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A PRESENTIMENT. At the Bow-street police-court, in London, John Parker, jeweller, appeared on his bail to answer the charge of having received a gold watch, knowing the same to have been stolen property. The prosecutor in this case is Alr. Garroway, commission agent, of 83, Gower-street, London, who states that he was locking at his watch by the gas-light of a tavern in Oxford- street, at about half-past ten o'clock on the evening of July 1st, when hia watch was snatched out of his hand by a young man of about twenty, who escaped with the watch and best part of his chain, which was snapped in two. During the night a "presentiment" came to him (Mr. Garroway) while he was in bed, in consequence of which he went straight to the shop of the defendant the next morning, and found his watch, as he expected, in defendant's possession. It was lying on his counter, and defendant said he had bought it about an hour ago as a worn-out watch, for 29s. 6d., of a young man who gave the name of "John Roberts." The de- fendant offered to give up possession of the watch, but wit- ness called in a constable and directed defendant to give it to him, while he applied to Bow-street for a summons on "public grounds." The Prosecutor was now cross-examined at great length. He said-I am a commission agent, but it is four months since I have been engaged upon any material com- mission. The last transaction was connected with the purchase of two boilers for an eminent firm at Liverpool [ also xlo business for the Royal Insurance Company. I have been kept in town aince February respecting a claim 1 have made upon the government for the use of one of my patents. I purchased my watch of Mr. Grant, of London- wall, about a year ago, and I value it at 51. I have the uumber of it in a book at home, but I identify it by the solder mark on the ring, which has been repaired, and by c rtam engravings upon the movement. I consider it worth &L because it keeps time by Westminster clock (laughter).. I am a spiritualist, I believe in spiritual agencies. A pre- sentiment came to me while I was in bed, at about three o'clock in the morning after the robbery, and it pointed out to me the shop of the defendant, in Long-acre, which I had often noticed, as the place where my watch would be sold. I did not see the form of any one particular spirit, but the presentiment was "spiritual." I accordingly went with my friend, the ReY. Mr, Bligh, to the defendant's shop, and had scarcely made my statement as to the robbery before I saw the case of my watch on the counter. I identified it imme- diately, and the defendant said he had bought it, only half an hour ago, from a man who gave the name of John Roberts." The magistrate: Did you not express some astonishment when this name was mentioned, and say, I know the thief and will have him in two hours ?" Prosecutor: I did not say that exactly. I said to my friend, Mr. Bligh, that the name of '• John Roberts" was mentioned to me by the spirits mentally (laughter). I was naturally startled, therefore, when I heard defendant utter, that name I had said in the night, as I lay restless and sleepless in bed "I wonder if the spirits can assist me in this matter." I called them up, so to speak, and I said mentally, Come, now, see what you can do for me" (roars of laughter). Solicitor for the Defendant: And what did the spirits say in reply? „ Witness 4Ley impressed me with the answer Yes," I said, "Will you do it?" Then it was that the name of John Roberts" was flashed across my brain. Did the spirits favour you with the address as well as the name of the thief?—No, not then but I am so strongly impressed with the belief that the information would come to me, that I might have said I felt certain I should find him. Now, returning for a moment to dull reality, was not the watch i ing on the defendant's counter open to the view of any person who might enter the shop ? It was open to the view of any one who might be looking for such a thing, as I was; but it was in fact placed on a part of the counter railed off by iron bars about an inch apart, and ready, as I thought, for the melting-pot. „ Witness, on leaviug the box, handed m a copy of the Spiritual Magazine, and begged his worship to read the report of a case, precisely similar to his own, where a watch had been recovered by spiritual agency. The Rev. W. Bligh, Minister of St. Paul's Special Services, Mortimer-street, confirmed the statement of the prosecutor aa to the interview with the defendant in the shop in Long- acre, and said his friend had not mentioned the "spiritual presentiment" to Uizn till then. Cross-examined: He was not a spiritualist, but there might be soma truth in spiritualism. Mark Bentisck, of Spital-square, a witness called for the defence, stated that he was in the shop selling defendant nome old watch casM. when the prosecutor and Mr, BUgh were present, and he distinctly heard the former say that a spirit had told him where to find the thief Roberts, and he would have the vagabond in two hours." By the Magistrate It was a regular trade to sell old watch and silver cases to be melted up. He valued the case pro duced at 25s. Old materials were not worth much. They were bought to make up cheap watches. The solicitor for the defence urged that a more extraordi- nary and improbable story had never been submitted to a court of justice, and it was really marvellous that in the year 1867 a sana person could be found capable of uttering such miserable twaddle and expecting to be believed in Turning from the spiritual evidence and coming to the evidence of fact, happily more effective with a jury, where was Mr. Grant who sold the watch to the prosecutor; and where was the book in which Mr. Garroway said he had got the number of his missing watch ? Granting that a robbery had been committed (and there was no evidence of this beyond the prosecutor's own statement), he denied that the evidence of identity was sufficient. Hundreds of old watches had the solder mark referred to, and also the engrav- ing, and seeing what reliance this gentleman placed upon his spiritual belief, it would have been far more satisfactory to have heard the opinion of the gentleman of whom he bought the watch only a year ago. No jury in England would convict a respectable tradesman upon such wretched pretences, and he felt ashamed that his client had been dragged to the court and exposed to the annoyance of answer- ing such a charge. No doubt his client had purchased this old watch at its fair value, and seeing that the dome was not gold, had wrenched it off. It was a common every-day tran- saction, and although he might be willing enough to deliver it up, on finding it claimed-for the purpose of avoiding the annoyance of a dispute about it-it was preposterous to say that.he had any guilty knowledge, seeing that the watch had been placed upon the counter open to public view, and there had been no attempt to conceal or deny the transaction from first to last. The magistrate said: My judgment in this case will not be influenced by any spiritual or moral impressions, but by the materia] circumstances which have been stated in evi- dence. The question is whether, having heard all I have heard, I am satisfied that there is a prima facie case to be submitted to a jury. I have arrived at the conclusion that there is such a case. The prosecutor speaks with certainty as to the identity of his watch which he has had twelve months. He goes to the shop where it was found, and the prisoner states that he had purchased it of a perfect stranger, whose address he did not take, but whose name only was ascertained. The dome of the watch had been wrenched off, and if this was done by the prisoner, as his counsel had suggested, it was open to him to have pro- duced it here to-day. Under these circumstances it must be left for a jury to say whether the prisoner purchased the watch with a guilty knowledge. The defendant was then committed for trial, but admitted to bail.











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