Murderous Assault At Guiseley Near Otley
Yesterday evening week, a murderous assault and attempted
robbery took place at Guiseley.
Mr Brown, shopkeeper, was seated by his
fireside in a back room, when a tall and stout man came into the shop and
without a word turned off the gas, leaving the place in near total darkness.
Brown, in some alarm, left his sitting room to inquire the man's business.
As soon as he approached, the man seized a large knife used
for cutting butter and cheese and fiercely and savagely struck Mr Brown across
the face, inflicting a deep wound which extended from his nose, across one
cheek to one of his ears.
The lower portion of his nose was nearly cut off.
content with that, the ruffian made a lunge at Mr Brown's breast and inflicted
another wound just under his shoulder.
man then sprang across the shop to a nest of drawers in one of which Mr Brown
was in the habit of keeping gold and silver. He pulled one open but fortunately
that was not the money drawer and, before he could open another, a dog kept by
Mr Brown rushed upon him and seized him with it's teeth.
Mr Brown also gave an
The robber was intimidated by the noise and the gripe of
the dog, he therefore gave up the attempt at robbery, shook off the dog, which
was too small to hold him and made his escape.
From the darkness in which the
shop was plunged Mr Brown can give no description of his assailant - except
that he was tall.
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling