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TOWN CRIERS, SURVIVALS OF THE TIMES WHEN FOLK COULD NOT READ NOTICES

TOWN CRIERS, SURVIVALS OF THE TIMES WHEN FOLK COULD NOT READ NOTICES

It is pleasant to consider that the number of town criers is still large enough for a competition to be held among them. The examination in town crying, for which some of the candidates are seen in the above photographs, was held at Pewsey, Wiltshire, and twenty-four towns sent their criers or bellmen to compete. The duties of this venerable office were once many, and even to-day it is realized that a bell and a lusty voice command more attention than cold print on the walls of a town hall.

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