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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT,

ASHBURTON. -To-day. (Before His Worship the Mayor and Dr Trevor, J.P.) Ladies of Ea-y Virtue. —Mary Anne Harris was charged with being an idle and disorderly person, having no lawful visible means of support, keeping a house frequented by persons having no lawful visible means of support, and with behaving indecently in a public highway.— Alice Hulbert was charged with being a rouge and a vagabond having no lawful visible means of support, being a common prostitute, and behaving indecently on a public highway—Walter Frow alias Sheppard was charged with being an idle and disorderly person, and having no lawful visible means of support.—Mr Crisp appeared for all the accused. Sergeant Felton conducted the prosecution. The cases were taken together. Sergeant Felton said the prisoners lately came from Timaru, and had been stopping at Winslow. The women were well known to the police, and Frow was well known as the associate of bad characters. — Constable Smart deposed to visiting the house of the woman named Harris at Winslow, in company with Constable Neill, on Sunday night, last, and arresting her and the prisoner Fyow. Hulbert was out then, but on visiting the place later on they found her in bed with a man and arrested her. All the prisoners, with the exception of Frow, were under the influence of liquor. Harris was a prostitute and Frow was a loafer, living on the prostitution of women, and had been for years. Had never known the man to do a day’s work. The girl Hulbert had been an inmate of the “ lean-to” for twelve months, and had been also living at Christchurch and Timaru. She traveled about with Frow—Martha Lewis, a married woman, residing at Winslow, said that she remembered the prisoners, Hulbert and Frow, coming to that place a week ago. They stopped at the woman Harris’ house. Witness saw “ patties ” hanging about the place after that. She saw men going in and out. The people

were a nuisance, and her husband was obliged to report them to the police. Men were in the place on Sunday, but the noise was worst at night. On Saturday night there was a row at the house. —John Harris, a youth, son of Mr Harris of the Railway Hotel, said the woman Harris' house was about a quarter of a mile from the hotel. The female prisoners were at the hotel on Saturday, and took

men back with them. Saw one man with the girl Hulbert walking about the tussocks. Believed Mrs Harris, one of the prisoners in the dock, took in washing and went out nursing. William Harris, licensee of the Railway Hotel, Winslow, deposed to a disturbance taking place on Saturday night at the house of the female prisoner Harris. The other prisoners were stopping there. Had seen men go into the house.—Constable Neill deposed to going to the house kept by the woman Harris at Winslow with Constable Smar: on Sunday night. Found three women there .trunk. Frow was also there, but sober. On going to the place a second time found five men drunk. They were lying about like p gs. Frow lived on the prostitution of the women he kept with. Had never known him do a day’s work. He was too lazy. He was the associate of thieves and bad characters generally. He had been suspected of several robberies. Although the others were drunk at the time witness was at the house, Frow was as sober as a judge. Old Harris, husband of the woman who kept the house, was present, and but for his gray hairs witness would have arrested him too. In reply to Mr Crisp, the witness said that the run of Frow was pretty well kept. If he could live without working he would not work Witness had visited a good many brothels in Christchurch and elsewhere, but the brothel at Winslow beat all for dirt and filth.—Acting-detective Black, of Timaru, gave corroborative evidence as to the character of the accused, who were well known in Timaru.—Sergeant Felton having told the Bench what he thought of the prisoners, Mr Crisp put Frow into the box, who said that he had been doing work both at Timaru and Alford Forest, and before that at Christchurch.—Mr Crisp was about to address the Court on behalf of his clients when Sergeant *■ elton objected. The counsel for the defence had called his witness before addressing the Court, and could not now address the Bench.—After some argument between the sergeant and the coun-el the Bench decided not to hear Mr Crisp. They were quite satisfied that the evidence was sufficient, and were sorry that they could not inflict a heavier sentence than that they were about to impose— three mouths’ imprisonment with hard labor. The prisoners would also have to pay all expenses.

A Tinwald Brothel.— Bertha Ryan, alias Kate Adams, Elizabeth Willet, alias Ada Rich, and Catherine Brown, three young girls, were charged with being 'die and disorderly persons, and with having no lawful visible means of support. Constable Smart deposed to visiting a house at Tinwald last night, nearly opposite the hotel, which had been newly taken by the three prisoners. Sergeant Felton said that the prisoners, aj well as those just disposed of, had all come up from Timaru together. The girls were all sentenced to eight days’ hard labor, and the Bench hoped that this would be a warning to them. [Dr Trevor here left the Bench.] •

The Tinwald Window-Smasher.— John Hansen was charged, on remand, with breaking a pane of glass at Tinwald, the property of Mr Joseph Clark. Sergt. Felton said the man had been remanded on Saturday for enquiries to be made about him. He was as sane as witness, and no motive could be ascribed for his conduct. He had been living at Tinwald for a fortnight. The Bench said that the accused's conduct had been most extraordinary. He would be discharged this time on payment of the damage done, but must be careful for the future. Neglected by her Father.—Elizabeth Uuddick was charged with being a neg’ected child. Robinson Ruddick, the father of the girl (who is about 14 or 15 years of age) was present, and said the girl had told “ a lot of lies.” The poor

girl’s sittir was present, tod the Mayor ordereci||at slvotffd have charge of tbe:|nl, whue, the'mjtae time, his administered a rebuke to the l|||t was witu tngg>pqe||y of notes' from hia emplcpSr, mr John Harrison, farmer, of Hatfield. It appealed, from the evidence of prosecutor,.. that the accused -came hia place and asked for a jpb.And was employed at LI .a week. , i Subsequently the prosecutor discharged him and wishing to pay Kirtf Up his week's his bedroom to look for some notes he had left in his troupers pocket. The trousers hung over the bed. The money was gone, and suspecting accused, who occupied an adjoining room, witness told Constable Rouse, who searched accused, but could not find any money on him, and he was let go. Subsequently (as it appeared from the statement of the constable) he visited the hotels at Rakaia, and found accused had changed a one-pound note at each of them. Thereupon the constable went after Neat, and again searched him, finding L 5 11s on him in silver. Accused gave contradictory accounts of how he became possessed of the money, and at last said he had found it in the lining of his coat, and could not say how it came there. —The accused was committed for trial. The Court then rose.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT,, Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 798, 21 November 1882

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT, Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 798, 21 November 1882

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