If placing a bet, or begging, put your shirt on it

Hertfordshire Mercury, 21st September 1918


At the Waltham Abbey Petty Sessions on Tuesday, John Coote, a shoe maker, of no fixed abode, was charged with placing himself in a public place for the purpose of receiving alms.

PS Skeats stated that on the evening of 10th September he saw the prisoner, who was in a filthy and verminous condition, standing outside Messrs Nobel’s factory.  He asked him what he was doing and the prisoner walked away, but returned later and was given money by a woman.  He was taken to the Police Station, and it was then found that, although he was wearing no shirt at the time, he had two good shirts tucked under his waistcoat.  Insp. Rayner corroborated, and the Bench sent the defendant to prison for 14 days with hard labour.

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