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Between eight and nine o’clock several young lads, while passing along Ropework Lane, observed a man and woman standing in a close there; and with the forwardness natural to some youths, drew up with the purpose of viewing the pair. This the man objected to, and, with an oath, called out, “What are you looking at? I’ll cut your throats.” No reply is said to have been made; but the lads not going away, the man rushed at them with an open knife, and before one, named John Wilson, was able to get off, plunged the weapon into his back.
Both parties were conveyed to the Central Police office, where the assailant gave his name as George Morrison. Dr McEwen was in prompt attendance, and found that Wilson’s injuries were of a dangerous character. From the gash made in the back he succeeded in extracting a piece of steel fully an inch in length, which had penetrated the lungs, the knife having broken through coming in contact with a rib.