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Sheep lights, tomato throwers and ‘the fiery cross’ of Larkin

November 29, 1913.

The justice of the King’s Bench Divisional Court, upon an appeal from Suffolk, said there is no duty in law upon a person in charge of sheep on a public road at night time to carry a light. They ordered a new trial of an action in which Judge Eardley Wilmot, sitting at Halesworth, had decided differently.

An Ipswich drover accompanied by a dog was taking a flock of 100 sheep along a lane after dark. A motor cab ran into the sheep and killed three. The owner of the sheep sought to recover £5 1s damages.

Mr Justice Bray: I should say the running into a flock of sheep is prima facia evidence of negligence on the part of the motor-car driver. A motor-car must have sufficient light.

Mr Justice Bray said it would be most unreasonable to the farmers to require a person to precede the flock warning drivers.

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Miss Kathleen Ward was one of the heroines of a scene at the Old Bailey, when suffragettes defied the majesty of the law in its very temple.

Miss Ward threw a tomato at the clerk of the court, but, as that official declined to prosecute, she left the court a free woman.

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Mr James Larkin, the Dublin strike leader, has arrived at Liverpool from Dublin. He has been addressing meetings in Manchester and London. His purpose is, as he says, to raise “the fiery cross” and win support for the strikers.

 

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