Urban Catlow, steerage passenger on the recent voyage of the Guion United States Mail Arizona from Liverpool to New York, charged with the murder of Owen Jones, the second steward of the steamer, on the high seas, was brought from Ludlow-street Gaol, New York, on the 19th ult. for examination before United States Commissioner Osborne. The case came up on the application of the British Consul for the extradition of the prisoner to England for trial.
James King testified that he was a steerage passenger on the steamship Arizona, and knew both the deceased and the prisoner. He said: On the previous Friday morning, about five o'clock, he went on deck with another passenger, named James Slevin, and while there they joined by Catlow; the latter addressed himself to Slevin and said, "I have done with you-- you turned traitor" he afterwards shook hands, walked away, and then they were joined by Steward Jones. Catlow soon after again approached; "he came up," continued the witness, with his right arm by his side and a knife in his hand; he walked straight towards Jones, and when within three feet of him struck him on the shoulder; thereupon Slevin seized Catlow around the waist and arms, and I caught hold of him by the hands, and we threw him on the deck and held him down. Others came up, and I went away to attend to my wife, who had heard of the trouble and had fainted." On cross-examination the witness said Catlow on the second occasion approached them with his head down and waving from side to side, and his eyes looked red and wild; the steward was taken unawares, and made no effort to ward off the blow; all was done very quietly and almost instantly. After the prisoner was secured he exclaimed, "They have poisoned me; they have poisoned me!" The prisoner became very much excited while the witness was giving his testimony, and as he described the manner in which the fatal blow was given, he exclaimed "Oh, what a lie!"
James Slevin corroborated the last witness.
Thomas W. Gilmour, purser of the Arizona, testified that at the time of the killing he was in his office; he was immediately apprised of the occurrence, and hurried to the scene. At this time the man was lying on the bench dead, and the surgeon beside him; the surgeon handed him a knife which he had received from a lady passenger who had picked it up on the deck. Witness then described the finding of Larnsen's clothes in Catlow's chest after the killing. When Catlow had been secured he asked for a change of clothes; his chest was got out, and it was then that Larnsen's clothes, the loss of which had been previously reported to him, were discovered in Catlow's chest. When restored to Larnsen the latter told witness that there was a knife in one of the pockets that was missing; he was afterwards shown the knife picked on the deck after the stabbing, which be identified as his. After Catlow's arrest, and while he was in the wheel house, Purser Gilmour testified that he said to Catlow, "Do you know what you have been doing?" "Yes, sir;" was the reply, "and I suppose I'll hang for it." He added that he was very sorry for it. Witness said he never heard of orders having been given to put Catlow in irons before the commission of the crime; he saw nothing at any time in his conduct which struck him as unusual or eccentric.
The prisoner was then taken back to Ludlow street Gaol.
Manchester (England) Guardian, September 3, 1879.