Mexborough Times 26 April 1878
Threatening Language among Women at Conisboro´.
Mary Belk, a married woman of Conisboro´, was summoned by Hannah Worrall, of the same place, for using threatening language to her on 6th, inst.
Complainant stated that on the day in question. Defended use some very threatening language to her, saying she would kill them all, big and little if they would only come out, if she did not she hoped h—- would fetch her. Swore she would kill (complainant) over and over again.
In answer to Mr Hall Complainant said it occurred on the 6th and she did not take out the summons until the 15th. She (defendant) had not struck early during that time because she did not give the privilege.
Thomas Belk, the husband of complainant, gave corroborative evidence stating that Mrs Belkhad struck a little girl across the eyes with a shoe brush when she was coming up the passage, and that she had used language not fit for a beast to hear.
For the defence, a Mrs Curtis and Thomas Launders, gave evidence to the effect that the complainant used equally bad language to defendant. The language alleged to be have been used is not fit for publication. So far a striking the complainant’s child was concerned it was alleged to have been merely a touch with the brush in passing her, all done in fun.