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SYSTEMATIC PLUNDER OF EMPLOYERS.

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SYSTEMATIC PLUNDER OF EM- PLOYERS. On Thursday, at the Clerkenwell police-sourt, William and Sarah Harris were brought before Mr. D'Eyncourt, charged with stealing a quantity of gutta pereha from the Gutta Percha Company's works in Wharf-road, City-road. Mr. Wontner, the solicitor, of No. 26, Bucklers bury, appeared for the prosecution, and stated tha the company had been extensively robbed by their servants, and had determined to put a stop to it They therefore employed the assistance of the police to watch the servants at the dinner hour, and found the female prisoner make her appearance there day after day whilst most of the men were away, and remained about half an hour each day. On the last day of watching, an officer named Stammers followed the female prisoner, and having touched her dress felt that something was concealed under it. He, therefore, asked what she had about her, when she denied having anything on which she was told that she must go to the station. She there- upon stated that she had some gutta percha. concealed about her, which her husband, who is employed at the factory, had given her; and at the station she produced thirteen pieces, weighing 1441b., which were worth 30s. to 35s. Her lodgings were searched, and there 131b. weight were found, which she admitted she had brought away from the works the day before. The officer then saw the male prisoner at the works, and told him what had taken place, when he admitted having sent out the property by his wife, and added that he had been engaged in similar depredations for some months, begging the manager to forgive him, and that he would disclose the names of the re- ceivers. The company declined to do so, but from other sources they had traced out the receivers, one of whom would be subsequently brought before the court in custody, He might add that the only one of the receivers who-would- give any satisfactory 1 information was a Mr. Barnard, *in Tottenham- court-road, who would appear as a witness and prove repeated purchases of gutta percha from the prCsoaier. The above was corroborated by the officer, Herbert Stammers, 136 N. Mr. James Barnard said I live at 257, Totten- hanft-court-road, and am an india-rubber and gutta percha dealer. I know the male prisoner. He has brought gutta percha to my shop for sale I should thiek about six or seven times since the 4th of In August. He brought some on the 14th of August, 331b. weight, for which I paid him at the rate of 8d. a pound. On the 19th September he brought me 45tt>. weight, for which I paid him at the same rate. I ksked where he got it from, and he told me he had it 'up from the country. He brought 461b. on the 12th September, which I bought at the same price. H& was a man that appeared so straightforward and opferi thiat I believed what he said, knowing as well thfet there are men going about the country buying old gutta percha. I asked him his name and address, and he said he lived a long way from there, and assured me it was all right, but did not give me his name and address. Barnard then produced some of th'6 gutta percha. Barnard then said the Gutta Perohst Company only used to give 6d. per pound i'o £ old'guttapurcha, and he had been in the habit of 'having it for 6d. for a long time. He said this to she»w that he did not buy it because of the low prroe. Tne male prisoner, in defence, said the witness must have known that the property was stolen by the low price he gave for it. Mr. D'Eyncourt fully committed the prisoners to the Middlesex Sessions for trial, and refused bail. Frederick Cornell, a gutta percha dealer in Gray's imj-lane, was then charged with receiving a quan- tity of gutta percha belonging to the Gutta Percha Company. Mr. Wontner appeared for the prosecution Mr. Lewis for the defence. Mr. Wontner, in opening the case, stated that in consequence of the discovery of the robberies by the former prisoner, the company examined all their servants with a view of ascertaining the extent of the depredations. One of their men, named Ruth- erford, at once admitted having robbed them for the last eighteen months, and that he had sold a large portion of the plunder to the prisoner, at 8d. per lb., the value being from 2s. to 2s. 6d. per lb. He then discontinued his pilfering, upon which the pri- soner came to his lodgings and told him that he knew where he worked, having watched him from the company's works that he was already liable to be punished for what he had taken, and would not be in a worse position if he sold him some mare. On three occasions he saw Rutherford, and repeated his request, on which Rutherford again tisok gutta percha from the premises of the company, sad carried it to the prisoner's house. These facts would be deposed tc in detail by Rutherford, whose evidence would be corroborated materially by other witnesses; and he should now give evidence to war- rant a remand till a future day, when the case would be: fully gone into. The workman, Rutherford, was then called, and detailed his transactions with the prisoner, after ifhich the prisoner was remanded to a future day. The prisoner asked to be admitted to bail. Mr. D'Eyncourt said he would accept of two sureties in the sum of jB50 each, and the prisoner himself ia the sum of zeloo. The necessary bail being pat in, the prisener left the court.

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