The Burglar Caught By A Skeleton
A summer's afternoon, 1889. In a hotel in the sedate Welsh resort of Llandrindod
Wells, holidaymaker Mr T.J. Osborne is preparing to catch the train home. The day
is warm. The window is open. A fully-
In the animated few minutes that follow, a startled Mr Osborne gets a crash-
The report of this unlikely encounter is just one of countless extraordinary tales which have lain unseen and unknown in the dusty recesses of newspaper libraries across the nation.
Journalist Jeremy Clay has delved into the British Library archives to find the long-
* An unseemly brawl between a bearded lady and a snake charmer.
* A fisherman who netted the body of his long-
* A dozy inventor, killed by his own Wallace and Gromit-
* A widow living with a corpse, to claim his pension.
* A python, stoned to death by boys in Middlesbrough.
* A cricket match setting a team of one-
* A drunk monkey, that smashed up a bar after being refused more booze.
'If you like black humour you will like Clay's eclectic compilation.'
'It's a fun account of the more lurid side of Victorian life that, if you'll forgive me for mentioning Christmas this early, would make a good stocking filler.'
‘There are more than 200 wacky real-
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