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THE ALLEGED HOTEL FRAUDS. At Bow-street Police-court, London, the Hon. Caro- line Yelverto* Bingham and her daughter, Elizabeth Bingham, surrendered before Mr. Flowers, to answer the various charges of having conspired to defraud hotel-keepers and others by obtaining food and lodging on false pretences. Mr. Besley conducted the prose- cution Mr. Moloney appeared for the younger defen- dant, who, however, was at once acquitted by direction of the magistrate. The other defendant was repre- seuted by Mr. Keogh and Mr. St. John Wontner, and Mr. &. Lewis, jun., attended to watch the case in the interests of certain relatives of Mrs. Bingham. Mrs. Robinson, widow,66, Oxford-terrace, deposed that Mrs. Bingham occupied apartments in her house tor several weeks prior to September, 1877, her two daughters and a son residing with her. She incurred a debt for board and lodging amounting to upwaids of £86. Her excuse for not paying the money was that her money was being transferred from Scotland to E< g- land. In cross-examination, the witness admitted that'she knew Mrs. Bingham eight years ago and was aware that she was not living with her husband. The defendant had told her that the Hon. Mr. Yelverton Bingham had deserted her and her children. Witness heard that the husband was living in Park-lane, and she mnde some effort to find Mm, but in vain. Mr. Flowers said this was very like a debt, at any rate, and could not come under the criminal law. Mr. Besley observed that his object in producing this evidence was to show that the subse- quent representations of the defendant to a tradesman by which she obtained drapery and other goods to a considerable amount were obviously fraudulent. Mr. Keogh contended that none of the debts were ef a 'nature to justify a criminal charge. He was prepared to show that this lady and her family had been cruelly deserted by the husband, and he was really responsible for the debts incurred by his wife. Mr. Moloney, in the interests of the husband, protested against these remarks, made in ignorance of the facts of the case and wholly unjust. Mr. Flowers said there could be no doubt that the de- fendant had committed certain fraudulent acts, morally speaking; but the only legal proof of wilful intention was the fact that certain boxes of supposed luggage, given up a* security, proved to contain nothing of value. Mr. Besley said he did not rely on this point, but rather on the fact that she told these hotel-keepers deliberate falsehoods when she repre- sented herself as having just arrived from Hastings and that her luggage was coming after her, the fact being that she had just escaped from ono or other of the hotels without paying her account there. Mr. Flowers was quite aware of the suspicious nature of the defen- dant's transactions, but he felt certain it would be useless to commit her for trial on a criminal charge, on the evidence as it then stood, and, therefore, he should discharge her. Mr. Bealey then demanded that the witnesses should be bound over to appear under the Vexatious Indictments Act. He did not intend this as any disrespect to the Court, but he felt that the escape of the defendant entirely would be a monstrous injustice to a large body of respectable tradesmen. The decision of the magistrate excited the applause of one or two persons in the body of the court, and the defendant on leaving the building was followed up Bow-street by a mob of more than 100 persons.

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