Alice Casey

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
23 March 1844

COUNTRY NEWS

PARAMATTA [sic]

POLICE OFFICE, 21ST MARCH, 1844

Prints and Drawings.—The female sex, from time immemorial, have ever betrayed fond partiality and attachment towards articles of adornment. It is a species of disease, as natural and incidental, as hooping [sic] cough, nettle rash, &c., to childhood; and its Diagnosis exhibits itself in various phases, sometimes in Adelaide boots and shoes, at others, in stays, caps, bonnets, and, at a third, in dresses;—in fact, the peculiar exhibition of the affliction depends much on the locality of the spot, and opportunity of contact with the “res infectae.” Under the influence of this direful disease, which had perhaps been a little heightened by imbibing some slight compound, which had its origin in the “far west,” or BOB COOPER’s big house, Miss ALICE CASEY betook herself, on Wednesday afternoon, to the shop of Messrs APPLETON and Co., rejoicing in the glorious name of Victoria House in this town, and politely requested that a few print dresses might be sent up to Mr. NASH’s, Woolpack Inn, for selection and sale. The wonder of any body in these dreadful hard times affording print dresses caused the shopman to dispatch them to the hostelrie pointed out in desperate haste. The trusty porter, once away, speeding on his errand, Miss CASEY returned, having remembered when there before to forget, that she wanted some bed-ticking, and asked to look at some. It was shown to her. CASEY careful and knowing how apt “good easy people”—and she was one—are to be imposed upon by having inferior articles put off as good through their being shown in a dark shop, went to the door to examine more fully into the nature and quality of the articles. No sooner arrived at the shop door, that she copied, as she said, the porter loitering on his way, and called out to him to make haste to NASH’s. The shopman fearing to lose the customer at the Woolpack, ran out, and so did Miss CASEY, but with a rather different object—he to hurry in taking prints on, and she to make dispatch in taking prints off. The shopman discovered, on his return to Victoria House, that CASEY had gone, and APPLETON’s goods were minus two pieces of print dresses. The porter, shortly afterwards returning, stated that no person at NASH’s had ever sent for the articles. In consequence thereof, the prisoner was pursued, and eventually captured, and the prints not being fast colors recovered. This being proved by two other witnesses, to one of whom the prisoner had stated on showing the dresses that she had found a prize—CASEY’s ideas some how conglomerating that prize and capture were allied — The Bench committed her for next Quarter Sessions, when in all probability this drawing of prints will induce lithographic studies at her Majesty’s Female Factory.


See Original: “COUNTRY NEWS. PARAMATTA,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Saturday 23 March 1844, p.3