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CHRISTCHURCH.

THUR3DAY, NOVEMBEB 19. (Before R. Beetham. Esq., R.M., and H. J. Hall, Esq., J. P.) Neglected Children. — Andrew (14 years), Edward (13), Charles-(10), Louisa (8), Agnea (4) and Laura Hansen (14 months) were brought up as being children living with their mother, who was an habitual drunkard. Sergeant McGrath gave evidence as to the character of Mrs Hansen and the state of her house. There was a prohibition order out against her, but she got drink and neglected her home and children. Hansen was a hard-working man. Constable Hob3on and Mrs Pritchard gave corroborative evidence. Mrs Hansen made a statement to the Bench accusing her husband of the cause of her troubles. Hansen denied the statement made by her, and said she was perfectly uncontrollable. The Bench committed all the children to the Burnhatn Industrial School, to be brought up in the Church of Eugland religion. Hansen, in reply to the Bench, said he was earning 7s per day regularly, and he was ordered to pay 2s 6d per week towards the support of each of the children. Mary (14 years), Maggie (12), James (7), Anthony (7), Hugh (6), John (3) and Lena Kennedy (3) were also brought up as being children whose mother was a habitual drunkard. Constable Fluellyn gave Mrs Kennedy a very bad character. Kennedy was a hard working man, but also drank. There was no bed for the children, and there was literally no furniture in the house. The house was in a filthy state. The children were sent out begging, and Mrs Kennedy spent the money in drink. Constable Ramsay, John Bowers and R. Parker gave corroborative evidence. Kennedy went into the box and said he was a carpenter, and a steady, hard-working man, and was at present earning 89 per day. He denied ever having been drunk. The Bench committed all the children to Burnham, to be brought up in the Church of England faith. Kennedy was ordered to pay 17s 6d per week towards the support of his children. Maintenance. —Ernest Ridder, aged about 18 years, was charged with having refused to contribute to the support of his father, aged 69 years, an infirm person. Defendant said he had always given hie father as much as he could afford. His wages were 6s per week. Two of his brothers were contributing each 2s per week. He agreed to pay Is 6d per week, for which an order was made.

A Difficult Case.—Mary McKegney, who had been summoned on the previous day and did not appear, to answer a charge of using obscene language, was now brought up on warrant. The case is somewhat remarkable. The accused who is quite a young girl, aged about sixteen or seventeen years, has for some months been in the habit of going about the street behaving in a manner which usually attracted attention from passers by. She would occasionally select some person and abuse them in most violent and filthy language; she had been complained of to the police and had been several times cautioned. The case on which she was charged was of this type; she had turned on a person who, with a ooy, chanced to look at her, and overwhelmed them with a torrent of horrible language. Her mother was in Court. Sergeant-Major Mason said she was a respectable person, and quite unable to restrain her daughter. As the girl seemed hysterically inclined, and the mother appeared to be in great distress, the Bench saw them in the Resident Magistrate's room, the result being that directions were given to lay an information agaiust the girl under the Lunatic Act. Civil Cases.—Steadman v Joseph and Ellen Thompson, claim £62 10s. Mr Stringer for plaintiff, Mr Kippenberger for defendants. Plaintiff alleged that in 1885 he lent the defendants, who are man and wife, £50, at 5 per cent., they having jointly agreed to become liable. A promissory note was prepared, but not signed,. when the money was handed over. After-. wards the husband signed the note, but the wife would not. Neither principal nor interest had been paid, and as Mrs Thompson was supposed to have property while her husband had not, a judgment was now sought against them jointly for principal and interest as above. Afterhearingevidence the case was adjourned till November 26th. Judgments went for plaintiffs by default with costs in Wreaks and Collie v McGregor, £9 18s 4d; and Redpath v Patten, £16 10s 2d. Judgment was for plaintiff without dispute in Young, v Larsen, 15s. Procter v Larsen, claim £1 10s, for spectacles supplied. The defence was that plaintiff had agreed to supply the glasses in three weeks if possible, but they were not ready till eleven weeks, by which time others had been procured by defendant elsewhere. As it appeared that no exact time had been mentioned, judgment was for plaintiff.

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CHRISTCHURCH. Press, Volume XLVIII, Issue 8025, 20 November 1891

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