17th September 1888
Reference Numbert18880917-839
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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839. GEORGE WILLIAM HAMMOND (43) , Feloniously forging and uttering a request for the delivery of two dozen bottles of Eau de Cologne, with intent to defraud.

MR. GRAIN Prosecuted.

JABEZ TURNER . I am a chemist and druggist, of 483, Hackney-Road—this ticket (produced) is similar to what I have printed for my business, but I never sent one to a chemist with an order—on 9th July, between 8 and 9 o'clock, the prisoner came and said he was a traveller in druggists' sundries, and would give me a price list if I would give him one of my labels, which I did, and he said he would send me the lift—I never gave him any order—this order is not written by me or by my auhority.

AUGUSTUS WOODHOUSE NEWTON . I am a chemist—on 23rd July I was acting for a friend, Mr. North, who was absent for a holiday—the

prisoner called there and said that he was travelling for a wholesale house; he spoke about different drugs and asked leave to send in prices and asked for one of Mr. North's labels, which I gave him—he came again in the evening and said that he had lost the label, and asked for another, which I gave him—this is it—he came again on August 1—I was alone—I had received a communication from Pearson and Co.—he asked me if I had considered what he had previously spoken about—I said "Yes"—I said "What have you done with the two labels I gave you?"—he said "I lost the first and gave the other to the house"—I said "I have had no price list, and the two labels have been used on forged orders"—he said that he would make inquiry at the house he represented, he had sent the label in—I detained him a short time, but a lady customer came in and then he bolted; I did ditto and brought him back and gave him in custody—I gave no order and never received this Eau de Cologne.

WALTER DUDLEY NORTH I am a chemist, of 180, Upper Kennington Road—Mr. Newton carried on my business for me while I was abroad—I know nothing of these two orders.

ALBERT CHARLES GREGORY I am dark to Shire and Francis, wholesale druggists—on 23rd July the prisoner presented this order to me with Mr. North's ticket on it—I believed it was a genuine order, and delivered the goods to him—on 26th July he brought this second order, and I delivered the goods to him.

Cross-examined. I swear you are the man—I serve many customers in a day.

EDWARD DREW (Police Sergeant). I know the prisoner—I saw him write this paper (produced)—these three documents are in the same writing; they are the prisoner's.

EDWARD DREW (Police Sergeant). On August 1st I accompanied Mr. Gregory to Mr. North's shop, where I saw the prisoner—I produced these two orders, and told him I should take him in custody for forging and uttering them—he made no reply, but afterwards said he knew nothing about it—he was charged at the station, and made no reply.

Cross-examined. I found no goods at your address.

The Prisoner in his defence denied being the man who obtained the labels or got the orders.


He then PLEADED GUILTY*to a conviction of a like offence at this Court on 22nd February, 1886, in the name of James Hodway.— Five Years" Penal Servitude.

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