Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 10 February 1908
Master and Servant Action At Doncaster
Alfred Appleyard, farmer, Conisborough, claimed £5 damages from George Marshall, farm labourer, Brigg, for leaving his service before the expiration of the term, and there was counter claim for balance of wages, Mr. I. Allen appeared for complainant.
It was stated that defendant was engaged in May at £14 for the year. He commenced work, and everything proceeded amicably until January 28, when his mother came and took him away.
A witness stated that on one occasion he and defendant went to Conisborough and stayed until 11 o’clock. When they got back the house was looked up, and they had to sleep in the stable.
Mr. Allen: The stable not a bad place to sleep in pinch.—Witness: Well, you can make yourself comfortable. (Laughter).
Defendant swore that Mr. Appleyard ordered him off the premises, and took him at his word.
The Magistrates decided that the man had been dismissed and allowed him his wages up to the time of his leaving.