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A Victorian Scrapbook

A Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles Compiled by George Burgess (1829-1905)

Victorian Culture and Life

Compilation of short humorous Victorian era newspaper articles...

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Short Victorian era Newspaper articles“My son,” said an old lawyer, giving advice to his son, who was just entering upon the practice of his father’s profession, “if you have a case where the law is clearly on your side, but justice seems to be against you, urge upon the jury the vast importance of sustaining the law. If, on the other hand, you are in doubt about the law, but your client’s case is clearly founded in justice, insist on the necessity of doing justice, though the heavens fall.” – “But,” asked the son, “how shall I manage a case where both law and justice are dead against me?” – “In that case, my son,” replied the old stager, “talk round it!”

In a back township of Upper Canada, a magistrate, who kept a tavern, sold liquor to the people till they got drunk and fought in his house. He then issued a warrant, apprehended them, and tried them on the spot, and, besides fining them, made them treat each other to make up the quarrel.

An anxious mother in Scotland taking leave of her son on his departure for England, gave him this advice: “My dear Sandy, my ain bairn, gang south, and get all the siller ye can from the Southerns – tak everything ye ean. But the English are a brave boxin’ people, an’ tak care o’ them, Sandy. Never fight a bold man, for ye canna catch him by the hair.”

And below - Translation from Scottish to Modern English

An anxious mother in Scotland taking leave of her son on his departure for England, gave him this advice: “My dear Sandy, my own child, going south, and get all the silver you can from the Southerners – take everything you earn. But the English are a brave boxing people, and take care of them, Sandy. Never fight a bold man, for you cannot catch him by the hair.”