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SENDING A THREATENING LETTER.

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SENDING A THREATENING LETTER. Andrew Forster, of Bishopton, near Ripon, rope- maker (a youth aged fourteen years, but in appearance two years older), was charged at the Court-house, Ripon, on Wednesday (before Mr. R. D. Oxley and Captain Smith), with having sent a letter to Mr. Thomas Waite, of Bishopton, demanding money to the amount of £3, with menace, and without reason- able or probable cause. The following is a copy of the letter:— Sir,-We write to you to inform you that we are go'ng to Australia next month, and that we are zC3 0. Od. short of our expences so we want you to give us it; and when we come back if we are successful we will give you jESOO 0. Od. back for it. There is a hole again your and a sod again it so you can lap the £3 0. 0. up in a bit of cloth put in the hole and put the sod on it it is the stack again that Garden we are three Villians and stick at Nothing so if you do not put it the to night by heaven we will murder you we will cut your Throat from Ear to Ear And if you speak a word to any body about this Letter we will stab you but you do what we have told you no harm shall come to you but if you do not our revenge will overtake you We remain JAMES COT-FIN, DICK MARKHAM, JOHN WICKS put in this afternoon or else by God we will barn you to death Say not a word about it Our knives are sharp and our pistols sure. Mind we only ask you to lend us it. The perusal of the letter very naturally caused great alarm, and Mr. Inspector Kane, of the West Riding constabulary, was communicated with. Acting under Mr. Kane's directions, three farthings were put in a stocking, which was placed in the hole indi- cated by the letter, and the sod, which exactly fitted the place, Put over it. Mr. Kane, a police-constable, Mr. Waite, jun., and another person, watched the field from about half-past seven in the evening until about four o'clock in the morning, when Mr. Kane and the police-constable were left alone. Between half-past five and six o'clock the prisoner entered the afield, looked round, went in the direction of the hole a 1ew yards, looked round a second time, then went into a stooping posture for five or six yards, and after- wards straightened himself up, ran to the hole, and with his right hand lifted the sod. Seeing the imagined prize, he clapped his hands together, then 'gave an exulting leap, took up the stocking, and the next moment was in the custody of Mr. Kane., He .subsequently admitted that he wrote the letter, saying that he did it to get a pair of boots to go to York with the band. The prisoner was committed for trial at the next gaol delivery at York. The prisoner has resided within a hundred yards of Mr. Waite's house for the last, four years, and has been considered a quiet, well-behaved youth. He is a mem- ber of the Yorkshire Hissr Band,

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