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SUPREME COURT—IN CHAMBERS. (Before His Honor Mr Justice Williams.) lit JANE Steadman, deceased. —Petition by executors for commission under Administration Act, 1879, and for release under Trustee Act, 1883 (Mr Webb).—The Registrar to inquire, and to report as to remuneration. Re Elizabeth Chalmers, deceased.— Motion for administration and to dispense with surety (Mr James).—Accordingly. lie John Ford, a bankrupt.—His Honor gave judgment herein, allowing proof upon the bill for the L 720 held by the National Bank, and disallowing proof iu respect to tho bill for L2OO, and reduced the bank's claim by the latter sum. Re J. Calder. His Honor, in giving judgment in this previously-heard case, said that the warrant was defective, because the order of committal on which it was based, and which it purported to recite, wu3 not one which the law authorised to bo made, and ordered the defendant to be discharged.

SUPREME COURT-IN BANCO. (Before Hi 3 Honor Mr Justice Williams.) In re Alexander Ixglis. deceased.— Appeal against assessment of duty by the Daputy-CommUsioner of Stamps. Mr Chapman appeared for the executors, and Mr Haggitt for the Commissioner of Stamps. Mr Chapman said that the estate was assessed at L 17.693, and the duty was assessed at L 641. The executors declined to j> iy on the ground that certain deductions should have been made, one in respect to what was contended was an annuity to tho widow, and another in respect to rentals which were paid on account of a oouple of leaseholds.

After argument His Honor gave judgment, answering the questions as follows: No. 1. Are the executors entitled to claim any deduction from tho amount of the said assesment on account of the annuity or life interest granted to the widow of the deceased as aforesaid ? No. (2) Are the executors entitled to deduct as a debt or debts due by the deceased the said sum of L 3.202 Is 0d in respect of the rents acoruing due after the date of the death of the deceased as aforesaid, or any part thereof ?—The executors are entitled to

j deduot, as a debt payable out of the ! personal estate, the negative value of j the leaseholds at tho dato of death. J (3) What is the total amount of duty payable by the executors under the Daceased Persons Estates Duties Act, 1881, and its amendments, in respect of the final balauce of the real and pertonal property of the said deceased ? His Honor declined to answer this question. Leave was granted to Mr Haggitt to appeal on the answer to the second question, on payment of six guineas costs.

At a meeting of the Acclimatisation Society held this afternoon, it was decided to recommend Government to fix the fishing season from October 1, 1889, to April 15, IS9O, inclusive. Ranger Deans reported that some very good specimens of the brown trout had been secured for mounting for show at the forthcoming Exhibition. Some splendid samples had been forwarded, and the brown trout shown would be one ot the best seen in ucy part of the world. It was decided to include a perch license in that of the trout, instead of making separate license?.

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY., Issue 7981, 9 August 1889

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY. Issue 7981, 9 August 1889

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