Theft of Money - Miskin's Brickworks
From the Herts Advertiser, 24th June 1872
[Summary of News Item]
Charles Butcher (14) was charged on remand with stealing £18, the property of his father, Charles Butcher the elder, at St Albans, on the 14th August.
Amy Butcher said: I am the wife of Charles Butcher, and reside in Catherine-lane. … I went to my son, who was working at Mr. Miskin’s brickfield, near Bernards Heath. … I said to George Bourn, for whom the prisoner works …
… I work for George Bourn in the brickfield, and he pays me 7s a week. …
Other who apparently worked on the brickfield were Samuel Bourn, Edward Dell and Henry Dell. It would appear that Charles Butcher gave the money to George and the others, who spent it on drink.
… Mr Blagg said he believed they worked by the piece and not by the day. …
Mr Blagg said being above 14 the Bench could not order the prisoner to be whipped but he was liable to be committed to goal for a period not exceeding three months with hard labour. [which is what he was given.]
Others mentioned were P.C. Gazeley, Superintendent Pike, Sergeant Pellant, Charles Woodhouse, and magistrates E. S. Wiles (Mayor); F. R. Silvester, Esq.; Dr. Lipscomb.
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