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ATTEMPTED POSTAL FRAUDS BY A CARDIFF MAN. Sentence upon the Prisoner. At the Bristol Quarter Sessions on Thursday, Frederick Johns, alias Lewis Jones, aged 27, described as a commercial traveller, was indicted for unlawfully soliciting, inciting, and endeavour- ing to procure Walter Fisher and others to forge and counterfeit a dye and plate and also a stamp at Bristol and Cardiff, during the months of October and November, 1884-. The accused, who had formerly resided at Cardiff, wrote about October last to Mr Walter Fisher, a printer, carrying on business in Broadmead, Bristol, ask- ing him if he was in a. position to print some postage stamps for him from a dye which would be provided. Prisoner quoted the price which he was prepared to give per thousand and said that if Mr Fisher could give satisfaction he would be able to give him a large order. Prisoner further said that he had disposed of large quan- tities throughout the Rhondda Valley among tradesmen and shopkeepers, at 78 9d per thousand. The suspicions of Mr Fisher were aroused by the prisoner's letter, and he communicated with the police, the result of which was that, after further correspondence with Johns, who was then living at Ferndale, in the Rhondda Valley, he was induced to come to Bristol, when he was apprehended. In the meantime it transpired that he had been in communication with an engraver, named Glass, residing in St Mary-street, Cardiff, with the object of obtaining a die froui which the stamps might be printed. A true bill was found by the jury, and the prisoner, when indicted, pleaded guilty. The Recorder, in passing sentence, said that the pri- soner had been guilty of a very grave offence, and must have well known what he was doing. He was liable to two years' imprisonment, which was very severe punishment. He very much doubted whether he ought not to give him the full amount, because he said, in order to get Mr Fisher to commit this offence, that he had been doing it for five years. Mr Poole, who was retained to prosecute by the Post Office authorities, said that inquiries had been made in the Rhondda Valley, for the purpose of ascertaining whether any stamps had been sold there, and as to whether any such person existed in Birmingham as the manufac- turer described by the prisoner as having made the dies and stamps, and, as far as could be ascertained, these statements were entirely false. His Honour said lie was glad to hear the statements were false, but whether they were or not, the prisoner represented them as a reason why the prosecutor should be induced to commit this great crime against the Post Office. It was one of the most impudent offences lie had ever heaid of, as well as one which was very prejudicial, as tending to destroy the confidence of the public in the Post Office. He must impose upon the prisoner the sentence of 18 months' imprisonment, with hard labour. His Honour said that he believed such cases as the one just disposed of were very rare. Mr Osborne, solicitor for the prosecution, said that it was the first case I which had ever occurred.

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