NZ Truth , Issue 318, 29 July 1911, Page 6
His Hat Annoyed His Worship.
Herbert Waring is a young man who, like a irood many others, seek to evade, or, at least, minimise, their financial liabilities. Certain events m the not too distant past led to complications between Bertie and an indiscreet young damsel, the result of which was an order "by consent"' to pay^ the transport expenses of a little visitor to this mundane sphere, coupled with a im '- ther 5s per week for its support.
Bertie paid the transport charges— by instalments of as per week — -but he failed to make the subsequent dollar a week materalise. Hence arose certain proceedings before Mr W. C 4. Riddell, ' S.il., at the Wellington Magistrates Court on Monday last-; when his Worship was asked by Mr Percy Jackson, for the misled mother, to vary the order by increasing it to three hali-casers a week, which application was opposed by Bertie, with the forensic assistance of Mr F. Kelly..
Herbert, wearing a dark " suit, a strike-your-fancy scarf, and almost skin-tight pants, entered the witnessbox and gave his evidence while nervously fidgeting vffli
A LTTTLR BLACK IIARDHITTER.
He was a painter, so he said, but was out of employment. He had done no work for a fortnight. His last job was with T. A. Wells, with whom he had been for eiglrteen months off and on. His earnings h«;d averaged £>2 a week, sometimes a little more. He lived with his father and mother, and was their main support. His father was a .painter, too, but he did little or no work, and his mother, being about sixty years of age, could do no work. He had been giving his parents 30s a week, but had given them nothing during the last fortnight. His mother had borrowed money to help him pay the money be had already paid m connection with the unwelcome little ' stranger. He had no money. He might manage the 5s per week, but (ostentatiously toying with his hat, to the evident annoyance of the Iron Duke) he could not possibly manage 7s 6d ; it was a question of throwing away a good 5s for a bad 7s 6d !
His Worship (sternly) : Will you keep your hat quiet ? Witness did as requested. To Mr Jackson : Witness had no prospect of obtaining employment. He could not get work. He had asked everywhere. , Mr Jackson : Whom did you ask ? Witness (flippantly) : Oh, every Dick, Tom, and Harry. Mr Jackson (sarcastically) : Yes, that's about it. His Worship (with firmness) : It's no use, Mr Jackson, he says "he has no employment ; I cannot make an order on his prospects. The case will be adjourned till August 14.