"ARREST ME, PLEASE!"
REMITTANCE MAN'S PLEA. SHORTAGE OF LABOUR IN GAOL. There are scores and scores of cases of men who have attempted to escape from gaol, but there are few of them who wish to be taken in. An unusual case of this kind was heard in the Dunedin Police Court. James Menzies, an elderly man, hobbled into the box on a stick, and pleaded guilty to a charge of being an idle and disorderly person. Senior Sergeant Mathieson said Menzies was released from gaol on July 7, and since then had been walking about town, doing no work. Almost nightly he had called at the watchhouse at the police station, and asked to be taken in, as he had no place in which to sleep. Accommodation had on one occasion been secured for him by the Rev. Mr. Moreton, but he was soon wandering about again. He was a remittance man from Home, and occasionally had sums of money sent to him. It was understood that he had borrowed money about town. '"He is really anxious to get into gaol," continued the senior sergeant, "and I think it would be a good place for him this stormy weather." The Key. Mr. King said there was really nothing to be said in the man's favour. He drew his remittances, but instead of paying his debts had rather a riotous time. '"Sentenced to three months,"' stated Mr. Bundle, S.M., briefly. As Menzies was leaving the Court the magistrate asked if he was fit for hard labour. Senior Sergeant Mathieson: No, not the same as other men. However, he is a painter, and can assist us a little. There is a shortage of labour in the gaol just now. (Laughter.) The magistrate said he would not add "hard labour" to the sentence. "We will be lenient with him," said the senior sergant.
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