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FORGERY OF BANK OF ENGLAND NOTES. KXTBAORDrNAkY CASE. At the Mansion House, London, Paul Dubois, 31, described as a traveller; Oornelius John de Jongh, 41, an agent; and Achille Roi, 52, a tailor, all foreigners, were charged before the Lord Mayor with having in their possession a press and a plate en- graved with the name of Mr. F. May, the chief cashier of the Bank of England, and various blocks, with in- tent to forge Bank of England notes. They were also charged with conspiring together to commit a forgery on the Governor and Company of the Bank of Eng- land. The case excited much interest. Mr. J. W. I' Birch, the Deputy Governor of the Bank, occupied a seat on the bench. Mr. Poland, instructed by Messrs: Freshfields, was counsel for the prosecution Mr. Edward Lewis and Mr. Pratt appeared for the defence. M. Albert acted as interpreter. Mr. Poland, in opening the case, said the evidence would that a regular scheme had been prepared would shaw that a regular scheme had been prepared by the prisoners for the purpose of forging X5 Bank of England notes on a large scale. He need scarcely say that persons so engaged were obliged to resort to all kinds of devices to induce engravers to do their work and also to deceive them. In this case the pri- soners resorted to the device of a coupon, which they represented was for use in Paris by a firm who pre- sented such of their customers as did business with them to the extent of lOOOf. with a bonus of 125f. That coipon was headed Old England," and was to be printed in parts, the bottom part being an exact copy of a .M-note. The prisoner Dubois, who gave the order, said he did not want the signature F. May." That, for the moment, disarmed suspicion, I but after a short time M. Fimbel, a lithographer of Bedford-row, to whom the order was given, becoming suspicious, did what all honest men would have done in the circumstances—namely, communicated with the bank authorities. All he afterwards did was under their approval. The prisoners, having t us obtained a printer of the notes, next got the signature of the chief cashier (Mr. May) and this they ordered from Mr. de Leion, of 24, Rathbone place. To blind I the latter they gave him the word "Pimlico" to be engraved under Mr. May's signature but thisplan did not succeed, and this engraver also communicated with the bank authorities. The prisoners also ordered of him the various numbers and letters on the bank- notes. How skilfully the work had been done would be seen from the impressions taken from the plates. It was suggested that the forged notes were intended for use during the coming Paris Exhibition, but whether that was so or not, it was quite immaterial to the guilt or innocence of the prisoners. M. Emile Fimbel, of 21, Jockey's- fields, Bedford- row, deposed that he is a lithographer. He knew all the prisoners. He first saw Roi at 23, Broad-street, Golden-square. He knew the prisoner Dubois by the name of Wattercamp." He showed him some samples of paper for the purpose of making a coupan from the dratt of one given him by Dubois. The bottom part was to be a copy of a Bank of England note without the name "F. May." Dubois showed and handed to him at that time a £ 5-note as a pat- tern. He wrote out a draft there and then, and showed it oim, and he said that was just what he wanted, and he saw witness perfectly understood it The words Old England were to be used. Dubois promised to call upon him next day, and to choose out of the samples of paper the one he wanted. When he went down stairs with Dubois they saw Roi, and Dubois introduced witness to him as my printer." 'I Dubois asked if he had seen the engraver, and witness s id that he had, and that he had asked him about the wrds "Old England" Boi ¡ said, Don't speak so loud about the engraver here. You will have 100,000 copies of this to do for us." Dubois stopped him and said, Ten thousand shall 'I be the first order you will have. We will come and see you about what you require for a deposit." Dubois had told him that Roi bad come from Paris to buy goods and to push on the affair. The prisoner De Jongh came with the prisoner Dubois to his premises ten days ago, and Dubois sdid in his pre sence that he thought they could start the job now. De Jongh replied that it was quite time, as it had been about long enough. \^itness asked for the deposit, and the prisoner De Jongh threw down two sovereigns on the table, which Dubois picked up and gave him after- j wards. This was the evidence given on the first I' examination, which was heard in camerd. The witness on being recalled said he had lived in this country twenty-two years. He knew a Frenchman named Le Roy, a traveller in the fancy basket trade, and had known him nine or ten years. He lost sight of him I about four or five years ago, and never saw him again I until August last, when he called at his shop with another Frenchman named Martin. He introduced Martin to him. Witness understood that Martin was a writer on lithographic stone. He obtained a stone for Martin, ard afterwards allowed him to use a part of his business premises. Martin was practi- sing writing, and he used a portion of his shop far a month or five weeks. He lodged with him. Witness first saw the prisoner Dubois on the 7th Feb. at his shop. Martin introduced him to witness, saying he had a lot of work to give him, as he was going back to Paris, and he hoped he would do it in a straightforward way. He called Dubois "Mr. Wattercamp." Dubois asked if he was a good printer, and Martin said, "Let him alone he is a good workman. Look at these speci- mens all round the room." Dubois handed him a paper headed Old England," and said he wished to have it engraved by him, but he would call next day and give him tull particulars. Martin said he was a very unfortunate man, for a very good order came j juet as he was going away. Next day Dubois drove up to his shop in a hansom cab, and on coming in asked if he had a sheet of paper to give him. He gave him one, and Dubois then took from his pocket the paper headed Old England" and a .G5 note, saying he would show him what he really wanted. Dubois put a £ 5-note at the bottom corner, and then traced very carefully in pencil the size or measurement of the note. Above it he put the words Old England" and traced out a space, saying be; wanttd him to get that filled with some writing, the j words milie^ francs and cent vingt cinq francs and Paris" to be boldly written, so as to cat rh the eye. A ctrtair space, he said, must be left for the director's name, and a scroll made along the side, such as upon banker cheques. The middle of the scroll must also be perforated, an-i that would make up a complete coupon. A margin must be left for purposes of binding, and,the coupons would have to be made up in books of twenty-five each. Witness wrote the words "Old England at the time, and also the other words in the upper divi- eion. Dubois told him he must not make a line be. tween the top and bottom of''Old England," as the line he himself had drawn was only to show the place of each. He also said he wanted a facsimile of a £5-note printed on the bottom part of the paper. Witness said he d'd not think he could do it. The prisoner then swd he did not want the signature of F. May engraved, as their own chief cashier would sign it himself. The numbers and letters on each side of the note might also be omitted. Witness said he bad ¡' better make out a copy for the engraver, so that there should be no mistake, and then wrote out a I copy in his presence and showed it to him. The prisoner said approvingly that he saw he perfectly understood his meaning. The prisoner also said he wanted him to get a water-mark similar to that on the £ 5-note. The lower part of the sketch was to be water-marked exactly as was a £ 5-note, with the omission of some little square. The waving," parti- cularly, was to be the same. The prisoner asked him if that could be done, and witness said it could by ordering the paper at the mills. The prisoner inquired if he could get him some paper of the sarre quality as that of a bank note. He said he would try. The prisoner said be wanted 10,000 copies of the coupon to begin with, and witness said they would eccupv from four to six weeks. The prisoner said that would not do, and he must try to get them done before that. W itness, upon that, promised to see the engraver. The prisoner said he should require twenty-five or thirty proofs by the following Monday, and witness said that was utterly impossible. The prisoner then said he _n_À _L ■!?,, lbe Place of business in Paris 2 u EDglandJ was Koing to be opened on the 15th of February. He afterwards saw the prisoner and told him it would cost ten guineas to have the plate engraved, and E7 10s. for the block for the water-mark. The prisoner agreed to give that price. The prisoner asked for the specimen £ 5-note back again, and said he would show him where to get the paper. Trey went together to Messrs. Maclure's, in Queen Victoria-street, and the prisoner said the paper could be got there, as the firm did the printing for the Old England house in Paris. The premises were closed. A few days later witness went to the Bank of England and gave the authorities full information, and after that everything he did was under the direc tion of the police. On the 18th Feb. he again saw the prisoner Dubois, having in the meantime obtained some sam plesof paper at Messrs. Waterlow's. He showed these samph-s to the prisoner, and he said they were not thick enough. The prisoner asked how long it would take to get the water-mark and the plate ready, and he said ten days. The prisoner expressed himself pleased at that, and said the order would be 10000 to egin with, and more later on. He next saw Dubois and Boi together on the 25th Feb. Dubois introduced KOI to him, saying he had come to England to buy eoods for the Paris Exhibition. On the 6th March Dubois called upon him again, and said he was very poor just then, and witness must get a £ 5-note lent to birxi to copy from. On Me.iday, the 18th March, be called again with De Jongh, who said he had enough money to buy the plate. Dubois asked how long it would take to finish, and De Jongh gave him until the following Friday to complete it. Dubois said, To save time, tell the engraver only to engrave the bottom plate—that is, the £ 5 note, and just a small part of the scroll and the title 'Old England.' that we may show it." Dubois afterwards said, when De Jongh had left, that Da Jongh was rather a sus- picious man, but they were partners and Hired together at Peckham. Dubois later on obtained a £ 5-note, which he compared with a sample of paper, saying the latter was rather thin. Witness asked if he was par- ticular as to its being exact, and he said he was. Witness then said that in the wetting the paper would swell and get a little thicker. The prisoner said that would do nicely. He repeated that be did not wan1: the numbers or the signature F. May," but that the water-mark, with the txception of the equares, must be exact. He did npt see the prisoners again until they were in custody. At this stage the Lord Mayor remanded the prisoners for a week, and refused an application for bail.

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