1841 BRITISH WHIG
(articles copied from the Whig by various other newspapers as noted)
(copied from Whig by Montreal Gazette, Jan. 12, 1841)
p.2 Singular Case of Manslaughter - A Coroner's inquest was held on Wednesday last, at the dock yard, Point Frederick, and adjourned until next day at the Court House, before T.A. Corbett, Esquire, on the body of a seaman, named Wm. McKay, who came to his death under the following circumstances. It appears, that a general row among the men in the store ship occurred on the 19th October, when a boy, named Gannon, threatened to stick a sailor of the name of Richard Levitt, who accordingly struck him. Whereupon, the deceased espousing the boy's quarrel, a regular stand up fight took place between the two men. At the end of the third round, the deceased fell heavily on the back of his head, from the combined effects of a blow and trip, and his skull is said to have been thereby fractured. He was picked up and taken to hospital, where he only remained two days, returning to duty; but very shortly afterwards, he was again compelled to go to hospital, where he died on the 15th instant. After a very patient investigation, the Jury returned a verdict of man- slaughter against Richard Levitt, who was accordingly committed to the District jail, to await his trial at the spring Assizes. The prisoner bears a most excellent character, and much sympathy is excited in his behalf. Under all these circumstances, is not the case bailable?
The Royal Navy - Capt. Sandom and the Officers of H.M.S. Niagara alias the Gentlemen of the Dockyard, are "At Home" this evening to as large an assemblage as ever graced the walls of a Kingston building. The invitations are upon the most extended and liberal scale, including the whole of the Garrison, and the full half of town. We are in hopes to give the public an ample description of this grand public Festival next Friday. The gentlemen of the Navy deserve the highest credit for infusing a little life into one of the most apathetic societies in Christendom. May the bright example be followed up with spirit!