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(From Our Travelling Reporter.) /"■ ""^ -■■-■ ' Alleged Appropriation of Lodge Moneys. At the Rakaia Police Court this morning,, before the Hon. C. A. C. Hardy, J.P., and Mr Thomas Moreland, J. P., Anthony Deane was charged, on the information of John Stringfellow, with having during :the years 1912 'and: 1913, ats Chertsey,;. ■■' received; from the members of the, Chertsey' Lodge (No. 90), Independent Order of Oddfellows, the sum of £6 lis 3d, and with fraudulently omitting to account for the same. Evidence was given to the effect that the accused was acting as secretary for the lodge at the time, and part of his duties was to pay-; .accounts.,:y A statement was put in purporting to show that Dr Coates had been paid an amount of £6 16s 3d. Subsequently George Thomas Smart was appointed secretary, and an account was sent in by Dr Coates for the £6 lis 3d, the discrepancy between the two items being accounted for by an additional 5s which had afterwards become due te the medical officer. The accused had received moneys from the lodge to-pay the £6 lis 3d, but he had failed to do so. When spoken to by Smart about the doctor's account, £6 l£s 3d, the

accused said he had paid it, but subsequently said he had not done so. At the close of the evidence the accused, who was not represented by counsel, pleaded not guilty. He was committed for trial at the next sitting of the Supreme Court at Christchurch.

The accused was then further charged with appropriating to his own use a sum of £8 65," which he had received while acting as secretary^to the Chertsey Lodge of Oddfellows, and which was the property of tho trustees of the Chertsey Oddfellows' Hall fund. Evidence was given showing that the accused had received the money, but that he had failed to account for it. He pleaded not guilty and was committed for trial.

A third charge was then preferred against the accused of having received from John Shannon, of Waihao Forks, Waimate district, and a member of the Chertsey Oddfellows' Lodge, a cheque for £3 17s 9d ' which he should have paid into the lodge funds, and which he had failed to account for.

Evidence was given showing that accused had received the cheque from Shannon in September, 1913, and that he had mentioned the matter to the present secretary of the lodge, George Thomas Smart. • The accused had, however, cashed the cheque at the Chertsey Hotel, but had failed to pay over the money to the lodge. The accused, who pleaded not guilty, was committed for trial on this charge also. Bail was allowed, viz., accused at £100 and two sureties at £50 each.

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RAKAIA-THIS DAY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914

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RAKAIA-THIS DAY Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914

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