An Unhappy Daughter.

May 1882

Mexborough and Swinton Times, May 26.

An Unhappy Daughter.

Annie Jane Lane, of Conisborough, a young woman, was said to have obtained 10 shillings by false pretences from Thomas Shutt, innkeeper and farmer, of Conisborough.

Mr J Palmer was for the prosecution.

Mr Shutt told that on Tuesday, May 9, Annie went to his house, at half past 11 in the morning, and said to him “I’ve come to borrow 10 shillings for my father. He’s going to the Denaby coal pit, and he forgot to put any money in his pocket; and I’ve left him at the bottom of the hill” – meaning Clifton Hill – “and he’ll bring the money back tonight if you will lend it to me.”

The landlord asked her “Who is your father?” She replied “Robert Lane of Crookhill Lodge.” Mr Shutt knew Lane and gave her the 10 shillings and she went away.

The father Lane now appeared, almost sobbing, and told that he didn’t authorise his daughter to borrow the money for him, and that, in fact, he didn’t see her on the day named.

Sgt Morley arrested her in Doncaster 10 days later, and charged her with the offence and she replied “yes, I got the money. I’ve been home, but mother wouldn’t let me have any, and I thought I get some from somewhere; and I think mother ought to pay it back.”

She now cried and said she was sorry for what she had done, and was committed for trial at the Rotherham quarter sessions on July 14.

Her age is about 24.