N is also for Noon

The Household Narrative of Current Events, the sister publication of Household Words gave me Elijah Noon. The name alone made him worthwhile including. He was a plasterer in Oxford and on July 16th, 1852, he was indicted for the murder of his wife, the crime being witnessed by their daughter, aged twelve. Elijah Noon came home at midnight, drunk. A quarrel ensued during which Noon struck his with a sword which was kept on a shelf. The child ran out and Mrs Noon made to follow, but was run through with the sword.
She lasted twenty-four hours. Her final words to her husband were ‘Elijah, I freely forgive you, as I hope the Lord will forgive me; but always avoid passion.’
At the trial, the daughter could not swear that she had seen the accused deliberately stab his wife and he was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. A number of witnesses deposed to the prisoner’s good character.

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