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ALLEGED TRADE SWINDLE. A BUCKLEY FIRM VICTIMISED. At Mold, on Monday, before Messrs. H. Lloyd Jones and Samuel Berresford, Walter Adams, a middle-aged man hailing from No. 6, Crosslet- street, Old Kent-road, London, S.E., was charged on remand under warrant with obtaining from Messrs. Isaac and William Powell, of the Ewloe Potteries, earthenware goods to the value of £ 24 7s., by means of false pretences. Mr. W. H. Churton (Chester), who prosecuted, said that Messrs. Powell were engaged as potters at Buckley. They first opened transactions with the prisoner in consequence of a letter received from mm dated the 22nd November last. The Powells had never known the prisoner before, but they were induced to do business with him because his bill-head stated that he was estab- lished in 1820 as a "wholesale china, glass and earthenware^ dealer," at 232, New Kent-road, London, b.E. In this letter the prisoner stated I have been recommended to you by a friend of mine in London as a maker of Rockingham ware. bend me one of your lists, and if prices suit I may send you a sample order. I deal largely in common goods, and if your wares suit me 1 can be a good customer." A second letter was re- ceived from the prisoner on the 28th January from 6, Crosslet-street, Old Kent-road, stating that on looking through their list he thought he would try a truck of their goods, but would await enquiries for them from customers. The prisoner i^ote: You will see since receiving your list I have moved to larger and more convenient premises, and 1 have hardly got things into work- ing order just yet. You can depend upon an order from me in a week or two's time." On the 12th April Messrs. Powell despatched a quantity of earthenware goods by rail to prisoner to the value of L24 7s., and a letter was subse- quently received from prisoner (April 24) stating that the goods had arrived, but owing to indis- position he had been unable to see them, and "when able to get round to the warehouse i will write you again." Certain enquiries were made, the result of which induced Mr. Isaac Powell to A t0 ^orl^on* made enquiries as to ao. 6, Crosslet-street, which he ascertained was in a low and dangerous part of London. He went to Scotland Yard, and thence to the Rodney-street Police Station, where he secured the assistance of police officers, who accompanied him to Crosslet-street. Instead of finding the commodious premises" referred to by prisoner, it was found that he occupied two rooms in a small house, and that his (prosecutor's) g*oods were stored away *» the backyard. JVfr. Powe/) saw prisoner, who dared him to remove the goods and became very impudent. It was true that the goods were now in a place of safety in care of the London Police, but Mr. Powell felt it was his duty to protect the public from men of this sort and to prevent others from being swindled in the same way. Isaac Powell gave evidence. Describing the interview in London with the prisoner, he said prisoner met them at the door and said "Stand back there; 1 know you" (referring to one of the officers). The officer replied I know you too Adams." Prisoner said "I know the law, and I dare you to stay on the premises. Have you got a warrant?" They replied "No," where- upon the prisoner added Then clear out; I know the law." The officer said You had better be careful; you've obtained these goods from Mr. Powell and you must find the money, otherwise deliver up the goods." Prisoner said "I'll do neither." He (witness) said "You've had these goods from us, and I now ask you for the money or the goods, and I'll give you a quarter of an hour to find the money." Prisoner said "I'll be after you." Witness went to the place of Burrows and Adams, expecting the pri- soner to follow, but although he waited half an hour the accused did not come. The officer had previously warned the accused that if he didn't find the money he would probably have to go to Chester, and would get nine months. By the prisoner: He made enquiries before going to London about the prisoner, and he now produced the reply received. The reply was from an inquiry agency. He arrived in London on the 8th May, but did not call on the prisoner until the 12th. He did not call before because he heard something unsatisfactory about him, and he was also warned by the police that the place was dangerous and that if he went there alone they didn't expect to see him come back with his hat and coat on. He did receive a letter from prisoner, dated the 1st April, countermand- ing the order uniess the goods were despatched within seven days. Witness replied regretting the delay, but stating that the order would be executed within the time, and this was done. The goods were despatched on the 12th April. Two window pots were gratuitously sent to the accused, and one bore the date the 16th June, which was the date of a bazaar for which it was originally intended. The terms of payment were a month's grace, with 2 per cent. discount if paid before tho end of April. He asked the prisoner for the goods or the money. Prisoner d:d not offer to let him have the goods back, as they were useless to him, on condition that wit- ness paid him what he had spent for cartage, etc. Prisoner did say that goods had been sent which were not ordered. Re-examined: The goods were sent as ordered. ¡ He received a letter from Burrows and Adams on the 13th May to the effect that it was no use their approaching the prisoner, as he meant to keep the goods without payment, and as they could not even see the goods, they did not feel inclined to purchase them. (This letter was put in at the request of the prisoner.) P.C. William Gabriel (Mold) said that on the 22nd inst. he proceeded to the prisoner's address a 6, Crosslet-street. The goods, when removed from the backyard, had to be carried through the front door. They were removed to Rodney-road Police Station by order of the police authorities. He received prisoner into custody aaid brought him to Mold. In the train prisoner said h" was sorry he did not turn up the goods to Mr. Poweli as he had had the chance, and not get himself into that bother. At Mold witness charged and cautioned the prisoner, and he re- plied I think I'll keep what I have got to say until to-morrow." He was remanded on Friday, and afterwards he asked to see Mr. Powell, adding You can tell him I don't want to row with him; if he doesn't press the charge against me I can get him a good customer in London for his goods." Mr. Powell did not come to the Police Station. Subsequently he. asked prisoner how much of the goods he disposed of in the Old Kent-road from a barrow, and he replied "About 5s. worth it was such a wet day." Prisoner had also said that if Mr. Powell did not press the charge against him he would agree to pay all expenses, so that Mr. Powell would not be a halfpenny out of pocket. Re-callcd, P.C. Gabriel said: I ascertained that the old address, 232, New Kent-road, was also a small house and prisoner was only a lodger there with the same people. In answer to. the charge, prisoner said that when he first wrote to Mr. Powell he (Mr. Powell) kept writing and writing, and sent him at least six letters to his one. He (prisoner) failed to see where the false pretences came in. He wrote to the police and asked them to procure and send him his correspondence, but they would not do so, and, being so far away from home and his witnesses, he was placed at a great disadvantage. As the Court had no power to deal summarily with the case, the Chairman advised the accused to reserve his defence, and this he decided to do. The prisoner was thereupon oommitted for trial at the Flintshire Assizes, on the 16th June, bail being accepted for his appearance, himself in L50 and two sureties in 925 each. The prisoner asserted that if required he could find bail for E500!

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