UNDER THE MISTLETOE
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.