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SHARP PRACTICES AT AUCTION SALES. A WARNING TO PURCHASERS. At the Chester City Police Court, on Monday, the Mayor (Mr. B. C. Roberts), Messrs. J. M.Frost, and R. Jackson heard three cases against women of thefts at auction sales.—Martha Clarke, living in Green-lane, Saltney, answered to a summons charging her with stealing two pieces of embroidered satin, value 3s., the property of the purchaser at a sale on the 9th ult.—Mr. W. H. Churton appeared for defendant.—George Jones Roberts, auctioneer, said he pur- chased, with other things, the missing articles at Mr. Cunnah's sale of the property of the late Mr. Greenall, at the house in St. John-street. He did not recognise defendant as being present at the sale. Cross- examined by Mr. Churton: The articles were in his possession. He did not purchase them personally, but they were bought for him. An auctioneer was not responsible for any goods belonging to a purchaser disappearing, for at the fall of the hammer they were in' the possession of the purchaser, and at his risk.- Detective Inspector Gallagher deposed to finding the two pieces of satin in defendant's house. She denied stealing them, and said she had been at the sale, and found the things, along with a hot-water can, in the yard of the house.-The taking of the can formed the sub- ject of a second charge against defendant.— Mrs. Whitely, residing in Handbridge, said she was the purchaser of the can at the sale, and paid 6d. for it. She left it on a table for a short time, and on going for it afterwards missed it. She did not notice defendant present at the sale.—Detective Inspector Gallagher deposed to finding also the can with the other articles in defendant's house.—Mr. Churton said the defendant, who attended the sale, noticed these articles in the yard, and thinking they had been placed there as rubbish, she took them.—The Chief Constable: This is the first case of the kind that has been brought to this court, and only after great con- sideration. There is a system practised by certain people of peculating at ■ales, and it is to check this that we bring the case. The Mayor, after consulting his brother magistrates, said they had decided to take a lenient view of the cases, and ordered the defendant to pay the costs (18s. altogether), and to appear for judgment when called upon. The Bench wished to stop this practice, which they heard was general at sales.—The other case was against Hannah Whitehouse, who keeps a shop in Saltney, and who was summoned for feloniously stealing an umbrella, value 5s., the property of Robert Walton. Mr. E. Brassey appeared for defen- dant.—The Chief Constable said this case was in some respects similar to the previous ones. A sale was being held at the house of the late Miss Clare, on Hough Green, on the 13th August, and Mr. Walton, who was present, left his umbrella in a room, and on looking for it afterwards found it was gone. The umbrella was found in the possession of defendant, who admitted having taken it.—Mr. Walton, Raymond-street, the owner of the umbrella, bore out this statemen t.-Detective -Inspector Gallagher deposed to finding the umbrella in the house of the defendant, who said she bought it at the sale with other goods.—Mr. Brassey, for the defence, said the charge of stealing was denied. The case also differed in some respects from the others, in a manner favourable to his client. The umbrella was found after the sale lying on the floor of one of the rooms. It was torn, dusty, and old. Defendant took it, deeming it to be worthless and abandoned by its purchaser.—Samuel Brett said he was removing the articles defendant bought on to a cart. The umbrella was on the floor, and defendant noticing it, told him to take it up, as the stick would do for the children to play with.—The Bench took a similar view of this case, and imposed a like penalty.

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