They will never get him now

SINGULAR INCIDENT IN STRANGEWAYS.
A SMART POLICEMAN.

About noon on Friday a singular and exciting incident was witnessed in Strangeways. Two soldiers were seen running from new Bridge-street towards the Assize Courts, pausing now and again as if in doubt, and occasionally peering through the shop windows on either side of the way. It turned out that they had been escorting a prisoner who had contrived to make his escape. While the soldiers, who looked thoroughly scared, were meditating a descent into one of the shafts of the new sewer now in course of construction in Strangeways, a constable in the county force sat on the top of a tramcar going townwards and commented on their proceedings.

“They will never get him now,” said the policeman.

At that moment a man in plain clothes, having the appearance of a labourer, crossed from the footpath to the tramway, and without undue hurry got on to the car and took a place inside. The policeman promptly descended, and a minute later his fellow-passengers saw him rolling in the middle of the road under the railway viaduct with the man who, so to speak, had just stepped into his arms. The prisoner struggled desperately, but was at length overpowered and secured until the soldiers came panting up to resume possession.

Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury, Saturday 12 August 1893

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Editor’s Note: I am greatly obliged to the inestimable Mr Amateur Casual at The Victorianist, who has considered this humble blog worthy of being “tagged” in a “meme”. I am to dredge from my archives – like so many crushed oyster-shells from the clinging mud of the Thames – seven posts worthy of renewed attention.

I may point out that the majority of my posts gained NO ATTENTION WHATSOEVER ‘pon their first appearance, so I shall be only too glad to haul them into the roseate light of dawn and present them before my subscribers, (and may I address you directly, subscribers, and say that I am eternally grateful to both of you for your patronage of my work – perhaps one day we shall be the triumvirate of a new world order).

At the present time, however, I am happily (at least, as happily as one of my melancholic and poetic nature can expect) engaged in the only social habit that – in Mr Peacock’s words – the disappointed spirit never unlearns. Oh, Mr Co-operative’s cheapest bottle of Rioja, thou art the only styptic to a bleeding heart! Therefore I shall cogitate upon the meme for some time, and shall endeavour to complete it at some point in that abyss of potential (nay, inevitable) disappointment – THE FUTURE!

For now, my friends (though friendship is but a mayfly that began its day’s existence in innocence yet collided with a steam locomotive after no more than a minute) I shall…

I have forgotten my intention in starting the previous paragraph. Oh Morpheus, embrace me, for I am doomed to have no other bedfellow but thee.

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3 responses to “They will never get him now

  1. Permit me to make a suggestion; do you Tweet? on Twitter? Marvelous invention, generates vast page-views for my blog. You deserve more readers, your blog is most excellent.

    All the best.

  2. Your kind comments have made an otherwise gloomy day become tolerable!
    I have hitherto avoided Mr Twitter’s invention in the expectation that it would prove simply another source of despair, but I now suspect that I would do well to investigate it further.

  3. Indeed. I, too, kept it at arms length for as long as I could bear, fearing the march of progress – particularly in this so-called ‘social media’ industry – would turn me into some drooling and loathsome wretch.

    Then I started my blog and noticed that nobody was reading. ‘How to advertise?’ I wondered. It was then that I gave myself over. The move proved wise, and has generated over a quarter of all my page views.

    You must let me know when you sign up to the Twitter club; I shall have a brandy waiting upon the bar, and will, of course invest much publicity into your tremendous work here.

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