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BOOKMAKERS MOBBED.

EXCITING AFEAIR AT ELLERSUJS. Since the coming, into force of thai'i Gaming Act, which compels RatingClubil ta-'licensebookmakers, lieenseshave bees'* issued to .all and sundiy who >choose to apply, those responsible acting more with the'strict letter than the spirit of*" tha - lawl The Act provides that reputahla persons, shall be licensed,. and this i» f where-the difficulty conies in, for the clubs: will; not take the responsibility of " saying who is reputable and who is not* the. consequence being that tho pubhV have no protection against welshers. Those in authority- will probably- awaken. ■ to- a" sense of' their' responsibilities, when-""" it.is too.late, and the old adage of;"lock.' ing.'the stable "door-after the horse has escaped 1 " will' be fully At Ellerslie on Saturday two.' s bookies-"'weTj,: in serious- trouble —one being unable, .ta pay out- after Aborigine had won tfca Easter Handicap,.the other lasting-until the last, race before lie suspended pay." .. ment.. The first man got out of-it quietly the crowd letting him be takenTby-.tha-" police to the stewards' room unmolested, v but tho latter, had a much warmer.-time ' and"-there is-no doubt but that; for, tha police being present in strong- f OTee,", • serious assault, would have had: ; t0.,-be'?-i: reported. The bookie and his clerk were* | escorted' to the stewards'' stand, along* . with a confederate, an angry crowd* f o£_ lowing,, hooting and-, yelling. After sdmq; i consideration, it was decided to return ia, ' I vestors their own money, and: while, tha was being done; the crowd' rushed tad offending bookies, and they were badly, hustled, the clerk in particular, getting «,-■> few-" Johnsonian " punches in- the faee,and he would probably have got a sever} >: mauling had the police not saved him,-i When the bookie had returned: the ia», \estors their money, he threw the- re* ■' mainder left in the bag,.about 10/;, in air, and there was a'scramble. He:it_j T attempted' to get away, "but the crowdj ,with cries of "Duck him in tha pond!'*'T rushed him, bent on performing■ tas cleansing process-, but fortunately the intended victim, the police heia ; thd : " upper hand, and the crowd were > disa,ppoihted: The police, under Sergeant Hanson, acted admirably throughout, and while endeavouring.to see justice dbneto . those victimised, maintained the law,.»!' a. time when the least" bit of officibusnesi . would have created a serious riot;

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BOOKMAKERS MOBBED. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 86, 12 April 1909

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