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The Daily Dispatch: December 17, 1860., [Electronic resource], Extraordinary Proceedings in a murder trial. (search)
Extraordinary Proceedings in a murder trial. --The case of the Commonwealth. vs. Packett, now on trial before the Supreme Judicial Court at Cambridge, Mass., presents some remarkable points. Two brothers, between whom there is a most extraordinary resemblance in the matter of personal appearance, appear prominently at the trial. One is the prisoner at the bar, on trial for murder; the other appeared on the witness stand only to say that he cannot testify without criminating himself! One set of witnesses swear positively that the prisoner is the guilty party, while another set are equally sure that the assault was committed by the non-testifying witness; and upon such evidence, controlled only by a confession which is put in under circumstances somewhat extraordinary, the jury are to decide the case.
Lost his Freedom and his funds. --Bryant Moore, under sentence to life-imprisonment for wife-murder, while in jail at Cambridge, Mass., awaiting his transportation to the State Prison, had his pocket picked of the last remnant of his property, to with two dollars in cash.
Col. J. J. Pettigrew, of the First (S. C.) Rifle Regiment, has volunteered as a private in Captain Conner's Company (the Washington Light Infantry) of Hampton's Legion, and has gone with that corps to the seat of war. Col. Farish Carter, a gentleman extensively and favorably known in Georgia, died a few days ago, at Scotisboro', near Milledgeville, in the 81st year of his age. Rev. Malcolm Johnston died in Cartersville, Ga., on the evening of the 17th ult.--He was a minister of the Baptist Church, and was very old and infirm. Kit Carson had a fall of some two hundred feet over a precipice, in Utah, last April, but alighted in a snow bank and escaped serious injury. Rev. F. X. Branagau, a Catholic priest, died at Cambridge, Mass., on Tuesday. Col. Abercromble, of the U. S. regular army, has been gazetted a Brigadier General. The corner stone of a new Catholic institute at Cincinnati was laid on Sunday last.
his ball, which was private, and to which invitations were made directly by the Empress the following Americans were invited, which was a very large list in view of the limited number of persons at the ball: Mrs. Dayton in robs of antique and powdered hair: Miss Dayton, as Red Riding Hood, Mrs. Ridgway of Philadelphia; in Mme. Pilis. of New Orleans, powdered hair, Miss lunnis King of Georgia, Undue, Mrs. Penniman, of New York; Miss Penniman, Ophella, Mrs. Moutton, (Miss Greenough, of Cambridge, Mass.,) in Salansander; the Viscountess de Gabriel, (Miss Pollen, of New York,) Hungarian costume; Mrs. Eustis, (Miss Corcoran, of Washington) Miss Eusta, of Louisiana; Mrs. Butterfield, of New York; Mrs. Dr. Thomas W. Evans, of Paris; Miss Willing of Philadelphia; the Countless de Mollae, (Miss Hutton, of New York,) in Marchlockes, covered with diamonds; and the Countess de Canay, (Miss Eldgway, of Philadelphia) The American ladies, as those of your readers will see who are acquainted
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