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At the Christchurch R.M. Court this morning, Mr Whiteford, R.M., gave judgment in the totalisator case. He said the Bench were against defendants in that the former held the Racecourse to be a public place within the meaning of the Act, but considered, however, it would be straining the provisions of the Act to pronounce the totalisator an illegal machine for the purpose of betting. The totalisator might be looked upon as merely a recording machine or large open betting-book, which all persons could use, and after each race, the whole of the money invested was paid back less a percentage deducted for the services of the proprietors of the machine. The case therefore would be dismissed. The solicitor for the prosecution gave notice of appeal. ___________

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THE TOTALISATOR CASE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881

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THE TOTALISATOR CASE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881

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