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be set aside, and you ought to deliver your verdict in this case acoording to the law of the land. That is the direction I have to give you. If you still entertain an objection of course I must accept the verdict of the majority but I shall be glad, if you, after the directions I have given you, can see your way to concur with your fellows.

 After a short consultation, the foreman addressing His Lordship, said the juryman wishes me to explain that he has been able to follow most of what your Lordship said, although he is not sufficiently master of English to be able to take any reply; but he is still of the same mind, that he was before, and is not prepared to accept the verdict of the majority.”

 His Lordship said that, under the circumstances, he would accept the verdict of the majority.

 The Clerk of the Crown then asked the foreman what the verdict was, and was told that it was a verdict of guilty.

 Prisoner was then asked if she had anything to say why sentence of death should not be passed upon her.

 The prisoner through the interpreter said that she had nothing more to say than that she had not committed the murder.

His Lordship thereupon passed the following sentence:—Prisoner at the bar, after a very patient investigation, and after having had the advantage of being defended by learned counsel, who has done his utmost on your behalf with the material he had before him, the Jury have found you guilty of the crime of wilful murder; and I fail to see how they would