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There are many other considerations besides conscientious objections which; may induce young men to disobey tne Defence Act. The possession ot a pair of legs which were not as shapely as they might have been was, apparently, the reason why a, senior cadet, who appeared at the Magistrate's Court yesterday, had absented himselr irom drill. He objected to short trousers, he said. They " showed a fellow up so. The Magistrate was not .sympathetic. " You have- to wear short trousers to play football," ho said. "Besides, , the* soldiers : n India often wear them on native service." The youth's conceit concerning his calves cost him hair a sovereign. •

The lack of sufficient accommodation at the Magistrate's Court was the subject of comment by Mr F. W. Johnston yesterday morning. "As secretary of the Law Society," said Mr Johnston, addressing -Mr T. A. B. Bailey, S.M., "I feel that I must take, the opportunity of pointing out the fact that there is not adequate accommodation for either the solicitors or the reporters, raid one of the latter is compelled'to sit in the solicitors' seats, thus assisting to make less room for them. I think that something should be.done in the way of altering this state of affairs." Mr Bailey said that he would see what he could do in the master.

A hearty laugh punctuated the proceedings in the farriers' dispute at the Conciliation Council at Christehurch yesterday. One of the Union's assessors had drawn attention to the fact 'that farriers were liable to contract two or three diseases as the result of the occupation they followed, when one of the employers' assessors asked the Commissioner to glance at the .assessors on both sides, and judge for himself if they bore any traces of physical degeneration. As they were, taking them by and large, "a fine body of men," a hearty laugh put an end to the line of argument raised.

The Christehurch City Council's bylaw that motor-cars must not be left unattended in the streets for a longer period than five minutes, came in for some severe criticism in the Magistrate's Court yesterday morning. William B. Cowlishaw was charged with an alleged breach of this by-law. He was defended by Mr F. W. Johnston, who said that the Automobile Assoeia r tion had taken, up Mr Cowlishaw's case. Mr Johnston contended that the by-law was most unreasonable. Motorists could not even go into their houses for 10 minutes,' leaving the 'car on the road, without committing an offence. Ho thought that the by-1 law, which was a clumsy adaptation or the old by-law relating to horse vehicles, should be reviewed by the Council. The Magistrate concurred. Four years ago, he said, he had held that the by-law was badly made. He was even of the opinion that it was a little unreasonable. Mr Lpughnan, for the City Council, said the by-law should be considered in its application to the case in point. However, lie thought it was a perfectly reasonable request that the. Council .should be asked to review the by-law. The case was adjourned for five weeks. .

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THE CITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8818, 14 March 1914

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THE CITY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8818, 14 March 1914

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