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THE COURTS.-TO-DAY.

RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT.

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

Neill and Co. v. Anne Ward.—Claim, L6O Is 3d, for goods supplied. Mr Stewart appeared for plaintiffs, for whom judgment was given by default. Reid, Maclean, and Co. v. James Carmichael. Claim, Ll4 8s 7d, for goods supplied. Mr Sinclair appeared for plaintiffs, for whom judgment was given by default. A. and T. Burt v. D. Yorston.—Claim, L 24 3s, for goods supplied and work done. Judgment was given for plaintiffs by default. CirY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs J. Elmer, A. J. Burns, and T. Brydone.J.P.s.) Drunkenness.—For this offence Walter Dixon (three previous convictions), who was said to be drinking himself to death, was convicted and discharged. Georye Ryan (three previous convictions) was fined ss, in default twenty-four hours' imprisonment. A Foul Chimney.— Patrick Rdd was fined ss, without costs. Ahsault.— James Haivkinx was charged by Hugh Macfarlane with assaulting him on May 19. Mr W. Macgregor appeared for plaintiff; Mr J. Hayes for defendant.— There was a cross-action in which Hawkins charged Macfarlane with assaulting him on the same date, and both cases were heard together.—Mr Macgregor said that defendant was a hammerman, and on the date in question left his home with a greyhound dog, which he intended to take to another person's place. Defendant spoke to complainant, and asked him where he was going. The latter answered •* Mind your own business," and proceeded down Manor place from Maitland street. Defendant followed complainant down the street, and as the latter turned round to see who was passing Hawkins assaulted him, knocking him down. Complainant got up, but defendant assaulted him again, knocking him into a hedge.—Complainant's evidence was in the main similar to the statement of counsel.—Kate Macfarlane, wife of complainant, met defendant after her husband returned, and he said that he would kill him. —Mr Hayes submitted that complainant was the aggressor, in speaking to and assaulting the defendant first.—Defendant said that on the day in question he met complainant, who stopped and said: " I've had it in for you for some time now, and I'm going to take it out of you now." Complainant attacked witness, who dodged the blow, and then hit complainant twice on the face. The latter then said : "Oh ! I've made a mistake," and then disappeared. Witness was not drunk. He had taken only two liquors that day, and was well acquainted with what occurred. To Mr Macgregor: The members of witness's family were not calling upon him to " come inside." He was quite sober at the time. He did not think that complainant could " do " him.— The Bench fined Hawkins 403, with costs, in default one month's imprisonment. The cross-action would be dismissed. A week would be allowed in which to pay the fine.

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THE COURTS.-TO-DAY., Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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THE COURTS.-TO-DAY. Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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