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Oxford Journal, 12 June 1779
And on Monday the 7th Inst. another lnquisition was taken at Winslow, in the County of Bucks, before the said Mr. Burnham, on View of the Body of John Higgons, a Labouring Man, who having drank about a Pint and a Half of Gin, soon afterwards fell down in the publick Street, and continued speechless for about six Hours, and then died, notwithstanding all possible Means used for his Recovery. – The Jury returned their Verdict, that he died by excessive Drinking.

Leighton Buzzard Observer, 30 June 1874
(Before E.W. Selby Lowndes, Esq., chairman, and J. W. S. Selby Lowndes, Esq).
  William Johnson, who said he came from Oxford, and was a cabinet maker, was brought up in custody, charged with having, on the 17th of June, at Winslow, feloniously stolen 5s., the moneys of James Chapman.
  James Chapman, the prosecutor, said: I am a labourer, and live at Botolph Claydon, in the parish of East Claydon.  On Wednesday, the 17th of June, I attended Winslow market, and sold two pigs to Mrs. Marshall, for £1 each.  She paid me in silver for them, and put it on the table before me.  A man like the prisoner pulled the money towards him, and I told him to put it back again, I could count it myself.  He pushed it on the table, and when I counted it there were 5s. short.  Mrs. Marshall came in and counted the money, and it was 5s. short.  I believe the prisoner is the man who was there.
  Cross-examined by the Prisoner: There was only one lot of money, and not three or four.  I did not know two-shilling pieces from half-crowns.
  Emma Clark said: I am a niece of Mrs. Marshall’s, who keeps the Crooked Billet public-house in Winslow, and I reside with her there.  I remember last Wednesday, the 17th of June.  I saw the prosecutor in the taproom; the prisoner was also there.  When I went into the taproom there was money on the table before the prosecutor.  It was all silver, and there were half-crowns amongst it.  I saw the prisoner pick the money up in his hand, and drop some of it into Chapman’s hand.  He kept two large coins back in his hand, and they looked like half-crowns.  I called my aunt, and she came and told Chapman to count his money.  The prisoner then left, and directly after he was gone it was found the money was 5s. short.  I am certain the prisoner is the man I saw with the money in his hand.  It was between four and five in the afternoon.
  William Folland said: I am a police-constable stationed at Winslow.  From information I received I apprehended the prisoner on the 17th inst., at the New Inn, at Padbury.  I charged him with stealing two half-crowns from the Crooked Billet public-house, at Winslow.  He said, “You have got the wrong man.”  I said, “You must go with me.”  I brought him to the lock-up, and found on him one half-crown, one shilling, one sixpence, and seven pence in coppers.
  Saul Saull said: I keep the Swan Inn at Winslow.  Last Wednesday afternoon I saw the prisoner.  I believe about two or three o’clock.  He called for a pint of ale, and he paid for it with half-a-crown.  I am not sure about the time.
  Thomas Oliver: I keep the Windmill public-house in Winslow.  The prisoner called at my house a week to day.  He had half-a-pint of four-penny beer and paid a penny, as that was all the money he had, and Mr. Matthews gave it to him. I saw no more money.  He wanted me to put a penny to it. It was one o’clock, and he stopped till two.
  Prisoner made a long statement, in which he addressed the prosecutor as his “friend,” and admitted that he was in the public-house and saw the money on the table; but had no remembrance of Miss Clarke, who, he seemed to think, must have made a mistake.  He declined, however, to cross-examine her.
  Prisoner was sent to gaol for six weeks, with hard labour, the chairman remarking that he was afraid it was not the first of his offences.

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