Old Bailey Proceedings, 18th August 1851.
Reference Number: t18510818
Reference Number: f18510818



A star (*) denotes that prisoners have been previously in custody—two stars (**) that they have been more than once in custody—An obelisk (†) that they are known to be the associates of bad characters.


OLD COURT.—Monday, August 18th, 1851.


Before Mr. Recorder and the First Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1556

1556. ROBERT BAILLIE was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury.


Reference Number: t18510818-1557

1557. JOSEPH BRAY , feloniously catting and wounding Martha Bray, with intent to maim and disable her.—2nd COUNT, to disfigure.—3rd COUNT, to do grievous bodily harm.

MARTHA BRAY . I am the prisoner's wife; we lived at West Drayton, and have been married twenty-one years last Oct. About three months ago, I took the prisoner before a Magistrate—he was bound over, and was imprisoned eight weeks all but three days, and was let out at my request—when he came out I was still living in the house—I lived with him for a fortnight afterwards—he was always threatening my life, and took a room not far off—he asked me to wash his shirt, and said he would pay, me for it the same as he would any one else—he came for it on Sunday morning, 3rd Aug., about 6 o'clock—I opened the window, and he stood in the road, and asked me for it—I said, "If you wait a minute I will bring it you down-stair"—he said, "I do not want it now, by-and-by will do"—I said I would send it—he said if I did not bring it myself he would not pay me for it—I took it to him about 10—his mother was there—the prisoner said, "Bring it in"—I took it in, and placed it on a box which was standing there—I stood talking to his mother I think twenty minutes—he asked me to make a fire and cook him and his mother some dinner, that she might get back by the 2 o'clock train—I did so—I went into the back-room for some potatoes, and the prisoner followed me—his mother had just gone out at the door—he asked me if I was going to stop at home—I said, "I am not"—he said, "I will cut your b——y head off, you b——r"—there was a bill-hook lying on the floor, and he took it up and struck at me with it—I put my hands up to save my bead, and he cut my fingers all across—here are the three scars now—he struck me a second blow on the head with the bill-hook, and my head bled a great deal—he tried to prevent me, but I got out of the house, met the police, and gave him in

charge—he followed me out of the house with the bill-hook in his hand, but his mother came and pushed him back—the inspector sent me from the station to Mr. Still well, the surgeon—I had a bonnet on—it was not cut—I think it must have flown back—it was covered with blood.

Prisoner. You said you would be d—d if you did not have the reaping. hooks. Witness. I did not—there were some in the house, but nothing was said about them—I had no dispute with you about them—this is the billhook (produced)

WILLIAM BEACHY (police-sergeant, T 29). On Sunday, 3rd Aug., I was on duty. Mrs. Bray came to me with her hands and head bleeding very much—I went with her to the prisoner—his mother was there—I asked him how he came to use his wife in that way—he said, "I did do it, and I would again, turn her out"—I took him into custody, searched the house, and found this bill-hook in the back house—I saw some reaping-hooks near a shelf.

JAMES STILLWELL . I am surgeon to the police force, of Uxbridge. On 3rd Aug., Mrs. Bray was brought to me with a wound on her head about an inch long, dividing the scalp down to the bone—it was bleeding—it might have been inflicted with the point of this bill, or with any other sharp instrument—the other part of the bill could not have done it, it would have made a larger wound—she had three slight wounds on her left hand, and two on her right inflicted by a cutting instrument—the wounds were not dangerous, but erysipelas might have ensued.

Prisoner's Defence. She came and chucked my shirt on the box, and said, "There is your shirt;" I chucked the money down, and then picked it up again, and asked her to get some victuals; a neighbour came in, and said, "Mrs. Bray, I will settle all this for you;" she said, "I am be d—d if I don't have the reaping-hooks;" I went after her, and shoved her head against them, and they fell down, and she hallooed "Murder!"

MARTHA BRAY re-examined. There was no dispute about the money—he threw it down, but I never touched it—I did not say I would have the reaping-hooks—they did not fall and wound me—it was that bill that did it.

GUILTY on 3rd Count. Aged 41.— Confined Eighteen Months , and to enter into recognizances to keep the peace for twelve months.

NEW COURT.—Monday, August 18th, 1851.


Before Mr. Common Serjeant and the Fifth Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1558

1558. ETHELRED BENNETT , embezzling 11s. 6d.; the moneys of John Lee Ablett and another, his masters.

MR. BODKIN offered no evidence. NOT GUILTY

(There were three other indictments against the prisoner, on which no evidence was offered.)

Reference Number: t18510818-1559

1559. FREDERICK KING , stealing 3 sovereigns, and other moneys, and 15l.-note; the property of George Yarde Sparke, his master.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE YARDE SPARKE . I am a solicitor, and have chambers in Grace-church-street. The prisoner was in my service about a month, as clerk—on Friday, 1st Aug., I left my chambers about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, leaving in a drawer three sovereigns, a half-crown, and seven shillings in a paper, and

a blue silk purse with a 5l.-note in it, and three or four sovereigns in sovereigns or half-sovereigns—there were some postage-stamps in the drawer—I went to the chambers again on Saturday morning a little after 10—the prisoner had been in the habit of coming a little before 10—he had no authority to remain away without my permission—this bit of paper (produced) is the paper in which the 3l. 9s. 6d. was wrapped—the blue silk purse, with the 5l.-note and the three or four sovereigns, was likewise gone—this paper and some postage-stamps was found on the prisoner—it is of the same size, and precisely the same appearance, as that the money was in—on one side of it is a ragged mark, and close to it the paper is crumpled; and there is the mark of a half-crown, in wrapping the money in, I pressed on it—this paper had been in my drawer about ten days—I was frequently in the habit of going to that drawer—there was no one in my chambers but the prisoner—I found the drawer locked the next day—I had the key in my possession—I saw the prisoner again at 6 on the Saturday evening—he came to my private residence in Tavistock-place, and said, "I have come to tell you I have been away all day; I thought you might be angry, and I came to tell you"—I told him I knew it, and asked him to come back to my chambers with me—I did not say a word about my loss till I got to my chambers—I then gave him into custody to Edmonds—I told the prisoner I was very sorry I was obliged to do so, and I asked him to tell me what he had been doing with himself—he said he had met three chums after he had been to the Eastern Counties Railway, and they persuaded him to go and dine with them, and he did; and they dined at some public-house between Bishopsgate-street and Whitechapel, but he could not tell the name—I asked him to give me the names of the three persons he had been with—he said he could not; but afterwards, on being pressed, he said one was named Thompson, and the other, Jones.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK Q. Had you a good character with the prisoner? A. I had; I think this 3l. 9s., 6d. was the only sum the prisoner had received for me—he received it, and gave it to me—my chambers are in a house in Gracechurch-street, where there are other sets of chambers—I believe one laundress attends to all the chambers—there is no writing on this paper—I looked at it several times—I undid it on several occasions—I undid it once because I wanted to change some money, and I found I could not do it—I had no particular motive for opening it on other occasions—it was not produced before the Magistrate till the second examination on the Thursday or the Friday following, but I saw it on the Monday after the first examination—the policeman showed it me—he took it out of a pocket-book, which he said he had taken from the prisoner—the prisoner came to me on the Saturday evening at 6 o'clock—I had missed the money about 2 on Saturday—I told him he must go with me to the City—he made no hesitation to go—I should think there are seven or eight offices in the building in Gracechurch-street—I do not know whether they all have clerks; I believe some of them have—I was in the office the whole day on Saturday, and never went out—I have only two rooms, the clerks' office and my own—this money was in my office.

MR. ROBINSON Q. Who paid that money? A. It was some costs which a solicitor paid for a client—I should have paid it to the client—I was in my office when it was paid—I put it into the piece of paper immediately, and put it into the drawer—I think the prisoner must have seen me do it.

JANE CREASY . I am the laundress of the chambers. On Friday, 1st Aug., the prisoner left about 10 minutes before 5 o'clock—he hung the key on the nail according to the number, and I took it down and put it in my room—I went into the chambers to clean about 8 in the evening—I locked

the door when I left—I went in the morning about 9—I had the key all that time—the prisoner came in the morning about 25 minutes before 10—he usually came at 10—he asked me for the key, which I gave him—he returned it to me soon afterwards, and I gave it to Mr. Sparke when he came.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you live on the premises? A. Yes; I have all the keys but one—they are in my room—I generally take them off the nail—I am in the habit of taking them all down as they are brought up—there are a great many offices—I have no assistance to clean these rooms—I generally do them myself—I do not go from one chamber to another without locking the door—I always lock the door, and take the key with me.

WILLIAM EDMONDS . (City-policeman, 528.) I took the prisoner—he was sitting at his desk, and Mr. Sparke was looking in the drawer where he lost the money—I came to where the prisoner was—he could see that he was suspected, and he said, "So help me God, I have not touched the money!"—Mr. Sparke asked him to account for his time—he said be had been to see a relation, named Robinson, off to fiury St. Edmunds by the Eastern Counties Railway, and that he there met with some friends—I then told him I was a police-constable, and he had no call to answer without he thought proper—he said they were three young men from Bristol—he mentioned two names, but he could not give their address, and I did not notice the names—he could not tell what they had for dinner—I asked what be paid for his dinner—he said his friends stood treat; at the station, it was suggested by the inspector that he should show the place, and I took him from Aldgate Church to the Eastern Counties Railway—I pointed to one shop, and asked him if that was it—he said, "Yes"—we went in—he spoke to the roan, and asked if he had not been there, and whether he had not dropped a note—the man said he could not tell, but there was no note dropped—the woman said, "I am sure he was not here; for he is such a peculiar young man I should have known him again"—I searched the prisoner, and found on him a lot of papers, and this piece was among them—I did not produce this before the Magistrate on the first occasion; I did on the second—I did not know at first that it was connected with the robbery—I showed it to Mr. Sparke the first day after the examination—Sir Peter Laurie told me to look over the papers, which I did—there were six postage-stamps wrapped in this paper—Mr. Sparke showed this paper to the Magistrate on the second examination, and he swore to it—this was with other papers in the prisoner's pocket—there was no concealment. (The prisoner received a good character.)—


Reference Number: t18510818-1560

1560. WILLIAM ROLLE, WILLIAM HILLIARY , and JOHN MEAD , stealing 1 coat, 1 pair of trowsers, and 1 handkerchief, value 3l.; the goods of Terence M'Donough.

TERENCE M'DONOUGH . I am a tailor. I do not live at Uxbridge, but I was there two nights—I was in a beer-shop on 13th Aug., about 6 o'clock in the evening—I do not know where it was—I had a coat and pair of trowsers in a handkerchief—I was sitting in the tap-room, and the bundle was alongside of me—I was rather inebriated—the three prisoners went with me to the beer-shop, but I cannot identify them as taking my bundle—these men did not go away while I was there—one of them asked me if I would go and take a pint of beer at another beer-shop, which I did—when I went, I left my bundle—I afterwards missed it—I do not whether I went back to the house where I had left it—these are my coat, trowsers, and handkerchief.

Hilliary. Q. Where did you meet me first, in the morning? A. In a public-house in the town; I did not say I had lost my ticket, and was obliged to leave my box—I did not say anything about paying for a pot of beer—I

do not recollect taking the coat and trowsers out of the box, and saying I would pawn them—I did not ask the woman to let me have 8s. on this bundle, nor did she say she did not dare to do it—I did not give you the bundle to pawn.

COURT Q. Did Hilliary advance money to get your box? A. I gave a shilling, and he gave the odd twopence—I did not afterwards give him the bundle to go and get money on.

Mead, Q. You said you would pawn the things to pay your expenses? A. Yes; that is true.


Reference Number: t18510818-1561

1561. WATKIN INGRAM and ELIZABETH INGRAM , stealing 1 shawl, value 6s.; the goods of John Bennett.

ELIZABETH BENNETT . I am the wife of John Bennett. On 12th Aug. I was in the Coach and Horses, at Harlington, between 10 and 12 o'clock in the evening—the prisoners came in, and the woman sat down close by me—I should say they staid an hour, or an hour and a half—they both left together—I left about ten minutes after—when I was ready to go I missed my shawl—I had it when I went there—my husband was outside—I saw my shawl again in a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes, when the sergeant had it—this is it—it is mine—I had been having a drop, but I was sober enough to know what I was doing—I am sure of that.

WATKIN INGRAM, Q. You came in intoxicated with a young man, you could scarcely stand; you asked the young man to drink? A. No; I offered a neighbour some drink—I did not sit alongside of you for half an hour—you did not see me in a public-house three miles from there.

JOHN BENNETT . I am the husband of Elisabeth Bennett. I was sitting outside the public-house—I was drinking with a gentleman's gardener—I had come there to meet my wife—I saw the' two prisoners leave the house—I had a suspicion—I went in and asked my wife if she missed her shawl—I had seen her with it when I first went into the house hanging loose on her shoulders, and when I went to make the inquiry the shawl was gone—this is it—it is the one she had had—I spoke to the policeman about it.

Watkin Ingram, Q. How long were you outside the door? A. I should say half an hour—you came out about a quarter-past 11 o'clock.

WILLIAM BEACHY (police-sergeant, T 29). In consequence of information I went in the way in which I expected to find the prisoners, along the Bath-road, towards Windsor—I overtook the prisoners and stopped them—I told them I wanted them for stealing a shawl—they said they knew nothing about it—I saw the woman with something which she was going to give to the man—I said, "That is the shawl, give it me;" and she gave me this shawl—I took them to the station—the man said they had got no charge against his wife, they could not say whether it was him or his wife took it—he said a young roan gave it them.

Watkin Ingram. The young man gave my wife this shawl; we got on the road; I did not know we had any stolen property about us; we were very tipsy at the time; he gave it us in the public-house; he told my wife it was a better shawl than her own.

Elizabeth Ingram. The young man gave it me; he said, "Here is a shawl for you;" I told my husband when I came out.

ELIZABETH BENNKTT re-examined. There was no young man with me—there was a neighbour that I asked to drink—there was not a young man in the room.



GUILTY Aged 58.— Confined Fourteen Days

Reference Number: t18510818-1562

1562. CHARLES WARNER , stealing a cart bed, and other parts of a cart, value 2l.; the goods of Thomas Knight.

THOMAS KNIGHT . I am a farmer, and live at Enfield-highway. On 31st July, I missed a cart bed, fourteen felloes, a piece of ash, and a pair of iron cart arms from my wheeler's shop at the back of my premises—I know the prisoner—he lives in the next street, but his premises come very near to mine—I went to the station in consequence of my loss, and two policemen went with me to the prisoner's premises in about half an hour—I saw the prisoner there—I saw the fourteen felloes there—I asked the prisoner how he came in possession of them—he made no reply at first, but after some short time he said he did not know—the policeman searched, and found this piece of ash, which I know from the piece that was in the shed joining to it—we went down-stairs, and in a room that was locked up (the prisoner opened the door of it) we found my cart arms and bed—the prisoner said he found them at his door about ten days before—I could not swear when I had seen them on my premises, as I do not go into the shed very often.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE Q. What the prisoner said was that he had found them at his door one morning ten days before, and he moved them into his premises? A. Yes; he said that afterwards—I have known him three or four years, and as a neighbour two years—there is no name on this property by which a stranger might know it belonged to me—the prisoner is a gardener—I have heard nothing against him in the neighbourhood—he made not the least difficulty in showing us these things—he got bail after a week, and has now surrendered—the policeman took another man named Ricketts.

HENRY HAYNES (policeman, N 342). On 31st July, I went with Mr. Knight to the prisoner's house—I asked him if he had bought any felloes—he said "No"—I told him Mr. Knight had lost some and some other property, and I asked to search his premises—he said, "Very well"—I went into a loft and found these felloes concealed under some pea haum—I asked how he came by them—he said, "Oh! I have bad them by me a long while"—Mr. Knight identified them as his—I found this piece of ash which Mr. Knight identified—this was on the cross beams in the loft—I went down to a small room—the prisoner opened the door—I found in it this bed and arms of a cart—I asked him how he came by them—he said, "I don't know"—Cadwell was with me on another part of the premises—another prisoner was taken.

EDWARD KADWELL (policeman, N 275). I went to the prisoner's premises on 31st July—I took Ricketts—the prisoner was near, and he said, "Tom, we found that against the back-door you know; mind that"—Ricketts said, "Yes."

Cross-examined. Q. Did you make any memorandum of the words? A. No; I did not write them down—he did not say, "Did not we find that at the door?"—he stood close to me, and spoke distinctly—I asked Ricketts what he had done with them—he said he helped to carry them into the loft.

JOHN FERNIE . I am employed as a wheelwright by Mr. Knight. I know this piece of ash—it is Mr. Knight's property—I recollect its being lost—I had not seen it for about ten days before, as I was in the fields doing some fencing—I know this cart bed—we were making a new cart to fit to it—I had seen this about ten days before—there is a field at the back of the shop planted with potatoes belonging to Mr. Wilson—that is between the shop and the prisoner's premises—when I missed these articles I saw a track in the potatoes, and a thoroughfare, and a fresh gap had been made in the hedge.

Cross-examined. Q. Had there been a gap there before? A. I cannot gay what had been a year or two before, but there had not been lately, because the nettles were just trod down fresh.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Four Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1563

1563. ROBERT HAMMOND , stealing 3 shillings, 1 sixpence, and 3 halfpence, the moneys of Mary Elizabeth Clisby, his mistress: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 17.—Recommended to mercy.Confined Two Months .

Reference Number: t18510818-1564

1564. WILLIAM ODGER , stealing 25 sovereigns, the moneys of William Ebenezer Barclay; his master to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Twelve Months.

OLD COURT.—Tuesday, August 19th, 1851.


Before Mr. Recorder and the Second Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1565

1565. WILLIAM SMITH BLOOMFIELD , feloniously forging and uttering a bill of exchange for 33l. 3s. 10d.; with intent to defraud Thomas Harris and another.

MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.

NATHANIEL STOCKER . I live at 3, Victoria-place, Kentish-town, and am in the employ of Mr. John Burls, the prosecutor. He has received a serious injury to the leg, which is expected to be amputated—he is quite unable to come here to give evidence. (The deposition of John Burls was here read as follows:—"I am in partnership with Thomas Harris—we are brewers—our premises are in Hampstead-road—I was assisting in the management of the said brewery in 1850—on 1st. Jan., 1851, I first became a partner—about 15th Nov., 1850 (I think it was on that day), the prisoner came to me in the forenoon and gave me the bill now produced as his own bill—it was for a sum of 33l. 3s. 10d. the amount of a debt due to Mr. Harris at that time from James Bloomfield, a sub-contractor on the great Northern Railway—he lived in Harrington-grove, at Hornsey—the beer we understood was supplied by James Bloomfield to the under labourers—we understood the prisoner to be working with James Bloomfield—the prisoner said, when he delivered me the bill, that the acceptor, James Clark, was a man of sufficient means to meet the bill, or words to that effect—I received the bill of the prisoner for Mr. Harris—at the time of presentment for payment, when the bill became due on 15th May last, it was not paid; and it was afterwards discovered that the acceptance was forged.")

CHARLES TRIBBETT (policeman, N 333). This bill (produced) is the same that was produced to Burls before the Magistrate—I received it from the Magistrate's clerk—(read— "Nov. 12th, 1850; six months after date, pay to my order 33l. 3s. 10d. value received—William Smith Bloomfield. Accepted, James Clark. Directed to James Clark, Church-path, Hornsey.") JAMES CLARK. In Nov. last, I lived in Church-path, Hornsey—I cannot read or write—there is no other James Clark living at Church-path—I know the prisoner—his name is William Smith—he came to me one day, when we were at work at Hornsey-hill, and asked me to go to Bloomfield's with him—I asked him what it was for—he said it was to make out a bill for him—I went a little way with him—I then told him I could neither read nor write, and he said I was no use—I went back to my work.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE Q. How long had you known him? A. Fourteen or fifteen months—we worked together at ballast-burning—I had no beer except what I paid for—the prisoner used to bring beer to the works every day in buckets, and sell it to the men in pints—a man named Bloom field, not the prisoner, was a sort of sub-contractor—I worked under him—the prisoner did not ask me to put my name to a bill for him; he never named such a thing—I did not tell him he might write my name, as I could not.

DANIEL HASTINGS . I am a sub-contractor, and live in Black stock-lane Highbury. On 15th Nov. last, I was going to begin a job with the men in the station-yard at Maiden-lane, and we went to the Swan beer-shop there to have some beer—the prisoner was there—I always understood his name to be William Smith; I never heard of him by the name of Bloomfield—a person of the name of William Chandler was also there—he is a labouring man—I heard the prisoner ask Chandler to go and write or fill up a bill for him—I went into the Swan a few minutes after them, and saw them writing that bill—Smith wrote one part, and Chandler another—Smith wrote the body, and Chandler the acceptance and address—I heard the prisoner tell Chandler to write the name of James Clark and the address, because Clark could not write—I have not seen Chandler for some time.

Cross-examined. Q. You and the prisoner are not very good friends, are you? A. For all I know—I do not owe him anything—he has sued me in the County Court, but he did not appear—I do not know that he was in custody on this charge—he was taken for passing bad money—I was the subcontractor, and Bloomfield was an assistant to me—I had nothing to do with the beer—the prisoner brought the beer in buckets, and sold it to the men—Bloomfield had a beer-shop, and sold beer outside his premises—Clark was not present when the bill was written.

CHARLES TRIBBETT re-examined. On 21st June, the prisoner was given into my custody for uttering base coin—this charge was preferred against him afterwards.

GUILTY Aged 31.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1566

1566. THOMAS WILLIAMS , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s.; the goods of William George Fudge, from his person: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1567

1567. THOMAS OVERTON , stealing 1 watch and other goods, value 4l. 16s., of Thomazine Morris; and stealing 1 chain, value 2l.; the goods of William John Bishop; in his dwelling-house: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1568

1568. CATHERINE SHEEHY , stealing 1 watch, 1 chain, and other goods, value 9l. 12s.; 1 half-sovereign, 64 half-crowns and other moneys, of Jacob Hamis, her master; in his dwelling-house: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 16.—She received a good character.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1569

1569. LEWIS COHEN , embezzling and stealing 1 coat, value 4l. 4s.; the goods of George James Cotter, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy.Confined Two Months .

Reference Number: t18510818-1570

1570. WILLIAM TAMKIN , embezzling the sums of 8s., 8s. 6d. and 12s.; the moneys of James James, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 50.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1571

1571. WILLIAM MARSDEN , stealing 4 spoons, value 10s.; the goods of Samuel Lovegrove and another, his masters: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 49.—Recommended to mercy.Confined Four Months .

Reference Number: t18510818-1572

1572. WILLIAM TAYLOR and MICHAEL HOGAN , stealing 1 copper boiler, value 15s.; the goods of William Marshall.

WILLIAM MARSHALL I am a gardener, and live at Denham, in Bucking-hamshire. On 29th July, I had an old copper in the yard behind my house—I saw it safe at 9 o'clock in the evening, and missed it next morning between 4 and 5—I saw it the same day in the hands of the police—I do not know the prisoners—my house is rather more than 100 yards from the Uxbridge road—there is a gate from the road into my yard, which was not locked, only latched—this is my copper (produced)—I have had it ten years, and know it by a piece being put on the inside.

ALFRED LINDSEY (policeman) On 30th July, I was on duty in the parish of Uxbridge, about 6 o'clock in the morning, and met the prisoners in Windsor-street, walking side by side—Taylor had a sack on his shoulder—I asked him what he had got, and whose property it was—he said, "It is his property, who has just gone by here"—Hogan had just passed by, and turned the corner—I took Taylor, and described Hogan to a brother constable—the sack contained this copper—I found a dead duck on Taylor, which had been plucked—the sun had just risen, and I could see by the shadow of Hogan that he ran as soon as he got round the corner—he was brought back in about five minutes.

Hogan. It was not me that was there. Witness. I am sure of him. Hogan's Defence. I never was there, and never saw Taylor till the policeman had him.


HOGAN— GUILTY . Aged 18.

Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1573

1573. JOHN KING was indicted for embezzlement.

MR. HUDDLESTON conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM BELL . I am a slop-seller, and dealer in clothes. The prisoner was in my employ as town-traveller—it was his duty to get orders and collect money—he had 30s. a week wages, and his charges for omnibus—when he received money from customers, it was his duty to enter it in this book the following morning (he did not generally return the same day), and hand over the cash to me—I have a customer named Gould, of Leader-street, Chelsea—I find no entry of 1l. 14s. 6d. as received from Mr. Gould on or about 17th March—I have never received it—there is no entry on the 24th of 1l. 2s. 6d., or of 3l. 7s. 6d. on 21st April—I have not received those sums—he has entered money in this book as received from Mr. Gould—here is 5l. on 5th May, and 5l. on 26th May—there is no entry of 5l. 19s. 6d. on 5th May, or of 2l. 8s. on 26th May.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Where do you carry on business? A. No. 1, Jewry-street, Aldgate. The prisoner has been rather more than three years in my employ—Mr. Gould is a regular customer—I do not know whether the prisoner keeps any book in which to enter the money he receives—he may have one, I never inquired—he collects perhaps about 30l. a day, in probably fifty accounts—I have seen him with a small pocket-book, or waste-book, but I had no reference to it—he had no commission—he first came to me at 1l. a week, and commission; but as he robbed me, I said I would have no commission servant, and gave him 30s. a week—I have proof in his own handwriting that he was a defaulter to the amount of 95l. 9s. 6d.—I

did not tell the constable that I paid him 30s. a week besides his com. mission and expenses—he has not had a commission since two and a half years ago—I paid him whatever he charged for his expenses; 18d. or 2s., whatever it might be—that does not appear in any book.

MR. HUDDLESTON. Q. Did you pay him his salary weekly? A. I did, and also the amount he said was due for expenses—I first engaged him at 1l. a week, and commission—that ceased within about four months after he came into my service—he then had 30s. a week instead.

JOHN GOULD . On 17th March, I paid the prisoner 1l. 14s. 6d.—on 24th 1l. 2s. 6d., and on 21st April 3l. 7s. 6d.—I have his receipts for those sums—on 5th May I paid him 5l. 19s. 6d., and on 26th 2l. 8s. for which I also have his receipts.

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Twelve Months.

(The prisoner received a good character.—There were three other indictments against him.)

Reference Number: t18510818-1574

1574. JOHN EVANS , stealing 2 sovereigns; the moneys of William Lee, from his person.

WILLIAM LEE . I am a smith and bell-hanger. Last Saturday week, about 9 o'clock in the evening, I was on Ludgate-hill—I was not quite sober—I could have managed to walk home if I bad not been interrupted—the prisoner came up, laid hold of my arm, and offered to see me home—I had two sovereigns in my right hand waistcoat pocket, and some silver in the left—I had seen it safe a few minutes before—we walked some little way together—he put his hand into my pocket, took the money out, and ran away—a policeman followed him directly, brought him back, and I charged him.

DANIBL MAY (City-policeman, 357). I was on duty, and saw the prisoner go up to Lee, and take hold of his right arm—they walked some distance together—the prisoner lifted Lee's arm away from his body, put his left hand into his waistcoat pocket, and instantly ran down Aye Maria-lane—I ran after him, brought him back to Lee, and asked what he had lost—he said, "2l. "—there was a man with the prisoner who escaped, and who I know by sight.

DANIEL COCKLE (City-policeman, 314). May gave the prisoner into my charge—as I was taking him to the station he put his left hand to his mouth, took something out, and flung it into the street—I heard it fall on the pavement with a clink like money—a gentleman picked up this sovereign (produced), and gave it to me—he was searched and 4d. and 2d. found on him.

GUILTY . * Aged 17.— Confined Six Months, and Whipped.

Reference Number: t18510818-1575

1575. THOMAS CLIFF , stealing 1 fork, and 1 spoon, value 17s.; the goods of Walter Morisse, his master; and MARY RYAN , feloniously receiving the same; to which Cliff pleaded


MR. COOPER conducted the Prosecution.

WALTER MORISSE . I am a working silversmith, at 5, Crescent, Jewin-street. Cliff was in my employ about nine days—while he was with me, between 26tb July and 2nd Aug., I missed a dessert spoon, table fork, teaspoon, sauce ladle, and a mustard pot—the market value of old silver is 5s. per ounce, but for sterling silver, such as a spoon which has no solder upon it, 5s. 2d.—these articles were worth 7s. 6d. an ounce as manufactured articles.

BENJAMIN SAUNDERS . I am in the employ of my brother, a refiner, of 2, St. John's-square, Clerkenwell. On a Thursday or Friday, at the commencement of Aug., Ryan brought me a fork—it was bent nearly double—I gave her 4s. 9d. per ounce for it—next day she brought me a spoon, which I gave her the same price for—I had seen her five or six times before, and am certain she is the person—the spoon and fork are either melted or sold.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Did you ask her any questions? A. No; I took her for a dust-heap raker—I cannot tell the pattern of the fork—I cannot tell now how much they weighed, or how much I paid her—the policeman came to me about four days afterwards—I cannot connect her with any of the many items in my books.

WILLIAM GREEN . I live at 2, Falcon-place, Coppice-row, and have known Cliff some time—I knew he worked at a silversmith's, but did not know where—about three weeks ago, I went with him to Mrs. Ryan's—he took a fork which looked like silver, and gave it to her—I went there with him again next day—he took her a silver spoon—she left the house, came back, and gave Cliff 9s—he gave her 1s., and me 44.—she gave him 4s. or 5s. on the other occasion, and he gave her 6d. or 1s., and I received 1s.—

I heard him ask her to sell them, and she went out—the spoon and fork were both straight—I took the 4s. because he offered it to me; I had no claim to it.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he say he found them? A. No; I was taken up at first, and then made a witness.

ROBERT PACKMAN (City-policeman, 133). In consequence of information, I went with Turvey to Green's residence—Cliff, who I had taken over night, went with us, and showed me where Green lived—I went with Green and Cliff to 31, Little Bowling-street, Clerkenwell, where Cliff pointed out Ryan, and said, "That is the woman we sold the spoon and fork to"—I told her we were police-constables, and wanted the property, as it was stolen—she said she had bought no such things of the boys, and never taw them before in her life—I took her to the station—as I was telling the inspector the charge, she said, "the boys brought her the spoon and fork, and said they bad found it, and she believed they had done so, and she sold the spoon for 5s., and the fork for 9s."

(James Kenny, grocer and cheesemonger, gave Ryan a good character; but Henry Webb, City-policeman, 258 , stated that her house was a place of resort for young thieves.)

RYAN— GUILTY . Aged 46.— Transported for Ten Years.

(Cliff was further charged with having been before convicted.) JAHES CLARK (policeman, A 448). I produce a certificate—(read—Central Criminal Court, Thomas Cliff, convicted May, 1850, of stealing in a dwelling-house, confined one week and whipped)—Cliff is the person.

GUILTY. Aged 14.— Confined Six Months.

NEW COURT.—Tuesday, August 19th, 1851.


Before Mr. Common Serjeant and the Sixth fury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1576

1576. GEORGE THOMAS , stealing 1 cash-box, 2 5l. bank-notes, 70 sovereigns, and other moneys; the property of James Burr, in his dwelling-house.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

LOUISA BURR . I am the wife of James Burr, of Park-street, in the parish of St. Saviour's, Southwark. I know the prisoner by his coming to my house three or four times before 8rd June, with another man—the bar-parlour is behind the bar—there is a cupboard in the bar-parlour where the money was always kept in a cash-box, and the silver was loose in a bag—the prisoner

and his friend always asked for a private room—the bar-parlour is a private room—on the Friday before 3rd June, the prisoner asked me for change for half-a-sovereign, and I gave him 9s. 6d. change from the box in the cupboard—they saw where I got it from—the cupboard was locked, and I put the key into my pocket again—the cash-box was locked—on 3rd June the prisoner and his companion came in a little after 3 o'clock—I was in the bar—they went through the bar into the bar-parlour—I had seen the money safe about half-past 2, when I changed a sovereign for Mr. Wright, and put it into the cash-box—no one went into the bar-parlour between half-past 2, and the time of the prisoner coming in but my husband and myself, and a little child—my brother was not there that day at all—the prisoner and his friend called for a glass of ale, and a glass of half and half—they remained better than an hour—every time I went into the room the prisoner closed the door after me—his companion asked me if he could pass out of the private door into the passage, and I unlocked it, and showed them the way—they went out that way—they did not come through the bar—I went to the cupboard full two hours after they were gone, and the money was all gone—I had had the key in my possession all the time from half-past 2, till the money was gone—there was in the cash-box 73l. in sovereigns and half-sovereigns, two 5l.-notes, a 5l. mining share, and one promissory-note for 5l. 5s.—I cannot tell what silver was in the bag—the cash-box was taken away too—the prisoner and his companion have never been to my house since—the officer fetched me to identify the prisoner at the Compter.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. Besides the bar-parlour you have a tap-room? A. Yes; the tap-room is right opposite the door as you come in—I never go into the tap-room myself—there is a potman kept—I have one other servant, a little girl, and myself and my husband—I have one lodger, but he was out at the time—there is another door in that parlour which leads into the passage—just after my husband said the prisoner and his friend were gone I went into the room—I took the liquor into the room to the prisoner and his companion—I went in three times to them—the prisoner always asked me for a pen and ink—he pretended to be writing—I cannot say who was in the tap-room—we had not many persons there at that time—we had several neighbours in front of the bar.

HENRY JUPP . I am brother of Mrs. Burr. I sometimes assist in the business—I was not there on 3rd June—I was there on the Friday previous, the 30th May—I saw the prisoner and a person with him—the prisoner asked for a glass of half and half, and a glass of porter—I drew them, and he asked if the landlord was in—I said, "No; do you want him?"—he said, "No; not particularly, he generally allows me to go into the bar-parlour"—I allowed them to go in, and I took the glass of porter, and the glass of half and half to them—the prisoner sat behind the door, and shut the door on one or two occasions.


Reference Number: t18510818-1577

1577. GEORGE THOMAS was again indicted for stealing 1 cash-box, 110l. and 15l. Bank-notes, 40 sovereigns, and other moneys; the property of Anton Scherzinger, in his dwelling-house.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

ANTON SCHERZINGER . I keep the Horse and Trumpeter, in Crutched-friars, in the parish of St. Olave, Hart-street. I know the prisoner—I had seen him at my house eight or nine times before 22nd July—he always remained on the bench facing the bar-parlour, and the same man always came with him—from the bench where he sat, he could see into the bar-parlour—I

was in the habit of keeping my money in a cash-box in a cheffonier there—I was frequently in the habit of going to the cash-box in the course of the day—I put some money in at ten minutes past two o'clock that day—the prisoner must have seen me on several occasions go to that cash-box—on 22nd July the prisoner came in, and one companion; but it was a stranger, not the same man who was with him before—they went into the parlour—two other persons followed them directly, and they stopped at the bar—one of those two men was the same man who had always been in the house with the prisoner—the prisoner and his companion wanted some Stilton cheese; I said I had got none, I would send the girl to fetch some—I did so—the prisoner said to his companion, "You promised your friend to meet him, you bad better write a note;" and the prisoner's companion walked to the bar, and asked for paper and pen and ink, which I gave him—my brother and me were serving at the bar—he wrote the note on the bar—the other two men who came in after them, were there all the time—the prisoner's companion then said to my brother, "Will you go with this letter?"—the parlour-door was open, but I do not think the prisoner in the parlour could hear what his companion said about the note—I said to my brother, "You cannot find the way, I will take the note"—I went with it, and gave it to a man—I was not away above five minutes—when I got to the Minories, I thought by the men's ways that there was something wrong, and I returned home—the two who had been there, were then gone, and the one who had written the note was just coming out of the parlour—I rang the bell violently—the prisoner was coming out; he was stopped, the policeman came, and he was taken—I found the cheffonier-door was open; it had been broken open with a chisel; and the cash-box was gone—I had seen the money safe at half-past two, and from that time till I went with the letter no one else was there—there was in the cash-box a 10l.-note, a 5l.-note, 40l. in sovereigns and half-sovereigns, and some silver.

Cross-examined by MR. CH ARNOCK. Q. There is a bar and a bar-parlour? A. Yes; the bar-parlour is behind the bar—the cheffonier is in the bar-parlour, which is a separate and distinct room—there is one door which goes into the bar, and one which goes into the passage which goes through the house into the street—the public parlour is farther down, behind the bar-parlour—I was gone out five minutes—I left my brother there—my wife was up-stairs—the prisoner was in the public parlour nearly three-quarters of an hour—I took the note to a Mr. Jackson—the prisoner told the other man to write it, and he did—when I came back, the prisoner was in the passage, coming out of the parlour—we all stopped him—he wanted to go—I did not hear him ask what was the matter, I was too confnsed—it is my dwelling-house.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. At the time that the man who wrote the letter went, did you know you had lost your property? A. No.

ELIZABETH SCHERZINGER . I am the wife of the prosecutor. I had frequently seen the prisoner at my house for eight or ten days before 22nd July—he always had another man with him, always the same man—I did not see that man on 22nd July, I was up-stairs—when the prisoner came on other occasions, he always called for ale; and on 19th July he wanted some cheese; I told him I bad none—he turned to his companion, and said it was a pity, for if they smelt of ale before dinner, it would be a bad example to the young clerks—the other man said it would—the prisoner turned again, and asked if I had not got a small piece—I said I had not—he knew that I was alone—on 22nd July I was up-stairs, dressing—I heard the bell ring; I came

down, and I and my brother-in-law detained the prisoner—he wanted to go out; he said to me, "My good woman, let me go, I will do anything"—I said, "You shall not go till an officer comes;" and I held him—I had been to the cash-box between half-past three o'clock and a quarter before four—the money was quite safe then—I locked the cheffonier, and had the key in my pocket; and I had it in my pocket when I came down—I went up to dress at five minutes to four—I can say that from the time I went to the cash-box till five minutes to four, nobody could have gone to the cash-box.

Cross-examined. Q. When you came down, you told the prisoner you had been robbed, and you should detain him? A. Yes; he said he came to know what was the matter, and he would assist in the pursuit of the others—I did not see him in the parlour—I saw him in the passage—he was not there when I went up-stairs, at five minutes to four o'clock—when I came down, at half-past four, he was in the act of leaving.

JOB ELLIOTT . I reside in the Minories. On 22nd July, I went to the Horse and Trumpeter, a little before 4 o'clock in the afternoon—the prisoner came in, and with him a tall man, with mustachios—they called for a pint of ale—the prisoner poured it out, and they drank it, and chatted together, and the tall man said, "By-the-bye, I have got an appointment with Johnson," or "Jackson"—the prisoner said, "It is too late now; you can write him a note"—they then called for another pint of ale, and the tall man wanted some Stilton cheese—some cheese was brought, and the tall man found fault with it, and said it was not Stilton—the landlord said it was—there was some contention; and I said, "You cannot expect to have Stilton cheese at a house of this description"—the tall man kept continually going in and out—there was a conversation about smoking—the tall man said he often wished he could smoke a pipe—he then rang, and ordered a cigar—the waiter brought it him, and just as he was leaving, the tall man said, "I will go and choose one myself—that was after he had gone to write the letter—there was nothing else called for after that—I should say about three pints of ale had been called for at separate times—the prisoner and his companion appeared to know each other; they drank together, and chatted together—after the tall man went to get the cigar, he came in and lighted it, and took two or three whiffs—the landlord then came in, in a great agitation, and said, "Come, come!"—I left the prisoner in the parlour, and went and took hold of the landlord, and said, "What is the matter?"—I saw the prisoner again in about two minutes; I stopped him in going out—he said, "What is the matter?"—I said, "You know what is the matter"—he was given into custody.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he make any effort to get away? A. No; it was useless—I use that house—I was there twenty minutes or half an hour—I was there perhaps five minutes before the prisoner came in—after he came in, he did not go out of the parlour at all—he smoked—I remained in the parlour all the time, and the prisoner never left it.

THOMAS OUTRET . I was in that parlour—I have heard Mr. Elliott give his evidence; it is true—I saw the prisoner and his companion pay; the one 2 1/2 d., and the other 1 1/2 d., making 4d. for a pint of bitter ale—I heard one pint called for, and they were drinking one pint when I went in—they appeared perfectly intimate.

ALEXANDER SCHERZINGER . I am the prosecutor's brother. On the afternoon of 22nd July, I was in the bar—I saw the prisoner and others come in—I recollect the man with the moustachios giving me a note, which was taken by my brother, and I was left alone in the bar—when my brother left, I saw the two other men, who had come in immediately after the prisoner and his

companion, standing at the bar—I had taken one pint of bitter ale to the prisoner and his companion into the parlour—the bitter ale is kept in the cellar, and I went down to get it—I fetched two pints; the first and the last—when I fetched the first, my brother was there—when I fetched the last, he was gone to the Minories—the other two men were outside the bar—I took the ale in the parlour—the prisoner and his companion paid me—when I came out of the parlour, the two men who had been in front of the bar were gone, and the other one went directly after that—I once into the parlour to take the bitter ale after my brother was gone—I took cigars in twice.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you take Mr. Outret bitter ale? A. No; beer—bitter ale is not an uncommon thing for us to sell—I took some pipes to Mr. Elliott.

HENRY WARDELL (City-policeman, 578). On 22nd July, about half-past 4 o'clock, I went to the Horse and Trumpeter—I found the prisoner in the passage—I told him I took him on suspicion; a robbery having been committed in the house—he said he knew nothing about it, and he told the landlord he would assist in pursuing the others—when I took him, he had got this watch-guard round his neck, and as I took him to the station, he took it off his neck, and put it in his pocket—I found on him one half-crown, and some other money—he made no resistance.

(The prisoner's statement before the Magistrate was here read—"I went into the house and called for a glass of ale; there had generally been one person with me before; I had been in there four or five times previously, coming from the Docks; on the day in question, there was no person with me when I went into the house; there was a tall man at the bar who said, "How do you do?" and he asked me to go in the parlour and have a glass of ale; I thought he was a customer of—the house; he spoke very familiarly to me, as if he knew me; we had some ale, and then he left; I never left the parlour till the landlord came back and said he had been robbed; I know nothing about it.")

GUILTY . † Aged 32.— Transported for Ten Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1578

1578. JAMES WILLIAMS , unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . ** Aged 54.— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1579

1579. WILLIAM SALE . for a like offence: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1580

1580. SARAH COOPER and WILLIAM JOHNSON for a like offence: to which

COOPER pleaded GUILTY . Aged 24.

JOHNSON pleaded GUILTY . Aged 27.

Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1581

1581. THOMAS COCKER , for a like offence: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 38.— Confined Twelve Months. (The prisoner received a good character)

Reference Number: t18510818-1582

1582. JOHN WHITE , for a like offence: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1583

1583. BENJAMIN HENRY FREEMAN , for a like offence: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1584

1584. WILLIAM TUMILTY and WILLIAM REEVES , for a like offence: to which

TUMILTY pleaded GUILTY . Aged 19.

REEVES pleaded GUILTY . Aged 20.

Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1585

1585. JAMES KELLY , for a like offence.

MESSRS. BODKIN and POLAND conducted the Prosecution. WILLIAM THOMAS CARVER. On 23rd July the prisoner and another came to my shop about a quarter-past 11 o'clock at night—he asked me if I would oblige him with a light—I said, "There is the gas, take one"—he seemed rather intoxicated, and I twisted a bit of paper for him—he then asked the price of saveloys, and bought two, which came to 2d.—he tendered me a half-crown; it fell into a tin dish, containing some gravy—I put it into the till—the prisoner and the other man had some more articles, for which they paid, and left—there was no other half-crown in the till—I detected it was a spurious one, went for a constable, gave him the half-crown, and went with him, and saw the prisoner going into a public-house—I called him, and charged him with offering a bad half-crown—he said, "What the b—y h—d do you mean? I don't know you nor your shop"—he was very violent—the policeman persuaded him to come back—he still denied it—I wished him to give me another half-crown, or the change which I had given him—he sat on the counter a long time, and then took some halfpence out of his pocket, and another half-crown, which I saw was bad—he at last put down two shillings and the halfpence which I gave him, and the policeman took him.

FREDERICK HACKNEY (policeman, G 210). Carver spoke to me, we went to a public-house, called the prisoner, and spoke to him about bad money—he said, "What the b—y h—l? I am not going to be done in that manner; I don't know your shop, nor you either"—I took him back to the shop, and while there he dropped a half-crown on the floor—I said, "You had better pick it up yourself, or you will accuse me of ringing the changes"—he picked it up—I took him, and found on him these six other half-crowns produced.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . I am inspector of coin to the Royal Mint. This half-crown that was uttered is counterfeit—two of these other six are of George III., 1819, they are from the same mould, and are counterfeit—the other four are counterfeits of Victoria, and of the same mould, but neither of them are from the mould of the one that was uttered.

Prisoner's Defence. A man gave me the half-crown; if it was bad, I did not know it.

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined One Year.

Reference Number: t18510818-1586

1586. JOHN JONES , for a like offence.

MESSRS. BODKIN and POLAND conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN HALLIDAY . I am a seller of sandwiches. On the evening of 28th July, I was near the Adelphi Theatre—the prisoner came, and asked for a sandwich—it came to 1d.,—he gave me a half-crown, and I gave him 2s. 5d. change—as he was going away, I looked again at the half-crown, bit it, and found it very soft—I followed him across the road, and told him it was not good, I wanted a good one—he tendered me a second half-crown, and that I found to be bad—I told the policeman, who told him to give the money up—he gave me three shillings, two of which were bad—he said he had changed a sovereign at a public-house—I offered to go to the public-house with him—he said it was a long way off, it was at Bayswater—I gave him into custody, and gave the shillings to the policeman—I had returned the two half-crowns to the prisoner—these are them—here is the mark of my teeth on them, and on the two shillings.

RICHARD LATTER (policeman, F 51) I was on duty, and heard an altercation about some money—I stopped, and Halliday said the prisoner had

given him a bad half-crown; he gave it him back, and wanted good money—I told the prisoner he had better give him back the good money—he said be did not see why he should, for be had bought the sandwich, and given him a penny for it—he afterwards took out three shillings and some halfpence—he said, "Take the three shillings, and give me back 6d. "—Halliday bit one shilling, and it was bad—I said, "Give me that"—he bit a second one, and gave me that—the third one he found was good—I took the prisoner into custody—he said he had been working at the Docks, and took them on Saturday night—I took him to the station, and found on him two bad half-crowns; and four shillings, three sixpences, and twelve pence, in copper, all good—he was very violent indeed—it took four of us to search him—he tried to get at his pocket on the way to the station, and I prevented him.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These two half-crowns are bad—the two shillings are bad, and from the same mould.

Prisoner's Defence. I picked up a paper containing the two half-crowns and three shillings.

GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined One Year.

Reference Number: t18510818-1587

1587. JOHN SEAGER was indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. BODKIN and POLAND conducted the Prosecution. SARAH HALL. I am the wife of John Hall, who keeps the Silver Trumpet, Commercial-road. On Sunday evening, 3rd Aug., about a quarter before 9 o'clock, the prisoner came for a pint of porter—he paid me with a 5s.-piece—I put it into the till—there was no other 5s.-piece there—I went to bed about twelve—I took the contents of the till up-stairs with me—on the next morning but one, Tuesday, the policeman came—in consequence of what he said, I looked at the crown, which I found where I bad put it, in a box locked up, and separate from any other crown—I put a mark on it, and on the 9th I gave it to the police-sergeant.

JAMES HALL . On Sunday night, 3rd Aug., I was serving at the bar of the Silver Trumpet—I did not put in the till, or take out, a crown-piece—I saw the prisoner come for a pot of porter, and pass a crown to my sister—he took the change—from that time there was no crown-piece put into the till or taken out by me.

Prisoner. Q. Could you swear your brother-in-law did not put one in? A. He could not; he was at Paddington at the time—he came in after 10 o'clock—nobody was there besides me and my sister.

JOHN HALL . I was at the bar of the Silver Trumpet after 10 o'clock that night—I did not put in the till, or take out, a crown-piece.

GEORGE BEALAND . I am a greengrocer, and live in Sidney-street, Mile-end. On Tuesday evening, 5th Aug., the prisoner came, about a quarter before 9 o'clock—he asked for a pound of cherries—I had not quite a pound—what I had came to 3 1/2 d.—he tendered me a crown-piece—I handed it to my wife to examine—I said I thought it was rather light—my wife asked him where he got it—he said he earned it; he had been at work very hard carrying guano—she said, "It had better be given to a policeman, and he will help you to get good money"—I was called out for a moment, and the prisoner jumped over a barrel, and escaped—I marked the crown—this is it—it was afterwards given to the officer.

MARTHA BEALAND . I am the wife of George Bealand. I recollect the prisoner coming to our house—I saw him tender the crown—my husband gave it me directly—I told the prisoner it was bad—he said he was sure it was not—my husband went out to serve a customer, and the prisoner ran away—my husband marked the crown, and I placed it under an image on the

mantelpiece in the parlour—on 9th Aug. I gave it to the policeman, after I bad marked it.

WILLIAM SMITH (police-sergeant, K 28). I received this crown from Mrs. Hall—I was present when the prisoner was taken, in Hare-street, Spitalfields, on 11th Aug.—there was a woman with him—there had been a man with him a minute or two before, but he escaped—the woman threw down a phial, which contained some substance, which fell and broke—I found in her apron part of a galvanic battery, and at the house the prisoner came out of, I found three files, and some articles used in coining.

CHARLES MILLS (policeman). I produce this crown I received from Mrs. Bealand.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These crowns are both bad, and from the same mould.

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Eighteen Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1588

1588. JOHN GROGAN was indicted for a like offence.


Reference Number: t18510818-1589

1589. MARIA SMITH was indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. BODKIN and POLAND conducted the Prosecution. ELLEN FILE. I am assistant to Mr. Cleare, a laceman, carrying on business in Tottenham-court-road. On 10th July the prisoner came to buy a handkerchief—it came to 10 1/2 d.—she tendered me a half-crown—I gave her 1s. 7 1/2 d. change—I put the half-crown into the till—there were eight or ten shillings; there was no other half-crown—that was about half-past nine in the evening.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. It was some time after that that you were taken to see the prisoner? A. I think it was about a fortninght afterwards—a policeman and a gentleman named Griffith took me to see her—she was in one of the rooms in Marlborough-street—they told me they had got the girl who passed the bad half-crown—a person who was in the shop said there was no other half-crown in the till.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Does Hannah Cleare assist in this business? A. Yes; I remember her looking at the contents of the till a short time before the prisoner gave me the half-crown—she was there when I took the half-crown from the prisoner, and remained till Mr. Cleare spoke to me.

HANNAH CLEARE . I am the sister of Mr. Cleare, who keeps the shop. I was there on the night the half-crown was taken of the prisoner—I had been near the till half-an-hour before the prisoner passed the half-crown—I did not look at the contents of the till—when Friar took the half-crown from the prisoner she put it into the till—Mr. Cleare came afterwards, and took half-a-crown out of the till, which turned out to be bad—John Cleare took possession of it.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you serving? A. Yes; I took 1s. 8d.—I did not take any half-crown—I did not see the prisoner for a fortnight or three weeks afterwards—when I went to Marlborough-street I had been told they had got her in custody—I recognised her amongst other women.

WILLIAM CLEARE . I keep the shop. I came in on Thursday night, 10th July—I found the two last witnesses there—I went to the till and took out the contents—I found a bad half-crown there, and placed it on the counter—my brother John took possession of it.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you able to say there was only one half-crown there? A. Yes; when I leave the shop I am in the habit of doing the silver up in paper, that it may be ready for change—I am positive there was only one half-crown there—I threw it down on the counter.

JOHN CLEARE . I am the brother of the last witness. I went into the shop on Thursday night, 10th July—I saw my brother put a half-crown on the counter—I took it up, and put it in my bed-room, and locked it up—I gave it to the constable.

Cross-examined. Q. What made you do this to this half-crown? A. I thought I would take care of it—I took it out once afterwards—I did not play with it.

JULIA BASSETT . I am barmaid at the Italian stores, in Tottenham Court-road. On Friday, 25th July, the prisoner came there between 5 and 6 o'clock—she asked for a small glass of brandy which came to 3d.—she proposed to pay me with a half-crown—I tried it and bent it; it was bad—I returned it to her—another young lady who was there charged her with having been there before with bad money—she denied it—I asked her where she got the half-crown—she said she took it in change of a sovereign—this half-crown (looking at one) is not the one that she offered me, and I returned to her.

Cross-examined. Q. You are sure this is not it? A. Yes; I bent it myself—she afterwards paid me for what she had with another half-crown—I bad never seen her before.

JOHN GRIFFITH . I am a stationer, of Hanway-street, Tottenham Court-road. On 25th July the prisoner came to my shop, and asked to look at some pen-wipers—she selected one, and tendered in payment a half-crown—I gave her 2s. change, and she walked out of the shop—I kept the half-crown in my hand—the constable came in soon afterwards—I looked at the half-crown, it was bad, and I told him to stop her.

THOMAS HENRY WILLIAMS . I am private constable, of Hanway-street. I was on duty there on 25th July—I saw the prisoner there about 7 o'clock in the evening, and watched her—I saw her go into Mr. Griffith's, and come out—I went and spoke to Mr. Griffith, went and stopped the prisoner, who had got about twelve yards off—I told her she had been uttering bad money in two or three places—she said, "No, I have not"—I took her to the station, and found on her a purse with 1l. 10s. in gold, and some other money, making in all 1l. 13s. 9d.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These half-crowns are both bad.

GUILTY on the last charge. Aged 28.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1590

1590. JAMES NEAL was indicted for a like offence.


Reference Number: t18510818-1591

1591. RICHARD PUGH was indicted for a like offence.


Reference Number: t18510818-1592

1592. JAMES PLATT and JOHN WILLIAMS were indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. BODKIN and POLAND conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN HINE JOHNSON (City-policeman, 379). I was on duty in Fleet-street, about half-past 6 o'clock in the evening, of 7th July—I saw the prisoners, and watched them—they went towards Temple-bar, and then crossed from the left-hand side to the right, and I saw something pass from Williams to Platt, and Platt went into Mr. Silvertheim's, a tobacconist's—Williams stood outside by the corner of Chancery-lane—Platt came out and joined Williams, and they went together down Fleet-street, till they came opposite Mr. Syrett's—Williams remained outside, and Platt went in—Platt came out again and joined Williams—they went down Fleet-street together till they came to the bottom—I met another constable, and we followed them up Ludgate-hill—Platt went into Mr. Barroclough's, a tobacconist's, and Williams remained outside—Platt came out, and joined Williams again—I advised my brother

officer to go into Mr. Barroclough's—the prisoners then went to Mr. Goode's, a tobacconist's—Platt went in, and Williams remained outside, under the Belle Sauvage—Platt came out and joined him—they went towards Black-friars-bridge, where they met two other lads—they then went to Mr. Page's—Platt left the other three and went in—I followed him, and heard him ask for half an ounce of tobacco—I saw him put this shilling on the counter—I placed my hand on it, and said, "This is counterfeit," and took him in custody—I found nothing on him—I afterwards saw Williams in custody of the other officer.

CHARLES THOMAS GAYLER (City-policeman, 348). I was with Johnson—I saw Platt go into Mr. Goode's—Williams remained outside—we then followed them to Blackfriars-bridge—they were looking up on a board, and two other lads came and joined them—Platt then went into Mr. Page's shop, and the other three remained outside—I apprehended Williams outside—there was nothing found on him—I do not know where the other boys went.

SOPHIA CHARLOTTE SYRBTT . My uncle keeps a biscuit-shop, in Fleet street. On the evening of 7th July, Platt came in and tendered me a bid sixpence—I gave it him back—he said he took it on board a ship.

THOMAS PLATT . I am shopman to Mr. Silvertheim's, a tobacconist, in Fleet-street. On 7th July Platt came for a pennyworth of tobacco—he gave me a bad sixpence—I bent it double, and returned it to him.

MARIA PAGE . My father keeps a shop in Farringdon-street. On 7tb July, Platt came for half an ounce of tobacco—he tendered me a shilling—the officer came in and took it—I marked it at the officer's request—this is it.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . This is a bad shilling.

William's Defence, I was not with this boy.

Platt's Defence. I got this shilling in change for half-a-crown on Saturday night—I did not know it was bad.

PLATT— GUILTY . Aged 17.


Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1593

1593. JOHN WILSON , for a like offence.

MESSRS. BODKIN and POLAND conducted the Prosecution,

CAROLINE ELIZABETH WILKINS . My father keeps the White Lion, in Upper Thames-street. The prisoner came there on 8th July, about five minutes before 1 o'clock; he asked for a half-pint of beer—he proposed to pay for it with a bad shilling—I gave him change, and he went away—he did not stop to flunish his beer—I took the shilling to put it in the till, and a man who was there said, "That man has given you a bad shilling"—I had put it on the top of two other shillings in the till; I had not shut the till—I took the shilling off the other two—it had not been out of my sight—I put it in the trier and bent it—I ran after the prisoner, caught him at the top of Trigg's Wharf; I stop ped him, and told him he had given me a bad shilling: I broke it before his face—the officer came up, I gave him the shilling, and gave the prisoner into custody.

WILLIAM MURRELLS (City-policeman, 447). I took the prisoner—when I was taking him to Guildhall, he said he expected to get two years, because he had been taken for the same offence before—these are the pieces of the shilling.

Prisoner. What I said was, "They cannot hang me, nor transport me; if they give me two years it is as much as they can do."

JOHN MANSELL (police-sergeant, T 1). I am stationed at Hanwel—I

had the prisoner in custody on 1st July—I saw him searched, and this bad shilling was taken from him—he was allowed to go at large.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These are both bad, and from the same mould.

GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1594

1594. WILLIAM REYNOLDS , stealing 1 coat, value 30s.; the goods of George Nicholls.

JOHN STRADLING (City-policeman, 117). On 7th Aug., about half-past 1 o'clock, I was in Great Winchester-street—I saw the prisoner in the passage of a house, which is let for offices, looking at this coat—I lost sight of him for a moment, and then saw him come from a doorway under the staircase with this bag, and the coat in it—he went to 36, Old Broad-street, and came out again in about a minute with the bag in his hand—he went towards the Exchange—I stopped him, and asked what he had in his bag—he said it was no business of mine—I said I was a policeman, and I wished to know—he said it was a coat he had bought in the street, and he would show me where—he wanted to take me to Petticoat-lane.

Prisoner. Q. What did I first say? A. You said it was no business of mine—I refused to go with you when you said you bought it in Petticoat-lane—you did not say you knew the man; you said, "I dare say he is not gone"—this is my signature to this deposition—(The deposition stated—"The prisoner said he knew the man, and he dared to say he should find him again."

GEORGE NICHOLLS . I am clerk to Messrs. Sadler, Harris, and Co., in Austin Friars. This is my coat; it had no business in Great Winchester-street—I never sold it, or parted with it to a person in Petticoat-lane—I had it on 7th Aug.—I took' it off at 11 o'clock in the morning, when I was going out, and I left it in the office—it is my office coat—I returned about 1; I do not know whether it was then gone; I did not look for it; I did not miss it till the policeman came, about 3—I left the office-door open when I returned at 1, and I went down-stairs—it was locked till 1—when I came back I unlocked it—the office is about two minutes' walk from Great Winchester-street—my name is in the coat, and there is a piece of paper in the pocket.

Prisoner's Defence. I went down Petticoat-lane to purchase a coat; I bought this one of an old man, with a white coat on; it exactly fitted me; I did not know whether it was stolen or not.

GUILTY . ** Aged 22.— Confined Twelve Months.

OLD COURT.—Wednesday, August 20th, 1851.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Third Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1595

1595. THOMAS SMITH , stealing 10 sovereigns, and other moneys; of Thomas Edward Pugh, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 17. — Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1596

1596. JOHN DAVIS , stealing a milk-pot, and other articles, value 4l. 8s.; the goods of Elizabeth Lowe: a cloak, and other articles, 2l. 17s.; the goods of Sarah Lowe, in the dwelling-house of William Edward Allbutt: also, unlawfully obtaining 6 brushes, 9s. 9d.; the goods of Frederick Dallon: to both of which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1597

1597. GEORGE SMITH , stealing 1 horse, 1 cart, 100 lbs. of veal, and 1 horse-cloth, value 43l.; the goods of James Cragg.

JAMES CRAGG . I am a butcher, of Mount-street, Grosvenor-square. I was at Newgate-market on the morning of 11th July—I went into the market, leaving the cart, and a whip and horse-cloth in it—I bought some meat in the market, and gave it to my servant, Clark—in about three-quarters of an hour I went for the cart, and it was gone—the horse and cart are worth about 40l., and the meat 3l.—they have since been restored to me by the constable Allen.

RICHARD JOHN CLARK . On the morning of 11th July, I took a fore-quarter of veal out of the market to my master's cart—I saw the prisoner close to the cart—he wanted to lend me a hand to take the tail-board down—I told him I did not want it—he then said he was minding the cart—he stopped there, and I left him there.

ROBERT HARMER . I am employed to look after carts at Newgate-market. On the morning of 11 July, I was there, and saw the prisoner go away with Mr. Cragg's cart from the Old Bailey.

ROBERT ALLEN (City-policeman, 321). I was on duty on the morning of 11th July, in St. Paul's Church-yard, and saw the prisoner driving a bone and cart—his appearance not being that of a butcher, I suspected he had stolen it—I stopped him, and asked where he brought it from—he said from Westminster—I asked where he was going to take it to—he said to Waterloo-road—the horse's head was then towards Cheapside. I said that is not the way to Waterloo-road—he said he was going over London-bridge to it—I asked him his master's name—before replying he endeavoured to look over the off-side—I prevented him, and he said, "Well, it is no business of yours? I shall not tell you?" I told him I should take him into custody on suspicion of stealing the horse, cart, and meat—he said I might do so if I liked, but I should find it all right—I took it to the station, and then found the owner.

Prisoner. I was in St. Paul's Church-yard, another cart ran against this and broke the shaft; a man was standing by the cart, and tried to tie the shaft together; I gave him a bit of string to do it; he said get op in the cart; I got up and thought he was going to get up too, and as soon as I got up the policeman came up and took me. Witness. He was driving away when I stopped him; I found a scarf tied round the broken shaft, which the prisoner claimed.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Nine Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1598

1598. THOMAS GEORGE YOUNG and WILLIAM MUZZALL , stealing, whilst employed in the Post-office, a letter containing 210l., and and 15l. Bank-notes, the property of Her Majesty's Postmaster-General.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.

ROSE ANN PHARAOH . I am the wife of Mr. Peter Pharaoh, and reside at Bitterne, near Southampton. On 13th Sept. I wrote to my husband, who was then at Gravesend, and enclosed in it two 10l. and one 5l. notes—I took down the numbers and dates of the notes at the time in this memorandum-book (produced)—the 10l.-notes were Nos. 79668, and 79669, dated 4th June, 1850; and the 5l.-note was No. 50614, dated 3rd July, 1850—I sealed the letter with those notes in it, and addressed it to Mr. Pharaoh, post-office, Gravesend, Kent—I gave the letter to my son Peter to post—the notes were new, and quite entire.

PETBR PHARAOH, JDN . I received a letter from my mother in Sept last, to put into the post, it was directed to my father, at Gravesend—I put the

letter into the box at the post-office at Bitterne, between six and seven o'clock, in the same state in which I received it.

GEORGE TOUTON . I keep the receiving-house at Bitterne. A letter posted there between six and seven o'clock in the evening of 13th Sept. would leave by the mail at seven for Southampton.

GEORGE FREEMAN . I am a clerk, in the Southampton post-office. The bag from Bitterne would be forwarded to London the same night—I made up the bag on the night of 13th Sept., and forwarded it in the regular way.

MILLER. I hold a situation in the General Post-office. The mail-bag from Southampton, of 13th Sept. last, arrived at the General Post-office early on the morning of the 14th—I was on duty there—it came sealed, and in its usual state.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did you receive it personally? A. It was brought into the office by a messenger, for the purpose of being opened—I opened it and took out the letters.

HENRY BICKLEY . I am a clerk in the General Post-office. A letter arriving from Southampton in the morning of 14th Sept. would be forwarded to Gravesend the same morning—I made up the bag for Gravesend that morning, and dispatched it in the usual course.

PETER PHARAOH . On 14th Sept. last, I was on my way to Gravesend—I was there on 16th—I expected a remittance from my wife, and applied at the Gravesend post-office for it on 16th, and again the following day; I received no letter—upon that I made a communication to the Post-office authorities.

THOMAS WALKER . I am assistant to Mr. De Castro, of 65, Piccadilly, he keeps a post receiving-house. In Nov. last, the officer Peak, called on me about a 5l.-note—this is the note he was inquiring about (produced)—I had received it on 15th Nov., which was about a week before Peak called—I gave in exchange for it two or three sheets of postage-stamps, and the difference, which would be two or three sovereigns—the postage-stamps are 1l. a sheet—Young is very much like the person of whom I took the note—I will not swear positively that he is the man—I believe be is—I noticed his dress—I have seen a coat which was produced to me by Peak—it was precisely the kind of coat that the man wore—before I changed the note, I asked him his name and address, which he gave as "J. Pharaoh, Southampton"—I wrote that on the note at the time.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Yon cannot pledge your oath as to Young being the person that changed the note? A. No, I am not positive; but I believe he is the man—this is my writing on the note, by which I know it to be the note—Peak brought the coat to our shop, I believe over his arm, and held it up for me to see—I had' previously given him a description of the coat—he asked me if that was like the coat; it is like it, and the same colour—it is a kind of an olive-brown, I do not know what colour it is termed—there is the colour for you to see—I called it a sort of brown coat—it was about 6 in the evening that the person changed the note—it was not dark in our shop; we had a gas-light—it was in the daytime that Peak brought the coat.

HARLES SOLOMON COUVES . I am the postmaster at Gravesend. Young was formerly a clerk in that office; he resigned his situation in Oct. last—he was on duty on 14th Sept. last, when the mail-bag from London arrived—. the letters contained in that bag would in the course of business come into Young's possession; it would be his duty to open the bag, and stamp the letters—we have a box specially for letters addressed to the post-office; are placed alphabetically in pigeon-holes—it would be Young's duty

after stamping such a letter to place it on the counter to be sorted—I should most likely sort them, and put them in the pigeon-holes—on 14th Sept., the prisoner Muzzall was also employed in my house—he was my private clerk—he used to assist in the business of the post-office—when Young resigned, Muzzall was appointed to his situation, and continued in it till he was apprehended on this charge—he was, most likely, assisting in the post-office on 14th Sept., I have no distinct recollection—most likely if any one called for a letter while he was there, he would hand it out—he was employed in writing my private letters, and so on; sometimes in the back-room, and sometimes in the post-office—his employment would give him access to letters that passed through the post-office—he was at the same time employed in the office of a solicitor at Gravesend—I think I first heard of Voller having made a communication to the post-office in July—this letter, dated 9th July (produced), is Muzzall's writing; I received it from him that day or the next—I think it was in June that I first heard that something improper had taken place; and I received this either on the 9th or 10th July—(Letter read—"Gravesend, July 9, 1851. To Mr. Couves. Sir—I beg to tender you my resignation of the appointment I bold, as clerk in the post-office, Gravesend. Wm. Muzzall.")—I remember Mr. Ramsay, one of the superior officers of the Post-office, coming down to Gravesend; I think it was on 21st or 22nd Nov.—my house was searched on the evening of that day.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Young was in the employment of the post-office? A. Yes; he was there seven or eight years; I always thought him a respectable, honest young man; his resignation was voluntary; he complained of being over-worked; and I understood he was about to commence business in London—he resigned on 5th Oct., 1850—there are two clerks employed in the post-office, one besides Young—it was Young's duty to open the morning mail—there are two mails from London; one in the morning, and the other at noon—Young used to open the bag that arrived at 12 in the day, and I opened the other, which arrived at 11 at night—a person named Bond was in my employment at that time—I am not aware that he is now in Maidstone gaol—he has been dismissed from the office for misconduct—he is not in gaol now, he has been, not for crime, for debt—he was very much involved—he was dismissed about a month or six weeks ago—it was in Nov. last when he was in gaol—I had no other clerk at that time but Young, and Bond, and my assistant, Muzzall—the witness, Ellen Voller, has called at the office to see her husband (Muzzall)—she came once or twice, and sat outside the gate, not inside—Young had talked of leaving for more than a year before he left—a person named Carmody was in my service for one week only, in 1849—he was not discharged, we were not in want of hit services—he has not been in the habit of coming backwards and forwards since; he has left the town.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Can you tell me whether Bond was at the office on 14th Sept.? A. Yes; I think he was—he had an opportunity of taking any letter that was there—I have seen him since this inquiry was going on; I think I have seen him in communication with Mr. Peacock, the solicitor—I know Ellen Voller by sight—I do not know that she has been in the society of Bond, I never saw them together—I have seen her in the neighbourhood of my office at the time Bond has been there—I have known Muzzall between three and four years—as far as I have known, his character has been irreproachable; I never heard any imputation on him, except this—he was managing clerk to a respectable solicitor at Gravesend, and I employed him as my clerk in after hours—he was not a servant of the post-office—he

was my private clerk, and assisted me in some assurance business also—I always found him correct, attentive, and respectable—I have no distinct recollection whether he was assisting on 14th Sept.—there were occasions when he was not present—he might, or might not have been present on this occasion.

MR. PARRY. Q. Young did not attend the whole of the day, I believe; did be attend from 5 till 7 o'clock in the morning? A. Yes; then again from 11 till 2, being absent in the interval; and then again from 6 till 10 at night—his salary was 50l. a year.

MR. BODKIN. Q. You have been asked about the conduct of the prisoner; during the time they were employed there, were complaints made of letters being missed? A. Yes; many.

ELLEN VOLLER (examined on the voir dire by MR. PARRY). I have been married to the prisoner Muzzall—we were married on 6th Aug., 1849, at Aldgate Church, London, by a clergyman of the Church of England, by banns. (Upon MR. CLARKSON being about to put a question to the witness. MR. PARRY objected; as the evidence at present stood, the witness was proved to be the prisoner's wife; if it was sought to invalidate the marriage, that must be done by independent testimony, and not by any examination of the witness. MR. JUSTICE ERLE was of opinion that any witness examined to a particular fact might be questioned as to the entire of her knowledge of that fact; in his judgment, even in a case of bigamy, the second wife would be a competent witness to prove the first marriage, if she happened to be present at it. It could not betaken, at present, that the witness was proved to be the prisoner's lawful wife: that was the subject under inquiry.)

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Had you an elder sister, named Caroline? A. Yes; she was Muzzall's wife—she died in Oct., 1848—she lived with Muzzall as his wife for two years—I was present at her marriage—Muzzall quitted me in May last—he was married to my sister at Oving, near Chichester, by licence—it was at a parish Church, and, as far at I know, by a clergyman of the Church of England, a Mr. Langdon—I was a witness to the marriage, and signed my name as such—Muzzall was a National Schoolmaster at that time, and lived' at Midhurst—my father's name was Thomas Voller—the prisoner's father was not present at the marriage—ray sister bad not been married before—I knew Mr. Langdon; he was the vicar of Oving.

MR. PARRY. Q. Are your father and mother alive? A. Yes; my sister was seven years older than me—she was thirty when she was married.

COURT. Q. Were you and your sister Caroline bred up together as sisters by the same parents? A. Yes.

MR. CLARKSON proposing to examine the witness generally, MR. PARRY submitted that, as the prisoner's wife, her evidence was not receivable. He admitted that if it was clearly established that she was the sister of the prisoner's first wife, that would invalidate her marriage, and so admit her testimony; but he contended that that was not shown to be the case; her mere statement that she called her "sister" was not enough; nor would the reputation of relationship apply in a criminal case: the best evidence was that of the parents, in the absence of which he contended the evidence should be excluded. MR. BALLANTINE urged the same objection: the principle upon which such testimony was rejected was, that from the connection existing between man and wife, the ends of justice were not likely to be assisted by its reception. This principle was recognised in Campbell v. Trendhw, 1st Price; and, to get rid of that principle, the strictest possible evidence was required. MR. JUSTICE ERLE was of opinion that the evidence was admissible; it was perfectly clear that if a person

was questioned on the voir dire with a view to raise an objection to her competency as a witness, she might also be examined, to remove that primd facie ground of objection, of being the prisoner's wife, by showing that her marriage was void, and did not create the relation of wife to the prisoner: that being so, the competency of the witness was established to show that the prisoner had been before married. Then came the question, was she competent to prove that she was sister to the former wife? In his opinion, although seven years younger, she was competent to prove that relationship: there was no rule of law requiring that it should be established by that which would be demonstration, namely, by the testimony of persons present at the birth. The witness was then sworn, and examined as follows:—The prisoner Muzzall left me in May last—he stayed away from me a week—at the end of the week he returned—in consequence of what passed between us, I then went into the service of Mr. Thomas Varden—I am in his service now—whilst I was living with Muzzall, he was in the service of a person of the name of Sharland, an attorney, at Gravesend; he was also in the employ of the postmaster at Gravesend—in Sept. last, Muzzall brought two 10l.-notes to me, and asked me to change them—I asked why he did not change them himself—he said he had his reasons for it—I said I would not change them—about a week after, he again asked me to go to London and change them—I asked why he did not do it himself—he said they were Tom Young's, and he did not like to—I told him there was something wrong, or else Tom Young would have changed them himself—he asked me if I would change them if he told me where he got them from—I said, "Yes"—he said, "You don't mean it"—I said, "Yes, I do"—he then said that Tom Young had taken them out of a letter that was posted at Bitterne, near Southampton, and that it was directed to the Gravesend post-office till called for—I asked him what there was in the letter—he said, two tens and a five—I told him I would not change them, and told him to take them to Tom Young, and tell him to send them back to the person they belonged to—he said he should not be such a fool as that—I afterwards saw the notes in his waistcoat pocket in the bedroom; that was about a week before the postmaster's house was searched—he was then at the office—they were two 10l.-notes—I looked at them—they were dated June, 1850—I think Muzzall came home about 7 o'clock that night; I do not know—it was in the evening—he came home to dinner—I told him what I had seen, and where; and when he came home at night he told me to put them away—that was the night that the postmaster's house was searched; he told me to put them away, as they might come and search his—I asked what I was to do with them; if I was to burn them—he said no, he wanted Tom Young to have them, and he told me to take them to Tom Young in London—next morning I went to London, and took the two 10l.-notes with me—I took them to a house at Shepherd's-bush—I found Young there, and gave him the notes—he said, "All right"—I then returned to Gravesend—I have since been to the house at Shepherd's-bush with Peak—I pointed out the house to him—it was in Cambridge-terrace—I cannot recollect the number—a short time after I had taken the notes to Young, I saw Muzzall with two sheets of postage-stamps—I asked him where he got them—he said Tom Young had changed the 5l.-note, and brought him 2l.-worth of stamps, and kept the remaining 3l. himself.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. When was it that you first saw these notes? A. As near as I can tell, somewhere at the latter part of Sept.—I cannot tell how long it was after that when I saw them in his waistcoat pocket—it was a month, and more too—it was the waistcoat he

usually wore—it was in the morning after he was gone to the office—I was putting the waistcoat away—I found it lying on the bed—I felt in the pockets—I did not expect to find the notes there—it did not surprise me—there was nothing else in the pockets—they were not wrapped up, they were loose—I had not seen them between the time he first spoke to me about them, and my seeing them in his waistcoat pocket—I did not take the numbers of the notes—I looked at the date, because he had told me they were quite new—the date was June, 1850—I do not know the day—the 6th, as near as I can tell—it was about a week after that I heard the postmaster's house was searched—I did not know what it was searched for—I thought there was something improper in my husband's giving me the notes to take to Young—I believed at that time they were stolen property—I have lived with Muzzall rather more than twelve months—I have had one child by him—that was born ten months after we were married—it is not now living—that is the only child I have had by Muzzall—I have not been married before—I have had one child before—that is six years ago—I know Bond—I saw him last when we were at the hearing at Bow-street—I talked to him—I have not seen him here today—I did not see him at all in communication with Peak—I have known him about two years—I knew him at Gravesend; he was a clerk in the post-office—I have never been to see him there—I have been to the post-office—I have seen him there on duty—I have never spoken to him there—I have seen him after post-office hours—I have not walked about with him—I have seen him about the streets—I have not spoken to him on those occasions—I have not had any talk with him about this matter until the bearing—I did not give the information—I first gave information to Mr. Phillips—he came to Brunswick-place to me—he is an officer in the post-office—I had given information to my brother a fortnight before.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Was it in Sept. that you had this conversation with your husband, Muzzall? A. Yes; it was not then that he told me that Young had changed the 5l.-note; it was afterwards, when Young was in London—I had not seen any account in the newspaper before I gave information to my brother—my brother is at home now ill—he was at the post-office as a clerk—he was not living in the same house with Bond—I have not frequently seen him with Bond—I saw him once with him before I left Gravesend—he came to see him at my house—my brother is not now in the post-office—he was dismissed about a fortnight ago, since this inquiry has been set on foot—he is twenty-three years old—I have not seen him and Bond together more than once—they spoke together in my presence then; they left the house together—that was in the afternoon—it was about a fortnight before I left Gravesend, at the beginning of May—my brother then lived with me and Muzzall.

ANN SUSANNAH COUVES . I am the wife of the postmaster at Gravesend. Our house was searched on 21st Nov.—Muzzall came to the office that evening about 7 o'clock—I opened the door to him—he generally came to his duty about that time—I said to him, "Oh dear! Mr. Muzzall we are in great trouble, there is a letter missing; do you know anything about it?"—he said, "I must go home for a little time; I shall be back in a quarter of an hour"—he went away, and was gone as near as I recollect about half an hour—I do hot know where he lived.

Gross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. He had been home on other occasions, I suppose, had he not? A. Yes; I thought his going home rather unusual, on account of his having been absent from duty during the day, and I was on duty in the office waiting for his return—I made no complaint about it.

JURY to ELLEN VOLLER. Q. Was your brother allowed to enter the bed-room of Muzzall? A. No; he used to go into my bedroom occasionally—he was not at the post-office at the time this robbery was committed—he had access to my room at all times after he was at Gravesend, while he was at my house—I do not know when he went to the post-office.

CHARLES SOLOMON COUVES re-examined. Voller's brother came to the post-office on 13th Oct.—he resigned his situation three or four weeks since—he resigned voluntarily—I understood him that he expected a situation on the railway—I think he would very likely have been dismissed if he had not resigned, on account of having a new clerk—he was not appointed officially, only as an assistant.

CHARLOTTE QUINTON . I live at 3, Cambridge-terrace, Shepberd's-bush, Peak, the officer, came to my house—I recognize the prisoner, Young, as a person having lived next door to us; I think from Oct. last year till the beginning of Jan. this year.

MATTHEW PEAK . I am a constable, stationed at the Post-office. On 8th July I received a warrant from Bow-street, and took Muzzall into custody at the post-office, Gravesend—I told him I took him into custody for stealing a letter posted at Bitterne, near Southampton, on 13th Sept. last, containing two 10l.-notes, and a 5l.-note, and that it had been stated that the 5l.-note was changed by Young, and he purchased two or three sheets of stamps—he said it was true Young bad sent him such stamps, which he said were for a debt—he afterwards said that Young brought them to him, and gave them to him personally—I searched Muzzall, and found a letter in his pocket which he stated he had received from Young that morning—I asked for the envelope, and he said he had destroyed it—(letter read—"5, Mount Pleasant Dear Bill, I got yours late last night, and have sent to Frank S—to settle the County Court. Let me know how the case goes on directly it is over. You must remit me six bob to come up in the steamer. I hope nothing is the matter; Mrs. S—will be up on Monday, or Wednesday. I wish you would send me the particulars of what I proposed about the M. P. Does he know that I am here? Yours truly, GEORGE. Suppose I come op on Satarday next?")—on the following day I went down to Ramsgate, to No. 5, Mount Pleasant, the address on the letter—I found Young there, and took him into custody—I told him it was for stealing a letter posted at Bitterne, near Southampton, containing two 10l.-notes, and a 5l.-note, and that it had been stated that he had changed the 5l.-note, and bought two or three sheets of postage stamps, which stamps he gave to Muzzall, and that Muzzall had stated he had brought him some postage stamps—he said, "Does Muzzall say that?"—I said, "Yes, he did"—he said, "That is your friends"—the superintendent of Ramsgate, who was with me, asked him whether he did so—he said he should not answer that question—next day I brought him from Ramsgate to London—on our road, I asked him if he ever lived at No. 4, Cambridge-terrace, Shepherd's-bush—he said, "Yes; he did"—I said, "I know you did"—he said, "Have you been there?"—I said, "Yes; I went there with Mrs. Muzzall"—when he came to the post-office he was asked again, if he had ever lived at Shepherd's-bush—he said, "Yes"—he was asked if Mrs. Muzzall visited him there at any time—he said, she did—he was asked for what purpose—he said he declined answering the question—I had previously been with Ellen Voller to Shepherd's-bush—she pointed out to me the house, No. 4, Cam bridge-terrace, Shepherd's-bush—I got this 5l.-note from the Bank of England, about 21st Nov.—I traced it from hand to hand till I traced it to Mr. De Castro, of Piccadilly—the 10l.

note, No. 79668, I obtained from the Bank on 28th Jane, and the other 10l.-note on 12th July—I traced one of them to a traveller who could not tell me from whom he had received it, and the other to a tradesman at Portsmouth, and he could not tell me from whom he received it—I asked Young, when I took him into custody, if he had got a brown coat—I had before that received a description of a coat, from Mr. Walker—I got possession of this coat.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Did Young say that there were some accounts between him and Muzzall? A. I do not recollect it; he might have said it.

RICHARD ADYE BAILEY . I produce the three notes from the Bank of England—the 5l.-note, No. 50644, dated 3rd July, 1850, came into the Bank on 18th Nov., 1850; the 10l.-note, No. 79668, dated 4th June, 1850, came in on 24th June, 1851; and die other 10l.-note, 79669, dated 4th June, 1851, came in on 8th July last—there is only one note of the same number and date in circulation at the same time.

YOUNG— GUILTY of Stealing. Aged 22.—Transported for Ten Years. MUZZALL— GUILTY of Receiving. Aged 25.— Transported for Twelve Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1599

1599. JOHN ROGERS , feloniously killing and slaying Betsy Leaf; he was also charged, on the Coroner's Inquisition, with the like offence.

MESSES. BODKIN and COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

THOMAS LEONARD . I am a surgeon, of Tabernacle-square, Shoreditch. On Saturday, 26th July, I saw the deceased Betsy or Elizabeth Leaf at I, Luke-street, Shoreditch—I did not know her before—I found her in a dying state, and she died soon afterwards—she was senseless when I saw her—the prisoner was there—he said, "I struck her, and knocked her down," or, "I struck her, and she fell down"—he said she had produced a knife, or had a knife about her, or attempted to use a knife—I saw marks of violence on both her cheeks, more especially on the left cheek—I do not think that could hare been done by one blow—I made a post-mortem examination on the following Wednesday, July 30th, assisted by Mr. Davis—I found all the organs in a healthy state, except the brain—there was congested blood on the left side of the head, and considerable swelling, some marks of lividity and bruises on the right and left cheek—there was coagulated blood in both nostrils and in the mouth, and three ounces of blood extravasated on the brain on the left side, sufficient to cause death—the other portion of the brain was in a healthy state—I attribute her death to extravasations of blood on the brain, produced by violence—it might have been from a blow combined with a fall.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did the blow on the cheek appear to have been one that of itself would have caused a vessel in a healthy condition to burst, or was it from the tumble on the ground? A. From the two causes combined—I think the blow on the side of the bead might have been produced by a fall—I think all the marks were produced at the same time—they were recent—I noticed no difference in them, bat the post-mortem examination was not made very early—I could not discover the vessel which bad burst—the kidneys were considerably enlarged, from which a professional man might conclude that she was a very extensive drinker—I found no organic disease—if a person was an extensive drinker the vessels of the beam might be more easily ruptured—with a drunken person a concussion is more

likely to produce apoplexy—the prisoner said, "She threatened me with a knife, and I struck her a blow"—there is a mark on the prisoner's hand inflicted with a cutting instrument, but it is not recent.

MR. BODKIN. Q. He did not call your attention to his hand, or complain of being wounded? A. No.

ROBERT DAVIS . I am a surgeon. I assisted at the post-mortem examination—the side of the face was wounded, and there was a quantity of blood under the scalp—I opened the skull, and found an effusion of blood on the left side of the brain, which was caused by violence, and which was the cause of death—a blow would produce it—there were three distinct marks of blows on the right cheek, one on the left side of the head level with the other, and another on the side of the head.

Cross-examined. Q. Can you tell whether they were inflicted at the same period? A. Yes, because they had precisely the same degree of colour.

JANE HOLMAN . The prisoner and deceased lived four months in my house—she passed as his wife—on this Saturday, about 11 o'clock at night, I heard quarreling going on in their room—I heard very high words, common abuse; then a blow and a very heavy fall ensued—I had seen the deceased that evening—she was quite sober—I went into the room, and saw the prisoner—his wife was lying on the floor, bleeding from the mouth and nose—she said, "Pray, oh pray!" and after that she raved, and became delirious—the prisoner said, "Do all you can for her; I have hit her, and knocked her down"—he asked me to fetch Dr. Leonard—I did so—he came back with me—the deceased was not moved—she died on the floor, at a quarter to 1 o'clock—she was a healthy woman—the prisoner said she had a knife in her hand, and they were quarreling, and he was afraid she was going to stab him, and he knocked her down—a policeman was sent for, and the knife was found on the floor.

Cross-examined. Q. Could you hear what passed? A. Yes; I was sitting close to the stairs—if more blows than one had been struck, I must have heard them—when I heard the blow, I was up-stairs in a minute—I do not know of her having stabbed him on a former occasion—he did not threaten her during the whole of the quarrel, and I did not hear her threaten him—he had come home from his work—he drives a bus—I never saw her in liquor.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Which room were you in? A. The room underneath, just at the bottom of the stairs—I heard the fall very distinctly; it shook the whole place—the place was very quiet, and if a blow had been struck which did not cause a fall, J should have been sure to have heard it.

ELLEN COOPER . I live with my husband, at Mrs. Holman's; I occupied a room on the second-floor, over the prisoner. On Saturday, 26th July, I heard a noise late at night, and went into the prisoner's room—the deceased was lying on the floor, and the prisoner standing over her, bathing her head—he said he did not know what he should do, and begged of us to do all we could for her.

Cross-examined. Q. He was very much agitated and grieved? A. Yes—I did not hear him say she had the knife in her hand, and he struck her a blow.

STEPHEN SYLVESTER (policeman, C 226). On Sunday morning, 27th July, about one o'clock, I was called into Mr. Holman's, and took the prisoner to the station.

Cross-examined. Q. You found the knife? A. Yes, lying on the floor—the prisoner said, "That is the knife that my poor dear girl used to defend herself"—he was very much affected.

(The prisoner received a good character.)


Reference Number: t18510818-1600

1600. CATHERINE JANE HENRY , feloniously throwing a quantity of corrosive fluid upon Esther Woolf, with intent to disfigure her.—2nd COUNT, to do her some grievous bodily harm.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

SARAH YOUNG . My real name is Esther Woolf. I live at 31, Buitesland-street, City-road, and am in the habit of walking about Cheapside—the prisoner walks there occasionally—she has used threats to me on several occasions—nine months ago, after her sister was fined and imprisoned for stabbing me on the forehead, the prisoner threatened that she would either stick a knife through my heart, or serve me as her sister had done—I was always in fear of her—on the week previous to this matter she said she would do for the b—y Jewess; she would go to prison for me, if she had a month for it—on 7th July, about half-past 11 o'clock at night, I was standing in Cheapside, talking to a gentleman; the prisoner passed me with another girl, who has been discharged—the gentleman wished me good-night, and walked in the same direction—five minutes afterwards the prisoner came up to me, and said, "Jewess, where are you going?"—I was in such a tremble and fear, that I said I was going home—she said I must come and have a drop of gin; I said I did not drink gin; she said, "You must come"—I looked for a policeman—I asked her to go to Mr. Smith's; she said she would not go, as he would turn her out—she took me to the Three Butts; I just put my foot on the threshold, and she poured me out a glass of gin; I said I would not drink it for 5l.—she gave it to the other woman, and gave me a glass of gin-and-water; I would not take it—she said, "Here goes, I want to be jolly drunk to night"—I am very near-sighted—I stood with my back to a warehouse, waiting for a policeman to come—I said, "You must excuse me, I must go"—she said, "Jewess, I have been greatly embittered against you, but may God strike me dead if I wish to do you any more harm"—I then saw something running down me like treacle, and said, "Oh heavens! what have you done?"—she ran away, and threw a basket, which the had on her arm, into the road, and I fell down—there was another party with her, but she stood away from me—my dress and three or four of my under-clothes were burnt through; if I had not had on seven or eight petticoats, it must have gone through me—my bonnet-strings were burnt, and I was in dreadful pain—my back pained me three or four days.

GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 23.— Confined Three Months.

NEW COURT.—Wednesday, August 20th, 1851.


Before Mr. Recorder, and the Fifth Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1601

1601. JOHN DOWLING , stealing 74lbs. weight of pepper, value 4s.; the goods of the St. Katherine Dock Company, in a vessel, &c.: having been twice before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY Aged 56.— Confined Six Months ,

Reference Number: t18510818-1602

1602. ELLIS DRING , stealing 2 printed books, value 35s.; the goods of John Blackie and another: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 42.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1603

1603. ELLEN DOWNEY , stealing 1 brooch, value 1l.; the goods of Margaret Hayes, and two habit-shirts, and 2 yards of barge, value 8s.; the goods of Mary Ann Hayes, her mistress.

MR. BRIARLY conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY BILSON . I am assistant to Messrs. Barker, pawnbrokers. On Thursday, 24th July, a female, not the prisoner, came and offered this gold brooch in pledge (produced)—I had suspicion and stopped it—she was afterwards charged with the prisoner at the Mansion-house, and it was stated that she was the prisoner's mother.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Do you mean to pledge your oath it is gold? A. Yes; the stone is a topaz—brooches are made of metal very nearly to imitate this.

MARGARET HAYES . I live with my sister, Mary Ann Hayes, at 7, Circus-road, St. John's Wood. The prisoner was my sister's servant; she left on Tuesday, and the policeman came on the Friday—it is three weeks or a month ago—I went to Bishopsgate-street station, and saw a box which I had seen in the prisoner's possession at my sister's; I looked over it with the policeman—these two yards of barge, pocket-handkerchief, and two habit-shirts were in it; they are my sister's, and this brooch is mine—about five or six weeks before she left, my sister gave her a pink tarlatan ball-dress by my hands—it is three weeks or a month since she left—I last saw the brooch about a fortnight before she left—I am quite sure I saw it after giving her the ball-brass—I never made her a present of it—I did not miss it till the policeman came to me.

Cross-examined. Q. How often were you in the habit of wearing it? A. Very seldom; I kept it in my bedroom, in a drawer which was not locked—I do not recollect wearing it more than once all the time she was at our house—she lived there three months, and then left in consequence of ill-health, and returned and remained nine months—there was an interval of about a year between—when I say I saw the brooch in my drawer, I mean I saw the morocco case of it there—I did not open the case, but concluded that the brooch was in it—I do not think we have given her anything but the dress—I have not given her anything—my sister is out of town, she is single; her name is Mary Ann.

HENRY JOWETT (City-policeman. 638). On Friday evening, 24th July, about half-past six o'clock, I took the prisoner at her mother's room in Rose-alley, Bishopsgate-street—I asked her if she had sent her mother to pawn a brooch; she said she had—I said, "Is the brooch yours?" she said, "Yes; I have had it in my possession two years"—I said, "How did you come by the brooch in the first instance?"—she said, "I found it about two years ago in St. John's-wood"—I asked her if she knew its value; she said she supposed about 3l., and she sent it to pawn to get some money to get her things, as she was going out to service again—I took her to the station where her mother was, and detained them both—I saw the same box opened at the station, which I had seen at the prisoner's lodging—it was full of goods; among which Miss Hayes identified these two handkerchiefs, habit-shirts, and piece of barge, as her sister's property.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you hear the prisoner make a statement that she found the brooch in the dress? A. Yes; on the evening before we went

before the Magistrate—I have not mentioned before to-day, that she said it was worth 3l.—she said when she went to unroll the dress, the brooch tumbled out—she mentioned that before the Magistrate, and at the station as well, the night before—I swear she said she bad had it two yean, it was not two weeks.

(The prisoner's statement before the Magistrate was here read as follows:—"My mistress sent me down an old ball-dress, and the brooch was in it; I did not know it was there till yesterday.)

(The prisoner received a good character).

GUILTY of Stealing the Brooch. Aged 27.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1604

1604. JOHN SHUTBROOK , stealing 1 coat, value 2l.; the goods of Wilson Danford; and 1 coat, value 2l.; the goods of Frederick Bartlett.

MR. COOPER conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE WILLIAM FORD . I am clerk to Ellis and Hale, colonial brokers, of 39, Lime-street. On Friday night, 11th July, about 8 o'clock, I saw the prisoner going out of the office with some coats on his arm—he had not asked any questions when he came in, and I told the gentlemen I thought he was a thief—I called, "Stop thief!"—he turned round, and I saw his face—I am sure be is the man—I ran after him, he threw one coat away at the end of Collum-street; I picked it up—I kept him in sight all the time.

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTON. Q. Was it light? A. It was rather dusk—he ran out of the office, through the warehouse, and then through a court into the street—he was about two yards from me at the office-door, when I saw the coats on his arm—I lost sight of him for a moment just before he was stopped, some one got in my way.

WILSON DANFORD . I am clerk to Messrs. Ellis and Hale, 39, Lime-street. On this evening Ford gave an alarm, and all the clerks ran out—I saw the prisoner running out of the office-door with some clothes on his arm—I followed him, and saw him throw this coat away at the end of Cullum-street—I lost sight of him, and afterwards saw him in custody—I am sure he is the same man—this is my coat (produced)—it had hung behind the office-door.

Cross-examined. Q. Had you ever seen the prisoner before? A. No; he was eight or nine yards from me, going out at the door when my attention was first called to him; his back was to me.

ANGUS BAIN (City-policeman, 65). I was crossing from Lime-street into Cnllum-street, and saw the prisoner running in a direction from the office, about 100 yards from it—I pursued him, and he was stopped by Clamp.

Cross-examined. Q. Was it dark? A. No; it was about 8 o'clock, it was dusk—the prisoner was the only person I saw run that way—there were four or five persons there when he was stopped—he went about 100 yards more before he was stopped—I took him to the station—he did not say, "I am not the man," that I heard.

GUILTY . * Aged 18.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1605

1605. AMELIA LANGLEY , stealing 1 ring, value 5l.; the goods of Philip George Dodd.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES FREDERICK LEACH . I am in the service of Philip George Dodd, a jeweller, 79, Cornhill; he does not occupy the house, only the shop, and two rooms at the back. On 9th July I had charge of the shop—the prisoner came in about three o'clock in the afternoon—she asked to look at a ring which was in a tray of rings in the window—it was a serpent ring, with an opal in it—I took the tray from the window and showed her the rings—while

she was looking it over, I said, "I have some other serpent rings which I will show you"—I turned to the window, and took two other rings out, an emerald and a ruby—she liked them in preference to the others, because they were less expensive—she selected the ruby one, which was 3l. 5s.—she then asked to look at some brooches, which I showed her, and she selected one, at 18s.—she then wanted some gilt bracelets, which I showed her—she selected one pair—she required a silver thimble, one of which she selected from a number—I made her a bill of the articles, which amounted to 5l. 0s. 6d.—she requested some one might be sent with the articles, which would be paid for when they reached home—nothing had passed between us about a diamond ring, but in the tray I showed her there was a diamond ring, and when she was gone that ring was missing—our porter went with her with the things—he had been in the shop the whole time she was there—no other person came in—I missed the diamond ring not two minutes after she was gone—it had been in the front row of the tray that I showed her—the porter returned in about twenty minutes—he made a statement to me, and, in consequence of what he said, I went, at five o'clock, to Milk-street—I could not find the prisoner, nor hear anything of her—I went again the next morning, and again in the afternoon, but they knew nothing about her—it was at a warehouse in Milk-street, a part of which is occupied by Mr. Clay—the price of the ring was 5l. 10s.—I have seen it since—this is it—it has our private mark on it.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Has Mr. Dodd any partner? A. No; I manage the business—there is an assistant and an apprentice—the apprentice remained in the shop—I saw that the prisoner and the porter went towards the Exchange—I kept my eyes pretty well open, and it was the duty of the apprentice to keep a sharp look-out—there is always some one looking—I will undertake to say that this ring was in the tray—I cannot say how many rings were in the tray; I should think there were three dozen—after showing the tray to the prisoner, I removed it from before her, to show her other things—I do not swear that my attention was drawn to this ring when I showed her the tray—I will swear it was in the tray—on the day previous I had arranged the things in the tray—in the first row I filled up all the spaces; in the second row, the alternate spaces; and in the third row also; and immediately I took the tray when she was gone, I missed a diamond ring from the front, because I knew I had placed four diamond rings there—I will swear that the tray was filled in the way which I have described when I showed it her—I did not miss the ring before she left the shop, because I was showing her other articles.

COURT. Q. Was the tray still within her reach? A. Yes, quite so—I found three diamond rings remaining.

JOHN SHAW . I am assistant to Mr. Dodd. I was in the shop with Mr. Leach about three o'clock that afternoon—I remember the prisoner coming in—I took notice of her—she asked Mr. Leach to show her a gentleman's ring which was in the window—he did so, and she did not like it, because it was too high—he placed the tray before her—she looked at one, and then he showed her some from the window—she took one which was less price—she then asked for bracelets, and then for a thimble—she requested to look at ear-rings—we said we had none—she then desired the bill and the things to be sent to Milk-street—I went there with her—she told me to wait outside a door—she went to a door, where the name of Clay and Kemp was up—she said, "Wait here a moment; I will see if ray uncle Clay is at home," or words to that effect—she came back in a moment or two, and said, "My uncle Clay is not

at home; he will be at home about 5 o'clock; if you will can then I will pay you the bill"—I left her—I took the articles back with me, and told Mr. Leach what had passed.

CHARLES KEEFE . I was an assistant to Mr. Young, a pawnbroker, in Leicester-square. On 9th July this ring was pawned by the prisoner; I cannot say at what time, but I should think, by the entry in the book, it was in the latter part of the day—I had not seen her before—I advanced 3l. 10s. on it—this is the duplicate I gave—it is in the name of Mrs. Hallum, 4, Well-street.

Cross-examined. Q. When was your attention called to this? A. By a constable calling about a fortnight afterwards; I saw the prisoner again at Guildhall—she was in the dock—I stated she was the woman.

SABAH DRAPER . I am the wife of Thomas Draper; I keep a ladies' wardrobe, in Queen-street, Brompton. I had known the prisoner for some time—she called on me in the evening of 13th July, produced two duplicates, and asked if I would purchase them—I declined to do so—I was engaged in the shop, and she left them on the mantel-piece—I gave them to the officer—this is one of them.

GUILTY . Aged 19.—(The prisoner was further charged with having been before convicted: to which she pleaded Guilty.)— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1606

1606. WILLIAM MAIDWELL , stealing 10 sovereigns, 11 half-sovereigns, 4 half-crowns, 49 shillings, and 15 sixpences; the moneys of Samuel Walker, his master.

MR. CAARTEEN conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES GRAPES . I was barman in the service of Mr. Walker, who keeps the Duke of Cambridge. I lived in one of his other houses at the west-end for fifteen months—I had been at the Duke of Cambridge about a month before the prisoner was apprehended—when I went there, the prisoner was barman—one afternoon, about a fortnight before he was apprehended, we were both in the bar, and happened to be talking about the house where I had lived before in Mr. Walker's service—the prisoner asked me if I thought my fellow-servant up there ever took anything from the till—I said I could not exactly answer the question, but I believed that the last servant who lived with me would not have been particular, if he had stopped there long—the prisoner said, "Why should we work and slave ourselves for nothing, and not be paid for it?"—he then said, "If we put our heads together, we might get a sum of money each for ourselves in a few months"—I objected to the proposal, and said it would be sure to be found oat—I ultimately agreed to the proposal—he said, "It will be sure not to be found out, for I will secrete it where no person will find it"—after long persuasion, I agreed to taking money from my master's till—there was nothing said about the share that I was to have of it—about a week after, I rather objected to its going on further—on the day after the first conversation, I saw him about ten o'clock in the morning take some money from the till—he then took the glass-cloth and the counter-cloth out to wring, and put the money in his pocket—he had the money under his hand—the glass-cloth was over his right hand, and the counter-cloth in his other hand—he had the glass-cloth in his hand at the time he took the money, and he covered it over his hand directly—he went out, and returned in about two minutes—he told me he had taken two shillings, and he said, "I have it here," pointing to his pocket—the same afternoon, I saw him take money in the same way from the till, and he put it in his pocket in the same way, by taking the cloths outside—he told me he put the money in his pocket—the next time was in the evening; he took money

in the same way—T could not see what he took—he told me he had taken money, and told me the sum, but I forget—between then and 24th July, I saw him at my master's till four or five times every day—he took money from the till in the way I have explained—I think four or five days after is commenced he told me—"I have the money all safe that I have taken; I have got it in the cellar"—about a, week after it commenced, I asked him if he could let me have a few shillings; I believe I said ten shillings; and he said, "Here is a pound for you"—he went into the cellar and fetched it, and gave it me—I was in the back-kitchen when I asked him, and from there I could see the entrance to the cellar; I saw him go, and he returned, and gave me 1l.'s-worth of silver, wrapped in brown paper—it was different kinds of silver; I believe there were two half-crowns amongst it—on the day previous to his apprehension I went out for a holiday, and on that day, about 9 o'clock in the morning, he gave me 2l. in silver, wrapped up in brown paper, the same as the other—I did not ask him for it, but he said he would go and fetch it—I was in the bar, and he went down and fetched it up—he said, "That is half the money I have taken," or, "that I have got"—I took the 2l., and went to my brother-in-law, who keeps the King's Head in Belvedere-road, Lambeth; his name is Hodson—I told him the circumstance, and he went to Mr. Walker's—I stopped in his house while be went.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. How long do you represent that you allowed the prisoner to take this money? A. About a fortnight before 24th July—I have never been charged with any robbery beside this—I will swear that—my father never charged me with robbery, and turned me out of soon—I objected to this, because I did not like the idea of anything of the kind—I allowed it to be done, because I was persuaded into it—I am between eighteen and nineteen years old—I knew it was wrong to steal from my master—I had never been persuaded into anything of the kind before—when this had gone on for a week, I rather objected to it—the prisoner said, "You have no reason to fear; I have got it all safe in the cellar"—I objected to it till I could see some of my friends—I got out to make a communication to them as soon as I possibly could—I spent that money—I bought two waistcoats with the first—I went to no fairs—I had a sovereign of my own—I had money of my own, and still consented to my master being robbed—on the morning I went to my brother-in-law, the prisoner gave me 2l.; I spent it—I did not give it up, because I wished to get rid of it—I spent the money before I told my brother—I told him about 4 o'clock in the afternoon—I had spent the money in the morning—I had no companion; I spent it all myself—I gave sixpence to one, and sixpence to another; I did not give it ill away in that manner; I spent money in treating people, and I paid for the hire of a horse and chaise in the morning—no one went with me—I did not treat everybody I met—I got rid of the rest in different ways—I cannot account for it—I borrowed the horse and chaise of Mr. Perry, in Hone-monger-lane—I went with it as far as Dorset-square, and returned to my brother's—I went to the Borough with it before I went to my brother's—I spent about five shillings of my own money—I am not a betting-man, or a racing-man; I never made a bet on a race in my life—I never play at cards, or gamble—I had been at another house of Mr. Walker's fifteen months.

MR. CAARTEEN. Q. Had you lived anywhere previous to entering Mr. Walker's service? A. Yes, I lived with Mr. Bryan, in the Borough, for seven months—I always had an honest, upright character before I came to this house of Mr. Walker's—Mr. Rryan keeps the George, in Kent-street—I had lived for six weeks in the Kent-road—that was my first place.

SAMUEL WALKER . I keep the Duke of Cambridge, in Whitecbapel-road. The prisoner was my barman—I think he came into my service on 29th May—I agreed with him, as I had with the barman previously—he was to have 2l. for the first month; if I did not like him, I was to give him a week's warning—I was to give him a week's wages in advance—he had his board and lodging—when the month was up, he asked me on what terms he was going on; I said, "You shall go on another month on the same terms"—he had received 3l. of me in the whole—when he came to me, he said he had lived with a person named Clark three months previously—he said his money was nearly exhausted, he could not live on air; and if I did not employ him, or he could not get another situation, he intended to bring an action against his former master for defamation—Grapes was in my service—the prisoner would have access to my till, as all my barmen have—there was money of all kinds in the till—the prisoner got up at half-past four o'clock in the morning—after he had been there some time, I got up early one morning, and saw him take the money out of the small till—he turned it out on a small recess, and examined the sixpences and shillings all minutely, to see if they were marked—he afterward replaced them in the till—he put them all in, as far as I know—I saw him do that on two mornings—on the evening of 23rd July a person named Hodson came to me—I found him at my house about ten—I had never seen him before—I knew Grapes was brother-in-law to a person of that name—Mr. Hodson made a communication to me, and on that I lighted a candle, and took Mr. Hodson and my son, and examined my cellar—I put my band between two joists on a large beam in the bar-cellar, and found a package of silver wrapped in brown paper—I opened it, and counted it—there was exactly 1l. in different coins—Mr. Hodson and I went to the station—I got the assistance of two officers—we examined the cellar—I showed them the place where I found the package, and I found another package, which I think I gave to them—I examined more minutely, and there was another package—two of them contained 1l.-worth of silver, and the other 14s.—I marked the contents of the packages, and delivered them to the policemen—they took down the marks, and wrapped the packages up again—they put the money back—the officers were placed in the cellar about four in the morning of 24th July, and they brought the prisoner to me between eight and nine—he was searched in my presence, and the officers took from his pocket a bag containing 15l. 10s. in gold—I saw the three packages of silver taken from him, and some loose silver besides—the packages were opened in my presence, but I did not examine them, because they had all marks outside the packages, and they were in the same manner wrapped up—I said to the prisoner, "You have been robbing me this long time, I have found you out at last"—he said, "I have been completely inveigled into it"—I said, "Who inveigled you?"—he said, "That makes no matter"—I had missed money previous to 24th July—I had found my takings were short; and when I and my mistress went out together, which is very seldom, there was invariably from 1l. to 30s. less than what we ought to have.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you mean you found less than you expected to be taken? A. Yes; we generally look at our takings two or three times a day—my house is not a sporting house—I was not aware that the prisoner was in the habit of betting—I have betted—I occasionally back a horse, and sometimes lay against one—when the prisoner came to me, he talked about bringing an action against Mr. Clark, his last master but one—his last master was Mr. Potts—I had not a character from Mr. Potts—I went to him, and he would not give him a character—he said I should go and see

Mr. Clark—I saw the prisoner again, and I told him; and be told such a plausible story, that I went to Mr. Clark, but he was tenacious about giving him a character—I had not a very good, nor a very bad character with him; not so bad as I have heard since—I got a character, such as it was, and that was my very reason for taking the prisoner by the month, to part with him at a week's notice—he had been with me some time when I saw him examining the money—I did not speak to him about it, I took no notice—I do not know of his having won some money at betting—if I had known him betting I would not have kept him.

WILLIAM SMITH (police-sergeant, K 28). On the night of 23rd July I went with another officer to Mr. Walker's cellar—I examined the cellar, and saw Mr. Walker find two packages—I saw him mark the money, and the packages were replaced—at four o'clock next morning I was with another officer in one of the cellars, not the one the money was in, bat we could see where the money was—the prisoner came into the cellar—he went and put his hand on one of the joists in the same cellar where the money was—he took a small black bag, similar to the bag I have here; he put it into his right-hand trowsers-pocket, and left the cellar—he soon after brought a lighted candle; he put it on the head of one of the butts, and he took the three packages of silver which I had seen Mr. Walker place there—he put them into his left-hand trowsers-pocket—we opened the door of the cellar where we were, and took him—we told him it was for stealing his master's money—we took him to the bar-parlour, and searched him—I found in his right-hand trowsers-pocket this bag, containing 15l. 10s. in gold, and 12s. 6d. in the same pocket—I took from his left-hand pocket these three packages, which had before been marked—two of them contain 1l., and the other 14s.—when Mr. Walker saw the money, he said, "You have been robbing me"—the prisoner said, "That money belongs to me; 5l. of it I had when I came here from my last place"—I was then undoing a package, and I showed him the marked money—he said, "Ah, I have been inveigled into this."

Prisoner's Defence. I had lived with Mr. Berry nearly three yean; I then went to Mr. Clark; and by his marking money, and placing it about, I would not remain in the house; I gave him warning that I would leave, and likewise my brother, and he would not give me a character; my former master, Mr. Berry, gave me a written character from the country, but my master would not take a written character; Mr. Potts gave me a good character, and he said if I had asked him to take me back he would; I was with Mr. Potts four months, but the situation did not suit me; I applied to Mr. Walker, and he said Mr. Potts had given me a good character, but Mr. Clark, of the Ivy-house had said something against roe; I went again to Mr. Walker, and he said he had been to Mr. Clark again, and he was satisfied.

GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1607

1607. JOHN CONDON and JOHN CARLISLE , stealing 1 half-crown, 10 shillings, and 1 sixpence; the moneys of John Cridland.

JOHN CRIDLAND . I keep the Noah's Ark, in Shoe-lane. The two prisoners were at my bar drinking, on 19th July, about half-past 7 o'clock in the morning—I caught Carlisle's hand in the till with money in it—he had five or six shillings in his other hand—he appeared to be quite sober—I held his hand fast, and told him he had been robbing me—he said he had not, and he threw the money that he had in his right-hand on the counter, and said, "If you think that money is yours, take it"—I told him that was not all, and he pointed to Condon, and told me that Condon had got it in his

left-hand jacket-pocket—that was the money that had been taken previous to this—I charged Condon with it, and he pulled seven or eight shillings out of his pocket, and said it was money he had had by him; but he had been there an hour or two previous, and stated he bad no money—he had been drinking out of a man's beer that was there, he could not pay for any—after I seized Carlisle's left-hand, he drew his band up to the counter, and there was about two shillings in it—that was put on the counter with the other—he said if I did not give him in charge he would give me the money back—Condon had come in about 3 in the morning, or a little after 3—Carlisle came in a quarter before 7—I had 41s. or 42s. in the till, and 29s. were left.

Carlisle. Q. Which hand had I over the bar? A. Your left—I seized your hand in the till, and you had one or two shillings in it—the till is not above eighteen inches under the counter.

WILLIAM MATES . I am a ham-salesman, and occasionally buy on commission. I live in Elliott-square, in the Old Bailey—I was at the Noah's Ark, about half-past 7 o'clock in the morning on 19th July—I saw the two prisoners in front of the bar—I was smoking my pipe, and Carlisle winked his eye at me—I took no notice, but presently I heard Mr. Cridland say, "You have robbed me"—I saw him try to seize Carlisle's band—his band was not in the till then; it was towards the top of the counter—he said, "You have robbed me," or, "The money came out of the till" or something to that effect—I saw Carlisle pass money to his right-hand, and pass it to Condon, and there was a sixpence dropped—the money was then put on the counter—I took the sixpence up, and marked it—I said, "It is a shame for a man to be robbed like that;" a short time before, Condon had asked me if I had any tobacco—I said I had not much, but I would give him the means of getting it, having seen him before—he said he had no money.

Carlisle. Q. Will you swear that you saw me give him some money out of my hand? A. Yes; out of your right-band—during the time you dropped the sixpence—I saw your hands go to each other—I got the sixpence from the counter, where you dropped it in passing the money to him—I was at the door when the policeman came—I did not hand him the sixpence; I took it to the station—you did not appear to me to be very drunk; you might have had a pint or two of beer.

Condon. Q. Where was I standing when Carlisle had his hand over the bar? A. By the side of me—my back was to the door, and you were on my side—I had not been drinking with you all night—I did not hear 6d.-worth of gin called for—I showed the sixpence to you both when I bad marked it—I did not bite it when the inspector asked me where it was.

ARCHIBALD FERGUSON (City-policeman, 327.) I was called to take the prisoners—the landlord charged them with robbing the till—I took them to the station, and searched them—I found on Carlisle two half-crowns, two shillings, two sixpences, and two pence; and on Condon, one half-crown, three shillings, two sixpences, and one penny in different pockets of his coat, the same coat he has on now—Carlisle had the money in his waistcoat-pocket,—I got this sixpence from Mayes—it is marked by a bite of the teeth, and it is bent—Condon appeared sober—Carlisle appeared to be drunk; but it is hard to tell, because parties very often sham drunkenness—he appeared to stagger a little; but when he got to the station, he could answer the questions put to him very well, like a lapwing.

Carlisle. I never had a waistcoat on; I only had this waistcoat that I have on, brought here last Thursday. Witness. I cannot swear it was that waistcoat.

Condon. I have no coat-pocket; I gave you the money from this jacket-pocket. Witness. It was in his jacket-pocket—I did not see Mayes mark the sixpence in the station.

Carlisle's Defence. The money found on me belonged to myself; I worked hard for it for a long time; it was my right-hand that was over the bar to get a light for my pipe; I had no money in my hand; all I had was in my right-hand, which I put on the counter; if this man marked the sixpence, why did he not hand it to the policeman when he came to the house? it is mere spite.

Condon's Defence. I went in the house that morning, and met the witness and another man; Carlisle was not there then; they asked me to drink, which I did; after their pint was out, I paid for another pint, and so it went on till half-past 6 or 7 o'clock; I went to sleep, and Carlisle took this money out of my pocket; I thought I had more than the 6s. 7d. which he had got; he said, "All right; we will have a drop of gin;" I said, "No, I have had enough to drink;" I was then talking with the witness about a row he had had in Stonecutter-street.

(Carlisle was further charged with having been before convicted: to which he pleaded GUILTY.)



Confined Twelve Months.

THIRD COURT.—Wednesday, August 20th, 1851.


Before Mr. Common Serjeant and the Seventh Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1608

1608. JAMES HORTH , embezzling 3s. 6d.; the moneys of Henry Lowman Taylor, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Four Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1609

1609. ANN CRAMMOND , stealing 3 sovereigns, and 11/4 yards of ribbon, value 3s.; the property of Maria Lewis, her mistress: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Ten Days.

Reference Number: t18510818-1610

1610. CARL MOLLIOO , stealing 9 pieces of foreign coin, called demiimperials, value 7l. 6s. 3d.; the moneys of Alexander Louchmanoff, his master; in the dwelling-house of Ursula Le Normand: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 21.—He received a good character— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1611

1611. THOMAS GARDENER , unlawfully having in his possession 70 counterfeit shillings.

MESSRS. BODKIN, CLERK, and POLAND conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES SMITH . I am a licensed victualler, in the Old Jewry. About 12 o'clock, on the night of 14th July, the prisoner came and had a glass of ale—he offered me a counterfeit shilling in payment—I bent it, gave it him back, and told him it was bad—he then paid me in copper.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Did he appear tipsy? A. He was under the effects of drink, but not in a stupified state.

JOHN REEVE (City-policeman, 479). On 15th July, about 2 o'clock in the morning, I was on duty in Charlotte-row, and saw the prisoner come down Bucklersbury with a bundle—he was tipsy, but could keep up conversation—he asked me if I could get him a lodging anywhere—I said there

were no lodgings to be had there, he must go to another quarter—he asked me to allow him to sit down for about five or ten minutes in the street—I told him I could not—he then threw the bundle down, kicked it five or six times, and told me I might do as I liked with it—he then went under a lamp, pulled out a purse of gold, and said he had plenty of money—when I saw he had money and was drunk, I was going to take him to the station to take care of him, and on going along Cloak-lane he ran away from me down College-hill about twenty yards and fell down, and some money flew out of his pocket—he got up and fell down again in the same street, about twenty yards further on, when some more money flew out of his pocket—I then caught hold of him—Williams came up, picked up the money, and gave it to me—as we were then going along, I saw the prisoner put his hand into bis right-hand trowsers pocket, and slip a bag down the inside of his trowsers; it fell to the ground—Shirley picked it up, took it to the station, and there gave it to me—this is it (produced)—there are seventy-one counterfeit shillings in it, and some crowns, and half-crowns wrapped up in paper—at the station I searched him, and found this bag (produced), containing 5l. 9s. 7d. in good silver money, and this other bag containing 8l. 10s. in gold, all good—5l. of that has been given to his wife, by order of the Magistrate—there was some counterfeit coin found loose in his pocket, and this watch—at the station, the prisoner said he knew nothing about the bad coin.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you go to his house? A. Yes; it is a lodging-house, No. 10, Hemlock-court, Temple-bar—he gave me the address himself, and I found his wife there—I searched, but found nothing.

THOMAS SHIRLEY (City-policeman, 844). On 15th July I was on duty on College-hill, and saw the prisoner with Reeve—I saw him fall twice, and a quantity of copper money fell from his pocket—I assisted in picking it up, and gate it to Reeve—I saw the prisoner put his hand into his right pocket, and drop a bag containing money down the inside of his trowsers—I took it to the station, where Reeve took possession of it—when it dropped half-a-crown fell from it, which I picked up, took to the lamp, and found it was counterfeit—I put it into the bag again.

ELIJAH WILLIAMS (City-policeman, 473). I saw the prisoner with Reeve—I saw him fall down, and then saw some copper money on the ground—I picked up some penny-pieces, and one sixpence, and the bent counterfeit shilling, before produced—as the prisoner was going to the station I saw him put his hand into his right-hand pocket, and drop a bag down the inside of his trowsers, and as the bag came to the ground half-a-crown fell from it, which I took to a lamp, and found to be counterfeit—it was put into the bag again—the bag was examined at the station, and sixty counterfeit shillings found in it done up in paper in twenties, also seven counterfeit half-crowns, each wrapped up in a separate paper, and two crowns in separate papers—they were all put back into the bag again—the prisoner then took out this other bag (produced), which contained 8l. 10s. in gold, and 5l. 9s. 7d. good silver, among which were eleven counterfeit shillings—I afterwards found this counterfeit half-crown where the money had fallen in the street.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . I am inspector of coin to the Royal Mint—this hent shilling is bad, and the half-crown found in the street also—there are also two half-crowns, dated 1844, both from the same mould as the one picked up, and two others, dated 1845, both from the same mould—here are seventeen counterfeit shillings from the same mould as the bent one, and twelve counterfeit shillings of Victoria, 1838, all from one mould; also eleven counterfeit shillings of Victoria, 1840, all from one mould, and thirty-one of Victoria, 1846,

all from one mould—the two crowns are counterfeit, and these other half.

crowns also, and all from the same mould—all the coin is electro-silver plated.

The prisoner's statement before the Magistrate was here read: "On the evening when I left home, I intended to go Guernsey, and when I got to Fresh Wharf, I found there was no vessel going from there, and I went to the shipping-office opposite to the Monument, and there used to he a vessel come in by the Tower, and I went to see if there was a vessel come in there or not, and just as I got nearly to the end of the street to get to the Tower I met two men who used to use my house occasionally, and they asked me whether I was not lost; I said to them, 'No, I do not know anything of you;' and presently they said, 'Don't you recollect us coming to your house?' I said, 'I think I do, I am going to see if a vessel is going to Guernsey,' and they asked me if I was coming back again, and I said, 'Yes, as soon as I have been down, if the vessel is going;' and I found there was no vessel going; they asked me if I would take anything to drink; I said, I did not mind at no vessel was going; they said they were going to Limehouse, and we went together to a public-house, just over Tower-hill, in a narrow street; one went away, and the other asked me if I would give him two sovereigns for some silver, which I did, and soon after that the other man came in again; we had three or four pints of half and half together, and they asked me to stop for them as they were going on towards Limehouse, which I did for some little time; I fell off to sleep, and when I awoke up I did not see them, and I was that stupified I did not know where I was, and I do not know anything about the money, or how it came into my possession; I never had a key turned on me in my life." MR. PAYNE called

JOHN FRIMLEY . I am a sugar-refiner, at 6, Wood-street, Westminster. I have known the prisoner between five and six years—I have known him in two licensed public-houses—he has borne the best of characters for honesty and integrity, and is very much respected—there were two other witnesses in attendance yesterday.

Cross-examined by MR. CLERK. Q. Was one of the public-houses the White Lion, in Lambeth? A. Yes; I never heard that he was turned out of there for harbouring bad characters—I understood he changed the house fairly, and went to another—I never heard that the landlord turned him out—he also kept the Sun and Punch-bowl, in Hemlock-court—I do not know that his license was taken away there for harbouring bad characters—he left there suddenly—it is five or six months ago—I have seen nothing of him for the last six months, except once when he called on me.

MR. PAYNE. Q. Did you ever hear of his being charged with anything? A. No; or of bad characters frequenting his house.

GUILTY . Aged 54.— Confined Eighteen Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1612

1612. JOSEPH MATTHEWS , stealing 1 jacket, and 1 handkerchief; value 5s.; the goods of George Balchin.

GEORGE BALCHIN . I am a carman. On 12th Aug., about ten minutes to 1 o'clock, I was in Newgate-street with my van—I was going to unload, and while taking down The tail of the van, I saw the prisoner going away from the head of the van with my jacket, which I had lying in front of the van, on his back—the policeman went and took him—this (produced) is the jacket, and this handkerchief was in the pocket.

FELIX CARTER (City-policeman, 272). I took the prisoner into custody with the jacket on.

GUILTY . Aged 39.

(The prisoner was further charged with having been before convicted: to which he pleaded Guilty.) Transported for Seven Years

Reference Number: t18510818-1613

1613. FREDERICK SUCH , JOHN WHEELER , JOHN PASFIELD , and HENRY SMITH , stealing 1 cape and 1 scarf, value 3l.; the goods of Maria Golding: and 1 table-cloth, 1 fish-slice, and other articles, value 18s.; the goods of Philip Henry Picot: to which SUCH pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 18.—He received a good character.— Confined Four Months.

GEORGE MOULD . I am waiter at Mr. Picot's, the Red Lion, Fleet-lane. On 3rd July, between 12 and 1 o'clock, the prisoners Such and Wheeler were in the parlour playing at bagatelle—I afterwards went to the skittle-ground, and saw Such come out—Pasfield and Smith came in between 1 and 2—in consequence of what Mrs. Golding afterwards said to me, I went in search of them, and found all the prisoners at the Noah's Ark, Shoe-lane, drinking together in front of the bar—I gave Such into custody; he handed me a pocket-book, and I gave it to the officer.

Pasfield. Q. What time did I come to the house? A. Between 1 and 2 o'clock—Such had then left.

Smith. Q. What time did I come? A. Between 1 and 2 o'clock; you inquired for Such—I said he was not there, but that Wheeler was in the parlour.

GEORGE BARTMAN . I am assistant to Mr. Tarrant, a pawnbroker. I produce a scarf and mantle, pledged on 3rd July for 15s., by Smith, in the name of John Wilkins (produced)—I gave him a duplicate.

RICHARD ORTON . I am assistant to Mr. Vickers, pawnbroker. I produce a fish-slice, which was pledged at my master's; but I cannot bay by whom (produced).

MARY GOLDING . I am a widow, and bar-woman at Mr. Picot's. On 3rd July, between 12 and 1 o'clock, Such and Wheeler passed the bar, and went into the parlour—in consequence of something that was told me, I went upstairs, and missed two brooches, a black mantle, a shawl, a fur victorine, and a parasol, from some drawers in my bed-room; and some linen, and a fish-slice, belonging to Mr. Picot, from some other drawers—I had seen them safe a week before—this (produced) is Mr. Picot's fish-slice, and this mantle and shawl are mine—I had seen Such, Wheeler, and Pasfield in the house that morning.

DANIEL COCKERELL (City-policeman, 314). On 3rd July, about 3 o'clock, I went to the Noah's Ark, and received from Mrs. Cridland, the landlady, this bundle (produced), which contains two sheets, a table-cloth, two aprons, three towels, and a pillow-case—Pasfield had called me in, and I found Wheeler there—Mrs. Cridland said that Such, who had been taken to the station, had left the bundle there, and asked her to take care of it—I took Wheeler into custody.

WILLIAM SMITH (City-policeman, 244). On 3rd July, I went to the Noah's Ark, and apprehended Such—he gave a pocket-book to Mould, who handed it to me—it contained duplicates relating to the things produced—I afterwards took Pasfield and Smith—Smith said, "I know what you want of. me; you have come after me for that robbery; 1 acknowledge I pledged the cape and shawl"—I had given him the usual caution.

SARAH CRIDLAND . I am the wife of John Cridland, who keeps the Noah's Ark. On 3rd July, Such and Wheeler came, and went into the parlour together—Such left a bundle at the bar, which I gave to the policeman.

Wheeler. Q. Was I in front of the bar when the parcel was left? A. I believe you were, but not when it was given to me.

PHILIP HENRY PICOT . I am landlord of the Red Lion, Fleet-lane. I was

not at home when this happened—I know the prisoners by sight, having seen them occasionally at my house, more particularly Such.

WILLIAM HANDFORD . I produce two waistcoats pledged at our home but I do not know who by—I gave the person a duplicate—I find the duplicate I gave for them here.



Reference Number: t18510818-1614

1614. ALFRED SMITH , stealing 80 books, 1 knife, and 1 box, value 4l. 2s.; the goods of William Wickham and another, his employers.

JOSEPH THOMPSON (police-sergeant, F 11). On 16th July, I accompanied Mr. Wickhara to the lodgings which the prisoner pointed out as his, and there found these sixty "King's College Magazines," and twenty other books (produced)—many of them are directed to different parties—I also found a paper-knife, a match-box, a quantity of paper, and a new coat; and on the prisoner I found a silver watch—the prisoner said he had taken some of the books home to read, and in reference to some others, he said he had purchased them of a gentleman in the shop; he mentioned the name, but I forget what it was—Mr. Wickham said, "I know him, he was formerly in my employ."

WILLIAM WICKHAM . I have one partner, we are news-agents and stationers, at 163, Strand, and are the publishers of this Magazine. The prisoner was our errand-boy, and occasionally served customers—it was his duty to carry out these books, and deliver them to the parties to whom they are directed.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Is this a Magazine you have started? Yes; it has been in existence ten or eleven months—it has not a very extensive circulation—we sent out a great many gratuitously, hoping to get customers—this paper-knife and box resemble what we have in our stock—I know very little of the business—I am away a great deal.


Reference Number: t18510818-1615

1615. ALFRED SMITH was again indicted for stealing 2 orders for payment of 5l. each, 1 order for payment of 1l. 12s. 1d., and 1 piece of paper, value 1d.; the moneys of William Wickham and another, his employers.

JOHN BAKER . I live at Exeter, and am a rail way porter there. This envelope (produced by Thompson) directed "Wickham and Co.," is in my writing; I wrote it on Monday, 14th July, and put into it two Post-office orders for 5l. each, and one for 1l. 12s. 1d.—I fastened it up, and put it into the post letter-box at the station—I also sent another letter by the same post to Wickham and Co., containing the bill that was sent to me—these Post-office orders (produced) are of the same amount, and I believe them to be the same I sent—both letters ought to have arrived in London on the Tuesday morning.

WILLIAM EDWARD RAVEN . I am a letter-carrier. Messrs. Wickham's shop is in my delivery—I delivered all the letters I had for them on 15th July—I cannot speak to any particular letter.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Do you ever deliver letters of an evening? A. No; I know Warren's, in the Strand, and know that letters have been left there intended for Wickham and Co.—Warren's is No. 30, and Wickham's, No. 163.

WILLIAM WICKHAM . I went with Thompson to the prisoner's room, and saw him find these two letters; one contains the three Post-office orders, and the other an order for goods—the prisoner occasionally received the letters at the door from the postman—he ought then to bring them to the counting-house.

Cross-examined. Q. Was it his duty to give them in at once? A. Yes immediately he received them—I have never known letter from Exeter to be delivered in the evening—I have received evening letters by the Northern mails—these letters had no seals, merely adhesive envelopes; they were broken open when found—I do not know of letters intended for Warren's being delivered to us, or of Post-office orders being sent to the office by us when intended for Warren's—these letters were found on the 16th, the day after they ought to have been delivered—my son manages the business; he is not here—Mr. Anstead, the cashier, is not here—I have been to town twice in the last month—I sometimes stop about a fortnight, and sometimes three weeks.

JOSEPH THOMPSON (police-sergeant, F 11). I went with Mr. Wickham and the prisoner to the prisoner's lodgings, and on the bed I found these two letters; one containing three Post-office orders, and the other an order for goods—they were both open—the prisoner said he had received them late the night before, and had put them into his pocket; but that he did not do it with a felonious intent—I said, "They have been opened"—he said the key in his pocket had broken them open.

MR. ROBINSON submitted that the Post-office orders were not orders for the payment of money, as they were not signed; and that the prosecutor's property in the paper, valued 1d., was not proved. The COMMON SERJEANT being of the same opinion, the prisoner was ACQUITTED .

Reference Number: t18510818-1616

1616. GEORGE GRAHAM and JOHN SULLIVAN , stealing 1 purse, value 1s.; 1 shilling, and 1 sixpence; the property of George Ballington, from the person of Harriet Ballington.

THOMAS SMITH (City policeman, 270). On 13th Aug., about 7 o'clock in the evening, I was in Skinner-street; and in consequence of what I heard, I took the two prisoners into custody, and told them they had picked a female's pocket in Farringdon-street—they both said, "I know nothing about it"—Graham dropped a shilling—I stopped to pick it up, and while doing so a purse dropped near Sullivan's feet—I cannot say who dropped it—at the station I found half-a-crown, a sixpence, and threepence, on Graham—the prosecutrix had not been within twenty yards of where I found the purse.

HENRY WEBB (City policeman). I received charge of the prisoners from Smith—on the way to the station, Sullivan put his hand into his pocket, and attempted to hand 4s. 6d. to a woman, which I prevented him doing—it was all small money—I found nothing on him.

HARRIET BALLINGTON . I am the wife of George Ballington. On the 13th I was in Farringdon-street—I had a purse, containing a shilling and a sixpence in my pocket—I did not know I had lest it till the officer brought it me—I had had it a moment before.



(Graham was further charged with having been before convicted.)

JOHN PORTER (policeman, G 101). I produce a certificate—(read—George Graham, convicted at Clerkenwell, Dec, 1850; confined six months)—I was present—Graham is the person.

GUILTY. Aged 15.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1617

1617. WILLIAM JONES , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 1s.; the goods of Arthur Theodore Wilson, from his person.

ARTHUR THEODORE WILSON . On 22nd July I was in a crowd on Tower-hill. I felt something at my pocket, turned, and saw the prisoner close behind me, putting sumething into his pocket—I laid hold of him, and took him to

a policeman—I said I had lost my handkerchief, and thought the prisoner had got it—he said he had not picked my pocket—this is the handkerchief (produced)—it was safe just before.

JOHN SUMMERFIELD (City policeman, 533). I saw Wilson holding the prisoner—he said he had lost his handkerchief, and the prisoner said he bad not got it—I unbuttoned his coat, and found this handkerchief up behind.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Four Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1618

1618. JOHN TRESSIZE , stealing 1 watch and chain, value 10l.; the goods of Moses Havens Sawyer, in a vessel in a port, &c.

JAMES SAYRE . I am a constable, in the service of the London Dock Company. The prisoner was given into my charge, and he told me he lived at 13, Warwick-court, Holborn—I went there, and in an open drawer in the attic I found sixty-two duplicates, one of which (produced) relates to a watch—I afterwards went to a vessel called the Republic, having had information that a robbery had taken place there—I went with the mate, Sawyer, to the pawnbroker's, and he identified the watch.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Have you the other duplicates? A. Here is a list of them (handing it in)—the prisoner appeared very destitute, from the clothes in his drawers.

JAMES LEVAIN . I am assistant to Miss Reeve, pawnbroker, of Red cross-street. I produce a watch, which I took in on 2nd Aug., in the name of Robert Ingiis, I believe from the prisoner, but I am not sure—this is the duplicate I gave.

MOSES HAVENS SAWYER . I am mate of the Republic, lying in the London Dock. I had a watch safe in my room in the cabin on 2nd Aug., at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and missed it at 4 in the afternoon—this is it.

JOHN COLLEY . I am a lodging-house keeper, at 13, Warwick-court. The prisoner occupied the right-hand top attic there.


THOMAS CHESTER . I am a solicitor, and have been acquainted with the prisoner's family for fourteen years—when his father died he was left friendless and destitute, and I took some notice of him—he had a nervous affliction, which rendered it impossible for him to follow his business, and I intended to apprentice him, but he took the measles, and then the St. Vitus's dance, and I sent him to sea—he returned, and the captain would not take him again, saying he was notable to take care of himself in danger—he was some months in my employment, and I always found him honest—I do not know what he has been doing lately.

(T. E. Briarly, Esq., barrister-at-law, also deposed to the prisoner's good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 20.—Recommended to mercyConfined Four Months . (There was another indictment against the prisoner.)

Reference Number: t18510818-1619

1619. JOHN HACKETT , stealing 1 can and 6 gallons of turpentine, value 25s.; the goods of William Watkins: and MARY ANN KING , harbouring and maintaining Hackett.—2nd COUNT, against Hackett, for receiving.

MR. COOPER conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE TEAKLE (police-sergeant, H 8). On 26th July, in consequence of information, I watched Hackett towards some stables in White-conduitfields—he had a great-coat on his arm—I afterwards, with two other constables, took him into custody, and took four keys from him—I asked him where his stable was—he said he had no stable; but in consequence of something said to me,

I went to a stable towards where he had gone—I found a horse there, and some tubs, and in one of the tubs, covered over with some bags, I found this can (produced), containing six or seven gallons of turpentine—I left inspector Bridges there, returned to the prisoner, whom I had left in custody, and said, "I have found a can of turpentine in your stable; how do you account for that?"—he said, "That is my own; I had it for my own use"—I asked where he had it from, and he gave me no answer.

Cross-examined by MR. METCALFE. Q. How long have you been in the police force? A. Twenty-one years.

WILLIAM THOMAS BRIDGES (inspector of the Thames police). I accompanied panied Teakle to the stable, and found the can of turps there, with three bags covered over it, and another wrapper over the top of the cask—I said to the prisoner, "There are about four gallons in the can"—he said, "No; between five and six."

Cross-examined. Q. Do you mean to say, when you went into the stable-door, you could not see the can? A. No; we could see the cask with a covering over it—the cask was nearly a foot higher than the top of the can.

WILLIAM WATKINS . I am an oil and colour-man, at 5, Cumberland-terrace, Camden Town. On 25th July, about 7 o'clock in the evening, I had a can of about 10 gallons of turpentine, worth 1l. 9s. 9d., standing on the area-railing under my shop window—I missed it when I went to shut up—on the evening of 26th, about 8, the female prisoner came, and said, "You bad a bit of a lark here last night, did not you?"—I said, "Yes, I think I did, somebody stole my turps from outside the door"—she said, "I have come to pay you for it; the fact of it is, it is very hard for tradespeople to lose their things; it was taken away last night in a drunken spree by four drunken men; in the spree they took it round the corner, and knocked it to pieces; they were two carpenters and two shoemakers; it contained something that smelt devilish strong; they were poor men with families"—she offered to pay me for it; I told her it would come to more than she expected, it would come to 1l. 9s. 9d.—she said they bad given her a sovereign, and I thought I had better take that—I told her if she would bring back the can I would give her 5s. for it—this is the can, I know it by the paint being off in front.

Cross-examined. Q. How do you know it? A. By the paint being off in front, and where I have shoved the tickler in, and it is very seldom we get such a new can as that—I have taken it in and out of the door a great many times.

GEORGE TEAKLE , re-examined. When Hackett was before the Magistrate I saw King there—in consequence of what Mr. Watkins told me, I called her on one side from Hackett's mother and wife, who were with her, and told her I wished to speak to her, but she was not obliged to answer me—I asked her if she had been to Camden Town; she said, "Yes"—I asked what for; she said, "To pay for the can"—she then said she would not answer any more questions.

Cross-examined. Q. Was there a charge against King for an illicit still? A. I believe there was the week before—I do not know that she was taken on that charge on 25th, or that the charge was heard on 26th—I think it was a week before.

MR. METCALF to INSPECTOR BRIDGES. Q. Was not King taken on 25th, for distilling? A. I cannot state from my own knowledge; a constable did tell me on 26th, that she had just gone away with Hackett's wife in a great hurry.

MAJOR, 36, Thames-police, examined by MR. METCALFE. I saw

King at the police-court on 26th—I do not know whether she was in charge or not—she spoke to Hackett's wife.

HACKETT— GUILTY on 2nd Count.


Hackett was further charged with having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. † Aged 31.— Transported for Seven Years.

OLD COURT.—Thursday, August 21st, 1851.


Before Mr. Common Serjeant and the Fourth Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1620

1620. MILES MOLTUS , breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Robert Attenborough, with intent to steal: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1621

1621. GEORGE FENWICK and JAMES KELLY , breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Robert Sexton Smith, and stealing therein, 6 spoons, and other articles, value 4l. 10s.; his property.

ROBERT SEXTON SMITH . I live at St. Peter's-terrace, in the parish of St. Mary, Islington, it is my dwelling-house. On 20th March I went to bed about 11 o'clock. I was the last person up—I cannot swear that the staircase window was shut, but I think it must have been—next morning I was called up about half-past six—any person could have lifted up the window from the outside, there was no fastening on it—persons could get on to an outhouse which is ten feet below the window—these articles (produced) are mine.

MARGARET HUGHES . I am Mr. Smith's servant. I came down-stain about half-past 6 o'clock this morning—I found the window on the landing open—it was shut at half-past ten the night before—I went into the back-parlour and found the window open; I had shut it the night before—I missed a table-cover, a pair of candlesticks, four tea-spoons, four table-spoons, and a pair of sugar-tongs—these are them.

JOSEPH COLLINS . On the morning of 21st March, about half-past 11 o'clock, I saw the prisoners together at the corner of St. Peter's-terrace—I had heard of the robbery at Mr. Smith's—I came up from the area, and saw Kelly in the road—there are some vaults for building there—I saw a bundle thrown to Kelly from a field over a fence into the road—I could not see who threw it, but Fenwick came over the fence into a field not a minute after, and they went away together—I got a constable and went after them—we got within fifteen yards of them—there was another one with them who was not taken—Fenwick had the bundle, he saw we were after him, and threw it down.

Fenwick. Q. Can you swear I am the man who threw the bundle over the palings. A. Yes; I had passed you twice before.

HENRY ROOTS (policeman, N 434). I was with Collins, and went after the prisoners—Fenwick was carrying a bundle, he threw it down when we got within fifteen yards of them—it contained this plate, produced—I had seen them together on the 20th with another person, in Mary-street, Islington, between a quarter and half a mile from the prosecutor's house—the staircase window is about fifteen feet from the ground.


KELLY— GUILTY . Aged 21.

They were both further charged with having been before convicted: to which they pleaded

GUILTY.— Transported for Seven Years each.

Before Mr. Justice Erle.

Reference Number: t18510818-1622

1622. CHARLES BEST and JOHN KELLY , robbery with violence, upon William Day, and stealing from his person, 1 watch, and 1 guard-chain, value 20l.; his property.

MR. PLATT conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM DAY . I am a trunk-maker, at 358, Strand. On Sunday, 27th July, I was on my way home on the right-hand side of White lion-street—I went up Mercer-street, which is in a line with White Lion-street, and continues to Long Acre—as I entered Mercer-street, I saw Best cross from the right side of Mercer-street to the left, upon that I crossed also—I followed; he was about fifteen or twenty yards in advance of me, he walked slowly, and I walked quickly, and came up with him—when I was about five yards from him I saw another man cross from the right-side to the left, towards where I was—when I came up to Best on the left-hand side, a pause took place for a second; he then let me pass about a foot, the other man was close to my back; we were in a manner all three together—when I got about a foot onwards, Best came and put one hand to the back of my neck, and the other in front; the other assisted him in strangling me, and I was made speechless directly—I cannot tell which gave me the most pressure—they kept me in that position for a second or two—Best leant over me, with his face within a foot of mine, and said "Press him tight," or, "Squeeze him tight"—I kept my hand on my watch, I was pressed tight, and became senseless—when I came to myself I was sitting on the pavement, and my watch and chain were gone—I called "Police!" but very faintly; a policeman came, and I went to the station—I was very ill, and kept my bed for five days—I was so hurt I could only be fed by a spoon, and with milk—I have not been able to attend to my business since—I have come from Rarasgate to attend this trial, and am going to return there—I did not notice Kelly's face—I cannot say whether be is the man that joined the other.

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTOK. Q. Does Mercer-street run into Long Acre? A. Yes; in a line with White Lion-street; it is in a straight line from Seven Dials—Mercer-street and Long Acre are separated by Castle-street—I crossed Castle-street—I suppose Mercer-street is 100 or 150 yards long from Long Acre; I saw there was No. 72 in the street—I followed the first man, I did not see the other then—the first man was fifteen or twenty yards in front of me; I walked up to him, and overtook him—it had turned half-past 11 o'clock—I had been from home about an hour and a half, and had been to see a friend—I had had a wine-glass of spirit and water, not more—that was a quarter of an hour before I got to White Lion-street—I had it with a friend at Mr. Byrne's public-house; it was then about half-past ten—I remained there it might be an hour—Mr. Byrne is a prize-fighter—I had not supped at home—I left home about half-past nine, and had had nothing to drink after my tea—it was a fine night, it did not rain—I stopped to see a quarrel and fight, between a man and his wife—I got a faint sight of Best's face before he said, "Squeeze him tight"—when I recovered I saw Appleton smoking a pipe—he crossed over from the public-house; he says he lifted me up, but I do not know—he said something to me—I think he accompanied me to the station; I know the policeman went—I was confined to my bed four or five days—I saw the prisoners about a week afterwards at Bow-street—the officer came to me every day to see how I was, and he told me the men were to appear at Bow-street, and I was to attend and give evidence against them—the gaoler brought them out of a back cell, and brought them in front, and I said that one was one of the men who attacked me, but I could not swear to

the other—I remarked Best's dress on the night of the robbery; he seemed from his gait to be about thirty years of age—he had not got the action of a young sprightly man—he had a dark dress—I noticed no handkerchief about his face.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. How many houses are there in Mercer-street? A. I think I saw No. 72 or 73—I should think it is 150 yards long—this happened from seventeen to twenty yards up the street, on the left-hand side from Castle-street—Appleton came to my house three or four days afterwards, or longer—he only came once—I have never been to his house—I do not know Long at all; he has never been to my house.

MR. PLATT. Q. You said you had a faint sight of Best's face; was that while you were being pressed? A. I never saw his face until I was between the two—I had not a full view till he stooped his head to speak—I had not lost my senses then at all—it struck me, that if I could only keep my watch, somebody might come up before I was finished—I have no doubt Best is one of the men—I shall never forget him; I had a full view of his face, and saw his back before.

GEORGE APPLETON . I am a labourer, of No. 11, Great St. Andrew-street. On 27th July, I was in Long Acre about half-past 11, or 25 minutes to 12 o'clock, standing at the corner of Mercer-street—the prisoners came up from St. Martin's-lane, and turned down Mercer-street—when they got to the bottom of Mercer-street they stopped and looked round—I then saw Mr. Day twelve or thirteen yards from me, coming towards me and them into Mercer-street—he passed them, and then they turned round and looked at him; they followed him, and he looked round—one went up on his right side, and the other behind him—I saw them put their hands up, and take hold of him by the neck—they both had hats on—they were about 100 yards from me up the street—they were some distance from the public-house at the corner—as they put their hands on him, they all three went down together—the prisoners got up; they walked some distance, and then ran away down Castle-street towards St. Martin's-lane—I went and found Mr. Day lying on his back with his legs cocked up—his face looked quite black, and tears were running down his cheeks; he could not speak for about a minute—I helped him up, and called for a policeman—two constables and a sergeant came, and he complained of having been robbed of a watch and chain, and described two men dressed in black—I knew the prisoners before they were put in gaol—I have known them thirteen or fourteen months—I used to see them every night at the Dials, when I was in the police—I saw no other man in the street on this night—a man named Wallis was before the Magistrate, and was discharged.

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTON. Q. How long had you been standing at the corner of Mercer-street? A. Not above three minutes; it is more than 100 yards from one end of Mercer-street to the other; I cannot say whether it is 200—at 12 o'clock at night you can stand in Long Acre, and see from the corner of Mercer-street through Castle-street, and can see the police on the Dials—I did not speak to the men as they passed me—I had spoken to them before, but I said nothing to them that night, nor they to me—I stood looking at them, it might be six or seven minutes—I was at the Long Acre corner of Mercer-street when I saw the gentleman coming into Mercer-street the prisoners were standing together in the middle of the street, when he passed them, as close as they are now, or closer—Mr. Day passed them about fifteen paces from them—he walked along the middle of the street up towards them, and passed them—I should think he had got sixteen or twenty yards from them when the attack was made on him—he was on the pavement

then, not in the middle of the street—he went on to the pavement when he had passed them about ten yards—when I first saw Mr. Day, he was coming from Seven Dials into Mercer-street—he was crossing the square—I was about twenty yards from the prisoners when they were standing in the middle of the street—I was still standing at the corner of the street when they went up to Mr. Day—they were then the whole distance of Mercer-street from me—they did not remain long on the ground when they fell—I did not begin to move till they got up and walked away; then I hastened down, and took Mr. Day by the arm—there is a public-house near where he was, about twenty yards round the corner—I had not been inside it—I was smoking my pipe—I did not go to the station till next day—the sergeant and two constables went after the prisoners in the direction I told them—I am a labourer—I was in the police about four months; I left a month ago, last Wednesday—before that, I lived with a lady as gardener at Bishopstoke—I was there three weeks, just doing, the garden up; I was an in-door servant—before that, I was at work on the railway; not as a navvy, but keeping the roads in repair—I was there about two months, I think, but I do not know—I can give you my character—before I was on the railway, I lived at home with my friends, and worked for Mr. Atkins, a gentleman at Bishopstoke—I was dismissed from the police for drinking with a person; that was the only reason I was dismissed—I should have gone home, if this case had not kept me here—I have not tried to get back into the police—I do not expect to get back into the police if the prisoners are convicted; I cannot swear I shall not go back—they have made me no offer—I did not mention the names of the two men I had seen, because I had forgotten them; but I described the men to sergeant Ashman.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. What were you doing? A. I was going home; I had been to the police-station to see a man who was a mate of mine when I was in the police, as I was going off home on Sunday—I went to him to advance me some money which he did, as I could only have got it on the Wednesday, which is our pay-day.

MR. PLAIT. Q. When you saw them take hold of Mr. Day, and saw them all three fall together, you were a considerable distance off? A. Yes, above 100 yards; and they appeared to be about ten yards in advance of him; but I swear they were all three together when they went down—that was immediately after I saw them join each other.

RICHARD LONG . I am a gold-lace manufacturer, of 18, Mercer-street. On 27th July, a little before 12 o'clock, I was in my bedroom, which is on the second-floor, and looks into Mercer-street—I saw Mr. Day coming down White Lion-street into Mercer-street—he passed my house on the same side of the way—he had crossed from White Lion-street; I saw that—in about two minutes I saw the prisoners following him—they all three appeared close together—I saw Mr. Day fall, and the two men leaned over him; they then got up and went away—there were two other men waiting for them on the opposite side who went away first, and then the other two crossed the road and joined them, and they all four ran away together—on seeing that, I went out to Mr. Day—he seemed in a great state of agitation; tears were running down his eyes—I said, "Have you lost anything?"—he said, "Yes, I have lost my watch"—it was with great exertion that he was able to speak—I could see plainly; there was a gaslight on each side of the street, and a public-house with two burners in the bar-window, and one in the tap-room—there was a lamp opposite the gateway where it took place—my bedroom window does not exceed twenty yards from the scene; I have measured it—

I can positively swear to Kelly, but Best I only know by his external appear, ance—I saw him distinctly.

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTON. Q. You were examined at the police-court? A. Yes; I did not hear Appleton examined—I was outside; being a witness, I was excluded—Appleton has made no statement to me—he told me at the station what he had seen.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. Which side of Mercer-street is your house, going towards Long Acre? A. On the left; it is the first door in the street coming from Seven Dials—this occurred eighteen or twenty yards higher up, nearer Long Acre—my house is two stories high—I looked down on the scene—the next time I saw the men was at the station next evening—I think it was on the Monday evening, or, rather, between 1 and 2 o'clock in the morning, for I was called out of bed by the policeman—he said there was a man there; would I come down and see him, and I went to the station and recognised him.

JAMES LEWIS ASHMAN (police-sergeant, F 1). I was on duty in Seven Dials on Sunday night, 27th July, a little before 12 o'clock—I heard a very faint cry of "Police!" which appeared to come from the end of Mercer-street—I ran to the spot with another constable, and saw Mr. Day reeling about in the middle of the street, crying, "Police!" in a very faint way—he appeared very much excited, and tears were running from his eyes—his face was rather discoloured—he seemed very much distressed, and said he had been robbed and strangled—I was obliged to hold him up, or he would have fallen—I took him to the station—I received information from Appleton that two men had gone round the corner dressed in dark clothes—I afterwards took Kelly.

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTON. Q. Did Appleton tell you the names of the men? A. No; he did not say he knew them.

MR. PLATT. Q. Did he at any time mention the names to you? A. No; I did not see him afterwards till I had got the parties into custody—he mentioned their names before the Magistrate when he gave evidence.

GEORGE DUNHAM (policeman, F 57). From information I received, I took Best in Great St. Andrew's-street, Seven Dials—he had a black silk handkerchief round his head—he did not look as he does now—I told him I wanted him for robbing a man in Mercer-street on Sunday night—it was some little time before he answered me—he then said, "I have not been out of prison half a minute, and have not had time to breathe."

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTON. Q. What time was it you apprehended him? A. A quarter past 1 on Tuesday morning—I had seen him before that day, but did not know he was wanted.

Witnesses for the Defence.

FREDERICK MITCHELL . I am a general-dealer, and live 10, Charles-street, Drury-lane. I know Best—I do not know much of him—he did live at 11, Charles-street, next-door to me—I heard of this robbery on the Tuesday after the Sunday on which it occurred—I believe it was the 27th I saw Best on that Sunday, at 1 o'clock in the day, up in my place—he came up for his key, to go to his own room—he said the doctor was coming to lance his face, and he must go and get some hot water—my wife had looked after his wife while he was in prison, as she was ill, and she died on the Wednesday before, as he came out on the Saturday—when he got his key, he went to his own room—I went with him—he lit his fire, and made some water hot, and the doctor came, and lanced his face, and ordered him to put a linseed-meal poultice to it—he began to bathe his face—I remained with

him till he tied his face up—he said he had to go out to dinner—I believe be did go—I saw him again at three—he came up for his key, to go to his room again, to put a fresh poultice to his face, and be laid down till six in the evening—I then went up to his room, and called him to come and have some tea at my place, as we thought he must be rather lonesome—he came, and had some tea, and remained till a quarter before 11—he and I then went out together—we went to Mr. Nolan's, in Little St. Andrew-street—Best said there was to be a meeting there; but when we got there, there was no such thing, and we returned home again—he came home with me—he said he did not like to be out in the night-air with his face, for fear of catching cold—he came into my house, and remained there till half-past 12 (we got break about five minutes past 11); he then went to bed, and I took the caudle, and left him—I am quite sure this was on the Sunday as I heard of the robbery on the Tuesday.

Cross-examined by MR. FLATT. Q. You say you are a general dealer? A. Yes; I deal in potatoes and fruit, in the streets, on a barrow; a costermonger—I am not living in Charles-street now; I now live in Short's-gardens, Drury-lane—I owed 6s. rent when I left Charles-street—Best was a stranger to me till he came out of prison on the Saturday—I did not see him till the Sunday—I had not known him before he went in prison—I was told he bad been in prison—I remember the day this occurred—it was Sunday three weeks—I kept it in my mind ever since—I was told to keep it in my mind by a gentleman outside—I do not know his name—it was a policeman—I asked him just now what day of the month last Sunday three weeks was—I had forgotten it—I knew it was Sunday three weeks, but I did not know the day of the month—Best had a very large abscess on his cheek, near the whisker—it was very bad indeed—I saw the doctor lance it—I do not know the doctor's name—he was not a very tall man, or very short—I know it was half-past twelve that he went to bed—I have not got a clock, but I went and asked the time—there is a clock in the room underneath mine, Mr. Smith's, the landlord's—I did not look at the clock myself—Mr. Brown, the deputy-landlord, told me it was half-past 12—I have never been in any trouble—I was never before a Magistrate, except to be apprenticed to a chimneysweeper—I was never in gaol, except to sweep the chimneys—my wife and a young woman who had attended on Best's wife were in the room with us—there was no other man there—I do not know the prisoner Kelly at all—I went to Bow-street at the last hearing, but was not called in, and said nothing at all about this.

MR. RIBTON. Q. When did you hear of Best being taken? A. On the Tuesday—I am sure it was the Sunday before that, that I am speaking of—I went to the police-court, to tell what I knew of it, but was not called—I do not know whether the prisoner had an attorney there—the handkerchief Best bad round his face was black, with white stripes.

COURT. Q. What was the meeting you went out to go to? A. I cannot say—Best asked if I would go, and I said yes—we did not go in—we met two young men who had been there, and they said there was to be no meeting—we went up Charles-street, across Drury-lane, and through Short's-gardens, and across the Seven Dials—we came back the same way—we left the two young men outside Nolan's house—it was a quarter to 11 o'clock that we set out, and 5 minutes after 11 when we got back—I only know the time by guess—we went straight there and back; we did not stop anywhere, and it would not take us above five minutes to walk from our place—I was not at home on the Saturday until night—Best did not come

home to his house on the Saturday night—I never saw him before the Sunday at 1—I did not know where he was going when he asked me to go at 11—he did not say what meeting it was to be—he said, "You may as well come for half-an-hour"—I went, and when we got there there was to be no raffle at all—it was to be a meeting or a raffle, I cannot say which.

GEORGE LOCKYER . I am a warder in the House of Correction, Coldbath fields. I know Best—he was in that prison—he was let out on 26th July last—while he was in prison he had something the matter with his face, for which he was under treatment.

Cross-examined. Q. What was the state of his face when he came out? A. He had a small adhesive plaster on his face where it had been bad—it was very nearly healed up when he went out—it was not plumped up—I saw him the morning he was discharged—it could not have been very large then, for there was a very small plaster on it, I should say not the size of half-a-crown—I should say it did not then require poulticing; it had been poulticed some time previous—I should say it did not require lancing—it was almost healed—it had no other treatment but plaster applied to it for some period previous to his discharge—he did not wear a handkerchief then—he wore a bandage in the early part of June, when it was very bad—he had left it off when he went out, and had nothing on but a very small plaister—it was all but well, I should say, from his appearance.

MR. RIBTON. Q. How long before he left the prison bad he a poultice to it? A. During the early part of June he had a poultice and bandage, but that was discontinued.

COURT. Q. What o'clock was he let out on 26th June? A. About half-past nine in the morning.

FREDERICK WALDHAM . I am assistant to the surgeon of Newgate. Since Best has been in Newgate he has been treated for an abscess on the cheek—he was treated for it the day after he came in—it was nearly well when be came in—I poulticed it—I could not tell whether it had been lanced—I believe it had, a few days before—it discharged when I put the poultice on—it was repeated over and over again—he was committed on 5th Aug.

WILLIAM WAITE . I am a journeyman butcher, and live at 62, Broad-street, Bloomsbury; I work for Mr. Tilby, of 14, Newgate-street. I know Kelly—I heard on Tuesday, 29th July, of his being taken into custody on this charge—on the Sunday before that Tuesday he was at my place—from half-past 1 o'clock in the day till half-past 1 in the morning he never left my company—he dined with me at about 20 minutes to 2, at my house—we remained at home till 5 in the afternoon, and then went to a friend's house, named Fitzgerald, at Smart's-buildings, Holborn, where there was a christening—Mrs. Fitzgerald was there, and Mrs. Old ham, her mother—I remained there with Kelly till about 11 o'clock—we then went out together to see some friends part of the way home—there was me, Mrs. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Oldham, her husband, Kelly, and two friends—we went as far as the Seven-dials—we went and had a glass of something to drink together—we then parted with the two persons we went with, and returned to Mrs. Fitzgerald's house, and remained there till about half past one—Kelly was in my company all the time—I left him there—I heard on the Tuesday of his being taken.

Cross-examined. Q. What sort of people live in Smart's-buildings? A. They are mostly labouring people; I am the landlord of the house where the christening took place—I have never been in trouble; I was in trouble, but was not convicted—I was sent to this Court upon the paltry charge of taking 21bs. of beef, which my master allowed me to do, and I was honourably

acquitted—I was never in any other trouble—I am married, and have one child alive, and two buried—a cab man and his wife live overhead at my house—I do not know where Kelly lives—my wife has washed for him about twelve months; that was the cause of his being at my place—I do not know anything of Best—he was never at my place—I did not go before the Magistrate—I was brought here by the solicitor—he called on me—I had not said a word about this before that—I remember the time, on account of the baby being three weeks old, and it is three weeks since the christening—I should think it was about 10 minutes past 11 when we were at the Seven-dials—we were not near Mercer-street—it was not far off—I am not aware that any complaints have been made of my house, or of the characters assembling there—I must have heard it if any had been made.

SARAH OLDHAM . I live at 5, Ferdinand-street, Camden-town; I am married. I have a daughter named Caroline Fitzgerald, living in Smart's-buildings, Holborn—I was there last Sunday three weeks, when she had a child christened—I dined there—I saw Kelly there at 5 o'clock that afternoon—he came with Waite—they remained there till about half-past 11—we then went out with a few friends, my husband, my daughter, and Kelly—I cannot exactly say where we went to, as I am quite a strauger about there—we went into a public-house, and had something to drink—we left our friends, and Kelly returned back with me, my husband, and daughter, and had supper—I left Waite and Kelly there at half-past one, and came home—he was in my sight from five o'clock till half-past one.

Cross-examined. Q. What makes you remember the time? A. I asked the time as I was going out, of a neighbour in the street; I did not look at any clock—I do not know whether we went near Long-acre or Mercer-street; I do not know the names of the streets—we came through an archway; they said it was Seven-dials—we had something to drink with our friends, and then returned to supper—I was before the Magistrate, but was not called, and said nothing about this—I was called on about it the day before yesterday—my daughter asked me if I knew anything about it, and the solicitor spoke tome yesterday—I told him the truth about it—my daughter is Fitzgerald's wife—he is a tailor—they occupy a room.

COURT. Q. Did you know Kelly before? A. No; I do not go to my daughter's perhaps once in six months, and I should not have been there then if she had not sent for me—I knew Waite before by sight; no further—I was never in his company before—my daughter went out with the baby with her friends—I do not know who the friends were—there were two men and two women—I do not know their names; they were entire strangers to me; I made no inquiry about them—we had a little porter for refreshment—I was called on by the attorney's clerk yesterday—he asked me the truth about it, and I told him—I had never seen Kelly before that Sunday—it was the christening of my daughter's first child.

CAROLINE FITZGERALD . I am the daughter of Mrs. Oldham, and live in Smart's-buildings. My baby was christened on 27th of last month; that was last Sunday three weeks—my mother dined with me about 5 o'clock in the evening—the prisoner Kelly and Waite came in—they staid there till about half-past 1—I had several friends there—I went to see a young man and woman part of the way home, and Kelly, Waite, my father, and mother, also went, and we had something to drink—we then came back—Waite and Kelly same with us—Kelly never left my company till half-past 1—I heard of his being taken on the Tuesday following.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you look at any clock to ascertain the time?

A. No; I heard the Church clock, which is nearly facing us, strike I—was came back straight down Queen-street—the public-house we went to is in the Seven-dials—we did not come to Long-acre, or Mercer-street—we went straight up Short's-gardens—I do not know how far Short's-gardens is from Long-acre; I dare say it is a quarter of a mile—I went to the police-office when the prisoners were examined—I did not go inside—I went to speak for him, but I was not called—I did not speak to any one about it, but my mother—I am not married to Fitzgerald; I live with him—several people live in the house—I do not know their names—there is a young man and woman living downstairs, and Mrs. Bennett and her daughter live in the parlour, and a young man and woman up-stairs—I did not see Best that night; I never saw him till now—I have known Kelly three or four years; he worked at clog-making when I knew him first—I do not know what he has been doing since—he has visited at my place—Waite does not visit at our house.

COURT. Q. What is Fitzgerald? A. He is a tailor by trade—the friends I went to see home were a young man and a young woman—I do not know their names—I only knew them by seeing them—I met them the night before with a young woman I knew, and I invited them to my place; I do not know where they lived—we left them at the Seven-dials—it was only one man and woman, not two—we had something to drink there—there is a public-house near us.

JURY. Q. In what way has Kelly got his living for the last three or four years? A. I cannot tell—I have heard him complain of being out of work—he has not appeared in want—I know his father and mother—they live in London—he has lived with them when he has been out of employment—I believe his father works at the Foundling—I have not seen either of the persons since, whom I accompanied home; I believe they are in the habit of travelling about the country—I have known them for two or three months, but was not in the habit of speaking to them—I had only seen them once or twice as I stood at my door.

BEST— GUILTY . Aged 32.

KELLY— GUILTY . Aged 20.

Kelly was further charged with having been before convicted: to which he pleaded guilty. It was stated that both the prisoners had been repeatedly is custody, and that they had assaulted, and robbed another gentleman in a similar way, on the same night they robbed the prosecutor.

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Reference Number: t18510818-1623

1623. JOHN BELLAMY , feloniously administering to Louisa Meredith a large quantity of laudanum, with intent to enable him to steal a box, and divers goods; her property. Other COUNTS, varying the manner of stating the charge.

MR. BRIARLY conducted the Prosecution.

LOUISA MEREDITH . I was a servant at Mr. Gadsby's, Punch's tavern, in Fleet-street. I quitted the service on 26th July—my master said I should take my luggage when he paid me—I went outside the door, towards the corner of Farringdon-street, and saw a little deformed man, outside the door—it was the prisoner—I asked him if he could recommend me to a respectable lodging—he told me he could take me to one—I told him to go and call a cab; he did so—I went into the house and got my wages, and my box—my wages were 26s., and I had a few halfpence in my pocket—my master's porter carried my box to the corner of Farringdon-street—the prisoner helped the cab man put it on the cab—I told the caiman to draw up to the first public-house, and I would give him a drop of ale—he did so, and I told the prisoner to call for some ale—he said, "I have no money"—I said, "I don't

wish you to pay for anything;" and I gave him half-a-crown to pay for the cab and the ale—he called for a glass of rum for me, and I took it and drank it—the cab man and the prisoner drank the ale—I had nothing but one glass of rum—after drinking that, and walking to the cab, I remember no more—I felt very queer when I went into the cab—next morning, when I came to myself, I found myself in the hands of two policemen, at the station—I saw my box again on the Monday or Tuesday at the station; it was quite right, unlocked as I had left it, and the clothes were all right—the box and clothes were worth about 5l.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How long had you lived at Mr. Gadsby's? A. About two months—I have not lived very long in the public line, about a year and a half—I have been for the last year a plain cook, and I took this situation as scullery-maid, that I might not be out of a situation, thinking I should have a kitchen-maid's place—I had not been to the Spotted Dog, in the Strand, that afternoon—I do not know it—I was not there with a cabman named Kennerly, having something to drink—I was at my master's from 2 o'clock to 4 that afternoon—I was not at the Spotted Dog that afternoon, or at all—I was not asleep there, nor was I woke up—I am quite sure of it—I had never seen the prisoner before—I meant to have asked the caiman to recommend me a lodging, but I thought the prisoner looked a hard-working man, and a likely person to tell me, as I was a servant myself, and could not afford to pay much for a lodging; and I told him I wanted a respectable lodging, as my box was not locked—it was not because the prisoner had given me something to drink, at the Spotted Dog, in the afternoon, that I asked him to find me a lodging—I do not remember anything after I got into the cab till next morning—I have drank a glass of rum before the last thing at night, but I never found myself anything the worse for it; and as to good ale, I have it every day of my life—I do not have rum, except at night, when I have got a cold; I am not fond of a glass of rum—I have had a very bad cold ever since they threw the cold water over me, to wake me—I had nothing the matter with my throat before—before I lived at Mr. Gadsby's, I lived at St. John's Wood tavern; I was there a fortnight; they wanted an experienced cook, and I was not good enough—before that, I was at Mrs. Dale's, of Princes-terrace, five weeks—those are the only places I have lived at in London—I was in Brighton before that—I am a perfect stranger in London—I had drank nothing that day but my beer, as usual; we generally have half-a-pint at 11, and half-a-pint at half-past 1—I had had nothing else—I am a stranger in London—I have no friends nearer than South Wales—I am a Welsh girl—I did not say anything about going to the play when I got my wages: I did not intend to go; I intended to get tome things, and go to Brighton on the Sunday.

MR. BRIARLY. Q. You have drunk a glass of rum before? A. Yes; it never made me insensible before—I lost 23s. on this occasion—I had a few halfpence, then 3s. in silver, and a sovereign in my hand; I did not put it in my pocket.

THOMAS JUDD . I was driving a cab for my master on 26th July. I was in Bridge-street, at the corner of Farringdon-street—the prisoner came and called me, and I took him and the prosecutrix, and put her box on the roof—she told me to be careful of it, because it was not locked—the prisoner assisted me to put it up—I was told to pull up at the first public-house in Fleet-street, which was the Boar's Head—I stopped there, and they both got out, and went in—what they had to drink I cannot say—I had a glass of ale, and another five or six minutes afterwards—they stopped there about twenty minutes, and then came back—the prosecutrix was then rather the

worse for what she had had; I was surprised to see such a sudden change in her in so short a time; she seemed in a sort of stupid state—after they came in the cab again, they told me to drive them to Rolls'-court, which is close to St. Clement's Church, in the Strand—I drove to No. 4, Boswell-court, I think it is called—I helped the prisoner off with the box into the house—he said it was his lodging; and he said to the landlord, "Me and my wife sleep here to-night"—the prosecutrix was still getting worse, but she got out and went to the door—the landlord said, "You cannot sleep here, because you are a single man"—I helped the prisoner in with the box, and then I went and put on the rank close to the Church—they went to a public-house close by—I was afterwards called there—the prisoner was inside the public-house, and the prosecutrix was lying out on the pavement, with her hair all about her face, and her shoes off, apparently dead—the prisoner said, "I want you to drive me over Waterloo-bridge," and he would show me where to pull up—I took them up, and went over the bridge—I pulled up at one house, and they would not take them in; they saw what a state the woman was in—I was told to go to another house, and they refused them there, and also at a third house, at Broad wall—when I opened the cab-door there, her head was out, and her hair all about her face—the policeman Rowe came up, and assisted her out—the prisoner paid me 1s. fare, and I came away—the prosecutrix was put in a barrow, and taken to the station—on Monday night, 28th, I went with the policeman to No. 4, Bos well-court, where I had taken the prisoner, and found the box there—I then went with the policeman to find the prisoner; we found him at the White Hart.

Cross-examined. Q. When you found the woman lying on the pavement, were there any persons about? A. There were I should say twenty or thirty—I had never seen either of the parties before—the prisoner recognwed me again when I went up a second time; he shook hands with me and said, "Why, you set me down a few minutes ago"—as soon as the prisoner saw the policeman, he stepped it—he did not say a word—I was only driving the cab that evening, because my master was ill.

JOHN HUSBAND ROWE (policeman, L 67). On Saturday night, 26th July, I was in Broad wall, and saw the prisoner pulling the prosecutrix out of the cab by the shoulders—I took the number of the cab—he left her in the street—I asked if he knew the woman—he said it was his wife—I said, "Don't ill-treat her; I had better take care of her; you are not married" (I have known him two or three years)—he said, "Yes, I am"—I said, "Why don't you take her to your lodgings"—he said, "I am in private lodgings; I cannot"—I looked round for him, and he was gone—I put the prosecutrix into a costermonger's barrow, and took her to the station, and charged her with being drunk and incapable—she was quite speechless and insensible—I felt in her pocket, and found this bottle (produced), containing a small portion of laudanum, as a doctor stated whom I fetched; it was damp then, but has dried since—the prosecutrix did not come to, till about 4 o'clock on the Sunday morning—the doctor used the stomach-pump, and she was washed, and they kept walking her up and down, to keep her from going to sleep.

Cross-examined. Q. You took the prisoner I believe at the White Hart, in the Strand? A. Yes; I told him I wanted him for stealing a box, which I had found at his lodgings—he said, "Very well, I will go with you;" he was committed for stealing the box and clothes.

LOUISA MEREDITH re-examined. I had no laudanum about me when I left Mr. Gadsby's—I had nothing in my pocket but a few bits of paper—the bottle must have got into my pocket after I lost my senses.

Edward Lambert, farrier, of 20, Wellington-street, Blackfriars-road, deposed to the prisoner's good character.

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Transported for Seven Years.

NEW COURT.—Thursday, August 21st, 1851.


Before Mr. Recorder, and the Sixth Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1624

1624. JOHN TWOHEY , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 3s.; the goods of Robert Tuck: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . *† Aged 18.— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1625

1625. THOMAS ROBBINS , stealing 2 blankets, and other goods, value 12s.; of John Wrathall: also, obtaining 1l. 17s. 9d.; the moneys of George Bailey, by false pretences; having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1626

1626. JOHN DYKE , stealing 1 watch and guard-chain, value 20l.; the goods of Thomas Clayton Lewin, in his dwelling-house: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Four Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1627

1627. JOHN GOULD , stealing 1 fork, and 3 spoons, value 1l.; the goods of Charles Willis; having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . * Aged 21.— Transported for Ten Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1628

1628. JEREMIAH CONDON , stealing 6 brushes, value 12s.; the goods of James Bennett; having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1629

1629. ELIZABETH POWNALL , stealing 1 coat, value 3s.; the goods of Charles Gray, and 4 yards of carpet, 3s.; the goods of Thomas Goodchild; having been twice before convicted: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 51.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1630

1630. JAMES JONES , embezzling 21l.; the moneys of Constantine Jose Marquis, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 37.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.Confined Twelve Months .

Reference Number: t18510818-1631

1631. THISTLE FORRESTER WALKER , feloniously cutting and wounding James Abraham, with intant to do him grievous bodily harm.

MESSRS. BODKIN and CLERK conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES ABRAHAM (policeman, S 296). I was on duty on 2nd July, in St. Pancras-road, at a place called Cook's-row—I had heard complaints made about persons obstructing the footpath there, and had received directions from my superiors about keeping it clear—about 7 o'clock that evening, I saw the prisoner and another sitting on the footpath there—I said to the prisoner, "Get up Tush, and go away"—that was the nickname I knew him by—the other person got up, and went away—the prisoner said, "I shall not get up for you, you black b—r"—I had told him several times before to get up—I had told him so that afternoon—I told him he must get up, and he said, "I shan't get up for twelve such b—rs as you"—he then got up, and put himself in a lighting attitude—a traveller who was in Mr. Blunt's, a grocer's shop, came out, and said to him, "What are you doing? the policeman is only doing

his duty"—the prisoner then desisted from striking me, and I walked across the road—he walked after me, but he got before me, and said, "You b—r, what would you say now, if I were to sit down here"—I said if he did I should take him up—I said, "It is no use your being obstinate, Tush "—he went to the garden-gate of a public-house, the Brewers' Arms, went in the gate, and said, "What would you do?"—I said, "I tell you I should lock you up if you sit down in the footpath"—he said, "You black b—r, I will pay you"—he immediately seized this pot, and came to the gate, holding it downwards—he then took hold of the handle—I walked away, and he came and struck me on the brim of my hat, and said, "You b—r, I will beat your brains out"—my hat fell off—the brim was cut through, and the pot came on my shoulder—he then seized me by the blade-bone of my shoulder, and beat roe with the pot over the head—he struck me four times on the bare bead after my hat was off—the first blow was on the left side—he dragged me towards the door, repeatedly saying, "You b—r, I will beat your brains out"—the third blow was on my forehead—the blood rushed out—my face was covered with blood—I did not feel that blow so much as I did the fourth—I had got away from him in the house, towards the bar, and he struck me on the back of the head, and I became senseless, and fell against the bar—I heard the landlord say, before he struck the fourth blow, "For God's sake! Tush, what are you about?"—two days before this I had had no dispute with the prisoner at all, but he called me all the b—y b—n he could think of—he said, "You b—r; I will do for you for that job you did on Saturday night"—I was under the surgeon's hands for some time.

Cross-examined by MR. COOPER. Q. You are quite well now, I hope? A. I am better, but not quite well—the prisoner was sitting quite in the footpath, which is not above three or four feet wide—there are only such as the prisoner and his companions about there; if any respectable people go they have to go into the road—I was in the middle of the road—all I said to the prisoner was, "Get up Tush, and go away"—I said nothing else to him—I then crossed the road—he came after me, but he got on the footpath before me—he abused me, and I said, "The whole of it is, if you do sit down there I shall lock you up"—there was no angry expression—I had my staff, but I did not take it out, because he took me by the right arm, I had not power to get it—I saw the pot in his hand, but I did not think at first that he would strike me with it—I was going away, and he came and struck me before I was aware—I have tried to get the traveller here, I have been twice to Mr. Blunt's about him.

COURT. Q. What was the job on Saturday that he alluded to? A. I had apprehended him, and two others for stealing five silver watches, and one gold one, at a fire, but the prosecutor could not identify him.

ELLEN DILLON . I am a widow, and live in Agar-town. I was passing the Brewers' Arms on that evening, I saw the prisoner and the policeman near the gate of the inclosure—there are several tables there—the prisoner went in, and said to him, "Do you call yourself a man? if you do I don't; I call you a black b—r"—he took a pint pot, and turned it up, came out and struck the policeman three or four times on the head with it—I did not see his hat fall, but I saw it off, and I saw the blood flow from his head—the prisoner dragged him into the house, but I did not move from where I was—I kept hallooing out for assistance.

Cross-examined. Q. Were there many persons there? A. Afterwards; not at first—the policeman only said, "If you come out I will show you"—that was when the prisoner said, "What will you do?"—I cannot tell whether

it was this pot produced or no—it was a pewter pot—I never saw the prisoner till that day.

MARY LUTTERIDGE . I am the wife of William Lutteridge; I live in St. Pancras. On the evening of 2nd July, I was crossing the road opposite the Brewers' Arms—the prisoner was sitting down—he got up off the pavement, and crossed the road after the policeman—when they got towards the Brewers' Arms, the prisoner made use of foul expressions—he went into the gate, took a pint pot off the table, and turned it upside down—he held it a few minutes, and said to the policeman, "You black b—r, I will knock your brains out, and then you shan't lock me up," and in a minute he came out, and struck the policeman a blow on the side of his head—his hat fell, and in the act of picking the hat up, as he rose again, he gave him another tremendous blow on the head—I saw four blows struck on the policeman's bead, and the fourth blow struck him on the back-part of the head—I lent him my pocket-handkerchief to tie round his head—I went for a policeman.

Cross-examined. Q. You saw the prisoner sitting on the footpath? A. Yes; I have seen persons sit there before—I do not know whether he had ken drinking.

THOMAS STRODD . I keep the Brewers' Arms. On this evening the policeman and the prisoner came tumbling into my house—I believe the prisoner had hold of the policeman, who was bleeding from the head—he appeared to have been very severely hurt by blows from the fist or the pot—this pot was in the prisoner's hand—he was collared by a friend of mine, and I took the pot from him—I left my friend remonstrating with the prisoner, and I took the policeman to the door—some respectable men took him to the station to get assistance.

COURT. Q. Was the pot in the state it is now, bent together, when you saw it? A. Yes.

BENJAMIN SHERMAN . I live in Canterbury-place. On 30th June, I saw the prisoner and the policeman in Aldman-street—the policeman went over the way to knock at a door, and the prisoner saw him and abused him, and called him a b—y two-foot rule, and a b—y villain—he said he would do for him the first opportunity that he got a chance.

Cross-examined. Q. I suppose you have had such expressions spoken to you, and taken no notice? A. Very likely I may; I have heard that policemen carry a staff about two feet long.

GEORGE BIRMINGHAM . I am a surgeon, and live in Kentish-town. I was sent for on the evening of 2nd July—I found the policeman in a state of stupefaction, and considerable pain—I examined his head, and found over the left temple a very severe wound inflicted by some blunt instrument—it was about an inch and a half long, and of a curved shape, answering exactly to the shape of the pot—the bone was quite exposed to a considerable extent—on the opposite side of the head was another wound, but the skin was not broken—he complained of the back of the head, but I saw no wound—he complained of giddiness; and there were slight symptoms of concussion of the brain—he was under my care a month.

COURT. Q. Did you see any bruise at the back of his head? A. No, and there was no bump; I saw him too soon for that—there might have been, two or three days afterwards—a person might receive considerable blows there without its being seen.

MR. BODKIN. Q. How long was he under your care? A. A month, at first; he then came again, and was under my care a few days—I was obliged to apply leeches to the place at the back of the head.

Prisoner's Defence. I was the worse for liquor at the time; I was sitting there, and the policeman came and kicked me off the kerb; he said he would put me in Newgate, where he wanted me; I ran into the tea-gardens, and he said, "Come out, I have got a piece of wood in my pocket will settle you;" I came oat, and he made a grasp at my throat.

JAMES ABRAHAM re-examined. I did not kick him off the foot-path—I did not say I had a piece of wood would do for him—I did not seize him by the throat.

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Two Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1632

1632. HENRY NOBLE and RICHARD BEASLEY , stealing 39 bottles and 1 basket, value 5s.; the goods of John Harrison Foster and another, the masters of Noble.

MESSRS. BODKIN and CLERK conducted the Prosecution.

RICHARD BARBER (policeman, F 283.) In July, I received directions from Messrs. Fosters to watch their carmen. Their stores are in Castle-street East, Oxford-street, and their horses stand at Mr. Woolley's stables in the next street—on 12th July, I saw Noble, who is one of their carmen, come out of Mr. Woolley's stable in Titchfield-street, driving a cart of Messrs Fosters', which had their name on it, both in the front and at the side—he drove to Beasley's shop in Well-street—it is a milk-shop and old bottle-warehouse—I followed—he got out of the cart, took out a large hamper containing twenty-seven bottles, and put it down on Beasley's premises—his premises are entered by a private gateway, and the shop is a small projection some little way down the gateway—Beasley was at the time looking through the little window of the milk-shop—he could from that position very easily see the cart in the street, and see Noble put down the hamper in the archway; after Noble had pot down the large hamper, he went back to the cart, took a small basket out, and put it down by the side of the other—I saw Beasley at the time the small basket was put down—he was looking through the milk-shop window—Noble looked at Beasley, and Beasley nodded to him just as he was going away—Noble then was getting on the cart, when I stopped him—I said, "Where did you get those bottles from?" pointing to those under the archway—he made no answer, but looked amazed—I said, "I must take you into custody on a charge of stealing these from your master"—he said, "Don't do that; it is the first time I ever did such a thing in my life"—from the position in which the cart stood with reference to the archway, Beasley could see the name of Foster on the cart—it was exactly opposite the window; I should think six or seven yards from it—I took possession of the hampers—one contained twenty-seven bottles, and the other twelve—I took Noble to Mr. Foster's—I returned to Beasley in twenty or twenty-five minutes—I found him at home—Mr. Foster, who was with me, asked him if he had been in the habit of buying bottles of his man, and if he had bought any that morning—he said he believed Noble had left some there, but he was not in the way—I do not think Noble's name had then been mentioned—Mr. Foster asked if he had bought any of his other carmen—he said he did not know them—I asked if he had any of Mr. Foster's baskets on the premises—he said, "You are welcome to look."

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What is the name of the street in which this gateway is? A. Well-street; the premises are rather large—the house is on the left-hand in going down—I believe there is a door on the opposite side leading to another house; I cannot say whose it is—there is an iron gate to the gateway—I did not go over Beasley's house at all—I believe the parlour fronts the street—the window at which I saw Beasley is about three-parts of the way down the gateway—it juts out about half-way across

the gateway—it is level with the ground—the cart was exactly opposite the gateway—I was on the opposite side of the street—I saw round the tail of the cart—I was in such a position that I could see behind the cart and up the gateway—I was nearer to the cart's tail than to the horse's head—I cannot say that I was exactly opposite the gateway; I could see down the gateway, and to the window—I might see from rather an angle—the horse's head was towards Oxford-street—the gateway is on the left-hand side going to Oxford-street—the horse's head was away from the window—I was on the pavement on the other side—I cannot say what is the width of the street—it is a narrow street—it leads out of Oxford-street—the window was partly open—it slides back—I should conclude Beasley was standing close up to—the window—I had known him before.

COURT. Q. The cart was opposite the archway? A. Yes; on the same side as the entrance, and close to it—the archway is as broad as the horse and cart are long—the horse's head was rather over the further side of the arch, I should think to the extent of two or three feet—I stood on the opposite side, nearer to the tail of the cart.

Noble. The gateway was perfectly clear; the cart was not within ten yards of Mr. Beasley's premises; I was getting off the cart with the small hamper when he took me; I had not put it down. Witness. He had put it down by the side of the other before I spoke to him—I took possession of the bottles under the archway, before Beasley had touched them.

JOHN HARRISON FOSTER . I am in partnership with my brother, as bottled ale and porter-merchants; our counting-house is in Brook-street. Noble has been our carman rather more than six months—we have two other carmen—they drive separate carts, which have the name of our firm on them in letters about the length of my finger—they are hot exactly similar—it was Noble's duty, when he took out articles to customers, to bring back empty bottles—when in consequence of business the carmen did not return till after business hours, I told them to take the baskets and bottles round to Mr. Woolley's stables, and we would unload them in the morning—that has been the habit for some time, whenever they came in late—that happened to be the case on the night of 11th July—when Noble came back, I desired him to take the cart and baskets to the stable, as it was too late to unload them after taking the account of what he had brought, from his own lips—next morning I was at the cellars at 8 o'clock, my usual time, and Noble was brought in custody about half-past eight by the policeman, who had been employed by our firm to watch our carmen—we had before that missed bottles; in taking oar stock we found great deficiency—the officer said, in Noble's presence, that these two baskets were what he had delivered at Beasley's—I said to Noble, "Henry, whatever is this?" he said, "O, it is a mistake, Sir"—"A mistake," I said—he said, "It is the first time, Sir, I ever did such a thing; I must go down on my knees to you, and beg of you for the sake of my wife and family to look over it"—I said, "This is a dreadful thing, Henry"—he said, "I must go down on my knees to you," he kept repeating that over and over again—he said, "I hope you will not lock me up, I never did such a thing before"—I said, "Why, you did it yesterday"—he said, "Me, Sir, Lord bless you, it is quite a mistake"—I said, "You don't know that the police have been watching you for some time, and saw you do it?"—he said, "I assure you, Sir, it is the first time I ever did such a thing in my life"—I counted the bottles in the cart, there were twenty-five dozen, and one, not including the thirty-nine which had been taken to Beasley's—Noble had represented to me the night before, that his cart contained twenty-six dozens—

I have the entry here in his own hand-writing to three different customers—here is eight dozen, twelve dozen, and six dozen—after this I went with the officer to Beasley's—I have known him for some time—he carries on the business of a bottle-merchant, and has a shop where he sells milk—I had been to his premises before—there is a room some distance up the gateway which projects across the gateway—the room has three windows—Beasley was it home when we went—I believe he came up from the lower-part of the yard towards the archway—we met him—I think the officer spoke first, he called out loudly, "Mr. Beasley," and he appeared—I said to him, "Have you bought any bottles of our carman this morning"—he said, "I don't know but I believe he has left some, for I was not in the way at the time"—I said "How came you to buy bottles of a man that was our carman?"—" O," be said, "I used to deal with him when he was in business on his own account"—I said, "But you knew he was our carman"—he said, "Only lately"—I think I asked him how many times he had bought bottles of him—(I believe I first mentioned the name of Noble to him—I am certain I mentioned the name)—he said two or three times—I asked if he had bought bottles of any of the other carmen, and he said, "No, I don't know them"—when I asked Beasley whether Noble had left any bottles that morning, he said he was not in the way—the officer said to him, "Why I saw you, and you nodded to him"—Beasley said, "Saw me! why I have not been out of doors this morning"—the officer said, "I suppose you don't call this out of doors"—(we were then through the archway, just in the open air)—he said, "I tell you I have not been out of doors this morning; I have only just comedown-stairs; I have been ill nearly all night"—it was then about nine o'clock—I saw him shortly afterwards at the station—he was sent for, and the inspector said, "You are charged with receiving these bottles, knowing them to be stolen"—he said, "I know nothing about their being stolen"—I do not remember that he said anything more—I afterwards searched the stable, in company with the officer; in one of the stalls we found a sort of well with an iron grating over it, and in that we discovered seventeen bottles in some straw—I examined the bottles which had been left in the archway at Beasley's, and two of them had my name on them.

Cross-examined. Q. It is not uncommon for bottles with your, labels to find their way to other houses? A. Not at all—Beasley has said throughout that he had been ill that morning, which kept him from coming down so soon as usual—he told the Magistrate he had taken castor-oil—the officer said to him, "We shall expect you to attend at Marlborough-street, at ten o'clock"—he said, "I will, if I can"—I did not give him into custody; the acting-inspector did—the officer took him on his own responsibility, by the direction of his superiors.

Noble. These two dozen of empty bottles are not Mr. Foster's; one dozen of them belong to his own man, who is now in his employ, of the name of Christopher. Witness. I believe most positively that they are my bottles—two of them have my label on them—there was one occasion when there was something very suspicious in the book, where you received a quantity and only put down a certain number—you have been entrusted with money which has been found correct.

RICHARD BARBER re-examined. The day before the 12th of July I saw Noble go to Beasley's shop, about 8 o'clock in the morning—he drove his master's cart there—he took a hamper-full of bottles out of the cart, which he took inside the gateway of Beasley's premises, close to the milk-shop—Beasley was standing in the gateway, and some conversation appeared

pass between them, for not more than half a minute—Noble then got on his cart and drove away.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know a person named Holmes, in Beasley's employ? A. Not by name—I knew Beasley before, and it was with him this conversation passed.

MR. BODKIN. Q. How long bad you been watching the carmen near Beasley's premises? A. My direction in the first place was to watch the carmen, and see what was doing—on 5th July I had seen another carman of Mr. Foster's, of the name of Brunston, go to Beasley's, with bottles, about 8 o'clock in the morning—he left a basket containing bottles, which was carried down the gateway of Beasley's premises—I was not near enough to see where it was put—Brunston deposited it down and came out again, and drove away—that was the first time I had seen any of Mr. Foster's people take any thing there—Brunston had Mr. Foster's cart, with his name on it—on the 10th I saw another carman of Mr. Foster's, of the name of Alderson, about 8 in the morning, leave a basket of bottles at Beasley's—I saw them taken down the gateway—I did not see where they were put.

MR. BALLANTINE to MR. FOSTER. Q. Is Brunston still in your employ? A. He is not; Alderson is—we are bottled ale and porter-merchants—we wash up the old bottles returned from customers, and if short buy new ones—we occasionally buy old ones—we buy bottles with labels on them—we bay of professed dealers in bottles—we always know the persons of whom we buy them—Beasley is a professed dealer in bottles.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Have you ever bought bottles of the servants of persons? A. No; we discharged one servant and have kept the other—we thought he knew a great deal about the matter, and would give us information—he has been with us thirteen years.

COURT. Q. How do you pay carmen? A. By weekly wages—I never heard of any persons in our trade allowing perquisites of old bottles.

(The prisoners received good characters).


Reference Number: t18510818-1633

1633. CHARLES BASTIE , stealing 6 printed books, and other articles, value 1l. 19s. 10d.; the goods of Thomas Booker, his master.

FRANCIS HODSON . I am warehouseman to Mr. Thomas Booker, of Rupert-street, Leicester-square—the prisoner was employed in his printing-office for five days as a machine-boy, to attend the printers—he came in the morning to work, and went away in the evening—we leave work at 7 o'clock—on Friday evening, 11th July, I and my master left the premises about 8—I did not see the prisoner—we were the last persons on the premises—no one slept there—we locked the doors—there is an office, a warehouse, a composing-room, a press-room, and a machine-room—the upper part of the dwelling is a warehouse—the office is on the second-floor—I went the next morning at a quarter-past 7 o'clock; I was the first person there—I unlocked the door of the house, and when I got up to the office I found it in the greatest possible confusion, almost every thing was turned over—I know the door of the office had been locked the night before—there was a key in the door in the morning—the door was shut, but unlocked—the key of the door was on the premises, but it was not that key that was in the lock—the proper key was still there—there was a drawer broken belonging to a desk in the office, from which I missed several articles, which were found on the prisoner—this case of mathematical instruments, and two French books, which I had seen on a shelf the day before.

HYACINTH CLAKXE (policeman, H 149). On 12th July the prisoner was

given into my custody by the superintendent of St. Katherine's Docks—I searched him, and found on him these six books—this case of mathematical instruments was in his pockets—he had four of these books in his pocket, and two in his hand—I found on him these ten postage stamps, and this silver cross, and this eye-glass—I asked him where he got them; he said from his master's warehouse, in Rupert-street, that morning.

GUILTY . * Aged 18.— Transported for Seven Years.

THIRD COURT.—Thursday, August 21st, 1851.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Eighth Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1634

1634. JOHN BURKE and ANDREW BURKE , unlawfully assaulting John Parker, a police-officer, in the execution of his duty: to which

JOHN BURKE pleaded GUILTY . †* Aged 27.— Confined Three Month.

(MESSRS. RYLAND and LOCKE offered no evidence against Andrew Burke.)


Reference Number: t18510818-1635

1635. MARIAN JOHNSON , unlawfully casting and throwing herself into the Thames, with intent to kill and murder herself: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 31.— Confined Six Months.

(MR. RYLAND stated that this was the fourth time the prisoner had attempted to destroy herself.)

Reference Number: t18510818-1636

1636. JOHN MORRIS , stealing 1 cask and 44lbs. weight of butter, value 30s. 4d.; the goods of Lodewyk Hawkes and another: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined One Month, and Whipped.

Reference Number: t18510818-1637

1637. MARGARET COLLINS , stealing 5 umbrellas and 5 cases, 1 shawl, and 1 bonnet, value 25s. 6d.; the goods of Isaac Smith; having been before convicted: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . †** Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1638

1638. MARY ANN BIRMINGHAM , stealing 1 sovereign; the moneys of Mary Ann Clarke, her mistress: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . * Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1639

1639. WILLIAM DANDY , stealing 1 watch, hook, chain, and other articles, value 5l. 10s.; the goods of Frederick Dufau, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 23.—Recommended to mercy.Confined Six Months .

Reference Number: t18510818-1640

1640. EDWIN WOOD , unlawfully obtaining a book, containing 100 blank checks from John Masterman and others: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 34.—He received a good character.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1641

1641. DORCAS GILLMAN , stealing 1 gown, value 5s.; the goods of Mary Ann King; and 1 scarf, 1 coat, and 1 pair of shoes, value 34s. the goods of William Wilding, her master: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 61.— Confined Two Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1642

1642. JOHN TANKINS, WILLIAM TANKINS , SAMUEL MORRIS. ALFRED LAWRENCE , WILLIAM CARROLL , and JAMES PEARCE . stealing 120 yards of cotton print, value 3l.; the goods of Michael Smith.—2nd COUNT, receiving the same.

JOHN TANKINS pleaded GUILTY** to 2nd Count. Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years. WILLIAM TANKINS pleaded GUILTY* to 2nd Count. Aged 16.— Confined Six Months. SAMUEL MORRIS pleaded GUILTY* to 1st Count. Aged 17.— Confined Six Months. WILLIAM CARROLL pleaded GUILTY to 2nd Count Aged 16.— Confined One Month, and Whipped. JAMES PEARCE pleaded GUILTY to 1st Count. Aged 16.— Confined One Month, and Whipped.

No evidence was offered against LAWRENCE.


Reference Number: t18510818-1643

1643. MICHAEL CONNOR , stealing 8lbs. weight of brass moulding, value 50s.; the goods of our Lady the Queen, fixed to a building.—2nd COUNT, not stating it to be fixed.

MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM MILLERMAN (policeman, B 95). On the evening of 15th July I met the prisoner in St. Ann's-street, Westminster, coming in a direction from the Parliament Houses—I observed something bulky about him, searched him, and between his waistcoat and shirt found these three pieces of metal (produced)—I asked where he got it from; he said be found it at the New Houses, where he was at work—I took him to the station, went to the Houses, and brought away from there this other metal (produced)—the metal I found on the prisoner fitted and corresponded with that in the building—it is part of an arrangement for patent blinds—I counted forty-one windows from which they had been removed.

RICHARD LAMPNELL . I am clerk of the works at the New Palace at Westminster. The prisoner has been employed there as a bricklayer's labourer constantly for seven years—he had access to that part of the building where these metal things were fixed—when pulled down, they are only worth the price of the metal—fifty windows have been destroyed in this way, and the damage is full 50l.

ROBERT STAINER . I am store-keeper it the New Houses. In consequence of information, I saw the prisoner leave the premises, followed him, and gave him into custody—I saw these things taken from him—I had seen them safe a short time before.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Was it before dinner you saw them safe? A. Yes, about twelve o'clock—it was half-past five when he was taken—there were a number of workmen about, but not in that part.

GUILTY on 2nd Count. Aged 45.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1644

1644. JOHN CRANSTON , stealing 1 jacket, value 12s.; the goods of William Hughes.

WILLIAM HUGHES . I am a lighterman, at 52, Earthfield-street, Lime-house. On 20th July, about three o'clock in the afternoon, I left my jacket in the cabin of my barge, which was opposite Brunswick-pier—I went to the cabin of another barge close by; and when I returned, to put on my jacket to go home, it was gone—the barges were aground—I had seen the prisoner on the shore while I was in the other barge—I went after him when I missed the jacket, and asked if he had been to the barge; he denied it, but afterwards said he had been to look at the sand—we asked him for the jacket, and he said we had come to bounce him—this is my jacket.

CHARLES ABBOTT (policeman, K 118). I was called on board a barge, and found the prisoner there—I asked the captain to allow me to look over the barge—I found this jacket (produced) in the cabin—I asked him how he came to do it—he said he was very sorry he did it.

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Two Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1645

1645. JOHN PIERCE , stealing 2 pairs of shoes, 1 pair of pincers, and other articles, value 18s.; the goods of David Brandon, his master.

DAVID BRANDON . I am a shoemaker, at 22, Luke-street, Shoreditch. The prisoner has worked for me, on and off, three years—on Friday, 18th July, he was at work for me, and as soon as he was gone I missed a knife, two pairs of shoes, an iron, two pairs of leathers, one pair of pincers, and four pairs of lasts, which I had seen safe five minutes before he left—I did not see him again till he was brought to me on 4th Aug.—he ought to have returned to his work on the following Monday—I am a Jew.

Prisoner. Q. Did I not come back on the Friday night for some stiffening stuff? A. Yes, you had not gone twenty paces away when you returned—it was when you had left the second time I missed the articles—I do not believe my wife gave you the stiffening stuff—I told you to take it—it was for work you had to do at home on the Saturday—I do not know that you laid your handkerchief down, and tied the stuff up in it.

JOHN GREEN . I have been a fellow-workman with the prisoner. On the evening of 23rd July I met him in Whitechapel-road, and asked him how be and Mr. Brandon were—he told me he had let him in for it—I asked him what for—he said for some tools, and two pairs of shoes—I said he ought to be ashamed of himself, after being taken in from the street, as he was—he did not say what he had done with them—I afterwards met one of Mr. Brandon's neighbours, and gave him information.

Prisoner. Q. Did I not say he lent me the tools? A. No.

WILLIAM DODD (policeman, H 57). The prisoner was given into my custody on 4th Aug., by Green—I took him to Mr. Brandon, who said he had robbed him, and gave him in charge.

Prisoner's Defence. I never saw the shoes, and the pincers and irons were Jent me by Mr. Brandon.

DAVID BRANDON re-examined. I had not lent him any of the things—it is very unusual for masters to lend tools—I gave him work to take home on the Friday; which made a bundle, and these things being put into it would not much increase the size—I had never supplied him with tools—one man cannot work with another's tools—the tools he took were such as he would require for the work—I never give out lasts unless I have security for them—he told me his landlord was a shoemaker, and he could work with his tools—these particular lasts were required for the work I gave him to do on the Saturday—the work has not been returned to me—the shoes have not been found.


Reference Number: t18510818-1646

1646. MARY WRIGHT , stealing 1 watch, value 2l.; the goods of Auguste Daviand, from his person.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

AUGUSTS DAVIAND (through an interpreter). I am a cook. On 15th July, about 11 or half-past 11 o'clock at night, I was in Cranbourne-street, and had a watch in my right-hand waistcoat-pocket, with a short chain to it—I saw the prisoner there—she begun to dance round me—she at first appeared to be drunk, but I afterwards saw it was sham—she spoke to me, but I did

not understand her—she then got hold of my arm, and began to toy with me—she then drew my watch so strongly from my pocket, that the ring broke, and 6he ran away—I ran after her, but two men who were on my left came, and took me by the collar, and prevented me from following her—I afterwards followed, overtook her, and handed her to a constable—I saw my watch found near the spot where I stopped her—this is it (produced).

Cross-examined by MR. HUDDLESTON. Q. How long have you been in England? A. Four months—I do not know where I had dined that day—I was not at all intoxicated—I had not been to any public-house—I had had a glass of beer at dinner—I do not recollect what time I dined—I felt the prisoner's hands at my watch, and felt a tug—I did not see her hands—there were not many people about—I was waiting for a male friend—I did not see the two men till after my watch was gone—they came up at the corner of Newport-street.

MR. RYLAND. Q. When you felt the pull, was there any one near you but the prisoner? A. Only the two men who stopped me—they were not within reach of me.

JOHN JONES . I am eleven years old. On this Tuesday night I was with my brother at the corner of St. Martin's-lane—I found this watch, and gave it to my brother—some man came up, and said, "What is that?—my brother said, "A penny"—the man said it was a story—my brother gave it to the policeman Hendy—it was a good way from Cranbourne-street where I found it.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you find it in a house? A. Just against a beer-shop door—there were not many people about, only a policeman, and a strange man standing against a post.

ROBERT LISTER (policeman, C 143). I received this watch from the constable Hendy the night before last, at the station—he is dangerously ill—I have a certificate of it (produced).

GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1647

1647. WILLIAM GRAINGER , stealing 1 tame rabbit, value 8s.; the goods of Thomas Chittenden.

THOMAS CHITTENDEN . I am a gardener, at St. Ann's Gardens; I keep rabbits. On 30th July, I was called up a few minutes before 6 o'clock, went into the garden, and found Watts with the prisoner, who had a basket with a rabbit of mine in it—I had left four rabbits safe the night before.

WILLIAM WATTS . I am in Mr. Chittenden's employ. On 30th July I went to work about ten minues before 6 o'clock, and when I got to my master's gate I saw the rabbit in the basket—I watched it about five minutes, and then saw the prisoner come in out of the street; he took it up, put it down, took it up again, and was going out at the wicket, when I showed myself, and told him to bring it back—he said a boy gave him 6d. to go and fetch it.

JOHN BALDOCK (policeman S 304). I was called, and found the prisoner in the garden with the rabbit in the basket—he had a pair of India rubber shoes in his pocket which were wet, and appeared to have just come off his feet—I took him into custody—he said he did not care, he was going to take it down the Grove to sell it to a man.

GUILTY . Aged 13. He was further charged with having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. *— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1648

1648. JOHN THOMAS MOON , embezzling 15l. 10s.; the moneys of John Allnutt and another, his masters. 2nd COUNT, stealing a bank post-bill for 15l. 10s.; the moneys of John Allnutt and another, his masters.

MR. PARRY conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM LUKE EVANS . I am a clerk in the public drawing-office of the Bank of England. On 9th July the prisoner came and presented this bank post-bill for payment (produced)—it is a seven-days' bill, and was due when presented—there was a crowd round the counter, and I requested him in a general way to receipt the bill with his name and address—he went to a desk which is there for that purpose, and a few minutes after presented it again with the address on it—it now has, "Received the within amount; A. Churchill, 3, Park-place, New North-road"—the bill is endorsed payable to Allnutt and Arbouin, and that is signed, "Henry Bolton"—it occurred to me that the endorsement was not correct—the word "Bearer" is not distinct, and knowing Messrs. Allnutt's to be a London firm, my impression was that it should have come through a banker—I conferred with Mr. Hodgkinson, the principal of the office, and he came forward and asked the prisoner if it was his bill—he said he was sent by a party to receive the money—Mr. Hodgkinson asked him by whom he was sent—he said by a person in a coffee-house, in Bishopsgate-street, and that he was desired to write that person's name on it—Mr. Hodgkinson sent for an officer, and the prisoner immediately fainted—the officer came, took him to a private room, and I left him in his charge—I had not looked at the bill when I told him to receipt it—when I received it again, the receipt was apparently recently written—it is payable to Henry Bolton, or order.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. There were several persons about? A. Yes; and I gave a general direction to them all, "Be so good as to write your name and address"—I did not see him write the address, his back was towards me—I did not notice any thing about him which betokened ignorance of the mode of proceeding.

GEORGE RUSSELL (City-policeman). I am occasionally stationed at the Bank. On 9th July, about 2 o'clock, I was called to the public drawing-office, and found the prisoner there—he had fainted—I received this bill from a gentleman in the Bank, and when the prisoner came to, I asked him how he came possessed of the bank post-bill he had just presented for payment—he said a person had given it him outside a coffee-shop in Bishopsgate-street, who he had never seen before, and did not know, and he was to meet that party in the evening, and give him the 15l. and retain the 10s. himself, and he was to write the name of "A. Churchill, 3, Park-cottages, Islington," on the bill—I saw the bill was payable to Allnutt and Arbouin, and I asked him whether he was not in their employ—he hesitated at first, and then laid he was—I asked whether he did not see when he wrote the name on the back of the bill, that it was payable to his masters—he said not before he got to the Bank, and that was the reason he fainted—I took him to the station.

HENRY BOLTON . I am a licensed-victualler, at Answorth, near Binningham. In June, I owed Allnutt and Arbouin 15l. 10s.—I received this letter from them (produced), and in consequence sent up the Bank Post-bill which has been produced—this endorsement, "Henry Bolton," is mine—I am credited for it in my bank-book (produced), on 2nd July—I bank at the Birmingham Branch Bank—I sent it in a letter to London, and have never received any acknowledgment of it.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. Did you post it yourself? A. No; I gave it to my daughter to post.

FRANCES JANE BOULTON . I am the last witness's daughter. On 2nd

July my father gave me a letter, which I posted—I did not tee the contents of it.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you often take letters to the post for your father? A. Yes.

WILLIAM JAMES KENT . I am a clerk in the employ of Allnutt and Arbouin, of 50, Mark-lane. The prisoner has been in the same service since January—he had not been in the habit of going to the Bank to cash bills for us—it was not his duty to open any letters that came to the firm—my father is a clerk there also, and it is his duty to open the letters, and mine in hit absence—my father was absent on 3rd July, and it was then my duty to open the letters—they are brought by the general postman; he places them on the counting-house desk whether I am there or not—it was the prisoner's duty to be there at 9 o'clock—the 3rd was Thursday, and the letters would be delivered before nine—I got there about half-past nine that morning, and the letters were lying on my desk as usual—I believe the prisoner was there before me—Mr. Bolton is a customer of our firm—this letter (produced by Mr. Bolton), is in the writing of one of our clerks, and is signed by the firm—there is a copy of the substance of it in our letter-book (produced) on that date, in the prisoner's writing—this endorsement on the bill is not in the prisoner's usual style of writing.

Cross-examined. Q. Judging from the appearance and character of it, do you not believe it is not his writing? A. I cannot say one way or the other—we might have sent twenty or thirty other circulars out the same day—there were remittances in some of the letters I received—no one in our counting-house knew Mr. Bolton's writing—the prisoner is seventeen years old—he had 30l. a year—his hours were from nine to six—I cannot swear that the prisoner was at the office before me on 3rd July—we have two cellarmen, a carman, and a male housekeeper, who opens the office.

MR. PARRY. Q. Have you here all the letters you received that morning? A. Yes; each letter is marked "9," indicating that I received nine letters that morning.

MR. BODKIN called.

FREDERICK AUGUSTUS CRISP . I live at 2, Charlotte-row, Walworth-road, and am a surgeon and apothecary. I have known the prisoner seven or eight years; he has borne the character of an honest young man—his mother is a widow.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Are you aware that in the name of Charles Todd he has been in the habit of applying to persons in the country for remittances of 1l. or 15s. for the purpose of giving them information as to property? A. No; I have heard that he was once in the office of a person who did that; his mother did not like it, and she took him away—I am not aware of his using the name of Charles Todd.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Have you heard whether the name of the person he was with was Charles Todd? A. I have not—I never heard anything against his character, and I have seen him constantly.

JOHN WILLIAM WATSON . I live at Grosvenor-park, Camberwell, and am a clergyman of the Church of England. I have known the prisoner six years—he has been a teacher in my school more than a year, and has borne the best of characters.

Cross-examined. Q. You were not aware that he was in the habit of writing to people for the purpose of giving information? A. No; if I had, it would have altered my opinion of him.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Would it have altered your opinion of him if you knew

he wrote the name of the person who employed him? A. I do not know if he had acted fraudulently it would have.

LEWIS EDWARDS . I am a solicitor, at Southampton-buildings. The prisoner was in my employ from March, 1847, to March, 1848—I consider him an exemplary, honest lad—I do not know anything of his writing letters in the name of Todd.

(Other witnesses also deposed to the prisoner's good character.)

(MR. PARRY proposed to give evidence of the prisoner's having written letters in the name of Todd, while in the prosecutor's employ; but the COURT was of opinion that specific acts ought not to be given in reply to evidence for character.)

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1649

1649. WILLIAM JACKSON, THOMAS TAYLOR , and JOHN DECOODERE , stealing 1 skiff, value 2l.; the goods of Henry Cockbill.

MR. METCALFE conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY COCKBILL . I am a carman, at North-end, Fulham. On Wednesday night, 2nd July, I had a boat lying at Chelsea, moored to a barge—on the Thursday morning it was gone—I did not see it again till the policeman showed it to me—my name and number, which had been on a sheet of tin, were taken off, and the nails left.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. How do you know it? A. I have had it two years—there are hundreds like it—I know it by the chains and swivels, and the nails that are left in it; and I have repaired it several times myself—I swear my name and number were on it on the Wednesday night—I once had a boat without a name or number on it—I got into trouble about it—I have one so now, but I do not use it—the police have taken it, because there happened to be a quantity of grass in it, which was said to belong to Mr. Fitch—I was fined 1l. for having stolen grass in my possession.

MR. METCALFE. Q. How was that? A. I employed a person to cut grass for me; and instead of cutting my own, he cut another person's.

WILLIAM THORNE . I am a labourer, and live at Jackson's-buildings, King's-road, Chelsea. On 3rd July, between 8 and 9 o'clock in the morning, I saw Mr. Cockbill's boat tied to a barge—I then saw the three prisoners get into the boat, and row it away down the river—I did not think they were going to take it away, and did not stop them—I gave Mr. Cockbill information.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know Mr. Trigg? A. Yes; I work for him—he has two boats, which were lying close to this boat—I thought they were going to have a row—I have sometimes taken a boat myself, and had a row.

MR. METCALFE. Q. You did not row down to Gravesend, and try to sell the boat? A. No.

THOMAS GROSVENOR . I am a master fisherman, at Milton, near Gravesend. On 4th July, Jackson and another boy, I cannot say whether it was one of the prisoners, came, and Jackson said his father, up in Long Reach, wanted me to buy a boat—I asked what sort of boat it was—he said a abort skiff—I asked if they came from Greenhithe—they said no, from Chelsea—I said I did not want any boat from Chelsea—on the following day I saw three of them in a boat a mile below Gravesend.

JOHN WHITE . I am a constable, stationed at the Town-pier, Gravesend. In consequence of information, on 6th July, I went and found all three of the prisoners in a boat near the Terrace Gardens—there was no name on the boat, but there were nails where some had been fastened—I asked who the boat belonged to—Jackson said it belonged to him; he had had it eighteen months, he bought it of Mr. Trigg, cow-keeper, of Chelsea, and gave 15s. for it.

Taylor's Defence. I should not have taken the boat) if I had not thought it belonged to Jackson.

Decoodere. I should not have got into the boat at all, or Jackson, if it had not been for Taylor.(Jackson received a good character.)

JACKSON— GUILTY . † Aged 16.— Confined Three Months, and Whipped.

DECOODERE— GUILTY . † Aged 15.— Confined Fourteen Days, and Whipped. TAYLOR— GUILTY .

Taylor was further charged with having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. † Aged 15.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1650

1650. CATHERINE NOLAN was indicted for embezzlement.

MR. LOCKE conducted the Prosecution.

EDWARD HENRY DIXON . I live at 6, Pultney-street, Islington. The prisoner was in the habit of bringing me milk from Mr. Summersell—on Sunday, 22nd June, I paid her 7d.; on 29th, 7d.; and on 6th July, 7d.

Cross-examined by MR. METCALFE. Q. Has she received other money from you? A. Yes, regularly, every week.

JAMES SUMMERSELL . I keep the Albion Dairy, Thornhill-road, Islington, and serve Mr. Dixon with milk. The prisoner was in my employ, and had authority to receive money for milk, which she ought to account for to me the next day—she has not accounted to me for any money received from Mr. Dixon on 22nd June, or the two following Sundays—on 18th June I asked her if Dixons had paid her for three weeks—she said they owed it—I asked her if she was certain they owed it, and she said they had not paid for three weeks.

Cross-examined. Q. Before that, had she produced any cash? A. Yes, 1 1/2 d.; and said that was all she had taken in the course of the day—I never allowed her to retain money more than two nights—she did not produce a quantity of silver, nor did I put it into the drawer and charge her with robbing me—I had cautioned her five weeks before, and told her I was satisfied she was taking the customers' money—I did not put the money in a drawer without giving her an opportunity of seeing how much there was, and afterwards express my regret at accusing her, and raise her wages.

GUILTY . Aged 22.—She received a good character.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1651

1651. WILLIAM FOX , stealing 1 half-crown; the moneys of Charles Allum: from his person.

ROBERT PONTING . On 16th July, between 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning, I was at the Wheatsheaf, in the Edgeware-road. I saw Allum there; he fell asleep—the prisoner came in acting drunk, went under the table, undid Allum's trowsers, put his hand into his pocket, and took something out—the prisoner then went into another box, and fell asleep—I cannot say whether he was drunk.

CHARLES ALLUM (in custody.) I come out of Newgate—I have been committed there to-day. On 16th July I was at the Wheatsheaf, and fell asleep—I had a half-crown and 3d. in my pocket when I went in; and before I fell asleep I spent 2d.—I awoke with the prisoner putting his hand into my pocket—he then left me, went into the next box, and then went away with two of his pals—I kept my eye on him till I gave him in charge—I asked him for the money—he said he had not got it; he would see me b—d, and would punch my b—y head.

MICHAEL DUFFY (policeman, D 279.) About half-past 4 o'clock, on 16th July, Allum gave the prisoner into my charge—he said, "Duffy, so help me God, I was drunk! I did not know what I was doing"—he was shamming drunk, but was not so when he got to the station.

Prisoner's Defence. I was lying down under the table, because I had had a little drop to drink.

GUILTY . *† Aged 21.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1652

1652. WILLIAM LAWRENCE was indicted for embezzlement.

MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY LONGMAN . I live at St. John's-wood, with Mrs. Atkinson, a relation of mine, who is a customer of Mr. Burton's. On 21st April, the prisoner brought us goods coming to 1s. 4d., which I paid him; and on 29th I paid him another bill of 9s.—he gave me these receipts.

GEORGE GRITTON . I am delivery-clerk to Mr. William Samuel Burton, of Oxford-street. The prisoner was employed to drive a van—on 8th May he was sent out with goods, and money for the purpose of giving change; and he went off with that—he has not accounted to me for 1s. 4d., or 9s., received on account of Mrs. Atkinson—it was his duty to account to me for it—this is his book (produced)—these are here marked, "Left—not paid" in his writing.

WILLIAM SMITH (policeman, E 16.) I took the prisoner, on 27th July, at the Coal-yard, Drury-lane, and told him it was for embezzling various sums of money of his employer—he said very well, he would go with me—on the charge being made at the station, he said, "Oh, you can't charge me with more than 6s. "—on the way to the police-court he said to me, "I do not think my defalcations are more than 40s.; I shall plead guilty to it."

(The prisoner stated, that he was at a public-house, and took his bag of change out, and left it on the shelf; that he went away, and did not miss it till he had occasion to give change again, when he drove back directly, but could not find it;

that he sent Mr. Burton 4l. 15s. 10d. the next morning, with a letter, asking for time to pay the remainder, 1l. 16s. 10d.)

GUILTY . Aged 34.— Confined Two Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1653

1653. JOHN JAMIESON , stealing 1 sovereign, 3 half-crowns, 1 shilling, and 1 penny; the moneys of John Sharp: in a vessel in the Regent's Canal.

JOHN SHARP . I belong to the brig James, lying in the Regent's Canal. On 19th July I left my jacket in my hammock, with a pocket-book in the pocket, containing a sovereign, three half-crowns, and 1s. 1d.—the prisoner was on board the ship, but did not belong to it—he had offered himself as a seaman, but was refused—I went away for three-quarters of an hour to fetch a barge, and when I returned the prisoner was gone, and I missed my money.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see me in the forecastle? A. Yes; we gave you a good dinner, as you said you had not a farthing.

WILLIAM CARPENTER . I am a pawnbroker. On 19th July the prisoner came, and bought a blue shirt of me for 1s. 6d.—he paid me with a sovereign—my place is about a mile and a half from the Surrey Canal.

WILLIAM CHARLES POTTER (policeman, K 212.) In consequence of information and a description, I took the prisoner on the night of 19th at a public-house at Shadwell, and told him I believed he was the party who had robbed the ship James in the Regent's Canal—he said he had not been there all day—I asked what money he had—he said 155., which I found on him—I said, "You have a new shirt on"—he said he had bought it near the Surrey Canal.

Prisoner's Defence. The prosecutor could not identify me at first; he looked at me again, and asked me to stand up, and then he said he thought it was the lad that was on the ship.

WILLIAM CHARLES POTTER re-examined. Sharp said it was him directly and the captain of the brig also; the prisoner then had earrings.

GUILTY . Aged 17. — Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1654

1654. JOHN DE LACY , stealing 40 bell-cranks and 4 springs, value 9s. the goods of Francis William Gerrish his master.

WILLIAM WILKINSON . I am foreman to Francis William Gerrish, bell hanger and ironmonger. The prisoner was in his employ, and had access to the warehouse; and while there, we have missed a large quantity of properly—these forty bell-cranks and 4 springs (produced) are part of what we missed—they are my master's.

Prisoner. Q. They are my own; what part of the premises do you suppose I took them from? A. From the front-shop; you told me they were for a place where you were at work, and then pawned them—I have no doubt they are Mr. Gerrish's—I have a copy here of the pattern I gave to the factor at Birmingham, who made them.

WILLIAM PETO . I am assistant to Mr. Cottrell, pawnbroker, of Oxford-street. Some of these bell-cranks were pawned with us on 7th Aug. by the prisoner.

WILLIAM BROWNING . I produce fourteen of the cranks—they was pledged with me on 30th Jan, in the name of John De Lacy, but I do no know who by.

Prisoner. He is perfectly right; they are my own property.

ROBERT JEFFRIES (policeman, N 165.) I took the prisoner—he said it was all his own property.

COURT to WILLIAM WILKINSON. Q. When did you miss the articles? A. At the close of a job we had at Paddington, about June last—they came into our possession in Feb.—this pattern had not been used before the close of last year—the travellers come to us for orders once in six months—they came last Oct., and the goods would be forwarded in about six weeks—these goods were in our possession about Nov.


Reference Number: t18510818-1655

1655. JOHN GRAHAM , stealing 3 shirts, value 5s.; the goods of George William Boys: in a vessel in a port.

GEORGE WILLIAM BOYS . I am an apprentice on board the Robert Clive, lying in the London Dock. On 29th July, I left three shirts safe on my bed-place at six in the evening—I went on shore, returned at a quarter-past, and they were gone—this (produced) is one of them—I know it by my own work, which is on it.

PETER WATERWITCH . I am a seaman of the Intrepid, which lies close to the Robert Clive; they belong to the same party. I was working on board the Robert Clive, and went to the Intrepid at 6 o'clock, and saw the prisoner there—he asked me for the mate; I said he was not there—he then went into the cabin of the Robert Clive, saying he wanted the boy George—he came up again, and said Boys was below, dressing.

Prisoner. Q. Did not you ask me to get you some oil from the cabin to clean your hands with? A. I said I wanted some, and you said you would get me some—I did not know whether there was any one below.

CHARLES FRASER (Thames-policeman, 73.) I apprehended the prisoner, and told him I had heard he had been committing a robbery on board the Robert Clive—he said he knew nothing about it—I asked Waterwitch, in the prisoner's presence, if he was the man he saw in the cabin, and he said he was—I searched him, and found the shirt on his back—I examined the cabin of the Robert Clive, and found the skylight brass-hook broken, and marks of

feet going down on to the table—all the doors had been forced operand there were marks on them which correspond with this boat-hook (produced), which I also found—I found these spoons doubled up, to see if they were silver.

Prisoner's Defence. It is my own shirt; I bought it last year.

GUILTY . † Aged 19.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1656

1656. HENRY GRAHAM , stealing 1 pair of gloves, and 1 pair of gloves, value 2s. 5d.; the goods of Edward Benjamin May, his master: to which be pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 15.— Confined Four Months.

OLD COURT.—Friday, August 22nd, 1851.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the First Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1657

1657. RIDLEY FRANKS , feloniously forging and uttering a warrant for payment of 3l. 2s. 6d.: also, another warrant for payment of 2l. 13s.: also, another warrant for payment of 4l. 12s.; with intent to defraud Her Majesty's Postmaster-General: to all which he pleaded

GUILTY .— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1658

1658. THOMAS LINES was indicted for a rape on Elizabeth Dack.

GUILTY . Aged 25.— Transported for Seven Years.

Before Mr. Justice Wightman.

Reference Number: t18510818-1659

1659. HENRY PAGE , feloniously shooting at John Francis Hache, with intent to murder him.—2nd COUNT, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

MR. FRANCIS conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN FRANCIS HACHE . About Christmas last, I was staying at 37, Fish-street-bill. The prisoner was staying in the same house—the landlord has a daughter named Madame Thurer—on the Sunday before this happened, the prisoner wanted to show me a letter which she had written to him, and likewise her likeness, and wished to acquaint me what was passing between them—he complained of my paying attention to her, and said I wanted to marry her—he afterwards asked me to go and ask her to meet him at 6 or 7 o'clock—I went, and she promised to come out, and meet him and me—I did not stay there—he was waiting at the door for me—I afterwards had supper there alone, at the same table with Madame Thurer—the prisoner came in, and went out again directly—I did not see him again till next Saturday, 9th Aug., near the Custom-house—he came and shook hands with me, and asked hot I was—I returned the same compliment, and asked if he had any news—I do not know what answer he made—I had been out of town in the interval—after we shook hands we walked about twenty yards together—I then turned my head round to see whether he was alongside of me, and he fired a pistol at me—I heard the report, and when I turned round he had the pistol aimed at me, and then he threw it at me—there was smoke about me, and it made two holes in my coat—this is the coat (produced), and here are the holes—they are at the bottom of the coat—they were not there before—a policeman came up.

Cross-examined by MR. HUDDLESTON. Q. I believe on the Sunday you speak of, you spent the greater portion of the day together? A. Yes; very agreeably—I believe he is an American—I told him that I was half engaged

to somebody else, I was ready to give him any proof that there was nothing between me, and Madame Thurer—he was not two yards behind me when he fired the pistol—after he had fired it, he aimed it at me a little while, and then threw it at me.

MR. FRANCIS. Q. After this conversation on the Sunday, did you cease all attention to the lady? A. Before that; when she told me of it herself.

WILLIAM FENNINO (City-policeman, 565). I was on duty in Lower Thames-street, in the afternoon of 9th Aug.—I heard the report of a pistol, turned round, and saw the prisoner standing with this pistol in his hand—there was a great deal of smoke—as I ran towards him, he threw it into the road—it occurred in the gateway of London-bridge Wharf—I picked it up; the barrel was warm—I took the prisoner into custody, took him to the station, searched him, and found on him two bullets, seven percussion caps, some powder, and several letters.

JOHN RUBBAGE . I am a coach-maker, and live at the Model Lodging-house, in John-street. I know the prisoner—he was also lodging there. On 8th Aug., at his request, I went with him to a gun-maker's close by, and he bought a pistol, a little powder, some caps and bullets—he said he wanted it to practice shooting at a mark, as he was a waiter out of place, and had a little leisure in the country.

(The prisoner's statement before the Magistrate was read as follows:—"I have only to say that that individual has been the ruin of me; he has by twenty different means resorted to measures calculated to injure me, and undermine me in the opinion of those for whom I had respect, and has ruined and blasted my prospects for the future.")

GUILTY on 2nd Count , Aged 30.— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1660

1660. JOSEPH GUTTERIDGE and CORNELIUS UPTON , feloniously putting a stone upon a certain railway, with intent to obstruct an engine using the said railway.

MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.

WALTER CAPES . I live at 28, Mary Ann-terrace, Abbey-street, Bethnal-green. I am a guard to the goods train, of the Woolwich Branch of the Eastern Counties Railway. On Monday, 7th July, between 11 and 12 o'clock in the day, I was on the engine coming towards the Barking-road on the main line—I was going to a siding to fetch coke, and was going quite slowly—there are two pairs of points there, which are to move the engine from the main line to a siding—they are moved by means of a lever—as I was approaching I saw the two prisoners at the points—I saw Upton having hold of the lever of the points, holding them open—it works in an iron box fixed in the earth, with a weight attached to keep them back in their proper place—to open them you have to shove the lever over—while Upton was holding it open, I saw Gutteridge stoop down looking as if dropping something into the points—they saw my engine approaching—it would have had to go over the points on to the siding—I ordered my driver to stop, which he did immediately—if we had been going at the regular pace we could not have stopped—I and the under-guard went to the point, and there found this large stone (produced), it was on the chair, in between the tongue of the points and the outer rail—that would prevent the points from working—it kept it half open, and must have thrown the engine off, at whatever speed it had been coming—as soon as the prisoners saw my engine coming, they made off across the line, and got over the fence—I followed them—I came up with Gutteridge standing on a heap of dirt in the field—he spoke first to me, and

said, "Why don't you take the right one?"—I said he was one, and I would have the other one before long—Upton made off—he was brought back by William Harvey, the point-teller—as I was taking Gutteridge to the station he said he should not have done it if it had not been for the other—I am sure Upton was the other.

Cross-examined by MR. TREVETHAN SPICER. Q. Is there any difficulty in moving the lever? A. No; you can move them with one hand—there is no skill required in moving them.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What is the weight attached to the lever? A. From fifty to sixty pounds—when I took the stone out the points fell back in their proper place.

GEORGE HARVEY . I was under-guard to Capes at this time—I saw Upton have hold of the points, while Gutteridge dropped something in—I have no doubt the effect of it would have been to throw the engine off the line.

Gutteridge. It was a very small stone that I put in, and when I saw the engine coming I stooped down, and Upton held the points open while I threw the stone away.

WALTER CAPES re-examined. I am sure this is the stone I took out—there was no other.

WILLIAM HARVEY . I followed Upton, and took him into custody—I told him I wanted him—he began to cry—I said, "You and another boy hare been in mischief"—he said, "It was not me; it was the other boy"—I had been to the points a quarter of an hour before—there was then no obstruction of any kind.

Cross-examined. Q. You are the pointsman, are you not? A. Yes; I had left the points a quarter of an hour—I left no one there—I did not see either of the prisoners near the points.

GUTTERIDGE— GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Six Weeks, three days in each week solitary. —UPTON— GUILTY . Aged 13.— Confined Two Months, three days in each week solitary.

The prisoners were both recommended to mercy by the Jury. MR. BALLANTINE stated that Upton was considered the most blameablet he having be in an engineer's employment.

Reference Number: t18510818-1661

1661. JOHN RAYMOND , feloniously cutting and wounding Elizabeth Raymond, with intent to murder her.

MR. W. J. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

ELIZABETH RAYMOND . I am the prisoner's wife. On Saturday night, 22nd June, about 8 o'clock, the prisoner came into the room—I then took the baby up-stairs to bed, came back, and he was still there—he took some money out of his pocket, gave me 8s., and put 6s. back into his pocket—I said, "I thought you would give me another shilling"—he swore very much and said he had got no things, and that money was to buy him some—he got up and wrenched the 8$. out of my hand—I held it tight—he gave me a blow on the head and arm with his fist—my head was cut open—a blow came into my eye which was so violent that I raised my arm, and said, "Oh! pray don't;" and he said, "You b—r, I will break your arm"—I was on the ground, and he knelt on me—I became insensible—when I came to myself I was in a neighbour's house—my head was bleeding dreadfully—I was covered with blood, and was taken to the London Hospital.

Prisoner. After I said I could give you no more, you said I might go without a Sunday's dinner, for, so help you God! you would not buy one. Witness. I did not.

MARY WARE . I live in the same street as the prisoner—I heard a great noise, went there, and saw the prisoner kneeling on his wife, and moving his arm as if he was cutting her throat—I saw nothing in his band—I screamed out and a neighbour came—the prisoner rose up, jumped towards me, and said, "I will murder you, you b—r"—I jumped back out of his way—a policeman came, and the prisoner told him if he had his coat off he would serve him the same, and be would rip his b—y guts open the first time he passed his door.

JOHN CHAPMAN (policeman). I took the prisoner on the next night—he bad escaped at the first, while I was looking after his wife.

Prisoner. Q. Was my door open or shut on the Saturday night when you came to my place? A. Open; you ran up-stairs, and I saw no more of you that night—I did not meet you at the end of the court, nor did one of the neighbours point to you, and say, "That is the man."

THOMAS LEADHALL BUSHFIELD . I am house-surgeon to the London Hospital. The prosecutrix was brought there, I found a lacerated wound, half an inch long, and not very deep, on the left side of the forehead, and the whole of the left side of the face was severely bruised—in my judgment, some blunt instrument caused the wound—there was no bruise round it, which would have been likely if it had been done with the fist—the injuries were not dangerous—she was three weeks under ray care.

Prisoner's Defence. My wife asked me if I could not spare her more money; I said, no, she had got money in her pocket; she said I should go without a Sunday's dinner; I said, "I will buy one, so give me the money;" she refused; I laid hold of her hand; she strongly resisted, and must have struck her head against a brad-awl and a nail which were in the wall.

GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 89.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1662

1662. ANDREW M'LEAN , feloniously assaulting Mary Ann M'Lean, and hanging her by the neck to the door of a cupboard, with intent to murder her.

MR. O'BRIEN conducted the Prosecution.

MARY RIGG . I live at 17, Dacre-street, Westminster. The prisoner and his wife lived in the next room to us—her name is Mary Ann—on 4th Aug., between 12 and 1 o'clock in the morning, I was awoke by a noise, and then beard the prisoner's eldest girl, who is eight years old, crying, and saying, "Pray, father, do let mother come down"—the girl then came and knocked at my door; and in consequence of what she said, I and my husband went into the room immediately—I saw the prisoner's wife hanging up, with a rope doubled over the cupboard door; her feet were about a foot from the ground; her body was swinging—the prisoner was sitting on the foot of the bed, about a yard from her—her hands were up to her neck, as if to keep the rope from hurting it—my husband lifted her up in his arms, and I took a knife and cut the rope—this is it (produced)—my husband took her into our room, and laid her on the bed—in about a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes she recovered, and burst out crying—the prisoner remained sitting on the foot of his bed all the time—when I first went in he was stooping, as if he was undoing his boots—I think he was in liquor—I went into his room, and said he was a good-for-nothing villain to hang the woman—he said the next time he did it he would do it effectually—I said he would have done it effectually now if it had not been for the cries of his children—a policeman took him away, and the woman went down with us to the police-office.

Prisoner. Q. Was there any light in my room? A. I brought one in with me, which I took from Mrs. Hayhow at the door—your wile was not

in the room two minutes before the policeman came in—she did not apply to the policeman for water—she never was in the room again till after she came out of the station.

ELEANOR HAYHOW . I lived in the same house with the prisoner, in the kitchen, under his room. On 4th Aug. I heard something fall in his room—I got up and stood at the door, with a candle in my hand—I heard the girl say, "Pray, father, let mother down"—I went, and saw the woman hanging, with her feet off the ground, and her hands holding the rope—the little girl said, "I will give you a knife if you will cut mother down"—I said, "I cannot cut her down if you will give me the world, my dear"—the prisoner was sitting on the bed, trying to undo his boots.

Prisoner. Q. What side of the rope was the knot? A. I did not notice; there was no light in the room, but I had a candle in my hand—she was inside the cupboard.

THOMAS RIGG . On 4th Aug. the prisoner's daughter came to me—I went to their room, and saw a female hanging, by the neck from a top-cupboard-door, which was at least eight feet high—I could not reach the top of it—I took her up in my arms to relieve her of the weight—her feet were at least a foot and a half from the ground—I conveyed her to my bed, and laid her on it—her countenance was turning black—she did not speak for a quarter of an hour.

Prisoner. Q. Was there a light? A. No, but Mrs. Hayhow brought one; I did not see the woman in the room when the policeman came.

WILLIAM COZENS (policeman, B 264). I was fetched to the prisoner's house about 20 minutes to 1 o'clock, and the prisoner was given into my charge—he was drunk, and made no reply to the charge—Rigg gave me this rope—I saw the woman that night—she attended the first examination, but not the second.

Prisoner. Q. Did not I tell you, going to the station, that any woman or man that attempted to hang themselves, generally did it? A. No; your wife was not in the room in my presence—I saw no water in the room.

Prisoner's Defence. The woman did it herself, on account of my having a little drink in me, but she threw it on me when she saw the policeman, and she got these people to go against me on account of my being a little intoxicated; her feet were not off the ground; she is five feet eight high, and the cupboard door is not high, which would leave the rope slack; although my child was heard to call out, no noise was heard in my room, which, if I had attempted to hang her, would have been the case; for a drunken man to put a rope round a woman's neck would be a difficult task; the distance of her feet from the ground was from the man holding her up, and before that time the room was in total darkness.


Reference Number: t18510818-1663

1663. JAMES YARDLEY , feloniously stabbing Joseph M'Kee, with intent to disfigure and disable him.—2nd COUNT, to do him some grievous bodily harm.

MR. PARRY conducted the Prosecution.

JOSEPH M'KEE . I live at 5, Turk's-row, Chelsea, and am a plasterer. On 21st July, between 11 and 12 o'clock, I was at Mr. Surridge's stable, with the prisoner, who is an ostler—I had been helping him—we were not exactly sober—he said I knew more about thieving than horses, and I hit him—he told me to come outside, and he would give me something—I went out to fight with him—as I was going out, he said, "Take that"—he stuck something into my eye, and ran away—I went to the hospital—I was bleeding from 11 o'clock till 7 next morning, and was there four days—I have not lost my sight—I do not wish to injure him; I think he has suffered enough.

Prisoner. Q. Had I anything in my hand? A. I am sure you had a knife; I did not see it in the dark, hut I felt it.

WILLIAM SURRIDGE . I live at the Rose and Crown, Sloane-street, Chelsea. I came home with my horse, and went to my stables—the prisoner and M'Kee were there—the prisoner was not sober—I heard him call M'Kee a thief—he said he did not get his living by thieving like him—M'Kee said, "Don't call me a thief; call me a rogue, or anything else you like"—they struck each other—M'Kee pushed the prisoner out of the stable, and in less than half a minute the prisoner put his head in at the stable-door, and said, "Come on; I am ready for you"—M'Kee turned round, and said, "He has stabbed me; take me to a doctor"—I saw blood running from his eyes and nostrils—I thought the prisoner had struck him with his fist—he is a steady, sober, honest man—I do not believe he would have done it if he had been in his sober senses.

CHARLES M'LEOD MURRAY . I am a surgeon, I attended M'Kee at the hospital—he had an incised wound on the face, under the eve, about an inch long—there was a good deal of blood—he is perfectly cured—his sight is not in the least affected—it must have been done with a sharp instrument; it could not have been done with the fist—a knife was shown me by the policeman, which might have inflicted it.

EBENEZER BROTHERWOOD (policeman, B 369). I took the prisoner the tame night, and found this knife on him (produced)—there was no mark on it.

Prisoner's Defence. I had a word or two with him, and came out of the stable and hit him, but not with any weapon in my hand.

GUILTY on Second Count, Aged 21.—Recommended to mercy by the JuryConfined Nine Months .

NEW COURT.—Friday, August 22nd, 1851.


Before Mr. Recorder, and the Fifth Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1664

1664. GEORGE ANDREWS , stealing 1 desk, and other articles, value 7l. 19s. 6d.; the goods of Jane Harriet Burgess, in her dwelling-house: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 42.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1665

1665. JOHN BOOTH , embezzling 1l. 15s. 5d.; the moneys of Mary Hux, his mistress; to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 41.—Recommended to mercy.Confined Six Months .

Reference Number: t18510818-1666

1666. ESTHER SMITH , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Chapman, and stealing 2 gowns, and other things, value 9s.; the goods of Daniel Pope: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Four Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1667

1667. BENJAMIN LAWRENCE, JOHN JONES , and JAMES MORTON , stealing 1 gold girdle, and other goods, value 85l.; the goods of Leonard Morse Cooper, in the dwelling-house of Ann Walter.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

ROBERT DUNN . I am butler to Mrs. Ann Walter, a widow, of No. 9, Devonshire-place, in the parish of St. Marylebone. Lawrence and Jones have lived in the service—Lawrence lived there for about eight months, and

left on 9th April—he returned on 8th May—he was a stable-boy; he slept in the house—he had not been dismissed; he left on his own account—he did not apply to come back; the ladies asked him to come back—he absconded on Sunday, 18th May; he went without notice; I was surprised when I heard he was gone—Jones came into the service on 9th April, and left on 8th May—he was in the same capacity as Lawrence—he came to take Lawrence's place—he slept in the house, and remained till 8th May, when Lawrence was asked to come back—I do not know Morton, only I had ordered him off the premises two or three times, when he was in the stable-loft with Lawrence—Jones did not leave without notice—his father procured him a preferable situation, and he wished to leave—there was some property in the house belonging to Major Cooper, who is son-in-law to Mrs. Walter—it was in a room called the laundry, which had not been occupied for some time; and was in boxes, chests, and drawers, which were locked—I had seen them all about a month or six weeks before 17th May—the boxes appeared to me to be locked—I had not the keys—on 17th May, the boxes appeared to hare been forced—I do not know what the articles consisted of—I had seen Lawrence in the loft on several occasions—I could not exactly say when was the last time—I dare say it might be three weeks before the robbery; I fetched down some iron bedsteads, and he assisted me—the 17th May was on a Saturday—I had been in that room three weeks before, but I took no notice of the property; it was all locked up—I believe I was twice examined before the Magistrate—Jones left on 8th May; I recollect being about to go out that evening, and Jones asked me if I would call on Mr. Price, the tailor, and tell him to send home a pair of trowsers that he had to alter—I called, but did not get the trowsers then—some time after, Mr. Price's servant brought them home—it was dusk; I could not see what colour they were—they were dark cloth; they might be blue.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Do you mean to swear they were cloth? A. Yes; they were not light; they were very stout and dark—I should say decidedly they were dark-blue, by what I could see by the gas-light—they were not corduroy—my sight is not very good—I always thought Jones a very good boy while in the service; I have nothing to say against him—the ladies said they had a very good character with him.

CHARLES BATTERSBY (police-sergeant, D 4). I heard of this robbery on a Friday evening in May—I looked for Lawrence, but did not take him—I looked for Jones—I first saw him on 20th May, the day after I heard of the robbery—I told him a quantity of things had been lost from Mrs. Walter's—he said, yes, there were a number of things lost, he was aware; he had heard of it—that was all that passed then—I saw him several times after that; I have not got the dates—I saw him at his father's, No. 53, Lyallmews, about a fortnight after the first time I saw him—I asked him if he bad seen Lawrence, and I said I had been to Lawrence's brother, in Grosvenor-square, where he is in service—Jones said he had not seen Lawrence—I said I had heard that Lawrence had been over to him—he repeated that he bad not seen him—nothing more passed at that time—I saw him again about a week afterwards, and again asked him if he had seen Lawrence—he said he had not; and he then said, before his mother, that he knew nothing of the robbery—I saw Jones again on 23rd June, when Lawrence was taken into custody—I saw Jones at his father's, at 53, Lyall's-mews, Pimlico—I said, "Lawrence is in custody, and I must take you, respecting this robbery"—he said, "Lawrence had another bundle of things tied up, and I told him to take them back, or I would tell his mistress"—I am sure he said "another

bundle of things tied up"—I had not had any conversation with him about a prior bundle—I told him it was a pity he had not told his mistress at the time—he said, "Yes, it was a great pity I did not"—he said "Lawrence sold some things to a Jew for four shillings, and we had a shilling a piece"—I then took him into custody—nothing else passed—I never had Lawrence in custody, but I saw him about the 24th, when Spicer had him in custody—Lawrence said he was there when the boxes were broken open—he said, "We sold the breeches to a Jew; but we don't know anything about the lace, and the sailor-boy was with us"—on 25th June, I saw Morton at his father's stable, Devonshire-mews—I had known him before by seeing him in the mews—I told him I should take him for being concerned in the robbery at Mrs. Walter's—he said, "I did not take any of the things, nor I did not break the boxes open; but I was there when they were broken open; they were broken open by a horse-pick, a thing that they pick horses feet with; the sailor-boy was there at the time"—I took him to the station—he stated that the things were sold to a Jew for four shillings, and they bad a shilling a piece—in going to the station, I told him the things that were stolen—I mentioned a gold snuff-box, and gold lace—he said, "We had not the snuff-box, nor the gold lace"—I produce a pair of hunting-breeches, which I traced to the Jew, and the person be sold them to, and that person sold them to a performer at the Surrey Theatre—I have also a coat, which was given me by the butler.

Cross-examined. Q. Where was Jones when you took him? A. At his father's stable, in the service of the Marquis of Ely; and I believe he has been living there since—he was out on bail—I do not remember the date when I had the first communication with him—I do not exactly know the day on which I was first examined—it was the day after Lawrence was takes—Mr. Broughton investigated the case—I was examined again on the 25th, and then remanded for a week—I was examined three times—I had not half-a dozen conversations with Jones, no more than I have stated—I saw him three times before he was taken—I am not quite certain whether I wag examined three or four times—I had no conversation with Jones after he was given into custody on 23rd June—every thing that I know to-day I knew at the time I was first examined—I was examined four times—I went to No. 53, Lyall-mews; I cannot tell the date; I knew the date when I was examined—I cannot say whether I went there the day before I was examined—I think it was the day after I had been examined in the first instance, I went over there again.

Q. Was it the day before your examination that you went for the first time and saw Jones? A. I think it was a day or two previous to the examination—I told him what I came about—he said he knew there was a bundle of things tied up, ready to be taken away, and he told Ben. to take them back, or he would tell his mistress—this is my name to this deposition—(This being read did not state that Jones had said the things were sold for four shillings, and that he had received one shilling)—I might have omitted that on the first examination, but I am quite certain I heard him say so—if I did not mention it, I must have forgotten it—I am confident I did forget it, if I did not state it.

COURT. Q. Did he say a bundle, or another bundle? A. He said there was another bundle of things tied up to take away, and he told him to take them back.

Q. Before the Magistrate you only mentioned a bundle, and now you speak of two bundles? A. He said one bundle was sold to a Jew—he mentioned

about the shilling after I had said to him he was very foolish that he did not take the bundle to his mistress.

THOMAS PRICE . I am a tailor, of Devonshire-street, Portland-place. I think the prisoner Jones came to my place with a pair of trowsers to be altered, about the 4th or 5th May—I had never seen him before—I believe they were dark-blue trowsers—some stripes or braiding had been taken off the sides of them, and they were torn, as if in taking off the stripes—I think there had been two stripes on each side; there was a double mark, and a little space between—I measured the boy for the trowsers—I was paid for altering them two or three days afterwards by his father—I had never seen the father before—he represented himself to be the father of the boy—the boy did not call again—he was not with me above three or four minutes—I only know Mr. Dunn from seeing him once or twice about this affair—he called and desired me to take them home, and he called to let me know the father's address, as the boy had not paid for them—my niece took them home; she is not here.

Cross-examined. Q. Did these appear to be livery trowsers? A. I could not tell whether they had been livery or uniform trowsers—I cannot say at this distance of time whether I shortened them.

ALFRED SPICE (policeman, V 47). I am stationed at Clapham. I searched for Lawrence, and found him in Clapham-road, on 23rd June—I said, "Ben, I want you about this robbery at Marylebone"—he said, "I did not commit the robbery, the three other boys committed the robbery, and sold the things for four shillings, and I had one shilling of the money"—he did not describe what things they were—I understood they were something of wearing-apparel.

Cross-examined. Q. I will read you what you said before the Magistrate—"He said I did not steal them, some other boys stole them, and sold them to a Jew?" A. He said three, and I said three; if it was not put down it was not my fault—it was read over to me.

ELIAS MOSES . I live in Sandys-row, Bishopsgate, and deal in secondhand clothes. I bought some articles of Lawrence, in May, but I cannot tell the day of the month; Morton was with him—I bought of him four pairs of old breeches, one pair were leather, and one pair white velvet; I gave four shillings for them; Lawrence took the money; it was in the coach-house, at No. 9, Devonshire-mews—I have been down there for twenty-eight years—I cannot exactly say whether it was near Mrs. Walters—I met Lawrence on the day before, and he asked me whether I would boy some old breeches—I said, "Yes," and I appointed to call the next morning—I went, and before I bought them, I asked Lawrence whether they belonged to him—he said, yes, they were given him to buy a pair of shoes with—Morton said, yes, it was all right; it was half-a-crown for the leather breeches, and sixpence a pair for the others—I sold the leather breeches again for four shillings, at a public market—I do not know to whom—I cannot exactly say whether this pair of velvet ones is one of the pairs I bought.

LEONARD MORSE COOPER . I am a major in the army. I am a son-in-law of Mrs. Walter, No. 9, Devonshire-place. Some twelvemonths or more ago, I left a military chest and some property in her possession—there was a gold snuff-box, worth 6l. or 7l., some riding-breeches, a great many undress coats, trowsers, and overalls, with two stripes of lace on each leg—they were all in good condition—they were blue riding-cloths, and of a thicker material than is generally used—I left them all safe in my military chest, under lock and key—about 20th May, I heard of the robbery—I examined, and found a

greet many things were missing, and almost everything turned upside down, and scattered—I had some breeches like these; I dare say six or eight pairs, but I cannot swear to these; they are moleskin—I know this coat to be mine by one of the sleeves being split down, when I had a bad fall in hunting.

COURT to THOMAS PRICE. Q. Had the stripes been taken off the trowsers? A. Yes; there was more than one stripe; I think there must hare been two on each side, but I am not quite sure of that—there was a double mark, and a little space between them, as far as I can recollect, but I cannot say, not taking particular notice.

MAJOR COOPER re-examined. One hundred, guineas would not replace what I have lost—I am most anxious to get my Waterloo medal back.

(The prisoners received good characters)




Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1668

1668. EDWARD FOREMAN , stealing 1 neck-chain, value 4l.; the goods of Emma Ellis; and 1 neck-chain and other articles, 7l. 18s.; the goods of John Rutherford, in his dwelling-house.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

ANN MARIA LOWE . I was in the service of Mr. John Rutherford, of King Edward's-row, Hackney. On 24th July my mistress, her sister, and I, were at home—the prisoner came about 12 o'clock—I let him in—he said he came to polish the banisters; they were very badly done, and were to be done again—I told my mistress; she said, "Very well"—the prisoner wanted some warm water and a piece of flannel, and appeared to employ himself in washing them—he asked for a cloth to dry them—they go up two flights of stain—the drawing-room is on the ground-floor—my mistress's bed-room and her sister's are the top floor—the prisoner was employed up to the top—he went away about 1 o'clock, and said he was going to dinner—he left his basket—he came back at half-past three, and brought another man with him—they both began to polish the banisters—the prisoner was on the top flight, and the other man on the lower—I went up-stairs, and passed the prisoner two or three times while he was there the second time—I went into my mistress's bed-room, and saw the neck-chain on the dressing-table—I came out again, and shut the door—the prisoner was very near the door—I went into her sister's bed-room, and saw her neck-chain on the looking-glass—I shut the door of that room—that was about 10 minutes before 5, and aboot twenty minutes before the prisoner went away—when he was going, he came down, and said the banisters were done—my mistress gave him 4d., and he went away—about twenty-five minutes after he was gone, the chains were missed.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did the other man leave the house first? A. No; he opened the door, but did not go out till the prisoner went with him—this is a new road—the houses are all inhabited except one—there was nothing to prevent the other man going up-stairs if he chose—I did not see him go up-stairs; he was always at the bottom.

MARY RUTHERFORD . On 24th July I learned that a person had come to do the banisters—it is a new house—Mr. Butters, a builder, had been doing jobs about it—I thought it was all right—the banisters had been very badly done—I was told about half-past 5 o'clock that the men had done the job, and were going away—I gave the prisoner a trifle, and he went—I had seen my chain and my sister's safe at 5—I went up to dress afterwards, and they were gone—my chain was under a towel—it was not exposed during the time the

prisoner was there—I had been np several times—my chain and watch-key were both hanging up—the prisoner was working on the middle of the banisters—the chains were worth 12l.—I also missed a purse from my sister's drawer—her name is Emma Ellis.

RICHARD CLARKE (policeman, N 223). I took the prisoner on 31st July, in Shrubland-road, at work—I told him it was for stealing two gold chains and a key and seals, in King Edward's-row, Hackney—he said, "I know nothing about King Edward's-row"—I repeated the charge, and said it was where he went to polish the banisters—he said, "Oh yes, I remember being there to polish the banisters; I was sent there by Mr. Batters."

Cross-examined. Q. You found him in employ? A. Yes; he did not ask me where King Edward's-row was—I found in his pocket 1s. 4d. and a duplicate—I searched a room in Hare-street, Great Cumberland-street, where he gave his address, and found three more duplicates—I have been to the other man's place, but cannot find him.

CHARLES BUTTERS . I am a builder, and live in Mare-street—I bad done some jobs at Mr. Rutherford's—I know the prisoner—I did not send him on 24th July to do the banisters—I have not seen him since last March—the last thing he did for me was to do those banisters—they were not done well, and he went and did them again, and I paid him for it.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Four Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1669

1669. WILLIAM JOHNSON , stealing 1 purse, value 6d.; 2 half, crowns, and 5 shillings; the moneys of Sarah Ellis, from her person.

SARAH ELLIS . I am single; I came from Wallsoke, in Norfolk. I was staying at the Rainbow Coffee-house—on Sunday, 13th July, I was in Cannon-street, with my brother and my mother, about 3 o'clock in the afternoon—while there, I lost my purse—I had seen it safe in my pocket about one—it had two half-crowns in it, five shillings, and a small piece of paste-board—this is it—it contains the piece of pasteboard.

MICHAEL HAYDON (City-policeman, 21). About a quarter-past 3 o'clock on Sunday, 13th July, I was in Cannon-street, and saw Sarah Ellis—I saw the prisoner put his left-hand into her pocket, and take out this purse—then had been a large fire there, and there were many persons—I had seen the prisoner for a quarter of an hour—I saw him put his hand into another lady's pocket—she moved away, and then he took this.

GUILTY . Aged 18.—He was further charged with having been before convicted, to which he pleaded

GUILTY. *— Transported for Seven Years.

THIRD COURT.—Friday, August 22nd, 1851.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Seventh Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1670

1670. MARY ANN FIELDER , stealing 1 petticoat, and other articles, value 21s.; the goods of John Alderson, her master: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 48.— Confined One Month.

Reference Number: t18510818-1671

1671. CAROLINE M'CARTHY , stealing 2 half-crowns, 2 shillings, 1 silver coin, 1 gown, and 1 shawl, value 13s. 3d.; the property of Samuel Morton, her master: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Four Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1672

1672. CHARLES MANNELL , embezzling 2l. 5s. 8d., 3l. 5s. 8d., and 2l.; the moneys of John Knight his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 38.—Recommended to mercy.Confined Six Months .


Reference Number: t18510818-1673

1673. HENRY BASTIN , stealing 1 pair of over-shoes, value 3s.; the goods of Thomas Steel, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 13.— Confined Three Weeks and Whipped.

Reference Number: t18510818-1674

1674. PATRICK COLLINS , stealing 21 half-crowns and 5 shillings; the moneys of George Head, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 21.—He received a good character, and a witness engaged to employ him,— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1675

1675. GEORGE DEMIER , unlawfully obtaining 5l. from Richard Hellaby, by false pretences: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 42.—He received a good character.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1676

1676. JAMES JORDAN , unlawfully assaulting Mary Ann Nightingale, with intent, &c.: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 27.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1677

1677. ABRAHAM SIMPSON , unlawfully obtaining 2 sovereigns from James Blake by false pretences: also, unlawfully obtaining 1 sovereign of William Buckley, by false pretences: to both which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Four Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1678

1678. CATHERINE TRENCH , stealing 1 shawl and 1 gown, value 4s.; the goods of John Corkery, her master.

JULIA CORKERY . I am the wife of John Corkery, of 15, Edward's-place, Marylebone. The prisoner was in our service a week—on Sunday, 27th July, about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, I lent her a shawl to take my child out, and she did not come back—I found the child left in the court—I missed a gown in the evening—she was taken into custody on the following Thursday, and I found my gown on her.

Prisoner. She lent me the gown. Witness. I lent it her while she washed her own, and she returned it to me.

JOSEPH CHURCH (policeman, D 129). In consequence of information I took the prisoner on 31st July, and found this gown on her (produced)—she told me she had sold the shawl on the dials—I suppose she meant Seven Dials.

GUILTY . ** Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1679

1679. THOMAS BEASLEY was indicted for embezzlement.

MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY NEVILLE . I am a clerk in the Grand Junction Canal-office, and superintend the delivery of goods. The prisoner was employed by the Company as a carman, to deliver goods, and had to account for all moneys he received—on 3rd May, I sent him to Reid and Co.'s with twenty kilderkins, and five hogsheads of porter—I gave him the ordinary papers, the delivery-note and his voucher—if he received the money on delivery he would. have to leave the delivery-note at Reid's—he was to receive 4l. 16s. 6d.—opposing that to have been paid, it was his duty to pay it over to Mr. Willington, who receives all moneys—the prisoner has been in the employ about three months, and has accounted for money received in the same way.

Cross-examined by MR. PARNELL. Q. Have you anything to do with we receipt of the money? A. No; I cannot say where I sent him on 5th May

without referring to the books—I know I sent him to Reid's on 3rd, because on the inquiry being made five or six weeks ago, it was fresh in my memory—here is the entry in my book (produced)—he had other money to receive on other loads that day—there may be thirty carmen—he was sent from Wharf-road, City-road (the principal office of the Company), and he would have to bring the money back there—there are only two clerks there who receive money—the carmen have never brought me money, I am not authorised to receive it—they have not brought it to me, and I have not said I was not the proper person to receive it—mine is the delivery-office, and Mr. Willington's is the pay-office, they are on the same premises—I have made a search for the duplicate note and the voucher, in a book where they are placed in the office—when they are brought back they are given to Mr. Willington, and he signs a receipt for the money he receives on them, and they are filed in the office—they are then brought into the delivery-office, and posted into a book kept for that purpose.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Is that entry "T. Beasley, Liquorpond-street, 4l. 16s. 6d. "your writing? A. Yes; and looking at that, I have a recollection of sending these goods and the papers—if the money had been accounted for, the voucher would appear in the way I have mentioned—the entry is still open.

GEORGE PATTERSON . I am in the employ of Reid and Co., Brewers, of Liquorpond-street. I produce the delivery-order from the counting-house—I did not pay the money, but I remember the goods being brought on 3rd May, and this order being left.

HENRY JAMES DALTON . I paid 4l. 16s. 6d. on this delivery-order to the person who brought the goods; to the best of my belief it was the prisoner—I wrote on it, "received the above," and the person signed, "T. Beasley."

Cross-examined. Q. There is a direction on this, "Please to pay the porter, and sign his book;" did you sign his book? A. His voucher or book, or whatever he produced, I signed, and he took that away—I do not think it was a book.

HENRY NEVILLE re-examined. This is the delivery-order I gave the prisoner with the goods—I never saw him write.

WALTER WILLINGTON . I am a clerk, in the service of the Grand Junction Canal Company. The prisoner was employed two or three months as carman, and had the opportunity of knowing the routine of the delivery of goods, and of accounting for money received—I have seen him write—this "T. Beasley" is his writing—having received this 4l. 16s. 6d. it was his duty to account to me for it—he has not done so, or paid it me.

Cross-examined. Q. What enables you to say so? A. By the way I do my business; each porter brings the money to me, and I take each voucher, add them up, and deposit the money in three separate bowls till the next morning, when the vouchers are entered into the cash-book by Saville, and I check the money with the book—Saville receives money when I am gone to dinner—the prisoner had a voucher similar to the one produced, filled op with the things he had to deliver, and each person signs it, and that is deposited with me at the end of the day—there is a separate paper like this for each load—one load might happen to consist of twenty or thirty packages all for different parties—I have not looked for any other vouchers of the prisoner's for that day, I looked for the one corresponding to the delivery, and could not find it—I am not aware at the time what the carmen are sent out with—the carmen pay in from 3d. to 20l. a day—the prisoner continued in the employ till July, delivering goods and paying money in day by day—he

was discharged for misconduct about a month before I discovered this—I had no personal communication with him before I ordered him to be taken up, but I wanted him to come forward and state what he knew about the money—this is the only sum that is wrong in our books.

MR. BODKIN. Q. What do you mean by wishing him to explain? A. I sent him a message but he did not come—he was discharged before that—the twenty kilderkins and five hogsheads made a separate load—when he returned be ought to have given me the voucher, and the delivery-ticket, or the money—if he had not received the money, be ought to return me the delivery-ticket—there is no entry in my cash-book (produced) on 3rd or 4th May, of the 4l. 16s. 6d.—on the 4th May the money I had received corresponded with the vouchers—we put the money in the iron-safe at night.

MR. PARNELL. Q. Does it not occasionally happen that when a carman it going out, he sends in his voucher and money by another carman? A. It has been so—supposing the money corresponded with the voucher I should make no objection.

CHARLES SAVILLE . I am a clerk, in the employ of the Grand Junction Canal Company. I assist in posting the cash-book—the prisoner has not accounted to me for this 4l. 16s. 6d.

Cross-examined. Q. The carmen account to you sometimes? A. In the temporary absence of Mr. Willington—there is no one else in our office—the vouchers are brought with the money at night, and checked over the next morning, and the vouchers are then put on a file—sometimes they do not quite agree at first, we go over them again, and always manage to make it correct—the vouchers are locked up in the safe at night, and taken away next day by the delivery-clerks.

COURT. Q. Has any one access to your office after the money and vouchers are delivered? A. No; if any one came to the office, they could get to the vouchers, but not to the money—Mr. Willington or myself are always there till the money is locked up in the safe.

GEORGE FREDERICK, LEONARD MOLLINEAUX (City-policeman, 293.) I took the prisoner on 10th July, at the Bull and Mouth wagon-office, and told him I apprehended him for embezzling 4l. 16s. 6d.; the property of the Grand Junction Canal Company—he said, "I have received the money, but I have paid it over."

Cross-examined. Q. Did he say, "All the money I have received I have paid over?" A. No; he was cutting chaff at the Bull and Mouth.

(Benjamin Hart, fruit-merchant, of 26, Pudding-lane, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 25.— Judgment Respited.

Reference Number: t18510818-1680

1680. JAMES CLARK , stealing 1 half-crown; the money of Henry George Poupart, his master.

HENRY GEORGB POUPART . I am a farmer at Acton, the prisoner hat been in my employ seven or eight months. On 8th June, I sent him with a red and white Alderney cow to be bulled at Mr. Scotchen's farm, and gave him half-a-crown to pay the farmer—he brought the cow back again, stated it had been done, and did not return me the money—I had the date 8th June placed up over the cow's head—the prisoner remained in my service some time, and I saw that date up—I sent another cow to keep that one company.

WILLIAM WOOD . I am foreman to Mr. Scotchen. On 8th June the prisoner brought two Alderney cows, but neither of them were served by the hull—I made no demand, and received no money from him.

HENRY BAYLEY (policeman, T 250.) I took the prisoner, and told him he was charged with robbing his master of three half-crowns—he said they

cannot do much to me, there is but one half-crown I kept—that referred to the case of 15th July, which he owned to at the police-court.

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Two Months. (There were two other indictments against the prisoner.

Reference Number: t18510818-1681

1681. ANN HOSTY , stealing 10 books, value 7s.; the goods of Noah Robert James Felstead, her master.

MR. PLATT conducted the prosecution.

NOAH ROBERT JAMES FELSTEAD . My wife is very ill with the cholera, and unable to leave her bed—she was examined before the Magistrate, and the prisoner had an opportunity of cross-examining her.

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTON. Q. How long has she been ill? A. Two days—I saw her in bed this morning—I have the surgeon's certificate here—Mary Felstead's deposition was here read: "I am the wife of Noah Robert James Felstead, we live at 8, Goswell-road—the ten printed books now produced are all of them the property of my husband, and of the value (7s.—the prisoner was in our service—she left last Thursday-week; she came again to work for us, we being out of a servant, the following Saturday, and on the Monday following—it was about 1 o'clock on the Monday afternoon that I actually put her into custody—I was in Old-street, and it was then in reference to other articles of property than these books now produced—I had no knowledge at that time that these books were missing—they had all been taken out of the parlour—I gave charge of the prisoner at the station-house, but the charge was in reference to other articles of property as I have mentioned—these books were shown to me afterwards by the officer as having been found upon the prisoner."

CHARLES SCHRODER (policeman, G 223.) The prisoner was given into my custody on 20th July; she was searched by the female searcher, and I received from her these ten books (produced.)

HARRIOT HAYWARD . I searched the prisoner at the station, and found these ten books round the bottom of her petticoat, inside the lining—she said they belonged to her mother.

NOAH ROBERT JAMES FELSTEAD re-examined. These books are mine. (The prisoner received a good character, and a witness engaged to employ her.)

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined One Week.

Reference Number: t18510818-1682

1682. THOMAS SHEA , stealing 1 jacket, 1 waistcoat, 1 pair of trowsers, 1 pair of shoes, and 1 pair of braces, value 3l. 3s.; the property of William Brown, in a vessel in a port, &c.

CHARLES FRASER (Thames-policeman, 73.) On 18th July I saw the prisoner in Wapping Basin—he was very stout about the body—I stopped him and asked him how it was he had got so stout since I last saw him—he said he did not see much difference—I asked him what he was doing there—he said, looking for a day's work—I said, "Looking for a day's work at four o'clock, you have got some things here that don't belong to you"—I opened his shirt and found all these articles (produced)—he said he bought them of a sailor outside the principal entrance of the London Docks—I afterwards went on board a ship and found the prisoner's shoes—William Brown, the prosecutor, has been gone to sea five days.


Reference Number: t18510818-1683

1683. WINIFRED O'BRIEN , stealing 1 shilling, 2 sixpences, and 8 pence, and 5 halfpence; the moneys of Jason Harris, her master.

MR. PAYNE conducted the prosecution.

MARY ANNA SAUNDERS . I am housekeeper to Mr. Harris, who keeps

the White Horse, at Ratcliff. The prisoner was his servant—in consequence of missing money, on Tuesday night, 5th Aug., a little after 11 o'clock, I marked a half-crown, two shillings, six sixpences, thirty pence, and eight halfpence, and put them into the till—the prisoner went to bed at 11, and I went at 12—I came down next morning at a little after 6, found the till wide open, and missed one shilling, two sixpences, and some copper—a constable was called; he searched the prisoner's box in my presence, and found one shilling, two sixpences, and eight pence, all marked—to get to the till a person would have to unlock the bar-parlour door, but the key of the sitting-room above, which is left in the door, will unlock it—on this morning, before I came down, I heard the prisoner get up and go down—I then looked from the top of the landing and saw that the sitting-room door key was gone—when I came down in a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes after, it was replaced.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Was your master present when the money was marked? A. Yes; it was marked at a neighbour's house—my master has two sons and two daughters—he is not here—no one was present hut me and the policeman when the box was searched, that was at 12 o'clock—I missed the money a little after 6—her box was in her bed-room, unlocked—she told the policeman there were nine or ten shillings in her box, and he was welcome to search it—the key is generally left in the sitting-room door—the prisoner did not take out beer, except we were busy in the evening—we have a potman, he leaves at 11—the till does not lock—the house was shut up before I went to bed that night, and I missed the money before any customers came in the morning.

WILLIAM CHARLES POTTER (policeman, K 212). I was present when the money was marked, on the Tuesday night a little after 11 o'clock—on the Wednesday morning, about 12, I went to Mr. Harris's, saw the prisoner, and told her a great deal of money was missed from the till by her master, and asked her if she had any in her box—she said, "Nine or ten shillings"—she went up-stairs with me, opened her box, which was not locked, and I found eleven shillings, and four pence; eight pence, five halfpence, one shilling, and two sixpences of which were what I had seen marked the night before.

Cross-examined. Q. Who was present when the money was marked? A. Mr. Harris and the last witness—Mr. Harris has been very ill for the last three months, and contiuues so now—I was sent for on the Wednesday.

(The prisoner received a good character.)


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Third Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1684

1684. MARGARET MURRAY and BENJAMIN MURRAY , stealing 1 50l. Bank-note; the money of Mary Taylor, in the dwelling-house of John Henry Wilson.

MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN HENRY WILSON . I am a bookseller and stationer, at 1, Watson's-buildings, Kingsland-road. Mrs. Mary Taylor boards and lodges with me—she is eighty-four years old—the female prisoner was our servant, and left of her own accord on 7th June—on 10th Jan. I went with Mrs. Taylor to the Bank, when she received her dividend—she received a 50l.-note, of which I took the number—it was No. 9632, dated 9th Nov., 1850—on 27th April I saw that safe in Mrs. Taylor's reticule, in the drawing-room—I missed it about the middle of July—I went to the Bank to stop its payment, and found it had already been exchanged—I believe the male prisoner is the female's father, and is a porter in Cheapside—I gave information to the police, and went to 7, Sugarloaf-court, Thames-street, and there gave the female into custody—she said she knew nothing at all about it.

JOHN ALEXANDER HICKS . I manage the business of my father's public-house, the Grapes, in Bow-lane—I know the male prisoner, he is a porter—about nine or ten weeks ago he brought a 5l. Bank-note to me, which I changed for him—I marked it—this one, No. 29031, dated 14th April, 1851, produced by Mr. Bailey, is the one.

JOSEPH KNIGHT (City-policeman). On 18th July I took the male prisoner into custody in Bow-lane, and said, "I want you respecting a 50l.-note that has been stolen from Kingsland"—he said, "I know nothing at all about it"—I said, "One of the 5l.-notes, the proceeds of the 50l.-note, has been traced to you, and you must go with me to the station"—he said, "Very well, I will go, but I know nothing about it"—when we got to the station the sergeant said, "Murray, you are charged with passing a 5l.-note, the proceeds of a 50l.-note, stolen at Kingsland, at Mr. Hicks's, in Bow-lane"—he said, "I never changed a note at Mr. Hicks's in my life"—on that I went and fetched Mr. Hicks, and as soon as be came into the station the prisoner said, "I recollect now changing a note at Mr. Hicks's about three or four weeks ago, it was given me by an old officer of mine, a brevet-major in the 11th regt. of foot, of the name of John George Riley; he was coming down Friday-street, saw me standing there, and gave it me for the assistance of myself and wife"—I have since examined the Army List, and do not find such a name there.

Benjamin Murray. I did not recollect it at first, I recalled it in a moment.

Witness. I went away directly he denied having changed it, stating I was going to fetch Mr. Hicks—I was gone about three minutes.

JOHN NEWELL (policeman, N 102). On 19th July, at 11 o'clock, I took the female into custody outside the Worship-street police-court—I had had her before and she had been discharged by the Magistrate—I said, "I must take you into custody again for the 50l.-note job"—she made some remark which I do not recollect, but going across the road, she said, "It is a d—I lie, I did not do it, Wilson did it himself."

Margaret Murray. I said Mrs. Wilson bad told me that her husband was in the habit of robbing Mrs. Taylor.

RICHARD ADYE BAILEY . I produce a 502.-note from the Bank of England, No. 9632, dated 9th Nov.—that was paid into the Bank on 22nd May by a female—we require the notes to be endorsed in the presence of the cashier, and this is endorsed "Mrs. Wilson, Watson's-buildings, Kingsland-road"—one 10l.-note, three 5l.-notes, Nos. 29031, 32, 33, dated 14th April, and 25l. in gold were given in exchange for it—I also produce those three 5l.—notes, one of which is the one changed with Mr. Hicks, and one at Mr. Taylor's, which has on it "Murray, 7, Sugarloaf-court.

JOHN HENRY WILSON re-examined. This "Mrs. Wilson, Watson's-buildings, Kingsland-road" was not on the note when I saw it—I do not know the writing—the note was just as it bad come from the Bank.

ELEANOR ELIZABETH WILSON . I am the wife of John Henry Wilson. This "Mrs. Wilson, Watson's-buildings, Kingsland-road" on the note is not my writing, or written with my authority—it rather resembles my writing—I have never said my husband was in the habit of robbing Mrs. Taylor.

Margaret Murray. You said he was helping himself, and wished me to get the bag out of the drawing-room that you might help your children.

Witness. Nothing of the kind ever passed.

EDWARD TAYLOR . I keep the Old Bell, in Friday-street. I know the male prisoner—about the second week in June he deposited a 5l.-note with me, which I was to keep for him, and let him have money as he wanted it—

he had a sovereign at one time, and the rest in separate sums, from 1l. to half-a-crown—I did not observe whether there was any writing on the note—I paid it away.

MART TAYLOR . I am a widow, my husband was in the East India Company's service. I have for some time boarded and lodged with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson—I recollect going with Mr. Wilson in January to receive ray dividend at the Bank—I cannot recollect what I received, I am very aged, and my memory is bad—I was in the habit of keeping my money in a bag which I used to have on the drawing-room table.


Reference Number: t18510818-1685

1685. HONORA SULLIVAN , stealing 21 yards of Derry cloth, value 10s.; the goods of Charles Martin and another.

MR. POLAND conducted the Prosecution,

EDWARD NEWMAN . I am shopman to Charles Martin and another, of 144, Whitecross-street. On 17th July, about half-past 9 o'clock at night, I placed this cloth (produced) on a rail outside the shop—I went into the shop, came out in about ten minutes, missed the cloth, and then saw it on the prisoner's arm, who was about a foot and a half down a court at the side of the shop in the act of fastening it under her shawl—I caught her, and gave her into custody—it is Derry cloth, and worth about 10s.

Cross-examined by MR. PATNE. Q. Were there many things outside? A. A great number; the prisoner appeared to have been drinking, but knew what she was about—she told me she had no intention of stealing it, got angry with me, and struck me—I then gave her in charge—she said, "What are yon going to do with me? I have done nothing."

THOMAS LOWE . I am in an oil-warehouse, 145, Whitecross-street. I saw the cloth on the rail, and afterwards saw Newman take it from the prisoner.

Cross-examined. Q. You did not see how the prisoner got it? A. No; it hung on the bottom rail—to examine it you must lift it up—she was about a yard from the rail.

HENRY CREMIN (policeman, G 144.) I took the prisoner—she had been drinking, but was not drunk.


Reference Number: t18510818-1686

1686. GEORGE FRANCIS BANKS was indicted for embezzlement.

JOHN DIRR . I am a pastry-cook, at 6, City-mad, and deal with Mr. Smith. In May I purchased a tub of butter of him, for 3l. 13s., and on 15th June I paid the prisoner 2l. on account of it—he gave me this receipt (produced).

GEORGE DYKE . I live at 21, Lloyd's-row, and deal with Mr. Smith. In May I purchased two firkins of butter of him, which came to 3l. 9s. 9d., which sum I paid the prisoner on 17th June—he gave me this receipt (produced.)

WILLIAM HENRY CARROLL . I am secretary to the Patent Hot-water Oven Baking Company. In May I purchased some butter of Mr. Smith, which came to 2l. 1s. 9d., and I paid the prisoner that on 5th June—he gave me this receipt (produced).

WILLIAM KIRK PATRICK SMITH . I have employed the prisoner as a traveller since May—it was his duty to collect money from the customers, and he ought to pay it over to me in the evening—he has not paid me 2l. received from John Dirr—he has admitted that he received these three sums—on the Wednesday after he received these sums he gave himself into custody—I saw him next day at the police-court, and I told him I would take him back, and give him a stated salary, if he behaved himself—he did not account to me for

having received these sums till he was in custody—he afterwards gave himself into custody a second time.

Prisoner. I sent Mr. Smith notice to produce his ledger, cash, and day. books. Witness. I have not got them here; I thought the charge was quite clear without—he never saw my books, and cannot tell whether I have given credit for those sums—I have not received one penny from the prisoner since—I have not stopped 5s. out of his salary—I do not enter the salary I paid him in the cash-book—I have given the different parties credit for the sums, writing the prisoner's name in the margin of the account.

RICHARD LEE (policeman, F 68). On 12th July, about a quarter to 12 o'clock at night, the prisoner came to me, and wished to give himself into custody for embezzling money of his employer, Mr. Smith, of Long-acre—he said he had given himself into custody once before, but his master would not prosecute, and had taken him into his service again.

Prisoner's Defence. If Mr. Smith's books had been here I should have been able to prove that he has debited me with the amount.


Reference Number: t18510818-1687

1687. GEORGE FRANCIS BANKS was again indicted for embezzlement.

EDWARD WILLIAM LOREY . I am a dairyman, and deal with Mr. Smith. On 10th July I paid the prisoner 1l. 16s. 9d., and he gave me this receipt. (produced.)

ANN PHIPPS . I deal with Mr. Smith. On 8th July I paid the prisoner 1l. 10s. 6d. on Mr. Smith's account—he gave me this receipt (produced).

JOHN CONSTABLE . I deal with Mr. Smith. On 13th May I paid the prisoner 1l. 18s. 9d.—I believe my wife paid this bill of 2nd July—I believe this receipt to it to be the prisoner's writing—(read— 2 nd July, 4s. 1 1/2 d. paid Banks).

WILLIAM KIRK PATRICK SMITH . I took the prisoner back about three weeks before he gave himself up the second time—he has not accounted to me for 4s. 1 1/2 d. received from Mr. Constable, or for 1l. 10s. 6d. from Mrs.

Phipps, or 1l. 16s. 9d. from Mr. Lorey—I have not spoken to him since he gave himself up the second time.

(Richard Lee, policeman, F 68, repeated his former evidence.)

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1688

1688. MICHAEL KEARNEY , stealing 1 spoon, value 10s. 6d.; the goods of James Edward Mivart, his master.

GEORGE DUNHAM (policeman, F 57). On 11th Aug. I took the prisoner, for being drunk, and unable to take care of himself—I searched him at the station, and found on him this silver spoon (produced)—as soon as he saw me with it he said, "Give me that; it is mine; it was given me by the head waiter."

Prisoner. I said the spoon belonged to the waiter at Mivart's, and I intended to give it him back.

JOHN DELL . I am head waiter at Mivart's Hotel. The prisoner was assistant waiter there—this spoon is Mr. James Edward Mivart's property—I never gave it to the prisoner—the day before this happened the prisoner was employed to clean the plate, and in the course of doing so this spoon would come into his charge.

Prisoner's Defence. When I was putting the plate away I found this spoon, which I considered belonged to another department: I put it into my pocket, thinking I might meet the waiter it belonged to, forgot it, and got tipsy

JOHN DELL re-examined. There are two different departments—this spoon did not belong to the prisoner's department, but would come into his possession once a week—all the pantry plate which was given him was correct, but this spoon belonged to the bar, and would properly be in the charge of another person—he has been employed six weeks, and we always found him honest.


Reference Number: t18510818-1689

1689. JAMES O'BRIEN was indicted for embezzlement.

EDWARD SEWELL . I am foreman to William Thomas and Stephen Nodall, The prisoner has been in their service as porter about two months, and was authorized to receive small amounts of money, which he ought to band over to me on his return—he has not paid me half-a-crown received from Mr. Brooks—this is his writing to the receipt (produced)—he was given into custody, in consequence of information, and his absconding on 31st July—he has since acknowledged in writing that be received this, and would pay it if he was taken back again.

HENRY WILLIAM DAVEY . I am clerk to Messrs, Brooks and Walley, of Gray's-inn. On 18th July I paid the prisoner 2s. 6d.—he gave me this receipt—(read—"Received of Mr. Brooks, 2s. 6d. JAMES O'BRIEN. 18th July, 1851.")

GEORGE DUNHAM (policeman, F 27). I took the prisoner on 6th Aug.—he said he was very sorry for what he had done; if they would take him back he would pay the money back; it was his own fault, and he had nobody to blame but himself.

COURT. Q. Had anything been then said about the half-crown? A. No; it was a charge of a sovereign.

Prisoner's Defence. I put the money into my pocket, stopped in a crowd, and then missed it.

EDWARD SEWELL re-examined. He absconded on 31st July—up to that time he had said nothing about having lost the money—his mother came to me afterwards.

GUILTY. Aged 18.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.Confined

Three Months.

OLD COURT.—Saturday, August 23rd, 1851.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Second Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1690

1690. JOSEPH BLADES was indicted for a robbery, with violence, together with another person unknown, upon Marcus Phillips, and stealing 1 sovereign; his money.

MR. SLEIGH conducted the Prosecution.

MARCUS PHILLIPS . I am an interpreter, and live at 26, Crown-court, Covent, garden. I am a Frenchman—I have been seven years in this country—on Wednesday night, 2nd July, about half-past 1 or a quarter to 2 o'clock, I was walking through the Haymarket, towards my home, and on getting into Brewer-street the prisoner and another man came up to me, kept me by the hand, and asked me "Which way you go? how do you do?"—I said, "You are quite strangers to me, what do you want of me?"—he kept so tight hold of me, that I could not take my hand off—I did the best I could, took my hand out, and went away—they came after me, and the prisoner gave me a Mow in the head, which knocked me down—they kept me by the coat, and

the other one put his hand about my pockets—I called, "Police! police!"—two or three policemen came up, and I gave the prisoner in charge—I put my hand into my pocket, where I had had two sovereigns and a half, and one sovereign was gone—I know I had it safe five minutes before, when I bought a cigar—I had counted it—I had never seen the prisoner before—I did not lose sight of Km.

Cross-examined by MR. HUDDLESTON. Q. Where were you last employed as an interpreter? A. At 496, New Oxford-street—I do not know the house 4, Leicester-street, Leicester-square; is it an hotel, a coffee-house, or what is it?—I do not know what a gambling-house is—I do not play at cards, or roulette, or rouge et noir—I never belonged to a house where they played for money—I go to the house you mean one night—it is a coffee-shop outside—I go in one or two times to take coffee—they tell me to come up-stairs; I go up, and they play cards, but I never play—I was only there one time—I could not swear whether it was one or two times—I have not been there more than twice—I do not know who belongs to the house—the landlady took me up-stairs—I have never been in this Court before—I was never a witness here before—I have been a prisoner—I was not tried—I was found not guilty by the Grand Jury—that is seven yean ago—that is the only time—it was not for stealing; I never stole—I come from Germany—I was never tried for any offence in my own country—I swear I had never seen the prisoner before—I know a person named Wagner—I did not tell him that the prisoner did not rob me, but that I lost the money out of my pocket in the scuffle—I never asked Wagner to get the prisoner's friends to make it up—I never spoke to him about it—he spoke to me—he called at my house, and said, "Go not off to Marlboro'-street; make that the prisoner not guilty is, or when he come out he kill you; you not understand the law of England; the law of England is, when you convict the prisoner, then you go to prison"—I said, "I go to the Judge, and speak what true is"—he wanted to give me 2l. not to come here—when the policeman came up to me, I told him that they had struck me, and robbed me of a pound—I had missed it before the policeman came up.

ROBERT GRIFFITHS (policeman, C 40.) About 2 o'clock on this morning I was in Leicester-square—I heard cries of "Police!" proceeded to the spot, and found the prosecutor having hold of the prisoner—he gave him in charge for assaulting him, and taking a sovereign from his pocket.

Cross-examined. Q. Did be put his hand into his pocket, and feel whether the money was gone? A. He told me it was gone—I did not see him feel in his pocket—the prisoner did not appear intoxicated.

GUILTY of an Assault. ** Aged 18.— Confined Eighteen Months.

Before Mr. Justice Wightman.

Reference Number: t18510818-1691

1691. JOHN STEPHENS , feloniously killing and slaying Henry Steward Davis: he was also charged on the Coroner's Inquisition with the like offence.

MR. PARRY conducted the Prosecution.

ELIZABETH WANSTALL . I am the wife of William Wanstall, of 85, Ratcliff-highway. He is in the service of Mr. Stephens, the prisoner, and serves in the potato-shop—I knew the deceased child, Henry Steward Davis—the mother had lived with me for the last four months—she left me to go into the country, leaving the child in my care; and when she came back, she was insane, and was removed to the workhouse five weeks before the boy's death—he was under my care during that five weeks—he was very imbecile indeed—he was about thirteen years old—I used to wash him and

do everything for him, the same as for one of my own—on Thursday, 10th July last, he was taken with a bowel-complaint—on the Friday he was very bad, and we kept putting warm flannels to his stomach, and gave him a little gruel; and we contrived to get rid of it without any medical advice—on the Monday he got worse, and I went to Mr. Stephens, and told him that Henry was very ill with a bowel-complaint, and would he be pleased to give me something for him—he said, "You had better give him a little composition-powder to settle his stomach"—I went to the shop, and got 1d.-worth of composition-powder—that is about a quarter of an ounce—Mr. Stephens did not tell me what quantity to get; he said, "Go and get a little composition-powder," and we generally ask for a quarter of an ounce—I gave the child not half a tea-spoonful of the powder, mixed in a wine-glass, with raspberry-leaf tea, but he did not take any of it—in giving it him, it went all over his face, and on his night-shirt and the sheet—he had a dose of Turkey rhubarb on the Tuesday—he complained of pain in his stomach—he bad about half a teaspoonful of rhubarb—he complained of a pain in his stomach before he had that, and after he had taken it also; and I applied a mustard-plaister to his stomach—on the Wednesday night Mr. Stephens administered an enema, and he said, "Give him a composition-powder to meet it, and I have not the least doubt he will be better;" and I gave him half a teaspoonful of the powder in a wine-glass, and he took it—I had gone to Mr. Stephens's shop, and told him that Henry was much worse; and he said, "We had better give him an enema"—he brought a small powder in a paper, and mixed it up in a small tea-cup, and we had got the syringe that was bought on purpose for him—it was left in my care by his mother—Mr. Stephens and my husband together used the syringe—he injected the powder into the child's body, not the whole of it—I did not give him quite half a teaspoonful of the powder—there was half a teaspoonful mixed, but he did not take it quite all—I do not myself know what the ingredients are—it was administered about 8 on Wednesday night—the boy appeared much better afterwards, and rested very well during the night, and next morning he said he was better—after 12 he got worse—it appeared as if there was a rattling or a kind of croop in his throat; and then he sank, and died—I went to one surgeon, to ask him to come and see him, but I was not able to see him—he sent a bottle of medicine down, and said he would come by-and-bye—I did not administer any of that—my husband met Mr. Garrett, and he came to see him, but the child was just dead as he came—Mr. Stephens is an agent of Dr. Coffin.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. How long have you known Mr. Stephens? A. More than twelve months—I have three children—he has been in the habit of administering to them and to me—I have taken the composition-powder many times, and my children also—he has always been very careful and attentive—the powder never made me ill—it has always done me a great deal of good, and my children too—the child's mother had taken it previously—the prisoner has a considerable business in the neighbourhood—he is a medical botanist—the child's mother had been in the habit of giving him the composition-powder before this for a fortnight or three weeks when he has complained of a bowel complaint—his faculties were very much impaired—he never enjoyed good health—he used to suffer very much from croop, I cannot exactly say for how long; and he suffered greatly from bowel-complaint—I never had the doctors in the neighbourhood to attend him or myself—he has frequently had doses of rhubarb when he had the bowel-complaint—there was always a very great difficulty in moving the

bowels—his mother has been obliged to give him enemas several times from his infancy—I have got the instrument that she has used from his infancy to apply the injections—I cannot tell what injections she gave him—at the time this was applied, he was suffering great pain in his bowels—he had been suffering from that from the Wednesday before—he had a mustard-plaister applied on the Tuesday, in consequence of the pain in the stomach—the enema did not relieve him immediately, but in the course of a quarter of an hour he said, "Mother, I am better"—he had had a bottle of cod-liver oil, which his mother gave him—I am not making any charge against the prisoner—he has attended my children—Mr. Garrett came just when the boy was dead—no one sent for him; my husband met him in the street, and brought him in—he did not make any examination at that time—the child died on the Thursday afternoon, 17th July, about 20 minutes before 4, and Mr. Garrett made an examination of the body on the Sunday afternoon—his assistant was with him—the prisoner was not present—the body was in a putrid state at that time.

MR. PARRY. Q. Was the powder which the mother had administered to the child before, obtained from Mr. Stephens? A. Yes; I do not know about the injections—she never gave him an injection in my presence—my husband's wages with Mr. Stephens are 18s. a week—I was summoned as a witness by the Coroner.

THOMAS OVERTON . I reside at 3, Prospect-place, St. George's, and so constable of the parish. On Monday, 21st July, I went to Mr. Stephens' shop for a pennyworth of composition-powder, which I handed to Dr. Letheby—I did not see Mr. Stephens at that time—I saw him directly I had purchased it—he said it was the same sort of powder that he gave the deceased, Davis—he said it consisted of Bayberry bark, four parts, Hemlock bark from America four parts, ground ginger two parts, and cloves and cinnamon one-eighth part each—he said the Bayberry bark was astringent, the hemlock bark frost America was astringent, and the ground ginger was astringent—I said nothing about the injection then—at the time I went to inquire about the death of the child he told me that he had given him an enema the day before he died, composed of composition-powder and raspberry leaves—he afterwards admitted there was lobelia in it.

WILLIAM RICHARD CROCKER . I am shopman to Mr. Stephens, and have been so about fifteen months—I attend in the grocer's shop—I am employed in selling the composition-powder—we sell it in all quantities—we sell half a pound at a time sometimes—I sometimes make it up, according to the book—on the Wednesday evening, before the boy died, Mr. Stephens came over and fetched an enema—it was composed of lobelia, composition, and valerian—those were the three sole ingredients—there was about a quarter of an ounce of it—I do not know how it was to be administered—I never administered an enema—I sell the composition-powder to the people in the neighbourhood—we sell grocery and tobacco in the shop where we sell the composition-powder—it is not an oil-shop—we sell a little soap sometimes—Mr. Stephens is in the habit of going to visit persons who purchase medical herbs of him, if they want him—I know that he has been sent for as a medical man.

Cross-examined. Q. I suppose you, like other persons, are occasionally obliged to take medicine? A. I do not take much—I have taken lobelia—it has never poisoned me—I have taken pounds of the composition-powder—it has made me a great deal better than I used to be—it has done me good—we sell a great deal of it—I was not with Mr. Stephens during the period of the cholera—we have customers who come every day—the lobelia has done

me good—I was in a very bad state of health when I went to Mr. Stephens'—I bad not been under any regular medical man—I am a great deal better now, and am getting better every day—I have taken other medicines besides the composition-powder—I have a sister whose child was ill with the hooping cough—this medicine was given to the child, and it got well.

MARK BROWN GARRETT . I am a member of the College of Surgeons, and the Apothecaries Company. I have been in practice about fifteen years—Wanstall, the husband of the witness, met me in the street on 17th July last, and asked me to come and look at a child that was dying in his house—I went, and it was just dead—I had seen the child about six weeks before—it appeared quite idiotic—I examined the body on the Sunday afternoon, after the death—externally there were no appearances; internally, the chest on the left side was filled with fluid, and the left lung was compressed—there was also a considerable layer of coagulated lymph around the walls of the chest—at the right side there were old adhesions, the result of former inflammation—in the stomach I found a small quantity of dark fluid of a gruelly appearance—that was merely the contents of the stomach—it might have been something he had taken—the stomach was inflamed, and the whole track of the intestines—I removed them from the body—I found the lower portion, particularly the rectum and that part, highly inflamed, and the mucous membrane was softened—in removing the intestines a quantity of dark fluid escaped from the cavity of the abdomen—some water also escaped between the rectum and the bladder—I gave my evidence before the Coroner, and by his order, on a subsequent examination, I removed the stomach and intestines, and conveyed them to Dr. Letheby—I also, by order of the Coroner, examined the head of the deceased—that was on the second examination—I found no appearances about the brain to account for death—I have had some experience of the composition-powder since this occurrence—I had no experience of it before—Bayberry and hemlock bark are not English herbs—they are said to be astringent—I can give no opinion about them—if an enema of a quarter of an ounce composed of valerian, lobelia, and composition powder were administered to this child, it would have the effect of a powerful stimulant—I have no means of judging whether they are irritants on the human subject—it would stimulate the part to which it was applied—it would stimulate the finger.

COURT. Q. Suppose it was applied to a person labouring under diarrhoea, would it stimulate so as to increase that or not? A. That is a difficult question to answer—it is likely to increase the quantity of blood to the part, whether it would relieve the diarrhoea or not is another question—what is meant by stimulating is increasing the action of the part, and bringing more blood to it.

MR. PARRY. Q. If there was a tendency to inflammation to the bowels would the administration of such an enema, at all tend td increase, of to diminish the inflammation? A. I should say to increase it—in my judgment the cause of death was inflammation of the intestines—there were such inflammatory symptoms as led me to that judgment—I do not believe that anything I saw in the chest was the cause of death—the brain was healthy.

Cross-examined. Q. Suppose the bowels will not act, what do you do? give opening medicine? A. A case of constipation may be treated in different ways—you might give opening medicine—that is one of the modes of relieving constipation—that is done by increasing the action of the intestines—it is a stimulus—if the bowels did not then act, it would depend on circumstances whether you gave more stimulus—you must point out a case—the

object of opening medicine is to irritate the coats of the intestines, and by that means expel the feces—I cannot say whether the habit of taking aperient medicine constantly would affect the coats of the stomach, and render them liable to inflammation—I know that this injection is a powerful stimulus from my experience—I have had experience of it—I have applied it, the composition-powder, the lobelia, and valerian—I consider it dangerous—I have tried it on dogs—I found it to be a very powerful stimulus—it acted very powerfully on the bowels—I got the lobelia from Mr. Stephens—it is in the Pharmacopeia—it is used by doctors, but not generally—I know of no quarrel between myself and the prisoner—I heard of a meeting at which Dr. Coffin gave a lecture—I was not present—I remember the period when the cholera was raging in my neighbourhood—I do not know that this person's medicines were very generally taken.

Q. Do you not know that there was a question before the vestry as to whether they should not be administered parochially? A. I heard of vestry-meeting being called—I was present—I am not aware that there was a question raised as to whether these medicines should be used or not—I do not recollect speaking against their being used—I cannot say what I said—when I went on the Sunday to open the body of the child, I do not recollect whether I gave notice of my intention to the prisoner—I had the order of the Coroner—an inquest had not been summoned at that time—I got the order through the constable—I did not apply for it—he gave it me—that wit before the inquest was held—I examined the lungs—the left lung was compressed, and wholly useless—I did not say at the time I examined the lungs that I wondered how the boy bad drawn his breath at all, and that we need go no further, for that was enough—I said, "Here is disease"—I did not say we need go no further—I did not say the left lung was literally rotten; I said it was wholly useless—I did not say I wondered he could draw his breath at all—nothing of the kind—when I was before the Coroner, I recollect Mr. Stephens wishing me to be examined at once—I was not examined until the second examination—I had then had a talk with Dr. Letheby, and gave him the contents of the stomach.

MR. PARRY. Has a case ever come under your practice, of a person suffering from taking this medicine? A. I never recollect a case. The object of my seeing Dr. Letheby was merely to analyze the stomach and its contents—I have not killed any dogs with this medicine, but very nearly; it had a most powerful effect—I have used the composition-powder as an external application—my assistant applied it to his knee in a case of rheumatism, and it produced an effect similar to a mustard poultice, it was so very powerful—I administered the lobelia in water to the dogs, and also the valerian and composition-powder; about a teacup-full.

COURT. Q. How much of the lobelia did you give? A. About a tea spoonful, and about the same quantity of composition-powder—I mixed them together and gave them—prussic acid is sometimes administered as medicine—I gave the dog the same dose as had been given to the deceased—it made the dog ill—I treated the dog the same as the boy—a tea-spoonful would weigh about a drachm, one-eighth of an ounce.

HENRY LETHEBY, ESQ . I am a doctor of medicine, a graduate of the University, and have been lecturer at the London Hospital many years I have more particularly directed my attention to the subject of poisons, and their effects on the human frame. I received from Mr. Garrett the intestines and stomach of a child—I examined them, and found them violently inflamed from one end to the other—I have heard the evidence in this case, and have

heard the physical character of the child described—it would require greater care in administering medicines to such a child as that, because it would not be likely to complain of injury so readily—I believe the inflammation was the cause of death—I have heard that the left lung was compressed—persons live for years with one lung—there might have been no disease of that lung at all; I did not see it—such a position of lung exists, but it might depend upon the manner in which the body was opened—I am not clear that there was that disease of the lung of which Mr. Garrett speaks; it might not have been—I bad a small package of composition-powder brought to me by Overton—I analysed it—that which I detected chiefly was ginger and cayenne pepper; the other parts were not capable of being recognised by chemical means—if that composition-powder were introduced into the body, it would tend to stimulate the intestines; and, if repeated, to irritate—I have not examined anything similar to the enema that was administered; but I examined the lower part of the gut, and there I found part of the composition-powder, and what I suspected to be part of the enema, lobelia—I am not able to say that it was lobelia—there is no positive test for lobelia; but as far as the microscope would guide me, I believe it to have been lobelia—the lower intestines, which lie between the rectum and the bladder, were very much more inflamed than the others; so much so, that they were nearly disorganised, nearly in a pulpy state, in the highest state of inflammation—lobelia, valerian, and composition-powder mixed, however it was applied to an inflamed bowel, would increase the inflammation, and it would be the very worst thing that could possibly be applied—I am not prepared to say that it would produce the extreme inflammation I observed—a repetition of the composition-powder would no doubt produce inflammation—I do not think a single dose would produce it.

COURT. Q. Would a single dose of composition-powder and lobelia mixed cause inflammation? A. I do not think it would cause inflammation sufficient to kill.

MR. PARRY. Q. Suppose any inflammation existed, would it increase it? A. Certainly; and it would be a very dangerous thing to administer—I have since made experiments with this powder; I applied it in the first place to my own mouth, to see whether it was possible to raise a blister by keeping it a little while in my mouth; and it created so much pain and irritation in the course of five minutes, that I was obliged to give it up—I then tried it on the back of the hand, and found it created irritation there—the irritation would increase according to the time it was in the bowels—when given to dogs it causes blood to pass from the bowels in the course of a very few hours—in my judgment, it would have the same effect on the human frame; I see no difference between the structures—some of it was produced at the Inquest, and was tasted by persons there—all the Jury complained of the pain it produced in their mouths—lobelia is an American plant—I have had some experience in this composition-powder on the human subject also; one case was at the hospital, and the other occurred in Rateliffe-highway, where I had an opportunity of examining the body after death, and found the same appearances as in this case, violent inflammation of the whole alimentary canal—the case at the hospital was about eight months ago—in that instance it was given by a disciple of Dr. Coffin's, named Trewbridge, who lives at Spital-square—I can pledge my oath to the fact that that person had had composition-powder—I did not see it administered; but from what I observed, and the history of the case, I can say that he had taken it—I did not find any in the stomach—the patient survived—in the other instance I did find it in the stomach.

Cross-examined. Q. When you tried the composition-powder upon yourself,

how did you try it? A. Alone; I have tried it with spirit as well—I have never heard that the persons who apply it say that spirit, is the last thing it ought to be mixed with—I did not hear that at the Inquest—lobelia is a medicine that may be used under certain circumstances—it is spoken very highly of by medical men of great authority—it is mentioned in medial works.

MR. PARRY. Q. What quantity did you put on your tongue? A. Three grains; I weighed it—I found that a tea-spoonful was exactly one drachm—I was very careful in ascertaining exactly what quantity it weighed—I used an ordinary teaspoon—I put fifteen grains on the back of my hand, that was not mixed with spirit—it is always stated that lobelia should be administered with great caution, and on the best of evidence, that many deaths have arisen from its operation in America and in this country from the indiscriminate use of it.


Reference Number: t18510818-1692

1692. FREDERICK MARSHALL , feloniously killing and slaying John Kenton: he was also charged on the Coroner's Inquisition with the like offence.

MR. PARNELL conducted the Prosecution.

ANN KENTON . I am the widow of the deceased, John Kenton. He was a bricklayer, and lived at Brentford—he was thirty-four years old; he had five children—he was in good health on 3rd July—on that evening, between 7 and 8 o'clock, in consequence of something I heard, I went into Brookshot-road, which is a few yards from where we lived—I saw my husband and the prisoner there quarrelling; it was something about strawberries—I saw the prisoner strike my husband, and knock him down—before that, the prisoner went into his own yard, and stripped off all his clothes but his trowsers—my husband had all his clothes on—the prisoner was the worse for drink—my husband got up, and hit Marshall again; Marshall struck him again, and he turned back and said he did not wish to fight—it was not because he would not, but because he could not fight, and he turned away and went to Mrs. Allen's beer-shop—Marshall went into his own yard—he came out again in about ten minutes, and went to the beer-shop where my husband was—I heard him say as he went along that he would knock it out of the b—y b—r—I saw them come out of the beer-shop, and there was some more fighting just outside—Marshall was knocked down several times—they both fell down together; my husband knocked him down—they continued fighting for a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes—Marshall at last struck my husband one blow in the forehead and another behind the ear, and knocked him down, and he became senseless—he remained insensible for ten minutes or a quarter of an hour—I went up and assisted him; the men who were by got some water and bathed him—after that he was able to get up and walk home—I walked home with him—he complained of his head, and went to bed immediately—he never got out of bed afterwards—Mr. Goodchild, the doctor, attended him on the Saturday—he died on the Sunday evening—he suffered very much in his head after the Thursday—his face was all blood, and there was blood in his ear where the blow was given.

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTON. Q. Were you present at the commencement of this quarrel? A. No; I heard them quarreling, and went out to them in the Brook shot-road—I am sure no blow was struck before I went out—I did not hear my husband challenge the prisoner to fight—I begged him not to fight, and he said be would not—there were several persons there—my father was not there then; he was at the second fight—the prisoner was knocked down once in the first fight—that fight did not last five minutes—Marshall only put his coat on when he followed my husband to the beer—

shop—I followed him up the road; and just as I got to the steps of the beer-shop, they were coming out—I did not hear my husband challenge him to fight the second time—they were in high words; I did not hear what they said—I did nut hear my father say anything to my husband—I did not see my husband make any mark on the ground where they were to fight—I did not see him scratch the prisoner across the face, and challenge him to fight—the prisoner had not a little child with him that I saw—after the fight was over, he said to my father that he had done for one b—y b—r, and he would do for another; and my father said to him if he had not had enough fighting, the next night he would fight him—my husband was insensible at that time—I did not hear my father challenge Marshall to fight before that; I swear that—my husband was perfectly sober—I did not say to him, "Go along, Jack, give it him"—I wished him not to fight.

JOHN DOLIN . I am a plumber, and lire in Brookshot-place. On Thursday evening, 3rd July, I was in my garden, from which I can see into the road—I heard a great row, which I believe is a regular thing with the prisoner, and saw him with his shirt off and Kenton with his clothes on—Marshall was in a fighting attitude, and Kenton had his arms up running back to escape the prisoner—he went up the Brookshot-road towards Mrs. Allen's beer-shop, the Hope and Anchor—the prisoner called after him, "Come out, you b—r!"—about ten or fifteen minutes afterwards, I heard that they were fighting outside the Hope and Anchor, and went out and saw them fighting—I saw the last blow given by the prisoner with his right-hand on the leftside of Kenton's head, and be fell to the ground on the back-part of his head; he was insensible—three or four men picked him up.

Cross-examined. Q. The first thing you saw was the men fighting? A. The first thing I saw was Kenton protecting himself from Marshall's blows—I saw him make an attempt to strike Marshall—there was no knock-down in my presence then—there was opposite the Hope and Anchor—I did not see Kenton knock Marshall down—I did not see the whole fight, it bad commenced before I got there—I saw nothing unfair in the fight—I did not hear Kenton challenge Marshall to fight—I did not see his father-in-law there, of hear him say anything—I am no relation or friend of Mrs. Kenton's.

ELIZABETH ALLEN . I keep the Hope and Anchor beer-shop. On 3rd July the deceased came to my house between 7 and 8 o'clock in the evening with two others and called for a pot of beer—the prisoner came in about twenty minutes afterwards, and went into the tap-room—there were words between him and the deceased, but I was in the bar and did not bear them, they were quarreling—my husband called on the prisoner once or twice to desist from quarreling, and at last begged him to leave the house, which he did, and Kenton followed him—Kenton came back again at a few minutes past 8—he appeared sober, he had had a blow on the left eye—the prisoner came in again about a quarter-past 8, and went into the tap-room—I followed him, I refused to draw him any more beer, and desired him to leave the house—he appeared in liquor—he said he did not wish to make a disturbance in my house or any one else's—I put my hand to his shoulder and said, "Now, Marshall, leave the house directly, I will not have any disturbance here"—he left, and the deceased followed him in three or four minutes, and I do not think it was more than five minutes when I heard a disturbance—I heard the prisoner talking to Kenton when he was there the second time, but I do not know exactly what the words were.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you sure you did not hear Kenton challenging Marshall to fight? A. No; I do not remember hearing it—I do not remember

whether there was any blood on Marshall's face or not—I do not remember seeing any signs of blood about him, I could not say positively there was not—Mrs. Kenton's father (Atley) was there at the first commencement of the quarrel, sitting with them in the tap-room—there were words with him as well as with Kenton—I do not remember hearing Atley challenge Marshall to fight—he encouraged Kenton to fight—I heard him say, on his return the second time, that he had acted very foolishly and cowardly—after they had left and went out into the road I saw nothing more of them till I went to the door, just as Kenton fell, I asked his wife to come in—I do not remember seeing a child with the prisoner—he is a fishmonger—he had a tray of shell-fish with him, which he used to call with at my house of an evening—he appeared quite drunk.

MR. PARNELL. Q. When had he the tray with him? A. The first time he came, not the second—he came in then without his shirt only in his coat.

ARTHUR GOODCHILD . I am a surgeon, living at New Brentford. I was called to see the deceased on Saturday evening, 6th July, between 7 and 8 o'clock—I found him insensible, and his breathing laboured—there was a bruise on the left eye—I sent him some remedies, and saw him again at 10, he was then in the same state—I saw him again on the Sunday morning, he was still in the same state, and appeared weaker—he was sinking—he died on the Sunday afternoon—I made a post-mortem examination—I found he had been bruised about the upper part of the chest and face, and there was bleeding from the left ear—I removed the scalp, and found that the parts beneath were a good deal bruised—the brain was a good deal congested, and inflamed at the back part—the substance of the brain was somewhat congested—on the base of the brain I found clots of blood, likewise blood on the surface of the brain, at the back-part—I should say the cause of death was inflammation of the brain, caused by the injuries at the back of the head—a blow, or a violent fall would produce it.

MR. RIBTON called

JOHN STEER . I am a cowkeeper, and live close by the Hope and Anchor. I know the prisoner, and knew the deceased. On Thursday evening, 4th July, about 7 o'clock, I was at the Hope and Anchor—I saw the prisoner come out of the house and go towards home—he was carrying a fish-tray in his arm, and had a child with him—Kenton followed him out directly, and when be bad got about ten yards from the house he crossed the road and stopped him from going on, and put himself in a fighting attitude, and trod on his toes—I cannot recollect what he said—the prisoner walked on his way home, and Kenton kept getting before him and stopping him—after be had been aggravated a great deal, Marshall said, "If you let me take my tray borne I will meet you at the bottom"—Kenton followed him—Marshall went away, and returned stripped, and both met together in a fighting attitude—there were not any blows in particular, it was merely a scrambling sort of concern, and falling—they had about two rounds, and then went back to the Hope and Anchor—I afterwards saw Kenton come out, be made a scratch in the road, and said, "Now come on"—Marshall said, "I am here;" and they fought, as near as I can say, about five rounds—Kenton being the heaviest threw Marshall four or five times—they mostly fell together—at the last round Kenton hit Marshall somewhere at the side of the head, and said, "There is one for you"—Marshall made a return hit, and Kenton fell on his back, and his head came to the ground—he was picked up.

Cross-examined by MR. PARNELL. Q. Were you in the beer-shop at all? A. No; the first fight took place about 150 yards from the beer-shop, and

the second, within twenty yards of it—I took no part in it—I saw Mrs. Kenton standing on the steps of the Hope and Anchor—I did not hear her say anything—after the first fight Kenton went first to the beer-shop, and Marshall followed a little after with his coat on—I did not hear Marshall say anything to him—I did not see Dolin—the first fight was near his garden.

STEPHEN MUMFORD . I am a labourer. I was at the Hope and Anchor and heard the prisoner and deceased quarreling—the deceased said, "I will he one with you by-and-bye," and left the house—I afterwards saw the prisoner going down the road with a little boy in his hand—I saw Kenton go and make a mark across the road, step on the prisoner's toe, and put his hand across his face—the deceased stopped at my gate, and I said to him, "Jack, why do you want to have any words, go away?"—he said, "Well, Stephe, I will"—he went about five or six yards, and then turned round—the prisoner came out from his own gate—Kenton said, "You are a b—y coward to run away from me"—he went up and made a scratch with his toe, and put himself in a fighting attitude—they scuffled and fell—I do not consider it fighting at all—the prisoner was very drunk—I do not believe Kenton was sober—I saw no more.

GUILTY. Aged 37.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutrix.Confined Three Months .

Reference Number: t18510818-1693

1693. EDWARD JONES , feloniously cutting and wounding James Bates on the back and breast; with intent to murder him.

MR. LILLEY conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES BATES . I am a firewood-cutter, and live at 4, King's Head-court, Shoreditch. I have known the prisoner nine or ten years—there had been quarrels between us, and I had been bound over to keep the peace—on Sunday, 27th July, I saw the prisoner in Red Lion-court—I asked him whether his wife would give me the handkerchief that she had of mine—he said, "No, instead of having the handkerchief he would have my life, that I was his victim, and before two days went over my head he would have my life"—on the Tuesday following, 29th, I was sitting in the court in a chair with my hands on my knees, and he came and struck me in the breast; I did not see him till he struck me—I could not say what he struck me with—I saw a pair of scissors taken out of his hand—he said that I was his victim—he took hold of the hair of my head, dragged me across the court, and struck me two or three times in the back—the people surrounded him—I was taken away.

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLE. Q. Who took you away from him? A. Philip Smith, George Downey, and Matthew Hopkins—they were before the Magistrate, but are not here, the Magistrate said they would not be wanted—a man took the scissors out of his hand—I did not see what became of them afterwards—the prisoner is a watercress-seller—I never heard that he was a tailor—I did not say anything about his wife before he struck me—I have not been in the habit of taunting him about his wife—I was summoned before the Magistrate for drinking with his wife—people went and told the prisoner that I was drinking with her, and he complained—I did not on this occasion tell him that I had had her in every hole and corner of the streets—I swear I said nothing of the kind—I never saw him till he struck me.

MATTHEW MATTHEWS . I am a costermonger, and live in Red Lion-court. Kingsland-road. On 29th July, between 12 and 1 o'clock, I was in Red Lion-court and saw Jones with a pair of scissors in his hand, having hold of Bates by his hair—I took the scissors out of his hand and threw them away—they were like these (produced)—I did not see him strike Bates.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you passing by? A. No; sitting on the pavement playing at cards.

JOHN PASCOE (Police-inspector, N). I took the prisoner, and told him the charge—as we went along his brother said something to him which I did not hear, and the prisoner replied, "I wish I had drove them to the b—'s heart"—he said that Bates had caused him a great deal of misery for the last three years—I received these scissors from a man in the crowd—I produce Bates's coat, there are three cuts in the back, two do not appear to have gone through the lining—the other does.

GEORGE WILLIAM HENRY COWARD . I am a surgeon, of New North-road Hoxton. I was sent for, and examined Bates—I found considerable hemorrhage from a punctured wound at the angle of the left scapula, it was about a quarter of an inch deep—the back of his shirt was completely wetted with blood—I also found a slight scratch on the breast—the wounds were not dangerous—these scissors would inflict them. (The prisoner received an excellent character.)

GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 27.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.Confined Three Months .

Reference Number: t18510818-1694

1694. JOHN CONWAY , feloniously cutting and wounding Sarah Leonard, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.

MR. COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

SARAH LEONARD . I am a widow, and live at 7, King-street, Bethnal green. On 14th July, between 3 and 4 o'clock, I was in Nichol-street, with my daughter, Sarah Bay—I saw the prisoner at the second-floor window of the house where he worked—whether my daughter called him down or not I do not know, but he came down—they went to words—I went away, and came back again—they were then having some beer together at a public-house, and were having some words—I prayed him to be quiet—he threw me down, and went away—I got up, and went into Nichol-street—my daughter called him down again, and aggravated him to great extremes—she had been living with him for three months—he came down, and kicked her, I think, on the side—I scolded him a little—I went away—she went back, and aggravated him—I got in the way, and he knocked me down, and kicked me on the right side of the head—it bled very much—I was taken to the hospital, and was there eight days.

Prisoner. Q. Where was I when you came first? A. At your window, at work; I did not hear my daughter ask you for some money—after I came back I stood at the bar, and drank with you and my daughter—we had one pot of beer and one pint—I had no gin—you threw me down, because you wanted to get to my daughter—your child came in while we were drinking—my daughter took it up in a corner—she did not hurt it—I did not say you should not have the child—I do not know that you said your child should not stop in a public-house—I am sure I was not drunk—it was when you threw me down that I tore the front of your shirt.

MR. COCKLE. Q. Had you used bad language, or done any of these things? A. I certainly used very bad language after he threw me down, but not before—I am positive he kicked me—I had had a little to drink, but was not tipsy.

THOMAS FOREMAN (policeman, H 126). On 14th July, about 7 o'clock in the evening, I saw Mrs. Leonard bleeding from the head—I took her to the hospital, and took the prisoner.

Prisoner. Q. Was she sober? A. She was the worse for drink, but was not very tipsy.

CHARLES DUKES . I am house-surgeon to the London Hospital. I examined Mrs. Leonard there—she had a contused and lacerated wound of the scalp—there was considerable swelling, and slight hemorrhage—it might have been caused by a kick—it was dangerous from its probable consequences, but she is now recovering—she was in the hospital a week.

Prisoner. Q. Might it not have been caused by her falling down? A. Yes, but more probably from a boot.

Prisoner's Defence (written). I positively deny having used the violence to the prosecutrix, never having on any occasion entertained the slightest idea of doing her any harm, although for the last four months I have had the greatest provocation from her; she has I been to my place, swearing at me, and calling my child a bastard, and has done everything to irritate me to violence, but I never resented it; on this day they compelled me to leave my work three times, and come down; her daughter rushed on me, and the prosecutrix called me disgusting names, and said I should not strike her daughter; she held me, and refused to let me go; in the endeavour to free myself from her, she accidentally fell, and in falling struck her head against the kerb; she was very drunk, and I used no violence to cause her to fall; on the part where the injury is inflicted she has an old wound, inflicted by her husband many years ago, and since her discharge from the hospital she has been constantly intoxicated; this prosecution has been got up entirely from malicious motives.

CHARLES DUKES re-examined. I saw no traces of any old injury.

The Prisoner called

MART BECKETT . On 14th July I was sitting at tea, and saw three females come opposite my door, using very bad language to a man at work two stories up—I saw the prosecutrix's daughter, who had lived with the prisoner, with a brick in her hand, threatening that if he did not come down she would smash all the b—y windows in the house—he made an attempt to come down, and they all three ran away—he did not come down, and they came back, and threatened to smash the windows—he came down and ran—the prosecutrix held out her arms to stop him, and with the force she fell down, and struck her head against the stones—the man ran after the daughter—she ran into a shop—directly he got to the corner the prosecutrix fastened on him, and tore his clothes; and the little one spanked his face two or three times, and scratched the mud up out of the kennel and put it on his face.

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLE. Q. Was he actually covered with mud? A. He had mud on him, and his coat was torn off his back, and his shirt likewise—the officer said he did not see anything of it; but the prosecutrix said, "I will go to the station and report you if you do not take him."

HENRY WEST . I was at the corner of Church-street, Shoreditch, with my stall—the prosecutrix came by with her daughter, and hailed a man at a window, who came down—they went away for half or three-quarters of an hour, came back, and called him most dreadful names—most of the shopkeepers in the neighbourhood spoke to me about it—I saw the man run swiftly after the daughter; and the mother, who stood close to my board; held out her arms to catch him—she fell, and her head caught the corner of the kerb—I picked her up.

Cross-examined. Q. Did a crowd gather round? A. No; no one came up to her but me—I saw the policeman come up—I did not know that a charge was made against the prisoner for having done it—I heard that he was

in custody two minutes afterwards—I did not go to the station, or point out the spot where I saw her fall—I knew when the prisoner was examined before the Magistrate—I did not go and say I saw it done, and that an innocent man was taken up—I saw Mary Beckett there—there was no blood on the kerb, but it was running down the woman's neck—I swear that the prosecutrix used violent language.

JOHN BUSH . On 14th July the prisoner was at work with me—he said, "I must go and get them ladies away, for they come to kick up a row"—he went down, and was gone about an hour—they went away with him—when he returned, they came back, and used disgusting language—he told them to go away—one of them stood with a brick in her hand, and said if he did not come down she would break every b—y window in the house—he went down—the prosecutrix held out her arms to stop him, and she fell with her head on the stones—he went round the corner, and came back, and she fastened on him, and tore his coat.

Cross-examined. Q. Had he a coat on? A. Yes.

SARAH BAY . I have been living with the prisoner for eight months—on this morning we bad been having a few words—I had taken my things away—in the afternoon I went with my mother to the prisoner's for some money—he said, "Well, if you want it, you shall have some," and he took us and gave us something to drink—his child came then—he said the child should not stop in the public-house—my mother got in the way—he pulled her on one side, and me too, and went to his work—I was determined to have my revenge on him, and went and put oh another frock—he said, "Do let me go to my work, and you shall have some more money to-morrow"—my mother caught hold of his coat, and it got torn—he rushed out of her hands, and she fell down, but he did not; kick her at all.


NEW COURT.—Saturday. August 23rd, 1851.


Before Mr. Recorder and the Sixth Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1695

1695. HENRY MARKS and HANNAH MYERS , stealing 6 jackets, value 12s.; the goods of Phillips Phillips, the master of Marks.

MR. TREVETHAN SPICER conducted the Prosecution.

HARRIET PHILLIPS . I live at 25, Cutler-street, Houndsditch, and am the prosecutor's daughter. On 15th July, by my father's directions, I went up to the back-garret where the prisoner worked, and found seven waistcoats and eight jackets under some rags, in a corner of the room—I brought them down to my father, who told me to take them up and put them in the same place again—no one else was at work in that room—these six jackets are part of what I found.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What is the nature of the business? A. We manufacture jackets and waistcoats out of old coats—I can swear to these jackets by the workmanship—I know the young girls who made them—I made none of them—this is Rose Myers's work—she is well, she is not here—there is none of the prisoner's work on them, he had to clean and press them—I do not know that Rose Myers works for the prisoners father, or for other people, she is in our regular employment, and begins

work on Sunday morning and works till Friday evening—she has been in our employ fourteen years—she is no relation to Hannah Myers.

Cross-examined by MR. COOPER. Q. Hannah Myers does not work in your establishment at all? A. No.

PHINEAS PHILLIPS . I am a manufacturer of re-made goods. Marks has worked for me since last Christmas; his business was to press and clean the goods—he worked at the top of the house—I sent my daughter up-stairs, (and she brought me down some goods; these are part of them—I went into the clothes'-market in the afternoon, and was fetched from there by Benjamin Cohen—I went home with him, and found a crowd of people; the female prisoner was at the foot of the stairs, and Marks a few steps up, without his coat—I knew Myers by her visiting him almost every morning and evening—I keep manufactured goods on the ground-floor where I work—nobody had a right to take them into the garret, they had no business there—I have no doubt these goods are mine.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Is Marks's father in the same business as yourself? A. Yes, and his brother—I have a young lady in my employ named Rose Myers, she has not worked for Marks's father for the last seven or eight years—I believe the prisoners are lovers.

Cross-examined by MR. COOPER. Q. Have you known Hannah Myers some time? A. By sight—Marks's work-room is on the fourth story.

BENJAMIN COHEN . I am a cap-maker, at 31/2, Cutler-street I know Marks. On 15th July, between 4 and 5 o'clock, I saw Myers about three or four houses from Mr. Phillips' with a bundle under her shawl—I saw a jacket-sleeve hanging out—I called her back and told her Mr. Phillips wanted to talk to her; she went back with me willingly—I asked Mr. Perry to stop there with her, and I fetched Mr. Phillips out of the Change.

Cross-examined by MR. COOPER. Q. Were you standing at your own door? A. Yes; and she was crossing the street—several of the arms of the jackets were out.

ROBERT PERRY . I am a licensed victualler, of 3, Cutler-street, Houndsditch. On 15th July, I saw Mr. Cohen at Mr. Phillips's door; he put these half-dozen jackets into my hand, and told me to take care of the female prisoner—I stood by her on the threshold of the door, and saw Marks on the top of the first flight of stairs—he appeared in a very agitated state—Myers went into the house, and I stopped till Mr. Phillips came back.

ROBERT HILTON LEE (City-policeman, 642). I took the prisoners.


Reference Number: t18510818-1696

1696. RICHARD RICHARDS , stealing 24 birds of paradise feathers, and other goods, value 99l. 16s.; the goods of William Henry Spencer Adcock.

MR. PARRY conducted the Prosecution,

WILLIAM HENRY SPENCER ADCOCK . I am an ostrich-feather manufacturer, in Princes-street, Cavendish-square. On Saturday, 7th June, that house was closed and locked up at 10 o'clock in the evening; my brother and myself closed it—it is in fact two houses with a long room at the back—I left no one there—a policeman was stationed outside to guard it, it being a newly built house—I left there twenty-four bird of paradise feathers, and a great many others—I lost to the amount of 120l.—I went again on Monday morning and found the house in great disorder, and a great many boxes were empty, and I missed the property stated—I think it was entered by a key—Mr. Alven came to me on 25th July, and in consequence of what he said, I went to a house in Weir's-court, Somers-town, and saw the prisoner, and

saw my feathers—they are here now—I said to the prisoner, "I thought you had a great many more bird of paradise feathers than these"—he said "Yes, there are more"—he seemed rather confused; I should think he did not expert to see me—Mr. Alven said to him, "What is the lowest price to be?"—I could not bear the idea of playing with the question, and I said "These are mine, I must give him into custody"—I was rather confused, and did not notice what the prisoner said—I gave him into custody.

FRANCIS GOSLING ALVEN . I am a commission-agent, and live in Duke street, Grosvenor-square. On Kith July, I was called on by a Mr. Scott to value some ostrich feathers for him—I met him at St. Pancras Church, and went with him to the prisoner's to see the feathers, to an alley in Somers town—I saw the feathers now produced, and requested the prisoner to mike an inventory of them, and I would call with Mr. Scott the next morning—I went, and Mr. Scott took a list of the feathers from a list the prisoner made out—the prisoner wanted 120l. for them, and he asked me my valuation of them—I told him I could not tell for certain—I thought 35l. or 40l., but I would tell Mr. Scott in the course of the afternoon—I had been in the trade for five or six years—I said the feathers were in a rough state—they were worth that, in my opinion, and no more—the prisoner said he had been offered 85l. for them by a Jew—I heard that Mr. Adcock had been robbed—I communicated with him, and I went with him to the prisoner on the 25th—I asked the prisoner the price—he said 60l., and no less—Mr. Adcock said, "Where did you get them? they are mine"—the prisoner made no answer and he gave him in charge.

Prisoner. You told me they were worth 125l., and you would give me 30l. and I said you were worse than a Jew to offer it me. Witness. No such words passed.

THOMAS SPRATT (policeman, D 288). I was on duty on 7th June, in Regent Circus. I saw the prisoner turn into Princes-street, about a quarter past 12 o'clock at night—there was a female with him—they went into the doorway of Mr. Adcock's house, which is No. 3—I asked the prisoner what he was doing there—the woman appeared to be drunk—the prisoner said he had got a female the worse for liquor, and he should leave her in my chirp—in consequence of that I took her to the station, and did not see the prisoner afterwards—I was by this means off my beat about two hours—the woman appeared to be drunk when at the station—I know the prisoner, and am certain he is the man.

JOHN PALMER (policeman, D 428). I was on duty at ten minutes past 12 o'clock, on the night of 7th June—I saw the prisoner and the woman go to Mr. Adcock's door—I crossed and met Spratt—I am sure the prisoner is the man—I helped to take the woman to the station, and was gone about the same time as Spratt—the woman was not violent, but she pretended to be in labour, and we had to take her to the workhouse—I do not know whether she was in labour—I did not see her for some days after, when she was going about as usual—I have seen her several times since—she appeared to be drunk that night.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see me before? A. No; I saw you when we took the woman—you came out of Oxford-street to Princes-street—I was forced to be at Mr. Adcock's, and at another house over the way.

MR. PARRY. Q. How long did you see him? A. I was in Oxford street, and Princes-street five or ten minutes—I observed him, and I am sure he is the young man I saw—I was present when he asked the other officer to take the woman to the station.

ROBERT JACKSON (police-inspector, D). I went with Mr. Adcock to the prisoner's lodging—I was in plain clothes—I said to the prisoner, "We have come about the feathers"—he said, "Very well; I will get a light"—he got a light, and produced these feathers—Mr. Adcock said they were his—the prisoner said, "I am in for it, and must put up with it, it is no use bringing any more into the mess"—I said I was an officer, and took him.

Prisoner's Defence. On 8th June, I met a man named Edwards in Camden-town; he said he was in great difficulty, and wanted a few pounds; he said he had some bird of paradise feathers worth 12l., if I could let him have 110l. on them for a fortnight, if he did not redeem them I might sell them; I went to Mr. Scott, and he recommended me to Mr. Alven; he said they were worth 120l., and he would give me 35l.; I said, "No; you are worse than a Jew;" he went and brought the officer, and Mr. Adcock; I am innocent; what the officers say about seeing me at the house is quite false.

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1697

1697. CHARLES DEAR and ALFRED GURTON , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Robert Guy, and stealing 5 spoons, and other articles, value 3l.; his property.

MR. M'MAHON conducted the Prosecution.

MARTHA JULIA GUT . I am the wife of Robert Guy, of 39, Saville place, Mile-end, in the parish of St. Dunstan, Stepney. On 21st July, I fastened the house up about 12 o'clock—I retired to rest about ten minutes-past 12—about half-past 1, I heard a noise like a drawer being lifted out of its place, and suffered to fall on the floor in the parlour—the servant came with the little girl, and I supposed I must be mistaken, but I afterwards. heard a noise again, and I heard a person pass my door as I judged, and go down-stairs—I had a light burning, and I opened the door and put it out, and returned to my room—I then heard the steps a second time—I awoke my husband, which I had tried to do before—I rang the bell violently, and opened the window—my servant came down, but she was frightened and went up again, and locked herself in her room—she is not here—she had been in my service about twelve months—I ran to the window, and shouted "Police!"—I bad opened my bedroom door, and saw a man pass me—it was perfectly bright and light—that was about ten minutes past 2—when I had lifted up the sash, I saw a man crouch down on the garden wall—my bedroom looks, to the back—I saw the man partly doubled up—my attention was drawn from that object by a rustling in the ivy, and a second young man jumped up, but he made a false step and fell—he got up again, walked a little way, and jumped on the wall and ran away—the figure and make of the second man was like Gurton, but I am not positive—I had seen Dear before, but I should say he was not one of those I saw in the back garden—I then went into the drawing-room—previous to going in I heard a rustling, and when I went into the room a man was just getting through the window, who I judged was Dear, but I am by no means positive—he got to a wall a few inches below the sill of the window—the policeman pursued him—I went down to my parlour, and found it in great disorder—the cellaret-drawer had been taken out, and was on the ground, which I suppose I had heard fall—I missed a pair of salt spoons, a sugar spoon, a caddy spoon, and one small teaspoon which was not in the plate-basket, and was not taken up-stairs—the spoons only were taken off the premises—this teapot, candlestick, and other things were moved, but they were not taken—these are my spoons.

ROBERT GUY . On the night of 21st July, I was aroused by my wife,

about 2 o'clock—I threw up the bedroom window, and looked oat—I saw one man jump on the wall with some difficulty, from the bottom of the garden—Gurton is the man—he was about ten yards from me—it was a clear bright night—I suppose he was in my view for five minutes—I saw him make his escape—he was endeavouring to get over the wall—it is a pretty good height—he made a mistake, but the second time he got over—I have not a doubt he is the man—I had a good view of his face—I do not remember that I had seen him before.

Gurton. When he first came to give charge of me, he said he was pretty sure it was me. Witness. When I looked at him on the first occasion at Bow station, he distorted his features very much, but when I saw him in his natural state I was quite positive—I never said he was in black clothes—it appeared a dirty jacket he had on.

JOSEPH HOLDEN (policeman, K 427). I was on duty in the main road, on the night of 21st July—I saw Dear about half-past 12 o'clock—there were two others in company with him—one of them was a person named Jordan—I have very little doubt that the other was Gurton—two of them were standing talking near Mr. Guy's house—I passed them two or three times—about half-past 1, Dear, and the same two men passed up the Canal-road, about two minutes' walk from Mr. Guy's—I still could not get a tight of the third man—about half-past 2, I was standing close to Mr. Guy's—I heard the bell ring violently—I heard the Venetian blinds rattle—I looked in the direction, and saw the sash of the first-floor opened, and the blind thrown back—Dear came out—he stepped on the weather-board, and dropped into some enclosed ground, and I having two walls to clear and a fence, could not get him—I then heard screams from the back of the house—I climbed over the wall, and found the back-door open, and the parlour all in confusion—I went in pursuit of the prisoners, and about half-past 8 in the morning I was watching, and saw Dear go into his own house—I took him into custody—I told him I wanted him—he said, "What for?"—I said, "For committing burglary at Mr. Guy's"—I said, "You are the man that got out of the window"—he said, "You are wrong this time"—I could not be mistaken in him, I knew him too well for that—at the time he got out of the window I was getting over the palisades—his leg was very near my hand, and the lamp was full in his face—this dark lantern was found in the same direction he went—I did not find it.

JOHN MEAD . I keep a shop in Mile-end-road, about 200 yards from Mr. Guy's—about a week after the robbery, I found these five spoons in a bed of stocks in my garden, which is about 200 yards from the back of Mr. Guy's.

PETER M'QUILLEN (policeman, K 375). I went to Dear's house on 22nd July—I found these two gimlets, and this chisel in a cupboard—an old lady lives in the house—I went to Mr. Guy's, and saw some marks on the cellaret which correspond with this chisel.

COURT. Q. This is a common chisel, is it not? A. Yes; the marks of the cellaret, where the door was forced open, correspond with this chisel as to width, and the point of it fitted as exactly as could be—the end of the mark on the cellaret was not straight—it was down on one side.

Dear's Defence. I left home about half-past 5 o'clock, and was out all night; the policeman took me in the morning, and said, "I want you for a robbery;" I said, "You are wrong this time;" since that he has been and found this chisel in my house.

Gurton's Defence. I was at work all but one day, and that day they took me; the policeman took me to the station; he said he wanted me for a watch,

but there was no evidence, and I got off; I was going home, and was taken again for Mr. Guy's; the lady said she could not identify me j all the evidence she could give was she had seen me pass.

Witness for Defence.

ELIZABETH PALMER . On the 21st July, Dear came home and had his tea—he went out, and I never saw him again till he was in custody—the officers came and searched the house—they found this chisel, and two gimlets in a small cupboard—I will take my oath the chisel had not been out of the place.

DEAR— GUILTY . * Aged 19— Transported for Ten Years. GURTON— NOT GUILTY .

THIRD COURT.—Saturday, August 23rd, 1851.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Eighth Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1698

1698. HENRY CHILCOTT , wilful and corrupt perjury.

MR. HUDDLESTON offered no evidence.


Reference Number: t18510818-1699

1699. JOHANNA KNOWLES , stealing three half-crowns; the moneys of John Brown, from his person, and ANNE MILLER for feloniously receiving the same.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN BROWN . I am a boot-closer, and live at Pan ton-street, Haymarket About 1 o'clock on Saturday night, 2nd Aug., I went to St. James's Park—I then had three half-crowns in my right-hand waistcoat-pocket—I met Knowles in a few minutes—she put her arms round my waist and held me tight for a minute or two—I pushed her away, felt my pocket directly, and my money was gone—I accused her of picking my pocket—Miller then passed and asked what was the matter—she was not near enough to have taken the money—they walked away together—I pursued and gave them into custody—they were taken to the station and searched by a female—Miller said several times that she had only a shilling and a few halfpence in her pocket—the prisoners came back with the female searcher, who produced three half-crowns, a shilling, and some halfpence, saying she had found them on Miller—Miller then said to Knowles, "You must have put it there, for I know nothing of it"—Knowles said, "It is no use telling such lies as that"—the searcher is not here.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Where had you been to? A. For a walk, to Pimlico—I went to a public-house near the Palace about 10 o'clock, and remained till twelve—I had a little to drink—I walked about an hour with a young man, a friend of mine—I did not have any conversation with Knowles when she came up to me—I did not attempt to take any liberties with Knowles in the Park, and she did not want me to go home with her—I did not say if she did not do what I wanted of her I would charge her with robbing me.

THOMAS WILSON (policeman, A 561). I received the prisoners in charge—before they were searched, Knowles said she had only 1s. 8d., and Miller 1s. 6d.—after the search the searcher produced three half-crowns, which she said she had found in Miller's pocket—Miller said she did not know anything about it.

KNOWLES— GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Two Months. MILLER— NOT GUILTY .

Reference Number: t18510818-1700

1700. FRANCES O'GORMAN , stealing 1 comb, value 1s.; the goods of Bertha Trann; 1 knife, value 1s.; the goods of Agatha Trann; and 2 spoons value 10s.; the goods of John Ronge, her master.

MR. CAARTEEN conducted the Prosecution.

AGATHA TRANN . I live with my step-father, Johannes Ronge, at Lower Heath, Hampstead—the prisoner was our servant—I gave her some sleeves to wash, which she did not return me—I afterwards examined her box, in consequence of seeing some stockings of my mother's hanging outside of it, and a night-cap of mine—it was open—I found, my sleeves on a frock in the box, a knife of mine, a comb, and a bottle of eau de Cologne of my sister Bertha's, and another pair of stockings of my mother's—I took the stockings and knife away—this was on Sunday, when the prisoner was out—I told her of it on the Monday, and she was very cross, said she had not taken them away, and she only wore my sleeves, and had done them no harm—I found a duplicate for some spoons in a bonnet-box—a policeman was afterwards sent for, and she was given into custody—my father-in-law is a German, his name is Johannes, but it is John in English—the knife belongs to me—I did not know I had lost it till I saw it in her box—I do not know when I had seen it last—I have only been six weeks in England—the comb belongs to my sister Bertha, and was always kept in her sleeping-room—she said the comb must have fell down her back into her box, and the knife must have been put there by the little boy—I have one sister and a little brother.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Did the prisoner speak to yon about being at her box before you said anything to her? A. Yes; the gentlemen were all gone out, and she began to be very cross at me, and asked why I had been at her box.

JAMES THOMAS (policeman, S 53). The prisoner was given into my custody on Monday, 11th Aug., at Mr. Ronge's, and I received this knife and comb.


Reference Number: t18510818-1701

1701. WILLIAM EAMES and PATRICK SULLIVAN , stealing 56lbs. weight of iron chain, value 15s.; the property of Stephen Bird and another.

MR. BRIARLT conducted the Prosecution.

JOSEPH NICHOLLS . I am captain of the barge, Henry, belonging to Stephen and Henry Bird—this chain (produced) is my master's property—I left it in charge of Anthony, and next saw it at Bolton's.

Cross-examined by MR. WOOLLETT. Q. Where was the barge lying? A. At Hammersmith—the chain belonged to it, but it was lying under a loaded barge, which was aground, and I could not get it till the tide lifted it off, sol left it in Anthony's charge—I have been twenty-four years in Messrs. Bird's service, and have repeatedly seen this chain.

MR. BRIARLY. Q. When the tide rose the vessel would be floated so as to let the chain free? A. Yes: we could then get it.

GEORGE ANTHONY . I am a waterman, at Hammersmith. On 24th July Nicholls left the chain in my charge—I moved it about 9 o'clock in the morning, made one end fast to my barge, The Friends, and the other to a pile—I missed it about 6 in the evening—the prisoner's barge, the Catherine laid two or three feet off—any one could pass from one to the other—the chain could not have got adrift without some one loosening it—this (produced) appears to be it.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you not often known barges to go adrift? A. Yes; with a very strong tide—the tide did not then run strong.

GEORGE HARRIS . On 24th July I saw the prisoners carrying the chain in

a bag—they went with me to George Bolton's, and asked him if he would bay it, and said, when they had a new chain the old one became their own—George Bolton did not buy it, and I showed them to William Bolton's.

WILLIAM BOLTON . I am a marine-store dealer, at King-street, Hammersmith. On 24th July the prisoners came with this chain, and said they had a new one, and the old one was theirs—I gave them 5s. 1d. for it—I am sure they are the men.

ROBERT HITCHMAN (policeman, T 204). In consequence of information, on 1st Aug. I took the prisoners on board the Catherine, at Westminster-bridge, and told them they were charged with stealing a chain, the property of Messrs. Bird, and they must go with me to Hammersmith—they said they found it on the shore in the mud, and washed it—I said, "I found it at Bolton's"—they said, yes, that was right, they bad sold it there.

EAMES— GUILTY . Aged 31.


Confined Two Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1702

1702. MARY HURLEY , stealing 2 spoons and 1 handkerchief, value 14s. 3d.; the property of Frederick John Howard, her master.

MR. O'BRIEN conducted the Prosecution.

FREDERICK JOHN HOWARD . The prisoner came into my service for a month, on approval, she stayed three weeks, and was leaving on 11th Aug.—I desired to look at her boxes, and found a handkerchief of one of my children's—I took no notice of that—she went out for a cab, and when she came back, in consequence of what my wife said, I searched her pocket—I asked her first whether she had anything of mine, and she said, "No"—I found this silver spoon in her pocket, which is mine—I have the fellow one here—this broken salt-spoon, the bowl of which is rather scratched, is also mine, and there is a deer's head on it, which has been attempted to be erased (produced).

Cross-examined by MR. METCALFE. Q. Is that your crest? A. No; it is an old spoon I had by me—it was perfect when the prisoner came into my service—I gave her the plate out myself—she had access to a great deal of silver while in my service—I have three more servants.

MARY ANN BRIDGE . I searched the prisoner at the station, and found this broken salt-spoon in her pocket-handkerchief, in her hand, she would not let me look at it at first, but when I got it she asked me not to show it up-stairs, it was down-stairs where I searched her.

THOMAS ATTWOOD (policeman, D 334). The prisoner was given into my custody at the prosecutor's, and I received this teaspoon—she said nothing.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you search her boxes? A. Yes; and found nothing—they are still detained by the prosecutor.

(Mrs. Mattheson, coffee-house keeper, of No. 3, Smithfield, gave the prisoner an excellent character, and engaged to employ her).

GUILTY . Aged 32.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1703

1703. WILLIAM EASTON , stealing 54 trusses of straw, value 2l. 0s. 6d.; the goods of Charles Milligan, his master.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

PHILLIP ROBERTS . I am general foreman to the London Conveyance Company. On 26th July, about half-past 2 o'clock, a load and a half of straw was brought by a carman named Bassett to the office of the Company—about half an hour after that the prisoner brought a load and a half, and

produced the delivery-ticket for the whole—I directed him to take his load to Arthur-mews, which is another yard belonging to the Company, as I had not room for it—he said, "Here is the ticket, you had better sign it"—I said the man at Arthur-mews would do that—he said the man at Arthur-mews would not, because the previous load was delivered to me—I then signed the ticket, and told him if there was not room at Arthur-mews I would have it back again—this (produced)is the ticket, and has my writing on it—the prisoner told me that that ticket was for what had come half an hour before as well, and that Bassett told me that they had left together—the prisoner took the ticket away with him.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Were you before the Magistrate? A. Yes; but was not examined—I was not before the Grand Jury—(ticket read—"Received of Charles Milligan three loads of straw.")

ISAAC POWELL . I am an ostler, in the employ of the London Conveyance Company. On 26th July, between 3 and 4 o'clock, Easton brought a load and a half of straw to the Arthur-mews—I told him to take it back and tell Roberts I had no room for it—the veterinary-surgeon was there, the prisoner waited while he looked at eight or nine horses, and then came to me and said, "What are we going to do with the straw?"—I said, "Take it to Roberts and tell him I have no room"—he said, "Look here, we can swallow it"—I said, "What do you mean?"—he said, "I know where I can take it, and we can get 10s. a piece, he has signed the ticket"—I said I did not do business in that way—he said, "It is all right, if you do not tell Roberts"—I said, "I shall tell him"—I went up-stairs to have my tea, and he called out, "Shall I take the straw to the home-yard?"—I said, "Yes"—he went away, and I sent my wife to watch him.

Cross-examined. Q. When did you mention this first? A. When my wife came back, in two or three hours, I told Roberts.

LOUISA POWELL . I am last witness's wife. In consequence of something that passed between me and him I followed the prisoner from Arthur-mews to Great Windmill-street, where Henry Edwards, the corn-chandler, lives—he went in there, came out in a few minutes, and he then went up Smith's court with the load and a half of straw—I returned and told my husband.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you before the Magistrate? A. I was at Bow-street, but was not examined.

ROBERT HOBB . I am manager to Mr. Charles Milligan. On Monday, 28th, I asked the prisoner if he had delivered the ton, or one load and a half of straw to the London Conveyance Company the Saturday previous—he said he had—I said that was not the fact, as I knew to the contrary—I said "Did not you deliver some straw in Windmill-street, Haymarket, on Saturday?"—he said, "It is no use denying it, I sold it to Mr. Edwards"—I asked what he got for it—he said 28s.

WALTER BARTON . I am in Mr. Milligan's employ; I never authorized this straw to be sold.

JOHN LUCK (policeman, F 100). On 28th July, Mr. Hobb gave the prisoner in charge, and said, "I charge this man with stealing some straw;" the prisoner said, "I hope it will be settled in some other way"—at the station I asked the prisoner what he had done with the straw—he said he sold it to Edwards for 28s.

(MR. ROBINSON submitted that the property was laid in the wrong person, there having been a constructive delivery of the goods to Roberts, Mr. Milligan ceased to be answerable for them; and that for anything happening to the goods in their transit to another part of the premises, the Company were responsible.

MR. COMMISSIONER GURNEY was of opinion that there had been no delivery, the receipt having been obtained from Roberts by fraud.)

(The prisoner received a good character from the prosecutor,)

GUILTY . Aged 29.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1704

1704. THOMAS LANGRIDGE WALKER , unlawfully obtaining goods by false pretences.

MESSRS. PARRY and WOOLLETT conducted the Prosecution.

ALFRED DODD . I am in partnership with my brother Francis, a jeweller, of 40, Cornhill. On 14th June the prisoner came to our shop about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, and asked to see some gold bracelets—he selected one at 7l. 15s., and requested me to send it to his office, 8, White Lion-court, Cornhill, as he said he had to go on Change—he said he knew my brother, that he had been a customer of ours, and he would either return me the bracelet on Monday morning or give me a check for the amount—on the following Thursday I called on him at his office for the amount—he said the bracelet was very much approved of, and be would give me a check on Saturday for it—I heard nothing of him on the Saturday—on Monday I called on him again, and he said he would send me a check over directly, but I must let him have an invoice of the article—he followed me home—I was engaged with some customers, and to get rid of him I gave him an invoice—I should not have parted with the bracelet if he had not represented that my brother knew him, and that he had been a customer before.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. How long have you carried on business there? A. About five years, in Cornhill—there is a portrait of my brother in the shop, which the prisoner said was like him—both me and my brother serve in the shop—this bracelet and box (produced by Mr. O'Briea) may have formed a portion of my stock—we sell a great many—the prisoner wrote his private address on his business-card—he was either to return me the bracelet or the money on the Monday—I first went to him on the following Thursday—I did not write to his private address—I have ray books here—I find no entry in the name of Walker in them as having purchased such a bracelet as this in 1850—I am continually selling such bracelets—nobody but my brother and myself sold in the shop in 1849 and 1850, nor up to Lady-day this year—a shopman has served since Lady-day—I hate not heard that the prisoner has been ill.

MR. PARRY. Q. Are these common bracelets? A. Yes, this might be sold in any jeweller's shop in London—nine jewellers out of ten keep them; the prisoner could have bought them at any jeweller's, and I frequently give away my boxes to strangers, who come to ask for them, I am glad to have my name known—I have not seen the prisoner since the Monday after the Saturday when he promised to give me the check—I never could find him since, and I have been after him repeatedly, and have sent my porter.

FRANCIS DODD . I am in partnership with the last witness. I did not know the prisoner till this transaction—he has never been a customer to my knowledge—I went to him to demand the bracelet, and called on several other occasions without seeing him.

Cross-examined. Q. Will you venture to swear he has not been in your shop, and purchased articles? A. He may have; his office is about 200 yards from the shop.

JOSEPH SARL . I my brother, and father, carry on business in Cornhill, as jewellers. On 5th July the prisoner came, and asked to look at some gold bracelets—I showed some to him—he asked if he could have two sent to his office on approbation, and said the one he kept he would send me a check on

Smith, Payne, and Smith, for on the following Monday—he selected two bracelets, one at 16l., and one at 10l.—I sent our clerk with them to his office—the cheapest one was brought back by the prisoner on the Monday—he said he would look in again in about half an hour, with the check on Smith, Payne, and Smith, but he did not return—I parted with the bracelet, thinking he had an account at Smith, Payne, and Smith's—I went repeatedly to his house for the check, but he never gave it me—I afterwards met him and gave him into custody.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you recollect whether you have ever had any dealings with the prisoner before? A. No, not to my knowledge—I never saw him before—I got his address from him—I went there when he did not return.

MR. PARRY. Q. What was this counting-house? A. There was a chair or two, and a desk—I saw no signs of business being transacted there.

COURT. Q. I suppose if he had promised to send money instead of a check, you would have sent the bracelet all the same? A. Yes.

JOHN DURDON . I am clerk to Messrs. sarl. On 15th July, I had directions, and delivered two bracelets to the prisoner, at his office.

GEORGE FREDERICK TESSIER . I am a cashier at Smith, Payne, and Smith's, bankers, of Lombard-street, and have been so twenty-six yean. I have communications with most of the customers—I have no knowledge of the prisoner—there has never been any account there in his name—there is no other banking-house in London in the name of Smith, Payne, and Smith.

WILLIAM JAMES MITCHELL (City police-inspector). I took the prisoner into custody at the station—he said to Mr. Sarl, "If you will withdraw this charge, and send the officer with me, I will return you your bracelet"—this bracelet was produced at the Mansion House, and handed over to me by the Lord Mayor's direction.

MR. DODD re-examined. This is the bracelet I sold.

GUILTY .— Confined Twelve Months ,

Reference Number: t18510818-1705

1705. GEORGE KNIGHT and ANN KNIGHT , unlawfully assaulting Elizabeth Boorman, and cutting and wounding her on the head.—2nd COUNT, inflicting grievous bodily harm with a certain piece of iron.—3rd COUNT, common assault.

MR. METCALFE conducted the Prosecution,

ELIZABETH BOORMAN . I am single, and live with my mother, at 1, Winchester-place, Hackney-road. The prisoners live nearly opposite—on Sunday, 13th July, between 12 and 1 o'clock, I was standing at my door, and the female prisoner was at her door—she used bad language to me, and I went across, and asked her why she was using that language to me—she held a poker up, and said, "If you come near me, I will cut you down with this; so help me God, I will kill you!"—she had gone in, and fetched the poker while I was crossing the road—I said, "I have not come to quarrel with you, I have merely come to ask you why you called me those names"—she then struck me on the head with the poker—she struck me a second blow, and that cut my head open, she caught hold of me by the hair, and knocked my bead against the wall—I was bleeding, and was going towards the gate, when the prisoner George met me, threw me down, and kicked me in the stomach and under the jaw—he then hit me about the head and body with his fist—he was in the house when I first went, and came out after Ann had struck me once, when my brother came to help me—I was carried away insensible, and have been under Mr. West's care since—I was in bed until the following Monday week.

George Knight. Q. Where was I when you came into the yard? A. At your window—I had never seen you before—I had come to your door on the Thursday, about 11 o'clock—I asked if you were in bed; you said, "Yes," and I said another time would do—I did not use abusive language to you—I did not knock at the shutter, which caused the bolt to fly back; and I did not then open the window, and attack your wife in bed.

COURT. Q. What did you go there for on the Thursday night? A. She had been insulting my mother, and I went to ask her why she did it—she used disgusting and abusive language to me, and I went away.

JANE BOORMAN . I am last witness's mother. On this Sunday morning I went to the garden-gate, and saw the female prisoner having hold of my daughter by the hair; and her head was bleeding very much—she had a poker in one hand; I laid hold of it, and the male prisoner seised it out of my hand, and made a blow at me, but did not hit me—he then seized my daughter, and kicked her violently in the stomach and back of the head.

Ann Knight. Q. When did I use abusive language to you? A. On the Wednesday, you said you knew me to be everything that was bad—I never spat in your face, and was never inside your gate before this occurrence—I did not send my daughter over to say if you came outside the door, I would swear your b——y life away.

JAMES MOORE . I am a shoemaker. I heard parties talking very load, went to the house, and saw the female prisoner standing at the door with this poker in her hand—the male prisoner was a few steps in front of her, and the prosecutrix in front of him—the prosecutrix wished to speak to the husband, and the wife said if she came near she would split her head open—she came forward, and the female prisoner struck her with this piece of iron, which she used as a poker, on the head—I saw the blood flow—the prosecutrix was then crossing the yard with her hair all down, and the male prisoner seised her by the hair, knocked her down, and kicked her twice, and her jaw was coloured by the kick.

Ann Knight. Q. Did I strike her twice? A. Yes, and called her a married man's wh—e—I swear you called her that.

SARAH SMITH . I am the wife of Thomas Smith, a dyer. The female prisoner used most abusive language to the prosecutrix—she went over to her, and the female struck her with the poker twice—the male prisoner then came, gave her several blows, knocked her down, and kicked her—she became insensible, and my husband carried her away.

Ann Knight. Q. Where were you? A. Against the wall, looking over into your yard, and I put your child into Mrs. Dixon's yard—I do not know that the prosecutrix said a word to you—I did not see a man come into your yard, strike you, and knock you down.

GEORGE WEST . I am a surgeon. I examined the prosecutrix on 13th July, and found a wound on her forehead about a quarter of an inch deep, and an inch and a half in length—it seemed to have been done by some blunt instrument like a blunt sword—it was both contused and incised—if it had been done with the round part of the poker, it would not have been, so clean a wound—it went to the bone—she was insensible when I arrived, and continued so till night, when I saw her again—the next morning I saw a swelling on the jaw-bone, and there was a difficulty in opening the mouth—she was seven or eight days under my care.

George Knight. Q. How did you find her? A. Her hair and clothes were covered with blood—I wrote a certificate, which I sent to the police-court,

stating that it would not be safe for her to come for twenty-one days as erysipelas might come on.

(The poker produced was an iron rod, one end of which was flattened.)

Ann Knight's Defence. The prosecutrix came about 1 o'clock on the Friday morning, with her sister; my husband asked who was there; I said I did not know, it was a strange voice; my husband got out of bed to see who it was, and the prosecutrix came, and threw the window open, and struck me two or three times in bed; she was tipsy, and I believe did not know what she was about; in the morning her mother and her came, and threw large stones, and called me a "b—y country wh—e;" on the Sunday the prosecutrix held her fist up at me, and said when she got hold of me, she meant to kill me; she and her brother came over, and her brother knocked me down with my baby in my arms; I put the baby into the next house, and the prosecutrix seized me by the hair, and ill-used me very much; she fell on the stones, cut her bead, got up, and swore she would swear it was me who did it.

WILLIAM ELLMORE . I am the prisoners' landlord, and have known them for fourteen months—the husband has worked for me at times, and has been a very steady, quiet man—I live next-door to them—on this Sunday morning some one said they were fighting—I went, and saw the prosecutrix and her brother and sister on the male prisoner, beating him as he laid on his back on the dirt—a man went and pulled them off—her brother then struck him again—at the same time Mrs. Boorman and the prisoner were having a tustle at the door—I went for the police, and when I came back it was all over—I saw the prosecutrix scratch Knight's face, and strike him like a man—there was blood on both their faces.

ELIZA DIXON . I live next door. I was talking to Mrs. Knight, and the prosecutrix put her fist up, and swore she would have her life—Mrs. Knight put her fist up, and said if she came in there she would pay her—the prosecutrix ran over, and her brother after her, and knocked Mrs. Knight down with the baby in her arms—she then handed me over the baby, and I took it—there was a regular fight—the husband, who had been in-doors, ran out; and seeing his wife lying, he struck the man and woman—there was a poker brought out, but no blows struck—I cannot say who had it—Mrs. Knight had not got it when she had the baby.

Cross-examined by MR. METCALFE. Q. Have you been bound over to keep the peace? A. No; I do not know any person of the name of Harker, and have not been charged with assaulting him—I have never been before a Magistrate.

ELIZABETH ELLMORE . I saw Mrs. Boorman, her two daughters, and son, fighting and lying on the male prisoner in the ditch—he was all over mud, and the prosecutrix was scratching his face—he got up, and called for some one to assist him—the brother struck him down again, and then he hit the prosecutrix—she bled very much, and was taken away—the prosecutrix and the female prisoner had been fighting at the gate, but Mrs. Knight was too much for her, and she left, and went to the male prisoner—nobody had any poker.

Cross-examined. Q. They are your tenants? A. Yes; I never saw any harm of them—they are civil, quiet people.

GEORGE KNIGHT— GUILTY on 3rd Count. Aged 24. ANN KNIGHT— GUILTY on 1st Count. Aged 20.

Confined Four Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1706

1706. WILLIAM TRAVERS MARSDEN , unlawfully casting and throwing 10 tons of brick rubbish into the river Thames to which he pleaded

GUILTY .— To enter into recognizances to appear for judgment when called on.

Reference Number: t18510818-1707

1707. THOMAS GRAY (a soldier), unlawfully assaulting Elizabeth Fry, with intent, &c.

GUILTY .— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1708

1708. JAMES HOBBS , unlawfully assaulting Melinda Christian, aged ten years and eight months, with intent, &c.

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Twelve Months.

OLD COURT.—Monday, August 25th, 1851.



Before Mr. Recorder and the First Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1709

1709. WILLIAM MANNING and EDWARD ASHBY , robbery on THOMAS BAKEWELL , and stealing from his person 1 handkerchief, 1 waistcoat, 3 half-crowns, 1 shilling, and 1 groat; his property.—2nd COUNT, burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of a person unknown, and stealing the said goods.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

THOMAS BAKEWELL . I am a soldier, in the grenadier-guards. On the morning of 17th July I was in bed with a woman in James-court, St. Ann's-lane, Westminster—we went to bed about 2 o'clock in the morning—I had seen Manning near the door with his back against the wall as I went in, and bare no doubt he is the man—he fetched a pot of beer before I went to bed, but I would not drink any of it—I had not been in bed a minute when I heard a noise at the window; it went up, and two men came in—the room is on the ground-floor, the bed is close to the window, the prisoners are the men—Ashby came in first, and Manning afterwards; they went to my clothes on the chair—I got out of bed and said I would not be robbed, a scuffle ensued; the door was unbolted either by them or by the girl, and another man came in—I called "Police!" and they cleared out of the room, the girl went out first, they had got my clothes in their hands—I got my breeches and leggings away from them—I was not in my uniform—I missed my waistcoat, which contained three half-crowns, one shilling, a fourpenny—bit, and a handkerchief; also my braces—I have never seen my waistcoat since—this is my handkerchief (produced)—I have had it two years—I call it dark brown—I had it in my pocket when I went into the room—I have no doubt the prisoners are the men—I ran after them—I was close behind Ash by when I got out of the door, and never lost sight of him till the policeman was in sight of him, who brought him back—he said it would not be above a sixer.

Cross-examined by MR. WOOLLETT. Q. What rank do you hold? A. Private soldier; I have been twenty-five years in the guards—I had been out on leave from 10 o'clock at night, and met the girl in Orchard-street, after two in the morning—I had not been drinking—I had been to see some friends at St. John's Wood, Portland-town—I was at the corner of Henry-street till half-past one—I had not to return till morning—I was waiting there some hours for a female, but did not see her—there is a public-house at the corner, I waited near it—I went in several times and had half-a-pint of beer; there were a great many persons there—I did not sit down, I had

nothing but beer—my detachment was then at the Penitentiary, at Millbank—I was wandering about the streets for two hours—when I got to the house with the girl, Manning asked me if I would stand a pot, and I gave him 6d. to fetch a pot in, I tasted it and did not like it; I did not drink it—I had no spirits that night, I was as sober as I am now—he put the pot inside the door—he did not come in, it was daylight in the room, it must bare been near three—I saw no clock, there was no other light—I called "Police!"—when the door was opened, we all had a scuffle together—I have not got into any disgrace about this affair—when I first saw Manning, I said he was the person—I did not say he was d—d like him—I did not say I should like to see him with his white coat on—I said he had a kind of a light moleskin jacket—I did not say when asked if it was him, "No, but that is the man who brought the beer."

JAMES SAUNDERS (policeman) About half-past 3 o'clock on 17th July I heard a cry of "Police!" in St. Ann's-street, Westminster—it had been day. light nearly half an hour—I saw Ashby and another young man running out of James-court, and Bakewell running after them, who said he had been robbed, and I seized Ashby and asked him what he was running for—he said he was running after his mate, who had robbed a man—I found this handkerchief on him—before I showed it to Bakewell, I asked him, in Ashby's presence, what colour his handkerchief was—he said it was an old dark-brown silk one—I showed it to him and he identified it—he was quite sober—Ashby said he supposed it would only be a sixer—Bakewell described the other man to me, and I took Manning on suspicion twelve days afterwards—I have known him for the last five years—I believe he has not had any fixed residence lately, but I have seen him in St. Ann's-street, Westminster, and Duck-lane, but could not see him between 17th and 29th July, though I was specially employed to look for him—I found him at the Portland Baths, 711/2, Oxford-street, and told him the charge—he denied being the man—Bakewell saw him at the station, and said he was the second person that came in at the window after Ashby.

Cross-examined. Q. Was he alone? A. Yes; with the exception of the police—Bakewell did not hesitate in the least—he did not say he should like to see him in his light coat—he said he had a light moleskin jacket on at the time—he said Manning fetched a pot of beer, and Manning said he did not.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. Have you seen him in any particular dress? A. yes: with a light moleskin jacket, for several months—the last time I saw him was on the Sunday morning previous to the robbery, which was on Thursday.

Ashby. Q. Did you examine the house? A. Yes? the head of the bed came partly up against the window.

Ashby's Defence. I had been drinking; I saw a man before me in a flannel jacket, a man behind me was calling "Police!" I ran after the man, but my shoe broke in half, and I could run no further; I saw a handkerchief lying there, and put it in my pocket; the policeman asked me what I was running for, I said, "After the man who had robbed the man;" I did not say, "My mate;" he searched me, and found the handkerchief; I said it was not worth 6d.; and he says I said I should not get above a sixer; I have an impediment in my speech.



of Burglary.

Aged 26.

Aged 18.

Transported for Ten Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1710

1710. JOHN ABRAHAMS , feloniously cutting and wounding Mehemet Abrahams; with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm.

MR. WOOLLETT conducted the Prosecution,

MEHEMET ABRAHAMS . I come from Malabar, and live at 3, George-street, Whitechapel. I am quite blind, I can only see a little light—I get my living by charity—I know the prisoner, he lived next door to me; he sent for me to his house—I was in my own room smoking—I had my tea first, and then went to him—he spoke to me in my own language, and said, "What for you no come to my house"—I said I had been out all day, and I was very tired—he said no more, but gave me a very hard strike—I did not know how to place myself, and I fell down—one of my countrymen picked me up, and I know no more, I lost my senses—I found I had been beaten over the shoulders—I have known the prisoner two or three yean—I knew his voice—I did not strike him or his wife.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Who did he send to you? A. Hodge, the serang of the ship Marlborough—I did not go to the prisoner's room without being sent for—I did not say to him, "What have you been laying about my woman?"—he did not say he had not been saying anything about her—I did not say, "I am not afraid of you, for I will break your bones before I leave your room"—his wife did not say to me, "This is not the time of night to make a disturbance; if you have anything to say, come in the morning"—I did not upon that draw a stick, and strike the prisoner—I did not begin the affair—the woman did not try to prevent me from striking her husband, nor did I make her head bleed very much with my trick—she took a knife and cut her own forehead; the people saw her—I struck no woman—I had a stick; this is it (produced)—I dropped it when I was struck on the head, and I had not then been two minutes in the room—I did not lay hold of the woman by the hair, and strike her with a stick on the forehead, and then kick her.

MR. WOOLLETT. Q. You did not strike her or the prisoner? A. No; I am obliged to walk with a stick.

JOHN SMITH . I am a cook, and live at 30, Wentworth-street, Spitalfields. On 9th Aug., I led the prosecutor to the prisoner's house—a few minutes after we arrived the prisoner struck him with a poker, first on the forehead, and then on the back—he fell down and lost his senses—I took him out—the prisoner threw the poker in the ashes—two policemen came, and I gave the prisoner in charge.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you had any quarrel with the prisoner and his wife? A. No; his wife was there—I do not know that she was bleeding from the forehead; I did not see it—I saw her there—I had had no quarrel with the prisoner—I did not fight with him.

THOMAS MEARS . I am surgeon to the police. I was called to the Leman. street station about 1 o'clock in the night, and found the prosecutor with a contused wound on the forehead over the right eye, about an inch and a half long—it bled a great deal—the hair was all matted together—the skin and the muscles were cut through, but not the covering of the skull—he is a very feeble man—I saw him again about ten days afterwards; it had not healed then—it was not dangerous of itself, but erysipelas might have followed—it might have been inflicted with a poker.

WILLIAM HORRELL PEARCE (policeman, H 154.) I was called, and took the prisoner; he was charged with assaulting the prosecutor with a poker—he said the prosecutor had struck his wife with a walking-stick, and he would return him the same.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you find any poker? A. No; I saw the woman—she was bleeding from the forehead, and there was blood on the floor.

MR. PAYNS called

MART ANN HALL . I know the prisoner; I lived in his house—his wife is here—I only know the prosecutor by being up in his room for a fortnight before I went to the prisoner's; about half-past 12 o'clock at night I was undressing myself, and the prosecutor came into the room and asked whether the serang (who is the head of the ship, and who used to come there) was in the room—the prisoner said he was in his, the prosecutor's, room—he said he was not; and said, "What have you been saying about my Emma?"—that is a young woman he lived with then, but she has left him now—the prisoner said he had not been saying anything about Emma—he said, "Yet, you have; and although I am in your room, I am not afeard of you; I will break your bones before I leave you"—he spoke in English; they generally do so, unless there is anybody there who they do not want to hear—with that he drew his stick and struck the prisoner, and struck his wife on the forehead—the prisoner caught hold of the wooden rolling-pin which was on the mantel-shelf, and struck the prosecutor across his forehead with it, where he had a scar before—the prosecutor's wife, as they call her, came in—that'is, Emma; and the serang came in and helped to turn him out—Emma caught bold of the prisoner's wife by the hair, and they were all fighting—I left the room—Smith was not in the room at the beginning of the transaction—he was not there when the conversation took place about Emma, nor when the prosecutor was struck with the rolling-pin.

Cross-examined by MR. WOOLLETT. Q. Did you go before the Magistrate? A. I was there, but was not called—I spoke to the policeman, and he said we could give our evidence up here—I sleep in the same room with the prisoner and his wife—I get my living on the streets—there is a fireplace in the room—there is a poker, but Mary Ann Hayes bad taken it out that day to open a grating, and next day, about 11 o'clock, she found it in the yard—I saw the policeman searching in the room for a poker—I did not point oat the rolling-pin to him; it was on the floor—I did not say it was not the poker, but the rolling-pin, because I was undressed, or just upon it—the prisoner only occupies one room—I left the room when they began fighting—when Emma came in, I saw her catch hold of the prisoner's wife's hair—I saw no poker there, I swear that—all I have told to-day was said in English—I did not tell the policeman it was the prosecutor who struck the first blow.

MART ANN HAYES . I live with the prisoner and his wife. On 9th July, about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, I took the poker to open a drain in the yard to let the water run free—I forgot the poker, and left it there till next morning, when I found it where I had left it, and brought it in—when I came to the prisoner's house next morning, about half-past 6, I saw marks of blood on the floor, and the rolling-pin was on the floor with blood on it, but not much—I washed it off—the prisoner is a peaceable man; I never heard anything against him before.

Cross-examined. Q. When did you wash it off? A. This day week—I am an unfortunate girl—I slept in the prisoner's house with his wife—Mary Ann Hall did sleep in that room then, but not now—John Dexter is the landlord, and the prisoner is one of the tenants—I left about half-past 11 o'clock that night, and slept at John Dexter's lodging-house twenty or twenty-five yards off—I left all peaceable and quiet when I went away, and left the rolling-pin on the mantel-piece—Hodge is not here; his ship has gone.

WILLIAM HORRELL PEARCE re-examined. I searched among the ashes but found no poker—I searched all over the room—there was no rolling-pin there at that time.


Reference Number: t18510818-1711

1711. RICHARD RANSOM , feloniously wounding Johanna Driscoll on the left hand, with intent to maim and disable her.

MR. M'MAHON conducted the Prosecution.

MARGARET NEALE . I am an unfortunate girl, and live at 21, Thrall-street, Spitalfields. On Saturday night, 9th Aug., the prisoner went with me up-stairs to my room—after he had remained there some time, he wanted to go away—I refused to let him go, because he would not pay me a shilling he had agreed—he was about to leave the room—I stopped him, and he began to hit me about—he went towards the door—I put my back to it—he pulled me away, and knocked me right up against the bedstead—I then called for assistance—Johanna Driscoll came up—the prisoner said if I would come down-stairs, he had no less than two sovereigns, and he would pay me—I refused to do that, or to let him go—he up with his fist and bit Driscoll, directly she came into the room, before she had done anything, and tried to get out—he put out the candle—by the light from the window, I saw him put his hand into his pocket, and in a minute afterwards I saw Driscoll's hand bleeding; she called out that he had stabbed her in the hand—I lighted the candle again with a lucifer, and he rushed out of the room—he did not even wait to put his hat on, but took it in his hand—whilst I was lighting the candle, Driscoll had her back against the door, to keep him in; but he got out in spite of her—she had nothing in her hand—there was no bottle in the place—I did not see the prisoner's head before he left the room.

Prisoner. Q. Did not I tell you I would pay you if you only came outside, as I had not less than half-a-sovereign, and did not you take my jacket? A. No; you laid it on the table—I did not touch it—he put it on before Driscoll came—he put on everything, even his hat.

JOHANNA DRISCOLL . I am an unfortunate girl, and live at 21, Thrall-street. On this night, I was standing at my door, about half-past 10 o'clock, and heard Neale halloo for assistance—I went up and forced in the door, and when I got inside, the prisoner had one hand on her throat, and the other on the door—I said, "What is the matter?"—he said nothing, but turned round and hit me in the forehead with his fist—I shoved him away, and took up a small tea-cup, and struck him with it—he then put his hand on the candle and quenched the light—where he took a knife from I cannot say, but when she lighted the candle again, he had a knife in his hand, and he made an offer to strike me in the face with it—I was standing with my back to the door—I saw the blade of the knife—I put up my left hand, and received a cut between the finger and thumb—he did not say anything till be went out at the door, and then he returned, and said he would take our lives—he then fan down-stairs with his bat in his hand—I went down after him, and told King, the policeman, who was standing outside—he went after the prisoner, and brought him back—the tea-cup is not here; it was broken—I only struck him once, on the forehead—the cup was not broken, or cracked before—I was taken to the hospital by a policeman, and bad my hand dressed.

Prisoner. When she came into the room, she seized me by my handkerchief, and swung me round, and 1 fell back; and the other put her hand in my pocket where my money was, and turned it inside out. Witness. I did not seize him by the handkerchief—I did not see Neale put her hand into his pocket, nor did I do it—he was not down on his back—I did not cut myself with the cup.

WILLIAM KING (police-sergeant, H 22). On Saturday night, 9th Aug., about 11 o'clock, I was standing in Thrall-street, about forty yards from the house, and saw the prisoner come down the street with his hat in his hand,

bleeding from the forehead—about half-a-minute after, Driscoll came up—she showed me her hand—in consequence of what she said, I ran after the prisoner, and sprang my rattle—I overtook him in Whitechapel-road, just by the Church—I told him he was accused of stabbing a young woman in the hand—he said, "I have hurt no one; I will go back with you; I only fought for my liberty"—he had been drinking, but was not drunk—when the prosecutrix was showing her wound at the station, he said, "You admitted having done it yourself; look how I am served where you struck me with the cup"—she made no answer.

Prisoner. Q. Did not I tell you at the station that I had lost my money? A. I believe after the charge was taken you said you had lost a half-sovereign—I did not hear you say they had robbed you of all you had—I searched you, but found no knife or money.

RIDLEY PORTER . I am senior resident dresser at the London Hospital. The prosecutrix was brought there—she had an incised wound on the left hand, about two inches long, and half-an-inch deep, between the finger and thumb on the outside, the wound itself was not dangerous, but the consequences might have been so from her habits, erysipelas might have supervened—any wound that irritates certain nerves will produce locked-jaw, in particular cases—there is a popular error that a cut in that part is more likely to produce locked-jaw—I dressed the wound, and she has since been an out-patient—it was inflicted with a sharp cutting instrument, such as a knife—I think it was not likely to have been done by the edge of a cup; it is possible, but not likely—I found no particles of glass or earthenware in the wound—it was a clean incised wound, without a jag.

The prisoner, in his defence, stated that the women attempted to rob him, and in the scuffle the wound must have been accidentally caused.


Reference Number: t18510818-1712

1712. GEORGE SMITH , feloniously cutting and wounding Daniel Harrington on the head; with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

MR. M. PRENDERGAST conducted the Prosecution. DANIEL HARRINGTON. I am eleven years old, and live with my father and mother, in Spring-gardens, Mile-end New Town. On 27th June, about 9 o'clock at night, I was going home—there was a great crowd—I saw the prisoner up at his window, the third pair—they said he had chucked his wife out of window—he chucked a brick out at me, and knocked me down—I did not see him chuck it, the people said so—it struck me on the side of the head, and I do not remember anything else.

CHARLES DUKE . I am house-surgeon, at the London Hospital. The boy was brought there—he was in a confused state, from the effects of the blow—there was a contused lacerated wound of the scalp, on the left side of the head, above the temple, a little more than an inch long—it might have been done by a brick—he was three weeks under my treatment, and is quite recovered now.

PETER WILLIAM DUNNAWAY (policeman, H 129), I was sent for on the night of 27th June, and took the prisoner—I told him he must go to the station with me, that he was charged with assaulting two little boys, who had gone to the Hospital, one I believed had died—two boys were hurt, but only one appeared before the Magistrate—on the way to the station, he said he should not have done it if they had not thrown at him—there was a very great mob—we found it difficult to get him from the house, the people were so much excited at what he had done—I found him concealed in a hole, between the ceiling and the tiles.

Prisoner's Defence. This afternoon I was out along with my wife; I bad a little drop to drink, and we had a few words; my little boy went into the court; I ran to the window to call him, and accidentally knocked a brick off the sill; it was not heaved.

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1713

1713. JANE BURNEY and MATILDA LEADER , feloniously cutting and wounding Jeremiah Coghlan; with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm.

MR. GIFFORD conducted the Prosecution.

JEREMIAH COGHLAN . I am a seaman, and live at 75, Leman-street. On 25th July, between 1 and 2 o'clock in the morning, I was talking to a girl in New Gravel-lane, and a young man passed by, whom I took for my shipmate—he went into Leader's house, as I thought; so I went after him—I saw Barney at the door; and said, "There is a shipmate of mine inside"—she said there was not—a quarrel took place between us, and she took hold of me by the jacket and tore it, struck me on the eye and blacked it—I had not struck her—Leader then ran out of the house, caught me by the hair, and struck me several blows on the back of the neck—I was bleeding and wounded—Burney had nothing in her hands—there was no light there—I saw no weapon.

Cross-examined by MR. SLEIOH. Q. Where had you been previously? A. In company with some of my shipmates, taking a walk—I had been in a public-house, and had a little ale—when this took place there were two policemen standing at the corner—I did not strike Burney; there was not time; it was all the work of a minute—I did not complain to the two policemen—I walked off, shoved my finger into the wound, and went to an oyster-shop to get it dressed—the policemen followed me to the oyster-shop, and I gave the prisoners into custody two or three minutes afterwards—I was quite sober—there were not three women, only these two—I did not give another woman in charge—I charged Burney first, because I saw no one else there—the policeman brought her out of her house—I did not go in—Burney held my head down with both her hands, and Leader was behind me—there was no one else there to strike me—I saw Leader coming out before Burney caught hold of me.

Burney. You were along with two Jew girls, who keep an oyster-shop. Witness. No; I went into a house where two Jew girls were, to get my head dressed—another girl sang out for the police, and they came.

WILLIAM KEELEY (policeman, K 175). I was in New Gravel-lane, and saw Burney coming up the lane—she went to the house where she lives, which is kept by Leader—when she got to the door, she turned round and struck Coghlan in the breast, saying, "Get along, you b—r, you are not wanted here"—he staggered back a little, recovered, and inclined himself towards the door again—Burney turned round, took hold of him by the collar with her left hand, and commenced beating him on the head with her right—another woman then ran out of the house, and struck him two or three times on the back of the head—I could not see who she was—they both went indoors, and shut the door, and Coghlan walked away into a fish-shop in Gravel-lane—I was called there shortly afterwards, and found him bleeding from wounds in the back of his head and neck—I went with him to Leader's house—I knocked at the door—Leader refused to let me in—she came to the upper window, and asked what I wanted—I knew her previously—Coghlan went with me into the back-room down-stairs, and pointed out Burney—there was another woman there, who was not Leader—at the station Burney said she had suffered imprisonment enough when she had not deserved it, and she would not do it again, and said Sadler stabbed him with a knife—I then went

and took Leader—she goes by the name of Ann Sadler—Coghlan said that was the other woman who struck him—she said she knew nothing about it she would go quietly.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you follow Coghlan into the fish-shop? A. No; I did not go till I was called—I was not aware of any injury being done to him—I thought they were only larking.

DANIEL ROSS . I am a surgeon. I examined Coghlan, and found him bleeding from two wounds at the back of the head—one of them was two inches deep in the nape of the neck—they might have been inflicted with a table-knife—they were dangerous wounds.

Burney's Defence. The prosecutor asked me if his shipmate was there; I said, "No;" he said he would go in and see; I pushed him away, and be struck me; I never knew he was wounded till after he went away, and when I went into the house the other woman said, "Oh, my God! Jenny, she has stabbed him with a knife," and she put a long white-handled table-knife on the table; and I said, "Did you stab him with it?" and she said, "Yes, in the neck;" he said he only charged Leader with wounding him, and not me. BURNEY— GUILTY of a Common Assault. Aged 22.— Confined Two Months.


NEW COURT.—Monday, August 25th, 1851.


Before Mr. Common Serjeant and the Fifth Jury,

Reference Number: t18510818-1714

1714. HENRY CRAY and HENRY WATTS , stealing 2 shoes, value 2s. 6d.; the goods of Edward Banister: to which

CRAY pleaded GUILTY . Aged 15.— Confined Two Months.

JOHN CROSS . I am in the service of Mr. Edward Banister; he sells shoes. On 10th July, between 7 and 8 o'clock in the evening, I saw Cray steal a pair of shoes from the door of our shop on Pentonville-hill—he ran away, and gave one of them to Watts—he put the other in his pocket—when Cray took the shoes, Watts was at the corner of Red Lion-street, thirty or forty yards from him—he could not see what Cray did; as soon as Watts saw me coming, he threw the shoe down, and I picked it up—I caught Cray, and Watts got away—these are the shoes.

MATTHEW MIDDLETON (policeman, N 467.) On the afternoon of 10th July, Cray was given into my custody by Cross—he delivered me one of these shoes—I got the other from Cross; Watts was pointed out to me.

Watts's Defence. I was coming from the Caledonia; I met this boy running; he said to me, "Do you want a shoe?" and he gave me one; a man ran out; I threw the shoe down.


Reference Number: t18510818-1715

1715. JOHN CLENESLEY and THOMAS DOWLING , stealing 44lbs. weight of leaden pipe, value 15s.; the goods of William Pocock: fixed to a building: to which

DOWLING pleaded GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Twelve Months. MR. W. J. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

DAVID CAMPBELL (policeman, F 281.) On 5th July I was on duty in Coleshill-street, Chelsea. About a quarter before 4 o'clock in the morning I heard a noise at the back of No. 22—I went, and found the two prisoner

in the wash-house—I had to pass the wash-house window, and distinctly saw the two prisoners—Clenseley was in the act of cutting the pipe—it was fixed in the wash-house—I entered the wash-house, and Dowling immediately made a bolt to the front kitchen, and got away—Clenseley turned round, and I perceived be had got this knife in his hand—I attempted to secure him—he made a desperate resistance, and dragged me into the kitchen; he got away, but I pursued him, and he was taken—I found this portion of pipe lying in the wash-house on the ground against the wall, and this small piece is the piece he was cutting.

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTON. Q. What is this house? A. A private house; it is undergoing repair—this pipe was to convey water to the cistern or water-butt—it was quite light—I am sure it was not Dowling who was cutting the pipe—I found this knife at Clenseley's feet—I saw it in his hand; I did not see him drop it—I found it in the area afterwards—I cannot say whether it was near Dowling's jacket—I did not find the jacket—I found this small piece of lead pipe.

ALFRED CARTER (policeman, V 149.) I went into the kitchen, and found this lead-pipe cut in small pieces—I found this jacket, which Dowling owned.

WILLIAM POCOCK . I am a plumber, and live in Manchester-street, Manchester-square. Dowling was formerly in my employ—I do not know Clenseley. On 5th July I called at the house No. 22, Coleshill-street, Chelsea, which is my property, to see how the work was going on, and I found that eighteen feet of pipe had been taken from the front kitchen, and ten feet from the wash-house—this is the same-sized pipe, and I lost the same quantity.

Cross-examined. Q. Can you swear positively to this pipe? A. I lost the same quantity, and this is exactly of the same description—it had been put up for a fortnight or three weeks, to conduct the water into the butt—I had been in the house several times after it was put up—Dowling had been labourer to me—he took the pipe from the shop down to the job—he did not put it up.


He was further charged with having been before convicted; to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 23.— Transported for Seven Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1716

1716. JAMES PEAVOR, ALBERT BROWN, JAMES HETHERINGTON, ROBERT HETHERINGTONT, HENRY REES , and HENRY HETHERINGTON , breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Mary Ann Hooper, and stealing 2 oz. of tobacco, and other articles, value 1l. 3s.; her property.

MR. THOMPSON conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM GEORGE CLEMENTS . I live in Waterloo-terrace, Chelsea. I know the prisoners—they all live in Chelsea—I play with them sometimes—I know Mrs. Hooper's shop in College-place—on Sunday, 13th July, I was at the other end of the street, about a dozen yards from Mrs. Hooper's—I saw Peavor and Robert Hetherington go into Mrs. Hooper's with a key—Albert Hetherington had the key, and he unlocked the door—they both went in, and Peavor brought out a bundle of square pencils, and Robert Hetherington brought some round ones—I was at the end of the street when they came out—Brown, Henry Hetherington, and Rees were with me—I ran to get out of the way when they were taking the things—Rees, Brown, and Henry Hetherington ran round the other turning to me—we all met up in the brickfields, and Brown divided the sherbet and the sweets—Robert Hetherington gave me two round pencils, and Peavor gave me a square one—Robert Hetherington had a bundle of squibs and an empty ginger-beer bottle—I saw a top, and Peavor had a little necklace in his hand—I did not see any whipcord—after

we had been in the brickfield, I and a little boy, who is not here, went home, and the others went after us—James Hetherington was not with me when they went into the house, but he was waiting in the brickfield for them to come.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. How came you to be a witness here? A. I saw them go into the house, and I saw them with the things—I do not know what an accomplice is—I was twelve years old in March—the key that Robert Hetherington had was the key out of his parents' house; and it turned out that that key opened Mrs. Hooper's door, and locked it again—these prisoners all live in Chelsea, but not all with their parents—the officer asked me questions; he told me I had better state all I knew, or else I should be indicted—these are the articles I got—I do not smoke—this is a squib, and this is a packet of books-and-eyes—I have a mother; she is an upholsteress—she has flogged me well for this—the youngest Hetherington is not here—I do not know whether he is six years old—I knew the door was going to be opened—I stood at the end of the street, because I would not have anything to do with going in.

MARY ANN HOOPER . I live in College-place, Chelsea. I occupy the whole house; there are only two rooms—I keep a toy-shop, and sell sweets, and Stationery, and hooks-and-eyes—on 13th July I went out at a little before 7 o'clock in the evening to attend on a sick relative—I returned about a quarter after 11—I found the front-door ajar—it was locked, but the lock had not caught—I got a light, and found the shop all upset; the sweet-stuff and cakes were thrown all about—the tobacco and cigars were broken, and were all about the counter—I called the policeman in—I missed from the window some fireworks and sweet-stuff, some cakes and whipcord, black-lead pencils, and shawl-pins; a bottle of ginger-beer was taken out of the water near the door, a bottle of sherbet off the shelves—the value of the articles I missed was about 25s.—Clements's mother brought this packet of hooks-and-eyes to my house on the Monday morning.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you any children? A. No; I am very sorry to prosecute these babies—I wished them to be punished.

HENRY HILL (policeman, B 176.) I received information, and took Robert Hetherington, Henry Hetherington, and Brown—they were all three together in Sloane-square, but seeing me they ran away—I told them what they were charged with; Robert Hetherington said he got the key from the back-room door of his house, and he gave it to Peavor, who opened the door, and they all went in and shared alike—this is the key—I got it from the back-room door of Hetherington's house—I tried it to Mrs. Hooper's door, and it opened it—I had no conversation with Clements about this.

Cross-examined. Q. Never? A. "No; I only went with him after his information at the station—I never pumped him—I never told him if he would tell all he knew he might be a witness—he gave information to the inspector.

WILLIAM BENNER (policeman, B 261). I took James Hetherington, Peavor, and Rees into custody on 14th July—I asked Peavor whether he gave the property that was produced to Clements—he said no, he did not, he had but two or three exhibition things, and he put the ginger-beer bottle to his mouth, but did not drink any—after I had taken him he told me who the other boys were that were with him at the time—I took James Hetherington next; I asked him if he was there, he said he was, but not long; he was ill part of the time, and was in bed, but he was along with the other boys—he first said he was inside the shop, and then he said he was only outside—I

took Rees next—I asked him if he knew anything about it—he first said no, he was not with them, and did not know anything about it—he afterwards said he was with them.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know Rees's father? A. No; I know where they live—I believe they have lived there three years—Mrs. Brown I believe has lived there longer—I took Peavor to the station, and sent an officer to fetch Clements from his work—I saw Clements when he was brought to the station, he was not pumped at all—the inspector asked the boys several questions.

(The prisoners' statements before the Magistrate were here read, as follows: "Peavor says: I went in and bad three exhibition things, and six pencils.—James Hetherington says: I was not in the shop with them, I was at home sick.—Rees says: I went in and had some sweet-meats.—Robert Hetherington says: I had some sweet-meats and a tart.—Brown says: I had a bottle of sherbet.—Henry Hetherington says: I went in and took some sweet-meats."

NOT GUILTY . (The prisoners were all under 13 years of age.)

Reference Number: t18510818-1717

1717. GEORGE STRICKLAND , stealing 36 chairs, and other articles, value 280l. 6s. 6d.; the goods of Richard Turner.

MR. BALLANTIMI conducted the Prosecution.

RICHARD TURHER . I carry on business as a wine-merchant, in Marklane. Mr. Collins is an agent for me—he made application to me, and I advanced a sum of money—I drew the checks, and obtained the money from the banker—I was present when it was paid to the prisoner—I forget the amount.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. You are a wine-merchant, and are you also a money-lender? A. I have Occasionally spare money that I some-times lend on security—I charge twelve and a half per cent. on such security as this—I never charge higher at any time, I have less sometimes—I have not very extensive dealings as a money-lender—I have received 40l. from the prisoner since I advanced that money—I gave a check for 40l. to pay his rent, and he repaid me that 40l.—he was not keeping furnished lodgings—my servant was, who was in possession for me—I do not know that the prisoner was at the house all the time, and receiving rent from the lodgers—I understood not—he did not have the use of the furniture to let the house in lodgings, by my permission—my agent received the rent—I did not keep this furnished lodging-house myself, my servant was in possession of it—I did not carry on the business of a furnished lodging-house keeper, my property was invested in the furniture—the title I had to the property was under a bill of sale—I have not carried on the business of a furnished lodging-house keeper in King-street, St. James's—my servant was there to take care of my property—I do not know who carried the business on—I do not know that the prisoner carried it on—I know it was let as a lodging-house—I know that money was received which was paid to my servant—any surplus I know nothing of—my servant received the rent to pay the rent of the house—my agent received the rent on account of the landlord.

JURY. Q. Your agent received the rent the same as he would money for wine? A. Yes; I presumed my furniture was liable for the payment of the rent, and my agent received the rent.

MR. PARRY. Q. Do not you know that the prisoner had the use of this furniture? A. He had no title to the furniture, nor was he there with my consent—when I advanced the 200l. he gave up his title to that property—he was not to have abandoned the house till six months had expired—he

obtained the money from me to pay a distress on his premises—he did not obtain it to carry on his business—he obtained it in Sept., 1850—I know that he afterwards occupied the house, let it out, and received the rents—he did not account to me for them, but at the end of six months there was a further claim for rent—I was compelled to pay it—he brought me 40l. and I permitted the thing to go on—he carried it on up to that time—I do not know that he did afterwards—I have not the least desire to injure this man—my furniture was liable for the rent to the landlord—I was not personally liable, but I presume the furniture was liable to be distrained—I do not know the whole value of this furniture—there are fixtures left in the house—I do not know whether they are of the value of 100l.—I claim the fixtures and furniture—the bill of sale was for the fixtures and furniture.

HENRY COLLINS . I carry on business in Brewer-street, Golden-square. I am agent to Mr. Turner—the prisoner applied to me about August, 1850, and I communicated with Mr. Turner—there was a paper executed, and 180 odd pounds was paid to the prisoner—a woman named Lockwood, who was the wife of a man I knew, was placed by Mr. Turner on the prisoner's premises as servant to Mr. Turner, to take care of the furniture for him—after this transaction, I know of an execution being put into the house—after that there was an action tried, I think in Feb. 1851—that was an interpleader-action, and I heard the prisoner examined on the part of the plaintiff—he said he had sold all his interest in the furniture to Mr. Turner—I believe all the evidence was given, and the Jury returned a verdict that the goods were at the time of the seizure the goods of the plaintiff—I cannot say positively whether the prisoner returned to the house—he told me he had taken apartments in Bury-street, St. James's—the furniture was still at 16, King-street, and Mrs. Lockwood had the care of the house—the prisoner did not go to King-street by my sanction, but I knew of his being there subsequently—Sir Thomas Farquhar was the landlord—there had been lodgers in the house—Mrs. Lockwood received the rents, and paid them to me for me to pay the superior landlord—they have not been sufficient to pay the rent due to the landlord—the last time I saw Mrs. Lockwood was on the 7th Aug., between 3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon—I have advertised her, and had bills posted for her, but I have not seen her since—she had possession of the original bill of sale—I have not been able to procure that under any circumstances—I believe Mr. Sydney has a copy of it—I know it to be a correct copy—on Friday, 8th Aug. I learned, about half-past four, that ail the furniture had been taken away—I saw Mrs. Lockwood on the 7th, and in the rooms in which I went every thing seemed right—I have since traced the furniture to Mr. Dent—on 8th Aug., every body was gone from the house—I found the prisoner on the following day at Mr. Hird's, in Tottenham-court-road—I said, "This is a pretty piece of business, Mr. Strickland"—he affected not to know me—he looked at me—I said, "My name is Collins; you know me surely"—he said, "I think I have seen you"—I gave him in charge.

Cross-examined. Q. You are agent for Mr. Turner? A. Yes: in making this deficiency—that is the way I act for him in making deficiencies of this description—I think 180l. was advanced—that was 200l., deducting the interest for half a year, of 6l. 5s. on each 100l., making 12l. 10s., and he handed over 30l. to Mr. Turner on account of a quarter's rent that was coming due—he paid the expenses of making out the document—I cannot tell how much, I think about 8l. or 9l.—that was paid to Mr. Sydney, the attorney for Mr. Turner—I doubt whether it was as much as 9l.

Q. Do you mean to represent that you do not know that Mr. Strickland

was living in that house, and letting lodgings? A. I know he was in the house from Sept., 1850, till Jan.—from that time I do not know—he had no lodgers, but the furniture was left that he might use it for the purpose of lodgers—I received 12l. from him for making an inventory and valuation—I am an auctioneer and value—I have not been sworn as an appraiser this year, nor last, nor the year before—an auctioneer does not require a license—I have been sworn eight or ten years ago—I have not received moneys constantly from Strickland, since Sept., 1850—I received 50l. between March and April—another sum of 7l., and some shillings, and a further sum of 110l.—Mrs. Lockwood was in the habit of receiving the rents—I have seen the prisoner at the house, between Jan. and Feb.—I have never received anything beside that 12l.

Q. How comes it that Mr. Turner says you only paid him 40l., if you received 50l. of the prisoner? A. I had advanced 28l., and I kept back the 10l. as part payment of that—I told Mr. Turner that—I got nothing for that advance—I pitied the man's condition, and advanced it from good feeling—I never got a shilling—I have not gone repeatedly, and threatened to sell him off—I told him that unless the rent of the premises was paid off that Mr. Turner would not Jet his property be endangered—I have said that I valued the fixtures that were left at 70l.—there were some things left behind—I think I have seen two feather beds, a horse-hair mattress, some bolsters, and pillows—I understand the prisoner bought them back for 8l.—that was not because he was surprised in his hasty removal—there were sundry odds and ends remaining, some flat irons, pots, pans, and kettles—nothing of much value—I never received any money from the prisoner—Mrs. Lockwood paid it me—I keep a book with all the receipts of money—this is it—after the bill of sale was made I never made any addition to it—I did to the schedule—it was merely trifling things—about the time that lodgings began to be let, there were a few things that were required for the lodgers—Mrs. Lockwood applied to me, and she got them, and they were added to the schedule, I think to the amount of 2l. or 3l.—I swear that I only added 2l. or 3l. to the schedule for Mrs. Lock wood's security—the moneys I received from Mrs. Lockwood consisted of the rents from the lodgers—I received the rents to pay rents as they accrued—I have paid two quarters' rent, which was 100l.—I paid for the levy, and 14l. odd for the expenses, and since that about 8l. to Mrs. Lockwood—I paid that out of the rents received from lodgers—that was the agreement—she was to be paid her possession-money out of the proceeds of the house, and I paid 2l. or 3l. for the crockery I before alluded to—the balance that I have in my hand at this moment is twenty odd pounds—that would be scarcely sufficient to pay Mrs. Lockwood, and Mr. Turner the interest since March—Mrs. Lockwood's wages were 6s. a week, and what is owing to her is the difference between the 8l. she has received, and her wages to the time she left the house—I am not aware that her husband and a couple of children went and lived there—the prisoner has never complained to me that the husband and two children were living on him—one child was out at nurse, and one child was with the mother in the house—the woman was confined there, and I wished to remove her—the prisoner said, "No; let her remain"—he never made any complaint, nor requested me to remove her—besides the 6s. a week, I presume Mr. Strickland used to board and lodge her—I do not know whether he boarded her husband—he had no right so to do—I have never been a witness here before—I have been an unwilling prosecutor once, and I am really unwilling now—I carry on business as an auctioneer in Brewer-street—when I require a license I take it out—I sold by auction about two years ago, but I confine myself to

valuations chiefly—my wife is, I believe, distantly related to Mr. Sydney—I have never been employed by him—when I have had applications for larger transactions than I could manage, I have applied to Mr. Turner, when I advance money on property deposited with me—I have been engaged, perhaps, twelve or fourteen times in the last two years by Mr. Turner in advances of money—I really cannot tell how much I have got out of that—I should say I have not been engaged twenty times.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Is it the custom with auctioneers in a sale to advance money? A. It is both customary and necessary—these rooms were furnished—the furniture was the subject of this security—the lodgers used the furniture—Mrs. Lockwood attended on them—the rent was paid for the furnished lodgings, and the attendance.

MR. PARRY. Q. Was it not carried on as a boarding and lodging-house? A. Not that I am aware of—I do not know that noblemen and other persons boarded there—I do not know that there was any other servant but Mrs. Lockwood, I think I could safely swear that—I did not value the things that were there at 8l.—I said they were purchased at 8l.—I think there were two feather beds, two bolsters, three pillows, a wash-hand stand, a dressing table, and four rush-bottomed chairs—I saw no dinner-service, nor tea-service—there were some baskets containing some things, but they were in a dark part, I could not see what they were—I cannot tell what value I would put on the things—I did not take any account of them—I kicked against a white waistcoat—that was all the men's apparel that I saw.

THOMAS HIRD . I am a broker, and live in Store-street, Tottenham-court-road. I saw the prisoner about five weeks ago—he spoke to me about furniture—he told me it was household furniture, and belonged to himself—I went and saw it in a house in King-street, St. James's—I went over the house—I saw nobody but the prisoner and his wife—I ran over the furniture, and valued it at from 150l. to 160l.—I agreed to purchase it—I had not the money, and I applied to Mr. Dent—I purchased it for 150l.—I got about 10l. for my bargain—Mr. Holt paid the prisoner 50l., and I paid him 92l.—I was to have paid him 100l., but he had 8l.—worth of goods back—Mr. Dent's people had removed some of the goods before I went—it was on Wednesday I went to look at the goods, and on Friday I paid the money—I went to get the things at a quarter past 7 o'clock in the morning—there is a back way, and a front way—when I got there the first van-load was just gone from the back of the premises—I did not go in then; I went and got breakfast—I went in, in about an hour—Dent's men went with me, and they assisted in moving the goods—the prisoner was there, and superintended it all the while—I did not see Mrs. Lockwood there at all—I did not notice whether the blinds were down in the front when these goods were being removed—there is a broadish court at the back—we got all the things away by about half-past 11 in the day—I paid the prisoner as soon as we had done—he came to my place on the Saturday, and he was taken there—I was not at home.

SAMUEL HOLT . I am foreman to Mr. Dent. I bought a lot of furniture from Mr. Hird, in King-street, St. James's—I gave him 152/. for it—Ho not know where it is now, it has been sold—I do not know to whom—part of it has been sold since this inquiry.

JOHN DENT . I live in Crawford-street, and am a furniture-dealer. My foreman bought these goods for me, and gave 160l. for them—I have sold them—I do not know what has become of them.

EDWARD GATHEN . I live at 40, Bury-street, St. James's. I sleep at the back part of my premises—I know the outside of the house, 16, King-street—on

Friday morning, the 8th instant, I was awoke by the falling of something—I opened my window and looked out—I saw a light in the side of the door of the premises, 16, King-street—I heard a bustling, and saw some goods in the passage an hour after that.

EDWARD ISAAC SYDNEY . I know the prisoner's hand-writing—it is attached to this schedule from the Insolvent Debtor's Court—(read—"1850, Sept. 17. On this day I executed a bill of sale on all my household furniture, &c., to Mr. Turner, for the sum of 200l. borrowed by me")—it is signed by him—it appears that the redemption was to take place six months afterwards. (The prisoner received a good character.)


Reference Number: t18510818-1718

1718. JOHN HODGE was indicted for embezzlement.

MR. PARRY conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM CLAYTON POPE . I am a tea-dealer, and live on the Pavement, The prisoner was my town-traveller—he was to collect moneys for me, and take orders three days in a week—the orders were made up, and a bill of parcels, and it was his duty to take them to the customers the next morning—if he received money it was his duty to bring it home and enter it in the cash-book—I have the book here—no one in particular kept it—it is the book to which I used to refer to see what money had been paid—if the prisoner received 15s. 1/2 d. of Mr. Denyer on the 7th May he has not accounted for it, or 4s. 1 1/2 d. from Mr. Brant—I believe the prisoner left on 30th July, bat I was ill.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLAXTINE. Q. Did he bring back 4l.? A. He did not give it to me—I was told about it—Mr. Fryer engaged the prisoner, and made the arrangement for his wages—I know by my cash-book that he had 25s. a week, and after he had been with me six months, 20s., and there was an agreement to pay him a commission—I have paid him 8l. commission—there is 13l. due to him—he went out with a van three times a week—he might go a few miles round the suburbs—I think his commission was paid him in April—he had it when he asked for it, but he came home intoxicated at half-past 11 o'clock one night and wanted a sovereign; he was very noisy and troublesome, and I would not let him have it—that was the only time ha was refused—that was in May—I have not paid him the money since, because he never asked for it—I have never made him pay for bad debts to my recollection—I see by my ledger an account of 6l.—worth of goods sold to Osborn, and on the other side is "Cash, 6l. "—I have heard it said that the prisoner paid that out of his own pocket—I do not think he did.

JOHN FRYER . I am foreman to the prosecutor. I engaged the prisoner as his servant by the instruction of Mr. and Mrs. Pope.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you present when he brought back 4l.? A. Yes; Mrs. Pope was present, she managed the business—I consult her on business—the prisoner's wife brought that money—I did not hear the prisoner state that he was deficient in his accounts in consequence of not having been paid his commission, and his expenses being so large—he spoke to Mrs. Pope privately—she is not here.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 36.—(Recommended to mercy by the prosecutor.)— Confined Six Months.

(There were four other indictments against the prisoner).

Reference Number: t18510818-1719

1719. WILLIAM MASTERS , forging and uttering a request for the delivery of a piece of cotton tick; with intent to defraud James Wilde and another.

MR. COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM HENRY HILL . I live in Gloucester-place, Hackney-road. On 4th July I was in the Curtain-road, Shoreditch, about 2 o'clock in the day—the prisoner spoke to me, and said if I would take this order (produced)to Mr. Wilde he would give me 1d. or 2d. if I got the goods, and he said he would wait about the spot—I took it to Mr. Wilde's, saw the clerk, and put it on the desk—the clerk told me to wait—I waited just upon an hour—I then told him I could wait no longer—the order was given to me, and I went with it to the place where I had left the prisoner—I found no one there—I kept the order in my pocket for two or three days—I then had to go to the west-end, and called at Mr. Townshend's, in Kingsgate-street, Holborn, and left it with a lady.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Had you ever known the prisoner before? A. No; I cannot say on what day I went to Mr. Townshend's—I saw Mrs. Townshend, and the needle-woman also—this order had not been out of my possession—I gave it to the clerk when I went to Mr. Wilde's, but I did not lose sight of it—he put it on the desk—it lay there all the time—Ormrod showed it to some gentleman in the counting-house in my presence—I saw the prisoner at the police-station on 22nd July—I had left this document at Mr. Townshend's before the prisoner was taken into custody—I went to Mr. Townshend's because I thought he would give me 1d. or 2d.—I found Mr. Townshend in Kingsgate-street—I went there because the prisoner told me if they asked where I came from, I was to say from Kingsgate-street, Holborn—I did not tell them so because they did not ask me—I can read—I did not put any mark on the paper—I cannot say how long the paper was in Mr. Townshend's possession before J saw it again—I saw it the next time at the police-court.

MR. COCKLE. Q. From the time you left the prisoner to go to Mr. Wilde's had you seen him at all? A. I saw him turn the corner of New Inn-yard about 3 o'clock the same day as I was coming back from Mr. Wilde's—I did not see him afterwards till I saw him at the police-court.

EMANUEL ORMROD . I am clerk to Messrs. James Wilde and another, in the Curtain-road; they are tick-manufacturers. I do not know the prisoner—I believe this order was brought to me about five weeks ago—I did not take particular notice at what time—it was after 12 o'clock—it was brought by a boy, and as far as I can recollect it was by Hill—I looked at the order, but I did not give anything—the boy waited a length of time—he said he could not wait longer, and I gave him the order back—I am not aware that we have any customer of the name of Dulcken.

Cross-examined. Q. You cannot swear to this order ever having been presented to you? A. This, or something very like it, was brought to me—I never gave any decision as to whether the goods were to be sent or not—I was in the office all the time—when the boy gave me this order I laid it on the desk—I do not know Mr. Townshend, nor his writing—I do not remember seeing the boy since, till I came here—I cannot swear that it was Hill—he did not say anything to me, only that he could not wait any longer—I only said, "You must take it back."

ELIZABETH TOWNSHEND . I am the wife of Thomas Townshend—this paper was brought to me by Hill on a Monday or Tuesday, about a month or five weeks ago—I put it in my husband's desk, and gave it him I think the next day.

Cross-examined. Q. Were there other papers in the desk? A. Yes; I took notice of this one—I gave it into my husband's hand.

THOMAS TOWNBHEHD . I am an upholsterer, and live at No. 20, Kingsgate street, Holborn. The prisoner was in my service—he left me without notice, about 5th or July—this paper was given to me wife on Tuesday, 15th July—none of it is my writing—I believe it to be the prisoner's having seen his writing several time—I never authorized any one to write such an order—it had not my sanction—I know Mr. Wilde, and have had transaction with the firm—I have a customer named Dulcken—this alludes to an action between Mr. Wilde and him.

Cross-examined. Q. How long bad the prisoner been in your service? Nearly three months; he went away of his own accord—he was a bedstead maker—I have seen him write, in making out his own weekly work to me; and I have seen his writing to a document when he was on board ship, as carpenter—he worked for me by the piece—I had no other workmen—I had a needle-woman, and an apprentice—I have got goods on my orders from Mr. Wilde for many years—I had not got any on orders for a month before July, for I had been in the habit of going down and looking at the goods myself.

THOMAS HINDS (policeman, E 83). I took the prisoner on 18th July—I received this order from Mr. Townshend, when before the Magistrate; it has been in my possession ever since—(order read— "Sir—Your not having any 7-8 tick, please to send me a piece of 3-4 cotton tick by bearer; have you beard any more from Dulcken yet? Yours, T. Townshend.")

Cross-examined. Q. Where did you apprehend the prisoner? A. At the Wheatsheaf, in Red Lion-street, Holborn—I had not the order in my possession then—Mr. Townshend had been to the station—I had seen him two or three times.

GUILTY* of uttering. Aged 24.—Recommended to tuny by the Prosecutor. Confined Twelve Months .

Reference Number: t18510818-1721

1721. CATHARINE BUTLER , stealing 1 cap, and other articles, value 16s. 8d.; the goods of William Pilbeam, her master.

WILLIAM PILBEAM . I live in St. Pancras. The prisoner was in my service for seven days—she was given into custody from my house, on 19th July—she was in liquor in the morning, in my absence—in consequence of what was said to me, I said I should like to see her boxes searched, as she had got my liquor—she said a policeman should do it—I opened a box, the prisoner threw the key of it on the lid, but she refused to open it—I found in it these articles, which are mine—I had seen my child, who is dead, wear them—I suppose they were kept in my drawers—this bottle contains rum.

ROBERT SCOTT (policeman, G 66). I searched the prisoner's box at Mr. Pilbeam's, on 19th July; I found these articles; the prisoner said they were her sister's.

BEATRICE BROWN . I am the wife of William Brown. I was at the prosecutor's on the morning of 19th July; I saw the prisoner there; she was in liquor—I know this cap and this pelisse; they are Mr. Pilbeam's—they were made a present to his child—this cap has my own needle-work in it.

ELIZA BONNER . I searched the prisoner at the station—I found this bottle of run under her upper petticoat—she said it was her own, and she was going to treat a friend with it.

Prisoner's Defence. I am innocent of robbing my master of the cap and Pelisse; the day that we washed, Mrs. Brown gave me a glass of spirits, which got in my head, and made roe stupid all day; and Mrs. Brown said I had better leave before my master came home; I told her I would not till he came, and then I should know for what; she said if not she would

make me go; I began to cry, and I put on my bonnet and shawl, and thought to go up-stairs to see my mistress, but she would not let me; she laid she was too ill; I went to my brother's, but he was gone with his master to Canterbury; I came back to my master's again; this box was in the wash-house, without a lock; it is my firm belief that Mrs. Brown put these things in my box.

COURT to BEATRICE BROWN. Q. Did you tell her to go, before her master came home? A. Yes; because she was in liquor.

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Three Months.

THIRD COURT.—Monday, August 25th, 1851.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Seventh Jury.

Reference Number: t18510818-1721a

1721. ROBERT JEFFERSON , unlawfully assaulting Maria Clay, aged ten years and eleven months, with intent, &c.:

(Upon which MR. PAYNE offered no evidence.)


Reference Number: t18510818-1722

1722. THOMAS SPURRIER , unlawfully assaulting Sarah Elizabeth Brown, with intent to ravish her.—2nd COUNT, unlawfully assaulting Sarah Elizabeth Brown, and inflicting grievous bodily harm upon her.—3rd COUNT, assaulting, beating, wounding, and ill-treating Sarah Elizabeth Brown.—4th COUNT, assaulting George James Rootsey.

GUILTY on all the Counts. Aged 20.— Confined Two Years.

Reference Number: t18510818-1723

1723. THOMAS BARBER , unlawfully assaulting Margaret M'Donnell, with intent, &c.


Reference Number: t18510818-1724

1724. JOHN THOMAS , unlawfully attempting to rob a man unknown.

MR. WOOLLETT conducted the Prosecution.

CHARLES STBBBINO . I am a retired constable, and am now in the services of the Dublin Steam-packet Company. On Saturday afternoon, 26th July, I was at the main entrance to the Tower, and saw the prisoner and two others—I watched, and saw the prisoner twice put his hand into a gentleman's right-hand waistcoat pocket, and then pass his hands to his companions, who were covering him closely—I had seen him there the day before with the same parties, and saw him put his hand into a gentleman's pocket—the main entrance to the Tower is closed, on account of there being so many visitors, and they are let in 150 or so at a time, and this occurs at the gate, where the people are accumulated—after the congregation went in, the prisoner moved away—I saw them all three in company an hour or an hour and a half—the prisoner asked me if he could get access to the Tower—I told him he could in a few minutes, but he did not go in when he could—he went away over Tower-hill, and came back in a quarter of an hour, and his two companions shortly after—he then took an orange out of his pocket, and placed his hand into another gentleman's pocket, while his companions were looking down, as if there was something to be seen.

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLK. Q. Were you on duty? A. No; neither of the others have been taken—there were about 100 people going in when I saw them on the Friday—there are not many suspicious characters

about there; if there are, they are of very respectable appearance, because they are not allowed round the gate if they are not—I was present when he was taken, but did not hear him say anything to the policeman about his not hiving been long in London—I and another person ran after the other two, but they escaped in Tower-street—the prisoner would not give any address.

EDWARD WIGLBY (policeman, H 141). I was with Stebbing on the Saturday, and saw the prisoner separate from his companions—there were about 300 outside the gate, and when it was opened they all three joined company, rushed to the gate with the crowd, and when they got to the gate they turned back, and the prisoner went and stood against the rail, and the other two went along Tower-street, and I could not see where they went to.

WILLIAM HENRY KIKKPATRICK . I am an engineer and surveyor. on Friday, 25th, I was on Tower-hill; and in consequence of what Stebbing said to me, I noticed the prisoner standing by the sentry-box—he was then joined by another man, and I stood behind them—he then leaned on a gentleman's left shoulder, and moved his left hand towards the gentleman's left-hand pocket—I did not see him put his hand in—he remained so about a minute, then turned round, pulled an orange out of his pocket, began peeling it very violently, and nudging his companions with his foot—his companions then came and asked me when the Tower would be opened—I said I had no idea; doubtless in a few minutes—he said he had been waiting an hour, and could not get in—I said the gate had been opened frequently in the hour—they moved away—in about two minutes the gates were opened, and the people rushed in, but those two went towards Tower-street—I spoke to the gentleman into whose pocket I saw the prisoner put his hand.

GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1725

1725. DUGALD THOMSON , unlawfully obtaining money by false pretences.

MR. WAY conducted the Prosecution.

LEWIS BERRY . I am a confectioner, at 229, Regent-street, and deal with Messrs. Welling and Co., salt-merchants. The prisoner has been in the habit of calling for orders—on 14th Aug. the prisoner called for orders, and applied for payment of my account to Messrs. Welling—I said I was very busy, and asked him to call on Monday, which was our pay-day—he called on the Monday, and I gave him this check, which has since been returned to me paid—he gave me this receipt—(read—"Mr. Berry, bought of Welling and Co. goods amounting to 7l. 1s. Received payment, DUGALD THOMPSON, for Mr. Smith. 18th Aug., 1851.")

Prisoner. After I got the order on the Thursday, Mr. Berry said he had an account to settle with Mr. Smith, and I explained to him that Mr. Smith had purchased Mr. Welling's business, and that he would give him credit for any time. Witness. It was not my proposition to pay it; be applied for it GEORGE SAMUEL BENSTEAD. I am manager to Mr. Benjamin Smith, who carries on business, under the name of Welling and Co. The prisoner was Mr. Smith's commission traveller—on 16th Aug. he was cautioned, in my presence, not to receive any money; and I said, "Mr. Thompson, be careful you do not"—on 18th Aug. 7l. 1s. was due by Mr. Berry to Mr. Smith—I have not received that—if the prisoner did receive it he ought to have handed it to me the same afternoon, but he was unauthorized to receive it.

JAMES STRINGER (policeman, C 193). I took the prisoner on the 20th, and told him the charge—he said he was very sorry; he wanted 1s. more than he had got; that was the reason why he bad taken it—I searched him and found ten tickets relating to horse races, and 10s. I found at his lodging.

Prisoner's Defence. Mr. Berry gave me an order, and then said he had received an account from Mr. Smith, but as that name was not connected with the firm, he bad taken no notice of it; I told him Mr. Smith had purchased the business, and that he would give him credit for a year; he said, "Monday is our money-day, and you can call and get a check for the amount;" I had no intention of keeping it; the tickets found on me will pay the amount.

GUILTY .— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1726

1726. JAMES GOLDING, WILLIAM M'CARTHY , and JOHN BROWN , stealing 1 jacket and 1 shawl, value 2s.; the goods of Jonathan Lancaster, in his dwelling-house; and afterwards burglariously breaking out of the same.

REBECCA LANCASTER . I am the wife of Jonathan Lancaster, of 9, Peter's court, Aldgate. On the morning of 29th July I was awoke by the police at 5 o'clock, and found the kitchen-door open, which had been fastened at half-past 9 the night before—there is a fan-light over the door, through which a small person could get, that had been left open—the street-door was unfastened—that must have been by some one getting out—I missed a jacket, sheet, shawl, and towel.

DAVID COCKLIN . I work at a tobacco business, and live in Baldwin's court. On this Tuesday morning I was up early, was walking up Derby. street, and saw the prisoner and another standing at the bottom of Cartwright-street, about 5 o'clock—I saw McCarthy and Brown come out of Mr. Lancaster's area-door, and one of them, I cannot say which, had a bundle on his arm—I told a policeman, and he ran and caught two of them—I saw Golding come down Peter's-court, where there is an entrance to Mrs. Lancaster's—I caught him.

FRANCIS KELLY (policeman, H 130). About 5 o'clock on this morning I saw the area-door open—it is a kind of alley, or yard, joining four houses—Mrs. Lancaster's kitchen-door was also open—in consequence of information, I took M'Carthy and Brown—Golding was stopped by Cocklin—he got away—I called, "Stop thief!"—he was stopped by another constable, brought back, searched in my presence, and this jacket and shawl taken from him (produced).

REBECCA LANCASTER re-examined. This is my son's jacket—his name is Jonathan—my husband keeps the house, and his name is also Jonathan—it is in the parish of St. Botolph Without, Aldgate—the shawl is mine.

Golding's Defence. I found the things about twelve yards off; I do not know the other prisoners.

M'Carthy's Defence. I had nothing to do with it.

Brown's Defence. I know nothing about the things. GOLDING— GUILTY . Aged 18. M'CARTHY— GUILTY . Aged 17.

Confined Six Months. BROWN— GUILTY . Aged 17.

Reference Number: t18510818-1727

1727. ELLEN THOMPSON , stealing 5 sovereigns, 8 half-sovereigns, 24 half-crowns, 30 shillings; and 1 bag and 1 box, value 7d.; the property of Harriet Blake, her mistress, in her dwelling-house.

MR. COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

HARRIET BLAKE . I am a widow, and keep a coffee-shop at 4, Postern row, Tower-hill. The prisoner was in my service between three and four months—she had no money when she came, and I gave her 2s. 6d. a week and her board—on 7th Aug. I was ill in bed, and she left me—to consequence

of what was laid to me, I took out my till, found the tide bad been broken open, and a bag of silver and a bag containing five sovereigns and eight half-sovereigns, between 13l. and 14l. altogether, were gone—I had seen them safe in the morning—I did not see her again till she was in custody—I did not know she was going to leave—the till is in the parlour, where the customers do not go.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Was your daughter in the house?. A. Yes, she is about twelve years old, but the prisoner had given her a penny to go to buy a book—I have a pretty good custom.

RICHARD BETTS (policeman, B 293). In consequence of information on 7th Aug., I found the prisoner and another woman at a house in Pye-street, Westminster—I told the prisoner her mother had told me her mistress said she had run away from her with 13l. or 14l., and that she must go with me—she was searched at the station, and I received these new clothes (produced)—the prisoner was present at the time, but nothing was said about them.

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1728

1728. JOHN ADOLPH , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Bingham, and stealing 1 watch and 1 diamond, value 2l. 15s.; and 1 sixpence, 23 pence, and 14 halfpence, his property.

MR. PLATT conducted the Prosecution, HENRY BINGHAM. I am an auctioneer, at 19, Ryder's-court, Leicester-square. On the morning of 19th Aug. I was awoke by a noise in the house, went down-stairs, and found the policeman Briant there—before I went to bed, the counting-house door was bolted and barred, and there was a padlock on the Auction-room door—when I came down, I found the counting-house door broken open, and the place in great confusion—my desk was broken open, and this crow-bar (produced) was inside of it—I missed a glazier's diamond, 2s. 4d. or 2s. 6d. in copper, a silver watch, steel chain, and seal—I have not seen the watch or chain since—the diamond produced is the one I lost—there is a fan-light over my door, which was left open—that is large enough to admit any one, and at day-light there were appearances about the wall as if some one bad scrambled up—the prisoner was taken by the policeman, lying on the bed of one of my lodgers, in the next room to my own—he had his clothes on, but pretended to be asleep—I saw the policeman take the diamond, a sixpence, tome copper, and a key, from him—I swear to the diamond; and I had a penny like one of these, which I took from one of my lodgers—my house is in the parish of St. Ann's, Westminster.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIB. Q. You saw Mm searched? A. Yes, and the watch was not found—he has not, to my knowledge, lodged in the house—I have been the landlord twenty-one years—I have several Rodgers in the house—I was awoke by the prisoner knocking at Mr. Fouche's door, which is next to my own, and calling, "Open la porte;" and I afterwards found the prisoner on Fouche's bed—I have been told be once lived in my house—the fan-light is six feet three inches from the ground—the prisoner appeared to be disguising something like drunkenness j and he stuttered, and said, "I do not know what I am about;" and when the policeman got him up, he could stand pretty well.

PHILIP FOUCHE (through an interpreter). I lodge in the prosecutor's house, and sleep on the second floor—I know the prisoner—on 19th Aug., between 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning, he came to my door—I asked who was there first, and then said, "What do you want?"—he was very near

breaking the door in, and calling to me to open it—I opened the door—he came in, and was taken in my room, by Briant.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know the prisoner? A. Yes; he used to lodge in the next room to me—he appeared to be drunk.


The prisoner was further charged with having been before convicted.

CHARLES GRILLIERS . I am the interpreter in this case. I produce a certificate, which I got from Mr. Clark's Office—(read— Adolph Soyer, convicted Aug., 1844—confined six months)—the prisoner is the party mentioned.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIC. Q. What are you? A. An interpreter of this Court—I was present at the trial, and interpreted the evidence in the case—he was tried in the New Court, before Serjeant Mirehouse.

JAMES ASHMAN (policeman, F 1). I had the prisoner in custody on that occasion, and heard him tried.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you remember who the Counsel were in the case? A. No; it was before Serjeant Mirehouse in the New Court—he was in custody again in Dec, 1845, when F proved the former conviction, and he was sentenced to ten years' transportation.

GUILTT. Aged 35.— Transported for Ten Years.

It was stated, that the prisoner, when undergoing his sentence of transportation, had rescued a sailor from drowning and on that account was pardoned.

Reference Number: t18510818-1729

1729. CHARLES ALLUM , stealing 1 cow, price 10l.; the property of Jeremiah Wiggins.

MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

THOMAS SKEGGS . I live at Manor-farm, Finchley-road. On the morning of 2nd Aug., Mr. Wiggins had some cows in my master's field—about 10 minutes past 6 o'clock, the prisoner came and said Mr. Wiggins had asked him to fetch one of his cows for him—I told him I did not like to let the cow go without a written order—he said, "It is all right; I met him this morning, as he was going home with his milk, and he told me to bring the cow home"—he drove a dun-coloured cow away, the same that was afterwards brought back.

JAMES ALLEN . I am a slaughterman, at Ram-yard, Smithfield. On the morning of 2nd Aug., about 10 minutes to 8 o'clock, a person, who I believe to be the prisoner, but cannot swear to him, brought a dun-coloured cow, and said he was employed by Mr. Wiggins to bring it, and Mr. Wiggins thought it was worth 11—it was fit for nothing but to kill, and I gave him 5i. 10i. for it—my clerk wrote a note for that sum, and I told him if Mr. Wiggins did not like the money, I would return the cow; and I gave the prisoner I shilling for bringing it—Mr. Wiggins came in the evening, and said the cow had been stolen—I gave it up to him.

JEREMIAH WIGGINS . I live at 7, Banstard-street, Marylebone, and an I cow keeper and milkman. On 2nd Aug., I had some cows in a field tt Finchley—at 1 o'clock, I missed a dun-coloured cow, which I had left safe at half-past 5 in the morning, when they were milked—I saw it again the same evening at the Ram-yard, Smithfield—it was worth 10/.—I did not authorize the prisoner to get the cow and sell it, or deal with it in any way.

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1730

1730. DAVID JONES, HENRY WILKES , and JOSEPH SMITH , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Jabez Bryant, and stealing 1 coat and other articles; his property; and 1 gown, and other articles; the goods of James Pilon.

HENERY DONKIN (policeman, S 283). On the morning of 12th Aug., I was on duty in High-street, Camden-town, and saw all the prisoners there—Jones had a bundle in this shawl—I asked him what be had got—he said he was a traveller, and this was his own property—I told him I was not satisfied; I should take him to the station—he said he would put me on my back—I called two other constables, who took the other prisoners—they denied all knowledge of each other—this hat was on Smith's head, and his cap in it—this visite was in Wilkes's hat, and this coat on his back (produced).

Smith. Q. Did you see us come out of a coffee-shop? A. No; you were very violent at the station, and took out this knife (produced); it was not open—it was after you took that out that three policemen took hold of you.

JABEZ BRIAMT . I live at 13, Park-terrace, Camden-town, and occupy a part of the house; it is a separate tenement. On 12th Aug., I went down, about half-past 7, and found a number of articles of wearing apparel on the stairs, and the lock of the door unscrewed, and hanging down—I called my brother-in-law and his wife, who were sleeping in the back parlour—we examined further, and missed the clothes produced—I found a piece of wood taken from the back-kitchen window, so that a person could undo the latch, and get in—the doors and windows were all secure when I went to bed, at half-past 11 the night before—this coat is mine, and the shawl is my wife's, and these other articles were all safe the night before—my house is in St. Pancras parish.

Wilkes. Q. Is the white handkerchief yours? A. There are two; one of them is mine, and has my name on it.

Smith. Q. Were you the last person up? A. Yes; I am not sure whether I secured the kitchen door—I may have left it open that night—it bolts on the inside.

JAMES PILON . I drive a ginger-beer cart for Mr. Gyles. I slept in this house this night—this hat is mine, and was safe when I went to bed—the petticoat and dress are also mine, and there was 2s. 1d. in the dress when it was taken off the night before.

Jones's Defence. I bought the articles of a woman in a coffee-shop at Camden-town, about 2 o'clock in the morning, who said she was hard up, and wanted to pay her rent.

Wilkes Defence. I bought the coat and visite for 8s., or 8s. 6d. and met the other prisoners, who I had never seen before, at the coffee-shop.

Jones's Defence. I bought the hat and handkerchief for 1s. 9d., of the same woman Jones bought the other articles of.


Jones and Smith were further charged with having been before convicted: to which they pleaded

GUILTY. JONES—Aged 24; SMITH—Aged 21— Transported for Seven Years each. WILKES—Aged 26.— Confined Nine Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1731

1731. JOHN NEWTON HIRSTWOOD , stealing 1 clock, value 3l.; the goods of Luke Wootton.

GEORGE JIANES . I am assistant to Mr. Wolstenholme, pawnbroker, of 16, Liquorpond-street. I had a dial, which was pledged at my master's on 29th March, between 4 and 5 o'clock, by the prisoner.

LUKE WOOTTON . I am a victualler, of 142, Old-street. This dial is mine—I lost it on 29th March, between 1 and 2 o'clock.

Prisoner. Q. How do you know it? A. It is my own make, and has my name and address on the dial, and also on the side—I never taw you till you were at the Police Court.

CHARLES MILLS (policeman, K 306). In consequence of information I apprehended the prisoner on 31st July, and told him the charge—he said nothing at the moment, but he afterwards said, "I purchased that of man who was going to California," or "Australia"—I asked him where he was lodging—he said at the Sun coffee-house, Whitechapel-road—I searched his lodging, and there found this duplicate of the clock (produced).

GEORGE JEANES re-examined. This is the ticket I gave.

Prisoner's Defence. On 29th March, I bought the dial of a man named Jones, at 10, Brick-lane, St. Lukes; I bought it for 1l.; he had his boxes all ready to start, and said he had not enough to pay his expenses.

GUILTY . Aged 38. He was further charged with having been before con. victed: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Transported for Seven Yeaes.


Before Mr. Recorder,

Reference Number: t18510818-1730a

1730. JOSEPH NORTON, JOHN SAVAGE , and DAVID TAYLOR , stealing one jacket, value 10s. 9d.; the goods of John Willett.

JAMES BEAUMONT . I am a butcher, and live in North-street, Barking, About half-past 5 o'clock in the evening, on 11th Aug., I was in my shop; I saw the three prisoners together in North-street, about fifty or sixty yards from Mr. Willett's shop—I was about fifteen yards from them—I had never seen them before—I heard Savage say to Norton, "You did fool, why did you drop it"—in consequence of that I watched them—I saw Norton leave the other two, and go over to Mr. Willett's shop, and take a jacket from the steps—I believe it was lying on the steps—it was something like a white corduroy—he walked away and joined the other two—they could see him take it—they all went down the New-road together—they returned again is about ten minutes, and had no jacket then.

HENRY MOORE . I am assistant to Mr. John Willett, a linen-draper at Barking. On 11th Aug., about a quarter before 6 o'clock in the evening, the last witness gave me information, in consequence of which I missed the jacket now produced, or one like it, from the shop-door—it bad been hanging on door-side—I had seen it safe about half-past four.

JOSEPH DALE . I am in the employ of Mr. Willett. On the evening of 11th Aug. I was going along the New-road, towards Barking, at nearly 6 o'clock—I saw the three prisoners lying on the grass together in a descent, a little below the road which leads into the fields—in consequence of something I afterwards heard, I went back with the policeman to the place, and saw this jacket found—it was hid in a bush not more than four or five yards from where I had seen the prisoners lying.

Norton. I was lying by myself, no one was with me. Witness, They ¦were all together.

LEWIS LAMBERT (policeman, K 311). I went with Dale, and found this jacket in a bush, it was tied up in this handkerchief—I had apprehended Savage and Taylor in North-street before I found the jacket—I saw Vaughan apprehend Norton at the same time.

Norton. It is my first offence; I did it from hunger.

NORTON— GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Fourteen Month. SAVAGE— GUILTY . † Aged 17.— Confined Three Months. TAYLOR— GUILTY . † Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1733

1733. JOHN NATHAN NEGUS , stealing 2 tame rabbits, value 5s.; the goods of Barnet Thomas Preston: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 40.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.Confined Two Months .


Before Mr. Recorder.

Reference Number: t18510818-1734

1734. PHILLIS COUSINS , stealing 1 petticoat, 1 shift, and 1 bedgown, value 4s. 6d.; the goods of Frederick Argent.

MART ARGRNT . I am the wife of Frederick Argent, and live at Hog-lane, Woolwich. I carry on the business of a dress-maker—I have known the prisoner for years—my mother, who lived with me, had been in the habit of employing her in washing and doing about—on 7th June last, I was a patient in Guy's Hospital—I had employed the prisoner to bring me clean linen backward and forward, and tea and sugar, and what nourishment my mother could send me, and to mind my baby at home—the first week I was there she brought my clean things, and took the dirty ones away; and on Whit—Tuesday she was to bring me them clean, but I never received them—the came once afterwards, on 18th, with some tea and sugar, and I asked why she had not brought my clean things—she said I should have them next week, that they were quite safe in my father's box—one of the patient's sent her oat for some things, and she kept the change and never returued.

CATHERINE SIMS . I am the wife of Samuel Sims, and live with last witness, my daughter. On White-Tuesday last, I gave the prisoner a flannel petticoat, a chemise, a bedgown, and fruit-pie, some tea and sugar, and 1s. to take to my daughter—she came back about half-past 5 o'clock, and said my daughter was getting better, and she was so satisfied to see that the baby, who she had taken with her, was so well done by—she said she gave the clothes to ray daughter.

JAMBS EAGLES (police-sergeant). The prisoner was given into my custody on 15th July, by the prosecutrix—she said she had taken the things to the hospital—that she was too late to be allowed to go through the gate, and she gave them to the nurse of the ward—I have inquired of the nurse—she is not here—I have not been able to trace the things.

Prisoner's Defence. I went to the hospital with the clothes, and was too late to go in; I saw a young woman standing who I thought was a patient; I asked her to take them, she did so, and came back and told me she had given them to the prosecutrix; I hope you will be merciful; I am a young widow, with a large family, and heavy in pregnancy.

GUILTY . * Aged 42.

Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined Two Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1735

1735. GEORGE ARMSTRONG, WILLIAM MARTIN , and JOHN WHITE , unlawfully attempting to steal a watch from the person of John Sergeant.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN SERGEANT. I live at High-street, Woolwich. On 17th July I was at Woolwich-common, some horse-racing was going on—I had a watch in my waistcoat-pocket, as it is now—I was looking at a horse to which an accident had happened—I felt nothing, but when I left the crowd I found my watch hanging down from my pocket, against my legs—I put it into my pocket and walked away—Newell came up and spoke to me.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. Had you just taken it out to see the time? A. I do not know—I cannot say whether it slipped down.

JOHN CARPENTER (police-sergeant, R 38). I was on duty at Woolwich in plain clothes, and saw the prisoners, who I knew before—I watched them about an hour—they went towards a crowd where a horse had fallen—Mr. Sergeant was outside the crowd—Armstrong pressed upon him—Martin and White were a little way behind—Armstrong then went to Mr. Sergeant's side and looked down at his waistcoat-pocket, while the others closed up against him—I could see Mr. Sergeant's waistcoat-pocket—there was nothing hanging out of it then—Armstrong put his left arm on Mr. Sergeant's right breast and shoulder, and was doing something, I could not see what, with his right hand, but I saw him take his hand away with the watch in it, but the chain was still to the waistcoat—I was not more than eight or nine yards off—there was a move in the crowd which caused Mr. Sergeant to move—his watch was then hanging down, and I saw Martin looking down at it—Martin then went and put his hand down towards the watch; I saw it move, and I believe he had hold of the chain—the horse then made a move, and Mr. Sergeant came out of the crowd with his watch hanging down—White stood close by the whole time—I saw Mr. Sergeant put his watch in his pocket, and sent Newell to get his name and address—I took Armstrong a short distance off, and told him he was charged with stealing a gentleman's watch—he said he knew nothing at all about it, and I might search him—I said, "You would have stolen it if you could"—he said he had not attempted it.

Cross-examined. Q. How long was the watch out of the gentleman's pocket? A. Hardly three or four minutes—there were a great many people there, but the only witnesses are us two policemen—there were a good many people in front of Mr. Sergeant—I did not see how the watch got out of his pocket—Mr. Sergeant did Dot throw Armstrong's arm off him, he roust have felt it—I am the persecuted Carpenter, I was a witness against Lord Ranelagh—the charge was dismissed, leaving the railway people to indict if they thought proper—I expect to be indicted—I have not seen the bill—they are indicting the railway porters now—I only know that Lord Ranelagh threatened from the first moment that he arrived at the station that he would ruin me if it cost him 1,000l.—I cannot say where Newell was standing, I was not looking at him or the horse.

White. Q. Have not you said nobody saw us but yourself? A. No; Armstrong asked roe why I did not take them at first, and I said one could not take three.

JOHN NEWELL (policeman, R 5340). I was on duty, and saw the prisoners going under the Grand Stand—I followed them—an accident happened to a horse; they ran to the place—Armstrong went by Mr. Sergeant's side, Martin in front of him, and White behind—Carpenter was a short distance from me I was about fifty yards from the prisoners—I saw Armstrong pressing on Mr. Sergeant's shoulder—he then moved away—the crowd moved, Mr. Sergeant turned round, and I saw his watch hanging down in front of him—Carpenter spoke to me, and I went to Mr. Sergeant and got his name.

Cross-examined. Q. Martin was in front of Mr. Sergeant, not on his right? A. No; there was a crowd pressing to see the horse.

ARMSTRONG— GUILTY . † Aged 20.— Confined Four Months.


Before Mr. Justice Wightman.

Reference Number: t18510818-1736

1736. ROBERT THOMAS MOORE , feloniously cutting and wounding Mary Ann Moore, with intent to murder her.

MR. RIBTON conducted the Prosecution. MARY ANN MOORE. I live at 2, Lucas-street, New-town, Deptford; and am

the prisoner's wife. On 18th June, about 12 o'clock in the day, I was at home, in the room with the prisoner—I cannot remember what he did to me, I do not know.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. How long have you been married to him? A. Sixteen years—we have a child, who is in her seventeenth year—he was kind to her, and fond of her—I had had no quarrel with him—I have not in any way combined against his interests—I was very partial to him—he was seven years in Deptford-dockyard, and before that he served his apprenticeship in Woolwich-yard, and was there seven years afterwards—on the day before this happened, I was with him at my sister's, Mrs. West's, he appeared very strange that afternoon, as if he was insane—I have every reason to believe he was insane at the time—he had been in that strange way for a few weeks—when we got to my sister's they had just done tea; we had had our tea before we went—it was about 6 o'clock, I think—I had dined and taken tea at my mother's, and then went to Mrs. West's, 28, George-street, Woolwich—on the tea-things being removed, there was a piece of radish in the slop-basin, the prisoner said it was life—I think he said it was red, it was life, and she must not drown it—he seemed very roach agitated at the time—my sister desired him to sit down, and I think he took off his coat—I thought he teemed out of his mind, or going out of his mind—at my mother's be removed the things in the room; he lifted them up and looked into them as if he did not wish any one. to see him looking—he went into my mother's bed-room and removed her night-dress; it was folded up, and he put it out straight, and put it on the bed—there was only him and me in the room; his being there did not matter, lot he bad no business to touch it—at my sister's he was watering the garden with a pint mug; my sister offered him a red watering-can, he would not touch it as it was red—I remember his* having some red handkerchiefs; he had one in his pocket on the morning this happened—I do not know that he destroyed any of them—he would not touch anything red at times—he was desirous of sleeping at my sister's that night—they only bad one bed-room, and he wanted to sleep in the kitchen; I objected to that; he said he would not stay unless I did—we went borne by the railway; he wanted, at the station, to go on the line after a piece of wood which was there, it did not interrupt the carriages, and I held him back and prevented his going—two years ago he was at times addicted to drinking, but not often—lately he has been very singular in his ways—I was on good terms with him when this occurred; we had not had an angry word.

ANNTESKT. I live at 2, Lucas-street, New-town, Deptford. The prisoner and his wife occupied two back-rooms on the first and second-floors—on the morning of 18th June they entered the house, went up-stairs, and in five minutes I heard the noise of the table being turned over—I was sitting in the room underneath—I then heard a noise like a chair being thrown across the room—I went up-stairs, and made a noise with the handle of my bedroom-door, which is opposite theirs—the prisoner passed me, and ran down-stairs—he said something like "I have done it;" or, "I have done what you have long wanted me to do," or words to that effect—I went into their room, and found Mrs. Moore lying on the hearth-rug, bleeding profusely from wounds on different parts of her head—I did not see any poker then; I was alarmed; I saw it after the doctors and policemen had come—it was broken, and was lying inside the fender.

Cross-examined. Q. How long have you known them? A. Upwards of seven years; they lived in a house of ours before—he has always been a kind and affectionate husband and father—I never saw anything to the contrary—'

I never heard words between them—I heard no words before I heard the noise—he seemed very much excited and flurried during the whole of the morning.

FRANCIS JOHN WHEAL (police-sergeant, R 2). On 18th June I was on duty at the station—the prisoner came there about noon, and said he came to give himself up for murder—I said, "Surely that cannot be so; who is it yon have in any way injured or murdered?"—he said, "My wife; she was standing, (reading, I think); I took a shell off the mantelpiece, and struck her on the back of her head, which stunned her, and I then took the poker and beat her over the head with it, breaking the poker in the act"—he said I should find her at 2, Lucas-street, New-town, Deptford—I detained him, and sent for the inspector.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he appear to you in a wild excited state? A. In a state of very great excitement.

KINGSTON MARK (police-inspector R). I was sent or, and found the prisoner at the station—I asked him what he had to say—he said, "I have murdered my wife with a poker"—he repeated that several times—I said, "Not intentionally?"—he said, "Yes; I intended to do it; she has been acting against my interests, combining with other persons against me"—I took a medical man with me to Lucas-street—I saw sergeant Wilson take up a poker and shell.

Cross-examined. Q. In what state was the prisoner? A. Very pale and agitated, but perfectly sober.

GEORGE WILSON (police-sergeant, R 19). I accompanied the inspector, went into the back-room, first-floor, and saw Mrs. Moore there in a fainting state—I found this poker (produced) in the fireplace, with marks of blood on it; also this large shell, with the points broken off—there was a quantity of blood on the carpet.

EDWARD COUCHER . I am a surgeon, of Florence-place, Deptford. I was called to Lucas-street, and found Mrs. Moore in the arms of a female, bleeding profusely from a number of wounds on the face and head, all on the left side—one was immediately over the nose, three inches long, cutting down to the bone; one on the left temple, extending from a short distance within the hair down to the eye; and below the eye, and near the angle of the mouth—the lower jaw was fractured externally, and some of the teeth knocked out—the whole of the back of the head had contused wounds on it—she was insensible, and removed under my care.

Cross-examined. Q. Is she out of danger now? A. I think so; the only fear is from the broken pieces of bone in the jaw—the contused wounds might have been inflicted with a poker—she was in imminent danger—she was insensible twelve or thirteen days.


SARAH ANN WEST . I am a widow, and am the prisoner's sister; I live at 28, George-street, Woolwich. On 17th July he and his wife came to my house—he appeared very ill, and very excited—when I was removing the tray there was a radish in the slop-bason—he seemed very unhappy about it, and grasped at it—he said, "You should not drown that; it is life it is blood; you must not drown it"—he removed the bason from him, and became very faint—I took off his coat, and procured water for him—he removed nearly all the things in the room, and talked to some of them; I could not understand what he said; he frequently ejaculated, "Oh, God!—I do not know what is the matter with me! I feel very ill; I feel something creeping up my arm"—he pulled his shirt-sleeve up to show us, but there

was nothing there—he said he felt it creeping through him till it came to his head—he put a dress of mine over a chair, and an apron, and then muttered to it something which I could not understand—he talked to a pair of shoes, and took them up and moved them several times—seeing him in that state, I got him into the garden—he was without his coat—he watered the garden with a mug—I gave him a watering-pot—he shuddered at it, objected to use it, and said I should not have offered him that, because it was red—he once went with my little girl to Church, her Prayer-book had a red cover, he took it from her in the Church, and told her she should not bring such things there—he complained of his arm several times—I examined it, and rubbed it for him, but could see nothing—he said he felt too unwell to go home, and wished to stay there, and lay on the floor—I said he must lie in a bed if he staid; his wife said it was not convenient to stay, but he could do so if he pleased—he said he preferred to go home with her—I do not believe he knew right from wrong at that time.

Cross-examined by MR. RIBTON. Q. These acts occurred on the 17th? A. Yes; I had seen him a week previously—he was then very poorly, and had pains in his head—when I next saw him he appeared very red, and I think the blood flowed to his head—he has suffered very much from pains in his head—when he was an apprentice he received a blow on his head, and had leeches on several times for a pain in his head—they were not invited to my house on the 17th; they came unexpectedly—they staid till 10 minutes to 10 o'clock.

MR. CHARNOCK. Q. I believe he is a caulker in the dock-yard? A. Yes; he was kind and affectionate to his wife—she sat on his knee at the window on this evening, nearly the whole of the time.

JOSEPH RICHARDSON . I live at Greenwich, and am a house-agent, and registrar of births and deaths. On 18th June, about 10 o'clock in the morning, the prisoner called on me—I was not on very intimate terms with him—I let him in—he said I was the very gentleman he wanted to see—I was engaged registering a death, and said, "Sit down; I will attend to you presently"—he sat down, and got up—I saw he was excited and uneasy—after I had done my business, I said, "What is amiss?"—he said he was very unhappy, he was afraid he had offended me and Mr. Newton, his father's executor—he had not offended me, or Mr. Newton that I know of—I said he had not offended me, and what I had done, was done with the best intention towards himself and his family, and I was sorry I had not accomplished my wishes—that related to my negotiating the sale of an estate belonging to his deceased father—I said, "Have you a holiday to-day?"—he said, no; he was very ill; had been to the dock-yard, and seen Dr. Bruce, who said he must go and place himself in the hands of his own medical attendant, as it was not an illness arising from his attendance in the dock-yard—he said he wished me to go over to Deptford to see his wife—I said, "What for?"—he said he knew I could make them happy and comfortable—I said, "Is there any difference between you?"—he said, "No"—I said, "Why should I go?"—he said, he did not know, he was sure I could make them all happy and comfortable again—I asked if he had been in any difficulty—he said, "No"—was he likely to lose his situation?—"No"—I said, I did not know what good I could do by going—he still urged it very much—I said, I could not possibly go, I was going off to town, and was so much engaged hot I would take an early opportunity of going over—he said, "How soon?"—I said, "In the course of two or three days, not this week; perhaps it will be on Wednesday"—he said, it was no use; he should not be alive

on Sunday—I had not named Sunday—I said, "Not alive on Sunday; do you think of committing suicide?"—he said, "No"—I said, "Why do you suppose you will not be alive, you must do something to cause your death!"—he said all the world was against him, and he was very miserable, and still urged me to go and see his wife—I said I would take an early opportunity of going; and he got up—I said, "Where are you going?"—he said, "To Woolwich"—I said, "You had better not go tiring yourself; go and sit in the Park, and I will give you a book to read"—I went into the room, and took up "Fenelon's Pious Reflections for Each Day in the Month"—I thought it just suited him—I opened it at the 17th day, and thinking the subject was suited to his state of mind I read it to him impressively, and talked seriously to him on the subject of his visit—I said, "Take that book, put it into your pocket, and go and sit in the Park"—he took it with eagerness—I thought wine would not do him good, I gave him a glass of water with a little raspberry vinegar in it, and a buiscuit—I pressed two or three other biscuits upon him—he refused to take them, and went away—after he left, I thought he was in pecuniary difficulties, and thinking it very strange, I went immediately to Deptford to see what was the matter—I found his wife had gone to market, and left the house—I met a friend, and while talking with him at the end of the street, the prisoner passed me in a hurried manner, taking off his hat to me—he went to his house, made some inquiry, and stood at the door—I thought he was waiting till my chat was over—I went back, and said, "You have not followed my advice, you have not been in the Park"—he said, yes; he had—I went in and talked to him seriously, and left—I met his wife immediately—she said something to me (this was before 11 o'clock)—I said, "Never mind; don't say you have seen me," and left—in the whole of his conversation, which lasted half an hour, there was nothing connected—I could learn nothing from him, and the impression on my mind was that he was quite out of his mind.

Cross-examined. Q. You said something about negotiating the sale of an estate for him? A. Not for him, for the family—he was interested in the proceeds—I thought he was in a deranged state—I thought nothing about having him confined, but I felt very uneasy about it—I had not seen him for three or four months before—I observed nothing strange about him then, I did not have a lengthened conversation with him—the property was sold, and he had his share of the money.

(The prisoner received an excellent character).

NOT GUILTY, being insane.

Before Mr. Recorder.

Reference Number: t18510818-1737

1737. HENRY WHITTENHALL , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 3s., of Henry Unwin, from his person; having been before convicted; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . * Aged 21.— Confined Twelve Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1738

1738. THOMAS CAMBRIDGE , feloniously killing and slaying Thomas Cave.

MR. CAARTEEN conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM THOMAS DOMVILLE . I am assistant-surgeon in the Infirmary of Greenwich Hospital. Cave was brought in there on 5th July—I did not attend him from the 5th to the 8th of July—Mr. Beits saw him—he is now in Scotland—Cave died, and I helped to make the post-mortem examination—on raising the breast-bone there was a fracture extending across it—the ends of the bone were in a state of ulceration, indicating that the injury must have been some days previous—I found the fourth rib fractured, near the junction of the cartilage of the breast-bone—on raising the breast-bone there was

found on the heart-side a small clot of blood, and slight abrasion of the part corresponding with the line of fracture—in the breast-bone there was also some inflammation in the heart-place—the left lung was extensively inflamed—that must have existed four, five, or six days—there was also evidence of previous inflammation of the lungs—in the cavity where the left lung is contained, there was from twelve to fourteen ounces of fluid; that was the result of inflammation—I found sufficient evidence of inflammation to account for death—there was also an effusion of water on the brain, resulting from inflammation, probably coeval with the inflammation of the lungs—the appearances were such as might have been produced by one man stamping on the other's breast—in my judgment the immediate cause of death was inflammation, which might have been caused by the wounds.

Cross-examined by MR. WOOLLETT. Q. Did you not find an adhesion of the left lung? A. Yes; and it was partly solidified—the lungs would become solidified in five or six days—there was a quantity of serum on the surface of the brain—I should think the deceased had led a dissolute life—he had lost the bones of his nose—if the inflammation had arisen without these injuries, he would have died—I cannot say whether he was a man of such habits that he might have been seized with inflammation irrespective of this injury—I should not have been surprised to have seen that amount of inflammation in a subject like that, if I had found the bone perfect—I should say that this inflammation was the immediate result of the injuries received, because we found inflammation immediately corresponding with the fractured portion of the bones—injuries of the bone are not usually followed by inflammation of the brain—if there had been any inflammation of the brain his mind would have been affected—I had as good an opportunity of judging of the cause of his death as the other doctor—if he had been a young healthy man he might have recovered.

JOSEPH HOLYOAK . I am an inmate of Greenwich Hospital; I know the prisoner; I knew the deceased, Thomas Cave. On Wednesday, 2nd July, I was in the hall of the hospital, at 6 o'clock in the afternoon—the prisoner was there, and Cave came in—he belonged to the same mess as the prisoner—I said, "Here comes poor Tom"—Cave said, "Poor Tom, indeed; been seventeen years on board, and don't know how to tie a knot"—Cave had been a seaman; the prisoner had been a marine—the prisoner said, "I don't think you do know how to tie a knot, not even a bowling knot"—Cave said, "What does a b—y marine know about tying a knot; he knows more about man-catching"—Cave had got a handkerchief in his hand, and he tied a knot in it, and said he should like to hang Cambridge up to the gas-pipe in it—Cave had had some liquor—he was not to say drunk—they remained in the hall about a quarter of an hour; they both went out together—Cave was carrying his pitcher of tea in his hand, and his bread and butter—I saw no more till the next morning when I saw them at breakfast, and the prisoner said, "You have whipped me into a serious job; I have got to go before the Council on Friday"—he meant the Council of the hospital—Cave said, "I own myself to be in fault, and I shall speak the same when I come before the Council"—Cave afterwards put his hand across the table to the prisoner; whether they shook hands I cannot say.

Cross-examined. Q. That was for the purpose of staking hands? A. Yes; Cave was very abusive when he was drunk.

JOHN HONE . I am an inmate of Greenwich Hospital. On Wednesday, 2nd July, I was in a court in the hospital yard—I saw the prisoner and Cave come through the archway—Cave called he prisoner a b—y b—r of a

marine—the prisoner did not say anything to him—they came past me and Cave threw his jug of tea at the prisoner, and he threw the jug as well—the jug hit the prisoner on the breast, and it fell on the pavement—I saw a form in the yard—the prisoner might be about four feet from the form—I did not see Cave pushed on the form—I do not know whether he fell or the prisoner pushed him, but I saw him on the ground—he fell face downwards, and cut his lip—I heard the prisoner tell him if he would not strike him he would let him get up—Cave got up, and struck the prisoner again, the second time, at his breast—he was a shorter man than the prisoner, and older—the prisoner threw him down again, by taking him by the coat and waistcoat, and when he was down, I saw him put his knee on him, holding him with one hand and his knee on him—Cave got up again, and they went each of them to their different wards—they went away together—I did not see any blows struck at all, no further than Cave struck the prisoner twice—I should say Cave was not equal in strength to the prisoner—I did not know the prisoner well—I never heard his name before I went to the Coroner's Inquest—I knew Care for ten years—I never had any intimacy with him—I avoided his company; he was a false man.

Cross-examined. Q. During that time had not the prisoner a loaf under his arm? A. No; he had an empty jug—he never let go his jug the whole time—Cave was very much accustomed to take liquor.

PHILIP ARCHER . I am butler to Sir Charles Adams, the governor of Greenwich Hospital. On 2nd July, about half-past 6 o'clock, I was in the court-yard, at the back of my master's—I saw the prisoner and a shorter man walking towards me, side by side—they were having some very high worth—I could not distinguish the words—they were thirty or forty yards from me—I saw a form in the yard—I saw the prisoner give the shorter man a sudden push—I had not seen the shorter man do anything to the prisoner before he pushed him—the shorter man, Cave, had a jug in his band; and is consequence of that push, Cave went on the end of the form, but he did not fall—something spilt out of the jug—Cave recovered himself, and threw the contents of the jug into the prisoner's face—I think he threw the contents of the jug only—I am not sure whether the jug went also—it fell, but whether it struck the prisoner, I do not know—it was a common brown jog, containing about a pint or a pint and a half—on Cave's throwing the tea, the prisoner pushed him down—Cave fell with very great violence; and while he was down, the prisoner kicked him on his hinder part with his right foot—I could not distinguish whether the kick was violent—Cave got up, and rushed at the prisoner, and the prisoner threw him down again in the same manner—Cave was on the ground three times—after Cave had been down the second time, he got up, and rushed at the prisoner; and the prisoner struck him in the face with his fist, and knocked him down—Cave fell upon his back; and while on his back, the prisoner stamped his foot on his chest—it was a regular stamp—he took his foot up, and stamped upon him—I had a clear view of all that was going on—the prisoner then went his way, and Cave went his way.

Cross-examined. Q. How many persons were there altogether? A. I cannot tell; I dare say there were twenty men—I stood apart while this was going on—Cave's back was towards me—the prisoner struck him in the face—the prisoner had a jug in his hand all the time, and a piece of bread, that dropped on the pavement just at the first commencement—all I saw did not occupy more than five or six minutes.

COURT. Q. You say he stamped upon him; could you see distinctly

whether it was with his foot or his knee? A. Yes, it was with his foot—he did not kneel on him—a good many men were coming from their tea, but they all seemed to pass on—they did not stop to see what was going on.

JARVIS ROGERS . I am an inmate of Greenwich Hospital. On Wednesday afternoon, 2nd July, I was standing at the governor's door, close by Archer—I saw the prisoner come with his tea in his band, and I saw Cave—I was not sure whether Cave had his tea in his hand—the prisoner kicked him after he was down—I did not see where he kicked him, my eyes are not good enough for that—Cave got up again, and he knocked him down, and put his foot on his breast, and held him down in that way till such time as he chose to let him get up, and then the man went away—I saw Cave on the ground twice—I did not see him pushed on the form.

WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE . I am regulation-boatswain at Greenwich Hospital. On the evening of 2nd July, just after the fight, Cave came to me, and complained that he had been beaten by some man—he did not know his name, but from the description, I sent for the prisoner—I observed Cave's eye; it was cut; and I sent him to the Infirmary, to have strapping on it—I had some difficulty in understanding Cave—his nose was broken in, and had been so many years—the prisoner volunteered to tell the story, because I could hardly understand Cave—the prisoner said they had had some words at the mess-table respecting tying a particular knot, and that Cave struck him over the breast with the tea, and pot, and all—Cave said, "That is right, but you struck me first."

WILLIAM RIPWORTH . I am boatswain of the Lord Hood's Ward, at Greenwich Hospital. I know the prisoner by coming up and down-stairs—I knew Cave—I did not see him after he was dead, but on the Saturday morning he complained to me that he was very ill in his left-breast, and I took him over to the Infirmary immediately—I know nothing of this occurrence—he was fifty-eight years old.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know that Cave went to his work after that? A. He was about a little, but not much—I did not see him carry coals—there are no fires allowed—he employed a man to do a little.

COURT. Q. When did he first complain? A. On Friday he was at the Council; he then complained of his left-breast—he did a little on Thursday—I took him to the Infirmary on the Saturday—he died on the Monday.

COURT to MR. DOMVILLE. Q. Supposing the deceased, when pushed, had fallen with his breast over the form, might that have produced the injury? A. It might have done it—I have heard that the first complaint he made was on the Friday—in this case the fracture had not displaced the bone; and being in that way, he might have been lingering from day to day—that applies to the broken rib also.

(The prisoner received a good character.) NOT GUILTY .

Before Mr. Common Serjeant.

Reference Number: t18510818-1739

1739. PHILIP CASTRE , stealing 1 pair of compasses, value 4d.; the goods of Abraham Rogers Dawe: 1 pair of compasses, value 4d.; the goods of George Grimmett Archer: 1 pair of compasses, value 4d.; the goods of Henry Cornelius Murphy: and 1 pair of compasses, value 4d.; the goods of James Dean.

ABRAHAM ROGERS DAWE . I live at Deptford, and am employed in the dockyard. On the evening of 23rd July, between 5 and 6 o'clock, I left work, and left my tool-box, in which was a pair of compasses, in the shed

where the Hornet is being built—I went to work on 24th, at 7, and missed the compasses—I have not seen them again.

GEORGE GRIMMETT ARCHER . I am a shipwright, employed in Deptford dockyard. On 24th July, I went to work at the Hornet shed, and missed a pair of compasses, which I had left safe the night before.

HENRY CORNELIUS MURPHY . I am a shipwright, at Deptford dockyard I was working at the Hornet shed on 23rd, and left at 5 minutes to 6 o'clock, leaving a tool-box there—I went next morning at about 7, and missed a pair of compasses—I have not seen them again.

JAMES DEAN . I work at the dockyard, as a shipwright. On 23rd July I left my tools there about 5 minutes to 6 o'clock—I went next morning at a quarter-past 7, and missed my compasses—I have not seen them since.

JOHN THOMAS KERSHAW . I am a sergeant of Marines, stationed at Deptford dockyard; the prisoner is a private—I apprehended him on 28th July, at Charlton—he had been away from 25th without leave—I took him to the barracks, and he asked me if I had heard anything about the compasses lost out of the dockyard at Deptford—I had said nothing to him about it, I had not heard of it—he said he was not afraid of their blaming him for stealing them, as they overhauled his knapsack when he came off guard, and they were not found—I know that his knapsack was overhauled on 24th, about 11 or 12 o'clock, when he came off guard.

JOHN MARSH . I am a corporal of Marines, on duty at Deptford dockyard. On the night of 23rd July, at 9 o'clock, I put the prisoner on duty at post No. 2, in the dockyard, which is about twenty paces from the Hornet shed—I relieved him at 11, and at 4, on the morning of 24th, I put him on the same post, and relieved him at 6.

WILLIAM LOVELL . I keep a marine-store shop, in Wellington-street, Deptford. On 24th July, about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, the prisoner offered me four pairs of compasses for sale—I asked him where he got them, and he said they came far enough off—I saw private marks on two of them, and told him I could not purchase them—I noticed "H. M." on one, and some dots on another.

MARY FORD . I keep a marine-store shop, at Woolwich. On the evening of 25th July, the prisoner came to my shop with three or four pairs of compasses; he offered them in sale, but I did not buy them.

ROBERT ROBINSON (policeman, R 70). I took the prisoner, and told him it was for stealing four pairs of compasses—he did not say anything.

GUILTY . Aged 29.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1740

1740. WILLIAM RUSSELL , stealing 84 cheroots, value 7s.; the goods of Charles Hood.

MR. HORRY conducted the Prosecution.

CHARLES HOOD . I keep a tobacconist's shop, in London-street, Greenwich. On 24th July, about 10 o'clock in the evening, I was sitting in my parlour, heard a noise in the shop, went and saw the prisoner there—I asked what he did there—he asked me for a drop of water—I asked him where he lived—he said, "Over the way, in Roan-street"—I asked why he did not go there for the water—he said he did not know; he had walked from Chatham that day—my wife got him some water; he drank it, and went away—I afterwards missed between eighty and ninety cheroots—I gave information to the police, and the prisoner was apprehended next evening—while waiting to go before the Magistrate, I said to him, "My lad, you had better tell me who has received the cigars; somebody must have received them"—he then made a statement about the cigars.

JAMES WILLIAM CROUCH (policeman, R 118). I took the prisoner on 25th, and told him he was charged with stealing a bundle of cigars from London-street—he said he knew nothing about them, and he was not there—I afterwards heard the prosecutor ask him about them, and tell him he had better tell him—the prisoner then made a different statement to what he had to me.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq.

Reference Number: t18510818-1741

1741. MARY HOBBS , stealing 2 children's robes, and 1 cap, value 2l. 0s. 6d.; the goods of Fanny Banton, and another: also, 1 bonnet, value 1l.; the goods of Thomas George Moore, her master: to both of which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1742

1742. ROBERT GOODRIGHT , stealing 1 sovereign, and 15l. bank-note; the moneys of John Stevens.

MR. HORRY conducted the Prosecution.

DAVID LAWSON . I am a quartermaster-sergeant of Royal Artillery, at Woolwich. On 1st July, I received from Cox's agent, eight 5l. Bank of England notes, Nos. 44,439 to 44,446, all dated 12th June, 1851—I gave three of them to John Stevens on the same day.

JOHN STEVENS . I am a sergeant of Royal Artillery, at Woolwich. On 1st July, I received three 5l. notes, dated 12th June, 1851, from Lawson—I had no other notes—I changed two at the canteen the same day, and locked up the third with a sovereign in my desk, in the barrack-room—I saw them safe on Sunday the 6th—on the Monday, I and all the men belonging to that room were out on drill—the prisoner was left in, and had access to that room, as well as the others—on the Tuesday evening, I missed the note and sovereign—the desk was still locked, and I had kept the key in my pocket; it is a common lock.

THOMAS MICKLEFORD . I am assistant to Messrs. Davis, pawnbrokers, of Woolwich. On Tuesday, 8th July, the prisoner came and redeemed a watch, which had been pledged on 30th June for 1l.—he gave me this 5l. note in payment, which I changed for him (produced), it is No. 44,446, dated 12th June, 1851—it was a similar silver hunting watch to this one produced by Newell.

JOHN NEWELL (policeman, R 340.) I took the prisoner on 12th July, and told him he was charged on suspicion of stealing a 5l.-note, and asked him where he got the 5l.-note from he had changed at Messrs. Davis's—he said he had had no 5l.-note, and had not been there—I asked if he had taken a watch out of pledge—he said, "That you must find out"—I took him to Davis's, and he was identified as the man who took the watch out—I searched him, and found this silver watch and chain (produced), 11s. 6d. In silver, two knives, and a memorandum-book; he said his sister gave him the guard—in his box I found one sovereign and three half-sovereigns.

GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Nine Months.

(There were two other indictments against the prisoner.)

Reference Number: t18510818-1743

1743. WILLIAM PASS , embezzling 1l. 14s. 2d. and 1l. 5s. 3d.; the moneys of Thomas Henry Owen, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY .— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1744

1744. JOHN JAMES WHALE was indicted for embezzlement.

MR. TREVETHAN SPICER conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES ARMITAGE . I am a cheesemonger, at 14, Broadway, Deptford;

the prisoner was my shopman for a fortnight. On 16th Aug., about 3 o'clock, I examined my till, and found 2l. 9s. 8d. In it—I left the shop about two minutes, and on my return the prisoner said Mrs. Crouch had been and paid for one pound of 1s. butter—I sent him to the horse at the back of the house counted the money in the till, and there was only 2l. 2s. 8d.—I afterwards gave him into custody—he said he knew nothing about it.

Cross-examined by MR. WOOLLETT. Q. How many persons have you in your employ? A. Only the prisoner; my wife occasionally attends in the shop—I have a charwoman occasionally, but she does not attend in the shop—she leaves at 1 o'clock—my shop is in the main-road—I did not give into custody till 18th.

JOHN WILLIAM FORELAND (policeman, R 161.) On Monday, 18th, the prosecutor fetched me to the shop, and there said he charged the prisoner with stealing 4s. 6d. that evening—I searched the prisoner, and found 5s. 6d., two halfpence, a key, and a purse—in his box I found a gold locket, a new pair of Wellington boots, a silver pencil-case and watch, and a sovereign—I asked him how he got this property—he said he had been to Gravesend, and got some money from a master he had previously lived with, in whose hands he had left 5l., and he bought these things; that he gave 26s. for the locket, 3s. 6d. for the hair-device, and 1l. 2s. for the boots.

(The prisoner received a good character.)—

GUILTY .— Confined Eight Months. (There were two other indictments against the prisoner.)


Before Mr. Common Serjeant.

Reference Number: t18510818-1745

1745. GEORGE JONES and WILLIAM WHITE , unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MESSRS. THOMPSON and POLAND conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM NOAKES (police-serjeant, M 35). On 9th Aug. I saw the prisoners standing talking together in Dock-head, about a quarter before 9 o'clock at night—they went down Thornton-street, and into Free-school-street—I followed them, and in going I saw White put his hand into Jones's hand, as if he gave him something—Jones crossed over and went into a baker's shop—White stood nearly opposite—I followed Jones into the shop, and he was taking up a penny loaf—I asked the baker what money Jones had given him—he said, "This sixpence"—pointing to a sixpence which he took up, and said it was a bad one—I told him to detain Jones—I went out to White and asked him what he had about him—he did not say anything—I commenced searching him—he got his hand in his right-hand trowsers-pocket, took his hand out, and something fell out, which I saw was a sixpence—it was picked up by a byestander—I lost sight of it—White then got his hand in his pocket again—he took it out, and something fell out of his hand, which I saw was a shilling—I saw it picked up by a stranger, and it was given to me—I tried it and it was bad—White struck me three or four times in the face, and attempted to get away—I received this sixpence from Mr. Kegan, at the station.

JOHN KEGAN . I am a baker, in Freeschool-street. About a quarter-past 9 o'clock that night, Jones came for a penny loaf, and tendered a sixpence—I put it in the till, but I never shut it—it was a foot from any other money—I took 5d. out of the till and put it on the counter—the policeman stepped in

and asked me what that man had given me—I took the sixpence up and tried it—I found it was bad—I had not lost sight of it—I took it to the station and gave it to the officer.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . I am inspector of coin to the Royal Mint—this six-pence passed by Jones is bad—this other sixpence is bad, and this shilling also. Jones's Defence. I came from the Brighton railway on Saturday afternoon—I had two separate jobs, and got 6d. each for them—I never knew that I had bad money in my possession.

White. I know nothing of the money that was found about.

JONES— GUILTY . Aged 20. WHITE— GUILTY . Aged 21.

Confined Six Months.

Before Mr. Recorder.

Reference Number: t18510818-1746

1746. JOSEPH RUSH , embezzling 2l. 15s., 3l. 9s. 6d., and 2l. 16s.; the money of Henry Cottam, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1747

1747. JOHN WRIGHT , stealing 2 coats, and other articles, value 8l. 2s.; the goods of Edwin Eyton Gye, in his dwelling-house: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Six Months.

Reference Number: t18510818-1748

1748. ROBERT THOMPSON , unlawfully assaulting James Hircock, and cutting and wounding him.—2nd COUNT, for an assault on Warwick Vaughan, and wounding him.

MESSRS. BODKIN and CLERK conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES HIRCOCK (Policeman, M 114). On 19th July I was on duty in Friar-street, Southwark, about 7 o'clock in the evening—Woods was on duty with me—I saw from eighteen to twenty persons assembled outside the Bell public-house—they were on the footway, and were obstructing it—we said to them, "Move on"—the prisoner, who was one of them, said, "Who the b—y hell are you?" we were in plain clothes—we said we were police-constables—the other persons moved on after we said that, but the prisoner said he did not care a b—r for any b—y police-constables, and he should not move—he began to use very foul language—he crossed off the foot-pavement—he crossed on to North-street—he stood there and got a great mob of persons round him—we told him if he did not go we should be obliged to take him into custody—he said, "No b—y policeman shall take me into custody without I knife him"—he had a knife in his hand, and in going to take him into custody he struck at me several times with the knife—it went through my jacket and waistcoat—the two first blows only cut my clothes—he struck at me again, and wounded me in the belly—he struck at me about three times with the knife before he stabbed me—an officer named Vaughan, who was in his police-clothes, came to my assistance—I heard the prisoner say when Vaughan came up, "Let go me you b—y b—r, or I will gouge your b—y eye out"—Vaughan was going to take hold of him at that time and the prisoner stabbed him in the face with the knife—we got him afterwards to the station; we had great difficulty in getting him there—he was very violent.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Up to the time that Vaughan came up there was no constable in uniform? A. There was one constable in uniform keeping the mob back—the prisoner might have seen him—when we saw the people they were not particularly quarrelling, they were all talking

together—I do not know what they were talking about—I do not know that they were there for any unlawful purpose, but we knew several to be suspected persons—my brother officer knew the prisoner, and he was with suspected persons—they were ordered to move on because they were suspected persons, and because they caused obstruction—no person complained of their being there, but we have orders from our superintendents to move persons who obstruct—there were from eighteen to twenty persons—I will swear there were more than three—I took down the names of several of them that night—I took down half-a-dozen names—that was all that I knew anything about—when we ordered them to go, the prisoner did not immediately cross not for some moments—we stood on the foot-pavement when he was crossing—he had not done anything then, but began his foul language—when he had got a mob, and was using this foul language, we crossed and told him if he did not go away we should be obliged to take him—we did not give him a shove—we never laid our hands on him till we were going to take him—he was sober.

MR. CLERK. Q. What sort of neighbourhood is this? A. A very low neighbourhood indeed—I took down the names of six persons whom I knew to be suspected persons—there were others whose names I did not know.

ROBERT WOODS (policeman, M 185). I was on duty on that evening in Friar-street, in plain clothes—I saw about eighteen persons standing outside the Bell—we spoke to them and told them to go away from there, and not obstruct the footpath—they were obstructing it—they all went away with the exception of Smith (the prisoner)—he stood there, and said he would not go away, and if anybody came near him he would gouge their eye out—when Hircock ordered him away, he said, "Who are you?"—he said he was a police-constable—he said, "I shan't go for you"—it was after that that he said if anybody interfered with him he would gouge their eye out—I then spoke to him—I said, "Smith, you know me, will you go for me?"—he said, "Yes, I know you, I will go for you, I won't go for him"—he walked a little way—I followed some of the other party a little distance, and when I came back I saw the prisoner in custody with Vaughan and Hircock, that was about two minutes after—I heard Vaughan say, "Look out for a knife, I am stabbed"—I saw Vaughan's face was bleeding—I did not see the prisoner do anything, or throw anything away, but I picked up this knife on the footpath about five yards from where the prisoner was—I knew him before that night, and I knew some of the other persons.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you notice whether the prisoner was drunk? A. I think he had been drinking; his manner was very extraordinary.

WARWICK VAUGHAN (policeman, M 134). On that night I was on duty in Friar-street, in uniform—I saw the prisoner in Hircock's custody—I did not notice his stabbing Hircock, but I saw he kept hitting him with his fist—I went to his assistance—as I was about to take hold of the prisoner, he said, "If you don't let go me I will gouge your eye out"—at the same time stabbing me through the cheek with a knife, and directly after he stabbed me in the belly—Woods came up, and I said to him, "I am stabbed, look out for a knife"—I saw the prisoner throw the knife down, and Woods pick it up—we took the prisoner to the station—I think he had been drinking.

GEORGE ODLING . I am surgeon to the M division of police. On 19th July I saw Hircock and Vaughan, a little after 10 o'clock at night—I was from home when the accident occurred—I found them in bed, Vaughan had a wound in his left cheek, it was quite through the cheek—he had also a wound on the belly—I suppose it was not very deep, it caused alarm and bleeding—I

did not probe it; it was such an one as might be inflicted with a penknife—it would require considerable force to cause it to penetrate through the clothes and into the belly—I found a wound on Hircock's belly—I did not probe it—there was a considerable deal of blood on his clothes; he was considerably alarmed about it—none of them were dangerous wounds, but it must have required considerable force to penetrate through the clothes and into the belly.

GUILTY . Aged 29.— Confined Three Years.

(The prisoner had been five times in custody for assaults on the police, and several times tried for felony.)

Reference Number: t18510818-1749

1749. PHILIP LONG and THOMAS PICKERING , stealing 7 tons of guano, value 60l., and 100 canvas bags, value 3l.; the goods of Robert Scholfield. Other COUNTS, varying the manner of laying the charge.

MESSRS. BALLANTINE and ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE DRURY . The vessel called the Albion, belongs to me, she is a billy-boy—I was employed by Mr. Scholfield, of Sand-hill, Yorkshire, to bring some guano from London—I arrived in the river from Yorkshire somewhere before 14th May—I got a delivery-order for 14 tons of guano from Messrs. Anthony Gibbs and Co., on 14th May—this is it (produced)—the order had been given before—my vessel was lying at Cotton's-wharf, London-bridge—I know Long very well, he is a lighterman, I employed him about the guano—I first saw him about it on Thursday morning, 15th May—I gave him this order, and told him I wanted him to fetch 14 tons of guano from the West India Docks—the order was for delivery on Friday, 16th May, the day after I gave it him—this is my name, but I did not write it—I do not know whose writing it is—he was to bring the guano as soon as he got it—he ought to have got it on the Friday, according to the order—he said he had a barge in the docks, and he might perhaps get it on the Thursday, which would save us a day—I did not see him again till the Monday morning, when the barge tame alongside, and he came afterwards—(I had inquired for him at his residence on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, two or three times a day, but could hear nothing of him)—I asked him about the delay, he said he did not get the guano till late on Saturday night, and thought it was no use to bring it out till the Monday morning, because the barge would be much safer in the docks, and he thought we should not have taken it in on Sunday if he had brought it—the barge was then unloaded into my ship; as the bags came up the ship's side, they looked less than bags of guano which I have taken before, and I said I thought they looked less than I was used to—Long said he did not think there was any difference in them—I was to receive 220 bags, but there were 221—I said we never had any over before, and it was rather strange—my mate found it out, and said there was one over, and Long said he knew it, they had given one over this time—the barge which brought the guano was called the Old Soul—I paid Long, and he went away—I had no other guano on board—I immediately set sail for Yorkshire, and delivered the guano at Mr. Scholfield's place—I was afterwards fetched ashore to look as some guano, I cannot say whether it was the same—this (produced) is one of the bags I brought up—it was given roe by Gelder, Mr. Scholfield's foreman, and I delivered it to Messrs. Gibbs and Co., at their office, where I saw a sample taken out of it, which I took to Professor Way—I did not see the bag weighed.

Cross-examined by MR. SLEIGH. Q. How long have you known Long? A. Four or five years—I never knew anything against him, only drinking a little bit—when a cargo of guano is ordered, it takes its turn in delivery—I

have known it not to be delivered for two days afterwards, but very seldom—this is the sack I brought from Yorkshire, it is one of those I took there—I identify it by the seals—it was not emptied in Yorkshire; it had no seal on it before it went there—it is done up in the same way as those I took down—Long has no other barge, to my knowledge; the name Old Soul is painted in the inside of the stern-sheets, which is the after end of the barge—I never saw this endorsement on the order till to-day—I did not authorise any person to put my name on it.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. You saw the order at the police-office? A. Yes; but I did not look at it; the bag remained sealed up, and in my custody, till I saw the seal broken at Messrs. Gibbs—all the bags I received from Long were rolled over at the top as if they were not full; that struck my attention—the bags I had received before used to be filled right up to the top, and the edges sewn together—those were some of the circumstances I remarked to Long.

WILLIAM KNOWLES . I am a foreman at the East and West India Docks. I am not check clerk in point of fact, but I do that duty—I have to attend to the delivery of goods on delivery-orders—on 16th May there was a vessel in the docks called the Invermore, laden with guano—it is my duty to see to the delivery of guano on such orders as this—I received this order on 17th May, it is dated the 14th, for delivery on the 16th—I do not know who brought it to me—I know Long by sight—I was on shore when it was brought—I delivered from the Invermore, 14 tons, 6 cwt, 1 qr., 1 lb. of guano—I saw Long on board the Invermore on Saturday, 17th—I saw him on 16th, and Pickering—there was a person with him who I have seen before—I have seen him since frequently, and have heard him called Joseph Fulmer, or something like that—I should know him again if I were to see him—I have seen him with Pickering—I have not heard it stated who he is in Pickering's presence, nor in Long's, so as for him to hear it—the guano was delivered into the Old Soul between 12 and half-past 2 o'clock—Long was standing by looking after his craft, and urging the men to get it done as quickly as they could—he said he would give them some beer if they would make haste and save the tide—I keep a book in which I enter the numbers and weight of the bags before they are put over the ship's side—the bags were Nos. 6102 to 6321—when that, was done, I made an indorsement on the order, and took a receipt—every bag was numbered consecutively—as soon as the delivery is complete, I make an indorsement on the delivery-order, and then it is signed by the working lighterman who takes the stuff in—his name is Carney, his name is here—I send the note to the Dock Company's-office—I am present all the time taking the account—it was delivered in linen bags similar to this.

Cross-examined by MR. SLEIGH. Q. Is it an unusual thing for a lighter-man, or a carman to take another's book, and do his work for him? A. I do not understand whether they keep a pass-book, I know nothing of it—a man may send another to do his business for him, or he may come himself—for one lighterman to come with another lighterman's barge, is a thing which might be done, and not he regular.

WILLIAM LOWEN . I am a labourer in the East and West India Docks, I recollect the delivery of the guano from the Invermore into the Old Soul—I marked the bags as they were put into the scale—I did not mark the weights—they were quite full to the top—there was no space which could be folded over—I am acquainted with bags used in this way—I have examined twenty three bags at the police-office, out of which there were four which I had marked—the other nineteen were not my marking—here is one bag here

which has no mark—one bag was marked "6304," or "6305"—that was not my mark—I saw Long there during the delivery.

MICHAEL HURLEY . I am a labourer, in the East and West India Docks. On 17th May I weighed the bags of guano, and called out the weights to Mr. Knowles, who entered them in his book—they were all full right up to the top—no part lapped down.

WILLIAM WELDON . I am ledger-clerk in the East and West India Docks. When guano is delivered, my duty is to receive the delivery-order, and then sign the pass-note, and give it to the lighterman, and that clears him into the basin—I signed a pass-note to the lighterman with reference to these—I cannot say who I gave it to.

VALENTINE CHARLES FRIEND . I am a dock-constable. I produce a pats-note, signed by Mr. Weldon—it was delivered to me by some person, and on that I gave a counter-pass, which was for the purpose of passing the vessel out of the basin into the river—the pass given by Mr. Weldon passes them from the Export dock into Limehouse basin, and the counter-pass is to go from the basin into the river.

Cross-examined by MR. SLEIGH. Q. You do not know the person who received and who gave the note? A. I do not know who the party was from whom I received the original pass; I may have seen him before.

COURT. Q. I see it is for 220 bags; was it your duty to see that there was that number? A. No; it is impossible—"Unable to count" is on it, in my writing.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did the barge Effort go out the same day? A. Yes, and somewhere about the same time—it was loaded with guano.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. Do you know how much there was? A. 159 bags (looking at his book); all I know is, that was the number in the pass.

HENRY FINNIS . I am lock-man, in the East and West India Docks. I produce a counter-pass signed by Friend—it is my duty to make a minute of the time when the barges pass out—I have my book here—the Old Soul left the basin, and went into the river at 2 o'clock, on the 17th—it was high water at 25 minutes past 3—there was an hour and twenty-five minutes for the tide to run up then—the tide would be about a quarter of an hour later at London-bridge, which would be an hour and forty minutes.

Cross-examined by MR. SLEIGH. Q. Do you know anything of the Old Sonl after the guano was taken out of her? A. I know nothing of what became of her after she went out of dock; the Effort was also loaded with guano.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. When did the Effort pass out? A. At the same time with the Old Soul.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. Was there any more guano put on board the Old Soul in the basin except the 220 bags? A. No; the Customs authorities would not allow that.

SAMUEL TAYLOR . The delivery-order found its way into my possession eventually—it is my duty to take samples from the ships—I took a sample from the Invermore; I do not know on what day—that is to keep in case of reference—I gave a portion of that to James Cruikshank—we take the sample when the cargo is about half discharged, so as to get a fair sample—it is all in bulk—the cargo was entirely of one quality, and of a good, fair, light quality.

Cross-examined by MR. SLEIGH. Q. Try and remember when the sample

was taken? A. I cannot without referring to the check-book; I am positive it was in May.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Was the Invermore laden in bulk? A. Yes, not in bags—the men employed on board the ship bag the bulk—the bags are supplied by Messrs. Gibbs—we know they are empty when they are brought, and it is my duty to see that they are well filled—they art delivered over the side into the lighter in bags, or landed.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. These bags are sent by Messrs. Gibbs by thousands? A. By hundreds of thousands; they are all of one quality.

JAMES CRUIKSHANK . I received a sample from Taylor, I carried it to Professor Way.

JOHN THOMAS WAY . I am professor of chemistry to the Royal Agricultural Society, and live in Holies-street. My attention has been very much directed to the subject of manures—I understand guano—I have analyzed many hundred specimens—I received one sample from Cruikshank, and another from Captain Drury—I have analyzed them—there were two analyseses made of the sample from Captain Drury, which agree very well with each other—what I received from Cruikshank was pure guano—the component parts of the pure were, moisture, 8.71 per cent.; animal matter and salts of ammonia, 57.54; sand, 1.23; earthy phosphates, 21.06; earthy salts, 11.66—the animal matter furnishes 14.77 per cent, of nitrogen, which is equal to 17.93 of ammonia—the specific gravity is 1/65—the two principal fertilizing ingredients are ammonia and phosphate of lime—they are the most material ingredients—there is only 79 per cent, of fertilizing matter in it—the sand is about 11/4 per cent.—the samples I received from Captain Drury gave animal matter and ammonia 26.68; the phosphate, 12.58; clay and sand, 45.67; the nitrogen was 6.52, equal to 7.91 of ammonia; the specific gravity of that, in relation to water, is 2.97—the alkaline salts are 6.16; the moisture, 8.91—that makes up the hundred, leaving out, of coarse, the nitrogen; that is a separate calculation—one sample weighs rather more than half as much again as water, and the other twice as much—the impure is the heaviest—guano is a very light substance—the greater part of it is clay—there is a great deal of iron in the clay—the benefit of that is given to the earthy phosphates—all clay contains iron, except the white pure clay; that is free from iron—I did not detect any iron beyond what I should expect to find in clay—the guano was not improved; it was about half its former value, both in point of money and utility as a manure.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Are you an agriculturist? A. No; I have abundant opportunity of knowing whether it is chemical guane, or whether it is the feces of the bird in Peru—I performed the analysis is my own laboratory—there are of course spurious kinds of guano, chemical guano—I have plenty of salts of ammonia in my laboratory—after I had made the analysis, I was shown some different combinations, which were said to have been found in Pickering's warehouse, to know whether they produced the result which I found in Drury's guano—my answer was that they were not the same combination.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. One of the samples you looked at under such circumstances was of precisely the same character as that given you by Drury? A. It was adulterated with the same substances, but was rather more adulterated.

EDWARD GELDER . I am farm-bailiff to Mr. Scholfield, of Houghton, is Yorkshire. I recollect Captain Drury bringing fourteen tons of guano there—I saw it taken out of the ship, and put into Mr. Scholfield's stable, where

is kept on purpose for it—I noticed that the bags were shorter than we used to have—they were folded in at the top from four to six inches—when unlapped they were as long as the others—the guano was heavier than we used to have—some portion of it was used immediately, and it stuck to the shovel more than usual—I made a communication to my master about it—we had had just the same quantity in before, fourteen tons—this occupied a much smaller space in the stable than the former fourteen tons—I gave one of the bags to Captain Drury—it had never been emptied—this is one of them—I brought five up with me—I saw twenty bags sealed in Yorkshire—I afterwards cut them open at Messrs. Gibbs's—they were all part of what Drury had brought down.

JOHN LEGG . I am in the employ of the Regent's Canal Company. On Sunday morning, 18th May, I was on duty there, near Pickering's Wharf, about two or three hundred yards from it—it is in Limehouse, between the West India Docks and London—I saw men at work at Pickering's Wharf carrying bags—I did not count the men—I saw a barge there—I cannot say, on my oath, what the name was; I could not see any name—I could not see the stern of the barge—she was a cabin barge—the name was in front—to the best of my belief it was the Old Soul, but I never saw the name—all the name I could see was, "OU L," written in front of the barge, in front of the cabin—I know what the stern-sheets are—I saw no name written on the stern-sheets—the men were carrying bags into Mr. Pickering's place, out of the barge on which I saw the "OUL."

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. How near were you when you saw the "OU L" on the front of the cabin? A. Between two and three hundred yards from it—it was on the stern of the barge, the end; it was not where the stern-sheets are—I cannot say whether the cabin is ahead or astern of the barge—I was on the Regent's Pier Company's pier-head—there was a pier between me and the barge—it was not higher than I was—our pier-head is level with the top, and the barge was down below; the water was six or eight feet.

Cross-examined by MR. SLEIGH. Q. Is it a usual thing for barges to be emptied on a Sunday? A. No.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. It is not usual? A. No; I have not noticed it—I have been there seven or eight Sundays, and have never seen a barge unloaded—I was backwards and forwards, on duty, from eight o'clock in the morning till eight in the evening, and this was going on for a considerable part of that time—when I saw the "OU L," I was on the pier—I was higher than the barge, and could see into it, and saw those letters.

COURT. Q. When you saw the letters "OU L," how far were you from the barge? A. Two hundred yards—I saw the "O U L" in front of the cabin—she was lying with her head towards Pickering's Wharf, and her stern towards the river—I was broadside to her—I cannot say what colour the letters were painted in—I think they were gilted like gold letters.

MR. SLEIGH. Q. Were there other barges lying between the Old Soul and you? A. No.

WILLIAM HILLS . I am in the employ of the East and West India Docks. In May last, I was in the employ of Mr. Pickering—I went home ill on Sunday, 11th May—on the next Sunday, the 18th, between 9 and 10 o'clock in the morning, I was on the pier overlooking Pickering's Wharf—there was a barge being unloaded there—I noticed the name—it was the Old Soul, and contained guano—I went again in the afternoon, and saw them loading what I thought was guano into the Old Soul, but they were shorter bags than those

taken out in the morning, which I had noticed—I saw Long there—he was marking the bags—I was not with Legg—I was on the pier-head, nearest to Pickering's Wharf.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Do you go by any other name than Hill? A. No; I never went by the name of Heard—on 18th May I was lodging with Mr. Pickering's first mother-in-law, Mrs. Perkins—she then lived at 6, Brown's-buildings, Green-street, St. George's—I should say that is nearly four miles and a half from Pickering's Wharf—I never promised any marriage to Mrs. Perkins's daughter—she went and put the banns up unknown to me—I never knew it till it was done—I cannot say when it was done—I was not unwell on 18th May—I was not staying at my lodging all day—I do not know Richard Ellis, of Whiting-street, Waterloo-road, a shoemaker—he was not to my knowledge in my company at Brown's-buildings, Green-street, St. George's, at 9 o'clock in the morning, of 18th May—I cannot say whether he was there, for I was gone—he was not with me all day—I was not unwell, and in bed at that time—there was no other man at my lodging with me—he did not remain with me till 5 in the afternoon—I never saw him to my knowledge.

(Richard Ellis was called, but did not appear.)

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Where were you standing? A. On the pier-head, forty yards I should say from the Old Soul—I can read and write—I am a labourer—I was not at work then—I had been out of work one week—I labour in the docks at present—the last man I worked for was Mr. Pickering—I was not turned away; I left on 11th May, on account of illness—Thomas, the policeman, found me out for a witness, and came to me—I mentioned to him what I had seen—I have never gone by any other name, and was never a witness before, nor summoned before a Magistrate.

COURT. Q. You were ill on 11th May? A. Yes, but not on the 18th—I continued ill two or three days—I kept at home all day Monday, 11th May, but not afterwards.

HENRY HORN . I am a labourer. On Saturday, 17th May, I was engaged near Pickering's Wharf—I saw two barges there, the Ann and tie Old Soul—I received directions from Joseph Dellmott to get men to work a barge—he used formerly to be a relation of Pickering's—in consequence of those directions, I went to work with some men at 3 o'clock on the Saturday, at the wharf, unloading the Ann and the Old Soul—we began to unload the Old Soul at 5, and went on till 9—the bags were taken to the first-floor of Mr. Pickering's premises—about 9 we had about half unloaded the barge—I saw Pickering there at 9, and we were paid, in his presence, 3s. each, for working from 3 o'clock—I received directions from Pickering to get ten men to come to work on Sunday morning, after breakfast—I got ten men next morning, and went to work—I saw Long there—we continued to unload the Old Soul—after she was unloaded, Pickering came—it was then past 10 in the morning—he said, "How are you getting on, lads?" and left directly—I did not go up-stairs—I was placed at the scale, to take the weights, and do what was required—stuff was put into the scale—it came from up-stairs—Long was at the scale while I was there—the bags which were brought from up-stairs were put into the scale, and were made weight according to the weight which Gibbs, the boy, gave from a book, with the number of the bag—the stuff was put in to make up that weight—the stuff came down in a basket from up-stairs—when that was done, I took the bag from the scale, and it was sewn up by two or three men, and put on board the Old Soul—one man

was named Pugb, and one Armagh—Mr. Long marled them—I only saw Pickering there once while I was weighing.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. Did you see a barge there named Effort? A. No, there was no third barge there, to my knowledge—the Ann and the Old Soul were the only two I saw near to Pickering's Wharf—I am now a labourer, and have been abroad lately; I came back in March, 1850, from Gibraltar—I was sent there as a convict—I was there four years and seven months, going and coming back—it was a sentence of seven years, for felony; unlawful possession of carpenter's tools, for stealing them—I have been in custody once since I returned; that was last March; it was for in assault; throwing a man into the river—I have worked at the Docks lately, with any one who will employ me—Thomas, the policeman, applied to me to be a witness in this case—he found me at the Moor's Arms—I had not made any previous communication to him—he came to me first—to the best of my knowledge, it was five or six weeks ago.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Have, you been at work for the Messrs. Gibbs since this? A. No, for the Dock Company—I have only been in custody once since my return from transportation—I have been in custody for assault twice, but nothing else—the other time was for being drank and disorderly—I had been in custody before I was transported—I was imprisoned nine months for stealing lead—(I am twenty-seven years old)—before that I was in custody on suspicion of stealing some rope—I was innocent of that—I do not know what became of it—before that I was in custody for lead—I was sent to the House of Correction for six weeks—that was the first time I was in custody—I was never charged with stealing a silk-handkerchief and snuff-box from Ratcliff-highway; nothing of the kind—I am at work now—I was paid 13s. 2d. last night, by Mr. Knight, for five days and two hours' work—I have had no expenses here yet.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You were sentenced to be transported about five or six years ago? A. Yes; at that time I was tried on a previous conviction as well—I came away before my time, in consequence of my general good conduct, of which I have a certificate—since I have been in this country I have not been under any charge of dishonesty—I have been in charge for being drunk, and for throwing a man into the river—the man got out—I had a month's imprisonment or a fine of 5l., and I served the time—I do not think Pickering knew, when I went into his service, that I had been transported—I have known him about fourteen months, and Long about seven months—the man was thrown into the river near the Britannia-bridge, Limehouse—I was working with Pickering at that time.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Do you remember telling Mr. Pickering you had been offered 5l. and a good situation if you became a witness in this case? A. I swear I did not—I saw Pickering at a public-house when Thomas, the officer, was there—I did not say, "This is Thomas, the officer; I am to have 5l. and a good situation"—Pickering did say, "You will be subpoenaed, go and speak the truth."

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Was this in the presence of Thomas, the officer? A. No, nobody was present but him and me—it was on the Monday before he had his second remand—it was on the canal-bridge—I saw him very promiscuously; and he said there was a subpoena served on me, and I was to go and speak the truth—nothing passed about 5l., neither with Thomas nor did I tell Pickering so.

JAMES HOPSQN GIBBS . I am fifteen years old; I live with my parents in Thomas-street, Horselydown. In May last, I was in the service of Mr.

Pickering, as clerk—I know Mr. Long—on Saturday, 17th May, I was employed at Union Wharf, Limehouse—I saw Mr. Long that afternoon—I cannot say at what time—it was before high-water—there were two barges at the wharf at that time—they were the Ann and the Old Soul—I had not seen the Effort—the Ann was loaded with hay—the Old Soul was moored to the timber—she was laden with guano—when she was brought alongside the wharf, the guano was taken out—it was in bags—there was a number and weight on the bags—the number and weight of each bag was called out, and I put it down in a book belonging to Mr. Pickering, and I left it there—after the bags were landed from the Old Soul, some of them were taken to the ground-floor, and some up-stairs—I did not notice those on the ground-floor that evening—we went off work between 6 and 7 o'clock that evening—Mr. Pickering was then in the counting-house—I did not see him on the wharf while the Old Soul was unloading—when we left off work, I saw him come out of the counting-house to cross the wharf to go to his own house—he lives on the premises, and is the occupier of the whole wharf—he paid me that night—Mr. Long said it was Mr. Pickering's orders that we were to come to work the next morning—I reached the wharf the next morning about ten—I found the men at work—they were then putting it into the barge—I had not taken the weight and number of all of it on the night before—the men were at work in the morning when I got there—the barge had been unloaded, and while it was being reloaded I called the weights and numbers out which I had entered the night before; and when the men called out it was all right, I ticked them off—we worked that night till about five or six—I was not paid—I saw some foswill mixed with the guano, that had been taken from the Old Soul—the colour of the foswill is something like guano—when it was mixed with the guano it was put in the bags, and some of them were put in the Old Soul.

COURT. Q. Where was it mixed? A. Up-stairs—I was up there some part of the time—I was up and down—I saw Mr. Long up-stairs while it was being mixed—I do not know where Mr. Pickering was at the time.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You did not get there till 10 o'clock, or a little after, in the morning? A. No; I did not see Mr. Pickering that day—I was paid for that day's work on the next Saturday night—when I got there at ten in the morning, I found Henry Horn there—I recollect Mr. Pickering being taken into custody—I went to see him on the 2nd of August—I went in a cart with his brother-in-law, Mr. Dellmott, and Mrs. Pickering—Mrs. Pickering went, in first, and after that I went in—I was told he wanted to see me—I went in and he asked me if anybody had asked me any questions—I said "No"—no one had asked me any questions at that time—he said, "If anybody asks you anything, don't tell them," or "don't know," or words to that effect.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. What age are you? A. Fifteen—I had been in another employ—I knew the last witness, Horn, by sight—I know he has worked for Mr. Pickering—I have not been in the habit of going in his company no further than when he has been at work—I might have drank with him—he has never given me anything—I may have drank with him on the wharf—I was never in any public-house with him away from my master's—I never drank with him in any public-house—I know the White Hind in Thomas-street, in the Borough—I have been in there drinking—that is not the general way in which I pass my time, in drinking in public-houses—the way I came to be in the White Hind, was, I saw Mr. Long, and he said, "Go in and wait for me"—that was while he was out on bail—I went in and saw Horn there, and drank with him.

Q. What did you mean by telling me you had not drank with him? A. I

did not remember it—I remained with him there about half an hour—I had porter to drink, nothing else—I do not know what time it was—it was in the evening after we left work—we were in the parlour—we did not have anything to eat—we were sitting at a table talking—he did not tell me that he had been to Gibraltar—I mean to represent that when you asked me whether I had ever been with Horn in a public-house, that I had forgotten that I was half an hour with him at the White Hind—I do not remember being with him any other time—I will swear I had not drank with him in any public-house before that to my recollection—before I went to Mr. Pickering's I was in the employ of Mr. Hunt, a hop-factor—nothing happened to me at Mr. Hunt's—there was nothing wrong—it was said that I wrote a check—that I had forged it—I left Mr. Hunt's—I do not recollect exactly the amount of the check—I think it was for 10l.—it was on my master's bankers—it was said to be in my hand-writing—Mr. Hunt, my master, said that.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. Your duty was to enter the weights in a book at Mr. Pickering's? A. Yes; this is the book in which I entered the weights—here is "Brig Effort" on it, in my writing—I recollect the Effort being there, and being unloaded and loaded again, but I cannot recollect the date—I cannot say whether it was on the same Saturday we have been speaking of, or whether it was not—when the weights are called out nothing is said about the name of the barge; they call the weight of the bags, and I write it down—Mr. Pickering would have to cross the wharf to go to his private residence—he could do that without seeing the barge or barges which were unloading—I went to the prison on one occasion with Mr. Dellmott—that was not in consequence of a communication I had with Mr. Hobler—my father had received a card from Mr. Hobler—that did not lead to my going to the prisoner.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did your father know you were going to the prison? A. No; I did not tell him I was going to the prison to see Pickering—I went with Mrs. Pickering—when I went to the public-house, Long was standing a little way down the street—he told me to go in and wait—he came in about five minutes afterwards—I had not done anything to the check—I was charged with forging—I was not given into custody—I went to Mr. Hunt, in the market, and explained it—the check was not my hand-writing—I never drew any check at all in my master's name, on his banker's—my master seemed to be satisfied, he nodded his head and said no more about it—I had left Mr. Hunt; this was while I was with Mr. Pickering—Mr. Pickering offered me his place, which was higher wages—Mr. Hunt's clerk told me I was charged with forging a check, and directly I heard that I went to see Mr. Hunt, and he never charged me with it, and seemed satisfied—I do not find in this book my entry of the things from the Old Soul—it was in this side of the hook—I left this book in Pickering's possession—here is the entry of the Effort—it is all in my writing—these are not the entries I made with reference to the Old Soul—the weights and numbers of the Old Soul were different—these are dated May 18th—the page before it is May 16th—there is no page with May 17th on it—these are not the weights and numbers that I spoke of in my examination as entered from the Old Soul—I know I did not enter these from the Old Soul—it would be my duty to put the name of the vessel in the book—here is "Barge Effort"—this book is in the same state that it was when I made entries in it—supposing this to be the book in which I entered the goods from the Old Soul, I entered them at this end of the book, I was told so to do by Mr. Pickering—I know it was entered in a reverse way to the other entries—I believe it was in this part of the book where there seems to be some pages torn out.

COURT. Q. Can Pickering either read or write? A. He can figure a little, and write his own name—Long came into the White Hind five minutes after me—he remained there and drank with me and Horn—what we had was put down to Mr. Long.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Was the entry of the guano that has been pointed out to you under the date 18th May what you made invoice of, and was it sent by Mr. Pickering to the railway on Mr. Messer's account? A. Yes; this figure (looking at it) is 8, it has been written over a 9—it was not done at the time the entry was made—I was told to write it by Mr. Pickering—I believe it is in the same ink as the 9, but it has been marked over twice—I believe this was done when Mr. Pickering was out on bail—(Delivery-order read—"London, 14th May. Please to weigh and deliver to Capt. Drury, or order, the under-mentioned goods, in the ship Invermore, 14 tons of guano. Anthony Gibbs and Son.")

WILLIAM HILLS re-examined. Q. Do you see this man (Ellis); do you know him? A. No; I never saw him—I am sure I was not in his company on the 18th.

MR. BODKIN called

HENRY WOODFALL . I am a paper-manufacturer, and live at Foot's Cray, I have known Mr. Pickering four or five years—I always found him a very honest and straightforward man—I have done a good deal of business with him.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What do you know of him? A. I have bought rags of him—I do not know where he was last Whitsuntide—I never heard of his being given into custody for receiving stolen goods—I would do business with him again to-morrow.

GEORGE RUTLAND . I live in Jane-street, Commercial-road. I called at Mr. Pickering's Wharf on Sunday, 18th May—I got there from 9 to a quarter-past 9 o'clock, to the best of my recollection—I found some men at work at a material that I should imagine was guano—they were shipping it into the barge, the Effort, to the best of my recollection—I was eight or ten minutes looking at the men—I then went into Pickering's house—he was up; I staid and breakfasted with him, and he went out with me in his chaise-cart to Barking—I was with him the best part of the day—we came back between 7 and 8 in the evening—I parted with him in the Commercial-road.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. I suppose you could not full to see the guano? A. No; no one could fail to see it if they went on the wharf—Mr. Pickering did not come out and see it—we came out of the passage-door—it was a custom I had of going out on a Sunday—it was agreed that we should go for a ride together—I noticed the barge Effort, it being rather a peculiar name—I do not know that I ever saw one with that name before—she was moored with the head towards the wharf, to the best of my recollection—there were other barges there—to the best of my recollection I never saw the Old Soul—I do not know whether the Ann was there—there was another barge with bags, and one with hay—the barge they were shipping the guano in was nearest to the wharf—I was on the wharf a few minutes—I heard of this when Mr. Pickering was apprehended—I saw him when he was on bail—he did not tell me the barge was the Effort—I did not ask him, I asked him nothing about it—I did not consider I had any business to do it—I might have been two or three times with him after this—I never had any direction from him—I have spoken to him about the matter, certainly—I have talked to him about it—he did not tell me he shipped it on board the Effort—he told me nothing at all about it—he told me nothing at all about shipping the guano—I cannot tell what he said—the name of the barge was never mentioned.

Q. you mean that you, seeing the name of the barge, and knowing he was charged with having shipped it to the Old Soul, the name was never mentioned? A. To the best of my knowledge it was not—I shall object to swear it was not, if I am in a right position by so doing—I will swear that he did not tell me it was the Effort—he did not tell me it was not the Old Soul—he did not tell me he had never seen the guano, to my knowledge; it never crossed us till he was apprehended—I do not know that I have asked him about it—he told me nothing about it—there was nothing further than common conversation—I do not know that ever he broached the subject, the technical parts of the subject—my curiosity was a little excited, but I never troubled my head about it—I remember, all the time back to May last, that this barge was the Effort—I told Pickering nothing about it—I was sent for by its coming across his wife's memory, I suppose—she saw me there—she did not tell me it was the Effort, nor did I tell her—I and Pickering never mentioned it—it is my solemn assertion that I never mentioned the name of the barge to him, or he to me, or his wife—my being there, on Sunday morning fixes the name on my mind; and it was rather an unusual thing to see men at work—I never said to Pickering, "What an odd-named barge that was"—I mentioned she name to Mr. Sherwood—he asked me what I knew of this affair; and to the best of my recollection I gave him the same statement that I have to you—I knew the Effort had something to do with it by seeing it in the newspapers—I believe I saw the name Effort; I know I did—I saw the newspaper on Friday, and I saw Pickering on Saturday evening—I did not ask him anything about the matter.

EDWARD HOLMES . I live at Mile-end, and am a dealer in hay. I went to Pickering's Wharf on Sunday morning, 18th May, to look out six or seven loads of hay—I saw it in a barge—I went down to the barge to look at it—there were two barges there, which I went over, to get to the barge where the hay was—they were loaded with bags, which I supposed to be guano from the smell—the name of one of the barges was the Effort; the other I cannot say.

JOSEPH DELLMOTT . I am Mr. Pickering's carman. On 17th May, about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, I saw the barge Effort come into his wharf—she had guano on board—I cannot tell how many bags; I never kept count of them—I had been informed by Gibbs that there was an order for guano to he made up—on Monday, 19th, it was to go to the station—I was told I should have to work on Sunday; I grumbled at that—I got a gang of men on that Sunday—I was told to get them by Gibbs, and I ordered ten men—I applied to Horn to bring ten men over—the Effort was partly unloaded on Saturday evening—the gang came at 7 on Sunday morning—I did not see the master in the counting-house on Saturday or on Sunday—we finished unloading the Effort on the Sunday morning—we took the guano up in the loft to empty it out and put in other bags—we loaded the Effort again in the afternoon—the men left work at 6—the Effort left between 3 and 4 in the afternoon.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLAWTINE. Q. Was there any other vessel there on Saturday evening, or on Sunday morning, laden with guano? A. No; I will swear that.

COURT. Q. Was there any other vessel laden with bags? A. Yes; they did not smell like guano—the name of the other vessel with bags was the Ann—I am sure of that.

Q. Now I recommend you to think of what you are saying, and to be cautious: was there another barge loaded with hay? A. Yes; and that barge was not the Ann—I am certain of it.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Are you certain the Ann was loaded with bags? A. Yes, with bags of foswill; and it had no hay in it—I cannot tell what they do with foswill; it is put with the guano, I believe—I do not know whether Mr. Pickering does that—I believe it is his business.

WILLIAM CHAPMAN . I live in Thomas-street, Whitechapel, and am a general dealer. I went to Mr. Pickering's Wharf on 18th May, to buy some clover—there was a barge there; the name of it I think was the Ann—she had some trefoil—that is similar to hay—there was a barge or two there, but I did not notice them—I have seen the Old Soul—I did not notice her that day.

ARCHIBALD HORN . I was engaged by Henry Horn, to work at Pickering's Wharf, on 18th May—I worked from half-past 7 o'clock in the moming till 7 at night, unloading guano from the barge called the Effort—I do not know whether the Old Soul barge was there.

JOSIAH HARRIS . I have known Mr. Pickering about twelve months; he has borne an honest character, as far as I know—there was something about some grease some time ago, and after that he brought an action against the party.

MR. CLARKSON declining to call other witnesses, Pickering called the following:

JOSIAH HARRIS . I paid Pickering some money on 17th—I was on his wharf—I did not see the Old Soul barge there: I saw four or five; I got over two to look at some trefoil—I do not know the name of the barge the trefoil was in.

JOHN PARSONS . I was on the wharf—I could not say the day—it was when two barges of guano were there—they were partly loaded; I helped to unload the last in the evening, and again on the Sunday morning—I never noticed the name of the barges—Thomas offered me 5l.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Were you not examined before the Magistrate, and told the Magistrate that you noticed the Old Soul there? A. No; I did not notice the name—I did not say so—I could not do it, for I did not notice the name. LONG— GUILTY of stealing.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. Aged 35.— Confined Twelve Months. PICKERING— GUILTY of receiving. Aged 30.R