The following transcriptions are from "clippings" taken from "THE TIMES" newspaper published in London, and
were sent at the time by Julia Waddington (ne้ Bristowe), an Aunt of Samuel Boteler Bristowe, to her son Edward Horatio Waddington
who had emigrated to New Zealand in 1873.
THE TIMES, London, Wednesday, November 20th, 1889.
ATTEMPT TO MURDER A JUDGE
A deliberate attempt to murder Mr. Samuel B. Bristowe, Q.C., Judge of the Nottingham District
County Court was made last evening at the Great Northern Station, Nottingham, by William
Edward Arnemann, an artificial teeth manufacturer, of that town. Arnemann, who is a native
of Germany had sued a person in the County Court for the value of a set of teeth. The case
was heard yesterday afternoon before his Honour, who non-suited the plaintiff. Arnemann
thereupon became greatly excited and declared he was outlawed and could not get his rights.
Judge Bristowe's custom is to leave Nottingham by the 5.40 Great Northern train for his
residence in West Hallam, Derbyshire. He went to the station as usual last evening, and was
followed, unobserved, by Arnemann. The latter, who was evidently fully informed of the
Judge's movements, also booked for West Hallam and followed him on to the platform. An
attendant opened the door of a first-class carriage, into which the Judge was about to step
when Arnemann rushed up from behind him and, pulling out a six-chambered revolver, fired at
his Honour's back. The bullet entered two inches below the left shoulder, and the Judge fell
moaning to the ground. Porters who were about at once seized Arnemann , who exclaimed, "I
have had his blood; I wish I may have killed him." He was then handed over to the police.
Doctors were summoned, and the Judge was removed in an unconscious condition to a
waiting-room. Soon afterwards he rallied slightly and was conveyed to the General Hospital,
where he now lies in a critical condition. The revolver with which the deed was committed was
fully loaded, five of the barrels being still undischarged when the weapon was taken from the
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Arnemann has been for several years resident in Nottingham, occupying a small shop in the
centre of the town, and making a speciality, according to his advertisement, of supplying teeth
at half-a-crown each. When he first came to the town he practised as a "dentist," and was
prosecuted by the British Dental Institute and fined for using the designation. Latterly he has
had several cases in the County Court to recover the value of teeth supplied by him, and
judgement has invariably gone against him, the defence, as a rule, being that the teeth did not
fit. On the last occasion when he was before the Court, previous to yesterday, he declared he
could not get justice, and there was no use going there for it. The revolver was seen in his
possession yesterday before he set out to the County Court. He has been in a very
desponding state for some time, and declared to a friend a few days ago that he felt as if he
had a weight on his brain. He was isolated in the world, and could not "stand it" any longer.
He is eccentric in his habits, and has been accustomed to sleep in the open air both in winter
and in summer, on a bed placed on the roof of his shop. The place was boarded lightly on
either side, but there was no covering above, and the prisoner has stated that the snow often
fell on him in the winter time.
The occurrence has naturally caused the greatest excitement in town, Judge Bristowe being
highly respect, and widely known. Arnemann is believed to come from Berlin, and hold a
dental certificate from a college in that city. He is aged about 45 and unmarried. He has no
relatives living in Nottingham, but was on friendly terms with a large number of Germans in the
All efforts to find the bullet have so far proved unsuccessful, and the Judge's condition is
regarded as very serious. The medical staff at the hospital have decided to postpone any
operation until this morning. Alderman Renals (Deputy Mayor) Mr. Evans J.P, and the Chief
Constable were in attendance at the hospital last night, but it was decided not to take
depositions then, the surgeons fearing that the ordeal might seriously affect the patient.
Judge Bristowe's daughter is with her father and the other relatives have been summoned, but
Mrs Bristowe is herself lying at home unwell.
The police have possession of the revolver with which the murder was attempted. It is an
unusually large weapon with a very long barrel, and the bullets are of considerable size. The
prisoner's premises in Sherwood-street have been searched, and a number of bullets similar
to those in the revolver have been found. The prisoner was taken from the railway station to
the London-road police-station nearby, whence he was removed to the cells in the Guildhall.
He maintains a stolid demeanour and appears to be little affected by the serious nature of his
position. Further enquiries respecting him show that he came from St. Petersburg to
Nottingham about five years ago, and had several shops at different times in Nottingham, and
it is believed as of late he has been much worried by financial straits. His friends describe him
as a scholarly man, who could converse fluently in Russian, German, and English, but he was
always remarkable for his eccentricity of manner.
Judge Bristowe is 67 years of age, and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1848. He
was made a Queen's Counsel in 1872, and was Recorder of Newark for a few months in
1870. He sat as member for Newark for ten years, from March, 1870, until April, 1880, when
he was defeated. A few days after the defeat he became a Liberal candidate for South Notts,
and again failed to get returned. In 1880 he was made County Court Judge of the district
which comprises Nottingham, Doncaster, East Retford, Mansfield, Bingham, Thorne and
Worksop, which appointment he still holds. He is a brother of Sir (Henry) Fox Bristowe, Vice-Chancellor of the Duchy of
THE TIMES, London, Thursday, November 21st, 1889.
ATTEMPT TO MURDER A JUDGE
Yesterday morning the condition of Mr. Samuel B. Bristowe, Q.C., Judge of the
Nottingham County Court, whose attempted assassination at the Nottingham Railway Station
caused the greatest exitement in the town, was as favourable as could be expected,
considering the dangerous nature of his wound. Miss Edith Bristowe has remained with her
father at the General Hospital during the night, and early yesterday morning, in order to satisfy
the the inquiries of many callers at the institution, the following bulletin was posted at the
door:- "My father has passed a quiet night, pain little, no fever, house surgeons satisfied.
Immediate danger over, we hope; has rallied from shock. - EDITH BRISTOWE."
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Later in the day the medical men had a consultation in reference to the case, and a
bulletin signed by Mr. Gray, the house surgeon, was then issued as follows:- "Judge Bristowe
has passed a quiet night. So far no unfavourable symptoms."
At 8 o'clock last night the following bulletin was posted at the hospital:- "Judge
Bristowe has passed a fairly comfortable day, and his condition is little changed from the
morning. By order, J. P. Gray."
Some hours later the the house surgeon reported the patient's state to be about the
same, and there was still an absence of unfavourable symptoms. No attempt had been made
to extract the bullet, and the surgeons had not been able to ascertain its exact situation.
Inquiries at the hospital personally and by letter and telegram, were almost incessant. During
the day Sir Henry Fox Bristowe, the Judge's brother, arrived in the town, and was met at the
hospital by the Mayor. Arrangements have been made for holding the Courts on the Judge's
circuit during the next few days.
During the morning the prisoner, Wilhelm Edward Herman Arnemann, who, as has
been already stated, is a German dentist, was taken before the borough magistrates. The
Court was crowded, and a large number of solicitors were present. The Town Clerk, Mr. S. G.
Johnson, conducted the prosecution. The prisoner, who is 41 years of age but looks older, is
a clean-shaven man of medium height and slight build. During the brief proceedings he stood
with his arms resting on the front of the dock, and exhibited a perfectly stolid and unmoved
The Town Clerk, addressing the magistrates, said, - I appear on behalf of the
prosecution, and I shall only tender sufficient evidence to justify the Bench in granting a
remand. The circumstances of the case are somewhat unusual, and I think one or two words
I ought to address to your worships. This morning I am surrounded by a large number of
professional brethren, and they are here to testify to the very great respect they feel towards
the Judge who has been the subject of the attempt of the prisoner at the bar. They have the
greatest respect for him as a learned Judge, and also the deepest esteem for him as a
gentlemen who conducts the business of his Court with courtesey and kindness to all who
appear before him, and they are impressed, as are the general public of Nottingham, through
all his conduct to execute impartially the duties of his office. In this particular case something
appears to have arisen in the County Court which gave offence to the prisoner, and he seems
to have conceived a hatred against the Judge of a very diabolical character, and to have
attempted to indulge it in a manner quite unusual, I am glad to say, in this country. Indeed, so
far as I can recollect, I have no rememberance of anything of this kind ever having been
attempted in this country before, and you will be glad to know that the prisoner at the bar is not
The Town Clerk then called Police Superintendent Alfred Foster, who said that at
about 5.30 on the previous evening he went to the Great Northern Railway Station. He there
saw the prisoner in custody of Sergeant Hartley and Police-constable King. Witness went into
a first-class waiting room, and there found Judge Bristowe. He was prostrate, but conscious.
He was wounded. Witness assisted to take off his coat. There was a bullet-wound in his
back under the left shoulder.
The Town Clerk.- Did anything pass between you and the prisoner? Witness.- That
was afterwards at the police-station. He was taken to the London-road Police-station by
Hartley and King. While there he said,"I shot the Judge; I intended to do it, to bring my case
before another Court, so that I could get justice there, as I have had a case before him today."
Prisoner was asked by the magistrate's clerk whether he had any questions to put to
the witness, and he replied, "No." He was then remanded for a period not exceeding eight
days and was removed from the dock.
THE TIMES, London, Friday, November 22nd, 1889.
THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF JUDGE.- There
was not much change in the condition of Judge
Bristowe yesterday morning. As usual, the earliest
bulletin posted at Nottingham Hospital was signed
by his daughter, Miss Edith Bristowe. It was as
follows:- "Father had tolerably good night. Though
he has not slept for long together, has not been
restless. Less pain, I hope. Condition generally
appears about the same." Later in the morning a
bulletin, signed by Mr. Gray, the house surgeon, was
issued in the following terms:- "The slight
improvement visible during the last 36 hours
continues to be fully maintained." Last night's
bulletin stated the patient's condition to be
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THE TIMES, London, Monday, November 25th, 1889.
THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A JUDGE. - The
accounts given at Nottingham General Hospital on
Saturday morning as to the condition of Judge
Bristowe were of a discouraging character. The
earliest bulletin was issued at a quarter past 8 and
was signed by Miss Edith Bristowe. It was as
follows:- "Father not had good night. More pain,
less sleep, but temperature nearly normal. More
comfortable now. Has taken nourishment well."
Later in the morning there was the usual consultaion
of the surgeons, and afterwards the following
bulletin was posted at the entrance of the hospital :-
"Judge Bristowe had a restless night, with increase of
pain, and is , on the whole, in a less satisfactory
condition. - J. P. GRAY, house-surgeon." Yesterday
morning there was very little change in the state of
the patient. Miss Bristowe's bulletin was as follows:-
Father passed quiet night. Has had comfortable
sleep, but never for more than an hour at a time.
Temperature lower. Takes nourishment well. Is in
less pain, I think." The bulletin signed by the house-
surgeon last night was to effect that the patient had
had a comfortable day and had maintained the slight
improvement visible in the morning. On Saturday
the prisoner Arnemann was permitted to have an
interview with a friend. During the converstion he
expressed regret for what he had done, and added
that something told him he ought to do it. He said he
knew the Judge was much respected, but he did not
think they would hang him for what he had done
unless the Judge died, and he did not mind being
kept in prison, because he was doing good to the
rising generation. The prisoner's health appeared to
be perfectly good, and he told his friend that he slept
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