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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY.

RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT. (Before E. H. Carew, Esq., R.M.) Judgment was given for plaintiffs by default in tho folloving case :-r-Equitable Insurance Association v. W. J. Moffett, claim, L 3 2s lid, for calls and interest due. Anne Devine v. John Hercus. Claim, L 7 Bs, for cleaning and other work done. After evidence had been taken His Worship gave judgment for defendant. Alexander Bain v. Thomson, Bridger, and Co.—Claim, L 6 lis 9J, compensation for damage alleged to have been done by defendants to two pieces of stone, the property of plaintiff.—Mr Sim appeared for plaintiff, Mr Hosking for defendants. —Evidence for plaintiff was given by John Wright, con r tractor, who said that the broken stones were pointed out to him. He had seen them before, when they were ready to go into the building. They were fitted to be placed into position when he flrat saw them, but were unfit for use when he saw them tho second time. Witness considered that three, or even four men would be required to handle the logs by tho crane. Work was delayed for nine days in consequence of the stones being damaged. To Mr Hosking; The stones could be used for building purposes, but were not fit to be used for the building for which they were worked by plaintiff.—David Gebbie, foreman mason in plaintiff's employ, gave evidence as to the stones being found damaged. They were cut up afterwards, put into a heap, and some of the pieces used for rubbing the other stones.—After oounsel for defendants had addressed the Bench, stating that there was no affirmative proof of negligence on defendant's part, while there was evidence of contributive negligence on the part of plaintiff, he ca'led John Marshall (foreman in the employ of defendants), James Gregg (carter and contractor), and others, after which His Worship nonsuited plaiutiff. CITY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs H. F. Hardy and J. Hyman, J.P.s.) Drunkenness.—For this offence a first offender was convicted and discharged,— John pillison (twenty previous convictions), who came under the habitual drunkards' clause, was fined 40s, in default seven days' imprisonment. —James Campbell, when charged with being drunk, said it was a false charge, and that his wife would prove that he was sober.—Evidence being given by the arresting constable, accused made a statement, which was unintelligible on account of him speaking so fast. It was, however, understood that he denied being drunk, and said that he bad been insulted by larrikins, whom the police allowed to do a3 they lijied.—Sergeant-major Bevin said accused had been convicted oh two previous occasions.—The Bench said that as accused had not been brought before the Court on a similar charge for some time they would convict and discharge him. By-law Cases.—For allowing cows to wander at large, Jfimes M'Caffrcy was fined 2s, without costs; and Allan Johnston, who did not appear, ss, with costs.—For allowing a chimney in his house to catch fire, Arthur Smith was fined Is without costs.

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY., Evening Star, Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY. Evening Star, Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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