They started young !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 14th February 1914


At Cheshunt and Waltham Cross Petty Sessions, Mary Logsdale, a married woman of Hoddesdon, was summoned for selling cigarettes to a child on 19th January, contrary to the provisions of Section 39 of the Childrens Act 1908.

Police Constable Dean said that, on the day in question, he had seen a boy named Henry Smith smoking a cigarette.  The lad had said he was 14 years of age, but he actually looked to be 12. The boy said where he had bought the cigarettes and, when the Constable visited the premises, Mrs Logsdale said that the boy usually came for cigarettes for his brother.  She also said that several boys came into her shop for cigarettes and tobacco for their fathers.  She pleaded ignorance of the Act.

The bench fined her 1s.

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