residing at Camerton, were charged with having stolen a duck, the property of
Wilfrid HARRIS, miner of Camerton, on Friday night last.
There was a second charge against the prisoners of stealing a hen from the
hen-house of Joseph ELLWOOD, of Camerton, on the same night, but this was not
It appeared from the evidence of Mrs. HARRIS, the prosecutor’s wife, ELLWOOD’
s son, and Police-constables TOWNSON and DALRYMPLE, that the four prisoners
had taken a duck from a barrel in which it was kept in HARRIS” garden to
COVERLEY’s house, where they prepared to cook it.
Finding that it was not going to be sufficient to appease their appetites
they made another raid, this time upon ELLWOOD’s hen-house, and made off with a
fine plump hen. ELLWOOD’s son heard the prisoners in his father’s hen-house
and “sneaked” up to COVERLEY’s back door, when the men had again entered the
house. From the conversation he heard he was satisfied that the prisoner’s
had stolen his father’s hen and HARRIS’s duck, and accordingly gave
information to both these parties.
The police were informed of the theft, and Police-constable TOWNSON and
Police-constable DALRYMPLE searched COVERLEY’s house, where they found some
feathers, a hen’s foot, and part of a cold roated duck ina tin. COVERLEY stated
that the remains were those of Mr. HARRIS’s duck and Mr. ELLWOOD’s hen. The
prisoners were then conveyed to the lock-up at Workington.
The men pleaded guilty to the charge, and each was fined 40s. Including
costs; in default, a month’s imprisonment with hard labour.