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ASHBURTON-TBURSDAY. (Before Mr 0. A. Wray R.M. ) SISOBKYXKO AN ORDBB OF THE COT7BT. Geo. Parkin was charged on information with having failed to comply with an order of the Court. Defendant was some time ago ordered to contribute £1 » week towards the maintenance of hii wife and family. The case bad been before the Court last week, but ifc was then adj .urnrd la order that the means of the d fondant to pay might be ascertained. The earn of £6 bad bean paid Into Court, Evidence was ltd to show that defendant had been employed for iome time at tbe rate of 9s par dif* Defendant stated that his earnings for the pat* six months had only averaged 85s per week, and he was onable to pay ' more than 10a weekly. His wife said defendant could pay £1 a week if he did not drink so muob. The polloe stated that latterly Parkin did not seem to have been drinking.— The case was farther adjourned for a month. UXCGAL TISHXNO. H. W. Barrett was obarged, on the In 4 - fermatlon of E. Gala, tbe raneer cf the Ashburton Acclimatisation Society, with _ . baying caught a peroh In the Ashbnrton Domain on 26 without being licensed to fish, and also with having caught a peroh less than s'x Inobei m total length and not having immediately returned the same to the water, oontrary to the regalations for the protection of fish. —Mr Crisp appeared for the Acolimatlsation Society— J. J. 0. Qaane, Secretary of the Acclimatisation Soolety stated that nolloensehad been Issued to defendant. Defendant aiked for the production of the, Itoense book, and it was agreed It should be brought In at a later etape— Ei J. Gale, ranger of the Soolety, stfd . that on December 26 he was going through the Domain, where there was a stream of water. There were tome Islands m the water. Saw defendant on one of these islands. He was fishing. Witness asked him "If he was having muoh sport. He replied that be was not, and he handed op a perch. Witness measured It and found It to be 4f Inchon long. It was dead. Defendant was fishfof with ft willow stick, and a light piece of string, with a cork for a float Wit • Dess told him that he was liable; then V defendant offered to put the fish baok. Witness said it was no use as the fish was dead than.— Defendant asked if the witness Had got his discharge m bankruptcy, because If not he could not sue. — The Court declined to allow suoh questions to be pot.— The defendant then proceeded to pnjt a number of questions to the witness, to show that there was no attempt at ooneealsaent on his part.— Witness did cot know if defendant had any hooks on his line. Witness would swear it was a peroh defendant had caught. Witness had not seen any other perch, less than the regulation vzs caught m the Domain. — At this stage the license book was produced. Defendant wanted to see Who the members of the Soolety were, bat the Court ruled bo could not make use of the book m that ■ way.'— Tbe defendant said that on Bozlcg Day his little boy desired to catch ■ome ••bullies." He accordingly rigged up V little line, with willow stick, thread, and a pin for a hook, and he snd bit boy went to the Island. The water i at • the spot was about six inohes deep. Tbe little boy o»ught the fiih, and . they did not know whether It was a peroh or not There was no attempt at concealment on witness* .part, as he had bo idea of breaking the law.— The Magistrate •aid that the osse was a ratber paltry one, and It was a pity It was brooght before the Court— Mr Crisp said that the .Soolety was bound to take steps to proseoute all offenders against the regulations for fishIng. — A discussion took place between counsel and defendant relative to a meeting of. tbe Society thai bad been oalled to consider the matter, but the Magistrate held that it was not relevant to the ease.— ln reply to the Bench, Mr Orisp said that if a penalty were inflicted ; on one Information he was perfectly willing to withdraw tbe other. Tbe ! Society's object m bringing the case was that It might prove a warning to the public —This wss accordingly done.— The Magistrate said it Was olear that defendant bad canght a fish, which w#s of small slse. and which he did not return to the" water. Under the circumstances the minimum penalty of 20s with costs would be Inflated. ALIXGtD OBSTRUCTION. H. O. Segers, was charged on the information of W. B. Oompton, Borough Inspector, with having obstructed the footpath m East Street, by unpacking goods thereon— The Informant and a witness gave particulars of the case — Tbe defendant stated that no obstruction to the footway had been caused. He had opened oases m a similar way for the last five years He had opened some thousands of esses and had never been interfered with before— The Magistrate •aid that as this was the first case of the kind, and defendant did not seem to know be was breaking the law, a nominal penalty would be Inflicted this time, lined Is and costs. Par a similar offence, H. Friedlander was fined In a like sum. ; . HOBBI ABB (U3TLK CABSB. ■ - W. Perks was fined 2s 6d for haying allowed a horse to wander. H. Bates, ■ youth was oharged with having furiously ridden a horse In Haveloek Street— Defendant said that the bone bad run away with him. The In* spector admitted that defendant was a "new chum" on a horse, and the ease was accordingly dismissed. Mrs MoTeague for having allowed seven bead of cattle to wander In East street was fined §s without posts ' T- Perks was charged with hating left • n horse unattended aud was fined 7s 6d. ■- ' AM ALLXQBD XUIBAXOK. Peter Keller was oharged with having ' thrown three dead dogs Into a gravel pit near the Main South Road at Window— Mr Wilding appeared for tbe defendant— Constable Bellly had seen the dogs. Defendant admitted that they had belonged to him— S. Williamson said that he Kvad about 200 yards from the gravel pit. A great stench weseaused by the dead dogs Constable Reilly recalled said that he had advised defendant to bury the dogs. Defendant while wltnets was there sent his •on to bury the animals— Mr Wilding said that the dogs belonged to defendant's son, defsndant aid not 1 know they were la the |«M*i was told/ of lr.-the <we w«s AXslj»Bn. RXZGAL &ISOUR. George Keller, a youth, was obarged with having maliolously broken down a wire fence on the property of Slater Wllllsmion, at Wlnslow, and aho w|tb baying Illegally rescued a horse, selaad for the pqrpose of being impounded,— ]fr Crisp for Informant, Mr Wilding for defendant.— S. Williamson said last week a horse belonging to Keller trespassed on bis land, Be went tp Kelleraod told him ha must pay poundage before he regained possession. George Keller came to witpew's p)ace and drove tbs boric over the fenoe Into the road, The fence was injured.— By Mr Wilding : Witness* gate was opened on the evening the bone trespassed.— -A . Thompson say* -- •■" — j— • - r . -riuenoe. — -~- G. Keller, denied tbe plaintiffs testimony. Ho did not go to defendant's plaoe. He stopped at home that night. Tbe horse oame home himself about half past eight or nine.— R. Kensington said that on the evening m question the defendant was with witness most of the time. They were m a little room adjoining the bar lo the Wlnslow hotel. Defendant only left tbe room to serve drinks la tb« bar, The owe wss dU-

CIVIL 04811. Proctor and 00. v R. Bees, oUim £4 9s • Judgment for plaintiff by default. H. ZindervG. Smith, claim £4 7s6d goods supplied . Mr Outhbertson for defendant. Defendant denied having obUioed the goods, alleging that they bad been supplied to his parents. Defendant's mother swore <h*t the ordered the goods. Plaintiff waa non-suited. The Court then rose.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2051, 31 January 1889

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2051, 31 January 1889