The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1880. Dogs.
'TOWN EDITION. [lamed at 5 p.-m.]
Parliament last session dealt pretty thoroughly with the dog question when it passed the Dog Registration Act, 1880, which comes into force on New Year’s Day next. 'The Act, we think, will enable action to be taken without trouble against keepers of unregistered dogs, and ought to have the effect of reducing to a minimum the number of non-revenue-paying canines which everywhere abound in the colony in defiance of the police. Ihe Act of last session applies to all New Zealand —that is, a license fora dog, taken out, say in Ashburton, will be recognised in Auckland, but every dog in the colony must be registered, even in the case of such animals as are exempted from the payment of fees, and dogs used for rabbiting are so exempted from paying fees. “ Local authorities ’’—these are, Borough Councils, County Councils, and Road Boards —are compelled to find offices, where dogs may Re registered, and where registration collars may be supplied. The registration lapses on the first of January, and has then to be renewed, but a provision is made for only half registration fee being charged when the registration effected after the month of July in any year- An important feature in the Act is that it considers the “ owner of a dog ” to mean “.the occupier of any house or premises where any dog is ordinarily kept or permitted to live or remain, and includes the keeper of a dog, or the person in whose care such dog may temporarily be ; whether loose or confined, or who may harbor any dog.” Settlers would do well to beat - this in mind, as a due regard to this clause may save.? vexatious prosecution. Regarding dogs without collars, Clause 13 is very
explicit. It says : Dogs without collars having the proper registration labels thereon shall prlma facie be deemed to be unregistered, apd any person or his agent, upon whose land such dog may be found, or person duly authorised by the local authority, may destroy any such dog.” Owners of dangerous dogs had better take note of the fact that such animals must not be at large without muzzles, and dogs that make attacks on people, or are found running at large amongst
sheep, or frighten horses, may be kill cl on the spot by any one, and at the same time the owners of such dogs are liable to heavy penalties. When a dog changes its owner, the registration continues good, and the new owner takes the place of the person in the eye of the law who first made the registration, but the new owner must apply for tiie alteration to be made in the register. In the matter of seeking damages against the owner of a mischievous dog, it shall not be need ml to prove a previous mischievous propensity against such dog. The person who may try to evade the law by usmg a counterfeit label or badge shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding and the same penalty is recovera ole against a person who may use an obsolete badge. For removing the registration label from a dog’s collar, or l re collar itself from a dog’s neck, die penalty of £lO may be exigible from * the offender, and should the dog be destroyed under die Act in consequence of such removal, the owner of the dog may recover the lull value of the animal, from the party who removed the bar ;e. Altogether, if the provisions of bis Act are carried out, in a short t; ne there ought not to exist a si; gle animal within the colony whose cha actor is at all questionable.
Drunk. —A man accused of drum illness and disorderly conduct was to-..ay lined 55., or twenty-four hours' iiupric join ent, by the R M. Wife Desertion. —The charge of ’• ife desertion against T. P. Gleeso), Hinds, was this morning withdrawn by accus d s wife, and Gleoson was discharged. Pedestrian ism. —Edwards, the champion pedestrian, and his trainer, were passengers to New Zealand per the Union Co.’s s.s. Rotomahana, which arrived at the Bluff yesterday. A Municipal Loan. —Messrs. G T. Clark and Co.,' financial agents, have floated the six per cent. loan for the borough of South Dunedin, at a premium of 355. per cent. Fkee Travelling —A man named Hamilton was to-day fined 205., or four days’ imprisonment, for travelling on the railway without a ticket. He ban no money to pay either ticket or fine, an lie went to prison.
The School Doll. —We would rem ind parents that only a few of the doll art union tickets remain, and those win., intend taking shares should do so at mice or they will be too late. The draw mg will be' on a new principle, and every ticket-holder will turn the apparatus herself. The drawing will take place at the concert on Thursday evening. Wire Binders. —A case of some interest to farmers and others who have to leal with reaping and binding machines, was commenced at the Dunedin R.M. Court yesterday. The plaintiff claims LLOO damages for loss of working bullocks, whose death 1c alleges was caused by their swallowing pieces of wire which were in chaff supplied to him by defendant. The Nelson Election. —Mr. Alfred Harley addressed the Suburban electors at Richmond on Saturday night, and received a vote of Blanks. He declared himself a Radical, and spoke in favor of secular education, abolishing the Upper Houss, and Jin elective Croveinoij <ukl against selling Crown lands. lie locked on the institution of a Colonial Bank of Issue as a means for the liquidation of our debt.
Tom’s Case. —The Chief Justice s notes and other papers concerning the case of Tuhi, having been read by Ministers, were transmitted yesterday to Ids Excellency the Governor for perusal, prior to tho meeting of the Executive Council, which takes place to-day, and at w.dch the fate of the prisoner will be finally determined. It is generally thought that the law will be allowed to take its course. The Jumcatuiie Commission. — At Ihe opening of tho Criminal sittings of the Supremo Court at Invercargill, yesterday, his Honor Judge Williams, alluding to the Judicature Commission, said that one of the results of their labors would probably he the simplification of the process and lessening the expenses ot the Supreme Goijvt, lid spell being tho case, there was a possibility 7 of a more frequent sitring of the Court being held in Invercargill.
The Bakaia Concealment of JJnmi Case. —The girl Brimmiconib, who is under a-charge of concealment of birth, was to-day brought up before Sir. Nugent Wood. Previous to the hearing of the case his Worship ordered a}l boys to be removed from Court. Constable Bo'.vse went amongst the crowd of idlers in Court, and reported that no boys were present. He found two females, however, who were asked to withdraw', and they did so. Evidence similar to that taken at the recent inquest was then taken, and alter a lengthened hearing prisoner was committed for trial.
New' Method of Preserving Raw Meat. —A. new'ami apparently most valuable method of preserving raw meat, discovered by Professor Arthnini, of Florence, and patented in this country, promises to have a great effect upon our markets. According to a report by Professors Barff and Mills, of the Glasgow University, and Dr. Stevenson, of Guy’s Hospital, meat six months old was found to be perfectly sound and good, the muscular fibre unchanged and the nutrr ive properties unimpaired. The material employed is said to be less expensive t um salt, and not only wholesome, but pleasant to the taste.
Til RE ATE XING L ANGU AG E. — Fr edo r i civ Johnston, Ealing, laid an intormation against Alexander Findlay, for using abusive and threatening language towards him. There had been a disagreement over the trespass of some cow's, and the case was evidently a neighbors quarrel, ami the accused had apparently not been very choice in his adjectives when speaking’to Mr. Johnston, nor very affectionate j? his wishes for Mr. Johnstons welfare. Findlay, on the other hand, said that he had been subjected to a groat amount of peHy persecution and continual nagging by Johnston. His Worship said the case was exceedingly petty, and ought never to have been brought before him, Findlay acknowledged the threat to “ punch,” and would be fined ss. and 245. costs, and if the parties came before the Court again, tney would bqtli be bound over to keep the peace.
ClJyiu Cases. —Several cases of little public interest were heard tins afternoon in Court, some of which were undefended, and resulted as usual in judgements for the plaintiffs. One case was a claim by a groom of an entire horse for wages, Ll 3 11s. After a lengthy hearing his Worship gave judgment for L 4 7s'. Gd., the claim having been for Ll 3 lls. In the case of Wood v. Holmes, Wood, made a claim of Ll 3, for training and riding the horse Sir George for the Ashburton Steeplechases in 1879. Judgment for L 3 with costs. Hodgson v. Aitken. This was a claim of L2B 13s. Id. for goods and on an lOU. Since the acknowledgment, defendant had gone bankrupt, but no notice of the bankruptcy had been sent to plaintiff. Defendant had promised to work out the debt, and also to settle up. After defendant and plaintiff' had given evidence, His Worship gave judgment for L 27 3s. Id., with costs, In a trespass case, Corbett v. Price, L 5 damages wore sought, and opo shilling was recovered, with t'csts,
The Drama. —Among the passengers by the s.s. Rotomahana yesterday, was Herr Bandman, the German tragedian, who, with several other members of the profession, comes under engagement to Mr. W. H. Reynolds, the well-known author and actor, who lately played several successful engagements throughout New Zealand,
Profits of the Manchester Gasworks. The Gas Committee of the Manchester Corporation arc enabled out of the profits realised during the year ending 24th June last to hand over a sum of L 52,000 to the Improvement Committee for the purposes of city improvements. Consumers of gas will be glad to learn that a reduction in the price charged of Id. per 1,000 cubic feet is to be recommended to the Council.
A. Hakd Hit, —'liss Clara Stephenson (says the Kv-tnam Times ) put to shame, the gallantry of a large number of the sterner sox at the Theatre Royal, last evening, by quietly coming to the front of the .stage in the middle of one of the acts with a chair, and requesting “ Will same gentleman be kind enough . to-, hand this chair to the lady who has Been standing since the performance commenced.” Tim request was at once complied with, but there were many present who felt uncomfortably'“ sun*'l ” at that particular moment.
An Unusual Capture. —An unusual capture has been effected at Argues Mortes, on the Mediterranean coast, between Marseilles and Cette. Two whales were beaten upon the rocks, and, after a desperate struggle, with, some fishermen, wore successfully taken in tow, and dragged into the waters of the canal, where they are disporting themselves, in perfect health. One of the monsters measures about 11 yards in length, and the othe-, a younger one, about six yards.. It is very rarely that cetaceans are found in the Mediterranean. h Shocking Discovery at Sea. The 1 ghastly discovery of a British vessel afloat with a dead crew is reported by' the JSFeiu York Mail. A pilot boat on the 22nd reported that two days’ sail from that port' she encountered the British schooner Gladiator bottom up. She was in the track of vessels. A boat’s crew wore sent to scuttle. The terrible stench of decomposing bodies from the cabin compelled them to desist, and in moving round the ship they found a sailor hanging by a rope from the bowsprit. The effluvium was so overpowering that the pilots had no doubt that the dead bodies of the crew wore in the ship.
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