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THE COURTS.-TO-DAY.

RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT.

(Before Messrs C. S. Reeves and J. Nieoll, J.P.b.) TJenuistori aud others (assignees of the book debts of Mercer Brothers) v. 0. M'Leod.-Claim, L 7 18s sd. Mr Finch for plaintiff.—Judgment by default. Wong Lee v. James Forsyth. Claim, LI ss, on a judgment summons.—Case adjoitrned for a month.

CITY POLICE COURT. (Before E. H. Carew, Esq., R.M.) Drunkenness—A first offender was convicted of this offence and discharged. Affiliation. Robert M'Taggarl was charged with failing to contribute towards the support of the illegitimate child of Elizabeth Hall, of which ho is tho putative father. Mr Mouat appeared for tho complainant; Mr llanlou for the defendant. The parties aro respectively a domestic servant and a tram-driver, and in cross • examination complainant admitted that sho took out the present summons before sho told defendant of tho birth of the child.—Joseph Davis, bootmaker, a cousin of complainant, stated that he saw defendant in connection with tho matter, and tho latter denied haviDg had any knowledge of the affair till Mrs Hall accused him of being the father of the child. He denied being the father of the child, but admitted that he had been intimate with complaiuaut, and said that other young fellows had also.—Defendant on being put iu tho witness-box) declared that he never had been intimate with complainant, and that he never was even out for a walk with her. He also denied having admitted to Davis that he had been intimate with complainant, or having said that other fellows had. Ho used to talk to complainant over tho fence sometimes. He told Davis that ho was not implicated in the matter at all, but that through it his wife had left him. To Mr Mouat: Witness's wife left him so long as February last, when Mrs Hall wrote to her about the affair. Ho never used to talk to complainant over the fence, but used simply to go to the front door when he had a parcel to. deliver to her mistress. —His Worship said that he had already sworn that bo used to speak to complainant over the fence : was that true or false ?—Witness : It was false—Witness continued that he had never been for a walk with complainant.—Mr Mouat said that he would call a witness named Charles Abernethy t j prove that ho had seen complainant and dofendant out walking together. This witness, who had been subpeenaed, was called but did not appear, Mr Mouat suggesting that ill-health prevented his appearance.—The Court adjourned for an hour and a-half to enable the witness to put in an appearance, and when he did so he stated that he had at different times seen defendant talking to complainant over tho fence, He himself had occasionally walked out with complainant, but not for the last fourteen months.—His Worship said that from the evidence he had no doubt that defendant was the father of complainant's child, and he therefore ordered him to pay 4s per week towards the support of the child until the latter reached fourteen years of oge. Tho parties to the case to pay their own costs.

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THE COURTS.-TO-DAY., Issue 7950, 4 July 1889

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THE COURTS.-TO-DAY. Issue 7950, 4 July 1889

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