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<p>Second Count. For that they a round blank of base metal, of a fit size and figure to be coined to the resemblance of a shilling, did colour, with materials producing the colour of silver.</p>
<p>And in two other Counts, for colouring with materials producing the colour of silver, a piece of base metal resembling a sixpence.(The indictment was stated by Mr. Knowlys, and the case opened by Mr. Fielding).</p>
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<p>Q. What sum was due to you? - A.One shilling and sixpence; as I was coming down stairs I met with one
<persName id="t17980912-19-person224"> Mary Comber
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<interp inst="t17980912-19-person224" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , who lodged in the room next to theirs, and in consequence of what she said I went into her apartment, and looked through a small hole into the prisoner's apartments; I saw the prisoner Lahey sitting with her face to me, and the other with her back towards me, I could see both their hands; I observed them rubbing something between their thumbs and fingers with a rag, and putting it into a piece of paper, it appeared to be something like sixpences and shillings; I gave information at Bow-street, and the officers came in ten minutes; the prisoners had lodged in the house five weeks.</p>
<persName id="t17980912-19-person225"> THOMAS DYER
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<interp inst="t17980912-19-person225" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am an officer belonging to Bow-street: I was the first that went up stairs, I pushed the door open hastily, Dowset and Perry were with me; Lahey was sitting with a little deal table before her, and Warner was standing in the middle of the room; I told Lahey not to be alarmed, and I picked up a sixpence that dropped from her; there were two other sixpences which I picked up in nearly the same place within a minute after, I did not see them drop from her, (produces them); these sixpences I found lying upon the table in paper, exactly as they are now; this tea-cup was nearly three parts full of liquid, I tasted it, and it appeared to me to be aqua-fortis; while I was there somebody emptied it into a wooden bowl with water, that was upon the table, but I did not see it done; this blacking-cake Warner told me was for blacking shoes, I found it in this cannister under the table, and this pot of lamp-black; their hands were very dirty.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980912-19-person226" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I went with Perry and Dyer: I entered the room immediately after Dyer, I saw Lahey in the act of rubbing something between her fingers and thumb; she screamed out, and dropped a sixpence from her fingers; I searched Warner, but found nothing upon her, she was standing in the middle of the room; I searched the room found, but found nothing but what Dyer has produced; I saw the cup upon the table, but how it came emptied I cannot tell, it must have been done by one of the prisoners; there was but a single drop of liquid left in the cup, which Dyer tasted, I did not.</p>
<persName id="t17980912-19-person227"> JOHN ARMSTRONG
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<interp inst="t17980912-19-person227" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. Q. You have been at the apprehension of a vast number of these people, and know the use of these sort of articles? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. What is the use of blacking? - A. To put among the money to take off the appearance of the newness; the aqua-fortis brings the silver to the surface, and then they rub them, and finish them with cream of tartar.</p>
<persName id="t17980912-19-person228"> MARY COMBER
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<interp inst="t17980912-19-person228" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I lodged in Mr. Perry's house: On the 14th of August I met Mr. Perry on the stairs, I asked him if they had paid him; he said, no; I told him if they paid him in silver to be aware of it; I had been looking through a hole and saw the old lady, Warner, take a little pipkin off the fire, and the young woman said, it was not boiled enough; she brought it to the table and stirred it with something, whether it was a stick or what I cannot tell, then she poured it into a tea-cup, or a bowl, I do not know which; I then went and told Mr. Perry he might come and satisfy his curiosity, and he came up and looked through the hole.</p>
<p>Q. How long was this before the officers came
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<interp inst="t17980912-19-person229" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I am one of the moniers of the Mint.</p>
<p>Q. Look at these sixpences? - A. They are all counterfeit.</p>
<p>Lahey's defence. I was coming past the New Church in the Strand, and I found a paper parcel; when I came home I opened it, and saw it was money, and when these gentlemen came into the room I was wiping the dirt off; whether it was good or bad I know not.</p>
<p>Warner's defence. We found the blacking and cannister in the room when we came there, the room door was open always; I did not know whether the money was good or bad.</p>
<p>Court. (To Perry.) Q. Had you examined the room before they came? - A. Yes; nobody had slept in the room before they came except my apprentice, and I am sure there were no such things there then.</p>
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<p>Warner, GUILTY Death. (Aged 56.)</p>
<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before The LORD CHIEF BARON.</p> </div1></div0>

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