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(Before Mr. J. E. Wilson, S.M.) , OLD "BLACK SHEEP" STOBY. Frank Eaton Hudson (45), a man with an air, admitted that he was drunk on January 30, but denied that he had solicited alms. Sub-Inspector Wohlmaun remarked that Hudson's statement that he had an income of 30/ a week had been found by the police to be true, and it had further been found that the day before his arrest he had received from his solicitor £3. When arrested he possessed sixpence, an d live pawn tickets. Hudson strenuously protested that iie had never accosted any man for money, except in a case where a man owed him money. "Only once evah," had he slept out, and that was when the town wns crowded with race-folk, and many other people had to sleep out because beds were not to be had.

The charge of begging was dismissed, and Hudson was convicted and discharged for drunkenness, whereupon Chief Detective MoMahon confronted him with a. charge of theft. It was told agaimrt him that on January 25 he was one of the occupiers of a room in tho Waitemata Hotel, and that another lodger of the room, A. ¥, Chamberlain, had had a watch, a safety razor and a fountain pen stolen from his belongings there. Some days later lie tried to pawn a razor of "the same kind and a fountain pen, and got 5/ for the pen, wludi was identified by Mr. Chamberlain. The watch had not been traced, and Hudson dec-hired that he had been drinking and knew nothing whatever of the stolen articles.

All that could be said in Hudson's favour was the old story of the remittance man making a losing fight of it against drink, and despite three terms a( Rotoroa Island, lie had eventually descended to dishonesty. He wee convicted and sentenced to reformatory treatment for a period not exceeding IS montho. MISCELLANEOTJS. Patrick Murphy (05), an old man who appeared very short-sighted, was arrested when he was standing at the entrance of the Graf ton Bridge lavatory, with his dress not adjiistcd, and declared that he was totally unaware of having done anything out of the wav but said h c -was slightly under the influence of liquor at the time. A previous conviction for n similar misdemeanour stood against Murphy, and he was remanded, till Thursday, with a view to an endeavour being "made to get him into a noma.

Cccd Jas. Ballantyne (30). arrested oi a similar charge, with added compilations, was remanded till Thursday

William Wilson (43), a nccond oircnder for drunkenness, wa s fined 10/, in default 48 hours' imprisonment.

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume LI, Issue 35, 10 February 1920

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