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CHRISTCHURCH, Jolt 11. trout in possession out of seasotf were hear! at the Christchurch Police Court yesterday. They were brought against Henry Jones (manager for Warnes, a fishmonger) and James Hatfield (steward of the Canterbury Club), the informations being laid by Mr Farr, secretary of the local Acclimatisation Society. Hatfield admitted the offence. Toe evidence showed that Jones had telephoned on June 26 to Hatfield that he had a splendid trout weighing 91b, and asked 0s for it. Hatfield received the fish, which was charged in the account as English salmon, while on the club’s dinner menu it was called boiled trout. Hatfield admitted not being able to purchase English salmon, Mr Beetham, in giving judgment, said that the cases were serious ones, Jones’s previous dealings with the club, the menu card, and the receipted account all pointed to a knowledge of the fish hiving been illegally taken. Such cases Wore difficult to establish, because the society were not wealthy enough to prosecute. There was a wide difference between poaching in the Old Country and here, where g tat expense was incurred in the importation of fish and game. There was no excuse here for poaching, as the payment of a small fee permitted anyone to fish for all kinds. He should mark bis sense of the offence by inflicting a heavy penalty. Both men were equally to blame, and both would be fined L2O.

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OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER., Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889

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OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER. Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889