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A Smart Impostor.

_• A young man rejoicing m the appellation of Arthur Robert Mountjoy Dunne has been successful during the last few weeks to victimising several Melbourne money-lenders. He first of all called, at T. Lloyd's missing friends office, and produced two letters. One purported to be from his father m Dublin, who informed him m touching language that his aunt had died atLismore. After alluding to the many virtues which had marked the good lady while she was on earth, the letter asked the young man to pray for the repose of her soul, and that his supplications might be the more sincere and heartfelt it ended by informing him that he and his sister had been bequeathed the aum of £3000 each under the will of the deceased lady. The other letter purported to come from Mr Rose Bryne, a lawyer m Dublin, and was neatly engrossed on parchment paper, headed with the name and address of the solicitor. It' was m great contrast to the other. In a dry, curt, matter-of-fact way it stated that Mr Arthur Robert Mountjoy Dunne had been bequeathed the sum of £3000 by his late aunt, Maria Dunne j and that the inonej had been invested m 3 per cent stocks pending Mr Dunne's instructipns. The letter was signed by an indiarubber stamp, and initialled m the usual way. Mr Lloyd approved of the security, and undertook to advance whatever was required. , He was prepared to go as high as £500, but Mr Dunns was modest, and only asked for £30 to gee him through until Mr Lloyd could* cable Home to the solicitors m Dublin and ascertain that all was correct.. There was another thing, however. , He wanted a few clothes, and Mr Lloyd obligingly introduced him to the London and American Tailoring Company, who supplied him with all ho required. He ordered goods to the value of £75., Then he took a villa m Rathdown street^ Carlton, which ,he furnished very elaborately and m which he entertained a select coterie of friends. Two days afterwards he came back to Mr Lloyd and wanted' further advances. . Mr Lloyd had, however, cabled to the solicitor m Dublin, but obtained no reply. Dunne could not understand this, and advanced the theory that the solicitor was out of town. A cable message was then sent to his allfeged father at the Royal University, Dublin, with the result that it was discovered that the whole, thing was a concoction. Mr Lloyd then went round to all the moneylenders m the city to warn them against the adventurer, but m many instances the latter had been before him, and obtained several advances on the death of his aunt at all sorts of places. When a search was made for him at the villa it was found that the bird of passage had made for fresh woods and pastures new. So New Zealanders beware of that young man !

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A Smart Impostor., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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A Smart Impostor. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890