SARAH SMITH, who might at one time have had a very decent mug of her own,
“Before Decay’s effacing fingers
Had swept the line where beauty lingers,”
was charged by her masters with obstropulosity, in not getting up when called, and when up, lounging about the house yawning. If spoken to, the answer was, “oh, don’t bother;” then she would become sulky, and sit and smoke, and smoke and sit again, till finding that she grew worse instead of better, she was sent to the watch-house, and the Bench sent her to Mrs. GORDON’S school of reform.
See Original: “Police Incidents,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848) Friday 1 November 1833, p.3