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Western Times; Exeter Friday 05 Jan 1872
WOOL GATHERING. - On Christmas-day at some place nearer than the moon to Black-Boro, whilst the flock were earnestly waiting for the Communion Service in its proper place, the congregation were surprised to see the officiating clergyman put on his gown and mount the steps for the pulpit. No doubt being involved in different pursuits his mind was wandering, and vagrant thought luckily returned home before action was taken, and he was soon down, changed his loose garment, and finished better than expectation.
PETTY SESSIONS – Monday. - Before J. W. WALROND, Esq. (chairman), Rev. J. P. SYDENHAM, G. M. MARKER and E. DREWE, Esqs. - Robert ANDREWS, Bampton, navvy was charged with assaulting, on Dec. 26th last, Thomas THORNE, of the same place. Complainant said he was gardener to Major VIALS, and on Dec. 26th was going from Bampton to Wiveliscombe, and when about two miles on his journey he was assaulted by defendant, who pulled him off his horse and commenced kicking and beating him with his fists, using very bad language. He called out and ultimately two men came, friends of defendant, who persuaded him to desist, when complainant pursued his journey. He afterwards gave information to the police. He had been confined to his bed two days from injuries received, and had been under medical treatment. - J. G. YOLE, C.C. stationed at Bampton, said he apprehended the prisoner on a warrant charging him with assaulting the complainant. Prisoner replied he was not served worse than he (prisoner) had been on the previous Saturday night. In reply to the Bench Sergt. YOLE said the prisoner was well-known to him and well conducted, but a row broke out at a public-house in Bampton on the Saturday night previous to the assault and during his absence, when from what he could gather, defendant went in as a peace-maker and got dreadfully beaten and ill used. Complainant was there, and defendant thought he was one of those who attacked him, and acting under that impression he, on seeing complainant, assaulted him. - Superintendent COLLINS said the “Navvies” at Bampton were a remarkably well behaved body of men. The Bench thought defendant was mistaken in the person, but said there were mitigating causes in his favour; they would therefore only inflict one-half the usual fine, 30s, or in default of payment fourteen days' imprisonment. - James WILLIS, Cullompton (hawker), pleaded guilty to a charge of drunkenness on the 28th December last, at Cullompton. Defendant said he had not drunk for seven months before, and took a little brandy which upset him. Fined 5s and costs. - Robert BOLT, Silverton, labourer, was charged with stealing, on the 21st of December last, 33 turnips, value 3d, from Mr. Thomas WEBBER, of the same place, farmer. Accused admitted the offence. Mr. WEBBER said he did not wish to press the case harshly, as he had never before heard anything against accused's character, and only wished to protect his turnips, which were “going” wholesale. Their Worships inflicted a fine of 15s, including costs, or seven days' imprisonment in default of payment. - William KING, Countess Weir, paper maker, was charged with being drunk at Silverton on the 24th ult. Mr. LOOSEMORE defended. Thomas HALL, C.C., preferred the charge, but in the opinion of their Worships failed to prove the fact of defendant's being drunk. Case dismissed. - Affiliation. - Maria ROOKLEY, Bradninch, summoned Arthur TRUMP, of the same place, labourer, to show cause, &c. Defendant had contributed towards the support of the child for some years, and admitted paternity. Order made for 1s weekly and usual expenses.
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