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<interp inst="t18750605-name-231" type="given" value="WALTER"/>WALTER WHITE</persName> </hi>. I am a warehouseman in the employ of John Venables, of 68, Wood Street—on 7th June, about 1.40, I was taking stock and standing on a ladder in the warehouse when" I heard a noise and saw the prisoner come in at the front door and take a piece of satin off the counter—he went out with it and I jumped off the ladder and went after him—he went into another warehouse (Gladman's)—I followed him in and saw him drop the parcel of satin—he ran out and. I followed him into Wood Street and took him into the warehouse—I then returned to Gladman's and got the piece of satin—its value was 8
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<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.—I am able to identify it.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Cross-examined by the Prisoner.</hi> I suddenly laid hold of your collar—I don't know whether you had anything in your hand—I don't know whether there is a pump in a little turning near—I don't know that knocked a bit of bread out of your hand—I saw the policeman at the station pull something out of your pocket—I did not say to you, when I laid hold of you by the collar, "Were you not in our warehouse"—I kept you about five minutes I should think, not a quarter of an hour or twenty</p>
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<p>minutes—I picked up the piece of satin in Gladman's shop—I didn't want to ask you where it was.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">City Policeman</hi> 164). About 1.45, on the 7th June, I was called to the prosecutor's warehouse and the prisoner was given into my custody for stealing a piece of satin which was fetched from another ware
<lb/>kouse—the prisoner said he had not taken it because he had not been in the warehouse—I asked him where he lived and he said he had no fixed residence.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Prisoner's Defence.</hi> I went to the pump and took a drink of water and was eating a piece of dry bread when the warehouseman suddenly laid hold of me and jerked it out of my hand and asked me as I was going along the road if I had the goods. I knew nothing about the goods and I told him so and he keeps mo a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes. I told him I had not got it and knew no more about it than he did. I have not a friend in London.</p>
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