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204               Glimpses of Our Ancestors.
"bred a draper" (to adopt the phraseology of our local authority), but heir to a considerable landed property. After some years' friendship a petty difference sprang up between them, but was soon adjusted, leaving them, apparently, with the old feelings of regard for each other. Shortly afterwards, Moor (who suffered from a tainted breath) received, through the London carrier, a packet signed with the initials of a friend, and containing a powder, which was strongly recom­mended as a remedy for the complaint he suffered from. The contents of the paper were arsenic, and had been sent by Brinkhurst. The victim did not fall into the snare at once. He was uncertain whether he was to take all the powder in one dose or in parts. He therefore wrote to his supposed friend in London to ascertain this point. Unfortunately, he commissioned Brinkhurst himself to carry the letter to the London carrier—who then, it would seem, stood in lieu of a Post Office—and the false friend, destroying the letter, contrived, by the agency of an acquaintance in London, to send a reply to it, purporting to come from the sender of the former parcel, and directing his victim to swallow the powder in one dose. He did so—on the Tuesday—and, after suffering four days' great agony, died on the succeeding Saturday; Brinkhurst waiting on him during that time (as Palmer did on his friend Cooke), and putting on all the show of grief and sympathy. How complete was his hypocrisy, and how real the affection of Moor was for him, was now shown in a way which ought to have overwhelmed him with remorse. By his friend's will he was not only forgiven a debt of £'50 (in all probability one of the incentives to the murder), but was left a legacy of that amount, together with Moor's watch and other tokens of friendship.
So far, all had gone well for the murderer. The burial took place, and, to quote our authority for these facts, " Brinkhurst returned home, in seeming security, to exult in the consummation and profit of his crime." His triumph, however, was but short-lived. Moor had not destroyed the
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