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The Illustrated Police News: July 19, 1890

From The Illustrated Police News
Published June 19, 1890

The Illustrated Police News published interesting, sensational, and often exaggerated or fabricated news from 1864 to 1938. Its signature was an illustrated cover designed to attract readers.

From left to right, top to bottom:

A husband and wife duo, John and Mary Jane Duckworth Pickavance, shot Mary Jane’s former employer, Henry Grainger Foster. Foster received wounds to his temple, back, groin, and left hand. Though doctors attempted to operate, the bullets lodged in his temple and back were unable to be removed. Mary Jane claimed her husband threatened to kill her if she didn’t assist in the murder, and alleged he had shot Foster 5 times while she fired the final shot. In August of 1890, John was found not guilty by reason of insanity while Mary Jane was acquitted.

Edward Bianchi was arrested for having a mechanized fortune telling device, featuring a woman with an outstretched finger and a spinning disc with several “foolish sentences,” outside his business. Bianchi was in violation of The Vagrancy Act of 1824, which in part stated “…every person pretending or professing to tell fortunes, or using any subtle craft, means, or device, by palmistry or otherwise, to deceive and impose on any of his Majesty’s subjects…shall be deemed a rogue and vagabond.”

Two men, John Cotterill (17 or 18) and John Holloway (21), related by marriage, were involved in an unusual accident. Cotterill approached Holloway from behind and “jokingly” shot as Holloway was chopping wood. The bullet entered his head but didn’t fully exit; the bullet could be seen under the skin which was swollen but not torn. Cotterill vehemently asserted the killing was an accident and, as there are no further articles about his trial, it is possible the courts agreed with his statement.

Two acrobats at a circus in Paris faced each other in a duel. They each walked 25 paces, turned and fired. Such a distance often meant no one was injured or killed, which was the case with these performers, though their grievances were dissolved. They left their revolvers behind and two trained monkeys, who observed the ceremony, recreated it with five paces apiece before turning and firing. One had “his head nearly blown off” while the other was shot in the chest.

An unnamed jealous husband, finding his wife walking arm-in-arm with her young paramour, aimed a gun at his wife’s “unlawful lover.” The gun failed to fire and the younger man ran into the woods to escape, jumping into an artificial lake. The husband met him on the other side and prevented the younger man from climbing out, kicking him back into the water for around ten minutes before rangers and passers-by intervened and rescued “the victim of marital revenge, who was quite exhausted after his aquatic adventure and protracted immersion.” The younger man was then arrested “according to the usual course.”

A prison warden was stabbed between his shoulders by an inmate. His injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

Charles Stolwell and Lottie Anderson were married in a hot air balloon before letting their officiator out and floating away for a “honeymoon in mid-air.” They drifted until they ran out of gas and became entangled in a treetop, though the husband was able to climb down the tree and get assistance for his new bride.

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