THE KAISER S DOUBLE STEALS FROM JEWELLER
Before Mr. W. R. M'Connell, Q.C. (chairman), at the Newington Sessions on Wednesday, a man, named Harry Evans, 28, traveller, who has gained some notoriety as the "double" of the German Emperor, on account of his facial expression and upturned moustache, pleaded guilty to, and was sentenced to eleven months' hard labour for, having unlawfully, by false and fraudulent pretences, obtained sums of money, and stolen jewellery, the property of his master, Ernest Herbert, watchmaker and jeweller, of 25, New Kent-road. Mr. H. C. Biron prosecuted. Mr. W. M. Thompson represented the prisoner.
Detective-sergeant Smith, M Division, said that the prosecutor was now a bankrupt, with liabilities of about £5,000. The amount of goods actually stolen by the prisoner approached £5,000, and he had employed servants at 4s. a day to pledge gold and silver Watches, diamond rings, signets and seals, brooches, &c., in different parts of London.
A singular fact was brought to light by the defending counsel, who explained that Evans could neither read nor write. He had been employed at the Surrey Theatre, and occasionally had played small parts in various productions. It was urged on his behalf that he had given way to temptation.
Source: Evening Express - 14th September 1899