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This was not the only appearance of the Eastwood Gypsies in court during the year. Towards the end of April Nathan Buckley was summoned for neglecting to provide (1) a tent in a reasonable watertight condition (2) sufficient privy accommodation (3) a sufficient water-supply (4) a sufficient covered ash-pit and dust-bin (5) a suitable dry fioor to a tent. The defendant, when asked his age, turned to his brother' How old am I, Sam (Sant) ? ' His brother answered that he was seventy.The Bench decided that on condition that Buckley destroyed his tent the remaining four cases would be adjourned. The two brothers thanked them profusely, and left the court saluting at various intervals. A fortnight later, however, when Buckley was again summoned for breach of the bye-laws mentioned above, it was stated that the tent had not l)een destroyed. At the same time Charles Smith was fined for breaking bye-laws 2 and 4, whilst later in the year .
Thomas Laws was convicted for breaking bye-laws 2 and 5. In addition, Walter Harris (twice) and James Smith had to pay heavy fines for trespassing in search of conies, and Jack Harris fourteen shillings for swearing.
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On February 4, at Newton, John Small, Thomas Small, and Robert Small were fined for stealing hazel sticks for making clothes-pegs, and John Small was again fined for a similar off'ence at Moreton Hampstead on April 27. On July 21 Henry
Small, of 10 Brook Street, Dawlish, was summoned at the Exeter Police Court for ill-treating his wife, Cinderella Small, and neglecting to maintain her. Early in September Priscilla Small appeared in the Police Court at Brixham for being drunk
whilst in charge of a child, whilst on October 18 John Small reappeared, charged with theft at Tavistock. Finally at Exeter on December 14, T. Small, Robert Small, and W. Small, along with T. Right, W. Holland, and W. James, were fined for receiving wood stolen by Charles Broadway, another member of the same
At Torrington on February 6, James Saunders was fined for allowing seven horses to stray, and at Axminster on the same day Hiram Pigley and Thomas Penfold suffered a similar fate for obstructing the thoroughfare at Seaton with their caravans.
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February 18, William Harris, a Gypsy labourer, was summoned for discharging a catapult in the highway, and Charles Lee (whose real name was said to be Green) for playing a game of chance.
On February 23, Henry Gaskin (generally known as Wally Gaskin) was sent to gaol for three months at Cambridge, for being drunk whilst in charge of a horse and cart, and for assaulting the police. Later in the year Saunders
Gaskin and William Cooper Gaskin appeared before the magistrates at Spalding and Ipswich respectively. Surely this notoriously lawless family cannot be reforming themselves.
On February 27, Absolom Jones, a Sussex Gypsy, was summoned for allowing a horse to stray at Shermanbury. He wrote pleading guilty, and enclosed a Postal Order for 3s., out of which he received no change. Apparently it was the
recognised thing for Gypsies in Sussex to fix the amount of their own fines in this way.
Eli Rose and Maria Jonson, who were asked to appear at the Horsham Petty Sessions on March 13, for allowing one horse to stray, decided that in their case 2s. 6d. was the punish-
ment that fitted the crime, and each wrote enclosing a Postal Order for that amount.
Many other Sussex travellers, possibly Gypsies, including Stephen Gobie, George Smith (three times), John Kemp, Sarah Ann Godsniark (twice), Mary Ann Smith, Priscilla Brazil, and John James, were fined during March for trivial breaches of the law.
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At the Wednesbury Police Court on March 5, a small fine was inflicted on Shadrach Skerrett, a Gypsy, of Dangerfield Lane, for being in possession of a straying dog and failing to report the same.
On the following day John Boswell was fined 20s. and costs at Carnarvon for assaults committed on the police four years earlier.
During the next week John Loveridge was in trouble at Harrow for allowing horses to stray, and Valentine Smith and John Cooper for encamping on the high-way somewhere near Ongar.
Several south country travellers were in trouble with the police : William Vickers and Matthew Cooper at Bournemouth for pedling without certificates ; John Smith and William Smith at Oundle for using bad language ; Job Carey, Frank Vincent, M. Bowers, Albert Deacon, Joseph Vincent, and A. Marks or Parker for damaging the turf on Walton Downs ; and Lena Taylor, Tom Garratt, and Mrs. Consoleta Smith for camping at Snakes Lane, Wood Green.
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On the 8th Henry Roberts was fined at Newton for allowing a horse to stray ; and on the same day Prudence Stephens, married, of the Box, Minchinhampton, was summoned at Nailsworth for fortune-telling, and also for using obscene
An early morning affray at Maindy, near Cardiff", had its sequel at the Llandaff" Police Court on the 26th, when Caleb Hearn (a son of Old Edmund, Ike's half- brother) and his four sons, John, George, Benjamin, and Alfred, together with Harry Riles, were charged with assaulting two policemen, who had attempted to
impound their straying horses. The chief wonder was that the policemen were alive to tell the tale of the attack. Cornelius Lee, who was accused of beating one of the constables with a kettle prop, and threatening to kill him, had escaped.
The defendants were sent to prison for various periods ranging from one to three months. No sooner were the sentences announced than the Gypsy women and children at the back of the Court began wailing piteously. In this they were joined by two or three of the younger prisoners, the remainder waving farewells as they were escorted to the cells.
On May 16 a party of Gypsies ' under the control of ' Caradoc Price, and consisting of eight families with twenty caravans, were evicted from Cymla Common, Neath.
On the 20th, at Swansea, Henry Riley (22), a tinker, camping at Stratford Common, Gowerton, was summoned for assaulting John Fury, an Irish tinker, whose jaw he broke, but the case was eventually dismissed. Thomas Riley also appeared in the Police Court during the year.
At the Southwell, Notts, Petty Sessions, on May 21, Isaac Smith appeared to answer charges of (1) keeping two dogs without licences, (2) unlawfully encamping on the higliway, and was ordered to pay £1, 14s. 0d. in all.
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September was hardly a normal month, for the hop-picking caused the Gypsies — and especially the lower class ones to congregate in Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire. Apparently those who went tarderin' the
levinengros into Kent and Surrey were a particularly law-abiding lot (some of them were converted Gypsies from the Latimer Road area), for not a single Gypsy appeared in the Police Court in either county during the month. Hampshire only showed an average crop of convictions — Job Sherrard and Francis Hughes, poaching at Leamington ; Job Sherrard, wilful damage to the New Forest ; Noah Collins, horses astray at Basingstoke ; Elizabeth and Thomas White and May Mathews, drunkenness at Alton ; Luke Bull, encamping on highway at Alton ; and Matthew Loveridge, leaving horse and cart unattended at the same
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