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From ‘The Western Daily Mercury’- 6th July 1860

James Turpin, an apprentice in the employ of Messrs. Gent, shipbuilders, was charged with having absented himself from his master’s employ. The defendant, who resides at Newpassage, has for some time past neglected to appear at six o’clock in the morning, the time appointed for the commencement of his duties, and in defiance of the foreman’s orders for him to attend more punctually to his labour he remained away altogether on the 3rd inst. He had before been summoned, and admonished by the magistrates, but he still kept up a determined opposition to the regulations of the yard. He was sentenced to 21 day’s hard labour.

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