The Times, 27 July 1824 (p.2, col. E)


On Saturday last, one of those ingenious decorators employed by the quacks
of the metropolis to blazon their names and designations throughout the
kingdom with whiting, charcoal, etc. made his appearance in this city,
accompanied by an agent or representative of one of the most renowned of
them. About five o'clock in the morning he commenced operations, and before
eight every wall between the top of English-street and Stanwix was
embellished with enormous white characters, above a foot in length. Thus far
our diligent adventurer met with no obstruction; but as all human pursuits
are subject to contingency, so it happened with this itinerant shoe-black,
who in the midst of his career received a morning salute from one of the
city constables, and was soon after introduced to the Magistrates at the
police-office. Here he received a suitable reprimand, and was compelled to
deposit 5L. until he retraced his steps, and effaced the greater part of the
splendid inscriptions with which his impudent industry had ornamented the
city. His money was then returned, and he and his worthy companion took
their departure, to practice their honourable calling where it could be
exercised with more impunity. We understand that these public pests have
lately traversed the principal towns of Scotland, defacing the walls in
their progress, without having been once obstructed; which, from the
well-known vigilance of the police in that country, is rather remarkable. It
is hoped, however, that this public notice of the salutary check they have
experienced in Carlisle, will induce the authorities in other towns to give
them a similar reception. -- Carlisle Journal.