The Pawned Watch.

June 1882

Mexborough and Swinton Times, June 16

The Pawned Watch.

Amos Rose, collier of Denaby, was charged, under the Pawnbroker’s Act, with making a false statement to Mr Henry Waddington, pawnbroker of Mexborough

Mr Waddington related that on May 9 Rose went to his shop, and gave for pledge a silver lever watch which, he said, was his own. Rose on May 13, was charged with stealing the watch from David Plant, a labourer, of Mexborough, but was let go, and warned, and since then, according to superintendent Sykes, he had threatened to knock out Plant’s brains if he acted further in the matter.

Plant, an elderly man, now told, as before, that he was drinking in the Red Lion public house,  on Tuesday, May 9, and that after he left he missed his watch.

Rose as before, now averred that another man giving the watch to pledge and that all he did was to pawn it in his own name.

“You can’t say,” he observed, “that I illegally pawned the watch, when I had it given to me.”

He also talked of having been ill in the interval. The watch was valued by its owner at £6 and was pawned by Rose for 25 shillings (£1.25).

The magistrates told him they had no doubt of his guilt, and that he was liable to a fine of £10. He had to pay 20 shillings and 25 shillings costs, or go to prison a month.

He said he had been earning anything of late, and was allowed till the next Monday to get up the money.