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<p>1150.
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<hi rend="largeCaps">GEORGE SCOTT</hi> </persName>, was indicted
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t18430403-1150-offence-1 t18430403-cd-38"/>16th of March</rs>, 120 yards of printed cotton, value 3
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<interp inst="t18430403-name-325" type="given" value="DANIEL JOHN"/>DANIEL JOHN TURNER</persName> </hi>. I am apprentice to John Ayres, a linen-draper, in Whitechapel-road. On the 16th of March, between seven and eight o'clock in the morning, as I was taking down the shutters, and carrying them through to the back part of the shop, I heard a cry of "Stop thief"—I immediately went to the door, and, about fifty yards off, saw a man chasing a lad—at that moment four pieces of print were thrown into my arms, by a young man re
<lb/>siding next door—I took, them back to the shop, and found they were part of a pile which stood about three yards inside the door—I had seen them there about two minutes before—these now produced are them, and are the property of Mr. Ayres.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined by</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. PAYNE</hi>.
<hi rend="italic">Q.</hi> What do you know them by?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> The private mark on them.</p>
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<interp inst="t18430403-name-326" type="given" value="THOMAS MARTIN"/>THOMAS MARTIN PYKE</persName> </hi>. I am a colonial agent, and live in Storey-street, behind the London Hospital. On the 16th of March, at half-past seven o'clock, I was in Whitechapel-road, and when within two doors of Mr. Ayres's, I saw the lad taking down the shutters, and the prisoner just before me—the moment the boy's back was turned, the prisoner
<hi rend="italic">whipped</hi> in—he was not in a moment—he brought out these prints—I was going to lay hold of him, and he dropped them at my feet, and ran—I pursued, calling "Stop thief"—a gen
<lb/>tleman caught him, and gave him up to me—I took him back to the shop, and he asked Mr. Ayres to forgive him.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined. Q.</hi> Are you sure he is the person?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> Decidedly so—I had seen him several times before.</p>
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<interp inst="t18430403-name-327" type="given" value="JOSEPH"/>JOSEPH BRAY</persName> </hi>. I am a policeman. The prisoner was given into my cus
<lb/>tody with the print—he first gave his name as George Cox, and afterwards George Scott.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined. Q.</hi> That was all in a breath, was it not?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> Yes, he recalled it as soon as he had said so.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Before Mr. Justice Cresswell.</hi> </p> </div1></div0>
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