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Costly turnips
« on: November 26, 2023, 13:57:44 pm »
A MATTER OF FACT AGE.-At the Lewes petty sessions a few days ago Timothy Walls, a labourer, was charged with stealing five growing turnips, value 2d., the property of Mr. R. R. Verrall, at Falmer. Prisoner did not deny taking the turnips, but gave the following extraordinary reason for doing so:—He had a child who was a cripple, and a person told him that if he got five turnips, not his own, and rubbed the child's back with them, and threw them away without saying a anything to anybody, it would cure the child. He had turnips ot his own, but was told they would not answer the purpose. The noble chairman, the constable, and others, gave the prisoner an excellent character, and in inflicting a fine of 6s., including costs, the chairman said prisoner had clearly been guilty of stealing the turnips, but he had made an excuse which he had no doubt was a true one, but the person who gave him the advice must have been very unprincipled. He asked de- fendant if he had applied the alleged remedy for his child's infirmity. Defendant replied that he had, but could not yet say whether it would have any beneficial effect.

cardiff Times 21 September 1866
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