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- Edition: March 10, 1882 March 10, 1882
To the Editor of the Maryport Advertiser.
Sir, - Ever since Mr. J. DIXON made his statement to the Trustees on
Wednesday last that it was the wearer of a "flash" overcoat who had deliberately
smashed the street lamps on Sunday night, and that the "gentleman" was not
only "tall" but was considerably "elevated" in quite another way, there has
been general consternation amongst all who possess an overcoat of any
description (the term "flash" not being very definite), especially, those who, by any
stretch of the imagination, can be termed "tall"; in fact, sir, from 5 ft 6
in. and upwards, every man and boy is aggrieved and anxious to assure you that
he is not the offender.
Now I think, sir, that semi-official statements of this kind ought
either not be made at all, or they ought to "strike home" and in the name of those
at whom the finger of suspicion has already been unjustly pointed, I
indignantly protest against the matter being allowed to rest in its present vague
and unsatisfactory state, and I call upon Mr. DIXON to enlighten the public as
to the identity of the offender, so that he may be properly punished by fine
or otherwise, for his misdemeanour.
No consideration as to the social position of the culprit ought to
interfere with the fulfillment of this public duty, and when Mr. DIXON knows that
many are now innocently blamed, I feel confident from his past fearless
public conduct, that he is not the man to shirk carrying a thing of this kind
through to its legitimate end. - Yours &c.,
-AN IMPLICATED SIX-FOOTER.
Maryport, March 9th.