(Before Messrs. J. Carolan, J. Catchpole, and W. Coltman, J.P.'s.) THE DRUNKAKBS Demetri Fernandez doesn't want to stay in Auckland —doesn't like the place —says the beer's bad. Moreover, nobody wants him in Auckland much, and he is to be sent away. He came here front Pakatoa yesterday, and the officer who had charge of him intended to put him on the express train at night to go to Christchurch, whence he was committed to the Island a year ago. In the meantime he got drunk, and fell into the hands of the police. He was convicted, and ordered to be kept in custody all I day, and put on the train this evening. Hugh Marston Close, a young man of about 35 years of age, obviously •welleducated and with perfect manners and add|fess when sober, has reduced himself hy -drinking to about as low a level of degradation as can be reached, in this ! I town, at any rate. He is a remittance ( man, mho drinks hard and neglects himself, with the result that his clothes are dirty and torn, and-he himself sadly needs a wash. He was remanded for a week of cleaning and medical treatment at Mount Eden. One first 'offender was fined 5/ or 24 hours, and another forfeited his bail, £1. "GIVE US A BROWN." Edmund George pleaded guilty to a charge that he solicited alms in QueenstTeet yesterday. This man was seen accosting people in Queen-street last night, and the circumstances were sucn that he appeared to be begging. A constable followed him and heard him ask a workman for "a brown/ The workman said that he had a number of uses i for all tbe browns that he had, and said "'No." The accused then became abusive. " There are a great many men like this," said Sub-Inspector Hendrey, "they drink to excess, bring themselves down to the gutter, and lose their manhood to such an extent that they will do anything to get drink." Accused was convicted, and sent to gaol for a month. THEFT. Andrew Porter, a middle-aged man with a 20 years' record as a thief, was charged with having stolen nine dozen bottles, value 6/6, from the house of George Knight. Accused had lived with Knight as a boarder in the house in question, but Mr Knight left his house to go to other premises. At the time the theft occurred part of the furniture had been removed and part had been left behind. The bottles were in a storeroom in the basement, and accused, who had left the house for another lodging, went back, took the bottles, and sold them to a dealer. He was convicted and sent to gaol for three months. ALLEGED DISORDERLY HOUSE. Joseph Thorne was charged that he, within the space of six months past, being the agent of certain premises situate in | Lorne-s-reet, did iet the same with the knowledge that they were to be used as a brothel. Sub-Inspector Hendrey appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Stanton for the defendant, who pleaded not guilty. The house in question is in one of the worst quarters of the city, and up till a few weeks ago was unquestionably a brothel, frequented by the worst menand women in the city. It was going on until then, but the police put an end to its nefarious trade by cleaning the place out, and getting most of the frequenters of it locked up in Mt. Eden gaol. Sergeant Eales said that on December 10 of last year he went to Mr Thome's office. He saw Mr Thorne, and told him he wished to make a complaint about one of his houses in Lome-street. Mr Thorne referred him to one of his clerks, who, he said, attended to the renting of the houses. The sergeant told him that the house in question was conducted in a very disorderly manner. The clerk said that he would get rid of the tenants as soon as possible. That was in December of last year, and the house had been occupied by the same people and conducted in the same way until September 24 last. Defendant stated in evidence that he let the house five years ago to McCoy, one of those, who are now in gaol, believing him at the time to be a decent man. He had frequently employed McCoy to do work for him. He denied that Sergeant Eales had seen him at his office, and his clerk also denied that he had had any conversation with Sergeant Eales such as that | alleged. He admitted having received j a complaint about another tenant in an adjoining house. The Bench had some | difficulty in coming to a decision in view of the conflicting evidence. They decided to give the defendant the benefit of such doubt as existed, and to dismiss the information. SCAFFOLDING REGULATIONS. William Maud admitted that he erected scaffolding more than 16 feet high without notifying the inspector of his intention to do so. He was convicted, ano fined 10/, costs 7/. THE TRAM OARS.
M. Wolfson, father and son, and Mrs. i Wolfson were charged with having avoiled payment of their fares while travelling in a tram car. Defendants admitted having overridden the penny fare paid by them, but they raised an unusual defence. It was the day of a Jewish festival, and they were going to the Synagogue. It is absolutely necessary "that on this day no person shall have coin iv his possession when he enters the synagogue, and defendants had only 3d when they left home. Mrs. Wolfson paid this to the tram-conductor, and had then nothing left. She explained this to the conductor when he asked them for another fare, and they got off at the next stop after the end of the section. The conductor said to-day that he believed he had s?en other 'money in Mrs. Wolfson's purse. He took defendants' names and addresses, and they gave him a wrong address. Defendants were convicted, and ordered to pay costs amounting to £2 12/. B. Leithart admitted having boarded a car while in motion, and was convicted and ordered to pay costs, £2 8/.
(Before Mr. C. C. Kettle, S.M.) SEPARATION ORDER. Ann Hayes was "ranted a separation order ' from her° husband, Richard T. Hayes, on the grounds of persistent cruelty and failure to maintain. Complainant was given custody of the one child of the marriage, and respondent was ordered to contribute towards her maintenance at th e rate of 17/G pe r week, and also to pay the costs of the action (£3 12/). PROHIBITED PERSONS. John Roache and Thomas Brittain were each fined 10/ for drunkenness, and 20/ for procuring liquor while prohibited. HUSBAND AND WIPE. Edward JfcMahon was convicted on a charge that he assaulted his wife on October 9. Complainant is separated from her husband, and on the night
m question he went to her house in . drunken condition. A row ensued and then the assault complained of occurred Accused was bound over to keen th peace for 12 months in his own boa. of £20 and one surety of £20.