Sailor fights over ‘mongrel’: Admitted to bar

THIS DOG was befriended yesterday by sailors, who decked him in gay ribbons, stuck a flag in his collar and lined him up with them at a Perth hotel bar (where this picture was taken). This morning he was mentioned in Perth Police Court proceedings. A reference to him as a mongrel was said to have started a brawl in which a plate glass window was broken.

THIS DOG was befriended yesterday by sailors, who decked him in gay ribbons, stuck a flag in his collar and lined him up with them at a Perth hotel bar (where this picture was taken). This morning he was mentioned in Perth Police Court proceedings. A reference to him as a mongrel was said to have started a brawl in which a plate glass window was broken.

A be-ribboned dog caused a struggle between a soldier and a sailor in Wellington-street last night.

Climax came when the sailor crashed through a £16 plate glass window, gashing his ear.

Perth Police Court evidence today was that the argument started when the soldier greeted a dog ‘all tied up in ribbons’ with ‘Hullo mongrel.’ It was not the sailor’s dog but he took objection to the soldier calling the decorated animal a mongrel.

The soldier walked into a cafe but the sailor waited outside for him and when he came out there was a tussle ending in the sailor’s crash through the window.

The story was told when Ivor Francis Tomsett, 23-year-old engineer, and John Ernest Williams, 29-year-old stoker, were charged with fighting and wantonly damaging the window valued at £16/10/.

Tomsett pleaded not guilty to both charges. Williams, who appeared in Court with his head swathed in an iodine and blood-stained bandage, pleaded guilty to fighting, not guilty to the damage.

A constable said that about 6.45 last night he saw the pair grappling on the footpath.

Tomsett pushed Williams’ through the window.Tomsett said Williams was aggressive and “before I retaliated he had half undressed me.” He said he did not push Williams but that the sailor staggered back through the window.

Williams claimed that the soldier ‘king-hit’ him.

Charges against Tomsett were dismissed.

A white-uniformed naval officer addressed the Magistrate. He said Williams had an excellent record on the ship and was of good character.

Magistrate W. J. Wallwork fined Williams 10/ and costs on each charge and ordered him to pay £5 damages.

Williams had £2/13/½ on him when arrested.

– The Daily News (Perth, WA), Saturday 27 January 1940, page 1.



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