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WEEKEND WEB: Husband and wife in court over blankets




We look back at the Lincolnshire Free Press this week in 1918, in the final year of World War One.

Emma Bacon was brought up from custody at Spalding Police Court.

She was charged with stealing 4s 5d in money and two blankets, value 7s 6d, the property of Thomas Bacon - her husband.

Thomas Bacon, a labourer, stated that owing to trouble with his eyes, he was unable to work and was in receipt of parish relief.

He had given his wife 4s 5d to get some food for his two children. He went out with respect to some work and on returningfound his wife had left and noticed a pile of blankets was missing from a bed.

She had no instruction from him to pawn the blankets.

Defendant (Mrs Bacon): where did you get the 4s 5d togive me, as you are on the parish?

Witness (Mr Bacon): It was allowed me from the National Insurance.

Defendant: He never gave me 5s 4d.

Witness: You are telling stories, you know you are.

Defendant: He is a lying rogue. He has treated me like a dog.

The wife added that her husband said he did not want her and she could go. She told him she would go if she could take what belonged to her and he said she could. The blankets, she said, belonged to her. Witness replied that they did not.

Defendant: I earned th e money with which they were bought. You never earned one single farthing of it. They are my blankets.

Hilda Plant, assistant at Messrs Butters, pawnbrokers, of New Road, Spalding, said that the defendant pawned the blankete inquestion for 3s 6d and subsequently, they were handed over to the police.

The chairman said the case would be dismissed and hoped Mrs Bacon would look after the couple’s three children. Supt Barton warned both would be back in court if they were not.

Blind man fell down staircase

It was reported that Mr T B Swallow, of London Road, Spalding, who was blind, fell fromthe top to the bottom of his stairs.

On his housekeeper’s return, he was unable to move, help was sought and medical aid procured.

Happily, although an aged man, no bones were broken, but he was badly bruised and shaken.

‘It was a miracle he was not killed’, commented the Free Press reporter.

Beagles strayed onto pavement

William Beagles, of Whaplode Drove, was summoned for riding a bicycle on the footpath in Station Road in the village.

The defendant stated he was was passing a funeral and rode on the path to avoid it.

Beagles was chastised and fined 4s.



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