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ITS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.
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In England a plot was hatched for his capture. A vessel sailed to Bergen, Story was enticed on board by a tale that forbidden books were among the cargo, the hatches were battened down, the vessel at once set sail and Story soon found himself at Yarmouth. He was taken to the Tower and on May 26th, 1571, brought to trial in Westminster Hall on a charge of inciting the Duke of Alva to invade England. He refused to plead and claimed to be a Spanish subject, but was condemned for treason, sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered, and on June 1st this sentence was carried out at Tyburn in its entirety and with cruelties too horrible to detail here. Three centuries later Pope Leo XIII. honoured his memory by raising him to the ranks of the Blessed— one stage below the Saints—the decree of beatification being dated December 29th, 1886.
1554, April 2nd. Bicardus Whalley and Anthoninus Stapleton.
Richard Whalley was a famous man in his day. Born in 1499, he was the only son and heir of Thomas Whalley, of Kirkton, Northampton. Introduced at Court he ingratiated himself with Henry VIII. by reason of his grace and skill in martial exercises, and being entrusted with some work in connection with the suppression of monasteries did it so well that on February 26th, 1538-9, he was rewarded with a gift of Welbeck Abbey and other lands. Some seven years later the Manors of Sibthorp and Wimbledon were added to his possessions. When Somerset became Lord Protector to the young King Edward VI. Whalley was made his steward and for a time stuck to him through all his intrigues, though he found himself in the Fleet prison as a consequence. But when Somerset was arrested, Whalley's fidelity gave way and he was one of the principal witnesses against him. The master went to the block; the man was deprived of all his manors and on September 19th, 1552, was committed to the Tower. Immediately on Mary's accession he was released, and a few months later was sent to Parliament by East Grinstead. He subsequently got into favour
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