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CONVICTION OF MORGAN, THE PRETENDED I DETECTIVE. At the Shrewsbury assizes on Friday week, John Morgan, alias Ellis, was indicted for assault, robbery, perjmy, and forgery. The circumstances of this re- markable case will be fresh in the recollection of our readers. The prisoner appeared in Shrewsbury on the night of the 27th December last, and, going to the police-office, represented that he had a warrant for the apprehension of one John Thompson, for robbery at an hotel at Carmarthen, and that the warrant was issued by the Carmarlhen Magistrates. He read a description of the accused, which was found exactly to correspond with a description of a gentleman named Ashworth (a relative of the president of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce), who was staying in the town. Having ob- tained the assistance of the Shrewsbury police, the prisoner proceeded next morning, in company with police- constable Adams, to the Raven Hotel, wh re they found Mr. Ashworth, and took him into custody. The prisoner produced a key which he said would be found to fit Mr. Ashworth's portmanteau, he having borrowed it at Car- marthen for that purpose. This key was found to fit the portmanteau. The prisoner also said that a farthing and a ring with a fox upon it were among the things stolen and a farthing and a ring answering the descrip- tion were found upon Mr. Ashworth. Mr. Ashworth's family crest is a fox. He was taken before the Magis, trates, remanded to next day, and asked permission to telegraph to his friends, but this was refused en the ground that it might facilitate the escape of a confeder- ate. The prisoner retained possession of the property taken from Mr. Ashworth, and pretended to send a re- port to his chief at Carmarthen. The prisoner did not appear again, and Mr. Ashworth was liberated. The prisoner subsequently gave himself up to the police at Liverpool. He was found guilty and sentenced to seven years' penal servitude.

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