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The Bank of England (Max Goldberg)
October w/o 7: Metropole Theatre, Plymouth, Devon, England
March w/o 1: Grand Theatre, Luton, Bedfordshire, England
March w/o 10: Lyceum Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
September w/o 14: Grand Opera House, Radcliffe, England
March w/o 28: Royal Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
September w/o 27: Empire Theatre, Dundee, Scotland

(Information above on performance dates is derived from newspaper archives and is therefore likely to be incomplete.)

For a Disguise

Charles H. Lester, theatrical manager, 9 Kinnaird Street, Dundee, has during the present week been appearing in the Empire Theatre, Dundee, in the drama, “The Bank of England,” in the role of Sherlock Holmes.

This afternoon he appeared before Sheriff Campbell Smith on a contravention of the Army Act.

The circumstances connected with the case were somewhat peculiar. David Craig, millworker, Rosebank Street, called at the Empire Theatre last week offering a soldier’s khaki uniform for sale. Mr Lester was busy rehearsing, and the lad was told to call back. This he did in the evening, and as Mr Lester was engaged on the stage he told his stage manager to close the bargain. The bundle of clothes was bought for 5s, but they lay untouched until a detective called to inquire about the matter. The bundle was found to contain an overcoat, three tunics, a waistbelt, and a cap.

Mr A. Burns Petrie, who represented Mr Lester, said it was a technical offence. His client was unaware that it was illegal to buy the uniform. He did not know what was in the bundle, and there was no intention of buying the thing at a very cheap rate.

The Sheriff said Mr Lester had far too much good faith for a theatrical manager, and imposed a fine of 6s, with the alternative of twenty-four hours in prison.

David Craig, millworker, Rosebank Street, was also charged with a contravention of the Army Act.

Fiscal Agnew said the accused was acquainted with a private in the Highland Light Infantry, who was dismissed after undergoing a sentence of 112 days for striking an officer. It was the man’s uniform that he sold to the stage manager.

Craig stated that the man told him he had been discharged, and that he could do what he liked with his uniform.

The Sheriff fined him 30s, with the alternative of twenty days in prison.

Dundee Evening Telegraph, Friday 1 October 1909
found at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk