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Was anything said about respectability before then?—I was going to say that he produced some envelopes from them, and opened cne letter, which I did not read. The envelopes were from Peek, Frean, & Co. Did he satisfy you that he was a representative of Peek, Frean, & Co, by what he produced ?- He did. And then did you give a blank cheque ?—Yes. Did you mark it Newport ?-No, sir. Mr George What did you give him ?—This cheqe (the cheque already produced). Mr Wallis Davies Is it your custom to give blank cheques to people who call for them ?-It is not unless they prove themselves to be respectable people. Are you able to swear to the very cheque ?— Yes. How ?-By the number. When did you find it out ?—It correspond; with the number of the cheque I issued on the counterfoil. Have you issued a cheque, or more than one cheque, out of the Bank, since this date, to anybody el-,e ?-Not that I am aware of. You are in service there, are you not ?—Yes. And you examined the counterfoil cheque-book? —Yes. How many cheques have you found missing since that date ?-I can't tell. Are there any other cheques missing ?-- Certainly. How many ? Mr Lloyd Just refer to what you have in your pocket, Mr Thomas. The witness here produced a list of figures which he handed to Mr Davies. Mr Davies: Why did you not bring the counter- foil ?-I did net know that it was required. Did not your solicitor tell you that it was required ? Mr Alun Lloyd He has no solicitor. [Laugh- ter.] Mr Davies (to the Witness): Have you no idea how many cheques are missing?—I have no idea; I can tell you that there are not a thousand missing. There was one taken on the 39th and 21 st. Was that between the 19th and 21St?- Yes. There were three cheques taken from the counterfoil, The Chairman That (referring to the cheque produced) being one of them ? Mr Davies That being one of them. The Witness Yes. Mr Davies So you say. Can you give me the number of either of the other two cheques?—They were immediately before and after; they ran 1\ consecutively. Bearing in mind that there were three cheques issued in two days, I want to ask you whether you are prepared to swear that this is the cheque you gave to the prisoner?—Will you let me look at it again ? Yes, that is the cheque. Can you tell me how you arrived at that ?— Because it corresponds with the number on the counterfoil. Is that the only reason ?—Yes. Did you take a note at the time the cheque was issued of the number ? Where is it ?-On the counterfoil. Did you put the name on the counterfoil to whom it was given ?—Yes. What name is on the counterfoil ?—Evans. By Mr George I put that name on the counter- foil the same day. Mr Davies: Is it your invariable practice to put on the counterfoil the name of the person to whom the cheque is issued, there and then?—Yes. And you say that you put the prisoner's name down that day ?—Yes. You say that another person came earlier in the day ?-I could not say. But you did say so.—Oh, yes. Did you know who that man was ?—He was a servant at the Castle Hotel. Ruthin. Did you know him ?- Yes. Intimately ? The Chairman: I don't think that this has any- thing to do with the case. Mr Davies: I will conduct my case, sir, if you will allow me- The Chairman: You are wasting our time. Mr Davies (to the witness): When the prisoner came into the Bank, did he say anything about a friend ?-I can't remember. Can you tax your memory ?—I have not the slightest recollection of it. Mr Lloyd (to the Justices's Clerk): Will you put that down please, Mr George? It shows what my friend's instructions are. Mr Davies (to the witness): Did you ask what the cheque was for ?-No. Can you tell me the names of the persons to whom the other cheques were issued ?-I don't remember. When were you first told about this cheque being returned ?--On the 3rd November. May I ask how you discovered that ?-It was presented through the clearing at our Bank at Ruthin. But "Kuthin" is struck out, you know ?—The Ruthin at the top was the only one struck out, I suppose. I don't suppose anything, you know. The Witness (to Mr George) The cheque was dishonoured on the 3rd November. It was presented at Ruthin. Mr George By whom ?—Through our London agents and dishonoured. Why?—Because the drawer had no account. The Chairman Did it come from your Newport Branch to you?—No. Mr George What, is the name of the drawer ? W. S. Wright. Mr Davies What did you do with the cheque after that?—We returned it to the North and South Wales Bank, Colwyn Bay. Just look at that cheque again do you find "Newport written above, and Ruthin struck out ?—Yes. Did it occur to you to send that cheque to the Newport Branch ?-No. That does not show that it was drawn at Newport It is simply the address, but there need not be any address at the top at all. And you had noticed the name Newport above Ruthin struck out ?—Yes. By Mr George The words "No account were written, by me, on the top of the cheque, on the 3rd November. Mr Wallis Davies Did you make any inquiries at the Newport Branch ?-We sent a telegram, asking whether they could pay a cheque drawn' by W. S. Wright ? Have you made any inquiry as to a person named Wright having an account at your Bank at Newport or elsewhere ?-No, we merely asked whether they could pay the cheque. Mr Lloyd With regard to the absence of the counterfoil, I think that you only returned from your holidays on the 28th of this month ?— I returned on Tuesday last. And it is your balancing-time, and it was only by the aid of subpcena that you came to-day ?— Yes. You know nothing of a man named W. S. Wright ?—Nothing. Mr Wallis Davies No, and he has made no inquiries. The Witness No. Mr Lloyd Is there a W. S. Wright having an account at Ruthin ? The Witness There is not. Ernald Somerset Birkett, residing at 4 Richmond Terrace, Bassaleg, near Newport, was the next witness, and, questioned by Mr Lloyd, said that he was the senior cashier at the London and Provincial Bank at Newport. Have you a Branch of your Bank at Newport, Shropshire ?—No. Will you kindly look at the cheque now pro- duced ? Has that cheque been presented to your Newport Branch for payment ?-Yes. On what date ?—6th November, this year. With what result ?—Dishonoured. Had you a customer of the name W. S. Wright at your Newport Branch ?-No. Can you go as far back as the 22nd October, and say that there was no customer of that name then ?-There was not; nor has there been one since. How long have you been an officer in the Newport Bank ?—Nineteen years. Do you recollect within that period having a customer of that name?—No there never has been such a man to my knowledge. Mr Wallis Davies As a customer ? The Witness As a customer or otherwise. You say that you come from Newport, Mon- mouthshire ?—Yes. There are other Newports?—Yes, several. Where did you get that cheque from ?—Through our London agents. I suppose that the cheque would be sent from the Ruthin Branch back to the North and South, and then to London, and then to you ?—That is so. There is nothing on that cheque to show that it is Newport, Mon. ?—No. Mr Davies No ? The Witness Except that we have no other Branch. Mr Davies Never mind except. Mr Alun Lloyd Oh yes, but we do mind except. (To the witness) Except what? The witness We have no other Branch. Mr Davies There is nothing on that cheque to show that it is the Newport Branch in Mon- mouthshire ?—No. So that it is quite possible, if a person got one of your cheques, to make use of it for any of the Branches ?—Oh yes if he got hold of one. Is the endorsement on that cheque yours ?- There is no endorsement. So, as far as you are concerned, you put no endorsement on the cheque ?-No. Where did you send that cheque to ?--To the North and South Bank at Colwyn Bay returned it on the 6th. But there was no intimation to the North and South Wales Bank that there was "no account" at Newport, Man ?-Oh yes. On the cheque?—Yes, on the cheque, and on the letter returnimg it. Show it me on the cheque. [The cheque was here handed to the witness.]. The Witness I believe that the words no account" were written at Newport. Mr Davies The other clerk said that it was written at Ruthin.—I won't swear. Well, who is right? Mr Lloyd How on earth can he swear which is right or wrong ? The Witness To the best of my knowledge, it is our clerk's writing. Therefore the Ruthin clerk is wrong in saying that it is his writing ?-In that case. Mr Lloyd (to Mr George) Is it clear on the depositions that the London and Provincial Bank has no branch at Newport, Shropshire. Mr George: Yes. Mr Lloyd (to Mr Birkett) Did you write a letter, with that cheque, to the Colwyn Bay Bank? The Witness I signed it. Inspector William Brookes said that he was an Inspector of Police stationed at Newport, Mon. He had been there 28 years. Mr Lloyd Have you heard of this case at all? Mr Davies No, no, no, no! Mr Lloyd Wait a bit. (To the witness) Have you heard of this case at all? The Witness I had instructions to make inquiries. Have you made inquiries for W. S. Wright at Newport?—I have. Have you been able to find a person answering to that name?—I have not. And you are not aware of a single person residing at Newport of the name of W. S. Wright? —I am not. Mr Wallis Davies You also know that there are several other Newports in the country ?-Oh yes, quite aware of that. And were your inquiries localised in Newport, Mon ?—Yes. Mr Alun Lloyd said that he had two other witnesses to call, but both were ill, one at Liverpool, and one at Abergele. He submitted, however, that he had shown sufficient reason for having the prisoner committed for trial. The Chairman (to MrDavies): Do you propose to call any witnesses? Mr Davies No, sir, I reserve my defence. The prisoner, on being then formally charged, pleaded not guilty, reserving his defence. Mr Wallis Davies applied for bail. The charge was a most serious one, and involved going about the country a good deal to search for the missing man Wright, who he was instructed, there was every hope would be found. Mr Lloyd objected to bail, on account of serious complications that would arise. If bail were granted, it would be impossible to have the prisoner at Ruthin Assizes for reasons which he would not tell the Court just then. Mr Wallis Davies: That is not a proper remark to make, and savours more of persecution than prosecution. After a brief retirement, the Bench decided to accept bail, fixing the amount, however at ^800, —the prisoner in -4-400, and two sureties in ^200 each. This bail was not forthcoming, and the prisoner was removed in custody, to take his trial, at the Ruthin Assizes, on January 24th, 1894. THE AFRICAN PRINCE AND THE BRITISH WINTER. AN AMUSING LETTER Although(s«iAs- The Liverpool Daily Post) the present winter is remarkable for its mildness, it is nevertheless too severe for the sensitive young African Prince Eyo Ekpenyon Eyo 11., whom Mr. Alfred L. Jones, of Liverpool brought from Africa at his ernest entreaty a couple of months ago, and placed in the Congo Institute, Colwyn Bay. The Prince (who was entirely destitute and even bare- footed, when in Africa) wrote a letter to Mr. Jones, of which the following is a copy, and as a result had to be sent back again to his native country, Old Calabar:— Congo Training Institute, Colwyn Bay, December, 1893. To the Right Honourable A. L. Jones, Esq., J.P. I take this opportunity to write you these few lines about this winter. My Lord, I come here? I try all my best to see if I can stand this cold, but now is more worse to me. I can teel even my fingers and my feet, and I seat beside the fire all the day long from morning to evening. I can go outside except on Sunday. My lord, I don't think I will stand this cold. My lord, best thing which I thought about myself is to let me return- ed back again by the grace of God. When I reach home I will go and work under the Govern- ment, so they cannot trouble me again. My lord, I see all you kindness to me since I come over here, but I am very sorry because cold stop me to see the end of it and I will praise this wonderful kindly to all our people which you have done to me when I reach home, and I send you some our curiosity. My lord, as for my passage, I beg to say that I will act as steward. My lord, I beg to inform you that I should like to leave here on December 19, so I can be able to be there in time, because African Steamship Company will leave on December 20. My lord, one thing I necessary for is the train passage; I got no money to pay for it to come over there. Please, my lord, supply me with some money which can suit my train passage to come over there, and I beg you, my lord, to send some body for the station (where the train used to land) to guide me for your office on that day, December 19. My lord, I waiting your early reply with my kind regards.—Yours truly and humble servant, EYO EKPENYON EYO II. The Prince was sent home by the Nubia, so that passengers by that steamer will have Royalty to wait on them, which, however, is said not to be an unusual circumstance on board the African steamers. THE CIVILIZATION OF AFRICA. AN IMPORTANT STEP. Under the above headings, the following ap- peared in The Leeds Mercury of December 28th 1893:- The Rev. Mr Hughes, Principal of the Congo Institute, Colwyn Bay, recently returned from West Africa, after inaugurating a scheme which may ma.rk an important epoch in African civiliza- tion and progress. Centuries have now passed since the Dark Continent was first visited by Europeans, but it cannot be said that the country's progress shows a proportionate advance. In West Africa, where the native for generations past has been in daily touch with the European trader and the missionary, it is questionable if the African of to-day is any better than his forefathers were a century ago. In this part of Africa the efforts of the missionary or the trader are not interfered with by the Arab slave-dealers; which is the case in the South-West, and yet the country is little removed from its primitive condition, or the native from his crude state. Here and there in the British colonies there are a few exceptions but the coast-line, taken as a whole, does not show anything like the progress which was ex- pected by the pioneers of missionary enterprise who years ago made Africa their thought and study. The natural inference, therefore, is that the efforts which have been made have been either wrongly directed or too spasmodic to have done any permanent good. The new scheme which the Rev. Mr. Hughes has inaugurated is the establishment of Industrial Institutions on the West Coast, where the natives can not only re- ceive educational instruction, but where thev are also taught a trade. The Congo Institute, at Colwyn Bay, receives young Africans for educa- tion, and teaches them a trade, but for many reasons it is thought that the matter can be better and more extensively carried on in Africa itself. It is about nine months ago since Mr. Hughes started on his mission, which, to a very great extent, owed its inception to Mr. Alfred L. Jones, of Liverpool; while Mr. Hughes also received most valuable aid from Sir Claude Macdonald, Her Majesty's Commissioner for the Oil Rivers. Altogether, Mr. Hughes was able to establish and affiliate to the Congo Institute five of these Insti- tutions, the farthest one down the coast being the Alfred Jones Institute at New Calabar. The pupils one-half of the day will receive elementary education, whilst the other half will be devoted to a trade. So far, the trades to be taught are black- smithery, carpentry, tailoring, and husbandry. Other trades will be added when it is shown that the native desire for such instruction requires it. That there is such a longing in the hearts of the West Africans is shown by the many letters re- ceived by Mr. Alfred L. Jones from young natives, who wish to be brought to England to be taught a trade. The boys will be fed and kept in the Institutions until their terms are completed, their keep and instruction being gratis. Each Institution will have an able instructor in the various branches, and it is fully anticipated the new scheme will have a greater influence in fur- thering the progress and civilisation of the country than any efforts that have yet been made. It is believed that an extension of this industrial system and the establishment of railways in Africa, will do more to civilise the country than anything else.