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[Before C. A. Wray ; Esq., R.M.] CATTLE AT LARGE. M O'Loghliii was dismissed with a caution on a charge of allowing cattle to stray. Nelson Eden was charpred with a similar offence, but pleaded nob guilty. The evidence of the poundkeeper and others having been taken, as well as that of accused himself, the was dismissed. THREATENING LANGUAGE AND ASSAULT. William Dalgetty was charged with having used abusive and threatening language^towards Charles Fawcett, and with haring assaulted him. Mr Cuthbertson appeared for complainant, who m evidence said he was a water ranger m the employ j of the County Council. It was his duty j to look after the water races m the district over which he was ranger, and alao to have an eye to the plantations. By virtue of his appointment, he had a right to en* er upon property where water races were. He went on the Bth with a constable to a plantation near Dalgetty's farm. About fifty trees had been cut down and removed from the plantation, and witness and the constable went to look over the ground. Took a path through Dalgetty's property to get to the South road. Did not interfere m any way with Dalgetty's property, and did not go near his stables. Next day met Dalgetty on the South Boad. Colville was with him. Dalgetty was very abusive, and came down off his horse and threw stones at witness. Did not call Dalgetty either liar or thief. Did not tell the Dalgetty children they would be sent to gaol if they did not say who had cut down the trees. Mrs Dalgetty said she had seen no one m the plantation.—John Colville was present at the encounter on the 9th. Did not hear Fawcett call Dalgetty either liar or thief. Dalgetty m the box said he had been annoyed at Fawcett coming with a constable to his place, and chasing round after his children. Probably did speak his mind very freely about complainant, after having been called liar and thief, and the stones he threw were about the size of his thumb. The Court did not think the matter was a very serious one, and dismissed the threatening language charge, but fined Dalgetty 5s and costs for stoneJbhrowing. CIVIL CASES. Mr J. Patton v R. Hunter, claim £44 16» Id on an I.O.U.—Adjourded till next Courfc day. W. de B. Corapton v John Campbell, £2 Is, poundage fees on a mare that plaintiff had kept m pound at defendant's risk. The mare was sold, and brought only ss. There was no doubt about the mare having been Campbell's. Defendant denied the ownership of the mare.—Judgment was given for £1 Os 6d, the Magistrate holding that as the horse was evidently of very little value, plaintiff should have taken steps, as provided by the Act, to dispose of it before the fees * amounted to the sum of £2. M. J. Patton v J. Scrimgeour—£2o 4s 3d, balance of account owing to estate of deceased ilobert Patton. Mr Crisp for plaintiff, Mr Cuthbertson for defendant. This was a matter of accounts between the parties, and after a somewhat lengthy hearing, the case was adjourned to allow of an amicable arrangement being come to. . This vas all the business.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890

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