Item BCA - 2014.1483 - When Bampton Made a Fool of Iself by J L H Owens

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When Bampton Made a Fool of Iself by J L H Owens


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Newspaper clipping the Witney Gazette April 11th 1958.

J L Hughes-Owens recalls a time during the Boar War when a Bampton resident got a telegram from his son in London saying Mafeking had been relieved. The townsfolk went wild with much drinking and partying. There were no telephones in Bampton and usually people got their news from Mr Dutton who posted telegrams in his shop window for people to catch up with the latest news. Mr Samuel Dutton was cross by mid afternoon that he had not heard from his usual source in London so telegraphed him asking for information on Mafeking. Finally, Samuel Dutton put up a telegram saying that Mafeking had not been relieved. An effigy of Mrs Druger, who was to have been burnt on a bonfire that evening, was cast into the brook. For some weeks, people coming in from outlying villages to shop jokingly ask if Mafeking had been relieved but eventually the joke died away.

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