LOOK BACK IN TIME: Saturday 27 April 1901

The Isle of Wight Observer published on 27th April, 1901, carried a sad tale of a child who was sent to the workhouse until a place could be found for her at a reformatory. The magistrates evidently thought that her father was not a good role model for her after he tried to blame them for her crimes.

A SMALL THIEF.

Ada Tuck, a little girl, living in Sea Street, Newport, who was remanded a fortnight ago for stealing money from the till at the Sloop Inn, Cowes, was again before the Court.

The Magistrates’ Clerk (Mr J. Fardell) said he had made enquiries at several industrial schools, but there was no vacancy. He suggested that she should be sent to a reformatory. Since being remanded the girl had committed a similar offence, stealing 18s.

The girl’s mother was a cripple.

The magistrates ordered the accused to be remanded to the Workhouse while arrangements were being made for her to be sent to a reformatory for five years. The girl was removed from the Court sobbing bitterly. The father, who was in Court, was asked why he did not keep control over the girl. He said he did his best, but the Magistrates allowed a fair to come into the town, which enticed his daughter away. She was a good girl previous to that time. As the father’s behaviour was somewhat insolent, he was told not to be rude to the Bench. Asked by Major Arnell why he did not appear a fortnight ago, Tuck said he had no intimation of the charge.