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SOUTHERN NEWS.

THEFT OF CATTLE. NAPIER, Wednesday. The Supreme Court was to-day occupied in hearing the charge against Wm Brewer, aged 23 years, of having stolen 44 head of cattle, the property of Eichard Keene and James Reid from Runanga station. The jury returned a verdict or guilty, with a strong recommendation to mercy, the foreman adding that the jury thought that to some extent prisoner had. been led by Samuel Beswick, formerly manager of the station, who is now serving a sentence for having etolon cattle from the estate in question. Sentence in Brewer's case was deferred. FIGHT OX A RACECOURSE. NAPIER, this day. A fight, having rather serious resulte, occurred at the Napier Park Racecourse yesterday. A man named John Bibby, well known in connection with a buckjumping show, picked a quarrel, it is alleged, with a Maori named Joe Ta,reha, and a stand-up- fight resulted in Bibby receiving blows in the region of the heart which rendered him unconscious. He was removed to the Hospital, where he still lies unconscious. Tareha was arrested and charged at the Court today with unlawfully assaulting Bibby, and causing actual bodily harm. Accused was remanded till to-morrow, bail being refused. MISCELLANEOUS. DUNEDIN, this day. The following public bodies have benefited under the will of the late Philip Mitchell of St. Clair: Sailors' Rest, Dunedin Hospital, Otago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, £100 each; Carnegie Library, £50. Hon T. Mackenzie and members of the Cntlins Railway League ?.r» visiting Tahokopa and district to-day.

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SOUTHERN NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909

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