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TOESDAY, SSFTEMBER 6. (Before R. Beetham, Esq., S.M.) Druskbsness.—Fdr this offence, Alexander Dunlop was fined 10s, or, in default, forty-eight hours' imprisonment. Two men, not before convicted, were each fined ss, or, in default, twenty-four hours' imprisonment.

Maistesasge. — John Kennedy was charged with failing to obey an order of the Court to contribute to the support of Jus children in Burnham School. SergeantMajor Ramsay said that, in 1891, Kenaedy 3 seven children had been committed' to Burnham, on the ground of the drunken habit 3of their mother and himself. He was ordered to pay 2s 6d pet week for each of them, • bub had paid nothiog at all. For the greater part of the intervening time he could not be found, but he had served two terms of imprisonment for non-compliance with the order, coming out of gaol iv June last. Lately he had been earning 9s per day at his trade as a carpenter ; when applied to for some portion of the arrears, he said he would not pay anything. Four of the children's terms had expited, three remained. In defence, Mr' Malley, who appeared for Kennedy, said nearly all he had earned since coming out of gaol, was paid away for the maintenance of his wife* and himself, his average earnings being £1 7s per week. He was willing to take his children and support them. His Worship said if he wanted the children— and he did not appear to be a fit person to have them—he must apply to the Minister. In the meantime, as it was useless to keep, this large debt on the books, it would be cancelled except £1 2s 6d, that must be paid, and 7s ■bd per week in future punctually, for the tbiee remaining children,, or the defendant would have again to go to gaol. Tkespassixg ox a Racecourse.— Archibald Hunt, Thos. Dodd, Wm. Whitta, John Ross, Wm. Ballam and Wm. Profit were fined each £2, with costs £1 lls 6d, for trespassing on the Show Grounds racecourse on the 10th or 12th August, at the Canterbury Trotting Club's races. Mr Stringer appeared for the Club, Mr Joynt for Hunt and Dodd. Cases against Sydney Nettleford and William Drapper were adjourned till September 13th. Offensive Publications Act.—Alexander Wildey, printer, ivascharged with having delivered, for the purpose of circulation, to John Savage, printed matter of an obscene, immoralj or indecent nature. In the absence of his oounsel, the defendant applied for an adjournment, which was granted till September 13th.

Case Dismissed. — A young man .was charged with obtaining, by a, false* pretence, on August 17th, from Wm. Ward, a betting bag, valued at £1. On hearing some evidence, Inspector Brohain abandoned the case, and the accused was discharged.

Sanitary Conveniences. —The Messenger Manufacturing Company and C. M. Brooke were charged with having failed to piovide sufficient closet accommodation connected with shops in a building at the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets, of which the greater portion is occupied by the Central Hotel. Mr Stringer appeared for the Inspector, who had. laid the information under section 17 of the Shop and Shops Assistants Act, 1894. Mr Byrne appeared for. Mr . Brooke. The defendants were lessees, and their defence wai that the construction of the building permitted of no other arrangements than those existing. The principal objection raised by the inspector was that for necessary purposes, the employees of the tenants, pome of them females, had to go .into ( the mises of the hotel. His Worship said he concurred with the Inspeotor. He had inspected the premises, and it was not for him to suggest a remedy, but there must be an alteration, and to affirm the principle the nominal fine of Is, with costs i>l 8<; would be iuflicted on the defendants, who, though formally prosecuted, were not really responsible.

Affiliation.— Alaster W. McDonald was ordered to pay 6s per week towards, the support of an illegitimate child, of whom he was adjudged to be the father, also to pay £3 8a 6d costs. Mr Badger for the plaintiff, Mr Izard for the defendant.— Jas. Colbert was ordered to pay 5s per week towards the support of his illegitimate child. No costs Mr McConndl appeared for the plaintiff, Mr Cresswell for the.de- - fendant.

Wednesday, September 7. ■ (Before R, Beelhafn, Esq., SM.) Illtreatikg a Horse.—Mary Box, owner, ahd R. G. Gray, driver, were charged wi,th having, the first caused to be driven and the other with driving while suffering from lameness, a hor<*e in a four-wheel coach. On the application of the defendants the hearing was adjoujned till September 13th. His Worship inspected the animal and ordered it to be shot. - " «".... (Before Messrs J. M. Thompson and J. R. Tulley, Esq., J.IVs.) By-la\v Cases.—Four cases of this kind were heard. Walter Allen wasr fined 5s and 7s costs for having ridden his bicycle without a light at 7.40 p.m. in Brougham street, Sydenham. Arthur Hamlin was fined 10s and mulcted in similar costs for having driven a trap without lights in Gordon street, Sydenham. Alfred Pickering was also fined 10s and 7s costs for having driven a spring cart in Colombo street, Sydenham, without a light. Thos. Barkle was fined 5s and 7e costs for having driven a hansom cab at other than a walking pace across the intersection of High, JLichfield and Manchester streets.

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CHRISTCHURCH. Press, Volume LV, Issue 10136, 8 September 1898

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