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<p>I live at
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<p>I am brother to the last witness; I am fifteen years of age; I went to the door to give the boy the pots, about ten minutes or a quarter past five; I saw the two prisoners come down the lane together; I see them go as far as the watch-box, and then they parted; Cook went on the other side of the way, and Porter walked backwards and forwards on our side of the way, near our house; and I went to get some assistance, for fear of their breaking the window, but I could not; and when I returned, I saw the prisoners meet again; they went through the Churchyard to Cross-street; I went into the shop, and looked through a shawl that hung in the window, to watch them; Porter went
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178902250043"/>past the window, and looked in at both the windows; then he passed again, and looked in at that window which he broke; then he stopt about a quarter of a minute, and I saw him pull something out of his pocket, and cut the putty of the window, and shove in a large piece of glass; then he pulled out the slipper and handkerchiefs; and just as he had got to the end of the handkerchiefs, a piece of glass fell; it was his hand he put in; he immediately put the things in his pocket, and went towards Cook; I see all this distinctly, for I looked at them all the while they were there: two shawls hung up, and I looked between these two shawls; there was a light in the shop, on the side he broke, but on the other side that I looked through, I had put the light away; it was a projecting window I looked through; there was no light on the outside but a lamp; the window was full of goods; the light on the counter was very strong: I am sure as to both of the prisoners; I knew Porter before; he lived in Islington; I heard Cook making a hallooing the same night, at the corner of Cross-street; they had been hallooing all the evening together, to one another: the shop is a about twenty yards from the corner of Cross-street; I did not see Cook at the time the window was broke; I saw him when he went through the churchyard, not afterwards; I ran out immediately, and Porter had got the property, but I could not see where he run to; I saw Cook on the Terrace, which is about forty yards distance from our house.</p>
<p>Court. Could you see him at forty yards distance when you run out? - Yes.</p>
<p>What time of night was it? - Six.</p>
<p>That is dark in January? - Yes, but there are a good many lamps on the Terrace which shew a great light; he was hallooing at the top of the Terrace, and the prisoner ran towards him.</p>
<p>When you first ran out at the door, did you see either of them? - No, Sir.</p>
<p>When you first saw Cook on the Terrace, what was he doing? - He was making a hallooing just before I got to the Terrace, the corner of Cross-street; I met my brother at the top of Cross-street, and told him they had got the property; my brother laid hold of Cook, and coming back I saw Porter run from behind the watch-box, or somewhere about there, as hard as ever he could; I told my brother that Cook was not the man that robbed the window, but that it was him who ran from behind the watch-box; he ran after him, and left Cook on the Terrace; he was not taken up till the next day, after we went to Mr. Blackborough's.</p>
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<p>I am a constable; here is a piece of handkerchief, and a slipper; I received them from Mr.
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<interp inst="t17890225-14-person206" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I took the things out of Porter's coat-pocket myself; I know them perfectly, here is a mark on them; [deposes to the handkerchiefs by the mark 34, to the slipper by the mark J. B. H. and produces the fellow marked in the same manner.] The handkerchief had been in the window all day, I know that mark very well; we have had them a month, they were put in the window to shew, they were not wrapped up; I am sure they are my mother's handkerchiefs; I know Cook perfectly well, and little suspected him; I changed two or three different hats to see if it was him, and it was him.</p>
<p>I know nothing of this man; I am quite innocent of the affair; as I was walking along I saw this parcel lay, and I picked it up.</p>
<p>The Prisoner Porter called one Witness to his Character.</p>
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<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p>
<p>Court to Cook. Your life is spared; I hope the fate of your unfortunate companion will be a warning to you.</p> </div1></div0>

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