Robert Balls, Thomas Harris, and Mordecai Moses, were remanded' from
Bow Street, on Monday, on a charge of being concerned in ea tensive forgeries on the Austrian Bank of Vienna, and the Polish Bank. Forged notes and plates were found cm their persons: and the only way they had of accounting for the possession of suchnotruments
of fraud was by pretending to be engaged in a plan for the prevention of forgery.
On Monday, Mr. Archbold the barrister, who resides at Kensington Gravel-pits, appeared before the Kensington Magistrates, and made the following statement— Having erected a large octagon conservatory at the lower part of his exten- sive garden, be had converted a portion of it into a music-room, in which the female part of the family were in the daily habit of passing some hours. On the fllat ultimo, the Misses Archbold, who were practising as usual, were ex. ceedingly alarmed by a loud crash, and the falling of a portion of the glass roof; which fortunately did them no injury. The next day, another large portion of the roof was dashed in ; when an inquiry was instituted by Mr. Archbold; but nothing likely to clear up the mystery could he discovered. Two days afterwards, another portion of the roof was dashed in ; when a Police Inspector was sent for, who examined the premises, but was unable to discover in what manner the glass had been broken. During the three or four subse- quent days, almost the whole of the glass roof met with a similar fate ; on which Mr. Archbold determined on having a slated roof put on; which was immediately commenced ; but even while the workmen were employed in mak- ing the alteration, the mysterious glass-breaker continued the work of demoli- tion, by breaking the whole of the glass on one of the sides, to the great con- sternation of the men on the roof, who all declared no person had approached the conservatory.. On Tuesday last week, the annoyance continuing, the In- spector was again sent for ; who placed constables to watch the outside of the premises, while Mr. Archbold's foot-boy watched from a balcony at the back of the house overlooking the conservatory. While at their posts, hearing a loud crash, they all ran to the spot; when they were astonished to find not only another of the sides of the conservatory broken, but also the keys of a valuable organ, which was erected in the music-room, displaced, and several of them broken. Since then, not only has more glass Ine broken in the same mysterious manner, but the front of the organ has been opened, and the whole of the pipes displaced.
Mr. Archbold again appeared before the Magistrates, on Thursday, with his foot-boy, aged fourteen, in custody. He repeated the above statement, and charged the boy with being the cause of the mischief. The boy admitted that He had put his arm into the organ, and dragged the pipes out of their places. He had also broken the glass; which he had effected by leav- ing the bellows for a moment, and after running through a small door in the garden, throwing some pieces of fliut and rock into the air, which in their descent demolithed the roof of the conservatory. After being for some time pressed as to his reason for such outrageous conduct, he said he did it "because he did not like to blow the bellows."
He was sent to the House of Correction for six weeks.