Leeds nostalgia: landlady in dock for long pour

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On this day in 1905, a Friday, the Yorkshire Post had 12 pages crammed with news and gossip over 84 columns and it cost one penny.

It was a day of varied news, with one Yorkshire landlady being prosecuted for pulling too much beer. In a case which went before York Sessions, Clara Fawbert, landlady of the Brown Cow, Hope Street, York, was convicted under licensing laws after she pulled one pint and three quarters into a jug, instead of a pint.

Despite receiving more for his money, the customer questioned the measure and the landlady was reported to the authorities.

For the defence N Crombie submitted the offence was a technical one, adding ale was traditionally pulled into jugs using a method known as ‘the long pour’.

He added that the long pour was not against the interests of the customer, adding the law had been introduced to guard the customer’s interests.

However, the magistrates did not see it like that and ruled that a breach of the law had occurred.

The Lord Mayor said the words of the Act were very clear and there was no getting over them, adding: “The framers of the Act clearly intended persons should not have more than they asked for, quite as much as they should have less.” The case was settled by Ms Fawbert paying costs.

In other news, there was a discussion about the recent introduction of finger print evidence being used in Bradford, where it had been in use for 18 months and had helped in the conviction of many criminals.

Chief Constable of Bradford, Mr Joseph Farndale, in his annual report, praised the technique and said it had been useful in detecting crime and aiding in convictions.