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One or tbe moat extraordinary trleki that tbe heart of m>n ever conceived wm (ass ■ the "Braid wood Despatch") attempted to bo played at Ara'aen lately, In order to get possession of a tarn of money belonging to a dead man, wbloh wm lying In the bank. Jait before the Sank of . Now Sooth Walea closed, a oart containing |ha'f adosen Oblnamao pulled up at the door. Amongst them vat one who appeared to be sick, and who was being! held on, the aatt, and was covered with blankets from his head to hli feet. Thli indlvldaal, whole name wa« Ah Jaok, and who had been attended to by Dr Llewllyn, lived at Grown Flat and had been brought to the bank by bis countrymen friends, ao they reprea anted to the manager, . to draw out » ram of money whloh be had at fixed deposit, amounting to £35. Mr Pries, the manager, of course safd he eonld not give it without the depositor's signature. They replied that be was to aiek too ooms out off the cart, whereupon Mr Price, who knew Ah Jaok very well, took out a pen and ink ana* prooseded to get his signature on the neoeasary forms. He was just shown sufficient of the stok mva'afaoe to reeog* niae him. One of the other Chinamen then pat back the blanket, and directed Ah Jack's band to the pen held by Mr Prloe to make his mark. By this time t> number of people had gathered round, ourious to know what was going on, and when it o»me to the sfgnlog bulkiest tbe bystanders were highly amused, tbe strange proceedings naturally provoking a good deal of merriment and the passing round of sundry ioenlav remarks all tending to •* take arise" oat of the poor timple Chows But the sequel proved that tha Chinamen,' though outwardly so '• childlike and bland," were not so simple as they looked, and that all the while they were meekly putting up with the chaff wbioh |they were getting ao plentifully, thoy were cleverly carrying out a well contrived plot of which neither, toe bank manager nor 'anyone) present had the slightest suspicion. Among the bystander! was -Mr P M'Fadden, the butcher, who.being dose to the siok man, w«w enabled to get a olose look at life bare feet wheir the blanketa were polled up to allow him to get; his bands out to sign. Watching them stead ly, he perceived that there was not the slightest movement m the) toes or any of the muscles, and just aa the man's hand was being put out to the pen and the manager was saying to Ah Jack, "You acknowledge tii» as your mark?" Mr MFadden called out: " Why, the man's dead" ; and sure enough dead he was found to be, and apparently had been dead some time* The supposition is that he was dead before he was put In the cm t,. and that the other China, men, failing to get the deceased mto draw his money while he was alive for them to get hjld of, bad put their head* together and agreed to adbp • this desperate resotl of cartiDg the dead body to the bank to personate the bank depositor m a sickly condtion m the flesh, and they very nearly succeeded m carrying out their well-laid plan. The money will now g© to the Curator of fntestate Estates, and will most likelp fair into the hands of the Government instead of being appropriated by tbe dead man's friends by an ingeniona u»ft of his body. . ... •,«.^j i -. :

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HIS X MARK, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2046, 25 January 1889

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HIS X MARK Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2046, 25 January 1889

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