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202                       MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GEIMALDI.

—more particularly, as he learned that the life of a fellow-
creature was at stake; and contrary to this stripling's expectation
and wishes, he attended at Bow-street, before the magistrates,
Messrs. Bead and Graham, on the 14th, giving in evidence the
facts already stated. Two points of alibi were fully established
by Joe. Mackoull had not committed the robbery, with which
he was in the first instance charged,—because John and Louis
Bologna, Grimaldi, and Norman, and many others, could and
did swear that he was with them at Woolwich at the time the
robbery was effected; and as to his being the person who had
been the negotiator of the bills from the 17th. to the 20th of
March, Grimaldi's evidence was not single, and was therefore
indisputable; but Mr. Kensington's professional adviser, having
a wealthy plaintiff as a client, abetted his reluctance to believe
Mackoull had been erroneously charged and sworn to. On the
13th, former witnesses had sworn most positively to the personal
identity of Mackoull. He was the man who had negotiated the
bills, notwithstanding the evidence offered in support of the
alibi. The obstinacy of the banker Kensington made matters
still worse, and Maekoull was criminally charged with five
offences in the several towns and places named; four of them
were capital, and a conviction on either would have involved
the forfeiture of his life.

A further hearing was deferred till April 23rd, when Grimaldi
and Ms wife again attended, and swore to the truth of their
allegations: bail was tendered, offering full guarantee for
Maekoull's appearance when required, but in vain; the-in-
fluence of the Lombard-street firm was paramount; bail,
however unobjectionable, was refused; and again was Mackoull
remanded. On the 27th, he was brought up, as he supposed,
to be admitted on bail; but no; it was for his committal to
Newgate, preparatory to his trial at the ensuing Stafford as-
sizes,—so pertinaciously had his prosecutors driven matters,
that there seemed no escape for him. Application was, how-to prove an alibi most satisfae-the kindness of the audience with so much gen-