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<interp inst="t18930501-name-283" type="given" value="MARY ANN"/>MARY ANN TIERNEY</persName> </hi>. I am a widow, of 7, Garbury Road—on 25th April I saw the prisoner selling mackerel in the street; I bought some, and gave him a florin—he gave me the change, among which was a bad shilling—I had no other shilling—I saw him next day, and said, "Are you not the young man I bought mackerel of yesterday?"—he said, "Yes, wasn't it good?"—I said "Yes, very good, but the shilling was bad"—he said, "Come with me, and I will show you where I took it"—I would not go—it rattled on his box—he said he was only a poor man—we agreed to divide the loss, and I gave it back to him—I lost sixpence by it.</p>
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<interp inst="t18930501-name-284" type="given" value="ARTHUR"/>ARTHUR PRAXTON</persName> </hi>. I lived at 48, Gilbert Road, Poplar—on April 25th I was assistant to Mastin Brothers, bakers, and about two or three o'clock the prisoner asked me to change a shilling for him, which I did—a woman told me it was a bad one—I walked up to him and told him so—he denied that it was bad, and gave me my change back.</p>
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<interp inst="t18930501-name-285" type="given" value="JOHN JAMES"/>JOHN JAMES WAGSTAFFE</persName> </hi>. I keep the Royal Albert, Walthamstow—on 25th April I served the prisoner with two half-pints of ale—he gave me a florin and I gave him 1s., a 6d. and 4d., and turned to serve another customer—he called out, "Hi! governor, I cannot take this; this is a bad shilling," giving me a coin—I said, "I never saw it before"—he had a companion with him, who said, "Yes, you did"—he said he was a poor man, and I gave him a good shilling for the bad one, which I kept—about ten minutes afterwards he came back and I said, "You have cheated me; you have rung the changes. I gave you a good shilling for a bad one; you had just offered it previously to a baker outside"—he denied passing it to a baker or giving it to me—he said, "I never had it," but afterwards he said, "I am very sorry, governor; don't lock me up. I took it from a woman up the street. I will show you the woman"—we went to a woman's house and he said, "That is the woman who gave it to me"—she said,</p>
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<p>"Yes; you gave it to me first, and you took it back"—I then gave him in charge.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">K</hi>). Mr. Wagstaffe called me and said in the prisoner's presence that he had given him a bad shilling—I said I should take him in custody—he said "I gave the woman the shilling yesterday, and I have given her 6d. back to-day, so that we shall each be the loser of 6d."—we went to the station, and the prisoner was charged with knowingly uttering a counterfeit shilling—he made no reply—Mr. Wagstaffe gave me this shilling.</p>
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<interp inst="t18930501-name-287" type="given" value="WILLIAM JOHN"/>WILLIAM JOHN WEBSTER</persName> </hi>, This is a counterfeit shilling.</p>
<hi rend="italic">The prisoner's statement before the Magistrate:</hi> "I was not aware it was a bad shilling when I gave it to the woman and I gave her 6d. back."</p>
<hi rend="italic">Prisoner's defence</hi>. I work very hard; some lady gave me the shilling. I know where she lives; I sold her three mackerel for 8d.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">stated that they believed he got the coin accidentally, and did his best to get rid of it</hi>.—
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<hi rend="italic">Discharged on his own recognisances.</hi> </rs> </p> </div1></div0>

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