A Timaru Licensing Case.
Magistrate Wray gives a Scotch verdict, •' Not Proven."
United Press Asgooiafcion—By Electric Telegraph TiMAKtr, June 12 At the Magistrates' Court to-day E. Ward (licensee) and P. Wiseman (cellarman), of the Club Hotel, were prosecuted on charges which amounted to one against the cellarman of removing duty stamps from seven hogsheads of beer, with intent to defraud the revenue, contrary to Section 22 of the Beer Duty Act. On May 20th a cadet m the Customhouse, inspecting the hotel cellars, found seven casks, three tapped and four untapped, and there was not a vestige of stamp, excopt a small corner on one cask. The defence was that the stamps were removed by rats, with which tho cellar is infested (over 400 were killed there m nine months). Evidence was given of such removal of stamps by rats at the same cellar before, and also at another hotel. The Magistrate thought the explanation not a very probable one, but as it was possible that the rats took the stamps off, he could only give the Scotch verdict-, '< not prqyea.i'
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A Timaru Licensing Case., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6594, 13 June 1905
A Timaru Licensing Case. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6594, 13 June 1905
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