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THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE.

4» FINES FOR RAFFLING IT. Some Johnsonville residents received a Christmas box this season in the shape of an unexpected blue paper. As the sequel to what was beKefed to be a seasonable and / harmless goose-and-pig lottery, John Rod appeared at the Magistrate's Court to-day charged with having, on 24th December at Johnsonville, established a lottery in which prizes were thrown for with dice. Fred Taylor and i'red A. Majendie' (two informations) appeared on similar charges, and James Wareham, hotelkeeper, was charged with taking part in a lottery, proceedings being taken in his case both under the Licensing Act and under the Gaming and Lotteries Act. "It has been the practice in JohnsonvuTe for 32* years," explained M<r. ftrenteath for the defence, •' and," he added, regardless of Johnsonville's feelings, "in many other villages." It was an ancient ' Christmas custom, and Mr. Majendie had supplied nine geese and some one else the bacon. It was a "hereditary custom with Englishmen," and there was no complaint against the manner of conduct of the licensed house in which the lottery was held. The Magistrate, Mr. W. R. Haselden, stated that it was a question on whose shoulders the responsibility should rest, and the police on receiving information had brought the matter before the Court. After / au inaudible conversation with counsel and with Inspector Pender, His Worship remarked that the most difficult question was that of endorsement of the license under the licensing Act, which might mean a great depreciation in the value of the hotel property. Inspector. Pender, having made the request for the withdrawal of the proceedings under the Licensing Act, the Magistrate said he saw no objection. All cases were then taken under the Gaming and Lotteries Act, and Wareham was fined £1, with 7s costs, and Rod and Taylor were each mulcted in 5s with 13s costs, while Majendie on two charges was fined 6s, with £1 9s costs.

The selection of acting non-commis-sioned officers for the four squadrons was announced this morning. The following are the names of those selected for theWellington Squadron : — Sergeant-Ma jor, A. B. Charters ; Quartermaster-Sergeant, J. Vallance ; Farriei"- Sergeant, — Neilson ; Sergeants, Hans Larsen, Alex. Pender, F. J. Hill, C. Jackson, G. A. Rountree ; Corporals, D. Turner, J. Nairn, G. Wood, — Rowell, — Willoughby, J. Skinner; Bugler, L. Grimstone. The half-yearly meeting of the Wellington Working Men's Club will be held on Monday next.

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THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE., Evening Post, Volume LXIII, Issue 10, 13 January 1902

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THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE. Evening Post, Volume LXIII, Issue 10, 13 January 1902

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