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At the Oamaru Police Court on Friday last, before Mr Stratford, R.M., Francis Golding, head-master of Enfield public schooj, was charged with having assaulted his nephew, George Cornick, by beating him on the legs with a leather strap. George Cornick, son of James Cornick, said he attended the Goven ment school at Enfield, Mr Golding being in u-ter. On the 2nd instant the schoolmasti r gave him a, beating because he did not know his geography. Mr Golding beat him with a leather strap. Witness was struck on the legs, behind, and on the sides. Tho teacher did not hold him at first, but did so afterwards. He did not resist. He had no marks on his legs before he was beaten that day. The teacher struck him very hard, but only on the legs. He was not going to school now, as Mr Golding had sent him home for using bad language. Ho had not threatened the teacher. On the day of the assault he went back to school. Dr Garland examined the laet witness on the 3rd inst., and found a number of bruises ou his legs—one about the size of the palm of his hand. He found bruises on both legs. The strap produced would bruise very easily. There was a line of bruises tdong the leg. The bruises were in no way dangerous. The strap must have been used with some force. He considered the boy had had a severe beating. David Cornick said he was uncle of the boy, and took the boy back to Mr Golding, and asked him why he had beaten him so badly, and he said he thought he deserved it because he was a stubborn boy. He told the teacher that he had served him too hard. Witness told him he intended to have the teacher before the Magistrate, and Mr Golding said he would apologise. Henever offered to fight Mr Golding, but he (witness) had told him he would not have struck a man in that manner.

Francis Golding said that on the 2nd inst. he hud examined Standard IV. in geography. George Cornick knew nothing of geography, and he asked him why he had noc learnt his lessons, and ho cave no answer. He struck him twice with the tawse, and the boy began to cry. After asking the boy several questions he used the tawse on the boy's thighs. The boy then became obstreperous, and began to use his right leg, and defendant punished him severely. The boy, after his punishment, said he would clear out. Defendant got him to withdraw the expression, and the boy came back to school, and was playing " conjou " in the afternoon. David Cornick called on defendant at night, and after a few words invited him to have it out, but he declined, saying he did not think he would. He occasionally used the tawße on the bigger boys' legs. The lad was in a defiant attitude generally. That was after he had been punished moderately. The boy raised his right leg, as if for the purpose of kicking him (defendant). He had been at the school six years, and had had five or six complaints for ill-using the children. He had had a number of complaints also for not using the tawse The Magistrate said tho duty of the parents in the correction of their children was cast upon the teachers, and he felt that tho impudence and larrikiuiem of the boys nowadays required a check, and in the present case he could not see that the master was in any way to blame. Ho was rather to be encouraged in the action ho had taken. No complaint had been made to the proper authorities, and he considered the master had been badly treated. The case would be dismissed. Defendant was allowed LI Is expenses.—'North Otago Times.'

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A SCHOOLMASTER'S TROUBLES., Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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A SCHOOLMASTER'S TROUBLES. Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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