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MAGISTERIAL.

(Before Mr H. W. Bishop, S.M.) DRINK. John Cockran, on charges of drunkenness and procuring liquor whilo prohibited, was fined 10s on each charge. A female first offender for drunkenness was fined ss, in default twentyfour hours' imprisonment. DISMISSED. Charles Arthur Glazebrook denied that he stole a coat valued at £2, the property of Cyril Keate Sans. The Magistrate: He's a remittance man,, isn't he? Sub-Inspector McKinnon: Yes, sir. The Magistrate (to the accused): Will you go to a home? Accused: No; I would rather go to England. .'_•__ Mr Sans said he was quite sure that the accused did not steal the coat; ho took it moro in the way of a mischiovous sort of a joke. . The Magistrate: He dnnks too much, yon think? ''~,., , • Mr Sans: I think he likes a whis- **■ The Magistrate: That's a charitable wav of putting it. The Magistrate dismissed the charge, but advised the accused to take out a prohibition order himsell, as a sort of moral support.

THEFT. John William Green denied the theft of a rug, valued at 20s, the property of William Hayward, junr. A second-hand dealer said he bad bought the rug from the accused tor °s 6d _ *" Accused said that a lady for whom he did gardening had given it to him. He could not remember her name. The Magistrate: Do you expect mc to believe a tale like that? The accused: I have not a blemish on mv character. ... ■. •, ■> "TheMagistrate: _ou've a bad record, if that's what you mean I Convicted and sentenced to three mdnths imprisonment. IN POSSESSION OF OPIUM. On the information of Mr W. J. Wratt, Collector of Customs, Christchurch, Ah Mow was charged with having in his possession opium suitable for smoking. He pleaded guilty. Tho Magistrate: The charge is laid under Section 5. Sub-section 2, providing for a penalty not exceeding £50, with special means for recovery. What does this man do? Detective Gibson: He just keeps a place where he sells opium and runs pakapoo. The Collector of Customs said there were two previous convictions against tho accused, one in 1910 for smoking opium, when he was fined 20s, and another later for having opium suitable for smoking, when he was fined £20, The Magistrate: Don't suppose it will stop this thing. They would probably die if they didn't get it. Fined £30 and costs. The announcement of tho fine brought a puzzled look to Ah Mow's face. Tho Sergeant shouted it in his ear, but Ah Mow was still looking for information. Detective Gibson: Oh, he knows! JUDGMENT SUMMONSES. Claude Lodge was ordered to pay J. F. Lowers £3 14s 6d forthwith, in default forty-eight hours' imprisonment. T. D. Smith was ordered to pay J. C. Harris 16s at the rate of Is per week. Peter Stuart was ordered to pay Chapman and Son £4 3s 7d forthwith, in default twenty-four hours' imprisonment. C. Lodge was ordered to pay Beaton and Ullrich £4 13s forthwith. James Everett was ordered to pay Alice Hamilton £2 6s 6s at the rate of

2s 6d a week, in default forty-eight hours in gaol. W. Rowe was ordered to pay C. G. Baker £10 7s, in default ten days' imprisonment.

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MAGISTERIAL. Press, Volume L, Issue 14982, 1 June 1914

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