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Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1829, Sunday, April 17, 1831.

Charge of Murder.

Wm. Thompson, mate of the Emily, a fruit vessel, from Lisbon, was charged at the Thames police-office, with the murder of C. Burdett, seaman, on the 9th of February, at sea. It appeared that on the day named, the ship was in the Tagus, and the deceased and two more of the crew were sent to the opposite shore to get water, and after being absent five hours, returned intoxicated and abused the mate. Some high words ensued, the deceased went aft and scuffled with the prisoner, who dragged him to the gangway, and by a blow sent him backwards into the water. The unfortunate man fell with a loud splash into the sea, and almost immediately sank under the ship and was drowned. Mr. Ballantine said the charge was a most serious one, and must undergo a very rigid investigation; and, after directing that the witnesses should be summoned, remanded the prisoner until Tuesday.