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An ill-assorted, forlorn trio of harvesters appeared before Mr W. H. ilundle, J.P., at the Magistrate's Court this morning, charged .with being drunk in a railway carriage. They were,y even first: offenders, although their looks belied this fact.

No. 1 pleaded guilty to the charge. Sergeant Emerson said that the offender was one of a number that had come from Rakaia. Liquor had-been taken in the carriage, which rei sembled a second-hand dealer's shop ion account of the swags and broken 'bottles lying about the floor. The party had caused some disturbance. No. 1 ' was a- stranger to Ashburton, and he had a railway ticket for Teniuka, where he intended to get work. . He had 6s only in his pocket. ; No. 2 also, pleaded guilty, and. Sergeant Emerson stated that he was one iof the roysterers. He had no money whatever. . -. *■ . No. 3 was. charged with being drunk and with 'breaking a window, valued >at 10s, of the railway carriage. He pleaded guilty to both counts. Sergeant Emerson said that this man also was one of the band of convivialists, and it was he who had broken the window. He, too, was a stranger,, and he had 5d only in his possession. He belonged to Palmerston North. In reply, to the bench, the Sergeant said that the disturbance was of- such a serious nature that before the train's arrival word had been sent to the police with the request that they should wait on the train. The guard had been notified to attend to give evidence, but he had not done so. I The presiding justice said that, the offence was too serious to be overlooked. He could not pass by lightly the offence of drinking in railway carriages and upsetting the comfort of other travellers. They would each be fined £1 and be ordered to pay an equal share of the cab hire; in default 48 hours' rtnprisonment. The offender who had broken the window would-be required to pay the cost of ...making good the damage (10s).- : They were each: given till Saturday to pay the. fine, on condition that they did not attempt to leave the district. " .; •OS

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DRUNKEN ROWDIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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DRUNKEN ROWDIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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