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The wife of Mr. Giles Hicks, living but a short distancefrom where I used to live, murdered my wife’s cousin, a younggirl between fifteen and sixteen years of age
She had been set that night to mindMrs. Hicks’s baby, and during the night she fell asleep, and thebaby cried.
She, having lost her rest for several nights previous,did not hear the crying.
Mrs. Hicks, finding the girl slow to move, jumped fromher bed, seized an oak stick of wood by the fireplace, and with itbroke the girl’s nose and breastbone, and thus ended her life
She was immediately buried, but had not beenin her untimely grave but a few hours before she was taken upand examined by the coroner, who decided that she had come toher death by severe beating.
It did produce sensation, but not enough tobring the murderess to punishment. There was a warrant issuedfor her arrest, but it was never served.
Thus she escaped not only punishment, but even the pain of being arraigned before a court for her horrid crime.
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