, he said,
so far as he could soo, there was not, un
fortunateiv?and ho regretted to say it?
any evidence to show that thodeceased was
not perfectly sane when he arranged to take
his own life and did take it Tho only sug
gestion to his mind, even of eccentricity in
the matter, was that ho should drive him
self up to the spot where he was discovered.
This was no doubt a strange thing to do.
Nevertheless, it was clearly by forethought
and design. On the day when he felt that
Byles, Grant & Byles would, within twenty
four hours, have discovered the secret of his
forgories, ho had resolved to commit sui
cide, purchasing the drugs for the purpose,
sending his two men servants into the
country, writing his last letters, and mak
ing other careful and intelligent arrange
ments to closo his earthly career. It had been
sugi;est?d that Hampstead heath was a
favoriia resort of tho deceased, and that
ho hail frequ mtly been soon walking and
driving there, walking, more particularly
during the ln-t two weeks, about tho heath
behind Jock Straw's Castle, and uear the
spot when) bis body was found. He must
repeat, it was a curious thing that ho should
get ids .servants out of the way, for that was
evidently the intention of tho opera and the
suppers, hiniselJ putting his horse into his
carriage, si?iing upju tho box and driving
it, evidently late at night and possibly
through a storm of rain and thunder, to
Hamp-tea I heath. Tnat was the oaly in
dicati .m in the entire story that could war
rant even a thought of iusauity; but this
was overbalanced tremendously, in his esti
mation, by t-e other facts of tho case.
Wnh these suggestions and instructions he
left tho verdict in the hands of tho jury,
and thanked th.in on behalf of himself and
ah concerned for their patient attention to
the painful details of one of the saddest
cases that had come"under his attention.for
The jury, after a short deliberation, gave
a verdict of felo-de-se, which it was gener
ally understood meant a midnight burial
with something worse than maimod rights;
but in this case the body had been pre
viously removed to the deceased's residence
in Portland place, and on the fifth day
after death it was interred at KensaJ
Green, in tho presence of a few private
friends and relatives. And in duo course
there was written on a block and silver
plato over tho remains of Joseph Norbury
tho dishonored name of John Needham.
Moanwhilea strange instinct of fear and
mistrust in regard to her brothor's welfare
took possession of 'th_ mind of Kate Nor
to be continued.
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