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cleared of all but the persons officially concerned . The floor was kept up by the timbers themselves , and no one sustained any damage . A Sa . va . gb Act . —Tw > men are now in custody at Liverpool , charged -with pouring a kettle of boiling water on the back of a blacksmith with whom they had quarrelled . One held him down , -while the other applied the torture . The result is that the blacksmith lies in a state of frightful suffering . Both the assailants were soap-boilers . A Ketubned Cohvict as a Prosecutob . — . Mary Ann Moore , -wife of James Moore , a publican in Liverpool , -was charged at the police-court of that town with forging the name of Martin Macquire , a convict , for the
purpose of obtaining 64 / . 5 s . 5 d ., lodged in his name in the Liverpool Savings Bank . In the year 1850 , Macquire was transported , from York , for fourteen years , for receiving stolen property . When sent away , he left a box in Moore's house containing 300 / ., and in the savings bank the ' sum of 64 / . 5 s . 5 d . While Macquire was at the penal settlement , Bermuda , Mrs . Moore presented a letter , purporting to be from him , authorizing her to draw the money , which was thereupon paid to h « r . In October , Macquire returned to Liverpool under a ticket-of-leave , and , on g » ing to the savings bank , he was made aware of Mrs . Moore ' s previous visit . He gave information to the police , and she was taken into custody . Mr . Pemberton , who appeared for the prisoner , contended that Macquire , being still a convict , could
not hold property , arid that the charge , if any , should be made by the Crown . Mr . Dodd , for the prosecutor , replied that , however the question might be with , regard to the money , the prisoner could not evade the charge of forgery . He also intimated that Moore , the husband , would be held responsible for the 300 ? . left in his care . The case was then remanded . On Tuesday , she was brought up again , and admitted to bail ; and , on the same occasion , Mrs . Moore ' s husband was charged with obtaining by false pretences the sum of 50 / . from a Mrs . Bennett , on giving up to her a deed securing 100 / . to Macquire after certain deaths ; but he was discharged , the case not being strong against him . Macquire pathetically told the magistrate that " he had been robbed by the prisoners , sir , hi a most scandalous manner !"
Forgeries . —A man named James Anderson was brought before the Lord Mayor last Saturday , charged with having been concerned in a great number of forgeries upon London bankers . He had been examined onrt ^ former day , but the evidence was taken privately , upon the representation of Mr . Mullens , the solicitor to the Committe of Bankers for Protection from Forgeries and Frauds , who stated that if the name of the accused , or the circumstances under which he had been apprehended , became known to the public , a man , supposed to be his accomplice , who was soon afterwards taken into custody , would adopt measures to evade the officers of justice . The apprehension of James Townshend Seward , " the barrister , " as he was called by Agar in the
evidence on the bullion robbery , or " Jim the Penman , " as he was designated by most of his acquaintances , rendered the concealment of the facts no longer necessary ; and Anderson was accordingly placed at the bar of the Mansion House . His plan appears to have been similar to that of many other uttejrers ' of forged cheques . He employed persons to take the cheques for him to the respective banking-houses , and bring back the gold ; and he thus , for some time , evaded coming into contact with the clerks of the several houses -which he victimized . At length , however , a cheque , which he endeavoured to get cashed at Messrs . Hankey and Co . ' s was discovered to be forged , and proceedings were taken which led to the arrest of Anderson . He was remanded to this day (
Saturday ) . —Edward Horace Montefiore was brought up at the Mansion House on Monday , charged on remand with having forged bills to the amount of 5300 / . This having been proved , Mr . Ribton , counsel for the prosecution , brought forward a second charge , to the effect that the accused had forged two letters of credit upon the London and Westminster Bank , which he had presented at the Cape of Good . Hope Bank in Cape Town . On the 6 th of June , 1855 CaaidMr . Ribton ) , an application was made to the London and Westminster Bank by a person who called himself Jamos Silvery for a letter of credit for 10 / . payable at the Cape of Good Hope Bank , Capo Town , to the credit of Richard Rowe , and the letter was granted . No application for payment , howeverhad been made
, either at the Cape or in London , and the letter of credit had no doubt been obtained by Montefiore , or a confederate of his , for the purpose of enabling them to obtain the signatures of the managers and directors of tlie bank that they might imitate the signatures in the documents winch were subsequentl y presented at the Cape of Good Hope . Some time at tho latter end of June , or the beginning of July , Montofiore was in Edinburgh under the name of William Lyons , where he wrote several letters . On tho 7 tUof July , ho- l « Ct for tho Cape , and arrived there on tho 24 th of August , in tho ship Lightning . On tho next day , ho called at tho Capo of Good Hopo Bank and left there a letter for the directors . This letter ( which purported to be signed by J . W . Wcldon . nro
ueneral . Manager of tho London and Westminster Bank" ) introduced tlio bearer , Mr . Edward II . Montefiore , stated that ho had with him draughts of his own friends , with tuo endorsement of tho London and Westminster Bank
and requested that he might have any pecuniary assistance he might require . By the next post , the Cape of Good Hope Bank received another letter , ostensibly from Mr . J . W . Weldon , statingthat a letter of credit , No . S 98 , dated the 6 th of June , had been mislaid by , or stolen from , the Mr . Richard Rowe in "Whose favour it was drawn , and directing that , in case of presentation , the Cape Bank was to withhold payment until the presenter should be fully identified . The letter thus concluded : — " I am also directed to enclose the duplicate of a special letter given yesterday to Mr . Edward H . Montefiore , who carries draughts of his own friends on China to the sum
of 5300 / . sterling—viz ., 5300 / ., endorsed by this bank ; for these as well as for Mr . Montefiore personally , I have to olaim particular attention . " The Cape of Good Hope Bank , having no idea of a fraud , furnished Montefiore with a cheque-book , and he drew from the bank several sums , amounting to 800 / . At length , the frauds were discovered ; but the expense of bringing over witnesses from England was so great that no steps were taken against the accused at the Cape . He -was warned , however , to leave the colony ; and , coming back to England , he was apprehended . He was on Monday again remanded on the second case .
Reckless Driving . —Christopher Stannard , the cabman charged with causing the death of a young woman , owing to his own drunken incapacity ( the particulars of wliich case were related in these columns last week ) , was again brought up at the Marylebone police-court on Monday , and -was committed for trial . Garotting- a Government Clerk . — Charles "Williams , John Bryant , and Dennis Foley , were again examined on Monday at Southwark on a charge of committing a murderous assault on Mr . Charles Hagan , a clerk in the Board of Works , and robbing him . The additional evidence was that of a woman , the keeper of a lodging-house in Falcon-court , Borough , who heard Williams and Bryant confess to the assault and robbery .
She said that on Wednesday night , the 17 th ult . she went to the theatre and returned home about twenty minutes to twelve o ' clock , when Williams was in bed , and Bryant was on the form in the kitchen . Foley had just gone out to purchase a pie . About half-past twelve o ' clock a man came to the house for Williams ; and Bryant got up , and they both went to the bedroom and fetched him down . The man who came for him was a stranger to her , but she heard him distinctly say that he wanted Williams to go and do another garotte job . She had heard Williams say on a previous occasion that he liad garotted several persons , and that the last was a
woman . Mr . Burcham , the magistrate , asked whether they were in the habit of talking about such deeds in the lodging-house ? The woman replied that they were ; it was quite a common thing among thieveSj as they did not expect any one to ' split . ' After Williams and Bryant came back and were having their breakfast , they had some words about the robbery , and Williams exclaimed , " We nearly killed the , but we did not have all the stuff from him . " Bryant told him he would have killed him outright had not Williams called out , "Don ' t choke him ! " Foley was discharged ; the others were committed for trial .
Garottk Robbery in a Disreputable House . — Mary Ann Taylor and Emma Crosbie , well-known thieves and prostitutes , were finally examined on Monday at Lambeth on a charge of being concerned with a man not in custody in robbing Charles Flenof , a German . The prosecutor said that on the morning of Sanday week he met Crosbie in Blackman- street , Borough , and ] asked her if she knew any place where he could get something to eat . She said she did , and took him to tho house where she lodged . At her request , he went up-stairs with her , but had not been many minutes
in her room wheji it was entered by the woman Taylor and a man , when Crosbie blew out the candle . The man seized him by the throat and pressed his thumbs so violently against his windpipe as nearly to choke or suffocate him , while the women rifled his pockets , and took two half-crowns from his left hand trousers pocket . All three then ran away , but , soon after , the woman Taylor came back and asked him what he did there . On reaching- the street , he was telling a constable how he had been robbed and treated , -when he saw tho women walk past , and he at once gave them into custody . They have now been committed for trial .
Abduction . —The Rev . Morris Yescombo , a Bath clergyman , has brought an action in the Bath County Court against a Mr . John Webb Roche ( a married man ) , and Mrs . Eliza A . Madox , his mother-in-law , for the abduction of a Mademoiselle Koch , a governess in tlio house of Mr . Yescombo . Mr . Roche paid great attentions to the young lady , though the clergyman and his wife remonstrated with him , and at length forbade him the house . At length , however , ho and Mrs . Roche induced
tho governess to leave with thorn , and Bho was taken to tho house of Mrs . Madox . Mr . Walter Savage Lander , tho author , was subpoenaed as a witneas on behalf of the defendants ; but lie sent medical certificates of his inability to attend , and a declaration of liia own , to tho effect that he had nothing important to communicate , tliat he entortuined the highest opinion of Mr . Ycscombe , and that it was his belief that tho summons was " litigious , vexatious , and nugatory . " The case waa adjourned .
False Pretences . —Mr . John Bryan , a gentlemanlylooking person , described as a manufacturer of electroplated goods , of Dyer ' s-buildings-and Sheffield , vras brouglit before Mr . Combe , charged with fraudulentl y obtaining the sum of 385 / . from Mr . Attenborough , pawnbroker , Bridge-house-place , Newington-causeway , under false pretences , by depositing a large quantity of plated goods , stated by him to be first-class electro-nickel plate , whereas they were only common metal barel y covered with silver , and not worth half the money . He was remanded . —Thomas Hay , a person who , as we related last week , was charged at Guildhall with attempting to obtain money under false pretences , has been sentenced , to hard labour for fourteen days . —A man ,
named Charles Edkins , described as an agent and process-server , was charged at Guildhall with attempting to defraud Mr . Johnson , a cabinet-maker in Moorfields , of 24 / . 14 s ., by obtaining from him a bill of exchange for that amount under false pretences . Some time ago , Mr . Johnson chanced to meet Edkins , who stated that he was rather "hard up for money , " and Johnson therefore agreed to a proposal to accept a bill for 24 / . 14 s ,, and to allow Edkins 21 . as his commission for getting it discounted . The latter accordingly procured a bill purporting to be drawn by a person named " F . A . Ford , " who he said was lis brother-in-law , and Mr . Johnson accepted it . This was done at the office of a Mr . Wells , solicitor , 1 , Ely-place ,
and in presence of his accountant , Mr . Weston , to whom Edkins was very well known , and whom they afterwaids requested to discount the bill for them . At first , Mr . Weston declined to accede to their request , as he did not know -anything of the acceptor ; but ultimately , after a consultation with Edkins , and some inquiries into Johnson ' s means of meeting the bill when it vras due , he advanced 5 / . on Johnson ' s acceptance . Edkins , previously to this , had been repeatedly in the habit of receiving sums of money irom Mr . Weston on loan . Johnson objected to the present proceeding on the part of that gentleman , and Edkins then persuaded him to give him ( Edkins ) the 24 / . bill of exchange in return for an acceptance of his own for a similar amount , as security until Ford ' s bill
was discounted . After leaving Weston ' s , Johnson regretted having parted with his acceptance , and demanded it again of Edkins , who , however , refused to give it up . The bill was subsequently negotiated , Mr . Weston's name being on the bill as the person circulating it , and Johnson , on being sued upon the bill , paid the whole amount , and in addition 9 / . costs . He never obtained any money upon the bill , and Mr . Wells , the solicitor , had retained it , notwithstanding that every claim bad been paid upon it . After he had received the bill from Edkins , Mr . Weston took it to Dr . Richardson , a surgeon living in Drury Lane , and asked him to discount it for him ( "Weston ) . Dr . Richardson immediately advanced
10 / . upon the bill , and at a subsequent period 10 / . more , and he gradually paid the entire amount of the acceptance to Mr . Weston , before it arrived at maturity . He knew nothing of Ford , the alleged drawer of the bill , and therefore made inquiries about him . Mr . Weston had previously been told by the accused that he was a surgeon living at Croydon . When the bill came into Dr . Richardson ' s hands , he paid it into his account at his banker ' s ; but when it became due , if was dishonoured . His solicitor , Mr . Wells , therefore sued Johnson for the money , and obtained it ; but the bill was not forthcoming . After hearing the whole of the evidence , Alderman Rose remanded the prisoner for a few days , and directed that summonses should in the
meantime be issued for the attendance of Wells and Ford , and a Crown-office subpoena for Dr . Richardson to produce the bill . Edkins was again brought up on Wednesday , when , after the reception of further evidence , Alderman Rose discha / ged him , observing that he was sure no jury would convict on the testimony received , but adding that it was a piece of grave suspicion against all the parties concerned . Ak Impostor . —A man calling himself John Danicll , and asserting that ho had formerly been connected with the press , has recently obtained several sums of money from various noblemen and gentlemen on pretence of being engaged on a literary work which he was unable to complete without a little pecuniary assistance . Among other persons from whom he got money was Alderman Wire ; but that gentleman ultimately discovered that he was an impostor .
Ciiili > Murders . —A . young woman , the wife of a workman living at Kennington , has murdered her two children—the one about fifteen months old , ' the other three years and a half—and has attempted to kill herself by cutting her throat . Tho crimes appear to have been committed on Monday evening , and were not discovered till half-past one , p . m ., on the following day , when the murderess herself and another -woman called in a policeman . Mrs . Bacon , tho mother of the children , said repeatedly that a man had come through tho window and committed tho murders , and she also assorted that aho had been insensible tlio wholo night ; but it would scorn . from her manner that she is insane . Her husband at tho time was away from homeworking at Iteigate . —
, Maria Ucckett , an elderly woman , residing in tho village of Wing , Buckinghamshire , lias murdered her daughter ' s infant in its craulo by cutting its throat with n knife . She hod made oonio incoherent remarks a little while
8 T H E LE A D EB , [ No * 354 , Satubpay ,
Leader (1850-1860), Jan. 3, 1857, page 8, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/l/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2174/page/8/