§ DR. CLARK (Caithness)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home 424 Department, whether the specific crime for which Mrs. Maybrick is detained is that of murder, or that of administration, and attempted administration, of arsenic with intent to murder?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
Florence Maybrick is detained on a conviction of murder, for which she was sentenced to death. For reasons which the then Home Secretary stated, the capital sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life. I have most carefully considered the case, and can see no reason, any more than my immediate predecessor did, for advising a further exercise of the clemency of the Crown.