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. « The weekly meeting of the Land Board was held yesterday ; present—the Chie Commissioner, Messrs Dallas, Thomson Clark, and Duncan. J. Philip wrote offering to keep down the rabbits on section 8, block 5, Dunback, if he is allowed to run a few head of cattle on it. —Declined. T. G. Hungerford applied to occupy section 31, block 6, Glenomaru, on condition of his keeping down the rabbits.—Referred to the Chief Commissioner. J. Mackay, secretary to the Farmers' Union, forwarded a resolution, passed on the 7th inst., protesting against the sale of the Tuapeka bush reserves.—To be informed that after survey some sections will, if necessary, be reserved for the use of settlers. K. M'Kay, lessee of small grazing run 73, block 11, Glenkenich, asked that the rent be reduced from Is Id per acre to 6d ; failing which that he be allowed to surrender and obtain value for improvements, which represent a considerable sum expended.— No power to reduce rent, but surrender will be accepted. The Receiver of Land Revenue wrote intimating that W. Williams, who had exchanged his agricultural lease over sections 27 and 77, block 1, Leßning Rock, for a deferred-payment license, had made no payment under the latter. The writer suggested that steps bo taken to enforce payment—Arrears to be paid in one month, or license to be forfeited. W. Frascr forwarded a petition from settlers at Hawea Flat, asking favorable consideration of W. Smith's application to purchase section 11, block 3, Lower Hawea. Deferred, pending report from Land Officer. The Chairman of the Wetherstones Reserves Committee wrote agreeing to administer the reserves. The Tuapeka County Council also wrote saying that they will take over the commonage on the conditions stipulated.—Referred to the County Council for further information. G. Stringer asked that his perpetual lease, section 15, block 10, Kurow, be made second-class land, it being very rough, and no part of it fit for cultivation. —No power. W. Turton, for Antonio Reste, applied to cut timber on ten acres at Bush Creek, block 17, Shotover, with one acre to stack the timber on, and for a tramway thereto. The Ranger reported that he knew of no objection. —W hen the run is offered purchasers to be informed that the Board has the application under consideration. J. Wilkinson, for W. Fraser, lessee of section 1, block 10, Kurow, asked leave to graze stock on the mining reserve adjoining. —Referred to Ranger Hughan for report. CITY POLICE COURT. _ a Wednesday, August 28. (Before Messrs J. Elmer and W. Wright, J.P.s.) Drunkenness.—Two first offenders (one of whom did not appear) were fined ss, with the usual alternative in case of default. Assault.—ln the case Kwong Lee v. Hugh Nott, Mr Gallaway (counsel for complainant) said that the parties had arrived at a settlement, and he would now ask leave to withdraw the charge.—Case struck out accordingly. Putty Larceny.— Edward Oulkn, aged fourteen yeais, and who had three previous convictions recorded against him, was charged with stealing two turkeys, valued at 7s Gd, the property of T. K. Weldon.—Accused . pleaded guilty.—Sergeant-major Bevin said | the lad had on a previous occasion been committed to the Industrial School on a similar charge. mated that he had no desire to press the charge. Another lad had, however, participated in tho larceny, and the police were at present endeavoring to find his whereabouts. The Bench ordered that accused be given twelve strokes with the birch. Alleged Concealment of Birth,—Margaret Heads was charged with endeavoring, on the 3rd inst., to conceal the birth of her male child.—Mr Gallaway said that Sir Robert Stout, counsel for accused, we« unable to attend, and a remand until Friday would therefore be asked for.—lnspector Weldon intimated that no objection would be offered by the police, and the case was accordingly remanded until Friday; bail as previously allowed being fixed. Stealing Cigarettes.—George Harding was charged with stealing, on the 23rd inst., twelve packets of cigarettes, valued at 4s, the property of Sophia Anderson, Mr R (

L. Stanford defended.—Prosecutrix stated that on the night mentioned she heard strange noises proceeding from her shop, and on making investigations on the following morning discovered that one of the shop windows had been smashed, and the cigarettes stolen. Accused had been seen, prowling about witness's shop for some time previoii3 to the larceny, and his movements had been very suspicious.—Constable Bird deposed as to finding six packets of cigarettes in accused's possession. The latter had said that if witness would let him off he (accused) would " toll all about it." He subsequently admitted having broken the window and stolen the cigarettes from the shop of prosecutrix.—Mr Stanford said accused was half a lunatic, and had a mania for confessing to offences of which he was innocent. He had once been committed for trial on a similar offence, but the Grand Jury had thrown the bill out on the plea of insanity being raised. The police, knowing accused's peculiarity frequently went to him and taxed him with an offence, which they knew hewould confess to.—SergeantO'Neill: This is most unfair; Mr Stanford has no right to say so. Mr Stanford: You know perfectly well that what I am saying is simply a statement of facts.—Sergeant O'Neill replied that on the occasion referred to by Mr Stanford sufficient evidence had been adduced to warrant accused's committal for trial,—Accused's father said his son was half insane, and frequently confessed to offences of which he knew little or nothing. He had, however, gi/en witness considerable trouble.— Accused was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence when called on, the Bench remarking that they were not inclined to send him to gaol. If he misbehaved he would be dealt with on the present charge. By-law Case.— Kale Dunstan admitted that a cow in her possession had wandered at large. Mr Gallaway explained the circumstances, and asked the Bench to deal leniently with defendant.—She was fined 2s Cd, without costs.

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LAND BOARD., Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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LAND BOARD. Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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