'Yesterday, at the Chaguanas Police Court, Sergt. Albert Parris charged an elderly woman named Caroline French with permitting the erection of a shouters' house in her lands at Perseverance Village, contrary to law. Insp. Paul prosecuted.
The defendant pleaded that she did not know it was an offence. Nobody had told her so, nor had she read anything to that effect. But if it was the law, she was compelled to plead guilty.
The Magistrate: you will be called for sentence later.
Mary Brown, Augusta Straughn, Albertha Jack, "Teacher Bailey" and ten others, were next charged with having taken part in a shouters' meeting at Perseverance Village on the 17th of Dec last.Some of the defendants pleaded guilty, and others protested their innocence. "Teacher Bailey" appeared with his head bandaged around with a white cloth, a cross firmly pressed against his breast and a huge Bible encased in red cloth. When asked whether he was guilty or not, Bailey exclaimed with cross uplifted: "I will only answer such a question if it comes from Christ; but not from any man." A plea of not guilty was recorded.
Sergt. Parris gave evidence of having been attracted to the scene by a loud noise of shouting which emanated from the meeting place where he met the defendants singing, preaching and praying. He told them they were committing an offence against the law, and some scampered away. At the time of his visit, Teacher Bailey was hol...