Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 18 August 1897
The Darfield Postmaster in Terror.
Strange Allegations. .
At Barnsley today before Mr. C. Brady and a full bench. George Dickinson, postmaster Darfield preferred a charge of uttering threats against John Peatfield, labourer, and Elizabeth, his wife, on the 12th instand he prayed sureties of the peace against them, verily believing that lie was danger of receiving bodily harm their hands.
Mr. Carringtcn for complainant: Mr. Rideal for defendant.
The complainant’s case was that some time ago defendant’s son was in the defendant’s service at the post office, and consequence of certain reports the lad was dismissed from the service. This seemed have excited the anger of the defendants, and about eight o’clock on the morning the 12th when he delivering lettars Mrs. Peatfield ran out of her house, clenched her fist at complainant, and threatened him. Her husband followed, who was excited, and said he would “split him down the middle” and the female defendant said. “Yes, will help you.” They flourished their fists threateningly, and complainant believed that if sureties of the peace were not granted something would happen to him.
Mr. Rideal cross-examined complainant to show that defendants’ son had been the employ of the post office as letter carrier, and that he (complainant) had received 8s. 6d. weekly from the department, and had given the lad only 6s. a week, and that the discovery of this and a subsequent charge of dishonesty prepared by the complainant, and leading to the dismissal of the defendant’s son, was the cause of what took place; and further, that the “cutting down” referred was a “cutting down” in the price milk which complainant sold.
Defendant said he expected the “cutting down” was with the fist.
The Bench held there had been a quarrel, which should not have come before the court. Case dismissed.