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Post by Karen on Thu 27 Feb 2014 - 22:34

The following article details the laxity found in the Brierley Hill magistrates during the latter portion of the 19th century. Please read the following:

THE LIBERTY OF THE SUBJECT.

Henceforth the publican must be regarded as a privileged person quite outside the pale of ordinary humanity. The Brierly Hill magisterial oracle has spoken, and the fiat is out that the publican may get as drunk as he pleases, when so disposed, after closing time. On the night of the 10th instant, towards the
small hours, a cry of "Murder!" sent forth with feminine shrillness, pierced the tympanum of a wary policeman, and the owner of the voice was ultimately discovered in the person of Mrs. Evans, wife of the landlord of the Rifleman Inn. William was found by the officer to be in that indescribable state known to the
initiated as "Market fresh," and behaving himself in a manner that betokened high cerebral pressure. In fact, it came out in evidence that he was "very drunk and very excited." Notwithstanding this alarming state of things the Bench dismissed the summons on the ground that William was "at home," and therefore
free to act in accordance with the dictates of his own will. Mrs. Evans, true to her sex, may have been precipitate in raising the cry of "Murder" in a key emulative of a railway whistle, nevertheless, we question whether William should not have been taught a sterner lesson than that involved in a scot free dismissal. What
if Mrs. Evans, who has had insult added to injury, should find her cries of "Murder" hereafter treated as those of "Wolf," and William improving upon the occasion should proceed, in his cups, to untold enormities, and afterwards screen himself under the protection of the inviolable ruling of the magisterial infallibility of
Brierly Hill?

Source: Weekly Mail, 24 January 1880, Page 4
Link to Brierley Hill incident of October 8, 1888: http://victorianripper.niceboard.org/t148-alfred-pearson-police-report

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