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(Per Press Association:)

AUCKLAND, February 24.; I Two travellers by the Main Trunk express from the south to Auckland yesterday afternoon were whiling the, time away by a quiet game of poker, when two strangers stepped into the train at Newmarket, and showed sociable interest in the game. One,of the players said they were " doing no harm," as he had already won six shillings. On- receiving • this information the strangers revealed themselves as Sergeant Dale and 'Constable Wales on plain clothes'; duty, and informed the two young men,that they would be brought before the Magisj trate for a breach of the Police Offences Act. The men appeared in Court to-day charged with playing a game of chance by. way of gaming with instruments of gaming. ■ , Inspector McGrath asked leave to amend > the information and substitute a charge under Section 25 of the Railway Regulations, as the charge first laid was intended to. deal with rogues and vagabonds, whereas the present defendants were perfectly decent young fellows. " ■;-..' rv.;-' The charge was amended to one!of gambling on" a train in breach of the railway regulations, and Mr Singer, for the defendants, entered a plea of guilty. They were, counsel said, like many others daily, having a game of j cards in the train coming to Auck-' land. Inspector McGrath: For money. j His Worship remarked that : in his! travels he frequently saw people play- 1 ing cards on the train, but he very rarely saw money passing' Mr Singer: They can't play poker without a chip, and your Worship may have noticed that players used matches. ' The present defendants bought the cards on one of the station platforms. His Worship said that a seller of I cards could not presume that the purchasers were going to gamble with them. There was serious objection to playing for money in a railway carriage, and the railway regulation against it was a good one. Sometimes a smart gentleman induced someone from the country to play for the purpose of " taking him down." In this case the defendants were friends who were playing each other, and evidently not of the' fraternity of tricky gentlemen referred to. The matter was consequently not serious, and defendants would be fined 10s and costs each.

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CARDS ON RAILWAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 25 February 1914

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CARDS ON RAILWAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 25 February 1914

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