Two lads, named Isaac GORTON and George DOUGLAS, one about eight and the
other about ten years of age, were charged with having stolen coals from the
works of the KIRK Brothers. Timothy BRADBURY, who appeared on behalf of the
company, stated that on Wednesday last, between ten and eleven o’clock in the
morning, he was going through the Marsh Works when he saw one of the defendants
taking a bag of coals away. He went after him, and upset the bag, to see
whether it was coals or ashes. The lad told him that there was another little
fellow who had a bucket full hid in the dyke.
The company was in the habit of losing coal every week. They had lost about
a ton last week. It was not the lad’s fault but the parents.
The Chairman told the parents, who appeared, that they were worse than the
children for allowing them to bring coal into the house. They were ordered to
pay the expenses, 8s 6d each.
George FITZPATRICK was charged by Margaret SMITH with having committed an
Complainant stated that three weeks last Saturday night FITZPATRICK came
into her house with a brush and said that he was “Looking for that ---
Englishman to fight;” but her husband was not in at the time. She thought he would
have struck her if her young brother had not been in. -
The Bench remarked that FITZPATRICK had not assaulted her and dismissed the