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TRIAL OF THE ASSASSIN M'NAUGHTEN. The assassin was last week placed at the bar of the Central Criminal Court, held before Lord Abinger and Mr. Justice Maule, charged with the murder of Mr. Drum- mond. Mr. Clarkson, his Counsel, asked whether their Lordships thought he ought to be called on to plead. Lord Abinger said, if the application was in consequence of the state of mind of the prisoner, a jury should be empanneled to ascertain that point. Mr. Clarkson would not press the question to that extent. The indictment was then read, after which Mr. Straight, Deputy Clerk of Arraigns, said- How say you, prisoner, are you Guilty of the charge or not Guilty! The prisoner, who kept his eyes steadily fixed towards the Bench, made no reply. Mr. Straight again asked him whether he was Guilty or not Guilty ? Mr. Cope, the Governor of the prison, here asked the prisoner whether he had heard the question. Mr. Straight: Prisoner, you must answer the question, whether you are Guilty or not ? The prisoner, after again hesitating for some time, said, I was driven to desperation." Lord Abinger: Will you answer the question ? You must say either guilty or Not Guilty. Prisoner, after some pause, I am Guilty of firing." Lord Abinger: By that do you mean to say you are not guilty of the remainder of the charge, that is, of intending to murder Mr. Drummond' Prisoner: Yes. Lord Abinger That certainly amounts to a plea of44 Not Guilty;" therefore such a plea must be recorded. Mr. Clarkson then applied for a postponement of the trial, and read a long affidavit by Mr. Humphries, solicitor for the prisoner, setting forth that he expected to prove by witnesses then in Scotland and France, that the prisoner was insane; also that a Bank receipt for E750 had been withheld from him, which was wantefl to meet the expenses of his defence. The trial was postponed, with the understanding that the prisoner would be supplied with funds for his defence. The receipt the Attorney- General objected to give up, saying it might become an im- portant document in evidence. From the plea which he made when arraigned before Lord Abinger, and which, but for the interposition of his Lordship, amounted to a plea of guilty it was expected that he would, when removed, make some further admission but the moment he re-entered the cell his former apparent sullenness and apathy were again manifested not even an alteration of the countenance was visible, but he proceeded to take up a book which he had previously been reading, and commenced at the part he had left off. The friends of M'Naughten are extremely sanguine that the evidence which will be adduced to the insanity will be most complete, and in this opinion, we understand, his legal adviser coincides. An uninterrupted state of insanity for some years past will, it is said, be proved, while, on the other side, Sergeant Stevens, of the A division, who was sent to Glasgow, obtained most important information to the contrary and to establish this point, the Treasury caused the names of Sergeant Jones, of the 10th Hussars, and Ser- geant Beale, of the Enniskillen Dragoons, to be put on the back of the bill which was sent before the grand jury, to show that when they endeavoured to enlist M'Nanghten, his answers and conversation were that of a sane and rational person. The persons who are connected with Newgate de- scribe the prisoner to be one of the quietest and mildest prisoners who have for a length of time been confined within the walls.. ■, ,T j >'f .j.i if sv/o f j

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