1885: Six of One and Half-a-Dozen of the Other

PETTY SESSIONS REPORTS – ALDEBURGH

MOOT HALL, Saturday, February 7. – Before N. Garrett, Esq. (chairman), and James Pettit, Esq.

SIX OF ONE AND HALF-A-DOZEN OF THE OTHER

Annie Maria Ward, wife of James Miller Ward, charged Louisa, wife of James Laws, with assaulting her on the 22nd January last.

– The evidence disclosed that the parties are sisters-in-law, and the assault, which was mutual, took place in High-street, after a regular “sisterly” quarrel, during which some very “choice” language was used on both sides.

– The Magistrates dismissed the case, characterising it as a “family brawl,” in which one was as bad as the other.

– Considerable amusement was caused during the hearing of the evidence, the attitude of the litigants being frequently pugilistic, causing the Chairman to remark, amidst much laughter, that “he should not like to quarrel with either of them.”

The Ipswich Journal, Tuesday 10 February 1885

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