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(Before Messrs C. E. Palmer and X HammM, J.P.'s.) DRUNKENNESS. Three first offenders constituted the ' new drunk-enness list, and two of them j were fined 5/ each, while the third, who had been picked up early in the evening with £10 in liis pocket, forfeited bail. John Hogan I'2'2). who had been under medical treatment by the State for a week, had to pay 17/6 costs. James George Murray, charged with having broken his prohibition order, contended that his collapsed appearance at tho time of the alleged offence was due to miner's phthisis, and not to drink, but the fact that he had taken a prohibition order out against himself suggested that tire miner's complaint was complicated, and he was fined 20/ and 7/ co3ta. NOT DESIRABLE. Ola Hanson (29) and Fritz Anderson (25), twb Norwegians who had run aWay from the ship Ardgarry and who were unable to speak English, were described as ■undesirable immigrants, in that they had 'been nimble to pass the immigrants' education test. The master of the Ardgarry desired that the men be put. aboaTd the American schooner Aluirma, and the two seamen were'convicted and ordered to be put aboard the,schooner. OVER-RAN HIS REMITTANCE. Alfred O. Smith (34) entered a plea of guilty to a charge that on January 5 he obtained 30/ from Patrick BogUe by means of a valasdess cheque. Chicf-detcctivc McMahon stated that about twelve months ogo accused hired a buggy from Bogue to drive to Brown's Bay, the cost being 30/. This was not paid until January 5 last, when accused gave Bogue a cheque for £5 on the Bank of New Zealand, receiving £3 10/ change. When the cheque was presented there was no account at the bank. Mr Alan Moody stated that accused was a man who was qualified to practise as a solicitor in England, but had not registered in New Zealand. He was a remittance man receiving £5 every fortnight. At the time of giving the cheque he might have been slightly under the influence of liquor, but he had had an account at the Bank of Xew Zealand, which the bank had closed because uhcrp were no funds in the account, but accused was unaware of that and had naturally expected the money to be there. There ..was £5 now in the bank, and it could not be operated on till the end of the month, but the money would be paid to Bogue within twenty-four hours. Counsel asked the Bench, in view of fche fact that the offence was not deliberate, to exercise its discretion not to enter a conviction. The Bench decided to convict and discharge accused, with a condition that he should make restitution within twenty-four'hours. PASSENGERS MUST PAT. S. Jenieson was charged that when travelling on n train at Penrose on December 14 he failed to show his ticket when requested. A railway ticket inspector stated that he instructed the guard and two porters to go through the train on the occasion in question and ask that tickets for certain stations be asked for, and after that he went through the train himself and found that defendant's 12-trip ticket had not been snipped. Tiro gunrd nnd porters stated that they went right through the train, as instructed, and snipped all tickets presented to them. Defendant stated that he was standing on a platform, with his ticket in his hand, and did not see any guard or porter go through the train and was not asked for his ticket till the inspector came along. There were three or four others, he said, who had also not had their tickets asked for. Alfred. (Joldsborough stated that on the ! same occasion he saw no guard or porter go through the train, and that his ticket was not asked for nor snipped. It was not an uncommon occurrence, he said. His Worship stated that in cases where the snipping of a ticket constituted payment of faro, it was the duty of passengers to sec that their tickets were snipped. The evidence was that the tickot collectors had gone through the train and didn't get the tickets. It was not uncommon—for- people to hold their tickets in their hands,, and ,if they could evado payment to do so. 'Defendant would be fined 5/ and. 37/(1 costs. MISCELLANEOUS. John Kedmayne, for driving at night a- motor-car which had no tail, light lit; was fined 5/ and 7/ costs. E. J. Massey, On a charge of doing sani- i tary plumbing at Remuera when he was not a registered plumber, was fined 10/ and 35/ costs. ,'■!.. James Hamilton (56), on a charge of vagrancy, was further remanded. till ] Tuesday, mention being made that the j gaioi surgeon considered the ruan. scarcely i food the mental ability to. look after I himself and recommending his being kept i in some charitable home. j Patrick O'Connor r3B), charged that yesterday be stole a quantity of tools, value 20/, the property of" some pet'son j unknown, was remanded for a week. I
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