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ALLEGED FORGERIES TO UPWARDS…

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ALLEGED FORGERIES TO UPWARDS OF TWENTY THOUSAND POUNDS ON THE METROPOLITAN CEMETERY COM- PANY. Daring the last few days a very great amount of consternation and excitement, coupled with no small degree of dissatisfaction, has been created amongst the shareholders of one of the largest, and, without doubt, one of the most prosperous, of our great me- tropolitan joint-stock cemetery companies, by an inti- mation that there was no dividend to be received this half-year, and that there would probably not be one for some time to come, arising from the circumstance that a discovery had been made that there was no less than 2,437 of the company's shares (the number dis- covered up to the period of the half-yearly meet- ing) in the market upon which previous divi- dends had been paid, and which proved to have been forged. The late secretary to the company in question, to whom the whole of the for- geries are imputed, has, since the discovery, died in a Homewhat sudden, not to say very mysterious manner. It appears that the first discovery of any- ttung being wrong was made some five or six weeks since, when a meeting of the board of directors took place, with a view, it is understood, to prepare a financial report to be presented at the half-yearly meeting. At this meeting of the directors it is stated that some revelations were made, or expected to be made, inc111pati""8 th- il.u. Boui.ei)»ry, wno was re- ported at the time to be extremely unwell, and who, during the proceedings, became so ill that a cab was sent for, in which he was conveyed to his private resi- dence, and in which he either died on the road or very soon after reaching his home. This unexpected and ex- traordinary event naturally led to a thorough investiga- tion of the affairs of the company, and it has resulted, as before stated, in the discovery that nearly 2,500 shares of the company had been forged and issued by the deceased secretary. We believe that we are cor- rect in saying that the shares of the company are of X10 each, consequently the number of shares dis- covered to have been forged will represent a sum of Bomethililg like X25,000, but the question arises how such a large amount of fraud could have been com- mitted, going on as it must have been for several years without detection. It must, however, be borne in mind that the delinquent was the original secretary of the company, that the directors had the most implicit confidence in him, and that he had the seal of the company under his control. It is stated, and believed, that the system he adopted was precisely the same as that carried out by Radpath and Robson, and that in order to pay the dividends upon the forged shares from time to time more and more forged scrip was issued. To say the least of the matter, however, with regard to the board of directors, there must have been a large amount of neglect—a fact which, we are informed by shareholders who were present at the half-yearly meeting, they candidly admitted. The investigation is progressing, and as a preliminary §tep it is under- stood the whole of the shares are being called in with a view to ascertain the full amount of those which are bona fide and those which have been forged. We cannot see, however, how this will help the directors out of their dilemma, supposing each share to be duly signed and sealed with the common seal of the com- pany, and countersigned by the secretary. We fear they will be in precisely the same position as the rail- way companies were with Redpath and Robson, and have to pay the value of the stock belonging to the forged issue, whatever may be its amount. With regard to the deceased secretary and alleged delinquent, there is an evident desire to keep the matter as quiet as possible. Although a very quiet- mannered man, he, however, not only had a residence in town, but also another establishment in the country but to which of those residences he was conveyed in the cab when he left the office on the day of his death has not transpired. A coroner's inquest ought to have been held on the body, and the fact ascertained as to whether the late secretary had died of natural causes or not. A remarkable circumstance, which was not thought much of at the time, took place some time back with. reference to a gentleman, a re- tired undertaker, who was a shareholder, and not a very quiet one at the half-yearly meetings, and who is j well known throughout hia circle to have a penchant for ferreting out abuses. The late secretary came to the party referred to, and after some conversation succeeded in inducing him to part with his shares at a good premium, thus, as it terns out, ridding himself of a most inquisitive shareholder. It has also trans. pired that shortly before his dea.th another undertaker in a large way of business, having the fullest reliance in the late secretary's honour and integrity, discounted a bill for him for the sum of £ 80, and which has not yet arrived at maturity. 4 Extraordinary Calculation.—The number of human bemgs liviDg at the end of the hundredth generation, commencing'from a single pair, doubling at each generation (say m thirty years), and allowing for each man, woman, and child an average space of four feet in height and one foot square, m ould form a iiiioal Golumn having for its base the whole surface of the earth and sea spread out into a plane, and for its height 3,674 times the sun's distance from the earth. The number of human strata, thus piled one on the other would amount to 460,790,000,000,000,— I air John llerschel. j

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