COMMENT: The village was that of Westmoreland, New Hampshire.
Two Sad Suicides
Youthful depravity and desperation. The papers gave an account, a few days since, of a boy, 13 or 14 years old, at Williamsburgh, Va. having shot himself, on the 10th instant, in consequence of receiving a severe chastisement from his father. An instance of equal singularity and savage hardihood in this city in Friday last, when Daniel Caugholin, a boy 14 or 15 years old and small for his age, having been corrected by his master for swimming in the river, immediately went and hanged himself with his handkerchief! – Columbian.
Peter Pyner, a black man, was lately convicted of a rape, committed on the body of a white female, and received sentence of death, at Northampton, Mass. The circumstances in this case were stated to be extremely distressing, and his guilt clearly proved.
Execution in Portugal
Lisbon, May 8. Yesterday an Englishman, Mr. H. nephew of an English Peer [nobleman], late of the Impetueux, underwent the sentence of the Portuguese laws. The law for murderer decrees that he shall be strangled, and then have his head and hands cut off, and be removed to the place where the murder was committed, put upon a pole, with his hands nailed under the head, and there to continue three days....
COMMENT: “Mr. H.” is identified only as one “who had killed a Portuguese, in a quarrel which originated at a gaming table,” HMS Impetueux was a British warship, originally the French warship “America,” built in 1788, captured by the British in 1795. and serving in the British navy until 1813.