RICHARD BELT, WALTER BELT.
8th March 1886
Reference Numbert18860308-376
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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376. RICHARD BELT and WALTER BELT were indicted for unlawfully conspiring to obtain various sums of money by false pretences from Sir William Neville Abdy, Bart.

The ATTORNEY-GENERAL (SIR CHAS. RUSSELL), with MR. POLAND, Prosecuted;

MR. EDWARD CLARKE , Q.C., with MR. MONTAGU WILLIAMS, appeared for

Richard Belt, MR. KEMP, Q.C., with MR. CHARLES MATHEWS, for Walter Belt.

THOMAS WILLIAM KINO . I am manager to George Smith, pawnbroker and jeweller, of 163, Brompton Road—on 8th Oct., 1883, I sold some jewellery to Walter Belt—I knew him before that as Walter Belt—the jewellery was a diamond tiara for 450l., a diamond necklace for 575l., a z pair of diamond earrings for 80l., another pair of diamond earrings for 350l., and a half hoop ring for 80l.—these (produced) I believe are the articles—he paid for them in notes—they were delivered to him at the time and he took them away—they are all secondhand jewellery, some of them are unredeemed pledges—I do not think Walter Belt stated what he wanted them for—I knew him as a dealer, more in jewellery than in anything else—I did not know him as a photographer at that time, I did not know his address then—this was not the first time he had bought anything of me, he had not bought anything to so great an amount—I cannot give the exact dates when he had bought anything, it might have been a few months before, perhaps to the value of 20l. or 30l., perhaps 50l.—on 10th October he bought of me a cat's-eye diamond bracelet for 240l.—this is it; also this horseshoe pendant for 125l., and this brilliant cross for 75l.—he did not tell me what he wanted them for—he paid me in bank notes in the same way—on 27th November, 1883, he bought of me a pair of diamond and pearl earrings for 130l.; I believe these are the same—also this pair of horseshoe earrings for 65l.; they were all paid for in cash—on 12th January, 1884, he bought of me this large diamond spray for 550l.—I don't think he said what he wanted it for—he paid for it in cash.

Cross-examined by MR. KEMP. Walter Belt dealt in miscellaneous property, which might be included under the term "works of art"—I did not tell him that all the jewels belonged to one lady—I probably said that some of them belonged to a lady, and he could have them cheap, and that was true—I did sell them to him cheap—I should not have sold them to the public at those prices; I should have charged more if I considered them separately—there is no fixed price for jewellery of this description—jewels intrinsically worth 500l. are frequently sold for 1,500l. or more; there is nothing uncommon in that—there are diamonds and stones upon which it is very difficult to fix a value, fine stones, for which there is a limited sale—on certain things you might get an enormous profit, the great difficulty is to find a purchaser—all these stones would not be correctly described as old; I should say the stones in the tiara sold at 450l. were old stones—that was an article that had come into our possession by making an advance on it—I think the necklace at 375l. is not an old jewel; it was not made up by us, we purchased it in the trade—I could not tell the date of the spray; I think it is foreign—I don't think the stones are very old; the mounting is foreign—I should hardly like to express an opinion upon it—I know that Walter Belt has traded as Coote and Co. lately.

Re-examined. That was as a photographer in Ovington Square—he told me so himself; I cannot say when exactly, a year ago I dare say—he was a dealer in objects of art—he bought different small things of us; I cannot say exactly what, painted fans and things of that sort—he has taken pictures on approval; I do not think he ever bought any pictures; he would sell them if ho got a buyer, if not he would return them—some

of these jewels were unredeemed pledges under special contracts belonging to different ladies, pledged at different times—some we bought at auction sales—the necklace and spray we bought; for the necklace we gave something like 500l.—that was shortly before the resale to Walter Belt, we had not had it longer—it might have been from Welby and Son that we bought it—the spray, I think, cost us about 515l.; I believe that was bought from Jones, of Long Acre—I should have asked you more for it, I do not think I should have cared to sell it in that way; I sold it to Walter Belt because he bought other things, and I considered him a dealer—I think we had the spray from Jones on approbation, I do not know that it was to show to Walter Belt, I am not sure about that, we frequently have things on approval—we sold it at a profit, I believe—the necklace from Welby was in the same way—we had not invested any money in the purchase of those two things—I do not think the same thing applied to several of the other things I sold to Walter Belt, I do not remember them—I never mentioned to, Walter Belt or any one else that these jewels were the property of a Mrs. Morphy, an ex-mistress of the Sultan, no name was mentioned, I never heard of such a person—I did not state to him that they were very old jewels of a person who under necessity was obliged to sell them; there was no statement made to him.

By the JURY. When we purchase an article we make an entry of it in a book—I have not got that book here—we mark our things with a private mark—the mark on the bracelet would probably be taken off—we do not scratch them, some do—we sometimes make a slight mark, not always.

JAMES TAGUS SHOUT . I am a goldsmith and jeweller at Albert Gate, Knightsbridge—on 10th October, 1883, Walter Belt bought of me a diamond collet necklace for 450l.—I believe this (produced) is the one; that would be about the price—I believe these to be old stones; they are not backed, it is not usual to back—I knew Walter Belt slightly before that transaction; I had known him to look in at my place and look at different things from time to time—I do not recollect that he had made any purchase—I knew him by name; I did not know his address, I knew his brother's address—I understood him to be a dealer in jewellery—it was paid for in notes—he said he had a customer who would buy it of him—it was a sale out and out—I made no statement to him as to where I had got it from—it was not mine, it was the property of a lady who had left it with me to sell for her; that was not Mrs. Morphy or an ex-mistress of the Sultan—on 14th November, 1883, Walter Belt bought a diamond bracelet for 235l.; he paid me for it—I got it for him, knowing that he was looking out for some jewellery at that time—I believe it came from Messrs. Welby, manufacturing jewellers, of Garrick Street—he did not tell me any particular person for whom he was looking for jewellery—on 5th December that year he bought of me the diamond spray produced for 150l., which I got from Jones, manufacturing jeweller, of Long Acre—to the best of my belief the smaller of these two collect necklaces was the one I sold him, not the one I first saw—now I come to look at the two I do not believe either of these is the necklace I sold—it is nearly three years ago since I have seen them—450l. represents about the value—I should call these modern stones on the smaller of the two—neither of these came from Welby—the one I sold to Walter Belt did not come from Welby, it was the property of a lady.

HENRY JONES . I am a manufacturing jeweller, of 19, Long Acre—on 10th January, 1884, Walter Belt bought of me two rings, two diamond bracelets, an emerald set, a cross, and some diamond earrings, in one lot, for 706l.—I did not know him before—I do not recollect whether he gave me his name at the time—it was a ready money transaction; he paid me in bank-notes and gold—he did not tell me what he wanted them for, or what his trade was—some of the articles were new and some secondhand—I made no statement to him as to where I had got them from—I have a large stock of jewellery—the stones to the earrings are new, Cape stones; the diamond bracelets are Cape; the emerald pendant is old, the cross is old—the diamond earrings are not here—on 10th April, 1884, he bought of me a diamond pendant for 57l. 10s.—I do not remember whether that was old or new; I have not seen it; it was an article in stock.

Cross-examined by MR. KEMP. When I speak of new stones I mean Cape and the other stones, Brazilians—we are manufacturing jewellers; we sell to the trade; we sell retail slightly, but practically our business is selling to the trade—we are known throughout London to persons who deal in jewellery; if they want jewellery to sell retail they would come to us as being likely to get what they want.

Re-examined. I sold to Walter Belt as I should to any one, without inquiry as to his purpose or anything else.

WILLIAM MEYER . I am manager to Welby and Sons, manufacturing jewellers, of Garrick Street, Covent Garden—on 14th October, 1884, I sold to Walter Belt this Cape diamond for 470l.—he paid 20l. on account, and left it with us to mount as it is now, old-fashioned, as an old stone—we did it for him—he called on 6th November, paid for the mounting, and took it away—that was not my first transaction with him; we had a transaction on 4th October, 1884—no name occurred on the first transaction, but on the second, on the 14th, he gave the name of Coote—he did not give any address or any description of himself—the transaction n the 4th was a diamond collect necklace for 362l. 10s.—to the best of my belief this (produced) is the one—this was an article we had in stock; these are Cape stones—I made no statement to him as to how I became possessed of these two articles—they were paid for in cash—these (produced) are single-stone brooches; I do not identify them with any certainty; they are Cape stones—I think they have been in my stock, the two I am referring to, the third I do not recognise—if these are the two I believe they are, the price would be 188l. 15s.—I am referring to our sale book; it may or may not be my entry—on 11th November there is a sale of two stones of about this size; that is in the writing of one of our clerks—I see the entries from time to time; I see all the entries of sales, and know of the transactions—I do not think those two were sold to Walter Belt, not sold direct to him; they were sold to a diamond broker, who again sold them on commission for us—this third stone is a Cape diamond; the value of that is about 150l.; that is the largest of the three—this diamond bracelet is not one we sold—the centre stone is Cape certainly; the value of it is about 200l.

Cross-examined by MR. KEMP. I should think the weight of this stone is nearly 20 carats—I value a stone at per carat; the worth of two-carat stones being worth double than one, that does not apply to stones of this quality, on'y to rare and valuable stones—I value this stone at so much per carat,

it would not increase in value pro rata according to the weight—in ordinary stones of this character a stone of 20 carats would only be worth 20 times one carat, that is the way it is valued in the trade—I can't recognise this jewel as having passed through our hands; I don't know where it comes from—large stones of this kind are not of a very speculative character; the market varies from week to week—in the retail business we do not frequently get a large sum for a diamond of this kind—we are wholesale dealers, we have retail customers—in selling we make a slight difference in favour of dealers—this is the jewel which was set as an old stone—the diamonds round the centre one of this bracelet may possibly be Brazilian stones, it has an old style of setting—this centre stone is an unusually large one—Walter Belt said he wished it set in the old style—I should say we did not suggest that, we should have no reason for suggesting it—I have no recollection of his asking me what would be the best setting, and my suggesting as an old stone, and his saying very well—I could not undertake to say that did not occur, I don't remember it—it would not be at all unusual for a customer to discuss with me the way in which a stone should be set, he would seek my advice upon it—I cannot undertake to say that Walter Belt did not do that—I did not know him as a dealer—I have a distinct recollection of seeing him three or four times, if not more—on some occasions he was seen by other persons in our firm—I can't say that we had had this stone in our possession long—I describe it as a Cape diamond, no other description; a fair brilliant cut Cape diamond—there are such things as black diamonds, but they are very scarce; a black diamond looks almost like a piece of coal—no one would suppose this was a black diamond, it would not answer that description at all, it is a decided yellow.

Re-examined. I have not referred to the price I gave for it, it was much more than 290l., 390l. would be nearer the mark; I sold it for 400l.—it is not a black diamond—when I had it it was loose, not in any setting at all—it was a new stone; we charged 3l. 10s. for setting it—this bracelet I value at about 200l.; I should make a difference of from 5 to 10 per cent, on such an article between a retail and wholesale dealer, not more; not as much as between 200l. and 1,000l., not possible.

By the COURT. There are other things besides the weight of a diamond that affect its value; its color, shape, and brilliancy—a flaw would be detrimental to its value—there are times when flaws can only be seen by the aid of a glass—several circumstances affect the value; freedom from flaws would affect the price of a Cape diamond—we price our diamonds after they are cut—the cost price varies very much from 4l. to 10l. a carat—I think the price was higher in October and November, 1888—I should think the difference between the present value and the value in 1883 was 20 per cent, more—I think 40l. ought to be added to represent the value of this.

GEORGE HENRY LEWIS . I am a solicitor—I am acting for Sir William Abdy in this prosecution—this matter was first put into my hands some few days before I wrote the first letter of 14th July, 1885—originally Lady Abdy was in England, and brought me the jewels—this is the letter of the 14th. (Read: "To R. Belt, Esq. Sir,—We have been instructed by Sir William Abdy to commence an action against you for fraudulent misrepresentation in the sale of various jewels to him, whereby you have defrauded him of a very large sum of money; and further, to rescind an alleged

contract for the purchase of jewels, and also to recover 2,000l., money advanced to you. Sir William Abdy is now alive to the fact that under the pretence of friendship you have abused your opportunities, to deceive and defraud him; and, being satisfied of this, it is the intention of Sir William to carry these proceedings to trial. We have to request, during to-morrow, the name of your solicitor, to whom we may forward writ for undertaking, to avoid the unpleasantness of personal service upon yourself—Yours obediently, LEWIS and LEWIS.") In answer to that I received this letter, dated 15th July. (Read: "Gentlemen,—I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of yesterday's date, charging me with fraudulently misrepresenting to Sir William Abdy the value of certain jewels I procured for him at his express request. I most positively deny the charge of fraud, having named to him such prices only as were given me by the person from whom they were obtained. I am quite ready to take back the jewels and to hand Sir William the money he has paid me for them, but I make this offer without prejudice to any question which may arise in case my offer be refused.—Faithfully yours, RICHARD BELT.") I replied to that by this letter of 17th July. (Read: "Sir,—We are in receipt of your letter of the 15th instant. Sir William Abdy in no way withdraws the charge he has made against you, but inasmuch as you express yourself willing to take back the jewels, and return Sir William the money he has paid for them, we are prepared to accept that proposal. The amount you have received from Sir William Abdy for the jewels and interest, in connection with the two agreements, amounts to 8,410l.; that amount we shall require to be paid in bank notes against delivery of the jewels at 12 on Wednesday next. We shall also require repayment of 2,000l. advanced by Sir William Abdy to you.—Yours obediently, LEWIS and LEWIS.") I then received this letter of the 22nd. (Read; "Gentlemen,—In reference to your favour to me of the 17th July instant, I beg leave to say that as Sir William Abdy declines to withdraw the scandalous accusations he now makes against me, I withdraw the offer I made through you to take back the jewels. I have abundant written proofs in my possession to prove how unjust and false these accusations are. With regard to the alleged advance to me of 2,000l., that was given me by Sir William Abdy for various services I had rendered him, by his written instructions, in investigating a matter of a very delicate nature which the letters having reference to this business very fully explain, but which I should be very sorry should be made public. So much engaged was I in this business, and so much of my time wasted, that this 2,000l. does not cover my loss combined with the money paid out of pocket for investigations, &c.; and in respect of which I still have a claim against Sir William; I have also commissions for work from Sir William and Lady Abdy now in progress, and remain, faithfully yours, RICHARD BELT.") I wrote an answer to that on the same day. (This stated that as he had not kept his promise, and as his claim for 2,000l. was false, they were instructed to take proceedings, requesting the name of his solicitor, and sending writ by bearer.) That was the end of the correspondence—I produce the writ in the action—it is dated 14th July, 1886—it was brought for damages for fraudulent misrepresentation whereby the plaintiff was induced to purchase from the defendant certain jewellery, and to rescind a certain agreement for the purchase of certain jewellery, and for certain money advanced by the plaintiff to the defendant

—Messrs. Lumley and Lumley, solicitors, appeared for Richard Belt on that writ—on 4th August, 1885, I delivered a statement of claim—I produce the defence in answer to that, signed "Henry Winch," as Counsel, and purporting to be delivered on 22nd November, 1885, by Messrs. Lumley and Lumley. (By the statement of claim Sir William Abdy claimed 2,000l., money lent, and 12,000l. damages, and the rescinding of the two agreements of 10th January, 1884, and 14th June, 1885. The defence admitted the representations alleged, but alleged that they were made in good faith; it also admitted that plaintiff was entitled to judgment, with all costs of action.) Subsequently an application was made to the Divisional Court to sign judgment against the defendant on that defence—Counsel appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Crisp for the defendant—it was made in open Court on 25th November, 1885, and it came on to be heard on 25th November, 1885, and judgment was ordered to be entered for the plaintiff—here is the original order of the Divisional Court: "Upon consent of Counsel, on the statement of defence and statement of claim, the judgment is for 2,000l., money lent by Sir William Abdy, 12,000l. damages in respect of the fraudulent misrepresentation, and to rescind the two agreements under which Sir William Abdy would have had to pay upwards of 6,000l. further to Richard Belt if the agreements had been carried out"—ultimately Messrs. Lumley and Lumley sent me a cheque for 100l.—no payment has been made except that, either for claim or costs—Richard Belt was afterwards adjudged bankrupt—the receiving order was on 24th December, 1885; the adjudication was on 4th February, 1886—up to the time of the bankruptcy proceedings no due whatever, as far as I know, had been obtained as to the history of these diamonds, or where they had been obtained from—I applied for a summons against the two defendants, which was granted by Mr. Yaughan, of Bow Street—I don't remember the date.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKE. Before Lady Abdy's visit to me I had never been concerned for Sir William or Lady Abdy—I really forget whether Lady Abdy brought me a letter of introduction or not, I think Mr. Harrison, of the firm of Harrison, Ingram, and Co., of Lincoln's Inn Fields, sent me a letter of introduction; I have had so much pass through my mind since that, I should not like to say positively, but that is my impression—I had seen Sir W. Abdy before the letter of 14th July; I had seen Lady Abdy, I should say a few days previously, probably three days—Sir William was in Paris, and Lady Abdy had come from Paris to London, and Sir William followed two or three days after—I saw him for the first time, just before I wrote the letter of the 14th July—I was not aware that Lady Abdy had been making inquiries in London about the jewellery; I did not hear from her that she had been to Mr. Beyfus—she did not bring me any photographs, she brought me certain portions of jewellery; she brought me a great quantity; I took no note of it—I sent it on to the Union Bank; after I had shown it to a jeweller—I did not make a list of it before I sent it to the bank; I have not a list of it even now—I might tell you what the articles were if you suggested them to me—I think I might possibly remember some of the large ones—I cannot tell whether she showed me the large diamond in the old setting; I should not like to swear it, for I could not tell what she did bring; she brought a great quantity—Sir William Abdy brought the rest subsequently, he went over to Paris and fetched it—I did not hear that it had been pawned in Paris

—I had been concerned against Richard Belt in an action, not for a long time, I defended one action, that was all—I am not prepared with the dates, which has it to do with this case?

By the COURT. It was the action of Belt v. Lawes, it was a long trial, and the case was longer after that; it went to many other Courts—I was solicitor for the defence; I acted for Sir John Lawes—it was the last case in which a verdict was had in Westminster Hall.

By MR. CLARKE. In the bankruptcy proceedings I appeared as solicitor for Sir W. Abdy, and also instructed by the Official Receiver, Mr. William Harding—I can't say that I cross-examined Richard Belt there on 7th and 12th January—I examined him indirectly—it was that examination that told me where the jewels had come from—in answer to those questions he gave me certain little clues, which led to my making further inquiries and ascertaining ultimately whereabouts the jewellery came from—he said he could not remember for certain; he said he remembered the name of Shout, and Jones and Son—I turned to the Directory to look for a wholesale dealer—that examination of 7th and 12th January was the first clue I had as to where the diamonds came from—I also examined Walter Belt—on the 13th January I applied for criminal process against them; I should have applied much earlier—I should never have brought an action if I could have ascertained what the facts were.

Cross-examined by MR. KEMP. Walter Belt was not a defendant in the action, and no party to those proceedings.

ALFRED BEYFUS . I am a solicitor of the firm of Beyfus and Beyfus—my brother is the other partner—there are no other solicitors of that name, and I believe there is no other firm of any kind of that name—I never made any advance on any jewels belonging to a Mrs. Morphy, or anybody else—my father is living, but he is not in any business; he has not been in business for the last 12 or 14 years—I have an uncle of the same name, he is not in business; if he was ever in business it must have been some very long time ago, 15 or 16 years—I know nothing about the jewellery that has been produced, or any part of it.

Cross-examined by MR. E. CLARKE. It has never been part of my professional practice to lend money on jewellery; if one of my relatives has done so it must have been many years ago, because I know what my relatives did—if he had lent money on jewellery I should not know it, but I know he has not been in business for 14 or 15 years—I have a recollection of Lady Abdy calling at my office, but I have never seen her; I do not know that she ever did call at my office; she certainly was not referred to a relative of mine to make inquiries of him—I do not know that she did make some inquiries—I heard from Mr. Lewis that he had made some inquiries of an uncle of mine—he is not a solicitor—he has not lent money from time to time, not at all to my knowledge—he is living.

SIR WILLIAM NEVILLE ABDY, BART . I live in Paris—in 1883 I made the acquaintance of Richard Belt; I think it was a little earlier than June, it was in the beginning of 1883 to the best of my knowledge—he was an acquaintance of my wife's, that was the way in which I came to make his acquaintance—in October, 1883, I lent him a sum of 2,000l.; I got no security, and charged him no interest; that money is still unpaid—in September, 1883, he came with me from Paris to London, and put up at the Grosvenor Hotel—it was in October that anything was

first mentioned about jewellery, the same month in which I lent him the 2,000l.—he said that he knew a lady who was very badly off and who had owned some of the most beautiful jewellery, and to raise money she had left it with a Mr. Beyfus, who had lent her money upon it at a comparatively small price and at enormous interest—he mentioned the name of the lady, a Mrs. Morphy, that the Sultan had given them to her because she had been his mistress, that they were said to be Indian and Brazilian stones—he told me that—on that day they were not produced; it was the next day, or the day after, that I first saw any of them—he said they were worth having because they were very fine stones, and I should not pay the enormous prices that jewellers usually charged, that it was an occasion not to be let pass by—next day, or the day after, a man came to the hotel with a hand-bag containing jewel cases—Richard Belt had said that a man would bring them—he was there when the man came; he was with me when the man was there—I am not sure whether he came with the man; I had made no appointment—on that day I bought the tiara and the wide necklace; this is the tiara—I do not know who the man was that brought them, it was not Walter Belt—I do not recollect what price was put on the tiara—I bought several other things besides this in October in one lot at different times—I bought the tiara and necklace on the first day, and something else, I am not sure what; the cross belonged to that lot to the best of my belief—I bought the first lot within three or four days from the first production of the jewellery—among them were two sets of earrings, single stones, a cross, a ring, a cat's-eye and diamond bracelet, and a horseshoe pendant—there was no other bracelet to the best of my belief—these before me are the things I bought in October—I gave for this lot, if my memory serves me right, 3,000l. and something; I believe so; it was really more, I paid some more money which I cannot swear to, it was considerably' over 3,000l.—first of all I gave a cheque for 1,980l. and a bill for 870l., which no doubt I afterwards met; I did not meet it at maturity, but it was ultimately paid—this is the cheque, dated 8th October, payable to self or bearer—the bill is dated 10th October; it is endorsed "Richard Belt," and stamped "A. Artis, poulterer, 18, Motcombe Street"—the cheque was payable to "order;" that is struck out, and "bearer" put—I did that for this reason, Mr. Belt told me it would not do to put the name of Belt on it—I did not cross it, it was given over from hand to hand—I was not asked to cross it—I always cross cheques when for a large sum—I was told that Mr. Praed used to draw the money that was due from the trial, and therefore the money would be stopped by Mr. Praed if it passed through his hands—in addition to those two sums, which together make 2,855l., there were two payments of 1,000l. and 700l. paid to Richard Belt by ray solicitor—those two sums had no relation whatever to this jewellery—all I paid in relation to the lots I bought in October were the cheques for 1,985l., the bill for 870l., and something more that I cannot trace—to the best of my belief I gave a cheque on Coutts' payable to self; but as there was more than one that I drew at that time I could not swear which it was—I afterwards saw a riviere, but that transaction did not take place in October—it was some time in the winter following, the winter of 1883-4—I cannot swear to the date—in buying this jewellery I relied on the representations and statements made by Richard Belt as true—I had no idea or knowledge that the jewellery had been obtained about

that same time from Mr. Smith, the pawnbroker—the riviere was produced to me in October, but the transaction was carried out later, December it might be, or January, or February—I did not see Walter Belt in reference to the first set of transactions—Richard Belt said the riviere belonged to some lady, part of the same jewels that had been previously mentioned—I recollect one day being with Richard Belt at my hotel, the Grosvenor, when Walter Belt appeared (Walter Belt: "It is false")—he brought the riviere in a case in his hand, or in his pocket—he brought it up to my bedroom—it was in the evening about 5—I had no sitting-room—I was only in London for a few days—they did not come in together—Richard was with me and Walter brought in the riviere—I had not made any appointment that Walter should bring it—that was the first time I had seen him in relation to those jewels—I had seen him before and spoken to him—I looked at the riviere and examined it—I have no knowledge whatever of the value of jewels and no experience in the matter—I had bought jewellery before then at jewellers' and paid for it, and had done with it, I don't care for it—Richard Belt told me this was a very fine thing—he did not tell me directly to buy it, but he held it out as a very beautiful thing—Walter said it was a very beautiful thing too, and old Brazilian stones—I am not quite sure that Walter said that, Richard did—I think he said it in Walter's presence when we three were together, but I would not swear to it—at the end of the interview Richard Belt said to Walter, "Mind you don't lose the receipt you have for it," or, "Get the receipt back, mind you don't lose it, take it back," or something to that effect—I understood from him that he had given a receipt for it—I remember distinctly the words he was not to lose the jewels—he was to get the receipt back that he gave for it I understood—afterwards I understood from what was said that he was to get the receipt, he had given for the jewels—he said something about a receipt, and then he said ho was not to lose the jewels—I understood he had given a receipt for the jewels—he was to take care of the jewels and not lose them, and get back the receipt—I understood so—I can't say the exact words—Walter said "All right, I will see to that"—I think something was said that day about the price, 1,000l.—that was the price I was to give—I afterwards agreed to buy it and paid 1,000l. for it—I had no suspicion or idea at that time that this had been purchased from Messrs. Welby for 450l. (Mr. Meyer. I am not sure whether this came from me or Mr. Shout; one collet necklace is so much like another I should not like to express any opinion.) The 1,000l. was paid for it—in the beginning of January, 1884, or the end of December, Richard Belt spoke to me again about the purchase of jewellery—he said he had another very fine lot of jewels of the same sort belonging to the same Mrs. Morphy; very valuable old stones—I said I could not afford any extravagance at the present moment—he said it was a pity I could not—that was all he said; he seemed to be reflecting—I said "Could not anybody lend money upon them; if they were very fine things we might acquire them in that way;" and did he know anybody who would do it—he said he would see and look for some one—he came back on the morrow, or after the morrow, and said a friend of his, a medical man, had consented to do so—he concealed the name of the medical man, he did not seem anxious to give his name, he would not tell me who he was—he said he lived at Kensington, that he would find the money, that he had not it ready; he had to realise by

sale, I did not exactly understand what, some house property securities—I asked what interest had to be paid for it; that I thought five per cent was very good interest at present—he said that would not suffice, because the selling out of the securities cost him money, and he might have to wait a long time, when I refunded the money, for another investment, and on account of that his friend wanted six per cent—I agreed to that—he said it was wonderfully fine jewellery—then the dates were settled when the interest was to be paid—we drew up a mutual agreement—these (produced) are the agreements; this is my writing, I wrote it out in Richard Belt's presence, it was the composition of both of us—they are dated 10th January—Richard Belt signed this one, and I signed the other, and he made out this duplicate list of the jewellery. (By these agreements Richard Belt agreed to pay the witness 4,500l., at a charge of six per cent interest per annum; the list of the jewels was annexed, amounting to 5,200l.; some articles were struck out.) The list was first of all complete, and afterwards some articles were struck out when the jewellery was delivered—I bought them in October, 1885, I think; in January, 1884, I had seen all the articles, Richard Belt showed them to me; he took them away with him—when this agreement was entered into I believed the statements he made to me about the jewellery, and about the medical man—the jewellery was not in my possession when I signed the agreement—I never received a penny of the 4,600l.—I was to pay six per cent interest on the amount, and he was to keep the jewels—I thought I was secured by the loan he got from the medical man—I understood the medical man had lent Richard Belt 4,500l., and that he had paid it to Mrs. Morphy—I was to get the jewels as I pleased, as I chose to buy them, as I paid up the 4,500l.—the value was put against each separate article, and I could buy them article by article, I paying interest in the meantime—this is my cheque for 135l. on Coutts and Co., dated 7th April, 1884, in favour of Richard Belt—this is his endorsement—I drew this in Paris, and sent it to him, it was for the half-year's interest—I sent it a few days before it was payable—I believe I paid 100l. in money in May for a pair of diamond earrings—they were delivered to me—this cheque, dated 26th May, is my cheque on Praed's, one of my bankers; it is payable to Richard Belt, and is endorsed by him—I gave it to him to pay for the earrings—he gave me the earrings shortly before on the understanding that I was to give him a cheque afterwards; those earrings are struck out of the list—afterwards two diamond bracelets of 400l. each were delivered to me, but they are not struck out—Walter Belt delivered them to me I believe in June, 1885; the pearl and diamond earrings were delivered at the same time, I did not pay for them—I paid 170l. to Richard Belt for the horseshoe earrings, in October or beginning of November, 1884; they are struck out of the list—I also paid 250l. for the Maltese cross at the same time—the emerald and pendant earrings were delivered to me last summer, the same time as the others, and not paid for—the two half-hoop rings were delivered to me in Paris by Walter Belt, and were not paid for—the two diamond rings for 195l. were also delivered to me last summer by Walter Belt, and not paid for—this cheque of 7th November, 1884, for 830l., was drawn for the purpose of paying for some of those things—this spray for 1,400l. was delivered to me by Walter Belt in May or June, 1885, and not paid for—this cheque of 1st October, 1884, for 235l., is made payable to Richard

Belt, and is endorsed by him; 135l. of that is for interest on the loan, and the 100l. he told me was wanted for the lady towards meeting her engagements with Mr. Beyfus, as he wanted 100l. more to keep the jewellery for her or it would be lost—about August, 1884, I had a conversation with Richard Belt about some rivieres, he said he had a medium sized one and he could get a smaller one and a larger one, so as to wear the three together, and that they were very valuable old stones—he said they were either Indian or Brazilian—he said they were well worth what I should give, or more, because they were not to be found, and that they came from the same source as the other ones—he also mentioned a bracelet with a black diamond on it, and a single black diamond as a brooch, and a tiara which he said also came from Mr. Beyfus and would be a very good investment, and I agreed to buy the bracelet—I told him I could not afford to buy jewellery then, and he said the same thing could be done then as had been done before—I had not come to any definite arrangements with him at this time—subsequently in October I saw him, when he showed me the bracelet and the large yellow single diamond and the small riviere which he said his brother had secured for me so as to make it safe—as to the money, he said he would do it in the same way—he said. "You can redeem these, and the balance my friend will supply," and we could put them at the bank as security for the money advanced on them, that I was to pay 6 per cent interest, and as I chose to buy them they were to be delivered to me—at that time no agreement had been entered into—at the end of October, while in Paris, I received this letter from Mr. Belt, with this agreement of 14th June, 1885, and also this list of jewellery, in Richard Belt's writing. (Read: "My dear Sir William,—I feel by your letter that things are more peaceful. I hope it may be so. It does seem hard that at this moment, when I believe money is of so much use to you, that you are obliged to adopt the plan you suggest for the purpose of removing this absurd idea, but you know if it is worth it, and feel certain will do what you think best for all concerned. Enclosed is a notification that I am answerable to you for the diamonds, and I have worded it in a similar manner to the one you first wrote; but referring to the other jewels, I wish Morgan could have run over to you, for I really think a calm head may have done some good. I feel terribly the position I am in, and you know I will do anything in my power to assist in bringing back happiness to you both. Do try and get your wife away from Paris; it must be her health is bad, or she would never persist in these delusions. Tell her from me that it would be fearful if such matters became known. You know what I feel for you, and with heartfelt good wishes, ever yours, RICHARD BELT.") ("The following jewels were deposited with me during November, 1884, by Sir William Abdy, Bart., as (security for the sum of 5,200l. money lent, and for which sum he, Sir William, undertakes to pay 6 per cent per annum, payable half-yearly at the end of the third and ninth month. As the articles are redeemed interest discontinues. One large diamond 1,600l., one ditto bracelet 1,000l., three diamond studs 1,000l., one large riviere 1,000l., one small riviere 400l., total 5,200l. Signed RICHARD BELT.") All those jewels referred to in that list were delivered to me at Paris by Walter Belt in the summer of 1885—he told me, after being asked several times, that the large diamond was a black diamond, and he also said that they had not been changed—he said his brother had borrowed 6.000l. and refunded the medical man

who had found the money and got them all out from the bank, and who was much annoyed because he was afraid of being found out in infringing the Pawnbroker's Act, and he would have nothing more to say to the jewels at any price—Mr. Morgan paid 1,600l. for me out of that last lot—I afterwards handed all these jewels to Messrs. Lewis and Lewis, andl they have been produced here to-day—altogether, personally and by my solicitor, I have paid about 8,000l. for these jewels—in July, 1885, I consulted my private solicitors, Messrs. Harrison, Ingram, and Co.—I knew before that, from Messrs. Lewis and Lewis, that these were not good jewels, but I did not know where they had come from—I afterwards left the matter in the hands of Messrs. Lewis and Lewis to do as they might think fit; they have had charge of the jewellery ever since.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKE. In October, 1883, I lent Richard Belt 2,000l. without interest—I have no direct receipt from him with regard to that—I have a document signed by Mr. William Morgan acknowledging the receipt of the 2,000l. which I paid him to pay over to Mr. Belt, but I have no document signed by Richard Belt with regard to it that I am aware of—I did not give him that money, I lent it him—at the end of September, 1883, I thought he had rendered services to me, but it is not true that I am under any obligations to him at all—I believed certain things to be true which I found out afterwards were not true—I believe I that he had acted well towards me, but I did not believe there were any serious obligations at all, nothing that was to be paid for with money—I did not believe he had done me considerable service—he had done me services which might or might not have occupied a good deal of his time and attention; but I did not believe he had put himself in danger in any way—when I wrote to him from Paris on 29th September, saying that everything should be done for his security and peace of mind, he had told me that he was being watched in the street, and I said I would do all I could to prevent his being watched, or his house being watched, which caused him, as he said, great anxiety and great worry—I don't know why he was being watched, I had no idea; he said it was because he was with me in working out something regarding a Mrs. Crow—I thought his security and peace of mind might be threatened in consequence of services he had rendered me, and I promised that when I came over to London I would do all I could to protect his security and peace of mind—what I meant by giving him security was to see how I could act to prevent his being watched—I did not believe that I was in danger when I came to London—I believed there was some plot that Mr. Belt told me about, got up against me; but I did not know there was any want of security—I knew nothing at all about these matters, except what Mr. Belt told me—he told me things that were true, one tiling that was perfectly true—other persons had not told me things, but there was a thing that proved itself, a thing that was beyond doubt—he told me the contents of one of my letters to Mr. Harrison, that was true—I was not under great obligation to him at the end of September—I believed he had acted well to me, but I did not believe I was under great obligation to him. (Part of a letter from the witness to Mr. Belt, dated 28th September, 1883, was read, in which was stated: "I shall arrive at Victoria and put up at the same hotel, under the same name, as I did last time.") I forget now what that name was, it might have been Allen or Ames, I can't remember—I did not want protection, I did not want anybody to

know I was in town—the letter says: "If you do not mind sharing my bed-room with me, we can protect one another"—that was a silly word to have written, nothing else—I wanted protection, that people should not know I was in London, nothing else; that was all I meant—he said that his house was being watched, and that he did not feel safe; he said that many times—I sent to my house at Queen's Gate for a revolver, which I gave him—I did not want it for myself, I gave it to him, because he said he wanted one—I kept nothing for myself, he kept it on his person, he carried it away with him—the letter says: "When I come to London I mean to set the matter at rest for ever and to see that you suffer no worry for the friendly act you have done me"—I meant that when I wrote it, I believed he had behaved well to me, certainly, I do not go beyond that—it was at the beginning of October that I handed him the 2,000l.—I had a receipt—I took no receipt from him, nor any I O U—I am not aware that in any subsequent correspondence I ever referred to the fact of lending him that money—I may have expressed my thanks to him for service he had rendered me, perhaps I did—the 2,000l. was lent to him; I have no note of my own that I had lent him that money—it was in October that I saw this jewellery, I forget whether it was in October that he went to Paris with me—I stayed at the Grosvenor Hotel with him under an assumed name for several days—my object was not at that time to get some jewellery for my wife—I don't remember whether she had had any jewellery stolen, I don't say none had been, but I don't remember it; I know nothing about any theft, I have not heard of it—I understand what you mean, it had been taken by somebody it had been entrusted to—I thought you meant housebreaking, it was breach of trust—I wanted to give some more jewellery to Lady Abdy—we never spoke of getting it from somebody also, to the best of my belief, I don't think so; I might have suggested getting some through Mr. Harrison, I won't swear it—I don't say I did not, but I won't swear that I did—it was not understood between myself and Lady Abdy that instead of asking Mr. Harrison, Mr. Belt should look for some; I mean that—he spoke to us about jewellery, but we never came together as wishing to buy it from him—I don't remember before I came to London that it was mentioned between Lady Abdy and myself that Mr. Belt should be asked to look out for some jewellery for me; I cannot remember it—I promised to get her some jewellery, that is another thing—I had not fixed a time, it was merely in general terms, it might be this year, or next—I did not when I came to London suggest to Mr. Belt to look out for some for me, because I could not go and buy it myself, I say that positively—he told me that he had had something to do with jewellery before; I don't know when—I never knew him as dealing in jewellery—he told me he had found a lady some jewellery, a great bargain—I forget the lady's name, or when or where he told me so—he mentioned that to me, before I bought anything of him, before October, 1883—I knew nothing whatever about jewellery; I had bought some diamonds when I was a bachelor, not since—I used to buy them, pay for them, and have done with them—I knew nothing at all about any jewels whatever—I never represented myself to Mr. Belt or anybody else as having experience and knowledge of diamonds, because it is not true that I had—I did not see the jewellery till a day or two after he had mentioned it to me—Mrs. Morphy's name was mentioned—I never heard or knew anything of a Mrs. Morphy except in this regard—it was not suggested to

me—beyond that of a person having a name there was no interest to me in the name—I have never mentioned the name of Mrs. Morphy in any letter written by me to him—I did not attach much importance to the lady being a mistress of the Sultan, I thought it was no business of mine, or what her character had been—when the jewels were brought to the hotel I saw them—I liked the shape of them; I knew nothing at all about the colour of the stones—I thought they were good diamonds, I believed the word of Mr. Richard Belt, but I knew nothing at all about diamonds—they pleased me as they would please a man who knew nothing at all about them, I liked the shape and design—I was asked to buy them, Belt asked me to buy them—he asked me in this way, he paraded them before me and spoke in their praise; he did not actually ask me to buy them, he said it would be a very wise thing if I did, it would be the best thing I could possibly do, and; I looked at them and came to the same conclusion, and bought them—the bill for 870l. was given then—on the back of the bill is the stamp of Artis, poulterer, Motcombe Street—I knew nothing at all about Mr. Artis with regard to the bill or the cheque for 1,985l.—I went on some day to Artis's shop about the cheque for 830l. dated 7th November, 1884—to the best of my memory I gave Mr. Belt a cheque on Coutts's at the same time, but I cannot trace it because it was made payable to self, and I cannot swear to it—I only banked with Coutts's then; when I came to London in October I had just opened an account at Praed's—Mr. Belt introduced me to Praed's—they advanced me some money, and I drew—I did not mention at the police-court about the cheque I could not trace, because I could not swear to it, and I have dropped it—Mr. Belt told me that these were Indian or Brazilian stones, and at that time showed me the tiara and the wide necklace—I have not, that I am aware of, represented to several people that I was a good judge of diamonds; I am not aware that I have said so to Mrs. Alston, my cousin's wife; I did not tell her so, I say so positively—if I told her that I had seen some diamonds in Vienna which I particularly admired, I did not tell the truth, because I have not been to Vienna since I knew what a diamond means, not since I was quite a boy, so it is quite impossible—I might have said so, if I did it was a silly thing; I could almost swear I did not, because it is almost impossible that I could hate said it—I can say positively that I do not remember it; I do not remember ever saying such a thing in my life—I did not tell Mrs. Alston that I had seen in Vienna a horseshoe brooch in diamonds which was very beautiful—it is very possible that I may have mentioned Dresden as a place where I had seen some beautiful diamonds; I do not remember doing it; it is very possible, because I had seen some very fine diamonds there—my attention had been attracted by some old-fashioned shoe-buckles there, and some fine old diamonds; I remember saying that—I do not remember telling her that I was going to buy the old-fashioned buckles when I could afford it—I do not know that I told Mrs. Alston what diamonds meant; I might have done so, I do not know; it was so unimportant, it has escaped my memory—I have not represented to Mrs. Alston and others that I was a connoisseur in diamonds and a judge of them—I told her about the diamonds, and showed her those which I had obtained in London, but not all—I think Mr. Belt went over to Paris in October—Mrs. Alston and her daughter came to dine with me at my house in Paris—I remember

taking these diamonds out after dinner on 9th October and showing them to her in Richard Belt's presence—I do not know whether he said that he knew nothing about diamonds, he was a sculptor and was no judge of them; the conversation has quite escaped me—I do not remember telling her that any of the rings were inferior stones, but that I bought them because they matched—she may have asked me why I did not get the stones valued, I do not remember Haying that I knew quite as much about stones as any dealer or valuer, and they were dirt cheap—I do not remember any details of the conversation, my mind is a perfect blank—I am telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth—I took the diamonds out of their cases and held them up to the light—I do not remember saying that I had travelled all over the world and nobody could deceive me in diamonds—it seems an utter impossibility for me to say so, because I know nothing about them—I cannot tell whether I mentioned Mrs. Morphy to Mrs. Alston—I said to somebody that some of these jewels had belonged to the Duke of Leeds, but what I said is a blank in my memory—one of these jewels had a coronet on it, and Mr. Richard Belt said something about it—I may have said that it beloged to the Duke of Leeds, but whether I said it to her I cannot say—I did not say that some had belonged to the Shah of Persia—I do not remember asking Mrs. Alston to keep up the story of their having belonged to those people, as otherwise Lady Abdy would not wear them; my mind is so perfectly blank—some conversation passed but I am unable to say what it was—it seems perfectly new to me—I am not in the habit of laying myself down as a connoisseur in lace—I understand some things better than others, but I am not a great judge of lace—I produced some lace on the same evening as I talked to Mrs. Alston about the diamonds—I spoke of lace as constituting a collection, but not diamonds—I know Miss Luke, the daughter of a clergyman in London—I have not told her that it was impossible for anybody to take me in with diamonds, I knew so much about them—I may have said so about lace but not diamonds—I remember seeing Miss Luke at Mr. Belt's house two or three times—he was then living with his wife in London, and I dined there, but my wife did not—I may have told Miss Luke that my wife had some of the best diamonds in Paris, because I believe she had, but I do not remember saying that nobody could take me in—I did not purchase the riviere in October, it was later on—I am not certain whether I instructed Mr. Belt to buy one for me when he was in Paris—Lady Abdy very often will not eat any meat, and I told her in Paris, when Mr. Belt dined with us, that I would give her a riviere of diamonds if she would eat her meat, I do not remember whether she did so, but Mr. Belt may have come back to London commissioned to get a riviere of diamonds—I am mistaken, it was after I left London I purchased it—it is perfectly true that Richard Belt said that it belonged to the same lady, and Walter Belt brought it to the bedroom, and Richard Belt was with me at the time he brought it—I saw the riviere in London before I purchased it in Paris, but I may be wrong about the month—Walter Belt brought it to the bedroom when I was with his brother—it was showing to me in London before I brought it from Paris—that is the truth and nothing but the truth—when I describe Richard Belt as being with me in the bedroom I refer to the time when the riviere was shown to me and taken away again—there can be no doubt about my memory

there, because it was the first time I saw Walter Belt in connection with jewellery at all—Richard Belt said "Get a receipt," and there is no doubt about the transaction—I came to London with Lady Abdy in December, and went to the theatre with her on Christmas Eve—there was a conversation about more jewellery, and Richard Belt said there was a tine lot of the same sort and from the same Mrs. Morphy, and they were very valuable—I said that I had not money to buy them—the second lot was brought to the hotel, and, beginning with the large spray, they were shown to me—Lady Abdy saw them for a few minutes—she just cast a glance at them—she had nothing to do with the transaction—she knew nothing at all about them, and did not know how they were come by—she did not wear some of them when I went to Toole's Theatre with her, she wore some but not that lot—I mean only the first set, those I had bought in October, and with which I was quite satisfied—I had not got the money, and I asked Belt if he could find somebody to provide it, and I wrote out these two long documents of agreement with my own hand—the diamonds were priced to me by word of mouth, so that I could have bought some and left the others if I desired—I had all those brought to the Grosvenor Hotel—it did not matter to me whether the money was found by a medical man at Kensington, what I wanted was to have command of the diamonds—I drew up this agreement—I understood that Belt was to keep the jewels as I could not afford to pay for them—I understood that they were to be given into the hands of a lender at mortgage—Mr. Richard Belt said that his friend did not wish to break the Pawnbrokers' Act—it did not matter to me whether the clergyman lived at Kensington or whether Mrs. Morphy was Mrs. Smith, if I had command of the jewels, that was all I wanted; they amounted to 4,500l.—I have had them all; this (produced) is supposed to be the bracelet with the black diamond—I know now that it is not a black diamond, but I did not know it—I was first told of this bracelet at Spa, Richard Belt told me of it; that was, I think, in August or September, 1884—I commissioned him to get it if he could—he told me that it came from Mr. Beyfus and it had the same label—there is no doubt that this is the bracelet with regard to which I made that statement—it is the large stone with the little stones round it—I do not know to whom it belonged, it belongs to me now—I do not know the lady to whom it belonged; Mr. Belt never told me that it was the property of Mrs. Bonsor—I know a Mrs. Bonsor, and I believe she lives in Charles Street, Mayfair, but I did not know that it belonged to her; he told me that it belonged to the same person, Mrs. Morphy, and Beyfus was the holder of it—I have never said that it belonged to Mrs. Bonsor; I have never heard Mrs. Bonsor mentioned with regard to any of the jewellery till you mentioned it now—I remember meeting Mr. and Mrs. Bonsor at Covent Garden Circus, I think it was in January, 1885—Mr. Belt was with me, and we four supped together—I never mentioned to Mrs. Bonsor that I was making a collection of diamonds, but I did of lace—I made some observation which would be pleasant to her about the lace on her dress—I do not remember speaking to her about the bracelet I had bought of Mr. Belt, or telling her that the surrounding stones were very good but that the centre one was an inferior one—I could not say that about a bracelet I purchased from her, because I think I purchased the bracelet from Mr. Beyfus belonging to Mrs. Morphy; that is where I

thought it came from—I did not say that it came from her, I might have spoken about jewels, but I did not say it came from her—I do not remember speaking to her about the bracelet which I bought from Mr. Belt; I do not hesitate, I do not remember; I do not say "No," and I do not say "Yes," I will go so far as this, that I did not speak of that bracelet as having been bought from her, I say so positively—I will not undertake to swear that I did not speak about that bracelet at all to her; I say that I do not remember—I did not tell her of a collection of diamonds which I had bought from Walter Belt through Richard Belt; I could not have said so, because I bought no diamonds from Walter Belt—I saw Mrs. Bonsor about three-quarters of an hour, and I have really forgotten what I said—I did not toll her that Walter Belt was a dealer in diamonds, because I did not know it, therefore it is impossible—I do not remember saying that my wile did not know that the bracelet came from her—I very possibly said that I did not know what I should have done if it had not been for Richard Belt—the meeting at Covent Garden Circus was in 1885; Lady Abdy was not in London at that time—I had some of the jewels out some time in 1884, and redeemed them.

Saturday, March 13th, and Monday 15th, 1886.

SIR WILLIAM NEVILLE ABDY (further cross-examined by MR. CLARKE). In the early part of 1885 I went to Mr. Alston's house, I forget whether I went into the smoking-room, or what room I was in—I saw both Mr. and Mrs. Alston once, I am sure—I did not tell Mrs. Alston, among other things, that I had met a lady to whom some of the jewellery I had bought belonged—I don't remember having said so—I will not say I did not, to the best of my belief I did not. Q. Did you say to Mrs. Alston, either in London or Paris, that you had met a lady in London a charming person, from whom some jewels had been obtained for you, that you hoped soon to have the jewels in Paris to add to the rest, and ask her not to say anything to Lady Abdy about it, and tell her that you never mentioned anything of the kind to Lady Abdy? A. I don't remember having said anything like it—I am telling you the truth—I can't remember anything more—it seems very extraordinary that I should have said so, I don't believe I did—I had not then determined to buy the 5,200l. worth of jewellry. Q. Let me remind you—did you play a game of cards for jewellery with your wife at Spa? A. That was all nonsense—we did not play at cards; there was a bagatelle board, and it was a question how many of those holes on the board should be hit by the ball, and we went on joking together till it went up to several thousand pounds, a great deal more than 5,000—the whole thing was a joke and nothing else—I did not play the game for 5,000l., I played it by way of a joke and nothing else—I might say 500,000 or five millions—5,000 was mentioned, and a much larger sum—Lady Abdy said she would like to make it 20,000l.—she was not to get jewellery to that amount—I was not to pay anything, it was no agreement whatever—I don't know whether I lost, it did not matter—Lady Abdy might perhaps remind me that I had lost, perhaps she did, it was so in different to me that I took no notice of it—that had no connection at all with the third lot of jewellery—Richard Belt was at Spa with us, the game was played in his presence—the third lot of jewellery was in my wife's possession from the end of 1883—I took out portions of it twice, I think, and Lady Abdy

wore them—they wore not sent to a jeweller in Paris to be cleaned, a jeweller came to clean them; he said they were very good stones—I might have told Mrs. Alston that—I don't remember what I said to her about the jewels—I said to her that I thought they were very fine, but anything else I don't remember—very possibly I told her that the jeweller said so, but I don't remember—some money was borrowed on them in Paris—down to 6th June, 1885, I had not said anything to "Richard Belt or anybody in the way of complaint of the jewels being dear, or not good, because I thought they were good—I was not aware of Walter Belt setting up as a photographer, I was aware of the two brothers doing so together—it was Walter who set up the place, the brothers were to have shares in the profit of the business; Richard Belt told me so—I remember his buying furniture in Paris for Walter's studio—I was aware that Walter was carrying on the business, as a partner with his brother—some photographs were sent over to me at Paris as specimens, all of them, with one exception, were photos of Miss St. John—Lady Abdy saw them, and imagined that the lady was wearing some of her jewellery—there was a good deal of trouble and excitement in consequence, which was afterwards cleared up—it was entirely a delusion—I had only seen Miss St. John once to speak to, in the presence of several hundred persons—I knew nothing of Lady Abdy having telegraphed to Mr. Belt—I telegraphed to Mr. Belt: "Act at once, position very critical, have written to Morgan"—in answer to that I received a letter from Mr. Belt of 6th June—I know nothing of this telegram from Lady Abdy—I don't remember having it, I never heard of it—it was sent without my knowledge—this is the letter of 7th June. (Read: "14, Rue Pierre, Charron, June 7, 1885. My dear Belt,—I cannot tell you how grieved I feel at what has happened—first, that the harm should have come from my wife; and, secondly, that it should have been done to the best and truest friend we have in the world. I am sure that you believe me when I say that the telegram was dispatched behind my back, and that had I had the slightest suspicion of it I should have seen that the telegram never left the house. This house, I am sorry and broken-hearted to have to say, is now a hell upon earth, I being worried out of my life, and I have by this post written to Mr. Morgan in order to allay the storm, and to wipe out the doubts of fancy and the untruthful imaginations that may possibly become the ruin of both of us. Just fancy such a thing. I am believed to be keeping Mrs. Marius, to have taken all the diamonds out of the bank and given them to her, and to have spent twelve (sometimes she says twenty) thousand pounds upon her. It is too monstrous a thing for any one to believe it; but true it is. All my statements are lies in her eyes. My wife says she has been informed of it by a letter received from a 'good friend' in London, and she refuses to say who he is. I should like to know who the scoundrel is. Mr. Morgan will see you about the diamonds, and I trust that, if you care a little for my peace and happiness, you will be able to give him such papers as will prove beyond the shadow of doubt to any sane and sensible mind that I have redeemed no diamonds out of the bank since those I took when I was in London in January. My wife says Mrs. Marius was in Paris with her husband when you were staying with us, and that we both of us went to the theatre after dinner, where Marius was, in order to meet Mrs. Marius, who was also there. I must apologise for boring you with such absurdities, but they are very painful ones, and will have to be put down once

for all. In one of your letters you write as follows, 'All is going on smoothly. See much of B. P., but not one unkind word is said.' Will you tell us whom you mean by the initials B. P. The photographs Mrs. Marius which you sent me have been the cause of much mischief. It is very painful for me to have to tell you that my wife positively affirms that the rivieres round Mrs. Marius's neck in the photo are those which I have bought for her, and that I had redeemed them out of the bank and given them to Mrs. Marius. The tiara on her head in the photo I am told that I have given her, and that it is the same one that you mentioned to her as having been in the same place whence the other jewels came. Mr. Morgan must come, and when he comes through London I hope you will be able to give him the papers about the diamonds, to bring them over with him. You may show him this, and my other letters on the subject, but to no one else in the world. It is with great pain that I see myself obliged to write to you as I am now doing, and with that pain is united a feeling of shame on my part that you received that telegram, and also a sincere hope that it may not work the mischief which you seem to anticipate. But when I shall have fully said all that I feel on this matter there will still remain one thing which I can find no words to express—my heartfelt sympathy.—I am, my dear Belt, your true friend, WM. ABDY.") I have no letter in answer to that, all the letters I had I gave to Messrs. Lewis and Lewis, all that I have not destroyed—I believe I received from Mr. Belt an answer to that letter. (MR. CLARKE read a copy of this letter, dated 11th June: "Dear Sir William,—I am sorry to hear from you that my lady disbelieves Mr. Morgan, but it is not my business to defend his honour; he can take care of himself. Nor will I now enter into matters connected with Mrs. Marius, and the foul charges preferred against her, and the contempt you tell me with which she treats Mr. Morgan's advice. But I feel very deeply that not only yourself and Mr. Morgan she stamps as liars, but the same is attributed to me, and to come from one (who, to say no more, I have risked my life) not only astounds, but is insufferable, and I will ask you to tell my lady that I will not move my finger to afford further proof to vindicate you, or the cruel and serious charges, or to show her I am no party to it. Once for all, I am responsible to you alone for the jewels, and every stone on demand can be handed over to you, according to agreement. I feel from my heart for you after what you have passed through for your wife's sake, that you should have to suffer this, and if I can avoid it I will not add one word to give you further pain; but your wife is fully aware that the charges she makes against you are false, and to me, I regret to say, is clearly a subterfuge. This is the soil upon which this matter should be fought, and if my lady has any self-respect after the proof she says she possesses, it is her solemn duty for all concerned to come here at once.—Believe me, ever yours, RICHARD BELT. P.S.—When did your brother leave you?") Until 14th June there was no agreement in writing between me and Richard Belt with regard to the 5,200l. worth of jewellery—in my letter of 13th June I say "My wife says that if she went to London and saw the jewels at the bank you would have been informed of it beforehand by me, and that you would then have borrowed them from the lady who is believed now to have them, and would have taken them to the bank merely for her inspection. This statement is too

absurd for me to go into at all; I see now what it will have to come to, I shall have to find the money and take out of the bank and give her all the jewels of the kind that were on Mrs. Marius's photograph." This letter of 17th June is my writing: "It is important that I should have these diamonds as soon as possible"—I wrote again on the 18th, stating that my wife's doubts were very strong, and requesting that the jewels might be seen at the bank—on 20th June I telegraphed to Belt "By what train will your brother leave? Shall fetch him at station"—Walter Belt came over to Paris, bringing all the jewellery, although a great number of them had not been paid for—those jewels were delivered to me—I do not remember on what day Lady Abdy left Paris to come to London—she came over because she had doubts about the jewels—I did not know she had them in her possession—I did not execute an assignment that I am aware of; I don't remember; to the best of my belief I did not assign anything to her; if I have done so I should much like to see it; I did not—they were her property, I gave them to her—that was not put in writing I think, I am sure—I never gave her any document—I should be very much astonished if you can show me one—I did not do it—I say that positively.

Cross-examined by MR. KEMP. The first interview I had with Walter Belt relating to the jewels was on 1st October—I had met him before and said "How do you do" to him, nothing beyond that—he came to the Grosvenor that once to see his brother, downstairs in the hall, but I only saw him once with regard to the jewels—it is not possible to confuse one occasion with the other—at that time I was passing under a name not my own—very possibly I had told Richard Belt at that time not to let anybody know that I was in London—my object was not to let anybody know that I was in London—the interview took place in my bedroom—Walter Belt came in as the bearer of the riviere, and he showed it, but he said nothing—during that interview Richard Belt did not leave the room, that I am aware of, and then return and produce the riviere—I don't remember that; I would not swear that he did not—I positively swear that Walter Belt did come into the room with the riviere—I pledge my oath unhesitatingly that Walter Belt was in my room on that occasion—I did not see Mr. Morris, I don't know him; I did not see a messenger—I do not remember Richard Belt being called out by a messenger—I did not, that I remember, say to Richard Belt, when Walter came, "Why did you allow your brother to know I was in London?"—I thought if he merely told his brother it would not matter much—I should say Walter was there about a quarter of an hour in the bedroom—I saw nobody else—I don't remember anybody coming into the room—from that time till June, 1885, I never saw Walter Belt in relation to the jewels—that was when he came to Paris and delivered the jewels over to me, that was all he did—afterwards there was some question as to whether the stones had been changed, and Walter came a second time; he then told me that they had not been changed—he said nothing voluntarily about the diamond being a black one, he volunteered no remark about it—I thought a black diamond was a yellow diamond—that diamond had not been cleaned by the Paris jeweller—I asked the question very often if it was a black diamond, and at last he said it was; he hesitated some time about answering—I don't remember his saying "I think it is," he may possibly have said so—I am not sure of the exact words—that was not one of the

diamonds I showed to Mrs. Alston; it has never been referred to as a black diamond in any of the writings between myself and Richard Belt—there was no one present when Walter Belt said what he did in respect of the black diamond; I had not then bought it, I agreed to bay it in November, 1884—I said I should do my best to pay up what I had bought, and he said I need be in no hurry about it—that was all that was said about the purchase money—I agreed to purchase it in 1885; I agreed to buy them all as soon as I could—I wrote no agreement—the second agreement was in November, 1884, or January, 1885, it was a verbal agreement—this document (produced) is my writing—the large stone there referred to is the black diamond—I don't remember when I wrote that, most probably it was before Walter Belt came to Paris.

(This enumerated several articles, amounting to 5,200l.)

By MR. CLARKE. In my letter of 15th June, 1884, to Mr. Belt, I state "Besides that, my wife wants some more of these diamonds."

Re-examined. The 2,000l. that I lent in October, 1883, passed through Mr. Morgan's hands—this (produced) is my cheque on Praed's to Morgan for the purpose of paying that money; it is endorsed "William Morgan"—two of the cheques for the interest were to Morgan—there are three cheques for interest—one for 135l., of 7th April, 1884; one for 235l., of 1st October, 1884, payable to order; one for 236l., of 8th April, 1885, payable to self; and 100l. which I was asked fur to prevent the jewels being lost—the cheque for 235l. included that alleged to have been paid to Beyfus—until this cross-examination I never had it suggested to me that Richard Belt had rendered me any services for which the 2,000l. was given—the suggestion was that there was a conspiracy afloat against me, that Mr. Harrison, my legal adviser, had shown one of my letters, and Richard Belt told me the contents—no suggestion of any conspiracy against me was ever made except by Richard Belt—I have no reason to believe that there was any conspiracy against me—Richard Belt told me that there was a Mrs. Crow, who lived in George Street, Hanover Square, who had been talking a lot of nonsense about me before I was married—she came and talked a lot of nonsense about me, and I told her to hold her tongue—Richard Belt knew her through me; he went to her—I don't know what she was going to conspire to do, she was talking tittle tattle and running me down—this was after I was married—it was some scandal-talking about a woman that Lady Abdy employed.

By MR. CLARKE. This letter of 3rd September 1883, from myself to Belt, is my letter. (The witness was requested to read it through to himself.) I heard nothing of any conspiracy against me till Richard Belt came and told me, that was in November, 1883—nobody ever told me anything by word of mouth—I received letters, some anonymous, some of them signed—Mrs. Crow was one of the persons of whom I hoard, not from whom—I heard that she was going to bring an action against Richard Belt—Bertain was another name, that was a signed letter, more than one—on receiving those letters I communicated with Mr. Belt, sent him copies of them, and asked him to make inquiries on my behalf—I am not aware that he employed a detective—I never knew of his having done so—I sent him this telegram on September 22nd, 1883: "Have the Crows watched, I want to know how often they go to my solicitor's and how long they stay there"—I asked Mr. Belt to employ a detective on my behalf—I paid him some money I

think—I do not remember if I paid him any money except the 2,000l.—I won't undertake to say that I did—I can't remember (Another letter was handed to the witness to read through)—I first heard of the plot against me from Richard Belt—he came and told me—I was told nothing of any plot from anybody else—I had communications from other persons—I asked him to investigate the matter and he did so—he said he had incurred expense in doing so.

By the ATTORNEY-GENERAL. The suggestions made in the letters I received were entirely false—they did not relate to any supposed conduct of my wife before her marriage to me—they were hints, nothing more—at that time Messrs. Harrison and Ingram were my family solicitors—Richard Belt said ho knew a very good man, a Mr. Morgan, and he telegraphed to Mr. Morgan from Paris, and so took it out of the hands of my family solicitors—I yielded to his advice—up to this moment Richard Belt has never furnished me with, or made any statement to me of any supposed expense that he has incurred in that inquiry—after I had been in Mr. Morgan's hands for some time I returned to my family solicitors, who are now acting for me—I did not attach any importance to Richard Belt's correspondence, I tore it up—I handed to Mr. Lewis sack letters as I had preserved—I never heard any suggestion that my life was in danger, or that I needed protection by having a revolver—I got a revolver and gave it to Richard Belt—he said it was a safe thing to carry a revolver, that he was not safe of his life—he took it away with him—I can't say whether it was loaded or not—in the photograph of Miss St. John (Mrs. Marius), she had some jewels round her neck—at that time I supposed the jewels to be in the bank, because Richard Belt told me they were at the bank of his friend, the medical man—I asked what bank—I forget the name of the bank—it was the bank on the right in the Cromwell Road as you leave Queen's Gate, a joint stock bank—in driving past one day I asked him where the bank was, and he said "This is the bank"—I never saw any of the jewels there—I never gave the jewels to Mrs. Marius—as far as I can judge it is not true that the was wearing them—I had not got the control of the jewels at that time; what Richard Belt might have done with them I could not have any idea—I never got any invoice for any of them from any tradesman, jeweller, or pawnbroker—I never got any receipts for any of the money I paid to Mr. Belt—I paid it in cheques—I intended the jewels for my wife—I bought them in order that she should wear them—on the occasion of the riviere being produced at the hotel in October, 1883, I saw Richard Belt first—he was with me in my room—I had no sitting-room at that time—we had been together quite half an hour before Walter Belt appeared—I do not reccollect how he was announced—when he came in the case was opened and the riviere was shown—Walter Belt held it—he produced it—I remember that—I saw no person of the name of Morris, and heard no mention of the name—I know nothing at all about him—that was the occasion when Richard Belt told Walter to be careful about getting back the receipt, I am sure of that—neither Richard nor Walter Belt ever gave me any more definite description of this supposed medical man—up to the time of the handing over of the quantity of jewels at Paris I had implicitly trusted Richard Belt and believed him to be a friend upon whom I could rely.

By the JURY. I never took the opinion of anybody but Mr. Belt as to

the value of the jewellery—when I came to London an expert was sent for by Messrs. Lewis and Lewis. By the COURT: "Why did you consult Messrs. Lewis and Lewis?" Lady Abdy doubted the genuineness of the diamonds and went to Messrs. Lewis and Lewis to consult them about it—she saw the jewels which Walter Belt delivered to me in Paris, and she said they were yellow—I had shown her the jewels that I received in 1883-84, and after Walter Belt brought the other jewels to Paris I showed them to her and she had doubts of their value, and then I went to Messrs. Lewis and Lewis—I had told Lady Abdy the price I had engaged to pay for them—she first took them to Messrs. Lewis and Lewis and I went afterwards.

WILLIAM MORGAN . I am a solicitor practising at Stafford—I have known Richard Belt, I think, about eight years, and also his brother Walter—in the year 1883 Richard Belt introduced me to Sir William Abdy—I believe I had a telegram from Paris to meet somebody, I did not then know who it was—I came from Stafford to London, and there met Sir William Abdy for the first time—after that, by Sir William's directions, I made various payments to Richard Belt—I received instructions from Sir William about 13th October, 1883, to pay this cheque for 1,000/. to Richard Belt; I in fact paid it in May, 1884—the interest was added on it, and that makes it 1,030l. 1s.—it is drawn on Praed and Co., Fleet Street, dated 28th May, 1884, payable to myself, and there is a stamp at the bottom, "Sir William Abdy, Bart.;" that is also crossed, stamped "London and County Bank, Knightsbridge," and at the back there is the stamp of "Artis, poulterer, &c.; 16, Motcombe Street"—when Sir William gave me the instructions to pay that, I happened to say to Mr. Belt that it was not convenient, there were no funds available at that time of Sir William's to draw upon, and I had arranged to advance him such moneys as he required from time to time—this (produced) is Mr. Richard Belt's receipt for the 1,000l., dated 16th October, 1883—I told Mr. Belt that it was a little inconvenient for me to find so large a sum as 1,000l. at a moment's notice—he said, "I can arrange that 1,000l. for you for a short time if you will pay interest on it," and when Sir William's affairs were in funds he paid me that cheque to repay myself, and I repaid Richard Belt the 1,000l. and interest, it was a transaction between myself and Mr. Belt at that time, and I did this in order to keep the transaction between myself and Sir William Abdy perfectly clear—I did not say that Mr. Belt had lent the 1,000l., he said he had arranged it—Sir William did not give me any cheque on 13th October; he had no funds then—I was to advance him such moneys as he might require—I did not advance him anything at that time, nor did I advance Mr. Belt anything—I got that receipt from Mr. Belt; I was accountable to him for the 1,000l.—I have an account with Sir William Abdy; it has been audited by Kane and Co., of Chancery Lane; it is a half-yearly account, settled at Christmas and Midsummer—I believe the Christmas account shows the paying of this 1,000l. by me to Mr. Belt; I am not sure that it does, but I believe so—I did not produce that receipt to the auditor as my voucher; I took it in the first instance because I was going to pay the money—this cheque of 14th November was paid at that date; it is on my own private account—this is the receipt I got, dated 21st May, 1884, for 878l.—that was to take up the bill given in October—it is on Praed and Co., payable to Belt or order,

and endorsed by him—this cheque for 2,400l., dated 20th June, 1885, is mine—I received hurried instructions from Sir William Abdy to find 2,400l. at once, anyhow, but he must have it, and I was to pay it to Mr. Belt—it is on my own private account—I made the advance—that was the first intimation I had of any jewel transactions; I was kept in ignorance of any jewel transactions up to that moment—I knew what the first 1,000l. was for, no, it was the second for 700l.; Sir William told me it was for a bracelet, I am not sure, I know it was for something in jewellery, but what it was I did not know—I did not know anything about the agreement or about any jewels, or any transaction in reference to them in which there was some agreement between the parties—I did not see the two agreements; I did not know that they existed until June, 1885—I knew the 700l. in October, 1883, was for some bracelet, but what it was I do not know—I got this 2,000l. on 6th October, 1883, from Sir William Abdy to pay to myself; it is payable to me—that was passed through the account and honoured at the time—I was instructed to pay it to Mr. Belt—I did pay it to him, not at that date; he asked me to retain it for him a short time, and he would have the money as he wanted it—I paid him 500l. by cheque on 8th January, 1884, and I paid him the balance with interest by this cheque of 21st May, 1884, 1,562l. 3s. 10d.—I did not take credit in the Christmas account as if I had paid the 2,000l., I did not show that transaction at all—I believe it did not come into Sir William Abdy's account at all; I merely paid it in to my account at Mr. Belt's request, and he would draw the money as he wanted it, as he had got no immediate use for it—I paid him interest for it—I do not think I wanted money at that moment; I did not want to borrow it from Mr. Belt; it was a convenience to me.

By the COURT. I don't recollect whether I took a receipt from Mr. Belt for 2,000l., this was scarcely a business transaction; I don't know whether he didn't give Sir William a receipt for it at the time, I thought he did, he never told me so—I think Mr. Belt, myself, and Sir William Abdy were together at the time if my memory serves me; it could not have been cashed the same day, because I was in London then.

By the JURY. When Mr. Belt introduced me to Sir William it was not arranged that I was to allow him so much commission for bringing in the client.

By MR. CLARKE. I had not known Lady Abdy for any long time—I met her once or twice in 1883 before my introduction to Sir William; I met her two or three times, I think, I can't exactly say which—I believe the introduction was Mr. Belt's originally.

MR. CLARKE called attention to the indictment, and submitted that the allegation of fake pretence was not supported. MR. JUSTICE STEPHEN considered that the case must go to the Jury.

The following Witnesses were called for the Defence.

EMILY ALSTON . I am the wife of Sir William Abdy's cousin—in October, 1883, I was visiting Sir William and his wife in Paris—I remember dining with them with Mr. Richard Belt—Sir William spoke to me about diamonds, and after dinner he produced some cases of diamonds—he said he had brought over some diamonds for Lady Abdy, and he asked me what I thought of them—I said I was no judge of diamonds, and I turned to Mr. Belt and asked him what he thought of them—he said, "I am no judge of diamonds, that is my brother's business, not mine"—that was said in the presence of Sir William Abdy and his wife and

my daughter—Sir William talked about diamonds and the value of them, but not so much then as when we were staying at the Rue Piere Charron; that was in January, 1885—he told me that he knew quite as much about diamonds as any dealer: that was when I asked him why he didn't have them valued, and his answer was that he knew as much about diamonds as any dealer—at that time the diamonds were kept in a strong safe in the large dining room—he told me that a jeweller who had cleaned his diamonds when they were in the Champs Elysees said that they were beautiful stones and quite fit to be put in a museum—he showed me a pair of horseshoe earrings that he had bought to match the horseshoe pendant; he said they were inferior stones but he had bought them to match—I said I could not see any difference, and he held the stones up to the light and gave me explanations about them, about Brazilian and Indian diamonds; he said the Brazilian diamonds put in a particular light would produce a particular effect—he said it was very seldom that in any ornament you could get all the stones perfect, sometimes they might be discoloured, and that might take away from the value—he said he had told Lady Abdy that some of them had come from the Shah and some had come, he believed, from the Duke of Leeds' family, because there was a coronet on one of the cases, which he had erased because he did not wish Lady Abdy to be inquiring into it—he said he had to tell Lady Abdy that they had come from extraordinary people and I was to keep it up—he showed me a new piece of lace that he had bought since I had seen them last—my daughter was present at the time when the lace was shown—I was in Paris at the beginning of 1885 after Sir William's return from London—he was sitting in my room with my daughter, smoking, and he said among other things that he had got some diamonds which had been obtained for him from a very charming lady whom he had met, and he said, "Don't mention this to my wife, you know how she goes on"—he also said he hoped to have them soon in Paris—in July, 1885, I had a message from Lady Abdy, in consequence of which I met her at the Charing Cross station; I don't exactly remember whether it was June or July, and I went about with her for two or three days while she was making some inquiries—among other places we went to the Empire Theatre and the Princess's Theatre, also to several photographers, that was to get photographs of Miss St. John—Lady Abdy called with me once on Mr. Beyfus; I don't know whether she went also by herself—it was a house in Russell Square—she was then staying at the Charing Cross Hotel—I remember Sir William coming over and bringing the diamonds with him—I was aware before that that Lady Abdy had been more than once to Mr. George Lewis.

Cross-examined by the ATTORNEY-GENERAL. In October, 1883, when the discussion took place about the diamonds, Lady Abdy was present the whole of the time—Sir William spoke of them as being very fine and valuable, he seemed very pleased with his diamonds—I can't remember that he said it was a lucky thing that by chance it came in his way to buy such valuable old diamonds—he was very satisfied with them—Mr. Belt said he was no judge of diamonds, but that was his brother's business, I concluded that it must have been his brother who had sold the diamonds to Sir William—he did not tell me at Charron who had told him that the diamonds had come from the Shah, I didn't ask him, it was no business of mine—I had it not in my mind that Walter Belt was the person who had sold them—

Sir William I know got diamonds from other persons as well as Walter Belt—I know he got a diamond ring in Paris—I thought that these valuable old diamonds had been obtained through Walter Belt—they were not the same diamonds as in 1885—he showed me three different lots at different times, and the one of which he was speaking in 1883 was a different lot to the one he was speaking of in 1885—ho mentioned that he intended getting some diamond buckles which he knew of in Dresden, where there was a beautiful collection.

DAISY BONSOR . I am the wife of Mr. William Bonsor, and live at 27, Charles Street, Mayfair—in August or September, 1884, the defendant, Walter Belt, came to me and asked me to sell a bracelet—I think this is the one, it is like it—I agreed to sell it if he gave me 500l. for it—he paid me that sum in bank notes, and I parted with it to him—some time after that he came to me in relation to the purchase of two diamond studs—I can't remember dates, it was somewhat later on in the year—he bought the studs, and paid me 200l. in notes, and a picture by Sidney Cooper, R.A., valued at 200l.—one evening in January, 1886, I remember going to the Circus at Covent Garden with my husband, and I there saw Mr. Richard Belt and Sir William Abdy together—I had seen Sir William Abdy before, but had not been introduced to him—Mr. Richard Belt introduced him to me that night, and after the Circus we went to the Continental Hotel to supper—while at sapper, Sir William Abdy spoke about my diamonds and my lace dress—he said he had got a bracelet from Mr. Walter Belt which had belonged to me, and if I saw it I was not to recognise it on Lady Abdy—he said the large stone in the bracelet was a Cape, and the outside ones were fine Indian stones—he spoke about diamonds and lace that he had got, he said he had a great many diamonds—he told me all about mine that I was then wearing, and all about the stones of different countries, he affected to hare a knowledge of them—I have very little knowledge of diamonds, I have a little—we discussed them together—he admired my lace, and said it was very lovely; he seemed to have a knowledge of lace—he said he had made collections of lace, and vases, bronzes, and different diamonds which he had in Paris—he spoke about Mr. Richard Belt in terms of gratitude—we were there together, I should think, an hour and a half the four of us, this conversation extended over that time—after that I think he called twice at our house, but he did not find me at home on either occasion.

Cross-examined by the ATTORNEY-GENERAL. I have known Mr. Belt about a year and a half or two years, I don't think more, not intimately—I thought you were speaking of Walter Belt—I have known Richard Belt not much more than two years, not intimately—I know his wife as a friend, not intimately—Mr. Wontner, I think, came to me about giving my evidence, or a clerk, I don't know, when I came back from Monte Carlo, not a month ago—I had not been in correspondence with Richard Belt before that, or with his wife—I saw the solicitor's clerk before I saw Richard Belt, I am sure of that—Walter Belt, I suppose, did not know I was going to sell my bracelet till he asked me—he came in to see me, and asked me if I would sell that particular bracelet—he was not in the habit of making social calls upon me—he had done business with me, and he called to see if I would sell the, bracelet—I had often seen diamonds—if I wanted to buy diamonds I used to look at some he

had—I had never bought any from him, I could not afford it—he had not often called upon me before August or September, 1884—I had seen him casually—I don't remember whether he had ever called before, I don't think he had—he said what he called for, he asked me to sell this bracelet, mentioning it by name, a particular one—I was not wearing it at the time—I had worn it many times, he had seen me wearing it—I suppose he wanted it and knew I would sell it if he came to ask me—I had not bought anything of him before, or sold him anything—he had talked about my diamonds—I had a lot of diamonds, I don't know that he had ever seen it—he asked me for the bracelet with a particular stone in it—whether it had been made a present to me or not has nothing to do with it—I don't know whether it was or not; some were presents, some I had bought—I don't remember whether the bracelet was a present—I don't see why I should say where I got it—I think it was a present, I don't know how long ago, I can't recollect—it was not ten years ago or five, perhaps three or four—I don't know how Walter Belt came to ask me to sell it, but he did—I don't think I had mentioned to Richard Belt that I was willing to sell it; I will swear I never did, or suggest that I would be willing if I got a price for it; nor to anybody; I think Walter Belt must have seen it; he said he had a customer who would buy it—I did not ask him who the customer was—that was in the summer before I went to Brighton, it might have been in August, I can't say nearer than that—he paid for it and took it away with him that day—he did not take it on approval—he did not ask me to give him a receipt—I asked 500l. and he gave it me, there was no bargaining about the price—I did not know anything about the value of it, that was what I wanted for it, if any one liked to give me that for it they could hare it—I am always in need of money—I told my husband that I had sold it, I did not tell him the price, I told him I had sold it to Walter Belt—he had seen him, I think he knew him—I told him that same night when he came home—I was in Court yesterday, I did not hear the evidence given about the value of the bracelet, I did not hear that it was about 200l.—the diamond studs were sold some time after, I don't remember when—Walter Belt asked me if I would sell them—I had more—I said I would sell two of them—this was some two or three months after the bracelet, I could not swear to any time; it was in the same year—I don't know how Walter Belt came to know that I was wanting to sell the studs, he came and asked me in the same way, and I agreed to sell them—I did not get the opinion of any one about the picture before I took it; it purported to be signed by Sidney Cooper; I have got it now—I have not had it valued by anybody—I did not sell a third stud, all I sold was the bracelet and the two studs—I had never spoken to Sir William Abdy before January, 1885—my husband was present during the supper, he is not here—he did not hear all the conversation that took place, he was talking to Mr. Belt; we were at a round table, and Sir William and I were talking to ourselves, I know he did not hear—Sir William talked to me about my dress, about lace and diamonds, bronzes, and Mr. Belt, and he said he had got a bracelet from Walter Belt that had belonged to me—he did not say that his wife was wearing it—he said if I saw her wearing it I was not to say.

Re-examined. Prior to January, 1885, I had seen Sir William Abdy in society—I had seen him dining at the Bristol with Mr. Belt—I had been

in the habit of wearing this bracelet out from time to time—this gentleman (Mr. French) came to me with regard to this matter.

WILLIAM MORLEY FRENCH . I am an articled clerk to Messrs. Wontner—I have had the practical conduct of this matter—in consequence of instructions I went to see Mrs. Bonsor and took her proof as a witness—that was after the committal in this case.

ETHEL LUKE . I am a daughter of the Vicar of St. Matthew's, Earl's Court—in the early part of 1886 I was dining at Mr. Richard Belt's house with himself, his wife, and Sir William Abdy—on that occasion Sir William spoke to me about diamonds—he said that he understood diamonds and jewels; he said his wife had come very fine diamonds—I said people could be taken in nowadays with respect to diamonds—he said he did not think he could be taken in, he understood them thoroughly.

Cross-examined by MR. POLAND. This was in conversation after dinner in the drawing-room—I think it was in February, I can't recollect the exact date—I was told last night that I must come here, I was subpoenaed last night—I wrote to Mr. Belt when I first saw the case in the paper at the police-court, and said I was sorry he had got into trouble—last night wan not the first time I had had conversation on the case, it was when the case first came on at Bow Street.

By the JURY. I am still living under my father's roof.

HERBERT MORRIS . In 1883 I knew Mr. Walter Belt, he was a friend of mine—I must have seen him several times in October, 1883—between 1st and 13th October he handed me a case containing a riviere of diamonds to take to the Grosvenor Hotel—I took it for him—when I got there I sent in for Mr. Richard Belt, and he came out to me, and I gave him the riviere—he left me, turned through a corridor, and went into a room—he returned in about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour—I remained in the hall—he then brought the riviere back to me and I took it back to Walter at Drayton Villas—I saw no one at the hotel but Richard Belt—Walter was not with me.

Cross-examined by MR. POLAND. Drayton Villas is about 20 minutes' walk from the Grosvenor Hotel; it is a private house—Walter Belt lived there; I was a friend of his, I painted miniatures for him and things of that kind—I have known him 12 or 14 years, and Richard Belt a year or two longer—I was not sent for to Drayton Villas, I was accidentally there—I called on Walter and he then asked me if I would take the case of jewels to his brother at the Grosvenor—he told me to be sure and take care of them, and to deliver them to no one but Richard—he put them in brown paper while I was there; he just opened them, and I just saw the riviere—he asked me to wait for them and bring them back—I did not ask him what they were to be taken there for—he told me his brother was staying there, not residing there, because his residence was at Drayton Villas—I can't say why Walter did not take them himself—I was to ask for Mr. Richard Belt at the hotel—it was about 7 in the evening—one of the waiters went and fetched Richard Belt—I stayed in the hall and amused myself by looking at the periodicals and papers there—when I gave him the parcel he did not go upstairs in a corridor to the right; he went downstairs in a corridor to the right, and turned into one of the rooms there—I saw him go into a room; he stayed there about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour, I should say—I could see that the parcel had been opened when it was brought back to me; the paper was

different, it was wrapped up; it had been opened and packed up again—Richard only stayed an instant with me, and asked me to return it to Walter—I don't say he used those words, something similar to that—I did not understand either from Walter or Richard what the riviere was sent to the hotel for, I knew nothing of that, and never asked—I took it back direct to Walter Belt—I was a witness for Richard Belt in his action against Mr. Lawes, I have been very intimate with him—I was at Bow Street at the examination there, and I then heard it said that Walter had taken these jewels, and I then spoke to Mr. Collier, Walter Belt's clerk, and told him of my visit there—I have something to fix the date as between the 1st and 13th October; the 1st October happened to he my mother's wedding day, and the 13th was St. Edward's Day, and I spoke to Walter on this occasion of my intention to visit the shrine of St. Edward, which I remember was on Saturday, the 13th, and it was a week prior to St. Edward's Day, and about a week after the wedding day; it was midway between those two dates, but I could not fix the actual day—I went to Bow Street to hear the case, not as a witness.

SIR WILLIAM ABDY (Re-examined by MR. POLAND). I had not at any time in October, 1883, a ground floor room at the Grosvenor Hotel—Richard Belt showed me some jewellery in a ground floor room in the hotel, but that was the first lot—we went into the drawing room or a room adjoining the drawing room on the ground floor; that was in September or October, 1883—it was not the riviere that I saw there—the room would be on the right looking into the street, a smallish sitting room—I am quite sure that was not the riviere that has been spoken to—I first saw this bracelet of Mrs. Bonsor's at the end of October or the very first days of November, 1884; it was then in Richard Belt's possession—it was first in my possession, I believe, in June, 1885, when Walter Belt brought it to Paris.

By MR. KEMP. I went to the Grosvenor, in the name of Allen, on the 6th September, and left it on the 7th—I forget the number of the room I occupied—it was a bedroom—I had no sitting-room at that time—on that occasion no riviere was brought to me—I was there again at the beginning of October—I don't remember the date—I don't remember the number of the room I occupied there—in order to get to my room you had to go to the end of the corridor to reach the staircase, if I remember the construction of the hotel you have to go to the end of the hall and the staircase branches off on each side; there is a corridor on the right, on the ground floor, independent of the staircase—there is a sitting-room along the corridor, which I have used more than once, but I never saw the riviere there—I used that sitting-room for a minute or two when Richard Belt was with me.

WILLIAM MORGAN (Re-examined by the COURT). I now produce my account—this 1,000l. was a loan to me for which I paid interest—I charged Sir William Abdy with interest, because I had to pay it—I had to borrow it to meet the transaction—I received 2,000l. from Sir William Abdy to pay to Mr. Belt—there was no arrangement that I was to retain that in my hands for six months, paying Mr. Belt 5 per cent interest on it—I expected that he might want the money at any moment—he asked me to pay it into my account and then he might want it at any moment, as I understood, for certain purposes for which the loan was required—he did not require it so soon as I expected, and I thought it right to pay

him interest as I had the money—it happened to be a convenience to me and therefore I thought he was entitled to it—I thought it right to charge Sir William Abdy with it, because I paid interest—it was no benefit to me—I got no benefit out of it—I have explained to your Lordship that I did not expect to hold the money for 48 hours—I didn't explain to Sir William Abdy that I was going to hold it, or that it was lying there at interest—I don't think I saw Sir William to give him any explanation—I wrote to him at times—I don't think I told him about this—I didn't get a halfpenny by it—of course it was intended to be paid to Mr. Belt at once, but he didn't ask me for it, and at the end of the time I thought he should have the interest—it was paid to Mr. Belt in October—I didn't make out this account—it was made out by my cashier—I do not look into the accounts which my cashier makes out—he kept the books entirely—I did not look over the books to see that it was correct, I swear that—I did not see whether the entry involving 2,000l. was correctly entered or not, because I got Messrs. Kane and Co. to audit the accounts—I did not see this account or how it was drawn up—it was sent to Sir William Abdy from my office—he was a new client—I sent it without looking at it.

By the JURY. I was arranging a loan for Sir William—I did not tell him I could not lend him the money unless I had security for it—I knew what his position was—I had the rentals for Sir William—I have a written authority to act for him—I have not got it with me.

By MR. CLARKE. The date I am speaking of is October, 1883—I received the 2,000l. from Sir William to pay to Mr. Belt at that time—I didn't raise the 1,000l. besides, because Mr. Belt said he had arranged it for me and I had to pay him interest for it—the 31l. was interest on the 1,000l. which I was instructed to raise for Sir William—I had been instructed to raise 1,000l. for Sir William, for the purpose of paying Mr. Belt—that was in addition to the 2,000l.—instead of borrowing the money and paying interest on it to Sir William I didn't pay it to Belt at once but paid him the interest and charged Sir William with that interest, that was the transaction exactly—Sir William told me to raise the money or find him any moneys that he might require, and I found him several other sums, and he had told me to raise the 1,000l. to give to Mr. Belt, that was when I saw him in London in the beginning of October—he told me he should require several sums, and I was to find them for him until the arrangements which he had instructed me to make were carried out—I found it in that way—there was no 1,000l. found—Belt gave me a receipt for it as I have explained—if I had got the money from my own bankers I should have had to pay it in the same way, and I didn't see there was anything wrong—I gave a receipt for it—I didn't mean it as a false receipt—when I gave the receipt I meant immediately to have paid the money—I ought to have torn the receipt up after the arrangement was come to.

RICHARD BELT— GUILTY of obtaining money by false pretences. Twelve Month's Hard Labour.

WALTER BELT— NOT GUILTY .


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