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A ROMAN'S DECEPTION. A strange case of masquerading on the part of a Boltou young woman came before the Lancaster-Quarter Sessions recently. Martha Alice Hod son, aged 23, a carder, cf Reservoir street, was charged with stealing nn oVercoat and a pair of troupers, value 30s, the property of Thomas Pa sis, of Morecambe. The accu-'.od, who pleaded guilty, want to Mr Pass's boux", attired as a man, and stated tha' " he" had been employed by the Midland Railway Company as a carter at Bolton, and had iramped U» Moreeambe. She ai'ranged for lodgings, agreeing tu pay 15s ner week. Food was left- for the --accused to take to : work th« following morning,., but when Mr Pass came downstairs tha food was still there, but the overcoat and trousers were iftl*»ing. Hooton, it appeared, obtained employment with a marine store dealer in Hunter street, Carnforth, and was there engaged when Police-constable Peter arrested >:«-. "The officer Traact no fniapi cion as to t.\--o sex until on tho way to the police station the aclused said: " Don't put me in the men's cell, as 1 am a woman dressed' in men's clothes.'' She was wearing the stolen overcoat and the . pail' of .trousers. When charged she replied; " Yes, that's right. It's always best to tell tho truth." Closecropped, of pleasant appearance, and of good. address, the accused completely deceived Mrs Pass, and though she moved freely about Morecambe not one had any suspicion that

"he" was riot the smart young man she appeared to be. With her hair close-cropped, tho succe=R of her disguise was hardly surprising. Tho Bench sentenced Hodson to six months' hard labor.

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IN MAN'S ATTIRE, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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IN MAN'S ATTIRE Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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