History of The Star on Lower Loveday Street in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire


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1858 - Edward Millichamp
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Newspaper Articles

"Four men will be brought before the Magistrates, at the Public Office, this morning, on the charge of having conspired to defraud Mr. Edward Millichamp, landlord of the Star beer house, Loveday Street, of the sum of £21. 10s. 0d. This person's account of the affair is as follows : "On Wednesday morning, three men came into my house, one after another. While they were sitting in the bar, having some beer, a foreign-looking gentleman came in, and said a girl had cheated him out of some money, for which he should like to give her a good thrashing. One of the other men hinted that perhaps "he wasn't strong enough." "Oh," said the foreigner, "look at my muscle," and forthwith bared his arm for their inspection, adding that he could throw a 14lb. weight twenty-five yards. A bet was made that he couldn't. Each of the men produced a sovereign, and I was asked to be the stakeholder. I declined, but on the foreigner saying he was a stranger, and would want someone to see he had fair play, I agreed to go with them. We then called a cab, and went to the Trees Inn, at Hockley. We found the bowling green there was engaged, so they drove me to the Globe beer house, in Bromsgrove Street. On going to the skittle alley there they said it was not large enough to decide the wager, and proposed to have a game skittles. They said the foreigner was a novice at the game, and as his money would go somehow, I might as well have a pound or two as anybody else. The foreigner, whom they now called "the Count," had been pulling out what I thought to be handfuls of gold, and the others also seemed to have plenty of it. They asked me to go and fetch a few pounds from home. I hesitated a long while, but they begged and prayed of me, and promised all manner of things, and at last I consented to go. I went home and put £21. 10s. in my pocket. On my return to the Globe they began wagering as to who could beat the Count at skittles, and in came a very respectable-looking young man, whom I thought was a lawyer's clerk or a draper. They told me he had no connection with them, and I believed them. They staked £10. each with this young man, and I placed £21. 10s. in his hands. I played at skittles and wagered as to what the Count could do. In the end I lost all my money, and, as I was stupid from drink, they got me to put my name to paper which they said was an I.O.U. for £50. The Count kicked up a row with me, raised a disturbance in the street, and threatened to send for a policeman and give me in, charging for the £50. I owed him. At last I managed to get away from them, and found the road home the best way I could." On Mr. Millichamp informing the police of the way in which he had been duped, the detectives at once went in search of a party whom they had seen about the streets for a week past. Yesterday morning, Inspector Tandy and Sergeant Manton found the whole gang at Mr. Hale's, the Royal Exchange, Dale End. Here they had got hold of another retail brewer of the neighbourhood, and were going through a process of "sharping" similar to that used effectively with their Loveday Street dupe. They had just bet him four lunches, four dozen cigars, and four bottles of porter, that "the Count" could not throw a 14lb. weight twenty-five yards, when the detectives made their appearance and put a stop to the "little game." An intimation that they were "wanted" at Moor Street was responded to in the most polite manner, and quietly enough, without handcuffs or anything, the Count and his three friends marched off with the two officers to the lock-up. "The Count" gave his name as William Wentermburg, alias Count Wentermburg; and on being asked his trade, his answer was, "professional gambler." Two of his companions, Andrew Burke and Joseph Griffiths, gave a similar reply to the question. The fourth, John Maynard, says he is a tailor, residing at 121, Hospital Street. All were tolerably well-dressed and smart-looking, though of scampish appearance. The Count is a London sharper, and admits that he has been before the metropolitan magistrates, "who treated him very well." Griffiths is well known to Sergeant Manton as a "railway card sharp;" the last time the officer saw him was at Worcester Races a few weeks ago, when he concealed himself in a pigsty in the hope of escaping recognition, and the consequent "run in" to the police station, which is the fate of all notorious characters caught abroad on such occasions. In the possession of the four, on being searched, Tandy and Manton found about £30. in gold and silver, a couple of gold watches, half a dozen flashy diamond and other valuable rings, and several valuable gold chains. The same party, a few days ago, "skittled" a young gentleman of the town out of £l5. and a gold watch."
"A Bit of Skittle Sharping"
Birmingham Journal : August 7th 1858 Page 6.

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