Mexborough and Swinton Times March 5, 1886
Over-Watered Gin and whisky
George Adwick, landlord of the Eagle and Child Inn, Conisboro’, was summoned for adulterating gin with water.
Supt. Blake said he purchased from the defendant a pint of gin, for which he paid 1s. 8d. The public analyst certified that it was adulterated to the strength of 42½ degrees. –
Defendant said he bought the gin as being 17 degrees below proof, and he only put in the proper amount of water.
Lord Auckland: You mean you have over-watered it?
Defendant: No, it ought to have been 17 under proof, and it is 22.
Lord Auckland: Did you have it tested?
Defendant: I have had it tested since..
A fine of 28s. and 18s. 6d. costs was imposed.
Defendant: Very kind of you.
More Weak Whiskey
Charles Long, landlord of the Star Inn, Conisboro’, for whom Mr. Hall appeared, pleaded guilty to selling Scotch whiskey 38½ degrees under proof, and gin 38½ degrees under proof.
Mr. Hall facetiously remarked that his client sold very little Scotch whiskey and the gin was not so bad.
A penalty of 20s. and costs was inflicted.