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THE ATTACK UPON THE QUEEN. From detailed accounts which have reached us of the occurrence briefly alluded to in our columns yesterday, it appears that the Royal cortefjc had returned by way of Constitution-hill, and had entered the Palace about half-past five by the north gate, passing thence through what is called the Garden Gate into the inner court- yard. A large crowd, whom the police were engaged in keeping back, had collected in front of the Palace to see the Queen, and cheered her as she entered. Her Majesty was attended by Lady Churchill, and had the usual escort, Major-General the Hon. A. Hardinge and Lord Charles Fitzroy being the Equerries. As the Queen was preparing to alight a lad suddenly presented himself at the side of the carriage, holding a paper in one hand and a pistol in the other. He tried at first, it is said, to attract the attention of Lady Churchill, mistaking her probably for the Queen, by whose side she sat, and then appeared to be about to address himself to Her Majesty, going round the back of the carriage, when the Equerries and the Queen's personal attendant, John Brown, followed him and gave him into custody of the police-sergeant on duty at the time. The Queen shewed no signs whatever of fear. The lad was immediately dis- armed of the pistol, which proved to be unloaded. It is an old-fashioned weapon, with a flint and steal lock, which was broken, and in the barrel a piece of greasy red rag was found. He had also a knife in his possession and the paper to which re- ference has been made, which on examination was .found to be a petition written on parchment, for the re- lease of the Fenian prisoners. He was taken forth- with to the King-street police station, where he gave the name Arthur O'Connor, and stated his age to be 17, adding that he was a clerk to Messrs. Livett and Franks, oil and colour manufacturers, 72, Blackman- street, Borough, and that he resided with his father and mother at 4, Church-row, Houndsditch. He is in appearance rather tall for his age, and slender. He wore a black felt hat, and was ordinarily well dressed in other respects for a person in his condition of life. He had managed to scale some iron railings, ten foot high, at the point where the garden wall abuts at a corner upon the Palace on its northern side, and had passed through the Garden Gate into the courtyard un- perceived, and, therefore, unchallenged. The theory of the police is that he contrived to accomplish this feat at the moment they and the porter were engaged in keeping the entrance clear for the return of Her Majesty. He has stated since his apprehension that ha bought the pistol at a shop in the Borough, and that he is a grandson of the late Mr. Feargus O'Connor. He was seen last evening by Dr. Bond, the medical officer connected with the police-station. The pistol found upon the prisoner was, at the re- quest of Mr. Gladstone, taken to the House of Com- mons, the better to enable him to answer anxious inquiries as to whether it was really unloaded when the prisoner was apprehended, and in the course of-lhe evening several members of Parliament called at the Station for the purpose of seeing the prisoner, but their request was very properly not complied with, he himself, moreover, showing much aversion to being seen in his cell by any one but the attendants. From another source we learn the following particu- lars :—On Thursday, after the diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, her Majesty went for a drive, and returned to the Palace through the garden gate at the foot of Constitution-hill at half-past five o'clock. About five hundred people had assembled at the gate to see the Queen's return, and the attention of Inspector Baker, with the few members of the Royal Household police actually on duty, was directed to the manage- ment of this small crowd. While this was going on a youth named Arthur O'Connor, residing in Blackman- street, Borough, and now declaring himself a clerk in the City, dropped over the railing of the forecourt at the bottom of Constitution-hill unperceived, and rushed up to the carriage as it was drawn up at the garden en- trance, presenting at the same time a pistel with one hand, and a paper with the other. Her Majesty, who did not even change colour, slightly drew back, and Lord Charles Fitzroy and General the Hon. Arthur E. Hardinge, the Lord and Equerry in waiting, darting forward, seized the fellow by the collar and handed him over promptly to the custody of Sergt. Jackson, 15 A. Meanwhile her Majesty quietly entered the door of Palace, and did not, as it might have been expected, suffer during the evening from the shock. The lad, for the prisoner is no more than between 17 and 18 years of age, was at once taken to the King-street Police-staticn, and Detective Inspector Williamson was entrusted with the duty of finding out his antecedents. He is an underbred-looking "Irish cockney," spare of figure, and rather fresh in his com- plexion, his general appearance being that of a small chandler's shopboy. A couple of hours after his arrival at King-street station he was examined by Dr. Bond, divisional surgeon, who pronounced him entirely sane and not even suffering under any form of mental ex- citement. The prisoner declares that he never meant to do the Queen any harm, and is sorry he has been the cause of so much trouble. A hang-dog look which marks his face when he feels eyes resting upon it is by no means prepossessing, but he seems rather an object for contempt than of danger. It is singular, but, at the same time, a gratifying circumstance, that the first impressions of public opinion on the dastardly proceeding came from work- ing men's meetings. Of all her Majesty's subjects out- side Parliament, Mr. George Odger had the honour of taking the lead in denouncing the disloyal outrage. He presided on Thursday night at a meeting of Democratic delegates, held at the White Horse Tavern, to arrange for the intended demonstration against the Parks Regu- lations Bill. Before saying a word about the business of the evening, he declared that if the report as to the attempt on her Majesty's life were true, he felt sure every man in the room, no matter how advanced his political opinions might be, would denounce, in the most indignant manner, such a cowardly action. The thousands whom they represented woijld have deeply" lamented the success of any attempt, Rot merely to take the life, but, in any way, to cause personal suffer- ing to the Lady who now occupied the throne. Sen- tence after sentence of this statement was loudly cheered by Mr. Odger's audience, and thorough execration of the proceeding could, be read on every countenance.









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