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RUEBEN MOORE 1859
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Mr. Moore sued George Bullen, Friday 18th March 1859 for the recovery of £3 1s 1d, the balance of account run up for a series of jollifications.
` It would be impossible to give anything like a faithful description of the amusement which the hearing of this case created. At times the Judge, counsel and audience were convulsed with laughter .....'
The Plaintiff was represented by his wife, in whose individuality was furnished a most truthful illustration of the saying that ` the grey mare's the better horse', for although a very old woman, she cross-examined the defendant with the utmost coolness, firmness and wit; the result being a complete vindication of the correctness of her claim.
It appeared that the defendant, while free from any charge of want of bravery on the battle-field, had never mustered courage enough to take unto himself a wife; but his attachment to the fair sex was nevertheless of the most enthusiastic kind; he had frequently entertained four or five females at one time at the Crown & Anchor.
Bullen was accused of using disgusting language in the house and of calling down Mrs. Moore, in her nightgown, to draw him more beer.
Since Bullen was drawing a pension of £20 per annum he was ordered to pay 30s on the first quarter day and the remainder three months afterwards.