A Pettycoat Soldier
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BAILIE: Is that true, Ellen "
ELLEN: Yes Sir. I had on the uniform, but I had my own petticoats on inside. (Laughter).
SERGEANT: Why did you apprehend this lad ? (Laughter).
SERGEANT: Because she was dressed in soldier's clothes.
BAILIE: Is that all ?
SERGEANT: A great number of laddies and lasses were shouting and laughing.
BAILIE: But the woman herself made no row ?
THE ASSESSOR: The wearing of soldier's clothes is not an offence, is it ?
CAPTAIN SMART: Oh, yes, under the Mutiny Act. (Laughter).
BAILIE: Are you in the habit of putting on soldier's clothes, Ellen ?
ELLEN: No sir: I only did it as a lark. The soldiers - the other lassies' fellows (laughter) - who come to the house said they would give me half a munchkin if I would put them on and go down the Vennel. (Renewed laughter)
BAILIE: Well, you see what your lark has brought you to. Go away, and be careful for the future.
ELLEN: Thank you, sir.