Dead Dogs, little girls and sausage shops
From the Bury Free Press, August 26th 1893.
At a Coroners Court at Mortlake which held an inquiry into the death of a female child of unknown parentage. George Newman said he was engaged by the riverside when he saw a parcel floating in the water
Upon getting it out he found it was a young child.
“what were you doing, it is a wonder you did not bury this"
"if it had been in a sack I should have buried it."
Coroner to witness
"How many dead dogs do you get?"
"Well me and my mate have buried 41 dogs today, that is from Putney to the Ship at Mortlake"
"I hope there are no sausage shops in the neighbourhood, one would never have thought there were that many dead dogs. How often do you hunt for these dogs?"
"every day sir, sometimes we get 60 some days 40 sometimes only 25"
"Then you have had field day today with 41, how much per head do you get for them?"
"I get so much per week sir"
"I suppose it would not do as you would be putting them back"
"I wish they would sir."