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FIRST SESSION, HELD NOVEMBER 19TH, 1900.
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Before the Right Hon. FRANK GREEN, LORD MAYOR of the City of London; the Hon. Sir CHARLES JOHN DARLING , one of the Justices of Her Majesty's High Court; Sir JOSEPH SAVORY , Bart., M.P.; and Sir GEORGE F. FAUDEL PHILLIPS, Bart., G.C.I.E., Aldermen of the said City; Sir FORREST FULTON, Q.C., Recorder of the said City; Sir ALFRED JAMES NEWTON , Bart.; Sir MARCUS SAMUEL , Knt.; JOHN CHARLES BELL , Esq., Sir JOHN STUART KNILL , Bart.; and THOMAS BOOR CROSBY, Esq., M.D., other of the Aldermen of the said City; and FREDERICK ALBERT BOSANQUET , Q.C., Common Serjeant of the said City; Her Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer and General Goal Delivery, holden for the said City, and Judges of the Central Criminal Court.
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A star (*) denotes that, prisoners have been previously in custody—two stars (**) that they have been more than once in custody—a dagger (†) that they are known to be the associates of bad characters—the figures after the name in the indictment denote the prisoner's age.
LONDON AND MIDDLESEX CASES.
OLD COURT.— Monday, November 19th, 1900.
Before Mr. Recorder.
2. HARRY ROBERTS (23) to stealing a purse and 10s. 9d. from the person of Samuel Huxter; also to assaulting Samuel Huxter and Fred Jakeman, with intent to resist his lawful apprehension; having been convicted of felony on June 27th, 1899. [Pleaded guilty. See original trial image.] Two other convictions were proved against him.— Twelve months' hard labour.
3. WALTER LANCELOT HUMPHRIES (18) to forging and uttering an order for the payment of £8; also to forging and uttering a request for the payment of 15s., also a receipt for £8, also an authority for the payment of £8 from a deposit account of the Post Office Savings Bank.— [Pleaded guilty. See original trial image.] Twelve months' hard labour.
4. JAMES DAVIS (36) to forging and uttering an order for the payment of £2 3s. 10d.; also to unlawfully attempting to obtain from Robert Arthur Kettle £2 3s. 4d., with intent to defraud; also to forging and uttering a warrant for the payment of £2 3s. 4d., with intent to defraud. [Pleaded guilty. See original trial image.] He received a good character.— Six months in the second division.
5. RICHARD PERCIVAL DURNFORD (50) to obtaining £2 and £3 from Edgar Hayson by false pretences; also to forging and uttering an order for the payment of £5, with intent to defraud; having been convicted of felony at this Court on January 11th, 1897.— [Pleaded guilty. See original trial image.] Nine months' hard labour.
6. ARTHUR ONSLOW BRIGGS (34) to forging and uttering an order for the payment of £2, with intent to defraud; also to obtaining by false pretences £1 15s. from Annette Mountain; having been convicted at this Court on February 6th, 1899. [Pleaded guilty. See original trial image.] One other conviction was proved against him.— Fifteen months' hard labour.
7. WILLIAM JONES (19) to stealing two bicycles, the property of William Parsley; having been convicted of felony on December 21st, 1899.— [Pleaded guilty. See original trial image.] Nine months' hard labour.
(9) WILLIAM HENRY TERRY (28) to stealing a cheque for the payment of £52 2s. 6d., the property of the Vestry of St. James's, Westminster; also to embezzling the sums of £13 17s., £11 16s., £9 19s. 6d.; also £47 19s. 3d., £44 19s. 1d., £50 4s. 11d.; also £56 4s. 4d., £18; also £12 4s. 6d., £10 19s. 6d., the moneys of the said vestry; also to forging a warrant for the payment of £27 2s. 6d., with intent to defraud. The prisoner's defalcations amounted to £1,000.— [Pleaded guilty. See original trial image.] Five years' penal servitude.
MR. RAVEN Prosecuted.
ARTHUR OWEN . I am a salesman, of 36, Ludgate Hill—on Saturday, October 27th, I was standing outside No. 36 about 9.30 p.m.—I saw a man coming down the street waving a flag—about half a dozen men ran into the roadway and surrounded him—I saw the two prisoners going through his pockets—he was standing up—the two prisoners went into the roadway and went towards St. Paul's Cathedral—my employer was with me—I followed the prisoners—opposite Warwick Lane I saw a man, who is not in custody, walking on Pinnock's left and saying something—I saw Pinnock look at his own hand, and I saw a watch in his hand—I was about 1 ft. away from him—I waited till we got to where there were two constables, when I said to them, pointing to Gibson, "Seize him"—Pinnock made a rush towards the left of the crowd—I followed him—he passed his right arm through the crowd—I seized his arm, and caught hold of his hand—there was no watch in it—I handed him over to the police.
Cross-examined by Pinnock. I did not see you take the watch—I saw it in your hand—I did not expect to find it in your pocket at the station—I thought it was passed—I do not think I have ever seen you before.
Cross-examined by Gibson. There was a great crowd on this night—the people were expecting the C.I.V.'s—I did not say anything to the man who was robbed, because it was all done so suddenly—I was 5 ft. or 6 ft. from him while it was going on—I was not sure he was being robbed when he was surrounded—your hands were in the direction of the man's trousers pocket.
JOHN F. BALL . On October 27th I was coming out of my premises at 36, Ludgate Hill with my wife between 9 and 9.30—my attention was called to a mob of men and women—there was a gentleman who had a little flag in his hand—I saw Gibson with his hands in the gentleman's pocket—I saw Pinnock embracing the man from the back, and leaning over his shoulder, he took his watch from a pocket in front—I saw his hand come over his shoulder with the watch in it—the streets were full, but not particularly crowded on our bide—I followed the two men—they separated; they went into the middle of the road and then came together—I was by their side—Pinnock took a watch from his pocket and turned it over in his right hand and replaced it in his pocket—I saw the dial of the watch and the engraving on the back—the last witness called a constable's attention to the men, and they were taken into custody—I saw Pinnock hand something to a woman, but I cannot swear it was a watch—I held his left arm—I was quite close to them till the policeman took them.
Cross-examined by Pinnock. I went to the station with you—I did not go to the Mansion House on the first hearing, I had other business to attend
to—I was not asked to go—I did not go 50 yards away from you—I had never seen you before—I caught hold of you—I had not hold of you when you took the watch—I did not give you a chance to throw it away.
Cross-examined by Gibson. I said I did not see you take anything—I did not tell the gentleman he was being robbed, because I had not time—I told the inspector I had seen a watch taken.
—HUBBARD (361, City). I was on duty on Ludgate Hill on October 27th about 9.30 p.m.—Owen spoke to me—I arrested Gibson, and Owen caught hold of Pinnock—I took Gibson to the station—Pinnock was brought in afterwards—they made no reply to the charge.
Cross-examined by Pinnock. I did not ask you to pull the watch out of your pocket—I searched you; I did not find a belt on you; you were only searched once—I was not exactly surprised to find that you had not the watch—I asked you about your character—you refused to say where you had been working.
Cross-examined by Gibson. At the station you were put into a room, but I was with you.
ALBERT DAY (302, City). I was at the bottom of Ludgate Hill—Owen said something to me, and I caught hold of Pinnock's arm—he said, "What is this for?"—Owen said, "For a watch"—I told him I should take him to the station—he said, "I will go to the station, but I do not know what I have done."
Cross-examined by Pinnock. I expected that the watch was in your pocket—I helped to search you—I do not know anything about your character.
By the COURT. He gave a correct name and address—he is a plumber.
Cross-examined by Gibson. Owen said that Pinnock had stolen the watch.
Pinnock, in his defence, on oath, stated that he was on Ludgate Hill, when he began sneezing, and that his false teeth came out; that he stopped to replace them, when he was seized by a man who said he had stolen a watch; that he was taken to the station; that he did not know Gibson, and had not stolen any watch.
Gibson, in his defence, said that he did not know Pinnock; that the witnesses must have mode a mistake; that he had had nothing to do with the watch, and that if he had, he would have pleaded guilty.
NOT GUILTY .
NEW COURT.— Monday, November 19th, 1900.
Before Mr. Common Serjeant.
MR. WILKINSON Prosecuted, and the evidence was interpreted to the prisoner.
and I showed him the room—he went out and brought in the prisoner, and said in his presence that he wanted a room with a fireplace, so that he could cook—the rent was to be 5s. a week—he paid a week in advance, and left a small parcel—he came into occupation the same night—he paid the rent, regularly—the man who first came used to come to the room—there used to be a fire once or twice a week—the prisoner brought the coal and wood in in a brown paper parcel—I never saw any cooking done in the room, nor was there any sign or smell of cooking—he had no cooking utensils; I offered to lend him some, but he did not accept them—I found in the room something like milk in one of the utensils, and some more in the bedroom, that was very hard—when I cleaned the grate of the cinders I found some metal like lead among the ashes, which I gave to Sergeant Clark—I threw the small pieces away.
By the COURT. The prisoner was in the room when they had a fire there, and the other man, too—they came in together, between 7 and 8 p.m., went upstairs together, and went away together—the prisoner stayed in the room with the other man—there was oilcloth on the floor, and carpet by the bed.
Cross-examined by the prisoner. I did not see the other man come several times when you were not there—I did not see him come about 4 o'clock on the day you were arrested—you had the room from September 17th till your arrest—you lived and slept in the room, but the other man did not.
ARTHUR CLARK (Police Sergeant, C). On the morning of October 27th I went to 2, Richmond Buildings, Soho, with Inspector McPherson—the prisoner came in after we arrived—I asked him to turn out his pockets—he produced, among other things, a key and a counterfeit half-crown dated 1900—I asked him who the coin belonged to—he said, "It belongs to me," and that the key was the key of his box, which was under the dressing-table—McPherson opened the box with the key, and produced four plaster moulds, one for half-crowns dated 1900, one for florins dated 1899, and two for a shilling of 1899, a parcel of modelling clay, some plaster of Paris, and three panes of glass with wet modelling clay on them, a piece of putty, four key rings, a bottle of oil, and a bottle of spirit—I also found five unfinished half-crowns of 1900—I asked the prisoner how he came by them—he said, "They don't belong to me; they belong to my friend"—I said, "Who is he?"—he said, "His name is Ernest," but gave no sirname—this was in English—the charge was read over to him at the station—he made no remark—it was not interpreted to him—I am sure he said, "It is the key of my box," and he pointed to it under the dressing-table.
Cross-examined. You did not say that your friend's name was Silas?—you said that his age was 23.
JOHN MCPHERSON (Police Inspector, C). I went with Sergeant Clark, and took part in the search—I saw the box found—I made further search, and found in the fireplace this molten metal (Produced) and holes in the oilcloth, which apparently had been done by molten metal—the fire did not seem to have been alight that day; it was not warm.
finished, but none of these coins came from these moulds; they are not of the same date—the articles in the box form part of the stock of a coiner—this is molten metal which has fallen on the ground—these coins are made of the same kind of metal as is in this spoon.
The prisoner, in his statement before the Magistrate, and in his defence, said that the other man paid the rent and kept him there, and gave him the key, to throw away the things if he did not return, and ought to have been the one to be arrested. GUILTY .— Twelve months' hard labour.
MR. WILKINSON Prosecuted.
JOSEPH COLLINS . I am barman at the Crooked Billet, Cable Street, St. George's-in-the-East—on October 20th, about 11 o'clock, the prisoner came in with another female and called for two classes of ale—she gave me a bad florin—I said, "Are you aware that this is a bad coin?"—she said, "No; it is all right"—I waited a little longer, and she gave me a good shilling—I gave her 6d. and 4d. change, and gave her the coin back, and they left—she was perfectly sober—this coin (Produced) resembles it, but I cannot swear to it.
FLORENCE NODROUM . I am the wife of Walter Nodroum, of 456, Cable Street—on October 20th, about 12.20, the prisoner came in for a half-quartern of flour and change for a sovereign, which she laid on the counter—I took it up and passed it on to my husband and said, "It sounds badly"—he examined it, and asked her if she was aware it was bad—she said, "No, it is all right; I want my change"—she was sober.
WALTER NODROUM . My wife handed this coin to me about 3 o'clock—I examined it, and told the prisoner it was bad—she made no reply, but began to use bad language, and said that she would break the windows when I could not see her—Sergeant Moss came, and I handed the coin to him.
THOMAS MOSS (137 H). I was called to Mr. Nodroum's shop, and found the prisoner there—he said that she had come to change a bad coin, and that she said that she got it in change at the Swan—she could hear that, but said nothing—Mr. Nodroum handed me the coin—she said that she got it in change for a £5 note at the Swan—I asked her where she got the £5 note from—she said, "From a man who slept with me last night"—I took her to the station.
Prisoner's defence: I did not know the coin was bad till I looked at the other side.
GUILTY on the second Count. — To enter into recognizances.
13. SAMUEL STONELAND (54) PLEADED GUILTY to burglary in the dwelling-house of Charles Rogers and stealing a pair of boots, his property; having been convicted on May 18th, 1897.— Nine months' hard labour.
(15) JOHN SMITH (39) to stealing the sums of £10, £30, and £300 of William Baker, his master; also to falsifying the books of his said master.— [Pleaded guilty. See original trial image.] Twelve months' hard labour.
OLD COURT.— Tuesday, November 20th, 1900.
Before Mr. Justice Darling.
MR. HARRISON Prosecuted.
Dr. Scott, Medical Officer of Holloway Gaol, having stated that in his opinion the prisoner was insane and unable to plead, the JURY returned a verdict to that effect.—To be detained during Her Majesty's pleasure.
MR. CHARLES MATHEWS, MR. MUIR, and MR. STEPHENSON Prosecuted, and MR. HUTTON Defended.
This case, being one of procuring abortion, is not fit for publication. GUILTY of manslaughter. — Ten years' penal servitude.
MR. MUIR Prosecuted.
Dr. James Scott, surgeon of the gaol, deposed that in his opinion the prisoner was insane, and not fit to plead; the JURY therefore returned a verdict to that effect.—To be detained during Her Majesty's pleasure.
NEW COURT.— Tuesday, November 20th, 1900.
Before Mr. Recorder.
MR. GRAIN Prosecuted.
ELLEN APPLEGATE . I am a widow and a nurse—on Sunday, October 24th, I came up from Acton to Liverpool Street Station, and booked my luggage, five packets, in the cloak-room, and received two tickets—I was on my way to Norwich to seek a situation—they were worth £30—I put the tickets in one purse, which I had in my pocket, I believe—I slept that night at Wheeler's Hotel, opposite Liverpool Street Station—I went out on Monday about 10 a.m., and got on top of an omnibus about 11 o'clock—I had no particular object in going there—the prisoner sat behind me—he spoke first, and ultimately induced me to go to a house with him, Liverpool Street way—I slept with him, and when I opened my bag to get something out he saw the tickets and said, "What are these?"—I told him, and next morning, Tuesday, I got up and went for a walk with
him—we got to Trafalgar Square—I had my bag with me—I cannot say whether he handled it—it was then 9 o'clock—he went to a lavatory, and asked me to wait—he did not return—I spoke to a constable, and went to the station, and found that all my luggage had been taken away—there is no foundation for saying that he took them at my request, or that I instructed him to look out for a room for him and myself—I paid for the room where we slept—I gave him a sovereign—he said that he had to pay half-a-crown for the room—he did not give me the change.
Cross-examined by the prisoner. You spoke English well enough—I did not give the things to you—I was not drunk on the Monday morning, and I did not give you the tickets.
ALFRED TIBBENHAM . I am a foreman porter at Liverpool Street Station—on October 23rd, about 9.30 a.m., the prisoner gave me two cloak-room tickets, and I helped to get the packages out and put them on a cab—he drove away with them.
FREDERICK LLOYD . On October 23rd I was in charge of the cloak-room at Aldgate Station—the prisoner drove up about 9.45, and booked six articles of luggage in the name of Marks—he came back about 12 o'clock and got the luggage.
FANNY NEWMAN . I live with my husband at 5, Aubrey Street, Camberwell Road, and my mother lives close by—on October 23rd, about 10.45, I was there, and the prisoner came in and asked for a room—I said that I could give him one in company with another young fellow—he refused, and I offered him one at my own house, which he accepted, and brought six packages—it was a single bed—he said that it was for himself—he spoke English, and said that he had just arrived from Paris.
Cross-examined. You did not ask me for a double bed—you said that you were going to the station for your luggage.
HENRY BOARD (City Detective). I received information, made inquiries, and traced the luggage to Aldgate, and on the 24th I went to 5, Aubrey Street, Camberwell Road, with another detective, and saw Mrs. Newman, and went to a room on the first floor—I saw some luggage there, and, after waiting two hours, the prisoner came in—I said, "I shall arrest you for stealing a lady's purse and two tickets"—he said, "The lady is my wife"—I said, "Her name is Applegate"—he said, "Yes, I met her on a 'bus', and we went to a house, and afterwards to a private hotel, where we spent the night, and in the morning she gave me the tickets, and I went and got the luggage out and brought it here; since then I have been looking for the lady; I am looking for a nice clean room; my lodgings are not clean enough"—I took him to the station, and the prosecutrix identified the luggage—I said in the room, "What was your idea in taking the luggage from one house to another, if you were going to live with the lady?"—he said, "I don't know"—the boxes had been unlocked and the labels taken off, but I found this label: "Applegate, passenger to Liverpool Street"—I found on him 9s. 8 1/4 d., a franc, some pawn-tickets, and his waiter's dress clothes—he said that he had been rather hard up lately.
H. BOARD (Re-examined). Two of them were locked when I found them, and the prisoner opened one of them with a key, which opened his own box—there was no appearance of their having been forced open.
Prisoner's defence (Interpreted): I did not steal the tickets; she gave them to me. She promised to live with me.
GUILTY .— Twelve months' hard labour.
MR. A. GILL Prosecuted, and the evidence was interpreted to the prisoner.
JESSIE RAIKES . I live at 180, Great Brunswick Street, Dublin—on September 8th I procured a money order in Sheffield for £5 2s. 6d. in favour of Hartley Melbourne—this (Produced) is the requisition which I wrote—I enclosed it in a letter with two £5 notes, and registered it.
GEORGE WILLIAM PENTON . I am overseer at the West Central Post-office—I produce the receipt for a registered letter on September 11th to Mr. Hartley Melbourne—that was the only registered letter to him that day—the receipt is signed "Hartley Melbourne."
HUGH LEWIS HOLT . I am a postman in the W C. district—on September 1st I received a letter addressed to Melbourne, of 23, Leicester Square—I went to the office, and found it closed—I went up to deliver another letter, and as I came down I met the prisoner, whom I knew, having seen him in the office of Mr. Melbourne, the theatrical agent—he said, "Have you a letter for Mr. H. Melbourne?"—I said, "Yes"—I thought he was one of the clerks, and gave him the receipt—I saw him sign it, and handed him the letter.
HARTLEY MELBOURNE . I carry on business at 22, Leicester Square—I did not receive a letter on September 21st containing two £5 notes and a money order as I expected—I have known the prisoner about two months, and allowed him to have letters sent there—I did not mention to him that I expected a money letter.
ADOLPH HENRY YARD . I am a restaurant keeper, of 41, Charles Street—I know the prisoner—he came to me and asked me if I would oblige him by lending him 16s. on a money order—I said, "Yes; if you come back to-morrow and bring the money"—I advanced it, and did not see him again till he was at Bow Street.
Cross-examined by the prisoner. Somebody called you out who wanted to see you, and he was the owner of the post-office—you could not get the money then because it was between 6 and 7.
BARRY HOLTHAM (Post Office Constable). On October, about 11 o'clock, I went to the Holborn Viaduct Hotel, where the prisoner was employed, and told him I arrested him for stealing a money order for £5 11s. 6d., and forging a receipt for it—he said, "I did not do it"—he was charged, and made no reply.
Prisoner's defence: A couple of days before this, my letter was opened by Mr. Melbourne by mistake, and when the postman arrived I asked him if he had any letter for me, and he gave me this registered letter. I put it in my pocket and forgot everything about it, and spent the evening
with a woman, and in the morning I found the letter wan opened. If I had intended to get the money from the prosecutor I could have cashed it. If I had the £10 in my possession I should not have gone back to my work.
GUILTY .— Twelve months' hard labour.
21. CHARLES HATTON (26) and MICHAEL SHANNON (38) , Breaking and entering the warehouse of Adolph Franklyn & Co., Ltd., and stealing 87 pipes, their goods, Shannon having been before convicted. SHANNON PLEADED GUILTY .
MR. THOMAS Prosecuted.
JOHN BENNETT . I am caretaker at 119 and 121, Queen Victoria Street—on November 5th I left as near as possible at 9.30—the doors were all locked, and I had the keys in my pocket—I went next morning at 6.30, but did not open that part till 8.30—I then found that a burglary had been committed—the skylight at 119 was broken, and they had got through on to a table, and then through a partition, and broke three more—there were £5 worth of stamps, but they left them behind because they were perforated—they took away briar pipes value £3 10s., packed in boxes—these are our pipes (Produced).
WILLIAM GOODSON (City Police Sergeant). On November 6th I went to Messrs. Franconi's, in Queen Victoria Street, and found that an entrance had been effected by walking along a low wall, where a pane of glass was broken, and dropping down to the ground-floor, where three desks had been broken open—there were marks on the desks, but no chisel.
GEORGE CORNISH (377 H). On November 6th, about 11.30 a.m., I was in Whitechapel Road, and saw the prisoner carrying this bag on his back—I told him I was a police officer, and asked him what he had in his bag—he said, "Nothing"—I said, "I am going to have a look"—I opened it, and found that it contained 87 new pipes—I said, "Where did you get these?"—he said, "I found them"—I said, "Where?"—he said I bought them for 14s. of a man"—I asked him if he knew the man—he said, "No"—he was discharged for another offence, and then charged with this—he made no reply.
Cross-examined by Hatton. There were three of you together.
HATTON— GUILTY . He then PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction at Clerkenwell on October 19th, 1897, and seven other convictions were proved against him.— Five years' penal servitude.—Six previous convictions were proved against SHANNON— Seven years' penal servitude.
MR. PERROTT Prosecuted.
ALBERT MOORE . I live at Appleton Hall—on October 25th I came down and missed some property, and found a window open which had been fastened the night before—I received information from one of my pupils, and went to a shed a quarter of a mile off, and found a woman lying down, wrapped in a leopard skin—I sent for the police, and gave her in charge—I found a hair-pin in my house which corresponded with one on the prisoner's head—she was not drunk—she had very little clothing on.
JAMES BLACKMORE (139 S). On October 25th I was called to Mr. Moore's house, and found this hair-pin on the drawing-room hearthrug, and outside the house I found a pink flannelette skirt and a bodice at 9 a.m.—about 4 p.m. I went to a shed and found the prisoner with a rug round her—I asked her where she got it; she said that she picked it up in a field—I said, "That is hardly feasible, as it has been raining all night, and the rug is dry"—I showed her the things, but she refused to own them—this other hair-pin was taken from her head by the female searcher; they are both the same pattern, but one is longer than the other.
FRANCIS ELDRIDGE . I am a pupil of Mr. Moore—on October 25th I was under a hedge taking shelter from the rain, and saw the prisoner with a bundle in her arm—she had a skirt on, and her hair was down—she went across the field, and stooped down under the hedge—the field is in my master's occupation.
HUGH BRADLEY . I am a pupil of Mr. Moore—I was with the last witness, and saw a woman walk across the field and stoop—I afterwards went to that place and found two handkerchiefs, a writing case, and a letter weight—I think the prisoner is the woman—she had a white petticoat and no hat.
WILLIAM PHELPS . I am a lamplighter, of 8, Abercorn Villas—between 12 and 1a.m. on October 25th I was outside this house, and saw the prisoner in a sitting position, and as I came back I saw her there again, and four men, whom I do not know, surrounding her, talking to her—I made haste to find a constable.
CHARLES HARDING (Police Sergeant). In consequence of information I went on October 25th to Appleton Hall, and found muddy marks on the window-sill, as if somebody had got in with dirty skirts on, or a long overcoat—I saw the prisoner at the station—she was sober, but I think she had been been drinking—it was a very wet night. GUILTY .—She then PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction at this Court on July 7th, 1891.— Three months' hard labour.
THIRD COURT.—Tuesday, November 20th, 1900.
Before Mr. Common Serjeant.
24. ROBERT JOHN ANDERSON (31) PLEADED GUILTY to forging and uttering a request for the delivery of 50 blank cheques, with intent to defraud. He received a good character.— Four months' imprisonment in the second division.
(26) GEORGE GOODWIN (43) to feloniously marrying Harriet Ford during the life of his wife. [Pleaded guilty. See original trial image.] There were two other similar indictments.— Three months' hard labour.
MESSRS. WOODGATE and FITCH Prosecuted.
GEORGE HOLTON (201,City). In consequence of information I received on October 29th at 11.45 p.m. I said to the prisoner at the bottom of Ludgate Hill, "What have you in your hand?"—he said, "What has that to do with you, you b——?"—with the other hand he struck me in the face—I said, "I have reason to believe you have a watch"—I caught hold of the chain, which was hanging from his left hand—I received a blow from behind and fell with him—the chain was taken from me by someone else—I said, "I shall hold you"—he said, "You won't"—I took my whistle to blow it—he snatched it from me and threw it away, and the chain broke—he said, "You don't get any more, you b——"—I held the prisoner on the ground till three or four men started kicking, when I had to loose the prisoner, and he got on one foot—I received assistance—he was taken to the station about 11.45 p m.—he was searched—these folders were found upon him—when charged he made no reply.
Cross-examined by the prisoner. You were not quiet—I did not strike you—you did not ask the inspector to look at my coat at the station—nothing of that kind took place.
GEORGE ALFRED BUCKINGHAM . I am a meat salesman, of 171, Upper Thames Street—to the best of my belief, these glasses are mine—I had them on the evening of October 29th—I found the cord cut—I had had refreshment, and do not recollect meeting the prisoner—I lost the glasses between 8 and 11 p.m., when the C.I.V.'s had passed—I followed Holton to the station, where I was detained, being the worse for drink—I there identified my glasses—I also lost a match box with a monogram on, a bunch of keys, and a little cash.
Cross-examined. I have no recollection of treating and being treated by you in a public-house—I had dined at the Cafe de Paris.
The prisoner, in his defence, stated that the prosecutor and the prisoner treated one another in a public-house, and the prosecutor lent him his glasses, saying, "I will meet you tomorrow."
NOT GUILTY .
MR. FITCH Prosecuted.
GEORGE HOLTON repeated his former evidence, and added: I said, "What have you in your hand?"—he replied "Nothing," and with the other hand struck me—the prisoner was very violent—I found four or five men too much for me—I drew my whistle to blow it—I was forced back on to the window shutters of a shop by the prisoner, who had hold of my throat—he caught hold of the whistle, broke the chain, and threw the whistle in the crowd—we fell together again—he got up first and kicked at me—the mark on my throat showed the following morning—four constables took him to the station.
The prisoner, in his defence, repeated his former statement, and added that the constable blackened his eye; that it was a wet night, and no mud was found by the inspector on the constable's coat.
GUILTY .—Five previous convictions were proved against him.— Eighteen months' hard labour.
The constable was commended by the COURT.
MR. BEARD Prosecuted, and MR. HUGHES Defended.
ALBERT EDWARD STANNARD . I am employed by my brother William, a carman and contractor, of Upper East Smithfield—on October 4th I instructed Charles Baker to go with a van and clear 10 cases of Bovril at Bunhill Row—in the evening he reported the loss of the van and the Bovril.
CHARLES BAKER . I am employed by William Stannard as van driver—on October 4th I was instructed to go to Bunhill Row and get 10 cases of Bovril—I collected them and gave a receipt—I drove away and stopped outside 108, Leman Street for tea—in five minutes I came out—the van was gone—I reported the loss to my employers—I next saw the van at 6 o'clock the next morning, with only empty sacks, at the police-yard.
ARTHUR BRENCHLEY . I live at 14, Clive Road, West Dulwich—I am employed by the Bovril Company, Limited—about 5.30 p.m. on October 4th I saw Baker's van loaded with 10 cases of Bovril, which I checked—he signed a receipt.
WILLIAM JAMES KING . I am claims clerk to the Bovril Company—I produce a book with Baker's receipt for 10 cases of Bovril—the two cases produced were part of the load—the value of one case of 24 boxes is 24 guineas.
Cross-examined. I thought Grimme was going to use it for a little moving job.
ALEXANDER MCHATTIE (Detective, Thames Police). I was with Inspector Orton on November 1st, about 2.45 p.m., near Orange Court, keeping observation in consequence of information received—the prisoners drove up in a van, and stopped at the bottom of Orange Court, about 100 yards off, where I was standing—both got out at the front of the van, each with a load in a sack—they came towards me, and partly up Orange Court and into a gateway leading to the back of 6, Helen Street—I went closer—they were in there five or ten minutes—it is an open yard, with two hoardings and a dwelling and workshop—when they came out Jones was carrying two empty sacks under his right arm—they were similar sacks to those they took in—they were walking towards the van when they noticed me, and ran and jumped on the van and drove away as hard as they could—Grimme took the reins first, and drove into High Street, Wapping—I followed, and in 300 to 400 yards caught up and took hold of the near side rein—I told them I was a police officer, and wanted to speak to them—Jones was driving then—he said, "Say what you have got to say here"—Grimme was at the back of Jones, standing in the van, and could hear what was said—I asked them several times to
come down, as I wanted to speak to them—at last they both jumped out on the off side—on Inspector Orton approaching both ran away—Orton caught Jones—Grimme ran into 6, Helen Street, and I followed him into the yard—then I went to Orton's assistance—his mouth and face were bleeding—Jones kicked me on my right leg, and butted me with his head in my stomach, and struck me with his fist on my head, face, and neck—two uniform constables came up, and Jones was handed over to them—then I went into the back entrance of 6, Helen Street, and into a back room on the ground floor—it is a baker's shop—I saw Grimme inside the door—I asked him what he was doing there—he said he had come to see his brother—I took him to the station—the van was taken to the station—I saw in it 24 boxes of Bovril—on the premises we found some tea.
Cross-examined. I was within 60 yards of the hoarding—I was watching the place for various things—the prisoners are brothers.
Re-examined. I went to 6, Helen Street, about 20 minutes after I had taken Jones—there was time for anybody else who was in the house to get away.
JAMES ORTON (Thames Police Inspector). Just before 3 o'clock on November 1st I was, with McHattie, keeping observation on Orange Court—I saw the prisoners drive up in a van with a single horse—they jumped out on the off side—I caught Jones—I said I was a police officer—they ran away—Jones threw himself on the ground and commenced kicking—I fell on the top—he gave me a violent punch on my mouth, damaging my teeth—McHattie came up to assist, when Jones assaulted him—I took him to High Street, Wapping, and handed him over to uniform constables—I had a good opportunity to observe the prisoners—I went back to 6, Helen Street, with McHattie, and saw Grimme—I asked him for what purpose he was there—he said, "I am come here to see my brother"—from inquiries I made, the prisoners are brothers, but they do not live there—Grimme was taken to the station—when charged they made no reply.
WILLIAM REED (Thames Police Inspector). I was at the Thames Police-station about 5.30 on November 1st, when Jacobs' van was brought there by the two last witnesses—I found in it this jemmy and 24 cases of Bovril—the jemmy was lying on the top of a case—it is used for opening boxes, and is a heavy weapon—the prisoners were detained at the station—I asked for their names and addresses—they gave names, but refused their addresses—I told them I had searched the van, and what I had found, and asked them if they could account for its possession—Grimme said, "I know nothing about it; I was only giving him a drive"—Jones said, "I know nothing about the cases of Bovril. You can do what you like; you have to find out where they came from; you won't get it from me"—I then went to Helen Street—the prisoners were charged with unlawful possession—they made no reply—they were taken before a Magistrate the next day, and remanded to the 9th, when they were charged with receiving, and made no reply.
the van were empty sacks—the van and horse have been identified by Stannard as that taken out by the witness Baker on October 4th.
Grimme, in has defence, on oath, said he was asked by a strange man to get him a van on hire, and as a carman he went with him to Jacobs and hired a man in, because he hoped to yet a day's work; that he first thought the stuff was wrong when the man got out of the van in Upper East Smithfield.
Jones, in his defence, on oath, said that on October 31st he went to Mr. Martin's, of 6, Helen Street, to borrow a suit of clothes for a funeral, and on November 1st he went to return them, when Grimme asked him to go for a drive, but he knew nothing more about it.
The prisoners' father gave them a good character.
GUILTY of receiving. JONES then PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction of felony at Clerkenwell on February 15th, 1898.— Twelve months' hard labour. GRIMME— Six months' hard labour.
NEW COURT.—Wednesday, November 21st, 1900.
Before Mr. Recorder.
MR. WARBURTON and MR. HUTTON Prosecuted, MR. MUIR
ADELAIDE MACKENZIE . I am an assistant in the show-room of the Army and Navy Stores—on Tuesday, October 16th, the two prisoners came into the fur department—I was about half a yard from them—they looked at the furs, and I asked Hagger if I could show her anything; she said, "No, thank you; we are only looking"—I was called to Mr. Allchurch's room the same afternoon to see if I could identify them—Emly remembered me, she said, "Madam, I remember speaking to you."
ALICE GIBBONS . I am assistant to Mr. Allchurch, the superintendent of the Army and Navy Stores—on October 16th I saw the prisoners in the mantle department—I watched them and followed them—Emly passed on, and I followed her, and saw Hagger take a coat—the two red crosses on this plan are where they stood, and I stood here—Emly was watching through the glass door close to me—Hagger put the coat on her arm and walked up the millinery department and joined Emly, and they both went downstairs together—I went to Mr. Williams, who went up and said that she was wanted by the superintendent—she said, "I have nothing to do with that lady in the Stores; I was not with her"—they had separated at the door and gone in opposite directions—she said that she met Hagger at Liverpool Street that morning, and asked her to accompany her to the Stores—Hagger was carrying the coat on her arm—it is worth £5 18s.
Cross-examined. They did not speak going downstairs—there was no shaking of hands—they were inside the hall when I last saw them—I did not see them in Hammond's Place—I did not see Emly after she left the Stores, till I saw her at Victoria Station—Mr. Williams did not say at Victoria Station, "This lady wants to see you at the Stores"—she said, "I
was not with that lady at the Stores; I know nothing about her"—I form part of the detective staff employed by the Scores—I was told by the Magistrate to say nothing, as Mr. Williams would give his own evidence—I was about a yard from Emly in the millinery department, I could have stretched out my arm and touched her; we were almost on a level, and she must have seen me—I was not dressed as I am now, but I had my hat and coat on, as if I was a customer.
GEORGE SAWYER . I am a draughtsman, of Barnsworth—I made this plan; it is correct and drawn to scale—it is five yards and a half from where Gibbons stood to where Hagger stood, and one yard from Emly—the glass door is 12 ft 6 in. from where Emly stood—Hagger stood 4 ft 3 in. inside the glass door, 15 ft. away—they could see each other.
Cross-examined. If I place the black cross 2 ft. further at the top of the plan Emly could not see Hagger then.
ALICE GIBBONS (Re-examined by MR. MUIR ). There are millinery stands close to the wall, with hats and bonnets on them; anybody standing where Emly was could see them—if she was looking at them she would go close to them—I pointed out the spots to Mr. Sawyer a day or two after.
By the COURT. Hagger was absent about a minute or two after she left Emly.
By MR. WARBURTON. I was standing more like this, and Emly was there, so that I could see slanting.
ALFRED WILLIAMS . I am an assistant at the Army and Navy Stores—on October 16th, about 12.30, I saw Miss Gibbons stop Hagger—at Victoria Station: after going round the platforms, Miss Gibbons said, "There she is; you lay hold of her"—I said, "No, I will run"—I ran after her and stopped her in the subway—she said, "I have nothing to do with that lady at the Stores"—I said, "Who spoke about a lady? The superintendent of the Stores wants to speak to you"—she said, "I shall answer no questions; come and see"—I took her back to the Stores.
GEORGE ALLCHURCH . I am superintendent of the Army and Navy stores—Emly was brought into my office, and I said, "Are you a member of the Stores?"—she said, "No";—I said, "Were you at the Stores with a woman to-day?"—after a little hesitation she said, "Yes"—I said, "Is it the first time you have met her here?"—she said, "No; I met her before, and again I met her to-day at Liverpool Street Station"—I asked whether she was a friend—she said no, she met her by accident at Liverpool Street that morning—she did not say, "by appointment."
—FULLER (Police Inspector, A). I searched Hagger's house and found a letter in Emly's writing—I saw Hagger searched—she had 5 1/2 d. on her.
THOMAS BOWDEN (Police Constable). I received Emly in custody—she said, "I know nothing about the coat; I do not know what the other woman has done, I met her to-day by accident at Liverpool Street Station"—5s. 6d. in silver was found on her, and two stamps—on the 17th I asked her if I should call on anyone for her—she said, "No, thank you, I will tell you the truth about Mrs. Hagger; she has been a particular friend of mine some years; I wrote to her yesterday, and made an appointment, and she kept it; we went to the Stores: I did not
know she was going to steal a coat, if I had known it I would not have gone with her, because anything like this would ruin me in ray position."
Cross-examined. I find that she bears a very good reputation indeed—I went to the Nurses' Home, and found that she had been employed there four years—they did not tell me that £14 is due to her—I searched her boxes, and found a bank-book; I did not look at it, or at the date of it.
Emly, in her defence, on oath, stated that she had been a nurse for 11 years; that four years ago she became one of the nurses at the Nurses' Home, Brompton Square, and was sent out to private families, and since that had been a member of the Nurses' Co-operation, which was the largest institution in London, that her earnings in 1899 were £84, and that, having no expenses, she had saved money, and her present bank balance was £93 9s, 9d., and that she supported her father, who was not well off; that Hagger was a connection of her's by marriage, and she had been intimate with her for two years, and met her by appointment, and went with her to the Stores to look at the fashions, but had no idea that she intended to steal anything; that Hagger carried a small black bag, and when they were at the top of the stairs she noticed that she had a coat on her arm, and knew that she had not had time to purchase it, and, therefore, that it had been stolen, and became horrified, and left her, and took an omnibus to Victoria Station to go home to her mother, leaving Hagger without shaking hands or saying anything to her. She received a very excellent character.
EMLY— NOT GUILTY , and the JURY stated that she left the Court without a stain on her character. HAGGER— Judgment respited.
32. BERESFORD HOPE (60) and HENRY TORTICE (21) , Unlawfully attempting to commit*. Second Count, for committing an indecent act. HOPE— GUILTY on the Second Count. Three previous convictions were proved against him, two of which were for a similar offence.— Eighteen months' hard labour. TORTICE— NOT GUILTY .
33. BEVERLEY BIRD, Unlawfully incurring a debt of over £20 without stating that he was an undischarged bankrupt. The prisoner stated that he now admitted being a bankrupt, upon which the JURY found him GUILTY .— Judgment respited.
THIRD COURT.—Wednesday, November 21st, 1900.
Before Mr. Common Serjeant.
MR. PARTRIDGE Prosecuted.
Slade, of the Great Eastern Railway Company—I saw the prisoners talking together outside Spiers and Pond's—Johnson walked towards Blackfriars Bridge, followed by the men—Johnson stood on the right side of ladies twice, and the men behind her—one lady looked at them and walked out of the crowd—they turned towards Queen Victoria Street again and stood near a lady I now know as Mrs. Hanna, who was standing in the doorway of the Black Friar public-house, Johnson on her right, and the men, watching her actions, standing in front of them—as the show had passed the prisoners left hurriedly, going up Queen Victoria Street at a sharp pace—Berry spoke to Hanna, and then rushed after the men—seeing what Berry had done, I arrested Johnson at once—I said, "I am a police officer; I am going to arrest you for stealing a lady's purse"—she said; "I have not got it"—she became violent and disorderly—I cautioned her and explained again that I was a police officer—she said "go and wash your face, and change your dirty shirt"—she was taken to the station—they were all charged with stealing the lady's purse—they made no reply—on returning from the search-room the female searcher said she had found on the woman a snuff-box, 3 1/2 d., and an American cloth bag.
Cross-examined by Bray. I waited to get you "straight," and not merely for an attempt.
Cross-examined by Thompson. The lady was with her two nieces I believe—no other lady was within 3 ft. of her—I said before the Magistrate I could not see the woman's hand in the lady's pocket on account of the woman having a cloak—Berry went after you—as soon as the officer put his hand on the lady's shoulder I whistled for assistance—as another purse was found which was not identified—from the prosecutrix to where you were arrested was 18 to 20 yards, and you had every opportunity to dispose of the purse.
Cross-examined by Johnson. You were arrested 18 to 20 yards from the prosecutrix—I never touched your bag till you were in the station—the bag you were carrying had a lot of old papers, and wan kept well open—I first saw the bag when you were arrested and put your hands up—it was the same bag I searched (Produced).
GEORGE BERRY (Detective Sergeant, G.E.R.). I was with Dixon and Slade—I saw Johnson go and stand on the right of the lady and place her left hand in the lady's dress pocket—she had a bag on her right arm—the men were standing behind Johnson, covering her actions at the first attempt—we followed them towards Keyser's Hotel, and saw Johnson put her hands in another lady's pocket—the men were covering her actions, but we saw nothing come out—I was near anough to take hold of it if it had—the prosecutrix was standing in the doorway of the Black Friar public-house as the show was going by—she had two little girls with her—no other woman was near—the male prisoners were standing in front, Thompson on the left, and Bray on the right—as Johnson withdrew her hand from the prosecutrix's pocket, someone from behind shoved me, and I heard Johnson say as she moved away, "Off!"—I then spoke to the prosecutrix, and in consequence of what she said to me I took hold of Bray—the prosecutrix also took hold of Bray and handed him over to Slade—Thompson and Johnson had gone on towards Water Lane—
—I got behind them and heard Johnson say to Thompson, "That was nicely done"—I took hold of Johnson—Dixon came up and took her from me, and I went after Thompson—I took hold of him—he became very violent—I was obliged to put him on the ground—I told him I was a police officer, and that he would be charged, with two other persons with stealing a purse—he replied, "I do not know the woman," meaning Johnson—I then saw Bray struggling with Slade on the ground and heard police whistles blowing—Slade was whistling for assistance—I handed Johnson over to a gentleman who was kind enough to take her to the station—I afterwards went to the station with the prosecutrix—there was a crowd, but not so large as usual—the prisoners had ample opportunity to pass away the purse.
Cross-examined by Bray. I did not knock you down—you never fell while I was there.
Cross-examined by Thompson. I saw two attempts to pick ladies' pockets—there was no crowd where you were, in the doorway of the public-house—I did not lay hold of Johnson's hand because someone from behind pulled me round—you and Johnson were three to four yards off when I spoke to the prosecutrix—Johnson was nearer to me and the prosecutrix—I waited till I saw something more than an attempt—I did not hold your hands up, nor say if you dared to move I would kick your inside out—other policemen came up after the alarm was given.
By the JURY. I saw Johnson's hand below her cloak—I was in the public-house, standing behind them—the door was open.
Cross-examined by Bray. You threw me to the ground, and came down with me.
Cross-examined by Thompson. I did not see the woman's hand in the lady's pocket plainly—I was behind them—there was not a great crowd—there were other females and males as well.
ALICE HANNA . I live at Walthamstow—I am married—I came with my two nieces to see the Lord Mayor's Show—one is 13, the other 17 years of age—we located ourselves at a public-house door in Queen Victoria Street—I had 3s. 6d. and some coppers and three railway tickets safe in my purse in my pocket—I had my hand on my pocket until my little niece cried, when I put her in a place to stand still by my side—an officer spoke to me, and I put my hand in my pocket and found my purse was gone, with my money and railway tickets, which were in it—I have not seen them since.
Cross-examined by Thompson. There was a large crowd, but not where I was standing; they were pushing past—there were females; that prisoner on one side of me, and you on the other.
Cross-examined by Johnson. I particularly noticed you—Bray said that I said that I had never seen you before, but I told him I did not say such a thing.
Bray, in his defence, said that he went to see the show, that he never saw the prosecutrix, and knew nothing about it.
Thompson, in his defence, said that he only had 4 1/2d. on him, and knew nothing about it; that there was a great crowd, and the police had put the charge into the prosecutrix's head.
GUILTY . They then PLEADED GUILTY to a previous conviction; Bray at this court, in November, 1881, in the name of John Withers, and four other convictions were proved against him, including two terms of ten and one of four years' penal servitude; Thompson at this court in January, 1898, in the name of Thomas Baker, and five other convictions, were proved against him, and Johnson at the South London Sessions in December, 1897; six other convictions were proved against her. - Five years penal servitude each .
Before Mr. Recorder.
MR. PERRON Prosecuted.
EMANUEL FRITSCH . I am a cabinet-maker, of 45, Fitzroy Street—on October 27th, about 9 p.m., I was in the King's Head public-house, Tottenham Court Road, drinking with the prisoners and two other men—I left, and walked up Warren Street with the two prisoners and one who is not here—Guildford struck me on my mouth and knocked me down, and they took my money from my pocket—I was sober—I am sure the prisoners are two of the men—I saw them again at the Police station—I lost my watch chain.
Cross-examined by Guildford. I left you two in the public-house about 8 o'clock—I went out alone—I was not drunk—you hit me on my face—you were at my pocket, and the other one.
By the COURT. This is my chain (Produced)—my watch remained in my pocket.
FRANK MCGOLDRICK . I am 16 years old, and live in Warren Street—on October 27th, between 9 and 10 o'clock, I was in Warren Street with two or three more, and saw the prosecutor on the ground, and the prisoners get up and went to the Feathers—the prosecutor went after them, and they hit him on his mouth and flung him on the ground—Wall came up in plain clothes, and they were taken to the station.
Cross-examined by Guildford. You did not take anything from him, but you made the attempt—you got hold of him by the back of his neck—you walked away—I am quite sure that I saw you.
Cross-examined by Capel. I saw you holding him by the back of his neck.
By the COURT. I saw a third man, but he took no part in it; he wore a long black coat; he got away.
ALBERT RAMSEY . I am 16 years old—on October 27th I was with McGoldrick in Warren Street—a little girl came running up and said, "There is a fight up there"—we ran and saw the prosecutor on the ground and the prisoners standing over him; he got up and caught one of them by the neck—a constable came up and took them to the station.
Cross-examined by Guildford. I saw you try to take something from
him; he got hold of your collar, and you turned round and struck him—another chap was there, but he got away.
WILLIAM THORN . I am 14 years old, and live in Warren Street—on October 27th I was in Warren Street, and saw the prosecutor walkin and the two prisoners following him; they knocked him down, and stood over him; when they got further on they smacked him on his mouth—I ran for a constable, who got hold of them.
Cross-examined by Guildford. I did not see you take anything from him, or try to.
WILLIAM WALL (329D). I was in Warren Street, in plain clothes, and saw the two prisoners and a man not in custody, bending over the prosecutor—I was 50 or 60 yards off—the prosecutor got up and caught hold of Guildford by the back of his neck, and Guildford knocked him down—I took Guildford, and the prosecutor charged him—the prosecutor was drunk.
Cross-examined by Guildford. I do not always arrest a man who is on the ground; he may be in a fit—I was not drunk—you were charged with stealing a watchchain—the prosecutor's pocket was hanging out—he showed his mouth to the inspector, and you were charged with robbery with violence.
Guildford's defence: The prosecutor was in the publichouse with an oldish man and a female I upset her ale, and apologised and offered to get her another. He came back with another man three-quarters of an hour afterwards, and we went to the Feathers. The prosecutor was very drunk; when the inspector asked him what the charge was he said, "I don't know; I consider I was justified in striking him, but I did not attempt to rob him. He was asked if he had lost anything and" said "No."
GUILTY . They then PLEADED GUILTY to previous convictions; Guildford, at this Court on May 8th, 1899, as William Kilford; and Capel at Clerkenwell on April 19th, 1900, as James Blackwell. Capel received a good character, but three other convictions were proved against him. GUILDFORD— Twelve months' hard labour. CAPEL— Eight months' hard labour.
39. CHARLES FULLER PLEADED GUILTY to embezzling £6 16s., £6, and £2 2s. 8d., also £10, £8 13s., and £19 16s., of Haig and Haig, Limited, his masters. The prisoner had made complete restitution of the amount.— Four days' imprisonment.
—No evidence was offered.
NOT GUILTY .
41. RICHARD EDWARD KING (46) , Embezzling £1 13s. 5d. and other sums of Hewson Graham Kent, his master. The prisoner having stated in the hearing of the JURY that he was guilty, they found that verdict. He received a good character. — Judgment respited.
GUILTY .— Five years' penal servitude.
THIRD COURT.—Thursday, November 22nd, 1900.
Before Mr. Common Serjeant.
43. SHERIF BEN HADJ KHALIL (27), JENAH BEN SALEH (20), and ISMAIL BEN ABDULLAH (23) were again indicted (see page 21) for stealing two 20 franc pieces of the Republic of France, and within six months £3, belonging to Ernest Cook and others.
MR. THOMPSON Prosecuted.
CHARLES EDWARD HOLDGATE . I am cashier to Ernest Cook, trading as Thomas Cook & Son, tourists' agents, at their branch, 89, Gracechurch Street—on October 26th the prisoners came about 11 a.m.—Saleh spoke for them all in broken English and signs—they asked for foreign coins for earrings—I showed them French gold coins, first one or two—they said "More, more!"—I spread a whole heap out on the counter, Belgian, French, Greek, and Russian—afterwards I showed them German coins—Khalil and Saleh said they did not want those—Abdullah said he would have two 20-fr. pieces, French—I put them on one side on the counter—they pat a pencil and their fingers through the bars, and kept raking the coins towards then—Abdullah bought a 10-mark piece—he paid in English money—they still asked for more—I showed them American coins—they did not want them, they asked for French coins again—they were all grabbing the coins and talking at the same time, and all wanting different things—I was confused—they went out of the shop—I missed two 20-fr. pieces when I counted my money in the evening, and I found a 10-mark piece on the ground—there was one 10-mark piece missing from my money—while they were there a coin dropped on the floor on their side of the counter—I thought it was theirs—it was not one I sold them—I saw one of them put the one I sold in his pocket—the two 20-fr. pieces could not have been taken at any other time in the day.
Cross-examined by Khalil. The coin was found by the boy when I was engaged with another person, and the boy gave it to me.
Cross-examined by Saleh. You did not give me any gold or note.
Cross-examined by Abdullah. I showed you money because Saleh asked to see gold coins—you did not give me anything to change, but wanted to buy coins.
WILLIAM ROBERT PALMER . I am assistant cashier to Thomas Cook & Son, tourists' agents, at 82, Oxford Street—on October 26th, between 12 and 1 o'clock, the prisoners came in—Saleh presented a £5 note, and made signs that he wanted gold coins, for earrings—I showed them French, German, and English coins—I held them in my hand, and put my hand through the bars—they took them out of my hand and put them on the counter—they wanted others—I showed them German and English—one of them took one sovereign; only one, as far as I could see—he took one or two—I think it was Khalil—they made signs for more—I brought out more French coins—they talked among themselves as if they were quarrelling
—I asked if they spoke French—they said, "No, Arabic, Arabic"—they changed a note for five sovereigns—they went away, and I put the coins back—while in the shop they were clamouring and clawing for the coins, putting their fingers through the bars as far as they could—when I balanced my accounts that day I found I had lost three sovereigns and 10 fr.—there was no other time that day when I think coins can have been lost.
Cross-examined by Saleh. The note is stamped "Gerald Quin, Cope & Co."
By the JURY. I seldom miss anything at the end of the day—the biggest amount was £1—I have missed nothing since except a few pence—the lower rail is about 3 in. from the counter—from that the bars go upwards.
The prisoners repeated in substance their former defences.
GUILTY . The police stated they had traced the prisoners to 14. Little Haley Street, Commercial Road, where their wives were locked up while they went out; that Abdullah and Khalil were brothers who lived in one room with their wives and children, while Saleh slept with his wife downstairs; that their condition was deplorable, and that there were other cases against them of similar frauds.— Eighteen months' hard labour each.
MR. PARTRIDGE Prosecuted, and MESSRS. GEOGHEGAN and SANDS Defended
Baldasari; and the evidence was interpreted.
LUIGI FERANI . I live at 30, Manchester Road, East—I understand English a little—in March I let a second floor back room to the prisoner Baldasari—on September 27th the prisoner Morfini arrived with two portmanteaux, and the two prisoners occupied one room, in which the portmanteaux were till October 14th—on October 15th the police came, and I pointed out to them the room and the portmanteaux.
Cross-examined by MR. SANDS. I keep a boarding-house for Italians, and 10 or 12 live there—Baldasari was one—he went out with an ice-cream barrow—Morfini came as a stranger, but three years ago he had stayed there—Morfini had a friend named Joseppe to see him—he had a fair moustache—I only saw him go out twice—Baldasari came home about 9 p.m.—he went out as usual the morning the police came—I first knew that Morfini was in prison when the police arrested Baldasari.
Cross-examined. There were two single beds in the room—no one but the prisoners used the room—Morfini did a little shoemakers' work in the house.
ADA SKEELS . I assist my parents in a shop at 85, Glengall Road, Millwall—we keep open all day on Sundays—on Sunday, October 14th, about 8.20 a.m., Baldasari came in for a pennyworth of walnuts—he gave me a penny—he walked away a little distance, and came back and bought another pennyworth of walnuts—he gave me a florin—I gave him 1s. 11d. change—I put the florin in my pocket with two others—I afterwards found one of them was bad—there was another man with him; a shorter man—
on October 23rd I picked Baldasari out from 15 or 16 people in the prison yard at Thames Police-court at once.
Cross-examined by MR. SANDS. I took the other two florins the same evening—the man who came in was shaved—I gave the florin to the police the next day—Morfini was one of those I saw in the police yard.
Re-examined. The coin Baldasari gave me was newer-looking than the others, so I took notice of it—our shop is about 20 minutes' walk from Manchester Road, where Baldasari lives—I handed the coin to Laming.
ELIZABETH CLARK . I am married, and keep a shop at East Ferry Road, Poplar—on Sunday, October 14th, Baldasari came in about 8 o'clock for a pennyworth of chocolate—he offered a florin—I sounded it, and thought it was good—after he went I showed it to my husband—we tested it, and found it bad—I went out for the man, but could not find him—on October 23rd the detective fetched me to Arbour Square, and picked out Baldasari quite easily from 15 or 16—I am sure he is the same man.
Cross-examined by MR. SANDS. I do not think he had a beard then (Baldasari had a beard)—I could not describe him—the policeman told me it was a foreigner they had apprehended—my shop is two or three minutes' walk from Skeels' shop, and about 10 minutes walk from 30, Manchester Road.
HENRY EDWARD SAXTON . I am licensee of the Highlander beer-house, Tooke Street, Millwall—on Sunday, October 14th, the prisoners came in about 8.30 p.m.—Baldasari asked for two glasses of beer—I served them, and he tendered me this florin—I took it to the till and bent it—I returned it to him, and said, "This 2s. piece is a bad one"—he immediately paid for the beer with a good half-crown, and put the florin in his pocket—I said, "Where did you get it from?"—he said, "Ice-cream to-day"—the prisoners drank their beer and went hurriedly out—I followed them a short distance, hoping to see a constable, but being short-handed and having my coat off, I returned home—I heard the next morning, about 11 o'clock, a man had been arrested for the same sort of thing, and I identified Morfini from 20 or 30 men at the Thames Police-court—I went with Detective Burton to Manchester Road—in a room at the back of the shop I saw Baldasari with seven or eight other Italians—I identified him at once, and told Burton so—he was taken to the station.
Cross-examined by MR. SANDS. Baldasari spoke a little English; enough for me to know that the prisoners wanted two glasses—my place is nearly a mile from 30, Manchester Road—you could pass Jaye's stall in the West Ferry Road, but you can go another way; that is the main road.
1s. 10 1/2 d. change—I looked at the coin, found it was bad, and went after him—when I came up to him I said, "You have given me a bad 2s.bit; have you any more on you?"—he made no answer, but took it back, and gave me a half-crown in the street, and ran away—I told Police-sergeant Burton—on October 23 rd I was taken to Arbour Square Police-court, and recognised him at once among a lot of men.
Cross-examined by MR. SANDS. I had heard that two foreigners were arrested—the man had no beard—he spoke English pretty fair.
Re-examined. He had a moustache—he did not wait for the 6d. change for the half-crown.
SARAH JAYE . I help to keep a fruit stall in West Ferry Road—on Sunday, October 14th, about 9 or 9.30 p.m., Morfini came for two 1 1/2 d. pears—he gave me a half-crown, which I took into the public-house—I laid it on the counter, and Digby, a 'busman, gave me change—I went out and gave it to Morfini, who walked away—Digby came out and told me to fetch the man back, as it was bad—I ran after Morfini and caught him on the Millwall Dock Bridge with Baldasari—I said, "You have given me a bad half-crown; give me the change back"—they were walking together—they stopped—Morfini wanted to go away, but I caught hold of his coat—a young woman was passing, and I asked her to fetch a policeman—at the same time a policeman came across the road and asked what he had done—I said, "He has given me a bad half-crown"—the policeman arrested him—Baldasari walked away pretty sharp—I knew Baldasari before, when he kept a shop, before he had an ice-cream barrow—I have bought ice-cream from him—I saw Morfini at the Police-station, and charged him with giving me a bad half-crown—I identified Baldasari on October 16th at the Police-court yard from 26 to 30 others as the man who was with Morfini that night.
Cross-examined by MR. SANDS. I saw Baldasari two or three minutes after I went after Morfini—Baldasari walked away before the policeman came up—Morfini did not give me back the change.
WILLIAM DIGBY . I am a licensed omnibus driver—on Sunday, October 14th, I was in a public-house when Jaye gave me this half-crown—I gave her the change, then found it was bad—I went with her about 100 yards, and saw only one foreigner—that was Morfini—I handed the half-crown to the police—I know this is the half-crown because of my teeth marks.
JAMES COX (60KR). I was on the Millwall Dock Bridge when Jaye, who keeps a stall, came up—I went after Morfini, and told him I should take him back for uttering counterfeit coin to the girl, who was keeping a stall—he said, "I no understand English"—I took him back, and afterward to the station—Peter George, an Italian, was fetched to the station, and interpreted the charge—I searched him in the Millwall police-box—I found a bad 2s. piece in his right-hand trousers packet, which was afterwards identified by Saxton—I also found in good money four single shillings and 11 pence bronze.
GEORGE BURTON (Police Sergeant, K). Mr. Saxton complained to me at the Police-court on the morning of October 15th—I went with him to 30, Manchester Street—in the back room on the ground floor he pointed out Baldasari among seven or eight other foreigners—I told him I was a police
officer, and should take him into custody for uttering a 2s. piece to Mr. Saxton in concert with Lorenzo—he said, "If me go for walk me don't know what he do"—I took him to a back room on the second floor which was pointed out by Ferrani, who when I asked pointed out Lorenzo's bed and his property, two portmanteaux, under it—there were two single beds in the room—in the portmanteau which was open was a small key which opened the second portmanteau—in that I found 37 false half-crowns and 43 false 2s. pieces tied up in this handkerchief, and the other things produced, including silver and gold powder, metal, plaster of Paris—in a coat I found this file and a piece of white metal, tin—Baldasari was taken to the station and charged with beingin possession of these coins, with the other prisoner, and passing the 2s. piece—he said, "I know nothing," or words to that effect—on being searched I found on him £21 10s. in gold, £1 12s. in silver, and 9 1/2 d. in bronze, and five French coins—on October 16th Jaye in the Police-court identifie I Baldasari from about 30 men, same of them foreigners—he had not a beard then—there was a remand to the 23rd, when he was identified by Skeels, Mrs. Clark and Forge—Morfini was arrested on Sunday night, October 14th, charged on the Monday morning, and remanded eight days—Baldasari was remanded seven days—Saxton identified Morfini at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 15th.
Cross-examined by MR SANDS. A number of Italians have lived in the neighbourhood for the last four years—some work at the lead mills—I got to Baldnsari's about 11.30 a.m.—Morfini gave the address as 30, Manchester Street—I spoke to Baldasari in English—clothes were hanging up which were said to be Morfini's, or Lorenzo's as I knew him—their things were all over the room—there was a box of shoemaker's tools by the fireplace—every ice-cream vendor does a good trade.
Re-examined. Everything seemed to show that the room was occupied in common by the prisoners.
WILLIAM JOHN WEBSTER . I am Inspector of coin to Her Majesty's Mint—I have examined all these half-crowns and florins—they are bad—all the florins are from the same mould—I have seen 50 bad coins made from one mould, but not hundreds—the half-crowns are from the same mould—all these things, including the powders and the file, may be used in making bad money.
Morfini's statement before the Magistrate: "I had 200 fr. in French notes when I left Paris. I met a man, and he changed my money. All these coins were given me in exchange."
Morfini, in his defence on oath, said that he received the coins in Paris in exchange, and did not know they were bad.
Baldasari, in his defence on oath, said that he had nothing to do with Morfini except as a lodger, and did not look into his portmanteaux, and that the witnesses had made mistakes; that a man came to the house, who resembled him, that he did not pass bad money; that he could get a good living by selling ice-cream; that he was out from early morning till evening every day with his ice-cream barrow, and saw very little of Morfini, and on so short an—acquaintance could not tell whether or not he was an honest man; that on the day in question he went
out as usual, returned about 8.15 in the evening, and went to buy a newspaper.
SERGEANT BURTON stated that Baldasari had been expelled his country in 1802 for embezzlement, and that he had had fifteen days' imprisonment for filthy conduct.— Eighteen months' hard labour each.
OLD COURT.—Friday, November 23rd, 1900.
Before Mr. Recorder.
45. FRANCIS HENRY ATKINS, otherwise FRANK AUBREY (53) , and FREDERICK HOLMES CARLISLE (39) , Conspiring together to obtain by false pretences large sums of money from divers persons. Other Counts, charging Atkins with incurring a debt and liability of £75, be being an undischarged bankrupt.
MR. HORACE AVORY and MR. BODKIN Prosecuted; MR. ROUTH appeared for Atkins, and MR CHARLES MATHEWS for Carlisle.
During the progress of the case the prisoners withdrew their pleas, and Atkins PLEADED GUILTY to all the Counts with the exception of Nos. 5, 9 and 13. Carlisle PLEADED GUILTY to Counts 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 and 15. The JURY therefore returned a verdict to that effect. ATKINS— Nine months' hard labour. CARLISLE— Six months in the second division.
MR. DRUMMOND Prosecuted.
WALTER LETTS . I live at 70, Shrubbery Road, West Green, Tottenham—between 12.30 and 1 a.m. on November 10th I was in Brick Lane—I have not been in London many weeks—I was not drunk—I knew what I was doing—I turned up Bethnal Green Road—I had gone about two dozen yards when someone came behind me and lifted my arms up, a hand went into my trousers pocket and took out my money and a key—I had about £1 9s.; I cannot say exactly—when I was released I turned round and saw a crowd of fellows, and Jones, the nearest to me, struck me a blow on my forehead and cut it open—the others were surrounding me—I fell, and someone kicked me on my back—I was in bed and under the doctor for two days after it—Gray was standing by the side of Jones—I saw him directly I turned round—after I had been kicked they all ran away—Jones and Gray ran one way, the others ran another—I caught Jones, and put my arms round his neck and clung to him, and called for help—a policeman came up, and took Gray—he was a few yards away when the policeman caught him—I am quite sure Jones is the man who struck me—that is why I followed him—my back is bad now—I was partially stunned by the blow on the forehead—my face has got into this state through blood poisoning caused by a cut on my lip, which I got in falling.
Cross-examined by Jones. I was not intoxicated—you were endeavouring to get away when I caught you.
Re-examined. I had to run to catch Jones.
1 a.m., I was on duty in Brick Lane—I heard a cry of "Police!" and saw seven or eight men rush across the road about 40 or 50 yards from me—I ran towards them—on nearing them I heard someone say, "Copper," then I heard a voice say, "Down the f—"—one of the men ran away, then I saw a blow struck and a man fall; the rest ran towards me—Gray was running away—I clutched him—he ducked, and I missed him—I put my leg out, and he fell in the road; I fell on top of him—I do not identify Jones—I got up and pulled Gray up—I Heard a shout round the corner, and the prosecutor said, "They are all round the corner"—before I got round the corner I heard a voice say, "Here is the one who struck me"—when I got round the corner I found the prosecutor holding Jones; the prosecutor was bleeding from his nose and mouth—he said, "This is the man who struck me. I have been robbed of my money and struck in the face"—he appeared to be dazed—I took the prisoners to the station, where the prosecutor identified Gray as one of his assailants—they were charged—Jones said, "I am innocent of it; I never saw that man in my life before," pointing to Gray—Gray said, "It is right; I ran away, but it was to get away from the crowd."
Cross-examined by Jones. You came quietly to the station—I did not say to the prosecutor that he had had too much Lord Mayor's Day.
Jones' defence: I am absolutely innocent, and I never saw the man before, or assaulted him.
Gray's defence: I have never been in a Police-station before—I have never been in trouble before in my life, and I am innocent of this crime.
Gray received a good character.—NOT GUILTY. JONES— GUILTY .— Eighteen months' Hard labour.
NEW COURT.—Friday, November 23rd, 1900.
Before Mr. Common Serjeant.
MESSRS. BODKIN and BOYD Prosecuted.
FREDERICK PLATT . I live at 27, Oakum Street, Chelsea, and am a carman—on September 27th, at 11.30 p.m., I was with my cousin, Peter John Platt, going home to Oakum Street—when we reached Pond Place Charles Key came up behind and struck me on the head with the buckle of his belt—I fell and rolled in the gutter—I was insensible for a time, and was taken to the hospital, where I remained about three weeks.
Cross-examined by Key. I did not say to my cousin, "Here's Nobby" before you struck me.
PETER JOHN PLATT . I am a greengrocer, of 38, Blenheim Street—I am a cousin of the last witness—I went home with him at 11.30 on September 27th—in Pond Place we met three boys; the prisoners Key and Proud and another, Abberley—the prisoners came up behind us—Key struck my cousin on the head with a belt like this (Produced) with the buckle end—the other part was strapped round his wrist—my cousin was
knocked down, and the boys then hit me on the back with the belt, and I fell—all the boys were using belts similar to the one produced, and they all three struck me—as I lay on the ground I groaned, and Abberley said, "Come away; he is dying"—the belt produced had belonged to me—on Monday, September 24th, we had been fighting with the prisoner Proud, who took the belt away from me—no one struck me when on the ground, but Abberley kicked me in the face.
By the COURT. I had been fighting with these men before, when eight of them came up to me in the King's Road, when I was with only two others, outside Lewis's Club—I did try to use the belt, but Proud took it away—I did not with other boys threaten the prisoner Proud between the 24th and the 27th.
Cross-examined by Key. When I charged you I said that you struck me on the shoulder—I did not say that I would murder you—I did not insult you on Sunday, 23rd, when you were with a girl.
By the COURT. The prisoners belong to a gang known as the Manor Street boys, and I belong to the Oakum Street boys—up to the end of September those bands assaulted one another whenever they could with advantage in point of numbers—this had only been going on for a fortnight before the end of September.
ARTHUR MORLEY , M.R.C.S. I am house surgeon at St. George's Hospital—between 11 and 12 on September 27th Frederick Platt was brought to the hospital—he had a small wound, about 3/4 in. long, at the base of the skull, near the middle line—it was necessary to trepan, and I assisted in the operation—the inner part of the skull was depressed and pressing on the membrane of the brain—there was no immediate danger, but danger from after troubles—so far as I can see, he has now completely recovered, with the exception of the scar—he was detained from September 27th to October 17th—the belt produced is a likely weapon to have caused the wound rather than a stick—it would require to be used with considerable force to have done so.
JOHN RICHARDSON (Detective Sergeant, B.) About 9 p.m. on September 29th I saw Proud in King's Road—I said, "Is your name Proud?"—he said, "Yes"—I said, "I shall arrest you for being concerned with two others in violently assaulting Frederick Plait, now in St. George's Hospital, by striking him on the head last Thursday with the buckle end of a belt"—he said, "I never struck the blow, but I will go quietly"—on the way to the station he said, "I had a fight with Peter Platt; I will show you a letter the boys sent me from the 'Bay,' meaning Oakum Street—at the station I took a belt with a metal buckle from his waist—he said, "That belt I took from Peter Platt when we were fighting last Monday, but I never struck Shallow"—I said, "Who is Shallow?"—he said, "The man who is in hospital"—he then handed me this belt"—he was detained—when the charge was read over he said, "I never struck Shallow at all, but I struck his cousin, Peter Platt. Nobby," meaning Key, "gave the knock-down blow"—(The letter was a challenge from the boys to the "Bay" boys and the "Sands End" boys to come down and fight).
"I know all about it; I struck him on the head twice with a stick"—on the way to the station he said, "It is all through a girl"—at the station he repeated that he had struck him only with a stick—Peter Platt was at the station when Key was charged, who said, in reply to a remark of Platt's, "You know I did it, because you cut my head open at Manor Gardens; I have the scar on my head now."
Proud, in his statement before the Magistrate, said that he struck Platt in King's Road in self-defence; that on September 24th Peter Platt and eight other boys came up to him, and Peter hit him with the belt produced, which he took away, and that he had been threatened every night for a week previous by boys of the prosecutor's gang.
Key, in his statement before the Magistrate, said that he had been struck on the head with a large stone by one of the prosecutor's gang, and that they had threatened his life.
Proud's defence: The prosecutor's gang has been the cause of my father committing suicide. I only struck Platt in self-defence.
GUILTY of riot and maliciously wounding. —Proud had been previously convicted of a violent assault with a belt, and Key of larceny and assault. PROUD— Six months' hard labour. KEY— Nine months' hard labour.
Before Mr. Common Serjeant.
48. ALBERT GEORGE PAGE (20) and JOSEPH STOREY (20) PLEADED GUILTY to stealing 30 live tame pigeons, two rabbits and two ducks, the property of John Chandler; Storey having been convicted in March, 1900. Four other convictions were proved against him. STOREY— Twelve months' hard labour. Two previous convictions were proved against PAGE— Nine months' hard labour.
MR. METCALFE Prosecuted, and MR. WATT Defended Herbert.
JOHN HUNT SANSON . I carry on a hatter's business in conjunction with my brother at No. 9, St. James's Street, Walthamstow, and at No. 21 a hosier's business on my account—at the time these robberies were detected my son was one assistant at No. 21, and Walter Moffat another—Gomersall assisted me during the busy time on Saturday evenings—my brother Arthur assisted me in the hosiery shop for some time—he did not serve in the hatter's shop; there was a paid assistant there—my brother had no right to dispose of property in the hosier's shop—I have known Herbert about two years as proprietor of a tobacconist's shop in the neighbourhood—he came into my shop every day, but not to purchase goods—the first intimation I had of these goods being missing was through Mr. Coombs—in consequence of his communication I went to the police—on October 13th I went with Detective Sergeant Dixon and gave Herbert into custody—this shirt and
cap (Produced) are my property—my name has been obliterated from the cap, but it can be traced if you hold it up to the light—on going with Dixon to Herbert's bedroom, I saw a number of articles which the officer produced from Herbert's drawer, and which I identified—I cannot say that the whole of the articles in the bundle produced are mine, but several of them are—I did not give any authority to either of the prisoners to take these goods away from my shop.
Cross-examined by MR. WATT. I keep hats and umbrellas at No. 9, also some rugs and waterproofs—I once left Herbert in charge of the shop for a few minutes—he came in every day for a few minutes' conversation—I cannot say that I should have seen if he had then taken anything—I had included an umbrella in the charge, but my brother thinks now that he lent it, but I still think that he was guilty of stealing it—£4 is the retail value of the goods—those not marked with my name are, I am sure, mine—the caps I bought as a job lot, and I should recognise them anywhere—I will not say that you could not buy the same things anywhere else, but I am my own buyer, and I recognise my own goods—I identify this pair of gloves for the same reason, and I know the shape—I bought them from the manufacturer—some time ago I discharged my brother because my son was old enough to take his place—my reason for doing so was not altogether on account of irregularities—I had heard that he had borrowed money from Herbert—my brother might have disposed of some of the goods, but I cannot say whether that is so or not—when the detective found these goods in Herbert's room Herbert did not say anything.
Re-examined. I was present the whole time when these goods were found—Herbert did not say that they were not my goods, or that if they were they had been paid for.
WALLACE COOMBS . I am assistant to a tobacconist, Mr. Pedler, 11, St. James's Street, Walthamstow—I knew Herbert before October 6th—he came to me while I was alone serving—he had with him the cap produced—the name was obliterated with ink—on examining closely you can see the name underneath—he asked if I wished to buy a cap—I said that I did not—he said, "It will only cost a shilling"—he told me he had bought a stock up, and also had some shirts, collars, and ties at his house in Wildash Road—I did not buy the cap then, but I did afterwards—seeing the name' on it, I communicated with Mr. Sanson's manager at No. 9, who said that the usual price would be 2s. 6d.—I saw Herbert again on the 8th, when I asked him for the cap—he went out and fetched it—I asked him how he got it—he said Mr. Arthur Sanson owed him money, and he had to take a cap and other things now and then to get the money back—he told me not to tell Mr. Harding, Mr. Sanson's manager, anything of this—on the 8th I gave the cap to Mr. Harding, and subsequently acted under the instructions of Sergeant Dixon—I asked Herbert to bring some shirts—he said he would—on the 13th he brought one, the only one, he said, he had to fit me—he asked me 2s. 6d. for this, and said the money would do any time—he said again, "Do not let Mr. Harding know; keep the game quiet."
Cross-examined by MR. WATT. Those were the first things he asked me to buy—I did not call his attention to the name on the cap, and did not ask
him for an explanation—I did not ask him why he did not wish me to mention this to Mr. Harding.
ARTHUR CHARLES SANSON . I live at 9, St. James's Street, Walthamstow—I am in partnership with my brother there—on October 6th I served in my brother's shop, No. 21—I borrowed £2 10s. from Herbert, but I never authorised him to take away stock from my brother's shop—I did not know that anything had been taken.
Cross-examined. I had borrowed money from Herbert on previous occasions for my own private purposes—I am still a partner in the hat business—I left the hosier's shop by mutual agreement, not because of any irregularity—I never heard of Mr. Griffiths of Barking Road until I was waiting outside this Court—I never sold any goods in this shop except over the counter—Herbert charged me no interest for the money I borrowed—I have not paid the money back, but I could have done so if I had been pressed.
LOUIS WILLIAM SANSON . I am the son of John Hunt Sanson, and am a shop assistant at 21, St. James's Street, where I live—I am 14 years of age—on a Thursday in September, Gomersall called at the shop; I cannot fix the date, but it was about two or three months ago—he was with Herbert—he did not buy anything—my uncle and Herbert were there, but they went out, leaving Gomersall alone with me—he was standing behind the counter with me near the glove stock—he brought out some boxes of gloves, and I saw his hand go to his pocket—I stooped down and saw a pair of gloves go into his pocket, light tan kid gloves, similar to those in the box he was looking at, and similar to those now produced—when he went away I noticed two pairs of gloves sticking out of his pocket—I mentioned this to my uncle—when Gomersall returned my uncle asked him if he had stolen the gloves—he said, "No," and gave me his coat to search—I did not find any gloves.
ALFRED DIXON (Detective Sergeant, N). On October 13th, in company with Detective Lee and the prosecutor, I went to 31, Markhouse Road, a tobacconist's shop, kept by Herbert—he was standing in the shop—I produced a shirt and cap I had received from Harding—in answer to me he said that his name was Herbert—I told him I was a police officer, and should take him into custody for stealing the shirt and cap—he said, "All right"—I said, "I am going to search the place"—he said, "All right"—I told him he could be present—he said, "Very well"—in the second drawer of a chest of drawers in the back bedroom upstairs I found the property produced, with the exception of the shirts, which I found in a cheffonier drawer in the front bedroom—the prosecutor identified them all—Herbert made no answer—I took him to the station, and charged him—he made no reply—on the 15th, when he had been remanded, and was going back to the cells, he said, "Gomersall gave me those things."
Cross-examined. When I told him I was going to take him into custody he added, "I did not steal them"—the drawers were not locked in which the things were.
Re-examined. He did not say that he had bought them from Gomersall, but that Gomersall had given them to him.
JOHN LEE (Detective, N). On October 15th I went to High Street, Walthamstow, and saw Gomersall—I told him I should take him into custody for being concerned with Herbert in stealing a quantity of hosiery, etc.—he said, "I know all about it; I took those things in lieu of wages from J.H. Griffiths, 167, Barking Road; I sold them to Herbert, as I wanted money, not goods; Mr. Arthur Sanson is a witness to that; I knew I should be brought into this"—I went to 167, Barking Road, but failed to find Mr. Griffiths.
Herbert, in his defence, stated, on oath, that he has been proprietor of his shop in Markhouse Road for seven years; that he became acquainted with Gomersall through Arthur Sanson, who was indebted to him; that there had been previous similar transactions between them, and that he, advanced Sanson this £2 10s. to get him out of a difficulty; that he had bought goods from Gomersall on two or three occasions, but could not give the dates; that the principal parts of the goods he so bought were the subject of the present charge, for which he paid Gomersall £A 17s. 6d., which he considered more than the wholesale price; that Gomersall told him that he had them from Mr. Griffiths, of Barking Road, in lieu of wages; that although he had been out on bail, he had been unable to trace Griffiths; that he remembered selling Coombs a cap, but did not say that he had it from Sanson's; that he afterwards told the detective that he had purchased the goods from Gomersall, and that he had taken no invoice or receipt from Gomersall.
HERBERT was then further charged with a previous conviction of felony, to which he PLEADED NOT GUILTY.
THOMAS HUDSON (Police Sergeant). On March 24th, 1893, Herbert was convicted at Reading Police-court on two charges of stealing cigars—he was sentenced to a month's imprisonment on each charge, to run consecutively—I do not know anything about him since that time—on this occasion I arrested him on suspicion—he was carrying two boxes of cigars under each arm—I searched his premises, and found three more boxes of cigars, which were afterwards identified as stolen—he is a native of Reading, and was for a number of years clerk in the Central Post Office, but gave way to intemperance and lost his appointment—after his conviction he left Reading, and I have not seen him until I did so outside this Court.
GUILTY.—GOMERSALL— Nine months hard labour. HERBERT— Eighteen months' hard labour.
The COURT awarded 40s. to the witness Coombs.
Before Mr. Common Serjeant.
MR. HARRISON Prosecuted.
Chelsea, when the prisoner was married to James Henry Carter—she is my husband's sister.
HERBERT CARTER . I am a groom—I live at 1, Charles Mews, Chilworth Street, Paddington—James Henry Carter is my step-brother and the prisoner's husband—I last saw him alive eight weeks ago at Cricklewood.
GEORGE HENRY BOSTON . I am a labourer, and lived at Plumstead—on September 3rd, 1898, I went through the form of marriage with the prisoner at the Woolwich Registry Office—I had known her some few months before that—she told me she left her husband, who had since died from a kick of a horse, as she had been told, and as she believed—I am the prosecutor—I found out that she was still married about three weeks back, when a man called and gave me the information.
WESLEY EDWARDS (Sergeant R, 76). On November 1st I arrested the prisoner—I charged her—she said, "I have committed no bigamy; I honestly believed my husband was dead, and I believe it now. I told you so yesterday, George," addressing Boston.
ALBERT JONES . I live at 37, Chargeable Street, Canning Town—I am an engine driver—I last saw the prisoner's husband, James Henry Carter, 12 months ago lost October—I have been keeping their child for between 10 and 11 years—it was nine months old when I took it, and it is 11 on the 30th of this month—I remember meeting the prisoner a fortnight before Easter in 1895, when I told her that her husband, Harry, was still living—she laughed—I told her it was not a laughing matter, and that I had seen Harry—I had seen him about seven weeks before—I always knew where to find him, at his father's house, Praed Street, Paddington—the prisoner knew that—he lived there before I knew the prisoner—I have known him between 10 and 11 years—Carter's father was living in Praed Street at the time they gave me the child to take care of—he is still living there.
Prisoner's defence: I am sorry. I did not know I was doing wrong. I believed my husband was dead, and I believe it now. I did not know I was guilty. I went to service, and this husband has been good to me till the news came, and it has almost killed me too.
ALBERT JONES (Re-examined). The prisoner did tell me that she knew he was dead—I said so before the Magistrate, and then I said, "You know very well he is not, and you can always find him at your father-in-law's"—I only answered the questions asked me—when she said, "I know he is dead," I told her he was still alive, and that she knew he was still alive, and where she could find him if she wanted—I did not say where, because she knew—I told her she could find Harry at his father's house more than once—I did not say how long before I had seen him—I told her I had seen him a few weeks ago—I do not think I said that before the Magistrate—she was away from her husband when I took the child.
GUILTY .— Two days' imprisonment.
Before Mr. Recorder.
WILLIAM CORFMAT I am a labourer, of 37, Haynes Street, Deptford—on the night of October 9th I was outside the City Arms, Deptford—I was sober—the prisoner was there; he had had some drink—he demanded a penny of me—I sail that I had not got one—he struck me, and I struck him back, and we had four rounds—he pulled out an open knife from his pocket and struck me twice—I was taken to the hospital, and was an outpatient for three weeks.
Cross-examined by the prisoner. You also had a row with Tree; you demanded money of other persons—I did not put my foot out, nor did you stumble over it—I did not knock you down—you said, "I will have another round with you," and rushed up with the knife in your hand, and the people shouted out, "Bill, he has got a knife"—the fight took place about 8 o'clock, but you ran away, and no one could find you—I wanted somebody to wash me; my shirt was full of blood.
JOHN FRASER . I am a labourer, of 1, Lowndes Street, Deptford—on October 9th I was outside the City Arms, and saw the prisoner and prosecutor—the prisoner said to me, "Who are you?"—I said, "I am as good as you, perhaps better"—he wanted me to tight—I said, "I will go inside first and have a drink," and just before I went in I heard him ask the prosecutor for a penny, and heard a scrimmage, and saw the prisoner take something out of his pocket and strike Corfmat on his head, but I did not see what it was—I saw him bleeding from his head—the prisoner said, "God forbid that I should do such a thing"—Corfmat was covered with blood.
WILLIAM LATHAM (528R). On October 9th Corfmat came to me at High Street, Deptford; he had a bandage round his head, and was bleeding—he pointed out the prisoner to me—I took him to the station, and Corfmat came and charged him—he said, "You have made a mistake this time, governor"—nothing was found on him.
CECIL H. ELMES . I am house-surgeon at the Miller Hospital, Greenwich—Corfmat came there bleeding profusely from two lacerated wounds, one on the crown, and the other lower, semi-lunar and deep—he had lost a good deal of blood; one wound was 2 1/2 in. deep, going down to the bone—he said that it was caused by a fall—I said, "I don't believe it"—it could not have been caused by a ring—the dirt on the instrument caused suppuration—the blow must have been struck from the front, with the head down.
Cross-examined. The wound had gone wrong by having something septic or dirty on the instrument with which it was made—the front wound could not be done by a ring.
The prisoner, in his statement before the Magistrate, and in his defence, on oath, said that he was trying to pass Corfmat, who put out his foot, and threw him; that he got up, and they fought two or three rounds, and he gave Corfmat two or three blows, having a ring on with a stone in it, and that two hours afterwards he was taken in custody.
GUILTY of unlawfully wounding. He had been thirty-eight times convicted.— Eighteen months' hard labour.
Before Mr. Justice Darling.
MR. MUIR and MR. STEPHENSON Prosecuted, and MR. HOLDENSTEIN
The prisoner offered to PLEAD GUILTY to manslaughter, and the Prosecution assenting, the JURY returned that verdict. He received a good character.— One month in the second division.
MR. SANDS Prosecuted, and MR. HUTTON Defended.
During the progress of the case MR. JUSTICE DARLING directed the JURY to return a verdict of NOT GUILTY, as there was insufficient evidence.
Before Mr. Recorder.
54. ALFRED HENRY HANKINS (19) PLEADED GUILTY to stealings watch and chain from the person of Frederick John Dyer, having been convicted at Westminster on January 19th, 1899. Two other convictions were proved against him— Twelve months' hard labour.
Before Mr. Common Serjeant.
MESSRS. LEWIS and FITCH Prosecuted.
JOHN GREENBAUM . I live in Old Montagu Street, Whitechapel—on a Monday in June I was standing at my stall of fancy goods in the New Cut with my man assistant, Kraftchinski—the prisoner came up with another man in the afternoon—they said, "We want two studs off you"—I was frightened, and gave the prisoner two studs—they went away—in a few minutes they came back and said, "Jack, we want the best studs you have on your stall"—I said, "This is good enough; what I gave you before"—they called me "Jew" and different names—I gave them two other studs—they tapped me on the shoulder and said, "All right, old chap," and went away—at night, between 10 and 11, when I was packing up, they returned and said, "We want your money"—I said, "I cannot give you money; I can give you studs; that is good enough for you"—they said, "If you won't give money we will upset your stall, and we will kill you"—I think the other man spoke—the two were together—I said, "I cannot give you money; you will have to work if you want money"—with the other man, Tyndall, they took me by my muffler and knocked me against the barrow—my man started for a policeman, and tried to call the people out of the shop—the prisoner said to my man, "What do you want to call people out for?"—my man ran away and called a policeman—one man knocked me over, and the other made water in my mouth and over my face—the prisoner was standing while he had me down—he said, "Does he give you any money?"—the other man
answered, "No"—the prisoner struck me over my face and right ear, and blood came out—they ran away and left me—when I got up the other man came with a policeman—two months before, the prisoner came and said, "Jack, will you give me some money for a drink?"—it was a Monday—I said, "I cannot give you money," so he threw some articles on the ground and broke them.
Cross-examined by the prisoner. You knocked me on the shoulder every time you passed—you frightened my man from the door—I never told people the right man had been punished—you did not try to get the other man away.
SAMUEL KRAFTCHINSKI (Interpreted). I work for the last witness—I speak a little English—I was with him in the New Cut on a Monday—the prisoner and another man came in the evening and asked my governor for studs—he gave them one, and they went away—they came back and asked for a better one—he gave them studs, and they said, "Jack, we won't harm you anymore"—when the stall was being packed up they came back—I think it was about 9—they asked for money, and my governor objected—they said, "If you will not give no money we will beat you"—the other man took my governor by the handkerchief and brought him to the ground—the prisoner kneeled on my governor—I ran for a policeman—when the policeman came the prisoner was gone away.
Cross-examined. You asked for studs, and two months ago you struck my governor in the face—he gave you studs.
WILLIAM CARD (154L). About 11 p.m. on November 5th I saw the prisoner in Blackfriars Road, talking to a man outside a public-house—I went towards him to arrest him—he ran away; I gave chase, and arrested him—I told him I should take him into custody for being concerned with a man named Tyndall in an assault, with intent to rob—he made no reply—when charged he said, "It is a lot of falsehoods; I am getting blamed for what the other one done"—he was identified from a number of men by the prosecutor and the witness—I arrested the other man, Tyndall, on June 18th—(See Vol. CXXXII., p. 638)—I know the prisoner.
The prisoner's statement before the Magistrate: "I met Tyndall in the evening, and he asked me to treat him, and after refusing once I did treat him. I wanted to get away from him, and later Tyndall went up to the prosecutor, and asked for two studs, and said he was going to have two more, better ones. We went back and got two more. He was having a row with prosecutor, and I went back to save a bother, and got Tyndall away. I found them rowing. Prosecutor pushed him, and Tyndall hit him. I seized two lamps, which I took away from him. I went away. Presently Tyndall came after me and said, 'Run!' and I ran a little way, but stopped in the Cornwall Road, and went home. What prosecutor has said is untrue."
The prisoner repeated this statement in his defence.
GUILTY .— Three months' hard labour.
ADJOURNED TO MONDAY, DECEMER 10TH, 1900.