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'THE BOARDING SCHOOL SCANDAL.

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THE BOARDING SCHOOL SCANDAL. On Saturday, at the Stratford police-court, Henry Barwick Sk'llin^s, 41, of Clifton House School, Ley- too, was again brought up charged with corrupting sevci il schoolgirls. It will be remembered that all the giil tile prisoner is charged with assaulting were pupils under the care of his wife. jilary Ann Hyams, the child examined at the pre- vious iie-trin, was recalled, and in reply to Mr. Poland, described the exact method of the assault she had then deposed to. Cross-examined she said tt at she could not swear this happened on December 9. She first made a statement to Inspector Glass in the presence of her uncle and cousins. Florence Annie Hyams, pged 10 years, sister of the last, witness, residing at Ivy House, St. John's-road, II' N in, in examination, said she was aboarder at Clif- ton House School, and remembered Mr. Skihings cJ, ,illg something to her on a Sunday evening. Soon afterwards, in the parlour, he took her on his knee and behaved in an indecent man- ner. She tried to get away. He did not hurt her so far as she could remember. There were other girls in the room, amongst them being Selina Thew and Emily Skillin^s, who is prisoner's daughter, six years of age. After the prisoner put her down he also he. haved indecently in the same manner to Selina Thew before going in to supper. Several times after that Diison^r repeated his conduct. At this point Mr. Atkinson, counsel for the de- fence, said he thought the time had arrived for him to retire from the case. He adouted this course re- luetantly, but considered it the only honourable one. To continue the cross-examination of these children would only be harruwing their feelings ami those of their parents, and would do no substantial good to the prisoner. The latter was then asked by the Bench whether he lesired an adjournment to enable him to obtain pro.e atonal assistance, but he said he should prefer the case to continue. Selina Isabella Thew, Mary Ann Jane Thew, 14, Amelia Simon, 13, and Julia Simon, 15, gave evidence of a similar character to that of the previous witnesses, Amelia Simon stating that the prisoner had a's uited her about a dozen times.-The case was then adjourned.

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