Deported!

Causing trouble when you weren’t British in the past could land you in lots of trouble. One such example was in Blantyre in 1913.

Constatine Ornavge was a Polish miner who, on the evening of Saturday 24th May 1913, caused bother in a Blantyre lodging house where he had been a guest. He brandished a bread knife in a threatening manner in an argument with another guest. A fellow Polish miner stepped in to calm him down and trying to take the knife off him, ended up with his own hands severely cut.

Constatine had been in trouble previously, something which resulted in a threat of deportation. This time, the judge had little patience or compassion. He was given 14 days imprisonment after which the recommendation was made that he should be immediately deported back to Poland. Removed from the country!

Photo: For illustration. This isn’t Constatine but was taken in similar era. It shows a police photo where criminals had to put up their hands so any tattoos or other identifying characteristics might be visible. The man pictured is actually Francis Higgins, 26, convicted of drunkenness on the 20th December, 1909. He was sentenced to three days imprisonment at Dundee, Scotland, meaning he would have just got out in time for Christmas!

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