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Police v. Woolf, 1894

[false pretences]

Police v. Woolf

German Consular Court, Shanghai
10 September 1894
Source: North China Herald, 14 September, 1894

Shanghai, 10th September.
Before Dr. Eiswaldt, Vice Consul-General, and Messrs. N. A. Siebs, F. A. BurChardt, Ph. Arnhold, and F. Grubitz, Assessors.
  Joseph Woolff, alias Joseph von Uhlrich, Joseph Miller, and Capt. Hildebrand, was charged with having, early in August, obtained, by means of false pretences, goods from Mr. J. Carlson, valued at $29, from Ah Ling, tailor, clothing to the value of $76.40, from the keeper to a Japanese hotel, food and lodging to the amount of $18; from Messrs. Ullmann and Co., a silver watch valued at $18; from W. Dunn, clothing and goods to the value of $19.85; from G. W. Bennett, goods  to the value of $4.50, and from H. Sampson, $10 in money.
  The defendant denied that he had obtained the goods by false pretences.  On the deposition of Mr. Carlson being read, he claimed that he had told him he would pay for the goods in a few days, and did not make any pretence as to being employed. The chit for the goods (produced) and signed by J. Miller, was not written by him. In regard to the watch obtained from Ullmann and Co., he said that he had bought it on credit.  In this charge H. Ginsburg proved that he had been told by prisoner that he (prisoner) was the Captain of a Chinese gunboat, and would be having the ship's chronometers put in order.
  H. Sampson explained how accused had accosted him and given him the name he had known him by in Borneo - von Uhlrich - and had wanted to order stores, finally asking for the loan of $5, as he had been out all night and wanted to return to Woosung. Witness had two fives, and in bringing them out had been asked for both and had given them. Accused denied this.
  After examining Mr. D'Almeida, the tailor, and the Japanese boarding house keeper, and eliciting a similar story, the Court retired for consultation, and, on re-assembling, accused was sentenced to one year's imprisonment and the loss of civil rights for three years. He is to be sent home.

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