RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.
ASHBURTON — Fuidav, March 10. (Before Mr. F. Guinness, R.M.) Joseph Baldwin was charged with having permitted gambling in his licensed house on February 28th last. Constable Maroney deponed to having heard a challenge from Mr. Hurrel to throw dice for £l, and to having knocked at the door- and demanded admission which was refused by Mr. Baldwin at first, but be was subsequently allowed to enter. When he got inside the house there were cards, dice, and glasses on the table in the commercial room, but no gambling was then going on. This took place at 3.20 on the morning of 28th Feb. Previous to obtaining admission he had beard dice being thrown. Frank Gribben gave corroborative evidence. ’ Mr. Wiley deponed that ho was a lodger on the night in question in Baldwin’s Hotel, and had invited Mr. Hurrel there as’a guest! He declined to say if gambling had taken place or not. The Magistrate said that it appeared to him the case was one in which the parties concerned occupied the places of host and guest,'and although there had been convictions recorded in the R. M. Court, Christchurch, in similar cases, he could not feel himself bound to follow the decisions of that Court. If it could be shown to him that there was ariy Supreme Court ruling on the matter, he would bow to it. He would dismiss the case, as'he considered a ISdger was entitled to invite a friend to the house in which he stopped, but he would at the same time caution Mr. Baldwin against permitting gambling in his house. CIVIL CASES. Gaukrodger v. Hitchings.—Claim L 3 ss. No appearance of defendant. Judgment for amount claimed and costs. Mitchell and Turner v. M'Avey.—No appearance of defendant. Judgment for amount claimed, and costs L12,14a. HARVESTING CLAIM. Gaskin v. Jas. Kerr —Claim Ll 7 11s., for labor. Plaintiff swore to having worked sixteen hours a day, and claimed wages for four weeks and two days at 13s. 6d. per day, he having been engaged at the highest wages going, but no special price was mentioned. The defendant went into a long examination of a conversational character which did not elicit anything in connection with the case. James Kerr, the defendant, said he had engaged plaintiff at L2 10s. per week, who had said he was willing to work for less. I consider I engaged him for the L2 10s. I don’t know know how many hours a day he worked, he might have worked sixteen hours a day. I was paying L2 5s and L2 10s. a week, and perhaps more. Plaintiff left without giving notice, and I claim a deduction of a week’s wages for his going. ... John Baxter deponed to plaintiff having asked Kerr what the wages were, and was told L2 IQs,, whereon plaintiff said ho would work for ss. a Week less. Judgment for LlO 15s. and costs. James Leeson v. W. Revell. Claim L 7 2s. for work and labor done. : Plaintiff said defendant had admitted the debt last week. Defendant said he had paid the man all he was due to him, and had said he would sooner pay more than was due rather than bo brought to Court, and produced his book showing the time plaintiff had worked, and the money paid to him. E. Drew deponed to having heard Revel! acknowledge to owing Kerr L 7 17s. on January 20tb. ; W. Adams deponed to defendant having admitted the claim. : Judgment for amount claimed with costs. Greenway v. Taylor, for work. No appearance of defendant. Judgment for L 39 4s. Mr. Farlane v. Lake and Beard—Claim LG2 12s. Cd. for timber, &c. No appearance of defendants. Judgment for amount and costs;’ NEGLECTING TO REGISTER A BIRTH. Thos. Prcndergast was charged with having neglected to register the birth of a child, and was fined ss.
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