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ALLEGED FORGERIES BY A MERCHANT.

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ALLEGED FORGERIES BY A MERCHANT. The people in Birmingham and the environs have been taken by'surprise by the statement that Mr. George Baskerville, junior partner in the firm of Messrs. P. and G. Baskerville, flint grinders, of Bells-mill and Hotlane-mill, Hanley, has ab- sconded, and that with his disappearance has come the discovery of a large number of forgeries perpe- trated by him. It appears that Mr. Baskerville, senior, left the entire management of the business to his son George, who is said to have dealt largely in connection with Smith, who was con- victed of forgery at the last assizes, in accommo- dation bills. These bills were mostly forgeries, the names of well-known respectable persons being attached to them for the purpose of getting them discounted, as there was a difficulty in inducing persons to discount Baskerville's bills. Most of these forged bills were taken to London by Baskerville, and discounted by different firms in London by a person who was formerly in business as a flint-grinder in Burslem, and now a commission agent in London, and who acted as the agent of Baskerville and Smith in these trans- actions. Forged bills to the amount of £3,000 have been discovered to have emanated from Baskerville, but notwithstanding all these he was unable to pay all the debts of the firm. His creditors became anxious for money, and bills were continually falling due. To meet these claims Baskerville went on forging fresh bills, which were also discounted in London. Ultimately, however, bills fell due faster than he could meet them by forging others and getting them discounted, and this brought him to a standstill. Mr. Basker- ville,. senior, appears to have been entirely ignorant of his son's doings, and advanced money from his private means, which were but small, to keep the business going. He is said to be entirely ruined by the dis- covery just made, and much commiseration is felt for him. Young Baskerville, finding a crisis had come, decamped about two days since, and has not since been seen. He is supposed to be out of the country by this time. He leaves a wife and child. On Thursday the furniture of young Baskerville's house, which is said to have been splendidly furnished, was being removed by his directions; but before it was cleared out the owner of the mill, Mr. Jesse Shirley, Etruria, hearing of the affair, made a descent with a war- rant to distrain, and took possession of all that was left. After disposing of this, Mr. Shirley, it is said, will lose £ 150 in the shape of rent, and, in addition to the £3,000 of forged bills held by dif- ferent creditors, there are trade debts to the amount of another = £ 3,000, making in all £ 6,000 as the amount which will be lost by creditors of the firm. The father is in circumstances which will not go far to satisfy the claims of the creditors. What course they intend to take we are unable to say..

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