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ASHBURTON— THURSD A Y. (Before Mr O. A. Wray, R.M.) ALLEGED ILLEGAL IMfOTJKDiyO. Spencer L'otcptoD, the bod of the Ashbarton puundkeeper, was charged on the Information of j, O. Bell with having illegally Impounded a cow from the Hampstead town district. — Mr Parnell for complainant, Mr Oriep for defendant. The evidence In this case had been taken on a prevlona Court day, but the Magistrate referred hfa deoleion on a point whether section 104 of the Public Works Act, 1882, noder which the defendant claimed hli authority, had been repealed by Implication on the passing of the Impounding Act.— Toe Magistrate held that the Impounding Act was a consolidation of previous xnecBnree, and that impounding could ocly legally be done by same one duly authorised by the iooal body, under section 17 of the Act. Be found that defendant had not authority from the local body to impound, and the charge bad therefore been sustained. Under the circumstances, however, he thought that a nominal penalty wculd meet the case. — A floe of 5j and coats was Inflicted. CATTLE CASK. W. B. Oompton, Borough ranger, charged M. Rooney with having allowed two cows to grass m a pnbHo p'aca. The case was a trivial one and the Magistrate dismissed it, with a oaotlon to defendant. BREAKING INSULATORS. Matthew Smith (18)j and Joseph Smith (14), were charged with having broken tolegraph iaeulatora at Hinds. Me Cuthbettson appeared for the lads, and said that they pleaded gullty'to breaking one or two, bat said they aid not break the ten — Sergeant Felt on had no obj potion to •mend the information. — MrQathbertaon asked for a light penalty, as the pErents of the boys were la rather poor oircumstancei. — Sergeant Felton said that the loapeotor of telegraphs pressed fur the heaviest penalty allowable. The breaking of insulators was becoming a very serious matter, and great obstruction was oansed to public business thereby. — The Magistrate said that it seemed the father of the fepya was not m a position to pay a heavy fine, and the Bench did not like to send them to gaol to herd with criminal. It was to be hoped the present oase would be a warning to them, Ehoh of the lads waa fined 20s and costs, and ordered to pay for the two insulators broken, In all £218«. CIVIL CASBS. W. Baylis t Jadd, claim £2 13j sd. Jndgment for plaintiff by default. Jtmea Stephen v Edward Thomas', claim £18 16a Bd. Mr Purnell for plaintiff. Judgment for plaintiff by default. J. A. Cayglli v B. Drney, claim £4 10a, jndement summons. Case adjourned for % week. . W. Hayman vP. Tally, claim £3 15 j , 9d. Mr OaygiU for defendant. This was a claim for reaping, etc., and defendant put In a set-off for horse hire. A quantity of evidence w»b taken, of * conflicting nature. Plaintiff waa non-salted. The Court then rose.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2000, 29 November 1888

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2000, 29 November 1888