There's no smoke without fire

Hertfordshire Mercury, 14th February 1914

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At the Herts Winter Assizes, Albert Bacchus (38), a stoker, pleaded guilty to setting fire to a stack of straw belonging to Robert Throssell, at Knebworth, on 24th January.  There were previous convictions.

Supt. Reed, of Hitchin, stated that the prisoner was a native of Liverpool but had no relatives, and that he had tramped the country for some years.

His Lordship, addressing the prisoner, said “You have been to prison for stack firing before, and on that occasion you received a lenient sentence of 18 months’ hard labour.  You have been convicted several times since and have spent most of your time in prison.  You must go to penal servitude for 4 years this time”.

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