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<p>Mr. Forster Boulton prosecuted.</p>
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<interp inst="t19130107-name-76" type="given" value="ALBERT VICTOR"/>ALBERT VICTOR BRIDGE</persName> </hi>, 26, Black Hart Street, Deptford, porter. On December 17, at about 9 p.m., I saw prisoner, who was then a stranger to me, place a white packet in the Post Office letter-box at Tanners Hill, Deptford, and walk quickly away. I went up to the letter-box, and noticed a black fluid issuing from the bottom. I spoke to a constable, who told prisoner he would arrest her for pouring some
<lb/>thing into two letter-boxes. Prisoner said, "I have nothing on me." At the same time she dropped a white packet on the ground, which the constable picked up.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by prisoner. I was not out of employment at the time. I was five yards away from the letter-box. I did not see you pour anything into the box. You only posted the white packet; I did not see you post an ordinary envelope. I did not examine the box before you came. I could not say whether the liquid was in the box before or not. I do not remember a policeman at the police station saying to me, "You are all right for the reward." I did not know there was a reward offered by the Postmaster-General for anybody giving information which would lead to the conviction of persons committing these offences. I have not received a reward, nor applied for one, nor have I been given to understand that I shall receive one.</p>
<p>Police-constable
<hi rend="smallCaps">THOMAS HAMLIN</hi>, 292 R. On December 17, at about 9 p.m., I was in High Street, Deptford, when Bridge made a com
<lb/>munication to me, in consequence of which I said to prisoner, "I beg your pardon, but I want to speak to you." Bridge then said, "Con
<lb/>stable, I have seen this woman put something into two letter-boxes, one at Tanners Hill and one at High Street." I said to prisoner, "You hear what this young man says; I must take you to the police station. Prisoner said, "I have got nothing at all on me; I went to the letter-box to post a letter to a Mrs. Edwards." Prisoner put her hand be
<lb/>hind her ad ropped the white packet (produced) on to the pavement. I picked it up and said to her, "What is this?" She made no reply. I found it to be an unsealed envelope addressed to "the Rev. J. Jones, St. Michaels, Cardiff," and containing an uncorked bottle of black dye. I conveyed her to the police station. When charged she said, "Where is Tanners Hill? I do not know where Tanners Hill is."</p>
<p>To prisoner. When I stopped you, you did not say, "Why are you arresting me?"</p>
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<interp inst="t19130107-name-77" type="given" value="JAMES HENRY"/>JAMES HENRY CULLIN</persName> </hi>, postman, New Cross Post Office, Deptford. On December 17, at 9.15 p.m., I examined the letter-box on Tanners Hill, and found in it the unsealed envelope containing an uncorked bottle of dye (produced), the contents of which had run out and</p>
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<p>damaged some of the other letters (produced). Some of the dye had oozed out of the bottom of the letter-box. The unsealed envelope was addressed to "Redmond, House of Commons."</p>
<p>(Defence.)</p>
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<interp inst="t19130107-name-78" type="given" value="MARGARET ELLEN"/>MARGARET ELLEN EDSALL</persName> </hi>, Bramley Cottage, Purley, Surrey, at occupation. The other night I went with a friend to Tanners Hill It is a badly lighted, squalid street. The nearest lampposts to thi
<lb/>pillar-box are seven and 12 yards away. I stood at the corner of St. John's and Tanners Hill at a spot which I have found by measurement to be five yards from the pillar-box, and watched my friend post a letter. I could see absolutely nothing but the movements of her shoulder. The aperture of the box slants upwards; I do not consider that prisoner could possibly have poured a fluid into the box, con
<lb/>sidering the aperture. I found that anybody standing five yards from the box could not possibly see anybody else pouring anything into the box. It would also be impossible to see a black liquid oozing from the bottom of the box because the base of the box is black.</p>
<p>Prisoner (not on oath) submitted that the case was not proved against her.</p>
<p>Verdict,
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<p>(Thursday, January 9.) Sentence:
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<p>(Wednesday, January 8.)</p> </div1></div0>
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