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Indian Bulletins.

An Exhibition Rhyme.

,The Last New Knight.






EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE OF FORGERY. Luther Yeates, a middle-aged man, residing at No. 1, Langport-place, Camberwell, and lately carrying on the business of an accountant, at No. 14,. Tokenhouse-yard, Lothbury, on Friday was placed at the bar of the Mansion House, before the Lord Mayor, to undergo a further ex- amination upon a charge of forging and uttering certain deeds, purporting to have been signed by Admiral Sir John West, G.C.B., with intent to defraud Lieut. Colonel John Temple West,, of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Mr. Lewis attended fur the prosecution, and Mr. F. H. LongJey appeared for the prisoner. From Mr. Lewis's opening statement it appeared that the prisoner hud at some time or other been in a soli- citor's office, and in addition to his having gained a knowledge of the mode of making out deeds of convey- ance, &c., he: appears by some means or other to have obtained a knowledge of the existence of some property known as the St. George's Estate, and that it belonged to Admiral Sir John West, and that he availed himself of that knowledge, and forged at dif- ferent times within the last few years a number of deeds of conveyance, purporting to be signed by Admiral Sir John West, conveying to him certain houses in West-square, Lambeth, which comprised the St. George's Estate, upon consideration of certain sums of money and that having forged the deeds, he mortgaged them, and obtained advances upon them from different solicitors. By this mesons he appears to have obtained advances to a very large amount, and was negotiating with a solicitor for an ad- vance upon another deed, but that gentleman happened to bear of the death of Admiral Sir John West, and upon examining the deed he noticed that it was dated subse- quent to the death of the admiral, and he accordingly instituted an inquiry, and the deea was discovered to be a forgery. At the last examination a deed upon which the prisoner had obtained a sum of money from a gentleman named Parker, a solicitor, carrying on business at Bedford-row, was proved to be a forgery. On that occasion Mr. Lewis stated that the amount whiqh bad then been ascertained to have been obtained by the prisoner was upwards of £6,000; it has been subsequently ascertained that the amount is much larger. John Morgan Deere, solicitor, Lincoln's-inn-fields, said he acted as solicitor for the prisoner in the year 1860. On the 7th August in that year he saw the prisoner execute the mortgage deed then producer! hy.Mr. ParKer, ana'Attested his signature. The deed purporting to be signed by Admiral West purported to be attested by James Bennet, land agent, Portvale, Hertford. He handed the mortgage to Mr Parker. He did not remember having seen the original lease. He received a copy of the lease from Mr. Yeates to furaish to Mr. I Parker in Bedford-row. The Lord Mayor asked Mr. Lewis how many of the cases he intended to go into. Mr. Lewis said he proposed to prove eight out of about eighteen. His lordship said he should have thought two or three separate cases clearly proved would further the ends of justice, and be as well as going into so many. Mr. Lewis said, as far as the prosecution went, two or three cases would be sufficient, but the friends and family of the late Admiral Sir John West were anxious that it should be understood that all the deeds of conveyance executed by the prisoner were forgeries, and it was neces- sary to prove as many cases as possible to prevent litiga- tion, otherwise in the course of twenty years or so the holder., of the mortgages might possibly come upon the family for payment. His lordship baid under those circumstances he had nothing more to say. 'Mr. Ebenezer Morley, a solicitor, at King's Bench-walk, Temple, was then sworn and said: In the year 1859 he was acting as solicitor for a Mr. Hopley, and Messrs. Brandon, of Essex street, Strand, applied to him on behalf of the prisoner respecting a mortgage; and on the 14th of Oct., 1859, a deed (If mortgage was executed in his presence. The mortgage was for four houses, Nos 45 to 48, West-square, Lambeth, inclusive. He produced the deed of mortgage and the lease, which he received from Messrs. Brandon, in the presence of the prisoner. There was at that time annexed to the lease the receipt produced, purporting to be a receipt from James Bennet for the last two quarters' ground rent. The signatures of the prisoner and Sir John West were attested by James Bennet, Hertford. Upon the mortgage of that lease he advanced to tb» prisoner the sum of V,700 on behalf of Mr. Hooley, and the prisoner had since been punctual in paying the interest due upon that mortgage. In January, 1861, he was acting as solicitor to Miss M'Bride, and the prisoner applied to him to advance a sum of £ 1,000 upon a mortgage of a lease, purporting to have been executed by Sir John West, of four houses, 25 to 28, West-sqnare, inclusive. The lease was dated December 12, 1860. He consented to advance him the sum of X800 on behalf of Miss M'Bride, and on the 17th January, 1861, the prisoner executed a mortgage, which he pro- duced, and handed over to the firm the deed of mortgage and the lease, which he also produced, The prisoner had paid the interest on the mortgage from time to time since that period. Corroborative evidence was then taken from Mr. G. M. Arnold, solicitor, of Gravesend; from Mr. James Tay, solicitor, of No. 44, Poultry, London; from Mr. Francis Hilbury, of Bexley, Kent; and from Mr. A. B. Bushnell, cashier to Messrs. Gosling and Co., Fleet- street, bankers to Sir John West. The last witness said he had the management of Sir John West's account, amongst others. He had looked at the deeds produced, and was quite sure the signatures were not in the hand- writing of Sir John West, nor did they bear any resem- blance. A gentleman, whose name did not transpire, said he wished to say a few words to his lordship, if he could be allowed. The Lord Mayor asked the gentleman if he would be kind enough to say who La was. He replied that he was another victim of the prisoner and he did not know whether Mr. Lewis would like to go into his case. Mr. Lewis, addressing the speaker, said he was sorry to have to state that his was one of a great many cases against the prisoner, into the circumstances of which he had forborne to enter. The Lord Mayor said that if Mr. Lewis was anxious to prevent litigation hereafter, and to restore the purity of > the title as far as he was concerned, he should have no objection to have all the cases against the prisoner in- 't10Qt; (J'gtøn- Mr. Lewis thanked his lordship, and said he should ask him to commit the prisoner for trial, upon the cases which he had already proved. The prisoner was committed for trial accordingly. — —»

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