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ANNUAL LICENSING MEETINGS

♦ BOROUGH OF ABHBURTON. - The annual meeting of the Lioendog Oommittee for the Borough of Aihburton wii held at noon to-day, Present : — Henri J. G Bestell (chairman), 0. BraddeH, D. Thomas, B. Aloors, and J. 0, Duncan. FOUQB BITOBTj, The report of the police on the various Hetoeed houses in the diatriot w»s favorable. BBNXWALS, Renewals were granted as follows : — Patriok Devane, Aehburton Hotel (Sir Crisp) ; William Drummond, Railway Refreshment Booms (Mr Crisp) ; John Benry, Commetcial Hotel (Mr Crisp) ; A. J: Kelly, Central Hotel (Mr Crisp); W. Pattman, Somerset Hotel. butler's hotel Esther Butler made application for a ', certificate authorising the issue of a ' fioense In respect of the housa known as \ Buyer*" Hotel. There w&b also an app'ioation before the .Committee, from Aon Butler, for the !r r«oewal of the lioense of this hotel. ~- A petition signed by 21 persons was lodged in opposition to the application of Ss&er Batter, the ground on which •xasption was taken being stated to be that the requirements of the Licensing Aofc had not been complied with inasmuoh as the application was irregular. Objection was also made to the application of Abb Butler on the ground that a mairied woman was barred by law from holding • - • license. : Petitions in favor of the granting of the license, signed in all by 177 persons, were also lodged. These stated that the house had for years paat been largely patronised and was greatly needed, and that to close It would be to inflict a hardships on a ' considerable eeo ion of Ihe community. '> Tbe house was well conducted, and good beds, meals, accommodation and stabling * were provided. ;. . Mr Joyot appeared for the applicant, ttod Mr (Jaygilf for the objectors. ■' Mr Gaygttl opened tbe oase for tbe obitetors. He said that there was no objection to Mrs Butler's cooduot of the hotel, busata married women, she was, ;•:. onder^a decision of the Supreme Oourt, ijatiigibls to hold a licenje. Mr jjoynt was prepared to admit that Mrs Batler could not hold the license, It having been derided that a married 1 woman was ineligible. He would ask ; 111* Benob, in pnrinanoe of Section £5 of = ; : the AW to adjourn the application for a ptfjbd of not less than twanty one days, nor more than thirty to enable a regoItff application to be made by Hiss Esther Batler. He was also prepared to admit '•■:•■ that the present application of Mlis Batler, was irregular and could not be aontldered. If the Bench so desired be •ould lead evidenoe to show that Miss Batler was well qualified to mansge the \ hotel. In response to the wish of the Bench Mr Joyot wiled, Sergeant Felton, sergeant of police In Ashbueton for 15 years, who said that Mrs Bitter bad held a lletnse for the greater fait of that time. For the last few years ;-'. ||tas Butler had praotiaally jktanaged the house, and he was confident mm was a propel person to bold a license, yhe honse was well oond'ueted, and was largely patronised fry farmers and respeotqable working men. Ann Butler stated that her daughter, Esther, bad bad the praotioal managesasnt of the hotel In her bands for tbe Jut few years, and was a fit and proper person to bold the lioense. There never bed b«en any trouble with the police. Esther Batler said that from the fitst ef Jane to tbe present date there had bean 1137 bed* and meals provided In the bouse, which was in ber opinion greatly . required. On Saturdays about 90 persons generally s»t down to dinner. Mr Joynt said that he would no* call tome outside evidence, beginning with tbh Good Templars. u Alfred Cook, ssid he was a Good Templar, and bad held a prominent position in that Soolety. He believed that as a body, the Good X«Aapl»«r* dii nb j object to the itsutng 0! the lioense. fl< knew the hotel, which was very well con ; dooied, and he thought it was needed. Ai a paper runner be bad to visit tbe ho as* , fffery day, tad bad tfever; seen any thin j atjieemly there. To the 7 best of hU bellel - I greatrfitunber of the Good Templars had refused 'to sign the petition against the house, -" " was called bol did no •W«a|f^ *t A- fZarrlion, auctioneer, said that Kit pl|M of bQiIDHi wsi within 1 few ilulni

of Butler's Hotel. The house was well conducted, and was largely patronized, rle was aw»™ that Miss Butler praotloaily managed the hotel. R. Bird, builder, frequently dined at Rntler's Hotel, and found It well condaoted. Mr Joynt then npplled for an adjournmeat, so as to enable an application to be made by M'bs Butler. Mr Orlip a»fd thU tbe mortgagee was BtMafiad with Mlbb Butler ss the lfcenaee. The Bench said they waro quite satUfiad that Mfs« Butler was a fit and proper parson to hold the license, and an adjournment for 24 days, as »6kod by Mr Joynt, would ba granted. Mr Oaygtll presumed that he wou-d be beard before the Beuou came to a decision. The Bench said they thought Me C*yglll had fialsbed his o*se. Mr Octygill tubmUted, on technical grounds, that the Benoh had no power to grant an adjournment in this case. Mr Joynt replied, and the Benoh over* ruled the objection, granting the adjournment as applied fcr by Mr Joynt, with a view to a formal application for the trans fer of the license being made by Miss Either Butler. A temporary llcame for 28 day* was laaued to Miss Butler. The decision evoked a burst of applause, wbiQb was promptly cheoked, from the body of the Court.

THB BOY&L HOTEL, Henry Davis applied for a renewal of the iioenae of the iioyal hotel. A petition, bearing nineteen eignaturea, wab lodged against a licente being issued. The grounds 00 whioh objection waß made were that the petitioners were of opinion that the house was conducted in an improper manner, inasmuch as drunkenness were permitted therein ; that the license was not required ; and that if the license were granted tbe peace and quiet of the neighborhood would be disturbed. A largely signed petition in support of the application was handed up to the Bench. Mr Stringer appeared for the applicant, and Mr Cavgill for the objectors, I Mr Caygiil called tbe following evidence: — Mrs Parkin eaid ehe bad frequently ' seen her husband at the ftoyal Hotel the worse for liqu >r. Her husband had lately gone to prison for failing to comply with an order of the Court to bupport her, and the reason he had not complied with that order was because he had spent his money iu drink, chiefly at , the Boyal. J. K. Oolyer, Oierk of the Court, said thtt the lioense of the Koyai Hoiel trait , tranferred to Davis on July 4, 1888. The ] ffltneii gave particular! of ouuriottous < for offonaes at or iu tbe vicinity of the Hotel. : 4j Mt Stiinger objected to the evidence as s unfair. It bad never been shown that Davis was 1 party to the offauoei, and he ] had had no opportunity of stating bis aide : of the oaie, Mr Caygiil replied, and the Banoh said , they would take a note of .Mr (Stringer's < objection. 1 The witness continued* •

The Beach s»ld they did not attach ; much weight to tbe evldeuoe unless fiir Oayglll showed that the men who were ] oonviotad bad obtained their liquor at the l ttoyalt Iu QO.Q Q«se It bad coma sat In J evidence that the man oonvioted had got drunk at another hotel »nd had than ' gone to tbe Royal. Mr Stringer said that these oonviotiom t were a point In favor of tbo licensee, ] beoaase U showed that diceo;ly a man beoame a nulsaooj the police were seat < for. 1 Mr Stringer addressed the Beach at 1 some length. He adduoed evidenoe as fellows :— J Sergeant Felton, said the Boysl Hotel * was largely patronised, principally by { farmers *Dd workingoun. Thira wero do convictions against Djvlb, and tbe polioe ] had reoelved do complaints against him. t Davis had formerly held » 1 cense at \ Kanglora, and was glvtn an exoellent j oharaoter there. ! By Mi Oaygiil : Witness was In no way Interested Id the hotel ; he irlshed that be c was. (Laugoter). He bad no interest, 1 direct or iodireot In It, ha was aorry toaty. ( Heoy Zander a»ld the Royal Hotel Was f well oonduoted- ( By Mr Oayglll : Witness was a wine and spirit merchant, but was not interested* t 8. Nelson knew tfie Boyal Hotel welt, c and had never heard any complaints ' against it. It was largely patronised. < By Mr Oaygiil : Had seen drunken men > there, and also some drinking after hours. By Mt Stringer : It was nothing un- ! usual to see a drankea man about » public hoaße. 1 Jameß Taßker and J. Sealy also gave . evidence. : idenry Davis bad been licensee of the i Boyal tor about twelve months, and had held a license for nine years, and during ■ that time he had never been convicted ( of aDy offence against the Licensing Act. \ Bad never permitted drunkenness, and when drunken men came about he always ] sent for the police. Tbe house was < largely patronued, and daring the last i six months he had supplied 3800 meals > and 1500 beds. Tbe charge made by ' Mrs Parkin was not correct. 1 Tbe Banoh retired, snd after an absenoe of half an-hour returned into Oourt. The ' Chairman said tbe Bunch bed considered \ the matter fully. They were of opinion thit the weight of evidenoe was deoldedly I In favor of greeting the Hqsubq, but at I the dime time there was no doubt that a < certain amount of dr onkenness had been permitted about the bouse and the Benob thought that it should close at ten o'olook. The licensee was advised to be cautious In his management of the house, and tbe Benoh asked the police to jjtsep a ahatp eye upon it, r JUfTBNSIONB. Extensions till eleven o'olook were granted to all tbe licensed houses in tbe Borough, wltb the exception of the railway refreshment rooms In respeot of whloh no application was made, and of the Royal Hotel, In whloh the Banob hid previously ordered otherwise.

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ANNUAL LICENSING MEETINGS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2147, 10 June 1889

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