Some history of Cheapside
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Related Newspaper Articles
"An atrocious attempt at murder took place yesterday in Cheapside, about nine o'clock in the morning, which has caused no little excitement
and indignation in the locality. The attempted murderer is a plane-iron maker, named William Smith, twenty-three years of age, residing with his mother in Moseley
Street. His victim is a young widow with two children, named Mrs. Owen, who has a house in No. 20 Court, Cheapside, a person of excellent character, in the employment of
Mr. T. Cox, button and umbrella manufacturer, Alcester Street, It appears that about three months ago Smith became acquainted with Mrs. Owen, to whom he seems to have
become even violently attached. His visits to her house were frequent; they were in the habit of walking out together, and were apparently on the best possible terms.
Up to Friday last matters remained in this state but on that day it is said Mrs. Owen rejected his addresses, and declined to continue the intimacy. Smith was violently
enraged against her on account of this rejection, and upon her refusing to see him when he called on Saturday, he was heard by several persons to utter threats against
her. On Monday, however, he managed to see Mrs. Owen, and a reconciliation seems to have taken place, and in the evening he accompanied Mrs. Owen and her little daughter
to a photographic establishment on Deritend Bridge, and had coloured portraits of them taken. Subsequently they all returned together to Mrs. Owen's house. He remained
there during the evening, and indeed all night, and, it is said, was perfectly sober. About eleven o'clock a girl named Jane Hummins, who is a fellow-workwoman
with Mrs. Owen, and lodged in her house, left for the purpose of going to a party, and at that time the two lovers appeared to be on the most friendly terms. It seems
that Mrs. Owen subsequently retired to rest, leaving Smith lying upon the sofa by the fire. Early in the morning the girl Hummins returned from the party and saw him
there. Coming downstairs about eight o'clock yesterday morning, she found Smith and Mrs. Owen sitting on the sofa by the fire, while coffee was being prepared for
breakfast. They were talking good-temperedly but the girl noticed something in Smith's manner which she did not like, and accordingly urged Mrs. Owen to make
haste to go to work. Smith upon this became angry, and a violent quarrel arose, of a character so noisy as to attract the attention of the neighbours, who heard Smith
declare that he would cut Mrs. Owen's head off. Some of them interposed in a friendly way, and a good understanding seemed to be restored between them. This peaceful
state of things did not, however, continue long. Mrs. Owen proceeded to her chamber for the purpose of dressing to go out, when suddenly Smith started up, and without
uttering a word, rushed upstairs after her. In a moment after the girl Hummins heard a fearful shriek. She instantly dashed into the bedroom, and there saw Mrs. Owen
stretched out on the floor in a pool of blood, and Smith standing over her cutting her throat with a razor. With great courage and presence of mind, Hummins sprang upon
the attempted murderer, and after a struggle succeeded in wresting the weapon from his grasp. At the same tine she raised an alarm by screaming, but Smith, evidently
bent upon the commission of murder, drew a knife from his pocket and made a second attack upon his unfortunate victim. Mrs. Owen, however, had sufficient remaining
strength to break away from him, and had reached the stairs in her flight, when she was met by Police Constable Evans , who took her under his protection.
Medical aid was immediately sent for, and Mr. Clay, of Moseley Street, and Mr. Jordan, of Bradford Street, were promptly in attendance. They found that serious wounds
had been inflicted, and that the main arteries had narrowly escaped injury. While the surgeons were attending upon her, Smith sat upon the end of the sofa upon which
she was laid, and affected to be intoxicated. This, however, was mere pretence, as upon the constables removing him to Alcester Street Station, he walked well, and spoke
rationally. He said that it was jealousy which had led him to the commission of the crime; that he had seen Mrs. Owen walking with a man on the preceding afternoon,
and he burst into tears as he spoke. The floor of the room in which the attempt was made was covered with blood; Mrs. Owen was smothered in it, and the hands and
dress of Smith were deeply stained with it; the spectacle he presented on being taken through the streets in this state exciting the utmost horror. Yesterday morning
Smith was taken before Mr. T. C. S. Kynnersley, at the Public Office, Moor Street, when Chief Superintendent Stephens applied for a remand until Saturday, on the ground
the that Owen was unable to be either examined or removed. The application was granted, and the prisoner will be brought up again on Saturday."
"Jealousy and Attempted Murder in Cheapside"
Birmingham Daily Post : October 6th 1858 Page 3