Luke Slaven, a miner, employed at the Hilda Pit, was summoned for having taken a tobacco pipe down the pit, in contravention of the Miners Regulation Act. Mr. Heckles, overman, stated that on Thursday last, he, in going his rounds down in the pit, overhauled the defendant's clothes, and found a tobacco pipe. The defendant said he took the pipe down by mistake. Mr. Heckles, in reply to the Bench, said he had no previous cause of complaint against the defendant. Under these circumstances the Bench mitigated the penalty to 5s.
Newcastle Courant (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England), March 31, 1876.