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THE MEN IN WOMEN'S CLOTHES. COMMITTAL OF THE PRISONERS. The adjourned examination of Ernest Boulton and F. W. Park was proceeded with at Bow street, on Monday, before Mr. Flowers. Mrs. Beck was the first witness called. She was examined by Mr. Besley: I live at 36, Southampton street, Strand. I have lived there seven years. My husband is a managing clerk. I have from time to time let apartments. Lord Arthur Clinton first lodged at my house in the autumn of 1868. He was there from September to November. He occupied a drawing-room floor. I have seen his wife. Lady Arthur Clinton, there upon one occasion. He was vitited by gentlemen. Mr. Boulton lived with him. The lodgings were taken for Mr. Boulton and him self. Mr. Boulton was absent for a day or two, and they both left for a visit to Scarborough on a thea- trical expedition. They were about a fortnight ab- sent. I am not sure as to the time. There were two beds in the apartments, which were all on the same floor. The extra bed was in the drawing- room. There was a couch in the sitting-room. I can't say where Mr. Boulton slept. I know that both beds were occupied during the time they were there. Mr. Park came there once or twice. I can't say whether that was before or after they went to Scarborough. Mr. Park slept there one or two nights. I am not aware that any of my servants went into their room after they had re- tired to rest. I would not allow such a thing, and I don't think they would have allowed it themselves. I do not know whether anybody slept on the couch when Mr. Park was there. I never saw Mr. Boul- ton in female attire. He always dressed as a gen- r tleman. I remember that one evening they dressed in female attire for a theatrical performance. I have seen Mr. Thomas. He came sometimes to the house. He always dressed as a gentlpman. I have seen Mr. Cumming there often. He always dressed as a gentleman. Mr. Boulton always con- ducted himself as a gentleman. I never knew him to conduct himself with any familiarity at all. I never heard any terms of familiarity expressed by Lord Arthur Clinton to Mr. Boulton. I have always heard them address each other as gentlemen would do. Maria Duffin was a servant at my house one month. It is not true that she was there for four or five months. I think the Scarborough visit was during the month she was there. The reason she gave me for leaving was that she was delicate—that she was in a consumption, and that the place was too hard for her. I never had any communication with her mother. She never complained to me of the con- duct of Lord Arthur Clinton or Mr. Boulton. I went to the Treasury a fortnight ago. I made a state- ment, which was taken down in writing. Ques- tions were put to me in reference to Lord Arthur Clinton and Mr. Boulton. I answered them fully and truly as far as I can remember. I have not seen Maria Duffin since she left my service. She never applied to me for her character. She never applied to me for her character. She was to have bec-i mirried. After seeing Maria Duffin's evidence I voluntarily communicated with Mr. Abrahams, the solicitor for the defence, to give this evidence'. Mr. Besley: Now with regard to Mr. Thomas. You say he never did leave your house dressed as a woman.—Witness Never, Sir, never. He alwavs dressed as a gentleman.—Cross-examined by Mr. Poland The sitting room, dressing room, and bed- room are on the same floor, and in order to get to FIe dressing room you must pass right through the bedroom. The servants usually wait on mv lodgers. I managed the house. While'Lord A. ClintonVa-; staying at my house my servants were Eliza Clark,MJ Daffin, and Eliza Low. I can't swear I mentioned any other name as my servant but Eliza Low when I was examined by the Treasury. I always lookfd to Lord Arthur Clinton to pay my bill, as he had taken my rooms. I am not aware that Boulton nai d anything. I can't say how they managed between them. The bill was always sent up to Lord Arthur Clinton. Lord Arthur Clinton lodged with me from the beginning of September to the end of Novem- ber, 1869. I can't say who introduced Lord Arthnr Clinton to me. I was out of town when he came to Jodge at my house. I saw Mr. Boulton at my house, Mr. Albert Wight, and Mr. Louis Charles Hurt. They came to lodge with me on the 30th of M n'ch, 1868. Boulton and Wight stayed there till the 12th of June, and Hurt stayed till the 23rd of August. They occupied the drawing-room and the bedroom and sitting-room, so that the same man would have to go to h-s drawing-room through the other's bed- room.— Did you not say at the Treasury that Boul- ton, Park. and Thomas were women dressed up as men ?—I did not. I said they looked as ladies attired in gentleman's clothes.—Did you believe they were ladies P—I did not.—Not any time ?— Not at any time,—Did you ever hear Boulton called "Stella Clinton ?"—Never.—Did you ever seecards with "Lady Arthur Clinton" on them P—Never.— Did Lord Arthur Clinton visit Lonio Charles Hurt and Albert Wright P—Not to my knowledge.—Did you say at the hearing Lord Clinton used to visit Mr. Wright, and I believe it was thought that he took our room?—Not that I am aware of. I might have said that I thought he saw our rooms.—You will swear you did not say that ?—I could not have said it.—Never mind what you could not have said. Will you swear that you did not say that ?—Yes I will swear it.—Did you say this, "We refused him three times, and at last he sent his piano in and he took possession ?"—Yes, I did say that.— And that is the fact, you had refused him three times ?—Yes, we had refused him on that day.— Did you refuse him because you heard he was a friend of Hurt and Wright ?—No, I did not. I never knew him to be a friend of Mr. Hurt and Wi^ht.—Was the bed in the dressing-room put up for the accommodation of Mr. Wight and Mr. Hurt ? —It was.—You said that no ladies used to come and visit Lord Clinton but Lady Arthur Clinton ?—Yes. —And you refused her admittance after the first visit because you did not think hpr a proper person ? —Yes.—Was she really refused admittance P—She was, but not by me.—Did you see the person ?—I did not,—Now I ask you, had you any doubt as to Boulton's sex ?—I believed him to be a man.—You had no doubt about it ?—Not the slightest. He al- ways behaved as such. At this stage of the proceedings, Mr. Flowers said it was his intention to commit the prisoners for trial. After some conversation Eliza Clarke was called. She said that she was housemaid at Mr. Beck's at the time that Lord Arthur Clinton and Mr. Boulton were stopping there. The bedroom and dressing- rooms were always used. She once saw Mr. Boulton in female costume in the evening he told her he was going to a private theatrical performance. Mr. Park was also there, and in women's dress.—Mr. Straight: Is it true that Boulton was in the habit o" dressing as a woman ?—No, sir, it is not true.— He always dressed as a gentleman, I believe ?—YPS. —Did you ever notice anything indecent about his conduct?—No, sir.—Did you know he was a man ? —I used to accuse him of being a female, and he used to pass it off as a joke.—Examination con- tinued Mr. Park only had breakfast with Lord Arthur Clinton when he slept there, and this was upon one occasion only. I never heard Lord A. Clmton address Boulton as my dear or my darling. I know Mr. Cummings and Mr. Thomas. I have seen neither of them dressed as a woman. Mr. Straight said that was the case for the defence, and the Court adjourned for refreshment. On the reassembling of the Court, Mr. Besley ad- dressed the Court on behalf of the prisoners. He said that the offence with which they were charged was of such a nature that no man once convicted of it could live at all with any satisfaction to himself. The whole charge was that there had been a joint conspiracy, extending over a period of two years, to commit an abominable crime, and he hoped, there- fore, that his worship, if he had not absolutely made up his mind, would not commit the prisoners for the alleged acts, and call upon them to answer such a charge, running, as he had said, over a period of two years. Mr. Straight, on behalf of the prisoner Park, ad- mitted that the circumstances did not bear a favour- able aspect, but contended that there was not even a reasonable foundation for supposing that the young men had been guilty of the offence with which they were charged, and he felt sure that his Worship would be doubly careful before he came to the conclusion of sending the prisoners to trial upon the most serious charge. As regarded Park, he con- tended that there was not a tittle of evidence to show that he had personally being guilty of any act in connection with this affair that would justify his being sent for trial. Mr. Poland was about to reply, but Mr. Straight objected that he had no right of reply.—Mr. Flow- ers then said it was immaterial, inasmuch as his mind was unchanged as to his point of duty. and he was therefore bound to send the prisoners for trial without bail upon the gravel-charge and the misdemeanour also. Upon the prisoners being asked it they had anything to say, Park said: I am en- tireiy innocent of the charge, or of ever having any t nought of committing such a gross outrage.—They were .hon formally committed to take their trial at the next Old Bailey Sessions. A lament-able occurrence took place at Henley- on- ames Sunday evening, by which two young men., of Reading, ost their lives. Having hired! boat, they proceeded up the river, and when near- mg the island endeavoured to change their seats, when, by so doing the craft was upset. Means were promptly at hand to rescue them, but were unavailing. The ode for the installation of the most noble the Marquis of Salisbury as Chancellor of the Univer- sity of Oxford, which has been composed by the Rev. Sir F. A. Gore Ouseley, Bart., M.A. &c., for a soprano voice, orchestra, and chorus, will be per- formed in the Sheldonian Theatre, on Wednesday, June 22nd the day of the Enccenia, or commemo- ration of founders. The attempt to recover the treasure sunk in Vigo Bay more than 150 years ago is turning out success- ful. After nineteen days' search made with large diving-bells, fifteen galleons are reported to have been found lying at a depth of a few hundred feet, and on knocking a hole into the side of the Almirante some ingots, plate, and valuable arms were found by the divers. They were sunk in 1702, and con- tained three, millions sterlm<f!



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