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<interp inst="t18381126-name-707" type="given" value="EDWARD"/>EDWARD CHATFIELD</persName> </hi>. I live in the City-road, and am a linen-draper. At a quarter-past seven o'clock in the evening of the 24th of October, I had a cloak at the shop-door—I saw the cloak-stand without the cloak in the lobby, and it was reeling from a jerk—I and my partner ran to the corner of Old-street, and I saw the prisoner with the cloak in his hand—he dropped it—this is it—(
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<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. PAYNE</hi>.
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> How far from your shop did you see it in his hand?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> About fifty or sixty yards—he had turned the corner of Old-street—my partner was between him and me—the prisoner was carrying the cloak in front of him—I saw some parts of it—he was stopped near the end of Pitfield-street—I came up to him at the moment with the policeman—I was eight or ten yards from him when he dropped it—if my partner had exerted himself, he might have caught it as it fell down.</p>
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