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HORRIBLE AND MYSTERIOUS OCCUR,RENCE.

CHARGE OF PERJURY.

EXTRAORDINARY SUICIDE OF A…

ROBBERY BY A SON.

A TICKET OF LEAVE.

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A TICKET OF LEAVE. James Ware, a tall, well-built ticket-cf-leave man, aged thirty, was charged before Mr. Cooke, at Wor- ship-street Police-court, on Friday, with robbery. Mr. Frederick Pressland, watchmaker, of High- street, Whitechapel, was passing near his own house on Monday evening, when he was lightly touched on the shoulder, and, thinking it had been done by some friend, he turned round and found himself face to face with the prisoner. Before he had time to utter a word the prisoner grasped and tugged at his watch- chain with such violence as to break it, and darted down a place called George-yard with half his chain and watch, worth about e5 or .£6. He was afraid to follow him, but told the police of the robbery, and presently after at the police-station picked him out from a number of others among whom he was placed. Sergeant Dunaway and Kenwood, 194 H, said that from the prosecutor's description of the thief they went to a house in Devonshire-street, Mile-end, where they knocked at the door of the first-floor front room, and were answered by a woman. She delayed to open the door, and they therefore forced it in, when they found the prisoner standing there in his shirt, and, knowing his unscrupulous character, they at once handcuffed him while they searched the place. They could find no watch or chain, but on examining the bed they found a very formidable life-preserver with a leaden knob more than a pound in weight, a. gutta- percha handle, and a strap attached to it which was almost worn out from constant wear. Dunaway said, This is a nice sort of companion to have in bed with you, is it not ? to which the prisoner replied, Yes; and it is a good job for you there is more then one of you, or you should have felt it," and he then acknow- ledged that while the woman was delaying their entrance he had tried to make his escape up the chimney, and should have done so if he had not been too stout. Floyd, 126 H, deposed to being present at the Mid- dlesex sessions five years ago, when the prisoner was convicted of felony, and sentenced to six years' penal servitude. Consequently he was now out upon a ticket-of-leave. The prisoner, who was also recognised as a daring and successful watch thief, now simply said that he was not guilty. He was committed for trial.

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