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From the Folkestone Chronicle 2 October 1858. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.

Tuesday September 28th:- Before Gilbert Jennicott esq., and W Major esq.

Mary Ann Hall was brought up on remand, and Daniel Livingstone, a private in the 100th Regiment, charged with stealing a Portemonnai, containing a gold Albert chain, and several articles of jewellery, value 9, the property of Corporal Salter, of the 100th Regiment.

It appeared from the evidence, that the prosecutor Salter, had been invalided to the hospital at the Camp, Shorncliffe, and left the above property in his knapsack in charge of Corporal Browning – That a short time after, he was also invalided to the hospital, and during his absence his hut had been entered, and the property abstracted from his knapsack.

A few weeks ago, the prisoner Hall, and another female, Louisa Bowlden, were in the "Alma" public house, Sandgate, when the prisoner Livingstone came in, and calling Hall out, gave her the purse, &c., saying “take care of this, and if it is claimed, you must deliver it up”. Hall took it, and next day sold it to Mrs. Hills, landlady of the "Bellevue Tavern", Folkestone, for 2.

The prisoner Livingstone said he went into the room and called for a pint of beer – and shortly after, on getting up to go away, in stooping to pick up his stick, he found the purse, &c., under the table. He delivered it up to Hall (believing she was a waitress in the house) and told her to take it to her master, or take charge of it until it was claimed. Both prisoners were committed for trial at St. Augustine's, Canterbury.


Kentish Gazette 23 October 1858

East Kent Quarter Sessions, Tuesday last: Before J.B. Wildman Esq.

Peter McGowan, 39, traveller, was charged on four counts, with felony and embezzlement from William Howland, of Boughton, from Eliza Wells, at Newington, and from Charles Wells, at the same place. The prisoner pleaded Not Guilty to all the indictments. Mr. Addison appeared for the prosecution.

William Howland – I am a baker, of Boughton. I first saw the prisoner in July, at the White Horse, Boughton. He said he wanted some good timber, and my father recommended him some in Lord Winchelsea's park. On the 3rd August I saw him again. He came to my house, and I afterwards met him at the White Horse. He asked me whether I had got any cash. I said “I may have a little – perhaps a couple of sovereigns.” He said “I have got 12,000 in Rochester Bank. If you could oblige me with a couple of sovereigns, I will return them this evening.” I lent him the money. I did not see him again till I saw him in custody at Folkestone.

George Walter – I am a clerk in the bank of Messrs. Day and Nicholson, at Rochester. There is a branch of the London and County Bank, but our bank is usually called the Rochester Bank. The prisoner never kept an account with us.

Albert Rattray, a clerk in the Chatham branch of the London and County Bank, said that the prisoner never had any account with that Bank.

The prisoner, in his defence, said he expected the money would be at the Bank. He was convicted.

The second count was for stealing a pair of trousers, the property of the same man.
Mr. Howland was again called, and said that on the 2nd of August the prisoner came to him and told him that he had an accident with his trousers, by slipping into a cistern – that he was going to the Rochester Bank to draw 12,000 – that he could not get them washed – could prosecutor oblige him with a pair of trousers for one night? Thereupon he went up and lent him a pair, a good pair, worth 27s.; he went away and prosecutor never saw him again till he met the prisoner at Folkestone.

The prisoner said that the pair he left was as good as the pair he took away, but the prosecutor, with much warmth, denied that the prisoner left any in place of those he took away. Prisoner was convicted.

On the third count the prisoner was charged with obtaining 1 by false pretences from Eliza Wells.

Prisoner made a similar statement in this case as in the other case – that he was going to Ashford Bank to receive some money. Prosecutor lent him a sovereign. The same evening she saw him again. He said he must go next day to Dover, where he should be sure to get it.

Evidence was given to prove that prisoner had no account either at Ashford or Dover Banks, and the jury convicted him.

He was sentenced to two months' hard labour.


Second Court: Before E.H.K. Hugesen esq., M.P.
Daniel Livingstone, a private in the 100th Regiment was charged with stealing a gold chain, pocket and other articles, belonging to a comrade, and Mary Ann Hall was charged with receiving the same, knowing them to have been stolen.

Thomas Salter, a Corporal in the 100th Regiment, deposed to having lost his property while he was ill in the hospital. He left it in charge of Corporal Browning. The value of it was 9.

Alfred Browning said that the last witness had left the property in his possession. He put the things in his knapsack. When he was taken into hospital he left his knapsack on the shelf, and on coming out again he missed his knapsack, but afterwards found it in its place. The property of the last witness, however, was gone.

By the prisoner: Our knapsacks are not now taken in with us when we go to the hospital but they were at the time I went in.

Mary Hills, of the Bellevue Tavern, Folkestone, purchased the property for 2, not knowing that it was stolen.

Louisa Bowling was with the prisoner Livingstone in the "Alma" beer shop at Sandgate, when he called the woman Hall out and said “Take these things, and if they are cried give them up.”

Thomas Newman took prisoner into custody, who said he found the articles and gave them to the woman Hall, believing her to be the servant in the public house, where he found the goods, that she might return them to the owner if inquired for.

The prisoners had nothing to say in their defence; and the Chairman having summed up the jury acquitted both the prisoners.





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