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GIRL WHO MUST STEAL.

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GIRL WHO MUST STEAL. A girl of fourteen, Elizabeth Darbyshire, was charged at Birmingham with stealing a quantity of drapery and other articles from a. shop. The manager said that when the g'irl entered she had an empty carpet bag in her possession, but after she had been in the shop some time he noticed that the bag was full. Mr. Willison (who defended) admitted that the girl had taken the articles, but denied that she was guilty of felony. The Clerk: That is rather a fine line to take. Mr. Willison: No finer than was taken in the case of an M.P.'s wife the other day. The girl saw the things, and had an irresistible feeling that she must take them. True, his c-nTt was not in a position to call expensive m dical evidence such as was called in the case referred to, but the cases were on parallel lines. Mr. Willison produced characters for the girl froiri the Sunday School and the Band of Hope Giiion, and the education authorities gave her a high character. The girl was placed on probation for six months.

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