Pranks are a mind­less way to start new year

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

Jan­uary 4, 1919 New Year’s Eve Pranks Peo­ple are more or less used to New Year’s Eve jokes, and when they are harm­less, even though a lit­tle an­noy­ing to those whose ex­pense they are prac­tised, no very hard words are said. But a joke is a joke. When it comes to the de­struc­tion and dis­fig­ure­ment of prop­erty it passed be­yond that stage. The thought­less band of hood­lums who were guilty of such prac­tices at Rochester on Tues­day de­serve to be pros­e­cuted and made to pay to the last penny the dam­age they caused. To daub multi-coloured paints on doors, win­dows, signs, show­cases and etc is about the poor­est and mean­est class of joke pos­si­ble. This was done in a whole­sale man­ner on busi­ness places, banks, of­fices, and al­most every build­ing and sev­eral signs in the prin­ci­pal busi­ness streets. A den­tal show­case at Mr Lon­don’s phar­macy was smoth­ered with paint, and win­dows, doors etc at nu­mer­ous other places re­ceived the van­dals’ dis­fig­ur­ing at­ten­tion. The wooden sign and win­dow sign at our of­fice shared the fate of many oth­ers — be­ing par­tially oblit­er­ated: ‘‘Parn­aby and Fletcher,’’ for in­stance, was by oblit­er­a­tions con­verted into ‘‘ANA and FETHER’’ — a good joke, surely! The po­lice pa­trolled the street un­til af­ter one o’clock, but it is ev­i­dent that the mis­cre­ants watched the guardians of the law go home be­fore sneak­ing out with pot and brush. Early on New Year’s Day, the Se­nior Con­sta­ble and his staff took the mat­ter in hand, and their en­quiries have borne fruit. They are to be thanked for let­ting all per­sons not res­i­dent on the premises dis­fig­ured know as soon as pos­si­ble what had oc­curred. This gave some chance to clean off the paint be­fore it was dry, but the work could not even then be done sat­is­fac­to­rily and with­out, in many cases, bad dis­fig­ure­ments. The po­lice are on the track of the cul­prits; have found out that they broke open and pur­loined the paint from Mr. A. B. Humphris’ paint store room; and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Lind­say is in the hope of get­ting suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to bring the jok­ers to book.

Photo: State Li­brary of Vic­to­ria.

This im­age is of flood­ing in Rochester in 1923/24 look­ing down Gillies St to­wards the water tower. Have a photo you’d like to share? Email ed­i­to­[email protected]­paspe­ or bring it in on Wednes­day be­tween 10am and 2pm.

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