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I THE LATE GROOM OF THE CHAMBERS TO THE EARL OF CARDIGAN. Robert Lily, formerly groom of the ohambers in the service of the Earl of Cardigan, was charged at the Middlesex Sessions with having stolen a cheque for X18 16s. and two letters; he was also charged with stealing another cheque for 30s. The facts of the case having been stated by Mr. Poland, the Countess of Cardigan was called as a witness, and she stated that the prisoner had been in Lord Cardigan's service for 11 years, and until the present time there had been no suspicion of his dishonesty. On the 13th of February she had occasion to send a remittance to Messrs. Harrington, linendrapers, at Brighton, and she drew a cheque for S18 16s. upon the London and Westminster Bank, where she had a separate account, and enclosed it in a letter to Messrs. Har. rington. The cheque was not crossed. She then wrste on the outside registered," and gave the letter to the prisoner, telling him it contained a check, and desiring him to get it registered and posted. Later in the day she wrote another check for 30s., and enclosed it in a letter addressed to Mr. Redfern, of Cowes, in payment of an account due to him. This letter, also, she gave to the prisoner to be regis. I terea and posted. As no answer was returned from either Messrs. Harrington or Mr. Redfern, she wrote to them asking for a receipt, and then received informa- tion that the two checks had never reached their destination. She immediately communicated with her bankers, and placed the matter in the hands of a detective officer. The evidence in support of the charge went to show that the hall porter had seen a letter in the prisoner's hand on the day in question which was direoted by Lady Cardigan, and it had the word registered upon it; that the check for .£18 16s. had been paid over the counter at the bank, but to whom it was paid the cashier could not recollect; that the money so paid comprised a £ 5 Bank of England note, which was subsequently paid by a person named Hayes, in purchase of a truss; and Hayes, who stated that he had received the note from the prisoner, and had, at his request, given him five t sovereigns in exchange. The prisoner said he had no recollection of the par- ticular letters given him to be registered, but that he had posted all letters handed to him for that purpose by Lady Cardigan. The small check for 30s. had never been received at the bank, and there was no evidence as to what had become of it. Mr. Huddleston addressed the jury on behalf of the prisoner, and the jury, after an hour's consultation, returned a verdict of Not Guilty.

— A GOOD-NATURED HUSBAND.

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