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[Before Mr C. A. Wray, R.M.] John Henry v Gabriel Mcllroy, claim £3 ss. Mr Crisp for plaintiff. No appearance of defendant, who paid 5s into Court. Judgment for balance, of claim and costs. Friedlander Bros v. Hyam Marks, claim £35 10k 9d. £27 5s 9d was paid into Court. Mr Purnell for plaintiffs. Mr T. G. Russell for defendant. This was a claim for charges incurred and goods supplied on account of crops put m by Mr McNulfcy, defendaufc holding a lien over the crop. Hugo Friedlander deposed that his firm agreed to see to the threshing of the crop and supply sacks, etc., for the defendant, who gave them written authority to that efFect. Two bales of sacks were supplied, and the threshing was done under the supervision of MiMark's own man. ,f {By Mr Russell: Witness acted as agent for his brother for the rent of the land m his absence only. Mr Marks was asked to give a guarantee for the rent (£173) on condition that he was allowed to cart the grain awn.y, but he did not sign it. Some of com v*as carted to the firm's stores, but no empty sacks were returned to his knowledge. By Mr Purnell : Mr Marks did not refuse to acknowledge Mr MaxFriedlander's claim for rent, but carted some of the grain away before giving him notice. Mr Russell addressed the Bench for the defence, and called the defendant, who deposed that he gave a guarantee for the threshing, on the understanding that there were about 3000 bushels of wheat grown on the land. He received a letter from Mr Max Friedlander asking for a' guarantee for the rent, which he declined to give. The crop only turned out 1600 bushels, inoludinjr seconds. He paid into Court for the bags which were carted away. 217 bags wheat were received by him only, the rest were left on th c ground. Mr Russell and Mr Purnell addressed the Bench, and the R.M. gave judgment for £0 19s 6d, the amount due for balance of corn sacks, and costs £8 13s. J. R. Steel v. J. McMullan,claim, £1 Mr Crisp for plaintiff.—Case adjourned for a week. WIFE DESERTION. A. Sturgeon, for whom Mr Cuthbertson appeared, was charged with deserting his wife, Ellen Sturgeon, at Tinwald. Mrs Sturgeon deposed that on Tuesday night her husband came home drunk, having lost hjs horse, saddle and bridle, and on Wednesday lie went away, after threatening to choke her. She left the house m consequence of his violence, and went to her parents. James Gudsell, brother-in-law to plaintiff, deposed that he saw the defendant m a drunken state at his home, and there were three little children. Mrs Sturgeon was aAvay m consequence of her husband's behaviour, J. H. Fowler said he was ploughing last Wednesday near Sturgeon's house, and saw Mrs Sturgeon running away. Sturgeon was there, and drunk. He did not iaear the disturbance. M,r Gudsell, re-called, remembered on

one occasion Mrs Sturgeon coming to house m the middle of the night, and stayed there till morning. A. Sturgeon deposed that he had been married seven years, and had three children whose ages were from b\ years to 18 months. The trouble arose through his wife leaving home and going to her father's and sisters places. He sometimes took too much drink. The R.M. said he could not make any order, but advised the parties to live together again, and recommended the defendant to give up drink, as that evidently was the cause of the trouble. The case would be dismissed. Wakanui River Board v S. and G. Brown, claim £2 3s, balance of rates due. Mr S. Brown appeared and objected that the amount was not due, as rates on 50 acres of land had been allowed him for the overflow from the river. Judgment for amount and costs. The Court adjourned till 2 p.m.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2457, 3 July 1890

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2457, 3 July 1890

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