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Watson. 501. of silver weighied in Margaret Bell, who came to 12 lb.
assist the servants, she saw the Ralph Watson, a junior clerk in cash-box and a parcel in the yard, the bank, deposed that on the 20th and called up Mr. Short. On the of August he remained in the bank, Friday after the robbery the priafter Mr. Short had left till 6 soner begged witness never to meno'clock. He went back at 8 o'clock tion that she had been out of her for half an hour, and then
the room on the night of the robbery. keys of the book-safe and cash This witness was cross-examined safe from Mrs. Thomson. He at considerable length, and conopened the cash-box to get a letter, tradicted in some points the statewhich he did not find there ; and ments she had made in her ex. he then locked up all the doors, amination in chief. and returned the keys to Mrs. Margaret Arnott, the housemaid, Thomson.
corroborated the evidence of the Isabella Lamb, who had been last witness as to the finding of the nursery-maid in the prisoner's ser cash-box, &c., and stated that she vice, stated that on the night of had not been disturbed by any the 20th of August, at 10 o'clock, noise on the night of the 20th. she went with Margaret Arnott, On the following day the prisoner another servant, into the yard with made the bed Mr. Short had slept a lantern, and found every thing in on the previous night, and also right. Witness slept in Mrs. two of the beds in her own room. Thomson's room, in a separate Witness never saw Mrs. Thomson bed. Mrs. Thomson came to the make any of the beds before the room after witness went to bed, robbery. The prisoner requested when she took the baby out, witness, before she was examined brought it back, and again went by the magistrates, not to say that out, and remained away about an she (Mrs. Thomson) was out of her hour. Prisoner came to bed about room on the night of the robbery, 11 o'clock, when she complained When witness and Lamb went of being poorly, and went out, down stairs in the morning to taking a lantern with her. She was admit Mrs. Bell, they were una full hour absent. On her return dressed. she went to bed, and in about half Margaret Bell corroborated to an hour awoke witness, and asked, some extent the evidence of the “ Isabella, do you hear that noise?'' two last witnesses. She stated, Witness did hear some noise from however, that when they came to the Cock and Lion yard. Prisoner the door, to let her in on the mornlooked out of the window, and said ing the robbery was discovered, she saw two men with a lighted they were both dressed, and wore lantern ; but witness did not get light gowns. up to look. Witness fell asleep, Alexander Robertson deposed to and was again awoke by the pri having been called up by the witsoner, who asked, “if she heard ness Short on the morning of the that talking ?” Witness did hear 21st of August. He went to the some talking, apparently from the bank accompanied by Broadfoot, Cock and Lion yard. The witness the constable, and saw the cashthen stated, that, on going down box open in the yard, with notes stairs in the morning, after letting and papers in it." Witness saw a
ladder resting against the yard been unripped. The thread used wall, but there were no marks on for the resewing was darker than the wall, nor was there any in- that with which the bed had been dentation of the soil. Witness, originally sewn. on getting upon the ladder, found Andrew Telford, police officer, that it sank into the soil with his confirmed Proudfoot's evidence, weight. He received the keys of and deposed to having himself the safe from Mrs. Thomson, found other large sums of money During Friday (the 21st) two concealed in the pillow of a child's packages of silver were found under crib. an inverted barrel in the yard, and After some other unimportant two other packages in the water evidence, as to the identity of the cask.
notes, &c., had been taken, the Cross-examined.-Mrs. Thom case for the prosecution closed at son made a statement to him, freely half-past 11 o'clock on Monday and without hesitation, and showed night. no desire to keep any thing back. TUESDAY.–At the sitting of the She said nothing that raised
raised Court this morning, suspicion against her. Witness
Mr. Grainger commenced bis never heard a whisper against address to the jury on behalf of Mrs. Thomson's character.
the prisoner. He urged the great James Proudfoot, police-con- improbability there was of a perstable at Berwick, who accom son in Mrs. Thomson's situation panied the last witness to the committing such an offence. The bank, confirmed his evidence as to discrepancies which occurred in the finding of the cash-box, &c. the evidence of the witness Lamb, On the following Monday, witness, who was the only material one with Telford, another constable, against the prisoner, showed that searched the house. Under the her testimony was not to be relied stairs in the back-kitchen they upon. She prevaricated so much found five small bags ; one con in her statement, as to render it tained two sixpences, another 61 extremely doubtful whether Mrs. sovereigns and a half, and the re Thomson was ever out of the bedmaining three each contained 1001. room at all that evening. It was in sovereigns and half-sovereigns. certainly remarkable, if she had Witness also found 4341. in Scotch been so long away, that the witnotes, lying in a heap together, ness Lamb never went to inquire and a parcel of silver containing about her, notwithstanding she 141. 17s. In a bedroom above the knew her mistress was unwell. ground-floor, containing three beds, Had there been any movement he found 1001. in small notes sewed about the house at this time, this into the bolster. He ripped open witness must have heard it, but the ticking of the nursery bed, and there was no evidence that she had found 1,0001. in Bank of England done so. Then it was impossible notes, and 1001. in Scotch notes. for Mrs. Thomson to place the In the wardrobe in Mrs. Thomson's money where it was found, esperoom witness found a basket, con cially that discovered underneath taining some thread exactly cor the kitchen stairs, without soiling responding with that used for sew her dress, and yet there was no ing up the ticking where it Irad dirt upon her dressing-gown. In
deed it was physically impossible lated to avert suspicion from her. for a woman in her weak state to After commenting at great length carry the large parcels of silver, upon the evidence of the witnesses, and deposit them where they were Mr. Grainger said he had felt great found. The servant girls had an anxiety for the fate of the unforequal and indeed better oppor- tunate prisoner at the commencetunity of putting the money into ment of those proceedings, but he the bed and the pillows than Mrs. now was considerably relieved, as Thomson had; and as to the he felt assured that no jury would thread being similar to that found convict on the evidence of the witin Mrs. Thomson's basket, that nesses Lamb and Arnott. was a trifling coincidence, as the The learned Recorder then proservants might either have the ceeded to sum up the evidence. same thread or might use a part of Ile said, the case rested in a great their mistress's for the purpose. measure on the credibility of the Mrs. Thomson kept the keys, and witnesses Lamb and Arnott, and it they are not shown to have been was for the jury to say whether out of her possession, and she they could depend upon the eviproduced them when required with- dence of those persons. The out the slightest hesitation. Was learned Recorder pointed out with that the conduct of a person con- great minuteness the discrepancies scious of guilt? Isabella Lamb in the evidence, and observed that, had an opportunity of taking the if they could be reconciled, the keys between the hours of 8 and jury might find the prisoner guilty. 11 o'clock, and she, in conjunction He did not himself see how they with Arnott, might have admitted could be reconciled with a presumpsome one into the bank, or they tion of the prisoner's guilt. If they might have planned and executed took the same view they would, of the robbery themselves, and been course, acquit the prisoner ; if not, frustrated in fully carrying out they would find her guilty, their intentions. The whole con The jury, after a short consultaduct of Mrs. Thomson, both before tion, returned a verdict of “Not and after the robbery, was calcu- Guilty."
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