" David Hudson and John Gill, two young men from Yeadon
were brought before the West Riding Justices charged with being upon the lands
of J Barstow Esq. - armed in the night time for the purposes of killing game.
The game-keepers of Mr Barstow were called,
who proved the fact of their having been there in company with others and that
Hudson had repeatedly threatened to shoot them if they advanced.
Mr Ferns advised the bench on behalf of
Hudson and called a witness to prove an alibi.
Mr Rhodes, in delivering
the judgement of the Court, said that the gentlemen who had addressed the Court
on behalf of Hudson had very clearly and ably pointed out to them the danger of
It leads to every crime and ends in the disgrace of a
respectable family by a child's misconduct and if persisted in eventually
brings the parties to an untimely and ignominious end ; and after a most
affecting address from the Bench, fined Hudson £5 and costs and Gill 40s (£2)
and costs and hoped what had been said would be a warning for the future".
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling