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Unbekannt. Es existieren viele Ersatzquellen. Originalnachricht in: Birmingham Daily Post, 13. Januar 1869. S. 3.
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A lot of little children, most of them under twelve, played pitch and toss near Stafford. Somebody accused them. The magistrates found them guilty, and fined them sixpence each. Their mothers would have paid that, but the costs were £4 0s. 6d. They were handcuffed, bound to a thick chain, and marched to Stafford for a month’s imprisonment. They were met on the road by a gentleman, who inquired, interested other gentlemen, paid the money, and released the children. Had the children been the children of the magistrates who sentenced them, their condemnation would have been simply impossible.


  • Social cases. 1869