A FRAIL PENITENT
LUCY CRANE, a female prisoner of the Crown, was introduced to their Worships notice, but NICHOLLS the constable, who picked her up in the street, knowing her to be a runaway from her assigned service. She had been absent three weeks. The constable found her in the act of ascending the steps of a shoemaker’s house, in George-street, but would not undertake upon himself to say, that the occupier of that house was the person who had harboured her, although he had some rude suspicions of such being the case.
The female, in defence, said that it was ill-treatment she received in the course of her service that induced her to quit it.
The Magistrate asked her where she had been living during the three weeks past. The woman positively refused to reveal the name of the person who had received and protected her.
The woman’s mistress having given her a good character, the Magistrate said, that in consideration of that she would be sentenced to two months stay only with the third class in the Factory.
Prisoner: I thank your Worship for the lenity you have been pleased to show me, but three months have yet to pass before the terms of my original sentence will transpire.
Magistrate: You seem a well informed woman. It is so much the better for you, that your sentence is so short. Improve your liberty when you become due for it to the best advantage. If you happen to form an acquaintance with any one of either sex, make that acquaintance proper, and, in time, you may become happier and reformed.
See Original: “OFFENCES,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW: 1824 – 1848), Wednesday 14 May 1828, p.3