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SUPREME COURT-IN CHAMBERS. (Before His Honor Mr Justice Williams.) Invercargill Corporation v. Ministep, of Public Works. —Motion for leave to tile at Invercargill copy of claim for compensation, and for leave to prosecute claim (Mr Gallaway).—Accordingly, on payment of costs of application. Re John Maitland Jones and re Farquuarson Proctor (bankrupts).— Motions to dose bankruptcy ami for payment of coat* ot bankrupts’ solicitor (Mr Sim),— Accordingly. Wells v. M'Callum and others.— Summons by defendants for special jury of twelve (Mr Sinclair).— Accordingly ; costs (LI Is) to be costs in cause. RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. (Before Messrs C. S. Reeves and G. L. Denniston, J.P.s.) Mary Reid v. J. Gore. Claim, LlO, value of a sewing machine alleged to be the property of plaintiff, and to have been been wrongfully converted by defendant to hie own use. Mr Solomon appeared for plaintiff; Mr Thornton for defendant. — Counsel for plaintiff said that about two months ago defendant lent plaintiff L 5 11s, on the understanding that she was to pay it back by instalments of 5s per week, and that she was to give him a sewing machine as security. Plaintiff paid instalments until all but LI 6s was repaid, and that sum she offered to defendant, and asked to get the machine back. Defendant, however, demanded L 4, saying that he wanted the extra money for his trouble. Defendant never said that he held the machine as security for money which defendant owed him for wood and coal.—Mr Thornton said the defence waa that the arrangement was that defendant should hold the sewing machine as security until plaintiff had repaid him money that he lent her to get the bailiffs out of her house, and also money that she owed him for coal and wood.—Evidence to this effect was given by defendant, by a bailiff named Pellett, and by an express driver named Docherty.—Judgment was reserved till to-morrow morning, CITY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs J. Logan, J. P. Jones, and Colin Allan, J.P.s.) Drunkenness. — Henry James was convicted and discharged ; John France was fined ss, in default twenty-four hours’ imprisonment ; while a first offender was convicted and discharged. Unregistered Dogs.— For keeping unregistered dogs in their possession Ernest Layton was fined 5s and costs; Richard Rackley Is, without costs; Joseph Hunt 2s 6d, without coats; and Sydney Oeorge Parkes (who did not appear) 2s 6d, without costs. Assault,— Angus Wickland was charged with assaulting Joseph Jones on the 26th inst. Mr A. C. Hanlon appeared for complainant ; Mr J. A. D. Adams for defendant.—Counsel for complainant said that the latter was engaged by a contractor to work at defendant’s place, when a dispute arose over some axes. Complainant went to the defendant’s house and asked for the axes, when he was assaulted by defendant. —Complainant said that on the date mentioned he called at defendant’s house, and while there was assaulted by defendant. He was dragged into a cowshed end kept there until he signed two bills, and was assaulted again inside the shed by defendant.—Evidence was also given by Frederick Sibbald and Alexander Campbell, after which defendant was fined ss, with costs.

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY., Evening Star, Issue 7999, 30 August 1889

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY. Evening Star, Issue 7999, 30 August 1889