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Smith into custody on a charge of having taken a sovereign
from him. In the meantime, the Police of the Tunbridge
Wells district having received intelligence of a burglary
committed at a Mr. Kenward's at Hartfield, and thinking
the whole party suspicious characters, proceeded to
search them, and found upon them a five-pound note
of the Lewes bank, a coat, umbrella, and mask. These
were taken to Downlands, and the coat and umbrella
were at once recognised by the butler and housekeeper
of the Misses Farncombe. Two more, named Hillyer
and Morgan, were captured, after a desperate resistance,
by the Guildford Police, in a beer-shop in that town,
and several of the articles stolen from the house at
Downlands found upon them. Another man, named
Joseph Carter, was taken at Woking; on whose person
was also found part of the stolen property, and a pistol
loaded with slugs. Morgan was identified by the butler
as the man who knocked him down with the pistol, and
Carter as the man who kept guard over him. During
the investigation, evidence was given of four other
burglaries with which the prisoners appear to have been
connected.

At the Warwickshire Sessions, on the 2nd, Holloway,
a turnkey in the County Gaol at Coventry, was found
guilty of procuring a key to be made which would fit
ninety of the locks in the gaol, with the object of
facilitating the escape of Thompson, a prisoner awaiting
trial for forging Bank-of-England notes. Thompson
had promised Holloway £100 if he should escape. The
treacherous turnkey is sentenced to transportation for
fourteen years.

The Mountfield Police, in Tyrone, having lately
discovered an illicit Distillery in the country, made three
men prisoners. While conveying them away, the officers
were fired upon from some heath, and one of them was
wounded in the thigh. The Police replied with a
running fire from their rear rank, and succeeded in carrying
off their prisoners. It was found necessary to amputate
the wounded man's leg.

In the Insolvent Court, on the 4th, Thomas Wallis,
described as a "doctor of music," was opposed by several
creditors, on the grounds that the debts had been
improperly contracted, and that the insolvent's arrest
was a friendly one to enable him to obtain the benefit of
the act. The insolvent said he was a professor of music,
and had been made a "doctor of music" by the late
Archbishop of Canterbury, and was known as "Dr.
Wallis." He denied that he obtained his diploma of
doctor through his interest with the cook of the
archbishop. Mr. Commissioner Phillips expressed his
surprise that the Archbishop of Canterbury could confer
such a degree. The insolvent's counsel said that the
archbishop had the power to confer degrees, and the
insolvent said he had not been examined by the
archbishop but had been recommended by Sir H. Bishop.
The insolvent denied that the arrest was a friendly one,
but the arresting creditor, who was present, admitted
that it was. The insolvent was remanded to prison; the
commissioner declaring that he would never entertain a
petition founded on false evidence.

A middle-aged married woman, named Elizabeth
Poole, committed Suicide on the 4th. From an inquest
held on her body, in University College Hospital, it
appeared that she and her husband, who had been
twenty-one years married, were mutually jealous of each
other, and that during those jealous ebullitions she had
frequently threatened suicide. On the above day one of
those love quarrels between them took place, during
which the husband struck her. Soon afterwards she
went to a female friend named Hancock, to whom she
related the circumstance of the quarrel, gave her some
money to hand to her husband, and told her that when
she was next seen it would be a corpse in an hospital.
The same evening she was found insensible and dying
on the steps of a gentleman's house in Seymour Street,
Euston Square, whence she was conveyed to the hospital,
and it was found that she had swallowed oxalic acid, of
which she died the following day. A verdict of insanity
was given.

A Den of Juvenile Thieves was discovered by the
police on the Monday of the 5th, under one of the arches
of the South Western Railway, nearest the vacant piece
of ground in the York Road. The cave, which had a
fireplace in it, was most ingeniously fitted up, having
a cooking apparatus, and nearly every article required
for domestic purposes. A place to keep the victuals in
was sunk in the ground, and secured from dirt by a lid
similar to the iron-grating over the area coal-vaults in
the public streets. By fastening boards and canvas to
the cave, they succeeded in keeping out the weather,
whilst a quantity of straw served the gang for a bed.
How it was possible for any one to live in the place
seems incredible, for neither of the officers were able to
stand upright in the cave, and to enter it they were
obliged to force their way backwards, the opening being
too small to admit of their going in, in the regular way.
Five of the youths were apprehended and conveyed to
the station. Next day they were brought up before the
Lambeth Police Court, and sentenced to terms of
imprisonment from six to three weeks.

On the 6th, a respectable looking young woman was
charged at the Southwark Police Court, on her own
confession, with Stealing a Gold Watch from a gentleman
in the city. On the previous night she had come up to
a policeman on duty, and confessing the crime, told him
she was impelled by remorse to give herself up to justice.
On inquiry, it appeared that there was no foundation
for this self-accusation; and the girl, questioned by the
magistrate as to her motive in making it, said that she
was out later than she was in the habit of being, and
unwilling to disturb the family with whom she lived,
and rather than remain in the streets, walking about
all night, and subject herself to insult, she brought the
whole accusation against herself, with a view of being
taken to the station house. The magistrate dismissed
her with a lecture on the folly and impropriety of her
conduct.

A little boy, named Joseph Neville, was charged at
the Mansion House on the 6th, with having picked a
Gentleman's Pocket of a handkerchief. The prisoner was
not expert in the office, and was caught in the act by
the prosecutor, who seized and held him. The Lord
Mayor: How long have you been picking pockets?
Prisoner; I have been at it just three months, sir. The
Lord Mayor: And how many pockets have you picked
in that time? Prisoner: (shaking his head) I really
don't know. The Lord Mayor: Do you mean that you
don't know because they were so many? Prisoner: I
do, your lordship. The Lord Mayor then sentenced the
wretched child to be imprisoned for one month, and gave
some particular directions respecting him to the principal
gaoler.

Moses Barnett, a Jew dealer, was convicted at the
Central Criminal Court on the 7th, of Feloniously
Receiving a quantity of Indigo, knowing it to be stolen.
The principal witness was Henry Sellers, a lad of fifteen,
by whom the indigo had been stolen, from whose
evidence it appeared that the prisoner was one of those
persons who carry on a systematic plan of getting hold
of young boys in service, and tempting them to rob their
employers. He was sentenced to transportation for ten
years.

At the Bristol Quarter Sessions on the 7th, James
Simpson was indicted for having Stolen a Purse in a
railway carriage from a young woman. The prosecutrix
was journeying to Bristol by the express train, when
the prisoner took his seat in the same carriage. She
felt him force himself up against her three or four times,
and at length, in consequence of a communication made
to her by a lady who sat on the opposite seat, she was
induced to search her pockets, when she missed her
purse and its contents. Upon the arrival of the train
at Bristol she gave an alarm, and the prisoner made a
desperate effort to escape, but a hue and cry having
been raised, he was pursued and seized by some of the
company's officers, who found upon him various sums
of money, evidently the proceeds of robberies, and a
purse of gold, which was identified by a lady named
Powell, as having during the day been abstracted from
her pocket. The prisoner having been found guilty,
the court ordered him to be transported for ten years';
upon hearing which he fell down at the bar as if fainting,
but upon being roused again by the gaolers, he
thrust out his tongue in recognition of some friends in
the gallery, and then left the court.

At the Reading General Quarter Sessions, Robert

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