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Sly grog selling on the road

The Police caught James Carroll on the road near Albury illegally selling liquor from his cart.

23 July 1853
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Australian National Dictionary Centre, The Gold Rushes and Australian English: a resource for researchers, teachers and students, Australian National University, 2005, http://www.anu.edu.au/andc/res/aus_words/gold/index.php. Details
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SCRAPS FROM THE OVENS. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Spring Creek, 26th July, 1853. POLICE OFFICE.—On the 23rd inst., James Carroll[,] charged by Detective Officer Fenning with carrying about liquors for sale in a cart, on the high road between Albury and the Black Dog Inn, was convicted of the said offence by Messrs. Campbell and Jones, the magistrates, and sentenced to forfeit his cart, three horses, liquor, utensils, and other property. On the same day George Bailey, whose tent had been seized and liquor confiscated last week, on account of sly-grog-selling, and who had contrived to elude the vigilance of the police, was brought up on warrant, and being convicted of keeping a notoriously disorderly tent, as well as of sly-grog-selling, was sentenced to four months’ hard labor in the Melbourne Gaol, the magistrates not deeming it expedient to give him the option of paying a fine, though he earnestly requested them to do so. The Bench have declared their intention of pursuing this course of inflicting imprisonment instead of fine, in all aggravated cases of sly-grog-selling that may come before them. The Police Magistrate stated in Court on Saturday that the Government Surgeon had repeatedly informed him of the daily instances occurring of the awful effects of hocussed liquor sold in sly-grog-shops, and that charges of robbery and violence were constantly brought before the Court, originating in sly-grog-shop quarrels, and that he was determined to do all in his power to abate the nuisance. Charges of grog-selling have of late been brought against two of the principlal stores here: one charge has failed, and the other is still pending before the Bench. Argus,30 July 1853