A navvy's base ingratitude

Hertfordshire Mercury, 2nd January 1915

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Stephen Fox, of Halton, Bucks, a navvy, did not appear in answer to a summons for assaulting John A Martin, on 30 November. 

The complainant said he was engaged as a night watchman at Horns Mill Road, and at about 7.30 on the night in question the defendant came along and stopped near to some cement.  Witness lost sight of him and on searching found him under a cloth with which the cement was covered.  Witness asked him to come out, and defendant then fell head over heels into the river.  He pulled the man out of the water, or he would have been drowned, and persuaded him to go home, but the only thanks he got for his kindness was a punch in the eye, which blackened it, and defendant also pushed him to the ground.  Defendant was not sober or he would not have fallen into the river.  A fine of £1 or 14 days’ hard labour was imposed.

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