The school-girl Po case.
#x2014;Yesterday morning, the case of Amanda, slave of Samuel Overton
, and George, slave of Benjamin Hatcher
, charged with poisoning the Misses Clarke
and Misses Manie, pupils of Miss M. E. Atten
, on Thursday, the 20th instant, was taken up by the Mayor
and disposed of so far as he was concerned.
, the mother of four of the victims, testified that Amanda, who is the for her family, made a short-cake, about the size of a cup-plate, and calling her daughter Betty
into the kitchen, gave it to her to take to school.
divided about a third of the cake with her three sisters, at home, and took the remainder to school.
Soon afterwards her children became very sick, suffering from violent vomiting and pain in the head and stomach.
Becoming alarmed, Mrs. Clarke
was in the act of sending for her daughter who had gone to school, when, just at that moment, she was brought home by Miss Allen
, seriously ill. They were now well.
She had never imagined any unpleasant feelings between her children and Amanda; always thought they were on the best of terms.
Miss Betty Clarks
testified that she was sent for that morning by Amanda to get a short-cake she had baked for her. Gave a piece to her little sisters and took the rest to school.
A few minutes before ten o'clock divided the rest of it with the two Misses Maule
, when shortly afterwards they all became suddenly sick at the stomach.
Did not ask the cook to bake her a cake; it was altogether voluntary on her part.
Mrs. Maria Allen
--My daughter teaches school.
About 10 o'clock she came to me and said that some children were very sick.
The little Maule
girls board with us, and they were immediately put to bed, when I applied all the remedies usually resorted to for sick stomach, but they did them no good, and I sent for a physician.
The children continued extremely ill till about one o'clock next morning, and then began to get better.
visited the children; found them very ill, vomiting violently; suffering from headache, pain in stomach and bowels, and showing every symptom of having eaten something poisonous.
Upon inquiry, heard of the short-cake, and judging from the small quantity which each of the children had eaten that the dough had been charged with some poisonous drug, applied several remedies at hand, but none seemed to do much good.
Then, after some difficulty, succeeded in getting an antidote, which seldom fails to act where arsenic has been taken into the stomach, and giving it to them, it soon had the desired effect.
Did not know what the poison was; could not get any of the cake they had eaten.
Dr. J. P. Little
brought some flour, two or three papers of powders and a piece of the short-cake about the size of a thimble to me to examine.
In one of the papers I found sulphate of zinc, and upon applying the usual tests, I found some of the sulphate of zinc in the piece of bread of which the children had partaken.
Sulphate of zinc is used in violent cases as an emetic.
It is poisonous, and when powdered is white and resembles soda, as a great many other poisons do. There was no arsenic.
Dr. Thomas Pollard
--In June last I attended Amanda, and sent her some sulphate of zinc through the hands of George, her husband.
I do not consider it a poison, but a very active emetic.
Do not know whether the sulphate which was put in the short-cake was the same I sent her in June or not.
At the conclusion of the testimony, the counsel for the accused suggested to the Mayor
that Amanda, doubtless, put into the dough the sulphate of zinc in mistake for bread sods, they both being alike in appearance.
He hoped, therefore, that she would be discharged.
But His Honor thought it had not been fully established that the error was made through mistake, and therefore sent the case on for examination before the Hustings Court.