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EXECUTION OF DR. CROSS.

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EXECUTION OF DR. CROSS. Dr. Philip Cross was executed on Tuesday at Cork Cotfffty Gaol for the murder, by poisoning, of his wife at Shandy Hall, near Dripsey, in June last. The con- demned man has been in a state of prostration during the past few days, but he appeared to meet his end with firmness and extraordinary coolness. He is stated not to have betrayed the slightest emotion. The executioner was Berry, who allowed a drop of about five feet and a half. Very little information was afforded by the officials as to the circumstances attending the execution, but it was stated that the neck of the culprit appeared to have been broken by the fall. Two clergymen accompanied him to the scaffold after he had attended the final service. The convict slept well on Monday night and rose before six o'clock on Tuesday morning, when he was visited by two chaplains, who remained ^th him. At half-past seven he partook of the .acrainerit in the church, and a few minutes before eight o'clock walked, unassisted, from his cell, with- out the slightest faltering, to the scaffold. He did not speak, and when the bolt was drawn death was instantaneous. Dr. Cross made no confession, but ceased to protest his innocence since the decision of the Lord-Lieutenant refusing a reprieve was made known on Saturday. In appearance, manners, and tastes, Dr. Cross, it is said, greatly resembled his father. Both were ardent sportsmen, and their wild extravagance in hunting and other pastimes procured for them the reputation of being eccentric. When the last will and testament Of Dr. Cross's father was proved, it is alleged to have contained a clause bequeathing his body to the hounds and his soul to the devil. As Surgeon Cross, the man hanged on Tuesday was for many years attached to the 53rd Regiment, and served in the Crimea, Canada, and on several foreign stations. He was not popular in the army, more than one letter during the progress Of the trial for murdering his wife from his former brother officers being received offering to be his executioner should he be convicted. Against these unfriendly epistles, however, letters have been re- ceived from other ex-members of the corps, speaking of his indomitable courage, his fearless bravery, and the reckless daring with which he repeatedly saved the lives of others at the imminent peril of his own. Though to an extent unpopular with commercial men and agriculturists connected with him, there were few people who possessed a more generous spirit, or whose hospitality was more lavishly dispensed. He was for some time boycotted, and while experiencing its inconveniences lie attended a coursing meeting, and when a crowd of roughs attacked him with stones to drive him off the ground he refused to leave, and laid about him with his riding-whip, with such good effect that his assailants slunk away, glad to discontinue the attack. ffu6 P.u^^c are familiar with the circumstances ° the crime for which Dr. Cross was hanged. He was married to the murdered woman, an English lady of position and a member of the well-known Marriott family, many years ago in London and had a family of boys and girls, who are now residing at Shandy all. Mrs. Cross went abroad with him when he was on military duty, and finally they settled down at ^^onnleS-^ence *n co' Cork- Thf- surgeon-major had j .■) with his wife, and was himself comfortably off. 1886 a Miss Skinner, who possessed great Personal attractions, left the house of a neigh- bouring lady, where she acted as governess, and went to live with the Cross family in a similar capacity. Soon after the doctor became indifferent to his wife, and there is reason to believe Miss mner's presence caused quarrels in the house, for she only remained three months. An intimacy had sprung up between Dr. Cross and the governess, with the result that they met in Dublin and London, ravelling and staying in hotels together as man and WIfe. From the time the young lady appeared at handy Hall Dr. Cross's demeanour changed towards his wife. After the intrigue in Dublin Dr. Cross returned to Shandy Hall, and there gradually mur- dered his wife by giving her doses of arsenic and strychnine. Being a medical man he attended the poor lady himself, and towards the end he excluded friends and inquirers after her health from the house. On the night Mrs. Cross died her husband was the only person present, and the event was announced by him to the other members of the household the following morn- ng, or five hours after death had taken place. Dr. oss proceeded to register his wife's death himself, mg up the certificate and stating the cause of death as typhoid fever. The deceased was buried on the second day after death, the funeral taking place at six o'clock in the morning. The only persons present were her husband, a local publican, and the driver of the hearse. Subsequently Dr. Cross made the follow- ing entry in a diary: "Mary Louise Cross departed this life. May she go to heaven is my prayer." He paid the undertaker five guineas for the funeral, and a few days after left for London, where he was quietly married to the late governess, Miss Skinner. This young lady was already in the way to become a mother, and she gave oirth to a child some days ago. Dr. Cross reappeared at Shandy Hall with his second wife three weeks after the death of the first Mrs. Cross, and this scandalous proceeding aroused suspicion, with the result that the body of the unhappy lady was exhumed, and strychnine and arsenic were found in the remains. Further in- vestigations produced discoveries which brought the charge of murder clearly home to the accused man, who was convicted and condemned at the recent Cork Dr. Cross, who was possessed of about >00, after his conviction made a will revoking a previous testament, and leaving £ 6000 to his second SI e',an(^ the rest to his sister and children. The nandy Hali property, being entailed, falls to his eldest Son on his coming of age.

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