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STRAITGE CONDUCT OF A GENTLEMAN. At the Marlborough-street Police-court, London, Nigel Young, 30, no occupation, residing at 4, Jer- myn-street, was charged with stealing sixpennyworth of whisky at Hatchet's Hotel, Piccadilly. Mr. Tickell, barrister, appeared for the defence. Mary Holliday said she was barmaid at Hatchet's Hotel, and on the previous evening, about seven o'clock, the prisoner came into the bar and asked to be served with some brandy and soda. As he had not paid the bill for some refreshments he had on the day before she refused to serve him. The prisoner brought in with him a tramp, for whom he also ordered refresh- ments. When the accused, whom she knew as a cus- tomer, found he was not going to be served, he poured out some whisky for himself and some brandy for the tramp. After this she cleared the counter, but the prisoner succeeded in getting some more liquor, and smashed a glass on the floor. Mr. Walter Corner, superintendent at the hotel, said he asked the accused to leave the place quietly, and told him if he did so nothing more would be said about the matter. By this time a crowd of about loQ people had assem- bled outside. As the accused would not leave he sent for the police. There was no desire on the part of Hatchett's Hotel Company to press the charge, which, in fact, was preferred against him mainly with the idea of getting him out of the house. On the occasion in question the defendant, who was not the worse fr.r drink, acted like a lunatic. Sergeant Leverington stated that when he was called to the prisoner he had his coat off, and appeared to be in a very excited state. The accused refused to put his coat on, and ran all the way to the police-station. Witness found it difficult to keep up with him. When he got there he walked straight into the dock, and when charged made no reply. Mr. Newton (to the prisoner): Can you explain your conduct ? The prisoner This man (meaning the tramp) wanted bread and meat, and I ordered a pint of beer and some cold meat for him, and they would not serve me. The man was starving, and as an Englishman I could not stand it. (Hero the accused burst out crying.) Mr. Newton The reason they would not serve you was probably because you had not paid for what you bad the night before. The accused: I did not refuse to pay my bill, and besides there were plenty of my friends there who would have paid it for me. Mr. Newton: As the prosecutors desire to withdraw from the case you will have to find one surety in the sum of £50 to keep the peace for three months.

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