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1889, James Glen - Unfit For Publication
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Illawarra Mercury, Sat 27 Apr 1889 1

(Open to Casual Contributors.)

    Typhoid is said to have made its appearance at the Lake.

    Thirty-two men were arrested in a gambling den at the rear of the Dog and Duck Hotel, in George-street, Sydney. The accused are all young men, and Europeans.

    With 240 boys aboard, the Vernon accommodation is greatly overtaxed, so much so that some arrangements should be made to relieve the training ship of a large number of permanent occupants.

    The number of adult members of the Independent Order of Good Templars in New South Wales is 15,144; a decrease on the previous of 1534. Including juvenile Templars the number of members good on the books is 19,140.

Judge Alfred Paxton Backhouse, 1913. Image: NSW State Library collection. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Judge Alfred Paxton Backhouse, 1913. Image: NSW
State Library collection. Reproduction: Peter de Waal

    Mr John Henry, fruiterer, of Crown-street, who claims to have the gift of prescience, says that Mr Egeson, of the Sydney Observatory, is out of it with his weather prognostications. According to the former there will be no rain for the next four weeks, while the latter, who bases his calculations on scientific data, states that there will be heavy rains and probably floods at the end of this month or beginning of May. Time will tell who is correct.

    Sir Henry Parkes thinks the appointment of the Vines Diseases Board a great mistake, and altogether ridicules the idea of any practical results being brought about by the members of that body, who invented unjustifiable expenses and did no good. Unless these gentlemen thought well to retire from their positions, he must ask Parliament to repeal tho Act. The only proper way to eradicate disease in vineyards, in his opinion, was the appointment of a competent inspector.

    At the Bulli Police Court, on Wednesday, James Glen, better known as “Dr” Glen, was committed to take his trial at the ensuing Quarter Sessions on a charge of sodomy.

    Glen is a highly educated man, was at one time teller in the Bank of New Zealand, and latterly had been an insurance agent representing the Australian Widows’ Society. Still more recently he had been employed as a laborer at Otford and on the Southern Coal Company’s works. His sad degeneracy is due to drink.

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The Daily Telegraph, Mon 13 May 1889 2

(By Telegraph.)

    WOLLONGONG, Saturday.—The Quarter Sessions opened here to-day before Judge Backhouse. Mr Butterworth prosecuting for the Crown.

    Charles Woods, for attempted suicide, was sentenced to two months imprisonment in Darlinghurst Gaol.

    John Schnlpher, an old man of 78 years, for a similar offence, was ordered to be sent to the Benevolent Asylum.

    Algernon Smith, found guilty of indecently assaulting a little girl of eight years of age, was remanded for sentence. Prisoner had previously been convicted of a similar offence.

    James Glen, charged with attempting to commit an unnatural offence, was acquitted.

    The court will be continued on Monday.

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Evening News, Wed 15 May 1889 3


    WOLLONGONG, Tuesday.—On Saturday and Monday Judge Backhouse presided over the Court of Quarter Sessions.

    In the case of Charles Woods, who was charged with attempting to commit suicide, the medical evidence was to the effect that he was not yet fit to be at large, and he was therefore ordered to Darlinghurst for two months, more for his protection than punishment.

    John Sculpher, [sic] a very feeble old man, for a similar offence, was ordered to be imprisoned for forty-eight hours, the Judge making an order for his admission to the Benevolent Asylum.

    Algernon Smith, for an assault upon a little girl 8 years of age, was sentenced to penal servitude for five years. The prisoner pleaded hard to be leniently dealt with, so that he might return to the old country and his friends there, to make a fresh start in life, his life here having been a failure.

    James Glenn [aka–Glen] was found not guilty of a charge of attempting to commit an unnatural offence, and he was discharged.

    James Joseph McCarthy, on a charge of obtaining a cheque by means of false pretences, was found not guilty and discharged.

    In the case of John Loudic, charged with assaulting a married woman, the jury were locked up for the night.


1     Illawarra Mercury, (Wollongong, NSW), Sat 27 Apr 1889, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2     The Daily Telegraph, (Sydney, NSW), Mon 13 May 1889, p. 3. Emphasis added.

3     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 15 May 1889, p. 6. Emphasis added.