Foreign News: Weak and Watery

Sergeant Charles Frederick Jackson, recently court-martialed for watering the beer of officers at the Tower of London whose duty is to keep the Crown Jewels safe (TIME, Aug. 15), was sentenced last fortnight for his unique and, in Britain, sensational crime.

The sentence: reduction in rank from sergeant to private, a fine of eight pounds, seven shillings and seven pence farthing ($41.90).

Investigators who drew a final glass of beer from the mess barrel pronounced it "very weak and watery."


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