Play your cards right - playing cards on Sunday

Hertfordshire Mercury, 6th July 1907


Fredrick Game and Paul Game, of Musley, Alfred Suckling, of Kibes Lane, and James Brown, of Collet Road, Ware, were summoned for gaming with cards on a public footpath on May 16th. Frederick Game and Brown appeared and pleaded not guilty. They said they were playing cards but not for money.

P.S. Moles stated that on the Sunday in question, at 11.30 am., he was on duty in a field adjoining the Green Lane leading from Fanhams Hall to Moles Farm, in company with P.C. Bennett, when he saw the defendants playing a game of cards called ”brag”. He watched them for a quarter of an hour, and saw money put on the cards, and saw the coppers pass between them. Suddenly  said he saw Bennett made a rush into the midst of the four defendants. Bennett took up the cards, and Suckling picked up the money. P.C. Bennett corroborated the sergeant’s statement. The two defendants who appeared had no defence to offer.

The Chairman said it was a pity that young men like the defendants should waste their Sunday mornings playing cards; in addition to which they prevented other people  using the lane for lawful purposes. The two defendants who put in an appearance would have to pay 1s. each; and the others who did not appear would have to pay 4s. 3d. each.

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