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A very slngolar robbery of a unite of fcroituro occurred m the suburb of Fitzroy, Melbourne, on tho night of Drcembor 30. Mr George Jus 1 2 discovered that Mb farnhnre, va'aed at £600, h»d been stolon from hiß front room daring the nigh*, tho window having b«en pritei open with 0 chiool or j jmtny. The furuitnio vtrs afterwards found In a secondhand br< ker's shop, who said he had purchased it for £13 from a mnn who had {{Ken the name of MaLhews. The broker be'ng shown somo photographs by the police reoocnleed one of them as Mathswe and Mr- Jrr z being shown it, to hli intense surprise, found that it was the photo of a oousin of his, aimed Oarp<mter, who had b-en at tbe house on the very night during which the burglary was committed, and sated that be was to be married that day (New Years's Day). Constable Cameron was t)ld off to effect the arrest, and he did this at the residence of the mother of accused, as be was making preparations for his marriage. Carpen'er admitted the offence, and stated that he removed the furniture at intervals m a wheelbarrow. Th ib statement, of coaree, isnot believed by the police as the articles of furniture were very heavy, ac:d it wou!d havj been au impossibility for anyone to remove them m a wheelbarrow, to say nothing of the suspicion tbat such a proceeding would arouse. Meanwhile, the intended bride bad been busy makiag her toilet to reoeive her future spouse at the altar. The intelligence reached her brother, and he broke Uto her. She refuse i to credit it, and insisted on going to the watchhouse. This she did m company of her brother. Cn seeing hei intended basband m the cell and a prisoner, she uttered a piercing shriek and fainted. She was then removed man hysterical condition to ber home. The greatest consternation and surprise were occaslonod by Carpenter's action ; many of bis relations stoutly refused to believe the accusation until th6y visited Fitzroy watchhouse and saw for themseVves tbat it was true. The accused has hitherto borne an irreproachable character, and was always looked upon as a bard- working, steady young man.

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AN INTERRUPTED WEDDING, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2036, 14 January 1889

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AN INTERRUPTED WEDDING Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2036, 14 January 1889