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(Before C. A. Wray, Esq., S.M.) THEFT OF SHOES. ~ Mary Davidson was charged with stealing on the 17th June, from the shop of Messrs Nicholas & Pickt'ord a pair of shoes, valued at 17a 9d. The accused, in reply to the Magistrate, Baid that she committed the offence under the influence of drink. His Worship—" But there are no public houses in Ashburton.' 1 Accused —" There are plenty of sly grog shops thou»h." Sergeant Fouhy said that this was the .first he had heard of the accused being under the influence of liquor at the time accused committed the theft. He could hardly rejotnmand accused for probation, James Nicholas deposed that when accused entered his shop she showed no signs of liquor. Sergeant Fouhy said accused was in receipt of Charitable Aid. Accused said she could scrape together a fina if one was imposed. His Worship said he was rather against sending an elderly woman to gaol, and he would fine accused 10s, in default seven days* imprisonment, a few days being given in which to pay the fine. CIVIL CASE. Ashburton Hardware Co. v Wm. Patterson, claim for 15s. Both parties appeared in Court. Wm. Bain manager of the plaintiff oompany, gave evidence that the debt was incurred for removal of an old tank and the erection of a new tank. William Adams, foreman for the plaintiff company, gave evidence that defendant ordered the work to be done, giving instructions to witness. Witness quoted a price £310s for the new tank only, and did not quote for the work of removal and re-erection, which was oharged at 30s. Defendant disputed the price when he received his first account. Defendant said that the price was given for the whole of the work, and that he strongly objected to paying more than .£3 103. His Worship said that plaintiff's charge appeared to be quite reasonable, and he must give judgment for plaintiff. The Court then adjourned.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6603, 23 June 1905

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6603, 23 June 1905

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