The New Zealand Evening Post of 8 and 10 October 1934 told the sorry tale of a young con-artist who did Ms Rola McDonald wrong.
Rola met a seemingly personable young man and ‘kept company’ with him for a week or so, and she grew to trust him. So much so that she lent him her ukulele (which was worth every cent of the one pound seven shillings and six pence she paid for it).
Too late she learned the truth. Her new friend, James Valentine (alias James O’Sullivan, alias William Hector McKinnon, alias William Hector Forbes, a seaman aged 18) immediately exchanged the ukulele for 5 shillings at the local second-hand shop, intending to keep the money for himself.
Happily he was apprehended, charged, convicted and sentences to two years at the Borstal Institute. Hopefully he learned there how to determine the true value of a ukulele.