LEAKY PICTURE HOUSE.
JUDGE'S COMMENTS ON CONTRACT. "A VERY COMPLETE BUNGLE." Further evidence for plaintiff was called in the Supreme Court to-day when the hearing was resumed of the case in which Howard Oakley Brown, journalist, of Auckland, claimed £382 damages from Vincent Mullenger for alleged failure to complete satisfactorily a contract for the building of the Delta Picture Theatre, New Lynn. John Crayden, a contracting builder, said he inspected the premises in September last. The weather at the time was wet, and water was streaming down the walls of the shop on the ground floor. Many cardboard boxes containing goods were soaked. In the living rooms, where the wallpaper had peeled off, various receptacles were being used to catch the water. Part of the ceiling had sagged. The main walls of the theatre were very wet, and between the piers there were cracks, through which one could almost see. It would cost £230 to make the building waterproof, and re-conditioning inside would entail the expenditure of an additional £250. Defendant gave evidence. Answering Mr. Hall Skelton (for plaintiff), he said Miss Mitchell, with whom he was jointly concerned in the building of the theatre, was not the architect but the builder. Witness said Miss Mitchell contracted to put the building up. She had now a writ against him for money alleged to be due over the contract.
Mr. Justice Stringer: Between them they seem to have made a very complete bungle. Mr. Hall Skelton: It was a case of frenzied finance, I think.