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THE SANDYFORD MURDER. (From the Glasgow Morning Journal.) The inquiry ordered by the Home Secretary was opened on Friday by the Royal commissioner, George Yoong. Esq., advocate, and sheriff of Haddingtonshire, the chambers of Sheriff Sir A. Alison, County- buildings. Mr. Young arrived in the city on Friday forenoon, and, after a conference with Sir Archibald Aüscn, proceeded, accompanied by Mr. Fiscal Gemmel aed Mr. Dixon, one of Mra. M'Laehlan's agents, to the ftause of Mr. Fleming, 17, Sandyford-plaue, after a 1winute inspection of the premises, returning to the CfeEnty-buildings. The examination lasted till six p.m., and was held with closed doorg," no one being allowed .to enter except those officially engaged in the investiga- tion. Some of the detective officers,, Mr. John Fleming, mm., Mr. John Fleming, jun., Mary Black or Adams, washerwoman, Stobcross-street, and her daughter, the gjrl Sarah Black or Adams, George Paton, the milkman, and Donald M'Quarrie, the milkboy.. with otherb of the witnassea examined on the trial,, and all those who have since the trial come forward with additional items "C eviderice,, were summoned to appear; and ware in attendance. The examinations andrcross-examihations as conducted m Friday before the, commissioner are a sealed book. Afcsome little1 pains, we have baen able to collect the felfcwing authentic outline of thenew evidence. The first witness examined. was Mr. John Fleming, atwn-ntant-, Of. Vincent-street. He was uadsr examina- tion for up wards of an hour. We Have no information a» to the nature of the evidence given by this gentleman, or by his sen, John Fleming, jun., who was next exam- ined for closeon an hour. Mr. Stewart, jeweller, residing at 1.6. Sandyfcfrd-place, was next examined. Mr. Stewart's tfvidsnce is important corroboration of Mrs. M'Lach- fca's statement. On the night of the murder (Friday wening), Mr. Stewart returned to his house about half- tan o'dlbek, p m. His family bad that day gone down I to the coast, and about eleven o'clock lie retired to rest. Immediately thereafter he fell asleep. He was aroused G&m his sleep by a scream, as of a person in distress, fife got up and looked around him, but did not examine bb watch. He distinctly noticed that there was about the same degree of light as when he had gole to bed: It might have been immediately after he had (ISlea asleep, but he is certam it Was before one in, We morning. Mr. Stewart's impression at the tome was that the scream that awoke- him proceeded -bom Mr. Fleming's house, and immediately on hearing of the murder ha associated the two. When the murder was discovered he informed Mrs. Stewart that if the • truth would ever be made known as to when the first "IBoWS were struck, it would be found that it was not at fcnr o'clock, as represented by old Flioiing, but sime tkaarbetwixt eleven and one o'clock. After Mr. Stewart, a witness named Miss Mary tNntyre, a dressmaker, was examined. Her evidence, aa will be sees, is of vital importance; and, taken in connection with.Mr. Stewart's, and the evidence of Mrs. Walker and Miss Dykes, seams to place beyond ques- tion that Mrs. M'Lachlan has told the troth when she stated that she was not in Mr. Fleming's house when the first wounds were inflicted on the deceased. Evidence of Miss Mary M'Intyre, milliner and dress- maker, No. 77, Port-street, Cranstonhiil. I. was in the habit of sewing in the house of Mrs. Ser- vice, No, 8, Sandy ford-place. I had been sleeping there at night for some time while the family were in London. They returned on Thursday, the 3rd of July last. I was aewisg in the house of Mrs. Service on Friday, 4th July, and on the following Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. I slept in the house during that time. After my jewing waa done on the Friday I weat down to my house in Port-street to see my brother about some business he had been engaged on daring the day. I left Mrs. Sar- vice's hoase for the purpose about line o'clock, and, afcer being some time in my own house, I set out to return to Jifo. 8, Sandy ford-place. I went up Elderslie.street. At Cranatonhitl-street there is a spirit shop, which, as I fssed, I observed had just closed, as I saw under the or the lights still burning within. This attracted -may attention, because I bad not thought till I saw titis that it was so late, and by this circumstance I>3aw that it was after eleven o'clock. When I came aear to the lane behind Sandy ford-place,11 saw Mrs. Walker and Miss Dykes, both of whom I was familiar with by sight, standing at the close mouth near the lamp upon the pavement. As I was near the corner of the lane, and just at the small shoemaker's booth on the west side of the street, a little south of the month of the Wne, I saw a woman go into the lane. She came down tfea street from the east corner of Sauchieliall-street, and turned round quickly into the lane. At the same time srgeBtltmaajfssssd her md looked hard into her face, and than held straight down the street. The woman had on g(W&light grey cloak or shawl, but I can't say as to her bonnet or her gown. When I came up to where Miss D,tkes and Mrs. Walker were standing, I heard them rigWarhing on the woman who had gone along the lane. I heard them say the words-" In there at this time ot iiaighti" which I understood to mean that they were wondering what she was that went in there at that time of night. I passed close by them, and went round the corner into Sauchiechall- siceat, opposite Sandy ford-place. I was walking rapMly, and arrived in a minute or two at the carriage entrance leading into Sitndyford-place, nearly wsptraite Mr. Fleming's house, No. 17, Sandyford-place. There were two or three ladies and a gentleman with Miem, and also two young men, all standing at the open- ing, talking of something that had attracted their notice. As I came up, one of them said, I heard —— but I catmot say what it was that the person speaking said 651 been heard by them. I understood. that it was some- thing that had struck them. Another person of th& party jaiii, U I think it came from that house where the light iBff pointing up to a house where there was a light in the Mmt area Windows. I think there was no light-but in tfc% area, and no light in the houses on each side of the c,&a in question. The house the light was in I am quite mro was No. 17. I went back repeatedly since; and, fcers examination of the place, I am sure it was No. 17. Wtv light came through white blinds. I stopped to listen, jb-r, I did not hear anything, and the ladies went on' towards Chaaring-cross, and the two young men towards ral crescent. I followed them westward, walking xatfeer slowly; but I had just gone a few steps, when ■hM opposite No. 17, I heard something which made me stop again. It was a distinct moan, as of some one in graat distress. It came, I think, from those lighted wisdoms. 1 thought so at the time, and at first I half fyt&aght of going up to see what it was; but from the character of the sound I was a little frightened, and iastead of going up went straight on to Mrs. Service's. •-t&a sound I heard was a low, wailing moan, as of pain;, t&ft although it was not long continued or repeated, it was distinct. After I had stood for a minute, I went on, ad Mrs. Service let me in. I mentioned the circumstance M Mond ayiiight to, Ann Campbell, Mrs Service's servant, wteea some one came in with news that there had been ? herder in Mr. Fleming's, in No. 17. I said, when I hoard this, that if the murder had taken place on Friday Bight, I would have said that it was what I had heard at. jjfOc 17 on that night. I mentioned the matter frequently after that, before the trial and after it, hut I did not think itof any consequence to mention it fo the authorities. My brother David, and also two servants of Mrs.; Service's sister-Mrs. Macfie—were present on the Mon- day aigbt when I mentioned what I had heard; but these servants are now in l3lay, and I don't know whether they remember the circumstance or not. Ann Campbell, who is referred to in Mie3 M'Intyre's evidence, was next examined. Ifrs. Walker's evidence was next taken, and acquires additional importance in reapect of the preceding tfiafenooy, aSt in conjunction with that given by Miss ij&ykes, it puts the ldentlficatlouoi Mrs. M'Lachlan; #?{& the party seen by Mrs. M'Intyre beyond question. Tha milkboy, MfQaarrie, and the milkman, George Paton, were the only other witnesses examined. Their evidence is already before the public. The commissioner at six o'clock. A

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