ANNUAL LICENSING MEETINGS
— . -i » (PKR PBKBB ASSOCIATION.; AvoKLASDt Jane 4. A Press Association telegram states that at the meeting of the City North (Auckland) Licensing Commissioners, a letter was read m which a woman complained that m ons distriot her son spent all his money, neglecting his wife and ohildren, and asserting that Sunday trading was carried on at the plaoe. The " Herald," however, states that a letter has been since written by this woman regret* ting that Bhe made a oharge whioh she could not prove, and that she had done her son injustice, and had apologised to the landlady of the hotel. Daring consideration of one application for renewal of a license the Commiaaionera said that they had a private detective watohing the hotel, and he had reported that on one Sunday seventy-three persons had gone m between nine m the morning and four m the afterncon. The hotels the applications for the renewal of the licenses of whioh the Committee postponed tbe consideration of were — the Aurora, Olanrioarde, Eagle, Foresters' Arms, Shamrook, and Wharf. They intimated that they contemplated dosing theße plaoes under olause 63 of the Act, on the ground that they were not neededj Regarding the proceedings at the above licensing meeting the "Herald" says:— " We should never have a word to say for the oontinuanoe of the lioenae to a house whioh haa been shown to be improperly oonduoted, but we do think the course of aotion of the Commissioners is revolting to every sense Of fairness m judicial prooedure, The Licensing Commissioners are prosecutors, accusers, and informers, as well aa judges. The chairman yesterday ala ted that women had come to them privately, and complained that their husbands had been supplied with liquor on Sundays, and when oounsel for the ltoensee oonoemed said the statement was a surprise, the Benoh replied by a sneer, inferring that the licensee knew better, and was not speaking the truth. Then . there was read m open Court, with all the names given, a soandalous letter written by a woman who considered lhat her son had been deooyed by the landady of a hotel — a letter inspired evidently by angry feelings, and whioh, for aught the Commissioners knew, may not have m it a word of truth. In regard to another hotel, tbe Chairman stated the Committee had had a private detective watohin h the hotel, who had given them oertain information showing that Sunday trading had been |oarried on. It seems to us that all this is exceedingly improper. Licensing Oommitteaa may pro* oeed on their own knowledge as to the number of houses m a neighborhood, but to beaome the recipients of mere scandal, to employ deteotfveß at their own expense to get up what may appear as evidenoe, is to our thinking not oreditable to any judioial Bench." TntAßtr, June 6. At the annual licensing meeting to-day the Committee refused to renew the license to Twenty man Wilson, Melville Hotel, on the facts disclosed by the polioe that he made a statement at the polioe station implicating a constable m a row m the house, and after* wards, at an inquiry by the Inspector, signed a statement that the former one was untrue, and made to injure the constable. He also swore m the $.M. Court that the grst statement was untrue. . j The Committee accepting the admission that the statement was made to injure the constable, considered it a bad oase, and gave 21 days adjournment to allow the lioensoQ time to sell out, and a new applicant to be put forward. Ihe Committee had previously notified the lioenaeea of two hotels that new buildings must be erected or licenses, would be refused. This threat was withdrawn to-day, the Commjttee admitting that the present state of business would not justify such expenditure, Oamaru, June 6. At the licensing meeting to-day, there were two applications for a license for the sama house. The late lioensee had been evioted by the mortgagee, but appeared m support of his application. He had fought the dispute out to the last, his eviotion having been a matter of considerable difficulty, and he carried bis grievanoe to the lioensing committee, who, however, refused to entertain his application as he could not get possession of the house. Dunbdin, June 5. At the City Lioensing meeting all applications were granted, except one for a license for the Exhibition, consideration of which was adjourned.
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