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ASHBU RTON. -To-day. ■ (Before Mr R. Alcorn, J.P., and Dr Leahy, J. P.) A Juvenile Delinquent —A small boy, about seven years old, was charged• with malicious injury to a tree in the Domain. —Mr Charlton, caretaker at the Domain, having given evidence in support of the ebarg-, the Bench told the youngster he could go that time, but must be careful not to offend again. CIVIL CASES. R. Lancaster v. T. Quill. —Claim, L 8 18s 01. Mr Purnell for plaintiff, Mr Branson for defendant. —Plaintiff deposed that he had entered into a contract with the defondant-to supply him with moat at 4d per lb all round, no discount to be allowed.— Mr Branson asked for a nonsuit, on the ground that the plaintiff had no rigkt to sue, having recently assigned his estate, and therefore had no locus standi. —After some discussion the summons was amended, and the name of Frederick Ferriman, the trustee, inserted as well as

that of Richard Lancaster.—Mr Lancaster deposed that he had been authorised to get in the money due to his estate, and Mr Wilkie had been acting as a sort of sub-collector for him. While collecting he had called upon Mr Quill, and allowed the amount now sued for off the account. He was not authorised to do so. Mr Branson commented on the fact of the “other side’s” not calling Mr Wilkie to give evidence. Judgment was given for LI 7s, without costs. Lancaster v. Gale, claim L 3 4s 3d. —Mr Branson for defendant. The plaintiff having deposed to his claim was crossexamined by Mr Branson. He had never told Gale that if he brought down his ferrets to the slaughterhouse he would pay him LI a day. Had said that if he would take down the ferrets to the slaughterhouse he would pay Halo a day’s wages. Had never offered to compromise the case by giving Gale L 3, and had never said that had it not been for Mr Gale’s rats the slaughterhouse would have tumbled to pieces. Could not have said it for the place was all of concrete, or at least there was no wood the rats could touch. Robert Hill, barman, Quill’s Hotel, had heard Lancaster offer Gale LI a day for clearing his place of rats. Would swear to this. Gale had gone down several times to the slaughterhouse. It appeared that the defendant had on one occasion killed 370 rats.—Mr Lancaster, addressing the Bench, said that he had stipulated with Gale for one day’s work, and he would have paid him 12s for that dav, but ho lost a ferret and so he paid him Ll.—Mr Branson said that Gale had lost two ferrets in Lancaster’s yards, and had been considerab'y out of pocket in consequence. The case was dismissed, without costs.

Parham v. Lowe, claim L 4 4s. —Judg' ment for L 3 Bs. Longbeach Road Board v. Watson claim 13s 2d. —Judgment for amount. The Court then rose.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 813, 8 December 1882

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 813, 8 December 1882

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