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SEEIOTJS CHARGES AGAINST A CHESTER YOUTH. — ♦ At the Chester City Police Court on Wednes- day, Albert Morton, a youth hailing from a lodging house in lower Bridge-street, who, it will be remembered, escaped from the police on the sight of the cycle parade, was charged in custody with four serious offences. The magistrates present were Messrs. Charles Brown, H. R. Bowers, T. Smith, and Dr. Stolter- foth.—The first of the charges was of breaking and entering the offices of Mr. Hibbert, timber merchant, Chester, between the 14th and 15th inst. George Hibbert, timber merchant, carrying on business at Cow-lane Bridge, stated that he left his office quite secure on the Tuesday night The next morning, on going in his office, he tound the room in great disorder. The window was open and broken. Some drawers, which had been locked, were open, and all the contents scattered about the floor. On ex- amining the safe, he found the lock was broken, and a skilful attempt had evidently been made to prize open the door. His reading lamp had been lit. On the floor was lying part of the blade of a pocket knife. His keys, which he kept in a drawer, were lying about, but one was missing. Close by was the ring broken. A piece of the wire of a bill file was also noticed, which apparently had been used for the purpose of picking the locks. Witness knew the prisoner, who was in his employment a short time about two years ago. He would, of course, be familiar with the premises.—Detective Hughes said when this matter was reported, he went to Mr. Hibbert's office that morning, and saw it in the condition described by the last witness. He produced five steel files which he found *ear the safe, and which appeared to have been used in working upon it.—Detective Inspector Gallagher deposed to arresting prisoner that morning in the Hop-pole Paddock. Witness searched him, and found a key which Mr. Hibbert identified as being the one missing. Prisoner had also a pocket knife with a broken blade, which witness ascertained exactly fitted the piece of blade found in the office. When charged, prisoner nodded his head in a manner by which witness understood him to mean he admitted the offence.-The next charge was then proceeded with, and was to the effect that prisoner entered the Grosvenor St. John's Schools with intent to commit a felony, between the 15th and 16th inst.—The Chief Constable (Mr. Fenwick) informed the Bench that on the day prisoner was arrested on the first charge, and was being brought from the police office for the purpose of being con- veyed to Knutsford, he took advantage of the busy and confused traffic that day, on which the cycle parade was held, and made his escape from the police office door. He was hotly pur- sued, but not recaptured until the following morning, when he was discovered hiding in the dark corner of a stable in Frodsham-street. It was on the night, of his escape when they alleged he entered these schools. — Martha Wiliiamson, cleaner of the schools, deposed to securing the building the previous night. The next morning, on going into the school, she noticed one of the back windows open, and the master's desk was also opened.—H. Clare, master of the school, deposed to finding his desk prized open. One drawer was forced out, and a part of the desk was broken open. The contents were misplaced. The key (pro- duced) fitted the lock of one of the doors. He recognised prisoner as being once a pupil at his school.—Detective Hughes deposed to find- ing the key referred to in prisoner's possession when arrested on Thursday. Prisoner, when charged, said simply Not guilty.'—The third charge was that prisoner, on the 21st August, obtained by false pretences from Bessie Price, the sum of 7s., with intent to defraud.—The Chief Constable explained that prisoner met a little boy on the day named, and asked him to take a note to Miss Price, who keeps refresh- ment rooms near the General Railway Station. The boy took the note, which was written by the prisoner, but purporting to have been written by Mrs. Kendrick. Frodsham-street. It ran Please would you kindly give the boy 7s. if you can spare it, and I will send you the money back to-night some time. I have got a big bill to pay. Yours, Mrs. Kendrick." Miss Price was intimately acquainted with Mrs. Kendrick, but did not give the boy the money then; but he called twice more, and then she gave him the 7s., which he t.cok straight to prisoner. Mrs. Kendrick, as the Bench would believe, made no such application to Miss Price for money.— Bessie Price, in her evidence, bore out this statement. Lydia Kendrick denied having written the note, and did not authorise any- body to write it. She knew the prisoner; whom she had employed to do odd jobs.—John Madden, aged 11, deposed that before taking the note to Miss Price, he took another one, containing a request for money, to a house in Philip-street, Hoole, but nobody was in the house.-Detective- Inspector Gallagher deposed to arresting the prisoner on the 15th inst.—The Bench com- mitted prisoner to the City Sessions on all the charges.—The Chief Constable said there was another charge against prisoner of breaking and entering the premises of Messrs. Parker and Clegg, Chester, and stealing R3 14s. Ilid. As the case involved the attendance of two or three witnesses from Manchester, who were not here at present, he asked for a remand.— Prisoner was remanded on this charge until Thursday. At the City Police Court, on Friday, before Dr. Stolterfoth and Alderman Charles Brown. Morton appeared on remand in custody, on another charge of breaking and enter- ing the premises of Messrs. Parker and Clegg, mineral wa.ter manufacturers, near the General Railway Station, on the night of the 10th inst., and stealing therefrom E3 14s. 11 Jd.—The Chief Constable (Mr. Fenwick) stated that prisoner on the night in question was seen about these premises, and the following morning was in Manchester. dealing with threepenny pieces and coppers. As in the other cases, prisoner had been employed at these works, and consequently was quite familiar with them. —Richard David Greenway, foreman at the works, said he left the premises on the 9th inst. in charge of the secretary. Returning the next morning, the safe in the office was open, and one packet of threepenny-pieces, altogether amounting to 10s., a postal order for 5s., a five- shilling-piece, and a quantity of coppers, were missing from it. Witness knew the prisoner, who was once employed at the works. The key of the front door on the night in question was, as usual, placed under a stone close by for convenience, and prisoner no doubt knew this.—William Roberts, secretary and cashier, said he did not remember locking the safe the night before. Witness had calculated that the money missing amounted to £ 314s. 11 Jd. About three or four shillings worth of postage stamps were also missing from a drawer.—Wm. Jones, who knows prisoner by sight, deposed to seeing him on the night in question in the vicinity of these works.—G. F. Fellowes, photo- grapher, Manchester, stated that on Saturday, the 11th instant, prisoner called at his shop and was photographed. He paid witness in copper. John Charles Cave, employed in a jeweller's shop in Manchester, deposed to selling a watch to prisoner the same day for 6s. Prisoner paid for it with four threepenny pieces, and the rest in copper.—Detective-Inspector Gallagher deposed to arresting prisoner on the 10th inst. in the Hop- pole Paddock. He had the watch in his possession, and said he took it out of pawn at Dutton's, Foregate-street. This was not true. -When c harg-ed, prisoner said, "No, I did not." —The Bench committed him to the Sessions on this charge. I

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