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(Before E. H. Carew, Esq., R.M.)

Official Assignee (in the estate of Janies Macdonald) v, James Macdonald.—-Claim, L4B 16s 9d, for cement supplied to defendant and for railway charges. Mr F. R. Chapman appeared for plaintiff; Sir E. Stout for defendant.—After evidence had been taken, His Worship gave judgment for plaintiff, with costs.—Leave to appeal was granted.


(Before Messrs A. Bartleman and A. Barr,


Drunkenness. —For this offence Elizabeth Backley was fined ss, in default twenty-four hours’ imprisonment. Stray Horses, —Sydney George Bailees was fined Is, and costs, for allowing a horse to wander at South Dunedin,—For allowing six cows to be at large at St. Kilda Henry Corish Bennett was fined in a like amount. A Street Brawl. —Elizabeth Smyths and Annie Harris were charged with assaulting Emily Stone. Mr D. D, Macdonald appeared for the complainant, and Mr Stanford for the defence,—The complainant’s story was that she was coming from the National Hotel, King street, on Tuesday night last with some beer, when she was asked by the two accused to “stand a drink.” This she refused to do, and proceeded home. The accused followed her into the house, and after some high words they were ejeefed, but returned with some men. The accuted Norris broke the window, and when complainant opened the door she was dragged out into the street, knocked down, struck on the head with a key, and otherwise assaulted.—Evidence was also given by John Cook, Margaret M'Dougall, and Constable Gleeson. The defendant Norris said that complainant stopped her In the street, boasted of being a “ kept woman,” and taunted witness and Smythe with being women of the town. Blows followed on either side, till John Cook (the complainant t“ fancy man ’) interfered and “ knocked Smythe stiff.” —Evidence having been given by William Walsh, lamplighter, and others, it was agreed between the parties that the evidence already taken should apply to the cases brought by the women Smythe and Norris against John Cook and Emily Stone.—The Bench decided to convict in all the cases. Each ac cased would be fined 10s, in default seven days’ Imprisonment. —Mr Macdonald : I suppose a iittJe time for pftyzneat of the fines will be allowed.—Mr Stanford : Will your Worships say till Wednesday I —The Bench : Very good. Obscene Language.— Mr Hayes appeared on behalf of Thomas Myall, who pleaded guilty to a charge of using obscene language in King street during the street brawl which formed the subject of the previous cases. This was the defendant’s first appearance, and he (the learned counsel) asked that he be merely convicted and called up for sentence when required.—Sergeant Shirley asked to be allowed to call evidence. The defendant was always mixed np in disputes in which women of the town were concerned. —Constable Gleeson stated that in the row which was going on in King street the defendant was taking part, siding with the women Norris and Smythe.—Accused was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence when called upon.

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY., Issue 7909, 17 May 1889

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY. Issue 7909, 17 May 1889

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