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FREAK OF A COLONIAL GIRL

On March 6, at the Marlborough street Police Court, Harriet Muir (28), deioribed as an aotress, staying at Anderton'e Hotel, Fleet Btreet, was obarged with disorderly behaviour by appearing m male attite at Hamming's Bow. Mr Arthur Newton, solictor, appeared on the pri«ooer's behalf. The woman as she stood m the dock, with her hair out short and dressed m a black jacket, dark trousers, and a white silk neckcloth, would pass aa a very respect* able looking young man, When she walked, however, her gait was fatal to her disguise. Sergeant-Major Kttlman said that the prisoner presented herself on Tuesday afternoon at St George's Barracks for enlistment. She was asked the usual questions and answered them satisfactorily, but has her demeanour was not exaotly that of young men who usually join the army, he sent her to the doctor to be examined. She then immediately admitted her sex. A constable was sent for, but she was not given into custody, but requested to leave the barracks, f his she did, but outside caused a large crowd to assemble by refusing to go •way. Eventually she had 10 be taken to the police station. Mr Newton, for the defence, explained to the magistrate that the prisoner's father was a farmer at Ohristohurob, New Zealand. About four years ago the prisoner ran away from home, and she had been earning her living since then aa an aotress. Sht last week came to London from Bristol, where she had been aotlng, and put up at Ander- ; ton's hotel. Her objeot was to get to her father, and m furtherance of this she visited the docks and tried to get a post as stewardeis on board a ship. To her mortifioatlon she found that she did not understand sufficient about cooking to obtain suoh a plaoe, and m despair she determined, if possible, to enlist Mr Hannay ; " She would have found henelf m an awkward position if she bad en* listed." Mr Newton admitted that It was very foolish of her to attempt suoh • thing, but he asked the magistrate to put her baok till the attesnoon, as he was instructed by her friends m London that lomebody would then be m attendance with oloibes more suitable to her sex. Arrangements would be made to send her out to her father by the first steamer, Mr Hannay agreed with Mr Newton's proposition, and the prisoner was aocord. lngly put baok until later In the day.

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FREAK OF A COLONIAL GIRL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2125, 3 May 1889

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FREAK OF A COLONIAL GIRL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2125, 3 May 1889

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