THE MOUNT RENNIE OUTRAGE.
[BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.]
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPENDENT.)
THE GOVERNOR DECLINES TO INTERFERE.
SYDNEY, January 5.
'The extraordinary interest excited by the case of tho prisoners lying under sentence of
death for the Mount Rennie outrage is indi- cated by the agitation which has been carried on
up to tho last moment. The matter has been tho subject of general discus- sion in all circles, and, judging from the failure of those who have been advancing a reprieve to obtain any really substantial sup- port of public feeling, and the reports from the various parts of tho colony, appears to be strongly in favour of tlie law being carried out.
The pressure which was brought to bear upon his Excellency the Governor Lord Carrington to-day to reverse the decision of Executive Council has failed, and all hope of obtaining a communication of the death sen- tence on the six prisoners whose execution is fixed for Friday next must now abandoned.
Early this afternoon the Right Hon. W. B. Dally, Q.C., Sir Henry Parkes, the Primate (Dr Berry), Cardinal Moran, and his private secretary (the Rev. Dr. Denis O'Haran), waited upon his Excellency the Governor, and urged that it would be extremely undesirable to carry our the death sentence. Sir Henry Parkes, in addressing his Excellency, based his appeal for a repriece on the grounds of public policy, and the immense harm which, he said the execution of the six men would do to the colony abroad. He strongly con - demned the extrajudicial proceedings of the last fortnight of the criminal law, and pointed out that
New South Wales and Tasmania were now the only colonies in which rape was punishable by death, and urged that the execution of the sentences in the present case would not do any- thing in vindication of the law. Disastrous results were foreshadowed by Mr Dalley, who said that the! -tKeculioi of tho prisouorajwould make juries hcMÏaioiU) convict iii future cases, walli tho knowledge »that their rocomraoadationB lo morey wwsld lio unheeded, and Unit, if the olasa whom it -WUK intended to wara onco con- cluded tluit ithoro had boon reckless indifroronce io fitumnn life, Ituuon table
«oiiHequoneefi woitld ensue, and in futuro I outrages they inigbt bo induced to go a step further and kill.tiieir viotitn so as to IOBSOU tho chances of conviction involving death. Cardinal Moran said ho considered that Um people of tho colony wo possessed of a fwuzy for blood, which it was for his Exoollonoy tho 'Governor to stay. The .Primate (Dr. Barry) saul tho question -at paramount im- portance was the pr«tection of society, and he thought that would ho secured
by ,a less «overo punishment than that of death. Loud Carrington, in replying, said that ho .wcopted foarlossly the terrible duty imposed npou ¡him by tho Constitution, and woidd act without partiality or favour. Ho continued : ' * It appears tomo that your preneiit application involves ¡Ulis important CoiiBlitutional difficulty. T am lielmg requested, in direct opposition to the adváiv tendered ino by my Constitutional adviscrH on 10th December to exercise tho prerogative «if morey as to all theso prisoners, on tho ground, an I understand it, that the punishment of death should not !>o awarded for this crinio of rape. If, in this instance, T accedo to your application, it Booms lo mo flint I must necessarily do no in all futuro cases, for a worso case than tho present ono can scarcely bo imagined. In so doing, shall I not, in effect, bo repealing tho present law, and netting my own arbitrary action against tho delibéralo decision of tho people of this country as expressed by their own elected represen- tativos in tho Legislativo Assembly and by tho Legislativo Council as woll ? It seems to mo that the prorogativo of mercy if oxtonded should only bo exercised on tlie individual merits of each particular caso upon grounds altogether différent from thoso in tho main sub- mitted by this deputation."
After tho conclusion of tho abovo interview, a very much larger deputation waited on the Governor and presented a petition ¡tender- ing to his Excellency thoir support in his present painful and difficult position. Tho petitioners asserted that tho crimo wus only ono of ti «erics of outrages which had been perpetrated with almost absoluto im- punity, and that at least 100 criminals who had boen concerned in tho violation of women within tlie last few years wero now looso in tho city and suburbs, and tho female population were in a state of well-founded alarm in view of tho probability of the offonoe being condoned by the authorities, as other crimes of the Bamo nature had boon condoned. If tho law was not carried out in the present case, tim criminal and Bomi-criminal «Jatwjs would proclaim a victory over law and order, and no woman would bo safe in the colony. | Lord Carrington thanked tho deputation, and
1 assured thom Unit the fullest care would bo
taken to «'euro tho ends of justice*.
Duffy, one of the prisonon) Bentenoed in con- nection with the Mount Bennie outrago case, lias made a statement, in which he has doclared that Newman, ono of tfio mon awaiting execu- tion, is entirely innocent of having committed an outrago upon tho girl Hicka. Duffy also exonerates Koogan and Miller, whoso sentences
Cardinal Moran has issued instruotions to tho Roman Catholic clergy to hold a special mass in tho city churches on Friday morning early, and to pray that tho condemned mon may, in thou* lost moments, havo all tho spiritual bless- ings and comforts of religion.
Tlio monthly meeting of lho Commercial Travellers' Association will bo held to-night
at tlio Australian Hotel.
Mails for tho East and Euiopo, por Oriont line, closo at tho General Tost Ollieo to-morrow aitci
A regular mooting of the North Australian Lodge, No. "!)G, will bo hold this evening at tho Masonic Hall, for tho installation of the master
elect and officers.
The Now York Tunca' Elmira, N.Y., special of tho 2nd November, 1880, says :-A physician of this city recently visited Jonathan Bass, of Cambria, Niagara county, whoso case is be- lieved to bo without a purallel in medical records, Bass is 56 years of ago. In tho summer of 1818 ho was seized with asharppain in tho bottom of his right foot. No causo for it could bo discovered. Tlio foot and log be- came greatly swollen and during nino years all tho joints in his body slowly changed into solid bone. In 1857 ho was placed on an invalid's bed and has never been removed from it. So completely consolidated aro all his joints, in- cluding the spino, that ho may bo lifted by placing one hand under his hood and ono under his heels, his weight being only seventy-fivo pounds. Tlio bones of tlie fingers of his right hand, of tlio cntiro left hand, and of tho toes of both feet havo been entirely absorbed, and the flesh of the fingers and toes hangs down Uko a fringe. His jaws aro tightly locked, but ho manages to eat tho heartiest meals without mastication and without suffering inconvenience. Pork and other meat is cut in tldn Blips, which he draws into his mouth by sucking through a narrow opening between his upper and lower teeth. Sinoo 18G9 ho has lo3n totally blind. His heart is oin. lower thon the usual position of that organ, but is perfectly sound, as are all his vital parts. The nails on his fingers havo grown to nearly 1ft. in length. Bass is a man of moro than averago intelligence and keeps himself pested on all tho questions of I the day. Ho converses with case and is lively
and cheerful. His constitutional health is so good that physicians agrco that he will live I beyond the allotted time of most active men.