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THE COURTS-TO-DAY.

SUPREME COURT-IN BANCO. (Before His Honor Mr Justice Williams.) Reeves v. Lane.—Motion for an order that defendant shall pay forthwith to plaintiff L2,G53 Is lOd, mentioned in accountant's report, or in default the sum of L 1.874 14s 7d. Sir R. Stout appeared for plaintiff (Charles Stephen Reeves); Mr Haggitt for defendant (William Lane). Sir R. Stout said that when the accountant appointed to inquire into the partnership matters in dispute made his report, the only question that he could not determine, and which was reserved for the Court, was that of interest. Plaintiff had a deed of covenant for the payment of a certain sum, which was in the nature of a mercantile transaction, and it was a general rule of law that interest was always payable on mercantile transactions, independent of written contract. Plaintiff was, in any case, entitled to simple interest, but counsel submitted that as the "rests" were to be half-yearly, he was entitled to compound interest. After argument His Honor gave judgment for plaintiff—in addition to the sum of L 771 12s 5J found to be due by defendant—for interest at 8 per cent, on L6OO from July 6, 1878, to the date of tho judgment, with costs, to bo fixed by the Registrar. CITY POLICE COURT. (Before E. H. Carew, Esq.. R.M.) An Unfortunate Child.— William Alexander Baker, four years of age, was charged with having no means of subsistence.—Ser-geant-major Bsvin said that the mother was in gaol undergoing sentence for vagrancy and drunkenness. She had left the child in charge of a woman for two months, but had not paid anything for its support. Nothing was known about the father. The mother was an habitual drunkard, and was not a proper parson to have charge of any child. She would be released from gaol on the 18th of next month. Mr Solomon, chairman of tho Benevolent Trustees, had taken charge of the child for a time, but had intimated that he could not allow it to remain in the Institution any longer. Tho child had been living among the Chinese, or any place where shelter was afforded it. The mother had said that she wished it to be brought up in the Church of England faith. —Mr Carew: Why do they object to allow the child to remain in the Benevolent Institution ?—Sergeant-major Bevin : On account of the disreputable character of the mother, whom they could not allow about the place. —His Worship said the child would be committed to the Industrial School, to be brought up in the Church of England faith.

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY., Evening Star, Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY. Evening Star, Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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