»■ This Day. (Before Mr. H. S. Wardell< S.M.) DBUNKENNE.SS. One first offender was punished for drunkenness. Teretui Matiahu was sentenced to one month's imprisonment for the theft of a horse, the property of another native. MAINTENANCE. •In a case brought by Annie M' Williams against her husband to compel him to contribute towards the maintenance of her children, the hearing of which occupied most of yesterday afternoon, his "Worship now gave judgment. He ordered the defendant to pay 7s Gd per week. Mr. Ollivier appeared tor the complainant, and Mr. Guinness for '■he defendant. A SnfGHTLAE CASE. Stephen Bosher was charged with having stolen a horse and cart, the property of George W. Smart. Bosher will be remembered as a prominent witness in the Petone murder case. The alleged theft consisted in Bosher having given a bill of sale over his horse and to Mr. Smart, and then given another oill of sale to Mr. J. Zachariah over the same property. Inspector Pender asked for a remand for a week. Mr. John Collins, Mayor of Melrose, appeared on behalf of the accused, and said that it was very hard that a man should be locked up for a week when there was not a tittle of evidence against ' him. Inspector Pender called Chief Detective Campbell, who'said he arrested accused at Petone yesterday, and read the charge to him. Accused answered that he had paid off Mr. Zacbariah, thus admitting the offence. The accused had also raised another loan in the South Pacific Loan Office on the horse and cart. Mr. Collins said he had seen Mr. Smart, and found that he had also been paid. His Worship' remanded the accused until Mr. Smart's attendance couldbe procured. .At 2.30 Bosher was brought up on a freih charge of the theft of the horse and cart from W. H. Cook and others. Inspector Pender detailed the various bills of sale which the accused had obtained over his horse and cart. The fresh charge was brought on account of a previous bill having been discovered. He asked for a remand in order to obtain more evidence. Mr. Hislop, who appeared for the accused, said it appeared to him that it was not a matter for the polipe at all. His Worship granted the remand until .Friday morning. \ • CIVIt CASES. In the following civil cases judgment went by default :— Robertson & Co. v. Karamea Shipping Company, £21 11s ; Commercial Agency v. A. H. Brind, £8 10s ; Menteath & Staveley v. Alexander M'ln tosh, £13 5s 8d ; Commercial Agency v. Eobert Brookes, 17s ; same v. G. Jackman, £126 17s 6d ; John Duthie & Co. v. I). Pickering, £12 16s 8d ; same v. Jas. Compton, £2 15s 8d ; Commercial Agency v. M'Duff Boyd, 12s sd; J). W. Virtue & Co. v. V. Fama, £18 ss. Judgment summonß cases-^-Ealph Farmer r. Geo. Cdleman, defendant was ordered to pay £6 17s 6d within seven days or undergo 14 days' imprisonment; Commercial Agency v. J. Eolleston, order made for payment of £5 3s forthwith or in default 14 days' imprisonment ; Te Aro Loan Co. v. P. and C. M. Cameron, £36 order made against P. Cameron, to pay by weekly instalments of 10s.
Frequenters of the Wellington wharves will be particularly sorry to hear of the death of Captain John Norie, who passed away quietly last night at his residence, Hill-street, at the age of 77. The deceased was the son of a commander in the British Navy, and after receiving his eduction in the Greenwich Naval School, served his apprenticeship on a .vessel on which his father had by this time embarked in the West Indian trade. His rise was rapid, and at tho age of 19 years he was placed in command. Subsequently he went into the •West Indian Royal Mail Company's service, apd for many years filled various positions op the company's steamers, ultimately retiring on a pension. About sixteen years ago he came to New Zealand, and for the greater part of that time has been employed in tallying on tho Queen's Wharf. Capt. Norie, whose death is due to heart disease and was hastened by influenza, leaves a son,who is in the Railway service at Wanganui, one married daughter, and two unmarried daughters. The annual general meeting of the Excelsior Cricket Club was held last night. Sixteen new members were elected. The following are tho officers for the season :— Captain, Mr. S. Parsons ; Vice-Captain, Mr. G. L. Cole ; Secretaries, Messrs. S. Parsons and W.Wilson (conjointly) ; Treasurer, Mr. A. Bannister; General Committee, Messrs. Redmond, E. Mills, G. L. Cole, Leatham, and Deaville ; Match Committee, Messrs, S. Parsons, Baanigter, and Ccfo.
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