Guardian 16July 1904
SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST LEATHER MERCHANTS. At Wellingborough yesterday George Bayes and his two sons, Herbert George and Ralph Bayes, caterers and leather merchants, of Irthling-borough, Irthling-borough, Irthling-borough, were brought up in custody charged with setting fire to their leather warehouse on December 23, 1902. James Cowper, formerly confidential clerk to the firm, said thai in December, 1302, the firm were in financial difficulty, and after a discussion on the position between the partners,- partners,- witness, and'one of the firm's travellers, Ralph Bayes said in the presence presence of all the others, ." It has come to this. We must have a smash or a fire." Turning to the traveller,. Ralph- Ralph- Bayes 'added, " Of course we can. rely on you to sayiiothisig," .Directly after' the windows of the storerooms -were -were darkened, and a few days later. Ralph suggested that it was. a good day to have a fire, " as the old man is in. London The fire occurred that night. There was about 800 worth of stock on .the premises, and the defendants defendants obtained over '11,000 from an insurance company. On - this evidence the .prisoners were remanded. An application for bail was refused.