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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT. (Before Messrs P. G. Pryde and T. C. De Lacy, J.P.?.) Thomson, Bridger, and Co. v. G. Luke.— Claim, LI2 143 9J, for goods supplied,— Judgment was given for plaintirr'd by default. J. Hardie v. H. M'Guire,—Claim, LC Ib, on a judgment summons. Mr Stamper appeared for plaintiff.—After defendant had been examiued as to his means, he was ordered to pay the amount in two equal fortnightly instalments, in default twentyfour hours' imprisonment. CITY POLICE COURT. (Before E. 11. Carew, Esq., R.M.) Dkunkennkss. For this offence Ellen Pelhmrh (nineteen previous convictions) \va3 fined 10s, in default forty-sight hours') imprisonment. William Martin (four previous convictions) was fined a similar sum, with a like alternative. George, Chili I (one previous conviction) was fined ss, iu default twenty-four hours' imprisonment. Til Era.— John Henderson was charged with'stealing from the Auld Scotland Hotel one bottle of whisky, valued at 5?, the property of Andrew Smith. Accused pleaded guilty. Chief-detective Henderson said that accused and another man had asked for a bottle of whisky, but had refused to pay for it at the time. The men decamped, and a bottle of whisky was afterwards missed. He heard one of the mpn say, as they left, "Keep it."— Accused was severely cautioned by His Worship, and ordered to enter into his own recognisance for good behaviour in the sum of LJO, Jf he behaved himself he would not be mojested ; if he gave any trouble he would be sentenced pn the present charge. Wii'K Deskrtiox.— Eugene C. Murphy was charged with deserting his wife, Margaret Murphy, without uifticienfc ciusp. defendant denied the charge. Mr J. F". M. Fia«er appeued on behalf of complainant.— Murgartt Murphy said that she married defendant two yeirs ago. Of late witness had led a very unhappy hfj, mostly over the children which witness had had by a former hushand. Defendant used to taunt her about her conduct, and was very jealous Three months after marriage he struck her, and she leit the house inconsequence. On several oooasions he had said, in answer to a statement mado by her, that they could not live well together, that they would have to die together. Witness had to go under medical treatment in consequence of defendant's behaviour. He had ill-treated 1 her oh seyoral occasions, and once nearly choked her. He had several times flourished a knife hear her face, in illustration of the manner in which he would end Jtheir lives. She received a letter from her sister jn Cbristphurch, and defendant asked her for as explanation. _ She refused to give him oue or to eiiow him the letter, aa his name was mentioned in it. She onpe promised to show him the letter, but she did that became he had taken her by both hands and held her. He was in a very excited stale at the time.—Defendant said that it was simply a ea:e of blackmail. He asked for an adjournment so as to produce two witnesses who wo,uld contradict his alleged cruelty. However, h.e \vould go into the case at present.—Elizibeth Oliver said she was acquainted with Mi and Mrs Murphy. Frequently she had .seen com.plainant's face bruised, whioh she had said was caused by defendant hitting her with his hand. Defendant had frequently said thai; his wife was a scheming woman. Wit. ness always oonsidered complainant a quiet, staid wonian—not " flighty "in any way. —Defendant agajn asked for an adjournment, but His Worship said that there was no case to answer, it simply being a family quarrel, which was exaggerated by the low state of complainant's nerves. Case dismissed. Disobeying a Maintenance Order Benjamin Willis was charged by his wife, Martha, y/ith disobeying a maintenance order.—Defends said he had no money, and was sentenced to wvin .days' imprisonment, with hard labor.

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY., Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY. Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889