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BO HOUGH MAGISTRATES' COURT. I I MONDAY, J?. 231m, I860.—Leiote Ihos. Pain- er, Esq., Mayor, T. Edgworth, Esq., Ex-mayor, and I I E. Williams, Esq, and Captain M'Coy. I THE CASE OF SHOPLIFTING. I Emily Williams appeared in surrender to her bail, charged with stealing a piece of ribbon from the shop Mr T. I.. Jones, draper, Church-street. She was very fashionably attired, and wore a dark fancy bonnet, with black veil, a black pelisse, and carried a small monkey muff. She sobbed loudly several times during the ex- amination, and kept her lace covered with her veil the whole time. The court was crowded, and the approaches to the Guildhall were well lined with spectators, the miilintry dressmaking class mustering in consider- able force. Mr Jones appeared for the defence, and the Clerk read over the evidence as taken at the prisoner'? first examination on the Thursday previous. The first wit- ness who had been called was Annie Daker, who stated t-iat she was an assistant in the shop of Mr Theophilus Lessie Jone. dra per, Church-street. On Wednesday, the 18th of January, about a quarter to seven o'clock she was in the work room, when she was told she was want- ed in the show room, whither she went and found the prisoner, who said that she wanted a yard of tarlatan plaid ribbon. I got two boxes, and put them on the table and after looking through them she said there wai none that she wanted. She said she had seen a piece in the window so;ne time ago, and sh e (witness) left her in the room while she went down stairs to look. She returned with two pieces from the window, and prisoner asked her to allow her to take a pattern. She then asked for a cap crowa when she (witness) left her aud saw Mr Jones. Cross-examined by Mr Jones: Did not detain the prisoner in consequence of any plot or scheme with Mr Jones. Mr Jones had said nothing to her about watch- ing. He never spoke to her about it. Mr T. L. Jones s evidence was next read. It was to the effect that on Wednesday, the 18th inst, the prisoner came to his room, and in consequence of certain infor- mation he had received, he concealed himself so that he could see all that went on in the show room. Saw the prisoner the whole of the time. Siw her take a piece of ribbon and put it in her pocket. He then came down to the shop and went up to the show room by another staircase. Charged the prisoner with having taken thj ribbon and she said nothing. Found the rib- bon upon her, and shj said, "Uh don't do anything to me, I'll never do such a thing again." Saw a piece of velvet on her cape which he knew to be his, and which he charged her with stealing, and she said she brought it with her from London. The ribbon produced is mine. Theieis from four to five yards of it, and it is worth 23. 2d Sent for Sergeant Nadin and gave her in charge. Went from the gaol with Nadin to the house of Mrs Wild, the prisoner's lodgings. Searched the pris- oner's box, and found 9 yards of black ribbon that he had misacd about a month ago. The prisoner was in his shop the day before he missed it. Cross-ex,imitied.-Did not say that he saw the velvet on her dress-it was on her cape. Never said to any one that Mr Williams had lost pounds by the prisoner. Never served the prisoner in his life. Never practised any familiarities towards her. Never asked her to meet him anywhere. The Clerk here interrupted Mr Jones, «nd stated that it had been ruled that unless he had evidence to prov,) these things the questions were irregular. Mr Jones said he could not do that, because there was no one but the prosecutor and prisoner together. Cross-examination continued.—Had two female as- sistants in his shop. Had one boy. The-boy never served the prisoner with anything. The black ribbon produced was his. Had told his assistants to apprise him the next time the prisoner came to the shop. Was in the cellar kitchen writing when Miss Baker told him the prisoner was there. The evidence of Sergeant Nadin was next read. He deposed to having been sent for to Mr Jones's shop about half-past seven on Wednesday evening, where he found the prisoner, and took her into custody. Went afterwards to Mrs Wild's house, and searched the prisoner's trunk, and found the piece of black ribbon produced. (The prisoner here cried bitterly.) The Cierk said the black ribbon had not been account. ed for, Sarah Jones (Mrs Wild's daughter) was then called. She said that the trunk searched by Nadin belonged to the prisoner, who was a milliner and dressmaker, lodg- ing at her mother's house. She brought the black rib- bon to the house, and said she had bought it. Cross-examined.—There was eleven yards of it. She had used some for cap strings and bonnet strings for her mother. People were in the habit of brining her ma- terials to make up as a milliner and dressmaker. The Mayor here put the usual questions to the prison- er, but her legal adviser said she had nothing to say. His worship then said that the bench were in possession of information that she had been imprisoned in Chester Castle for a similar offonce, but they would give her the opportunity of denying it if she could. No attempt was made to deny it. She was then committed to tafce her trial at the next assizes. Mr Jones applied to hayo her admitted to bail, and the bench said they were willing to take bail-two se- curities in E25 each and herself in jEoO. The magistrates waited until 12 o'clock, but up to that time no one could be found to bail her.

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