relating to the Bank's attempt to evict the tenant of the flat over Sparkbrook branch
The Newspaper Cutting reproduced here originally appeared in the Birmingham Despatch dated October 19th 1921. The Birmingham
Mail's report of the same case expanded on the exchange between the Bank's General Manager, J P Hilton, and Mr Stanton
(for the defendant) after Mr Hilton stated that he wished to remove the tenant for the greater safety of the Bank:
You are not putting that forward as a substantial reason, are you?
Mr Hilton: Yes; a number of people go to the back of these
premises day and night, and the committee do not think it desirable the present tenancy should continue.
Mr Stanton: What do
these people go there for?
Mr Hilton: This man keeps rabbits and guinea-pigs, and I expect they go there to see them. The committee
do not feel it desirable that a lot of people should have access to the back of these premises.
Mr Stanton: Do you mean to say
that sort of piffle is the reason?
Mr Hilton: Yes.