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A SWEEPS HOLIDAY.

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A SWEEPS HOLIDAY. John Neil was recently charged at Bow-street, with stealing 13s. 6d. The prisoner was a sweep, and being of very diminutive stature, and covered from head to foot with soot, he presented a highly ludicrous ap- pearance when placed in the. dock. A domestic servant deposed that while in her situation at a gentleman's house in Bedford-street, the prisoner came to sweep the chimney, about a week ago. All she knew of the case was that she had 13s. 6d. in the kitchen drawer the night previous, and it was not there the next. Mr. Flowers Is there any person pre- sent who saw the prisoner take the money ? Witness No sir. Mr. Flowers (to the prisoner) Would you like to ask this witness any question ? The prisoner: Oh, I took it (laughter). Mr. Flowers said there seemed to be no evidence against the prisoner except his own statement. Mrs. Rebecca Wilson said she employed the prisoner, and on the morning in question, she sent him with a man to sweep the chimney. The prisoner, however, did not return home that day. Nothing was seen of him until Friday, when her sister brought him home. She (witness) had heard of the theft, and she said to him, Are you not ashamed of yourself ? He said that he was, but he wanted some money. lie had bought some new trousers and a new white neckerchief (which appeared now considerably black). He said he had also taken the butler's handkerchief from his coat pocket. The prosecutrix has been paid her 13s. 6d. The prisoner had several cigars in his pocket when taken. In answer to Mr. Flowers she said that the prisoner had only been a week in her employ. Her husband engaged him because he was acquainted with the prisoner's father, who is since dead. Mr. Flowers (to the prisoner): What have you to say about this? The prisoner: I have worked in the country for six years as a sweep. I was about seven years old when I began, sir. Mr. Flowers: Is his mother here P Mrs. Wilson: No, she lives with her husband at Camden-town. They won't keep the prisoner. I don't know why. Mr. Flowers (to prisoner): I suppose your mother has married again. The prisoner: No, sir, she ain't married. Mr. Flowers asked where the prisoner had been since he committed the theft ? The prisoner: I went to Hammersmith for a week. Mr. Flowers: Did you wash your face (laughter) ? The prisoner: Yes, sir. Mr. Flowers: Have you been working since then ? The prisoner No, sir. Mrs. Wilson said the boy's face was clean enough on Friday. Mr. Flowers: Then how do you account for his black appearance (laughter) ? Mrs. Wilson His coat is so dirty (more laughter). Mr. FJewers: So is his face (great laughter). Mr. Flowers asked the prisoner if he was a Protestant ? The prisoner said that he had been to a chapel in the country, but he did not know what he was. Mr. Flowers remanded him for inquiries.

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