Conviction at Kalgoorlie.
KALGOORLIE, July 5.—Amid an out- burst of weeping and cries that she would leave the town, Matilda Devine (34), who was yesterday identified as
"Tilly" Devine, a notorious character of the Sydney underworld, was convicted on a charge of vagrancy in the Kalgoorlie Police Court today and sentenced by the Resident Magistrate (Mr. E. McGinn) to six months' imprisonment. Accused, in company with her husband, James Devine, arrived in Western Aus- tralia a month ago. James Devine has not been heard of since, but is believed to be in the vicinity of Kalgoorlie. Detective Triat, who, in company with Detective G. Smith, arrested accused in a house of ill-fame, stated that accused had not behaved herself there, and had been suspected in connexion with a rob- bery. In his opinion, accused was an undesirable person and a menace to so- ciety. Mr. F. J. O'Dea. who appeared for ac- cused, said that Devine was being con- victed on her past record. The Magistrate said that, if he sus- pended sentence and allowed accused to leave the town, he was only passing on the responsibility to some one else. He was quite certain that accused, with a record of 66 convictions, was a menace to society, and that her behaviour had ex- ceeded the bounds of toleration. She had no lawful means of support. Accused left the Court sobbing loudly and begging to be put under a bond.