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The annual meeting of tho South Dunedin Licensing Committee was held yesterday, and was attended by Messrs Cosscns (chairman), Sullivan, Fiildes, Marlow, and Chetwin.

The police report with reference to the licensed houses in the district stated that they were all fairly wall kept, and there wore no objections against thorn, with the exception of the Ocean View Hotel. With regard to this house the report stated that the liconsee kept later hours than was usual in tho district, and that some alteration to the urinal was required. In a supplementary report Sergeant Macdonnell stated that during the past twelve months none of tbe licensees had been convicted of any breach of the law. The police had paid the houses all a visit during prohibited hours, but on no occasion wa3 a breach of tho law detected.

John Infield applied for a publican's license for tho Oceau View Hotel.—Mr Fiddes said that Sergeant Mscdonneil had never had auy objection against the house before the present applicant came into it. He did not know whether the sergeant objected now because Mr Infield had not got the map of Ireland on his coußtenanoe. —Sergeant Macdonnell drew the attention of the Committee to Mr Fiddos'a remarks, and said he was surprised at that gentleman.—Mr Fiddes : He hai no need to be surprised at me at all.—Sergt. Macdonnell: Just so. He proceeded to state that neither he nor anybody belonging to him had ever been in Ireland, and if Mr Fiddes took him for an Irishman he made a great mistake. — Mr Fiddes: You are supposed to bo.— Sergeant Macdonnell said there was do supposition about it. It was a very extraordinary statement for Mr Fiddes to make. He did not know what had made Mr Fiddes speak as he had done, unless it was that ho had occasion to check him some time ago for some offensive remarks; and if Mr Fiddes had a grievance against some public house, that was nothing to do with him (Sergeant Macdonnell). He liked Mr Infield as well as any other man on the Flat, and he merely mentioned somethine in tho report so that the Committee could satisfy themselves about it. He thought that any remarks made to him should be made through the chairman, and not by individual members of the Committee.—Mr Fiddes said the sergeant had stated that he had reprimanded him for making some offensive remarks, but he simply told the sergeant that there was as much gambling going on in other hotels as in Jack Infield's. The publicans were no friends of his ; they were his foes—the whole of thorn.—Tho Chairman : There was no objection in the police report except that the licensee kept rather later hours than usual down there. It had been remarked that there was gambling going on in the house. If such was the case, he advised the police to keep a lookout, because that should be put down. However, as the matter about gambling was only hearsay, the license would be granted provided tho applicant did what the police suggested.—Mr Infield: Very good, Eir. Margaret Carroll applied for a renewal of a publican's license for tho Star Hotel.—Mr Sim, who appeared in support of tho application, said that no notice of any objection had been given against Mrs Carroll obtaining a renewal of her license, but it had been contended that a married woman could not hold a license. For the purpose of this application, however, it would be proved that the applicant was a widow. Her husband had been away for a long time, and she believed herself to be a widow,—Mrs Carroll having given evidence in support of Mr Sim's statement, the Chairman intimated that the license would be granted on the usual terms.

Renewals of publicans' licenses were also granted to the following persons:—Thomas Heffernan, South Dunedin Hotel; George Hutchings, Railway Workshops Hotel; John Ogg, Railway Hotel. An application by Edward Lyons for a publican's license for the Fitzroy Hotel was granted. George Gordon applied for a bottle license for a store on the Main Btreet.—The application was granted, Mr Sullivan said he had much pleasure in moving a vote of thanks to the police. Ho said that only thirteen arrests for drunkenness had been made in the district during the year. That spoke well for the police, and also for the public-houses, He thought the police were entitled to a vote of thanks for the efficient manner in which they had discharged their duties.—Mr Piddes : I rise to a point of order. The Chairman said Mr Fiddes could not speak then unless he rose to second the motion,—Mr Marlow seconded the motion.—Mr Fiddes

said not long ago he went to Sergeant Macdonnell to complain of a man who was drunk on the Main road.—The Chairman: I think that has nothing to do with this motion.—Mr Fiddes : I say it has, and that drunkenness is not in any hotel than it is in John Ogg's.—Mr Ogg (from the body of the hall): Mr Chairman, I must rise to defend myself.—Mr Fiddes said he went to Sergeant Macdonnell and told him that there was a man drunk on the road, and the sergeant said that he would send a man down, but ho did not do so for a long time afterwards. That showed that he was not attending to his duties.—The Chairman then put tho motion and declared it carried, Mr Fiddes protesting emphatically against it.—Mr Ogg said Mr Fiddes had an ill-feeling against him because his boy did not get the prize for piping at the games.—Mr Fiddes: I'll keep my eye on you, if the police don't. Sergeant Macdonnell said he was sorry that there should bo any animus against him by one of the members of the Committee. He may have had to interfere with some of that gentleman's near relations, and that might possibly account for his animus. He, however, took it as a compliment that the majority of the Committee accorded him a vote of thanks.—Mr Fiddes again made some remark, to Sergeant Macdonnell about him doing his duty, whereupon the latter said: "Look here, Mr Fiddes, I will have something more to say to you, though not at present. If you think I am afraid of you, you make a big mistake. lam not afraid of anybody."— Mr Fiddes: "Neither am I."—Sorgeant Macdonell said he claimed that he always did his duty as impartially as any policeman he ever came across. He did not care where any man came from, he knew no country in the way of doing his duty.

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LICENSING COMMITTEES., Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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LICENSING COMMITTEES. Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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