Guy Fawkes Orgies.
— On Thursday morning, William Wallace, labourer, of 12, Rock-terrace, Mitcham, whose face was blackened apparently through a liberal application of burnt cork, was charged before the Croydon magistrates with wilfully breaking a square of glass, value 1s., the property of Mr. Barnard Cox, of 6, Dixon’s-cottages, Figg’s-marsh, Mitcham. The prosecutor stated that Wednesday evening, six or seven persons, among whom was the prisoner, came rushing into his shop, and made a disturbance. He asked them to leave quietly, but they only made more noise. At last they went outside, and the defendant, flourishing a stick which he carried, broke a square glass.
— The Bench appeared to think that the damage was done more accident than design, and after asking the defendant the meaning his blackened face, he was ordered to pay a shilling for the damage, and was discharged with a caution not to get into such a scrape again.
Saturday 25th January, 1873
Marriage Chart— Robinson.– Jan. 21, at St. John’s, Hammersmith, by the Rev. J. Galloway Cowan, Robert Masters, younger son of Edwin Chart, of Mitcham, to Florence, second daughter of Christopher Robinson, of Blackfriars Road and Mitcham
Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 25 January 1873 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)
The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1933, as reported in the Mitcham News & Mercury of 27th January, 1933:
MR. CHART’S DIAMOND WEDDING
Congratulations from Croydon Bench
On taking his seat on the Bench at the Croydon County Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, the chairman, Sir Arthur Spurgeon, said their deputy chairman, Mr. R. M. Chart, was elsewhere celebrating an anniversary that came seldom in a man’s life. It was his diamond wedding celebration, and, added Sir Arthur, “I am sure my colleagues will permit me to express publicly how delighted we are that one who has been with us for so many years and has now reached the age of eighty-two, should be able to celebrate his wedding, which took place in 1873. We will send him our warmest congratulations.:
The following telegram was dispatched by the magistrates: “Your colleagues on the Croydon County Bench send warmest congratulations to bride and bridegroom of January 21.”