At the London Adjourned Sessions, on Saturday last, the Lord
Mayor baying observed two men taking the oaths Of constables with their hats on, inquired the reason, alai was informed that they \ v erc Jews.
The Lord Mayor asked how it was that they took a Christian oath? The officer replied, that they converted the oath into a Jewish one, by using at the end of it, " So help me, as a true Jew ! " instead of "true Christian ! " The Lord Mayor—" I am not satisfied, by any means, with the validity of such an oath, and shall not allow it to be taken. How can the words of an oath, officially ruhninistered, be changed ?" The officer said, the Jew constables were in the habit of taking the oath ac- cording to the form just mentioned, and the Recorder had considered it quite sufficient. The Jews who presented themselves were beadles of the Synagogue, appointed to prevent the peace from beirr, broken there. The Lord Mayor said, he had never before heard that Jews were allowed to vary the words of an oath, and postponed the swearing until after Tuesday next. A gentleman appeared to excuse the absence of another gentleman. The Lord Mayor—" What is the reason the person who is summoned is not
in attendance to do his duty?"
Apologist—" Because he is not able, my Lord. I came here as his represen- tative."
The Lord Mayor—" But why does he not come himself?" Apologist—" Because he really can't, my Lord. The fact is, my Lord, he is not tiring."
The Lord Mayor—" Why did you not say so before ? That objection is surely quite enough." Apologist—" The gentleman is not living, my Lord ; lie is dead."
Recorder—" You may stand down, Sir. He is excused."
The keepers of a gambling-house, No. 60 in the Quadrant, were brought on Wednesday before the Magistrates at the Marlborough Street Office, charged by the parish officers of St. James's parish with creating a nuisance 8:c. The prisoners, who had engaged Mr. Cur- wood to conduct their case, gave their names, Charles Godwin, James Potter, George Richards, Samuel Holloway, and William Stencil. Mr: Rice the solicitor employed on behalf of the parish authorities, said if the evidence which he should offer bore out the charge in the information, it MIS his intention to call on the Magistrates to bold the defendants to bail to answer to an indictment which the parish would prefer against them at the ensuing Sessions. The evidence against Godwin was not complete ; the four others were held to bail, them- selves in 301., with two housekeepers in 40/. each. A charge of assault, connected with the above-mentioned proceedi I 114, was made by Goddard, the officer, against a Jew prize-fighter, named Aby Belasco, who was retained by the proprietors of the gaming-house.
Goddard stated, that according to the plan of operations for making good an entry into the gambling-house previously determined upon, Ballard was to go up first, and secure the iron door at the top of the staircase; after which, on :5 signal being given, witness was to follow. As witness was about to go lip stairs, he met Belasco, whom he desired not to attempt to stop him or to resist, as the officers were prepared, and they also had a warrant. Belasco instantly threw his arms round him, and held him for a few seconds, calling out to those above to keep the iron door.
Belasco, in defence, said that Goddard came upon him so suddenly that he did not recognize him ; and he laid hold of him, as was his duty, to prevent hint from going up stairs. Mr. Conant—" Were you acting as porter there? Mind you need not make the admission unless you please."
Belasco." Yes, I was acting as door-keeper."
Mr. Conant—" Had you express orders to exclude the officer ? "
Belasco—" I had orders to exclude everybody I did not know." Mr. Conant—" What, don't you admit strangers?" Belasco—" I don't admit improper persons.' Mr. Conant-6, What do you mean ?"
Belasco—" Why, them as doesn't appear like gentlemen."
Mr. Conant and Mr. Dyer having concurred in considering the assault proved, directed the defendant to put in bail, two housekeepers in 20/. each, arid himself in 40/.
All the defendants were then removed from the bar in custody.
John Hunter and his wife, who keep a cheesemonger's shop, No. 8, Maiden Lane, were brought before Sir F. Roe, at the Bow Street Office, on Monday last, upon a charge of cruelly maltreating their daughter, a young woman of twenty. It appeared that another daughter was the favourite, and that the complainant was obliged to do all the hard work of the house; for which she received no thanks, scarcely any meat or clothing, and abundance of blows. Her mother was in the habit of" swishing" her with a cane, the marks of which were visible on her neck and shoulders. Her bed was nothing but sacking with a piece of green baize for covering: At length the poor creature ran away, and was found concealed in the back-yard of the next house. The father and mother attempted to justify their conduct, by alleging that she was obstinate and thievish, and that they were obliged to con- fine her to the house to prevent her stealing in the streets, &c. The Magistrate ordered the young woman to be sent to the workhouse of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, and to be watched and taken care of. In case no evidence of the evil propensities imputed to her was discovered, the father, who was ordered to find bail for his appearance, would be proceeded against by indictment or otherwise. In the evening, a mob assembled round Hunter's house in Maiden Lane, and plastered the walls with mud; they likewise maltreated Hunter's son, who took shelter at the Stationhouse.
Mrs. Wykes, the wife of a respectable whitesmith and brassfounder, residing at No. 17, Sale Street, Edgware Road, was charged on Wed- nesday last, before the Marylebone Magistrate, with stealing two habit- shirts from the counter of a linen-draper in Oxford Street. The fact of the theft was fully proved by a shopman. The defence set up was that the prisoner was insane. Mr. Rawlinson, the Magistrate, said that it had become fashionable for shoplifting ladies to feign insanity when detected in stealing,- and that he should require bail from the prisoner to appear and take her trial at the Sessions. Otte of the police-officers, however, having informed his Worship that the prisoner had been seized with fits at the Stationhouse, and was near her con- finement, he said that he had not noticed that she was with child ; but such being the case, he should not persist in requiring bail. Mrs. Wykes, therefore, is at full liberty to cross the water, and pay a visit to the Miss Turtons at Boulogne.
Since the examination of Martin tied Ainsley before Mr. Laing at Hatton Garden Office, on Wednesday last, discoveries have been made svhich are likely to lead to a conviction of those who were engaged in the murder of the late Mr. Shepherd. Though Martin had ''been in custody for upwards of ten days, it did not, it seems occur to the Hatton Garden officers or the constable of police who apprehended him to examine his clothes. On Sunday last, however, Lee, an officer ledongine. to Limtheth Street, inspected his clothes, and found several stains of blood on them ; and moreover ascertained that since his cow- mionent to prison he had burned a handkerchief which was also stained with blood. In consequence of this discovery, Lea made the prisoner exchange his clothes for one of the prison dresses, and took the former away with him. Before leaving the prison, he took down the pri- soner's own account of the manner in which he spent his time, mid the places which he had been at, on the night of the murder and a day or two before; the greater part of which he will be able to prove by wit- nesses on the next examination to be false.
The fellow-prisoners of poor Lewis Roberts, who lately died in that asylum of wretchedness and misery, Whitecross Street Prison, being igaorant of the widow's address, have subscribed a sovereign from the ward to which the unfortunate man belonged, and deposited the same in the hands of Mr. Barrett, the Governor, for her use.