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(per press association.) David Hastings Brown was charged this morning, on remand, with embezzling money, the pronerty of the Bank of New Zealand. Mr Fisher appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Ihuk, and Mr Embling was in attendance. Mr Stringer appeared for accused. Mr Fisher opened the case, and called evidence as follows:— James Embling, Inspector of the Bank of New Zealand, Christchurch, deposed that he knew the Canterbury Roller Mills. They were the property of the Bank since February 28, 1880. The stock of wheat and flour was the property of the Bank also, and remained in the hands 'of the Bank till February 1, 1890. Accused was manager for a former owner, and when the Bank took possession he remained manager. The Bank increased his salary from £400 to £500, with a free house. The Bank niadp an arrangement with Kaye and Carter to appear as nominal lessees for the Bank, they managing the clerical part of bht, business. The account at the Bank was called " Canterbury Mills, operated by Kaye and Carter." Accused knew that the Bank was carrying on the mills, and that they were the Bank's property. Patrick Hanrahan, farmer and baker at Ashburton, said lie had 187 sacks of wheat in the mill, principally "Hunter's White," for gristing. Accused agreed to charge Is per bushel for gristing, and was to pay the railway freight from Dromore and charge to him. Accused gave witness an advance qI £106 as on the wheat, and witness was to repay the loan as lie took away the flour. Accused paid £IQ6 5s to credit at Bank. Witness made the first payment of £20 on account on September 12th, 1889, when accused gave him the receipt produced (in own hand-writing.) Witness paid hira. another £20 on October 2nd, and on October 26th £57 8s Id, and the balance on December 4th, viz., £7110s. The next charge hoard was one of embezzling £40 13s 6d, the moneys of the Bank of Now Zealand in the month of December last. J. Embling gave the same formal evidence as in the previous cases. Andrew Dawson, farmer, Waterton, said that last December he bought pigfeed from the Canterbury MilLi amounting

Ito £3111s and at the same time sold for the Mills to Brown 660 bushels of wheat at 3s per bushel, less railage to Lyttelton. Could not say about the paying for sacks. Brown gave him the account of the transaction produced. Told Brown to pay the balance coming to witness into the Union Bank at Ashburton. He paid into the Bank £63 9s 7d on the 13th December, 1889. Had no other transaction with Brown. There was no other Andrew Dawson in the Ashburton district. A. H. Shury said the last witness had an account at his Bank. On 13th December, 1889, £63 9s 7d was paid in by BroAvn to Dawson's account There was no sum of £104 3s Id paid into Dawson's account during 1889. Evidence was led on five charges, onfall of which accused was committed for trial.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2461, 8 July 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2461, 8 July 1890