4th April 1892
Reference Numbert18920404-441
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude; Imprisonment > hard labour

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441. FREDERICK PEMBERTON PEACH (47) and WALTER SELWYN, alias MELVILLE (46) , Unlawfully obtaining £890 from George Willis Scears by false pretences. Other Counts, for conspiracy to defraud.

MESSRS. C.F. GILL, A. GILL, and SOULSBY Prosecuted; MR. ELDRIDGE. appeared for Peach; and MR. MURPHY, Q.C., with MESSRS. SCARLETT and MORESBY, for Selwyn.

PAUL EUGENE HENRI (Interpreted). I am a clerk to George Dunlop and Co., of 38, Avenue del'Opera, Paris, agents for the Marine Insurance Co.—I produce an insurance order from Mr. Raphael of January 11th for bonds, amounting to 216,000 francs, from Paris to London; also a copy of the receipt given to Mr. Raphael, and the original policy.

CHARLES PORCHE (Interpreted). I am a clerk to E. M. Raphael, of 35, Rue de Chateaudun, Paris—on January 11th, 1890, we sent a parcel of bonds to Messrs. Bristow, of London, amounting to 216,000 francs—we insured the parcel with Messrs. Dunlop and Co.—I produce the receipts—I packed the bonds myself in the packets, put a tape round, and sealed them—amongst the bonds so packed were 425 Turkish Priority bonds of £20 each, and twenty-five shares on the National Bank of Mexico—the number of one of the Turkish bonds was 336887—I gave the numbers of the bonds at the Police-court on January 19th—the numbers on the two pages of this paper (produced) are correct—the parcels I packed were given to two of our employés to take to the railway station; they were entered in this receipt book by the railway company—we advised Messrs. Bristow of the sending of the bonds the same day they were sent off.

Cross-examined by MR. SCARLETT. The whole of the bonds were in one parcel.

Cross-examined by MR. ELDRIDGE. The bonds were payable to "bearer"

ANTOINE POMBEI . I am the deputy-chief of the financial department of the Northern Railway of France, in Paris; I have charge of valuable parcels received for transmission—I produce a book containing a receipt for two valuable parcels received from Messrs. Raphael; they were sent by the 10.10 from Paris—I have the receipt for them in this book, in the handwriting of M. Harker, my chief—I also produce a receipt in what is called the "coronet de traction,"with the signature of the guard of the train—if the packets had not been securely fastened up the railway guard would have refused to give me a receipt for them—I produce the waybill and the duplicate—I heard of the loss of the bonds

the next morning—the train which we call 37 starts from Paris at 10.10 at night, for Calais.

Crow-examined by MR. SCARLETT. Six valuable parcels were dispatched from Paris to Calais by that train—four for London, two for Lille.

FREDERICK CARPENTIER (Interpreted). I am in the employ of the Chemin de Fer du Nord, at Boulogne—at 5.20 a.m. on 12th January, 1890,1 was at the Boulogne Station when the 10.10 from Paris arrived—I received from the guard of that train a basket containing, according to the declaration, four packets of value for London; it was put in the consignment room, under the charge of the proper person, till one in the afternoon—I then took it on a trolly to the quay in the presence of M. Dupois, the brigadier of the Custom-house, and by the order of the Custom-house authorities I opened the basket, and found it contained four valuable parcels—I took the largest one on board the Mary Beatrice, and put it inside the safe which was to receive it, in the presence of the second officer of the ship—I then went up after the other three parcels, and brought them down, and saw them put in the safe by the second officer, and Dubois dosed the safe in my presence, and it was locked with two keys.

Cross-examined by MR. SCARLETT. Four parcels was all I expected to receive by that train; the declaration was only for four—they call it the Calais train, but it stops at Boulogne; Calais is its final destination—I carried the parcels from the railway station until they were put in the safe on the ship—I did not drop one of them on the road—the four parcels were enclosed in the safe when I left—I was called as a witness at an inquiry in France in January.

ERNEST DUBOIS . I am employed by Flageolet and Co., forwarding agents at Boulogne—in January, 1890, I was in the employ of the South-Eastern Bail way Company there—I remember the last witness bringing down to the Mary Beatrice the large value parcel and afterwards three smaller ones; those four parcels were put in the safe of the Mary Beatrice in my presence—I locked the safe and went away—the safe is on deck—there was another steamer coming in at the time.

FREDERICK DOWNES . I am a porter in the employ of the South-Eastern Railway Company at Folkestone—I remember the arrival of the Mary Beatrice on 12th January, 1890, about four in the afternoon; the iron safe was taken ashore by a steam crane—I conveyed the safe from the quay to the baggage-room—I was present when it was opened by Mr. Ledger, who is dead—it only contained two parcels.

JOSEPH HENRY FIELD BLAND . I am chief-clerk to Messrs. Bristow, Stock and Share Brokers, of 27, Austin Friars—on 13th January, 1890, we had notice from Mr. Raphael, of Paris, to us, of the dispatch of 8,500 Turkish Priority bonds and 25 Mexican bonds—on the 14th we gave notice of their non-arrival to the Marine Insurance Company.

HENRY GRANT RAMSHAY MAUGHAN . I am Secretary of the Marine Insurance Company, of Old Broad Street—we have an agency, amongst others, with George Dunlop, of Paris—this prosecution is instituted by my company—part of our business is the insuring of valuable parcels from Paris to London, and from London to Pans—on 14th January, 1890, we received notice of the robbery of these bonds—I inquired very fully into the matter, and put it into the hands of the City Police—the loss of these bonds was extensively advertised, with a full description of their numbers; and we sent a copy to every member of the London

Stock Exchange; I produce a list of the notices issued in connection with the matter—£1,000 reward was offered; and the Ottoman Board authorised the suspension of the bonds—the advertisements and notices were continued up to June and July in all the leading papers, and abroad also—the notice also alludes to the intention of the Ottoman Council of Administration to convert the bonds from five to four per cent.—the final date for that was fixed for July—after that date the 5 per cent. bonds would cease to be quoted in the official list; the bonds would have to be bought in at par, or converted into stock; all interest ceased from July 13th—during all that time I should think it would be impossible to sell the bonds in the open market—they would have on them the March coupons of 1890—they are half-yearly coupons—in November, 1891, I received information as to the presentation of some of these coupons at the Imperial Ottoman Bank—I afterwards went and made inquiry at the Union Bank in Argyll Place, and from what I learnt there the matter was placed in the hands of Inspector Abberline, and from that time he has had the conduct of the matter, and as the result of those inquiries this prosecution was instituted—I swore an information—£8,500 worth of the bonds have been traced, and a large number are in the possession of the police—we have possession of 2,000, which were at Vienna—our company have paid the £8,400.

Cross-examined by MR. SCARLETT. Mr. Scears has not had his money; we paid Messrs. Bristow for the bonds—we sent one of these bills to every member of the Stock Exchange, and they were very largely distributed over the metropolis by the police, not only at police-stations, but to bankers and money agents, and all persons likely to have such dealings—I don't think Mr. Scears would receive a bill—the head office of the Union Bank would certainly have one—I do not think Mr. Scears is a financial agent, he is a gentleman living on his means—before the two last examinations at the Police-court I went to Eastbourne with Inspector Abberline, with no one else—I went there to see Miss Beeby; I know the servant girl—I did not go for the purpose of seeing witnesses; I went to see Miss Beeby; I did see the servant—I went because the Magistrate said he thought we ought to bring Miss Beeby up to the Court—I think it was three or four days before the last examination, on the Thursday, that I went down—I was about five or ten minutes with the servant; I was not with her alone, Abberline was with me; he was only there while I was.

Cross-examined by MR. ELDRED. I think the coupons were dated March 13th, 1890—I have nothing to do with the payment of coupons—lam not the banker—I do not know whether they would be paid six months afterwards; I can only have an opinion—about twenty of these bonds were at Vienna, representing £2,000; they are here now.

ALEXANDER CAMPBELL FILEY . I am superintendent of the coupon department of the London agency of the Imperial Ottoman Bank—on 10th March, 1890, we received instructions from the Council of Administration of the Ottoman Debt, in consequence of which all bonds and coupons of the Five per Cent. Loan were examined on presentation—in November, 1891, some coupons of the bonds reported as stolen were presented by the Union Bank—notice was given to the Union Bank that they were stopped, and we reported the matter to the Marine Insurance Company—they were coupons of September, 1891.

Cross-examined by MR. SCARLETT. Notice of the conversion of the loan was advertised in all the London daily papers; not to private individuals unless they applied for it—the date in the prospectus up to which persons were to send in claims to have the stock converted was 22nd May, 1890, but the prospectus itself was dated 10th May, so that they had between the 10th and 22nd to convert—they could not send in their stock for conversion after that, we should pay it off; they could get their £100 up to 12th July; many people did apply after that date and got their £100.

Cross-examined by MR. ELDRIDGE. I do not think that hundreds of thousands of stock were paid after that date—no bonds were paid after that; they were stopped—I do not know which of the bonds were at Vienna—the dates of these coupons were March 13th and September 13th—the year 1890 would appear on the coupons—we should pay overdue coupons, if we had instructions to do so; we should pay them without instructions, for five months—that course of business would be known to the Union Bank—I have not any books here by which I could tell which bonds have been paid; I can only say that No. 24617 has not been paid at the London agency.

GEORGE WILLIS SCEARS . I live at 104, Regent Street—I am of no occupation—I have private means, and my wife has also—I have known Peach for a good many years—I have had business transactions with him, and have seen him from time to time before July, 1891—he owed me £160—he had owed me that for several years—in May, 1891, he came to me alone—about three months before that he had brought the other prisoner to me to get an advance of £400 on some Paris and Orleans bonds—he said he knew me, that he had seen me in the stalls at some theatre; he claimed a sort of acquaintance with me—I had not seen him or been at the theatre—Peach introduced him, but I am not absolutely sure of the name that he gave—I think it was Graham—I did not entertain the proposition of lending the money—about July 15th I received this letter from Peach. (This was dated July 14th 91, from the Primrose Club 4, Park Place, Richmond, and stated that Mr. Archibald Melville wished to barrow £4,000 on some bonds, that he was going to be married to a lady in America, and that he, Peach, could manage part of the loan and would pay Mr. Scears £100 which he owed him.)—I replied to that letter, inviting him to call—I received this card, stating he would call before eleven the next day—Peach called and saw me—I asked him who the bonds belonged to, and why he came to me—he explained that he wanted the money for a limited time for Mr. Melville, and gave reasons which I thought sufficient for him trying to borrow from a private source on the deposit of bonds; the reasons were that Mr. Melville was about to marry a lady, a Miss Kelly, the daughter of an American banker, and the money was wanted to pay a deposit upon an estate that Peach was to find for him—he said that Mr. Melville was a rich man—I suggested that he should get the money from his banker or solicitor—he replied that they wanted such large cover, and that no money-lender would advance him anything under 30 per cent.—I suggested that he had better sell the bonds—he replied that they were wanted to be put into settlement—I did not learn what the stock was—he showed me a book, The Investors' Gazette—I don't know the date; he held the book in a peculiar way, and covered the date, and only showed me the name of the bond and the quotation—this (produced) is a copy of The Investors' Gazette for that

month, dated June 30, 1891—the bonds he pointed out to me were five per cent, bonds, quoted at 82 or 84—I obtained this copy some time after, and found that the stock had been converted at that date from 5 to 4 per cent.—he took the paper that he showed me away with him—I quite believed the statement he made to me, and agreed to lend him £1,000 on twenty of these bonds for a year, but it was specially mentioned that the bonds were to be redeemed in January—that was part of the agreement, interest to be paid at 10 per cent., to be deducted, from the loan—I was to deduct £10 from the £160 that he owed me—he said he was to have £30 or 30 guineas out of the transaction—he said he would report to Melville what had taken place, and went away—on the 24tn I received this telegram: "Agreed terms of contract; will bring securities to your house to complete three o'clock, Melville, Merivale House, Wilmington Gardens, Eastbourne"—that was followed by this letter, of the same date. (This was from Peach from same place, stating that he had explained everything to Melville, who agreed, and had executed the contract.)—on the 25th July I received this telegram from Eastbourne: "Sent Peach; must have money this evening.—Melville"—on that same Saturday evening Peach called on me and produced this document: "Merivale House,—I hereby authorise you to to pay over to Mr. F. P. Peach £890 in cash in exchange for my Turkisn Priority bonds for £100 each, and his acquittance shall be a good and sufficient discharge for the same, Melville"—in consequence of its being Saturday, and after banking hours, it was not carried out till Monday—on that same evening I received this telegram from Melville: "Will come three o'clock Monday.—Melville"—on Monday, the 27th, Peach came about two, alone—he produced twenty Turkish Priority bonds, and also this agreement. (This was an agreement between the witness and Melville, transferring the bonds and coupons on payment of £100.)—this was executed by Melville, witnessed by Hunter and Peach—on that occasion Peach again spoke of the marriage, he said it would take place early in the spring—I went with him to the Union Bank in Argyll Place, and there counted the bonds, and got from the bank £890 in eight £100 notes and nine £10 notes, which I handed to Peach, and he gave me this receipt: "Received of Mr. Scears £888 15s., being amount of balance due to Melville on £1,000 loan"—25s. was for the stamp that was put on—I have the original—I placed the bonds in a box in the bank and left them with the manager—on 31st July I received this document: "Primrose Club. Dear fir. Scears,—I am leaving for Weymouth to-morrow for ten days, and write to remind you to stamp document; Melville was quite satisfied, and has left all in my hands; I need scarcely add any of your business you entrust me with shall be carried out in the best way; Parkside, Richmond Road will always find me"—the next I heard about this matter was on the 28th August, when I received this letter: "Parkside, Chisholm Road, Richmond Road, Surrey,—I have been asked to find premises suitable for some Americans; do you happen to know anyone in Regent Street? the £1,000 loan will be paid early in January; I have arranged with Melville that the interest due in September shall not be disturbed; this gives you an extra cover as security in case the bonds fall"—in consequence of that suggestion of not removing the coupons, my suspicions wore aroused, and, wanting some money, I took the bonds from the box and handed them to the manager in September—

I received a communication from the manager in November, and, after that saw Inspector Abberline, I communicated, to him all the particulars, and at his instance I attended at Marlborough Street Police-court, and was a party to swearing the information.

Cross-examined by MR. ELDRIDGE. I have known Peach twelve or thirteen years—during that time I had many transactions with him—he has let houses for me at Hadley, near Barnet—I had bought other bonds through him or lent money upon them—I had no difficulty with regard to them—I bought a bond of him for £200, payable to bearer; that was a Baltimore and Ohio bond, an American railway bond; that bond was all right, I gave him the full market price for it—I bought a Great Indian Peninsula debenture stock, they were two bonds for £360, and there was one debenture—I don't think he was acting for me throughout all the bond transactions; no, he could not have been—I know he was acting for somebody else, because he produced his principals, on three occasions I think; one was a lady, and one was a man who had something to do with a partnership affair for him; the other was a man I did not know; I took the bonds up from his principal—those were the three occasions—he was really an estate agent's clerk when I first knew him; he afterwards developed into what they call a financial agent at the West End—I have no occupation; I am not a financial agent—these were friendly transactions almost—I have an income—on November 9th Peach sent me a cablegram from New York in a letter he had received; it was in relation to some property that he had asked me to look out for him—I hardly know now what it was—I did not look out for any property—I told him he might go and inquire in Regent Street—I don't know the fact that he wanted premises, I doubted it—he told me he did—when I took these bonds they had the September coupons on them, not the March coupons, I never had them—my suspicions were aroused about the bonds when he sent me the letter of August 28th—I had my doubts about itit was a large sum—I did not think much of it; it would not have troubled me very much, it was my own money; I felt that he would redeem them at the time by some means or other—in October I raised a loan of £1,200 on the bonds—that was from the Union Bank—that was after I became suspicious—a mortgage deed was not executed, they were merely deposited; I signed nothing in relation to them—the loan was raised at the end of October; it was completed on 2nd November, before other bonds were deposited, a day or two before I and my wife went to the bank; she generally goes with me on any matter of business like that; not always, very seldom; she goes if a large amount of money passes—she was interested in the loans—I drew the cheque, and she signed it—it is her account—she would not lose, she would have been recouped by me—it was quite a private arrangement between us—I had an interview with Peach on 27th July; there was some conversation, but I cannot remember the nature of it—it is possible that the name of Mr. Peter Higginson was mentioned; I can't say that I remember it—on 19th September the manager of the bank and I did not go over the bonds together; I merely took them out of the box and gave them to him—the paper Peach showed me was the Investors' Gazette; it was not the Investors' Manual of 1st July, 1891—it was the same as this. (This was said to he the Investors' Manual of 1st June, 1891)—Mrs. Scears was present at the interview of 27th July—I think Peach had a letter in his hand which

he said was from Melville—he might have held it as though he was looking at it; I can't say that I remember it.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. I have not large transactions in bonds and securities of this sort; these are not the first bargains I have had to deal with—I have not had a good many—I never lent money to anyone but Peach—perhaps I have bought £20,000 worth of securities, and perhaps as much for my wife; I watch the prices of securities—I occasionally read financial papers—if I see any things go down it is not pleasant reading, and I avoid them—one is interested in them, to see the rise and fall of securities—after the letter of 28th August I entertained suspicions; I thought it strange that he should tell me not to touch the coupons; it was only a vague idea that there was something not right about the bonds—I did not convey my suspicions to the manager when I asked him to lend money on them; I knew the manager would not lose anything by the transaction if I did—I could not define my idea of the thing—I did not think the bonds were stolen, but something like not rightly come by—when the manager saw the bonds I did not look at them—he knew where they came from—as I trusted Peach so he trusted me—he handed them to the coupon clerk—there was nothing about them to excite his suspicion or mine—I felt that my advance was secured by the bonds—I did not ask any questions about the lady who was about to be married—I had seen Melville once before; I am not certain of the name he was introduced as, but I think it was Graham.

Re-examined. There were other securities in the box that I took these from—these were the last securities that I had placed in the box—there was no memorandum of deposit.

GEORGE JOSEPH KENNETT . I am employed at the Union Bank in Argyll Place—Mrs. Scears kept an account there—on 30th October last year the manager handed me twenty Turkish Priority bonds, representing £2,000 value—I have a list of them—I cut off the September coupons from them, and sent them to the Imperial Ottoman Bank—I then learnt that they had been stopped, and that the bonds had been converted—I had prepared a form of advance to Mrs. Scears upon them—when she came to sign the form I gave her certain information, and she handed me other securities.

WILLIAM LITTLE JOHN OGILVY . I am a cashier at the Argyll Place branch of the Union Bank—on 27th July, 1891, I cashed a cheque of Mrs. Scears for £890—I paid it in eight £100 notes and eight £10 notes and £10 in gold—I have the numbers of the notes, copied from the book.

JOSEPH LOWDER HUNTER . I am a solicitor, of 86, Terminus Road, Eastbourne—I attested the signature of A. H. Melville on an agreement—to the best of my knowledge, Selwyn is the man—Peach was present when Melville executed it—Peach came into the office and said Mr. Melville was a gentleman staying in Eastbourne, and asked me to attest a deed which he wished to execute—I said, "Certainly"—I saw Melville, and asked him if he had read through the deed and understood it—he said, "Yes"—subsequently I received this letter of 3rd February, 1892, purporting to be signed Walter Selwyn—I received it after I had given evidence against Peach, and before Selwyn was in custody.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. There was nothing out of the ordi

nary way in a gentleman coming in to sign this deed—there was nothing to call my attention to the man who came—when I gave evidence at the Police-court that he was a big man, nearly six feet high, that was my impression at the time—after seeing Melville, that is not my present impression, and thinking over the matter I do not remember that he was any taller than Peach; in fact, I have no particular recollection of seeing them standing—Melville sat somewhere at the back of me, and perhaps I did not see his face more than three or four times—I have said that he was fairly tall, Counsel suggested six feet, and I said that was my view at that time—I say now that he is not six feet—my impression was that he had a dark moustache and no beard—before I was examined before the Magistrate the detective had shown me a photograph among many others—he did not ask me if that was like the Melville I had seen—he laid about ten or twelve photographs in front of me, and said, "Do you see the man there who executed the deed?" or words to that effect—I looked at them carefully—the one I selected was the man that in my opinion had executed the deed—I don't think I spoke with great diffidence—they were laid before me to select the man, and I said, "That is the man," and I threw it out—I said before the Magistrate, to the best of my belief he was the man, but I could not swear to it, and I would not do so now—I am not prepared to swear he is the man—his hat was off, he might have entered with it on, but I do not recollect his sitting with it on—I cannot say whether he was bald.

Re-examined. He was about ten minutes in the room—when I was shown some photographs Selwyn was not in custody—he was not present when I was asked to describe him—my impression was he had a dark moustache; I see it is light now—I do not think he said more than half a dozen words—I have no recollection of his voice.

SARAH BEEBY . I am a boarding-house keeper, of Merivale Road, Eastbourne—two gentlemen named Peach and Melville stayed there; Melville from July 22nd to 25th, and Peach on 23rd or 24th, one night—the Tuesday after Melville left I got this letter, dated July 27th, from Hotel Victoria—Melville occupied No. 1 room on the ground floor—I recognise Peach—Margaret Shilling was then my servant—Mr. Walker Morris also stayed in the house—I remember Peach being charged with robbery, or something I did not understand—after the charge Selwyn came and stopped at my place, giving the name of Retlaw Newles—he gave me the references (produced). (The Marquis of Donegal and Honourable Curzon)—he stayed from the 1st to 7th or 8th of January—after he left I received this letter. (January 11th, 1892, signed Retlaw Newles, and stating that he could not join her family circle for above a week, as he was going to Honfleur, but he had requested Lord Donegal to give her private information as to his history)—I also received this letter of 23rd February. (Signed Walter Selwyn, stating that he had a photograph of Peach, that she must know that he was not Archibald Herbert Melville, and he was sorry he had not told her everything, and thought the "vindictive"Abberline would have dropped his name out of the case when he wrote that he had stayed at her house. "Would to God I had stayed longer at Eastbourne; I was sent to the wrong solicitor, Mr. Walter Birt."While waiting there he told a dark young man his name was Newles, and, if not mistaken, when asked the man said his name was Hunter; but he had now heard that the witness to the deed to Melville was not a solicitor but a clerk; would

she write to "E. Selwyn,"Park Hill, Richmond, as Hunter might be tampered with by Abberline. Weston had ruined him, having lent Weston £5,000 and spent over him £20,000, and being mixed up in a charge with him they were both sent to prison. Lord Donegal introduced Peach to him some two years ago; and Peach victimised Melville, who had seven children dependent on him; that "I have never harmed you or Hunter, and had never seen you before I came in January, and I do think it a cruel thing to swear to my photo. Your unhappy mistake and Mr. Hunter's is making a wreck of two homes. I am leaving to-night for Paris")—on 28th March I recognised him as Retlaw Newles—I knew his name was Selwyn then—his moustache was not dressed in the same style, and his expression was different—his moustache was different in colour, and instead of down it was across—it was lighter—his eyebrows were lighter—I do not know Melville—I am sure Selwyn is Retlaw Newles.

Cross-examined by MR. ELDRIDGE. A great many people stay with us who I do not remember—Peach was only there one night—I said at the Police-court I could not be sure he was the man.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. I did not see Melville much from 22nd to 25th July—he dined at the same table with other guests—I saw more of him in January—I spent the evenings in the drawing-rooms—I had a rubber of whist with him to pass the time—he did not come into the drawing-room in the summer—there was plenty of outdoor amusement.

MARGARET SHILLING . I am a servant of Miss Beeby at Merivale Road, Eastbourne—I remember in July last year a Mr. Morris stopping—Melville and Peach were there—Melville occupied No. I room—Selwyn came as Retlaw Newles in January—I had seen him in July as Melville—I recognised him when I saw him—I have not seen Peach since—I should not know him.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. There was nothing to attract my attention in July to Melville—one other gentleman was there—we have had twenty in the house together—I saw a photograph before I came to town—when asked to pick Melville out in the yard I said I could not see him—I did not mention to Miss Beeby when Newles come in January that I recognised him as Melville—Miss Beeby asked me about it after the police had the matter in hand.

Re-examined. I saw an inspector of police before I gave evidence—I cannot say when I spoke to Miss Beeby—it was before I saw the police inspector—the one other gentleman staying at the house in July was Mr. Morris—I did not mention to Miss Beeby that I recognised Melville, because I thought she knew.

WALTER JAMES MORRIS . I live at Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill—I was stopping at Merivale Road, Eastbourne, in July of last year—Melville was stopping there—I am not certain about Peach—I identified Melville on 28th March, that man on the right.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. I am on the Stock Exchange, with a stock broker, as clerk—Melville's hair is darker now—his moustache is about the same—I heard of this case about a month before I was examined—I saw reports in the newspapers, but did not take much interest in them, just scanned them through—I went to the Police-court, but could not get in—I was not examined—I picked Melville out last Monday week, 1 think, at the Court—a detective was with me, not

Abberline—he did not nudge me as I went up—I swear that; no hint at all—the other men were dressed in the ordinary way—I did not see a photograph—I did not say to the Police-sergeant Waine that he was a rather short, fair man—I do not remember his taking me by the arm—I do not think he did—he said, "You go up and touch any man you think you know"—I do not remember his saying, "Don't you see him now. "

Re-examined. There is no ground for suggesting the man was indicated to me—I was two or three days with him at Merivale Road—I am clear there were only two others in the house—as far as I renumber, Selwyn is the man, but I won't swear to him.

CHARLES JOHN WILLIAMS . I am a clerk-in the Accountant's Bank Note Department of the Bank of England—I produce eight £10 notes, Nos. 34926 to 33, dated 21st January, 1891; eight £100 notes, Nos. 96279 to 84, of 2nd August, 1890; and Nos. 208 and 209, of 16th February, 1891—Nos. 96279 to 84 were issued on 23rd July, 1891, to the Regent Street branch of the Union Bank—they were received back; Nos. 96279 and 81 on 29th July from the London and Westminster Bank, not endorsed; 96280 from the London and County Bank on 29th July, endorsed, "Change, C. King," and "A. A. George Pemberton Page,"in pencil, below it; 96282, 29th July, paid in by Barclay, Bevan, and Co., endorsed "A. H. Melville"; 96283, by Messrs. Drummond on 30th July, endorsed "D. Vernon, 4, Park Place, St. James's," "Smart," and what appears to be "W. O. N.,"in different writing; 96284, on 29th July by the Union. Bank, bearing a stamp of Charles Reinhart, and "28th July, 1890, 14, Celeman Street, London"; 208, on 31st July by the Capital and Counties Bank, and the same stamp effacement; 209, on 25th August by the London and County Bank, endorsed in ink, "E. F. E. Line, Park House, Belsize Park"; the £10 note, 34927, is endorsed, "King, 14, Elm Grove,"the "Grove"has been punched out in the cancelling, and it has the P. O. stamp, "Hammersmith Broadway, 28th July"—the £10 notes came in between 29th July and 1st August.

GEORGE WILLIS WAIN . I am manager to Messrs. Deacon and Co., of 37, King's Road, Brighton, wine merchants—in August, 1891, Mr. Kotchie, a customer, introduced the prisoner Selwyn as Captain Selwyn—on 22nd August Selwyn asked me to cash a £100 note—I gave it to Mr. Baker in the King's Road, asking him to change it, and he left with the note—Kotchie is an elderly man of 60 or 62, and about 5ft. 6in., with sunken cheeks and a long moustache, greyish, withered-looking face, and delicate looking—I next saw Selwyn on 25th, the Tuesday following the Saturday.

WILLIAM TUBSALL BAKES . I carry on a milliner's business at 13, King's Road, Brighton—I remember Mr. Wain coming to me with Captain Selwyn on August 24th—I was asked to change a £100 note—I put it on one of the forms of the London and County Bank and sent for the cash—on getting the cash I gave it to Captain Selwyn—I recognise him as the prisoner Selwyn.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. There was nothing particular about Captain Selwyn to attract my attention—I heard no further of the matter till the end of the year—I could not tell if the endorsement was on the note—I did not put it on—I do not know the writing.

Re-examined. I have no doubt of Selwyn's identity.

CHARLES HENRY HAWKINS . I am cashier at the London and County Bank, Brighton—Mr. Baker kept an account there—on 24th August I cashed for him this £100 note, No. 209.

HENRY SPONG . I am assistant to Mr. George Attenborough, of 72, Strand—I know Peach—3 remember his bringing me a £100 note about 28th July—he asked me to cash it—we had not the cash at the moment—I sent to Mr. King, a few doors off, for it—a lad went to the bank and brought the money back.

Cross-examined by MR. ELDRIDGE. I have known Peach upwards of two years—I have never known anything against him—he is honest, as far as I know—he did not say the note was not for himself, or I should not have changed it.

Re-examined. I only knew him as a customer—I did not know of his passing in any other name—I saw him frequently—he pledged things and redeemed them.

GEORGE CHARLES KING . I am manager to Mr. A. George, of 78, Strand, pawnbroker and jeweller—we keep an account at the London and County Bank, Covent Garden branch—this note, 96280, for £100, was brought to me from Mr. Spong to change—I wrote on it, "Please change.—George C. King. "

JOHN PEARSON . I am cashier to the Covent Garden branch of the London and County Bank—Mr. George has an account there—I changed the note 96280 in consequence of its endorsement, on 28th July, 1891.

REGES GLEISALL . I am with Messrs. Birt and Co., money changers and foreign bankers, of Cornhill—on 28th July I changed these two £100 notes, 96279 and 96281, into French money for a person I do not know, who brought them to my place—I wrote at his dictation on one of the notes the address, the name was written in my presence by the person tendering the notes—I gave him 5,000 francs in notes and £1 7s. 6d. cash.

FRANK FULLAGER . I am one of the firm of Reinhart and Co., foreign bankers, 14, Coventry Street—on 27th July, 1891, I cashed these two £100 notes, Nos. 209 and 96284, into French money—I do not know the person who brought them, it was about six p.m.

JAMES CHARLES WALDRON . I am with Mr. Edmund Smart, foreign banker, 9, Wardour Street—on 28th July, 1891, I changed this £100 note, 96283—at the dictation of the person who brought it I wrote on the back, "D. Vernon, 4, Park Place, St. James's Street"—I wrote "Edmund Smart,"that is my employer's signature, underneath—I do not know what is underneath that.

GEORGE MILTON . I am manager to Mr. Vaughan, pawnbroker, of 39, Strand—I changed this note 96282, and paid it into our bank on 27th or 28th July—three or four persons came in with it, recommended by a neighbour, Mr. Harris, a tailor.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. I fix the date by our bankers—I have nothing to show the date except our books, which are at home, but our bankers insert the date for us; it was paid the following morning into Ransome Bouverie, Barclay Bevans—I do not know anything of the mark on the back.

Re-examined. It was too late to pay it in the same evening.

ARTHUR CHARLES KING . I live at 14, Eldon Grove, Hammersmith—I

know the prisoners—on 28th July, Peach was indebted to me a little over £100—he sent me this £10 note (34927) in a registered letter—I cashed it, I think, the same morning—it has my endorsement—I learned Peach was in custody on 23rd December—Selwyn called on me that day—that was the first time I had seen him—he said he was a friend of Peach—he gave the name of Selwyn—he asked me to interest myself in the matter of each, and go and see Mrs. Peach, and also see Peach at Holloway—I am of no occupation—he said Peach had been taken to Holloway on some charge of fraud; he did not exactly give the particulars—he asked me to do it in a friendly way—he said it would not be altogether convenient for him to go, because there was a committal out against him on some other charge which he did not give me any details of—I asked him what it was; I really cannot remember what he said; something connected with a bill, I think—he was going to bring, money later on for me to take to Mrs. Peach—I knew she was living at Richmond, Park Side, Chisholm Road—I did not know where he lived—I do not think I asked—I think I had been to Park Side—I am sure I had—I do not think I can tell when—I think I had been there on two or three occasions—I should not like to put a date to it; I really could not say the last time—I do not think I had been for some months previous to this matter—six, at least—I think I might say six—it is not a point I should like to be certain upon—there is nothing to put it on my mind; about the summer; I do not think I could put it nearer—I did not go very often; about the early part of the summer—about the latter end of May, or the beginning of June—I had no idea, where Selwyn lived—our interview took place at Hammersmith—I knew the Richmond address quite well—it was the early part of the afternoon when Selwyn came; about one, or a little earlier—I did not go to see Peach that afternoon—Selwyn called again about 6.30 p.m.,—I went to see Mrs. Peach that evening—not before I saw Selwyn—he gave me £15 to give to her; one £5 note and one £10 note—he also gave me £2 10s. for my expenses—I told him I did not want so much, but he gave it to me—I do not think my expenses came to quite that—that is the term he applied—he gave me this envelope with the address—I wrote on it, "Received £5 note C. N. 15496, and one £10 note H. S. A. 53700 for Mrs. Peach, Park Side, Chisholm Road, Richmond, A. C. K"—I did not notice any other address—the pencil writing at the back is Selwyn's—now I have looked at it I remember seeing it; I saw him write it—that was written on the second occasion. (This was: "Mr. Arthur Newton, solicitor, think his address is Marlborough Street")—I did not give him any receipt for the money; he did not ask for one—I afterwards saw Peach at Holloway—after that Selwyn called again on about 26th December, in the evening, at. my house; he wanted to know how Peach was, and what he had said as to the charge, and when I had seen him—he was with me about ten or fifteen minutes—I could not tell him anything very clearly as to what Peach had said about the charge, because I could not gather it—I gathered the charge had something to do with the robbery of bonds—I was not able to tell him anything very definite from Peach—it is a long time ago—I had never been at Holloway before—I told Peach I had taken the money to Mrs. Peach—I have not taken a. note of the day I went to Holloway—it was not the same afternoon—the first occasion

Peach said, "All right," and that he wanted me to have £2 more, not added to my expenses; I looked upon that as being off the amount he owed me—he said a charge had been brought against him of robbery of bonds, of which he was innocent—this has come fresh upon my memory—I believe I am waking up from forgetfulness—my memory was not better when I saw Selwyn—I had nothing more to tell him—I am positive now there was nothing more said—that was the last time I saw Selwyn—I saw him on three occasions on two days—I communicated with the police on January 6th—I wrote to Inspector Abberline.

Cross-examined by MR. ELDRIDGE. I was not aware Peach was going in the name of Harcourt—I do not remember his having a difficulty in a club, nor bankruptcy proceedings against him—I have heard he is interested in a reversion—I have advanced him money on several occasions—his debt to me was a little over £100; I have not the exact amount.

By the COURT. The pencil writing was jotted down by Selwyn in my presence—he suggested Mr. Newton as a solicitor—the idea at that time was that it was to arrange for the defence—he suggested I should go to Mr. Newton that evening; after that we came to the conclusion that the solicitor already acting for Peach would do just as well.

THOMAS GIRDLER . I am managing clerk to Mr. Chancellor, house agent, 1, King Street, Richmond—in November, 1889, I had the selling of 2, Park Hill, Richmond—I saw the prisoner Selwyn about it—the lease was sold to Mrs. Emily Selwyn for £480—I think the term was about sixty years.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. The purchase was by Mrs. Selwyn—the deposit was paid by her cheque—I did not see the balance.

FREDERICK BERNARD SENIOR . I am a solicitor, and am Town Clerk of Richmond—I acted in the sale of the house belonging to Miss Plummer, No. 2, Park Hill; that is very near Park Side; they are parallel streets—I identify Selwyn as the husband of the lady who was purchasing the house—I have a leasehold interest in Park Side, Chisholm Road; that house was let for me through Mr. Blake to a Mr. Henry Harcourt—I did not see the tenant till after he was in possession—on one occasion Mr. Harcourt came to me to pay his rent; it was Peach.

JOHN SERJEANT BLAKE . I carry on business as Gascoigne and Blake, house agents, Richmond—I knew Peach by the name of Henry Harcourt—I had the letting of the house, Park Side, Chisholm Road—Peach applied to me in the name of Harcourt to take it, and gave me as a reference Mr. Walter Selwyn, of Park Hill—I communicated with him, and got this letter (Read): "10th March, 1891, Park Hill, Queen's Road, Richmond. Gentlemen,—In reply to your letter of this date, I am acquainted with Mr. Henry Harcourt, and recommend him as fully able to pay the rental named, and would be glad to accept him as a tenant of any of my houses if I had anything to suit him in Richmond.—Yours faithfully, SELWYN. "—this is Harcourt's letter, taking the house, written on my paper in my office. (This was dated 6th March, from 44, Markham Square, agreeing to take the house at an annual rent of £36.)

WILLIAM WEEKES . I am a builder, of 19, Agate Road, Hammersmith—I know Peach—in March, 1890, I let him No. 29, Agate Road;

he remained there three quarters, and then left without notice, but the tenancy still continued—the house was empty for about six months; I then re-let it—he paid his rent on 10th March.

JOHN HAWKINS FORD . I am chief clerk at the Richmond branch of the London and County Bank—I know Selwyn as Walter Selwyn—on 4th June, 1887, a joint account was opened with us in the name of Walter and Emily Selwyn—that continued until 26th July the same year, when it was closed—on 7th November, 1889, an account was opened in the name of Emily Selwyn—we were applied to by the Knightsbridge branch as a reference, and on 28th October, 1890,1 received this authority, signed W. Selwyn for Emily Selwyn, for the sale of some stock—I saw Selwyn sign it.

JAMES MONTAGUE . I am chief clerk at the Knightsbridge branch of the London and County Bank—on 24th September, 1860, a Mr. Melville called on me with this letter of introduction—it was the prisoner Selwyn. (Read): "September 4th, 1890. Park Hill House, Richmond. Captain Selwyn recommends the bearer, Mr. Percy Melville, his brother-in-law, to the manager of the London and County Knightsbridge, to open a banking account. Mr. Melville has resided for some years in India, and is about to buy a house near the Knightsbridge Branch."—I notice a difference in his appearance, his hair, moustache, and eyebrows were black—he brought with him a cheque for £1,000 on the Richmond branch, drawn by Emily Selwyn—I com municated with the Richmond branch on the subject of the letter and cheque, and as a result opened the account in the name of Percy Melville, and he operated on that account—in April, 1891, he deposited some French rentes, and borrowed money on them—he afterwards instructed me to sell some; his account was overdrawn pending the sale—he afterwards deposited further French securities, and having had them valued, I save him a credit of about £2,764—the first lot being sold realised £1,126, and the second lot £1,637—those were French rentes—all the securities deposited were French bonds—he offered further securities, which were not accepted—a few days after the sale I got some information about the securities being stopped—we them all. (Two letters of Selwyn's were then put in, and the following passage in one of them was read: "I know that they were not in the official list of stock bonds, published in Paris at the time I bought them, as it has been a rule of mine for years not to deal in this class of security without first sending for the 'Bulletin des Opposition.'")—that letter was written in my presence on 9th December—I saw Selwyn write it on the bank paper, but with the address, "44, Markham Square"—this other letter of 7th December was not written in my presence—the sale was four or fire days previous to that letter—I received this letter or 23rd February, 1892. (This was signed Melville, and stated that for some time he should be residing in France.)—this cheque for £48, dated 3rd March, 1892, payable to W. Cooper, was the last cheque presented on that account.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. This is the first time I have teen asked about the colour of the prisoner's moustache—I first saw the difference when I saw him at Marlborough Street Police-station, after he had been arrested—I had seen him at least six times; the latest

was in December, 1891; his hair, moustache, and eyebrows were then quite black; he had no whiskers, I think.

JOHN CLANDERY VERRALL . I am a Turkish accountant—I know Selwyn—I had some transaction with him, resulting in a correspondence—I produce the letter written to me by him; it related to a ring—at that time he had a very dark moustache, very much curled up; that was in March, 1890—he did not settle my account, and he referred me to his agent, P. Pemberton, Esq., 29, Agate Road; that was in October—I never saw Pemberton.

Cross-examined. October, 1890, was the latest time I saw him—there was nothing particular to call my attention to his moustache at that time, only it was the same as Lord Randolph Churchill's, very much curled.

FREDERICK GEORGE ABBERLINE . I was for many years in the police force—I have lately retired, in my thirtieth year of service; I was then chief inspector—in January, 1890, I received information of the robbery of a parcel of bonds on board the Mary Beatrice—I saw it circulated in the ordinary way; I was not specially employed then—in the course of my experience I have acquired a knowledge of dealing with foreign bonds and the persons employed in dealing with them—in March, 1891, I went to Calais, and kept observation on the steamers arriving and departing there—I took Sergeant Lowe with me, as he spoke French fluently—on the morning of the 9th April I saw four men I knew leave the mail steamer Breeze, arriving from Dover at a quarter to one a.m.; they left separately—one was named Powell, another Sinclair, and the two others, Red Bob and Shrimps—I was in communication with the French police, and arrangements had been made—I indicated those men to the French police, and they were arrested—at the Police-station at Calais a cloak-room ticket was handed to me by one of the French officers in the presence of Powell—this (produced) is the remains of it; it was in a pulp; the officer forced Powell, and made him spit it out—this is dated 24th March, 1891, relating to a hatbox left at the Victoria Station of the London, Chatham, and Dover line—this cloak-room ticket was also handed to me, dated 8th April, some keys were taken from Sinclair and handed to me; one of them I found to be a master key fitting all the safes on board the London, Chatham, and Dover mail boats—the Breeze was one of those boats—the other two keys were keys of Chubb's padlocks used on the steamers—the safes are placed in a square wooden box on the deck, and the outer box is padlocked—I afterwards tested one of them in the outer box of the Wave, and it fitted; the other fitted the outer box of another steamer—from Sinclair a wax impression was taken of the padlock belonging to the Breeze, the boat they had left—a piece of wax was also taken from Bed Bob, but he destroyed the marks on it; it was impossible to identify it—the four men were detained—I afterwards went to Dover, and there obtained the parcel that was referred to in the Dover cloak-room ticket; it was a bag containing a dummy parcel in brown paper, an exact imitation of a parcel of bonds, in an oilcloth cover, with a plain label ready to be addressed—I found three parcels, exact imitations of parcels of bonds, which might be used for replacing any parcels of bonds that were taken—I went to Victoria Station with the other ticket, and got the hat-box, in the lining of which I found a

sealed packet, and there were some old shirts in the box—the sealed packet contained sixty-two coupons, which had been cut from the bonds contained in the stolen parcel of bonds for March, 1890—the whole of those coupons related to twenty of the bonds deposited with Mr. Scears—the four men that were taken in custody at Calais were detained until August, and were then expelled from France—on 4th September, 1891, I went to the cloak-room at Cannon Street, and there examined a Gladstone bag, which had been deposited there some months prior, and in that I found twenty Turkish Priority bonds for £100 each and twenty Mexican bank shares and five £20 Turkish—I produce them—there were also twenty-three loose coupons relating to the same stolen bonds—I gave instructions to the railway company, and on 8th October I received a communication from them—the bag was left there, but I took the contents—in consequence of the communication I received I kept observation on the South-Eastern Railway office in Piccadilly Circus; the day previous to that I received a telegram, and went to the Café Monico, and there saw the man Powell in conversation with a man called Kotchie, a man aged about sixty, and 5ft. 6in. in height; a Polish Jew, thin, with hollow cheeks, a haggard expression, and grey moustache; that was the description given by Mr. Wain—on the 9th I was in the receiving office in Piccadilly, and while there I saw Kotchie come in; about four I saw a woman outside speaking to him—they waited about there, walking backwards and forwards, and about six o'clock the woman came into the office; she went up to the clerk; I could not see what she had got—she. went out, and in going out I saw her communicate with Kotchie; he banded her something, which he took from his waistcoat pocket; she came into the office again—I saw her pay money, 14s. and something, and this Gladstone bag was handed to her; it was the bag I had seen at Cannon Street, out of which I had taken the bonds—she then rejoined Kotchie, and they got into a cab and drove away together; I did not follow them—I afterwards ascertained where they were going to, and afterwards went to the place, 4, Portland Terrace, St. John's Wood, where I found Kotchie and the woman living—I interviewed them—up to this point I had been acting on my own account in my capacity of police-inspector, with the knowledge of the Marine Insurance Company—on the 2nd November I got information as to the presentation of some of the coupons; the secretary called at our office, and as the result I was put in communication with Mr. Scears—I inquired into the matter, and in conjunction with Mr. Scears and Mr. Maugham, I swore an information, and obtained a warrant for the arrest of both the prisoners—on the 21st December I met the prisoner Peach in Glasshouse Street, Regent Street, about eleven in the morning; Sergeant Lowe was with me—I said, "I am an inspector of police, and this is a brother officer; I hold a warrant for your arrest for obtaining from Mr. Scears £890 on some stolen bonds"—he said, "I am perfectly innocent"—we went to the Vine Street Station, close by, and I read the warrant to him—he remarked, "I hall be able to explain it more fully; I believe Mr. Melville is in Scotland, shooting, and will return in January; I have known him since 1886. I met him some time ago, and he asked me to raise a loan on these bonds; he said he had bonds to the value of £4,800, and I obtained the loan from Mr. Scears on twenty £100 bonds. I afterwards met Mr.

Melville in October at the Primrose Club, and he asked me to take charge of the remainder of the bonds, and I did so, he also asked me to sell them in January, and then redeem those in the possession of Mr. Scears"—I said, "As a police officer I cannot ask you anything, but as you refer to the missing bonds, I may tell you the owners are very anxious about them, as they form the remaining portion of £8,400 which were stolen"—he said they were in perfectly safe keeping, and would be produced after he had consulted his solicitor—on 22nd December I went to Richmond, and saw Peach's wife—she appeared to be very ill, as well as in great poverty—I gave her ten shillings—she said she had no bread in the house—on 29th December the question of these bonds was mentioned before the Magistrate, who made some statement, in consequence of which I spoke to Mr. Cooper, the solicitor appearing for Peach—I went with Mr. Cooper to the house of Mrs. Peach, and had some conversation with her—she seemed then to be in a very much better position than when I had seen her last—I went with her upstairs; there was a bedstead in the centre of the room—she pushed it on one side, and moved a piece of carpet from the centre of the room, and indicated a board there, which I lifted up, and took from the hole in the floor a parcel containing twenty-three £100 Turkish Priority bonds, which had formed part of the stolen parcel that I was looking for—I found some letters in another part of the house, which I produce. (These were put in, and referred, to as showing communication between the prisoners, and were used for the purpose of comparison of handwriting)—during this time I was looking for Selwyn—he was arrested on 2nd March—I had observation kept on a house in Harewood Square, Marylebone, and Selwyn was brought out of that house and put into a cab—Sergeant Lowe told him who I was, and I said I would follow to the station in another cab—Selwyn said, "There is plenty of room; pray come in here"—on the way in the cab he said he was at Peach's house the night following his arrest; he said, "If I had known there were any bonds there you may take your oath they would not have been found"—he said, "I have been through the depositions the night before last"—nothing was said about the account opened in the name of Percy Melville—I was not present when he wrote a cheque—I do not know Graham.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. He said, "When I wrote this letter I intended to surrender, but was advised to the contrary"—it was after that that he spoke of the bonds—he did not say that if any bonds of his had been there he would have taken care to remove them—he said that if the solicitor at Eastbourne could identify them he hoped it would be a fair identification, and he wished to be brought face to face with Mr. Hunter, of Eastbourne—I do not know Kotchie by any other name—hisk real name is not Powell; they are two distinct people—I have known John Powell many years—Kotchie has not been arrested.

Cross-examined by MR. ELDRIDGE. I went through these letters; one refers to a club—there is a very long letter there—I do not suggest that the letters put in are all; there are a quantity—a good many of them are not connected with this inquiry—I found sixty-two coupons of the missing bonds at the station, dated March, 1890—I went to Peach's house—I may have told his wife on the first occasion that I was a friend of his, because she was so ill I was afraid to tell her who I was—I went down with Mr. Cooper—I had not seen any letter which the prisoner wrote to

his wife, but I have since I went down to Mr. Cooper by arrangement to receive the bonds; they were found under a board which I removed—I saw no sign of gas-fittings; it was in the middle of the room—I went over the house, but did not see that sort of thing in two other rooms.

RICHARD LOWE (Detective Sergeant). I have acted with Inspector Abberline in this matter—I was with him at Selwyn's arrest at Harewood Square—he opened the door to us and I said, "Mr. Melville, I believe?" he said, "No, my name is Walter Selwyn"—I said we were police officers, and read the warrant to him—he said, "So help me God I am innocent; how did you know I was here? I know who sent you"—he said he had come to town as a witness in Mr. Peach's case—he said something about calling at Peach's house on the night of his arrest in the name of Frank Daldren—I found at the house a number of documents which I produce; also some black cosmetic, and a comb for applying it to the moustache.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. He told me he went by the name of Daldren.

GEORGE SMITH ENGLAND . I am an expert in handwriting—I was examined at the Police-court, as also was Mr. Netherclift, who is since dead—I had all the documents in Selwyn's writing handed to me, and the letters in the name of Retlaw and Hughes, the letter to Mr. Hunter, the documents produced by Mr. Montagu, the signature, A. H. Melville, to the agreement in Mr. Scears' case, document 4, purporting to be the authority of Peach to receive money from Scears, and the signature of Melville on a bank-note—comparing the signature of Melville to the agreement with Selwyn's admitted writing, I say that it is Selwyn's disguised writing, and the same as the signature of Melville on the £100 note—I recognise a similarity between that writing and the writing of the document produced by Mr. Montagu through the letter "J,"which is the connecting link—I believe the letter addressed to Miss Beeby, in the name of Walter Selwyn, is Selwyn's genuine writing—the letters in the name of Retlaw and Hughes are both in the same writing—I am prepared to point out the peculiarities on which I base my opinion.

Cross-examined by MR. MURPHY. The disguised signatures of Selwyn are the signatures on the letter "J,"that on No. 8, that on the £100 note, and that on No. 6—the whole of letter "J"is in a disguised writing, that is to say, it is not like Selwyn's writing, but being an expert I am able to say that it is his.

By the COURT. I believe it to be the same writing, in the writer's usual hand.


SELWYN was further charged with a previous conviction at this Court on 27th February, 1888, in the name of Edwin Fairchild, to which he

PLEADED GUILTY; another conviction was proved against him.— Five Years' Penal Servitude. PEACH— Fourteen Months' Hard Labour.

The COURT highly commended the skill and ability displayed by Inspector Abberline in the case.

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