The Argus at KellyGang 18/3/1879 (4)

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Walter Lynch's trial

John Esme , farmer, Wombat, said,-I have known the prisoner for eight years. I used to deal with Mr Moorey. The prisoner has written orders for me to Mr Moorey, but I could not say whether the order now pro duced was written by the prisoner or Riorden, a carrier, who also wrote several orders for me. I remember nothing about the transaction I think that the prisoner gave the order to Moorey himself, and that Riorden brought the goods (sugar) to me.

Peter Walker , storekeeper, Mansfield - The prisoner dealt with me for about l8 months. I received the order now produced signed "Walter Lynch," and dated 29th July. It was for a book of songs entitled "Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes," and acted upon it. I caused the book to be sent to him through the post. On August 19 he called on me, and said he came to pay for the book he got from me. It was charged in his account, and he paid for it. I received another order (produced) addressed to my assistant, and signed "Walter Lynch," for axe handles. I don’t remember who de- livered this order, but it was some one from the Wombat..

Percy Wm Bromfield , farmer, at Mansfield -The prisoner has been in my employ. I have seen him write frequently. The account produced, which he supplied to my father, is in his handwriting. I did not actually see him write out this account, but I recognise the writing as his. When I saw the letter sent to Monk I recognised the writing to be that of the prisoner.

Henry H Hageman , secretary of the Shire Council of Mansfield -I received the letter produced, signed " Walter Lynch I do not know the handwriting. There was reason for the prisoner writing that letter. He had been summoned for rates, and paid them be tween the issue and service of the summons. He then complained of being brought to Mansfield unnecessarily, and claimed expenses.

Nathaniel Mane re called -The letter pro duced-the subject matter of the prosecution -is, I believe, in the handwriting of the prisoner, whom I have seen writing more than once.

David James, lithographer, Collins street , said,-Part of my business is imitating hand- writing 1 have been so engaged for the last 25 years. I have examined the letter addressed to Monk, and have compared it with a number of others. There is a strong resemblance between the writing of the letter and address of envelope and the order to Mr Moorey for the book of songs. The word "Wombat' in the letter and order resemble each other palpably. Individual letters also correspond. There is a peculiarity in the word " To ' in each document, and in the letter " p.' which appears in both several times. 1 nave no doubt both documents were written by the same hand. All the documents produced and the signatures exhibited are in the same handwriting. The "W" in the word "'Wombat, in the address of the letter to Monk, is slightly different from the capital "Ws" in the other documents produced-to this extent, that it is not finished with a loop, but that is in consequence of the writer's pen having stuck on the paper before the letter was completed. Henry Moors, chief clerk of the police department, who had had experience of writing for great number of years, deposed,-I have compared the threatening letter with the order for the book of Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes, and I have no doubt they were written by the same person. One peculiar feature in the threatening letter is the way the small "a" is made. It is sometimes made like a "u," but occasionally it is completed with a small curve at the top. There are instances of both these peculiarities in the order to Mr Moorey. The small "a's" in the order to Mr Moorey dated 29th July are also formed in the same way. Another peculiar feature in the threatening letter is the small "w's" the last part of which is made very large so that it looks like a "u" with three strokes instead   of two. The letter "t" is generally written with a curve at the bottom, but when written with "h" it has not the curve. The small "v" is very frequently made like two "e's." These peculiarities also appear in the writing of the order. I have no doubt the documents were written by the same person. The words "Mr E Moorey" in the orders, and " Mr E Monk" on the envelope of the threatening letter were, I have no doubt, written by the same band. The "h's" are made with the second part small and above the line. The "g's" have the same peculiarities as the "a's." The signatures in the court books and on the property lists are all in the same handwriting, I believe, as the threatening letter.


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