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From: "Cathy Joynt Labath" <>
Subject: !! Irish Catholic Chronicle; 14 Sept 1867
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 18:48:55 -0600

Irish Catholic Chronicle
Dublin, Ireland
Saturday, 14th September 1867

Mrs. M'Auley appeared on summons issued by
Messrs. Webb and Noonan, Clerks of the Markets, for
having, as alleged, sold to Mrs. Mary Nolan a loaf of
bread deficient in weight, contrary to the statute.
Catherine Madden, an assistant in Mrs. M'Auley's
shop, said that it was a cottage loaf, which should not
be of the weight of the ordinary loaf.
The Lord Mayor said it appeared to him, from the
testimony of the defendant's own witness, that the
act was evaded. No one purchasing this loaf would
suppose from its appearance that it was other than an
ordinary household loaf. He had heard the case with
great care, and he believed it was one which con-
cerned the public. He considered that it was an
evasion of the act to call this loaf fancy bread, and
that the case before him was one which, if the defend-
ant wished to appeal, might be decided by a higher
court. He was clearly of the opinion that the bread was
not sold by weight, and that it did not come within
the provision of the act regulating the sale of fancy
bread. He wished to give the defendant an opportu-
nity of appealing, and therefore he would inflict a
fine of 21s. He would not inflict so high a penalty but
for the purpose of enabling the defendant to appeal if
she thought proper.
Mr. Curran said he wished to know under what
power the Lord Mayor acted, as the question of juris-
diction might be raised on appeal.
The Lord Mayor said that he acted under the an-
cient charters and statuable rights of the Lord Mayor
of Dublin, and that he had full power over the assize,
and sale and weight of bread as clerk of the markets,
and it was his duty, acting as Lord Mayor, to enforce
the observance of the statutes of the realm touching
all commodities bought and sold in the city of Dublin,
and he would continue to do so as long as he filled
that office. It was, in truth, the highest and first
duty of the Lord Mayor to act as clerk of the markets,
and whatever conduced to the protection of those classes
of the community who were least able to protect them-
selves would find him an impartial defender, though
he only regretted he was not able to do so more com-
pletely that during his year of office he had done.

[Note: the Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1867 was William Lane Joynt]

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