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At the Invercargill Police Court on Monday, George Wilson alias Frederick James alias Frederick Boyd alias James M'Cartby alias Charles Carnie was charged on remand with having, on the 15thMarch,in Beecham's auction rooms, Melbourne, stolen a purse containing money from the person of one Ann Callaghan. Constable Farrell (of the Melbourne police) produced a warrant, swore the accused was the person named in the warrant, and asked for a remand to Melbourne, The application was granted. The accused, who is a presentable and welleducated man of thirty, and who is said to belong to a family of some social standing in New York, is credited with being the most expert pickpocket that has ever honored the Australian colonies with a visit. But he is nothing if not versatile, and although his greatest achievements have been in the particular branch of the thieving profession already mentioned, he has also devoted a considerable amount of his time and attention to burglary, " ringing-the-changes," larceny, assault with intent, and similar pursuits. His talent in his own special line has earned for him in Melbourne and Sydney the sobriquet of "Tho American Gun," a slang expression for an American pickpocket. He has already served over ten years in prison on various sentences, and will probably have to put in a few more before he is again at liberty. Charged with the offence for which he is now under arrest, he was brought before a Melbourne police magistrate and committed for trial, bail being allowed in two sureties and himself at LIOO each. While at large he was found in the Opera-house, apparently with an eye to business, and was arrested by Constable Farrell as a oommon thief frequenting a public place, On this charge he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, but appealed against the sentence, and on depositing LSO as a guarantee that he would appear in support of his appeal was set at liberty. About a fortnight afterwards he came to the conclusion that the Victorian atmosphere was becoming too sultry, so he ! stepped on board the To Anau and came over to New Zealand, intending, it is be- j 'ieved, to hurry back via Auckland and San ! Francisco to his native clime. His bailors in Melbourne, however, suspected' his project, and gave information to the police, the result being that the cable was brought into requisition, and he was brought to a dead stop in Invercargill. Tho story of his capture here, primarily due to his neglecting to pay for his dinner at the Southland Club Hotel, has already been made public—- ' Southland Times,'

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A NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL., Evening Star, Issue 7943, 26 June 1889

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A NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL. Evening Star, Issue 7943, 26 June 1889