Horsham workhouse inmate in court - February 1914

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

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A classic expression in this report - in and out like a dog at a fair’ but does anyone know where it originated?

“At the Horsham Town Hall on Wednesday morning before Mr H Padwick (in the Chair) and Mr E L Bostock, William Reynolds, a casual inmate of the Workhouse, was charged with assaulting Arthur Ridge, Porter at the Horsham Workhouse on January 27.

“He said he did not hit the porter at all, but was himself struck three times.

“The Porter gave evidence and in reply to the Bench said prisoner was a perfect nuisance in the Union; he was in and out like a dog in a fair.

“Prisoner was sentenced to a fortnight’s hard labour and told that he must behave himself whilst in the Workhouse.”