28th March 1887
Reference Numbert18870328-484
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude; Imprisonment > penal servitude

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484. THOMAS BENTLEY (64), HENRY CRANFIELD (21), and BENJAMIN JEWELL , Stealing 600 dozenpairs of gloves and seven cases, the goods of James Cundy and others. Second Count, receiving.

MESSRS. POLAND; MATHEWS, and SAUNDERS Prosecuted; MR. BESLEY appeared for Jewell, MESSRS. GEOGHEGAN and FOOKES for Cranfield, and MR. BURNIE For Bentley.

JAMES SADLER . I live at 89, Buckingham Road, South Road, Kingsland—I

am manager to Messrs. Dent, Allcroft, and Co.—James Cundy is a partner in the firm—about 27th December seven cases of gloves were packed under my supervision for shipment to Melbourne-there were about 600 dozen gloves specially made for the Australian market-these produced are part of the parcel—the wholesale price of these ladies' gloves are 17s. 3d. a dozen for the four-button gloves, and 21s. 3d. for the six-buttons.

Cross-examined by MR. BESLEY. They are packed with tissue paper between and around each pair, then some wax paper and some flannel round each dozen; about there dozen to a box—I saw the before they were packed—the boxes were marked—I have since seen them—the band containing half a dozen pairs is marked—we do not stamp the inside of the glove—this band is confined to a special customer—there are different bands and sizes—one band is marked "Ingomar"—three different houses were intended to receive the consignments.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE. There is no mark on the individual glove—the clasp on the men's gloves has a name—I am acquainted with the shipping trade specially, but with the Landon trade—these gloves are not usually sold in London.

Re-examined. Our customers in Melbourne are Messrs. Beath, Schiess, and Co., and L. Stevenson and Sons—those are identified by a band made specially and registered.

ALFRED HANDLEY . I live at 7, Hart Terrance, Highgate—I am first salesman to Dent, Allcroft, and Co.—at the end of December seven cases of gloves were made up for shipment to Messrs. Beath, Schiess and Co., Of Melbourne—the gloves are made solely for us in Saxony, by Mr. Grim—they are part of the consignment.

Cross-examined by MR. BESLEY. I did not examine the goods in the cases—we buy about 90,000 dozen a year from Saxony—Grim pledges himself to make solely for us—the seven cases were consigned to Beath, Schiess, and Co.—I took the order myself in London—two cases of men's gloves were to go to another house—I can swear to the goods from my own technical knowledge—they are made to special order—I do not know how long grim has been working for us—14 years' experience in France and three at Leipsic enable me to swear to the gloves—we have four or five manufactures making gloves for us, with for us, with four or five distinct models—that helps me to say these come from Grin—I cannot distinguish these if Grim sells to others, but that is supposition—Dent's clasps are not sold and put on other manufactures' gloves—it is our sole patent in England and on the Continent.

EDWARD KEEPING . I live at 36, Westbourne Place, City Road—I am a packet at Messrs. Dent, Allcroft, and Co.'s—on 28th December I handed to George Tower seven cases of gloves for consignment to Melbourne—I assisted in putting them on the cart.

GEORGE TOWER . I am a carman employed by John Scholes, a master carman—I live a 8 Pounce Buildings, Hoxton—on 28th December I was sent by Mr. Scholes to 28A, Whitecross Street with a van, Messrs. Dent's Establishment—there I received seven cases—I took them to the Albert Dock Depot, Upper East Smithfield—left my van on the rank to go Away any arrange about the cases—I was away about a quarter of an gour—when I came back my van was gone and everything in it—I looked for it, and then gave information to the police—about 11 p.m. that night

I went to Commercial Street Police-station, where I saw the van, but the seven cases and the contents had been taken from it.

JAMES PHILLIPS . I am a gilder, of 4, Little Halifax Street, Mile End New Town—on 28th December, between 4 and 5 p.m., I found an empty van in Cassion Street, Spitalfields—I spoke to a constable, and we took it to Commercial Street Police-station.

GEORGE GLADWELL . I live at 2, Kensal Place, Kensal Green—I am a tin-plate worker at Salisbury Street, Edgware Road—my employers rent a small shed at Richmond Street as a place to throw our tin—before January last I knew Jewell as a marine store dealer and metal merchant carrying on business in Drury Lane—soon after Christmas he came and said, "George, old man, I have something that will suit you"—I said, "What is that?"—he said, "Some gloves"—I said, "I do not want any gloves"—he said, "I will bring them up and let you look at them"—the conversation then dropped, and he went away—he used to collect his rent and call on me—the next week, on Wednesday, I saw him in our warehouse in Salisbury Street—he said, "Will you be long?"—Is aid "No"—we adjourned to the Ark public-house at the corner—by "we" I mean a customer of mine, Cox, a friend of his, Miller, myself, and Jewell—we had a drink round—Jewell bid us good night and beckoned me outside—he gave me a paper parcel—he said, "There are a dozen pairs of gloves, the price will be a sovereign"—I said, "I do not want all those"—he said, "Take them home and show the wife, I know she will be pleased with them"—I said "All right," and he left—I went back to the public-house and showed the gloves to Cox and Miller—I laid the parcel on the counter—these are the gloves (produced) with my initials—I saw that the parcel contained 12 pairs, six men's and six women's—I sold two pairs to Cox, one pair for his wife and one for himself, for 3s. 4d., the same as I gave for them—I took the rest home and showed them to my wife—she wore a pair and I wore a pair—I saw Jewell again in about a fortnight—he always used to come to the ware-house—I went to the public-house with him—he said, "Well, what did your wife say about the gloves, did she like them?"—I said, "Yes, very well; I have not got the money with me now, I will send it on or pay you next time"—he said, "All right"—I have not paid him—I kept eight pairs unworn—I handed them to Abberline.

Cross-examined-by MR. BESLEY. We have hired Jewell's place from seven to ten years—I have known Jewell all that time as a metal merchant and selling and buying things that we use in our trade—Cox and Miller were old friends, and we had done business—they were not Jewell's friends—one was an oilman—Jewell made no invoice out—I thought they were all right—the gloves were not much cheaper than could be bought at a shop.

THOMAS MCGOVERAIN . I lived at 4, Wall Street, Stepney, and now at 86, New Street—I was formerly a fellow-barman with Cranfield at the King Lud public-house, Ludgate Hill—soon after Christmas Cranfield said, "My lather has got some gloves for sale, and you might perhaps be able to find a customer"—I think he said he had 300 dozen pairs—I said, "Yes, I don't mind, Harry"—I saw Mr. Leeder in the bar between Christmas and 12th January with Algar—after speaking to Leeder I said to Cranfield, "Harry, here's a gentleman very likely to do some business with you," pointing to Leeder—I left Cranfield speaking

with Leeder—a few days afterwards I noticed Leeder in the bar again with Mr. Heddon, talking to Cranfield—afterwards Cranfield said, "I think I have sold those gloves to Leeder"—I have noticed in Cranfield's possession jewellery and two watches, a silver watch and a gold watch, and a silver necklace.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE. I never saw Bentley in the bar.

Cross-examined by MR. GEOGHEGAN. I said I had no objection to making a shilling or two on commission for introducing a customer for gloves—I did not understand he was selling gloves for himself—he would have a day off once a month—he lived in the house—his conversation was quite open in the bar—at the police-court I said I was not sure, I thought there were about 300 pairs—I would not pledge my word whether he said 300 pairs or 300 dozen.

Re-examined. Cranfield sold me this watch for 23s. (produced).

By MR. GEOGHEOAN. It is in the same condition now as when I bought it.

JAMES LEEDER . I am an artificial florist and dealer, of 1, St. Peter Street, Hackney Road—I deal in jewellery and generally—I was with a friend in the King Lud on 7th January—I saw Cranfield and McGoverain there—Cranfield conversed with my friend Algar—in Crantieid's hearing Algar said "This gentleman is a dealer, and you can do some business with him"—Cranfield asked for my address, and I gave it to him—he said he would call and see me; he might have something that would suit me—he said he had often samples of things left for sale; if he had anything he would bring it up and show me the following Sunday morning, 9th January—he left—he did not come on the Sunday, but on Monday evening, the 10th—I was in the Sebright Music Hall—I was told some one wished to see me, and went into the bar—I saw Bentley and Cranfield together—Cranfield said "I have brought this gentleman" or "my father" "to do some business with you"—he pointed to Bentley—Cranfield then said "Can you do with any gloves?"—I said "What kind of gloves?"—he said "Ladies' gloves"—I said "No; they are out of my line altogether"—he said "Show him a sample"—Bentley showed me two pairs, which he took from his pocket, similar to these produced—he asked me if I could do with any hats—I said "They are worse still; I know several tradesmen in the road; if you like to leave me a sample of those gloves I think I can perhaps get you an order"—he said he had 300 dozen pairs or 300 dozen, I could not say which, at 7s. a dozen—I said "If you leave them I will see if I can get you an order"—he said "I cannot leave them later than 12 to-morrow"—I said "If I get you an order they will be at your price; you will have to deliver them yourself, and they will be on commission"—I was to get him an order by 12 the next day or return the samples to the King Lud—they left together—the same night at 8.30 I saw Mr. Heddon—I spoke to him about the gloves, and showed him the samples—in consequence of what was arranged between us I went next day, the 11th, to the king Lud about 12—Cranfield was behind the bar—I said "I have brought his gentleman to look at those gloves," indicating Mr. Hedden—he said "They are not here; I will give you the address where you will see them"—I said "How many do you say there are?"—he said "300 dozen pairs"—I said "My man cannot buy so many as that; he could buy 50 pairs if they suited him"—he said "You can

have what quantity you like"—he then wrote a name and address on a piece of paper, and gave it to me—I and Hoddon wont to the address on the paper: "14A, Napier Street, Shepherdess Walk," and saw Bentley—I handed him the piece of paper Cranfield gave me, and said "I have been to the King Lud, and he sent us on here"—Bentley said he knew we were coming—I said "I have brought this gentleman to look at those gloves"—he said "You cannot see them here; if you go to the Shaftesbury Arms I will come to you"—we did so, and shortly afterwards Bentley joined us—Bentley and Heddon had transactions—Bentley produced a book like this (produced)—the gloves were to be delivered at 4 o'clock next day—then we all loft—the next day I went to Hoddon's house, and we waited for Bentley—I was to take my commission—Bentley did not come, and I went home—about 5.15 Bentley came to me—he said "I have taken the gloves to your friend, but ho was out, will you come to see if he is at home?" and I said "Yes"—we called on Heddon—I went in, and Bentley remained outside—I saw two young ladies behind the counter—Heddon was not in—I wont and told Bentley so—I was shown two parcels by a young lady in the shop—I said to Bentley "You can bring them at 10 o'clock to-morrow, or you can leave them if you like; they will be quite safe"—he said "I will take them with me"—he went in and got them, and we had some refreshment, and I left him—before leaving him I said "I shall not see you in the morning; I shall have to be in the City on business; leave it with Mr. Heddon"—he said "That will be all right"—he walked away in the direction of Heddon's.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE. There was nothing in the transactions to excite my suspicion—the conversations were open.

Cross-examined by MR. GEOGHEGAN. Cranfield simply introduced me to Bentley.

JOHN HEDDON . I am a hosier, of 273 to 277, Hackney Road—I have known Leeder some 12 years—on Monday, 10th January, he came lo me from 8 to 10 o'clock and showed me some sample pairs of gloves—these are the two pairs of gloves marked with my initials—I had some conversation with him, in consequence of which he called for me, and we went to the King Lud—there we saw Cranfield—Leeder said, "I have brought this gentleman to see the gloves"—I said, "Can I see them?" he said, "No, you cannot see them here; I will give you the address where you will have to go"—he then wrote down on a piece of brown paper the name and address—I asked him what quantity there was—he said, "300 dozen"—I said, "Leeder told me 300 pairs, I cannot buy 300 dozen"—he said, "You are not obliged to buy the lot, you can have what quantity you like"—then I went with Leeder to 14A, Napier Street, and saw Bentley—Leeder said, "I have brought the gentleman to look at the gloves, your son has sent us here to see thorn"—Bentley said, "I cannot show them to you now, but if you will go round to the Shaftesbury Arms," and he directed us the way, "I will call there in a minute or two"—so we went—he came there in about two or three minutes—Leeder said, "This is the gentleman who will buy the gloves"—I said, "What quantity is there?"—Bentley said, "300 dozen"—I said, "I could not buy 300 dozen, I could do with 50; Leeder told me 300 pairs"—I had a sample with me—Bentley produced a book like this—I wrote my name and address in it—I said, "I could not give more than 6s. 6d."—he

said, "Yes"—I said, "Perhaps they may not be to sample"—I put down 50 dozen, and the sizes, and I said if they were not those sizes they were no good to me—they were to be delivered by 4 o'clock on the Wednesday—I find the place where the leaves are torn out in this book (produced)—the next day, Wednesday, I remained at home till about 4.45 p.m.—Leeder was with me—Bentley did not come, nor did the gloves—I went out about 4.50—when I came back a communication was made to me by somebody in the shop, or the next morning, and on that morning, about 10 o'clock, Bentley came—he said, "I have brought the gloves:—I said, "Have you brought an invoice?"—he said, "No"—I said, "I cannot take them without an invoice. I do not like to take anything without an invoice; you had better go back and get a proper invoice and then you can have your money"—he went away—I saw him no more till he was in custody.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE. Until he did not bring an invoice I saw nothing suspicious in the transaction—I know the glove trade pretty well—the price agreed on was 6s. 6d. or 7s.—there is no sale for that kind of glove in the London market—I should not give more than 7s. for them—I deal with the first houses in London, including I. and R. Morley's, but not with Dent's—I could not get the price for them in the neighbourhood as a rule.

DONALD CLARK . I am a draper, of 10, Severn Sisters Road, Stamford Hill—I was in Heddon's shop about the middle of January—Bentley came in carrying two parcels—he asked for Mr. Heddon—I said he was not in—he said, "I have some goods for him"—two bulky parcels—he placed them on the counter, and instructed a young lady to place them near the bottom of the window for safety, away from the counter—he then went away—he came back again shortly afterwards and spoke to me, and eventually took the parcels away.

GEORGE WATT . I am a general merchant, in partnership as Campbell and Watt, at 46, Queen Victoria Street—Bentley was brought there about 10th or 11th January by a friend of mine—he showed me one pair of ladies' gloves like these, and asked what I thought was the value of them—I said I should consider them cheap at about 15s. or 16s. per dozen—he gave me his address later in the day on a card like this (produced), "J.T. Newton, 88A, aggerston Road, Shops and Trade supplied, &c."—on the back he wrote, "Mr. T. Bentley 14A, Napier Street"—this, "City Road, E.," is my writing.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE. The gloves were similar to these—Bentley came on other business.

AMY WHALLEY . I live at 22, Walham Avenue, Walham Green—I was employed as a barmaid at the King Lud public-house on 29th January—on that night I was talking to a man named Pyke—Cranfield came up and asked me if I would mind asking Pyke to take charge of a small parcel until Sunday morning—I said I would ask him and I did—Pyke consented, and I told Cranfield so—then Cranfield brought a parcel wrapped up in a newspaper—it was a wooden box about the size of an ordinary ladies' handkerchief box—it was tied up with string—he gave it to me—he said he should want it back on Sunday morning at 7 o'clock—I gave it to Mr. Pyke—I said he could not have it till 10—he was to have it at the post-office opposite the Kind Lud—he agreed to that—this took place between 10 and 10.30 on Saturday—while

in service with him he has shown me jewellery several times—he said his father was a dealer in unredeemed pledges.

WILLIAM JOHN PYKE . I am a clerk, of Cursitor Street, Chancery Lane—on 30th January I was in the King Lud—while there Miss Whalley gave me a small box wrapped in a newspaper—I took charge of it till the next morning—I knew Cranfield by sight as a barman at the King Lud—the next morning, the 31st, about 10 o'clock, I met Cranfield outside the Ludgate Hill Post-office—I gave him the box wrapped in newspaper—I did not know its contents—he did not tell me anything—he said where he was going to and left.

FREDERICK ABBERLINE (Police Inspector). In consequence of information I received I went on 29th January, about 3 p.m., to 14A, Napier Street, Hoxton, with Sergeants White and Thick—I saw Bentley in the passage—I went with him into the back parlour—I said "I am an inspector of police, and this is Sergeant Thick. We have called to make inquiry respecting a quantity of gloves which I am told you offered to a hosier in the Hackney Road for sale"—he replied, "I know nothing about any gloves"—I took these two pairs of gloves from my pocket and said, "These are the gloves I refer to; I am told you left them with a Mr. Leeder, of Peter Street, Hackney Road, and he afterwards introduced you to a Mr. Heddon, and that Mr. Heddon ordered 50 dozen of you, and that you brought them the next day but he would not take them in because you had no invoice"—he said "No, not me, it was a mistake, I know nothing about any gloves"—I said "Am I to understand that you totally deny offering any gloves for sale?" he said "I know nothing about any gloves and never offered any for sale, and you have made a mistake"—I said "You must consider yourself in custody for being concerned in stealing a large quantity of gloves, value over 600l., on 28th December last"—he said "Very well; I know nothing about it"—I searched the room and in a clock which was on the mantelpiece I found the lady's gold watch produced—I saw this case afterwards in one of the drawers, and he said "That belongs to the watch," and I put it with it—I said "How do you account for this watch, Mr. Bentley, which was inside the clock?"—"It was going," he said, "a man left it here, he will come for it; if he does not I will tell you who it is"—amongst other things I found about 40 pawnbrokers' duplicates, one relating to the pledge of a gold watch for 10l. in the name of Cranfield of 450, Edgware Road, and on another duplicate the address of Cranfield of 22, Hertford Road, Downkam Road, Kingsland; that relates to a watch pledged with Mr. Bryant in the name of James Topp; I also found this book showing that Bentley paid 3s. 6d. a week rent, he only occupied one room; I also found this book which Mr. Heddon identified, two pages are missing, there are some entries in it: "Watch and seal, 10s.; lever watch, 15s.; silver albert, 4s.; gold watch, 1l. 7s.; two watch-keys; one clock, 2s. 6d.; paid for hats, 2 doz.; Harry; H. Bob; Harry, 2s.; Tom, 2s.; Charlie, 2s.;" and some more entries relating to clocks and watches, skins and plated goods, a varied assortment—I took him to the station, where he was identified by Leeder from others—he said to Leeder, "You had better be careful, you know more about this than I do," or words to that effect—he said "Was not it" some one, mentioning a name I was not able to catch, "that offered them to you?"—Bentley immediately afterwards asked to see Mr. Scholes, as he would

like to see the "loser"—that was before he went to the cells—he meant the owner of the van from which the property was lost—I was present at the interview, the offect of which was that if he, Bentley, could be out on bail he might be able to do him some good—I had left Sergeant White on the premises—on the evening of 29th January I went with Heddon, a witness in the case, to the King Lud—leaving Heddon in the bar, I had a conversation with Mr. Wilkinson, the manager of the King Lud—Cranfield was serving behind the bar—after leaving the King Lud I went back to Napier Street—White was still there; he handed me this telegram—the next day, at a quarter to I, I went to the King Lud and saw Cranfield—White accompanied me—I said to Cranfield, "I am an inspector of police, and this is Sergeant White; I have come to make inquiry about a quantity of gloves which were stolen in December last; what is your name?"—he said, "Henry Cranfield"—I said, "Where do you reside?"—he said, "22, Hertford Road, Downham Road, Kingsland"—I said, "I apprehended a man named Bentley, of 14A, Napier Street, yesterday afternoon, for being concerned in stealing and receiving the gloves I have spoken about; I also came here last night and saw the manager, Mr. Wilkinson, and after I left I find this telegram was sent to Bentley at his house, and purports to come from you; it was handed in at Ludgate Hill shortly after I left"—I took out the telegram and read it—he said, "It is quite right, I sent it; I thought perhaps something was wrong." (The telegram was to Bentley: "Clear your house. H. CRANFIELD. "10.40 p.m., 29th January.) The manager then said "What did you do with the box that was handed over the bar last night; what was in it?"—Cranfield. said "Only my watch and a few little things I did not care for anyone to see"—I said "I also find pawntickets in Bentley's possession relating to a valuable gold watch pledged for 10l. in your name"—he said "Oh! you will find that is all right; it was pledged at Attenborough's some time ago; it is redeemed"—I said "I am told that you introduced Bentley to a Mr. Leeder, and that you told him it was your father, and that you were present when he gave Leeder the sample of the gloves, and that Leeder and Heddon called on you the next day and you gave them Bentley's address at 14A, Napier Street"—he said "About four months ago I got acquainted with a man who came occasionally into the bar, and about a month ago he asked me if I knew anyone who would buy gloves—I told him I would see, and I spoke to McGoverain, and asked him if he knew anyone, and he recommended Mr. Leeder, who happened to call; I do not know the name and address of the man who called here, but I afterwards went with Bentley, whom I knew when I was at the Sutton Arms, Caledonian Road, when I was there as barman"—he said they called the man who asked him if he knew anyone who could buy gloves, sometimes Soldier and sometimes Tom, and that he looked like a City man, and he went on to describe him, saying "He has a brown beard and moustache, wears a high hat, and looks as though he had been a soldier"—he said he had heard him say he was going to Gresham Street; also "The man was in here last night, and told me someone was in trouble, and that caused me to send a telegram"—I said "You will have to consider yourself in custody, for I consider your explanation is very unsatisfactory, and the fact of your passing a box over the bar last night after I was here is a very suspicious circumstance, and is a matter for the Magistrate to deal

with"—he said he had taken the box to a man named Montague, and if I would allow him he would show me where he lived, as he could not remember the number of the house—I accompanied him to Wall Street, Stepney—he knocked at the door, No. 14, I think, and McGoverain, who resides on the first floor, answered, and we went up into his room—McGoverain denied all knowledge of the box—then Cranfield said "I did not leave it here; if I tell you where the things came from that are in that box, will that do?"—I told him my only object was that he should not have an opportunity of saying that I did not allow him to explain, and he said "I shall say nothing"—I took him to the station—he said "I gave the parcel to a man in the street; I do not know where he lives," referring to the one that was handed over the bar—many of the pawntickets relate to articles of jewellery, and some of them I find are his wife's.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE. White was outside at the conversation with Bentley; Thick was with me—I think he saw us all.

WALTER HENRY DAVIS . I am a jeweller, of 213, St. John Street, Clerkenwell—on 14th October, 1886, I was in charge of that shop, and about 8 p.m. two men came and wanted to buy a gold watch, a diamond ring, and a lot of other things—I took out four fine gold watches in a case—one of the men snatched up the case and ran away, and the other took the rest and ran off, making five gold watches, of the value of 25l., similar to this produced (No. 42,874, found in the clock)—I recognise the case—I had not had time to take the numbers since receiving the watches from the wholesale house.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE. The watch was not made specially for me, but it is not a common watch—it is similar to the one I lost—I would not swear positively, because I have no number—they are mixed watches, one of each sort—I had 30 watches stolen—I recognise two here and a silver one.

STEPHEN WHITE (Police Sergeant H). I was present at Napier Street when Bentley was arrested—I was left in charge of the house—between 10 and 11 p.m. this telegram came for Bentley, which I handed to Abberline—I was present the next day when Cranfield was arrested—afterwards, at the station, Cranfield said "Will you go and see my father-in-law and tell him that I am charged?"—the address was Mr. Newton, 33, Bloomfield Street, Kingsland—he said "You may not find him there, but his business place is No. 88, Haggerston Road; inquire for the name of Newton"—his business is a wood-chopper—on Sunday night I went to 33, Bloomfield Street—I found no such person—I made inquiries in the street—I did not go to Haggerston Road—on 18th February I went with Thick to Sheffield Street, Clare Market, and found Jewell at the door of No. 11, a marine store dealer's—I said "Me and my friend are both police officers, we are making inquiries respecting a large quantity of gloves stolen on 28th December last, and it has come to my knowledge that you have been disposing of gloves to various persons at the West End, and some of those gloves have been identified as forming part of the stolen property"—he said "I have never sold any gloves myself, and if any one tells you that I have it is a lie; can you tell me one person who says that I have sold gloves to him?"—I said "Yes, Mr. Gladwell"—he said "Oh, I did sell him a dozen pairs"—I said "Yes, it is a portion of those that have been identified; can you tell me where you got

those gloves from?" he said "I bought them a week or ten days ago of a man outside the Horse Shoe Hotel, Oxford Street"—I asked him what he paid for them, he said 15s. a dozen—I said "Do you know who the man was?"—he said "No, I do not"—I said "Do you know where he lives?"—he said "No, I do not; I have seen him two or three times a week," or, "I meet him two or three times a week near the Horse Shoe"—I said "Did you buy any other gloves at the same time you bought those dozen?"—ho said "Yes, two dozen and a half in all"—I said "Have you any invoice with the gloves?"—he said "No"—I said "What have you done with the others?"—he said "Wait a moment, I will go and fetch them," and he was going out at the front door; his mother a minute or two after produced from the back parlour a dozen—I said "I do not feel satisfied with your conduct, Mr. Jewell, in connection with this case; I must ask you to accompany me to Leman Street Police-station and see Inspector Abberline"—he was charged—he made no answer.

Cross-examined by MR. BESLEY. From 29th January it was known that two men were arrested—I only saw it in one newspaper, the Morning Advertiser—I was at the police-court on 7th, 14th, and 18th February—I made this note of the conversation with Jewell (produced)—I may have refreshed my memory once or twice with it—I only put down his answers—I did not tell him 7,200 pairs were stolen—in saying "I have been told you have been disposing of some gloves to various persons in the West End" I did not tell a lie—some were disposed of in the Edgware Road and Kensal Green—I was also under the impression that he had tried Cox and Millers, and others—I believed what I told him was true—he said" I have never sold any gloves to any person in the West End in my life"—I used the words West End—except Glad well I have nothing to confirm my story about West End people—Jewell did not say "I let him have a dozen pairs, half a dozen men's and half a dozen ladies'," he said "I did sell him a dozen pairs"—I did not know whether Gladwell had sold the gloves or not, or whether he had been paid for them or not"—Jewell said he only knew the man at the Horse Shoe by sight—I have not supplemented my note—I believe there is no passage on the side of Jewell's house—I just looked in the parlour—I went in—the mother came forward voluntarily and brought the gloves—she heard some of the conversation—she must have heard the conversation about Gladwell.

Re-examined. He wanted to go out in the street, but I would not let him.

WILLIAM THICK (Police Sergeant H). I was present on 29th January at Bentley's arrest—I heard his conversation with Abberline—I was also present on 18th February at Jewell's arrest—after he was taken away by White I searched the premises in Sheffield Street—I found no more gloves.

Cross-examined by MR. BESLEY. I believe Abberline went to Jewell's private address—nothing was found.

Bentley's Statement before the Magistrate. "I contradict many of the facts."

JEWELL received a good character NOT GUILTY .

BENTLEY— GUILTY **. He then PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction of felony at this Court Seven Years' Penal Servitude.

CRANFIELD— GUILTY .— Five Years' Penal Servitude.

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