25th October 1847
Reference Numbert18471025-2296
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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2296. JOHN MARTIN was indicted for stealing 1 work-box, value 18s.; the goods of Henry William Alphonsus Farley, his master.

HENRY WILLIAM ALPHONSUS FARLEY. I keep a toy and fancy repository and a post-office, at No. 31, Fleet-street—the prisoner was in my employ upwards of two years—I missed this work-box which we call a lady's companion—it is my property—I had not sold it.

Cross-examined by MR. PARNELL. Q. You had a good opinion of the prisoner? A. Yes; I was in hopes I should have made him a good man—I trusted him with unlimited confidence—I have a great number of word-boxes—this one has the mark "22" on it in my own writing—I can swear it was in my possession within three weeks of the time when the prisoner took it away—I had only this one of this pattern, it is rather a particular article—I had not missed it until it was brought by the officer—the prisoner had 6s. 6d. a-week and presents besides—he had part of his clothes and I partly fed him—I serve in my shop, and my wife and one or two others who have to attend to the post-office—there have been some complaints from the post-office about mistakes in the accounts—I am now suffering severely from it—my property will all be sacrificed to-morrow—for many months I have found a deficiency and could not account for it—the Post-office charge me with 300l. deficiency—all the persons in my shop take money—they ought of put it into the till—the prisoner served in the shop, but mostly in the post-office.

WILLIAM TYLER (City policeman 373.) I took the prisoner, he told me where he lived—I went there and found this article in his box.

GUILTY. Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.

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