Housemaid admits stealing two aprons

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At the Borough Police Court today before Alderman V Fowler and Alderman Pirie, Jennie Cartwright (19), housemaid, Castle Road, was charged with having stolen two aprons of the value 
together of 3s 9d, the property of Mary Stockdale.

She pleaded guilty.

Mary Stockdale said that prisoner had lodged at the same house with her, and slept in the same bedroom as witness.

Witness had some boxes in the room, one containing wearing apparel, and witness only brought this box down on Monday from a house where witness had previously been employed.

On Wednesday morning she was walking down North Street, when she saw in a second-hand shop window, Mrs Harrison’s, the apron (produced) which she identified as her property, and which she had locked up with other apparel in the box. On returning to her room witness, unlocking the box, found three aprons missing. The box was still locked. There was also 1½d missing.

The Chief Constable: Did the box appear to have been broken into? – Witness: No, she had found the key which I had put in a box together with some money, which had not been touched. We live in the same room. Witness never suspected 
defendant, thinking she was an honest girl.

Elizabeth Harrison, 35 North Street, said she kept a second-hand shop. A young woman, a little taller than herself, came in. Witness could not remember how she dressed, or the colour of her costume.

The Magistrates’ Clerk (Mr GB Black): It is very important that in every case you should know from whom you buy second-hand things.

Witness continued that prisoner came to her shop, and witness asked her where she had got the three aprons which she produced.

She said that she had left her employment and was going home, and she wished to sell them. Witness gave her 1s 6d for the three.

Two of the aprons had since been sold.

Prisoner denied that she said she wanted the money to go home.

Sergeant Nalton said that he arrested prisoner on the Foreshore Road. When charged she made no reply.

Prisoner had nothing to say.

The Chief Constable said that this was prisoner’s first appearance.

Sergeant Nalton added that prisoner was a domestic servant and had been out of employment for some time. She resided in York.

Previous to living in Castle Road she had lived in James Street.

The Chief Constable said that there was another charge against this young woman for stealing a diamond ring, and other small articles, but the owners refused to prosecute. He asked that prisoner be 
remanded with a view to obtaining a home for her.

The Chairman: Are you willing to go to Miss West’s until next week?

Defendant: No, sir.

The Chairman (after consultation): You will be remanded then until tomorrow morning. You will go to Miss West’s until tomorrow morning.

Prisoner, however, refused and said she preferred to 
remain in custody.

The Chairman, addressing Miss Harrison, said: “I should like to say you will have to be more careful in future.

“You ought to have been able to recognise prisoner in such a coat as she was then wearing.”

Mrs Harrison said that when prisoner came to her shop she was wearing a blue coat (not a brown one, as she was wearing in Court), and she was not wearing a hat.