A few months ago I mentioned how I’d bought the bound copies of past Truth newspapers from its receiver. Remember as recently as 1980 Truth was the nation’s biggest circulation newspaper by a country mile.
Here’s an amusing item from April, 1933.
“A small frail 36 year old woman, Olive May Waldron, described as a domestic and of low type mentally was sentenced to a year in prison on a charge of being an incorrigible rogue.
Six of her eight children were in state care. She admitted two were dark and had a “Hindoo” Father”.
The definition of what constitutes an “incorrigible rogue” was not given. Nevertheless if that was still an offence, probably a tenth of our population would be behind bars.