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CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.-This court com-
menced its sittings on Tuesday, 2nd April, before his Honor Mr. Justice Dickinson.-Henry Roberts, found guilty of bigamy, at the De- cember Criminal Court, and who had remained in gaol till an objection had been argued, was sentenced to be worked on the roads or other
public works of the colony for three years. Mary Phillips was indicted for stabbing and wounding Andreas Jose, on the 8th February, with intent to do bodily harm. Jose, a young Portuguese, was a butler in the employ of Mr. Beit, on the Parramatta Biver, and the girl Phillips was cook in the same employment ; on that day Mrs. Beit saw the girl cleaning dishes in a room set apart as that of Jose, and she ordered her to leave it, in accordance with the rule of the family ; the girl did not leave, and Jose himself came there' shortly after, and ordered her to leave the room ; the girl refused to do so, and Jose put her dishes out, and tried to put her out also, on which she struck him in the face, and he returned the blow ; she seized a knife, and struck him wounding him in the left groin, having pre- viously cut his wrist in the struggle ; the wound 5roved not dangerous, although inflicted in a
angerous place. Guilty of common assault; six months' imprisonment.-William Brooks was indicted for breaking into the warehouse of James Cook, and stealing therefrom a promis- sory note, on the 22nd December last, at the Circular Quay, Sydney. Guilty ; six years on the roads.-Margaret Lynam was indicted for causing the death of a male-infant, by overlay- ing it while she was in a state of intoxication, at Sydney, on the 25th February. This case was fully reported at the time. Samuel and Margaret Gorman were left laying intoxicated in their house, when the prisoner, who was also intoxicated, was seen carrying about the child, and afterwards sitting in Gorman's house with the child on her knee ; subsequently, a lad, a son of Gorman's, entered the house, and saw prisoner get np from the bed and run ont, and the lad, on looking at the bed, found the baby lying there, dead ; the prisoner came in again immediately after crying, and saying she had lain on the child and killed it, and must suffer for it. Guilty ; twelve months' imprisonment -Abridged from the S. M. Herald.
THE LATE MRS. CLARKSON-The adjourned inquest upon the disinterred remains of the late Mrs. Clarkson was held yesterday, but was further adjourned until Friday next, without any evidence being taken beyond so much as was necessary to bring the husband of deceased and his present wife legally before the court. The whole of the jurors attended punctually at the Museum Hotel, and the Coroner proceeded at once to re-open the investigation, by stating his intention to confine the evidence on that day to such testimony as was necessary to bring into formal custody the persons whom he had caused to be apprehended on suspicion of having been accessory to Mrs. Clarkson's death. He then called constable Singleton, the police officer attached to his department, who deposed to the arrest of Mountford Clarkson, and Mary Ann, his wife, on Saturday last. Witness was in company with Inspector Pearce and one or two other constables when he apprehended them, and at the time of so doing, ne read the war- rant wherein the accusation which led to their
apprehension was set forth. Clarkson, who was in ned when they went there, declared his inno- cence. Mrs. Clarkson also, who seemed much agitated, denied knowing anything about the
matt». Witness had known Mountford Clark-
son for many years, and believed him to have
been the husband of deceased. Believed the prisoner Mary Ann Clarkson to be the present wife of Mountford'Clarkson. She said she would go anywhere with him, to an iron-gang if neces- sary. Before the examination of this witness, Mr. anti Mrs. Clarkson arrived from the gaol in a cab, and were placed before the court. They declined, however, to put any questions to the witness, reserving their right of cross-exami- nation until the adjourned sitting, when the case would be more fully gone into, and the prisoners would be defended by counsel. It was intimated that Mr. Nichols had been re- tained to defend them, and that Mr. Holroyd would watch the proceedings at the inquest on
their behalf. The Coroner informed them that
they were both charged with the wilful murder of Jemima Clarkson, but that from the nature of the information then before him it was ne- cessary that they should be further remanded to gaol until Friday next, to alford time for still further enquiry. He did not intend, he said, to
Sroceed to the examination of witnesses on that
ay, inasmuch as there were one or two who could not on that occasion be brought before the court ; but when the case was gone into in detail, the witnesses might be all cross-examined by the prisoners or their counsel ; and that if the case seemed to require it, he should have no objection to hear witnesses for the defence. Although he purposely abstained from going into detail on that occasion, he felt bound, he said, to state that he had sufficient evidence
before him to warrant him in pursuing his pre- sent course. He had thought it prudent to abstain from taking any portion of the evidence that day for two reasons-first, because these partial enquiries had a tendency to defeat the ends of justice; and, secondly, because it was unjust to the prisoners to make public evidence as to facts whioh might tend to inculpate them, without at the same time going into other evi- dence which might have a reverse effect. He believed that on Friday, the day to which the inquest -would be adjourned, the whole of the evidence might be gone through, and the case terminated - one way or another. With refe- rence to Mrs. Pickering, who was present and in custody, the coroner stated that he did not mean at present to bring her formally "before the court. She had been arrested in consequence of some fugitive words which had escaped her, tending to afford grounds for belief that she had a personal knowledge with reference to the hidden circumstances of this' melancholy affair. -Perhaps at the next sitting of the court te
might put her in the witness box, or it might be that he might deem it necessary to place lier at the bar, if upon enquiry among other witnesses it should turn out that the suspicion against her assumed a more grave aspect than at present. The inquest was then adjourned until one o'clock p.m. on Friday next, when it will be held at the police office, George-street, and the prisoners were remanded to gaol. Their demeanour throughout was tolerably collected, and both, repeatedly protested their innocence. The case caused much excitement. The room in which the court sat was crowded to excess, and great numbers were assembled in the street. Bv the latter the prisoners were saluted with yells as they entered the carriage for the purpose of returning to gaol. In dismissing the jury, the coroner again cautioned them most strongly against allowing their minds to be prejudiced by any of the current reports having reference to this case.-Herald, April 3.
THE CASE OF THE LATE MRS. FELL.-The
board of directors of the Sydney Infirmary, at a full meeting held yesterday, adopted unani- mously a report of the weekly committee re- specting the case of the late Mrs. Fell, which had been referred to the committee. The report stated that the committee had received the written statements of Drs. Macfarlane and
Tierney, and of Dr. Houston, the House Surgeon, and they were of opinion that Mr. Houston was justified in his first refusal to admit Mrs. Fell, because the case neither required medical nor surgical aid ; that the statement of Mrs. Fell's aunt on the following day, to the physician of the week, that the case was one of pure destitu- tion and not of disease, justified tue physician in deciding that the case was not one for admis- sion into the Infirmary ; that after that decision Mr. Houston was bound by the rules not to admit Mrs. Fell without further directions from the physician for the week : but the committee, nevertheless, in a case that became so pressing, and where the patient had been repeatedly re- fused by the Asylum, and had been also recom- mended by different parties for admission into the Infirmary, regretted that the House Surgeon should not have ventured to disregard the strict letter of his orders, and admit Mrs. Fell, in the confidence that the step would be approved by the committee. Finally, the report recom- mended that in future power should be given to meet such extreme cases, and the following re- solution was adopted by the meeting, nearly in the words of the concluding paragraph of the report :-" In consequence of the painful occur- rence connected with the case of the late Mrs. Fell, and in accordance with the recommendation of the weekly committee, the board of directors gute full power to the secretary, or chairman of the weekly committee, to order for admission into the Infirmary any doubtful or urgent cases such as Mrs. Feu's, until proper provision can be made for them, either under the advice of the medical officers, or by correspondence with the Benevolent Asylum; all such cases to be re- ported to the weekly committee for their ap- proval."-Abridged from the Herald, April 8.
MAIL ROBBERT.-Information was yesterday received in town that the Queen's mail has
again been stopped and robbed by bushrangers. " The mail cart from Melbourne to Sydnev was on the 29th March stopped by two armed men about six miles from Tarcutta, between Albury and Gundagai. The bushrangers took out the horses, lashed the driver and one (the only) pas- senger to the vehicle, took out the Melbourne and Albury bags, mounted the horses, and rode off. It is supposed that they were accompanied by other bushrangers, who kept out of sight ; and from certain expressions which dropped from one of the two actors in the scene, it is thought that he, at all events, was concerned in the recent robbery of the Goulburn mail.
Herald, Apt ii 3.
HOMEBUSH RACES.-The following horses are entered for the Trial and St. Leger Stakes, at the Homebush meeting, 1850 :-St. Leger Stakes-Mr. A. Hook's gr.h. Young Doctor Jenner ; Mr. John Tait's ch.h. Cossack ; Mr. George Rouse's br.h. Dr. Syntax ; Mr. Charles Roberts' b.f. The Nun; Mr. James Roberts' bl.h., by Egremont; Mr. William Hall's b.h. Sir Charles ; and Mr. Leonard's ns. bl.f. Black Swan. Trial Stakes-Mr. Henry Reeves* ch.c Lieutenant ; Mr. John Tait's gr.f. Medora, late Empress ; Mr. John Tait's b.c. The Arab ; Mr. John Barker's b.c. Pilot ; Mr. Charles Roberts* b.f, by .¿Ether; Mr. James Roberts' br.c, by .¿Ether ; and Mr. Leonard's ns. b.c. Chloroform.
-S. M. Herald.
PRODUCE SALE.-Mr. Lyons sold by auction, at his mart, yesterday-4 bales sorted broken wool, at 9d. per lb. ; 6 bales skin wool, at 9fd. per lb. ; 2 bales unwashed wool, at 6|d. per lb. ; 1 bale locks, at 6d. per lb.: 6 bales greasy wool, at 5 Jd. per lb. ; 1 bale greasy wool, damaged by salt water, at 4¿d. per lb.
Herald, April 3.
THE WEATHER.-We had some very heavy rain in Sydney on Sunday night, and occasional showers on Monday and Monday night. Yes- terday it cleared up, and-'tlë wind shifted to the northward. There have been some heavy rains at Camden and Windsor, and along the vale of the Hawkesbury.-Herald, April 3.