A band of six strolling German musicians were found in a dreadful condition in a country lane a few miles from Leicester on Tuesday week.
It was thought they had been drugged, but it was afterwards found that a builder invited the party to play at the back of his villa, treating them to whiskey, &c.
They emptied seven glass bottles and one stone bottle, the result being that, when found lying helpless in a ditch, two were thought to be dead, and the others were seriously ill.
They were conveyed to the Leicester infirmary, where they were found to be in a state of extreme collapse.
The Illustrated Police News, May 11, 1878.