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town crier

(formerly) a person employed by a town to make public announcements in the streets
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This custom of promulgating everything by criers, is not confined to the Nez Perces, but prevails among many other tribes.
In obedience to this command the crier performed another concerto on the bell, whereupon a gentleman in the crowd called out 'Muffins'; which occasioned another laugh.
The goddess Dawn now wended her way to vast Olympus that she might herald day to Jove and to the other immortals, and Agamemnon sent the criers round to call the people in assembly; so they called them and the people gathered thereon.
He at once sent the criers round to call the people in assembly.
Criers went the rounds early in the eve- ning and announced the coming attempt, which put every pulse up to fever heat.
Such criers of ill to come may well find ill at hand, Mopo." He ceased, looked on me threateningly awhile, and went on: "I did not speak of those words rolling by chance from a tongue half loosed by death, but of others that told of a certain Bulalio, of a Slaughterer who rules the People of the Axe and dwells beneath the shadow of the Ghost Mountain far away to the north yonder.
He at once sent the criers round to call the people in assembly, so they called them and the people gathered thereon; then, when they were got together, he went to the place of assembly spear in hand--not alone, for his two hounds went with him.
"The competition was won by Paul Gough who is the town crier for Nuneaton and Bedworth.
WEST Lancashire town crier Roy Harness is testing his vocal cords to the absolute limit in a series of British championships this month.
> The Town Crier leads the Marshfield Mummers, The Old Time Paper Boys, wearing costumes made from old newspapers, as they perform their traditional Boxing Day mummers' play in the village of Marshfield, Wiltshire, yesterday.
They were joined by Paul Gough, town crier for Nuneaton and Bedworth, Carole Williams, town crier for Bishop's Stortford, the Rev Kelly Betteridge, vicar of St Nicolas Parish Church, the Burbage Silver Band and managing director of London Midland Patrick Verwer.
TOWN crier Tony Appleton, who announced the birth of the new princess, said he was told the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be "touched" when he asked if could make the proclamation.