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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17880910-4-victim89 t17880910-4-viclabel22"/>, about the hour of one in the night of the 15th of July last, and burglariously stealing therein eleven live tame geese, value 44 s. and one live tame duck, value 1 s. 6 d. two linen chimney-cloths, value 6 s. a hair brush, value 2 d. and an iron scraper, value 2 d. a wooden shovel, value 2 d. and two hempen sacks, value 2 s. </rs> her property.</p>
<persName id="t17880910-4-person90"> MARGARET ALLEN
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<p>I am a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17880910-4-victim89 t17880910-4-viclabel23"/>, I live on Hampstead Heath. On the 15th of July my house was broke open; I went to bed about eleven, and was the last of my family that was up; I lock'd my geese and ducks up, and got up about five in the morning, and found the doors where my geese were, were broke open; my geese were kept adjoining to the house, under the same roof; I went round to that part of my house, but where he broke into the dwelling-house, is a passage that I made to go in case it rains where the tools are.</p>
<p>So that you can get into one part of your dwelling-house into the place where the tools and ducks were taken from, without going out of doors? - Yes.</p>
<p>Were the geese kept in the same place? - No, at the other end of the house.</p>
<p>Were you obliged to go out of your house to get to the place where the geese were kept? - Yes.</p>
<p>But not where the tools and the ducks are kept? - No; I observed the door broke open where the geese were kept, and found the blood and all the geese gone; I went to look for a tool, and I found them gone, and the passage door open that came into my house, the door was broke open where the tools are kept; the tools were chimney-cloths, sacks, scrapers, shovels, and brushes, and I missed a duck from the place where the tools were.</p>
<p>Had you seen these things the night before? - I lock'd them all up my own self; I never found any of them at all.</p>
<p>What makes you suspect the prisoner? - Because I saw him at Hampstead, and they were found upon him; I never knew the prisoner before.</p>
<persName id="t17880910-4-person91"> THOMAS ISAAC
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<p>On the 16th in the morning, the prosecutor came to our office to apply for a warrant to search one Gough's house; we went there, and found nothing; the man said, you are very welcome to search my house; a boy who is here, that is servant to some of them, gave information; and Gough said to the boy, here has been a fine pice of work about some geese again; master, says the boy, there has been a fine piece of work at Johnson's room; me and two more officers went there, and found one goose.</p>
<p>Was Johnson in the room? - No; but
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178809100008"/>we took him at the bottom of the court; he lodged in a house in a little court, by a place they call the Wooden World; it is in Golden Lane; we found there a goose and these chimney-cloths, and these sacks.</p>
<p>Did you shew the prisoner these things that you had found? - Not directly; but soon after I did; I went to Hampstead the next morning, to fetch the prosecutrix, and she came and swore to all these things.</p>
<p>Were the geese warm? - No.</p>
<p>Prisoner. You say you found these things on my premises, do not you? - Yes.</p>
<p>Prisoner. They were in Tucker's premises, I do not lodge with him.</p>
<persName id="t17880910-4-person92"> WILLIAM BRACKNEY
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<p>I know nothing further than Isaacs has told you; I found the goose concealed in a closet, in a piece of paper, and the cloths in a room.</p>
<persName id="t17880910-4-person93"> WILLIAM WATTS
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<p>I know no further than I know my mistresses cloths. (Cloths produced and deposed to.) - I know it by three patches; one on the side, and one almost in the middle, and here is the other.</p>
<persName id="t17880910-4-person94"> EDWARD WALKER
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<p>I am thirteen; I know the prisoner; he used to lodge with Mr. Tucker.</p>
<p>Had Tucker and he a room between them, or each a separate room? - I do not know whether he pays as well as Tucker, he used to lay with me; Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, Johnson and me slept in the same room.</p>
<p>Was the cloths and goose found in the same room that you slept in? - Yes; they were not there when I got up in the morning; the prisoner desired me to fetch his mother, and tell her she was wanted.</p>
<p>Did Mr. and Mrs. Tucker sleep at home that night? - No.</p>
<p>Did Johnson sleep at home that night? - No.</p>
<p>Do you know whether they went out together? - No.</p>
<p>When did they come back? - Before I went out.</p>
<p>Who came back? - Tucker and Johnson.</p>
<p>What did they bring with them? - I saw nothing that they brought with them in the morning.</p>
<p>Court to prosecutor. Did you see the goose that was found in the room? - No.</p>
<p>I have as much to say as this; they cannot say as how they saw me with any of these things; I never was nigh the place, nor saw any of this property, any further than that I am apt every now and then to drink with this Tucker when he is at home.</p>
<p>Court to Isaacs. Did you charge the prisoner with having any of these things? - Yes.</p>
<p>What did he say? - He did not make any particular answer; he said he knew nothing about them; but this lad will tell you what he told before the magistrate, that Johnson should ask him which way he should get into this woman's house.</p>
<p>Court to Walker. Had you any conversation with
<persName id="t17880910-4-person95"> Johnson
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<interp inst="t17880910-4-person95" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> the prisoner that afternoon, or any time before? - Mr. Tucker asked me how the place was fastened? I told him like other places.</p>
<p>Who was with Tucker when he asked you? - Mr. Johnson, and another young fellow.</p>
<p>When was that? - On the Sunday before.</p>
<p>Court. On what day of the week was the robbery, prosecutor? - On the Monday night.</p>
<p>Court to Walker. Did you work for Mrs. Allen? - I have.</p>
<p>What did Johnson say upon this? - He did not say any thing.</p>
<p>Where did this conversation pass between you? - In Mr. Tucker's room.</p>
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<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr.
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