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ROBBERY BY A SON.

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ROBBERY BY A SON. At Worship-street Police-court on Saturday, James Penny, James Page, and Harriet Davis, a lady-like person, of middle age, living near Lambeth Palaae, and who carried an infant, which, from extreme anguish of mind, she was soon compelled to resign, were charged under these circumstances :— Mr. George Penny, boot and shoemaker, at 191, High-street, Hoxton, said: James Penny is my son, and works for but does not live with me; the other two prisoners are strangers to me. Last Thursday week I gave to him twenty pairs of boot materials to make and return on the following Thursday. He absconded on the next Monday. Yesterday I heard that he wasin the neighbourhood of Kingsland, found him, and gave him into custody. Subsequently, from information given, the man Page was charged, and likewise Mrs. Davis, but I am not desirous of pressing the case against her. I believe that she is a most respectable lady, and was not aware of her wrong- doing. Mr. Cooke: What did she do P Prosecutor: She purchased the goods of my son, indirectly I think, under the impression that they be- longed to him. Mr. Cooke: What value do you put upon the pro- perty ? Prosecutor: Four pounds, and she gave only two shillings a pair; but I am convinced that her share of the transaction was from good intent. Mr. Cooke How so P Prosecutor: She told me that at the request of Page she had simply advanced the money to him to effect the purchase, and Page admitted this. Police-constable 217 N: I went to the house of Mrs. Davis, and saw Page there. He at first denied all knowledge of the boots, but after some conversation admitted that they were in the house, and that Mrs. Davis had bought them for 2s. a pair. Mr. Cooke Who produced them ? Witness: Mrs. Davis, from an upper room. Page said he had not anything to do with it, and that Penny had sold them last Sunday week while he (Page) was at her house. Prosecutor: Boih said that they believed the goods belonged to my son. I do not wish to press the charge; I only want my boots back. Can I have them if I withdraw ? Mr. Cooke: I can make no order to that effect. What age is your son P Prosecutor: Just 21, sir. I cannot prosecute my son. Page I am sure I thought the boots were his own, What I said to the constable was from alarm. The female, whose hands clenched the iron rail of the c'ock while her head was bowed over it, here hysterically sobbed out some words to the effect that she had advanced the X2 from the best motive, and had no thought of doing wrong. Several women in the body of the court, who wit- nessed her distressing position as she uttered this, wept with her. Prosecutor I wish to withdraw the charge, sir. Mr. Cooke James Penny, your father manifestly feels for your position, and retires from this prosecu- tion. I shall permit him to do so; had he continued it you would have been dealt with very severely. You are just of age, had his confidence, but can have it no longer. Your conduct has been ungrateful and reck- less. James Page, I am strongly inclined to believe that you have taken a prominent part in inducing the son to rob his father, and that you also influenced this. The female prisoner, under any circumstances, as the matter stands before me, I should have dis- charged, although she has acted with excessive incau- tiousness. Let this be a warning to all three. The prisoners were then discharged, but the boots were not given up.

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