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RHYL. POLICE COURT. A DENBIGH GIRL IN TROUBLE. On Thursday morning, before Messrs. S.- Perks and W. Elwy Williams, Anne Jones, aged 17, a domestic servant hailing from Denbigh, was brought up in custody, charged with stealing a quantity of underclothing, the property of Anne Connelly, cook at the Alexandra Hotel, Rhyl. The prosecutrix said that the prisoner had been employed at the hotel as a pantry maid. The clothing produced she indenti- fied as her property, which she valued at 10s. 6d. It was her custom to keep the linen in a locked box in her bedroom. On Sun- day evening she found her box open, and the linen gone. On Monday morning, she told prisoner of her loss; and she re- plied that she knew nothing about them. She spoke to her mistress, and subsequently reported her loss to the police. Rosie Paull, chamber maid at the Alexan- dra Hotel, deposed to finding a pair of stock- ings on Sunday night in the bedroom in which she and the prisoner slept. She went to the drawer because she wanted to take something out, and she found the stockings. The cook told her on Sunday dinner time that she had missed the stockings from the kitchen drawer. On Monday she found the calico nightdress produced in another drawer in the same chest of drawers in the prison- er's bedroom. Agnes Davies, coffee room waitress at the Alexandra Hotel, said that on Thursday, the 19th of January, she saw prisoner- coming down stairs, and going out with a parcel. On Monday night, she asked pri- soner a question in the pantry, as to why she took the things. Prisoner said she only took them for a joke. She told prisoner never to do such a thing again, because she might get into serious trouble. Cross-examined (by prisoner)-It was on a Thursday night she saw prisoner'going out. Prisoner said she was not out on that night. e John William Morgan, pawnbroker, Wel- lington Road, Rhyl, swore that on the 13th of January, prisoner came into his shop and pledged a calico nightdress, chemise, a pair of drawers, and a linen bodice (now pro- duced by Sergt. McWalter), for the sum of one shilling, in the name of Anne Jones, Alexandra Hotel. Prisoner said she wanted the money towards getting a pair of boots. He asked her if the articles were her own property, and she said they were. He had no previous dealings with prisoner, nor had he seen her nrevious to this occasion, nor since, until be identified her at the police station on Monday. Cross-examined—He was quite certain prisoner was the person that pledged the articles at his shop. Sergeant McWalter said that on Monday night, about nine o'clock, he visited the Alexandra kitchen. The prosecutrix com- plained in the presence of prisoner that she believed the accused had stolen the articles produced, which she enumerated, from her box in the bedroom, and a pair of stockings from a drawer in the kitchen. She further stated that the things, must have been taken out of her box during the past fortnight. Prisoner made no remark at all. Until he said to her 'this is rather a serious charge the cook makes against you. Can you explain it.' Prisoner said that she did take the stockings upstairs, and that she found the nightdress under the cook'slpillow. She only did it for 'a lark.' He told her that there were other things missing, where was the lark' about them ? The cook told him. that the box was always locked, and no one, had a right to open it. He then asked pri- soner if she had any keys, and after some- hesitation she handed to him the keys pro- duced. When invited to accompany him upstairs to try the key in the box lock, she refused. He went up with the cook and waitress, and found that prisoner's key would unlock the cook's box, but would not lock it. On Wednesday afternoon he visited the pawnshop of Mr. Morgan's, in Welling- ton road, and found the articles pledged' there. After having them identified, he arrested prisoner at the house of a relative in Gas street. She made no reply to the- charge, and was taken to the police station. In the station he placed the several articles produced separately before prisoner, and charged her with having stolen them during the past fortnight or three weeks. She madf-, no reply. He further charged prisoner with respect to the nightdress and stockings, found in her bedroom, and she said I did take them, but it was only for a bit of fun.' When formally charged, prisoner elected to be tried by their worships, and pleaded; not guilty to taking the things from, the cook's box, but she did take the stock- ing and nightdress up stairs for a bit of fun. She suggested that another person had slept in the cook's room, but the cook denied; that. Prisoner's mother who was in court was. then questioned as to thA antecedents of the girl, and in reply to the chairman, said she would pay the costs of this action, if the girl was leniently dealt with. The Chairman administered a severe caution to the prisoner, and said this was a very serious case against her. He advised her to be very careful in the future. She was then bound over to come up for jndg- ment when called upon.

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