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SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A WOMAN AT ABERYSTWYTH. BEGGING ALMS BY MEANS OF A WAR FUND PETITION. At the Aberystwyth Police Station yesterday morning, Frances C Parker, widow, of Birkenhead, and of respectable appearance, was charged with begging for alms in the town by means of a petition. The magistrates present were Messrs C M Williams (Mayor), D C Roberts (ex-Mayor), and T Griffiths. -The first witness was Richard Edward Morgan corn merchant, Great Darkgate-street, who said that he recognised the prisoner as a woman who called at his shop on Thursday week. She said she was collecting for the widows and orphans and he gave her a shilling. He put his initials in the book.—J Edwards, Great Darkgate-street, stationer, said the prisoner called at his shop last week and said that she was collecting for the war fund and produced a book. He gave her one shilling and signed the book. He was not certain that he entered the money on the book. The book was handed to witness, but nothing was shown on it.- John Morris, draper, Princes-street, said that the prisoner called at his shop last week. She handed him a book and said that she was collecting for the war fund. He gave her 2s 6d and also signed the book. The book showed the amount paid.- Peter B Loveday, plumber, Queen Street, stated that prisoner came to their house that day week and told the same nfcory. He gave her one shilling and entered it on the book handed to him by the prisoner.-Capt R Jones, Vaenor Street, said on Monday last the prisoner came to his house and asked for something to the war fund. She pro- duced a book similar to the one now shown. He asked her for her name, and she replied Miss Wil- liams.-Prisoner: No, I said I was collecting for Miss Williams.—Witness I asked her where she came from when she mumbled something and went away.-The Mayor Any question to ask witness ? -Prisoner: I said to witness for Miss Williams.- Witness I did not understand you to say that.- P.O. Jones said about 11 15 a.m. on Thursday, from information received, he arrested the prisoner on Trefechan bridge, brought her to the Police Station, and chaiged her with going about with a begging petition. He cautioned her in the usual manner. She replied, I am collecting for the war fund," and produced this book from her pocket and said that she intended to send the money already col- lected up to London. Prisoner also said that as others were collecting, viz., Mrs Capt Lushington, she thought she could do the same, and further said that she had written the beading on this book and the name of Mr Jones with 5s 6d opposite to it, and that she had received the same on the way to the railway station, but did not know who he was. The total amount collected as shown in the book was £ 3 Os 7d. That morning, in the presence of the prisoner, he opened her box and took out the money which she said she had collected. He found R2 13s 6d in the box. Prisoner then said that if there was a deficiency she would make up the difference, and at the same time said Mrs Rice, opposite whose name was 6s, but it should be sixpence, having been placed in the wrong column.-The Chief Con- stable Are there any blanks opposite subscribers ? Yes.-Any money found on her? Yes; lid.— Mr Edwards (clerk): Do you ask any question ?— Prisoner: I said I was going to send it up to the War Office.-The Clerk Would you like to give evidence on oath ?-Prisoner: Yes, I can tell them what I was going to do.—Prisoner was sworn and said that she did it with an honourable intention. It was not fraud at all. There was a lady at the station, and she was talking to her about the war, and she replied that she was collecting for the war fund. Prisoner said I wonder if I can do any- thing the lady replied It is very good of you. The Mayor: You said something about Miss Williams ? Yes, she was a ywung lady with whom I was accquainted, but the letter was returned.- The Chief Constable In what town did she liveP I believe in Liverpool.-The Ex-Mayor: How do you know that Miss Williams had anything to do with the war fund P She had a relative in the Militia.-The Clerk Have you any private means ? No, I was looking for a situation, and I thought to get money for the war fund.-The Clerk Can yon give any reference as to your charac- ter? Yes, I can give Dr Feriell of Isle of Man. The Chief Constable: When did you see him last? Three years ago. I have a bmther a sailor ?-The Mayor: What line? Prisoner: But; yon would not write to him it would damage-- The Ex-Mayor: But it cannot do any damage when a person is collecting honestly for a war fund.- Prisoner: My brother is in the Harrison Line, and my mother who resides at Oolwyn Bay. I will refund all the money.—The Mayor: It is strange that you should come to a strange place and collect. -Prisoner: But I did not think that I was a stranger. I lived at the Fox Vaults three years ago.—The Bench sentenced prisoner to 14 days' hard labour, and ordered the money to be refunded to the subscribers.