ALDEN WESTON, THOMAS HILL, ROBERT DAKER, GEORGE JOHNSON, EDWARD FAIRCHILD.
27th February 1888
Reference Numbert18880227-365
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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365. ALDEN WESTON (30), THOMAS HILL (43), ROBERT DAKER (61), GEORGE JOHNSON (51), and EDWARD FAIRCHILD (26) , Unlawfully conspiring to defraud Alexander Brown and others of 30,000l.

MR. COCK, Q. C.,MR. H. AVORY, and MR. ABRAHAMS Prosecuted; MR. GRAIN and MR. ABINGER appeared for Weston,MR. GEOGHEGAN for Hill,MR. FULTON for Daker,MR. GILL for Johnson, and MR. PURCELL Fairchild.

NATHAN KYSER I am manager of the stock and share department of Messrs. Kaulb and Co., foreign bankers, Cornhill—on 20th May, 1887, the prisoner Johnson came there to purchase a Hamilton and North Western Railway bond of 100l., but we had not one in stock—he agreed to pay 111l. 12s. 6d. for it, paid 5l. deposit, and came again on the 26th or 27th, when we handed him the Bond and he paid the balance; the number of it was 1954—this (produced) is one of the coupons which was attached to it when we sold it to him, and was payable in December, 1887—he gave his address 16, Ayr Street, Regent Street.

AUGUSTUS SMALTZMAN (Detective Officer C). On 27th May, 1887, I was watching No. 16, Ayr Street, Piccadilly, a stationer's shop, where letters are sent and received—I saw Johnson enter—I was expecting him, and followed him to Mr. Kaulb's, 16, Cornhill.

JACQUES GALL . I live at 61, Avenue Wagram, Paris, and am acquainted with Monsieur Groult—he is 27 years of age, and is the son of a wealthy manufacturer in Paris—I came over to England with him to assist him in

raising a large sum of money—I had been in England some time staying with M. Groult at Thompson's Hotel, 31, Dover Street, when I met Weston in the Strand on 13th January—he was with a lady in a pony carriage—I said to him "How do you do? what do you make in London?"—he said "I have a little business"—I said "Can 1 help you?"—he said "Where do you live?"—I said "31, Dover Street"—he said "Oh, I live at 42, Dover Street; I will come and see you this evening," but he came not, and I called upon him a few days later at his apartments, 42, Dover Street, and told him I was here with M. Groult, who desired to raise a sum of 20,000l., and that the banker wanted some endorsement as a security; that M. Groult was the son of a very wealthy man in Paris, and that M. Groult himself had one portion of the fortune, which by French law could not be disinherited—he said "I will assist you; I have some one whom I will present to you"—he could not find him—that matter fell through—I saw him again on 19th January at my hotel, 31, Dover Street—he said "The first requisition cannot now be made, but I will introduce you this afternoon to a very old friend of mine, Lord Fairfax; he is very rich, and will be very happy to oblige you with an endorsement"—I saw him again next day, and he then introduced Lord Fairfax, that is Fairchild, whose whiskers and moustache were then quite black—he said he had a big estate and a very big fortune in Virginia, and that his mother had a big fortune, and 100,000l. in the London and Westminster Bank and in the Bank of England—Weston was there at the time these statements were made—he said he had not many friends in England because he lived in America, but he was a member of a few clubs—he also said he was very unhappy that he had not the money to put at my disposition, and his old mother was not very commode, but he said "I have a friend, a Canadian gentleman; you must not mind his manner; he is not a lord; his name is Vernon; he is a very rich man; he is now here without any friends; he was so kind as to oblige me with a loan of 10,000l., and I have given him big security. I will introduce him to you this evening; make him a nice good reception, and I will oblige him to lend you a loan of 20,000l."—Vernon did not come—Fairfax said he was obliged to go to Paris, but he would be back on the following Monday; this was Friday—on the Sunday evening I saw Weston, and he told me Lord Fairfax had arrived that evening—Lord Fairfax then came with Mr. Vernon—Vernon was about 5 feet 7 inches high, with brown beard, cut quite short, but pointed, short brown hair, a very ugly nose, and had an American accent—Vernon was very cold—he said "I have no reason to oblige you, but my old friend, Lord Fairfax, I like to oblige him. I have security from him for 10,000l. which I have lent him. I can give him 15,000l. more, but unhappily I have not the ready money with me. When I obliged Lord Fairfax with the 10,000l. I obtained a loan in Liverpool, and gave securities to the value of 40,000l."—both Weston and Lord Fairfax were there at that time—I asked him the name of the banker, and he told me he was a private money lender named Robond—Lord Fairfax then said "You must have the 15,000l.; go with me to Liverpool to pay back the 15,000l. to Robond, and release the bonds"—he said they were Canadian railway bonds—I said "I have not a banker who will give me 15,000l., and I am not sure that they will find money on

your Bonds"—he said "Never mind, I will go and see my mother to-morrow morning, and will ask her to lend me a cheque for 15,000l. for one day, and I will then go to Liverpool and repay the 15,000l. to Robond, and release the bonds and bring them to you, but you must arrange with your banker to give me the money when I come, that I may give back the amount to my mother; I give you my word of honour that the bonds will be to-morrow in London"—Weston was present—this description of the security was written on January 23rd, the same day as the conversation. (Headed Thompson's Hotel, 31, Dover Street, and stating that the security was 35,000l. worth of Hamilton and North-Western 1st mortgage 6 per cent, bonds, value about 10 per cent, above par, very difficult to buy in the market, and a very first-class investment, and that the coupons could be cut off and paid as part interest.) M. Groult and Mr. Weston, as well as myself, were present when Mr. Fairfax wrote that—on 25th January Weston took me to Mr. Alexander Brown, a banker, of Lombard Street—he had said nothing to me before that about taking me to him—I gave that document to Mr. Brown, and said "There is 35,000l. worth of these bonds, will you make a loan of 30,000l. on them?"—he said he was ready to make the loan, but he would require some more particulars, and he must take the advice of his solicitor, Mr. Michael Abrahams, and told us to call again—we called again on the 28th—on the 25th a breakfast party was given, that was after we had seen Mr. Brown and he was willing to carry out the transaction—Mr. Weston invited me to the Alexandra Hotel, Hyde Park; I went there by myself; the breakfast was between I and 2—Lord Fairfax, Robond, Vernon, the Major, and Weston were there—Robond is Johnson—I said to Lord Fairfax "Who is this?" and he said "He is the partner of Robond," he made the advance half and half—that was the first time I had seen Robond—there were six of us altogether—I sat between Lord Fairfax and Weston, and Robond sat between Vernon and the Major—the first person I saw there was Lord Fairfax, and he said "This is Mr. Robond, I have brought him from Liverpool because I have not got the cheque of my mother; I promised to bring you the bonds, and I have brought you the man with the bonds"—after breakfast the Major produced this florid pocket book, and a few minutes later Vernon gave me a 3l. coupon like this one, No. 1954, and said "This is one of the coupons of the bond which is now in Robonds hands"—I desired to show this to Mr. Brown, and said to Watson "I should like to have this coupon, will you ask Vernon to let me have it? or I will pay 3l. for it if necessary"—Vernon said "Don't offend me"—after breakfast there was a business discussion in the smoking room between Vernon and Robond and the Major, and I heard Robond say to the Major "You must not do this business"—when I heard that I said to Lord Fairfax "I believe this business will be dropped"—he said "I have engaged you my word of honour, and I will show you that I can keep it," and he said to Vernon "You know I am Lord Fairfax; will you, yes or no, lend the Bonds?"—Vernon said "Yes"—Lord Fairfax then said to him "Will you sign this paper?"—he said "I will"—that was a paper which had been prepared by Weston—Vernon then signed it, but it has been destroyed, and a fresh copy was made. (Read:. "Mr. J. Robond, 4, Holland Park. Sir,—Please deliver to Mr. G. Gall the 350 Bonds first mortgage Hamilton and NorthWestern

Railway Bonds on payment of 15,000l. sterling. Yours truly James Vernon.") That was all that took place at the lunch of any importance—next day I again saw Mr. Brown; M. Groult and Mr. Weston were with me—Mr. Brown then made an appointment for next day to meet him at his solicitor's, Mr. Michael Abrahams—he said the bonds were first-class security, he had not seen them then, he had only had a description of them—on the 28th I called again on Mr. Abrahams; Mr. Brown and M. Groult were present—Mr. Abrahams then prepared this document dated 28th. January, 1888. (This authorised the witness to borrow the sum of 30,000l. from Messrs. Brown and Co., or their nominees, upon the security of 350 Hamilton and North-Western railway Bonds, which were then pledged with Robond for an advance of 15,000l., the said Messrs. Brown out of the 30,000l. paying off the loan and interest, if any, and then to hand the balance of the 30,000l. to M. Groult, of Paris, he signing the necessary agreement for securing to Messrs. Brown the amount of the advance.) Mr. Abrahams then asked questions about Lord Fairfax, which I answered—he referred to a directory—I afterwards told Weston what he had asked me—I went away, taking this document with me—the next day was Sunday, and after dinner Vernon, Weston, and Lord Fairfax came to my hotel; I produced the document which Mr. Abraham had drawn up, and it was signed by Vernon in the presence of Groult and myself—next day an attestation clause was put on in Mr. Brown's office—I then told Weston that Mr. Abrahams had found out that 4, Holland Park was a doctor's, and that the strange name of Robond was not there, and also that he had found out that this document of Robond's was not dated—Lord Fairfax said "We have made a mistake, it is not Holland Park, it is 4, Holland Park Terrace," and the first letter was then destroyed, and this one was written by Weston, and signed by James Vernon. (This was the same as the previous one, but dated 4, Holland Park Terrace.) I saw it written—he told me to go upstairs and put that document which Mr. Abrahams had drawn up into my desk, as it was a very valuable document—I did so—when I came back I saw M. Groult, Weston, Fairfax, and Vernon, looking at a document on the middle of the table; it was one of these Bonds for 100l. of the Hamilton and North Western Railway—I looked at it and asked him if he would give it me to show to the hanker, as it would make the business more simplehe said to Weston "I confide you this Bond of 100l. till 6 o'clock tomorrow evening, you give me your word of honour that you will bring it back to the Alexandra Hotel by 6 o'clock, because it was confided to me by Robond, being an integral part of the 350 Bonds which he has"—I said to Vernon "Can you give me the numbers of the 350 Bonds, and tell me how you got them, by purchase on the Stock Exchange, or by concession?"—he said "I have a list of the numbers in the hands of Robond, I don't care about taking such trouble when I make a favour to a friend; you will take the numbers when you pay the money"—on that Lord Fairfax became very passionate, and said "Do you believe we are thieves? a banker has no right to ask such questions of a gentleman when he brings him bonds to bearer"—his anger was so great that Weston said "You had better leave the room," and he put me out—Weston, Fairfax, and Vernon then left the house, Weston taking the bond with him—he came back again that night about 12 o'clock, and showed me the bond again, and we arranged to go to Mr. Brown 's office

the next day at 11 o'clock, and produce the bond to him—Groult, Weston, and myself went next morning to Mr. Brown's office about 10. 30—Weston showed the bond to Mr. Brown, who gave it to a gentleman to take it out to have it examined—when he came back he said it was a very good bond and a first-class security—an appointment was then made for 2 o'clock next day, at Mr. Brown's office, and for 3 o'clock at the London and Westminster Bank head office, but on the morning of the 31st I received this letter by post. (Dated 4, Holland Park Terrace, Holland Park, W., stating that he had received instructions from Vernon to take the securities to the London and Westminster Bank, for the payment of hit mortgage on them, namely, 15,000l., and that they would be at the witness's disposal at the Westbourne Grove branch on payment of 15,000l., for which he would bring a receipt. Signed J. Robond.) I showed that to Weston in the morning, ho did not inform me that he had written it himself—I afterwards showed it to Mr. Brown in his office—Weston then took possession of it and put it in his pocket—I asked him for it back, and he gave it me without the envelope—Mr. Brown then said that he only carried on his business in the City—Weston said he would do his best, and thought he should succeed in getting Vernon to bring the bonds to the City that afternoon—Weston then went away in my carriage and made an appointment to call for me at Dover Street at 3 o'clock—I stayed there till 4. 30 and he did not come, and I then telephoned to Mr. Brown—Weston arrived just after that and said that Robond would not go to the City with 35,000l. of securities, as he was an old man, and we must arrange for next day at the Westbourne Grove branch of the London and Westminster Bank; he then telephoned to Brown, who came about 5. 30—after Brown arrived Weston handed me in his presence this letter. ("4, Holland Park Terrace," and signed" G. Robond" and stating to the witness that he would not risk coming to the City with the bonds, and asking them to come to the Westbourne Grove branch of the London and Westminster Bank, as it was near his house, and that if that would not suit they could have the bonds at his house from 10 to 4 next day.) I don't know whose writing that is, I believed at that time it was from Robond—I showed it to Mr. Brown and he wrote this letter in my presence, which I gave to Weston that he might show it to the money-lender Robond. ("Dear Sir,—I will meet you to-morrow at the branch office at 12 o'clock, and will be prepared to take up the 350 bonds for 15,000l. Alexander Brown.") This document (produced) was written by Lord Fairfax when I asked Robond's address, and he said "4, Holland Park Terrace, Holland Park;" he also wrote Vernon's address, "Keeble Towers, Bournemouth, and of Montreal, Washington Hall"—that same evening, between 8 and 9, Weston and Fairfax came to see me at my hotel, Dover Street, and Weston said "I am very happy to be so agreeable to you, your business will be ready to-morrow, but I cannot remain in London, I have to go to Paris to-morrow morning; I shall be staying at the Grand Hotel, and I hope to see you there if I can be agreeable to you"—he had dined with me and M. Groult several times—on this occasion he was in evening dress—on the following day Weston came to see me about 12 o'clock, I was in my bedroom—he said he would call for me at 1 o'clock to go to the London and Westminster Bank, and asked mo to have a brougham ready for him; he also said he would bring Vernon and Robond to the bank at 2 o'clock, and that I was

to wait till he came—he never came—I waited till 1.30, and then had a communication from M. Groult and took a cab and went to the bank—I there saw Mr. Brown, Mr. Michael Abrahams, and Mr. Cutbell, the representative of the railway—about 2. 20 I was outside with Mr. Brown and Weston came up—I said "Where is Robond and Vernon and the bonds?"—he said "He is too old to come with the bonds, but Vernon will be here in five minutes"—I did not ask him why he had not called for me—shortly afterwards a Hansom's cab drove up with Lord Fairfax in it with this black box (produced) close to the door—I was going to take it out, but he said "Don't touch my property, "making an effort as if there was a good deal in the box, and went into the bank, which is divided into three parts—I was the last to go into the bank, and when I was in the second room Fairfax was in the third—he said "My name is Fairchild, I bring you the bonds"—he did not see me behind him—Mr. Abrahams then said "Open the box, and we will begin our transaction;" he opened his overcoat, put his hand in his pocket and said "Oh, I have forgotten the keys, I will go and fetch them and be back in five minutes"—I said to Mr. Abrahams "It is very strange his introducing himself as Fairchild when I know him as Fairfax"—he had still his black moustache and black hair—Mr. Abrahams said "You can leave the box here, there is no danger to the property"—he said "No, I don't want to leave the box here, it is confided property, I will take it with me"—he took the box, and with two walks he was in the second part of the bank, where Mr. Cuthell stopped him and said "What have you in this box?"—he said "That is not your business," and put it on the table and said "I defy you to open the box"—I said "Break open the box," and at that time a number of police-officers came in—I did not know they were there—Weston remained where he was—some police officers then went outside and brought in Robond, the Major, and Hill, who 1 had never seen before—when the Major came in 1 said "That is the Major who had the nice pocket-book, and that is Robond, the money-lender from Liverpool"—they were then searched—Weston told me that M. Groult said to him that morning "When the business is ready I ask permission to make a diamond present for your lady, and I am at your disposition for any amount you may ask me," and he said he would offer me 1,000l. for carrying out the matter; but M. Groult never said so to me—he also said "You tell him I ask for a loan of 4,000l. for myself," and I said that I would mention it to M. Groult.

Cross-examined by MR. GEOGHEGAN. I never saw Hill—I said at the police-court that Vernon was a man of 38 or 40, about 4 feet 8 inches, a black beard short, a long moustache, and was looking always on the ground, short hair without a parting, and a little grey hair on two sides.

Cross-examined by MR. GILL. I am a gentleman, a rentier—I have no address where I carry on any business—I have never been in the Courts before this—I have never been at Toulon—I have made, perhaps, 20 or 25 loans in 10 years, and it is possible that I have attempted 50, always acting as the agent—I have not borrowed money in London—I knew Monsieur Groult in Paris—I saw him last at the police-court—the property he has is in Paris, and the people from whom I could borrow money, whom I know, are also in Paris; it was not possible to borrow this 20,000l. there, because in France money lenders do not make so much as

here—in France you cannot borrow on a future fortune—there were no family reasons why he could not do that I know of—I had not offered it to anybody in Paris, but I had tried to borrow in two other places, and I succeeded in finding somebody to lend M. Groult 20,000l. on condition that he would give them an English guarantee that he would pay the interest every year—I had no document here, but M. Groult had—I knew Weston as moving in good society in Paris; I saw him continually between 13th January and 1st February, and dined and lunched and went to the theatre, M. Groult paid for everything—the first and only time I saw Johnson was at the breakfast, and then he did not speak to me—I was much influenced by the fact that he was spoken of as the Major, that made me more confiant—I thought his wife or his daughter had made him the note case—I should not have parted with the Bonds upon that, but I saw he had much money there—the coupon was shown me by Vernon and Fairfax, Johnson was not a party to the conversation, he said nothing to me; M. Groult handed as security to Weston a lot of documents written by a notary, about eight million francs, being only a part of the fortune of his father and himself; they were copies of documents—I expected on February 1st that I was to nave 15,000l.—I had no document to part with in return for those documents—I have lost nothing in this matter except two months' time and my expenses—I have had nothing to do with this matter since, but I know that money was raised.

Cross-examined by MR. FULTON. I have said that the 15,000l. was to be advanced on the honour of M. Groult—after this business it was understood that Lord Fairfax would go with Weston to a solicitor for the security; the money was to be paid to me by Brown for M. Groult—I had no securities for that money—Fairfax was unknown to me till I came here, and Vernon too—I did not expect that 15,000l. was going to be given to me without security—Groult had the security—the clerk of the London and Westminster Bank was charged to bring the money there—I have seen the documents, they were shown to Weston at his house in Dover Street about 14th February, three days after I first met him; he had them in his possession eight days—I do not remember being asked at the police-court whether I had seen them—I have not said a word till to-day about Weston having them eight days, I was not asked—I did not say over and over again that the 15,000l. was to be advanced on the honour of M. Groult and myself, only of M. Groult—I don't know whether the documents are here, I have not seen them since they were at the police-court on February 14th—it is an exaggeration to say we had 40 bottles of champagne at one sitting, but it flowed freely—I never looked at the bottles—5 never drink myself—I only saw Daker once, that was on the 24th, when I saw the Major, he had no champagne, nor did he partake of any refreshment at M. Groult's expense—he had the break fast, but that was paid for by Fairfax—Weston said he would give me 500l.—he said "I will give you each 500l. if you will get me the loan, we are old friends"—no money has been raised yet, I have done nothing since this matter fell through—I stayed here for this business, and Groult went back to Paris on February 2nd, and I did not like to get the advance in his absence.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL. Vernon was to allow M. Groult the use of the Bonds, that he might raise the money on them—Vernon said

that he had sufficient securities belonging to Fairfax, his old and good friend, and I, with my experience, thought that a reasonable thing; 1 have often seen it with 35,000l. and more—I did not tell Vernon who I was, it was not his business—M. Groult wanted 30,000l.—I am the son of a very rich man, I come from Poland, where M. Groult, senior, has castles and land; he makes tapioca—I did not mention that as a security to the person lending the money—M. Groult was at the police-court twice, but he was not put into the witness-box because there was no time, as I was in the witness-box two days—if I said before the Magistrate "M. Groult offered me a nice commission, I expected as much as possible, M. Groult offered me 1,000l.," that was a mistake—I am not quite current with the English language, I never learnt it—I certainly offered Weston half of my commission—as I had never talked about it with M. Groult, I did not tell Weston what I should have—Mr. Brown was to have 750l.—Mr. Oppenheim was to advance the money—I have never seen him—Fairfax partook of all this hospitality, he was with me five or six times—his hair was always dark till he was locked up in prison—when he came to the bank his hair was as it was when I first saw him—his friends call him Lord Fairfax, I did not understand that that name was only used by his friends in joke—I looked at the Peerage, and found that Lord Fairfax was a Scotch nobleman, of about the same age, living in Virginia, and that his mother was a widow, and therefore I was sure that I had to do with Lord Fairfax—I never knew that the police had been communicated with, Mr. Abrahams did not trust me with that.

Cross-examined by MR. GRAIN. When I came to this country I had money with me, but I was desiring to win money—I am short of money now, but I am not in difficulties—I will not say what my income is—I did not ask Weston to borrow 4,000l. for M. Groult; I was asked by Weston—I said at the police-court "Idid tell Weston to ask Groult for 4,000l."—Weston offered to give me half of all we should have—Weston said "If I get 4,000l. I will give 500l. to the secretary, and you are short of money and we are old friends, I will give you half of my part and you will give me the half of your commission"—Weston did not suggest to me that I should not continue to bargain with Mr. Brown because the commission Mr. Brown was asking was too large—I told him that Weston did say that to me—Weston said "He is an old friend of mine, and he is in a difficult position"—he asked me what he must do, and I said "I will ask M. Groult to give you the 4,000l."—I will. swear that I had M. Groult's securities in my possession in London, I had the notarial act, that was a copy which proved that the house belonged to him—he had that with him, and I had it in my hands—the income of the estate is 160,000 or 170,000 francs a year, representing a capital of eight millions—I never tried in France to obtain a loan on it, as the law does not allow it.

Re-examined. Lord Fairfax paid for the breakfast at the Alexandra Hotel with a 50l. note—Weston told me he wanted more money, as his wife was ill and he wanted to go to her—he said "You are not in a position to pay, you arrange for half and half; I will not ask M. Groult, but I will ask the secretary to give you the same; do you believe 4,000l. will be too much?"—I looked for something for myself, as I was acting as a business man, and I wanted to have part, and he said

"What we have altogether we will pay the rest and divide it between us"—Weston took no part in the discussion except to say "Don't bargain," meaning "Don't haggle"—M. Groult said that the commission was high, 750l.

ALEXANDER BROWN . I carry on business at 79, Lombard Street, as a banker and bullion dealer—about 25th January Weston came with Mr. Gall and M. Groult—M. Gall showed me this document (produced), and I arranged to look into the matter, and if it was satisfactory to negotiate a loan of 30,000l.—I understood that a loan of 15,000l. was to be paid off first—M. Groult's name was mentioned, and Gall said "He is a rich man"—I said "That is sufficient, I know the name; it is a transaction I can only carry out through my solicitor"—we spoke of my commission, but it was not definitely arranged—after they left I communicated with Mr. Oppen-heim—on 28th January I met M. Gall and M. Groult again at Mr. Abrahams' office, who referred to the London Directory, and drew up document "H, "which they took away with them—I saw them again on the Monday at my office, and Weston was with them—the document marked "I" was produced, a letter purporting to be from Mr. Robond—I believe that was delivered to me on the Monday—it purported to be signed by Robond, informing M. Gall that the Bonds would be at his disposal at the branch office of the London and Westminster Bank—he made an appointment to meet them next day at 2 o'clock at my office to complete the transaction, and then to meet me at the London and South Western Bank with the Bonds, so that the agent of the Company could examine them before the money passed—Weston was present when I said that—he had produced one Bond on the Monday—I looked at it, and sent it out to be examined—when Weston produced it he said. "This is one of the lot of 350 Bonds"—the report came back to me that the Bond was a genuine one, and if they were all like that it was a firstclass security, and the loan would be concluded—I went to the hotel in the evening to examine the Bond again—Weston produced it, and I took the number of it, 2678—I saw Gall, Groult, Weston, and Mr. Campbell there—on Tuesday, the 31st, Gall called and said that it was impossible for Mr. Robond to come—I told him I could only do the business in the City, and he was to fetch Robond down—he said he would be there about 3 o'clock—he gave me at the hotel this letter, dated January 31st, in which Mr. Robond says that he is not going to risk going to the City with 35,000l., and I arranged to meet him next day at the Westbourne Grove branch of the bank—I wrote this letter the same evening making the appointment to meet at the Westbourne Grove branch of the bank next day, and gave it to M. Gall, and wrote down who I desired to be present, Mr. Gall, Mr. Vernon, and Mr. Robond—that was written in Weston's presence—document "H" was attested in my office on Monday, the 30th, as it now appears—I had made arrangements for the advance of the money by Mr. Oppenheim at the London and Westminster Bank as his bankers—the advance was to be 30,000l. on the whole of the Bonds—on the Wednesday I arrived at the Westbourne Grove branch at a quarter to 2 to complete the transaction, 2 o'clock being the time appointed—Mr. Abrahams went with me, and I knew that the detectives were going to be there—M. Gall was at the door when we arrived, but finding no one else had arrived I went out again and met Weston coming towards the bank—I said "You have come at last"—he said "Mr. Robond is not

well, but he has deputed some one to act with him, who will have a full discharge with him"—I went into the bank with Weston, and soon after Fairchild arrived with a tin box—he said "I have come to do the transaction"—he looked about him and went into the other room, and returned, and said "Oh, I have forgot my keys; I will fetch them," and then the police came—I heard M. Gall give his evidence; his account is correct about Fairchild and the box, and daring any one to open it, when the officers broke it open and found it empty, Weston was there all the time—he was confronted with Fairchild, and said "You have got me into this mess," and went for him with his fist—when the box was opened with the key, and nothing was inside, he amused himself with a little song, "What a surprise."

Cross-examined by MR. GRAIN. I should not have parted with the money unless the Bonds had been checked and found satisfactory—I looked on M. Gall as the agent for M. Groult; he was the principal spokesman—I did not write down Mr. Weston's name; I did not want him—I looked upon him as a friend of M. Groult's, merely accompanying him—I should not have handed anything over to Weston without Mr. Abrahams' authority.

Cross-examined by MR. GILL. The arrangement was that the bonds were to be checked by the agent of the Company and by Messrs. Norton and Rose, who brought the Company out—the agent was at the bank—I cannot say whether it would have been absolutely impossible to get forged Bonds passed; I think it would have been very difficult and almost impossible—I saw the document H, which was prepared by Mr. Abrahams, which was the authority for the transaction—merely getting the receipt was to be a full discharge.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL. I never saw Kinsell till I saw him at the bank.

Re-examined. I saw Weston write the attestation; that is my only means of forming an opinion of his writing—I have compared it with I. and J., and they look like his writing—I have heard that forged American railway bonds have been about in the City, but they never passed through my hands.

By MR. GILL. It would be possible for 350 Bonds of this particular railway to be in the possession of anybody without the Company knowing it—I might hold them; there is no registration at all.

Z. E. OPPENHEIM. I am a member of the London Stock Exchange, of Wharnford Court, Throgmorton Street—I entered into negotiations to lend 30,000l. on the security of these Hamilton railway bonds—their nominal value is 35,000l., and their market value 38,000l.—they are excellent securities—the loan was to be made through my bankers, the London and Westminster Bank, on my behalf.

ARTHUR. H. DAWS . I am manager of the London and Westminster Bank, Westbourne Grove branch—the staff consists of myself and two clerks—I recognise all the prisoners—I saw Weston first; he came to the bank by himself on the 1st about 25 minutes to 2—he was shown into my room—he said that M. Gall might be there two or three minutes after 2—I said "To whom have I the pleasure of speaking?"—I am not sure whether he gave his name or not, but he produced a letter written by Mr. Alexander Brown making the appointment—he said that he was a friend of M. Gall's—I read the letter and said "I know all about the

business; the arrangement has been made"—(at that time the detectives were in the house)—he asked me if Mr. Oppenheim was coming to meet him—I said "No, only Mr. Brown"—he asked me if Mr. Brown was going to bring the money—I said "Yes"—he asked if the transaction was to be completed—I said "I believe so"—he took up his hat and made a movement towards the door—I said "Won't you stay till M. Gall comes?"—I looked at my watch and it was 20 minutes to 2—he said "No, I have not time; I want to get back; I want to go to the old gentleman who holds the Bonds, and bring him to the bank"—a messenger then came and told me that a gentleman in the outer office wanted to see me, and I said to Weston 'Just wait a minute; I shall not be long," and went to the outer office, leaving Weston in my room, and in a very short time he came out and took hold of the door leading out of the bank—I said "Won't you wait?"—he said "No, I must be off"—I said "Goodbye; we shall meet later on"—the Cafe Royal is on the same side as the bank at the corner of Hereford Road going east; it can be seen from the corner—Fairchild was next shown into my room—I know him as Lord Fairfax—he had a black moustache then, very much brushed up at the corners, which gave him rather a fierce appearance—he had a black japanned tin box with him, and when he caught sight of Mr. Abrahams he started and said "My name is Fairchild; I have brought the Bonds"—Mr. Abrahams came forward and said "Produce them, and we will go on with the transaction"—he put his hand in this way and said "I have forgotten the keys; I will go back and fetch them"—I said "Won't you leave the box?"—he said "Oh, no, I won't leave the box; I shall not be more than five minutes or 10 minutes at the outside"—he left my room, and was confronted by Mr. Abrahams, who said "Well, what is the meaning of this? it is now considerably beyond the time appointed for meeting; I can't be waiting here all the afternoon; where are the Bonds? produce the Bonds, and we are ready to go on with the transaction"—he said "Who are you? you look like some bookmaker"—Mr. Cutbill, the agent, put the same question, "Where are the Bonds?" and beckoned to the detectives, who were just behind a screen—they came and made some remark to Fairchild, who said "The game is up"—I asked him to open the box—he said "That is my private property, and I defy any of you to open that box"—he was arrested, and then he produced the keys, though he had not left the premises—the box was taken up and shaken, and then opened—Fairchild was taken into my room, and one of the detectives said he wanted to have a private conversation with him, but we heard nothing except that he shouted out "Oh! what a surprise"—my room is not on the ground floor; there is a semi-basement—I saw some wrestling between one of the detectives and Fairchild, who had a stick—I saw the other prisoners brought in.

Cross-examined by MR. GRAIN. My conversation with Weston was probably less than five minutes—I am quite sure he said he should have to go back to the old gentleman who held the Bonds—I heard one of the detectives say "Now, Mr. Weston, just write down an account of what you know about this," and Weston commenced writing something on paper.

JOSEPH PARTRIDGE PITTENDREIGH . I am manager to a stockbroker, of 13, Cornhill—on 4th October I sold two Hamilton and North-Western Railway 100l. Bonds, Nos. 2678 and 2679, to a man about 5 feet 10 high,

with dark slight whiskers, brown hair, tinged with grey—I don't think he had any beard—he had a slight American accent—I do not recollect his nose—I saw the same person again on December 13th, when he purchased three more of the Bonds, of which I can give the numbers.

JOHN EDWARD ANDREWS . I am a clerk, acting as cashier at the Bayswater branch of the London and Westminster Bank—on February 1st I saw all five of the prisoners—Hill came in about 3. 15 or 3. 20, and asked me to give him a 5l. note in exchange for gold—he showed gold and copper, but no silver—I told him it was contrary to our practice to issue notes to strangers for gold—he said "Although I am a stranger here I have an account at one of the other banks," which he mentioned, but I don't remember it—I told him I had no means of identifying him, and therefore could not oblige him—he left me, and moved to the street door, partly opened it, and remained in a listening attitude fur about a minute, for anything that passed inside, I should think—Fairchild was then in the manager's room, and Weston was in the clerk's department—he could not see them from the door where he was standing, but he could have seen Weston from the counter—he could not see into the manager's room, because the door was shut—he could not see Fairchild.

Cross-examined by MR. GEOGHEGAN. I was the only clerk behind the counter—it is a swing door, and he stood with it half open—the song was not "Two lovely black eyes; oh! what a surprise!"—I do not know if that was a signal.

HARRY BAKER . I am an assistant at Whiteley's—on February 1st I sold this box with two keys to Fairchild between 10 and 11 o'clock.

JOSEPH WYBROW . I am an assistant at the Bodega, 37, Hereford Road, two or three minutes' walk from the London and Westminster Bank—on this day, about 2 o'clock, the prisoner Hill and another man came in and had two glasses of port—the other man had a black bag—Hill left, and the man with the bag remained all the afternoon—he was there when I left at 7 o'clock, with one hand on the bag, taking care of it—Hill did not return.

Cross-examined by MR. GEOGHEGAN. Detective White first spoke to me last night—there is a manager to the Bodega—I saw the detective on February 2nd, and told him what I have told you—I was not at the police-court—I have been at the Bodega every day—that is 15 or 20 minutes' walk from the police-court—Hill was not put with other men for me to pick him out—this is the first time I have seen him since the day I served him—we provide biscuits and cheese there.

Re-examined. I have no doubt he is the man.

JEAN ZLAWNEMEN . I am a Swiss, and am waiter at the Cafe Royal, Westbourne Grove—I know all the prisoners, but I am not so sure of Hill—I saw them in the Cafe Royal one Wednesday together before their arrest—Fairchild had a tin box like this (produced)—he arrived with it in a cab—they had refreshment together at 1 o'clock—they left separately, and the last left at 3 o'clock.

Cross-examined by MR. GRAIN. I will swear I saw Weston there; there is no mistake—someone told me the arrest was on Wednesday—the governor and others told me, but I remembered what day it was if they had not told me—if anyone says it was Tuesday, I would not say they were telling an untruth.

Re-examined. I know the prisoners by sight—I had known them three or four days before, but they had not been together till that morning—I know they were there on Wednesday, and I afterwards heard that the arrest was on Wednesday—I never saw people come there with a box like this—it is not the sort of thing that people take about for their lunch.

ALEXANDER RAPH . I am head waiter at the Alexandra Hotel, Knightsbridge—on 25th January the prisoners Daker and Johnson came there with a dark man, about 5 feet 8 high, with dark whiskers turning grey—I did not notice his nose, as he sat with his side to my desk—they had three glasses of whisky, and then Fairchild joined them—they went to the drawing-room—there was a conversation between the four, and Fairchild snapped his fingers, and said "15,000l. is nothing"—they took nothing except the whisky, till Weston came, and then another man came in, Mr. Gall—they had lunch, and Lord Fairfax paid for it with a 50l. note.

LOUISA FAIRCHILD . I am a widow, of 4, Holland Park Terrace, Bayswater—I never had a tenant named Robond; I had one whom I knew as Vernon; he was about the medium height, and had a dark beard and moustache, a little grey, and an American accent—he took possession on January 18th—on the Saturday before Vernon came Fairchild called and looked at the same rooms, but I never saw him after—Vernon stayed till February 1st, when he left—he said he was going to Paris—on the 28th he took his luggage, and returned on the 30th between 1 and 2 o'clock in the night, without his luggage, and remained without it till 10 a. m. on February 1st, when he left—he did not say he was not coming back, and I expected him back—I saw Daker there, but I knew him as Robor; it might have been Robond—he came in while Vernon was away to see if there were any letters for him—after February 1st I received this letter, signed Vernon, enclosing the key: "Please consider rooms vacated by me for the present, when I will pay whatever difference there may be between us financially"—he has never been back—I never saw letter-paper like this in my house, I did not know that any had been printed—Mr. Robond did not tell me that he was going to have some notepaper printed.

Cross-examined by MR. FULTON. I recognise the third man, most decidedly—I said before the Magistrate that I would rather not swear to him, but if you ask me to do it I will.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL. I saw Fairchild in the dock at the police-court—I had not seen him outside with a man—I was not asked to pick him out from a group—he was there live or ten minutes—I will swear it was Fairchild.

AUGUSTE DELVALLE . I am a cashier at the London and Westminster Bank, St. James's Square branch—in October, 1884, Fairchild opened an account there in the name of Walter Selwyn Graham; that account is now 3s. overdrawn since July 1st, 1887—I produce a certified copy of the account, examined by the bank—there are cheques payable to Weston.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL. Graham did not say that the money he paid in was the result of betting.

Cross-examined by MR. GRAIN. Cheques are entered very hurriedly—we don't always get the name correct—I might enter your name Green instead of Grain.

JOHN FREDERICK SABINE . I am manager of the Kilburn branch of the Alliance Bank—I know the fifth prisoner as Walter Celonin—he opened an account there in that name on 4th October, 1887, saying that he had an account at the Chelsea branch, but, having moved, it would be more convenient to transfer it to my branch—he drew a cheque on the Chelsea branch, which was paid—it was for 43l. 1s. 11d., the balance standing to his account at Chelsea—he drew it all out there and transferred it to Kilburn—this is a copy of the account; it is still open, and there is a balance of 37l. 8s. 1d.

JAMES KENDALL . I am assistant to Messrs. Nettleship and Harris, of Westbourne Grove, who printed this note paper with the heading "4, Holland Park Terrace," on 7th January, for a person who gave the name of Vernon.

Saturday, March 3rd

WILLAM ROBERT MILLER . I am the secretary of one of the clubs at the West End of London—Weston was a member of the club about 18 months ago—W. S. Graham was also a member of the club—I am not aware whether it was Walter Selwin Graham—I do not know him by sight; I never saw him to my knowledge—on 28th January, 1887, I received this letter from Weston: "Dear Sir,—Will you kindly deduct my fines from enclosed cheque, and give the balance to bearer"—as far as I remember it was a cheque for 10l., drawn by W. 8. Graham on the London and Westminster Bank—the fines were deducted from it—I received this other letter from Weston, dated the same day, January 28th: "Dear Sir,—Mr. Graham, whom I have just seen, begs me to request you to hold his cheque till Tuesday which you cashed this afternoon for me on his account, &c. Regretting this contretemps, yours truly, Weston"—I believe the cheque had already been presented—it came back, and I wrote to Mr. Weston, and received this letter. (Stating that the cheque had come back)—I never saw Weston at all—on 17th September I received a letter from Graham, addressed from Brooklyn, America, resigning his membership of the club.

AUGUSTE DELVALLE (Re-examined). I am familiar with Graham's signature—this letter is in Fairfax's writing. (This was signed "W. 8. Graham" resigning his membership of the club.)

ARTHUR MALDEN . I am a clerk in the Coupon Department of Morton, Rose, and Co., merchants, of Bartholomew House—they pay the coupons on the London and North Western Railway Bonds—I produce the coupon register, and a book containing the list of coupons; the register is the register of the coupons to be presented, and the list is those which are absolutely presented—the total issue of bonds amounts to 45,000l.—it is my duty to Keep those books, and register the coupons which are presented—I can tell how the Bonds are held by the running numbers, and I find that most of them have been in the same hands for several years—of the coupons which were presented in December last the Bank of England were the only persons who presented coupons representing as much as 35,000l.—they have done that since the beginning, since June, 1880—no other persons have possessed that quantity of bonds up to December.

GEORGE SMITH INGLIS . I am an expert in handwriting—I have had put into my hands exhibits "G," and "J 2"—I have compared "I" and "J" and "J 2" with "G" and with the attestation clause to "H"—they are all written by the same person.

Cross-examined by MR. GRAIN. I have not the slightest doubt about it—I am positive; I can give you numberless reasons—you and I lost the last case I was in; that was our misfortune—I swore equally positive then, but the case is not finished yet—that was Dr. Palmer's case.

WILLIAM STROUD (Detective Sergeant) On 1st February I went with Sergeants Leach, Turrell, White, and Outram, to the London and Westminster Bank, Westbourne Grove—about a quarter to 3 I was called downstairs, and found Fairchild being detained, with his hand on this tin box—I said to him "What have you in that box?"—he became very violent and abusive, and refused to tell me—I said "What have you come here for?"—he said "I was told to come here with this box to put into it two paper parcels of Bonds, and I was to get 5l. for the job"—I said "Is that all you know about it?"—he said "Well, Vernon will be here at half-past 3"—I said "Very well, we will wait"—Weston was there in the other room, and must have heard what was said—I waited till 4 o'clock, and then the prisoners, Daker, Hill, and Johnson were brought in by the other detectives—I had previously said to Weston "It appears to me you know a great deal more about this matter, and it is only fair we should know; you had better put what you know about the matter in writing"—he said "Very well," and wrote this statement marked "A. "(Gall, whom I have known for six years or more, asked me to procure a loan of some hundreds for M. Groult; I met Mr. Vernon, who told me I could make a loan like that for him from Mr. Robond, and he would lend the extra money to my friend, M. Gail or M. Groult. Alden Weston. ")

After he had finished this statement he went towards the room where Fairchild was, and when Fairchild saw him, he said "You h—, you have got me into this," and struck him a blow on the side of the face, nearly knocking him down—Fairchild said "Search him; he has got a paper on him which I saw him sign for Vernon this morning"—I searched Weston and found on him the letter from Mr. Brown making the appointment at the bank—I then said to Fairchild "Now, I must know what is in that box"—he was abusive and violent, but ultimately he gave me the key, and I opened the box and found it empty—I said "Weston, it appears you are so deep in this matter that I must take you in custody with the rest," and I did so—he said nothing—there was a general charge against all the prisoners of loitering with intent to commit a felony—Weston afterwards asked for bail—I referred him to the Inspector, who said, "If you can give me any reason why I should let you out on bail I shall be glad to hear it"—Weston said "I simply introduced these parties; I know nothing about them, and it is a very awkward position for me to find myself in"—bail was refused—he gave his address, 49, Dover Street—I heard Johnson give his address at the station as 74, Colveston Crescent, Dalston—I went there the same evening, with Sergeant Turrell, and found this agreement "C." (This was for the settlement of an action on a bill for 100l.) I also found this document, which purports to be a passport, in a desk, which I opened with a key found on Johnson—it purported to be issued by the American Minister in England, to travel on the Continent, and was in the name of George Kahn, an American subject, it is vise by the Spanish and French Ministers—I also found these two books, one of which is a list of stocks and shares—they were on a table in Johnson's bed room—the other book

is entitled "How to print," giving specimens of type, some of which are marked.

Cross-examined by MR. GRAIN. I asked Weston to write down all he knew about it, and he did so, and signed it—I did not find the address where Weston had been living for some time: Sergeant Leach found that.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL. Fairchild asked me if I was a police officer, and I showed him my book—when I said "What have you got in that box?"Idon't suppose he knew I was a police-officer—after I had asked what was in the box, he said "Let us understand each other, who are you?"—I don't think he knew I was a police-officer when he was abusive, he may have guessed it, I did not tell him.

ALFRED LEACH (Detective Sergeant). I went with the other officers to the bank on 1st February—in consequence of a communication I left the bank and went to Norfolk Terrace, which is at the end of Westbourne Grove, and there saw Johnson and Daker in conversation in the street—I knew Johnson by sight—when they saw me they separated; I went up to Johnson and said "How do you do, Mr. Dunbar?" that was the name I knew him by—he said "That is not my name, you have made a mistake"—I said "Anyhow there is a gentleman detained at the bank, and it will be necessary for you to go with me there," which he did—upon entering the bank Mr. Gall, pointing to Johnson, said "Ah, that is the Major," and to Daker, "Ah, that is Robond, they took breakfast with me at the Alexandra Hotel"—Johnson said "This is all a mistake, I don't know any gentleman here"—Stroud then told all the five prisoners they would be charged with attempting to obtain 30,000l. by false pretences; they made no reply—I searched Johnson and found on him this embroidered pocket-book, a coupon, No. 1954, and an address, "Baron de Loander, 49, Dover Street, Piccadilly"—Weston was living there under that name—I also found an address on paper "Beaconsfield Road, Tottenham," with some peculiar marks—I made inquiries there, and find it is where Mrs. Hill formerly lived—I also found on him this book with different kinds of figures in it—I afterwards went to Holland Park Terrace and to the Alexandra Hotel and made inquiries—I knew Hill before; he refused his address—on the Wednesday following the arrest 1 went with Sergeants White and Turrell to Hill's house; I found he was living with his wife at 5, Balgay Terrace, Cavendish Road, Tottenham—I there found these two French books relating to printing, one has specimens of different characters, and the other is an advertisement of all the different kinds of printing tools—I searched Weston's house, but found nothing there bearing on the case.

Cross-examined by MR. GEOGHEGAN. I have looked through these books well, and find drawings on nearly every blank page, as if a child had been trying to draw pictures.

WILLIAM TURRELL (Detective Sergeant). I left the bank with Sergeant Outram, and saw Hill and Daker walking together to and fro outside—I spoke to Leach when he was in the bank—at that time Daker had left Hill, and had crossed the road and joined Johnson, and they were together when he came out—as Leach approached them they parted, and Daker went into a shop door close by—I touched him on the arm, and said "I am a police officer, and I want you to accompany me to the bank"—he said "What for?"—I said "There is a man there who

knows you"—he said "I know no one there"—I said "Well, you will have to accompany me"—we then went to the bank, and as soon as we got inside, Mr. Gall said "That is the man who was introduced to me as Robond"—I then told him he would be detained with the others—I searched him, and found two 10l. notes, 10l. in gold, and a quantity of silver, which I gave back to him—he gave his address as 82, Hackney Road—I went there, and found it was a second-hand clothes shop.

Cross-examined by MR. FULTON. He was known there—the landlady said he occasionally called there.

ROBERT OUTRAM (Detective Sergeant). I went with the other officers to the bank in Westbourne Grove, and remained there till about 3 o'clock, when I left with Sergeant Turrell—outside the bank I saw Hill and Daker walking up and down together, and watched them, and then communicated with Sergeant Leach—Hill then spoke to Johnson, and Daker stepped into the doorway of a shop in Westbourne Grove—we took Johnson and Daker to the bank, and then I left the bank and went into Westbourne Grove, and saw Hill walking up the Hereford Road—I followed him, and said "lama police officer; I want you to go with me to the bank"—he said "What bank?"—I said "The London and Westminster Bank, round to the left; your friend Mr. Robond and Daker are there"—he said "How do I know you are a police-officer?"—I said "I will satisfy you as to that, but you will have to go to the bank"—I took him there, where Stroud asked him his name and searched him in my presence, and found on him this small black memorandum-book and six 5l. notes—I conveyed him to the police-station—he said "I went into the bank for change for a note," and I have since ascertained that he had five sovereigns on him, and that he went in to give gold for a note—he said the clerk said "We don't give notes for change."

Cross-examined by MR. GEOGHEGAN. I was satisfied, and gave him back 15l. in notes.

HENRY WHITE (Detective Officer). I was at the bank with the other detectives, and took Fairchild in custody about 3. 30—I saw the assault which he committed on Weston, and also heard him refuse to open the box—I afterwards saw him take two keys tied together from his pocket; they both open the box—I took him to the station, searched him, and found on him this pocket-book, a gold watch and chain, a pearl and diamond pin, several keys, and a telegram addressed to Baron de Loander, 49, Dover Street: "Gall's house to-day, 12 o'clock, important. January 5th"—I also found 6l. 10s. in gold, a 5l. note, this envelope, with "6l. 2s. 9d. W. Alden, 12," on it; and underneath that "Ver, 2"—he was charged with loitering, and made no reply—at that time his eyebrows and moustache were black, but in the morning, after having a wash, they became the colour they are now—this memorandum, "6,000l. plus 10,000l. "was on the back of the telegram—he gave his address, Grand Hotel, Paris—I afterwards went to 17, Leinster Square, and found it to be a boarding-house.

Cross-examined by MR. GEOGHEGAN. Hill's house was searched a week after his arrest—we were unable to obtain his address before.

CHARLES HODSON . I am the clerk of the United States Legation—this passport was originally issued there, and it came into my hands for the purpose of putting on the seal—the name has since been taken out by acid, and another name put in—the signature is that of the

United States Minister, except the hoop of the letter E; that has been taken out cleverly, and in mending it they put a hook to it, which the Minister never does—it was originally issued to James Madigan, his wife and child; that name has been taken out and another introduced.

GEORGE JAMES RUSSELL . I am a cashier in the Birkbeck Bank—on December 5th, 1887, an account was opened by a person giving the name of Robert Daker, 74, Colveston Crescent, Dalston—this (produced) is the original document which he signed, and this is a copy of the account—I saw him, but I do not recognise him here—the number of the account is B 1450—200l. was paid in, for which I gave this receipt.

WILLIAM TURRELL (Re-examined). I found this receipt for 200l. on Daker when I arrested him.

GEORGE INGLIS (Re-examined). I have compared this document (An advertisement signed Iota for the loan of 3,000l. at 8 per cent.) with this receipt, and believe they were written by the same party, but the application for opening the account is very much disguised—I think the signature "Vernon" to this letter (produced) is written by the same party.

"WILLIAM SPARROW . I am an accountant, of Farnham, Surrey—on 17th January I saw this advertisement in the Daily Telegraph requiring 3,000l.—I replied, and received this letter signed Vernon, on paper with a printed heading, "4, Holland Park Terrace." (This was headed "Re Iota 3,000l.," stating that he had borrowed 2,500l. from a friend who wanted his money back, and wished to borrow 3,000l. on the security of some Hamilton and North Western Railway bonds, paying 6 per cent. Signed JAMES VERNON.)

Cross-examined by MR. GRAIN. I wrote a reply to that but had no answer.

Fairchild's Statement before the Magistrate. "When this case has been fully investigated and the mystery of the empty box explained, it will be found that my conduct has been most honourable"

By the permission of the Court Fairchild then made a statement to the Jury, in addition to his Counsel's speech. He said that if there was any conspiracy it was not with the other prisoners, who were only tools, but between Vernon and himself; that something else was intended at the Bank, not the negotiation of Bonds; that he was introduced to the prosecutor as Lord Fairfax as a joke, and they, thinking he was a big swell, tried to get him as security; that Weston produced a genuine Hamilton Bond and promised to hand over about 35,000l. worth of them; that Vernon had stolen some French bonds in France and tried to negotiate them in England, he could not be charged here with stealing them abroad; that the man who stood in the Bodega had those bonds in a bag, but they were not Hamilton Bonds, and he called upon Sergeant Outram to prove that he told him this.

ROBERT OUTRAM (Re-examined) At Marylebone Police-court Fairchild told me that it was all bogus about Hamilton Bonds, that he had six or eight, but what they had got were French Rentes, City of Paris, and Paris de Ville, the result of the big job; I knew what that meant.

GUILTY .

FAIRCHILD then PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction at Middle sex Sessions in July, 1887, of obtaining money by false pretences; also to a conviction at this Court in May, 1881, of uttering a forged order. HILL PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction at this Court in May, 1885, of obtaining money from the London and North Western Railway Company.— Eighteen Months' Hard Labour each. The COURT commended the skill of the police.


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