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An amus­ing case aris­ing out of the Christ­mas sea­son was heard at the Southamp­ton County Bench, when Harry Stroud Chant, a mar­ried man, and land­lord of a ho­tel, was sum­moned for kiss­ing Ma­bel El­iz­a­beth Othen on De­cem­ber 29th.

The of­fence was not de­nied, and it was stated that the de­fen­dant re­garded the mat­ter as a Christ­mas joke, and had a sprig of mistle­toe at the time. When the girl’s father com­plained, the de­fen­dant said a lot of peo­ple had kissed his wife this Chris­ti­mas time, and he thought he would re­turn the com­pli­ment. For the de­fence it was urged that it was an act of sea­son­able folly to af­firm the cus­tom of the neigh­bour­hood.

The Chair­man said re­spectable girls must be pro­tected from such fool­ish as­saults, and the de­fen­dant was fined 10s and­costs.

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