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ASHBU ETON. -To-day.

(Before Mr. Nugent Wood, R. M.) ; DRUNKS. ■ : Martin, Moran, W. Madden, W. Cole, -Thomas O’Brien, and J. L. Smith were brought upon various charges of drunkenness and, disorderly conduct, and: were fined or dismissed, according -to-the severity of their offences. THE WIND-UP OF A BALL. o John Paget and Arthur Paget were brought lip charged .with uaing obscene -language in a public places toHni, a public road at the Hinds, on the 15th January, and also behaving in a manner calculated to cause a breach of the peace. ; ■ t Robert Little, hotelkeeper, Hinds— Knew defendants, who lived, a few chains from his hotel. On Saturday, the 15th, witness was standingat the door 'of his hotel,and the defendants were coming; home from a ball held'pi ,the schoolroom, / ; This was between five and six in the morning. .John Paget and his wife had some words and fought. Mrs. Paget got hit in the cheat, and took refuge in the hotel. The door was shut J‘and the Pagets could not get in.- They afterwards fought outside the hotel, and used very bad language indeed. There were a number of females nearat handj who returning from the ball, it; . k Robert Jeffs, manager Maronan station—' Remembered the morning after ; thej>ajl. Saw prisoners opposite; the hotel. They were wanting to fight; and were going in for general all-round swearing. There were two ladies in the hotel. John Paget threw a stone at the house, : and .the twos men.were very unruly. „ -. Morton said he, re,mops»ored last; Saturday morning, and saW the pijtside,ithe Hindf Hot,e}.;;fThey were abusive, and he had to hold down Arthur Paget to prevent him from fighting, which the latter had threatened t? dp., Saw hini strike Baillie. ; 'Didn’t jr" bad language used, Paget kicked me and tried to' get up, but was not abusive. - ;

For the defence, Mr. O’Reilly called ; John Raget, .who 11 January. Was the worse for drink. Obtained it at Mr. , Jiittle’s ; the. open all night.' Bailie, I think, battered my face. (Witness’ face bore evidence of severe l ' jiittishniieriij; : Tfcri’t remember 1

using any obscene language. Warf at the ball, which broke up at about htdf past four! ; ) TKa Worship fined John Paget; Is., and rihscenejanguage^; AflHur Pagsfc wiw ? alsriiisaad bn this but fbjf pr6|rikiij(g; a breach;©! the peace both dj»fiendahts were fined ;Tb. and costs. x '( the “ touchstone ”-afFair ag-ain.

R. G. Ruxton was charged with having used abusive language towards Randolf Felton.

Randolf Felton stated that on New Year’s-morning: the defendant came to his lodgings and asked Tor payment of an account.; On refusing to pay at that time, the by a number of opp 'obfioua names, and eventually on leaving, told witness that if ho did not got the money out,of him he would knock it out of him. Subsequently, inr East street, in Mr. Poyntz’sipteaence, defendant again called witness a scoundrel. By Mr. Ruxton—Caftie out of my bedroom on the morning of New Year’s Day, when you called. 1 was hot fully dressed In reply to a question from you, I said I would not pas GieLbill, because 'i f was not my place to do so. You would not allow me to explain,; but - called, me a d—d scoundrel. Never promised, six, weeks previous to the offence,- to come round in twenty minutes to settle the account. ; You; saiff,. when I told you I would not pay, .that you wpuld not leave the.housa till you got the: money. Afterwards, we walked up Jhe street-to see Mr. Poyntz. I did not say you would hoar of this conduct in the; papers next dayj .When you asked me if I was a gentleman, I said that I was just as good a gentleman VVe met MrLPoyntz on the railway line. 4 You asked Mr. Poyntz if he would pay the account, an£L'be- said he would give you 155., which you’refused. You then- repeated that I was a d—d scoundrel.

Defendant—Then,' I’m done with you. Alfred Young—Rcinetnbered bearing defendant using abusive language towards complainant on the morning of New Year’s" Day- Defendant said he would knock the money out of complainant if he could not get it any other way Did not hear complainant using any abusive language. 4 . ; ; ; By defendant —Did not hear complainant say he wished we were down near his brother; when he would run yoii in. Mrs. Patching remembered Mr. Ruxton coming to her house on New Year’s morning, and heard the defendant say that plaintiff was no gentleman but a scoundrel; ‘

By defendant —-We have no chain on our door. When you called I told you that Mr. Felton was in bed, and subsequently you asked to go into plaintiff’s room, when I refused to let you. You said you would have satisfaction out ofplaintiff’s head and eyes. Stephen Poyntz .remembered .seeing: .plaintiff and defendant on New Year’s mqrnjngjt'when they, interviewed witness about a. disputed account. ; Mr. Ruxton called plaintiff a loafer and scoundrel. : By defendant—You treated me very respectfully, and*the words which I have referred to were used by you, but I did not take any particular police of them at the time. ,U : i 4?, -4 . •; k ‘ ;•;

Fined os. and costs, 11s. assault. John Pagot, Edward Paget, and Arthur Paget were charged with unlawfully beat/ ing Phillip BailHe, and Mrs. Pagot was charged with using language calculated to provoke a breach of the peace. Mr. Purnell for Baillie, and Mr. O’Reilly for accused. , The evidence in this case all went to show tliat the Pagets had been the cause of a disgraceful row opposite the Hinds Hotel, and that amongst them Phillip Baillie was somewhat roughly handled. His Worship said the assault had originally commenced with John Paget, who Inight, sober, be a quiet and inoffensive man, but had .been very rowdy while in .dfmh- H a man can’t keep quiet while in clriiik he oughtn’t to take any at all. He would be fined 40s. and costs. Henry . would b.e dismissed, as he had only knocked a man off his father while the latter was down. Arthur Paget had been tho worst of the lot, .and he would be fined 40s. with costs; If there were any more disturbances with these people they would be bound over heavily to keep the. p,eace r and be sent. to gaol till they found the sureties. Mrs. Paget was fined ss, and costs.

BOROUGH BY-LAWS. Eh Muir wag fined 55.; and costs for allowing a horse ;; to bo ; at large in the street. ,G. J. Martin y/aa fined 2s. - for a modified: form ;of the, same; .offence. Thqmas Cotton was fined §s; for another stray liorse„and G. J. jMartin' was Jet off on payment of costs, on a charge of crossing a footpath with a horse. Councillor Weymouth Roberts “ never give the thing a thought” while he wsa leading;a horse facross a footpath, and paid Is. and costs if or his forgetfulness. . t cjFil ‘UASES.; ; / ■'Morrow v.’ this case, which was heard at aqirevious siftitig, and judgment reserved* , hjs Worship said he .waultl^6veVfnte ! the‘objections* raised by Mr. Spackman as to the Court’s jurisdiction, and dismiss . the, other non-, suii pninfs. ’GhTherineritS of theicase he would)'give; judgment for L 4 19s;, and costs LB.

Mutch and M‘Kenzio v. Meiklejohn— Claim L 33 Josi ; Bd. Judgment for /amount and ebsty. l , Same v. D. Letnon—Claim L 25 on a promissory note. Verdict for amount, and 4 ’255. hosts. ” Lucas v. Maclfiiighlini No appearance for either. Case struck out. Gundry, v r R.; Jphpskme-j-CJajm ’ L9.j -Verdict for amount and costs. . . . Gates v. —Claim L 5 2s. 6d. Mr. Branson appeared for ph’bitiff. : T. A. Gates said it was arranged that a Suit of clothed should be set off against the goods .supplied and sued for. The suit of clothe* ViWasi allowed Tor, iin -the amount sued for.

By defendant —The suit of clothes I now wear I got from you. The • ten’ , frames you gave me an order for; at L 3 ssi | had the clothes; i to ; ' help , ypur hill, and did not do the work to help my clothes. -I would not have ; had the clothes at all if ‘t Had" not been tdbing work for’yoii'• Cheaper clothes would have served me. You got all the goods Charged for in : the account, and they aie still duo. I’believe you gave the order and sent it to my house. The .goods were delivered ,io you,’ arid you -'raised no objection to them till I began ; to talk aboqfeithe money for. them. On a particular. 'Saturday'evening I was in your shop, but I 'did not say. that my son awanted a suit of clothes. You tried to *;buy a suit of clothes for my son, and I told my son to go and see, you. ;By Mr. Branson—All the items mentioned in the bill rendered to. Mr. Ruxjton are correct, and L 5 are allowed the total, leaving L 5 2s. Gd. due. is a low'price for a spring 'mattress; I agreed to make a mattress!for 43sL,iaindT did so, but the second one, for which , there .was ipo.,agreement, if charged L 3 ss; Myjon is oyer jtwonty-one years of age,j <and japotju;- paptnerghipTith me nor in bqgjness’for hjpiself. > R, G. Ruftoiydenied'tbatihe order for; thie gopdamoyr sued fpß.had.been given toj Sir Gates, sen. The order had been given to the son, who undertook the wprk, at! the same time ordering a suit of clothes asi a contra. arid took the measurements for the frirhitute forfthe.eqn..-oThe ; yp^iog’man’s;suit fwas hf&ffri, tfrfd Iffy in the shop for two, .months. He came in and pplaingd that; Tie BidhW^pmeWhlrf stitUas Wsfathpr ; had' With the i knt, ana Mie was "'paying into the Building Society

The son gave sell the suit, .which cost L 6 10s., atjttpu malje a cheaper one apL5 ss. The inattress supplied had 68 springs in it. The second had only 27, and when I lay down on the mattress, the spring* went into Jjiy side. : By-Mr. 'gave the order to the soil, and havc.nptliing to do with the; father. The sonribifeht to baedho, and not the fatliof. ' ! The case at this juncture was'adjouvned to the 28th of January, in order to subpoena the son. breach of regristration act. George Stephen was - charged by Mr. Joseph Ward, registrar of births, deaths, and marriages, with neglecting to register the birth of his. child within the perigd 'required by the Act. He pled guilty, and was fined ss. and costs.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 248, 21 January 1881

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 248, 21 January 1881

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