He trifled with her affections to get the ukulele

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.

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Published in: on December 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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McDuffie solves ukulele thefts

Some time around 2o March 1904, a Hawaiian newspaper reported that the ukulele and guitar shop of Jose Do Espiritos Santos was burgled. Eight young fellows, Hawaiians and Portuguese, where fired upon by a constable as they made their escape — none were harmed, but one was recognised and detective McDuffie  made his arrest the following day.  The two who were caught gave up the others. This was their second visit to the ukulele and guitar shop. In January of the same year they had liberated five ukuleles, five mandolines, and a guitar. In their latest hit, they got four ukuleles, a banjo and a guitar. Most of these were recovered from the shops that had been helping the boys unload their loot, which, apart from ukuleles and lesser stringed instruments, included bags of rice, boxes of soap, other sorted groceries and a revolver. They published the names of all who were allegedly involved.

Published in: on April 3, 2010 at 5:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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