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naked, into a hole they dug into the bank of the Beck, at a place distant, secluded, and, to escape suspicion - bringing home the bloody clothes, and burning them as soon as possible. That, subsequently, he became agitated, silent, and reserved— tormented by his own reflections, and terrified by the continued strength of public suspicion, and the search after Huntley's body. That his object being to divert the searchers, if possible, from proceeding towards Stokesley Beck, he conceived himself likely to attain that end by himself suggesting that the body might be found there-a bold and desperate expedient, founded on the belief that any suggestion of that sort by him, would certainly be disregarded. That, finding the search at length abandoned, and the vehemence of public suspicion to be abating, but yet rendering his continuance at Hutton Rudby troublesome and dangerous, be resolved to transfer his residence, under a forged name, to Barnsley. That when, so many years afterwards, so abruptly challenged as the murderer of Huntley, he was thrown off his guard, so as to forget the notoriety of his having possessed the clothes and property of Huntley, and denied that fact to the officer who took him into custody. That he was dismayed by the appearance of Groundy against him, and dared not ask him any questions, lest hệ should thereby reveal more of the transaction; and, consequently, felt compelled to content himself with a general denial of Groundy's statements. That he inwardly shrunk from the frightful spectacle of the shattered skull, knowing it to be that of Huntley--and that HORROR looked up at him from these eyeless sockets.

But stay! A sudden stir announces the return, after a long absence, of the jury ; and the crowded court is quickly hushed into agitated silence, as the jury enter---the foreman carrying with him the skull and bones ; and the prisoner is replaced at the bar to hear his doom. The judge has in readiness, but concealed, the black cap, should it become, within a few moments, his dreadful duty to pronounce sentence of death upon the prisoner. The names of the jury are called over one by one, and the prisoner eyes them with unutterable feelings. Then comes the fearful moment.

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Clerk of Arraigns--Gentlemen of the Jury, are you agreed upon your verdict ?-Do you say that Robert Goldsborough, the prisoner at the bar, is guilty of the murder and felony with which he stands charged, or not guilty ?

Foreman-Not Guilty.

Cterk of ArraignsGentlemen' of the Jury, you say that the prisoner at the bar, Robert Goldsborough, is not guilty. That is your verdict ; and so you say all ?-(To the Governor of the Castle) — Remove the prisoner from the bar. »

The verdict did not seem wholly unexpected by the audience; and itw as received in blank silence. The prisoner exbibited no symptoms of satisfaction or exultation on hearing the verdict pronounced ; but maintained the same phlegmatic oppressed air which he had exhibited throughout. As soon, however, as he was removed from the bar, and before he had quitted the dock, he whispered, with tremulous eagerness, the ear of the officer ---- Can they try me agair, lad?, No; thou's clear of it now, altogether," was the reply: on which Goldsborough heaved a very deep sigh, and said, « If they'd put me on my trial in 1830, I could have got plenty to come forward and clear me. » Within half an hour afterwards, he was seen dressed as he had appeared at the bar of the court, only that he had his hat on, and carried a small bundle of clothes tied up in a blue and white cotton handkerchief under his arm, walking quietly out of the frowning gates of York Castle, once more a free man, to go whithersoever he chose. He was quickly joined by two mean-looking men ; and spent the next hour or so in walking about the town, and looking in to the various shop-windows, occasionally followed by a little crowd of boys and others who had recognized him.

How now, dear Christopher, say you ? or you, candid and attentive reader ? Had you been upon the jury, should you have said-Guilty, or Not Guilty? I am, as ever, dear Christopher, your loving friend,

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EXPERIENCE AND FORESIGHT." Experience," says Coleridge, is like the stern-lantern of a ship, which only shows the dangers we bave passed ; " but surely this light may be so thrown forward by reflection as to guard us against the perils that are coming. We can read what is to be by perusing the book of what has been.' Leibnitz tells us that « le présent est gros de l'avenir,; and we may fairly conclude that the unborn child will bear the same resemblance to its parent, that an echo, as yet unheard, will bear to the sound by which it was produced. We may question Campbell's averment that * coming events cast their shadows before ; but there can be Jittle doubt that past occurences cast a gleam behind them reverting enough to give us glimpses of those that are following them.

! , THE STORY OF THE EGG+COLOMBUS ANTICIPATED.Vasari relates an anecdote of Brunalleschi, similar to that recorded of Columbus, though this has unquestionably the merit of being the first, since it occured before the birth of Columbus. (Brunaleschi died in 1446, Columbus was born in 1442.) A council of the most learned men of the day, and from various parts of the world, was summoned to consult, and show plans for the erection of a cupola like that of the Pantheon at Rome!! Brunaleschi refused to show his model, it being upon the most simple principles, but proposed that the man who should make an egg stand upright on a marble base should be the architects The foreigners and artists agreeing to this, but failing in their attempts, desired Brunaleschi to do it himself, upon which he took the egg, and with a gentle tap, broke the end, and placed it on the slab. The learned men unanimously protested that any one else could do the same; to which the architect replied with a smile , that had they seen his model they could as

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29.xclaimed," 610 easily have known how to build a cupola. -Latilla on Fresco painting

NOVELS AND HISTORY. L Fielding thus defined the difference between a novel and a real history : In the former everything is true but the names and dates; in the latter, nothing is true but the names and dates. History is, in fact, a romance believed : and yet we may be equally wrong in thus giving or withholding our faith ; for Niebuhr 'has shown that we have been deceived, even as to many of the names and dates of Roman history; while no one has yet disproved a single tiltle of 2 Gulliver's Travels. »

EARLY RISING. --The late Chief Baron O'Grady, who, like the malutine planets, was generally up before the sun, was always in the same predicament with reference to his own son, Dennis, whose slumbers were generally prolonged far into the morning! Once when the Baron was upon circuit, and knew that his son was engaged as barrister in the first cause, he hurried into his bed-room, and waking him without ceremony early

bird that catches the worm." « Serves the worm right for being up still earlier than the bird, w replied the sluggard, rubbing his eyes.

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LIST OF NEW PATENTS. Joseph Clisid Danieli, of Tiverton Mills, near Bath, for improvements in making and preparing food for cattle. Marcli 31; six months.

Julius Seybel, of Golden square, Middlesex, chemist, for improvements in the manufacture of sulphate of soda and chlorine. March 31'; 'six months.

William Liversidge Trippett, of Charlton-upon-Medlock, Lancaster, agent, for improvements in looms for weaving by hand, or by power. March 31; six months.

John Bevard, of, Whitehead's Grove, Chelsea, gentleman, for an improved mode of expelling the air from certain cases or vessels used for the preservation of various articles of food: April 6; six months

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James Smith, of Deanston Works, Kilinadock, Perth, cotton-spinner; and James Buchanan, of the city of Glasgow, merchant, for certain improvements applicable to the preparing and spinning of cotton wool, flax, hemp, and other fibrous substances. April 6; six inonths.

John Read, of Regent's Circus, mechanist; Henry Pitland, of Hurst green, Sussex, farmer; for improvements in the construction and make of driving-reins, harness, bridles, and reins, and in bridles and reius for riding. April 6; six months.

Jean George Sue Clarke, of Euston-grove, engineer, for improvements in supplying and regulating air to the furnaces of locomotive engines. April 6; six months.

Thomas Clive, of Birmingham, iron founder, for certain improvements in the construction of candle-sticks. April 7; six months.

John Anthony Tielens, of Fenchurch-street, merchant, for improvements in machinery or apparatus for knitting. April 7; six months.

Marc Carlotti , of Little Argyll-street, Regent's-street, gentleman, for certain improvements in the construction and manufacture of boots, half-boots, shoes, clogs and galoshes. April 8; six months.

William Falconer, of Clapham-common, gentleman, for improve ments in apparatus for attaching buttons and fasteners to gloves, and parts of garments. April 13; six months.

John Byron Dawes, of Trafalgar-square, Charingcross, gentleman, for a certain improved chemical composition or compositions, to be employed in the preparation of glass, or other media of light. April 13; six months, 1

John Lamb, of Kidderminster, machinist, for improvements in engines to be worked by steam, air, gas, or vapours, which improvements are also applicable to pumps for raising or forcing water, air, or other fluids. April 15; six months.

Thomas Lichards, of Liverpool, bookbinder, for certain improvements in the art of bookbinding, and also in machinery, or apparatus to be employed therein. April 15; six months.

Alfred Jeffery, of Lloyds-street, Pentonville, gentleman, for a new method of preparing masts, spars, and other wood, for ship building and other purposes. April 15; six months.

Charles Farina, of Leicester-square, chemist, for a new method of manufacturing soap, candles, and sealing wax. April 15; six months.

Cent Kingdon, of Exeter, cabinet-maker, for certain improvements in impressing and embossing patterns on silk, cotlon, and other woven r felted fabrics. April 21, six months.

William Noel, of Jermyn-street, St. James's, boot and shoemaker, April 21'six months 10.7

Alphonse de Troisbrioux, of Great Russell-street, Bloomsbury, gentleman, for improvements in lithographic and other printing. presses." April 21; six months !.

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