19th September 1864
Reference Numbert18640919-850
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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850. CAROLINE MILLS (30), was indicted for a like offence.

MR. COLERIDGE conducted the Prosecution. MARIA LINSELL. My brother, Mr. Luddington, is a hosier, of Southampton-row—on 27th August, the prisoner came in for a collar, which came to nine-pence—she gave me a florin—my brother cut a piece out of it, and gave it back to her—she put it in her basket, and gave me the collar back.

Prisoner. I never entered the shop.

Witness. I am confident of you.

JOSEPH LUDDINGTON . I saw the prisoner at my counter—I cut this florin (produced) and gave it back to her—she put it into her basket—I saw a pair of gloves there, and should say that this (produced) is one of them—she said she received the florin from her husband, and did not know it was bad.

Prisoner. I never was near your shop.

GRACE ALICE CROSSDALE . I live at 55, Great Ormond-street, Bloomsbury, I and am a milliner—on 25th July, the prisoner came for a spray of flowers, which came to 8 1/2d.—she gave me a florin—I gave her the change, and she left—I put it in my purse, where there was no other florin—next morning, I tendered it at Mr. Glades', in New Oxford-street, and it was returned to me as bad—I gave it to policeman E 115—the prisoner came again on 27th August for some ribbon, and offered me another florin for some ribbon—I said, "This is bad, and you have been here before. I shall not let you go till I have a policeman"—she said that she was a respectable woman; that her name was Stedge, and she lived in Great Ormond-yard—I let her go, and put the florin on the table—soon after she went out, Mrs. Carpenter came in, took it up, and went out—I went out and saw her talking to a waterman and the prisoner—I gave the prisoner in charge.

HARRIETT BROCK . I live with my parents in Great Marlborough-street—on 26th July the witness came to Glades' in New Oxford-street, where I act

as assistant, and gave me a florin in payment of an account—I passed it to the cashier, who returned it as bad, and I gave it to Miss Crossdale.

JANE BARRIFF . I was cashier to Mr. Glades in July—on 26th July the last witness brought me a florin with some silver to settle an account—there was only one florin, which was bad—I returned it to Miss Brock.

MARY MATILDA CARPENTER . I keep a shop for milliners at 55, Great Ormond-street—on 27th August I saw the prisoner going into the shop, and found a bad florin on the table—I took it up, and followed the prisoner—I lost sight of her in Bury-street, but afterwards saw her come out of a coffee-shop—I charged her with being at my shop five weeks previously, and also that evening, and passing a bad florin—she said that she had not—I gave it to a waterman—she gave her name, Mary Steed, and said that she lived in Great Ormond-yard—I saw the constable take this glove out of her basket at the station—it is the fellow to the one produced, which I afterwards found in my shop tightly rolled up—a florin rolled out of it, which I marked, and gave to the policeman—a piece was cut out of the edge of it.

Prisoner. I gave no name; I merely gave a reference.

ROBERT BOULTON . I am a waterman at Bury-place stand, Bloomsbury—on 27th August, Mrs. Carpenter came to me, and I watched a coffee-shop, and saw the prisoner come out—she was given in custody, and taken to the station—I marked the florin—this is it.

THEODORE REILLEV (Policeman, E 115). On Saturday evening, 27th August, Boulton brought the prisoner to the station—I received these two florins, and have kept them ever since—I also received this counterfeit coin from Miss Crossdale—I found this glove in the prisoner's basket, but afterwards gave it to her—it is similar to this other—I found 2s. 4d. in her basket—she gave her name, Caroline Mills, 9, Robertson-street, New-out, Lambeth.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These coins are all bad.

GUILTY .— Confined Twelve Months.

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