The following good story from Workington is too rich to be lost: -On Monday night, near upon twelve o'clock, Police-constables HETHERINGTON and BRYSON were on duty near William Street, when they were startled and moved into activity by hearing the sound of discharged firearms. With creditable promptitude the officers hastened to the spot from where the sound proceeded, and saw two men - Hugh M'MULLEN, son of a publican at Workington, and Hugh BYRNE, said to belong to Cleator Moor.
These men they proceeded to search, and on M'MULLEN was found a revolver containing two cartridges, one just discharged and the other good., and in his pocket five unused cartridges. The search concluded they looked around, and to their horror saw a man lying on the ground as though he had been shot.
While one of the constables took charge of the two men another made for the prone one, expecting to find a bleeding corpse, but after a careful examination, and probably getting too near the man's mouth to be pleasant from the alcoholic fumes that proceeded therefrom, the constable came to the correct conclusion that it was a case of a helplessly drunk and nothing more.
To use the words of an Irish wag, they "surrounded" the men, and conveyed them to the lock-up, where they were provided with lodgings for the remainder of the night.
On Tuesday morning the trio were hauled before a retributive justice, when M'MULLEN was fined 20s with costs for being drunk while in charge of a loaded firearms, in the public streets: BYRNE was fined 12s. including costs, for being drunk and disorderly; and the man who was supposed to have been foully murdered was fined 10s., including costs, for being drunk and incapable.