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Juvenile Drunkenness.

As Mr Young, the Curator of the Domain, and a representative of this paper were walking m the Domain grounds yesterday, their attention was drawn to the behaviour of 'two boys, one of whom waß pelting the swans with snowballs, while the other was rushing up and down m an erratic fashion, uttering weird sounds, and considerably frightening the ducks. Standing by the boys was a girl, apparently aged about twelve years, with a perambulator. On the Curator calling out to the boys to desist, the boy who was chasing the ducks promptly took to his heals. He ran m a very peculiar fashion, swaying from side to side, and occasionally stumble ing. Fearing that the boy would fall into one of the ponds, the Curator pursued and caught ghim. The boy, whose age would be about ten, seemed under the influence of liquor, and said that the other boy had given him wine to drink, out of a bottle, with the result that he was " shioker." He further alleged that the other boy, and the girl who was with him, had also been drinking wine. The boy was conduoted to the gates of the Domain and told to run home, which he accordingly did. The Curator and our reporter then made their way back to the other boy, who remained, with the girl, afc. the spot where they were first observed. An enquiry was then conducted into the case. The lad, who appeared t>be about thirteen years of age," absolutely denied giving the younger boy any wine at all, and denied that he had 1 any of the wine himself. He stated that that the other boy had been drinking wine, and fell into one of the water races. The girl denied that she had any of the wine, or that she had Been any. The Curator observed traces of wine on the boy's lip 3, and accused him of lying, whereupon the boy admitted be had some of the wine, but stated that the younger boy brought the wine into the Domain. Asked where the bottle was, the boy said it was m the Domain pavilion. Accordingly the Curator, the press man, and the boy proceeded to the pavilion, where a whiskey bottle with traces of wine m it was produced. The boy again asserted that he did not bring the wine into the Domain, as his parents were Prohibitionists and never had any m, the house. The boy was then allowed to depart, the Curator threatening that, if his version of the matter provsd to be untrue, he would have him prosecuted. Both boys gave their names and addresses, and circumstances show that the information thus given was correct. • ;

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6589, 7 June 1905

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Juvenile Drunkenness. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6589, 7 June 1905