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HARRY THE VALET.

. FAMOUS CRIMINAL Si; FACED,, '/c Harry thr-■-Valet, who is" regarded "Ivf ■' the police at home and abroad as one of the most cunning and daring international! criminals, was at the Old Bailey sentenced to Another five year*' imprisonment. His name was given on this occasion .is Thomas Williams, aged 68. and he was charged with stealing a pocket-book and three cheque form?, the property of a Moorga to-street stockbroker. Prone* was playing. billiard* at the Holbont Via.- ' duet Restaurant, when the accused entered. Re left suddenly, ami was followed, and when captured produced the pocket* book. Accused pleaded guilty, than following the advice he i-s said to have always .-hen: —"When they ('the 'police) have -got you, don't give them any trouble. Yen must take the good with the bad.'' The greatest coup of Ha try's lons career of * crime was the jewel theft at the Care dm Nord, Paris, in 1898, th? booty ok that occasion, which he secured single-handed, being jewellery v..in.-! at about £25,000, belonging to the piuhcM of Sutherland. In 13M he was t-ent- to prison for seven years for the theft. At the time of this meat coup " Hanrv the Valet," or Thomas Williams, alias William Johnson, James Wilson, and Villiers. was in very low water financially. lie had the previous April made the acquaintance of a, wealth} lady, who was living apart from her hutd valid. l'OVll.l>> i.v I'AKIS. The woman was fascinated by the hand, some, .well-dressed, educated man, and lor six months he travelled with her in England, and on the Continent, tie: lady paving all the expenses, and her companion appare.nty finding pocket money by the practice of his criminal art.-. About the end of September or trus Imsi ginning of October, repeated quarrels curl- ; ed in the woman deserting him in Paris, where he was left" practically pennile*.«. On the. day of the robbery a casual aci quaintance at the (hue dn Nord pointed j out to Harry a lady entering the etatior jus the '•Duchess of Sutherland." Recognising his opportunity, "Johnson,.* as lie was then called, entered the- station, saw a compartment in a corridor train selected, watched the luggage being deposited in it, and when those in charge went to their own compartment, and be-' fore the duchess or Sir Albert Rollit. had time to enter theirs, lie slipped in ami carried off the case of jewels. A few days later Harry the Valet wrote | to the woman, who had left him, saying ! ho had now plenty of money, and asking | her to rejoin him. According to her story sho did not reply, and "Johnson" tracked her to her home, showed her a, dazzling mass of gems, heaped some upon her, put pear and diamond necklaces round her neck, and wheedled her into allowing him to remain. The, following -morning he demanded tho jewellery hack, and the, woman found herself again duped.

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HARRY THE VALET., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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HARRY THE VALET. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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