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(Before Mr 0. A. Wray B.M ) DRUNKENNESS,

John O'Br.e i was find 5j with the alternative of 24 hoars imprisonment, F.anols Sojtt, who was Btlll suffering from the effaot of drink, was remanded till Sataiday. John Daooan was oharged with drunkenness aad with resisting OonsUble Rellly. The acoused appeared to have been very drunk and violent, although a Good Tempi »r lioket was found among bla tffecta, He was fioei In all 25j. A fiwt offender wiil -mulcted m the usual penalty. ALLEGED THREATS ETO N. Welsh was chaigod having threatened hla wife with grievous bodily harm. Mr Parnell fur defendant. Mrs Welsh said she did not wish to proseed m the matter. Hor husband bad made no threats against her and she did not lay the Information. N. Welsh? was also oharged with having beon drank while m charge of a hone. The ofienoe was admitted, There were further charges against defendant of having used obscene language, and aleo with hav'ng used threats towarda the constable who arrested him. Defendant was fined 40j m all. He agreed to a prohibition order being taken oat against htm. ALLEGED ILLEGAL EISHINO Reginald Falton, Leonard Felton, Gustavus Woruer and William H.ff;rd were charged, on the information of B. Gale, ranger for the Aahburton Acclimatisation Soolety with having used a devloo other than a rod and line for catching trout.— Me Odsp appeared for the Aoclimatiaition Soolety, and Me Wilding for the defendants —Mr Wilding anbaalttod that the information W« bad, inasmuch bb It dlsolosad no offance The Information did not allege tnat the Ashburton river had ever been proclaimed a river coming under the provLions of hi Fisheries Conservation Aot — Mr Crisp replied contending that the "GuSJtte" notice was quite auffiolent. The Information was, as It stood, perfectly good. — After argument the Magistrate reserved bis decision on the point raised by Mr Wilding— Mr Wilding laid the information did not state what the device used by the defendant* was. — Toe Magls-, trate said that the information should certainly state what was used. — Mr OrUp said i hit tbo defendants were not all oharged with using the sama devices. If the print trera pernisted In he might have to lay separate informations against each af the cefeudants. — After acme further argument, Mr O»isp amended the informat.on by specifying the devic3s used as belrg " their hands, a knife, andaepear." — The case was then proceeded with, Mr Crisp calling the following evldenoe ;— Edward Gale, ranger of the Ashburton Aoolimatioatlon Soolety, eaid that od Sunday, Feb:uary 21, he saw t ie foar defendants down the river bed about a mile bel w the bridge. One of the Feltons and young Worner were naked and In the water, groping about. The eldest Felton hai his sleeves and trousers tucked np and was groping under the bank. This was a well known way of poaohlng for trout. Witness was then about twenty yardß away and he got within a few feet of them, crawling Into a gorae bush. Witness beard their conversation. The boy Hefford was the "crow," that was he was keeping a look out lest witness shonld come along. Witness heard the eldest Felton say that ho had got a trout to the top of the water, but it had got away. Ho Bald It was not a trout at all, but a " Inland *h»rk." While they were dressing they agreed to come dawn a?»ln m the afternoon with » spear, carving knife, etc. They also agreed to bring a rod and line down so that when they got a fish they oould book it on and bo "slew old Gale." Witnead came back again m the afternoon and was there when the defendants arrived. Hcfford had a two-pronged spear and Worner, a batcher's knife. They were m the water for about an boar, groplrg aboat. They then shifted to another poo). The eldest Felton did not go In this time. Saw Hefford lift a little, fish out of the water, but it got away. They were there about an hoqr and a half altogether daring the whole of whloh time they w.er6 trying to oatoh trout, By Mr Wilding : Witness saw the fish m Hefford's hands and saw it jump out. Witness did not recolleot telling Hefford the best thing he could do woqld be to plead guilty. Witness had done a little at tickling trout himieif, tab had never boon oonvioted. — This was the case for the proaeouilon. — Mr Wilding said the who'e thing had arisen out of a practical joke played by the defendants ppon Gale. They went down to the river to bathe and one of them seeing Gale coming It was agreed to play a j >ke upon him by pretending tooatoh fhh. — T&omasLeonard Falton mid that he and wale were not on good terms. On the Sunday m question they went for a bathe and Hcfford saw Gale coming.. It was agreed that they should play a jtko npon Gale and they pretended to endeavor to oatoh trout. He saw no fiab, bat he believed H-fford saw one. When they went away m the morning they oalled ou.t loudly that they wete coming down m the afternoon with •pears and knives. They oailed oat loudly so that Gale could hear them. — By Mr Oritp : None of them were aware m the afternoon whether Gale was there or not —Hefford said it uas not true that he had a trout In bis hands. They did not try to oatoh any. They went through the whole performance for the purpose, of fooling Gale. They did not gee Gale In the afternoon, till h.e came oat but they thought ha wna near at hand. — By M#. Orlsp ; W.taeas had always denied Citohlng a trout ; he did not admit it to the Soolety. The Magistrate said there was no use m proceeding with the case further' It* appeared there rras no attempt at breaking the law, but the boys saelng Gale, bad played a stupid joke upon him. j — Mr Wilding asked for costs but the 1 Magistrate said the defendant would have to bear the expenses, of their joke. HOUSES AT LAEOE. For allowing two horses to wander, W . B. Oompton was fined 5j and costs. civil oases J. Orr and Co v T. Oox, claim £12 3i 7i.— Judgment for plaintiffs by default foe amount olalmed and costs. J. Baker v Mrs Adams, claim £21 7> Id,- — Mr Outhbertson for plaintiff, Mr Qvlsp for defendant. The olaim was for balance of rent Alleged to be duo. Plajntin; was nonsuited. No costß were allowed. Ashburum Hospital Board v Gecrge Eagle. Mr Parnell for plaintiff, Me Wilding for defendant. This win a cUtm foe £5 Oi for QaintamaQQ Utf

special atttudauce whist defendant wa . ia the H Bp.lal, aud* also for damage fJ'-ne to H >Hpitol p operfy . The soji of £1 was paid into Oourt. Judgment was alven for plaintiff for £3 16ilpoladlng the £1 paid into Oonrt. Costs were also allowed.

H>ft Rittinp.)

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ASHBURTON—THURSDAY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2096, 28 March 1889

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ASHBURTON—THURSDAY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2096, 28 March 1889

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