Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (22/Nov/1893) - County Police Court: A Neglectful Father
COUNTY POLICE COURT.
A Neglectful Father.
Henry Monk, labourer, of Romford, was charged with deserting his three children, who were now inmates at Crosland Moor Workhouse. Mr. J. Hall, clerk to the Guardians, appeared in support of the case, which was proved by Mr. Wood, relieving officer. It appeared that the prisoner, who was a widower, worked for several weeks at the Butterley Reservoir Works. He lived with his sister at a place called The Ark, Marsden, but on the 22th July he left her and the children, and went away without giving any reason. A day or two afterwards the sister applied to the relieving officer, and obtained an order for the children's admission to the workhouse at Crosland Moor. It was quite by accident discovered that the defendant was in the Romford Workhouse, near London. The children, three bright looking youngsters, were in court. The defendant, who pleaded guilty, said in answer to the Bench that he had worked for 22 years in a gasworks, and it was so cold at the reservoir that he had to leave. He was sent to prison for two months with hard labour.