RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.
ASHBURTON. —Monday, Dec. 15. (Before Mr. F. Guinness, R. M.) Cookson v. Gardiner—Adjourned case. Mr. Crisp for plaintiff. E. Cookson—l produce my ledger. The defendant’s account is shown. I never heard defendant dispute the account before last Friday. By defendant—l cannot give the names of the men to whom passages were given. Robert Davis stated he was coach driver for Mr. Cookson. Remembered taking up men to Gardiner's contract at Mount Somers. Told Gardiner of the men being brought up, and he said ho weuld settle with Cookson. To plaintiff—Did not give the names of the men. James M‘Kellock—Was on the work, and knew of men coming up, but they were to pay their own fares. By Mr. Crisp—l was foreman for Gardiner for about four months at Mount Somers. I made one or two trips, and paid my fare. Judgment for plaintiff, with costs, L 5 10s 6d. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. Charles Matthews was charged with the above offence. Constable Beaumont deposed that prisoner was very drunk at Quill’s Hotel about half-past eleven on Saturday night. Prisoner begged hard to bo let off. He was fined 10a, or 24 hours’ imprisonment. William M‘Kenzio was charged with a similar offence. Constable Rouse said lie was very drunk at Ede’s stable about 9 o’clock on Sunday morning. Prisoner said he was drunk, but not disorderly, The Magistrate pointed out that it was not necessary for a man to be noisy or fightable to constitute the disorderliness, and as prisoner had been up a few days before, he would be fined 40s, or a weeks’ imprisonment.
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