31 May, 2013

May 31 Much frivolity and jocularity in Dunolly Court House

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The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser reported that -
A rather comical incident is related in connection with the visit of the choir and band of the Victorian
Asylum and School for The Blind to Dunolly last week. 
A number of the male pupils were located in the Court House, in Broadway, and "the novelty and grandeur of their surroundings was fully explained to them but probably the explanation failed to impress them as much it might have been expected".  
After the concert the youths were brought to their temporary abiding place, where they were to pass the night in a rather uncongenial atmosphere. The solemn influence of the place had not a depressing effect however. Though afflicted, the youths had a keen sense of the humorous, and, finding that their situation was not conducive to sleep they sought some harmless mode of passing the dreary hours in their rather dreary abode. 
Mr and Mr Ison, who .had very kindly consented to take charge of number of the pupils, were disturbed during the night by sounds rising from in the Temple of Justice, and deemed it prudent and kind to see if the young men were as comfortable as circumstances would allow, and that the sanctity of the building was being preserved.. 
They procured a light and very quietly entered the building, which, until their arrival had been in complete darkness, but a scene was revealed which caused the spectators the most intense amusement:- In the chair of the chief magistrate sat one of the pupils, with an assumption of dignity which was irresistible; in the prisoner's box were two culprits charged with some offence while alongside stood two of the company who evidently represented the guardians of law and order. In the jury box were a number of others, who were listening in solemn silence to a charge from the judge on the heinousness of the offence of eating too much plum pudding at dinner, evidently the crime with which the culprits had been charged.
The visitors had gone in quietly, and were highly amused spectators for a few minutes, during which the prisoners were found guilty, and the judge solemnly sentenced each to be stood  his head for ten minutes to assist digestion, a sentence which probably might have been carried out had not  the amused spectators found it  impossible to control their mirth. 
There was a general stampede and the place was soon in darkness and silence.

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1 comment:

Andrew said...

Good laugh and the scenario would even appeal to kids now.

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