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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—There are some really funny deci-1 sions given at various times in the Police Court, and the case dealt with by the Bench on Saturday re. the sheepskin-stealing is a good illustration. The part of the evidence where the "mothers" gave their boys good characters was immense. Why, sir, I know for a fact that one of these young thieves has been on the (stealing racket for a long time, and is also one of the most successful beggars at the north end. Had the police taken the trouble to speak in reference to the boy to whom I refer the Bench would not have dealt so leniently with these young rascalß. One of the boys has escaped the law on more than one occasion through the leniency of those who caught him red-handed in the act of pilfering, and none are more cognisant of the fact than the police at North Dunedin. Had the culprits been a bevy of Chinamen there is no doubt they would have received severe punishment, because their "mothers" were not present to give them good characters. We are a happy family, we are.— I am, etc., North Dunedin. Dunedin, July 1.

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JUVENILE OFFENDERS., Issue 7947, 1 July 1889

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JUVENILE OFFENDERS. Issue 7947, 1 July 1889

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