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Personating a Detective. —A man named Marshall was on Thursday sent to gaol for six weeks by the Christchurch K.M. for personating a detective with a view to intimidating a young girl who had been walking in the Christchurch Domain with her sweetheart. Accused was a married man, but had taken this course with an improper object. The girl, however, though in great fear of the possible consequences to her own character that would ensue were the supposed detective to charge her and her male friend with immorality in the Domain, rejected the overtures made by Marshall, and succeeded in having him apprehended and brought before the court. The young man had also organised a band of friends to give prisoner “ a hammering ” in the event of no case having been made by the police. Augustus, on reading the account of the murder of a woman, declared that the man who would kill a woman must be a veritable fiend. “ Why, Gas! ’ exclaimed his sister, ‘ ‘ i thought you’d prided yourself on being a lady-killer ever since your moustache took root.” Augustus was silent.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 10, 18 October 1879

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 2 Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 10, 18 October 1879