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(Pxb Pbbss Assootatiow.} Auckland, January It. Bobt, Stevenson, an insolvent grocer, has been sentenced by Judge Gillies to four months' imprisonment for not : keeping books. Stevenson is a Justice of . the Peace, and one of tbe offioial visitors to the Asylum . - ; Miss Heary, who was on a visit to Hamilton, has sustained dangerous io« juries m consequence of a buggy acoident. 1 A Queensland firm has purchased the 1 whole of the output of the Matamata Factory for the Benson. ;1 An old man, named William Johnston, died suddenly laßt night from rupture . of ; the heart So far as ib known, deceased r had no relatives m the colony: A curious law point was raised at the ] Police Court today. John Kent was ' brought before Dr Giles, B.M, charged with a breaoh of tbe railway regulations by climbing over a fence enclosing the railway platform at Ellersiie Racecourse, thus evading payment of fare, and obstructing J, W. Oldham, an oflßcer m the employ of the Bail way Department, m the execution of his duty. Defendant pleaded guilty. The offence was committed at Ellerelie on Boxing Day, and is a common one on race days, numbers of people jumping tbe barriers when the train draws up at the racecourse platform, it beiog thus impossible to collect their railway tickets. . His Worship said he did not think defendant obstructed the officer by merely climbing over the fence. Mr Tbeo. Cooper, who appeared for the Railway Department, urged that this constituted passive obstruction, as the officer was thereby prevented from collect* ing defendant's ticket. There, was no by-law whioh met the case if tha Magistrate's view of the question was correct, and before framing a by-law Government would take the matter to the Supreme Court. Dr Giles postponed his decision for a week; Wbuukoton, January 15, The Appeal Court hits granted leave to appeal to the Privy Council In the caie of Koohe v the Attorney General. Thii Ii a case In wbioh tbe Court ruled that Hn Roche, a married woman at Dunedln, could not hold a publloan's license. Invbroaroill, January 15, < Mr Basstian, of Danrobln, reports that fish about 61a lorg are being seen In a tributary of the Aparima, m which yonng salmon were plaoed last year by Mr Bart, and m whioh tronfc have never been liberated r Mr McKay, of Dlpton a wellknown angler, has teen them, and has no doubt they are salmon. The of len debated question of tendering travelling expenses to the defendant In a iudgment summons cane was argued In the Resident Magistrate's Court to-day* Defendant, who has been for yean Babbit Inspeotor, and has just finished the property tax valuation of a dlstriot, did not appear, and oounsel assigned as a reason that he had not been tendered his expenses. Counsel for plaintiff urged that he oould prove that defendant was In a position to pay and also to pay expense! to appear, and that the provliion as to tendering of c spetues was not Intended to ahleld those who bad means to pay. The R,M referred to the decision of Justice Williams, whioh was m favor ot defendant, but evidently thought there was something In counsel's cautentlon, as he reserved his deQlslon for a day. . The Fire Brigades' demonstration Jim been abandoned so far as Inveroarglll la conoerned, the Committee having so decided tonight. The primary reason of the failure is, no doubt, the withdrawal by Government of the lubtidy of £260 paid to the United Fire Brigades, and wfe{oh was the chief factor In the anooeas of previous demonstration*. The assigned reasons for ab'ndotlog the fair were that ft would not ba a fioaaolal uuooesi ; that the losuranoe Companies, Banks, and merean* tl'e firms will not contribute sufficiently that an crt onion was not a auooeas j tba the public do not Interest themselves In the demonstration, and that very few entries of brigades were rennlved.

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INTERPROVINCIAL NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2038, 16 January 1889

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INTERPROVINCIAL NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2038, 16 January 1889