When the bells rang out for Annie

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Press report dated 2nd October 1884

On Thursday 2nd October 1884 William Horn, aged 47, was taken before the Brighton magistrates charged with damaging a balustrade at the ‘White Eagle Hotel’ in Queen’s Road.

The prisoner was trying various doors

On Wednesday night the owner, John Box, was alarmed by a number of guests ringing their bedroom bells. On emerging from his room to ascertain the cause, he found the prisoner in his trousers and socks, trying the various doors and ringing bells on the landings.

Said he was looking for Annie

Mr Box told the magistrates that the man said he was looking for ‘Annie’, whom he threatened to kill. On being approached, Horn broke off one of the banister rails and endeavoured to hit the landlord over the head. But Mr Box eluded him and sent for the police, who took the prisoner into custody.

Unable to understand the charge

It was assumed that the man was drunk, but in court he seemed incapable of understanding the charge. He was therefore remanded so that his friends could be notified.


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 52, November/December 1984; and reprinted in No 210, May/June 2011]

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