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THF ALLEGED CONSPIRACY TO MURDER A CHILD. Prisoners Committed for Trial. Thomas Long, aged 42, painter, W, Jones (28), jobmaster, both of Brixton, and Geo. Walker (27), land agent, Camberwell, again appeared to-day be- fore Mr Chance, at Lombeth pclice-court, charged with conspiring to murder an illegitimate female child, of which Jones is said to bo the father. Madeline Gay, a married woman, living at Tottenham, said her husband left England two years ago, and returned last June. She became acquainted with Jones six months after her husband had left, and the acquaintance- ship continued all the time her husband Was away. In April she discovered she Was in the family way by Jones. Many letters PaSSed between them. The one produced was received from Jones after she told him her condi- tion. In it he said, I hope by this time you are out of your trouble. At all events, I will bring some stuff for you.' Her husband on returning to England, discovered her condition. She wrote to Jones saying he. was awfully mad, but she believed for her sake the matter would be arranged if he would see her husband. The latter vowel the child should not stay in his house. Accord- ingly Jones met her husband with reference to its being taken away after birth, and given for adoption to some person. There was some delay in the arrangement, and she wrote urging Jones to be expeditious. The child was born on the 9th December, and taken away on the 11th. ^ross-examined She said she knew nothing the prisoner Walker. She never had any ^ion or notion that the child was to bp k2»»y»y. T ,et witness proved several letters to be in Jones a handwritin^ Waterworks'6 produced a plan of Lewisham Detectiv3' J"8.1Moore deposed to finding several letter.» Jo* Another co a letter from Mrs Gay -yulR, « The child is born alive, and must be tetno;'ed at once. This closed the case for the prosecution. Long reserved his defence. Mr Washington (for Walker) subnaitted that 'here was no evidence against nun. jia(^ always believed the child was to be adopts by a Woman for a money payment. Mr Montagu Williams' (for Jones) maintained ^hat no jury would convict, and asked for dis- charge. A witness recalled said he had heard Walker I fell Jones he had found a woman to take the A barmaid out of a situation said Walker "acl spoken to her about taking a child until a womjvn could be found to adept it. She agreed to taeet^ jjim 011 December 11th, but failed to see mm. f The Mother of the last witness corroborated. i t The "lagistrate said he must commit prisoners or trial, though he was not sure that the evidence ould satisfy the jury, and bail was accepted.

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