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ASHBURTON-THURSDAY. [Before Mr C. A. Wray R.M.] POLICE CASES. John Brady for drunkenness was fined ss. John Stalker was charged with failing to attend as a witness, was cautioned and the charge dismissed, as the witness's evidence was not now required. CTVIL CASES.

T. Briggs v Ben Boswell, £2 13s claim for rent and wrongful removal of fowlhouse. Mr Purnell ; for defendant. Plaintiff and William Adams gave evidence. Mr Purnell addressed the Court and called the defendant, who stated that the claim for the fowlhouse was a bogus one, the remains of it having been removed by permission of the plaintiff himself, and the rent was paid as from Thursday to Thursday. The R.M. said the case seemed a very paltry one, and gave judgment for 16s for rent due, and 3s costs.

Ibell v Rugg, claim £14 9s 2d. Mr Crisp appeared for the defendant and applied for an adjournment for a fortnight which was granted, the defendant to pay costs.

Wm. Cockle v. H. Gilbert, claim £5. Mr Pnrnell appeared for plaintiff, and Mr Cuthbertson for defendant. The I claim being for damage done to the stock and barrel of a breech-loader. W. Cockle and Geo. Swan gave evidence in support of the claim, and Mr Cuthbertson addressed the court and called Mr Gilbert, who gave a florid description of the accident to the gun and the interviews had between himself and the plaintiff. John Orr valued the gun, if new at £6 or £7, the injury to the barrel! could easily be repaired at a very small cost. The Court allowed 30s damages j and costs, with 10s 6d for' solicitor's fee. i J. Orr and Co. v. Smithies, claim, £5 7s 7d. Judgment for amount claimed and costs.

Sutherland v Foreman, claim £28 18s 4d. Claim for damage to stacks of grain through defendant not completing a contract to thatch stacks. W. Sutherland gave evidence that defendant in March 1889, agreed to thatch a number of stacks for him, but did not do so, and in consequence some of the stacks got damaged. Some of the sheaves,were so wet that they had to be stooked out, and great labor was thereby entailed. One man was engaged on this work solely from the 6th to the 16th April, at 30s a weok. All the stacks were thatched before the rain came on. The stacks thatched by Cairncross were well enough done, but those done by Burgess were badly done. There were about 20 stacks badly thatched and damaged, that would not have been damaged had Foreman done his worki £30 had been kept back from Burgess, and witness held that Foreman was liable for the remaining £28 18s 4d. By Mr Cuthbertson: Denied that he had seen Foreman on the night of St Patrick's concert, heard Foreman say that he would not thatch the stacks. Burgess went on his own.account to thatch the stacks. To His Worship: was sueing Forman for the damage caused by him not coming to thatch, the work having been badly done by Burgess. Mr Wilding, for plaintiff, elected to take a nonsuit.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2403, 17 April 1890

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2403, 17 April 1890

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