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AN ASSISTANT OFFICIAL RECEIVER IN THE BANKRUPTCY COURT. EXTRAORDINARY ADMISSIONS. AT the Liverpool Bankruptcy Court, on Thursday, Mr. Registrar Cooper, Hugh Ro- berts, formerly assistant official receiver for the Chester district, came up for public examination. The circumstances of the case were somewhat peculiar. The re- ceiving order was made in October last, but the bankrupt failed to make an appearance. In view of his non-appearance the public examination fixed for the 1st December was adjourned sine die, and upon the application of the Chester Official Receiver, who set forth that it would be difficult and embar- rassing for him to proceed in the matter of a person with whom he bad been ultimately associated, the further proceedings were transferred to the Liverpool court. The bankrupt was now examined by Mr. F. Git- tins, the official receiver for Liverpool, and said he lately resided at 19, Halkyn Road, Newton-by-Chester, and his salary as assis- tant receiver was E375, with extras, and the allowance of £3 per case over seventy cases. He left his employment on the 29th August, 1896, and wrote to the Official Receiver re- signing his appointment and stating that he was going abroad. He gave no reason for going. He went abroad on the 19th Sep- tember. His reason for leaving his employ- ment was that he had speculated and lost money which he was not able to pay, and he did not like facing the position. The receiv- ing order was made on the 9th October, but he did not get official intimation of this un- til January last, although he had written from America tothe Chester Official Receiver to say that he was in Chicago. When he left he was in too much troble to think that a receiving order would be made, and he now wished to correct an inaccurate state- ment made in the Chester court that no- thing had been heard from him. He had written to ask that forms should be sent to him so that he might fill up particulars of his affairs. He surrendered to the court on the 9th February last, and filed a statement of affairs showing liabilities to 22 unsecured creditors of X465 and assets £104. The Official Receiver proceeded to ask the bankrupt about money which :he had borrowed from three persons-D. Belcher, Birch, and Isaac Gordon-early in August, 1896, about X318 in all. The bankrupt said that he bad speculated with the bulk of this money. He put his losses through speculation at X180 to £200. Asked for particulars of the speculations, he said he had received circulars repeatedly from the firm of White and Co., commission agents and brokers, of Fore Street, London, asking him to invest through them, but not stating what the investments were to be, beyond that they would be in South African stock. The Official Receiver For the first sums with which you speculated they sent you a profit ? Yes, and the second. The first profit was £ 5 and the second £ 10. Then in August I sent them other sums in various amounts, and got nothing. I sent the money by Bank of England notes. You never got any further profit ? I digjpnot. I wrote to the firm to say that I should go up to see them, as I did not hear from them, and I went up the 4th Septem- ber. An appointment was made at the Cannon Street Hotel, London, with a gen- tleman representing himself to be Mr. White. He told me that the money was all right, though they had not written, and that they had not written in consequence of changing their offices to Bishopsgate Street. I did not ask for any number. I afterwards tried to find him, both in Fore Street, and in Bishopsgate Street, but without success, and I have never seen him since. The Registrar: Did you see the London police after ? I did not. The Official Receiver: Why did you not go to the London police ? I thought, as the money was gone, it was useless my taking any further trouble. But you ought to know, after your experi- ence, that this is a very old trick for getting money out of people, if your present story is true. It is true. Why did you not inform the police ? (The bankrupt did not reply). The Registrar: You have been Assistant Official Receiver, and have been through other people's affairs. You knew all about these inventions surely ? (Again the bankrupt did not reply). The Registrar: Well, this is very green on your part (laughter). Asked by the Official Receiver as to let- ters and circulars he had received from White and Co., the bankrupt said he had destroyed them when he went away. He destroyed them on board ship, as he had then no intention of returning, and they were useless to him. The Official Receiver Have you any pa- per that will assist me in finding or tracing Messrs. White and 001 I have absolutely nothing; I destroyed everything I had. You have nothing that will assist the po- lice in tracing them ? No, I destroyed everything. Have you nothing that will corroborate this story, because it is shrouded in mys- tery ? I am asked to find out where this money has gone. You tell us an extraor- dinary story. Have you nothing that will corroborate it ? No; I have told you a true story. Can you bring me any evidence ? I did not divulge my affairs to anybod;" unfortunately. Iq In further examination, the bankrupt swore that he given a true account of the manner in which the money had been dis- posed of. The Official Receiver said he did not see how he could follow the matter up in any way, although it was very unsatisfactory. The Registrar: I suppose there are no books ? The Official Receiver: No books. The bankrupt said there was only one creditor who was pressing them, and that was Isaac Gordon. The Official Receiver: Well, he wants to know where his money has gone, I suppose. The bankrupt asked to be allowed to state that Isaac Gordon had fairly thrust' the money upon him. He pioceeded: 'I wrote to Gordon for his terms to borrow £100. Instead of sending the terms, he sent me by return of post £100 in bank notes, and a promissory note for 2150. I refused to sign the note, and returned the money and the note. Then he sent the S.100 a third time, and the note two or three days afterwards. Then I gave way and signed the note. I wrote from New York to the principal credi- tors, asking them for time, and I would pay in full. I was then in a situation, receiving 1,500 dollars a year-about.C310-my expen- ses, and a commission after 2,000 dollars bad been cleared. I intended devoting the whole of my salary to paying my creditors, as I could live. on the expenses allowed, and did live on them almost wholly, but I re- ceived a letter on the 2nd January, and was informed that there were rumours in Ches- ter that I had robbed the office. Within an hour I t-ok my passage, and started home the same day. On the 9th January I reached Liverpool, and got home the same evening, and reported myself at once to the court, the official receiver, and four princi- pal creditors. I afterwards wrote 'to the creditors under the advice of Mr, Churton, solicitor, of Chester, to know whether they would agree to an application to the court to set aside the receiving order. Fifteen out sixteen were willing. Isaac Gordon, who pushed the money on to me, was the only person who opposed.' After some discussion as to the necessity of keeping the examination open, the Offi- cial Receiver said he saw no purpose in such a course. The public examination was therefore closed.