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Worry Over Rain-proof Coat.

The theft of a rain-coat, valued at 355, the property of Eileen Wareham, was the charge preferred against a girl named Evelyn jUuilford, at tbe Wellington S.M.s Court last Friday, before Mr W. G. Riddel], S.M. Eileen Wareham, a young miss. of sweet sixteen, residing with her mamma m Moles worth-street, assisted at the Cathpiic Bazaa.r, which opened at the Sydjiuystreet Hall on March 26. On that evening she wore a rain-proof overcoat, which she put aside when she sold things and button-holed \oung : men, and engaged m All the coaxing business that is peculiar to bazaars. , Evelyn attended the bazaar nightly, and was one of the. dancing girls, who were one of the bazaar s brightest attractions. On the nigh b of March 28 the coat was missed, and a search was instituted, and though it was made high and low, and a priest announced that a coat was missing, no overcoat was found. Evelyn and Eileen were pals and had been at school together, yet Evelyn had no right to so far presume on that friendship as to take. Eileen's coat. Subsequently, "on 'information received," Eileen called on Kvelyn's mamma and asked about her coat, but no satisfaction was received, and Constable Stevens, of TinakoriI road, took a hand m the matter. He reI covered the coat (produced) from Evelyn s home. That there could he no doubt that the coat was Eileen's, Cissie Carr, another blushing damsel, was . called to prove. She roewtioned, with becoming maidenly raodesty, that she had assisted m the bazaar : that her friend Eileen had an overcoat ; that it was lost one night, the opening night of the bazaar, and tbe priest had announced 3 lost coat ; that she. saw Evelyn a week or two after the opening of the bazaar, wearing; an overcast similar to the one Eileen had worn, and Evelyn had said that it was not a warm coat, though it was a nice one. and that it. was like Eileen's coat, and then she sort ot contradicted herself and said sbe didn't know what soit of coat Eiken's was. Constable Stevens received information of the theft of the coat on April . 4, and made inquiries from Mrs Guilford's, but got little, satisfaction. The girl Guiiford was interviewed by the constable, and subsequently the coat was produced, and 72i'een Waveham identified ii as her property. Evelyn, who lives with her ma at, and works at the Government Printing Office, was a dancer at the bazaar m question, which opened on March 26. She wore a fancy dress, and went to tbe bazaar ra an overcoat which helouged to her brother. Her brother's o vet coat was similar to tbe one claimed !>by BUeen'to be her property. After the balzaar. which lasted a fortnigitfc, was over, Evelyn found a .coat hanging behind a door m her h-ouse, and, thinking it belonged to her cousin, a Miss Tobin, asked that young person whose coat it was, and Miss Tbbin, having tried it on, and finding it too short for her, said it was hers, and that she (Evelyn) could have it. As time wore on, and the police showed activity, Evelyn thought it possible that the coat belonged to her old school-mate Eileen, and rang up the Warehams to announce that a coat had been tound. Constable Stevens next met her ; the coat was produced and claimed by Eileen. Sarah , Guilford, the mother of the ac- j cused girl, , gave evidence, and expressed | blank astonishment at the coat being | found m her house. She could not ac- ! count for its being found on the premises and denied that anybody had made inquiries about it. Sub-Inspector Norwood : Didn't you abuse the constable and cay, fyad names ?— Oh, no. *~-~*** "'^"^W. Didn't you sayy*.* I*^^1 *^^ damned daughter oi^JT ■■ - -. The bench did .f animation to bs-^ Charlotte dV mentioned, fjg'', . ienced inw was that p^ have the coafe^ Sidney Guiiford, wß|fl^« of the accused, had a ■arffet, — ~ to the one produced, abouti|oP*tinßi%t bazaar opened, and he hadnT seen wC" coat since. The S.M. wasn't satisfied with the defendant's story, and ordered the young ! lady to oome up for sentence when called on.

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A THIN TALE., NZ Truth, Issue 256, 21 May 1910

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A THIN TALE. NZ Truth, Issue 256, 21 May 1910