JOHN MORRIS, ROBERT RIX, EMILY RIX.
2nd June 1902
Reference Numbert19020602-463
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > with recommendation
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment

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463. JOHN MORRIS (36), ROBERT RIX (34), and EMILY RIX , Conspiring together to obtain from such of the subjects of the King as should answer advertisements in the Bazaar. Exchange and Mart newspaper divers of their goods and chattels, and to cheat and defraud them thereof.

MR. MUIR, MR. BODKIN, and MR. KERSHAW Prosecuted, and MR. BURNIE

Defended Morris.

JAMES MURRAY FLEMING . I am secretary to the Bazaar, Exchange and Mart newspaper, 170, Strand—I produce two instructions for advertisements in that paper (Read): "Lady's Beeston Cycle, 55s. 6d., part exchange, Wilson, 8, Robin Hood Lane, Poplar, E." and "Gentleman's Rover Pneumatic, 25s. 6d., grand order, Burton, 80, Baalam Street, Plaistow, E."—I also produce both those advertisements as they appeared in the Bazaar, Exchange, and Mart on April 4th.

WILLIAM GEORGE WELTON (Warder). I served a copy of this Notice to Produce on Robert Rix on May 20th.

ELLEN ROBINSON (Wardress). I served a copy of this Notice to Produce upon Emily Rix on May 20th.

WILLIAM CRIDLAND (Detective Sergeant K.) I served a copy of this Notice to Produce upon John Morris on May 20th.

NELLIE CARVER . I am single and live at 13, College Street, Swindon, Wilts—I saw the advertisement relating to a lady's cycle in the Bazaar, Exchange and Mart, and I wrote in reply stating that I had a bearskin rug value £5, which I would exchange for that bicycle if it was in good

condition—I received this reply (Produced), stating that the bicycle was in first class condition and that my rug should be returned if I was not satisfied with the bicycle—believing the writer to be a lady named Wilson, and that she had a bicycle to sell, I sent this rug (Produced) and received this reply, stating that the writer was very disappointed with it, that it was not worth £1, but that if I would send a sovereign she would send the bicycle or return the rug—I then sent a money order for £1 post dated ten days—I received the money order back with a letter saying the machine would only be sent on receipt of cash—I then wrote and asked for the return of my rug at once, and in the meantime informed the police—I never received my rug back and heard nothing more of it until I heard from the police.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE. I sent my rug on April 7th.

ANNIE FIELD HOLDEN . I am wife of Albert Holden, of Blackburn, Lancashire—on April 4th I saw the advertisement (Produced) relating to a lady's bicycle, and I wrote offering £1 in cash and a violin and bow in case in exchange for the bicycle, and I received a reply stating that if I sent £1 and the violin and bow, the machine would be sent off at once—on April 10th I sent £1 and the violin and bow in case to Mrs. Wilson, 8, Robin Hood Lane—those are the violin and bow and case (Produced)—I received this letter (Produced) acknowledging the receipt of the violin and stating that the machine would be sent on the following Monday or Tuesday—not having received the machine I wrote again to Mrs. Wilson, but received no reply, and I then informed the police.

FRANCIS KEAST . I live at 445, Battersea Park Road—on April 4th I saw the advertisement relating to a gentleman's bicycle in the Exchange and Mart newspaper, and I wrote offering an air gun and a watch in exchange—I received this letter stating that if I sent them on, the machine would be sent on at once—these (Produced) are the articles I sent believing I should get the machine in exchange—the watch was marked "Glass, with care"—I received this letter stating that the articles were to hand and that the machine would be sent on the following Saturday evening—not having received the machine I wrote a letter to the address given in the advertisement, and it was returned through the post marked "Gone away."

ISABELLA BIGG . I live at 10, Robin Hood Lane, Poplar, and am the wife of Henry Edgar Bigg—my mother lives at No. 8, Robin Hood Lane, and keeps a tobacco and newspaper shop there, and I help her in the business—the female prisoner came into the shop about the end of February and asked if I would receive letters and parcels for which she would pay 1d. for each letter and 2d. for each parcel, and I agreed to do so—she gave the name of Wilson—I remember a parcel coming between February 8th and 10th, with the ends open, and I saw that it contained something similar to the rug produced—it was addressed to Mrs. Wilson—the female prisoner called for it and I gave it to her—I also remember another parcel coming about the same time containing the violin, bow and case produced also a registered letter, both addressed to Mrs. Wilson, and I handed them to the female prisoner when she called—she paid me 2d. each for the parcels

and 1d. for the letter, together with the receipt (Produced) for the registered letter, and took them away—she always came alone except that she carried a baby.

Cross-examined by Emily Rix. I certainly did not tell you that the shop was a receiving office for parcels, and that the usual charge was 2d. for each parcel and 1d. for each letter.

ANNIE WATTS . I am the wife of Thomas Watts, a confectioner, of 80, Baalam Street, Plaistow—in February a man called at our shop with reference to having letters addressed there and after that Emily Rix called for letters addressed in the name of Burton—I remember on one occasion a small parcel coming marked "Glass, with care," and the gun produced, addressed "L. Burton, 80, Balaam Street"—Emily Rix called for them and I handed them to her.

SAMUEL EDWARD FENN .—I assist William Carpenter, a pawnbroker, at 162, Brecon Road, Cannng Town—on April 10th the female prisoner pledged this air gun for 5s. in the name of Jane Burton, 16, Beckton Road, and I gave her this ticket (Produced).

ELIZABETH ROOKE . I am the wife of Edward Rooke, of 81, Beckton Road—the Rixes lodged at our house as Mr. and Mrs. Burton from March 19th to April 22nd—I recollect Emily Rix bringing the rug to me and saying she had taken it for a debt of £5 which had been owing to her—she also showed me the violin—I know Morris as having visited the Burtons five or six times—I never saw him bring or take away anything.

GEORGE ANDREWS . I am superintendent of the East Suffolk Police, stationed at Aylesworth—I produce our official property receipt-book, containing a receipt for 2s. 2 1/2 d., signed"J. R. Makings"—that is Robert Rix—he signed it in my presence.

GEORGE STANNARD . I am an inspector of the East Suffolk Constabulary stationed at Stowmarket—I know Robert Rix—I produce our official property receipt-book containing a receipt signed "Robert John Rix," and dated May 2nd, 1902—that was signed by Robert Rix in my presence.

THOMAS HENRY GURRIN . I am an expert in handwriting—I have examined the documents produced signed Makings, Rix, Wilson and Burton, and they are in my opinion all in the same handwriting.

JOHN-BROWN (770 K.) At 0.30 p.m., on April, 22nd, I was in Beckton Road, Canning Town, in plain clothes—I saw Morris carrying the bearskin rug—I stopped him and asked him where he got it from—he said, "I bought it '"—I said, "How much did you give for it?"—he said, "£2"—I said, "Where did you buy it?"—he said, "Off a chap named Burton.' I do not want to get into any trouble through him; he gave my little girl a violin, you can go to my house and take it, I will have nothing to do with it"—I took him to the station and searched him, and found on him £12 10s. in gold, 7s. 6d. silver, 2d. bronze, and three pawnbrokers' duplicates—this (Produced), relating to an air gun, is one of them.

WILLIAM CRIDLAND (Pie-examined). On April 22nd, at 10.30 p.m., from information received, I went to 20, Croydon Road, Plaistow, and at the back of No. 18. next door, I saw Robert Rix standing up against the wall, trying to hide himself—I got over the fence into No. 18 and said to him,

"I am a police officer, is your name Burton?"—he said, "Yes "'—I said "There is a man named Morris detained at Plaistow Police Station for being in the unlawful possession of a bearskin rug, do you know anything about it?"—he said, "Yes, if there is anything wrong with that rug it is me that has done it"—I said, "Will you accompany me to the station?" he said, "I suppose I will have to, now you have got me"—I took him into No. 20, and saw the violin, bow, and case, on the table—I said, "Who does that belong to?"—he said, "That is mine, I got it the same way as I got the rug"—on the way to the station, he said, "What I have done is for the sake of my wife and children"—I said, "Done what?"—he said, "If there is anything wrong with the rug it is me that has done it"—at the station he pointed to Morris and said, "That man had nothing to do with the rug, he only bought it of me and paid me for it; I got the violin in the same way as I got the rug"—they were then charged with the unlawful possession, and Rix said, "That man has nothing to do with it whatever, I am in the unlawful possession of them, not him"—Morris said nothing in answer to the charge—I then searched Rix, and found on him the silver watch produced, one key, one knife, one purse containing 10s. in gold and 3d. bronze, and several memos relating to the Exchange and Mart and other newspapers.

Cross-examined by MR. BURNIE. Rix did say, referring to Morris, "That man has nothing to do with it, I will put up with the consequences, he bought it of me," and he also said at that time he did it for the sake of his wife and children.

LEWIS LIDDLELOW (Detective Sergeant K.) On May 8th I had the female prisoner in custody in connection with another matter, and I read the warrant to her—she said, "I wish I had taken your advice, and then I should not have been in this trouble"—I had given her advice on numerous occasions from June, 1898, down to December last—I had advised her not to assist her husband in connection with these frauds.

Emily Rix in her defence on oath, said that she acted entirely under the instructions of her husband and did not know he was doing wrong, otherwise she would not have so acted.

GUILTY . Emily Rix was recommended to mercy by the Jury. Robert Rix then

PLEADED GUILTY to a conviction for misdemeanour at I pswich on January 21st. 1901, and Morris to a conviction of felony at Chelmsford on October 21st. 1896, as' Robert Morris Cooper, and one other conviction was proved against him.

MORRIS— Eighteen months' hard labour. ROBERT RIX— Twelve months' hard labour. EMILY RIX— One month in the second division.


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