Stevens 1883-03-01

A close up of a newspaper

Saw on Mr. Elley’s desk a note addressed to him, of which the appended is a copy.

“Sir, will you be kind nafe to punish Dane Alcock as we cant do anythink with him at home and he curshis and swars when he coms out of school most drefel

John Holtom”

The child in question is a bastard of John Holtom’s second wife. He is a mild looking white haired child of about 6 years of age who appears half starved.

John Holtom is a very vile fellow though he is a “teetotaller”.