GREAT BRITAIN: No Gentleman

As he was paying his taxes, one Fred Walker of Alford, Lincolnshire, swore at the tax collector. Last week, under a law passed in 1745, Fred Walker was fined. The law holds that persons who resent paying their taxes may be fined one shilling if they are day laborers, two shillings if they are below the rank of gentleman, three to five shillings if they are gentlemen. Fred Walker's fine: two shillings.

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