Bad Night for Day

January 1896

Mexborough and Swinton Times January 10, 1896

A Bad Night for Day

A Sheffield cab driver, named John Day, who appeared in the dock with his head wrapped in surgical bandages, was charged at the instance of PC Midgley (Denaby) with being drunk in charge of a horse and Hansom cab at Denaby on the morning of the second int.

The officers stated that about half past one in the morning he received information that a man that fallen off the seat of a hansom cab. He was unconscious. Witness took him to the police station at Swinton, and it was 7 o’clock before he became conscious. He then complained that he had lost his watch and about 28 shillings. He smelled very much of rum. He had lost two rugs from the seat of the cab.

Prisoner said he was all right when he was going up Rawmarsh Hill, because he could remember standing up to ease the horse, which was the usual thing for the handsome cab drivers to do when going uphill.

When he got to the church some people asked him to have a drink out of a bottle. He drank something which he believed was rum this. After that he remembered absolutely nothing more until he found himself in the Swinton police station about 7 o’clock in the morning.

The chairman remarked that he should be careful when drinking out of bottles. E seem to have a very good character, judging from a communication that are been received from Mr Shillitoe of Manchester.

He would be fined 10 shillings and costs.