TOTALISATORS IN TROUBLE.
Auckland, April 24.
The circumstances under which the seizure yesterday of two totalisators and the men connected with their working was effected aie stated to be as follows : During the afternoon the police were informed of groat swindling in connection with one of these machines. They ware informed that in St. George's Handicap four tickets had been taken and four numbers registered on the totalisator, and that when the four people who put their money on King Quail came to the totaliator for a settlement, they found that the numbers had been altered to 14. Messrs. Richard and Corbett offered them each one-fourteenth instead of one-fourth of the nett proceeds. The four speculators, backed up by an indignant public, refused to have it, and there was a great row. The stewards were called, and the police sent for. As Inspector Pardy was seen approaching, the proprietor of the totalisator. offered to pay the four men their fourths and proper share of the pool, which was L 53. By the alteration to 14 from 4, it left the institution a nice sum of L 36 over and above the commission they were entitled to. Inspector Pardy, Sergeant Mason, Detective Jeffrey, and others of the force surrounded the totalisator, and Felton the clerk, with Richards and Corbett, were at once arrested, together with the instruments, tickets, stamps, and appendages. There was also a bag of money seized, and amid a great tumult they were incarcerated in the lock-up. After the selling race another totalisator storm arose.Mr. Adams was alleged to have added two to his numbers. The police made another raid, and took possession of the instrument and its manager, who was unassisted. He was marched off amaid a storm of yells. The offenders were brought up at the Police Court to-day, and remanded.
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