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Police v. Monfe, 1891


Police v. Monfe

Italian Consul, Shanghai
3 October 1891
Source: North China Herald, 9 October, 1891

Shanghai, 3rd October.
Before E. Ghisi., Esq., Acting Consul.
  This case was adjourned from Thursday when the defendant, an unemployed Italian, was charged with being drunk and assaulting and wounding Cecilia Lomage in "The Travellers" on Wednesday afternoon by throwing a tumbler at her, striking her on the head and cutting it, thereby doing her grievous bodily harm.
  Dr. Blanc who had attended the injured girl said that the wound so far had not resulted in serious complications, but would take some time to heal.
  The defendant said he had been drinking in The Travellers; he had taken brandy, absinthe, white wine and other drinks and they had caused such a confusion in his inside that he did not know what had happened. He said, however, that a girl named Horwitz, the daughter of the proprietress of "The Travellers" had used insulting language towards him, and entered into a wordy warfare with the girl's mother.
  The girl denied the imputation.
  His Worship, having had the depositions taken on Thursday read over and signed, sentenced the defendant to fifteen days imprisonment and then to be deported.
  He then spoke to the proprietress and told her that she was partly to blame for what had happened. He said she had no right to supply the defendant with so much drink. Whereupon she interrupted the Consul and created a scene in Court. She refused to be quiet, told the marshal to "shut up" and said she wanted justice and abused the Italian Government in general and the Consulate in particular. The Consul politely gave her a hint to leave the Court, which she did, muttering something about wanting justice, being willing to pay the expenses and demanding that the defendant should be sentenced to a longer term of imprisonment.

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