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The Preston Guardian

Saturday 12 July 1851

Charge of Robbery By Shopman

On Tuesday morning last, Edward Morgan, a shopman in the highly respectable establishment of Mr. George Haslam, mercer and draper, was brought up at the Court House, before John Heelis, Esp., on a charge of appropriating to his own purposes some moneys which he had drawn behind the counter in the way of business. It appeared in evidence that although the prisoner had only been in Mr. Haslam's service about a week, and on being engaged had given respectable references, suspicions of his honesty were entertained by one of the apprentices, who communicated his suspicions to Mr. Haslam. Mr. Carsland, the superintendent of the police having been spoken to on the subject, that gentleman marked some money, and deputed Mrs. Haworth, the wife of one of the police officers, to purchase a variety of articles from the prisoner in the shop, upon which she spent £1 10s. 6d., all the coins being marked. After this transaction, Mr. Carsland was sent for, and on Morgan being searched there were found a shilling and a crown piece in his possession, both marked; and on his box being opened upwards of £7, in half-crown pieces, were discovered in it, most probably the proceeds of his dishonesty. The prisoner, who appeared to be upwards of 35 years of age, although he stated that he was only 28, was much dejected in court; but he persisted in asserting that the money was his own property, notwithstanding that Mr. Carsland and Mrs. Haworth identified the silver found in his pocket as a portion of the marked coin. he was committed to the Preston house of Correction, to take his trial at the sessions.

On Monday last, a horse belonging to the Rev. R.M. Master, incumbent of Burnley, was accidentally killed by coming in contact with a cart laden with coal, in Brown-street. The horse was yoked to a whitechapel, in which three of Mr. Master's sons had been riding from Royle, and having occasion to get out at the shop door of Mr. Lupton, grocer, Market-place, they left the animal and vehicle in charge of Mr. Master's servant, who happened to be passing at the time with a cart. By some means the animal, which had been fastened to the cart, got itself disentangled from the collar and blinders, and immediately set off with the whitechapel at a furious rate, until on taking the turn into Brown-street it came in contact with a cart belonging to Mr. Smallpage, cotton manufacturer, and was so severely injured that it died in about a hour. The animal, which was valued at £40, was lately presented to the reverend gentleman by his brother, John Master, Esp., of Croston. It is a matter of congratulation, that though the street was much crowded, it being market day, no accident occurred to any person; nor can the slightest blame be attached to any one, as the servant, who was placing some parcels in the conveyance and had hold of the reins, could not by any means have restrained the animal.


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