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FIRE, FORGERY, ARREST Adventures of a Savings Bank Book (From "Truth's" Tauranga Rep.) A fire and a forgery are mixed up m a peculiar . manner m the story surrounding the charge against George Crompton Mansfield, a man of good address, who appeared before the Tauranga Court. ' He pleaded guilty to forgery and obtaining -money by false pretence. It seems that he was working at Ngawaro, and with several other employees was occupying a small house about a mile away from the job. He clowned his tools, stating that his hands had given out. He then returned to the cottage, but at about 12.30 came back to the iob again with the information that* the cottage had been burned, down, and that he had only time ■to save a few things. One of the occupants of the hut was a man named Archie Baxter, who had, among other possessions m the hut, a Post Office Savings Bank book, which showed £30 to his credit. He naturally came to the conclusion, therefore, that this had also gone up m smoke with his other belongings. Next day, however, Mansfield presented himself at the Tauranga Post Office, and, placing the book on the rounter, stated that his name was Baxter, and that he had been burnt put at Ngawaro and lost all his belongings. He said he wanted to draw

out all his money to refurnish, himself. ■ He stated furthermore, that he had only put' the money m the bank the previous Saturday, at Botorua. The following- day he called again at the post office, and asked if his money had arrived, but the officials told him that he would require somebody to identify him before he could draw it. Mansfield declared that he knew no one m Taurang-a yrho could identify him, and as he answered the usual departmental questions satisfactorily, he was allowed to have the money. In the meantime the real owner of the book had communicated with the Rotorua Post Office to the effect that his book had been destroyed m a fire. It was only some time_ after Mansfield had got away with the cash that word was received from the Chief Post Office at Hamilton that there was something wrong. The police were immediately communicated with. When arrested Mansfield said he intended to plead guilty, adding: "What is a man to do when he is hard up " He confirmed this plea when he cnme before the Court, and had the effrontery to ask for his name to be suppressed, a request that was promptly refused. He was committed to the Supreme Court for sentence.

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TAPPED HIS MATE'S CASH, NZ Truth, Issue 1045, 5 December 1925

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TAPPED HIS MATE'S CASH NZ Truth, Issue 1045, 5 December 1925

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