Aeronaut becomes licensee of White Hart

Derby Daily Telegraph – Monday 22 September 1890


Mr. William John Harris, the present occupier, sought to have the license of the White Hart hotel, Upper-green, Mitcham, transferred from himself to Capt. William Dale, the well-known aeronaut. The chairman asked the incoming tenant whether it was his intention to give exhibitions of ballooning at the house.

Captain Dale : No, sir.
Dr. Carpenter: Because it stands to reason that when you are up in the air you cannot be attending to your business.
Captain Dale : No, sir.
Dr. Carpenter : Then the license will be transferred to you on condition that you will not practise ballooning there, whatever you may do elsewhere.

The transfer was effected.

Note: it is not known whether he was related to the Dale family in Mitcham that ran various pubs.

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