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Lord Londsdale's whiskey 1897

Loughborough Herald - 15th April 1897
Petty Sessions

John Crane, a runner after hounds, was charged on remand with stealing a bottle of whisky, valued at 3s 6d., the property of Lord Lonsdale, on the 9th inst. The evidence tendered at the preliminary hearing by Thomas Powell, footman, and Ernest Facer, newsboy, was repeated, to the effect that the prisoner took the bottle from the brush-room at Lord Lonsdale's, Churchill Cottage, Quorn. Thomas Houseley, porter at Barrow station, stated that he received a telephonic message from Lord Lonsdale about 8.40, in consequence of which he went on to the platform and asked prisoner for the bottle of whisky. He replied that he had had it given him. He received another communication asking prisoner to take the bottle back, but he declined , saying he was no sneak. The policemen was then fetched. Prisoner was the worse for drink. P C Burnham gave evidence of arrest. The Bench found there was a prima facie case, and prisoner, who elected to be dealt with by the Court, and repeated his statement that Facer gave him the whisky, was fined 15s or seven days' hard labour.

 Submitted on: 2009-07-17
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 220
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