Swanson And Arnold Relate Experiences

Posted: September 22, 2009 in Other Ripper Research
Donald Swanson of Scotland Yard, who has just retired from the service on a pension, says that he thinks he had a near squeak when he jumped into the van containing the fifteen ingots of silver, in the famous case in which Sarti figured. "Two men were at the back. That was in the case where thirty-one ingots, valued at £4,900, had been stolen from a Midland Railway van in 1895, and some of them were found in the possession of Sarti, who recently committed suicide. It was then that I got up Sergeant Harris as a buyer, and entrusted him with £1,600 in bank notes to show the men who held the bulk of the silver. They might have murdered him had they suspected his identity." As for clues, this Sherlock Holmes instances this as remarkable: – "It was a case where a man was "wanted" in the West Indies. He was traced to Pimlico, but I found he had gone away from the house an hour or so before I arrived. The only clue was that he had taken a cab with a grey horse. My game was to look for a grey horse in a cab, and I had not walked a quarter of a mile before I hailed the driver of such an animal. It was the very cabman that I wanted. My man was not inside, but I succeeded in arresting him at Liverpool, and took him back to the West Indies." And once he had a strange presentiment. "A man was arrested for fraud, and as he stood in the dock at the Police Court I felt that he had something upon him. He had been searched, but I had him searched again, still without result. But still I was conscious of the same presentiment, and I had him stripped. In his sock there was a little bottle of poison."
Source: Feilding Star, Volume XXI, Issue 149, 23 December 1899, Page 2
At the Thames Police-court, Geo. Woodley, an advertising agent, of 28, Sparsholt road, Crouch-hill; and William Linskey, 5, Hatfield-street, St. Luke’s, were charged with keeping and using 65A. High-street, Whitechapel, known as the Tower Hamlets Club, for the purpose of betting; and forty persons of vicious callings were charged with using the above club for purposes of gambling.
Superintendent Arnold deposed: Armed with a warrant, I went about 3:30 yesterday, to 65A, High-street, Whitechapel. At the door I found Linskey. I told him I wanted the key of the door, which he at once produced, and admitted me. I proceeded upstairs and directed Linskey to knock at a door, which I found closed. The door was opened, and I and other officers entered. In the room were a number of men standing about, and others sitting at a table playing cards. Money was on the table. I directed Inspector Causby to seize the money and to take charge of the persons there. I then went into an inner room and saw Woodley sitting at a table making an entry in a book. I found the book contained entries of betting transactions at Pontefract and Brighton.
At this point, Mr. Lushington, having read the Act of Parliament on the subject, said the case appeared to be one for a summons, which would be issued at once and made returnable forthwith. The defendants were then told to stand down. Later in the day the case against Woodley and Linskey was again gone into, and Mr. Myers stated he was now instructed to defend Linskey. Superintendent Arnold repeated the evidence already given by him, and added, on taking possession of the book he told Woodley they were police officers, and he and the others were to consider themselves in custody. He said to Woodley, "You, I presume, are in charge of the room? He said, "Yes, I am responsible for the betting, and will take all responsibility on myself." Witness then directed that the name of each person should be taken, and forty-one persons were afterwards conveyed to the Leman-street police-station. The premises were searched. About 1,100 playing cards, rules relating to baccarat, and other documents were found. The police took possession of these. Witness took Woodley to Leman-street, and when there he handed him eight slips of paper relating to betting, and seven sheets of paper which had been taken from the book referred to, and which the defendant said related to the previous day’s work. Woodley said, "I admit using this room for betting purposes. I pay a weekly rental, and have done so for the past three months." He afforded witness every facility, and gave direct answers to every question.
But Mr. Myers: Linskey, who offered no resistance, said he was the doorkeeper, and received £1 a week. He believed Woodley’s character to be good. He had received direct complaints about this club.
Inspector W. Causby, H. Division, corroborated, and stated that in the first room he saw four men playing cards. Money was on the table. He heard Woodley say he rented the room for betting purposes, from two o’clock until five o’clock in the afternoon, paying £2 10s a week rent. There was a "tape" machine at work, and the "slips" were posted on a board in the room in which Woodley was sitting.
Mr. Myers, for Mr. Linskey, said his client was a very poor man, and he simply acted as a servant.
Woodley admitted the betting, but did not admit he kept the club. He had nothing to do with the card-playing.
Mr. Lushington said the case was a serious one. Woodley was fined £100 and 2s costs, or, in default, three months’ hard labour. Linskey was fined £20, or one month’s labour. The other charges were withdrawn. Linskey was allowed a fortnight in which to pay the money; but Mr. Lushington refused to give Woodley any time.
Source: Te Aroha News, Volume VII, Issue 408, 5 October 1889, Page 3

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