RESIDENT MAGISTRATES’ COURT.
Monday, September 20. (Before Mr. F. Guinness, R.M.) DRUNKENNESS. A man named James Franklin, from Rakaia, was fined 15s. for drunkenness. Tuesday, September 21. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. Edward Jones was charged with a breach of the Canterbury Police Ordinance, with being drunk and disorderly, and with disturbing the peace by knocking at a door at 12 o’clock at- night. Accused pled guilty, and was fined, in all, LI 10s. THE INEVITABLE. Henry Hamlin, who had been allowed a week to endeavor to get medical treatment for his eyesight, was again brought before the Bench. Sergeant Felton read a letter from Dr. Wilkin, addressed to a gentleman in town, which stated that accused was, in his opinion, insane, and that any treatment to his eyesight would be futile, as the injury which he had received rendered accused hopelessly blind. His Worship, in accordance with his opinions expressed last Court day, sent Hamlin to gaol for six months. UNREGISTERED DOGS. Hem-y Manson, for having an unregistered dog in his possession, was fined LI. William Stalker, defended bv Mr. Ireland, was charged with having an unregistered dog in his possession. Mr. Ireland explained that accused admitted having in his possession an unregistered dog, but at the time the information was laid, the animal was only a fortnight cider than the three montns. Fined LI. AN UNREGISTERED CHILD. James Skillen, charged with neglecting to register his female child, pled guilty. Mr. Ward, the Registrar, did not press for a heavy penalty, and his Worship inflicted a fine of ss. • ALLEGED NUISANCES. Brown v. Quill. —This was an information laid by the Inspector of Nuisances against Mr. Quill for allowing offensive matter to run from his hotel on to Peter street. William Brown said that on the 13th of the month, he saw dirty water, grease, tealeaves, etc., running from Mr. Quill’s drain into the street. Witness had seen the same thing happen previously, and a month since had supplied a written notice to accused. By Mr. Quill— There was offensive matter. Knew that the water came from your sink. Can swear it did not come front the windmill pump. Have seen clear water running when the windmill was going, and have seen dirty water running when the windmill has been standing. George Tutty remembered cleaning out the channel in Peter street, and saw a lot of dirty water running from Mr. Quill’s drain, which proceeded from his back yard. The water was discolored ; it was offensive matter. Have seen the dirty water running befoi’o. Mr. Quill made a statement, the purport of which was that the water flowing from his premises proceeded from a pump and windmil on the premises. The channel was flushed every morning with clean water, but there being no properly constructed drain in Peter street, the water, instead of being carried away, settled in one spot and became stagnant. John O’Connor, an employee of Mr. Quill’s, said he had received instructions to flush the channel every morning with clean water, which had been done. No offensive matter passes through the drain. The house slops are put in the ash-pit. Some of the tea-leavea might be put in the
drain, but the water would flush these away. By Mr. Purnell—On the clay the men were at work there the drain was not flushed. I sweep it out every morning, about 9 or 10 o’clock, and I then flush it. Cannot swear what is put in the drain during the day. _ Mr. Quill said he had spent about LIOO in the erection of a windmill for the purpose of flushing the drains, and had done all he could to prevent a'nuisance existin<*. His Worship said there was no doubt an offence had been committed, but as Mr. Quill had done what he could to obviate the nuisance, he considered there was no wilful nuisance created. He had no alternative, however, but to enter up a conviction, and fined accused ss. Mr. Parnell applied for professional costs, but his Worship would not entertain the application. James Cotton was charged with allowing offensive matter to run from his premises on to the side channel. The Inspector of Nuisances gave evidence that soapsuds, cabbage leaves, and generally offensive matter had come through the drain. George Tutty corroborated the evidence of last witness. Mr. Cotton said that there was no yard in the town which was kept cleaner than his. Fined ss. CIVIL CASES. Quill v. Stalker—On the application of Mr. Ireland, for defendant, the case w» s adjourned for a week. Stalker v. Hawkii.a. —This cate was also adjourned for a week. Holmes v. Baldwin.—This was an adjourned case from last Court day to allow time to Mr. Baldwin to obtain evidence from Dunedin. Mr. O’Eeilly for plaintiff. Mr. Baldwin stated he had no further evidence to bring, but wished the plaintiff to be put in the box to give evidence. Holmes repeated the substance of his evidence given on a previous occasion, which was to the effect that he had given an order to Baldwin to receive the sum of L 5 ss. on his (plaintiff’s) behalf. Mr. Baldwin wrote the order, and took possesion of it.
By Mr. Baldwin—Cannot say to whom the order was addressed, but think it was addressed to Mr. Oameron. Mr. Baldwin stated he had applied to Mr. Cameron, and he had replied that no order had been presented to him. His Worship said there was no evidence before him to prove what were the contents of the order, and would only give judgment for the amount admitted by Mr. Baldwin, namely, L2 19s. Bjd and costs. Sutherland v. Patterson.—On the application of Mr Branson, house service of the summons was granted. Press Co. v. Kavanagh.—Claim L 6 11s. 6d. Evidence in this case was taken on behalf of the defendant, for whom Mr. Branson appeared, the evidence of the plaintiffs being taken in Christchurch.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 156, 23 September 1880
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