Bradford Observer (18/Nov/1841) - Huddersfield: A Hole in the Wall

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Magistrates present — J. Amitage, W. Brook, and Thos. Starkey, Esqrs.

"A Hole in the Wall." — Mr. Christopher Tinker was summoned by Job Vickerman, of Berry Brow, for damage done to his garden under the following circumstances:— Job keeps a beer shop at Berry Brow, known by the sign of the "Exchange Evil for Good." Some time ago a poetical squib was published tending very much to show that Job’s "good" (ale we suppose) was a very great "evil;" and the suspicions of the latter fell on Mr. Tinker as the author, as tinkers are proverbial for their wit and humour, though perhaps not for their dislike of the "good." Job, like his name-sake, waited with great patience his appointed time, which at length arrived. One day, last week, a flock of geese, belonging to Mr. Tinker, sallied forth to explore the beauties of nature, and unfortunately discovered a perfect Eden in the garden of Mr. Vickerman. Pleased with the abundant produce, in the shape of cabbages, lettuces, onions, and potatoes, they soon sent forth a gratified cackle, which, though it formerly saved the imperial city of Rome, only served to betray them into the hands of the foe. Job's eye danced with delight as he viewed his prey in the "trap," and bolting out of his "Exchange" into his garden, he siezed on one unlucky goose, and tethering his legs, laid him quietly on one side to await the passing by of his neighbour. In this situation Boniface would have presented an excellent picture to the artist for a new sign, to be called the "Fox and Goose." Job, in the meantime, sent for the pinder, who, though not sworn appriser, valued the damage at 5s., but unluckily for the complainant, when examined by the magistrates, he said that the fence round the garden was a wall, yet there was space for the passengers, and there was no gate to protect the garden. This proved a good de fence for Mr. Tinker, who walked out of court through the same hole he goose walked into the garden; or, in other words, the charge was dismissed.

Bradford Observer (18/Nov/1841) - Huddersfield: A Hole in the Wall


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