CUFF Julia

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by Reg Jackson

Born c1862 in Bristol (81C).

1881 46 Lewis Street, St Philip’s parish (19) (81C).
1881  3 Oct. ‘Julia Cuff, a young woman, was charged with stealing three washing basins, the property of her employers, Messrs Pountney and Co., Victoria Pottery, St Philip’s Marsh.  It appears from the evidence of Thomas Garbutt, the foreman, that the prisoner had been in the employ of the company for about four years.   On Friday, witness stopped Cuff when leaving work, outside the premises, and found she was carrying three unfinished basins towards her home.  He made her return them to the warehouse, and the prisoner asserted that the articles were given to her by the warehouse woman, who, however, had no such authority.  Julia Smith, the person in question, said she gave the bowls, thinking that Cuff intended to use them in the pottery for carrying things about, and not supposing she would take them home. The prosecutor did not press the charge, this being the prisoner’s first offence; but as these thefts had been going on some time, the firm felt bound to make an example of her. Neither of the women would be employed there again. Prisoner asked the bench to deal leniently with her, saying she took the bowls for her fowls to drink out of. Discharged with a caution, on promising to behave honestly in future’ (Bristol Mercury).

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