23 AUGUST 1856, Page 9

A singular ease came on before the Marylebone Magistrate yesterday.

Mr. James Henry Thorn, residing at the White Bear, Piccadilly, appeared to answer a OULMIII0118, charging, that "on the 5th April 1856, in the parish of Paddington, he did, with Mr. Henry Eldon Bankes, of Corfe Castle, Dorset- shire, and Mr. Thomas Evans, of No. 13 Park Place, Bayswater, unlawfully conspire, combine, confederate, and agree among themselves, to cheat and defraud Mr. Thomas Clarke; and that in pursuance, of and according to the same conspiracy, they did cheat and defraud the said Thomas Clarke of fifty oil-paintings, of the value of 4000/., and certain bills of exchange and other negotiable bills and sureties, to the amount of 3000/., the property of the said Thomas Clarke." The case was not heard. A summons had been served on Mr. Bankes, at Reading races ; but he had been advised not to at- tend. The counsel for the prosecution declined to go on with the case in Bankes's absence, and obtained a warrant for his apprehension. The Reverend Mr. Bankes, father of the accused, had come up from Flintshire OILKUMMOHN he said he had advised his son by all means to attend.